It’s all on – Arts Week 2019

25 Jun 2019

From a behind-the-scenes look at our Houses, to the Talent/Non-Talent show, a spirited game of House musical chairs and a hilarious staff vs students battle of wits, Arts Week revealed College is brimming with talent and there are plenty of boys and teachers willing to take life a little less seriously and focus on fun.

Monday 17 June

MTV Cribs may feature tours of the homes of celebrities, but College Cribs offers something far more interesting. The large crowd gathered in the Assembly Hall clearly enjoyed their chance to take a squiz inside College’s Houses. Created by students for students, College Cribs welcomed its audience in and revealed what goes on behind closed doors. Richards House proved the crowd favourite, pipping School House at the post for the win.

Tuesday 18 June

It was assembly, but not as we know it. With the Arts committee taking over and doing things their way, mimicking the mannerisms, actions (and muscles) of certain prefects and staff members. Guest speakers included media personality Jason Gunn and Child Cancer ambassador Jonty Gray, who urged the boys to get behind Wig Wednesday and talked about life with leukaemia and the 721 beads of courage he has accumulated over the last three years.

Whether talented or not, every boy has the chance to shine at College. The Talent/Non-Talent show at lunchtime gave a number of brave (some might say foolhardy) souls the opportunity to showcase their skills before an enthusiastic audience of their peers. Year 10 student and musician Joey Young won the talent section for his performance of his original song “Fall in Love”, while X Games – aka Ed Bayliss, Lachie Henderson and Jack Glass – scootered their way to non-talent success with some Lime tricks.

Wednesday 19 June

Harper House opened its magical dress-up box and pulled out an array of wacky and colourful wigs for Harper boys and some staff to wear for Wig Wednesday, raising funds to help the Child Cancer Foundation support Kiwi kids with cancer.

The hidden talents – and impressive mullet – of Executive Principal Garth Wynne were revealed at morning break, when he appeared with College rock band The Ku. After Garth’s exit stage right, The Ku – Year 9 students Freddie Backhouse, Ed Davidson, James Dunlop, Max Harris and Eric Kuo – performed their original song “Life at the Weekend”. They were followed by Joey Young.

A spirited game of House musical chairs took place in the gym at lunchtime. As the circle got smaller, the competition for the remaining chairs got more intense, and the game more chaotic. Down to the last two, it was Guy Chaffey of School House who won the final round.

Thursday 20 June

A more relaxed vibe around campus today, with a sausage sizzle and College bands playing on the Quad at lunchtime.

Friday 21 June

What’s the buzz? Staff vs students debating about vaping. With the teachers’ team of Sian Evans, Bosco Peters and Steve Everingham for the affirmative, and the boys’ team of Ellie Stevenson, Tim Cross and Jamie Yee taking the negative, the audience were treated to a hilarious battle of wits on the motion that this house would encourage vaping on school grounds. The teachers won, successfully arguing their case that vaping is cheaper and safer than smoking and allowing vaping would toughen up the image of College boys around town!