Assembly Notes

Assembly notes for Term 4

Tuesday 1 November

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 1 November

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: 'Stormy Weather' by Harold Arlen, played by Jamie Hutton (saxophone)


College athletes have had two weeks of competition with a club meet at Rawhiti and one last weekend in Timaru. In the first meet a number of College athletes recorded personal best performances on their first day of competition. Sam King, Cody House, Kaveni Balenacagi, Patrick Thacker, Isaiah Punivai and Matthew Tod won their events while a number of other athletes finished in the top 3.

The wet weather was an issue on Saturday in Timaru and a small group of College athletes braved the conditions. Cody House achieved a 1st and 3rd in his sprints, Sam King had two 2nds, while Dion Houston won his 3000m race with a personal best time.

The top College athletes are currently preparing and working towards the National Schools Athletic champs, which take place in Auckland in the first weekend of December.

The College junior waterpolo side have had two games this season. In their first match the team was comfortably defeated by St Bede's and then faced a top CBHS side in their second match. Down 4-0 in the first quarter, the College side were facing a tough match but got back into the game and trailed 8-5 at the half. CBHS failed to score in the entire second half and with some outstanding goal keeping from Ben Cornell, College managed to sneak into the final quarter at 8 all. With two minutes left on the clock, College managed to slip ahead and held CBHS out for the remaining time, controlling the clock and scoring two more goals to win 10-8.  This week the team plays St Andrew's.

In volleyball matches last week the Senior A side played a very good match against Cathedral College to win 25-23, 25-23 with the match coming down to a few key service runs. Both Year 10 sides had wins with Charles Neal and Roberto O’Shannessey playing well for the Year 10B side, while the Year 9B side recorded a 2-1 win over Hagley College.

Over the last two Fridays the College Year 13 rugby sevens side have competed in the CRFU tournament. In the first round of matches, the College team went through unbeaten to win round one. On Friday night the College side lost their first match of the night when CBHS scored in the final play of the game. The team came from behind with tries to Reilly Cormack and Oscar Acland before CBHS scored in extra time for a 24-19 score. In the last two matches, College had wins over St Andrew's 26-7 and Cashmere 31-7 to win the Bowl final. The front row duo of Taine Hintz and Angus Chapman had standout performances. The last round of matches are this Friday night.

This week there are a number of House sporting events to complete the year. Badminton, Senior tennis, golf and tug-of-war will be completed this week while junior House cricket and House rowing 4’s also take place. Check house noticeboards for details.

GUEST SPEAKER - Mr Willie Davidson, President of South Island School Polo (4 minute promotional video)


ICAS English High Distinction Certificates 
John-Paul Lay, Joshua Stevenson, Max Surveyor, Toby Brooker-Haines and Wills Wynn Thomas

Australian Mathematics Competition High Distinction Certificates 
Matthew Gibb, Andrew Kwak (x2), John-Paul Lay, Josh Johnston, Tom Tothill, Ralph Chiang, Nicholas Lidstone, Max Surveyor, Jayavi Premaratne, Chris Jung, William Quin, Cameron Stevenson, Christopher Brown, Hamish Thomas

Bio Olympiad
Gold Award – Connor Leadley
Bronze Awards – Cameron Stevenson, Kelvin Gong and Jeffrey Lai

Film Awards
Best Actor – Simon Brown
Best Idea – Finn Sziranyi
Best Music – Jeremy Lidstone
Judges’ Prize – Harry O’Neill
People’s Choice – Brent Criglington and the Year 12 french class for ‘The Multilingual Mystery of the Murder in the Morning’
Best Editor, Best Director and Best Overall Film – Hugo Beale for ‘After’ 


Waterpolo and Swimming - Max Clark 

Harriers - Henry Idiens

Football - Jack Mitchell

Badminton - Jeffrey Lai

Cycling - Jo Hutchinson

ZONTA AWARDS - Sports team of the Year - Maadi Rowing 8

NZSS National 16s Tennis Title - 
Dylan Heap

Tuesday 25 October

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 25 October

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: 'Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum' by Claude Debussy, played by Max Toth (piano)


CSS midweek sport got underway last week for College sportsmen with matches in volleyball, tennis and waterpolo.

This term, College have eleven teams competing in midweek tennis. Last week the two top College sides began with a win and a loss. The A1 tennis side defeated Burnside by 6-0 while the A2 side played some close matches in their loss to the top CBHS side. In other matches the top College Year 9 side started the term well with a very close win over CBHS 9A while the J2 side defeated the top Junior side from St Andrew's by 4-2.

Volleyball started last Monday with College having seven teams in this terms competition. The three senior sides were competitive in their matches and did well despite not having any training for this first round of games. The Junior A side had a 2-0 win over Papanui HS with Sumin Jung serving 12 in a row to clinch the second set, while the Year 9 white side defeated St Andrew's 3-0 with Oscar Harcourt performing well for the team.

For the second week in a row cricket on Saturday was affected by wet weather and only two College teams were able to play. The 1st XI had a reduced game due to a late start and could only manage 60 in their shortened innings. In reply CBHS 1st XI were at one stage 45 for 5 and were 7 down when they reached the target. Rupert Whyte took 3 for 8. In the other match the 2nd XI side lost their match against St Thomas 1st XI with Tom Burt picking up three wickets.

This week in House sport there are badminton, senior tennis and junior cricket matches. Next week will be the annual Golf and Tug-of-War competitions.

Good luck on Thursday night for the College sportsmen who have been named as finalists in this year’s Canterbury Secondary School Zonta Sports Awards.



Debating - Matthew Moore, Angus Dysart-Paul and Hamish Thomas

Drama - Reid Edmond, Miles Smith, William Burns, Jon Ashcroft, Ben Smith, Ben Aitken, Jacob Banks and Finn Sziranyi

Theatresports - Henry Rolleston, William Burns, Hamish Thomas and Jared Chin


Basketball - Hunter Aarts, Tom Crutchley, Will Harrison, Max de Geest and Isaac Bird

Athletics Canterbury Cup and Medals for Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay, 1st Local Team Junior Men - Dion Houston and Sam Averill

Athletics New Zealand Winners Medal for Junior Men Road Relay - Henry Idiens

Papanui Toc H Athletics Club - Certificate of Achievement for 2nd Place, U20 Men Club Road Championships - Hunter McKenzie



Mr Garth Wynne - Fire evacuation drill 

Tuesday 18 October

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 18 October

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: 'Scrapple from the Apple' by Charlie Parker, played by George Murray (piano), Harry Hartstone (double bass) & Angus Murray (drums)


It has been a very busy holiday period for a number of College sport’s teams and individuals.

Angus Mossman and Finn Brokenshire were members of the Canterbury Scholastic Surfing Team that attended Nationals in Gisborne during the holidays. There were 10 regional teams competing and at the end of competition the Canterbury team was placed 3rd overall with Angus finishing 17th in the U16 boys grade.

The rugby season was completed over the holidays with the final representative games. Two major tournaments were held in Canterbury involving a number of College students. The South Island U18 tournament was held in Lincoln and the Canterbury Metro side defeated Tasman to win the final. The Metro team had College players James Coull, Kaveni Balenacagi, Kale Thatcher, Taine Hintz and Dallas McLeod. In the South Island U16 tournament the Canterbury Metro side defeated Southland to win the title. College players involved in this team were Patrick Thacker, James Jerard, Sam Darry, Rhys Thatcher, Ollie Porter, Kurtis Weeks and Isaiah Punivai.

Dylan Heap has competed in two ITF U18 tennis tournaments over the holiday break. In the Auckland event, Dylan was seeded 10th in singles and 6th in doubles. In singles he won his first three matches and was knocked out in the quarter-finals but performed better in the doubles to finish runner up. In the next tournament in Hamilton, Dylan defeated opponents from New Zealand and Australia and eventually lost his semi-final match. This weekend he will compete in the NZL Masters tournament in Wellington.

Each year the Zonta Sports Awards are held to acknowledge the top sports men and women, and teams amongst Canterbury Secondary Schools. This year, College is represented in the finals by rowing and rugby. The two College rowing crews that won the Maadi Cup and Springbok Trophy are team finalists while Ngane Punivai is a finalist in the sportsman of the year.

During the holidays a number of national junior hockey tournaments were held and College players were involved in some of these. Of note was the Canterbury U15A side who won their national tournament when they defeated Waikato in the final. The Canterbury team had College students Nic Lidstone and Lars Dalley in the squad.

The Senior A basketball team completed their season when they attended the NZ Schools finals in Palmerston North during the first week of holidays. The level of competition was a big step up from what they had previously experienced at local and South Island tournaments. Despite only winning two games during the week over Nelson College and Selwyn College, the team was very competitive and played well against the best basketball teams in the country.

The 1st XI cricket side had pre-season wins over Rangitoto and Onslow College as they prepared for the second half of the season. The first round of competition matches over the weekend was affected by wet weather and only two games were played on Saturday. The 1st XI had a comfortable win over North-West cricket with Isaac Bird scoring a half century while the 2nd XI lost their first match against St Andrews. On Sunday the top three College sides had games. The 3rd XI lost to St Andrews while the 2nd XI recorded a very good win over CBHS Colts with George Blake scoring a half century and Will Greenslade taking four wickets. The 1st XI played a Gillette Cup semi-final against St Andrew's.

College could only manage 157 in their innings with Ben Dickie scoring a half century. St Andrew's were at one stage 58 for 5 and College were in the game but a very good partnership eventually saw them home by three wickets.

This term there are a number of house sport events taking place so ensure that you check house noticeboards for draws and dates over the next three weeks.


Angus Dysart-Paul - speaking about the Christchurch Anglican Synod


Ngane Punivai - presentation of his NZ Schools Rugby Jersey to Mr Wynne


Rugby - Ngane Punivai, Dallas McLeod, Kale Thatcher, Taine Hintz, Patrick Thacker, Jonathon Gemmell, Matt McKellar, Ben Chamberlain, Isaiah Punivai, James Coull, Jayden Beckett

Football - Tom Botting, Nicholas Kittelty, Callum Long, Sam Cameron-Dunn, Will McLuskie, Kevin Gutmann

Canterbury Schools Cycling & NZSS Road Cycling Championships

Michael Audeau - National Under 14 Cycling Champion - Gold medal for points race, silver medal road race


Choral Music - Tom Botting, William Burns, Henry Rolleston, Harry Whitnall

Junior Regional Debating Competition - Wills Wynn-Thomas, Joshua Stevenson and Fawzan Sugarwala

Australian National Chemistry Quiz

Earlier this year a number of the senior Christ's College students sat the Australian National Chemistry Quiz (ANCQ) as part of their Chemistry courses for the year. The quiz is set by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and was sat by over 100,000 students from over 1,600 schools in 17 different countries. This year four of our students were awarded the coveted High Distinction Excellence awards for their outstanding performance in the competition, placing them in the top 1% of students in New Zealand. 

Congratulations to Jayavi Premaratne (Y11), Fawzan Sugarwala (Y11), Christopher Brown (Y13) and Michael Williams (Y13)


Mr Garth Wynne - The film that Christ’s College and St Margaret’s College produced last year, Connected won the Secondary School section of the 2016 Unishorts International Film Festival held in Auckland during the weekend. Old Boy, Amazir Aknine, who directed the film, was present in Auckland to receive the award.

Assembly notes for Term 3

Tuesday 13 September

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 13 September

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: 'Minuet & Trio' by J.S. Bach, performed by Connor Graham (oboe)


The College U20 basketball team, playing as UC Christ's, played the Middleton Grange Gators in the semi-final of the U20 club competition on Saturday afternoon. College shot out to a 22-10 lead midway through the first quarter. Hunter Aarts scored at will from the baseline while Max de Geest shot impressively. Coming off 8 games at tournament in 4 days, the boys showed great understanding dominating the match winning 96-76. The final is next weekend against Burnside HS.

Four boys travelled to compete at the NZ Secondary Schools Swimming Championships in Wellington over the weekend. Max Clark, Louis Clark, Nathan Penrose and James Criglington all competed well in what were strong fields. The best results were from Max Clark with a 3rd place in the 16 and over 400m Freestyle and an 8th in the 200m Freestyle. Louis Clark finished in the top ten in both the 15yrs 200m and 400m Freestyle

Last Sunday, a team of six Christ’s College students Hamish Thomas, Matthew Moore, Ben Kent Jared Chin, Henry Rolleston and myself, competed in the Court Theatre Senior Theatresports Heats. For those who have seen the Court Jesters perform at Scared Scriptless; Theatresports is the training ground for those improvisation skills. After a solid start in the Blind Round with an ingenious game of ‘Yes And Experts’, College took the lead in the Choice Round with a skilled and hilarious game of ‘New Choice’. The tight competition ended with a rally of ‘Open Scenes’, and College was edged into second place yet again by Cashmere High, but with high hopes of a wildcard selection for the finals. The team performed valiantly and conveyed a high level of wit and skills in improvisation. It was a remarkable effort from the multi-talented team and certainly lots of laughs were had by all.


Will Burns - Arts week video advertisment. Mr Wynne to draw out which category each house will have for the lip sync battle

Angus Dysart-Paul - speaking about the recent Christchurch Diocesan Synod



Instrumental Music - Awarded to Tom Botting

Hockey Colours

Rowan Taylor (H) has been a member of the 1st XI hockey team for four years, including four Rankin Cup tournaments and over 120 matches. He was a key member of the team’s defence and was the second highest goal scorer for the team this season with 21. This year Rowan was Captain of Hockey. Rowan also received Colours in hockey in 2015.

Llewey Heale (So) has been a member of the 1st XI hockey team for three years, including three Rankin Cup tournaments and 85 matches. Lewey is one of the most talented players in the team with a great understanding of the game and is a key member of the midfield. This year he represented Canterbury at U18 level. Lewey also received Colours in hockey in 2015.

Louis Beckert (So) has been a member of the 1st XI hockey team for two years, including two Rankin Cup tournaments and 50 matches. Lewey is an outstanding goalie whose quick feet and reactions have seen him make some outstanding saves. Louis was also a member of the Canterbury U18 Regional team.

James Donaldson (Cf) has been a member of the 1st XI hockey team for three years, including three Rankin Cup tournaments and 75 matches. He was an essential part of the College defensive structure this season where he often had the responsibility of marking the opposition’s key attacking player. He also represented Canterbury at U18 level.

Henry Phelps (R) has been a member of the 1st XI hockey team for one year, including one Rankin Cup tournament. He has played 25 matches for College. He was a key striker in the team with his pace on attack and in your face defence always creating issues for the opposition. He was the leading goal scorer for the team this season with 27. Henry was also a member of the Canterbury U18 Regional team.



The 1st XI hockey side had a very good season in the local Premier grade. In the semifinal the team defeated St Andrew's 4-0, and then won the final against Burnside HS by 3-1. The College 1st XI hockey side last won this trophy in its inaugural year in 2012.

Canterbury Hockey Secondary Boys' School Premier League - Christ's College 1st XI
Awarded to Rowan Taylor (H) Captain of 1st XI


As was mentioned in the activity report, Max Clark was a member of the College team that competed in the New Zealand Secondary School swim champs over the weekend in Wellington. Max received a bronze medal when he finished 3rd in 16 years and over 400m freestyle event.

NZSS Swim Medal - 3rd 16+ over 400m freestyle
Awarded to Max Clark (Ro)


At end of the rugby season, four College rugby teams played in their respective grade finals. The 2nd XV played Shirley BHS for the third time and in a repeat of the previous matches, ran out winners by 32-12. The 13A side played Burnside in their final and showed great improvement over the season to win by 45 – 26.

Canterbury Metro Rugby U13 Section 2 Plaque - Christ's College U13A
Awarded to Gus Morrow (J) Captain U13A

Canterbury Metro Rugby U18 Section 1 - Christ's College 2nd XV
Awarded to Oscar Acland (S) Captain 2nd XV

Canterbury Rugby Union Referees Golden Jubilee Trophy for Fairest/Sportsmanship/Conduct by a team - Christ's College U14B
Awarded to Josh Johnston - presented by CRRA Life Member, Glynn Braithwaite

University of Otago 2016 Junior Mathematics Competition

Matthew Gibb (H), Top 30 placing (certificate + pressie card)
Andrew Kwak (Ro), Top 30 placing (certificate + pressie card)
John-Paul Lay (C), Top 100 placing (certificate)
Jayavi Premaratne (J), Top 100 placing (certificate)
Seungmin Seok (C), Top 100 placing (certificate)
Joshua Stevenson (H), Top 100 placing (certificate)
Tom Tothill (C), Top 100 placing (certificate)


All boys in Years 12 and 13 who are attending the Ball must remain behind for a briefing with Mr Donaldson

Boys who have registered for the ‘Find your Billion’ please remain behind to meet with Mr Rodley after Assembly

College Conversation TED Talk today at 1pm in The Chapman Room with Mr William Cottrell

Tuesday 6 September

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 6 September

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: 'Beautiful Love' performed by The College Jazz Combo


Last Tuesday a group of College skiers went to Mt Hutt for the annual Canterbury Secondary School Champs. Christ’s College entered two teams into the event and were looking to defend the title they have held for the last couple of years. The event consisted of 2 runs down a slalom course with times added together, and the best three times taken for the total team. The top individual College skiers were Cameron Nicholson (5th overall), Jack Hayman (8th) and Guy Murdoch (14th). This team, along with Ollie Moginie finished 1st and defended the Canterbury title. The College #2 team finished in 7th place. This weekend a group of College skiers will attend the South Island School Champs in Wanaka.

The U15 rugby side travelled to Invercargill for the South Island Invitational Tournament. The team had a day one win over Marlborough Boys by 34-5 before defeating Waitaki in a close match 7-3. This was a very good win against a team who was undefeated in the Otago competition. The team’s last pool match was against hosts Southland Boys, and College were defeated 19-3. This was disappointing because a bonus point would have seen the team in the final but Waitaki made the final instead. In their last match the team fought hard in their fourth match in four days to lose to Shirley Boys on the last play of the game when the opposition scored a try to defeat College by 17-15.

The 1st XI hockey side finished second in their Rankin Cup pool with wins over Lindisfarne, St Bede's and a close 5-4 loss to St Paul's Collegiate who eventually went on to win the tournament. College made the Top 16 and played Rangitoto in their first knockout game. In a game that was there for the taking, the team lost 2-1 and would then play-off for 9th – 16th. The College side won their two next matches against St Kentigerns and Tauranga Boys before losing their mast match to Auckland Grammar to finish 10th in the country at the Rankin Cup.

The U15 hockey side were at the Tanner Cup in Hamilton for an invitational tournament with the majority of top hockey schools represented. College finished the pool round on top after a draw with Tauranga Boys and a good win over St Andrew's. In the quarterfinal the team play Lindisfarne College and in a very close match held on to win 1-0 and make the top 4. In their final two matches the team played well but were defeated by Wellington College and Westlake to finish 4th overall.

The 1st XI football side were in Taupo for their national tournament and made a great start to the tournament when they finished first in their pool with wins over Strathallan, Green Bay and Waihi College. In their first match of the Top 16, College played Newland and the match went to a penalty shootout after it was 0-0 at fulltime. Unfortunately the match ended with a 3-1 win to Newland. College bounced back to defeat Whangarei Boys before losing to Rosehill College. The tournament ended with a 2-0 win over Paraparaumu College to finish 11th.

The Senior A basketball side travelled to Ashburton for the South Island champs with the goal of finishing in the Top 6 to make Nationals for the first time. In pool play there were wins over Ashburton, Southland Boys, Shirley Boys and St Thomas and a solitary loss to eventual winners CBHS. In the quarter finals, College faced Nelson College and in a dramatic match, Nelson took the lead for the first time in the match with 30 seconds to go but Sam McGuire scored the winning basket with less than a second left in the match. A win 70-69, a place in the top 4 and qualifying for Nationals. In the semifinal College were defeated by Otago BHS but played a great last match to defeat Cashmere HS by 83-81 to finish 3rd in the tournament. The team will now travel to Palmerston North in the first week of the September holidays for the National schools basketball championships.

Congratulations to all staff and students involved in Winter Tournament week.


Joe Hutchinson - speaking about his trip to Berlin for the International German Olympiad

In the July holidays I went on a two week trip to Berlin for the International German Olympiad. It was a long time coming for me, having been selected following a qualifying round in Wellington last August. Most people who come up here to talk about an exchange or international trip like mine say that it was the best time of their lives, and without wanting to sound clichéd, it was. Just being in Berlin and experiencing a different culture and language was amazing. Something that was different about my experience, however, was that it was the International German Olympiad, and so there were 125 students from 64 different countries there. This was quite interesting: getting to know people from all around the world, with being able to speak German uniting everyone. I didn’t speak much English for the whole two week period.

Despite being a competition, there wasn’t really any stress or tension, and we all just focused on having fun and enjoying the experience. The first week – after about thirty hours of flying to get there – consisted mainly of exploring Berlin, visiting places such as the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate, and going to German language workshops. These were creative writing, presentation, and drama. So, the first week was basically six hours a day of school, in German. It was all good fun, though, and the skills learnt there really helped to improve my German, and definitely proved useful in the competition part in the second week.

The second week consisted of the competition, of which there were three parts – an article about Berlin culture, and then a presentation and a quiz in groups of six. Each part only took a couple of hours, and were spread across several days, so we had a lot of free time to go shopping, explore Berlin, and just absorb the culture. This is when some of my best memories were made, and I met some amazing people.

I feel really lucky to have had this experience, and would like to thank Mrs Tang last year, and Mrs Adams this year, for helping me to prepare, and to the Goethe-Institut for providing the opportunity. They covered all of the costs for this trip, which was awesome. I’d like to encourage anyone who is doing a language to look for opportunities like these – be that an exchange, an olympiad ­type event, or anything else – because going to another country and being immersed in the language truly is the best way to learn. And to those not doing a language, still take all the opportunities given to you. We have so many at this school, such as the exchange to Montgomery Bell Academy in America. I promise you that you’ll have the time of your life.


Honours Ties - Drama - Citations read by Mr Chambers, awards presented by Mr Wynne

Henry Rolleston (So) (second award)

Benji Clark (J)

Jared Chin (C)

Jack Crossland (J)

Angus Dysart-Paul (R)

Brent Criglington (Ja)

Harry O’Neill (J)

Henry Seaton (R)

Nicholas Sevens (Ro)

Drama Honours are awarded for excellence in performance, direction and service in the dramatic arts.

The major production, OUR HOUSE, allowed a lot of boys to show real theatre arts skill, impacting positively on the life of the College. It is an appropriate time to acknowledge the contribution of nine boys to drama arts over the last four or five years.

There will be more Drama Honours Ties awarded after what I trust will be an excellent REACTION house play festival and Arts Week in two – three weeks time.

Our first Honours Award goes to a man who has has been in 11 College productions. He’s hardly stopped performing since receiving Drama Honours last year. As well as gaining Distinction in Speech and Drama exams, performing in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, attending two national drama courses, and directing his house play; he has represented the College at an Arts Festival in Malaysia, and is a leading member of the College Theatresports Squad. He clearly demonstrated compelling triple threat qualities as an actor in the lead role as Joe Casey in Our House. Henry Rolleston is awarded Drama Honours for a second time.

Benji Clark, Jared Chin, Jack Crossland and Angus Dysart-Paul have been committed members of nine productions throughout their College careers. They have each given exemplary service, been involved in leadership positions as actors and directors, are seen as positive role models and have contributed generously to the ongoing development of the College drama tradition. For this, they are awarded Drama Honours and the right to wear an Honours Tie.

Brent Criglington, Harry O’Neill, Henry Seaton and Nick Stevens are technicians and managers who have helped make effective drama productions, serving the College from behind the scenes during the last four years. All four boys have developed a bank of skills and understanding of changing technologies to competently and skilfully lead groups for junior and senior productions and for house plays as well as for the many functions dances and events that occur all around the College. They are awarded Drama Honours Ties.

Organisation for Reaction House Plays Festival

About 190 boys are involved in making 10 house plays over the next two weeks.  If you are in your house play you need to:
 - Know your lines by now
 - Be ready to rehearse at least 10 times between now and when you perform
 - Know when and where you are rehearsing and be on time
 - Show a real commitment to your house play squad and to your house play director.

You will find it really worthwhile but only if you get on top of the lines quickly – it is amazing how confidence grows once you’ve put in that essential line learning time.

There is a tight schedule for technical and dress rehearsals that cannot be changed easily so stick to it and commit to it.

The first REACTION night is in nine days time on Thursday 15th starting at 6.30pm

The performance order is Somes followed by Condell’s, Corfe, Richards and finishing with School House.

The other houses have their productions on Tuesday 20th September, which is the Tuesday after the Ball and in the middle of Arts Week. It is not far away.

All boys are expected to attend their own house play and are very welcome to check out the entertainment provided by all the other houses – REACTION promises two very interesting nights full of challenge and laughter.

Two more notices from me:

The 16 boys who are in the Co-motion Dance company have rehearsal straight after school today in the OBT. Please get there as quickly as you can.

And I hope the whole school is getting behind Arts Week. Will Burns and the Arts Committee have come up with some hi jinx and mayhem and some fantastic opportunities for you to perform or watch other people perform. Please take the challenge and get involved in Arts Week, coming up fast in the last week of term.


Mr Porter - to speak to Year 11 at the end of Assemby

Tuesday 30 August

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 30 August

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: 'Isn't She Lovely' by Stevie Wonder, performed by Angus Mossman


Winter tournament has begun with all teams enjoying success in the first few rounds of matches.

In hockey the 1st XI are involved in the Rankin Cup in Wellington. In the first match of pool play, the College side continued their recent good form with a 5-1 win over Lindisfarne and now play St Bede's in their second match this morning. In the match Rowan Taylor scored a double. The U15 side are in Hamilton for the Tanner Cup and have finished top of their pool after a 2-2 draw with Tauranga Boys, followed by a 4-0 win over St Andrew's. The team now plays Lindisfarne College in the quarter-finals.

Last week the local hockey season was completed with the 1st XI winning the premier competition after a semi-final win over St Andrew's and then winning the final against Burnside HS by 3-1. In other matches the 3rd XI also won their final when they defeated St Andrew's 4th XI by 3-0.

The 1st XI football side are in Taupo for their national tournament and have made the perfect start with two wins in their first two pool matches. In their first match the team beat Strathallan College by 5-1 and then repeated the exact same score in their afternoon match against Green Bay. In their final pool match against Waihi College, the winner will top the pool with teams moving on to quarter-finals.

The U15 rugby side are in Invercargill for the South Island Invitational Tournament. In their first match against Marlborough Boys the team made a great start racing out to a 22-0 lead at half-time and eventually winning 34-5. The team now plays Waitaki who were also winners on day one.

In the recent Metro rugby finals, College had three teams in finals. The U13 A continued their great form this term to win their final over Burnside while the 2nd XV once again defeated Shirley BHS 2nd XV to claim the under 18 Section 1 title for the first time.

Over the weekend a number of College riders travelled to Blenheim for the annual South Island 2 day Cycle Tour. Each rider is involved in four events, a hill climb, individual time trial, road race and criterium. In the U15 grade, Michael Adueau was 7th, Sebastian Fergusson 12th and Jack Drage 17th. In the U17 grade Sean Swanson was 12th and Jack O’Donoghue 25th. Two College riders achieved podium finishes with Jono Stewart 2nd overall in the U17 grade and Jo Hutchinson 2nd overall in the U20 grade. Jono was only 24 seconds behind the winner after four events. Congratulations to the College cyclists and especially the two who achieved silver medals.

This weekend is the annual House rugby sevens at South Hagley with first games at 1pm. Draws will be in houses later in the week. Good luck to the Senior A basketball team when they start their South Island tournament in Ashburton on Wednesday morning.


Jonty Brackenridge - speaking about this Thursday’s Mufti Day to support the Italian Earthquake Appeal


Dr Roger Ridley-Smith Writing Prize - presented to Ollie Brakenridge and Jack Murison

Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Bronze Award - presented to Cameron Jones and Sam King

Cantamath - certificates presented to Christ's College A Team members Futian Zhou, Tom Tothill, Henry Eglinton and Matthew Gibb for 2nd place team competition

New Zealand Programming Contest (Auckland) - School Category Top School - certificates presented to Christopher Brown and Chris Jung


Mr Donaldson - Special thanks for the efforts of William Ju, Tim Cornell, James Wong, Simon Patterson, Sam Bennetts, Fraser Mander, Kelvin Gong, Chris Nye, Sam Abbott, Jeffrey Lai, Ben Dickie, Oscar Curry, Rowan Taylor, Alistair King and Mr Wynne who all helped out during the July holidays at the Christchurch City Mission Foodbank. Mr Sellars continues to organise up to 12 students to volunteer for a couple of hours on Thursdays after school to continue with this work.

Tuesday 16 August

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 16 August

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: 'Say You'll Be There' by The Spice Girls, arranged Michael Ash, performed by The Oxford Scholars


The Senior A basketball side remained unbeaten in the second round of games in the Thomson Trophy when they defeated St Thomas last week by 86-69. College led at the start by 22-0 and then maintained this lead for the rest of the game. Over the weekend a number of key players were unavailable and saw the team lose their U20 match to Middleton Grange. Tonight the Senior A side play Cashmere away in a clash of the two unbeaten sides. The Senior B side lost a close 42 – 36 match against Cashmere on Friday. The Year 10 Black side won their match in overtime against the unbeaten St Andrew’s team by 43-40 while the Year 10 Red side also defeated a St Andrew's team by 34-20.

The 1st XI football side finished the regular season with a loss to a very good Burnside HS team. The team will now play a mini Quad tournament on Wednesday at CC grounds before preparing for their national tournament in Taupo. In tough conditions on Saturday the 2nd XI defeated Nomads by 10-2. Lachy Duff scored a hat-trick in the first 10 minutes and College continued to dominate the match with Logan Stapylton-Smith scoring two goals in the second half. The 15A side defeated Halswell United by 5-1 while the U14B side had their second draw in a row when they drew 1-1 with Hornby United. On Wednesday the Senior A side will play a home semifinal against Darfield HS.

The 1st XI hockey side travelled to Ashburton on Friday for a match against Timaru BHS 1st XI. The team turned in a solid performance to produce a 5-0 win. This week the team plays a semifinal on Wednesday night against St Andrew's with the winner moving into the competition final which will be played on Friday night. In other matches, the 2nd XI made a slow start to their match against St Bede's 2nd XI but soon found their structure, and with some great defensive work from Douglas Milne, finished with a comfortable 5-0 win. The Colts team defeated Rangiora 5-1, the 3rd XI won their match against Cashmere 2nd XI by 6-0, Riley Miller scored the only goal for the Youth White team in their win over St Bede's while the Youth Black side lost their match to Hornby. This weekend the Colts and 3rd XI sides play in the final of their respective grades while the 2nd XI, Youth Black and Youth White teams all play off for 3rd and 4th in their grades.

It was semifinal weekend for the College rugby club on Saturday and all teams had to contend with wet, cold and very muddy conditions. The 1st XV came up against a very determined Shirley BHS side and in a match that was decided in the final play, College lost by 17-14. The 2nd XV defeated St Thomas by 36-12 while the 3rd XV won their match against Burnside 2nd XV by 12-11 and now both teams will play in finals this weekend. The 16A side drew their match with St Andrew's 21-all but lost out on a final spot due to a countback on tries, the 15B side continued their very good season with a 35-5 semifinal win over CBHS while the Under 13 side will play in this week’s final after a 27 – 12 win over Medbury.

The top College squash side lost by 3 points on countback in their match against Burnside. Ollie Brakenridge and Tim Bassett played well to win their matches in straight sets. The College Black side won all four matches to win 10-0 over Lincoln while College C won their match on countback against Cashmere. This week the College C team will play in the final of their grade against Papanui.

The top two College table tennis sides had wins last week with the C1 side playing in their division final this week against Burnside.

The A1 badminton team only dropped one game against CBHS to win 8-1. Ralph Chiang, Jeffery Lai and William Ju won their single matches, while both doubles matches were won by College. In other games, the B1 side won their semifinal match against Cathedral College by 8-1 and will now play Papanui in this week’s final.

Good luck to all individuals and teams involved in finals this week.

l on Thursday, in the OBT? Sign up in the OBT today or tomorrow. Be daring, be dynamic; get up and create a College Commotion!


Southern Jam Youth Festival

- Big Band Gold Award 

- Big Band - Best Big Band

- Combo Silver Award

- Most Accomplished Rhythm Section Performer - George Murray (keyboard)

- All Stars Band (formed from players considered the best in the competition) - George Murray (keyboard), Tom Botting (alto saxophone)

At the prize giving ceremony the CC saxophone section, the trombone section and Nicholas Lidstone, our first trumpeter, were each given special mention

Honours Tie for Film - Will Burns

Will has most recently been director of the Christ’s College and St Margaret’s College film, A Perfect Child. This has involved him leading a team of over 60 people in the creation of this film for nearly a year. He has not only spent much time on the project, but also demonstrated an in-depth understanding of film making and leadership skills. In addition, Will has written and directed several other short films to a high standard, including Flames, which was judged by three external judges as the winning entry in last year’s Christ’s College Film Festival.


Mr Garth Wynne - Years 11-13 are asked to remain behind following Assembly. Mr Eccleton will speak about examination rules and conduct.

Tuesday 9 August

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 9 August

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: 'How deep is your love' - by The Bee Gees, arranged by Michael Ash, performed by The Oxford Scholars


Despite having five players away on Friday the 1st XI hockey side completed the round robin stage with an 8-0 win over Shirley BHS and will play a semifinal and final next week. At the end of this week the team will travel south to play a match against Timaru BHS. In other matches, the 2nd XI lost 4-1 to top of the table CBHS 2nd XI, the Colts side played out a 4-all draw with St Bede's to finish second in their grade while the Youth Black side played their best game of the season despite losing to Carlton Redcliffs. Player of the day was Andre Alexander. The Youth White side maintained their top four position with a 2-all draw with Cashmere HS 2nd XI with goals from Thomas Stewardson and Jonty Illiffe and great defence from Cole Smith, Connor Graham, Hamish Bell and Joshua Stevenson.

The 1st XI football side played against one of the leading sides in the local competition last Wednesday and played an outstanding match to defeat Middleton Grange by 1-0. Callum Long scored the solitary goal late in the second half for the win and the team now plays Burnside HS on Wednesday. On Saturday, the 3rd XI lost a close match 2-1 to CBHS with William Pegg scoring the College goal while both the 15B and 14B sides both had 3-all draws. For the 15B side, goals were scored by Hayden Ott, Thomas Walker and Seungmin Seok, while Alistair Morgan and Ryan Liu were the goal scorers for the 14Bs.

The 1st XV put one of their best performances together on Saturday to defeat across town rivals St Andrew's by 69-17 and will now play Shirley BHS on Upper this weekend in the Cup semi-final. The 2nd XV defeated Shirley BHS 2nd XV by 45-12 and will also host a semi-final this weekend. The 16A side won their last round robin match against St Bede's to retain the challenge shield and earn the right to host a home semi-final this weekend along with the U13A side. Both U15 teams had byes over the weekend but will be involved in semi-finals this weekend along with the 3rd XV.

The Senior A basketball side have had a busy few days with four games in the last week. Last Tuesday they comfortably beat Cathedral College by 97-72 with Hunter Aarts scoring 32 points, defeated St Bede's on Saturday by 100-73 with Flynn Mann shooting a three on fulltime to reach 100, and the team also played a touring Nelson College side. In this match the team lost 95-90, which was a very good result against a team who had also beaten the top three teams in Christchurch during their short tour. Last night the team played St Thomas at school and finished their busy week with a comfortable win to remain in the Top 4. In other matches, the U17 side were tied up at 57-all before College lost the match in overtime. Ben Charteris, Thomas Berg and Marshall Stark played well for College. The Year 10 Black side won their match over Kaiapoi by 36-26 while the Year 10 White team played out a 40 all draw with Hillview.

Last week, two teams of Year 12 students competed in the annual Lincoln University Science Quiz. The team of Cameron Stevenson, Chris Jung, Kelvin Gong and Mitchell Sammut came second (1 point off first) and the other team of Jeffrey Lai, Robert Palmer, Jack Tracy, and William Ju came 5th out of 17 teams. Well done to both teams!

This week the Wednesday racquet sports begin their playoff rounds. A number of badminton, table tennis and squash teams are involved in these. Last week the College Black squash side had a very good win over Burnside. Three of the four players won their matches in straight sets with Harry O’Neill playing a very good game to win 15-6, 15-8.

Good luck to all teams and individuals involved in playoff matches this week as the winter season heads towards its final stages.


Mr Wynne - New weekly routine from next week

Mr Donaldson - to speak to Year 13 at the end of Assembly

Tuesday 2 August

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 2 August

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.


Last Tuesday night the Senior A basketball team played Shirley BHS in the most recent round of the schools competition. The match was very even and competitive up to halftime but College got away in the third quarter and eventually won 76 – 73. This result sees College sitting 4th in Division 1. On the weekend the College team played CBHS U20 side and won 63-51 with Hunter Aarts again dominant inside and Tom Crutchley topping the rebound count. On Friday night the Senior B side lost a nail biting match 46-44 to Riccarton. John Ashcroft and Alex Simpson had strong games for the College side. The Year 10 Black side defeated St Thomas 42-20 while the Year 10 White side won their match against Papanui HS by 44-35. Louis Wilson was player of the day with 14 points. Tonight the Senior A team play Cathedral College away at 6pm. 

The 1st XI football side lead in their match against St Thomas last week but were unable to maintain this and eventually lost a close match by 2-1. Callum Long was the goal scorer for College. On Saturday the 3rd XI lost 2-1 to Ferrymead Bays, the 15A side drew 2 all with Halswell United while Seungmin Seok scored twice for the 15B’s in their loss to Hornby. Alistair Morgan scored the solitary goal for the 14B side in their drawn match on the weekend. 

Last Thursday night saw two College chess teams involved in interschool matches. The A team of Jayavi Premaratne, Gavin Ong, Jared Chin and Keegan Chin narrowly missed a place in the South Island champs when they were beaten by Burnside. The B team of Alistair Morgan, Simon Patterson, John-Paul Lay and Charlie Owens played well to win their grade overall. 

On Thursday Tom Botting, Angus Dysart-Paul and George Blake competed in the National final of the Monetary Policy challenge. This year, 45 schools took part and the Christ's College team were placed in the top 6 where they won a paid trip to Wellington to present in front of Reserve Bank economists. Despite a solid presentation they narrowly missed out on a top 3 place in the country. 

The 1st XI hockey team has kept pace with the leaders in the school’s grade with a 1-0 win over Burnside HS on Friday. In other matches the 2nd XI were unable to repeat their winning result from earlier in the season against St Andrews 2 nd XI and lost 3-1, the Youth Black side defeated Kaiapoi-Hinemoa 6-0 with Ben Zwarst and Jack Satterthwaite scoring all the team’s goals while the College 3rd XI side won the local derby against the College Youth White side. This Friday the 1st XI play Shirley BHS at Nunweek Park.

The 1st XI secured a home semifinal on Saturday with their 51-14 win over Ashburton with Jayden Beckett and James Coull scoring two tries each while the 2nd XV also played well in their 31-18 win over St Bedes 2nd XV. The U16A won the Challenge Shield on Saturday when they defeated CBHS by 20-13 and are now well placed going in to playoffs next week. The 15A side defeated Burnside 48-7 while the 13A side played the curtain raiser to the 1st XV on Saturday and defeated Belfast by 33-18. This weekend the 1st XV play a home game against St Andrews in the last round of the UC Championship.


Cheryl Doig - a Leadership Futurist at Think Beyond Speaking on "Find Your Billion" day at College 26 September

Chris Jung - Computer Programming

Chris Jung, Christopher Brown and Mike Williams will be teaching computer programming in ICT 5 (located above ICT 1 and 2) starting from week 6 of term 3. Programming will be taught starting from the basics so no prior programming knowledge is required. If you are interested attending, please fill out this form: Exact times have not been decided yet, but the course will be run after school on either Tuesday, Thursday or Friday depending on the responses. If you have any inquiries, please contact Chris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sam McGuire - Drama notices

There are four vital and vibrant, dynamic and daring drama notices this morning:

Drama Notice Number 1: House plays

Vitally: House plays are on in 7 weeks time. Every boy in every house who wants to be in a house play should REACT to this notice by talking to his Head of House this week. Heads of House need to get a list up so that boys who want to be in house plays can REACT by signing up, in the house.

Drama Notice Number 2: Commotion Dance Company

Vibrantly: The Commotion Dance Company IS going to go ahead, starting next week! It’s open to anyone from any level. We are intending to create a dance commotion that will get guys ready to dance in major productions, and to dance with girls from St Margaret’s. It happens on Tuesday lunchtimes and Thursday after school. Take the opportunity. Seize the day! Get a group of mates together and sign up in the OBT. First Commotion vibration is straight after school on Thursday.

Drama Notice Number 3: House plays

REACTION Houseplay directors and producers and Heads of House meet with David Chambers tomorrow, Wednesday, at lunchtime, in the OBT. Every house needs at least one houseplay director and a producer and one Head of House to keep it all on track. Every house needs to send THREE leaders to the meeting for REACTION in the OBT at lunchtime tomorrow.

Drama Notice Number 4: The Commotion Dance Company

Did I say Commotion starts after school on Thursday, in the OBT? Sign up in the OBT today or tomorrow. Be daring, be dynamic; get up and create a College Commotion!


Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Bronze Award and badge
- presented to Sam Blake by Mr Wynne

Brain Bee Awards
3rd place in individual competition - Josh Ting
2nd place in team competition - Alex Hlavac, Jisu Kim, Han-Young Kim and Jayavi Premaratne

NZ Secondary Schools Gymnastics Championship Awards
- presented by Mr Wynne


Mr Eccleton - 2017 subject selection 

Tuesday 26 July

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 26 July

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: '60s Swing' by Evelien Vis - played by John-Paul Lay


Over the first weekend of the holidays the Christ's College Cycling team competed at the annual South Island Secondary Schools Champs at Ruapuna Raceway. The boys performed very well in all three disciplines, gaining medals across the age categories. Michael Audeau raced particularly well in the Under 14 grade to gain a Bronze in the Individual Time Trial and Road Race and he just missed out on another Bronze in the U15 Team Time Trial. Jono Stewart (U17 grade) and Joe Hutchinson (U20 grade) both had amazing individual time trial races gaining Silver in their respective age groups and then combined with Sean Swanson and Jack O'Donoghue to win a Bronze in the U20 Team Time Trial event. Jono also won a Bronze in the U17 Road Race. Overall a fantastic effort from our small club of riders.

Oscar and Jack Noble-Adams have competed in the National schools karting championship in New Plymouth during the holidays. Over 80 racers competed in various grades with College competing in the team competition. After a series of races, College was placed third overall in the secondary school team’s competition and were only one point behind 2nd place. 

Zach May travelled to the USA in the holidays to compete in two golf tournaments. The first tournament was the IMG Junior World Champs that were held in San Diego. The tournament had over 1200 golfers from 56 countries. In the Boys 13 – 14 year grade, Zach had a three round total of 221 and tied for 51st out of a field of 161. Zach then travelled to Las Vegas for the World Stars of Junior Golf tournament. Playing on a PGA tour championship course, Zach finished 19th after his three rounds of golf.

Hockey has had two full rounds of matches at the start and end of the holidays. The 1st XI have had wins over its two closest rivals, St Andrews and CBHS and now sit at the top of the table going in to the new term. Also over the break the following College players were involved in National tournaments as part of the two Canterbury U18 sides – Henry Phelps, Louis Beckert, James Donaldson, Ben Epton and Will Duston. Other College players Nic Lidstone and Lars Dalley have been named in the Canterbury U15A side while Ollie King, Kyle Houston and Liam Adams are members of the U15B side.

The 1st XV continued from their win in the annual Quadrangular tournament when they defeated Shirley BHS by 33-10 to remain at the head of the UC Championship with only two more rounds to go before playoffs. Over the break a number of the 1st XV were involved in the Crusaders Junior Knight camp. From this camp a team was chosen to play the Hurricanes U18 side. Ngane Punivai and Kale Thatcher started in the match, with Dallas McLeod coming off the bench, while Isaiah Punivai was a member of the wider squad. At U15 level Zac Gallagher, Lachie Harper, Will Greenslade and Theo Davis were involved in matches against North Canterbury and Ellesmere as members of Canterbury Metro sides while Cyrran Hini played for Ellesmere. Over the weekend an U14 College side were involved in a 10-a-side tournament. In pool play College had wins over Burnside, Suburbs and a one-point thriller against CBHS. In the final, College faced a tough Otautahi side and lost a close match by 15-12.

Winter sport is back into full swing this week with all sports nearing playoffs and the end of the season. A number of House sport competitions occur this term so check through Houses when your groups are involved in events.


Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Bronze Award and badge - presented to James Corbett by Mr Wynne


Mr Wynne - A reminder that the film premiere for A Perfect Child is on at 7:30pm this Friday (29th) at St Margaret's College. You are all welcome. The event is for formal dress, but there is no need to wear College uniform. The film and a documentary on the making of the film will be followed by refreshments.

Rob Donaldson - speaks to Year 12 students about prefect applications

Assembly notes for Term 2

Tuesday 5 July

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 5 July

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.


The College cycling team has enjoyed a good level of success over the course of this term. A number of boys, including Jono Stewart, Joe Hutchinson, Sean Swanson, Michael Andeau, Jack O’Donoghue, Wilbur Morrison, Blake McGuigan and Josh Wade, have all achieved podium finishes in Wednesday Schools races this term. These have included individual time trials, hill climbs and scratch races. These results bode well for the South Island School Championships this weekend at Ruapuna Raceway.

The College 1st XI hockey side had a 3-0 win over St Bedes on Friday in a performance that was not to their recent high standard. The 2nd XI have continued their very good run of form with a 6-0 win over St Bedes 2nd XI to make it three in a row and complete the first round in 2nd place. The 3rd XI were involved in a very one sided match which saw Miles Sandston score 4 goals in the teams 14 – 0 win over St Andrews 4th XI. The Colts side played out a very close match on Saturday to defeat Rangiora by 1-0, Thomas Sutherland was player of the day for the Youth Black in their loss to Hornby while the Youth White side defeated Shirley BHS by 5 – 0 with Jonty Illiffe scoring two goals.

The Senor A basketball team went into their Tuesday night match last week with only 7 players with others involved in House Music. The team played St Thomas and the scores were close at quarter time but Hunter Aarts and Tom Crutchley began to dominate under the hoop and eventually pulled away for a 100 – 60 win. On Saturday the team played a very competitive match with Middleton Grange and the teams were even for the majority of the match before Middleton pulled away late in the game for a 9 point win. Will Hutchinson and Ben Stronach played well on defence for the U17 side in their match against St Andrews. Having moved up a grade the team are learning quick and competing at the new level but eventually went down by 53-34.

The 2nd XV played a top of the table clash on Saturday against CBHS 3rd XV. In a low scoring match if was late in the 2nd half before College scored through a try to Reid Edmond but went on to lose the match 13-5. The 16A side had remained unbeaten in the Championship round after a 29-22 win over St Andrews. In a very even battle College scored a late try to Tom Burt to claim the win. The 15A side won 34-24 over CBHS, the 15B side defeated St Bedes by 76-5 with Mack Hofma-Whitehead scoring three tries while the 13A side won their match against Burnside by 57 – 31.

In midweek sport the table tennis teams have been enjoying success over the last few weeks.  Last Wednesday the top College side won their match 9-0 against Shirley BHS while the C1 side defeated CBHS Black by 8-1. In badminton the College A side had a very good 8-1 win over the top CBHS team but in the squash the result was reversed in the clash with CBHS. In other matches the College Black and C teams won their respective matches by 8-2.

Yesterday was the opening matches in this year’s Quadrangular. College played a superb game to book themselves a place in the final on Wednesday against Wellington College. The match against Nelson also doubled as a UC championship game and the team remain at the top of the standings after their 41 – 11 win.  The final will be on Upper on Wednesday at 1.30pm.


Angus Dysart-Paul - speaking about the City Mission voluntary work during the school holidays

Good Morning Gentlemen,

Our School has for many years had a strong and established association with the Christchurch City Mission. An organisation that provides food to those who otherwise may go without, and emergency shelter to those in times of struggle and stress.

The City Mission operates the Christchurch Food Bank, which annually conducts an Appeal asking particularly for donations of non­perishable foods. Brown bags such as this (demonstrated) are sent around the greater Canterbury Region.

Fortunately the Annual Appeal often returns substantial quantities of donated canned food and other long life products which help Cantabrians from all walks of life.

Therefore, I speak to you all today and request your support for this extremely worthy local community cause. In our backyard. Over the coming holiday the City Mission have asked the School if any students could make themselves available. To help sort, stack and prepare for the distribution of the donated food, this task simply involves giving up around three hours of your time, or more, during Monday to Friday of both holiday weeks during a morning or afternoon session. From 9:30am till 12:30pm or 1:30pm till 4pm. That is on any Weekday of the School Holidays, at the City Mission on Hereford street.

Gentleman, at the end of last term I similarly asked the School if any boys would be able to help sell poppies for ANZAC day, during the then Term 1 holidays, four boys gave up their time during the break and the RSA were extremely grateful. Their efforts of charity were selfless and admirable. The recognition they received was the the sense of giving one feels when we volunteer for a worthy cause.

The act of giving to others is an important value that we believe in at College. Giving to those, less well off than ourselves.

I appeal to you all and ask for a small portion of your time during the coming holiday break, to consider this opportunity to give back to the community through your own actions. Helping those less fortunate than ourselves. All those interested please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A student notice will be be posted later today further outlining details and a text message will equally be sent to all students of all year groups later this week to serve as a reminder.

I leave you all with the words of Anne Frank, “No one has ever become poor by giving”.

Thank you, and I hope many of you can assist.

William Burns - speaking about the film premiere of 'A Perfect Child'

William Koko - delivering his Manu Korero competition speech


Tuesday 28 June

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 28 June

PREFECT: Deputy 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: ‘One Call Away’ by Charlie Puth - performed by William Pegg


The 1st XI football side had their best performance of the season last Wednesday when the team defeated St Andrews by 4-2. College began well and scored the first goal early in the match and this was followed by two more goals to lead 3-0 at the break. St Andrews responded early in the second half with their first goal but College took the match with an excellent 4th goal late in the second half for the win. In the other football match on Wednesday the Senior A side lost a close match to Riccarton HS 2nd XI by 4-3.

On Sunday the top College badminton players played in the CSS teams tournament. A first round lost to St Andrews was followed by two very close matches against Riccarton HS and Burnside HS. There were close individual matches with both ending in a 4-2 loss to College. In the final round the College side dominated for a 6-0 win over St Bedes and a fourth place overall.

Two teams represented College at the CSS Agricultural Skills competition held at McLeans Island last week. Students are tested in many individual farming skills and overall teamwork. Hamish Rowley won both the fencing and equestrian events in the individual competition while the College B team won the teamwork event to give College an overall third out of the 13 teams competing.

The 1st XI hockey side began the 2nd round of their competition with a solid 6-0 win over Cashmere HS with Rowan Taylor scoring 2 of the goals. The 2nd XI continued their recent good form with a 4-0 win over CBHS 2nd XI while the 3rd XI defeated a young CBHS side by 11-0 with Kurtis Weeks scoring 4 goals. The Colts managed to get through against St Bedes by 4-2 in a performance which was below par.

The 1st XV travelled to Timaru on  Saturday and left with a very good 43-23 win and remain at the top of the UC championship. The 2nd XV played on Upper and in a good display of running rugby beat St Thomas 2nd XV 50-14, the 3rd XV bounced back from last week to defeat Suburbs by 36-22 while the 16 side started their championship round with a very good 26-23 win over St Bedes. The U15B continue to score tries in their competition matches and this week ran out victors over St Andrews by 48-29, the 14B side won 46-37 against Shirley BHS and the 13A side played a great team game to defeat Merivale-Papanui by 51-14.

The Senior A basketball side played well in their Thomson trophy match last Tuesday against highly ranked Shirley BHS. College was in touch for the majority of the game but eventually lost 77-65. In other matches over the weekend the Senior B side won 53-43 against Middleton Grange, Year 10 Black won 56-8 with Ben Dando shooting a number of three pointers, Year 10 White were 58-38 victors over Ellesmere College while Year 9 White lost a one point match to Rangiora 34-33.


Angus McKenzie - speaking about the international service trip to Samoa and this week's Crazy Shirt Day

Ben Marshall, Nathan Kennedy, Sam Julian - speaking about the MBA Exchange


Sports Colours


Henry Idiens
Sam Averill


Mr Donaldson 

- Reminder to the boys about the second College Conversation (TED Talk #2) this Thursday with Mr Ben Davidson (animal veterinarian), 12:45pm in The Chapman Room

- Seniors to remain behind with Mr Eccleton for NZQA information

Mr Aburn

- Notice regarding House Music


Tuesday 21 June

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 21 June

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: ‘Cold Duck Time’ by Eddie Harris - played by the Christ's College Big Band, directed by Mrs Claire Oliver


At the beginning of last week a number of senior sportsmen travelled to Dunedin for the annual sports exchange with Otago BHS. Hockey were dominant in their match while basketball and debating were involved in close losses. Both 1st and 2nd XV rugby teams came up against very good opposition and were unable to match their OBHS counterparts.

In football matches over the week the 1st XI drew their match with St Bedes after Finbar Gallaway scored an outstanding goal right on the stroke of fulltime to earn the side a share of the points. The Senior A team travelled to Kaiapoi where Ciaran Banks scored the only goal of the match and Joshua Hsieh was superb in defense. In Saturday matches, the 2nd XI lost 4-2 to St Andrews, the 15B’s lost a high scoring match to Waimak by 6-4, while the 14B side won their match against Hornby 3-0 with goals to Charlie Chubb, Ryan Liu and Alistair Morgan.

The Senior basketball side had a busy week. After their match in Otago they played Cashmere HS on Thursday. Cashmere are currently top of the table and College played well to stay within 10 for the majority of the match with Cashmere only really getting away late in the game. On Saturday the team defeated St Bedes with Ben Thomson, Henry Patterson and Sam Julian playing well and Max de Geest shooting five 3 pointers. In other matches, the U17 side played tight defence to claim a 59-41 win over Shirley BHS, and the Senior B team recorded their first win of the season with a 33-22 win over Hagley College. In this match Fraser Mander and Ko Muira were key points contributors.

The 1st XI hockey side had a bye on the weekend but finish the first round in 2nd place. The 2nd XI side were defeated by St Andrews 2nd XI earlier in the season by 6-0 but turned that result around to win 5-1 on Friday night. It was a great team performance with Angus Porter scoring a hat trick. In the 3rd XI match hat tricks were scored by William Win and Kurtis Weeks while Andre Alexander also scored a hat trick of goals for the Youth Black side in their 5-1 won over Hinemoa / Kaiapoi.

The 1st XV had a big week of travel with a trip to Blenheim over the weekend to take on Marlborough Boys College. College lead 22-6 at the break and completed a well deserved win by 34-18. Isaiah Punivai scored three tries in the match. The 2nd XV have claimed the U18 shield for the second time this season when they defeated Shirley BHS 2nd XV by 34-28. There were fine performances up front by Ollie Porter, James Jerard and Angus Chapman while the backs of Cleghorn, Dickie and Kovacs-Wilks were always dangerous on attack. The 15A side lost a hard fought match to St Andrews by 12-8 while the 15B side turned a 26-15 halftime deficit around to win their match against CBHS by 48-26 with Edward Peak scoring three tries. The College U13 side played well to win their match against Marist by 24-22. Jonty Gallagher kicked some key conversions for the win.

On Sunday the annual UC Mud Run was held at Motukurara racecourse. The College team of Sean Swanson, Jay Sprott, Marshall Stark and Hunter Wilson raced around the 5km mud run in Zebra onesies to claim the Boys title for 2016. Other College teams finished 2nd and 4th and one was awarded the muddiest the team at the finish line.

A group of College athletes travelled to Rotorua over the weekend to compete in the Nz secondary school cross-country champs. Hugh Finlay competed very well to claim a silver in his race while Dion Houston finished 8th in the Junior event out of 169 runners and was only 26 seconds off the winner. Dion was then selected in the Canterbury team to race in the Junior Boys relay team. In this event Dion ran the fastest time for his team and they won a silver medal. In the Senior event there was a large field competing. Henry Idiens, Hunter McKenzie and Ben Marshall-Lee represented College with Henry being the best placed runner in 43rd place.

Today is the Junior sports exchange with Scots College, Wellington and matches will be competed in U15 rugby, hockey, football and basketball.


Rowan Taylor - speaking about the Spirit of New Zealand Voyage

If you are someone who likes an adventure, a chance to develop yourself, then this speech is an opportunity for you.

Eight months ago, during the term 3 holidays I was lucky enough to take the opportunity of jumping on board The Spirit of Adventure along with 39 other 15 to 18 year olds from around the country.

The Spirit of Adventure is a New Zealand trust who run youth voyages throughout the year in a variety of different locations around the country. Their ship - The Spirit of New Zealand, is a square rigger sailing ship which sees over 1000 teenagers stay on board throughout the year.

The Trusts mission is “to offer equal opportunities to young New Zealanders to develop qualities of leadership, independence and community spirit through the medium of the sea.”

My voyage departed from Auckland and journeyed around the Hauraki Gulf with a notable trip to Great Barrier Island.

Alongside the beautiful scenery, I climbed the 33m high mast, was strapped to the bowsprit netting while a pod of dolphins jumped and swam 4 meters beneath me, and even used the yardy - and, no it’s not the one you use on a 21st.

The spirit is a great opportunity for any individual who is keen for an adventure and it caters for a whole spectrum of physical and mental abilities. Whoever you may be this trip has the ability to test you in ways you could not imagine. Each trip contains 40 unique and different people and consequently no two trips are the same.

One of the biggest appeals while on the ship is that everyone is different yet everyone is united with the aim of making the most of the experience which results in a fun and enjoyable trip.

Whether you hope to develop leadership skills, make new friends or simply wish to have a good time, I would recommend this opportunity to you. Oh, and you learn to sail as well.

If you have any questions, feel free to come chat to me about what the trip involves.

If interested, Mr McGregor is now going to tell you how to get involved.


Christ's King Debating Trophy

Trophy presented to:

Matthew Moore
Angus Dysart-Paul
Hamish Thomas

New Zealand South Island Secondary Schools Cross Country

NZSISS medal presented to:

Dion Houston
Hugh Finlay


Mr Porter - Year 10 boys to remain behind at the end of Assembly (regarding Junior Dance)

Tuesday 14 June

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 14 June

PREFECT: Hunter McKenzie 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: ‘Three Shades of Blue’ by Paul Nagle - played by the Christ's College Saxophone Quartet (Tom Botting, Ben Davis, Jamie Hutton and Chris Park)


The Senior A basketball side played Ashburton College last Tuesday in the latest round of the Thompson Trophy.  Leading throughout the game College went on to win 83-74 and then backed this up with a very competitive game on Saturday against top side, Burnside HS. In this match College lost 98-90.  The U17 side defeated CBHS 62-51, both Year 10 sides had wins while the Year 9 White side played a close match on Friday to win 34-32 against Riccarton HS and record their first win of the season.

On Friday, the top College debating team travelled to King’ s College for their annual debate. This year was the 50th year of the exchange with College having won 27 previous debates. This year’s moot was “this house believes money should be paid to beneficiaries whose children do well at school”. Our team of Matthew Moore, Angus Dysart-Paul and Hamish Thomas affirmed the moot and debated a superb match to win the annual match.

The 1st XI hockey side finished the first round of competition with an 11-1 win over Shirley BHS. Henry Phelps scored 4 goals while Lars Dalley, Sam Blake and Nic Lidstone scored two each.  In this match, captain Rowan Talyor achieved the milestone of playing 100 matches for the College 1st XI side. In other matches, the 2nd XI lost to Ashburton College 1st XI to be one each in matches this year, the 3rd XI defeated St Bedes 15-2 with hat tricks to Matt Cooper, Jack Burgess and Henry Idiens, the Colts side defeated Harewood by 5-0, while Youth White defeated a senior Shirley BHS side by 2-1.

Saturday was club day for the College Rugby club and the 1st XV played a clinical and accurate match to defeat Waimea Combined by 41-5. The 2nd XV played their best match of the year to defeat St Bedes 2nd XV. Leading 6-3 at the break the team had a great second half to run out winners 47-3 while the 3rd XV, playing on Upper, showed great control up front to defeat Burnside HS by 24-16. The game of the day saw the 15B side defeat St Andrews 53-0. The team came together and delivered spectacular cooperative, collaborative, team rugby. Well lead by Will Chaffey, the player of the day was awarded to Jovan Mattingly.

The 1st XI football side played Shirley BHS on Wednesday and in a repeat of games this season, the team had chances to score but were unable to capitalise on these and then let the opposition in to score. Final score a 1-0 loss. On Saturday the 2nd XI side drew 2 all with Waimak Black, Jack Murison made some great saves to help the 3rd XI draw their match with CBHS while the 15A side also drew their match, which was against St Bedes. Kynan Salt scored another spectacular goal for the 14A side in their 2-1 loss to Selwyn.

Yesterday a number of senior sports teams travelled to Dunedin for the annual Otago Boys Winter sports exchange. Matches today take place in 1st and 2nd XV rugby, hockey, basketball, squash, shooting and debating.


Hunter McKenzie - speaking about the College Humanitarian Committee

Within our community people are going without food. Many of these people are children who have no control over their circumstances. In order to combat the local hunger problem, College is having a canned food drive on Thursday and Friday this week. So if you could all bring in a couple of cans of food and put them in a tent which will be set up outside the assembly hall it would be very appreciated. A couple of cans is enough to give someone a meal who would otherwise have gone hungry.

Also, if any of you are wanting to get involved in some community work over the holidays then the City Mission is needing some people to help sort through the canned food that is delivered for a week. It is only a couple of hours a day and so any Year 12 or 13 students interested please email me for further information at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. College has had a great uptake of this in the past and it would be good to continue it.

Vincent Li - speaking about the Round Square Committee (with slideshow)

What is it that shapes and molds us into who we are today? What is it that can teach you knowledge that is impossible to be taught anywhere else? What is it that can open our eyes and reveal a side of humanity which you may have never even considered before?

Heavy stuff, I know, but experience may be the greatest teacher that you will ever have, because it is through them that you may learn some of the most important things in life.

So remember how at the start of the year we formed a Round Square committee? Well, it was made to investigate what Round Square is, exactly, and we were given the task to decide whether or not we should join. We’re still in the middle of this investigation, but here is an introduction or summary to our findings.

We found out that if we were to join Round Square, this would not just be a simple “add­on” to the side, an addition to the other committees that currently exist. This incorporation is an integration that will involve a fundamental shift in our school system. So this big.

Round Square is an international network, and provides a framework for schools who are a member. This means that they all share common ideals, or pillars, that are incorporated into the schools. Conveniently, the word IDEALS is actually an acronym for the six Round Square pillars.

“I” stands for internationalism, or international understanding. This is such an important value in our modern society, as our world becomes only more connected. It means to have an understanding, appreciation and respect for all cultures, races and religions from around the world. It helps us look beyond a person’s culture, class, race and to understand human nature, and appreciate people for who they truly are, unclouded by prejudice.

“D” stands for democracy. It is important to Round Square that students have the freedom of thought and speech. With this system, the ultimate goal is to have all students to play a part in the running of the school. As a result of this, the students can gain a sense of responsibility as they manage their school.

“E” stands for environmentalism. Let’s be honest here. We aren’t doing a great job of preserving the earth. Huge problems like “global warming”, is staring us right in the face, and most of us here, including me, is doing nothing about it. Through this ideal, we can become interested in, learn the importance of, and actively participate in the preserving and the tending of the future of our earth.

“A” stands for adventure. The building of the physical body and our souls, as we are challenged through the outdoor activites and experiences that the school can bring. Through this, we can grow and develop a spirit of adventure. A spirit that pushes us to not only reach, but surpass our goals, as me may discover, that we are more capable than we initially thought.

“L” stands for leadership. Round Square believes that true leadership involves those who have their beliefs rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice. This means that true leaders are people who are not only able to take responsibility for things outside of their own interests, but are people who are fair and can see both sides of the argument.

Finally, “S” is for service. We may become involved in voluntary work and just general service projects that will gear us for our future, adult lives. We can improve not only our own personal skill set through the many practical, day to day work, we will also improve the lives of those whom we have helped.

Now, those are the Round Square ideals... but what would it look like in practice? What are the major “Round Square” activities which we would be involved in if we were to join? There are 3.

The first one of which are the annual conferences. There are a few regional conferences and one international conference per year. The Round Square schools send students and teachers to that year’s host school to take part in a 5­7 day conference which the school has organised throughout the year. These conferences have a theme, and throughout the week, students and teachers will become involved in many activities such as listening to guest speakers, becoming involved in sharing ideas with students from all around the globe, or, for example, kayaking. All of the 6 values will be shown and incorporated in some way.

These conferences are not just simply a huge gathering. These conferences are journeys­ journeys that are more often that not life changing, as you learn not only about yourselves, but about our world as well.

The next major activity is the exchange opportunities between Round Square schools. No longer would our exchanges be limited to only language students. There are currently 150 Round Square member schools worldwide, with countries ranging fromSouth Africa, to India, to Canada, to USA. England, Denmark, Scotland, Switzerland­ and the list goes on. Finally, the opportunity to not only see, but to live for an extended period of time on the other side of the world will become possible and open to the whole school.

Finally, service projects. These include not only local service projects which we will be involved in if we were to join Round Square, these also include international service projects, where you will finally be able to see what all the donation went to, and help dreams become reality. You will get down and dirty to help with projects such as building bridges or painting houses, or just helping out with serving food to the local children. I can tell you from personal experience, that the delight that you see upon those faces, that gratitude to you for what you have done, and those connections that you build as you work with the locals is something that is truly worth living for.

So, what are the negatives? The main negatives that we have found through our investigation up to this point is the money spent on Round Square, and the money of going to conferences. The time spent on “Round Square” related activities was also a big factor, and most importantly, the involvement and support from all of you.

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Experiences can teach you to become empathetic. They can also teach you the feeling of utter despair. But it is through these experiences where you begin to understand hope, happiness or gratitude, and it is through these experiences that makes us human. And indeed, Round Square may finally provide the experiences necessary to allow every boy to truly be at his best.

The joining of Round Square does not only involve the sticking up of the set of ideals on classroom walls. It also does not mean that we'll just have another Round Square committee. If we were to join, the integration will mean that we will be living and breathing Democracy, Adventure and environmentalism, and when people look at Christ's college, they will clearly see a school where leadership is held in the utmost importance, where service is an integral part of our lives, and that each and every student is a man who fully respects and appreciates cultures and races from all around the world. Our Committee is still working hard to figure out the best option for our school, but Round Square is hopefully something that we can look forward to in the following years. We’ll keep you updated when we make our decision.

Thank you


Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award

Bronze awarded to:

Toby Brooker-Haines
Vincent Kenworthy
Alistar Keleghan


Tuesday 7 June

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 7 June

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: ‘Rondo from Divertimento no.4’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - played by the College Woodwind Trio (Tom Kelly, Ederick He, and William Ju)

ACTIVITY REPORT: Daniel Freeman-Greene

Last Tuesday the Canterbury Secondary School cross-country champs were held at Halswell Quarry. College had a number of runners competing in all grades with all boys experiencing cold, wet and muddy conditions for the event.  In the U14 grade there were top 20 finishes for John Wells (10th), Jonty Gallagher (11th), Oliver Beresford (14th) and Dominic Edmond (18th). Overall the team finished in 3rd place. In the Junior race, Dion Houston continued his very good form by backing up his win in the CSS Road Race with a win in this event. Jono Stewart finished 13th in the Intermediate grade while the three Senior College runners all finished in the top 20. Henry Idiens was 6th, Hunter McKenzie 14th and Sam Averill 15th.

The top College badminton side played the top team from St Andrews last week and the scores were tied at 3 all after singles and double matches. On countback, STAC were given the win by 9 points.  In squash on Wednesday, College A were convincing winners 8-2 over Lincoln HS and the C team defeated Cashmere HS by the same score.

The 1st XI football side played CBHS on Wednesday and with the exception of a 10 minute period in which the opposition scored twice, the match was evenly contested. On Saturday the College football club enjoyed a Club Day with all but one team playing at home. The highlight of the day was the 15B's 3-0 victory over Selwyn FC. It was their first win of the season and the team played their best football of the year. Matthew Todd, and an own goal, gave College a comfortable lead, before a brilliant individual effort by Hayden Ott to score the third goal sealed the win. The 15A's also had a good win, reaching double figures in a goal-fest match. Will Schneidemann scored four goals, Isaac Kinney two, and Jordy Annand, Fin Smith, Owen Rees and goalkeeper Fergus Beadle scored a goal each. Both the 14A and 14B teams lost close tight matches by a 2-3 score line, but competed well. Kynan Salt scored two sensational goals for the 14A team, while Sam Barnett and Charlie Chubb scored for the 14B's. The 3rd XI had a solid 1-0 victory, and the 2nd XI lost 0-1 to Nomads in a game where College failed to capitalise on some good chances, including a missed penalty.

Only Friday night hockey games were played this weekend. The 1st XI played Burnside HS with the goal of continuing the level of play they had created the week previous. In a positive first half, College scored three goals through Rowan Taylor, Henry Phelps and Ben Epton. This was to be the end of scoring in the match and a 3-0 win to College. The 2nd XI lost a close 3-2 match to Lincoln HS 1st XI, Kurtis Weeks and Benji Clark scored hat tricks for the 3rd XI in their 8-0 win over CBHS, while the Youth White side defeated Burnside HS 3rd XI 2-1. Goal scorers were Jonty Iliffe and Thomas Stewardson.

The 2nd XV rugby side played well on Saturday to defeat Sydenham by 29-12. The U16A side lead at halftime in their match against Shirley BHS but were unable to maintain their level performance to eventually lose the match. The U15A side also played Shirley BHS and trailed 12 nil at the break. The team were 17-0 down with 15 minutes to play before a penalty try, and tries to Cyrran Hini and Callum Norrie had the scores tied at 17 all right on fulltime for an outstanding comeback. Will Chaffey played well for the 15B’ in their loss to CBHS with Rohan Tennekoon tackling superbly throughout the match, while the 14A side had a very convincing 46-3 win over St Bedes ‘B’.

Yesterday College hosted Rathkeale College in the annual winter tournament. Matches were played in hockey, football and rugby. In the hockey match, College had a number of players away on representative duties, which gave others an opportunity at this level. The end result was a nil all draw with both sides having chances to score. The football side played a well performing Rathkeale side and competed well but again had a brief period where the opposition scored twice for a 2 nil win. The 1st XV also had a team with a number of boys having their first start at this level. A positive start saw Jo Wilkinson scored twice for a 17-3 lead before Rathkeale came back and with 10 minutes to play the score was 17 all. Kaveni Balenacagi scored a try late in the game for a 24-17 win.  Next week a number of senior teams travel to Dunedin for the annual winter sports exchange with Otago BHS.


Mr Wynne - College Converstations #1 - Trevor Hone, today at 1pm.

Tuesday 31 May

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 31 May

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: 'Chuckles and Moan' - an original compostion played by Jan Kohout (voice/guitar)


Recently the Canterbury School Surf champs were held at New Brighton Beach in cold, freezing conditions. College surfers were involved in the champs in the U16 grade. Angus Mossman, who has been a regular competitor, finished 4th while Finn Brokenshire surfed very well to win the Canterbury U16 title. These champs are one of the trials for the Canterbury school surf team who will compete at the National school champs in October.

The Canterbury school individual squash champs were held on Sunday. Tristyn Stark, competing in the Boys B grade, played well and after round robin play finished 2nd overall. In midweek games the top College squash side lost 4-6 to Burnside with Ollie Brakenridge playing a great game to win a 3 set match, 15-5 in the third against a much older opponent.

The College – CBHS rivalry for the term was underway last week when the College badminton team of Jeffrey Lai, Josh Ting, Ralph Chiang and William Ju defeated their opposition 9-0.

The 1st XI football side travelled out to Ferrymead Park on Wednesday to take on Linwood College. After a number of opportunities in the first half, Finbar Gallaway scored the sole goal for College for a 1 nil lead at the half. College found their range in the second half to net five more goals and complete a well deserved 6-0 win. Second half goal scorers were Ben Smith, Kevin Guttman, Jack Mitchell and a double to Callum Long. Tomorrow the team plays CBHS at Yaldhurst at 5.30pm.

The Senior basketball side continued their recent good form in the Thomson Trophy competition with a 53-48 win over Rangiora. In the match Tom Crutchley defended well and was aggressive on offence. The U17 side defeated Burnside 76-32, while the Senior B side drew 33 all with Middleton Grange. In this match Fraser Mander shot well and Max Clark was a presence under the hoop with Middleton scoring a 3 pointer on fulltime to tie the scores. In other matches, both Year 10 sides had wins over St Bedes and Hillview but the highlight of the weekend was in the Y11 match. With seconds remaining in the game Reid Wyllie collected possession of the ball under his hoop and turning, threw the ball down the court to see it travel to length of the gym and through the hoop for an unexpected buzzer beating long distance shot. Tonight the Senior A basketball side play an away game against CBHS.

The 1st XV travelled to Timaru on the weekend and in very wet conditions completed a 36-0 win over Roncalli College. The team will now go into their annual clash with CBHS on Thursday unbeaten in the UC championship. The 2nd XV lost a close match to CBHS on Saturday 10-7 while the 3rd XV won their second game straight with a 32-17 win over CBHS 4th XV. The 15B side had a very good 39-15 win over Belfast and the 14B side scored over 50 points in their win against Shirley BHS ‘C’.

The 1st XI hockey side played a match of high quality on Friday to defeat St Andrew's by 5-2. This was the first win by College over St Andrew's in a couple of seasons and gives the team a great deal of confidence as the season continues. The 3rd XI, Colts, Youth Black and Youth White sides all started their competitions over the weekend with positive results. Oliver Tyler was MVP for the 3rd XI in their 5-0 win over St Bedes, the Colts side defeated Southern Green 6-1, the Youth Black beat Southern Blue 5-1, while Jonty Illife and Archie Hayman scored for the Youth White side in their 2 all draw with CBHS.

Good luck today for the College runners competing in the Canterbury School cross country champs at Halswell Quarry. On Monday the annual winter sports exchange with Rathkeale will occur with matches in hockey, football and rugby taking place.


Angus Dysart-Paul - speaking about the SADD Committee

Good Morning Gentlemen,

The world we live in can be a dangerous place. Risks confront us all everyday, and our awareness of those risks influences our behaviour. Today I speak to you on an issue in New Zealand that suffers from a lack of public knowledge and understanding. That issue is Dangerous Driving. It is because of this issue that Christ’s College has a SADD Committee with five aims; educating youth around safe speeds, minimising distractions, avoiding risks, driving to the conditions and of course sober driving.

The committee has started the year strongly behind the scenes; liaising with the National SADD body, and NZTA. College students have attended regional and South Island Conferences on the Topic of Dangerous Driving. The theme being, how to change the distressingly high rate of death and road injuries incurred by High School Students and under 24’s. The countries statistics are currently appalling.

New Zealand male drivers between the ages of 16-24 represented close to 25% of road fatalities over the first decade of the 21st century. And while the rate has in recent years improved, crash numbers remain extremely high in relation to the general population. Particularly when compared to females of the same age. In 2010 road fatalities for males between the ages of 15 and 30 almost outnumber the total of females killed on New Zealand roads. A shocking, cold reality.

However it is clear that not all fatalities are the result of reckless driving. Sometimes bad things happen to safe and cautious drivers, innocent victims on the road. Yet the massive over-representation of young men in car deaths demonstrates that our generation does not recognise and deal with the risks of driving as well as other demographics do. A fact that has a chilling consequence, the loss of life.

On top of the over-representation of male youth, Canterbury as a region consistently matches and even surpasses Auckland as the region with the greatest number of road fatalities. A population three times our size. With many fatal crashes occurring on small country roads, quiet by nature, where complacency leads to accidents, often devastating. These statistics are tragic in nature, each fatality represents a family without a loved one, mates without a mate.

College has lost old boys and students on the road. Devastating events that rattle the community and families. I imagine that we have all been affected by the sadness, sorrow, grief and a sense of loss that these events tragically generate.

It is said, “The one thing that is common to all human beings, is a belief that we are above-average drivers.”

Young men in particular have a tendency to believe that they are bullet proof, that they can get away with almost anything, seldom yielding to challenges no matter its foreseeable consequences. It is this confidence that can have such devastating results on our roads. When you gain your drivers licence you have very little experience. You do not possess the skill of your parents, and unless we each understand our circumstance, then the danger we face behind the wheel is greater, the possibility of dire tragedy occurring, higher.

This year the Students Against Dangerous Driving Committee aims to spark a dissuasion about our actions on the road. The risks when you speed, the risks when you carry passages on your learners or restricted. When you are complacent on the gravel road on the way home, when you try to show off with reckless behaviour. These actions are illegal for a reason- to protect you and lower the danger to yourself and those you share the road with.

The committee this year is aiming to bring speakers from the Emergency Services into the school to speak to seniors in particular about their experiences first hand, the consequences of not following the law, and the effects of overestimating ability. With other ideas also in the pipeline.

The issue of dangerous driving and our personal actions on the road will not go away, we must recognise how our actions have consequences, we must all take steps to improve our driving, and we must be cautious with our lives, challenges we must collectively tackle.

Anyone with further ideas or thoughts on this issue is welcome to get in touch with me.

Thank you.

George Blake - speaking about the CBHS rugby game

This week three of College’s top winter sports teams will play matches against CHBS. Starting tonight the Senior A basketball team will play against the top boys high basketball team in the boys high gym starting at 7:30pm.

Tomorrow evening starting at 5:30pm the 1st XI footballers will take on the boys high 1st XI football team at Christchurch football centre on Yaldhurst Road.

It would be great to see plenty of support down at these two games, to help the teams to try to attain wins against Colleges’ biggest rival.

Then on Thursday as you as know, is the biggest rugby match of the year. The one we all look forward to.

The televised traditional game against the Boys High 1st XV. What a spectacle it will be this year, hosted by College on Fortress Upper. It would be great to hear heaps of noise and positive support from the sideline as the 1st XV go up against their toughest opponents so far this season.

There will be a chants practice tomorrow during the scheduled congers time, on Upper if the weather is fine or in the hall if it is raining. The chants have been shared with everyone, so if you haven't had a look at them already, have a look. We will also look to practice the school haka, Jerusalem and Mine eyes have seen the Glory during this time. (Will be included or not included, depending on Mr Donaldson’s decision).

Devereux Roberts, Benji Clark, Henry Rolleston - launching the Commotion Contemporary Movement Company



Mr Aburn - Contemporary music programme at College. Would like to meet those boys interested after Assembly - introduce Nolan Hungerford.

Mr Wynne - College Conversations, #1 Trevor Hone on 7 June

Tuesday 24 May

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 24 May

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: Josh Meads (guitar), 'Eruption' by Van Halen

ACTIVITY REPORT: Angus Dysart-Paul

Last Wednesday was the first round of grading games for College badminton, table tennis and squash teams.  In badminton matches, the top College side were defeated by Riccarton HS while the youngest team at school played a Year 11 St Bedes side. In this match Luke Murch, Joshua Mortenson and Ben Davis won their singles matches before Joshua and Ben won their doubles match for an overall 7-2 win. In squash grading games the College A side lost to CBHS Blue but the B1 and C sides won their matches. In the B1 side, Angus Oh played well to win his match against a much more experienced player. It was a successful first day for the three College table tennis teams with all three teams winning their grading games.

On Thursday a number of College athletes travelled to the A&P Showgrounds for the annual CSS Road Race champs. Hugh Finlay was 13th in the Athletes with Disability grade while John Wells was the best placed runner in Under 14 grade when he finished 9th.  There were three other runners in the top 20 which placed the Under 14 team in 3rd place overall. In the Junior event, Dion Houston ran a superb race in windy conditions to win the 3km race in under 10 minutes. This result and two others in the top 20 left the College Junior team in 3rd place overall.  In the Senior 5km race, Ben Marshall-Lee was 10th and Hunter McKenzie 16th. Next week the College runners will compete in the annual CSS cross-country champs at Halswell Quarry.

The Senior A basketball side won their second match in a row on Tuesday night when they defeated Middleton Grange 82-57. The team lead by only one at quarter time but Will Harrison combined well with Hunter Aarts  and College pulled away at the half before Max de Geest landed several three pointers to see the team finish strongly. The U17 side lead after three quarters of their match against St Thomas but the opposition made a late rally to take the match. Standout players for the day were Marshall Stark, Thomas Berg, Tom Davidson and Tim Ding. The Senior B side lost a close match to Rangiora New Life 48-37, while the Year 10 White side defeated St Andrews 37-25. In this match Fergus Beadel scored 12 points and Simon Jung played some fantastic defence.

The 1st XI hockey team played CBHS on Friday night in a top of the table clash. College played well in the initial part of the game but were unable to convert their chances. CBHS took the chances they had and led 3-0 early in the second half. At this point the game could have got away from College but a penalty corner goal to Rowan Taylor and then a field goal to Nic Lidstone had the team within one goal. Both sides then had late opportunities but were unable to convert, final score 3-2 to CBHS. Oscar Wilson and Oliver Tyler played well to help the 3rd XI defeat Burnside HS 5-0 while the Colts side had a very good 6-3 win over Hornby in wet and cold conditions. This Friday the 1st XI side play St Andrews College in another top interschool clash.

The 1st XV played Lincoln HS on Upper on Saturday in very wet conditions. Despite the tough conditions the team won comfortably by 34-7 and now travel to Timaru this weekend to play Roncalli. The 2nd XV beat Merivale-Papanui for the second time this term while the 3rd XV scored two late tries to win their match against Hornby by 29-22. The 15B side trailled by 20-5 at half-time but turned with the wind to score a hard fought 41-32 win over St Bedes. Edward Peak scored a hat trick of tries while Will Chaffey was outstanding with his work rate and tackling.

The 1st XI football side played Lincoln HS in their latest round of the school champs. The game was well contested in the first half and College were only down by one goal at the break but a flurry of late goals in the game saw the score balloon out to 5-0 at full-time. This week the team play Linwood HS at Ferrymead Park. In other matches the 3rd XI drew their match with St Andrews, while the 15A side played a very good match to defeat CBHS 15A by 3-0. Goals were in the match were scored by Roberto O’Shannessey, Jordy Annand and Ollie Pavey. The 14B side had their first win of the season. It was a cohesive team effort with Ben Evans being awarded man of the match. Aperahama Astwood scored two goals and Ryan Liu and Charlie Chubb one each, in the 4-3 win over St Bedes Black.


Benjamin Dawson - speaking about an Environmental Committee

I’m looking to establish an environmental committee for 2016, and if any boys across all year groups might be interested in being a part of the committee, there will be a brief meeting after boarders' lunch on Wednesday in B3 over in the science block. This year in the committee we will be looking to get amongst some local work for the environment, whether that means picking up rubbish or heading out one day to plant some trees, or participating in other related activities. Of course it would be fantastic also to hear suggestions and contributions from any of you boys that might be keen on getting amongst the committee, and if you feel you’ve got any ideas just come down to B3 tomorrow lunch time. If you have any questions regarding this year's committee please don’t hesitate to chat to or email me -

AWARDS: School Summer Sport Colours

Certificates presented to:


Sam King
Jayden Beckett
Callum Long
Henry Patterson
Nic Murray
Hunter McKenzie
Hamish Rowley
Joe Wilkinson

Congratulations to Connor Leadley who was one of 18 students from Dunedin to Auckland who attended the New Zealand International Biology Olympiad training and selection camp in April and who has been named in the New Zealand team of four to travel to travel to Hanoi, Vietnam in July.


Paul Rodley - regarding the Tech Hub IT Careers Expo at Aurora Centre on Wednesday 25 May


Tuesday 17 May

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 17 May

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.


Year 11 rock band plays a 4-minute long song they have written as an original composition which they will be performing at the regional RockQuest competition on Saturday.


The 1st XV remain unbeaten after four rounds of the UC Championships. The 1st game was a win at home against Burnside HS followed by a close away win against St Thomas. In a midweek match last week, the team defeated St Bede's by 40-19 and finished a huge week, with a convincing win over Rangiora. On Saturday the team play a home match against Lincoln HS. In other matches last Saturday the rugby club enjoyed a successful day of grading games with all teams having a win. The U13 side in their second competition game bounced back from their defeat last week to record a comeback win 21–19 over St Bede's.

The two Senior basketball sides are well into their competition with five rounds already completed. In the Saturday U20 grade, the Senior A side have a 4 win, 1 loss record and had a 92-73 win over CBHS last weekend. The U17 side have played four matches with a 2 win, 2 loss record and the team defeated Pioneer 85-46 in their most recent match. On Tuesday night the Senior A side are involved in the Thomson Trophy which is the Canterbury Schools competition. The College side lost their first match to Burnside and then won a thrilling overtime match at home last week against Papanui HS. Tonight there is a double header in the College gym, with Rangi Ruru girls playing first followed by the College team at 6.40pm against Middleton Grange.

The 1st XI hockey side had a successful ANZAC preseason tournament in Hamilton over the holidays. During the tournament the College side played five of the top eight schools from Rankin Cup last year. The team had 3 wins and 2 losses and included an historic first win over Hamilton Boys’ High. In the local competition the team has had two matches and recorded wins over Cashmere HS and St Bede's. In the St Bede's match Henry Phelps scored five goals, having scored three in the match against Cashmere. On Friday night the team plays CBHS at Marist Park. In other matches, the 2nd XI played very well to defeat Ashburton College 1st XI 2-1, the 3rd XI defeated CBHS 7-0 while the Colts won their match 9-2 against Harewood with Liam Adams and Kyle Houston scoring hat tricks.

The 1st XI football team have had two rounds of matches so far this term. In the first match the team enjoyed a 3-0 win over Riccarton HS but lost a very close game 4-3 last week to Rangiora HS. On Wednesday the team plays Lincoln HS in the third round. On Saturday the 2nd XI played one of their best games of the season to draw with St Andrew's while the 15A side had a 5-3 win over Nomads. Both 14th grade sides were involved in tight matches with both teams losing by a solitary goal.

Last Thursday the top College swimmers competed in the Canterbury secondary schools champ, which were held at Jellie Park. After a very good day of racing, College achieved three individual titles, two to Hunter Wilson and one to Nathan Penrose, one 2nd place and five 3rds. In relays, College teams collected two 2nds and three 3rds.

This week the final group of winter sports teams begin competition when squash, badminton and table tennis get underway while the top College runners will take part in the Canterbury Schools Road Race event on Thursday.



Cross Country

Certificates presented to:

Under 14 Individual Race

1st Place – Jonty Gallagher (Christ’s College Pewter Tankard)
2nd Place – Oliver Berseford
3rd Place – John Wells

Junior Individual Race

1st Place – Dion Houston (Christ’s College Pewter Tankard)
2nd Place – Finbar Gallaway
3rd Place – Zac Gallagher

Intermediate Individual Race

1st Place – Jono Stewart (NW Piper Cup)
2nd Place – Sean Swanson
3rd Place – Jay Sprott

Senior Individual Race

1st Place – Henry Idiens (HBS Johnstone Cup)
2nd Place – Ben Marshall-Lee
3rd Place – Hunter McKenzie

Winning House trophies presented to:

1. House Cross Country Cup – Harper House
2. Challenge Cup Fives (Open) – Harper House

School Colours


Cameron Smith
Oliver Tyler
Oscar Acland
Rowan Taylor 
Jack Beadel
James Newton
Angus Gray
Monty Batchelor
George Gould
Paddy Hone


Dylan Heap


Ben Chamberlain
Ben Thomson
Daniel Freeman-Greene


Hunter Wilson


World Schools Golf Challenge Trophy presented to:

Zach May
Nik Bull
Fergus Williamson
Thomas McClean

Tuesday 3 May

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 3 May

DEPUTY 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.






Rowing video to be shown; Mr Henry Smith will then speak; winning crews come up on to the stage one at a time culminating in the presentation of the Maadi Cup and Springbok by Mr Wynne.


A small group of the Our House team will perform one song from the production (approximately 6 minutes).

Assembly notes for Term 1

Tuesday 5 April

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 5 April

DEPUTY 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: Jack Tyler (violin), 'Danza Pastorale from Spring' by Antonio Vivaldi.


Last week was the culminating round for CSS midweek sport with the final round of tennis being played and playoff matches in water polo and volleyball. In tennis the top College side won the Premier grade while the B5 side were 1st equal in Division 2 and the B6 side 1st equal in Division 3. In the Junior competition, College were 1st equal in Division 1 and 1st in Division 2. In the Year 9 grade, College teams finished 2nd in all three divisions. Two volleyball teams were involved in finals with the Senior Black side defeating Rangiora HS to win their grade while the Junior B side were unable to repeat their win over Papanui HS in their final. In water polo, the Senior College side finished as top qualifier after round robin play and almost completed the season with a title but lost an agonisingly close match to Burnside HS by 10-9.

At last Wednesday’s Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, Christ's College entered two teams who performed excerpts from Love’s Labour’s Lost and Henry IV. Both teams were rewarded with positive remarks from the audience and assessors on the night, and delighted the crowds with their Shakespearean comedy. Love’s Labour’s Lost received an award for Audience Connection, while the Henry IV team received the Comic Ensemble Award. Everyone involved made this an exceptionally positive experience and demonstrated an aptitude for Shakespearean theatre that shows College is still an acting force to be reckoned with. 

Over the weekend the first round of football games were played for the season. The 2nd XI travelled to Ashburton to play Mid-Canterbury FC and won 2-0 with Lachy Duff scoring both goals while William Pegg scored a hat trick for the 3rd XI in their 3-3 draw with Papanui-Redwood. The 15A team started the season well with a positive 4-2 win over St Bedes and the 14A side were very competitive in their match and had a narrow 3-2 loss after conceding a late goal.

College rider, Luke Zydenbos has recently been selected in the Canterbury U21 team who will compete in the NZ Pony Club Association Mounted Games Championships in Papakura.

Over the weekend a large number of College athletes travelled to Timaru for the South Island School Champs. In good conditions many personal bests were achieved and a number of athletes collected medals. In the U14 grade Tim Ward was 2nd in the 200m and Matt Durant 3rd in the 400m while the U14 relay team were 3rd in the 4x100m event. In the U15 grade Matthew Todd was 1st in hammer and Cody House 1st in 80m hurdles. Cody also collected a 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in the long jump, Dion Houston was 2nd in 3000m, Alex Hemens 2nd in hammer and Tom Kelly 3rd in hammer. Sam King collected golds in the 200 and 400m events in the U16 grade. Isaiah Punivai was 2nd in hammer, Simon Brown 2nd in javelin and Patrick Thacker 3rd in discus. A large Senior group competed with seven medals won. Nic Murray won both the hammer and javelin titles, Jayden Beckett won pole vault and Kaveni Balenacagi won shot put. Joe Wilkinson was 2nd in pole vault, Hamish Rowley 2nd in hammer, Callum Long 3rd in pole vault and Dallas McLeod 3rd in discus. Along with the top 3 results, a further 13 top 5 placings were achieved by College athletes. Congratulation to the College athletes after a great term of results.

This week is summer tournament week. The Senior tennis side are at Nationals and had a first day loss to Scots College and play Auckland Grammar and Hamilton Boys today. College rowing crews were on the water yesterday in heat races at the Maadi Cup regatta with the finals beginning on Friday. Later in the week, College students compete in the New Zealand schools triathlon champs in Queenstown and also the team sailing championships in Nelson.


Jonty Brackenridge

Speaking about the Humanitarian Committee


NZ Association of Language Teachers - Certificate of Excellence in recognition of:

Ko Miura - NCEA Level 2 Japanese endorsed with Excellence

Kevin Guttmann - NCEA Level 2 German endorsed with Excellence

Joe Hutchinson - NCEA Level 2 German endorsed with Excellence

Hamish Thomas - NCEA Level 2 French endorsed with Excellence

Matthew Edmundson - NCEA Level 1 German endorsed with Excellence

Jeremy Lidstone - NCEA Level 1 German endorsed with Excellence

William Quin - NCEA Level 1 German endorsed with Excellence

Joshua Meads - NCEA Level 1 French endorsed with Excellence

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival - Group Awards

At last Wednesday’s Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, Christ's College entered two teams directed by Ms Bleyendaal, performing excerpts from Love’s Labour’s Lost and Henry IV. Both teams were rewarded with positive remarks from the audience and assessors on the night, and delighted the crowds with their Shakespearean comedy.

Everyone involved has been practising during lunchtimes, holidays and after school for the past 7 weeks and the hard work certainly was evident at the competition. All 13 students involved conveyed their enthusiasm and joy with charming success.

Love’s Labour’s Lost, cast with five Year 13 students, received an award for Audience Connection, while the Henry IV team received the Comic Ensemble Award. 

St Margaret’s College and Cashmere High, who have since been selected for the National Competition as well, bested both teams on the night.

Everyone involved made this an exceptionally positive experience and demonstrated an aptitude for Shakespearean theatre that shows College is still an acting force to be reckoned with.

Group Awards:
Love’s Labour’s Lost - Award for Audience Connection
Henry IV - Comic Ensemble Award


Love's Labour's Lost: William Burns, Henry Rolleston, Sam McGuire, Benji Clark, Jared Chin

Henry IV: Jared Chin, Angus Wheelans, Finn Sziranyi, Hugo Beale, Brent Criglington, Charlie Horncastle, Luke Zydenbos, Angus Mossman, Josh Ting

Backstage Assistance:

Jacob Banks


“Our House” ticket sales open today. You can purchase them online by going to It is a fantastic modern show with some of Rangi’s and our best singers, actors and dancers and it is on almost as soon as we get back next term. Again, for details.

Tuesday 22 March

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 22 March

DEPUTY 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: (Tom Kelly (flute), 'Chanson de Matin' by Edward Elgar.


On Saturday, 36 College athletes competed in the Canterbury schools athletic finals held at Rawhiti Domain. It was a very successful day with two Canterbury records set, 16 Canterbury titles won and a further 19 top three finishes. Sam King created a new record in the 400m while Isaiah Punivai set a record in the junior hammer throw. Canterbury title holders are Jayden Becket (pole vault), Matt Durant (400m), Cody House (200m, 80m hurdles & long jump), Dion Houston (3000m), Sam King (200m & 400m), Patrick Thacker (shot put and discus), Callum Long (triple jump), Nic Murray (javelin), Isaiah Punivai (hammer), Hamish Rowley (hammer) and the Intermediate and Senior 4 x 100m relay teams won gold. Last meet for the term is the South Island school champs next weekend in Timaru.

Cricket finished on the weekend with both the 1st XI and 2nd XI losing their final two day matches while the 3rd XI quickly wrapped up their match against Shirley BHS to win by 145 runs. Jordy Annand and Gus Coates took three wickets each to help the Colts side defeat CBHS, and Henry Eglington took 5 wickets for 3 runs for the Year 9A side in the win against Shirley BHS. The Year 9B side lost their match to St Bedes but bowling first, College bowler Jonty Gallagher took 6 for 18 off 7 overs while the Year 9C side lost a close match with Charlie Hanson and Owen Short scoring half centuries. Yesterday the 1st XI side played a Gillette Cup quarter final against Ashburton College. Batting first College made a small total of 142 but turned out to be more than enough with the opposition dismissed for 21 with Riley Tempero taking five wickets for six runs.

A large contingent of rowers travelled to Twizel on Friday for the South Island school champs. At the end of two days of excellent rowing, College finished the regatta with two South Island titles, two silver medals and three bronze. The U17 eight, U16 and U18 coxed four were third, the U15 and U16 eight were second and the U15 coxed octuple sculls and U18 eight received gold. The senior crews now spend the week in Twizel preparing for the final regatta, the New Zealand schools champs, which take place in the final week of the term.

Over the weekend College cyclist Jono Stewart competed in “Le Race” between Christchurch and Akaroa. The overall event was won by Hayden Roulston (Olympic medallist and Tour de France competitor). Roulston won in a time of 2 hours 41 minutes, while Jono was only 15 minutes behind him. Jono finished the race 19th overall out of 571 finishers and was 1st in the Junior section. In the recent NZ track nationals his Canterbury team won bronze in the U17 pursuit and he finished 4th in the 2000m scratch race.

This week is the final round of CSS sport with volleyball and tennis teams playing in finals. On Wednesday the Senior College water polo team will play in the Christchurch final against Burnside HS after the team finished top seed from round robin play. Good luck to all these teams for their final matches.


Joe Hutchinson

Good morning. In the past, the Student Welfare Committee has made a range of changes around the school, such as changing the timing of the Rolleston Avenue - Gloucester Street lights, introducing contact boys and increasing the number of drinking fountains around the school.

This year, we’re focussed on improving College for everyone. This has two aspects. Firstly, we want to make sure that everyone knows that they belong at College. Whether you’re a boarder or day boy, if you’re a rower or do theatresports, no matter your religious, sexual or political orientations – even if you’re Australian – you belong at College.

The other part of our aim is to improve our College lives in general. Suggestions on how to do this can be big or small – we want to hear them, regardless. So, if you have any suggestions, come and see me, or email in the usual way at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or, if you have something that you think needs to go right to the top, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and your suggestion will be fielded by Mr Wynne, Mr Donaldson and myself.

We want to make this year a good one at College, as well as those in the future, so don’t be afraid to be yourself, and don’t be afraid to make suggestions on how your time at College could be improved.