On Friday of week five, QACI headed down to the Valley Pool for Aquafest. I think Aquafest is great because there is no pressure to be a super good swimmer or be in every race, just to have fun and support your house or team.
Some of the highlights of Aquafest are both being in and watching the synchronised dances and the salmon race. The synchronised swimming included many amazing mashups of songs and beautifully choreographed dances. Leading up to Aquafest, there was much hard work and organisation especially by teachers, House Managers and Year 12 students.
At the end of the Year 10 dances, most (if not all) of our cohort spontaneously jumped in the pool together which was the favourite moment of many people in the grade.
Throughout the day, we were amused by the commentary by none other than Tate.
Some memorable lines were “Good job, you came third, that’s like coming third in a boxing match!”; “Who even invented backstroke, who decided it was a good idea to swim on your back and race people while staring at the sun” and; after watching the Éveiller student dance by the Year 11s and Year 12s where Lennon dressed as Dora the Explorer - like me, I’m sure everyone is scarred, and will never view Dora the same again.
Overall, Aquafest was a fun, positive and energetic day and everyone enjoyed themselves. The QACI community is so lucky to have such a positive environment and it showed all newcomers, aka Year 10 students that the infamous QACI Swimming Carnival is not just all about competitive swimming... competitive dancing maybe!
...article written by Lauren Fuge, Year 10