Boarding News

Update 22 November

Dear Parents / Guardians

The senior boys have been very busy writing exams and studying for exams. Majority of the senior boys will finish their exams by the end of next week.

At the end of week 5 we had the Boarding experience for the new boys in 2018. This is the second year of the boarding experience. I have no doubt it helps many of the boys with integration into boarding.

Homesickness

From my experience Homesickness is a genuine difficulty adjusting to a new environment, feeling lonely or cut off from regular support system, confusion or problems understanding a new environment, and even a perceived lack of control over what’s happening around them. I do believe that most boys will get through a feeling homesickness at their own pace, and it’s not a process you can rush. Remember that it’s completely normal and an understandable reaction to living in a different place, and that it’s okay to miss home.

New Boarding house

Over the past two weeks the builders have been putting in in some big hours.  The exterior cladding and brick layers have nearly finished. The Jib stopper has been working throughout the ground and first floor. Bedroom furniture is in some rooms on the first floor.

External cladding nearly finished!

First Floor of the New Gibb House

Confirmed starting Dates for 2018 for returning boarders:

Tuesday 30th January

12.00 pm            Boarding House Opens for Year 13 (Dressed No.1’s)

12.30 pm            lunch for Year 13 & Boarding Staff

1.00 pm              Year 13 meeting at Strathmore Building

3.00 pm              All New Boarders (Dressed in No.1’s)

3.45 pm              Afternoon tea in Strathmore Rd, Gibb

6.00 pm              Welcome dinner for all Middle School & families, and staff in Chartres

                           All new Boarders & families 

                           Year 13 & families staff

Wed      31          

8.30am C       College Opens for Y1-10 and Y13 and New Y11/12 students (Number 2 Dress)

                           All Y1-6 students (meet in the Prep School Quad)

                           All Y7-10 students (meet in the Hall)

                           All Y13 students (meet in the Inner Quad)

                           College starts for all new students in Y11/12 (meet in Inner Quad)

7.00 pm    C        All boarders have returned (8.30pm Meeting in Chartres)

Week-end Activities

Some of boys went to Rugby League Test New Zealand vs Fiji on Saturday night with Mr Capstick and the gappies.

Important dates for next two half weeks

Saturday 25th / 26th Nov:         

Exeat weekend for Middle school

Wednesday 29th Nov:               

Senior school Prize giving

Friday 1st Dec:                             

Y13 Leavers’ Dinner

Last Day for Y12 IBDP

Last Day of NCEA

Monday 4th Dec                          

Y10 Graduation (Brentwood Hotel)  

Tuesday 5th Dec                          

Middle School Prize Giving ( Final Day of school ) 

 

Year 13 Leavers’ dinner on Friday 1st December

Unfortunately I am away in Hastings from the 30th November – 3rd December with the School Athletic Team  at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletic Championships in Hastings on 1st – 3rd December.  I hope the Year 13 boys and parents enjoy this very important occasion.

Gibb House 2018 Calendar

Summer Term ( Term 1 )

 

Tuesday 30 January

Boarding House Opens  (Year 13, Middle School & new Students)

 

Wednesday 31 January

Middle School classes resume. Year 11 & Year 12 return by 8.00pm

 

Tuesday 6 February

Boarding House Open ( Waitangi Day)

 

Saturday 3 March

Exeat Weekend

 

Sunday 4 March

Chapel (Scots College) & Official Opening of New Main Wing of Gibb House

 

Thursday 29 March

Easter Break – Boarding House Closed –Exeat Weekend

 

Tuesday 3 April

Easter Break – Boarders Return 3.00 pm – 8.00pm

 

Friday 13 April

Final Day of Summer Term ( Term 1 )

 

Autumn Term ( Term 2 )

 

 

Sunday 29 April

Boarding House Opens: Boarders Return 3.00 pm – 8.00pm

 

Monday 30 April

Classes resume

 

Saturday 2 June

Queen’s Birthday : Boarding House – Closed  Exeat Weekend

 

Tuesday 5 June

Boarding House Opens: Boarders Return 3.00 pm – 8.00pm

 

Friday 6 July

Final day of Autumn Term ( Term 2 )

 

Winter Term ( Term 3 )

 

 

Sunday 29 July

Boarding House Opens: Boarders Return 3.00 pm – 8.00pm

 

Monday 30 July

Classes Resume

 

Sunday 26 August

Founders’ Service – 5:pm

 

Saturday 1 September

Founders’ Break : Boarding House closed – Exeat Weekend

 

Tuesday 4 September

Boarding House Opens: Boarders Return 3.00 pm – 8.00pm

 

Friday 28 September

Final Day of Winter Term ( Term 3 )

 

Spring Term ( Term 4 )

 

 

Sunday 14 October

Boarders Return 3.00 pm – 8.00pm Boarders House Open

Gibb House Dinner 6.00 pm

 

Monday 15 October

Classes Resume

 

Saturday 20 October

Labour Day Boarding House Closed Exeat Weekend

 

Monday 22 October

Boarding House Opens: Boarders Return 3.00 pm – 8.00pm

 

Saturday 24 November

Middle School Exeat Weekend Only (Seniors Exams – Boarding House Open)

 

Sunday 25 November

Boarding House Opens: MS Boarders Return 3.00 pm – 8.00pm

 

Tuesday 27 November

Senior Prize Giving ( Final Day Y11 – Y 13) @ 7:30pm

 

Tuesday 4 December

Middle School Prize Giving ( Final Day for Y 7 –  Y 10 ) @ 10.00am

 

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards
The Gibb House team of Gary, Malcolm, Matt, Marc, Tania and Blossom.

Update 6 November

Dear Parents/Guardians

The weather in Wellington always seems to be a talking point. However, the past couple of weeks we have had an unbelievable spell of good weather. The boys have been able to get outside to play, train and enjoy the sunshine.

House Dinners in Week 2 and 3

All the boys have been attending their house dinners. They have been coming back from these talking about their positive experiences and their enjoyment of the night. The comradeship within each house seems to be strong. The friendships they develop within the day school are important and play another crucial role in your son’s social and emotional development. I believe it is a real strength of the school.

Congratulations

Many boarders have won trophies, been awarded prizes and won colours for their houses, which informs us of the quality of our young men. The hard work and commitment they put in trying to achieve their potential in all areas of school life is certainly impressive.

Seven’s teams win the Wellington College Sport competitions

Well done to our rugby boys for winning the Wellington Sevens Competition for U15’s and Senior boy’s teams. It was very pleasing to see the boys in action and showing a lot of skill, courage and passion in wearing the school jersey.

Last Weekend Activities

It was a very busy week with 30 boys attending the Mitre 10 cup finals game on Friday night and also attending the U15 football fundraiser on Saturday were they watched the movie Thor: Ragnorok. On Sunday the international boys had an outing to Zealandia and a number of our football boys watched the Phoenix teams play.

Assessment

This week the Middle School boys have their end of year assessments (Monday to Wednesday) and normal classes Thursday and Friday.

The Senior School boys have supervised prep each morning after breakfast. They have had the afternoon to relax, play sport, go to town with the duty housemaster or do more study. This week the Senior school will start their NCEA exams on Thursday. The boys have organised study at school and in the boarding house.

New Boarding House

Over past two weeks the builders have been working on the exterior cladding and GIB on the upstairs floor. The Bricklayer is continuing to put on decorative bricks and sub-contractors are putting on the external walls on the first floor.

 

“Another lovely day in Wellington”

Future Pathways

I am currently working on the Future Pathways Programme for the school. Part of the future programme is to allow our boys to have work and job shadowing experiences from Year 10 – 13. This will hopefully help the boys make better informed decisions about their futures. The Year 10s will have an opportunity to have job shadowing or work experience in a couple of weeks. If you are able to help with job shadowing or work experience can you please contact me ASAP.

On December 4th the Year 10 boys will be visiting Massey University where they will have some workshops and also visit and tour around Victoria University with a couple of lectures.

Catering

Over recent months the College has been reviewing its catering contract with Alliance. This process has been helpful in deciding the future direction of this area, particularly as the Boarding House grows.

The Board has resolved to bring the catering function in house and as a result we will not renew our current contract with Alliance. This change will take effect from the start of 2018. We have appointed our own catering manager Michael Dennis who was previously in charge of the catering at Zealandia. Michael will start his new position in December and have responsibility for all College catering including the boarding house and College functions. We are managing this process to ensure a smooth transition and I am sure this change will further improve the offerings at the College.

Important dates:

Monday 6th – 8th Nov: Middle School Assessments

Thursday 9 Nov: NCEA Examinations begin

Friday 15th Nov: IBDP Examinations end

Saturday 25th / 26th Nov: Exeat weekend for Middle school

Wednesday 29th Nov: Senior school Prize giving

Friday 1st Dec: Y13 Leavers’ Dinner

Update 24 October

Dear Parents / Guardians

I hope you have had an enjoyable Labour weekend!

Last weekend we had the return of the boys from holidays, and the Gibb House Annual dinner. It was a very successful night at the Mac’s Function Centre for the boys, staff and parents. We had some special guests, Headmaster Mr and Mrs Yule and Richard Barrett Head of Gibb in 1996. M.C. Max Gibb played an important role and helped make the evening to be successful. Everyone seemed to enjoy all the speakers.

· Jack Bushell Year 9 spoke on behalf of new boys
· Braden Fowell reflected on the Middle School and the future at Scots
· Sam Philip (Head of Gibb) reflected on his time in boarding in Gibb House

The boys spoke about their times in boarding and shared some stories, and their passion for boarding was very evident. They also thanked their parents for giving them the opportunity of attending Scots.

· I spoke about change, boarding, and how it helps prepares young men for the future. Change is inevitable, and the importance of having a growth mind-set.
· Richard Barrett spoke about the importance of boarding, friendships, connections and how it helped shape him.
· The Headmaster spoke about the importance of boarding to Scots College, and how the new building will give a boost the boarding in the future.
· The Headmaster also invited parents to have a look at the new build after its completion in mid – December.

This year the awards was a closely contested and some difficult decisions had to be made. Congratulations to our winners of Gibb House Award winners 2017

Leadership Award (Head Boarder award): Sam Phillip
Middle School Leadership: Hall Cup: Braden Fowell
Dux Artium Wellwood Family Cup: Caleb Cavubati It is awarded to that student, usually in his senior years, who is the best all round participant in the fields of arts and culture for the current year.
Victor Ludorum Pelly Family Trophy: Sam Walsh It is awarded to that student, usually in his senior years, who is the best all round sportsman at premier school level and above for the current year.
Junior Citizenship Marshall Family Cup: Isshin Enta It is awarded to that junior boy who by his values and service, best exemplifies the Scots’ ethos.
Senior Citizenship Dr Anne Brown Memorial Trophy: Harish Yadav It is awarded to that senior boy who by his values and service, best exemplifies the Scots’ ethos.
Endeavour (Senior): White Family Cup: Liam Moore It is awarded to that senior boy whose commitment and effort to all aspects of school life is an example to others.
Endeavour (Junior): Peter Family Cup: Jack Bushell It is awarded to that junior boy whose commitment and effort to all aspects of school life is an example to others.
The Housemaster’s Award: Ben Eliahu It is awarded to that boy who best epitomises the spirit of Gibb House and its traditions.
Generosity Award (donated by James Cook HS): Milen Patel

The Senior school boys have been busy sitting their mock exams this past week. The Middle school boys have been busy getting back into school routines.

New Boarding house
The new build is taking shape – the roof is finished and you can see from the photo below how the boarding will look. The electrician and plumber have started their work inside, the Bricklayer has started putting decorative bricks on the external walls, and all the downstairs windows have been put into place. The new build is looking great.

The photo showing off the new build – bricks and aluminium joinery in place.

The entrance way of the new building from Strathmore Road

Important dates:
Monday 30th Oct: Y13 IBDP Examinations begin
Y12 IBDP Practice exams
Friday 3rd Nov: Final day for Y 11 – 13
Monday 6th Nov: Middle School Assessments
Thursday 9 Nov: NCEA Examinations begin
Friday 15th Nov: IBDP Examinations end
Saturday 25th / 26th Nov: Exeat weekend for Middle school
Wednesday 29th Nov: Senior school Prize giving
Friday 1st Dec: Y13 Leavers’ Dinner
Last Day for Y12 IBDP
Last Day of NCEA
Monday 4th Dec: Y10 Graduation ( The Roxy )
Tuesday 5th Dec: Middle School Prize Giving ( Final Day of school )
I look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards
The Gibb House team of Gary, Malcolm, Matt, Marc, Tania and Blossom.

Update 28 September

Dear Parents / Guardians

Week 8 and 9 were very busy weeks for staff and boys with reports and internal assessments, and school events. We had Winter photos last Friday, the Year 13 ball on Saturday, Open Day on Sunday, Sports and Cultural evening on Tuesday night, A lot of Rubbish on Wednesday night, a school drama production tonight and House Choir competition on this Friday.

The Year 13 group had a great time at the pre ball, ball and post ball events. It was great to see the boys dressed up and enjoying the night. The rest of the boarding boys were busy helping out in many different ways. Year 12’s were waiters and many of the younger boys helped with moving chairs, tables and tidying up both in the gym, Chartres and school hall. Boarding plays a major role in supporting school events and collectively do an outstanding job to keep the school functioning efficiently and effectively.

Spring is on its way. The boys have struggled to wake up in the mornings due to the daylight change. The boys have recently completed a survey which I will be analysing over the holidays to provide some insights into the boys thinking about boarding. We have also taken a vote on Head of Boarding, Deputy and Gibb house prefects. Other things that are happening will be the reviewing of staffing, duties, and the management of the boarding facilities.

 

New Boarding house
The new build is taking shape. The roof is finished. You can see from the photo how the boarding will look.

Reminder: Gibb House end of year dinner – Sunday 15th October at 6.00pm
We have over thirty – five parents attending the evening. If you like to book in I do have couple spare seats.

The function will be at Te Aro Room in the Macs Function Centre 6 Taranaki St. (Located in the stunning historic waterfront building known as “Shed 22”). I will be organising buses to leave at 5.30pm from Scots (Boys will be dressed in No.1’s). Parents please organise flights for your sons to return back early on Sunday from the school holidays. Boys will be able to return to the boarding house during the day.

The school will cover the cost of your son. If you would like to attend, please email me ASAP. Cost per person is $59.50 for the Buffet dinner. A cash bar will be available for beverages.

Enjoy the holidays with your son and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards

The Gibb House team of Gary, Malcolm, Matt, Marc, Tania and Blossom.

 

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