AuthorNikki Bleyendaal

September – Lent, House Sport & Play

 Dear Julius House Community,

Below are some important updates on the activities in our House this month.

Lent Appeal

Every year the House runs a Lenten appeal in order to raise needed funds for charity. This normally takes place earlier in the year, but due to my absence we have had to ask the boys to fund-raise this term.

We have spoken about this as a House and the boys are aware that this is a requirement. As Lent is meant to be giving something up we have discussed that the boys should go out of their way to raise funds. They need to make a small sacrifice in the form of doing a job for a neighbour, babysitting, chopping wood, cleaning windows etc. The money they earn will then be donated to two charities, the St Philip Health Centre in Uganda (run by a CC old boy) and Ronald McDonald House. One hour’s work is worth $10.

This is not to be a case of your son asking you for cash the night before.

Last year the House raised $1000.00 which worked out at $15.00 a head. So two hours work is not a lot to ask from them and it will go a long way in helping yourself or others (grandparents/neighbours etc) out. I ask for your support and the boys to complete 2 hours of service and have the money in by Monday of Week 9.

See Our Causes for Lent Appeal on the CC website here.

Parent Function

Please keep Tuesday the 20th September free from 5.00pm until the beginning of the House plays. We will have a parent function in the Chapman Room where we can catch up and have a few drinks and nibbles before the House play. Even if your son is not in the play feel free to drop in. If you are bringing family along to the House play they are invited too.


House Sport

Harry Robson Speaking in Debate

Harry Robson Speaking in Debate

The boys have been busy in the last couple of weeks. In week four the Junior debating team of Matt Todd, Fergus Beadel and Harry Robson took on the Corfe team debating the merits of Pokemon Go. In a controversial decision they went down to Corfe and were eliminated from the competition. Well done to Fergus for gaining the Best Speaker prize.


The Junior Football side initially drew 1-1 in the second round against Harper. The match then went to a penalty shootout where we lost by the narrowest of margins.


The Senior Hockey side – for those of you who know Graeme Worner, you won’t be surprised that for every House match he watches, he writes a comprehensive report. Here is his one from the recent semi-final against Corfe. For the record, this is the senior side that ‘forgot’ to bring their mouthguards…

It would be fair to say that a betting man would look at the composition of the two teams and say that Corfe House held a distinct advantage. That would have been overwhelmingly reinforced when two Julius player were unable to start because they did not have the essential mouthguard.

So it was down to Alex Cohen, Hunter McKenzie and Thomas O’Neill to try to keep out the skillful 1st XI players, Ben Epton, James Donaldson and Will Duston. Early form suggested this would be unlikely, but against the run of play Alex Cohen scored from a mix-up at the back. True to form, Ben Epton then showed just how easily he could beat players to level the score. This was despite the massive amount of work being done by Alex Cohen, who had an impressive match. After four frantic minutes, Hamish Duggan returned with his mouth guard and immediately made an impact scoring the second goal for Julius after a deceptive dribble down the left. This was then followed by Julius missing two open goals and Corfe similarly squandering chances. At half time Julius were ahead by one and certainly the more ‘hungry and determined’ team.

The second half began with Henry Foster joining the match for Julius to bring them up to five players. In a second half of play dominated by Corfe, only one goal (Ben Epton) was scored despite a big increase in intensity. Thomas O’Neill and Hamish Duggan again were impressive for Julius, always making ground down the left but unable to finish.

At full time and the scores level at 2 – all, the match went to sudden death  … and it was sudden and against the pre-match form book. Julius through Thomas O’Neill took the ball again down the left and his speculative, going nowhere cross, somehow was inexpertly traped and defected upwards into the open goal by one if not two Corfe defenders. Julius were jubilant and worthy winners, and the Corfe lads were disappointed and rightly so.

The sideline comment was ” Corfe should have buried Julius House in the first 4 minutes when it was 5 against 3″   …. but they didn’t.

Isn’t it amazing the difference an early one goal lead can have to the self-belief of the underdog.

The 2nd XI certainly ‘ruled’ …. this time.

– Graeme Worner

The Senior Basketball side consisting of Zach MacGibbon, Tom O’Neill, Ben Thomson, Jon Ashcroft, Jack Beadel, Hunter McKenzie and Benji Clark  took on School House. School House happened to have the top basketball player in the school, Hunter Aarts. While Ben Thomson had been strategising and plotting for days how he was going to take Hunter out of the game, reassuring anyone on the House that would listen that his plan would work. On this day, Hunter out-witted Ben. While Zach M, Jon and Jack Beadel all had big games, unfortunately School got the better of us.


House Play

House Play Cast Read-Through

House Play Cast Read-Through

I have included the schedule for the House Play. For those new to the House, Julius has had a tradition in recent years of producing one of the strongest House plays. The play is directed and produced by the lads. This year the play is being directed by Jack Crossland, Jon Ashcroft and Benji Clark. I have been impressed with the organisation and the positive vibe that I have seen when I have watched the boys rehearse. I know that the timings are not always convenient for families, particularly of the younger boys. However, the seniors have had to try and book the spaces in competition with the other 9 Houses. Dayboys can get Boarders dinner by getting a ticket from reception if that makes it easier for your son.


House Play Schedule:


Tuesday 16/9/16 6.00pm OBT
Thursday 8/9/16 6.00pm Assembly Hall
Sunday 11/9/16 3.30pm Assembly Hall
Monday 12/9/16 3.45pm OBT
Tuesday 13/9/16 6.00pm OBT
(Tech Rehearsal) Friday 16/9/16 6.30pm Assembly Hall
Sunday 18/9/16 7.00pm OBT
(Dress Rehearsal) Monday 19/9/16 6.30pm Assembly Hall
(Performance) Tuesday 20/9/16 4.30pm Assembly Hall
We hope to see you all there on Tuesday night during Arts Week to support the boys and the House- it’s sure to be a fantastic evening!
All the best for the start of Spring,
Ben Vink
(edited by Nikki Bleyendaal)

August Update

From August 11, 2016

As you have probably worked out, I am back! Thanks to those I have already seen for their best wishes. Probably not surprisingly I had a great time on sabbatical.

A great big thank you to Nikki Bleyendaal for being so wonderful in the role of Head of Julius last term. It was an incredibly busy and full term and she led the House wonderfully. Nikki, I really appreciate everything that you have done.

Also, thanks to Mike O’Brien who stood in last term as an extra pair of hands to help out around Julius. A big thanks also to Pete Cooper, Dave Johnson and Gill Kilpatrick for all of their work in the House.

A few key dates are approaching that you need to keep in mind:

Please make sure that your son has submitted their subject choices for 2017 by the 19th of August. If you have any questions or queries on this please feel free to contact me. If your son is unsure what is involved in a particular subject next year please encourage them to approach the Heads of Department.

The senior examinations for Years 11, 12 and 13 will run from Monday the 22nd of August through to Friday the 26th. Please encourage your sons to begin preparation for this as they do count for derived grades. That means if something happens to your son in November these will be the grades that are used to create their grade.

Last week the Senior House Basketball took out Corfe House 30 to 22 which places them in the semi-finals. Well done to the lads, all the boys played well. It was great to see a range of ages with the Year 13s of Ben Thomson, Jon Ashcroft, Hunter McKenzie and Jack Beadel link in with the Year 11s Mitch Ball, Arthur Allen and Tom Berg.

The Table Tennis team of Simon Brown, Henry Crampton, Ben Sullivan and Charles Goodwin won their preliminary match 4-2 against Jacobs to put them through to the next round.

The Junior debating team of Harry Robson, Matt Todd and Ben Pownall narrowly lost their first debate to Richards. This week they take on Corfe House debating the merits of Pokemon Go.

In the first week of term it was great to arrive back to find the Julius House juniors in the final of Hockey. They came across a skillful Somes team which took the final out. It was great to see the work of Ben Sullivan, Zach and Jonty Gallagher, Zach May, Jack Lindo and Fergus Beadel battle it out.

Congratulations to Kynan Salt (Year 9) who took out the National Gymnastics title for Boys Open. A fantastic achievement.

We wish Christopher Brown (Year 13) well who is travelling to Russia to compete for NZ in the International Informatics Olympiad.

Here is a list of chapels until the end of term. Thanks for sending the lads along on Sunday. Please ensure that the boys get along to two for the term:

  • Sunday 14 August, 9am, Holy Eucharist (optional)
  • Sunday 21 August, 5:30pm, Evening Service (Jacobs/Somes/Richards)
  • Sunday 28 August, 9am, Holy Eucharist (optional)
  • Sunday 4 September, 9am, Choral Eucharist (all boarders, CCOBA/reunionists)
  • Sunday 11 September, 7pm, Evening Service (Corfe, Condell’s, Rolleston, Flower’s)

Ben Vink

Julius Housemaster

June Update – House Music, Sport & More!

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.


Julius boys supporting the lads from the sideline.

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George Blake (Co) shakes hands with James Coull after the game.

Read more about the match here or find the latest rugby news on our CC Rugby Facebook page here.

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.





The Julius team shakes hands with Flower’s after the game.

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

House Music

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.


Jack Crossland conducts a rehearsal with some of the Julius House boys.


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 13549077_10154984868123626_1892747250_obacked 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.

Wrap Up

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.


Nikki Bleyendaal

Acting Housemaster for Julius

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Welcome to Term 2!

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 ( 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

Julius Yr 11

Year 11’s post-Cross Country 2016

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

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Final Night Jump Shot of the Full Cast

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


Julius House Haka strong as ever!

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.


Jack Crossland


Hunter McKenzie









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.


Henry Foster jumps to the defense against School House

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…





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