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Last Wednesday we celebrated one of Medbury's most loved days on the annual calendar - Grandparents and Special Friends' Day!
As you can see from the photos, the boys just love sharing their learning with their guests and showing them around their School.
Morning tea was followed by a concert in The Medbury Centre showcasing our talented Medbury boys. We can't wait to do it all again in 2023 - our special Centenary year!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
The Annual Twilight Athletics were held on Friday 4 November and saw the Medbury community out in force with their picnic baskets. Thank you to all the parents and friends of Medbury who came and supported the boys, and thank you to the teachers, and particularly Director of Sport, Mr Gilbert, and Years 1 to 6 Physical Education teacher, Mr Ogston, for a superbly run event. More photos and results to follow in The Medburian Yearbook.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
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 the Show.We are sharing a tent with Selwyn House School on ‘Robinson Street’ (near the Food and Wine Pavilion) at the Canterbury Agricultural Park Showgrounds, Curletts Rood. The Show runs from Wednesday 9 November to Friday 11 November.See you there!
A sunny day at the Polo Grounds and Hagley Tennis Club was the setting for the Summer Sports Exchange on Tuesday, with the cricket and tennis matches played in good spirit. Full results will follow in The Medburian yearbook.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Medbury School hosted St Kentigern's on their South Island Tour this week.
The boys have been eagerly awaiting the matches, and enjoyed games rich in skill, passion and sportsmanship, together with comradery and friendship.
Thank you to the Medbury families who billeted the students and to the St Kentigern's staff and supporters crew for their excellent Tour organisation. We look forward to future Exchanges!
Full results of all 2022 Summer and Winter Sports Exchanges will follow in The Medburian.
Please register here, we do hope you can attend.
The new Headmaster of Medbury School was announced today.
We hope to see you there!
Click here for the Winter 2022 'Play the Game' magazine, out today!
Come and visit our Registrar at the Women’s Pavilion 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 14 October and Saturday 15 October.
See you there!
You are invited to attend the Medbury School Open Day to discover what makes a Medbury education unique.The Open Day is on Wednesday 26 October 2022 from 9.00am to 10.45am. The Headmaster will speak at 10.15am.To register online click here.
The 2022 Music Extravaganza was one of the highlights of Term 3 as all the boys took to the stage to perform. Audiences at both the matinee and evening shows were awed by the musical talent of our Medbury boys and all four Houses did themselves proud.
Congratulations to Ilam for winning the fiercely contested House Competition!
Full story with more photos and results from the Senior Music Competition to follow in 'Play the Game' magazine - coming out in Week 1 of Term 4.
The Boarders retained the Forbes Family Cup in a thrilling game at the annual Boarders vs Day Boys Rugby match on Friday 2 September. Well done to both the teams for the excellent sportsmanship on display throughout this annual event and thank you to the large crowd supporting from the sidelines! More photos and full story to follow in the Spring Play the Game magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
It was a pleasure to host Huntley School for a Winter Sports Exchange this week. Thank you to the Huntley staff for their seamless organisation, and to the Huntley boys and girls for some excellent competition! Thank you to the families of Medbury students who opened their homes to host the Huntley students - your continued support of Medbury Sport is greatly appreciated. Finally, thank you also to Director of Sport, Brad Gilbert, and all of the coaches involved along with staff here at school for ensuring the exchange went so well. More photos, results and story to follow in 'Play the Game' magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Parents, caregivers and grandparents enjoyed watching the Years 1 to 4 boys showcase their skills in choreographed dance at a Dance Curriculum concert on Friday. Over the last two weeks the boys have been learning hip hop, a partner dance and a disco dance. Thank you to Mark from Dance Curriculum, and to all the brave parents who joined in with the last song at the concert! More photos and story to follow in the Spring 'Play the Game' magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Medbury Year 8 Rock Band 'The People’ wins Bandquest!
Their lead guitarist also won the ‘Killer Guitarist Award'.
Congratulations boys and thank you to their tutor Matt Stockwell.
Congratulations to Scott Johnson, Assistant Principal and Head of Curriculum at Medbury, who has been selected as a recipient of a 2022 ISNZ Honours Award for service to Educational Leadership and Innovation. The award was presented by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins in Wellington on Friday. Scott’s leadership of P4C (Philosophy for Children), FPS (Future Problem Solving), and ACE (Medbury’s Acceleration and Enrichment) has been nothing short of extraordinary. The Awards were established by ISNZ to honour exceptional staff who demonstrate talent, service and commitment that is truly above and beyond. #playthegame #100yearsin2023
The Christchurch Schools Cycling TTT 15 Km Trial was held on 17 August starting at the Tai Tapu Hotel then heading back with a 7.5km turn around.The Medbury Team were competing in the U14 Boys section and managed first, second and third placings.Medbury A; Riley Crampton, Louis Hiatt, Harrison Tapper, George Clark (1st 25:58.21).Medbury B: Louis Sharr, Noah Madgwick, George Hegan, Thomas Mortlock (2nd 29:24.00).Medbury C: Tom Wilson, Arthur Brown, George Bishop, Cooper Godfrey (3rd 30:51.78).Medbury D: Matt Bennett, Oscar Abbott, Sam Ensor (5th 34:08.50).First place means that Medbury School continues to retain The Searle Cup for this special 15km team event. Our team are a credit to our school, they rode well and showed character and these are very pleasing results. We are very thankful to all of our parents and the Christchurch Schools cycling volunteers for making these events possible.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
The Medbury Parents’ Association 2022 ‘Breakfast with the Boys’ was a great success this morning and we were thrilled to have Wheel Blacks Cody Everson as our speaker. Cody captained the Wheel Blacks when they earned a qualification slot for New Zealand for the Paralympics, and we thank him for his inspirational talk.This annual ‘sell-out’ highlight on our calendar once again ran seamlessly thanks to our truly awesome team of MPA volunteers! More photos to follow in the Spring ‘Play the Game’ magazine. Don’t forget to register for the upcoming MPA hoedown here: https://bit.ly/3d6jClg#playthegame #100yearsin2023
The conditions were atrocious at the South Island Road Championships on Saturday 9 July, however the team still came up with an excellent collection of Gold, Silver and Bronze - well done boys to all the boys who participated!
It was great to see at least half a dozen Medbury Old Boys on the podiums also. Thank you to Hayden Godfrey for acting as Manager for this event. Story and results to follow in 'Play the Game' magazine.
Congratulations boys!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
The Year 8 Production, SPARK, and the interpretation of four fire myths, was a fascinating showcase of creativity, choreography, musicianship, drama and acting. The Year 8 boys were superb on the stage! Thank you to all the staff who were involved in the four performances and who helped make this year’s production an experience that will be remembered for a long time by all who were involved. We look forward to bringing you more images and the full story in the next ‘Play the Game’ magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
This year’s Medbury World Vision 40 Hour Famine event 'Walk for Water’ is underway! We are raising money for World Vision to help supply clean water to those who need it most. We look forward to sharing you all the news and photos from the event, including the ’Chuck a Bucket’ which will be livestreamed to our community shortly. We are already well over halfway towards our goal of $10,000 - please donate here https://my.worldvision.org.nz/ss/ksM0Jb/medbury-school. We wish all the boys well who have set themselves an extra challenge on the weekend to raise extra money!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Winter Sports Exchange
After a sharp start to the morning with a good Canterbury frost, the fields thawed for a perfect afternoon of sport. All games were played in fantastic spirt.
In rugby, Medbury managed to secure a win, showing some exciting ball skills. Medbury won the hockey, scoring four wonderful goals. In the football, Medbury 1st XI drew 3 all with St Andrew’s in a classic encounter and Medbury 13 Blue managed to score in the last minute of the game to win 4-3 in a thriller on Ilam Fields. At St Andrew’s, the Medbury 12 Red football team came back from 2-5 down to draw 5-5. A brilliant effort not to give up and come back.
We look forward to seeing how our Medbury 12 Red Football and Medbury 1st V Basketball teams go on Monday for the last two games of the exchange.
We thank St Andrew’s for playing in great spirit and appreciate the support from the boys on the sidelines.
More photos to follow in ‘Play the Game’ magazine.
There was a spot of rain for the Medbury School Cross Country at Fendalton Park on Tuesday this week – well done to all the Years 1 to 8 boys who gave it their best effort.
Thank you to all the supporters who came to cheer on the Years 1 to 8 boys on the chilly autumn day!
More photos and story to follow in the next issue of ‘Play the Game’ magazine.
The Medbury Service of Remembrance was held on Sunday in 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 by George Hadden 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
The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has announced that this year’s recipient of the Slater Three-Quarter Violin is Medbury School student, Andy Li!
Andy Li was selected to take part in the CSO Ambassador programme this year and he was chosen as a student with huge potential and talent in his playing. We are so thrilled to hear this news. If you see Andy next term, give him the thumbs up!
“Andy is a talented boy with great potential,” says his teacher, Iryna Ionenko (CSO Principal Second Violin Emeritus).
Read more about Andy and his new instrument here: https://bit.ly/3DXhTrW
The 2022 Swimming Finals for Years 3 to 8 were held in groups across the day on Tuesday 1 March. The boys supported their classmates and siblings, many of whom broke existing record times.
We look forward to bringing you the full story and results in the next ‘Play the Game’ magazine.
A special thanks to the organiser, Brad Gilbert, Director of Sport, and to all the officials who kept the day running smoothly.
This week the Year 8 boys enjoyed the annual Year 8 Surf Days at Sumner Beach. Plenty of fun was had while learning a variety of skills with the instructors.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Today we welcomed the new boys and staff to Medbury School with a traditional Māori welcome. This morning's Mihi Whakatau featured speeches from staff and students, a haka powhiri from the Medbury Kapa Haka group, and a whole school Waiata 'He Honore'.
We are so proud of every boy for their achievements in the unique year that was 2021. Ka mau te wehi e tama! Congratulations Boys!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Congratulations to all the prize winners at the 2021 Prize Givings and a special congratulations to our School Leaders for 2022: Head Boy, Harry Reekie; Deputy Head Boy, Louis Hiatt; Deputy Head Boy, Louis Sharr; and Head Boarder, Gus Menzies.
Best wishes to all the Year 8 Leavers and a safe and happy holiday to all the members of the wider Medbury Community.
Traditional Christmas readings and choral music were live streamed to the Medbury community last Wednesday from The Medbury Centre as the Years 7 and 8 boys gathered for the Senior Carol Service.
Thank you to the soloists, readers, the Medbury Choristers, Canon Mark Chamberlain and Music Teacher, April Chapman, for your part in creating the magic and beauty of Christmas in song for us this year.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
2021 Christmas Concert
The Junior School and Lower Middle School boys recorded their songs for the 2021 Christmas Concert last week and it was shared with our Junior School and Lower Middle School families today.
Thank you to Miss McGarry, Mrs Chapman and Mr Codd for all their hard work and well done to all of the Junior School and Lower Middle School boys for your energy and enthusiasm
Canterbury Qualifiers vs Otago Qualifiers
Medbury School played Taieri College from Dunedin yesterday in Timaru. This was the unofficial South Island Final as the CJCA National Primary Schools final was cancelled due to Covid.The idea was to play 30 overs, but with the rain in the morning, we reduced this to 25. Taieri lost the toss and we sent them in to bat. Not long after the match had started, we had to have a short break to try and find another set of stumps as Henry Murfitt snapped one in half when he bowled someone out.Taieri made 93 from their 25 overs and we managed to chase this down in the 14th over.Thank you to Taieri College for the excellent competition, and to the Taieri College staff for their organisation.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Congratulations to all the boys who participated in the recent 'New Zealand Speech and Drama' and 'Speech New Zealand' exams. 9 boys received Honours Plus, 22 received Honours and many more received Merits and Merit Plus recognition.
The boys enjoyed sharing some items at the two 'Speech and Drama Showcase' events held earlier this year. Well done boys!
Junior Jazz Jam 2021 at the Salvation Army Citadel. We were so pleased to participate in this socially distanced performance opportunity last month. The students enjoyed hearing from other local junior jazz bands and received feedback on their performance from Ara Jazz Tutors. Thank you to Judith Bell for her organisation of this community event and to Medbury School Jazz Band tutor Mr Canard.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Athletics Day is well underway with our parents enjoying the live streamed action! Thank you to all the teachers, and particularly Director of Sport Mr Gilbert and Years 1 to 6 Physical Education teacher Mr Ogston for all their hard work behind the scenes.
More photos to follow!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
The Senior Music Competition last week was watched by parents and friends via live stream and showcased the outstanding musicianship at Medbury School.
More photos, results and full story to follow in the Spring ‘Play the Game’ magazine.
Well done boys on your excellent performances and a warm thank you to the Prelims Adjudicator, Mr Daniel Cooper and the Finals Adjudicator, Mr Chris Petch.
On Friday the Boarders took back the Forbes Family Cup from the Day Boys at the annual Boarders vs Day Boys Rugby match. The Day Boys pulled ahead after half time, so it was a close and exciting game for those watching via live stream. More photos and full story to follow in the Spring Play the Game magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
What a great finish to the cycling season with Medbury picking up three trophies yesterday. Winner of the Kevin Searle Cup TTT Canterbury Championship Race (Medbury 1, Med 3, third); Winner of the TTT Season Trophy for best team Y7/8 (Med 1); and Winner for top Years 7/8 school overall. Top points winner, Louis Sharr 46, Patrick Aitken and Jake Bennett even on 44. Congratulations to the whole team for competing well and making excellent progress over the season and thank you to coach, Mr Taylor!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Christ's College are unable to physically host this event. This will be a virtual presentation and all guests will be emailed a link prior to the event starting. Boost confidence and healthy eating, with guidance from the experts at our upcoming Parent Education Evening – Promoting positive body image in boys. Support your sons and book your spot now – https://bit.ly/3mbIIBN
Check out this message from our Prefects!#playthegame #100yearsin2023https://vimeo.com/594028401
Long standing members of Medbury staff Chrissie Badger and Rosemary Black were each awarded a 2021 Independent Schools of New Zealand Honours Award, two of only twelve given out across 46 Independent Schools in New Zealand this year. These Awards were established by ISNZ to honour exceptional staff who demonstrate talent, service and commitment that is truly above and beyond.
At Medbury, we are very proud of the calibre of our staff whose common goal is to ‘Unlock Every Boy’s Potential’, and they are all committed to creating an environment which encourages, motivates and challenges the boys. Medbury employs more than 70 full and part-time staff, including teachers, administration, grounds and maintenance, catering and boarding staff. Our continuing professional development programme ensures that all our teachers and managers are up to date with the best practises in teaching and learning and further developing and enhancing their skills.
Congratulations to Mrs Rosemary Black and Mrs Chrissie Badger who have each been selected as a recipient of a 2021 ISNZ Honours Award! Read more about Mrs Black here: https://bit.ly/38k9UWV and Mrs Badger here: https://bit.ly/3kv1WQi .
Read the full list from ISNZ here: https://www.isnz.org.nz/.../isnz-honours-awards-2021...Well done Mrs Black and Mrs Badger!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
A message from our Head Boy, Henry Murfitt:Hello boys and families.It’s been four days since we got told that we were going into lockdown. I hope you are all enjoying lockdown even if it’s hard at times as we are out of our daily school routine and we don’t get to see our friends. Thank you to the staff, boys and families for adjusting in a couple of hours to the news as fast as we could. I felt really sorry for my Years 7 and 8 peers and teachers who were enjoying the North Island sports tour before it was cancelled. I’d like to thank all of the teachers for getting work for us as soon as possible, without you this would’ve been a lot harder. This is the second time we’ve been in lockdown so hopefully this time won’t be as hard as we know what to expect. Please be kind to your siblings and family because they're going through this as well. Over the next couple of days please all get outside and do some exercise each day. I have been going on walks with my family every day and practising football. Try to find something active you can work on. I can’t wait to see you all soon. Stay SafeRegards Henry Murfitt#playthegame
Well done to Carson Su, Newman Hao, Korban Donaldson and Morgan Du who competed in the Robocup Regional Finals on Sunday held by Robotics Education New Zealand.
It was a great opportunity for the boys to demonstrate their coding and engineering design skills and knowledge in a competitive setting.
Our senior team (Carson Su and Newman Hao) placed third and will be representing Medbury at the Nationals in Wellington next month.
All the best boys!
The Sports Exchange with King's School was held last week in wintery conditions for Football, Rugby and Hockey games. Thank you to King's for the excellent competition, and to the King's staff for their organisation. Thank you to all Medbury families who opened up their homes to host King's students - your continued support of Medbury Sport is greatly appreciated. More photos, results and story to follow in 'Play the Game' magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Promoting positive body image in boys
We invite parents to learn about how behaviour and language can contribute to shape and weight concerns – along with unhealthy eating – among boys.
Hosted by the Christ’s College and Medbury School wellbeing teams, registered nurse and therapist Anna Comins and senior clinical psychologist Jo Vallance will detail healthy beliefs and behaviour to boost confidence and wellbeing among boys.
Working in private practice at the Psychology Hub in Riccarton, both Anna and Jo support young people who have body image concerns, eating disorders and associated problems.
Date: 7 September
Christ's College – Chapman Room
Please register here.
Yesterday saw the following boys taking part in the Canterbury Regional Chess Champs at the Christchurch Town Hall. Finlay Benson, Ryan Zhang, Bill Li and Tate Aikawa (A Team); Zac Croft, Josh Manenge, Cody Wu and Hwijun Kwon (B Team); and Lucas Hu, Noah Kingston, Tom Wilson and Morgan Du (C Team).
We were excited to receive updates from Chess Coach, Mr Benson, during the day yesterday, who first reported that the A team were first equal with one round to be played! Not long afterwards we found out that Medbury had made it through to the Chess Nationals! A first for Medbury! Well done to all the boys who played, and thank you to Coach Mr Benson, and Teacher in Charge of Chess, Mrs Johnson.We wish the boys all the best for the upcoming Nationals!
2022 Scholarship WinnersCongratulations to the following boys who have been acknowledged for their balance of talent and efforts:Henry Murfitt (General Excellence Scholarship to Christ’s College), Tate Aikawa (General Excellence Scholarship to Christ’s College), Jackson Grace (Sports Scholarship to Christ’s College), Ericsson Ye (Academic Scholarship to Christ’s College), Otis Wheeler (Sports Award to St Andrew’s College), Andy Li (Year 7 Medbury School Music Scholarship), and Oscar Stove (Performing Arts Scholarship to Christ’s College).Well done boys!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Congratulations boys! A total of 3,960kms clocked up so far today in our 40 Hour Famine Event 'Cycle For Sub-Sahara' and more to come over the weekend...at the time of writing we are almost halfway to our goal! A special thanks from our organiser Mr Amos Pilgrim to all of the 25+ parents involved and the many staff who went 'above and beyond'. Here is the link to make your donation and check out our progress over the weekend: https://bit.ly/2Sn1Ccs.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Two days to go until 'Cycle for Sub-Sahara'! Medbury students are aiming high this year for our whole school fundraiser for World Vision with a goal of raising $10,000. We encourage you to ask your family and friends to support your son by sponsoring him and making a donation at https://bit.ly/2Sn1Ccs. For more information please email your homeroom teacher. #playthegame #100yearsin2023
Medbury School Kapa Haka Showcase! Parents of the Junior and Lower Middle School boys enjoyed watching their boys yesterday as they showcased this term's learning in Kapa Haka in The Medbury Centre. Thank you to Mr Ogston and Miss McGarry and well done boys! Ka mau te wehi e tama! More photos to follow in 'Play the Game' magazine.#playthegame #100yearsin2023
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.
We are so proud of every boy for their achievements in the unique year that was 2020. Ka mau te wehi e tama! Congratulations Boys!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
Nau mai, hoki mai Welcome back!
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!#playthegame #100yearsin2023
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
Business and Services Directory
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.
Read about our top Academic, Cultural and Sporting Successes in 2019.
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:https://my.worldvision.org.nz/ss/ecCBv7/medbury-school
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.
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