College – Issue 41

THE QUADRANGLE Building up College trio to succeed

A jump-start in mechanical engineering at Christ’s College has driven a trio of talented Old Boys to engineer diverse careers. Fearghus Bratten (14937), George Fulton (14568) and Henry Wells (15195) believe a positive push from technology teacher Gavin Love has helped propel all three along promising – and productive – pathways.

“I love solving problems, as well as improving my understanding of how the

world around us functions.” Fearghus Bratten

Chris Sellars to scope out potential pathways,” he says. “Throughout Years 12 and 13, I became very keen on following an engineering or aviation path. This was mostly due to the Mechanical Engineering classes. I enjoyed having a practical class which imparted realistic knowledge on what our future work environment would look like. “The Physics Department also provided me with very solid foundations of Physics understanding, which is essential in my case.”

Fearghus Bratten For 18-year-old Fearghus, the College experience has helped guide his plans, steer his aspirations and enhance his determination to succeed. Fearghus, who is in his first year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), majoring in Maritime, at AUT, cites both Gavin Love and Physical Education Head of Department and head rowing

coach Henry Smith as his most “inspiring teachers”. He believes that rowing for Christ’s College “allowed me to realise what it takes to obtain success and proved helpful in developing a good work ethic”. “My time at College allowed me to get a decent idea of what I wanted to do – from chats with Old Boys in different professions to having meetings with Careers Advisor

Fearghus, who left College last year, plans to become a

professional engineer, but realises his specialty may change in tandem with his aspirations.

Christ’s College Canterbury


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