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Assembly Notes - 1 August

01 Aug 2017


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

Musical Item

‘Nocturne’ in E flat by Chopin, performed by Mars Yang on the piano

Activity Report

Jacob Banks

The term started well for the top College table tennis side when the team defeated CBHS Black by 8-1 last week. Vincent Li played very well for the team while Henry Crampton played some very good table tennis to help the C1 team beat Riccarton by 9-0. The squash teams also enjoyed a positive start for the term with the College White and Black sides winning 8-2 over their opponents from St Bedes and Lincoln High School.

Hockey on Friday night was played in very wintry conditions. The 1st XI played an under par performance in their 3-1 win over St Bedes while the 2nd XI played a very cohesive team game to defeat St Bedes 2nd XI by 10-2 with Liam Adams scoring four goals and Gus Coates two. Charlie Dyer scored two goals for the 3rd XI in their 3-2 win over CBHS Headmaster XI with Douglas Milne being named the team MVP; Ederick He played very well in goal for the Colts to help them draw their match 2 all with CBHS Colts and Tim Gould and Ben Zwarst scored goals for the Youth Black team in their 2-1 win over St Andrews.

In Friday night basketball, the Senior B team played a very good Papanui side and lost 38-27 while the Senior Black side travelled to Rangiora and with only five players managed to beat the home team. Josh Ting was the top scorer for the Senior White side in their loss, and the Year 10 Blue team defeated Riccarton by 30-20 to continue their recent run of wins.

On Saturday the U23 side had a 63-55 win over Atami, the U20 team lost 84-60 to Ashburton and Will de Geest and Tim Ding produced good performances for the U17 side to help them to a 57-46 win over St Andrew’s College. The U15 side trailed by a large margin against CBHS early on in their match but came back to eventually lose by 69-64.

On Friday the Senior A basketball team will play Middleton Grange in their first Thomson trophy match this term.

The 1st XV side played their home game against Shirley BHS on Saturday at Hospital Corner and in a tight contest, College ran out winners by 27-22. This weekend the team will play St Andrews College in one of the traditional fixtures for the season.

In other matches, the 2nd XV resumed the second half of the season with a very good win over CBHS 3rd XV, the 15A side lost a close match to St Andrews by 25-20 while the two U14 sides had wins. The 14A side defeated CBHS ‘B’ by 46-0 with Jack Belcher scoring three tries and Guy Chaffey two and the 14B’s won 53-10 against CBHS Gold.

Over the holidays College student Zach May travelled to the US to compete in two international golf tournaments. In San Diego, he competed in the IMG Academy World Junior Golf tournament and was tied for 41st in the 13-14 years grade. He then travelled to Las Vegas and played in the World Stars of Junior Golf and finished 5th. This was a great result for Zach. In Canterbury, Zach has recently been named the most promising junior male player and was selected to attend the NZ Golf Junior Development camp.


James Newton – speaking about a new internship

Sam Blake – speaking about Cricket Live volunteering

Many of you know old boy Alex Reese is the founder of the Cricket Live Foundation which operates in Sri Lanka and India. It’s goal is to enrich the lives of underprivileged kids by using cricket as a vehicle to develop life skills and provide a pathway for their futures. Last year five boys travelled to Sri Lanka, volunteering their time to organise and run the end of year cricket tournament for the kids involved in the cricket live programme.

This year the opportunity will again be available for students in years 11,12 and 13, it is based around a cricket tournament, however you don’t have to be a cricket player to go. The trip will take approximately two weeks at the start of the summer holidays, leaving after prize giving and arriving home before Christmas.

It’s a life-changing opportunity to immerse yourself in a completely different environment that will give you a greater appreciation for how others live, while allowing you to help them and make a difference. To register your interest or if you have any questions, email myself or Mr Porter for more information. 

Hugo Beale – speaking about the film festival next term

Vincent Li – speaking about International Week

International Week will take place next week, spanning over four days, with events happening every lunchtime from Monday through till Thursday. 

The committee has been working hard at building on the foundations of Languages Week, which has been laid in the past ten years by the Modern Languages department. Our goal for this week is to promote and celebrate the existing international culture within our own school, and to also educate on the various cultures, countries and languages outside of the school. International Week is also linked to our involvement with Round Square, which has now allowed us to become part of a global network consisting of 180 schools throughout 40 plus countries.

To start the week off, we will have the annual, international­ themed Chapel service. During lunchtime, an international quiz will take place, with tuck­shop vouchers up for grabs for winning team. You must assemble and sign up in your own teams, with 2­4 students in each. Send me an email with your team members to register: do this by the end of the week. In addition to this, throughout the day, you will be in mufti, with each house themed in the countries which you can see now. 

On Tuesday, a Student vs Staff debate will take place in The Chapman Room, with the moot “This house will reform the Soviet Union.” 

On Wednesday, be sure to get the creatives of your house together, as there will be an inter­house flag competition held on Upper. You will be creating a new flag, themed around the country that your house had during mufti day. 

On Thursday, to finish off the week, there will not only be food trucks available during lunch, but there will also be various International Sports set up for you to try. These include: sumo suits, indoor bowls, (se­puk tack­ra­ow) and Ki O Rahi.

Schedules and explanations will be available for you in your houses. Remember that you still have until Friday this week to submit your writing piece for the writing competition. Check student notices for details. I look forward to seeing all of you enjoy the various experiences throughout International Week.


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award – Wilson Murray

Executive Principal concluding comments

Mr Eccleton to speak to Year 9-12 regarding the subject selection process for 2018
(Year 13 to leave; former Medbury students in Year 13 to remain in the
Assembly foyer to rejoin the Assembly)

Mr Peter Kay, Principal of Medbury School 
(with former Christ’s College Medbury students in Years 9-13)

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