A combined evening concert in The Medbury Centre was the culmination of workshops held together during the day for the Selwyn House Orchestra, Jazz Band and Senior Chamber Choir and the Medbury School Choristers, Jazz Band and Orchestra. Well done to all of the students involved for their collaboration and performances. More photos will follow in ‘Play the Game’ magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
‘Breakfast with the Boys’ hosted by the Medbury Parents’ Association this year set new records with tickets selling out in less than two hours! The highly anticipated annual breakfast was a massive success and this year we were thrilled to welcome Black Cap and proud Cantabrian, Todd Astle, as guest speaker. We heard about his numerous challenges, triumphs and setbacks, both on and off the field. Todd spoke about how he has harnessed his experiences and learnings with an aim to inspire and empower others to maximise their potential with his peak performance mental skills business 'Innerspin'. Todd was joined by Medbury Dad and Canterbury Cricket's High Performance Manager, Marty Croy, who led the Q & A session at the end of Todd's presentation. Thank you to Todd and Marty and to the amazing MPA for another outstanding event!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
The Medbury School Cross Country was held on a gorgeous Autumn day at Fendalton Park, with temperatures reaching 26 degrees. Thank you to all the supporters who came to cheer on the Years 1 to 8 boys! More photos and story to follow in the next issue of ‘Play the Game’ magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Good sportsmanship was the order of the day at the Winter Sports Exchange last week. Thank you to Director of Sport, Brad Gilbert, and all of the coaches involved along with staff here at school for ensuring the day went so well. Thank you to the Waihi staff for their organisation, and to their students for some excellent competition! #playthegame #100yearsin2023
The Medbury Service of Remembrance was held on Sunday at The Medbury Centre. The names on the School Roll of Honour were read aloud and a wreath was laid in memory of them. The Last Post was played and the Choristers sang the Anthem 'In Flanders Field' by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae."At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them."#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Arts Week 2021! The boys are diving into a wide variety of The Arts including Shona Clarkson pottery classes, dance roulette, Bayley Graham tap dancing, mask day parade, NZ Opera Donizetti’s 'Don Pasquale', busking, pavement art, CBHS Funk Band, theatresports, the All Girl Big Band, art installations, sand sculptures, competitions and concerts – the list goes on! Thank you to Mrs Sandra Johnson, Head of Art, for organizing this amazing week to recognize and encourage the Arts at Medbury. We look forward to bringing you more photos in 'Play the Game' magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
This week we held our Mathematics and Literacy Open Morning and Parent Information Session. Our aim was to showcase the progression of our Mathematics and Literacy programmes throughout the School. It was a great opportunity for current parents to see some of the high quality learning programmes that happen every day at Medbury and how these develop and challenge the boys across the year levels. Throughout the School, classrooms were open for parents to observe lessons. Head of Numeracy, Anna Oborne, and Head of Literacy, Sarah Madgwick, presented to parents how these curriculum areas are taught and align with the New Zealand Curriculum, how they are assessed, how feedback is provided to boys and parents, and practical ideas for how parents can support their boys’ learning at home. We look forward to sharing more with you in 'Play the Game' magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Year 6 boys and their parents responded to the Bridge Construction challenge at their Science and Technology Evening last week. Length, height and distance between supports were all taken into consideration when judging the wide range of final constructions. More photos and results to follow in 'Play the Game' magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Last week the Gardening Club harvested their potatoes and on Sunday, the Years 1 to 4 students gathered for our annual Harvest Festival Service. We look forward to explaining more about the corn shucking, our Community Service programme, and what we did with all those potatoes, in the Autumn 'Play the Game' magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
The Swimming Finals for Years 5 to 8 were held on Tuesday 2 March. Although spectators were not permitted at the venue due to Alert Level 2 restrictions, the boys supported each other admirably. We are looking forward to the ISSA Swimming meet next week, and bringing you the results and more photos in the next ‘Play the Game’ magazine. Thank you Mr Gilbert for your work making significant changes to the Swimming Sports that were planned, so that these important races could take place.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
The Medbury community enjoyed hosting a summer sports exchange yesterday. Perfect weather aside, the boys responded well to end the day with a 3-nil record. The games were played in good spirit and the StAC visitors were highly complementary of our boys manners and sportsmanship.
More photos will follow in Play the Game magazine.
Come and join Headmaster, Mr Ian Macpherson, and other members of the wider Medbury community at an informal gathering. Whether you are an Old Boy, a past or current parent, or a prospective parent, we would love to catch up with you.
The events will be co-hosted with Christ’s College and St Margaret’s College at:
Nelson: The Vic Public House, 281 Trafalgar Street, on Wednesday 3 March from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.
Marlborough: Raupo Café, Restaurant & Traiteur, 6 Symons Street, on Thursday 4 March from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.
Click here to register your interest.
Medbury School presents "The Blessing" featuring the Medbury Choristers, Chorus and Junior Choir. This was first played at yesterday's Ninety-Eighth Prize Giving, a very fitting way to conclude our year. To view: https://livestream.com/medburyschool/theblessing
Congratulations to all the prize winners at today's Ninety-Eighth Prize Giving and a special congratulations to our School Leaders for 2021: Head Boy, Henry Murfitt; Head Boarder, Sam Cook; and Deputy Head Boys, Charlie de Costobadie and Oscar Stove. Best wishes to all the Year 8 Leavers and a safe and happy holiday to all the members of the wider Medbury Community.
Dear Members and Neighbours of the Medbury School Community
With the end of the 2020 academic year quickly coming to an end, it is hard to believe we will be farewelling a second cohort of Year 8 boys, who have had the privilege to have worked out of the Foundation Building.
Last night we celebrated one of the highlights of the Medbury year, the Senior Carol Service. Traditional readings and choral music combined to create the magic and beauty of Christmas in song for the Medbury Family. Thank you to everyone involved including the Director of Music, Chrissie Badger; the Medbury Choristers; and the 2020 Medbury Parents' and Teachers' Choir. Wishing you joy and peace this Christmas season.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Well done to the Junior School and Lower Middle School boys, for presenting an outstanding Nativity Play last night, and creating lasting memories for your families near and far (via the livestream link). Thank you to Miss Jane McGarry and all the staff involved in this wonderful play. Your work behind the scenes is valued and appreciated by the whole Medbury community.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
TOP AWARD – 2020 CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOLS’ MUSIC VIRTUAL EVENT
Congratulations to Mrs Chapman and the combined Medbury Choristers and Medbury Chorus for winning the top award in the choral section of the 2020 Christchurch Schools’ Music Virtual Event ‘The Choir performance I enjoyed the most'.
The judge wrote: “what beautiful solos to begin with, lovely tones, excellent diction and tremendous courage! A lot of care had obviously gone into this performance, including the nice framing of the choir against the lake backdrop, and deft touches from string bass and kit drum. The performance was beautifully shaped from these opening soloists into climactic passages of considerable power. This is a choir that knows how to harmonise as well as hold individual parts in a complex texture. Bravo on such a polished and musical presentation.”
ROCKSHOP BANDQUEST WINNERS!
Congratulations to our Year 8 Rock Band 'The Creyke Road Crew' who won the Canterbury Region’s Rockshop Bandquest last night. Mrs Badger, Medbury's Director of Music, said "they were totally rocking it, not only with a great funk sound, but exquisite in their musicianship as well - go boys!" We are proud of James, Matthew, Harry, Kennedy and Thomas for their fantastic achievement and thank their tutor Mr Stockwell for his tremendous input.
The Annual Twilight Athletics is enjoyed by our whole community, as evidenced by the line up for the family member races. The grass was green, the sky was blue and families were out in force with their picnic baskets. Cheering flooded The Medbury Green as the boys were jubilant in success and gracious in defeat. An outstanding effort all round!
The Medbury Parents’ Association are extremely excited to offer you the opportunity to purchase the coveted Crowe & Co Christmas Cakes…..a fundraiser exclusive to Medbury school.The Crowe & Co fruitcakes are made from the original 1971 Crowe family recipe. Each one includes chocolate, pineapple, treacle and port with stacks of fruit. Delicious served cold on those hot summer days or warm with ice cream, custard or cream. Order online here https://bit.ly/34wziaE before Thursday 12 November.
Come and visit the Headmaster, Mr Ian Macpherson at the Women’s Pavillion site. Whether you are an Old Boy, a past or current parent, or a prospective parent, we would love to catch up with you while you are at AgFest.
We are sharing a tent with Christ’s College and St Margaret’s College at the Greymouth Aerodrome. AgFest will be held on Friday 13 November and Saturday 14 November.
See you there!
Parents rocked it out at the dance concert today! We were delighted that so many parents and caregivers could join us for the ‘Dances for School’ concert, which showcased the learning of the Years 1 to 4 boys over the past fortnight. #playthegame #100yearsin2023
It was another sell-out Medbury Parents’ Association event for the annual ‘Breakfast with the Boys’ this morning. Mountaineer, double amputee, researcher, Paralympian silver medal cyclist, wine maker and unstoppable personality Mark Inglis met renowned Britten motor bike engineer, entrepreneurial spirit and Medbury parent Wayne Alexander in 1997. The combination of these two determined minds and a flippant comment way back then resulted in a true engineering feat. Pooling their talents saw them ascend Mount Everest together – the tallest mountain in the world. Thank you to Mark and Wayne for their inspiring presentation, and to the amazing MPA for another outstanding event!
Thank you to Medbury Old Boy Paul Lawrence (1962 to 1965) who visited yesterday with with an item of memorabilia to donate to the School. Paul’s father John Lawrence was a Medbury Old Boy, Prefect and Boarder (1926 to 1933). John Lawrence was Captain of the First X1 Cricket team, and Paul has donated a framed photo of John and his First XI Cricket cap to the School. The Lawrence Brothers’ Cup, which is awarded at each Summer Sports Prize Giving, was donated by Paul’s grandfather, J. W. K. Lawrence in 1932 in honour of J.H. Lawrence and his brother A.G. Lawrence.
Thank you to St Margaret's College for hosting the Top Team Challenge yesterday. A big thank you to SMC students Charlotte and Victoria for instigating this event which promoted problem-solving, communication and teamwork all while being active and having fun. An even bigger thank you from the boys for the sausage sizzle at the end!
Congratulations to all of the boys in our five teams who took part in the 15km Canterbury Schools' Team Time Trial (Boys Under 14) on Wednesday. We came away with Gold and Bronze medals and were awarded the Kevin Searle Cup. More photos and story to follow in 'Play the Game' magazine.
The Senior Music Competition this morning showcased the outstanding musicianship at Medbury School. More photos and results to follow in the Spring ‘Play the Game’ magazine. Well done boys on your excellent performances and a warm thank you to the adjudicators Kirsty Currie and Greg Pearce.
The Day boys have taken back the Forbes Family Cup from the Boarders in a thrilling match with a final score of 46-32. Well done to both the teams for the excellent sportsmanship on display throughout this annual event. Thank you to those supporting from the sidelines and to the many who followed the live streaming of the game. More photos and full story to follow in the Spring Play the Game magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Tuesdays@5 are in full swing at Medbury School. These evenings give the boys the opportunity to perform in front of a small audience and assists them in achieving their instrumental badges. More photos to follow in Play the Game magazine.
Canterbury turned on some fantastic weather for the Sports Exchange with Huntley School this week. The students from Medbury and Huntley gave it their all in three extremely close matches. Medbury managed a win in the hockey and football matches, and lost by a penalty right on full time in the rugby. Well done boys! Thank you to the families of Medbury students who opened their homes to host the Huntley boys and girls.
The 2020 Year 8 Production ‘Imagine’ was made up of four plays, each of which had a central character with a vivid imagination. We look forward to bringing you more images and the full story in the next ‘Play the Game’ magazine. Thank you to Ms Fitzgerald and the long list of individuals who came together to bring the show to life!
Congratulations to the following boys who have been acknowledged for their balance of talent and efforts:
From top left to right: James Floyd (Academic Scholarship to Christ’s College), Euan McVicar (General Excellence Scholarship to Christ’s College), Richard Yeoh (Specialist Music Programme Scholarship to Burnside High School), Ollie Young (General Excellence Scholarship to Christ’s College), Liam Hall (Sports Scholarship to St Andrew’s College). Henry Hiatt, (General Excellence Scholarship to Christ’s College), Cole Moffatt (Medbury School Music Scholarship) and James Saunders (Performing Arts Scholarship to Christ’s College).
The sun came out for the Medbury School Cross Country at Fendalton Park today. Well done to the boys from Year 1 all the way through to Year 8 who gave it their best effort, and thank you to the friends and family who came out to cheer the boys on!
Inspired by the hugely popular ‘Breakfast with the Boys’ the Medbury Parents’ Association is excited to bring you ‘The MPA Speaker Series’. An online, webinar-based soundbite of inspiration and motivation for our boys, parents and caregivers alike, delivered by a range of passionate experts in their field.
While we don’t know with certainty whether ‘Breakfast with the Boys’ will be possible this year we do know it won’t be in the immediate future. With a strong awareness of the success that time spent with your boys to be inspired and motivated provides, we have embraced technology and are ready to deliver a user friendly, time efficient, fun and educational forum.
Our guest will speak for approximately 20 minutes followed by a 10 to 15 minute Q&A from the boys all facilitated by our host John Ogston. The platform allows boys to message in questions which can be upvoted by others to ensure they get answered as a priority.
We are also aware that as this is the inaugural event there may be opportunities for improvement. We will therefore enable your feedback afterwards.
Thank you for supporting our initiatives. We hope you enjoy this one.
Hayley Middleton and the entire MPA committee.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3cA1oUf
The MPA Business and Services Directory is here!
During these extraordinary times the Medbury Parents' Association (MPA) launched their latest project - Medbury’s own ‘Business and Services Directory’. The objective of this directory is to generate awareness and encourage support of those businesses owned by current Medbury families. The strength and confidence driven by a strong supportive community is not to be underestimated – in both good and challenging times. If you are a current Medbury parent who owns a business or provides a service within a business then we warmly invite you to view the Directory and register your interest. Let’s get behind those we know and support our community however we can.
A message from our Head Boy, Henry Hiatt:
Hello boys and the Medbury family.
It has been a week now since school was closed because of Covid-19. I hope everyone is doing well and adjusting to the lockdown as best you can.
Thank you to our teachers for sending through the online school work. It is a different way of learning with new challenges for us all.
An event like this has never happened before so we all need to work together. Boys, remember to be kind and helpful to your family. If you can, keep in touch with friends and family who might be alone.
Let’s keep active by doing some exercise in our neighbourhoods every day and I look forward to seeing you all at school soon.
The Medbury Parents’ Association Golf Tournament was a great success last week with sixty players enjoying a stunning evening. Congratulations to Cup winners Lochie Horne and Abraham Wilson (1st Place Gross) and Ollie and Daryl Young (Winner 1st Place Net). Sadly no one won the $30,000 hole in prize although Ben Wilkinson got pretty close! Thank you to our event sponsors BDO, Forsyth Barr, McMillan Civil and QBE and to the fabulous MPA sub-committee for another stellar event! More photos to follow in Play the Game magazine
Medbury School won a host of awards at the New Zealand Schools Triathlon in Wanaka on the weekend of 16 February:
- Boys Intermediate Individual Champion - Olli Aitken
- Tag Team Mixed Intermediate Champions - Medbury/Cust (Henry Hiatt and Olli Aitken)
- Tag Team Males Intermediate Champions - Medbury (Jake Bennett, Jackson Grace, Jack Wyllie and Otis Wheeler with second place to Medbury (Nisal Pathirana, Jack Howard, Cohnor Walsh and Louis Fogarty)
- New Zealand Triathlon Males Point Champions - Medbury School (Ollie Young, Henry Hiatt, Olli Aitken, James Saunders, Louis Fogarty, Nisal Pathirana, Jake Bennett, Jack Howard, Jack Wyllie, Otis Wheeler, Jackson Grace and Cohnor Walsh).
Well done boys!
We have been making the most of the summer months at Medbury School to kick start our Outdoor Education programme. In the first three weeks of term we have had Year 8 Surf Days, Year 8 Sailing Days, and Year 5 Camp at Living Springs in Governors Bay. More photos to follow in the Autumn Edition of 'Play the Game' magazine.
Congratulations to the Medbury 1st XI Cricket Team who have won this year's ANZ National Primary School Cup tournament! Well done to Captain Jackson Garry, Head of Cricket Felix Huston, Coaches Mr Ogston and Mr Tait, and all the boys in the 1st XI!
Last Wednesday’s Grandparents’ Day was a very special Medbury event, with record numbers of grandparents and other special family members visiting classrooms, enjoying morning tea and marveling at the amazing singing, acting, dancing and musicianship of the boys during the special concert in The Medbury Centre.
We are very proud of our teams who travelled to the FPS National Finals in Auckland on the weekend. Our Year 8 team consisted of Nicholas Sharr, Oscar Compton-Moen, Harry Vaughan and Harrison Lehmann. Our Year 6 Team won their competition to become the National Champions. Congratulations to Paddy Newton, Liam Singer, Jackson Grace and Charlie de Costobadie - a tremendous achievement! Well done to all the boys on their hard work and thank you Mr Scott Johnson and Mr Amos Pilgrim for coaching the teams.
Thank you to all the parents and friends of Medbury who came and supported the boys during the Twilight Athletics yesterday. Fun was definitely the order of the day! Thank you also to Mr Gilbert, Mr Ogston and all the teachers for a superbly run event. More photos to follow in The Medburian Yearbook.
The official opening of The Medbury School Foundation Building was held on Monday, 21 October 2019. The welcome by Headmaster Ian Macpherson was followed with addresses by the Head Boy, Nicholas Sharr; the Chairman of the Medbury School Foundation, Mr George Forbes; and Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae of the University of Canterbury, Professor Cheryl de la Rey. Professor de la Rey then unveiled the plaque with the assistance of Year 1 student, Oliver Broadbent, and cut the ribbon. The new teaching block will ensure that Medbury’s facilities evolve with the requirements of a 21st century education.
Clyde House was the winner of the School House Music Cup at last night's 'Exploration' Music Extravaganza 2019. More photos, including House singing photos and photos of all the section winners of the Senior Music Competition, will follow in the Spring edition of 'Play the Game' magazine which will be released next week. Well done to all the boys on their excellent performances last night!
The Day boys managed to seal the annual Boarders v Day boys match on Friday 30 August with a convincing cross-kick right at the end. It was a thrilling game to watch! Well done to both teams for the excellent sportsmanship on display.
Congratulations to our Year 7 team (Jaewon Cha, Kennedy Xiao, Euan McVicar and James Floyd) who won the Cantamath Competition last night. An outstanding result with close to 100 schools competing. Gaining a solid third place was the Year 8 team (Nicholas Sharr, Jake Hayes, Oscar Compton-Moen and Harry Vaughan). Congratulations boys, this is an amazing achievement! Thank you to our specialist Mathematics teacher Mrs Jo Keleghan and all the staff involved who worked towards this spectacular result.
You are invited to the MPA Quiz Night - the Medbury Parents' Association's major event for 2019. Tickets are limited so please click here for more information and to secure your spot. If you are ordering less than 10 tickets, the MPA will match you up with others to make up a table of 10.
On Tuesday 6 August, Year 3 Teacher Mrs Clare Erasmus launched the fourth book in her 'Kia Kaha' series at The Medbury Centre. The message of the book is that people need to respect and value everyone and the places they come from.
At a Special Assembly and portrait unveiling this week, the School was able to acknowledge the significant contribution of former Headmaster, Mr Peter Kay and his wife, Mrs Helen Kay.
Congratulations to Kerri Fitzgerald and Lesley Bath who have each been selected as a recipient of a 2019 ISNZ Honours Award.
Congratulations to the following boys who received Scholarships to Christ’s College for 2020: Oscar Compton-Moen, Academic; Freddie Coates, Academic; Harry Vaughan, Choral Music; Nicholas Sharr, General Excellence; Felix Huston, Sport; Jackson Garry, Drama; and Alex Churchill; Executive Principal’s Scholarship. Well done boys!
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was a hit at today's matinee performance, with the boys looking forward to the evening performance tonight. A truly long list of individuals came together to make this production happen, and we thank each and every one for their contribution.
Yesterday we held our second International Exchange for 2019 with Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), who played Medbury in Basketball, Football and Rugby.
Thank you to our Medbury parents who have opened their homes and billeted players from TSS and Churchie. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and this social interaction between host boys and billets certainly adds to the Exchange experience.
Thank you to the Medbury community for showing your support for the Medbury Under 12 Basketball, Football and Rugby teams last week during the exchange with The Southport School (Queensland). We were proud to host the school and show our visitors first hand our wonderful Medbury community spirit. Our boys greatly enjoyed the games rich in skill, passion and sportsmanship, together with the comradery and friendships formed.
Thank you to the wider Medbury community for your support of last Friday’s whole school World Vision 40 Hour Famine Bush and Back Activity Day. We are hopeful of reaching our target of $20,000 and know the positive impact this will have on the children of South Sudan. Here is the link should you wish to donate:
The highly anticipated annual 'Breakfast with the Boys' on 24 May was once again a huge success. Thank you to our guest speaker John Quinn for his inspirational message and to the Medbury Parents' Association for another outstanding 'sell-out' event.
On 21 May students from Medbury School and Selwyn House School came together for a combined Music Workshop. This was followed by a Concert for parents from both schools in the evening. Well done to all of the students involved for their collaboration and performances.
Medbury was a hive of activity on Saturday 18 May as the School hosted the Club Rugby Day, which saw games played on The Medbury Green and Fendalton Park. Thank you to all the parents, staff and boys who helped out at the BBQ station throughout the morning. Your generosity of spirit, especially on a cold morning, was greatly appreciated.
It was beautiful crisp Autumn morning for the Medbury School Cross Country at Fendalton Park on 14 May. Boys from Year 1 through to Year 8 participated and there was a large crowd of friends and family to support them. Well done boys!
The Medbury Service of Remembrance was held on 5 May 2019 at The Medbury Centre.
"At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them."
Throughout this week the boys have experienced a wide variety of The Arts including African drumming, dance roulette, Neil Shaskey drawing classes, sand sculptures, Shona Clarkson pottery classes, musical performances, theatresports, busking, pavement art, mask day, Brendan Dooley magic, parades, solo performances and concerts.
The Swimming Exhibition at the Medbury School Swimming Pool yesterday was an opportunity for our Years 1 and 2 boys to showcase their learning and swimming skills to parents, grandparents and friends who joined us at this fun-filled event.
Yesterday we held our Numeracy and Literacy Open Morning and Parent Information Session. Our aim was to showcase the progression of our Numeracy and Literacy programmes throughout the School.