2017 Term 1 Week 9

Dear Parents.

As we enter the final few days of the term I have an update on the House events and accolades that have accrued since my last missive!

In House sport, the senior cricket team have been stuck in the semi-finals with the weather halting any attempt to play the match against Condells. We will have to wait until Term 4 to get back into this competition. The junior tennis team were able to play on, however, and the junior team, led by Edwin Dargue and Jarrad Hill made their way through to the final where they came up against a very strong Harper team. Sadly, victory was beyond us, but considering the vast ranking difference, we did really well to compete as well as we did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In College sport, we have had some individual successes with Harry MacDonald scoring a fine 92 against Wanganui Collegiate to help stave off defeat and last weekend Archie Batchelor was finally out for 96, attempting to reach his hundred off the final couple of balls of the innings.

We have just had the Summer Sport Tournament week and in the water polo competition the College team took out the title, beating Otago BHS in the final. Andrew Campbell was named not only in the tournament team, but the MVP of the whole tournament and he will be looking forward to the National Competition in the Easter holidays.

At the South Island Athletics Champs we had 2 representatives. Jackson Stewart came in 6th place in the U19 long jump whilst Nic Murray managed Silver in the javelin, Bronze in the hammer and 8th in the shot.

Maadi has been dominating the internet in recent days and with 13 Flower’s boys in the College team, we have had a lot of interest. The boys all performed remarkably and I am reliably informed that Flower’s won 12 medals in total. Jamie Batchelor and Lachie Hazlett gained a remarkable Gold in the U16 eight, Louis Batchelor, Jamie, Sam Darry and Guy Flynn gained a Silver in the U17 eight, with Louis, Sam and Monty Batchelor gaining a Silver in the U18 eight. Monty and Rob Turnbull, Harry Hawkins and Jacob Pye also gained Bronze medals in the U18 quad sculls and O15 lightweight coxed four respectively. A remarkable achievement for all the boys and I am sure they will be as thrilled with the results as I was watching them in the live stream!

This coming week sees the annual Mother’s of Flower’s lunch on Friday at The George. If you are still keen to go but have not yet let Karen know, you have until lunchtime on Monday to do so!

Also this week, the House music competition comes to fruition. The boys are sounding distinctly good in comparison to the past few years a couple of days out so I am hopeful for another good result! Hopefully we will see a good few of you in the audience on Wednesday in the Assembly Hall from 7pm, and don’t forget drinks beforehand at Hotel Montreal as per Yo’s earlier email!

The parent-student- teacher interviews for boarders are on Friday after-school, and hopefully you are all set with the appointments. Your son’s are supposed to be there as well so I recommend that you insist he comes along to hear what the staff have to say!

From next term, we will be using the ‘Duty Phone’ on a more regular basis. The idea will be that if you need to get hold of a member of staff you either call me (027 268 9433), Karen (027 555 4692) or the duty phone which will be with the master on duty (027 489 0132). The boys will be told the same. This means that the boys will NOT be expected to call the master on duty’s personal phone anymore.

Finally, can I please ask that you drop me an email to let me know whether your son is likely to be out after the interviews on Friday evening or whether he is staying in for the Friday night and heading away for the holiday on Saturday. This is so I can ensure I have the correct amount of breakfast ready! Also in your reply, do let me know if you plan to come to Mr Thatcher’s meeting and dinner on April 30th as per a previous email. The details are:

“Boarding at Christ’s College – 2017 and Beyond”
As previously advertised, Head of Boarding, Darrell Thatcher, would like to invite all Boarding parents to a presentation on “Boarding at Christ’s College – 2017 and Beyond” on Sunday April 30th from 5pm in the Chapman Room. At the conclusion of this presentation he would also like to invite you all to the Dining Hall for dinner and an opportunity to see the renovations of the kitchen and servery. For catering purposes can you please respond to me by the end of the term if you intend staying for the Dinner.

Many thanks, and I wish you all a great final week and a restful holiday!

Best regards

Andrew

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2017 Term 1 Week 5

Dear all.

This is my second attempt at this blog, hopefully it remains in view!

We have had a busy few weeks with the Athletics and various House sports taking place. The Athletics Day itself was a great success with wins for Dominic Lambert (junior 100m Hurdles), George Murray (intermediate javelin) and Nic Murray (senior javelin and senior hammer). Flower’s came 6th overall and 4th in the field events.

Dominic Lambert can joint 3rd in the junior individual competition and Nic Murray came in joi2nd in the senior competition, 1 point behind the winner, Sam Averil of Condells.

The Murray brothers retain their respective javelin titles

 

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We also had a group of lads gaining podium finishes with Dominic Lambert coming in 2nd in the junior shot put, 3rd in the junior discus, the junior long jump and triple jump. Jamie Batchelor came in 3rd in the intermediate 400m and Ben Dando came in 3rd in the intermediate javelin. Nic Murray came in 2nd in the senior discus and 3rd in the senior shot put. Jackson Stewart came in 3rd in the senior long jump and Max de Geest came in 2nd, on countback, in a fantastic senior high jump competition.

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In the relays we had the junior 4x100m team coming in 3rd, the intermediate 4x100m team came 2nd.

 

 

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In the non-championship we came in second, a tantalising 4 points behind Julius! We also had Brad representing the House staff in the staff vs prefect relay, but alas he could not pull out the win despite vociferous support!

Brad in full flight!

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In other news, we have had a win for the senior house cricket side (mainly thanks to Sam Darry’s half century and George Murray hitting the winning runs of the final ball of the game!) and the senior volleyball and junior tennis teams kick off their campaigns tomorrow (Thursday 9th March).

Jake Cutler preparing for the relay!

Toby Oliver takes flight

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George Murray on his way to the title

Monty Hamilton giving his all!

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Wil de Geest trying to match his brother’s efforts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On your marks Monty!

Away from the sports field, massive congratulations go to Owen Short and Max Luisetti for their performances in Treasure Island. The Year 9 and 10 boys all went along for the Friday show and very much enjoyed the evening.

House music is fast approaching and we are on the second night, Wednesday 5th April. Please put the date in your diary and we will see if we can improve upon our 3rd place showing from last year!

Best regards

Andrew

 

 

 

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2017 Term 1 Week 3

Dear all.

It has been a very busy couple of weeks for the House and, it must be added, a successful one. We have seen the new lads mix into the House in all aspects and for Mark Ma, our new Year 11 boy, he has, along with Frank Shi (Yr13) made the whole House dumplings for supper a couple of nights ago! The endeavour was very well received by all and several of the other boys had a turn at making the chinese delicacies!

The athletics and swimming events have seen a multitude of heats and, for the latter, the finals. For the second year running, FInn Hamilton, Lachie Hazlett, Eddie Peak and Will Greenslade won their freestyle relay and came 2nd in their medley relay. This, matched with the ……………. places for the U14, Jnr and Snr freestyle teams meant, remarkably, we won the Freestyle Relay cup for the first time since 1991! Unbelieveable. The look on the boys faces in assembly when the result was announced was I think best described as bemused shock! It should also be noted that Finn Hamilton came 3rd in the individual placings for the intermediate age group.

Head of House Rob Turnbull with the relay trophy.

The winning intermediate freestyle relay team.

 

 

 

In the same assembly we had the added success of seeing both Sam Darry and Jack Tracy gaining their Gold Badge for the number of Excellence credits they gained in the 2016 NCEA exams. For Jack, this was his second award and hence he gained his Gold Buttons to go with the badge he gained last year. Both young men deserve our congratulations as they set the bar for academic achievement in the House, something for all of the boys to aim toward in the coming 12 months.

The weekend activities have been good with the Year 9’s enjoying a day out to Hanmer last Sunday whilst the rest of the House had the opportunity to enjoy great surfing conditions at Sumner. Wisely Mr Levenger remained dry, but he was impressed with a few of the boys’ talents in the waves!

Some of our lads enjoying their fish and chips!

We are getting ever closer to the Athletics Day (Friday 24th Feb) and I remind you that if you plan to attend the lunch in the House, I need to know how many of you will be coming so I can order the correct amount of food. Can you please get back to me THIS WEEK if you plan to be coming.

Many congratulations to our boys who have made the junior and senior productions for this year. Owen Short and Max Luisetti in the junior production of Treasure Island and Ben Aitken and Tom Davidson in the senior production of Singin’ in the Rain. We look forward to seeing them in action later in the year!

Finally, it was a great turn out of parents for the first chapel of the term. I plan to ask the boys to go to the next one, on Sunday 26th Feb. I am aware of a few boys who may not be able to make it, but most boys should. It is imperative that the rowing lads are there as it is the last one they can attend this term due to camps and regattas.

I look forward to hearing from you about the Athletics Day lunch and seeing many of you then.

Best regards

Andrew

 

 

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Welcome to 2017

Dear all.

I hope you have had a fun, exciting and rewarding break and that you are all ready for the new year. We welcome 7 new members to the House in the Senior years and eight new Year 9 lads (including several younger brothers/sons of previous Flower’s boys) this term and we are now almost full in terms of boarders in Flower’s, which is great news. There will be

The new Year 9’s on their first day!

The year has begun well with the boys hitting both the athletics track and the pool in search of qualification to both sets of finals. The Athletics Day will be held on Friday 24th Feb and will include the usual lunch for parents in the Senior Commonroom at the half way stage of the day. It looks as though the boys are preparing well and I am certain it will be a great day as it always is. If you are keen to come to the lunch, can you please email me letting me know how many of your family will be attending. The costs will be around $20-$25 per person as usual.

Flower’s will be attending the first 2 Chapel services of the year, Sunday 12th and 26th Feb. Both services start at 7pm and the boys will need to be in their suits in the House for roll call at 6:40pm on those Sundays. The boys need to attend 2 services this term so if your son cannot make either service, there will be others they can attend to catch up. If you are able to attend those services with your sons, that would be great!

The final day of the term, Friday 7th April, will see the usual Mothers of Flower’s lunch held at The George. This event was started in 2009 to acknowledge that ‘Mothers’ play a very important role in the lives of their sons whilst at Flower’s.More details will follow but in the meantime, please put the date in your diary!

I hope the term begins well in all areas and I look forward to seeing a large number of you at the Athletics Day lunch in a few weeks time. Don’t forget to email me to let me know if you can come!

Best regards

Andrew

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Week 6 Newsletter

Dear all.

Well doesn’t time fly. Here we are in the final throws of the year and with the examination period drawing to a close. This week sees the Year 9 and 10 boys off on their ‘camp weeks’ although it must be noted it is in a different form to the planned trips from earlier in the term. The Flower’s community has been affected by the recent earthquake, but fortunately we have not come off too badly. Other College families have not been so lucky and there are certainly a few boarding families who I am sure you will join me in wishing them some luck over the coming weeks and days as they come to terms with the events from last week.

Last weekend saw the House 4’s, the last interhouse event of the year, given the tug or war competition was rained off. The 2 House boats went extremely well and saw the A boat take out the overall title, with the B boat recovering from a ‘falling off the seat’ issue to win the c grade competition!

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The winning Flower’s A crew

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The Flower’s B crew

The year 9 and 10 camp information has all been passed out and is up on the House noticeboard. Hopefully the boys are prepared and know what is coming on which day. A few boys in each year group will be staying in the House on each day next week, and I have my fingers crossed for good weather for the boys who are camping out, either at The Groynes or on the Mt Somers track. If any parents have any questions on the camps that are not answered with the info I have already emailed out, please do get in touch.

The end of year celebrations are now fixed in place.

THURSDAY:

Morning  General tidy up of the House                                                                                         1pm           Jnr prize winners rehearsal                                                                                               230pm      Roll call in House                                                                                                             3pm          Jnr Prizegiving in the assembly hall                                                                             415pm      House Prizegiving in the Snr Commonroom                                                            5pm         Dinner for boarders                                                                                                       6pm          Carols on the Quad                                                                                                         7pm          Leavers Dinner at The George for all boys and the parents of the leavers       10pm ish  Jnr’s can leave once the dinner is over

FRIDAY:

830am     Leavers breakfast for the Year 13’s and their parents in the library               1130am    Snr prize winners rehearsal                                                                                   1245pm   Year 13’s, parents and staff lunch on the Quad                                                         1pm          Boarders lunch for other students                                                                           130pm     Roll call in House                                                                                                            2pm        Snr Prizegiving in the assembly hall                                                                         345pm    Leavers Chapel service, boys sit with their parents

The expectations are that all the boys will be at the Leavers Dinner (if this is not going to be the case, please let me know as soon as possible as I need to confirm numbers by Tuesday this week) and that the Year 13’s will most likely be staying with their parents on the Thursday night before returning to House for the breakfast on the Friday morning. NOTE the time has gone back for the start of the breakfast!

There is nothing for the junior boys on the Friday so they are able to head home for the summer break once the Leavers Dinner is finished if you so wish. Please let me know if this is the case by email as soon as you are certain of your son’s plans!

Equally, if your son needs to stay in the House on Friday night, please let me know so I can organise catering for the Saturday breakfast. I am aware there will be a few rowers who are likely to be in.

After the Carols on the Quad, it might be nice for the parents to get together somewhere whilst the boys are in the Leavers Dinner. A suggestion has been offered to meet in bar of the Montreal Hotel, just round the corner from The George from about 7pm. If anyone would prefer to meet somewhere else please let me know but this would be a good way to spend the evening with other Flower’s families especially for those waiting to collect their junior sons before heading home.

Junior reports are being written as I type so parents of Yr9 and 10 boys should receive these in the coming days. I have also completed the Testimonials for the Year 13 boys so again, parents of those boys should receive those in due course.

Please note, all the boys need to take ALL of their stuff from the House, including their bikes, at the end of the term. I would prefer not to be faced with bags of stuff in each room in the first week of the holiday! If your son needs to leave anything in the House (their bike for example) they need to request this directly with me BEFORE Thursday afternoon, 1st Dec.

To finish, I’d like to thank you for your continued support of both your son and of Flower’s through the year, I hope you all have a fantastic summer break and I look forward to wishing you a Merry Christmas in person before the end of the year!

Best regards

Andrew

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Week 3 Newsletter

Dear all.

It has been a very busy three weeks at the start of Term 4 with activities and events throughout the time. Today marks the end of the academic programme of lessons for Years 11, 12 and 13 and I hope that they will make the very best use of the time available to them in the run up to their exams, starting with Level 1 English on November 10th.

Since my last emdsc06661ail we’ve had the House photo, we have played and lost the final of the Senior House cricket, been knocked out at the semi final stage of both the Chess and Badminton competitions and came a valiant 5th place in the House Golf competition. Sadly the tug of war afternoon was washed out so we are down to the Junior competitions in cricket and tennis to finish up, and the House Rowing 4’s on this weekend.

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In the most recent, and final rugby newsletter of the year, you may have read that Nic Murray, Rob Turnbull and Eddie Peak won awards for their respective teams, and in a recent assemblies, Ben Aitken was awarded Honours in Drama, Max de Geest and Tom Crutchley were awarded Colours in Basketball, Ben Chamberlain was awarded his Colours in Rugby and finally Monty Batchelor was honoured with being part of the Maadi crew that won the Team of the Year at the Zonta Sports Awards, held last week.

On Tuesday 25th October we had the annual Boarding Awards Dinner. The boys, along with the rest of the boarders at College heard from Flower’s old boy, William McKee, current Exhibition Developer at Toitu Settlers Museum in Dunedin. Awards were also handed out to Liam Begg (Head of Boarding Award) and Reilly Cormack (Rutherford Cup) for their general citizenship and effort in the House in 2016.

Two days later I had the pleasure of meeting the majority of next year’s new Year 9 intake. The boys had just completed their levels testing in the Hall but were in very good spirits and I am sure that they will all have a positive and long lasting impact on the House from 2017 onwards!

We have also had the Year 11 Challenge Day where the boys from the boarding Houses battle it out for the Scotty Mac Cup. The day was again run by the Joshua Foundation under the leadership of Chris Allen and was as competitive as ever. This year Flower’s did not come up on top, mainly due to their raft falling to pieces during the final event! The boys had a great time though, as you may be able to tell from the photos!

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This week saw the first ever House Halloween party. The boys were indebted to the efforts of Brad and Laura, Karen and Mr Sutcliffe in organising the event, assisting in the decorations and the seniors did a fine job creating scary moments for the unsuspecting participants. The evening was a great success and the makeup was remarkable!

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The final few weeks of the year see the Year 9 and 10 camps, the Leavers Dinner and Breakfast, the House Prizegiving and of course the College Prizegivings and the usual end of year celebrations. Can I please remind you that al the boys need to take all of their stuff, including their bikes, at the end of the year. If there are any issues with this, please let me know as soon as possible.

As every, do get in touch if you need to, otherwise I look forward to seeing many of you in a few weeks time as the year winds down!

Best regards

Andrew

 

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Start of Term 4

Dear Parents.

Well here we go for the fourth and final term of the year – where has the time gone!? I hope you and your family has had a restful break and that your son is looking forward to the remaining 7 weeks of the academic year. This term will fly by so I hope they are all ready to make the very best use of the time available in every aspect of College life.

I have a few things to bring to your attention. Firstly, there are 2 long weekends this term, at the ends of weeks 1 and 4 respectively. The first of these sees no school on the Monday 24th October being Labour Day and the second sees the Friday 11th November with no school being Show Day. For these weekends the boys often head home, and there are only general activities on for those who remain in. Often the boys will find their weekend sport does not run on one or both of the Saturdays, but they will need to check this with their coaches. DO NOT ASSUME! The House is of course open for these weekends, but often tends to be very quiet.

The Tuesday after Labour Day (26th October) sees the annual House photo taking place at 730am, weather permitting, outside the front of the House. Please can you ensure that your son is back from the long weekend in time to be in the foyer, in stripes, for 7:15am. This may mean an early start for the day boys! Also on the Tuesday we have the annual Boarding Awards Dinner. This is a formal dinner with a old boy speaking to the dinner guests and with awards for seniors and juniors in each of the boarding houses. I will need to know if the day boys are going to be present by next Wednesday please.

The second weekend sees the Year 11 Challenge Day on the Sunday, 30th October. The expectation is that all the Year 11 boys will be present for this event. Please let me know if there are any issues with this. The bus will leave College for the day at about 8:30am and we should be back for about 4pm at the latest, probably earlier.

For the seniors, study leave begins at the end of the 3rd week, Friday 4th November. From that day on the boys can head home if they wish, although they will still have their sporting commitments on the weekends. I will be asking the boys in the first week back for their plans regarding when they are likely to be in the House and when they are likely to be at home. This is not set in stone, but once I have collated the list I will check with you that it sounds right. Those staying in the House will need to follow the strict guidelines on getting up on time, wearing the correct uniform when heading into the College for tutorials/exams etc and the guidelines around leave from the House otherwise they will find themselves working in the College library during the day under supervision.

The Year 9 and 10 camps are in the penultimate week of the term, starting on Monday 21st November. There will be a variety of activities and events for both year groups during the week and all the staff will be supervising. Opting out and remaining at the House is not an viable option. All boys are expected to take part (other than the Year 10 boys heading on the Spirit of New Zealand trip).

The final formal events of the year take place on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dec. The Thursday sees the junior prizegiving, House prizegiving, Carols on the Quad and the Leavers Dinner at The George. All the boys are expected at the dinner (I will email out more details in a few weeks) which should finish no later than 10pm (usually nearer to 9:30pm). The Friday sees the Leavers Breakfast, the senior prizegiving and then the Leavers Chapel service marking the end of the year. The juniors are free to leave the House from the Thursday evening if they wish. The Leavers Ball is on the Saturday, as in previous years, and more details of that will come out later in the term.

Finally, if you son is using his own car this term, and I do not have a completed permission form please can you complete and return it to me as soon as possible (it is on the email I sent out). I would also like a photo of the car, showing the reg plate clearly for my records. Also, can you please ensure that your son’s uniform is clean and well fitting for the final term (we wouldn’t want him looking a mess for the formal events at the end of the term) and that he has had a hair cut ready for Monday!

I hope that this term proves to be a good one for you all, and I look forward to seeing you at some stage before the summer holiday starts in just over 7 weeks time!

Best regards

Andrew

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Week 9 Housemaster Newsletter

Dear Parents.

Doesn’t time fly when you get busy at the end of the term?! It seems like the boys have had non-stop activities in the past few weeks and they have certainly been sleeping well at night! This week it has been Arts Week and Will Burns and his team have done a great job in organising stuff every day. Yesterday saw a remarkably brilliant assembly followed by the staff vs students debate (with our very own Nick Sutcliffe in the staff team it is no surprise that the staff came out on top!) and on Monday saw many boys wearing odd socks and the Houses taking part in a sculpture competition. The Flower’s team looked good for a placing but were somehow defeated by others despite a fine Sky Tower…
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Last night saw a the House Play. The boys have been working hard under the directorship of Ben Aitken and they did not disappoint. Starting the second night of plays off with Ben’s self-written play Murphy’s Law, the boys told the story of ‘a young lad named Levenger’ with great aplomb. Ben picked up an acting award (he played Murphy), a writing award and a directing award and the boys all had a great time. It is worth noting that we had been fortunate to have Mark Hadlow, Flower’s Old Boy come in and assist the rehearsals on a couple of occasions.

On the sporting front, the boys have recently won the Senior House basketball in an amazing match against School. School had led for most of the match but we took the lead in the final 2 minutes for the first time and managed to snatch the win with a basket with 20 seconds to go to win 51-50. The support was raucous and the boys played out of their skin. Of particular note were the 3 pointers from Ben Chamberlain and Sam Borland and of course the amazing run by Max de Geest that put School’s best player on the floor. That one will live long in the memory!

Andrew de Lautour has been leading the chess team for the second straight year and again, we have made the final. Ko Miura, Frank Shi, Jack Tracy, Owen Short have assisted Andrew and we now play the final tomorrow!

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Last week saw the annual Waiter’s Race as part of the International Languages Week. The team of Rob Turnbull, Nic Murray, Monty Batchelor and Freddie Cameron did the House proud and the boys took out first place in both the race and the ‘best-dressed’ competition!

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As the holiday approaches, can I please remind you that the House will be locked with a new code from the Monday of the first week and that the facilities are being used by outside groups throughout the first two weeks. I am also away for the first week and may well not be around for the second week so if you will not be able to access the House during that time at all. Please make sure you have everything that you may need BEFORE you leave and can I ask all parents to let me know when your son is leaving for the holiday as a matter of urgency.

Finally, it is my pleasure to announce that Monique Ellis-Martin has been appointed as the new Deputy Housemaster to replace Warren Lidstone who is standing down at the end of the term following five years in the role. We have bought Warren a leaving gift and we will acknowledge him formally at the presentation afternoon on the final Thursday of Term 4. He has been a huge supporter of the House and has given endless hours to the role and I thank him personally for all he has done for Flower’s over the years. At the same time, I am sure you will all wish Monique the very best of luck and I am sure the transition will be seamless!

Best regards

Andrew

 

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Flower’s House shoot

DSC06442The 2nd event of the weekend saw the annual House Shoot. This year the House descended upon the North Canterbury Gun Club out in the country near to Rangiora and the weather held for a great competition. The shooting was fierce and, in general terms, accurate and the results following a 15 shot turnaround was 7 boys scoring 13. A shoot off was arranged and in the end, Liam Begg took our 3rd, Lachie Hazlett 2nd and to complete a Year 10 cleansweep, Will Greenslade won.

The boys then got their top 5 and competed against the parents. As with years gone by, the parents looked to sneak the victory, but a late miss saw, as with last year, a tie and therefore five more shots per team. The boys scored 4 and remarkably, the parents dropped the two required to see the top three plus Ben Chamberlain and Pete Trolove win the cup for the first time since 2012.

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All in all, it was a great day – a top venue, good food, a large parental contingent and some very good shooting.

DSC06445Many thanks to the venue for helping us out – Vincent Luisetti was instrumental here and our heartfelt thanks go to him and his team of helpers!

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Hopefully the boys can now go on to take out the interhouse claybird comp next weekend!

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Interhouse 7’s competition

The Interhouse 7’s competition saw another excellent display of flowing rugby from the Flower’s House boys. Whilst we may not have won too many matches (Year 10’s excepted) the standard was high for many moments through the afternoon.

The Year 10 boys continued their dominance of their competition by winning for the second year running. Eddie Peak and Josh Romeril often seemingly too fleet of foot for the opposition players and Finn Hamilton and Henry Batchelor linking well. Will Greenslade, fresh from an illness break, looked good and George Murray, Nic Turnbull and Zac Matson were all excellent. A special note must go to Ben ‘Bonecrusher’ Dando for his excellent tackle on a poor Richards lad in the final that got the whole crowd going ‘Ooooo’!

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The Year 9 team did well to compete through to the Cup Semi final where they found Condell’s a little too powerful. Dominic Lambert looks like a candidate for the MVP although the passion of Brendan Fleming and Damien Austin, despite their somewhat diminutive stature earned them a close second place!

The Year 11’s looked good in patches and managed to defeat Jacobs, but squandered a 3-0 lead to end up in 6th place. Guy Flynn certainly looked the part with his 90’s era headband and tape. He reminded the Housemaster of Brian Moore from the 90’s England team!

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The senior team looked up for the challenge when they beat Harper in the first match, including a fine cross field kick from Ben Chamberlain to Pete Trolove to score our 2nd try, however we came unstuck against Corfe and bowed out in 3rd place.

This should give the House an all round mid-table position when the final standings are released later this week.

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