Welcome from the Housemaster
South African-born Lionel Randall stepped into the role of Housemaster of Flower’s House in Term 2, 2021.
Since graduating from the University of Pretoria, he has taught Physical Education and Health in leading boys’ boarding schools in South Africa and New Zealand. He has also been highly involved in Water Polo at an elite level, serving as a FINA International Water Polo referee as well as a coach on both the South Africa and New Zealand National Water Polo programmes.
Lionel, is supported by his wife Taryn, who is a Science teacher, and their two sons, Oliver and Alistair who are currently enjoying Primary School and loving the adventure that comes with living in a boarding house.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to lead Flower's House and proud to be a part of the College community. I would like to create a home away from home environment where each boy feels valued, safe and supported by a caring community of staff and boys who are right there alongside him, helping him to succeed”
In Flower’s House, our boys are encouraged to have strong aspirations, to ‘dream big’ and to have the courage and determination to set out to be the best.
Welcome from Head of Flower's House
Flower's is unique in its own right. Although the House is new, tradition and history still runs deep.
Flower’s House is unique – although new, tradition and history still run deeply in our boarding House.
Sited in a prominent College position, Flower’s is rich in virtues, pride and a definite sense of community. Some Flower’s House boys are locals who board; others come from all over the world. Together they form a strong whanau, grasping every opportunity. There is never a dull moment in Flower’s with both boys and staff always having a story to share.
Being the only boarding House outside the school gates, life in Flower’s brings different responsibilities, even while it offers a break from the busy school grounds. Our location also allows us to enjoy a unique connection with the wider community around us.
I have a strong group of seniors around me, and together we are intent on working to ensure Flower’s House continues to prosper.
Head of House 2023
Head of House
Dr Craig Aitken
Mentor, Residential Tutor
The History of Flower’s House
In 1910, AE Flower became the first Housemaster of Flower’s House. The original Flower’s House was situated in the eastern end of what was then known as the Headmaster’s House (built in 1868). The boys occupied the western end. Downstairs facing the river was the boys’ dining room, which catered for 40 boys, and their dormitories were upstairs. A very large kitchen served both the Flower family and the boys.
The Board had hoped to build a new boarding house inside the Quadrangle, but circumstances were against them and instead the new House was built in Rolleston Avenue and completed in 1918. This building was demolished in 2004 and the new Flower’s House was completed in September 2005. It was officially opened on 25 October 2005 by Air Vice Marshall Hamilton (a Flower’s House Old Boy).