For many people 13 is seen as unlucky, however for Sutherland House at Waitaki Boys’ High School it’s now their lucky number.
After a long time between drinks the Sutherland House can finally put the long wait behind them and celebrate after they won the official Inter-House SCRANO Shield, for the first time in 13 years.
It’s competed for by the four houses Don, Lee, Forrester and Sutherland.
For six straight years the house had finished last with a poor showing at sports day often leaving them too far behind to catch up.
However, House captain Damien Kitto and his deputy Gabe Meikle decide to change things up this year and just encourage people and be really supportive of them in order to get as many pupils to take part as possible.
“Previous house captains tried to be quite staunch with the way they got people to do events and it didn’t really work, so we went for the more positive approach and are now incredibly happy with the result,” Damien said.
The criteria for the shield involved cultural, sporting and academic success, something which suited Sutherland House.
Points were gained for excellences, He Ara Tika (achievement awards), athletics, swimming, lunch time sports, debating, speeches, mastermind (a general knowledge quiz), choir, drama, haka cross country and a talent quest.
Sutherland won lunch time sports which were volleyball, rowing and basketball, debating, speeches and the talent quest.
Damien said all the hard work paid off.
“We were stoked when we heard the results in assembly this morning we have come last ever since I’ve been here, so to go from last to first is awesome.”
Deputy house captain Gabe Meikle said the juniors all participated which helped a lot.
“Hopefully they can carry it on for years to come.”
Sutherland have the shield on two other occasions, while Forrseter have claimed it the most with 13 victories, Don are next with seven, Lee has four and then Sutherland with three.
Head boy Tim Craig was pleased they finally managed a victory while he was at school.
Sutherland finished on 812 points followed by Forrester on 775, Don 763 and Lee 704.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
LONG WAIT OVER: Some of the victorious Sutherland House celebrate their first win in 13 years. Back from left: Gordon Lay, Matt Munro, Josh Tonkin, Tim Craig, Max de Geest, front from left, James Scott, Damien Kitto (house captain), Gabe Meikle (deputy house captain), Tyler Cunningham and Matthew Dennis.