Welcome back to an already incredibly eventful and exciting term!
As you all know by now, I have taken the reins for Julius House from Ben Vink for Term 2 and sent him packing on a well deserved sabbatical. Fear not, he shall be back! In the meantime, any questions or concerns regarding your son or the House, please feel free to contact me via email (email@example.com) or Mr Vink’s cellphone number.
Term Two has already seen the wrap up of a number of full school and inter-house competitions – from Cross Country in Week 2, Our House the Musical in Week 3, and the Haka Competition last week, to a variety of inter-house sport rounds including volleyball and debating competitions. The boys have shown intense involvement in all of these events and been proud advocates for Julius. Read on to find out more!
Check out the ‘Upcoming Key Dates’ page for what’s happening in the rest of the term – the boys will largely be focussing on the House Music competition in Week 9 as well as a number of Winter Tournaments this term. We also have the annual CBHS vs CC rugby match on Upper this week and you’re welcome to come support our troops – Thursday 2nd June, 2.40pm kick off. Reports are coming out this term, and you will have a chance to speak to classroom teachers at the end of the term.
Cross Country – Monday Week 2
Our boys performed valiantly on Monday of Week 2 in all age groups for the annual Cross Country race around Hagley Park. Cool autumn conditions didn’t dull the spirits of those participating, and even lads with injuries cheered from the sidelines. Jonty Gallagher had a stand out performance, winning the U14 race so quickly that I missed the photo opportunity at the finish line! He now travels with four other Julius boys to the Secondary Schools Cross Country Competition on Tuesday Week 5.
Zach Gallagher placed third in the U15 race, George Coull placed fifth in the U16 race and Hunter McKenzie pushed hard for third place in the over 16 category. Our Year 13’s made an exceptional effort this year, with four boys in the top 11 placings: Hunter McKenzie (3rd), Jack Beadel (9th), Munro Hall (10th) and Thomas O’Neill (11th).
Jonty, Zach, Hunter, Henry Eglington and Gus Morrow (both Y9) will all be travelling to the Secondary School Comp this week. We wish them luck and I congratulate all the boys on their efforts this year. What a way to start the term!
Our House the Musical – Week 3
Music, magic and a multitude of MADNESS was the highlight of Week 3 this term, with an exceptional number of Julius boys on stage and off for the musical mayhem of Our House! The cast, crew and band have put in an exorbitant number of hours to make the show a thriving, exhilarating, thumping success and I know I still have ‘Baggy Trousers!’ and ‘Welcome to the Lion’s Den!’ still playing in the back of my mind… And not that I’m biased or anything, but I think our lads were fantastic!
Jack Crossland starred in the lead role of Joe’s Dad (amazingly, his first major role in a school production at CC!), and Benji Clark played up the comedy of Joe’s best mate, Lewis, showing off his exceptional physicality in combination with Devereaux Roberts. Sam Mackay played the sleazy Mr Pressman while Alex Hlavac pumped up the chorus in a variety of roles. Harry O’Neill was an integral and hard-working Assistant Stage Manager, with Simon Brown ensuring the smooth running of the set as a stagehand. Jamie Hutton (saxophone) and George Murray (keyboard) worked tirelessly to deliver the 80’s Madness music in the onstage band. Angus Wheelans also made an appearance, helping with the Front of House team.
I was lucky enough to be involved throughout the process and spent the production week with the boys backstage, perfecting hair, makeup and moustaches with a fab team of Rangi Ruru and Christ’s students in the makeup department, led by Pip Stephenson, and including Freddie Allen – an artist in the making!
I’m sure I have left out someone, and if so, apologies! The show was an incredible success – thank you to everyone who came out to support the boys and the Drama Department. I think you’ll agree it was a night well spent. The Julius gathering prior to the Thursday show was a great way to get everyone together and chat about the upcoming events. I am so appreciative of the support shown that night – thank you!
We look forward to taking these talents forward into House Music (Week 9) and House Play (Term 3), as well as (fingers crossed!) a Junior CC Production.
Inter-House Haka Competition – Thursday Week 4
The annual Inter-house Haka Competition has become a proud, immersive cultural experience for the boys of Julius. We have won the competition the last two years running and this has instilled a great sense of mana in the boys. They pass on the words and actions of our school haka with intensity and accuracy to ensure the next generation maintains the traditions of Julius House. The Y12 and 13 students have been great role models this year, ensuring verbal accuracy and definitive actions that help create a haka they can all be proud to perform.
After weeks of preparation and practice, Julius House was awarded second place at this year’s Inter-house Haka Competition. While we could not manage a three-peat, we are still proud of the positive comments from the judges and the narrow loss to Corfe House this year. Jon Ashcroft was awarded second-best kaiarataki (leader of the haka), with Reid Edmond (Corfe) winning the overall honour.
We shall rise again in 2017.
Inter-house Volleyball & Debating
We are currently in the midst of a series of inter-house sport competitions, the latest being debating and volleyball.
The valiant debating team, led by Jack Crossland, made a significant effort against the well-practiced Richards team in the first round, and Somes in the second, losing both debates narrowly by only a point or two against these experienced debaters. Benji Clark, Hunter McKenzie, Simon Brown and Ben Kent spoke very well with detailed arguments and proved debating is still alive and well in Julius.
The Senior House Volleyball team, made up largely of Year 11 students, along with Hamish Duggan and Jon Ashcroft (both Y13), have slaughtered their opponents in the competition so far. The latest victory on Tuesday, Week 4, saw Arthur Allen, Henry Foster, Jisu Kim, Han Young Kim, Mitch Ball and Thomas Berg, coached by Hamish Duggan, beat a very imposing Y13 School House team two sets to none in the semi-final. We now await a date for the final and it looks to be a fantastic game! Stay tuned…