From Head of Lacey House, Damien Thompson
Lacey House has continued to value the contributions of individuals to the greater good of the academic, spiritual and co-curricular endeavours of our young men. We are particularly strong in Years 8 and 9. The following boys were awarded prizes on Presentation Evening.
- Cade Lacey – Nicholas Farrow Memorial Prize for the Spirit of Year Seven
- Harrison Gippel – Music
- William Gibson – Recognition Award for completing Year 9 Mathematics; English & History
- Harjot Mand – Technology
- Max Valentine – Visual Arts
- Dante Pontes-Cox – 3rd in Academic Results
- Benjamin Elder – Geography; Stem; Science & Dux of Year 9
- Daniel Pomes – Industrial Technology Multimedia
- Luke Fadel – Ned Silva Award for Most Improved Effort in Year Nine
- Billy De Luca – Spanish
- Lewis Thompson – PDH&PE; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Studies of Religion II
- Anthony Pomes – Industrial Technology
- Mark Goncalves – Visual Arts
Congratulations to all these Lacey boys on striving for excellence.
In the House Diving competition, Lacey were represented by Owen Punch, Hunter Sullivan and Leon Bakis. All the boys are currently in Year 7 and we placed second overall. We are looking to dominate this competition over the next few years so it will be a hard team to break in to. In the House Tug of War competition, we were placed in the top eight and we will be taking steps to ensure a massive improvement for next year with a greater emphasis on pre-season training and competition diet identified as key areas of possible improvement.
The House Chant competition has brought out the competitive side of the Lacey Mentor groups with strategy playing an important part in groups forming alliances and pacts to form winning combinations. Mr Frost and Ms Stewarts groups combined to take out the competition with a chant that will form the basis of a probable winner at the swimming competition early in Term 1.
The new Prefect Leadership team has quickly built on the solid foundations of the previous year’s team to establish mental health as a top priority for each House meeting. We were addressed by a local representative from the Headspace team at Bondi Junction which is an organization that provides support services to adolescents with issues around mental wellbeing. Our own morning wellbeing time has focused on delivering positive messages on kindness, inclusiveness and action plans designed to improve each boy’s wellbeing. Specific information on sleep patterns, diet and exercise have been well received by the boys. Some groups have taken the quick, intense physical start to each day to heart and planks and pushups are often part of the morning welcome.
As I walk among the various Mentor groups each morning I am struck by the growing bonds that are developing between boys across the year groups and between the Mentors and the boys. The Mentors have continued to provide the first port of call for many boys and parents and their support and encouragement of the wellbeing program has resulted in a number of important initiatives for Lacey House. Next year’s weekly program will involve the senior boys running each Tuesday morning’s session. We hope that this step will drive the model of leadership for Lacey House as the years roll on. Our boys will feel very comfortable about speaking and directing others by the time they finish school as they will have practised this every day.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas.