Here we are, already with the end of term in sight!
There are a few important dates coming up, added in the link to your left, namely the House Music Festival on Tuesday the 28th at 7pm, a Shirt & Tie mufti day on Thursday 30th as well as a late start that same day (9.15am). The last week of term is when you can come and speak to the teachers about your son on Thursday and Friday afternoon/evening. Lots to look forward to before the holiday break!
The House Photo will be sent out before the end of term. Please let me know if you definitely don’t want a copy and we will save printing them.
The boys have been working diligently both academically and in their extra-curricular commitments and I am sure you’ve heard plenty about all that’s going on in and around the school from your son! No? Well lucky I am here to fill you in! 🙂 Strap yourself in; it’s a lengthy record of awesome stuff!
Week 5: May 30-June 5th
Annual CC vs CBHS Rugby Match
On Thursday June 2nd, James Coull and Tim Goodman proved their worth in the best match I’ve seen between the Christ’s College First XV and Chch Boys’ High on Upper. Both boys played exceptionally well, with James showing spectacular skill throughout the majority of the match in the number 9 jersey. If you managed to attend the game, you would have seen the superb form of the newly focused CC team as they stormed the field and did their best against the brash CBHS boys. An outstanding try from the Punivai boys, Isaiah and Ngane (Corfe House) has been a popular video on social media. Click here to see the epic try! I was thoroughly impressed by the animated and enthusiastic support shown by the boys on the sidelines as well, led by the master in charge of chants, George Blake (Condells). College scored first with a penalty to take them 3 up, but Christchurch Boys’ High soon scored and kept ahead for the rest of the game. It was a thrilling afternoon in the sun, despite the final score of 32-11 to CBHS. But the boys are fighting fit for 2017.
Regional & National Cross Country Events
Our boys have been performing exceptionally well beyond the initial school cross country held earlier in the term. Five boys were selected for the Regional competition and Hunter McKenzie was selected for Nationals. Read about their efforts below.
Canterbury Cross Country Champs
Tuesday May 31st, written by Zach Gallagher
“On the 31 May, 5 Julius boys braved the miserable conditions to Run the Canterbury Cross Country Champs held at Halswell Quarry. We arrived and found ourselves being rained on fairly hard. The events kicked off with the U14 boys.
In this race was Jonty Gallagher, Gus Morrow and Henry Eglington. The race was a total of 3km with a slight incline. All the boys gave it their best effort and ran well despite the slippery conditions. Jonty Gallagher finished 13th, Henry Eglington 39th and Gus Morrow 41st.
The course was now even more treacherous as the younger boys had chewed it up. Zach Gallagher finished up 12th in the Junior Boys and Hunter McKenzie, who competed over 4km, placed 14th in the Senior Boys.
Hunter McKenzie is representing us in the National Secondary School’s Cross Country which is held in Rotorua. We wish him the best.” – Zach Gallagher, Y10.
NZ National Cross Country Race
Saturday 18th and Sunday the 19th June, written by Graeme Christey
“In the National Senior Cross Country race there were 216 competitors. It was Hunter McKenzie’s first race in a National Cross Country event. He produced a solid result with a placing of 147th. He was 26th in the South Island competitors. Hunter has been improving every cross country race in his first season in this sport and in this event he beat one of his peers who had been beating him in both the track and cross country this season. He was extremely pleased with his result which was his best race of the cross country season so far.” – Mr Graeme Christey, Coach.
A huge congratulations to all involved!
Week 6: June 6th-12th
Senior Volleyball Final: Julius vs Flowers
On Tuesday the 7th of June, the Senior Volleyball team, made up largely of Year 11 students, faced off against the bigger, bulkier and evidently well-trained Flower’s House side in the interhouse volleyball final for 2016. The boys put in a valiant effort, spiking, striking and serving up a seriously good game, keeping the scores neck and neck all the way to the end. Unfortunately, although each set was incredibly close, Julius lost two sets to none. Led by Jon Ashcroft and Hamish Duggan, the Year 11 squad of Mitch Ball, Thomas Berg, Han-Young Kim, Arthur Allen and Henry Foster proved they will be in fine shape for the 2017 competition.
Week 7: June 13th-19th
Assembly Performances & Cake!
Just a wee reminder that you are always welcome to pop along to assembly to hear the news of the week and the sports report. While we always have a lovely musical interlude, this week we were lucky enough to hear a number of fantastic musical pieces throughout assembly! Here the extraordinarily talented Jamie Hutton performs on the saxophone, while Hunter McKenzie runs the assembly as the Deputy and Head Prefects are away. Apologies for the poor photography here!
Assembly notes are also available online on our main Christ’s College website, but there’s nothing like the real thing!
Every Tuesday morning, 8.30am, in the main hall.
On a tastier note, a number of boys have been honing their baking skills in a new tradition for Y13 English classes, started by our previous English tutor, Laura Knight, and since continued and advocated for by the students, where class members take it in turns to bake a cake for the class. Competition is fierce and the results are delicious! Here we see the exceptional work of Ben Thomson, Jack Crossland and Hamish Duggan and I can attest to the fantastic flavour of every scrummy slice! I believe Hamish has just toppled Jack from the top of the leaderboard with his layered chocolate cake…
Week 8: June 20th-26th
This week has seen us put in a huge amount of time and energy into finalising pieces for the House Music Festival next week. George Murray has been an absolute musical and organisational wizard, working with and leading small vocal group, instrumental group, backing band and House Song. Jack Crossland will be conducting our ‘choir’ on the night and should make it an enjoyable spectacle for the audience. Details for House Music can be found in an upcoming special post about the event, as well in your inbox this evening!
The key details are:
Christ’s College House Music is on in the Horncastle Arena, this Tuesday night on the 28th June, at 7pm. There is no charge but the Humanitarian Committee will be collecting donations for their chosen charity on the night.
Boys will need to be at the arena by 6.30pm to assemble in Houses and enter their seating area, unless they are already there due to small group, instrumental, Big Band or backing band requirements. I will discuss this with the boys on Monday. They may require transport to and from the arena on the day, depending on their commitments.
Senior House Hockey
Julius fought valiantly to win the first round of Senior House Hockey this week, 3 goals to 1, against our neighbours and arch-rivals, Harper. Thomas O’Neill, Henry Foster, Alex Cohen, Ben Thomson and Hamish Duggan proved skilled and efficient players and their success bodes well for the remainder of the competition.
Year 10 ‘Jungle’ Dance
The Year 10 students made the most of the Humanitarian Committee’s fundraiser dance held in the Hall on Friday this week. The ‘jungle’ theme inspired a number of crazy animal onesies, hunters and vegetation and was backed by a projection of the original Disney Jungle Book film while the beats were blasted by DJ Reid Edmond and MC George Blake.
Our own Hunter McKenzie was a key player in the organisation of the event and says it was very successful. The boys were well-behaved and seemed to have a good time, dancing and socialising with girls from Rangi Ruru and St Margarets. More photos can be found on the HComm Facebook page here!
‘Duets’ by the Court Theatre Youth Company
I was lucky enough to attend the ‘Duets’ performances by members of the Court Theatre Youth Company on Thursday and Saturday this week to see a number of students perform, including our own Benji Clark. I was thoroughly impressed and immensely proud of what these young actors had devised, presenting their clever and comedic pieces to a public audience of peers, professionals and parents. Benji had devised a two-hander about the foibles of Christchurch schools, including a significant roasting of Christ’s College and other prominent schools around the city, all in good fun though and thoroughly enjoyed by the audience, including myself!
If your son in interested in theatre and would like to know more about the Youth Company, click here to see what the Court Theatre has to offer.
As always, thanks for your support throughout the term. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at House Music this week and wishing you all the best with your boys as they come up against assessments, exams and extra-curricular battles as the end of term draws near.
Acting Housemaster for Julius