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Term 2 is off to a flying start and I can’t believe we are already coming to the end of Week 2 – time flies when you’re having fun! This term has loads in-store for the students at St Peter’s College from Community Day to the exciting 21-day camp for our Year 10 students.

On Sunday many of our boarders woke before dawn to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country. The Senior School gathered in front of Memorial Hall on Tuesday morning as part of our continued ANZAC Day commemorations to remember those old scholars who gave all that was dear to them at the call of the King. It was a very moving service.

This Saturday is Community Day and our Houses will battle it out for Sir George Murray Shield points. Heads of Houses and House leaders have been very busy organising teams for the day. As Houses finalise these teams, I would like to wish all the boys the best of luck for Saturday’s fixtures. Over my time at St Peter’s College, this day, along with Summer House Sports is always one to look forward to and this year is no different. I look forward to seeing the fields come to life with students embracing their House colours and competing in great spirit.

This term will see our Years 8 and 10 students embark on their outdoor education journeys to Mt Crawford and the Flinders Ranges respectively. The Year 8 camp will be split over weeks 3 and 4 and I look forward to hopefully spending a couple days with these boys out in the field. Our Year 10 boys have begun preparations for their 21-day journey to the Flinders with plenty of boys wearing-in their camp boots at School which will keep their feet comfy as they trek the Australian outback. I know that some of the boys will be nervous to leave the comfort of home but in my experience, this will be the best three weeks of their time as a student at the School. Like Tim Prince said last year, the bonds that are created with your mates will be lifelong and stories of your time camping and trekking will be told for years to come. I am looking forward to spending some time with you all in the wilderness.

This year our Cross Country will be run slightly different to previous years with the event being held after School. Juniors will have to run 4km and Seniors 6km in under 30 minutes to win points towards the Sir George Murray Shield. This event also coincides with the first meet of the Inter-school Cross Country Competition, so we look forward to welcoming students from outside of St Peter’s College to our grounds to compete.

Our annual Swimming Carnival will be held in Week 5, with students continuing trials over the coming weeks. The carnival’s atmosphere is always something special and having missed out on having it last year, I am looking forward to hearing the 10 Houses cheer their mates on as they swim.

Week 5 will be dedicated to our boarders as we recognise this week as the National Boarder’s Week. We look forward to the Annual Boarders Week muster displaying stories from boarding students and the annual boarding video exhibiting videos and pictures of our students’ homes and diverse cultures.

Reconciliation Week falls in Week 6 and its theme this year is, More than a Word. Reconciliation Takes Action. Our reconciliation committee, lead by School Prefect Chirath Lekamge, has been working hard on this year’s Student Reconciliation Pledge which will be unveiled during this week. The indigenous sport round will also take part in Week 6 with our 1st XVIII football team donning the indigenous round guernsey and competing against Rostrevor on our main deck.

Term 2 is going to be very busy, and I am looking forward to every minute of it!

Sam Jackson
School Captain