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Assembly Notes - 24 October

24 Oct 2017


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

Musical Item

‘Sonata Pathetique’ (1st movement) by Beethoven, performed by Alex Hlavac on piano

Activity Report

Jono Raymond

CSS sport began last week with volleyball, tennis and waterpolo teams playing matches. On Monday night, five senior volleyball teams played their first round.

The College Senior A side lost their match to Catholic Cathedral while the Senior B team won their match. The Year 11A side won the local derby when they defeated the Year 11B team, and the Year 11C team won their first match with a 2-0 win over Hagley College.

This term College has ten tennis teams involved in midweek competition. The College A3 team are competing in the top division this term and lost their first match to Shirley BHS A side. There were three matches between College sides with the B1, B3 and the top Junior side winning their matches. In the Year 9 grade, the top College team defeated St Andrews by 8-1, while the two other sides lost to Middleton and Riccarton HS teams.

After the success of the senior waterpolo side in Term One, the junior waterpolo side began the term with a convincing 9-2 win over Burnside HS.

Last Thursday the 1st XI cricket side played Ashburton College in the first round of Gillette Cup. Bowling first, College restricted the visitors to 103 all out with Riley Tempero taking 3 for 12 and Richard Turpie only conceding 18 runs from his 10 overs. In reply, College reached the target without the loss of a wicket with an unbeaten partnership from Nic Lidstone and Isaac Bird. Over the weekend the team played St Andrews in a Gillette Cup semifinal and were defeated by a very good opposition. In this match Thomas Graham took 2 for 52 and Ben Dickie scored a half century. This weekend the team plays a double header against St Bedes and Shirley BHS.

In other matches over the weekend, Zach May and Louis Gunn took three wickets each for the 2nd XI against CBHS but the team were unable to chase down the target set. The 3rd XI team bowled St Bedes out for 101 and then Toby Beale and Tom Macfarlane chased down the score for a 10 wicket win.

Over the recent holidays Zach May was a member of the Canterbury U19 golf team that competed at the National U19 inter-provincial championships held in Cambridge. The team was unbeaten after five round robin matches and then defeated North Harbour in the final to claim the national title.

Today there are a number of summer sport photos taking place in the Chapman Room. Check timetable details on student notices. This week there is junior house cricket and senior tennis taking place. Next week will see House Golf taking place on Wednesday and the annual House tug of war competition on Thursday.


Charlie Dyer – speaking about the Christ's College Polo trip

In the holidays the Christ’s College Polo team travelled to America to play against several US clubs. The team consisted of Rohan Tennekoon, Jack Tracy, Freddie Cameron and myself. Our A polo team had been chosen from the polo club at school and we were accompanied by our manager, Ms Ellis-Martin. First, the team flew to Los Angeles and had a day off where we visited Universal Studios in some great California weather.

The next day we drove to San Diego where we were hosted by the Lakeside Polo Club. This was our first chance to play polo in 6 months and we played some arena polo. Our team played very well for our first time in an arena, and we managed to get away with a win against some excellent players. Lakeside showed us some American hospitality after the game with a huge barbeque and pinata.

The following day we drove back to LA, and then further north to Santa Barbara, where we were hosted by members of the Santa Barbara Polo Club in their extravagant guest house. We got to see the other side of polo in Santa Barbara, surrounded by multi-millionaires and billionaires. Our hosts arranged for us to have a surfing lesson the morning of our first game against them, which gave Jack the opportunity to show off his beach body. After spending some time carving up the waves, we headed to Pat Nesbit’s massive mansion and grounds. He had a huge home overlooking his own polo field. Unfortunately, we were up against some significantly better competition and lost. We got to play on some amazing horses in an idyllic location. The next day we played the same team again on the premier field of the Santa Barbara Polo Club, a field normally reserved for professional polo players. Despite being in awe of the unbelievable field and horses, we played much better and only just lost to the same team. On our way back to Los Angeles we went shopping, before we headed to Maui.

We flew from Los Angeles to Maui, Hawaii where we were hosted by the Maui Polo Club. Before our game, we had some time for rest and relaxation at the incredible beaches. We played a team that we should have beaten, but regrettably, we had a very off day with trouble connecting on passes and finishing goals. Our hosts had a huge dinner for everyone involved after the game and the next day we left the island paradise and flew home.

The trip was a truly once in a lifetime opportunity, and we will never forget the memories and friends made on the tour. We would like to thank Ms Ellis-Martin for putting up with us for 10 days and giving up her holidays to come with us. Also, we would like to thank everyone who helped us fundraise for this event or gave generously. Ms Ellis-Martin will be taking another tour over to the States in 2019 and every two years after that, so if you are even slightly interested, please talk to her, myself, or any other members of the team about joining the polo club. It’s a decision you won’t regret and no previous riding experience is necessary.

Chris Nye – speaking about the Chapel Choir and their tour of Europe


ICAS English Distinction and High Distinction Certificates


Chapel Choir – Luke Alderton, Hugo Beale, Jeremy Lidstone, Chris Nye

Executive Principal concluding comments

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