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Assembly Notes – 26 March

26 Mar 2019


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

Musical Item

Rainy Day by Dave Weckl, performed by Angus Murray (drums)

Activity Report

Gus Coates

Summer tournament is well underway with over one hundred College athletes involved in a variety of South Island and National tournaments spread around the country this week.

Last week was the final round of midweek sport for volleyball and tennis. In volleyball last Monday, the Y11A side played Linwood College in the final of Senior Div 1 but were unable to continue their good form this term and lost 2-0. The Y11 White team defeated the Y11 Black team to claim the Senior Div 3 title while the Junior A side finished the term strongly with a very good 2-0 win over Hillview.

On Wednesday a number of College tennis teams were involved in finals. In the Premier Grade the College A2 side defeated St Andrews 6-3 to win the grade, the B1 side lost their final to Burnside HS while the B3 and B5 teams played out the B Grade Div 2 final with the B3 team winning convincingly. In the Junior competition, the College J1 side completed an unbeaten term to claim the division and the Y9 1 side defeated St Andrews 9A to claim the Y9 title also. An excellent term for the tennis club with three of the four division one grade titles and runner up in the other.

Over two days, a number of College athletes were competing in the Canterbury secondary champs. On Saturday, the finals were held in good conditions with 34 College athletes competing in 59 events. At the end of the day College had achieved 14 Canterbury titles, including two new records, 11 2nds and 7 thirds. Congratulations to the following boys who won Canterbury school titles Sam Idiens (U15 300m), Jasper Moss (CP 100 and 200m), the U14 4x100m relay team, Kyle Houston (U16 300m), Charlie Cameron (U16 pole vault), 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) and the U19 4x400m team of Chris Ireland, Matt Durant, Robbie McKeown and Jordy Annand.

The team now turn their attention to the South Island school champs in Nelson this weekend.

On Sunday College had four teams competing in the last polo tournament of the season. The young College D team were involved in their first tournament and played well winning against a St Margarets side to make the final where they lost 1-0 to CGHS Black. The College C team of Jonti Bellaney, Max Cookeson, Hayden Goodwin and George Cochrane won their two pool games and were involved in a close final against CGHS with the match being decided by a rundown which was won by College to claim the title and Hayden Goodwin named MVP of the grade. The B grade team played some good polo to make the win 3 of their 4 matches to finish second and Winston Hutchinson was named grade MVP. In the final match of the day, the College A side played a South Island Combined schools team and won 7-2 in a great display of polo.

Congratulations to Henry Batchelor who has been named as a member of the NZ Schools Polo selection who will travel to Australia in April.

Yesterday the 1st XI cricket side started their two day match against Wanganui Collegiate. College batted first and made 225 declared with Caleb Manson top scoring with 70. In reply Collegiate were bowled out for 147 with Will Greenslade taking 4 wickets and currently have a 100 run lead going in to day two.

At Wilding Park the senior tennis team are involved in the National champs and started the tournament with a 5-1 win over St Andrews and finished the day 2-2 against Hamilton Boys. Today they complete their match against Hamilton and then play Botany Downs in their final pool match.

Over the weekend 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. The senior team now travel to Picton for the Top of the South Island regatta later this week.

At Lake Karapiro the College rowers had their first day of racing at nationals yesterday. The U15 Octuple, U16 and U17 eight, U18 novice eight and U16 four won their heats yesterday to advance while other crews will be in repechage. The senior Maadi boat has their first race today at lunchtime.

Good luck to athletes competing this week. Later in the week details for winter sport meetings and trials which come up with this occurring next week before the holidays.


Zac Matson – speaking about Arts & Culture
Matias Biraben-Clough – speaking about Wellbeing
Ms Marsh – speaking about the new character awards

These awards will be given to boys demonstrating Character Strengths in the classroom, the House, schoolwide and out in our community.

  • Character Awards are for Years 9, 10 & 11
  • MANifesto Awards are for Years 12 & 13
  • Once you receive an award from your teacher, you need to take it to your Housemaster for signing. You then need to organise a time to see Mr Wynne through his Executive Assistant, Ms Libeau
  • In time, it would be great to see boys recognising Character Strengths in others as part of these awards

Executive Principal concluding comments

Boys who are guides today for the College Open Day are asked to remain behind for a briefing.

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