It’s been a few weeks since the last blog, and lots has been happening around the place. The last two and then next couple will have been a big few weeks. Just following the last blog post, we had our annual Harper House Quiz Night. It was a great night and was lots of fun. From the team names like “No More Fees”, “If Only Ian Was Here” and “Hope We Don’t Come Last”Â to the speed rounds that had everyone making a mad dash for the scorers table, there was lots of fun for everyone. In the end it was the team of Y13 boys named “The Woke Nine” that were crowned champions by a meagre 1 point ahead of last years champions “Quiztopher Quiztopherson”. The team of Y10 boys took out the prize of Third-to-Last where they got a pack of tic-tacs each!!
- Quiz Champions – “The Woke Nine” (Y13 Boys)
Around the school, there has been a lot happening with Winter Tournament week, Senior Exam week and the final batch of Immerse and Inspire boys underway. I was lucky enough to be coach of the Junior XI Football team this year, which also had a lot of Harper boys involved. Jamie Barr, Charlie Cameron, Thomas McEwan and Archie Franks (Y10’s), as well as Gabriel Gallaway and Andreas Gormack (Y9’s) were part of the squad. These boys did fantastically well all season and managed to win the Junior Premier Competition for the first time by beating Cashmere High 1-0 in the final. It was great to be able to see these boys achieve a great result, and reiterated how much fun it is to work with the Harper boys outside the House as well. I am very much looking forward to spending some time with a few more of the Harper football boys on our upcoming tour to USA/Canada at the end of the term.
Around the House, there has been lots of House Sport going on, and we have had a bit better run of results. The Chess team’s win over Jacobs has seen them through to the semi-finals this week, and the Junior squash team has won their first two games pretty easily to make it to the semi-finals this week also. The Junior debating and Table Tennis semi-finals are also this week and along with the Senior squash competition starting, the Harper Boys will be very busy.
On top of that we had a very busy Saturday afternoon with the House Sports festival. Thanks to all the boys who came along to play either ripper rugby or football, and to the boys who also came along to support, cook on the BBQ and just lend a hand. It was great to see the majority of the House out and about on the day. Thanks to all the parents and family who came and supported the boys too. Sorry about the chilly wind. Ot wasn’t a bad day results wise either. Both the ripper rugby teams finished mid-table, and both were unlucky not to progress to the semi-finals. In the football we did very well with both teams making the finals. The Senior boys finished second after they lost their final 1-2 to School House with a last minute goal sneaking in, but the Junior boys claimed first place in a great game of football against Condells. 1-1 at full time, the Harper boys won on a penalty shoot out with Charlie Cameron (Y10), making the match winning save.
The next two weeks promise to be action packed with all the House sport mentioned above, as well as numerous winter sports prizegivings, the College Ball and the run into the end of term. For parents, there is the school’s “Cocktails on the Quad” function (see below) which is a great way to socialise with parents from across the school. Click the following link for tickets: 7049131407
More info to follow via email……
As always, thanks for all the fabulous support and I hope to see lots of you before the end of the term.