Dear Parents & friends of Richards House
As I write this we are into Week 5 of the school term and the boys have settled into a good routine. For some boys, their participation in heats for athletics while getting to their own sports practices has been a great effort. We traditionally find it difficult to get a big group of swimmers competing in the swimming sports but most boys participated in the relays.
Swimming Sports – In the sports the following boys made the finals in their respective events: Cameron Jones 100m Intermediate backstroke, Richard Seaton 100m Intermediate backstroke and 200m Individual Medley, Henry Phelps 100m Senior breastroke
Athletics Sports – We were blessed with fine weather for the two days of sports and while the events went very well I was impressed with our boys who entered into the spirit of the occasion. It was nice to see some of you at the Richards lunch and hope you were able to catch up with friends and also meet others. The boys enjoyed their pizza and ice cream trumpets and still managed to run well in the relays. Results from the Championship events were as follows:
Levi Emery: 2nd 100m, 2nd 200m, 2nd Long Jump, and 2nd 100m hurdles
Kaveni Balenacagi: 1st shot put, 2nd discus, 3rd hammer throw, 3rd javelin
Callum Norrie: 1st shot put
Charles Smith: 3rd high jump
Traditionally we have done well in the relays and things looked good after the morning session with wins in the junior and senior steeple chase. In the Championship relays our senior team consisting of Levi Emery, Guy Murdoch, Kaveni Balenacagi and Henry Phelps finished 3rd. This was a great effort against very good opposition. Overall we finished in 4th place in the relays.
Henry Phelps Shun Miyake
Callum Norrie Kaveni Balenacagi
William Hammond Nathan McKenzie
Hugh Sutherland & Archie Hayman Levi Emery
As you are aware, the Year 10 – 13 boys met with their tutors early in the year to have a Target Meeting. This was to review last year and start the process of goal setting. Recently individual meetings have begun with the tutors again and boys will be identifying an academic and non academic goal. The goal setting is work in progress and probably the most important part of the process are the steps needed to be put in place in order to reach the goal rather than just the goal itself.
Food and dinning hall
As you may be aware the dining hall kitchen has been refurbished over the last year and we are all looking forward to more modern and up to date facilities as from next week. As someone who likes food and comes from a family of “foodies” I am most impressed with the food and options that are provided. My daughter who is a chef on a Superyacht has sampled the salad bar (on my nights of cooking!). She was amazed at the creativeness and quality of the salads – up there with the hipster cafes these days. I did mention her comments to the boys in House Assembly this week.
Lent – House Walk
Each year the Houses fundraise for Lent. Over the last two years Richards House have done an early morning 10km walk (two laps of the park). We start at 5.30am and it is completed by 7.30am. The Chaplain Bosco Peters and his wife Helen also walk with us. I am hoping that you will be happy to sponsor your son for this walk to the amount of $20. If you are happy to do this I would put that amount on your account at the end of the term. I would also like to encourage parents to participate on this walk. We intend to do this on Wednesday 15th March.
Dates for the year
Some of the main events that I would encourage you to attend include: The House Music Competition, The House Drama Competition, the House Dinner weekend which includes the dinner, House clay bird shoot and Chapel Service and finally the Carol Service and House breakup on the last day of the Year.
March 15th – Lent House Walk
April 5th – House Music Competition (Assembly Hall) 7.00pm
September 8 – House drinks
September 9 – House Rugby 7’s & House Dinner
September 10 – House Clay Bird Shoot & Chapel Service
September 14 & 19 – House Drama Competition
December 1 – Carol Service & Richards House breakup
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the next major House event which is the Interhouse Music Competition on the 5th April. I think you will hear something special this year.