Issue No. 166

From the Executive Principal

Staff Garth Wynne

Garth Wynne
Executive Principal

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Black & White – Black & Blue – We are looking forward to this Thursday’s annual 1st XV rugby game between Christ’s College and Christchurch Boys’ High School.

It has, at times, brought out the best and the worst of the two schools involved – both on and off the field. However, in recent years, the games have been hard fought and a spectacle of all we expect of grassroots rugby.

Recently, because of a range of circumstances, CBHS Headmaster Nic Hill has committed to shifting the culture in that school, represented by an open change in expectations regarding spectator and supporter behaviour. This includes chants and the tone of the wider community in their support for the players. In particular, the issue of homophobic, sexist, derogatory or racist comments and actions has been highlighted. Sadly, Christ’s College supporters, at times, have also been disrespectful of our opponents and a wider community standard. We support the efforts of the CBHS Headmaster to align everyone with the expectations of both schools. The opportunity to behave as a boorish mob and lose individual accountability is enabled by the attendance at the game.

In support, the Head Prefect of Christ’s College, Jack Belcher, and the Senior Monitor of CBHS, Henry Allott, have spoken at each other’s assemblies, highlighting the importance of adhering to the highest standards of behaviour and respect this Thursday – and every day. Both have spoken about the expectation from each school to represent your school – and, equally importantly, yourself – well.

I hope that you will all support us in ensuring this year’s spectacle makes Christ’s College proud.

Think Again

During the Christmas break, I read a new book, titled Think Again, by organisational psychologist Adam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The book became my gift of thanks – and provocation – to staff as I released our new strategy for the period to 2025.

As an institution that values the past but recognises the need to be relevant and ever-changing, it is within Think Again that I have found this paragraph that encapsulates the essence of how we step forward:

Research shows that when people are resistant to change, it helps to reinforce what will stay the same. Visions for change are more compelling when they include visions of continuity. Although our strategy might evolve, our identity will endure.

A copy of our over-arching strategic direction is included with the latest copy of College Magazine and can be found here. In the near future, strategic projects associated with our four themes of Motivation, Connection, Philanthropy and Sustainability will evolve in a strategic environment of change and continuity.

Vaping ... again

We are concerned about vaping within the wider and our own community and seek your support to target this issue. At College, we are treating vaping as a health and wellbeing concern. Arguments that vaping is healthy, relative to smoking, are extremely dubious and counterproductive to the health of our young people. The marketing of vaping devices is pervasive and driven by powerful business interests, including the tobacco industry. Some students vape because it is perceived as cool and they are encouraged to post images of themselves – vaping at school and in other environments – on social media. Others are probably now addicted to the high-nicotine content of these vapes, which is one of the insidious – almost hidden – realities of this habit.

Then, there is the potential for the vaping of narcotics.

We do not want our students to vape and will continue to educate students and parents. Students will be punished for vaping but we do not assume this will solve the problem. Like smoking, it is a community health concern.

At College, the possession or use of vaping/e-cigarette devices at school, in uniform or in association with a school activity is prohibited. First offenders receive three detentions and a letter is sent home to parents. Second offenders are suspended internally and, again, parents are notified. A third offence would be a serious matter, warranting external suspension and constituting continual disobedience. Put simply, they face exclusion from College.

Some advice for parents:

  • It is best to know what your sons are spending their money on. It is easy to buy vaping devices online
  • Please do not buy vaping devices for your sons or condone the practice, and note that vaping devices have an age restriction of 18 years
  • If you think that your son is addicted to nicotine, consult a health professional.

Thank you for your support.

School-managed international travel

We have been operating in a new and unusual environment when it comes to school-managed international travel in the present pandemic.

Following a recent review of our current policy by the College Executive, in consultation with key staff and our Board Chair, we have agreed to maintain our current position of NO international travel until June 2022.

As a result of the current Melbourne outbreak and uncertainty over the vaccine rollout in New Zealand, this includes any Australasian or Pacific 'bubble'. Our policy reflects the uncertainty of our times and provides clarity.

Blood Drive

College exceeded all expectations on Thursday 27 May by providing more than 60 units of blood when the New Zealand Blood Service came to school. More than 70 College staff and students signed up to give blood. My thanks to all involved, especially Assistant Principal – Community Engagement and Special Projects Neil Porter, who acted as our go-between with the Blood Service in this excellent endeavour.

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Boarding Matters

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Ben Vink
Deputy Principal – Student Care

MMG Survey response

Thank you to our boarding community for taking part in the MMG Survey last term and during the holidays. We will process the information to inform our plans and appreciate your input.

Megan de Beyer talk

It was great to have so many of you join us for the live streaming of the virtual talk, Conscious Parenting by Megan de Beyer. We had an incredibly positive response. The livestream will continue to be a feature of such parent evenings. Our next Parent Education Evening on Tuesday 15 June, 7pm is Adolescent Sleepclick here to book.

Year 11 parent/student/teacher interviews through Google Meet

We want to connect the school and the boarding community through technology and will trial online conferencing for those parents who cannot attend the face-to-face teacher meetings. These interviews will be held on Tuesday 8 June.

Queen’s Birthday exeat weekend

Just a reminder that the Queen’s Birthday weekend, from 5–7 June, is an exeat weekend. All boys must vacate their Houses by 12pm on Saturday 5 June. They will reopen on Monday 7 June at 3pm.

Jacobs House matron’s flat

Greater awareness and vigilance because of the Covid pandemic has proven to be a challenge for some boarding families. In response, we have reopened the Jacobs House matron’s flat to accommodate boys with mild ailments, such as coughs and colds. When they are not well enough to attend school, the boys will be isolated in the matron’s flat during the day. However, when their own matron is on duty from 4pm, they will return to their House sickbay. The Jacobs House matron’s flat is operated by the Health Centre, with a nurse on-call during the day.

What's for dinner?

Click here to view the Dining Hall menu produced by the talented team at Spotless.

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Curriculum News

Staff Nicole Billante

Nicole Billante
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning

Educating boys to self-manage workload

We are halfway through the term, and as I signposted at the start, this long term is going to be a heavy one for students, especially those doing NCEA.

When I review our assessment calendar on Schoolbox, I see that most students have at least one assessment a week, so this is the time for our boys to channel the tools we try to give them when it comes to self-management.

Here are my tips for managing the assessment workload:

1. Know what is coming up, but focus on a week at a time. That may seem contradictory but it’s important to not be weighed down by a future workload at the expense of a current one. What is due this week? How much time will that take? It’s important to prioritise and then consider how much time is left to deal with next week’s priority. Start on that where you can.

2. Use a study plan or online diary. We all know that free time is a high commodity, so it’s important to be aware of the spaces free for study. All students have Google Calendar through their school apps. A handy tool, it helps boys visualise the time committed to sport and cultural activities and the time free for homework.

3. Use class time wisely. For many students, this is a given, However, we need to be realistic about the brains of teenagers. When given class time to work on an assignment over two or three weeks, it can feel that there is plenty of time. Social interactions can also be a distraction. Making the most of the time given in class can alleviate the stress in the prep period.

4. Reach out. We’re here to support our boys. If something is unclear or feels overwhelming, all it takes is a request for help. Boys do not have to navigate their schoolwork alone, but they also need to let someone know they’re in need.

With half a term to go, there is still time to navigate the world of self-management and make the most of the opportunities for strong results.

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Wellbeing & Positive Education

John Quinn IBW

John Quinn
Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education

Sleep, connect, pause, walk, play

As we move into winter and the days get shorter and colder, we need to focus on wellbeing.

Wellbeing is not a spectator sport, and we need to be invested in what makes us feel good to help provide a buffer against day-to-day stress. The saying “what fills your cup” is a great analogy for all of us to ensure we have something to draw on when times are challenging.

We parent best when we are well and recharged, and not running on empty. Before you discuss with your boys what they need to do, talk to your partner about what you are both doing to “refill the cup” so you can be the best version of yourselves.

Consider some of the headings below and what they each look like for you:

  • Sleep – how much do you need to thrive?
  • Connection with friends and family – how often do you connect with no distractions or technology?
  • Downtime – what does rest and recovery look like for you?
  • Exercise – from running a marathon to walking around the block, be consistent
  • Playtime – taking time to just play; as adults we forget to do this.

How much of each do you need during the week to fill your cup? What value do you put on these things to ensure you are regularly refilling your cup? We know that life can drain the cup. Speaking with your partner will help you get support – as well as support them – to create space where you are doing these things proactively and not reactively.

This lets you share with your children, and support them towards healthy habits to fill their cups – a great conversation around the dinner table.

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Co-curricular and Administration

Staff Darrell Thatcher

Darrell Thatcher
Deputy Principal – Planning & Co-curricular

Christ’s College vs CBHS annual rugby game

The annual Christ’s College versus Christchurch Boys’ High School rugby game will be held at Boys’ High on Thursday 3 June at 1.30pm.

College will be closed on the day from 12.30pm, so boys not going to the game will be allowed to go home. Boys who remain at College will be supervised in the Library until 3pm.

Deputy Principal Rob Donaldson and Assistant Principal – Planning, Co-Curricular and Administration Darrell Thatcher will remind the boys before the game about College expectations regarding their behaviour and showing appropriate support.

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From the Chaplain

Chapel boards

A week ago on Sunday was the Day of Pentecost. We were privileged to have the Warden, Bishop Peter Carrell, with us to preach and dedicate the new boards in Chapel. One board lists the wardens, while the other lists the chaplains.

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Synagogue visit

Last Tuesday, I accompanied students to the Synagogue in Durham Street for a visit organised by the Round Square Committee. We were very grateful that Jewish Old Boy Asher Etherington gave us a wonderful introduction to this place. I had been there previously, including for student bar mitzvahs. The boys learn about Judaism in Religious Education, where we study six world religions. The visit has underscored what I often highlight – these are not simply theoretical ideas from some other place and some other time; we are learning about – and learning from – people within our own community.

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Using aroha to dismantle hate

Last Thursday, Dr Mazharuddin Syed Ahmed gave a presentation for the Centre for Ethics & Spirituality. He spoke about “Using aroha to dismantle hate in Aotearoa”, covering his experience of the terrorist attack on 15 March 2019, the aftermath (especially as someone agile in several languages able to help affected whānau), and the spontaneous outpouring of aroha. He reflected on how we might continue this spirit, including cautioning about the negative impact of social media. Like the synagogue visit, his address dovetails with the formation within our school for rejoicing in diversity, and understanding difference, including a variety of faiths.

Student Freddie Suddell described the evening as “a very interesting perspective on a matter that holds great relevance for Christchurch”, while fellow Year 13 student William Oakley said it “was good to hear his story; he gave deeper insight into his experiences around the attacks”.

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Bible for each boy

New students have all received a Bible from College. If a boy has missed out because he has come to College later (or for any other reason), he needs to get in touch with me. Year 9 students are working through early biblical stories and seeing how they connect to our contemporary context. In Year 10, we have just concluded our study of Islam while in Year 11, we are beginning an overview through 2000 years of Western and church history. Student learning will be assessed in an internal standard worth six credits.

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Staff Chris Sellars

Chris Sellars
Careers Advisor

Upcoming careers dates

8 JuneMassey University (Wellington), Creative Arts Experience Day
9 JuneUC Information Evening
10 JuneAra Open Day, 3.30–6.30pm
10 JuneUniversity of Auckland Information Session, 1–1.50pm, W102
16 JuneUniversity of Otago Information Evening, Addington Events Centre, 6.30–8.30pm
29 JuneUniversity of Auckland online Open Day
30 JuneVictoria University Information Evening, 6pm, The Piano
23 JulyLincoln University Open Day
30–31 JulyMassey University virtual event
1 AugustUniversity Halls of Residence open
1 AugustLincoln University Halls of Residence open (first-come, first-served basis)
3 AugustVictoria University course planning
15 AugustLincoln University scholarship applications close
15 AugustUC scholarship applications due
20 AugustVictoria University Open Day
21 AugustAUT Live
28 AugustUniversity of Auckland Open Day on campus
28 AugustAUT Open Day
August/SeptemberUniversity liaison visits to help plan course selection
1 SeptemberSchool-leaver scholarship applications due
9 SeptemberUC Open Day
10 SeptemberVictoria University online enrolment open
15 SeptemberUC accommodation applications due
1 OctoberUC applications to enrol open
10 DecemberUC applications to enrol close
10 December

Victoria University applications due

Christ's College CareerWise

The Christ’s College careers website, CareerWise, offers a rich source of information about all things related to careers. Check out the website and sign up for weekly alerts here –

Postings on the College CareerWise site on Sunday 16 May were:

  • Future Legends Scholarship
  • Nine disciplines in the Bachelor of Engineering, UC
  • Otago Polytechnic newsletter
  • Radiation Therapy – University of Otago (Wellington campus)
  • Latitude volunteering

Postings on the College CareerWise site on Sunday 23 May were:

  • UC new music major 2022 – Creative Music Technology
  • News from the NZ Broadcasting School
  • Lincoln University – Bachelor of Land and Property Development
  • UC – Where can a degree in humanities take you?

UC Stay in touch

Complete the online form in the link below to ensure you have the latest key dates and important information –

UC Information Evening, 9 June

Click the link to register –

Otago Tertiary Day – report

The recent Tertiary Day allowed the boys to visit both the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic and plan their day, including visiting accommodation, attending information sessions and lectures and becoming familiar with the city. More boys than usual visited the Otago Polytechnic. Its courses offer a more practical approach to study and are more suited to many students than a university course. It is important to remember that the Polytechnic offers degrees, as well as diploma and certificate courses. We need to break down the idea that the university is superior. Some students know which style of learning is best for them, and, hopefully, they will not be influenced by their peers. The beauty of a Polytechnic course is that you may start at a diploma level and either progress to a degree, or change direction towards another course. I have looked at a possible scenario for a student who has talent in fashion design, yet thinks they want to start a commerce degree at the university. A possible solution could be the polytechnic course, with a NZ Diploma in Business (one year), and a six-month fulltime NZ Certificate in Fashion, and this could lead to a Bachelor of Applied Management.

InZone careers kiosk

The InZone careers kiosk can now be found in the careers room following a move from the library. The boys can watch video clips on jobs within different vocational pathways, including construction and infrastructure, creative industries, manufacturing and technology, primary and services industries, and social and community services. I encourage boys to put on the headphones and watch these videos.

School subject selection

When it comes to subject selection for next year, it is good to look ahead at which subjects may be needed at Years 12 and 13 and for university courses. The following documents will help and can be seen on the College CareerWise website, under ‘useful career links’.

Uni Canterbury-Best-Preparation

UC Engineering

Boys studying NCEA Level 3 Calculus – whether in Years 12 or 13 – need to understand the requirements of entry into the maths programme at UC for Engineering. EMTH118 Engineering Mathematics 1A requires the following: NCEA Level 3 Mathematics, 14 credits (18 strongly recommended) including the standards Differentiation (91578), and Integration methods (91579). If they do not have these prerequisites, students must take MATH 101 first.

University Scholarships for Year 13 students

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for students planning to start university in 2022. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university, as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately funded, Māori, Pacific and international university scholarships completes the list. For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page.

Immerse Education UK

1. The Oxbridge Online Research Programme
A personalised, one-to-one programme with your own Oxford University or Cambridge University tutor. Develop a university-level academic research project in any specialist subject over two, four, or eight weeks. Ages 13–18. Click here to learn more.

2. Online Insights – University Level Preparation Courses

Gain an unparalleled understanding of a subject of your choice. Learn university-level topics alongside other students from around the world with the guidance of expert university tutors from Oxford University and Cambridge University. Ages 13–15 and 16–18. Click here to learn more.

3. Essay Competition for 2022 programmes

Win a scholarship to participate in the Cambridge 2021 academic programmes. Round 1 of the 2022 Essay Competition is open, with entries closing on 31 August 2021. Ages 13–18. Click here to learn more.

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From the Archives

Jane Teal

The Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association – how it all began

The 1850–1950 School List states that the beginning of the Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association was a meeting held on 20 February 1877. Yes, about 30 Old Boys did meet in Warner’s Hotel and passed the following resolution: “That the Old College Boys form themselves into an association for general athletic purposes.”i On 6 March, once more in Warner’s Hotel, a general meeting was held that set the annual subscription at 10 shillings. George Harper (84) was elected President, Thomas Gordon (140) became the Secretary and Thomas De Renzy Condell (123) took on the role of Treasurer. A committee of 12 was whittled down from the 22 who were originally charged with canvassing for members.ii

The Press of 12 October 1877 expanded the background to the association that was “started at the beginning of the present year, having for its object the keeping alive of a spirit of collegiate fellowship amongst its former and its present scholars and students … The committee from the president downwards, is composed of old College boys and by means of yearly sports and the inevitable yearly dinner, and the publication of this School List, they hope to bind all connected with the College in a warm and hearty union”.iii

The inevitable Annual Dinner was held on 11 October 1877 and the newspapers record football and cricket games between past and present teams. The first School List was also published by this group and included boys with College numbers 1 to 759. The last one being John Delamain (759 sic), who was admitted in July 1877.

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This volume also includes two pages on the foundation of the Old College Boys Association and refined its principal object “to foster and keep alive amongst Old College Boys throughout the Colony and active remembrance of their old school, and an interest in its present and continued welfare”.

Unfortunately, there are no minutes in the archives for this burgeoning association so reliance has to be placed on the information, which can be obtained from Papers Past and the 2nd edition of The School List published in 1884, which conveniently coincides with the publication the first edition of The Christ’s College Sports Register. Both these sources indicate that, gradually, the association was spreading its wings. In June 1882, the first Old Boys’ dinner was held in London on the night of the Oxford-Cambridge Inter-University Sports. Charles Collwyn Prichard (1) was in the chair and “‘Success to Christ’s College’ the only toast permitted, will henceforth probably be heard in London annually, and be given with ever-increasing vigour as years pass by and the number of guests increases”.iv

In late 1882, the Christ’s College Rifles was formed. Initially, it was planned that only Old Boys could belong, but it was quickly opened to other members elected by ballot.v

In 1884, the Tourists Cycling Club was formed “for the encouragement of amateur bicycle riding especially among College Old Boys”. With JFW Grierson (425) at the helm, they met in the Christ’s College Rifles orderly room and agreed to rules and “a neat helmet-shaped cap”.vi

The Old Boys’ Dinner was firmly established as the notes in The Christ’s College Sports Register records. Attendees and toasts are listed.

By the time the third edition of The School List was published, there are extant minutes in the archives. The original name – The Old College Boys Association – was retained until the annual general meeting of 14 October 1897, when the Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association is in the minutes for the first time.

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The first entry records that on 28 September 1891, at a meeting in the offices of Harper and Co, lawyers, the committee was planning a Smoke Concert, which is exactly what it says – a concert that usually involves men smoking, talking, entertainment and, in this instance, a large number of toasts.vii

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The first list of Officers and Rules was published in 1895, although it took a general meeting and many, many amendments to a draft to finally reach agreement.viii

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From 1891, there is a complete set of minutes that tells the story of an association that maintains an interest and contribution to the College’s “present and continued welfare”.

i Lyttelton Times 21 February 1877
ii Globe 7 March 1877
iii The Press 12 October 1877; see also Lyttelton Times 12 October 1877 and Globe 14 December 1877
iv Globe 2 June 1882; The Christ’s College Sports Register, May 1884 p 25; The Christ’s College School List 1852–1884
v See Teal, F J 2020 The Christ’s College Rifles in College 38 pp 84–87
vi Lyttelton Times 7 September 1884; Press 25 September 1884, Christ’s College School List 1852–1884
vii The Old College Boys’ Association Minute Book 20 September 1891 to 8 October 1906
viii Ibid 16th September 1895

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Latest News & Events

Informatics Olylmpiad Bruce Chen

Bruce Chen – Programming for highest honour

Condell’s House Year 12 student, Bruce Chen has been selected for New Zealand’s International Olympiad Informatics team to compete on a virtual world stage next month.

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Gumboot day a hit with the boys

Rain on Friday meant perfect weather for Gumboot Day, College boys wearing wellies with their uniforms to raise awareness of mental health issues, and those needing counselling.

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Jamie Barr

Round Square selects Christ’s College for international study

Christ’s College was chosen as the only New Zealand school to participate in a Cross-cultural Study of Student Leadership in Round Square Schools around the world.

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Matty Hickman

College runner sets hot road race pace

Matty Hickman has run away with the Canterbury Schools Road Race Championships U16 title in North Hagley Park, with fellow College runner Art Aitken finishing 5th.

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World Vision Youth Conference

College students learn to lead by deeds

Inspired by College to achieve effective social change, four senior students have recently attended the World Vision Youth Conference to learn more about leadership.

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Ethical approach to College Olympiad success

A four-strong team from Christ’s College will compete at the International Ethics Olympiad after winning the South Island title.

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Christ's College Business Banter

The story of Xero, 30 June 2021, 7am

Following the success of the Business Banter launch with Fix & Fogg, we are excited to bring you our second event with Old Boy Alastair Grigg talking about his time at Xero.

Hear College Old Boy Alastair Grigg speak about his time as Chief Operating Officer at Xero and how he and his team took a fear-inducing subject, such as accounting to a fun creative, easy to use service.

Click here to book your breakfast on Wednesday 30 June at 7am in the College Dining Hall.

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Upcoming Events

2 JuneCombined Concert with St Margaret's College, 7.30pm
15 June

Parent Education Evening – Adolescent Sleep, 7pm

17 JuneParents' Association House Music Festival, 7–9pm
22 JuneChrist's College Diploma Launch, 7–9pm
23–25 JuneThe Shakespearean Banquet, 6.30–9.30pm
30 JuneBusiness Banter – Xero, 7.30–8.30am
1 July

Parent Education Evening with Paul Dillon – Drug and Alcohol Education, 7pm

9 JulyParents' Association Mid-Winter Drinks, 6–9pm
3, 4 & 10 AugustCommunity Visits – Nelson, Marlborough and Timaru


29 JulyDunedin YOBs, 6–8pm

20 October

Gentlemen's Lunch


65 Years On Reunion

75 Years On Reunion

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