Boarding Report – October 8, 2015
October 7, 2015
Director of Boarding
As you read this Term (4)’s first edition of our Crest we will have fallen into the last fortnight of our Year 12s time here at the College. Whilst there will be many opportunities to farewell our departing family members before they walk through our gates for the very last time as students of the College I thought it both appropriate and timely to share with you all some of their reflections on their time in boarding here at St Patrick’s College. Some focus on specific moments, occasions, others on what boarding has done for their lives, whether over this final year or throughout their time. I am the proud -‘father’ of all of these young men and will find it very difficult to see them leave us but, as I always say, it is not a -goodbye- but a -see you later- as they will be all welcomed back with open arms and we shall follow their future successes with much pride and admiration.
Look after yourselves.
-Although I have been at St Patrick’s since year 7, boarding at school has helped me develop in a variety of ways. The balance between sporting commitments, academic achievement and social life has been able to be undertaken in a successful manner which I am very thankful of, and without it, I could not have achieved my goals that I set out at the start of the year. Boarding, although offering a range of enjoyable activities and general day to day experiences, is extremely hard to go past the fact that the cooked breakfast, which is offered every Tuesday and Thursday morning is the highlight of boarding. To say that the bacon, eggs and hash browns get me through the week would be a complete understatement and it is something that I get very eager for when I am ever feeling hungry.-
“It’s been an incredible experience watching boarding develop so positively during my time here.”
“St Patrick’s College has provided me with a great opportunity. Coming here I have experienced many memorable things. The greatest of which has been to get to know all of the outstanding and diverse personalities we have here in boarding.”
“For me there is no one single stand out moment in boarding. I have been privileged to live as a boarder, playing sport and getting to know other boarders.”
-My greatest memory of being a boarding student at St Patrick’s College would probably have to be playing footy with the other boarders: whether it was with the First XVIII or with the -‘Boarders” 2nd XVIII side. It was a memorable experience to win the BAS Grand Final and Herald Sun Shield Grand Final for the 6th year in a row alongside many other boarders that were a part of the 1st XVIII side.-
-The 2nd XVIII football match against BCC and how (fellow boarder) Jarman Reid proved the critics wrong piecing together a five goal haul in the half of football that was played. Angus Dundons’ performance was also commendable. I will also not forget the incident of the -‘Kenny House wall’ coming off second best to Jacob Hopper.-
-Simply, boarding has given me an opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and enabled me to experience living with many other boys not only my age, but all ages. It enabled me to develop many friendships, which will go beyond the boarding experience, and also it has helped me academically as I’ve had individuals helping me achieve my goals.-
-My best moment in boarding – Angus ‘Angry Goose’ Dundon running 150m to join in the melee during the first round of boarders’ footy against Clarendon and when James ‘Habba’ Haberfield kicked the sealer in the 2nd XVIII Grand Final against the year 10s.-
-I’ve boarded since Yr9 and have made some lifelong friends along the way. I think that friends that are made in the boarding community have a special bond with each other and you cannot explain this bond unless you have experienced boarding firsthand. Boarding mates are more like family.-
-My most memorable experience of boarding would definitely be the night the boarders won the 2ndXVIII premiership after a come from behind win. The celebrations with the whole boarding community afterwards, as we ate pizzas and had soft drinks, was a moment which I will always look back upon -“ a moment which I was lucky enough to share with my mates!-
-My most memorable boarding memory is not one specific moment, but the friendships that have been formed over my three years of boarding, whilst also having the ability to not only go to school with my mates, but also being able to live with my mates.-
-The highlight of my St Patrick’s College boarding experience would have to be found in the relationships formed here in the boarding house. To say that I lived with some of my closest mates throughout my final College years is something very few get to experience. The relationships formed in mateship with both peers and staff alike is truly special and is something I hold dear as I prepare to leave the boarding community.-
-The highlight from my boarding experience would have to be the close friendships I have made that only boarding can create. Over the two years I’ve been here I have had the pleasure to share a room with Angus, Jacob and Jack -“ these lads are great blokes and are lifelong friends.-
-My favourite memory of boarding is winning the 2ndXVIII Grand Final with my fellow boarders -“ with James Haberfield kicking the sealing goal in the last play of the game.-
Term (4) / Year12 Farewell Mass & Dinner
Just a further reminder for all to attend next Sunday’s Term (4) / Year12 Farewell Mass & Dinner. It is on Sunday 18, October and will begin with us celebrating Mass together in the College Chapel before enjoying dinner together in either the College Dining Room or the Old Boys’ Pavilion. This occasion allows the whole boarding community to thank and farewell our Year12s and I do hope that many of you are able to join your son/s for this very special occasion. I am acutely aware of the significant travel that many of you will need to endure and the inconvenience with work the following day but with so many events planned at this time it seemed the most appropriate date. It also follows the North Ballarat Rebels’ 2015 TAC Cup Presentation so we hope that many can combine both events.
Please follow the TryBooking link ( www.trybooking.com/JHIU ) to register.
Please RSVP at your earliest convenience, including numbers and any dietary requirements. Families, friends and loved ones are most welcome for this celebration.-‹