Assembly Notes – 3 May
08 May 2018
Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. Asks for silence as he says a prayer.
The transition between summer and winter sport over the holidays has meant that a number of College sportsmen have been busy while a few summer sports completed their final events for the season.
The College sailing team travelled to Northland for the national schools regatta during the break. The team were seeded in to the Bronze fleet at the start of the week and fought hard and sailed well with some good results to top the fleet and repechage up for Silver. The team went on to win 3 out of 3 in the repechage to finish in the silver fleet. Overall this was a much improved performance from the team after attending their first national regatta last year.
Eden Pidgeon recently competed at the National fencing championships in Wellington. As a 15 year, Eden competed in the U17 Cadet Foil competition and won all five of his bouts in his pool before entering the elimination rounds. From a group of 37 competitors, Eden finished 6th overall for a great result at this national tournament.
Liam Adams continued with his tennis season over the holidays with a great deal of success. At the Tennis Canterbury Junior Champs, Liam won both the singles and doubles title and then followed this result up by winning the singles title at the Waikato ANZAC Junior Open. In this tournament he was also runner up in the doubles competition. The final tournament was the Technifibre Central Region Junior Open where he completed a clean sweep of singles titles when he won this competition and was again runner up in the doubles. An outstanding set of results from these tournaments.
The UK cricket tour returned on Tuesday after a successful three week tour of Singapore and England. Despite the weather affecting some matches, the two teams played eight fixtures each against some of the high profile public schools in England such as Eton and Wellington College. The 1st XI enjoyed wins over Singapore CC, Haberdashers, Winchester and Tonbridge while the Development team also defeated Singapore CC and Haberdashers along with a win over St Edwards, Oxford.
The April holiday also saw the four major winter codes of hockey, rugby, football and basketball get underway with matches.
The 1st XI hockey side travelled to Hamilton for the annual ANZAC preseason tournament held at St Pauls Collegiate. With six regular squad members away, it was an opportunity to introduce some of the younger members of the club to the top level of schoolboy hockey in the country. The tournament started with College claiming a 3-2 win over Hastings Boys, which was then followed with losses to Hamilton Boys, Waiarapa College and Wellington College. In their last game College lead 1-0 at the half against Napier Boys but conceded two goals in the second half including the match decider on fulltime. The 1st hockey side will have their first competition game next Friday with other College teams beginning this week.
Rugby gets underway this weekend with all teams below the 1st XV involved in grading games. Last weekend the 1st and 2nd XV teams travelled to Dunedin to play Otago BHS in their annual matches. In two very close encounters, the 1st XV draw their match 24 all against a much larger Otago team while the 2nd XV narrowly lost their match 10-5. Both games were played in very wet conditions. This weekend the 1st XV open the UC Championship with an away game to Shirley Boys.
Football has been going for a month with most College teams having played three games. Last weekend in the latest round of games Henri Murison scored 4 goals and Gabriel Gallaway a hat trick for the 14A side in their 9-0 win over Selwyn; the 14 Whites won 4-1 while the 14 Blacks lost a high scoring match against Nomads by 7-3. The 15A side were 3 all with FC Twenty 11 before allowing a couple of late goals for a loss. The Ravens, College’s top Saturday team defeated St Bedes by 4-2 with Sam King scoring a double.
The top three College basketball teams played their first games on Saturday. The U15 side started the season positively with a convincing win over Shirley Boys while the U17 side lost to North Canterbury by 74-42. With a few key players away, the Senior A – U20 side also lost to North Canterbury. The Senior A team start the Thomson Trophy competition next Tuesday with an away game to Burnside HS.
Joshua Stevenson – speaking about an upcoming Philosophy Conference – Aotearoa Youth Declaration (AYD)
Executive Principal concluding comments
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