Corfe House Booklet 2022

Corfe House


Welcome to Corfe 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 Corfe House in particular.

The History of Corfe House The current Corfe House began in the building which is now known as Selwyn. That building was originally a Master’s house, then it accommodated Condell’s House. With the increase in dayboy numbers in the 1960s, the residential part of the House became the fourth dayboy House, Corfe, and upstairs was turned into a biology laboratory and a classroom. The name Corfe had earlier been associated with a House within the College. In the 1870s, those boys who had boarded with the Headmaster, Charles Carteret Corfe, had, in the tradition of the time, taken on the name of their Housemaster. Corfe House has taken the tui or parson bird’s head as its symbol. This forms the crest of the College coat of arms, and the white tuft with almost black plumage reflects College’s colours – black and white. In 2002, Corfe moved across Rolleston Avenue to the new dayboy Houses in Gloucester Street. The building in which it was once housed was renamed Selwyn after George Augustus Selwyn, the First Warden of Christ’s College and the only Anglican Bishop of the whole of New Zealand. The House motto is Rem Bene , translating to Do it Well .

Corfe House is located in Gloucester Street. It has good facilities for study and recreation. We provide a supportive environment to help boys attain their best results. If you have any further questions, we can discuss these when I meet with you. Please contact me if there is anything I can help you with between now and the start of the new school year. – Ian Stevenson, Housemaster

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The Housemaster

Having graduated with a BSc(Hons)in 1986, I began my teaching career in 1989 at Lincoln High School and have taught Mathematics ever since. I had a sabbatical year in 2000 where I travelled extensively through the Middle East, India and South-east Asia. On my return to New Zealand, I took a teaching position at Christ’s College. I have had many roles at College, including master-in-charge of basketball and volleyball and, most recently, Housemaster of Corfe, which I took over at the start of Term 2, 2017. This has been an incredibly fun and rewarding role so far and I look forward to adding my slice of life experience to the vibrant community.

Ian Stevenson, Housemaster

Mobile: 027 372 8463 Email:

Deputy Housemaster/Mentor Andrew Levenger Andrew arrived at College in July 2012, having spent the previous 13 years teaching in the United Kingdom, Wellington (for a year), and Dubai. In 2013, Andrew became Flower’s Housemaster, holding the role for five years before stepping away to become a mentor in Corfe. He was made Corfe Deputy Housemaster at the start of 2021. In his time at College, Andrew has coached and managed the Colts and U15 hockey team. In cricket, he has taken a Year 9 team and the 2nd XI. He is the manager of the 1st XI. He has assisted in a variety of activities across the year groups and is pleased to call Corfe home. Email :


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Heads of House

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The House System

Christ’s College is divided into 10 Houses, seven for dayboys, three for boarders. The dayboy houses are Condell’s, Corfe, Harper, Jacobs, Julius, Rolleston and Somes. The boarding houses are Flower’s, Richards and School.

House Structure The House system is one of the strong features of College. It is not just the physical base fromwhich the boys operate, it is the unit in which boys may develop close relationships, leadership skills and a real sense of community. Academic, sporting and cultural facets are all catered for, particularly in interhouse competitions. However, the House is a lot more than a physical space. It is the structure in which the boys form lasting bonds with other members of the House and develop a strong sense of unity over their five years at College. Their involvement in a wide range of duties, as well as interhouse academic, sporting and cultural activities, encourages and instils a sense of responsibility, pride and commitment to the House in particular and to Christ’s College in general, and helps develop personal qualities and values. The Housemaster The Housemaster is responsible for the individual development of every student in the House, both academically and in co-curricular pursuits. They are the first liaison between parents and College. They advocate for their students when necessary and are in regular contact with teachers.

The Mentor System All Houses have a Deputy Housemaster/ Mentor and staff mentors who assist the Housemaster with pastoral care. Each boy is assigned a staff mentor and, in vertical groups of boys from Years 9–13, placed in a mentor group. These groups meet their mentor each week. Year 9 students spend Term 1 with their Housemaster, before being integrated into the groups in Term 2. During these weekly meetings, boys can discuss their goals for the year, as well as participate in other activities, such as group discussions, led by senior students. The goal planning process is student-driven, but guided and monitored by the mentor. Being part of a mentor group allows the boys to build a relationship with a member of staff who is not their Housemaster and is not necessarily one of their subject teachers. During the year, we invite parents to meet with their son and his mentor to reflect on the goal- planning process. This meeting provides an opportunity for the boys to explain what they aim to achieve and how they plan to realise their goals and aspirations. Mentors also undertake House duties and attend selected House assemblies and functions. They provide feedback to Housemasters about the boys in their group as required, and Housemasters can also access all goal-planning documentation.

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Josh Kim / Mentor

Amanda Lester / Mentor

Hannah Clarkson / Mentor

Tony O’Connor / Mentor

Interhouse Activities There are many interhouse competitions, which range frommost sporting codes to drama, debating, singing and chess. House prefects select and organise teams. Boys are encouraged to volunteer to be in teams, though teams are selected on merit, based on age group and ability. Interhouse activities are great fun and provide leadership skills, as well as fostering a special spirit in the House. Boys can earn House colours for their involvement and performance in interhouse activities. Boys get points for participating, making finals and winning championships. Athletic championships are held in Term1, shortly after the swimming championships. In both cases there is an interhouse competition as well as the individual championships. Boys are encouraged to enter these competitions, both as individuals and in the various relay events.

The mentor system was introduced in 2018 and, while it has made a positive start, is likely to be refined in years to come. Head of House and Deputy Head of House The Head of House and his Deputy are Year 13 students. They assist the Housemaster in the running of the House. They often represent the views of the boys in the House about any changes to House organisation. They are responsible for the House Prefects. Years 9–13 Students All other students also have duties tomaintain the environment in the House. Students would be expected to complete two or three duties each term. The duties involve cleaning and tidying the House and are required to be completed at the end of lunchtime and after school. The duty prefect inspects all the duties. It is important that the House is well looked after and kept tidy.


House Environment

Daily Routine

The House has areas for study and recreation as well as secure bike storage. Other facilities in the House include: – a kitchen, with toastie machines, microwave and hot water – a locker room, with a full-size locker for each boy, supplied with a good quality combination lock to keep their locker secure – showers and toilets in the locker room

For most students, the daily routine is: – arrive at Corfe House by 8.15am – read the noticeboard for any notices and get their name checked off the roll by the Housemaster – organise books and folders for the first two periods of the day – House assembly at 8.15am, except on Thursday, which has a late start, beginning with school assembly – attend Chapel service (Monday and Friday), mentor groups (Tuesday) and school assembly (Thursday) – attend all classes – take part in sport or cultural activities after school.

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House Expectations


House expectations are based on a need for organisation and respect, and apply to everyone in Corfe House. They are not onerous and most students abide by them naturally. The following are the more common daily expectations: Roll House roll is taken each morning at 8.15am. Any boy who is late to school, for whatever reason, must report to the Housemaster as soon as he arrives at school. If school has begun, he should report to the main office. Permission All boys must obtain permission to be out of the school grounds at any time during the day, including going home for lunch. Breakage and Damage Students should treat the fabric and facilities of the House with respect at all times. Any breakages or damage within the House should be reported immediately to the Housemaster. Possessions All bicycles must be clearly and permanently named, and must be locked in the bike shed. All possessions and clothing must be clearly named. No boy may borrow any property from another boy without first gaining permission. Boys may return to the House at break and lunch to eat meals, study or for recreation. Boys tend to get changed in the House locker room for PE and sports practices. They may use the House after school. It is usually locked at about 7pm.

Chapel is a central part of College life. Boys are required to attend services on Monday and Friday before classes, congregational practice on Wednesdays, and two Sunday Chapel services per term. The Chaplain prepares boys for Confirmation, provided they are in Years 12–13. The preparation course is held in the second or third terms, with the Confirmation Service usually held later in the year. All services are listed in the College calendar or on the College website. Parents are welcome to attend any Sunday Chapel service. Boys who have a regular commitment in their parish church can apply for the Chapel requirement to be halved. A letter from their priest or minister is required and will be forwarded to the Chaplain.


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General Information

Contacts If there is any concern, parents should contact the Housemaster in the first instance. The Housemaster can then direct the concern to the Executive Principal, Deputy Principal or subject teachers as required. Meetings with teachers and members of senior management may then be arranged. Illness/Medical Absences For daily absences or illness, please call 03 364 8676 and leave your son’s name and reason for his absence. For extended absences please contact your Housemaster. Leave If a boy needs to leave the school grounds during the day for a dental, doctor or physiotherapy appointment, his parents must contact his Housemaster. Parents are asked to try to arrange such appointments outside school hours whenever possible. If a boy is to be absent for a private reason for more than two days, parents are asked to request leave in writing prior to the absence. Such leave is granted by the Deputy Principal. Social Events During the year there will be a number of social events which parents and families will be invited to attend. These include House Music, House Plays, House sevens and more, as well as a number of evenings at the Housemaster’s residence. Sometimes parents volunteer to host an evening for their year group. This is always greatly appreciated by the Housemaster. In Term 4 the Corfe House Dinner is held. It is always a very enjoyable social occasion.

Parents’ Evenings An annual meeting is held for Corfe parents, which provides the opportunity to meet other parents, discuss topical school matters and listen to guest speakers. Additionally, there are two formal parent/teacher interview evenings during the year when your son’s academic progress can be discussed with his subject teachers. School Hours Students report to the House to be ready for House assembly at 8.15am. They leave school after they have met their academic, sport or cultural commitments, usually between 5–6pm. Dayboys should not stay around school after 6pm unless for a specific purpose. Notices The Christ’s College calendar for each term can be found on the College website. Students are asked to check upcoming events at the start of each week. Students are expected to listen carefully to notices at House assembly in themorning and must regularly check the House board, as well as Schoolbox and their College email. Lockers Each boy has a locker in the House, where he can store books and school equipment, packed lunch, sports gear etc. Boys are given a combination lock at the start of the year. They are expected to keep their lockers tidy; they must not leave food in their lockers and should take their sports uniforms home for washing.


House Duties All Year 9–12 students are rostered to complete cleaning duties in and around the House at the end of lunchtime and after school. This involves picking up litter and taking out rubbish bags. It does not involve any particularly dirty jobs. Senior students supervise House duties. Lunch Boys may eat their lunch where they wish within the school grounds. In Corfe, Year 9 boys can use the common room, where there are toastie machines and a microwave, or stay in the courtyard area in front of the House. The cafe is located in the Chapman Room and is open at lunchtime every weekday. It offers a wide range of food items and drinks, with healthy alternatives. Wherever boys eat, they are expected to put all rubbish in rubbish bins and cans/plastic bottles in recycling containers. A limited number of places are available for dayboys who wish to have lunch in the Dining Hall. Boys should apply on the first day of each term through their Housemaster. Lunchtime Activities Boys are encouraged to be active during lunchtime andmake use of the sporting facilities such as Upper, the gymnasiumand the weight training room. The library and the computer suites are open at lunchtime.Many interhouse events take place during lunchtime and boys will either participate or support House teams. In addition, boys can play ball games in the courtyard area in front of Corfe House.

Uniform Shop The Uniform Shop in Gloucester St, where you can buy uniforms for all sporting codes and basic stationery items, is open every school day between 10am–5pm. Second-hand uniforms are sold in the Uniform Shop. Laptops, Books and Stationery All textbooks issued by the school, exercise books and stationery items must be named. Students are expected to look after their books and keep them in good order. Boys are asked to use a school bag to carry their gear during the day. The boys need to ensure that they carry their laptops with them at all times. When not in use, they need to make sure they secure them safely in their lockers. Bicycles Boys are encouraged to cycle to school. They are asked to lock their bike in the cycle shed in the basement of the House. Some sporting codes (rowing, for example) require boys to cycle to venues for practice or competition days. Helmets must be worn at all times and bikes should have appropriate lights, especially in the winter months. Students are expected to follow the road code and to respect other cyclists and pedestrians at all times.

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All uniforms should be purchased from the Uniform Shop upstairs at 10 Gloucester Street. A list of uniform requirements will be sent to all parents.

Sports Gear All Houses have their own colours for athletics and interhouse sports. The Corfe uniform consists of white athletic shorts, a green singlet, and a green and white rugby jersey. There is no regulation footwear for PE and athletics, but all boys must wear footwear around the school or when running in the park. Sports gear can be purchased from the Uniform Shop.

In the senior school, a different blazer replaces the striped blazer worn by juniors. In all cases, blazers must be worn when on leave from College. Full uniformmust be worn when going home after school, unless boys are being collected from directly outside the House. After sport practices, boys may travel home in sports gear or in a tracksuit. Formal Uniform The formal uniform consists of the grey suit and white shirt. It is worn on a Monday and Friday during Terms 2 and 3, and for Sunday Chapel services. Stripes Blazer Uniform This uniform consists of a striped blazer, white shirt, and mid-grey long trousers or black walk shorts (summer). It is worn on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during Terms 2 and 3 and every day during summer. It is also worn for any sport exchanges.




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