It is with great sadness that I write this article today. Sadness because in doing so, I realise that my time at Whangārei Boys’ High School is coming to an end, as is my time as Bledisloe Whanau Captain.
What a rollercoaster ride it’s been with plenty of ups and plenty of downs, but riding that rollercoaster with me has been some of the finest young men I think I will ever meet. Young men who always put 100% effort in any challenge they were given, even when they sometimes really didn’t want to. Young men who, for some, found being part of a whanau so foreign, yet, they absolutely shone.
Our first challenge for 2019 was Swimming Sports. With a 5th place, we may not have been the fastest fish in the pool but our enthusiasm shone through and we all had a great day.
Next up was Athletics Day. Although any top placings fell short, the effort put in by the boys was commendable.
By the time Inter Whanau Touch came round, all the other whanau had already at least doubled us in points overall and with the shocking result of another third consecutive 5th place in a row, it wasn’t looking good for the boys of Bledisloe this year.
That was until our junior basketball team came out of nowhere and shocked everyone with a solid 2nd place. Was this the ray of hope that we all needed?
Could we really turn this year around and lead Bledisloe to victory? Well, no.
Another three fourth-place placings in a row at the annual cross-country, workday, and inter-whanau quiz sort of shattered that dream.
Then with a third place in badminton and a second place in the inter-whanau speech competition, things were looking good again and morale was high.
But alas a 4th placing in the volleyball and Bledisloe were back down to where we seem to be comfortable.
Next on the agenda was inter-whanau football where we outshone ourselves with a well-deserved 2nd place, falling just one point behind the 1st place team. This amazing result has pushed us past Carruth in points overall, and although I’m writing this ahead of time and still haven’t yet learnt the fate of our placing, if we do manage to stay in this fourth position, it’ll definitely be better than coming last!
Despite all of our good and bad results, I have really enjoyed my time as Bledisloe Whanau Captain. It’s been one of the most trying times of my schooling and also one of the most rewarding. If I can say anything to the young men of Bledisloe 2020 and beyond it would be to try your best, get involved in all you can. These years at Boys’ High will be over before you know it and all you will have left are memories. Make those memories awesome!
Thank you to my fellow Bledisloe prefects this year: Deon Hales, Ben Alabaster, Liam Litchfield, Nathaniel Singleton, Ollie Clark, and Rupana Birch. It has been both an honour and a privilege to work alongside you.
I will remember with pride, Bledisloe 2019.
Bledisloe Whanau Captain 2019