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2017 Term 3 Quinn House Report

From the Head of Quinn House, Olivia Kite


Farewell to Year 12, Class of 2017

Term 3 sees the end of an extraordinary journey for Year 12 Quinn students. Each journey has been shaped differently by challenges, resilience, success, friendship, maturity and leadership. However, despite the different journey each student took to get to graduation, their contributions to the College and to Quinn House have been outstanding.

Thank you to Quinn House mentors for all their support of our Year 12 students throughout their final year at the College. Your support, guidance and encouragement has not gone unnoticed and is invaluable to each boy’s success.

Quinn House would like to wish all of our Year 12 students every success in their HSC Examinations and the best of luck in all their future endeavours.

Jack Hardwick-Owen, Year 11, at CAS Athletics Carnival


The College celebrated R U OK? Day on 14 September this year with their annual Bake Sale in the Centenary Quad and Simon Gillard as a guest speaker a the whole school assembly. Simon spoke of his own personal struggles with mental health after 19 years of service in the NSW Police Force. He reminded the boys how it important it is to speak up and to ask for help.

Quinn House was also lucky enough to have Ryan Cross speak to them at their House Assembly. The Quinn Prefects held a Q & A session with Ryan to discuss the positive influence sport has had on his life and how being part of a team, helped him find the support he needed to get through difficult times after his retirement from professional sport. Ryan encouraged the boys to speak up and ask for help and to also check in with mates and family.

Kiva Gwynne, Year 11, at CAS Athletics Carnival

Year 9 Camp

In Week 7 of the term, Year 9 travelled to Camp Somerset to immerse themselves in an outdoor learning experience. The camp was both physically and mentally challenging and required the boys to work together as a team. Thank you to all the teachers who volunteered their time away from their families to attend the camp and help make it such a great success.


Year 10 Dinner Dance

When the opportunity arose for Year 10 students to suit up, they did not disappointment. The night was a wonderful success with both students and their partners dancing the night away while cruising around Sydney Harbour. To view and purchase photos from the year 10 Dinner Dance, please use the following link: Year 10 Dinner Dance Photos

CAS Athletics

2017 was the year of the 88th Annual CAS Athletics Competition. Students from all year groups threw, ran and jumped their way onto the CAS team who competed at the Sydney Olympic Athletics Centre last Thursday night. Congratulations to every boy who competed on the night and a special mention to the following Quinn House students who placed in their events:

  • Riley Vidulich: 13’s High Jump 1.52m (PB)
  • Kurt Kress: 13’s 800m Race 2:19.50 (2nd), 13’s 1500m Race 4:50.60 (3rd)
  • Jack Hardwick-Owen: 17’s Long Jump 6.70m (1st), 17’s High Jump 1.85m (3rd), 17’s 200m Race 23.09 (2nd), 17’s 100m Race 11.48 (3rd)


Kurt Kress, Year 8, at CAS Athletics Carnival

Well done to the following Quinn students who competed on the night:

  • Kiva Gwynne
  • Michael Browning
  • Brooklyn Hardaker
  • Hugh Clothier
  • Finn McClean

Jack Hardwick-Owen, Year 11, at CAS Athletics Carnival


Congratulations to Ned Wieland who completed his English Channel Swim on the 26th of July in 9 hours and 45 minutes. Ned is now officially, the youngest Australian male to complete the swim. Thank you to all those who supported Ned in his achievement of this huge feat. Well done Ned!


Term 4 Events

In Term 4 we’ll welcome the Year 12 Class of 2018 into their final year at the College. This is a crucial time for the new Year 12 students to develop positive study habits, strong friendships with their peers and productive relationships with their teachers and mentors. Quinn House wishes the new Year 12 all the best for their HSC year.

In line with Quinn House’s social justice shift to Aboriginal and Indigenous Affairs, Quinn House will be hosting the Wandana Program on Friday 20th October. This program is designed to educate students about Aboriginal and Indigenous culture, provide a hands on experience with artefacts and a personal experience with local Aboriginal Elders. Throughout the day, students and Quinn staff will contribute to an Aboriginal painting that is reflective of the Country the College is built on, local Aboriginal culture, the Edmund Rice Touchstones and the values of Quinn House. The painting will be completed on the day and presented to the College.


Good luck to all of Year 12 in their upcoming HSC and wishing you and your loved ones an enjoyable and restful break.