Welcome from the Housemaster

Henry Smith 9054 SQ

On behalf of the School House community, I would like to welcome you to the School House family.

I have been involved in the College community for more than 10 years, as both a teacher of Physical Education and Health and as a Deputy Housemaster in several boarding Houses. Prior to my time at College, I was involved with the New Zealand rowing programme and spent time teaching within the Youth Justice system.

Since joining College, I have held a leadership role in both the rowing programme and the Physical Education department. In these roles, I have had the pleasure of getting to know many fine young men and have assisted them as they develop and evolve to be the best possible version of themselves.

Supporting me in this role is my wife, Kate, and our two young children, Ben and Ruby. As a family, we enjoy spending time on the water and up in the mountains, as well as travelling around New Zealand to anywhere we can have fun.

We feel privileged to be part of the School House community. Our aim is to provide your son with a home away from home in which there is a culture of respect, compassion, honesty and fun.

Henry Smith
Housemaster

Welcome from Head of School House

Student Jake Abbiss SQ

Being a part of a House, where generations before you once lived, is one of the greatest parts of this school.

And, for some boys, it is even greater being the first generation. You come into the House not knowing that in the five years ahead you will have made mates for life and have endless memories.

Jake Abbiss
Head of House 2022

House staff

Henry Smith 9054 SQ

Henry Smith

Housemaster

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Student Jake Abbiss SQ

Jake Abbiss

Head of House

Staff Claire Nicolson 3801 SQ

Claire Nicolson

Deputy Housemaster/Mentor

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Sharon Cryer

Sharon Cryer

Matron

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Staff Kate Morris 0229 SQ

Kate Morris

Mentor

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Staff Ben Sheat 3657 SQ

Ben Sheat

Mentor

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Staff Ben Vink 8793 2222 SQ

Ben Vink

Mentor

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History of School House

School House was designed by CJ Mountfort and JJ Collins, both Old Boys of the College. The foundation stone was laid in February 1908 by the Governor-General, Lord Plunket, and was ready for occupation in 1909.

The Christ’s College Register of April 1909 describes it as follows: “The interior is spacious, with broad passages, a large common room and a dining room; the walls are of faced bricks, and, therefore unpapered.” It was refurbished in 2002 and the concrete block addition at the rear of the building was constructed at this time.

The name appears to have come from the tradition of English Public Schools to call the house in which the Headmaster, who was also Housemaster, lived, “School House”. Charles Hudson Moreland, 6th Headmaster of Christ’s College, was School House’s first Housemaster.

The four shells (escallops) which can be seen on the House Tie come from the College Crest. They are heraldic symbols used by the Crusaders and represent those who came in the First Four Ships in 1850. The motto Pilgrims Still was one of those considered for the College Motto.