From Head of Tevlin House, John McCallum
Tevlin House has had a highly positive and rewarding first term of 2017, with students enthusiastically engaging in numerous activities. All Tevlin boys from Years 5-12 and their Wellbeing Mentors can be congratulated with the way in which they have developed relationships and supported changes to Waverley’s Wellbeing Model. Tevlin welcomed 54 boys into the Gold Army, with 25 each into Years 5 and 7, and a further 4 boys added into Years 8-11. It has been pleasing to witness vertical wellbeing groups help form genuine friendships between students, and the Year 12 students in particular have excelled in their role as Big Brothers, especially with new Year 7 boys in their groups.
The Year 7 Camp was the first opportunity for Tevlin Year 7s to form new and strong friendships, whilst challenging themselves in the outdoor activities. Oppressive heat on the first night led to an impromptu sleepout on the cooler floor – and seemed to bond the boys to now see themselves as good mates! Archery in the rain was another highlight, which only brought the best out of boys – especially Vince Santamaria, who achieved the only (genuine) Bullseye.
Tevlin House Activities
Term 1 has seen daily meetings of Mentor Groups, with boys and their Mentors engaging strongly with some meaningful activities on a theme of “Right Relationships”. This has included Units and activities on Friendship, Social and Emotional Intelligence, Anti-Bullying, Compassion and Empathy. It has been fantastic to see boys sharing experiences, viewpoints and encouraging inclusivity within these activities. Tevlin Groups 1-4 have each had the opportunity to help run one of the House Assemblies, and reflect on these key themes. Tevlin also had a great time in all boys being involved in the Ponting Foundation’s “Biggest Game of Cricket” Charity initiative, having a ball (all pun intended!) and helping to raise funds for this foundation and Redkite in supporting families battling Cancer. The Social Justice elements built further from there, with enthusiastic participation in International Women’s Day, Harmony Day and Anti-Bullying Week. Our new Tevlin SRC Members have begun awareness and activism in support of our house Issue of Homelessness, supported so well by Social Justice Co-ordinator Mrs Cullen. The Student Representative Council boys from Tevlin are Hugo Roles, Carl Waterson, Conor Boyd-Boland, Alex Talbot, Harry Whitaker, Brad Marzol, Oliver Small, Daniel Callaghan, Adam McCabe and Dylan Jackson.
With Inter-House Sport, Tevlin has enjoyed some great success already this year. Tevlin won the Junior School Swimming Carnival, and all these boys thoroughly deserved the great ovation from the Senior School boys when Tevlin Junior Sports Captains Rhys Vaughan and Stan Wilson were presented the shield at our House Assembly. Tevlin Senior boys had a similarly enjoyable day at the Senior House Carnival, with House Prefects Joshua Weinstein, Dylan Quirk, Phillip Achilleos and Jake Thomas showing exceptional leadership in generating great house spirit and participation. The Year 7 boys also made the Semi final in the Dodgeball Competition.
Individual Term 1 Achievements
A number of boys have made notable contributions and had some excellent achievements, including:
- Dylan Quirk: Finalist, placing 5th in the U20 Hurdles at the Australian National Championships
- Joseph Shanahan: Captain of Diving, leading the team to 5th place in the CAS Championships and placing 4th in the opens Competition.
- Damian Lin – Contribution to Co-curricular Award, for his outstanding work in helping Junior students with reading and literacy difficulties.
- Joey Harris was U11 Swimming Champion, and Tristan Lee U10 Swimming Champion.
Term 1 Academic Reports and Awards
Numerous Tevlin boys made a consistently strong start to the 2017 academic year, reflected by the Term 1 reports having over 80% of their subject grades at an A level. Congratulations to the following boys, who received Bronze Academic awards at the final House assembly of Term 1 for their reports:
- Yr 7 Students: Jack Rigg, JJ Lim, Monty Patterson, Carl Waterson.
- Yr 8 Students: Perri Quirk, Kian Biazar, Cameron Biazar, Ronan Schocher, Elijah Heininger, Leon Palacio.
- Yr 9 Students: Anthony Vigliante, Ryan Breslin, Jack Hillary, Alex Talbot.
- Yr 10 Students: Jordan Blazevski, Bradley Marzol, Jake Daley, Nicholas Lane, Ethan Vella, George Vouros, Harry Whitaker.
- Yr 11 Students: Roby Guo, Damian Lin, James Foster, Daniel Callaghan, Zane Zilich, Adam McCabe, Ben Heal, Fred Watkins.