College – Issue 39

Derek Banks, who was made an Honorary Life Member of the CCOBA some years ago, said he felt honoured to be further acknowledged with a Senior Honours Tie, and thanked his wife, family and friends who had supported him. “I’m lucky to have had an extra year at College; I was head of Harper House for two years. It was the year before Corfe House opened in 1960 and we had 92 boys in Harper. I learnt so much there. Although College is small it has always punched above its weight, and we saw that on Saturday,” he said, alluding to College’s 28–27 win over Christchurch Boys’ High School in the annual 1st XV rugby fixture. “The friends and the ethos of Harper House have left a big impression on me,” he said. An accomplished sportsman, he was captain of the 1st XV and the 1st XI, and joined the Old Collegians Cricket Club when he left. He once played cricket for

Canterbury. Derek spent 40 years in the family business, the Papanui Timber Company. He served on the College Board from 1976–1991.

“ Your school years are very precious and I

“In 1976 College entered into a forestry partnership in the

Peter was president of the Old Boys’ Association in 1984–85, president of the Canterbury District Law Society from 1974–75, and served on the Council of the New Zealand Law Society. He was elected as an Old Boys’ representative on the College Board from 1987–1990. Peter was a College guide for some years. urge you to make the most of them. The friendships you make here will help to sustain you when you leave. ” Peter Penlington

Wairarapa with 13 Anglican schools. I served as College representative on the management trust board for 30 years, 21 of them as chairman.” Derek is also a former CCOBA President and during his term as president was heavily involved with the ongoing fundraising for the building of the Old Boys’ Theatre. In 2001 he was approached by then Principal Rob Zordan and Board chairman Julian Holderness to become College’s first Development Officer. “It was a new role and it was to be a two-year term. I served for nine years.” Derek candidly admits he has never left College, and is often seen on campus as a tour guide, sharing his knowledge and passion for the school.

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