Week 7-8 and house Sport Kicks off and Easter approaches.

This week saw the start of both Senior Cricket and Junior Tennis house Sport. Again Richards house showed it was not afraid to break records with the Senior Boys Cricket narrowly being defeated in a record breaking afternoons Cricket. The extensive amount of Backyard Cricket was not enough to overcome the opposition.

Junior Tennis and we recorded a first up win with Nathan McKenzie attributing this to Vinny Wee. Unfortunately we were understrength for the second round match up against Flowers and dipped out of the competition. Tomorrow will see the Junior Volleyballers led by Nathan McKenzie in action, the boys are keen and we hope for a good result.

After the sports were finished there is always time to relax with some mates.

Coming Dates:

The boarding houses will be closed from Tuesday afternoon 27th March until 4.00pm Tuesday 3rd April.

The international students will depart early Wednesday Morning 28th for a tour around the south Island with our own Richards tutor Andy and Eloise his partner.

April  7&8 Year 11 Challenge day Compulsory Weekend in for all Year 11 students.

Thursday April 12th 5.30pm Combined Parents Drinks and Nibbles then 7.00pm House Music.

Friday April 13th 3.45 -5.30pm  Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews.

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Apologies for the delay in the post as I have been sick with a particularly troublesome cold for the last 3 weeks.

Summing up the Athletics Day.

The competition was quite fierce this year with Richards being one of the smallest houses at a disadvantage from the outset. This however did not keep the Lion from roaring loud and proud. The level of participation was noted and comments such as ” Richards boys are everywhere I look, it’s great to see such participation.” Unfortunately the scoreboard we were looking at did not measure that accurately.

In the championship finals we had few boys however those few gave their best effort and accomplished the following.

Tristyn Stark made the final in 100m placed 7th. Harry McDrury  made the final in Javelin.  Alizae Tavai made the final in Shot put, Discus and Long Jump. Nathan McKenzie made the final in 800m, Javelin 10th and Discus. Oliver Blackburn made the final in 800m. William Simpson made the final in Long jump and High jump. Shun Miyake made the final of the 100m, Sione Tupou made the final in Discus 4th, Javelin and Shot put 4th. Charles Smith made the finals of the High jump. Archie Haymand finished 2nd in the 1500m.

Congratulation to all the boys that participated and won points for the house.

It was also good to see so many parents make the trip to support their boys and Richards House. Thank you to all those that attended and joined us for lunch.

The boarding program over the next few weeks will include:

Ice Skating, Mega Air (unfortunately the Gun Club could not host us), Sunday Workshop, This week and next week we will be heading to the Stock Cars Surfing for yr9-10 and the rifle range for yr11-13.

Reminder of the compulsory in weekend for year 11 on the 7-8 of April which is the Year 11 Challenge day at the Groynes.

Our next Chapel is also on the 8th of April.


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The Weekend

With the boys reaching the end of week 3 of term, swimming sports behind them and athletics on the horizon the house prefects took the opportunity to get the house together for a BBQ on Saturday night.


The first round of IPGs are out and any questions comments are more than welcome. The boys will be exploring areas of improvement with their Mentors and myself over the next week.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the athletics day lunch on Friday.

Reminder that weekend leave starts after any commitments on Saturday.

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Valentines Day

With Valentines Day just passed it would be remiss of me not to mention that all the boys in Richards House received at least one Valentine.

Francesca and Tanya had great fun baking for the boys.

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Swimming Sport

Well Done to Alizae, Jiatai and Richard who represented Richards in competitive heats this morning and to all the boys involved in the spectacle that is House Relays

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2018 An Awesome Start

After arriving on Sunday morning, unpacking and having a team building session with the house prefects the new year 9 of 2018 farewelled their parents. Next morning it was full uniform and off for the orientation day meetings. We thought this was a chance to take a few pics for the album (the best their new uniforms would ever look).

Monday night was a hectic meet and greet as all the boys were arriving back in the house and year 9 had plenty of people to meet including 2 boys from Australia, 7 from China, 2 from Korea, 1 from Thailand, 1 from Japan, expats from all over the world and boys from all over NZ. The house was a buzz with the sound of friends catching up after the long summer break.

Athletics heats were the first thing on the agenda for most.

The first weekend in for the year and the boys were kept busy with touch rugby, the Ultimate race, mini putt and the driving range on Saturday backed up by coasteering, high ropes and paintball on Sunday. I can gladly report the boys were quite tired by the end of Sunday and the house was quiet early.

Waitangi Day was another day to get together as a house in our mentor groups to compete for tribal victory along with house supremacy. Orienteering, Gladiator Battles and inflatable obstacle courses made up the battle field. The competition was very close and by the lunch time turn around only one point separated all three Houses. I am proud to say Richards House boys, at the end of the day took the first of many wins for the year over the other two houses and ernt themselves a pizza shout from the Director of Boarding. ( Well done Lads!!).

This weekend year 9 boys enjoyed a trip to Hanmer Springs where they Jet Boated and enjoyed the hot pools relaxing at the end of a very busy two weeks.

Amongst all the activity of the Boarders Program was the start of the school year with classes beginning, sports kicking off, auditions for productions, Athletic Sports heats, Swimming heats and Chapel.

Upcoming Events:     Swimming Sports House Relays Monday 13th.                                                                                               Year 13 Valentines Day Breakfast . Tuesday 14th.                                                                             House Photo Thursday 16th.                                                                                                                 Athletic Sports Friday 23th. (If you have not already could                                                           you RSVP as soon as Possible)                                                                                                              OBHS Sports Exchange Monday 26th-27th.

Good luck to our Rowers ( Brayden, Charles and Matthew) who start                                         a busy schedule of competition over the coming months.




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Richards House Term 3 – Week 4

We are well into the term with the boys getting back into the swing of things since the last holidays. Most of the House sport will have come to completion by the end of September and the Senior boys would have had their trial examinations. Below you will see the calendar of events with September 8-10 being particularly busy. We hope as many people as possible will be able to attend.

All of the Boarding Houses now have academic tutors attached to the Houses. We welcome Sam Walker and Hamish Thomas on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Sam is studying at UC and has expertise in Commerce subjects, while Hamish can help boys with Mathematics, English and the Sciences. Hamish will head to England later in the year to study at Cambridge University.

Year 10 Reading
Each night during prep evenings the Year 10 boys will have 20 minutes reading in the library before prep. There has been slight resistance to this by a few, but on closer examination, and discussion reading is not an interest and in some cases quite difficult. It was pleasing to recently see a positive response when it came to them choosing books from the library with help from the teacher librarian.

Examinations                                                                                                                           The up coming examinations are very important for several reasons. If for any reason the boys cannot sit the examination at the end of the year, their results from the Term 3 examinations will form the basis on what they will be given in that subject as their final mark. We are encouraging an organised revision programme and in particular downloading and practising previous examination papers. To have the attitude of ” I will see how I go in these exams and see how much work I need to do” is not acceptable.

Year 12 NCEA Level 2 results
It is worth noting the importance of good results at the end of the year as Level 2 results are used for the offering of scholarships to Universities. These Level 2 results also influence the offers to University Colleges or Halls which are allocated each October.

Subject Options for 2018
By the end of August, boys is Years 10,11 & 12 will have made their subject choices for 2018. I have seen all of Year 11 and Year 12, and have given them a booklet entitled “Subject Options – Course Planning”. It features best preparation for students. There is information from many tertiary providers including all the universities and two Polytechnics, Ara in Christchurch and Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin. I would recommend that boys keep their options open and include a range of subjects from across the curriculum. The new Curriculum Guide has recently been updated.

Events this term:                                                                                                             Monday   August 28       – Senior Examinations                                                                                 Friday      September 1   –  Study @ Vic Day   – Victoria University Open Day                           Friday      September 8  –  House drinks Richards House library                                       Saturday  September 9  –  Year 9 Father & Sons breakfast                                               Saturday  September 9  –  House Rugby 7’s                                                                                 Saturday  September 9  –   House Dinner                                                                                   Sunday     September 10 – House Clay Bird Shoot & Chapel Service                                 Tuesday    September 16 – School Ball                                                                                   Tuesday   September 19  – House Drama Competition                                                   December 1 – Carol Service & Richards House breakup

Cultural Events
The Junior Debating Team won their first round debate and hopefully they can continue the good work that has been going on in the House. The team is William Oakley, Luke Murch and George Simpson. Last term our Senior side consisting of Henry Seaton, Cameron Jones,  Richard Seaton and Caelan Murch debated very well but were narrowly beaten in the semi finals. The House Play practices have begun and a group of keen boys are practising in the library after prep most nights. Our Year 13 boys, Liam Sullivan and Finn Sziranyi are leading the directing and production.                                   Our talented musician Henry Phelps along with his band has made it through to the finals of RockQuest to be held in Auckland on September 2. Henry is the drummer in the band and also plays the trombone. We wish the boys every success on finals night. Cameron Jones and Juni Wee will travel to South Africa in the September holidays as Colleges Round Square representatives.

We have not made the finals in the senior Hockey, or Basketball but there was no shortage of enthusiasm from the boys. Our Senior Volleyball side were very talented, but narrowly lost to a strong Jacobs House side.

School Teams
The following boys have played in the top teams in their respective sports at some stage this year:                                                                                                                                                 1st XV:    Kaveni Balenacagi,  Guy Murdoch,  Wolsey Kain,  Shun Miyake,             Toby Brooker Haines,  William Hadden,  Jack Hayman,  Levi Emery                      1st XI  Football: Sam Cameron-Dunn                                                                                          1st XI Hockey: Henry Phelps (also played for Canterbury U18)

House Alterations 2017                                                                                               Richards House will see see some changes to the building for 2018. The brief is for further accommodation and better privacy in some cases. We will see the concept of a large Year 9 dormitory changing to two or three separate sleeping areas. This will also allow further flexibility with the rooms, depending on numbers in each year group. There has been good consultation with the Architect, Bursar and House staff. Work on this project will occur when school finishes in December.

Richards House Caps
A current parent, Bob Penter has kindly funded the Richards House caps. They are navy blue with the House emblem on the front and the boys initials on the back. The boys looked sharp when wearing them in House assembly recently.

I hope everyone can get to as many of the House activities as possible next month. I would also encourage parents to try and attend the House Play Competition even if your son is not on stage. There is a social function for all boarding parents in the Chapman Room on Tuesday 19 September before the plays.


Chris Sellars






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Richards House – Week 2 Term 2

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that Term 1 is over and we are ready to start Week 3 of Term 2. Last term was extremely busy, with new boy orientation in Week 1, athletics heats and the sports, House singing and now the changeover to Winter sports which has got underway. Many boys were busy with their sport during the recent holiday break. Lou and I headed to Auckland for ten days and in the last week I was with the 1st XV preparing for their first UC Championship game against Nelson College in Nelson.

Walk for Lent – 10km
On Wednesday 15 March at 5.30am the House set off for two laps of North Hagley Park. We were accompanied by our Chaplain Bosco Peters and his wife Helen. They have joined us for 3 years on this walk and offer great support. Bosco and Helen have done the Camino Walk in Spain. Lou and myself plus tutors Scott Franklin and Susie Stewart again participated. Jan and those injured offered good support at the recovery table in Rolleston Avenue. Everyone was full of good spirits, receiving jelly snakes after completing the first lap to keep the energy levels up and then a chocolate milk at the end for the protein hit. It’s always great to get involved as a house to raise money for a good cause and also at the same time getting some much needed exercise! Thank you for supporting your sons with this event.

Susie Stewart, Bosco Peters, Lou and Chris Sellars


Year 12 at completion of the 10km walk


The boys nearly home


Kaveni Balenacagi and Wolsey Kain


Nathan McKenzie and Harry McDrury

House Singing
The Interhouse music competition consists of a whole House event in which all Houses participate. There is also a small vocal group and instrumental section. Kaveni Balenacagi did a wonderful job in picking a South African song dedicated to Nelson Mandela. The boys enjoyed the singing practices and were determined to do well. They received many favourable comments from others and were awarded 2nd place, behind the winners Julius House. The support given to Kaveni by the Year 13 boys was excellent.

Kaveni, Henry Phelps, Levi Emery, and Richard Seaton sang a Fijian song in the small group section.

Dates for the year
Some of the main events that I would encourage you to attend include:The House Drama Competition, the House Dinner weekend which includes the dinner, House clay bird shoot and Chapel Service and finally the Carol Service and House breakup on the last day of the Year.

September 8 – House drinks
September 9 – House Rugby 7’s & House Dinner
September 10 – House Clay Bird Shoot & Chapel Service
September 14 & 19 – House Drama Competition
December 1 – Carol Service & Richards House breakup

Chris Sellars


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Richards House: Term One – Week 5

Dear Parents & friends of Richards House

As I write this we are into Week 5 of the school term and the boys have settled into a good routine. For some boys, their participation in heats for athletics while getting to their own sports practices has been a great effort. We traditionally find it difficult to get a big group of swimmers competing in the swimming sports but most boys participated in the relays.

Sporting Events

Swimming Sports – In the sports the following boys made the finals in their respective events: Cameron Jones 100m Intermediate backstroke, Richard Seaton 100m Intermediate backstroke and 200m Individual Medley, Henry Phelps 100m Senior breastroke

Athletics Sports – We were blessed with fine weather for the two days of sports and while the events went very well I was impressed with our boys who entered into the spirit of the occasion. It was nice to see some of you at the Richards lunch and hope you were able to catch up with friends and also meet others. The boys enjoyed their pizza and ice cream trumpets and still managed to run well in the relays. Results from the Championship events were as follows:

Levi Emery: 2nd 100m, 2nd 200m, 2nd Long Jump, and 2nd 100m hurdles
Kaveni Balenacagi: 1st shot put, 2nd discus, 3rd hammer throw, 3rd javelin

Callum Norrie: 1st shot put

Charles Smith: 3rd high jump

Traditionally we have done well in the relays and things looked good after the morning session with wins in the junior and senior steeple chase. In the Championship relays our senior team consisting of Levi Emery, Guy Murdoch, Kaveni Balenacagi and Henry Phelps finished 3rd. This was a great effort against very good opposition. Overall we finished in 4th place in the relays.

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Henry Phelps                                                      Shun Miyake
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Callum Norrie                                                     Kaveni Balenacagi
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William Hammond                                           Nathan McKenzie
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Hugh Sutherland & Archie Hayman             Levi Emery

Goal Setting
As you are aware, the Year 10 – 13 boys met with their tutors early in the year to have a Target Meeting. This was to review last year and start the process of goal setting. Recently individual meetings have begun with the tutors again and boys will be identifying an academic and non academic goal. The goal setting is work in progress and probably the most important part of the process are the steps needed to be put in place in order to reach the goal rather than just the goal itself.

Food and dinning hall
As you may be aware the dining hall kitchen has been refurbished over the last year and we are all looking forward to more modern and up to date facilities as from next week. As someone who likes food and comes from a family of “foodies” I am most impressed with the food and options that are provided. My daughter who is a chef on a Superyacht has sampled the salad bar (on my nights of cooking!). She was amazed at the creativeness and quality of the salads – up there with the hipster cafes these days. I did mention her comments to the boys in House Assembly this week.

Lent – House Walk
Each year the Houses fundraise for Lent. Over the last two years Richards House have done an early morning 10km walk (two laps of the park). We start at 5.30am and it is completed by 7.30am. The Chaplain Bosco Peters and his wife Helen also walk with us. I am hoping that you will be happy to sponsor your son for this walk to the amount of $20. If you are happy to do this I would put that amount on your account at the end of the term. I would also like to encourage parents to participate on this walk. We intend to do this on Wednesday 15th March.

Dates for the year
Some of the main events that I would encourage you to attend include: The House Music Competition, The House Drama Competition, the House Dinner weekend which includes the dinner, House clay bird shoot and Chapel Service and finally the Carol Service and House breakup on the last day of the Year.

March 15th – Lent House Walk

April 5th – House Music Competition (Assembly Hall) 7.00pm

September 8 – House drinks

September 9 – House Rugby 7’s & House Dinner

September 10 – House Clay Bird Shoot & Chapel Service

September 14 & 19 – House Drama Competition

December 1 – Carol Service & Richards House breakup

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the next major House event which is the Interhouse Music Competition on the 5th April. I think you will hear something special this year.



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Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a great holiday and from what I see the boys have come back rested and ready to commence a busy 2017. A special welcome to the parents of the new Year 9 boys. I was particularly pleased with the examination results from the boys last year, and in particular congratulate the boys who found their academic work difficult at times, but attended tutorials and persevered right to the end.

Year 9, Orientation – The Year 9 boys arrived on Sunday 29 January and after unpacking we went to Adrenaline Park. The boys, plus Lou and myself and Liam Sullivan (Head of House) and Guy Murdoch (Deputy) had a great time on the high ropes and wires. It was very challenging! On arrival back at school, Mr Darrell Thatcher (Director of Boarding) spoke to the parents and this was followed by a BBQ in the House. It was a wonderful way to start, and nice to chat informally to the new parents. The new boys have settled in particularly well.


Year 9 At Adrenaline Park From left: Nathan McKenzie, Harry McDrury, William Oakley, Dominic Kerr, Marshall Suddens, Harry Pender

Target Meetings – The meetings that your son’s had with their academic tutors on the Tuesday when they returned went very well. The intention was for the boys to express how they thought last year had gone for them, and share possible thoughts about 2017. There will be more formal goal setting sessions with their tutors later in the term.

Activities for Juniors Week 1. The Boarding Programme commenced last Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There was mini golf and the driving range for them on Saturday night. On Sunday the Year 9 and 10 boys were mixed up and competed against the other Houses in a city challenge, followed by a BBQ lunch and the obstacle course as shown below. On Monday The Year 9 boys went to Purau to participate in “Coasteering” and the Year 10 boys went to the high ropes course at the Groynes.

Year 9 boys competing on   Upper – Sunday 5 February


Harry McDrury


Nathan McKenzie


Dominic Kerr at Purau – “Coasteering”


Year 9 boys coasteering

Boarding Programme Week 2. This weekend the activities are : Movies on Saturday night. On Sunday the Year 9 boys will go to Hanmer to go Jet boating and then visit the hot pools. The activity available to all other boys on Sunday is Surfing. There is Chapel for all in the evening.

Dates for the year – some of the main events that I would encourage you to attend include: The athletics day lunch and finals, The House Music Competition, The House Drama Competition, the House Dinner weekend which includes the dinner, House clay bird shoot and Chapel Service and finally the Carol Service and House breakup on the last day of the Year.

February 12 –   Chapel 7.00pm for all boys

February 24 –    Athletics Sports – 12.30pm

April 4th & 5th – House Music Competition (Assembly Hall)

September 8 – House drinks

September 9 – House Rugby 7’s & House Dinner

September 10 – House Clay Bird Shoot & Chapel Service

September 14 & 19 – House Drama Competition

December 1 – Carol Service & Richards House breakup


Chris Sellars





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