by Jack Lawrie
SWIMMING: Monto State School marked the beginning of summer with their annual swimming carnival on December 1.
The purpose of the carnival is for all students to have a go and have some fun at the pool in the wind up to end of year graduation.
The Oxley and Eyre house teams competed against one another with children in competing age groups aged 10-12 facing off in the 25 and 50 metre swimming events.
Meanwhile, the junior grades took part in fun noodle and kick board races, with the school leaders helping out the younger kids.
Despite grey skies and concerns of rain on the day, the weather ultimately held out but for a few light sprinkles, allowing the kids to enjoy their day in the pool.
Monto State School Principal Kirsty Hay said it was a good, fun way to wrap up the end of the school year.
"We were worried about the rain and it did come in, but it was more of a misty day, but then it cleared up,” Ms Hay said.
"We also had a lot of parent volunteers doing timekeeping, helping us out and cheering on the students, which was great to see.”
The carnival ran smoothly, finishing up earlier than expected at 1pm in the afternoon.
At the end of the day, the 10-12s ran a relay race against a mixed student-teacher team.
By that time, there weren't quite enough students to make up a full team, so some teachers joined in.
In the end, Eyre house won the day overall, while the student-teacher team won the relay.
Age champions for the carnival were Jye Goody, Ainsley Zieth, Connor McLaughlan, Joel Stark, Tarah Staines, Mia Wilson, Holly Knight and Joshua Rudder.
The students will return to the pool for part of the last day of term.