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Assembly Notes – 14 May

14 May 2019


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

Musical Item

Cyclone by Sticky Fingers, performed by Dominic Edmond

Activity Report

Fergus Beadel

The members of the Senior A College debate team were in action on Saturday at the Canterbury impromptu debating regionals, with good results all round. The impromptu format requires teams of two, and the College teams were comprised of Angad Vraich and John-Paul Lay, and Jamie Yee and Joshua Stevenson. Both teams debated well and took three wins out of four in the round robin section of the tournament, but Jamie and Josh made the finals on the back of higher speaker points. In front of a large crowd the College team fought a thrilling debate with the top St Andrew's team. Josh's compelling analysis was well contrasted by Jamie's humour, but unfortunately this was not enough to overcome the strong STAC team. Congratulations to Jamie, Josh, John-Paul and Angad and good luck for the Canterbury traditional debating regionals this weekend.

Last Thursday the annual Canterbury Secondary School road race was held at the A&P showgrounds. It was a quick turn around for the College runners who had competed in the school X-country earlier in the week. In the Year 9 3km race, James Lange ran to a top 10 place when he finished 8th while school junior champion, Sam Idiens, was 2nd in the U16 race only a few seconds behind the winner. College had a number of senior runners competing with Kyle Houston being the best placed runner in 10th and the team finishing 4th in the grade.

The next event is the Canterbury school X-country champs at the Ascot Golf course which occurs in a couple of weeks. Any runners interested in the event should email Mr Christey.

The Senior A basketball team had a busy week with three games in five days. In their first Thomson trophy match, the team defeated Burnside HS by 95-64 with Josh Book scoring 27 points, this was then followed by a win over Rangiora HS in overtime by 82-76 in a curtain raiser to the Rams and then the team defeated Gators on Saturday by 98-73 with Mason Whitaker scoring 25 points. The team plays St Bedes tonight at home in the College gym.

It was a successful Saturday of basketball with the U23, U20, U17A and U17 Dev teams all winning their matches and the U15 side losing a close 76-70 match to St Thomas. Tom Harrison scored 32 points for the 17A side while the U17 Dev team had another close match, this time winning by one point over Mairehau HS by 73-72.

The 1st XI football side enjoyed their first win of the season last week when they defeated Lincoln High by 1-0 with the winning goal scored by Jordy Annand early in the match. The team now plays St Bedes on Wednesday afternoon at English Park.

On Saturday the final round of grading games were held with some good performances. The 15B side defeated Selwyn United 2-1, the 15A side won 5-3 over FC Twenty II to remain in

Div 1 while Jack Lindo went on a scoring spree with five goals for the 2nd XI in their 7-2 win over Nomads and top of their division.

On Friday night the 1st XI hockey side draw level with St Bedes after a great penalty corner from Tom Macfarlane with only 4 minutes left in the game but Bedes were awarded a penalty stroke right on full-time which they converted for a 2-1 win after the final whistle. The team travels to Ashburton on Wednesday for a midweek match against Timaru Boys’ High. The Youth Black side claimed a 1-1 draw with St Bedes with Rajan Stephens scoring the goal for College.

This year College have a group of students involved in clay target shooting and on Sunday the team had their first interschool competition for the year. Nine shooters were involved with George Nehoff, Tom Macdonald and Henry Lassen all winning their grades. The top College team finished 4th overall with the group preparing to travel to Invercargill in the July holidays for the South Island school champs.

The final group of College teams gets underway this week with squash, badminton and table tennis beginning on Wednesday. Good luck to all individuals and teams this week.


Matias Biraben-Clough – speaking about Pink Shirt Day


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards

Sam Willems
Janindu Pahalawatta
Justin Barclay
Peter Bodie-Healy
John Wong
Matt Durant

College Cross Country

Under 14 – 1st James Lange
Junior – 1st Sam Idiens
Intermediate – 1st Kyle Houston 
Senior – 1st Dominic Edmond

Summer Sports Colours (Part 2):

Athletics – Alex Hemens, Edward Hsing, Matthew Todd, Oliver Beresford, Jordy Annand, Alfie Baker
Polo – Henry Batchelor and George Hutchinson
Sailing – Rupert Limbrick


Executive Principal concluding comments


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