End of Year Wrap-Up
Tevlin House had a rewarding 2020 school year full of personal growth after adapting to a challenging year that will always be remembered. It has been wonderful to see the Tevlin students challenging themselves to engage and excel in numerous school activities.
All Tevlin boys from Years 5 to 12 and their Wellbeing Mentors can be congratulated for the way they developed relationships and sought to set and achieve a variety of academic, social, and physical goals each term. It has been pleasing to witness Wellbeing Groups help form genuine friendships, and for the Year 12 students, in particular, to excel in their roles as leaders, especially with mentoring and supporting younger boys in their groups. Tevlin House has also been extremely fortunate to have 13 very talented, caring, personable, and committed Mentors, with their support of their groups central in developing a great culture of participation and engagement. I wish to personally thank each of the Tevlin Mentors for their guidance, which extended to interesting virtual Mentor group meetings during the home-based learning period.
Tevlin Year 12 Students Graduating with Honours
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 for the way you have set, and then effectively worked towards achieving your goals throughout the year. Tevlin has been blessed with a Senior year group that has 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 students were farewelled as a group in front of their teachers and families at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a memorable ceremony.
In particular, I’d like to thank the exemplary leadership of the Tevlin House Prefects during 2020, as they have displayed innovation and drive in leading our House. The students incorporating the Year 12 theme of ‘Small Actions: Big Impact’ in their leadership of Tevlin and the College is commendable. Thank you to Noah Ratcliff, Alex Talbot, Sam Tsaousis, Luca Paolella and House Captain Charlie Tindale, and all our Year 12 students for their leadership and best wishes for your future.
Term 4 saw new House Prefects inducted for 2021, with Remy Crompton-Lamb leading our 2021 effort as House Captain, supported by Tevlin Prefects Conor Boyd-Boland, James Belavic, and our School Vice-Captain Byron Scott. Our Seniors have begun very strongly in further supporting others through servant leadership in our House.
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, 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. Two successful House Swimming Carnivals in Junior and Senior Schools were enjoyed, while Touch Football, Tug-o-war, and the R U OK? Day Strongman challenge were also well supported with plenty of highlights and skills shown by these boys.
Tevlin students Supporting Homelessness
Tevlin students successfully led National Homelessness Week in Term 3, 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. Over 20 boys from the Duke of Edinburgh Award group and Tevlin House spent weekly lunchtimes creating a large knitted blanket for the Matthew Talbot Hostel. The boys were enthusiastic in learning the skills required and very thankful to Ms Brown, Ms Ayre, and Ms Oates for leading them through a truly satisfying result.
In Term 4, Tevlin boys learnt about, discussed, and then actively engaged with homelessness issues in Waverley’s annual appeal for the Matthew Talbot Hostel. Students spent three weeks in November not only donating important toiletries, clothing, and other necessary items but coordinating weekly visits to other House groups to share their views on the importance of supporting homeless charities like the Matthew Talbot Hostel. All of the Waverley community should be proud, as donations allowed for the distribution of supplies to homeless men in Sydney before Christmas. Year 10 Tevlin boys benefitted personally in broadening their perspectives while undertaking a Service Week in Term 4. Boys were enthusiastic in completing service work and gaining valuable knowledge with homeless services in Our Big Kitchen, Rough Edges, the Matthew Talbot Hostel, and The Kadoo Indigenous experience at La Perouse.
Tevlin 2020 Final Presentation 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 the Academic Assembly to conclude their 2020 academic year:
Year 7: Leo Jreige
Year 9: Theo Varvaressos, Anderson Franulovich, James Iatrou, Jett McTavish, Hugh McDonald
Year 10: Daniel Di Francesco, Carl Waterson
Year 11: Leon Palacio (including Equal Dux of Year 11), Elija Heininger, Evan Athanassiou, Darcy Bourke, Conor Boyd-Boland, Nathan Barry
Year 12: Cooper Sergis, Jacob Smith, Riley Klotz, Gabriel Kidston, Alex Talbot
I wish all boys and their families a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and look forward to more rewarding experiences in 2021.