Meridian Keith Day
During September 2013, the students from both campuses of Meridian School (Adelaide and Mount Gambier), met for a combined Games Day. The venue was Keith, a small rural town, which is strategically located on the main highway between Melbourne and Adelaide……and conveniently, half way between Mount Gambier and Adelaide. The Keith Football Clubrooms and oval provided a wonderful venue for the event.
The day commenced with students from both campuses energetically competing in a friendly manner –participating firstly in an arduous relay event, followed by a tough and furious tug-o-war. This was followed by various activities, making use of several venues in the township – including soccer for the primary boys, netball for the primary girls, basketball for the secondary girls, and football for the secondary boys. The football match unfortunately came to an abrupt end, when one of the lads suffered a minor injury and had to make an unpredicted visit to the local hospital. Lunch was provided by a willing team of dads and mums.
At the close of the day, the president of the Keith Memorial & District Hospital arrived, and welcomed the School’s support in choosing Keith as the venue for the day. Students from the two campuses then presented a cheque for the hospital. The hospital plays a significant role in the local area, especially in the accident and emergency area, owing to the high number of road accidents in the area. Due to large cuts in government funding, the hospital had faced the unwelcome consequences of closure. The unexpected gift from the staff and students of Meridian School (Adelaide and Mount Gambier) was met with deep gratitude, and the funds have been used to replace a bio-chemistry analyser unit and purchase a much needed additional unit for the hospital.
As a result of the willing co-operation of the Keith community, staff, students, parents, friends and relations have determined that the Keith Games Day become an annual event.
Thankyou Keith – we look forward to September 2014!