NEW HEADMASTER APPOINTED.
MR. ERNEST BELCHER'S CAREER
[moii ocb owx correspondent).
LONDON, August 21
The Bishop of Christchurch, Mr H. Cottcrill, and Mr H. H. Pitman, tbo Govoraors in England entrusted with" the duty of selecting a headmaster for Christ's College, Christclmrc.li, have appointed Mr Ernest A. Belcher, 8.A., of Lincoln Colleso, Oxford, at present, as : stant-master and house-tutor at Clifton College, Bristol, to the position." There were somo sixty-six applications, and the -work of selection naturally occupied considerable* time.
Mr Belcher hopes to travel by thp Orient liner Oramn, joining her at. Naples on November 2nd, and arriving at Sydney on 'December sth. Hβ mil there tranship for New Zealand, and Christcburch bhould be reached befoio Dccombf»r 15th. The Governors expressed tho hope that he could mako it convenient to reach tuo Dominion be- ™ r • 001 Commemoration :\b Christ s College, and Mr ■Belcher a*mxl wuh them that this wns desirable. Tho now headmaster is a bachelor. Ho is nn exhibitioner of Lincoln Collogo, Oxford, and graduated in tho Honours School of Modem History in 1397. After "some years at a well-known. English preparatory school, he was appointed in 1902>t0 an assistaut-nsastor-!>liip at Durban High School, Natal •Six months after arriving at Durban ho became second master, and during tho six years that followed ho was on twt> or three occasions tho acting headmaster. In IMS Mr Bclchor resigm.il his post in Natal on being offered oy ■Dr. David (now headmaster of Rugby", but then of Clifton) a mastership lit. Clifton College. That position ho ha» now held for nearly five years.
I\lr Belcher is the author of two or three text-books now in use at Ciiftoa and at other English public schools. He has been an examiner for the University of the Cape of Good Hope and for Bristol University, but he is now an assistant-examiner to the Civil Coinmision. He is also the president of the Bristol Branch of the English Historical Association.
So much for the educational side. Turning to sport and other activities, the new headmaster takes a keen interest in every kind of sport. Personally his recreations to-day nre golf, tenn ; s and shooting. But he was in hia school and college cricket and football teams, and was captain of the latter afc his college. Hβ used to play under both codes, alike at the University and afterwards (for Richmond and the Casuals), and though he never got his Blue, he played on several occasions for the University. Now Mr Belchor has retired to the ranks of referees. ■
Last, and by no means, least, I may mention that 2tfr Belcher's chief activo interest to-day is on the subject of defence. He is a major in the Territorial Forces; and commands the Clifton Collego Contingent in the Officers' Training Corps. Hβ also commanded a cadeiJ corps for Borne years in South Africa. The colonial experience he has already had should stand him >in good steo.i - when ho gets to New Zealand. He has the lv'ghest possible testimonials from' the present headmaster of Rugby. ■ ,
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CHRIST'S COLLEGE., Press, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14471, 27 September 1912
CHRIST'S COLLEGE. Press, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14471, 27 September 1912
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