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From the Executive Principal

Staff Garth Wynne

Garth Wynne
Executive Principal

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This newsletter will land in your Inbox while the school is immersed in this year’s Summer Tournament Week. More than 100 College boys will be variously engaged in sport across the country. It is a week that they and their coaches look forward to and a unique part of the New Zealand school sports scene, made possible by the size of the country and the cultural belief that sport is good for young people.

We certainly believe this, represented by our compulsory sports programme and the variety of opportunities available to our boys.

Our rich and diverse programme is only enabled because of the investment of staff and external coaches, who bring their expertise and management skills, enthusiasm, and energy to the boys’ experience. Many hours are spent on the sideline encouraging and developing the skills and abilities of our boys and ensuring that they play ‘the game’ as it is intended, with sportsmanship at the forefront.

It is apt that I take the opportunity to remind those around children’s sport of their responsibilities regarding the boys who participate, and the coaches, officials, and adults who guide them. Occasionally, around College, and in other environments, we hear of inappropriate behaviour from the sidelines that negatively impacts on staff and students. Behaviour that is unacceptable somehow occurs because of the intensity that people feel in the moment – something we should all be focused on controlling as an element of adult self-regulation. You can find here the College Code of Conduct for co-curricular activities, which is particularly relevant for sport. At a time when we all appreciate the need for young people to be out and about playing sport as much as possible, the care and support of those who enable that to occur should be in the forefront of our minds as parents and supporters.

Mobile Phone Policy

Thank you to the parents, students, and staff who have provided their thoughts and opinions regarding the school’s reconsideration of its Mobile Phone Policy. As expected, there was a variety of feedback, which, on balance, appreciated the value that this technology had brought, while acknowledging the truth of the negative impact of inappropriate use.

We must remember that the mobile phone should be a tool, not a tyrant, and that schools are where appropriate use can be both caught and taught. Given that mobile phones are provided by parents for young people, the phone becomes a part of the parenting school interface. Logically, this means that parents will not contact their son(s) on their mobile phone during the school day. If it is an urgent matter, parents are to contact the school office. With this in mind, the next iteration of our Mobile Phone Policy has been created. This policy can be found here and will have a soft launch until the end of Term 1. Next term, the more punitive response guiding confiscation – as outlined in the policy – will be implemented. Simply put, the policy has applied our ‘out of sight, out of mind’ philosophy, including morning break and lunch, addressing the most significant concerns expressed through the feedback.

CCOBA changes


Andrew ‘Blue’ Henderson has been named Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association President (CCOBA), taking over the reins from Angus Dysart-Paul. Having worked in the rural industry and been a detective with the New Zealand Police, Blue now oversees a facilities service business. Tim Daley, a Senior Associate with Anthony Harper Lawyers, steps up as the new Vice-President, and Jared Chin continues as the CCOBA committee treasurer. Meanwhile, Mortlock McCormack law clerk and part-time music tutor Angus Mossman and Carrfields Financial Services General Manager Andrew Brown have joined the CCOBA committee. A special thank you to Angus Dysart-Paul for his work in leading the CCOBA over the past two years, and his seven-year commitment to the committee. We appreciate all he has done to support College.

New CCPA President


Jane Elworthy has been named President of the Christ’s College Parents’ Association (CCPA), taking over from Megan Lamberg. The association provides opportunities for all parents to support and get involved with the school community. It also supports several main events on the College calendar, including the Pink Lunch and the House Music Festival. Thank you to Megan for her association leadership and commitment, which have been exceptional.

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Curriculum News

Staff Nicole Billante

Nicole Billante
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning

Timely approach to parent/teacher interviews

Next Thursday, there will be no classes as we hold our first parent/teacher interviews of the year for students in Years 12–13. Based on parent feedback, where one-quarter of parents want the opportunity for an in-person interview, we will have one face-to-face morning of interviews for NCEA this term and, in August, for Diploma students. (All other interviews remain online based on this feedback.) We have timed this purposefully with the long weekend to accommodate boarding families who may be in town picking up students for Easter. For the remaining students, we hope you enjoy the slightly longer weekend in preparation for a strong finish to the term.

New parents welcome to College and meet the teachers

We also have the ‘meet the teacher’ evening, followed by drinks and canapés, for Year 9 and new-to-school families on Wednesday 27 March, before the long weekend. We received very positive feedback last year that this helped to build connections between parents and teachers, which is its primary purpose. This is not designed to be a learning conversation but rather to introduce parents to our staff so that they are comfortable discussing any concerns that they might have in the future. Following the meet the teacher gathering, there is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and make new connections. If you have not already registered, please click here.

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International Student Manager

Staff Sarah Davidson SQ

Sarah Davidson
International Student Manager & Round Square Representative

Round Square Forum

Christ’s College recently hosted Australasian and East Asian delegates at the Round Square Reps Forum. It was the first in-person gathering for the regional Reps since Covid-19. Following an optional Chapel service, with many Reps enjoying our special International Women’s Day service, Bicultural Co-ordinator Keri Campbell welcomed delegates to Aotearoa New Zealand with a kōrero in Te Reo Māori, explaining the significance of what he was saying to the group. The boys performed a rousing haka, and the delegates practised a hongi before singing the waiata, Waitaka E Toru Ngā Mea. While welcoming the group to College, Executive Principal Garth Wynne explained the significance of the korowai.

Over two days, forum delegates were able to reconnect with colleagues, make new connections, and generate and share fresh ideas and good practice through a range of inspiring presentations.

Zoom Postcard

Six Years 10–11 boys recently joined a Zoom Postcard on the ‘House Systems in our Schools’, hosted by St Philip’s College in Alice Springs, Australia. Due to time-zone differences, it is usually difficult for our students to join these Zoom Postcards, so this is the first time that Christ’s College students have been part of one. The call welcomed 90 students from 16 schools in six countries (Australia, India, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, and UAE). After a video introduction and an ice breaker activity, conversations continued in breakout rooms, with the students sharing how their own schools were structured. Students were left with a better understanding of each participating school’s systems and culture.

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Hannah Clarkson IBW

Hannah Clarkson
Director of Drama

Anything Goes

Join Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and Christ’s College for our 2024 joint senior production, Anything Goes. Be sure to secure your tickets, with only five shows in the Christ's College Auditorium, from Wednesday 15 May–Saturday 18 May at 7pm, and a matinee performance on Saturday 18 May at 2pm.

Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of boy meets girl – Anything Goes is delightful, delicious, and de-lovely. Set on board the ocean liner SS American, Anything Goes finds nightclub singer Reno Sweeney en route from New York to England. Her pal, Billy Crocker, has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt. However, Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining the fun on the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, and his sidekick-in-crime, Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart. With some adult humour, the show is recommended for audience members aged 10 years and over. Book your tickets here.

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Benn McBrearty
Director of Sport

An information evening with the Sports Clinic - adolescent athlete wellbeing

Wednesday 3 April, 6pm
Chapman Room, Christ's College
Boys and parents welcome

Join us to hear from former Crusaders and New Zealand Cricket doctor and Coast to Coast medical director Dr Rob Campbell, sport dietitian Conrad Goodhew, who works with the Crusaders and Black Ferns, and a leading podiatrist. The Sports Clinic specialists will offer valuable insight on optimising athlete performance and wellbeing. During the presentation, they will cover injury prevention, concussion management, and the dangers of overtraining, along with detailing how to perform at your best. The role of nutrition and podiatry will also be covered in supporting peak performance and preventing injuries. The specialists will be available to answer any questions. Please register here.

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Social Sciences Europe Tour

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Sam Stevenson
Head of Department – History

Social Sciences: Europe Trip – September–October 2025

In September and October 2025, we plan to take senior Social Sciences students on an educational tour to Europe. Students will have an opportunity to challenge their perceptions and viewpoints as they travel from the Bavarian capital of Munich and work their way south and east, via Greece, to the final destination – Istanbul in Turkey.

Our overarching reason for the tour is to follow in the footsteps – and honour – the many Christ’s College Old Boys who fought in World War I and World War II and, tragically, did not return home. We will endeavour to visit many of the Commonwealth War Graves where Old Boys now rest as we honour their service in light of the Christ’s College 175th anniversary in 2025. Building on this opportunity, we aim to challenge students’ perceptions, understanding, and viewpoints regarding various historical events, while recognising geographic elements. We will also examine the social, geographical, and historical environments of these areas in relation to specific case studies frequently used in the Social Sciences curriculum.

This trip will provide a valuable practical experience, related to the students’ curriculum learning, and deepen their understanding of the significance of both global and national history. The widening of horizons, and exposure to different cultures and identities are valuable well beyond NCEA, and the depth of this experience simply cannot be taught from a textbook. It is a rare opportunity to deepen and extend student learning in the Social Sciences, while also providing an eye-opening experience for our ākonga.

Please join us at an information evening on Monday 13 May at 7.30pm in the Chapman Room. For more information, contact HOD – History Sam Stevenson.

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From the Chaplain

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The Rev'd Canon Cameron Pickering

Diverse community of College

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Peace to you all in the name of God.

This will be the final In Black & White before the Easter break. However your Lenten observance has gone, Easter comes as fresh good news in the final weeks of the term.

What a wonderful and diverse community we enjoy. Time and again what we are doing here at College leaves me speechless. On the past Sunday night, a student asked if he could be near the exit in Chapel as he was breaking his Ramadan fast at 7.30pm. “Of course!” was the natural answer. However, I wonder in how many regions of the world that scenario would play out – a Muslim student in the midst of Islam’s Holy Season, joining with his community at a Chapel service marking the nearing end of a Christian one.

Last week, a good audience of 40 enjoyed a presentation from Dr Luke Barnes, Cambridge cosmologist, on ‘The Unlikely Universe’. An excellent presentation, the questions, particularly from our boys, showed Dr Barnes’ lecture had piqued the audience’s interest. That is above all things the goal of the Centre for Ethics & Spirituality. This week, we welcome another speaker, Old Boy Philip Pinney. Details regarding his talk, Cold War Kiwi and Royal Flying – reflections on an unusual career, can be seen below. Bookings can be made here.

As we approach Easter, I leave you with the Collect from The Eleventh Station of the Cross – the prayer for hope in our world where there is a great need at this time for this vital gift of faith.

Lord Jesus, even in your deepest agony you listened to the crucified thief:
hear us as we unburden to you our deepest fears.
You spoke words of love in your hour of death:
Help us speak words of life to a dying world.
To you Jesus, who offer hope to the hopeless, be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

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Health Centre

Nicky Taylor IBW

Nicky Taylor
Health Centre Nurse

Rachel Trengrove IBW

Rachel Trengrove
Health Centre Nurse

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Sarah Matheson
Health Centre Nurse

Covid-19 testing update

Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora has updated its Covid-19 testing advice for household contacts, with the country still recording daily infections following a fifth wave spurred on by a new variant.

Under the update, household contacts of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, but does not have symptoms themselves, will no longer need to test for five days with a RAT. Only household contacts who develop one or more Covid-19 symptoms are urged to stay at home and test for the virus. Testing is recommended if a person has a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, loss of smell or taste, and/or shortness of breath.

Until June 2024, anyone can obtain free RATs from participating sites, which can be found through the Healthpoint website or by calling 0800 222 478 and choosing option 1. Meanwhile, isolation is recommended for five days, from when symptoms start or a person tests positive. For further information, please click here.

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Latest Events & News

2024 academic awards gold ties

Gold standard in academic achievement

Outstanding College students have been acknowledged at the Academic Assembly, with five boys receiving the highest honour – the Gold Tie.

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2024 01 oliver skene clay target

Oliver Skene on target for College first

Year 11 student Oliver Skene (pictured front right) is the first Christ’s College student to win a place in the national junior Mackintosh DTL team following an outstanding showing at the National Clay Target Club Championships held at the Canterbury Clay Target Cub.

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2024 01 athletics nationals

College athletes on fast track at nationals

Christ’s College athletes have impressed at the Athletics New Zealand Club Championships in Wellington, with Otto Church and Harrison Laing securing titles.

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Upcoming Events


Thursday 21 March, 7pmCold War Kiwi and Royal Flying - Presented by Philip Pinney

Register now.

Wednesday 27 March, 5–8pmNew parents welcome to Christ's College

Register now.

Wednesday 3 April, 6pmAn information evening with the Sports Clinic - adolescent athlete wellbeing

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Wednesday 3 April, 7–9pmCombined Schools' Orchestral Extravaganza
Sunday 7 April, 5pmYear 11 Mother and Son Sunday Roast

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Thursday 9 May, 7amAuckland Community Visit - Breakfast

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Wednesday 15 May - Saturday 18 MayAnything Goes

Book Here.

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From the Archives

Jane Teal

The Ballantyne Cup

It Is a small cup, but it tells a long story. From 1883–1918, the names of the winners are engraved on a cup presented by J Ballantyne and Co for the Christ’s College Cadet Rifle Corps. The Cadet Corps had been gazetted in September 1881.

There are two clues to the manufacture of the cup. Under the base is an incised circle of words: Mappin Bros Regent Street and London Bridge. The hallmark clearly has the initials CMI in a rectangle; a lion passant, which indicates that it is silver; the leopard, which is the City of London silver mark; the letter F, which dates it to 1881; and Queen Victoria’s head, which is a duty mark. There is no information about which local firm imported the cupII.

Over the years, the criteria for the awarding of the cup varied. Overall, it appears to be the result of the accumulation of points over a range of competitions, not all of which were shot each year. No matter how the points were accumulated, it was awarded to the best shot in the school.

Christ’s College Archives 2008/44. CCCUP/116

Some boys were the best shot at College on more than one occasion. This list also shows their change in responsibility within the cadet unit.

1883 Corporal Henry Dyke Acland (941)
1884 Cadet Sydney Williamson (1142)
1885 Sergeant Henry Dyke Acland
1886 Cadet Cyril Charles Saxton Pike (1197)
1887 Cadet William Weld (1293)
1888 Cadet William Weld
1889 Cadet John Dampier-Crossley (1333)
1890 Sergeant W Weld
1891 Cadet Cecil Wilmot Wood (1438)
1892 Captain Arthur Proctor Lingard (1042)
1893 Lance Corporal Derrick Warner Westenra (1548)
1894 Cadet George Gray Aitken (1434)
1895 Sergeant Geoffrey Studholme (1437)
1896 Sergeant Michael Egan Lindsay (1521)
1897 Sergeant Charles Frederick Dillworth Fox (1638) Killed Gallipoli 1915
1898 Sergeant Charles Fitzroy Overton (1661)
1899 Sergeant Walter Hugh Moore (1522)
1900 Sergeant George Bayntun Starky (1851)
1901 Cadet Charles Leslie Orbell (1794)
1902 Sergeant Charles Leslie Orbell
1903 Bugler Tom Bassett (1928)
1904 Lance Corporal James Sholto Douglas (1704)
1905 Cadet Tom Bassett
1906 Cadet Herbert James Fougère (2177)
1907 Lance Corporal Ernest James Cooke (1989)
1908 Sergeant Ernest James Cooke
1909 Lance Corporal Noel Chambers Harris (2040) Died of Wounds Gallipoli 1915
1910 Sergeant Noel Chambers Harris
1911 Captain Cuthbert William Free (2314)
1912 Corporal Henry Bromley Cocks (2413)
1913 No competition
1914 Cadet Bruce Todd (2479)
1915 Lieutenant Frederick Ensor Humphreys (2583)
1916 Lance Corporal Theodore Julius Caesar (2779)
1917 Sergeant William Eric Minty (2727)
1918 No competition

Two winners of the Ballantyne Cup are in this photo of the 1908 Shooting Team.

1908 Shooting Team

Back, from left: Private Arthur Geoffrey Pratt (2280), Cadet Westenra^, Captain George Henry Merton (Staff), Captain Fergus Ferguson (2113), Lieutenant John Donald Boys (2133), Sergeant Ernest James Cooke #(1989)

Front from left: Cadet Basil Noel Glanville Tavender DCM MID (2224), Lance Corporal Ormsby George Robins Barnes (2131), Private Noel Chambers Harris # (2040), Private Cyril Hayter *( 2207),Lance Corporal Leslie Ivan Manning ***(2182)

#Ballantyne Cup
*KIA Gallipoli 1915
** Died of Wounds Gallipoli 1915
*** KIA France 1918
^ Both Parker Roche Westenra (2127) and Justin Aylmer Westenra (2128) were cadets.

IJoseph Charles Mappin – one of three brothers who found the firm that is now Mappin and Webb.
II Bros items were advertised in the Bruce Herald, 24 January 1867. The newspaper was based in Milton, Otago.
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