SIGNING OFF

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This blog site will no longer be active from the end of February 2019. The Harper House blog information has moved to an internal page on the Christ’s College Schoolbox network. Harper House parents and students can access the Harper House page through their Schoolbox portals.

 

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Well it has been another busy and successful year in Harper House and a big thank you to everyone who came along to the House prizegiving and other end of year celebrations. It was a great way to finish the year and certainly lots of pre-Christmas cheer.

Harper House was well represented at the different celebrations and ceremonies this year and a couple of very notable mentions need to be made. Firstly to Wills Wynn Thomas (Y13) who was named Dux of the school and along with his dozen or so prizes, received a very loud round of applause from the entire school. A great moment of recognition for a student who has given everything to College. Retaining the House Championship for the fifth year in a row was also a highlight for the departing year 13’s. Once again we just managed to pip Somes who were very unlucky not to win it this year. Just one point separated the two houses. Congratulations to all the Harper boys who received prizes and awards at the school prizegivings. We also acknowledged the fine efforts of lots of boys in our own Harper Prizegiving. Here are the major award winners:

Rutherford Cup (for Most House Points) – Nant Prachuabmoh (Y10)
Henry Smit Cup (for Junior Character) – Henry King (Y9)
Harper Cup (for Year 11 Endeavour/Character) – Liam Adams
Housemaster’s Cup (for Year 12 Endeavour/Character) – Ryan Oorschot
B Law Trophy (for Law abiding House Spirit) – Thomas Walker (Y13)
Harper Cup (for Sportsmanship) – Harry Black
Harper Cup (for Citizenship) – Wills Wynn Thomas
Enberg Family Cup (Excellence in Cultural) – Theodore Davis/Humphrey Bullen
Lawry Cup (for Character) – Max Goodwin
G.B Moulton Cup (for Head of House) – Gus Coates

When you look back at the highlights for the year there are plenty to choose from. If you look back through the blog archives, you will see we have had a lot of fun. From athletics and swimming sports, cross-country, House plays, music and sports festivals and even Chess, the Harper boys put in a great shift this year. However, the success and highlights are not the most important thing. In the House prizegiving there was lots of talk about the significance of a worthwhile journey and knowing that at the end of a journey you have given the best you can.

This years Year 13 Leavers have certainly had an entertaining journey together and it is with a tinge of sadness we bid them farewell. As a group they have achieved a great amount of success and have been part of many great memories in the House. Over the five years they have been here they have taken a great deal of pride in the House, have been the epitome of camaraderie and friendship, and have always tried to put their best foot forward. One comment made to me by another Housemaster was that from his observation he could see this was a tight group. I think that sums it up nicely these boys are a tight group. Good luck lads.

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As I sign off for the year, I want to thank everyone in the Harper House community for their support, contribution and effort over the year. Thank you to everyone who has made my job easier!! and a pleasure.

Merry Christmas everyone. Have a safe and happy holidays.

The end is nigh!

Well indeed the end is nigh. Only two weeks to go until the end of the term. It has been a quieter last couple of weeks with the seniors going on exam leave, and with just the juniors around the House, things have been pretty relaxed. The junior boys have been doing a great job of looking after the House and have been busy wrapping up things for the end of the year.

Just before the seniors left, the senior tennis team of Dylan Heap (Y13), Will Schneideman (Y12), Nick Schneideman (Y11) and Liam Adams (Y11) beat Flowers House to win the house competition. This was duely followed up with the junior team of Nant Prachuabmoh, Nont Prachuabmoh (both Y10), Jasper Johnson (Y9) and Benji Ward (Y9)  winning thier final against Julius House to complete a tennis double for Harper House. The junior cricket boys weren’t as successful, losing to Jacobs House in the first round of matches. A workman-like innings from Caleb Palmer (Y10) was not enough to set a high enough total against a very talented Jacobs team.

Last week the junior boys also competed in the House Tug-of-War Competition to finish up all the House Competition events for the year. The Year 10 team improved their performance from last year to make the semi finals this time, but went down in the semi to a strong Somes House team. The Year 9 team lost their first bout also against Somes, but then went on to win their next three bouts to win the Plate Final. The results will make it an interesting race to the overall House Championship……. have we done enough for five years in a row?

On the academic front, at the business end of the year, I have been pleased to hear from the boys i have talked to that they have felt their examinations are going well. Hopefully all the work they have put in during the year pays off. Similarly, I hope the boys have put in enough effort to get rewarded. Junior assessment week has also been and gone, and the end of year reports for Y9 & 10 will be out shortly. (I’m currently taking a break from writing my Housemaster comments!!!) From what I can see, the majority of the junior boys have done a great job this year, and some of them an outstanding job!!! There are a few things that some need to work on and I hope the boys heed the advice of their teachers in preparation for next year. Overall, it is going to be a extremely hard job (as usual) of determining who gets what Harper House prizes this year!!!

The next two weeks are full of activity with all the Year 9 & 10 boys off on Camp and Service week, followed by our annual Te Ao Maori programme the week after. We will be looking forward to seeing all the boys back together on Thursday 29th November for the House Prizegiving where we will celebrate another good year in Harper House. The rest of the key info for the end of term can be found on our (401) 580-8752 page or on our Schoolbox page (access this via the Parent Portal).

Crunch Time!

It is ‘crunch time’ in the school year in a number of ways. Academically, the boys should be making their final submissions of internal assessments, external portfolios and getting ready for their end of year examinations. They need to be well aware of where they sit in terms of achievement and what they need to accomplish in the examinations. If they don’t they need to look or ask for help to find out!! It is crunch time in terms of getting the grades they need to move forward to either university, a new course of study or subjects for next year. The boys should discuss any issues with their AHM”S or Housemaster.

It’s also ‘crunch time’ around the House with lots of inter-house competitions winding up. We had a good week last week with the Table Tennis team of Will Schneideman (Y12), Liam Adams (Y11), Nont & Nant Prachuabmoh (Both Y10), Ollie Jones (Y9) and a few others who helped out along the way, winning the final of the competition. We also had a first in my time as Housemaster of Harper, with a win in the final of the Chess competition!!! Wills Wynn Thomas, Harry Black (both Y13) and Daniel Kutovoy (Y12), were the mainstays of the team, with good help form Nik Bull (Y13) and James Corbett (Y13) who had a crucial win in the final off the bench.

With the entire Senior A tennis squad residing in Harper House, it’s no surprise the Senior House team has easily won it’s first games against Julius and are in the semi-finals next week against Jacobs. The Junior tennis boys also have their final to play that was postponed in Term One. Nik Bull (Y13) lead the house golf team superbly mid-week and claimed the individual title with a very good 26 stableford points, but the team also finished a very commendable second overall. Harry Black and Finbar Gallaway (both Y13) doing their bit too.  This weekend has the Claybird Shoot, with a number of keen Harper boys involved. Thanks to Mr Chris Graham for helping organise the boys and sort some practices!!

Head of Harper House 2019

Following on from an in-house announcement at the end of last term, it is my pleasure to publicly congratulate Gus Coates for being selected as Head of Harper House for 2019. Gus will be joined in the Prefect ranks by Joshua Stevenson who was named Head of Academics committee, following on from the great job Wills Wynn Thomas did this year in that role. Well done to these two boys and all the boys who had great leadership interviews, but just missed out.

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Gus Coates (left) and Joshua Stevenson

One week to go for seniors from here and five to go for the juniors……. it is indeed crunch time.

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Term Four is getting underway and fast! Hopefully all the boys enjoyed their holiday break and have used the time wisely to relax, unwind and enjoy themselves, but also to start getting prepared for end of year assessments and examinations. It is a short but busy term and the senior boys have only three weeks to prepare before they need to be ready for the NZQA examinations.

The last couple of weeks of Term Three were pretty full on around the House. We welcomed back Thomas Johnston (Y10) who had been away for some time following a skiing accident. It was great to see him back among the boys. We also had a heap of House sport with lots of good results. It started wiht the haka competition, which we did okay, but were robbed as usual. In squash, we made it through to both the Senior and Junior semi finals. The Seniors dipped out to Jacobs at this point, but the Juniors moved through to the final where the team of Will Patchett, Nont Prachuabmoh and Nant Prachuabmoh (all Y10) had a good victory over Somes to claim the title! The chess team and table tennis team have also both made it through to the finals with those games to be played in Week 1 of this term. Unfortunately our badminton did not go quite as well, losing to Condells in the first round and despite doing a great job to make the final, the Junior debating team lost narrowly to Rolleston.  This term has the remainder of the tennis competitions, Junior cricket, golf and tug-of-war competition.

This term starts with us welcoming our new entrants for 2019 to the House. We will have the Y8 boys and their parents visit the House in the first week, with 16 boys joining us next year. The ficus will then quickly turn, if not already to those final assessments, before wrapping up the year wiht our usual prizegivings and functions. More information on our Key Dates page. Please note the events where the boys are required to attend, including specific Chapel services. There are a couple more specific Harper House events to add in, but this info will be sent via email invitation. We will be looking forward to celebrating another great year in Harper House.

Looking forward to seeing all the boys on Monday!

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It’s been a few weeks since the last blog, and lots has been happening around the place. The last two and then next couple will have been a big few weeks. Just following the last blog post, we had our annual Harper House Quiz Night. It was a great night and was lots of fun. From the team names like “No More Fees”, “If Only Ian Was Here” and “Hope We Don’t Come Last” to the speed rounds that had everyone making a mad dash for the scorers table, there was lots of fun for everyone. In the end it was the team of Y13 boys named “The Woke Nine” that were crowned champions by a meagre 1 point ahead of last years champions “Quiztopher Quiztopherson”. The team of Y10 boys took out the prize of Third-to-Last where they got a pack of tic-tacs each!!

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Quiz Champions – “The Woke Nine” (Y13 Boys)

Around the school, there has been a lot happening with Winter Tournament week, Senior Exam week and the final batch of Immerse and Inspire boys underway. I was lucky enough to be coach of the Junior XI Football team this year, which also had a lot of Harper boys involved. Jamie Barr, Charlie Cameron, Thomas McEwan and Archie Franks (Y10’s), as well as Gabriel Gallaway and Andreas Gormack (Y9’s) were part of the squad. These boys did fantastically well all season and managed to win the Junior Premier Competition for the first time by beating Cashmere High 1-0 in the final. It was great to be able to see these boys achieve a great result, and reiterated how much fun it is to work with the Harper boys outside the House as well. I am very much looking forward to spending some time with a few more of the Harper football boys on our upcoming tour to USA/Canada at the end of the term.

Around the House, there has been lots of House Sport going on, and we have had a bit better run of results. The Chess team’s win over Jacobs has seen them through to the semi-finals this week, and the Junior squash team has won their first two games pretty easily to make it to the semi-finals this week also. The Junior debating and Table Tennis semi-finals are also this week and along with the Senior squash competition starting, the Harper Boys will be very busy.

On top of that we had a very busy Saturday afternoon with the House Sports festival. Thanks to all the boys who came along to play either ripper rugby or football, and to the boys who also came along to support, cook on the BBQ and just lend a hand. It was great to see the majority of the House out and about on the day. Thanks to all the parents and family who came and supported the boys too. Sorry about the chilly wind. Ot wasn’t a bad day results wise either. Both the ripper rugby teams finished mid-table, and both were unlucky not to progress to the semi-finals. In the football we did very well with both teams making the finals. The Senior boys finished second after they lost their final 1-2 to School House with a last minute goal sneaking in, but the Junior boys claimed first place in a great game of football against Condells. 1-1 at full time, the Harper boys won on a penalty shoot out with Charlie Cameron (Y10), making the match winning save.

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The next two weeks promise to be action packed with all the House sport mentioned above, as well as numerous winter sports prizegivings, the College Ball and the run into the end of term. For parents, there is the school’s “Cocktails on the Quad” function (see below) which is a great way to socialise with parents from across the school. Click the following link for tickets: 7049131407

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More info to follow via email……

As always, thanks for all the fabulous support and I hope to see lots of you before the end of the term.

Hump Week

Come Wednesday of this week, we will be halfway through the term, so this week is hump week for the term. It’s a pretty key week actually as for the Senior Boys in particular, it is the last week of classes leading up to school exams, it is the concluding week of many winter sport competitions and hence lots of finals are due to be played and given Winter Tournament follows straight after exams, it is going to be important for all those boys going to tournament to get well organised with their studies – especially internal assessments. For the Junior boys, there is also lots happening with the wrap up of winter sports seasons, plus the next round of Y10 Immerse and Inspire, the start of Junior Production preparation and of course their own classwork.  To top it off, this week also has the return of the annual Harper House Quiz Night where we will be looking forward to getting lots of parents and boys together on Friday night.

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Last Thursday we also had a Harper Parents function prior to the House Play Festival, which was a great chance to catch up with lots of parents in the House. Thanks to everyone who came along and made it a great turnout. Although they didn’t win any awards, the Harper boys did a good job of reincarnating an oldie, but a goodie in “Rinse The Blood Off My Toga”. Humphrey Bullen (Y13) and Edward Bayliss (Y12) did well as the lead characters, and a big thanks to Theodore Davis (Y13) and Thomas Walker (Y13) who directed and produced the play. Well done to all the boys involved.

We did have some success in the past two weeks with wins in Table Tennis, Chess and Junior Debating. The Table Tennis team had a good win over Somes House, to get to the semi finals, while the Chess team  – comprised of mostly amateur Y13 players, sealed a good first-up victory over Flowers. The Junior Debating team of Isaac Heap, Benji Ward and William Olsson (all Y9) beat School house in their first ever debate. A great result for the boys. The other highlight of the last two weeks was the Harper-Julius Dodgeball final where we retained the Harper/Julius Shield – yet again. Harper won the Y9/10 battle, but Julius snuck a win in the Y11 duel before the final which saw the Y12/13’s do battle. We won the first game comfortably, but then Julius had us all but out before some outstanding Dodgeball by James Corbett and Nik Bull (Y13), and then a capitulation by Julius, gave us the win.

This week sees the continuation of those competitions and the Senior Hockey first round game  – all of which are important in terms of retaining the Interhouse Cup. The other big event just around the corner is the House Sports Festival day on Saturday 8th September, 1-4pm where all the Houses play touch rugby and 7-a-side football. All the boys will need to be there on that day to help get some more House points.

It will be a busy few weeks with exams and such, so I hope the boys get themselves properly prepared. They need to be planning ahead, well organised and making sure they do their studies justice. Good luck to all the boys playing in sports finals this coming week. Looking forward to seeing lots of the Harper families at the Quiz Night on Friday.

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I wrote a while ago that I always think of Term Three as the Championship Term. It stems from an old sports analogy where if you have a good third quarter, you usually go on to be successful in the game – you win the championship. Has it been a successful start to the championship term? That is a key question the boys need to be asking themselves.

With lots of internal assessment on, Senior Exam week just three weeks away and the old academic rolling stone gathering momentum toward the end of the year, all the boys should be working hard at their studies to ensure they get the success they deserve at the end of the year. I have already reiterated to the Senior boys that the upcoming school exams are important for gaining derived grades and benchmarking performance. They need to take them seriously. This term is where they make or break in terms of embedding content and getting a grasp of key concepts. They need to act now and not leave it too late.

Around the House it is also a key term in terms of Interhouse Sport. Since I last wrote, the Senior Basketball team went down in a close – 1 point to be exact – loss to Corfe House. Aidan Palmer (Y12), Sam Aitken, Max Goodwin and Cody House (Y13), Jack Churcher (Y11) all starred in an outstanding game of basketball that went down to the wire. The Junior Hockey boy also lost a close game against Corfe in their first round clash. The Senior Debating team of Wills Wynn Thomas, Thomas Walker (Y13) and Joshua Stevenson (Y12) won the final of their competition. The combination of Wynn Thomas and Walker remaining unbeaten in the five years of interhouse debating when they have been together. We also picked up a good first round win in the Table Tennis competition, with Liam Adams (Y12) leading the team against School House. (On a side note – Liam has now won his last five Junior Masters tennis competitions in a row picking up two more wins in the holidays…..). 

Thanks to all the parents who came along to the Goal Planning review meetings on the first day of the term. I have had lots of positive feedback from these and it was great to see so many Harper parents in attendance. On behalf of all the Assistant Housemasters, thanks for your input in to what they felt was a very productive series of meetings. Hopefully you enjoyed the experience and found it useful too. The next thing to occur in terms of planning ahead are subject choices for 2019. Boys will soon be sent information (August 13th) about this and subject choices will need to be completed by August 31st. Following on from the Goal Planning meetings, now might be a good opportunity to discuss options for next year at home.

The annual Harper House Quiz is back in a couple of weeks on Friday (24th August) so hopefully we will see lots of parents and boys there. A group of Y9 Parents named Quiztopher Quiztopherson were last years winners, but were closely followed behind by the Y13 boys team – who, as in previous years – seem to do suspiciously well. Start studying up now everyone!

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The next fortnight sees lots more House sport, the REACTION House Play festival and the first lot of IPG grades for the term (due Friday 10th).

Check out other key dates and information on our 613-765-3196 page.

Term Two Out, Term Three In

Well finally I have been able to sort out the technical glitch that was not allowing me to post any updates!!!

Term Two is now done and it’s hard to believe how quickly it went. With a rather big football tour coming up at the end of the term, I am scared just how quickly Term Three will disappear. The weather made Term Two seem quite dreary at times, and with an enforced mid-winter break from many sports due to ground conditions, it was a messy old term. It has been great to see more sunshine in recent times and it will be good to see the boys back in action next week.

Around the House, we have had a few things going on. The Senior House debating team kept rolling on with good wins and are now in the final against Somes House. The Junior Basketball team had a good win against Richards House in the first round of their competition, but then lost their second clash to a rep-laden Jacobs House. The Senior Hockey boys played Richards in the first round and after a slow start, clocked up a good win. The planning for the House play has started, but really needs to ramp up now as the plays are due to be performed in Week 4 of this term!! We also have table tennis, chess, badminton, hockey, Junior debating and the House Sports Festival day involving Touch and Football (all boys required to be at this). This will certainly be the term that decides if the Year 13 boys can make it five years in a row of House Championships……. hope they don’t blow it 🙂

LENTEN APPEAL

The other big activity that we undertook last term was the completion of our Lenten Appeal. This year the house chose to swim the length of Cook Strait and back. Each of the boys swam a share of lengths and some even did extra. Ollie Jones (Y9) did double of anyone else!!. The boys collected sponsorship and donations as part of the appeal, with some of the boys raising amazing amounts of money. Connor Graham (Y11) once again was our best collector, collecting $325. The Wynn Thomas brothers, Ollie Jones (Y9), Harvey Willis (Y9) and The Gallaway brothers also contributed significantly with their efforts. As a result of the efforts of the House we were able to present Rev. Peters with an amazing amount of $3119.60 to go towards Cricket Live and Aviva. Thanks to all the friends, family and wider community who donated toward the cause.

Upcoming events…….

Looking ahead to Term Three, the term starts with all boys meeting with their Assistant Housemasters as part of our Goal Planning and Mentoring programme. All boys should have made an appointment and parents are encouraged to attend to see how the boys are progressing. Information about these meetings have already been sent out. Then in Week 6 a major check point for Y11-13 with Senior Exam week. This is important to gauge where they are at academically and to secure top grades for derived marks should they need them. It is the most crucial term for academic achievement outside of external exams. The boys are really going to need to knuckle down.

We also have two major House events, with the House Play Festival and annual Harper House Quiz Night!!! Hopefully lots of you can come along and enjoy what are two very fun occasions. More information will follow via email about these events. All the other key dates for the term are on our 7653201086 page.

Hope to see lots of you around this term!!!!

Mid Way Point

Well we are just past the mid-way point of the term, and whilst things on the House front have been quite quiet, the boys have still been quite busy around the school. As I said to the group of Y10-12 parents who met for coffee and cake last night – thanks to all who came and shared in the yummy treats!! – this part of the year is now key for the boys to re-focus and put their head down wiht their studies. As always. there will be a lot happening around the place, but it is important the boys reflect on where they are at and what they need to achieve by the end of the term.

Around the House, we have not really been involved in much House sport. After losing both first round volleyball matches, it was only the Senior debating boys that have had any competition. And let’s face it, Corfe was not that much of a competition for Wills Wynn Thomas (Y13), Thomas Walker (Y13) and Joshua Stevenson (Y12). Our elite team of debaters had Corfe on the back foot right form the moment Joshua Stevenson congratulated them for having a lot of support for a losing team. Hopefully we will have similar success with the upcoming basketball, House play and hockey competitions. The real highlight in the House over the last couple of weeks ahas been the return of the microwave and toastie machines to the kitchenette area. Just hope the boys have learnt how to clean and use them properly so we have no more smoke alarm activations!

Around the school, lots of the Y10 boys have been involved in the Immerse and Inspire programme, and we farewelled Luis Cook and Angus Macdonald to Singapore for the second part of their exchange. We had a good number of boys involved in the school production of WestSide Story both on and off the stage, and anyone who got a chance to go along would have enjoyed the show immensely. A great effort by all the actors and crew. Cody House (Y13) was recently selected in the NZ Athletics team for the Oceania Championships and is also on the cusp of Junior Olympic selection. It could be a busy spring/summer for Cody!! Joshua Stevenson (Y12) was selected as part of the Aotearoa Youth Declaration 2018 conference run by UN Youth. It involved hundreds of youth who want to experience making a political contribution together to write a policy document, as well as go through plenty of workshops and events. I also forgot to mention in my previous post about the exploits of Liam Adams (Y11) over the holidays where he claimed three singles and two doubles titles in back-to-back Junior Masters Tournaments! An incredible feat! These are just some of the highlights of the boys doing things outside of the House and as I said, whilst it might appear quiet around the House, the boys are always busy.

The next few weeks will be filled with sports exchanges, school activities, our House Lenten Appeal and a Wear-a-Wig day for our House Charity – the Child Cancer Foundation. The Lenten Appeal is raising money for the Cricket Live Foundation and Aviva. All worth while causes, so please give generously.

Just need the weather to fine up and dry out those fields……..