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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Year 11 to 13 NCEA Examinations:

These will take place from 9 to 30 November  2017. Please note that the last day of classes for Year 11 to 13’s is Friday 3 November 2017. It is important that seniors ensure they approach these examinations with the correct attitude and mindset. I have prepared a Study Advice Booklet 2017 which contains information and advice on how to study and set up a study timetable. Each Year 11 to 13 boy in the house will receive an electronic copy the booklet along with a link to a Study and Exam Planner into which they will need to place their study times, exams and breaks. I encourage you to please remind your son’s about the importance of these examinations and that preparation is key and that the booklet and study planner are merely tools to assist them during this time. I will meet with each of the year groups to discuss and explain the importance of finding the balance between study, sitting the exams and rest. I will also expect each boy to complete the study planner so that you and I will be able to see what they are planning to do and ensure that they do their best to stick to their plan, they will also be required to enter when or if they plan to go home between or at the end of their exams. This Study Planner will be a working document that I will be referring to through out the term. The leave arrangements for the Year 11 to 13’s during the examinations are simply that boys are allowed to head home between their exams, however, they will need to ensure they are back in the house by 8pm the evening before their next exam and that all extracurricular commitments are met [expected practices and matches] and that normal leave requirements are also met i.e. Leave card completed and submitted to me, an email from you the parent/guardian approving his leave. If they have completed all of their examinations they may return home but are expected to be back in the house by 8pm on Wednesday 29 November 2017.

Year 13 Study and Exam Planner T4 2017

Year 12 Study and Exam Planner T4 2017

Year 11 Study and Exam Planner T4 2017

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22 September 2017

The following School House boys must be commended for the following achievements which were recognised at the final assembly for Term 3:

Patrick Thacker and Kurtis weeks received their colours for Rugby.

Robert Rolleston received colours for Drama – acting.

Cameron Nicolson, Nick Houghton, Ollie Moginie and Kit Lamb all received medals at the South Island Secondary Schools Ski Championships 2017.

Patrick “Paddy” Thacker was also selected to represent the New Zealand Secondary Schools Under 18 Barbarians Rugby team who played against Fiji and the Australian Schools Barbarians team during the Spring break.

Well done to all of these gentlemen!

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Reaction – 2017 Christ’s College House Plays Festival – 19 October 2017

Luke Zydenbos directored School House’s entry into the annual House Plays Festival. The name of our play was Country Calendar a tribute to James Clarke. It was a hilarious look at an iconic rural New Zealand skit involving Fred  Dagg and his sons Trev, Trev, Trev… and Trev! The cast and crew did an amazing job and played to their strengths.

We picked up three awards on the evening namely, a Director’s Award, Ensemble Award and Robert Rolleston won an award for Best Actor.

Luke and the cast and crew must be thanked and commended for the work that they put into this production – well done men!

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House Diner and Clay Bird Shoot – 8 – 10 September 2017

What an amazing weekend where we could come together and celebrate as a House community.

The festivities began on the Friday night at the House Dinner which was held at the Hagley Oval Functions Room. Parents and boys enjoyed a lovely banquet style meal. The parents were “serenaded” by the boys as they sang Song of the South – our House Music song entry from earlier in the year. In between courses we here entertained by Hack Magic aka Mr Bell – he enthralled us with a great card trick. However, the true highlight was his fork bending trick where he mesmerised us all and in particular his assistant Jack Burgess!  The evening closed with a short synopsis of the year and the presentation of House Prefect ties and tie pin badges.

The weekend concluded with a Clay Bird shoot on Hamish and Caroline Murray’s farm in the Scargill Valley. North Canterbury turned on all of its charm. Everyone enjoyed a shared morning tea and then got down to the business at hand – the annual Parents versus Boys Clay Bird Shoot. Each year group and their parents rotated through five very well designed stations. The competition was on to find the five best parents to take on the five best boys in a final shoot out. With very dark clouds threatening to burst at any second the five strong parent team consisting of Messrs Hodges, Davis, Weeks, Tod and Macfarlane took on Louie Bethell, Ben Davis, Lachie Harper, Will Prentice and Paddy Thacker in the final shoot-out. Just as the final clay was released the heavens opened and we were drenched by a hail storm which brought an abrupt end to an awesome day and weekend! The parents were declared the winners and Lachie Harper picked up the prize for best Junior and Paddy Thacker was the best Senior shot. A very big THANK-YOU to the Murray family for open their home to the School House community and for all the hard work they put into making the day a great success. A special thank must go to a number of dad’s who supervised and ran the five stations on the day, without them we would not have been able to have the shoot. A great weekend for School House!

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House Dinner and House Clay Bird Shoot

Just a quick reminder to diarise the weekend of 8 to 10 September 2017, this is the weekend we will hold our House Dinner and the House Clay Bird Shoot. If you have not yet replied please do so via email to Arthur Wood.

The House Dinner

Date:            Friday 8 September 2017

Time:            7 – 10:30pm

Venue:        Hagley Oval Function Room

                     Banquette style meal with a cash bar for parents

Winter Sports Festival [was the House 7’s]

Date:            Saturday 9 September 2017

Time:            1 – 4pm

Venue:          Christ’s College Cricket Grounds

House Clay Bird Shoot

Date:            Sunday 10 September 2017

Time:            10:30am – 3:00pm Bus will depart from CC at 8:30am

Venue:          Hamish and Caroline Murray’s farm

Please could you bring a plate of eats for morning tea. Lunch will be provided for everyone attending.      

We look forward to a weekend where we can gather and celebrate as a community.

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