There was a palpable buzz around College on Friday afternoon following the win of the Men’s Rowing VIII at the Tokyo Olympics.
There was a strong College influence ‘steering’ the boat to victory, with Old Boy and cox Sam Bosworth (the Maadi Cup-winning College cox in 2012) and coach Tony O’Connor (a former and future staff member). What a great story of perseverance, given the crew’s path to the competition. What a lesson for us all about the potential of purpose combined with process. We congratulate both Sam and Tony on this stunning success.
Sport is a significant part of life at schools for boys. Many life lessons can be learnt on the ‘playing field’, including leadership, teamwork, dealing with disappointment and celebrating with humility and respect. It is also a place where friendships for life are often made, forged through time spent playing together. College now enjoys some of its best results for many years across our sporting codes while sticking to a philosophy that demands generalisation (boys must choose a different sport in both summer and winter) and compulsion. We continually test our programmes and ensure that every boy is well supported through quality coaching and preparation – be that physical or psychological. Fundamental to our success is having our teaching staff work alongside our boys as managers or coaches (or both). This influence holds our boys to our standards, and expectations should never be understated. Find out more about our sporting programme here.
An Olympics story I have shared with the boys relates to Australian basketballer Andrew Gaze, who attended five Games. Andrew talked about the “atmosphere of excellence” he felt within the Olympic Village, surrounded by extraordinary people who inspired awe – despite being one of them himself.
I often ask the boys how are you contributing to (through your attitude, character and effort) and benefiting from (through following the example of those you see around you) the ‘atmosphere of excellence’ we experience at Christ’s College? The answer may well define if you are making the most of your opportunities.
Rev. Bosco Peters to retire after 24 years
Rev. Bosco Peters has decided to retire after a remarkable 24 years of service at Christ’s College. Bosco will step down at the end of the year. Through that time, he has had a far-reaching impact on every College boy and many colleagues, offering support and guidance at all levels – from Chapel to his Religious Education classes and his outstanding work leading the Centre for Ethics & Spirituality programme. We are indebted to both Bosco and his ever-present and supportive wife, Helen, who we will farewell from College in a variety of ways later in the year.
2021 Giving Day
This year’s Annual Appeal takes the form of a special ‘Giving Day’, with donations going to our scholarship funds for those boys who may not otherwise be able to attend College. A College education is a life-changing opportunity and scholarship recipients greatly enrich our community with fresh experiences and perspectives. We encourage you to contribute to this special day, with donations to be matched and tripled on the day. Every contribution will make a difference. We are seeking volunteers to help out on the day. If you would like to be involved, click here.
More information will be communicated over the coming weeks. If you have any queries, contact Shelley Keach on 03 364 6818 or email email@example.com.