Assembly Notes – 20 August
20 Aug 2019
Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. Asks for silence as he says a prayer.
'Toe Rings' by Robert Skiles performed by College Big Band
Last week a group of College skiers travelled to Mt Hutt for the annual Canterbury Secondary School champs and in good race conditions, the team performed well. After two runs down the course, College had four boys in the top 10. Sam Hadley defended the title he won last year in the boy’s event with Ned Botherway (5th), Luc Botherway (7th) and William Picton-Warlow (8th). Yet to be confirmed but the team will be tough to beat for the overall team trophy. Next event is the South Island School champs later in the term.
Earlier this term Sam Hadley attended the NZ Alpine champs and in a tough few days competing against a number of top international skiers, he finished 3rd in the Senior Men’s Slalom and in the process also claimed the New Zealand U21 and U18 titles. Congratulations Sam on a great result.
Two Year 10 debating teams entered into the Intermediate Regional Tournament last Saturday. There were promising performances by both, but unfortunately neither CC Black nor CC Silver broke in to the semis. Our senior team has fared better, with CC A competing in the Canterbury semi-finals last Thursday night. They had a convincing win against Burnside High School on the historical topic of whether, in 1935, this House would lead a coup against Adolf Hitler. College will meet St Andrews in the Canterbury finals next Thursday night. At the end of a busy week, the College Senior A team flew to Auckland for their annual exchange against King's College. After enjoying a tour of the school and dinner in the dining hall, we met King's Senior A team in a moot about the value of studying Liberal Arts subjects over Vocational Training. A very high-quality debate between well-matched teams ensued with a win to King's. We look forward to seeing them for a home-match next year.
The 1st XV travelled to Nelson for a UC Championship semi final against Nelson College on Saturday. The match was played in atrocious conditions - cold wet and muddy - but it was an exciting battle in spite of that. Nelson started the stronger of the two teams and scored first through a penalty but College rallied and Shun Miyake responded to even the scores up at the 10 minute mark. Nelson scored two tries through the middle of the first half to lead 13-3 before College rallied and nearly scored just before half time. College controlled possession better in the second half and exerted a great deal of pressure on the Nelson line which resulted in a Max Goulter try converted by Miyake. The last 10 minutes saw College hammering at the Nelson line looking for the winning score but Nelson defended very well to win the match 16-10. The team would like thank the school for the support they have received throughout the season - it has been greatly appreciated.
Two other College rugby sides were involved in playoff matches on Saturday. The U15A side played CBHS and in a close final lost 13-12 while the 2nd XV also played CBHS with a similar result going down 17-5.
Jacob Douglas and Oscar Noble-Adams performed superbly for College recently, in their performances in the Kartsport NZ National Schools’ Championships with the best result College has ever recorded.Competing with the best young karters in New Zealand, the boys got 2nd overall. Oscar tasted success with older brother Jack a few years ago, achieving a 3rd and 4th placing for College. Oscar has competed for the school in five consecutive national championships, and is now preparing for a season of Formula Ford single seater racing. Jacob, already has two national karting titles and has raced in Europe, the US and Asia and he will shortly head to Italy for more racing experience. Congratulations Jacob and Oscar.
Last Tuesday the Senior A basketball team came back from a 22 point deficit to defeat St Thomas to advance to this week’s Thomson trophy semifinal. Tonight the team will play Cashmere for a place in next week’s regional final.
In Friday night basketball, the Year 11 White and Senior Black sides will contest their grade finals this week. The Year 11 side fought hard in their 45-39 win over Hornby High while the Senior Black team held the lead throughout the second half to win 42-37 over St Andrews.
Good luck on Wednesday to the College A and B3 badminton sides who will contest their grades finals, and also the College A squash side who play Burnside in the final of the A grade. In table tennis, one College team, C1, will play in their grade final.
Graeme Christey – speaking about Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award