From Olivia Kite, Head of Quinn House
The start to 2018 has seen Quinn students succeed in many facets of College life.
Our new Year 7 students began their time at the College getting to know their Big Brother. These relationships are formed to provide guidance, advice and friendship to Year 7 students and to help set them up for the exciting year ahead. Each boy in Year 7 and Year 12 also participated in a Letter Writing Program for their partner to receive on their last day of school this year. It will be wonderful to see how these letters reflect each student journey when they are finally opened.
Week 2 saw Year 7 travel across the Hawkesbury River to Broken Bay for their Year 7 Camp. The camp is a wonderful opportunity for students to build friendships, gain confidence, explore Australia’s history, support and encourage one another through a range of physical and mental activities, test their Harry Potter trivia knowledge and bake damper over an open fire. Our newest Quinn members showed leadership, kindness, initiative, mateship and a love for the outdoors. The boys returned from camp excited about their new friendships and eager to start the academic year.
The Quinn Prefects; Hunter Markham, Jack Hardwicke-Owen, Kiva Gwynne and Joseph Wightwick helped to lead Quinn House to their second Swimming Carnival Victory. The carnival took place at Homebush Olympic Pool and was the perfect opportunity for students to show off their talents in the pool. The boys cheered on their mates from the sidelines and showed an impressive desire and drive to participate in as many events as possible. Congratulations to our championship swimmers on the day: Scott Swinburn, Angus Anthony, Giulian D’Ettorre and Jack Fitzgerald, Finn McLean (who recorded two PB) and Henry Standfield. Thank you to all those boys who participated and cheered their loudest, it was a great day for Quinn and everyone involved.
The College also celebrated Lent in Term 1. The College supported the Ruben Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. The Ruben Centre aims to provide quality education, health, financial and social services to children and families in the Mukuru Community. The College celebrated Lent and supported the Ruben Centre with a mufti-day in Week 6. Thank you to all those boys who participated and donated. Your contributions to the Lenten Appeal was much appreciated.
There were two House Competitions hosted in Term 1: Year 7 Dodgeball and FIFA World Cup. Each competition sought to raise money for the College’s Lenten Appeal and encourage boys to participate and build House spirit. Congratulations to Conlon who won the Dodgeball and Tevlin who won the FIF World Cup competition.
2018 also saw the introduction of ‘Gold Awards’. The Gold Awards replace the previous Bronze Award students received for effort, leadership and achievement. Congratulations to the following Quinn students who received one or more Gold Awards this term: Gian Bonanni, Nicholas Bosnar, Thomas Clothier, Oliver Davis, Giulian D’Ettorre, Aaron Dimovitch, Joshua Hamilton, Charles Hely-Hammond, Jeremy Herbert, Lenny Joseph, Kurt Kress, Saxon Armstrong, Axel Runow, Lachlan McLean, Gabriel Rutter, Dylan Purbrick, Dane Perica, Gabe Fox, Darcy Standfield, Aidan Korpar, Tom Stewart, Bellino Testafredda, Vin Toresellini, Jackson Cunningham, Karl Skeed, Andrew Custodio, Hirav Gandhi, Frank Vescio, Harry Whiteman, Jasper Doyle, Matthew Wong, Joshua Lower, Max Van Buuren, Chris Kallo, Sam Stewart, Mark Gaponov, William Heffernan and Kai Moonen-Narita.
Congratulations to the below boys on their incredible efforts in sport so far in 2018:
- Stuart Swinburn – CIS Backstroke Record, Murray Garretty Award for the most Outstanding Performance at CAS (2018)
- Liam Flanagan – Captain of Diving
- Kai Chavez – Most Promising Junior – Judo
- Daniel Somorjay – Most Improvement – Lawn Bowls
- Chris Kallo – Best and Fairest – Year 8 Touch Football
- Kiva Gwynne – Tennis Captain
- Karl Skeed – Overall Most Improved – Tennis
- Harry Whiteman – 1st XI Best Fieldsman – Cricket
- Hirav Gandhi – 7A Best and Fairest – Cricket
- Jack Hardwicke-Owen – 1st XI 100 not out vs. Barker – Cricket
- Maxim Brooks – 8As 163 not out vs. Trinity – Cricket
Thank you to each and every student who has engaged constructively with their peers and teachers during wellbeing time, in the playground and in class, to be positive and prominent role models within Quinn House and the wider College community.
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy break.
I look forward to seeing you in Term 2.