10 Aug 2017

Thursday 10 August 2017

Old Collegians and parents of students of Greenbank House were invited to attend the 21st anniversary celebrations, held over the evenings of 4 and 5 August. 



The Friday 4 August event was for current and past parents of ‘Greenbankians’ and the Saturday 5 August event was for Old Collegians.

Current and past Parents attending the Friday session were invited to reflect on their time as a Greenbank parent and the role of a King’s College parent.

“Greenbank has helped my son become a more focused and nurturing person who always looks out for his friends. In turn, I myself have enjoyed being a part of this community,” expressed one former Greenbank parent.

The evening proved a lovely opportunity to reminisce, with original Greenbank Housemaster Paul Watts and Headmaster Simon Lamb both present to welcome guests and reflect on the wonderful journey of Greenbank House across the 21 years.

Past parent, Marijana Brajkovich spoke on the postive influence Paul Watts has made on her two sons and how the respect he earned from each student was legendary.

"Paul on behalf of the 21 years of Greenbank parents we want to thank you enormously. You are held by your young men with the greatest esteem and respect and for Grant and I and the parents it has truly been our privilege," says Marijana. 

On Saturday, Old Collegians were treated to a speech by 2015 Head Boy Chas Wakefield (2010-15), who provided guests with his fond memories of being a proud Greenbankian. 

Other Old Collegians also shared their memories of the House.

“The best thing about the House is the great culture. As an Old Collegian, you can be proud to say you were in Greenbank House,” says Kieran Kingstone (2002-06, Greenbank).

Both events served as the perfect way to reconnect with old friends and farewell Housemaster, Paul Watts, who, after 21 years has left Greenbank House to join Te Putake Lodge as their new Housemaster.

“Greenbank is more than just a House; it is a family where the boys can support each other and care for one another and where they can channel their passion, their allegiance, and their energy into everything that Griffin represents,” says Paul