The locals are feeling the cold. Those of us from further afield are still wondering when winter is going to start. As in all terms, the activity continues:
Our footballers and tennis players are continuing to ply their trade and their dedication to training is admirable. Two rounds left for the A teams, and it is important we finish the season well at all levels.
Our Cross Country runners have been working hard all year, most playing other sports as well and these boys are off to Ipswich this week to try to improve on last year’s second place in the GPS Championships
Rugby is beginning and the trial matches are starting. Again, many Biddle boys are applying themselves well with several boys trying the sport for the first time.
For our lone gymnast, Couper Baskus, the GPS championships are also approaching next week. He deserves much credit for the way in which he manages himself and his heavy training schedule and the whole house is behind him as he gets ready for the big day.
Being such a physically active house, injuries are inevitable, and I am pleased to report that I am now on good terms with the staff in the Emergency Departments of several of the Gold Coast Hospitals. “Ah, you again..” is the usual greeting! A couple of boys needing stitches, three injuries requiring X-rays and one appendectomy comprise the list so far this term. It is reassuring to note that all of the boys have received excellent care and the staff work extremely well in the treatment they provide and also their communication with parents as well as the housemaster. I should also pay tribute to the team of nurses in the School Health Centre, and the team has recently expanded to include Ms Louise Payne and our own Mrs Sarah Crook. It is evident from the conversations we have and their knowledge of our boys that they provide an extremely high level of professional health care, which our boys are lucky to receive.
In recent days, boys in Y8-10 have completed their second round of assessments for the term and are now embarking on the next assessment period. Boys in Y11 and Y12 are about to start their exam periods, and are completing the necessary assignments also. A recent article I was reading and discussing with the Y11 and 12 boys revealed clear evidence that students who approach exam preparation strategically do better than those who do not and that they needed:
Pleasingly, the overwhelming majority of Biddle boys do indeed have a study plan, and have allocated their time carefully, in order to meet and balance their various commitments. We look forward to supporting them over the next two weeks.
It has been great to see the Biddle boys embracing other aspects of school life. On Tuesday lunchtime this week over $4000 was raised by the Round Square group in support of Leukaemia Research as many boys paid to have their heads shaved.
Last week in Assembly, Sandy Hickson, together with Declan Attenborough and Harry Blok spoke about the wonderful work that many boys have been doing in putting together birthing kits, for distribution in developing countries, which make such a significant difference in enabling babies to be born safely and healthily.
Finally this week, Biddle will look to improve on its sixth place overall in the House Shield as we embark on the House Football, Volleyball and Declamations Cluster. Reports to follow in the next issue!
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