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Assembly Notes – 5 February

05 Feb 2019


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

Musical Item

'Banjo and Fiddle' by William Kroll, performed by Josh Hooker, accompanied by Nicholas Sutcliffe

Activity Report

Max Heywood

The new summer season is well underway with all sports starting this week. Prior to this week, a number of College athletes, rowers and cricketers have been competing for school over the summer break.

The College rowing club have had a number of rowing camps and regattas over the summer break as crews prepare for the final two regattas of the season – the South Island Schools regatta in Twizel and the National Maadi Cup regatta in Cambridge. Last weekend the College rowing club travelled down to Twizel for the South Island club regatta. In good conditions which is in stark contrast to previous regattas over the summer, many College crews enjoyed tough competition racing. At the end of the weekend College achieved four bronze, three silver and three South Island titles. Gold medal winning crews were U15 Octuple sculls, the U19 coxed four and the Novice coxed eight. The top College eight competed in the Men’s Premier race and finished second behind CBHS. 

The 1st XI cricket side have had a busy January with their annual match against the Willows XI, hosting the Trans-Tasman festival and then competing in their first local competition match. In the Trans-Tasman festival, the 1st XI hosted matches against Shore School from Sydney, Canberra Grammar and King’s College Auckland. Despite not winning any matches the team played some competitive games and only lost their two matches against the Australian schools after set targets for the opposition to chase. Over the last two weekends the 1st XI played their first local competition match against St Bedes. College went in to the second innings with a slim 11 run lead having bowled the opposition out for 86 runs. Set a target of 182, College had a steady loss of wickets which meant the target was looking a tough proposition but a 50 run partnership between Caleb Manson (57) and Will Greenslade (38) took them close but it still came down to one run required when the ninth wicket was taken. In a nervous couple of balls Tom Macfarlane hit the winning run for a very good victory. It was also a very successful day for the 2nd and 3rd XI who also started their season in winning fashion by defeating Rangiora HS 1st XI and North-West cricket 2nd XI respectively.

College athletes have been busy over the summer after finishing the year off with the New Zealand secondary school champs in Dunedin. During this meet, Jasper Moss had a very successful time where he broke NZ Para records for the U17 100m, 200m and 400m in his class.

In January, a number of College athletes were chosen to compete for Canterbury in the South Island U20 interprovincial champs. The boys were Matt Durant, Oliver Beresford, Alex Hemens, Edward Hsing and Matt Todd.

It is a big term for College athletes with the school champs, Canterbury school champs and South Island champs occurring and the New Zealand club champs taking place in Christchurch in March for the first time in over ten years.

This week is a busy week with all summer sports getting underway. Please look for email notices about meetings, trials and practice times. A number of athletic heats are taking place over the week and the school swimming sports will take next Monday afternoon with both individual and house races. Well done to all students who have been competing in both the swimming and athletic heats. The participant numbers are high and it is great to see so many involved.

Good luck to all College sportsmen involved in matches over the coming week.


Joshua Stevenson – speaking about Debating and the Philosophy Club

Welcome to 2019. As with every year there are opportunities appearing throughout for you all to take. I encourage all of you to seize as many as possible, and I've got one here today. Debating is an activity with a big tent. Every year the House debating tournament attracts dozens of kids, most with no prior experience, who put on quality performances – I'm always amazed by how all you boys are able to deliver from the start, and though you might not feel like it, the confidence, the knowledge and the clarity of the thought you show. For students who go on to pursue debating, it is accessible without being shallow. Debating is not about talent. It is not for a specific subset of people. Anyone can debate. Debating involves work and effort – values you all will need to tide you through life, which will serve you well should you choose to develop them. Furthermore, it teaches you many skills that will prove essential and now throughout life, note-taking, multitasking, strategy and decision-making for important tradeoffs and decisions, thinking on your feet, how to present, confidence, style. When I started, I was hopeless – not a clue what I was doing, out of my depth, nervous beyond belief with butterflies in my belly, red-faced and flushed. And that's ok, for you to be like that too. But apply yourself and you can gain those skills that will stay with you. If you want to, you could climb to where I am now, in front of you all without a care in the world. I wouldn't have stuck with it for four years, and still be driving on with it, if that weren't the case. For those boys interested, we'll be meeting after school. Debating is typically in teams of three, so bring one or two people you'd like to be in a team with and we can see if anything can be arranged. I'll explain what's involved, how you get into it, and answer any questions – if you're on the fence, absolutely come, it's a few minutes of your time to get well informed on a great opportunity. If you can't make it, email me at, that jjstevenson. Carpe diem, boys.

Jordy Annand – speaking about the Environment Committee
Zac Matson – speaking about the Arts and Culture Committee
Mark Ma – speaking about the International Round Square Committee


Duke of Edinburgh Bonze Award
Edward Hsing

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