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Assembly Notes – 29 April 2021

29 Apr 2021

Deputy Principal

Welcome from the Deputy Principal


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

Activity Report

The College Sailing team are currently at the NZ Nationals Teams Racing Regatta held in Algies Bay in Northland. After a windy opening day at the team sailing nationals, our boys made an impressive start to their regatta. They finished the day leading the bronze fleet after a great day of fast-paced sailing, winning all bar one of their races with a total of 8 victories. The boys showed their dominance over a number of North Island teams in the windier conditions on Anzac day. Having finished Day 1 at the top of the Bronze Fleet points table, the boys headed into the second day of sailing with a repechage round-robin against three Silver Fleet teams for the opportunity to promote to the Silver Fleet. Once again, the boys sailed well with the team becoming the only Bronze Fleet team to successfully repechage up to Silver following their defeat of Kings College and Auckland Dio. Later in the day, the wind died down, and the team finished with some very close races to end the day with 4 wins and 4 losses, securing their spot in the Silver Fleet for the remainder of the regatta. On day  3 in light conditions College were up against some very good teams in Silver fleet but still managed to achieve 2 wins by the end of the day.

The South Island SS athletic champs were postponed and held after Easter weekend at Nga Puna Wai. Despite being on holiday College had a number of athletes participating and after two days of competition there were nine South Island titles achieved. PJ Palamo (U14 Shot), AJ Madondo (U15 triple jump), Armani Lemalu (U15 shot & discus), Hope Leota (U15 hammer), Marcus Hamilton (U19 discus & hammer), Charlie Cameron (U19 pole vault) and Jasper Moss (800m CP). Armani broke the South Island U15 discus record with a throw of 53.07m. College also achieved six 2nd  and six 3rd placings at the meet. 

Over Easter, Jacob Douglas competed in the NZ Kartsport Champs in two different classes, and won both. He came away with two New Zealand Titles in karting - DVS Junior and Junior Rotax. The weekend before Easter, Jacob won Rookie of the Year in the South Island Formula Ford Championship which he races at Ruapuna and around the country.

A group of College swimmers competed in the National Age Group Swimming champs in Wellington last week. There were some notable results. Jordan Astley was 6th in 200m fly and 800m freestyle and 5th in 400m and 1500m freestyle. Daniel Bridgman was 2nd in 4x100m relay and 10th in 100m freestyle. Connor McCullough had a successful meet with 3rd placings in 50m and 100m backstroke and 2nd placings in 200m backstroke and individual medley which qualified him for the NZ age group swim squad.

During the holidays there have been a number of senior winter teams preparing for the upcoming seasons. After Easter the senior football squad travelled south and played matches against Timaru Boys, Otago Boys and Roslyn-Waikari FC. It was great prep for the season ahead with their first game next Wednesday against Cashmere High.

The 1st XI hockey side have had a preseason match against a touring Napier Boys High side and lost a close game 3-2. The team is now preparing for the first match of the school premier competition next Friday night.

College senior basketballers travelled to Methven for training camp and finished with the Senior A team winning their match over Ashburton College while the Senior B side lost their match to Timaru Boys Snr A by 70-97. Last week the Senior A side played a home match against Waitaki and won 80-65 with Tom Harrison scoring 31 points. This week Nic Book, Hunter Adam, Jordan Braithwaite and Tom Harrison have travelled to Auckland for national U16 and U17 training camps.

Last week the Senior rugby squad had a three day training camp and hosted Dilworth College from Auckland. The 2nd XV won their preseason match against Rangiora while the 1st XV team played a game of three halves with Dilworth and Rangiora. The College won a close half against Dilworth and then a comfortable win over Rangiora. This weekend the whole squad travels to Timaru for matches against John McGlashan. Next weekend the 1st XV will play the first competition match away to Lincoln.

Notice: The Canterbury Secondary School Road Race is being held Tuesday 11 May. Mr Christey has put the information for this event on Student notices. If you wish to enter this race please can you email him with your name, house and birthdate. Entries close next Thursday 7 May

Musical Item

“Wish you were here”, by Pink Floyd, performed by Year 9 Performing Arts Scholar, James Saunders

This morning’s musical item is presented to us by one of our Chamber Music groups made up of Justin Hodges, Joshua Hooker, and Bruce Chen. They will play an extract of a Trio by composer Felix Mendelssohn. This is part of the complete performance of the work they will be playing for the national Chamber Music competition coming up later this term.

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