Year 7 to 13 Catholic Boys School, Auckland New Zealand

Newsletter 17 12

Posted by on 4 August 2017

This is what the Lord says; I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5

Christopher S Rooney
MEdMgt (Hons), GradDip Bus, BA 

Mumps Outbreak
Parents were notified earlier this week that there have been confirmed cases of mumps, at not only Liston College, but throughout Auckland.  The Auckland Regional Public Health Service has provided information about what to do if your son has mumps or you suspect he may have been in close contact with an infected person. Click HERE for the information.

Parent Teacher Evenings
Thank you to parents and caregivers who were able to meet the teachers to discuss the progress of your son.  If you were unable to attend the interviews, please make contact with the appropriate teachers, either by phone or email. You can arrange to discuss your son's progress either in person, phone or email. A list of teacher contact details is available through the Liston College App.

School Ball
The annual Liston-St Dominic's combined School Ball was held in the first week of the term holidays at the Grand Millennium Hotel. It was another well organised evening in the tradition of both schools. I thank Mr Borich for his organisation and the students for their mature conduct. We make high demands of our students in terms of their behaviour at these events and it is pleasing that they always meet these standards. 

Thank you to the teachers who gave their time over the school break for tutoring. Tutoring is an on-going opportunity for students at lunchtime and after school and helps us to achieve the outsantidng  Please encourage students to take advantage of this.

Father & Son Breakfast
The Prefects are well underway with the organisation of the Father and Son Breakfast.  If you or your business is able to help sponsor the breakfast or provide goods/services for the silent auction, please contact my P.A. Deirdre Bennett. We look forward to hearing Mike Allsop, as he shares his experiences as an adventurer, mountaineer, pilot and marathon competitor.

Other events coming up are:  The Old Boys' Society Quiz Night, Korero with Mike King and the Father & Son Breakfast. Full details are below. 

New Newsletter Format
After reviewing our current newsletter format, we have decided to take the opportunity to change how we present the Newsletter. I will be interested in your feedback on this change. The next newsletter which will be distributed on Friday 18 August will be in the new format. This is easily readable on all devices.

There are a number of scholarships available to Year 13 students who will be studying at tertiary institutions next year. If your son is in Year 13, encourage him to check the information from Mr Borich.  Some of these scholarships are worth significant sums of money and go a long way to paying tuition fees.

Alphaeus Ang
has again excelled in recent Chess tournaments.  He competed in six tournaments and won all of them. He is now the:  

New Zealand Junior Chess Champion
New Zealand Junior Rapid Chess Champion
New Zealand Junior Blitz Chess Champion

Making him New Zealand's champion junior chess player (under 20 years old) in all time controls.

North Island Chess Champion
North Island Rapid Chess Champion
North Island Blitz Chess Champion

This makes him the North Island's champion chess player (all ages) in all time controls. Congratulations Alphaeus

Aniel Bontogon (Year 10),  competed in the U15 Beach Volleyball Nationals representing Auckland. The team made the finals but lost to Invercargill. This placed them 2nd in New Zealand.  Aniel was recognised as Captain of The Year.  He was also chosen in the U17 NZ Indoor Volleyball team which will compete in the Youth World Cup in Kazakhstan in November.  Well done Aniel.

Kaia o Kapa Haka
Congratulations to the following students and their whānau. The boys were appointed leaders of the Liston College Kapa Haka group, at an assembly attended by whānau.
The boys are;
Joseph Taute-Baxter- Ngā Puhi, Nathaneal Vivian - Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Tainui
Joshua Fuluifaga, Siphe Majola, Nathanael Davies-Suluvavae and Sheridan Burmester

Old Boy, Ben Lister has made the Auckland Aces Squad (Cricket) Head Coach, Mark O'Donnell says, “Ben is an exciting prospect and has been on the radar for a while. Being a left-armer gives him a natural point of difference to most bowlers and we are looking forward to working with him more closely. Ben offers some natural pace and natural bounce."

God Bless you and your families.
Chris Rooney