College – Issue 41

NEWS & EVENTS School bell rings for Callum

After nearly five years teaching at Christ’s College, Callum Bell is heading back to his old alma mater, Kaiapoi High School. The Master-in-Charge of Psychology and residential tutor and Assistant Housemaster of School House has accepted a role establishing Psychology at Kaiapoi, where he completed his own secondary education. “The first time I ever saw College was attending a Year 12 Leadership Day in 2010 and being taken aback by the grounds – it was certainly like no school I’d seen before, or since.”

He came back to do a student placement in 2016 and joined the staff the next year, first in Biology, then General Science and, in 2020, establishing Psychology. “I knew that College achieved excellent academic outcomes for students, so it was always my goal to soak up as much of the curriculum knowledge as I could.” There have been stand-out one- off experiences in his College career, such as the 2018 language/ culture tour to Japan, with Steve Everingham and the senior Japanese language students, but Callum says the best experiences have come “through working at the coalface with students”.

“The context is really irrelevant; when your whole job consists of working with young people, you’re always going to be in for a fun time. It’s the incidental things, stories from the classroom, the sidelines at sports games, the boarding House – it’s the day-to-day experiences that leave the greatest impression – that’s what I’ll miss.”

Eoin maintains College standards

On his arrival in 2015, Eoin Cook completed earthquake strengthening in Jacobs House and the Science block and over the next few years he undertook engineering and electrical work including sets for College productions, making and repairing gates, and fitting steel beams in the pool. Eoin left College in early September and is now back in the construction sector.

College Issue 41 2021


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