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Fiti Sa, Cameron McCarthy and Jayden Sa won the Division 2 Canterbury secondary schools’ volleyball competition, before coming second in the Canterbury satellite volleyball tournament. Henry Lassen and George Nehoff were successful in the South Island secondary schools’ shooting championships, with George shooting 59/60 in the points score event to place second. Nic Shearer represented Canterbury in the U16 touch team, Cormac Dods was in the Canterbury Metro U16 black rugby team, Thomas Clarke was in the Canterbury 15A hockey team, and Cameron McCarthy in the Canterbury Metro White basketball team. If you ever needed inspiration to rebound following a setback, let Nicholas Lidstone show what is possible. Nicholas was selected to represent New Zealand in the U19 cricket tour to Bangladesh, but following the Christchurch terror attack the tour was cancelled. He then had to undergo hip surgery, missing his final hockey season for College and the start of the cricket season in Term 4. At this time, he became assistant coach of the Canterbury U18 women’s hockey team. Once through rehab, he attended a New Zealand U18 hockey development camp, and on his return to cricket was selected to captain the U19 Canterbury team for a national tournament and to play for the Canterbury A men’s team. A growth mindset is all about how you respond to challenges, and Nicholas has shown great strength in staying positive through adversity. Open interhouse competitions The year began in a great fashion, with both personal and House successes in the swimming sports and on Athletics Day. In swimming, Somes House was third overall and third in the medley cup competition. Jacob Clements came second in the junior championship and James Currie first equal in the

intermediate championship. James set records in the 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke. In athletics, we came second overall, first in the relays and seventh in non-championship events. We had a particularly strong senior team, reflected in our 4x400m relay team of Matias Biraben-Clough, Nicholas Lidstone, Fin Smith and Ben Zwarst closing out the day with a win in the final event. A highlight was Jordy Annand claiming the senior championship title. Along with Jordy’s success, Liam Alexander, Jack Belcher, Matias Biraben-Clough, Dominic Croucher, James Drury, Alex Hemens, Sam Kirby, Nicholas Lidstone, Fiti Sa, Jayden Sa and Fin Smith also gained podium finishes. In addition, we had a great effort from our non-championship athletes, and the determination and persistence of our boys in those events ultimately bring the House equal rewards. Term 1 concluded with House Music, and another outstanding effort across the House to learn “The Boys are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy. Nate Wain took on the conducting role, and the backing band of Tom Clarke, Jacob Clements, Nicholas Lidstone, James Luxon and Jack Thelning placed third in their category. The small group of Jack Belcher, James Currie, Shyam Hari, Eric Kuo, William Law, Nicholas Lidstone, Nate Wain and Andrew Welsh performed “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, which was a highlight. Liam Alexander, Jack Belcher, Matias Biraben-Clough, Dominic Croucher, Koen Jager and Cameron McCarthy cracked the top ten for their age groups in the cross country, in which we gained seventh overall and fourth in the Top 5 competition. With few regular golfers in the House, our golf team managed eighth, while the table tennis and chess teams reached the semi-finals. Our House Plays crew presented No More, Mister Nice Guy , picking up an audience award for their performance. At the end of Term 3, our badminton team of Koen Jager, Luke Murch, Matthew O’Connor and Charlie Owens

came first on countback, on the same day our junior debating team claimed our second victory, and in Term 4, everything seemed to come up golden! Our clay bird shoot team of Cormac Dods, Henry Lassen, George Nehoff, Harry Trolove and Ben Zwarst made House history by winning the event for the first time. They shot 167 from a possible 180, with George scoring 60/60 to claim top shooter. In the last competition of the year, our junior teams reached the finals of the junior tug of war, with Year 9 coming second and Year 10 first. Senior interhouse competitions Our cricket team suffered without Nicholas Lidstone, but we reached the semi-finals for volleyball, basketball, debating, squash and tennis. The basketball, led by Thomas Clarke and Cameron McCarthy, could have gone our way in the final minute being only one point behind, while the debating team of James Currie, Luke Murch, Charlie Owens, Fin Smith, Angad Vraich and Nate Wain engaged in probably the most amusing series of debates I have seen. The hockey team worked effectively to make the final. One goal each from Fin Smith and Liam Alexander, plus two from Matias Biraben-Clough took us to a 4–3 lead in the final minutes, but Flower’s House scored to level the match and take it to golden goal. We had our chance, Flower’s did not miss theirs. With the winter sports festival weekend washed out, a futsal competition was arranged – and proved a great way to finish the senior interhouse competition. Led by Fin Smith and Caleb Manson, we got past Rolleston House in the first round, before going to penalty golden goal in the semi-final. We got the win, and then defeated Condell’s House 3–1 in the final, with goals from Fin Smith, Caleb Manson and Jordy Annand. Junior interhouse competitions Our junior teams were often able to get into the semi-finals, before meeting opposition that got the upper hand. This happened in tennis, volleyball, basketball, hockey, squash and futsal. In the volleyball semi-final, led by Jayden Sa, we made a great comeback


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