Schools to clash on the court

Ellenbrook Secondary School teacher Nathan Brown coaches students at the basketball court. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d401030
Ellenbrook Secondary School teacher Nathan Brown coaches students at the basketball court. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d401030

Ellenbrook Secondary College Warriors team coach and key organiser Nathan Brown said the tournament would be a basketball first in the region.

‘This competition is about recognising everything good that we have here ” the kids on the basketball court, the music, the cheerleaders, the mascots, the arts students who are involved; it’s real entertainment,’ he said.

Other schools involved in the Battle are Ellenbrook Christian College (ECC), Holy Cross College and Swan Valley Anglican Community School (SVACS).

‘Each school will have their own way of doing things and although it’s a Battle of the Brooks, we are holding the kids to a high standard of behaviour and trying to build community through friendly competition,’ Mr Brown said.

Opening day will kick off at 4pm on July 31, with ESC hosting Holy Cross and ECC Spirit hosting SVACS.

‘On opening day there will be a court announcer, cheerleaders, samba band Brazilian drumming and our school band playing the national anthem,’ Mr Brown said.

‘We have our home economics people making a costume |for our mascot.’

Peter Ashby, from SVACS, said his students were looking forward to the competition.

‘We are very competitive on the court but good friends off it. We all want to beat our neighbouring schools and through sport we can develop a really strong sense of community in our area,’ he said.

‘We’ve got four senior schools in close proximity, so it is important that we foster strong ties with each other.’

ESC music director Stuart Rhine-Davis said the specialist music program would support the opening day.