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Assembly Notes – 19 March

19 Mar 2019


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

Musical Item

Polka from Five Pieces by Dmitri Shostakovich, performed by Josh Hooker, Justin Hodges, and Bruce Chen

Activity Report

Will Greenslade

Debating last Thursday discussed justice and rehabilitation. College enjoyed an excellent night, with four senior teams turning out and three delivering wins. The A team affirmed the moot and had a solid contest with STAC 2. On College Black, Ben Pownall led the team well and set the stage for Monty Rose to make an impressive debut, while Josh Mortenson provided an excellent summary. George Gearry, Callum Hackston and Claude Tellick, who have debated together for years, won their first senior debate.

Recently the school polo teams were involved in their first tournament of the season at Sefton. College had three teams entered with one in each of the A, B and C grades. The C team had a one win, two loss record with the win coming over Rangiora 1-0. The B Grade side started the day with a loss to St Andrews but followed this up with wins over Christchurch GHS, Blue Springs and St Margarets to finish 2nd overall. Winston Hutchinson was named MVP for the grade. The A team of Connor Jenkins, George Hutchinson, Edward Davidson and Henry Batchelor played a Christchurch Schools combined team and won 6-4 with all four players scoring goals. George Hutchinson was MVP for the match.

Over the weekend, South Island Polo had their major club tournament of the season, the Gould Cup. College players were heavily involved with Winston Hutchinson winning the Cup for the most promising junior player and Edward Davidson prize for youth player. Both these players along with George Hutchinson and Henry Batchelor improved their player handicaps. In the team competition, Winston Hutchinson’s Christchurch Teal team won the Tahu Cup.

Last weekend the top College volleyball side competed in the Canterbury secondary school senior champs for the first time. Playing in Div 2 the team played seven games over three days. In round robin play the team lost close matches to St Andrews, Shirley BHS and Riccarton before winning 3-0 over Cashmere. They then played Cashmere again in the first play off match to determine who would make the semifinals. College won this match and then played Riccarton B who were the top seed. In a great game of volleyball, the team lost the first set then went on to win the next three to make the final against St Andrews who they had lost to twice in previous matches. In the final College won the first set 25-23 with STAC winning the second 26-24. It was a very competitive match with both sides playing well. College won the third set 28-26 and held on to take the 4th and winning set by 25-21 to claim the school’s first regional volleyball title. Congratulations to Cam McCarthy, Louis Elworthy, Josh Book, Jake Tacon, Jeremy Kinley, Fiti Sa, Hanjun Kim, Jayden Sa, and Rory Doull. Next week the team plays in a South Island satellite tournament at Pioneer stadium.

This week is the final round of games for tennis with a number of College teams having had successful terms. In the Premier grade the College B side are on top of the table with one match to play while in the B grade the B1 side will play top of the table Burnside with the winning taking the Div 1, and the College B3 and B5 teams playing each other in the final of Division 2.  In the Junior grade, the College J1 side has continued its dominance of the grade in recent years with an unbeaten term to date and look to complete a clean sweep on Wednesday and the grade title. In Year 9, the top College side plays St Andrews in the final of Div 1 while the 9.3 side play St Bedes to determine the winner of the Div 2 competition. Good luck to all tennis teams for these matches.  

This term the Senior waterpolo side has been playing in the Canterbury school champs and have had four wins and a loss this term. In the last two weeks the team has had very convincing wins over Shirley BHS and St Andrews and will now play St Bedes this week in the regional final. St Bedes is the only team to have beaten College this term. Next week the team will then compete in the South Island school champs which are taking place in Christchurch. Good luck for final on Thursday.

This week the College athletes compete in the Canterbury school champs and summer tournament week is next week. College have rowers at Maadi, tennis team at Nationals, Senior A volleyball competing, sailing in Ashburton and Picton, triathletes in Taranaki, South Island school’s Polo and athletes at South Islands in Nelson. The 1st XI cricket side play their annual matches against CBHS and Wanganui Collegiate over the next week. Good luck to all these athletes and all others involved in final summer matches.


Tommy Whitaker – speaking about service
Mr Thatcher – speaking about the new character awards


Academic Gold Badge
Matias Biraben-Clough

Executive Principal concluding comments

Year 13 to remain behind with Ms Evans regarding Scholarship

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