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.
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