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School Sports Houses

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The Benowa State School has four sporting houses; McKay Sharks (Green), Wright Raptors (Red), Kellermann Cobras (Blue) and Moncrieff Manta Rays (Yellow).

Each of our houses are proudly named after four inspiring Australian women, renowned for their great achievements in sport and the arts.

school-house-mckay-sharks-icon.jpg McKay Sharks:
McKay house wear green t-shirts over their school sports shorts for inter-house carnivals.

McKay house is named after Heather McKay who was born is Queanbeyan in NSW.
She is considered to be the greatest female squash player of all time and possibly Australia's greatest ever sportswoman.

She won 16 consecutive British Open titles as well as the first ever World Title in 1979 and remained undefeated from 1962 to 1981.

McKay is a member of the Sport Australia, USA Racquetball and Squash Australia Halls of Fame and has received an Order of Australia as well as an Order of the British Empire.

The Heather McKay Queanbeyan Indoor Sports Center was constructed in honour of her achievements.

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Kellermann Cobras:
Kellermann House wear blue t-shirts over their school sports shorts for inter-house carnivals.

Annette Kellermann was born in 1887 in Sydney, NSW.

She was an Australian professional swimmer, theatrical performer, film actress and writer.

Annette Kellermann became famous after a film called 'A Daughter of the Gods'. She was also famous for performing her own stunts, including diving into a pool of crocodiles from a height of 20 metres. Annette Kellermann performed the first water ballet in public in New York, and was one of the first women to attempt swimming the English Channel.

She also wrote several books including a children's fairy tale and an autobiography.

Annette Kellermann has a swimming complex names after her in Marrickville, Sydney, a street in Canberra and her name is also on a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Wright Raptors:
Judith Wright was born in 1915 om Armidale, NSW.

She was a famous poet, environment and campaigner for Indigenous land rights.

Judith Wright published a number of stories which used the Queensland countryside as he settings and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1967. She also received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1991, only the second Australian to do so.

Judith Wright created one of the first Conservation movements in Australia in support of the Great barrier Reef and Fraser Island.

The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane is names after her. She also has a street and a suburb named after her in Canberra.

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Last reviewed 30 July 2020
Last updated 30 July 2020