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Primary Physical Education: 

Primary Aquathlon

Published Wednesday, September 30, 2009.

Primary Aquathlon’s enjoy near perfect conditions in the pool and on the track

This has been an action packed week for Primary PE which started with the Aquathlon on Monday and Tuesday.  This is my first year at Patana School and I must say that it was an absolute joy to see so many students getting involved in such a fun and active event!  All students have been working very hard in their PE and Swimming lessons and this was a great opportunity for them to show how much they have learnt.  In perfect weather conditions the students took to the pool with great enthusiasm and excitement.

Students work in pairs for the event and are expected to complete a distance swim followed by a run.  Whilst one student is competing their partner helps them by recording distances, helping them change from their swimming kit to their running kit and generally cheering them on.  It was fantastic to see how much encouragement the students were giving each other and there was a great atmosphere in all of the year group events.

The emphasis of the event is on enjoyment and this was clear to see as you looked around at the students’ faces.  It was particularly thrilling to see the year 3 students who, like me, were attempting their first Aquathlon, looks of anticipation soon turned to excitement and determination.  Many of the students had set themselves personal goals like swimming a particular stroke or running an extra lap, it was great to see the pride and elation in their faces as they accomplished these.  A particular mention should go to the year 5 and 6 students who entered the competitive event, which took part in the 50m pool.  Students were given an overall time for the event which meant that there was a very different atmosphere at the poolside as they discussed tactics and the best ways to improve their times.   

Although all students did a great job there are some names that we would like to mention.....

Year 6 – Albert Smutharaks, Jason Griffin, Karatae Uahwatanasakul and Isabelle Dye

Year 5 – Sammy Wright, Lorenzo Prada, Pawarapa Osathanugrah, Ethan Abai Haddon and Eloise Dooley,

Year 4 – Lorcan Moore, Khalid Al Khayat, Jessica Montgomery Day and Jayden Da Ros

Year 3 – Luke Abai Haddon, Moniqa Neilson and all the Year 3 teaching staff (4 entries, well done!)

Finally, a big thank you to those parents and staff that came to support the students, especially those that took part.  I’m sure, that like me, you were inspired and proud of what you saw.  Only 51 weeks to go to next year’s Aquathlon so let’s ALL start training!

For more pictures please click here:

Year 6

Year 5

Year 4 

Year 3

Well done everyone,

Chris Meller                                                                                 

Primary Physical Education Department







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