I hope the start of Term 4 has proved to be a good one and that you and the boys are looking forward to the end of year celebrations in a few weeks time. The boys have been busy in the first 3 weeks and we now have the seniors away on study leave with their exams starting later this week and the juniors have their end of year assessments this week as well.
The boys had a very successful tug of war competition last week with the Year 11 team winning, the Year 10 and Senior teams coming in as runners up and the Year 9 team losing in the semi final.
Year 11’s taking the strain
Year 10’s on the way to the final
The seniors grinding out another win
A couple of weekends ago the Year 11’s took part in the annual Challenge Day where the three boarding houses compete for the Scotty Mac Cup. Despite not coming out on top, the boys had a good time and learnt some good leadership strategies. They also got a little wet!
This past weekend saw the interhouse rowing competition and, with a strong boat of Jamie Batchelor, Lachie Hazlett, Harry Hawkins and Sam Darry, with Guy Flynn as cox, the boys took out the title. A great result for them all!
The Flower’s boat take the spectator’s acclaim
We are all looking forward to the end of year and the plans are below:
Thursday 30th November
9:30am Chapel Choir rehearsal
1pm Junior prize winners rehearsal in the Assembly Hall
2:30pm Junior roll call in the TV room in Flower’s
3pm Junior prize giving in the Assembly Hall
3:45pm Afternoon tea for the prize winners and their parents in the Dining Hall
4pm House prize giving FOR THE WHOLE HOUSE in the Senior Common Room
5pm Dinner in the dining hall for boarders
6pm Carols on the Quad FOR THE WHOLE HOUSE
7pm The annual Leavers Dinner FOR THE WHOLE HOUSE AND THE PARENTS OF YEAR 13 LEAVERS (Last year parents of non-Yr13’s met at a local hostelry for refreshments whilst their sons were at the dinner)
10pm Boys return to the House (Junior boys can leave for the year)
Friday 1st December
7:30am Leavers Breakfast for the Year 13’s and their parents
8:30am Senior prize winners rehearsal in the Assembly Hall
10am Senior roll call in the TV room in Flower’s
10:30am Senior prize giving in the Assembly Hall
12noon Lunch for Year 13’s and their parents on the Quad (Yr11 and 12’s can leave for the year)
1pm Leavers service for Year 13’s and their parents in the Chapel
2pm Official end of the year!
As you can see from above, the junior boys are free to go anytime after the Leavers Dinner on the Thursday evening and the Year 11 and 12’s are free to go once the Senior Prizegiving is completed on the Friday. The boys should touch base with me before they go though, so I know not to go looking for them in an emergency!
For the Year 13 parents, if you have not already done so, can you please get back to me as a matter of urgency to let me know if you will be joining us for the dinner and/or the breakfast.
If you have not heard, the Year 13 leadership group for next year is Sam Darry (Head of House) with Oscar Wilson and Richard Turpie (Deputy Heads of House). I have no doubt that they will do a great job and will support Mr Ben Vink as he transitions into the role of Housemaster of Flower’s in 2018. I wish them every success.
As this is likely to be my final blog post as Housemaster, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole Flower’s community for their support over the past 5 years. Kylie and I, along with the girls and Murphy have hugely enjoyed our time and we wish you all the very best for the future.