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Pelican : November 2009
7 House reports The right attitude at Rice The House system is now in its second year and, of the six houses, it has been my absolute privilege to be part of the Rice family. Rice House differs from other Houses at St Edmund's as we seem to have a more relaxed culture. Every member of Rice brings a positive attitude which results in the House having a really welcoming feel to it. As active members of the College community, the importance of charity work was something that we wished to address within Rice. Rice House Council had originally decided to sponsor a child from a disadvantaged background through a charitable organisation such as World Vision. The boys were very enthusiastic about this idea, which was great to see, but charities were then designated for each House shortly after this was proposed. As a result, Rice has not yet taken up this particular challenge, although we hope to do so one day. Instead, Rice has been lucky enough to assist Father Frank Jones' mission as their charity. Father Frank Jones runs a mission in the poverty-stricken country of Ecuador, where the people struggle to find what they need to live on a daily basis. Father Frank is an Old Boy of the College, so it is an honour to be able to support him and his mission. In the near future, the College is hoping to send over a small number of students to help Father Frank at the mission. We hope that the Rice boys will embrace this opportunity to help not only a member of our own community, but other people in the world who are not as fortunate as ourselves. Although we haven't had the same success at the sports' carnivals as we did last year (where we produced the double, winning both the swimming and athletics carnivals), the House still competed strongly this year, coming second in the athletics and third in the swimming. All the boys should be congratulated on displaying a very positive attitude at both carnivals. I have been privileged to be the Captain of Rice House and would like to take this opportunity to thank my Co-Captains, James Hepburn, Daniel Tallos and Joe Vress. I have also had the opportunity this year to see strong leadership potential in the Year 11 ranks. Rice House certainly looks to be in good hands for 2010 and the strong positive family feeling in the House should be maintained. Joe French Rice House Captain Eddie's Pride at Treacy Throughout 2009, Treacy House has demonstrated a high degree of Eddie's Pride while also contributing to school-based initiatives. The newly established Tutor Group system has proven a great success, with many peer 'Treacables' becoming familiar with all year levels within the House. This, in turn, has allowed the House to become more unified at events such as the swimming and athletics carnivals. Treacy also has a Tutor Group competition running, with students being awarded points for their Tutor Group when they do something meritorious at the College. The winning Tutor Group will be presented with the Treacy Shield at the end of the year. Points are awarded for gaining five merits on their Merit Card, receiving an award for high grades and application grades or picking the winners in the football tipping competition which was run in terms 2 and 3. Tutors recognise these individual students during Tutor Group and they are also presented to the whole House at the House meeting which is held each Friday. The introduction of the House charity scheme has been an important move for all Houses in the College. Treacy's charity is Mr Minty's Ghana project, where students are asked to donate funds to help to refurbish schools in Ghana. The charity system has also worked to develop Treacy's identity, distinguishing us from other Houses. As the winner of the Caritas week fundraising event and the football competition, and achieving third place at the 'House Shout', Treacy prides itself on its sense of community and selflessness. Treacy also dominated events such as the senior water-polo and volleyball. Although the House didn't finish first at either of the sports carnivals, the majority of students participated and tried their best for the House. Mathew Coggan Treacy House Captain L to R: Rice House Leaders, James Hepburn, Vice Captain, Joseph Vress, Sports' Captain, Joseph French, House Captain, and Daniel Tallos, Co-curricular Captain, pictured with Head of House Mr Max Green. Treacy House Leaders, Mathew Coggan, Captain and Chris Ruiz Vice Captain, with the Treacy Lamb.