Term 4, Week 4
Mr Tony Watt – McKinley Housemaster
Our House Supper is quickly approaching next Friday, November 3. The boys are busily organising this year’s event and have planned a few surprises along the way. Do not forget chapel commences at 5pm before we move into the Dining Hall promptly. A seating plan will be provided outside the hall. Generally speaking, parents sit with their boys on year levels. Parents with multiple children sit at the older son’s year level table. It is vitally important for people attending to purchase tickets from the parent portal. Please contact me directly should you have any questions.
The State Track and Field Champs were held from 10-15 October in Brisbane and Ben was in action in the 800m. On the Thursday in terrible conditions Ben cruised through his heat in his worst time for the season. In the final on Saturday conditions improved slightly. He ran strongly leading most of the way before pulling away 5 metres to win gold in the u17 800m final. As a result Ben have been selected in the QLD team to compete at the National Championships in Adelaide this December- a wonderful achievement.
The last House Cluster of the year occurred two weeks ago on Wednesday. Each House competed in Touch, Basketball, and Chess. Sam Moffat captained the McKinley Chess team for the fourth year in a row and we came a respectable 7th. The touch team took a turn for the worse when Campbell Parata, Five-Eighth, 1st XV, McK Grade 11 injured his ankle the afternoon before cluster in a practice. Unfortunately we came 8th in touch. Basketball has never been a strong point for McKinley. Ever since I have been at the House we had never come better than 10th. This year, I made a bet with Mr Watt. He said he would buy the whole house pizza if we came in the top 7. With Brock McMahon’s playing and coaching skills, we managed to come 5th in the competition which was a great success. Tonight, the whole house will be enjoying pizza, but a little more pain for Mr Watt’s budget woes.
I hope everyone is keen for House Supper and excited to finish the year strong.
This week the boys enjoyed the termly formal dinner where the uniforms are proudly worn and the best of manners are on display. Prior to the formal dinner, the annual clock tower run was held with Year 12 McKinley boy (highlighted earlier) winning with ease. The boys enjoyed the dinner, particularly acknowledging the 50 years of service from Dotty in the kitchen.
Last week the boys claimed the best morning tea of the year with a huge freshly baked chocolate chip biscuit and individual flavoured milks. The boys were most excited.
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