2016 FINDLAY HOUSE REPORT
House Captains: Tia Legg & Liam Herbert
Findlay’s House fundraising was in Term Two. An organisation called “Hurrah” was suggested as a worthy cause by Mr Harris, so Tia decided to visit the Pet Rescue Service. First she had to research their location, by using an Internet search to find the email address and making initial contact with Chrissie. When Tia went to visit Chrissie there was a litter of tiny puppies that had just been brought in. Tia’s mind was made up on the spot. She discussed the most urgent needs for taking care of the rescue animals and Chrissie agreed to come to Assembly and describe her job.
On the selected day, students wore mufti and brought money as well as useful items for the animals, such as toys, blankets, packets and cans of food and dog leads. Tia was proud of the box full of supplies she was able to take to Chrissie, not to mention the donation of $600 raised by the College students.
Tia also enjoyed the competitive aspect of the inter-House competitions and used intervals and lunchtimes to make contact with Findlay students and assemble teams for the various sports. But her favourite event was the T-ball challenge, when House points were ignored and mixed-House teams were put together instead.
Tia says, “The advantage of being a House Captain is that you gain confidence as a public speaker and in approaching people you have never spoken to before.” She enjoyed organising people of all ages and the event-management involved in the position.
Liam was the other House Captain. He is particularly proud of the high level of engagement from the students in Findlay House, especially among the junior students. He says, “The sports competitions attracted not only the sporty people but also the people who just wanted to get involved.” He enjoyed gathering together teams for Mathex, the Orientation Cup and inter-House debating. Liam says, “ The advantage of being a House Captain is that you become more involved in House events. You also have the opportunity to motivate people and to encourage them to give things a go.” He says he found it “satisfying and rewarding to see students step outside their comfort zone, especially when they can see their success in events they may have been reluctant to enter.”
Personally, Liam believes he has gained confidence as a public speaker, especially in giving impromptu speeches in Assembly when asked to do so by Mr Tong.