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Debating Grand Final Winners - 22 August 2014
This week saw the culmination of the 2014 GCSSDA debating season with the Grand Finals held at Bond University. It was an exciting and enjoyable evening, and the 30-odd students who came along to cheer our teams on made it more so.
Due to the extensive number of teams who progressed into the finals series, the College won the GCSSDA Champion School shield for 2014.
The Grand Final victors in their relative divisions, below are, from left to right:
Senior B Division Champions: Rear – Ahmad Gundru, Jack Sattler, Thuvarakan Muthukkumarasamy, Saya Tomikawa and Bryan Parsons (Speaker of the Night). Calin Miles (Debating Captain) with the Champion School Trophy.
Intermediate A Division Champions: Rear - Ashley Gee, Emilie Walker; Front – Hollie Cook, Dinu Hewage (Speaker of the Night) and Jessica Winch.
A fine end to a fine season!
Budding Young Tech Whizzes in our midst! - 22 August 2014
The 2014 Gold Coast Science and Tech Fair – ‘Hack n Show’ held annually, is designed to promote engagement within the Science and Technology industries in a fun and interactive setting. It is an opportunity for students to demonstrate how Science and Technology can be applied to everyday life.
Matthew and Jamie Hickey, brothers in our Junior School from Years 4 and 5, submitted three home-made ‘hacked’ products, and both received 1st prize in their divisions.
Matthew designed and created an ‘Autonomous Drawing Machine’, which was made from a plastic cup, some pens, an AA battery and a motor. This innovative creation draws interesting patterns on a page without human assistance.
Jamie entered his solar-powered car and a Bristle Bot. The solar-powered car was constructed from a water bottle, household items, solar panels and a motor. It moved successfully under the sun’s energy. His Bristle Bot was made from a vibrating phone motor inserted into the head of a toothbrush; another innovative design.
All their hard work paid off, as together they won Arduino, GCDuino and Raspberry Pie equipment to further advance their interests. Congratulations to both Matthew and Jamie on their fine efforts!
From the Junior School Classroom - 15 August 2014
In Geography, Year 3 have been inquiring into Australia’s neighbouring countries. We have learnt how to locate and label them, using an Atlas and through using Setarra on-line, which is a fun interactive website where the aim is to locate different countries while racing against time.
Year 3 are also writing reports on a country of their choice. They are learning how to research, take notes, summarise key points, use diagrams and create a detailed comparison of the similarities and differences between their chosen country and Australia.
I like doing the map jig saw puzzle because I really like having to solve the puzzle and label each country.
I liked taking notes about different countries because it helps you learn and it is fun.
I liked playing the geography game because it tells me your score and it is also very good for learning.
In Literacy, Year 1 have been reading and learning about Aboriginal cultural traditions. We discovered how these traditions were explained and passed on to children as oral stories and in paintings. We read several stories and then created our own stories using Aboriginal symbols.
Below are some of students’ comments:
I knew what I my story was going to be but it was harder to draw it than I thought it would be. It is not like a normal story.
Some of the paintings we looked at were very complicated, but I could spot some of the symbols we used for our stories. The stories were different from the ones we usually read; they helped children understand the shapes of unusual rocks.
I do not know how they did some of those paintings; they were very tricky. Some of the stories sound strange to us but they were interesting.
Winning Ways - 15 August 2014
Congratulations to Marcus Amerena, Year 2. Marcus competed in his first Yun Hap Taekwondo Tournament in Capalaba! Marcus received a trophy, which he was very happy about. Well done Marcus!
Gold Coast Regional Gymnastics Championships
Congratulations to Liam Burt, Year 4 Last weekend, Liam competed in the Gold Coast Regional Gymnastics Championships for MAG Level 2. Liam competed on all six apparatuses.
He achieved a Gold Medal for Floor, Vault and Pommel and Silver Medal for High Bar. Liam’s combined score ranked him in 1st place overall in the competition. Well done Liam!
South Coast Hockey
Congratulations to Ashton Price, Year 5
Ashton is part of the South Coast Hockey team (under 12s), who placed 6th out of 12 teams. All team members played extremely well during the four day tournament.
Ashton enjoyed the experience and came away with new skills and friendships, and is looking forward to next year’s trials. Well done Ashton!
Equestrian -Show Jumping
Congratulations to Estelle Urbain and Madison Cicala both of Year 7 Estelle and Madison have been competing in Show Jumping events during the year, with both placing first in many of their events.
Last weekend they competed at World Cup Show Jumping in Caboolture.
From Pool to Piano - 8 August 2014
2014 Panasonic Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival
Congratulations to Jared de Vries, Year 11.
Jared was selected to represent Australia in the B98 Water Polo team to compete at the Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival, in the under 18 division, from 12-15 July. Jared’s team placed 7th out of 20 teams.
The team then played a three-day test series against the New Zealand B98 team and won all three games.
Well done Jared on your achievement and Australian representation.
State Pool Rescue State Championships
Congratulations to Year 11 student, Jayden Ibbitson.
Jayden competed at the State Pool Rescue State Championships, last Saturday, in Caboolture. Jayden achieved some fantastic results:
Gold medal 14/15 male 4x25m Manikin Relay
Bronze Medal 14/15 male 4x50m Obstacle Relay
Bronze Medal 14/15 male 4x50m Medley Relay
Silver Medal Under 15 male 50m Manikin Carry
Jayden is off to Sydney for the 2014 Australian Pool Rescue Championships from 8-10 August, and we wish him all the best!
Beenleigh Eisteddfod Awards
Congratulations to the very talented Hall family for their recent success in the Beenleigh Eisteddfod. Stephanie Hall received 2nd place in the Examination Grade 6 Piano section for her performance of Chopin's Mazurka in F Minor. Stephanie also received a Highly Commended in the Piano Solo section for her performance of Debussy's Minstrel's Prelude.
Michael Hall also received 2nd Place in the Examination Grade 5 Piano section for his performance of Schumann's Phantasietanz. Well done to both Stephanie and Michael!
Congratulations also to Rena Matsunawa in Year 8, who recently was awarded $500 as runner-up in the Bendigo Bank Instrumental Scholarship (13 Years and Over) section at the Beenleigh Eisteddfod. Rena performed beautifully on both piano and violin and was the youngest competitor in this category. Well done Rena!
An Enriching Business Experience - 8 August 2014
The wonderful experience of the Bond University and A.B. Paterson College Australian Business Week 2014 was enjoyed by all Year 11 students in Week 2 this term. It is an annual event of the College, aiming to allow students to share new experiences and find different personal strengths, as well as providing a range of leadership opportunities.
This authentic activity of running a business and launching a new product operates with the significant support of a band of Business and Teacher Mentors each year.
Twelve local business men and women, together with teaching staff from the College, generously donated their time as Mentors during the week to advise and support students in their decision-making. Dr Baden U’Ren, from the Faculty of Business at Bond University presented mentors and students with awards. Our thanks to all the mentors for their time, guidance and expertise.
Winners of Trade Display Grand Champion Team 2014: Alpha 11
Joint CEOs: Annika Harrison and Thomas Sebecke
Mentors: Debbie De Villiers and Michael O’Dwyer
Bond University Faculty of Business is the major sponsor of the event, funding all first prizes received by students.
Additional sponsors of the event were: Autobarn Logan City, Tropical Fruit World, ADCO Constructions, Eagers Holden, Medland Orthodontics, Nerang Tiles, The Advanced Group, BankWest Business, Future Assist and ADGCE.
We thank our generous sponsors, as they provide prizes and fund operating costs, including the sausage sizzle at the end of the week.
Australian Business Week was a week full of everything: designing, creating, planning, talking, laughing, eating and learning. We learnt skills that were not only vital for our education and everyday lives, but also it gave me the ideas and experience to try and accomplish my life-long dream – to become a successful entrepreneur. The programme had a certain area where each individual could easily fit into – a role for everyone. From the computer simulation and written reports to the trade displays and oral presentations, I truly enjoyed every aspect of the week as it offered something new, exciting and amazing.
Thuvarakan Muthukkumarasamy - CEO Company 5, Hydracells Skin Protector
During Australian Business Week, I have learned that teamwork is vital in making correct decisions. The most enjoyable experience was enticing other consumers to buy our product during the trade display. It was a competitive event and really lifted everyone’s work ethic. I now understand the basic fundamentals of business.
Luke de Boer – Company 2, O.A.R Technology
HPE teacher talks about his life as an elite athlete - 18 July 2014
Teacher and past student of A.B. Paterson College, Matthew Stopel, is one of Australia's top discus throw athletes. In his own words, Matthew talks about his passion for his chosen sport and how that is translating into his love of coaching young students at the College.
My discus throwing career started at A.B Paterson College in 1999. My first experience of discus throwing was at the Junior School Athletics Carnival, where I broke the 9 year olds record after a quick lesson from the teachers on the event. From there, my passion for the event and the sport of athletics has grown into what it is today.
The sport has given me the opportunity to travel and train with the best in the world. In 2009, I was fortunate enough to travel to Japan with my coach to train with the Olympic and World Champion Hammer Thrower, Koji Murofushi. The experience I gained was invaluable and informs my practice as an athlete and a coach today. I currently train 12-15 hours per week, which includes technique, throwing and strength training through Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting. As a discus thrower, I am young; many world class athletes compete into their thirties and I plan to do the same.
My achievements to date include representing Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games in India (2008) for Discus and Hammer Throw, and achieving the standard to be included in the IAAF World Discus Rankings in U18 (2007), U20 (2009) and, most recently, the Open Age rankings in 2013. This year I was not selected in the Commonwealth Games team to compete in Glasgow, despite achieving the entry standard. 2014 was my first year competing in the Australian Athletics Tour Meets, which gave me the opportunity to travel around the country to compete against the best in Australia. I am currently ranked 4th on the Australian rankings.
Achieving my goals would not have been possible without the long term support and guidance of my coach, Brett Green. To date, I have been training with him for 12 years and I look forward to sharing the highs and lows of training and competitions with him for years to come. The knowledge he has passed on to me has allowed me to become a successful independent athlete and a throws’ coach. I really enjoy coaching throws, as I am able to pass on my knowledge and experience to the younger generation of throwers.
I have my eyes set on competing at the 2017 World Championships to be held in London, and then the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. It would be an honour and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in my own city with my friends and family there to support.
When I started out, throwing provided me with a sense of belonging. I have formed great friendships that still exist today and I hope that I can help others feel that same sense of community and personal achievement that I have experienced.
Winton Traveller's Tales - 18 July 2014
After lots of cool weather, it was great to spend the day in the warm sunshine! Today we spent the morning in Rubyvale, where we went into an underground sapphire mine and then had some time to fossick for our own. Most of us found some sapphires, but the prize for the largest blue sapphire went to Mr Bartlett - well done!
Off to the coast in the afternoon, the sun setting as we arrived at Kinka beach. Tomorrow, we will visit the Capricorn Caves. Our final activity for the camp is the Outback Factor tomorrow night - our famous talent show. Can't believe camp is almost over for another year!
Today our campers were up early to pack and head to historic Barcaldine. Here we visited the Worker's Heritage Centre to find out a little more about the Great Shearers' strike of the late 1800s, and something about life in general in 19th century outback Queensland.
We also went and sat beneath the monument to the Tree of Knowledge. Tonight's stay is at Emerald. Everyone is looking forward to going to Rubyvale in the morning to fossick for sapphires - we're all hoping to strike it rich!
Days 4 & 5
This weekend we have been in Winton and have had a great time wandering around the town, checking out the shops, visiting the Waltzing Matilda Centre and the Age of Dinosaurs museum.
On Sunday morning, we performed in our second concert for the people of Winton and drove out to the Combo Waterhole, part of the inspiration for Banjo Paterson's poem Waltzing Matilda, which has inspired so many Australians.
Tomorrow (Monday), we will break camp and head for Emerald, visiting Barcaldine along the way.
Wow, what a busy day we've had! Our day started at 6am with a morning walk to watch the sun rise over the plains. It was pretty chilly, so we were all rugged up in our jackets and beanies. After bacon and eggs for breakfast, we visited the Longreach School of Distance Education to find out how outback children are educated. We then watched a Stockman's Show and visited the Longreach Stockman's Hall of Fame. While we were there, Mike from the Royal Flying Doctor Service came to see us and gratefully accepted our cheque from the proceeds of the Year 6 Sausage Sizzle. Later in the afternoon, we visited the Qantas Museum to learn all about the origins of our iconic airline, followed by a quick tour of the town centre. The finale to our day was giving our first concert to over 100 Longreach travellers where we were given a rousing cheer. Early to bed tonight, because we break camp tomorrow morning and head to Winton!
Day 2 - Heading to Longreach
After a chilly start at Mitchell this morning, we set off for Longreach. Along the way we stopped at the scenic outback towns of Augathella and Blackall for morning tea and lunch. Highlights of our drive today were seeing so many emus and kangaroos along the way. Already we can see the change in the landscape, it is very flat, dry and treeless. Once we reached Longreach, we all had a crash course in setting up our tents - that was lots of fun! Early night tonight after some hot chocolate, because we have a big day tomorrow at the Qantas Museum, The Stockman's Hall of fame and our first concert of the trip - everyone is very excited!
Great trip to Mitchell today, we made excellent time and managed to get to the Artesian Spa early so the children were able to have a long swim in the warm water - great way to unwind after a day of travel. After dinner and dessert, we unrolled our sleeping bags and set up stretchers and settled in for a well deserved rest. Looking forward to our next destination, Longreach tomorrow.
Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony Art Submissions - 19 June 2014
On 3 August 2014, in Scotland, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will come to an end with an exciting Closing Ceremony. The Gold Coast, as the next Commonwealth Games host city, will be officially handed the Commonwealth Games Flag as part of the Flag Handover Ceremony.
This ceremony will feature a special ‘Gold Coast’ performance, produced by David Atkins Enterprises, with Gold Coast performers and recently appointed headline talent, Jessica Mauboy.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and David Atkins Enterprises have given Gold Coast Primary School students the opportunity to make a unique and valuable contribution to the Flag Handover Ceremony production.
Students aged 8-12 years were invited to submit a piece of art in one (or all) of the categories listed below.
One piece of art in each of the eight categories will be selected to feature in the Flag Handover Ceremony.
A.B. Paterson College students’ artwork selected in seven of the eight categories to be submitted are:
Category 1: Globe Adam Reiner Year 4
Globe: An image of the world showing both Glasgow and the Gold Coast
Category 2: The Surfer Monique Jeynes Year 6
The Surfer: An image of a Gold Coast surfer catching a wave
Category 3: Beach David Ho Year 3
Beach: An image including one or all of the following Gold Coast elements: oceans, waves, surfers, beaches or lifesavers.
Category 4: Hinterland Cherry Ge Year 2
Hinterland: An image including one or all of the following Gold Coast elements: rainforests, bushes, creatures, flora or fauna.
Category 5: Culture Emily Thomas Year 6
Culture: An image of the Gold Coast:
• Actor/singer/band in performance, or
• Painter in action, or
• Sculptor at work, or
• Painting hanging in a gallery or a sculpture
Category 6: Athlete Jenna ten Bohmer Year 4
Athlete: An image of a Commonwealth Games athlete (any sport) in action
Category 7: Skyline Alexandria Tapsall Year 6
Skyline: An image of the iconic Gold Coast skyline
Thank you to Visual Art teacher, Jackie Bennett, for co-ordinating this work.
Awards & Achievements 19 June 2014
Annual Swimming Gold Coast Awards
Congratulations to Thomas Buenano-Thompson (Year 7) and Harrison Buenano-Thompson (Year 4).
Thomas and Harrison attended the Annual Swimming Gold Coast Awards on Sunday, 15 June. Harrison was awarded the Overall Season Boys’ 8 years Age Champion and Thomas the Overall Season Boys’ 10 years Age Champion.
It was a great finish to the 2013/2014 swim season! Well done Thomas and Harrison!
Congratulations also to Marcus Amerena of Year 2.
Marcus has made an achievement in Taekwondo, being graded from a white belt to a yellow belt at Muir's Taekwondo this week. Well done Marcus!
Young Rugby Players Star at Suncorp Stadium 13 June 2014
In a pre-match Rugby Union opener to the main Wallabies v France game last Saturday evening, a group of A.B. Paterson College students playing for the Under 10 Griffith University Knights Rugby Union team took to the turf of Suncorp Stadium against Ormiston College and won three tries to two.
A winning night all round! Well done boys!
Performing Arts Showcase 13 June 2014
Following the postponement of our Musical for 2014 (now 8-11 October), we are delighted to invite you to a Performing Arts evening to be held at the Dunlop Multi-Purpose Centre at 6:00pm on Tuesday, 17 June.
All students in Years 1, 2 and 3 will be involved (as members of their year level choirs), as will all other choral students from Years 4-12. Members of various instrumental and dance ensembles will also be showcasing their talents.
We look forward to welcoming you to a wonderful evening of entertainment to celebrate your child’s learning journey in the Arts.
Muddy Athletics to Precision Gymnastics to Basketball Award ! 6 June 2014
Gold Coast Mini Mudd Rush
Congratulations to Brooke Whittington (Year 6), Abigail Jones (Year 7) and Benjamin Jones (Year 8)
Brooke, Abigail and Benjamin participated in the first Gold Coast Mini Mudd Rush last weekend. They completed a 5km obstacle course, crawling through tunnels, climbing over hay bales, jumping into ice baths and working through a maze – with lots of mud along the way!
Australian Gymnastics Championships
Congratulations to Akina Kinja of Year 6S
Akina competed at Australian Gymnastics Championships, in Melbourne last week.
She achieved 2nd place in Level 8 Acrobatic Gymnastics. Well done Akina!
Basketball – Best Defender Award
Congratulations to Charlotte Boyd of Year 6.
The Seahawks Gold Coast Basketball Club held their representative awards night last Saturday night. Charlotte, who played in the U12 Girls’ team, received the award for ‘Best Defender’ in her team for the season. Well done Charlotte!
...Or Sport! 30 May 2014
Jared de Vries (Year 11) has been selected to represent the Queensland Schools Water Polo Team, when they compete in the National Schools Water Polo Championships in Noosa, from 2-6 June 2014. Congratulations, Jared!
At the Warwick Pentath-Run, on Saturday, 24 May, Dylan Foote (Year 4) ran a 4.6km cross country race. Dylan placed 3rd in the under 10 year boys, in a time of 26:04.93. Well done Dylan!
It's All About the Music! 30 May 2014
Congratulations to Aric Kruger (Year 10), Isobella Kruger (Year 8) and Breeanna Lavin (Year 10) Aric, Isobella and Breeanna performed at the Queensland Vocal Competition last Sunday, which was held at Brisbane Girls' Grammar School.
Performances by all three students were of an excellent standard and Isobella was awarded a third place in the Junior division.
The big winner of the day, though, was Aric Kruger who took out a first place in the Intermediate division. An amazing result! Well done Aric!
Congratulations to Maya Bose (Year 5)
Maya received the following awards at MTAQ Composers’ Competition last weekend in Gold Coast:
• 10 years Composer’s Award: 1st Place
• Open Junior 17 years and under Audio Visual composer’s Award: 1st place
• Dulcie Holland Award to a Junior
State Philosothon 23 May 2014
On Saturday, 17 May, eight of our most outstanding Year 10 and 11 students attended the State Philosothon at the University of Queensland.
Philosothon is a programme designed to develop the ability of students to critically analyse ideas and concepts, improve skills in argumentation and to collaboratively explore philosophical issues. The Philosothon has developed a significant profile over the last few years both nationally and internationally. Private and state schools compete, and participants are judged on the quality of their synthesis, their ability to develop ideas collaboratively, and to use the methodology of philosophy to think critically about issues.
A.B. Paterson College representatives for 2014 were: Bryan Parsons, Erika Spanos, Emily Selleck, Thuvarakan Muthukkumarasamy, Sheridan Tapsall, Benjamin Devine, Malak Habib and Mohanapiriyan Muthukkumarasamy.
We all enjoyed it so much that we are looking to start a Philosophy Club!
Senior Cross Country Runners Win 2014 APS Percentage Trophy 23 May 2014
Congratulations to our dedicated Cross Country runners, who proudly represented the College at the recent APS Cross Country Carnival.
The highlight of the day was the winning of the Percentage Trophy by our Senior Cross Country team who placed fourth on aggregate.
Team and individual results can be seen below. Well done to all athletes who ran as members of the A.B. Paterson College Senior and Junior Cross Country squads.
Senior Individual Age Champions:
Harley Nielsen 3rd place 13 Years
Stephanie Hall 2nd place 14 Years
Shiraz Mulholland 3rd place 16 Years
Tess Maddison 2nd place Open Girls
Nicolas Swanson 2nd place Open Boys
Liam Davidson 3rd place Open Boys
Senior Team Age Champions:
13 Year Boys 3rd place
14 Year Girls 2nd place
Open Girls 1st place
Open Boys 1st place
Overall Girls 3rd place
Overall Boys 4th place
Overall Aggregate 4th place
Percentage Trophy 1st place
Junior Individual Age Champions:
Jasper Fitzgerald 3rd place 9 Years
Oliver Cronin 2nd place 12 Years
Junior Team Age Champions:
9 Year Girls – 2nd place
12 Year Boys – 2nd place
Overall Girls – 7th place
Overall Boys – 6th place
Overall Aggregate – 7th place
Percentage Trophy – 8th place
A World of Toys - Yesterday and Today 16 May 2014
History in Year 2 involves students analysing aspects of daily life to identify how some have changed over recent time, while others have remained the same. They compare objects from the past and present.
It was amazing to see the variety of toys, listen to the children proudly share the memories the toys evoked, and learn all about a range of very different toys to those the children enjoy today. This was a wonderful springboard to begin discussions on how technology has impacted daily life.
· My dad made this toy car from wood when he was 11. His brother, Uncle Col, made one too. They loved to play with them. I liked the idea so much, I made my own boat out of wood. I love to play with it.
· My mum loved this 1970’s 3D puzzle called a Rubik’s Cube. Do you know how many faces on a cube? Yes – 6 is correct. To play you need to twist the rows and try to get each face the one colour. The goal was to see who could solve the puzzle the quickest. It was very tricky.
Leonardo's Legacy Lives On! 16 May 2014
A.B. Paterson College hosted the da Vinci Decathlon as the State Chapter School in Queensland for students in Years 5-10. 64 teams from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba all competed in the Decathlon over the three day event.
The da Vinci Decathlon began in 2005 as an exciting offshoot of the very successful da Vinci Programme for gifted and talented students at Knox Grammar School in Sydney. The Decathlon is designed to celebrate the academic gifts of Australian youth, by providing a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon.
Unlike an Olympic decathlon, this event is a team challenge. Divided into three sessions, each session offers problems/tasks/challenges over a number of categories. Teams decide how they want to approach the activity, pooling their collective talents, and thinking laterally and collaboratively.
The tasks are exciting, enriching and challenging with a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, offering students the opportunity to test their capacity to think critically, make quick accurate judgements to problem solve, whilst respecting the intellect of others in their team.
The ten academic events are: Mathematics; English; Science; Philosophy; Code Breaking; Engineering Challenge; Creative Producers; Art and Poetry; Cartography; and General Knowledge.
This very prestigious opportunity is one of the highlights of the Gifted and Talented programme at A.B. Paterson College.
We are very proud to announce that both our Year 7 and Year 10 teams have been invited to attend the National competitions in Sydney during the June holidays. It is also wonderful to note, we had many successes for the College:
Year 5 Team: 3rd place
Year 6 Team: 2nd place
Year 8 Team: 1st place
South East District Rep Soccer Trials
Congratulations to Jessica Hornabrook of Year 7.
Jessica competed at the South East District Rep Soccer Trials on Tuesday. She was selected in the team to represent the South Coast Sport Region, at the State Championships in Mt Isa, in July.
Well done Jessica and good luck in your training!
South Coast Regional Hockey 12 Years and Under
Three students from the College have been selected for the South Coast Regional Hockey, 12 years and under teams, to participate in the State Championships in Brisbane, from 19–22 June.
Congratulations to Ashton Price (Year 5), Annise Bradfield (Year 6) and Monique Charlton (Year 7),who have been selected following the recent Regional Championships. Special congratulations to Ashton, as he is only turning 10 this year.
Best wishes to Jessica, Ashton, Annise and Monique as they head towards the State Championshiops in their respective sports.
And the Gold Medal is awarded to .... 9 May 2014
Current Divisional National Champion, Xavier Menezes-Whitikia, who competed at the NZ Taekwondo Open in Auckland over the 3-4 May weekend, where the Year 6 student won the gold medal for sparring in his division.
Xavier represented Taekwondo Queensland at this event. Even though it was a National NZ tournament, there were competitors from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania present, as well as international competitors from Tonga and New Caledonia.
Xavier has been training in Taekwondo for five years; he first started by attending College classes on Tuesdays after school. He is currently a Grade 1 belt and will be grading for his black belt in December.
He has represented Queensland at national competitions since 2011, and is the current National Champion in his division, having won Nationals in Melbourne in September 2013.
Xavier trains five times a week, mainly at the Muirs Club in Helensvale, as well as specialist training in Brisbane and Currumbin.
He is now aiming to train hard for Australian Nationals later this year, and his next main goal is to represent Australia at the US Open in February 2015.
We wish Xavier well as he reaches for that goal of representing Australia in 2015, following what we all hope will be a successful campaign in the Australian Nationals.
National Youth Archery Championships - 2 May 2014
Congratulations to Tristan Cargill, Year 10, who competed at the National Youth Archery Championships that were held in Adelaide, from the 14-19th April 2014. Tristan’s results for his division (Intermediate Compound Male) were as follows:
Target Championships Gold Medal - New Australian record
Matchplay Championships Gold Medal
Clout Championships Silver Medal
Field Championships Silver Medal
First Place in Compound Male Division at State Team Championships – South Queensland Team
Tristan has also been selected as part of the Australian Team for the Trans-Tasman Challenge to be held in September 2014.
Below Tristan tells us more about his sport of archery.
"The National Youth Archery Championships (NYAC) is the biggest competition in Australia for the whole year and was held in Adelaide this year. Australia’s finest archers under 20 years of age gathered over the period of a week and participated in the four different disciplines of FITA archery; target, match play, field and clout. Around 150 archers from across the different disciplines and divisions competed in the Nationals this year.
"The main bow types are Compound and Recurve. The Recurve bow is the closest to the original type of bow for shooting, the longbow. It features a curved set of limbs and a single string. A Compound bow mainly consists of strings and cables intertwined through 2 cam modules at the top and bottom of the bow, making the bow really accurate and extremely fast. I personally shoot a compound bow.
"Each discipline male/female and bow type in archery requires a different skill set in order to be successful. For instance, the target event requires that the archers compete in a set of four different distances on different sized target faces.
"This varies from the discipline of field archery, where the competitors walk a course, shooting three arrows at one set distance target and size face, and then moving on to a different distance to shoot the next set of arrows.
"Clout archery is a style of archery where arrows are fired up into the air, so that they can land on a target laid on the ground, ranging from 125m away to 180m depending on your age category. It relates back to medieval times where archers would fire arrows into the air, which would arc downwards to hit the enemy.
"Lastly, the most exciting event in the archery nationals is match-play. Here, the individuals are placed in a ‘knock-out’ event until one winner remains based on their score in each match. The winner of this match will then advance onto a higher ranked competitor until only four competitors are left on the field in a category; also divided into male and female, competing for the gold, silver and bronze medals. This style of archery is usually the favourite discipline of most