Published on August 5th, 2016 | by St Peter's College


Captains’ Blog – Semester 1 2016

After getting through the slings and arrows of Term 1 – hosting the 5th National Student Leadership Summit featuring over 100 student leaders from across Australia, plunging through Swimming Carnival, sweating at Summer Sports Day, getting hyped for all the Summer Intercols, running the largest-ever Saints Hot Cross Bun fundraiser for the Anglican Board of Mission and adjusting to 269 new boys entering the new Pentreath building – we thought Term 2 would be a breeze.

How wrong we were!

Term 2 proved to be another exciting and jam-packed term for Alec and myself, with a whole range of fun things on-the-go including Community Day, a Red Cross blood appeal, Reconciliation Week, Pyramid of Cans, the Year 12 Jumpers, planning for a Student run Magazine and not forgetting farewelling the McKinney family, as well as, attending an internship with the Foundation for Young Australians during the Term 2 holidays.

The School’s annual Anzac Day service kicked off the Term on the first day back. The Service was attended by Old Scholars including Mr Dick Potter, Mr Ray Stanley and Mr Graham Brookman and members of the Saints community. The service went smoothly inside Mem Hall and also featured one speaker from each of the Senior year levels to present a “story of sacrifice”, detailing the life of an Old Scholar who lost his life in one of the Great Wars. The devastation of those wars reminds us that conflict is never the answer; we all have a role to play in deflating current global tensions, so that conflicts like those we commemorate never happen again.

Following Anzac Day was Community Day, one week later. This was a great day and the weather held up pretty nicely. Lucky for us, this was a largely House-led initiative and so we were able to relax and enjoy the community spirit of our respective Houses.

In the ensuing weeks, initiatives such as our Red Cross appeal for blood donations, Reconciliation Week and early talk about restarting the Student run Magazine kept us on our feet.

Blood is needed by one in three Australians every year, whether that be for cancer treatment, blood transfusions, recovery from serious accidents or to treat issues with pregnancies, if they arise. So whether you’re a student, a parent, and Old Scholar or a member of staff at School, it would be great if you could give blood this year to look after those in need. You can even register yourself as a member of the Saints community, so we can track our progress with donations. In addition, you get free cookies at the end – what a bonus!

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) was expanded this year at Saints, to help us all understand the importance of recognising Indigenous and/or Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of Australia. We heard from Calvin Hunter about his experiences as a young Indigenous person. Calvin talked about some of the discrimination he’d been the victim of in the past and how attitudes needed to change towards how we treat Indigenous people in Australia. NRW also gave us the opportunity to display some of the Year 7’s Indigenous artwork in the library and to enjoy a BBQ hosted by the Yalari boys in front of Da Costa Dining Hall.

In the final weeks of term 2, we started brainstorming ideas for the new student run magazine which will see its first edition published mid-way through term 3. If you’re a writer, photographer, artist, designer, or you’ve got something on your mind which the School needs to hear about, feel free to send me or Alec an email – we’d love to hear what you’ve got to say!

Pyramid of Cans was thrown in the mix and the theme this year was “Olympics”. MacDermott took out first place with a structure depicting the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute. Da Costa and Farrell trailed closely behind in second and third places respectively. In the end, we collected over 10,000 cans which were all sent to the Magdalene Centre to help feed Adelaide’s homeless. If you’ve still got cans left over, or if you ever find food in the pantry which just isn’t getting eaten, don’t wait until next year’s pyramid of cans to donate them! Any homeless shelter would be very grateful for the support, as would the thousands of people who struggle to find shelter and a good meal every day on the streets of our country.

After having done the final touches to the design of the Year 12 Jumpers (based on survey results by the Year 12s) we were able to distribute the Year 12 Casual Jumpers to the matriculating class of 2016. If I say so myself, they don’t look too bad! It’s been great to see people wearing them on casuals days and outside the School. Just a reminder that they’ll be permitted for Intercol Week in Term 3, however you will need blazer uniform if you’ll be attending Intercols after school.

At the end of Term, we farewelled Mr McKinney and his family as they left for a new journey at Upper Canada College in Canada. The farewell muster saw the presentation of Mr McKinney with a silver plaque and an autograph book signed by the Senior School boys, Mrs McKinney with a Saints-coloured scarf, Jack with an Old Scholars tie and Connor and Charlie with Saints cufflinks. We also had the opportunity to present a farewell video of boys in the Senior School and to hear from firstly, Mr Murray, then Mr McKinney himself, as he reflected on his time here at Saints. We wish him all the best for his new beginnings.

To finish it off, Alec and I travelled to Melbourne during the Term 2 holidays. Here, we undertook an internship at the Foundation for Young Australians, a non-profit organisation committed to improving the learning outcomes and life opportunities of young Australians. Alec and I learnt about a lot of cool things about social change, event and program management, marketing, leadership, entrepreneurship and about a whole range of social affairs such as Indigenous culture, race and identity, gender, sexuality and the future of work in Australia. Big stuff! Hopefully, Alec and I will be able to part some of these learnings over the course of Terms 3 and 4.

Term 3 will be great. Founders’ Day kicks off the Term in the Sports Centre and is followed by Beyond Blue Week (Week 3), Winter Intercollegiate (Weeks 5 & 6) and the long-awaited Blue and White formal for our Years 11s and 12s. So sit tight for next time on Captain’s Blog and have a riveting Term 3 – we’re looking forward to telling you all about it!

Hamish Litt
School Captain

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