Issue No. 166

From the Executive Principal

Staff Garth Wynne

Garth Wynne
Executive Principal

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We had hoped we would be in the clear and our senior production of Evita could go ahead as planned – but, as we remain at alert level 2, we have had to get creative to ensure the show can go on.

With strict limits on numbers allowed, we have had to restrict the size of the audience in the Assembly Hall and have therefore allocated priority seating to family members of the cast, crew and orchestra. This does not mean that other ticket holders will not be able to see the show, however, as we have set up several alternative venues at College, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and The Piano, and Evita will be professionally live streamed to these locations.

While we are sorry not everyone will be able to see the live performance, we are delighted to be bringing Evita to Christchurch and grateful to have been given permission to live stream the production. I am in awe of how everyone has responded – their ability to pivot, adapt and adjust, meet the challenge of changed circumstances and find a solution – and, having had the pleasure of attending the dress rehearsal on Monday evening, can honestly say Evita is truly amazing, spectacular and superb. The cast, crew, orchestra and staff involved have put in an extraordinary amount of time and effort to create an exceptional production, and our support is their just reward. I hope you will take the opportunity to attend and invite you to see a preview of our live stream here.

There are life lessons in this. Perhaps this year more than any other we have come to realise that when we make plans nothing should be considered without some alternatives in mind, and never is anything set in stone. There is so much in life we don’t – and can’t – control. It is not only Evita, but also other College events and activities we have had to cancel or postpone, including having supporters at sports matches, combined concerts with other schools, our senior ball, and our Grandparents’ Day.

Despite all this to and fro, I have continued to be impressed by the boys. They have faced these challenges and just got on with the now, knowing the future must be approached with a flexible, adaptable disposition – and demonstrating, probably without even realising it, some of the key character attributes of our ideal College graduate. Knowing that much is beyond our control can be confronting, but it can also help us to refocus with clarity on what we can do to make the best of our current circumstances. To be present and purposeful is an acquired skill for many – and in recent weeks this has certainly been practised and enhanced for us all.

School life this year has been different – and, as we approach the end of term, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all College staff. No matter what their role, their continued focus on the best possible outcomes for the boys has been extraordinary. Teachers and non-teachers alike have been responsive and adaptable as administrative and NZQA expectations and weekly routines have changed. The needs of the programme have demanded new and innovative approaches along with reminders about getting things done and doing it right. I have been privileged to see these efforts result in some new approaches in so many areas of College life, all based on the warm and caring relationships developed with our boys.

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Boarding Matters

Staff Darrell Thatcher

Darrell Thatcher
Deputy Principal – Planning & Co-curricular

Look out for each other

Term 3 is just about at an end and while for much of the term it was business as usual, returning to alert level 2 has meant the last few weeks have been far from normal. In previous years winter sport would be completed by now and there would be some breathing space prior to summer sport commencing in Term 4. Instead, many sports are only now coming to the important stage of the season. This, combined with the reality for seniors that there will be internal assessment work due and the natural tiredness at the end of term, means it might be a time where things get a bit more challenging for your son. From a boarding perspective, it is imperative that the boys are not just looking after themselves but also looking out for each other. Little things, like a good night’s sleep, eating well and maintaining good hygiene, are crucial. I would also like to think that the good relationships formed by the boys in their Houses mean they feel comfortable speaking to someone – whether a staff member in the House or a fellow boarder – if things are getting challenging and overwhelming. This is something we continue to promote within boarding at Christ’s College.

Boarding Community Activities

We hope to see you at some of these upcoming events.

Friends of Boarding – Sunday 11 October, 4pm
This session will be based around boys’ health – especially relating to common injuries and medical ailments. College physiotherapist Marion Meates will discuss common injuries, including concussion protocols, and growth issues faced by teenage boys, and a general practitioner from Doctors on Cashel will give a medical perspective on things such as the effects of vaping, the legalities of prescribed medicines, and other common teenage ailments. This will be followed by a round table discussion. Please note, this is the Sunday immediately prior to the start of Term 4. Click here to register.

Boarding Mothers Morning Tea – Friday 23 October, 10.30am
We invite our boarding mothers to this special event at The George on Friday 23 October, from 10.30am. It will be a great opportunity to meet up prior to the Pink Lunch later in the day. Click here to book.

Year 13 Boarders and Parents – House Shoot and Lunch – Sunday 11 October, 9am
As our Year 13 boarders begin their final term at College, the House shoot and lunch gives the boys and their parents the opportunity to compete within and across the Houses and enjoy a shared lunch before the boys return to school. It will take place at the North Canterbury Clay Target Association, 269 Boundary Road, Fernside. Please RSVP to your son's Housemaster by Friday 11 September if you plan to attend.

Boarding Programme

Over the last two weeks the boys have gone to the movies at Hoyts EntX, had an outing to Airsoft, participated in our community service planting project in the Red Zone, and enjoyed a College based quiz evening. The full boarding programme can be viewed here.

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Curriculum News

Staff Nicole Billante

Nicole Billante
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning

The final push

As we come to the end of yet another busy term at College, the boys can be particularly proud of the learning progress they have made. We are very thankful we have not been affected by higher alert levels like our Auckland counterparts and this has enabled the boys to get on with the job at hand. This is our final push for the term and it is always demanding as we finish off internal assessments at senior level. I have every faith, however, that momentum can be maintained and encourage each boy to strive for their best regardless of where they are placed overall academically for the year at this stage.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
Our end of term is also going to provide the opportunity for us to celebrate one of our official languages, and the wider tikanga, with Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. It is with delight this year that we can add to the celebration confirmation we will have our first Year 10 Te Reo class in 2021. When we introduced compulsory te reo at Year 9 the hope was always that this would become an academic pathway for a number of students, but we have required a critical mass of students to opt into the Year 10 choice for this to happen. The fact that we have reached this milestone is a great testament to the work of Dr Mike Field and Steve Everingham, supported by our parent rōpū, to move our bicultural journey forward. We are aware it is still early days in our journey, but it is heartening to know the boys are recognising the importance and relevance of te reo and tikanga Māori to their lives. Sadly, alert level 2 restrictions will prevent some of the great ideas Mike had planned for next week from progressing, but I have every confidence our celebration of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori will highlight our growing understanding of the special place of tangata whenua in Aotearoa.

A note about grades and reporting
After a busy assessment week in Week 6, you may start to notice “derived grades” coming through on Schoolbox. Not all grades will be accompanied by comments at this stage as if there are several testing opportunities we are asking teachers to publish grades and then a final comment about how to prepare for examinations. The progress report summary of Years 11–13 live report comments will be sent to parents during the school holidays, with Housemaster reports coming out at the start of Term 4. We apologise for the delay in publishing the junior Trimester 2 progress report summary. This has been held up by a technology issue, but will be with parents within the next week. Please remember that everything on these progress reports can be viewed at any time through the Parent Portal on Schoolbox by clicking on the grades tab on your son’s profile.

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From the Chaplain

A place for faith

With census after census showing the numbers of people of faith reducing, we have been a bit on the defensive. But it is not difficult to realise that a lot of these people previously simply ticked a box – there was no real commitment to a life journey towards meaning and union with God.

Across generations, in that dying world, Christians and other people of faith often arrogantly presumed they were the norm. Our buildings were often the largest and most significant. There was abuse and hubris.

In our defensiveness, people of faith have often started from an assumption of being on the back foot, of beginning from an embarrassed stance.

Following the sentencing of the terrorist, journalist Donna Miles-Mojab reflected on faith.

In her opinion piece “Is it time to change our attitude to faith?” she quotes English actor and writer Stephen Fry, who famously said that if he ever met God:

“I’d say, bone cancer in children? What’s that about?” How dare you, how dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain? That’s what I’d say.”

Philosophically, this is called “The Problem of Evil” – How can God be all powerful and all good and yet bad things happen? Colloquially, people ask: why do bad things happen to good people? In my Year 10 classes, we studied this problem and possible responses. It is an argument against God’s existence with strong emotional weight.

But Donna Miles-Mojab turns this on its head, explaining how faith can help people to get through tragedy.

“In secular societies, culture is supposed to be the new scripture but, given the state of our mental health, it’s evidently failing to deliver the sense of spirituality most of us need to bring resilience, solace and meaning to our lives.

“Maybe it really is time for us to rethink our attitudes towards faith and its role in modern society.”

Everywhere, there is an increasing emphasis on mental health, on wellbeing. In our school, this builds well on our Christian foundations. Loving ourselves, others, creation, and God are central to authentic, healthy Christianity. To me it comes as no surprise when studies highlight that people of faith have better mental health.

Half of the people in our country are people of faith. As we come to accept that we Christians, we people of faith, are no longer the biggest players in town, from this new position we can, with more integrity, point to our search for meaning, our real care for those in need, our intellectual tradition, our love and production of beauty in art, music, architecture, our positive contribution to history, and so on. We can see our difference as not something to be ashamed of and apologetic about – we can see our difference as being something of value, positive, something to celebrate.

Yours in Christ.

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Staff Chris Sellars

Chris Sellars
Careers Advisor

Upcoming careers dates
10–11 SeptemberCareers Expo, Years 11 and 12, CANCELLED
15 SeptemberCCRF due at universities
19 SeptemberUC Open Day CANCELLED
22 SeptemberLincoln University Open Evening, 4–8pm
29 SeptemberChiropractic Career Talk
29 September–1 OctoberAUT Live Online
30 SeptemberUniversity accommodation applications close
1 OctoberVictoria University online enrolment opens and accommodation applications close
3 OctoberAUT (Auckland) Open Day
10 DecemberClosing date for 2021 first year applications

Christ's College CareerWise

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University of Otago

Applications for the Bachelor of Dental Technology, Bachelor of Oral Health, and Bachelor of Radiation Therapy close on Tuesday 15 September.

Chiropractic Career Talk

Tuesday 29 September, 7pm
Rendezvous Hotel, 166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch

The New Zealand College of Chiropractic is holding an information session later this month. This is the ideal way to find out more about a career as a chiropractor and how chiropractic can make a difference to people’s health. For more information and to register, go to, telephone 09 526 6789, or email

AUT Live

The AUT Open Day – AUT Live – will now be a series of online events from Tuesday 29 September–Thursday 1 October, as well as an on-campus event on Saturday 3 October. For more information and to register, go to

StudyLink – Student Loans and Allowances

If your son intends to apply for a student loan or allowance, he needs to register and apply online through StudyLink. As this process can take time, it is best to get it underway sooner rather than later. For more information, go to

Auckland University – Summer School

Summer school is a great way to boost your study skills and achieve your goals. The University of Auckland offers a range of summer school programmes that provide additional preparation for entry into the university. Click here for more information, or contact the schools partnership office at

Trades Pathways

Our 2019 Year 13 Mechanical Engineering students are all finding their way in their chosen careers. The different pathways they have followed reflect the value of trades training and apprenticeships and include: pre-employment courses for Air New Zealand and in aeronautical engineering, automotive engineering, engineering and carpentry; apprenticeships in automotive engineering, light engineering and jet boat manufacturing, fitting and turning, and plumbing; as well as electrical engineering at the University of Canterbury, pilot training and farm work.

Subject Options

Our Subject Options – Career Pathways booklet is a useful resource for boys who are considering tertiary study.

Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vitae (CV) shows who you are, what you have done and what you are good at, outlining personal details, academic qualifications, community service, achievements and interests. Our online flip book Preparing for the workforce has information on writing and designing a CV, and includes information about identifying skills, writing a cover letter and interview techniques.

Student Job Guide

Many students will be looking for a summer job. MoneyHub has produced a comprehensive student jobs guide, with tips on how to make an application and where to look for student jobs. For more information, go to

Interview Tips

MoneyHub has published essential tips and suggestions for job interview success. For more information, go to

Careers for Arts Graduates

Digital disruption, and globalisation have transformed the world of work as we know it. New opportunities and industries have emerged while others have been replaced by technology and innovation. Arts graduates will be prepared for the future of work due to the “human” skills employers need that technology can’t replace. These future-focused skills are: creative and critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and adaptability.

The Auckland University publication Future Focus – Careers for Arts Graduates outlines some of the opportunities available for people who study the arts.

University Course Planning

To date, Victoria University, the University of Otago, UC and Lincoln University have come to College for course planning sessions. Most boys have now decided on the degree they intend to pursue and have chosen the subjects they will study in semesters 1 and 2 next year.

Auckland University is not coming to Christchurch in the near future, however, Auckland University schools liaison Courtney Black is happy for boys to email her – – if they need more information about studying in Auckland.

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From the Archives

Jane Teal

These we have lost ...

It is 10 years since the first of the 2010–11 Christchurch earthquakes, so it seemed an appropriate time to record College’s buildings which are no longer extant.

In 1867 the Headmaster’s House was engulfed by fire.

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Worthy’s in the north-east corner of the Quad was replaced by School House in 1907–08, and the building that became known as Old Flower’s House made way for Richards House in 1955. The Tin Classrooms between Big School and Worthy’s were the location of the Hare Memorial Building, built in 1915.

Quad 1884

The Diocesan Office and the Synod Hall were demolished in 1921 and the Chaplain’s House was rolled to the site of the Assembly Hall to make way for the Dining Hall.

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L–R: Chaplain’s House, Diocesan Offices, Synod Hall.

The Chaplain’s House and the Principal’s House of the Upper Department were later demolished to accommodate the Assembly Hall and the administration building, which is now the Music School.

The annex at the rear of Big School was demolished to make way for the library extensions.

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The gymnasium was replaced by another gymnasium, and the Science Block and the rear of Condell’s (now Selwyn) were demolished – initially to accommodate the art department, and subsequently the Fine Arts and Technology Building.

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Parts of Richards House were demolished and a third floor added when the Old Boys’ Theatre was developed.

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Flower’s House and Ross House were demolished to be replaced by Flower’s House.

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The former Christchurch Girls’ High School building, which was undergoing renovation, was so badly shaken by the earthquakes that it made way for the Cranmer car park.

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Former Christchurch Girls’ High School, 2005.

Other earthquake casualties – the Chapman Block, the squash courts, and the classrooms behind the Hare Memorial classrooms – were demolished to make way for the Miles Warren Building.

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Chapman from Upper, 2011

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Upcoming Events

9–13 SeptemberEvita
Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 September, 7pm
Sunday 13 September, 4pm
Christ's College Assembly Hall

Due to Alert Level 2 we re unable to release any further tickets for sale

11 September

Grandparents' Day – 10.15am–12pm

Due to Christchurch remaining at Alert Level 2, this event has been cancelled. We apologise for this inconvenience.

11 October

Friends of Boarding, 4pm
Chapman Room


23 OctoberBoarding Mothers Morning Tea, 10.30–11.30am
The George Hotel
23 OctoberThe Pink Lunch, 12pm
The Dining Hall
2 OctoberCCOBA Annual Golf Tournament – BOOK HERE
20 October65 Years On Reunion Dinner – BOOK HERE
21 October65 & 75 Years On Reunion and Gentlemen's Lunch
or fill out a form below
65 Years On Reunion Form
75 Years On Reunion Form
and email them to
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Annual Golf Tournament – Friday 2 October

We hope you can join us for the annual CCOBA golf tournament on the iconic Shirley Links golf course at the Christchurch Golf Club.

The tournament is open to everyone – Old Boys, past and current parents, grandparents, staff, friends and colleagues. Register as an individual and we will put you in a four, or get a four together for an enjoyable afternoon out. Both Stableford and Ambrose options are available to cater for all skill levels.

Join us at the clubhouse from 12pm for a barbecue lunch, before a multi tee start from 1pm. Prize-giving will take place in the clubroom following the tournament, at which finger food will be served.

The OAY Johnstone Salver is open to Old Boys who wish to play Stableford.

Members of the Christchurch Golf Club at Shirley Links $35, non-members $75.

If you would like to enter, please register here. Limited spaces available.

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