Crazy Legz Relay

21 May 2017

On Sunday 21 May 2017, School House held a Crazy Legz Relay to raise funds for the house’s Lenten Appeal contribution. The boys competed in their vertical groups, boys paired up and ran a 1km circuit in a relay. Jack Burgess’ group won the prize for the best overall time and Max Murray and Alex Todhunter won the prize for the fastest pair. A number of parents braved the cold weather and popped down to support the boys.

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Mother’s Day High Tea

12 May 2017

To celebrate Mother’s Day School House hosted a high tea in the House library to thank the mums for all that they do for their sons. The boys helped to set up the library and some served the mums tea and coffee. The mothers were able to sit back, relax, be pampered and enjoy the company of other mothers. A good time was had by all.

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Over the past week we have had a number of boys involved in South Island and Nation tournaments.

Ben Stronach, Henry Wells, Alex Todhunter and Will Chaffey took part in the NZSSRA National Championship Rowing Regatta at Lake Karapiro. Will and Alex were part of the Under 16 Eight that won Gold and Alex was part of the U17 Eight that won Silver.

Edward Hsing, Caleb Tod and Alfie Baker represented Canterbury at the South Island Athletics Championships in Dunedin, like the rowers they did the College and House proud. Edward deserves a special mention in that he broke the South Island Pole Vault record and picked up the Gold medal for his age group.

A big congratulations to all of these young men! Well-done!

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Treasure Island – Junior Production

Thursday the 2nd of March saw the curtain open on the Christ’s College’s junior production – Treasure Island.

Kit Lamb and Ben Davis were members of the cast, the pair of them put in an immense amount of time into rehearsals which began late in 2016. We are very proud of their achievements and wish to congratulate them and the entire cast and management team for a fantastic production – well done!

The production was a great success and our Year 9 and 10 boarders had the opportunity of supporting their peers when they attended the opening night.

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Athletics Sports Day 24 February 2017

A great day was had by all – both parents and boys!

The boys competed hard throughout the day with several boys reaching personal best both on the track and in the field events. Great team work and commitment gained School House first place overall in the field events and a well-deserved fourth place in the overall standings.

The following won trophies and/or medals for their efforts on the day:

Alfie Baker – Junior High Jump Champion

Caleb Tod – Junior Hammer Throw Champion

Lachie Harper – Intermediate Discus Champion

Patrick Thacker – Senior Discus Champion

Edward Hsing – Intermediate Pole Vault Champion

Kurtis Weeks – Senior 100m Hurdles Champion

Parents enjoyed a light lunch on the Housemaster’s lawn overlooking the Avon River as Canterbury turned on a beautiful summers day!

A big thank-you to the School House community for an outstanding Athletics Sports Day.

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Day one … Check

30 January 2017

Our new Year 9 entrants on their first day:

Year 9 School Houseboys on first day

Just a quick post and photo to let you know our new young men have had a busy but great day. Their beds were made and they were showered and dressed by 7am this morning – did a few jobs – had time for a photo and then tucked into a hearty breakfast with Sharon, Callum, Ben and myself!

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Year 11’s bring home the Cup



The Year 11 Challenge Day at the Groynes proved to be a successful outing for the 9 boys who were able to attend. The day consists of a series of teamwork and problem solving challenges that help develop the group’s awareness of how they might work together in the future. The final task is to construct a raft from a pile of inner tubes and straps and then to race the other Houses up and down a lake. This task scores double points and provides the most humour on the day. Once again the School House team was successful in this challenge and, as a result, they were the winners of the Scott McDonald Memorial Cup.


L to R standing; Rupert Acland, Kurtis Weeks, Cameron Nicolson, Douglas Milne, Ted Grigg, Patrick Thacker and Rory Baker L to R Kneeling: Nic Pinckney and Ben Stronach

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A great start to Term 4

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 Dalas McLeod (all Rugby Colours)

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)

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.

Pilgrims Still


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A fantastic House weekend


The big weekend of 3-4 September was a fantastic opportunity for the House to come together over a number of events. A good number of the Year 9 boys and dads attended the Father and Son breakfast on the Saturday morning and it proved a great way to start the weekend. The opportunity to reflect on the relationship between boys and the older men in their lives was well received.

On Saturday afternoon nearly all of the boys were involved in the House Sevens competition and it was great to see so many parents along supporting the House. The Year 9 and Senior A teams both made their respective finals but couldn’t quite take the trophies. The other teams played well and all seemed to enjoy the  fun of the event.

To cap off a busy day the House Dinner held at the Hagley Cricket Pavilion proved to be a real success. The venue was wonderful and everyone got themselves involved in the Quiz run through the evening. It was interesting to note the competitive spirit that became very evident as we went through the rounds!! The quiz was Debra’s idea and it proved to be a very good one. One special moment at the dinner was the awarding of Full House Colours to Joe Cross. This represents five years of strong commitment to House activities from Joe and was well deserved.

Sunday morning’s Boarders’Chapel was well attended and made for a good start to the day. Caleb Tod  and George Gould both spoke well when they led the reading and prayers respectively. After Chapel a virtual convoy of vehicles headed south to Mt Peel Station for the annual House Claybird shoot. Johnny and Rose Acland were wonderful hosts and it would be hard to find a better venue for the event. The weather treated us well and each year group completed the four shooting stations before the finals were held. For the record, Tim Bassett won the cup for the Best Junior Shot and Joe Cross took out the Best Senior Shot. The Parents v Boys match was won convincingly by the Boys .

It is most certainly a busy weekend but it works very well and one important feature is that it allows the parents an opportunity to catch up with each other, and the boys, on a number of occasions in a relatively short period of time. The real warmth of our House spirit was evident over the weekend and I would like to acknowledge the effort made by you all to be involved.


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Senior House basketball progress to the final

The senior house basketball team put together a solid team performance to beat Julius House in their semi-final last Tuesday. Hunter Aarts dominated the defensive boards and ensured School had plenty of rebounds. He also contributed to the scoring at the other end of the court but was ably supported by Dallas McLeod and Oscar Acland. The rest of the team (Joe Cross, Angus Silvester, Sam Sleigh, Ben Stronach and Ted Grigg) all worked hard for the victory and will be looking forward to the final.

Also heading to finals are Henry Rolleston and Charles Hanson who travel to Dunedin this week with Schola Cantorum for the national Big Sing finals. We have heard them perform in chapel recently and they are an impressive choral group. We wish them every success down south.

Senior trial exams take place during this coming week so there has been an atmosphere of extra study about the House. These exams are a good touch point for where the boys are currently sitting but also are an important set of results if sickness or injury occurs during the NCEA exams in November.

The Senior Basketball Team

The Senior Basketball Team

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