With a strong emphasis on “Community” at Meridan, our Community carnivals are hotly contested, fun and always full of College spirit. Bradman, Freeman, O’Neal and Rafter each year vie for honours in our swimming, cross country and athletics carnivals. Our Community carnivals also serve as trials for 10 Years through to Open age groups in swimming, cross country and athletics. It is from performance in these carnivals that our Meridan representative athletes are selected to attend the next level of competition.
Prep – Year 3
Our Preps to Year 3 athletics day is held at the start of Term 3 each year. Student race as well as part-take in a number of novelty and modified athletics activities throughout the day. Students in this age group also engage in a fun run to complement the cross country that the rest of the College participates in.
Year 4 – Year 6
Year 4 to 6 students travel to the Caloundra Aquatic Centre each year for the annual swimming carnival. Students nominate prior to the day in classes for events of different distance and ability level. All students participate in the College cross country with students running either 2 or 3 Km depending on their age. The 4-6 athletics carnival is held across two days at the end of Term 2. Students trial and train during class in Term 2, with the athletics days consisting of events for both participation and serious competitors.
Year 7 – Year 12
Year 7 to 12 students travel to the Caloundra Aquatic Centre each year for the annual swimming carnival. Students nominate for swimming events on the day in their communities classes with heat run for serious competitors and Community points. All students participate in the College cross country, again with a division for serious runners and a second fun run for all others in the age group. The 7-12 athletics carnival is held early in Term 3. Some events are held during lunchtime in the week preceding the carnival with the remaining completed on athletics day. Students do not need to nominate for an event, any student can compete in any event.