Mr Nicholas Stansbie – Biddle Housemaster
It seems that we have blinked and Week 3 is halfway through already, and it has been a great start to the year in Biddle. It’s been a privilege to be able to welcome the following new boys into Biddle:
All of them have come into the house with a positive mindset and made a great effort to get involved with the myriad of activities that are available to them. They all have different interests and backgrounds yet are all finding their feet and becoming important members of this special community.
On the academic front, it is important also to note that at the end of last year, the Biddle boys had some significant achievements. In fact, Biddle was the most improved house in the school in terms of academic success in 2017, being awarded with this prize on Speech Day. Most notably from last year’s Year 12 cohort, Wayne Chiu achieved an OP1, The boys were particularly delighted for Wayne, not least because throughout his time in Biddle, he went out of his way to help other boys with their maths in particular and contributed to the success of many others in addition to himself. He was a very popular member of the community and it was great to see him visit Biddle again this week, before he heads off to commence his studies at the University of Melbourne, where he will be living at Newman College.
Also on the Academic front, the following boys achieved membership of the Onesy Club following their average diligence of less than 2 during Term 4, 2017:
Murphy Baker, Brayden Hudson, Joe Madden, Declan Attenborough, Wilson Blyth, Harry Cox, Harry Blok, Justin Brunskill, Toby Humphries, Matty Robinson, Saxon Luke, Reilly Baker, Zender Liao, Cameron Vele, Charlie Blok, Lachlan Dougherty, Harvey Houlahan and Harry Wells.
These boys have set the standard for others to follow in 2018, and we look forward to the Onesy Club increasing its membership this year.
On the sporting field, Biddle boys are at the forefront as always. Tom Watts and Eli Fahey are important members of the Cricket First XI, with several other Biddle boys also playing for the 2nd XI and in A teams in the different age groups. Harry Cox is working extremely hard at the moment with the First VIII rowing, preparing for the Head of the River regatta, and leading a similarly large contingent of Biddle rowers. In addition, Biddle has 9 boys training every morning with the First XI Football group, in pre-season mode, comprising nearly a third of the total squad, and also Wilson Blyth and Thom Gibson are getting going for the year with the First XV rugby squad.
Despite the disruptions caused by the illnesses last week, the daily routines are becoming established and the boys are settling into the term. The photos below provide a snapshot of what the boys have been up to so far:
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