2017 Term 3 Week 3

Dear Parents.

The term has started with a whizz and a bang and the boys have been enjoying a raft of activities and have enjoyed some success in the interhouse sporting events.

At the end of the previous term we had the House quiz. Despite protestations the team led by our Head of House, Rob Turnbull took out the victory. The usual rounds of the wall sit (won by Ben Dando) and the ‘baked beans challenge’ were highlights, as was Charlie ‘I must be a hamster with cheeks like this’ Dyer winning the marshmallow contest. Finn Hamilton drank the 1 litre of milk in a rapid time, but it was not enough to bring his team to the fore!

On the sports field/court we have had successes with the Junior and Senior basketball teams reaching the semi final stage as I write, with their next matches next week. The Senior Hockey team came unstuck against a Somes team boasting half the College 1st XI in their semi final and the Junior debating team, consisting of Henry Briscoe, Charlie Foulds and Owen Short were unlucky to be defeated by Richards last week and are looking for redemption against Corfe in a few days time.

Away from the House sport, this week sees Flower’s become an enclave of the UAS in International Week. We were 50 odd Donald Trumps on Monday and I have been finding his face all over House since then!

Preparations are well underway for the House Dinner (Fri 8th September at The Christchurch Club) and the House Shoot (Sun 10th September at the North Canterbury Clay Target Assoc.) and I hope to see a large number of you there. I will be in touch with details and costings for the House Dinner and Shoot in due course.

Whilst Ollie King and Edwin Dargue are in South Africa, we have been joined by Luc Lenferna de la Motte and Kieran Ramsay. They are with us for the first 6 weeks of the term and have settled in well.

Finally, many thanks for the kind wishes upon the announcement that I, Kylie and the girls will be moving away from Flower’s at the end of the year. It was a difficult decision given how much we enjoy the boys and I am sure we will see you around College once we have moved out.

Best regards

Andrew

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Term 2 Week 7

Dear all.

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.

Best regards

Andrew

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2017 Term 2 Week 2

Dear Parents.

I hope all is well with you and that the boys have had a good break. The term has begun and promises to be a busy one. We have plenty of House sport on, starting with cross country at the start of this past week. The boys were good value, mostly giving it 100% and we had some excellent results. In the senior race Max de Geest came a fantastic 3rd with Jackson Stewart our next runner home in 29th. In the U16 grade, Ben Dando (13th), Tom Davidson (15th) and Jamie Batchelor (17th) helped that group to 4th in the grade. At U15, we had three runners in the top 15 (Jarrad Hill (8th), Wil de Geest (12th) and Lachie Hazlett (13th)) meaning the group came in 3rd and in the U14 grade Archie Batchelor (17th) and Jake Cutler (20th) were our first two boys back.

Overall the House was placed 6th, a measly 2 points off 5th!

Towards the end of last term, 4 Flower’s boys represented the College in the Polo A team and were victorious. A photo of Charlie Dyer, Freddie Cameron, Rohan Tennekoon and Jack Tracy with the cup is below!

The House dinner has been confirmed for the evening of Friday 8th September at the Christchurch Club on Latimer Square. The evening will begin at about 7pm and should finish up at around 10pm. More details will follow but in the meantime if you could put the date in your diary, that would be great.

I hope many of you are able to see some of the rugby this term, as and when you are in Christchurch. It has been good to see the boys get involved and it was great to see Will Greenslade make his 1st XV debut last week in the win over St Thomas. Lets hope for some more good results over the remainder of the term and season.

The message below comes from Yo Turnbull:

Just a reminder if you want to come to the rugby dinner; 9th June $200.00 per head. We have missed out on a Flower’s Table because so far only two couples from Flowers have indicated they are going.  However, if you would like to go to the Rugby Dinner and sit with Flower’s House we can probably organise it through the Rugby Committee.  So…book your tickets online for the dinner and email me if you would like to join us and I will organise it, with some help.
Kind regards
Yo Turnbull

Yo’s email address is: turnbull.chilternhills@xtra.co.nz

Finally, many congratulations to all the boys who took part in sporting trials, training and competitions over the Easter break. We had a large number of boys all over the country for sports ranging through water polo, sailing and rugby, with many exceptional performances.

Best regards

Andrew

 

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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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Sam Greenslade

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

Archie Batchelor

George Murray on his way to the title

Monty Hamilton giving his all!

Will Greenslade

 

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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