This month's posts

Significant Trees and Plants at OBHS

With Anzac Day just a short time away it is worth drawing attention to a rather special tree that is growing within the grounds.The tree is a rather straggly looking Pine tree called a “Gallipoli Pine”.  A man named Sandilands, from Feilding was in the Wellington contingent at Gallipoli. When he left he picked up a cone from one of the trees as a memento and planted a seed in the grounds of the Feilding Anglican Church. It became dangerous with age and consequently it was felled. Former OBHS teacher (and ex Fielding resident) Graeme Dodge grabbed a cone and started a few plants growing. One was planted in the grounds of the old Montecillo home but couldn’t be shifted to their new place in South Dunedin. The one at OBHS is slowly growing, even if it is a bit misshapen. The other plants just inside the right hand side of the gate include a deep red Geranium originating in South Africa, symbolic of the South African casualties, and of course there is some Rosemary planted there too, “Rosemary for Remembrance”


Struggling for survival, just as the Old Boys did at Gallipoli. This little Gallipoli Pine will surely flourish and become a fitting reminder of its origins.

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OBHS Cyclist in National Squad

Year 11 student Lachie McGregor who recently competed in the NZ U19 track cycling Champs, and in the Tour of Perth in Australia has now been named in the NZ junior track team to contest the Oceania Championships in Australia in October. Cyclists selected at this level often go on to higher honours so the future certainly looks bright for Lachie. Among Lachies coaching and support team is old boy, Glen Thompson, who competed at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney - no doubt a future ambition for Lachie as well. We wish him well and will follow his progress with interest.
A link to the CyclingNZ team announcement can be found at:

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Two players from OBHS, Kaleb Forde-Fraser and Christian Blackie have been named in the NZ U16 Hawks AFL team to compete at the South Pacific Cup tournament. AFL is a passion of teacher, Warwick Kain, and he has encouraged boys to participate. To have two boys in the squad, and the only South Island reps, is a real achievement. Congratulations to both boys, and to Warwick for his enthusiasm and encouragement.  A link to the AFL site can be found at: NZ U16 Hawks

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From 1st XV to league honours?

Tui Katoa was always a physical presence in last years 1st XV making many bullocking runs downfield with ball in hand.  Now those skills are being harnessed and honed, as he makes his way in the world of rugby league.  Tui has been signed to a one year contract with the Warriors. The fullmstory can be found at this link to the ODT. Tui Katoa


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