Boarding News

Update 26 June

The term is nearly finished with many of the boys working pretty hard with internal assessments, projects and on their MYP assessments. Last week the boys were involved in a number of activities from the Big Sing on Monday, Christ College Exchange and Semi-Formal dinner (Mr. and Mrs Yule attended) on Tuesday, Year 13 Mother and Son’s dinner on Wednesday, Future Pathways Forum on Thursday and Year 11 Semi-formal at QMC on Friday. It was a very busy week but the boys just seem to take it in their stride.

Results Against Christ College:

Mixed XI  Hockey        Lost 3- 6
Under 15 Rugby          Won 59 – 12
Under 15 Basketball  Won 77 – 44
Under 15 Football      Won 1- 0

Thank you to responding positively to Malcolm Bradshaw‘s request of leave in the last Newsletter. I realise that circumstances change and am happy to accommodate these changes. On requesting can you give me the name of person, address, contact details and form of transport via the email. The official request leave is available here.

It is imperative that notification has been approved for the change before your son leaves the school grounds.  Please email these requests as early as possible, so the appropriate planning can be done.

A number of things are happening in boarding.

  • On Thursday night of Week 10 we will be having another formal dinner to say goodbye to our two gap tutors from England (Freddie Bennett and Freddie Fielding) and to celebrate the end of term.
  • Our new Laundry is nearly ready to go. It is located under South wing and will be a large space with another large washing machine and drier to handle daily washing.  Unfortunately we have had a few challenges to overcome on the way which has delayed the opening.
  • Next term we will have one English tutor arriving in late July and two German tutors (Mid – August).

Middle School Parents Info Evening

A reminder for Middle School parents of the information evening on Thursday 28 June (Please note the date change) from 6.30pm in the Hall. This evening will include all the details on the curriculum change, implementation, relationship and change programme for Middle School students and a chance to talk to senior staff.

If you have attended either the Year 10 & 11 NCEA and IBDP info night or the SCPA meeting, the presentation on the Year 11 curriculum is the same and parents need not attend multiple sessions.

Thursday 5 July
Formal Dinner (Gibb House) Students only

Friday 6 July
End of term

Saturday 7 July 
Boarding House closes at 12.00pm

Term 3 Dates (Important dates)

Sunday 29 July
Boarding House Reopens 3.00 pm – 8.00pm (House meeting at 8.30pm)

Monday 30 July
Start of Term 3 classes

Tuesday 7 August
Information Evening Blenheim  – Christian Zachariassen and Gary Henley-Smith

Saturday 1 September
Founders’ Break (Boarding house closes)

Monday 3 September
Founders’ Break – College Closed – Winter Tournament Week

Tuesday 4 September
Founders’ Break – College Closed , (Boarding house reopens at 3.00pm)

Sunday 9 September
College Open Day

Saturday 22 September
Year 13 Ball Scots College

Tuesday 25 September
Sport and Cultural Awards

Friday 28 September
End of Term 3, Boarding House closes at 5.00pm

Term 4 Dates:

Sunday 14 October       
Boarding house reopens at 1.00pm
 Gibb House End of Year dinner 5.30pm (All families invited to attend) venue: Hall

Monday 15 October
tart of Term 4

Hopefully the dates will help with your planning!

Update 14 June 2018

We are now over halfway through the second term and time seems to be going faster the further through the year we are. As such it is easy for assessments, homework and extracurricular commitments to build up especially for those boys who find it difficult to plan ahead. We will be encouraging the boys to take stock and plan for the rest of the term at this stage and a reminder from home would certainly help.

We have been seeing a number of changes to overnight or weekend leave during this term which have occurred late and without the sufficient approval. We realise that circumstances do change and are happy to accommodate these changes but we do ask for as much notice as possible. It is also imperative that Mr Henley–Smith has been notified and has approved the change before your son leaves the school grounds. Please email these requests as early as possible, so the appropriate planning can be done.

We are now past the “Winter is coming” phase of the year and it has well and truly arrived. Some of our boys however do not seem to realise this and a number of boys are still wandering around with only T – shirts and flip flops on… Please encourage your boys to wear the appropriate clothing for the conditions and hopefully we will see less boys missing school with colds and the flu.  It is also crucial that boys shower as soon as possible after training and get out of damp or cold clothing quickly to avoid becoming unwell.

A number of things are happening in boarding.

  • Collection of electronic devices in Year 7 – 10 area (Main Gibb) is continuing. There has been a mostly positive response to this from the boys and in many cases boys are getting a much better quality sleep than in the past. We will continue with this from the hours 9.00pm – 8.00am.
  • Next Tuesday night will be a formal dinner were we will celebrate Gibb House and come together for a mid – winter feast.  It is a good opportunity for the boys to get together in a formal manner and celebrate all the things that contribute to our Gibb House family.

Future pathways evening

This is occurring next Thursday the 21st of June and is an opportunity for all senior and Year 10 students to hear from professionals in their industry and tertiary providers. The evening will consist of three sessions of presentations. Students and parents can choose which presentations they would like to attend in each session.  Each presenter will speak for 15 minutes followed by 5-10 minutes for questions. Senior students are required to attend at least two sessions. Venues for each speaker will be released closer to the date.

Tertiary providers will also be available in The Hub for further one on one consultations.  Follow this link for further details – https://www.scotscollege.school.nz/future-pathways-forum/

Events Upcoming:

  • U15’s fixture with Christ College coming up to Wellington to play Rugby, Basketball, Hockey and Football.  Games will occur in the morning on Tuesday the 19th of June.
  • Year 13 dinner (mother and son dinner) Tuesday 13th
  • Year 11 semi-formal (Friday the 22nd of June) and Year 12 formal (Saturday the 23rd of June) both to be held at QMC.
  • Year 13 ball (Saturday the 30th of June) at QMC.
Weekend Activity

Sunday the 17th of June – H2O Extreme in Upper Hutt. Spa pool, swimming and hydro slide!
Sunday the 24th of June – Uptown Bounce or Lazer Tag/10 pin bowling

Update 10 May 2018

It has been great to catch up with a number of parents over the past couple days during your son’s interviews. I am pleased to hear that your son is doing well and making progress in different areas of the school. On the whole I think the boys are working well in the classroom, during prep, and with their extra curricula activities.  We are fortunate to have a number of capable staff and senior boys on at night to help with prep. 

A number of things are happening in boarding.

  • The new laundry will be completed over the next month hopefully ready after Queens Birthday weekend. This is situated under South Wing which will provide new washing machines, driers, and more space for the Laundry staff
  • Chartres has replaced some carpet for vinyl in the high traffic areas which will help for cleaning and maintenance
  • The school has bought another commercial toaster
  • The school will be buying a naming machine for clothing this term
  • We have had to acquire large laundry bags for each boy ($17.00 approximate) due to amount of washing boys are handing in (a positive thing) but also to help keep their clothing together
  • Collection of electronic devices in Year 7 – 10 area (Main Gibb). It has been a concern of staff and some boarding parents that the boys over use their electronic devices. We are currently trialling these hours 9.00pm – 8.00am

School Cross Country

Thankfully the weather has been quite exceptional for the School’s Cross – Country on Thursday the 3rd of May. We had no wind and lots of sunshine which was enjoyed by the boys and staff. Our boys ran very well with a number of top placings.

Start of the Year 9 Cross Country Race

Congratulations to our top finishers

Year 9    Suede Cowley   1st place
Year 10  Eric Lawson       7th place
Year 11  Kris Naicker     5th Place
Year 12  Patrick Wall     4th Place
Year 13  Liam Moore    12th  Place

Events Upcoming:

Mid – Term break is 2nd of June to the 5th of June (Exeat) Queen’s Birthday Boarding house closes on Saturday Midday.

boarding house reopens on the Tuesday 5 June @ 3.00pm ( dinner will be available ) Please advise

email: directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Week 2 ( 7 – 13 May)

 

Monday: Malcom Bradshaw
027 526 0485         

bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Tuesday: Nick Sinnamon
027 378 8271                

sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Wednesday: Marc Capstick   
027 422 5436        

capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Thursday: Gary Henley-Smith
0277704344         

directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Friday: Marc Capstick   
027 422 5436                    

capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Saturday: Malcom Bradshaw
027 526 0485        

bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Sunday:  Malcom Bradshaw
027 526 0485          

bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Week 3 (14 – 20 May )

 

Monday: Malcom Bradshaw
027 526 0485         

bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Tuesday: Nick Sinnamon
027 378 8271                

sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Wednesday: Marc Capstick   
027 422 5436        

capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Thursday: Gary Henley-Smith
0277704344         

directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Friday: Malcom Bradshaw
027 526 0485                            

bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Saturday: Nick Sinnamon
027 378 8271                  

sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Sunday:  Nick Sinnamon
027 378 8271                    

sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

 

 

Tania                     027 588 0875    Week days / Weekend days

Blossom               021 645 989      Week days / Weekend days

Weekend Activity

Sunday: 

  • Team Wellington game
  • Ten Pin Bowling

Update 16 March 2018

Last year we set up a Scots College Boarding page on Facebook to help give parents and families more frequent snapshots of what their boys are up to while away from home.  We will be posting photos and other info to the page so please search @gibbhouse on Facebook to like, follow and stay up to date with all our latest boarding activities.

Headmaster and I had a lovely day in Blenheim meeting up with present and prospective parents and students last Tuesday. We had our presentation at Spy Valley Winery. This visit was again an opportunity to catch up with our boarding families in these regions and to share more information with you on the recently announced future focused learning changes and co-educational boarding from 2020.  It was a great location and I would like to thank Amanda Johnson (Mother of Max Gibbs Year 13) for hosting the event. After the presentation we had dinner in Blenheim with present parents which was enjoyed by all.  

This week we have a number of staff and boys involved in Summer tournament week (Duke of Edinburgh, Rowing, Triathlon, Cycling, Cricket,Water polo, Volleyball, and Floorball tournaments. Next week we host Lindisfarne exchange which involves cricket, Golf and Tennis on Monday 26 March. Wednesday night Gibb House will perform in the Scots Got Talent show. 

Upcoming Events

Sunday 25 March :             Open day at the College

Wednesday 28 March:      Easter Break starts 3.30pm Boarding house closes at 5.00pm

Tuesday 3 April:                  Return from Easter break 3.00pm-8.00pm.

  • If son/s require dinner on Tuesday 3rd April can you please email me by Tuesday 27th March

House Activity this weekend : Rugby ( Hurricanes vs Highlanders) Saturday night and on Sunday there will be Service activity (helping to eliminate pests on the Peninsula ) 

Unnamed Clothing

Matrons and Laundry staff have been finding a number of clothing items are unnamed in particular mufti, sports clothing and some school items. Many of the items are new. Please speak to your son/s that all items must be named before they put it into the school laundry system. This would greatly appreciated by our staff.

Wellington at its best

Duty Days (Please Contact) : Duty Phone : 027 559 1398

Week 8 ( 19- 25 Mar)

email:

Monday: Gary Henley-Smith 0277704344           

directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Tuesday: Malcom Bradshaw 027 526 0485

bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Wednesday: Marc Capstick    027 422 5436

capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Thursday: Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271            

sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Friday:  Gary Henley-Smith 0277704344                

directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Saturday: Marc Capstick    027 422 5436      

capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Sunday:  Marc Capstick    027 422 5436                         

capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Week 9 ( 26 – 28 Mar)

 

Monday Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271                   

sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Tuesday: Malcom Bradshaw 027 526 0485         

bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Wednesday: Marc Capstick    027 422 5436

capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

 

Week 10 (3 – 7)

 

Tuesday: Malcom Bradshaw 027 526 0485         

bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Wednesday: Marc Capstick    027 422 5436

capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Thursday: Gary Henley-Smith 0277704344 

directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Friday:  Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271                     

sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Saturday: Malcom Bradshaw 027 526 0485

bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Sunday:  Malcom Bradshaw 027 526 0485          

bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

 

 

Tania      027 588 0875  Week days / Weekend days

 

Blossom 021 645 989    Week days / Weekend days

 

In week 11 the Year 7 – 13 will be attending EOTC week. Hopefully you have received information from each the year group leaders. If you have not please contact me.  

Reminder Flu Vaccination forms

Update 9 March 2018

We have noticed a slight change in energy levels of late. I think there are number of boys feeling tired which is expected in the middle of the term 1. The boys have been busy at school with inter house and co-curricular activities at lunchtimes and after school. The Seniors have started their internal assessments, are also involved in the school production and other extra curricula activities plus keeping to the boarding house routines.

Last week the Headmaster and I had a lovely time in Queenstown catching up with new parents as well as prospective students. On the weekend we had our Gibb House chapel service and the official opening of our new building. Thank you to the number of parents who attended, it was great to see you and to catch up.  We are feeling very proud of the new accommodation and what it offers for the boys and staff.

On Monday we had our school Athletics Championships. It was another great event to watch with a number of the boarding boys featuring and competing for their houses in many of the events. Today the school athletics team competed in the Western Zones meet. Our boys did exceedingly well by winning and placing in the majority of the events. A number of them will now compete at Wellington Championships next Thursday week.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 13 March:            Headmaster and Director of Boarding in Blenheim,

Wednesday 28 March:      Easter Break starts 3.30pm Boarding house closes at 5.00pm

Tuesday 3 April:                  Return from Easter break 3.00pm-8.00pm.

  • If son/s require dinner on Tuesday 3rd April can you please email me by Tuesday 27th March

 

House Activity this weekend: Paintball

 

Opening of Gibb House

 

Common Room in New Building

Unnamed Clothing

Matrons and Laundry staff have been finding a large number of clothing items are unnamed in particular mufti, sports clothing and some school items. Many of the items are brand new. Please speak to your son/s and remind them that all items must be named before they put it into the school laundry system. This would be greatly appreciated by our staff.

Visit to Blenheim (In week 7)

The Headmaster, Graeme Yule and I will be in Blenheim on Tues 13th March. This visit will be an opportunity to catch up with our boarding families in this region and to share more information with you on the recently announced future focused learning changes and co-educational boarding from 2020. 

Blenheim:
When: Tues 13 March 6-7pm
Where: 37 Lake Timara Road West, Blenheim
Please rsvp for catering purposes: http://www.scotscollege.school.nz/blenheim-information-evening/

Any questions or concerns please do not hesitate in contacting us

Kind regards, Gary and Gibb House staff

Update 23 February 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers

School is truly back into full swing. The boys are busy with early morning runs, attending school, and going to extra-curricular practices and prep at night. They are settling into school and daily routines pretty well.

Last Sunday the 7 day boarders participated in the Round the Bays event and ran 6.5km. One of our gap tutors ran an impressive 23 minutes. Thankfully the weather was kind to us with a nice Northerly which helped pushed us around the course. Mr Sinnamon (Housemaster) and Mr Hall (Past director of Boarding) competed in the half marathon and finished the course in very respectable times.

Some of the boys getting ready for the 6.5 Around the Bays Run

On Wednesday night a large number of boys participated in the annual Gibb House Cup. This year we have had a major change in this competition and to involve more boys we have divided Gibb house into four teams rather than two (In previous years each boy belonged to either Strathmore or Monorgan, named after the local streets around the school). This year your son has been placed into one of the following teams: Karaka, Scorching, Evans and Breaker – these are names of some of our local bays on the Eastern Peninsula.

The boys are currently working on their individual learning plans whereby they set goals for 2018. This is part of the school’s PERFORM Programme.

Key events this term  

Wednesday 28 February : Headmaster and Director of Boarding in Queenstown

Saturday 3 March:             Exeat Weekend

Sunday    4 March:             Exeat Weekend

                                           Chapel & Official Opening of the new Boarding House. (4.30pm – 6.30pm)

Tuesday 5 March:               School Athletics Day – Newtown Park

Tuesday 13 March:            Headmaster and Director of Boarding in Blenheim,

Wednesday 28 March:       Easter Break starts 3.30pm 

Tuesday 3 April:                  Return from Easter break 3.00pm-8.00pm

Chapel & Main Gibb Official Opening

This is a very important day for the boarding community. All parents are invited to attend the Chapel and Official Opening. If you are attending please email me ASAP. I will need to notify the catering staff of your attendance to the function. You are also invited to attend dinner following the opening. Please indicate in your email if you attending both or one function.  

House Activity :

Wellington Zoo

Duty Days (Please Contact) : Duty Phone : 027 559 1398

Week 5 (26 – 4 Mar)

Monday: Gary Henley-Smith 0277704344       
email: directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Tuesday: Malcom Bradshaw 027 526 0485           
email: bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Wednesday: Marc Capstick    027 422 5436          
email: capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Thursday: Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271                
email: sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Friday: Gary Henley-Smith 0277704344           
email: directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz           

Saturday : Exeat Weekend

Sunday: Exeat Gary Henley-Smith 0277704344   email: directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Week 6 ( 5 – 11 Mar)

Monday: Gary Henley-Smith 0277704344       
email: directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Tuesday: Malcom Bradshaw 027 526 0485           
email: bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Wednesday: Marc Capstick    027 422 5436          
email: capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Thursday: Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271                
email: sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Friday:  Marc Capstick    027 422 5436                    
email: capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Saturday: Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271                
email: sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Sunday:    Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271                
email: sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz


Tania                     027 588 0875     Week days / Weekend days

Blossom               021 645 989       Week days / Weekend days

Visits to Queenstown & Blenheim

The Headmaster, Graeme Yule and I will be visiting Queenstown on Wed 28 February and Blenheim on Tues 13 March. These visits will be an opportunity to catch up with our boarding families in these regions and to share more information with you on the recently announced future focused learning changes and co-educational boarding from 2020. If you know of someone who would like to find out more about Scots College and boarding in Wellington with Scots please invite them to attend also.

Queenstown:

When: Wed 28 February 6-7pm

Where: Sherwood, 554 Frankton St, Queenstown

Please RSVP online for catering purposes: http://www.scotscollege.school.nz/boarding-information-evenings/

Blenheim:

When: Tues 13 March 6-7pm

Where: 37 Lake Timara Road West, Blenheim

Please rsvp online for catering purposes: http://www.scotscollege.school.nz/blenheim-information-evening/

I look forward to seeing you there

Any questions or concerns please do not hesitate in contacting us

Kind regards, Gary and Gibb House staff

Update 8 February 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It has been a very busy first week in Gibb House. The boys have done very well. They are settling into school, their accommodation and daily routines. 

The boys seem to be good spirits. We have made some changes and adjustments in boarding which will help improve the quality of the boy’s experience. One of the key elements is the food in the dining hall. The noticeable changes is the variety of food available during each meal, self – service, and less processed foods. A boy’s food committee will be established and their role is to provide feedback to the Executive Chef formally and also to discuss further options, developments and changes. The boys seem to be responding very well to the changes.

We have increased the number of staff available to boys during prep which will help with mentoring, tutoring and also supervision in the boarding house. There will be other changes taking place over the term and year of which I will keep you updated.

The new boarding house is looking great!

Reception Area

   

First Floor

The middle school boys are enjoying their new environment.

Our current roll in boarding is 96. We have a number short term boarders for this term from Germany, India, and Thailand.

Key events this term  

Tuesday 20 February:       
School Athletics Day – Newtown Park

Wednesday 28 February :
Headmaster and Director of Boarding in Queenstown

Saturday 3 March:             Exeat Weekend

Sunday    4 March:             Exeat Weekend

Chapel & Official Opening of the new Boarding House. (4.30pm – 6.30pm)

Tuesday 13 March:           
Headmaster and Director of Boarding in Blenheim, Figaros Café Scott St.

Wednesday 28 March:     
Easter Break starts 3.30pm 

Tuesday 3 April:               
Return from Easter break 3.00pm-8.00pm

Chapel & Official Opening

This is a very important day for the boarding community. All parents are invited to attend the Chapel and Official Opening. If you are attending please email me. I will need to notify the catering staff of your attendance to the function. You are also invited to attend dinner following the opening. Please indicate in your email if you attending both or one function.  

House Activity :

The boy’s on their Sunday walk along Eastern walkway and Pass of Branda to Point Dorset.

Next week the boys are going to Adrenaline Forest on Sunday morning at 9.30am.

Duty Days – Please Contact: Duty Phone : 027 559 1398

Week 2 (5 –11 Feb)

Monday: Gary Henley-Smith 0277704344         
email: directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Tuesday: Malcom Bradshaw 027 526 0485           
email: bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Wednesday: Marc Capstick    027 422 5436          
email: capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Thursday: Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271                
email: sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Friday:       Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271               
email: sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz           

Saturday Marc Capstick    027 422 5436                 
email: capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Sunday: Marc Capstick    027 422 5436                   
email: capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Week 3 ( 12-18 Feb )

Monday: Gary Henley-Smith 0277704344             
email: directorofboarding@scotscollege.school.nz

Tuesday: Malcom Bradshaw 027 526 0485           
email: bradshawm@scotscollege.school.nz

Wednesday: Marc Capstick    027 422 5436          
email: capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Thursday: Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271                
email: sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Friday:  Marc Capstick    027 422 5436                    
email: capstickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Saturday: Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271                
email: sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Sunday:    Nick Sinnamon 027 378 8271                
email: sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Tania     027 588 0875     Week days / Weekend days

Blossom  021 645 989     Week days / Week end days

Any questions or concerns please do not hesitate in contacting us

Kind regards, Gary and Gibb House staff

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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