Assembly Notes – 18 June 2020
18 Jun 2020
Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. Asks for silence as he says a prayer
Allegretto movement 'Horn Trio No.1' by Frederic-Nicolas Duvernoy, performed by Joshua Hooker, James Drury and Bruce Chen
A change in COVID Alert levels over the last couple of weeks has not only allowed winter sport trainings to get underway, but has also allowed for competitions to be started. It has been great to see so many College sportsmen out getting involved and also being able to watch some live sport.
Last weekend, Jamie Yee and Callum Hackston both represented Canterbury in the online national debating tournament. Over a pretty grueling day of limited preparation debates, the Canterbury team won three out of three rounds, convincingly beating Auckland, Wellington and Otago teams to achieve the strongest results Canterbury has ever seen at debating nationals. Both boys will have a second shot at selection for the New Zealand team when they travel to Wellington for the face-to-face national tournament in August.
On Sunday, the College clay target group competed in the first secondary school shoot for the season at the Waihora Gun club. The team of nine competed in the disciplines of skeet, single rise, points score and single barrel. Individual success went to Ben Davis (2nd in the A grade points score), Henry Lassen (2nd in B grade singe barrel and 3rd in B grade single rise) and Tom Macdonald (4th in A grade single barrel). In the teams competition six members shoot with the four best scores counting towards the overall team. College scored 221/240 and tied with St Andrews but then went on to win the shoot off to win the team event for the first ever. Congratulations to the team of Connor Graham, George Nehoff, George Helmore, Henry Lassen, Harry Trolove and Tom Macdonald.
Football has been underway for the last couple of weeks with all the College weekend teams having played two matches so far. On the opening day, there was a mix bag of results but a number of teams secured convincing wins. The 14 Black and 14A side had wins with Lucca Wiseman and Matthew Brett scoring five goals each for the A side. In other matches Henri Murison, Archie Franks and Jake Cutler all scored hat tricks to help the Ravens and 2nd XI to wins in tough wintry conditions. Last weekend there were more individual goal scoring with Dion McCrostie scoring four for the 14 Black side, and Matthew Brett a second hat trick for the 14A side in their 3-3 draw with top side Parklands. The 1st XI football side played a preseason match last week and recorded a 2-1 win over St Andrews and last night had their first competition match against CBHS. College trailed 1-0 early on before goals to Kynan Salt and Kosei Oikawa had the team leading 2-1 at the break. A goalkeeper error early in the second half allowed Sam Averill to score the third for College. A late goal to CBHS made the game close but College held on to win their opening match 3-2.
The Senior A basketball team had their first hit out of the season in round 1 of the U23 competition on Saturday. The team took on Gators Red and ended up winning 83-60. Nale Fifita added 21 points and 13 rebounds with Josh Book finishing with 14 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists. On Tuesday night the team played St Bedes in a warm up match for the Thompson Trophy which begins next week. In a tough match the College side went down 84-77 with Tom Harrison having a great game on both ends of the court.
This weekend College has almost 40 teams getting underway with competition matches in basketball, football, hockey and rugby. The 1st XV travel to Timaru for their first match of the UC Championship, the 1st XI hockey side play CBHS on Friday night at Nga Puna Wai while there are home matches in basketball on Friday night and football and rugby games at CCCG on Saturday.
It has been great to see many of you out supporting the Senior rugby group on Saturday against Rangiora, the Senior basketball side on Tuesday and the 1st XI football team last night. I encourage you to get out and support your fellow College sportsmen but remember to focus on encouraging our players and team and not turn your attention towards the opposition or officials. We are very fortunate to be able to be back playing sport so lets make the environment both on and off the field a positive one.
Good luck to all College sportsmen involved in games this weekend.
Lachy Kitchen – speaking about Wellbeing Week
As we know the last few weeks before the holidays can be an absolute grind, I sure know myself that it can be quite hectic and stressful lately. But hopefully we can levitate this.
The wellbeing team have been getting amongst it and are fizzing to bring some enjoyment to the boys. We’ve had to reshuffle some activities from this week's Wellbeing Week due to implications with COVID-19, so the wellbeing activities will be distributed in the next few weeks.
First up, Mufti day is on Friday with the theme of crazy/fancy sock day, so bring a gold coin. The proceeds will go to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, in connection with Men's Health week. Then in the last week of school because of such high demand, free hot chocolate morning is on, as well as Gumboot day in support of Mike King’s ‘I am Hope’ campaign in which were bringing back the wristbands and were having a gumboot throwing contest, with a pizza shout on the line for the winning house.
Back to men's health week, unfortunately, men and mental health are on the back foot from the start. We are three times more likely to die by suicide, it's up to you to and everyone in the room to change that. Approximately one-third of boys at this school have received in the past or currently are receiving counselling. This might come as a great surprise to some. If you take a moment to think of the two people sitting next to you, chances are one of you will be receiving help. That's the positive takeaway from this is, perhaps we aren’t so reluctant to seek help as we believe. However, maybe we are too reluctant to talk about it with our mates.
And if it’s anything I’ve learnt in the last two weeks, it’s that absolutely anyone can be affected by depression or mental health issues.
Breezy challenge for the week is to connect with someone you know who is struggling at the moment, ask what's really up, spin a yarn and talk it out.
Cheers boys, appreciate ya listening.
Jamie Yee – speaking about House Plays and Arts Week
Academic Awards (following reconsideration)
Jeremy Kinley (Year 12) – Gold Tie
Thomas Clarke (Year 12) – Gold Badge