Published on: 28 November 2014

Christ Church welcomed more than 150 new boys and their parents to the Preparatory and Year 7 Orientation Day last Friday. While Prep boys joined their classes for next year and future Year 7s met in Sandover Dining Hall, new parents gathered in the Refectory.

About 300 parents attended the New Parents’ Morning Tea, which was moved from Walter’s Lawn to the Refectory due to the inclement weather. The morning gave attendees an opportunity to meet other new parents from similar year groups as new and old acquaintances were made.

Parents then moved to the School Chapel for an information session where they were welcomed by Headmaster Garth Wynne. President of the Parents’ Association Susan Montanari and President of the Parents’ Auxiliary Samantha Goebel shared the many benefits of becoming engaged in the School’s various support groups. They also heard from the Health Centre’s Joanna Simpson and Uniform Shop’s Georgina Ryan.

Meanwhile, new boys had their first taste of life as a Christ Church student. In the Prep School, 65 boys joining Years 1 to 6 had a chance to see the School in action as they joined their future classmates in a range of activities. The day included ‘getting to know you’ games, sports and arts activities, a library visit as well as some assessments in Mathematics and reading.

In the Senior School, 90 new boys as well as 100 current Year 6 students got a glimpse of life as a Year 7. Head of the Senior School Roger Bayly introduced the boys to the School’s House system and their allocation for 2015, followed by a tour of the Senior School. The boys had a chance to befriend one another over lunch, games and in House groups.