College – Issue 41

Jack Smith – Year 12, School House Kindness, Humour, Honesty

He’s the hooker for the 1st XV, is into athletics – especially field events like the hammer throw – and he’s 100% immersed in College life. Jack considers coming south from Hawke’s Bay for his secondary education was a great call and remembers how some of the older boys helped him settle into House life. That’s why he likes to try to mentor younger guys, especially when the routines can be challenging. Having fun, and always trying to stay positive is part of his personality. He’s keen on the Sciences and English and is considering veterinary science, or sports science or management in the future. However, first he’s looking forward to Year 13 in 2022 with all its surprises and challenges.

Benji Nation – Year 10, School House Leadership, Zest, Teamwork

For Benji, it’s all about sport and making the most of the many opportunities and leadership roles provided by College. A dual College representative in the top U15 rugby and cricket teams, the multi-talented halfback/batsman- wicketkeeper never ceases to be amazed by all that is on offer in and outside the classroom. “At College, I have loved the chance to build relationships, make lifelong friends and gain the skills to take me much further in life.” From a farming family in Marlborough, Benji also enjoys hunting and fishing. Arriving at College, Benji never knew that he could choose from so many subjects, including three Sciences. “I hope to really go somewhere with my sport, develop my skills, and be ready to face different situations when I walk through the College gates for the last time.”

Baxter Lamberg – Year 10, Harper House Kindness, Prudence, Judgement

After being daunting at the outset, Baxter’s introduction to College went very well and he quickly found the place “really welcoming”. One of just four boys from Cobham Intermediate, he soon learnt how to make friends, juggle the workload and meet the demands. Now two years in, he finds the place “runs really well, but it can be pretty scary; it’s like a big machine from the outside, but once you get in and learn how it works, it’s great”. Next year the College Diploma will be his challenge, with Drama, Digital Technology, History, and two Sciences his choices first up. Baxter enjoys cricket and football, plays the piano and belongs to the chess club. He’s keeping his options open for the future.

Christ’s College Canterbury


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