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(Cover) Naylor Hillary (1933) and his great-grandson Henry Bissland (Year 2) were special guests at the Founders’ Day Assembly where they cut the Centenary Birthday Cake. Photo credit: Clinton Lloyd
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From the Rector From the Board Teaching excellence rewarded Brave sacrifice remembered Among the fallen Top-secret service honoured; Roll of honour 100th Prizegiving Introducing our 2017 student leaders A life’s work Helping students to flourish; From Oxford University to St Andrew’s Human spirit shines through
Teaching and Learning
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Training the mind to think It all adds up New teaching staff for 2017 Record-breaking academic achievement It’s the future, but not as we know it Fantastic fitness facilities Smiles for miles Badges of honour Setting a place for valuable life skills Research programme assists students with learning
Resources and Environment
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Sensational Centenary celebrations From the Director of Development Making a grand entrance
Values and Culture
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Historic Maadi Cup victory Swimming sports Centenary Athletics Day Sports round up New Head of Preparatory Sport; Summer Tournament Week success Cultural catch up Boarders’ fun and games Sharing strengthens the bond
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Message from the President Events Class notes Just married
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As I write this column, the St Andrew’s College Centenary Gala Weekend, held just a few days ago is dominating my thoughts… what a celebration it was! Most rewarding and satisfying were the happy smiles, animated conversations and renewed friendships. A full and engaging programme had been organised for the three day event with something for everyone – from the five-year-olds who have just started at the College to those who returned aged now in their 90s. What struck me most was the sense of community and belonging. There was something in the air that made everyone feel they were part of something special and so much bigger than themselves and their immediate group of friends or family. Several families present were third or fourth generation at St Andrew’s and I know the weekend was particularly special for them as some family members travelled from overseas to share this event together. Many a tear came to a St Andrew’s eye as several hundred gathered to view the Centenary Film The Spirit of St Andrew’s, produced by Old Collegian Rick Harvie of Belmont Productions. This 20-minute film cleverly interweaves archival footage of St Andrew’s College life with reflections from present staff and Old Collegians. The result is an emotional journey which takes us through the
triumph and challenges of 100 years and truly captures the StAC spirit; whether it is through experiences at the Mountain Lodge at Castle Hill, the sound of the pipes, the pride in sporting achievements or cultural performances, engagement in classroom learning, the community feeling at a College event such as a fête, a ceilidh or a Black and Bling Ball. There is no doubt St Andrew’s has touched and shaped thousands of hearts and minds. Equally as engaging and successful as the film, is the Centenary Book of the same name, The Spirit of St Andrew’s, which also successfully interweaves the past with the present and captures the special St Andrew’s flavour throughout. Personally, I was delighted to be able to share the Centenary weekend with my husband Gavin, and son Alex who attended St Andrew’s for three years from 2008 to 2010. I was also pleased to be able to honour the magnificent contribution of outgoing Board Chair Garry Moore who for the last 10 years has given me such wonderful support and encouragement. Garry’s legacy to St Andrew’s after his eleven years as Board Chair, I am sure will be the stuff of legend as StAC celebrates its bicentenary! For me, the most poignant moments of the weekend were when the present students intermingled with the Old Collegians at the Founders’ Day Assembly, the Highland Games, the Fête and the Gala Dinner. Old
(From left) Bryan Pearson (new Board Chair), Barry Maister (Rector 1995–2001) Rector Christine Leighton, Dr John Rentoul (Rector 1982–1994) Nigel Fairbairn (Rector 2002–2004) and Garry Moore (former Board Chair).
Rector Christine Leighton with husband Gavin and son Alex at the Centenary Gala Dinner.
Collegians were just blown away by the poise and talent of our musical groups, the slick and polished performances from the Pipe Band and the astonishing sophistication of the production StAC Showcase performed at the Gala Dinner. There certainly could have not been a question in the Old Collegians’ minds about the promise of the youth of today or the quality of opportunities available at StAC as we celebrate our milestone of 100 years of education. The past has been well remembered and honoured and we will continue to pay tribute to all of those who have laid the foundations for what we enjoy today. The present has been celebrated as we showcased the talents, energy and vibrancy of teachers and students. And most importantly we look upon the future with confidence and hope in the knowledge that our St Andrew’s values of Truth, Excellence and Faith, which have guided us through the last 100 years are as important now as they ever were. ‘Fides et Patria’.
Christine Leighton Rector
Just as this edition goes to print we are celebrating some exciting success during Term 1. What a term it has been. First, the Pipe Band nationals where our Pipe Band achieved their best results ever, winning Grade 2, Juvenile and a number of other trophies. Then the Centenary Gala Weekend and to cap it all off a New Zealand Secondary Schools mixed tennis title, and the magnificent win of the Springbok Shield and Maadi Cup in rowing, all in the space of four weeks. There has certainly been some Centenary magic in the air in 2017!
5 Farewell Roland At the end of this term Roland Burrows retired after 40 years of service to St Andrewâ€™s College. For the last seven years he has held the position of Head of Secondary School, and I have worked closely with him, enjoying a warm and trusting friendship and professional relationship. We wish Roland and his wife Lois well for their retirement.
Read an interview with Roland on page 16.
As I sit writing this column a few hours before my final Board meeting, I pause to reflect on the more recent history of St Andrew’s College in the context of the last 100 years. It has been a privilege to serve as Chair of the Board for 11 of these years. During its rich history the College has prospered during periods of leadership stability, and the relationship between the Board and management is always crucial to that. I have been fortunate to enjoy an honest, trusting and warm relationship, with both Harvey Rees-Thomas and Christine Leighton, the Rectors I have worked with. I also highly value the support, wisdom and guidance I’ve received from the 36 Governors and five Deputy Chairs I have worked alongside on the Board. All have given generously of their time and made a positive contribution to the College. Early in my term as Chair we overhauled the Constitution, reducing the size of the Board, which as an Incorporated Society required 15 members, to just eight Governors, plus the Rector. The local Presbytery endorsed a plan to remove the representative rights
of stakeholders, replaced by a more modern process of nominations from the constituent groups. This governance structure allows the Board to select from a range of suitable candidates to fill vacancies based upon the skill set required. Just over a decade ago the Board embarked on an ambitious 10-year plan to upgrade facilities, eliminate debt and ready the school in time for the Centenary. Of course the development plans we made in 2006 had to be completely modified in 2011 following the earthquakes. Who would have thought we would need to demolish and rebuild the boarding houses or the Memorial Chapel? Negotiating the incredibly complex insurance settlement is something I am particularly proud of. We decided to go ahead and build the new boarding houses without the claim being settled, and faced the additional challenges of our insurers and main contractor Mainzeal going into receivership. There were a few sleepless nights, but we worked carefully and strategically through the issues and the College is now better off for it. I’m incredibly proud of all the new facilities and our courage to develop at a furious pace over the last decade. Particularly with regard to the upmarket boarding houses, state-of-the-art Gym 2, and the spectacular Centennial Chapel. We have also spent over
$10 million strengthening and upgrading Strowan House, Rutherford House, the Arts Block and many other structures around the campus. The development plan may have been ambitious, but we have delivered it, even with the unexpected challenges of the earthquakes. The College has never been better resourced and is debt free, things made possible by a good reputation and a full roll. Over the last decade the Board has also worked to develop a philanthropic culture in order to grow the St Andrew’s College Foundation to sustain future affordability, and provide scholarships. We put in place plans to improve the educational reputation of the College by focusing on a true co-ed environment, better teaching and learning practice, and world-class facilities. The desired reputation is caused by outstanding teachers delivering a quality product as promised, coupled with stability, accountability and unity of purpose. St Andrew’s College staff and management together have worked hard at continuous improvement, and I urge all current students, staff and Old Collegians to honour their role as guardians of the College’s reputation. With my time on the Board at an end, I would like to offer particular thanks to Rector Christine Leighton, for the trusting partnership we forged, and the various College communities who provide the unity of purpose. I thank my wife Tanya, who has been a patient supporter given the thousands of voluntary hours required to properly support the College. I wish incoming Chairman of the Board Bryan Pearson all the best and thank him for his great support and wise counsel over the years. As the College looks ahead to its second century I am absolutely confident it has the right mix of exceptional governance skills and energetic Board members to take it forward.
The Board of Governors (back row) Felicity Odlin, Malcolm Johns, Richard Holyoake, Rob Hall, Chris Janett (front row) Rob Woodgate, Rector Christine Leighton, outgoing Board Chair Garry Moore, new Board Chair Bryan Pearson, Sandra Wright-Taylor.
Garry Moore Chairman
“It was an honour and also really humbling to receive this award when I think of all the talented people I work with.” The award, which recognises a teacher for their contribution to teacher excellence and to the wider life of the College was generously donated seven years ago by Jay, Maris and Francis Scanlon in memory of their wife and mother, Marily. Kerry is well known for her warmth and engaging classroom teaching. She is one of the leaders in the Social Sciences Department, having been Head of Social Studies for almost the entire decade she has taught at St Andrew’s. She was also Acting Head of Geography in 2016, and this year has become the Head of Positive Education and Well-being, a new initiative introduced to St Andrew’s in 2017. This is a field Kerry has been passionate about for some time. She is currently studying her Masters in Education with a focus on Positive Psychology, having trained through both the Yale Centre of Emotional Intelligence and Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham. “I have always had a passion for psychology, and have enjoyed the opportunity to do my own learning. The new Positive Education and Well-being programme at St Andrew’s is about embedding best practice for Positive Psychology into our teaching and learning, and pastoral programmes through professional development of staff.” Celebrating students’ strengths, helping them to develop resilience to
Kerry Larby chats with Year 13 students Grace Dephoff (seated) and Samantha Molloy, who both achieved New Zealand Scholarship passes in Geography in Year 12.
deal with the disappointments and setbacks they will inevitably face, and encouraging them to lead meaningful and purposeful lives by focusing on their well-being around positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment are some of the ways the programme will help them to flourish, she says. Kerry continues to facilitate a popular Professional Learning Group called, ‘How can I use learnings about Positive Psychology to strengthen the well-being and educational achievements of my students?’ As Head of Social Studies she has also led a team of staff in curriculum and assessment and also cross-curricular work through the Middle School, a significant six-year project around teaching and learning from Years 7 to 10 with a focus on assessment and reporting. When presenting the Marily Scanlon award at the 100th Prizegiving at the end of 2016, Rector Christine Leighton said Kerry is a ‘wonderful teacher’, with many of her students receiving outstanding results in NCEA and New Zealand Scholarships over the years. “I enjoy working closely with Scholarship students to help them achieve in the academic realm and was delighted when four Geography students achieved Scholarships this year,” says Kerry. As well as thriving in her classroom, many students have been fortunate to share some exciting overseas adventures with Kerry, who has led trips to countries as diverse as Vanuatu, Cambodia and Tanzania. She was also part of the group to travel
to Europe on the recent centennial WWII commemorative trip. “I’ve been fortunate to be part of some very memorable and life-changing trips, and believe it is important our students develop a global perspective.” Kerry also continues to be heavily involved in the College’s rowing programme as a support teacher. “I enjoy supporting the athletes through their training and regattas where I have met so many StAC families.” Kerry says she is ‘incredibly grateful’ for the prize money she received as part of the Marily Scanlon Award. “It was an honour to receive the prize money, which I intend to use to pay for my Masters thesis that I’ll be working on this year.”
It was an honour and also really humbling to receive this award when I think of all the talented people I work with. KERRY LARBY TEACHER
Although she has watched hundreds of students cross the stage to receive awards during her 10 years at St Andrew’s, Kerry Larby admits to being a little nervous when her turn came, as winner of the 2016 Marily Scanlon Award for Teacher Excellence.
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remembered World War II took a dramatic toll on St Andrew’s College, with 61 Old Collegians and former staff paying the ultimate sacrifice while defending freedom and democracy. Now these brave souls have been remembered and honoured as part of a special Centennial WWII Remembrance Tour, which saw 26 students, Rector Christine Leighton, a group of staff and two Old Collegians, travel to Europe in January to pay their respects to the fallen near the places where they died or were buried. “This was a once in a lifetime experience, both personally and for St Andrew’s. In honouring them in this way we are not only paying respect to our young men and their families who suffered such loss, we are also ensuring that our young people of today understand the importance of freedom, choice, and political stability which fosters respect between countries and their different beliefs,” says Christine. St Andrew’s College was only 22 years old when WWII was declared, and many Old Collegians and staff were quick to sign up. Before leaving on the Remembrance Tour, those attending researched each of the 61 fallen and were touched by their moving, heartfelt stories.
The tour was organised by teacher, Ian Morrison, with Old Collegians and staff, Nick Letham and Cameron Pickering conducting moving memorial services at various venues throughout the tour where many had fought and died. They also shared historical perspectives of the places visited. The services also included reflections on the young men’s sacrifice, reading of the College Roll of Honour, poems, laying of wreaths, singing the National Anthem and College Song, and laments played by Pipe Major Louis Newman (Year 12). During a stopover in Dubai the group reflected on the 13 young St Andrew’s men who lost their lives in the North African battlefields in Egypt and Libya. Then it was on to the UK, where the 16 airmen from the College who lost their lives flying missions into Europe were honoured at services at the Bomber Command Memorial in Hyde Park, New Zealand War Memorial at Hyde Park, and the Airfields Memorial, just south of the New Forest near Brockenhurst. The tour then left England for Normandy, which was another special day on the itinerary, says Christine. “We stood on a cliff above Sword Beach and watched the sunrise. It was not difficult to imagine the frightened and no doubt naïve young men anticipating coming ashore with really no idea of what horrors lay ahead.” At Gold Beach the group paid tribute to James Samuel Cartwright from Timaru, the only St Andrew’s soldier involved in the D-Day landings. He was only 22 and had been a staff member at StAC for just six months in 1941, but had made an immediate impact on his students.
He was an accomplished athlete and said to have been almost certain to become an All Black had war not intervened. In a cruel twist of fate, he survived the D-Day landings, but was killed on the ship The Boadicea when it was torpedoed and sunk on its return journey to England two weeks after the battle. Following a visit to Paris, the group headed to Sicily, where at the Catania Commonwealth War Cemetery in the shadow of Mt Etna, they visited the final resting place of Old Collegian James Lewthwaite and other New Zealand soldiers. The next stop was Monte Cassino in Southern Italy, the site of a fierce four-month battle, where four Old Collegians were lost. A moving service was held in their honour at the stunning Commonwealth War Cemetery, which sits at at the foot of the magnificent abbey, rebuilt after it was destroyed during the war. The other eight Old Collegians who died in Italy were also remembered. While in Rome, Christine shared memories of Old Collegian Brian Moore (1938–1942) who fought in the Cassino area, and finished the war in an administrative role in Rome. Brian was president of the Old Collegians Association in 1961 and is still a regular visitor to the College. Another highlight of the Remembrance Tour and key event of the College’s 2017 Centenary celebrations was the Centenary reunion at New Zealand House in London attended by over 40 Old Collegians. Special guest of honour was Professor Michael Spiro, Dux of St Andrew’s in 1947, who enjoyed chatting to students and the other guests, along with Prime Minister Bill English and his wife Mary, who made a surprise appearance at the event. Christine says there is no doubt the students involved will be changed by their experience, and will hold a deeper understanding of sacrifice and St Andrew’s motto, ‘Fides et Patria’. “We must continue to grow young people who value free thought and global peace so that this kind of tragedy never happens again.”
the RAF as New Zealand did not have an air force at this early stage of the war. He left behind a fiancée Kate (the daughter of Joe Mawson, the Rector of St Andrew’s at the time) to whom he was very devoted, and who in turn was greatly affected by his death.
Among the fallen James Frederick Lewthwaite Service Number 40346
James (Jim) Lewthwaite was from Duvauchelle, Banks Peninsula and boarded at St Andrew’s from 1929 to 1931. As a young man he had a great love of the outdoors and was a keen yachtsman, tramper, mountaineer and tennis player. He volunteered the day after war was declared and joined
Jim performed many bombing raids over Europe before piloting his crew from England to Malta in a Wellington Bomber on 23 October 1941. On this long flight, they had to evade a major lightning storm and almost ran out of fuel. His diary entries from this time portray a great sense of unease, as the situation around them grew darker with Nazi planes amassing in Sicily and all over Italy. On the night of 5 January 1942 (just after his 23rd birthday) Jim and his crew were shot down and all died while on a bombing mission over Castelvetrano Airfield. The crew who were from New Zealand, Britain and Canada lie side-by-side in the Commonwealth Cemetery at Catania where Henry Bates (Year 13) paid special tribute to Jim and poppies were laid on his grave. “Researching James Lewthwaite helped me gain an understanding of the great sacrifice he gave to our country, school and his family. I found it extremely humbling seeing where James's final resting place is and seeing the rows of
brave men who lay side-by-side forever who gave their lives for our freedom,” says Henry. Jim Lewthwaite’s extended family remains very proud of him and he is remembered with warmth down the generations for his courage and humour. The wonderful diary he left helps even the youngest family members to feel they knew him in person.
Henry Bates (Year 13) and Rector Christine Leighton pay tribute to James Lewthwaite at his graveside in the Commonwealth Cemetery at Catania in Sicily.
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Top-secret service honoured Just before Christmas last year, our eldest Old Collegian Naylor Hillary (1933), RNZAF was delighted to be presented with the French Légion d’Honnéur award by the Honorary French Consul in Christchurch, Martine Marshall-Durieux, for his service in World War II. It wasn’t until he was nearly 100 years old that Naylor (now aged 101) had even started to talk about his wartime exploits as a navigator in the top secret 138 Squadron SOE, which flew Mk4 Stirlings, dropping resistance fighters and their supplies behind enemy lines. Even then he took a lot of convincing that most of the ‘Top Secret’ status had been removed in 1998. Until last year Naylor never wore his medals on Anzac Day, because he didn’t want anyone to ask him what he did during the war. Naylor’s daughter Pam Bissland, says it wasn’t until after his 100th birthday that New Zealand Bomber Command became aware he was still alive and told the family he was eligible to apply for the French Légion d’Honnéur medal, which is France’s highest and can’t be awarded posthumously. “Naylor was humbled by the award. He said it wasn’t just him, it was all his crew.” The 138 and 161 Squadrons were based at Tempsford RAF station in Bedfordshire, a location that remained one of the war’s best-kept secrets. Only those directly concerned knew of its special mission to foster the resistance movement in Nazi-occupied countries, with only the very best crew and navigators chosen for the job. Naylor and his crew were one of several ‘Moonlight Squadrons’, named because their highly secretive missions could only be carried out on moonlit nights. A number of the most famous agents in WWII were spirited to and from Tempsford including Violette Szabo, Lise De Baissac, Nancy Wake and François Mitterand (later President of France), although the crew was
Naylor Hillary and Honorary French Consul Martine Marshall-Durieux after he was presented with the French Légion d’Honnéur award.
never allowed to meet them, or even learn if their passengers were male or female. Supplies such as arms, ammunitions, radios, food and even bicycles were dropped behind enemy lines by the planes in numerous occupied countries. Naylor’s role required pinpoint navigation, purely by calculation and ‘dead reckoning’ or the spotting of landmarks such as railway lines and rivers as he looked for the resistance fighters’ torchlight in the fields. The agents would then be parachuted in and supplies dropped. When he was 80, Naylor and his late wife visited the old base at Tempsford, and he has since said it was a ‘real shame’ he couldn’t tell her what he did there. The Tempsford Airbase is closed to the public now however a special memorial meeting is held there every year for any remaining veterans and their families. Naylor’s daughter Pam Bissland and her husband David Bissland visited the airbase two years ago and were shown around by Lady Erroll, who owns the farm where it is sited. This year they are attending the July Summer Gathering at Tempsford representing Naylor. Naylor had a son, David Hillary, at St Andrew’s, and three grandsons, Gareth, Rhys and James Bissland. In Term 1 his great-grandson Henry Bissland started in Year 2 and we are delighted that he and Naylor feature together on the cover of this special birthday issue of Regulus.
Staff James Samuel CARTWRIGHT William Ernest WOODBURY
Naylor Hillary (second from left) with his crew who served in the top secret 138 Squadron SOE.
Old Collegians Desmond Henry A’COURT William Keith ANDERSON John Douglas APPLEBY Colin James ASHWORTH Francis Stephen BAIRD Neville BARKER Dudley Burnham Lake BOWKER Benjamin Andrew CARSON Alastair Grant CLEARY Richard John Maxton COULSON David Clive CROZIER Irvine William DOWNER Vernon Alfred DUNCALF Philip Selwyn EAST Leonard John FAIRBAIRN William George FERGUSON Robert G GENGE Robert Witton GLENDINNING Graham Alexander GUNN Richard James HENEY Henry Lester HUDSON Bryan Leslie Francis HUNTER Lindsay David HUTTON Peter HYNDMAN William Francis IRWIN Edward ISHERWOOD Frederick John Martin JAMES Howard Walter JAMES Bernard Murray LAKE Maurice Richard LANGDALE-HUNT James Frederick LEWTHWAITE Charles Geoffrey John LLOYD Derek Ernest MACARTNEY Murray MACKENZIE Edward Dunford MAGINNESS Barry MARTIN Noel Allan MASSON Neil John McNUTT Thomas Henry MIDDLETON George Ewart MILNES Henry Alan MORAY-SMITH William Irwin MORRIS Gerald Oliphant MORRISON Russell Ernest ORCHARD Donald Geoffrey McMillan REID Roderick David ROLLO Ian Armit SCOTT Edwin Aisne SHAND Joseph Cunningham SIMPSON Richard Geoffrey SMITH Trevor Adrian STOW Frank Douglas SUTHERLAND Ronald West TAYLOR Ronald Luttrell TEMPLE Harold Edward VICKERY George Hillary VOGAN Frank Deryk WARD Raymond Wallace WATSON Ian Halliday WEBSTER Frank Edward WHITTAKER Munro James WILSON John William WINSTONE James Campbell WORNALL Robert Bett YOUNG
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We remember the Old Collegians and teachers who sacrificed their lives for their country.
The 100th Prizegiving on Sunday 27 November at Horncastle Arena was an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements and successes of our current students, but also to reflect on all those who have passed through the gates of St Andrew’s and how each of their lives are woven into the fabric of the College. In their addresses, both the Rector and Board Chair looked back to the past as well as the present and future. Rector Christine Leighton wondered how the first Rector Sydney Dickinson might have felt at his first prizegiving ceremony at the end of 1917, when the original 19 boys had grown to 30. She
spoke of the guiding values of Truth, Excellence and Faith, and symbols such as the saltire cross, thistle, pipers, Ferguson kilt, Memorial Book and Chapel artefacts that remain just as important to the College today. Outgoing Board Chair Garry Moore provided a fascinating insight into the College’s 100-year history, detailing some of the highlights under each Rector, and encouraging all in the StAC community to continue to nurture and guard its reputation and preserve the unique ‘Spirit of St Andrew’s’. The 175 Year 13 and eight Year 12 leavers were celebrated at the prizegiving, along with the many
prizewinners from the Preparatory School, Middle School, Senior College, and those winning special prizes and premier academic awards. There was an impressive range of musical and dance performances during the evening from the Preparatory School Kapa Haka Group, Pipe Band and Highland dancers, choirs, orchestra, Jazz Big Band, and Ballet Academy. Rector Christine Leighton said the first Rector Sydney Dickinson was right when he said the “highest possibilities imaginable” can be realised when Board, staff and scholars unite in one common effort. “As we celebrate our 100th Prizegiving, we each must make our own personal commitment to that united front. The next 100 years will at times be challenging, but let’s take lessons from the past 100 years and back ourselves for the next 100, combined with our commitment to Truth, Excellence and Faith. The second century of St Andrew’s is a story waiting to be written.”
Board Chair honoured The 11-year service of Board Chair Garry Moore, who officially retired from the position after the Centenary Weekend, was also honoured at the 100th Prizegiving.
“No-one could have had St Andrew’s College’s interests more at heart. A grounded, intelligent, insightful businessman, Garry has an exceptional financial acumen, with an uncanny ability to spot a financial discrepancy or an opportunity. During his tenure he has advised on building and development matters, and overseen healthy annual surpluses that have enabled St Andrew’s to make an $80 million investment in the campus. We finished the 2016 year with the College debt-free, which is a story any other independent school in New Zealand would dearly love to tell.” Garry has also been an unwavering supporter of the College’s fundraising, particularly for the Strowan Club and the Centennial Chapel as epitomised by his stunning brick suit.
During the challenging years of 2010–2013 when St Andrew’s College, like all of Christchurch, was responding to emergency measures, Garry was always on call, often the first on site after an unsettling tremor, checking up on the boarders and inspecting the campus in the middle of the night. Christine Leighton says when Garry presided over the 90th celebrations he probably didn’t imagine he would still be Board Chair at the Centenary. “I for one am very glad he stayed. St Andrew’s has never been in a better position and we are truly grateful for Garry’s remarkable 11-year tenure.” Mr Bryan Pearson has since taken over as Board Chair.
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Rector Christine Leighton says since she took up this position in October 2007, Garry has been an advisor, confidante, challenger, problem-solver, supporter and friend.
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Garry became President of the PTA in 2004 and later that year was elected as a parent representative onto the Board of Governors. In 2006 he assumed the position as Chair, with one of his key tasks being the appointment of a new Rector to the College.
2017 student leaders (Back from left) Samantha Molloy, Brady Swann, Joseph Yoon, Rosa Garcia Knight (front) Lizzie Stevenson, Rector Christine Leighton, Angus Syme.
This year another wonderful group of students have been appointed to more than 100 leadership roles for 2017. Leadership is both an opportunity and a responsibility and we are committed to supporting these young leaders as they serve, inspire and empower other students. The tradition of ‘prefectship’ remains strong at St Andrew’s and the prefect team for 2017 have big shoes to fill. However, we are confident they possess the talent and commitment with which to do so. Angus Syme Head Boy ‘Celebration’ has been chosen as the theme for 2017 by the Head Prefects, and Head Boy Angus Syme intends to encourage students to celebrate not only the Centenary, but all their achievements, small and significant throughout the year. Angus started at St Andrew’s in Year 6 and is a fourthgeneration member of his family to attend the College, where his uncle also served as Head Boy and his father was a prefect. The talented swimmer has won several national titles and is about to complete his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. He says being chosen as a Strowan Scottish Scholar in Year 12 is a highlight of his time at St Andrew’s. Angus runs a luxury possum fur products business with his younger brother and next year is keen to study Commerce, Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship at a New Zealand university.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stevenson Head Girl Lizzie Stevenson says that it is a privilege and honour to serve as Head Girl during StAC’s Centenary year. While celebrating all that has gone before, she wants to connect with students and positively contribute to the inclusive culture of the College. Lizzie started at St Andrew’s in Year 8, and is grateful for the opportunities she has been given. She participates in rowing and choir at the College, and has completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Travelling to Scotland as a Strowan Scottish Scholar in 2016 is a standout experience of her time at the College. Lizzie’s sister, Annie, was Head Girl at St Andrew’s in 2013, and has provided some valuable advice about serving in the role. Next year, Lizzie is considering studying Health Sciences at the University of Otago.
Beom-Suk (Joseph) Yoon Deputy Head Boy Joseph Yoon says it is an honour to serve as Deputy Head Boy and he has made it one of his goals to promote unity between the academic, sporting and cultural sides of StAC life, perhaps through integrated events. He was involved with debating for four years, played table tennis for the College for three years and is an integral member of the hockey First XI. Playing in a Rankin Cup national hockey final alongside former students Sam Lane, and Lawrence Darling (both OC 2015, now New Zealand representatives) is a highlight of Joseph’s time at the College. The young musician has been a member of the orchestra for five years, and also plays in the chamber orchestra and chamber groups. After finishing at St Andrew’s Joseph is considering studying Medicine, possibly Dentistry, at Otago, Auckland, or an overseas university.
Samantha Molloy Head of Girls’ Boarding Samantha Molloy, Head of Girls’ Boarding says fostering community spirit and integration between the boarding houses, running fun activities and helping to create a homely environment where students feel comfortable are important things she would like to achieve under this year’s theme, ‘Bringing Boarding Home’. Samantha is from Methven, and started boarding at St Andrew’s in Year 11. She is an enthusiastic sportswoman, and is a member of the Senior A netball team, which last year made the national finals, one of the highlights of her time at the College. Samantha also coaches netball, and has participated in other sports such as volleyball and athletics. She is currently working towards her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Once she leaves St Andrew’s, Samantha plans to study towards a Bachelor of Commerce, possibly with a second major in Psychology. She sees her future in business and entrepreneurship.
Jessica Allan Jack Ballard Henry Bates Edward Batt Lucy-Rose Beattie Anna Bennetto Tom Brooks Lauren Carr Helena Cook Angela Deng Grace Dephoff Oliver Dew Fletcher Edmonds
Rosie Jerram Samantha Kirkness William Mace-Cochrane Matisse Makoni Liam McBreen-Smith Bryn Parish Scott Rees Juliet Robertson Zackary Rumble Phoebe Sutherland Sophie Tyrrell Mitchell White
Middle School Prefects Isabella Ambrosius Sienna Beer Daniel Bishop Marcella Bragg Lily Calder Harrison Darling Harrison Dore Lewis Edmond Shannon Fraser Jesse Frew Francesca Harrison Loren Hay Marina Kenton-Smith Andrew Kircher-Blay Shea Laws Ryan Lee Meg Longley Benjamin MacLeod
Ayla Marshall Bruno Mitchell Francesca Morrow Jake Newlands Juliette Newman Rueben O’Neill Hana Pearce Thomas Pope-Kerr Ayrton Shadbolt Victoria Spratt Bella Trott Cassia Trowsdale Luca Vinnell Cameron Wilson Elliot Wood Charles Zhang Jenny Zhu
Preparatory School Prefects Sarah Anthony Maxwell Bradley Charlotte Brown Tom Edwards Jackson Foster Toby Harvie Rachel Holyoake Jakarta Klebert Sophie Law Tehya Laws Natasha Lind Rhys Marshall
Jasmine McAllister Max McIntyre Madeline-Rose Morrow Lucy Ojala Nicholas Patchett Mya Reynolds Elizabeth Scott-Lysaght Henrietta Ullrich Elise Vaudrey Estee Wilke Holly Williams Harry Withers
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Brady Swann Head of Boys’ Boarding Encouraging close ties between the older and younger age groups in the boarding houses, and making sure everyone feels happy and secure is a key leadership goal for Brady Swann, Head of Boys’ Boarding. Brady is from Brisbane, Australia, and became a firsttime boarder when he joined St Andrew’s in Year 11. He enjoys the supportive boarding environment at the College, and says studying in another country has taught him a lot about independence. Outside his studies, Brady is passionate about the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band, in which he is a side drummer and has an important leadership role as Drum Sergeant. He says attending the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland in 2015, where the band finished fifth, is an incredible highlight of his time at St Andrew’s. Brady intends to return to Australia at the end of the school year, and is interested in a career in aviation, possibly training to become a commercial pilot.
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Rosa Garcia Knight Deputy Head Girl Rosa Garcia Knight plans to bring lots of energy and positivity to her role as Deputy Head Girl, while making an impact and being a good representative of St Andrew’s. She wants all students to feel comfortable approaching her with their ideas. Rosa has thrown herself into a range of cultural and sporting activities at the College. A talented performer, she has sung with Staccoro, the soul band, and junior jazz band, and performed in musicals in the Middle School. Last year she had a lead role in the Showbiz production of Hairspray. She has also played volleyball and is in the Girls’ First XI football team. A Year 11 exchange to Gordonstoun, Scotland was a standout experience. Rosa hopes to get into screen acting, and is thinking about moving to Auckland next year to do an actors’ programme, along with university studies in Psychology and Biology.
A life’s work Roland Burrows reflects on 40 years at St Andrew’s
Until his recent retirement at the end of Term 1, Roland had devoted his entire working life to the College, serving in many roles in addition to teaching, including Head of Geography, Boarding House Manager, Academic Dean, and Director of Teaching Personnel. For the last seven years he was Head of the Secondary School, and a ‘key influential leader’ of the College, says Rector Christine Leighton. “I cannot think of a more loyal, trustworthy, reliable and wise colleague with whom to have shared all the ups and downs of a busy school life. He has given outstanding service to St Andrew’s College.” When the former Head of the Secondary School, Sarah Long, left for maternity leave at the end of 2009, Roland says the College ‘took a bit of a punt’ when they appointed him to fill the role. “I don’t think the spotlight immediately shone on me as I didn’t have a track record of educational leadership at the level required. But after a year covering Sarah’s maternity leave the job became available full time, and I knew it was something I could do. The role gave me an outlet for the hard educational stuff such as curriculum, pedagogy and assessment that I really enjoyed.” Being comfortable with change was one of Roland’s key strengths. “It was always important to me to find the balance between hanging on to the important traditions, stability and familiarity of St Andrew’s, while identifying areas we could enhance and grow.” As he reflected on his lifetime’s work at the College, Roland said there were many highlights over the last four decades. He was Chairman of the Steering Committee for the establishment of the Senior College, and was a member of the Core Committee responsible for introducing girls to the College. “My children Anna and James both attended St Andrew’s, with Anna being
Roland served on numerous other committees during his time at the College, and was the coach or manager of various sports such as rugby, water polo, lifesaving, cricket, and trapshooting, for which he was teacher in charge and manager for the last 25 years. “Winning the national teams’ title at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Clay Target Competition last year alongside coaches Warren Wright and John Harris (who retired last year after 30 years coaching at St Andrew’s) was a definite highlight of my time at the College. I’ve agreed to stay on as manager for the rest of the year and will see how next year goes.” In 2016 Roland was honoured to receive a Service to Sport award from the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council. He is heartened by the introduction of the Positive Education and Well-being programme at St Andrew’s College this year, as he has long held the belief that student success is strongly influenced by their well-being. “At St Andrew’s we care for the growth of the student in all sorts of aptitudes and skills that will support and contribute to their success, not just in our measures of academic success, but also in personal traits such as character, grit, resilience and all those coping things that are so necessary.” Roland is an advocate of Professor John Hattie’s ‘Visible Learning’ philosophy that teachers ‘see through the eyes of their students, and students see themselves as their own teachers’. However he has significant concerns about many of the 21st century learning practices and flexible learning environments in the broader educational field. “It is a huge experiment and I worry that students won’t necessarily be supported. Teachers are experts and I believe the personal relationships they have with students is a big contributor to their success.” In these times he says the progressive, although cautious approach of St Andrew’s provides stability for the students and wider College community. “We have well-structured, sensible pedagogy alongside the implementation of the Visible Learning, and Positive Psychology and Well-being programmes and are definitely not hung up on the modern
I cannot think of a more loyal, trustworthy, reliable and wise colleague with whom to have shared all the ups and downs of a busy school life. CHRISTINE LEIGHTON RECTOR
learning environment. We realise we are playing with students’ lives so manage risk carefully when we adopt any new initiatives.” The current thinking is a long way from the educational environment when Roland started teaching back in the 1970s, when teachers were subject specialists, who managed behaviour and had no real ownership of the effect they were having on their students, he says. “Success was measured using crude tools such as School Certificate and University Entrance, and if students didn’t do well, it was usually considered their fault for not working hard enough.” Developing teacher capacity and good teacher practice continue as strengths of St Andrew’s today, he says. “We have been open to change for a long period of time and don’t just look for senior managers to lead. Many of our teachers are encouraged into positions of influence and leadership within the College, particularly where they can share their knowledge and understanding of an area they are knowledgeable and passionate about.” Roland doesn’t expect retirement to be too much of an adjustment. He is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Lois, their children, and young grandchildren, and travelling overseas to visit their many friends. “St Andrew’s has been my life for the last 40 years, but the time was right to retire. What I’ve found is that if you give to the College it gives back to you, which is one reason I think it is a very stable and rewarding place. I have always accepted that your work will not make you happy. You bring happiness to your work, which is something I always tried to achieve. I thank the College for 40 wonderful fulfilling and rewarding years.”
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“Bill was teaching here at the time and knew of a job that hadn’t been advertised. So I turned up, introduced myself to Ian Galloway, had a chat, and he said ‘when can you start?’ I never looked back.”
one of the first girls to be accepted into Year 9 alongside the original cohort of girls who came up through the Preparatory School.”
In 1976, young Roland Burrows was a newly minted teacher with just a year’s experience under his belt when he heard about a job teaching Social Science at St Andrew’s from his friend Bill Hall.
Helping students to
Tom Matthews, the new Head of Guidance Counselling has enjoyed getting to know St Andrew’s, its culture, and particularly its people during his first term in the role. “I’m loving it already. It has been a gift to inherit the position from John Quinn who had built wonderful relationships at the College, and who shares similar philosophies.” Tom has been a leader in Positive Psychology and Well-being for 15 years. In the educational environment he has been a guidance counsellor at various schools, and has taught at the University of Canterbury and University of Otago. He is also a sought after consultant, running leadership programmes based around Positive Psychology and mindfulness for managers in large corporate and government organisations. “When it comes to education I believe it is important we move towards proactive and preventative well-being of students. That we ask how do we build kids up and help them flourish, rather than simply helping them get back to zero if they are facing some challenges.”
Tom Matthews, new Head of Guidance Counselling.
From Oxford University to St Andrew’s When Dave Hart, the new Director of ICT at St Andrew’s, left a prestigious position as IT Director of three colleges at Oxford University in the United Kingdom to immigrate to New Zealand, he never imagined he would find a similar role in the education sector here. “It’s amazing how it has all worked out. I’ve felt comfortable at St Andrew’s from my first day at work. It is very different to Oxford but at the same time familiar with the core values of teaching and learning, and its overall feeling of community and belonging very evident.” He says celebrating a significant milestone is something else St Andrew’s shares with Oxford. “Merton, one of the three colleges I worked with at Oxford, celebrated its 750th anniversary not long before I left. There are a lot of
Tom says research shows that helping children to achieve positive well-being and emotional attachment can lead to success in everything from engagement
to academic and sports results. “If children are happy and content, things tend to fall into place.” In the counselling room, Tom provides students with tools to help them understand their strengths and values, and how their brains and emotions work. He also teaches them strategies for building mindfulness, grit, positive emotion and optimism. Tom is excited to be working with Kerry Larby, the College’s new Head of Positive Education and Well-being to implement similar initiatives on a College-wide basis. “The aim of the programme is to develop people in the organisation who are adaptable, flexible, creative, who know their strengths and are keen to understand and build their well-being. The initial focus will be on the professional development of staff, who can use their learnings to help students progress in a similar way.” Tom is a keen skateboard maker, and is hoping some of the students might be interested in helping him out. “It’s a great way to get to know them in a different context. I look forward to getting to know more students, not just as a counsellor, but through finding other roles within the College.”
parallels around fundraising and events, albeit with slightly older buildings.” Dave worked at Oxford University for 10 years before he and his wife decided to move with their young family to New Zealand. “My sister has lived here for five years. We came to visit on holiday and loved it so much we ended up selling our house in the UK, quitting our jobs, pulling our three children out of school and settling here ourselves.” Dave intends to lead the ICT programme at St Andrew’s in a slightly different direction, while maintaining the ‘great work’ his predecessor Sam McNeill implemented during his five years in the role. “We certainly don’t want to lose momentum, particularly around e-Learning and the use of data analytics and reporting, which provides teachers with valuable proactive insights into student performance. St Andrew’s is a leader in this area and I’m keen to ensure it stays there.” Upgrading infrastructure such as wireless networks to meet the demands of an increasing number of devices in the College is another project Dave will progress this year.
Dave Hart, new Director of ICT.
“I also have my own ideas that I would like to implement once I settle into the role. I feel so lucky to be back in education and IT management in such a wonderful environment.”
Beka Roest (left) with Sonya Hull at the entrance of Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre.
Meeting Holocaust survivors, and visiting Oskar Schindler’s grave with a woman he rescued during World War II were two of the standout experience’s during Beka Roest’s recent visit to Israel. Beka, a History, Social Studies and Classics teacher at St Andrew’s was one of 24 educators from New Zealand to be granted a scholarship from The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand to travel to Israel and study at the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre – Yad Vashem. While there, she completed 115 hours of Holocaust studies, learning from lecturers who are the best in their field, covering a diverse range of subjects, from pre-war life, Judaism and art, to Nazi hunting, literature, film studies, and the Israel/ Palestine conflict. “We also had the privilege of meeting Holocaust survivors and hearing their testimonies, which was incredible and a personal highlight of the trip. To
know these people will not be around for much longer to tell their stories, and for them to tell us directly we are the people who will carry their message now was very emotional.” It was especially poignant for Beka to meet a woman called Eva Lavi, now in her 80s. Oskar Schindler added her name to his list and employed her in his factory during the war. As a young Jewish girl this saved her life. “It was incredible to hear Eva talk about Oskar Schindler and her wartime experiences. We visited his grave together at the Mount Zion Roman Catholic Franciscan Cemetery where I placed a stone I had brought with me from New Zealand. Jewish people place stones on graves rather than flowers, because like the memory of loved ones, stones will never die.”
Despite the Holocaust being a sad, often horrific topic, Beka says what shone through during her studies at Yad Vashem were the triumph of humanity and the resilience of the human spirit. “This is a key message I want to pass on to the students. That we all have an incredible spirit and instinct to survive, even in the darkest of circumstances.”
During the weekends, Beka and the other educators had the opportunity to explore parts of Israel such as Masada, Capernaum, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea and Golan Heights on the Israel/Syrian border. “As a Classics teacher it was a double bonus for me to visit these incredible places and sites that we talk about in the classroom.” Beka says the trip was invaluable both professionally and personally and she is now working with Hamish Faulls, teacher in charge of History and Classics to figure out ways to incorporate her significant learnings into the classroom.
In Jerusalem Old City with the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock in the background.
available to other teachers around the world. It is amazing to be able to bring these back to school.”
“Through the scholarship I have been able to access resources that are not
Beka at Oskar Schindler’s grave with Eva Lavi, the youngest Holocaust survivor from Schindler’s List.
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Training the mind to
Mathematics has been a fundamental aspect of man’s evolution across thousands of years, and continues to be a driver behind many of today’s exciting technological advancements. Head of Mathematics, Mitchell Howard says the subject also helps to train the mind through problem-solving, connection making and logical thinking, which is useful for students considering a wide range of career options. “Einstein said, ‘Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think’. Mathematics is the perfect example of this. If someone can learn how to do Mathematics at a high level, they can pretty much learn to do anything else.” Promoting student engagement with Mathematics at St Andrew’s starts at the Preparatory School, where a teachers’ Mathematics Professional Learning Group (PLG) meets regularly to look at ways to help students develop a positive mindset towards the subject and engage their learning. The development of new resources and programmes for learning is another focus of the PLG, along with ensuring flow and continuance for the study of Mathematics through the different syndicates in the Preparatory School, and for the transition to the Secondary School. In Years 9 to 11, the different aspects of Mathematics are broadly covered in the
curriculum, with more specialisation occurring in Years 12 and 13. Choosing the right branch of Mathematics at this stage is important and can open the door to exciting future study and career pathways, says Mitchell. “Mathematics helps us to make sense of things. Calculus is basically describing and measuring change, so is essential for structural applications such as engineering, architecture, computer science, robotics, and the development of financial and economic systems. Statistics uses data analysis, which is important for decision-making across a wide range of sectors, from big business, to the health sector. It is a critical subject when it comes to the current trend towards Big Data analysis. When you collect data the measurements and the scales used need to be understood so we can identify errors. Statistics helps us to deal with the unknown and try to forecast the future or make inferences about larger populations by identifying patterns or anomalies in data and deciding how likely these are to continue. “ Mitchell says the days when the Statistics curriculum was focused on students solving calculations using vast sets of numbers are gone. “These days there is software that does a lot of the calculations in Statistics, which has made the subject more accessible to a
Scholarship students Kerry Chen, Harrison Ball and Milin Babu John (all Year 13) work through a problem.
wider range of people. It can be used in any context as long as students have the data and is a lot more interesting if they can apply real world knowledge to their studies.” One example of how Statistics can provide answers to human behaviour is an experiment being carried out by a Year 13 Statistics group who are using data analysis to determine if listening to music can help people to concentrate better. When it comes to Mathematics, technology also allows students to visualise and experience the big picture through access to animated or interactive diagrams. Helping students to understand the importance of Mathematics in the broader context of life, and encouraging them to stick with the subject if they lose their confidence are also a focus for Mitchell. “Often when students are struggling with Mathematics it is because they are not comfortable with making mistakes. However to get better at Mathematics is all about making mistakes and learning from them.” Mitchell has a keen personal interest in the long history of Mathematics. “I like to look at ways people, such as the philosophers and astronomers thought about things and how that thinking has developed over thousands of years. This history of man’s development is important, as with an appreciation of what has happened in the past we are able to build on knowledge for the future. Or as Isaac Newton said, we can ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’.”
It all adds up
After leaving StAC, I completed a BA(Hons) in Mathematics and Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, and I’m currently studying towards my PhD in Linguistics at Stanford University in the US. My research involves creating a mathematical model of how people understand spoken words, and using it to explain patterns in the development of the New Zealand accent. At StAC, I learnt that Mathematics was not about answering exercises in a textbook, but about describing and solving problems in the way the world works. Mathematics is the ‘language of science’, and, particularly
through the Scholarship Calculus programme, I developed a fluency in it, which I’m now applying to the science of language. I gained a lot from participating in the Scholarship programme as a student, and even more from returning to it as an instructor, where I was able to learn skills for communicating and educating that will serve me throughout my career. This also reflects the aspect of life at StAC that I drew the most from – the community, which encompassed me as a student and continued to reach out to include me after I had graduated.
Caroline Hope (2013)
It was in 2013 that Dean McKenzie, my Year 13 Calculus teacher, encouraged me to head along to the Women in Engineering evening at the University of Canterbury and I found out there is a lot more to engineering than meets the eye, particularly in the field of humanitarian engineering.
Caroline Hope (right)
Since starting a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Auckland, I have specialised in the area of Chemical and Materials as it allows me to explore the areas of energy, food and water security in developing communities. I have been involved with the organisation Engineers Without Borders that works with a range of
Melanie Lipinski (2011)
I am now a few months into my new position in an independent optometry practice in rural Taranaki. However, even after completing five years of study and gaining my Bachelor of Optometry with First Class Honours, I find myself grateful for the lessons I learnt during Calculus class at St Andrew's College back in 2011. In my job as an optometrist, I still encounter Mathematics every day – from calculating a patient’s glasses prescription, to something as complex as designing a contact lens to fit the irregular shape of a post-graft cornea. Taking Calculus during my time at
people from across New Zealand, raising funds, designing projects for and growing partnerships with developing communities in New Zealand and the South Pacific. Through engineering I was fortunate to be selected for a study abroad exchange to Lund University in Sweden, which exposed me to opportunities within the industry on an international scale. I am extremely grateful for the Mathematics programme at St Andrew’s College, as it gave me the confidence and base understanding required to take on a degree with unlimited opportunities to have a positive impact particularly in the area of alleviating poverty.
StAC gave me the confidence to approach complicated mathematics problems, but even deeper than that it taught me the ability to think outside of the box. In Calculus, Mr McKenzie constantly challenged us to approach mathematics problems in different ways, and this gave us the ability to solve problems we hadn’t come across before. This way of thinking helps me today, to find the best solution for every patient with their unique visual requirements and aspects of ocular health. I am grateful for StAC and Mr McKenzie for helping me to grow into a capable healthcare professional.
Simon Todd (Dux 2008)
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Three former Mathematics students at St Andrew’s share how their education at the College helped lead them to exciting study and career options.
staff for 2017
(From left) Samuel Stokes, Jonathan Hoh, Ben Hughes, Helen King, Alice Eddington, Greta Henley, Anna Crouch, Michael Reid, Linda Garden, Treena Ruwhiu, Jacqueline Gilbert, Esther Liong, Sarah Bishop, Conrad Wing and Santhia Hamburg. (Absent: Sarah Lynch).
There have been a number of staff changes and we have some new faces to welcome in 2017.
Secondary School Sarah Bishop is teaching Science and Biology. With a Bachelor of Science (double major in Biochemistry and Botany), Sarah has spent 15 years teaching in London and Melbourne. She also has experience working in marine research and conservation outreach in Mozambique. Anna Crouch is teaching Science, Chemistry and Biology. She has a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Chemistry. Anna has come to us from St Bede’s College. Linda Garden is teaching English. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies, and a Masters in Applied Linguistics. Jacqueline Gilbert joins us as Head of English. Most recently she has been teaching English, including the International Baccalaureate programme, at St Margaret's College. Her career includes experience in both state and independent education. Santhia Hamburg is teaching Science and Chemistry. She moved from Lincoln High School where she taught for nine years. Santhia has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Masters Degree in Education.
Jonathan Hoh is a Commerce teacher, specialising in Accounting. He is a qualified accountant and worked in the private sector before retraining as a teacher. Ben Hughes is teaching Religious Education. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Canterbury and has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Theology at Laidlaw College. Esther Liong is teaching in the Science and Agriculture Departments. She has come to us from Papanui High School and is a returned Old Collegian. Michael Reid is teaching English. He has MA (Hons) and PhD degrees and has been a primary and secondary teacher for 30 years as well as a researcher and writer. He has also been a Head of Middle School, Dean, and HOD. Michael comes to us from Middleton Grange where he worked for the last 22 years. Treena Ruwhiu is the new Assistant Head of English. She has come to us from Rangi Ruru Girls’ School where she was Assistant Head of English for six years and Director of Boarding for two years. Samuel Stokes is teaching Social Studies and Commerce. He has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in both History and Classics, and a BA (Hons) in History, as well as a Master of Teaching and Learning.
Conrad Wing joins the Mathematics Department from Auckland Grammar School. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics), a Bachelor of Accounting Science and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching.
Preparatory School Alice Eddington is teaching Mathematics and Literacy in the Preparatory School. This is her first year teaching after graduating at the end of 2016 with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. Greta Henley joins us from Paparoa Street School and is teaching our newest learners in Year 1. She has teaching experience at all levels, both in New Zealand and the UK. Greta has also taught specialist music and individual needs. Helen King is teaching Year 2 in the Preparatory School. She is happy to have moved home to Christchurch after teaching for many years in Auckland and abroad in Ireland, England and Australia. Sarah Lynch was a relief teacher at St Andrew’s last year and is now teaching Year 4. She is from Ireland and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Sarah has taught in the UK and Ireland as well as New Zealand.
The dedication and hard work of St Andrew’s students have resulted in the College’s best ever results for NCEA, eclipsing the previous record set in the 2015 academic year. Many students achieved outstanding success with a total of 205 overall Excellence endorsements gained across all Levels (83 at Level 1, 76 at Level 2, and 46 at Level 3). This is an incredible 38 more than the previous record of 167. We congratulate students who achieved the 50 or more Excellence credits required to receive an overall Excellence endorsement, as it is not an easy task. We also congratulate the many other students who gained subject endorsements.
New Zealand Scholarship Awards Seventeen students were awarded 25 Scholarship passes through the prestigious New Zealand Scholarship exam across 12 subjects. The Scholarship awards place recipients in the top three per cent of students in the country, with Outstanding Scholarship winners being in the top one per cent. Among the Scholarship winners were two Year 12 students, a remarkable achievement. Congratulations to all students who achieved these wonderful results. • Ellena Black – Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Physics, Statistics • Grace Dephoff (Year 12) – Geography • Isabella Garbett – Classical Studies • Jacob Giles – Photography • Samsara Guillemot-Mene – English • Neil MacLeod – Photography (Outstanding) • Timothy McCarthy – Painting • Samantha Molloy (Year 12) – Geography
• Joshua Morrison – Statistics • William Muir – English, History • April Oakley – Biology • Jacob Parsons – English, French, Physics • William Pengelly – Photography • Eilish Platts – Geography • Harrison Smith – Statistics • Sophie Toohey – English (Outstanding) • Alexandra Wilson – Geography
Ellena Black is our welldeserved senior academic scholar for 2016. She excelled across a number of areas, notably in music and academically, winning numerous subject prizes, a General Excellence Prize and New Zealand Scholarship Awards in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Physics and Statistics. Ellena competed in Eastern Europe as a member of the New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad team, and was in the top 100 students in the Casio Victoria University Senior Mathematics Competition. She is also an accomplished musician playing a range of instruments in the Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Saxophone Ensemble and Senior Jazz Band during her time at St Andrew’s.
Board Scholarships In 2016 there were 46 students who qualified for a Board of Governors’ Scholarship after gaining NCEA Level 3 Excellence Endorsements. • Harrison Ball (Year 12) • Seungjun Bang (Year 12) • Oscar Bannan • Alice Bevin • Ellena Black • Alexander Boyle • Jake Brunton • Celine Bullivant • Kerry Chen (Year 12) • Thomas Collins • Harrison Cooper • Adam Cox • Molly Dore • Isla Evison • Isabella Garbett • Mason Gardener • Marvin Goesmann • Samsara Guillemot-Mene • William Harrington • Thomas Hemphill • Theodore Im • Courtney Johnson • Stella Jones
• Evan Kear • Neil MacLeod • Nicholas Marriott • Finlay Martin • Henry McCallum • Timothy McCarthy • Cameron McHugh • Alexander McNicoll • Grayson Milligan • Martina Moroney • Joshua Morrison • William Muir • April Oakley • Jacob Parsons • William Pengelly • Finn Perring • Joshua Pike • Eilish Platts • Ariane Russell-La Porte • Harrison Smith • Jack Taylor • Sophie Toohey • Samuel Verdellen
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Ellena Black – Dux 2016
gained NCEA at Level 1
gained NCEA at Level 2
gained NCEA at Level 3
gained University Entrance
It’s the future, but not as we know it
As former United States President, John F Kennedy said, ‘Change is the law of life’, and with the implementation of ground-breaking new technologies, the pace of change has never seemed more rapid. In November last year a group of five staff from St Andrew’s College joined a group of 1400 educators, corporates, non-profits, entrepreneurs, government staff and young people from 16 different countries at the SingularityU New Zealand Summit, where they were provided with a fascinating glimpse into the future. The goal of the Christchurch-based event was to kick-start the conversation about exponential technology and how it can impact New Zealand and the world. Head of Innovation and Information Service, Wilj Dekkers says the group from St Andrew’s was buzzing after three days of listening to incredible content, and making connections with lots of other delegates. “The main take-outs from the SingularityU Summit were around exponential change and disruptive change, and what these terms mean. We discovered the idea of disruption is not to do with innovation or minor change, but how a new initiative or technology can completely disrupt and change the way things are usually done. Great examples of this are Uber and Airbnb which have revolutionised the taxi and accommodation sectors and led them in a completely different direction.”
Wilj says the group heard about many new technologies such as autonomous vehicles, electric cars, artificial intelligence, robotics, and changes to energy use and sustainability, that once they become mainstream will create great change in the world. “When you look at a graph showing exponential change, there is a steep dip when a product is in the development stage before it becomes mainstream, then it suddenly takes off. A lot of these new technologies are reaching that point at the same time.” One of the speakers at SingularityU was Malcolm Johns, CEO of Christchurch International Airport, and a member of the Board of St Andrew’s College. Since his talk, Christchurch International Airport has hosted New Zealand’s first trial of a fully autonomous electric vehicle, a 15-person shuttle to move people around the airport campus. Software development is another area where there has been massive change, says Wilj. “We have reached a point where an individual can create something in their bedroom and get it out to millions of people without being part of a huge company.” Biotechnology has been signalled as the next growth area, which will create some ethical issues, he says. “The human genome has already been mapped. Now we’re at a point where it can be tinkered with and changed. The
question is, how far could or should we take that?” The SingularityU Summit has given Wilj and fellow attendees from St Andrew’s, Helaina Coote (Assistant Head of Secondary School), Dean McKenzie (Assistant Principal Data Analysis), John Ruge (Head of Senior College), and Steve Aldhamland (Commerce teacher), plenty to think about and pass on to other staff and students. “This experience is one way we are keeping our finger on the pulse about emerging technologies and looking for opportunities for our students to experiment, particularly when it comes to computer programming, Big Data and robotics. We are exploring the possibility of starting a coding club for girls with a female programmer we met at SingularityU, and plan to introduce a tutor from University of Canterbury to help run our robotics programme, which will provide opportunities for students interested in studying megatronics. The networking side of SingularityU has proved really useful.” Wilj says change can be challenging for some people but those who are quick to adapt usually manage it better. “Change is constant and has always been happening. It is important not to be fearful of change, but to make sure we are prepared for it and adapt when it does happen.”
Fantastic fitness facilities
“These facilities would be right up there with other high performance fitness centres in the city and have become an integral part of the learning and training of our elite athletes and sports teams.” The high-tech, 200 square metre fitness centre is located upstairs in the Gym 1 complex, and comfortably accommodates up to 50 people training at one time. It has 24 exercycles, treadmills, cross-trainers and rowing machines for cardio work, plus an extensive free weight area with dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells and top class squat racks and lifting platforms. The layout has been designed so students can engage in other fitness activities, such as circuit training, core exercises, stretching and recovery activities. Greg says he and his team works closely with Rod McIntosh, co-ordinator of the High Performance Sports programme (for Years 11 to 13) and Elite Sports Studies course (for Years 9 and 10) to develop appropriate
“Our philosophy is around generic fitness and strength training, to help our elite athletes to become stronger and more capable without being too specific.” He says the facilities have particularly enhanced the strengthening and conditioning programmes the College offers its elite rugby, netball, hockey and rowing squads, who use the Fitness Centre year-round. “A key part of their course is learning how to use the gym, train properly, and have a balanced programme during pre-season and throughout their competitions. We teach them how to come up with their own planning, and help to adjust their programme if they’ve taken on too much.” The second tier Year 11 and U16 teams undertake a similar, but less structured programme that provides them with guidance and more optional training sessions.
“A lot of our students play three or four sports, so we are mindful of maintaining the balance with the academic and cultural sides of College life,” says Greg. The Fitness Centre supports a range of other users, from individual and Scholarship athletes such as triathletes, multisport athletes and swimmers, to Physical Education classes, Te Waka groups, boarders, staff, or any student at St Andrew’s wanting to improve their fitness and well-being. “We welcome and encourage all students to use the Fitness Centre, which is staffed by gym instructors and open to anyone before school from 6.30am, and after school until 9.00pm.” An instructor runs a spin class early every Friday morning, which is popular with staff, students and parents. “We are extremely proud of these fantastic facilities and plan to introduce more new equipment and exciting initiatives to ensure they continue to be fully utilised by the wider College community.”
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Manager Greg Thompson says this outstanding facility has all the equipment you would find in a large commercial gymnasium.
programmes for the College’s talented young elite athletes.
The personal health and fitness of the entire College population is well supported by the High Performance Fitness Centre, which opened just over a year ago.
for miles There were lots of smiles and great excitement when the Pre-school children took part in their Annual Sports Day. The event promotes participation while helping to develop the children’s skills in co-ordination, agility, balance, and taking turns. “The concept is that the children learn to take part in activities, use their gross motor skills, and work as a team. There are no winners or losers. We simply encourage them to try something new and have fun,” says Head of Pre-school, Amanda Jack. A week before the event the children visited senior students out on the sports field who role modelled the sorts of activities the pre-schoolers would be engaging in. At Sports Day a large crowd of parents and supporters watched the children do warm-up stretches then enthusiastically participate in running races, cone weaving, a baton relay and throwing games. “The children loved the freedom of being out in the big fields. We let them lead the way when it came to how the event was run to ensure it was free flowing and lots of fun for everyone.”
A unique project creating centennial badges has connected Years 1 and 2 students to the Centenary celebrations and asked them to reflect on why it is a special time to be at St Andrew’s, says Heather Orman, Head of the Junior Department.
“We spent a lot of time meeting people and visiting different parts of the campus so they could come back to class and reflect on what they loved and wanted to draw on their medals.” Images of the Centennial Chapel feature strongly on the badges, along with the flag, Southern Cross, junior playground, elements of the uniform, books, and bagpipes. “Quite a few of the children have drawn friends, which shows the importance of the people in their lives here. We
are absolutely thrilled with the visual imagery the children created.” Heather says the process to create the medals was quite challenging, as the children had to streamline their ideas into simple line drawings, which could be easily recognised by their peers. “Visual literacy is really important for children and it is a useful skill to be able to share an image with as little detail as possible. Sometimes the students had to reflect and make some design changes if their friends couldn’t tell what the drawing represented.” The original drawings were made quite large, then reduced down on the photocopier to the right size for the medals.
The children were excited to share their work with their parents after the Junior Syndicate Christmas Carols late last year. “It was wonderful to see the parents’ reaction to the classroom display and the children’s pride in their badges.” Heather says the project is one of many initiatives by the Junior Department to help younger students develop a strong connection with St Andrew’s. “The passion for being here is so evident in a lot of the College’s senior students, some of whom we ask to speak to the Junior Department students from time to time. We’re always looking for ways to help them connect with the bigger picture.”
Lucy Fraser (Year 2), Ezra Wiseman (Year 2), William Yan (Year 1) and Sophie Schouten (Year 2) with their centennial badges.
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Each badge has a thistle image and two ribbons (a white ribbon signifying part of the flag, and a second ribbon the colour of the student’s house) which are decorated with four medals personal to the children.
The centennial badges feature pictures drawn by the Years 1 and 2 students, representing things they love about St Andrew’s.
“We wanted the younger children to feel part of the celebrations, so came up with the idea of creating badges, with the visual imagery allowing them to express what they love about St Andrew’s.”
Setting a place for
Good manners are recognised as one of the most important fundamentals children need to learn, and this is reinforced to our Year 6 students through a fun and popular unit called Table Etiquette. Towards the end of each year, a hospitality professional from the Commodore Hotel is invited to the Preparatory School to teach the children a range of skills such as table setting,
how to fold and unfold a napkin, eating politely in a formal setting, and even how to manage soup without slurping. Middle Syndicate leader Di Cumming says many parents have commented on how wonderful it is to see the students grow in confidence after completing the unit. “Good manners are the foundation of everything, and so important when it comes to socialisation. The children love putting what they have learnt into practice at home, and also at our end-of-year dinner at Twiggers.” Table setting is one of the highlights of the unit. The children are put together in mixed gender groups across the two Year 6 classes, and decide together on a theme for their table, which could include anything from a wedding, anniversary or Christmas, to Valentine’s Day or Easter. The tables are judged on set criteria, with each child bringing something from home to match the theme and colours chosen by the group. “Each table must have a clean, ironed tablecloth, appropriately sized centrepiece, neatly folded serviettes and the correct placement of cutlery and
glassware. It is great fun and thoroughly enjoyed by the Year 6 students, and other classes in the Preparatory School who visit to admire the end results.” Di says the exercise has even more meaning when the students learn from an industry professional alongside their peers. “They feel free to ask questions and it’s wonderful to see their confidence grow. This unit is about so much more than table setting. It teaches valuable life skills the children can take with them well beyond their school years.”
Research programme assists
Preparatory School Senior Syndicate Leader, David Farmer, asked the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland to engage St Andrew’s in its phase two trials of MovinCog out of ‘frustration’ at the lack of solutions available to treat, rather than simply manage dyslexia. “A good number of dyslexic children are very intelligent, but have to deal with the frustration of low achievement in some areas due to their learning difficulty. More often than not they are given strategies to cope with the condition, but I believe there must be something we can do to overcome dyslexia, to deal with it directly and strengthen underdeveloped neurological pathways.” David has spent considerable time researching various options around the globe, and was excited by the original and innovative approach being taken by the Auckland University team. “There are very few peer reviewed, scientifically evaluated studies that
Dr David Moreau and David Farmer.
show significant results, and the ones that did were often full time, residential-based programmes that required a massive investment in time and money.” At the heart of the MovinCog programme is clever, intuitive software in the form of eight mini-games, known as ‘Cerebral Space’ that have been designed to target specific learning disabilities associated with thinking, language and numeracy. Another critical component of the initiative is ‘Physical Space’ which involves a high intensity workout as a precursor to using the software. Dr David Moreau, a Research Associate of the Centre for Brain Research, who jointly heads the project with Associate Professor Karen Waldie, visited St Andrew’s in late February to carry out initial assessments of the students, and to discuss the programme’s implementation. St Andrew’s students have been using the programme for 30 minutes per day, five days a week for a 10-week period. “MovinCog is still very much in the research phase but if it works it will be revolutionary, not just in New Zealand but internationally.
MovinCog is still very much in the research phase but if it works it will be revolutionary, not just in New Zealand but internationally. DAVID FARMER PREPARATORY SCHOOL SENIOR SYNDICATE LEADER
If our students’ learning has been accelerated once the programme is complete and results evaluated, I believe it would definitely be worth considering its inclusion.” David says the initiative would fit well with the substantial Learning Support already offered in both the St Andrew’s Preparatory and Secondary Schools, which are ‘very effective’ in their application of remedial programmes that directly approach the gaps in children’s learning and development. “If the results are as positive as we hope, I believe MovinCog would be complementary to our Learning Support initiatives, particularly those based on the Morningside programme, which are also very effective in supporting students to reach their potential. This could help us to implement an even broader, more integrated approach to dyslexia.”
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An exciting 10-week research programme backed by robust scientific evidence called MovinCog, which provides positive interventions for students with dyslexia and other neurological disorders, has been introduced to students in Years 5–8.
If happy smiles are a reflection of a great event, the Centenary Gala Weekend was truly a resounding success. We put out the welcome mat and more than 2500 Old Collegians came to catch up with old friends and share in these very special 100th birthday celebrations at St Andrew’s in great spirit, warmth and congeniality. The College’s founder, Reverend A T Thompson would surely have been delighted to see the campus at its sparkling birthday best, with gracious Strowan House still nestled in the park-like grounds on Papanui Road that were purchased by the very first Board of St Andrew’s 100 years ago. He would no doubt be impressed by the College’s modern educational facilities and gratified at the numbers who turned up to celebrate this special occasion at St Andrew’s and who continue to demonstrate such pride in their school.
Among the special guests at the Assembly were previous Rectors, Dr John Rentoul (1982–1994), Barry Maister (1995–2001), Tim Oughton (Acting Rector, 2001) and Nigel Fairbairn (2002–2004) along with the College’s eldest Old Collegian Naylor Hillary (1929–1933) aged 101, who incredibly, is older than the College itself. Guests heard from a number of speakers including the Rector,
Other highlights were Jim Hudson’s (1953) energetic ‘Address to the Haggis’, and the cutting of the College’s 100th birthday cake by
Naylor Hillary (1933) and his greatgrandson Henry Bissland (Year 2). The assembly was followed by the unveiling of the Centenary Time Capsule plaque, by Teyha Laws and Henry Withers (both Year 8). Then another raucous Highland Games got underway featuring wheat sheaf tossing, medicine ball throwing, rousing chants and songs, and a wonderful display by the Pipe Band and Highland dancers, which perfectly rounded off the afternoon’s festivities.
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The weekend’s events got underway with school tours, then a stirring whole school haka, performed as guests made their way to the 100th Founders’ Day Assembly.
Board Chair, and President of Old Collegians, Mark Mulholland. They also enjoyed several wonderful student performances including the St Andrew’s College orchestra, which played the soaring ‘Centenary Overture’, composed for Centenary year by Old Collegian Chris Adams. Staccoro sang a beautiful rendition of the traditional Scottish song ‘The Parting Glass’, and soloist Iona Taylor impressed with her stunning vocal range as she sang ‘Skye Boat Song’, in honour of Louis Newman and Amy Wells (both Year 12) who were announced as the 2017 Strowan Scottish Scholars.
Founders’ Day and Highland Games
Staff Function Later on the Friday afternoon, around 200 former staff of St Andrew’s returned to join present staff at a function, where they caught up with old friends and reminisced about their shared experiences at the College. Tehya Laws and Harry Withers (both Year 8) uncover the Centenary Time Capsule plaque on Founders’ Day.
Centenary Time Capsule As we celebrated the Centenary, the thoughts of a class of Year 8 students were already focused on the College’s 200th anniversary. Together they have created the wonderful Centenary Time Capsule, full of interesting artefacts, which was buried by the flagpole in early March, and will be dug up again in 100 years’ time, revealing its contents to the St Andrew’s community of 2117. Preparatory School teacher Bridget Preston says the students started the project in Term 4, 2016 and put a lot of effort into deciding what items should be included. “They interviewed a number of people in the St Andrew’s community, including the Rector, members of the Ladies Circle and some Old Collegians to get their thoughts.” The final list included school publications, written memorabilia, badges, a leavers’ ring, sheet music for the ‘Centenary Overture’, a collection of St Andrew’s ties, letters
Jakarta Klebert, Grace Sullivan and Reeve Williams (all Year 8) inspect the contents of the Centenary Time Capsule.
from Rector Christine Leighton, staff and students, photographs and information from the 2011 earthquake, a whole school photo taken in 2016, drone shots of the College grounds, and The Spirit of St Andrew’s Centenary book. After gathering a suitable container and all the items, the students looked at how they could protect them from deteriorating during the 100 years they will be buried underground. Acid-free paper was used for printed items, with everything wrapped in tissue paper and put in special enclosers. Humidity and oxygen absorbers were added to the time capsule before it was sealed. “Creating the Centenary Time Capsule was an amazing learning experience for the students. The skills and knowledge they gained were incredible. It is such a relevant project for the Centenary and is something I think they will remember for the rest of their lives,” says Bridget.
Matthew Patterson, Emily Lindores, Preparatory School Principal Jonathan Bierwirth, Thomas Smith and Bianca Marshall bury the time capsule.
360 boarders from as far back as the 1930s and 1940s shared stories of their school days at a special Boarders’ Breakfast on the Saturday morning, prepared by the College’s catering staff.
Centenary Fête Cooler weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd attending the Centenary Fête, with a hardworking parent organising committee behind the scenes ensuring there was something for everyone. A full programme of wonderful entertainment included the College’s Soul Band, Jazz Combo, Highland dancers, Kapa Haka Group, Ballet Academy, and rock band The Lam Brothers. A highlight was a massed Pipe Band performance with our current band members joined by several Old Collegians. There was also a wonderful array of craft stalls, rides, and fun activities including oldfashioned races, and the very popular ‘Dunk a Teacher’ stall. During the day several hundred people also gathered in the Theatrette to view the Centennial Film The Spirit of St Andrew’s produced by Old Collegian Rick Harvie, which has beautifully captured the StAC spirit and evoked some emotional responses from those who saw it.
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Around 1300 Old Collegians across an incredible 10 decades, gathered for the Cocktail Party, with a stunning evening seeing the new streetscape area well utilised by the guests as they mixed, mingled and shared lots of laughs.
Gala Dinner In the evening close to 1600 Old Collegians, staff and many parents dressed in their finery to attend the magnificent Gala Dinner at Horncastle Arena, which was believed to be the largest occasion of its type in Christchurch since 2009. The event started with a spectacular performance by the Pipe Band and Highland dancers, and an entertaining ‘Address to the Haggis’ by Jim Hudson (1953), followed by great food, speeches, entertainment, socialising and dancing. Former Old Collegians’ President Nick Letham (2001) did a wonderful job as MC, recounting lots of hilarious tales from throughout the College’s history.
Another highlight of the Gala Dinner was the StAC Showcase produced by the Senior College production team and musicians, which provided a sneak preview of the centennial production Encore! If this highly polished, spectacular performance was anything to go by, the production in May is sure to be another sell-out.
The First XI vs Old Collegians cricket match organised by Mike Johnston (1973) and fellow staff member and First XI coach John Anderson, was played in great competitive spirit, with the Old Collegians winning an incredibly close game on the last ball. One of St Andrew’s sporting greats, Graham Dowling (1954) a New Zealand cricketer from 1961–1972, was on hand to officiate at the toss, and present special Centenary caps to the players. In an exciting and fitting coincidence, the College’s current Black Cap, Henry Nicholls (2009) scored his maiden test century for New Zealand against South Africa on the eve of the Centenary celebrations.
Old Collegians’ Concert The final event for the weekend was the Old Collegians’ Music Concert, held in the Centennial Chapel. The concert showcased some incredible talent, from soloists playing classical music, to singers of opera and musical theatre, and performances from the specially formed Old Collegians jazz band, choir and orchestra. At the end of the concert all those gathered stood and sang three verses of the St Andrew’s 'College Song', the perfect way to end these incredibly special 100th birthday celebrations. See the photos of the day at stac.school.nz
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Sunday dawned, and with it the first opportunity for many of our Old Collegians, students, staff and families to enjoy a moving service in the magnificent new Centennial Chapel, with various staff and students leading prayers, hymns, readings and musical items, along with a beautiful performance of ‘Then Sings My Soul’ by Margot Button and Bryan Botting, and a sermon delivered by Chaplain Paul Morrow. Off campus around 150 people attended the open day at the Mountain Lodge at Castle Hill, with a further 70 heading to Kerrs Reach to relive their rowing days, and another 50 taking the opportunity to go trapshooting, both sports in which St Andrew’s are the current national secondary school champions.
It’s not too late to order your StAC Centenary merchandise! There has been such a fantastic response to our exciting range of Centenary merchandise that we’ve already reordered some items. Head over to the Centenary Merchandise page on stac100.co.nz where you can make your selection. Even if you didn’t attend the celebrations, these items are a great memento of the occasion. Have you purchased your copy of the beautiful coffee table book, The Spirit of St Andrew’s? It is a magnificent record of the first 100 years at St Andrew’s and is not to be missed. And that’s not all. Watch your letterbox over the next couple of months for a special Centenary commemorative magazine, featuring all the highlights of Centenary year.
Quotable quotes The celebrations were a time to reflect upon 100 years of community, triumphs and challenges, learnings and development of life long friendship. The feedback from those who attended some or indeed all events has been quite remarkable.
From the stunning Founders’ Day Assembly on the Friday, to the Old Collegians’ Concert on the Sunday, you couldn’t help but be spellbound. MARK MULHOLLAND (1975)
President of Old Collegians
The Centenary was a huge success and credit to the staff and students involved in showcasing the College. It was humbling to witness such a well organised event.
I was completely blown away by how gorgeous the school is looking, by the sheer talent on display by current and former students, but most of all by the feeling of camaraderie that was present all weekend. Not many schools have that spirit – what a rare and lucky thing StAC has created.
BRIDIE CONNELL (2007)
Outgoing Board Chair
The whole Centenary Weekend was remarkable and it was a privilege to be a part of it. The biggest highlight was catching up with old friends to reflect on 100 years of St Andrew’s College. JAMES TAPPER (2010)
Past Head Boy who played in the Centenary cricket match
Incredible occasion. Highlights were seeing old faces (over a few cold ones) and the incredible state that the College is in after a tough decade. Gala Dinner was an absolute masterclass. JUSTIN CLARK (2007)
Past Head Boy
Past Head Girl who said Grace at the Gala Dinner
: d e v l vo in ll a o t u o y Thank
on the Andrew’s College as we continue to reflect There is still a wonderful feeling around St y Gala Weekend. reunions and events of the special Centenar supporting tude the many people who were involved in At this time it is important to note with grati the Fête, ed plann who ittees many volunteer comm and creating this momentous celebration. The to the prior hs mont many for n, ratio Musical Celeb the Boarders’ Breakfast and the Old Collegians up to ng leadi ts even the ate activ to ittees those comm weekend. The volunteers who then assisted and during the weekend. ers, of a special mention are our Centenary Partn Another group of people that are deserving such er contribution allowed us to deliv Caxton and Konica Minolta whose financial are the many sponsors who supported them side a grand schedule of events. Along produced for the Centenary. the individual events and the publications we We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank
you! Clare Wilkinson, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
From the Director The greatly anticipated Centenary Gala Weekend is now behind us but the memories are rich and will remain with us for some time. The presence of so many Old Collegians, current families, past parents, staff and friends ensured that this significant 100th birthday was celebrated with warmth and style. To watch the years of planning and efforts of many come together with spectacular performances, the reuniting of friends and smiles on many faces was an incredibly rewarding experience for me, and such a privilege to be a part of. It was our aim to offer something for everyone over the weekend and I think that was achieved, starting with school tours showcasing our wonderful campus, a whole school haka and then on to the Founders’ Day Assembly. The stunning assembly performances and speeches set the scene for an amazing day of birthday celebration. The unveiling of the Time Capsule plaque outside of Strowan House was a special moment, before the Highland Games were held on the front fields with vibrant colour, activity and tradition. At the close of the school day the staff (current and past) enjoyed an afternoon reunion in Strowan House before joining the Old Collegians Cocktail Evening in Gym 1 and Gym 2. Here over 1300 guests enjoyed a very warm evening catching up with classmates and teachers from years gone by. A quick turnaround in the small hours of the morning saw Gym 1 transformed from a cocktail evening with bars and bar leaners, to a Boarders’ Breakfast with tables and seating for the 360 guests. All the while the magnificent StAC Centenary Fête set up was underway on the front fields, where stall holders, food vendors, stage trucks, farmyard animals, fun races, bouncy castles and bunting were all being packed in, ready for a day of family fun. With no idea how many people would turn up on a much cooler day, we were thrilled to see a constant flow of
The Development team worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help deliver an incredible Centenary Gala Weekend (from left) Jacqui Anderson, Kelsey Williams, Clare Wilkinson and Kate Baker.
people descending on St Andrew’s College throughout the day. Food vendors sold out and many teachers were dunked in the dunk tank. There was no limit to the smiles around the Fête, a real success for the amazing committee who worked tirelessly for many months to plan the event, and for the many volunteers who assisted on the day. After waving goodbye to the last of the trucks from the Fête it was time to spruce up and head to Horncastle Arena for the glamorous part of the weekend, the Gala Dinner. Once again, the numbers were outstanding with close to 1600 people in attendance. The Pipe Band and Highland dancers started the night, which wowed the crowd. A night full of polished performances followed. All staff and students who worked on and performed in the showcase sets should be very proud as they amazed us all with their ‘Broadway’ calibre of talent. After food, wine and a night of dancing, the final day of the Centenary Gala Weekend dawned. Sunday started with a beautiful Chapel service to a full congregation, once again with memorable performances throughout. By midday in stunning weather, many of us were relaxing on the front fields to watch a highly entertaining game of cricket between some notable Old Collegians and our current First XI. The result hung on
one ball, and with a difference of just four runs, the Old Collegians took the win. Elsewhere, others were hosted at various venues for our open days at Castle Hill, rowing and trapshooting. The finale of the weekend was a celebration of exceptional talent in the Centennial Chapel where some of our most acclaimed musicians returned to St Andrew’s to perform for us and close the Centenary Gala Weekend. Fittingly this took place in the Centennial Chapel in all its glory, a building we are so proud of and continue to fundraise for. It was a truly exceptional and full weekend where the StAC community spirit was felt throughout and we all looked on with pride. Thank you all for supporting and being a part of the 100th birthday of St Andrew’s College, and a special thank you to my team, and everyone else involved behind the scenes for your enthusiasm and hard work in bringing this wonderful weekend to life. Clare Wilkinson Director of Development View photos and watch videos of the Centenary Gala Weekend at stac.school.nz
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Wilkie + Bruce Architects’ long association with St Andrew's College began in1980 when old Col' Alun Wilkie, was engaged to design additions to Strowan House. Other modest projects followed until the newly formed Wilkie & Bruce Architects received their first significant commission at St Andrew’s College: the design of the Senior College. Completed in 1992, the Rentoul Senior College building remains a busy focal point of the campus. Following the success of the Senior College, a number of other important projects were commissioned and built, including the Cricket Pavilion (1996), the RDH Steele Technology Centre (1998), and the Pre-school (1999).
as quickly as possible. The most striking of these was the award winning restoration of Strowan House, the building which so characterfully encapsulates the College’s history. Fittingly it was Alun Wilkie who directed this project, 30 years after first working on the building. Recently completed projects encompass a wide range of sizes and levels of complexity, from small but important fit-outs and alterations such as the ballet studio, through to much needed specialist facilities like the new Gym 2.
Beginning in 2008 Wilkie & Bruce worked closely with the College’s board and senior management to prepare the first masterplan for the future development of the campus. The first phases of the masterplan were realised soon after, with the Wilkie & Bruce designed and project managed Spiro Science and Mathematics Centre (2009), the Foundation Pavilion (2010), and the Preparatory School (2011). Wilkie & Bruce Architects are currently working with the College on the new Junior School and Pre-school developThe masterplan took an unexpected ment which is due to open in Term 1 change of direction following the 2011 of 2018. These buildings have been Christchurch earthquakes. Extensive designed by Tony Hoare, who has structural damage to Thompson and been a director at Wilkie & Bruce since MacGibbon Houses necessitated their demolition and Wilkie & Bruce were tasked 2008 and has designed and overseen the delivery of all the practice’s recent with the design and project management major projects at the College. for the replacement of both boarding houses as soon as possible. Wilkie & Bruce Architects are proud to Over the same period Wilkie & Bruce also continue their long association with St Andrew’s College and sponsor this delivered a number of important earthedition of Regulus Magazine in support quake repair projects to ensure the College could return to normal operations of the College’s Centenary celebrations.
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St Andrew’s College commissions Wilkie & Bruce Architects has built its reputation to become one of Christchurch’s leading architectural practices. Completed work extends over a wide range of project types including residential, commercial, institutional, and educational buildings. The ability of the practice to deliver quality design outcomes is reflected in the numerous design awards received from the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the Christchurch Civic Trust and the Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust. As well as our work at St Andrew’s College Wilkie & Bruce have recently been involved in a number of other notable civic projects including the rebuilding of Knox Church, the new NZ Blood South Island Donor Centre, and the Piano Centre for Music and The Arts. Projects currently on the boards include feasibility studies for the restoration of the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the rebuild of the Christchurch Central Methodist Parish Church and a number of commercial office buildings in the Christchurch CBD. Our practice culture of commitment and accessibility is part of an inclusive client-focussed approach to design. We strive to deliver fresh design solutions reflecting the unique combination of influences that come to bear on each individual project. Informed creative thinking and communication are the core professional skills at the heart of our work. Our objective is design excellence at all levels to achieve lasting, well-made, buildings.
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“All the clattering and clunking has been worth it, and I congratulate the staff and students for tolerating such a high degree of capital works. Having the new entrance with the centennial gates, the new driveway and landscaping completed in time for the celebrations was the icing on the cake. They make the whole place look fantastic.” The new one-way driveway provides a direct route from Papanui Road to
New bluestone pillar.
Stylish new aggregate concrete paths, asphalt and landscaped gardens and lawns have enhanced the College’s park-like surroundings. Permanently fixed barbecue tables have been situated in the courtyard outside the Caféteria, providing a popular place for students to gather. The next project is a new bridge to be constructed across Strowan Stream leading to the Chapel, with works expected to start around Easter. Exciting progress is being made on the brand new Junior School (Years 1–3), and Pre-school with bespoke playgrounds, which should be completed by the end of 2017, and ready to open in 2018. All rooms will have high spec engineering, construction, insulation and technology, and will incorporate new furniture and equipment.
An exciting addition to the new Junior Department is a discovery type room, which will provide options for art, cooking and other activities. The Junior Department will also have a three-quarter sized court, artificial grass, and stage. Other projects completed on campus during the summer term break included a new entrance for MacGibbon Boarding House; the renovation of the main rugby field including new drainage, relevelling and resowing; a new pathway along the boundary to Circuit Street; and the remodelling of the Circuit Street entranceway with new plantings. “We are proud of our commitment to providing safe, robust, high quality facilities that both reflect our proud history and will take St Andrew’s College confidently and successfully into its second century,” says David.
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General Manager David Evans says there were many positive comments from visitors during the Gala Weekend about the College’s wonderful facilities, with particular mention of new buildings such as the Centennial Chapel and Gym 2, and the brand new entranceway off Papanui Road, which provides a stunning first glimpse of the College and its surrounds.
Normans Road, through the Normans Road car park. A pedestrian and cycle lane has been separately constructed on the other half of the driveway.
The St Andrew’s campus was at its magnificent best during the recent Centenary celebrations, following years of building, remodelling and landscaping work.
Victory is sweet for our Maadi Cup winning eight. (From left) Hamish Veitch, Flynn Dijkstra, Oliver Bailey, Samuel Paterson, Mitchell White, Thomas Russel, Zackary Rumble, Benjamin Taylor and cox Tom Flavill.
Historic Maadi Cup
They did it! All the hard work has paid off for our outstanding group of senior rowers, who have won the highly coveted Maadi Cup for the first time in the College’s history.
The U18 eight crew of Benjamin Taylor, Zackary Rumble, Thomas Russel, Mitchell White, Samuel Paterson, Oliver Bailey, Flynn Dijkstra, Hamish Veitch (all Year 13 apart from Oliver Bailey Year 12) and cox, Tom Flavill (Year 11) couldn’t hold back their emotions after winning a scintillating final, holding
off a strong challenge from last year’s champions Christ’s College to win by just under a second. The Maadi Cup is the pinnacle of secondary school rowing, and just 16 schools have held it in its 70-year history, with St Andrew’s becoming just the third South Island school to do so. It was the second gold medal of the regatta for the ‘stern four’ of Benjamin Taylor, Zackary Rumble, Thomas Russel and Mitchell White (all Year 13), who won the Springbok Shield for another glamour event, the U18 coxed four with cox Tom Flavill. This win was particularly special for Benjamin Taylor, whose father Andrew Taylor (1983) was victorious for St Andrew’s in the same event back in 1983, the last time the College won the race. The gold medals capped off a fantastic season for the four, who were all named as New Zealand Rowing junior triallists after the Maadi regatta where they had also split into pairs and picked up silver and bronze in the U18 pairs. The four have been unbeaten in their age groups over the last three years and this year also won the Men’s Senior coxless four at the New Zealand Club Rowing Championships, an incredible achievement for schoolboy rowers.
StAC U18 coxed four, (from left) Mitchell White, Thomas Russel, Tom Flavill (cox), Benjamin Taylor and Zackary Rumble shared a special moment with Ben’s father Andrew Taylor (1983) after winning the Springbok Shield for the U18 coxed four. Andrew was in the first and only other StAC crew to win this event in 1983.
Overall St Andrew’s crews made 13 A finals, seven B finals and three C and D finals, winning two gold, four silver
and two bronze medals in what was the biggest Maadi regatta ever, with more than 2200 competitors.
Harrison Jones-Park (Year 12) and Hamish Veitch (Year 13) won silver in the lightweight double.
The U16 eight won silver.
Rowing Co-ordinator Hamish Bell, himself a winner of the 1993 Maadi Cup, says the College’s fantastic results were a fairy tale end to the season.
The U16 coxed four were bronze medallists.
A whole school haka welcomed the rowers.
“We couldn’t have written the script any better, particularly in Centenary year which added something special to the season. After our four won on the Friday there was a real sense of belief the eight could take the Maadi Cup. They are an incredible group, so committed to training and succeeding. It was amazing to see their reactions when they did it.”
South Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships Topping the points table to defend the Bell Trophy at the South Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships was another highlight of the season. The trophy was secured in the final race, when the Boys' U18 crew beat Christ’s College and Christchurch Boys' High School. StAC crews won eight gold medals across the regatta.
The great performances of our younger crews bodes well for the future of the StAC rowing programme, which is going from strength to strength with 63 rowers this year.
He says the tremendous support provided by StAC’s team of high calibre coaches led by Ross Lindstrom and Dale Maher, and which includes former Olympian George Keys; plus the additional support provided by Julian Martel, Kerry Larby, Cherie Methven and an enthusiastic parent committee, were other key factors. “It is a big team effort and we appreciate all the support.”
Other season highlights
New Zealand Rowing Championships A number of our senior rowing squad competed for Avon Club at the New Zealand Rowing Championships, achieving three golds in the Senior
Men’s coxless four, club pair and U19 coxed four; silver in the Men’s senior eight, and bronze in the U20 pair. These are outstanding results given St Andrew’s had the only school crew competing at Senior Men’s level. Other regattas StAC crews performed extremely well to win six gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Championships. At the South Island Club Championships St Andrew’s broke a regatta record making 30 A finals and five B finals, and winning five gold, seven silver and four bronze medals.
The Maadi Cup excitement flowed through to the wider StAC community, with the rowers and supporters greeted at Christchurch Airport after the regatta by the Pipe Band, and First XV, which performed a spirited haka. At school the next day, the crews were piped into the Gym, where they were greeted by a stirring whole school haka. “It was a special end to a magic week,” says Hamish.
StAC rowers retained the Bell Trophy at the South Island Secondary School Rowing Championships.
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Other silver medallists were the lightweight double (Harrison JonesPark (Year 12) and Hamish Veitch (Year 13) and the U16 eight (Charlie Murray, Dominic Clarke, Jackson Lewis, Fredrick Studholme, Samuel Smith, Sebastian Calder, Cameron Wilson, Dakota Bristow, and cox Tom Flavill (all Year 11), with a further bronze picked up by the U15 coxed four (Joshua Le Poidevin, Cosmo Korte, Sebastian Calder (all Year 11), Benjamin Farrell, and cox Douglas Green (both Year 10).
Emotions ran high after the Maadi Cup win.
Another highlight was the U16 four crew of Charlie Murray, Dominic Clarke, Jackson Lewis, Fredrick Studholme, and cox George Rutledge (all Year 11) being involved in one of the closest finishes at the event, pipped for gold by just 1/100th of a second.
Swimming sports There were many exceptional performances and several records broken at the Secondary School Swimming Sports Competition held at Wharenui Pool, which also featured colourful outfits, a hotly contested House competition, and plenty of fun. Standout swimmers were Taiko TorepeOrmsby who broke three Boys’ U14 records, Angus Kelliher who broke two Boys’ U15 records and Bryn Rumble who broke three Boys’ U16 records and a Boys’ Open record. See the photos of the day at stac.school.nz
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The front fields were abuzz with activity during the special Centenary Secondary School Athletics Sports Day with a great school spirit and enthusiastic House competition ensuring a fun day for all. In honour of the Centenary, Don Davison (1956), invited a number of Old Collegians, including several record holders, to return to St Andrew’s to enjoy the competition and reminisce about old times. He also put together an Old Collegians relay team, which ran in the day’s final relay event, won by the student council team. Don still holds the Athletics Day 200m (then 220 yards) sprint record, after an incredible 61 years, which remains the College’s oldest track record. Others to attend the occasion were Robin Wilson, one of the oldest surviving captains of the First XV (1952) who held the schoolboy and Canterbury record for the mile from 1949–1951. He came with his son Andrew, who still holds the Intermediate 3000m Athletics Day
record from 1975. Bruce Leadbetter whose father Malcolm was Deputy Rector from 1929–1935 and who held the New Zealand record for the 100 yards for an astounding 26 years also attended the event, along with Dougal Cockram (1985), the current holder of the Intermediate 100m and 200m and Senior 200m College records who set an incredible time of 10.80 seconds for his 100m record, a feat that will be incredibly difficult to beat in the future. Unfortunately two of StAC’s former athletics stars, Shaun Farrell (1992) the current New Zealand 400m record holder and the College’s 100m and 800m record holder; and Andrew Stark (1975), who holds Athletics Day records in 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m, as well as a College record in the 1500m, were unable to attend. The College’s longest standing Athletics Day record is the long jump, which is shared by Peter Ensor (1929) who was also Head Prefect and captain of the First XV, and Mike Hanning (1986). Among
the outstanding athletes in the Old Collegians’ relay team was Ari Graham (2016) who holds a remarkable 19 school records. Congratulations to all the Old Collegians who participated, to the students who placed in events and broke records and to Erwin House, which once again came out on top in the fiercely fought House competition. After the events, guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles in the sports pavilion hosted by the Rector and Head of Co-curricular, Denley Jones. See the photos of the day at stac.school.nz
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Old Collegians’ relay team: Harry Murray (2015), Mitchell Small (2016), Matthew Walsh (2016), Manager, Don Davison (1956), Esther Liong (2007), Liz Neal (2004), Samsara Guillemot-Mene (2016) and Ari Graham (2016).
Don Davison (1956) setting the 220 yards record (since converted to 200m) at the Athletics Day in 1956, which still stands today.
Sports round up Badminton Jack Wang (Y10) attended the Waitekere U15 Badminton Open, winning the Boys' doubles and finishing runner-up in the mixed doubles. He was a singles semi-finalist.
Callum Stewart (Y11) leaping for gold in the Junior Boys triple jump.
National Secondary Schools Athletics Championships 2016 A strong College team of 13 athletes competed at the National Secondary Schools Athletics Championships in Auckland in late 2016 and did themselves proud with some standout performances and many personal bests. The team managed 19 top eight final finishes, and picked up an outstanding six gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals at the event. Highlights included Ari Graham (Y13) overtaking in the last 20 metres of the 1500m race to win gold; Mitchell Small (Y13) winning the Senior Boys’ road race by 10 seconds, Callum Stewart (Y11) claiming gold in the Junior Boys' triple jump, and Christina Shepherd (Y12) winning three gold medals in the AWD CP category in javelin, shot put and discus. Three athletes, Ari Graham, Mitchell Small and Matthew Walsh were selected for the New Zealand team.
Summary of medals: • Christina Shepherd (Y12): gold in javelin, shot put and discus, and silver in 100m in the AWD CP category; • Ari Graham (Y13): gold in the Senior Girls 1500m; • Callum Stewart (Y11): gold in the Junior Boys triple jump; • Matthew Walsh (Y13): silver in the Senior Boys triple jump; • Pieta Hansen (Y11): bronze in the Junior Girls 200m; • Mitchell Small (Y13): bronze in the Senior Boys 3000m, and gold in the Senior Boys road race; • Senior Girls 4×400m team – Pieta Hansen, Mya Graham (Y11), Olivia Tutty (Y12) and Ari Graham (Y13): silver.
Basketball Isaac Peckham (Y8) was invited to attend the National Basketball Development Camp in April as a result of his performances representing Canterbury last year. Sam Jenkins (Y10) was selected for the New Zealand U16 Boys’ basketball team in December and is undertaking a four day training camp in Auckland each month until June when they play in the Australian State Championships. Cricket Congratulations to the First XI cricket team, which won the Christchurch Schools’ 2017 two-day title. They set this result up with an impressive win against the Christchurch Boys’ High School First XI earlier in the season Top performances by Llewellyn Johnson, William Hamilton and Liam McBreen-Smith (all Y13) in the Canterbury U19 team has led to their selection in the New Zealand U18 team
which played in the National Provincial A Tournament. The team are preparing for the U19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand in January 2018. Liam McBreen-Smith (Y13) won the prize for the most wickets in First XI cricket in 2016 at the Christchurch Metro Youth Awards. The Third XI team won the two-day competition in section two of the Christchurch competition youth grade. The 9C team also won their grade for 2016. The Preparatory School cricket First XI took part in the New Zealand Cricket Cup Competition. The team played some of their best cricket of the season. However despite three victories from their four games they were unable to progress through to the semi-finals. A six run loss to Hillview Christian School meant they played Heaton in a second place play-off game. They emphatically defeated Heaton, last year’s New Zealand champions, to finish the tournament on a positive note.
The following students have been selected for Canterbury teams: • Luke Murray (Y12), Oscar Wilson (Y13) and Jesse Frew (Y11) made the Canterbury U17 team;
Coast to Coast Fin Montgomery (Y13) and his dad Monty competed as a team in the 2017 Coast to Coast, both for the first time. Fin completed the 33km mountain run over Goat Pass, during which he suffered severe cramping trying to keep up with Richie McCaw. He followed this up the next day with the 75km bike ride into Christchurch. Although their aim was to participate in and complete the event as best they could, they found they were lying in second place out of the 23 family teams at the end of the first day. Unfortunately, on the second day Fin’s dad’s kayak was holed in the river section and they dropped three places, still finishing a very credible fifth.
Fin Montgomery (Y13) completing the mountain run during the Coast to Coast.
New world record holder! Huge congratulations to Sebastian Calder (Y11) who at just 14 years old has broken a world rowing machine record for his age group, rowing 2000 metres in a time of six minutes and 25 seconds. Sebastian had unofficially broken the world record during testing the week before, so to back this up with an official attempt is an incredible achievement.
Football Matthew Jones (Y12) is a member of the New Zealand U17 football team that played in the Oceania Football Confederation U17 Championship in Tahiti and qualified for the U17 World Cup in India in October. Lily Bray and Blair Currie (both Y12) were selected to attend a National Talent Centre for top players in their age group from across the country, who trained and played together for a week with New Zealand Football staff. Sebastian Schacht (Y13) has been selected for the Canterbury United Dragons football team, which competes in the Stirling Sports Premiership (New Zealand National Men’s League).
• Flynn McGuinness (Y9) won three gold and three bronze medals, with two of the gold medals at the U18 level; • Tilly Pritchard (Y11) returned with multiple podium places (three gold and six bronze medals) for individual and team events in U16 and U18 age groups; • Olivia Brett (Y11) won four gold and eight bronze medals between both events in individual and team races. Olivia has been selected to represent New Zealand at the World Junior (18 and Under) Kayak Championships in Romania in July. At 15 she is the youngest member of the team. Olivia Brett and Tilly Pritchard (both Y11) were selected for the New Zealand U18 canoe racing team. Mazda Pro7 Racing Samuel Wallace (Y12) has finished fourth overall in the New Zealand Mazda Pro7 Racing Championship after second and third place finishes in two New Zealand Championship rounds in his Mazda RX-7. He has also performed well in South Island Series events, with two third placings. Motocross St Andrew’s finished second overall at the South Island Secondary Schools Motocross Championships with riders achieving some great results.
• Ben Wall (Y9): first place in the 12–16 year 85cc class; • Gus Jeffries (Y11): third place in the 15–19 year 125cc class; • Louis Wakeman (Y13): fourth in the 15–19 year 125cc class and also received a Year 13 prize. Mountain Biking Harri Silcock (Y9) had an excellent ride at the Singletrack Schools Cross Country Mountain Biking Age Group Championship at Halswell Quarry, coming 10th overall, and third in the 13-year age group among 200 competitors. Multisport Yonni Kepes (Y12) was given an U18 dispensation to compete in the Old Ghost Ultra (85km) on the West Coast. The race takes competitors through native bush and old mining trails while climbing more than 2600 metres. He finished in a time of 12 hours 23 minutes 37 seconds, which placed him in the middle of the field overall and 18th in the Open Men’s category (ages 18–39). Netball Olivia Clark (Y13) has been selected as one of 21 athletes in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Netball squad for 2017. Polo Bradley Pugh (Y12) was selected for the Combined Christchurch Schools’ Polo team that played a visiting Australian team in March,
Hockey William Mace-Cochrane (Y13) played for the U19 Junior Black Sticks against Japan. Ice Hockey Daisy Hopkins (Y13) was selected for the New Zealand U18 women’s ice hockey team that competed in the Asia Cup in Bangkok, Thailand. Kayaking/Canoe Racing Three students took part in the combined New Zealand Canoe Sprint Championships and Oceania Sprint
Olivia Brett (Y11) competing for the New Zealand Under 18 team in the K1 200m event in Sydney.
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Kayak Championships (for U18 and over) achieving excellent results.
• Piper Bartram (Y9) was in the CJCA Black winning girls’ cricket team at the three-day South Island Schools Tournament; • Connor Higgs and William Russell were selected for the Canterbury Year 7 Development team, with Thomas Butterfield selected for the Canterbury Year 7 Emerging team; • Jackson Foster made the Canterbury Year 8 Development team, with Isaac Peckham, Riley Smith and Fergus Rutledge selected for the Canterbury Year 8 Emerging team; • Ben Laing was selected for a Canterbury Year 6 team; • Aine Molony and Sienna Peckham (both Y6) were selected for Canterbury Year 5/6 Girls’ representative teams.
and was awarded MVP for the B Grade competition at the South Island SUPA Polo event in April. StAC’s polo quartet of Bradley Pugh (Y12), Kate Downes (Y13), Rebecca Beattie (Y13) and Tom Wells (Y10) competed in the SUPA Polo event and were initially awarded first place in the C Grade. However the team was informed later that Christ's College had in fact just beaten them. Sailing Zachary Scheiwe (Y12) along with his team member Benjamin Baynes won the 420 South Island Championship. Swimming Our swimmers have achieved some impressive results at a variety of meets in recent months:
National Secondary School and National Age Group Open Water Swimming Championships Quinton Hurley (Y12) won all three of his events, with Angus Syme (Y13) achieving two fourth places and a seventh placing. Nelson Port Open Water Swim Angus Syme came first out of 144 swimmers in this 1.2km event. He also won two gold medals at the Canterbury West Coast Junior Swimming Championships in Dunedin. New Zealand Ocean Swim Series Quinton Hurley won the 3.3km race in both the male and overall categories. Canterbury Otago Swimming Championships Gus Kelliher (Y10) won seven gold medals and a silver medal in his age group. He also won the trophy for
the joint Top Swimmer of the meet. Bryn Rumble (Y11) won three gold medals, three silver and a bronze in the 15/16 age group. Lucy Gordon (Y13) won one gold and two bronze medals in the open age group at the championships, along with two gold, two silver and a bronze at the Nelson Marlborough Championships and three gold, three silver and a bronze in the 17 and over category at the Canterbury Championships.
New Zealand Division Two National Swimming Meet Connor Barr (Y9) made five finals, winning two silver medals and one bronze, and achieving personal bests in all races he qualified for. Surfing Toby Hille (Y12) has placed second overall in the U18 Interschool Surf League Competition. Surf Lifesaving Several St Andrew’s students competed at the Southern Regional Surf Lifesaving Championships at New Brighton Beach with a number of great results: • Flynn McGuinness (Y10) won the U16 ski race and had three third placings; • Reuben Creighton (Y11) finished with a second and third placing; • Quinton Hurley (Y12) won the Men’s U16 run swim run, and had two second and two third placings;. • Tilly Pritchard (Y11) won the U16 beach sprint and had two second placings; • Kate McBride (Y10) won the Women’s U16 board rescue and had two second placings and five third placings • Olivia Brett (Y11) finished second in the Women’s U16 ski race. At the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Championships Reuben Creighton (Y11) won two bronze medals in the U16 Men's individual surf ski race and U16 Men's surf teams race. Tennis The St Andrew’s Mixed tennis team has continued its fantastic run of form by winning the South Island Secondary Championships, with a win over Mount Aspiring College in the final. Cherry Zhou (Y6) won the 10 and Under Girls' singles and doubles events at the Wanaka Junior Tennis Open. She also won the 10s Girls' Singles Championship and the 10s Boys' and Girls' doubles titles at the West Coast Junior Open. Nine students represented the College at the Canterbury Junior Secondary Schools Tennis Championships in late 2016, achieving some great results.
Head Boy Angus Syme (Y13) is showing great form in open water swimming events and triathlon this season.
Jessica Allan (Y13) has represented the Canterbury U21 Women’s touch team.
• Jamie Garbett finished runner-up in the Year 10 Boys' singles competition and won the Year 10 doubles title with Lewis Edmond; • Lewis Edmond won the Year 10 singles plate; • Bella Rose placed fourth in the Year 9 Girls' singles competition. Touch Jessica Allan (Y13) competed at the Touch Nationals in Papakura with her Canterbury U21 Women’s team winning the final against Counties-Manakau. Triathlon StAC achieved outstanding success at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Triathlon event with eleven of the Mya Graham (Y12) won the U16 Female event at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Triathlon.
fourteen athletes placing first in their respective events.
After attending the South Island Volleyball Championships in Nelson in November 2016, six St Andrew’s students, Emily Allan, Kate Allan (both then Y9), and Georgia Hollings, Hayley Neill, Jemma Alexander and Jamie Te Whata (all then Y10) were invited to attend a New Zealand Development Camp.
• Saxon Morgan (Y12): first in the U19 Male event; • Mya Graham (Y12): first in the U16 Female event; • Angus Syme, Lizzie Stevenson and Thomas McDonald (all Y13): first in the Senior Mixed Team event; • Cameron Pellett, Jack Rule and Henry Spark (all Y10): first in the U16 Male Team event; • Cameron Slee, Jake Jackways and Rupert Shepherd (all Y9): first in the U14 Male Team event. Saxon Morgan (Y12) won the U19 triathlon at the Sovereign Tri Series in Takapuna. He also won the Lake Hayes
Christmas Triathlon after entering on a whim when he was in Central Otago on holiday with his family. Volleyball Holly Matson (Y13) was selected for the New Zealand U18 volleyball team, which competed in the Asian Youth Volleyball Championships in China in March. The Senior A Girls' made the Division 1 final at the Canterbury Volleyball Championships, finishing second to Burnside High School. Congratulations to Miyu Yamamoto (Y13), Holly Matson (Y13) and Georgia Hollings (Y11) on making the tournament team, which consists of the 12 best players in Canterbury.
Water Ski Lachlan Woodman (Y12) was a member of the U21 New Zealand water ski team which competed in Australia. Yachting Bailee Atkinson (Y7) won the Beveridge Trophy race at the Christchurch Yacht Club, sailing an Optimist.
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New Zealand volleyball representative Holly Matson (Y13) in action.
Jack Rule, Henry Spark and Cameron Pellett (all Y10) are Canterbury U16 male team triathlete champions.
Summer Tournament New Head of Preparatory Sport, Alex Kelley with Evangeline McNeill, Samantha Day and Jackson Blake (all Year 7).
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Preparatory Sport Alex Kelley is thrilled to have stepped into the newly created position of Head of Preparatory Sport. “I’ve been doing the role to a degree for the last seven years, but with a growing number of students playing sport in the Preparatory School it was a natural progression for the position to become formalised. Having more time to put into the development of some key initiatives is really helping to advance the sports programme.” Part of Alex’s work is to ensure the sports on offer in the Preparatory School reflect current trends, meet the needs of the students, and also link to the Secondary School. He already has a number of exciting initiatives underway, including the development of an ‘in-school’ sports programme to cater to individual needs. “We are trialling the new programme this year with our Year 7s. They have selected a winter sport to start working towards, and are developing skills in things like warming up, nutrition, and conditioning. A number of different coaches are assisting with this programme, including our Director of High Performance Sport, Rod McIntosh.” Talented young sportspeople identified in Years 7–10 will also be supported by a High Performance programme, being developed by Alex and Mikae Tuu’u who is a key member of the High Performance team in the Secondary School. Alex is also creating a five-year touring plan to ensure there are many different opportunities for Preparatory School sports teams and individuals, including a strong sports exchange system.
It’s been another incredible Summer Tournament Week for St Andrew’s with the highlight being the outstanding performance of our rowers who brought home the coveted Maadi Cup and Springbok Shield along with their two gold, four silver and two bronze medal haul. See page 40 for details. Huge congratulations also to our mixed tennis team, which has become New Zealand schools mixed tennis champions for an impressive seventh time out of the last 12 years. We also had great success at the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics championships in Dunedin, where St Andrew’s gained more titles than any other school and won the largest number of medals. The StAC U15 sevens team also performed extremely well to win the South Island U15 Sevens tournament at Timaru. Our triathletes, along with our volleyball and futsal teams also had encouraging results at their various national championship events, and show promise for the future. We are proud of all 110 students who competed for St Andrew’s right across New Zealand during Summer Tournament Week, who in addition to their many successes, were great ambassadors for the College. Mixed tennis Our mixed tennis team has won their third national title in a row at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Mixed Tennis Championships, played in Auckland. It is their seventh national title over the last 12 years. Despite testing weather conditions during the competition’s five rounds, and having to play both the semi-final against St Kentigern College and final against St Peter’s College (the two hardest teams) on the same day, the team only dropped one singles match from the 28 matches played, equating to just two sets lost to 56 won. For the second year in a row Vera Goesmann (Y12) won the Sportsmanship Award, which is nominated by the other players at the tournament and is a great individual achievement.
He also plans to build positive links with former students of St Andrew’s, possibly those studying at university with a strong sporting background, who may be interested in devoting a few part time hours to coaching at the Preparatory School. Professional development of staff and a leadership day for sports captains are other planned initiatives. Alex will continue teaching a Year 8 class one day a week, but is otherwise devoted to the new Head of Preparatory Sport role. “I’m also a lot more accessible to parents who are always welcome to pop into my office behind reception if they have any questions.”
The mixed tennis team (from left) Jamie Garbett (Y11), Lily Bray (Y12), Holly Matson (Y13), Edward Batt (Y13), Vera Goesmann (Y12) and Erik Goesmann (Y12) after defending their title at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Mixed Tennis Championships.
U15 Sevens The StAC U15 rugby squad entered two teams in the South Island Rugby Sevens Tournament. The A team went through the tournament winning all six games including a crucial deciding 15–10 win against a very strong Christchurch Boys’ High School team. The B team was made up of a mixture of U14 and U15 players and competed well to end up fifth from the seven teams. The A team was well captained by Harrison Waghorn and players who excelled were Samuel Jenkins, Henry Spark, Benjamin Blyth, James Carr (all Y10), and Jack McIntosh (Y11).
Futsal The Senior Girls finished seventh at the National Secondary Schools Futsal Championships, with Britney-Lee Nicholson (Y13) unlucky to miss out on Golden Boot with 17 goals in her first three games. Alex Tutty (Y9) was outstanding in her first tournament in goal. The Junior Boys finished eighth, a huge improvement on last year, with three wins, one draw and three losses. The Senior Boys faced a tough, even pool and ended up 25th, finishing strongly with three wins. Triathlon Saxon Morgan (Y12), Mya Graham (Y12) and James Blake (Y11) represented St Andrew’s at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Triathlon in Whanganui. Saxon Morgan placed fifth overall of 44 finishers in the U19 division and completed the course in 54:28 minutes. This is outstanding considering he is only 16 years old. Mya Graham and
James Blake faced tough, large fields in their divisions. Despite this, Mya placed sixth of 41 finishers in the U16 Girls and James was 29th of 52 finishers in the U16 Boys event. Volleyball Three teams attended the New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships in Palmerston North. The Senior A Girls were by far the least experienced team in the top Honours grade, but showed a lot of grit to take three wins. A highlight was Miyu Yamamoto (Y13) refereeing the Division 1 final and being voted best student referee in the tournament. The Senior Boys came up against some tough opposition in Division 3 and had some incredibly close five-set matches. They finished in the middle of the pack at 15th overall, which is pleasing given all boys will be returning next year. The Senior B Girls were all relatively new to volleyball and learnt a lot from playing in the tournament.
The StAC Blue U15 sevens team with coach Greg Thompson (left) and manager Pale Tauti (right) after winning the South Island U15 Rugby Sevens Tournament.
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Isalei Pouvalu (Y13) on his way to winning silver in the Boys’ U19 discus at the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships.
South Island Secondary Schools Athletics, Dunedin Our athletes performed exceptionally well at the South Island Secondary School Athletics Championships in Dunedin, where St Andrew’s finished at the top of the table with 13 gold, eight silver and four bronze medals. Congratulations to all our medal winners: • Abigail Evans (Y11): bronze in the Girls U15 javelin; • Izzy Gibson (Y9): silver in the Girls U14 3000m; • Mya Graham (Y12): silver in the Girls U16 800m; • Tapenisa Havea (Y9): gold in the Girls U14 shot put and Girls U14 100m, and silver in the Girls U14 200m; • Claudia Knight (Y10): silver in the Girls U14 high jump; • Jonty McLean-High (Y9): gold in the Boys U14 long jump; • Hugh Montgomery (Y10): gold in the Boys U15 100m; • Neve Moulai (Y9): silver in the Girls U14 1500m and bronze in the Girls U14 800m; • Luke Murray (Y12): gold in the Boys U19 high jump; • Isalei Pouvalu (Y13): silver in the Boys U19 discus; • Eva Pringle (Y11): gold in the Girls U16 1500m and silver in the Girls 2000m steeplechase; • Ayrton Shadbolt (Y11): bronze in the Boys 2000m steeplechase; • Christina Shepherd (Y13): gold in the Girls 100m run, shot put, discus and javelin; • Victoria Spratt (Y11): gold in the Girls U16 800m and bronze in the Girls U16 1500m; • Ratu Veitata (Y13): gold in the Boys U19 shot put; • Girls U14 4x100m relay − Ashleigh Brett, Neve Moulai, Alex Tutty and Tapenisa Havea (all Y9): gold; • Boys U15 4x100m relay − Benjamin Blyth, Hugh Montgomery, Jonty McLean-High and Jacob Thompson (all Y10): silver.
Cultural catch up Service trip to Cambodia Spending time with villagers at Kampong Speu and children at an orphanage at Cosi were highlights of the latest Cambodia service trip attended by twelve Year 12 students in December. Teacher Nicola Richards, who led the trip with Nick Ryan says the group spent two days in the village, where they got to know local children and young people, saw rice being produced, enjoyed a Cambodian barbecue, drank out of coconuts, and played a lot of football. “A football pitch was recently donated and installed at Kampong Speu.It is hired out to groups from all over the place, which helps the villagers fund their church programme.” The St Andrew’s students participated in a chapel service with local people, and enjoyed sharing their gifts such as bubbles, chalk and colouring books with local children. “Our group also taught the village children how to play cricket, while one of our students entertained them with magic tricks. They also shared some hakas and other aspects of our culture with the Cambodians.” At the orphanage in Cosi, the St Andrew’s group spent the day playing with the children, and repainted their indoor/outdoor dining area. "The students were great ambassadors for St Andrew’s and showed resilience, leadership, and compassion." The visit was part of a twice-yearly service trip undertaken to the same regions of Cambodia by St Andrew’s students, and can be a life-changing experience for them, says Nicola.
Liam McBreen-Smith and Tom Brooks (both Year 12) with some new Cambodian friends.
“We visit tourist areas such as the Killing Fields and temple complex at Angkor Wat, but the best part of the trip is definitely the students’ interactions with local people, particularly the children. It is something they wouldn’t necessarily experience if they visited Cambodia on holiday.” More national success for our Pipe Band The St Andrew’s Pipe Bands had their most successful results ever at the Pipe Band Nationals, with the A Band winning the Juvenile Grade for an astonishing eleventh year in a row. The Band also took out the Grade 2 title against adult bands for the fourth year in a row. This is an incredible achievement. The B Band also performed extremely well to finish runners-up in Grade 4A.
(Below) The St Andrew's Pipe Bands celebrating after their most successful Pipe Band Nationals yet.
Pipe Band member Ayla Marshall (Year 11).
These results were on the back of excellent performances at the Canterbury Provincial Championships where the A Band won Grade 2 and the Juvenile Championship, and the B Band was runners-up in Grade 4.
Dance Sophie Goode (Year 9) competed in the Garden City Tappers Dance Competition (GCT) where she won gold in the hip-hop solo, and silver in the tap solo in the 12 years and over age group. Sophie was also awarded the Spotlight Trophy at the event. Kate Holmes (Year 10) has won a place as an Associate of the New Zealand School of Dance in 2017. Kate is one of only six 15 year olds who were selected after a national audition tour of over 1000 ballet dancers.
Linguistics Olympiad Amy Wells (Year 12) scored among the highest marks of the almost 400 participants from throughout the country during the first round of the 2017 New Zealand Linguistics Olympiad Competition. Poetry Pieta Bayley (Year 7) has had more international success, coming first equal in her age group for the International Torrance Legacy Creativity Awards, a US-based poetry competition. Bella Caughley (Year 9) also did incredibly well at the Torrance Legacy Creative Writing event, coming first equal with her poem ‘Kingsbury’ in the ages 13–15 category.
Poster competition Nikkita McIntyre (Year 7) was named joint winner of Elgregoe's 2016 ‘You've got the Power’ Anti-bullying Poster and Poetry Competition. Finnian Bierwirth and Connor Higgs (both Year 7) were in the top 30 runnersup in this nationwide competition. Speech and Drama The 17 St Andrew’s Secondary students who sat 2016 Speech New Zealand exams in Speech and Drama, achieved great results including an impressive 12 Honours passes. These went to: Grade 4: Manaia Butler (Y9); Grade 5: Danielle Smith (Y10), Louis Nel (Y10), Xavier Dickason (Y9); Grade 6: Desmond McCloy, Leo Noordanus, Joshua Cammock-Elliott (all Y11); Grade 7: Matisse Makoni, Seungjun Bang, Milin Babu John (all Y12); Grade 8: Haotian Yu; ASB Performance Diploma: Grayson Milligan (with Distinction) (Y13). Ninety-two Preparatory School students also sat Speech New Zealand exams in 2016 with 44 gaining the top grading of Honours, well above the national average.
Anna Bennetto (Year 13) performing in the StAC Showcase at the Centenary Gala Dinner.
Writing Xavier Dickason (Year 10) won first place in the Year 9 and 10 category in the ‘Writing with Shakespeare’ Competition run by the British High Commission in association with Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Alice a sell-out success Almost 100 dancers from Years 1 to 10 performed beautifully in the Ballet Academy’s annual production of Alice in Wonderland, which was another sell-out success. Senior dancers from the Secondary School Ballet subject programme also enjoyed performing a very special ‘concerto’ commissioned from the Royal New Zealand Ballet by Pagan Dorgan and co-produced by Dr Cairns at the 100th Prizegiving. It was first time Ballet has been a feature of this event.
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Cultural Showcase Our first ever Cultural Showcase, organised by Cultural Captains Grace Dephoff and Will Chase, was held at the end of March, with family and friends enjoying a wonderful night’s entertainment from some of our most talented students. The exciting programme featured dancers, theatre sports, drama, singer/songwriters, filmmakers and even a magician.
Debating Callum Stewart (Year 12) and Meg Longley (Year 11) were named in the Canterbury Senior Regional Debating team as reserves. This is an outstanding achievement for the two young debaters, who were also named, along with Megan Blackwood (Year 12), in the nine-strong Canterbury Senior Debating Development Squad.
New Ballet Company The new St Andrew’s Ballet Company is providing a co-curricular option for dancers in Years 11 to 13, with some talented Year 10 dancers accepted as associates. The company has four sessions each week including technique, repertoire, pointe, and pilates/stretch and limber: with work on performance opportunities, NCEA Dance credits, and annual ballet syllabus exams. Dancers are currently working on special pieces from Carmen and L'Arlésienne set by the visiting Royal New Zealand Ballet Dance Educator, and ‘Cupid’ from Don Quioxite. In Year 12 dancers may take their qualification exam in Ballet, gaining their letters of ANZAMD, and in Year 13 can take the highest Ballet exam called ‘Solo Performance’.
Boarders’ fun and
It’s been another fun-filled, action packed start to the year for StAC boarders, who have thrown themselves into a range of activities with typical boarding spirit. The annual ‘getting to know you’ Top Town activities were a highlight of the start of term with many new friendships forged; while the themed Valentine’s Day dinner was another resounding success, with fabulous costumes and the boarders’ dining room resplendent in pink and red. To celebrate the end of harvest, the boarding Community Service leaders and House leaders organised a Harvest Thanksgiving chapel service, when all boarders brought a non-perishable item in line with their House colour to donate to the Christchurch City Mission.
A sharing of possessions, performance and aroha has continued to strengthen the relationship between St Andrew’s College and Aranui Primary School.
In October last year, 207 Year 9 students in the Middle School fundraised at least $30 each through a variety of means, from drenching sheep, to wood chopping, babysitting, busking and car washing, raising just under $10,000. This was spent on food items that were taken to Aranui Primary School and packaged into food boxes for the families. The St Andrew’s students also gathered well over a trailer load of
useful second-hand toys, books, shoes, clothes, sports gear and other gifts from the wider College community that were delivered to Aranui. In return, Aranui Primary School visited St Andrew’s midway through Term 4 and put on a very special performance in the new Centennial Chapel. “Our students really got into it and appreciated the incredible amount of time and effort the Aranui students had put into their performance. They found it a surprisingly emotional and
rewarding experience. This initiative is a wonderful example of sharing at its best,” says Year 10 Dean, Margaret Smeaton.
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Message from the President What a fantastic start to the year for Old Collegians, which began with the Old Collegians’ Annual Golf Match held at Waitikiri on 3 March. Guy Gunn and Paul McEwan did a superb job of organising this event. There was a good turnout with a field of 50 and the ladies joining us, so let’s continue to grow the numbers as it is a great day out for all who participate. There have been many highlights in my first seven months as President but none greater than the Centenary Gala Weekend. The 100th celebrations provided a seamless showcase of what St Andrew’s College has achieved and who we are. From the stunning Founders’ Day Assembly on the Friday, to the Old Collegians Musical Concert on the Sunday, you couldn’t help but be spellbound. The College’s magnificent park-like grounds, state-of-the-art buildings, and our gracious Lady Strowan all sparkled in waiting. All that was needed was people. And they came in their thousands. Old Collegians, students, parents, grandparents, teachers, staff, board members and friends. The lifeblood of the College. Right through the weekend the grounds were alive with the chatter of stories from the past and the rekindling of friendships. There was the story of the boarder from the 50s who added a zero to the milk order of 10 gallons, and 100 gallons (454 litres) was duly delivered. And of the boys who stored up their fruit allocation until they had enough to make apple cider under the Masters’ study. Fortunately, most bottles exploded over the holidays.
Recent leavers with Rector Christine Leighton.
Recent Leavers’ Chapel Service The College hosted a special chapel service on Friday 9 December for our recent leavers. Many of these former students attended St Andrew’s when it was without a place of worship due to the Canterbury earthquakes, so they appreciated being able to see and experience the new Centennial Chapel. We enjoyed hosting them in Strowan House after the service.
Lucy Dunn, Zoe Merrick and Antonia Robertson (all 2014)
For me personally the weekend was all about Friendship, Fellowship, and Fraternity. Many Old Collegians, having not seen each other for many years and some not since they left school, all joined together to celebrate. The success of this weekend would not have been possible if not for the thousands of hours put in by a small but dedicated team who have worked tirelessly for the last three years to deliver this wonderful weekend. My heartfelt thanks. Mark Mulholland (1973) President
Annie Stevenson and William Read (both 2013)
21 July Annual Dinner 5 August 100 Years of StAC Rugby Function 13 October Gentlemen’s Luncheon 15–17 November Canterbury A&P Show
Charlotte Wright-Taylor (2016), Christine Leighton, Aniella Killick (2011), Bridget Gourlay (2005) and Bridie Connell (2007)
London Function The College hosted a Centenary function at New Zealand House in London during the holidays. It was great to have a range of Old Collegians in attendance, from recent leavers right through to those who attended the College in the early 1940s. Special guest of honour was Professor Michael Spiro, Dux of St Andrew’s in 1947. Prime Minister Bill English was kind enough to speak with guests, and spend time with our students who also attended as part of the WWII Commemorative Tour. It was a fantastic way to begin the Centenary year. Gavin Leighton, Tom Stanley (2007) and Andrew Maze (1981)
Bowls Tournament On Wednesday 15 February the Annual Inter School Bowls Tournament was held between Christ’s College, St Margaret’s College, Christchurch Girls’ High School and St Andrew’s College, who gathered at the Redcliffs Bowling Club, to do battle for the long established Noelene McIlroy Salver. The tournament was played in unusual circumstances with smoke and ash from the Port Hills fire sweeping across the skyline. The St Andrew’s four of Geoff Clements (1965), Grant Dickey (1958), Peter Smith (1968), and Rob Mulholland (1975), had three solid wins to regain the salver. Special mention must be made of the magnificent afternoon tea provided by St Margaret’s College, which completed a splendid afternoon of good old-fashioned bantering and camaraderie.
Bowls Team: Grant Dickey (1958), Rob Mulholland (1975), Peter Smith (1968) and Geoff Clements (1965)
Rob Mulholland (1975)
Grant Dickey (1958)
We remember our dearly departed Old Collegians. • John Bowes (1952–1957)
• John Matthews (1941–1945)
• John Buckley (1955–1959)
Professor Michael Spiro (1947), Dylan Pope (2015), Christine Leighton, Peter Goodman (1965), Kristina Martins (2015)
60 Years On Reunion This year’s 60 Years On (Class of 1957–1961) coincided with the Centenary Gala Weekend. Key organiser, John O’Hara put together a fantastic programme of events for the reunion weekend. It all kicked off Thursday 16 March with a special reunion dinner held at the Copthorne Hotel. Many tales were shared and a real highlight was having Bruce Halliburton, a fellow classmate, perform the Address to the Haggis'. On the Friday, attendees were taken on a special tour of the College, and joined hundreds more for the Founders’ Day Assembly where they were honoured as special guests. They spent the rest of the day having lunch with the boarders, watching the Highland Games and most importantly catching up with old friends. It was clear the class of 1957–1961 were happy to be back at the College and reunited with their classmates. From the pride shown when the Pipe Band played to the smiles and laughter at the Gala Dinner, they enjoyed a very successful reunion.
40 Years On Reunion On Thursday 16 March the year group of 1977−1981 congregated at JDV Merivale for a pre-Centenary catch up, and to celebrate 40 Years On since starting in the third form. It was great for classmates to catch up, reminisce, and embellish memories from their time at the College. Staff members, including Roland Burrows and Michael Woodlock called in, with some of the year group quick to point out that their children had also been taught by them. A great start to a most memorable weekend.
Sarah Leech, Catrina Hunter and Sasha Roselli (2007)
10 Years On Reunion On Thursday 16 March the 2007 year group gathered before Centenary Gala Weekend for their 10 Years On reunion with several current and past staff in attendance. It was great to see that friendships have remained strong, no matter the time or distance apart. Staff members, John Anderson and Jo Bigford-Fleming, catch up with Bridie Connell and Simon Fraser (2007).
Dr Ron Jones (1957) recently launched a new book Doctor's in Denial: The forgotten women in the 'unfortunate experiment'. This compelling read records his personal journey as one of the doctors who published a scientific paper that exposed the truth about Professor Herbert Green’s disastrous experiment treating women with cervical cancer at National Women’s Hospital over more than 20 years. Dr Jones joined the hospital as a junior obstetrician and gynaecologist in 1973, and co-authored the paper in 1984. A public inquiry into the scandal in 1987 led to The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists issuing an apology to all the women involved.
Timothy McHarg (1995) and brother Johnny McHarg (1992) won the New Zealand Tennis Men’s 40+ national doubles title, with Tim also taking out the Men’s 35+ national singles title, and Johnny winning the Men’s 40+ national singles title.
Robbie Manson (2007) took out the Men’s Premier single scull at the New Zealand Rowing Championships in February. Robbie finished five seconds ahead of fellow Old Collegian John Storey (2005) who took out the silver. Robbie also took out the premier double for the sixth successive year. Aleisha Whyte (2011) was awarded Intern of the Year for Pharmacy. She is now a fully qualified pharmacist and works at Bishopdale Pharmacy.
Geoff Clements (1965) is soon to bring the curtain down on an amazing career as a sports cameraman for TVNZ and SKY Sports. The Lions versus Crusaders match in June will signal Geoff’s retirement after an outstanding 51 years. His career began in the early years of television when sports coverage was rudimentary. He did a range of jobs at TVNZ, from studio work to administration, and filming a wide range of sports, but remained a cricket specialist at heart. Geoff has received the Queen’s Service medal for services to the television industry.
Natasha Lloyd (2013) has been named in the New Zealand swimming squad to compete at the World Championships at Budapest, Hungary in July. She will be swimming in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and the 4 x 100m medley relay. This is a wonderful achievement after years of hard work.
Eliza Grigg (2014) was selected to compete at this year’s Alpine Skiing World Championships held in St. Moritz, Switzerland where she was thrilled to be competing against the best female alpine ski racers in the world. She also competed at the World Junior Championships, held in Åre, Sweden in March. This is the second time that Eliza has qualified to compete in this U21 event. She was awarded an Inspire Foundation grant to assist her with new equipment for both these competitions. Harry Grigg (2014) has been accepted into a six week international summer opera school in Italy called, ‘Si parla si canta’, which will take place in June and July. He is currently fundraising for the trip. This year Harry has studied at the New Zealand Opera School, performed at ‘Sparks in the Park’ as a soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and had a lead role with an opera company in Dunedin. Jack Duff (2015) has been accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. This course auditions around 650 people for just 20 places. StAC was lucky to have Jack creating some of the choreography for the Centenary Gala Dinner showcase.
Ari Graham (2016) has continued her great form in triathlon, winning the U19 Girls' division at the Sovereign Tri Series Triathlon, along with the Women’s Sea to Sky Tri event, which was raced in early April.
Dr Ron Jones
Frances Campbell (2014) was a soprano soloist in a concert with the Canterbury Philharmonia, held at The Piano in November. Frances sang songs by Tchaikovsky and Gounod in a programme of music inspired by the works of Shakespeare.
Gordon MacLeod (1988) has been at the financial helm of Ryman for nine years and has been a valued partner to the CEO in implementing the Ryman strategy that has created extraordinary value for shareholders over the past 10 years. In the past year, Gordon and his team have been instrumental in Ryman's move into the Australian retirement home market.
Lyndsey McIntyre (2004) married Michael Daly, 24 February 2017, at the St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel.
Chloe Thornton (2005) married Chris Gibbs, 26 November 2016, at the St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel.
Chris Lewis (2007) married Hope Avery, 11 February 2017 at Little River.
Mark Shearer (2006) married Chel Goncalves, 14 January 2017 at Londrina, Brazil.
Katie Bierwirth (2002) married Jan Roggisch, 23 April 2016 at St Michael and All Angels Church, Christchurch.
Julia Shier (2006) married Patrick Moloney 18 February 2017 at Paripuma, Marlborough.
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