And he loved House singing events, “because the atmosphere of the competition and the performance of good music had such a buzz to it.” He enjoyed History, Chemistry and Classics best because he found the teachers “incredible.” Born in England, where he lived until he was nine, Simon says College was probably the best school in which to have received his secondary education. “Not only because I think single sex education is beneficial for boys and because College has some incredible teachers, but because of the House system.” Being in a group for five years develops strong bonds and drives a passion for being the best, he says.
“This has shaped my future by making me much more comfortable with getting to know people and taught me how best to form these lasting bonds for a long time to come.” Simon hopes to work in the film industry in the future and to become a successful screenwriter overseas. He says those hours at College spent poring over a textbook or typing an assignment may seem worthless sometimes, “but such a huge sense of accomplishment comes from forcing yourself to do something well. Everyone should strive for that. A bit of toiling at the time actually makes you happier in the long run.”
Simon Brown, who is now studying a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University and doing a double major in film and media studies, recalls the highlight of his time at College being the Japan tour of 2015. “I had an incredible time immersing myself in such a different culture and I bonded with so many boys over the course of the trip – some of whom I still consider to be some of my best friends today.” Year 9 camp was another favourite. “I barely knew anyone coming to College and it helped me make a huge number of friends in only five days and settle into College incredibly quickly.”
“I barely knew anyone coming to College and it helpedme make a huge number of friends in only five days and settle into College incredibly quickly.” Simon Brown
Christ’s College Canterbury
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