Senior Boys Boarding

There were an awful lot of things that I wanted to write about in my first newsletter article as the Acting Head of Senior Boys’ Boarding – so many in fact, that I didn’t quite know where to start … but, as is often the case, the answer was right in front of me.

This week I would like to write about the young men who make Hawkins House such a vibrant and unique place. These boys possess the most wonderful array of skills, personalities and interests; they are good-natured and humorous (often cheeky).

I must admit to having felt a genuine surge of pride this week, and this can be attributed to the behaviour and actions of our boys. I would like to take this opportunity to showcase a few stories from this week, which I think highlight just how exceptional they are.

The first occurred on my very first night supervising in the house. One of the boys arrived home from ‘work’, only to tell me that he had been ‘called-out’ on a job, and that he would ‘be back soon’. A short while later I receive a call saying that it was a ‘bigger job than expected’ … well, later became later still, but finally in wanders Mitch. He then proceeds to regale me with the full story of how he had to help fix the overheating engine of a semi-trailer – it turns out that this can be quite a process, involving all sorts of technical, mechanical details (of which I have little understanding). What I did know was just how excited he was to have been involved … and how tired he now felt.

I was to be impressed further on Saturday morning, when at one point I was left with a near empty boarding house. 30-odd boys were in Toowoomba playing rugby, or playing soccer in the local competition. They returned, battered and bruised, but in good spirits. The idea that our boy boarders are so heavily involved in the co-curricular life of the College, is a heart-warming one – it appears that the tradition of commitment to our College lives on in our current generation of boarders.

Lastly, it would be remiss of me to not talk about our Captain of Boys’ Boarding, Maxwell Batterham. So impressed was the Governor of Queensland by Maxwell’s storytelling and all-round persona, that he invited him to the Governor’s civic reception – apparently all sorts of protocols were broken to allow this to happen. I am not 100% certain that Max would have received this invitation had the Governor seen him riding his pushbike over to the Locke Street campus fully ‘kilted-out’ – it must have been quite the sight. Again, however, this speaks volumes about the calibre of young men we have in Hawkins House.

It is a privilege to be involved with such a gifted and friendly group of young men, and I look forward to watching them grow over the next few weeks and months.

Fraser Bolton – Head of Senior Boys Boarding