Register 2020

PASTORAL CARE Boarding Programme

The boarding programme activities for 2020 started out well, with the usual trips with the Year 9 boys to Purau for coasteering and Hanmer for jetboating and time in the pools. The Year 10 boys completed high rope activities, while the wider year groups completed interhouse challenge activities and paintballing. The term progressed well with the boys getting involved in community activities in Hagley Park, including the Night Noodle Markets and Sparks in the Park. We saw the start of the Super Rugby season at Orangetheory Stadium, and the boys had trips to Sumner for surfing lessons and to The Arena for some outdoor airsoft action. Unfortunately, Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown cut the term short and restricted the activities that were available for the boys to participate in as we headed into the winter terms. Where possible, we took the boys out to various locations for some social fun together, with activities including ice skating, rugby matches, escape rooms, go karting, high ropes, bouldering, trampolining, paintball, laser strike, airsoft, surfing, and more. Movie options were slim this year, but a few trips to Hoyts were possible, including the opportunity to see new science fiction action thriller Tenet . The lack of options in 2020 means there will be a bumper crop of great films for the boys to see in 2021. The boys continued to be involved in service work, in particular with native tree planting as part of the revitalisation of Christchurch’s Red Zone. This eco-action project was led by HoD Physics David Newton. The annual quiz night was greatly enjoyed by all the boys who participated, and we had two memorable mystery trips in the later part of the year. In Term

3 the boys visited the International Antarctic Centre, where they got to mingle with huskies, ride the Hägglund, see penguins up close, and watch a 4D film. In Term 4 the mystery trip took the boys to Akaroa, where they enjoyed fish and chips for lunch and an afternoon dolphin and sightseeing cruise on the harbour. This trip was well received by all those boys who put their hands up to participate, and they were stoked to be as lucky as they were to be treated to such an adventure. The boarders were provided access to optional extension activities this year, including the Year 11 agriculture programme offered through the National Trade Academy. This programme helped develop skills useful to the boys if they are to explore farming in the future, as well as delivering some unit standard credits to help them achieve NCEA Level 1. Other opportunities included AA defensive driving courses for those Year 12 and 13 students who were preparing to sit their full licence, first aid training through St John, and SiteSafe and forklift driving certifications via other outside providers. BOARDING AWARDS DINNER The annual Boarding Awards Dinner was held early in Term 4 and was, as ever, a chance to celebrate the opportunities and successes that have taken place in boarding this year. The guest speaker for the evening was Old Boy Tyler Koning (Flower’s House 2009–10). Tyler arrived at College as a Year 12 student at the beginning of 2009 and quickly made his mark. He played in the 1st XV for two years and was captain in his final year, as well as

being made Head of Flower’s House in 2010. Tyler talked about his memories of College and the skills he was able to recognise and develop in his time here that have helped him in his life beyond school. He summarised this in three main areas – being present, being connected, being bold – which is where he continues to challenge himself to this day. Head of Boarding Awards Awarded to boys who, in the eyes of their Housemasters, have stood out, either throughout the year or in a specific activity during the year. Flower’s House – Ollie King Richards House – George Simpson School House – Daniel Qi Most Active Boarders in the Boarding Programme Flower’s House – Tom Hodges Richards House – Robert Kidd School House – Wills Ockwell Most Promising Year 11 Agricultural Student School House – Charlie Burdon Rutherford Cups Awarded to one boy in each boarding House who has made a difference this year, based on citizenship and service in their House. Flower’s House – Tom Smith Richards House – Nathan McKenzie School House – Ben Davis Finally, Henry Briscoe (Flower's House) was announced as Head of Boarding for 2021.

Darrell Thatcher Director of Boarding and the Centre for Character & Leadership


Christ’s College Canterbury

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