Before our major end-of-year functions, our senior boys are busy with external examinations while our Years 9–11 students are exploring opportunities and service through our special programmes.
All these activities draw on strengths and character to address each programme’s inherent challenges. I look forward to our boys being at their best by choice of attitude and a desire to grow at any given opportunity.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.
I hope you had an opportunity to see our magical car caper, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. Each performance of our junior production was met with loud applause, as we all enjoyed a riotous ride during a very colourful and entertaining show. Congratulations to Director of Drama Hannah Clarkson, the associated Drama and Music staff, the outstanding cast, and the committed backstage crew for an excellent season. The superb set and the specially built car (thank you, Paul Harris) has also taken centre stage, and we thank our sponsors, Archibalds and Higgs Construction, for their support.
Annual Appeal 2023
We will open the Christ's College Museum during 2025 as a part of our 175th celebrations. We are very fortunate that Old Boy and renowned architect Alec Bruce has designed our new Museum concepts to be housed in one of our heritage buildings. I encourage you to discover here why our Museum means so much to our Old Boys and students.
The Hare Memorial Library building will be transformed into a beautiful space to host the new College Museum. It will showcase our precious archives in purpose-built archival cabinets highlighting our 175 years of history. Our Annual Appeal – titled ‘Bring our heritage into the light’ – opens the door to a remarkable collection. For those returning to College, the Museum will be a place to unlock memories or explore the past. For our current and future students, it will be where they connect with our unique and enduring legacy, delve into the meaning of our traditions, and discover how the school has evolved.
Naming rights opportunity
The Museum will include several archival cabinets of different sizes. We are offering the rare opportunity to be part of school history, with naming rights available per cabinet. To view the design, click here. These contemporary cabinets will feature your family name, with a family biography and College connections appropriately on display. These cabinets are an elegant way to bring two of our strategic themes – connection and philanthropy – to the fore as we approach 2025. If you want to learn more, please contact Senior Development Manager Shelley Keach at email@example.com or phone 027 807 0539.
Samantha Squire, our Head of Mathematics, is leaving the school at the end of the year when her family moves to Perth, Western Australia. Sam has been a steady hand on the tiller of the department for seven years. Those years have included the disruption of Covid-19, the introduction of learning progressions as reporting measures for Years 9–11, and the establishment of courses suited to our College Diploma. During her time, Samantha has been a mentor in Condell’s House and supported our co-curricular programme in badminton, basketball, volleyball, and, most recently, surfing. We thank Samantha for her contribution to all things College and wish her all the best in the warm, wild, West.
In 2024, Samantha will be replaced by Amanda Lester, who will be supported by Dr Neil de Joux. Both will hold one-year appointments as Head and Assistant Head of Department, respectively.
I am delighted to announce that I have appointed Tony O’Connor as Co-ordinator of our Immerse & Inspire programme from the start of next year. Tony will take the reins from Ben Vink as the critical lead staff member in this unique and special programme for our Year 10 students. Tony brings experience and mana to the role as a previous member of our residential community and a former day Housemaster. Tony will reside in Jacobs House from the new year and become a constant presence around the campus.
I am also pleased to announce that Benn McBrearty has been appointed to the full-time, permanent teaching staff in his role as Director of Sport from the beginning of 2024.