The final term of the year has begun rather unusually, with the entire school gathering for just two days, and then Years 11–13 off on study leave for their Derived Grades. The delayed Derived Grades for NCEA Levels 1–3 may be vital as the balance of the term could see us again thrown into a different ‘level’ of life in this ever-changing environment.
It has been another period of ongoing decision-making as we adjust our social and celebration calendar to accommodate changed expectations. The boys, staff and parents have again been very understanding and supportive. We try to keep boys' experiences as the focus, and this has been unfortunate for events where parents are usually included. Live streaming has become an important way of connecting, and one that will forever now be a part of our ‘new’ normal.
Each Housemaster will be in contact regarding their respective House functions.
Updated end-of-year events
Below is the updated schedule for Senior prize-giving. Unfortunately, because of Alert Level 2 restrictions, parents cannot attend the prize-giving or the Year 13 Leavers’ Chapel Service. Both events will be live streamed.
We will be reviewing the remainder of the end-of-year celebrations after the Government’s announcement on Monday 1 November.
Thursday 11 November
|House roll calls|
|12pm||Period 4 – |
Rehearsal for prize winners in Assembly Hall
|12.50pm||Years 9–10 finish for the day|
|1.30pm||Senior prize-giving and final Assembly (Assembly Hall) – Years 11–13 students only|
|2.45pm||Years 11–12 go on exam leave|
|3pm||Year 13 Leavers’ Chapel Service (Chapel) – Year 13 students only|
|3.30pm||Year 13 on exam leave|
Vaccinations in schools and at College
College is currently organising our systems as to the way in which vaccination mandates will impact on us and how we will appropriately collect evidence from staff and students. We will be in touch as to the way we will record student vaccination status in the next week.
What is abundantly clear is that people who work at, volunteer or visit schools will need to be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. It is also obvious that student vaccination will make school life easier in the future. For College, which operates as an independent and boarding school, the issue of making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for all students (other than those medically unfit) is under some consideration as a matter of health and safety for our entire community. Any specific mandates – beyond that of Government order – associated with this matter would be by the direction of the College Board after thoughtful consideration of all the associated issues.
I again encourage every member of our community (other than those medically unfit) to get vaccinated.
Fees for 2022
At the October Board meeting, College fees for 2022 were decided. The details can be found here. As always, consideration was given to the balance of an increase in fees against the cost of ongoing improvements to the academic and co-curricular programmes.
For most of its history, College has also provided a Scholarship programme – underwritten by earnings from the College Foundation – for students based on their academic and co-curricular ability or socio-economic need. Our Scholarship programme is not covered within the College fee structure. One of the key strategic themes leading to our 175th Celebrations is sustainability, and this is a major consideration as the Board addresses its commitment to enabling financial freedom for College in the future.
Financial tensions and constraints are never far from the door for any organisation, and College is no different. We are fortunate that our enrolment and reputation for quality programmes and excellence allow for future planning in an atmosphere of confidence where we continue to see people as our greatest asset and focus on our highest priority – Each boy at his best.
Rev. Bosco Peters retirement
Just a reminder that this is Rev. Bosco Peters’ last term at College. We plan to hold a special service, most likely in Term 1 next year. If you would like to send Bosco a farewell message, please do so through our reception – email@example.com
Get One, Give One campaign
You can find here an appeal from the Archbishops and Primates of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia relating to supporting Covid-19 vaccinations for those in the poorest parts of our world.
Annual Giving Day is back on – Wednesday 3 November
After talking to members of our community – and much consideration – we are pleased to announce that Giving Day is back on (Wednesday 3 November). This follows our decision to postpone the original event because of the Covid-19 August lockdown.
Giving Day is this year’s Annual Appeal, a special one-off fundraising event. Donations made on Giving Day add to our scholarship funds specifically for boys who may not otherwise be able to attend College.
A College education is a life-changing opportunity for them, and, in turn, College benefits by enriching our community with the perspectives and experiences of people from all walks of life.
We are seeking volunteers to help out on the day. If you would like to be involved, click here. We will provide more information over the coming week. If you have any queries, contact Shelley Keach on 03 364 6818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.