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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)

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.

James & george

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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