This year sees a change to the dynamics of the Athletics Carnival. We will be adding a rotational team game component to the day, which will see each student participate in a total of 6 team games as well as their traditional age races. The idea behind the change is to see the active time of each student increase significantly from previous years and to instil a greater sense of inclusion.
The day’s schedule is outlined below.
9.00am – 10.15am – SPRINTS
- Pre Primary races
- 200m races
- Sprints Year 1 to 6
10.00am – 10.15am – RECESS
10.15am – 12.20pm – TEAM GAMES
12.20pm – 1.00pm – LUNCH
1.00pm – 2.20pm – RELAYS
- Year 1 – Year 6
- Grand Relay
- Parent Teacher Relay
Champions: All PP students will participate in an age race and a range of team games. As such, there will be no championship boy or girl awards for Pre-Primary students, as we would be judging this purely on one age race. Year 1-6 students will have a Champion and R/Up Champion for each gender. Championship events for Year 1-6 include jumps, throws and flat races (‘A’ Divisions only). In the event that there is more than one runner up-identified, a countback system will be used to determine the recipient of the award. If two students have the same score then two championship medallions will be awarded rather than a champion and a runner-up.
Parent involvement: We recognise that faction carnivals can be a time to shine for some children and event placing can become very serious. I would like to respectfully request that parents do not engage judges, whether they are staff or parent helpers, in debates about where students have been placed in specific races. We will endeavour to get all decisions correct and we will have a Chief Judge who will adjudicate where necessary. Video recordings on mobile phones and or other devices will not be used to judge events. Thank you in anticipation of your support with this request.
Safety: As per our community rules pets, even on leads will not be allowed on the oval for the day. Students are encouraged to colour their hair or bring streamers to support their faction, but should apply their colour at home and leave their spray cans at home. The school will have asthma and epipen requirements at the event.
Ordering Lunches and Faction Bays: On the day there will be no lunches available for order at the canteen; however, there will be a sausage sizzle running, including burgers. Students therefore should still bring a packed Recess at the very least. Students will be leaving all bags locked in their classrooms and be dismissed to retrieve their food at Recess and Lunch breaks. This will avoid any food and rubbish being left in the Faction Bays.
Recess and Lunch: As we will be having ample break times for Recess and Lunch, we respectfully ask that parents don’t enter the bays during race times. Throughout Recess and Lunch, parents are welcome to collect students from their classroom teachers and take students to sit with them during these break periods.
We hope you are able to join us on the day and we look forward to your positive support. Please remember the day is about participation and enjoyment for all our students.