2016 FLEMING HOUSE REPORT
House Captains: Kelly Main & Tait Fuller
Kelly Main says that “being House Captain was actually really fun.” She says it made her appreciate the work teachers do in organising things “because it’s really hard getting people to be involved in numerous events.” Unashamedly she admits that she used bribery to get students to “volunteer” for inter-House teams. Kelly says she now realises how important it is to participate in events. This became very clear when Fleming won the Cross Country by four points. “If two Fleming students hadn’t raced, we would not have won,” she says. She also learned the importance of delegating and planning, skills which she knows will be helpful in the future.
Fleming’s charity was the beach clean-up in Term One. Each lunchtime in the selected week, Fleming House tutor groups headed to one of the beaches along the Peninsula to skirt the high-water mark and dunes, searching for pieces of plastic and other flotsam washed up on our beaches. The House Captains worked out a roster for all Fleming Tutor groups to travel to a designated beach to pick up litter. Mr Ansell’s tutor group headed to Shakespear Regional Park, Mrs Elliott’s Tutor Group went to Army Bay / Okoromai Bay, Mrs Graham’s group went to Arkles Bay, Mr Langdon’s class to Tindalls Bay / Matakatia and Miss Fisher’s group went to Big Manly Beach.
They assembled at the College, armed with plastic bags, and went to their assigned beach. The House Captains took on this challenge, having found out how detrimental litter is to our ocean and bird life. They also realised it tarnishes New Zealand’s “clean, green” image. They did not want to follow the trend and run a mufti day, choosing to donate their time instead of money. This had the added benefit of getting students outdoors and on the beach at lunchtime, which was enjoyable as well as educational. The week proved a great success, with students realising they could actively make a difference to their community and our beautiful local beaches. They were all surprised at the volume of litter they found in such a confined space and in such a short time. Tait Fuller says that his decision to run for House Captain was motivated by the thought that it would be a fun experience to get involved and get amongst the people in Fleming House. And that, he says, is what turned out to be the best part of the job. One highlight for him, this year, was the Swimming Sports, because the atmosphere there is the best of all the inter-House events, he believes. The cries of “Let’s go, Fleming, let’s go” drove all the Fleming House swimmers to strive for success, knowing they had the support of the whole House. Tait says that taking on the role of House Captain “taught me how to handle stress, for example, when trying to put together a team at the last minute, such as the relay teams in the Swimming Sports and Athletics.”