Assembly Notes – 12 March
12 Mar 2019
Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. Asks for silence as he says a prayer.
Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone, performed by Connor Graham accompanied by Mr Sutcliffe.
Last Thursday saw the first round of the Junior Inter-school Debating tournament. With two teams debating against each other, College were guaranteed a win. The CC Black Team of Oli Aikawa, Isaac Heap and Oscar Gosling were affirming and the CC Gold team of Bruce Chen, Thimeth Wijesinghe and Freddie Suddell negating on the topic of body modifications with technological implants. After a very strong debate on both sides, CC Black took the victory with Isaac Heap named best speaker.
On Friday the annual Canterbury Schools triathlon champs were held at Sumner in cold, damp conditions. College had a small group of individuals competing in the swim, bike and run event. Over 80 individuals and teams competed and at the end of racing College had two podium finishes. Sebastian Fergusson was the 12th person home overall and finished 3rd in the U19 male individual race. Kyle Houston was the 2nd person home and only beaten by an U19 team. He won the U16 grade event and was the first individual home beating the top U19 athlete. The College triathletes now turn their focus to the Nationals in New Plymouth during tournament week.
A large group of over 80 rowers travelled to Twizel for the South Island school’s regatta, and the final event before the Maadi Cup regatta in Cambridge. After three days of great conditions and racing, College finished with three South Island titles and three silver medals. The U15 Octuple, U16 coxed four and U18 novice eight completed great preparation for nationals with titles while the U18 four and eight and novice four were 2nd. This week the rowers heading to Maadi complete their final preparations during the last rowing camp in Twizel.
In Christchurch over the weekend the National athletic club champs were held. Wet and cold conditions did not help various events but a number of College boys achieved PBs and top 3 performances. In the U18 competition Alfie Baker achieved a great double with third placings in both the high jump and javelin while Charlie Cameron was 2nd in pole vault. Jordy Annand continued his successful season with a 3rd in the U20 long jump while Edward Hsing was 2nd in pole vault. Edward also competed in the Senior pole vault and finished a very creditable 5th in New Zealand. The Canterbury school champs are the next focus for the College athletes.
The weather affected cricket on the weekend with a number of games starting late due to rain and even some games being abandoned without a ball being bowled. The 1st XI played North-West 1st XI and started the match batting and achieved 158 for 5 declared with Thomas Graham top scoring with 56. In reply North-West are 46 for 5 with Will Greenslade taking 3 of the wickets. The 2nd XI are in a tight two day match with Timaru Boys 1st XI while the 3rd XI are in a dominant position over Riccarton HS 1st XI. Batting first College made 258 with Ben Abbot making 92 and Josh Wood 60. College then bowled Riccarton out for 43 and at one stage they were 15 for 7. Charles Goodwin 4 for 5 and Ben Evans 3 for 8 were the key wicket takers in the innings. The Year 10A side were involved in a close match with CBHS with Ollie Jones scoring 52 and Scott Winefield taking three excellent catches.
Jonty Hodges has had a successful week in mountain biking. Last Wednesday as part of the school race series Jonty raced in the B grade along with 42 other riders and finished 2nd after a 3 lap race and was only 17 seconds behind the winner. Over the weekend Jonty competed in the Motatapu bike race which is a 47km mountain bike event with just over 1500 competitors. Jonty took 3 hrs 16 to complete the course, was the 151st person in (out of 1529) and was the 2nd in the 16 to 18 age grade. A great effort.
Good luck to all sportsmen competing this week as the final weeks of the summer season occur and competitions begin to reach playoffs and finals.
Zac Matson – speaking about Arts & Culture
Nic Lidstone – speaking about Character & Leadership
Josh Kumbaroff – from Fire & Emergency New Zealand
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards
Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards
(the first in three years)
Executive Principal concluding comments
Year 13 to remain behind with Ms Evans regarding Scholarship