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From the President

Richard Polson

Richard Polson
CCOBA President

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The past few months have continued to challenge all of us, and it is how we respond to this as a community that is critical.

The CCOBA has recognised that the financial impacts from Covid-19 will put pressure on our community both now and into the future, and it was with this in mind that we have looked to support the Annual Appeal with the goal of keeping our community strong by keeping it together. On behalf of the Old Boys, the CCOBA has donated one year’s school fees to the appeal, and I encourage those that are able, to click here to support this year’s appeal.

Senior Honours Ties
We are privileged to have many Old Boys who are living the College values and demonstrating those virtues locally and globally on a daily basis. Earlier this year I was privileged to present Senior Honours Ties to Peter Penlington and Derek Banks, who have both represented and supported College and the community with distinction for many years. It was fantastic to recognise and celebrate these two Old Boys in front of the school and their families. If you would like to read their story, click here.

Rugby Reunion
The annual College vs Christchurch Boys’ High School rugby match and associated events was a great occasion. We had players, coaches and managers from 25, 50 and 60 Years On attend a brunch at College overlooking Upper prior to kick off. This was a great opportunity for Old Boys to reminisce about stories of old. The rugby was of a very high standard and I support Sky Sport commentator Ken Laban’s description of College’s 28–27 win as, “one of the great 1st XV games of all time.” It was a fantastic event and full credit goes to all involved in a memorable spectacle.

Unofficial 40 Years On
The changing Covid-19 alert levels have impacted some of our events – in particular, the 40 Years On Reunion for 2020, which has now been moved to be incorporated within Reunion Weekend in 2021. However, in the spirit of making the most of opportunities when we can, a large group of the 40 Years On Old Boys were still able to come to Christchurch to connect and celebrate.

College Mentors
Covid-19 levels also impacted on College’s Agribusiness Enterprise & Innovation Day, when Heartland Bank rural manager Hugh Murchison, rural banking consultant Andrew McKellar, and I were lucky enough to judge some Year 13 students’ business proposals. From fixing potholes, to planting gardens, to calming dogs and boosting the health of sportspeople, their fledgling ideas were inspiring and their enthusiasm captivating. This is another example of ways to mentor College students. If you are keen to be part of College’s mentor network, please click here.

Board Appointment
Following the departure of Peter Davie, we have undertaken a search for a replacement CCOBA representative to the College Board of Governors. I would like to acknowledge and thank all who applied; the calibre of applicants was very high.

I am pleased to announce the CCOBA has appointed Tim Kerr to this position and he joined his first meeting in August this year. You can read more about Tim below.

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From the Executive Principal

Staff Garth Wynne

Garth Wynne
Executive Principal

Strict protocols in place for addressing abuse

The wellbeing and safety of students and staff at Christ’s College is our highest priority. We do all we can to ensure the best possible school environment so our boys can reach their potential.

This duty of care also extends to our Old Boys.

You will no doubt be aware of recent media publicity highlighting allegations of historical abuse at Dilworth School. This has resulted in charges being laid against seven people.

Christ’s College considers all forms of abuse unacceptable.

Our protocols set out best practice for abuse prevention and outline processes to follow should a former or current student come forward with a complaint about physical, emotional or sexual abuse. This is in line with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the abuse of people in the care of New Zealand’s state and faith-based institutions.

If you have concerns about any issues that arose during your time at Christ’s College, I invite you to contact me via email executiveprincipal@christscollege.com or telephone 03 364 6811. All discussions will be treated in the utmost confidence.

Reaching out to other Old Boys

We do not have current contact details for all our Old Boys. If you are aware of any Old Boys who may wish to make contact, please let them know about this communication. To update your details in our database, please click here.

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Alumni Manager Update

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Lizzie Dyer
Alumni Manager

Welcome to our spring edition of The Quadrangle.

We hope you are coping with 2020 and the changes we have had to make in response to the threat of Covid-19. We know for some people it has been an incredibly tough time, while for others it has been pretty much business as usual. Wherever you are around the world, we are thinking of you and your situation. You will see in a few of our stories some Old Boys are at the forefront of dealing with the pandemic and doing amazing things.

Now we have dropped back to a more relaxed alert level in New Zealand, we are busy planning for CCOBA events that we had been hoping would be able to go ahead.

We have already sent our first “Save the Date” for our 2021 Reunion Weekend, which is always one of the highlights of the year. Please let any of your former classmates who might be interested know, as we still have some contact gaps in our system. It is sure to be a fabulous weekend filled with laughter and stories. I have met most of our year group organisers and they have some great things planned. If you would like to help rally the troops, please contact me – the more the merrier.

We have our annual Long Lunches happening in Christchurch, Auckland and Wairapara later in the year. We were hoping to include Queenstown this year, but will now launch that event in 2021. I know the New South Wales Long Lunch this year is a drink via Zoom. If you live in these areas we hope you can make it. Book early to avoid disappointment.

You will notice a new section in The Quadrangle – Out and About – which features photos of Old Boys at various College events. Please feel free to submit photos for this section, hopefully you will see some familiar faces.

Our Gentlemen's Lunch, which includes our 65 and 75 Years On reunions, will take place on Wednesday 21 October. This event is for our more senior Old Boys and we would love to see you there.

If you know of any Old Boys who do not use email and would prefer a hard copy of The Quadrangle, please let us know their details. We would be happy to print and send it to them.

We are delighted the annual CCOBA golf tournament on Friday 2 October has now sold out. This event is open to all Old Boys of any age – which is what this fantastic community is all about.

As ever, we aim to keep our records up to date. Please feel free to call me or head to the College website to update your details. We are in the early stages of planning for College’s 175th anniversary celebrations in 2025, and would love to have as many people involved as possible. It is certainly going to be worth the 175 year wait!

Our most popular stories are about you, our Old Boys – so, please, if you hear of a good story or you think you would make a good story, let us know.

Until next time, read on and enjoy.

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CCOBA Board Representative

Governing Body Tim Kerr

Tim Kerr
CCOBA Board Representative

Seeing the big picture

Old Boy Tim Kerr brings considerable experience in accounting, marketing, digital innovation and strategic development to his role as CCOBA representative on the Board of Governors and is pleased to have the opportunity to give back to the school that had such a strong influence on him in his formative years.

“I enjoy a challenge and it’s satisfying to know I can share my skills and experience for the benefit of others, plus it gives me a sense of purpose. I’ve always been interested in College and think it’s great for Old Boys to stay connected with the school.”

Tim knew the career he wanted to follow early in his College life and so was able to take the subjects required to support that path. After leaving school in 1988, he studied commerce at the University of Canterbury, before embarking on a career in accounting and marketing. He has a broad strategic and commercial background, and has held senior marketing roles for many well-known organisations both in New Zealand and overseas.

“I’ve learnt a lot about how business is conducted around the world and gained so much from working with people from many different backgrounds and cultures, which has definitely helped broaden my thinking and approach.”

Since returning to Christchurch, Tim has worked for AMI, Meridian Energy, Airways NZ and Seequent, and is currently marketing manager at Ara Institute of Canterbury. He is also on the board of Southern Zone Rugby League. The CCOBA position appealed not only because he is an Old Boy, but also because of the opportunity to be part of the history and legacy of the school.

“I want to support College as it continues to evolve and develop as a modern learning environment that supports the needs of the boys. College is now the only independent boys’ secondary school in the Canterbury region and it therefore holds a unique place. It needs to retain its standing as a place where parents want to send their sons, building on its solid reputation and continuing to realise the potential of all who attend – ensuring it delivers on its mission of each boy at his best.”

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Old Boys’ Stories

Old Boys do all sorts of interesting things ...

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The simple truth about politics

Recent Old Boy Sam Howard is helping other young voters to better understand politics.

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Senior A vs Old Boys – an all-star face-off

In a nail-biting finish after a neck and neck game it was the Old Boys who pulled through, taking a 97–95 win at the inaugural Old Boys vs Senior A basketball match on Saturday 8 August.

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Innovative business ideas impress judges

Pre-planted vegetable boxes and hemp oil for calming dogs were both in the mix when four budding businesses were pitched to the equivalent of the “Dragon’s Den” on Friday 21 August.

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Making a difference

Everyone and everything is connected and, according to Old Boy Pete Oswald (14386), if you can do something positive you should.

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Guy Helveldt

Guy finds his niche in sports journalism

Not until the last term of his final year at Christ’s College, did Guy Heveldt identify a future career.

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Peter Skelton

Peter Skelton CNZM– Chief Freshwater Commissioner

What Peter Skelton, 81, doesn’t know about the environment, isn’t worth knowing.

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Introducing your local branch representatives

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Lance Jennings

Nelson President – Lance Jennings (7309)

Following retirement from the Canterbury Health Laboratories, Canterbury District Health Board, in 2017 ...

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Chris Hughes

New South Wales President – Chris Hughes (9840)

Having left New Zealand in 1990, shortly after graduating with a commerce degree from the University of Otago, Chris has lived in Japan, ...

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In the News

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Richard Wells (9118)

“Zarathustra Splash”, a bronze puppy 100 times the size of an actual dog, has been installed in the Queenstown Gardens, the work of renowned sculptor Richard Wells.

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James Hadfield (12637)

Right at the coalface of Covid-19 research is phylogeneticist James Hadfield, who shares his thoughts on the possible cause of the second outbreak in Auckland ...

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James Ussher (11044)

The race is on worldwide to find a vaccine for Covid-19 and James Ussher is at the forefront in New Zealand.

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Hamish Acland (11538)

A Wanaka activewear company has donated cotton underwear to Women’s Refuge.

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From the Archives

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These we have lost ...

It is 10 years since the first of the 2010–11 Christchurch earthquakes, so it seemed an appropriate time to record College’s buildings which are no longer extant.

In 1867 the Headmaster’s House was engulfed by fire.

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Worthy’s in the north-east corner of the Quad was replaced by School House in 1907–08, and the building that became known as Old Flower’s House made way for Richards House in 1955. The Tin Classrooms between Big School and Worthy’s were the location of the Hare Memorial Building, built in 1915.

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The Diocesan Office and the Synod Hall were demolished in 1921 and the Chaplain’s House was rolled to the site of the Assembly Hall to make way for the Dining Hall.

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L–R: Chaplain’s House, Diocesan Offices, Synod Hall.

The Chaplain’s House and the Principal’s House of the Upper Department were later demolished to accommodate the Assembly Hall and the administration building, which is now the Music School.

The annex at the rear of Big School was demolished to make way for the library extensions.

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The gymnasium was replaced by another gymnasium, and the Science Block and the rear of Condell’s (now Selwyn) were demolished – initially to accommodate the art department, and subsequently the Fine Arts and Technology Building.

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Parts of Richards House were demolished and a third floor added when the Old Boys’ Theatre was developed.

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Flower’s House and Ross House were demolished to be replaced by Flower’s House.

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The former Christchurch Girls’ High School building, which was undergoing renovation, was so badly shaken by the earthquakes that it made way for the Cranmer car park.

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Former Christchurch Girls’ High School, 2005.

Other earthquake casualties – the Chapman Block, the squash courts, and the classrooms behind the Hare Memorial classrooms – were demolished to make way for the Miles Warren Building.

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Chapman from Upper, 2011

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Upcoming Events

There is plenty of activity ahead. Book now to secure your place.

2 OctoberCCOBA Annual Golf Tournament – SOLD OUT
20 October65 Years On Reunion Dinner – BOOK HERE
21 October65 & 75 Years On Reunion – Gentlemen's Lunch
BOOK ONLINE HERE or fill out a form below
65 Years On Reunion Form

75 Years On Reunion Form
and email them to ccoba@ccoba.com
6 NovemberAuckland AGM and Long Lunch – BOOK HERE
7 NovemberWairarapa AGM and Long Lunch – BOOK HERE
12 NovemberGreymouth Community Visit with St Margaret's College and Medbury School –
17 NovemberBlenheim Community Visit with St Margaret's College and Medbury School –
18 NovemberNelson Community Visit with St Margaret's College and Medbury School –
20 NovemberChristchurch Long Lunch – BOOK HERE
26 NovemberChristchurch YOBs – BOOK HERE
3 DecemberCarols on the Quad
19–21 February 2021Reunion Weekend 2021
20 Years On – 2001–2005
30 Years On – 1991–1995
40 Years On – 1981–1985
41 Years On – 1980–1984
50 Years On – 1971–1975
60 Years On – 1961–1965
70 Years On – 1951–1955
80 Years On – 1941–1945
19 February 2021Annual General Meeting
19 February 2021CCOBA Cocktail Party
February (TBC) 2021Jo Studholme Classic Car Rally
6 March 2021Yacht Race
External events
30 September94th Quadrangular Tournament Function
Nelson College invites all Old Boys, parents and supporters from Christ’s College, Wellington College, Whanganui Collegiate School and Nelson College to attend our joint function to celebrate the historical connections between the four schools, and share in the excitement and memories of the Quadrangular Tournament since 1925. RSVP to lj@nelsoncollege.school.nz
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The Chronicle


Henry Robin Lowry (5688), aged 85

A talented sportsman and innovator who was born in Hawke’s Bay in 1934, Henry was the son of Ralph Lowry (2871) and the brother of Peter (6050). Henry went to Hereworth School in Havelock North, and started at College in School House in 1948.

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John (Jock) Dean Caroli Laing (5863), aged 84

Jock came to College from Medbury School, and enjoyed happy school days at Christ’s College. He was very proud of winning the Choir Boys’ handicap race – and very put out the following year when he was at the back of the pack!

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Wynyard Lindsay Fairclough (4315), aged 100

Wyn was born in Christchurch, the only son of Frank and Eva Fairclough. After attending Elmwood Normal School he entered College in 1933, first in Julius House and then Flower’s House until he left in 1936.

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June–August 2020

We have learned of the following deaths in our community. Our sympathy and understanding is extended to their family and friends.

Scott Buckhurst STEVEN (8828)
Bay of Plenty 29 April 2020

Nigel Hugh ENSOR (7944)
Hastings 8 May 2020

John Heathcote GARLAND (4567)
Hawke's Bay 20 May 2020

Michael John Brian MOORE (10480)
Christchurch 22 May 2020

Wynyard Lindsay FAIRCLOUGH (4315)
Christchurch 22 May 2020

Andrew Carrington YATES (6479)
Ashburton 24 May 2020

Angus Alastair John ROBERTSON (6209)
Rangiora 25 May 2020

Warren John SCOTTER (7223)
Hamilton 27 May 2020

Francis Hay DAVISON (6510)
Canterbury 28 May 2020

Cassells Skoglund KERNAHAN (4868)
Christchurch 6 June 2020

John Maurice William ARCHIBALD (5823)
Lower Hutt 15 June 2020

Peter John Clifford FLEMING (5670)
Leeston 16 June 2020

John Dean Caroli LAING (5863)
Australia 17 June 2020

William Matthew Joseph QUIN (14612)
Christchurch 4 July 2020

Christopher John CLARK (6131)
Christchurch 9 July 2020

Roy Quartley CARTER (5186)
Timaru 11 July 2020

John Menzies WATSON (5718)
Invercargill 16 July 2020

Richard Charles WOOLLONS (6587)
Christchurch 19 July 2020

Michael John COSTELLO (6268)
Melbourne 25 July 2020

Edgar Dunstan TURNER (5628)
Chrischurch 25 July 2020

Warwick William Norman JUDD (6300)
Christchurch 26 July 2020

Christopher Thomas BURGIN (7397)
Otago 2 August 2020

Simon Patrick SLOPER (12568)
Christchurch 17 August 2020

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If you would like to contribute an obituary for The Chronicle please email Lizzie ccoba@ccoba.com.

As a guideline, we suggest each obituary be approximately 500 words, however we are happy to accept longer or shorter options.

Please note that this office may edit obituaries submitted.

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Out & About

Rugby Reunion

In July, when Covid restrictions were back to alert level 1, we were able to host our 25, 50 and 60 Years On Rugby Reunions at the Christ’s College vs Christchurch Boys’ High School match. This enormously popular event was made even better this year when College snatched a 28–27 win.

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Young Old Boys (YOBs)

We had a great turn out of YOBs at our Auckland and Wellington events. It is good to see these young men getting on with and getting so much out of their lives.

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Community Visits

Thankfully, we were able to hold our Wellington and Auckland community visits before we were plunged back into lockdown. Here we are at our joint event with St Margaret’s College.

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