Register 2022

recent years, Neil has looked after a range of special projects, not least of which are our College Balls and developing several service-based initiatives, significantly our Year 10 Service Week and Sony Camp. Neil’s passionate commitment to boys’ holistic education in this environment has been the mark of his time as an Executive leader. Neil steps to a permanent part-time role within the Commerce Department next year and will continue to manage our 1st XV Rugby side. After 18 years in the role as Assistant and Director of Sport, Rob Clarke will transition to the role of Head of Physical Education & Health at the beginning of next year, which, in turn, sees Henry Smith stepping down from this role at the end of this year. I thank Henry for carrying this additional responsibility. Rob’s tenure in leading sport administration for College has been nothing short of extraordinary. Over this time, he has managed

our compulsory programme in all its machinations through the most challenging of times – the earthquakes and the pandemic. He has overseen the introduction of a wider variety of sporting options for our boys and been a continuous advocate of the need for sport in young men’s lives and the “balance is better” approach as it relates to early specialisation. His reputation across the province is one where he is held in the highest regard for his integrity and commitment, and he is owed a deep debt of gratitude from all within this community. He hands sport on when College is in a very strong position. We wish him well for the next stage of his career. Now, to our farewells. Since 2017, Jocelyn Johnstone has worked part-time in the Advancement team as one of our College writers, making significant contributions to Register and College magazines, the occasional

In Black & White and our Old Boys posters. We will miss Joce’s sense of humour and attention to detail in all things written and published. Mike Tovey left us as our Maintenance Manager at the beginning of September, but must be honoured today as a person who, since 2002, managed the day-to-day demands of a busy heritage campus with a significant residential component. His calmness under duress never faltered and his service-focused disposition was special. He was intimately involved with projects as diverse as the Flower’s House rebuild and the refurbishment of the Kitchen Tower. We must all honour Mike, as it was he who worked alongside the then Bursar, Colin Sweetman, through the unprecedented Canterbury earthquake recovery period for College. Yvonne Pitcher leaves us at the end of this year after 20 years in Jacobs


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