College – Issue 34

THE QUADRANGLE Branch & community events

On an extremely hot summer day in early December the inaugural Christchurch Long Lunch was held. Hosted at the Christchurch Club, the lunch was a sell-out event, with over 90 Old Boys attending. Convenor and MC Sam Cowdy (12018) orchestrated the well-run day. Attendees had plenty of time to catchup over pre-lunch drinks before being addressed by Executive Principal Garth Wynne, talking about the school's latest successes and plans. He asked the Old Boys present to consider supporting College with their time as mentors to the current boys. Outgoing president Jeremy Johnson (12355) also spoke of the Association’s achievements during the year before being seated for a two-course lunch. There was plenty of humour with BDL Christchurch Long Lunch

sharing a few home truths and stories from his 42 years at College. The Long Lunch proved to be a wonderful time for all and many had not seen each other for years. There was a good representation from all age groups and a festive mood reigned throughout the day. And a long lunch it was, rolling on into dinner for some and finally wrapping up at 10pm. Sam (now CCOBA vice president) has bravely stepped up to run the second Christchurch Long Lunch on Friday 23 November 2018, starting a new Bene Tradita. Keep an eye out for tickets which will go on sale later in the year – first in first served.

East Coast Branch

Twelve Old Boys of the East Coast Branch of the CCOBA met for a round of golf on Friday 9 March at the Patutahi Golf Club. A brisk southerly made for challenging golf but did not prevent some low scoring and quality golf on the country course. Gerry Maude (7456) was the pick of the Old Boys, collecting the meat pack for the best Stableford. The big hitting James Williams (11052) claimed the longest drive on the day. An evening function at the Jolly Stockman Hotel was attended by 26 Old Boys and wives. A mixture of youth and experience was in attendance with all decades from the 1950s through to the 2010s represented by multiple Old Boys. Including more than half with the surname of Williams!

We were very fortunate to have Harper Housemaster Matt Cortesi present on behalf of the CCOBA and College. Matt gave a detailed account of College daily life and confirmed College remains New Zealand’s premier independent school for boys. Old Boys were pleased to hear that the full-time boarding programme remains an integral part of the College experience. On behalf of current chair Hamish Williams (7913), I would like to thank the Old Boys and Matt Cortesi for their attendance. We look forward to another successful event in the near future.

Michael Allen (10663)

College Issue 34 2018


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