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Pelican : June 2009
O’Brien Elite Sportsmen from left: Jake Scanlon and Kaine Stevens. Absent Lewis Holland. Hardworking elite sportsmen of O’Brien Kaine Stevens, Jake Scanlon and Lewis Holland are all Year 11 students who are committed to their studies and to their elite sports programs in Australian Rules, Tae Kwon Do and Rugby Union respectively. I recently asked them the following questions: RL: What do your sporting commitments involve? KS: I train three times a week with the Queanbeyan Tigers and complete individual training as part of my AIS/AFL scholarship. I will also have to attend various camps and competitions, including a six-week trip to South Africa. JS: I train every second morning and every night. I also complete weekend training and various competitions with Australian squads. I also travel overseas to fight in competitions. LH: I train two mornings a week at St Edmund’s and four afternoons a week with the National Talent Squad. I have to do various testing and camps as well as travelling in from Braidwood to do all of this. RL: How do you balance your commitments with your studies? KS: I am doing an accredited package which means mainly doing assignments. I plan out when they are due and try to work on them when football commitments allow me to. JS: I complete most of my work in the car to and from training (laughs). Having a schedule helps heaps and knowing what time I have available enables me to set goals and to achieve my best academically. LH: I am pretty similar to Kaine. I also try to set goals and use my time wisely both at school and at home. RL: Can you draw some parallels between elite sport and academic performance? KS: Commitment is the most important thing. This helps me do well in school and football. Attention to detail also enables me to do my best. I also like the challenge of school and football because I enjoy the feeling of success. JS: Goal-setting is really important and knowing what I want to achieve helps balance out my efforts in both. LH: I think you must always try hard. If you don’t try hard in rugby, you can get hurt and even not selected. Not trying hard at school also hurts you, as opportunities in the future can be limited. These fine young O’Brien men are blazing a trail that combines both academic and sporting excellence. Rohan Langford Head of O’Brien House 10 Elie Maatouk entertains guests at the Haydon House event. Captain Haydon, Denyse Gibbs (Head of Haydon House) with Superman, Theo Boggs. Haydon shows great House spirit Haydon House has had a great start to 2009. With the election of our leaders Ryan Bailey, David Manton, Jack Milton and Ryan Boyd, we got off to a great start with lots of enthusiasm among all tutor groups. The first Haydon event was a get-together that began with a short Chapel service and was followed by refreshments in the Brothers’ Wing. Parents, students and tutors took the opportunity to get to know one another in an informal setting. Delicious food was provided by some of the hospitality students and Haydon boys Elie Maatouk and Reinhold Kamilo provided the music. The next major event of term 1 was the swimming carnival. Once again, Haydon boys got into the spirit of things with a ’Haydon Heroes’ theme. Superman, Mr Incredible and the Red Power Ranger mixed with Captain Haydon and Spiderman! It was wonderful to see so many boys – and tutors - getting into the spirit of the day and dressing up. Not only did everyone proudly display their house spirit and dress in red but they also participated in many events. And we also won the carnival! Mons.Haydon’s birthday was celebrated on 19 March with a House barbecue where senior students cooked for the rest of the boys. Then we enjoyed another feast to celebrate Harmony Day on 23 March. This activity was developed by our Captain, Ryan Bailey, who provided badges and stickers for all members of the House. This was an opportunity for the boys to celebrate their cultural diversity and to share some food from the wide range of cultural backgrounds they share. Haydon boys come from over 25 different countries and a fabulous lunch was shared by all. Denyse Gibbs Head of Haydon House