Posted on August 10, 2013

General and Sporting Excellence - September/October 2013

Water Polo Teams are Champions

Pittwater House received exciting news from the AICES Water Polo Trials hosted on 31st Oct, 2013. 

The U16 Boys and U16 Girls won their competitions and became the AICES Champions

AICES U16 Girls side - Natasha Burke and Molly Hurst have been selected into the AICES Team with Camryn Scott as a shadow players, they will now play in the AICES team and compete at the CIS Girls  championships on the 11 Nov, 2013. 

AICES U16 Boys Side - Isaac Smith, Guy Rees, Harry Shaw, Andrew Mahn, Callum Howe have been selected into the AICES Team with Alex Burke as a shadow player, they will now play in the AICES team and compete at the CIS Boys championships at CIS on the 13 Nov, 2013.

NSW Language Perfect Competition

The NSW state championships have come to a close with some fantastic results.

Over the period of the one week competition, Pittwater House gained 16,112 points, equating to 16,112 new words learnt across a range of languages.

Nearly a quarter of these points were earned by Year 3 student Max Pengelly, who gained a stunning total of 3,902 points!  This phenomenal effort by Max not only placed him 1st on the Pittwater House scoreboard, but 55th in the entire state of NSW.

Duke of Edinburgh

Year 12 students, Brittany Klein, Maxwell Irish, Jonathan Brooke and Akshai Bhandari have completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The students have worked hard over the past 3 to 4 years to complete all facets of the Duke of Edinburgh and should be commended for their hard work and perseverance to succeed in this endeavour. The students are invited to a ceremony at Government House Sydney to receive their Gold Award Certificates from the Governor of New South Wales.

Cadet Promotion

Year 9 Cadet James Field recently attended a promotions course at Singleton Army Barracks that was run by the NSW Cadet Brigade. James achieved some outstanding results on the course and was promoted to the rank of Corporal. 

AICES Athletics Carnival

40 Pittwater House students participated in the AICES Athletics Carnival achieving amazing results. Out of 59 Independent Schools competing Pittwater House came 4th overall.

Of the 876 students who competed at the Carnival, Pittwater House had 4 very talented students who ranked in the top 50 students:

Latika Tombs 9th Overall

Molly Woods 24th Overall

Josh Byron 38th Overall

Elisa Molen Grigull 44th Overall

Medals were awarded to:

Gold -  Elisa Molen Grigull (High Jump), Katia Molen Grigull (High Jump), Gleb Punanov (High Jump) and Latika Tombs (Shot Put)

Elisa Molen Grigull also broke the 15 Year Girls High Jump record setting a new record of 1.58m

Silver - Carl O'Neil (Triple Jump) and Sam Sheahan (Shot Put)

Bronze - Josh Byron (Javelin), George Firth (800m), Matthew Julian (Javelin), Louis Langoulant (High Jump), Sam Sheahan (Discus), Jackson Stensness (1500m) and Latika Tombs (High Jump and Long Jump).

CIS Athletics Carnival - Junior

During the Term students from the Junior school competed as part of the HICES team in the CIS Championships:

Emily Rowell finished 6th in the 10 Year - 200M to qualify for the final, where she also finished in 6th place.

Sabine Grubisa and Trinity Phoenix both ran in the 9 Year - 100M, Sabine finished 14th and Trinity 19th overall.

James Brock finished 17th in the 10 Years - 100M, 12th in the 200M, 6th in the Long Jump

Liam O'Hara 17th in Junior High Jump

Mackenzie Dixon was 14th in Turbo Javelin,

Illyphe Toumi-Cussinet in the Multi - Class events finished 5th in the 100M, 2nd in the Long Jump, 4th in the Shot Put and 2nd in the Discus. All students reached the level in Athletics.

Snow Sports

Year 12 and Year 11 students China Waters and Maddy Alexis travelled in Term 3 to Mount Buller in Victoria to compete in the 2013 Subaru Australian Interschools Snow Sports Championships.

The course for the Snowboard Giant Slalom was steep and icy. China came away with 9th place and Maddy came 2nd which earned the girls the Silver medal for the team event and Maddy Silver in the individual event.

The Boardercross was held later that day - the course was long and narrow with little room for error. China achieved 24th and Maddy placed 4th in the Qualifying round; the top 16 girls went through to the final. Maddy had a great finish and took away the Gold medal for Division 1 Girls. The girls finished 5th in the teams.

Further congratulations are extended to Maddy Alexis who after a very successful season is the new National Champion for Boarder Cross.  Maddy also came 2nd in giant slalom and with China Waters they achieved 2nd in the teams.

Australian Junior 17/Under Boys Netball Team travel to New Zealand to Compete

Year 11 student Josh Byron is part of the Australian Junior Sonix Men's Netball team that won 43-36 against New Zealand. The Australian Diamonds might not have been able to beat the Kiwis on the day, but the Junior boys had it covered last week. 

Congratulations to the Australian Junior Sonix - 17/Under Boys Netball Team on a very successful tour to New Zealand. During the Round Robin event, where the boys played as an invitational side, they won 8 and lost 2, finishing the event with a 9-goal win against the previously undefeated top side and to finish equal first overall.

The team then played an exhibition match against the New Zealand 23/Under Tournament Team. After being 8 goals down at quarter time it looked like the older Kiwi's might have this one, however the Aussie boys stormed back and won 43-36 against the previously undefeated top side and to finish second overall.

Sue Barnett, Manager of Sport also travelled with the team as their Assistant Coach.

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