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Assembly Notes – 5 March

05 Mar 2019


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

Musical Item

Raindrop Prelude by Frederic Chopin, performed by John-Paul Lay

Activity Report

Tom Vincent

Last Thursday night two of the College senior debating teams participated in the first round of the Canterbury interschool debating tournament. With only 45 minutes of prep time, both teams were tasked with affirming the moot that scientists, rather than politicians, should be making decisions about environmental policy. Christ’s College Silver, a relatively inexperienced team of Tim Cross, Max Surveyor and Matthew Todd won an easy victory against the more experienced St Andrews team, setting them up very well for the rest of the year debating together. The Senior A team was represented by Josh Stevenson, Jamie Yee and Angad Vraich, who managed to defeat the second St Margaret’s team without difficulty. An excellent start to the year for College debating.

The Athletics Canterbury Club Championships were held the weekend after of our College Championships. The weekend had tough conditions with strong cold winds on both days and rain for some events. The following College athletes had very good results.

In the U18 Men’s grade, Alfie Baker was 1st in triple jump and high jump and 2nd in javelin, Oliver Beresford was 1st in hammer and Charlie Cameron 2nd in pole vault. In the U20 grade Matthew Todd was 2nd in hammer, Alex Hemens 3rd in hammer, Edward Hsing 2nd in pole vault and Jordy Annand 3rd in long jump.

This weekend at Nga Puna Wai the National Club athletic champs are being held for the first time in 10 years in Christchurch. The following College boys Jordy Annand, Alfie Baker, Oliver Beresford, Edward Hsing and Matthew Todd are representing Canterbury as part of the provincial team while Matt Durant, John Wells and Charlie Cameron will compete under the Christ’s College banner as individuals. Good luck to these athletes competing this weekend.

A reminder from Mr Christey that boys who were in the top 3 of a College final, that if they wish to compete in the Canterbury Secondary Schools Championships on 19 and 23 March to email Dr Wait for selection. See Mr Christey’s notice on student notices for more information.

Last week the annual summer sports exchange with Otago Boys was held in Dunedin. After two days of competition College came away with a clean sweep by winning both cricket matches, tennis and golf. The tennis team continued its recent dominance in the exchange by winning 23-1 while the golf enjoyed a 7-1 win with both teams introducing young players to the exchange. In the cricket matches, the College 2nd XI chased a low final total to win by 8 wickets while the 1st XI completed the exchange by chasing down 213 with only a few overs left in the match.

After a trip to Dunedin earlier in the week, the senior tennis team travelled to Timaru over the weekend for the South Island school champs. Five matches over three days saw wins over Timaru Boys, St Bedes, CBHS and Marlborough Boys by 6-0 and a final against St Andrew’s College on the last day. In a tough contest with some close matches, College prevailed with a 5-1 win and a third South Island title in a row. A special mention to Will Schneideman who as number one played all the top seeds and won all five of his matches. The team now sets its focus to nationals in a couple of weeks in Christchurch.

Recently a number of College students have had success in their chosen sports.

Rupert Limbrick competed in the 420 sailing boat class at the South Island competition a couple of weekends ago and had an outstanding regatta. Of the 6 races he took part in he won 4. These results ultimately lead to him being the overall South Island Schools sailing champion. A fantastic achievement.

Alex Hickman recently went away to the Surf Ski Nationals event and performed extremely well across all of his events. He finished the weekend with an impressive medal haul totalling, one Bronze medal, five Silver medals and one Gold medal. Well done Alex!

Kennedy Payne has been away representing New Zealand in Gymnastics in Texas against a large number of countries from around the world. Kennedy’s team competed in Level 9 in the over 15 age group.  Kennedy was 1st at Vault, and 3rd in both Rings and Pommel. When it came to the team placings all ages were combined and the NZ team came 3rd overall.  This was an outstanding achievement for the team, since there were only 3 in the New Zealand team, and some of the other teams had up to 8 gymnasts.

This weekend the College rowers held to Twizel for the South Island school champs, the Canterbury triathlon champs are on Friday and the Canterbury school golf champs next Monday. Good luck to these athletes and all other College athletes competing over the next week.


Zac Matson – speaking about Arts & Culture
Matias Biraben-Clough – speaking about Wellbeing
Tommy Whitaker – speaking about Tear Fund and introducing Beth Harper from Tear Fund (with Video)

My name is Tommy Whitaker and I am the head of the service committee for 2019. In the first part of this year, the main charity that will be the recipient of our fundraising is called Tear Fund. Tear Fund is a New Zealand based charity that works predominantly within Southeast Asia. It believes that the exploitation of poor and vulnerable people is a gross injustice that must be confronted, so this year, our fundraising will be put towards protecting people in this situation from exploitation and human trafficking. The particular work of this charity that we will be raising money for is protecting Women and girls who are taken for trafficking and sexual exploitation. It will also go towards helping to protect workers in the Asia-Pacific region who face the horrors of forced labour. This includes child labour, particularly in the garment industry.

There will be 2 mufti days this term to help raise funds. The first  will be held on the 8th of March, which is International Women’s day. Money from this will go towards the charity Aviva who we supported last year. For those that do not know, Aviva is a family violence service who offer support to women, children and men to live violence-free lives.  The second will be during Lent will be to raise money for Tear Fund.

During Lent, we plan to have a collective schoolwide appeal instead of individual ones through each house. The money raised by this event  will also go towards Tear fund.

The service committee believes service is not just a matter of raising and donating money. This is still a very important part of helping others less fortunate than us, however, service is also giving back in a more tangible form by helping out in the community. This year we want to create more opportunities not only for fundraising but for people to actively participate in service. We will be working closely with the environmental committee for some of these service events. More information will be provided about this throughout the year.

If any boys know of particular groups or charities who are looking for help within the community be sure to let Mr Porter or me know.


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards
Shyam Hari
Alistair Morgan
Jonathan Huo
Callum Hackston
Thomas McEwan

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards
Benedict Sullivan
(the first in three years)

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