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posted Dec 7, 2017, 3:10 AM by Principal account
Tennis at St Dominic's School

In term four, all St Dominic’s students have participated in Tennis lessons, paid for by a Sporting Schools Grant and delivered by Taylor Pratley from Scarborough Tennis Academy.

The progress made by the students (even by our Kindy kids) in threes short weeks was remarkable. We definitely have some budding tennis stars here at St Dom’s! 

As part of the program here at school, Scarborough Tennis Academy has offered St Dominic’s students a voucher to attend a session during their school holiday program. It is a comprehensive program offering a lot of choice of days and times so might be an excellent school holiday activity for families looking for something to do, and/or wanting to give Tennis a try. The information is outlined below, and Mrs Thompson will deliver the vouchers to classrooms before the end of term. 


AGES: 4 up to 14 years. Players will be split into age appropriate groups.
We suggest 4 and 5 year olds do half day only.

FULL DAY: 10am – 4pm | $60/day
 HALF DAY: 10am – noon | $32/day

EXTRA SUPERVISION: 9 – 10am and/or 4 – 5pm | $16 (Please advise which hour if not both)


Week 1: 18th - 22nd December

Week 2: 8th - 12th January

Week 3: 15th-19th January

Week 4: 22nd - 25th January

Book for 5 or more days and receive a 10% discount! Bookings essential! www.scarboroughtennis.com.au/holiday-camps

Contact: info@scarboroughtennis.com.au or 0430 110 848

Swimming 2018 

All St Dom’s families are reminded that swimming lessons are booked for Weeks 2 and 3 of Term One (beginning Monday 5th March). This will involve all students from Year 1 – 6 and will be held at Claremont Pool as has been the case in previous years.

Our Faction Swimming Carnival will be held in Week 6, on Wednesday 7th March, also at Claremont Pool, and will include all students from Year 3 to 6.

In order that students be well prepared for school swimming next year, I encourage everyone to do some swimming over the holidays, if at all possible. As well as enjoying some fun and keeping cool, a bit of practise of swimming skills will give students a head start when competition season arrives.

Carnival events include;

Freestyle – 25 or 50m
Breaststroke – 25 or 50m
Backstroke – 25 or 50m
Butterfly – 25 or 50m

*Please note: there are NO 25m events at the Interschool Carnival. Current Year 2s (next year’s Year 3s) should focus on their swimming endurance so they can be included in this event.

Other skills to practise include;

Dive starts – either off the pool edge or blocks (and with goggles on!)
Streamlines – particularly for Freestyle, keeping your head down and taking at least two strokes before the first breath. This will help maximise the speed and distance gained by a dive start.
Finishing races
    • Swimming all the way to the wall.
    • Touching with one hand for Freestyle and Backstroke and two hands for Breaststroke and Butterfly.
    • Staying on your back for Backstroke finishes (not rolling onto your tummy when you think you’re getting close to the end).
Being a small school means that many (almost all!) St Dom’s students will be required for Interschool events and the better prepared we are, the more enjoyable experience it will be.

Happy swimming!

Sarah Thompson
Physical Education Teacher