An inaugural St. John’s College Sports Day attracted a large crowd of students, old boys and the wider community.
The day, held on Saturday (May 13), saw two Football games, and five Rugby matches played. The school’s 1st XV won 29-27 in the first game of CNI season against Rathkeale College.
Principal George Rogers, who also coaches the E-grade team, says it was fantastic to see everyone come together in support of the school and its current students.
“It is important the Old Boys Association plays an active and engaged part in the life of the College. It helps support us in growing young people into good men.”
St. John’s College Board Member Jay Campbell, also an Old Boy and CEO of the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union, says: “It's great to see the college embracing the connections available to them in such a fantastic setting as a sports day”.
“George is doing an incredible job in engaging the entire community including old boys, parents and friends in showcasing all the amazing opportunities the college has to offer.”
His son Harry Campbell is the Captain of the 1st XV.
“The board see sport, across all levels, as a critical component alongside education, cultural and various art endeavours as helping these young men become the best version of themselves.”
A food cart, built and run by the Parent and Friends Association (PFA), and used to fundraise for the school, was also at the day.
Sue Stocker, a member of the PFA, says it’s a great way to bring the community together.
“It’s lovely to be able to give our time for a good cause and to help out the boys.”
Mr Rogers says he hopes to see more days like this in the future.