Assembly notes - 1 February
01 Feb 2017
Start of year briefing and reminders
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 The Executive Principal
Address to new staff and students
It has been a very busy time for a number of College athletes over the summer holiday break.
On the last weekend of the term, a group of sixteen College athletes travelled to Auckland for the New Zealand Secondary School Athletic champs. It was a very successful weekend with a number of athletes achieving personal bests and 9 boys making a National final. At the end of the weekend there were 5 medals achieved by College athletes. Hugh Finlay won the 3km road race and received a silver in the 400m, while 3 Bronze medals were achieved by Jo Wilkinson in polevault, Dion Houston in the Junior Road Race and Cody House in the Junior long jump.
Cody, Sam King, Tim Ward and John Wells competed for Canterbury in an inter-regional competition, which included Otago, Southland and Queensland. Canterbury won both the senior and junior team events with Cody winning junior long jump and was 2nd in hurdles and 200m. Sam had a very good sprint meet and was the overall senior boys point scorer for the event.
A number of the top College tennis players have been fully involved in a number of major tournaments over the break. The National U14 and U16 tournaments were held in January. A number of College tennis players were involved with Liam Adams winning the U14 double titles and Dylan Heap winning the U16 national singles and doubles titles. In team competition, Liam, Edwin Dargue and Nic Schneidemann were members of the Canterbury U14 team who won the national team event title while Dylan and Will Schneidemann were part of the Canterbury U16 team who were 3rd in their competition. The Senior A team now moves into qualification for South Island tournament which begins next week.
College rowers have had three rowing camps and regattas over the break. Before Christmas was the Otago Champs followed by the Canterbury champs in early January. Unfortunately both regattas were affected by weather. Last week the rowers were in Twizel for their third camp, which lead into the South Island club champs. Good rowing conditions were had on Saturday but the wind played its part on Sunday for finals. At the end of the regatta, College rowers achieved six medals. The U16 eight and U16 four were third, the U17 eight, U19 quad and novice eight were 2nd, while the U19 eight were first.
The rowing club now turns their attentions to the South Island Schools regatta as they prepare for Maadi Cup at the end of the term.
The 1st XI cricket side for 2017 have had a number of games over January. The new season started with the annual match at the Willows cricket ground in North Canterbury against the Willows XI, which contain a number of College Old Boys. In a competitive match, College were unable to chase down 260 for the win with Ben Dickie scoring a very good 97. The team then travelled to Auckland for the annual Trans-tasman tournament. Over the week there was a drawn two day match against Shore School, Sydney; a one day loss to King’s College, Auckland; and an excellent two day victory over Canberra Grammar. In this match the College side got the final wicket of the match with only a couple of overs left in the day.
Over the weekend the top three College sides began their local competition. The 1st XI side made a very positive start when they bowled out St Andrew's for 95 in their second innings and chased down the target of 125 with two wickets in hand. There were some very good individual efforts, and a great team performance to start the season. The 2nd XI lost their match to Ashburton College 1st XI while the 3rd XI defeated St Bede's 3rd XI. In this match Tim Cross took 6 for 16 in St Bede's first innings. This weekend all College cricket teams will begin their season.
This afternoon their are swimming heats for Y10-13 starting at 2.45. Year 9 tennis and cricket players need to meet on Upper at 2.45pm for their trials and the end of the week has a number of swimming and athletic heats. Watch House noticeboard and sports noticeboard for heat details.
Jacob Banks - Head of Arts & Culture speaking about Singin' in the Rain
Hugh Finlay – 1st 3km road race, 2nd 400m
Dion Houston – 3rd Junior Boys road race
Cody House – 3rd Junior Boys long jump
Dylan Heap – winner NZ U16 singles and doubles title
Dylan Heap and Will Schneidemann – members of the Canterbury U16 team who placed 3rd at the NZ provincial team event
Liam Adams – Jwinner NZ U14 doubles title and a member of the Canterbury U14 team who placed 1st at the NZ provincial team event
Nick Schneidemann and Edwin Dargue – members of the Canterbury U14 team who were first at the NZ Provincial team event
EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL CONCLUDING COMMENTS