A new year has begun, and College can both reflect and look forward with satisfaction.
This week we received our academic results for the 2020 year. When considered against the nature of that year, we should be very proud of all that our community achieved, reflected in both individual and collective outcomes. I congratulate Nicole Billante and our staff for what was provided for all boys at every level of academic ability, and I acknowledge the boys for their efforts across so many subjects. I appeal to you to read Nicole’s academic overview of 2020 NCEA and NZQA Scholarships within this edition of In Black & White and I would like to take the opportunity to make special mention of John-Paul Lay for his outstanding achievement as a 2020 NZQA Premier Award winner. John-Paul was one of 12 students in New Zealand to achieve such accolade. Additionally, he was top subject award winner in New Zealand in Chemistry. Henry Eglinton and Matthew Gibb have also achieved at the highest level having received Outstanding Scholars' Awards.
When these results are combined with other aspects of our ‘performance’ across the co-curricular domain in 2020, I am in awe of all that was accomplished. Again, I want to thank the community for their combined efforts in support of each other. Over the past five years I have often spoken to the boys about their contribution to an ‘atmosphere of excellence’ and how they benefit both from their contribution of encouragement and goodwill in supporting others, and from the aspirational culture that is then created. I expect that College creates a culture where ‘the rising tide lifts all boats’ (no matter their shape, size or sail choice) and believe this is very much the key to our sustainability and the value we add to each boy’s educational experience.
2021 is a new strategic phase for the school and when welcoming our new Year 9 cohort last Monday I reminded them that they would be the graduating class of 2025 – our 175th anniversary and a great time of celebration for us all. The College 175th Committee has met to consider what all that might mean for us both at a community and institutional level. If any member of the College community has anything to add to our deliberations, please simply make direct contact with me. We are seeking thoughts and ideas from all perspectives. One such example is collecting the plan from The Hutchins School in Tasmania, a fine Anglican school for boys which operates in a style similar to College, that celebrates its 175th anniversary this year.
Our virtues are the way we do things at College and we particularly rely on respect, compassion, honesty and justice when dealing with internal disputes, discipline and processes as the fundamental way we engage with each other and any problems we might face. These virtues are also the standard I expect of all members of our wider community when they deal with staff and each other across aspects of College life. We have appropriate processes and policies in place to deal with dissonance at any level and we expect respectful and appropriate engagement. I appeal to every member of our community to avail themselves of our virtues. They are the standard to which we are accountable, and they represent our expectations of each other at all times.
Important changes to accessing the Schoolbox Parent Portal
Since 2018 we’ve had a dual approach to access the Parent Portal – via an APP or web browser. Due to technical issues impacting customer experience the independent APP is no longer meeting our needs. Therefore, the only way to access the Schoolbox Parent Portal is to use a web browser and go to https://christscollege.com/parent-portal/ via your phone or device
What you need to do?
Please delete the APP immediately off your phone or tablet, this APP is being removed from all APP Stores. Please click here to access the updated Schoolbox Parent Portal Guide. If you are experiencing any difficulties, please use the following:
- Forgot my password (this will automatically email you) – use the link on the Parent Portal login page to reset your password
Any other queries should be directed to Data Systems Administrator Kerry McLorinan – email@example.com or 03 364 6850
Annual Appeal 2020
The Christ’s College 2020 Annual Appeal has now closed, and I am thrilled to report that this year we raised the outstanding sum of $94,500. Last year’s Annual Appeal was specifically to raise money for those in our community who were directly affected by Covid-19. The funds are intended to support a number of families who would not have been able to continue to send their sons to College. As a result, through the second half of last year we supported a number of families who found themselves impacted by the virus.
The balance of these funds is being maintained by College and we are now directly requesting that if you need support or help because your circumstances have changed due to Covid, that you contact the school directly to discuss. Please contact Director of Finance Rob McFarlane – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to sincerely thank everyone who donated to the appeal and I look forward to sharing the impact your generosity has made on our community.
Boys and Technology – IBSC Parenting Boys Speaker Series
Once again you are invited to join parents worldwide for the online IBSC Parenting Boys Speaker Series. The next session, on 2–7 March is on Boys and Technology, and features Shimi Kang. Get expert insight into cutting-edge neuroscience that reveals a new understanding around how we metabolise experiences with technology that will lay the foundation for lasting success in our digital world. Harvard-trained psychiatrist Shimi Kang uses her new book to show how to help boys build healthy habits and make smart choices that maximise the benefits of tech – and minimise its risks. Get more details.