Biddle House – Great Start to 2020

Mr Leigh Holtsbaum – Biddle Housemaster

It has been a fast yet very wet start to year, but the boys have hit the ground running and are taking it all in their stride. The leaders of the House have taken on some great initiatives to start the year and all the boys have settled into the school year with relative ease.

Most importantly, I have been very impressed with how the boys have accepted and integrated with the new Biddle boys. Including our Year 8’s coming up from Rogers House, we have 16 new boys in Biddle. They have all fitted in well are happy in their new home away from home. As is tradition, the boys have been given the House War Cry to learn and it is always a festive event see their renditions at House BBQ next week. This is an honored tradition of the House and it is always to the rousing applause of the House regardless of the quality of the delivery. I am sure this year will be no different.

Academically the boys are back into the thick of it, working hard on assessments and studying as the first exam block of the year is upon us next week. I have reminded the boys about all the study help they have available to them and some are certainly taking advantage of this. The boys have also been taking time during the rainy days to get some extra work done. I have been very impressed with the Years 8-10 boys getting the most out of the A-Team and Old Boys tutoring during prep time.

Year 8 boys Clint Hoare, Will Slack-Smith and Harry Sewell working hard.

On the sports field many Biddle boys represented the red, white and blue of TSS in Rowing at the TSS Regatta. Congratulations to Mitch Nelson, Nick Bowen and Brayden Hudson who won their first race of the rowing season in the Year 11 First VIII. Joe Madden, Harvey Houlahan, Sam Savill and Cameron Vele have been verbally jousting it out at debating and with all the wet weather we hope to have the cricketers in action this weekend. The House has also been out running in preparation for the House Cross Country and we are slowly but surly starting to increase the speed and distance.


Jack Stockbridge, right, out on the tinnie at rowing training.

The boys have been enjoying the host of activities on offer each weekend particularly with the wet weather. Ice skating, surf bus, classic movies, cinemas, swimming in the pool and Library sessions to name a few. It certainly helps keeping the boys active particularly the younger ones to help them settle in.

Boys enjoying the Ice Skating.

Eddy Montgomery after a game of touch run by Mr Watt.

Around the House the boys have also been active with two pool tables in action, table tennis and chess. A lot of the younger boys have also been enjoying fishing off the jetty – catching Moses Perch, Bream, the odd Crab and a lucky few tangling with some of the nice Giant Trevally that patrol the river. Clint Hoare and Xavier Eddington have been taking charge of the fishing and helping the other boys catch bait and rig up.


Xavier Eddington and Clint Hoare with some solid Giant Trevally caught on live bait.

Great start 2020 by all the boys in Biddle House.

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