This past weekend, New Zealand was abuzz with a Winter Olympics Gold Medal for Nico Porteous and an 11th finish in the same event for his brother, Miguel.
I met this family when the boys joined the school I was head of in Perth more than 10 years ago. In our first interview, Chris, the mother, dropped in ‘they're quite good skiers Garth and we will probably be returning to New Zealand during our winter holidays a bit and might take some extra time off’. They lasted in and out of Perth for five years before being fully absorbed in the programme back in New Zealand.
Throughout that journey, the overwhelming message from the boys and their parents was about humility and balance. Any success they experienced was always set against the joy of opportunity and the gratefulness they felt every day. There was an absolute expectation and understanding that things could change so always be respectful, aspirational and considerate in all things. The success of Nico and Miguel is a message to us all here at College about pursuing dreams and managing the journey with certainty and circumspection along the way.
Finding the right balance
We cannot escape the questions of balance between protest and politics in a healthy democracy as we live through ‘Occupy Wellington’, and, more locally, Cranmer Square. Like you, I am perplexed at some actions taken by individual members of our community and the authorities of that community. My message to the boys is clear … live and let live but always, at the front of mind, have the needs of others balanced against immediacy and cost to oneself. We all know conflict is complex but, at times, it can focus us on what we believe, what is right and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Boys and staff have been instructed to wear face masks at all times unless they are eating or drinking, and to follow distancing expectations when in conversation, in Houses or elsewhere.
- Remember, if your son is unwell with cold and flu symptoms (however mild), he must stay at home, get tested and not come to school. If you are contacted to collect your son, please do so as soon as possible.
- Should your son test positive for Covid-19, please contact us as soon as possible via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If your son becomes a close contact outside the school environment, please let us know via the absentee line – 03 364 8677.
- If your son becomes a casual contact outside the school environment, he can still attend school. However, he must monitor for symptoms.
- If in doubt, please contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for further clarification prior to your son returning to school.
Connecting our new Year 9 families
When your son joins a new community like Christ’s College, you may wish to connect with other parents whose sons have also newly joined.
We support and encourage this and in conjunction with the Christ’s College Parents’ Association – and respectful of all legal advice as to privacy laws – we have developed a form to allow parents to opt in and share their details with other new parents. If you opt in by completing and submitting this form, Christ's College will collate your details into a shared document containing details of other new parents who have also opted in. Once collated, we will email the shared document to all new parents who have opted in.
The purpose of this shared document is to enable parents to connect with other parents in a positive and engaging manner in relation to Christ's College activities only.
By completing this form, you agree to respect everyone’s privacy and ensure mutual trust. In particular, you agree to:
- use the information in the shared document only for the above purpose; and
- not share any of the information in the shared document with any third party.
As temperatures cool but the need for classroom ventilation remains, it is important that the boys keep warm. Please check out the photos below to see how the College hoodie can – or cannot – be worn. The hoodie is only to be worn with the College sports uniform. The College jersey – as seen below – can be bought from the Uniform Shop.
Enrolments for 2023 and beyond
We are very fortunate to have strong demand for College places – now and in the future. If you have a younger son who is not enrolled for 2023, can you please do so by filling in the online enrolment form. Siblings are given priority but they need to be enrolled. We are well under way with our interviews. Our Admissions Registrar, Sarah Fechney, will be in touch to organise a suitable time for interviews.Read on