Today boarding was the focus of Senior Assembly. Music Vice Captain and boarder Harry Jans (pictured below) showed off his talents performing Remembering Sunday. Director of Boarding Simon Hill, who is leaving BGS at the end of term, then spoke about pride, and Harlin House Captain Adrian Lingwoodock talked about the importance of mateship. Below are excerpts from their speeches.
Director of Boarding Simon Hill
Pride in our school is something that we see exhibited every day, whether at Northgate, in the theatre, the art and music departments, in Harlin House, or even as you walk through the school gates each morning.
This pride extends through all those who work here as well. Just as the seniors are encouraged to reflect on their experiences in our house gratitude program, so it will soon be time for me to reflect on my time at BGS. I will always have an underlying sense of pride that I was part of the BGS community.
The thrill of that phone call all those years ago from Headmaster Anthony Micallef offering me a position here still resonates, and I know that your parents are so proud that you attend BGS. The sense of pride in being a small part of a great school underpins the terrific experience that a BGS education involves.
Pride in what we do helps us to have and to maintain standards in the boarding house and the wider school. This pride is enduring and is a legacy to be handed down to new boarders and new House staff of the future. The journey the boarders embark on is lengthy, challenging, and requires a high degree of determination. The special bonds that this shared journey create are long lasting and cannot be artificially generated.
Harlin House Captain Adrian Lingwoodock
Walking over the Harlin Bridge into the boarding house for the first time in 2011, I was quickly made aware of the strong connections, bonds and mateship that ran through the house. Living away from home at such an early age is demanding and challenging.
Throughout this initial phase of my journey, I tackled these issues. With the support of friends and house staff I adapted amazingly quickly. Having mates with similar interests living next to you draws you further and further into the community that surrounds you.
Living and bonding with those in younger and older grades strengthens diversity and mateship. What makes this system work well is the ability to seek advice from those that have gone before you. We talk a lot about legacy in the house, ensuring that each year a generation of boarders is willing and able to add to and improve systems, routines, and model behaviour to help the house grow and flourish.
Living in an environment so close to mates helps you to engage with each other and in turn creates stronger relationships, which forges friendship for years to come. Mateship is a house value which we enact every single day, and is one of the many strengths in our vibrant boarding house.
Above: BGS boarders stand at assembly.