Darrell Thatcher has recently been appointed as Director of Boarding and Director of the Centre for Character & Leadership.
Darrell has been at Christ's College for the past 16 years, and been involved with boarding for most of that time. He has been a Boarding Housemaster and has also led the Boarding Programme, which provides a range of activities for boarders at weekends and additional courses during the week. He also organises the very successful Year 12 Leadership Day, where more than 600 students from all over Canterbury spend a day at Christ's College learning about the skills and attributes they need to become leaders in their schools.
As Director of Boarding, Darrell is leading the boarding team in an exciting new phase of its development. "It's important to always be looking at ways of improving what we do, while maintaining and continuing the best elements of boarding life for the boys. It’s not about standing still, it’s about seeking ways to challenge our boys to grow into fine young men, preparing them to take on leadership roles in the community, as well as one day becoming excellent fathers and husbands.’’
As Director of the Centre for Character & Leadership, Darrell is responsible for devising and implementing new character and leadership programmes for both dayboys and boarders.
It is an exciting time for Christ's College and I look forward to leading both the boarding and character and leadership programmes into the future. There is so much I know we can achieve.
Outside of the Boarding House, Darrell has been involved with both cricket and hockey, and has been the Master in Charge of both sports. Darrell is married with three sons, all of whom have been through College. He is looking forward to the challenges of the new role and what lies ahead.