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Assembly Notes – 31 May

31 May 2018


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

Musical Item

‘La Chapelle de Guillaume Tell’ by Franz Liszt, performed by Max Toth

Activity Report

Han-Young Kim

On Tuesday a group of College athletes travelled to New Brighton to race in the Canterbury Schools x-country champs around Ascot Golf course. In cold, damp conditions College runners performed well. In the Y9 grade Angus Thorne was the first College runner in when he finished 15th overall while Sam Idiens (6th) and Kyle Houston (10th) finished in the top10 in the Under 16 race. In the Senior 4km race, Archie Hayman was the best College runner finishing 26 in a field of 60 runners. Jasper Moss completed a double of titles when he won the AWD race to go with his win in the Road Race earlier this term. Next event is the National school champs to be held in Taupo in a couple of weeks.

The 1st XV have maintained their position at the top of the UC Championship over the past two weekends gaining a bonus point win in each match.In the first match, Mid Canterbury Combined team were no match for College’s strong forward pack and incisive back play with College finishing the match ahead 87-0. George Coull celebrated the award of his Cap with three tries and Sam Darry scored twice. Patrick Thacker hadn’t scored a try for the first XV in the past two seasons but made up for that with two in this match. Shun Miyake scored a try and kicked 11 conversions for a personal tally of 27 points.Last Saturday College played Lincoln Combined who provided a much sterner test - especially in the second half. The wet conditions hindered some of the back play but College were able to score four tries to win 29-5.

The Christ's College Senior A Basketball team is currently second in the Thompson's Trophy. College are behind the Middleton Grange Gators on points differential, with both teams on 7 points after four rounds! A superb effort last night saw the team win against a very good St. Bede's side 92-83, with Will De Geest top-scoring with 20, Aiden Palmer 18, Nale Fifita 17 and Mason Whittaker 15. In the last week the team have also had a 75-70 win over Hilmorton High and a 101-72 victory over CBHS B team.

The U17 side had their first win of the season last Saturday and displayed the great improvement they have been making as a team when they defeated Pioneer by 68-51. In Friday night games, the Senior B team defeated Catholic Cathedral by 59-33 with Lachie Henderson, Marshall Stark and Oscar Noble-Adams playing well, and the Senior White side won against St Thomas by 40-10. The 11A side defeated St Andrews by 39-32, while Tom O’Connor scored 24 points for the 11 Black  side in their 51-23 win over Hagley College.

The 1st XI hockey side have been involved in two high scoring matches recently. In the first match College lead 2-0, then 4-2 before drawing with St Bedes 4-4. In the second match the team travelled to Ashburton to play Timaru Boys. Timaru lead 4-1 at the half before College came back through goals from Tim Cross, Liam Adams and Nic Lidstone to draw level before Timaru scored the winning goal late in the match.

In other matches recently Richard Turpie scored two goals for the 2nd XI in their 5-3 win over Ashburton 1st XI. The 3rd XI still remain undefeated and last week won the local derby when they defeated the College Colts side. In this match Nick Bull scored 4 goals. William Picton-Warlow went one better when he scored 5 goals for the Youth Black in their win over Shirley Boys and James Griffin scored 4 goals for the Colts in their 8-2 win over Shirley Boys.

The 1st XI football side have had contrasting matches recently. In a key match up, College were able to hold off a fast finishing Papanui side to eventually win 4-3 before the team were comfortably defeated by St Bedes last week. The Junior XI started their season off in an emphatic manner when they defeated St Bedes by 9-1 with Rheon Salt and Alexi Georgiou scoring two each.

On Saturday the Ravens XI and 2nd XI sides both had wins while the 3rd XI had a narrow 3-2 loss to Waimak United. Charlie Owens scored a hat trick for the Ravens in their 6-2 win over Halswell Hawks while goal scoring machine, Jack Lindo scored 4 goals for the 3rd XI in their 8-2 win over Ferrymeads Bay. Jack leads the club with 12 goals for the season. The 14A side scored two late goals for a 5-3 win over Nomads, the 14 Black team won 3-0 over Coastal Spirit with goalkeeper Joe Pfalhert being man of the match, and Shyam Hari scored 4 goals to help the 15B team defeat St Bedes 15B by 9-2.

Good luck to the 1st XV team today in their annual match against CBHS. On Monday, which is Queen’s Birthday, College hosts Rathkeale College from Masterton for the annual winter sports exchange. There will be top team clashes in football, rugby and hockey occurring.

Also, a reminder that entries for the annual UC Mud Run close next week. If interested in participating, please contact Mr Clarke.


Cameron Jones and Alex Hlavac – speaking about their attendance at the Round Square Australasia & East Asian Regional Conference at Bunberry Cathedral Grammar School, Western Australia

Josh Ting – speaking about about the College Public Speaking Club

Why do we have to do public speaking?  No one wants to do it.

But for those of you who want to be a lawyer. Do you want to be the meek lawyer analysing his case in the counsel table? Or do you want to be up there, speaking to the jury and debating with the judge?  

If you're an executive, public speaking would allow you to give effective presentations which engage the audience. For those of you who want to be an engineer, public speaking would give you the tools that you need to go up there, and present your designs in a gripping, and impressive way. Even in an interview, it would allow you to be able to organise your thoughts in a clear concise manner which gives you enough time to think to put your best foot forward.

The great thing about public speaking it that it’s just like any other skill that we have. They can be built and they can be practiced. So rather than being caught up with your nerves, it gives you an option to speak up if you choose to. And the public speaking club provides an opportunity for you to practice and improve.

The club would be held at W304, during Monday Lunchtimes.  

Angus Mossman – speaking about about recent and upcoming arts and culture activities within College


Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze Awards
Ben Davis
Samuel Barnett

Honours Ties – Drama

Like Sports Colours, Cultural Honours Ties are awarded for excellence.

The major production, West Side Story, allowed a lot of boys to show real theatre arts skill, impacting positively on the life of the College and providing a lasting impact on more than 3200 people who attended the sellout show. Celebrating the success of the whole show we also celebrate the excellence of some individuals.

Drama Honours are awarded to boys when they have demonstrated excellence in performance, direction and service as drama practitioners, over four or five years.

3 boys are being presented with their second Drama Honours Award which entitles them to wear Silver or Gold Blazer buttons.

Toby Brooker-Haines (R, Year 13, 2nd)
Has been the backbone of the stage crew in ten shows since he first arrived at College in 2014, He is the go-to-guy who seeks solutions to any problem presented and his extraordinary reliability and integrity are greatly valued.

Charlie Horncastle (Cf, Year 13, 2nd)
Has taken every opportunity available since joining the group in Year 10 to excel across drama, dance, music and directing 10 plays. He is a champion for physical theatre and dance amongst boys, representing the school in Kuala Lumpur, and being a pioneer of the Commotion Dance Project.

Angus Mossman (Cf, Year 13, 2nd)
is the Prefect for Arts and Culture and is a superb ambassador for all aspects of the Arts at College. In Drama, he has taken part in productions over four years with many notable highlight roles, including Riff in West Side Story and his contribution to the Kuala Lumpur Round Square project.

Four boys receive the award for the first time
Jono Stewart (Ro, Year 12)
Tom Vincent (C, Year 12)
George Lacey-Metcalfe (J, Year 13)
Harrison Voice (C, Year 13)

Each of them has proved their multiple talents as actors during the last four or five years showing effective performance with great impact in both junior and senior productions and in their House Plays. All these boys  have contributed to the on-going development of the College Drama tradition.

Deputy Principal concluding comments

– College v CBHS 1st XV fixture
– Grandparents’ Day

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