This month's posts

New Rector Announced.

Old Boy, Richard Hall is returning to Otago Boys' High as Rector. Richard attended the School in 1987, 88 and comes to us after teaching at Rotorua Boys', Napier Boys' and Tauranga Boys' where he was deputy principal. He will take up his appointment at the start of next year on the retirement of present Rector, Clive Rennie.

The following is Board of Trustess Chairman, Mr Geoff Bates' announcement of the appointment:

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students

I have the absolute pleasure on behalf of the Board of Trustees of Otago Boys’ High School of advising the unanimous appointment of Mr Richard Hall as our new Rector.

Richard will commence the position at the start of the 2015 school year, following the retirement of Clive Rennie, who is leaving us after 14 years of dedicated service to the School.

This appointment is the culmination of a comprehensive candidate search and recruitment process which included consultation with our School stakeholders and the wise counsel of Christine Leighton, a past principal of St Hilda's, now the principal of St Andrews College in Christchurch and Donna Matahaere-Atariki, a University of Otago Council member with a background in Maori development, as advisors to the Board.

The process attracted widespread interest and a very high calibre of applications and we are confident as a Board that Richard possesses the personal and professional qualities to meet the current and future needs of our school community.

Richard has a strong background in boys education, having taught at Rotorua Boys’ High School and Napier Boys’ High School, before taking up his current role as deputy principal at Tauranga Boys’ College in 2009. He is passionate about boys’ education, and possesses a strong commitment to the achievement of personal excellence for all students along with their overall pastoral care.

His background provides him with a range of experience where traditional methodologies are valued but where new innovative approaches are also to be fostered and embraced. Richard places a strong focus on collaboration involving the school community and the wider education community.

Richard, we believe, will provide vision and leadership for Otago Boys’ to build on its existing foundations of excellence and lead us into a new and exciting era for our sons and the school.

Richard and his family are looking forward to coming to Dunedin, and he tells me that he feels privileged to have been given the opportunity. As an Old Boy, Richard has a fine sense of our tradition and heritage and we also have no doubt that he will preserve and enhance our school’s special character.

I know everybody will join me in congratulating and supporting Richard in his appointment when he settles into the school next year following a formal welcome. The Board and I look forward to working with Richard to further the traditions and successes of our fine School.

Geoff Bates
Chairman Board of Trustees

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Winter Tournament Week Success

The mid-year tournament week for 2014 is over, and all of our teams have performed well and have been fine ambassadors for the School.  Our congratulations to all players, coaches, managers and supporters who travelled with the teams. Fund-raising is also a huge undertaking for teams and we thank the sponsors and supporters who helped make the various trips possible.

The gem in the crown is the 1st basketball team which went through unbeaten in their tournament at Nelson to claim the title of South Island Champions. They enjoyed a 7 from 7 record.

The 1st XI Football travelled to Napier for their tournament.  They ended up in 20th place.  While a 4 win, 1 draw, 2 loss record may have seen them in a higher placing most of the teams they played ended up in a similar (mid to bottom of the table) final position. The difference between a win and a draw or loss in pool play can drop teams out of contention for the higher placings very quickly.

The U15 Rugby tournament was held in Palmerston North. Our team started well with two strong wins (against Wesley College and Auckland Grammar) but then struggled in their next three matches losing to Palmerston North, Hastings and Napier Boys’ High Schools before beating St Pats in their final match to end up 7th of the 16 competing teams.

Christchurch was the venue for our 1st XI Hockey team, who enjoyed a 3 win, 3 loss record for their week, ending up in 4th place in the India Shield tournament.  They had finished in 2nd place after the pool play and then lost to both Scots College (who eventually finished 2nd) and to Hutt international College in the play-off for 3rd and 4th.

Earlier in the week our junior basketballers played in the South Island Junior tournament at the Edgar Centre. They finished a very commendable third losing to Cashmere in the semi-finals and beating Waitaki BHS in thier final game.

Midweek our chess players headed to Ashburton for the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament. This resulted in a 4th placing for our senior team with the juniors close behind in 5th place. Coach, Mr Odgers was pleased with the results considering that both teams had younger players and they were competing against year 13 students. Riley Jellyman, Andrew Medlicott and Caed Falloon all produced some very good individual results.

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Barock Choir Success in Auckland

Our combined OBHS/OGHS Choir, Barock have just returned from Auckland where they performed in the NZ Choral Federation's Big Sing National Finale. They won a Bronze Award and a special award for the best performance of a piece with Maori text.
To celebrate and acknowledge their success, we are having a special assembly at OBHS in our School Theatre for the presentation of these awards on Wednesday 3 Sept at 12noon. We are also hosting the NZ Youth Choir that day with Conductor David Squires, who conducts Westlake Boys Voicemale Choir - joint winners with Barock of the Auahi Kore Award and they will perform an item at the assembly. OGHS choir members, Eugene Shields, Mac Te Ngahue (Tutor of Maori item)  will also be on stage with our Rector and Senior Staff.
Dr Paul Fawcett, President of the Otago Branch of the NZ China Friendship Society will speak briefly about the choir's proposed 2015 trip to Shanghai as part of the celebrations of the 20 year Dunedin - Shanghai sister city relationship.


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