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(Cover) Members of senior chorale Staccoro performing. Left to right from back to front: Harry Wilkinson (Y11) Jooyoung Kim (Y12) Seungjun Bang (Y12) Cameron McHugh (Y13) Joshua Cammock-Elliott (Y11) William Harrington (Y13) Qiunan Men (Y11) Hana Pearce (Y10) Elizabeth Stevenson (Y12)
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From the Rector From the Board Student leaders seek to inspire First Girls – where are they now? Sustainability Council re-established Model UN intense and thrilling; Making a difference
Teaching and Learning
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Setting the stage for life
Leading lights Creating calm, peace and balance Helping gifted and talented to reach potential Olympiad experience; New insights from global conference Teaching young lions to roar Lifelong learning and development Grace gets into the Spirit; Adventures in South America Growing creative, collaborative learners A celebration of learning Leadership and persistence rewarded Tech advice a click away; Poppy sculpture honours service
Resources and Environment
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100 years of uniforms From the Director of Development 100 years of show stoppers Gearing up for the Centenary
Values and Culture
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Powerful Cabaret stuns Cultural catch up Huge honour for young cellist; Chamber trio astounds Third poetry collection launched; Cambodia trip opens minds Talented cast delights Celebrating cultural diversity Black and Bling Ball a success Community Service leaders inspired A night to remember A time to shine Student leaders take charge Sports round up Impressive cross country results
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Message from the President; Events Class notes In loving memory
Rector This year St Andrew’s College is celebrating 25 years of co-education. When Dr John Rentoul (Rector 1982–1994) convinced the Board in the late 1980s that girls would be a welcome addition to the senior years of high school, I wonder if he realised what a significant impact this would have on the College and the lives of thousands of young men and women. Now as St Andrew’s College is set to celebrate our Centenary, we are a thriving co-educational community, where boys and girls side by side explore, learn, create and grow together. From Pre-school to Year 13 they enjoy the ideal preparation for life beyond compulsory education. Together they have played sport, created music and staged ambitious productions. They have made films, explored the great outdoors and taken on physical challenges. They have planned dances and social events, debated, developed business ventures, conducted science experiments and solved complex mathematical problems. Together they have travelled to faraway places, worked in disadvantaged communities and worked as teams understanding their own individual strengths and abilities. Side by side boys and girls have learnt, lived, laughed together, shared good times and bad … and thus been best prepared for life beyond school. Nothing says this more simply and convincingly than the recent marketing campaign, 'Life is Co-ed', and no one understands the power and importance of this observation more than the first girls who came to St Andrew’s College at the inception of the ‘Senior College’ in 1992. It was actually in 1991 that the first girl, Elizabeth Dumergue, enrolled in the Senior College. Elizabeth now works as a banker in London and her story, along with those of some of the other early senior girls who came to St Andrew’s, are captured in the later pages of this edition of Regulus. There is a significant body of research that supports the belief that learning together in a co-ed classroom has many benefits for both genders. Young people need to master social skills that will help them solve conflict, problem-solve and work well in groups. Co-ed schools provide them with the practise they need to master these social skills, which better prepare them for success in university
and the workforce. Sending a child to a school with boys and girls will encourage their selfesteem, social skills and better prepare them for a diverse world where both genders play important roles. Co-ed environments teach students to have respect for their opposite sex peers, expose them to different viewpoints and help to break down gender stereotypes. The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato said that co-education creates a feeling of comradeship. He advocated teaching of both male and female sexes in the same institution without showing any discrimination in imparting education. Similarly many academics continue to insist there are no advantages for single sex schools on educational grounds. The debate continues to rage as to whether students will do better in a single sex or co-ed school and from what I can gather, there is no conclusive evidence either way. In my 35 years of teaching, I have experienced exactly half of these in a co-ed environment and the other half in either a single sex boys’ or girls’ school. It would be true to say that I have known remarkable young people in all these schools, who have gone on to be wonderful contributors to society. I am not sure that any have been necessarily advantaged or disadvantaged by the type of school they went to. However what I do know is that there is something very special about the culture that exists at St Andrew’s College. Visitors to StAC often comment upon the ‘feel’ of the school, the friendliness, the ‘vibe’, the cheerful hello and the twinkle in the eye, the nod of acknowledgement, the spring in the step…. There is a feeling of inclusiveness, an absence of ‘exclusive’ groups and a belief that diversity is good. There is no doubt that 25 years of girls being at StAC has created this culture and it is one that is embraced by all who celebrate being at StAC today. StAC is co-ed and proud of it… after all, isn’t that what life is all about?
Christine Leighton Rector
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Board I was delighted to read our latest ERO report, which provided a glowing endorsement of the culture of boarding at the College and evidence of continuous improvement throughout all aspects of academic and co-curricular. I have never seen a better, more affirming report, and offer congratulations to all staff. New facilities and enhancements to the campus continue to progress, with the new sports offices now complete and providing welcome additional space for our sports staff. Students and staff are also enjoying the stylish, upgraded streetscape area between the two gymnasiums. The impressive end result has more than made up for any minor inconvenience caused during the delivery of this project. Planning for the new driveway and studentfriendly entrance is also complete, although construction has been delayed until winter ground conditions improve. Congratulations to the hockey and rowing fraternities for staging yet another successful Black and Bling Ball, a major fundraising event and highlight of the social calendar. It was a great evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all, with the funds raised to benefit hockey, rowing and the new Chapel. There has been a change of personnel on the Board of Governors with a retirement, new appointment and two re-appointments at the Annual General Meeting in late June. It is with a vote of the most sincere thanks that we acknowledge the retirement of Mr Spencer Smith, who has given outstanding service to the College since he joined the Board in 2009.
Construction of the new Chapel is progressing well.
Throughout his tenure he chaired the Audit Committee and has been a member of the Finance Committee (the last two years as Chair). I wish to thank him personally for his help, support and sage counsel. We had 21 applications for the vacated parent nominee position on the Board, and thank all those who expressed interest. The Board was keen to appoint a person with specialist finance and accounting skills given Spencerâ€™s retirement, and is pleased to welcome Rob Woodgate to the Board. Rob is the Chief Financial Officer of a public company and has held a range of senior finance roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In other Board news, Sandra Wright-Taylor, the Presbytery nominee retired by rotation and was reappointed unopposed. I was also due to retire as Chair at the AGM, having reached the constitutional limit of 12 years' service. However, I have been reappointed for a further one year term, to minimise disruption as we move into the Centenary celebrations. It is an honour to work with such a first-rate group of people as we enter this exciting stage in the Collegeâ€™s history.
Garry Moore Chairman
Student leaders seek to
Alice Bevin Alice is inspiring students of all academic abilities to utilise the ‘Academic Keys to Success’: hard work and determination, backing themselves and keeping their head above water. She says success comes when students set, then strive to achieve their own personal academic goals. Alice’s academic achievements include gaining a place in the Academic 30s twice, gaining an Academic Award for Year 11 and Year 12 NCEA, receiving Academic Ties, Academic Colours and Academic Blazers twice, and achieving general excellence for four years. Next year she plans to study a double degree at University of Canterbury, a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, possibly majoring in Political Science and Music with a minor in French.
Alice Gualter Alice is a passionate team player who is keen to foster a strong College spirit and culture on and off the sports field. She says boosting participation, either as a player or supporter encourages greater camaraderie at the College, which is especially important in the Centenary year. Alice is currently involved in netball, basketball, touch, volleyball and athletics at StAC, and has also played ice hockey and football for the College. Alice may take a gap year in 2017, and hopes to study an Agribusiness or Commerce degree at either Lincoln University or Victoria University.
Samantha Deller Raising awareness and participation in cultural pursuits is a focus for Samantha this year. She also hopes to increase recognition for students whose achievements in the cultural realm may not normally attract wider attention but who have had a personal success. Samantha has performed in six productions at St Andrew’s with the highlight being her lead role in Cabaret this year. She sings in the choir, and has studied drama right through Secondary School. In 2017 she is thinking about working as a volunteer school assistant in Argentina for a year, or possibly studying at NASDA in Christchurch.
Harrison Smith Encouraging more students to become tutors as part of the Peer Tutor programme is a main focus for Harrison, as well as helping students who need some extra support with their learning to become part of the programme. Another of Harrison’s goals is to establish an academic House event at the College. Harrison was the top ranked academic at St Andrew’s in Year 12 and has won Academic Scholarship Colours every year. He has also represented Canterbury at the debating nationals. Harrison intends to study a Bachelor of Science, next year, possibly majoring in Chemistry or Medicine, and hopes to later complete postgraduate studies overseas.
William Methven Increasing schoolwide participation in sports teams and House events is a major goal for William this year. He is also encouraging more students to turn up courtside or on the sidelines to cheer on their sporting peers. William has rowed for four seasons in the Maadi squad, winning a bronze medal at the event in 2015. He is captain of the Second XV rugby team and is a member of the basketball Senior B side. William is considering the possibility of further study at university next year in either Otago or Wellington.
Cameron McHugh Cameron is keen to involve as many students as possible in cultural pursuits, while demonstrating how much fun and social these activities can be as students develop exciting new skills. The annual Film Fest and Dance Revue are the two major events organised by the Cultural Captains, and Cameron would also love to introduce a House Battle of the Bands or singing competition. He has been a lead in every production he has taken part in at St Andrew’s, and is also first trombone in the jazz band. Cameron has been in the orchestra, chamber orchestra and choir for five years, has been a member of a barbershop group for four years, and a jazz group for two years. He would like to study at either NASDA or Toi Whakaari next year.
A group of talented, dedicated young role models have been chosen as the Academic, Sport and Cultural Captains for 2016. These important positions include representing the comprehensive co-curricular programme at the College, and empowering and inspiring other students towards their own successes.
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The 2016 Academic, Sports and Cultural Captains (from left) William Methven (Sport), Alice Gualter (Sport), Harrison Smith (Academic), Alice Bevin (Academic), Cameron McHugh (Cultural), Samantha Deller (Cultural).
First‒ where Girls are they now? As well as the exciting Centenary commemorations, St Andrew’s is celebrating 25 years since female students were first welcomed onto the campus. These profiles of some of our trailblazing first girls provides a fascinating insight into the challenges they faced when integrating into a previously male-dominated College and the positive influence St Andrew’s has had on their lives. Rector Christine Leighton says the first girls carved out a pathway for our students today. “To be one of the first girls would not have been easy and I commend those girls for being brave. Today our culture is dynamic, diverse and welcoming and the co-ed factor has definitely been an essential part of our culture developing the way it has over the past 25 years.”
Elizabeth Dumergue (1992) 'First girl' in the Secondary School For half a term in 1991, Elizabeth Dumergue (then in Year 12) was the only girl in the Secondary School at St Andrew’s College, until three other girls joined her in Term 2. She left an all girls’ school to follow her father, David Dumergue (who attended St Andrew’s from 1947-1952) and uncle, John Dumergue (1950-1956) to study at St Andrew’s, after growing up with ‘lots of interesting stories’ about their school days. Elizabeth says there were numerous challenges to being the only girl, such as having to participate in compulsory sport. “I chose small bore rifle shooting as it didn’t matter that I was smaller and not as strong. My father had taught me how to shoot at our bach at Lake Tekapo so it was something I was able to do.”
With no facilities for girls, Elizabeth had to use the female staff toilets, where she also got changed for Physical Education classes. “In one PE class I had to do wresting, after which the teacher said, ‘Liz, you didn’t seem so keen on class today?’ Some of the boys gave me the nickname ‘Elizabeth the First’ and from some of the teachers it was ‘The Icebreaker’ which would be a fabulous name if I ever took up wrestling!” There was no set uniform for Elizabeth to wear, so she wore a handmade, plain grey skirt with a white blouse and the St Andrew’s College tie and blazer. “The only other female students were in the Preparatory School. One day some children on the bus took one look at me (I was 16 years old at the time) and assumed I must still be in the Prep School. I overheard them say to each other, ‘Gee, there’s a St Andrew’s girl over there and she must be really thick!’ Elizabeth says her Mathematics teacher Keith Toner and Dr Rentoul were among many staff at St Andrew’s who showed her genuine warmth and kindness during her time at the College. “Phillipa Scott also went out of her way for me. Although she wasn’t my teacher she used to chat to me about what it had been like when she was the only female teacher. There had been no ladies toilets and she had to go to Ballantynes in the lunch break to use their facilities.” After leaving school Elizabeth completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Microbiology at Otago University and a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Canterbury before winning a scholarship to Duke University Law School to study at its Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law in Hong Kong. “I have been admitted to the bar in both New Zealand and Australia and practised as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand. Currently I am working as a banker in London and am also the regional leader for one of the diversity networks at the bank.” She says being the only girl among 800 boys at St Andrew’s was the making of her.
(Above) Elizabeth Dumergue (second from right), with other first girls at St Andrew’s, Joanna Lynch, Shannon Darby and Nicola Sill. (Right) Elizabeth today.
“My confidence grew and as a result, I have been able to take the skills that I developed at St Andrew’s and apply them in other aspects of my life. There are very few situations that I have ever found intimidating.”
Nicola Sill (1992)
Louise Woollett (now Ratcliffe) (1992)
One of the first girls in the Senior College When Nicola Sill started at St Andrew’s in 1991 there were only four girls, and the Senior College had not yet been completed.
First Head of Girls’ Boarding Louise Woollett (now Ratcliffe) says it was a challenge to be among the first girls at St Andrew’s.
“There were no girls' changing areas for sport and our first uniform was pretty conservative, and aimed to provide a mature look for the female students.” Being respected as equals in academic, artistic and sporting areas was another challenge facing the first girls in the beginning, she says. Nicola competed in the Interschool’s Equestrian team for St Andrew’s in 1991, and says Gray Hamilton, her Physics teacher, had a big influence on her. “His approach to teaching furthered my interest in the sciences and caused me to follow a scientific study route after finishing at StAC.” Nicola completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University and is now a Senior Companion Animal Veterinarian. “Although I have worked in mixed practice and equine practice, my love of diagnostic medicine has led me to practice solely companion animal veterinary work.” She says studying at StAC increased her competitiveness in academic pursuits. “I believe I gained more direction and focus as a result of attending St Andrew’s.”
“The concept of girls in the Senior College was new for everyone, staff, boys and girls, so we were all setting the standards and making the rules together. We did get quite a bit of opposition initially from some of the boys, so us girls had to be quite strong individually and collectively.” She also made the ‘huge’ adjustment of becoming a boarder when attending St Andrew’s for her seventh form year in 1992. “I had never been a boarder before. However as it was the first year of the girls’ boarding house, we were all finding our feet together. The girls formed a great camaraderie, with some of the more experienced boarders helping us newbies. House Mother Mrs Spence made the boarding house comfortable and homely. She gave me the right level of guidance and freedom, which was important during my first boarding experience.” Louise says the boarders had a lot of fun. “We did manage to get away with quite a bit, possibly because our cunning as girls was a little underestimated.” After leaving St Andrew’s Louise gained a Master's degree in Commerce at University of Canterbury and now works at Vensa Health as the VP of Finance and Strategy, a start up company connecting people to better well-being using texting and mobile technology. “My short time at StAC set me up well for university, giving me confidence in my abilities and great study habits.”
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(Above) Bronwyn Heenan, Louise, and Jo Lynch during their school days. (Right) Louise today.
Nicola Sill competing in the College’s equestrian team in 1991 (above) and in her veterinary practice (right).
(Above) Caiti Morgan, one of the first girls through the gates of St Andrew's. (Right) Caiti today.
(Above) St Andrew’s first Head Girl Sarah Maze, and (right) Sarah today.
Caiti Morgan (1995)
Sarah Maze (now Gillies) (1994)
One of the first girls to attend St Andrew’s Caiti attended St Andrew’s Preparatory School from Year 1 (1990) to Year 6 (1995) and shares the distinction of being the first girl through the gates of St Andrew’s along with Aften Lyttle (now Jones, 2002) who started at the Preparatory School on the same day.
First Head Girl Sarah Maze (now Gillies) says being among the first girls to study at St Andrew’s provided her with great opportunities.
She says it was an honour to be among the first female students at the College. “It was a brave step for the school, which I think has helped to ensure St Andrew's has remained in the top ranks of the New Zealand education system.” Caiti says she was involved in ‘a ton’ of activities during her time at St Andrew’s, with two of her favourites being soccer and drama. Mrs Craig, her first teacher had the biggest influence on her, she says.
“One of the best opportunities was to be involved in something innovative – co-ed private schools didn’t really exist until St Andrew’s took that first step.” The College’s first Head Girl was involved in numerous activities during her time at the College. “There are too many to list but one memorable one was Sixth Form Adventure Week which included a four-day tramping trip to the Rees Dart, sleeping mostly in tents with snow on the ground for part of it. A fantastic trip.” She says there were some great teachers at the school, with her German teacher Mrs Sharr having a positive influence, both as a teacher and helping Sarah with her leadership role.
“She lived down the street from me and had a daughter I became good friends with. We’re still friends today.”
Sarah studied Science and Law at both Canterbury and Otago universities, and is currently an in-house lawyer at a global company.
After leaving St Andrew’s Caiti studied at Lincoln University and later worked at CBRE (a commercial real estate services firm) for nine years in its Auckland, Montreal and Toronto offices.
“Although I’m based in New Zealand, I manage the legal team for the company’s international division and sit on its executive team. It is an exciting role that enables me to contribute to the business as a lawyer and in a strategic role too.”
“I’m now Vice-president at Cushman & Wakefield in Canada, leading the national institutional retail valuation and advisory practice. We appraise billions of dollars of retail real estate each year on behalf of various Pension Funds, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Life Companies and Pension Fund Managers.
Overall, Sarah says there have been many personal benefits from attending St Andrew’s.
Caiti says attending St Andrew’s has helped her along her career path. “Commercial real estate is a very male dominated industry, so being surrounded by so many boys at a young age surely helped!”
“I had amazing opportunities to learn, both in the classroom and outside it, on the sports field and through other activities. So many children don’t get those opportunities, even in New Zealand, so it’s important to be grateful and make the most of them.”
Kim Knight (now Frankish) (2002)
Bridget Dicker (1994)
First female Pipe Major Kim Knight (now Frankish) started learning the bagpipes when she was in the first intake of Year 9 girls at St Andrew’s in 1998, and by Year 12 was appointed the first female Pipe Major of the College.
First full time female member of the Pipe Band Bridget Dicker is proud of the distinction of being St Andrew’s first full-time female member of the Pipe Band.
“This was quite difficult and not well accepted by some of the other students and parents. However most of them were supportive by the end of my time in the role. I was conscious I wasn’t the best piper in the band at the time but knew I had good leadership skills and could lead the band well in our competition pieces. My parents still love to tell people that I was the first female Pipe Major of the College.” Kim threw herself into all aspects of life at StAC. She was heavily involved in sport, playing rugby for a couple of seasons, tennis, touch, and hockey, and also participated in the dance squad, productions and Stage Challenge. Several staff at St Andrew’s had a positive influence on her, she says. “Mrs Morrow in the boarding house was like a second mother to me. Dr Curtis was by far my favourite teacher who was very good at encouraging creativeness through writing, and our dean, Mr Myers was a positive influence on many of us.” Kim later studied a Bachelor of Science in Animal Physiology at the University of Canterbury and currently works at Christchurch Hospital and St George's Hospital as a Cardiac Physiologist assisting mainly with Electrophysiology and ablation procedures, pacemaker implantations and 24-hour holter monitoring analysis. She says studying at St Andrew’s gave her the opportunity to find herself, and have the confidence to get involved in many different aspects of life.
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First female member of the Pipe Band Bridget Dicker (above) and Bridget today (right).
“Although I was far from the best musician I thoroughly enjoyed playing with the band and made lifelong friends. It meant a lot to me to be the first female and to play with and learn from a talented team of musicians.”
One of the challenges of being a first girl at the College was that it was hard to blend into the crowd, she says.
Kim as Pipe Major (above) and with daughter Sophie (right).
“We stood out and it seemed like we always had to be the ‘perfect’ example.” Bridget thought the uniform at the time was ‘a bit posh and very old fashioned’. She says Science teacher Drummond Thompson was particularly supportive and encouraging of her. “I really enjoyed Science and went on to study my undergraduate (BSc) degree at Otago University and a doctorate at the University of Auckland.” While studying for her PhD, Bridget also volunteered as an ambulance officer and completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Paramedicine from Auckland University of Technology (AUT). “I currently work for St John as a Clinical Research Fellow which involves systematic review of the clinical care the ambulance service provides to patients and how this might be continuously improved upon to provide better care for our patients.” Bridget is also a Senior Lecturer with AUT where she supervises Masters and PhD students from the department of Paramedicine. She says being one of the first girls at St Andrew’s taught her about the challenges of being a woman at an early age. “It definitely shaped my career path. After leaving St Andrew’s I was determined that as a woman I could be successful in any career that I choose and that I would not be deterred even if it meant I may be a minority.”
Sustainability Council re-established
A chance discussion on a car journey has led to the reformation of St Andrew’s Sustainability Council, a group with a rich history that benefited from the influences of Rod Donald (1975) and Dr Colin Meurk (1965) in earlier years. “I was asked to speak at the 10th Rod Donald Memorial Lecture by Ms Hampson, and on the way there she said it would be cool if we could reestablish the Sustainability Council. I said it was something I had wanted to do, so we said ‘let’s do it’,” says student leader Isabella Garbett (Year 13). With the ‘incredible support’ of Ellen Hampson (teacher in charge of the Sustainability Council) and teacher Phoebe Wright, she says the core group of 13 students now involved in the Council have created vision statements and set goals, which include the development of a sense of cultural identity and knowledge of global sustainability issues within the College. In Term 2, the Sustainability Council progressed its first initiatives; the development of Strowan Stream as a living laboratory; and the introduction of a new waste management plan. “Strowan Stream’s source is artesian and is a valuable taonga for St Andrew’s. The students are looking at ways to clean up the stream, and attract more native species back to this freshwater environment. The stream project will include a weekly monitoring plan managed by students to check water clarity, conductivity, pH balance, water temperatures across the stream profile and classification of invertebrates,” says Ellen Hampson.
(From left), Rhys Blackmore (Y10) , Isabella Garbett (Y13), Nick Moody (Environment Canterbury), Jake Newlands (Y10), and Amy Wells (Y11) inspect samples from Strowan Stream.
Jocelyn Papprill and Nick Moody of Environment Canterbury have been assisting the students, and say the project allows the students to apply biology, chemistry, geology and groundwater studies to better understand the school environment. In May, Sustainability Council member, Jack Ballard (Year 12) was awarded a $1000 scholarship to attend the Water Wise Leadership Programme. Implementing a new waste management programme has been another focus with the Council proposing the introduction of new organic and recycling bins throughout the school to reduce the amount of general waste. Paper recycling has already started, says Isabella. Recently the Sustainability Council has been working
towards the development of a St Andrew’s College 350.org group, committed to the reduction of carbon emissions below 350 ppm in line with the Paris Climate Agreement (2020). “St Andrew’s is the first school in New Zealand to register for this global initiative.” Isabella says the Council may introduce shade and energy audits next year to look at ways to improve sustainability and energy efficiency in the College environment. “We are also planning to hold a debate on climate change refugees involving various influential people in the community.” The students have been selected as finalists for the ECAN Ngāi Tahu Youth Leadership for Sustainability Awards. Through the Student Sustainability Council Isabella is keen to inspire other students to think about the way they use the environment and to consider some of the prominent issues facing their generation. “I want to encourage and educate others to understand and be passionate about our world; to look at the environmental issues we face, and what can be done to combat them.”
Rhys Blackmore (Y10), Amy Wells (Y11), Jake Newlands (Y10) and Isabella Garbett (Y13) of the Sustainability Council with new paper recycling bins.
intense and thrilling Alice Bevin (Year 13) says she gained a ‘proper insight’ into how the United Nations works after being selected as a delegate for the New Zealand Model United Nations Conference, held in early July. “It was such an inspiring event, that made me more aware of global issues, connections, and collaboration. It was also really empowering from a personal perspective, as I had to speak about resolutions and amendments on behalf of the country I was representing without having a prepared speech or being able to practise. I just had to stand up, think on the spot and do it, which was great for my confidence.” Hosted at Victoria University in Wellington, Alice joined 250 other likeminded individuals to experience life as a diplomat at this educational and exciting event, with a theme
UN+ Assuming – How do values shape the world around us? The delegates enjoyed an intensive four days of thrilling debate, engaging guest speakers, and a range of events, including an official opening at Parliament, and a ball at Te Papa. Alice was chosen to represent Kyrgyzstan at the conference, and after researching the country, debated resolutions and clauses on its behalf and recommended amendments, while taking part in several different breakout committees such as the World Health Organisation, International Court of Justice, and SOCHUM (the United Nations Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee). On the final day, the entire conference assembled for a plenary session to debate whether to pass all the resolutions as a whole. Alice also spent time in regional groupings with other students representing Eurasian countries, dining together at a Persian restaurant and visiting the headquarters of New Zealand Save the Children on an outreach visit.
Alice Bevin (left) with Sophie Harrison of Papanui High School at MUNA.
With further study beckoning in Law, Political Science and International Relations, Alice says the event was incredibly valuable. “It was challenging and there was a lot to take in but I absolutely loved it and made a lot of new friends from all over New Zealand.”
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Age is no barrier to making a difference on environmental issues, says Yonni Kepes (Year 11) who was one of 50 secondary school students from throughout New Zealand and the Pacific selected to attend this year’s Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum in Nelson. “Attending the forum has given me a proper understanding of the environmental issues facing New Zealand and showed me that being young doesn’t mean we can’t do something to help. The experience really helped to tighten my leadership skills and think about how I might lead others to create change.” During the expedition they explored the surrounding region, and learnt about biodiversity, pest eradication and marine health. Yonni says meeting like-minded contemporaries was a highlight of the event. “I have 50 new friends from wider places. We continue to talk and
it’s great to see what other schools and communities are doing.” He also enjoyed engaging with a range of inspiring and informative speakers and experts, including Sir Peter Blake Trust alumni, local and national politicians, subject experts, business and community leaders. Growing up in North Canterbury sparked Yonni’s love of the outdoors, especially the rugged backcountry, he says. “I’m quite outdoorsy and interested in the restoration of forests, as well as native plants and birds. For the last few years I have been working with the Department of Conservation on the Hutton Shearwater project, which is a great initiative returning the birds back to the cliffs around Kaikoura.”
Southern Ocean and Sub-Antarctic. “Another goal is to work with the Department of Conservation on a native bird initiative on one of the big tracks. Anything could happen. We’ll see where it goes.” Preparatory School prefect and captain of the Preparatory First XI cricket, Scott Janett (Year 8) is another StAC student to be recognised by the Trust, after being recently awarded a Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award.
Lately he has been involved with Youth Voice Canterbury and Environment Canterbury, looking at sustainable transport options on the northern corridor. Yonni also has an interest in ocean health. Now he has completed the Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum, Yonni says his ‘big goal’ is to be selected for a Young Blake Expedition to the
Committed young enviroleader Yonni Kepes (Y11) enjoying the event.
stage for life
“Drama and theatre provide a vehicle for teaching life skills, values, and exploring different ways of thinking. We ask the students to take a world view, to question creatively and independently, and wonder about the possibilities as they consider the historical, political and social contexts of the work they are exploring.” Drama students also learn to become confident communicators, with the ability to read body language, and work collaboratively, skills that help to prepare them for life beyond the College. Drama study begins in the Preparatory School, where students take the subject for half a year, developing skills and drama language through process drama. “We work with current drama theory and practice, tailored to the appropriate play development needs of the students. We also write our own school productions that all 200 Years 7 and 8
In the Secondary School, Years 9 and 10 Drama students learn foundation skills as they engage in a variety of drama experiences and are encouraged to experiment with the use of drama techniques of voice, body, movement and space. The Year 11 NCEA programme increases the students’ knowledge of drama techniques, elements and conventions, and aims to build their skills in analysing performance and stagecraft, while investigating the purpose and function of drama. “The focus up to Year 11 is all about the students taking Drama seriously, and giving it a go. It isn’t until the NCEA programme in Years 12 and 13 that the focus becomes a lot more performance and theatrical skills driven,” says Laurence. At senior level, students also have the option of writing and directing their own plays, and all complete a significant research project, which they are able to present in a written or other creative format. Theory aside, the two major shows, for Years 9 and 10 students, and senior students, are the highlight of the year, he says.
Drama and theatre provide a vehicle for teaching life skills, values and exploring different ways of thinking. LAURENCE WISEMAN HOD DRAMA
“The shows are our biggest vehicle for showcasing all the hard work the students put in during the year. They are the epitome of what acting can look like when students are passionate about the art form and take it seriously. Working with a highly collaborative, well-resourced team, including Ginnie, and Head of Music Duncan Ferguson makes St Andrew’s a fantastic place to teach.”
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However the course offers so much more than simply extending the students’ performance ability and knowledge, says Laurence Wiseman, HOD Drama.
students participate in; have weekly lunchtime classes; and create masses of work that relates to classroom inquiry,” says Drama teacher Ginnie Thorner, who also takes Year 9, and Year 11 Drama and directs the Years 9 and 10 production.
Drama can lead to some exciting pathways, with many former students enjoying careers in the performing arts, or going on to further study.
However the skills learned in Drama such as the ability to communicate one-on-one, or stand up and present something with confidence can be translated to almost any job, says Laurence.
(Opposite page, clockwise from back) Benjamin Oxley, Lydia Fay, Blair Currie and Joseph Atkins in action in a Year 11 Drama class. (Below) This year’s senior production Cabaret was a huge success and was sold out. Read the full review on page 36.
Bright lights, spectacular costumes and the thrill of performing on stage are definite highlights of the Drama programme at St Andrew’s.
Leading lights Many former St Andrew’s Drama students have gone onto exciting careers in a variety of fields in the performing arts. Included in this number are Paddy Carroll (2009), Stef Chang (2010), and Bridie Connell (2007) who are enjoying success as they follow their dream of living a creative life.
Patrick Carroll (2009) After leaving StAC, Paddy moved to Wellington and studied with Long Cloud Youth Theatre, travelled to London’s Globe Theatre as part of the Young Shakespeare Company, took a course at L’École Philippe Gaulier in Paris and completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. “In my first year as a graduate I was fortunate to work with Silo Theatre, Indian Ink and The Court Theatre, devise and perform my own solo show Layman, as well as teach and direct at Toi. It’s been a busy couple of years, and the work within each part of my journey has been pleasingly challenging in the extreme,” says the talented actor, who has a long list of theatre credits. Paddy most recently toured with the Silo Theatre’s production of The Book of Everything, and will be performing in The Court’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in early 2017. He says the foundation for his success lies in the StAC Theatre and his teacher Julie Drummond. “The classes and productions she led reflected the same level of rigour and care that is found in the top tiers of this precarious industry. I say ‘precarious’, because to work as a theatre-maker in New Zealand demands the most dedicated of efforts and attention.” Paddy urges students who are ‘hungry’ to contribute to the arts to do so, as the next generation of artists are essential to our collective growth. “I would love to talk to any students interested in pursuing the performing arts when I’m in Christchurch early next year.”
Stephanie Chang (2010) Living in Hollywood has been a ‘total learning curve’ for 23-year-old Stef Chang, who arrived in Los Angeles at the age of 21, knowing no one. “Starting from scratch was actually exhilarating,” says the promising young actress, who has already landed lead roles in a number of projects including music videos Same Old Love by Selena Gomez and Love Supply by Bonavox Music. She also starred in the indie film Remnants as well as television commercials for CPIT (here in New Zealand), and Maybelline (in Australia), and has performed in shows at The Court Theatre and for Showbiz in Christchurch. Stef says studying Drama under the tutelage of Julie Drummond and Sonia Hocking definitely contributed to her decision to pursue a career in the performing arts. She was Cultural Captain and Head of Dance during her time at the College, with highlights including productions of Aida, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Romeo and Juliet. She says breaking into the industry is difficult, but she feels she has no choice but to be fearless in the pursuit of her dreams.
Bridie Connell (2007) Professional actor, singer, dancer and comedian Bridie Connell is working solidly as an actor, comedian and voice-over artist in Sydney, and has just been in Melbourne filming the first Australian version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? She is the youngest member of the cast, which also includes Kiwi comics, Rhys Darby and Cal Wilson. Bridie, a former Head Girl at St Andrew’s was involved in almost every performing arts activity during her time the College: “Anything that let me express my creativity and prance around like a buffoon in silly costumes”. She says she is ‘so grateful’ for the ‘incredible creative opportunities’ StAC afforded her. “I was lucky to learn from some incredible tutors and peers, and was able to fail and succeed in a very supportive environment. It set me up really well to enter a demanding industry.” After leaving StAC, Bridie moved to Australia, where she joined the Improv Club at Sydney University and met people who have become “amazing friends and collaborators”. Since graduating she has performed all over Australia and New Zealand in solo shows, and as the lead in several musicals. She was invited to the Los Angeles Improv Festival and most recently played two characters in the new series of Blinky Bill. Her advice for budding actors is to connect with good people they can trust creatively, and not wait for someone to present them with a golden opportunity. “It’s amazing when it happens, but there is nothing stopping anyone from writing a show, making a short film, or starting a band right now. Good luck!”
Each morning the pre-schoolers join in a circle for ‘breathing’ to help them let go of any stress or busyness from the morning, and prepare them for the day ahead.
“The start of the day is often time pressured, so we thought this was a lovely way to give them a quiet grounding moment, instead of rushing straight into the programme. It’s been so successful, we’ve done it for eight years,” says Beverley Rose, Head of Pre-school. A quiet space is created for the children, with the lights off and gentle music playing. “During the session I might suggest the children breathe in light and imagine a colour, or tell them the music has made me think about the sky or a rainbow, and ask them to share what they are imagining. Sometimes the children will sit for quite a long time, which is very beautiful.” Parents often join in the sessions too, she says.
“We sometimes have one or two mothers who stay, and have even had a couple of fathers join in. It’s really heartening.” Beverley has practised yoga for a number of years, and decided to introduce a weekly 15-minute yoga session to the Pre-school timetable to provide the children with even more tools to achieve relaxation, boost their self-esteem and give them the ability to navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. “I bought a great book on children’s yoga and 20 blue yoga mats, and we now practise every Monday afternoon. Sometimes the children will do the Cosmic Kids YouTube yoga programme, which is excellent too.” At the end of each session the children take turns to demonstrate a yoga pose for the rest to copy. “They might choose a favourite pose they have learnt, or will make one up themselves. We’ve had the fairy, the whirlwind, and even the digger pose. It is a great way for them to express themselves and is a highlight of the session.” Beverley says the yoga programme provides many physical as well as emotional benefits, enhancing the children’s flexibility, strength and co-ordination as they practise together in a non-competitive environment. “We continue to notice multiple benefits from both the yoga and mindfulness practices at the Pre-school. They are great tools for helping the children to find peace, balance and inner joy in today’s often hectic world.”
Pre-school children immersed in a yoga session (above, from top) Ruby, John-Paul and Charlotte (top right) Zia.
A sense of calmness, improvement in concentration and heightened body awareness are some of the benefits of the Mindfulness and Yoga programme at St Andrew’s Pre-school.
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gifted and talented
to reach potential
It has long been accepted that gifted and talented students need extra support to reach their full academic, emotional and social potential. At St Andrew’s we have a wellestablished Gifted and Talented (GATE) programme, set up to be responsive to the individual needs, strengths and interests of these students. During a recent expert review of the GATE programme, Dr Louise Tapper conducted interviews with parents, students, teachers and senior leaders, with her recommendations leading to a greater definition of the programme, and some structural changes. Academically gifted or talented students now study under a new programme named Academic Extension and Enrichment (ACEE), says senior leader in charge of GATE, Helaina Coote. “The new ACEE programme is focused purely on the horizontal extension of our gifted and talented academics rather than all GATE students coming under one umbrella. However StAC continues to cater for gifted and talented students across the board.” The ACEE programme is an optional subject in Years 9 and 10 for
Year 9 Passion Projects: (Left) Xavier Dickason and Alan Fu are building a robot to solve a Rubik cube faster than they can.
students who have been identified as academically gifted or talented and are invited into the programme.
a robot to solve the Rubik’s cube, crocheting a blanket for a global society, and developing a new drug for livestock.
“Year 9 students work with a specialist teacher, with the programme including learning units based on Philosophy, Anthropology, Neuroscience, Sustainability, Robotics, Physics and Astrophysics in addition to the core subjects,” says Ellen Hampson, teacher in charge of GATE.
The Year 10 ACEE class held its showcase evening in early June, with the students’ unique ideas and hard work impressing the parents, teachers and community members in attendance.
In Year 10, students also work with a specialist teacher, Dominica Urmson, to explore areas such as Philosophy, Politics, Forensic Science and Psychology. Both year groups can participate in a range of other initiatives such as Future Problem Solving (a critical thinking model), Brain Bee, Junior Young Physicist competitions, Model United Nations and Model European Union conferences. “The programme exposes the students to a wide range of learning opportunities, stimulating ideas, and topics that provide breadth to their learning. They are also able pursue a passion project, and present this to parents and teachers at a showcase expo during the year.” Imogen McNeill (Y9) is crocheting a blanket for an Eastern European country as part of Operation Cover Up in conjunction with Mission Without Borders.
With ‘absolute creative licence’ the students in Ellen’s Year 9 ACEE class have come up with some interesting passion project ideas, including building
Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic) Helaina Coote says the passion projects provide stimulation for the students and a place for them to be exposed to a range of different ideas that may trigger further interests down the line. “We are also involving parents to a larger extent and even the wider community through the showcase, which is a fantastic way for the students to share their work and ideas.” As a department, the St Andrew’s GATE teachers have joined local and national associations, and participate in ongoing professional development, says Helaina. “My vision is that in addition to the Years 9 and 10 programme, we have other departments responsive to the gifted and talented students within their own subject area. We need to ensure no one falls through the cracks, that we are identifying students with gifts and talents and giving them the opportunity to be extended.”
The students are presented with intellectually stimulating and challenging topics that stretch their imaginations. We had really positive feedback from the 60 senior students who attended this year. Around 25 Year 9 and Year 10 students will also be exposed to a range of similarly big concepts at the Junior Philosophy Conference.”
“Gifted and talented students may also have the opportunity for extension and acceleration in specific learning areas, such as English, Mathematics and Science, as well as leadership within the school,” says Ellen Hampson, teacher in charge of GATE.
Helaina Coote says students’ academic abilities are also extended through NCEA Scholarship exams, with high achievers in sport and culture well supported at St Andrew’s too.
Four students recently attended the Brain Bee competition at Otago University, where they were immersed in Neuroscience for two days. The Philosophy Conference, facilitated by Academy Conferences in association with King’s College, UK is another popular event attended by gifted and talented senior students.
“We are mindful of striking a balance to ensure gifted and talented students are challenged and have lots of opportunity to extend themselves, but are still enjoying their work and activities at the same time.” St Andrew’s will also host this year’s New Zealand Association for Gifted Children Conference to be held in September.
“This is one of the key items on any school’s GATE programme.
Bryson Chen, Amy Wells, Thomas Rance and Chase Jordan competed in Round 2 of the Australasian Brain Bee Challenge at Otago Museum and the University of Otago in early July. The competition is for Year 11 students to learn about the brain and its functions, neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses. The students also visited the Anatomy Museum, attended lectures, participated in experiments and spoke to researchers during their time in Dunedin. Our StAC team made both the individual and the group finals on the day. Congratulations to Amy Wells who was awarded fourth place overall in the individual section.
Enrichment in the Preparatory School A number of initiatives have also been implemented in the Preparatory School to support gifted and talented students, says Kelly McBride, Head of Learning Enrichment. “We have quite a large group of high achieving students on our Priority Learners' Register, which we use to identify
students, keep track of the activities they are involved in and monitor progress. One of the key strategies we use for our gifted and talented learners is the Differentiated Classroom programme run by each class teacher. This integrated approach enhances problem-solving, inquiry and higher order thinking skills and ensures the learning is engaging and suited to individual ability while greatly enhancing the student’s educational experience.” The students are also exposed to a range of specialist subjects such as Robotics, Languages, Materials Technology, Food Technology, Drama, Dance and kapa haka, as well as a Music Enrichment programme, which gives talented Preparatory School musicians the opportunity to participate in Secondary School music groups. Tournaments of Mind, Future Problem Solving, Creative Writing (with writer-in-residence Kerrin Davidson who offers regular masterclasses), Extension Mathematics, High Performance Sport, and RoboCup Junior are some of the withdrawal programmes offered to able students, along with a number of in school and after school clubs and competitions. “Curriculum enrichment is used widely across all levels of the Preparatory School, to enhance the educational experiences of gifted and talented students, and help to develop them as independent, self-directed learners, with abstract, higher-order thinking skills,” says Kelly.
Technology is just one of the areas in which Preparatory School students are extended in the GATE programme.
Although there are no formal ACEE classes after Year 10, from Year 11 on there are still opportunities for gifted and talented students to continue with Philosophy, the Australasian Brain Bee neuroscience-based competition, Model United Nations, Model European Union, senior Future Problem Solving and specialist lectures at University of Canterbury.
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Extension for senior students
Olympiad experience Two St Andrew’s students, Ellena Black (Year 13) and Henry McCallum (Year 13) did incredibly well to win selection into New Zealand teams to compete at this year’s International Olympiad competitions. In July, Ellena joined three students from MacLeans College, Auckland in the Chemistry team that competed at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Georgia, where the theoretical and practical Chemistry knowledge of students from around 80 countries was tested. Unfortunately a severe bout of food poisoning meant Ellena was in a Georgian hospital rather than a chemistry lab for the five-hour practical examination, which she had to complete later. “I felt sick through the entire thing. The theory exam wasn’t much better. It’s disappointing that I may not have done my best because of this.”
New insights from global
Although she didn’t reach her goal of winning a bronze medal like the other members of the New Zealand team, Ellena was proud to have reached the competition. She studied hard over the summer and in class with the help of her Chemistry teacher, John French, earning a place in the New Zealand team after a final training camp for the top 30 students. “Going to Georgia was a great experience. We also did lots of excursions, and making friends with chemists from all over the world was the best part.” Henry McCallum travelled to Beijing with the Geography Olympiad team in late August, where he competed against the best 16 to 19 year old Geography students in the world in a series of tests over a four to five day programme. Prior to leaving, Henry said he was looking forward to the experience.
A new global perspective and greater confidence are some of the personal benefits Alice Gualtar (Year 13) gained from attending the Global Young Leaders Conference in Europe during the July holidays. She says spending time in Vienna, Prague and Berlin while on the 10-day leadership journey with 150 other students from all over the world was an amazing experience. “There were so many highlights that it is hard to narrow them down to just a few.” Students were encouraged to fully explore cultural differences, gain first-hand exposure to the challenges of international diplomacy, build confidence and enhance decision making skills in an atmosphere of mutual respect during the conference, which is held at three sites each year, in the United States, Europe and China. “I chose the European conference as the focus was on the current refugee crisis which is something that interests me,” says Alice, who is a Sports Captain on the student leadership team.
Alice Gualter (in black cap) pictured with other international students attending the Global Young Leaders Conference, beside the John Lennon Wall in Prague, which since the 1980s has been filled with John Lennoninspired graffiti.
She worked mainly in a group of around 20 students from countries as diverse as South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, China and Canada.
Ellena Black (Y13) at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Georgia.
“It was great to learn about each others cultures. The other students thought my accent was hilarious.” The students were each given different organisations to represent from the business, political and non-profit realms with Alice given the role of director of Europe Refugee Programme, Human Rights Watch. One aspect of the students’ work was to create an action plan of how to successfully disperse the refugees. “It was great having so many different perspectives brought to the table. Once we had finalised our plan we presented it to the other groups and listened to them share theirs. It was amazing how similar the plans were in their thinking in the end.” During her travels, Alice experienced the heightened security in Europe and gained a greater understanding of global events. “Brexit and Donald Trump were big topics. The experience has made me aware of how we are quite sheltered in New Zealand, especially from the whole refugee situation.” Alice says making new friends from all over the world was a special part of the experience. “We are keeping in touch and even missing each other a little bit.”
Teaching young lions
As an entrepreneurial trainer, Sandy Geyer regularly travels between New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, inspiring and equipping business owners to succeed as effective leaders. She believes there is a critical need for school level learning about entrepreneurship to support students to take the leap from a traditional academic learning system to the ‘real world’ environment. Commerce teacher Steve Aldhamland says the informative, engaging and interactive course provided the students with an insight into the level of self-awareness, leadership abilities, resilience and focus they will need to successfully navigate an entrepreneurial environment in the future. “It was an amazing experience for the students to learn about the mindset and skills required to help them build resilience and ultimately success as
The students were taught about the different types of entrepreneurs, who were broken into different groups and given animal names, and encouraged to figure out their own personality or entrepreneur type. This gave them a unique insight into their own strengths, values, leadership and communication style, says Steve. “A key thing the students took away from Sandy’s teachings was that they cannot become an expert at what they do until they become an expert at who they are.” He says the wider skill set covered in the programme was ‘amazing’. “It included things like taking an overview of a business rather than constantly working in it, empowering staff, delegating, how to adjust to a changing financial bottom line, and employing sales techniques to meet the varying needs of customers, rather than having a generic sales pitch.” Steve heard about Sandy Geyer’s work through a colleague at St Peter’s in Cambridge, and with the support of Rector Christine Leighton, St Andrew’s became the host school for the event in Christchurch.
Callum Stewart (Y11)
Several students from other independent schools in Christchurch also attended, along with two students from Hagley Community College, who were sponsored by EnQPractice, and a student from Middleton Grange, sponsored by Richard Clark of Printmax. “This workshop highlighted the importance of entrepreneurial training for our future leaders before they leave school. Even students who don’t intend to become business leaders benefited hugely from the learning and insights developed through the Path of the Lion training programme.” Our Business Studies students were also fortunate to be visited by Simon Challies, managing director of Ryman Healthcare, which has twice won Company of the Year. Simon was awarded Executive of the Year in 2014, and students enjoyed hearing about his initiatives to create exceptional workplace culture, including the company’s Kindness Awards, and the ‘Happy’ video, featuring rest home residents, which went viral.
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In April, St Andrew’s was privileged to host Sandy Geyer, author of Path of the Lion and international speaker on Entrepreneurial Intelligence (EnQ), who ran her two-day Path of the Lion Workshop for Young Lions for 26 students, including 18 from StAC.
business leaders. By the end of the intensive two-day programme they had undergone a genuine transformation and we had incredibly positive, genuine feedback from those who attended.”
In a rapidly changing world, the entrepreneurial skills of our future business leaders have never been more important.
The EnQ experience was a unique, modern and interesting way to develop entrepreneurship knowledge. I personally gained a lot, in terms of how different personalities and leadership types combine to make an ideal business. FLETCHER EDMOND YEAR 12
Lucia Kennedy (Y13), Fletcher Edmond (Y12), Benjamin Price (Y12), Callum Stewart (Y11) and Ayreton Macdonald (Y11) were part of this group of students learning the keys to entrepreneurship.
and development Although teachers at St Andrew’s spend most of their day educating and guiding students’ learning, they continue to be lifelong learners themselves. Professional development is ongoing at the College in many forms, with the knowledge and skills developed by the staff enabling them to be more efficient and effective in the classroom. Professional Learning Group (PLG) sessions are an example of a ‘grass roots’ initiative that fosters teachers’ professional development, and enables them to support each other as they gather in groups to discuss a range of challenges and develop strategies to overcome them. The cross-curricular PLG sessions are held around seven times a year, with up to 12 or 13 groups of teachers of varying levels of experience and expertise meeting in different locations throughout the College.
Professional Learning Group (PLG) facilitators, Kerry Larby (Secondary School), and Bid McLean (Preparatory School) say the benefits of this professional development method are wide ranging.
degree with a focus on positive psychology, which will include a thesis on emotional intelligence. The PLG she facilitates is ‘How can I use learnings about positive psychology to strengthen the well-being and educational achievement of my students?’
Kerry Larby, a teacher in the Social Sciences Department in the Secondary School with a passion for positive psychology; and Bid McLean, a Preparatory School teacher who is ‘incredibly enthusiastic’ about Mathematics, both facilitate regular PLG groups in their areas of interest.
“The PLG came out of our whole school goal around positive psychology in education and catering to the balanced student. Around eight teachers with an interest in learning more about the tools of positive psychology and applying those to their teaching and learning are in the group.”
“The engagement between the different teacher groups in the PLG is fantastic. I really appreciate learning about the different experiences or particular issues of teachers from other departments. It’s great to get that outside perspective,” says Kerry, who is completing a Masters
“We are currently looking at emotional intelligence, concepts of resilience and grit, motivations, and the psychology of engagement. The impacts we hope to see in the classroom are increased engagement, self-efficacy, motivation and mindfulness. Monitoring the potential for anxiety or depression is another concern of the group.”
The teachers' growth mindset of continually improving and developing their own careers helps the students take a similar approach to their learning. KERRY LARBY
Kerry says the PLG is working through three distinct phases – inquiry and learning, action, and reflection. In the Preparatory School, Bid McLean is leading a Mathematics PLG that is helping to connect the different syndicates and ensure ‘flow and continuance’ throughout the school along with the development of new resources and programmes for learning, she says. “Our biggest driver is to increase student engagement with Mathematics and help them to develop a more
positive mindset when it comes to the subject. One of the strategies we are using is to engage the students in more real life and situation-based learning. Teachers in the Middle Syndicate have also been trialling a new programme called Prime Mathematics, and the Senior Syndicate is implementing the Morningside Programme to help develop our students’ learning.” Bid says the group meets a couple of times each term, with each member working on their own tasks in different areas, that they later share with the PLG. “The big benefit is that everyone has different ideas, resources, and ways of overcoming problems; with experience in the group ranging from brand new teachers to those who have taught for 15 or 20 years. Our learning also extends well beyond the PLG as we are in constant email contact with various teachers in addition to our formal meetings.” As facilitator, Bid has also built strong networks with the Mathematics Department in the Secondary School. Since the Mathematics PLG started last year there has been a positive response from both staff and students at the Preparatory School, she says. “There is definitely greater student engagement and enjoyment of maths. Although the teachers in our PLG are all busy, the benefits of having a formal meeting where we take the time to stop and discuss what is happening in the subject area cannot be underestimated.”
Grace gets into the Spirit Grace Adam (Year 11) says personal growth was one of the most worthwhile aspects of her Spirit of Adventure experience. “I definitely have more confidence now and learnt that I can push myself a lot further than I thought. Before the adventure I didn’t think I had strong leadership skills, but we all had turns leading in the mornings and afternoons, and it came naturally after I got used to it.”
Grace says the Spirit of Adventure voyage was a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, and she is grateful to the Ben Gough Family Foundation for selecting her and sponsoring her costs. “I’d like to say a big thank you to the Foundation for sponsoring me. I learnt so much about myself and got to know lots of new people. I’d definitely recommend Spirit of Adventure to other students. It is challenging but a lot of fun.” Tom Rance (Year 11) was also chosen for the Spirit of Adventure experience. However he couldn’t attend due to a severe rugby injury. His sailing has been postponed until January 2017.
in South America
Visiting the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu was one of many highlights enjoyed by a group of Years 11 and 12 Spanish students on a trip to Chile and Peru during the April holidays. Their adventure began with a tour of Santiago city, the capital of Chile. Then it was off to Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage city, where they visited La Sebastiana, one of three homes of Pablo Neruda, the famous, Nobel Prize winning poet. The nearby beach resort of Viña Del Mar is close to the birth place of St Andrew’s Spanish teacher Alexis Evlampieff, who led the trip along with fellow languages teacher Virginia Simcock and supporting parents. During a day trip to the resort, Alexis’ family treated the students to a traditional Chilean barbecue, and organised surfing lessons for the group. Back in Santiago, the students met with some underprivileged children who had few educational resources, and were being taught trades instead of academic subjects. “The students were shy around each other at the beginning but by the end of the visit were best friends forever,” says Alexis. The group then travelled to Lima, Peru, where they were immersed in the history, culture and culinary arts of the region, which included trying local ‘delicacies’ such as llama meat and deep-fried guinea pig. “Lima is a very interesting city. We did a lot of sightseeing, including visits to temples, ruins, cathedrals and catacombs. Shopping at local malls and markets gave the students a chance to practise their Spanish, and even haggle.” Alexis says a visit to a Shanty Town in Lima was a ‘real eye-opener’ for the students, who took presents for children in the community and played football with them.
Grace Adam (Y11) says her confidence has grown significantly since taking part in Spirit of Adventure.
After flying to Cusco, the group spent several days at high altitude, enjoying many unique experiences, attending a local show, visiting several Inca ruins and a community of Inca descendants dressed in traditional attire at a village 3400 metres above sea level. The group took a train to Machu Picchu, another UNESCO World Heritage site and ‘amazing’ place to visit, says Alexis.
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Grace says making friends with students from all over New Zealand was a special part of the voyage, and she was surprised not to miss technology. “I didn’t think about my phone the entire time. I was having too much fun.”
Years 11 and 12 Spanish students, teachers and parents visiting the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru.
During her 10 days at sea in May, Grace and the 32 other participants aged between 16 and 18 faced many challenges and took part in all sorts of activities in the ship, on the water and on shore. She says the 6.15am wake-up call and early morning swim in the sea were a shock to begin with but she quickly adapted. Climbing the mast was another rite of passage she embraced. “I was a bit scared to go to the top at the start, but I did it, and it was an amazing feeling. Tramping on Great Barrier Island was another highlight, as was sailing ‘luggies’," she says.
Year 1 students Anthony Song, Taym Khanafer, Ezra Wiseman, Alicia Gu and Kalisa Zhang enjoying play in the sensory room.
Growing creative, collaborative learners
Visit the Year 1 and Year 2 classes at the Preparatory School during Discovery Time and it’s tempting to want to join in the fun. The engagement and excitement of the children is evident as they move freely between the classrooms, which are set up to provide a different experience tied together by a common theme. During a recent session based around the sea, students in a ‘let’s pretend’
room, role-played as sharks and mermaids, while boats were made out of cardboard boxes and tubes in an adjacent room. Other students were immersed in tactile play in a sensory room, where they experimented with salt, sand, play dough, and other materials related to the sea. Heather Orman, Assistant Principal at the Preparatory School says the students enjoy the ability to make their own choices during Discovery Time. “We don’t limit the students’ creativity by telling them what to do, but do ask a lot of questions that promote thinking and good oral language skills. We also try to have a quiet, peaceful room with bean bags and gentle music playing where children can go to think, read or chill out for a bit if they prefer.” A significant amount of work goes into planning the Discovery Time activities, which take place every Friday between morning tea and lunch. Although there is emphasis on independent learning and exploration, creativity and collaboration is also very much encouraged, says Heather.
(Left); Josh McPhail (Y6) helps Spencer HammarCampbell (Y2) with a construction project.
“We foster a teamwork approach, encouraging the students to learn alongside someone else. The creative,
collaborative learning skills they develop during the sessions helps to build a foundation they will take right through their schooling.” A number of Year 6 students help with the sessions and the younger children love having an older buddy or mentor to work with, she says. Reflection is another important aspect of the programme. “As a group at the start of the session we talk about the theme, and also the Key Competency for the day, which could include being a self-manager, communicator, team player or thinker. After a big clean-up at the end, we sit in a circle and during reflection time, look for opportunities to discuss the Key Competency with the children.” Heather says it is a ‘delight’ to see the new entrants blossom during the Discovery Time programme. “They might stay close to their home classroom at the start. Then someone from Year 2 might take their hand and show them into their classroom. As the younger students gain confidence they start to make new friends and build relationships with other teachers in the Junior School.”
A celebration of learning
Middle Syndicate Leader Di Cumming’s colourful classroom evoked a mini Chinatown, with lanterns strung just above head height, and numerous posters on the walls, offsetting the students’ impressive work. The children and their parents enjoyed the opportunity to chat about the display boards, which featured a wide range of information about China along with handmade items such as fans, lanterns, Chinese knots and calligraphy work. Kiwiana was the theme in Year 6 teacher Wilj Dekkers’ adjacent classroom, with some familiar icons featuring on his students’ display boards, from Marmite and Buzzy Bees, to jandals, pavlova, and hokey pokey ice cream. Di says the annual Learning Celebrations replaced individual student-led conferences from Years 4–6 a few years ago. “The Middle Syndicate teachers wanted to share more of the students’ learning than a 10 to 15 minute conversation would provide. We’re really proud of the children and the aim of the Learning Celebrations is to highlight the process they have followed in their learning. It is also a meaningful way for us to share what the children can do and their next steps.” The Year 4 Learning Celebrations showcased the children’s work on Antarctica, while the Year 5 students presented work on World War I at their event.
“Many of the children want to complete as many activities as they can before the event. However we ensure they focus on quality ahead of quantity, to be self-regulators and work smarter and not harder. The work they present is not always completed. It is where they are ‘at’ at the time. These presentations require both independent work and teamwork, which gives us a lot of opportunity to use the Key Competencies.” She says the event continues to evolve each year, with the celebration never fully planned ahead of time because it is driven by the students’ interests and needs. “The parents and students love it, and I don’t think we could ever go back to individual interviews now. We encourage parents to ask some searching questions during the event, and they are welcome to stay on and share the children’s learning in its variety of forms.” Teachers continue to contact parents as and when required, and parents are still able to request an interview if they wish. They can also access an increasing amount of information about their child’s learning on OneNote, says Di. “We’re developing OneNote and building a portfolio of each child’s work, which includes items such as writing in a variety of genres, handwriting samples, maths activities (scanned from their practice books), and even audios of their speeches. The technology is allowing us to provide information regularly, that once would have only been shared with parents in a face-to-face interview.”
(Below) Year 6 students Jenna Patchett and Oakley Holland discuss their colourful display boards with parents at the Learning Celebrations.
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Parents gained a valuable insight into their children’s learning during the interactive event, particularly while viewing and discussing their individual display boards.
Di says preparing for the Learning Celebrations teaches the students valuable skills.
A haka, waiata, oral presentations, plays, and displays in themed classrooms were highlights of the recent Years 4–6 Learning Celebrations.
Two new innovations in the Preparatory School Senior Syndicate are encouraging students to become confident leaders, extend their emotional intelligence, and develop persistent learning skills. The first has been the identification of mentoring as a position of responsibility and recognising students who spend reasonably significant periods of time assisting younger students in skills development, says David Farmer, Deputy Principal and Senior Syndicate Leader. “We are keen to raise the profile of these students, who often work independently, with some support from staff. The mentors include some of our more able sportspeople who give quite a considerable amount of their time to teach skills to the younger children, and a group of Year 8 students who run a computer mentoring system, assisting across all levels of the school.” By recognising mentorship, the Preparatory School is also encouraging citizenship on a much bigger scale, he says. As part of the ongoing focus on leadership, the Senior Syndicate is also planning to consider the different personality types of students, and how each can reach their full potential. “The world is populated by a fairly even mix of extroverts and introverts, and we are mindful that as an institution we recognise, value and celebrate the introverts as much as the extroverts.” He says during this preliminary work the Senior Syndicate is referring to the
Arthur Inkson (Y8) regularly gives up his time to help younger students like Emma Crawford and Jack Wheeler (both Y2) to improve their rugby skills.
research and publications of Susan Cain who wrote The Power of Introverts.
leadership ability was recognised at quite a young age.”
“Leadership positions often fall by default to extroverts. However we are mindful of helping our introverted students to develop the emotional intelligence and necessary behaviours of leadership so they are not overlooked. This does not mean asking them to become extroverts, but to develop their strengths, such as reflectiveness, and debatably greater sensitivity, to become comfortable as leaders and have their own leadership style.”
Another new initiative being introduced by the Senior Syndicate is recognition of persistent learning, he says.
David says he considers leadership to be fairly seamless right throughout the College. “If you look at the current group of Secondary School prefects, there are quite a substantial number who were also Preparatory School prefects. Their
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“Every class will have a trophy that can be awarded to students who exhibit persistence. The trophy will sit on each student’s desk for a length of time to honour their efforts.” The innovation has been led from the Growth Mindset work of Carol Dweck, which helps students to shift their thinking from ‘I can’t’, to ‘I can’t yet’. “We encourage students to operate within the Growth Mindset paradigm, which is understanding that it can be a struggle to learn, but that persistence really does pay off, and will also get recognised, regardless of whether it leads to high academic achievement.”
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As they get ready to hand over the Fountain of Knowledge at the end of the year, Caleb, Cameron and Mitchell are thinking about which equally enthusiastic young technology experts they will pick as its new leaders, and are already training Year 6 student Nicholas Del Ray. “We’re proud of the programme and have had a lot of support from Mr Dekkers, who will be the teacher in charge of it again next year,” says Caleb. Cameron says he enjoys technology but isn’t planning on a career in the field at this stage. However Caleb and Mitchell hope to one day own their own technology companies, “like Apple, or Google”.
Year 6 student Nicholas Del Rey (seated) is being trained by Cameron Montgomery-Lee, Mitchell Kohing, and Caleb Rossiter (all Year 8) to take over the Fountain of Knowledge project next year.
Art teacher Pip Dinsenbacher with Year 6 students Poppy Rumble, Blake Rossiter and Holly Goddard at the Poppy Sculpture celebration.
Poppy sculpture honours service A moving ceremony was held at the Preparatory School in May to celebrate the installation of a stunning poppy sculpture, created by the Year 5 and Year 6 students of 2015. The project, led by art teacher Pip Dinsenbacher, was inspired by the poppy sculpture at the Tower of London, created in honour of the thousands of British soldiers who perished in World War I. “We originally planned to create an Anzac memorial to honour students’ family members who had been involved in World War I. However when we discovered that many of our students had no Anzac connections, the criteria was expanded to allow them to make a poppy for anyone in their family who had been in a conflict over the last 100 years or so.” Pip says the students enjoyed researching their family members’ stories. “During the inquiry process several students were surprised to discover things about their family history they never knew.” Those honoured by the poppy sculpture include people of all ages from both sides of a number of battles such as the Boer War, World War I, World War II, and conflicts in the Falklands, Lebanon/Israel, Vietnam, Iraq, Malaya, Korea, East Timor and Afghanistan. Poppies have also been included to honour unknown soldiers, refugees, nurses and doctors, and animals. The poppies made out of clay by the students have been attached to a specially designed and engineered steel frame, with the rest ‘planted’ in the surrounding garden during the ceremony. “The programme featured speakers, poetry, songs, and bagpipes. Joshua Pike from the Secondary School sang a beautiful rendition of ‘Tell My Father’ by Frank Wildhorn, with three poems written by students read by the Sacristans at the Chapel. An impromptu haka from nearly all of the students, including those who had planted their poppies, was really powerful.” The project will continue to evolve, says Pip. “Year 5 and Year 8 students will be making poppies to add to the sculpture this year, and from next year on, all Year 5 students will be involved. It is the start of a lovely tradition.”
The students help with everything from setting up the internet on laptops, phones and tablets, to installing anti-virus software, and helping students to get the most out of OneNote. They also teach students how to use the cameras and other equipment in the TV studio. Their teacher Melissa Rennell says she sometimes has teachers knocking on her door seeking technical help from one of the boys, or asking for assistance with their Activboards. “They often go to these students first before the ICT Department.” Caleb has even rebuilt an old laptop from the Preparatory School and connected it up to an active board on which students can share their projects.
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Three computer whiz kids in Year 8 are acting as technology mentors for the entire Preparatory School student body, and even quite a few teachers. Caleb Rossiter, Cameron Montgomery-Lee and Mitchell Kohing run twice weekly Fountain of Knowledge technology training sessions, with students able to book appointments on a sophisticated website set up by Caleb. “I took over the project from its founder Ward Pearce (now Year 10) when I was in Year 6. We have seven mentors including the three of us, and are training up some Year 6 students so they can run the sessions next year,” says Caleb.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated. OSCAR WILDE
First Uniform The very first uniform for the Upper School (aged 12 years plus) at St Andrew’s comprised a three garment suit, with coat, waistcoat, and ‘trousers, breeches or knickers’, along with a shirt with narrow, linen turn-down collar. Students also wore a plain cap, a straw hat with band in the first official College colours of St Andrew’s (blue, maroon and gold), a poplin or woven blue tie, and grey stockings (socks).
1930s to 1960s The thistle was introduced as an emblem in the 1930s under Rector J B Mawson, and became an icon associated with St Andrew’s sport. Many students talked of ‘playing for the thistle’. In 1944 Rector Mawson also adopted the new school crest, featuring the Bible, the lamp of learning, a burning bush representing the Spirit of God, and the Southern Cross, which is still proudly worn by StAC students today. The suit in ‘Scottish Grey’ continued to be worn during this period. Boys in the Preparatory School were allowed to wear a twopiece rather than threepiece suit, and any boys under 5ft 4inches were required to wear short trousers, unless they were an ‘exceptional case’.
1920s During the 1920s Rector A K Anderson introduced several changes to the uniform, adopting blue and white as official school colours; introducing a blue blazer for the First XV, First XI and Tennis IV; and selecting Fergusson tartan to be worn by the Pipe Band due to its strong links to both New Zealand and Scottish history. The St Andrew’s cross and motto was also adopted during this decade.
In 1957 prefects began to wear Fergusson tartan kilts surplus to the Pipe Band at formal school functions and by 1963 had their own kilts.
Over the last century the uniform at St Andrew’s has undergone quite a transformation from original Scottish grey fabric, to the latest stylish blue and white incarnation created in conjunction with leading designer Barbara Lee. One thing that hasn’t changed in 100 years is the way our students wear the uniform with pride, in the knowledge it includes them in the St Andrew’s family, and makes them part of the fabric of the College’s history.
During the 1980s there were significant changes to the uniform, which by 1984 included a prefects’ dress uniform, full dress uniform for boarders, day uniform and sports uniform. Caps were still worn by Preparatory School boys up to Form 2 and were eventually replaced by a sun hat in 1999.
1990s to early 2000s The arrival of girls at the College saw the introduction of a formal girls’ uniform in 1992. In the beginning this was fairly rudimental, with the girls’ blazers still in similar style to the boys. By 1995 suits had been phased out for boys in favour of blazers and long trousers, with a Senior College (Form 6 and 7) and girls’ winter uniform introduced. By the early 2000s students were wearing a more modern, stylish uniform, which included smart blue blazers with white trim.
Current Uniform Back in 2006, Preparatory School Principal Jonathan Bierwirth led the design of a new uniform with designer Barbara Lee. “Sarah Long of the Secondary School and I met with Barbara and collected ideas and information. This led to the introduction of our own new tartan, and a stripe in the blazer. We came up with six different sets of designs that we tested on students.” The current uniform was eventually chosen and gradually phased in from 2008. The thought and care with which the uniform was developed is evident today in its timeless, classic appeal.
In 1970 a new, more stylish summer uniform was introduced for the Fifth and Upper Sixth, that included a blazer, walk shorts, camel walk socks, a white shirt, tie and black lace-up shoes. By 1975 students were no longer required to wear the school cap. In 1978 sports ties are introduced for members of top sports teams.
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From the Director As we approach our Centenary I am overwhelmed with the number of people coming forward to share their stories and connections with St Andrew’s College. Many people have already registered their interest in attending events that will mark this significant milestone in the College’s history. We are on track to have a fantastic 100th birthday and look forward to the year of celebrations ahead. The Centenary will be launched on 16 September with an assembly for current students. They will hear a special orchestral piece ‘Centenary Overture’, composed by Old Collegian Chris Adams (1996), who is now Head of Music at King’s College in Auckland. A display featuring St Andrew’s 100 years of history will be revealed on the walls of the Senior College to coincide with the Centenary launch. Registrations for the gala weekend 17–19 March are now open. I encourage you to register early and contact us directly to provide contact details for anyone you know who may wish to attend, but may not have remained in contact with the College. We are also looking forward to the Dedication of the Centennial Chapel, on 25 October. A special service is being held inside this magnificent new building, which will once again be at the heart of St Andrew’s College. As we only have limited seating available inside the Chapel for this event we will be live streaming it for all to see. We also plan to hold some open days following the Dedication when people will be welcome to visit this awe-inspiring facility. Thank you to all who contributed to the construction of the new Chapel by purchasing a restored brick from the original Memorial Chapel. Around 400 of the 1000 bricks available have now been sold, and we are currently acknowledging these donors with their names on a plaque that will be displayed in the Chapel foyer.
Beveley Murray, Alison Ballantyne, Val and Graham Wells prepare for their special tour of the new Chapel.
It is not too late to purchase one of the remaining bricks, and we will continue to add our much-valued supporters’ names to the plaque as the bricks are sold. A very special 100th prizegiving ceremony will be held at the College at the end of November when we will reflect on students’ achievements and the year’s successes. The first Centenary celebration for 2017 will occur in London where Old Collegians are invited to attend a reunion at New Zealand House. The major Centenary celebrations from 17–19 March will start with the traditional Founders’ Day programme. Please visit our Centenary website, www.stac100.co.nz, to learn more about the exciting range of special events on offer, which include a cocktail evening for Old Collegians, StAC fete for all ages, a gala dinner at Horncastle Arena, sporting activities, and a musical celebration of Old Collegians from across the years to name a few. I’m sure there is plenty to entice you to come and celebrate with us! I would like to acknowledge the support of our two Centenary Partners, Caxton, and Konica Minolta
and all other sponsors who are assisting us to make this Centenary such a special occasion. As we continue to celebrate the addition of exciting new facilities on campus such as the new Gym 2 (Stage 1 of the Sports and Cultural Centre), and imminent dedication of the new Centennial Chapel, we continue to appeal for support for our Step Into Our Future fundraising campaign. Although the Chapel is nearing completion we still seek further assistance to fully fund this project, along with Stage 2 of the Sports and Cultural Centre, and the continued growth of the St Andrew’s College Foundation. Thank you to those who have already contributed to the Step Into Our Future campaign. We are grateful for your generous support and commitment to St Andrew’s.
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100 years Drama has always been an integral part of life at St Andrew’s and although it would be impossible to describe the hard work that produced the final razzle, dazzle, glitz and glamour of all the College’s productions here, this snapshot does capture many of the key highlights and turning points of drama performance at StAC.
“I loved being part of that production which left an indelible impression on me. Ever since I have had an abiding affection for opera to the point where I’ve been on the board of the New Zealand Opera Company and I’m a trustee of the New Zealand Opera Foundation. It all started from that production at St Andrew’s,” he says.
The first production at the College was in 1921, when the elocution teacher arranged for fourth form students to read the trial scene from the Merchant of Venice, and fifth form students to read an extract from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The performance was held on the front fields, and it was so windy the audience had to move closer to the performers so they could hear.
The College’s first serious three-act play was Libel, produced by Antoinette Pocock in 1949. The critics were impressed, remarking on the cast’s maturity and dramatic timing.
Until 1930 there were no official productions. However a dramatic piece continued to be performed by the elocution class at the end-of-year displays. The first musical production was Trial by Jury, presented by the prefects and others in a concert at the end of Term 2 in 1931. It was so popular the musical was performed again at the College in 1939 and 1940. In 1944 The Mikado was the first full-scale comic musical at the College, produced by Rector Les Stewart. Athol Mann (1947) was an understudy to one of the principal parts and also played a little girl in the chorus, dressed in a kimono that an uncle, who was serving in the army overseas, had sent back to his sisters.
Gilbert and Sullivan shows continued to be popular, with the next big production being Pirates of Penzance in 1953. It was the first joint show with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, meaning boys were no longer required to play the female parts. Antoinette Pocock retired from producing drama in 1960 and was succeeded by Ross McPherson, Graham Robinson in 1966.
The Mikado was repeated again in 1966 as part of the 50th Jubilee celebrations at the College and Trial by Jury had yet another reprise in 1970. The arrival of Rozena Hallum in 1983 as St Andrew’s first Head of Drama had a major impact on Performing Arts at the College. During her 21 years in the role she introduced modern theatre classics, Broadway musicals (in co-operation with the excellent Music Department under Michael Lawrence), Theatresports, Shakespeare Festival plays, Stage Challenges and variety shows, which included staff strutting their stuff. She inspired many Drama students to go on to careers in the performing arts.
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Rozena says a most ‘exciting, enriching and humbling’ experience during her time at the College was touring a condensed version of Fiddler on the Roof to South Africa in 2001, where the troupe with leads including Jordan Mauger (2001) and Sacha van Beek (2002) played to schools in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Hammanskraal. Julie Drummond took over as Head of Drama in 2004 and directed a string of successful senior productions, such as Carousel (2006), Grease (2007), Aida (2008), Romeo and Juliet (2010) and Silk Stockings (2011), which was quite an achievement so soon after the February earthquake that year. In 2007 a cast of up to 600 students across the entire College performed in a spectacular show at the Theatre Royal as part of the 90th Anniversary celebrations. Dogs, tractors, a horse and even indoor fireworks were part of this huge undertaking directed by Julie who was supported by a massive team. In Julie’s final year at the College in 2013, one of her students, Keegan Bragg was the top New Zealand Scholarship student for Drama, which was a ‘huge thrill’ she says.
The annual Years 9 and 10 production is another popular annual event, and Drama is also strong in the Preparatory School, where the entire Years 7 and 8 groups write and perform their own highly inclusive show each year under the guidance of teacher and director Ginnie Thorner. Over the years students have also performed various festival pieces, have entered Stage Challenge and other competitions, and staged numerous other dramatic works. A number of students have been selected to perform at The Globe in London after success in the SGCNA National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Not forgetting the many students behind the scenes, who have had a wonderful opportunity to learn about and get involved with everything from sound, music and lighting, to costumes, make-up, set design, props, stage management, directing and producing. With an incredibly strong creative team led by Laurence, Ginnie and Head of Music Duncan Ferguson, and a cohort of enthusiastic, talented students, the legacy of impressive theatre productions at the College is sure to continue.
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There were many highlights during Rozena’s tenure, with shows like Guys and Dolls (1989), Animal Farm (1994), Little Shop of Horrors (1996) West Side Story (1997) and Oklahoma (2003) among those garnering rave reviews.
Laurence Wiseman, the current Head of Drama, is also making his mark introducing edgy shows such as Urinetown (2015) and Cabaret (2016) with challenging and confronting themes that are pushing the young performers in new directions.
In 1992, following the introduction of girls to St Andrew’s, the show Something’s Afoot was the first production for many years not to be performed in conjunction with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School.
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However the complex roofline has taken a little longer to complete than first anticipated, which has led to the official dedication of the Chapel being put back to 25 October, says General Manager, David Evans. “It is important we have enough time to settle into the building and commission it correctly before its opening. Otherwise the Chapel is looking great, particularly when it comes to the integration of salvaged material. It is lovely to have part of the old Chapel living in the new.” Tender documents have been issued for the main driveway project, with the detailed design work completed. This project also includes the new Centennial Gates, of which construction is expected to commence immediately following the Chapel opening. “The driveway and new gates will be completed well before the Centenary, along with some general enhancements to this area, including the area in front of Strowan House,” says David.
Elsewhere on campus, the spacious new sports offices have been completed in what was previously the girls’ changing rooms alongside Gym 1. “These offices are providing muchneeded space for the College’s sports staff and have enabled us to relinquish some of the portable spaces we’ve been using.” Some modernisation work has also been completed to Gym 1, including a fire upgrade and the addition of new exterior cladding and interior wall panelling. Immediately in front of Gym 1 and the new sports offices is the recently completed ‘streetscape’, a stylish new outdoor space which seamlessly links into adjoining areas of the College, all of which have been designed by landscape architects Jasmax. A mix of aggregate styles have been incorporated into the large pavers in the new area, with seating and plantings creating a pleasant, modern environment for students and staff to enjoy as they move around the campus.
Exciting progress is being made on the Centennial Chapel with the stained glass windows being re-installed (window pictured here donated by Murray family) and the bell tower is back in its original location with the old bell hanging in place.
Design work on the new Junior School and Pre-school development along Normans Road, adjacent to the Preparatory School continues to progress well, with construction expected to start at the beginning of next year. Construction of the two new netball/ tennis courts to the rear of the Preparatory School should get underway by the end of 2016.
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The Chapel is progressing extremely well, with the impressive structure entering the final stages of its construction.
Holmes Consulting and Architectus, the structural engineers and architects involved with the Chapel have turned their attention to the design of the new bridge linking to the Chapel, which will also be finished prior the Centenary.
There are many exciting projects either underway or in the planning stages as we gear up for the Centenary celebrations.
stuns Daring. Dangerous. Devastatingly brilliant. Cabaret was a brave but inspired choice for this year’s Senior College production. The young, supremely talented cast handled the complex show with great maturity, both entrancing the audience and leaving them stunned following the final shocking scene. We were welcomed into a reimagined ‘Kit Kat Club’ by the lingerie-clad chorus and during the opening number ‘Willkommen’ were urged to forget our troubles and enjoy the environment where everything was ‘beautiful’. This song introduced us to one of the show’s standout performers, Cameron McHugh, who mesmerised as he completely inhabited the role of the sauntering, oily, sardonic Emcee.
(Above and opposite page bottom left) Cameron McHugh as Emcee, (opposite page top from left) Vera Goesmann (Y11), Skye Crawford, Samantha Deller, Lucy McNeill and Courtney Johnson (all Year 13), (opposite page bottom right) Megan Wells (Y12) and Lucy McNeill (Y13).
After being let go from the Kit Kat Club, Sally imposed herself on wideeyed, American would-be novelist, Clifford Bradshaw, who was trying to deny his bisexuality as he, by default shacked up with Sally in his small rented room in Berlin. Neil Macleod’s brilliant portrayal of Clifford was another of the show’s highlights. His seemingly effortless performance covered a gamut of emotions, from being seduced by the hedonism of the city to his growing alarm at the rise of the Nazis, and his desperation when trying to alert others to the approaching danger. The poignant title track ‘Cabaret’ was sung by Sally after she refused to flee with Clifford back to America. She returned to her friends at the Kit Kat Club instead, not wanting to believe her ‘life is a cabaret’ was about to end. The play’s secondary doomed lovers, an older couple Fraulein Schneider, Clifford’s landlady, and Herr Schultz a Jewish fruit store owner were played sweetly and convincingly by Celine Bullivant and Grayson Milligan. Their genuine relationship provided the play with its emotional heart. However the planned marriage was scuppered by the emergence of the Nazis. William Harrington, as the increasingly menacing Nazi, Ernst Ludwig and
The Chorus, at first suggestive, then increasingly dark, cleverly portrayed the shifting mood of the show through their changing expressions and performance numbers which were beautifully choreographed. A kick line number ending in goose-stepping and Nazi salutes was particularly chilling. The talented members of the orchestra were almost characters in their own right, playing with finesse and seamlessly helping to evoke the mood of a 1930s club. A number of strong subjects were explored in Cabaret, from sexuality in its many forms, to pregnancy, abortion, drug use, political unrest,
chaos, the rise of Nazi Germany, and ultimately genocide. The staging of the gas chamber scene at the end of the show was clever and terrifying in equal measure. Huge credit must go to the creative team led by director Laurence Wiseman, musical director Duncan Ferguson and choreographer Ginnie Thorner for their courage to tackle the show, and the faith in their young charges to deliver such a mature, powerful performance. It was a fine balancing act to take the performers right to the edge, but not push them across, something that they definitely achieved.
Cabaret had everything from tenderness, tragedy, and hedonism, to humour, love and terror. It was a triumph for all involved.
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Annabel Manning as the coquettish, manipulative prostitute Fräulein Kost took to their roles with relish, and were also outstanding.
The narrative followed the lives of several intertwined characters. There was lovable but ultimately tragic Sally Bowles, an English nightclub singer, portrayed in a strong performance by Samantha Deller, whose singing voice and emotional range were particularly impressive.
Director’s Notes Laurence Wiseman agrees taking on Cabaret for the Senior College production was a risk, but he was confident he had a cast with the maturity and acting ability to pull it off. “A lot of exploration happened at the rehearsal stage to establish where the line was, and how far was too far? We danced on a knife edge to find a balance between respecting the school culture, environment and values, and honouring the intention and dramatic integrity of the work.” He says if the production team and cast had gone ‘completely safe’ and not portrayed the sinister, seedier side of life, there would have been nothing for the oppressors in the musical to oppress. Laurence admits to a few nerves on opening night. “I knew Cabaret wouldn’t necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea but had my fingers crossed that most of the audience would get it and see past the provocative and risqué moments in the first few scenes. It was a relief when they did.”
“They allowed themselves to be pushed and found it pretty hard and draining at times but were not scared to talk about how they were feeling. They took on the responsibility of presenting a tasteful yet powerful performance with great integrity and I am proud of the honest and intimate portrayal they managed to achieve.” He says it was also satisfying for the production team to deliver a theatre experience with challenging political, social ideas and values. “For me, the choice of Cabaret offered much more than the razzle-dazzle and good performances found in a classical musical. We were able to explore the deeper layers of meaning behind the work as an educational tool, and present something about so much more than pretty costumes, bright lights and a good time to the audience.”
He praises the emotional maturity of the young actors for their ability to tap into some dark places.
Being part of Cabaret has been the most memorable and extraordinary experience not just at StAC, but in my life. Taking a show that people were initially concerned high school students were doing and turning it into a critically acclaimed show created a heightened sense of pride felt by all involved.
Cabaret was one of the best experiences in my high school career. As a group we challenged the school’s expectations and pushed ourselves further than we ever thought we could. I can’t thank the senior management, Mr Wiseman and the cast enough for allowing us to produce such a show.
CAMERON MCHUGH, ‘EMCEE’ (YEAR 13)
SAMANTHA DELLER, ‘SALLY BOWLES’ (YEAR 13)
Christchurch Vocal Competitions Congratulations to all the StAC students who competed in the 2016 Christchurch Vocal Competitions, particularly Iona Taylor (Year 10) who was awarded the Ashley White Trophy for the most promising singer, aged 12 and under 16, and a cash prize of $200.
Ara Jazzquest It was a great weekend for StAC Music at the Ara Jazzquest, where the Jazz Combo and Big Band won Gold awards. Congratulations also to Cameron McHugh who won Best Trombone player at the competition.
Big Sing National Choral Festival. In the regional heats Staccoro performed two pieces beautifully and won Best Performance of a Work in Māori or Pacifica text, with E Te Ariki arranged by Staccoro’s conductor Matt Everingham.
Ballroom Dancing Chase Jordan (Year 11) was awarded the EMP Dance Scholarship at a ballroom dancing competition in Wellington.
Chamber Music Competition The Strowan Trio, Victoria Lee (Year 10), Rose Siebuhr (Year 10), and Tony Zhou (Year 10), competed in the chamber music section of the Christchurch Competitions Society during the holidays. They came second in their class and received silver medals.
Big Sing Both Secondary School choirs Staccoro and Stacchorus worked incredibly hard to prepare for the
Jazz and Blues Festival In late May the Big Band participated in the Cavell Leitch Jazz and Blues Festival. The students performed in the combined high school jazz bands in the festival finale concert along with Burnside High School, Christ’s College and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. During this set almost the entire band performed solos, impressing with their ability to improvise as they gain the confidence towards becoming true jazz performers. The Big Band works hard, loves jazz, and as a result is producing excellent results. Music Celebration at Knox Church The varied repertoire performed at the annual Knox Concert by our five chamber groups, two orchestras, the
Rosa Garcia Knight (Y12, above in pink dress) won a lead role in the recent Showbiz production of Hairspray.
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Benjamin Lang (Y13) performing at Southern Jam with the big band.
Dance At the recent New Zealand Dance Awards, Charlotte Brown (Year 7) placed first in Lyrical Solo U12 and first in Jazz Group 10–14 year age group.
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Results: 13 and Under 16 Years: Iona Taylor (Year 10) – first in Folk/ Traditional, Novice Solo, Mounsey Memorial, and Ashley White Trophy, second in Music Theatre in Costume; Archie Milligan (Year 9) – first in Sacred, second in Folk/Traditional; Isabella Ford (Year 11) – second in Novice Solo, third in Mounsey Memorial.
competed at the regional heats of RockQuest, where Neil MacLeod (Year 13) won the solo/duo category for the second year in a row. Finn Perring (Year 13) and Anna Bennetto (Year 12) also progressed to the regional finals with their band ‘Souldrop’. Finn Perring received the MAINZ Musicianship Award for his solo regional final (online region) for the National RockQuest final.
Preparatory School ensemble and both our senior choirs highlighted just how strong classical music is at St Andrew’s. This concert was an opportunity for the talented groups to share their work so far this year, and was a great warm up for the musicians and singers who were preparing for competitions. Performing Arts Jun Wha Shin (Year 8) has been named the recipient of a Trinity College London Study Award for being an Outstanding Student of Performing Arts. Jun Wha was selected from 54 students and the Study Award committee was unanimous in their decision on the basis of his outstanding achievement across several music subjects, commitment and talent. Poetry George Lester (Year 9) has had a haiku accepted for publication in the New Zealand Poetry Society 2016 Anthology. He was in the commended category for this competition and the anthology will be published later this year. Singing Joshua Pike (Year 13) competed in the Green Island Vocal Competitions in Dunedin and won the Rosemary Turnbull Cup for Sacred Song and the Rackley Memorial Trophy for Popular Song. He was also awarded the V J Crimp Trophy for Most Promising Singer of the Competition. For the fourth year running, Joshua has
Neil, a talented singer/songwriter went on to finish second at the regional competition and also made it as a finalist for the nationals. Visit Neil’s YouTube channel Neil MacLeod (SFRQ) to watch videos of the six original songs he has entered in this competition. Neil MacLeod finished second at the Smokefree Rockquest regional event.
been selected as a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir, which recently toured British Columbia, Canada, and was the guest choir at the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River, north of Vancouver. The two-week tour included 10 concerts, with all receiving standing ovations. Smokefree RockQuest Each Friday afternoon, the Music Department holds Rock School, where Kristian Giles and Michael Sumner assist a growing number of enthusiastic performers. This year two solo/duo acts and five bands supported by the Rock School initiative
Solo Drumming StAC students achieved some impressive results at the South Island Solo Drumming Competition, which was hosted at the College. Achieving first placings were Rhys Marshall (Year 7), Juliette Newman (Year 10), Jack Aimer (Year 11), Patrick Moran (Year 11), Brady Swann (Year 12), Iona Taylor (Year 10), and Alexander Fraser (Year 12). Speech and Drama St Andrew’s had 31 students competing at the Christchurch Competitions Society Speech and Drama Competition, with all gaining a ribbon in at least one event. There were some impressive performances and great results including the following students who
(Below) Christchurch Competitions Society Speech and Drama winners: (back row) Xavier Dickason, Pieta Bayley. Jai Bartlett, James Tavendale, Harry Withers, Connor Higgs, (front row) Sara Yu, Kiera Faass, Anika Bayley, Ethan Higgs and Teresa Steiner. Absent were Haotian Yu, Danielle Smith, Yuzhou Xiong and Emily Everest.
Youth Orchestra Victoria Lee (Year 10) has been selected as a violinist in the University of Canterbury Christchurch Youth Orchestra for 2016. Bass trombonist Christopher Ruth (Year 13) has been accepted into the Canterbury Regional Schools Orchestra, which will perform at the Secondary Schools' Orchestra Festival.
A thought provoking poem, written by Pieta Bayley (Year 6) when she was just nine years old, has won second prize in a prestigious English poetry competition. More than 300 entries were received from children from all over the Commonwealth for the ‘Never such innocence WWI’ competition, commemorating the Great War. Pieta’s poem, called Lemon squeezer boneyard was written in honour of her great-great-great uncle, Lance Sargent Arthur Greenwood of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, who died in August 1915 at Gallipoli. The name refers to the famous hats worn by Anzacs during WWI. Pieta says she wrote the poem at home, and entered the competition after her mother Joanna Mackle found it online. “I like writing poems a lot and thought it would be special to honour my relative who died at Gallipoli. When I heard the poem got second I was so happy.” In May, Pieta and her mother travelled to London, where she
Felix Kenton-Smith (Y8), James Drury (Y6) and Jaime Howell (Y8) performing at the Music Celebration at Knox Church.
Pieta Bayley (Y6) in London where she accepted second prize in a WWI poetry competition.
accepted the prize from General Gordon Messenger, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff at a function hosted by Baroness Jenkins at the House of Lords. “Inside the House of Lords was so beautiful and I liked meeting all the people there including Boris Johnson’s father who was one of the judges, and some of the other prizewinners. It was really great.” Pieta says the trip was an amazing experience and she is grateful for the support she receives from her creative writing class and tutor Kerrin Davidson at St Andrew’s.
Lemon squeezer boneyard Boots stomp through mud to slog up a steep cliff
Soldiers’ faces are ever grim Poppies with graceful poise are trampled by feet Guns fire in a canon Bullets dance People abandon the earth The souls of many take a starlit staircase from the trenches into the heavens One shell-shocked soldier longs for home Yet all he sees are skulls wearing lemon squeezers His mind is troubled and his matted hair as white as the snow that blanketed the dead in their eternal slumber A rowboat answers his call to a far-flung birthplace He wakes in his bed crying out for his friends but he hears no reply They are lost in a hallucination of terrors from a distant land. By Pieta Bayley, written when age 9, Preparatory School
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Theatre Daniel Bridgman (Year 6) has been selected to play the role of Michael in Billy Elliot, the London musical, which is coming to New Zealand for the first time. During October Daniel will be performing at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in the Auckland Viaduct. This is a significant achievement to be selected for a show of this calibre.
Pieta’s poetry prize
won first places, special trophies and prizes: Emily Everest (Year 3), Teresa Steiner (Year 3), Sara Yu (Year 3), Yuzhou Xiong (Year 5), Ethan Higgs (Year 4), Kiera Faass (Year 4), Anika Bayley (Year 4), Jai Bartlett (Year 6), Connor Higgs (Year 6), Harry Withers (Year 7), Pieta Bayley (Year 6), Xavier Dickason (Year 9), James Tavendale (Year 9), Danielle Smith (Year 10), and Haotian Yu (Year 12).
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Talented young cellist William Muir (Year 13) says it was ‘incredible’ to be chosen to perform with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in early July. “It was a massive learning experience and huge thrill to play with the most advanced orchestra in New Zealand, and to work with one of the best conductors in the world, Sir Andrew Davis.”
William delivering a speech at Parliament as the Youth Parliamentarian for Ilam.
William was one of only five, U18s selected to be part of a group of 50 of the most promising musicians from the National Youth Orchestra to perform Illuminations, by French composer Messiaen alongside 77 senior members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. “It is a rarely-performed, high modern piece of music, which requires 127 musicians. It was great to have the support of the senior cellists during rehearsals, who taught me so much about how an orchestra works and fits together to sound incredible.” Performances by the combined orchestra at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington and Aotea Centre in Auckland were very well received. “It was an incredible high. I had such a post concert rush.” William started playing the cello when he was eight years old and remains ‘very passionate’ about classical music. He achieved exam success in ATCL and LTCL at a young age, and has been selected for the National Youth Orchestra three times. In Year 12 William passed Scholarship Music, but because he was already a year ahead academically, was the same age as Year 11 students when he achieved this milestone. “I’m grateful for the support I’ve received from the teachers in the Music Department at St Andrew’s who have helped me to achieve my goals.”
Cellist William Muir (Y13) with renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis after performing Illuminations with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Auckland in July.
William formed a successful chamber trio, which this year made it through to the national finals of the National Chamber Music Contest. He is also an accomplished solo performer, who has performed with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and at various private and charity events. Although William intends to read History and Politics rather than pursue a solo cellist’s career next year, he still has ambitions to play in an orchestra. “My experience with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has given me clarity that I do want to continue on with music and would definitely love to play in a similar level orchestra in future.” William recently finished his tenure as Ilam’s Youth Parliamentarian, which saw him complete an internship at Minister Gerry Brownlee’s electorate office, write and distribute a survey on cycleways, and debate at Parliament, where he was elected Chair of his Select Committee.
Chamber trio astounds The Herzog Klaviertrio of William Muir and Finn van Dorsser (both Year 13) together with Selena Sun from Burnside High School performed incredibly well to be one of six groups selected for the national final of the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest. This is an exceptional achievement given nearly 500 groups from all around New Zealand competed. Although the trio didn’t win the top prize, it was awarded the Joan Kerr Gold Award for being among the six national finalists, which included a small cash prize. The Herzogs had won their way through to the national semi-finals after performing well in the district and regional competition, where the adjudicators praised the trio’s ‘expressive, enthusiastic performance’, presenting them a Bronze award (the second year running for William Muir).
The Herzog Klaviertrio, Finn van Dorsser (Y13), William Muir (Y13) and Selena Sun (Burnside High School).
To reach the pinnacle of national schools’ chamber music performance is testament to the ability and hard work of the trio and their principal tutor, Tim Emerson. He has worked with the students since the beginning of the year, refining musical and technical details to help them achieve this superb accomplishment.
Third poetry collection launched A large group of parents, students, Old Collegians and even past parents came together in the Senior College common room in mid-July to celebrate the launch of ‘rabbit rabbit’ the third poetry collection by StAC’s writer-inresidence, Kerrin Davidson.
Cambodia trip opens minds A dance party on an artificial turf in the village of Kampong Speu, was one of the highlights of the latest Cambodia service trip attended by fourteen Year 12 and two Year 13 students. Natasha Derry, who led the trip with Matua Steve Reid, says the dancing was the culmination of a twoday visit to the village, where the students spent time getting to know the local children and young people.
(Above): Julie Ryan, Rector Christine Leighton and Kerrin Davidson at the book launch; (Below left): Kerrin Davidson reads from ‘rabbit rabbit’; (Below right): a celebratory cake featuring the cover of ‘rabbit rabbit’.
“They hung out, played games and ended up dancing together. It was a neat shared experience between two very different cultures.” The visit was part of a twiceyearly service trip undertaken to Cambodia by StAC students, and can be a life-changing experience for them, says Natasha. “It definitely opens their minds to a different way of living, and helps them to understand that New Zealand is a privileged place to grow up.” Through the Flame organisation the students met with children from the slums, and shouted them a day at
the pool and lunch with money they had raised. They also visited an orphanage in Cosi where they played games with the children and young adults and painted buildings and walls. In addition, they spent time at a hostel in Phnom Penh where many of the young men who grew up in the orphanage are later helped and supported. The hostel is run by Partnership Cambodia, an organisation established by former St Andrew’s teacher Geoff McGregor who now lives in the country full time. Visits to the Killing Fields and temple complex at Angkor Wat were other experiences that had an impact on the students. “I’m so proud of the way the students conducted themselves. We landed in a heatwave, with the temperature rising to 46 degrees on the hottest day, but no one complained. The students were consistently kind, gracious, friendly, helpful, and great ambassadors for St Andrew’s,” says Natasha.
Centennial Writing Anthology Call for submissions The Centennial Writing Anthology will showcase and celebrate outstanding writing talent from the St Andrew’s College community and will be launched during the centennial year. All St Andrew’s College students, past and present staff and Old Collegians may submit their work. To request guidelines and a submission form please email Marisa Cappetta, email@example.com. Submissions close Monday 31 October 2016.
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Copies of this beautiful book are available for sale at the main reception.
Meg Stuthridge and Zoe Smith (both Year 12) with local children in the village of Kampong Speu.
Preparatory School students shared their poetry during the evening and guests were enthralled as Kerrin read poems from her collection described by Victoria University Press as taking “the form of oblique, sometimes tragic, always powerful vignettes, that are brilliantly restless in time and place”.
It is 400 years since the birth of Shakespeare, and to celebrate, one of his most famous, fast and fun comedies A Midsummer Night’s Dream was chosen as the Years 9 and 10 production. The Bard would surely have been amazed at the way in which the talented group of young performers brought the show to life, and achieved the challenge of making his words accessible to today’s audience. Director Ginnie Thorner said the students worked ‘incredibly hard’ to make the story and language come alive. “It was massively challenging, and a big undertaking, especially for the younger students. We had a lot of discussions
about what the words mean and how the language sits in the time it was set. Part of the discipline for the students was doing their own research, because they had to know the material to be able to deliver it.” Ginnie chose the play with its four interconnecting plots as it had many roles, and there was freedom to adapt the script to meet their needs. “The fact it wasn’t a musical also gave students for whom singing wasn’t their forte, the chance to have a leading role.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream has it all – star-crossed lovers, fairies, magic potions, and a hapless crew of hilarious players, rehearsing a play they hope to
put on at the upcoming wedding of the Duke Theseus of Athens and Amazon Queen Hippolyta. Bruno Mitchell and Lucy CammockElliot were strong performers in their roles as Duke and Queen, around whose nuptials the complex plot was connected. Shannon Fraser (Hermia), Elliot Wood (Lysander), Jenna Wells (Helena), and Sam Gibson (Demetrius) all gave standout performances as the young lovers, for whom the path of love certainly did not run smooth, largely due to Hermia’s overbearing mother Egeus, played with authority by Juliette Newman.
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(Bottom) was superb, with Louis Nel (Snug), Ethan Withers (Starvelling) and Iona Taylor (Snout) also relishing their roles, and under the enthusiastic, watchful, patient eye of Sam Bowden Cooke (Quince) this group gelled like a real troupe of players.
Oberon’s sprite Puck (portrayed by a lively Meg Longley), was another creature of the woods to shine.
The main cast was well supported by a number of students playing attendants, fairies and sprites, some who did well in minor speaking roles.
Like all good romantic comedies, love won out in the end, with the joint wedding a highlight of the show due to the hilarious ‘play’ put on for the guests by the ‘Mechanicals’. The physical comedy between Archie Milligan (Flute) and Philip Nordt
Accomplished Old Col musician William Buffham (2014) composed a wonderful original score, and did a great job as musical director, leading the talented quintet that played live throughout the show.
“As well as our fantastic creative team, a number of senior students helped out with make-up, backstage support, rehearsals, choreography and photography, and we had great support from parents who were very generous with their time and expertise,” says Ginnie. She is especially proud of the ‘delightful cast’ and their performance delivering material now hundreds of years old. “It gives me great joy when the students understand why these stories are told over and over, and how they continue to connect us with what it means to be human.”
The fun and games really began when the four young lovers inadvertently came under the spell of Oberon, king of the fairies and his queen, Titania (played by the commanding Sebastian Giesen and ethereal Francesca Harrison), when mistaken identity and hilarity ensured.
A Japanese drum group, French choir, jazz orchestra and song from visiting students from India was among the entertainment at the International Assembly, which celebrated the 26 different ethnicities represented on the St Andrewâ€™s campus. The wonderful programme was put together by Director of International and Exchange Students, Pale Tauti, along with our international and exchange students. It was a positive and uplifting event that celebrated our strong global community at the College.
Black and Bling Ball a success Many people who attended the ball commented on how much they enjoyed this positive, fun event.
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Special thanks must go to the hardworking ball committee led by
convenor Mervyn Evans, who did a great deal of work behind the scenes to ensure the success of the event which raised considerable funds for StAC hockey, rowing, and the new Chapel.
The fifth biennial Black and Bling Ball was another spectacular success, with Gym 1 transformed into a sparkling ballroom, and band 'Special Edition' keeping the guests on the dance floor for most of the evening.
Attending the World Vision Leadership Day in Term 1 inspired StAC’s Community Service Leaders to organise one of their most successful 40 Hour Famine events yet. “We gained a greater insight into the Syrian refugee crisis at the Leadership Day and after listening to inspiring speakers and watching some emotional videos decided on a creative launch for the 40 Hour Famine and our fundraising campaign,” says student leader, Anna McMillan (Year 13). The Community Services team packed the quad with multiple activities including a backpack challenge, virtual reality experience, and Syrian food, with stories and pictures of Syrian children scattered throughout to highlight their situation. Head of Community Service Isabella Garbett (Year 13) said the funds raised will go directly to Syrian refugee camps to help pay for child-friendly spaces, where they can be educated, take part in music and art therapy, and talk to psychologists. “It’s important the children are supported to deal with things and their education continues, otherwise an entire generation could be lost.” The Community Service team has already raised more than $16,000 for World Vision this year. A Mufti Day in Term 1 kicked off their fundraising effort, with money raised going to assist cyclone-ravaged Fiji. Isabella says the student leaders have been meeting with Years 9, 10 and 11 deans to ensure all are aware of Community Service activities for 2016, and younger students are encouraged to participate. “The Years 10 and 11 students involved in the programme already feed the homeless in Latimer Square every Sunday.”
Students enjoyed a virtual reality experience during the 40 Hour Famine event.
Another recent initiative saw prefects and staff engage in an entertaining runathon competition on two treadmills set up in the quad, which raised money to support Diabetes Youth New Zealand. Isabella, who won the ‘advocate for inclusion and diversity award’ at the Youth Voice Canterbury Awards, says the group’s goal in Term 3 is to look at new projects the Community Service Leaders can take on and expand into ongoing initiatives. “Aside from that we are trying to raise as much awareness as possible about the importance of community service. It is not just something to tick off the list. It really is an important aspect of life at St Andrew’s and hopefully a part of students’ lives once they leave school.” Congratulations to this year's enterprising group of Community Service Leaders, who in addition to Isabella and Anna, are Celine Bullivant (Year 13), Maeve Burns (Year 12), William Chase (Year 12), Alice Gualter (Year 13), Yonni Kepes (Year 11), Matisse Makoni (Year 12), and April Oakley (Year 13).
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Congratulations to the Senior College Council which pulled out all the stops to create a stunning â€˜Garden of Lightsâ€™ theme for this year's highly anticipated Formal at Wigram Airforce Museum. Thanks to all those involved in the organisation of this spectacular event, particularly to Mr John Ruge for the massive amount of time and energy he put into making the formal run smoothly and ensuring it was such a success.
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A â€˜Great Gatsbyâ€™ theme set the scene for a glitzy, glamorous Year 11 semi-formal held at the Riccarton Park Function Centre in May. Around 250 students including several partners from other Christchurch schools enjoyed the opportunity to dress up, dance, mingle with their peers, and pose for official photographs, a treasured memento of a wonderful night.
take charge The Prefects' Assembly was another entertaining event, with videos, song and dance highlighting the organisation and talents of our student leaders. The theme of students arriving at school only to discover that there were no teachers was the premise behind a range of very clever and often hilarious video clips that explored the possible outcomes of the students becoming the teachers in a number of departments.
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A ‘Morning Comment’ on the theme of living well and valuing teachers, presented by Courtney Johnson (Year 13) and Henry Trott (Year 13) was also well received. Quinan Men (Year 11) and George Bennett (Year 13) were the deserving recipients of DPR (Developing Positive Relationships) awards, which were presented at the assembly.
The messages delivered by the students were simple, positive and powerful, and the technical team, true to form, did an outstanding job of transforming the gymnasium. This group of impressive young student leaders is an important ingredient in the culture of the College, something that was definitely on show at the Prefects' Assembly.
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Sports round up Badminton The College A Boys’ badminton team, consisting of Haotian Yu (Y12), Jack Wang (Y9), Rittinan Udomkitchote (Y12), Chia-Min Lin (Y11), Ihsuan Chou (Y12) and Kai Yuan Kuo won the Canterbury Secondary Schools Teams Championships. Basketball Samuel Jenkins (Y9) and Harrison Peckham (Y9) represented Canterbury in the U15A Boys’ basketball team at the National Championships, placing fifth overall. Flynn McGuinness (Y9) represented the Canterbury U15B team that placed 11th overall. Georgia Hollings (Y10) represented the Canterbury U15A Girls’ team that placed fourth overall. William Hollings (Y11) represented the Canterbury U17 team, placing third, Canterbury’s highest finish in recent years. The Preparatory School A basketball team comprising Mitchell Kohing, Oscar Obel-Hall, Scott Janett, Hamish Patterson, Isaac Peckham, Angus Hill, Jackson Rhodes, Joseph Drury, Joshua Carr and Jack Harding placed second at the CPSSA Primary Indoor Basketball Competition. Climbing At the National Cup Series for lead climbing and bouldering, Judith Jewell (Y11) took out the National Cup Series for bouldering, was placed second in the National Cup Series for lead climbing, and was the overall National Cup winner. Equestrian Excellent performances in dressage, cross country and show jumping saw Benjamin Rowley (Y9) finish second at the National CNC95 Young Rider and Junior Rider One Day Championships.
Football Blair Currie (Y11) played for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls U15 team in Sydney where the team performed well to win all four of its matches against two New South Wales age group teams and two top school sports sides. Lily Bray (Y11) played for the New Zealand U17 Girls' team in China where the team encountered some tough competition, and enjoyed the opportunity to get a taste of international football and experience the Chinese culture. Ryan Nicholson (Y12) has been selected to represent Eastern Suburbs at a top international competition in Northern Ireland in July. Ryan will play in the Super Cup and is the only Canterbury representative in the side selected from a recent Auckland youth tournament. Futsal Several StAC students were selected into Canterbury Mainland Futsal representative teams for the Futsal National Youth Championships. Girls 15s: Francesca Morrow (Y10), Jasmine Ball (Y10), Emily Whitnall (Y9), Girls 19s: Britney-Lee Nicholson (Y12), Boys 12s: Jago Godden (Y8), Boys 14s: Timothy Justice (Y9), Boys 16s: Oliver Drew (Y12), Mitchell Radcliffe (Y11), Ralph Clink (Y11, non-travelling reserve), Boys 19s: Thomas McGowan (OC 2015), Jake Neill (Y12), Cameron Emberton (Y12), Jake Brunton (Y13, non-travelling reserve and referee).
Results: U19 Boys – fourth, U19 Girls – first, U16 Boys – first, U15 Girls – first, U14 Boys – third. Goalkeeper Oliver Drew (U16) won the Golden Gloves Trophy for fewest goals conceded, and Britney-Lee Nicholson won the Golden Boot for scoring nine goals for the Mainland U19 team which won the championship. Golf St Andrew’s hosted the World Secondary Schools Golf Challenge and was represented by Marcel Boet (Y13), Caleb Morgan (Y13), Saxon
Isabella Drew (Y9)
Morgan (Y11), Harrison Dore (Y10) and Alexander Greenwood (Y12). Marcel played at a consistently high level throughout the tournament to finish equal first in the gross competition (losing only on countback) and winning the nett competition. This was an incredible achievement considering the calibre of the golfers involved. Hayden Lam (Y5) and Ethan Lam (Y3) competed at the Australian Junior Golf Championships, where Ethan placed fifth in the 7–8 Years age group and Hayden finished fourth in the 9–10 Years section. Gymnastics Isabella Drew (Y9) represented New Zealand at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, achieving a personal best score and finishing twelfth overall. This was a great achievement for her first international competition, and sets her up well for the Indo-Pacific Gymnastics Championships, to be held in October. Renny Dephoff (Y7), Jakarta Klebert (Y7), Breanna Cherry (Y7) and Isabella Drew (Y9), have been selected to represent New Zealand at the IndoPacific Trampoline and Tumbling Championships to be held in Napier in October. Renny also won two first and two second placings on apparatus at the Marlborough Gymnastics Championships. Hockey A number of St Andrew’s students have been selected for Canterbury representative hockey teams.
New Zealand U15 Girls’ goalkeeper Blair Currie (Y11) in action against a New South Wales team on a recent tour to Australia.
Head of Co-Curricular Denley Jones with Marcel Boet (Y13) who finished equal first in the gross competition at the World Secondary Schools Golf Challenge.
Canterbury U18A: Matt Cummins (Y13), Mitchell Davis (Y11), William Mace-Cochrane (Y12), Balthazar Ruscoe (Y12), and Beom-Suk Yoon (Y12). Canterbury U18B: Fletcher Edmond (Y12), Felix McIntosh (Y11), Joshua Morrison (Y13) and Pippa McKinnel (Y12). Canterbury U15A: Isabella Ambrosius (Y10), Samuel Armitage (Y11), Harrison Darling (Y10), Lewis Edmond (Y10), Victor Gan (Y10), Jamie Garbett (Y10) and Etienne Harrington-Watt (Y10).
Ice Hockey Luke Hill (Y12) and Alexander Egan (Y13) have been selected for the Canterbury Men’s Ice Hockey team, the Red Devils. Daisy Hopkins (Y12) has excelled this year representing the New Zealand Senior Women’s Ice Hockey team as a goalkeeper in Spain at the IHF Women’s World Championships. She is also a member of the Canterbury Women’s team and Canterbury U17 team. Marathon Yonni Kepes (Y11) was the youngest person to complete the full marathon at the Christchurch Marathon and came sixth in the U20 category. Motocross Congratulations to Taylor Graham (Y11), who is the 2016 South Island Motocross Champion and New Zealand ATV Speedway Champion, after winning the 450cc production class in the senior category at both the South Island Motocross Championships, and New Zealand ATV Speedway Championships. Both competitions were Taylor’s first time competing in senior adults’ races after moving up from the juniors so these victories are a significant achievement. Lori Graham (Y9) has also achieved great results, finishing fifth overall and being the highest placed girl at the South Island ATV Motocross Championships. At the New Zealand ATV Speedway Championships Lori came home third outright in the 250cc production class and was the
During the July holidays, 57 Year 7 and 8 students travelled with five teachers to Queensland, Australia where football, rugby, netball and hockey teams competed against independent schools from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Each team played four games during the week long tour. Of the 16 fixtures played, St Andrew’s won nine games and lost seven. The most successful side was the football team, which played extremely well to win all of its four games. The hockey team also played strongly to win three out of four making significant progress in each game. The rugby team started the tour with a good win, and although unable to secure another victory, left everything on the field against some strong sides. The highlight for our netballers was a win against St Hilda's School, with the team playing some excellent quarters in their other matches and showing promise. During the exciting trip the students enjoyed spending time with their billet families and the opportunity to visit Suncorp Stadium (where they watched the Queensland Reds train and had a behind the scenes tour), Australia Zoo, Seaworld, Dreamworld and Pacific Fair.
Preparatory School Winter Tournament 100 St Andrew’s Preparatory School girls, representing 12 teams, took part in the annual ISSA Winter Tournament. Competing in netball and hockey, the girls put in a great effort across both codes with some excellent results. St Andrew’s hosted the Year 7–8 hockey and StAC Navy finished a credible third. In the Year 5–6 competition, played at St Margaret’s, the StAC Navy team won all their games to win the tournament. At Hagley Park, the Year 6 team, playing a six-aside format of netball finished third overall. The 7A netball team only lost one game, and finished as Year 7 champions, while the Preparatory A netball team, finished in second but qualified for the Canterbury Primary Schools competition next month.
The Year 5–6 Navy hockey team, which won the annual ISSA Winter Tournament for their age group (from top left): Nikkita McIntyre (Y6), Maddison Barr (Y6), Caitlin Muir (Y6), Akiko Omori (Y5), Jenna Patchett (Y6), (bottom left) Amelia Kyle (Y5), (middle left) Aine Molony (Y5), (middle right) Rylee McBride (Y4), (bottom right) Addison Williams (Y5).
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Ice Figure Skating Milla Newbury (Y8) is representing Canterbury in four major competitions around the country from July to October, culminating in the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Championships.
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U15B: Henry Crump (Y9), George McCallum-Clark (Y9) and Aleisha Davis (Y9).
(From left) Dougal Shepherd (Y11), Isaac Egan (Y11) and Ayrton Shadbolt (Y11) performed well at the New Zealand Secondary School Orienteering Championships.
Brother and sister speedsters Lori Graham (Y9) and Taylor Graham (Y11).
first placed girl for New Zealand. This is an impressive achievement given this is Lori’s first season on the larger engine bikes. Cody Doerner-Corson (Y10) came in third place at the Nelson Motocross Championships recently. Netball Congratulations to Jessica Allan (Y12), Olivia Clark (Y12), and Samantha Molloy (Y12) who made the Canterbury U17 team; Kelera Nawai (Y13) who was selected for the Canterbury U19 team; and Kate Allan (Y9) and Emily Allan (Y9) have been selected for the Christchurch U14 netball team.
StAC’s 9A and 10A netball teams competed at the Junior South Island Secondary Schools Championships where the 9A team finished a highly creditable third. Well done to Emily and Kate Allan (both Y9) who were selected into the tournament team. Jessica Allan (Y12), Sam Molloy (Y12) and Olivia Clark (Y12) played for Canterbury in the National U17 tournament. Jessica Allan was named in the New Zealand U17 tournament team. Kelera Nawai (Y13) played for the Christchurch U19 netball team that placed third at the National U19 tournament.
Congratulations to Ash Kelliher (Y8), Leila Rhodes (Y8) and Natasha Lind (Y7) for making the Independent Zones (ISSA) netball team. Orienteering The St Andrew's orienteering team of Oliver Egan (Y12), Isaac Egan (Y11), Dougal Shepherd (Y11), Ayrton Shadbolt (Y10) and Clayton Shadbolt (Y8) attended the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships. StAC won the boys’ small team (five or less competitors) overall competition. Clayton Shadbolt came first in the Year 7–8 Boys’ long event, Isaac Egan placed third in the Intermediate Boys’ long event, and Ayrton Shadbolt, Dougal Shepherd and Isaac Egan
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Rogaine Our athletes performed strongly at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rogaine Championships, with Dougal Shepherd (Y11) and Ayrton Shadbolt (Y10) having a fantastic run to win the national trophy in the Junior Boys’ category by a clear margin. Oliver Egan (Y12) and Fin Montgomery (Y12) had a competitive run in the Senior Boys’ event, finishing in fifth place. Rugby Arthur Inkson (Y8) has been selected for the Canterbury Primary Schools U48kg rugby team. Jack Harding (Y8) has been selected for the U13 Metro Representative rugby team. Rain may have prevented many St Andrew’s teams from competing
Running Ayrton Shadbolt (Y10) received a bronze medal in the two-mile race at the Freshman-Sophomore Showcase Meeting for Los Angeles at Pasadena High School. He wore his St Andrew’s athletics uniform and got a huge thrill when during the race the commentator called out “the New Zealand runner from St Andrew’s College”. Speed Skating Penny Burridge (Y11) was first in the Canterbury Speed Skating Championship in the Sub-Junior Women’s event. Squash Henry Dobbs (Y12) placed second in the Boys’ A grade at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Squash Championships. Swimming Angus Kelliher (Y9) and Katie McBride (Y9) were awarded the significant accolades of Most Outstanding Junior Boy, and Most Outstanding Junior Girl at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Swimming Championships. Following the National Age Group Swimming Championships Bryn Rumble (Y9), Quinton Hurley (Y12) and Angus Syme (Y11) were selected to join the Swim New Zealand Talent
ID Squad, with Angus Syme also selected as one of Swimming New Zealand's Pathway to Podium athletes. Open Swimming Nationals Lucy Gordon (Y12) placed second in the 4×100m medley relay and was sixth in the 200m breaststroke in the top women’s level at the Open Swimming Nationals. Angus Syme won a silver New Zealand medal in the regional 800m freestyle relay, representing Canterbury West Coast at the top men’s level. Table Tennis The Senior A table tennis team placed third at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Championships. Alexander Wilson (Y11), the College’s number one player, was unbeaten throughout the entire tournament. Tennis Jamie Garbett (Y10) finished runnerup in the Canterbury 16 Years and Under Boys’ competition, at the age of just 14 years old. He and his partner also won the 18-year age group doubles title. As a result of these successes, Jamie is now ranked S2, which is the highest grade possible. Jamie has since travelled to Florida with Tennis New Zealand and after an intensive training camp with top coaches, played in the IMG Discovery Tennis Open (formerly the Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open). He played incredibly well to win the 16-year age group tournament, beating an older and highly ranked Australian player in the final. Trampoline Kirsty Shields (Y11) has been selected for the New Zealand trampoline team to compete at the Indo-Pacific Championships in Napier in October. Trapshooting StAC gained a number of top results at the North Island Secondary School Clay Target Championships, placing first in the five-person team event and first in the two-person team event (James Field (Y13) and Laurence Arundell (Y11)). In the individual section Jimmy Field came first for Points Score, and third in Skeet. Jimmy was awarded the ‘High Gun’ for the championships as the top scorer across the three events. Volleyball Holly Matson (Y12) has been selected for the South Island Volleyball team to travel to the Gold Coast in September. Water Polo Elliot Lambert (Y11) was selected for the Canterbury Water Polo Boys’ U16 to play in the Pan Pacific Games.
(From left) Henry Bates (Y12), Spencer Hughes (Y3), Benjamin Taylor (Y12) and Emily Woodgate (Y3) walk onto the field during Club Day.
Jamie Garbett (Y10)
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Road Race The Canterbury Secondary Schools Road Race was a special event for St Andrew’s with Ari Graham (Y13) winning the Senior Girls’ race by 14 seconds, and Mitchell Small (Y13) breaking away from the leading group to win the Senior Boys’ race by seven seconds. This is a great achievement and likely to be the first time StAC has won both senior titles at this event. A number of other athletes placed in the top 10, including Eva Pringle (Y10) and Mya Graham (Y11) who finished second and third respectively in the Junior Girls’ event.
on Club Day with all U5-U13 games cancelled by CRFU. However the weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the youngsters who turned out to support the First XV in their match against Marlborough Boys, which resulted in a 10 all draw. A mass haka, including StAC players of all ages was a highlight of the day.
came second in the Intermediate Boys’ relay event. Isaac Egan has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering team and will be competing for the Southern Cross Trophy in Queensland, Australia in September.
Enthusiastic participants in the annual College Cross Country.
cross country results
It’s been a busy time for StAC cross country athletes, with the highlights being Mitchell Small (Year 13) and Ari Graham (Year 13) winning Canterbury titles, and being selected to represent New Zealand against Australia. Mitchell also ran in the ISF Cross Country World Schools Championship in Budapest, Hungary, where he finished 12th in the selected boys’ championship race with a time of 15.08, and was the first New Zealand athlete to cross the finish line, an amazing achievement. Racing got underway in May with the College Cross Country held in school grounds for the first time in many years. It was pleasing to see so many students participating with great spirit and challenging themselves to run the course in the fastest time possible for extra House points. On 31 May, a strong team of 30 athletes represented St Andrew’s at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, held in extremely wet conditions at Halswell Quarry. Congratulations to Mitchell and Ari who provided St Andrew’s with a clean sweep in the senior individual events, winning the Senior Boys’ and Senior Girls’ titles.
Our third Canterbury title went to Year 10 students Eva Pringle, Victoria Spratt, Abbey Stokes and Isabella Ambrosius, who ran strongly to win the Junior Girls’ team race. Several athletes went on to represent Canterbury at the New Zealand Cross Country Championships, where Ari Graham, Mitchell Small and Saxon Morgan (Year 11) were part of the gold medal winning senior teams. Ari also gained a bronze medal in the Senior Girls’ individual event and Mitchell placed sixth in the Senior Boys’ race, with their solid performances leading to their selection in the New Zealand team. Congratulations also to Eva Pringle who won a gold medal for Canterbury in the Junior Girls’ teams race and finished ninth in the individual competition; and Gregor Mackay (Year 10) and Ayrton Shadbolt (Year 10), who received silver medals for Canterbury in the Junior Boys’ teams event. Preparatory School students also performed well at the ISSA cross country at Hagley Park. Congratulations to the 15 students who received top five placings, and particularly Akiko Omori (Year 5 Girls), Satoru Omori (Year 7 Boys) and Holly Bridgman (Year 8 Girls) who all won their events.
Results: St Andrew’s College Cross Country Championships
Age Group Winners Girls: U14 − Jenny Zhu (Y10), U15 − Mya Graham (Y11), Intermediate − Jessica Allan (Y12), Senior − Ari Graham (Y13) Boys: U14 − Jack Rule (Y9), U15 − Ayrton Shadbolt (Y10), Intermediate − Saxon Morgan (Y11), Senior − Mitchell Small (Y13) Canterbury Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships A number of students excelled at this event. • Mitchell Small (Y13): First – Senior Boys • Ari Graham (Y13): First – Senior Girls • George Adam (Y11): Third – AWD • Saxon Morgan (Y11): Second – Intermediate Boys • Ayrton Shadbolt (Y10): Second – Junior Boys • Gregor Mackay (Y10): Third – Junior Boys • Eva Pringle (Y10): Second – Junior Girls • Mitchell Small (Y13), Matt Cummins (Y13), Josh Anderson (Y13), Finn Perring (Y13): Third – Senior Boys Team • Ari Graham (Y13), Jessica Allan (Y12), Samantha Molloy (Y12), Amelia Holmes (Y12): Third – Senior Girls Team • Ayrton Shadbolt (Y10), Gregor Mackay (Y10), Cameron Trumper (Y11), Quinton Hurley (Y11): Second – Junior Boys Team • Eva Pringle (Y10), Victoria Spratt (Y10), Abbey Stokes (Y10), Isabella Ambrosius (Y10): Second – Junior Girls Team
The Cockram Cultural Award at this year’s dinner was presented to fashion designer Lucy McIntosh, whose continued success in the fashion industry made her a very worthy recipient. The College’s newest test cricketer, Henry Nicholls, was the recipient of the Maginness Memorial Cup for Sports Personality of the Year. Henry was unable to be in attendance as he was away on test duty in Africa, so we were fortunate to have Henry’s parents Janet and Rick (OC 1976) receive the award on Henry’s behalf.
First XV of 1996
Rugby Reunions The College hosted a memorable rugby reunion when players from across the decades gathered to catch up with former teammates. The First XV teams from 1995, 1985, and 1975 were welcomed back along with a couple of members from the Thistle Club. With a combination of different age groups and a shared love of rugby – many new connections were made and stories shared. It was great to have past coaches and managers back too. Thank you to all who attended. It was fantastic to have the Sports Pavilion full with Old Collegians to support the current StAC First XV in a tough game against Shirley Boys’ High School.
57 First XV of 1976
Richard Lemon was presented with the inaugural Alister Newton Award for Service for his service to A&P associations over the past 30 years. This new award recognises an Old Collegian who has given significant service to a community organisation or cause, and honours Alister as a much-loved member of this community whose own service to St Andrew’s over many years epitomised selflessness. This is my last column as President of the Association. The past two years have been an immensely rewarding experience, representing Old Collegians at a diverse range of events. From ‘lively’ Dunedin Old Cols reunions to gatherings for those 65 Years On, and all those in between, there is undoubtedly a connection that binds a group of people across geographic and generational lines.
First XV of 1986
It is heartening to stand down from the office knowing that both the College and the Association are in strong heart, and are well placed to celebrate 100 years of success and camaraderie with gusto, and to look forward to the next 100 years with confidence. Nick Letham (2001) President
One of the highlights on the Old Collegians calendar, is the Annual Dinner, and this year proved no exception with record numbers in attendance and the ‘sold out’ sign raised quicker than ever before. It is very pleasing to see such an increase in engagement with the College as we stand on the eve of the Centenary.
Message from the President
Joe Telford (1996), Samuel Rose (1996), Dianne MacDonald and Ben Shipley (1996)
Annual Dinner It is great to see the growing support for our Old Collegians’ functions, and this year’s Annual Dinner was no exception – selling out in record time! Congratulations to fashion designer Lucy McIntosh (2006) who won the Cockram Cultural Award for her great achievements including showing at New Zealand Fashion Week and featuring in magazines such as 'Marie Claire' and 'Vogue Australia'; Black Cap Henry Nicholls (2009) who won the Maginness Sports Award, which was presented to his parents Rick and Janet on his behalf, and to Richard Lemon (1968) who received the inaugural Alister Newton Award for his services to community groups such as Young Farmers and the A&P Show Association. Overall it was a great night attended by Old Collegians from 2010s and as far back as the 1930s, a true celebration of our diverse Old Collegian community!
2007 leavers and partners
Gary Walton (1985), James Walton (2014) and Noel Walton (1981)
Alan Beanland (1942) and George Scrimshaw (1955)
Noel Walton (1981), Andrew Murray (1981) and Jonathan Wells (1987) with the haggis.
Amanda Withers (2014), Rector Christine Leighton, and Charlotte Elley (2014)
New incoming President Mark Mulholland (1973), with Barbara Mulholland, Ashleigh Mulholland and Paul Bowater.
James Munro (2004), Karen Munro, Andrew Munro (1974), Emma Costello and Dougald Munro (2008)
Jenny and Keith Gillanders (1957)
Patsy and Keith Wardell (1949)
President Nick Letham addressing the diners.
Richard Lemon (1968)
Lucy McIntosh (2006)
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on the design and manufacture of small satellites and also collaborating on a Space Virtual Reality Project. Simon Todd (Dux 2008) won a Fulbright Scholarship from the University of Canterbury for Post Graduate study at Stanford University where he is part way through his PhD in Linguistics.
Phil Keoghan (1985)
Bruce Allan (1956) was the welldeserved recipient of the Ellesmere Golf Club Inaugural President’s Service Award, which recognises outstanding efforts by members who volunteer their time to assist in the running of the club and maintenance of the course.
Phil Keoghan (1985), international celebrity and well-known TV personality from the ‘Amazing Race’, returned to Christchurch in early August for the premiere of his recently produced film Le Ride, at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Bruce Murtagh (1960) has been inducted into the Stanford University Inventors Hall of Fame, for his work in the development of optimisation software. The MINOS optimisation package he worked on is widely used in business and planning application software. He is currently Emertius Professor at Macquarie University Graduate School of Management.
Gregg Wafelbakker (1989) is the general manager of Westland Milk Products. Greg has been a key figure for the Hokitita based co-operative dairy company, in negotiating regulations to establish a dairy company in China. David Bui (2002) was the soloist in the first public orchestral concert to be held at Christchurch's new concert venue, The Piano in August. David played the 'Mendelssohn Violin Concerto' acccompanied by the Canterbury Philharmonia (conductor Mark Hodgkinson). The programme also included John Ritchie's 'Papanui Road Overture', with its clever reference to the pipers of St Andrew's College.
David Tait (1968)
David Tait (1968) a senior partner at Cavell Leitch has retired after 43 years with the company. Since the beginning of his career David grew a reputation for outstanding legal advice and client service and his practice blossomed. David has also generously given over many years to various NZLS Standards and Disciplinary Committees. The latest play written by Carl Nixon (1985) called Matthew, Mark, Luke & Joanne received rave reviews after its recent run at The Court Theatre. It was described as “a sexy, sophisticated comedy full of twists and turns that takes a light-hearted look at relationships and moral dilemmas in 2016”.
David Wright (2008)
After completing a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering with Honours at UC during which he launched several small rockets and broke a world altitude record David Wright (2008) was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the USA. He graduated in June with a Masters of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford, San Francisco. David is now doing research
Oska Inkster-Baynes (2009)
Oska Inkster-Baynes (2009) clinched his second national title, winning the Christchurch Airport Half Marathon in June. Oska is aiming to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. At the recent opening night of The Court Theatre production That Bloody Woman, Andrew Manning (2010) a graduate of NASDA, was the Associate Musical Director. Angus Hawke (Head Boy 2011) has graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and is working as HR Co-ordinator at Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu. Angus has been learning Te Reo Māori and in July returned to StAC to speak to all Secondary School students, sharing some of his recently gained insights into the power of cultural intelligence and the important place of Te Reo and Tikanga for all New Zealanders. Andrew Douglas-Clifford (2011) has created a London tube-style map to showcase New Zealand's state highway network. Andrew is doing a masters in Geographic Information Science (MGIS) at University of Canterbury "hence the love for cool maps". After always having a fascination for metro network maps, Andrew spent five weeks in several European cities last year, including time travelling on the London Underground. It inspired him to think how those metro networks might look in New Zealand. Erin Ritchie (2011) completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biochemistry at Otago University, and last year she began her Masters of Science (also majoring in Biochemistry). Erin was the recipient of the Mervyn Smith Prize for the top Biochemistry
Isaac Shatford (2014) is proud the show Suspect that he wrote and was performed at StAC in 2014, has now been performed by St Hilda’s Collegiate School and John McGlashan College in Dunedin. Harry Grigg (also 2014) was the youngest of ten semi-finalists in the Lexus Song Quest. Both Isaac and Harry are studying Performance Music at the University of Otago. Charlotte Elley (2014) has been performing well in her debut transTasman netball league season. Charlotte, only 19 years old has been making strong appearances off the bench for the Tactix in her rookie season. Charlotte is also working to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at Lincoln University.
Claudia Pottinger (2013) is in her third year studying Computer Engineering and has secured an internship with Google, based in Sydney.
• 9 September Golf • 16 September Official Centenary launch • 16–17 September 40 Years On • 7 October Gentlemen’s Luncheon • 14 October 10 Years On • 25 October Dedication of Centennial Chapel
Sarah Wright (Dux 2011)
• 9–11 November A&P Show • 27 November 100th Prizegiving Caitlin Dore (2014)
Caitlin Dore (2014) has been selected for the New Zealand Paralympics track and field team for Rio, competing in the javelin. This is a magnificent achievement and very exciting for Caitlin. StAC also had two rowers in the Olympic team – Robert Manson (2007) and John Storey (2005).
• 13 January 2017 London Old Collegian’s Event (New Zealand House) • 17–19 March 2017 Centenary gala weekend celebrations Visit www.stac100.co.nz for more information about Centenary events.
Hamish Dalzell (2013) has been named in the New Zealand U20 rugby squad for the World Rugby U20 Championships being held in England. Ari Barrow (2013), Elliot Darling (2013), Lawrence Darling (2015), Sam Lane (2015) and Thomas Mallon (2013) were members of the Canterbury U21 Men’s hockey team, which won the U21 national competition. Sam scored a total of 14 goals throughout the week, which earned him most valuable player and top goal-scoring honours.
Sam Lane (2015) was top goalscorer and MVP at the U21 national hockey tournament.
Dominique Harrison (2015)
Dominique Harrison (2015) was presented with a Gold award at an official Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award ceremony at Government House in May. She received the honour from the Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. Bridget Watson (2014) recently had confirmation she has also completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award having continued to complete the award since leaving StAC. Jack Shatford (2016) and Jack Duff (2015) have been accepted to The Edge Performing Arts School in Melbourne on full scholarships following an audition process.
In loving memory We remember our dearly departed Old Collegians. • Brent Freer (1958–1962) • Gregory McCreanor (1969–1975) • Donald Walker (1948–1958) • Craig Sim (1974–1980) • Tony Blackett (1950–1962) • Ian Middleton (1961–1965) • Kelvin Purdie (1937–1941) • Douglas Worner (1941–1945)
Sarah Wright (Dux 2011) graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from MIT, Boston in June, with a Grade Point Average of 5. She is continuing at MIT, doing a Masters of Biomedical Engineering. Over the last two years as Captain of MIT Engineers' Rifle Team she has become MIT’s most celebrated shooter ever, and is the first athlete in the history of the rifle programme to collect Academic AllAmerica Honours two years in a row.
Master's student in 2015, and also gained an Otago University Research Master's Scholarship for the thesisonly year of her Masters (2016). Erin’s project is investigating how plants regulate the production of vitamin C.
Old Col inspires centennial plaque Old Collegian Roger Lawson (1955) asked his artist neighbour Hennie Hartzer to make a cast of the St Andrew’s College thistle after he saw the iconic symbol on a letter from the College. After seeing a sample Rector Christine Leighton asked Hennie to make a limited edition of plaques, which are for sale for $95.00. Enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing one. Each plaque is individually made. The casting of the aluminum is done in the traditional way by pouring molten aluminium into individually prepared ‘greensand’ molds. After the cooling down period every item is then individually polished to a high level. Finally, the recessed areas are filled with specially mixed art resin.
Artist Hennie Hartzer with Old Collegian Roger Lawson and the 'Centennial Plaque'.
Hennie says. “As I am passionate about my craft, every item is handled with care and love for the specific art form.”
eventually purchased a farm at Rai Valley. After his son and family took over the farm some 20 years later, Roger moved to Blenheim, where he worked as a school caretaker. After retiring from that position Roger held the role of station maintenance person at the Blenheim Police Station. He retired when he was 78.
Roger came from a dairy farming background, and after he left StAC he
Roger obtained his Amateur Radio Licence in 1967 having been
interested in radio since he made a crystal set at StAC. He has spent a long time involved with the Amateur Radio Emergency Corp helping with the communications for Civil Defence and Search and Rescue in and around the Marlborough district. Roger is married to Colleen and they have a son and two daughters, seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
A Bonny Bear for your baby! Have you had a baby recently? We’d love to hear about this new addition to your family. Send us a photo of your baby and your contact details and we will send you a complimentary St Andrew’s College Bonny Bear. This cute teddy bear is a part of our St Andrew’s College merchandising range and is especially for our St Andrew’s community members. For more information visit our website www.stac.school.nz. Email your photo and contact details to Kate Baker at email@example.com or post it to 347 Papanui Rd, Strowan, Christchurch 8052.
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