End of Year Wrap-Up
The year of COVID-19 proved to be challenging for both students and staff with our usual activities being curtailed and remodelled to suit the ever-changing environment. Year 7 camp went on as usual before the pandemic struck and at least the new boys had an initial bonding session before going into lockdown.
Lacey House Captain, Toby Malzard said that 2020, was an incredibly challenging year.
“One could get lost in these turbulent times”, he said.
“In saying this, the kindness, strength and overall resilience that all the men and women in Lacey House have exhibited is something that must be commended. I know that we as a House can carry these traits to conquer all future adversity and challenges in our lives in 2021 and beyond.”
Alexander Elder added that 2020 saw the departure of four great House Leaders and a great cohort of Lacey Legends.
“These individuals have left large shoes to fill for each of the year groups, especially the up and coming Year 12’s for 2021″, Alexander said.
“The new band of Lacey Prefects are aiming to leave the House and College in a better place than when we found it, as the 2020 Lacey cohort clearly did.”
The first House Assembly for the 2021 leaders was a success with the paper plane challenge being won by Lacey group four. We are all looking forward to many more like this.
The Academic Prize Winners for 2020 were:
Year 7: Yannick Hott with the Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion
Year 8: Campbell Porteus with Mathematics Equal First and Bailey Barker with Dux of Year 8
Year 9: Finn Stranix won the prize for Visual Arts
Year 10: Conor Cahill (Commerce), Sasha Moustacas (Visual Arts), William Coates(Work Education) and Harrison Gippel (Prize for Musicianship).
Year 11: Dante Pontes-Cox (Biology Equal First), William Gibson (Design & Technology), Alexander Elder (Investigating Science), Dante Bryan (Music Course I), Diego Berdaa (Spanish Continuers), James Simpson (Ryan Shiels Memorial Prize for Musicianship) and Harjot Mand(UNSW Australia Prize for Economics; Legal Studies; 3rd in Academic Results).
Highlights of the year included wins in the Strongman competition, the success of the Year 7 Dodgeball team and the efforts of the Year 10 group during their Social Justice outings.
We have two great staff members leaving our wonderful community. I wish Mr Bill Howard and Ms Christie Whitten a relaxing holiday and all the best of luck in their future endeavours.
The beginning of the next year is a perfect time for the boys to evaluate where they are now and to dream ahead and write meaningful goals. The question is, where do they start? There are so many options. Set specific goals; make strong plans manage your time; take opportunities in class; ask questions; talk to teachers, parents and class-mates; make time for regular revision; start work early; create quality assignment drafts; listen to feedback; ensure a good study space free of (technology) distractions; take part in extra tuition (study groups, homework help, tutoring); and just put in the time.