Register 2019


As a community, Somes House celebrates more than just interhouse results, we also recognise activities and achievements outside the House. This year College introduced classroom character awards, which identify character strengths students use in their classwork. Hamish Bell, James Currie, Ederick He, George Hudson, William Law, Tom McFarlane, Reuben Oh, Joe Pfahlert, and Alex Stead each gained these awards. In recognition of academic success in 2018, Charlie Owens was awarded a Gold Badge for Year 11, and Matias Biraben-Clough, Alex Hemens, Luke Murch and Nate Wain were awarded Gold Badges for Year 12. Jordy Annand and Nicholas Lidstone received Gold Ties and Gold Buttons for meeting Gold Badge criteria for two successive years, and for being in our top five Year 12 academics in 2018. Talented musicians Andrew Welsh and James Drury were selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra. Andrew was also selected for the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra, gained distinction in his grade 7 examination, placed first in the U19 solo percussionist competition at the Big Bang, and was awarded a UC scholarship for percussion in the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra for 2020. James enjoyed success at the Christchurch instrumental competition, passed his violin grade 8 examination with distinction, and horn grade 7 with merit. On stage, Matias Biraben-Clough appeared in the Year 13 production The Arsonists ; Sam Kirby, Ethan Manera and Charlie Owens were involved in the Year 12 production

Lord of the Flies ; Ciaran Huntley, William Law, Joe Pfahlert and Jacob Clements were in junior production The Frogs ; and Reuben Oh was in junior production High School Musical 2 . James Currie had a mammoth swimming year after being selected to represent New Zealand at the Australian State Nationals. After success at College and Canterbury events, he gained bronze and silver at New Zealand age group championships, reaching the finals in his eight events. At the national secondary schools’ championships he gained national titles in U15 200m and 100m breaststroke, as well as three other podium finishes. Jasper Moss and Jordy Annand both gained first places at the Canterbury secondary schools’ athletics championships, with Alex Hemens and Nate Wain also making the podium. Jasper repeated his success at the South Island championships, while Jordy gained a number of second placings. They also competed at the New Zealand secondary schools’ athletics championships in Wellington. Fin Smith, Liam Alexander and Abe McArthur were in multiple crews that achieved podium finishes at the Maadi Cup rowing regatta. Liam gained two golds and one silver, Fin two silvers, and Abe one silver. Jacob Clements claimed gold and bronze at the junior Canterbury surf life saving championships, then teamed with Sam Chittock in the College senior water polo team that came second at the South Island championships, following their second place in the Canterbury competition.

Housemaster: Craig Aitken Assistant Housemasters:

Emma Bracken, Nick Coxon, Steve Everingham, Chris Hill (Terms 1 and 2), Tom Hawkins

Head of House: Fin Smith Deputy Head of House: Jordy Annand

House Prefects: Matias Biraben- Clough, Alex Hemens, James Larkin, Nicholas Lidstone, Luke Murch, Matthew O’Connor, Nate Wain, Luke Zhou, Ben Zwarst Well, we won the Interhouse Competition Trophy for 2019 – a great result for the effort and commitment the whole House showed over the year. You cannot win by relying on a few; you need everyone. At the House Dinner, I talked about the book The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle and how he describes building belonging to create culture. According to Coyle there are three cues for belonging: being part of a group, recognising the group is special because it has high standards, and the belief that you can reach those standards. We have high standards in Somes House, a strong sense of belonging, and pride, respect and commitment in everything we do. Culture is not something you are – it is something you do.


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