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(Cover) The beautiful Centennial Chapel, lit up at night. Photo credit: M3 Creative: Clinton Lloyd
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From the Rector From the Board Technology innovators leading the way Celebrating our Heads of College 1917–2016 Preparing for life beyond the school gates Breakfast at Strowan
Teaching and Learning
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Ready for a career in health Medicinal purposes Diploma recognises learning and service Thrilling Tanzania Super success at Cantamath; National problem-solving champion
A time for giving; Farewell Beverley
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Singing, celebrating and sharing success
Book Week delights
Developing leadership Support allows talents to bloom
Resources and Environment
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Back at the heart Behind the scenes; Eternal links From the Director of Development; Birthday surprise for lucky winner
Resources and Environment
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100 years of boarding Let the celebrations begin ‘Centenary Overture’ a stirring tribute; The Saltire Flag; Centenary pin Time after time
Values and Culture
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Dance Revue a sell-out success Spirit and pride on display; Culture celebrated Boarders embrace Olympic theme Highland flings Across the generations Cultural catch up 13 years on Taiwan adventures; To the land of the thistle Development programme delivers best season ever Winter Tournament Week St Andrew’s students represent New Zealand Sports round up
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Message from the President; Events Class notes In loving memory Welcome to the world
Rector Feeling the heartbeat I frequently hear comments about the special St Andrew’s College ‘culture’ and wonder what produces this unique feeling. Every business or institution knows that ‘culture beats strategy hands down’ but often that culture is elusive and difficult to create. There is something at StAC which makes the culture beat strongly and proudly… never more so than as we begin to celebrate our Centenary. The StAC Centenary launch was a much anticipated event when everyone in the College couldn’t help but recognise they were caught up in a significant moment. The special assembly announcing that our centennial celebrations had officially begun is profiled on page 30 of this edition of Regulus.
The second milestone was the Dedication of the Centennial Chapel held on 25 October. Organised with precision and great attention to every detail, this special event was witnessed by over 2500 people, with 900 of them gathered in the beautiful new Chapel. Over 1200 students and staff witnessed the proceedings as they sat on the banks of Strowan Stream. Alongside the feeling of celebration was an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the generosity, spirit, belief and commitment of thousands of people who have gone before us. These people and their contributions have shaped who we are today. Like our founders, 100 years ago, we too have shown our commitment to the Presbyterian foundation of our school. In building the Centennial Chapel we demonstrate our belief that education and character development is best achieved in a culture that is inculcated with strong Christian values. The Centennial Chapel now stands as a symbol of those values, honouring those who have gone before us and guiding those who will come after us. We have been guided by our common beliefs and weathered the storms of turbulent times. Now in this new place we will reflect and remember, learn, live and grow. We will recognise our common purpose and feel the heartbeat of those who have gone before us. We will worship God and find the courage and grace to honour our guiding values of Truth, Excellence and Faith. It is on this foundation that our next 100 years will be built and our special culture will continue to flourish. “Te Toka Tu Moana, Ara Toa Rongonui” Your strength is like a rock standing in raging waters. We finish 2016, 100 years after the founding document for St Andrew’s College was signed, anticipating a wonderful celebration at our Centenary Gala Weekend in March next year. We do hope you will be able to join us! Register online at stac100.co.nz.
It was a very special moment when St Andrew’s eldest Old Collegian, Naylor Hillary (1933) aged 101, and our youngest student, Summer Mora-Kelley (Year 0) aged 4, met to celebrate the Dedication of the new Centennial Chapel.
Christine Leighton Rector
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This beautiful poem was written by Kerrin Davidson, Writer-in-residence at St Andrew’s for the Dedication of the Centennial Chapel.
They blessed the site
Te Toka Tu Moana
They opened the ground
Ara Toa Rongonui
We saw the heart of St Andrew’s College
Your strength is like a rock
We saw the foundations of Faith
Standing in raging waters
All winter we heard the voices of the brave ones
Against the bitterness of war
encourage the cranes, the forklifts, the diggers
purified by the winds of Tāwhirimātea
All summer we watched blocks, bricks and steel become holy
a place of worship and gathering
In spring the building rose
like the hull of a great canoe
With our memories, our traditions, our history
To join our future
You’ll always navigate the wildest seas
To become St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel.
and bring us safely home.
Board The Dedication of the new Centennial Chapel was a remarkable milestone in the history of St Andrew’s College, and what a marvellous occasion it was.
I have received outstanding feedback about the event, and it was great to be part of it. It has been a special honour to be involved in this project from the outset. The Board decision to decommission the Memorial Chapel following the Canterbury earthquakes was extraordinarily difficult, with so many memories, and a great deal of community goodwill at stake. We had to ensure that this was carried out sensitively, mindful of the preservation of history. I thank my Board colleagues, both past and present, and the members of the Chapel Selection Panel and the Construction Committee, for their insight and for their bravery. I also thank St Andrew’s College staff, particularly Christine Leighton, David Evans and their teams, along with all
of our advisors, the architects (Patrick and Malcolm from Architectus), the innovative engineering team, and the builders Armitage Williams who have brought the new Chapel to life. It was apparent from early on that community fundraising would be critical for the project. We thank each and every one of the donors to date for their generosity and wonderful support in buying the bricks. Our Development team continues to work hard on fundraising for this magnificent building. Although the timing and circumstances that led to the Centennial Chapel project were involuntary, I can think of no better symbolic structure to celebrate the last century and mark the beginning of the next. In other news, we have two new Board members, Malcolm Johns and Felicity Odlin. Malcolm is the Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport. He has extensive governance and senior management experience, with previous roles at Intercity and Mount Cook Group. Malcolm has also been Deputy Chairman of Tourism New Zealand for
Garry Moore with Rector Christine Leighton and the Right Rev. Andrew Norton, Moderator of the General Assembly Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.
a number of years, and was chair on the board of a large Auckland primary school for seven years. He has three children at St Andrew’s, two daughters in Years 5 and 9, and a son in Year 7. Felicity Odlin replaces Donna Bridgman who has recently retired from the Board after serving two years, including as Chair of the Construction and Development sub-committee. Felicity has an accountancy background and is the current CFO at Global Culture Group. She also has extensive governance and rebuild experience, having served on the Mt Pleasant Primary School Board. Felicity has been appointed to the Board Finance Committee, joining Rob Woodgate who has been appointed Chairperson. Also on this committee are Deidre Ryley, Garry Moore, Christine Leighton and Bryan Pearson who is another recent addition to the committee. Felicity has a son in Year 8 and another son starting in Year 7 next year. We wish both Malcolm and Felicity well in their new roles, and thank Donna for all her hard work. This is an exciting period in the history of St Andrew’s as we look ahead to our Centenary celebrations in 2017. I am confident the new Centennial Chapel will be thoroughly enjoyed by the St Andrew’s College community during this special time and for decades to come.
Garry Moore Chairman A rousing performance by the Pipe Band marked the end of the Dedication of the Centennial Chapel.
Technology innovators leading the way Three more St Andrew’s staff have received prestigious external recognition for their innovation with technology.
As the College’s e-Learning Integrator, Tom’s role is to foster innovation, with Microsoft products playing a crucial role. He runs up to 15 staff professional development sessions each week covering a number of platforms such as Office, Microsoft Mix, Sway, OneNote, Skype and PowerBI. “Achieving MIE status is recognition of my skill set in this area and will enable me to gain immediate access to new products and capabilities developed by the Microsoft Education team.” Tom says Microsoft Classroom is the ‘next big thing’ in terms of programs. “This web-based platform will allow us to pull together information
The College’s new Microsoft Innovative Educators, Tom Adams and Lori Hasty.
about individual students and run a virtual classroom.” Lori is a member of the Preparatory School’s Information Technology Professional Learning Group and has worked closely alongside Wilj Dekkers, the current e-Learning co-ordinator for the Preparatory School, who is taking on a new College-wide position as the Head of Innovation and Information Services from the start of 2017.
Head of Music Duncan Ferguson’s ongoing involvement with the Apple Distinguished Educators programme saw him attend a gathering of nearly 400 teachers at the ADE Institute in Berlin in July, where he ran a workshop and engaged in valuable professional development. Duncan says he was fortunate to be chosen to present following a rigorous application process.
Head of Music Duncan Ferguson presenting at the ADE Institute in Berlin.
He presented to the conference delegates about how the change in the culture of the Music Department has led to growth, in addition to running a workshop demonstrating how three Apple music apps, Music Memos, GarageBand and Logic Pro work together as part of the musical composition process at St Andrew’s.
Lori already collaborates closely with the Middle Syndicate when it comes to technology, a role she expects to expand in 2017 when she will be the only MIE in the Preparatory School. Both Tom and Lori say networking with a community of MIEs from other schools, both locally and online is a benefit of their new status.
“This was my second Institute and like the first, was one of the most inspirational weeks of my teaching career.” Duncan says other highlights of the conference included collaborating and networking with other teachers, attending presentations from Apple staff plus multiple workshops on a variety of topics, taking part in expert labs and spotlight sessions, and exploring Berlin. “It was inspiring. I’ve come back to St Andrew’s with new ideas but also a renewed passion to see music education in New Zealand produce the finest young musicians, composers and educators in the world.”
The MIE programmes recognise global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers for better learning and student outcomes.
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Tom Adams, who is the College’s e-Learning Integrator, and Lori Hasty, who teaches Year 4 in the Preparatory School have recently become Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIE), alongside fellow teachers Ben Hilliam, Tam Yuill Proctor and Wilj Dekkers, who have had their MIE status renewed.
Celebrating our Heads
Heads of College from the decades gathered to enjoy this special event.
A group of former students with a very special connection to St Andrew’s gathered for the inaugural Heads of College dinner, a celebration of 100 years of leadership at the College. In her address to the 60 Old Collegians in attendance who had served the College as Head and Deputy Head prefects, Rector Christine Leighton said the event was a wonderful opportunity to recognise ‘each and every student’ who has contributed to the rich tapestry of life at St Andrew’s, and the significant role the head prefects have played in making the College what it is today.
Neil Thomson (1957) carrying the Haggis.
Guests came from all over New Zealand and even Australia for the event. The oldest attendees were Jeff Steel, Peter Voss and Ernie Poole (head prefects 1947, 1949 and 1950 respectively). There were two father and sons represented, Neil Thomson (1959) and David Thomson (1980), and Richard Hawke (1980) and Angus Hawke (2011). Two brothers Will Robertson (2010) and Sam Robertson (2015) were also in attendance along with a great representation of female head prefects from 2005 and beyond.
Neil Thomson’s son, David Thomson (1987) carrying the whisky for the Haggis Blessing.
Neil Thomson says he was pleased the College had invited the prefects to join together at a function and appreciated the recognition of the father and son connection, with he and son David given the task of carrying in the haggis and whisky for the haggis ceremony performed by Jim Hudson (Deputy Head Boy, 1953). Current Head Girl Isla Evison welcomed the guests, with the Toast to the Heads of College made by Harrison Cooper (Deputy Head Boy). Nick Letham (Head Boy, 2001) also addressed the group, who shared a
Benjamin Glover (1989), Geoff Spark (1989) and Andrew Kininmonth (1989).
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Will Robertson, James Tapper and Jessica Greene (2010 Heads).
Bridie Connell (2007), Justin Clark (2007), Ernie Poole (1950) and Jeff Steel (1947).
Angus Hawke (2011), Christine Leighton and Sarah Williams (2011).
delicious three-course meal in the Strowan House dining room where many great stories were shared.
the decades, a night thoroughly enjoyed by all and reaffirmed what a wonderful school family and connectivity StAC represents.”
Head Boys from as far back as the 1940s and hearing about some of the shenanigans and pranks of their day. Some things never change! Drinking whisky on school grounds was a highlight too.”
Geoff Spark (1989) also enjoyed the events earlier in the day, starting with a ‘very entertaining’ Boarders’ Assembly. “This was followed by an interesting tour of the school to see the new buildings including the boarding houses and Gym 2. Watching the students go about their activities it was clear that the school is in great heart. The dinner provided an opportunity to meet with Old Collegians across
Ashleigh Shipton, Isaac Rule, Jono Oxley and Amy Clucas (2012 Heads).
Bridie Connell (2007) says she loved catching up with old friends and seeing all the exciting changes that have happened since she was at St Andrew’s. “It was extremely heartening to see that the camaraderie and spirit are exactly the same and that colourful and over the top dance routines are still an important part of assembly. The highlight for me was talking to
Ferg Grenfell (2014), Christine Leighton and Zoe Merrick (2014).
Jessica Green (2010) said it was great having the chance to reconnect with so many former school colleagues and hear everyone’s stories of triumphs and challenges throughout their years as Head of College. “It was a great evening and a fantastic idea and I look forward to the next one.”
Tomo Yee, Christine Leighton, Indy Kraal and Sam Forrest (2008 Heads).
Rector Christine Leighton with Heads of College from 2007 onwards.
Preparing for life
the school gates Media personality, entrepreneur and Seido karate expert Danny Watson was the last speaker to address Year 13 students as part of this year’s Focus programme, which is helping to prepare our young people for life after school. Many parents may recognise Danny as a presenter on 1980s television shows ‘Spot On’ and ‘What Now’, or as a talkback host for Newstalk ZB. He is currently Managing Director of Māori Honey Ltd, a Marlborough-based business producing manuka honey using traditional and innovative beekeeping techniques. A group of St Andrew’s students visited this business earlier in the year. Head of Senior College, John Ruge says Danny had lots of fascinating insights to share, such as the importance of developing a strong sense of self, coupled with the courage to make things happen, and the ability to achieve alongside others. “Danny’s message incorporated many of the key ideas behind the concept of hauora – the idea of health which encompasses social, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being. Together, all four dimensions ensure strength and symmetry and are crucial to survival in a rapidly changing and challenging world.” John says the Focus programme has been in a development phase this year, with the aim to expose senior students to ideas that are ‘outside the bubble’ through the engagement of an exciting range of speakers.
Media personality Danny Watson (pictured with St Andrew’s students at his business Māori Honey Ltd) was one of the high profile speakers at this year’s Focus Programme.
“We wanted to develop the Focus programme to expand students’ thinking and challenge them on topical and sometimes confronting concepts and experiences which are beyond the relatively safe and protective school community.” Speakers this year have included Afghani refugee Abbas Nazari, former All Whites captain Ceri Evans, cybersafety expert John Parsons, cancer survivor Dianne Foster and Melinda Tankard Reist from Hagar (an organisation committed to assisting women and children suffering human rights abuse) who spoke about the sexualisation of children and ‘blew everybody away’, says John. The next stage of development is to create some ‘cross pollination’ between the Focus programme and the
Years 12 and 13 Options programme on Monday afternoons, where students can choose from a wide range of exciting and diverse courses such as fly fishing, job interview skills, forklift driving, learning Mandarin, cosmetic application, driving skills, financial literacy, yoga, Christchurch architecture, Philosophers’ Corner and many more. “Ellen Hampson has done an enormous amount of work to develop the fantastic Options programme. We hope some of the speakers from the Monday morning Focus sessions may be available to take some more in-depth courses for students in the Options programme later in the day.” John says the Focus programme will continue to be developed next year, with the aim to attract a variety of speakers who will tackle issues at a global, local and individual level. “The speakers will hopefully present some controversial issues to chew on and share some powerful life stories that inspire. We are looking for ways to engage our young people and to spark conversations and debate.” To fulfil these aims the Senior College is always on the lookout for new speakers, says John.
Closer ties are being forged between the Focus programme and Years 12 and 13 Options programme where students can choose from a range of diverse and exciting courses.
“I would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to be involved with the Focus programme, or knows someone who would be a good fit.”
Breakfast at Strowan
The guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast cooked by our catering team, and the opportunity to interact with hosts Rector Christine Leighton and the Secondary School prefects, as they learnt more about the special character and culture at St Andrew’s. Our head prefects Isla Evison and Caleb Morgan provided a first-hand perspective of life in the Secondary School in a question and answer session with the Rector. It was a wonderful start to the day, particularly for our Preparatory School students who gained an insight into the exciting future they can expect at the College.
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A large group of Preparatory School students and their parents gathered for a special PTA event in our Centenary year, Breakfast at Strowan: A Window into the Secondary School.
Pipe Band Memorabilia The St Andrew’s College Pipe Band is seeking items that showcase their history as they prepare for their centennial celebrations in 2019. Do you have: • old video footage of Pipe Band, especially at significant events; • old recordings, especially if in concert; • old still photographs of significant competitions or events; • Pipe Band artefacts (loan only to photograph). If you have something to donate, or would like to discuss an item of interest, please contact Museum Curator Alexandra Callaghan on firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 940-2000.
Ready for a
Medicine is an exciting career choice for students who display a high level of dedication, perseverance and aptitude. The gateway to medical school is the competitive first year of Health Science, after which only the very best students will progress. Head of Science Brent Cummack says St Andrew’s is incredibly proud of the many former students who have successfully negotiated this path. “We do tend to punch above our weight when it comes to the number of former students who make it through to medical school. Our students are generally very well set up for university. They know how to study hard and are self-motivated, dedicated learners. This is essential when tackling a challenging course, away from home where there are lots of distractions.”
Brent says Level 3 Chemistry and Physics along with Level 2 Biology in particular provide a great foundation for students intending to study Health Science at university.
St Andrew’s runs a careers trip to the University of Otago for any students considering this option so they can get a feel for the environment, courses and accommodation choices.
“We’re told by some former students they felt well-prepared content wise when they got to university, that they had already covered topics students from other schools may not have.”
“Our Year 13 Biology class also goes to Otago during the year where they visit the Portobello Marine Institute as well as the university.”
St Andrew’s seeks regular feedback from its former students, and with some of their responses in mind, has tweaked the Year 13 courses this year in order to further assist students interested in studying Health Science. “We have introduced two internals on radioactivity and modern physics into the Science programme, as well as looking at the questions in the first year Health Science programme and tailoring the questions in our course more in line with that.”
In addition, Brent, and Science teachers Wendy Blay and John French are parents of students who have chosen to study Health Science at Otago, so can offer students a unique first-hand perspective of what they can expect. “Science can lead to a range of exciting career options, with Health Science and Engineering being two great examples. It is always interesting to see the pathways our students take after leaving St Andrew’s.”
Abigayle Cornah, Isla Evison, Emma Williams, Jacob Parsons, Molly Dore, Akerita Alatimu and Anna McMillan (all Year 13) are all planning to pursue Health Sciences next year apart from Emma, who is considering nursing.
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I am currently in fourth year Medic ine, studying at the Ch ristchurch Campu s of the University of Otag o after completin g my first degree at the Un iversity of Melbour ne. I was in one of the first year groups at St Andrew’s where there were a number of us int erested in Health Science s. The College, in particular the Science teac hers, went over an d above to support our ac ademic achievem ents. The culture to suppor t students to have many different interests in non-academic areas was also important. Fo r me it was sport, but for others it was thea tre or music. I m ay not have realised it at the time, but this was teaching me how to live a balanced life, an extremely importa nt tool going into my futu re career. I still love the outdoors, spendin g most of my free tim e mountain biking, swimming or tra il running.
Medicinal purposes Four former St Andrew’s students share how their education at the College prepared them for their medical degree.
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As our Year 13 and some Year 12 students prepare to make their way in the wider world, the vast majority will leave with the prestigious Senior College Diploma. The sought after qualification is awarded to students who, at the end of their time at St Andrew’s, have met a number of academic, co-curricular, spiritual and service requirements. This, along with a personal profile written by a staff member of the student’s choice, is an excellent addition to their CV as they move on to future study or to start a career. Head of Senior College, John Ruge, says the Diploma is unique to St Andrew’s and is not linked to any other qualification. “It is aimed more at personal skills and learning attributes, indicating the student’s completion of and commitment to a number of areas along with the development of social responsibility. It is hard earned, and is definitely not a hand out.” The Diploma is currently being reviewed to include Year 12 leaving students or Year 13 students who arrive at the College in their final year, making it a one or two year course, with the honour awarded to all leavers who satisfy the range of requirements.
These include attending six Senior College Sunday evening chapel services; completing a minimum of 30 hours voluntary community service; completing a minimum of five Options courses with a full attendance record; and full attendance at Religious Education, Physical Education, and Life Skills classes. Last year 186 students (80.4%) were awarded the Diploma, and between them completed 7615 hours of community service at an average of 41 hours per student. “Some of our students complete hundreds of hours of community service, which as part of the review is something that will also be reflected in the Diploma and Leaver’s Profile,” says John. Oliver Withers (Year 13) is one such student. He has volunteered more than 500 hours at the YMCA in Christchurch this year, with his enthusiasm leading to him being offered a job with the organisation as an Outdoor Instructor at Wainui Camp, a position he will take up next year. “I never imagined my community service would lead to a full-time job. Working towards the Senior College Diploma has been a worthwhile experience that has also encouraged
values such as diligence, perseverance and honesty.” Lin Yang (Year 13) says a determination to achieve goals is something she has gained from completing the Senior College Diploma. “I think it will be valuable as I go on to Canterbury University next year to study a double degree in Chinese and Commerce/Management.” Lin completed her community service component of the Diploma at the St Vincent de Paul store in Westport, where she packed food parcels and served behind the counter. John says students in their final year at the College are regularly reminded about their progress towards achieving the Diploma and encouraged to reach their goals. “The Senior College Diploma is a great tool that demonstrates a student has developed social awareness, and has been an active participant at St Andrew’s with the basic building blocks of being a successful, wellrounded learner. It is particularly useful for those applying for university scholarships, or halls of residence.”
Head of Senior College John Ruge chats with Oliver Withers and Lin Yang (both Year 13) about the Senior College Diploma.
“We had our first experience of an African safari at the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It was quite breathtaking to look down into the crater through binoculars and see herds of elephants and zebra moving around like toys.” The tour group, led by an experienced Kenyan driver and local guides, descended into the crater in landrovers with pop up tops, from which they enjoyed 360 degrees of grassland and the incredible wildlife. Cameron says a highlight for the group was camping in tents on the edge of the vast Serengeti Plain, with wild animals roaming nearby. “There were giraffes and gazelles within 100 metres of our camp, and we could hear hyenas laughing at night time.”
“The students were fascinated to engage with villagers, listen to stories about their lives and histories, learn about their culture and interact with the village children.” A visit to Amani Children’s Home, a centre for street children and orphans, was another highlight.
Henry McCallum (Year 13) and Jonathan Royds (Year 13) with a local man at Meserani Maasai Village, Arusha.
“The students left dictionaries and other gifts bought with money they had fundraised, and had a great game of football with the children.”
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Nine Year 12 and 13 Geography students were accompanied on the tour by four parents, along with teachers Kerry Larby and Cameron Pickering, who says the ‘wide skies, unequalled beauty and amazing wildlife’ in the Serengeti were like something out of a Wilbur Smith novel.
During the remainder of their time in Tanzania, the group focused on the cultural side, visiting many different tribes inhabiting different regions in the country such as the Masai and Chagga people.
Unfortunately ‘shy’ Mt Kilimanjaro was obscured by cloud and couldn’t be seen during their visit. The tour finished with a few days at Zanzibar, a famous spice island off the African coast, and one of the last places in Africa to abolish slavery. Cameron says the trip fed into the Year 13 students’ inquiries into tourism operations, and the Year 12 studies of disparities in development.
Thomas Selbie (Year 12), Phoebe Sutherland (Year 12), Isabella Pringle (Year 10), teacher Cameron Pickering and Henry McCallum (Year 13) at the Mizinde Village, Usumbara Mountains.
“Kerry Larby’s planning of the trip and her naturally positive leadership was infectious and played a huge part in the tour’s success. It went incredibly smoothly,” he says.
He was delighted when one day during the safari, William Pringle (Year 13) put down his camera and said he was going to simply absorb the experience. “The other students quickly followed his lead and thrived on being device free and taking it all in.”
Isabella Pringle makes friends with a local child at Meserani Maasai Village, Arusha.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
A safari in the Serengeti, visits to the Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro, and learning about the history of Zanzibar along with the culture of local tribes such as the Masai people were among the highlights of the recent 17-day tour to Tanzania.
Super success at
The Preparatory School Year 7 Cantamath team achieved outstanding success at this year’s Canterbury mathematics competition by winning the highly contested Year 7 event. It is only the second time St Andrew’s has won the competition, with the last time being in 2003.
The ability of Satoru Omori, Tehya Laws, Harry Withers and Toby Harvie to work together as a team, and acknowledge each other’s strengths and weaknesses were keys to their success, says Kelly McBride, Head of Learning Enrichment. “The students faced strong competition. The top two teams answered all 20
questions in under 20 minutes, with the StAC team beating Middleton Grange by just seven seconds. It was a fantastic achievement.” The team is part of the Year 7 Extension Mathematics class taught by Bid McLean, which has a strong focus on problem-solving. “These skills proved to be invaluable to the students. They were chosen to compete from an initial squad of 12 from their class. Extra lunchtime sessions helped to develop their skills even further.” The Year 8 team (Samuel Jeon, Oliver Odlin, Felix Kenton-Smith and Jun Wha Shin) also put in an outstanding performance to finish second. Other St Andrew’s teams performed strongly with the Year 9 StAC1 and StAC2 teams finishing in fourth equal place, Year 10 StAC1 coming equal fifth and StAC2 also placing in the top 10. Year 12 StAC students were present at the competition as markers.
The Year 7 winning team, Tehya Laws, Harry Withers, Toby Harvie and Satoru Omori.
In the Cantamath displays, three Year 9 students, Charlotte Johns, Aleisha Davis and Emily Allan, gained Highly Commended awards for their Mathematics Photography.
National problem-solving champion Congratulations to Hamilton Martin (Year 10) who is the national Middle Division Individual Global Issues Problem Solving champion and will represent New Zealand at an international event in America next June. Hamilton did incredibly well to achieve this amazing accomplishment at the Future Problem Solving Nationals held at the end of October, where our Year 7 team also performed extraordinarily to finish second in their division. They have also received an invitation to the competition in the USA next June.
The St Andrew’s Year 8 team finished a highly creditable third, and although our Year 10 team did not place they acquitted themselves well in every other way at the event. All of our teams and individuals competed in the Global Issues Problem Solving category at the nationals, completing a two-hour booklet competition on the topic ‘The Global Workplace’. The teams also made a four-minute dramatic presentation of the action plan they came up with in the booklet competition, using props and costumes made from things like rubbish bags and tinfoil.
Farewell Beverley It is with sadness that I pass on the news that Beverley Rose has resigned from her position as Head of the Pre-school.
Christmas is a time for caring and thinking of others, a message that is wholly embraced at St Andrew’s College Pre-school. Beverley Rose, Head of Pre-school says it is a wonderful opportunity to promote the traditional values of the College. “As the festive season approaches we encourage the children to give thanks and recognition to the people in our environment who assist us throughout the year. We also introduce the concept of helping those in need outside the College community.” One of the many highlights of the Christmas programme for the children is baking seasonal treats for various people around the College to thank them for their help, such as specialist teachers, ICT, librarians, kitchen and café staff and gardeners, along with Rector Christine Leighton and Principal of the Preparatory School Jonathan Bierwirth. “The Christmas baking is wrapped and delivered by the children. The lucky recipients are also treated to some Christmas carols. It is a special time.” A Charity Christmas Hamper is prepared by the children who are encouraged to donate nonperishable festive food items for it. “It is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of giving to those less fortunate,” says Beverley. Last year the hamper went to the City Mission, and this year it is being donated to the Salvation Army. The main highlight of the Pre-school Christmas is the nativity play. “This is a celebration of the children for the parents. It is an emotional showcase that demonstrates the achievements and development of each child. The grace, beauty and innocence of every child is simply overwhelming. It is a piquant reminder of what Christmas ultimately celebrates – love and family. May everyone have a magical Christmas.”
There are well over 100 students across all levels in the College who started in the Pre-school. These include a number of Preparatory School students who made a memory book of pictures and personal comments they presented to Beverley at her farewell. Irina (Year 2) said, “We loved Beverley so much. We did lots of fun stuff with her.” Teresa (Year 3) said Beverley is the “sweetest, kindest person ever”, while Ethan (Year 3) remembered her “bright and beautiful clothes and beautiful hair that she swipes around her ear.” On behalf of the College community, I thank Beverley for what she has achieved and for her unwavering commitment to the children and staff. We wish her well in Sydney. Jonathan Bierwirth Principal of the Preparatory School
Beverley has been the Head of the Pre-school since it opened in 2000. Under her leadership it has been a happy, safe and calm environment for hundreds of children. She has always had a commitment to growing the children’s curiosity and providing them with quality learning experiences.
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Beverley is moving to Sydney to be near her son and sister, and plans to pursue her love of flying in a fulltime capacity.
Witches, clowns, All Blacks and even Wal Footrot and his trusty dog made an appearance during Book Week celebrations at the Preparatory School. The week’s events were organised by the Preparatory School’s full-time librarian, Eilish Moran, who was delighted at the students’ response to the theme of New Zealand books, stories and authors. “The children adored it. We have so many rich stories across a range of genres in New Zealand, and wonderful children’s writers such as Pamela Allen, Margaret Mahy, Gavin Bishop, Lynley Dodd, Joy Cowley and Fleur Beale, among many others. It was great to have their work at the forefront.” One of Eilish’s personal favourites is a picture book called ‘Rats’ by Gavin Bishop, which was the inspiration for a Counting Rats competition. “We made 153 paper rats that were put up around the library walls. The children loved finding little rat faces peeping out of some unusual places.” Another hotly contested competition was the traditional Battle of the Books to find the class with the best knowledge of children’s literature. “The students had to answer a range of questions without the use of technology, relying on their collective knowledge or using the library. Julia Evans’ Year 8 class did incredibly well to win for the fifth year in a row.” Hundreds of Hairy Maclary ‘bone’ biscuits were baked and sold to the students, with proceeds going to the Cats Protection League. Andy Wright, an incredible storyteller from the West Coast with more than 300 stories ‘in his head’, held the children spellbound, regaling Anzac stories that featured animals. The highlight of Book Week was of course the parade, into which students and staff put a great deal of effort to create vibrant costumes based on characters from New Zealand books. “It was another wonderful Book Week which celebrated great local books and authors, put reading front of mind, and hopefully inspired the children to write their own books and stories.”
Lucy Fraser (Year 1) receiving an award at Junior Assembly.
A regular Junior Assembly held every Friday afternoon in the Preparatory School is one way the College’s youngest students are being helped to develop these critical skills. “We teach the children how to present themselves well for the assembly and demonstrate appreciative listening in a formal situation. They learn how to enjoy what is happening, respond in appropriate places, and develop respectful behaviour,” says Heather Orman, Assistant Principal of the Preparatory School. Students dress smartly in their blazers for the assembly, with relaxing classical music the cue for them to sit quietly on their arrival. The assembly is also closely linked to the development of oral language skills with each class in the Junior Syndicate taking it in turns to host the assembly. “The students rehearse their lines beforehand and it is wonderful to see their confidence grow as oral presenters as they lead the Karakia and St Andrew’s College song. They also perform an item, which could include singing, teaching an action song to the rest of the Junior School, or sharing some of their stories or written work.”
Celebrating birthdays and the presentation of special class awards and Key Competency awards are other highlights of the occasion.
moment in the sun and is an initiative that would extend the assembly to become more of a community event for the Junior Department.”
“The Key Competency awards are only given to students when they have been observed demonstrating the appropriate skills in the playground or the classroom, which may have been noticed by any teacher in the Junior Department. It is very exciting seeing our young learners communicating as team players without any prompting.” Teachers also look forward to acknowledging achievement within the classroom by inviting individuals up front to share their success with the whole syndicate. “These awards are meaningful and highly valued by the children.” Heather says the Junior Assembly is an uplifting way for the students and teachers to finish the school week. “It is wonderful to come together to sing, celebrate and share successes. Everyone goes home for the weekend with a sense of unity, which is really important.” Once the new Junior School is built and there is a larger venue available for the assembly, Heather says parents of the class hosting the occasion will also be invited to attend. “It will be exciting to have the parents here to share the students’
Formal occasions are part of the special nature of life at St Andrew’s, with students of all ages having the opportunity to communicate and listen in a variety of situations.
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Singing, celebrating and sharing success
Ken Minh-Ky Pham (Year 3) speaking to the assembly.
One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. BRYAN McGILL FROM THE ORAL LANGUAGE BOOK
Sometimes children believe they have to be ‘out there’ in the limelight or a confident speaker to become a leader. However, at St Andrew’s they soon learn that leadership is not ‘taken’, it is earned and mana is placed on people who go the extra mile, often in the background. Middle Syndicate leader Di Cumming says children with a natural ability in leadership can often be spotted at a young age. “They are the ones who might unobtrusively bend to pick up another child’s book, remind teachers to send the roll, or take the lunch box over. They seem to instinctively know the right thing to do.” Di says leadership skills can be developed if opportunities are provided for practice. “Many of the Key Competencies provide the perfect criteria for children in the Middle Syndicate to focus upon. These opportunities are quite deliberately planned for and structured for success.” Peer mentoring begins at a young age often with no set structure and based around children simply wanting to help each other.
Opportunities may arise when some children become ‘gurus’ in a particular curriculum area and can assist fellow students when the teacher is focused on another group. A full and structured programme for transition from Year 3 to Year 4 is now in place, with the Year 3s joining the Middle Syndicate for routine weekly activities in Term 4. “The Year 4s become the ‘experts’ and guide our new Middle Syndicate students through the changes they will expect to face in the coming year,” says Di. Year 6 children are encouraged to build on their experience to be ready to embrace a more advanced structure of leadership. “With the support of their teachers Year 6 leaders run fitness sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. They choose and learn games and activities, then guide around 120 other students through the sessions. With whistle in hand there is nothing holding them back.” On Fridays, a group of Year 6 children assist with the Junior Department’s Discovery sessions. They are provided with key sentence starters to engage the younger children and to help them fully understand the reason behind each shared activity. Technology is another area where Year 6 students have taken on a leadership and mentoring role in a variety of ways.
Year 6 students explaining a fitness session activity to younger students.
“Students from Years 4 and 5 arriving at school with a new laptop are escorted by Year 6 students to the IT support desk where older students show them how to connect their devices to the school network and install school software.” Year 6 mentors also teach their younger peers the basics of coding, CAD work, and using the 3D printer in the Science room; and have guided their buddy class in the Junior School through the basics of word processing and even experimenting with augmented and virtual reality. Leadership within the Kapa Haka Group is shared as there is such a talented pool of students to draw from, says Di. “Some children step up and say ‘I’ll give it a go’ if others are absent. They are role models who stand tall, are proud and do the right thing even when others aren’t watching, or if they have had to wait for a period of time.” The introduction of the Tournament of Minds creative problem-solving challenges have further helped students to develop skills such as independence, working to time limits, keeping on track, and collaborating with a group to achieve a common goal. “The students enjoy solving problems. They rely on their own judgement but are not afraid of being wrong or changing their minds. Often the children can’t be fast answerers; they need to think first. Underlying this level of group work is trust. It is so easy for a teacher to take back control when things get difficult but by resisting this we build leadership.”
talents to bloom There is no glass ceiling for senior Preparatory School students with special abilities in academic, sporting or cultural pursuits, says David Farmer, Deputy Principal and Senior Syndicate Leader. “With the support of the Secondary School our talented students can move seamlessly throughout the College and have the opportunity to shine alongside their older peers. This helps to inspire the students as well as meeting their needs.” Able students are identified through the Gifted and Talented programme and the various activities in which they participate. “Our staff are directly involved in identification, and will filter students into groups in the Secondary School as their ability dictates.” David says music is a great example of this philosophy in action, with several Preparatory School musicians already fully-fledged members of senior groups such as the Orchestra and Pipe Band. “A number of our students performed the ‘Centenary Overture’ in the Orchestra at the Centenary Launch
Assembly, while others were in the Pipe Band which opened this special occasion.” Two Preparatory School students were in the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band in 2013 when it was crowned world champions in the juvenile grade at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. Among the talented musicians in the current Year 8 cohort are Jun Wah Shin, who is already completing a Diploma in French horn, clarinet and cello, and Samuel Jeon, who is a Diploma level pianist and violinist. “They are both outstanding young musicians, with abilities well ahead of their age group.” Science is another area where close links have been forged between the Preparatory School and Secondary School for many years. “This year our Year 8 students joined forces with Year 10 students to look at the physics of the Olympics, carrying out practical investigations and completing NCEA level type work. Our Year 7 students joined with Year 9 students in a similar enterprise.”
David said there are plans to introduce programmes linking able students with the Secondary School in other main curriculum areas such as English and Mathematics, with the possible addition of a second Science strand. “There is a lot of collaboration happening right across the College for the benefit of individual students.” Students with sporting talent are preparing to enter the Elite Sport programme, and have been encouraged towards excellence through other initiatives with the Secondary School. The Preparatory School also celebrates the achievement of students who excel outside the curriculum, such as Ashleigh Brett, who was part of a crew that won the Canterbury regionals for hip hop. “Our staff love to encourage the students to flourish in whatever ability they demonstrate and where appropriate, help them to extend through links with the wider College environment.”
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Some of the students in the Senior Syndicate who have special abilities across a range of academic, sporting or cultural pursuits.
Sparkling sunshine shimmered off Strowan Stream and warmed the faces of our students who gathered on its banks to celebrate this momentous occasion in the same tradition as the students who attended the dedication of the Memorial Chapel back in 1955. The formal proceedings started with the College kapa haka welcoming the procession of official guests to the entrance of the Chapel, where Rector Christine Leighton welcomed the large gathering from St Andrew’s wider community to this special event. Board Chair Garry Moore gave his address and handed over the Chapel keys to the Right Rev. Andrew Norton, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church. Following blessings and prayers, the official party including St Andrew’s College teaching staff, moved into the Chapel, where the gathering enjoyed performances from the College’s choir, and renowned singers Joshua Pike (Year 13) and Mark Tavendale (OC 1987). Prayers, blessings, readings and poems were among the highlights of the service, including the poem ‘Ave atque Vale’ written by the founder of St Andrew’s college the Rev.
A T Thompson, which was read by Principal of the Preparatory School Jonathan Bierwirth. The College’s Writer-in-residence Kerrin Davidson wrote a beautiful poem ‘Our Chapel Our Waka’, especially for the occasion that was read by Head Girl Isla Evison and Head Boy Caleb Morgan. Right Rev. Andrew Norton led the very first service to be held in the new Chapel around the theme of ‘wonder’, a feeling shared by everyone who has had the opportunity to enter this impressive, sacred space. Pipe Major Louis Newman (Year 11) piped the recessional and the Pipe Band played as guests gathered outside after the service. A number of Old Collegians were in attendance and remarked how special it was to see heritage items from the Memorial Chapel carefully salvaged and incorporated into the memorial wall, which included the doors, stonework, gargoyles, stained glass windows, plaques and 1000 of the original bricks. The bell has been restored and hangs in the new bell tower located in the same position as the Memorial Chapel’s tower. Tony Wallace (1952) was impressed by the symmetry of the new Chapel and said it was a ‘marvellous’ service. Bob Spark (1953) agreed the Chapel is an ‘incredible’, building, saying, “It is something we can all be proud of.”
Fred Bull (1958) was one of the Old Collegians who attended the dedication of the Memorial Chapel in 1955 and remembers donating his pocket money for a brick. “The new Chapel is a beaut building. I know my father Fred who came to school here in the early 1920s and was later on the Board would have enjoyed this dedication too.” The 750 seat Chapel will be used for worship, celebrations, assemblies, presentations and special musical events, and is home to The Village Presbyterian Church on Sunday mornings. Architect Patrick Clifford of Architectus attended the Dedication and said it was a privilege to be part of the four-year journey to bring the Chapel to life. Patrick and his team were thanked during the service, along with all the consultants and contractors who helped to construct the Chapel, including builders Armitage Williams. Rector Christine Leighton says the Chapel is a unique example of church architecture in New Zealand and marks a momentous milestone, not only in St Andrew’s history but the city’s renewal. “The Dedication was truly a magnificent occasion and it was very humbling to celebrate having our Chapel back at the heart of our community once again.”
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It was almost as if divine intervention played its part at the Dedication of the magnificent new Centennial Chapel, with the dawning of a near perfect day.
(Left) Guests enjoying the Dedication of the stunning new Centennial Chapel. (Above) Rector Christine Leighton and Board chairman Garry Moore lead the formal procession to the Dedication ceremony.
The College is grateful to OSB and the group of Old Collegians and others who made the live broadcast of the Chapel Dedication possible.
OSB’s generosity was particularly exciting for a group of 20 mainly Year 9 and 10 students, who along with a handful of Year 11 students, were able to work alongside the experts, carrying out most of the ‘hands on’ work during the broadcast under their watchful eyes.
Val Wells (above right) created this beautiful flower display for the new Chapel. Val has provided the stunning flowers for both chapel services and prizegiving since 1975. The flower stand was originally donated by the Ladies Circle and is still in use in the new Chapel.
Three former St Andrew’s students, Marc Williamson (2006) a senior engineer and riggers Rupert McKee (2011) and Blake Morgan (2013) work for Outside Broadcasting, and were keen to give back to St Andrew’s where they had their first introduction to the televised world in the College’s media studio. Their managers at OSB generously agreed to lend their state-of-the-art equipment (including the $13 million broadcast truck known as HD1) and manpower to the event virtually for free, a value of tens of thousands of dollars.
The Murray family (right), stand in front of the beautiful window originally donated by the family to the Memorial Chapel in 1986; from left: Beveley Murray with sons Andrew (1981), Scott (1980) and Dougall (1984).
Eternal links The links and shared values and traditions of St Andrew’s College and St Andrews in Scotland will be forever celebrated in the magical Antependium designed and developed for the new Centennial Chapel by Professor Malcolm Lochhead of Glasgow. This intricate work has incredible depth of meaning, with aspects of it representing the southern and northern hemispheres, God’s love, birth, and eternity. Other striking features include a ‘Circle of Friends’ containing eight images, some of which were suggested by staff and students of the College. These include the Alpha and Omega symbol, Celtic knot, koru, bagpipes, a fishhook, and symbols representing Highland dancing and a Māori poi dancer. The Cross of St Andrew is also prominent in the design along with constellations, the Northern Cross, Cygnus the Swan, the Crux, and the Southern Cross.
and used many techniques, some ancient and some cutting edge, to create the Antependium. It is an incredibly special symbol of the rich heritage of St Andrew’s College and its inextricable links to Scotland. “I sincerely hope it brings you solace, I hope it brings you joy in your interpretations of it and in all you do.”
The broadcast was directed by David Jensen (1997) with others kindly donating their valuable time including freelance audio engineers Patrick Duncan (1999) and Steve Hartley (2001) who both recently worked at the Rio Olympics, Tim Murdoch (2004) who is the technical and studio manager for Whitebait Media, and Morgan Jones (2011). Other Old Collegians helped with the rig the day before. It was a truly special experience for our students to work with these incredible professionals, who are some of the best in the business. People tuned in from all around the world to watch the broadcast. The full video can be viewed at stac100.co.nz.
Professor Lochhead started his design with a drawing in ink, crayon and paint, Several of our students were excited to be ‘hands-on’ during the broadcast.
Some of the special guests at the Dedication of the Centennial Chapel included Old Collegian Ivor Francis (above left), who was Head Prefect in 1955. He is pictured with the window donated by his family.
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These were eagerly anticipated events on our calendar, with many people busily working, rehearsing and planning behind the scenes to make these special events come to life. The Centenary Launch was outstanding with so many special elements such as the first performance of the ‘Centenary Overture’ by the StAC orchestra, the StAC 100 timeline being revealed on the Senior College walls, and viewing the Centenary vintage newsreel. We also saw the trailer of the St Andrew’s College film, produced by Old Collegian Rick Harvie for the Centenary celebrations, which promised exciting things to come. It was a very full and dynamic assembly, which was the perfect way to start our Centenary year. The official Dedication of the Centennial Chapel was another wonderful event, with hundreds in attendance and many more watching the live stream. A backdrop of blue skies and spring blossom provided a stunning setting that showed the Chapel in all its glory. This was an emotional day, with many seeing inside the Chapel for the
Birthday surprise for lucky winner It is with great excitement we would like to announce we have a winner in our ‘Bring an Old Col Home’ competition. At the close of the competition we had 89 entries from Old Collegians based around the world. The photos can be viewed at stac100.co.nz in the competitions tab. The winner of the competition was Thomas Moore (2009) who was nominated by his older brother Luke (2006). Thomas is currently living in London and was not aware he had
first time as we enjoyed a wonderful service with outstanding musical performances. Our students lined the banks of the river and listened to the service from outside. I think everyone is in agreement that this is a magnificent facility, designed beautifully by architect Patrick Clifford from Architectus. It is a modern, stateof-the-art building that incorporates so many of the salvaged items from the Memorial Chapel, carrying our history through to the present day. We regret that we were unable to include more people at the official Dedication, but we were pleased to welcome so many more through the Chapel during the open days that followed. Although the doors are now open for the Chapel, fundraising is far from complete. We still need to raise another $2.5 million for the Step Into Our Future campaign, and welcome any support you are able to give. Our first brick donor recognition plaque is on display in the foyer of the Chapel featuring 400 names. With 600 bricks still to sell and a second plaque to be produced, we encourage you to contact us promptly to ensure your name is included. We intend to have the second plaque ready for display before our Centenary celebrations in March 2017. The planning of the Centenary Gala Weekend celebrations is well underway and we are thrilled with the number of early registrations we have had for all events. This is a very special time of celebration for the whole of the St Andrew’s College
been entered so it was a big surprise to find out he had won. Luke had entered Thomas on his birthday so he was looking forward to seeing how Tom could possibly match this as a birthday present! Thomas is thrilled to have won and is looking forward to attending the Centenary Gala Weekend celebrations 17–19 March next year and catching up with family. Thank you to Emirates and House of Travel Merivale for their generous sponsorship.
Guests gather outside the new Chapel.
community so please register now to secure your place. You can register online at stac100.co.nz. Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity, and for sharing these special moments in the history of St Andrew’s College with us. Clare Wilkinson Director of Development View photos and watch videos of these special events at stac100.co.nz
Want to play with the Pipe Band at the Centenary Gala Weekend? Did you play in the Pipe Band at StAC? Are you keen to get together with other pipers and drummers and perform a mass pipes and drums item at the StAC Fête on 18 March 2017? If you are interested in being part of this celebration please contact Richard Hawke for details at RHA@stac.school.nz
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The past few months have been incredibly exciting as members of the St Andrew’s College community have gathered to launch the Centenary and celebrate the Dedication of the new Centennial Chapel.
Strowan House after the addition of a new classroom and dormitory in 1919.
Boarders lining up for breakfast, 1925.
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Along with its enviable academic, sporting and cultural record, St Andrew’s has provided a home away from home for a great many students over the last century. The intention to provide a welcoming, nurturing environment for boarders was set out in the very first College prospectus of 1916, when it was noted that Rector Sydney Dickinson and his wife Margaret desired to ‘create a home atmosphere and congenial surroundings and to avoid anything of the barracks element by which a boy’s identity is often submerged or lost’. Three boarders were in the first group of 19 boys who started at the College in 1917, and came under the care of the Rector and his wife. Once the College moved to its new site on Papanui Road at the start of 1918, several rooms in Strowan House were set up for boarders’ accommodation.
Strowan dormitories, 1936.
In the early years the boarders had to rise at 6.30am for bathing, morning preparation and exercises. After school every boy was expected to appear in the playground to take part in games, with quiet and gentlemanly conduct rigorously enforced at all times. By 1919 the roll at St Andrew’s had increased dramatically with 35 boarders among the 112 students. This created an accommodation crisis, which saw the rapid addition of a classroom on the north side of Strowan House plus an open-air dormitory built above it. Outside of their studies the boarders in the 1920s formed clubs, played competitive games, listened to music on the gramophone, heard lectures, listened to readings from great literature, participated in House concerts, and very occasionally attended a film or event outside the College.
A new recreation hall was built for boarders in 1951.
By 1930 the boarders were living in two houses, Strowan (for senior boys) and Rutherford (for boarders aged 14 and younger), each having its own House Masters, Matron and prefects. The House Masters eventually took over the running of the boarding houses from the Rectors, but before that the Rectors’ wives and Matrons played a big part in fostering family spirit and ensuring the welfare and happiness of the boarders. David Blackwell, a boarder from 1938 to 1944 has fond memories of his time at St Andrew’s, even of sleeping in ‘Dorm 6’ that was open to the elements. “If it rained or blew hard there was a canvas blind that was let down, which would flap in the wind all night. We were cosy though. We never complained. It was home to us. Our beds were here, we got our meals here, our friends lived here, we lived here. It was home.” He remembers the day boys being referred to as ‘Day Bugs’, and the Boarders' Brock, where all the boarders had to run to the gate and back again before breakfast every morning. The boarders also got up to some hijinks, he says. “I remember Gil McLean (a boarder from 1938 to 1943) came back from the Coast with his recipe for apple cider. We took apples
Food has always been an important aspect of life as a boarder.
Rentoul House was opened for the first girl boarders in 1992.
from the government supplies, sugar off the tables from the boarders, and a big aluminium pan. Gil took off his shoes and socks, rolled up his trousers and was squashing the apples and the sugar together when (Rector) Joe Mawson walked in. He said ‘McLean what are you doing?’ Gil replied, ‘Making apple cider sir.’ And being the man Joe Mawson was, he looked at him and said ‘Don't get drunk McLean’.”
By the 1960s living conditions in the boarding houses were described as ‘less rigorous’ than in previous years. The 1960s and 70s were a time of significant societal change, prompting St Andrew’s and its boarding culture to adapt from a more austere, regimented pre-war philosophy, to taking a slightly more liberal approach in line with the emergence of the ‘teenager’ from the 1950s onwards.
were opened in the heart of the campus at the start of 2013.
The war years were difficult for the College. Jeff Steel, who boarded at St Andrew’s from 1943 to 1947, says the boarders weren’t always fed so well during this time due to food rationing. By 1951 things were looking up again, with the opening of a boarders’ recreation hall, which had been built by voluntary labour to give boarders somewhere other than the classroom or Gymnasium to go for leisure time. The same year Ernie Poole (who had boarded at St Andrew’s from 1946 to 1950) became the first House Master at St Andrew’s who wasn’t a teacher. A College history written in 1966 said certain themes recurred in the story of the boarding house including the ‘scorn, real or pretended’ for day boys, a dislike of cold water in the early mornings, and a fixation on food.
The impressive new boarding houses opened in 2013.
Two new boarding houses, MacGibbon and Thompson were constructed and opened in the late 1970s, when the old Rutherford House was renamed Erwin. In 1992, with the introduction of girls to St Andrew’s, the Rector’s former Normans Road residence was converted into a girls’ boarding establishment, known as Rentoul House. By the 2000s St Andrew’s had three boarding houses for Years 9 to 13 students, MacGibbon (Years 9 to 11), Rutherford (Years 11 to 13) for boys, and Thompson (Years 9 to 13) for girls. Unfortunately the Thompson and Rutherford Houses were lost in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and MacGibbon House required refurbishment and strengthening. Boarders lived in local motels until new replacement boarding houses
Boarders enjoy comfortable, colourful facilities.
Benjamin Sullivan (2014) enjoyed motel life, particularly having smaller bedrooms and a lounge and television shared by just a few students. “We got the chance to show some independence and step up. It was almost like a flatting situation.” This year 154 boarders (104 boys and 50 girls) enjoy the College’s state-of-the-art facilities under the very capable leadership of Director of Boarding, Dianne MacDonald. The boarding houses have a variety of room types as well as tutor flats, common rooms, and day lounges. Three additional beds are being added to boys’ boarding next year, taking the total to 171 beds (111 boys and 60 girls) all of which will be full. Boarders at St Andrew’s experience a wide range of activities, such as themed dinners, sporting events, the highly anticipated Boarders’ Assembly, and formal Boarders’ Dinner, a much loved tradition throughout St Andrew’s history. The boarding spirit is alive and well at the College and lives on through the collective experiences of each and every student who has called the boarding houses at St Andrew’s home.
Leaving boarders toast their future at the 2016 Boarders’ Dinner.
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Studying in a 1970’s dormitory.
A cartoon by Robert Halsey, 1977, St Andrew’s Boarding Life, ‘A cold shower does you good in the morning.’
Rector Christine Leighton addressing the assembly.
Let the celebrations begin The St Andrew’s College Centenary was launched in fine style at a special assembly in September, where memories of the past were honoured and there was much anticipation about the year of celebrations ahead. It was a time to remember the significant bequest left by Mr Duncan Rutherford in 1917 that enabled the Board of the fledgling College (which had been established in the Presbyterian manse on Lincoln Road) to purchase the Strowan homestead and surrounding land. At the time, Alexander Thompson, the Presbyterian Minister and founder of the College said: “There is only one place for St Andrew’s College and that is Strowan.”
Hats off to the past – coats off to the future! A K ANDERSON RECTOR, 1920–1934
The Pipe Band provided a magnificent opening to the Centenary Launch Assembly, and after a welcome by Rector Christine Leighton, special guests, staff and students were taken back to the past with a vintage newsreel featuring fascinating film clips from the early years of the College. Christine Leighton was then joined by prefects Caleb Morgan, Isla Evison, Harrison Cooper, Emma Williams and Celine Bullivant to present some of the highlights of each decade of St Andrew’s proud history. The St Andrew’s College orchestra produced a wonderful performance of the ‘Centenary Overture’, a soaring musical piece composed especially for the event by Old Collegian Chris Adams (1996). The composition was strongly influenced by the St Andrew’s College song, and ended with a full orchestral rendition of its three verses. The singing was led by fine Year 13 performers Samantha Deller and William Harrington who were accompanied by choral groups, Staccoro and Stacchorus, with the entire assembly joining in. Board Chairman Garry Moore and Old Collegian Bryan Pearson (1980), both gave heartfelt addresses, with another
The flag raising ceremony is a longstanding tradition before special events.
highlight being the amazing poem ‘The Saltire Flag’ written by talented Year 6 poet Pieta Bayley, who read it to the assembly with clarity and confidence. The Strowan Scholars, Lizzie Stevenson and Angus Syme were farewelled before their Scottish adventure, with a stunning version of ‘Loch Lomond’ sung by Staccoro in their honour. The assembly finished with a trailer of the Centenary film, which provided an exciting glimpse of the project, due to be premiered at the Centenary Gala Weekend in March 2017. After the assembly, guests and students were invited to view the StAC 100 timeline, which has been installed in the Senior College atrium. It is a fantastic visual representation of the College’s 100-year history. There are many more exciting occasions to come as St Andrew’s celebrates its 100th birthday, with all members of the College community encouraged to take part and enjoy this once in a lifetime event. For Centenary information and to register please visit stac100.co.nz
The St Andrew’s College Orchestra playing the ‘Centenary Overture’.
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The Saltire Flag This special commemorative poem was written for the Centenary Launch by Pieta Bayley, age 11 (Year 6). A breath of time ripples through the cloth. Together an instrument, ready to play. United like the bag, chanter and drone pipes who skirl ‘Badge of St Andrews’, together they strike hearts with the million songs held in a soft flutter. Rector Christine Leighton with Chris Adams, composer of the ‘Centenary Overture’.
Strowan stands behind, guardian of the school. A Rector in her ivy gown.
An ensign to greet the College with a solitary wave of white cross interlaced with navy legacy. Its 98 year old silk woven with memories remains still.
A stirring, soaring overture, composed by Old Collegian Chris Adams (1996) and played by the College orchestra was among the special musical tributes at the Centenary Launch celebrations.
A Scottish endowment. Frozen in a photograph. Preserved in archival tissue. It remembers.
“I was delighted to be asked by Rector Christine Leighton and Mark Hodgkinson, conductor of the orchestra, to develop a work in recognition of the Centenary, which had a very clear association to the College,” says Chris. He spent around six months working on ‘Centenary Overture’, a seven-minute piece, which features elements of the St Andrew’s College song throughout and concludes with a full orchestral version of all three verses, which were sung heartily by those attending the Centenary Launch.
the imagery and worked to capture this in my orchestral writing." After completing the work, Chris, who is current Head of Music at King’s College, Auckland, spent time with Mark Hodgkinson and the orchestra to develop the piece ready for its exciting reveal. "Mark was wonderful to work with, and the orchestra did a fantastic job tackling a sometimes technically challenging and musically demanding work. It is exciting to see such a vibrant musical culture at St Andrew’s and the fine young players being developed there."
St Andrew’s sons in Scotland send To you St Andrew’s sons afar This symbol of a common faith. This ensign of a common war. Still flies the cross.
In addition to being an accomplished composer, Chris is a talented violinist, pianist and singer who attended St Andrew’s on a Music scholarship.
In the early stages of writing the overture, Chris travelled to St Andrews in Scotland to get a sense of the grey granite cliffs mentioned in the College song, and to meet with a renowned Scottish historian, who was able to provide historical context that helped with the composition process.
After achieving Honours in Composition at the University of Canterbury, and working in the specialist music school, Wells Cathedral School, in Somerset, England, Chris completed his teaching qualifications and has taught Music at schools in Christchurch and Auckland. He has also held several residencies as a composer.
"The St Andrew's College song has such emotional significance for those associated with the College, that I wanted to ensure that I kept the integrity of the song but also brought something new to it. Because the words are so evocative, I drew on
"The launch of the Centenary was stunning. I'm really looking forward to the Gala Weekend in March and am so grateful to the College for asking me to write something to help celebrate this historic milestone,” he said.
Centenary pin An enterprising Year 12 Business Studies Group called C.L.P; comprising Angus Syme, Oscar Wilson, Nicholas Ross, Louis McFadden and Michael Carston have created an elegant Centenary lapel pin, suitable for both men and women. The commemorative pin, which has a striking Centennial thistle design, can be purchased for $30 from the stac100.co.nz website. All profits will go to the Centennial Chapel Fund.
“It was a responsibility I took incredibly seriously with all facts and names checked and double checked.”
The exhibition’s information and imagery has been cleverly presented on carefully placed, colour-coded canvases that hug a curved wall running the length of the mezzanine height walkway in the Senior College atrium.
The result is a multi-layered exhibition, which is nostalgic, meaningful, informative and often humorous.
After gathering the information for the timeline, Pip condensed it into a suitable format, with quotes from various notable people throughout the decades added to provide unique voices from the past.
Each of the 10 Rectors who have served at St Andrew’s have special individual ‘pop-out’ panels with quotes selected to epitomise what each achieved during their time at the College. The Deputy Rectors, Preparatory School Principals, and Board Chairs over the last century are also represented individually.
The StAC historical timeline is fabulous and was much admired by guests who viewed it at the Centenary Launch. ALLY STEVENSON PARENT
carefully placed individual canvases would give the project a more sculptural feel than a one-dimensional flat graphic stuck to the wall. “It was a challenging space to design for, with the curved angles, the ramp, and internal windows that had to be integrated into the design. What has been achieved is essentially a timeline without a line,” says Craig.
“We hope when people view and read the StAC 100 timeline they will get a sense of how the College has evolved, particularly through the context of events in the wider world such as the two World Wars, Great Depression and more recently the Canterbury earthquakes. During times of crisis the strength of the College and its community spirit has really shone through,” says Pip Dinsenbacher, Preparatory School Art Teacher, who researched and created the display with Communications Designer, Craig Morgan.
He selected a host of potential photos from school archives and images kindly made available by the Christchurch Star.
After spending an incredible number of hours on the project, Pip and Craig are very happy with the final result of their collaborative, team effort, which was brought to life by the team at Adgraphix who did a great job of printing the canvases.
All facts and information included in the display are the result of Pip’s meticulous research from primary sources to ensure every detail was correct.
Taking into account the need to scale the design for two viewing distances (close up from the one metre wide walkway ramp and from down below in the atrium space) Craig decided
“We are proud of the timeline, and believe Reverend Thompson, who founded St Andrew’s would be happy to know the College has made 100 years,” says Pip.
Pip worked in close collaboration with designer Craig on the StAC 100 project, who was responsible for its design and positional mapping.
There was also the requirement for the timeline to be relocatable, which added another technical challenge.
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Among the highlights of the Centenary Launch was the opportunity for guests, students and St Andrew’s staff to view the impressive StAC 100 timeline, which provides a fascinating visual representation of the history of St Andrew’s College alongside major national and international milestones and events that have shaped the course of the last 100 years.
Time after time
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“Hats off to the past – coats off to the future!” A K Anderson Rector, 1920–1934
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PRINT & DESIGN EXCELLENCE
success All the hard work and rehearsals paid off for the 58 students from the StAC Dance Company involved in Dance Revue, with their talents showcased to a full house over two sensational nights. The theme was â€˜Dance through timeâ€™, with large and small dance groups and individual performers transporting the appreciative audiences through an exciting variety of dance styles from jazz, to ballet, tap, hip hop and contemporary. The dancers worked incredibly hard on their performances all term, with Head of Dance Courtney Johnson doing a fantastic job of leading the event for 2016.
Each year the standard improves with more and more students taking this wonderful opportunity to develop their ability in dance.
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It has been a busy time for our Kapa Haka Groups with performances in several festivals. St Andrew’s once again hosted the Tuhono Festival, which was a wonderful celebration of culture attended by over 900 people. This event involved our Preparatory School and Secondary School Kapa Haka Groups who performed with spirit and pride under the guidance of Matua Steve Reid, creator of the St Andrew’s school haka – Haka o Hatu Anaru. Kapa haka groups from several other schools were welcomed to the College to participate in this special event.
Culture celebrated Musical and dance performances wowed the audience at the annual Cultural Assembly, which was a marvellous celebration of the arts at St Andrew’s.
Archie Milligan (Year 9) receiving an Individual Music Award.
Cultural Captains Samantha Deller and Cameron McHugh (both Year 13) organised the assembly and delivered a thoughtful address.
A stunning version of Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ was played by the Jazz Big Band, with members of the StAC Dance Company delivering an energetic performance. Other highlights included a staff barbershop quartet and a surprise performance by a large group of staff, led by Rector Christine Leighton, which received a standing ovation. Seven Music Awards, eight Drama Awards and one Technical Colours Award were presented to students exhibiting exceptional performances and representations in their area. Cultural Captains Samantha Deller and Cameron McHugh delivered a thoughtful address that asked students to consider the wider influence of the arts and culture at the College.
A surprise performance from staff received a standing ovation.
“Culture is literally being human. Language, social connections, community are all things to do with culture,” they said.
ALEXANDRA WILSON YEAR 13
Year 13 boarder Alexandra Wilson delivered a thought provoking Morning Comment that tied together Olympic insights with reflections on boarding life and the key messages.
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‘Live in the now’, and ‘be proud of where you come from’ were the messages delivered by the Year 13
boarders, who did a fantastic job of organising the fun assembly under the able leadership of Heads of Boarding Jack Taylor and Bailey McCann.
This year’s much-anticipated Boarders’ Assembly was based on the spirit of the Olympics with students and guests enjoying the boarders’ trademark humour along with their athletic prowess, great singing and some well-executed dance moves.
The past is the past and the future will make its mind up. Live for the moment.
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Highland flings Two marvellous events, the Ceilidh and StAC Attack provided a great opportunity to celebrate St Andrew’s proud Scottish heritage and showcase the talents of our Pipe Band members and traditional dancers. The Ceilidh (pronounced ‘kay-lee’) is an annual fundraising event for the Pipe Band, and provides a great excuse for a good old-fashioned Scottish knees-up in a friendly, fun atmosphere. Wearing their dancing shoes and even a little bit of tartan, guests enthusiastically joined in Scottish country dancing, enjoyed Pipe Band and dancing displays, an Address to the Haggis, and of course a few wee drams. Generous donors contributed items for a silent auction that helped to bolster the Pipe Band’s fundraising efforts. Late in October, our 2016 national championship winning Pipe Band performed a fantastic repertoire of traditional music and modern arrangements at the annual StAC Attack concert, where Scottish dancing was also on display. The concert was a wonderful opportunity to develop the exciting young talent emerging in the Pipe Band in line with its plans to attend the Pipe Band World Championships in Scotland in 2018. This will be the fifth time the St Andrew’s Pipe Band has competed in the competition, where in 2013, it was crowned Juvenile World Champions.
Across the generations Academy, with Year 8 Rotary Speech finalist, Scott Janett delivering a speech. Photographs were taken, scones with lashings of raspberry jam and cream were devoured, and overall it was another delightful morning at the College shared with some special senior members of the St Andrew’s family.
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Grandparents’ Day is a wonderful occasion on the St Andrew’s calendar. This year we welcomed around 400 grandparents to the College, who were proudly shown around the school and its facilities by their grandchildren. They were also treated to some fabulous entertainment provided by the Pre-school, Preparatory School Junior choir, Secondary jazz band, Years 5 and 6 Jump Jam, and Ballet
Cultural catch up Our award winning jazz groups performed in the Great Hall at the Arts Centre during the Winter Music Festival.
Ballet After achieving 95 percent or over in their ballet exams, five of St Andrew’s Ballet Academy senior dancers, Anika Boet, Rose Siebuhr (both Year 10) and Evelyn Clarke, Grace Donaldson and Kate Holmes (all Year 9) have been awarded prestigious New Zealand Scholarship nominations, making them eligible to compete against other highest level dancers in New Zealand at the Annual Scholarship Awards.
Five senior dancers from the StAC Ballet Academy have been awarded New Zealand Scholarship nominations.
Dance Chase Jordan (Year 11) and his partner achieved six first places and three second places at the New Zealand Open Dance Championships in Hamilton. This was an exceptional result as they elected to upgrade from juniors to compete in the older age groups. The pair will compete at the Australian Nationals in Melbourne in December. Debating Congratulations to the Senior A debating team of Harrison Smith, April Oakley and Isabella Garbett (all Year 13) who won the Canterbury Schools Debating Council Senior Tournament against Christ’s College. The team has debated together for five years and has won the final three times. To win as a senior team was great reward for their hard work and dedication. Harrison Smith was named Best Speaker at the tournament.
Film Fest award winner Grace Dephoff (Year 12) with Cultural Captain Samantha Deller (Year 13).
At the Junior Canterbury Regional Debating Competition, Megan Blackwood (Year 11), Imogen McNeill (Year 9) and Andrew Garbett (Year 9) were selected for the Canterbury Development Squad.
McHugh. ‘Joyride’, by Timothy McCarthy, Thomas Collins, William Pengelly, Oscar Bannan and Neil MacLeod (all Year 13) took six awards, including Best Film. Grace Dephoff's (Year 12) ‘Brise Vole’ was runnerup and also scooped the awards for Best Camera and Best Sound.
Film Festival A packed theatre responded enthusiastically to the best 10 studentmade films that screened at Film Fest 2016, emceed by Cultural Captains, Samantha Deller and Cameron
Irish Dancing Hannah Kim (Year 12) danced her heart out to place third at the Irish Dancing National Championships, and has qualified for the World Championships in 2017.
Opera Joshua Pike (Year 13) has been offered a place in the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus for 2017. He will be singing in The Christchurch and Wellington chorus for ‘Carmen’, and The NZSO Opera in Concert version of ‘The Damnation of Faust’. Pipe Band St Andrew’s College Pipe Major Louis Newman (Year 11) played with the Foundation Youth Pipe Band of New Zealand on a tour of Australia, where they competed at the Australian National Pipe Band Championships at Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, Sydney. The band won the overall Juvenile section (including drumming) against other strong performances from school bands across Australia. Louis led the band in the Juvenile Marches section. They also performed strongly in Grade 2, the second highest adult grade, winning piping in the March, Strathspey and Reel. Other highlights included playing at Parliament House in Canberra before a large audience including New Zealand High Commissioner Chris Seed. Poetry Caleb Morgan (Year 13) was one of nine shortlisted runner-up poets in the National Schools Poetry Award for his poem ‘Indian Wedding’. Caleb attended a poetry workshop in Wellington and received a package of literary prizes provided by the New Zealand Book Council, Victoria University Press, Sport, Landfall, and the New Zealand Society of Authors. Elena Limmer-Wood (Year 9) finished second in the National Council of Women Christchurch Branch Lois Middlemiss Memorial
Jacob Parsons (Year 13) came third in the Christchurch Poetry Slam (open to all ages) and will go on to compete in the New Zealand Poetry Slam National Final competition in Hamilton, an unprecedented achievement for someone of his age. Priya Bartlett (Year 4) has had her poem 'Moonlight' selected for this year's international Rattle Young Poets Anthology. Solo Piping StAC Pipe Band students performed well at the Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Solo Piping Contest. Achieving first placings were Gregor Mackay (Year 10), Noah Clarke (Year 10) and Louis Newman (Year 11). Our pipers also received several placings at the Silver Chanter Competition, with Laurence Arundell (Year 11) taking first place in the D Grade 6/8 March. Songwriting Neil MacLeod (Year 13) made the national final of the Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition with his song ‘Settle’. Ella Guillemot-Mene (Year 11) spoke at TEDx in Christchurch about
her songwriting and musical experiences, including her acceptance at the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer camp in Michigan, USA. Interlochen draws young people from around the world to study music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and is one of the most prestigious camps of its kind in the world. Winter Music Festival The winter evenings were a little warmer thanks to the Music Department’s Winter Music Festival, which encompassed three evenings showcasing the wonderful talent of our students. Celebrating Song featured StAC choirs, barbershop and soloists who were excited to perform at the brand new venue, The Piano. The second evening dubbed Studio Set saw a large number of our emerging singer/ songwriters from Years 7 to 13, share their wonderful original compositions in a ‘lounge’ setting created in the Music Room. The newly renovated Great Hall at the Arts Centre was the prefect venue for Jazz Club, where an appreciative audience enjoyed a glass of wine by the open fire while listening to our award-winning jazz groups.
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Music Victoria Lee (Year 10) has been awarded her ATCL in violin performance following a recital examination. This is a tertiary level diploma, which is very rare to achieve at Victoria’s age.
Award Poetry Competition for her poem on social media.
Jazz Festival Thirty-seven jazz students were highly successful at the Southern Jam Jazz Festival in Blenheim. The big band and soul band received Gold awards; the jazz orchestra received a Silver award, and Cameron McHugh (Year 13) received Best Trombone. Both the big band and the soul band were runnersup in their categories. Cameron McHugh, Samuel Verdellen (Year 13), Benjamin Lang (Year 13), Angus Rainey (Year 10) and Serge Beaton (Year 10) were all selected for the All Stars Band, with two St Andrew’s jazz groups also selected to play in the gala concert.
Young StAC poet among the best in the world Finn van Dorsser (Year 11) has been selected among the best young poets in the world, after being included as one of the Top 15 Foyle Young Poets of the Year. This is an outstanding achievement for Finn, who entered his incredible poem ‘An Orison to the Future Comet’ in the worldwide competition, which attracted 10,000 entries by over 6000 poets from 76 countries. Last year Finn was one of 85 commended poets and he is
understandably thrilled to be named in the top 15 winners this year. His prize is a week’s residential writing course at The Hurst Arvon Centre, United Kingdom in 2017. Finn's poem was read out by one of the judges in London, and will be published in a Foyle Young Poets of the Year anthology, which will be printed and also available online. It can also be read at the Foyle 2016 link on the Poetry Society UK website.
13 years on
Marcel Boet The College has been a very special place for me. Two favourite things have stood out. One is the people I have met along the way and some very good relationships I have made with friends and teachers. The second is representing the thistle through sporting events. The pride in StAC has been great and I will bleed blue till the day I die.
2004-2016 With primary, intermediate and secondary schooling on one campus at St Andrew’s there is always a special group of Year 13 leavers who have enjoyed their entire schooling at the College. This year, 13 students who arrived in Year 1 in 2004 will walk out of the school gates for the final time as their schooling comes to an end.
Judge Crozier It’s been nice to watch different students come and go and see the school progress and change over the years. I’m happy I was at StAC before all the changes so I know what the old St Andrew’s looked like before it became modernised. It’s also nice to be part of the small, special group who have been at St Andrew’s for 13 years.
We asked them to share what their time at St Andrew’s means to them and what have been some of the highlights of being part of the StAC family.
Tristan Hawkey To be at the College from start to finish has been very interesting. Just seeing the school adapt from being the old school campus to being completely new after the quakes. My favourite thing about my time at StAC has been the opportunities that it has provided. Not only through sport and cultural activity but also the overseas opportunities and the extra curricular options available.
Olivia Vieceli I am extremely grateful that my parents have given me this opportunity to be a part of the St Andrewâ€™s community. It is a privilege. My favourite thing about my time at StAC would definitely be all the people I have met along the way. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime, and memories I will cherish forever.
Taiga Saito It has been a privilege to be at StAC from the start to finish, as I have been able to take in the culture of the College. My favourite thing was making new friends and enjoying my time with them over the years. The friendships will last a lifetime.
Charlotte Wright-Taylor I remember looking over the Pre-school fence waiting for the time I would turn five and get to wear a straw hat. I am very thankful for the diverse opportunities StAC has opened to me. From community service, DPR and philanthropy to playing hockey for the College from Year 1 to 13, and travelling to Gallipoli, England and Europe on the WWI tour and the history tour to Vietnam and Singapore. The school has a strong family feel and my favourite thing is the way each individual student is treated at StAC. The staff really makes an effort to get to know you and your strengths.
Ru Zan Kate Ward
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Tom Pearson To be able to feel comfortable every time I walk into the school is something I have always cherished. I am grateful for the numerous teachers and students who have had a big impact on who I am today. My favourite thing about my time at St Andrewâ€™s was being introduced to academic and co-curricular activities I never would have otherwise. I have been able to discover what I enjoy the most which has given me great insight into my future. The camps at Castle Hill were also a cool experience.
Taiwan adventures The first group of St Andrew’s students ever to travel to Taiwan enjoyed a rich cultural experience that saw them negotiate everything from language barriers, to unusual food and even a tropical cyclone. The group travelled with Tourism and Travel teacher Ian Morrison who said the trip did much to strengthen ties between St Andrew’s and Taiwanese schools. “We’ve hosted three Taiwanese schools over the last couple of years so it was a great opportunity for us to visit them and build greater cross-cultural communication and understanding. The students taught English and presented information about New Zealand and St Andrew’s during the visit.” After two days in Singapore, the students landed in Taiwan, visiting three schools in or near Tainan, the third largest city in Taiwan. “There was a lot of interest in the students who were mobbed wherever
To the land of the
Six students and Tourism and Travel teacher Ian Morrison were the first group from StAC to travel to Taiwan.
they went. It was a bit like travelling with a boy band.” Year 13 student William Harvey, on his first visit to Asia, says staying in a narrow five-storey apartment building with all generations of a Chinesespeaking host family was a unique experience. Henry Trott says although communication was sometimes a challenge, food quickly became the international language. “The people were so generous. We were fed and fed until we couldn’t eat any more.” Jack Symes rates the food among the highlights of his trip, and Josh Starkey was amazed at the Taiwanese students’
Visiting the grey granite cliffs and historic towering ruins of St Andrews was among the many highlights of the month in Scotland spent by Strowan Scholars, Angus Syme and Lizzie Stevenson (both Year 12). “The locals at St Andrews received a special rendition of our school song, sung proudly into the North Sea breeze,” says Lizzie. The students were separated for most of the trip, and between them visited 12 schools across the country, enthusiastically throwing themselves in to a range of activities. Angus says it was special to visit the original Strowan House in Perth, and he could have grabbed his broomstick and headed off for a game of Quidditch at Glenalmond College, given its likeness to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Internationally renowned school Gordonstoun, with which St Andrew’s College has a yearly exchange, was a ‘stunning school’ on Lizzie’s itinerary.
Lizzie Stevenson and Angus Syme (both Year 12) were great ambassadors for St Andrew’s College during their trip to Scotland.
Both students thought Edinburgh was an incredible city and relished the opportunity to wander around buildings that are centuries old including the famous castle.
tough schedule, with classes from 7.30am until 5.20pm, and extra study after that. A visit to a hot springs in Guanziling, night markets, a tea plantation and Taipei 101, the world’s fifth tallest building were other highlights of the trip. Typhoon Megi hit Taiwan during the visit but Ian says the students were well cared for by their host families during the storm. “Taiwan is a beautiful country with great people and an interesting mix of old and modern. It is not somewhere our students may normally visit, which made the experience even more special.”
As a day student at St Andrew’s, Angus ‘absolutely loved’ the chance to board at four out of the six schools he visited and immerse himself in student life. Lizzie enjoyed becoming part of the family at her five homestays. Wonderful people and incredible sights aside, both say the experience also gave them time to reflect. “When you go overseas by yourself it is a test of what you take with you, even including your values. You can’t be exactly who you are at home when you travel,” says Angus. Lizzie says the trip helped her to put the world in perspective. “It also makes you appreciate the things you have at home.” They say the trip was ‘seamless’ thanks to Mr John Sinclair, who has organised the Strowan Scholar trips for a number of years. “We also express our utmost gratitude to the Board, Mrs Leighton and Mr Burrows for making this wonderful experience possible.”
Development programme delivers best season ever
Marianne played netball for Canterbury and Wellington, is the current head coach of the New Zealand A side and assistant coach of the Mainland Tactix.
St Andrew’s was one of only two Christchurch schools to make it after finishing third at the South Island tournament.
Late last year Marianne worked with input from key netball people in the College to write a development programme for netball.
The Senior A side also finished runners-up in their Christchurch club netball Senior One competition and third in the SuperNet competition.
“We’ve put some strategies in place, not just around skills, but also the character of the players. Developing people as well as players is a key focus.” A significant number of people support StAC’s 13 netball teams, including some high profile former stars with great depth and experience. These include former Silver Ferns Marg Foster (whose company Motivationz runs junior academies for players of all abilities), and Anna Galvan (née Veronese), who delivers specialist training to a number of teams. Kirsty Carline (daughter of former Silver Fern’s coach Robyn Broughton) who played for Southland, Otago, Wellington, Southern Sting and New Zealand U21s is the current coach of the StAC Senior A team, which is managed by Megan Hutton, who played for various franchises including the Canterbury Tactix. Other St Andrew’s teams to perform incredibly well this year include the U17 team, which won the Christchurch U17 Division 2 competition, and the Year 9A team, which were runners-up in the U14 Division 1 grade.
Marg Foster, Anna Galvan, Megan Hutton, Kirsty Carline and Marianne Delaney are part of the star-studded coaching and support team guiding StAC netballers.
“We are also exceptionally proud to have Canterbury representatives at every level,” says Marianne. Kate Allan and Emily Allan (both Year 9) were selected for the U14 team, Marilyn Harrison (Year 10) for the U15 team, Olivia Clark (Year 12), Jessica Allan (Year 12) and Samantha Molloy (Year 12) for the U17 team, and Kelera Nawai (Year 13) for the U19 side. Several players were also selected for tournament teams, including Kate Allan and Emily Allan (South Island Juniors), Olivia Clark, Kelera Nawai, Holly Matson (Year 12) and Jessica Allan (South Island Seniors and New Zealand U17). “It has been a fantastic year and we are excited at the girls’ dedication and performance, as well as the progress they have made under the new development programme. Next year our key goal is looking at improving our coach development programme within the school, which in turn will lead to better experiences for all our athletes.”
Both the Year 9A and Year 10A teams had their best ever results at the South Island Secondary Schools Championships ‘by a long way’, which bodes well for the future.
Jessica Allan (Year 12) was selected for the South Island Seniors and New Zealand U17 tournament teams.
Senior A netballers at the national tournament.
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The Senior A side was among the top 16 teams in the country competing at the prestigious New Zealand Secondary Schools Netball Championships, out of an initial pool of close to 300 teams.
“The girls have played excellent netball this year and relished the opportunity to play at this level. We are very proud of their achievements,” says Marianne Delaney, High Performance Netball Director, who is also involved with StAC’s Elite Sports programme.
A pool of exciting young talent, supported and encouraged by an enthusiastic coaching and motivational team including some former Silver Ferns and Canterbury netball stars has seen St Andrew’s have its most successful season to date.
Winter Tournament Week Tournament sport provides some great challenges for our young sportspeople and the opportunity for some valuable learning and life lessons. This year’s Winter Tournament Week was no exception.
St Andrew’s was the only Canterbury team to make the top four in the competition, with Jessica Allan (Year 12), Kelera Nawai (Year 13) and Olivia Clark (Year 12) selected into the tournament team.
Ten teams from St Andrew’s comprising 150 students competed in various events around the country and delivered some outstanding results, particularly the Senior A netball team who finished third at the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament; First XI Boys’ hockey who finished fourth in the prestigious Rankin Cup, the First XI Girls’ football team who won the Lotto Sportswear Tournament in Dunedin, and the Ice Hockey A team which finished third at the Secondary Schools Tournament.
The Senior A team went on to compete against the 24 best national teams at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Netball Championships in the Term 3 holidays where they finished 15th overall.
Netball The Senior A netball team played fiercely to finish third at the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament, equalling the College’s highest ever placing in this competition.
Senior A netball team.
Hockey Another team to compete in a top tier National Secondary Schools Tournament during Winter Tournament Week was the First XI Boys’ hockey, which finished fourth in the prestigious Rankin Cup. It was a great achievement for this young team, featuring several Year 10 players, which started the tournament with a great upset win against Auckland Grammar. St Andrew’s is the only South Island school to have been in the top four of the Rankin Cup over the last five years.
The First XI Girls’ hockey team in action.
The College had the youngest team in the Tanner Cup U15 Hockey Tournament in Hamilton, which finished a creditable tenth. The First XI Girls’ hockey team finished 27th at in their national championships held in Auckland.
William Mace-Cochrane (Y12) at full stretch during a Rankin Cup match.
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The First XI Girls’ football team with their spoils after winning the Lotto Sportswear Tournament in Dunedin.
They missed out on making the top eight by a one-goal differential and went on to place 12th out of 24 teams. Declan Hickford won the Golden Boot Award for scoring the most goals at the tournament, which was an excellent individual achievement. Basketball Our basketballers also performed well
in the quarter-final. The team lost their semi-final match and finished a creditable third equal. Values and Culture
After missing out on nationals qualification this year, the First XI boys’ football team entered a challenging second-tier tournament where they achieved some high profile wins against large Auckland schools, Massey High School and Rangitoto College (the eventual competition winners).
during tournament week, with the Junior Boys’ winning three out of four games to make the quarter-finals of the South Island Secondary Schools Junior Championships in Dunedin, where they placed sixth. The young Senior basketball team was in a difficult pool at the South Island Secondary Schools Senior Championships in Ashburton where they had some good wins and narrow losses, eventually placing 12th.
Ice Hockey At the South Island Secondary Schools Ice Hockey Tournament in Dunedin the College’s A team progressed significantly to place third overall.
Football The First XI Girls’ football team has automatically qualified for the top national tournament in 2017 after a flawless display in the Lotto Sportswear Tournament in Dunedin where they won every game and beat Middleton Grange in the final. It was a fantastic effort by the team.
Alexander Egan (Y13) won the Best Forward at the tournament, which is a significant achievement. Rugby Our U15 Boys’ rugby team excelled at the U15 South Island Co-educational Secondary Schools Tournament. They had three convincing wins in pool play before beating Ashburton College
It has been a great season for StAC U15 rugby teams. Our top U15 rugby team finished third at the very competitive South Island Co-ed Secondary Schools tournament this year, while the U15 B team (pictured here) enjoyed a very successful campaign winning their U15B grade final against Christ’s College 31–27 in the Christchurch competition.
Successful tour to Singapore and Hong Kong A development rugby team with a core group of U16 players and featuring a combination of players from the U15, Second XV and First XV teams travelled to Singapore and Hong Kong for a 10-day rugby tour. The 21 young men were accompanied by three staff members and over a dozen parents. Despite testing conditions the team won all three matches, beating the Raffles Institution U19 side 52–17, Valley RFC U19 in Hong Kong 29–12 and USRC Tigers U19 25–14.
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Congratulations to the St Andrew’s students who have excelled in their chosen sport or cultural activity this year and have been awarded New Zealand representative colours.
Sport Cross Country Mitchell Small (Year 13) competed for the New Zealand Secondary Schools cross country team at the World Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Budapest, where he was the first New Zealand athlete to cross the line in the Senior Boys’ 6km cross country, finishing twelfth. Mitchell also competed for New Zealand at the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships in Canberra, placing 12th out of 71 runners in the U18 Boys’ grade. At the end of the year Mitchell has been awarded three Athletic Scholarships to leading universities in the USA. Ari Graham (Year 13) was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools cross country team that competed at the Australian Schools Cross Country
Championships, placing sixteenth out of 80 runners in the U18 Girls’ race. Football Lily Bray (Year 11) played for the New Zealand U17 Girls football team in China. Blair Currie (Year 11) played for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls’ U15 football team that competed in Australia against age group teams and top school sides. Gymnastics Isabella Drew (Year 9) represented New Zealand at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, achieving a personal best score and finishing twelfth overall. Ice Hockey Despite being only 15 years old, Alexander Egan (Year 13) played for the New Zealand U18 ice hockey team, which won a gold medal in Division 3 at the World Championships. He has since
been selected for the New Zealand U20 team to play in Dunedin in January at the World Championships. Daisy Hopkins (Year 12) represented the New Zealand Senior Women’s ice hockey team as a goalkeeper at the IHF Women’s World Championships in Spain. She excelled at this tournament and was awarded the MVP trophy against Mexico. Orienteering Isaac Egan (Year 11) represented the New Zealand Schools Junior orienteering team at the Australian Orienteering Championships where he placed third in the M16 individual sprint and was part of the M16 team that placed second. Isaac also competed at the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships for the New Zealand Junior Boys’ team, which placed first and retained the Southern Cross Trophy against the Australians.
St Andrew’s 2016 New Zealand sports representatives (back row) Alexander Egan (Year 13), Mitchell Small (Year 13), Thomas Russel (Year 12), Hugh Montgomery (Year 9), Quinton Hurley (Year 11), Jamie Garbett (Year 10), (front row) Isabella Drew (Year 9), Ari Graham (Year 13), Daisy Hopkins (Year 12), Blair Currie (Year 11), Isaac Egan (Year 11), Lily Bray (Year 11). (Absent) Bryn Rumble (Year 10), Kirsty Shields (Year 11).
Bryn Rumble (Year 10) represented New Zealand at the State Teams Age Groups Short Course Swimming Championships in Canberra where he placed 11th in the Male 15 years 400m freestyle, 10th in the 100m backstroke, 10th in the 50m backstroke, and 9th in the 200m backstroke. Tennis Jamie Garbett (Year 10) played for the New Zealand 14 and Under tennis team that finished fourth in the teams’
event in Australia against many different countries. He also played for New Zealand at the Australia Nationals, placing eleventh out of 32 competitors. Touch Hugh Montgomery (Year 9) toured the Gold Coast as the youngest member of the New Zealand U15 Mixed touch team, which won six of its nine games. Trampolining Kirsty Shields (Year 11) was a member of the New Zealand team at the Indo Pacific Trampoline Championships where she finished twelfth on the trampoline and achieved a bronze medal in the synchronised trampoline. New Zealand gymnastics representative Isabella Drew (Year 9) also competed for New Zealand at the Indo Pacific Trampoline Championships where she placed fifth overall.
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Cultural Music Callum Hampton (Year 10), Jooyoung Kim (Year 12) and Beom-Suk Yoon (Year 12) were selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orchestra. Joshua Pike (Year 13) was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir, which was a guest choir at the International Choral Kathaumixw where over 20 of the best choirs in the world competed to become the Choir of the World. Pipe Band Pipe Major Louis Newman (Year 11) played with the Foundation Youth Pipe Band of New Zealand on its recent tour of Australia. The band competed at the Australian National Pipe Band Championships in Sydney, where it won the overall Juvenile section.
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Swimming Quinton Hurley (Year 11) represented New Zealand at the State Teams Age Groups Short Course Swimming Championships in Canberra, achieving personal bests in all three of his events, placing fifth in the Male 14–15 years 1500m freestyle, and 10th in both the Male 14–15 Years 400m freestyle and individual medley events.
St Andrew’s 2016 New Zealand cultural representatives Callum Hampton (Year 10), Beom-Suk (Joseph) Yoon (Year 12), Louis Newman (Year 11), Joshua Pike (Year 13), Jooyoung Kim (Year 12).
Rowing Thomas Russel (Year 12) raced at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Rotterdam where he and his partner from St Kentigern College just missed out on reaching the A final in the U19 pair, but later won the B final, placing them seventh in the world.
Badminton Jack Wang (Y9) was runner-up in the U15 doubles at the National Secondary Schools Badminton Competition and made it to the quarter-finals in other categories.
StAC junior adventure racers in action at the Get2GO Challenge.
Adventure racing on the up StAC’s senior adventure racing team has qualified for the 17th Annual Hillary Challenge in 2017, the toughest adventure competition for high school students that requires a high level of physical and mental fitness. This event will take place over five days in May at the Hillary Outdoors Education Centre, Tongariro, and is only open to 12 New Zealand Secondary School teams, made up of eight Year 12 and 13 students. Ellen Hampson, team manager says a trial will determine which eight students will make up the St Andrew’s team. “This competition is tough and we naturally want athletes with top skill sets.” The teams will be scored on their skill, speed and endurance during a five-day series of outdoor adventure challenges, including a two-day rogaine style wilderness expedition and a multisport race on the final day. In true adventure racing tradition, the exact details of all challenges will be kept secret until the event. St Andrew’s is also making its mark on the junior adventure racing scene. On the last day of Term 3, two junior StAC teams competed in the annual regional Get2GO Challenge against 22 other teams from the Canterbury/West Coast Region. StAC A finished second for the second year in a row, with StAC B, a boys’ team with some members new to the sport, doing extremely well to be placed eighth out of a total field of 24.
Jenny Zhu (Y10) was one of 40 people to attend the National U19 High Performance Selection Camp for badminton in Hamilton. She has since been chosen as one of 24 people to go to the National U19 High Performance Camp in Napier in January 2017. Basketball William Hollings (Y11) was awarded the Thompson Trophy and Ari Graham (Y13) awarded the Whelans Trophy from the Canterbury Basketball Association. The recipients of these trophies are selected by nomination from their peers and coaches. Duathlon In the Intermediate Boys’ duathlon race at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Championships, Saxon Morgan (Y11) placed second and Alexis Lherieau (Y11) placed third. Football A number of students have been selected into Canterbury football representative teams.
Canterbury 16th Grade Boys: Declan Hickford (Y11), Jack Morrow (Y11), Ryan Nicholson (Y12), Mitchell Radcliffe (Y11), Celyn Richards (Y12). 14th Grade Girls: Jasmine Ball (Y10), Emily Whitnall (Y9). 17th Grade Girls: Blair Currie (Y11), Kara Daeche (Y11), Francesca Morrow (Y10), Stella Patchett Christensen (Y12).
(Left) One of St Andrew’s most outstanding adventure racers is Yonni Kepes (left, Year 11), pictured here with his brother Omri on the summit of Kala Patthar (at around 5700m) last Christmas. The Khumbu Icefall is in the distance with the summit of Everest above them. This year Yonni did incredibly well to win the Lake Taupo Ultramarathon in the U20 division running 50km in 5.43/58. He was given special dispensation to run this normally 18+ yearold event and placed 40th out of over 500 competitors.
Francesca Morrow has been selected into the New Zealand Football South Island National Talent Centre. Lily Bray (Y11) won the Youth Player award and Women's Player of the Year award at the Mainland Football Awards. Declan Hickford (Y11), Ryan Nicholson and Sebastian Schacht (both Y12) were selected for the Canterbury United Youth team, the region’s top U19 representative age group side. Sebastian is also currently training with the Canterbury United men’s team. Britney-Lee Nicholson (Y12) and Lily Bray (Y11) have been selected for the top Mainland Pride women’s team.
Finn Sullivan (Y8) and Harry Withers (Y7) were selected for the Canterbury U13 Primary A Boys’ hockey team, which won the 2016 Hatch Cup after being unbeaten at a six-day national tournament. Several other Preparatory School students were selected into Canterbury hockey representative teams.
U13 Primary B Boys: Jakarta Klebert (Y7),Tom Edwards (Y7). U13 Primary B Girls: Ariana Mellish-Temple (Y8). U13 Primary Boys Development team: Devesh Jeram (Y7). Ice Hockey The St Andrew’s ice hockey team came first in the Christchurch High School Ice Hockey League, beating Shirley Boys’ High School in the final. The team is co-ed with student players from Years 9–13. Alexander Egan (Y13) has been selected for the New Zealand U20 ice hockey team, with Luke Hill (Y12) selected as a reserve. Ellie Dugdale (Y9) has been selected into the Canterbury Women’s ice hockey squad, The Devilettes. She is already a member of the U14 Canterbury ice hockey team. Kayaking The StAC kayaking team of Flynn McGuinness (Y9), Olivia Brett, Tilly Pritchard and Jennifer Lewis (all Y10) won the South Island Secondary Schools Sprint Kayak Championship. Between them the team won 21 of the 27 events entered, together with the Leask Cup awarded to the top South Island secondary school. Jennifer Lewis won both her K2 events in the Novice category. Flynn McGuinness competed in both U14
Tilly Pritchard and Olivia Brett competed in the K1 and K2 events in two age groups and won every title between them, except one. The highlight was their win in both U18 K2 events, and Olivia’s victories in both U18 K1 races. These are outstanding achievements against girls up to three years older. Motocross Two StAC teams competed in the Secondary School Motocross Championships. In Team 1 were Cody Doerner-Corson (Y10), Joseph Atkins (Y11) and Luke DoernerCorson (Y8), who placed eighth; Team 2 was Gus Jeffries (Y10), Angus Wakeman (Y10) and Quinn Baynon (Y10) who finished 23rd. Taylor Graham (Y11) won the Canterbury Champion title in the 450cc Pro category in the 2016 Canterbury Motocross Championship, which includes adult competitors. Lori Graham (Y9) finished fifth overall in the 250cc Pro class, the U14 junior class. Taylor and Lori also competed at the New Zealand ATV Motocross Championships where Taylor was the youngest competitor in the 450cc adult Pro class and placed a highly creditable third. Lori competed in the 250cc class 12–14 year event where she was the highest placed girl, finishing seventh overall. Motorcycling Luke Doerner-Corson (Y8) was placed first at the Westland Motorcycle Club Sand Dunes Moto 2016 Junior 85cc competition. Orienteering Oliver Egan (Y12) and Alice Egan (Y8) competed in the first of the Australian Orienteering Championship events. Oliver finished mid-field in the M20E (Junior Elite) grade with many Junior World Championship competitors. Alice competed in the W12 grade and her girls’ New Zealand relay team won the mixed grade against both girls’ and boys’ teams. The following students were class winners in the South Island/Canterbury Orienteering Championships in the Castle Hill Basin area:
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Oliver Egan (Y12) first in the M20A short, Robbie Shepherd (Y12) first in the M18B long and middle, Isaac Egan (Y11) first in the M16A short and middle, and Alice Egan (Y8) first in the W12A long. Dougal Shepherd (Y11), Ayrton Shadbolt (Y10) and Rupert Shepherd (Y8) also enjoyed podium finishes in their grades. Road Race Mitchell Small (Y13) continued his fantastic form on the track and road to win the U18 6km New Zealand Road Race in Masterton with a time of 19m 7s. Rugby Congratulations to the St Andrew’s U16 rugby team who beat St Bede’s College 22–19 to win the premier grade of this competition. The U15B rugby team won their final against Christ’s College 31–27. Snow Sports At the South Island Skiing and Snowboarding Championships held at Cardrona our mixed ski team, comprising George Boanas (Y13), Campbell Mercer-Butcher (Y13), Lachlan Woodman (Y11) and Madeline Walt (Y12) did well to finish second with our mixed snowboard team placing fifth. Our skiers and snowboarders also performed extremely well at the Canterbury Secondary School Championships, where Isabella Roberts (Y11) won the women’s snowboarding competition; George Boanas (Y13) was second in the men’s skiing; the mixed ski team won overall; the mixed snowboarding team was second; and the boys’ ski team finished third.
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Hockey William Mace-Cochrane (Y12) has been named in the New Zealand Junior Black Sticks hockey squad. A fantastic achievement.
and U16 age groups, winning most races including the U16 K2 races and all the U14 sprints.
Futsal Jake Neill (Y12) and Mitchell Radcliffe (Y11) have been selected for the Canterbury United Men’s Futsal Squad to compete in the 2016 Futsal National League.
New Zealand Short Course Championships All swimmers performed extremely well, particularly Quinton Hurley (Y11) who achieved personal bests in all events and won two gold medals. Our medal winners were: • Timothy Batchelor (Y12) Boys 16: bronze 50m fly and bronze 50m breaststroke; • Lucy Gordon (Y12) Girls 17: bronze 100m breaststroke; • Quinton Hurley (Y11) Boys 15: gold 400m freestyle and gold 1500m freestyle; • Angus Kelliher (Y9) Boys 14: bronze 200m backstroke and bronze 50m backstroke; • George Adam (Y11) Para Open: gold 50 fly, silver 200m freestyle and bronze 50m backstroke. Triple gold medal winner Quinton Hurley (Year 11).
Swimming National Secondary School Swimming Championships Eighteen students competed at the National Secondary School Swimming Championships, winning 17 medals including four gold. The mixed team finished second nationally and the boys’ team was fourth, both impressive results. Our gold medal winners were: • Quinton Hurley (Y11) 15yrs Boys: 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle; • George Adam (Y11) Para: 100m backstroke; • Lucy Gordon (Y12) 16 and over Girls: 200m breaststroke; • Jessica Roche (Y9), Manaia Butler (Y9), Quinton Hurley (Y11) and Bryn Rumble (Y10) Mixed 15 and Under 4x50m freestyle relay.
School Sport Canterbury Winter Sports Awards St Andrew’s College hosted the School Sport Canterbury Winter Sports Awards, which acknowledged significant achievements by Canterbury students throughout the winter season. Congratulations to the following St Andrew’s College students who were acknowledged: • Mitchell Small and Ari Graham (both Y13) – Senior Cross Country and Road Race Champions; • Boys’ badminton team – Canterbury Champions; • Mixed skiing team – Canterbury Champions; • Isabella Roberts (Y11) – Fastest Individual Girls’ Snowboarder. Touch Jessica Allan (Y12) has been selected for the Canterbury U18 girls team for the second year in a row.
Trampoline Breanna Cherry (Y7) placed second in double mini and seventh in trampoline in the 11-12 age group at the 2016 New Zealand GymSport Nationals. She also represented New Zealand at the Indo Pacific Championships where she finished fifth in power tumbling. Volleyball Holly Matson (Y12), Toby Gardener (Y11) and Clark Derks-Wyatt (Y11) represented the High Performance New Zealand volleyball teams in Australia at the Australian State Championships. The girls’ team won the competition, which was a significant achievement. Zonta Sports Awards Congratulations to the individual students and three teams who won four categories and two Highly Commended awards at the Zonta Sports Awards, including our national championship winning trapshooting and mixed tennis teams. • Boys’ Most Outstanding Team: Trapshooting team – Winners (shared with Christ’s College Rowing Eight); • Most Outstanding Mixed Team: Mixed tennis team – Winners; • Girls’ Most Valued Contribution to a Team: Georgette Smith (Y13) rowing – Winner; • Girls’ Most Outstanding Achievement with a Disability: Christina Shepherd (Y12) athletics – Winner; • Girls’ Best All Rounder: Ari Graham (Y13) athletics, basketball, cross country, swimming, triathlon, road race – Highly Commended; • Boys’ Most Valued Contribution to a Team: William Methven (Y13) rugby – Highly Commended.
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An outstanding near perfect shoot has seen the St Andrew’s trapshooting team of Jimmy Field (Y13), Mason Gardener (Y13), Jacob Warnock (Y13), Lyndon Arundell (Y13) and Laurence Arundell (Y11) become New Zealand Secondary Schools Team Champions.
trapshooting as a sport. Since that time John has generously supported the sport through coaching, providing guns, and transporting students. John is retiring this year so it is incredibly fitting the team achieved this remarkable national title.”
In this difficult competition all five students shot incredibly well to achieve an aggregate score of 295 points out of 300; something that has never been done in this competition before.
The College is also grateful to Warren Wright who started coaching trapshooting in 2005 and has continued on, even after his sons Fergus and Leo left school.
Jimmy Field also held his nerve under immense pressure to win the New Zealand Single Rise Championship, shooting an incredible 215 clay targets in a sudden death shoot-off The St Andrew’s team had already won the North Island teams event, and placed second at the South Island teams event. Head of Secondary School, Mr Roland Burrows, who is the team manager was understandably delighted and says the result is the culmination of five years of dedication from the team members, along with the commitment and quality coaching provided by John Harris and Warren Wright. At a recent College assembly Mr Burrows noted that: “John’s association with the College goes back almost 30 years, when he and a student Gerard Eder, established
A total of 18 students competed at the New Zealand Championships, with most scoring personal bests.
Results: • The StAC team of Jimmy Field, Mason Gardener, Jacob Warnock, Lyndon Arundell and Laurence Arundell won the National Teams Points Score Championship, scoring 295/300pts; • Laurence Arundell was second in the New Zealand Points Score Championships; • Lyndon Arundell was first in the New Zealand Single Barrel Championships; • Jimmy Field placed High Overall in the New Zealand Single Rise Championship and Trophy events; • Jimmy Field and Mason Gardener were selected to represent the South Island in the North versus South teams event which won the event;
• Kaitlin Watson placed fourth in the Women’s Single Rise Trophy event and first individual in the Fish and Game Women’s Provincial Teams Competition; • Jimmy Field, Mason Gardener and Jacob Warnock were selected for the North Canterbury Fish and Game Regional five-person Challenge team which was placed second; • Laurence Arundell placed third in the National Skeet Championships; • Jimmy Field was selected to represent the South Island in the North versus South Skeet event and placed second; • The StAC team also placed second in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Teams Postal Shoot.
Jimmy Field (Y13) in action with other members of the StAC team at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Trapshooting Competition.
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The New Zealand Secondary Schools trapshooting champions. Back Row: Mr Roland Burrows, Mr John Harris, Mr Warren Wright. Front Row: Mason Gardener, Lyndon Arundell, Jimmy Field, Jacob Warnock (all Year 13) and Laurence Arundell (Year 11).
Message from the President As the incoming President it gives me great pleasure to lead our alumni. I am currently farming in Darfield with my wife Barbara and my son Dan (2001), and have been on the Executive for over 10 years. I am passionate about St Andrew’s College, proud to be a part of an association that strives to keep its family informed and reunited with the College.
Stuart Calder (1989) viewing the StAC 100 timeline.
2G+ event The inaugural 2G+ event for Old Cols who are also current parents, was enjoyed by over 60 Old Collegians and their partners. Guests mixed and mingled, viewed the StAC 100 timeline and toured through the new Centennial Chapel. There were five families represented at this event whose connection with the College spans over four generations.
I would like to thank Nick Letham for his contribution to the association as President. His guidance and wise counsel has been much appreciated by the Executive and me. Much has been achieved on his watch. The St Andrew’s family has never been stronger in its hundredth year. The Centenary Launch Assembly on 16 September was an outstanding display of the cultural and academic excellence the College is renowned for. An outstanding beginning to the celebrations yet to come. I have pushed to engage regularly with our far-flung membership and the advent of social media has come to be a large player in this. I must thank Kate and the younger members of the Executive for driving this forward. The sharing of news and achievements of our Old Collegians is something that we can all be party to so please keep the photos, news and posts coming. We are beginning an exciting phase with the College Centenary celebrations. After a number of years of campus development it’s been great to see Gym 2 and the new Centennial Chapel opened this year. Thanks to Garry, Christine and the Board for their foresight, tenacity and endurance, following the tough period of the earthquakes. Thanks to all those alumni who have supported the Step Into Our Future fundraising campaign to help with projects like the Chapel.
Mark Tavendale (1987), Jeremy Simpson (1989) and Kate Simpson
10 Years On More than 40 Old Collegians and their partners reunited in Strowan House over drinks and nibbles for the 10 Years On reunion, with some of their former teachers coming along to catch up with the group. The former pupils enjoyed touring the school and seeing its new facilities, particularly the Centennial Chapel, boarding houses and Gym 2. A great night was had by all.
Please register now to join in our Centenary celebrations – we have a diverse programme running from 17-19 March 2017 with something for everyone. Register online now at stac100.co.nz. We can’t wait to see you there! Mark Mulholland (1973) President
Duncan Bates (1989), Andrew Murray (1981) and Allister McPherson (1978)
10 Years On class of 2002–2006.
OCA president Mark Mulholland with John Gunn.
Attendees at this year’s Gentlemen’s Lunch.
Gentlemen’s Lunch Just over 70 Old Collegians who attended St Andrew’s 60 plus years ago gathered to mingle and reminisce about days gone by. The gentlemen enjoyed taking a tour of the school, visiting the new Gym 2 and the StAC 100 timeline. Mark Mullholland the OCA President addressed the group and Athol Mann did a toast to StAC, with the Rector, Christine Leighton in reply. The group watched the Centenary newsreel and the footage from the Centenary Launch Assembly.
Ian Forne, Paul Farrow, Lane McPhail, Alan Dodgson and Nick Bettle
Ross Hamilton, Rick Monk, John Munro and Graham Campion
50 Years On The class of 1966 enjoyed a great get together at their 50 Years On reunion, with around 40 Old Cols attending an informal cocktail party on the Friday evening and formal dinner on the Saturday evening. The Address to the Haggis was completed with a flourish by Bruce Haliburton. Rector Christine Leighton replied to the Toast to the College from Gerry Heuston. It was fantastic to have John Irving and Geoff Tait join the group for dinner to share some stories. The conversations continued long into the night.
Matthew Cockram, Richard Hawke and James Cooke
Bryan Pearson, John Strowger and Mark Stewart
50 Years On class of 1966–1970.
Alistair Harvey, Warwick Holmes and Michael Graham
40 Years On The 40 Years On reunion was held on the same day as the Centenary Launch and Old Cols were invited to attend the assembly. Attendees also gained a sneak peek of the Chapel ahead of the official Chapel Dedication. An intimate dinner was held in the Strowan House dining room and Deputy Head Boy of the class, and current Director of the Pipe Band Richard Hawke, piped guests into dinner. It was a wonderful evening of catching up with friends and reminiscing about College days.
David Adams (1978) works as a teacher’s aide in the Learning Support area of the College but for some time he has been promoting and refining a medical product with cancer fighting properties derived from the sea cucumber. David has overseen the marketing and development of this medication that is currently in phase II trials on advanced prostate cancer here in Christchurch. An earlier trial on multiple myeloma (bone cancer) has been extended because of good results. Nigel George (1979) continues his inventive ways following up his innovative George log delimber with a KLIMA cane-pruner. Nigel is working with Marcus Wickham formerly of Mudhouse Wine Group to market the new invention, which is a mechanised way of pruning vineyards. The KLIMA won the gold medal in the viticulture’s Oscar awards, the Sitevi Trade Show in Montpellier, France. Paul Bingham (1986) is the boss of Kiwi digital software firm Shuttlerock, which gained a creativity award by social networking giant Facebook. The annual Innovation Spotlight Competition recognises tech firms that are working to help marketing companies target customers online. Shuttlerock is thought to be the first New Zealand winner.
Hitesh Pratap (2009) is StAC’s account manager for Shuttlerock. Pictured here with their Facebook award.
AJ Hickling (1994) is one of Queenstown’s most recognisable street performers, playing his original music on a piano he rescued from the dump. The dreadlocked classical musician won the George Russell Memorial Scholarship and was offered a place to study Music Performance at the University of Otago but gave it up to be free to explore music in his own way. Crowds of visitors enjoy AJ’s performances in the resort town during the winter months. He also produces and records music, and has made three feature length independent movies. Geoff Neal (1998) is the other half of successful jewellery company, Kagi. Named one of the fastest growing companies in the Deloitte’s Fast 50 last year and 2012 Deloitte Fast 50 exporter of the year, Kagi’s designs appeared at New Zealand Fashion Week. Geoff is engaged to Kagi designer and former Rangi Ruru Girls’ School head girl and dux, Kat Gee, and manages the company’s finances and marketing.
of Otago and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, specialising in urological surgery. He has been back in Christchurch since 2015, working for Canterbury DHB and in private practice with Urology Associates. He has a special interest in paediatric urology and travels the South Island treating children with urinary problems. Esmee Myers (2006) was recently cast in the role of Pete’s Mom in the Disney movie Pete’s Dragon, which was filmed in New Zealand. She is also a voice-over artist, and is doing a lot of work with youth as well as other acting projects. Indy Kraal (2008) was first overall for the female age groups at New Zealand Ironman in Taupo, and then competed in the World Championships in Hawaii where she claimed an incredible fourth place.
Giovanni Losco (Dux 1999) completed his medical degree from the University
Telusa Veainu (2008) played for Leicester in the European Champions Cup semi-final against Dan Carter’s Racing 92 team. Leicester lost 16–19 despite Telusa’s last-minute try. In
England’s rugby Premiership in September, Leicester, coached by Aaron Mauger, defeated Bath, where ex-Crusaders coach, Todd Blackadder is director of rugby, and Tabai Matson the head coach. Congratulations to Oska InksterBaynes (2009) who won the Auckland marathon at his first attempt over the distance. He completed the marathon with a time of 2hr 20min 36 sec, six minutes ahead of the next competitor. Henry Nicholls (2009) was a member of the Black Caps tour of Zimbabwe, South Africa and India in September–October.
Richard Mo’unga (2012) has been selected for the Barbarians invitational rugby team following his great form and highly successful season with the Crusaders and Canterbury, which took out the Mitre 10 Championship.
Harrison Allan, Raymond Nu’u and Tahi Baggaley (all 2015) were members of the Canterbury U19 rugby squad, which played Wellington for third and fourth place in the Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Rugby Tournament.
Fredrika Robertson (2012) recently received a three-month scholarship to attend the School of International Studies at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics.
Sam Lane (2015) was named in the Black Sticks hockey team for the Trans-Tasman Series. Sam was an outstanding hockey player while at St Andrew’s and is the first Old Col to be selected for the New Zealand men’s team.
Ben Johnstone (2013) was the youngest player to compete in the New Zealand mixed team at the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) World Ultimate and Guts Championship in London in June.
Matt Brabazon (2010) and Shaun Molloy (2010) are civil engineering students at the University of Canterbury. They are grinding serpentine, a rock type found on Mars, then heating it at 670 degrees Celsius to break it into the main constituents of cement – magnesium and silica. Science writer and Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand publicity officer said the research could prove beneficial for space exploration. Michael Davidson (2010), Henry Shipley (2015) and James Tapper (2010), were members of the Canterbury cricket team playing Plunket Shield matches.
Hannah Hudson (2015) was granted an INSPIRE scholarship in recognition of her achievements as a veteran competitor, award winner, conference goer and TEDx speaker on global issues. The grant helped Hannah represent New Zealand for the second time at the 2016 Future Problem Solving International Conference in the USA where she won the senior individual world title in the global issues section by coming up with a solution for a hypothetical future energy crisis. Mason Kennedy (2015) and Daniel Lee (2014) have been selected for the New Zealand U20 ice hockey team. Mason, along with his brother Tayler Kennedy (2012), George Coslett (2011) Jaxson Lane (2012) and Chris Eaden (2008), were selected as members of the Canterbury Red Devils ice hockey squad for 2016.
Lawrence Darling (2015) has been named in the New Zealand Junior Black Sticks hockey squad.
In loving memory We remember our dearly departed Old Collegians. • Trevor Fairbairn (1938–1944) • Tony Blackett (1950–1962) • Peter Woolley (1950–1962) • Roger Minson (1951–1955) • Steve Berry (1958–1962) • John Sugden (1958–1962) • Rob Gendall (1967–1973) • Ian Craig Sim (Craig) (1974–1980)
James Hart (2009) joined the Evita cast in the role of Agustin Magaldi. James has most recently appeared as Mereb in Aida with NCMS. He has performed Vince Fontaine from Grease and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar with MUSOC. When not treading the boards, James is nailing them together as a very busy builder.
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Congratulations to the parents of our newest members of the Old Collegian’s community as we celebrate the arrival of their babies.
Emilia Botting daughter of James Botting born 15 July 2015.
Edith Grace Kathleen Denton daughter of Nick Denton.
Lucas Waller son of Sarah Waller (née Madeley) born 27 August 2015.
Fredrick Irwin son of Tom and Rachel Irwin born 22 January 2016.
Jackson Ward son of Andrew Ward born 22 July 2016.
Ruby Stella Signal daughter of Sarah Signal born 8 March 2016.
Bianca Rose Losco daughter of Giovanni Losco born 21 November 2014.
Hugo Lash son of Alana Lash (née Tomlinson) born 2 February 2016.
A Bonny Bear for your baby! Have you had a baby recently? We’d love to hear about this new addition to your family. Send us a photo of your baby and your contact details and we will send you a complimentary St Andrew’s College Bonny Bear. This cute teddy bear is a part of our St Andrew’s College merchandising range and is especially for our St Andrew’s community members. For more information visit our website www.stac.school.nz. Email your photo and contact details to Kate Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to 347 Papanui Rd, Strowan, Christchurch 8052.
Congratulations to our students for their outstanding successes across sports, cultural and academic areas.
gold medals at Ara and South Island jazz festivals
Year 7 winners; Year 8 runners up
ICAS GOLD MEDAL WINNER: Year 5 student – highest Mathematics score in New Zealand
FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING:
winners of national championships, Grade 2
Year 7 team New Zealand Champions Year 10 student New Zealand Champion
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTIONS: ‘Cabaret’ (senior), ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (junior) and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (ballet)
TOURNAMENT OF MINDS:
five New Zealand Scholarship nominations
Two students represented New Zealand at the international Chemistry and Geography Olympiads
Preparatory team competed at nationals
OUTSTANDING CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS: Film Fest, Dance Revue, Winter Music Festival and Tuhuno Kapa Haka Festival
FOYLE YOUNG POET OF THE YEAR:
DUKE OF EDINBURGH HILLARY AWARD:
YOUNG ENTERPRISE REGIONAL AWARDS: winning Year 13 Business Studies team
top senior team in Canterbury
NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVE CULTURAL BADGES: five students
SENIOR A NETBALL:
third – South Island Championships
TRAPSHOOTING: National Champions – Team Points Score North Island teams trap and skeet winners
third – South Island Championships
BOYS’ FIRST XI HOCKEY:
Years 9 and 10 – runners up, National Community Trust Cup Competition
fourth – New Zealand (Rankin Cup)
U16 RUGBY: Premier Grade winners
GIRLS’ FOOTBALL: South Island Satellite Tournament winners
ICE HOCKEY: third – South Island Championships
TENNIS: winners of national mixed team championship
ROWING: gold, silver and bronze at Maadi Cup
top 15 in the world
six gold awards
YEAR 9 NETBALL:
NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVE SPORTS BADGES: 14 students
ATHLETICS: 16 South Island titles
CANTERBURY SPORTS PREMIER GRADE WINNERS:
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Badminton Cross country Ice hockey Skiing/snowboarding
top six in New Zealand
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