Nicholas Stansbie | Biddle Housemaster
I am pleased to report that the term has started very well in Biddle. It is good to see that the boys have come back refreshed and ready to go and are embracing all that is available to them. We have also welcomed Eli Fahey from Grafton into Y10 and Mr Aaron Pook to our team of resident masters, replacing Mr Rhys Ibbott.
The highlight of the first week was the State of Origin on Wednesday evening where, the mighty Maroons prevailed against the odds. Biddle is a particularly good place to watch the game, given that the proportion of Maroons and Blues supporters is pretty much 50:50. The tone was set throughout the day by Matron arriving at school at 6:30am in the light blue, and the hopes of both sides were raised following the first two games. This was reflected in the lusty singing of the national anthem in the courtyard just before the game. In terms of support, although deprived of the considerable influence of Clay Hoare, who had managed to get tickets to the game itself, the Queenslanders led by Hugh McNamee and Tom Watts, edged ahead just like their compatriots on the field, although the Blues led by Harry King, Scott Palombo and Tom Cannington certainly ensured that they were kept honest. Although a dyed in the wool Queenslander, Mr Alastair Cochrane demonstrated considerable magnanimity in ensuring that boys from all sides had a sausage in bread and a drink at half time.
Biddle boys have also jumped straight into training for both Rugby and Basketball and there were lots of smiles after the first round of fixtures against Brisbane State High on Saturday. Particular congratulations are due to Hugh McNamee who started the game for the First XV, and acquitted himself very well in a very high scoring and exciting game, despite a cut to his nose. We are all ready for the trip to Toowoomba on Saturday and look forward to seeing a number of Biddle parents there.
Importantly also, the boys have come back to school ready to work hard academically. Prep sessions have been very well observed and there is evidence of lots of self-organisation in the form of study plans on walls. This term, like all others, will pass very quickly and it is essential that every boy makes the very best use that he can of the time available to him.
As always, please do not hesitate to call either myself or Mr Crook should you need to. Have a great term, everyone!
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