AIMS Games

Newsletter - September 2022

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TDuring the first week of September we had 36 Year 7 and 8 students participate in the annual AIMS Games in a range of different sports. We had teams competing in hockey, football and water polo. We also had a number of students competing in individual events including cross country, gymnastics, swimming and rock climbing. While some of the results did always go our way, the students had a great time at Aims and created some long lasting memories. A big thank you to the sponsors and the parents for all their help to make this possible.

Team Reports

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It was a team of tired boys that returned from AIMS last Friday. They always knew the calibre of teams was going to be strong and this helped prepare them for what was a tough tournament. Whilst results didn’t go their way, they can be extremely proud of the resilience and determination they showed in every match. Not once did they drop their heads and give up…they supported and encouraged each other and did themselves and the school proud. They were also the first team to line up and congratulate the opposition on their win. It was great to see them begin to develop as a team throughout the week and begin to implement the fundamentals of football; including communication, passing and receiving and running off the ball. I know there was some individual learning that each player will take away from the experience and will use on their football journey. Thank you to Kirsty Parker and Christine Taylor for playing ‘mum’ to the boys and for all the parents that helped with the support of the team.

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A successful week overall for the hockey team. After 9 games over 5 days the girls were exhausted but even in that last game when they played off for 25th/26th they took to the turf the way they had approached every game before, with determination and passion. The week ended with 1 draw, 2 wins and 6 losses and a placing of 26th. Strong defence was the stand out from this team, more than once opposing coaches commented on how tough and frustrating the girls were on the turf, disrupting flow and game plans. We kept margins small, including those games where our opposition had been winning by 12 or more. The girls attacking play is not to be forgotten either, goals were scored and many opportunities were oh so close. They emptied the tank in every game. These 11 girls all played for each other as a true team, they supported and encouraged on and off the turf. They were gracious in defeat and in their wins, always talking to the opposing team after the game, complimenting others on their play. They were a credit to themselves, their parents and St Joseph’s. Thank you to all the parents who came across to support and those who messaged. We heard it all! Special thank you to Teresa Baird and Murray McLeod-Dunn for all their organising, support and help throughout the week. Finally, Mr Stuart and Mrs van Eyk were incredibly proud of how this team conducted themselves all week, we could not have asked for more.

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Through their determination against some tough competition, the St Joseph’s Sea Dragons achieved a great overall result - coming in at 12th place out of 24 teams. There were some very tired kids by the end of the week, many of whom had also competed in individual sports earlier in the games. We were lucky that our games were in warm pools, with the extreme weather bomb that hit earlier in the week. Thank you to Olivia for coaching. Liv was committed to achieving the best results possible, giving up a huge amount of her time to run early morning practices at Waterworld, as well as tournament games leading up to Aims. Thank you to our manager Kelly for keeping the team well-fed, watered, organised and motivated throughout the week. The children should all feel proud of their amazing commitment leading up to the games, from early morning starts to train, to Sunday tournaments. Thank you to all the parents, siblings and grandparents who travelled to come and cheer their kids on. This team were a spirited bunch! Whether it was singing their hearts out to and from games, playing soccer on the beach, board games, table tennis or playing spotlight - many great memories were made!

Individual Sports


Swimming at AIMs games 2022 saw over 400 swimmers compete over 3 sessions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

Our swim team of Sophia, Tessa, Angus and Ezra were extremely lucky to have their coach from St Paul’s Swim Club, Jeremy Tasker, present pool side for pre-race tips and post-race de-briefs.

The pool area was packed to the rafters with swimmers, coaches, officials, team managers and supportive spectators. Our swimmers rose to the occasion of a national event and gained some fantastic Personal Best (“PBs”) times and age group results.

Results where swimmers achieved PBs, Heat placings or Finalist Ribbons (awarded to the top ten placegetters in each event) are:


Girls 11 100 Meter IM – 11.65 sec PB and 2nd in Heat

Girls 11 50 Meter Fly – 2.45 sec PB and 2nd in Heat

Girls 11 100 Meter Breaststroke – 0.10 sec PB

Girls 11 50 Meter Free – 0.90 sec PB and 3rd in Heat


Girls 13 100 IM – 2.17 sec PB and 3rd in Heat

Girls 13 200 Breast- AIMs Finalist Ribbon for 10th 13-year-old girl

Girls 13 200 Free – 3.12 sec PB, 1st in Heat and AIMs Finalist Ribbon for 6th 13-year-old girl

Girls 13 100 Fly – 4.05 sec PB, 1st in Heat and AIMs Finalist Ribbon for 8th 13-year-old girl

Girls 13 50 Free – 0.45 sec PB

Girls 13 100 Free – 0.79 sec PB


Boys 12 100 IM – 0.67 PB and 2nd in Heat

Boys 12 100 Breast – 5.15 sec PB and 2nd in Heat

Boys 12 50 Back – 0.74 sec PB


Boys 12 100 IM – 4.83 sec PB and 2nd in Heat

Boys 12 100 Back – 4.07 sec PB

Boys 12 200 Free – 4.69 sec PB

Boys 12 50 Back – 0.82 sec PB

Big thanks to the parents who helped time-keep and assisted the children with the self-marshalling process, which could be challenging with the crowds.

Congratulations St Joseph’s, you make us proud!

Rock Climbing

Aoife competed in the rock climbing qualifying rounds on Sunday at AIMS games. She qualified for the quarter finals and went onto to climb into 24th place overall. Well done Aoife!


A great day out for all our gymnasts.

Caitlin and Layla both competed early Sunday morning. Achieving 8th and 9th respectively. Amazing achievement in a field of 45.

Ashleigh, Anastasia and Taylor competed later in the day in a field of 63. All 3 competed with enthusiasm and pride. Beautiful routines for all 3 girls on every apparatus. Super tough competition. Taylor placed 48th, Ashleigh placed 23rd and Anstasia 18th=

Cross Country

Aims Games Cross Country must be one of the toughest courses in the country. Both Bella and Archie did great. They were both mid pack and both beat the average time for their races. It was a tough, crowded course with lots of pushy kids.

Archie got 52nd out of 122 year 7 boys. His time was 12.35.41 and the average time for his race was 12.51

Bella got 80th out of 144 year 8 girls. Her time was 13.46.59 and the average time for the race was 13.50.

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