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Assembly notes - 21 March

21 Mar 2017

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 21 March

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.

WELCOME FROM DEPUTY PRINCIPAL: Address to new staff and students

ASSEMBLY MUSICAL ITEM: The first movement from Sonata for Three Violins by J. L. Bella. Played by Raphael Rim, Ederick He and Justin Hodges.


The 1st XI cricket side played its annual fixture against Wanganui Collegiate last weekend. Batting first, Collegiate posted a very good first innings total of 261 for 8 declared and were further on top when College was dismissed for 87 in their first innings. Asked to follow on, the top order batsmen for College responded very well with Harry McDonald (92) and Kurtis Weeks (83) batting superbly to help College achieve a total of 334 for 9 to draw the match. This weekend the team plays their final two day match against Shirley BHS and next week plays Ashburton College in the first Gillette Cup game for the year. In other matches the Development side have a good lead over Lincoln-Ellesmere 1st XI with Max Heywood scoring 50 and Tim Cross taking 4 for 32. The Year 9A side defeated St Thomas 9A by 115 runs while Jack Belcher top scored again for the 9B side with 62 in their win over St Bedes. Callum Hackston took 3 for 8 in this match. Toby Beresford and George Goodman took three wickets each to bowl Shirley BHS out for 34 and help the Year 9 White side to an eight wicket win.

Over the weekend three College athletes travelled to the National provincial athletic champs as part of the Canterbury Athletics team. Harry Hartstone ran a personal best in the U18 400m and received a silver medal as part of the Canterbury 4x400m U18 relay team. Sam King was 5th in the U18 200m and won two silver medals as a member in the 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams. Cody House was 2nd in the U18 long jump were a personal best of 6.66 metres. He also achieved a silver medal as part of the 4x100m relay team.

Our college athletes now look towards the South island school champs, which occur next weekend in Dunedin.

This week is the final round of matches in midweek sport for volleyball, tennis and waterpolo. Last night the Senior A volleyball side played in the Div 1 final against Ellesmere College. The final against Ellesmere was played in great spirit. It was a very competitive game with the first set being very close (25-27) and the team served strongly and had a number of great pick ups. They rallied to take the 2nd set 25-20 again on strong serving. Despite a late rally in the final set, the team lost the final set 25-16 and the final 2-1.

The College waterpolo team finished top of the ladder after round robin play with a 16-4 win over Burnside HS. This Thursday they will play in the Canterbury schools final at Jellie Park against CBHS. This will then be quickly followed by the South Island champs which start on Saturday in Christchurch. The team is hoping for a top position to qualify for Nationals in the April holidays.

Louis Clark and Mitchell Cox have been competing at regional and national surf lifesaving competitions this term. Last weekend the nationals were held and Louis picked up two bronze medals in the U16 grade. Mitchell and Louis teamed up with two other boys and were 4th in the final of the tube rescue. From these champs, Louis Clark was announced as a member of the New Zealand Youth Squad.

The next few weeks have a number of culminating events for the summer season. On Friday the College rowing club travel to Cambridge for the National schools rowing regatta, which starts on Monday. The Senior A tennis team travel to Auckland for their national tournament next week, waterpolo has South Island champs as does athletics. A small group of sailors travel to Picton for the South Island champs. Good luck to all these groups and other College sportsmen in their final summer matches for the term.


Caelan Murch - speaking about his exchange to Konan Boys’ School during the summer break at our brother school in Kobe, Japan

James Newton - Environmental Committee

This year I am leading a great, small group of boys trying to better the environment in the school.

The committee has an initiative in place with the aim to rehabilitate native forest in certain areas around the city. This is especially important given the recent fires that have ravaged the landscape killing hundreds of hectares of forest.

At the back of the school next to the pool, we have a tree nursery which will be growing 400 native plants of 25 different species.

Our aim, once these native plants have matured over the next couple of terms, is to plant them around a designated Christs College forest area in the port hills.

Last Sunday with Shirley Boys' High School, we planted around 30 trees next to the Christ's College boat sheds.

Reason for this...
- White bate eng naga (onehunga) lay their eggs on a king tide, planting these plants
- Gives a place for them to lay eggs helps to rehabilitate the whitebait in the avon river and small surrounding streams

Now I look to the school. In the third term I will need help from students to volunteer some of their time to help plant 400 trees.

Any boys in Year 9 to 13 who are interested in helping out, please stay behind after assembly.


Gold Tie Award – Han Young Kim (Year 12, J)

Athletics New Zealand Track & Field 2017 Championships

Relay Silver Medals

Cody House – Canterbury U18 Men 4x100m Relay
Sam King - Canterbury U18 Men 4x100m Relay & 4x400m Relay
Harry Hartstone – Canterbury U18 Men 4x400m Relay

Deputy Principals concluding comments

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