Biddle Boarding Bulletin

Mr Leigh Holtsbaum, Biddle Housemaster

As another term wraps up and the end of Academic year is here the boys of Biddle House are just reaching their peak and working hard on all fronts; academically with exam block assessments and also the Chess, Basketball and Rugby seasons are heading into the final round this weekend against Ipswich Grammar School. This week is a big academic week for Year 12 boys with exam block and next week’s mock exam feedback which will give the boys significant insights into their final preparations for the external ATAR. The Year 10 and 11 boys will also join the Year 12s in exam block for the final week of term. All the boys have been hitting the books hard and preparing well and I am confident that they reap the rewards. It has also been pleasing to see a few of the senior boys heading to the various University open days in recent weeks and having a look their options for future studies.

Year 8 boy Heath Rea putting the finishing touches on his Year 8 History assignment ‘Renopoly’.

Several Biddle boys have been achieving outstanding results in various academic competitions of late. Year 11 Legal Studies student Nicholas Stuart placed thirdoverall in the Griffith University Mooting competition. Joe Madden and Reggie Madden taking home a swag of trophies in the Junior and Senior sections of the Speech and Variety. Sam Savill, Andy Arthur, Jacky Baxby and Will Cox competed in the LOTE Speech Contest at Griffith University with Will winning the Year 11 section and Sam and Jack receiving highly commended for their French speeches. It so great to see Biddle boys getting out of their comfort zones and extending themselves.

Nick Stuart (left) placing 3rd at the Griffith University Mooting competition.

The final House Cluster was held last Friday starting the day with House Swimming. A new format this year for swimming encouraged more boys to participate and placed less importance on wining division races and for a boarding house that traditionally doesn’t rank highly in the pool the new format actually provides boarding houses an advantage due to the willingness of boys to contribute. The day also hosted Theatre Sports, Chess and Declamations. Congratulations must go to Joe Madden and Reggie Madden who presented Declamations with great poise and presence. Our Chess boys also did a great job with Morgan Guy, Jack Baxby, Spencer Alcock, and Murphy Baker on the Boards coming in at a commendable 9th place. I was very impressed to see Jack Baxby take down his McKinley opponent in 11 seconds flat. The Theatre Sports team consisting of Cemal Guneyli, Jack Thornton, Judd Andrews, Fraser Vele, Ethan O’Meara and William Seery had the crowd in fits of laughter particularly during the space jump round placing them in 5th. That wraps up the House Shield for 2022 and the boys are awaiting eagerly the Swimming and Declamations results as well as the diligence and academic results from the end of semester exams to see exactly what place the house will finish on the House Shield.

Biddle boys at the pool for House Swimming

Out on the sports field we have had so many Biddle boys are representing the Red White and Blue of TSS in Basketball, Rugby and Chess. Participation this season has been excellent by our Biddle House boys representing the school across all sports and teams from the U/13’s through the 1st XV and 1st V. It is a fantastic time of the season and it has been excellent to see many Biddle families supporting the boys at the final home games for the season on Old Boy’s Days versus BSHS and last weekend against Gregory Terrace. It was amazing to see such great support for the School in some very wet and muddy conditions for the Gregory Terrace fixture and number of Biddle boys had great wins in all sports. Jack Foley, Jaylen Pitman and Xavier Eddington continue to show great form in the Basketball 1st V and due to an upset victory by BSHS over Toowoomba the boys just need to secure victory in the final round verses Ipswich to take home the GPS Premiership. Incredibly it is the same scenario for Spencer Alcock and the Rugby 1st XV and a win against Ipswich will also securing the GPS Premiership. Spencer was named man of the match on Old Boys Day in the victory over BSHS which also saw Judd Andrews get his first appearance in the 1st XV off the bench. Good luck boys, I hope it plays out in your favour.

Jack Foley (top left), Xavier Eddington and Jaylan Pitman (bottom left) with the TSS 1st V Basketball.

Next week the Year 8 and 9 boys will head off to Cadet Camps with the Navy Cadets venturing over to the schools property at South Stradbroke and the Army Cadets heading out to the Raw Challenge facility above Hinze Dam. The boys will enjoy many activities, particularly the Year 9 Army Cadets who will go ‘Bush’ sleeping under hutchies for the entire camp. The activities will include navigation, camouflage and concealment, bush survival, freshwater hunting & fishing, fieldcraft, erecting hutchies, living in the field, orienteering, field hygiene, bush obstacle course, survival and the Raw Challenge. This camp will be an experience the boys will enjoy and take a lot from.

The past few weekends have been action packed with plenty of activities for the boys to enjoy and get out of the House. The Life Skills Sunday provided the boys with a host of life skills sessions to teach the boys ‘how to’ iron clothes, cook fish, clean a car and make coffee amongst other life skills. I hosted a group of 20 boys down at the Boat Shed for a quick fish and then taught them how to cook a fish wrap consisting of panko crumbed Jewfish and Calamari. The boys loved every last bite and were impressed with their own cooking abilities. Last weekend saw the boys head to the St Hilda’s Fete were the despite the wet and muddy conditions the boys had a good night out.  Other opportunities have included the Gold Coast Show, Ten Pin Bowling, HOTA Markets, mixed Netball with St Hilda’s, basketball and gym. There is always plenty for the boys to get involved if they are not out on leave for the weekend.

Drew Wilson cooking up a Jewfish wrap, delicious.

A busy few weeks of school ahead leading into the September holiday period, I encourage all the boys to keep at it and finish the term strongly.

Finally if I could ask that boys and parents submit ‘End of Term Leave’ at their earliest possible convenience that would be greatly appreciated.

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