From Head of Tevlin House, Mr John McCallum
Tevlin House has enjoyed a rewarding third term of 2020, with students enthusiastically engaging in a wide variety of House and College events. All Tevlin boys from Years 5-12 and their Wellbeing Mentors can be congratulated with the way in which they have further developed relationships and responded to the challenges of restricted events. The end of the term in particular has seen some wonderful examples of friendship and leadership from within Tevlin House as boys of all ages say goodbye to the Year 12 students upon their Graduation.
Tevlin Year 12s Graduating with Honours
Congratulations to all the Class of 2020 for the way you have set, and then effectively worked towards achieving a variety of goals throughout the year. Tevlin have been blessed with a Senior year group that have genuinely cared and embraced their opportunities to take leadership roles within their mentor groups, and these skills developed will serve these boys well as they take on a variety of traineeships, occupations and further study. The boys were farewelled in their mentor groups and by Tevlin collectively, including farewell cards from their mentor group and also hand-made cards from Tevlin Year 5-6 boys, which were thoroughly appreciated. Anthony Vigilante and Jack Hillary also helped compile an amazing Tevlin tribute video to the Graduating boys, capturing images from this year and up to 7 years previous.
Tevlin’s Year 12 boys can be categorised as dedicated and passionate towards a diverse array of multidisciplined areas across their education. We have boys particularly strong in the Sciences and Mathematics at the top of HSC courses, while Riley Klotz, Jack Lynch and Jacob Smith excel in Drama and Entertainment. Sam Tsaousis and Gabriel Kidston have led Waverley in HSC Music courses and performed remarkably well in front of assessors, as did Alex Talbot, Anthony Vigliante and Barney Wilson in their outstanding Visual Arts major works. Zach Smith-Karim was rewarded with an undefeated 1st XV Rugby Premiership, while Alex Talbot as Captain of Football, Marcus Cowan as 1st XI Football captain and Marco Arambasic were all rewarded with succuss and great memories.
I’d like to recognise and thank the exemplary leadership of the 5 Tevlin House Prefects, as they have displayed innovation and drive in order to serve the House and College so strongly. Thank you to Noah Ratcliff, Alex Talbot, Sam Tsaousis, Luca Paolella and Charlie Tindale, and all our Year 12 students for their leadership and best wishes for your future.
Tevlin Success in House Competitions
Tevlin had a strong term across the return of some house competitions – notably becoming undefeated School champions in the Senior House Dodgeball! The final was a thriller and saw Ronan Schocher take the winning catch from an O’Connor bullet – congratulations to these boys, also including Zach Smith-Karim, Alex Talbot, Chris Mills, Conor Boyd-Boland, Will Jensen, TJ Speedy-Coe, Dane Towns, Cooper Stynes, Jack Rigg and Manager Charlie Tindale. Touch football, Tug-o-war and the RUOK Day Strongman challenge were also well supported with plenty of highlights and skills shown by these boys.
Homelessness Week 2020
Tevlin students successfully led National Homelessness Week in becoming more aware of some of the specific types, causes and impacts of homelessness in our community. The 2020 theme targeted the urgent need to advocate for and increase Social/ Public and affordable Housing options in the community.
In wellbeing and class groups, boys engaged in interactive videos from the SBS series of “Filthy Rich and Homeless”. Groups also discussed a series of Myths vs Facts and joined in on a Kahoot Quiz on Homelessness in Australia. Over 20 boys from the Duke of Edinburgh Group and Tevlin House have spent Term 3 weekly lunchtimes creating a large knitted blanket for the Matthew Hostel. Boys have been enthusiastic in learning the skills required, and can be very thankful for the organisation and tuition from Ms Brown, Ms Ayre and Ms Oates in leading boys in what will be a truly satisfying result on completion.
Individual Term 3 Achievements
• Co-curricular award winners included Leon Palacio for Best & Fairsest in the 2nd XI Football, and Hugo Roles and Vasili Vertsonis with the CAS 1sts AFL Premiership, congratulations also to Tevlin’s Mr Wachtel as their coach.
• Semester 1 academic award winners included an extraordinary number of high-achieving Tevlin students:
• Year 7: Zac Crowe, Axl Igra, Leo Jreige, Thomas Jackson-Whitlock, Harry Papworth, Fox Stapleton
• Year 8: Ivor Colquhoun, Jack Kearney, Ewan McDonald, Sam Rossen, Jack Tindale
• Year 9: James Iatrou, Jett McTavish, Theo Varvaressos
• Year 10: Daniel DiFrancesco, Matis Jos-Roland, Carl Waterson
• Year 11: Evan Athanassiou, Cameron Biazar, Kian Biazar, Conor Boyd-Boland, Jackson Green, Leon Palacio, Ronan Schocher
• Year 12: Gabriel Kidston, Riley Klotz, Jack Lynch, Noah Ratcliff, Cooper Sergis, Jacob Smith, Jasper Stern, Alex Talbot.
I wish all boys and their families a great break and look forward to more rewarding experiences next term.