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From the Head of Senior College

On Strowan – Volume 14 // Issue 5 // 4 July 2019

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The Senior College covers Years 12–13. Head of Senior College is John Ruge.

We had a wonderful time in the Senior College celebrating a mid-winter Christmas last week. This was an initiative of the Senior College Council, led by Jake Newlands and Victoria Spratt. The Council wanted to inject some festive cheer into the dark days of winter, so they planned a week of fun to help take students out of the doldrums.

The Senior College common room and atrium areas of our building were decorated with streamers, Christmas decorations, a couple of trees rescued out of storage, and lots of fairy lights. We even discovered a Santa hat on the common room clock. The team organised a combined Year 12–13 tutor groups event on Thursday, with food and games, and a singing session during our Senior College Assembly on Friday morning. Mr Bryan Botting led the songs, with students playing guitar, bass and drums for one Elton John song and then leading the vocals on a Toto classic, Africa. The final touch was an inspiring flash mob which appeared in the quad at interval on Thursday, singing and dancing to the Christmas classic Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

The week was well organised and so uplifting. It was an example of student leadership in action, combined with the sense of community that we are working to develop amongst our senior students. Many thanks to all the amazing young people who worked hard to bring things together, and congratulations on finding a way to bring Christmas to the ‘correct’ season of the year!

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I hope you have a chance to enjoy some time with your family during the holidays, even if you don’t have the luxury of any time off work during the week. Safe travels for those of you who are venturing beyond Christchurch, and we look forward to seeing students again next term.


John Ruge 
Head of Senior College

On Strowan – Volume 14 // Issue 5 // 4 July 2019

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