Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei
Aim for the highest cloud so if you miss it, you will hit a lofty mountain
Welcome. Another year at College is about to begin. My time here has been an amazing journey and I find it hard to believe I am already in my last year of school.
An attribute unique to College is the House system. Right from the start, this enables boys to have a sense of belonging and affiliation with something bigger than themselves. The fact that this system is vertically structured means boys of all ages are able to interact with each other, which fosters many mentoring relationships and creates opportunities for older students to develop leadership qualities. There are so many opportunities in the House, whether through sport, music or House plays. As with anything, the more you put in, the more you will get out of it – so I encourage you to put your hand up for anything that comes your way, especially if it puts you outside your comfort zone. Now is your opportunity to try that new sport, take on a role in a play or perform on stage when you otherwise wouldn’t have.
It is no coincidence that College is one of the leading schools in New Zealand when it comes to academic achievement. It is the result of quality teachers, small class sizes, state-of-the- art facilities and a culture of excellence. We take great pride in what we achieve, however, good character and life skills will get us much further than academic results alone. MANifesto for seniors and Immerse & Inspire for Year 10 students are examples of the excellent programmes College offers to help boys become better young men.
There is a strong focus on wellbeing at College, as an underlying foundation to ensure all boys have the opportunity to perform at their best.
There is a strong focus on wellbeing at College, as an underlying foundation to ensure all boys have the opportunity to perform at their best. We have an amazing team of counsellors and staff who do their very best to make sure every boy is mentally prepared and happy while at school.
While College is an Anglican school founded on Christian principles, through the teaching of Rev. Bosco Peters I have come to appreciate just how diverse a world we live in. Rev. Peters is much more than a religious educator. He has given us a much broader understanding of other cultures and beliefs and taught us the importance of acceptance and tolerance. This is critical as the world is increasingly a smaller place.
Sport and cultural activities are another fundamental part of life at College. They build camaraderie and friendships among boys in all year groups and have the added benefit of teaching us many valuable life lessons. Through sport, I have learned the importance of hard work, discipline and time management – all characteristics that can be applied in other areas of school and life in general. We are blessed to have amazing facilities and outstanding coaches, tutors and resources. Personally, I have found sport enables me to perform better in the classroom and balances other aspects of school life and wellbeing.
My one piece of advice is that your time at College will pass incredibly quickly, but if you make the most of it your memories of College will last a lifetime. Throw yourself into everything you can, make mistakes, set goals, achieve, make lots of friend but, most importantly, enjoy and have fun. Bring on 2019.
Head Prefect 2019