2014 Wrapped Up.

As another school year comes to a close, it is time to reflect back on all that has taken place in 2014.

Once again our member schools enjoyed the opportunity to compete in a variety of carnivals such as swimming, basketball, football, netball, volleyball, soccer, league-tag, cross country, athletics and cricket. We feel that we have a well rounded and comprehensive program of carnivals that provide exciting learning experiences for our students, including  programmed events in the athletics carnival for our students with special needs.

We saw the introduction of the CPSSA website which will continue to be a hub of information, results and photos for all our communities to access. Our CPSSA officials looked smart in their new team uniform that helps make us stand out on carnival days as well as feel like a team.

Some of our CPSSA officials took part in the ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation) ‘Game Sense’ PD as well as the ACHPER State Conference in order to upskill themselves for the years ahead. Also coming up is a professional development day run by the CPSSA that will focus on Physical Education programming and assessment.

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Thank you to the Principals at each school for their ongoing support of the CPSSA. With the difficult task of managing school budgets, we are fortunate that our schools see the value of sport and physical activity by paying for relief teachers and buses so that our students can compete at our events.

Thank you to our hard working PE teachers for their commitment and dedication in ensuring that their teams are well prepared and that our carnivals run smoothly. We meet twice a term to discuss the logistics and programs of our events, as well as engaging in discussions for the purposes of professional development.

We say goodbye to Kate Mavric from Orana who will take up a new position in 2015, and to Suzie Fetter who will return to her home of Canada as the end of her one year teacher exchange program comes to a close. We would like to thank both ladies for their hard work this year and wish them all the best for the future

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We would also like to thank the following organisations for their assistance in making our carnivals possible:

Rockingham Aquatic Centre, City of Cockburn – Community ServicesEast Fremantle and South Fremantle Football Clubs, Volleyball WA, Fremantle Netball AssociationAthletics WA, WA Cricket Association, Sports  Medicine Australia, Slater-Gartrell Sports and WA Rugby League.

Looking ahead we can expect another exciting year as 2015 fast approaches. A full list of carnival dates can be viewed by clicking on the ‘Carnivals’ tab at the top.

On behalf of the CPSSA and our member schools: Living Waters, St Bernadette’s, Star of the Sea, Mater Christi, St Jerome’s, Christ the King, Yidarra, Orana and Queen of Apostles, we wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Ross Bridgeman

CPSSA Co-ordinator.

Four Shields – Four schools win!

Our cricket carnival was a blast – a T20 Blast.

This exciting game format was enjoyed by all on a summers-like day at Santich Park in Munster. With all schools competing with 4 teams each, we had some 360 participants. To look around at 9 fields in action it was no wonder that our students were excited and energised all day long. There were big hits, classic catches and sizzling run-outs. There were big scores, plenty of wickets and lots of close games. Our students played like stars.

And then the big stars showed up.

Our students had a chance to get up close and personal with Perth Scorcher Brad Hogg, Western Warrior Michael Hogan and Western Fury player Heather Graham who were there to chat with the kids, sign autographs and play a bit of cricket too. They were also kind enough to stick around and present the shields to the winning schools.

Four different schools took home a shield each. For a full list of results click here.

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Athletics Triumph!

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Our Athletics Carnivals were held over two days at Santich Park in Munster, home to the Cockburn Little Athletics Club.

There were many examples of outstanding skill, speed and stamina on the track and field, as well as sportsmanship and team spirit off the field. With so many parents coming along to cheer on their school the atmosphere was electric on both days.

Well done to all of our nine schools for their cooperation, organisation and contributions over the two days. Successful carnivals require these ingredients and the CPSSA has it in spades.

It was Mater Christi who took away the shield with a dominant display, with St. Jerome’s placing second. Christ the King won the APPS Shield (Average Points Per Student), and it was pleasing to see that all 9 schools had at least one student who won individual medals.

For a full list of results click here.

To view photos of the two days click here.

Day #1 Action.

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Well done to our schools for their spirited efforts at Santich Park on Monday. Students gave their all in 400m races, turbojav, shotput and long jump. We also had some of our students with special needs participating in ‘friendly’ track and field events too.

It was great to see many parents put their hand up and volunteer their time to assist in the field events. Your help is much appreciated and always welcome. We are not as well resourced as little athletics clubs, but we go to great lengths to make sure that our carnivals are of a high quality, and that students get ample opportunity to challenge themselves and participate for the enjoyment of the game. It was wonderful to hear many instances of positive feedback from different channels.

We now look forward to Thursday’s events, and we hope to see you there. Please see below for current scores and a selection of photos.

Mater Christi          164

St Jerom’e             104

St Bernadette’s       98

Christ the King       96

Star of the Sea       92

Yidarra                    84

Orana                      64

Queen of Apostles   50

Living Waters           20

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Gearing Up for Athletics!

All our schools are busy completing their in-house faction carnivals and preparing their interschool teams for the  Athletics Carnivals coming up in November.

Once again they will be held at Santich Park in Munster. All the details can be found by heading over to the ‘Carnivals’ tab, or by clicking here.

Previous winners:

2013    Mater Christi

2012    Christ the King

2011    Mater Christi

2010    Mater Christi

2009    Mater Christi

2008    Mater Christi

2007    St Jerome’s

2006    Yidarra

Mater Christi Cross Country Champions!

Well done to all our teams for pushing themselves so hard in this difficult event. All runners can be proud of their efforts, not only to make the squad for their school, but also for their performances on the day. It amazes us every year how talented some of our runners are, as they make the course look easy. Some can set a fast pace early and maintain it for the duration.

Mater Christ were the overall winners on 1007 points, edging out runners up St Bernadette’s on 995 points. For a full table of results click here.

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