2019 Gloucester High School athletics carnival

Dinosaur riding jockeys: Gloucester High School year 12 students get dressed up for their final athletics carnival ever. Photo: Anne Keen
Dinosaur riding jockeys: Gloucester High School year 12 students get dressed up for their final athletics carnival ever. Photo: Anne Keen

Gloucester High School students had a bit of fun in the sun during their annual athletics carnival.

While the year 12 students took the opportunity to dress up for the final high school athletics carnival ever on Wednesday May 8, there were plenty of students taking the events seriously.

The event is a pre-cursor to the zone carnival and all results from the day determine the students eligibility to compete.

Students across all years, from nine to 12, were encouraged to take part, as each student to participate in an event helped to earn valuable points for their school houses.

Throughout the day, students across all years competed in a spectrum of athletics events against other students in their age group.

Boys against boys and girls against girls could be seen in taking part in events from long jump to javelin, from discus to the 100 metre dash at the Kay Green Memorial track.

Gloucester High School teachers and staff ran the events making meticulous records of times and distances, while parents and family members came along as spectators to cheer on the students as they threw shot puts and leaped over the high jump bar.

As part of the school's tradition, the year 12 students dressed up in a range of costumes as a way of celebrating their final year of school.

There was a sea of jockey's riding dinosaurs, a couple of full-size dinosaurs and a few bubble people; it's amazing the types of inflatable costumes there are on the market.

The rest of the students were given the opportunity to dress in their house colours to show their support.

A couple of the senior boys channeled their inner ABBA, paying homage to the female contingents of the group, Agnetha Fltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

But it wasn't just about having fun, there was a serious competition taking place in Gloucester District Park as student went head to head to win races and beat each other's distances.

Across the day, there were many zone qualifying achievements as well as a couple school records broken.