Ashley Crook | Biddle Assistant Housemaster
The past fortnight has been a busy one in Biddle House. The TSS House Athletics Carnival has been successfully held at the Griffith University’s Athletic Park. A stunning Gold Coast day enabled the boys to participate to their best with excellent participation amongst the Biddle boys young and old. The Year 12 boys emphasised the mantra of “have a go” and all senior boys lead by example with outstanding participation and sportsmanship. The younger boys looked up to the student leaders of the house and once again they had brilliant role models. Notable performances included Year 8 boy Charlie Blok who showed great grit and won the 800m race. Watch this space with young Charlie – he is an excellent athlete yet extremely humble with regard to his sporting ability. Year 11 boy Jack Wiki won the Long Jump, demonstrating outstanding concentration to execute a specialised skill of running, jumping and landing. Year 11 boy Matty Robinson showed a calm and confident composed frame of mind to win the Javelin from with his very first throw. Matty has excellent throwing technique and has much power too. Finally the Open 100 metre relay squad consisted of Harry King, Sam Neal, Zak Sezer and Scott Palombo. The boys won their heat and came second overall in a very popular and final event of the day. Yet again, having strong participation and effort from the senior boys is so good for our juniors to see and provides the model for future athletic carnivals. Congratulations to all Biddle athletes who overall finished in 6th position out of 12 houses. Currently Biddle house is locked in equal 4th position with Turnock House. With only Touch Football, Basketball and Chess remaining a top 3 spot is the aim and the boys are looking good to do so. Good luck boys! There are some great photos of the Athletics Carnival that can be seen on the Biddle Flickr page https://flic.kr/ps/3gXDTs
We are continuing to encourage the boys to be diligent during Prep / homework sessions from 6:30pm – 8:30 pm. Senior boys may well of course study beyond these time curfews. Having over 60 boys in the house we understand that not all boys are going to find sitting down studying easy yet the Master on Duty is encouraging all boys to have their doors open, so that we know prep/home work is being done and that the boys are working hard. We are also encouraging healthy eating, proper hydration and regular exercise as well as ample sleep for the boys. In their down time, the boys can recharge by for example going over the road for a milk shake or watching a movie in the common room on a Friday night or week end. Also, many thanks for the fantastic responses from the Biddle parents with regards to outlining when your son has been “at his best.” It is great to further understand more about the boys. This knowledge of your son can open great dialogue in the house. As normal the variety of responses were varied with many sporting conquests, academic success, outdoor activities and holidaying with friends and family. Once again thank you for these positive responses.
Congratulations are in order for Year 10 boys Elli Fahey and Tom Watts, Year 12 boy Scott Palumbo and new Resident Master Owen Morris who won the Grand Final in a local cricket competition called “Last Man Stands” at Runaway Bay Cricket Club on the Gold Coast. The format is similar to a 20 over match with reduced players. TSS Director of Cricket Steve Baker informs me that these boys played very well and were worthy champions. The boys collected a cash prize as well as bragging rights. Top effort all round!
Last Friday evening a group of Year 9 students (Zender, James, Wiley, Riley and Dylan), one Year 8 Student (Corbin) and one Year 10 student (Lachlan) and ventured to Snap Fitness in Southport. Here the boys had a “Cross Fit” session for 50 minutes with a Personal Trainer. The Personal Trainer discussed and showed correct exercise technique and spoke about sports nutrition and post event recovery. It can be safely stated that all boys had a serious work out and felt sore the next day. Its great seeing the Biddle boys out and about and I congratulate them for their work ethic in the gym and exemplary manners to the general public.
Birthplace: Darwin, NT
Future Dream Occupation: Professional Basketball Player
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Siblings: Brandon and Daniel
Years boarding: 2
Best part of boarding: Being so close to TSS basketball courts and training there every day.
Proudest Moment: Making North Coast Basketball Representative Team in Year 6.
Three words to describe myself: Athletic, Artistic and Dedicated.
Favorite animal: Sloth.
Random fact about me: I like rap / hip hop music.
Many thanks for the positive comments and like of the Biddle Facebook page. I am trying to put posts of general “Biddle Life” of the boys to keep you updated to life in the house. Happy Father’s Day to all the Biddle Dad’s, we have encouraged the boys to get in contact with you and pass on their gratitude to you in their particular way! Hopefully no socks and hankies!
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