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Tevlin House Report – Term 2, 2019

Tevlin crest

Tevlin crest

From Head of Tevlin House, John McCallum

Tevlin House has enjoyed a positive and rewarding second term of 2019, with students highly involved across our wellbeing, academic and co-curricular programs. The term began with all Tevlin boys participating in a highly successful May Procession, and concluded with Tevlin adorned in yellow and having a fantastic day at the House Athletics Carnival and a podium finish! 

House Sporting Achievements

Tevlin has enjoyed some further success across numerous sports activities in Term 2. Tevlin boys have a highly enjoyable day at the House Athletics Carnival on our last day of term, with a great opportunity to also welcome and involve our Junior school members to continue to be integrated into many of the great Tevlin experiences. Tevlin came in 3rd place out of the 8 Houses – a great result reflecting strong participation across both the track events, but also great to see so many boys pushing hard in the shot-put, long and high jumps.

Tevlin also continued its Fantastic Football culture, with the House Football tournament seeing The Senior side take out 1st place and Juniors Equal Third. Congratulations to the Senior team of Oliver Tamsett, Marcus Cowan, Leon Palacio, Alex Talbot, Will Jensen and Marco Arambasic who scored a cracker of a goal in the final!

Leadership and Academic Achievements

Pedram Biazar and Levi Milford from Year 12 were inducted to the Tevlin House Prefect Body at an assembly early in the term, strengthening this group with his demonstrated leadership throughout the year. They showed great resilience and the ability to lead in their humble but proactive manner, role-modelling many important virtues to younger students.  

All year groups have been challenged to rise up to a higher level of academic focus and achievement, and we encourage boys and families to discuss their Semester One reports and for boys to reflect on how they compare to the goals and targets they established for themselves at the beginning of the year (these are on page 3 of their school diary). There may be areas for boys to be proud of in their academic development, while also identifying key aspects to address in Semester Two. All boys had a variety of half-yearly assessment tasks, and it was highly encouraging to see how well Year 5, 7 and 9 Tevlin boys worked through their NAPLAN tasks. Year 10 have been highly engaged in Allwell testing and Waverley’s Career Profile interviews, Study and Senior Subject seminars. Boys derived much benefit from these subject-specific sessions as they plan pathways for their future learning goals. Carl Waterson was also presented with Head of College Academic Gold Award, recognising significant achievement, effort and leadership throughout the year.

Tevlin’s Wellbeing and Social Justice Involvement

The Tevlin House Mass was certainly a highlight for the Tevlin community, with all boys, mentor, teachers and so many families coming to share Mass together. The supper afterward was a fantastic opportunity to socialise for all.  I wish to thank Father Bernie, Ms Walsh, Mrs Fahy and all the Tevlin prefects and students for such great leadership to take the first evening Mass to such a meaningful place, and we look forward to building on this as a house.

Year 12 receiving their candles at the Tevlin House Mass

In the upcoming holidays, five Tevlin students from Years 9-10 will engage in the 2019 Red Earth Indigenous Immersion, including Jack Rigg, Daniel di Francesco, Carl Waterson, Hugo Roles and Cameron Lin. In addition, Charlie Tindale and Barney Wilson are travelling to Timor Leste on their Immersion, and we look forward to all these boys sharing their unique experiences with our House on their return. Both Reconciliation and Refugee Week this term also presented many opportunities to better understand the issues surrounding the significant challenges in contemporary Australia; with it so great to see students like Tevlin’s TJ Speedy-Coe and Dane Towns beginning to take leadership at school and Tevlin events and activities and share their cultural pride – well done boys and we look forward to this continuing.

Strong and positive relationships continue to be a high focus in the Wellbeing Program for all boys. Years 5, 6 and 10 boys had a further Big-little Brother session with some great games and laughs shared between these groups.  Year 7 had a successful social Dance with St Clare’s and St Catherine’s schools, while all boys participated in key College events for the May Procession and ANZAC Day. Congratulations to Sam Tsaousis, who continues to perform the Last Post and Reveille with musical distinction. 

Individual Term 2 Achievements and School Involvement

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. All boys and staff can be congratulated with the high quality of the production. Many key characters, played by Tevlin’s Riley Klotz, Remy Crompton-Lamb and Perri Quirk were outstanding in their character portrayals and were backed up by very clever and often comical performances 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. 

A number of boys have made notable contributions and had some excellent achievements in Waverley sport, including:

  • Levi Milford and Ben Daley from Tevlin represented Waverley with pride in the 1st XV Rugby in Term 2, while Zach Smith-Karim joined Ben and Levi on a highly successful Rugby Tour of Japan for a 3rd place in the Sanix World School’s Rugby Tournament.
  • Oliver Tamsett, Marcus Cowan and Marco Arambasic are a part of the 1st XI Football side also striving to defend the CAS title as they move into Term 3
  • Harry Whitaker and Oliver Hackers from Year 12 was also selected in the CAS AFL side after fantastic play in Waverley securing the inaugural CAS AFL Premiership! 

I wish all boys and their families a great term break and look forward to seeing everyone next term.