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Assembly Notes – 2 April

02 Apr 2019


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

Activity Report – Summer Tournament Week Wrap Up

South Island Polo

The College’s top polo side of Connor Jenkins, George Hutchinson, Henry Batchelor and Edward Davidson took on the best of the South Island in the A Grade final at the recent South Island Schools Polo tournament. The College side won the match convincingly by 7-2 with Connor scoring five goals and Henry the other two, and despite not scoring George was named MVP for the match. Following this tournament Henry was named as a member of the NZ Schools Polo selection who will travel to Australia in April to play.

Congratulations to the College A Polo side

NZSS Triathlon

This year’s NZSS triathlon event was held in New Plymouth with two days of racing catering for a variety of individual and team events. Sam Idiens and Kyle Houston competed for College in the U16 grade. In the individual race Kyle was 16th and Sam 19th with Sam still with another year in the grade. The two boys then joined with two CGHS students in the team events. As one of the girls was over 16 the team competed in the U19 mixed grade. In both the Team Tag Relay and the T1 T2 Transition relay the mixed team finished second to claim two silver medals.

Congratulations to Sam and Kyle

NZSS Tennis

The NZSS Tennis Tournament finished  with College placed 3rd in the country. The team was made up of Will Schneideman, Liam Adams, Nick Schneideman, Jenner Johnson and Nant Prachuabmoh. 

The tournament started with a 6 hour tie against STAC that saw College defeat them 5-1 and then backed that up with a 4-2 victory over Hamilton Boys'  where College got to demonstrate how strong their Doubles combinations are at present. The final pool match saw College take on Botany Downs (Auckland) and lost narrowly in a tight tie. That result saw College finish 2nd in the pool but allowed them to qualify for the semi finals against St Kentigern's, last year's winners, and Number 1 seeds. Unfortunately, this year St Kent's were too strong in the singles in the semi final. This then meant that College played Botany again for 3rd place, and with a change in tactic by resting Will, a win to Liam at Number 1 and Nant at Number 4, as well as two strong Doubles matches saw us defeat Botany in another tight tie to claim third in the country.

This is another great result for the tennis team who took the South Island title earlier in the term. In the local competition College won the Premier Boys comp, was 2nd in the B Grade Div 1 comp, won both Junior and Year 9 grades and also won the Canterbury Schools Y11 Doubles and Senior Single and Doubles titles

Congratulations to our Senior tennis team and the other College tennis players this term.


Last year College entered a Junior team in to the Canterbury school champs for the first time and competed well. This term the same team, now in Year 11 welcomed a couple of additional players and competed in three Senior tournaments over the term. The first was the South Island schools which was a real learning curve, and despite playing some good volleyball only managed a couple of wins.

In the Canterbury secondary school senior champs playing in Division 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.

Last week in tournament week the team played in a Christchurch satellite tournament which saw them play 6 games over two days. They had wins over Dunstan HS, Rangiora New Life, Cashmere, Riccarton and Hornby with only one loss to St Thomas. Both College and St Thomas finished top with one loss each but St Thomas were awarded 1st place due to countback on sets but still a very creditable 2nd for the College team to finish a great term of volleyball

SISS Water polo

Christchurch hosted the South Island waterpolo champs at Jellie Park and QE II. College began the tournament with a dominant win over St Bedes Black by 30-0 before defeating King’s High by 19-6 after the first quarter was pretty even. This was followed by a 15-8 win over Otago BHS to keep the team at the top of the pool with only one game to play. The last game of pool play was against Shirley BHS which College won 27-4 to advance as top seeds to the semifinals.

In the playoff matches both 3rd seeds beat the 2nd seeds so College played King’s High once again for a place in the final. A closer game still saw College win and advance through with a 14-6 win, to face St Bedes who have been the only side to defeat College this term. In the final, St Bedes were not going to give up their unbeaten run against College and eventually showed their class to defeat College to claim the title but College did very well to claim 2nd in the South Island.

Louis Clark made the tournament team and was chosen as the tournament MVP with mentions also to Moe Gath, Isaac Aitken, Jacob Clements and Ben Cornell who played major parts in the success of the team this year.

Congratulations to the Senior waterpolo side on 2nd place at South Islands

SISS Athletics

For the College athletes, tournament week was book end by the Canterbury School champs at the beginning of the week and then followed by the South Island school champs in Nelson at the end of the week

In the Canterbury School champs College achieved 14 championship titles with two new records, 11 second placings and 7 third placings.

Canterbury titles went to:

Sam Idiens (U15 300m) – new record
Jasper Moss (CP 100 and 200m)
The U14 4x100m relay team of George Smith, Joseph Nash, Jack Bethell and Lachlan McVicar
Kyle Houston (U16 300m)
Charlie Cameron (U16 pole vault) – new Canterbury record
Marcus Hamilton (U16 hammer)
Jordy Annand (U19 long jump and triple jump)
Alfie Baker (U19 high jump and javelin)
Edward Hsing (U19 pole vault)
Matt Todd (U19 hammer)
The U19 4x400m team of Chris Ireland, Matt Durant, Robbie McKeown and Jordy Annand

Over the weekend the College team travelled to Nelson for the South Island school champs. In great conditions the team finished with seven South Island titles, 6 second placings,

8 third placings and 17 personal best performances

South Island titles went to:

Nont Prachuabmoh (U15 triple jump)
Jasper Moss (U15 100m, 200m and 400m CP)
Charlie Cameron (U16 pole vault)
Marcus Hamilton (U16 hammer)
Alfie Baker (U19 high jump)

Congratulation to all the College athletes with their success in the last two school meets of the term.


It was a very successful regatta for the College rowing team with a medal haul of two golds, four silvers and two bronze which is one of the largest achieved by College at any one Maadi regatta.

In the Under 15 grade the Octuple crew performed well to claim a silver medal behind the crew from Hamilton Boys

The Under 16 rowers completed a very good double by winning both the four and eight titles. In the coxed four race, College won the race over Westlake Boys and St Andrews while in the eights race the crew defeated Hamilton Boys by 2 seconds.

The U16 coxed four was Louis Bethell, Gus Orr, Liam Alexander, Thomas McEwan and Hamish McCulloch. The rowers were joined by Archie Batchelor, Johnny Lee, Jono Henderson and Angus Wynn-Wiliams to win the eights title.

The U17 eight was second to the crew from CBHS by less than a second. This was a wonderful achievement having finished 4th at the South Island regatta only a few weeks earlier

In the U18 grade College had novice crews competing also. The novice crews are in their first year of racing and achieved a bronze in the coxed four event and a silver in the coxed eight, finishing behind Hamilton Boys by less than a second.

The top College rowers achieved a bronze in the coxed four Springbok Trophy race and then went agonisingly close in the Maadi Cup to lose to CBHS by just over a second to claim a silver but produced a great effort in defence of the cup. The College crew was Tom Tothill, Alex Todhunter, Will Chaffey, Guy Chaffey, Jamie Batchelor, Fletcher Anderson, Lachie Hazlett and Finn Smith.

After the regatta Jamie Batchelor, Jack Elvy and Alex Todhunter were selected to attend NZ Junior trials in Karapiro during the holidays

Congratulations to the College rowing club on another successful season.

Over the last week, a large number of College students were involved in summer tournament week and I would like to acknowledge and highlight some of their achievements from the week.


A junior sailing team travelled to Ashburton for the Central South Island team racing competition and won the Silver fleet to finish 5th overall. In the round robin competition, the team had wins over Timaru, Mt Aspiring and Otago and finished the regatta with six straight wins. The three boats were skippered by Louis Hitchings, Oscar Chaffey and Max Luisetti.

A second group of sailors then travelled to Picton for the Top of the South Island teams regatta held at the Queen Charlotte Yacht club. College had a slow start to the first 2 rounds on day one, only winning 1 out of 4 races during each round. However, College improved vastly over the next 2 rounds on day two to place second in the silver fleet after 4 rounds with a total of 16 races completed.   The final day was lost due to lack of wind with College finishing 7th overall in the South Island out of 14 teams.

The team now focuses on Nationals team regatta which is held in Auckland over the April holidays.

Rupert Limbrick has been recently named in the New Zealand 420 sailing team to attend the World Championships in Portugal in July.

Congratulations to Rupert and his fellow sailors and good luck for the upcoming Nationals.

Mountain Biking

The South Island schools mountain bike champs were held at the Mt Hutt bike park over the weekend. Three separate disciplines were raced in Enduro, Downhill and X-country.

College had a number of riders attend and race in all three disciplines.

Top ten placings were achieved by:

George Clarke – 8th in the U15 Enduro and 4th in the U15 Downhill
Tom Gould – 7th in the U17 Downhill event


Nic Lidstone – speaking about the ‘Jaws of Life’ event this Friday

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