Old Boys Achievements 2017


Andy Simmonds received a scholarship for Asia to do an internship in Shangai last year with a company called Haizol.

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

Sam Brustad (2009-13) who was awarded an extgraordinary four-year full fees scholarship to Tokyo Univesity in 2013, has recently graduated and is working at the British Embassy in Tokyo. He is currently applying for a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University, hoping to complete a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy.

Alex Boyle was also a student from 2009-2013. He was our Proxime Accessit in 2013 and went on to study medicine at the University of Auckland. He is completing a practical year in a hospital in France. When he graduates he wants to work for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). 

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.

Dr Andrew Dean UC alumnus and Rhodes Scholar passed his D.Phil viva voce examination at Oxford University in June 2017. Rhodes scholarships constitute the pinnacle of achievement for university graduates wishing to pursue postgraduate study. Andrew was mentored in the discipline of English at CBHS and then at UC by American Studies and English department staff. He is particularly interested in the writings of authors Janet Frame, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath and published a critical monograph 'Ruth, Roger and Me' on student loans in 2015.


Hugh Riminton (1973-78) after decades as a foreign correspondent and news presenter in Australia and beyond, has published a memoir 'Minefields - A life in the news game', in it he reflects on his time at CBHS.

MINEFIELDS is Hugh Riminton's fascinating memoir of over forty years on the frontline of the news game. Hugh Riminton was a small-town New Zealand teenager with a possible drinking problem and a job cleaning rat cages at an animal lab when a chance meeting with a radio news director changed his life.

The news man took a chance on him and, at 17, Riminton became a cadet reporter. On the strength of a two line job ad in a Perth newspaper he escaped to Australia. Within three years of getting his start in television, he scored one of the most prestigious and sought after jobs in Australian journalism - London-based correspondent for the Nine Network.

Over nearly 40 years he has been shot at, blown up, threatened with deportation and thrown in jail. He has reported from nearly 50 countries, witnessed massacres in Africa, wars and conflicts on four continents, and every kind of natural disaster.

He has also been a frontline witness to pivotal moments in Australian history - from the Port Arthur massacre to the political dramas of Canberra, receiving almost every major journalism award Australia has to offer.

MINEFIELDS is Hugh's fascinating story of over forty years on the frontline of the news game.

Click here to read more.




Congratulations to the below Old Boys who have been recognised with New Year’s Honours

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

Professor John Frederick Burrows QC  for services to the State (1953-57)

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

 John Leslie Harrington for services to youth (1973-76)

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

Dr Donald Alistair McDonald for services to rowing (1946-50)

The Queen's Service Medal (QSM)

Geoffrey Harrow for services to mountaineering and conservation (1941-45) 

Jack Steer former Old Boy has been awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander), America's 3rd highest military honour.  Rear Admiral Steer (Trd) received the honour in recognition for actions carried out during his appointment as Chief of the Royal NZ Navy from 2012 to 2015.



Congratulations to the below Old Boys who have been recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honours

The New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

Professor Peter John Gilling for services to urology (1972-76)

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

Cranwell Leslie Bull for services to cricket (1960-64)

John Barry Maughan for services to health (1955-58)

Robin Gustav McNeill for services to conservation (1975 only)

The Queen's Service Medal (QSM)

Peter Bruce Simmonds for services to theatre (1943-44)



Hugh deLacy has won the Speed Shear Senior Title at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships held in Invercargill (February 2017).

Will Jordan former Christchurch Boys' High School First XV star, who turned 19 on Friday, has joined Tasman for the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup season. He has signed a two-year contract. Tasman chief executive Tony Lewis said Jordan, a strong running fullback with a knack of scoring tries, had been on their radar for the past two years. He was a standout performer for the Christchurch Boys' High School First XV in 2015, scoring 19 tries in 11 games to finish the UC Championship as the competition's leading try-scorer. Read more

If there was ever any doubt why, at the age of 19, Will Jordan belongs playing Christchurch Metro Division One rugby, he cemented his spot in emphatic style last weekend. The fleet-footed fullback scored four of Christchurch's 10 tries in a 62-8 win over Marist Albion to be first equal on the try-scoring table. Click here to read more

Quinn Clinton Canterbury Rams guard has landed a scholarship with US college the University of New Mexico.
The 17-year-old point guard signed with the NCAA division one team during a recent visit to the US, where he visited numerous colleges interested in securing his services. Clinton, who turns 18 this month and recently wrapped up secondary school at Christchurch Boys' High School, will play for the Rams in the NBL this season, before leaving for the US in August. At 1.90m tall, Clinton captained the Junior Tall Blacks to the Oceania under-18 title last month, which secured a berth to this year's under-19 World Cup for just the second time. Click here to read more.

Josh McKay and Will Jordan have been selected in the NZ 20's squad to play in the U20 Oceania Tournament to be held on the Gold Coast starting 28 May 2017 click here for more.

Josh McKay and Will Jordan were part of the New Zealand team who won the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 Title click here for more.

Paul Coll New Zealand's top men's player has enjoyed a stellar past year, rising to a career-high of 12 in the world rankings and in doing so has started to reap the financial benefits for his hard-earned graft. In December, the 25-year-old West Coast-raised Coll, who shifted to Canterbury as a teenager, achieved his largest pay day since turning pro in 2011, collecting US$16,000 (NZD$21,978) after taking out the St George's Hill Classic in Surrey, England. Click here to read more.

Benji Lapslie has been named in the Futsal Whites squad to play a 3 game series against New Caledonia.  Click here to read more

Jackson Ogle - Cambridge cyclist Jackson Ogle added a final medal to the New Zealand haul on the last day of the UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championships in Italy. The 18-year-old won a bronze medal in the junior men's 1000m time trial (1 min 01.768) on the Montichiari Velodrome.

Mike Phillips  Christchurch triathlete quit his job to become the world's fastest ironman on debut after winning silver at Ironman Barcelona.The former Christchurch Boys' High School student started the race ranked 61 and was up against over 100 professional competitors as it is Europe's most popular ironman event, but said he backed himself to get the job done. In August he won the Bintan 70.3 half-length event, giving him confidence he could compete with the best of them. With his first ironman behind him, Phillips is now eyeing up the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and needs to gain two top-50 placings to get there. His first opportunity to do so will be at the Ironman New Zealand triathlon in Taupo in March. Click here to read more