As this is the last HT Bulletin for 2018, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Huntingtower community for their support whilst I have been acting in the Head of Sport role during Jan Savage's Long Service Leave. We all know that Jan has been instrumental to the incredible success of the Huntingtower sports program. I knew Jan was great at her job, but it wasn't until I stepped into her role that I really understood the endless hours of hard work she has put into the sports program. There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes which people do not realise. On a personal note, it has been a great experience and one of which I am grateful for. Not only have I had the chance to grow professionally, with Jan's guidance, but I have also had the chance to get to know the wider Huntingtower Community. I would like to wholeheartedly thank all those who make the HT Sport program run so smoothly; to the wonderful sport staff & coaches, to the HT the maintenance crew, referees, bus drivers, parents, EISM & HSAC staff – I appreciate your understanding and support. To all the wonderful students here at Huntingtower thank you for being so dedicated to the sports program. And finally, to all my wonderful colleagues I couldn't have done this job over the past six months without your assistance, encouragement, patience, understanding and friendship.
Acting Head of Sport
EISM SPRING SPORT UPDATE
Year 7's continue with their Term 4 EISM Sporting competition and sessions. They are learning new skills and game strategies in competitions in Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and Table Tennis. Students have made great progress in their skill development and game sense. It is great to see those students who are listening to their coach's advice and are trying hard to develop their technique and game play. Round 4 was played this week and was a little more fun than usual. All Huntingtower Blue Sporting teams played against their peers, Huntingtower White. It was great to see all students participating in a competitive sporting setting whilst displaying excellent sportsmanship skills. YEAR 8 & 9 It's hard to believe that the Year 8 and 9's only have one more week of the EISM Term 4 Spring Sport Competition. Many Year 8 & 9 students are attending the Monday Period 6 training sessions and as a result, they are improving as athletes in their sports. There are several teams who are in Grand Finals contention including:
Central Boys Tennis – 3rd Central Girls Volleyball A Team – 2nd Central Girls Volleyball B Team – 1st Central Boys Volleyball B Team – 1st Southern Girls Tennis – 2nd Southern Boys Tennis – 2nd Central Girls Softball – 1st Central Boys Indoor Cricket – 3rd
Good luck to all students for their remaining Term 4 EISM matches.
EISM YEAR 7 CRICKET AND SOFTBALL GALA DAYS
Students successfully trialled for, trained for and competed in the annual EISM Year 7 Cricket and Softball days.Both teams did extremely well, the players learnt an enormous amount about their sports and both teams narrowly missing out on finals. A huge "Thank you" to Mr Nic Green, Mrs Jenni Deubel and Mr Anthony Wroe for their time and work with our Huntingtower students.Thank you also to our AFL Trainee James Morrey for assisting Mr Green at the Softball tournament and Keith Clapp for assisting Mr Wroe at the Indoor Cricket.
Please see below a summary from the coaches.
Indoor Cricket Summary
After attending several lunchtime training sessions recently, 12 Year 7 boys and I attended the annual EISM Indoor Cricket Tournament (see attached photo - thanks to Keith Clapp for the photo and his help on the day). They all had a great time and it was fantastic to see the teamwork and improvement shown. A few of them already had some Outdoor/Indoor Cricket experience but for 2 or 3 it was their first ever experience of playing the great game of cricket. Hopefully they all play more in the future. They won 4 out of their 6 games played and everyone took part in at least 3 of the games. The Knox team were streets ahead of most and had a percentage of over 300 after the 4 groups games. They went on to win the tournament
Anthony Wroe (Coach)
We won 1 game, lost 2. They were all good, close games and the girls learnt a lot from the day. We lost to Oxley in the first game of the day 10-13. We were up 14-13 but didn't have time to get them out so the score reverted. Kingwood was our opponent in the second match which we won 13-12. Our third game was against Kilvington was a nail biter. It was 10-10 going into the last innings. They scored 4 and we were unlucky to get all out in the short amount of time left. Had we not been out, it would have resulted in a tie. Tasha smashed a ball down third base line and was unlucky it was caught. Despite losing 14 – 10 it was a great match.
Nic Green (Coach)
BADMINTON VICTORIA ALL SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the first time, the Huntingtower school entered a team into the Badminton Victoria All Schools Championships. This is all thanks to Year 7 parent Ida who was the coach and team manager. I am very grateful for the time and effort she put into the team prior to and on the day of the tournament. I am looking forward to the Badminton program at Huntingtower growing in 2019.
On Thursday the 18th October Huntingtower school participated in the Badminton Victoria All Schools Championships, organized by Badminton Victoria. The annual team event was a tough competition, opened to all public and independent schools in Victoria, for students from year 7 to 12. We sent in a very young team, comprised of four year 7 and two year 9 boys. Our students fought hard, and learnt valuable lessons. After the tournament, our school is very fortunate to secure Lenny Permana, an ex-Olympian, dedicated and experienced badminton coach, to coach our students. We are keen to expand badminton at Huntingtower next year, with the possibility of introducing a lunchtime training session.
As the end of the year approaches, there are still numerous items of unnamed clothing in the lost property box in the Senior Gym.
Any unclaimed items by the commencement of Week 8 Monday 26th November will be directed to the Uniform Shop or a Charity.Parents, please ensure all uniform items are clearly named.