Mr Tony Watt – McKinley Housemaster
Friday, November 3 is the McKinley’s House Supper. A number of boys are busily preparing for the event that is typically a great evening for our boarding community. Importantly, it is a time where we recognise every boy in the House for their unique contribution to McKinley. To purchase tickets for the evening, please log on to the Parent Portal and follow the links to the House supper event. Should you have difficulty in doing this let me know.
In conjunction with our House Supper, we are raffling a McKinley Hamper. The idea is for as many families as possible bring a gift from their region and place it into the hamper. I will be placing a large number of gifts in the hamper such as TSS wine glasses, stubby coolers and cuff links etc… We would ask families to give some thought to this and please contact me directly should you wish to ask any further questions. Please place your item in the growing hamper that is at the front of the House.
The final term of 2017 has started well with everyone getting involved in some form of sport. Rowing training is in full swing and cricket is just getting started. The last house cluster is on Thursday, which we are well prepared for. We will be competing in Touch Football, Chess and Basketball. We usually finish well in touch and with Sam Moffat leading the chess team for the fourth year in a row we should go alright in that too. Basketball has never been a strong point for McKinley but this year we have Grade 10 – Brock McMahon leading the way so the result should improve on previous years. Next Wednesday is the Cadet Graduation Parade which at least one third of the house will be involved in so it would be great if any parents could make it and watch.
I look forward to finishing the year well with the McKinley boys despite our position on the House Shield.
Over the vacation, a number of boys participated in sporting trips away with a number of Mickey boys representing the school and our country in rugby. A few reports of their activities are below as Tommy V writes:
On the term 3 holidays Hugh Robinson and myself travelled to South America on a TSS rugby tour. During the time we visited Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. While on tour we played four different games, one in Chile against their junior representative team, two Argentina, one against a highly regarded club, “The Jockey Club” and another against “Club Champenat”. Our final game was played under lights against “Stella Maris College” in Uruguay. All games were a challenge however we managed to come away with four wins. Playing against teams who speak another language was extremely different for all of the boys. We were confronted with many differences compared to Australia however, all boys jumped at every opportunity and embraced the new foods, languages and culture. The experience was completely different to Australia and everyone can say that they experienced something new. This trip was very eye-opening and we can be grateful for the privileges we have in Australia and TSS. Thank you to TSS Rugby and community for organising this great tour, it will be unforgettable and some life long memories were made.
Over the Term 3 holidays I was lucky enough to be selected in the Australian Barbarians rugby team. We traveled to Sydney for a week-long camp followed by two test matches against New Zealand and Fiji. We lost to a very strong New Zealand team first up but was lucky enough to beat Fiji by 1 point after the final whistle in our final game. It was such an awesome experience being able to verse two top international teams and to get the opportunity to represent Australia at the highest level in schoolboy competition.
The year 9s were treated to a pizza and a movie last Friday as a treat. The boys love relaxing in a home-like setting and they are always impeccably mannered to my family. It’s a small thing but a worthwhile activity as they see me with my family, in our context too.
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