23 Jun 2021

Wednesday 23 June 2021

School House celebrated its annual One Tree Hill race earlier this month. The run takes place as part of the Term 2 School House full boarding weekend, which also includes community service, bonding, sports and other activities.

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The trophy and times for the hill run go as far back as 1984 but School House Old Collegians Matt Olde and Mark Chitty who were present for the event, supporting their own children, believe the event was actually started around 1978 by then-Housemaster M.J Rosser prior to his appointment as Headmaster of Christ’s College.

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The event saw a fantastic effort from all the School House boys and girls who all accepted the 10km+ challenge. We got underway after the normal School House pre-race chant, a vital part of any One Tree Hill Run pre-race routine. First to the top to claim the trophy this year was Year 10 student Kahu Cotterill and Year 13 Student Patrick Maher who pushed each other the entire way and crossed the line in a sharp time of 52:15. For Kahu at only Year 10 this was an impressive result. Year 13 Patrick Maher, who secured his second One Tree Hill title in his final year, can also be proud of his efforts. The girls race was also well-contested this year with Ella McKay (Year 11) claiming the victory in a sharp time of 65:00 minutes over some fast finishing from Lulu Graham (Year 11) in second and Sophie Williams (Year 12) in third.

The “There and Back Again” race, a relatively new addition to the event, was contested for the 5th time this year by a determined group of Year 12 students. Jack Sloane, William Olde and Angus Cook all completed the 20+km course in just over two hours finishing as a team. It was pleasing to see these boys elect to push their physical limits and step up to what is a challenging distance.  

A special thank you to all School House parents and School House staff who support this event as, among other things, safety marshalls, motivation specialists, mental skills coaches and nutrition/hydration technicians. 

Robert Paterson
Housemaster, School House