Term 2, Week 7: Boarding Newsletter
A big thank-you for sending your son(s) back after mid-term with some warmer clothes.
The nights and mornings are cooler now and we are very conscious of preventing illness
rather than treating it. In this regard we have now mandated that all boys must come to
dinner with a jumper (or similar) as well closed in shoes. Pleasingly we have been met with
little resistance and I can only assume that the boys realise that it is for their own benefit.
We are also asking the boys to wash down the tables after dinner and take some
responsibility for the state of the dining hall. Wet cloths are being provided by Alliance and
a roster has been implemented so that the boys wipe the tables in their year levels. This
too has been responded to positively and has resulted in an environment that is more
similar to what would be expected of them at home.
With only three weeks to go before the end of term, I have again attached a document
outlining the travel arrangements of your son(s) that I would ask you to complete and
return to us by Wednesday June 29 please. The form attached is different to the previous
residential leave form I sent out, as it is more specific to mid-term and end of term
arrangements. I realise this process will take time to refine but I appreciate your assistance
in helping us to organise and facilitate their efficient departure. The early completion and
return of the forms allows us to communicate with neighbouring schools about the efficient
use of resources to move large numbers of students to the airport etc. Please donʼt
hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns.
The majority of our senior students have been hard at it since the results of the mid-year
exams became available. Many (not all!) of them have been participating in the rec
activities less frequently and focusing more on their studies as they realise how little time
is left. Having said that we also encourage them to maintain a good level of health and
fitness that can only help them with their study. All the Year 12 boys will be attending a
dinner at Scotch College on Wednesday June 29 where Jamie Dwyer (voted worldʼs best
player of the year four times) will be addressing the audience. The following week, the last
of the term, the boys will participate in a theme dinner swap with the girls from MLC. The
junior boys continue to love ice-skating and all activities that are organised for them. The
community pool table is under way and the boys have embraced it quickly. You may have
a disappointed first round loser come home for the holidays! I thank Tom Shalders for the
work and effort that he puts in to keeping them occupied on the weekend.
As the end of term approaches, Justin Clarke and Joshua Geldenhuys, our two exchange
students from Michael house will be leaving shortly. They have been a delight to have in
the boarding house and spoke superbly in our residential community meeting the other
week about where they are from and about the similarities and differences between our
cultures. Iʼd like to thank Maree Lewis and Danielle Draper for looking after the boys,
showing them around and co-ordinating their activities; it is greatly appreciated by the boys
I know our rural community has been flat out seeding and hope this email finds you all
well. As always please donʼt hesitate to contact me at any time.