John Wu (Year 5) was rewarded for his dedication and hard work winning the Sydney Eisteddfod, and unlike any other Sydney Eisteddfod events, this significant award is decided purely through audience vote. John presented a beautiful rendition of David Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68 which evidently struck a chord with many audience members.
In the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod John also won 1st place in the Viola, Cello and Double Bass (12/u) event and 2nd place in the Viola, Cello and Double Bass (19/u) event.
Also achieving a magnificent musical milestone is Lawrence Wei, Prep School Music Captain, who completed his piano LmusA Diploma examinations, achieving a Distinction. Lawrence also holds an Associate Diploma on cellp and will shortly be takling his Grade 6 french hjorn examinations.
STRATEGIC MOVES PROMOTE LIFE SKILLS
Recently, 90 boys from Years 1 to 6 competed in the annual Prep School Chess Championship. Why chess? The benefits of playing chess cannot be underestimated. The game provides practice for the boys to make accurate and fast decisions under time pressure, whilst teaching them to think logically.
With so many boys from across all age groups 6 involved, it is wonderful to see them participating in and enjoying this annual event. The seven rounds were played in an excellent spirit of good sportsmanship. Overall School Champion for the second year running was Julian Kirkpatrick (Year 4). Year level champions were also determined on the day and included Oliver Tiong (Year 1), Tobias Cheung (Year 2), Kasen Heiskanen (Year 3), Julian Kirkpatrick (Year 4), Jacob Camilleri (Year 5) and Eric Li (Year 6).
The future looks bright for chess to continue to grow in popularity at the Prep.
SUCCESS AT THE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS!
At the 2016 National School Sport Combined Swimming Championships held recently in Darwin, Robert Napoli (Year 6) and Karl Albertyn (Year 5) competed in the NSW team. Difficult conditions in the outdoor pool could not deter the efforts of these two young Preparatory School stars!
Amongst a highly competitive field, Robert competed in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and the medley final to achieve personal best times in all events. Karl achieved some extraordinary results across a demanding program that included a range of stroke and distances, winning nine medals and breaking five NSW state records.
NEW RUGBY RECRUITS
The School’s newest rugby recruits were delighted when their Waratahs idols came to the Prep to enthuse the boys on their rugby journey.
Ahead of the start of their very first rugby season at King’s, NSW Waratahs players Sam Lousi, Will Skelton & Wycliff Palu visited the Preparatory School to present our littlest rugby recruits with their protective headgear. Following the formalities, our super excited Year 3 boys got the opportunity to participate in a skills training clinic with the Tahs before having their newest piece of rugby memorabilia personally signed.
Thank you to the Prep Fathers’ Association for making this such a special event for our boys
GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS TO PREP
The Prep was part of a Google pilot school visitation program to introduce Google Expeditions to schools in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, the UK and the US.
“Shark! Shark! Look at the shark!” squealed a Year 1 boy in bubbling excitement as he peered through his Google Cardboard viewer. He was soon joined in a chorus of other boys’ shouts and cries of wonder and excitement in the Prep School’s Upper ILC as they found the great white shark that Mrs Grinham had them focus on using a tablet device. With three swipes on the same device, they were off to look at a giant whale shark on their ocean safari expedition. Soon they were ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ again at a massive creature that just seemed to be within their arms’ reach.
This scene of wonder and joy was repeated over and over again throughout the morning, with boys from Years 2-6 on their virtual field trips.
THE SCHOOL’S YOUNGEST THESPIANS
Year 1 boys were given the greatest thrill recently when they ventured to the Senior School’s Drama Centre.
As a part of a Unit of Inquiry of the PYP, Year 1 boys were fortunate enough to spend some time “expressing themselves” with the Head of Drama and his Year 11 students. Michael Terzo and Brendan Lawrence treated Year 1 to a lesson that the young thespians are certain to remember forever.
Enjoying the creative space in the Drama Centre, the youngest and oldest students at our School, worked together imaginatively and creatively. There was lots of noise, dance, action, drama and loud laughter, all in the name of creative expression. The enjoyment went both ways, with the Year 11 “big brothers” thoroughly impressed by their younger counterparts.