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Assembly Notes – 11 March 2021

11 Mar 2021

Deputy Principal

Welcome from the Deputy Principal


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

Activity Report

Sam Idiens

Despite the region being in Level 2 last week, all sport matches and competitions were able to continue locally albeit with a few changes to the nature of how they were run.

This week the College volleyball club had another busy Monday night with all teams playing. The Senior A side travelled to Shirley Boys for a match against the top Shirley team and while they competed well they were unable to defeat a very god opposition. The Senior B team lost a 5th set 15-12 to lose a tight match to St Thomas, the Senior Yellow, Green and Blue teams all had wins and the Junior A side continued their good form with a 25-12, 25-11 win over Burnside HS B.

A couple of weekends ago the Senior A volleyball team were involved in the South Island school champs. Entered in to Division 2 there were initial pool games with wins over St Thomas and John McGlashan before a lost to CBHS. The team still advanced to Top 8 where they started with a 5th set loss to Middleton Grange before wins over Otago Boys and King’s High which put the team in to the playoffs. In the semifinal, the College team reversed their initial result to CBHS and won 3-1 and then again defeated a team who had beaten them earlier in the tournament. This time it was a five set win over Middleton Grange for the South Island title. This weekend the team plays in the Canterbury champs before heading to Palmerston North in tournament week for nationals.

Yesterday two cricket finals were played which involved College teams. The 1st XI were down to play CBHS 1st XI in the final of the midweek T20 competition having come through pool play unbeaten but unfortunately the afternoon rain postponed the match to next Wednesday.

The College Colts team have played two matches this week in the NZCT cup. On Monday the team hosted Waimea and defeated them by 91 runs to advance to the regional final which was played against St Andrews. Bowling first College restricted STAC to 179/9 off their 40 overs with the spin trio of Jackson Garry, Gus Eglinton and Ben Laing combining well. In pursuit of the total Paddy Cochran scored 47 opening the innings and Finn McCormack-Young hit 45not out off 28 balls to help the team to a three wicket win and a place in the national finals in Palmerston North during summer tournament week. This will be the first College Colts side to play in this finals tournament.

In matches on the weekend the 1st XI and 2nd XI are both in good positions after day one against their St Bedes opposition. Monty Rookes scored 76 and Nick Gibbs 72 not out for the 1st XI and Harry Sharr scored 94 for the 2nd XI. The Dev XI are in a strong position against Rangiora 1st XI while the 3rd XI lost a close one day match against CBHS. The Y9A side chased down a large total from CBHS thanks to an unbroken 200 run partnership between Alf Markham (97no) and Ewan Whiteside (75 no). The 9B Black side won a close match by 8 runs over St Thomas thanks to some great death bowling by Hayden Douglas.

The Senior A waterpolo team have now played three matches in the local school competition and started the season with a good win over St Bedes B. In recent weeks, the team lost a close game to CBHS and then played the top team from St Bedes. In a competitive match the College side showed they can compete against the top sides but St Bedes proved too good in the end. The team next play Shirley Boys and they continue to prepare for the upcoming South Island champs.

At the recent Canterbury Athletic champs, a number of College athletes competed with a great deal of success with 15 top 3 placings. There were titles to Charlie Cameron (U20 pole vault), Joseph Nash (U16 200m), AJ Madondo (U16 triple jump), Jack Smith (U18 hammer) and Lachlan McVicar (U16 javelin). From these championships Charlie Cameron and Jasper Moss were selected for Canterbury team to compete in the National club champs which subsequently has been postponed due to recent COVID level changes. Congratulations to all these College athletes.

Over the weekend a number of College basketballers have been named in NZ squads for age group trials. Nic Book has been named in the U15 group and Tom Harrison, Jordan Braithwaite and Hunter Adam have been named in the U17 group. Boys will trial at the end of April for final NZ age group selections. Congratulations to these players.

Good luck to all sportsmen and teams competing over the next week and many groups build towards end of term matches and tournaments.


Thomas Stephens – Head of Wellbeing
Josh Jolly
 – Head of Arts & Culture, speaking about the photography/painting/design competition
Bradley Shearer – Head of Biculturalism

Musical Item

“The Well Tempered Clavier I” written by Baroque, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach from his 1722 publication the Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 852, performed by Bruce Chen.


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Lachie Short
James Drury
Jesse Crawshay
Thomas Currie

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