2016 MCDONALD HOUSE REPORT
House Captains: Cupid Rhind & Fletcher Corse-Scott
McDonald’s House fundraising was in Term Three. Cupid and Fletcher chose their worthy charity as Hearing-impaired Children. They put posters up around the school advertising Loud Shirt Day. On the chosen day, all the students wore mufti that included a “loud shirt” and were required to pay $2 for the privilege. Almost $400 was raised.
For the inter-House sports competitions, both House Captains took responsibility for assembling mixed-age teams to represent McDonald House in the hope of winning a significant number of points. Cupid mostly did this by catching up with students in the lunch breaks and encouraging them to form teams. She preferred the non-competitive elements of the job, her favourite inter-House activity being the one where there were too few teams representing each House so the “round robin” continued with mixed teams. She says, “This meant the competitors could concentrate on having fun and it was the co-operative element that I enjoyed.”
Cupid says her goal for McDonald House in 2016 was “to work together, get involved and have fun. One of the best reasons to become House Captain is that you are able to make connections with students from all year groups.”
Fletcher also kept his focus on the participation of as many students as possible in all the events. His favourite event was the whole-school Athletics Sports because of the atmosphere on the day. He says, “I especially enjoyed watching students push their limits.” Several McDonald athletes were stars on the day. Millie Wilton, Michael Coutts and Jed Murman all achieved personal bests. And Conor Donovan attracted a large crowd of supporters when he challenged, and broke, the College record for High Jump. Overall, Fletcher says, he “gained skills in how to lead and co-ordinate the team of students, especially the ones who were committed and participated throughout the year.”
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