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The 13-year-old has come from his parents’ sheep and beef farm near Tapanui, and brought all the comforts of home that he might need — including a cricket bat, to deal with any snorers, he joked.
Charlie is one of about 140 boarders who moved into the Otago Boys’ hostel at the weekend, ready to start school this week.
Some of them have come from as far away as Auckland and Stewart Island.
Although Charlie tried hard to put on his bravest face on Saturday during the move in, it was clear that he was going to miss his old life.
"I’ll miss Mum and Dad a wee bit — just a wee bit.
"The thing I’ll miss most though, is being at home on the farm. It’s something to look forward to in the holidays."
It would help keep his homesickness at bay, he said.
"I’ll just keep busy and get involved in heaps of activities, and study hard."
Charlie will not be completely removed from family. His older brother, Isaac, is also a boarder at the facility.
Both were following in the footsteps of their father, Hamish, who was also a boarder at the school.
But whether the brothers would acknowledge they were related, remained to be seen.