Your guide to Christ's College 2023


Your guide to Christ’s College For boys and parents


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Term Dates

Weekly Routine About College


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The House System

Pastoral Care

The Home and School Partnership

Academic Matters Curriculum Overview Course Summary

Digital Services and e-Learning


Co-curricular Activities




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Practical Matters College Directory

Map of Christ’s College

Contact Us

Address Christ’s College Rolleston Avenue Private Bag 4900 Christchurch 8140 New Zealand

Phone 03 366 8705 Email

Office Hours Monday–Friday 8am–4.30pm Absence Line 03 364 8676 Website


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Nau mai haere mai A very warm welcome to Christ’s College.

I am delighted you have chosen to come to College and I hope you and your family enjoy a productive and rewarding partnership with us in the years ahead. Our vision is encompassed in our mission: Each boy at his best . College is renowned for the quality and strength of its academic, cultural, sport and co- curricular programmes. Our commitment is to work with you, to help you develop the skills and attributes you need to thrive. We look forward to seeing you grow into a virtuous young man, confident and self-aware, ready, willing and able to make a positive contribution to society. I hope you will take advantage of all the amazing opportunities available to you at College. Focus on your studies, explore your interests, and never be afraid to put your hand up to try something new. If you put in the effort, your life will be enriched by your College experience. This handbook contains a wealth of information about College life. I am sure it will prove useful as you begin your learning journey with us.

Garth Wynne Executive Principal


Term Dates

Term 1 (9 weeks) Monday 30 January–Friday 31 March Waitangi Day – Monday 6 February (Week 2) Easter break – 7–11 April (falls within holiday period) 3 weeks holiday Term 2 (10 weeks) Monday 24 April–Friday 30 June Anzac Day – Tuesday 25 April (Week 1) Queen’s Birthday — Monday 5 June (Week 7) Matariki – Friday 14 July (falls within holiday period) 2 weeks holiday Term 3 (9 weeks) Monday 17 July–Friday 15 September 3 weeks holiday * Staff professional learning – Friday 6 October Term 4 (9 weeks) Monday 9 October – Friday 1 December Labour Day — Monday 23 October (Week 3) Canterbury Show Day — Friday 17 November (Week 6) The Calendar page on our website is a great way to find out about what’s going on at College. Click College Life – Calendar on our homepage and then click on the title of an event to find out more.

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Weekly Routine





House Time 8.15am Chapel 8.30–9am (One House each week has House time)

House Time 8.15am Mentor Time 8.30–9am

House Time 8.15am

No House Time Staff PL 8.20–9.10am Assembly 9.20–10am

House Time 8.15am Chapel 8.30–9am (One House each week has House time)







9.55–10.45am 9.55–10.45am 9.20–10am

10.45–11.25am 9.55–10.45am


Break 10.45–11.05am 10.45–11.05am 10–10.20am

11.25–11.45am 10.45–11.05am

Congers 10.20–11am Department Meetings 10.20–11am


11.05–11.55am 11.05–11.55am 11–11.40am

11.45am–12.25pm 11.05–11.55am



12.00–12.50pm 11.45am–12.25pm 12.30–1.10pm 12–12.50pm

Lunch 12.50–1.50pm 12.50–1.50pm 12.25–1.05pm













2.55–3.35pm 2.45–3.35pm

Our Routine Boarders are expected to be in residence by 8pm on the evening before term begins and dayboys should be at their House by 8.10am on the first morning of term. Blazers are to be worn to Monday and Friday Chapels (during Term 1 and 4), Wednesday Congers and Thursday Assembly. Dress uniform (suit) is to be worn on Mondays and Fridays in Term 2 and 3, as well as Sunday Chapel, Prize-giving and other formal occasions as appropriate. Boys are encouraged to cycle or walk to school. However, if driving, we ask College families to stay away from the school gates in order to avoid congestion in Rolleston Avenue. House time is held every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.15am. There is a whole school Assembly every Thursday at 9.20am. Chapel services are held at 8.30am on

Monday and Friday, and on Sundays throughout the year (dates and times available on the website). Congregational singing practice (Congers) takes place on Wednesday at 10.20am. There are six 50-minute lessons on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesday, the first lesson is 45 minutes and, thereafter, each lesson is 40 minutes, which allows time for Congers and sport. There is a late start for students on Thursday, with no House time and Assembly at 9.20am. Thursday’s first lesson commences at 10am followed by six 40-minute lessons. The routine has sufficient time built in to allow students to transfer between classes. Any requests for permission to leave early or arrive late should be made to your Housemaster, in advance and with good reason.


About College

Our Virtues Seven core Christian virtues underpin all aspects of College life. • Honesty – being truthful and sincere in words and actions • Spirituality – appreciating that in seeking a fullness of life we need to look beyond our material needs and wants • Compassion – being generous towards those less fortunate than ourselves • Learning – striving to become independent, lifelong learners, and recognising the right of others to learn • Respect – cultivating an attitude of respect, for ourselves, for others and for our school and community • Stewardship – recognising the good we have received from the past so that it may be preserved or enhanced • Justice – accepting people’s differences and being fair in all our dealings with others. We encourage our students to aspire to live a virtuous life, to cultivate good character and work habits, make good choices, and strive for excellence in everything they do.

Established in 1850, Christ’s College is an Anglican school founded on Christian principles. Its history is inextricably linked with the foundation and settlement of Christchurch and the Canterbury region. College moved to its present site in 1856, putting down roots in the central city, growing and developing, and creating the exceptional learning environment you find today. And exceptional it is. As one of the leading independent boys’ schools in New Zealand, College focuses on delivering a multi-faceted and inspirational educational experience and – in partnership with parents – preparing our students for a world of opportunities. Our Vision Christ’s College will be a vibrant school community that educates boys to be men of virtuous character who make a positive contribution to society.

Our Mission Each boy at his best .

Ma te ahurei o te rangatahi, ka arahi i o matou mahi –“Let the uniqueness of the student guide our work” Our Motto Bene tradita, bene servanda – “Good traditions, well maintained”

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Our Crest The College crest reflects our heritage, identity and history. The helm – a corporate body with the crest of a tui’s head. The white tuft on black plumage forms the College colours, black and white. The hung fleece – taken from the coat of arms of the Canterbury Province. The lion – taken from the coat of arms of Christ’s College, Cambridge, alma mater of the first Superintendent of Canterbury, Mr JE Fitzgerald, who drew up the ordinance founding College. The Tudor rose – taken from the coat of arms of Christ Church, Oxford, alma mater of Mr JR Godley and many of the founders of Canterbury. The wavy line – signifies a voyage by sea. The four shells (escallops) – represent the Canterbury Association’s early settlers who arrived in the First Four Ships. The lozenge – with points forming the heraldic cross most similar to that in the east window of the Chapel, and used on the pockets of Old Boys’ blazers. The open book with letters – signifies a place of learning or school and XP (the Greek letters chi and rho) represent Christos, thus Christ’s College.


Our Haka – Te Kura Karaiti Kaea Tuturu whakamaua kia tina The coming together of our family, Katoa Tina Our school Kaea Haumi e, hui e Katoa Taiki e!

Kaea A ha, ko te Kura Karaiti

We are Christ’s College

Katoa E ara! E ara!

Arise, arise

Kaea Ko te Kura Karaiti Katoa E ara! E ara! Kaea Aoraki Matatu Katoa E ara! E ara! Kaea Aoraki Rakatira

We are Christ’s College

Arise, arise

We must pay homage

As we gaze upon our celestial mountain Mount Aoraki Our protector, our paramount chief

Katoa E ara! E ara! E ...

Kaea I ... a ha ha! Katoa Ko te mana o roto

That provides our mana, belief within Acknowledges our ancestral mana (Old

Ko te mana tupuna


who wore the jersey and ones who

have passed)

Ko te mana Kura Karaiti

Acknowledges the mana of the school and,

Atua e ... (look up)

most importantly, Christ the Lord

Kaea A ha ... Ka wero, ka wero

We challenge you our adversaries

(slap right chest first)

Katoa Ki te hoa kakari

Sense our awe Sense the fear

Ki te hoa kakari Me(h) roko, te ihi Me roko, te wehi e

Kaea Aue

To cry (our love for the team and school) For we are Christ’s College standing here

Ko te Kura Karaiti

E tu nei! Katoa Tu tonu ake ake

We will forever remain, forever remain ...

Tu tonu ake ake, Hi!

Kaea Ano Katoa Tu tonu ake ake, Ha!

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Chapel is an integral part of College life. It is the architectural reminder at the heart of our school to find the still point in the turning world, a place where the College community gathers to pause, reflect, sing and pray.

Centre for Ethics & Spirituality The aim of the Centre for Ethics & Spirituality is to inspire us, as a community, to start thinking and talking about some of the big questions in life. Guest speakers present on a wide range of topics, designed to promote critical and creative thinking and enhance our understanding of and engagement with

All boys, regardless of religious affiliation, are expected to participate in Chapel. They must attend Chapel on Monday and Friday mornings, congregational singing practice (Congers) on Wednesday, at least two Sunday services each term, and Carols on the Quad. Juniors also attend our end-of-year Advent Carol Service. Christ’s College follows contemporary Anglican practice, and is inclusive of all. Parents and families are encouraged to attend Sunday services and are also invited to come and share our traditional Christmas celebrations. Whatever his age, whatever his denomination, if a boy is baptised (christened) he is encouraged to receive communion. Baptism is offered for boys in any year group and each year preparation for confirmation is available for boys in Years 12–13. Confirmation is regarded as an individual commitment to aspire to live according to Christian ideals. The Chaplain’s office is in the Selwyn Building, which also accommodates the Religious Education department and the Choir vestry. Religious Education at College focuses mainly on Christianity, but also explores the world’s other great religions, including Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, and teaches the fundamentals of philosophy and ethics.

the world. Chaplain The Rev’d Cameron Pickering For more information about Chapel and the Centre for Ethics & Spirituality, go to the Chapel and Ethics & Spirituality pages in the Community section of our website.


The House System

When you start at Christ’s College you will be assigned to a House. College has 10 Houses, three for boarders and seven for dayboys.

In addition, you will be assigned to the particular care and attention of an Assistant Housemaster, who will help you with goal planning and monitor your progress. All boys are bound by the school rules and each House publishes its own student guide, designed to help you settle in and understand House rules and expectations. Student leaders in each House include the Head of House and Year 13 students. These senior boys support the Housemaster in running interhouse events, mentor younger students, oversee House duties and foster House spirit. College runs several interhouse competitions, and all students are encouraged to take part. There is always an atmosphere of friendly rivalry between Houses at these events. We encourage you to get involved in House activities. By becoming an active and enthusiastic member of your House, you will form some amazing friendships, gain the confidence to step out of your comfort zone and try different things, develop your sense of self and your character strengths, have opportunities to both lead and follow, and be recognised for your hard work and the contribution you make. Please refer to the College Directory at the back of this handbook to find the names and contact details of key House personnel, or visit the College Life page on our website to find out more about our Houses.

Boarding Houses Flower’s House Richards House School House

Day Houses Condell’s House Corfe House Harper House Jacobs House Julius House Rolleston House Somes House

Your House will become one of your most important places at school, your band of brothers within the wider College community. If you are a boarder, your House will become your home away from home. If a dayboy, your House will be the base from which you operate while at school. Your Housemaster and other House staff are there to support you throughout your time at College. They will get to know you well, and will give you help and advice about all aspects of College life, as well as any other matters that affect your wellbeing.

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Centre for Character & Leadership The Centre for Character & Leadership complements and enhances our academic programme. Its age-appropriate programmes are designed to support the boys as they transition through adolescence, helping them acquire the character strengths and skills they need in order to thrive and, ultimately, make a positive contribution to the wider society in which they live. Director of Character & Leadership For more information about the Centre for Character & Leadership, go to the Character & Leadership page in the College Life section of our website. Student Leaders By getting involved in the life of the school, you will find many opportunities to develop leadership skills in different contexts – and while not everyone can be Head Prefect, or captain of a sports team, or first violin, or take a leading role in a school production, each boy can aspire to be and do his best, to both lead and serve as a valued member of our community. and Service Matt Cortesi

Prefects 2023 Head Prefect –Ed Davidson Deputy Head Prefect –Matthew Brett Head of Boarding –Lachie Short Head of Condell’s –Nate Ovendale Head of Corfe –Charlie Poulter Head of Flower’s –Beau Armstrong Head of Harper –Nick Wilson Head of Jacobs –George Cochrane Head of Julius –Tom Picton-Warlow Head of Richards –Michael Li Head of Rolleston –Jack McKeown Head of School –Matthew O’Connor Head of Somes – George Howard Head of Academic –Angus Gifford

Head of Arts & Culture –William Sudell Head of Biculturalism –Jack McKenzie Head of Chapel Choir –Alexander Law Chapel Prefects – George Brakenridge, Edward Nye Head of Character & Leadership –Tom Foster Head of Environment –Ben Donaldson Head of International & Round Square –Luke Kim Head of Service –Elliot Grey

Head of Sport –Lewis Whiteside Head of Wellbeing –Finn Melhuish


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Pastoral Care

We take our duty of care seriously. Our pastoral care approach is designed to make sure every boy feels safe and supported, and develops a sense of belonging to the College community .

Centre for Wellbeing We believe the best education focuses not only on academic achievement, but also on development of character strengths and wellbeing. The Centre for Wellbeing brings positive psychology and best teaching practice together, to promote good relationships, foster resilience and encourage positive lifestyle choices. Director of Wellbeing Education Caroline Black For more information, head to the Health & Wellbeing page in the Community section of our website. College Counsellor Our two College Counsellors – Riki Clark and Kirsty Robinson – offer a professional, confidential counselling service for boys and their families. Riki and Kirsty have considerable experience working with children, adolescents and adults in need, and understand the psychological and social stressors and mental health issues many young people face today. College Counsellors Riki Clark Kirsty Robinson

The Housemaster or House Mentor should be the first person you contact if you have any problems or concerns. Each boy is assigned to the particular care of a staff member who will act as a mentor, support him with goal planning and monitor his progress. In addition, College has a comprehensive counselling and support service, with several people – including the Chaplain, our two College Counsellors, and the Careers Advisor, International Student Manager, Nurses and Matrons – in our guidance network. The Student Wellbeing page on Schoolbox, run by the Student Wellbeing committee with the support of the Health & Wellbeing team, is a self-help initiative that provides links to practical ideas and resources designed to help students in need and to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. It is well worth a look. At College, we take a firm stand on bullying or harassment and do not tolerate abusive behaviour. We encourage students to report any instances of bullying or harassment, either by talking to a trusted member of staff or through the Bullying Report Form (BRF) option on Schoolbox. We will respect your confidentiality, and undertake to investigate and resolve such issues in a satisfactory and timely manner. Alternatively, students can report concerns about bullying, using the anonymous notification on


The Home and School Partnership

We are in this together. When a boy starts College, he and his family are welcomed into our school community. As we encourage our students to dive in and take advantage of the many opportunities available through their College experience, we also encourage their families to get involved.

Marketing and Communications A wide range of publications are distributed to the College community, including: Register – a chronicle of each year at College, published in Term 1 College – a colour news magazine, published yearly In Black & White – an electronic newsletter, published every two weeks in term time College calendar – a list of key events, dates, times and venues, published electronically College website – a useful source of news and information about all aspects of College life College Facebook – ChristsCollege – for the latest news and events at College Please tell us if your son has done anything you think we should know about, whether as part of his school activities or in other areas of his life. We encourage parents to contact our Marketing and Communications team with news and photographs celebrating students’ successes. Director of Advancement Claire Sparks

There is always something happening at College, and parents are always welcome to attend. Whether you are cheering on the sidelines or helping manage a sports team, lending a hand behind the scenes for drama or music productions, or accompanying students on away trips, we are grateful for your support. Your Housemaster will let you know about any House-specific activities, or you can have a look at the Calendar page on our website to find out about upcoming events. Christ’s College Parents’ Association For parents, joining the Parents’ Association is a great way to meet other people and support the school. The Parents’ Association plays a pivotal role in coordinating some of College’s main social functions, including Athletics Sports Day, Mid-Winter Drinks and the Pink Lunch. Parents’ Association President Megan Lamberg

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Keep in Touch To be confident we can get in touch with you in any situation, please ensure we have your family’s up-to-date contact details – including address, phone numbers (mobile and landline) and email – at all times.


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Academic Matters

Our focus is on helping each boy realise his full academic potential. College delivers high-quality learning programmes encompassing the latest curriculum developments and best teaching pedagogy. Teaching and learning areas of expertise are supported through the Centre for Teaching Excellence & Research.

• English – including Media Studies • The Arts – Art History, Drama, Music and Visual Arts • Health & Physical Education – including Sport Leadership • Modern Languages – French, Japanese, Te Reo Ma¯ori • Mathematics & Statistics – including Calculus • Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth & Space Science • Social Sciences – Accounting, Agribusiness, Business and Enterprise, Classical Studies, Economics, Financial Literacy, Geography,History, Religious Education, Psychology, Systems & Justice • Technology – Building Construction, Digital Technology, Design & Visual Communication, Materials Technology and Mechanical Engineering

• Learning Centre – provides extra support for students who need more focused individual or small group tuition • Advanced Learning – provides extension and enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom • Careers Advisor – provides advice about subject choices and study or career pathways


Curriculum Overview



YEAR 12 NCEA Level 2

YEAR 13 NCEA Level 3



Accounting Agribusiness Art (General) Art (Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture) Art History (online provider) Biology Building Construction Business & Enterprise Chemistry Classical Studies Design & Visual Communication (DVC) Digital Technologies Drama Earth & Space Science Economics English Financial Literacy French Geography

Health History Japanese Materials Technology Mathematics

Mathematics with Calculus Mathematics with Statistics Media Studies Mechanical Engineering Music Physical Education Physics Psychology

Religious Education Sports Leadership Te Ao Ma¯ori Te Reo Ma¯ori Wellbeing (MindFIT)

KEY Subject taught Compulsory for all

Subject not taught

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Course Summary







Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

4 (trimesters)


4 (trimesters)


4 (trimesters)

Systems and Justice

4 (trimesters)

Te Reo Ma¯ori


Choose either of the following languages: French Japanese

3 3

Art / Drama / Music

2 (trimesters)

Digital Thinking / Materials Technology / Design & Visual Communication

2 (trimesters)

Religious Education


Physical Education and Health


MINDfit (Wellbeing)



Classroom Code of Conduct College has high expectations of good behaviour and expects all students to treat their teachers and fellow students with respect at all times. In the classroom, students should always • Make the most of their learning opportunities • Behave in a way that does not disrupt the learning of others The Christ’s College Diploma – Choice & Challenge The Christ’s College Diploma is a two-year academic programme in Years 10–11, based on educational research on best practice in boys’ education. While there are compulsory subjects, boys can choose the content and context of these subjects in many learning areas. In addition to compulsory core subjects, boys undertake preparation courses designed to deepen learning in preparation for NCEA Level 2. The Diploma also gives boys the opportunity to be recognised for excellence outside the classroom. To graduate from the Diploma programme, boys complete a range of opportunities across six character elements that use the Round Square IDEALS to work towards the Christ’s College Graduate outcomes. Students who go above and beyond to show initiative and have an impact in these areas can be awarded Silver and Gold Diplomas to recognise their holistic educational experience.

Elements of the College Diploma • Academic Engagement • Character and Leadership • Community and Service • Discovery and Challenge

• Global Citizenship • Sustainable Future • Taha Ma¯ ori

To recognise academic excellence, the top academic students in the year group who are awarded a Gold Diploma will receive their Diploma with Academic Honours. New Zealand Qualifications The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is New Zealand’s main national qualification for senior secondary school students. In each subject, skills and knowledge are assessed against a number of standards – and schools use a range of internal and external assessments to measure how well students meet these standards. When a student achieves a standard, they are awarded credits. Students must accrue a certain number of credits at each level in order to gain an NCEA certificate. High achievement is recognised by Merit and Excellence endorsements. NCEA Level 1 – a student must gain a total of 80 credits at Level 1 or above, including a minimum of 10 literacy and 10 numeracy credits. From 2022, NCEA Level 1 will not be assessed in Year 11. A student will gain Level 1 automatically when they complete Level 2 in Year 12. NCEA Level 2 – a student must gain a total of 60 credits at Level 2 or above, plus 20 Credits from any level, and Level 1 literacy and numeracy.

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Prizes and Awards We like to celebrate success. The system of prizes and awards at College is designed to recognise not only academic excellence, but also effort and achievement. Gold Badges and Gold Ties are awarded for academic excellence, Honours Ties are given to boys who make an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the school, while School Colours are awarded to our top sportsmen. Gold and Silver Buttons may be worn by boys who excel in a number of areas, plus there are many other House and school awards made to boys who deserve recognition. Character and MANifesto Awards Character and MANifesto awards, for juniors and seniors respectively, are for boys who embody any of College’s 24 character strengths, as identified through the VIA classification of character strengths and virtues. While they may be used to acknowledge academic endeavours, the awards have been designed to ensure staff look at each boy holistically and recognise personal growth and development both in and outside the classroom. Any boy nominated for an award is invited to attend morning tea with the Executive Principal. Charles Upham Character Awards These awards celebrate character strengths in action in the classroom, around the school and in the community. Up to two awards are made in each year group. They are named after College Old Boy Charles Upham, who was awarded the Victoria Cross and bar during World War II.

NCEA Level 3 – a student must gain a total of 60 credits at Level 3 or above, plus 20 credits from Level 2 or above, and Level 1 literacy and numeracy. University Entrance University Entrance (UE) is the qualification students need in order to go to university in New Zealand. To gain UE, a student must achieve • NCEA Level 3 • Three subjects – 42 credits at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each in three approved subjects • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required) Students should be aware that prolonged absences in Years 11, 12 or 13, may result in them being unable to meet the requirements for NCEA. Please discuss any concerns with your Housemaster, subject teachers or the Assistant Principal – Curriculum. For more information about academic matters and subject choices at College, please talk to your Housemaster or refer to our Teaching & Learning at Christ’s College, Curriculum Studies Guide, respective Course Booklets, and the NZQA Booklet – all available in the Academic Programme section of our website (under About us).


Silver Buttons These may be worn by boys who • Receive their second award of Colours, or their second award of an Honours Tie • Receive two awards – for example, an award of Colours plus an award of a Gold Badge; an Honours Tie plus an award of a Gold Badge; or Colours and an Honours Tie

Charles Upham is recognised for his strengths of humility, courage, perserverance and leadership. To be eligible for this award, a student must have received a Character Award during the year (Years 9–11), or a MANifesto Award (Years 12 and 13). The Charles Upham awards are awarded in Junior and Senior Prize-giving. Gold Badges Gold Badges recognise outstanding achievement in NCEA at Level 2. The criteria for receiving a Gold Badge are • Year 12 – a minimum of 70 credits at Excellence in Year 12 NCEA Level 2 or above, or a minimum of 80 credits at Excellence at Level 2 NCEA achieved by the end of Year 12 Gold Ties A Gold Tie is awarded to the top five students in Year 12 with the highest percentage of Excellence credits in one academic year. To be eligible, the student must also be a Gold Badge recipient. Gold Buttons These may be worn by boys who • Receive their third award of Colours • Receive their third award of an Honours Tie • Receive three awards in combination – for example, an Honours Tie, Colours and a Gold Badge; or two Colours and a Gold Badge; or two Honours Ties and Colours

Student–Parent–Teacher Meetings

These meetings provide an opportunity for parents to get to know their son’s teachers, discuss his academic progress and raise any other pertinent issues. To accomodate all families, thes are held online. Year 9s will have a parent meeting in Term 2, with Diploma and Senior students having one parent meeting in each semester. Housemasters are always prepared to arrange meetings at other times as required. Careers Our dedicated Careers Advisor is available to give advice on learning pathways at College, as well as tertiary study and career options. He works with both juniors and seniors, with groups and individuals, and liaises with tertiary education providers, organises work experience opportunities, and has a wide range of information and resources available. It is never too early to seek careers advice and all boys should be encouraged to think about life beyond school. Careers Advisor

Chris Sellars 027 268 9437

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Library The library has a fantastic range of fiction and non-fiction paper and e-books, plus magazines and DVDs, computers and audio- visual equipment. Its website gives access to the library catalogue, as well as a range of databases, search engines and resource links. Books are issued for four weeks and DVDs for one week. Renewals are allowed. Overdue notices will be sent by email, and students are responsible for the safe return of all borrowed items. Our approachable and dedicated library staff are always keen to help, and have a world of information at their fingertips. Students should always be aware the library is a place for quiet work and study – and sensible, respectful behaviour is expected. Food and drink are not allowed in the library. Bags must be left in the foyer on the hooks and benches provided, but students should take their laptops with them when studying in the library. Opening hours (term time only) 9am–4.30pm Monday–Friday Supervised prep and academic tuition for boarders in the evening. Librarian Emma Stilwell Library Assistant Libby Stevens

Centre for Teaching Excellence & Research The Centre for Teaching Excellence & Research has been established to promote continuous improvement in teaching and learning. Using a coaching model and focusing on best practice in education, the Centre will support and empower our teaching staff to be the best they can be and to deliver inspirational and meaningful learning programmes. Assistant Principal – Curriculum Nicole Billante Heads of Teaching & Learning Dr Graeme Swanson Katie Southworth Nikki Bleyendaal Research & Policy Analyst Amanda Lester

College Archives The archives are available for you to research College history. To arrange an appointment, either email the archivist or talk to the library staff and they will contact the archivist on your behalf.

Archivist Jane Teal


Digital Services and e-Learning

College is at the forefront of using digital technologies to support teaching and learning, and all students are expected to have a fully charged laptop available for use in class.

JumpCloud JumpCloud is an identity management service that College uses to provide access to the Wi-Fi and core digital resources, such as Schoolbox, with a single password. Boys are required to use a secure eight-character password consisting of letters, numbers and symbols. JumpCloud is also used for parent access to the parent portal. Be a Good Digital Citizen • Always charge your laptop overnight • Back up your files and keep your passwords secure • Carry your laptop in a case or bag to prevent damage • Never interfere with another boy’s laptop • Never leave your laptop lying around. When not in use, store it in a safe place • Never use email, texts or the network to bully or humiliate others • Use access to technology resources responsibly and wisely • Do not use VPNs to bypass College systems • Keep your operating system up to the version recommended by Digital Services

Boys are required to have an Apple MacBook Air or Pro with a minimum 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage space. Battery life should be sufficient to last the school day on a full charge, and should be recharged each night. College provides all relevant curriculum software and makes extensive use of the Google Workspace suite of productivity tools to support learning. At the beginning of the year, boys are issued with a College email address and access credentials. Additionally, a digital code of conduct is signed, outlining the expectations and responsibilities regarding access to digital services and resources.

Schoolbox Schoolbox is an integrated learning

management system and community portal provided by College to support engagement and enhance teaching and learning. It is the primary tool used to deliver course material, deliver notices and track student progress. It is the main portal boys will use to access resources.

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Please refer to the College Directory at the back of this handbook to find the names and contact details of key Digital Services personnel, or visit the e-Learning page in the Curriculum section of our website for more information about Digital Services and our digital learning strategy.

Digital Services Digital Services is located on Level 2 of the Fine Arts & Technology building. The Digital Services team operates and supports the information technology resources around College. For any digital-related problems, visit the help desk in the Digital Services reception area for assistance. Director of Digital Services Paul Rodley

Email Protocols • Use Christ’s College email addresses for all matters relating to College • Keep your emails as concise as possible • Always be polite • Teachers are not expected to read work- related emails in the evening or during the weekend. However, they are expected to respond as soon as convenient and preferably within 24 hours on a normal school day Email is a quick and easy way to communicate with teachers and other students. It is expected that boys use it wisely and adhere to these email protocols.


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College is known for its sportsmanship in a broad range of sports. Our excellent facilities, specialist coaches and support staff, regular training sessions and strength and conditioning programmes, are in place to assist teams and individuals develop skills in their chosen field.

Summer Sports Athletics Clay Target Shooting* Cricket

Sport is an integral part of College life and all boys are expected to participate in both summer and winter sport. House sport competitions, held throughout the year, give everyone the opportunity to have a go at different activities and foster House and school spirit. Our Athletics Sports Day and Swimming Sports are held early in Term 1. In both cases there is an interhouse competition, as well as individual championships. These events are a great introduction to sport at College, as well as fun social activities. Parents are always welcome at sports games and events. Usual sports days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after school and Saturday – but other days may be used, depending on the sport. Practice times vary, but most finish by 5.30pm. Your coach will outline the expectations for your chosen sport. Whether you are a passionate sportsman or not, at College we believe there are many health and wellbeing benefits to be gained from taking part in sports and physical activity and having access to a high quality physical education programme.

Golf (Years 11–13) Mountain Biking Multisport* Polo Rowing

Sailing Surfing Swimming Tennis Venture Group (Years 10–13) Volleyball Water Polo

Winter Sports Badminton Basketball Clay Target Shooting* Cycling

Football Harriers Hockey Rugby Skiing and Snowboarding* Squash Table Tennis * Boys can participate in these sports in addition to their chosen summer or winter sport.


Facilities College’s playing fields, known as the Christ’s College Cricket Ground, are located in South Hagley Park. This complex comprises two rugby fields, three football fields, five turf cricket pitches and a grass net training facility for cricket. On campus, College has a well-equipped gymnasium, a five-lane 25m heated indoor swimming pool and another playing field – Upper. The gymnasium is used for various sport events, including badminton, basketball, table tennis and volleyball and also houses our strength and conditioning area. Street shoes may not be worn on the gymnasium floor under any circumstances. Do not take food or drink into the gymnasium. When using the swimming pool, students must behave sensibly and pay attention to the pool rules (posted in the pool building) at all times. Swimming is only allowed when there is supervision available. Do not walk to the pool in bare feet, or take food or drink into the pool building. Upper is used as a track and field facility in summer and a rugby field in winter, and an all-year-round facility for teaching and learning. College has its own rowing shed at Kerr’s Reach and a rowing erg room in Cranmer Square. Other facilities are sourced on an as-required basis.

Sport Code of Conduct College strongly supports the principles of good sportsmanship and fair play. Your appearance and behaviour, both on and off the field, should be of the highest standard. • Wear the correct gear to practices and matches • Be punctual • Abide by the referee’s (or umpire’s) decisions without complaint or argument • Avoid inappropriate behaviour – such as swearing, fighting or arguing – even when provoked • Racial abuse or harassment will not be tolerated • Show loyalty to your team, captain, coach and College • Play with a will to win, but play fairly

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Exemptions Exemptions from sport are to be approved by the Assistant Principal – Planning, Co-Curricular and Administration, in consultation with the Director of Sport, the Director of Music and the Director of Drama (as appropriate). It is generally anticipated that, as part of any consideration: • As a minimum, a boy will play one sport each year for College • Years 9–11 students will only be given exemption from a second sport for a high-level performance sport – when so approved – following an application by the student and endorsed by parents, the Director of Sport and the Housemaster • Years 12–13 boys with significant non- sporting co-curricular commitments (e.g. lead roles in senior production, significant music commitments) may be considered for exemption following an application by the student, and endorsed by parents and the Housemaster • Exemptions can be granted on medical grounds (a doctor’s certificate is required) • Exemptions will not be granted for clashes with non-College activities, such as jobs.

Director of Sport Benn McBrearty For more information on sport at College – in particular, further details about individual sports and the teachers in charge, our sport Code of Conduct, Guidelines and FAQs – go to the Sport pages on our website.


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Co-curricular Activities

There is always something happening at College and we encourage all students to get involved in some kind of activity outside the classroom. You might pursue an already established interest or decide to try something new. Whatever you choose, co-curricular activities are sure to help you meet new people, gain new skills and enhance your College experience.

Chess Chess enthusiasts can compete for the House Cup in Term 3 and play in the interschool chess competition during winter months. All boys, at any level, are welcome. Teacher-in-Charge Gill Kilpatrick Debating Debating is a fun way to develop reasoning, research and confidence in public speaking. At College, students have several opportunities to hone their debating skills, with both junior and senior interhouse competitions, and interschool competitions and exchanges. Teacher-in-Charge Emma Bracken

Drama College has a strong tradition of excellence in the performing arts, with a myriad of opportunities for students to participate both onstage and behind the scenes – including House Plays, Theatresports, the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival and annual musical or dramatic productions for senior and junior students. Through timetabled classroom drama and the co-curricular experiences, we teach individual performance skills and stagecraft, and foster aesthetic and kinaesthetic growth, nurturing creative talent, imaginative flair and a love for the theatre arts. We work closely with the Music School and local girls’ schools to create vibrant performing arts partnerships. Specialist speech and drama teachers offer individual lessons, and students can work towards Speech NZ and Trinity College London qualifications. Lessons are scheduled between 8am–8pm and careful timetabling ensures boys do not miss the same academic lesson each week.

Director of Drama Hannah Clarkson


Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award The aim of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is to challenge young people to be the best they can be, to help them discover and build on their strengths and interests through service, skills, physical recreation and an adventurous journey. There are three award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. All Year 10 boys are enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award and are expected to gain the Bronze Award. By making the Bronze Award compulsory, we hope many boys will choose to complete the more advanced levels as well. Teacher-in-Charge Graeme Christey

Model United Nations By getting involved in Model United Nations (MUN) activities, students learn to look outwards and discover the art of diplomacy and importance of international relations. Students in Years 11–13 have the opportunity to participate in both regional and national MUN conferences, and may also apply to be part of the New Zealand delegation to the annual international MUN conference. Several College students have participated at the highest level, and hugely enjoyed and greatly benefitted from the experience. MUN is for anyone interested in politics, current affairs, public speaking and contemporary global issues, particularly relating to human rights, the environment,

security and trade. Teacher-in-Charge Emma Bracken

Exchange Programmes Exchanges open up the world and give

students the opportunity to experience life in another country and culture. They are an important contributor to our Round Square Ideal of Internationalism. College has exchange programmes in place with schools in the USA, England, Germany, France, Japan, Singapore, Argentina and Australia. Exchanges operate in Years 9, 10 and 12. Opportunities to be involved in our Exchange Programmes will be advertised through Student Notices on Schoolbox. Teacher-in-Charge To be confirmed.

Round Square Round Square is a worldwide network of innovative schools in 50 countries across six continents. The Round Square IDEALS – Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service – complement our College virtues and, by becoming a member of Round Square, we can promote our interest in embracing a global perspective, experiential learning and character education.

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Our commitment to Round Square is largely student-driven, with our International Committee leading Round Square initiatives at College. Teacher-in-Charge Rob Donaldson Skiing Our teams compete in the Canterbury and South Island championships each year.

Teacher-in-Charge Monique Ellis-Martin


Music and Choir College has a rich and vibrant music

programme and the Christ’s College Music School aims to offer all boys the opportunity to excel and achieve excellence in music. Students are taught to appreciate a wide range of musical styles and experiences – through music lessons, sessions with visiting artists, concerts and live performances – as part of their wider aesthetic development. Music lessons are available for a wide range of instruments, including voice. Our itinerant music tutors are all professional musicians and excellent role models for our students. Music lessons are scheduled between 8am–9pm, depending on the availability of the tutor and to accommodate each boy’s academic programme. Lessons take place in the Music School in Rolleston Avenue and instruments are available for hire from local music suppliers. Students who wish to focus on singing can audition for a place in the Chapel Choir and our specialist choir Schola Cantorum, which concentrates on a cappella and more demanding part work. College choirs have extensive repertoires of traditional choral and contemporary pieces, and sing in Chapel as well as at other College events, and in performances both in New Zealand and overseas. College offers many performance opportunities – including Big Band, Small Band, Brass Ensemble, Chapel Choir, Congregational Singing, Contemporary

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Director of Music Robert Aburn For more information about co-curricular activities at College, go to the Our Programmes pages in the College Life section of our website.

Music, Chamber Music, Jazz Combo, Saxophone Ensemble, Schola Cantorum and Orchestra (with students from St Margaret’s College) – and interested students are welcome to join our thriving community of passionate musicians.


Monday Thursday

6.30–8pm 12.50–1.40pm

Big Band

Chamber Music Groups

Times by arrangement

Chapel Choir (Full Choir)

Wednesday & Friday Friday

5.45–6.45pm 4–5pm

(Schola Cantorum)

Jazz Combo



Music School & practice facilities

Open daily





Contemporary Music

Tuesday & Thursday

Rotating through the day

Saxophone Ensemble




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The Uniform Shop is the sole supplier of all Christ’s College uniforms, including sport uniforms, and also stocks a range of stationery and other supplies. It also sells some second-hand uniform items, if clean, in good condition, and in current fabric and style.

The Uniform Shop offers appointments for uniform fittings for new entrants and for boys who need made-to-measure clothing. A sewing and alterations service is also available through the Uniform Shop, with a seamstress on-site on a weekly basis. Shop hours (term time) Monday–Friday 10am–4.30pm School holiday hours Monday–Friday 10am–4pm

Manager Ann Shaw 03 364 8613 Location 10 Gloucester Street, Christchurch

For more information and to download a copy of the Uniform Shop booklet, go to the Uniform Shop page in the College Life section of our website.


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