Ethan Jones – Year 11, Richards House Zest, Bravery
Having an older brother at College definitely made the transition easier for Ethan, who came to school this year from Mount Hutt College, and is prop for the rugby 1st XV. He loves taking on new things, involving himself and stepping forward. “Even if it doesn’t work out right, it’s still good to do it. It helps build up mental strength and it makes you try hard.” Ethan has already joined the kapa haka group, relishing the new routines and material; he’s getting to know his House members; and he’s working hard academically. Mathematics and Materials Technology are his favourites, and an American oak-topped hallway table is his current project. He sees his future in engineering. Jack Hansen-Ratter – Year 9, Condell’s House Love, Humour For Jack, the most daunting part of starting at College was finding his way around the school. “The school was massive, compared to what I was used to.” However, with help from his House members, he soon learnt the layout and within a few weeks, felt at home. Jack finds College has a lot on offer and because he likes to be involved, he’s grabbing every chance. The keen tennis and rugby player has found his niche, and is finding Drama and Mathematics to his liking. Getting the balance right takes concentration and organisation – that and having fun in the House. “I like the House spirit; they all give it everything.”
Hugo Helmore – Year 10, School House Leadership, Social Intelligence
Hugo’s transition from Hawke’s Bay to boarding House life was made easier by having big brother George already ensconced. However, he has carved his own niche – willing, friendly, and keen to get stuck into everything. He’s a force, particularly with the international boys, and says learning how to make everyone work together is a skill he’s constantly honing. He’s into clay target shooting this year and loves the elements of working as a team and performing under pressure. So keen, in fact, that he has introduced four of his House peer group to the sport. “Staying calm is the key,” he advises. Hugo is in the Junior A Volleyball team. Academically, he enjoys the Sciences and History.
College Issue 41 2021
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