Yesterday I was asked to take photos at the first ever swimming carnival at Newstead Heights School - Noah's special school that he attends three days a week. It wasn't Noah's usual day at the school, but because I was going along to take photos and it was such a special day, I organised for him to be able to go to the swimming carnival with Di. The carnival was officially opened by a special guest - Melissa Carlton who is an Australian Paralympian.
Luckily there was a spot for Noah to swim in some events, as some other kids weren't able to swim. It was so nice to see him enjoying being in the warm water, and being so awake and alert.
The events were fun ones that some kids could do with a little bit of assistance, and others needed more help from the aides.
The parents and kids watching got involved waving streamers made of the different team colours, and doing lots of cheering.
One of the aides was hilarious and dressed up in a ballerina outfit, flippers, swimming cap and peg on her nose and did some funny syncronised swimming type moves to the song 'Now that I Can Dance'.
Noah had a great morning and was awake and happy for the whole thing...
or at least until the BBQ lunch and ribbon presentation.
The best thing about the day was that one of the students actually planned the whole carnival. She was keen to have a carnival and asked the teachers about it and after months of planning, it was very exciting and special to see if finally happen. She was so excited about it and at the end she presented gifts to those who helped out (including myself) and her Dad got an extra special hug.
It was a very special day, and I'm sure it is something that will happen at the school every year now.