Mr Tony Watt – McKinley Housemaster
Term 1, Week 7
The first House birthday cake celebration occurred last week as we acknowledged all boys who were born in January and February. The cake was again a huge success and we thank matron for her organisation of this monthly treat. We managed to secretly video the McKinley version of the Happy Birthday song, though I’m sure it won’t be nominated for any awards anytime soon or even in any future anywhere.
The House was most proud at Assembly when we acknowledged the 1st VIII where McKinley House Captain, School Vice-Captain and Captain of Boats, Hugh Robinson. Proud McKinley boy and School Captain, Tom van der Schyff, has delivered a number of wonderful speeches over assembly in recent weeks. Battling his own injury this year, Tom has an enormous presence with all boys but also those in his House. We wish Condy well as he sits not only in the 1st VII on Saturday at the 2018 Head of the River, but sits in the same seat in the 1st VIII as his older brother Will (2013) in Bow seat, keeping the family tradition alive as Hugh’s dad Chris also rowed in the TSS 1st VIII in 1976.
This week we welcomed a new Mickey lad in Gavin. He introduces himself by writing:
I am Gavin Liu come from Shandong China, and am studying in Year 10. I like play basketball and Maths and can’t wait to be involved in all of TSS.
We must also acknowledge our Year 10 cohort for their welcoming culture they have displayed to Gavin. Mr Alini and I were only talking this week on how far and impressive our Year 10s have become as a cohort – great to see.
Nic Baltus writes:
Tuesday – Wednesday 6th – 7th of March students of ear 10, contributed to the rare opportunity to develop in becoming a man. Masculinity was defined during these two days, masculinity is an extensive range of behavior, attributes, or specified rolls associated with boys. Over these two informative days, boys had the capability to man up in small groups. Manning up isn’t about displaying no feelings or showing dominance, and specifically becoming physically advantaged over others. Manning up is choosing to see opportunities, not to complain, choosing to do what must be done. The instructor, Zac, gave the boys everyday occurrences that take place in their own lives. These events consisted of crying, depression and anxiety, furthermore based upon statistical information Zac used, our Year 10 cohort’s eyes were opened to see the realities of what truly happens in Australia with young men. Zac also uses a diversity of activities and strategies to acknowledge the boys that are struggling in these significant areas. Year 10 conclusively discovered what men are experiencing with Zac showing us how to seek out the boys that are having these particular difficulties and to man up and take initiative of the disadvantages which are occurring. Before this corporation visited TSS, I personally didn’t recognize the sad events and thoughts that can be affevting a regular TSS student.
Although as a House we typically finish at the rear of the inter House Swimming Carnival, there are the few rampant Lions in our House who can swim. McKinley Vice Captain Boyd Radel writes…
Last weekend was the 100th Annual GPS Swimming Competition, and the athletes went up to Chandler with five McKinley boys representing the school. Our open competitor, Alex Tsebelis, pulled away for dual wins in the 100m breast stroke and 6 x 50m relay and another outstanding podium finish in the individual medley with a 3rd. Zac Joyce provided a strong base in the 50m breaststroke, against some of the toughest competition in the pool, and Michael Van Der Schyff and Nic Baltus both had top of the table finishes in the 6 x 50 relay, coming home with an exceptionally strong first place, to provide the School with a high number of boys who are breaking stereotypes, and proving lions can swim too. A special mention must go to Wylie Bucknell who travelled and trained with the swimmers as a reserve all year. With competitors in all the majority of age groups, it is indeed a promising sign for the future of McKinley swimming.
The new McKinley caps have arrived and look great as modelled by Inverell lad Hugo Monie. The boys can purchase a cap for $10 through Matron. We will proudly wear the cap for inter House clusters and other sporting events when we represent our great House.
Our thanks to Mark McKenzie, McKinley senior, for organising this fundraising activity. Mark concludes:
As the end of the term draws near the final competitors for the House Pool Competition have stepped up to the plate to battle for first place. The final match between Year 9 student Kaleb Dodds and Resident Master Tim Browne was full of surprises, each competitor sinking ball for ball until Kaleb took the lead on the black. At a two ball disadvantage, Tim came back against all odds sinking his two balls and the black to win the competition. We thank all competitors for participating particularly Will Bucknell achieving 3rd position and Brock McMahon receiving 4th place after a lengthy campaign beginning with the defeat of Tony Watt. All competitors contributed a donation towards the Dollar for Dolly Foundation which is greatly appreciated, created in memory of Dolly Everett who committed suicide at the age of 14 after being bullied at school. The foundation aims to deliver information on the mitigation and the effects of child bullying, especially cyber bullying, to school and school age kids.
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