Thank you to everyone who made the House Athletics at Landy Field such a special occasion. I really love the way Drysdale goes about its sport which is also reflected in our approach to performing arts, art and everything else. There is a very serious side to the competition. This is a qualifying event for further levels of competition which can take the best athletes right up to the national championships. This deserves proper respect. Although I have a deep love of sport and competition, what I actually love more about the House Athletics is the manner in which our students are such great encouragers of all the children regardless of how naturally they run, throw or jump.
For part of the day I was with the year 3s who were doing the long jump. Zayer got out of his wheelchair with the biggest smile ever seen saying, “Look how far I can jump, Mr. Dunlop-Moore.” As he ran up, all the other children were calling out “Go Zayer” and encouraging him. It didn’t matter to them which house he was in, he was just a Drysdale student having a go. In the year 6 girls triple jump the lead changed between Madi and Liesel four times with Liesel eventually winning by just 1 cm. Madi was the first to congratulate Liesel.
I would particularly like to thank Andy Booth, our new Phys Ed teacher, with the support of Mitch Sinnott, Shane Kennedy and other staff for the magnificent organization. This extended beyond the timetable of the day to include the transport, first aid and marshaling.
As is so often the case here at Drysdale Primary School, there was again great support from our parents. Many volunteered their time to help with measuring and recording. Lots of other parents and friends were there to provide support from the stands. This is the sort of community involvement that sets Drysdale PS apart. We thank all those who gave up some/all of their day to help and support our children.