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Jacobs House

Welcome from Head of Jacobs House

JA12 I.Aitk.Ja 38644 5635Jacobs House is one of the most welcoming communities at College. We build each other up, and support one another. Our motto Non Sibi – which means "not for oneself" – is a reflection of the selflessness of every individual in the House. While we do recognise individual excellence, we also know that our strength as a House lies in teamwork. I believe it is through this sense of comradeship that everyone in Jacobs will have the right attitude for success.

Isaac Aitken
Head of House 2021

House Staff

Staff Matt Thatcher 0757 SQ
Matt Thatcher


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Isaac Aitken

Head of House

Staff Caroline Black 6072 SQ
Caroline Black

Deputy Housemaster/Mentor

Staff William Bell 35461 2243 SQ
William Bell


Staff Robyn Peers 0441 SQ
Robyn Peers


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Staff Chris Sellars 0909 SQ
Chris Sellars


Staff Elaine Tang 1213 SQ
Elaine Tang


Staff Chris Waugh 6342 SQ
Chris Waugh


History of Jacobs House

Jacobs House was originally designed by Cecil Wood as part of larger reorganisation for the development of the Quad. Only this building came to fruition as planned. It was opened in 1931 with fifty boys drawn from four other houses, plus some new boys.

The House is named after College’s first Headmaster, Henry Jacobs, who arrived in New Zealand as a Canterbury Association chaplain on board the Sir George Seymour. The House is on the site of the first Headmaster’s house.

Within the House Library is a stone fireplace, in memory of Guy Spencer Bryan-Brown, Chaplain of Christ’s College who was killed in the First World War.

The House was refurbished in 2003 and the concrete block addition at the rear of the House was constructed at this time.

The Jacobs House symbol is a red or Tudor rose and can be seen on the College Crest. It is also part of the Arms of Christ Church Oxford, where John Robert Godley and many of the founders of Canterbury had attended University. The motto Non Sibi translates as “Not for one’s self”.

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