From Matthew Barr, Head of O’Connor House
As we draw closer to the end of another busy, yet successful Term for O’Connor, there is no doubt that it has been a term of achievements and hard work. The boys have continued to be involved in many activities around the College, and it has been great to see a large number making the most of the opportunities that the College has to offer. As always there has been a big emphasis on study and it has been pleasing to see many boys engaging actively in this area.
Students that had performed well in their Semester One studies and Reports were acknowledged and congratulated throughout Week 1 and 2. Those boys that achieved 1st Prize in their subjects and\or overall were presented at the College’s Academic Assemblies, it is always rewarding to see strong representation from O’Connor amongst the top award winners.
House Assemblies were conducted at the Junior School this term, enabling a great opportunity to build on our connection with our students and through various presentations and activities help develop and reinforce our Wellbeing Term 3 theme of ‘Be the the best version of me’.
The boys built on our 2nd place at the House Athletics Carnival with strong performances in House Competitions this term such as the Spelling Bee, Trivia, Public Speaking, Year 12 Dodgeball and Indoor Soccer. We once again experienced success in all of these Competitions and are currently running 2nd in the overall House Tally.
The Year 10 Dinner Dance was held in Week 6, the boys put on their Sunday best and both them and their partners had a fantastic night. The food, dancing and of course views of the Sydney Harbour all added to the excellent atmosphere and some great memories were no doubt created from the evening.
We also had Year 9 Camp during Week 7 at Somerset. The boys participated in a range of physical activities that challenged them as an individual and as a group. All staff and leaders were very impressed with the boys positive attitudes and commitment throughout the 4 days.
I would finally like to take the opportunity to wish our O’Connor students and all Year 12 students the very best for their HSC examinations and beyond. The future holds many great things and this group of boys have been exceptional role models to the younger students in O’Connor House. I hope they can look back on their time at Waverley with fond memories and friendship bonds that last a lifetime.
Term 4 Reminders
A reminder to parents and caregivers to ensure that your son returns with an appropriate haircut. Boys should not have any colouring or ‘tracks’ in their hair. Hair should also not cover the ears, collar or eyebrows.
Term 4 classes resume on Tuesday 16th October.
I hope everyone enjoys their holiday break and returns with renewed energy and clear goals as we enter the home straight for 2018.