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30 August, 2021

PSHS students navigate challenges

Pittsworth State High School (PSHS) students have been giving themselves the run-around lately, with orienteering the sporting flavour of recent weeks.

State success… Competing at last month’s Queensland Schools Orienteering Championships in Brisbane were Emma McKenzie, Maxine Lovell and Eric Lovell.

At the end of July, three Pittsworth SHS students represented Darling Downs at the state orienteering championships in Brisbane and this month’s inter-house competition attracted 20 teams for the lunchtime event.

At the state titles, the Pittsworth trio of Maxine Lovell, Eric Lovell and Emma Mackenzie finished 18th out of the 41 participating schools.

Darling Downs was again the dominant team, continuing the region’s long tradition of success at the state level.

The championships comprised three sections over two days.

Sprint events (1.8km to 2.3km) were held at Albany Creek on the Saturday morning, followed by a 3.5km Hagaby event (where runners starts at the same time with different maps) in the afternoon.

The following day saw runners set longer 3.8 to 4.7km courses at Kurwongbah, where Maxine came fourth in the senior girls division, clinching selection in the Queensland Schools team to compete at the national titles in Tasmania in September.

Yandilla was last week’s inter-house orienteering champion, where teams of three had to find a letter at each of nine randomly placed control points around the school grounds.

A detailed map and familiarity with the area obviated the need for compasses, usually needed for navigation.

Unfortunately, a number of this term’s regional sporting trials have been cancelled due to COVID-19 difficulties, including the primary and secondary schools track and field carnivals scheduled for this week.

In belated staffing news, principal James O’Neill and head of department Nicole O’Neill shifted to Yeppoon SHS at the beginning of this semester after four and a half years at Pittsworth.

PSHS deputy from 2015 to 2019 Rob Michel has returned from his principal’s position at Millmerran to take over at the helm.

P&C volunteers were busy over the past fortnight catering during intermissions at the PATS We Will Rock You performances in the town hall.

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