Mr Tony Watt – McKinley Housemaster
Morning Inspections are an important and integral part of mornings Monday through to Friday. They are a time where Matron and Master on Duty lay eyes on each boy, touch base and give any specific notices if needed. It is also a time where they simply be recognised. It allows us to see their non-verbals as well- if something might not be right, if they are a little quiet than normal or even a bit boisterous!. To give you a snapshot of the morning, we strapped a Go Pro to matron’s head to give you a sense of a typical morning. We didn’t catch all boys on this morning and we didn’t quite get the camera angle right- but nonetheless enjoy.
Please find below an invitation to attend a welcome chapel service and drinks in the Old Gym Café on Friday March 9. This is typically a great way to meet other McKinley and boarding families in a relaxed social setting. A barbeque will also be available.
The boys got to together and came up with some new and interesting ideas on how we as a house a can give back to both the schooling and wider community. The first idea which we are now taking on is the Dollar for Dolly pool competition. All money raised will be donated to this foundation to try preventing bullying of adolescent boys and girls. We are also taking on board World Vision Australia. This organization raises money through sponsoring kids and families who are underprivileged in the hope they better the quality of their lives. The senior group with a few younger boys have also taken part in fixing the front gardens, we are planning on planting some new flowers and grass as a gift back to the house. We are also looking at doing some car washes and sausage sizzles to raise some more money to go towards the house. As seniors we feel as though the culture has been great so far, this year. Most afternoons have been spent playing house cricket, pool, or table tennis and have even spent a weekend swimming in blow up pools and sliding on the slip in side to deal with the heat. A few McKinley boys have also signed up for Rosie’s where we go out on a Wednesday night and feed and talk to the homeless, this will be great if we can get more McKinley boys doing this week by week. So far, the year has been great and we are both looking forward to rest of it.
As week 4 comes to a close the majority of first round matches for the house pool competition have come to a close with many surprise victory’s, shock losses and massive comebacks. Exciting competitors from the tournament included Martin Price from grade 8 who despite no prior experience went toe to toe with one of the senior competitors and won, along with other players who have shown consistency and effort to make their way through many opponents such as Boyd Radel, Kaleb Dodds and Joey Wagner who are all well on their way to the grand finals. Unsurprisingly, Mr Watt lost in the first round and we haven’t heard the end of it all week (he’s not a happy camper!). During the running of the competition, all competitors have also made an individual donation each to the dollar for Dolly foundation to help raise awareness for bullying within schools.
Dining Hall closed for extensive cleaning- breakfast in the House- Matron and her happy helpers- Andy and Martin (Pricey)
Last Saturday evening, we treated the boys to some KFC to celebrate most of the House coming through the recent Norovirus. I’m not sure Queensland Health prescribed the colonels secret herbs and spices as a recommended guideline, but nonetheless the boys love it!
Stage 1 of the Mickey front garden has commenced with House green thumb, Mr Alini, and a group of boys took to shovels and picks in cleaning up the garden bed. The project is part of the service program we have operating in the House this year. We have some ideas for a garden and we would welcome parental support should you be interested.
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