Well done to all the boys who have represented College at Winter Tournament Week and a special thank you to all the coaches, staff, and parents for their ongoing support.
It has been wonderful to see so many boys involved. Congratulations to the Junior XI on the grand final win in the Junior South Island Invitational Football Tournament and to the Senior A Basketball team for reaching the final of the South Island Premiership in Dunedin.
When watching boys involved in any aspect of our programme, it affirms the great strengths of a school like ours – relationships forged both inside and outside the classroom and the benefits of a breadth of experience shared together. Often, to recognise the strengths in others, we need to see that person in a variety of different contexts. Just like us, our strengths are not always immediately obvious at the first impression or during regular interactions because those impressions are made in a particular circumstance. By having boys and staff (both teaching and non-teaching, internal and external) experience one another more holistically, we then come to appreciate what people can bring and who they are.
A boy who may be a little reserved in class suddenly emerges as the natural leader on the hockey turf. A staff member who is perceived as business-like, day-to-day, transforms to coach or manage the team with humour, vitality, and warmth. What this all means for a school like ours is that our relationships are enriched and our community nourished, as we know the most vital thing in our lives is the quality of relationships we have with people. This is why we encourage our boys to be involved in as many different activities as possible and why we are so fortunate that our staff are willing and empowered to enable this.
College works because of the quality of its relationships and long may that be so – no matter where and when they are forged.
If your son does not plan to return to College in 2024, please email email@example.com to let us know by the end of Week 1, Term 4. We would appreciate earlier notice if possible, with a high demand for places. Later notice will likely incur fees for Term 1, 2024.