At the next Christ’s College Parents’ Association (CCPA) and Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association meetings, I will present and seek feedback on our proposed strategic themes and emphasis for the next five years.
The latest draft iteration of our plans can be found here. I encourage parents and Old Boys who cannot attend these meetings but who wish to comment to email firstname.lastname@example.org. College staff are currently providing feedback on these themes and the College board will finalise and endorse our aspirations at its October meeting. There is much to look forward to in the years ahead, as College strives to achieve its vision through mission-focused projects. Your input is valued – so, please, if you have some thoughts and ideas, let us know.
In recent times, the importance of mental health has been more widely discussed and acknowledged in New Zealand and within our College community. At College, we place a strong emphasis on health and wellbeing and provide a variety of resources relating to different aspects of mental health on our website. Of particular value is SchoolTV. College was the first school in New Zealand to make this resource available to parents. Its cost is covered by a contribution from the CCPA, and we are extremely grateful for their support. We provide these resources in the knowledge that school will forever be secondary to parents and family in supporting and developing our boys’ mental health – and therefore parents have a responsibility to take charge of their own education concerning mental health issues young people may face.
College is perhaps better served than most, especially through our proactive preventative initiatives delivered through our pastoral care (Housemasters and mentors), health and wellbeing, and MINDfit and MANifesto programmes, and supported by our counselling and psychological services. Such education, guidance and support is still limited, however, as there are only so many teaching periods or so much capacity for reactive solution-focused counselling. When an individual’s needs become more serious, College relies on community mental health resources and parents or guardians. Adolescence can be difficult and fraught, and parents need to be prepared for this, just as they are for other challenges parenting – and the adolescent journey – brings.
Over the last few weeks, I have been discussing group behaviour with the boys, and particularly some of the almost counter-cultural expectations we have at College. I have talked about our expectation that the boys wear suits and ties on Monday, Friday and Sunday (and that we wear ties at all given they are seemingly going out of style), our expectation that we should only cheer and applaud positively and appropriately – no matter what the context, and that we must always consider first the other and the impact of our behaviour, rather than ourselves and what we might want. As community standards change, at College we strive to set a tone and attitude that is our own and serves as an example for the wider community of our virtues. As much as we reflect the community we serve, at times we must stand apart and stand up for what we believe ... no easy task, but a challenge to overcome.
Our much anticipated College–Rangi Ruru co-production of Evita is set to run from Wednesday 9–Sunday 13 September. The cast and crew are working hard to bring everything together and create another outstanding show – but one element they can’t control is the coronavirus.
As we are currently in alert level 2, we have put ticket sales on hold and are working out contingency plans for how to manage the production if the country remains at this level.
The show will still go on – and we hope Christchurch will be back at alert level 1 in time for opening night on Wednesday 9 September. If we remain at alert level 2, we will be in touch about what happens next for us all.
Friday 11 September, 10.15am–12pm
One of our favourite days of the year is Grandparents’ Day – when our boys invite their grandparents to come to College and see what they get up to.
This event has already been postponed once this year, and now we are in alert level 2 we are keeping a close eye on what happens next. If you haven’t already done so, please register here to attend as we would love to see you ... but with this caveat:
We hope Christchurch moves back to alert level 1 in time for Grandparents’ Day to go ahead as planned on Friday 11 September – but if not, and we remain in alert level 2, it will have to be rescheduled.
Thank you for your support. We will be in touch again soon.