The past fortnight was dominated by the annual Intercol contests. Victories were had in the table tennis, hockey, basketball and debating, while we were not quite able to get across the line in the soccer, rugby, football nor chess. Congratulations to all of the boys who competed, savoring the win, or supporting each other in the losses. I have always believed firmly in the phrase “don’t let victory go to your head, nor defeat to your heart”, and I truly believe there are many lessons we can learn from co-curricular involvement. As educators we are charged with educating boys not just in the classroom, but in shaping their character. Intercols provide an excellent opportunity to learn, whether that be from the joy of success, or the frustration of defeat. Thank you to all the boys who came out to show their support over the week – School pride is certainly in good shape at this time of year at Saints. Can I also thank the parents for your support over the winter sport season. Parents spend many hours transporting boys, often early in the morning under inclement weather, is a significant contributor to the success of our entire program. Again, thank you for your support.
Thank you to all the staff who coached and managed the boys through the winter season. I would especially like to thank our tireless teachers-in-Charge of Sport, for their dedication and commitment to this valuable part of School life.
- Matthew French (Soccer)
- James Carter (Table Tennis and Chess)
- Tony Begley (Rugby)
- Garry Grosvenor (Hockey)
- David Pyman (Basketball)
- Peter Warnes (Football)
- Raelene Schar (Debating)
Saints have also shone in the academic field, with some significant student achievements on a global scale.
Isaac T (Year 12 HWK) has recently returned from representing Australia in the International Geography Olympiad that was held in Serbia. Angus R (Year 10 HWD) was one of four team members to represent Australia at the 29th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2017) in Tehran, Iran. He is arguably amongst the top 20 or so students of his age in informatics programming in the world! Angus and Eric Z (Year 10 FLL) will also represent St Peter’s College at the Grand Final of the UNSW ProgComp in Sydney. The qualifying round of ProgComp is the largest high school programming competition in Australia, with teams from every state, the ACT and NT competing.
It is really important for boys to push themselves and learn to take sensible risks. This is why we believe in the value of Outdoor Education. Our Acting Head of Outdoor Education, Will Freesmith, has done an outstanding job in overseeing the excellent Year 9 Journey program. Our Year 9 students have been cycling, rock climbing, canoeing and bushwalking for 7 days, helping to build the sequential program towards their 21-day Journey at Year 10. Our Year 10 students can now wear their hiking boots to School, in order to break them in before heading off on their Journey in Week 10.
Planning for the 2018 calendar has begun, and I can share with families the dates of our Year 9 and 10 Outdoor Education Journeys in 2018 as follows:
TERM 2 WEEK 6A to WEEK 9B and 4 days of Term 2/3 holiday break
Year 10 – Monday 4 June to Thursday 5 July 2018
TERM 4 WEEK 2B
Year 9 – Monday 22 Oct to Sunday 28 Oct 2018
Acting Head of Senior School