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Blake Augustine describes his cricket
teammate and “fantastic friend”,
Lochlan McArthur – winner of this
Year’s 2014 Seniors’ School Spirit
and Service Award, as “a good all-
rounder on and off the pitch.”
“He’s not a huge presence or personality
but he gets the job done and he’s great
to be around,” explains Blake.
And it is for those and similar reasons
that the respected opening batsman
and RGS Prefect is also widely admired
by his peers across the School.
“He’s genuine. He’s a great leader” says
friend and co-musician Max Holzschuher.
The Year 12 School Spirit and
Service Award, established last year
by the graduating class of 2014, was
announced at Valedictor y dinner by
Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds.
The moment took Lochlan by surprise.
“I looked across the table, a bit
stunned, and mum said you better
stand up,” Lochlan recalled.
Out of his whites, the medium pace
bowler - - who made 30 runs, took four
wickets, made a spectacular catch and was
named Man of the Match in the Men’s
Grade Final in Term 1 - - is unassuming.
But don’t mistake that for
unambitious or sedate.
“Lochlan has been fantastic as a Year
7 Form Senior, Chair of Battle of the
Bands Committee and active in the Music
Department. [He’s] generally raised the
spirits of the whole Year 12 group,” s ays
Head of Senior School, Ms Denise Wright.
The promising business student and
Vice-Captain of Wheatley came to RGS
in Year 8 from St Paul’s Gracemere
and has been deeply involved in RGS
Year 12 student Lochlan McArthur, recipient of the School Spirit and Service Award
has been acknowledged for making The Rockhampton Grammar School finer
cultural and sporting communities since,
including this year’s Grammar Race
Day and Interhouse competitions.
“ You always hear Lochlan lead the
Wheatley House cheering, and he was
out front at the Formal dancing rehearsal
really making it work,” added Ms Wright.
He also made things work for Year
7 students this year as Form Senior to
7E and as Chairman and participant
in the Year 7 reading programme.
“They have energy and a buzz and
they are so keen about ever ything.
It was refreshing coming into
Form and to see how excited they
were, even on Monday mornings,”
Lochlan said of his Year 7 friends.
They all camped at Ritamada this
year and attacked the high ropes
together even though Lochlan
admits to a great fear of heights.
“He leads by example,” says
Year 12’s Ma x Holzschuher.
“He empathises, takes time to
listen and understands.”
“ That’s the thing,” adds Blake Augustine,
“Lochlan wants everyone to feel that they
belong and that they are well connected.”
Lochlan recalls how important Ritamada
was to him during his first year at RGS
when “my backpack wa s bigger than I wa s.”
He made strong connections there.
“ We had camp on that first Friday
and I met the people I’ve been mates
with all the way through Year 12.”
Lochlan ha s played soccer and futsal,
studied business and drama, and played in
School musicals – along the way counting
teachers such as Mr Tim Hodgetts
and Deputy Headmaster Mr Arthur
Kelly, especially, among his friends.
“He’s supported me through ever ything
– my music [and] as I became prefect.
Mr Kelly has always been reliable.”
Asked why he thought he was selected for
the Year 12 award, Lochlan responded:
“I believe I’ve taken advantage of
all the School ha s offered. However
more importantly it`s about my fellow
Grammarians, teachers and my family.
I would like to think that I put others
before myself, support those around me
the best I can and persevere even when
times get tough. [W]e [all] experience
our highs and lows, which shape who we
really are, but it is important to never
stop pursuing your goals, no matter how
big or small these goals may seem,”
The annual Award was created
and instituted by the students’
2014 Gift Committee.
Perhaps their decision-making
process was not all that dissimilar to
how a Man of the Match is selected:
There is rat ional deliberation of
part icipation and performance which
may be filtered by some emotion;
followed by an assessment of the athlete’s
(student’s) originality, idiosy ncrasy
and invention; layered by a review
of team effectiveness; and then a
determinat ion of a “champion” factor
is made. Finally, there is a judgement
made by the committee of the player’s
greater impact on the game (or in
this case, the School), before arriving
at a recommendation that identifies
the one person who has made the
organisation and overall (game/school)
experience larger, finer, and richer.
In 2015 that person was Lochlan
McA rthur. Congratulations Lochy!
Lochlan’s advice to incoming RGS students? “Get involved as much as
you can. Meet new people. You will establish great friendships with
teachers and students. And most important, be yourself.”
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