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Assembly Notes – 11 June

11 Jun 2019


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

Musical Item

'Hornpipe Humoresque' by Noel Rawsthorne, performed by Sam Kelly (Chapel organ)

Activity Report

Will Chaffey

On Friday last week, the College choirs competed in the New Zealand Choral Federation Big Sing competition. Friday saw just over 1000 singers involved in the Canterbury Festival. The Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum and Collegium, the combined choir with St Margaret's College, all performed exceptionally well and displayed a great level of musical commitment. At the conclusion of a very long Gala Concert, The Chapel Choir was delighted to be awarded the best performance of a classical work, while Schola Cantorum won the Best Tenor and Bass choir award.

Over the last month a group of College fencers have been competing in a regular inter club competition. Tobin Butler, Tim Wang and Oscar Aynsley have been representing College on Friday nights and the team have won their first two rounds comfortably. 

Last Wednesday the College cycling group had a good day in the weekly school’s racing. The event was a scratch race with Michael Adueau finishing 3rd and Fearghus Bratten 5th in the A Grade race, while Thomas McEwan was third in C Grade, Sam Willems 3rd in D Grade and Archie Franks 3rd in E Grade.  The team continue racing weekly and build towards the South Island schools road race champs that take place at the end of this term. 

The 1st XI football side clocked up their fourth win of the season when they defeated Rangiora by 3-0 to stay in touch with the leaders in the Premier competition while the Junior XI came back from 1-0 down at the half to defeat Burnside by 7-1. Lewis Whiteside scored four of the College seven second half goals with Rheon Salt, Matthew Brett and Henri Murison scoring the other goals.

On Saturday at home the 15A, 2nd XI and Ravens all had very good wins with the 14A side drawing their match 2-2 with CBHS. For the Ravens, Charlie Owens scored three goals to help the team win 5-3, while Roberto O’Shannessey scored twice for the 2nd XI in their 3-2 win over FC Twenty.

The 100th rugby match between Christ’s College and St Bede’s College was played on Upper last Saturday and it was a fittingly hard fought game. St Bedes started the stronger of the two sides and made the most of their opportunities to score two tries in the first half. There were periods of good attacking play from College but they could not breach the St Bede’s defence. Down 12-0 at half time, College needed to start the second half well which they did through a spectacular Will Prentice try from the kick off. Shun Miyake added a penalty to get back to 12-8 before St Bede’s stretched out to 20-8. College showed good resolve and came back at St Bedes through a converted George Matheson try but were unable to close the gap. St Bedes ended deserving winners at 20-15.

A number of other rugby teams played St Bedes opponents on Saturday with the 15B side winning in impressive fashion by 96-0. The U14B side played well in the windy conditions to defeat Shirley Boys by 52-24 while the U58kg team defeated St Andrews by 36-22. 

Last night the Senior A basketball team played Otago BHS in the first match of the annual winter exchange. In the end College won comfortably with Josh Book scoring 44 points to lead the way. On Saturday the U17B side won their game 68-59 with Matthew Lewis top scoring while the U20 side lost a close match to St Andrews by 71-69.

On Friday night the Y10 Black team defeated Hillview 55-52 having lost to the same team by 20 points in a previous match. The Y10/11 Black side were involved in a dramatic match which saw the College side in real foul trouble and reduced to only 3 players for the last 3 minutes of the game but held on for a 43-39 win over Rangiora. The Year 11 White side won 54-38, Senior Black won by 66-14 and Tom Downs scored for the Senior Grey side in their loss to St Thomas.

The 1st XI hockey side won their match against Burnside HS by 1-0 thanks to a penalty stroke by Tom Macfarlane, the 2nd XI draw 1-1 with CBHS 2nd XI while the Colts side won 1-0 over Ashburton HS 2nd XI with Alex Stead scoring the winning goal. 

Today the annual Otago BHS winter exchange takes place with matches in squash, junior and 1st XI football and hockey, debating, clay target shooting and 1st XV rugby match on Upper at lunchtime. Good luck to involved.


Zac Matson – speaking about Arts Week
Tommy Whitaker – speaking about Year 10 dance
Henry King – presentation on the junior Round Square Conference in Woodleigh, Melbourne  


2019 Ethics Olympiad Medals
Acknowledgement of sporting excellence

Executive Principal concluding comments


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