From Head of Lacey House, Damien Thompson
Term 1 began with an introduction to our wonderful new Year 7’s, where they were allocated a Year 12 buddy who was to guide them through their first year in the Senior School. Many activities followed during Term 1 with the Year 7 Camp, House and CAS swimming carnival where our Lacey Legends swam and cheered their hearts out, the Amazing Race (Lacey House Class of 2020 member Carter Killigrew initiative) where three participants from each year swam, ran and problem solved for Lacey. Great start to the year for the Legends!
Wellbeing meetings have undergone a change this year with the emphasis changing from Mentor input of wellbeing lessons to a greater connection of senior students with the younger lads. The great step forward has been the leadership shown in small groups with Year 11 and 12 boys stepping up to lead small group discussions and ice-breaker games. The Mentors in Lacey House continue to provide individual care of the highest standard with many going beyond their meeting times to ensure each boy is known and cared for. The wellbeing push has allowed for senior boys to connect with their Little Brothers, Year 7 and 12 and Year 5 and 10. These Big Brother Little Brothers sessions, have allowed the boys to create a wider connection within the college community and encourage a sense of community and camaraderie within the House systems.
Terms 2 and 3 were a great success for Lacey House, bringing home the first Athletics Carnival win in over five years. The teamwork and the ability to have a go in every event brought the trophy home and the hard work and effort paid off. The ability to participate in everything is an essential life skill and was well displayed by the Lacey Legends. Terms 2 and 3 also allowed two of our Lacey boys, Carter Killigrew (1st XI Football) and Matthew Brock (1st Debating and CAS Debating) to achieve highly in their respective sports. The Year 12 HSC trial examinations took place in Term 3. This tested and prepared our Year 12’s for their HSC in Term 4.
Lacey House had a host of Head of College Award winners for Second Semester of 2019 which included, Jimmy Ashbridge, Conor Cahill, Dexter Craddock, Lorenzo Di Napoli, Massimo Di Napoli, Conor Joyce, William Lyons, Oscar Malone, Harjot Mand, Jack Preller, Owen Punch, Michael Richmond, Ryland Short, James Simpson, Max Valentine and Tobias Williamson.
Term 4 brought upon new challenges and responsibilities that all the boys took in their stride. Beginning with the summer season for 2019/2020 and including many 1st team selections, including Nikita Strbac (1st Water Polo), Eoin Morrisey (1st Basketball), Matthew Brock (1st Debating), Luke Fadel (1st Touch Football), Jacob Fadel (1st Touch Football) and Charlie Silva (1st Basketball). This term consisted of yearly exams, the HSC for our Year 12 class of 2019, the Year 10 camp which was broken up into reflective activities and the Year 12 retreat. All in all, a great finish to a busy and action-packed year for Lacey House.
The Year 12 retreat for Lacey House was based at Camp Toukley, on the Central Coast and was a very enriching and harmonious experience allowing the boys to connect with each other, staff members and themselves. The boys engaged in activities that allowed them to reflect on themselves as people and experiences who have made them who they are, with many laughs along the way. The camp, which was shared with Quinn House, was a very rewarding and eye-opening experience, with many laughs along the way.
Academic Prize winners at Presentation Day included Campbell Porteus, Matthew Wood, Conor Cahill, Cjuba Lord, Harry Gippel, William Coates, Massimo Di Napoli, Noah Mitchell, Dante Bryan, Harjot Mand, Daniel Pomes, Matthew Brock and Benjamin Elder. Congratulations to these boys.