End of Term 1 reminders and information

Dear Parents,

I trust you have all had a good Easter Break and have enjoyed having your son home with you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Turnbull family in Blenheim following the tragic passing of Jeremy Turnbull last Tuesday. We also think of the entire Blenheim and Marlborough community as the morn the loss but also celebrate Jeremy’s life. Kia Kaha.

As we draw close to the end of Term 1 there are a number of items that I would like to remind you of:

  • Year 11 parents please note that the your son has a team building day on Sunday 8 April 2018 and ALL Year 11’s [Day and Boarders]  in the boarding houses are expected to be part of this day. I will pass the details of the day on to the boys closer to the day.


  • Year 8 Boarder Experience 8 to 9 April 2018. Two of our Year 9 boys will help with this programme and I will speak with them individually about the details for this programme which starts at 11am on Sunday 8 April 2018. I would like the rest of the Year 9 group to be back in the House before 5:30pm to join the Year 8’s for dinner in the Dining Hall.


  • You are warmly invited to annual House Music Competition that will be taking place in the College Assembly Hall  from 7 to 8:30pm on Thursday 12 April 2018. This is a great opportunity for you to hear the House in chorus as they sing their hearts out to impress the judges and hopefully take some silverware home! We will serve drinks and nibbles for parents and families of all the boarding houses from 5:30pm, the venue will be determined once we know the amount of people attending the function. We would love to see as many of you as possible at the evening, if you are able to attend please could you RSVP to me via email by 4pm on Thursday 5 April 2018.


  • Friday 13 April 2018 – End of Term 1 and Parent, Student and Teacher Interviews for Year 9 – 13 boarders 3:30pm Warren Block. You should have received an email from College giving you a link to book interviews with your son’s subject teachers. If you have not received the information please can you let me know and I will follow up with Mrs Brigitte Morgan.


  • Next term to celebrate Mother’s Day we will be hosting the School House Mother’s Day High Tea on Friday 11 May 2018 in the House Library from 3:30pm. All Mothers of School House should have received an invitation in the post, I have attached a digital copy if you haven’t received one. I need to confirm numbers with our caterers so please could you RSVP  me by 4pm on Friday 4 May 2018. We look forward to celebrating our Mums.


  • As mentioned above Term 1 ends on Friday 13 April and there will be a few sports teams involved in their competition and/or trials and there will also be boys that will only be travelling home on Saturday 14 April 2018. The House will be closed from 12pm on Saturday 14 April and re-opening at 4pm on Sunday 29 April 2018, all boarders will need to be back in the House by 8pm. For catering purposes please could you confirm via email by Monday 9 April 2018, if your son will be in on the night of Friday 13 April and/or for dinner at 5:30pm on Sunday 29 April 2018.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the rowers and in particular those from School House who did an amazing job in Twizel at the National Rowing Regatta. College won five national titles which included the Boys U18 Coxed Eight who won the Maadi Cup. Well done gents!

Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you over the course of the next few weeks!

Pilgrims Still


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Senior Volleyball win first round

The School House Senior Volleyball team beat Flower’s House in the first round of the house competition. The game was played in a very good spirit and both sets went to the wire. We hope they can continue through to the final. Great effort gentlemen.

Lachie Harper serving in the first set!

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Ed Hsing flying high again!

Edward Hsing continues to fly to new heights. He has recently been crowned the U18 National Pole Vault Champion! Well Done Ed!

Edward Hsing soaring to new heights!

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School House well represented in the Rowing Club

4 March 2018

On Friday 2 March the Christ’s College Rowing club departed to take part in the annual South Island Secondary Schools Regatta at Twizel. School House was well represented in the club and we wished the following boys well as they competed in this regatta:

Gus Orr, Louie Bethell, Wilbur Hutchinson, Sam Chaffey, Nick Houghton, Guy Chaffey, Ben Stronach. Alex Todhunter and Will Chaffey. [Hugo Nelson – absent].

Most of these boys will stay on in Twizel to take part in an intensive rowing camp that will prepare the for the pinnacle event – the New Zealand Secondary Schools Regatta where the top eight boat will hopefully contend for the Maadi Cup.


Good luck lads!

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Athletics Sports – a great day out!

27 February 2018

Friday 23 February saw the main day of the 2018 Athletics Sports. School House competed well in all the events they took part in whether it be in the Championship or Non-Championship events. During the mornings events a number of the boys sewed up victories in a variety of field events with Edward Hsing stealing the show just before lunch as he attempted to set a new record for the senior Pole Vault. Eddy had the entire College and supporters mesmerised as the bar went higher and higher and finally reaching the new record height of 3.65m. His efforts combined with a number of other successes saw School House in a commanding lead which eventuated in School House winning the Field Event Trophy.

The athletics took a lunch break and all the School House boys and their parents enjoyed a lunch on the back lawn of the Housemaster’s home under a beautiful and clear Canterbury day.

At the start of the afternoon events School House were pushing the Championship leader Harper really hard but harper managed to hold and extend their lead before the end of the events. School House finished in an impressive second place overall – a great reward for the boys for the effort they put in throughout the day. A big thank you to Cameron and the Yaer 13’s for organising and motivating the house  – a job well done.

Edward Hsing soaring to new heights!

The following boys received prizes:

Jack Smith

Edward Hsing, Patrick Thacker, Kurtis Weeks Alfie Baker, Rory Baker Will Prentice and Cameron Nicolson

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Athletics Sports – Friday 23 February 2018

Thank you to everyone for replying to the luncheon invitation at the Athletics Sports day this Friday 23 February at 12:30pm at our home, we look forward to hosting you.

I have attached the proposed order of events for this Thursday afternoon and all of Friday. We have a number of boys in Championship events and Cameron and the seniors have done a great job in placing as many of the House as possible in the Non-Championship events.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday.

Athletics Sports order of events

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Wednesday 31 January 2018


All new boys and staff were welcomed to Christ’s College with a Powhiri on Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Please click below to view a video of the Powhiri video.

Powhiri 2018

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Day One Check!

Monday 29 January saw the start of their five year journey for our new Year 9 group! Their beds were made and they were showered and dressed by 7am – did a few jobs – had time for a photo and then tucked into a hearty breakfast with Sharon, Cameron and their Housemaster! We welcome, Jake, Rudi, Jack B, Henry, Charlie, Hamish, Digby, Jack S, Freddie[Absent], Oscar and their families to College an in particular the School House community.

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Last week of 2017 – it’s going to be busy!

I trust you are well and have enjoyed the awesome weather we have had this weekend.

This is a quick reminder of the events that are taking place this week as we conclude what has been a busy and full year and in particular, farewell our Year 13’s and their parents after 5 years of service and dedication to the College.

Year 9 & 10 Ta Ao Maori Week – 27 to 29 November 2017. This programme is designed to give the boys a glimpse at the Maori world and all Year 9 and 10’s are expected to attend and is seen as part of the curriculum and the programme fills a normal school day. Please see the attachment outlining the programme.

Thursday 30 November 2017:

Christ’s College Junior Prize Giving – 3pm –  in the Assembly Hall.

ALL YEAR 9 & 10’s to attend.

Dress code for boys: Suits

School House Prize Giving – 4pm – Housemaster’s Garden.

ALL School House boys to attend & ALL parents are welcome

Dress code for boys: Suits

Carols on the Quad – 6pm – Quad

ALL School House boys to attend & ALL parents are welcome

Dress code for boys: Suits

School House Leavers Dinner – 7pm – School House Library

ALL School House boys to attend & Year 13 parents are welcome

Year 13’s are encouraged to spend the rest of the evening with their parents.

Dress code for boys: Suits

Year 9 & 10 boarders may leave after the dinner and clean up which should finish at 9:30pm

For those Year 9 & 10 staying in over night we will have something to keep them busy in the house on Friday.

Friday 1 December 2017

Christ’s College Senior Prize Giving – 10:30am –  in the Assembly Hall.

Prize winners need to be at the Assembly Hall by 8:30am.

All Yr 11, 12 & 13’s need to report to the House by 10am.

Dress code for boys: Suits

Leaver’s Lunch on the Quad – 12pm – the Quad.

ALL Yr 13’s and their parents invited to attend

Yr 11 & 12’s to report to the House and pack and prepare for departure.

Dress code for boys: Suits

Leaver’s Chapel Service – 1pm – Chapel

ALL Yr 13’s and their parents invited to attend

Yr 11 & 12’s free to head home.

Dress code for boys: Suits

There are a number of sporting teams involved in fixtures on Saturday 2 December 2017.Please could you let me know if your son will be needing to stay in the House on Friday night, this will also apply to any boys who are flying out on Saturday morning too. The House will be closed from Saturday night.

I trust This all makes sense! We look forward to hosting you at the end of this week.

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All parents and boys are invited to attend the School House Prize Giving 2017 where we will celebrate the successes of 2017 and present a number of awards and prizes. This function will take place in the garden of our home on Thursday 30 November 2017 and will begin at 4:30pm. There will be drinks and nibbles. Please could you RSVP via email with the number of people attending and any dietary requirements by 4pm on Monday 20 November 2017.

The School House Prize Giving will be followed by the annual Carols on the Quad which begins at 6:00pm and all are welcome to attend.

Following the Carols on the Quad we will have our School House Leaver’s Dinner. At this dinner we recognise the contribution that the Year 13 group have made to the House and College and we farewell them. The year 13 parents attend this dinner and they will receive a separate invitation. All boys are expected to attend this dinner in the School House Library from 7:00 pm and we should be finished by 9:30pm. The cost of the dinner will be $65 per person and this will be charged to your son’s account.

Year 9 and 10 boarders can go home after the dinner or the next morning as they are not required to attend the Senior Prize Giving and Leaver’s functions on Friday 1 December 2017. Parents of Year 9 and 10’s please can you let me know when your son will be returning home.

We look forward to the end of year functions and we look forward to seeing you at the House Prize Giving on the 30th of November.

Thursday 30 November 2017

3:00pm Junior Prize Giving in the Assembly Hall
4:30pm School House Prize Giving – Housemaster’s Garden [College Gymnasium if poor weather]
6:00pm Carols on The Quad
7:00pm School House Leavers Supper – House Library for all School House boys and Leavers Parents.

Year 9 and 10 Boarder’s may leave after dinner.

Friday 1 December 2017

10:30am Senior Prize Giving in the Assembly Hall
12:00pm Year 13 Leavers and Parents lunch on the Quad
1:00pm Leaver’s Chapel Service



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