By Vai Mahutariki | Posted: Tuesday October 5, 2021
Welcome to the School House Week 10 Newsletter
Welcome to the week 10 Newsletter for term 3. We hope your boys are now enjoying some down time and relaxation away from school, although for our seniors, with some study as well at some stage.
On Wednesday 29th September we celebrated our Formal Dinner in acknowledging a number of boys for their achievements this term. Despite the disruption with the pandemic, our boys showed a lot of perseverance and resilience to get back to their normal routines of learning and hostel life. Thank you to everyone who also joined us live on the Facebook Stream. The results are as follows:
Year 9 - Jayden Van Kessel
Year 10 - Freddie Hore
Year 11 - Tony Tang
Year 12 - Daniel Gilbert
Year 13 - Cody Thomson
Sports & Cultural:
Year 9 Will Nichol
Year 10 Shamus Young
Year 11 Alex Drummond
Year 12 Nic Sim
Year 13 Finn Hurley
Year 9 Dylan Young
Year 10 Sage Patterson
Year 11 Ben Kinney
Year 12 Isaac Ottrey
Year 13 Jak Stevenson
In Loving Memory
As term 3 comes to an end we would like to take this time to also reflect on the loss of a life that has been strongly connected to School House Hostel for the past nine years. Yuri, an amazing four legged companion of many of our hostel boys experiences over the last decade, sadly passed away in lockdown. More importantly she was a best friend to Senior Housemaster Pita Sinamoni and his fiance Mary. Our boys were all informed the night they returned from lockdown and they have been very supportive to Pita and each other over this period. Yuri attended many activities alongside Pita and our boys and gave added support wherever she went and always wanted to make sure everyone was safe. She would often be onsite and be happy to share a cuddle with our boys which was always appreciated by them. We acknowledge the joy and comfort she has given School House hostel and our boys and we will miss her. Thank you Yuri and Happy Birthday for today 6th October.
Man of the Week
Congratulations to Year 13 Prefect, and Deputy Head of House, Jak Stevenson, who captained the 1st XI Football team to the championship title and played exceptionally well despite injuries. Jak has also been outstanding in supporting staff in the hostel and supporting the operational aspect of School House. A great role model and example for the next generation of leaders to follow. Well done Jak.
Labour Weekend - Out of Hostel
Early next term 4 is Labour Weekend from the evening of Friday 22nd October to Monday 25th October. The hostel will be closed for the weekend and boys can return home for a long weekend break.
Skippers Feast & Senior Prize Giving
Is on Monday 8th of November. This is the night before Senior Prize Giving which is on Tuesday 9th of November. These dates have been altered due to the impact of Covid-19.
Junior Prize Giving
This will be on Wednesday 15th December.
Hostel 150th Reunion:
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, due to the impact of Covid-19 the new dates for this event is now February 25th-26th 2022. Information has already been sent out to all current registered old boys. With more time for planning we encourage all hostel old boys who have not registered yet to join this once in a lifetime opportunity now.
Uniforms at Special Prices.
This is to let you know that U-shop in Dunedin currently has a special deal on selected Otago Boys’ High School uniforms like senior grey trousers 2 for $49.99. This is also a chance to stock up for next year as well.
Hostel Reunion Fundraiser.
Prefects Vs Staff Football Match
Great way to end the term with a fun Prefects vs Staff Football Match. Played in good spirits with five of our hostel prefects who are also school prefects participating alongside a number of our hostel staff. A one all draw was a fair result with the Prefects holding onto the trophy for another year since they were the current holders.
More details of the return to hostel process will be shared next week after the latest announcement from the government. For now enjoy the time with your boys and we look forward to welcoming them back soon.