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boys. I’ve never felt prouder to wear the black and white, and we were winners both on and off the field that day. I strongly believe that your character matters more than your natural talent or achievements. We are young and have our whole lives ahead of us, and those that have the character to work for what they want will surpass those that rest on their laurels. Doors of opportunity open for those that earn the respect of others, and the best way to do this is by showing respect yourself. Racism and homophobia are two examples of issues that I have touched on at assembly this year, and at first glance seem completely different. However, these and other issues often stem from a lack of respect and empathy. Do not underestimate the importance of being a good person. From the moment you walk in the front gates, you cannot help but sense there’s something magical about this place. However, I’ve come to realise that it is the people at College that have made my experience so thoroughly enjoyable, and I’d like to take this moment to thank some of them. To Garth Wynne, Rob Donaldson and Matt Cortesi, or as I like to call them – the big three – for their guidance and support throughout the year. You have given me a platform to express myself both as a leader and as an individual, and I am very grateful for this. The House system is one of the unique aspects of College life, and is an experience that is made possible through your Housemaster. I have known Dr Craig Aitken, or Doc as he’s more commonly known, for a very long time, and he is one of the hardest working and most dedicated people I know. However, what continually blows me away about Doc is his humility. For five years, we have always started the week with a House assembly to get ready for the week ahead, except for the Monday of this year that was Doc’s birthday, as he knew we would sing him “Happy Birthday.” Don’t change Doc. As Reverend Bosco carries out his final services at College, I want to

thank him for all that he has done for me and those before me. Despite opposition, you have brought Te Reo into the Chapel, and have constantly challenged us in the way

we think. I rarely see

you without a smile on your face, and wish you all the best for the future. I’d also like to

To the Year 13 cohort – there is no other group I would’ve wanted to go through my five years of College with. You have made school so enjoyable, and I wish you all the best in whatever your future endeavours are. For the rest of the boys that will be returning next year, it’s been a pleasure to meet you all. Embrace the responsibility you have as a role model for the younger boys. While I cannot mention everyone, I’d like to thank all that have supported me on my journey this year. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to have this role as Head Prefect. Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective.

thank Nick Coxon as you also call the curtains on your career at College. As my mentor and Big Band teacher, you have been a constant source of stability and support. Thank you. While everyone has their own role, the prefect group is a team of 25. I’d like to thank all of you for your hard work, cooperation and for keeping me in check. In particular, I’d like to thank Jamie, my deputy this year. You have been so dependable and consistent in your role, and always stayed calm no matter what was going on. I’ve really enjoyed working with you and the friendship that has come with it. I’d like to offer my congratulations to the prefect group that has been selected for 2022. I have full faith in your ability, and hope that your endeavours will not be affected by Covid-19 as the last two years have. In particular, I’d like to congratulate Benji Ward and Ollie Jones on their roles as Head and Deputy Head Prefect. The advice I have for you is to be yourself, and maybe stay away from the Dad jokes – I’m sure everyone needs a break. For all boys, reflect on what I have said today. Enjoy the holidays, and come back refreshed with some goals for the year.

Nga¯ mihi nui. Jack Belcher 2021 Head Prefect


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