2017 has been highly productive and rewarding for the House. While it hasn’t meant the success of winning back to back shields, it has defined the greatness of the House in other areas. We were proud to have our very own Jim Chapman elected to the School Captain post for 2017, while this meant he didn’t have a bed in Thorold, it did mean we showcased through his efforts how leadership and citizenship are at the very core of being a Thoroldian.
The year began with many new faces, staff and boys, including a new Housemaster, which naturally positioned the Thorold House officials as the direct custodians of the traditions of the House and setting the course for the year ahead. Harry Smith (House Captain/Head Boarder), Jack Giles (House Vice-Captain), Angus Giles and James Mahony (Sports Captains) started the year with an agreed approach to unify the House as one, that would be their mantra for 2017. The idea of ensuring that every boy in the House made a contribution, whether that was in a cluster event, on the paddock, field or court, their diligence scores, or application to their day to day responsibilities in the House or dorm – everyone would give their level best and follow the lead of the senior group. I congratulate them on their leadership of the House in 2017, giving a shining example for the years to follow.
Thorold House has continued to perform admirably in the academic arena, while not the top House in 2017 we are one of the most improved – each term lifting our average just that little bit higher. It is a true indicator that the boys strive to perform their best each and every day, perseverance with this approach is key into the future for the boys and that of the house – “improvement is not negotiable, but the rate of improvement is”.
As we farewell our 2017 seniors, we also welcome and congratulate the incoming House Officials for 2018;
House Captain: Grady Sinclair
House Vice-Captains: Gus Morris and Jed Heslop
House Sports Captains: Jake Heck and Jed Heslop
House Sacristan: Charlie Tran
These gentlemen, along with their cohort will do a fine job I am sure as they take the reigns from the current seniors.
Last Wednesday saw the annual farewell BBQ, where the tradition of presenting the Yr 12s with their senior tie and graduating Thoroldian certificate. This year we also present a gift to those boys graduating from Rogers and will be having their first year in their senior house in 2018 – we hope that this will be another important tradition to be kept in years to come.
Sadly the House is saying goodbye to a few masters this year, none more significant than the departure of our veteran Resident Master Mr Ryan Caldwell, who is leaving the house after 5 and half years. We wish him all the best as he takes leave to explore Europe and beyond and thank him sincerely for all of which he has done over the years to enrich the lives of all Thoroldians in his care.
Mr Jack Gohl will depart on exchange as part of his degree. His time in the House has been well received by the boys as he has a witty sense of humour and a keen eye for detail – particularly when proofing assignments. All the best Jack for your exchange, we hope to see you back on campus in one capacity or another in the not so distant future.
Mr Nick McLean and Mr Tom Stevens both head home to continue their studies. While their time in Thorold has been brief, their impact has been great. All the best.
Mr Josh McQueen has had a remarkable year as our Assistant Housemaster. I thank him and his wife, Lisa, for all their support and care of the boys in Thorold. We wish them all the very best as they transition back into life without boarding, but more importantly the safe arrival of their second little person – sometime over the next 8 or so weeks.
2018 has a range of new staff moving into Thorold House, each of these new members is excited to be joining the team and bring their own unique qualities to life in Thorold. More details and introductions will be sent out later this year and into the new.
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