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Assembly Notes - 17 October

17 Oct 2017

Prefect

Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. Asks for silence as he says a prayer. He then announces the national anthem. Sing. He then asks the school to sit.

Musical Item

‘Not a Loser’ composed and performed by William Pegg

Activity Report

Jeffrey Lai

It has been a busy holiday period for a number of College students and staff involved in end of season winter tournaments and initial summer training camps and preseason matches.

After winning the South Island basketball title for the first time in College history the Senior A team travelled to Palmerston North filled with confidence for Nationals.

Pool play involved five matches with the top two teams advancing through to the quarter finals. Day one began well for the team with a 79-68 win over Cashmere HS and a 77-53 win over Wellington College. This was a key win for the team in the pool. These matches were then followed by wins over Kelston Boys and New Plymouth and a final showdown against one of the tournament favourites Palmerston North Boys. In a close match the team lost 50-47 to finish 2nd in the pool and qualify for the top 8.

In the first knockout match, the team played a quarter final against Auckland Grammar and won 79-74 to advance to the top 4 semifinals. In a very close encounter College lead Rosmini College late in the 4th quarter but the opposition rallied to send the game in to overtime. Rosmini then jumped ahead in overtime and held on to defeat College 76-72. In this match Max Darling scored 37 points and Max de Geest 26. In the final match of the week the team lost the 3rd / 4th playoff to Mt Albert Grammar, to claim 4th place in New Zealand. Following the tournament, Max Darling and Max de Geest were named in the tournament team after their performances from the week.

Jack Drage travelled to Australia over the holidays as part of the NZ Secondary Schools orienteering team where the team was successful in winning the Southern Cross trophy. Individually Jack achieved a 1st in the Australian Champs Under 16 teams relay and a second place in the School Sprint team champs.

Isaiah Punivai was selected for the New Zealand Schoolboys rugby team, while Patrick Thacker was chosen to represent New Zealand in the Barbarian Schoolboys team. These College students played test matches against Tonga, Fiji and Australian schoolboy sides.

At the National Short course swimming championships held recently, James Currie achieved a bronze medal in the 13 years 200m breastroke event.

Congratulations to these boys in the national level success.

Over the holidays there were also a number of College students involved in National and South Island tournaments as Canterbury reps in hockey, football and rugby. Congratulations to all those students performing at the regional level.

The summer season has begun with the College rowing club enjoying two training camps at Twizel over the break to kickstart their programme. A local regatta at Ashburton and the Otago champs in December will allow the club some racing opportunities during this term.

The 1st XI cricket side had a disrupted preseason programme last week and their first competition game of the season was cancelled due to the weather. They did manage one match against the visiting Onslow College from Wellington. Playing on an artificial wicket, College batted first and made 193 after a good start with Nic Lidstone (76no) and Isaac Bird (42) top scoring for College. In reply, Onslow were on track to reach the target but Richard Turpie and Riley Tempero restricted the opposition batsmen at the end of the innings with College winning by a narrow margin of 4 runs. This week the team plays a Gillette Cup knockout match on Thursday against Ashburton College before all cricket teams get underway on Saturday.

This week summer sport gets underway for all with volleyball matches occurring last night, tennis and waterpolo beginning during the week and athletics and cricket on the weekend. It is also a very busy few weeks of house sport with a number of events on each week during lunchtimes and afterschool. Please check house notices for draws and fixtures.

Speakers

Junie Wee / Cameron Jones – speaking about the Round Square trip to South Africa

Over the holidays Junie and I attended the Round Square international conference in South Africa. There were over 1000 delegates that attended the Conference in Cape town, where we met people from over 180 different schools across 50 different countries. The underlying theme of the conference was to unite to ignite the fire within.

We started the trip with 30 hours of travel to get to Cape town where we stayed at a hotel and settled in. The first day was the opening ceremony and during our stay at the hotel we listened to 4 keynote speakers. The first was the Big Cat Guy, who adapted his real life sightings of the big 3 cats, lions, leopards and cheetahs, into stories of perseverance, ignoring distractions, and utilising our intelligence. Next to speak was a very passionate vet who talked to us about service and the emotions he went through when he was face to face with a dehorned, dieing rhino. The third speaker was a popular african singer, Zolani Mahola, who talked to us about her experiences during the apartheid and the importance of unity. The final speaker was a shark attack survivor who shared his journey, the importance of service, and his take on life after losing his leg to a great white shark.

Over the next 3 days we separated into 18 different groups - called baraza groups, baraza meaning "The coming together of different people". Barazas allowed us to freely hold debates and provoke thoughtful discussions, surrounding questions such as: What is poverty? What are the solutions, do we think, that will decrease the number of people in poverty? We only live for about an average of 80 years so what should we do to live a virtuous life and why? Other issues including whether or not religion affects the way our society functions were also discussed.

We were then allocated into 5 different groups and we headed to different destinations to participate in our chosen activity. Cameron went surfing and spotted a pod of 4 whales, and I went to Cape Point - the most south-western point of the African continent.

So what have we learnt from this conference?

Through participating in activities and discussions that were based around this year’s RSIC theme “to unite to ignite the fire within us”, we’ve discovered that, overall, NZ does not possess a strong national identity and also we are not a very unified community - that is if we compare NZ to other parts of the world. After all, NZ is, we believe, is still a very young country and possibly may be the reason why.

Secondly, racial discrimination was a hot topic that was brought up in our baraza group. We came up with the conclusion that racial discrimination is one of the key obstacles in our society that hinders the development of modern civilisation in this day and age. Arguably, it may be because what ultimately makes up our world is the people in it, not the people running it. We must learn to be open-minded about different cultures, appreciate their way of life and their habits too. And this, we believe, will allow us to be one-step closer to being a unified country and ultimately will allow us to create a stronger national identity.

Why do we lack national identity and why does racial discrimination exist?  What is identity and how do we create it? These are questions we must answer to achieve unity and national identity.

Overall the trip was a great experience, it was thought provoking, we made life long contacts, and it was enjoyable. We hope now that as a school we can better implement this idea of unity and create more opportunities for service over the next few years, so that we can all, unite to ignite the fire within. 

Henry Seaton – speaking about next weeks debating exchange with Rangi Ruru Girls' School

College has been invited to attend a social debating evening at Rangi Ruru next Tuesday (24 October). This is a great opportunity to try out debating, learn about how it works, and hopefully meet some new people along the way. Everyone is welcome to come, regardless of age or experience, so hopefully we can see a lot of you there.

The evening will start with a show debate between the top teams from Rangi and College, and then we will have a round of debating with random teams, which will be a fun way for people to learn about how everything works for the first time.

It will run from 5.30 pm to 8.15 pm at the Gibson Centre and English Block at Rangi Ruru. Snacks will be provided, but you will need to bring your own dinner.

To register, please fill out the form which will be on Student Notices after assembly, and feel free to talk to me if you have any questions.

Jacob Banks – speaking about next weeks Film Festival

This year many College boys have been working on producing films. They have written scripts, mastered using cameras, lights, microphones and editing programs in order to tell stories which they think will be of interest. The culmination of all these efforts comes together at next week's College Film Festival in the OBT. This is the 15th year this event has run and the standard has been getting better every year. Three judges from the film and TV industries will be awarding prizes in seven categories, including best overall film. 

The evening will be in two parts with an interval, refreshments and free entry.

The Christ's College Film Festival is on at 7pm in the OBT next Tuesday the 24th of October. You and your parents are most welcome to attend. Please be on time (7pm start) and in school uniform.

See Mr Hewson if you require any further information on the evening.

Mr Chambers – speaking about next years production West Side Story

Mrs Harding – speaking about 'Let's talk Europe'

Awards

Mainland Football Trophies – 2nd XI, U14A, U14B, U13A

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award – Max Heywood

Honours Ties

Drama – Jacob Banks, Jeremy Lidstone, Paddy Coates, Luke Zydenbos, Raiyan Azlan, Jono Raymond, Alistair King, Sam Mackay, Angus Mossman, Sam Howard

Instrumental Music – George Murray, Henry Phelps, Robert Rolleston, Angus Mossman

Debating – Henry Seaton, Nic Stevens

Deputy Principal concluding comments

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