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Assembly Notes – 28 May

28 May 2019


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

Musical Item

'Trio Sonata' in G major (2 movements) by JS Bach, performed by Max Toth, John-Paul Lay and Franz Nesselrode

Activity Report

Max Goulter

The Senior A debating team was in action last Thursday night. With captain Joshua Stevenson absent, the three Year 12 boys of Jamie Yee, Angad Vraich and John-Paul Lay stepped up. The team won the negating side of a debate on art against a solid St Andrew's team, to put themselves in a good position for semi-final contention later in the competition.Senior A debating captain Joshua Stevenson travelled to Wellington on Friday for the national secondary schools debating finals with the Canterbury team. Josh and his team competed well against New Zealand's finest, and finished the weekend with four wins out of seven, including victories over traditionally strong sides such as Waikato and Wellington. This put them into contention for semi-finals, but the team missed out on speaker points. However, this is still a very good result for the Canterbury team, and one to be proud of for Josh.

James Currie has recently performed very well at the National Age groups swimming champs and at a selection camp last week. This form has seen him selected as a group of 10 boys in his age group along with 30 others to represent New Zealand at the Australian state team’s nationals later in the year. Congratulations to James on his national selection. 

The 1st XV travelled to Darfield over the weekend to play Lincoln Combined in the latest round of the UC champs. At halftime College lead 22-5 after four first half tries but the opposition fought back in the second half to secure a 22 all draw to leave the 1st XV still unbeaten in the UC championship. In other matches the 3rd XV were involved in a high scoring match when they lost 48-36 to St Bedes with Zac Matson and George Murray scoring two tries each and Will McDonald awarded player of the day. The U16 had a comfortable win over Hornby while the 14A side had a 24-15 win over CBHS 14B.

Last Wednesday the 1st XI football side continued its recent good form to narrowly lose to Burnside HS by 2-1 with chances in the second half to equalize while the Junior XI improved on their drawn first match to defeat Shirley Boys Junior XI by 2-0. In this match goals were scored by Santino Felitti-Duter and Matthew Brett.

On Saturday in very foggy playing conditions Matthew Brett scored twice for the 14A side to help them to a 5-0 win over Halswell United, Ben Abbot scored a hat trick for the Ravens XI in their 6-3 win over Cashmere Tech, while Lenny Parris scored for the 3rd XI and Ryan Liu was man of the match in their 2-1 loss to CBHS.

The 1st XI hockey side travelled to Ashburton recently to play Timaru Boys and in a thrilling match, that had a number of boys debuting for College, the team scored in the final quarter to earn a 3-2 win. Last week the team lost to a very good St Andrews team and will now play CBHS on Friday night at Nga Puna Wai. In other matches, Sam Kelly scored two goals for the Colts team in their best game of the season despite losing narrowly 4-3 to the St Andrews Colts side. The Youth Grey team came back from 2-0 down at the half to draw 2-2 against St Bedes with Jake Abbiss and Alan Viles scoring, while the Youth White team also secured a well earnt draw with the College goal coming from Harry Campbell with Charles Beale MVP for the match.

Tonight the Senior A basketball team play an away match against CBHS. Over the last couple of weeks the team has had a thrilling overtime win against St Bedes and a first loss in the competition against Cashmere. On Saturday the U15 side has a 70-61 win over St Andrews with Nic Book scoring 44 points while the 17A side had a narrow 49-46 loss against St Thomas with a 3 point shot winning the game with only seconds remaining. On Friday night the Year 11 White, Senior Black and Senior White sides all had wins with the Senior Grey side losing by 3 points in overtime. Bradley Shearer and Hanson Xie played well for the Y11 Black side, Oscar Noble-Adams, Fergus Beadel and Gus Coates scored 47 points between them for the Senior Black side while Charlie Hanson and George Hutchinson were dominant for the Senior White side in their win.

This week there are a number of big matches for some of our senior winter teams. Good luck to those involved in these matches, and for those supporting, a reminder to get in behind our players and support them in their performances.


Tom Vincent – speaking about the Scholarship English trip to Wellington last week
Janindu Pahalawatta – Carbon Committee presentation


UC Student Volunteer Army Year 12 UCAN Volunteer Programme

Ben Davis
Josh Mortenson
Ben Evans

Debating Honours Ties

Josh Stevenson
Angad Vraich
John-Paul Lay
Jamie Yee

Executive Principal concluding comments

School asked to remain behind for Mr Aburn to address the boys about the College v CBHS Rugby fixture on Thursday

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