Senior Boys Boarding

Welcome back everybody to the start of Semester Two. It has been a great pleasure to catch up with the boys again and hear about the many and varied activities in which they participated over the holidays. It was particularly good to hear about boys who have been helping on their family’s properties – we know that the drought continues to impact many areas around the country and we do hope that there is rain on the way.

I was fortunate to accompany the Centenary Tour to Europe during the break. It was great to spend time with Harry, Mitch, Merllich and Charlie who were the students from Senior Boys’ Boarding on the tour. The boys were wonderful ambassadors for the College and their communities, and I was particularly impressed by the way they presented themselves throughout the tour, and the way in which they were always willing to lend a hand – particularly in supporting the Pipe Band. I think they would all agree that some of the highlights were their visit to Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Twickenham in London, and our afternoon at the Highland Rugby Club in Inverness.

At the end of the tour, Charlie and Harry were given the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of the College during the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres. Mitch showed great dignity as the first member of his family to visit the grave of his Great Uncle, who was killed during the Battle of Passchendaele. Our visits to the battlefield of the Western Front were incredibly moving and reinforced to us all how fortunate we are to live in a time and place of relative peace.

As the term begins in earnest, the boys are encouraged to continue doing small, extraordinary things every day.

Fraser Bolton – Head of Senior Boys Boarding