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Trinity News : November 2008
THE KELLY GANG OR A SUCCESSFUL ACTIVITIES WEEK Mr Simon Kelly, Director of Activities week, with his enthusiastic and capable staff of folk in charge of the various activities, reports that the annual event has been a success. But wait! There comes a sigh from the snow! The perfect weather which blessed most activities was not, it seems as perfect for the skiers as it might have been, for their milieu required much more of the white stuff than was there! However, the mountain segment of the Gang rose admirably to the occasion and arranged many interesting walks and mountain bike riding, and full use of the indoor sporting facilities at the snow resorts while having fun on what little snow there was. Meanwhile, the Cadets at Singleton, the Fishing Club and Year 9 non-Cadets at Port Hacking, the Berea group at Bundeena, the Basketballers and Footballers at Wollongong the Golfers on the central coast, and all other local activities in NSW (and the DEAS at Wilson’s Promontory) all enjoyed fabulous weather, which made a marked contrast to the depressingly soaked conditions last year! The aim of Activities Week is to enable students and staff to see each other in a more relaxed and less formal setting than that of day-to-day schooling, and to help lads extend their social skills by being in groups wherein they may develop their personal skills of relating to others in a spirit of camaraderie and co-operation, while possibly extending their circle of friends to include lads they may not otherwise have met. It is naïve to say that every lad enjoys such an experience as Activities Week: there are some aspects of it – homesickness, the sometimes daunting challenges faced, and even some physical discomfort for those not in the sanctuary of skiing lodges and motels – but when a lad makes a serious effort to meet and overcome such situations, he will most likely emerge from the experience a more mature, capable young man. The staff encouraged and supported to the highest degree all the lads in their care, while Mr Kelly was in constant contact with the leaders of the activities – even with Mr Doug Broadbent who was with the Crossroads Group in Hong Kong! All this more than adequately showed the professionalism both he and the group leaders brought to their task. We thank all concerned for the excellent organisation and carrying out of this most important aspect of life at Trinity. | Ron Ogier 12 TRINITY NEWS