A MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF O’CONNOR HOUSE, MATTHEW BARR
Term Four kicked off with the newly appointed House Prefects Luke Harris, William Durkin, Noah Glasel, and Nakita Hatjinikitas taking over the reins. Straight away the boys picked up from where the previous leadership team had left and displayed great enthusiasm and innovation in their new roles. I look forward to working further with them and developing more house initiatives next year.
There was a number of students selected in 1st Teams for the Summer Co Curricular activities and making great contribution to their teams early in the season.
1st XI Cricket- Harry Schultz and Brock Preston
1st IV Tennis- Marko Dudovic (Captain of Tennis)
1st XI Waterpolo- Noah Glasel
O’Connor House finished 2nd overall in the 2018 House Competition tally. I applaud the students for rising to my challenge at the start of the year to get more involved. This was a sign of the outstanding House Spirit and Culture we have developed over the past two years. The goal for next year is to go one better !!!!!
Year 10 successfully completed their outdoor education experience at Somerset camping grounds. The theme for the camp was ‘Stepping up, Stepping out’ and it was overwhelming to see the cohort take this on board with each activity. Students managed to step up into leadership and step out of their comfort zone, lessons we hope for the cohort to take into their senior years. Year 10 finished the year with 2 Reflection Days which consisted of activities from WALK4ONE, Sydney Jewish Museum and various guest speakers at the College. Congratulations must go to year 10 students for the mature and focused way they approached the reflection days. It was a great way to end the year for this cohort who continue to show their exceptional potential as our college leaders for the future years.
The Year 12 students attended Retreat at St Benedict’s, Gross Vale with Aungier House. The boys were very fortunate as the venues facilities and accommodation was 1st class. It was a great opportunity for the students to take stock, reflect on the various aspects of life and help formulate goals and plans moving forward into their HSC year.
The Junior School students also had a busy term that included the Year 5 Camp to Vision Valley, Walkathon for various charities, Music Festival, Big Brother and Little Brother programs, Year 7 Orientation Day and the Year 6 Graduation.
Congratulations to the following students from O’Connor that received a 1st Prize Award for a subject or a Major Award at the Presentation Day, well done on a great Semester.
A massive thanks to all House mentors from the Junior and Senior School for their support, care and encouragement of the students throughout the term. The boys are very fortunate to have such quality individuals looking after their wellbeing and development as young men. A special mention to Mr David New who after 13 years is leaving and relocating to Perth. Best of luck to you and your family on the new journey.
I would finally like to thank everyone in O’Connor House for their hard work and efforts this year and wish you all a safe, relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break.