College – Issue 34


By now I am sure you are familiar with College’s Strategy 2020 plan and our For the boys, For our future campaign – with its scholarship, programme and infrastructure ambitions each having influence on how College achieves its mission of Each boy at his best .

Sporting Excellence, Health and Wellbeing Centre, roadside north east

2018 has a particular and much needed focus on the physical development of the campus following our earthquake repairs. There are three significant infrastructure projects within the College Master Plan: the Science Centre, the Music Learning and Performance Centre and the Sporting Excellence, Health and Wellbeing Centre. The first of these projects to be undertaken will be the Sporting Excellence, Health and Wellbeing Centre, which will be located next to Cranmer Square and is due for completion during 2020. The budget for the centre is $15m. The College Board of Governors has set a fundraising target of half of this – $7.5m – with the balance of the funds having been committed by the Board of Governors once the fundraising target is met. To date, over 60 current and past College parents, friends and Old Boys have given to the project. With just over $2m raised and many still considering the gifts they will

Sporting Excellence, Health and Wellbeing Centre, roadside south east

make, we require the full support of the College community. As our 2018 fundraising programme continues, we are engaging with all current parents at a series of breakfasts held throughout the year. We will also engage with Old Boys and past parents in private meetings and at functions and dinners in Christchurch and further afield in NZ, Australia and the UK. Philanthropy at College The cornerstone of philanthropy at College began in 1850, when Maria Somes bought land in Lyttelton in memory of her husband, Joseph Somes to present to College. The

proceeds of this estate helped build the first “Somes Building” on the current site and endowed the Somes Scholarships. Since then, philanthropy has been a significant part of our ethos and, over the years, benefactors from both within Christ’s College and the wider community have continued to give generously to the school, to ensure we can continue to provide the very best educational experience for our boys. We would like to thank you for your support and for building on this philanthropic spirit. Ric Fletcher Director of Development

College Issue 34 2018


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