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Assembly notes - 7 March

07 Mar 2017

ASSEMBLY - Tuesday 7 March

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.

ASSEMBLY MUSICAL ITEM: Original compostion performed by Henry Phelps (guitar)

ACTIVITY REPORT: Sam Julian

Last week the annual summer sports exchange was held at Otago Boys’ in Dunedin. After two superb days of weather and competitive matches, College eventually lost the exchange 3-1. Golf was played over three rounds and two courses and resulted in a 7-3 loss with a couple of matches being decided on the 18th hole. Thomas McClean won both his singles matches. In tennis, College were dominant, winning 18-6 with Liam Adams playing well to defeat the Otago BHS number one. Both cricket matches came down to a run chase by both College teams. In the 2nd XI match, College required 194 to win and were in a good position requiring 100 with wickets in hand but eventually lost by 50 runs. In the 1st XI game, Riley Tempero took five wickets in the first innings and College were set 225 to win. Isaac Bird, Kurtis Weeks and Lachie Harper all scored 40’s but it was not quite enough and the team fell 18 runs short of their target.

Over the weekend a couple of the tennis players that had travelled to Otago BHS joined the three senior players for the South Island tournament in Timaru. With the tournament being reduced to four teams, the College side had commanding 6-0 wins over Timaru BHS and Otago BHS on Friday. In their final match against CBHS, the match was all square at 2 all after singles but some great doubles play by College saw them take both games for a 4-2 win and the South Island title. Next is a trip to Auckland for nationals during tournament week.

In midweek sport, waterpolo had a 22-1 win over St Andrews and now plays CBHS on Thursday night. In volleyball last week the Senior A side defeated the Senior B in a local derby while the Year 11 Black side won their encounter with the College Senior C side. The Year 11 White side had a successful game playing Hagley College winning both sets with Tom Rose serving 10 in a row. The Year 9 team lost a third set nail biter to CBHS by 27-25 but last night played well to beat Riccarton HS by 2-1.

The 1st XI cricket side did not play over the weekend and will play their two day match against CBHS this weekend. Rhys Thatcher is 47not out for the 2nd XI in their reply to St Bedes first innings while Will Prentice took 5 for 13 for the 3rd XI against CBHS. The Colts team defeated Ashburton with Zach Gimblett scoring 44 and taking 3 for 5 and Henry Eglington taking 4 catches. Jack Burt scored 54 not out and Gus Coates 46 not out and four wickets to help the 4th XI defeated South West. Jack Belcher scored 72 not out, Monty Hamilton 68 and Anton Marshall took 3 for 10 for the 9B’s in their win while Josh Erasmus scored 56 for the Year 9 Black in their win over Year 9 White.

Yesterday the Canterbury Schools strokeplay golf champs were held at Russley Golf Course. In superb conditions the College team of Zach May, Thomas McClean and Zach Gimblett finished 5th overall. In the individual competition Zach May was the best College golfer in 10th after shooting an 81 for his round.

Today is the heats for the Canterbury Secondary school athletics champs which are occurring at Rawhiti Domain. College has a team of 35 athletes competing. After today’s heats, athletes will qualify for the finals on Saturday. This weekend is the South Island schools rowing regatta in Twizel. This is the largest regatta for the club with all crews from U15 –U18 competing this weekend.

SPEAKERS

Sam Cameron-Dunn - Notice about the initial meeting of Kapahaka group on Thursday

George Murray - speaking about his experience on the French Exchange (slideshow) and then (with Harry Robson), inform the boys about the new College Journal

Good morning boys. I’m George Murray and I’m here to talk to you today about my experiences of the French exchange and the opportunities that it provides. Over the summer break Jack Caunter, Black Mcguigan and I stayed with our host families for 6 weeks in Nice, which is a city in the south-east of France. While we were over there we were able to learn a massive amount of French which was awesome. But there were also many other things that made this exchange such a great time.

Firstly, the programme was set out very well by the exchange coordinators. We were taken to exciting places such as Cannes and Monte Carlo while partaking in activities ranging from tours of old towns to visiting French space companies like Thales Alenia Space, the number one space technology company in Europe. During these activities and everyday life in Nice I made many lifelong friends. My correspondent and I are always in contact and he is already hoping to come back to New Zealand in July.

As well as this, I had a full on experience with French culture. All the food was amazing, from snails to confit de canard and the customs were great to be apart of. My host family taught me all about French culture and I came to appreciate it and feel that I was a part of it. Even today I seem to be sitting a bit too long at the dinner table in a classic French manner.

I would like to stress one final point about learning a second language in general. New Zealand is reasonably isolated from the rest of the world and because of this we often aren’t able to see how speaking a second language can help us in our day to day lives. When I was in France I saw the opportunities and enjoyment that you can gain from a second language. It helped me make new friends in a foreign country and emotionally connect with a new array of people. A language also lets you cross so many international boundaries while giving you an infinite amount of choice in your career.

With all of this in mind, I would highly recommend the french exchange to any year nines and tens who are interested in discovering another language and a whole new international perspective.

Mr Quinn - speaking about the Positive Education Conference at College on Friday and Saturday


AWARDS

Russell McVeagh Canterbury Regional Debating Championships - Henry Seaton speaks about the tournament.

Over the weekend, College had two teams in the Canterbury regional debating tournament, held at UC. This is an intensive two days of non-stop debating, where teams from all around Christchurch compete to be named the regional champions. College were the defending champions, and there was a lot of pressure on us to carry on that victory for another year.

Both teams performed well over the first day, with myself, Wills Wynn Thomas, and Fawzan Sugarwala remaining undefeated, while Nick Stevens, Thomas Walker, and Josh Stevenson suffered a loss to St Thomas but remained in contention for the semi-finals.

On Sunday, the top College side enjoyed another victory in the morning, moving to the semi-finals as the only unbeaten team of the tournament, while the second team suffered a defeat at the hands of St Margarets which saw them removed from the competition.

College dominated Cashmere in the semi-finals, before facing a very agressive St Margarets team in the semi-finals, affirming the motion that the government should actively discourage consumerist behaviors. In a close and very intense debate, the College team were awarded the victory, and announced as the Canterbury regional champions.

In addition, Wills Wynn Thomas was awarded best speaker for the most outstanding individual in the tournament, and Wills, Fawzan, and myself were all selected for the Canterbury representative debating squad, which travels to Wellington in May for the New Zealand national competition.

A special thanks must go to Ms Harland, for her energetic and invaluable support of both teams throughout the weekend. It was very hard to get out of the briefing room without her pulling us aside for last minute advice, and we really couldn’t have made it so far without her. So could we please congratulate all of the boys involved and Ms Harland.

The Press Cup (Team award for first place at regionals)
Best Speaker of the tournament - Wills Wynn Thomas

Executive Principal concluding comments

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