Last week, we awarded scholarships for our 2021 Year 9 students. It is an exciting time for these boys and their families who have been acknowledged for their balance of talent and efforts.
Scholarships at College are awarded across a variety of areas, including academic excellence, skills in the performing arts (drama, instrumental and choral music), sport, regional boarding and general excellence. In addition, each year the Old Boys’ Association funds a general excellence scholarship. Some of our scholarships are for families who might not be able to afford a College education for their son without some financial assistance, plus we aspire to create a diverse community reflecting life beyond the school gates. It is wonderful to enable these boys the opportunity of the College experience. All College scholarships are funded by the College Foundation and have only been made possible by generations of philanthropic support that College has received over time.
As we were unable to host our Open Day earlier in the year, on Sunday 21 June we welcomed more than 120 boys and their families to a special Year 8 College Experience. The boys, both prospective and enrolled dayboys and boarders for 2021, were involved in a range of fun activities led by Harper Housemaster Matt Cortesi, Director of Boarding Darrell Thatcher, and current Year 9 and 13 students. The boarders could also find out more about boarding life by participating in a sleepover in Jacobs House. The boys' parents had the opportunity to hear from me, current parent Graham Duston, and 2020 Head of Boarding Sam Averill. It was a wonderful insight into the College experience for these families and in so many ways affirmed the sense of fellowship and community we have created at our school.
With so many events cancelled in the last few months, I am delighted to be able to promote the Parents’ Association Mid-Winter Drinks. Come and share some mid-winter cheer in the Dining Hall on Friday 3 July from 6–9pm. Tickets available online. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Please also find our amended Key Dates for 2020 here.
During the Covid-19 lockdown there was a necessary uptake in the use of digital and social media platforms. We know how valuable that was and how in so many ways these technologies enhance our life. Therefore, it is disappointing that upon our return to school a number of disciplinary matters have arisen around the inappropriate use of this same technology.
A couple of reminders for everyone within our community:
- We are all subject to the legal ramifications of the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015
- College has policies covering the appropriate use of digital technologies and social media for all members of our community, which are available for staff, students and parents through our Schoolbox portal
- A digital footprint lasts a lifetime
Congratulations to the following boys who have been awarded Year 9 scholarships for 2021.
Albert Anderson – The Cathedral Grammar School
Richard Brown – The Cathedral Grammar School
Ihaka Cate – Chisnallwood Intermediate
Logan Connolly – Waihi School
Nikau Davies – Cobham Intermediate School
Wil Donaldson – Waihi School
Edward Elworthy – The Cathedral Grammar School
James Floyd – Medbury School
Jonty Gray – The Cathedral Grammar School
Ryan Gu – St Andrew’s College
Seb Hailey – Holy Family Catholic School, Wanaka
Jack Hansen-Ratter – Redcliffs School
Fynn Harrington – Mt Pleasant School–Te Kura o Paeraki
Jack Hastie – Cobham Intermediate School
Henry Hiatt – Medbury School
Hoani Ifopo-Togia – Chisnallwood Intermediate
Riki Jones – Hanmer Springs School
Aaron Kwak – Cobham Intermediate School
Rico Lemalie – Chisnallwood Intermediate
Alf Markham – Heaton Normal Intermediate School
Euan McVicar – Medbury School
Frank O’Gara – St Mary’s School, Hokitika
James Saunders – Medbury School
Oscar Talbot – Waihi School
Daniel Wilson – Cobham Intermediate School
Ollie Young – Medbury School
We look forward to welcoming these boys and all new students to College next year.
Scholarship recipients who came to the Year 8 College Experience on Sunday 21 June.