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From the Executive Principal

Staff Garth Wynne

Garth Wynne
Executive Principal

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As many in the school community are aware, I was extremely fortunate to travel to Israel earlier in the year to fulfil a bucket list aspiration of experiencing the Holy Land and gain insight into one of the world’s newest and most complex nations. The recent escalation of violence in that region has been confronting for me, given my recent experience where I witnessed both the division between people and voices of hope for the future.

It seems now that hope has evaporated for so many, and yet we know that without hope our fundamental humanity can be lost. In my time as Executive Principal, I have seldom spoken to the boys in Chapel – leaving that to the experts. However, on Friday I felt compelled to ask the boys to put at the forefront of their minds the young in this tragedy, for it is their futures that we are now seeing forged in the ongoing tragedy of this conflict.


For the past eight years, the school has, in various ways, sought feedback from its stakeholders by engaging with MMG Education in benchmarking surveys that use data across Australasia to measure the performance of our school against others in a wide variety of areas. In 2023, the Year 13 cohort, along with their parents, completed an exit survey. A summary of the results can be found here. This information adds to a comprehensive portfolio of similar surveys that continue to inform decision-making into the future. It is vital that College never stands still in pursuit of the best outcomes for every boy, and such feedback is invaluable to us. I thank all Year 13 boys and parents who participated this year.

Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival

There are always many firsts in the journey of schools but I would like to highlight that, on Sunday, Christ’s College participated for the first time in the Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival at the Town Hall. This was a huge step for our kapa haka group and reflects the ongoing development of the bicultural context of College. I was so proud to be there, along with whānau, and I particularly thank Dr Mike Field and Keri Campbell for their shared leadership as our Bicultural Co-ordinators to this point, our Kapa Haka Tutor, Matua Te Huaki Puanaki, and Philippa Dye for all her hard work in sewing our spectacular and unique cultural dress.

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Staff changes

Lorne Howell & Stephen Dods
Experienced coach and mentor Llorne Howell will be stepping into the role of Acting MiC Cricket while Stephen Dods takes a leave of absence until 1 March 2024. I would like to acknowledge Stephen's significant contribution to College cricket and rugby over the past eight years. Llorne, a former Black Cap, has played one-day internationals for New Zealand and also represented Canterbury in age-group rugby. In a 14-year career at the top level of cricket, Llorne has won one-day and four-day titles with Canterbury and Auckland. He holds a New Zealand Cricket Level 3 Coaching Qualification, along with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in several languages. Llorne has led the Howell Cricket Academy and coached extensively in New Zealand and India, along with establishing and growing business and educational links with India.

Len van Hout & Lisa McCleary
An experienced financial accountant, Len van Hout joins the Finance Department while Finance Manager Lisa McCleary is on maternity leave. We thank Lisa for her contribution to College and wish her all the best with her journey into parenthood. Len, having led his own consultancy business, has provided financial analysis and modelling, and services associated with business process reviews. He has also worked as a financial accountant and advisor and in a governance role for several of Christchurch’s biggest businesses and entities.

Community Visits

I look forward to catching up with our wider College community during our Community Visits to South Canterbury, Ashburton, Blenheim, Nelson, and Wanaka in October and November. We hope you can join us for a wonderful occasion.

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Boarding Matters

Staff Ben Vink 8793 2222 SQ

Ben Vink
Deputy Principal – Student Care

2023 Boarding Awards Dinner

Our 2023 Boarding Awards recognise our standout students, celebrating their service to their Houses at a special dinner in September.

Our Rutherford Cup winners – Tom Foster (Flower’s House), Daniel Wyber (School House), and Oscar Clay (Richards House) – have been recognised for making a difference in their Houses through their citizenship and service.The leadership and contribution of Matthew O’Connor (School House), Beau Armstrong (Flower’s House), and Seb Hailey (Richards House) have also been acknowledged with Head of Boarding Awards.

Our Boarding Programme Awards have been won by Noah Elkington (Flower’s House), Jordan Li (School House), and Gordon Logan (Richards House), while Lucas Carr (Richards House) has been recognised with the Agriculture Cup.

Benn McBrearty – an Old Boy and experienced staff member in boarding at Christ’s College and in schools in Australia – spoke at the dinner about his life journey.

He detailed the importance of boarding within independent schools like Christ’s College. He also spoke about the opportunities that boarding brought and challenged the boys to make the most of those opportunities.

Next year, Franklin Barry (Flower’s House) will be Head of Boarding while Albie Roberts (Richards House) will be Deputy Head Prefect of College.

The Boarding House Cup went to Flower’s House for 2023.

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What's for dinner?

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Curriculum News

Staff Nicole Billante

Nicole Billante
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning

Lessons in study and revision

We are under way in the final term of the year. It may be our shortest term, but it is also one of the busiest from an academic perspective.

Our Years 12 and 13 students have three weeks of final learning/revision before they are on study leave for NCEA final examinations. Keeping their focus through this time needs to be a top priority. During the week of study leave between classes and exams starting, teachers are available in their classrooms for tuition during normal class times. I would encourage the boys to make the most of this tuition opportunity.

Next week, on Thursday, they will have their examination briefing, where they receive their examination slips and also check and sign off their final internal assessment grades. Classes will run as normal on the Friday – their last timetable day – with Year 12s completing a full day and Year 13s in class from Periods 1–4.

Last week, I also met the Year 11 students to highlight the important milestones ahead this term. For those students completing reassessments of co-requisites, Week 4 is the first key date. All Year 11s will then be undertaking Prep exams, starting from 16 November. These examinations serve two functions – providing students with experience in examinations but also providing useful information on a student’s readiness for NCEA in their chosen subjects.

This week, we will also speak to Year 10 students about their first attempt at the NCEA co-requisite for numeracy. Their results from Mathematics tells us that they have the skills and knowledge required for this test. I will be talking to the boys about the mechanics of the assessment so that they are prepared for this new style of assessment. Further information will be available to boys and parents via Schoolbox notices.

I look forward to seeing the hard work of all the boys come to fruition in the lead up to the end of the year.

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From the Chaplain

Staff Cameron Pickering 1608 SQ

The Rev'd Canon Cameron Pickering

Everyone's welcome at Chapel services

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Peace to you all in the name of God.

As part of working out a statement on our Anglican identity at Christ’s College, we landed on the sentence “Chapel as our spiritual fulcrum”. Last Friday, we were pleased to baptise three students onwards in their journey towards God in Christ. Connor MacKenzie, Jack Morkane, and Jack Farquhar all took a step towards God in a service attended by family and friends. My thanks, on behalf of our community, to the Chapel Choir who also attended, making Friday a long day at school.

I say these newly baptised students have taken a step towards God because I believe God is always walking towards us, that is what the word ‘Grace’ means. In baptism, we do not so much enter into the love that is God in Christ Jesus, but rather step towards that which is offered to us all. I commend these three boys for having the faith and the courage to do so.

In preparation for the service, I retrieved the Baptism Register for Christ’s College. It dates back to 1894. College students and staff have been entered in this record for well more than 100 years. Of course, the great register of the Church universal reaches millennia backwards and forwards – as does that love which is God for all humankind.

As a school holding to Christian virtues in a largely secular 21st century Aotearoa New Zealand, it is heartening to see not only students offering themselves for baptism, but also those students who support them.

Friday’s service was a joyous celebration of the three places Jesus told us we would find him – in the word, in the sacraments, and where two or three are gathered in his name.

May you all be aware of God’s movement towards you in Grace.

Yours in Christ,
The Rev'd Cameron Pickering

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Upcoming Events


Wednesday 18 October, 10.15am65 & 75 Years On Reunion
Wednesday 18 October, 12pmGentlemen's Lunch

Friday 20 October, 10.30–11.30am

Boarding Mothers' Morning Tea
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Friday 20 October, 12pmChrist's College Parents' Association Pink Lunch – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 25 October, 6–8pm

South Canterbury Community Visit
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Thursday 26 October, 6–8pmAshburton Community Visit
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Saturday 28 October, 7–10.30pm

Year 11 Semi-formal
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Sunday 29 October, 7pmChapel Service – Evensong Years 11–13, Christ's College Chapel
Tuesday 31 October, 6–8pmBlenheim Community Visit
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Wednesday 1 November, 5–7pmNelson Community Visit
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Tuesday 7 November–Saturday 11 November

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr – Christ's College and Rangi Ruru Girls School' Years 9–10 production
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Tuesday 21 November, 6–8pmWanaka Community Visit
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Friday 24 November, 12pmChristchurch Long Lunch

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Sunday 26 November, 7pmAdvent Service with Prep schools Years 9–10, Christ's College Chapel
Wednesday 29 November, 6pmChristchurch Young Old Boys (YOBs) Event
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Thursday 30 November, 6-7pm

Carols on the Quad

Friday 1 December, 10.30–11.30am

Year 13 Boarding Parents' Brunch, Dining Hall
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Friday 1 December, 1–3pm

Years 9–13 Prize-giving, Christchurch Town Hall
Friday 1 December, 4–5pmYear 13 Leavers' Chapel Service, Christ's College Chapel
Saturday 2 December, 7.30–11pmYear 13 Leavers' Ball, Air Force Museum
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Staff Chris Sellars

Chris Sellars
Careers Advisor

Upcoming careers dates

OctoberHalls and scholarship offers made
OctoberUniversity of Auckland, applications to study open
OctoberUC applications to enrol open
DecemberStudyLink applications due
10 DecemberUniversity of Otago and UC enrolments due
10 DecemberUniversity of Auckland applications to study close
JanuaryFormal offers of places to universities

Christ's College CareerWise

The Christ’s College careers website, CareerWise, is a rich source of information about all things related to career information. Check it out and sign up for weekly alerts by subscribing here.

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Exam preparation

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College Diploma – Year 11

College will hold a six-day, career-focused programme for Year 11 students in the last two weeks of Term 4. It will include visits to Lincoln University, Ara, and the University of Canterbury, along with industry site visits and guest speakers at College. It is a great way to end the Diploma programme, in readiness for Year 12.

StudyLink – student loans and allowances

If boys intend to apply for a student loan or allowance, they need to register and apply online through StudyLink. As this can take time, it is best to get under way sooner rather than later.

A money guide for students

MoneyHub has published a money guide to provide students with the tools and information so that they can develop a great relationship with money.

MoneyHub – a guide to apprenticeships

Learn more about apprenticeships. This guide covers everything you need to know – from what an apprenticeship is through to the process of applying and the eligibility requirements.

Student Jobs Guide

For those looking for a summer job, MoneyHub has produced a Student Jobs Guide, with tips on how to make an application and where to look for work. For more information, go to MoneyHub.

MoneyHub – three guides have been updated

University of Auckland – Law, LLB Part 11

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University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne requires students to have Level 3 English. For students wanting to study Biomedicine or Science or Commerce, they must have Mathematics Calculus at Level 3. The university does not accept other English-rich subjects from Level 3.

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From the Archives

Jane Teal


In 1943, King George VI was on the throne, Peter Fraser was Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Ernest Andrews was Mayor of Christchurch. First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt visited New Zealand and Japanese submarines were seen in coastal waters.

In September 1943, New Zealand held a general election that had been postponed for two years because of World War II. Unlike the current MMP system, it was a simple majority that could hold power in an 80-seat Parliament. Labour was returned to Government with a reduced majority, holding 45 seats to National’s 34 seats, with Harry Atmore returned as an Independent in Nelson.

In October, butter rationing was introduced, with an allowance of 8oz (226g) per person per week.i

‘Self Help Wartime Cooking Suggestions’, FJT Private Collection.

At Christ’s College, Reginald Richards was Headmaster and John Robert Nicholls (4795) was Head Prefect. Because the 6th form was divided into three groups, there was no Academic Head of School, but prizes were awarded in Group 1 to Alastair Fleet Burry (4839) for English and Latin, and the Tancred Prize for Literature Class A; Robert Scott Cumming (5024) for French, and the Tancred Prize for History Class A; John William Saunders (4986) for Mathematics; and Rodney Hunter Gould (4858) the Tancred Prize for History Class A.

In Groups 2 and 3, the prize winners were Robert George Sefton Powell (4978) – English and Chemistry; Edward Millais Harcourt (4957) – English; John Robert Nicholls (4795) – Science and Debating; Derek John Stuart Cook (4932) – Mathematics; John Alexander Gordon Fulton (4856) and Roger Maxwell Macfarlane (4875) – Farming; and Ian Alexander Archibald (4832) and Mervyn Henry Vile (4910) – Accountancy.

Entrance Scholarships for 1944 were awarded to David Dickson Cuthbert (5294) and Hugh Cameron Burry (5283), both from Fendalton School.

The 1st XI cricket team drew with Christchurch Boys’ High School and Otago Boys’ High School and won against Timaru Boys’ High School. The 1st XV rugby team won against Christchurch Boys’ High School, Otago Boys’ High School, and St Andrew’s College. Games against Wellington College and Wanganui (now Whanganui) Collegiate School were cancelled because of travel restrictions. However, a game was organised with Nelson College and the opposition won.

1st XV in Kaikoura on the way to Nelson.

Eight rowers managed to get to Wanganui. On November 22, the 1st IV lost to Wanganui by just short of a length. However, in the second race, the second crew was a good length ahead at the finish.

Flower’s House won the Boxing Cup, Jacobs House was awarded the Gymnastics Cup, and the Carey Shield in the House Music Competition went to School House. School House also won the interhouse rowing.

The Christ’s College Registers record the Old Boys on active service. Of the 177 World War II deaths, 23 – or 13 per cent – occurred in 1943.ii

5 JanuaryHugh Mowbray Howard Trippiii


Royal West Kent RegimentTunisia, Medjez-El-Bab
25 JanuaryJohn Humfrey Deansiv(4069)RNZAF (air accident)Malvern
30 JanuaryPopham Sainsburyv(3866)RAF No 18 SquadronTunisia, Medjez-El-Bab
MarchCarl Scott Sergel MIDvi(3036)2/14 Punjabi RegimentSingapore NZ Memorial
6 MarchJack Digby Wylde-Brownevii(4208)5th ReinforcementsTripoli War Cemetery
23 MarchRichard Bayntun Starkyviii(4031)4th Field RegimentSfax War Cemetery, Tunisia
9 AprilWilliam Stafford Dalgetyix(3157)7th NZ Anti-Tank RegimentSfax War Cemetery, Tunisia
26 AprilTennent Clive Fosbery Ronaldsx(4192)26th BattalionEnfidaville, Tunisia
28 AprilJohn Waterhouse Jameson MMxi(3993)26th BattalionEnfidaville, Tunisia
23 JuneEric Gasgoyne Cecil Todd(4439)19th Hyderabad RegimentImpahl, India
2 JulyBarry Martin DFCxii(3830)RAF No 7 SquadronRotterdam
11 JulyBen Masefield MID Silver Star (USA)xiii(4336)1st Com Fijian GuerrillasBourail, New Caledonia
3 AugustPaul Moore Harperxiv(3891)Fijian GuerrillasBourail, New Caledonia
29 SeptemberCuthbert Raymond DFC(4021)318 SquadronRunnymede
9 OctoberJohn Robert Crawfordxv(3593)35th BattalionBourail, New Caledonia
16 OctoberAlbert Keith Hancockxvi(3652)RNZAF (air accident)Hamilton East
21 OctoberAubrey Huia Pargeter(staff)RAF 103 SquadronRunnymede
19 NovemberJohn Hugh Nursexvii(4417)Fleet Air Arm (accident)Ireland
25 NovemberKeith Richards Osbornxviii(3919)4th Field RegimentSangro River, Italy
27 NovemberNeil Melville Louisson(3184)4th Field Regiment (furlough)Waikumete, NZ
15 DecemberGeorge Logan Talbot(3427)20th Armoured RegimentSangro River, Italy
15 DecemberDonald Alan Cameron McKillop(4403)23rd BattalionSangro River, Italy
19 DecemberJames Nelson Williams(4537)RNZAF No 16 SquadronBourail, New Caledonia

Not only had Old Boys enlisted in all the Armed Forces, but they had also participated in all the major actions in that year. Their places of burial or remembrance attest to that.

i “In the Dining Hall matters still remain normal despite the difficulties of buying food and butter rationing.” Christ’s College Register (after CCR) December 1943 p316. See Baker, JVT War Economy

ii For more detailed information on each of these Old Boys, see To Battle 1939–1945 compiled by JD Macfarlane, 2004 and the obituaries that can be found in the Christ’s College Register.
iii CCR June 1943 p304
iv CCR June 1943 p304
v CCR June 1943 p305
vi CCR Dec 1944 p484
vii CCR June 1943 p306
viii CCR June 1943 p301
ix CCR June 1943 p304
x CCR Dec 1943 p366
xi CCR June 1943 p306 dec 1943 pp348–9
xii CCR June 1943 pp295 and 305
xiii CCR Dec 1943 p356–7 and 367
xiv CCR Dec 1943 p367
xv CCR Dec 1943 p366
xvi CCR Dec 1943 p367
xvii CCR Dec 1943 p368
xviii CCR Dec 1943 p369

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