McKinley News

Term 2, Week 7

Mr Dan Saw – McKinley Housemaster

Resilience and perseverance when coupled with a genuine care for others are cornerstones to life-long success, whether that be at school, in the workplace or within our relationships.

I write this update with the upmost respect and admiration for our boys and families still toiling away at home with online learning.  By the end of this Term most Year 7-9 and some Year 10 boys would have clocked up ~10 weeks of online learning.  In reality this translates to staring at a computer screen for multiple hours a day, limited teacher support and opportunities to catch up with mates, whilst still trying to complete academic commitments.  Parents have taken on the responsibility of teacher (and Housemaster!) in many circumstances, whilst still managing home and work affairs.  Humans are ‘hard-wired social creatures’ – we are genetically driven to socially connect.  Therefore, at a time like this it would be completely justifiable for boys and families to be venting their frustrations.

However, Machie, Tash and I have only been greeted with a profound level of compassion and understanding, and an empathy for others who are experiencing greater hardship.  Boys, you are strong and resilient young men and I want to you remember this experience as it will hold you in fine stead for life-long success, particularly at times of hardship.

In the essence of improving social connection, albeit remotely, the inaugural McKinley Pub (without the Pub) Quiz kicked off in fine fashion last week.  After resolving a few minor technical issues teams hit their groove and were competing earnestly for the quiz master crown…..however….. at that point the fire alarms went off!  Suffice to say the evening was cut short but the feedback has been great so we’ll be rescheduling for a T3 date!  Thank you to all who were able to attend and also for your entry donation. We raised a total of $320 which has been donated to the Black Dog Institute to contribute towards mental health research.  A major focus in the House this year has been to raise the profile of community service so it is fantastic we can still achieve this during such challenging times.


‘Sweet Success’ Awards (Academics)

Natasha Rosky (Assistant Housemaster)

As you are all aware the Semester 1 reports have been released and have given your son a clear idea of both their academic standing as well as their diligence level.  Dan and I have taken the time to analyse the data from each report on an individual, house level and school wide level.  Overall, it was pleasing to see our boys are improving on all accounts.

Therefore, last week there was a lot to celebrate in McKinley House in regards to the progress in academic standing and diligence which has led us to create the ‘Sweet Success’ award for the top McKinley boy for the following categories each Term from Year 7-12 per year level:

  • Most improved GPA & Top GPA
  • Most improved Diligence & Top Diligence

At our last house meeting we acknowledged the following boys for the ‘Sweet Success’ award:

Year Level Top GPA Top Diligence Most improved GPA Most improved Diligence
Year 8 Hamish Ramsay Tayte Nolan Gus Ciesiolka Harry Allan
Year 9 Sam Breen Alistair Philip Josh Weis Harry McCormack
Year 10 Tom Ramsay Charlie Dawson Matthew Eddy Arch Woods
Year 11 Evan Pfeiffer Daniel Finall George Black Rhys Radel
Year 12 Josh Rafter Josh Rafter Sam Pearson William Bucknell

This current Term is very busy as we started it off with an assessment block and we will end the term with one as well. Therefore, it is a reminder to the boys that we have our next assessment / exam block is starting on Friday, 12th until Thursday 18th of June. We are expecting our boys to work hard in preparation for this round of assessments and exams by using their class and prep time in an efficient and focused manner. The boys have a range of help at their disposal both online and face to face at school, starting with their classroom teacher.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the academic development of your son – please feel free to contact Dan or myself.

Arch Woods – Top Diligence improvement in the House

George Black – Top GPA improvement in the House


Captains Corner

Josh Rafter (VC)

It has been great to be back in Boarding after a long time sitting behind a screen at home. There has been a great mood in the House and the boys are keen to get back to sport and socialising with each other. It has been particularly beneficial for the Year 12 boys who are now able to engage more in content learning in preparation for coming exams. We are all looking forward to having all the boys back (and especially Matron) in the House and for things to go back to normal.

For the boys at home, try your best to stay motivated and to stay on top of the work as you don’t want to fall too far behind on content. Hope you all come back refreshed and ready for a new term of sport and LEARNING!


Boarder in Profile – Jack Towne

“Hi, my name is Jack Towne and my family and I live on a remote cattle station in the Kimberly’s, Western Australia, which we manage. The station is about 1.4 million acres and can run up to 70,000 head of cattle. Recently the school has opened back up to senior boarders, but I won’t be going back until Term 4 due to the strict WA border restrictions.”

McKinley misses you Jack – hang in the there mate and we look forward to seeing you in Term 4!


Machie’s musings…

This will be a term we will always remember! It started uniquely in the house with only Dan, myself and his boys… and the occasional visit from their dog, Max.

The house came alive as we welcomed back our Seniors, a week later we were joined by the Year 11s and then Year 10s returned to the fold. It is so good to have the boys back in the house again. It has been a long slow drip feed as each week we welcome back another boy. How good is it to see those beautiful smiles after such a long time…and how hard is it not to give them a big hug?!

The boys have obviously been very well cared for at home as they have grown so much.  I have spent a lot of time letting pants out, letting pants down and upscaling their shirts. I’m sure they weren’t that tall when I saw them last.

While things have been different in McKinley due to COVID-19 restrictions, the boys have been very obliging with the daily routine of temperature checks with the Health Centre Nurses. “It’s all part of our new normal.”  They actually try to guess their own temperature alas there are no prizes for the winners.

This term we have a new Assistant House Master Tash, I am very happy to welcome another lady to the House, so now I’m not as outnumbered as I was!

I look forward to when all the boys are back.  Stay safe and well.


McKinley Calendar

Date Event
Tue 9th Jun Yr. 9-11 Subject Information Evening
Wed 10th Jun Online Subject Selection Open (Open for 2 weeks)
Fri 12th Jun Unit 3 Assessment Block begins
Thu 18th Jun Last Day of Term 2
Fri 19th Jun Boarders travel day
Tue 14th Jul Term 3 commences
Thu 16th Jul GPS Basketball Season launch
Thu 13th Aug Generations Cocktail Reception
Fri 14th Aug Old Boys Weekend (v’s TGS)
Fri 11th Sep Unit 4 Assessment Block begins
Thu 17th Sep Last day of Term 3
Sat 17th Oct McKinley House Supper
Wed 21st October (TBC) Year 12 Graduation


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