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House and eight years in Richards House as domestic support. Held in the highest regard for her expertise at getting stubborn stains out of clothing and being very generous and kind with her “little extras”, we thank Yvonne most sincerely for all her dedicated work behind the scenes and the care she bestowed on the boys in these Houses. Yvonne will certainly be missed as a much- valued member of the boarding community and we wish her every best wish in retirement – which we understand is likely to involve whitebaiting and time spent at the family bach in Rakaia. Gavin Love joined College in 2013 as a part-time teacher of Materials Technology, coming to us as an experienced educator – having lectured to polytechnic level. During his time with us, he has assisted with clubs and after school activities, Sunday boarding programme work, taught students from The Cathedral Grammar School, coordinated work experience opportunities for our senior boys, and ensured the safety and maintenance of equipment and tools in his support role of workshop technician. We wish Gavin a happy retirement. We farewell Ben Sheat from the Physical Education Department, as a residential master in School House and MiC Basketball. Ben’s contribution over the past five years has been an impelling example to all at College of the pursuit of excellence. As head Coach, Ben contributed greatly to the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ National Basketball Championship achieved this year for College and in this and all areas he has touched, it is Ben’s professional and passionate approach that will be missed. As he moves to the Nelson district, we wish him well and every success for the future. Susan Harding became Head of Modern Languages in 2006, having taught French in the school from 2001. During her time at College, Susan has been the strongest of advocates for language learning. She has trumpeted the value for

young people to be conversant with international languages and appreciative of the associated culture. She has overseen several changes over time, not least, most recently, the introduction of Te Reo. In 2016, Susan travelled to France and learnt significantly more about the small town of Le Quesnoy that New Zealand had liberated in World War I. It was here she laid a wreath on behalf of College and built relationships celebrating where Old Boy Lieutenant Leslie Cecil Averill climbed the ramparts and made his way into the town and New Zealand military history. We state now that global competence is one of our aspirational graduate outcomes. Susan, through her professional engagement and personal passion, has always had this at the forefront of her department and her teaching and this will be just one of the things we will miss about this dedicated teacher. Robyn Peers first applied for a teaching position at Christ’s College late in 1992, to teach Art History and Art and, in 1995, accepted a role as a permanent part-time teacher. In January 2004, Robyn became full-time and immediately acted as Housemaster of Condell’s House for two terms. Beyond College, Robyn has made significant contributions to the development of Art History and Drama across New Zealand. It

is in the arts that she will be forever remembered here at College. She has been the department of one for Art History and was appointed as Assistant Director of Drama in 2018. She has been a key part of major drama productions, junior productions, Shakespeare festivals and House Plays since the late 1990s. It is Robyn’s wisdom, encouragement of the arts and her disposition for kindness that will be missed by students and staff alike. Her tireless curiosity and endless energy will, I am sure, sustain Robyn in her retirement. Robyn will hand over the prizes at our Junior Prize-giving. Lesley Anderson-McKenna joined College in the English Department in 1982. In July 1986, Lesley left to have Thomas. She suggests that the decision to become pregnant was driven by the fact that in the preceding year she had been given the job of editor of Register . Having spent one entire Christmas holiday working on it, she decided that urgent action needed to be taken. There was no such thing back then as an Advancement Office. From then until 1996, Lesley worked part- time, finally returning to full-time work in Learning Support where she became Head of Department in 2005. In the co-curricular domain in Lesley’s early years it was a family affair as she managed cricket and rugby teams that her husband Tony


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