The start of Term 4 has seen a good number of School House men recognised in assembly for their cultural and sporting exploits during last term.
Henry Rolleston was awarded an Honours Tie on each of the first two assemblies of the term. Firstly he was recognised for the significant contribution to Choral Music he has made over his five years in the Chapel Choir and then, a week later, he was awarded with a second Honours Tie for his excellence in TheatreSports – the competitive version of standup comedy. These two awards go alongside the Honours Ties for Drama he had previously been awarded in both 2015 and 2016.
The Honours Tie is the College’s premier award for activities in the area of Arts and Culture and Henry’s “collection” of awards is quite outstanding.
On the sporting front, we had a number of senior boys awarded their Sports Colours – the highest award in the sporting field. In rugby we had three recipients at assembly in Week 1; Jonathan Gemmell, Dallas McLeod and Patrick Thacker. All three made significant contribution to a very strong 1st XV season.
The week two assembly saw Hunter Aarts awarded his Sports Colours for basketball – the first for a School House member since 2004! As team captain, Hunter was instrumental in the team reaching the national finals for the first time and was a wonderful ambassador for his sport and College.
Henry Rolleston (Honours Tie Choral Music), Patrick Thacker, Jono Gemmell and Dallas McLeod (all Rugby Colours)
Henry Rolleston (Honours Tie – Theatre Sports) and Hunter Aarts (Basketball Colours)
Oscar Acland with The Rutherford Trophy after the Boarding Awards Dinner
The annual Boarding Awards Dinner took place in Week 2 and Oscar Acland spoke very well in his role as Head of Boarding. Alfie Baker received an award recognising the positive attitude he has shown towards the Boarding programme. Robert Rolleston was recognised with a ‘Head of Boarding Award’ for the outstanding contribution he made in leading the award winning backing group at House Music. Oscar was then recognised for his service and commitment to the House over the past five years when he received the School House Rutherford Award. These are awarded to one boy in each Boarding House who has made a difference this year and are based on citizenship and service in their House.
There have been some successes in House sport already this term. The badminton team of Solomon Li, Ben Stronach and Ben Davies had success in the preliminary round but lost a close battle against Condells in the next round. The tennis team of Joe Cross, Oscar Acland, Ben Murray and Hamish Anderson defeated Richards in Round 1 and moved past Rolleston into the final in a walk over. This meant a final against Harper (featuring the NZ U16 Champ!!). The new look team of Joe Cross, Oscar Acland, Dallas McLeod and Max Murray battled hard but unfortunately Harper were too strong.
This term we have had House Colours Awards made to Will Chaffey and Will Prentice (2nd House Colours) and Alfie Baker (1st House Colours).
And that is just the first two weeks of term!! Attention turns to examinations for the senior students as their formal lessons conclude at the end of week 3. The Year 9 and 10 boys have examinations in some subjects next and then we will all have another short week with Canterbury Show Day on Friday 11 Nov. The House is open all weekend but I recognise a number will want to head home. All of the boys will need to check their sporting commitments before plans are made.