Assembly Notes

Assembly notes for Term 1

Tuesday 14 February

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 14 February

PREFECT: Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. Asks for silence as he does a prayer. He then announces the national anthem. Sing. He then asks the school to sit.

WELCOME FROM EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL: Address to new staff and students

ASSEMBLY MUSICAL ITEM: 'Banjo and Fiddle' by William Kroll, played by Justin Hodges (violin) Year 9 Condell's House, accompanied by Mr Sutcliffe


This week we see the start of all summer sport with volleyball, waterpolo and tennis having their first rounds of competition and all other sports having sessions on Wednesday.

On Saturday, 31 athletes competed at Rawhiti in the weekly interclub athletics event. There were three outstanding performances. Sam Bennetts achieved 3.5m height in Pole Vault and was placed 2nd, Sam King won the Open 200m and Kaveni Balenacagi won the U20 shotput with a put of 14.72kg.

In other events Marcus Hamilton won the U14 shot put, Rory Baker was 1st in U18 triple jump, Alfie Baker won U16 javelin and Cody House was 1st in U18 long jump. College athletes also achieved 11 second and thirds.

The success of our top College tennis players over the summer was recently reported and last week the Senior A team began their interschool competition. In a qualifying tournament for the South Island champs, the team have won the Canterbury Schools team title. Over the last week the team have had wins over St Bedes, Shirley BHS, Burnside and a very good 5-1 win over CBHS. The team will now be top seed at the South Island champs in a couple of weeks time, with the top two teams making it through to the National finals.

The College cricket club is well underway and all teams have completed two matches to date. On Saturday the top three sides finished their second two day match. The 1st XI won their second match outright when they defeated North-West cricket while Logan Stapylton-Smith scored 119 not out for the 2nd XI in their win over St Thomas 1st XI. In the other match, the Development team drew their match with St Andrew's 3rd XI. Tom Macfarlane scored 103 not out for the 4th XI in their win over Shirley BHS and Jack Belcher scored 134 not out for the Year 9B side in their win over St Thomas. There were also wins for the Colts, Year 9 Black, Year 9 White and senior T20 side.  

Congratulations to all who were involved in yesterdays swimming and athletic events. Athletic heats continue this week, as we build to next week’s Athletic Sports. A reminder that on Wednesday all boys are expected to be attending their summer sport for the term.


Academic Excellence Awards - NCEA 2016

Gold Badges (Year 11, 2016)

Sam Blake, Toby Brooker-Haines, Keegan Chin, James Corbett, Jonathan Currie, Sam Darry, Finbar Gallaway, Max Goodwin, Alex Hlavac, Sam Howard, Matthew Jameson, Cameron Jones, Frank Kim, Han-Young Kim, Joshua Murison, George Murray, Wilson Murray, Robert Rolleston, Thomas Walker

Gold Ties (Year 11, 2016)

Josh Ting, Jayavi Premaratne, Wills Wynn Thomas, Fawzan Sugarwala, Jisu Kim

Gold Badges (Year 12, 2016)

Jacob Banks, Hugo Beale, Jeffrey Lai, Josh Meads, Caelan Murch, James Newton, Timothy Taylor

Gold Buttons (Year 12, 2016)

Luke Alderton, Simon Brown, Fong Fu, Kelvin Gong, Kevin Guttmann, Vincent Li, Jeremy Lidstone, Ben Marshall-Lee, William Quin, Mitchell Sammut, Henry Seaton, Jack Tracy

Gold Tie (Year 12, 2016)

Chris Jung, William Ju, Cameron Stevenson, Sam Julian, Paddy Coates, Sam Cameron-Dunn

Scholarships 2016

Simon Brown – Statistics
Samuel Julian – Visual Arts (Photography) (Outstanding), Design and Visual Communication
Chris Jung – Calculus
Cameron Stevenson – Calculus

Sports Awards

Swimming (Individual Champion Trophies)

Bradely Shearer – Under 14 Championship
Nathan Penrose – Junior Championship
Louis Clark – Intermediate Championship
Hunter Wilson – Senior Championship

House Swimming Trophies

Rolleston – Medley Cup
Flower's – Sprint Relay Cup
Rolleston – Overall House Cup


Wednesday 1 February

ASSEMBLY - Wednesday 1 February

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL: Start of year briefing and reminders

PREFECT: Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. Asks for silence as he does a prayer. He then announces the national anthem. Sing. He then asks the school to sit.

WELCOME FROM EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL: Address to new staff and students


It has been a very busy time for a number of College athletes over the summer holiday break.

On the last weekend of the term, a group of sixteen College athletes travelled to Auckland for the New Zealand Secondary School Athletic champs. It was a very successful weekend with a number of athletes achieving personal bests and 9 boys making a National final. At the end of the weekend there were 5 medals achieved by College athletes. Hugh Finlay won the 3km road race and received a silver in the 400m, while 3 Bronze medals were achieved by Jo Wilkinson in polevault, Dion Houston in the Junior Road Race and Cody House in the Junior long jump.

Cody, Sam King, Tim Ward and John Wells competed for Canterbury in an inter-regional competition, which included Otago, Southland and Queensland. Canterbury won both the senior and junior team events with Cody winning junior long jump and was 2nd in hurdles and 200m. Sam had a very good sprint meet and was the overall senior boys point scorer for the event.

A number of the top College tennis players have been fully involved in a number of major tournaments over the break. The National U14 and U16 tournaments were held in January. A number of College tennis players were involved with Liam Adams winning the U14 double titles and Dylan Heap winning the U16 national singles and doubles titles. In team competition, Liam, Edwin Dargue and Nic Schneidemann were members of the Canterbury U14 team who won the national team event title while Dylan and Will Schneidemann were part of the Canterbury U16 team who were 3rd in their competition. The Senior A team now moves into qualification for South Island tournament which begins next week.

College rowers have had three rowing camps and regattas over the break. Before Christmas was the Otago Champs followed by the Canterbury champs in early January. Unfortunately both regattas were affected by weather. Last week the rowers were in Twizel for their third camp, which lead into the South Island club champs. Good rowing conditions were had on Saturday but the wind played its part on Sunday for finals. At the end of the regatta, College rowers achieved six medals. The U16 eight and U16 four were third, the U17 eight, U19 quad and novice eight were 2nd, while the U19 eight were first.

The rowing club now turns their attentions to the South Island Schools regatta as they prepare for Maadi Cup at the end of the term.

The 1st XI cricket side for 2017 have had a number of games over January. The new season started with the annual match at the Willows cricket ground in North Canterbury against the Willows XI, which contain a number of College Old Boys. In a competitive match, College were unable to chase down 260 for the win with Ben Dickie scoring a very good 97. The team then travelled to Auckland for the annual Trans-tasman tournament. Over the week there was a drawn two day match against Shore School, Sydney; a one day loss to King’s College, Auckland; and an excellent two day victory over Canberra Grammar. In this match the College side got the final wicket of the match with only a couple of overs left in the day.

Over the weekend the top three College sides began their local competition. The 1st XI side made a very positive start when they bowled out St Andrew's for 95 in their second innings and chased down the target of 125 with two wickets in hand. There were some very good individual efforts, and a great team performance to start the season. The 2nd XI lost their match to Ashburton College 1st XI while the 3rd XI defeated St Bede's 3rd XI. In this match Tim Cross took 6 for 16 in St Bede's first innings. This weekend all College cricket teams will begin their season.

This afternoon their are swimming heats for Y10-13 starting at 2.45. Year 9 tennis and cricket players need to meet on Upper at 2.45pm for their trials and the end of the week has a number of swimming and athletic heats. Watch House noticeboard and sports noticeboard for heat details.

STUDENT SPEAKER - Jacob Banks - Head of Arts & Culture speaking about Singin' in the Rain


NZSS Athletics
Hugh Finlay – 1st 3km road race, 2nd 400m
Dion Houston – 3rd Junior Boys road race
Cody House – 3rd Junior Boys long jump

National Tennis
Dylan Heap – winner NZ U16 singles and doubles title
Dylan Heap and Will Schneidemann – members of the Canterbury U16 team who placed 3rd at the NZ provincial team event
Liam Adams – Jwinner NZ U14 doubles title and a member of the Canterbury U14 team who placed 1st at the NZ provincial team event
Nick Schneidemann and Edwin Dargue – members of the Canterbury U14 team who were first at the NZ Provincial team event