Academic success for boys attending College has always been one of our key aspirations.
I have often made reference to this being the ‘first amongst equals’ given the variety of programmes we offer both within the regular classroom and co-curricular. Year-on-year, our results have been at the forefront of school performance in New Zealand. Continuous reflection and growth to ensure that our programme is bringing boys to their best, is relevant and meaningful and prepares them well for the next step of personal development, is a part of how we think here at College. Sometimes this relates to subjects on offer; for example, in recent years, the introduction of Agribusiness and Psychology in Years 12 and 13. At other times it might relate to programmes such as those developed in MINDfit and MANifesto that have been applied alongside traditional offerings to address the current needs of boys.
In 2022 this evolving improvement will see the introduction of a unique Christ’s College Diploma (CCD) based on the New Zealand curriculum, for students in Year 10 and 11 to be awarded at the end of an integrated sequential two-year programme that builds on the breadth and depth of our Year 9 beginning. The CCD will replace Level 1 NCEA which has for some time, in the College context, been redundant as a third year of qualification. In light of recent review by the Ministry of Education we now believe a new College Diploma that focuses on the phase of learning described as ‘choice and challenge’ will better identify and develop a balance of character and academic elements in a way that will best prepare and enhance the performance of all boys for their final push in Year 12/13, where our focus is on ‘excellence and expertise’.
The CCD will balance compulsion and choice across subjects and look to broaden both what is on offer and the level of challenge within. It will satisfy the requirements of any mandated New Zealand curriculum and so much more. With components including global competency and financial matters, we believe it offers much more credibility and will prepare our students well for NCEA Level 2 at Year 12. Awarded at three levels along with an additional Academic Honours opportunity, the CCD will reflect the College focus on developing and using strengths, as boys strive to be at their best both inside and outside the classroom. College will be leading this type of programme development which is beginning to find favour amongst a number of schools across the country.
Year 9 & 10 Parent Consultation Sessions
With these points in mind we now come to you for your input. We will be hosting a number of small group consultation sessions for Year 9 and 10 parents, to hear your feedback on our current workings for this diploma and harness your insights. We’ve immersed ourselves in this education philosophy for many months. Having fresh eyes from those who are directly impacted by this evolution at College is invaluable to us as we put together the final details. We look forward to sharing this exciting next step and invite you to register here to participate in these feedback sessions.
Old Boys' Reunion Weekend
I would like to acknowledge Alumni Manager Lizzie Dyer, other members of our Advancement team, current Old Boys’ President Richard Polson and members of his committee, past and present for a most successful Old Boys’ Reunion Weekend just past – amidst Covid level changes, late sign ups and Covid lock(outs)! What a fantastic series of events and celebrations, not least of which was the reveal of our next set of Old Boy ‘legend’ posters that are shown here.
Security on the campus
Just a reminder that for the security and safety of boys and their belongings, cameras continue to be installed across the school in public areas. These provide an additional level of security and are designed to ensure the boys and the properties are at all times kept safe. Some parents and boys may not be aware that the cameras exist; this is simply to inform everyone that they do, and that their role is always in the best interests of the students.
Boys and Technology – IBSC Parenting Boys Speaker Series
Once again you are invited to join parents worldwide for the online IBSC Parenting Boys Speaker Series. The next session, on 2–7 March is on Boys and Technology, and features Shimi Kang. Get expert insight into cutting-edge neuroscience that reveals a new understanding around how we metabolise experiences with technology that will lay the foundation for lasting success in our digital world. Harvard-trained psychiatrist Shimi Kang uses her new book to show how to help boys build healthy habits and make smart choices that maximise the benefits of tech – and minimise its risks. Get more details.
The school gathered on The Quad and observed a minute’s silence at 12.51pm on Monday, remembering the devastating 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake and the 185 people who lost their lives. Our boys were aged between three and eight years at the time. All of us, of whatever age, were impacted by the event and we all are the beneficiaries of the city’s commitment to the future.