Tutor Group Challenge
The Tutor Group Challenge run by Fletcher House this term has been a sports-based theme. Each Year group has been rotating between 4 activities over the course of this term. Round 3 occurred this week and the competitiveness between Houses has really been ramping up! The activities played are dodgeball, table tennis, vortex tennis and table tennis. At the moment Fletcher House is out in front on points with both the Year 9 and 10 Fletcher Tutor groups dominating their age group. With one round to go in Week 8……who will win?

The ongoing COVID situation has once again impacted our school representative sporting pathways. This week, HRIS confirmed that all planned HRIS sporting events for Term 4 have been cancelled. This includes the Under 15’s Tennis, Golf, Softball and the Touch Football Gala days. While this is disappointing, our students have continued to be active and to enjoy their sport while at school. The basketball courts have never been so busy at lunchtime and the cool, sunny days have provided delightful playing conditions.

Year 8 student, Ryan Bonham is an accomplished Race Walker and is now NSW Champion in both the Short Course and Long Course events. Ryan won the 5km under 16’s Long Course event on July 25, walking 5000 metres in a time of 25 minutes and 53 seconds. On August 15, Ryan again won gold, this time in the U15 NSW Short Walk Championships. He walked 3km in 14 minutes 42 seconds – indeed faster than most of us could run the same distance. Ryan hopes for a shot at Nationals this year, which will depend on how the COVID situation progresses. He would have won Nationals last year but was disqualified while in the lead (a common occurrence in Race Walking).

Joel Cruickshank

Head of PDHPE