Boys’ Middle School News

This week sees the end of our 2019 academic year and the beginning of our transition program where our boys move up into their 2020 classes and begin the academic program for next year. It has been great to see the growth in our boys this year, both physically and emotionally, especially as they are going through the challenging time of adolescence.

The last two weeks of school has seen our boys completing a large number of final assessments as well as studying for end of year tests and in the case of Year 9s, exams. This process is a great way for our boys to develop strategies early that are going to be of assistance to them in the coming years, especially our Year 9s as they head into the Senior College.

During last week, which included Remembrance Day, the school respected the minute silence at 11am, whilst our Year 9s who recently visited the Shrine of Remembrance in the city gained a new-found understanding of this important day in Australia’s culture.

Our Outdoor Education class spent their final lesson this year sledding on the Yarra River. They travelled to Warrandyte where they entered the water carrying inflatable rafts and proceeded to make their way downstream enjoying the gentle rapids and playing many fun games along the way. Despite the cold weather, the boys had a fantastic time in the water.

In sport, our Year 8 & 9 indoor cricket team had a very impressive year, making the finals in a very tough competition, only to be knocked out in the first round of the finals. Our Year 7 indoor cricket team went through the season undefeated to take out the pennant. We have a large number of very good cricketers who all contributed to the success of the team, however, special mention needs to go to Callum Power, who in one match had the amazing figures of 5 for -19 – must be close to an EISM record. Another near record would be the number of stumpings that Barathan Mahadeva managed whilst keeping wickets throughout the season. A great effort by all the boys.

Our Year 8 boys who are applying for school leadership positions gave their speeches during the week to our Year 7 & 8 boys who are now tasked with voting for those they believe will best fulfil the roles of 2020 Middle School Captain and Vice-Captain. Selecting the leadership team of 2020 will be a challenging task but I am very excited by the potential of young leaders we have in the current group of Year 8s; and that they can continue on the fine work that our leaders of 2019 have done.

Last Thursday, a lightning strike caused a power outage in Ringwood East effecting the school significantly. Despite coming back on during the night in most of the suburb, our school remained without power until late Saturday evening. This meant our entire IT systems were down, no emails, no Portal, etc. which made for some challenging lessons on Friday but also no school canteen. For this we organised a sausage sizzle for the students, which seemed to go down really well considering the challenges we were facing.

Shortly our boys will begin their 2020 academic program, which will include a number of assessments and tests that will go toward their 2020 results. Teaching will continue right up to the last day of school, Tuesday 10 December, which will also include our annual Tintern Tough Mudder for the Middle School students, as well as a final assembly in the afternoon.

On Friday 29 November (9:45am – 10:30am), we have our final Middle School assembly where we will present our graduating Year 9 students and wish them well for their Senior College journey. We will also introduce our Middle School leadership team for 2020. Parents and friends are welcome to attend either or both assemblies.

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