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School House News

Matthew Markham —

The school Formal and Grandparents dinner make for a full on weekend in School House.

We have had a very busy weekend in School House with two functions and ice skating on top of all the normal sport the boys play. The boys and staff are certainly looking forward to having a break over Queens Birthday weekend, even though, we have 140 swimmers staying in the hostel. If there is an event on at Moana Pool, we are busy!

On Saturday night, we had some very excited but nervous Year 13 boys attend the school Formal at Otago Museum. Before the Formal, the boys meet at the hostel with their parents for some drinks and nibbles. It was great to see all the boys dressed up with their partners and there were certainly some very proud parents. I would like to thank the boys for their behaviour at this event and the formal itself, it made for a very enjoyable and safe evening.

Grandparents evening was a success with 60 grandparents in attendance. It was pleasing to see how eager the boys were to show their grandparents around School House, showing the sense of pride they have in the hostel. The feedback was excellent and we will look to hold the event again next year. A big thank you to everyone who came along, especially those who had to travel a long way just to attend the dinner. Your grandsons may not say it, but they do appreciate the input you have in their lives.

On Sunday our weekly activity was ice skating. 14 boys attended (mostly Year 11) and with only a couple of them being able to skate, there were a few bumps and bruises by the end of the session! The boys thoroughly enjoyed it.

Congratulations to Ryan Dey who competed in the Otago Secondary Schools Swimming Champs on Sunday. Heats were held in the morning and finals in the afternoon. Ryan gained a 2nd in the 100m butterfly, 5th in the 50m fly, 7th in the 100m free and lastly 8th in the 50m free. This was an excellent result from Ryan, especially, when most of the boys are twice his size!!