McKinley Boarding News

Term 4, Week 7

Mr Tony Watt, McKinley Housemaster


Year 12 Graduation

Last week we farewelled our graduating Year 12’s. We thank and acknowledge their wonderful year as our Seniors in 2019. At the same time, we wish them every success in their futures. They were an outstanding group – mature, thoughtful and proved to be excellent role models for the younger boys.


Changing of the guard

The ‘buzz’ in the House is palpable at the moment. Obviously, the thought of finishing off the year and returning home to families is a major drawcard; however, the genuine excitement amongst our new Senior Leaders and the eagerness of Year 7 to join the ‘big House’ is important for morale!

Year 12 2020 are a group of young men with strong values, who are passionate about McKinley and it’s unique culture. Collectively, their potential is exciting, so as a House we look forward to them leading by positive example and serving others so they can reach their potential. Although we see all Year 12 as leaders (irrespective of a Badge), and we congratulate the following boys on being nominated by their peers and staff as our 2020 Captains:

  • Captain – Nic Baltus
  • Vice Captains – Josh Rafter & Jack Dowling
  • Sports Captain – Chris Thompson & Finn Smith
  • Services Captain – Jake Gillett
  • House Sacristan – Dominic Hui

Filled with excitement and perhaps a little apprehension, Year 7 joined us in the House last night (Wednesday) for their first sleepover.  It was great to see the older boys (led by our 2020 Seniors) warmly welcome them and ‘show them the ropes’! Photos below tell the tale!

Sports Report – Finn Smith & Chris Thompson

Swimming Carnival

The swimming carnival marked the first House event of the 2020 school year. In typical McKinley spirit all boys were highly involved in the carnival. The support and enthusiasm that was shown throughout the day from all boys is to be highly commended. It was great to see the older boys supporting the younger boys, a true reflection of the culture within the House at the moment. A massive effort was seen by all the boys that competed and it must be noted that many boys swam in events that they were not comfortable in. Overall 10th place, with the Juniors placing 6th and the Seniors 9th.

With all boys showing great passion for the House during the events, the spirit of McKinley was definitely on display. The high levels of passion and involvement in the first House event of the year is a great sign as to what the coming year will hold for McKinley. Special mention must go to Gus Ciesiolka and Nic Baltus who were stand out performers in all their respective events. ​


A time to reflect and celebrate achievement

As school year draws to a close it is pertinent to reflect on performances and celebrate achievement.  TSS boys are blessed with opportunity in the academic, sport and cultural arenas’.  I challenge you, boys, to reflect with honesty on the following questions and discuss with your parents during the holidays (possibly, a good conservation for over the dinner table).

  1. Have I reached my academic potential in all my subjects? If so, how have you done this?  If not, what do you need so you are regularly giving your best (i.e. what motivates me? Do I need extra resources such are tutoring/study gym? Do I have a planned/organised study routine?)
  2. Have I consistently supported my mates in the House by building them up when they are down and celebrating personal achievements? Am I a positive influence?
  3. Have I capitalised on extra-curricular opportunities? Am I involved in a sport or music?  Do I get involved in House activities?

During this reflective conversation please remember to end your conversation by looking at ways to continue to improve your approach.  This is what it takes to be the ‘best you can be’!

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