As we enter Spring, and the daffodils bloom in Hagley Park, the end of the year begins to appear on the horizon.
Yet, in the next few months there are still a number of CCOBA events to be held — including the popular CCOBA golf tournament on Friday 29 September at the Christchurch Golf Club, the Gentlemen’s Lunch and Reunion (65 & 75 years on) at College (Wednesday 18 October) the Christchurch Long Lunch (Friday 24 November), and the Christchurch Young Old Boys (YOBs) event (Wednesday 29 November). There are also College community events in South Canterbury – Timaru, Ashburton, Blenheim, Nelson and Wānaka. Information about those events is set out below. We hope many Old Boys will support and attend these occasions.
In the lead up to the 175th celebrations in 2025, the Association has aimed to engage Old Boys in New Zealand and around the world. In that spirit, the Alumni Manager, Lizzie Dyer, will visit Old Boys in Tokyo (Wednesday 4 October) at an event hosted at the New Zealand Ambassador’s residence and in Thailand (Saturday 7 October).
As part of College’s 175th celebrations, the school is producing a book recording the stories and experiences of the boys who went through Christ’s College from 1997–2025. The student voice will drive the history. Warren Lidstone (Teacher, 2001–present) would love to hear your story. All narratives are valuable, and these will inform the direction of the book. If you have recollections you would like to share with Warren, please contact him at email@example.com.
Connection has been the watchword of the past few years for the Association, and that desire to connect has been shared by College. I hope in the closing months of this year, CCOBA events provide an opportunity for Old Boys to meet and hear about College today and see old friends of the past, including in places not often visited by the CCOBA and College.
Another means of staying connected is keeping up-to-date with all that is happening at College. Please click here to view our latest College magazine. You can also admire the front cover designed by New York-based Old Boy Henry Hargreaves.