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FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK . 2 NCEA and NZQA Scholarship Results................................ 3 COMMENT – What is important? ......................... 5 Looking Ahead ...................... 6 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS....... 7 Highlights and Achievements Include................................ 7 End of Term Other Highlights and Achievements Include . 9 CHAPLAIN’S DESK ................. 10 SCHOOL COMMUNITY .......... 10 Rathkeale Board of Trustees10 Friends of Rathkeale ........... 11 Rathkeale Old Boys’ Association....................... 11 OUTDOOR EDUCATION......... 12 Waitangi Day Tramp .......... 12 A Kingly Adventure ............. 12 ADMINISTRATION................. 14 Max Mabin ......................... 14 University information evening............................. 15 PERFORMING ARTS............... 15 Viva Camerata .................... 15 SPORT................................... 16 Athletics News .................... 16 Swimming ........................... 16 Tennis.................................. 16 Cricket................................. 17 Croquet ............................... 17 Around the traps................. 18 Looking Ahead .................... 18 1

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From The Principal’s Desk The 2018 school year has started well - the school feels vibrant and strong. New boys have found their feet and considerable goodwill appears to be permeating the campus. We continue to receive many endorsing comments about how the junior boys are made to feel so included by the seniors – an aspect of Rathkeale that makes us so special I think. Senior College students are enjoying the co-ed classroom environment and social scene and we are receiving some nice feedback from many St Matthew’s parents on how the girls enjoy the setting and obtain the best of both worlds. Adam Gordon continues to share so much of what is happening in his weekly news and the students genuinely appreciate what is on offer. Amidst the plethora of events in and beyond the school that permeate Rathkeale and Senior College life, the academic scene must remain students’ priority. Careful planning, setting goals and priorities and channeling one’s efforts towards these will increase the chances of enjoying a fulfilling and successful year. Sport abounds, and we have completed the annual Athletics and Swimming Championships, the full summer exchange with Lindisfarne College and the junior exchange with Hutt International Boys’ School. Congratulations are due to a number of individuals and teams that participate in local, regional and national competitions. The summer season has drawn to a close and my thanks are extended to all parents who have coached or managed in some way, attended matches, billeted visiting students, transported your sons and other boys and, in a variety of other ways, supported Rathkeale College activities. Once again, the Inter-house Haka Competition was a huge success and all credit is due to the student leaders for their huge contribution. It is great to see that this year the knowledge of what the haka is all about and the ability to perform it has been passed onto the “new generation” by the seniors. They have done well, and this was certainly recognised by the adjudicators who felt warmly welcomed during their time with us. My special thanks also go to a number of staff, particularly Victoria Leggett, who are promoting this dimension of school life. In Chapel Services and in a range of activities that are now available for boys we are experiencing an increasing bicultural awareness. Senior College casts performing in the InterCollegiate Sheilah Winn competition gave very strong performances. In the 15- minute section, the Rathkeale St Matthew’s cast were chosen to select the Wairarapa in the National Festival in Wellington at Queen’s Birthday Weekend. We congratulate all involved in supporting the cast, particularly the Director, Alix Bushnell. The confident stage presence of all the performers, magnificent costuming and impressive lighting led to a magnificent all-round performance. The five-minute cast of Wynter McCook-Weir and Milly France, directed by Wynter, must also be commended for their passionate performance. The festival was held at Rathkeale, and we owe a debt of thanks to Colette Nickelsen and a large number of staff and students who made it all possible. It was a very well-run event with no technical malfunctions and smooth transitions from one performance to the next. All can take a great deal of credit for the accolades that were received from our visiting schools during the day and on the night. On their return to school, the 2018 major production, The End of the Golden Weather, will see a large cast building on their Term I rehearsals. Continuing in the same vein will no doubt ensure another spectacular event in our schools’ performing arts calendars. The season takes place at the end of Term II. 2

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NCEA AND NZQA SCHOLARSHIP RESULTS By national comparisons our students continue to maintain a very high level of achievement. YEAR 11 GAINING NCEA LEVEL 1 2017 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Rathkeale Boys in Decile 8-10 Boys in all schools Single Sex Boys National Level 1 All Level 1 with Merit Level 1 with Excellence YEAR 12 GAINING NCEA LEVEL 2 2017 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Rathkeale Boys in Decile 8-10 Boys in all schools Single Sex Boys National Level 2 All Level 2 with Merit Level 2 with Excellence YEAR 13 GAINING NCEA LEVEL 3 AND UE 2017 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Rathkeale Boys in Decile 8-10 Boys in all schools Single Sex Boys National Level 3 All Level 3 with Merit Level 3 with Excellence University Entrance 3

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In Year 11 62% of the boys gained a Merit or Excellence NCEA Level 1 endorsement. In Year 12, 52% gained a Level 2 endorsement and in Level 3 Year 13 students 21%. While the lack of Level 3 endorsements was disappointing, 81% of the Rathkeale boys gained their University Entrance. To gain a NZQA Scholarship in any subject is an outstanding achievement and again, several Year 13 students in the Senior College have performed well. Rathkeale College and St Matthew’s Collegiate extend congratulations to: Callum Woodhouse Eden Eldred Jess Graham Ben Williams Nathan Voice Eden Eldred Will McMaster Sarah Saunders (O) Ben Williams Jess Graham Kate Carrington Ollie Cowan Lucy Lambert Hugh O’Donoghue(O) Beth Hayman Sean Percy (O) Sophie Renall Sophie Stevens Rory Thompson Agriculture Art History Art History Art History Chemistry English English English English History Visual Arts - Art - Design Visual Arts - Art - Design Visual Arts - Art - Design Visual Arts - Art - Design Visual Arts – Painting Visual Arts – Painting Visual Arts – Painting Visual Arts – Painting Visual Arts – Photography We thank these students for continuing to set the benchmark for our 2018 students to aspire to. 4

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COMMENT – WHAT IS IMPORTANT? I hope, through the format of the weekly newsletters, I hope there has been just a little something that may have proved useful for you to share with your son or at least something of interest or relevance to ponder on. My “COMMENT” in the Principal’s Newsletter end of term, in the main, bear some relationship with what has been presented to the boys at school at some stage during the term or is of current relevance to them. It is affirming when parents talk to their boys about such matters and I thank those of you who have contacted me and acknowledged this in some way. As I reflect on the last ten years of giving advice, perhaps on this last occasion, a summary of ten thoughts or comments on that I think provide salient advice for young people. Some come from quotes that I have expanded on with my own thoughts and others are just essential points that have been made at various times and sometimes repeated. They may not be the most important points made and they are in no particular order: • The Good Rathkeale Man pillars - a Rathkeale construct, figuratively and physically, are a great guide to how boys should act themselves and interact with others.  Being at ease with yourself, having an awareness of others, stepping forward and knowing you stand on the shoulders of others trigger powerful words like Integrity, Empathy, Courage and Loyalty - all virtuous personal qualities. Recognising what’s good on the inside (referring to these qualities) and sharing these strengths with others in the way you behave is a desirable thing. – A great take away from Dale Walterhouse at Year9 Chapel on April 12 2018 (My last Chapel service. • Essentially, 20% of life is about what happens to you and 80% of life is about how you respond - said by many people and by Catriona Williams at a Senior College assembly in 2010.  Change the percentages if you like, but really, it is the way we respond to what happens to us that will be the determinant of our success. 1. Ships lay safe in the harbour, but that is not what ships are for - said by a sports commentator of Rafael Nadal, suggesting he did not need to play tennis any longer, but the chose to continue challenging himself.  Challenges Nadal can play it safe and not work, • To make progress we have to be prepared to be vulnerable - Wilhelm Verwoerd (whose father condemned Nelson Mandella to prison) speaking at the International Boys’ Schools Conference in Cape Town in 2015.  We need to look at ourselves, expose our weaknesses and ask for help if we are to improve things in this world. We can play our part by taking one step backwards in order to go two forwards. • Know your Why? – Simon Sinek (TED talks) - often asked in conversations I have with boys.  Knowing your why is the cause, belief or purpose that causes you to do what you do. Knowing why provides you with clarity in making decisions and will enable you to find greater fulfilment. • Guidelines for work - said by Vicky Robertson at the 2017 Senior College Prizegiving, suggesting that people can get by on two of three off these attributes as long as they address what they are not so good at  Get to work on time (get to class on time)  Do a good job (work to the best of your ability in class) 5

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 Promote Good relationships (refer to the Good Rathkeale Man) • Accept the fact that your brain (referring to boys) is not yet fully wired.  That is why we have rules and expectations and hopefully, responsible adults behind them, to provide the support and guidance to those who need it at this stage of their lives. • Cybersafety – ask yourself, Will I feel better about myself after I have put something on the internet?  We often act on impulse and send information we regret. It is important to take time to ask yourself, why am I doing this, and will it help me feel better tomorrow? If you would not say it to a person’s face, don’t put it on the internet • In this school, you have opportunities that boys in other schools don’t. Respect that privilege – Billy Graham, speaking at an assembly in February 2016  Boys need to accept the responsibility to value and make the most of the opportunities they have at Rathkeale, because many boys who would like to be here do not have the same advantage. • Nil Mortalibus Ardui Est – Nothing Is Impossible for Mortal Man - the school motto is as alive as it ever was.  Work hard and your chances of success will increase many fold. You will set yourself apart because most people don’t. People who do well are rarely those who don’t make the effort. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Finally, boys, as the Pakistan Hockey team wrote on a souvenir Rathkeale hockey shirt last year, “Respect Your Parents”, after all, they are responsible for you being here. LOOKING AHEAD Some events are of particular interest to parents because they are usually well supported. You might like to place some of these in your diary. In the meantime, please check http://www.rathkeale.school.nz/whatson/calendars-timetables/ to see all that is going on. Just a reminder to some, notices about our daily programmes are also brought to you via the SchoolApp. This a most useful means of remaining informed and keeping up with any changes. It is a free down load available on any smartphone. 30 April 8 May 2 May 23 May 1-3 June 3/4 June 13 June 18 June 12 June 29 June Start of Term II Open Day Intercollegiate Cross Country at Rathkeale NCEA Level 1 Solo Music performances at St Matthew’s Rathkeale Old Boys’ Decade Reunions Christs College fixture (Away) Big Sing Palmerston North (Rathkeale and St Matthew’s Choirs) Big Sing Wellington (Viva Camerata only) Wanganui Collegiate School Exchange at Rathkeale Production End of the Golden Weather Opening Night (runs until 4 July) In the meantime, I wish you and the boys a safe and enjoyable holiday period. Kind regards W J Kersten Principal 6

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Student Achievements The wider life of the school abounds with many students gaining fulfilment from their performances as individuals and members of teams or groups. It is fair to comment that there is a great deal of sport, but the reality is that it is what boys spend a great deal of time doing. For those involved and certainly for me, the sporting highlight of the term was winning the “Summer Exchange” trophy vs Lindisfarne College for the first time in ten years. The major cultural event in Term I was the Inter-House Haka and the performing arts feature in Term II. Thank you to those parents who have made known to the school what their sons have been involved in. Such news has always been welcomed, because, outside school, we can only acknowledge boys’ achievement in what we know they have competed in. Below are the major achievements for Term I. Some may have been alluded to in the Weekly Newsletters. HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDE • Max Spencer ran a PB (1 min 53.70 s) at the Porritt Games Open Men’s 800m and followed this up with another PB (1 min 52.48 s) in the 800m at the NZ Track and Field Champs placing second, but close to winning in the U20 event. His times are in the World top 20 this season. He has also won golds at the Wellington and Greater Wellington Schools as well as the NISS Champs in the 800m and Gold in the NISS 1500m. • Gerard Hickey took out the U20 High Jump at the NZ Track and Field Champs and won gold in the in the 400m at the Wgtn Regional Champs and 4th in the 2000 Steeplechase at the NISS event. • Jayden Webb-Milner – 1st in the 200m, 400m and the triple jump at the Wgtn Track and Field Champs • Joe Quinn 2nd Wgtn Regional Hammer Throw. • Thomas Leske - 2nd, Junior 300m at the Wellington Champs • Strong showing at the Wairarapa Intercollegiate Athletics Champs  Jayden Webb-Milner – 5 x 1st placings  Mitch Cockburn – 1 x 1st and 2 x 2nd placings  Thomas Leske – 1st, 2nd and 3rd  Overall, 19 1st, 2 2nd and 15 3rd placings  Records to Joe Quinn (Intermediate Hammer Throw – 46.47m) and Cameron Clatworthy (Senior Hammer Throw 48.m). Very well-run House Swimming and Athletics competitions – congratulations to the Champions U14 U15 U16 Senior Athletics Thomas Leske Kosta Mills Cody McGlashan Mitchell Cockburn Swimming Maddex Anderson Sam Dale Cody McGlashan Ollie Donaldson = Mitchell Cockburn Hillary won both Athletics and Swimming • 1st XI Cricket vs Wanganui Collegiate was close, but a well-deserved and exciting win to the 1st XI who also beat Marlborough Boys College, Lindisfarne College and Wairarapa College this year. • Croquet team easily beat Kuranui College to win the Wairarapa Inter-Collegiate Champs 7

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• Lindisfarne Exchange – Lost Junior and drew Senior Boys’ Tennis and won Colts, 2nd XI and 1st XI Cricket in very exciting fixtures (1st XI - three-day match). Ethan Childs scoring 125 and taking 5 wickets in one innings being the highlight along with the 2nd last ball win for the 2nd XI. • Nathan Voice awarded the Alan McDiarmid scholarship for Top Wairarapa Chemistry Student in 2017. • Zach Venning received a Masterton District Council Volunteer Service award. • Nga Tama Toa Camp - a very good experience for a strong Rathkeale contingent of Maori boys. • Stanley Archibald has returned from his exchange with Wynberg HS – said he really enjoyed it. • Strong win to 1st XV Rugby in a pre-season fixtures vs PNBHS 2nd XV and Hata Paora College. • Jerome Papworth – 3rd in Golden Shears and 6th in National Novice Shearing Championships • Archie Woodhouse 1st and Michael Buick 2nd in Golden Shears Novice Wool Handling competition. • All credit due to all the boys for another very successful House Haka competition – Hillary House won and Cooper Jamieson and Logan Prendeville best leader awards. • Eslyn Beck, Ben Kinvig, Flynn Nicholson, Liam Quirk, Jack Pallister and Tom Williams all represented Wairarapa in age group tennis. • Jeremy Choi able to recite the number pi to a staggering 81 decimal places on pi day (14 -3). • Strong showings at the inter-collegiate swimming champs. To be fair, Wairarapa College and Rathkeale totally dominated the boys’ events with Rathkeale taking out the Flying Squadron trophy. • Sam Dale (gold, silver and bronze in breaststroke events), Maddex Anderson (gold and silver in backstroke events) and Ryan Irving all did very well at National Division II Swimming Champs. 8

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END OF TERM OTHER HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDE Sports Colours were awarded to: M F Spencer for Athletics G J Hickey for Athletics C Clatworthy for Athletics J C S McKenzie for Cricket J D McIntyre for Cricket E M Childs for Cricket Q L Childs for Cricket F J Richardson for Canoe Polo Service Colours were awarded to: J T Hewitt for Croquet H M Forrester for Sound & Lighting The following boys received Principal’s Awards for Leadership in Term 1 Henry Borthwick Head Boy of Cranleigh House Award Mitchell Dickson Head Boy of Cranleigh House Award Liam Quirke Head of Dayboys Award Jacob Karam Head of Dayboys Award Dylan Pugh Head Boy of Repton House Award Joe Handiside Head Boy of Repton House Award Tom Spencer Head Boy’s Award Cameron Griffiths Head Boy’s Award Riley Mcmenamin Head Boy of Rugby House Award Jono Harris Head Boy of Rugby House Award The following boys received Principal’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Term 1 Judah Dabora for Drama Gabe Bailey-Murdoch for Drama Charles Gordon for Service to Sound & Lighting Henry Borthwick for Clay Target Shooting Sam Dale for Swimming Maddex Anderson for Swimming Jerome Papworth for Shearing The following boys received Principal’s Awards for Excellence in Level 1 NCEA Gus Borren, Frederick Eschenbach, Liam Gerritsen, Matthew Griffith, Marcus Laing, Ralph McLeod, Daniel O'Boyle, Sebastian Smith, George Tanner, Anthony Voice, Liam Wardman, Thomas Parker (2) The following students received Principal’s Awards for Excellence in Level 2 & 3 NCEA Alana Barns , Henry Barrett , India Beijen , Samuel Callaghan , Jeremy Choi , Mitchell Cockburn , Judah Dabora , Cassandra Dawson , Oliver Donaldson , Bo Xi (Harry) Du , Jessie Ellingham , Johann (Jack) Eschenbach , Bianca Green , Oliver Hammond , Gerard Hickey , Liadan Jaquiery , Sam John , Lilian Jones , Yuria Kasuda , Hamish Kaye , Sarah King , Wynter McCook-Weir , Jake McIntyre , Molly McKenzie , Scott Morris , Josh Olsen , Sarah Pitney , Lily Priest , Zophia Roberts , Konrad (Jurgen) Schwanecke , Kate Sims , Briana Smith , Paige Smith , Sophie-Marie Thirsk , Maggie White , Natalie Austin (2), Zachary Dewhurst (2), Ingrid Gerritsen (2), Lucy Griffith (2), Naomi-Rose Watt (2), Stacey Wood (2), Archie Woodhouse (2), 9

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The spiritual life of Rathkeale continues to grow and develop. Our chapel services have encouraged our young men to be contemplative throughout the Lenten Season. We have studied how we really know and understand things in life, what authentic growth looks like, and what it means to live by grace. Holy week culminating in Easter was a shared time of reflection. It is important that we reflect on the gifts we have in our own lives and also take time to celebrate new and restored life. Chaplain’s Desk Change in leadership and moving back to Rathkeale’s campus has seen a renewed vigour in the St. Matthew’s and Rathkeale combined Youth Group. Anywhere from 30 to 40 students meet on Wednesday nights to play games, and talk about faith, life, and have a place to belong. This term’s highlight has been seeing 38 students go to Easter Camp. They all enjoyed themselves, and many came home with a lot to think about. the importance of reflection and celebration. We celebrate what has been and what will be. We reflect on the good times and the bad, the highs and the lows. We also pause to reflect on how we present ourselves and on how we welcome in a new leader. As a school, a community, as individuals we must always remember to act with grace and authenticity. That through this we grow together in one heart and one mind. As we say good bye to one principal and welcome another we are reminded of Dale Walterhouse Chaplain School Community RATHKEALE BOARD OF TRUSTEES The first term has seen some changes to Board personnel with Mark Owen having recently joined us to fill the vacancy left by Sandie King who resigned last year. We also have a new TSTB appointee in David Hancock who has replaced Mike Shaw following Mike’s move to the Hadlow Board. Leanne AllenJones our other TSTB appointed Trustee has also resigned and we thank her for the significant contribution she has made to the Board since her appointment in November 2014. From a governance perspective the Board has recently signed off a revised Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2020. The 2018 Annual Plan has also been approved and the 2018 Charter Document submitted to the Ministry of Education. We again thank those who participated in our stakeholder survey last year, your feedback has helped inform the Strategic Plan and set priorities for the Annual Plan. We have continued to advance Rathkeale’s sporting agenda with the recent appointment of Gil Barnitt as Director of Sport, we look forward to his contribution across all sporting codes. Sports HQ continues to make steady progress with 2018 looking like a critical year for this project. By the time you receive this newsletter we will have farewelled Mr Kersten after 10 years as Principal of Rathkeale. He leaves us having made a massive contribution to the renaissance of Rathkeale over his tenure. Our school is in great heart and I am honoured to pass on the thanks and gratitude of this and previous Boards to Willy and Ali for their hard work, vision and commitment. We wish them all the very best for the future. George Murdoch Chairman BOT 10

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FRIENDS OF RATHKEALE Term 1 has been reasonably quiet for the committee, although a significant change has taken place, with Justine SeymourWilson stepping down from the Chairperson’s role after many years at the helm. We all miss Justine’s diplomatic, high energy, quiet but firm leadership, and now have come to realise just how much she did behind the scenes that not even the committee realised. Justine has been ably replaced by Vic Jacobson, who brings an altogether different leadership style. We have also welcomed several parents new to the school onto the committee. The Friends is a great way to meet other parents, and the staff, plus gain a greater connection to the school, doing something on a practical level. We welcome enquiries at any time or come along to a meeting. RATHKEALE OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION The Old Boys’ Association is pleased to be able to welcome almost every 2017 leaver to the ranks of the Association and trust that their ongoing involvement with the Old Boys, and with the College, is both enjoyable and rewarding. Much of our current focus is on the annual “Ten Years On” reunions which are scheduled for Queen’s Birthday Weekend. All boys who were at any time part of the cohort that left in 1968. 78. 88. 98. 08 have been invited back for the reunions beginning with a combined Social event at the College on Friday evening. Thanks to the hard work of some of the Year Group Facilitators, the attendance at Major fundraising activities remain our core focus and planning is underway for the Christmas Fete (November 10th – lock it in!). All Fete proceeds this year will again add to the Friends Assn goal of raising $200,000 towards the proposed Sport HQ to be built at the College. Last but not least – how do we even begin to thank the Kerstens for all they have done for the school? Willy has been at nearly every Friends meeting I have ever been at, supporting us as we then support the school. It has been an honour to work alongside him, and we wish both Willy and Ali all the very best for their lives beyond Rathkeale. Carpe diem. Nil Mortalibus ardui est. Rachel Callaghan (Friends Secretary) friends@rathkeale.school.nz the weekend promises to be very heartening. As the term draws to a close we are mindful of the imminent departure of Mr Kersten. Over the he has forged a close and supportive relationship with ROBA. This has been greatly appreciated and we are pleased that he has served the College long enough to have been made an honorary member of the Association. We certainly wish the Kerstens all the best for their new life beyond our gates. Grant Harper President Rathkeale Old Boys’ Association 11

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Outdoor Education RATHKEALE TRAMPING CLUB WAITANGI DAY TRAMP This article includes 19 students, 8 adults, 3 primary students, 5 dogs and many, many wasps. On the 6th of February at approximately 9.00am, a team of 30 left in the Rathkeale vans headed for the Waiohine Gorge. Mr Nav’s annual tramp was a huge success this year. It involved wasp nests, river crossings, jumping off cliffs, rolled ankles, plenty of swims and provided a great environment for new friends to be made. Many learnt a thing or two during this tramp like not to jump around and land on wasp nests… or use a black rubbish bag as a dry bag because it doesn’t work. Looking back on this experience, it was a blast. Thank you to everyone that made this tramp possible. Mrs Cheetham, thank you for organizing everything that needed to be organized. To the parents, Mr Nav, Mrs Nav, Mr Hansen and Mr Mann, thank you for going out of your way to take us all on this adventure. 2. Liam Quirke A KINGLY ADVENTURE 23-25 February 2018 Saturday started at the generous hour of 7:00am as Mitre hut filled with the bustling, rustling and scurrying of trampers, young and old. Breakfast was cooked, coffee was boiled, and some even sampled exotic dishes of chicken and rice. I stuck to my oats and brown sugar, thank you very much! Heavy gear – pots, pans, extra clothing, sleeping bags – was left snuggled in the relative safety of the hut, while the courageous entered out into the dangerous world of cliffs, spurs, rocks, and waterfalls. The day started simply enough, huffing and puffing up the short section of the Barton track... at Mr Nav’s breakneck speed. Before long we left the track and veered onto an old one, where a shadow of a trail still lingered, and ancient metal markers haunted the trees. The spoodle – spaniel/poodle cross – disappeared at one point, loudly revealing the location of a deer. This happened on at least 2 occasions, revealing his true predator instincts. This section of the bush was charming; ferns, moss, and silver beech composing the landscape. At about 1100 metres the bush then thickened, and Steve created a new trail through tight branches and leatherwood. It was a relief to burst free, yet a reward to stumble upon a patch of late snowberries. If you’ve never had one, it’s a delicate alpine berry, like a gently flavoured blueberry with a floral twist. It’s how I would imagine flowers would taste if one could eat them. An early meal was enjoyed by a small clear tarn on Mount Baldy, after 900 metres of climbing. The water tasted beautiful, especially as I had forgotten to fill up my bottle before we left, and was vaguely parched. It was better than the peaty water I had been squeezing out of clumps of moss! Though I’ll admit, I’ve never felt happier than when I was walking through tussock, in spectacular weather, with a fantastic view, fresh snowberries grasped in one hand, and peaty water in the other. Never happier. But less about me. From there the journey was to the Broken Axe Pinnacles. If the name doesn’t sound rather daunting to you, then obviously you haven’t read enough 12

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stories. These sharp boulders that reared into the sky like broken axe heads were the teeth of mountain giants. They were the sort that any sane teacher would just see you looking at, and would sharply tell you to stick to the path that sidled around the peaks. Thankfully, Mr Nav is one of the more adventurous sort, and was keen to get a good photo. How can I describe climbing these jarring rocks? They look bleak, treacherous, impossible, and yet when one steps closer, handholds and footholds just seem to appear. And it becomes incredibly easy from there. So that before one realises it, one is at the top! From there we completed the three kings, traversing South King, Middle King, and North King, before scampering through scrub to find the elusive Mid King Bivouac. This Bivvy was in a stunning location, with large mossy boulders, bubbling brooks, and squat beech trees. Mid King Bivvy is officially my favourite place in the Tararuas from this point onwards. The trip was also highlighted by the sighting of an extremely rare blue duck. I would love to talk about how special the occasion was, but personally I didn’t see the duck. So, we’ll just have to trust Mr Nav’s eyesight on this one. However, I was lucky enough to see the huge brown trout in a river pool that we crossed, sunning itself in the lee of a rock. The afternoon was completed by many cups of tea, and good chatter. Saturday ended at the generous hour of 8:00pm, as, exhausted, Liam, Fergus and I fell asleep. Mia Gordon 13

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Administration MAX MABIN RATHKEALE 1966-1985 CRANLEIGH HOUSEMASTER (1966-1974) Ten days ago, Max Mabin passed away in Hawke’s Bay. Mr. Mabin was one of the earliest teachers at Rathkeale; and served the College selflessly - not just in teaching but as Housemaster, 1st XV coach and as many students said: “As a good mate,”. I had the upmost privilege on Monday to go alongside Mr. Harper, Mr. Ewington and many other Rathkeale Old Boys, to Taradale and to celebrate his life. Mr Mabin was HOD of the Geography department - and taught in what is now Mr Bouton’s room. At this stage in the schools’ life, teachers did not rotate between class rooms, so there was a plaque outside Room 9 with Mr Mabin’s name on it. This plaque was put on top of his coffin, as underneath his name a student had graffitied: “A good mate”. This itself is a testament to the boys’ respect for Mr. Mabin, whose genuine interest in the boys’ lives resulted in their respect and gratitude. Mr Mabin, and his wife Olive, oversaw Cranleigh House from 1966-1974. During that time, they would have boys over for dinner and supper every week, creating a lasting relationship which was truly shown this Monday when many Cranleigh and Repton boys came to pay their respects. In 2011—after the restoration and upgrade of Cranleigh house—Mr. Mabin came and officially re-opened the house. This was not a one-off-event where he came to re-visit Rathkeale. He went out of his way almost every year, to travel down to Rathkeale from where he resided in Hawke’s Bay, and to celebrate Founder’s Day and many other similar events. He dedicated a huge part of his heart to Rathkeale College, and truly impacted on many, many boys’ lives. It is with great sadness that we acknowledge his passing and we extend our sympathy to his family. 14

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UNIVERSITY INFORMATION EVENING The University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC) invites students from our school and their families to attend its Wellington Information Evening on Tuesday 29 May. The evening is a great opportunity for senior secondary students and their parents to learn more about the range of qualifications UC offers, to hear from leading academics and get key questions answered about: · Scholarships · Accommodation · Student Support · Degree and course information Anyone considering university study in 2019 or 2020 is welcome at this free event, so register online to find out everything you need to know about life and study at UC. Register at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/events/tours-and-events/info-evenings/ The UC Information Evening starts at 6pm on 29 May at Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington. Performing Arts VIVA CAMERATA VIVA CAMP The annual Viva Camp was held in early February at Silverstream Retreat and, once again, was a great success. The group totaled 48 students and 5 staff. The first night at camp, the emphasis was on bonding and learning to read a score. With a focus on breathing and singing technique, the new students quickly realized there was much more to singing than just making a sound! After six sessions, the group learnt five and a half pieces - more than we have ever done before. It was great to see how students were pulled in over the weekend, as well as getting a glimpse as to the potential sound of such a large number of voices. Sincere thanks to the staff, Mrs van Deventer, Mrs Eckford, Mrs Thomson and Mr Thomson. Above all, thank you to the students for making the 2018 Viva Camp so successful. During the holidays, Viva will once again be singing at the ANZAC bridge ceremony – always a very moving service – on Wednesday 25 April. We see this as part of our service to the community. It is good to have our schools represented and important for our young people to be involved in ANZAC day commemorations. We are also looking ahead to Term 2 which is always a big term for us. Big Sing Wellington is taking place on Monday 18 June. In preparation for this, a workshop will be held on Friday 18 May with Mr Rowan Johnston, the renowned conductor of Choralation, the premier choir of Westlake Boys and Girls, Auckland. This choir has consistently been the winner of the 15

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