College – Issue 40



ISSUE 40 Contents



2020 College Dux

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Stunning run of summer sport


Organised, capable, accomplished

College Senior A serves up big volleyball win 65 Christ's College claims Maadi Cup with all-the-way win 66 Fun and patience – the Tom Turner recipe for success 69

Sportsmen of the Year Major Prize Winners 2020 Senior prize-giving


2021 University Scholarships 

New boards honour past Chaplains and Wardens 70 Making right connections 71


2021 Head and Deputy Head Prefects Trio of outstanding College scholars



23 The Christ's College Diploma tailor-made for success 24 Poisson-Frites at Akaroa 26 Temple Basin – a field trip to paradise  28

The Heliopolis Menu


News & Events


A warm welcome to ...

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Peter heads off to catch salmon

A new term, a new start 2021 Head of Boarding

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Top of the class in leading and learning

Farewell to Deanne

Nurse Kaye tees up for the golf course

Community & Service


Sony Camp – a rewarding experience

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Service a win-win for everyone

Generous gifts

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2020 Annual Appeal Supporters Henry Sewell’s lasting legacy


Christchurch proves holiday mecca for international students

Frank Davison Bequest Goodbye to cheques

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Paul’s on board

Upper West

Global citizens, with a certificate to prove it 

Loyal supporters

Character, Wellbeing & Positive Education

The Quadrangle

The Centre for Wellbeing & Positive Education

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From the President 96 The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care 98 A Red Black Feather in CCOBA Art Collection 99 Posters of inspirational Old Boys 100 Silicon Valley is home for Vaughan 102 Reunion Weekend – a stunning success 104 Reunion reports 105 Community events 109 What's on – CCOBA 2021 Calendar 111 Deaths 111

Prefect cohort works to its strengths Young men carving their own futures


Farewell to the incomparable DC

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It’s all about how you say it

Listen to the music

College boys on song in national spotlight

GARTH WYNNE From our Executive Principal

The beginning of 2021 heralds a new phase for College. Recent months have revealed, by way of Old Boy testimony, parts of our history that should never have occurred. At the same time in the wider community, especially young women, have begun to call out behaviour that too should never happen and demand that things change. These are challenges for institutions such as our school that are responsible for positively influencing through our programmes and practice how men, our graduates, live their lives while at school and beyond. Our vision continues to be clear. We strive to educate boys to become men of virtue who make a positive contribution to society. We do this through living our College virtues in all that we do and ensuring these virtues of Honesty, Compassion, Justice, Respect, Learning, Spirituality and Stewardship are how we live and learn at Christ’s College. Our 2025 Strategy, included in this edition of College , addresses through title and intent the focus for College in the lead-up to our 175th year.

This direction has been informed by our near and distant past and the ever-changing needs of the community. Our strategic environment of Change and Continuity is required as we reflect on what we value and what remains relevant for College today. We continue to adapt to meet the needs of our students and staff as they learn together for the future. Our four themes of Motivation, Connection, Philanthropy and Sustainability allow this community to begin immediately, simply by being motivated, connected, philanthropic and sustainable in our thinking and behaviour. As the world begins to emerge from the challenges of Covid-19, we are all encouraged to look forward with renewed purpose and a sense of place. Christ’s College is doing just that. The celebration expressed through the contents of this wonderful magazine continues to reflect the boy we serve and a culture where we strive to allow each boy the opportunity to flourish from within, guided by some of the best programmes and teachers in New Zealand. Enjoy.

Garth Wynne Christ’s College Executive Principal

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HENRY EGLINTON 2020 College Dux

2020 was a year of success for Henry Eglinton, who carried off the Wacher Prize for Academic Head of School.

While the possibility of becoming Dux was often in the back of his mind throughout the year, his focus was on each test as it happened. “I broke it down to one test at a time and that way it takes a bit of pressure off. If you look at it in those proportions, it makes it easier. And it was really important to look past the occasional disappointing result. When you’ve slipped, it helps you to refocus and pick up your game. Sometimes it’s good to fail – it shows you what you need to work on.” Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics and English made up Henry’s courses, and he trialled different studying techniques, rather than just writing out notes. “It’s important to have a range of techniques to keep you interested. I found flashcards helped with active recall, and there are phone apps that you can use for 10 minutes of quick study here and there. Doing past papers is critical, too, and you can always get hold of those.” All the preparation in the world doesn’t equate to sitting an actual examination, and Henry concedes even though he is a calm character

there is always “a step up from in-class tests” and a brief moment of unease before he settles into a rhythm. “We’re very lucky here at College where the resources and the teachers are top-notch. I think people can surprise themselves when they aim high, work hard and give things a crack.” Henry’s year was diverse apart from the academic focus. He was a Chapel

Prefect and enjoyed being part of the prefect group. He got involved with the kapa haka group, took a “virtual” examination in Public Communication Skills for his ATCL from Trinity College London, was captain of the 2nd XI cricket team, played in the 2nd XI football side,

and played social basketball. In 2021 he will study Health

Sciences First Year at the University of Otago, “with the hope of doing medicine.” With both parents doctors, and countless relations working in the medical field, he thought briefly of doing something else, but his lifelong environment swayed his opinion.

“We’re very lucky here at College where the resources and the teachers are top-notch. I think people can surprise themselves when they aimhigh,work hard and give things a crack.” Henry Eglinton

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JOHN-PAUL LAY Organised, capable, accomplished

Head of Academic John- Paul Lay says Christ’s College more than lived up to his expectations. John-Paul was named 2020 runner-up to the Wacher Prize for Academic Head of School (Proxime Accessit), in a year he capped off with 13 examinations, eight of them Scholarship subjects. “It’s really nice recognition of something I was aiming for,” he says of his award. “College has given me so many opportunities, and fantastic teachers, who challenged me. I’ll always be grateful to them. Plus, opportunities to do so many different things. I’ve done a lot of music, sport – I went to the USA on a football tour in 2018 – and debating, and I’ve loved it all. And I’ve met some great guys who will be friends for life.” A well-recognised figure on campus, John-Paul made the most of everything on offer – his debating was legendary, his 1st XI football footwork dazzling – but says come Term 4,“I do tend to knuckle down.” “I’m pretty self-motivated and it hasn’t been difficult for me to do that, and with family and teachers pushing you along, that makes it feel real and something I’ve really wanted to do.” His studying methods involve “all day sessions” in the lead-up to exams.

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“You’ve got to want it, and first of all you have to knowwhat you want. You’ve got to set a realistic and achievable goal, and then from that goal, you can work out how you’re going to achieve it.” John-Paul Lay

STAR course at the University of Canterbury. He already has an A+ in this course and second year entry to Electrical Engineering relies upon him getting a good mark in his NCEA Level 3 Physics external. “I looked at Law, or doing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Physics, but I’ve become very interested in renewable energy, which is why I’m going to be doing Electrical Engineering. There are plenty of pathways to be involved with it, I think.” The future is looking very attractive to John-Paul, who says he’s excited to be going out and doing things at university.

“I have a system where I split up my day and do Sciences and Mathematics in the mornings, and Humanities and subjects requiring more analysis in the afternoons. It seems to work for me.” During term time he finds it useful to take handwritten notes in class. “It’s handy to be able to look back over them, but by the time exams come I’ve internalised it. Study varies from subject to subject, and with Science and Maths it’s often best to do practice papers; for English and Humanities, it’s about applying the content.” While taking the full load at College, John-Paul was also studying a first year Mathematics

“Meeting new people, taking on a bit more responsibility; College has been great, but it’s time to go.” And his advice to would-be Proxime Accessit candidates? “You’ve got to want it, and first of all you have to know what you want. You’ve got to set a realistic and achievable goal, and then from that goal, you can work out how you’re going to achieve it.”

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MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS Sportsmen of the Year

Zach May

love affair with the sport began when he was five and his father took him to Russley Golf Club. “By the time I was 10 or 11 I knew that I wanted to be a professional golfer as I just loved the game and there are so many different aspects of the sport.” Skilled at cricket and hockey as well, Zach had some hard decisions to make during his College life. “The time commitment meant I couldn’t continue to play both cricket and golf, so at the end of Year 11 I made the hard call, after representing the school in

the 1st XI and a very enjoyable tour to England and Singapore.” He credits the school environment with helping him hugely by both accommodating his golfing schedule and ensuring he kept up academically as well. “It was also incredible having John Quinn, my sports psychologist, come to Christ’s College in 2017, which allowed me to catch up regularly during the school week. Working with him on my mental skills for golf and other sports has been a massive factor in my success.”

Senior Sportsman of the Year He’s the Canterbury Junior Boys’ Golfer of the year, the Canterbury U19 Champion, and the winner of the New Zealand U19 Boys’ championship. Not surprisingly College’s senior sportsman of 2020 Zach May has his sights set on a professional golf career on an overseas tour – and an ultimate goal of becoming the number one player in the world. “I’m incredibly motivated to make that happen,” says Zach, whose

Zach May (front row, third from the left) with teammates after their win in the Canterbury Secondary Schools Premier League.

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“By the time I was 10 or 11 I knew I wanted to be a professional golfer as I just loved the game and there are so many different aspects of the sport.” Zach May


Hockey 2020 – Co-captain 1st XI, Cup for College’s Best Senior Player in 1st XI, 3rd place South Island secondary schools’ premiership hockey tournament, winners Canterbury secondary schools premier league competition. Cricket 2018 – College 1st XI cricket team, England and Singapore cricket tour. Golf 2020 – Winner NZ U19 Boys championships; Canterbury Men’s team – winners of New Zealand Men’s Interprovincial golf tournament; Canterbury Men’s team – South Island Interprovincial golf tournament; Canterbury Men’s junior golfer of the year; Canterbury Men’s Order of Merit, 2nd place; Canterbury Men’s U19 Order of Merit, 1st place; New Zealand Men’s Stroke Play, top 10 finish; New Zealand Men’s North Island U19 championships, 2nd place; Canterbury Men’s 4BBB championship, 1st place tied (with an individual score of 7 under par 65).

During his five years at College, Zach played golf, cricket and hockey to a representative level for Canterbury through various age group teams. He also represented College in the hockey and cricket 1st XI teams and was a member of the school golf team that competed in local and national secondary school competitions. He says particular highlights in 2020 were: • Winning the New Zealand Men’s Interprovincial with the Canterbury Men’s golf team in late November – for the first time in 20 years. • The College 1st XI hockey team winning the Canterbury secondary schools’ hockey championship – “It was a great way to finish five years of College 1st XI hockey, winning it three times as well as a Rankin Cup. College hockey is a great environment with awesome coaches, a well- run and managed progamme and has achieved success on the local and national stage.” • In December, winning the New Zealand U19 championship at Nga¯ ruawa¯ hia Golf Club by eight shots, finishing on 13 under for the tournament. 2021 was to have been spent in the United States on a golf scholarship, but Covid-19 has prevented that, and instead he will take a gap year. “I want to really focus on my golf and play a number of tournaments in New Zealand and, hopefully, Australia or Asia, if travel restrictions allow. Then, hopefully, I can go over to the US for College in 2022.”

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Nic Book

Junior Sportsman of the Year It may be in the genes, but Nic Book owes his success as 2020 Junior Sportsman of the Year to great personal determination, commitment and sheer hard work. As a Year 10 student in Corfe House, Nic managed to achieve very well in the classroom while proving an exemplary performer on the basketball and volleyball courts. The statuesque 15-year- old picked up volleyball at intermediate school, but credits a lifetime of basketball at home to his current accomplishments. In 2020 Nic was on the senior basketball team, the senior A volleyball team, the junior South Island volleyball team, and in the New Zealand U15 basketball squad; and while at the U15 nationals was selected for the tournament team. “Being part of the team winning the Thomson Trophy and the South Island tournament were among my biggest highlights,” he says. “My goal for 2021 is that I want us to win the basketball nationals – they were cancelled last year because of Covid – and I reckon we can compete with the best this time.” Nic’s father is Ed Book, who came to New Zealand from the USA 27 years ago and played for the Tall Blacks and in Nelson and Otago. He has coached Nic and his older siblings since they were tiny and it has been that spirit of competitiveness that has proven a driving force for Nic, particularly since he has been at College. “I like the competition of basketball and volleyball. I always enjoy that, whether I’m playing with a mate or a team, and I like the physicality of the sports. You’re always moving and having to think and do something.”

“My goal for 2021 is that I want us to win the school boys basketball nationals – they were cancelled last year because of Covid – and I reckon we can compete with the best this time.” Nic Book

Nic’s basketball idol is forward Anthony Davis of the LA Lakers, “A player whose game plays are similar to my own,” he says. Not surprisingly, he has his sights set on a basketball scholarship to the US, following in the footsteps of his sister who is studying at California State University at Fullerton near Los Angeles. Before then, however, there is much study to be completed at College, and Nic says he has managed to work out a schedule which allows him a balance of schoolwork, training, social life, sleep and having fun.

“Mostly it works,” he says. He also likes to play a bit of golf and enjoys gaming with his friends. His achievements in 2020 would not have been possible without the incredible support of his parents, Ed and Lisa, he says. “Dad coached my national teams, and Mum is always at the games.”

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PRIZE-GIVING 2020 Major Prize Winners

The Charles Upham Character Awards These awards celebrate character strengths in action in the classroom, around the school and in the community. Up to two awards are made in each year group. They are named after Old Boy Charles Upham, who was awarded the Victoria Cross & Bar during World War II. Charles Upham is recognised for his strengths of humility, courage, perseverance and leadership. To be eligible for this award, a student must have received a Character Award during the year (for students in Years 9–11), or a MANifesto Award (for students in Years 12 and 13).

John Wells Year 13 Character Award

and is kind and helpful. James sets high standards in all aspects of his school life and consistently upholds College virtues. Nont Prachuabmoh Year 12 Character Award Nont demonstrates great perseverance in his school life, along with honesty and teamwork. These are three of his top five character strengths. He is diligent in his studies and committed to a wide range of House and co-curricular activities. Matt Durant Year 13 Character Award Matt is very supportive of others and treats them with respect, in keeping with his character strength of empathy. He shows great integrity and commitment in all that he does. He is honest, helpful, hardworking and shows great perseverance. He is an excellent role model to younger students in his House and sporting life.

Finn McCormack-Young Year 9 Character Award

John shows perseverance as his top strength. He is a humble, quiet achiever who has shown leadership in athletics, along with great dedication to the highest standards in his athletics, rugby, and academic programmes.

Finn has taken to College life in his first year with great enthusiasm. He shows leadership and bravery in the way he throws himself into activities. Other strengths that he displays include self- regulation and perseverance.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award

Barnaby Stanton Year 10 Character Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is a youth achievement programme open to 14–24-year- olds. It challenges its participants across a wide range of skills and tasks. The Gold Award is a very fine achievement and the culmination of years of dedication and commitment.

Barnaby is of strong character and upholds College virtues in all that he does. He stands up for others, showing kindness and compassion. He has shown character in action in his service to the school in various ways, including the Round Square junior committee.

James Griffin Year 11 Character Award James has shown a quiet

Gold Awards Ben Davis

Dominic Edmond Connor Graham

determination, perseverance and humility. He is loyal to his peers,

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Citations from Deputy Principal Rob Donaldson

Nic Book

Junior Sportsman of the Year Nic’s top personal strengths include perseverance, teamwork and zest. These are very useful for a top sportsman. As a Year 10 student, Nic has already represented College in the Senior A teams for both his summer and winter sports. In volleyball, he was a member of the senior team, and also led the junior volleyball team to 6th place in the Canterbury championships and 7th in the South Island championships, where his skill and great teamwork saw him named in the tournament team. As a basketball player, he was a member of the winning Thomson Trophy Senior A side, as well as being a member of the Canterbury U15 side at nationals and named in the tournament team. From this he has been selected to attend the New Zealand U15 camp.

Zach May

Senior Sportsman of the Year Zach has represented College in three different sports, playing in the top school teams for cricket, golf and hockey. He finished his hockey career with 109 matches for the 1st XI, a national Rankin Cup title and runner-up in this prestigious tournament. This season he was co-captain of the College 1st XI team that won the Canterbury secondary schools premier league hockey competition. In golf, he was the Canterbury junior golfer of the year, top U19 player in Canterbury and 2nd in the Men’s Order of Merit. Nationally, he made the quarter-finals of the New Zealand Men’s Amateur Stroke Play championships, and debuted for the Canterbury Men’s Interprovincial team that won the national title for the first time in 20 years. He has been offered a US College Division One golf scholarship. Zach’s personal strengths include humility and perseverance. He has demonstrated these in his daily College life, along with excellent self-management. In doing so, he has been an outstanding role model for aspiring sportsmen.

Sam Averill

Executive Principal’s Prize for Service Leadership is Sam’s top character strength, which is appropriate for a Head of Boarding who has done an excellent job in this role. Sam was very proactive in establishing a plan for the student boarding experience in 2020. He did his best to help the boarders stay connected to College during their time away from school during Covid disruptions. He showed initiative in creating various boarding activities and doing his best to enhance the life of boarders. He was vice-captain of his cricket and football teams, and he coached junior players. He took part in tree planting and has been involved in other service outside of College. He has been on various school committees and was a very active member of his House in a range of activities. Sam has done all of this with great cheerfulness and a relaxed, calm manner.

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Ederick He

Executive Principal’s Prize for Service Ederick has given exemplary service to the school as Chapel Prefect, leader of the orchestra, member of the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum, and member of the Big Band. He was particularly effective in his role as College’s student representative at Synod, where he showed great maturity. In all of these, he has been totally reliable and dedicated, as well as respectful of others. He gave many hours of his time to the orchestra for Evita . He has also given service to his House, particularly through music, as well as to the community. Ederick has managed the many demands on his time with excellent judgement and self-regulation. He helps others willingly and selflessly. We thank him for his cheerful and positive service to the school.

Jamie Yee

Executive Principal’s Prize for Service Jamie’s top strengths include humour and the appreciation of beauty and excellence, and these have been evident in his service to the school. He loves to have fun and wants others to enjoy themselves too. This was evident in his organisation of Arts Week, in his capacity as Head of Arts & Culture, and in his entertaining addresses about cultural events at our weekly assemblies. He was a skilful and passionate member of the Senior A debating side and helped juniors to improve their debating skills. He has been heavily involved in drama productions, including Evita this year. He was involved in the Bicultural Committee and has given service to the community via the 2020 Shave for a Cure head shave, as well as Sony Camp. He has made a superb contribution to the life of the school.

Dominic Edmond

Executive Principal’s Prize for Service It is unusual for a Head Prefect to receive a service award, since service to the school is an integral part of his role. Dominic has gone above and beyond in his leadership role this year, however, and has made a huge contribution to the life of the school. During Covid disruptions his role was made more challenging, but he kept students connected by leading with ideas such as the Quarantine Cribs videos and virtual weekly assemblies. He advocated strongly for students and their ideas for improvement, many of which came from the Student Senate. He provided great service and enjoyment through his vocal efforts in contemporary and choral music, and he will be remembered for his outstanding drama contributions, including a scintillating performance as Ché in Evita this year. He has remained positive and optimistic at all times, in keeping with his strengths of hope and zest.

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Dominic Edmond

Head Prefect’s Prize and the Ormsby Medal Unsurprisingly, Dominic’s top character strength is leadership. He is a relaxed and approachable leader to whom the boys can relate. He has led the prefect group effectively and demanded high standards of them. He was an excellent role model for the boys in all aspects of his approach to College life, including his respectful treatment of others and his celebration of the positive. He was very effective in assemblies, where his messages to the boys were both inspiring and challenging, as he exhorted them to seek a brotherhood at College, where everyone is valued and respected. He has shown others how a busy and fulfilling life at College, with a balance of sport, culture, academic, spirituality and leadership, can be achieved. Dominic was awarded five scholarships to four universities and has decided to study health sciences at the University of Otago. We thank him for his fine leadership and wish him all the best for the future.

Ben Davis

Somes Prize for Outstanding Overall Contribution to the Arts and General Scholarship The appreciation of beauty and excellence is an appropriate top-five strength for the recipient of this award. Ben has a very good academic record and received a Gold Badge for his NCEA Level 2 results. He has given phenomenal service to the arts in so many ways. He was Head of Big Band, a member of the jazz combo, Deputy Head of the Chapel Choir, Head of Schola Cantorum and a member of the Arts & Culture committee. He has Grade 8 Singing with Distinction, and Grade 8 Speech and Drama with Honours. He has been awarded Honours Ties for drama, instrumental music and choral music. He has played a huge role in supporting drama productions, particularly as stage manager for the production of Evita this year. Ben has had various roles in 10 productions in his time at College, providing invaluable technical support as well as performance contributions. He has poured his heart into dramatic and musical endeavours. He is generous with his time and talent and has mentored younger students. Who can forget his contributions to House Music, where he displayed his musical talents in so many ways? We thank Ben for his outstanding contribution to the arts at College.

Angad Vraich

Maling Memorial Prize for Outstanding Service to the School One of Angad’s top strengths is social intelligence and this strength has been very evident in his impressive contributions to College life. Angad was Head of International & Round Square this year, after years of dedicated service to Round Square, including a role in the Research Schools International and Harvard Graduate School of Education Round Square research project on character attributes. He has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as to fostering global and bicultural competence among College students. Angad has also been very active in The College Project , the student-run podcast, which has featured an extraordinary range of interviews with high-profile New Zealanders. He was a member of the very successful Senior A debating side and has played basketball for College. He provided other service via involvement in Sony Camp, the Year 11 semi-formal, adjudicating House debating and mentoring junior debaters. Somehow, Angad has also found time to be heavily involved with St John, providing many hours of service to the community. He is an exceptional young man – hardworking, humble, diligent and decent – and we thank him for his selfless service to College and Christchurch.

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Fletcher Anderson

HM Chrystall Prize for All-round Merit in Sport and Scholarship Fletcher has a strong and consistent academic record. He is the recipient of a Gold Badge and has already achieved NCEA Level 3 with an Excellence endorsement, on internal results alone. He is diligent in his approach to his studies. His sporting credentials are also impressive. In rowing, he was in crews which won three gold medals at the 2018 Maadi Cup regatta, and at the 2019 Maadi, he won two silver medals. In rugby, he was a member of the 1st XV which reached the UC Championship final in 2018, and semi-finals in 2019. One of Fletcher’s top strengths is leadership. This year, he was an outstanding captain of the 1st XV. He also captained the New Zealand Barbarians XV. He was named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ rugby team. He has been offered a place in the four-year Crusaders Academy development programme. He has received rowing Colours, and two awards of rugby Colours. In addition, he has been Head of Condell’s House and very active in drama productions, including lead roles in two musicals. His performance in Evita this year was even more remarkable, given his gruelling rugby schedule. Furthermore, Fletcher is the recipient of two drama Honours Ties. This is testament to his commitment to a well-rounded education at College.

John-Paul Lay

Runner-up to the Wacher Prize for Academic Head of the School The recipient of this award, John-Paul, has love of learning, judgement and creativity among his top five strengths. John-Paul consistently demonstrates a determined and exemplary attitude towards his studies. He constantly seeks to expand and develop his critical thinking and knowledge. He has achieved exceptionally high academic standards at school and an A+ for his university mathematics STAR course. He has managed this whilst being involved in leadership as Head of Academic, as well as in an impressive array of co-curricular activities. These included captaining the Senior A debating team, adjudicating junior debating, orchestra, Evita , ATCL flute, Grade 8 piano, tennis and 1st XI football. John-Paul has been awarded three scholarships for the University of Canterbury, as well as the University of Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship. We have no doubt that he will be very successful in his future studies and we wish him all the best.

Henry Eglinton

Wacher Prize for Academic Head of the School Henry’s top strengths include love of learning, curiosity and perseverance. These seem most apt for the dux of the school. Henry has achieved NCEA results at the highest level. His teachers have commented on his thoroughness, the depth and breadth of his insights, and his strong commitment to his studies. Henry has been an impressive scholastic role model for his peers through his diligence, determination and humility. He has managed this despite a busy school schedule. He performed his prefect duties as Chapel Prefect very reliably and has been involved in cricket as captain of the 2nd XI, as well as in basketball, football, speech and drama, and kapa haka. In all aspects of his school life, he has upheld College virtues in an exemplary manner. He has been awarded an Otago University High Distinction Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship. Henry (Nga¯ ti Raukawa) aims to study medicine at Otago and thereafter make a contribution to the improvement of Ma¯ori health. We wish him all the best for his aspirations.

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2020 Senior prize-giving

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Christ’s College Interhouse Competition Trophy 2020 The trophy goes to the House which has amassed the most points in interhouse competitions, both sporting and cultural. This was won in 2020 by Julius House. Corfe House placed second and Harper House placed third.

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CELEBRATING OUR 2021 University Scholarships

Congratulations to the Year 13 students who were offered university scholarships for tertiary study in 2021.

Matthew Gibb Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship Zach Gimblett Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Excellence Scholarship

Liam Adams AUT School Leaver Scholarship

John An UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence University of Otago Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship George Anderson UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence Sam Averill Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Excellence Scholarship Rohan Baird UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence University of Canterbury School Leavers Scholarship Hamish Bell Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship Ben Davis UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Jarrad Hill Otago Maori Entrance Scholarship

Tom Jones Victoria University Tangiwai School Leavers Scholarship for Excellence UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Excellence Scholarship Lachy Kitchen Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Excellence Scholarship William Koko Victoria University Totoweka School Leavers Scholarship Andrew Kwak Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship Fergus Laing UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence John-Paul Lay Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence University of Canterbury Horomata Emerging Leaders Scholarship University of Canterbury Engineering Top Scholars Award Robbie McKeown UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence Henry Mossman Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Excellence Scholarship

Cormac Dods Lincoln Matauraka Scholarship

Jack Drage UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence University of Canterbury College of Business and Law First Year Excellence Scholarship Lincoln University Elite Sports Scholarship

Dominic Edmond Victoria University Tangiwai School Leavers Scholarship for Excellence

UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence University of Canterbury Horomata Emerging Leaders Scholarship Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Excellence Scholarship University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship Henry Eglinton Otago High Distinction Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Ben Evans UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Charlie Owens Waikato University Ko Te Tangata School Leavers Scholarship

UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Excellence Scholarship

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Eden Pidgeon UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence Ben Pownall Victoria University Tangiwai School Leavers Scholarship for Excellence

Tom Vincent UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence Angad Vraich Otago Performance Entrance Scholarship John Wells UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence Jamie Yee Victoria University Tangiwai School Leavers Scholarship for Excellence Ben Young Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship

Liam Pratt Lincoln University Rugby Scholarship William Simcock Otago Maori Entrance Scholarship

Tom Tothill UC Hiranga Scholarship for Academic Excellence Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Excellence Scholarship

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LEADERSHIP 2021 Head and Deputy Head Prefects

Jack Belcher Head Prefect

saxophone lessons, the Big Band and the Chapel Choir. “I think I have a pretty good underlying work ethic in the things that I do and I’m willing to work hard. At the same time, I’m always open to trying new things – taking up the sax in Year 9 was one of those things. I like talking to new people; getting to know people who may be a bit different to me. It’s good to give everything a go. “I like being busy and having something on after school to break up study. I do have to be pretty organised in planning what I’m doing – you really see the effects of it if you’re not.” Jack’s advice to younger boys starting at College is to try new things. “It’s certainly changed the person I’ve become. Having taken the chance to go and learn the saxophone and join the choir has opened me up to a whole new world of music. I appreciate it so much. I believe that you if you just keep trying new things, you’ll eventually find your passion. So many people go through school, do the subjects everyone does and then just end up not knowing where they want to go.” Jack is hoping to turn his love of sciences to good use and is aiming to study medicine at the University of Otago. “I love with the sciences how you can always go deeper and there’s

always more to find out. For example, we take our bodies for granted, but it’s really fascinating to find out how complex the systems are that make them work. “When we look at our future, and the issues we have today such as climate change, the cause is science related and the solution will stem from science as well. I just think it’s really interesting.”

Character and values are as important to Jack Belcher as the subjects he learns at school. “They’re lessons you’ll take into whatever field you go into; they’re lessons for life. For me, respect probably underpins them all because you need respect for yourself, for others, for the environment, for property. It touches on every level of what we do. And other values, such as compassion and empathy, come out of respect.” With that in mind, Jack wants to ensure that his tenure as Head Prefect is marked by being really friendly and interacting with everyone. “Jamie (Deputy Head Prefect) and I want to bring a really positive attitude. We don’t want there to be a distance between us and the rest of the school. We’re not standalone roles; we’re a team who lead an even bigger team of prefects. The more tight-knit we can be, the more we can achieve as a group.” Jack clearly doesn’t shy from the hard work of juggling his busy schedule. His academic studies embrace a demanding mix of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English and DVC, while away from the classroom he’s occupied with representing the school in cricket and rugby. Then there are the

“ I believe that if you just keep trying new things, you'll

eventually find your passion. ” Jack Belcher

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Jamie Barr Deputy Head Prefect

and realising that I might not be able to manage everything. Just because I have football at night, it doesn’t mean I’m going to miss my prep. I can do it all, if I’m organised, and I know what I’m doing in my week. I like being on top of everything, then I find it easy to manage.” Jamie agrees with Jack that it can be hard to step out of your comfort zone but his advice is to try new things, meet new people, and make connections across the whole school. “The best way I found to do that was to get involved in as much as you can because there’s so much on offer here. You can meet friends through classes, through sport and other activities. If you’re involved as much as you can, you’re going to meet a lot of new boys. The best experience is when you have so many different relationships in so many different areas of the school. Try and connect with the older boys, because they will respond if you make that effort.” In his new role, Jamie wants to demonstrate that approach by

being involved with all the year groups across the school. “I don’t want to be a person who just stands there delegating. I want to engage with the boys, be a role model, make new friends and build new relationships with a wide range of boys. In my eyes, a successful leader is having the respect of the people you’re trying to lead or be a role model for – then they will cooperate and relate to you because you open yourself up to them. There’s no point in trying to be this perfect boy but not making it relatable. You’ve got to be a relatable person and be yourself.” This year Jamie is studying an interesting mix of Accounting, Economics, Statistics, History and Drama, together with playing football for school and Ferrymead Bays, cricket, and being in the Chapel Choir. This year, Jamie is also sitting his ATCL in Speech and Drama. During the summer you’ll find him surfing at every possible opportunity in Sumner, where he lives, or mountain biking on Godley Head. In winter, he enjoys skiing.

Jamie likes to take on every new opportunity that comes his way; it’s part of who he is. But, he recognises that it can come at a cost, so he’s learnt the value of balance. “One thing I live by is trying to keep a perfect balance. Everything in moderation. I involve myself in so much, but I only do that because I know that the balance of what I do is going to keep me happy and keep me wanting to come back because of the different experiences I have all the time. For me, balance is better than focusing too hard on one thing because it can narrow your options down. Do lots of different things, meet new people. “I’ve worked out that that’s my favourite way to live. “I sometimes have periods where I find that I’m actually too under the pump, but I think I’ve become quite good at slowing things down

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ACADEMIC Trio of outstanding College scholars

NZQA Scholarship Awards for 2020

2020 NCEA Results In NCEA, Christ’s College boys consistently out-perform students in other decile 8–10 schools, with results that are well above national averages. All College students in each year group sit NCEA. Below is a comparison of the Excellence endorsements for Christ’s College compared with other decile 10 boys’ schools nationwide. In 2020, College boys gained 49 Scholarships, including seven achieved by current students who sat the high-level exams in Year 11 or Year 12. Three College boys – John-Paul Lay, Matthew Gibb and Henry Eglinton – achieved remarkable results. John- Paul was named a Premier Award winner and also won the Top Subject Scholar Award for Chemistry, while both Henry Eglinton and Matthew Gibb were named Outstanding Scholar Award winners. John-Paul was recognised as one of the top 12 students in New Zealand for 2020.

Congratulations to those students who gained NZQA Scholarship in 2020.

John-Paul Lay NZQA Premier Award English (Outstanding), Chemistry (Outstanding) (Top Scholar), Physics, Statistics, Calculus, Media Studies (Outstanding), History, Classical Studies Matthew Gibb Outstanding Scholar Award English, Chemistry (Outstanding), Physics, Statistics, Calculus, History, Physical Education & Health (Outstanding) Henry Eglinton Outstanding Scholar Award English (Outstanding), Biology, Chemistry, Statistics (Outstanding) Dominic Edmond English, Biology, Drama Callum Hackston English, Geography Thomas Jones English, Physical Education & Health Andrew Kwak Biology, Chemistry Charles Owens English (Outstanding), History

Jamie Yee English, Drama Fletcher Anderson Drama Robert Baird Biology Bruce Chen Technology Charlie Chubb English Isaac Heap English Eden Pidgeon Biology Daniel Qi Economics William Simcock English George Simpson English Claude Tellick Geography Thomas Tothill Chemistry Angad Vraich Biology John Wong Painting Futian Zhou Technology


LEVEL 1 38.4%

LEVEL 2 37.7%

LEVEL 3 28.2%

All decile 10 boys’ schools

LEVEL 1 29%

LEVEL 2 28.4%

LEVEL 3 20.8%


LEVEL 1 20.8%

LEVEL 2 17.6%

LEVEL 3 17.6%

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ACADEMIC The Christ’s College Diploma tailor-made for success

Amore tailored academic programme that better supports boys’ academic abilities along with their wellbeing, and recognises a range of student achievements, will be introduced with the new Christ’s College Diploma.

College benchmark in learning – replacing NCEA Level 1 – over two years. Assistant Principal – Curriculum Nicole Billante explains that the new College Diploma creates a smoother path to higher achievement by recognising all elements of school life. “The Christ’s College Diploma will lead to greater opportunities for everyone and improve the boys’

preparations for their final College years – and beyond,” she says. “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to achievement, so we have tailored the College Diploma to better suit each boy’s interests, ability and skill set. “Extensive research shows the learning needs of boys, particularly around ways to engage and motivate them, how they are assessed, and the way we give them feedback, all impacts on their overall school experience. “The new Diploma recognises that need, providing greater flexibility and supporting boys to achieve even more in their post-College lives.” Students will be recognised for their achievements in academic engagement, taha Ma¯ori, character and leadership, community and service, discovery and challenge, global citizenship and sustainable futures. “We want to reward holistic achievement while still acknowledging those high academic achievers in our College community,” Nicole says. While the Gold Diploma with Academic Honours acknowledges the top students, high-achieving students across different elements will also be awarded different colours.

From 2022, boys in Years 10 and 11 will be able to achieve the new

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focused on the boys’ wellbeing and pathways to success,” Nicole says. While the Diploma will be introduced next year, boys now in Year 10 will benefit from the “ethos of the programme – with a few adjustments – in 2022”. The Centre for Teaching Excellence & Research has established a working relationship with the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of Auckland to review the Diploma and engage in possible future research around our curriculum development.

“ The Christ’s CollegeDiplomawill lead to greater opportunities for everyone and improve the boys’preparation for their final College years –and beyond .” Nicole Billante

“However the beauty of the design is that those boys who have clear passions, interests and academic goals can specialise and deepen their learning at several points along the Diploma journey.” The College Diploma will deliver core courses in the main subjects, along with NCEA Level 2 preparation courses. The range of exploration courses provides the opportunity to discover new avenues of learning and help formulate possible career plans. “The College Diploma appreciates the need for a tailored approach to learning amid an ever-changing environment while staying

Nicole says College staff have been poring over extensive research, and gradually building the comprehensive new progamme. “We all believe that the Christ’s College Diploma opens the door to greater ‘subject taster’ options to help find a path to the right career while lessening the intense load of ongoing internal and external assessment that can weigh on mental health,” she says. “It is also clear that any student having to make a subject choice too early can severely limit their future options. With the Christ’s College Diploma, they can make a more informed decision without all the pressure to ‘choose’ a subject.

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ACADEMIC Poisson-Frites at Akaroa

A lunch of fish and chips eaten “en plein air” was “de rigueur” for the advanced French class on their trip to Akaroa inMarch. But sadly, thanks to Covid, there were no French tourists to chat to while they ate, unlike last year. Three languages, three cultures and three different perspectives come together in the Banks Peninsula seaside village, and the class embraced it all on their day-long intensive. “The history of any place is always multi-faceted, multi-layered and often violent, and Akaroa is no exception,” says French teacher Susan Harding – who, along with a direct descendant of 1800s pioneer Francois Etienne LeLievre, acquainted the boys with Akaroa’s colonisation and key sites. “It was wonderful to have a local share her extensive knowledge and to tell us about the local iwi in a respectful and sensitive manner,” says Susan. The group learnt about Te Rauparaha’s raid at Takapu¯ neke, the capture and subsequent murder of paramount chief Te Maiharanui and the destruction of his people, why the site is sacred, and plans for its future. “We also viewed the site of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the South Island. The O¯ nuku Church was a highlight, and we were surprised to discover that the Akaroa Deed of 1856 was signed just outside the current Bruce apartments.”

Callum Hackston and Claude Tellick enjoying some poisson-frites (fish and chips).

“ We were set different locations to find, either signs in French or significant locations such as the Catholic Church or the lighthouse. It’s a lot of fun to be let loose so to speak, and discover your way around such a cool little town .” CallumHackston

Year 13 student Callum Hackston, says the best part of the day for him was the scavenger hunt around Akaroa. “We were set different locations to find, either signs in French or significant locations such as the Catholic Church or the lighthouse. It’s a lot of fun to be let loose so to speak, and discover your way around such a cool little town.”

He says he didn’t fully appreciate how significant Akaroa and the surrounding harbour was to New Zealand. “This is both in terms of the French colony that was set up in the area, but also from a bicultural perspective. Onuku, just over the hill, is the only place in the South Island where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.”

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