From the Boarders

May 4, 2017

Visit from NIAS

On the weekend of Friday 12 February, we warmly welcomed 20 boys, girls and coaches from the Northern Inland Academy of Sport. On Saturday, the Boarding House watched the U16’s NIAS men’s team convincingly beat Newington opponents and the girls just miss out on an upset win against Newington’s U15’s A team. It was great fun to watch the two games but the Sydney Uni match we watched together that night was highly enjoyable. Clock winding down, Sydney Uni is two points behind the travelling Perth team, the ball moves to the corner where a Sydney Uni player shoots for the three, just beating the buzzer – but to no avail as the shot goes wide. The incredible game filled with threes and and-ones proved to be one of the most tense and yet crazy outings the Boarding House has had been to in a while. The best boarding experience however was still the one watching the Wallabies downing the All Blacks last year in the Bledsoe Cup.

GPS Swimming Carnival

On Friday 19 February, the Boarding House set up and ran a BBQ for the GPS Swimming Carnival. With tireless work from all the boys manning the BBQ, particularly Campbell Haylen (12/MA), as well as the help from staff members Mr Stanley, Mr Lever and Mr Cosgrove, we successfully collected $600 for the Boarding Tupou Fundraiser. Money raised will go towards buying rams for the Tupou College farm, an initiative started by Mr Stanley on his most recent trip to Tonga last year. We also ran a weekly campaign by making muffins and selling them at the school or on the Wyvern courts for the fundraising initiative. We have done it for the last two weeks and will continue this for the next two so I’d encourage you all to get down there!

Alvin Song (ON 2015) at ENCORE

On Monday, 22 February Mr Stanley, myself and four other boys attended the ENCORE concert held at the Sydney Opera House to watch boarding alumni Alvin Song (ON 2015) perform his HSC Music 2 repertoire. Along with other spectacular performances from the best-of-the-best of last year’s Music HSC course, Alvin Song performed his own piece and the Beethoven ‘Ghost’ Trio marvellously. The range of performances, including Music Theatre, Heavy Metal, Stravinsky and A Capella, all together made the night both intriguing and spine tingling. The event is not-to-be-missed, so if you get a chance to go next year, go!

Alec Fuller (12/MO)
Senior Boarder Prefect

1 Mar 2016