PASTORAL CARE Harper House
we can answer yes to many of these questions. The first part of the year flew by, producing some good successes for the boys, with Harper claiming the overall athletics championship for the third consecutive year. It was close, with both Somes House and School House nipping at our heels, but thanks to some fine individual performances and most boys getting out and doing their bit, Harper hung on for the win. Lachlan McVicar (Year 9) won the U14 championship, and Benji Ward (Year 10) came 3rd in the junior grade. Marcus Hamilton (Year 11) finished 4th in the intermediate grade, with Charlie Cameron and Nant Prachuabmoh (Year 11), and Sebastian Fergusson (Year 13) all winning single events. The most pleasing thing about the athletics sports is that it is always a huge team effort; it is great to see lots of Harper boys participating in heats every lunchtime. There were many highlights across the competition, but watching the junior 4 x 400m relay team blitz the field to take the win was a favourite. Lewis Whiteside (Year 9), Johnny Bullen and William Morris (Year 10), and Nant Prachuabmoh set a searing pace and came within seconds of breaking the school record. In swimming, Connor Graham (Year 12) continued his fine tradition of finishing in the top three of the individual competition, while Alex McEwan (Year 9), Jasper Johnson and Benji Ward (Year 10), and Sebastian Fergusson had top four finishes in multiple finals. Harper finished 5th overall in the House competition, and proved once again how good we are in sports involving speed by winning the Sprint Relay Cup.
Other House competitions and activities also went well. Harper took the overall win in the cross country for the sixth year in a row, but Julius House pipped us by one point for the team’s cup. Some great individual performances saw Lewis Whiteside, Benji Ward, Nant Prachuabmoh, Sebastian Fergusson and Will Schneideman (Year 13) finish in the top 10 of their respective races, but the best result belonged to Johnny Bullen, who finished 3rd in the junior race. This year’s House Music performance of “Rain” by Dragon resulted in a top three placing, and our backing band of Zach Adams (Year 9), Benji Ward, Tim Ward and Joshua Wynne (Year 12) won the backing music trophy. Our House Play – Murder at Merryweather Mansion – was a great example of the boys coming together, with a large cast and crew led by Edward Bayliss and Ryan Oorschot (Year 13) directing a play to be proud of. The Mexican stand- off scene at the end was classic. Another activity of which the House should be especially proud is when the boys came together for “Wig Wednesday”. Successfully raising $3161.40 for the Child Cancer Foundation proved their commitment to this very worthy cause, and it was heartwarming to see the whole House decked out in colourful wigs. A huge thank you to everyone who supported this endeavour. There were also plenty of occasions where we made finals this year, and a number of podium finishes and close losses across a range of events. The badminton team of Will Schneideman, Liam Adams and Nick Schneideman (Year 12), and
Housemaster: Matt Cortesi Deputy Housemaster: Graeme Christey Assistant Housemasters: Lisa Trundley-Banks, Sam Leary, Emily Priest, Dr Andrew Taylor Head of House: Gus Coates Those associated with Harper House in recent years will know the Register report and end-of- year Housemaster’s speech have generally started by highlighting how successful the year has been and that Harper has won the House Championship Cup. For the first time since 2014 that won’t happen. Well, talk about winning the House championship won’t. But another successful year in the House? Definitely. Winning is always nice, but the most important thing is actually the process, the journey you take to get there. The more important questions the boys need to ask themselves as they look back on the year are about how they got to where they got to. Did they always put their best foot forward and give their best effort? Were they organised, prepared and able to produce their best? Did they follow through and see things to the end? Have they put thought into their actions? Did they work to succeed? Looking back on what we achieved this year as a House,
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