Monday, 29 February 2016

CSSA State Hockey Gala Day

In sweltering conditions on last Tuesday Inaburra hockey players headed off to Macarthur Hockey Centre to take part in the CSSA State knockout. For the first time Inaburra entered a under 15 and open side in the knockout and both sides represented their school with distinction. The U/15 side qualified through to the semi finals but were beaten by a strong St George Christian School side. Congratulations to Ryan O’Leary who was selected in the CSSA Open team to play later in the year. Well done Ryan. 

Mr Tolhurst

Girls Round One CIS Football

On Monday the Inaburra Opens girls football side made the short trip to Hammondville Oval to take on St Marks Coptic Orthodox College in round one of the Combined Independent Schools Football knockout. In warm conditions the Inaburra team controlled the match from the outset with slick passing and possession football. The side coached by Mr McGovern began to dominate on the scoreboard and held a comfortable 4-0 lead at the break. The girls continued their strong performance in the second half and kept the scoreboard ticking over to complete a fantastic 10-0 victory. The girls will now look forward to a round 2 clash in late March against St Andrews.

Mr Tolhurst

HICES Debating Competition

On Thursday 25 February, Inaburra students from Years six to twelve participated in the First round of the prestigious HICES Debating Competition. The Junior, Middle and Senior Divisions debated complex questions regarding Republicanism and the Open Division challenged the notion of Constitutional Issues holding more importance than Australia becoming a republic. All students carried themselves with integrity and spoke in a sophisticated and eloquent manner. 

James McNaughton and Mia Francesconi were highly commended on their manner in the Middle Division and Aidan Donnelly was praised for his extensive knowledge of the Australian Constitution and ability to captivate audiences with his rhetoric in the Open Division.

A huge congratulations to the students in all four divisions for their successes in the first round and for their continued commitment to training and preparation.

Miss Aliferis

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

U/15 Cricket Final

The CSSA U/15 Cricket Final was played on Thursday 11 February at Evatt Park Lugarno. After winning the toss a keen William Carey Christian School side elected to bat first. After a steady start the breakthrough was made by Inaburra medium pace bowler Nathan Wilson and at the twenty over mark William Cary were sitting at 1/51. After the drinks break, a dominant spell of bowling from Andrew Ritchie dismantled the William Carey side and they were all out for 71. Ritchie fininshed with 5/7 and was well supported by spinner James Manning who took 2/10 of his 8 overs.

With Inaburra chasing a reachable total we dropped early wickets and were in trouble at 3-22. A decent partnership by Andrew Ritchie and Theo Deakin-Malouf kept us in the game, but the steady flow of falling wickets and some superb fielding from the WCCS side kept the game in their favour. Inaburra were all out for 57 with 8 overs to spare and fell 14 runs short of the victory.

Year 11 Economics meets the Reserve Bank Governor

Last Friday, students from the Year 11 Economics class attended the Parliamentary Committee for Economics today with Reserve Bank Governor, Mr Glenn Stephens. Our School Captain, Lyarna Woellner, had the privilege of asking a question of the Governor:

"Given we live in a competitive global world where we can choose to work here or somewhere else like Singapore, is there a danger that our current Australian personal tax rates may discourage my generation from staying in Australia to work?"

After the hearing the students moved onto the Parliamentary Offices in Bligh Street and had lunch with several politicians, including the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Barnaby Joyce. Thanks to the Federal Member for Hughes, Mr Craig Kelly, for organising this fantastic opportunity.

Monday, 8 February 2016

After School Study Centre Commences

Today was the launch of the After School Study Centre. Each afternoon up to 50 students will have the opportunity to study with support from teachers and former talented students working as tutors. The centre will run from Monday to Thursday, with bookings for term 1 full at this point in time. Bookings for term 2 will open in week 7 of this term. 

Swimming Carnival

On Thursday 4 February the Senior School Swimming Carnival was held at Engadine Pool. Unfortunately the inclement weather resulted in only serious competitors taking part in the day. Thanks to the teachers who worked in the rain to ensure the carnival was a fantastic opportunity for all competitors. Special mention to the PASS students from Year 9 who also helped in the logistics of the day. Congratulations to all of the students who will represent Inaburra at the upcoming Zone Carnival.

Results from the day can seen here.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Year 7 Camp 2016

The first day of Senior School can be a daunting experience, add to that going away on a 3 day camp with your new school mates. This is the start to Senior School our Year 7 students experienced and what a fantastic camp we had. Students were able to develop friendships with their new classmates quickly over a number of fun activities and shared experiences.

Wednesday began with the students having a quick orientation of the school and then we were off to the AYW campsites on the Port Hacking River. Students were quickly put into their room groups and then off to their first activity. The high pace of camp continued with 3 activities a day for 3 days, and any down time the students used to play cricket, basketball, soccer and all manner of variations. Students took part in activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, a high ropes spider web, adventure cooking, sailing and fishing. All activities were exciting and enjoyed by all students.

We also had a night activity run by the Youth Works staff where the students were able to enjoy using the giant waterslide. Our Year 12 Prefects and Year 9 Leaders joined us on Thursday night and ran a fantastic games night which involved water balloon volley ball and also a dancing competition amongst other things.

Overall our Year 7’s really enjoyed the experience and have developed new friendships and are eagerly awaiting the start of their journey through the Senior School

 by Mr Michael McGovern
 Year Advisor