Mr Conan Bland – Delpratt Housemaster
Term 1, Week 5
I have sent an email home to parents though just a reminder to make sure you book end/start of term travel as quickly as possible if this involves flights. From all reports, the cost is quickly increasing due to the Commonwealth Games, so getting in early may save a few dollars. Wednesday the 28th March is the last day of term and also the all important House Cross Country Competition. Please book flights for Wednesday evening at the earliest to allow the boys to participate in this very important event. The boys have been training 2-3 days a week with morning runs since week 2 and will continue until the last week of the term. If you require a transfer to the airport on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday please arrange with firstname.lastname@example.org who will be sending out further instructions shortly. The first day back of Term 2 is Monday 23rd April so boys will be required back in the boarding house on the Sunday 22nd so please arrange travel accordingly.
As you are all well aware, it has been a very challenging start to the year trying to eradicate the boarding community of the Norovirus. Boys have shown they are resilient young men who have coped well during a time of adversity juggling academic work with sickness and sporting commitments. On top of this, they have just found out that in order to continue the efforts to rid the community of the bug, the vast majority of sporting events have been cancelled this coming weekend. We will take this as just another learning experience for the boys – life cannot always go as you expect and we all have to learn to adapt and remain positive. We have organised alternative activities for the boys to keep them busy and entertained over the course of the weekend.
A reminder regarding the upcoming House Requiem Mass on Sunday 11th March. If you are able to attend this event which is on Head of The River Weekend, we would love to see you there on the day.
CALLING FOR DONATIONS OF RAFFLE PRIZES
A Real Nailbiter for the 3rds Cricket Team – game goes down to the Wire.
The mighty 3rds Cricket Team needed one run from one ball in the final over of the day last Saturday. Two Delpratt boys were on the wicket, Howy Bassingthwaighte at the non-strikers end and Jack Hawkins facing the final ball. The bowler thundered down the pitch and rocketed the ball towards Jack who took a mighty swing as his bat whooshed through the air – he missed! Not to worry, Howy was backing up his mate well and zipped through for the run before the wicket keeper had a chance to throw down the stumps. Well done boys – good effort.
The Dellie Deltones – keeping the house in tune.
Walking the halls of Delpratt over the last few weeks, boys and staff have heard a small group of boys softly jamming guitars, playing makeshift drums and singing together in the evenings. Solomon Kasokason, James Pere, Kiirra Bligh and Kandi Undi have set up a “Dellie Band” of sorts that have been singing a combination of soft rock and rap songs. We look forward to hopefully seeing these boys perform at House Supper.
MAN DOWN! at the NSW State Rowing Championships
The first VIII flew down to Sydney on Thursday morning last week to compete at the NSW State Championships. We had several solid training sessions on the spectacular Nepean River before we were set to compete in the schoolboy VIII event on Saturday morning. However, in the very early hours of Saturday morning our stroke seat, Isaac Mibus woke up with gastro. So for the 4th week in a row we were not able to compete as a full crew. Despite the frustration and anger, we managed to pinch a rower from another school to fill in. This meant we were not able to be judged (could not compete for medals) due to our crew now being composite. We managed to race very well considering the circumstances and got some beneficial kilometres under the belt whist in Sydney. The crew returned Sunday afternoon back on the Gold Coast. Dougal Coleman Yr 12.
Lockie guiding his quad to the National Championships
Lockie Mactaggart has been unable to contain his excitement since finding out he will cox his talented team of rowers in the Year 10 1st quad that have been selected to compete in the upcoming National Championships. A well deserved smile has not left his face since the weekend.
Brian gets hooked on fishing – catches a crab.
New Dellie student Brian rowed for the first time on the weekend and had a great experience on a hot and blustery saturday on the lake. When he returned to TSS he went fishing in the Nerang River for the first time and was lucky enough to catch a good size Mangrove Jack on prawns. So, after spending about 6 hours in the sun on saturday, Brian woke up Sunday eager to repeat the performance. From 8 am he knocked on his housemasters door every hour for the next 5 hours until his housemaster returned after a morning of running errands. When he finally got hold of his housemaster, Brian asked to be lent a couple of fishing rods and tackle that he could permanently keep in his room and Brian set off after lunch to catch some fish. In the evening, around 8pm, Brian caught up with his housemaster again and excitedly produced a bucket filled with water containing a lonely blue swimmer crab asking if I could cook it for him. Needless to say, the crab was returned to the river and Brian continues to be hooked by this new hobby.
Vice Captains Report – Connor O’Neill
My Name is Connor O’Neill and I feel privileged to undertake the position of Vice-Captain of Delpratt House this year. I started my journey in Delpratt 3 years ago moving from a town called Traralgon in Victoria, an opportunity that I haven’t regretted for one second. Delpratt for me is a house with a positive culture and a spirit far greater than other day and boarding houses. Our respect for the house and brothers in and outside of it commendable.
It’s been a great start to the term with all boys settling in well despite the recent outbreaks of gastro in the boarding houses. The boys have shown an incredible amount of resilience during challenging circumstances but also have been supportive and helpful to their peers. Due to this illness, the school swimming carnival has been postponed multiple times, however the boys have continued to train hard for the upcoming Cross Country, Tennis and Tug of War clusters later this term.
Delpratt to me is a place I call home. A place where I live in a family of 59 boys and just like any family, it isn’t always smooth sailing but at the end of the day we are all Dellie boys. We all come from different corners of Australia and for some the world with everyone’s story different. But when push comes to shove we all know that our family of boys and staff here in Delpratt are not just a group of individuals we are all a part of something bigger than ourselves. One team of men.
A final quote for all boys and families about what I think defines a man.
“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” – John Wooden
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