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Tevlin House Report – End of Year Reflection, Term 4 2018

A MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF TEVLIN HOUSE, JOHN MCCALLUM

Tevlin House have enjoyed a fantastic fourth term for 2018, packed full of excellent challenge, achievement and a large Social Justice role in demonstrating support for homelessness. Tevlin students and their mentor teachers can go into the Summer break proud of their achievements, and optimistically awaiting many great opportunities next year.

Tevlin’s House and Wellbeing Activities

All of Tevlin House enjoyed a fantastic BBQ Breakfast at the Junior School at the final House Assembly last week, hosted by the Year 12 boys and Prefects. The bacon and eggs rolls were amazing, and boys had a chance to enjoy celebrating the end to a fantastic Matthew Talbot Appeal.

The new Year 12 students in Tevlin this term have been leading strongly, and their willingness to run a great Breakfast for the house was a great sign of their leadership. Year 12 also benefitted from a 3-day Retreat to start their Senior year. Tevlin and Conlon boys derived great satisfaction in time spent better understanding their own identity, and building on key relationships to support them in the upcoming year.

Tevlin also inducted new House Prefects into their roles, with each of these boys engaging in leadership training and setting goals in their portfolios:

  • Brad Marzol-  Academic Prefect
  • Angus McPherson-  Spirituality Prefect
  • Ethan Vella – Wellbeing Prefect
  • Oliver Tamsett – Community Prefect
  • Harry Whitaker – College Captain

Tevlin students have also gratefully thanked each of their Mentor teachers for the support and care they have provided all students throughout the year. In particular, we thank 3 departing Mentors, Mr Langdale, Mr Porter and Ms Floyd for their amazing energy and supportive manner in which they have made significant contributions to their groups and Waverley’s Wellbeing Program.  We wish these outstanding role models and talented teachers the very best in their future.

Tevlin students Support Homelessness in the Matthew Talbot Christmas Appeal

This term, 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 term’s Sleepout, and boys spent 3 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 as 40 large sacks were delivered to the Hostel this week ready for distribution to homeless men in Sydney before Christmas.

Tevlin 2018 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 week’s Presentation Evenings:

Year 8

  • Jake Weinstein
  • Carl Waterson
  • Dane Towns
  • JJ Lim

Year 9 – First in Subject Awards

  • Elija Heininger
  • Remy Crompton-Lamb
  • Leon Palacio
  • Elliot Vella

Year 10 – First in Subject Awards

  • Marco Arambasic
  • Riley Klotz
  • Alex Talbot

Year 11 – First in Subject Awards

  • Ethan Vella
  • Brad Marzol
  • George Vouros
  • William Woodward

Year 10 Step Up Ready for their Senior roles

Year 10 boys also took part in an outdoor education camp at Somerset, with the physical challenges presented overcome by team work and perseverance.  These valuable experiences serve as great memories and milestones to take on fresh challenges for their future. On their return, Year 10 also enjoyed two spirituality days, where they were highly engaged and active in considering the complexities of the world around them. This included an excursion to the Sydney Jewish museum and moving account from a Holocaust Survivor named Eddie, a social Justice seminar focussed on Refugee issues, and an inspiring story and workshop run by Sam Clear – using his solo walk around the world to look at the power of prayer, God and Humanity.

School Involvement and Individual Term 4 Achievements

A number of boys have made notable contributions and had some excellent achievements including:

  • The Junior School Walkathon again was an amazing opportunity for so many boys and families to make meaningful contributions to important community charities. Two Tevlin boys in particular can be congratulated for raising over $1000 – well done Tristan and Aidan Lee.
  • Numerous Year 5 and 6 Tevlin boys showcased their fantastic music skills at the Junior School Music Festival. All our talented musicians should be encouraged to continue both their individual music development, and their key contributions as part of major bands and ensembles in the future.
  • In Summer Co-curricular appointments, Bradley Marzol has been appointed Captain of Media Group and Nicholas Lane Captain of Cycling. Harry Whitaker has been again selected in the in the 1st XI Cricket Team.
  • Brad Marzol attended the NSW Constitutional Convention in November, and at the event was nominated to Attend the National constitutional conference in Canberra next term. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to Brad’s proactive and committed approach to his Legal Studies.

I wish all boys and their families a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and look forward to more rewarding experiences in 2019.