Your guide to Christ's College 2024 – International

For international boys and parents/caregivers Your guide to Christ’s College



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Key contacts

Academic matters


What you need to know before you leave home Accommodation, boarding, and House system Code of Practice, immigration,

Curriculum overview

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Course summary


Digital Services & e-Learning




Co-curricular activities


health and insurance Complaints procedure

Leaving College


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Refund conditions and fees


Your first week

protection College directory

Pastoral care


Adjusting to a new culture

What you need to know about

Christ’s College

Contact Us

Address Christ’s College Rolleston Avenue Private Bag 4900 Christchurch 8140 New Zealand

Phone 03 366 8705 Email

Office Hours Monday–Friday 8am–4.30pm Absence Line 03 364 8676 Website


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Nau mai haere mai A warm welcome to our Christ’s College community.

I am delighted that you and your son will be part of our special College community. We look forward to developing a mutually productive and rewarding partnership with your family in the years ahead. Our wonderful relationships with our international community are strongly connected to our mission – Each boy at his best . We are renowned for the quality and strength of our academic, cultural, sport, and co- curricular programmes. All are designed to meet the individual needs of our students, preparing our young men for a brighter global future. We work with each boy, encouraging students to always aspire to reach their full potential on the world stage. We work with families to develop the skills and attributes that each boy needs to thrive. We look forward to seeing your son grow into a confident young man, ready, willing, and able to make a positive contribution to international society. We encourage each boy to make the most of all the amazing opportunities available at College. Focus on your studies, explore your interests, and always step up to try something new. Your life will be enriched by your College experience. We encourage boys and families to read Your Guide to Christ’s College, tailored to the interests of international students. It contains a wealth of information about College life. It is also a valuable tool for international students and their families in order to support an outstanding learning journey at Christ’s College.

Garth Wynne Executive Principal


Key contacts

Key people involved with international students

Executive Principal Garth Wynne

Deputy Principal – Student Care Ben Vink

International Student Manager Sarah Davidson sarah.davidson 027 430 6153

ESOL teacher Alexandra Robertson

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Keep in touch To be confident we can get in touch with you in any situation, please ensure we have your family’s up-to-date contact details – including address, phone numbers (mobile and landline) and email – at all times.



What you need to know before you leave home

What fees cover International student fees are payable in advance by the due date. All fees are inclusive of GST. Annual fees are the same for all year groups. Inclusive of: • Tuition • Accommodation (Boarding) • College Uniform • Insurance • College incidental expenses (excluding laptop) • NCEA examination fee • ESOL support • Adminstration fee • Heritage & Building Levy Payment The total cost of tuition must be paid in full by the required date. Once payment has been made in full a Letter of Fees Receipt will be issued. Christ’s College has arranged insurance cover in compliance with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Christ’s College agrees to observe the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the NZQA website at

What uniform is provided College pays for international student uniforms. Full-time students keep their uniform, any short-term students should return their uniform (if here for less than a term). The uniform covered is outlined below. In addition, students are entitled to new blazers at Year 12 (if they started in the junior year they may need two suits). Clothing list 1 Formal suit 1 Striped blazer (junior blazer Years 9–11, senior blazer Years 12–13) 1 Formal trousers – dark grey (this is additional to the pair supplied with the formal suit) 2 Pair of black walk shorts 1 Black jersey 4 White shirts – pointed collar (6 for boarders) 2 School ties 4 Pairs of black socks (6 for boarders) 1 Hoodie 1 College trackpant

1 House singlet 1 House jersey

1 Pair black House shorts 1 Pair black swim shorts 1 Black leather belt with convetional buckle 1 Black waterproof coat or jacket

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Stationery Classroom items Misc Drink bottle

• A MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with a minimum of 8GB memory, 256GB storage and is running macOS Ventura 13.5 or later. • The MacBook must also have sufficient battery life to last the school day. In addition to the laptop, the following is also recommended: • A hard case or sleeve (these can be purchased at the Uniform Shop) to protect the laptop while it is used at College. • A backpack which has enough room to carry the laptop in. • A backup USB flash drive - to be left at home, but used to back up any files stored on the laptop. • Insurance cover for potential damage - there are laptop insurance policies available from various sources. • We also recommend that the laptop has an extended warranty. This does not have to be an Apple warranty - there are third party warranties available. We encourage the boys to take responsibility for managing their laptops and we provide opportunities to assist them, through our classroom programmes and our Digital Services help desk. Climate The average temperature in Christchurch ranges from 11–22°C during summer and 6–13°C during winter.

Specifically excluded – merinos, beanies, hats, scarves, gear bag, personal toiletries. Students must bring their own black leather shoes which are part of the uniform. The International Student Manager will organise all your bedding including duvet covers, bath towels, swimming towel, and coathangers. We will also arrange name tapes for your uniform and personal clothing. What you need to bring Home clothing and shoes Bring a range of casual clothing and shoes, including trainers. Students will be going on camp and outdoor experiences, so a good raincoat, a warm fleecy jacket, and thermals are required. A soft sports bag or similar is also essential. Personal effects The Uniform Shop stocks a range of stationery and other personal items. Electronic equipment Students are allowed to bring audio equipment and computers to College. Personal television sets are not allowed in the Boarding House. Laptop information Boys entering College in 2024 are required to have one of the following laptops.


Accommodation, boarding, and House system

Boarding House 1. Students living in a Boarding House are required to exhibit appropriate behaviour. 2. A separate Boarding House Handbook will be distributed to all boarders, outlining rules and expectations of the Boarding House. 3. The minimum boarding period, unless otherwise arranged with College, is one term. 4. A full term’s notice must be given in writing should a student wish to withdraw from the Boarding House. International Boarding International students will be placed in one of our three Boarding Houses: School House, Richards House or Flower’s House. Seven day boarding accommodation includes a comprehensive Boarding House Programme available to view on our website boarding/boarding-programme

Christ’s College undertakes to comply with the accommodation provisions set out in the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. The categories of accommodation that will be accepted by College are: i) Living with a parent ii) College Boarding House Policy objectives 1. To provide a suitable living environment conducive to study, and a safe and supportive home life. 2. To involve the residential caregiver in the

welfare of a student away from the student’s family and home country.

3. To assist the student to successfully integrate into the New Zealand lifestyle. 4. To work towards the overseas parents’ peace of mind knowing that the student is well cared for and happy in New Zealand. Accommodation 1. Students will not be permitted to rent a flat/room/house/apartment or live on their own. 2. All accommodation queries and issues

should be discussed with our International Student Manager.

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Caregivers An international student must have a local caregiver nominated by his parents, while at College. The Caregiver Nomination Form must be signed by both the parents and the caregiver. The school can offer the parents local caregiver options if required. Payment to the caregiver must be made directly from the parents. Division of responsibility Christ’s College will be responsible for: • Providing a 24/7 emergency contact person for problems with accommodation • Selecting, monitoring and approving all accommodation • Providing a support infrastructure within the Boarding House structure • Recording the results of all accommodation assessments • Recording the results of all quarterly student interviews

House system When you start at Christ’s College you will be assigned to a House. College has 10 Houses, three for boarders and seven for dayboys. Boarding Houses

Flower’s House Richards House School House Day Houses Condell’s House Corfe House Harper House Jacobs House Julius House Rolleston House Somes House

Your House will become one of your most important places at school – your band of brothers within the wider College community. If you are a boarder, your House will become your home away from home. If a dayboy, your House will be the base from which you operate while at school. Your Housemaster and other House staff are there to support you throughout your time at College. They will get to know you well, and will give you help and advice about all aspects of College life, as well as any other matters that affect your wellbeing. In addition, you will be assigned to the particular care and attention of an Assistant Housemaster, who will help you with goal planning and monitor your progress.


All boys are bound by the school rules and each House publishes its own student guide, designed to help you settle in and understand House rules and expectations. Student leaders in each House include the Head of House and Year 13 students. These senior boys support the Housemaster in running interhouse events, mentor younger students, oversee House duties, and foster House spirit. College runs several interhouse competitions, and all students are encouraged to take part. There is always an atmosphere of friendly rivalry between Houses at these events. We encourage you to get involved in House activities. By becoming an active and enthusiastic member of your House, you will form some amazing friendships, gain the confidence to step out of your comfort zone and try different things, develop your sense of self and your character strengths, have opportunities to both lead and follow, and be recognised for your hard work and the contribution you make. Please refer to the College Directory at the back of this handbook to find the names and contact details of key House personnel, or visit the College Life page on our website to find out more about our Houses. Centre for Character & Leadership The Centre for Character & Leadership complements and enhances our academic programme. The opportunity for developing leadership and character is embedded in all

aspects of College life. The concept that we build our leadership capactiy through growth in character is clearly reflected in the journey of boys at Christ’s College as we look to help them become leaders of the future. The various character, leadership and service programmes are designed to create opportunities for the attributes of our College graduate profile to emerge. Essential in this is a disposition to serve the needs of others, to show good character and develop a strong foundation for leadership. The cornerstones of humility, relationships, courage and compassion are at the heart of the character and leadership development. Director of Character & Leadership, For more information about the Centre for Character & Leadership, go to the Character & Leadership page in the College Life section of our website. Student leaders By getting involved in the life of the school the boys will find many opportunities to develop leadership skills in different contexts. While not everyone can be Head Prefect, captain of a sports team or take a leading role in a school production, the idea of each boy aspiring to be and do his best, and leading by the nature of his actions means all boys can be leaders. and Service Matt Cortesi

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Prefects 2024 Head Prefect –Zinzan Bondarenko-Leatua Deputy Head Prefect –Albie Roberts Head of Boarding –Franklin Berry Head of Condell’s –Nicholas Sharr Head of Corfe –Matthew Moggie Head of Flower’s –Jake Leck Head of Harper –Freddie Coates

Head of Jacobs –Josh Durant Head of Julius –Rahal Pathirana Head of Richards –William Judd Head of Rolleston – Harry Vaughan Head of School –Harry Hanson Head of Somes – George Grace Head of Academic –Seann Zhao

Head of Arts & Culture –Hugo Sudell Head of Biculturalism –Tom Rawstrom Head of Chapel Choir –Nicholas Winefield Head of Character & Leadership –Hugo Helmore Head of Environment –Matthew Flint Head of International & Round Square –Lucas Maguire Head of Service –James Whitaker Head of Sport –Finn McCormack-Young Head of Wellbeing –Oscar Compton-Moen Chapel Prefects – Oliver Du Toit, Oliver Biggs College Prefects – Bede Hamilton, Max Topham


Code of Practice, immigration, health and insurance

Medical and travel insurance International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. College will arrange for medical and travel insurance for the duration of the student’s enrolment as part of the all inclusive fee. Accident insurance The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website

Christ’s College has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the Code are available on request from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website Immigration An international student is a student possessing a New Zealand Student Visa or Student Permit who is a resident of another country, and is in New Zealand for study purposes. Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand and can be viewed on their website

Health Eligibility for Health Services: Most

international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health and can be viewed on their website

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Complaints procedure

iStudent Complaints If you believe College has breached the Code of Practice and you have not been able to settle the matter following College’s internal procedure, you may bring the matter to iStudent Complaints. iStudent Complaints helps international students resolve complaints with their education provider. The process iStudent Complaints will follow is: 1. Enquiry This includes collecting more information, language support if ncecesary, and liasing with the school regarding resolution of the complaint. 2. Facilitation and Negotiation This is assistance with communication including negotiating a settlement between you and College. 3. Mediation A mediator will help you and College to explore the complaint and solutions. If not resolved, it will move to Adjudication. 4. Adjudication If you and College are unable to resolve the complaint through mediation, it will go before an adjudicator who will issue a binding decision. The adjudicator is usually the same person who mediated, so they will be familiar with the case. However, you can ask for someone different to be the adjudicator. After reviewing all the information provided, the adjudicator will prepare a provisional decision. Both parties have the opportunity to comment on the decision. The adjudicator will then issue a final decision.

You have a number of options if you think College has failed to follow the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Internal procedures Step 1 - Contact your caregiver, a family member, or friend. You can bring a person to any meeting to support you Step 2 - Contact the Boarding Housemaster if it is a boarding matter - Contact your teacher, or Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning, if it is a problem with the curriculum (academic programme) - Contact the Financial Controller, if it is a financial matter Step 3 - If you are still not satisfied, present your complaint to our International Student Manager Step 4 - If the complaint is not dealt with to your satisfaction, prepare a complaint in writing and ask Executive Principal, Garth Wynne to consider it The Christ’s College Complaints Policy can be found on the Health & Wellbeing page of the College website.


Your first week

Bank accounts and finances You will be taken by your local caregiver to open a bank account. You are advised to only carry a small amount of cash (up to $20.00) with you, as you are able to use an EFTPOS machine (electronic transfer) to withdraw money in all shops. You will also be able to get cash out at a shop or an ATM (automatic teller machine) in many shopping areas. Mobile phone It is important for a student to have a charged mobile phone with them at all times outside school hours, so that College staff can make contact, and for students to contact staff or homestay families in an emergency. Strict rules apply to the use of mobile phones during the school day. If your mobile phone number changes, you must let the International Student Manager know immediately. Transport 1. Students can purchase a bike. Cycle Safety lessons can be arranged for international students. Sessions are run by the Christchurch City Council around/schooltravel/resources-for- schools/cyclesafe

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Therefore College provides: • Assistance to enrol for intensive language tuition before starting College, if required • An ESOL programme has been woven into the academic timetable. It is facilitated and taught by the ESOL department, with class sizes often no larger than three. In addition to bringing a high quality of teaching to the role, the ESOL teacher takes time to develop an informal pastoral care role with the students • Students who live in a Boarding House are formally introduced to the Director of Boarding. The student is assigned to a House Tutor. In addition, a live-in Matron is always available. They are also introduced to our International Student Manager • Caregiver services include orientation to local transport, banking etc • A map of the city, bus timetables, a guide to Christchurch – contacts for people available to support students, will be provided.

2. Christ’s College will assist students in obtaining a Metrocard in order to use the public bus system. Students can scan the QR code to get up-to-date timetables and information: info/Pages/QRCodes.aspx Vehicles and driving International students are prohibited from owning or driving vehicles or motor bikes while in New Zealand.

Orientation and support programme

At the beginning of each year Christ’s College welcomes all new students, international, national and local, to College with a variety of orientation activities coordinated by the Deputy Principal, Housemasters and senior students and formed around the College House system. This establishes firm friendships and knowledge of College life in a way that allows all to learn together. In addition, this booklet provides answers to many questions students new to College will have. It is appropriate that students who come from non-English speaking countries and who are a long way from their usual support networks have access to systems of support specific to their needs while they are at Christ’s College.


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Pastoral care

We take our duty of care seriously. Our pastoral care approach is designed to make sure every boy feels safe and supported, and develops a sense of belonging to the College community .

Centre for Wellbeing We believe the best education focuses not only on academic achievement, but also on development of character strengths and wellbeing. The Centre for Wellbeing brings positive psychology and best teaching practice together to promote good relationships, foster resilience and encourage positive lifestyle choices. Director of Wellbeing Education Caroline Black For more information, head to the Health & Wellbeing page on our website.

The Housemaster should be the first person you contact if you have any problems or concerns. Each boy is assigned to the particular care of a staff member who will act as a mentor, support him with goal planning and monitor his progress. In addition, College has a comprehensive counselling and support service, with several people – including the Chaplain, our two College counsellors, and the Careers Advisor, International Student Manager, nurses and matrons – in our guidance network. The Student Wellbeing page on Schoolbox, run by the Student Wellbeing Committee with the support of the Health & Wellbeing team, is a self-help initiative that provides links to practical ideas and resources designed to help students in need and to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. It is well worth a look. At College, we take a firm stand on bullying or harassment and do not tolerate abusive behaviour. We encourage students to report any instances of bullying or harassment, either by talking to a trusted member of staff or by using the anonymous notification on We will respect your confidentiality, and undertake to investigate and resolve such issues in a satisfactory and timely manner.


College counsellors Our two College Counsellors – Riki Clark and Kirsty Robinson – offer a professional, confidential counselling service for boys and their families. Riki and Kirsty have considerable experience working with children, adolescents and adults in need, and understand the psychological and social stressors and mental health issues many young people face today. College counsellors Riki Clark Kirsty Robinson

Support people If you have a problem, talk to the following people: • your Housemaster • your House matron • your House tutor • your Head of House • the International Student Manager • your local caregiver • the Wellbeing team – school counsellors or nurses • the College Chaplain If you require support in your first language, speak to any of the above support people and it will be arranged for you.

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know who to talk to

Your Housemaster • If you are unhappy • If you are struggling with school work • If you are getting a hard time or being bullied

Your head of house • If you need advice • If you want to talk to a student rather than an adult • If you want to talk with someone who has been in your shoes



Adjusting to a new culture

Culture shock explained It is common to experience “culture shock” when you are transplanted into a foreign setting. This is a normal reaction to a new environment where you are no longer in control as you have been at home. You may experience a range of emotions when adapting to a foreign culture, from excitement and interest, to frustration, depression and fear of the unknown. Culture shock is a term used to describe what happens to people when they encounter unfamiliar surroundings and conditions. People differ greatly in the degree to which culture shock affects them, but almost everyone is affected by it in one way or another. Symptoms vary, but can include: • Boredom • Withdrawal – for example spending excessive amounts of time reading; avoiding contact with host nationals • Feeling isolated or helpless • Sleeping a lot or tiring easily • Irritation over delays and other minor frustrations • Suffering from body pains and aches • Longing to be back home • Unduly criticising local customs or ways of doing things

Stages of culture shock The five stages of culture shock are: 1. The Honeymoon Stage - You are very positive, curious, and anticipate new exciting experiences. You even idealise the host culture. 2. Irritability and Hostility - You start to feel that what is different is actually inferior. The host culture is confusing or the systems are frustrating. It is a small step from saying that they do things in a different way to saying that they do things in a stupid way. You may blame your frustrations on the new culture (and its shortcomings) rather than on the adaptation process. 3. Gradual Adjustment – You feel more relaxed and develop a more balanced, objective view of your experience. 4. Adaptation of Biculturalism – You feel a new sense of belonging and sensitivity to the host culture. 5. Re-entry Shock – You go home and it is not what you expected it to be. Strategies for coping with cultural stress Personal supports Ways of thinking and feeling – understanding the stages of cultural adjustment: • Analyse your situation and reactions; be flexible; tolerate ambiguity; expect things to be different

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Physical supports • Eat in a healthy way and get plenty of rest • Identify any problems – for example, binge eating – and make plans to manage them • Find safe and fun ways to exercise on a regular basis • Bring a sufficient supply of necessary medications from your home country Useful links for information about Christchurch: community/christchurch see-and-do/ sightseeing play/christchurch-educated-international- student-association/

• Be patient; do not try to understand everything immediately; identify what helps you manage stress • Identify ways of thinking positively; foster your sense of humour; do not take things too seriously; give yourself permission to fail • Investigate facts Social supports • Identify your sources of support (programme staff, other participants, friends and family at home, academic advisers, etc.) and the types of support that each can best offer • Plan in advance how you will keep in contact with family and friends while in New Zealand • Do not isolate yourself! Seek out friends and groups that share your interests and can facilitate your participation in social circles


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What you need to know about Christ’s College

About College Established in 1850, Christ’s College is an Anglican school founded on Christian principles. Its history is inextricably linked with the foundation and settlement of Christchurch and the Canterbury region. College moved to its present site in 1856, putting down roots in the central city, growing and developing, and creating the exceptional learning environment you find today. And exceptional it is. As one of the leading independent boys’ schools in New Zealand, College focuses on delivering a multi-faceted and inspirational educational experience and – in partnership with parents – preparing our students for a world of opportunities. Our vision Christ’s College will be a vibrant school community that educates boys to be men of virtuous character who make a positive contribution to society. Our mission Each boy at his best . Ma te ahurei o te rangatahi, ka arahi i o matou mahi –“Let the uniqueness of the student guide our work” Our motto Bene tradita, bene servanda – “Good traditions, well maintained”

Our virtues Seven core Christian virtues underpin all aspects of College life. • Honesty – being truthful and sincere in words and actions • Spirituality – appreciating that in seeking a fullness of life we need to look beyond our material needs and wants • Compassion – being generous towards those less fortunate than ourselves • Learning – striving to become independent, lifelong learners, and recognising the right of others to learn • Respect – cultivating an attitude of respect, for ourselves, for others and for our school and community • Stewardship – recognising the good we have received from the past so that it may be preserved or enhanced • Justice – accepting people’s differences and being fair in all our dealings with others. We encourage our students to aspire to live a virtuous life, to cultivate good character and work habits, make good choices, and strive for excellence in everything they do.


Our crest The College crest reflects our heritage, identity and history. The helm – a corporate body with the crest of a tui’s head. The white tuft on black plumage forms the College colours, black and white. The hung fleece – taken from the coat of arms of the Canterbury Province. The lion – taken from the coat of arms of Christ’s College, Cambridge, alma mater of the first Superintendent of Canterbury, Mr JE Fitzgerald, who drew up the ordinance founding College. The Tudor rose – taken from the coat of arms of Christ Church, Oxford, alma mater of Mr JR Godley and many of the founders of Canterbury. The wavy line – signifies a voyage by sea. The four shells (escallops) – represent the Canterbury Association’s early settlers who arrived in the First Four Ships. The lozenge – with points forming the heraldic cross most similar to that in the east window of the Chapel, and used on the pockets of Old Boys’ blazers. The open book with letters – signifies a place of learning or school and XP (the Greek letters chi and rho) represent Christos, thus Christ’s College.

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Chapel Chapel is an integral part of College life. It is the architectural reminder at the heart of our school to find the still point in the turning world, a place where the College community gathers to pause, reflect, sing and pray. All boys, regardless of religious affiliation, are expected to participate in Chapel. They must attend Chapel on Monday and Friday mornings, congregational singing practice (Congers) on Wednesday, at least two Sunday services each term, and Carols on the Quad. Juniors also attend our end-of- year Advent Carol Service. Christ’s College follows contemporary Anglican practice, and is inclusive of all. Parents and families are encouraged to attend Sunday services and are also invited to come and share our traditional Christmas celebrations. Whatever his age, whatever his denomination, if a boy is baptised (christened) he is encouraged to receive communion. Baptism is offered for boys in any year group and each year preparation for confirmation is available for boys in Years 12–13. Confirmation is regarded as an individual commitment to aspire to live according to Christian ideals.

The Chaplain’s office is in the Selwyn Building, which also accommodates the Religious Education department and the Choir vestry. Religious Education at College focuses mainly on Christianity, but also explores several of the world’s other great religions, including Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, and teaches the fundamentals of philosophy and ethics. Chaplain The Rev’d Canon Cameron Pickering For more information about Chapel go to the “College Life’ section of our website.


Our Haka – Te Kura Karaiti Kaea Tu ¯ turu whakamaua kia tina Let us come together, Katoa Tina bind us, Kaea Haumi e ¯ , hui e ¯ gather us, Katoa Ta ¯ iki e ¯ ! We are united, Kaea A ha ¯ , ko te Kura Karaiti We are Christ’s College, Katoa E ara! E ara! Arise, arise Kaea Ko te Kura Karaiti We are Christ’s College, Katoa E ara! E ara! Arise, arise Kaea Aoraki Matatu ¯ We must pay homage, Katoa E ara! E ara!

As we gaze upon our celestial mountain,

Kaea Aoraki Rakatira Katoa E ara! E ara! E ... Kaea I ... a ¯ ha ¯ ha ¯ ! Katoa Ko te mana o ¯ roto

Mount Aoraki,

Our protector, our paramount chief.

That provides our mana, belief within, Acknowledges our ancestral mana, Acknowledges the mana of the school (Old Boys who wore the jersey and ones who have passed). Most importantly, Christ the Lord,

Ko te mana tu ¯ puna

Ko te mana Kura Karaiti

Atua e ¯ ...

Kaea A ha ¯ ... Ka wero, ka wero

We challenge you. Our adversaries We challenge you. Our adversaries, Sense our awe, Sense the fear,

Katoa Ki te hoa kakari

Ka wero, ka wero

Katoa Ki te hoa kakari

Me roko, te ihi

Me roko, te wehi e ¯

Kaea Aue ¯

We declare,

Ko te Kura Karaiti

For we are Christ’s College,

E tu ¯ nei!

Standing here,

Katoa Tu ¯ tonu ake ake

We will forever remain,

Tu ¯ tonu ake ake, Hi!

Forever remain,

Kaea Aue ¯

We declare,

Ko te Kura Karaiti

For we are Christ’s College,

E tu ¯ nei!

Standing here,

Katoa Tu ¯ tonu ake ake

We will forever remain,

Tu ¯ tonu ake ake, Ha ¯ !

Forever remain!

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Term dates 2024 Term 1 (11 weeks) Monday 29 January–Friday 12 April

Our routine Boarders are expected to be in residence by 8pm on the evening before term begins and dayboys should be at their House by 8.10am on the first morning of term. Blazers are to be worn to Monday and Friday Chapel (during Term 1 and 4), Wednesday Congers and Thursday Assembly. Dress uniform (suit) is to be worn on Mondays and Fridays in Terms 2 and 3, as well as Sunday Chapel, Prize-giving, and other formal occasions, as appropriate. Boys are encouraged to cycle or walk to school. However, if driving, we ask College families to stay away from the school gates in order to avoid congestion in Rolleston Avenue. House time is held every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8.15am. There is a whole school Assembly every Thursday at 9.20am. Chapel services are held at 8.30am on Monday and Friday, and on Sundays throughout the year (dates and times are available on the website). Congregational singing practice (Congers) takes place on Wednesday at 10.20am. There are six 50-minute lessons on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. On Wednesday, the first lesson is 45 minutes and, thereafter, each lesson is 40 minutes, which allows time for Congers and sport. There is a late start for students on Thursday, with no House time and Assembly at 9.20am. Thursday’s first lesson commences at 10am followed by six 40-minute lessons. The routine has sufficient time built in to allow students to transfer between classes. Any requests for permission to leave early or arrive late should be made to your Housemaster, in advance and with good reason.

Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6 February (Week 2) Easter break – Friday 29 March–Tuesday 2 April Anzac Day – Monday 25 April (falls within holiday period) 3 weeks holiday Term 2 (9 weeks) Monday 6 May–Friday 5 July King’s Birthday — Monday 3 June (Week 5) Matariki – Friday 28 June (Week 8) 2 weeks holiday Term 3 (9 weeks) Monday 22 July–Friday 20 September 3 weeks holiday Term 4 (8 weeks) Monday 14 October – Friday 6 December Labour Day — Monday 28 October (Week 3) Canterbury Show Day — Friday 15 November (Week 5) The Calendar page on our website is a great way to find out about what’s going on at College. Click College Life – Calendar on our homepage and then click on the title of an event to find out more.

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Weekly routine





House Time 8.15am Chapel 8.30–9am (One House each week has House time)

House Time 8.15am Mentor Time 8.30–9am

House Time 8.15am

No House Time Staff PL 8.20–9.10am Assembly 9.20–10am

House Time 8.15am Chapel 8.30–9am (One House each week has House time)







9.55–10.45am 9.55–10.45am 9.20–10am

10.45–11.25am 9.55–10.45am


Break 10.45–11.05am 10.45–11.05am 10–10.20am

11.25–11.45am 10.45–11.05am

Congers 10.20–11am Department Meetings 10.20–11am


11.05–11.55am 11.05–11.55am 11–11.40am

11.45am–12.25pm 11.05–11.55am



12.00–12.50pm 11.45am–12.25pm 12.30–1.10pm 12–12.50pm

Lunch 12.50–1.50pm 12.50–1.50pm 12.25–1.05pm













2.55–3.35pm 2.45–3.35pm


Practical matters You are at a new school and there is a lot to take in. These are some situations that might arise at College and some suggestions to help you deal with them. If you are late to school • Report to the School Office (Reception) If you are late to class • Knock on the door and enter quietly • Apologise and explain the reason to your teacher • Please note that repeated lateness may result in a detention If you do not understand what you have been taught • Ask questions in class – if you need to ask, it is highly likely other students do not understand as well • Speak to your teacher or get help from another teacher if necessary • Take responsibility for your own learning and do some extra research on the topic • Ask for, and arrange for, extra tuition If you become ill or are injured in class or during an activity • Report to the teacher in charge • You will be sent or escorted to the school Health Centre and the nurse will decide what you should do • If you are a dayboy and the nurse thinks it is best for you to go home, she will contact your parents

• If you are a boarder, you may be sent to your House or the College medical centre • The nurse will make the necessary arrangements if you need to go to hospital • If you are told you should not do sport, your parents (or Boarding Housemaster) should notifiy your coach or manager If you forget your PE or sports gear • Do not borrow another boy’s gear without asking and never borrow from a younger boy • You must still report to the class or practice as usual and talk to your teacher or coach • Please note that repeated lack of PE uniform may result in a detention If you break or damage school property • Report it to the teacher in charge or your Housemaster • Take responsibility for your actions If you lose a textbook • Look for it – check at home, ask your friends, look anywhere you think it might be • Ask your Housemaster • Ask for a replacement • Your College account will be charged for the book if it is not found If you lose some clothing or sports gear • Look for it – try to remember where you last had it and look carefully, ask your parents and friends, check with your Housemaster • Check your House lost property and the College lost property

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If an outside appointment is scheduled during class time • Ask your parent to contact your Housemaster • Notify the teacher concerned, in advance if possible • Politely excuse yourself at the correct time If you need time off school for personal leave (e.g. family events) • Your parents should contact your Housemaster and email the Deputy Principal – Student Care • Requests for time off must be made well in advance If you are bullied or harassed, or witness inappropriate behaviour • Report it immediately to your Housemaster, mentor or Head of House • Use to report the incident • Contact a College counsellor If you need to rearrange a detention • You must have a genuine reason • See Deputy Principal – Planning & Co- curricular for Tuesday detention and the Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning for Thursday detention Dayboys • Report to your Housemaster as soon as you arrive each morning, so you can be ticked off the roll • See your Housemaster for permission if you have to leave College during school hours • Any request to be excused from sport or physical education must be a notification from your parent or caregiver

Boarders • You need to sign out at your House to leave College grounds for any purpose other than going to and from sport • Written permission needs to be given by your parents and the host prior to your Housemaster granting permission for weekend (overnight) leave. We ask that parents follow the correct procedure when making leave applications • Leave is granted at your Housemaster’s discretion Health Centre • The Health Centre is staffed by a registered nurse, Monday through to Friday • All boys are able to make use of this facility for first aid • If your son becomes ill during the day, the Health Centre and/or the matron will update the International Student Manager on their condition, and the plan for their care. • If your son remains in isolation within the House, this will be set up for the night, prior to the matron going off duty. The matron will brief the House staff who will check on your son and the overnight nurse who will also check in on the student. • All boys are able to contact the overnight nurse directly throughout the night via the call button. In the morning, if the overnight nurse has been up with an ill student, she will let the matron know and she will notify the parents and the Health Centre staff. • If your son is unable to remain at College in the Boarding House due to sickness, his caregiver will be contacted to pick him up from school.


Lunch • Dayboys may eat lunch in their House or wherever they wish within College grounds, except for around the Quad • A limited number of places are available for dayboys to have lunch in the Dining Hall, by prior arrangement. • The Chapman Cafe on the ground floor of The Miles Warren Building offers a good range of food and drink options at reasonable prices. This is a cashless service and eftpos is available. • Be mindful of your manners and dispose of all rubbish in the bins provided Bicycles • Securely lock your bicycle in the stand provided at your House • Do not interfere with other boys’ bicycles • Wear a cycle helmet at all times when cycling Lost property The Prefect in charge of lost property will manage this as follows: • Any lost property will be left in a box outside the gym office or in the basement of the Assembly Hall. Unclaimed named property will be distributed weekly by the Prefects, the remainder will be stored in lost property room. • All named gear, books, and exercise books will be given to the appropriate Heads of House for the student concerned and should be returned at House Assembly

• Any unclaimed school textbooks will be returned to the Library • Twice each term any unnamed property will be displayed outside the OBT for students to claim • At the end of each term any unnamed casual clothes will be donated to the Christchurch City Mission, while clean, unnamed College clothing will go to the Uniform Shop • If you lose anything valuable, report it to your Housemaster Uniform shop The Uniform Shop is the sole supplier of all Christ’s College uniforms, including sport uniforms, and also stocks a range of stationery and other supplies. It also sells some second-hand uniform items, if clean, in good condition, and in current fabric and style. Shop hours Please refer to our website. Manager

Craig Moffatt 03 364 8613 Location 10 Gloucester Street, Christchurch

For more information and to download a copy of the Uniform Shop booklet, go to the Uniform Shop page in the College Life section of our website.

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Map of Christ’s College

Upper West (construction in progress)

Swimming Pool

Upper (field)



School House

Jacobs House


Richards House



Music School


Rolleston Ave

Rolleston House Corfe/ Condell’s House

Flower’s House

Somes House


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College has carefully considered school rules, based on our core virtues, that reflect our expectations of good conduct and collegiality. These rules apply in the House, in the classroom, on campus, and in any situation where you represent College – for example, at sport, cultural, or co-curricular events.

Purpose The purpose of this discipline policy is to: • Enable the Executive Principal and staff to maintain the order and good discipline of College • Outline expected standards of behaviour • Encourage our students to meet the expected standards of behaviour • Provide a clear, but flexible process for dealing with issues of behaviour. Foundations This discipline policy has at its foundation the agreed virtues of Christ’s College. These virtues underpin the expectations of all engagements between members of this community. These virtues are Honesty, Learning, Respect, Spirituality, Justice, Compassion, Stewardship. Principles The application of this discipline policy will be informed by the following principles: • Restorative practice – encouraging self- awareness • Natural justice – a fair and transparent process

• Lack of bias – where those involved in decision-making processes may be biased they should be substituted • Fairness – a proportionate response to the situation • Informed response – all responses should be done with knowledge of the context • Flexibility of response – responses must acknowledge the context • Timeliness of response based on the context. Restorative practice has the aim of decreasing antisocial behaviour, repairing harm and restoring relationships but enabling the wrongdoer to better understand and reflect on their actions and impact. College works authoritatively with the student to get them to understand the impact of their actions on others, in an attempt to ensure that they make amends and do not repeat the offence. It does not preclude a punitive response. The Deputy Principal – Student Care supervises disciplinary policy and practice. The Executive Principal has the final word on serious matters of discipline, but may choose to consult with others – such as members of the College Executive, Housemasters and teachers – before making his decision.


College rules condensed Rules at College are based on our school’s virtues. For easy reference, the full school rules have been condensed to these main points. However, all boys are expected to know the full school rules. • Relationships at College should be positive and respectful. Consequently, discriminatory actions and language are unacceptable, along with bullying and harassment • Chapel is a special place in College and behaviour in Chapel must be appropriate at all times. There is to be no talking in Chapel • The Quadrangle is a formal area. Consequently, walking on the grass, eating, shouting, ball games, skateboarding, scooters and e-scooters, and cycling are prohibited, as is not wearing footwear or a shirt • Boys must wear the correct uniform at all times. They must be clean shaven and their hair and personal appearance must always be neat • Boys must not have their hands in their pockets • When in uniform, boys must behave in a way which upholds the school’s good name • When in uniform, boys must wear blazers or full dress uniform outside the College campus and they must not eat on the street. Please note, College hoodies are not part of the school uniform – they are worn for sports practices and games only

• Boys may not walk around the campus listening to music on portable devices or using their phones • Cell phones must not be visible on campus or in classrooms between 8.30am and the end of period 6, and may only be used in class with the teacher’s permission • Boys must communicate with staff directly in order to excuse themselves from classes, sport and activities. When leaving campus during periods 1–6, boys must have their Housemaster’s permission and must sign out at Reception. Make a good impression We expect our students to take care of their appearance and maintain high standards of personal care. These requirements are designed to encourage self-respect and self- management, and instil in students a sense of pride in their school.

Uniform All boys should have

• Belts (black) for their shorts and trousers • Black shoes (lace-up or slip on) – not boots • Shirts that fit around the neck – tucked in and with top button done up • Clean and tidy uniform

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