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Assembly notes - 4 April

04 Apr 2017

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 4 April

PREFECT: Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. 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: William Ju, Justin Hodges and Johnson Fu will play the second movement from Antonio Vivaldi's 'Sonata in d-minor'

ACTIVITY REPORT: Summer Tournament Week - Rob Clark

It has been a very successful end to the 2016/17 summer season. A number of College students and teams have had success at regional, South Island and National events.

This morning I would like to acknowledge some of the achievements of our College sportsmen.

Fencing – Eden Pidgeon
Eden recently competed in the Mid-South Regional fencing competition. He competed in both the U15 and U17 mixed foil grade. After 5 bouts for seedings, a knockout competition was then held with Eden making it through to the semifinals in both grades to be awarded 3rd equal in both the U15 and U17 competition.

Canterbury Scholastic School surf champs
This term a small group of College students have been competing in the interschool surf champs at New Brighton. At the end of this term’s competition, Christ’s College were second overall to Shirley BHs. This was achieved by Tim Gould finishing 3rd in the U14 grade, Eddie Priest 3rd in the U16 grade, and Angus Mossman winning the U18 boys division.

A group of College sailors travelled to Picton for the Top of the South teams racing competition. Fifteen teams competed in the regatta and College enjoyed some success in a number of races but was not consistent enough over the week. The team just missed a spot in the Gold Fleet, which is the top 7 teams, and now look forward to the National teams racing competition in the April holidays.

Polo – College A
The College A polo side played a match against the touring Australian School side and in a very close match defeated the tourists by 4-2. Last weekend the team was involved in the South Island polo champs at Rangiora. The team had wins over College B, Christchurch GHS and Chch combined schools to take the title. In the B Grade, the College C team won the division.

Swimming – Louis Clark
The week before tournament week the National age group swimming champs were held with a number of College swimmers attending. Hunter Wilson achieved top 10 results in all seven events he entered with a 4th in the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle.

Louis Clark had the best result of the College swimmers when he won gold and a national title in the Boys 15 years 1500m freestyle event where he achieved an impressive personal best. This result comes on top of his recent selection in to the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Youth Squad.

Waterpolo – Senior A
After winning the Canterbury school champs for the first time in over 10 years, the team went into the South Island champs with confidence. In pool play there were wins over Shirley BHS, Burnside HS, John McGlashan and Southland Boys. The team then had a semifinal win over St Bedes by 15-4 and then an excellent controlled final to defeat Otago BHS 14-6 to take the title. At the end of the tournament, three College players, Andrew Campbell, Louis Clark and Bilant Tomozi were named in the tournament team and Andrew Campbell was the tournament MVP. Next is the National school tournament in the April holidays. Two trophies to award to Ethan Clements (captain)

Athletics – South Island Schools champs
26 athletes travelled to Dunedin for the final meet of the year. In good conditions, College achieved nine South Island titles, six 2nds and five 3rds.

Edward Hsing – 1st in U16 pole vault with new South Island record
Cody House – 1st in U16 long jump and 100m hurdles, 2nd in 200m
Sam King – 1st in U19 200m and 2nd in 400m
Hugh Finlay – 1st in U19 para 200m and 400m
Jack Tyler – 1st in U16 400m
Matthew Tod – 1st in U16 hammer
Nic Murray – 2nd in U19 javelin and 3rd in U19 hammer
Sam Bennetts – 2nd in U19 pole vault
Alex Hemens – 2nd in U16 hammer
Kaveni Balenacagi – 3rd in U19 shot put
Marcus Hamilton – 3rd in U14 discus
Sam McKay – 3rd in U19 pole vault
Lachie Henderson – 3rd in U16 pole vault

In relays College was 2nd in the 4x100m relay of Jack Tyler, Sam King, Cody House and Levi Emery and 1st in the 4x400m relay of Jack Tyler, Sam Averill, Sam King and Harry Hartsone

Tennis – New Zealand school nationals
Having won both the Canterbury and South Island schools champs without losing a match, the team was confident going in to the Nationals. After pool play, the team was undefeated having beaten Hamilton BHS 6-0, Westlake Boys 4-2, and St Kentigerns 4-2. The team faced Wellington College in the semifinal and were 2 all after singles and had opportunities in both doubles matches but could not win the vital points to eventually lose 4-2 and then lost their final match against St Kentigerns to finish a very creditable 4th in New Zealand.

Triathlon – New Zealand Schools champs
A small group of College athletes travelled to Wanganui for the national schools triathlon champs. Despite a small team, College finished 3rd overall school due to four podium finishes by College triathletes.

Sam Idiens competed in the U13 grade and had a superb two days when he won both the individual triathlon and also the aquathlon event to claim two National titles.

Kyle Houston was in the U14 grade and was 2nd in the individual triathlon and 3rd in the aquathlon. In other events recently, Kyle was 2nd in the Canterbury Schools U14 triathlon and 3rd in the Junior section of the South Island triathlon schools champs in Oamaru.

Rowing – New Zealand school champs

The Maadi Cup regatta was held at Lake Karapiro last week. After a week of racing College had 10 boats in the Top 10 nationally, and five crews achieve podium finishes.

Bronze medals were achieved by U18 coxed quad – Josh Wade, Albert O’Shannessey, Robert Turnbull, Monty Batchelor and Paddy Hone

Over 15 Lightweight Coxed Four – Sean Swanson, Harry Hawkins, Jacob Pye, Sam Smith and Wilson Murray

Silver medal was achieved by U17 coxed eight – Louis Batchelor, Sam Aitken, Alex Todhunter, Jamie Batchelor, Max Goodwin, Sam Darry, Zac Cran, Harrison Voice and Guy Flynn

The Under 16 eight had an outstanding race to claim the national title. The race saw the top three boats separated by just over one second. The crew was Erik McBride, Jamie Batchelor, Tom Vincent, Alex Todhunter, Lachie Hazlett, Jack Elvy, Zac Cran, Will Chaffey and Fin Smith.

In the final race of the regatta, the Maadi cup was an outstanding race with College taking the lead late in the race only to have St Andrews sneak ahead to take the title. It was a thrilling race to end a successful week for the club

The U18 eight was Louis Batchelor, Sam Aitken, Josh Wade, Max Goodwin, Sam Darry, Albert O’Shannessey, James Newton, Monty Batchelor and Paddy Hone.

After the regatta Josh Wade has been invited to a NZ Junior trial while Jamie Batchelor, Louis Batchelor, Max Goodwin, Sam Aitken, Sam Darry and Zac Cran have been invited to trail for the South Island U18 team to take on the North Island.

Last , but certainly not least, I would like to thank all the College staff who have coached, managed, and done everything in between to help all these students to their achievements.


Jono Raymond - speaking about the Student Welfare Committee

Finn Sziranyi - speaking about the annual regional Otago University Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival


Eden Pidgeon - bronze in the U15 and Cadet U17 mixed foil compeitions

Louis Clark - national age group title

15 boys received podium finishes at SISS champs

Rowing - NZSS Championships
U18 eight crew - 2nd place
U17 eight - 2nd place
U16 eight - 1st place
U18 coxed quad - 3rd place
Over 15 Lightweight coxed four - 3rd place

Triathlon - NZSS Championships
Sam Idiens - 1st in the individual triathlon and aquathlon events
Kyle Houston - 2nd in the individual triathlon and third in the aquathlon

Tennis - NZSS Nationals
Senior A Team - 4th place

Polo - SISS Champs
College A Team - 1st place

Waterpolo - Canterbury and SISS Champs
Senior A team - 1st place

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