College – Issue 41

GARTH WYNNE From our Executive Principal

I would not have imagined that my words would again be flavoured by the New Zealand experience of the Covid-19 pandemic. I had been expecting to be living in a community which was Covid-free or already living with the virus. Alas, neither has played out. College again finds itself navigating a second lockdown, online learning and a co-curricular season punctuated by change. When trying to look at the positives of the past 18 months, I have come to realise that in some ways our graduating class is perhaps the most well prepared for post-school destinations, with recorded lectures and the associated technology-driven engagement the norm. I have also sensed that our boys have missed the ‘old normal’ – the helter-skelter of a school day where lunchtime games with their mates complement Chemistry experiments or the contemplation of fiction in an English classroom or the tap of a hammer in the Design and Technology workshop.

As reflected in this publication, College has continued to provide boys with opportunities to come to their best. The path may have changed course, but thanks to the quality of our teachers, the pastoral care and the persistence and flexibility of the boys themselves, much has been achieved. Over the past six months, I have reminded us how fortunate we are. One can only surmise that we, in the South Island, will again be well-positioned to respond and adapt to an uncertain future. These times ask College boys to consider the outcome they hope to achieve and ensure that this takes into account their aspirations. Life often reminds us all that there is no perfect way, just the way one plans, the way one responds to change and the consequent journey itself. College also faces its own journey but always based on the life of a boy – shown here in the stories and pictures of our lives together.

Garth Wynne Christ’s College Executive Principal

Christ’s College Magazine Issue 41, Winter 2021

Director of Advancement: Claire Sparks +64 3 364 6803

College Magazine Writers: Jocelyn Johnstone Martine Cusack Graphic Designer: Kay Robson-Thomas +64 3 364 8655

Front cover: Artwork from the new College Diploma

Change of Address: Admissions Registrar

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Printing : Caxton

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