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Assembly Notes – 1 March

01 Mar 2018


Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. Asks for silence as he says a prayer.

Musical Item

'While We Are Young' an original song composed and performed by Will Pegg

Activity Report

Harrison Voice

This week the annual summer sports exchange took place between Otago Boys and College. In the tennis fixture, the first part of the encounter was played indoors due to the weather but the tie was eventually completed at Hagley tennis club. After 32 matches of doubles and singles, College came away with a clean sweep by winning all matches for a commanding win. The 2nd XI cricket side also had an effected fixture which was meant to be a two day game but turned out to be a T20 match on day one, followed by a 50 over match on day two. In the end College was successful, winning both games. In the T20 match Max Heywood took four wickets and Will Prentice hit 44 to chase down 120 while in the one day match Owen Rees took four wickets in the College win. The 1st XI match was delayed on day one but College batted first and declared at 157 with Kurtis Weeks scoring 80. Otago Boys made 97 for 3 before declaring then Lachie Harper scored 72 to help set the opposition 217 to win. In a very tense match Otago finished 38 runs short and College were unable to get the last wicket to complete the victory.

Over the weekend the College polo players played in the first school’s tournament for 2018. The morning saw the College B team playing matches against Medbury A, St Margaret’s B and St Andrews B. Winston Hutchinson was the team captain and lead his team to three strong wins to finish at the top of their grade. Winston was also awarded MVP of the grade.

In the afternoon, the College A team played Christchurch Combined where they struggled to play together as a team and lost 2-1. Next up for them was St Andrews A. After a strong strategic talk from coach Charlie Wood College they went on to win 1-0. This then put them back into the final against Christchurch Combined. With their heads in the game the boys played much better and at the end of the chukka the score was locked at 0-0. The teams then went to a rundown and Christchurch combined just bet the College team. Both teams will see each other in March for the next tournament.

This weekend the top Senior tennis side travels to TImaru to play in the South Island schools championships. The team qualified for this after winning the Canterbury champs a couple of weeks back. In this tournament they won matches over St Bedes, Shirley and CBHS and now go to the South Island tournament as defending champs.

The Senior waterpolo team had an outstanding year last year and the new look team has begun the Canterbury school’s championship this month. To date, the team has played three matches with a 20-7 win over Shirley Boys and 20-4 win over St Andrews. In a top of the table clash with St Bedes, College trailled 5-1 early in the match but came back late in the game at 12-12 before losing the match 13-12. Tonight the team plays Burnside High.

Congratulations to at athletes who competed last week in another successful College athletic sports. Edward Hsing broke the school pole vault record on Friday and then travelled to Timaru on Saturday to compete in the Athletic Canterbury Club champs. Edward managed a height of 3.60m to win the U18 title and complete a very successful two days of competition for him.

A reminder that all boys who made the Top 5 in any championship track or field event in the school championships are eligible for selection to the Canterbury school champs. Boys who wish to compete for College must read the student notice sent by Mr Christey and confirm they are keen to attend this event by Friday.

The College rowers enter the final stages of preparation for the season. On Friday they travel to Twizel for the South Island school champs and then the Maadi cup crews will stay on for an intensive final training camp. Good luck to all crews racing this weekend.


Reid Wylie – speaking about Flight School
Junie Wee – speaking as Head of Round Square
Oscar Wilson – speaking about his Round Square Big Build trip to Vietnam in December
Cameron Jones – speaking about Environment Committee initiatives

Next time I’m up here on stage, I’ll be telling you about how the arts and culture are going to grow this year at College  … there’s a lot to tell you … But right now ....  I’m here to talk about this Saturday and Sunday …

This weekend! we have auditions for this year’s senior major production ...  West Side Story. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950’s. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. It’s a big show with a big cast, big songs, big dances, big fights and heaps of opportunity to shine.

We’ve joined up with Rangi Ruru to create the show, which means you’ll be working with lots of talented girls; ***as well as boys from College.

The Audition Pack is on Schoolbox: and you access it through Student Notices. In there you will find all the information you need to sign up and the material you have to learn for your audition.  It tells you

  • about show dates,

  • about rehearsals,

  • about the process and

  • about the parts you can try out for.

You do need to sign up in the next two days by going to Student Notices, clicking on the link, reading all the information and then clicking on the bottom of page five to access the audition booking form.

West Side Story is available to years 11, 12 and 13 and I’d personally recommend you grab the opportunity.

You’ve gotta to get on to it quick though…  IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

I hope to see many of you at the auditions in the OBT this weekend.  See Mr Chambers, Ms Peers or me if you want more information.


Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze Awards
Jack Noble-Adams
Kynan Salt

NZSS Athletics Championships
Sam Idiena

Executive Principal concluding comments

Mr Cortesi – Football registration
Mr Aburn – Emergency evacuation procedure

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