As we enter the final few days of the term I have an update on the House events and accolades that have accrued since my last missive!
In House sport, the senior cricket team have been stuck in the semi-finals with the weather halting any attempt to play the match against Condells. We will have to wait until Term 4 to get back into this competition. The junior tennis team were able to play on, however, and the junior team, led by Edwin Dargue and Jarrad Hill made their way through to the final where they came up against a very strong Harper team. Sadly, victory was beyond us, but considering the vast ranking difference, we did really well to compete as well as we did.
In College sport, we have had some individual successes with Harry MacDonald scoring a fine 92 against Wanganui Collegiate to help stave off defeat and last weekend Archie Batchelor was finally out for 96, attempting to reach his hundred off the final couple of balls of the innings.
We have just had the Summer Sport Tournament week and in the water polo competition the College team took out the title, beating Otago BHS in the final. Andrew Campbell was named not only in the tournament team, but the MVP of the whole tournament and he will be looking forward to the National Competition in the Easter holidays.
At the South Island Athletics Champs we had 2 representatives. Jackson Stewart came in 6th place in the U19 long jump whilst Nic Murray managed Silver in the javelin, Bronze in the hammer and 8th in the shot.
Maadi has been dominating the internet in recent days and with 13 Flower’s boys in the College team, we have had a lot of interest. The boys all performed remarkably and I am reliably informed that Flower’s won 12 medals in total. Jamie Batchelor and Lachie Hazlett gained a remarkable Gold in the U16 eight, Louis Batchelor, Jamie, Sam Darry and Guy Flynn gained a Silver in the U17 eight, with Louis, Sam and Monty Batchelor gaining a Silver in the U18 eight. Monty and Rob Turnbull, Harry Hawkins and Jacob Pye also gained Bronze medals in the U18 quad sculls and O15 lightweight coxed four respectively. A remarkable achievement for all the boys and I am sure they will be as thrilled with the results as I was watching them in the live stream!
This coming week sees the annual Mother’s of Flower’s lunch on Friday at The George. If you are still keen to go but have not yet let Karen know, you have until lunchtime on Monday to do so!
Also this week, the House music competition comes to fruition. The boys are sounding distinctly good in comparison to the past few years a couple of days out so I am hopeful for another good result! Hopefully we will see a good few of you in the audience on Wednesday in the Assembly Hall from 7pm, and don’t forget drinks beforehand at Hotel Montreal as per Yo’s earlier email!
The parent-student- teacher interviews for boarders are on Friday after-school, and hopefully you are all set with the appointments. Your son’s are supposed to be there as well so I recommend that you insist he comes along to hear what the staff have to say!
From next term, we will be using the ‘Duty Phone’ on a more regular basis. The idea will be that if you need to get hold of a member of staff you either call me (027 268 9433), Karen (027 555 4692) or the duty phone which will be with the master on duty (027 489 0132). The boys will be told the same. This means that the boys will NOT be expected to call the master on duty’s personal phone anymore.
Finally, can I please ask that you drop me an email to let me know whether your son is likely to be out after the interviews on Friday evening or whether he is staying in for the Friday night and heading away for the holiday on Saturday. This is so I can ensure I have the correct amount of breakfast ready! Also in your reply, do let me know if you plan to come to Mr Thatcher’s meeting and dinner on April 30th as per a previous email. The details are:
Many thanks, and I wish you all a great final week and a restful holiday!