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areas of curricular and co-curricular activities. I would also like to thank Assistant Housemasters Susan Harding and Shelly Jackson for their support of the House in general and the boys in their respective mentor groups more specifically. It is wonderful to have your support for the boys in your care, and to see the boys grow and develop in maturity under your guidance. It is impossible to fully encapsulate the vast contributions of Assistant Housemasters Peter Cooper and David Chambers to Julius House and to College over many, many years. Executive Principal Garth Wynne and others have tried to do so in their formal farewell speeches and elsewhere, with well- deserved accolades and bouquets. Here, it is sufficient to state that their departures into retirement represent a huge loss of institutional knowledge, dignity, energy and mana to the House that will be almost impossible to replace. Thank you, Peter and David, for all that you are, and all that you have done for our boys. We will miss you, and wish you a well-deserved, long and happy retirement. Nga¯ mihinui ki a korua. I would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution made by Head of House Kynan Salt throughout the year. Kynan has been an absolute rock and has displayed all the outstanding qualities you would expect in a leader of his calibre. He has been calm, efficient, hardworking and inspirational as he led the House to victory in the interhouse competition. He has earned the respect of his peers and teachers, looks after the boys in the House with positivity and optimism, and his speech at the end of year prize-giving was exceptional.

Well done, Kynan – the success of Julius House this year is, in many ways, due to you. Kynan was well assisted by Deputy Head of House Joshua Mortensen, another standout performer. Josh’s strengths lie in service, and it was wonderful to see the success of his Shave for a Cure initiative at College, which raised $65,000 for leukaemia and blood cancer research. Winning the Interhouse Competition Trophy for the first time was a significant achievement, and we were absolutely delighted for the boys. The win truly demonstrated the House motto of He Waka Eke Noa – we were all in it together. Coming together as a complete House, it was the result of a great deal of hard work, lots of standout performances, and inspirational leadership from Kynan. The year began with winning the non-championship cup in athletics, and the House swimming trophy. Great efforts by all those involved, and as a result we were off to a great start. Then throughout the year we had a steady flow of firsts and seconds across a range of sports. We won senior cricket for the fifth year in a row, and golf for the third year in a row, and finished strongly with wins in junior debating and the tug of war competition for the first time. We got 2nd in junior tennis, table tennis, badminton and junior cricket, and made the semi-finals in eight other competitions. After winning the trophy, the other great highlight for me was the way in which many of the boys participated in the Great Lockdown Challenge. A total of 13 challenges were posed, ranging from having a heart to heart conversation with a parent, videoing a “trick shot”, telling their mother that they loved her on Mother’s Day,

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Housemaster: Dr Mike Field Deputy Housemaster/Mentor: Nikki Bleyendaal Mentors: David Chambers, Peter Cooper, Susan Harding, Shelly Jackson Head of House: Kynan Salt Deputy Head of House: Joshua Mortensen He Waka Eke Noa – We are all in this together. Well, wasn’t 2020 an interesting year! In addition to the unusual circumstances in which everyone found themselves, 2020 was the year in which Julius House won the interhouse trophy for the first time ever, the year in which we ran the Julius House Great Lockdown Challenge, the year we trialled the new House points system, and also the year in which we farewelled two of our long-time Assistant Housemasters to retirement – Peter Cooper and David Chambers. First, I would like to thank Deputy Housemaster Nikki Bleyandaal for her support, positivity and service over the last year. Nikki and I complement each other well, with very different skill sets and areas of interest. Together we are able to serve the boys of Julius House and their parents well, across all


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