Boarding Life By Jennifer Chiu, Publications Coordinator “What will you miss most from boarding at The Geelong College?” The Captains of Mackie and Mossgiel – Charlie Wootton, Will Morrison, Jessica Campbell and Maysie Sadler – reflected on their time at College at the Boarders’ Formal in October. With the year quickly coming to an end, Charlie and Will spoke fondly of the bond they shared with the 17 other boys finishing Year 12 in 2016. Charlie grew up in Hamilton with three older sisters and started boarding at the College in Year 9. He said he had enjoyed his first few months at school but he only began to feel truly at home in Mackie late in Term 2, when a nailbiting Melbourne-Essendon AFL match brought the house together. “95% of Mackie had huddled around the TV. ‘Cheats’ (Mark Cheatley) had even postponed study by 15 minutes to let all the boys witness this remarkable feat. With less than 20 seconds to go, then 18-year-old Christian Salem marked
25 metres out from goal. As Salem went back and calmly delivered Melbourne an epic one-point victory, the common room erupted. Although Ben Robinson and I were the only Dees’ supporters in the room, everyone shared the euphoria we were feeling,” he said. “The shared experience of that night summarises what it is to be part of Mackie. Even though every boy in Mackie comes from a different background, and it is this background which shapes our perspective of our time in boarding, we all share many of the same experiences. We may drift apart after we leave Mackie and take our different paths through life, but I highly doubt I will ever be closer to a group of people in the same way again.” Will said he had cherished every single aspect of boarding at Mackie, from meeting people from a wide range of backgrounds, to the support and “spirit of benevolence and care that seeps out of every boy and is most evident when you’re struggling”. “Mackie will always take you in and support you along the way, regardless of who you are,” Will said.
Boarding Captains for 2016, Will Morrison, Jessica Campbell, Maysie Sadler and Charlie Wootton.
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