It’s the end of Term 1 and I still don’t know how we got here! It’s been a huge term for McAuley House with 2 carnivals, House meetings, and our first fundraiser. We finished the term with 2 House Challenges and a House Colours Day in the final week. We have more things planned throughout the year with House Challenge events run in conjunction with Frayne, Chanel and Colin Houses, so keep an eye out for those. 

I would like to acknowledge the enormous effort being put in by the McAuley Sport Co-Captains, Pia Tucker and Joel Cooper, for their support and encouragement front and centre, but also for all the work you don’t see going on behind the scenes. 

First up in weeks 2 and 3, there were House meetings in the McAuley building for both the Swimming and Athletics Carnivals. Loads of House spirit was on display with event sign-ups and a roaring House cheer-off. Next, was the Swimming Carnival held in week 3. We are apparently a land-based people as we came in fourth, BUT we certainly looked great in the process! Check out some of the pictures below, with more available on the McAuley House MEL page. A big shout-out to everyone for the enthusiasm shown on both days! 

Week 5 came along and with it, some great weather for the Athletics Carnival. This is where McAuley House typically shines, with 2023 being no different. We proved victorious after hitting the ground running and leading from the front over both days – how can we not with the number of quality performances and record participation shown over the 2 days! The senior girls were making a statement with a win for their final tug-a-war and finished with a record-breaking 4 x 100 relay in the last event of the day. 

Week 6 saw the 3km run on a cold and overcast day but the number of McAuley participants was outstanding. The week ended with The Greatest Shave being held on St Patrick’s Day. Being a day to “Embrace Your Green,” we used the opportunity to run a Frogs in the Pond fundraiser (Freddo in green jelly to the uninitiated). McAuley House charities this year are all about “Going Green” and sustainability awareness. 

The House Sports Assembly was held in week 7 with the swimming and athletics shields being presented, along with all the swimming, track and field champions. We also celebrated Harmony Day the same week, acknowledging our First Nation People, the contributions of our immigrants and the diversity that is Australia.    

Fast forward to week 9 with the first of the House Challenges being held with the Inaugural Egg and Spoon race. That’s right, we embraced our inner kinder selves and combined it with the GEM program to spend time having fun while still being both mindful and grateful for what Easter is all about. Today, the last day of term is House Colours Day: casual clothes with a splash of House colour and a karaoke competition held at lunch. May the best yodellers win! 

Mrs Carolyn Cox  

McAuley Head of House