Country Week 2017

Country Week is a highlight for regional and rural schools across Western Australia. Schools from as far south as Albany and as far North as Broome and everywhere in between congregate in Perth for a week of competition organised by Sporting Schools WA. The senior students at Karratha Senior High School hold Country Week in high regard and for many it is the highlight of their schooling lives. 

Country Week 2017 started at the beginning of Term One with coaches being selected, trials and training organised and squads being selected. The coaches and their teams trained on a weekly basis with final teams being selected by the end of Term One.  Students must not only have the skill requirement but must also maintain good standing with their attendance and behaviour in order to be considered to represent K.S.H.S at Country Week. 

By the end of Term Two the team was ready and raring to go. Prior to our departure the school held a Country Week Assembly where teams were announced and captains named. The prestigious honour of Country Week Captains for 2017 went to Cody Moore and Nichola Lombardo.  Both students stood up during training and displayed exceptional leadership and school spirit.

Country Week officially started on Monday the 26th of June with an opening ceremony at HBF Stadium (formally know as Challenge Stadium) where the procession of schools entered the arena to loud cheers and applause. Representing K.S.H.S was an AFL team, soccer team, netball team, boys and girls basketball teams, boys and girls volleyball teams, speech and debating team and a dance team. Whilst at the opening ceremony, K.S.H.S had three students recognised for their contribution to sport within the Karratha community. Those students where Cody Moore, Caitlyn Mallard and Georgia Bennett, who received Active Achiever Awards and prize packs from S.S.W.A. All three students’ hard work within our community was acknowledged and it was great to see them recognised. As well as this we had one of our coaches, Mr James Brito, acknowledged for his five years of service to Country Week at K.S.H.S. 

Finally, Country Week was underway and our teams were competing in Country Week 2017!  Teams were under pressure early and competed in upwards of two to three games per day. This action packed sporting schedule was broken up with evening activities including laser tag, a trip to the movies, team dinners, resting at the hotel and a late night shopping trip.

The teams fought hard throughout the week and whether they had a win, lost or drew, all teams displayed exceptional sportsmanship throughout the competition.  Friday saw all teams compete in finals and some games went down to the wire in the final minutes. The final positions for our teams were as follows: 

AFL 4th
Basketball Boys 4th
Basketball girls 7th 
Dance 2nd
Netball 8th
Soccer 3rd
Speech & Debating 3rd
Volleyball Boys 5th
Volleyball girls 7th

Personally, as the Country Week Manager, I would like to thank each and every single one of our students who went down to Perth to represent our school, you all made us very proud. Also a massive thank you to all of our amazing office ladies who worked very hard behind the scenes to ensure the logistics were well organised.  Without your hard work Country Week would never have taken place. The Country Week team would also like to thank the School P&C for their continued support of our students. 

Finally and most importantly a massive thank you to our amazing coaches. Without your support, leadership, organisation and commitment, our teams would not have gone as well as they did. 

Coaches for 2017
AFL  -  Mr Nathan Standish
Basketball  -  Mr Tristan Sawyer and Mrs Jo Hill
Dance  -  Miss Alexa Valencia 
Netball  -  Miss Amie Prout
Soccer  -  Mr Tommy Lewis
Speech and Debating  -  Miss Jane Power
Volleyball  -  Mr James Brito and Miss Ebony Morrison

We have already started planning for Country Week 2018. As a coaching team, we have set ourselves goals to make Country Week 2018 the biggest and most successful one in Karratha’s history!

Mr Marco Haag
Country Week Manager 

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