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Assembly notes - 18 October

18 Oct 2016

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 18 October

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

ASSEMBLY MUSICAL ITEM: 'Scrapple from the Apple' by Charlie Parker, played by George Murray (piano), Harry Hartstone (double bass) & Angus Murray (drums)


It has been a very busy holiday period for a number of College sport’s teams and individuals.

Angus Mossman and Finn Brokenshire were members of the Canterbury Scholastic Surfing Team that attended Nationals in Gisborne during the holidays. There were 10 regional teams competing and at the end of competition the Canterbury team was placed 3rd overall with Angus finishing 17th in the U16 boys grade.

The rugby season was completed over the holidays with the final representative games. Two major tournaments were held in Canterbury involving a number of College students. The South Island U18 tournament was held in Lincoln and the Canterbury Metro side defeated Tasman to win the final. The Metro team had College players James Coull, Kaveni Balenacagi, Kale Thatcher, Taine Hintz and Dallas McLeod. In the South Island U16 tournament the Canterbury Metro side defeated Southland to win the title. College players involved in this team were Patrick Thacker, James Jerard, Sam Darry, Rhys Thatcher, Ollie Porter, Kurtis Weeks and Isaiah Punivai.

Dylan Heap has competed in two ITF U18 tennis tournaments over the holiday break. In the Auckland event, Dylan was seeded 10th in singles and 6th in doubles. In singles he won his first three matches and was knocked out in the quarter-finals but performed better in the doubles to finish runner up. In the next tournament in Hamilton, Dylan defeated opponents from New Zealand and Australia and eventually lost his semi-final match. This weekend he will compete in the NZL Masters tournament in Wellington.

Each year the Zonta Sports Awards are held to acknowledge the top sports men and women, and teams amongst Canterbury Secondary Schools. This year, College is represented in the finals by rowing and rugby. The two College rowing crews that won the Maadi Cup and Springbok Trophy are team finalists while Ngane Punivai is a finalist in the sportsman of the year.

During the holidays a number of national junior hockey tournaments were held and College players were involved in some of these. Of note was the Canterbury U15A side who won their national tournament when they defeated Waikato in the final. The Canterbury team had College students Nic Lidstone and Lars Dalley in the squad.

The Senior A basketball team completed their season when they attended the NZ Schools finals in Palmerston North during the first week of holidays. The level of competition was a big step up from what they had previously experienced at local and South Island tournaments. Despite only winning two games during the week over Nelson College and Selwyn College, the team was very competitive and played well against the best basketball teams in the country.

The 1st XI cricket side had pre-season wins over Rangitoto and Onslow College as they prepared for the second half of the season. The first round of competition matches over the weekend was affected by wet weather and only two games were played on Saturday. The 1st XI had a comfortable win over North-West cricket with Isaac Bird scoring a half century while the 2nd XI lost their first match against St Andrews. On Sunday the top three College sides had games. The 3rd XI lost to St Andrews while the 2nd XI recorded a very good win over CBHS Colts with George Blake scoring a half century and Will Greenslade taking four wickets. The 1st XI played a Gillette Cup semi-final against St Andrew's.

College could only manage 157 in their innings with Ben Dickie scoring a half century. St Andrew's were at one stage 58 for 5 and College were in the game but a very good partnership eventually saw them home by three wickets.

This term there are a number of house sport events taking place so ensure that you check house noticeboards for draws and dates over the next three weeks.


Angus Dysart-Paul - speaking about the Christchurch Anglican Synod


Ngane Punivai - presentation of his NZ Schools Rugby Jersey to Mr Wynne


Rugby - Ngane Punivai, Dallas McLeod, Kale Thatcher, Taine Hintz, Patrick Thacker, Jonathon Gemmell, Matt McKellar, Ben Chamberlain, Isaiah Punivai, James Coull, Jayden Beckett

Football - Tom Botting, Nicholas Kittelty, Callum Long, Sam Cameron-Dunn, Will McLuskie, Kevin Gutmann

Canterbury Schools Cycling & NZSS Road Cycling Championships

Michael Audeau - National Under 14 Cycling Champion - Gold medal for points race, silver medal road race


Choral Music - Tom Botting, William Burns, Henry Rolleston, Harry Whitnall

Junior Regional Debating Competition - Wills Wynn-Thomas, Joshua Stevenson and Fawzan Sugarwala

Australian National Chemistry Quiz

Earlier this year a number of the senior Christ's College students sat the Australian National Chemistry Quiz (ANCQ) as part of their Chemistry courses for the year. The quiz is set by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and was sat by over 100,000 students from over 1,600 schools in 17 different countries. This year four of our students were awarded the coveted High Distinction Excellence awards for their outstanding performance in the competition, placing them in the top 1% of students in New Zealand.

Congratulations to Jayavi Premaratne (Y11), Fawzan Sugarwala (Y11), Christopher Brown (Y13) and Michael Williams (Y13)


Mr Garth Wynne - The film that Christ’s College and St Margaret’s College produced last year, Connected won the Secondary School section of the 2016 Unishorts International Film Festival held in Auckland during the weekend. Old Boy, Amazir Aknine, who directed the film, was present in Auckland to receive the award.

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