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Academic

Linguistics

NZ Linguistics Olympiad Final 2016

12 April 2017

Congratulations to the Canterbury Winning Team who competed in the 2016 NZ Linguistics Olympiad Regional Final and came second overall in the National Competition.

Daniel Chong (Christchurch Boys’ High School)
Wills Wynn Thomas (Christ’s College)

 

Astronomy

Astronomy Conference - Jack Zidich

13 May 2017

Jack wrote a 300 word paragraph about why students wanted to attend and why students were interested in astronomy and attended the Royal Astronomical Society of NZ conference in Dunedin 12-14 May.

For more information on the conference and speakers click here

Prime Minister's Scholarships

Study in China

Mathew Birt has received a scholarship to do a one year exchange at Zhejiang Gongshang University in Hangzhou China studying Mandarin and Commerce.

Latin America Scholarship

01 August 2017

Former student receives scholarship to Latin America

Former Christchurch Boys’ High student, James Addington, received a Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America in the latest round of scholarships announced yesterday by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith.

James (who is also the University of Canterbury Students’ Association President) will spend three months this summer in Buenos Aires on an internship in a multi-national company.

James has completed a Bachelor of Commerce and will complete a Bachelor of Laws at the end of this year, and sees this as a good opportunity to gain global experience straight out of university.

“I wanted to get overseas next year and get some experience, a friend told me about this and I thought it was a good opportunity to take. It’s an opportunity I think students should be taking advantage of.”

He also sees this as an opportunity to explore a place he hasn’t been before and is keen to immerse himself in the local culture, go hiking and hit the ski slopes if he is still there in the winter months.

The aim of the scholarship is to strengthen the relationship between New Zealand and Latin America by improving New Zealanders’ international workforce skills through knowledge of Latin America’s business practice and culture, and strengthen our ability to engage in trade agreements with partners in Latin America. The scholarships also aim to promote the quality of New Zealand’s education system.

Scholarships cover flights, living costs and programme fees as well as medical and travel insurance.

Science

ICAS 2017 Science Competition

11 May 2017

Top Achievers from CBHS in the ICAS Science Competition

This year, approximately 980,000 students from the Oceania region participated in ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) competitions and assessments. From our school, 180 students took part in the Science Competition held in May.

Of those that took part, 2 students were placed in the top 1% of participants and received High Distinction Certificates, 25 students were placed in the top 10% receiving Distinction Certificates and 39 students were placed in the top 25%, gaining Credit Certificates.

Those that received High Distinction or Distinction Certificates are named below and their achievement was acknowledged by their peers in recent Assemblies.

Congratulations to the following students for their academic success:

Year 9:
High Distinction: Duncan Hamilton.
Distinction: Edison Chow, Douglas McClunie, Cameron Talbot and Jake Hollows.
Year 10
Distinction - Blake Alexander, Henry Collins, Elliott Croft, Tom Dennehy, Jacob Hartshorn, Todd Hartshorn, Finley Marshall, Hugo Marshall, Gabe Mohs, Oliver Persson, Harry Reece, Joseph Walker, Max Young, Jake Benny and Noah Olsen
Year 11
Distinction - Jack Barton, Daniel Chong, Alex Crichton and Max Zhang
Year 12
Distinction - Rio Ogino
Year 13
High Distinction - Jack Zidich
Distinction - Rongbo Zhang

NIWA Canterbury & Westland School's Science & Technology Fair

09 September 2017

Alex Dann, Year 9 did remarkably well in the Fair held over the weekend of 9/10 September hosted by ARA Institute of Canterbury. Alex's entry titled Out of Thin Air scooped the following two prizes and prize money :

2nd in the Yr 9/10 Technology Section 

3rd in the Environment Canterbury Award Section

Alex's device takes water out of air that passes through the tube visible in the picture, it has many applications, such as providing clean drinking water to those that don't have access to it in remote locations, Third World countries and holiday homes. 

Cantamath Teams Competition

Winning Performance at Cantamath 2017

30 August 2017

A Christchurch Boys’ High School team won the Year 9 Cantamath Teams competition for the first time since 1999 with a scintillating performance.  

In this competition, the teams have 30 minutes to answer 20 questions. The winner is the first to finish or the team with the highest score after 30 minutes has elapsed.

This competition is usually very closely fought with the lead changing multiple times. Several teams were in contention early in the competition, as normal, but as time when on the C.B.H.S. team took the lead then gradually extended it. The team got their 20th and last, question correct after just over 19 minutes had elapsed and ended up winning comfortably with the 2nd place team not finishing until six minutes later!

So, in the end, it was a dominating performance.

The second team in the Year 9 competition also performed creditably, finishing with 85 points when the 30 minutes elapsed, to finish in around 6th or 7th place.

In the Year 10 competition, the two teams also performed very well, finishing with 85 and 80 points after 30 minutes. The team on 80 points were actually joint leaders early on and then in second place for some time before getting stuck on a couple of questions towards the end.