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Assembly notes - 21 February

21 Feb 2017


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

Assembly Musical Item

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

Activity Report

Sam Cameron-Dunn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

· Dealing with the refugee crisis

· Questioning the legality of building a Mexican wall

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

Vincent Li - speaking about International Round Square

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s a quote from the talk.

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

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

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

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

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

Round Square. Building the foundation for our future.


NCEA Scholarship in Calculus - Chris Jung

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