It has been very busy in the House over the past few weeks, with sporting victories, positive academic reports and successful applications for outside events.
I shall start with the House Haka which was led superbly by Monty Batchelor and Nic Murray. The boys put a huge amount of time and effort into this in the weeks running up to the event and in particular, led by Monty and Nic, the seniors talked the juniors through the expectations and nuances of the haka. The performance on the day did not disappoint and we came in an impressive 2nd place.
Whilst on the sporting front, there was an alteration from a previous blog in the cross country where it became apparent that in fact we came 2nd overall, not 5th as I had suggested.
We also came in runner up in the Junior Volleyball when we were just outplayed by Richards in the final, and we will be starting our defence of the senior basketball later this week.
In College sport, we had 3 members of the victorious 1st XV against CBHS with Nic Murray and Sam Darry starting and Will Greenslade on the bench. It was brilliant to see the win, finally, for the boys and hopefully it will be the springboard for further success.
Andrew Campbell has been active in water polo and is now a national champion having won the regional men’s championship with his Canterbury teammates a few weeks ago. He has had a tremendous season with an impressive performance in the national schools competition earlier in the term as well.
Away from the sports field, we have booked our tickets to see Singin’ in the Rain for the Wednesday showing and I am sure that I am not alone in waiting to see Tom Davidson and the rest of the performers in action! If you have not yet got a ticket for yourselves, you should do so before they all run out!
Oscar Wilson has been selected to go on the first Round Square service trip that the College has sent anyone on, helping to build a dam for a Vietnamese community in the summer break. He, along with 49 other students from around the world will be part of the group for 2 weeks in mid December. I am sure you will all join me in wishing him the very best for his endeavour.
On a final note, the end of term is fast approaching and no doubt many of you will be making arrangements. Can I please remind you there is likely to be a full sporting programme on the Saturday AFTER the end of the term so your sons will be expected to be available as required on that day. The House will be open for boys who wish to stay in on the Friday night, if required. If in doubt, your son should contact his coach to check on the plans for that day.