Assembly Notes

Assembly notes for Term 1

Tuesday 21 March

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 21 March

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 DEPUTY PRINCIPAL: Address to new staff and students

 The first movement from Sonata for Three Violins by J. L. Bella. Played by Raphael Rim, Ederick He and Justin Hodges.


The 1st XI cricket side played its annual fixture against Wanganui Collegiate last weekend. Batting first, Collegiate posted a very good first innings total of 261 for 8 declared and were further on top when College was dismissed for 87 in their first innings. Asked to follow on, the top order batsmen for College responded very well with Harry McDonald (92) and Kurtis Weeks (83) batting superbly to help College achieve a total of 334 for 9 to draw the match. This weekend the team plays their final two day match against Shirley BHS and next week plays Ashburton College in the first Gillette Cup game for the year. In other matches the Development side have a good lead over Lincoln-Ellesmere 1st XI with Max Heywood scoring 50 and Tim Cross taking 4 for 32. The Year 9A side defeated St Thomas 9A by 115 runs while Jack Belcher top scored again for the 9B side with 62 in their win over St Bedes. Callum Hackston took 3 for 8 in this match. Toby Beresford and George Goodman took three wickets each to bowl Shirley BHS out for 34 and help the Year 9 White side to an eight wicket win.

Over the weekend three College athletes travelled to the National provincial athletic champs as part of the Canterbury Athletics team. Harry Hartstone ran a personal best in the U18 400m and received a silver medal as part of the Canterbury 4x400m U18 relay team. Sam King was 5th in the U18 200m and won two silver medals as a member in the 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams. Cody House was 2nd in the U18 long jump were a personal best of 6.66 metres. He also achieved a silver medal as part of the 4x100m relay team.

Our college athletes now look towards the South island school champs, which occur next weekend in Dunedin.

This week is the final round of matches in midweek sport for volleyball, tennis and waterpolo. Last night the Senior A volleyball side played in the Div 1 final against Ellesmere College. The final against Ellesmere was played in great spirit. It was a very competitive game with the first set being very close (25-27) and the team served strongly and had a number of great pick ups. They rallied to take the 2nd set 25-20 again on strong serving. Despite a late rally in the final set,  the team lost the final set 25-16 and the final 2-1.

The College waterpolo team finished top of the ladder after round robin play with a 16-4 win over Burnside HS. This Thursday they will play in the Canterbury schools final at Jellie Park against CBHS. This will then be quickly followed by the South Island champs which start on Saturday in Christchurch. The team is hoping for a top position to qualify for Nationals in the April holidays.

Louis Clark and Mitchell Cox have been competing at regional and national surf lifesaving competitions this term. Last weekend the nationals were held and Louis picked up two bronze medals in the U16 grade. Mitchell and Louis teamed up with two other boys and were 4th in the final of the tube rescue. From these champs, Louis Clark was announced as a member of the New Zealand Youth Squad.

The next few weeks have a number of culminating events for the summer season. On Friday the College rowing club travel to Cambridge for the National schools rowing regatta, which starts on Monday. The Senior A tennis team travel to Auckland for their national tournament next week, waterpolo has South Island champs as does athletics. A small group of sailors travel to Picton for the South Island champs. Good luck to all these groups and other College sportsmen in their final summer matches for the term.


Caelan Murch - speaking about his exchange to Konan Boys’ School during the summer break at our brother school in Kobe, Japan

James Newton - Environmental Committee

This year I am leading a great, small group of boys trying to better the environment in the school.

The committee has an initiative in place with the aim to rehabilitate native forest in certain areas around the city. This is especially important given the recent fires that have ravaged the landscape killing hundreds of hectares of forest.

At the back of the school next to the pool, we have a tree nursery which will be growing 400 native plants of 25 different species.

Our aim, once these native plants have matured over the next couple of terms, is to plant them around a designated Christs College forest area in the port hills.

Last Sunday with Shirley Boys' High School, we planted around 30 trees next to the Christ's College boat sheds.

Reason for this...
- White bate eng naga (onehunga)  lay their eggs on a king tide, planting these plants
- Gives a place for them to lay eggs helps to rehabilitate the whitebait in the avon river and small surrounding streams

Now I look to the school. In the third term I will need help from students to volunteer some of their time to help plant 400 trees.

Any boys in Year 9 to 13 who are interested in helping out, please stay behind after assembly.


Gold Tie Award Han Young Kim (Year 12, J)

Athletics New Zealand Track & Field 2017 Championships 

Relay Silver Medals

Cody House – Canterbury U18 Men 4x100m Relay
Sam King -  Canterbury U18 Men 4x100m Relay & 4x400m Relay
Harry Hartstone – Canterbury U18 Men 4x400m Relay

Deputy Principals concluding comments


Tuesday 14 March

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 14 March

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.

ASSEMBLY MUSICAL ITEM: Johnson Fu (Rolleston) will play the first movement from Fantasie-Impromptu by Frederic Chopin


Over the weekend the College rowing club competed at the South Island Schools champs in Twizel. Cold and damp conditions were tough on the spectators but the lake was flat and the racing competitive. In the eights, College were 3rd in the Under 16 race, finished 0.4 seconds behind CBHS in the Under 17 race and the top boat was 2nd in the last race of the day. In other events the Under 16 four achieved 3rd and Under 18 quad was 2nd. The Under 15 crews raced well and the octuple boat was unlucky to miss out on a medal when they finished 4th in the A final. This week the top crews are at rowing camp in Twizel and will then travel to Cambridge at the end of next week for the Maadi Cup regatta.

Weather over the last week has been a major disruption to the Canterbury school athletic champs. Rain on Tuesday stopped the prelims, while further rain on Saturday saw the finals day cancelled. On Friday both the pole vault and hurdles events were completed at Papanui HS. In pole vault Sam Bennetts finished 2nd in the Under 19 grade with an impressive height of 3.85m. Sam McKay was 3rd and Sam Julian 4th. In the Under 16 grade Edward Hsing won the event with Lachie Henderson 3rd and Tom Kelly 4th. In the 100m Hurdles Cody House ran well to win the U16 race. The team will travel to Dunedin in a couple of weeks for the South Island school champs.

College athletes Harry Hartstone, Cody House and Sam King have been selected in the Canterbury Athletics team that will compete in the upcoming New Zealand club champs.

In midweek sport the Senior A waterpolo side played a very good match against CBHS to secure a 9-2 win and maintain their lead in the competition. Tonight they play Burnside HS and a win will secure a place in next week’s final. Last Wednesday the College mountainbiking team enjoyed their first round of the newly created race series. With over 130 riders competing from around the city it is a competition which has started well and will continue to grow.

In tennis the top two Senior sides last week had good wins over their St Andrews opponents and are currently 1st and 2nd in their competition. In the B Grade, the College A3 and B1 sides also had good wins and are 1st equal in their grade. There were also wins for the B2, B3, B4 and B7 sides. In the Junior grade, the top College side had a 7-2 win over St Andrews and the top Y9 side defeated St Andrews 9B to stay at the top of their grade for the term.

Over the weekend the 1st XI cricket match with CBHS 1st XI was disrupted due to the rain and now the team is preparing for their annual match against Wanganui Collegiate. The match is being played this Friday and Saturday at College and is the 104th match between the two schools. A number of other matches did not finish on the weekend due to weather but in the Year 9B match, College batted first and Monty Rookes produced an outstanding innings of 145 for his team with the match being called off early into the CBHS innings.

This week there is Senior house cricket semis, house volleyball and junior tennis happening for house sport.


Chris Jung - speaking about a programming/coding course for students

From next week I’ll be teaching coding weekly in ICT5. I’ll be catering for every skill level, so come along even if you don’t know where to find the power button, or if you’re the next Bill Gates.

Coding gives you the opportunity to let your dreams run wild and create anything you want, maybe even that million dollar game idea you had? Who knows, maybe you’ll even be on an all expenses paid trip to Japan next year, meeting the best programmers in the world at the International Olympiad in Informatics.

If you’re interested, come along to the meeting at 1:15pm today at ICT5, just above ICT2, to sort out times. It’ll only take a few minutes. If you can't make it, just email me. Hope to see you there.

Caelan Murch - Flight School

Flight School is the club to belong to at Christ’s College if you want to learn about aviation. We fly the drones that are owned by the school and learn about the laws and safety features that are now necessary to fly machines such as these drones. The four-bladed quadcopters can be flown using GPS and the cameras produce very high quality footage of events, such as field trips, sports matches and practices. We also hope to visit places of aviation interest in and around Christchurch to see models and full size aircraft.

So if you are interested in our Flight School, come along to a meeting today lunchtime at 1:15pm in ICT3. See you then.


South Island Secondary Schools Tennis Championships Certificates for First Place – Senior Boys’ Team

Nick Schneideman
Will Schneideman
Liam Adams
Dylan Heap
Sam Bubb


Executive Principal concluding comments


Tuesday 7 March

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 7 March

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.

ASSEMBLY MUSICAL ITEM: Original compostion performed by Henry Phelps (guitar)


Last week the annual summer sports exchange was held at Otago Boys’ in Dunedin. After two superb days of weather and competitive matches, College eventually lost the exchange 3-1. Golf was played over three rounds and two courses and resulted in a 7-3 loss with a couple of matches being decided on the 18th hole. Thomas McClean won both his singles matches. In tennis, College were dominant, winning 18-6 with Liam Adams playing well to defeat the Otago BHS number one. Both cricket matches came down to a run chase by both College teams. In the 2nd XI match, College required 194 to win and were in a good position requiring 100 with wickets in hand but eventually lost by 50 runs. In the 1st XI game, Riley Tempero took five wickets in the first innings and College were set 225 to win. Isaac Bird, Kurtis Weeks and Lachie Harper all scored 40’s but it was not quite enough and the team fell 18 runs short of their target.

Over the weekend a couple of the tennis players that had travelled to Otago BHS joined the three senior players for the South Island tournament in Timaru. With the tournament being reduced to four teams, the College side had commanding 6-0 wins over Timaru BHS and Otago BHS on Friday. In their final match against CBHS, the match was all square at 2 all after singles but some great doubles play by College saw them take both games for a 4-2 win and the South Island title. Next is a trip to Auckland for nationals during tournament week.

In midweek sport, waterpolo had a 22-1 win over St Andrews and now plays CBHS on Thursday night. In volleyball last week the Senior A side defeated the Senior B in a local derby while the Year 11 Black side won their encounter with the College Senior C side. The Year 11 White side had a successful game playing Hagley College winning both sets with Tom Rose serving 10 in a row. The Year 9 team lost a third set nail biter to CBHS by 27-25 but last night played well to beat Riccarton HS by 2-1.

The 1st XI cricket side did not play over the weekend and will play their two day match against CBHS this weekend.  Rhys Thatcher is 47not out for the 2nd XI in their reply to St Bedes first innings while Will Prentice took 5 for 13 for the 3rd XI against CBHS.  The Colts team defeated Ashburton with Zach Gimblett scoring 44 and taking 3 for 5 and Henry Eglington taking 4 catches. Jack Burt scored 54 not out and Gus Coates 46 not out and four wickets to help the 4th XI defeated South West. Jack Belcher scored 72 not out, Monty Hamilton 68 and Anton Marshall took 3 for 10 for the 9B’s in their win while Josh Erasmus scored 56 for the Year 9 Black in their win over Year 9 White.

Yesterday the Canterbury Schools strokeplay golf champs were held at Russley Golf Course. In superb conditions the College team of Zach May, Thomas McClean and Zach Gimblett finished 5th overall. In the individual competition Zach May was the best College golfer in 10th after shooting an 81 for his round.

Today is the heats for the Canterbury Secondary school athletics champs which are occurring at Rawhiti Domain. College has a team of 35 athletes competing. After today’s heats, athletes will qualify for the finals on Saturday. This weekend is the South Island schools rowing regatta in Twizel. This is the largest regatta for the club with all crews from U15 –U18 competing this weekend.


Sam Cameron-Dunn - Notice about the initial meeting of Kapahaka group on Thursday

George Murray - speaking about his experience on the French Exchange (slideshow) and then (with Harry Robson), inform the boys about the new College Journal

Good morning boys. I’m George Murray and I’m here to talk to you today about my experiences of the French exchange and the opportunities that it provides. Over the summer break Jack Caunter, Black Mcguigan and I stayed with our host families for 6 weeks in Nice, which is a city in the south-east of France. While we were over there we were able to learn a massive amount of French which was awesome. But there were also many other things that made this exchange such a great time.

Firstly, the programme was set out very well by the exchange coordinators. We were taken to exciting places such as Cannes and Monte Carlo while partaking in activities ranging from tours of old towns to visiting French space companies like Thales Alenia Space, the number one space technology company in Europe. During these activities and everyday life in Nice I made many lifelong friends. My correspondent and I are always in contact and he is already hoping to come back to New Zealand in July.

As well as this, I had a full on experience with French culture. All the food was amazing, from snails to confit de canard and the customs were great to be apart of. My host family taught me all about French culture and I came to appreciate it and feel that I was a part of it. Even today I seem to be sitting a bit too long at the dinner table in a classic French manner.

I would like to stress one final point about learning a second language in general. New Zealand is reasonably isolated from the rest of the world and because of this we often aren’t able to see how speaking a second language can help us in our day to day lives. When I was in France I saw the opportunities and enjoyment that you can gain from a second language. It helped me make new friends in a foreign country and emotionally connect with a new array of people. A language also lets you cross so many international boundaries while giving you an infinite amount of choice in your career.

With all of this in mind, I would highly recommend the french exchange to any year nines and tens who are interested in discovering another language and a whole new international perspective.

Mr Quinn - speaking about the Positive Education Conference at College on Friday and Saturday 


Russell McVeagh Canterbury Regional Debating Championships - Henry Seaton speaks about the tournament.

Over the weekend, College had two teams in the Canterbury regional debating tournament, held at UC. This is an intensive two days of non-stop debating, where teams from all around Christchurch compete to be named the regional champions. College were the defending champions, and there was a lot of pressure on us to carry on that victory for another year.

Both teams performed well over the first day, with myself, Wills Wynn Thomas, and Fawzan Sugarwala remaining undefeated, while Nick Stevens, Thomas Walker, and Josh Stevenson suffered a loss to St Thomas but remained in contention for the semi-finals.

On Sunday, the top College side enjoyed another victory in the morning, moving to the semi-finals as the only unbeaten team of the tournament, while the second team suffered a defeat at the hands of St Margarets which saw them removed from the competition.

College dominated Cashmere in the semi-finals, before facing a very agressive St Margarets team in the semi-finals, affirming the motion that the government should actively discourage consumerist behaviors. In a close and very intense debate, the College team were awarded the victory, and announced as the Canterbury regional champions.

In addition, Wills Wynn Thomas was awarded best speaker for the most outstanding individual in the tournament, and Wills, Fawzan, and myself were all selected for the Canterbury representative debating squad, which travels to Wellington in May for the New Zealand national competition.

A special thanks must go to Ms Harland, for her energetic and invaluable support of both teams throughout the weekend. It was very hard to get out of the briefing room without her pulling us aside for last minute advice, and we really couldn’t have made it so far without her. So could we please congratulate all of the boys involved and Ms Harland.

The Press Cup (Team award for first place at regionals)
Best Speaker of the tournament - Wills Wynn Thomas

Executive Principal concluding comments


Tuesday 28 February

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 28 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.

ASSEMBLY MUSICAL ITEM: 'Youth' by Troye Sivan, performed by William Pegg


A number of College athletes travelled to Dunedin on Sunday for the annual summer sports exchange with Otago Boys’. After the first day of play, both cricket games are well advanced. Riley Tempero took 5 wickets in the 1st XI match but the team trail by 100 runs after the first innings. The 2nd XI had a narrow first innings lead and have Otago Boys 2 down in their second innings. Tennis lead 9-3, while the golf team are down 4-2 going in to the last round of singles matches today.

Congratulations to all athletes that took part in the athletic championship at the end of last week. The individual and overall champions were acknowledged at prizegiving but special mention needs to go to the following new records that were created. Cody House broke the Intermediate 100m Hurdles, Sam Idiens created new records in the Under 14 1500m and 3000m, Dion Houston in the Intermediate 3000m and Sam Bennetts in the Senior Pole Vault.

Over the weekend the Canterbury Club Champs were held. Sam King was 1st in the U18 200m and 400m, Harry Hartstone was 4th in the 400m and Cody House was 2nd in Long Jump.

Mr Christey needs all boys who are keen to compete in the Canterbury Secondary Schools Athletics Championships to email or see him with your entries by Wednesday evening this week. He has posted on Student notices all the information you need to sign up for your events. 

The Senior waterpolo side have continued their very good start to the term with a win over St Bedes last week by 9-3. The team are in good form as they continue to prepare for the South Island tournament in Christchurch in a few weeks.

The College rowing club travelled to Lake Hood over the weekend for the Canterbury school champs. After a weekend of racing College achieved 1sts in the Under 16, Under 17 and U18 eight, and the U18 quad. There were also three silvers and two bronze medals achieved by College crews. Next regatta is the South Island Schools champs in Twizel.

This week a number of house sports get underway. Senior Cricket, Junior tennis and volleyball begins. Check in Houses for draws. 


Jacob Banks - speaking about Treasure Island

Executive Principal concluding comments


Tuesday 21 February

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 21 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.

ASSEMBLY MUSICAL ITEM: 'Fall at your feet' by Neil Finn, played by Angus Mossman (guitar), Josh Meads (drums), accompanied by Mr Sutcliffe


It was a disrupted week of sport with the fires on the Port Hills during the week and the rain over the weekend causing a number of disruptions to matches.

Volleyball had their second round of matches last night with all eight teams playing games. Last week only the Senior teams played games and despite not winning any of the 4 matches, there were some competitive sets played. Last night the Senior A side defeated Amuri 2-0 while the Year 9 team lost a close set 27-25 to Riccarton in a great first up game.

Several tennis matches were unable to be played on Wednesday due to the Port Hill fires but College still completed ten matches and recorded 6 wins and a draw. The top two Year 9 sides started the season off well with the A side defeating Lincoln by 8-1 and the B side winning over St Andrews.

The Senior A waterpolo side started its season with a very convincing 30-3 win over Shirley BHS. The team is very confident of performing well in the local competition and towards the South Island champs later in the term. This week the team plays St Bedes at Jellie Park on Thursday night.

Cricket was disrupted on Saturday with a number of games being cancelled due to rain. The 2nd XI travelled to Timaru for their clash against Timaru BHS 1st XI and finished the day with work to be done on day two. Timaru BHS posted 294 with Zach May taking 6 for 57. In reply College are 140 for 6 at the end of play. At College, a local derby match was played between the Cubs and Rams. Ollie Fradd had a good double for the Rams by taking three wickets and retiring on 30 to help the team win while Will Jones-Allen created a spectacular run out when he threw down the stumps from a long-distance throw.

This week Senior house cricket begins on Wednesday and the week ends with the annual Athletic Sports. On Sunday a number of College staff and students will travel to Dunedin for the annual summer sport exchange with Otago BHS.


Harry Hartstone - speaking about his 10-day Spirit of NZ voyage 

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Good Morning Boys. I want to tell you about Holden. Holden couldn’t swim and had a fear of heights. I know this because I spent 10 days on the Spirit of Adventure with him. His parents had told him that he was going on a cruize ship type deal. So, he brought along his chinos and flat cap expecting to be relaxing on deck with bar service and a hot tub.

Unbeknown to him, the Spirit is not really that sort of cruize. See, on the Spirit of Adventure, every morning you have to jump into the freezing sea, regardless of temperature or a lack of swimming ability. So on day one, Holden got his swimming kit on and donned a life jacket. A hop, step and a jump later, Holden was not having a good time.

At the start of the Voyage, Holden appeared to be one of the least competent trainees. As well as not being able to swim and his fear of heights, he also was the first to get seasick, and was the only person on board to gash himself during food preparation. While the beginning of his trip was a hardship, (pun intended) Holden learnt a lot about himself and turned out to be one of the most courageous people I have ever met. By the end of the voyage, he had climbed to the top of the tallest mast and had become very proficient swimmer. This was lucky because we all went swimming with dolphins on our last day.

Spirit was one of the best things I have ever done. I met some great people, I had an awesome time doing cool things and I was inspired by lots of the other kids, especially Holden.

If you want to know more, come and talk to either me or Mr McGregor.

Seb Ferguson - speaking about his 5-day Spirit of NZ Trophy voyage

In November of last year myself and 9 other boys flew up to Auckland to embark on a 5 day trophy voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand. We sailed all around the Hauraki gulf and competed in challenges against 3 other schools from around New Zealand to earn points for our school. One of my favourite things on the voyage was some of the awesome challenges including rafting, team building exercises and climbing up the masts to adjust the sails. Although we didn't win the competition we came second by one point and In the end all of us had an amazing time on the voyage whether it was making new friends or competing against them. I would fully recommend this trip for any year 10s interested and I would like to thank Miss Nevin for coming along and having to put up with us, as well as the school for opening up this great opportunity.

Mr Arthur McGregor - speaking about how to get on board the Spirit of NZ voyages and awarding certificates to the ten boys who went on the Trophy voyage last year as Year 10s

Henry Seaton - speaking on the Christ's College Model UN Club

Question - Trump is/isn’t a good president?

The Model United Nations is an event where high school students come together and debate political issues from the viewpoint of various countries.
MUN Involves role-playing how countries try to solve problems in our world. These problems could be

· How to deal with the nuclear threat of North Korea?

· Dealing with the refugee crisis

· Questioning the legality of building a Mexican wall

Starting next Friday, College will be hosting fortnightly meetings, where everyone who wants to experience MUN can come along and give it a go. It is a great opportunity for everyone years 9-13 interested in politics, diplomacy or problem-solving. The topic for the First meeting will be how to reposnd to the actions of President Trump. If you have questions or would like to find out more, find me around school or email me. Also see the student notices for signing up.

Vincent Li - speaking about International Round Square

Hi everyone. My name’s Vincent, and this year I’m taking on the new role as the head of International, including Round Square. Last year, a team of students went through a process researching what Round Square was and whether or not we should join it. Ultimately, we arrived at the conclusion that yes, Round Square is pretty awesome. Just yesterday, we became an official member of the Round Square network.

So, what is Round Square. Here’s one way I could put it. Round Square is a network of 160 schools across 40 countries. We will become the second school in New Zealand, with the first being King’s College in Auckland. Round Square believes in learning through doing, through activities that are based around what Round Square call their IDEALS. IDEALS is conveniently an acronym, I is for Internationalism, then Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and finally, Service. The member schools incorporate these ideals as a framework for all they do within the school. There are regional and international conferences each year, where schools send delegates to a week-long conference. Finally, there are service projects which students can take part in.

Last year, I’ve already tried to explain Round Square in a speech. Unfortunately, the unabridged version was hard to grasp because there was a lot of information and I didn’t have a one-sentence explanation. So here’s hopefully a better try at it.

Round Square is opportunity. Kurt Hahn, who Round Square based much of their philosophy on, stated that “There is more to us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.” He believed that youth is when we can best exploit our potential through the right type of education to become incredible human beings. And that is what Round Square is. Opportunity for us to look, to learn, to push ourselves beyond our own expectations.

There are many ways that we can grow, but perhaps one of the most best is through understanding. It is the basis for almost all that we do, and it very much is the foundation on which the IDEALS are built on. The area that I’m focusing on this year, internationalism, is all about understanding and celebrating other cultures and in general, those who are different from us. But why would we want to do that? Many of us are afraid of the uncertain, the unknown. A reason that I think why we should, is human connection. I watched a TED talk by Robert Waldinger recently. His talk is titled “What Makes a Good Life: Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness.” This Harvard study spanned over 75 years and followed a multitude of people.

Here’s a quote from the talk.

“So what have we learned? What are the lessons that come from the tens of thousands of pages of information that we've generated on these lives? Well, the lessons aren't about wealth or fame or working harder and harder. The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.”

Waldinger then goes on to explain the three biggest lessons they learnt about relationships. I highly recommend giving this talk a watch.

Internationalism is not about them. It’s about us. It’s about we. So, the international committee will be working on one of the main reasons for our research team’s decision to join Round Square. It is to have the school adopt a more global perspective, and to also collaborate with other schools from around the world in areas such as exchanges. Most importantly, it is to celebrate multiculturalism and global diversity. Our committee will be planning various school events, with the biggest been the International week which will coincide with Modern Languages week. Its aim: to build on and bolster the existing foundation of Modern Languages week, and to bring a more impactful and eye-opening experience to all of you.

Many of our prefect led committees this year, including the arts culture, environment, service, student welfare and technology committees will be undertaking projects that are closely tied with the Round Square ideals.

Our role this year is to give you the opportunity to understand. To connect. To love. To see that when we truly make the effort to reach out into the unknown and to try understand the different, we begin to build on the essence of our own humanity.

Round Square. Building the foundation for our future.


NCEA Scholarship in Calculus - Chris Jung

Executive Principal concluding comments


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