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Assembly Notes – 14 June

14 Jun 2018


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

Musical Item

‘Gitanerias’ by Ernesto Lecuona, performed by James Griffin (piano)

Activity Report

Callum Norrie

Over the last two weeks, senior College teams have been involved in two annual winter sports exchanges. Last week College hosted Rathkeale College from Masterton and this week teams travelled to Dunedin for matches against Otago Boys High.

Last week College had matches against Rathkeale in rugby, football and hockey. In the hockey match, College lead 2-0 at the half with goals to Liam Adams and Tim Cross but the team were unable to add to this in the second half while Rathkeale scored to keep the game in the balance which College eventually won 2-1. At ASB Park, the football teams clashed in very wet conditions. College competed well against their highly ranked opponent and despite early chances, did not score until late in to the first half when Jake Tacon finally beat the keeper. In the second half both sides had chances but both defences kept a clean sheet to leave College as 1-0 victors over Rathkeale. In the rugby match, Rathkeale were able to handle the muddy, wet conditions better than College and took an early lead which they never gave up to win 10-0.

This week five teams travelled to Dunedin to face Otago Boys. The 1st XI hockey side completed the double when they had a 3-1 win over their southern opponents. Goals were scored by Sam Blake, Henry Foster and Tom Macfarlane. The Senior A basketball team faced off against the highly ranked Otago team and in a very high scoring match lost 103 – 86 with Will de Geest (23) and Aiden Palmer (22) top scoring. The game was close for the first three quarters before the more experienced OBHS took control. The 1st XI football side scored first in their match through a great strike from Kynan Salt but then let Otago back in to the game through unforced errors which the opposition capitalised on. A second half goal to Finbar Gallaway was not enough to stop a convincing 8-2 loss. The top debating team were involved in a very close match which in the end was decided by only half a point to the hosts while a young College squash team were defeated by Otago Boys also.

Rugby has been disrupted over the last couple of weeks with ground closures but the 1st XV have continued to play. The annual CBHS match provided another high intensity match that showcased the best of schoolboy rugby in NZ. Playing in front of a passionate crowd both teams played with great intensity to produce a bruising spectacle. At half time, both teams were in the match but CBHS took it chances in the second half for a 32-16 win.

Last weekend the 1st XV faced a strong St Bede’s side and lead 15-10 at the half before a try to Zac Cran gave the team a further lead that they held on to for a 23-17 win and maintain 2nd place in the UC championship. This weekend the team play Nelson College.

College hockey teams had a full round last Friday night. The 1st XI travelled to the Rangiora turf to play St Andrews and produced one of their best all round performances despite losing the match. The 2nd XI played CBHS 2nd XI and conceded two goals in the first half before drawing the second half for a 3-1 loss with the goal scorer being Shahid Ali. The 3rd XI team had a very convincing 10 – 0 win over Shirley BHS with Nic Bull scoring 4 goals and Chris Lee 2. The Colts held on for a 4-3 win over Burnside HS 2nd XI with Matthew Patterson scoring a double while the Youth White team enjoyed their best game of the season with a 5-2 win over St Bedes. In this match goals were scored by Tim Hanson, Jake Abbis, Harry Penter and Bruce Chen. This Friday the 1st XI take on Burnside HS at Marist Park. 

The Senior A basketball side have had a very busy couple of weeks with five games. In the Thomson trophy, the team had a very good 92-83 win over St Bedes before losing this week to Rangiora by 80-67. In the Saturday U20 competition the team lost a narrow match with a couple of key plays not available. The U17 side won a nail biting 54-53 match over St Bedes while the U15 side dominated in their match over Burnside where they scored 103 points.

On Friday night the Senior B team had a fantastic game against Linwood High to win 58-38, the Year 11 Black team defeated CBHS by 68-19, while the 10A team beat St Thomas Red by 25-17. The Year 9 Black team played a great game against Rudolph Steiner to win 40-21 with stand out play from Sam Milner and Dominic Lee. 

Congratulations to Louis Clark who has been selected for the New Zealand Men’s Youth waterpolo team to compete at the World Championship in Hungary which will occur in August. The team will travel to Montenegro for a two week training camp prior to the Worlds. Next week Louis travels to Japan with the NZ Surf team. 


Cameron Jones and Alex Hlavac – speaking about their attendance at the Round Square Australasia & East Asian Regional Conference at Bunberry Cathedral Grammar School, Western Australia

Josh Ting – speaking about about the College Public Speaking Club

Why do we have to do public speaking?  No one wants to do it.

But for those of you who want to be a lawyer. Do you want to be the meek lawyer analysing his case in the counsel table? Or do you want to be up there, speaking to the jury and debating with the judge?  

If you're an executive, public speaking would allow you to give effective presentations which engage the audience. For those of you who want to be an engineer, public speaking would give you the tools that you need to go up there, and present your designs in a gripping, and impressive way. Even in an interview, it would allow you to be able to organise your thoughts in a clear concise manner which gives you enough time to think to put your best foot forward.

The great thing about public speaking it that it’s just like any other skill that we have. They can be built and they can be practiced. So rather than being caught up with your nerves, it gives you an option to speak up if you choose to. And the public speaking club provides an opportunity for you to practice and improve.

The club would be held at W304, during Monday Lunchtimes.  

Max Heywood – member of the Round Square Committee, speaking about global competency

As some of you may know my name is Max Heywood, and I am a member of the Round Square committee here at College this year.   

I would like to start by just clarifying what Round Square actually is;

Round Square is an organisation which connects 180 schools around the world.  The exchanges, conferences and service projects that Round Square schools are involved with, encompass 6 main IDEALS; Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service.

So, looking ahead, we have International Week, during Week 2 of Term 3.  Which will encompass many of these IDEALS through interactive activities, that I hope you will get involved with.

At the moment however, the committee is in the process of promoting global competency within our school.  With this in mind, we have come up with the idea of interviewing Old Boys about their international experience, to get their perspectives.  

I would like to show you the product of these interviews...

Whatever you may want to do with your life outside of school, understanding the importance of stepping out of the bubble we often find ourselves in, here in New Zealand, is vital.  From this short clip, I think we can take away the significance of being open minded to different cultures, whether that be within or outside our school environment.

We have recently been in contact with schools in Denmark, Jordan, China and South Africa.  We have discussed a number of ways to gain a greater level of communication between students, within our schools.  Junie will be inviting all students to be a part of this new initiative in coming weeks.

Sam King – speaking about junior lunchtime

Angus Mossman – speaking about Rockquest results from the weekend

The Christ's College Choir had a stellar performance at the Big Sing Regional Festival in Christchurch on Friday, with three choirs participating - Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum and the Combined Choir with St Margaret's College. Schola Cantorum - won The Best Male Choir Performance of the Day, Chapel Choir - won The Best Male Choir of the Day and The Best Performance of a Classical Piece. The Combined Choir - were awarded The Best Performance of a First Time Choir at the Big Sing, The Best Performance of a Contemporary Work and The Best Performance of a NZ Work. Following this success, College received the University of Canterbury Music Award. The boys are looking solid and are hopeful of being involved in the Big Sing Finale later in the year.

You guys are going to be seeing a lot of these posters hung up around the place very soon. That’s because our year 9 production Private peaceful is opening next Thursday! This will include 30 year 9’s on stage telling the story of what it was like to be a young kid growing up and taking part WW1. The play is intense, moving and memorable. There are boys from every house in the play, so all you juniors should really go see this play and support your peers. Tix $10 ONE WEEK TO BOOK


Last Saturday 6 College bands played their original music at the regional heats of this years Smokefree Rockquest. Of the bands that played 3 progressed through to the regional finals. These bands were The Subs, Household and Run77. Therefore college hold three places out of 12 at the regional final. This is one exceptional achievement, and it puts College above any other school that competed in the weekend. Due to some questionable judging, a couple of our bands were (in my opinion) ripped off, but overall it was a great weekend for College’s contemporary music programme. Win or lose, every boy put in hours of work, played their best and put College in a great light. I’m stoked for all of you,

Liam Allen is the bass player for “Household” a combined band featuring talent from College, SMC, Shirley and Girls High. “Household” are currently sitting at second on the people's choice award for Rockquest, and they need your help!

If we win this poll, we have a shot of making this years Rockquest National finals, along with Run77! If everyone after this could please go onto the Run77 facebook page and find the very first post, click the link, and cast your vote for household, you’ll be doing the school and I a massive favour. It’s completely free, and will only take a minute. Thank you.

Deputy Principal concluding comments

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