Students skipping class with a water-tight alibi
THE FIRST week back at school signalled the start of swimming carnivals for Northern Rivers students.
And with Paralympic golden-girl, Skennars Head's Jacqueline Freney's recent success, many parents and teachers could possibly be watching another future swimming superstar in the making.
The carnivals kicked off on Friday with students taking to the water from St Carthages primary school and Lismore High school.
Yesterday Summerland Christian College upils, some more serious competitors than others, were having fun at the Lismore Memorial Baths.
SCC secondary co-ordinator Michael Capilli said three students shone as potential future champions.
"Phoebe Willis of year seven, her sister Chloe who is in year nine and Matt Wiltshire were the standouts," he said.
Mr Capilli said the carnival was not all serious competitive races, with an all-in relay attracting people in sunglasses, hats and floaties, all trying to earn points for their sports house.
"The kids really enjoyed the swimming carnival; it has been a really good bonding time for a lot of the new students."
Both Lismore Memorial Baths and the Alstonville Aquatic Centre are busy with swimming carnivals until the first week in March.
For many students swimming carnivals mean a chance to dress up and have fun while earning points for their school sports house.
From wacky sunglasses to colourful zinc cream, the zany outfits add to the spectacle and the fun.