Colourful competition a bright spot on the calendar

Port Hacking High School is proud to be loud about its tradition in uniting students behind their school sports houses. Rachel Pilati reports.

Port Hacking High School celebrated its annual Colour Day earlier this month.

To say Port Hacking High School is colourful is an understatement and every year the students gather to prove that point.

This week the school held its annual Colour Day, a whole-school, inclusive event that has been running for more than 30 years.

Each sport house is led by its captains and seniors in a colourfully themed and rehearsed choreography dance routine with chanting, singing, whistles blowing and horns blaring.

The Colour Day champions take home points that go towards the ‘Sports House of the Year’ trophy presented at the end of the year sports awards.

This year Principal Rick Turansky led by example, wearing a multi-coloured cape that billowed in the breeze as he announced Yowie as the winners of the 2024 title.

A principal with students dressed in colourful costumes. A principal with students dressed in colourful costumes.
Image: Port Hacking High Principal Rick Turansky with his sports leaders at the school's Colour Day.

Blue house Gunnamatta opened the competition with a winter wonderland-themed mashup of ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Ice Ice Baby’ led by an inflatable Olaf, snow monsters and several princesses all singing at the top of their voices.

With chants of “Burra, Burra Burra”, green team Burraneer entered the competition with disco vibes, a human mirror ball, DJ props and jiving to ‘Saturday Night Fever’.

To the tune of ‘Summer Loving’, Yowie entered all dressed in yellow for a summer party complete with a surfer on top of his board, and lifeguards in support.

Lastly, Jibbon rolled out a glamourous red-carpet event with velvet, feathers and paparazzi. They finished with the loudest rendition of the school song heard all day.

Mr Turansky said, in many schools, students could struggle to know which sports houses they were connected to, but that was not the case at Port Hacking.

He said some high school students could be reluctant to get involved with the traditional sports days such as swimming and athletics carnivals.

“Colour Day has a real benefit of increasing participation and inclusion across the whole student body, with all students encouraged to participate. It really enhances a sense of belonging, connection and pride,” he said.

As an added bonus, the sense of inclusion fostered by Colour Day has led to increased attendance at other school sporting events.

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