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Tevlin House – End of Year Reflection

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From Head of Tevlin House, John McCallum

Tevlin House has had a highly positive and rewarding 2019 school year, with students challenging themselves to engage and excel in numerous school activities. All Tevlin boys from Years 5-12 and their Wellbeing Mentors can be congratulated with the way in which they have developed relationships and sought to set and achieve a variety of academic, social and physical goals. It has been pleasing to witness how our vertical wellbeing groups have helped form genuine friendships between students, and the Year 12 students, in particular, have excelled in their role as leaders, especially with mentoring and supporting younger boys in their groups. Tevlin House have also been extremely fortunate to have 13 very talented, caring, personable and committed mentor teachers, with their support of their groups central in developing a great culture of participation and engagement.

Tevlin House Mass

A full Tevlin House Mass in Term 2 was a fantastic opportunity to join together in the Eucharist and Prayer as a House. All boys enjoyed sharing Mass and a lovely supper with their parents and friends, and this is something we look forward to building on together in the future.

A memorable Tevlin House Mass

Tevlin Year 12 Students Graduating with Honours

Congratulations to all the Class of 2019 for the way you have set goals, 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 for the younger students, and embraced their opportunities to take leadership roles within their mentor groups. These skills developed will serve these boys well as they take on a variety of apprenticeships, occupations, travel and further study. The boys were farewelled on the Centenary building rooftop beside the statue of Mary, and Jordan Blazevski and Alistair Jensen gave fantastic personal accounts of the ways in which they embraced and succeeded in the various challenges of Year 12. In particular, I’d like to thank the exemplary leadership of the six Tevlin House Prefects during 2019, as they have displayed innovation and drive in leading our House: Brad Marzol, Angus McPherson, Ethan Vella, Oliver Tamsett, Levi Milford, Pedram Biazar and the School Captain Harry Whitaker. The way they led their Year 12 theme of “Rise through lifting others” in their leadership of Tevlin and the College is commendable. Thank you to these boys, and all our Year 12 students and best wishes for your future. Term 4 saw 3 new House Prefects inducted for 2020, with Alex Talbot, Luca Paolella and Noah Ratcliff joined by new House Captain Charlie Tindale began very strongly in further supporting others through servant leadership in our House.

Tevlin students Support Homelessness in the Matthew Talbot Christmas Appeal

In Term 4, Tevlin boys have learned about, discussed and then actively engaged with homelessness issues in Waverley’s annual appeal for the Matthew Talbot Hostel. This built on last year’s Sleepout, and boys spent three weeks in November not only donating important toiletry, clothing and other necessary items but led weekly visits to the other House groups to share the importance of supporting homeless charities like the Mathew Talbot Hostel. All of the Waverley Community can be very proud, as donations were highly encouraging for allowing distribution to homeless men in Sydney before Christmas.

Tevlin 2019 Final Presentation Evening Academic Awards

Congratulations to all boys across all Year levels for the effort they have put into their learning, improving their skills and academic results. The following Senior School boys were awarded prizes in this term’s Presentation Evenings: Year 7: Ewan McDonald – including the Nick Farrow Prize for the spirit of Year 7 and 2nd in Academic Results. Year 8: Angus Birrell. Year 9: Daniel Di Francasco, Matis Jos-Roland, Carl Waterson – including the Dux of Year 9. Year 10: Ronan Schocher, Elija Heininger. Year 11: Riley Klotz, Alex Talbot, Jake Smith, Samuel Tsaousis.

School Involvement and Individual Achievements

Congratulations to Tevlin Prefect, Brad Marzol, who was selected at the NSW Constitutional Convention to attend a three-day National Convention in Canberra. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to Brad’s proactive and committed approach to his Legal Studies. Brad spoke strongly in a school assembly about his experiences at the Convention, and the role of our constitution and how they debated whether amendments are necessary to specific sections with changes in society – with particular reference to the topic and having the constitution recognise the important role Aboriginal culture has played in shaping Australia’s national identity.

Collectively, Tevlin boys have been involved in significant Waverley events, with the School Musical Production of Guys and Dolls at NIDA showcasing both Waverley and Tevlin House’s talents. Many key characters, played by Tevlin’s Riley Klotz, Remy Crompton-Lamb and Perri Quirk were outstanding in their character portrayals, backed up by a very clever comical performance by Jack Lynch. The hard work in preparation by these boys is to be commended, while Tevlin Mentors Ms Jinga (Producer) and Mr Lamb (Director) were amazing in their coordination and direction of such a fantastic production. Well done to William Woodward and Jake Smith in the stage management, sound and lighting as part of their Entertainment competency for the production.

There are many achievements and recognition of personal growth to mark and celebrate from this year, and I wish all boys and their families a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and look forward to more rewarding experiences in 2020.