I would like to especially thank Deputy Chair Hugh Lindo for his sustained work in this area over the last 10 years. Fine-tuning of our investments is underway, and we anticipate a balanced portfolio that will provide both a predictable distribution and capital growth over time. Our capital campaign ended mid-year having raised just over $3 million, a significant sum in a very crowded post-earthquake scene. My personal thanks to all our parents and Old Boys who made a pledge towards new health, wellbeing and sports facilities. What we learnt from this campaign, which fell short of our ambitious target of $7.5 million for the new facility on Cranmer Square, is that we have failed to connect well enough with our wider Old Boy community to build the sort of loyalty that produces significant gifts. Our revamped Advancement team have taken that on board and have a sophisticated programme of work ahead that should set us up well for future capital campaigns, building on strong, meaningful connections with our alumni and wider networks of friends and supporters. Meanwhile, we are preparing to develop more modest indoor sports
facilities at the far end of Upper, which will help take the pressure off our gym and provide much needed basketball courts. I would like to thank all members of the Board for their unwavering support of College and for me as Chair over these last four years. We have had a very full agenda and it has been an honour and privilege to serve as your Chair. During the year we welcomed Gillian Simpson to the Board. Gillian really needs no introduction, having become a national treasure in her own right, most recently as the principal of St Margaret’s College. Peter Davie will complete his term as a CCOBA nominee early next year, as he prepares for a great marine adventure with Wendy and family. Peter, thank you for your guiding hand and your wise counsel, especially on important matters such as capital projects and insurance. I would also like to acknowledge Garth and Annie for their tireless work over the year and throughout my time as Chair. To those of you who have won prizes and awards, on behalf of the Board I congratulate you on your achievements.
To those of you finishing your time at College, thank you to you and your parents for being part of the Christ’s College community. I know you will look back with affection and pride on your time here. Be great ambassadors for what we have to offer and we look forward to tracking your progress in the years ahead.
My advice to our senior leavers is:
• Be curious – we live in a fascinating world
• Be true to yourself and hold dear our core Christian virtues • Stick up for what is right – call out bad behaviour and hate speech • Make a difference – take leadership opportunities whenever they are offered • Give something back – think about how you can use your time and talent to support future students at College as well as the wider community In the meantime, on behalf of the Board of Governors I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. No reira, te¯na¯ koutou, te¯na¯ koutou, te¯na¯ tatou katoa
Dr Ian Town Chair
Register 2018 Leadership
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