The annual Reunion Weekend in February was a great success. More than 500 Old Boys and
their partners – representing 14 year groups – attended the weekend’s events at Christ’s College and around the city.
It was the largest gathering of Old Boys at College in many years and a rehearsal, perhaps, for the 175th celebration in 2025.
Thank you to all those involved in organising the weekend, from the Old Boys who helped to coordinate events to those who encouraged attendance. It was a great occasion and an opportunity for Old Boys to see old friends, recall old times, retell old stories, and remember and reflect on the past. Thank you also to all the Old Boys who provided feedback via the survey following the reunion.
Thank you also to the Old Boys who attended the AGM. The AGM is an opportunity for the CCOBA Committee to hear Old Boys’ views. It is also an opportunity to report on the successes and affairs of the association. You can view my report here. I also note that it has been pleasing to see many younger Old Boys at the meeting.
At the meeting, Alec Bruce was elected an Honorary Life Member of the CCOBA. Alec has made an enormous contribution to Christ’s College, particularly through his involvement in the rebuilding of the campus following the earthquakes in 2010–2011. I congratulate Alec on his election. It is very well deserved. I also acknowledge Mac Bolderson and Jono Blyth, who have stood down from the committee. Mac has made a significant contribution as Treasurer since 2018 while Jono has served for three years as a general member. Jared Chin has been elected Treasurer and Rupert Whyte has been elected to the committee.
CCOBA Yacht Race
Along with Executive Principal Garth Wynne, Blue Henderson, and Alumni Manager Lizzie Dyer, I recently attended the CCOBA Yacht Race in the Marlborough Sounds. The yachts raced for the Jeremy Turnbull Memorial Trophy. About 50 Old Boys, partners, and friends participated in the fleet and across the proceedings. It was a great event, and a good occasion for Marlborough Old Boys to gather. I hope it will continue for many more years.
As always, this newsletter records the association’s activities and advises of upcoming events and meetings. I encourage all Old Boys to attend the College community events throughout the country over the coming months.
Finally, our thoughts remain with the many Old Boys affected by recent flooding in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti Gisborne.