Issue No. 166

From the Executive Principal

Staff Garth Wynne

Garth Wynne
Executive Principal

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As students in Years 11, 12 and 13 went on study leave on Friday 1 November, it is interesting to reflect on how significant the next month is with regard to our expectations of these boys during this exam period.

At our final whole school assembly on Tuesday 29 October, Head Prefect Zach Gallagher made a comment about “finishing well”. He challenged the boys to ensure that, no matter what their experience in the coming weeks, they approach this time with integrity and determination. Exams are designed to challenge, to test learning ­– students’ breadth of understanding of a given topic – focus and preparation. They provide an opportunity for our boys to achieve at the highest level academically, reflective of their effort and desire to produce their best possible results. Some students find the stress and pressure of exams harder than others, however, which is one of the reasons why NCEA uses a range of assessment measures. I urge the boys to seek help and advice if needed. However, as life presents moments where responding to pressure is important – and exams are one way in which we can develop skills to deal with pressure – I also encourage them to see the exams as practice for pressure, and yet another opportunity to learn and to grow.

Yes, pressure is part of life – as is developing resilience. Many of you will have heard of resilience expert Dr Lucy Hone. A past parent, Lucy was instrumental in helping us establish wellbeing and Positive Education programmes at College. Lucy was one of the guest speakers at TEDxChristchurch in September and I recommend everyone watch her presentation “The three secrets of resilient people”, which can be accessed here.

College continually seeks to reflect on its programmes and purpose and, in so doing, we seek to improve all that we do. My provocation is that complacency is our greatest enemy. To think you have done it well enough is simply not good enough and, as we know at an individual and collective level, we can and must continue to focus on our capability to improve. With this in mind, I would like to thank the almost 70% of eligible parents who participated in our recent MMG Satisfaction Survey, the global results of which can be found here. I was very pleased College received such affirming feedback, but equally comfortable to receive quite specific advice from our key stakeholders as to how we can improve what we offer. The survey is significantly more detailed than these global results, and the more refined information is used to provoke and lead change, to ultimately improve our performance.

We are now trialling an “out of sight, out of mind” mobile phone policy for students (and staff). This means phones are not seen during school hours without explicit permission from classroom teachers or Housemasters. The chief purpose of this trial is to encourage greater social interaction and communication among the boys. Other benefits include reducing distractibility, gaming and cyber bullying. We are very pleased St Margaret’s College and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School plan to adopt a similar approach in the weeks to come. This is a subtle refinement on current policies without moving towards the concept of a total ban, which does not reflect the community standard or expectation.

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From the Chaplain

Jock Hobbs Memorial Window

When you are next in Chapel, do look at the new window installed in the east side of the south transept (Museum side). It is in memory of Old Boy Jock Hobbs CNZM, well known for playing rugby for Canterbury and the All Blacks (with four tests as captain), before turning to a career in rugby administration. Sadly, Jock developed leukaemia and died in 2012. I am sure you will appreciate working through the messages and symbolism of the window, which will be blessed during Reunion Weekend on Saturday 22 February 2020.

Jock Hobbs Memorial Window

Chapel Services

Advent Carol ServiceSunday 24 November, 7pm
Carols on the QuadThursday 28 November, 6pm
Leavers' ServiceFriday 29 November, 7pm

Yours in Christ

Bosco Peters

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Curriculum News

Staff Nicole Billante

Nicole Billante
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning

Juniors to the fore

Senior students had their last day of classes on Friday 1 November. They are now on exam leave – an important time of consolidation and preparation. I strongly advise them to reach out to their teachers for any assistance they require.

That leaves Year 9 and 10 students at College and it is now up to these year groups to set the tone of the school. They have two and a half weeks of classes and another six days of outdoor education or service ahead of them. How they choose to approach this is up to each individual.

They may have older brothers and sisters telling them that, in the grand scheme of things, Years 9 and 10 aren’t that important. And while, technically, for their academic transcript this may be true, it is not all about what gets reported. The junior years are important for choosing the path of future achievement and participation in school life. In addition, their academic aspirations for their NCEA years start now. Will they take their assessments seriously and aspire to be their best? Will they use the opportunity of no seniors in school to step up and lead? Will they choose to create a positive culture of learning? The choices they make are a testament to their character and the value they place on their education.

Furthermore, this is a time when they can develop outside the classroom – and their attitude to participating in outdoor education or service activities will also speak volumes. For Year 9 students, many of the outdoor education activities are run by outside organisations. Showing respect to and engaging with the opportunities provided by these external educators should be at the forefront of the boys’ minds. For Year 10 students, service activities should be a time of reflection – a time to understand our privileges in life and how we should commit to serve others in our community. I challenge all Year 10 students to think about how their acts of service contribute to their education, and not just go through the motions because they are told to.

This is a great time for our juniors to show us what they are made of. This is the time for each boy to truly be at his best.

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Congratulations to our scholarship recipients

Congratulations to the following boys who have all received scholarships to support their university or gap year experience.

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

Edward Hsing
University of Otago Performance Entrance Scholarship

Nicholas Lidstone
University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship
UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship (Sport)

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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Wellbeing & Positive Education

John Quinn IBW

John Quinn
Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education

Find balance and thrive

Senior students are now on exam leave, preparing for NCEA external examinations which begin on Friday 6 November. This month SchoolTV focuses on Exam Jitters.

As the end of the year approaches, it is good for everyone to take time to plan for what can be one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. It can be too easy to get caught up in everything that is going on and lose focus on what is important leading into the festive season. I hope you find these tips useful as you look forward to summer.

Plan ahead
It does not matter if you are a student or an adult, taking time to plan your study programme or your working week is important to ensure you can fit everything in. Start by focusing on the essential and then add other things you want to get done, filling in the rest of the week. Make sure you plan for some downtime, time with family and friends, some form of exercise, and time for Christmas shopping.

Learn to say no
Learning to say no is important, because then you are able to say yes to the things that really matter. Once you have your plan, be clear on the things that are important to you, and practice saying no to the things that are not in your plan. Being able to say no will allow you to say yes to the things that enhance your wellbeing.

In the busyness of our lives it is easy to forget to connect with the people we love and who energise us. Make sure you make time to spend quality time with the important people in your lives. Too often we neglect them until Christmas and then we are too tired to enjoy the festive season. Plan ahead and book time to connect before the Christmas break.

Create some play time
Play, which may seem like a frivolous, unimportant behaviour with no apparent purpose, has earned new respect. Biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists and others now see that play is indeed serious business, and is perhaps equally as important as the other basic drives of sleep, rest and food. No matter your age and stage, make sure you find time to play – play is not only vital for children, but also appears to generate cognitive benefits for adults.

The one thing we all need, no matter our age, is sleep – but with regard to wellbeing, it seems sleep is the one thing we compromise the most. We need to take the same advice we give our children – the more you sleep, the better the investment in the bank of you. A good goal is eight hours per night, anything less can impair mood, motivation and focus.

Blue light transmitted from phones, tablets and computers can significantly affect your ability to fall asleep and sleep quality. Make a conscious effort to avoid blue light before bed. Adopt the POWER DOWN HOUR, and stop using your phone, tablet or computer for at least one hour before you go to bed. If you use an iPhone or iPad set background light to low.

Develop a consistent bedtime routine, and aim to stick with it on both weekdays and weekends.

Eat well
With exams coming up and busy times at work, ensure you fuel your body with the right foods to give you energy.

  • Drink plenty of fluid – start the day with two big glasses and aim for 2–3 litres per day
  • Have breakfast every day – breakfast lifts the low blood sugar developed during the night. Having a good breakfast means you are also less likely to overeat at other meals, and reduces the desire for quick energy fixes like processed food and sugar
  • Eat natural food – choose foods that are as natural and unprocessed as possible: fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh lean meats, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, and beans and oils. These foods have vital vitamins, minerals and fibre to fill you up
  • Eat a rainbow of foods – eat a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables every day. The more colour in your day, the more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals you will be getting
  • Eat protein at every meal – proteins such as lean meats, eggs, low fat dairy foods, beans, nuts, seeds, legumes and lentils aid muscle repair and rebuilding, as well as help with loading carbs into the muscle
  • Reduce white, especially at night – try to reduce consumption of carbohydrate dense foods such as pasta, bread, rice and potatoes

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday. I hope you take time to slow down, relax and recharge, focus on your health and wellbeing, and find what feels good.

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Carols on the Quad IBW


Staff Chris Sellars

Chris Sellars
Careers Advisor

Upcoming careers dates
15 November

Special applications for Bachelor of Fine Arts intermediate year due

8 DecemberApplications close for most university programmes
9 December

University of Canterbury, applications to enrol due for first-year domestic students 2020

12 JanuaryHands-on at Otago, Otago University
7 FebruarySTAR programme applications due
17 FebruaryUC, Semester 1 lectures begin

Student job interview tips
MoneyHub has published tips and suggestions for job interview success. Go to

StudyLink loans and allowances
Students should apply by Monday 16 December. They don't need to have their NCEA results or to have locked down all their study plans, as their application can be updated as things are confirmed. Applying early will allow enough time for all the steps in the application process to be completed before their course starts. For more information, go to

Practical skills for life
The Ministry of Education has recently published a range of resources and advice for school leavers. For more information, go to

University study – having a Plan B
As boys leave College, they are usually confident that the study or career decisions they have made are correct. In some cases, however, they may decide to change direction, during or at the end of their first year of tertiary study. For example, we recommend students who enrol in the Health Sciences First Year have an alternative plan in place in case they do not get into their preferred degree programme. I heard recently that at a university where around 900 students had enrolled for a Bachelor of Engineering, within the first two weeks 200 had moved to a different course. There are many different options available, which lead in all sorts of interesting directions, and deciding to make a change is perfectly understandable and acceptable.

Queenstown Resort College
Figuring out what location, study pathway and education provider is the right fit can be a tough and stressful decision, which is why the Queenstown Resort College runs “Experience QRC” in the April, July and October school holidays. This three-day immersive programme gives prospective students a first-hand look at QRC life and the range of cookery, hospitality and adventure tourism qualifications the college offers. For more information, go to

UC Enrolment
Students should complete their UC enrolment before Monday 9 December 2019. To do so, they will need to log into their myUC account and complete their application by selecting the qualification and courses they wish to enrol in. If any students require course advice or assistance with their application they are welcome to contact the university – call 0800 VARSITY (0800 827 748) or email

Architecture Scholarship
Students who wish to study at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland can apply for the Canterbury Architects’ Scholarship. This $3000 scholarship was established to support the first year of a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree for students from the Canterbury region. Applications close Friday 15 November. For more information, go to

Yoobee Colleges short courses
Devised for the next generation of design superstars, Yoobee Colleges offers short courses in 2D Animation, Digital Illustration, Creative Photography, Visual Design, Digital Painting, Game Design, Character Design or Python Programming at their Christchurch campus in January. Enrol by Wednesday 11 December. For more information, go to

RIPE by Ara
Look out for RIPE – an exhibition of the best work of students of Ara’s Art and Design programmes, which runs from Tuesday 12–Thursday 21 November. The works reflect the achievements of students in Visual Communication, Photography, Applied Visual Art, and Motion Design, and ranges from drawing, prints and sculptures, through to posters, publications, films and animations. It is a great opportunity for intending students to see where studying Art and Design at Ara might lead. For more information, go to

Pacific International Hotel Management School
At the start of the year, the Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS) reaffirmed its Category 1 provider status. In 2019, 257 new students started their tourism, hospitality and hotel management training at PIHMS, and 208 students graduated. Plus, 158 Year 12 and 13 students attended the PIHMS career weeks. For further information about PIHMS career weeks, go to

Māori Education Trust Scholarships
There are a wide range of scholarships available through the Toitū Kaupapa Māori Mātauranga | Māori Education Trust. For more information, eligible applicants can contact the trust by phone 04 586 7971, text 027 262 8046, email, or online

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Boarding Matters

Staff Darrell Thatcher

Darrell Thatcher
Deputy Principal – Planning & Co-curricular

It was a reversal of roles on Labour Day (Monday 28 October) and the end of an era when the Year 13 boarders hosted the Dining Hall staff for a thank you lunch. With the support of School Housemaster Arthur Wood, the boys prepared a barbecue lunch in appreciation of the work of the Dining Hall staff and the meals they have provided for them over the last five years. To celebrate the end of their time as boarders, St Margaret’s College Year 13 boarders hosted their College counterparts at a farewell breakfast. It was an opportunity for the group to reflect on the combined activities and relationships formed over their time at school, through activities like dinner swaps, Year 11 cooking sessions and Year 13 breakfasts. On Thursday 31 October the Dining Hall staff got into the spirit of Halloween, treating boys and staff to a Halloween themed dinner.

We were fortunate to have James Driver present at the Friends of Boarding meeting on Sunday 13 October. James is a registered psychotherapist working in Christchurch and founder of NetAddiction NZ ( James began his presentation by going through the psychological drivers for gaming, which include:

  • Community acceptance – games allow people to feel accepted – for example, they may not feel accepted at school, but feel welcomed by the online gaming community
  • Emotional regulation and escape – games allow people to get away from “real life”
  • Experience potency and achievement – games provide challenge and a sense of reward when successful
  • Finding meaning and purpose – games always have something to work towards
  • Excitement and rewards – games can give a sense of excitement, satisfaction, validation or reward

He then talked about the three factors contributing to addiction: meeting psychological needs, dopamine response and risk factors. Games are coercive in design, with most apps, websites and games free to download and use, but they make money based on advertising and add-ons. Once someone is hooked they try and keep them involved, often by playing on emotion – like the threat that you will lose your castle unless you purchase something – or exploiting rankings and standings over time if you are not continually playing the game.

James also discussed some of the attributes problematic gamers may display, including:

  • Beginning to think obsessively about gaming even when not playing
  • Losing track of time while gaming to the detriment of other aspects of life
  • Becoming agitated or depressed when their gaming is interrupted
  • Developing tolerance – needing to play for longer to feel satisfied
  • Using gaming as a coping strategy

In conclusion, James had six key messages:

  • Problematic and addictive gaming seems to arise when gaming is meeting psychological needs that are not otherwise being met
  • Understanding the function of games in a person’s life – that is, what needs are being met by the game – is key to helping them overcome gaming addiction
  • The key needs that games can meet are: a sense of purpose and meaning, a sense of achievement and potency, a sense of community and belonging, a sense of freedom and escape, and a sense of reward
  • To help someone with addiction means helping them find other ways to meet those needs as much as it means helping them to reduce the time they spend gaming
  • We can’t make someone change, we can only create the environment in which change is most likely
  • Be curious, be patient and keep the communication channels open. Judgement and criticism only increase addictive behaviour – learn to understand why someone is gaming

Vaping was also discussed at the same meeting and Dr Ben Wamamalli, a PhD student at the University of Canterbury who is researching the topic of e-cigarettes and vaping, shared his perspective on this topical issue. He showed this vaping video, which gives a good summary of vaping, its history and the issues arising from it.

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Meet our Team

Her story in history

Samantha (Sam) Stevenson decided she wanted to be a teacher as a result of her educational experience.

“I had three teachers at high school that fundamentally changed my life. They encouraged me to work hard and encouraged me to know I was capable of success. I’ve always been a bit of an extrovert and knew I wanted to work with people and do something I’m passionate about. Thanks to them, I decided on teaching. They changed my worldview.”

Sam went on to study at the University of Canterbury, starting with psychology and sociology, but soon switching to English and history. She had never studied history before, only picking it up because she wanted a subject that would complement English and thought it looked interesting, but she was immediately gripped.

“History came and took over my life. I took my first history class at uni and loved it right from the start. History just clicked with who I am, it mirrored the way I think. It’s important to understand the context of places, and I’m fascinated by people – by human nature and human behaviour – and by exploring their choices, motivations, and decisions. I love looking at the big figures that dominate history and finding out what made them do the things they did, but I’m equally as interested in everyday folk, what their lives were like and how their lives differ from ours.”

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Sam is qualified to teach both English and history, and says the two subjects work well together. “It’s really helpful having both. My English background is especially useful when teaching boys how to structure essays and analyse resources.”

But history captured her heart. “It’s alive and exciting and changes all the time. History’s never static, historians are constantly finding new information that can change how we see the world.”

While her favourite subject area is Nazi Germany and the origins and reverberations of World War II, Sam is looking forward to New Zealand history becoming a compulsory subject in schools. “While we relate every topic we teach to the New Zealand context, so the boys can see how everything is connected, New Zealand history in itself is also really important, very interesting and complicated. I visited Waitangi a few years ago and it was such an honour to go, to see such a significant place that’s so critical to our New Zealand identity. Although the curriculum will probably focus on colonial history, I’d also love to see some of our modern history coming through because there’s so much we can learn from that.”

Sam fizzes with energy and ideas. An accomplished artist, she would love to one day write and illustrate children’s books; she wants to travel, to explore all the places she has read about; her husband – a musician ­– is teaching her to play the bass guitar; and she also manages to fit in cycling, running and community work.

She is alive to possibilities, but her passion is teaching. “It’s something I look forward to doing, I enjoy being here every day. I think, for me, it’s all about human connection. Whether through history or in the day to day, human connection plays a really important part in my life.”

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From the Archives

Jane Teal

Hockey at Christ's College

Archival research regularly creates more questions than it answers – and so it is with hockey. College’s recent hockey success is well documented in the pages of the Christ’s College Register, but what is not so well known is that it was first played at College in the 19th century and sporadically until the 1940s.

The received wisdom about hockey in Canterbury is that it was introduced in Kaiapoi in 1895 by Hugh Henry Mathias (566) when he returned from study at Keble College, Oxford, and was appointed to parishes in North Canterbury.[1] However, Keble College has no committee minute books for hockey in its archives, although there are books for other sports.[2] The Canterbury newspapers of the time report that Mathias organised a hockey club “for youth of the town” in July 1895, when a meeting elected a president (Mathias), vice presidents, secretary, treasurer and five committee members.[3]

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Hugh Henry Mathias from the 1907 Synod Collage.[4] Click here to view full image

But this is too late for the information in the College Archives. The Webb Scrap Book when combined with clues in the Games Committee Minutes is very clear that the boys on that committee were well aware of the game in 1863 and wanted to see it added to the games teams that were already in existence.

At a Games Committee meeting held in the Library on 18 August 1863, Arthur Roswell Baker (139) moved and Arthur James Cotterill (63) seconded, “That Hockey be introduced into the School Games”. Henry Thornton Dudley (59) moved an amendment, “That the consideration of the question be postponed until the next meeting”. The amendment stood. On Tuesday 25 August 1863, Baker moved and Cotterill seconded, “That Hockey be introduced into the School Games”. It was carried without dissension. The committee then proceeded to draw up the rules. Others on the committee were Silas James Stedman (130), Thomas de Renzy Condell (123), Walter Harper (56) and Frederick George Brittan (39).

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Webb Scrapbook, Christ’s College Archives. Click link to view – Image 1 Image 2

The question then arises – where did they get their information from? Ultimately, the answer may lie in a combination of circumstance.

Shinty, the Scottish version of hockey was played on the Thorndon and Te Aro flats in Wellington from the late 1840s onwards, usually in association with St Andrew’s Day on 30 November. The Attendance and Behaviour Book indicates that Arthur Roswell Baker was at “Rev A Baker’s” before attending Nelson College and then boarding at College. Revd Arthur Baker was an Assistant Master at Edward Toomath’s Thorndon School from 1857–1859.[5] Shinty was being played in Australia from the 1820s and, given New Zealand’s close links to the Victorian gold rushes in the 1860s, it is not surprising that the Trove newspaper data base contains many references to the game at this time.[6]

A research request to the National Library indicates there are a number of magazines and Boys’ Annuals that could have information about hockey in them, but it has not been possible to follow this up.[7] There is also the possibility of a connection to the Blackheath Hockey Club, which claims to be the oldest hockey club in the world. Its history indicates that hockey, football and golf were played probably from the 1840s, but it was not until October 1864 that the hockey and football clubs became separate entities.[8]

There is also one further very tentative clue in the Lyttelton Times of 20 February 1864.The “Well Known Little Shop” is advertising the sale of hockey equipment ex the Balaclava from Liverpool.[9] Why would equipment be imported if it was not locally required?

Then, nothing further is mentioned until the Christ’s College Register of July 1896 where, under the heading School Notes is the following: “NEW GAMES Hockey has been all the rage this term, and sticks with crooked handles have been in great demand. Some fearsome looking weapons have been borne by boys who seemed to stagger under the weight”.[10]

Certainly there was a proliferation of clubs in the Canterbury area following the formation of the Kaiapoi Club, so much so that The Press published The Rules of Hockey on 2 August 1895.

But, again, nothing at College until the Beadel Album, when a photograph appears which, based on those named in the team, must date to 1908. JG Denniston and KW Manning are the only two in the team who did not play either in the 1st XV or the 1st XI. A search of the newspapers of the time provides no clues about whether hockey was played against other schools or clubs, or whether it was just in-house.


L–R: Albert Edridge (2058), William Ivan Kirke Jennings (2268), John Geoffrey Denniston (1990), Oswald Mark Norris (2216), Jack Mervyn Deacon (2199), Gordon Buchan Chrystall (2293), John Desborough Bowden (2309), Keith Wilson Manning (2276), Thomas Edridge (2060), Cheviot Wellington Dillon Bell (2308), Ernest Edridge (2059). Christ’s College Archives Beadel Album CCPAL19/8. Click here to view full image

A further photo provides another clue. This time, seven College boys played against a team of Christchurch Young Ladies on 23 September 1916. The boys won 8–0, a collection of £30.16.6 was made for the New Zealand Branch of the Red Cross Society, and afternoon tea was provided in the United Club Pavilion.[11]

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L–R: Thomas Coleman Lowry (2651), Adrian Frederick Hindmarsh (2805), James North Lowry (2811), William Gordon Rich (2591), John Terence Tosswill (2747), Thomas William Compton Tothill (2357), George Vincent Gerard (2715). Click here to view full image

An account of hockey does not appear in the 1850–1950 School List, but the 1965 version recounts that Masters GS Strack and FE Morris organised games of hockey for those boys who were unfit for rugby from about 1929. There were 15–20 boys and they apparently played against girls' teams led by the Headmaster’s wife, Mrs Joan Mary Richards.[12] They often played against the Pukaki’s, one of the top women’s teams that was largely made up of St Margaret’s College Old Girls.[13]

Under the heading “Officers of the School” the December 1942 Register records James Balfour Will (4820) was in charge of hockey, and James William Saunders (4986) was captain of hockey by June 1943, as a result of a Games Committee resolution on 15 April 1943. From December 1944 hockey reports appear regularly in the Register. By 1958 there were 100 boys playing, necessitating the formation of four clubs. It was also the first year that a College team was sent to the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Hockey Tournament. The team won two of their five games.[14]

It took 60 years before a captain of hockey was appointed and 95 years before a team played in a national tournament. Those who play hockey at College would no doubt say, “Good things take time.”

[1] See Blain, M. A Biographical Directory of Anglican Clergy. Hugh Henry Mathias was assistant curate of Cust from 1890–91 and later in that same period Fernside was added to his cure; from 1891–1900 he was Vicar of Kaiapoi with Woodend.
[2] Sarosi, Margaret to F J Teal, August 2003.
[3] The Press 1 and 9 July 1895, Lyttelton Times 15 July 1895. See also Watson, G and W Haskell (2002) A Centenary History of New Zealand Hockey 1902–2002
[4] Collage of those attending the 1907 Synod of the Diocese of Christchurch. Christchurch Anglican Diocesan Archives
[5] Edward Toomath, teacher in Lyttelton and Wellington.
[7] Retter, D. (2019) per com Response to Research Query
[9] The Well Known Little Shop is advertised in the Lyttelton Times of 24 March 1863 as being at 9 Colombo Street. The proprietor is J Younghusband, father of Frederick Younghusband (136) who was at College 1861–1862. See also Lyttelton Times 23 January and 20 February 1864
[10] Christ’s College Register July 1896 p26
[11] Christ’s College Register December 1916 p412. See The Press, Sun and Lyttelton Times 27 September 1916. The game was played on 23 September, not October cf College! p330
[12] Mrs J M Richards was the manageress of the Canterbury Women’s Hockey team in 1934, The Press 22 March 1934, and Vice President of the Canterbury Women’s Hockey Association, The Press 1 April 1936
[13] The Christ’s College School List 1850–1965
[14] Christ’s College Register December 1958 p287
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Fighting fit and ready to run

Old Boy Dan Sharples had his life turned upside down when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2018. He is frank about the mental and physical struggles he faced during months of gruelling treatment, as cancer forced him to put his life on hold.

Thankfully, Dan is now cancer-free – full of life, fighting fit and ready to run. He will take part in the Queenstown Marathon, running on behalf of the Movember Foundation, on Saturday 16 November.

As Dan says, he has already faced a marathon battle, now he’s ready to complete a running marathon and raise funds to help people in need. Anyone who wishes to support Dan can click on this link – – and make a donation to a very worthwhile cause.

Go Dan!

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All Star Basketball

Get behind Josh Book and Mason Whittaker at the upcoming Canterbury High School All Star Basketball games.

Friday 20 December
Horncastle Arena
Girls – 2.10pm, Boys – 3.50pm

They are curtain raisers to the Sky Sport NZ Breakers vs SE Melbourne Phoenix game tipping off at 7.30pm.

Get your tickets to the Breakers game and use the code CHRISTS in the password box before selecting your tickets to help College win a MAJOR PRIZE!


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