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From the President

Richard Polson

Richard Polson
CCOBA President

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Our thoughts and thanks go to all the Old Boys who are doing their part with the Covid-19 lockdowns and, in particular, those Old Boys and their families in Auckland who have been doing the hard yards.

Art Collection
Our art curator, James Blackie (11684), has acquired a significant piece of art for the College collection. It is a striking piece at more than two metres tall. The work will be unveiled at the Reunion Weekend in February 2022 and will be on display at College for all to enjoy.

We have various events planned for the coming months. If any of the events change, because of Covid-19 restrictions, we will be in touch. Please visit the Old Boys' Upcoming Events page on the College website.

Annual Appeal – Giving Day

We are pleased to be able to support College with the upcoming Giving Day on Wednesday 3 November and to directly support the scholarship funds specifically for boys who may not otherwise be able to attend College.

We are seeking volunteers to help out on the day. If you would like to be involved, click here. We will provide more information in the coming weeks. If you have any queries, please contact Shelley Keach on 03 364 6818 or email skeach@christscollege.com.

Get those enrolments in
Thank you to those who have already sent in enrolments for your son or grandson to attend in the future. The popularity of College means that places are increasingly in demand. Year 9 places for 2022 are fully subscribed.

With such high demand – when the hard decisions must be made – selection is done on the enrolment date. If you want your sons or grandsons to attend College, I strongly recommend that you go to the website sooner rather than later. Follow the instructions for enrolment by clicking here.

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Alumni Manager

Lizzie Dyer The Quad

Lizzie Dyer
Alumni Manager

As we navigate lockdowns, working from home and cancelled and postponed events, the only thing that is normal is that life goes on. Luckily, before the latest New Zealand lockdown, we were able to hold a few more Community Visits. We have been thinking of our Old Boys and families and their businesses in these difficult times. Thank you also for your understanding as our events are cancelled, postponed or have number restrictions in place.

With the country in lockdown last month, it was great to see staff and boys smoothly slipping back into the routine of working and studying from home.

Meanwhile, we have celebrated the outstanding success of Sam Bosworth – our first Old Boy to win gold at the Olympics – with his rowing eight. Read his story here.

We still have a few places available at our CCOBA Golf Tournament at the Christchurch Golf Club, so please book here. Thank you again to Abraham Insurance for generously sponsoring the hole-in-one prize of a Land Rover Defender.

After 24 years as Chaplain, the Rev. Bosco Peters will retire at the end of the year. If you would like to attend the special Thanksgiving Eucharist Service in his honour on Sunday 21 November, click here.

We are also thrilled to have more than 750 Old Boys on our new LinkedIn page. If you have not done so already, please go to the page to sign up. This is a wonderful tool for Old Boys to connect through business.

At this stage, we are still full steam ahead for our reunions.

65 and 75 Years On Reunion & Gentlemen’s Lunch – Wednesday 20 October
Thank you to everyone who has registered for this event. If we continue to be at Alert Level 2, unfortunately, we won't be able to run this event. We will be providing a full refund to all registered guests. We are eternally optimistic! Click here to register.

Our big Reunion Weekend – Friday 18 – Sunday 20 February 2022
It will host the following Year groups – 20 Years On (2002–2006), 30 Years On (1992–1996), 40 Years On (1982–1986), 50 Years On (1972–1976), 60 Years On (1962–1966), 70 Years On (1952–1956) & 80 Years On (1942–1946). Your reunion is based on when you and your classmates were in the 3rd Form – Year 9. If either you or someone you know fits into this bracket, please let them know about our upcoming reunion. Click here to register.

If you have any stories about what our wonderful Old Boys are up to, please let us know, as this is the best way to keep our community informed.

I hope you enjoy this issue of The Quadrangle.

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Old Boys’ Stories

Old Boys do all sorts of interesting things ...

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Sam Bosworth

Sole College gold medallist makes a splash at assembly

The only Olympic gold medallist in College history – Sam Bosworth (13830) – returned to College to address assembly. Sam – the coxswain for the triumphant men’s rowing eight at the Tokyo Olympics – spoke to the boys, alongside Olympic coach – and Mathematics teacher – Tony O’Connor.

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The language of flowers in full bloom

A stunning new artwork – Ayesha Green’s Kurawaka – is being welcomed to the Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association Art Collection.

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Haydn Rawstron – a voice of inspiration and innovation

As musician, musicologist and artists' manager, Haydn Rawstron sets the scene: a glittering global career over more than 50 years, garnering honours and sharing a passion for opera, music and Canterbury heritage.

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Jono Blyth – banking on strong relationships at heart of success

Jono Blyth credits his time at Christ’s College for highlighting “the importance of building relationships and following your passions”.

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Lucas Smith

Lucas Smith is an ideas man

Do you know that about 58 billion sticking plasters end up in the world’s ecosystem each year? And they don’t break down. Lucas Smith has a solution – biodegradable merino plasters.

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In the News

Sam Neill

Sam Neill (7200)

The life of the party who lost nearly everything and then found love.

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Lucas Smith

Lucas Smith (14063)

$1.5 million to get merino plasters going.

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Sam Bosworth

Sam Bosworth (13830)

Sink or swim for gold medal-winning Kiwi eight coxswain Sam Bosworth.

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David Ryan

David Ryan (9760)

National welcomes new board members.

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Damien Mc Kenzie

Damian McKenzie (14028)

Damian McKenzie signs deal with Japanese club.

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Upcoming Events

There are plenty of events ahead. Book now to secure your place.


8 OctoberWellington AGM and Long Lunch hosted by Tim Bennetts (8865) – BOOK HERE
9 OctoberWairarapa AGM and Long Lunch hosted by Alex Beijen (10234) – BOOK HERE
15 OctoberCCOBA Golf – BOOK HERE
20 OctoberGentlemen's Lunch – BOOK HERE or download the Gentlemen's Lunch Form and email to ccoba@ccoba.com

20 October

65 Years On Reunion – BOOK HERE or download the 65 Years On reunion form and email to ccoba@ccoba.com

20 October75 Years On Reunion – BOOK HERE or download the 75 Years On reunion form and email to ccoba@ccoba.com
27 OctoberBusiness Banter – The Bostock Brothers story – BOOK HERE
29 OctoberAuckland AGM and Long Lunch hosted by Mike Greenslade (8748) – BOOK HERE
19 NovemberChristchurch Long Lunch – BOOK HERE
21 NovemberRev. Bosco Peters' Farewell – BOOK HERE
25 NovemberChristchurch YOBs – BOOK HERE

9 October1st XI cricket in Marlborough

The Christ’s College Cricket 1st Xl will face United Country in October.

The game, which will start at 11am, will be held at the Black Cottage Cricket Ground on Saturday 9 October. BYO picnic, with a bar on-site. This picturesque ground is on the Clouston's property on the outskirts of Blenheim. Dan Clouston's son, David, is a well-known winemaker who owns his own winery and has two labels – Two Rivers and Black Cottage – and is a keen cricketer.

Address: 56 Mills and Ford Road West (accessed from O’Dwyers Road or Thomsons Ford Road).

College plays Marlborough College on Sunday 10 October, starting at 10.30am, at Horton Park.

If you are in Marlborough, please come along and support the boys.

18–20 February 202220 Years On (2002–2006)
30 Years On (1992–1996)
40 Years On (1982–1986)
50 Years On (1972–1976)
60 Years On (1962–1966)
70 Years On (1952–1956)
80 Years On (1942–1946)

Is it your time to reunite? Join us for our annual Reunion Weekend early next year and catch up with College friends for an event-packed weekend.

Check out the year groups and book now for your College year.


5 DecemberCarols on the Quad
27 February 2022Joe Studholme Car Rally
5 March 2022CCOBA Yacht race – Picton
Labour weekend 2025175th Anniversary – watch this space
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Out & About

Ball firmly in Old Boys’ court

The Christ's College’s basketball alumni team overpowered the College A side in the second clash of past and present players in the gym.

Held on Saturday 31 July, the keenly anticipated game featured 12 Old Boys taking on the top College players. The Old Boys, who had come from as far as Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin, were coached by Andrew Harrison and Tony Mann, and assisted by Will Lovell, who was making the move from the court to the coaching bench.

Featuring Canterbury Rams players Max Darling and Mason Whittaker, and including two sibling match-ups with the Patterson and Davidson brothers taking the court on opposing sides, the Old Boys defended the inaugural title, keeping the younger boys at bay in overtime, 87–84.

The popular event, sponsored by Research Associates Limited, has become an established part of the annual Christ's College basketball calendar. Christ's College basketball also wants to acknowledge the support of Archibalds, Kinbuild, McCarthy Contracting and Online Vet Store.

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Nelson, Blenheim and Timaru Community Visits

Thank you to all our Old Boys who joined us in Nelson, Blenheim and Timaru for our annual Community Visits. All events were very well-supported and it was lovely to welcome some new faces.

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We had a great night in Dunedin with the YOBs and St Margaret’s College Margaritas. It was wonderful to catch up and we look forward to seeing those who are in Christchurch on Thursday 25 November at Kong.

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The Chronicle


Campbell William Ballantyne (5383)

A former Managing Director of J Ballantyne & Co Ltd, Campbell Ballantyne was a well-respected member of the local business community, a philanthropist and well-known College Old Boy.

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Michael Cullen (6733)

Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen was renowned for his intellect, extensive public service and commitment to social justice.

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July–August 2021

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

Frederick Gerard ULRICH (5067)
South Canterbury, 14 July 2021

Richard Mark WYLES (5724)
Christchurch, 28 July 2021

Christopher Hamilton DYER (8204)
Canterbury, 9 August 2021

Bryce Neil HAWKINS (6405)
Christchurch, 12 August 2021

Alistair Graeme MARSHALL (6653)
London, 12 August 2021

Michael John CULLEN (6733)
Wellington, 19 August 2021

Arthur Mackay FISHER (4481)
Hawke's Bay, 22 August 2021

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Contributions welcome

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

As a guideline, we suggest a 500-word submission. However, we are happy to accept longer or shorter options.

*Please note that this office may edit obituaries.

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From the Archives

Jane Teal


The 10th edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary defines graffiti as “unauthorized writing or drawings on a surface in a public place”.

The Christ’s College definition would perhaps go something like this: “Unauthorized writings or drawings in a place where you hope no one will find them.” However, found they always are, whether they are on a desk, in the Assembly Hall or even in Big School.

The earliest evidence may be the name “Ollivier” on two desks gifted to Ferrymead Heritage Park and now in its schoolroom. Members of this family have attended College since 1859.

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The Old Workshop, in this 1933 photograph, appeared to be a location where it was acceptable to add names to the walls.

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In 1990, when alterations were made to Big School, the removal of panels uncovered a group of names, including William James Vesey Hamilton (2354), who was in South Town from 1907–1914. He was a Prefect, and captain of the 1st XI in 1914.

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After the 2011 earthquakes, repairs were made to the Assembly Hall, which uncovered the names of actors over many years.

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The Archivist now asks – where else should I look to record the past for the present?

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