Ben Dando Competing in South Island Enduro Motocross Competition

Ben Dando (Year 12) has been competing in the South Island Enduro Motocross Competition. This photo was taken at a recent event on the West Coast.

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Crazy Legz Relay

On the All Boarders in weekend on Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th the Boarders will compete in their tutor groups for “The Crazy Legz Relay”. Prior to the event the boys will be seeking sponsorship for their run. The money will be going towards the Cricket Live Foundation and Aviva Family Violence Services.

The event will take place on the Sunday morning. There will be food stalls and Mr Whippy on site to make this a fun day while we fundraise for a serious cause.




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House Music

The Flower’s boys had a positive end to Term 1 with the House Music competition on the final Thursday. This year the boys sang Joan Jett’s, ‘I Love Rock N Roll’. Led by Oscar Wilson who did a great job of organising the boys. He was helped by Zac Matson who led the backing band.

It was fantastic to see Zac, Kevin Chiang, Will Pryor and Ralph Allan perform in the small group competition. This was an initiative created by Zac with his band of Year 9 lads. I understand that this is the first time we had entered this competition. They got a special mention from the judge on the night.

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Athletics Day

Flower’s House had an impressive Athletics meet this year. It was fantastic to see the participation rate from the boys. They were all keen and they got themselves heavily involved. It was pleasing to wake up on the Friday morning and see Flower’s sitting in third spot in the Championship Cup. We were also sitting first in the Participation Cup. As the day unfolded we drifted to the mid-pack in the Championship Cup but took out the Participation Cup title. It was great to walk away from the meet with some silverware.

There were some fine individual performances. Dominic Lambert just missed out on winning the Intermediate grade but won the Long jump, Triple jump and the Hurdles for his grade. He also got second in the Hammer and the Shotput. Nale Fifita won the Shotput title and got 8th overall in the Intermediate grade. Jarrad Hill got 9th in the grade after getting second in the 800m and Third in the Triple Jump and the 100m. In the Senior grade George Murray won the javelin competition.


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Game On!

The boys have thrown themselves into the House activities this year. It was great to see that 10 boys made the finals of the swimming, Eddie Dargue, Jarrad Hill, Dominic Lambert, Max Luisetti, Toby Oliver, Tom Davidson, Finn Hamilton, Mark Ma, Nic Turnbull and Sam Darry. Good luck fellas, as they head to the pool tomorrow.

I have been so impressed by the numbers of boys that have headed out to the athletics heats. The Year 13s and Year 12s have led by example and competed well in a number of events.

It has also been great to the lads take on Richards and School in the Boarding activities. The Year 9 and 10 teams both won their competitions, earning themselves a pizza shout. thanks to Sam and Oscar for leading the teams.


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Welcome to 2018

The 2018 school year has begun with speed and intensity. We began by welcoming the 11 new boys into Year 9, Ralph, Kevin, Harry D, Josh, Harry G, Richard, Dominic, Jimmy, William P, Tim and William W. They started off by completing an orientation programme with three of our seniors Oscar, Ollie and Richard. At the same time the new parents completed their own form of orientation before heading back to the House for a light dinner and to meet the House staff.



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Term 4 Week 4

Dear all.

I hope the start of Term 4 has proved to be a good one and that you and the boys are looking forward to the end of year celebrations in a few weeks time. The boys have been busy in the first 3 weeks and we now have the seniors away on study leave with their exams starting later this week and the juniors have their end of year assessments this week as well.

The boys had a very successful tug of war competition last week with the Year 11 team winning, the Year 10 and Senior teams coming in as runners up and the Year 9 team losing in the semi final.

Year 11’s taking the strain

Year 10’s on the way to the final




The seniors grinding out another win

A couple of weekends ago the Year 11’s took part in the annual Challenge Day where the three boarding houses compete for the Scotty Mac Cup. Despite not coming out on top, the boys had a good time and learnt some good leadership strategies. They also got a little wet!


This past weekend saw the interhouse rowing competition and, with a strong boat of Jamie Batchelor, Lachie Hazlett, Harry Hawkins and Sam Darry, with Guy Flynn as cox, the boys took out the title. A great result for them all!

The Flower’s boat take the spectator’s acclaim


We are all looking forward to the end of year and the plans are below:

Thursday 30th November

9:30am                Chapel Choir rehearsal

1pm                      Junior prize winners rehearsal in the Assembly Hall

2:30pm               Junior roll call in the TV room in Flower’s

3pm                     Junior prize giving in the Assembly Hall

3:45pm               Afternoon tea for the prize winners and their parents in the Dining Hall

4pm                    House prize giving FOR THE WHOLE HOUSE in the Senior Common                                 Room

5pm                    Dinner in the dining hall for boarders

6pm                    Carols on the Quad FOR THE WHOLE HOUSE

7pm                    The annual Leavers Dinner FOR THE WHOLE HOUSE AND THE                                   PARENTS OF YEAR 13 LEAVERS (Last year parents of non-Yr13’s                                    met at a local hostelry for refreshments whilst their sons were at the                                          dinner)

10pm                 Boys return to the House (Junior boys can leave for the year)


Friday 1st December

7:30am             Leavers Breakfast for the Year 13’s and their parents

8:30am             Senior prize winners rehearsal in the Assembly Hall

10am                 Senior roll call in the TV room in Flower’s

10:30am           Senior prize giving in the Assembly Hall

12noon             Lunch for Year 13’s and their parents on the Quad (Yr11 and 12’s can leave                              for the year)

1pm                   Leavers service for Year 13’s and their parents in the Chapel

2pm                  Official end of the year!

As you can see from above, the junior boys are free to go anytime after the Leavers Dinner on the Thursday evening and the Year 11 and 12’s are free to go once the Senior Prizegiving is completed on the Friday. The boys should touch base with me before they go though, so I know not to go looking for them in an emergency!

For the Year 13 parents, if you have not already done so, can you please get back to me as a matter of urgency to let me know if you will be joining us for the dinner and/or the breakfast.

If you have not heard, the Year 13 leadership group for next year is Sam Darry (Head of House) with Oscar Wilson and Richard Turpie (Deputy Heads of House). I have no doubt that they will do a great job and will support Mr Ben Vink as he transitions into the role of Housemaster of Flower’s in 2018. I wish them every success.

As this is likely to be my final blog post as Housemaster, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole Flower’s community for their support over the past 5 years. Kylie and I, along with the girls and Murphy have hugely enjoyed our time and we wish you all the very best for the future.

Many thanks


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Start of Term 4, 2017

Dear all.

Well the third term has come and gone in a flash and the House has been successful in many areas.

We finished the term with a fantastic House Play. Ben Aitken and his team worked extremely hard and the finished article was brilliant to watch. Many congratulations to all who were involved, especially Tom Davidson who won an acting award and Ben for his excellent directing and tremendous effort and patience throughout the process!

The start of Term 4 sees the Boarding Awards Dinner starting at 6pm on Thursday 19th October. This will be followed by the House photo, taken outside the House (weather permitting!) at 7:30am sharp on Thursday 26th October. Can I ask all day-boys to be in for about 7:15am please on that day.

It is important that all the boys start the term looking good with a decent haircut and the correct uniform. It is important that we are all looking good for the formal aspects of the term towards the end of November!

This term we welcome back Ollie King and Edwin Dargue who have returned from their term in South Africa. No doubt we will hear some interesting stories from their weeks away!

Many congratulations go to the boys who represented the College in various sports over the break. Freddie Cameron, Charlie Dyer, Jack Tracy and Rohan Tennekoon played for the College polo team in the USA with some success. The photos I’ve seen of the boys in Hawaii look amazing (I was a little jealous!). Freddie Cameron (again – he was very busy!), Tom Crutchley, Max de Geest and Jackson Stewart played in the senior basketball team at the National Competition where they came 4th, losing to the eventual winners in the semi final in overtime. It was a great result, tinged with a feeling of what could have been!

The events of note at the end of the term will be the Junior Prize-giving, House awards, Carols on the Quad and the Leavers Dinner for all the boys and the parents of the leavers on Thursday 30th November, and then the Leavers Breakfast for the Year 13 boys and parents, the Senior Prize-giving and the final Chapel of the year on the Friday 1st December. Please be aware of these and plan accordingly.

There will be sporting fixtures on the Saturday AFTER the end of the term, so please ensure that your son’s are available for those. More details on exactly which sports have matches will come out nearer to the time, but if in doubt, your son can speak to his coach when he returns.

I will be wanting to know the plans of the Year 11, 12 and 13 boys when Study Leave starts on Monday 6th November. I will need to know a rough plan as to who will be heading home to work between the exams, and who will be staying in the House. Please speak to your son’s regarding this over the next few days.

The Year 11 boys will have their challenge day for the Scotty Mac Cup on Sunday 29th October. They will all need to be in for that day, we will leave College at about 830am and will be back by about 3pm. It is a great day and the boys will get a lot out of it if they approach it with a positive mindset.

There will be Junior Camps for Year 9 and 10’s later in the term and more details will come out in due course.

I hope that all the boys have a successful final term of the year and that those who have exams will be well prepared and focused on their study!

Finally, don’t forget we have Labour Day (Mon 23rd Oct) and Show Day (Fri 17th Nov)  this term where there will be no school! These long weekends will see the House open with full catering, but there will not necessarily be sport for all (some sports and grades will not have matches, others will) and therefore many boys head home for the long weekend!

Best regards



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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


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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


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