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
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.
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.