Year 9: Mid Term Celebrations

Thursday 8th September 2022

The winter sports season has barely finished and the 'Gilray Pitch' is already back in action.

This is quite symbolic of the way in which the Year 9 students have really engaged in everything offered to them this year. We challenge them to make the most of their opportunities and it is clear that a number of them are making sure they do.

Year 9 Prepared Reading

This took place earlier this week after preparing over the term and each student presenting to their class. Three finalists were chosen from each class and the students competed for the top prize. Ably judged by Mr Morrison and Sheon Luxmanan (who has won many speech awards himself) the boys put our judges through their paces as they were entertained by the presentations.

Y9 Prepared Reading 2022 — Image by: Donna Smith

The awards went to:

1st: Fletcher Tilyard

2= Harry McDonald and Oliver Beadell

Highly Commended: Edward Jennings

Y9 Prepared Reading - Winners — Image by: Donna Smith

Dean's Awards

We also presented our Dean's Awards for August. These went to:


For his diligence and consistency. He always gets on with his work, is a Stack Attack Star, and is never too busy to lend a hand.


Will gives his all no matter where he is. He epitomises ‘intent’ that we talked about. He never shies away from a challenge, whether it’s the classroom or the hockey field! 


Will is diligent, hardworking, focused, and doing his absolute best in all subjects. He is polite, respectful, thoughtful, and kind to all around him.


For making a mammoth contribution to the 9NSM Stack Attack. Adrian is a multi-talented helpful member of the Year Group.

Y9 Dean's Awards (August) — Image by: Donna Smith

Service Opportunities

Our students have taken on opportunities on the sports field and in the classroom but when asked for 'enthusiastic volunteers' for a non-specific task, I was overwhelmed by the number of boys that rushed me with offers of support.

12 boys from across the four form classes traveled down to Otago Hospice to offer service by cleaning the hospice fleet of cars. This was an afternoon of hard work, but I hear there was quite a lot of fun to be had at the same time.

Giving service is a key facet of life at McGlashan so to have so many boys keen to help out and get involved was pretty special. 

Y9 Service - Hospice Car Cleaning — Image by: Donna Smith

Congratulations also to the boys that were selected to attend a variety of tournaments for Winter Tournament Week. It is a great experience to have as a Year 9 student and we know that you would have all learned a lot from that experience.