Term One is almost over and who can believe all that has happened since we began just a few (or nine!) weeks ago - the Seniors certainly can’t! In order to reflect on such a busy term, we decided to go through all the fun stuff that has happened in case you missed any of it...
The House Swimming Carnival
We dived into the school year with the House Swimming Carnival in Week Four. The 100m races gave Laver a small lead but not enough to ‘stroke’ their ego. Laver was determined to win, claiming “Green is the new Purple” (Oman, 2016). This did not deter Franklin as they pooled their skills to make waves in their fourth straight victory.
Celebration of Literature
Dr Brohier had a hoot and a half as the Celebration of Literature was undertaken in week 7. The updated ‘Digital Writer’s Wall’ built by Year 12 student Sam Bensley and Class of 2015 alumni Long Roos and Ryan Neale, was extremely popular. The Celebration featured the annual Somerset Alumni Prologue Party, a beautiful performance of Somerset parent, Tim Baker’s children's book, The Surfer and the Mermaid directed by College Captain Olivia Bourne and concluded with the Tweed Banora Dental Literary Long Table, hosted by Luka Lesson. With more tickets sold and more events than ever before, it is fair to say that the Celebration of Literature was a complete success.
Since the last term of 2015, the directors of each House had been working and finalising their play’s scripts for the coming 2016 House Plays event. From Week 1, the directors and casts have been working extremely hard. Well done to all of the Houses for their performances on both Thursday and Friday nights. A huge congratulations to Ella Hammond (Andrews), Jessica Lekich (Laver), Dom Bensley (Starkey) and the Minions (also from Laver) being awarded with individual acting awards. The Directors of Veivers House Play took out the Adjudicators Award as well as the cast taking out Best House Play.
Astounding, Amazing and Astonishing New Facilities!
There is a great deal of excitement in the Sports Department as we have been inundated with new world-class facilities. Everyone has marvelled at the breath-taking new gym, dancing studios, and synthetic track. Acquiring all these exclusive resources has given “This is Sparta” a whole new meaning.
So Many Camps it’s Quite ‘In Tents’!
In Week 3, Mount Tamborine was heard to rumble with the excitement of over 100 Year 7s being given the opportunity to experience the enjoyment of Year 7 Camp. The Student Leadership Team even popped in on the Thursday to participate in the renown Year 7 Camp Concert. Similarly, the Year 8s have recently returned from their “sandy” camp on Moreton Island. They really did it tough snorkelling, building sandcastles, kayaking and sand tobogganing. Likewise, in the same week, the Year 9s thrived in their activities at Moogerah Dam, abseiling, hiking, canoeing, sailing and swimming.
The announcement of the Senior School Musical is always filled with excitement. The musical has been announced, and if you have not heard already, it is HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. Very fitting for all of our students as Michael Redfern takes on the lead male role as Troy Bolton, and Anneliese McConnell will play the female lead role of Gabriella Montez. I think we can all agree that it will be a very long and anticipated wait for the opening night for this amazing production.
Making Friends from All Over the Globe
A couple of weeks ago, we welcomed some rugby players from Lord Byng in Canada, many who were not acclimatised to the Australian summer. For two weeks we were also happily greeted by German students from the Comenius Gymnasium in Düsseldorf. The Germans were immersed in Australian culture travelling all over the Gold Coast and participating in many fun activities. Whether you hosted a German student or not, we were all sad to say “Aufwiedersehen” to our new international friends as they departed for Cairns.
Sport, Sport and More Sport
In Week 6, our elite sporting teams of Open As Rugby and Netball charged on into their practice games against Sunshine Grammar School. Unfortunately, the Rugby boys were beaten, however, the Netball girls won an extremely close and fast paced game, by 1 point in the dying seconds of the game. To conclude the invitational games for the term, the Rugby boys played the Canadian squad from Lord Byng, convincingly winning the game. Congratulations to both the Rugby 1st XV and Netball 1st VII for these incredible efforts in high pressure situations.
We can only hope that Term Two will be as exciting as Term One! We wish everyone a relaxing break with safe travels to come back fresh for another fantastic term.