Over the past six days, boys from Years 9 and 10 have been engaged in two significant end-of-year sets of activities.
Our Year 9 students have enjoyed the outdoors – on camp in the Craigieburn district and then in various localities in Christchurch surfing, paddle boarding and mountain biking. This programme has been facilitated by Graeme Christey. Over the last four years, Graeme has crafted an incredible step-up in the quality of our Outdoor Education Programme, especially for our junior boys and I thank him for this and the logical flow-on into our Duke of Edinburgh's International Award | Hillary Award Aotearoa New Zealand programme. Graeme's attention to detail and enthusiasm is in itself an incredible example of service given to the needs of others.
Our Year 10 students, co-ordinated by a wide range of staff and directed and facilitated by Neil Porter, have been across Christchurch and as far afield as Banks Peninsula serving the needs of the wider community. This service-based programme follows our desire to develop in boys a disposition to serve and a sophisticated understanding and appreciation of philanthropy as a concept. The capacity to give to others of time, talent or treasure is one of the keys to a life well lived. It is our hope that by ensuring boys experience acts of giving in their school years, we introduce them to this life-sustaining behaviour.
The balance of our boys continue to be involved in NZQA external exams and from all reports these have gone well. The nature of these exams can be a touch confusing but unsurprisingly, those boys who have prepared the best and done the most work are the ones who will be rewarded. My thanks to Nicole Billante Assistant Principal Curriculum, Robert Aburn Assistant Principal Administration and Planning and Kylie Kamo our Exam Centre Manager for providing an environment allowing our boys to flourish.
The end of this week sees our school year conclude with prize-givings. It has certainly been a year different to any that we would have expected. Yet the very fact that this College community – as part of the wider community – has had to respond to the most unexpected of circumstances, has meant we have learnt much about ourselves and our capacity. My thanks to all readers of In Black & White who have supported us this year, be that directly or from afar.
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Selwyn District Charter Bus
The charter bus returning to the Selwyn areas will be leaving Rangi Ruru Girls’ School at 11.30am on Thursday 3 December (Rangi’s last day of school).
End of year
We know the end of year gets incredibly busy, please ensure you have the below dates locked in your calendar. For a comprehensive list of all activities, please click here.
Thursday 3 December
Junior prize-giving, 3pm
Carols on the Quad, 6pm
Friday 4 December
Thank you breakfast for Year 13 boarding parents (Flower’s, School, Richards)
Senior prize-giving, 6pm
Leavers’ service, 7.30pm
Saturday 5 December
Leavers’ Ball (parents and students), 7.30pm