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Assembly notes - 28 March

28 Mar 2017

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 28 March

PREFECT: Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school and welcomes to the Assembly, retiring Bursar and Board Secretary, Mr Colin Sweetman. 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 staff and students

ASSEMBLY MUSICAL ITEM: 'Becoming' by Milky Chance, performed by Humphrey Bullen (guitar)


Summer tournament week is well underway with a number of College staff and students competing around the country while a number of others will begin later this week.

Last Thursday night the Senior waterpolo team played in the Canterbury school’s final against CBHS. Tied at 2 all after the first quarter the College side played a very good second quarter to lead 6-3 at halftime and they maintained the lead to eventually win 12-9 and claim the regional title for the first time in over ten years. The team has then moved straight into the South Island champs. Today they play a semifinal match after winning their four pool matches. The have beaten Shirley BHS, Burnside HS, John McGlashan and Southland BHS. A spot in the South Island final will see them qualify for Nationals in the April holidays.

In Auckland the Senior tennis side had a frustrating first day at Nationals due to rain. There were a number of stoppages during their first match against Hamilton Boys, which will be finished today after the match was abandoned. Currently the team are leading 5-0 with one singles match to complete. The team will then play St Kentigerns and Westlake Boys, and a win over one of these teams will guarantee a top four finish.

In Hamilton the rowing club got underway at the first day of the Maadi Cup with 11 College boats racing. After day one, College has already qualified three boats in A Finals at the end of the week. They are the Under 17 eight who posted the fastest time of the day, Over 15 lightweight four and Under 18 Quad. Other boats performed well but will go through repechages to make semifinals and finals later in the week. Today the Under 18 and Under 16 eights have their first races.

Cricket was disrupted over the weekend due to rain and most games were not finished. The Year 9A side did manage to complete their match and finished the season with a very good win over St Bedes by 32 runs. Batting first the team scored 216 for 7 with Caleb Manson scoring 49 and Archie Batchelor being out in the last over for a very good 96. In reply St Bedes were dismissed for 184 with Jack Belcher taking 3 wickets.

Last week the Canterbury Schools triathlon champs were held at Scarborough Beach in Sumner. Three College students entered in the individual competition, which consisted of a 350m swim, 9km bike and 3km run. In the Under 14 grade, Kyle Houston had a superb race to finish second while Sam Idiens was 4th. In the Under 16 grade Sebastien Fergusson was 7th in the individual event. The three students now travel to the New Zealand schools triathlon event, which takes place in Wanganui on Thursday.

This week is a transition week between summer and winter sport with a number of teams finishing their summer sports while a number of winter sports get underway. Football matches begin this weekend. Please be aware of notices and student emails with regards to some winter sport organisation. Next week all winter sports will be having meeting, trials and practices.


Jeffrey Lai - speaking about the Service Committee (formerly known as the Humanitarian Committee)

Good morning. I will be leading the service committee for this year, formerly known as the humanitarian committee. We will be undertaking and forming a few new things and one of our main goals is to focus on the physical aspects of service, whilst, maintaining our existing monetary donations. So as the service committee, we will be providing you with as many opportunities as we can get out hands on, as well as organising potential service events with other schools.

This year, one of the charities we will be supporting is Barnados. This is a place where children and their families are able to get a blend of early childhood and social service expertise and advocacy work. I believe that every child should get a chance to reach their full potential, just like you guys, but unfortunately they don’t have the resources they need to do that. So on that note, we will be having our first mufti day next Thursday with no theme. This year, its no longer being charged off your accounts, so we would absolutely love your support if you could bring in $2 or a gold coin to school. This will promote a great connection between us and barnados. If you have any ideas revolving around service, or any organisations that we could collaborate with, please do come and talk to me or email me at, or you can email Mr Porter

Paddy Coates - speaking about the Academic Committee

Good morning. I am going to quickly run over what the academic committee is planning to do this year.

We want to allow boys the option to expand their education with more student-led activities, which will support the advanced learning programme. We have already started up a student-led Model United Nations group, which encourages boys to discuss and debate topical issues. Over twenty boys of all year groups are a part of this. If you want to come along, these sessions occur every second Friday after school. We also have plans to start up other groups or competitions later in the year, one idea being a 48 hour creative writing competition, which, of course, would be student-run. Furthermore, we will offer a student voice for academics. We are aware that boys might not be happy with the way NCEA is handled and the subjects on offer and we can feed this information on to higher levels. If anyone has any questions, complaints or ideas, please speak with me or email me


Certificates of Recognition – Justin Hodges and Harry Hartstone - members of the 2017 New Zealand Secondary Schools' Symphony Orchestra


Head Prefect - Farewell to Mr Colin Sweetman


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