CHRIST’S COLLEGE MAGAZINE
ISSUE 38 SUMMER 2020
ISSUE 38 Contents
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And the beat goes on High School Musical 2
2020 University Scholarships
Sportsmen of the Year
Great form for summer sport
Weather plays havoc, but fellowship wins
Head and Deputy Head Prefects 2020 “ Live reporting ” aids communication NZQA Scholarship Awards for 2019
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A new waiata, a taonga for all
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Open your heart In the beginning ...
2019 NCEA Results
The thrill of learning for learning’s sake
It’s all in the Head Prefect’s Book Sharing wisdom and experience
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A drive for improvement 2020 Head of Boarding
The Christ’s College Rifles
News & Events
Community & Service
The College Project – Podcasts for our community 88 Farewell Justine Nicholl 91 A rising star 92 A warm welcome to ... 93
A life-changing experience College in the community
Leeches and weight loss in Borneo
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Internationalism in action
Your support makes a real difference
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Join hands to work for “ Sarvodaya ”
An enduring gift
Sharing their skills The right choice A tactical exchange
Tonbridge entices Hugh and Tim
Say it with a smile
From the President
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Character, Wellbeing & Positive Education
More inspirational Old Boys
CCOBA in good hands and good heart
Getting the right advice and information
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A life transformed A master in his place The ultimate milestone A gift to treasure Reunion reports Community events
Those one-on-ones ...
The triumvirate of good health Guidance, motivation and support A journey of growth and discovery
What's on – CCOBA 2020/2021 Calendar
GARTH WYNNE From our Executive Principal
This edition of College arrives on your doorstep at a time when our community is navigating its way through the Covid-19 pandemic. In the constraints of remote learning, College has fallen upon those traditions, structures and relationships reflected in the stories herein. Unfortunately, almost all aspects of our co-curricular programme have been compromised, but our classrooms and Houses have kept connected through learning to learn and celebrate our spirit in new and different ways. This is only possible because our relationships are ones of trust and reliability built on the commitment of all and woven through the fabric of College experience. The flexibility and adaptability of our boys and the staff who serve them has been a wonder to behold and I am so proud of the manner in which our community has helped and supported each other at this time.
I see the way ahead for College as being enhanced by this extraordinary experience. Times such as this help us reflect on that which we value. Leadership in a time of crisis is an invitation to collective action – and the collective action of all associated with College has been an inspiration to me. I know we will be the richer for this experience, as our own needs as individuals have been somewhat compromised for the collective good. A lesson from the Gospels for a good life … live always conscious of and acting to support the needs of others.
Like you, I know we will return to a more “normal” state, that which is celebrated here in a pre-Covid College.
Garth Wynne Christ’s College Executive Principal
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MAX SURVEYOR College Dux 2019
Diligence pays off, as Max Surveyor has proven. The 18-year-old “set lofty goals” for himself throughout his five years at College and, in 2019, accelerated his studies, resulting in him being named winner of the Wacher Prize for Academic Head of School.
week before College opened for the year in 2015. He quickly settled into Condell’s House and the camaraderie from the outset set the tone for a happy time at College. “The things the older boys did with us were so cool, and now that I’m in Year 13 the roles have been reversed. I think the camaraderie that occurs in the House system is pretty unique to this school.” Max made good friends both in class and in the House. He was in the 1st XI football team in Years 11 and 12, and in 2019, preferring to concentrate on his academic pursuits, he played for the 2nd XI. In 2019 he participated in debating and joined the school’s Character & Leadership Committee, helping with the Emerging Leaders Conference for Year 12 students from schools across the Canterbury region. He has also taken part in extra academic activities outside College, including being a member of the New Zealand team that came 3rd in the world at the International Economics Olympiad in St Petersburg, Russia, and winning the New Zealand Economics Competition. Max finds preparation for such endeavours a pleasure. “I do love my study,” he says. He has found it suits him best to study in the morning before school starts.
“I definitely wanted to do well in my time at College – and this year especially with university examinations,” he says. With a career in finance or business management consulting in his sights, he has applied to the University of Sydney, Australia, to Oxford University, England, and to the world’s top business school, Wharton, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.
“I find I’m more productive in the morning, so I often get up at around 5 or 6am and work then. And the closer to exams, the better I retain it.” Max takes very few notes, instead learning by listening and reading, particularly the curriculum texts. “I’m definitely more of an oral learner, and will read through old exam papers and refer to text books. I don’t take any notes at all.” With his College days at an end, Max says he feels quite sad walking around the campus he has come to love. “It’s a beautiful place, and I’m definitely going to miss it. I’ve enjoyed it all. I like the uniform here and the emphasis on tradition. I think it’s fabulous.”
Achieving 1550 of a possible 1600 points on the American
SAT examinations, which he sat in College’s third term holidays, gave him a big boost and huge confirmation that he is on the right track. “I think it’s important to set yourself lofty goals and, in the school context, as long as you work hard, they should be achievable.” Max and his family arrived in Christchurch from Melbourne just a “I think it’s important to set yourself lofty goals and, in the school context, as long as you work hard, they should be achievable.” Max Surveyor
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FINN BROKENSHIRE All-round excellence
Runner-up to the Wacher Prize for Academic Head of School (Proxime Accessit), Finn Brokenshire says he has always aimed to do well academically. “I’m quite driven and quite competitive and always knew that in order to do well later in life I’d need to focus on my academic work, because doing well would help me down the track. You’ve got to work hard in life, so you may as well start while you’re at school.” He might work hard, but Finn also knows it is important to find balance. His passion is surfing and he treasures time spent out on the waves, but has also enjoyed participating in the life of the school. Finn is an enthusiastic all- rounder. “College has definitely suited me. As it’s a smaller school there are a lot more opportunities to be taken. Not only opportunities for extension learning, but also sports, committee and House activities, as well as opportunities to head overseas and experience life elsewhere.” Finn played water polo, describing himself as a small fish in a really strong team, and football for the 1st XI, before a series of injuries – including a broken leg and twice dislocated shoulder – forced him to take a break. Undaunted, during his months of rehabilitation he chose to coach a Year 9 football team and says it was great to see younger boys get into the beautiful game. He has also enjoyed supporting the work of the Wellbeing, Environment
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and Service committees, and organised a group of volunteers who regularly headed across the city to help out at Spreydon School. “We’re in a very privileged position at College, so it was good to give back to the community and get the boys to Spreydon. We’d help out with reading, play games, hang out with the kids ... It was good fun, we all enjoyed it. Everyone benefits by getting involved.” One of the biggest highlights of his time at College came in Year 12 when he temporarily shifted to Nashville, Tennessee, on the Montgomery Bell Academy exchange. Finn says he was blown away by the generosity of his host family, and the dynamic, diverse city, and loved every second of the experience.
you put in is what you get out – it’s the same for life.” Finn’s next step is to head to Otago University and take on the challenge of the Health Sciences first year. He is optimistic about what the future holds and will no doubt take his positive attitude into whatever he does, wherever he goes.
The House is a boy’s home at College, and Finn made the most of his time in Rolleston House. He credits Housemaster Neil Nicholson with building a positive House culture. “The whole point of the House system is to get involved in House activities and build relationships with other people. The bonds you make across year groups are really special.” He has some sage advice for other students. “It’s really important to push yourself out of your comfort zone and give things a go. Work hard when you need to, ask for help when you need to, knuckle down when you need to, and find the balance that works for you. What
“You’ve got to work hard in life, so you may as well start while you’re at school.” Finn Brokenshire
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CELEBRATING OUR 2020 University Scholarships
Congratulations to the Year 13 students who were offered university scholarships for tertiary study in 2020.
Edward Hsing University of Otago Performance Entrance Scholarship Nicholas Lidstone University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship (Sport)
Jordy Annand University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship Matias Biraben-Clough University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship Ollie Brakenridge Victoria Tangiwai Scholarship Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship Finn Brokenshire University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship University of Auckland Faculty of Business and Economics Scholarship UC College of Business and Law Scholarship Louis Clark Massey University Academy of Sport Scholarship Gus Coates University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship Tim Cross University of Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship Tom Davidson University of Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship Tyus Dimbleby James Meikle Shrewsbury Scholarship (a scholarship to support a gap year at Shrewsbury School, one of England’s most prestigious independent schools) Sebastian Fergusson Bond University (Australia) Transformer Scholarship Max Goulter UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship (Sport) Max Heywood University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship
Shun Miyake UC International First Year Scholarship
Fin Smith University of Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship
Ellie Stevenson Victoria Tangiwai Scholarship Ben Sullivan UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship
Max Surveyor University of Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship University of Auckland Faculty of Business and Economics Scholarship Higher School of Economics National Research University (Moscow, Russia) full tuition scholarship Alex Todhunter University of Otago Performance Entrance Scholarship
Matthew Todd University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship
Nate Wain University of Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship
Tommy Whitaker Victoria Tangiwai Scholarship
Jack Withers University of Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship
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MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS Prize-giving 2019
Citations from Deputy Principal Rob Donaldson
Junior Sportsman of the Year As a Year 10 sportsman, this young man has already made appearances for the school's 1st teams in both of his chosen sports. In cricket, Jordan is a member of the College Colts and is currently one of the leading wicket takers in the grade. He was a member of the Canterbury U15 cricket side last year, and has recently been selected to travel to Sydney in January with the College 1st XI squad for the annual Trans-Tasman tournament. In basketball, he was named the top junior basketball player at College and was an integral member of the junior team that won the South Island tournament. Over the season he has been a member of the Senior A basketball team, playing in many crucial matches. He attended the South Island schools’ basketball tournament as a member of the top squad. He knows hard work and focus are vital for success and he shows this dedication on and off the field of play.
Senior Sportsman of the Year This year's winner has excelled in three sports. In swimming, Louis is the school senior champion and holds a number of records. He also claimed Canterbury school titles and won the New Zealand open water schools’ title earlier in the year. He is a member of the New Zealand Bronze swimming squad. In surf life saving, he travelled to South Africa as a member of the New Zealand Junior Black Fins team to compete in an international junior surf life saving event. In addition, he is captain of the College water polo team that finished 2nd at the South Island schools’ championships in Term 1 and a member of Canterbury age grade and senior teams. He recently travelled to the water polo world championships in Korea as part of the New Zealand men's team and will travel to the junior world championships next month, as part of the New Zealand U21 side. This term, at the annual Canterbury secondary schools’ Zonta Awards, he was named best all-round young sportsman who has achieved in more than one sporting code. Louis has also recently been awarded a Massey University Academy of Sport Scholarship. The ability to succeed at a national level in three codes is remarkable and testament to Louis’s top strength, perseverance, as well as to his excellent self- management.
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Executive Principal’s Prize for Service The recipient of this prize has had a very busy year. He was our senior athletics champion and achieved excellent results at regional and national competitions. He captained the 1st XI football side and the team reached the national premier tournament for the first time in 20 years. He earned a Gold Tie for NCEA Level 2. On top of all of these achievements, Jordy has led our Environment Committee to new heights in terms of student participation, especially in the cultivation of native plants on site and planting in the Red Zone. We now have a large group of participants, across all year levels, working for a more sustainable future. He has communicated with other schools and facilitated the creation of satellite nurseries. Jordy has fostered teamwork and set a good example in his own work ethic, along with demonstrating selfless service. He has taken a quiet pride in what has been achieved, but also humility in allowing others to take credit for these fine environmental efforts. It is fitting that Jordy has recently been awarded a University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship.
Executive Principal’s Prize for Service The Wellbeing Committee, led by Matias, was very active this year in raising awareness about the importance of wellbeing in our daily lives at College. This was a challenging leadership role, which Matias handled very maturely and skilfully, with a wry sense of humour. He showed a lot of courage in tackling issues relating to mental health and encouraging boys to talk about their concerns, to seek help and to help others. He was very effective as the MC for Mike King’s visit to College. Matias organised wellbeing events at College, including cricket and yoga on the Quad, spoke with great candour at assemblies, and was not afraid to tackle the tough issues relating to personal wellbeing. He also played an important leadership role at the Grow Waitaha Canterbury schools’ wellbeing huis. He has achieved all this while being very involved in the wider life of the school, including as captain of the 2nd XI football team, and commitments to athletics and cross country. Matias has a strong sense of purpose and is respected by staff and students alike. He has a very collaborative leadership style. It is appropriate that he has recently been awarded a University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship.
HM Chrystall Prize for All-round Merit in Sport and Scholarship Nicholas is a truly well-rounded College student. He has been involved in an impressive array of school activities, including the cultural life of the school, through participation and leadership in three choirs, the combined orchestra and the Big Band, as well as performing music for five school productions. He is also very well known for his sporting prowess and the Chrystall Prize acknowledges his sporting achievements as well as his academic accolades. Nicholas was in the hockey 1st XI from Years 9–12. He received Colours twice for hockey, and was a member of the New Zealand U18 squad for two years. Injury prevented him from participating in his final season. He has been captain of the cricket 1st XI, with three Colours awards, and selection to New Zealand U19 squad in Year 13. He has been named captain of the Canterbury U19 cricket side, and was also recently selected to play for the Canterbury A men’s cricket side to play Otago. He has an impressive academic record in NCEA results and has received a Gold Tie twice. He has been awarded a University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship as well as a UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship for sport. Nicholas has reached very high standards in all aspects of his College life and is an inspiration to younger students who aspire to all-round excellence.
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Somes Prize for Outstanding Overall Contribution to the Arts and General Scholarship Matthew is an excellent role model to our students in the arts, in his leadership and service to the school, and in his scholasticism. He has been in the Chapel Choir since Year 9 and was head of this choir in 2019. He was also a member of Schola Cantorum and co-leader of Collegium, the combined choir, and a member of the Big Band for four years, as well as the combined orchestra. He was the drummer for West Side Story in 2018. Matthew has also acted in school and House drama productions. He has participated in Model United Nations since 2015 and has been a debater for last the two years, which included serving as an adjudicator for junior debating. He received Honours Ties for choral and instrumental music in 2019. Matthew has a very good academic track record in NCEA and was awarded Gold Badges in 2018 and 2019. He also received Bronze Awards in the Chemistry and Biology Olympiads. He has recently been awarded a University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship. Matthew has achieved all this while also being actively involved in our sports programme. He has done all this positively, willingly, and with cheerful aplomb.
Maling Memorial Prize for Outstanding Service to the School Max provided service to the school which went well beyond his role as Deputy Head Prefect. In his final years at College, he threw himself into the life of the school with great enthusiasm and positivity. He won two medals at the 2019 Maadi Cup, after taking up rowing as a novice in Term 4 last year, and was a highly effective and committed co-captain of the 2nd XV. He will be remembered for his presentations on various issues at assembly, and for his enthusiastic “team of the week” nominations. Max was dedicated to the idea of more student voice in the life of the school and supported our commitment to the ideals of Round Square. He helped chair the Student Senate and did an outstanding job as student chair of the senior ball committee, handling the challenges of a new venue and format with great skill and dedication. He also managed to squeeze in mentoring junior students, community service, House sport and House plays, and participation in the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Challenge competition. The recent award of two scholarships – the University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship and the University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship – is acknowledgement of his calibre.
Runner-up to the Wacher Prize for Academic Head of the School At College, our top scholars are very competitive and set impressive standards. Therefore, it is a fine achievement to be in the running for dux of the school. Finn has a track record of outstanding academic success, and was awarded Gold Ties for his NCEA Level 1 and Level 2 results. He has applied himself to his studies in a positive and energetic way. His teachers have commended him on the way he has engaged with ideas and content in the classroom, and he is keen to learn and enthusiastic about new concepts, which shows he is using his top strength, curiosity, to good effect. Finn has recently been awarded three university scholarships – the University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship, the University of Auckland Faculty of Business and Economics Scholarship, and the UC College of Business and Law Scholarship. He has the attributes required for scholastic success and we wish him all the best for his future studies.
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Wacher Prize for Academic Head of the School Our dux has had a stellar year and completed his schooling in fine style. Some of Max’s achievements include the following: he was first in the country for the New Zealand Economics competition, out of 2500 competitors; he was selected to be part of the New Zealand Economics Olympiad team, and then went on to the extraordinary achievement of 3rd in the world in the individual competition at the Economics Olympiad held in St Petersburg, Russia; he received High Distinction (top 1%) for the New Zealand ICAS Reading Comprehension, and High Distinction (top 2%) for the Australian Mathematics Competition; he received Gold Ties in Years 12 and 13, and has a superb track record in NCEA. Max has achieved all this while also being involved in the wider life of the school, through debating, football, cricket scoring for the 1st XI and membership of the Character & Leadership Committee. He has recently been awarded three university scholarships: the University of Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship, the University of Auckland Faculty of Business and Economics Scholarship, and the Higher School of Economics National Research University (Moscow) full tuition scholarship. Max’s teachers have commended him on his attention to detail and his methodical, analytical style of learning. He has an exemplary approach to his studies and is a highly aspirational scholar who demonstrates his top strength, perseverance, in his academic pursuits.
Head Prefect’s Prize and the Ormsby Medal Our Head Prefect this year has mana, earned through hard work, dedication and service, and displayed through a form of natural authority in his conduct and demeanour. He stands head and shoulders above most, both physically and metaphorically. He was captain of the 1st XV, as well as captain of the New Zealand secondary schools’ rugby team, which played tests against Fiji and Australia this year. His leadership capacity at College has been very evident in his guidance of the prefect group, as well as in the outstanding initiative shown at our school assemblies. Zach’s positive, challenging and thought-provoking messages to the school at assembly represented an advancement in student leadership and voice at College – progress to which future school leaders can aspire. He is a fine role model to boys at this school in all aspects of his school life, including his academic achievements as a Gold Badge recipient in the last two years. Zach achieved all of this cheerfully, with a sense of humour, optimism and perseverance. He managed the pressures of the role very maturely and resolutely. We thank him for his fine leadership in 2019.
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MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS Sportsmen of the Year
Highlights and achievements
“It was great to be part of the New Zealand men’s water polo team that played at the world championships in South Korea, and to make the Junior Black Fins – the New Zealand surf life saving team – and compete at the international surf rescue competition in South Africa. But underpinning my water polo and surf life saving is swimming. I’ve managed to medal in quite a few national age group championships and won the secondary schools open water event this year. I’m also in a national training squad for swimming.” Training is a huge part of his life, but Louis says it is great to be active, to instil discipline and routine, to set goals, and he likes being part of a team and building friendships with like-minded people. “I train a lot! I swim 8–9 times a week, go to the gym for at least two
Water Polo 2019 – New Zealand men’s team, world championships, South Korea 2019 – New Zealand junior (U20) team, world championships, Kuwait 2018 – New Zealand water polo youth (U18) team, world youth championships, Hungary 2018 – New Zealand secondary
Senior Sportsman of the Year First swimming, then water polo, then surf life saving. His chosen disciplines reflect Louis Clark’s passion for and ease in water – and, whether in the pool or at the beach, in each he has achieved outstanding results. “I’ve always loved being in water, the feeling of being weightless and the sense of freedom … and the beach is awesome. I love the waves, the challenge of reading the conditions and choosing how to react. It’s fun.” Louis has frequently blitzed the field in competitions, and his talent – quickly recognised by regional, national and high performance selectors – has enabled him to compete at the highest level, both in New Zealand and overseas.
schools’ team – won test series against Australia
Surf Life Saving 2018–19 and 2019–20 – New Zealand youth high performance squad 2019 – New Zealand Junior Black Fins, international surf rescue competition, South Africa 2018 – New Zealand surf life saving team, Sanyo Cup competition, Japan Swimming 2018–19 and 2019–20 – New Zealand Swimming high performance Bronze Squad 2019 – New Zealand secondary schools’ open water champion 2018–20 – Canterbury Platinum Squad Canterbury Sports Awards 2019 Young Sportsman of the Year – Surf Life Saving Young Sportsman of the Year – Water Polo Zonta Sports Awards 2019 Best all-round young sportsman who has achieved in more than one sporting code
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sessions a week, train for water polo 2–3 times a week, plus participate in various training camps. But, in truth, I hardly notice the amount of training I do, I just enjoy it.” From 2020, Louis will be based on Auckland’s North Shore, having been awarded a Massey University Academy of Sport Scholarship. He has decided to study part-time towards a sport science degree, which will allow him time to focus on training and competing. “My goals are to maintain my position in the New Zealand men’s water polo team. I’d ultimately like to get a place in the Black Fins and also achieve New Zealand team selection for swimming. And, at some stage in the future, I’d like to play professional water polo in Europe.”
a member of College’s Year 10 Colts team in 2019, he was one of the leading wicket takers in the grade. He also played for the 1st XI throughout the season, and enjoyed his first international appearance for College at the Trans-Tasman tournament in Australia in January 2020. Jordan also played for the U15 Canterbury team and, looking ahead, has set his sights on playing county cricket in England after he leaves school. Picking up basketball when he was in Year 4, Jordan’s ball skills keep going from strength to strength. Named top junior basketball player at College in 2019, he was an integral member of the junior team that won the South Island tournament, as well as being in the Senior A squad and playing in many crucial matches. He was also in the U17 Canterbury
“I just like College. It’s a really good school and I feel welcome everywhere I go.” Jordan Braithwaite immersed himself in every aspect of College life. He says Immerse & Inspire was a highlight of Year 10, as he loved living on campus and made a lot of new friends. team that competed at a national tournament in Auckland. Jordan knows hard work and focus are vital for success and shows this dedication both on and off the field. Alongside his sporting success and prowess, Jordan has fully
Junior Sportsman of the Year Year 10 student Jordan Braithwaite says playing sport always puts him in “a happy place”, and the passionate young sportsman was thrilled to be named 2019 Junior Sportsman of the Year. While Jordan excels in his chosen sports of cricket and basketball, he also enjoys athletics and can frequently be found doing weights or strength and conditioning training in the gym. He understands the value of time in the gym to support peak performance, and either trains, plays, goes for a run or goes to the gym every day. Although young, Jordan has already made appearances for College’s 1st XI cricket team and Senior A basketball team, as well as being a Canterbury representative player in both sports. Jordan has played cricket basically since he could pick up a bat, working his way through the grades, always learning, always focused on honing his skills. As
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Christ’s College Interhouse Competition Trophy The trophy goes to the House which has amassed the most points in interhouse competitions, both sporting and cultural. This was won in 2019 by Somes House. Runners-up Condell's House and Julius House placed second equal.
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LEADERSHIP Head and Deputy Head Prefects 2020
Dominic Edmond Head Prefect
Maadi Cup, rehearsals have begun for Evita , and there’s choir and the new kapa haka group.” Somehow he is fitting it all in, made a little easier this term because he is boarding “by choice” in Flower’s House. “You’d be surprised how much difference it makes to be able to get home so quickly from rehearsals and practices. It means I can get an extra 15 minutes sleep! “It’s very cool to be in the House and to see how the boarders live and their processes, and it’s let me start to understand their problems and concerns.” Dominic says becoming Head Prefect is a position he aspired to “for a very long time.” He finds it a very interesting role in that it calls for him to back up management and to support what the Executive Principal is doing, but also to be the focal point for the school. “You have to be in both places and find the middle ground. Deputy Head Prefect Louis Gunn and I have determined we want to take all the students’ concerns to Mr Wynne and to achieve good outcomes on their behalf.” It all takes time, and Dom says that is something he is very willing to spend. More difficult on occasions is the expectation the Head Prefect will back up the school’s ethos, even when as an individual he might be “conflicted internally.”
“ If you apply yourself to the hilt in everything you do, then you will achieve in everything .” Dominic Edmond
Christ’s College 2020 Head Prefect Dominic Edmond hopes his 12 months at the helm will inspire others to see that “the more you put in, the more you get out.” “I really want to show that it’s possible to do an awful lot at College. You don’t have to limit yourself or be scared of having a go. You can be in the drama production. You can be in the top boat. You can achieve well. It’s all doable. You don’t have to curtail your activities because you think you won’t be able to continue to do well at everything else.” He concedes it doesn’t necessarily happen easily. It takes some self- belief, some self-regulation and the development of some good organisational skills. But it can be done – with the result that each individual becomes a more accomplished person. “If you apply yourself to the hilt in everything you do, then you will achieve in everything.” Dom admits he likes to be busy and that he enjoys responsibility, vital for a Head Prefect who is both setting an example to others and fulfilling one of the most thrilling years of his life. “There’s no doubt being Head Prefect keeps you very busy, plus the fact that right now there’s rowing in preparation for the
Lots of support from a cohesive and highly motivated prefect group makes his job easier. So, too, does the support of his parents and family. (His brother, Reid, was Head of Corfe in 2016.) “I thank my parents for enabling me to be here and for all their support in helping me carry out this role to the best of my ability.”
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Louis Gunn Deputy Head Prefect
He says he will have lifelong memories of his time at College and the good times with friends. “All I can say is walking through those gates every day, into this beautiful campus, just make sure you grab every opportunity you can – and enjoy yourself. I’m often a bit hard on myself, but at the end of the day I always try to smile. We’re so lucky here.” Louis says deciding to get involved is a personal choice, and every boy has the chance to take on activities, sports, committees and interests, which will develop them in ways they haven’t even contemplated. “We try to get the senior lads to present at committee meetings and in clubs, and that gives the juniors motivation. It’s a wonderful means of encouraging others and helping them achieve the best they can.” As a Year 9 student he says he was highly impressed by 2016 Head Prefect and Deputy, Angus Gray and Ngane Punivai.
“Their presence around the school was epic. They were always ready to stop and have a word, and when you’re a junior, that means a lot. It makes you feel like you are valued.” Both he and Head Prefect Dominic Edmond are following suit. The pair have known one another since primary school and share the same aims for their final year – and for the school at large. “Working with Dom is awesome. And the prefect group this year is fantastic. They’re all keen to be involved, to have a presence around the school, to set an example and, at the same time, everyone wants to look after the school and its reputation.”
It might sound clichéd, says Louis Gunn, but it feels like no time at all since he was a Year 9 student at College – and now he has only a few terms left. “The time has gone so fast! Going into the prefect selection process last year and being named Deputy Head Prefect is epic. But regardless of what happened, I wanted to enjoy this year, soak it all in, and give back all the opportunities I’ve been given.” Louis says the biggest thing he wants to do is to show the student community the opportunities they receive on a daily basis. “You’d be crazy not to make the most of it. It’s all about getting involved. It’s a full-on experience at College, it’s exciting and spontaneous, and every day there’s a new task or chance to do something different.”
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Give me knowledge and I can change the world.
“ As we go into this new year, I can’t stress enough the importance of taking chances and trying something new .” Max Heywood
At Christ’s College, every boy is encouraged to have an academic sense of purpose. This is what has motivated me to reach my potential. Our teachers encourage us to push ourselves further, providing us with opportunities to take part in a wide range of examinations. It’s helped many of us win scholarships at some of the world’s top universities. I think it’s all down to the way teachers work closely with each of us, working out how they can best help us as individuals strive to achieve our very best.
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ACADEMIC “Live reporting” aids communication
Feedback on student academic progress took another step forward at College with the introduction in Term 1 of “live reporting”. “It’s a shift in practice. We see this as integral to being a leading educational institution,” says Assistant Principal – Curriculum Nicole Billante. “We’ve learnt from the early leaders, but it is still an innovation which is evolving.”
What exactly is live reporting?
“Staff give a mix of feedback to their students anyway, but now instead of writing on an assignment, their comments are recorded through live reporting. It means the teacher, the student and the parents are all part of an ongoing dialogue,” says Nicole. In situations where boys do not talk to their parents about their accomplishments or progress, live reporting – accessed via the Parent Portal on Schoolbox – will allow parents insight and information, and hopefully provide an impetus
It is a new online means of communication between staff, students and parents, providing feedback to the student on a regular, ongoing basis. Whereas once a teacher would have written a comment on the top of an assignment to give a student relevant feedback, now the teacher will make a “live report” which provides that information, plus ongoing insight as the student learns and progresses.
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for some interesting discussions with their sons. “Live reporting will occur after any major subject assessment, Mathematics or History or similar, or after a portfolio type of project such as Art or English, for example. It doesn’t mean the teacher won’t speak to the student about his work, whether fantastic or not, but forms part of a discussion feedback cycle which will be a useful record for the student and ideally an encouragement to do well,” says Nicole. Live reporting relies on and makes full use of the capabilities of Schoolbox. Nicole says IPGs will continue to be posted as usual, as they are known to be a popular form of information for parents. Live reporting is simply another
means of communicating – first and foremost with students, but also allowing parents insight into their son’s progress. All comments collated through Schoolbox form an archival record for every student. “Which means if a student needs this kind of record for applications for awards or scholarships, the information is all there.” Live reporting also helps Housemasters in their pastoral care role, as they can see the academic work record of their students and help provide additional support if necessary. Trialled by the Biology department last year, live reporting has now been rolled out to the whole school, giving the opportunity for improved
“ Itmeans the teacher, the students and the parents are all part of an ongoing dialogue .” Nicole Billante of live reporting is set to play an important part in any extended periods away from a traditional classroom setting.” communication throughout the College community. Referencing the Covid-19 situation, Nicole says, “When we’ve found ourselves having to consider ways of remote learning, the introduction
NZQA Scholarship Awards for 2019
2019 NCEA Results In NCEA, Christ’s College boys consistently out-perform students in other decile 8–10 schools, with results that are well above national averages. All College students in each year group sit NCEA. Below is a comparison of the Excellence endorsements for Christ’s College compared with other decile 8–10 schools.
Congratulations to those students who gained NZQA Scholarship in 2019.
Edward Bayliss Drama Finn Brokenshire Chemistry, Economics, Statistics Dominic Edmond Drama Isaac Heap English Max Heywood Economics Nicholas Lidstone Chemistry
Max Surveyor Accounting, Chemistry, Economics (Outstanding) Angad Vraich English Thomas Whitaker Economics, Health & Physical Education, Statistics Jamie Yee Drama Benjamin Young Drama
EXCELLENCE ENDORSEMENT Christ’s College
LEVEL 1 37.5%
LEVEL 2 35.1%
LEVEL 3 25.8%
National Decile 10 schools
LEVEL 1 33.7%
LEVEL 2 27.8%
LEVEL 3 21.7%
All Canterbury single sex boys
Matthew Todd Biology, English Ellie Stevenson Economics, English, History
LEVEL 1 17.4%
LEVEL 2 17.5%
LEVEL 3 15.4%
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ACADEMIC The thrill of learning for learning’s sake
It is the highest academic degree a person can achieve and, whatever the topic, it takes considerable commitment, focus, effort and time to complete a PhD. Nine College staff – Craig Aitken, Sarah Anticich, Neil de Joux, Mike Field, Tom Hawkins, Anna Johnston, Graham Swanson, Andrew Taylor and Briar Wait – have gone the distance and been awarded doctorates in their chosen field and, despite the challenges they faced, remember the experience as a valued part of their life. “I loved it. It was something I was doing for me, and I was very interested in the subject and learning more about it,” says Dr Mike Field. Mike was teaching an all-boys class in a co-ed school at the time he decided to embark on his PhD, which looks at education, masculinity and sport. “I’d noticed I was getting really good results academically and behaviourally from the boys in my class and wanted to find out more and incorporate the work I was doing into an academic framework. I learned a huge amount, gaining a deeper understanding of young men and the influence of sport in their lives. I’m still driven by the idea of being able to make positive change in the lives of young men.”
Top row: Craig Aitken, Sarah Anticich, Neil de Joux. Middle row: Mike Field, Tom Hawkins, Anna Johnston. Bottom row: Graeme Swanson, Andrew Taylor, Briar Wait
Dr Graeme Swanson says of his PhD in population genetics, “I loved the social aspect of connecting with lots of people across Scotland. As a city boy, it really made me appreciate a whole rural community I had previously had little to do with.” After leaving university, Graeme started Strath Caulaidh (pronounced “collie”), a business specialising in environmental
management, but when he and his family decided to emigrate, he turned to teaching. “I’d always loved teaching – at university and training at work – it gave me a lot of satisfaction. I enjoy learning and facilitating a passion for my subject, and I’m very lucky to teach biology, which is so relevant and personal.”
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“I love the subject and sharing it with others, nurturing their curiosity and understanding.” Dr Andrew Taylor chose to study for a PhD in physics (space science) because he thought “studying things flying around the Solar System would be cool.” And although he says he has “never had a career-track-oriented thought process in my life, just stayed open to possibilities” the work became the foundation for a lifelong passion. Among his many other interests, Andrew still loves tracking satellites, doing research, sharing his work with his willing collaborators in the classroom and inspiring his students to also be open to possibilities as they explore the realms of science. According to the VIA Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues, the Virtue of Wisdom encompasses creativity, curiosity, judgement, love of learning and perspective. Along with perseverance, zest, self- regulation, humility, humour and gratitude, these are all perhaps the essential characteristics required by anyone who aspires to do a PhD. Learning for learning’s sake is an important aspect of the best education, and who knows where it might lead?
“ I’d always loved teaching –at university and training at work– it gaveme a lot of satisfaction. I enjoy learning and facilitating a passion formy subject,and I’mvery lucky to teach biology,which is so relevant and personal ” Dr Graeme Swanson
Field work for Dr Briar Wait’s PhD in environmental chemistry took her to Antarctica. She made four trips to the frozen continent and, despite the cold, isolation and sheer hard work, loved it every time. “Antarctica is unforgettable. It’s such a unique experience being
After completing his PhD in applied psychology, Dr Neil de Joux headed to England to work as a lecturer and researcher at Nottingham University. But as he got further down the academic path, he realised he needed to make a change. “I’ve always taught in some way or another and it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. I decided I wanted a career that I enjoy. “I’m passionate about getting my students to the level where they are confident in their abilities and try to create a classroom environment where students can back themselves to give complex questions a go. I want them to take risks with their work, make mistakes, and learn from them.” Dr Anna Johnston already had several years teaching experience under her belt when she decided to go back to university and pursue a PhD in geography (coastal geomorphology). “I loved teaching but decided to see if research was the way I wanted to go. It was great being a mature student as I was more focused on my studies. I was doing a PhD because the subject interested me, and I was looking to further my own knowledge and understanding.” In the end, however, teaching reeled her back in, and she loves sharing her passion for geography and science, for how the world works, with her students.
a scientist down there, a real privilege. It’s easy to assume
chemistry means you’re wearing a white coat and working in a lab. For me it’s camping on an ice shelf and collecting ice and water samples.” For a long time Briar thought she would stay in the tertiary sector, but then realised it was not the way she wanted to work. “I like to work closely and build relationships with people, ignite the spark, see them get inspired.” Dr Tom Hawkins was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for a PhD in marine biology in New Zealand, and soon made a new life for himself down under. He chose teaching because it dawned on him that it had become “the most enjoyable part of my work life.” “I enjoy opening people’s eyes to new ways of thinking and watching them take their own steps in scientific discovery. I encourage them to develop their questioning mindset and to become comfortable (but never satisfied) with a state of ignorance. The humility gained by realising how much is yet to be known is invaluable.”
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BOARDING A drive for improvement
With College’s three boarding Houses – School, Richards and Flower’s – now offering a consistent level of care, the driving aim is to ensure all boarders have a positive boarding experience. “We want to make sure the boarding experience for all the boys is helping develop them in their journey through adolescence and, most of all, we want to be sure the whole experience is a positive one for our boys,” says Director of Boarding and the Centre for Character & Leadership Darrell Thatcher. Having led the move to standardise the level of care across the Houses, while ensuring they maintain their distinct characteristics, Darrell says there are three main areas of focus for boarding this year. The first sees the development of the “House Man” programme across all boarding Houses. Last year School House introduced an incentive-based award focused around House participation, service to College, academic endeavour, personal attributes, duty and responsibility, and overall consistent effort. It eventuated after an initial consultation process with the School House boys. They came up with some words to describe what a School “House Man” would look like, and the awards programme developed from there. The boys’ enthusiasm for the new awards was immediate, according to School Housemaster Arthur Wood, and the programme has now been rolled out to the other boarding
Diligent Trustworthy Hardworking Respectful
Empathetic and inclusive
Learning from experience good or bad
High standards Resilient
Striving for excellence
Know your limits
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Houses. The aim, says Darrell, is to recognise boys in Years 9–12 who demonstrate College virtues and character strengths, and those in Year 13 who demonstrate the attributes of the ideal College graduate. The second area of focus is on the development of a Year 11 and 12 programme to help boarders grow their mentoring and leadership skills. “While we have made huge steps in the past few years in terms of fostering positive relationships between our senior and junior boarders, this programme will provide support and skills for the boys as they head into their senior years and take on responsibility within the boarding Houses,” says Darrell. The third area of focus is on the provision of continual professional learning opportunities for boarding House staff. “This year we have implemented education sessions for all our boarding staff – from Housemasters to House tutors. The world in which our teenage boys operate is forever changing and it’s important our boarding staff are updated on the latest trends and have access to professional learning in areas like social media, pornography, substance use, internationalism, mental health, the restorative justice process, staff wellbeing, and how to help and encourage the boys to make the correct decisions.” “ We want to make sure the boarding experience for all the boys is helping develop them in their journey through adolescence. ” Darrell Thatcher
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