Register 2021

PASTORAL CARE Boarding Programme

The year began with all boarders in for the first weekend as we welcomed those new to the community. The first weekend is focused on building relationships with the new boys and a catch up for those returning for the new year. A new initiative this year was that the entire Boarding community bused out to Jellie Park for the afternoon and evening where the Dining Hall staff came out and cooked up a BBQ for us all. It was a popular addition to the calendar. This was followed by trips with the Year 9 boys for coasteering at Purau Bay and jetboating and time in the pools at Hanmer. The Year 10 boys completed high rope activities, while the Years 11–13 competed in interhouse activities and paintballing. Due to the response to Covid, a lot of the Christchurch community events were cancelled. However, the boys did get to Orangetheory Stadium to see the Crusaders matches, as well as taking trips to Sumner for surfing,

Hoyts EntX, 10 pin bowling, Golf driving range, Mega Air, Laser Strike and Air soft, to name a few. The seniors also began their Defensive driving courses and were also offered opportunities to complete a Barista course, a Forklift License, and their SiteSafe certificates. Term 2 saw the boys venturing out to Adrenalin Forest for the high ropes, indoor climbing, an adventure to the new hot pools at New Brighton, the Escape rooms, ice skating, up to the Port Hills and the gondola, as well as catching the odd movie, rugby match and enjoying the Term 2 mystery trip. The boys continued to be involved in service work, in particular with native tree planting as part of the revitalisation of Christchurch’s Red Zone. This eco-action project was led by HoD Physics David Newton. Term 3 was impacted by Covid-19 this year and on return from

lockdown we were prevented from some of our venues as we were in Level 2. The boys did however, venture up to Hanmer on a mystery trip where they hit the pools and played mini golf. This was well attended by seniors, which was great to see. The boys also managed to get out to the Escape rooms and paintballing. Term 4 saw the rearrangement of examination times and was focused mainly on the juniors. The boys headed out to Sumner for surfing, bouldering, watched the Fame production and ventured to the movies, as some of their activities. The boarders were provided access to optional extension activities this year, including the Year 11 agriculture programme offered through the National Trade Academy. This programme helped develop skills useful to the boys if they are to explore farming in the future, as well as delivering some unit standard credits to help them achieve NCEA Level 1. Other opportunities included AA defensive driving courses for those Year 12 and Year 13 students who were preparing to sit their full licence, first aid training through St John, and SiteSafe and forklift driving certifications via other outside providers. Thanks to Scott Franklin who helps to coordinate, organise and supervise this programme.


The annual Boarding Awards Dinner was held in Term 4 and was, as ever, a chance to celebrate the opportunities and successes that have taken place in boarding this year.


Christ’s College Canterbury

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