Executive Principal’s Welcome

Garth Wynne

This website is a window into the world of Christ’s College, New Zealand’s best-known and leading school for boys.

Christ's College is an independent boarding and day school, established as part of the original Anglican foundation of Christchurch.

Core Christian virtues guide all that we do and how we act. Honesty, respect, justice and compassion create a caring and supportive environment at College, where boys feel comfortable to be themselves as they strive to reach their potential. Our mission is Each boy at his best.

We have a clear vision at Christ’s College ... To educate boys to be virtuous men who make a positive contribution to society.

Our campus is unique. It is a combination of heritage buildings alongside state-of-the-art modern learning spaces, with facilities at the cutting edge of technological excellence.

However, College’s greatest asset is its talented teaching and support staff, who work to enable boundless opportunities to emerge for the boys. These highly qualified and committed people are supported by forward-thinking governance and a dedicated team of professional administrators. Together, they ensure the school provides every opportunity for our boys to achieve at their best.

Boys with a wide range of abilities are welcome at College. There is consistent emphasis on ambition and achievement at all levels, which ensures our student outcomes are among the very best in New Zealand. We nurture the ambitions of some of the brightest scholars in the land while taking equal pleasure in the outstanding progress made by those who benefit from our learning support programmes. The boys respect each other’s commitment, whether within or outside the classroom. Our natural diversity is a key to our success.

Pastoral support is, in the first instance, provided through our House system. There are 10 Houses at College – three for boarders and seven for dayboys – and each boy is a member of a House. The Houses provide a place for study and relaxation, and are the focus of all internal sporting and cultural activities. Vertical organisation within the Houses provides opportunities for leadership and mentoring, and for friendships to develop across year groups.

Boarding has a significant role within the school. The boarding Houses reflect our strong traditions and provide a sense of belonging and connectedness for all boys. The heart of the school beats around the clock. When classes are over and prep is done, boys can choose from a wide range of co-curricular activities that form part of our unique Boarding Programme. Students also enjoy out-of-hours access to libraries, computer suites, sports facilities and workshops.

Our commitment is to provide opportunities that allow boys to develop the skills and dispositions for success in a complex and ever-changing world.

If you would like to visit Christ’s College, or speak with me or our Admissions Registrar, please feel free to contact us to arrange a personal tour. Email email hidden; JavaScript is required or telephone 03 364 6836.

Garth Wynne
Executive Principal

Head Prefect’s Welcome

Jack Belcher cropped

Welcome to College – 2021 is upon us and another exciting year awaits.

With a unique House system, the pastoral care at College is second-to-none. The House not only provides for each boy in the physical sense – with lockers, common rooms and kitchen appliances – but also has a Housemaster to support you. A lot of time outside class is spent in the House, so it will become like your second home and a place where lifelong friendships are formed.

Additionally, the Houses provide a platform for a variety of good-natured competitions such as music, debating, plays, hockey, football, chess, just to name a few. Undoubtedly, interhouse competitions will give everyone the chance to try something new, and I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to seize these opportunities, and whatever others come your way at College.

Academic work is central to an education at College and is catered to suit everyone’s ability and aspirations. The quality of the teachers and facilities, the small class sizes and a culture of excellence allow all boys to flourish, which is reflected in the students’ results.

I encourage you all to make the most of the opportunities you are offered, to try something new and to chase your passions – but, ultimately, have fun.

Sport is something everyone participates in at College, providing the chance to learn valuable life lessons. Through sport, I have learnt to manage my time, to be patient, and to understand that effort and consistency always pay off. With great facilities, coaches and support networks, many have achieved excellence on the sports field, either individually or as a team.

Arts and culture are also fundamental to College, with something for everyone – drama and music classes, junior and senior drama productions, theatresports, chamber groups, orchestra, jazz bands, rock bands and choirs. Led by experienced teachers, there is a great balance between enjoyment and each boy reaching his potential.

While academic, sporting and cultural endeavours are so significant in each boy’s College experience, they are secondary to his development into a man of good character. Courage and resilience, compassion and empathy are among the attributes that the school believes allow College graduates to flourish. This philosophy is shared by all staff and sports coaches, and programmes such as MANifesto, MINDfit and Immerse & Inspire for Year 10 students make these attributes a reality. As an Anglican school, the Rev. Bosco Peters highlights the connection between these values and the Christian message, and teaches us how to apply them in our own lives regardless of our beliefs. Rev. Peters also gives an insight into other religions and ethics, ultimately encouraging us to keep an open mind. College is continually embracing the bicultural nature of New Zealand and Māori culture and traditions have become firmly established in the school.

Mental health and wellbeing is a key focus of the pastoral care in the Houses, as it is for the two College counsellors and the dedicated Wellbeing Committee. This ensures each boy lives a healthy, balanced life while at College, so that he can learn to the best of his ability.

Your time at College will fly by. I encourage you all to make the most of the opportunities you are offered, to try something new and to chase your passions – but, ultimately, have fun.

Jack Belcher
Head Prefect 2021