During this period of isolation, it is a great time to look back on how Term One of 2020 at Rathkeale unfolded. The new decade saw a fresh group of young, enthusiastic Year 9s arrive through the school gate, alongside determined returning students, eager for the year to begin after a long, hot summer holiday. Summer sport kicked off the term’s first inter-house event in Week One, and it was great to see all boys supporting their houses and getting stuck in to the Rathkeale culture. Viva Camerata’s three-day camp followed this, as well as the Year 9 boarders first weekend-in. This brought a lot of support and encouragement to the 1st XI cricket team as they beat Whanganui Collegiate in a resounding 7 wicket win. The first big event for the Senior College was the Dessert Dance held at Rathkeale College. I would like to issue another big thank you to our prefect team and the teachers involved to make possible what was a great night.
Athletics champs and swimming sports took place in Weeks Four and Six respectively, with Halberg taking out both competitions. The end of Week Seven saw the 1st XI cricket team travel to Cambridge to take on St Peter’s College, Cambridge in their annual two-day fixture. This turned out to be the team’s last game of the season, so it was great to win convincingly, with Hunter Wyeth and Gus Borren both scoring hundreds in Rathkeale’s dominant performance. This was also the end of Rathkeale’s summer of sport, as concern over COVID-19 grew throughout New Zealand. As we are a BYOD school, the transition into remote teaching and learning was very quick and efficient, which is a credit to our teachers and ICT staff. With the first week of remote teaching and learning finished and holidays brought forward, Term One is officially over. It is important for us all to enjoy the time off and recover from what was a busy term for all.
But the good news is it is only going to get busier! The Year 13’s are determined to squeeze in all the postponed events, including House Haka Competition and the start of the winter sport season, into whatever Term Two looks like. This brings very fast-paced and exciting times to our horizon! Over these holidays, I urge us to take care of each other in this time of uncertainty. Always be there for your friends and remember that your prefect team is here for you too. Be sure to contact any of us with anything on your mind, or even just for a chat. Enjoy the break and be excited and prepared for an eventful Term Two.