As the term concludes, we reflect on the unusualness of it all as school life has unfolded. New Zealand has been navigating the uncharted and College has been part of that in our own unique way.
We can be pleased with all we have achieved in the knowledge that it is not a preferred path and one we have been forced to follow, yet our capacity to cope has been admirable. My thanks to all within the community who have adapted to our differing expectations – from classroom to playing field.
I would particularly like to acknowledge some special subsets within our community.
Our new boys and teachers – supported by older boys and experienced colleagues – have been introduced to the school in masks, and that has not been easy, yet there has been positivity and acceptance and a genuine appreciation of all that College is. Our boarding community – led by Assistant Principal Ben Vink – has dealt with ‘living with Covid-19’ in spades, yet has managed to keep so many boys and staff safe, well and in good spirits amid waves of illness and changing expectations. Our Health Centre staff, Rachel Trengrove and Nicky Taylor, have adapted to a different pace and set of expectations in a manner that has been appreciated by so many.
As has been my way of managing these shifting sands of Covid-19, we will play next term’s reality as late as possible, given imminent decisions by the Government. With this in mind, I ask boys and parents, and all members of our community, to check their inbox in the last week of our term break for any updates regarding timings, events and the like for our return.
We can look forward with a great deal of satisfaction, given that we have recently managed so much, so well. Our confidence in accepting and dealing with what comes next is not misplaced. Any term break allows for a change of pace for all connected with school communities and is a blessing valued by those in the education sector. For our boys, families and staff, I encourage a focus on self as we ‘recharge’ for our return.
Return to College Sport Guidelines
As boys return to College sport and training following Covid-19 infection, we ask that they take a gradual approach to physical activity before returning to play. Our Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kris Miller, has created the Return to College Sport Guidelines for reference. A link to the guidelines – along with more details – is provided below in this In Black & White issue. I strongly recommend that you take the time to read the guidelines.
Parent Education Evening with Dr Nick Penney
I am pleased to announce our upcoming Parent Education Evening with mindfulness specialist Dr Nick Penney on Thursday, 19 May at 7pm. Dr Penney will explore the science and practice of mindfulness in the pursuit of wellbeing. Please click here to register. In Term 2, Dr Penney will also be teaching mindfulness, particularly in Year 9, and working with our staff.
Year 9 Parent Gathering
Hosted by the Christ’s College Parents’ Association, we hope to hold a special Year 9 Parent Gathering, should circumstances allow. This is a ‘save the date’ notice to join us for drinks and canapés on Sunday 1 May from 4–6pm in the Chapman Room and Upper. Please dress warmly and register here. Event confirmation will follow in the last week of the school holidays.
Individual and House photos
This week, your son will bring home his individual and House photos. For those students who are away, the photos will be available from the boys’ Housemasters on their return to school.