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“Carol of the Magi”. This was a very special service for the Year 13 students as it marked the end of their time in the Chapel Choir. Despite some disappointments, the Chapel Choir had a successful year – and it was all made possible due to the outstanding leadership and support of Director of Music Robert Aburn and Assistant Director and Organist Nicholas Sutcliffe. Their musical expertise and commitment to the choir cannot be understated and allowed us to achieve a lot in 2020.

Each week, out of these 10 names one boy was randomly selected for a prize. Character & Leadership Week was a success, with activities being built upon from the first Character & Leadership Week in 2019. Each day clues to identify a leader were displayed on a big screen outside the Old Boys’ Theatre, and at the end of the day everyone who guessed the correct person had their names put into a draw, with the randomly selected winner receiving a prize the next morning.

The wins for the lunchtime obstacle course went to Rolleston and Jacobs House. Each House put forward two senior and two junior students who competed against the other Houses.

The obstacle course included team building and leadership-

focused activities, such as guiding a blindfolded team member through a series of cones, getting the whole team from one point to another using only three mats and without touching the ground, and completing a puzzle. The 10 Houses were split into two groups, hence the two winners. Regrettably, we had to cancel our speakers for this week, as well as the Year 12 Leadership Day for Year 12 students from other schools around Christchurch. Luckily, we were still able to run a mini version of Leadership Day for Year 12 College students. The boys attended a series of workshops and talks in order to improve their leadership skills, with many of them taking away valuable information. At the beginning of 2020, Christ’s College was presented with a unique and exciting opportunity. A Round Square research project selected College, as one of only 12 Round Square schools from around the world, to be part of its project on youth leadership. This study, conducted out of the Education University of Hong Kong, had four objectives:

Thomas McClean Head of Chapel Choir

CHARACTER & LEADERSHIP Overall, 2020 was a successful year for the Character & Leadership committee. Despite the challenges in the middle of the year the committee still had a meaningful impact in the College community. At the beginning of the year, the committee implemented a new initiative called the Character Award. This has the goal of increasing each boy’s awareness of their character strengths, how they could show them in everyday life and inspire them to take actions to do so. Each week each Head of House would pick a boy in their House who they believed had clearly displayed one or more of the VIA Character Strengths in his College activities. The boy's name, the reason for his selection and the character strength he demonstrated was then posted on Schoolbox. A couple of examples from the year include: • Year 13 student John-Paul Lay (Condell’s House), for demonstrating service by volunteering to collect for the Child Cancer Foundation during its annual street appeal • Year 10 student Andrew Welsh (Somes House), for showing love of learning and courage with his excellent marimba playing at assembly


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