Mr Leigh Holtsbaum – Biddle Assistant Housemaster
Firstly I just wanted to say thank you to the House for welcoming my family into Biddle. We have felt welcomed by both the boys and the families of Biddle House. Mr Nick Stansbie has also been a tremendous help in my transition from Rogers House and I am certainly enjoying the challenges of working and living in a senior boarding house.
For the boys it has been a solid start to 2018, even in the face of adversity with the Norovirus outbreak that has heavily impacted all boarding houses as well as staff. I must give thanks on behalf of all the Biddle boys to the fantastic Health Centre Nurses who have cared for the boys during this extended period of illness. The ladies have been fantastic and under very trying conditions have continued to smile and keep the boys happy.
We have tried to keep things as normal as possible for the boys and it has been great to see most of the boys training hard for their summer sports. Many boys are playing cricket and rowing at all levels with a small contingent training for GPS Swimming. Many of our senior boys have also been doing preseason training for football and Rugby. The house has also been getting up early on a Tuesday and Thursday morning for a run in preparation for the House Cross Country with Dylan Clough, Charlie Bindon and also Zac Sezer leading the way.
I have enjoyed spending time with many of the boys getting to know a little better going Bowling and fishing which has also with keep the boys occupied on the weekends. It was also great to have the Year 9 boys for a family BBQ and the homemade cheesy potatoes, Salt and Pepper Mahi Mahi, fillet steak and brownies with ice cream for dessert was well received by the boys. I will be making this part of a fortnightly routine for the boys just to give them a little taste of home.
It has been a good start and I look forward to working with the boys of Biddle house this year and into the future.
From Matty Robinson
It’s great to see everyone is settling back in and getting into the rhythm of things although gastro is trying its hardest to get in the road. Just as I thought I survived the plague, my so-called impenetrable Chinese guts broke under pressure and I got my fair share. In fact, I’m writing this message from my sick bed. Moving on, all the new boys seem to be loving it. They are a polite and genuinely a happy bunch of boys which makes them fit right in here in Biddle. Just asking around the new boys its become pretty clear that Biddle has got some new hobbies stretching from gym junkies to sailors. The house events seem to running away from us nevertheless we are keen to have a dig and finally compete as a house. I’m keen for a big year ahead and from what I’ve seen so far with the boys we’ve got it sure will be a good one.
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