Jaye R Beutel | Thorold Housemaster
It has been a joy to see all the boys return from their vacation period for the final term of 2017, all reporting a restful break and energised for what lies ahead. Our first week was hectic as we settled back into routine as quickly as possible as this is not quite eight weeks long.
There are a number of significant events during the culmination of the year, however none are more important than seeing our Year Twelves have the very best of finishes to their journey through high school and of course Thorold House. This coming Thursday will see the boys compete in the last cluster event of the year, with a lot on the line we need to finish in the top rankings to maintain a top 3 posting for 2017 – a great effort.
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It was a pleasure to join the seven Thorold Boys and thirteen others from McKinley and Day Houses as we journeyed a short 1100 kilometers to the great south-western hub of Thargomindah. Lead by Mr Tony Watt, the TSS contingent headed out west to paint the local Anglican Church and assist with some projects at Thargomindah State School.
With much to do and only two days to complete the works, the boys really did put in some hard yards. One group did an amazing job by painting almost the entire external walls of the church, only leaving a few panels on the rear door to be touched up by the locals. While the second group shifted over 800kgs of red rock using two wheel barrows, established a 700 metre adventure trail in the woods behind the local school oval, and constructed two chicken coops ready for the chicks to call home once hatched.
All twenty boys put in some incredible efforts for the week, all without complaint of the sulfur smell in the water, 34+ degree heat or having to listen to another story of what Thargomindah was like in 1994 (Mr Watt). A big thanks to all who took on this adventure, it was one which will be remembered for many years to come.
A special thanks to the McCormack family from Glenmorgan, who kindly put us up for an night as we journeyed out west.
Thorold House continues to improve it’s average Diligence and GPA scores each term, however we still lag behind many other houses. As a house we will meet to discuss what goal as individuals we must set to be on the continual improve. Term 3 saw our best efforts yet for 2017, but unfortunately we sit in 5th place in the Boarding House standings, and 10th overall, when comparing our average scores with our peers.
This week the boys will be working alongside their Mentor Teachers on their results and mapping out how to improve their individual standings in their final term of 2017. As we have done all year, it is hoped we can once again improve our averages this term also.
|Term 1||2.483||9.928 (C+)|
|Term 2||2.363||9.945 (C+)|
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