Flower’s boys could not spell his name, so invented the initials that would follow him for the rest of his life. “They said it meant Bachelor of Designer Lifestyles.” He said the last time he had stood up the front in Chapel was the day he got married. “Chapel is a special place for me and it is one of the many things that make College special. “If I had not enjoyed working here I would have gone farming or into the business world. What made College a very enjoyable place to work are the activities outside the classroom, and I have been lucky to be involved in rugby, rowing and cricket.” He said he had been fortunate to be involved in the rugby union and to take on roles such as managing the South Island secondary schools’ tournament. College, he said, although a small school, punches above its weight and this year there had been outstanding results. He urged the 2017 leavers to follow their passion.
“If you get knocked down, bounce back, like this year’s 1st XV. Never say die.” To those returning, BDL asked that they put away their cellphones at lunchtime and “get involved.” “In the end,” he said, “you write your own reference.” After a standing ovation BDL was given a spirited haka on the quad by the whole school.
“If you get knocked down, bounce back, like this year’s lst XV. Never say die.” Brian Le Vaillant
Josie has been a valued member of our staff for 28 years and has worked across many College facilities, most recently in the Miles Warren Building and the Open Air Block. She always went above and beyond and we wish her well as she navigates her health challenges. Josie will remain an integral member of the College community and her friendly face will be missed by boys and staff alike.
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