The past weekend was a celebration of all things Old Boys at College. It was a pleasure to host more than 400 Old Boys from multiple generations at Friday evening’s Cocktail Party (following the CCOBA AGM), and then welcome 300 back on Saturday for lunch.
It is one of those undeniable truths that schools like College develop lifelong camaraderie among students – that has been the most significant observation of the weekend. We, as a community, can be very proud of that truth. Particular thanks for the success of this weekend must go to the key organiser, Alumni Manager Lizzie Dyer, along with other members of the Advancement team, and Old Boy year group coordinators. Reunion photos can be found here.
It augurs well for all when we come together as an entire community for our 175th celebrations in 2025.
Connecting Year 9 parents
All Year 9 parents are invited to share their contact details with other parents from the same year group via our Year 9 Parent Community Connection form.
This contact list will be invaluable over the next five years, enabling stronger ties with the school community and enriching your College experience. It will connect you with parents in your son’s year group and House, and also the parents of his friends, so please take some time to complete the Year 9 Parent Community Connection form.
The contact list will be shared with those Year 9 parents who have chosen to opt in.
Boarding spaces for existing dayboys
We know that boys are busy, with multiple sporting, co-curricular and, of course, academic commitments. With this in mind, and with some recent refurbishment, we are offering a very limited number of spaces in our boarding Houses in 2023 to our Years 10–13 dayboys on a permanent or casual basis.
For some boys, boarding at College may help ease the weight of competitions, rehearsals, and lengthy training sessions. It is also an opportunity for our senior boys to prepare for moving away from home – perhaps into tertiary accommodation or simply living in another city – in their post-College lives. Year-long boarding and short-term spaces are available for Year 13 students and in selected year groups.
As we only have very few places available, please contact Registrar Sarah Fechney as soon as possible if your son wishes to be considered for a boarding space.
Independent Schools of New Zealand parent survey
As our wider community is aware, College is a part of Independent Schools of New Zealand (ISNZ). This association represents, and advocates for, independent schools nationwide. College, like many schools, supports ISNZ in several ways. When the Committee of Heads existed, I was a member prior to the reorganisation of governance. We, through our staff, have made various contributions to professional learning opportunities and think tanks over the years.
ISNZ now seeks our help to plan for the future and, with this in mind, it has sought our participation in a national survey of parents. ISNZ has commissioned McCrindle Research, an independent research company, to conduct this survey. McCrindle is an internationally recognised research company, conducting research for the education sector in New Zealand and Australia. Your responses will be anonymous. The survey will remain open until Friday 10 March.
The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed here.
This Friday, our Ngā Puna Wai-based House Athletics Day looms as a wonderful event and I know that boys and staff are excited by this new venue and the opportunity to compete and celebrate their House identities. Much of the camaraderie of Old Boys is created at events such as this. We look forward to seeing parents, families, and supporters on the day.