Register 2020

Rolleston House proud in the semi- final and while we did not take the win there was great support from the House and cheering for the team regardless. Singing and rehearsals were high on the agenda in the lead up to House Music. It was a fantastic event on the night and great to be back in the Town Hall. The Rolleston House Choir wholeheartedly sang the classic song “Hooked on a Feeling”, with George Lill putting his heart into his role as conductor, ably supported by the backing band of Ethan Grant, Oscar Aynsley, Tim Stewart and Josh Ford. Controversially, we did not get a mention on the night, but if the Rolleston House community had had a vote, the boys would have definitely taken the win! Over the course of the term, the Year 13 students organised a 2v2 football competition in the Rolleston courtyard, which culminated in an exciting final match. Following a pre-match barbecue, the national anthems were played and the action began. Shakira featured at half-time and enthusiasm was high. With points lost when the ball went over the fence, it was a tight competition. In the end, Alistair Morgan and Robbie McKeown took the win against Yngve Jordan and Harrison Lund. It was a great initiative by the seniors to organise such a competition that brought the House together and fostered Rolleston spirit. Term 3 saw House basketball, badminton, hockey and chess, which were played and supported with enthusiasm by the Rolleston boys. Following tradition, the focus continued to be on participation, and while the boys did not always get the win, it was a great chance for everyone to get involved and have fun. A number of boys were also involved as cast or crew in the school production of Evita . It was great to see them finally have the chance to perform after many months of disrupted preparation and it proved to be an amazing show well worth the wait.

The presentation of Honours Ties at the end of the term highlighted the perseverance of the individual, and the following boys can be very, very proud of their achievements:

in Rolleston House and a special certificate was presented to James and George Lill to mark this moment in Rolleston history. With the seniors off site, the Year 9 and 10 students wrapped up the year with a highly competitive toastie machine edition of MasterChef, with each mentor group creating a dish using a maximum of five ingredients. Guest judge Rob Donaldson deemed Warren Lidstone’s group the winners, with a cheesy chicken pita bread creation beating the berry and ice cream smoothie that controversially did not use a toastie machine at all. During Service Week, the Year 10 boys spent three days volunteering at Spreydon School, continuing the relationship built in previous years. As well as sorting stationery packs and helping at athletics, the boys spent time in the classrooms helping with reading and writing, and playing games with the kids. At morning tea and lunchtime, the Rolleston boys were overrun by children who wanted to play, giving an insight into the impact the boys have in this context. This was a great opportunity to give back to others but was also a rewarding experience for all involved. While the year 2020 took an unexpected turn, what did not change were the positive attitudes and strength of Rolleston House as a community. The VIA Character Strengths Survey completed during mentor time identified curiosity, humour, teamwork and kindness as the top four strengths in Rolleston House – and these strengths were on display throughout the year and helped us navigate the challenges we faced. The resilience of the boys proved impressive and every single person can look back on the challenges they overcame and the progress they made. Being part of Rolleston House is both a privilege and a responsibility, and the relationships that are built at school are the glue that holds it all together.

Jim Gibbs – Drama Callum Hackston – Debating

Yngve Jordan – Drama William Koko – Drama George Lill – Choral Music Alistair Morgan – Theatresports, Chess Tim Stewart – Drama School Colours were awarded to Hunter Adam for basketball and Ben Cornell for football, once again reflecting the commitment of these boys to their sport despite many interruptions to the winter season. Term 4 As NCEA examinations and the end of the school year crept closer, Term 4 was a busy one for all. The Year 13 students left their mark on the House and said goodbye to boys in their own special way, and George Gearry and Louis Hitchings were appointed the new Head of House and Deputy Head of House for 2021. In Week 3, the boys competed in the House tug of war with varying degrees of success. The Year 9 team did particularly well winning the plate competition, and everyone had a lot of fun on what was a beautiful sunny afternoon on Upper. The House Dinner was a chance to celebrate the successes within Rolleston House and come together as a community. Held in the Dining Hall, the evening coincided with the start of study leave for senior students, and was a catch up at the end of what was a challenging year to celebrate the many achievements of the boys in the House. The tables were beautifully set as everyone arrived and the Year 13 boys stood out in their suit jackets as they marked their final year at Christ’s College. William Koko wrapped up the year with a meaningful speech and shared his recollections of his time in Rolleston House. The House Dinner offered a unique opportunity to recognise the first ever father and son to both complete five years

“Thus and Perhaps Better”.

Dr Briar Wait Housemaster, Rolleston House


Christ’s College Canterbury

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