Since our last entry in ‘What’s Happening at Saints’, we have been busy with several events that we have thoroughly enjoyed.
We were very grateful to attend our annual Senior School Swimming Carnival last Friday (3 June) at the Marion Aquatic Centre. With absences plaguing most Houses across the School, it was great to see the House spirit come to fruition in its truest form. We saw boys across age groups and swimming abilities step up to fill in for their absent peers; I know that everyone who was in attendance at this event had to take on extra responsibility on the day to ensure that their House was in the best position to succeed. These small acts of service to your House make these events such a spectacle and brings your House closer together. Congratulations to School & Allen House for their victory in the Junior Division, and to Woodcock House for taking out the Senior, and Overall competitions. The ‘Behind-the-scenes’ look into Swimming Carnival can be found in our recent episode of our VoxPop with the Captains series; make sure to check it out on our SaintsCaptains Instagram.
During recess and lunch times over the past two weeks, we have been meeting with students across Years 7 to 12 who have expressed interest in starting up their own lunchtime clubs. We have been impressed to see both the initiative of our boys, especially those in younger years, and the passion they hold for their hobbies. We have had proposals for a range of societies, including a middle-year origami club, a Rubix Cube club and a weight-lifting theory group! We have been pleased with the success of this initiative thus far, and we encourage boys to continue submitting their applications for a new society to us through the Saints Student Association Homepage.
We have also been enjoying our visits to the Barista Boys in the Junior School who sell coffee (and baked goods if you arrive early enough) to staff, parents, and boys, on Thursday and Friday mornings before school. We love the initiative these boys have shown in creating their social enterprise, with all proceeds going to charity. We hope to stop by again soon!
To our Year 10 families, we wish you all the best as your sons embark on their 21-day journey. It is a daunting experience that forces growth, and the camaraderie between the boys quickly transforms the experience into being one of the most enjoyable highlights of their high-school journey… having to put up with your son always inserting a “camp anecdote” into every conversation for quite some time upon their return is the only downside!
Chirath Lekamge and Aidan Hughes