Nicholas Stansbie | Biddle Housemaster
Week 6 is upon us and plenty is happening. The end is rapidly approaching for our Y12 boys, with the QCS Core Skills test not far away, and they are rising to the challenge both academically and in other areas as well:
– Harry King has been appointed a School Warden and was officially inducted in Assembly last week. This is an important recognition of his unselfish service to the school community over many years. He is Vice-Captain of Biddle House and is a mainstay of our community – setting the standard for others to follow, both in terms of participation and involvement but also in terms of forming positive relationships and supporting and caring for his fellow boarders, in particular in his role as dorm captain in Year 11. Throughout his time at TSS, Harry has worked hard academically, never shirking a challenge, and he has always been fully committed to the sporting program in every term, representing the school with distinction at rugby, football, cricket and tennis over the years. Harry is fully deserving of this recognition and can be justifiably proud of his achievements.
– Each week, the intensity of the First XV games seems to go up another level, and at the heart of the action is our House Captain, Hugh McNamee. Despite a few war wounds – he would not be alone amongst rugby players to have a slightly odd-shaped nose – he is having a very special season at number 6, and is typifying the excellent behaviour and consistently high level of performance of the squad, both on and off the field.
Harry and Hugh
– Scott Palombo has been selected for the Queensland U19 cricket side to play Zimbabwe in an upcoming series of matches. Scott has been working very hard in recent months, having set himself this goal and it is fantastic to see that his efforts have been rewarded. It is also good to see Scott regularly spending time at the nets on the River Ovals with younger boys, helping them with their technique and passing on his experience.
– Jeffrey Chen and Wayne Chiu have been selected as members of the Academic Firsts – the highest achieving students in Year 12. This is a credit to both boys and the consistent hard work and application they show towards their studies on a daily basis. Wayne in particular is enormously generous with his time and regularly goes out of his way to help other boarders with maths homework. Both boys are greatly respected and highly valued members of Biddle.
Jeff and Wayne
– We have a world champion in our midst! Last week, the Biddle boys gathered around the TV in Beck Hall on Sunday evening to listen to the live coverage of Cormac Kennedy-Leverett together with Fergus Hamilton from Melbourne Grammar School winning the final of the Double Sculls at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. Over the past weeks and months, Cormac has maintained an unbelievably intense program of training, including frequent trips to Melbourne, to train with Fergus, and he is now one of a very small number of Australians to have won a gold medal at these championships.
There is of course a common denominator in all these achievements – hard work and commitment to a goal. In different ways, all of these Y12 boys have given a very consistent message to their fellow boarders – that achievement comes from hard work, and a desire to continually keep improving and getting better at whatever it is you do.
So, the remainder of the term pans out quickly before us. In the next four weeks:
– the QCS core skills test takes place for Y12 boys
– subject exams take place for Y11 and Y12
– Y7-9 boys begin their final unit of work for this year, all as part of the transition to the new Queensland curriculum that is coming in the next few years
– We have four big weekends of sport, against BGS (H), Downlands (H), Nudgee (H) and Churchie (A).
– We have House Track and Field next Monday, when every member of the house will be taking part in various events at the Griffith University Athletics Track
– In the final week, we will have IDEALS week, when all boys will be involved in activities that serve others and help our own and the wider community.
Finally, advance notice that the Biddle House Chapel Service and Supper will take place on Sunday October 29th, and we look forward to seeing as many Biddle families as possible at this very special event and celebration of the year. I will e-mail a formal invitation at the end of term.
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