Assembly Notes – 4 February 2021
04 Feb 2021
Welcome from the Deputy Principal
Introduction of new students (Years 10–13), plus staff to the school
Riki Clark – Counsellor
Kirsty Robinson – Counsellor
Hannah Clarkson – Director of Drama
Josh Kim – Geography and History teacher
(Paul McCarthy – International Student Manager –will be welcomed when he arrives)
Robbie Turrell – Commerce teacher
Chris Waugh – HoD English
Rachel Trengrove – Health Centre Nurse
A few words from the Deputy Principal on how to minimise bullying
Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. Asks for silence as he says a prayer
While many of the College community were enjoying a well earnt summer break, a number of College sportsmen and teams were involved over the break in a variety of sports.
A group of College athletes travelled to Tauranga in December for the national secondary school athletics champs. Eleven athletes competed over a range of disciplines and at the end of the weekend of competition, there were a number of personal bests and top 5 placings. In individual events, Charlie Cameron was 3rd in Senior pole vault and Jasper Moss won the Para 2000m Senior race. John Wells was 4th in Senior 400m and Joseph Nash 4th in Junior 200m while Alfie Baker finished 5th in Senior High jump and Armani Lemalu 5th in Junior discus.
In relays, Matt Durant and John Wells ran in a combined 4 x 400m race with two girls from St Margarets and claimed a bronze medal. Congratulations to Jasper on his national title!
The College rowing club returned last week from Twizel after a training camp which finished with the South Island club champs. Prior to this the rowers had two other camps which culminated with the Otago and Canterbury club champs.
Last weekend in great rowing conditions the College crews finished with four South Island titles with the U17 coxed four, U19 coxed four, and U16 coxed eight winning. The top College eight raced two very good races to claim the Men’s Premier eight title beating a men’s crew from Picton and the top St Andrews crew. College also claimed two silver medals.
Over the summer break there have been a number of cricket tours by a number of different College teams. At the of the school year, the top Colts team travelled to Hamilton for the Vetorri Shield at St Pauls Collegiate. The College team played some very competitive cricket over the week with wins over Hutt International and King’s College and then a narrow loss to eventual tournament winners Westlake Boys. In the playoff match for 3rd, College were chasing 134 against Otago Boys, and in a tight last over the match finished in a tie!
In January a group of cricketers travelled to Queenstown for an annual festival and enjoyed a couple of days of cricket before the weather turned from summer to winter with snow. Unfortunately this bought a premature end to the week long tournament.
A senior group of cricketers travelled to Auckland in a trip to replace the annual Trans-Tasman tournament. College had two teams who enjoyed matches against hosts King’s College, Takapuna Grammar, Auckland Grammar and St Pauls Collegiate. The were some good wins and a couple of losses but all players had the opportunity for some tough cricket to prepare for the season ahead.
Last weekend six College cricket teams began their local school season. Teams are playing two day matches with all teams finishing the day in good positions to contest for wins this weekend. The 1st XI played North-West cricket and played their two day match over Saturday and Sunday. The team put a very good performance together to claim an outright victory with the individual performance of the week going to Caleb Manson who scored 120 in his 50th match for the 1st XI. This weekend the team play St Andrews College.
At the end of last year, two College polo players, Edward Davidson and Winston Hutchinson played in the South Island schools team against their North Island counterparts and won a close match 3-2 and then travelled north to play the same team and won the return fixture convincingly 7-1. From this a NZ school’s team was selected with Edward the team captain and Winston team reserve. The team played an invitational team and lost a very close match by half a goal.
Max Calvert was involved in the New Zealand boxing champs last month and he made the final in his U52kg weight class but lost a close match. In total, Max fought 10 bouts in 2020 with his only loss being in the final of the New Zealand champs.
This week has been a very busy week with a number of athletic and swimming heats. These continue over the next few weeks so please keep an eye of schoolbox and timetables posted in your houses.
There has been a number of summer sports getting underway this week with all sports operating after the long weekend. Please ensure that emails and schoolbox sports pages are checked and you know where you need to be as your summer sport gets started.
Good luck to all sportsmen competing over the long weekend.
A group of students will report on an international collaboration with a Round Square school in Peru
Executive Principal’s concluding comments
Year 13 to remain behind with Mr Donaldson regarding the Founders’ Dinner