Welcome to Jacobs House
I look forward to meeting you all over the next few months and making 2022 an unforgettable year. This booklet will answer questions you may have about the House system at College and Jacobs House in particular.
House Background Throughout the year there are interhouse competitions inmany sports and other activities such as debating,music and drama. The old story still rings true that themore you get involved in all the things that College has to offer, themore satisfying and rewarding your life here is. It is our wish to run a House that is friendly and busy. The History of Christ’s College Christ’s College began when Canterbury began, in 1850. It was planned as part of the Canterbury Church of England settlement, which followed the ideas of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. Under the Wakefield scheme, one- third of the revenue from land sales was set aside for religion and education, and College was fortunate to receive land and income as a result. Christ’s College was modelled on the great grammar schools (public schools) of England, such as Eton and Westminster. The early emphasis by the school on the classics often proved a sore trial to the farmers’ sons who attended. The endowments did not, for many years, produce the comfortable income which had been expected. Headmasters and staff imported from England did not always cope with New Zealand conditions. The high calibre of the Fellows (or Board) did not ensure that they invariably made sensible decisions.
If you have any further questions, we can discuss these when I meet with you. Please make contact if there is anything I can help you with between now and the start of the new school year. – Matt Thatcher, Housemaster
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