Middle School Handbook 2019
S T A N D R E W ’ S C O L L E G E
Middle School Summer and Winter Uniform
Years 9–11 GIRLS’ UNIFORM • • • • • • • • •
Collarless blazer; White shirt: short or long-sleeved; Tie – with dark blue stripe; Skirt – checked (compulsory), hem on the knee; Pinafore – checked (optional); Black tights in winter, white turnover ankle socks in summer; Black shoes; Cardigan or vest (optional year round); Scarf (optional in winter).
BOYS’ UNIFORM • • • • • • •
Collared blazer; Chambray shirt: short or long-sleeved; Tie – with dark blue stripe; Charcoal shorts (in summer only); Charcoal long trousers (in winter); Belt (optional but must be black); Black walk socks with blue and white bands; • Black lace-up shoes; • Jersey or vest (optional year round); • Scarf (optional in winter).
Middle School Handbook CONTENTS Introduction
Middle School Philosophy
LEARNING AT ST ANDREW’S COLLEGE StAC Learning Values
The Green Library and Innovation Centre
Parent–Teacher Interviews and Reports
Computers and Digital Citizenship
PASTORAL CARE AND STUDENT WELL-BEING Pastoral Care
Parent – Student – Tutor Conferences
Camps at Castle Hill
2019 Term Dates, Fixtures and Holidays
Care of Property
Career Advice and Vocational Studies
Cars, Parking and Campus Access
Examinations and Assessments
Fees and Accounts
Middle School Centre
Staff Contact Information
Movement Between Periods
Music – Performance and Tuition
Prizegiving and Assemblies
Record of Achievement
Restricted and Prohibited Substances
Skateboard and Scooters
Spirit of Adventure
Uniform and Grooming
Old Collegians Association
Middle School Philosophy
Welcome to the Middle School I would like to extend a warm welcome to those new to the St Andrew’s College family. To those returning, welcome back and I am looking forward to continuing our journey together. Please have a look through this handbook as it details all the key elements of the Middle School.
Middle School Philosophy The Middle School is a caring and nurturing environment. By the end of Year 11, we expect our students to be positive contributors to the community, both inside and outside of the classroom. We encourage growth in all areas of their schooling, including academic, co-curricular and social. Regardless of current ability or talent, each child in the Middle School will be valued and will develop resilience and dedication to their learning. We want our students to flourish in a co-educational environment, where it is their character that determines their success. We expect students to respect themselves, others and their environment. At St Andrew’s College, everybody is somebody and no matter what their passion, we will find a way to enhance and develop it to the best that it can be. I am a believer in having a sense of belonging within a wider community and St Andrew’s certainly delivers in this area. Once you are a part of our family, you remain one of us for life. It is with these beliefs and values that I hold dear, that I wish to instil a sense belonging for all our Middle School students,
from wherever they have come to us from. Every student deserves to be accepted, cherished, cared for and appreciated, no matter who they are and where they come from. We will guide and nurture them to become the best they can be and have a positive contribution beyond school. I encourage all students at St Andrew’s to make the most of their opportunities available to them. Meet new people, experience new things, embrace the successes and the failures and learn to grow from them. I have every confidence that if we achieve this, we will see students become positive citizens in an ever‑changing world.
Mikae Tuu’u Head of Middle School
Learning at St Andrew’s College
Learning at St Andrew’s College
StAC LEARNING VALUES The following values are key expectations all teachers have when a student engages in learning.
The following Learning Values are reported on by teachers in interim, mid and end-of-year reports.
• I think and create; • I collaborate; • I strive to achieve; • I am organised.
HOMEWORK PHILOSOPHY The following homework guidelines are taken into consideration when teachers assign homework to any student at St Andrew’s College:
We believe: • homework is targeted, purposeful, and based on consolidating material already taught in class; • homework is preparation for, as well as practice, reinforcement, and extension of classroom content and skills; • homework encourages self-management, perseverance, and responsibility, which are important learning dispositions needed for success; • homework should not require extra resources or excessive adult support in order for the student to be successful but can provide opportunities for parents to become involved in their child’s learning, although this will naturally tend to diminish as students progress through to Senior College; • homework should provide opportunities for teachers to give learners feedback on progress;
• reading is essential in developing vocabulary and comprehension skills across all subject areas. It broadens knowledge, imagination, and impacts positively on well-being. 30 minutes reading at least four times a week is strongly recommended at any level of secondary education.
Parents can support their child’s learning at any level of schooling through the following: • make it part of your day to talk to your child about school: What are they learning? What do they find most interesting? What are they struggling with? • support your child in developing regular routines. Research tells us that distributing or spacing the amount of time spent on any one subject is key to learning. Help your child create small spaces of time for homework and revision of material that has been previously taught. It is important that this space is away from any distractions; • get involved, even when your son or daughter is in their final years at school. This doesn’t mean doing it for your child, nor should it involve assessing or marking it. Help them to adhere to agreed daily routines; • check that they are clear about what their teacher’s expectations are. Find out about what they are learning, and what they are expected to produce from home; • see homework as an opportunity for your child to test and get feedback on their learning. Help your child to see errors as a way to help them learn; • ask your child to teach you a concept that they have recently learned. Research tells us that if they are able to teach someone else, they will have learned it. • if your child says they do not have homework, is struggling, or needs some extension, encourage them to review material that has been previously taught, read widely, or get in touch with their tutor or teachers. Fortnightly Notes are an opportunity to get feedback on the completion and quality of homework in each subject. Useful resources on learning: stac.nz/LearningResources
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Learning Support aims to provide students who have learning challenges with the extra help they need to develop their foundation skills in reading, writing and mathematics in particular. At Years 9 and 10 we have four accelerated learning classes, two at each year level, where students get intensive instruction to help them catch up so they are ready to tackle Level 1 NCEA. At Years 9 and 10 we also provide a literacy option for students who need to improve their reading and writing skills. Intensive one-on-one private tuition is also available for students in any year group with our Seabrook McKenzie tutors and Mrs Ali McCormick. We also offer free after school tutoring each Tuesday and Thursday, 3.30pm–4.30pm for students who need extra help.
The Fortnightly Notes provide the opportunity for teachers to regularly report to parents on the contribution that their son / daughter is making to his / her own learning through their attitude and effort.
At Year 11 the Learning Support Department runs special study groups for students who need help in specific areas.
THE GREEN LIBRARY AND INNOVATION CENTRE Students are encouraged to use The Green Library and Innovation Centre for study, research and leisure. The centre holds a wide selection of resources including print and digital materials with an innovation space used both for curriculum and personal projects.
Facilities include: • resource computers with access to the library catalogue and databases; • wide selection of leisure and educational reading material, both print and digital; • staff to support student learning; • WiFi access throughout; • photocopying, printing and scanning; • access to audio visual equipment; • design and maker space; • collaborative, small group and individual study spaces. Centre hours: Monday–Friday: 8.00am–5.00pm Saturday–Sunday: Closed
The student is scored on a simple 1–5, scale. The scores are explained below:
5 Consistently achieving
3 –4 Usually achieving
1 –2 Sometimes achieving
Students who are maximising their learning opportunities An ‘acceptable’ level of attitude and effort Unacceptable and will be followed up by the Dean
Parents are able, using their username and password, to access the Notes through the Community Portal into the College database. The Notes complement our current bi-annual formal academic report and teacher meetings. They supplement the existing expectation and practice (in accordance with our ‘no surprises policy’) of a teacher contacting a parent to share particular concern/s about a student’s attitude, behaviour or progress in class.
PARENT–TEACHER INTERVIEWS AND REPORTS The College makes every endeavour to ensure good communication between teachers and parents about the progress and welfare of students. Parents have the opportunity to meet with teachers twice a year to discuss student progress. If you have any immediate concerns about your child’s academic progress or pastoral welfare, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor or Dean. Dates for interviews and reports are always notified on the term calendar with a reminder placed in On Strowan. The College uses an online booking system. An email is sent to all parents with the instructions on how to access it.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES St Andrew’s College believes in a holistic education and that co-curricular activity is integral to a young person’s development. The College offers an exceptionally wide range of sporting, recreational, musical and other performance opportunities, ensuring students can discover their potential, explore their interests and strive for excellence in their activity of choice. These activities greatly assist students in building confidence and selfesteem, as well as making constructive use of leisure time. Recent studies indicate that students who get actively involved in a variety of experiences at school are most likely to enjoy success and develop a positive self-image and attitude which translates into success in other aspects of their lives. Most of the practices for these activities take place either before or after school and all students are encouraged to participate in at least one activity per season. Exemptions must be cleared with the Head of Co-curricular and will only be granted on medical grounds, for which a doctor’s letter will be needed. Students may not use a part-time job as an excuse to avoid co-curricular responsibilities. Students are notified through daily notices and sports notice boards when meetings and trials will take place. Participation in a sport or cultural activity is compulsory for all Middle School students throughout the year.
COMPUTERS AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP The vision for e-Learning at St Andrew’s College has the student at the centre of all learning and envisions learners who can connect confidently and actively in their community. We aim to produce responsible students who make informed decisions when using ICT in their learning. To support this vision, all students are required to bring their own laptop, selected from a range of recommended models which are described in more detail on the College website. This environment where there is one computer of comparable functionality to each student is known as
1:1 Computing. This is different from a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme where students can bring whatever computer they already own to class. We believe there are several reasons why 1:1 computing is important for today’s students:
• we need to prepare our students for future tertiary study and the work environment; • there are increased opportunities for collaborative learning; • it increases access to a huge range of electronic resources, which help enhance learning; • students with their own device find it a natural progression of our e-Learning strategies, tying in with the use of our e-Learning platforms; • there are a number of pedagogical benefits: (a) New Zealand Curriculum specifically references the value of e-Learning and (b) international research shows the benefits of e-Learning for students; • it is important to attract quality teachers who want to teach in a ‘digital classroom’; • students exist in a largely ‘digital world’ outside of school, but school is often a non‑digital world. This programme has potential to increase engagement in learning as students use the tools they are most familiar with to facilitate their learning.
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Digital Citizenship Digital Citizenship at St Andrew’s College comprises four strands which are embedded throughout the curriculum. This is reinforced for Year 9 students who are enrolled in a whole year Digital Literacy Programme.
“Learners connecting confidently and actively within their communities.”
Being a connected student at St Andrew’s College is to have access to various technologies. A connected learner is fluent in basic computer competencies such as creating and saving files, backing up their content, working towards becoming a fluent typist and has experience with core software to further their learning such as Microsoft Office 365 (or equivalent).
Being a confident student at St Andrew’s College is to understand what it means to be a Digital Citizen – a person that interacts with the digital world around them in a responsible and safe way. This includes:
Students are connected to online resources through the College wireless network and understand their responsibilities as Digital Citizens to make informed choices when it comes to creating and consuming content online.
• respecting themselves and others online and thinking carefully about what personal information they choose to publish; • thinking carefully about the accuracy and authenticity of content they find online; • respecting the ownership and intellectual property of content they find online by accurately referencing the owner or site they obtained content from and by not engaging in piracy of software or other digital media; • responsibly using technology for educational and recreational use; • identifying when they need help and know where / who they can go to and ask for assistance. Students who are confident users of technology at St Andrew’s College use the digital competencies of a connected student in constructive ways to further their learning.
Students at St Andrew’s College will be active users of digital tools in their learning both in and outside of the classroom. e-Learning promotes the ability for students to learn ‘anywhere and anytime’ by breaking down the physical distinction between classwork and homework. Active e-Learners will make use of College resources such as Microsoft OneNote, to obtain resources from their teacher, know when assessments are due and engage in collaborative learning with their classmates and beyond.
Students at St Andrew’s College will engage within the wider community of learners and experts by utilising technology and the opportunities it presents to connect with authentic audiences beyond the traditional walls of the classroom.
Active learners will explore opportunities for new styles of learning through technology while recognising traditional skills such as handwriting remain critical to complete formal assessment.
Exercising all facets of responsible Digital Citizenship, students can share their learning through various online platforms. Teachers will also create opportunities for shared learning experiences with students from other schools and countries, along with bringing subject expertise into the classroom through technologies such as video-conferencing.
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Other Expectations • students are required to sign and abide by the College’s Cybersafety Agreement – respect yourself, respect others, and respect other people’s property online. The full Cybersafety Agreement can be found here: stac.nz/Cybersafety_SecondaryStudents stac.nz/Cybersafety_SecondaryParents Students and parents must both read and consent to this agreemet; • students use Internet and computing resources for constructive educational purposes only; • students should behave responsibly and appropriately on the College’s computer network just as they are expected to in the classroom or on the school grounds. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behaviour and communications apply. The use of the network is a privilege, not a right. Students are personally responsible for their actions in accessing and utilising the school’s computer resources. Students are advised never to access, keep or send anything that they would not want their parents or teachers to see; • although students may find ways to access other materials, we believe that the benefits for students in being able to access the internet for information resources, communication and collaboration exceed the disadvantages. Ultimately, parents and caregivers are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using social media and information sources.
Points to Note • a username and password for the Microsoft Office 365 environment is provided for each student, which must not be shared. Students have access to a personal College email account and the internet which is provided to support teaching and learning; • wireless connectivity is available throughout most of the campus. Internet traffic is monitored, filtered and logged at all times, with some services like social media blocked during class time; • students are actively encouraged to make use of cloud storage provided via Microsoft’s Office 365 and OneDrive services, providing backup of important school work files as well as cloud collaboration. Microsoft Office 365 storage areas and email accounts should contain school‑related material only. Periodically, network administrators may review email accounts and Office 365 storage to ensure that students are using the system responsibly; • students are allocated a reasonable number of print credits each year. When these are exhausted students pay for additional printing by topping up their credit at the Secondary Library; • for any assistance regarding Information Technology, please see the ICT Department in TC205.
Additional Responsibilities • make sure you have fully charged your laptop for the start of each day at school; • always store your laptop securely in your locker when not using it e.g. P.E., assembly, lunchtimes etc. – do not share your locker combination with anyone; • consider personalising your laptop with a sticker, label or cover in some way – there will be many laptops of a similar model to your one and being able to easily identify your laptop will be useful; • report instances of inappropriate use to your tutor or Dean e.g. online bullying / harassment, viewing of objectionable or inappropriate content or the illegal sharing of files such as movies or music; • make sure the latest security patches are installed on your computer and your anti-virus software is up-to-date; • check your College email every day at https://outlook.office365.com – your teachers and coaches will email you information; • report any damage or problems to your parents and / or the ICT support team in TC205.
BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT (DISCIPLINE) IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
ACTION Out of Class
Uniform and appearance
Verbal warning Uniform Report (StaffNet)
Low-level misbehaviour e.g. bad language; littering; chewing gum
Thursday detention / Friday consequence (StaffNet)
Serious misconduct e.g. damage to property; off school grounds; theft; repeated misbehaviour in Cafeteria
Contact Dean or Head of Secondary School Saturday detention (StaffNet)
Contact Dean Safe@StAC process detailed on pages 14–15
In Class One-off offences e.g. insufficient work; no homework; no equipment; chewing gum; inappropriate chatter
(Not Thursday detention / Friday consequence)
Repeated offences or serious one-off incidents
Contact parents or caregivers and Dean or Head of Department
Teacher’s own behaviour management processes including fortnightly notes
(Thursday detention / Friday consequence at Dean’s discretion)
Gross misconduct and / or repeated behaviour which interrupts the learning of other students, or significantly undermines the authority of the classroom teacher
Withdrawal to Middle School Office (Mandatory meeting with Dean / student and staff member to follow withdrawal. Parents or caregivers will be informed)
Sports Teams One-off offences e.g. missed practice; no gear; lack of effort
Coach / Manager’s own behaviour management processes
Repeated offences or serious one-off incidents
Contact parents or caregivers and Dean or Head of Co-curricular
Pastoral Care and Student Well-being Networks PASTORAL CARE
Pastoral care is the integration of the academic, social and religious dimensions of the school, so that an atmosphere of care prevails.
In the Middle School there are Deans for each year group and for international students.
Pastoral care seeks to respond to student needs such as:
• well-being; • self-esteem and self-discipline; • career counselling and vocational awareness; • religious meaning and spirituality; • moral and personal development; • developing social relationships and effective communication; • encouraging and supporting students in their sporting and cultural endeavours; • knowledge, skills and academic progress. The goals of the St Andrew’s pastoral care system are to connect students to a key caring adult in the College system, to foster a sense of well-being amongst students, and to encourage students to maximise their potential in the school environment. The Pastoral Care Committee meets weekly to discuss individual student’s needs and to develop policies to meet them. It is chaired by the Head of Secondary School and includes the College Chaplain, the Director of Boarding, the Heads of Middle School and Senior College, the Head of Guidance, the Head of Learning Support and the Director of International and Exchange Students. The committee co-ordinates the wide network of people providing pastoral care, which includes Deans, tutors, boarding house staff and Learning Support staff.
Deans oversee, support and resource the tutors working with students in their year group. They meet with their tutors on Thursday mornings, provide resources for the tutor meetings and help tutors with individual student issues and concerns, which have been referred by the tutor or where the seriousness of the issue demands that they get involved. Deans meet regularly with the Head of Middle School and play an important part in the pastoral care of students. Appointments for parents to meet any of the tutors, Deans or Head of Middle School, Mr Mikae Tuu’u may be arranged by contacting the Middle School Office on +64 3 940 2066.
2019 MIDDLE SCHOOL DEANS Year 9 Dean Ms Donna Jones DJS@stac.school.nz Year 10 Dean Ms Sarah Bishop SBS@stac.school.nz Year 11 Dean Miss Liz Gormack LGO@stac.school.nz
The goals of the tutor system are:
Tutors are the prime carers within the school for students in their tutor group. They take responsibility for tracking academic progress, taking an interest in co-curricular activities, monitoring emotional well-being and helping with relationship issues. Tutors need to get to know the parents and caregivers of the students in their group, and parents should take issues and concerns about their children to the tutor in the first instance. Other teachers and support staff in the College relay information and concerns about students to the tutor in the first instance. Where possible, the same tutor will be responsible for the student’s entire time at the College.
• to connect students to a key caring adult in the school system; • to foster a sense of belonging amongst students; • to encourage students to maximise their potential in the school environment.
Features of the tutor system include: • tutor groups of 12–16 students; • regular contact between students and their tutor; • tutors take responsibility for overseeing the well-being of the students in their tutor group.
Student needs drive this system. Students are arranged into the smallest possible groups and programmes are developed and delivered accordingly. The tutor groups are horizontal. In Years 9 and 10 the form class is divided in half. Each half will have a tutor and will be twinned with the other half for tutor support. Tutor groups are made up to maximise the natural links students have with other students (classroom and extra curricular).
COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL When I need information on:
I should first contact:
I should next contact:
I should finally contact:
My child’s academic performance
Head of Middle School
Classroom activities and concerns
Head of Middle School
Head of Department
Head of Teaching and Learning
General calendar / fixtures
Middle School Secretary
Head of Middle School
Confidential personal counselling
Head of Middle School
Sports and Cultural
Middle School Secretary
Head of Co-curricular
Dean / Head of Middle School
After school sports
Co-ordinator of Particular Sport
Head of Co-curricular
Attendance and reporting absence
Head of Middle School
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PARENT – STUDENT – TUTOR CONFERENCES Our objective is to ensure that all students receive the highest standard of pastoral and academic care possible, and the staff member best placed to both provide and co-ordinate this is the tutor. Within the current delivery of pastoral care in the College, tutors:
• have the prime responsibility of overseeing the progress and welfare of the students in their group; • track their academic progress, take an interest in their co-curricular activities, monitor their emotional well-being and be the first contact with parents; • liaise closely with other teachers and support staff over issues and information relating to individual students. The conference at the beginning of the year provides the ideal opportunity for the tutor to meet with parents and establish a positive relationship for future conversations. This meeting will also be used to jointly discuss student strengths and weaknesses, create achievable goals and share any particular issues and concerns. A second conference at the beginning of Term 3 provides the much needed opportunity to re-connect with parents and discuss the progress made since the meeting at the beginning of the year. The focus at this time will be checking on and tracking subject progress, sharing of issues and identifying any risks – especially NCEA assessments and, where appropriate, an initial discussion about option and subject selections for the following year. Information about the conferences and booking instructions will be shared with all parents before the year begins.
PEER SUPPORT Year 12–13 students operate the Peer Support programme for Year 9 students during Orientation Week, throughout Term 1 and part of Term 2. Senior students are trained to help younger students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to get along with people around them. The result is a network of personal support for young people who are new to Secondary School.
The Peer Support programme develops communication and relationship skills. The programme is based on the understanding that people absorb information and beliefs from each other. Other students and friends can be a positive influence on those around them, building self-esteem, strengthening relationships and decision-making.
COMMUNITY SERVICE “The best way to find yourself is in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi A key philosophy of community service at St Andrew’s College is that the gift is in the giving. We want our students to understand and experience the sense of well-being you get from giving more than you take when helping those who need it. Community service in the Middle School is focused around year group initiatives. At Year 9, the Dean and the year group come up with an initiative which will involve the whole year group working together to provide an activity, or raising of funds for a less fortunate group in our city. This activity more often than not continues with the students in Year 10. All the Year 10 students take part in the 40 Hour Famine as part of their Te Waka programme. Year 11 students provide food for homeless and underprivileged people at Christchurch’s Latimer Square every Sunday morning, giving not only their time but also preparing and bringing food for distribution. Year 10 tutor groups help with this in the second part of the year. In Year 11, the expectation is that students complete at least eight hours of Community Service during the year.
LEADERSHIP Leadership opportunities and positions of responsibility are offered to students in the Middle School. Middle School Leaders perform a variety of important leadership and service functions within the Middle School. Students must be able to work well as part of a team, relate and respond well to a wide range of other students, and be reliable, responsible and co‑operative in a leadership role.
Middle School Leaders
Applications for these positions are available to Year 10 students at the end of Term 3. The year group Dean and Head of Middle School, in consultation with the Head of the Secondary School, appoint up to 30 Year 10 students to carry out duties for the Middle School for the last five weeks of Year 10 and the following year. These duties include organising lunchtime events for Year 9–10 students, assisting in the organisation of mufti days and Years 9–10 dances, running the Year 11 Semi-formal, doing charity and community work, reading the lesson at Middle School chapel each week and assisting in the promotion of the College at Information Evenings and Open Days.
St Andrew’s College is firmly founded on Christian principles, and worship in the Chapel is a central feature of life in the College community. Our College motto, Fides et Patria (Faith and Country), presents us with a special challenge as we seek to encourage our students to know and love God, and to serve others within and beyond our College community.
Year 9 and 10 Tutor Representatives
The services are led by the College Chaplain, Mr Paul Morrow. The Developing Positive Relationships (DPR) values of compassion, faith, hope, honesty, respect, generosity and responsibility are often profiled in services. One of these values is a focus each term.
Two students from each Year 9 and 10 tutor group meet once a month with the Dean to discuss points of view raised at tutor meetings. The Dean is able to bring these ideas to the Deans’ meeting with the Head of Middle School for consideration. Years 9 and 10 tutor group representatives hold office for one semester, while Year 11 Middle School leaders hold office for one year. In addition, leadership roles are offered with chapel, sports teams and other co-curricular groups.
Compulsory mid-week chapel services are held for all year groups during school time. Sunday evening chapel takes place three times a year. Attendance is compulsory and we invite families to join students for these special services. Chapel services are marked on the term fixtures.
DPR VALUES Some years ago the staff, students and parents of the College settled on seven key values which would become a focus for the College community. These values are promoted in chapel and in tutor groups as part of a programme called DPR (Developing Positive Relationships).
The seven DPR Values are:
• Faith; • Compassion; • Hope; • Respect;
• Honesty; • Responsibility; • Generosity.
The DPR Values for 2019 are: Hope
Establishing good habits in the Middle School To help make all the DPR Values a ’living part’ of St Andrew’s, it is important that all students, staff and parents know what expectations the school has for student conduct.
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When all students follow these guidelines and live up to these expectations, the College will be a productive, happy and safe place for everybody.
• Respect is the key – respect for oneself, for others, for property; • Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; • Always look for the good in others. Hold back negative criticism; • Bring your equipment and books to every lesson. In Class Behaviour • have all materials needed for the lesson ready on your desk. Please begin work even if a teacher has not arrived; • ensure that one of your class members goes to the Middle School Office and informs the office staff if your teacher is more than a few minutes late for class; • wait until all the students from the previous lesson have left or the teacher invites you in before you enter a classroom; • stand when the Rector, Head of Secondary School or Head of Middle School enters your classroom; • no MP3s, iPods, electronic games, or other entertainment devices are to be brought to classrooms. Students may carry a cellphone while at school but these should not be used in class. Out of Class Behaviour • greet all adults on the school campus with: ‘Good morning / afternoon, Sir / Ma’am’, and a smile! If they are from outside the school, ask if you can help them; • remain outside the classrooms at interval and lunchtimes unless three bells are rung to indicate bad weather; • refrain from public displays of affection; • refrain from use of offensive language at all times; • understand that at St Andrew’s College we have zero tolerance of all bullying.
SAFE@StAC PROCESS Any bullying behaviour will be viewed seriously. Such behaviour is unacceptable and will always be investigated. Note: If the bullying is of a serious nature (significant physical harm) then the incident will be dealt with at the appropriate step.
Safe@StAC Policy STEP 1 – No Blame Meeting • first step is a no blame meeting between all parties facilitated by the College Counsellor and / or Dean using the restorative justice model; • follow up over the next few weeks with students; • Counsellor and / or Dean who led meeting will inform Deans / Head of Schools of meeting and who was attending; • help and support offered to all parties; • email / telephone call made to parents to explain the situation.
STEP 2 – Dean investigates and handles the process and informs Head of Middle School.
• Dean investigates, informs Head of Middle School / Senior College and where appropriate, the Boarding House; • meeting with Dean and parents and where appropriate, the Counsellor; • bullying policy explained; • explain concern and what happens next and possible consequence(s); • help and support offered to both parties; • letter sent to parents with minutes and process.
STEP 3 – Head of Senior College handles process.
• Head of Middle School / Senior College handles procedure; • meeting with Head of Middle School / Senior College / Dean / Head of Secondary School; • parents involved in meeting; • stand down – in / out of school may be an option; • conditions of attendance negotiated with Head of Secondary School; • help and support offered to both parties; • information sent to Rector and where appropriate the Pastoral Care Committee and / or the Boarding House; • letter sent to parents with minutes and process.
STEP 4 – Head of Secondary School handles the meeting.
• Head of Secondary School handles the process; • College Stand-down / Suspension / Exclusion Policy is adherred too; • help and support offered to both parties.
TE WAKA Te Waka is a unique educational, life skills programme which provides Year 10 with an overarching focus and purpose. The programme brings together strands which already exist at the College – the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Health Education, Outdoor Education and Tikanga Māori – and includes a new Life Skills course, known as The Rite Journey.
The Rite Journey reinvents the traditional process of a rite of passage to assist in transforming adolescents from dependency to responsibility. It is designed to link the hearts and minds of our Year 10 students with ‘Rites of Passage’ ceremonies, class discussion and self-reflection. A male and a female Te Waka class is created from each core class. As each will be timetabled together, we are able to make the most of the co-educational environment and deliver the programme, based on need, either separately or together as a core class. Each Te Waka class will have a same gender teacher and in addition to any time given to a specific challenge or activity, will meet for three periods during the week. Consequently, it is expected that a strong relationship can be built between the students and their mentor and teacher. Throughout the year, students explore and discover consciousness, connection, communication, challenge and celebration.
Each of these is a focus for a term: • relationship with Self – Who am I really? • relationship with Others – How do I get on with other people? • relationship with Spirit – Is there anything more? • relationship with the World – What is my purpose? Intention: • to provide a well-structured, authentic and challenging life skills programme; • to give Year 10 an overarching focus and purpose; • to build relationships between students, families, adult mentors and teachers;
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• to help students better understand themselves and communicate more effectively with others; • to contribute to the development of self-aware, responsible and resilient young people who will experience long term success. To graduate and receive their Te Waka badge, students will need to have completed a mixture of the following requirements:
• attempted all class and year group challenges; • completed a project with their mentor; • attended and participated in classes and ceremonies; • completed both the winter camp (Term 3) and Duke of Edinburgh / solo camp (Term 4); • attended a Pō whiri at a marae; • gained their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award; • gained eight hours for Community Service. The cost associated with the workbooks, ceremonies and activities is approximately $200. This will be charged to the student’s account. Information will also be available on the College’s intranet site and on the College website. Alternatively you may contact the Te Waka staff:
• Male co-ordinator: Mr Struan George SGE@stac.school.nz • Female co-ordinator: Ms Ann Price APR@stac.school.nz
CAMPS AT CASTLE HILL St Andrew’s College has a long history of giving students the opportunity to be challenged in an outdoor setting away from College. Each year, separate Outdoor Education experiences are organised for all Year 9–10 students. Year 9 has a five-day orientation camp held in Terms 1 or 2, while Year 10 enjoys a four-day experience later in the year. The camps are compulsory and are well supported by College staff and the Castle Hill Outdoor Education staff, and give students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities and team building programmes. For further information, visit StACNet.
GRADUATION The graduation system enables us to highlight students who will not necessarily gain top scholastic awards, but always give their best to their studies and activities outside of the classroom. The College’s basic goal is to ensure that all students work to the best of their ability, both inside and outside of the classroom. It is important to note that this report does not record the student’s academic or scholastic ability. Reporting on a positive attitude to class and a good work ethic is the basis of this reporting system. Graduation from Middle School culminates with a Diploma Certificate awarded to Year 11 students who gain sufficient credits based on their personal learning values, chapel attendance, community service, co‑curricular commitments, attendance and behaviour throughout the year. Year 9–10 students are assessed by their classroom teachers and Dean, and are scored on a four-point scale in each subject over two Learning Values (Striving to Achieve and Personal Organisation). It is designed to recognise and reward students who are most prepared to learn, self-manage and be the best they can be.
Year 11 Diploma Criteria • learning values; • community service (eight hours); • Fortnightly Notes average; • three chapel services in Year 11; • co-curricular over four terms; • behaviour; • interview with Dean.
COUNSELLORS Students can make an appointment to see any member of the counselling team by calling into their offices in MacGibbon House, or filling in one of the appointment slips located in a box next to the Head of Guidance’s office. Parents can contact the counsellors directly at any time if they have a concern.
Head of Guidance Mr Tom Matthews Counsellors Ms Simi Desor Mrs Kate Scott
MEDICAL MATTERS Student medical records are kept on the Community Portal and must be updated, as the information is vital in the event of a medical emergency. Should a child’s medical circumstances change, please ensure that the College is notified. Any such information remains confidential. If a student becomes unwell or is injured during the day, they are referred to the College Registered Nurse. If the illness or injury is such that the student needs to go home or requires further medical attention, parents or the emergency contact will be notified. Please do not send your student to school if your child is clearly unwell. The Health Centre is located in MacGibbon House. The College Nurse is available from 8.30am–4.15pm for assessment and treatment of injuries / illnesses, nutritional advice, support to stop smoking, diabetes / asthma support, contraceptive / sexual health advice. A physiotherapist is also available every day in the Health Centre. Times are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30am–5.00pm, and Tuesday and Thursday 12.40pm–5.00pm. Bookings may be made through the College Nurse. Students may not leave the College for illness without the permission of the College Nurse, who will notify the Middle School Office. If illness prevents a student attending tests or examinations, they must ensure that this is discussed with relevant teachers. See page 18 for details about reporting an absence due to illness.
ATTENDANCE The College day runs from 8.25am–3.20pm, although most co-curricular activities take place outside these hours.
2019 TERM DATES, FIXTURES AND HOLIDAYS Term dates are marked on the Term Fixtures calendar and on our College intranet, StACNet.
Lateness to Class
Term 1: Year 9 Years 10–13 Term 1 ends
Wednesday 30 January Thursday 31 January Friday 5 April
(Holidays: Monday 8 April – Monday 29 April) THREE WEEKS
Term 2: Tuesday 30 April – Friday 5 July (Holidays: Monday 8 July – Monday 22 July) TWO WEEKS
It is a discourtesy to arrive at class late. If a student arrives late, they should report to the Middle School Centre to obtain a lateness note to take to their class. If students arrive late without an acceptable reason or a lateness note from the Attendance Officer or another staff member, they will be placed on lateness report which runs on Mondays from 1.00pm. Students should take books for successive classes, and thereby avoid returning to the locker areas between classes.
Tuesday 23 July – Friday 27 September
If a student is sick or unable to attend school, their parent or caregiver should phone the Absentee Line +64 3 940 2031 (Attendance Officer is Ms Judy Dasler), before 8.30am. Leave a recorded message with the following information, in this order:
(Holidays: Monday 30 September – Friday 18 October) THREE WEEKS
Term 4: Monday 21 October – Wednesday 4 December (Holidays: Thursday 5 December – January)
Term Fixtures is a ’live’ calendar on the intranet. It will be added to / updated as information is received. This can be viewed on StACNet by visiting Term Fixtures/Secondary School. Important upcoming events are also listed in the Secondary School newsletter, On Strowan, which is emailed home twice per term.
Students must arrive at College in time for tutor group meetings at 8.30am. If late, the student must first report to the Middle School Centre student reception or the Attendance Officer to sign in. If students are late to tutor meetings they will not be accepted into the group unless they have been issued with a lateness slip. If they arrive late without a slip or do not attend their tutor group meeting, they will be placed on lateness report.
• student’s name; • tutor group; • periods the student will be absent; • reason for absence; • who is leaving the message; • daytime contact number of parents or caregiver. If this procedure is followed correctly, no written note will be required.
Appointments During the College Day
If a student has a medical / dentist’s appointment during the College day, their parent or caregiver should follow the following procedure:
The Cafeteria is open before school, at morning interval and at lunchtime. Fair prices are charged and profits are utilised to provide amenities for the College. The tables in the Cafeteria are to be left clean and rubbish is to be put in the receptacles provided.
• contact our Absentee Line and leave a message by phoning +64 3 940 2031 or emailing email@example.com; • or get the student to bring a written note from a parent or caregiver to the Attendance Officer or the Middle School Centre reception before 8.30am on the day. When it is time to depart class, the student must show the note to the class teacher and then sign out at student reception before leaving the campus. They must sign back in on return; • if arriving at school late after an appointment, a parent or caregiver should phone the absentee line on +64 3 940 2031 before 8.30am stating what time the student will arrive; • you are encouraged to make all appointments outside school time. If this is not possible, it is a courtesy to inform teachers whose classes you will miss during the appointment time.
Parent help is welcomed by the Cafeteria Manager. Please contact the College reception if you are able to help, or phone +64 3 940 2005 and ask for Mrs Sharon McDonald.
CARE OF PROPERTY We are privileged to have such a beautiful campus. As a member of the College family it is expected that students will respect all areas of the campus, including classrooms, gardens and buildings.
If parents wish a student to be absent from school for a period of one day, but fewer than three days, they must seek prior permission in writing from the year group Dean.
Students are responsible for their own property. They are advised against bringing valuables and money to College. They should ensure that clothing and other belongings are named, and lockers, are kept locked. Prevention is the best policy, as recovery of stolen items is unlikely in many cases. Students should also treat others’ property with respect and hand in anything they find to the Middle School Office.
Special Leave (three days or more)
Classroom Use and Care
Special leave is generally granted for compassionate reasons affecting immediate family, or participation in a recognised event (sports, cultural, seminar, conference). Application forms for special leave can be completed online by visiting stac.nz/MiddleSchoolForms. This form should be submitted not less than ten days in advance. Parents or caregivers will be advised of the outcome of such applications.
• respect the teacher’s and others’ personal property; • keep rooms tidy, with desks and chairs orderly. Pick up any rubbish up at the conclusion of each period; • ensure desks are neatly ordered, chairs put on desks and windows closed at the end of the day; • no food is to be eaten in any classroom or other school building except during a wet lunchtime or with explicit permission from the teacher; • classrooms are out of bounds at interval and lunchtime, except when it is a wet weather lunchtime. Three bells will indicate it is a wet weather lunchtime; • workshops, laboratories, Gymnasium, computer rooms, Library, and the Art and Music Suites have their own rules. The teacher in charge will explain these.
Absence with Prior Permission
As College holidays are well advertised, requests for family holidays during term time or early departures / late returns from holidays are not encouraged, and such applications may be declined. The College’s reluctance to grant such leave is due to the additional pressure placed on both students and teachers, especially in NCEA years.
Text books are issued free of charge at the beginning of each year and remain the property of the College. They are issued on the condition that they are maintained in good condition throughout the year.
The College is mindful of the role cellphones play in personal security and allow their use during the day at College.
The student is responsible for any replacement that becomes necessary through damage or loss.
CAREER ADVICE AND VOCATIONAL STUDIES Career information and opportunities concerning all university and tertiary educational institutions is readily available from the Senior College. Individual interviews are conducted with all Year 11 students to ascertain their needs for the following year, but students at any level may make an appointment for individual assistance with careers and course planning, as well as student selection. For further information please contact Mr Peter Feary on PFR@stac.school.nz.
Ms Ellen Hampson takes the vocational students’ classes in Year 11. She helps develop the skills they will need for successful transition to tertiary education or the workplace. She also runs a ‘Transition to Work’ programme for individual students completing work experience as part of their weekly timetable. Work exploration enables students to look at a variety of different career choices which they may be considering. By making contact with Mr Feary or Ms Hampson, they will be able to gain assistance in finding suitable workplaces for work exploration. Making decisions about careers is difficult, and work exploration is one way of finding out first hand what it would be like to work in the industries they are considering.
CARS, PARKING AND CAMPUS ACCESS Parents’ Cars If there is a need to bring your vehicle on to the grounds, the student drop-off zone is well marked just beyond the Normans Road entrance. Students should be picked up from the drop-off zone at the end of the day.
However, the following conditions apply and are non-negotiable:
• cellphones must be on mute and should not be used or seen during any assembly or chapel service; • cellphones are the responsibility of the student; • cellphones must not be used in class without the teacher’s permission. Inappropriate use of a cellphone will result in its immediate confiscation. The cellphone will be held in the Middle School Office throughout the day, for a period of time at the Head of the Middle School’s discretion. Full details of the College’s cellphone policy can be found under College Policies on the intranet. The College takes no responsibility for the security of student cellphones and they should be covered by their own insurance.
COLLEGE SHOP The College Shop – Thistles, is located next to the Normans Road carpark, adjacent to the Senior College, and the hours of operation during term time are 8.00am–4.30pm. The shop is also open during the holidays, and the hours of opening will be posted on our website. Alternatively, you may phone +64 3 940 2032 to confirm these details. General stationery items are available from the College Shop for purchase throughout the year. All purchases from the College Shop may be charged to the student’s account. The St Andrew’s College uniform is only available from the College Shop – Thistles. See the uniform requirements on page 26. The College PTA runs a Second-hand Uniform Shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.00pm–4.30pm in term time. The Second-hand Uniform Shop is located beside the College Shop, next to the Normans Road carpark.
There are 28 classroom periods scheduled each week. However, the student’s commitments will vary depending on their involvement in options, Religious Education, Physical Education, Life Skills or study. Their timetable will be unique to the student. Their Dean, in conjunction with the Head of Middle School, will authorise any changes and approve it.
If your child is leaving the College at any level other than Year 13, you must inform the College in writing, giving the required term’s notice. There is an official exit procedure to be followed which involves completing a yellow exit card, available from the Dean, and ensuring that all the student’s commitments have been fulfilled, including the return of all books and materials.
Tutor group meetings are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (for an extended time) and every other Friday. Thursdays are also used for year group meetings run by the year group Dean. A Secondary School assembly (Years 9–13) is held every second Friday, with one period by rotation excluded from the teaching day. On Fridays where there is no assembly, a normal six-period teaching day will operate.
The closure of account, forwarding of educational information, and testimonials are dependent on this being completed correctly.
Lunch is at 12.35pm each day and the Cafeteria is available at morning interval and lunchtimes.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES • emergency procedures for fire, earthquake or other events are detailed in all classrooms; • all students must be familiar with signals and the necessary resulting actions. Sensible and supportive actions must be evident during evacuations and other times of confusion or crisis; • information regarding College evacuation procedures is available on the intranet.
FEES AND ACCOUNTS Each year the Board of Governors reviews the level of fees and adjusts these as necessary. The Board is responsible for establishing the resources needed to maintain the high standards of the College and to provide those resources necessary for the continued development of the facilities and property. An invoice will be posted to you at the beginning of each month, and the due date for payment is shown at the foot of the statement. Tuition fees will be charged in ten equal installments, on the invoices dated 31 January to 31 October. Please note that if you wish to withdraw your child from the College, one full term’s notice, in writing, is required. Failure to do this will result in fees for half a term being charged.
FOUND PROPERTY EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS Examinations for Years 9–10 Middle School students take place in early November. Year 11 students sit College examinations in Term 4 and external examinations from mid-November to early December. NCEA assessment requirements are different for each subject. Individual subject teachers will make this information available to their students early in the course.
All items of clothing must be clearly named, as this greatly increases the likelihood of getting it back when lost. Lost property must be reported to the Head of Middle School, Mr Mikae Tuu’u, and property which is found must be immediately handed in to the Head of Middle School. Do not give up looking for lost items after the first enquiry. All found property is kept at the pound which is open every Monday and is located in the Middle School Centre Dean’s offices initially. Please note that the Head of Middle School will dispose of any unclaimed items after a reasonable time.
STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
All Middle School students are issued a locker and a combination lock. Lockers are provided for students to keep their belongings safe. Bags should never be left unattended and must always be locked away when not in use.
Head of Middle School Mr Mikae Tuu’u MTU@stac.school.nz
Students must retain the locker and combination lock that is issued to them. Alternate locks cannot be used and lockers cannot be swapped with another student unless permission has been given by a Dean or Middle School staff member. Lockers must be emptied at the end of every term and combination locks returned to the Middle School Office. A $30.00 replacement fee is charged for lost combination locks.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CENTRE Student Reception The student reception co-ordinates the range of services available to students and is the general point of contact for attendance, arranging meetings with Deans, and the Head of Middle School. If a student arrives late or leaves the College campus during the day, they must sign in and out at the Middle School reception. Purchase of tickets for various events is co-ordinated through the main College Reception.
College Reception Hours The College Reception is open for general enquiries from 8.00am–5.00pm, including during the College holidays 8.30am–4.30pm. Phone: +64 3 940 2000.
Head of Guidance Mr Tom Matthews TMA@stac.school.nz Year 9 Dean Ms Donna Jones DJS@stac.school.nz Year 10 Dean Ms Sarah Bishop SBS@stac.school.nz Year 11 Dean Miss Liz Gormack LGO@stac.school.nz Middle School Secretary Mrs Robyn McIntosh RMT@stac.school.nz +64 3 940 2066 Attendance Officer Ms Judy Dasler firstname.lastname@example.org +64 3 940 2031 Head of Co-curricular Mr Denley Jones DJO@stac.school.nz +64 3 940 2055 College Reception email@example.com +64 3 940 2000
MOVEMENT BETWEEN PERIODS Please note:
• students must move directly and promptly to classes. Movement during a period must not disturb others; • lateness to class must be explained by a note from the previous teacher or the Attendance Officer; • a student released from class must carry a teacher’s note detailing the reason for, and the time of release. There should be no expectation of being released to go to the toilet or to have a drink of water unless in an emergency; • when arriving at class, students must quickly and quietly seat themselves and take out the relevant books, homework and equipment – or as otherwise expected by the teacher at the start of the period.
MUSIC – PERFORMANCE AND TUITION We strongly encourage our students to explore and develop skills and talents in musical performance. The College has an extensive choral and instrumental programme, with many students involved in a variety of groups. Individual tuition in singing and on a range of instruments, including the pipes and drums, is provided through the College by independent specialist staff. A request for tuition should be made on the form available from the Music Department. Students who already play an instrument and who have reached a sufficiently high level of proficiency are given the opportunity to audition for one of the College performance groups. The groups do not have long rehearsal sessions. They generally take place either before school or during the lunch hour, so that rehearsals do not interfere with class time and after-school activities. For further information please contact Head of Music, Mr Duncan Ferguson.
PARENT HELP Parent help is welcomed in many areas of the College. In addition to the activities of the Parent Teacher Association, we particularly welcome offers of help in coaching or managing one of the many sports teams across a large number of codes. If you would like to offer to help, please contact the College.
Students are rewarded for outstanding performances at assemblies throughout the year. Formal prizegiving ceremonies occur at the end of the academic year in December.
• summarises achievements to date, providing you with information which you can use at interviews; • can be taken to interviews and shown to prospective employers; • acts as a reminder of your achievements.
The whole Secondary School comes together every two weeks for assembly at 8.30am on a Friday morning. The Middle School assembly occurs twice a term.
RESTRICTED AND PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES
Assemblies keep students informed and are an occasion to share in the developments and celebrate successes within the College community. Parents are invited to attend when their son or daughter is being honoured at a whole school assembly.
No student will consume, carry, store or offer to another student any illegal substance at any time. St Andrew’s College has a zero tolerance of drugs at College. This means decisive action will be taken on any drug-related incident. Drugs are illegal and the College maintains a non-negotiable position on any illegal substances.
RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT
Potentially harmful substances, such as ‘herbal highs’ are prohibited at any function associated with the College and its activities.
PRIZEGIVING AND ASSEMBLIES
A Record of Achievement (RoA) is a document which will develop over time and through all learning experiences. A RoA can demonstrate, with evidence, that you have developed a range of skills which are applicable to your studies and to life outside the College. Your RoA will be posted after the final report of the year, and for Year 11 students once all NCEA results have been confirmed.
Why develop a Record of Achievement? • to raise awareness about the process of learning, and the development of personal transferable skills, general academic skills, and subject-specific skills; • to help you to reflect upon your learning, and evaluate the developmental changes that are taking place for you; • to provide a structure for you to work independently to identify skills and achievements gained; • to assist in forward planning, in study, in personal development, and in career terms.
What will a Record of Achievement do for you? • organises all relevant information about your time in Middle School; • provides a framework for recording skills developed over time, so that you recognise the range of your achievements;
Smoking / Vaping The entire College campus is a smoke-free zone, and the smoke-free lifestyle is promoted by the College. It is against College rules to:
• smoke / vape at College, in College uniform or at any College function or event; • be in possession of cigarettes or vapers at College; • supply other students with cigarettes or vapers. If these rules are breached, the following consequences will apply (depending on the number of breaches): the student will be counselled, a ‘Stop’ programme recommended, their parents notified and community service or Saturday detention given. Full details of the College’s smoking policy can be found under College Policies on the intranet, StACNet.
Alcohol Students must not consume, be affected by, or be in possession of alcohol at College, in College uniform or at any College activity. If they do, they will be subject to disciplinary procedures. Full details of the College’s alcohol policy can be found under College Policies on the intranet. Full details of the College’s restricted and prohibited substances policy can be found under College Policies on the intranet.
SKATEBOARD AND SCOOTERS All scooters and skateboards must be stored in the locked racks provided by the College. To ensure security, students should provide their own individual locks or get a loan one from the Middle School Centre. Scooters and skateboards may not be ridden on the school grounds during the school day until 4.00pm. St Andrew’s College Middle School does not assume liability for scooters and skateboards brought to school.
SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE Spirit of Adventure Team Trophy Challenge Year 10 students are invited to apply for a position on the team in Term 4. The expedition is dependent on whether the College is invited to be part of the annual challenge by the Spirit of Adventure Trust. The trophy is contested in either Terms 1 and 2 of the following year. The Ben Gough Family Foundation offers an 80% scholarship for a Year 11 student to participate in a 10-day sailing on the Spirit of Adventure. The application process will be outlined in a Dean’s meeting mid-way through the year.
STATIONERY Purchasing Online: We use the OfficeMax My School system where stationery requirements can be ordered online. You can login at any stage during the year and purchase other items you may need. Any order over $60.00 is delivered free of charge (you can order for more than one child at a time as well). For further information visit myschool.co.nz/standrewscollege. Purchasing Instore: Stationery requirements can also be purchased from any OfficeMax and Warehouse Stationery store. You will need to identify yourself as a St Andrew’s family to access the special pricing.
STUDENT EXCHANGES Each year our students have the opportunity to apply for school and language exchanges to a number of exotic destinations with an abundance of history and culture.
Exchanges are organised six months in advance prior to the student’s departure to help prepare the student and their family with the challenges and opportunities which they will face with being away from family, and having a new addition to their families. Students need to be aware of the physical demands of travel and a different time zone, homesickness and different types of food. Mental demands of being away from family for up to eight weeks, being organised with juggling course requirements at a new school and keeping up with NCEA studies, as well as extra-curricular and exploring a new country can be hard for some students.
Year 10 Exchanges: • Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney – Australia; • Presbyterian Ladies College, Armidale – Australia; • The Scots College, Sydney – Australia. Year 10 exchanges are advertised in Week 5 of Term 1. Students know by Week 8 if they have been successful or not. Dates for the exchange alter depending on the reciprocal school Previously it has always been one week of holidays and three weeks of school. The Discovery Bay International School exchange is likely to take place at the beginning of the year, so students can experience the Chinese New Year festivities.
Year 11 Exchanges: • Gordonstoun – Scotland; • Bridge House School – South Africa; • Stanford Lake College – South Africa. Year 11 exchanges are advertised in Week 3 of Term 2. Students know by Week 7 if they have been successful or not. Dates for exchanges change due to reciprocal school term dates, but all exchanges are approximately eight weeks. The exchange information and application packs are available on Moodle under ‘Co-curricular’ along with dates for applications. For further information please contact Director of International and Exchange Students, Palē Tauti on PTU@stac.school.nz or +64 3 940 2086.
UNIFORM AND GROOMING
We hope that all St Andrew’s College students are proud to be identified with their school and will wear their uniform correctly at all times. Middle School students who do not wear their uniform correctly may be placed on uniform report by staff and required to report to the Middle School Office between 8.00am and 8.15am for five days. Parents will be informed by email of breaches in standards.
Long hair must be tied back. Hair jewellery is not acceptable. Ribbons and ties must be blue or white.
The College uniform is worn at school and when travelling to and from College. Students are required to:
• wear their uniform with pride; • wear a blazer in the street and wear their shirt / blouse tucked in with the top button and their tie done up; • boys are expected to wear clean and polished black leather lace-up shoes in a conservative style, with the laces tied; • wear shorts / trousers / skirts which fit appropriately and are not too long or too short; • wear a complete College tracksuit when travelling home after sport; • wear approved dress at Physical Education and sports practices. The wearing of patterned or coloured T-shirts or polypropylene under school shirts is not permitted, nor is the wearing of coloured socks. Socks for boys are regulation grey or black socks in winter and black College socks in summer. When travelling with College teams or groups, mufti may sometimes be approved, but only in special cases such as field trips or Outdoor Education camps. A final decision on what constitutes good grooming will be made by the Head of Middle School in consultation with the Head of Secondary School and the year level Deans.
Guidelines for Good Grooming Young Men Hair must not be longer than the length of the collar at the back, and must fall above the eyebrow line. It should be cut in a conservative style and not shorter than a number three comb. Sideboards must not be lower than the earlobe or wider than 2.5cm. Faces must be clean-shaven.
Young Men and Women Hair must be clean and well-groomed, in the range of natural hair colour only and kept clear off the face. Offenders will be sent home and asked to have their hair restored to natural colour. Unusual hairstyles, including streaking of hair, dreadlocks and braided hair, will not be permitted.
Jewellery Only young women are able to wear one pair of studs or sleepers in the lobe of the ears. No other rings or studs of any type may be worn by any student. Wristbands, bracelets, finger jewellery, piercings and body art which are visible while wearing the College uniform are not permitted. Any breaches will involve immediate removal of the unacceptable article and other appropriate consequences. Christening bracelets require special exemption from the College Chaplain.
Make-up and Nails Guidelines Make-up and nail varnish is not part of the College uniform and it is not to be worn at any time with school uniform or sports uniform. All forms of make-up and nail varnish are unacceptable, including foundation, mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, blusher, lipstick, lip gloss, false nails and nail art.
VISITORS All visitors to the College, irrespective of purpose, must firstly report to the main reception beside Strowan House to sign in and receive a visitor’s badge. At the conclusion of their visit they are required to return to the main reception to sign out. There are a few car parks reserved for visitors in front of reception. If these are not available, visitors are required to park in the main car park.
COMMUNICATIONS As we are a large community of students, staff and parents, it is essential that we communicate effectively with each other. The following communications are designed to help this process:
• daily notices which are read in tutor group and on the College intranet, StACNet; • the College website: stac.school.nz; • for College news and notices the intranet can be accessed at intranet.stac.school.nz. Publications • the Collegian is the formal record of the year; • Curriculum Book; • Rector’s magazine, Regulus, issued three times per year. Newletters • Rector’s Comment is a weekly newsletter emailed out on a Friday with a wrap up of the week; • On Strowan is published twice per term and is emailed to all parents / caregivers. On Strowan focuses on current issues and themes common to the whole Secondary School; • an NCEA newsletter is also published throughout the year giving parents critical information about NCEA, exams and assessments. If your student has a notable achievement outside of College, please make their tutor or Dean aware. If it is a sporting or cultural achievement, please also notify the Head of Co-curricular, Mr Denley Jones, on DJO@stac.school.nz or +64 3 940 2055. All these newsletter can be accessed on the College’s intranet at intranet.stac.school.nz.
Social Media The College has several social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Flickr (photos) and YouTube. Parents can access these channels from the website or intranet by clicking on the relevant icons. Photos and videos are regularly updated to these channels showcasing life at St Andrew’s. The College hashtag is #staclife.
OLD COLLEGIANS ASSOCIATION The subscription for the Old Collegians Association is included in the acceptance fee for the College, making all students life members after graduation. The aims of the Association are to encourage a kindred spirit and ongoing communication between former students and the College. The association undertakes a number of social activities each year and sponsors a Scholarship Trust which assists student at the College. Alumni and Community Relations Co-ordinator: Mrs Kate Stanbury P +64 3 940 2036 E firstname.lastname@example.org.
History A comprehensive account of the College’s history can be found in High Flies the Cross and The Spirit of St Andrew’s Centenary History Book. Copies are available in The Green Library and Innovation Centre.
Foundation The College was founded in 1916 through the efforts of the Rev. A T Thompson OBE MA BD, and was officially opened in the Manse of St Andrew’s Church, Christchurch, on 17 March 1917 (St Patrick’s Day). Duncan Rutherford, a staunch Presbyterian from Leslie Hills, left a generous bequest of £5000, which was used to purchase ‘Strowan’ from the trustees of the late G G Stead. In 1918 the College transferred to its new site on Papanui Road. In 1858, St Andrew’s Church founded one of the first Secondary Schools in Canterbury, the Presbyterian High School, which developed into Christchurch West High School and is now known as Hagley Community College. It was the discovery of the original documents relating to the Presbyterian High School which largely brought about the decision to found the present College, which may therefore claim to be its lineal descendant.
Things Scottish and Presbyterian Much of what makes this school different from others comes from its Scottish-Presbyterian origins. There are 14 Presbyterian-founded colleges in New Zealand today. St Andrew’s has sporting links with several – John McGlashan (Dunedin), Saint Kentigern (Auckland), Lindisfarne (Hastings) and Scots (Wellington). There have been many and various links with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and, since the arrival of female students in the Senior College, contacts have begun with Columba College (Dunedin). We share a great pride in our Scottish heritage with all these schools. The College song was written in 1925 by T A StuartMenteath, a member of staff. It tells the legend of the monk Regulus bringing the relics (bones) of the disciple Andrew from Greece to Scotland, and of how the stories of St Andrew and the faith of the Scots who honoured him have inspired Christians through the ages. The College tartan is the Fergusson tartan, as the Pipe Band got its first kilts in 1924 when General Sir Charles Fergusson was the Governor-General. Prefects dress formally in kilts, cutaway jackets and sporrans for Friday assemblies.
1851 Property RS 299 was first purchased from Canterbury Association by Rev Henry Sidebottom of Halifax for £150. This area of 50 acres was for his son John. 1856 Granted to Sir Thomas Tancred, who built the first homestead. 1858 Leased by Thomas Duncan, Crown Prosecutor. 1865 Purchased by Duncan who enlarged the house and named the property ‘Strowan’ after a family estate in Scotland (derived from St Rowan, a seventh-century scholar and saint). 1890 G G Stead, a noted businessman and horse breeder, bought the property. 1918 30 acres purchased by St Andrew’s College Board. Part of Normans Road frontage sold for building sections. 1920 Stables (on site of Arts Block) converted into laboratories. Gymnasium built alongside. 1921 Nos. 2 and 3 fields laid – previously potato paddocks. 1922 Quadrangle formed. Old Rutherford House (initially called Junior House and now called Erwin) begun. Preparatory School, classrooms and open air dormitories sited there. 1924 Old Rutherford House completed. Swimming pool built. 1926 Junior School built, facing Normans Road. 1931 No. 3 field laid. 1932 Driveway put through from Strowan House to Junior School. 1933 Depression labour used to help build up and landscape Strowan Stream.
1958 ‘Wilson Field’ laid (formerly a boggy horse paddock). Project directed by an Old Collegian, D.C. Wilson. Band Room also built. A two- storey wing added to south end of Science Block. 1959 Cricket Pavilion erected, and baths’ dressing sheds.
1961 A two-storey administration and library- classroom block added to north end of Science Block. 1964 Second storey added to Science Block. 1965 T D Burnett Memorial Block and Mountain Lodge opened. 1967 Jubilee Hall opened. Chisholm Wing added to Mountain Lodge. 1970 Richard Askin Memorial Band Room built. Rutherford House built. 1973 Cafeteria and Theatre opened. 1974 Arts Block opened and grass tennis courts laid. 1975 Further Preparatory School extensions opened. Name of Old Rutherford changed to Erwin House. 1976 New Library wing and senior study begun. 1977 New Library wing, senior study, squash courts and Preparatory School extensions opened. New hostel buildings commenced. Squash courts built. 1978 Agricultural Laboratory opened. New tennis courts and maintenance area developed. New boarding houses built.
1941 New tennis courts opened by Junior School. Prefects’ study built.
1979 Opening of MacGibbon and Thompson Houses.
1944 Assembly Hall opened – previously the Amberley Girls’ College gymnasium.
1981 Fundraising appeal to restore Strowan House and add fourth floor to Arts Block.
1945 A St Andrew’s Kindergarten established in Western Road.
1982 Restoration of exterior of Strowan House. Refurbishment of staff room and laundry. Completion of fourth floor on Arts Block. Upgrading of Science Laboratories. New Fine Arts Centre opened. College display at Canterbury A&P Show.
1949 Science Block opened. (Memorial to ‘Pat’ Hyndman and Dudley Bowker, two Old Collegians killed in World War II). 1951 Boarders’ recreation hall opened. 1952 Preparatory School built on present site (for Years 7–8). Chapel foundation stone laid. 1953 ‘Old Boys’ Field laid; the work of the Old Boys’ Association.
1955 Extensions to Preparatory School (for Standards 3 and 4).
1954 Memorial Chapel built on the site of The Grove, across Strowan Stream.
1980 Opening of Music Suite.
1983 Erwin House renovated. Deans introduced. 1984 Erwin classrooms, computer laboratory and horticultural shade house set up. 1985 Restoration of exterior of Strowan House and establishment of Museum and photographic display. Preparatory School given separate identity.
1986 New Remedial Department, Strowan House. New lighting in Junior School. New stained glass window in Chapel. Horticultural tunnel house completed. New storage facilities in Gymnasium. Alterations to Metalwork Department, Burnett Block. Refurbishing of 7th Form study (now room 10). Showcases built for Museum by Old Boys’ Association. 1987 The Collegian Yearbook introduced. Upgrading of Science Laboratory. New covered entry to dining room. Remodelling of administration offices. 1988 Introduction of in-house computer system for school administration, renovations to Library and Science Laboratories; new staffroom at Preparatory School; new stock‑watering system at Cave farms; new drying room at Mountain Lodge. The swimming pool was heated. 1989 Chapel refurbishment, upgrading of Geography Department, boarding houses and food storage area in Strowan. New staff committees. Curator employed. Museum established. 1990 New Gymnasium floor. Preparatory School extensions commenced. Senior College concept approved. Publicity Officer appointed. 1991 Jubilee Planning Committee set up. Senior College Student Centre commenced. Quad redesigned.
1998 R D H Steel Technology Centre opened 24 July. Car park put in front of Senior College. Erwin moved to present site opposite Assembly Hall (on rollers across rugby field, down behind Thompson House then across the cricket field). 1999 Preparatory School Technology Centre in the Burnett Block reopened. Science Block upstairs renovated. Co-education now complete. Thompson House restructured for girls. Maintenance workshop relocated at end of Wilson Field near Band Room. 2000 St Andrew’s College Pre-school opened on 17 July. Junior School relocated to new site. Fine Arts rebuilt on same site. MacGibbon House restructured. 2002 Music Suite completely refurbished and extended. English Language Centre opened in the old Girls’ High School in Cranmer Square. 2003 Television and Media Studies Suite refurbished. New play area for Preparatory School. 2004 Preparatory School Arts and Library Centre opened. Two squash courts converted into a Gymnasium. 2006 Senior College officially named Rentoul Senior College. 2007 90th Anniversary celebrations. Mrs Christine Leighton appointed Rector.
1992 Opening of Senior College 75th Jubilee celebrations. Director of Development appointed. Quadrangle redeveloped. Rentoul House for girl boarders opened.
2008 Castle Hill Outdoor Education Centre completely rebuilt and renamed the Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge. Work commenced on new Science and Mathematics Block.
1993 Normans Road widened. Rutherford House remodelled. Second girls’ boarding house opened.
2009 Spiro Science and Mathematics Centre completed. New sports pavilion and changing rooms constructed at south end of Science Block. Work commenced on new quadrangle.
1994 New Physics Laboratory and Library extensions opened. Computer system installed in Library. Theatre and Gymnasium extensions started. 1995 Formation of Art Acquisition Committee. Junior School renovated. 1996 Ager Sports Pavilion opened. New chairman for Foundation. Fundraising committee begins planning for $3 million capital campaign for new Technology Centre. Full co-education (by 2000) announced. Office of Bursar ceased, replaced by that of Administration Manager and Financial Accountant. 1997 Erwin building moved to a temporary site on the far side of No. 3 field and construction started on the new Technology Centre.
2010 Foundation Sports Pavilion opened. New all-weather sports courts constructed on lower field. Construction of new Preparatory School commenced. Stage 1 was completed in October. 7.1 Earthquake, 4 September. Trumic family donated ‘cubes’ created by Neil Dawson. 2011 January completion of the new Preparatory School. Strowan House refurbished. 6.3 Earthquake, February 22. Thompson and MacGibbon Houses demolished along with the Pipe Band Room. Extensive damage to Chapel and Strowan House. Strengthening of the Arts Block and Rutherford House to meet current building codes.
2012 Junior boys’ boarders moved back into refurbished Rutherford House, which is renamed MacGibbon. Continuation of Strowan House refurbishment. 2013 New Thompson and Rutherford Boarding Houses opened by Prime Minister. Strowan House restoration complete. Memorial Chapel officially decommissioned. New chairman for Foundation. Step Into Our Future fundraising campaign launched. 2014 Erwin House demolished to make way for the second Gymnasium (Gym 2), which is Stage 1 of the Sports and Cultural Centre. 2015 Outdoor Education, Askin Pipe Band Centre and new maintenance area are finished. Music Suite has major renovation with recording studio installed. The Dance Studio was finished and will be used extensively by the Ballet Academy. Gym 2 construction is complete and the existing Gymnasium will undergo earthquake repairs, and extensive refurbishment on a staged basis. Ground improvement works are completed on the new Chapel and construction begins. The Board Chairman Garry Moore laid the new Chapel foundation stone at Founders’ Day. 2016 Barry Maister (Rector 1995–2001) officially opened Gym 2 and the Askin Pipe Band Centre. The new Fitness Centre was completed ensuring top quality facilities for the High Performance Sports programme. The Centenary was launched in September with a special assembly and whole school photo. The StAC100 Timeline was opened in the Senior College atrium. In October the new
Centennial Chapel was dedicated by the Right Rev. Andrew Norton, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church. In November the College celebrated its 100th prizegiving. The plans for the new Junior School were finalised with building to start in 2017. Earthquake repairs started on the main driveway and the school gates were replaced with special Centennial gates.
2017 The main driveway was replaced, the landscaping in front of Strowan House was completed and new tennis and netball courts were constructed. The Centenary Gala Weekend took place Friday 17 to Sunday 19 March, where over 3,250 guests attended the numerous events across the weekend. The StAC100 photograph, involving every student in the school, was a lasting reminder of an incredibly special year at St Andrew’s College. In October the new Turley Bridge was officially opened by the Turley Family, connecting Strowan House with the Centennial Chapel. Construction started on the new Junior and Pre‑school buildings, and was completed and ready for use in Term 1, 2018. 2018 Dame Adrienne Stewart officially opened the Stewart Junior Centre and Pre-school in February. The reimagined and extended Secondary School Library was officially opened by the Green family in June as The Green Library and Innovation Centre. The College Shop was relocated to the old Pre-school building in the Normans Road carpark in Term 4, and work commenced on the new drop‑off area in Normans Road, which is due for completion by February 2019.
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This handbook has been designed to give parents, caregivers and students an understanding of the routines and requirements of a large and bu...
Published on Dec 20, 2018
This handbook has been designed to give parents, caregivers and students an understanding of the routines and requirements of a large and bu...