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CLASSICAL STUDIES Some normality has returned this year, which has allowed the Classical Studies curriculum to run smoothly. Students have been more settled, and able to truly connect with the content provided Levels 2 and 3. Unfortunately, the “orange” covid setting meant we were unable to go on our regular trips to the University of Canterbury and Teece Museum. Moving into 2023, the relationship between College, the university and the Teece Museum will be re-established so students are able to explore new ways of learning outside the classroom. An international trip is also planned for 2023, travelling to Italy and Greece, homelands of our studies. Overseas trip 2023 A selection of Years 12–13 students will be given the opportunity to travel to Italy and Greece in the September–October holiday. This will provide students with an unforgettable learning experience, and something which they can apply to their studies. The intended purpose of the trip is for students to be immersed in the language, literature, art and architecture, drama, philosophy, and the political and legal system derived from Greece and Italy and how these unique places lie at the root of Western civilisation. Our school prides itself on fostering the development of character. This trip will provide an excellent opportunity for students to expand on their College virtues and develop an appreciation of culture. A parent information evening will be held at the beginning of 2023. Classical Studies curriculum In Years 12–13, students are encouraged to make links between past and present civilisations, to imagine a possible future. We study literature, significant events, and art/architecture of the Classical world where students learn how the past continues to inform the present. We study the rise and fall of powerful individuals and empires, the creativity and invention of artists

competent paintings on canvas. Blake McCarthy, Elliot Lee, Henry Thin and Felix Bowden all produced resolved and confident larger scaled oil paintings. At Year 12, Eric Liu produced a superb mixed media photography portfolio. His use of textures, lighting and digital manipulation was intelligent and resulted in beautiful images. Phubodee Sanrat explored the figure and created evocative narratives within his photographs. The Year 12 painters also produced strong portfolios. Eric Liu, Colin Gong, Otto Elworthy, Peter Wang, Suhyuk Jung and Phubodee Sanrat made confident work that was innovative and left me intrigued as to where they would take their work next year. The Year 13 students carried on from where they left off last year. Their research took them in completely different directions to one another, yet the standard was consistently high quality across the portfolios. Oli Aikawa explored mental health issues in expressionist paintings that were of a very high level. Jake Abbiss carried on his semi-abstract, semi-figurative paintings of people within domestic settings. There was beauty in the way he combined these two styles together into a seamless whole. Benji Ward made layered paintings bursting with colour and giving us glimpses into part of a landscape or figure. Daniel Wei, Jack Coles and George Hudson boldly experimented with colour and multi-imaged paintings. They also submitted solid portfolios. Within Design, Benji Ward created an endearing cartoon character that would be a fun companion to any primary-aged child. Congratulations everyone, on another great year. We wish our leaving students all the very best and please keep in contact in the future. Nga mihi nui Darryn George HoD Art

and engineers, and the formation of ethical systems, including the evolution of social justice. Throughout this, students become increasingly aware of the debt owed to classical Greece and Italy. The department is very thankful for Learning Support, who works closely with students to help them achieve. Why study Classics? Taking Classical Studies allows our students to develop a variety of specialised skills, such as research, and art and literature analysis, as well as highly transferable capabilities and knowledge, such as abstract thinking, collaboration, self-expression, and constructing narratives. The capabilities learned in Classical Studies lend themselves well to both tertiary and non- tertiary pathways. Students are able to obtain all University Entrance credits in Year 12 and/or Year 13 courses because of the nature of the work we do. This is advantageous for students who prefer Ancient History as opposed to other disciplines. This subject is very accessible for students who have learning difficulties as it is designed in a way that students can choose how they present their information. Some students choose alternative ways of assessment, such as presentations and visual artworks. This has worked brilliantly for students who have found writing a difficult task. Olivia Austin TiC Classical Studies COMMERCE This year, after the first year of the College Diploma Nga¯ Miha Ma¯tauranga, it is great to be able to write about the many positives we, as a department, have experienced, as well as some of the learnings. The Diploma has been an exciting and progressive move in terms of the courses we are now able to offer, and the pedagogy we are able to build around, in what we hope will provide varied and interesting content and more successful outcomes for the boys.


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