A MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF QUINN HOUSE, OLIVIA KITE
It has been a positive and encouraging end to the year for Quinn House. Term 4 was busy with camps, big brother/little brother activities, retreats, reflection days and new student leaders.
Presentation of College Leaders and Prefects
During Week One of term a special assembly with families present was held to announce and present the new College leaders. Gian Bonnani, Dion Sinodinos, Tim Waring and Henry Standfield. They were presented with their badges by a family member in front of the College. The boys have already demonstrated their maturity, commitment and strong leadership qualities by organising and running the House assemblies. They are setting a high standard for all members of Quinn House. The Prefects also assisted during the Orientation Day for the twenty-four Year 6 boys who will be in Quinn House next year.
Big Brother/Little Brother Program
This Term our Year 10 Big Brothers paired up with their Year 5 Little Brothers for the last time this year. Quinn students spent the morning reading to each other. The year 10 boys were patient, encouraging and supportive, while our Year 5 students were confident, clear and mindful readers. The program was a huge success and allowed students to develop positive relationships that will see them through their time at the College.
Year 12 Retreat
In Week 3, Quinn and Green House spent three days on Retreat at Kiah Ridge Christian Centre near the Southern Highlands. The three day Retreat gives the boys an opportunity to explore their spirituality, reflect on where they have been and where they want to go. It is also an opportunity to get to know each other better. Both the Quinn and Tevlin boys were a credit to themselves and their families. Their mature behaviour, generosity and willingness to engage and contribute to group discussions and activities made for a very successful and enjoyable Retreat.
Year 10 Camp and Reflection Days
Year 10 Camp took place during Week 7 of Term 4. This was an opportunity for our boys to push themselves out of their comfort zone and beyond their limits. For the first time, the boys spent their time at Camp in House groups. The Quinn boys were led by Ms Stephanie Boyce who commended the boys on their maturity, sense of humour, resilience, endurance and manners. The camp provided each boy a chance to develop deeper friendships with those around them, disconnect from their busy city lives and make some goals for their senior years at the College.
The last two days of Year 10 are Reflection Days focusing on Gospel Values and Social Justice. The students meet an extraordinary man, Sam Clear, who set out to walk 15,500km, across 20 countries in 568 days, with the aim of promoting and encouraging unity. He tells of an amazing story that saw him caught in life or death, welcomed into homes by strangers and how he made lifelong friends while achieving unity between religions, cultures and people all over the world.
End of Year Award Winners
Congratulations to Giulian D’Ettorre, Lachlan Cunningham, Aidan Korpar and Jake Torsellini on their Semester Two Academic awards, as well as all those boys who received Head Of College awards and Gold Awards throughout the year.
Thank you to all of the Quinn Mentors who have supported their students throughout the year. Especially to Ms Marlee Batterham (Qu04) who is finishing up her time at the College and moving to Melbourne. We wish her all the best for 2019 and beyond.
Thank to all of the parents who have encouraged their son to support the range of social justice initiatives around the College throughout 2018. Without your encouragement and support of your son, they would not be the young men they are today.
Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and safe break over the Summer.