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Julius House Quiz Night

In week three of the term Julius held its first Quiz night. A well attended event it was great to see so many of the boys, parents and staff attend for what proved to be a competitive and highly enjoyable evening. Well done to the Year 12 dominated team who cleaned up on the Numbers round. After that we were all playing catch up.
Thanks to Mr David Chambers for playing the Quizmaster for the night. Thanks also to Bridget Goodman and Julie Hutton for all of their help in putting on the event.

Julius House Wins Junior Hockey

Well done to Zach May (c), Jonty Gallagher, Josh Erasmus, Sam Kelly, Hugh Fraser and Kynan Salt who took out the Junior Hockey Final with an emphatic 8-1 win over Harper House today.

The boys played an exceptional match against Harper, led ably by Zach. The lads passed well and generally outshone their rivals in this anticipated match.

It had been a tough road to the final with a 2-1 win against Corfe in extra time and a hard fought match against Rolleston in the opening round.

Well done boys.

 

 

Julius wins Junior House Volleyball

After a very close match that went to three sets against Jacobs in the first round, Julius went on to defeat Somes in straight sets in the semis. The team was made up of Henry Eglinton, Kynan Salt, Zach May, Zach Gimblett, Thomas MacLean Jonty Gallagher, Charlie Goodwin, Gus Morrow, Ben Evans, Fergus Laing, Rohan Baird, Josh Mortensen, Thomas Sunderland, Charles Lord and the star player of the tournament Hanjun Kim. The lads faced a strong Flowers side in the final. However, the consistency of the serve and the communication amongst the lads was too strong. The final ended in a straight set white-wash and a pizza shout for the Year 9 and 10s to celebrate. Well done lads.
B Vink and H Eglinton

 

 

Julius Wins House Music

House Music

House music is and has always been an event that Julius thrives in. Our effort of regularly conducting whole house singing practices was at the forefront of the Julius house choir’s win this year. Musicians or not, the boys’ attendance to these practices was outstanding, showing that they really supported their house. Many musical boys, ranging from junior to senior years, took the initiative to help others pronounce words, sing correct melodies and be more energetic. The boys had respect for anyone who helped improve the song and this did wonders for the final product. All these factors were hard worked for and were duly taken into consideration by the judge on the night.

Julius also participated in the small vocal ensemble and instrumental sections for house music. I oversaw these two groups for many practices and I was stunned with the professional manner and musical talent these boys emanated. It was very enjoyable to arrange the small vocal ensemble piece, “Some Nights” by FUN, and watch as the group made gradual improvements until we had a great modern acapella piece. As well as this, the instrumental piece, “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel, took a long time to arrange into a form that was suitable for the group. But the boys persevered, taking adequate time to improve their parts and in the process forming the song into an epic jazz ballad. Both groups displayed musical integrity which ensured two impressive performances on the night.

Overall, Julius should be proud of its house music effort this year and hope to do even better next year

George Murray (Year 12)

Senior House Cricket

Some of the Julius boys came up against a very tough Flower’s house
side in their first round of house cricket. We only had 3 cricket
players in the team but the big boarders all played cricket, so we
knew it would be a grind. However, the lads stepped up to the
challenge and Julius set an impressive total of 157 runs in their 15
overs when Flower’s put them into bat. In this innings, George Coull
scored a stunning 112 not out, with good support from Simon Brown, who
made 24 and Josh Wheelans who made 18. Julius followed this up with a
stellar effort in the field, taking some beautiful catches and Josh
Wheelans taking 3 wickets in 1 over. Unfortunately Flower’s house
batting attack proved too strong and the boarders chased down the runs
in the last over. Awesome effort from everyone involved though, coming
this close to beating Flower’s is no mean feat. We’ll take out the
whole competition next year instead.
S Brown

Julius House Wins Non-Champ Cup

Like every year, Julius House was once again dominant on the athletics
field earlier in Term 1. Dominant in terms of house spirit and
participation that is. This year we saw all the boys out on upper,
donning their bright white rugby jerseys and singlets, giving it
everything for the house, which was great to see. There were a few
star performances from the boys which really got the Julius crowd
excited and kept the house points pouring in. Our own athletics
prodigy Sam King won several sprint races and came second in the
4x400m relays with Harry O’Neill, Jayavi Premaratne and George Coull,
Matthew Todd won the hammer throw, Simon Brown placed second in the
javelin, Zach Gallagher placed 3rd in the 1500m and of course the
senior relay team came a humble 7th. But the best thing that came out
of the day was Julius won the overall school non-championship
competition, earning the boys a pizza shout in the process. Good job
fellas. Shout out to James Wong for the sprint coaching too.
Simon Brown

Julius Swimming Sports

The Julius boys put a lot of effort into the Swimming sports. It was great to see Gus Morrow finish Overall 2nd in the Junior Championships. It was also fantastic to see Gus Morrow, Josh Erasmus, Charles Lord and Harry Greenwood win both the medley and the sprint relay. This was backed up by the junior team of Kynan Salt, Zach May, Thomas McClean, and Zach Gimblett. Well done lads!

Year 9 and 13 Orientation

On the Thursday before school started the Julius Year 9s and Year 13s got together for a day of activities. The day began with the lads playing Touch football at school. The boys then went 10 pin bowling where the Year 13s and Year 9s teamed up together in competition. Jamie Hutton and Hugh Fraser proved to be the guns of the House. Lunch was held at Mr Vink’s House before all of the boys headed to Jellie Park and hydro-sliding for the day. Thanks to Mr Vink, Ms Bleyendaal and Mr Cooper for giving up their time.

Fraser Duggan’s Spirit of New Zealand

Swing past the bow of a boat and skidding across the water; paddling a raft like a rowing team to victory in the raft race; performing a comedy skit in the usual College house play style; and covering the headsail while hanging over the water in a harness. These are just a few of the experiences I enjoyed on the Spirt of NZ.

I am Fraser Duggan and I was part of the Christ’s college team that went on the 5 days Spirit of NZ challenge in Auckland last year. Schools from around the country send teams of ten Year 10 students to compete against three other schools for the Spirit trophy.

It was great fun. You should give it a go if you get the chance.

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)

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