REGULUS SEPTEMBER 2018
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Editor and Writer: Jo Bailey Photography: Ken Baker Photography Sue Oxley Pip Dinsenbacher Ginnie Thorner Rachelle Joilin Jessica Gavin (Year 11) – Semi-formal Gray Atlas – Vex Robotics Competition Shannon Jessica (Black Wired Photography), supplied courtesy . of Smokefree Rockquest Melissa Chang – New Zealand Model UN Tallulah Farrah – New Zealand Model UN Design and layout: Plato Creative Printing: Caxton Published: September 2018 General correspondence should be addressed to: Head of Communications St Andrew’s College 347 Papanui Road Strowan Christchurch 8052 New Zealand Telephone: +64 3 940 2000 Facsimile: +64 3 940 2060 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: stac.school.nz Find us online: Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Flickr
Where these icons appear throughout the magazine, they indicate where further photographic or video content is available via our online channels. (Cover) Senior Production: Kirsty Shields (Year 13), Phillip Nordt (Year 12) and Harry Wilkinson (Year 13). Photo credit: Pip Dinsenbacher
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From the Rector From the Board Meet the new Head of Middle School A place for readers, dreamers and makers Kākāriki Twins Stepping into an exciting future; Students embrace new surroundings
Positive Education focus affirmed; Staff news
Introducing our 2018 Student Captains
Teaching and Learning
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Exciting tourism career options Engaging roles Marina awarded prestigious scholarship Vive la France A unique cultural experience Honouring the past; Bronze medal at Chemistry Olympiad Academic success Mind frames create agents of change Real world learning; Passion for politics Young writing talent nurtured Magical Matariki Technology whizzes Student learning shared Growing young leaders
Resources and Environment
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Prestigious awards for Centennial Chapel Behind the camera; Highest accreditation for Outdoor Education programme From the Director of Development Ladies Circle celebrates 60 years
Values and Culture
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Blood Brothers stuns Powerful student performances Behind the scenes Exploring the ‘why’ Making magic memories A night of glitz and glamour Community and service A sparkling night at the Ball Students reflect on child poverty Speakers inspire our boys and girls Special assemblies Pipe Band runners up at the Worlds Cultural catch up Amahl and the Night Visitors coming to StAC Consistent success for hockey programme Football going from strength to strength Sports round up
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Message from the President; Welcome to the new Old Collegians Executive 2018–2019; Online Alumni Roll; Events Class notes Obituary; Gone but not forgotten; Upcoming events; Just married
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Rector Recently Gavin and I had the good fortune to experience a wildlife safari in Tanzania. The plains and savannah lands of the Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks were a great place to observe animal behaviour and reflect upon the importance of communities.
life of simplicity, order and predictability, for one dominated by financial pressure, consumerism and potential conflict.
Whether it was the majestic elephant, the elegant impala, the wallowing hippopotamus, the mischievous warthog, the proud lion, the graceful giraffe, or the gregarious zebra, they all played a part in the order of the grasslands and all held a role in their own communities. Rarely would a solitary animal last long in the wilderness.
Somehow, in our own complicated lives, worlds and communities, it is important that we too find our place, contribute to the success of the greater whole, understand the needs of others, support the young and the vulnerable, and value and respect the old. With so much innovation, change and opportunity, there will always be the need for community and belonging.
We witnessed the lioness enjoying moments of playfulness with her young cubs, and teaching them the strategy of the hunt; the mother elephant protecting her babies, with the bull flapping his enormous ears as a warning to over-zealous photographers; the lead buck of the wildebeest herd bellowing instructions and asserting his male authority; the zebra stallion standing in vigilance over his harem as they grazed peacefully; and the proud eagle sitting on her nest, diligently bringing food to sustain the newly hatched chicks. All species, in order to survive, play their role in providing food, protecting their communities, teaching the young, and anticipating dangers. The strength of the community is in everyone playing their part. Our observations also extended to the Maasai people living in the Highlands above the Ngorongoro Crater. These hill tribes of Tanzania are still living the ancient tribal life, which revolves around the grazing and herding of cattle. Unencumbered by possessions and living a largely nomadic lifestyle, the Maasai people are now being challenged as younger members of their community reject the age-old customs of arranged marriages and pre-ordained responsibilities within their tribes. Armed with education, access to the internet, and knowledge of the wider world, younger people are often drawn to the cities of Kilimanjaro or Arusha. However, they realise that in adopting more modern, city lifestyles, they are also giving up a
I was amazed to hear it was not unusual for the Maasai tribespeople to live to over 130 years old. Their diet of eating mostly meat and drinking blood and milk, supplemented by foraged plants and traditional medicines, obviously has some major health benefits.
Our young people, armed with education, knowledge, curiosity and sound values, are blessed with the opportunities to travel and learn, be it with sports teams, cultural trips to Japan, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Cambodia, France, or Africa, or on exchanges to one of our many sister schools all over the world. These experiences, along with the values they are forming in their critical school-age years, will help them to become active contributors to their future communities. In the meantime, they continue to learn and practise at St Andrewâ€™s, the meaning of leading self, living our values of compassion, generosity and respect, contributing to teams, developing resilience and grit in the face of difficulty and disappointment, celebrating success and achievement, and feeling gratitude for all that we enjoy. Whether it is the animal kingdom, the Maasai tribes, or our extended StAC community, success will be determined by how we all play our part.
Christine Leighton Rector
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Some of the highlights from the incredible safari Gavin and I were lucky to experience in Tanzania.
The opening of The Green Library and Innovation Centre on Friday 8 June was another special occasion for St Andrew’s College. The Preparatory School Kapa Haka Group did a wonderful job of welcoming guests, and we are grateful for the generous support of Chris and Sarah Green, and their children Sophie and Harry (Year 12), who helped to bring this impressive development to life.
In July, we celebrated the 20th ‘birthday’ of the College’s RDH Steel Technology Centre. Its opening in 1998 was witnessed by 400 invited guests, including the then Prime Minister, Dame Jenny Shipley, Rector Barry Maister, Board Chair Brian Gargiullo and donor Rod Steel. Many students took part in the opening, which was captured by a six-camera live-to-air two hour show on regional television.
Board It was my pleasure to welcome guests to the 101st Annual General Meeting of St Andrewâ€™s College, held on Thursday 28 June. The AGM is an important time of reflection and accountability, as the Board presents the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the prior year. We also take the opportunity to talk about areas of particular focus and priority in the College today, and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The Board reported to the meeting that the College is continuing to perform well strategically and financially. The roll is strong, achievement across the academic and co-curriculum spectrum is continuously improving and reaching new heights, innovation and change are alive and well, and our reputation is prospering. Perhaps the greatest single indicator of College success is demand for student places, which is again, at unprecedented levels for 2019. We believe this strong performance is due to the collective capabilities and efforts of so many people over many years. And of course, it is due to leadership, which starts with Mrs Leighton, the Executive and Senior Leadership Group. Not only are they effectively leading in their own right, but they are successfully developing and enabling a broad and deep leadership capability in all the many and varied facets of the College. What this means is the teaching and support staff team is going from strength to strength and this, more than anything, will serve us well in navigating the future and sustaining success. In the second half of 2017, we started a conversation across our community about the future of the College and where to next. The Board appreciates the constructive engagement and rich insight gained from the input of so many people, which is invaluable for us in understanding the success of St Andrewâ€™s College to date and discovering what is going to sustain this into the future. The refreshed Strategic Plan will be published later this year; however the Board is excited about what is emerging, albeit challenged by the pace and complexity of change. There is no doubt the plan will take further the already strong focus on Positive Education and Well-being, for both students and staff, and also accelerate the growing opportunity of data and analytics to improve learning experiences and achievement for all students.
There are also potential challenges arising from the new governmentâ€™s review of education policy, direction and funding. The Board is working closely with Independent Schools New Zealand to engage with the new government and endeavour to influence the outcome of the multiple education sector reviews they currently have underway. It is in this environment, for reasons of financial prudence, and also compliance with our recently resolved Treasury Policy defining debt funding parameters, that the Board has deferred by one year the Theatre Complex redevelopment, the next major project on the Campus Development Master Plan. This will also allow more time for fundraising, which has the potential to alleviate some of the financial tension and ensure no further delay. The AGM also ratified my reappointment by the Board to the position of Chair and that of Malcolm Johns and Rob Hall as Co-Deputy Chairs. As Chair, I am mindful of the responsibility which comes with the role and comforted by the calibre of our Board of Governors who together share governance accountability. I am pleased to report that the Board is operating very effectively. Relationships are respectful, capability is diverse, debate is robust, and accountability is strong. We recently undertook a review of both the Board and Chair performance, and while pleased with the outcomes we will strive for further improvement as we continue to serve in the best interests of students, their families and the College.
Bryan Pearson Board Chair On behalf of the Board of Governors
Meet the new Head of
Mikae joined St Andrew’s College in 2015, as a teacher in the Elite Sport Studies programme, and has been a key mentor for the College’s high performance athletes and Pasifika students. He has also coached the First XV, been a driving force behind the Girls’ volleyball programme, and supported the House programme. As an Old Collegian (and Prefect in 2003) Mikae brings a unique perspective to the Head of Middle School role. He says many things haven’t changed since his school
“When I was at school, students would sometimes measure their success by whether or not they made the First XV or received an A Bursary. Today, all aspects of students’ academic, co-curricular, pastoral and well-being needs are considered, with effort, determination and grit celebrated alongside students’ other successes.” During his time at the College, Mikae embraced every opportunity, playing in the First XV, singing in the choir and having a main part in two major productions. ‘Giving things a go’ is advice he is already passing on to current Middle School students, as participation gives students a sense of belonging and pride, he says. After leaving St Andrew’s, Mikae studied a Bachelor of Education
majoring in Physical Education and History at the University of Canterbury, while playing rugby at a high level. He attended four Junior Rugby World Cups and won two of them, as part of the New Zealand U19 and U21 rugby teams alongside the likes of Kieran Reid, Stephen Donald, Jerome Kaino and Piri Weepu. Mikae played for Canterbury in the Air New Zealand Cup, as it was known, and after graduating from university in 2008, moved to Auckland, where he taught Physical Education and Health at Birkenhead College, a school happy to release him for half of each year to play rugby for Northland. Although he made the Auckland Blues squad, Mikae says rugby ‘stopped being fun’ so he decided to focus on his teaching career instead. “I moved back to Christchurch to take a teaching job with Lincoln High School in 2012, where the following year I was appointed Head of Physical Education and Health. I also became a House tutor at MacGibbon House at St Andrew’s during 2012 and 2013. In 2015, Rod McIntosh called to ask if I would be interested in running the Elite Sport Studies programme at the College, which is something I have been really passionate about. It has since grown from a one year programme in Year 9 to a four year programme for Year 9–12 students.” Mikae says developing leaders among his ‘supportive and open-minded’ team of Deans, tutors and teachers is another major responsibility of his role, along with the establishment of a long-term vision for the Middle School.
New Head of Middle School, Mikae Tuu’u, with Year 10 Students Luke Stedman, Emma Newbury, Riian Nel, Oscar Bloom and Jamie Howell.
“I plan to involve all the key players – students, parents and staff, in the development of a clear vision, which is in the best interests of all students, while enhancing the positive learning environment in the Middle School and ensuring everyone feels safe and supported.”
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“Middle School students are in such an important age bracket, which was a key factor motivating me to apply for this role in the Senior Leadership team. It is an exciting challenge to help to prepare them for the world beyond school, and to have an influence on these year groups over a significant period of time.”
days at St Andrew’s, such as the students’ sense of belonging, a feeling they are part of something bigger than themselves, and the culture of celebration. However, there are some key differences too, with the holistic development of students now much more of a focus.
New Head of Middle School, Mikae Tuu’u is excited to help influence the learning of Year 9–11 students and to continue to facilitate a positive culture and environment.
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The new Green Library and Innovation Centre, a reimaging and extension of the existing Secondary School Library, is opening a world of new learning possibilities for students at St Andrew’s College. Features of this light, bright new facility include ground floor and mezzanine areas in the ‘Information’ space (library) with book displays and a relaxed environment where students can read, study and research. The Centre also has two specific ‘Innovation’ spaces. The first is a design space where innovative technology ideas are created, and the second is a ‘maker’ space or construction zone, where students have access to modern fabrication tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters and tools. The Green Library and Innovation Centre was officially opened on Friday 8 June with special guests including Chris and Sarah Green, and their children Sophie, and Harry Green (Year 12). Following a business pitch from a Year 13 Business Studies
group, the Greens agreed to provide generous financial support to the project. The family’s Ashburton-based company, Midland Holdings, is one of New Zealand’s top agricultural seed producers, and is a leading producer of nutritional oils and specialist honeys. In her speech at the opening, Sarah Green said the family was pleased to support the vibrant new Green Centre, where students could read, research, share ideas and innovate. She said generosity of spirit was at the heart of their family ethos and hoped their gesture would show the importance of being generous and giving back. Other special guests at the opening included Board Chair Bryan Pearson, Board members, architect Tony Hoare from Wilkie and Bruce Architects, representatives from Bushnell Builders, Holmes Consulting, Powell Fenwick, and Rawlinsons, contractors, students, and staff including Head of Innovation and Information Services, Wilj Dekkers, who along with the College’s Board and Executive team was instrumental in leading the development of the new Green Centre.
“Wilj is an educational leader with wide vision, and even better he has turned this vision into a reality. The design and creation of this space has been a truly collaborative exercise led by Wilj and has included ideas from students, teachers, library assistants, architect Tony Hoare, designers and industry experts. We couldn’t be happier with the result and are also incredibly grateful to the Green family for their contribution,” says Rector Christine Leighton. St Andrew’s General Manager, David Evans, says the College was grateful to architects Wilkie and Bruce, main contractors Bushnell Builders, and the consultants and sub-contractors associated with the project. “The result is a lovely transformation. The new and improved building looks great on the campus.” Wilj and Board Chair, Bryan Pearson, also spoke at the opening of the Green Centre, which was blessed by Chaplain Paul Morrow and Matua Steve Reid. Writer-in-residence, Kerrin Davidson, read her poem, Kākāriki Twins, which she wrote in honour of the new development. In a fitting end to a wonderful celebration, a robot, programmed by St Andrew’s students, cut the ribbon to officially open The Green Library and Innovation Centre. Guests then spoke to students stationed throughout the Centre, who shared their learning on various projects, including a virtual reality app designed for children with autism, art design using Surface Studio, Fabric Technology students demonstrating experimentation with 3D printing techniques, and students using Minecraft Education Edition to redesign the Christchurch Cathedral and Cathedral Square.
Students enjoying the state-of-the-art facilities in The Green Library and Innovation Centre.
This sister whare mātauranga is a pātaka of books. The mistress of reading, who grew her roof, her walls, her foundations from the earth. This brother whare auaha meanders between land and sea and carves solutions from many floating ideas. She braids her hair, with shingle from the Rakaia River. He braids his hair, with shingle from the Rangitata River. She's the one who carries clear water to farms and coaxes wrybills, terns, gulls, dotterels back to their wetlands. He's the one who thinks about the double helix of water, the technology of the natural bridge. Like woven threads they construct rafts together and lower water levels. Whare mātauranga plants saplings beside Strowan Stream and dreams in green. Highlights from The Green Library and Innovation Centre opening on Friday 8 June.
Whare auaha swims inside the sky and knows no limits. These twins, green and innovative, cradle the St Andrew's hapū beyond Moana-nui-a-kiwa.
Writer-in Residence, Kerrin Davison created a beautiful poem called Kākāriki Twins to commemorate the opening of The Green Library and Innovation Centre. Her magical words, which celebrate the union of library and technology, are etched on a glass wall in the Library area.
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Head of Innovation and Information Services, Wilj Dekkers, discusses a 3D printing technology project with Leon Marsh (Year 11).
Stepping into an exciting future The exciting new Green Library and Innovation Centre heralds a new way in which St Andrew’s College is responding to a rapidly changing world with disruptive technologies and shifting social norms, says Rector Christine Leighton. “Following our wonderful Centenary celebrations last year, we have embarked on the StAC101 initiative in 2018, a new journey which is focused on the future. We are mindful of the inevitable disruption to our educational landscape and The Green Library and Innovation Centre builds upon that. It provides a space where inspiration, innovation, creativity and collaboration are at the heart of how our students learn, understand and dream.” Christine says the project highlights the focus of the current strategic planning process being undertaken at St Andrew’s, as the College moves into the next phase of its development. “Skills such as teamwork, agility and entrepreneurship are becoming more important in the modern workplace, but don’t necessarily
fit into traditional models of academic assessment. We are addressing these types of questions in our strategic planning process. The Green Centre is an exciting step forward in this direction and is providing wonderful opportunities for students to work collaboratively, and have contextual real-life experiences in their learning.” There are many factors, including the pending NCEA review, focus on Future Learning Environments, and research into disruptive technologies, which are informing educators’ thoughts on how the years of compulsory schooling can be best used to prepare students for a world of unprecedented change, says Christine. “We are excited by this challenge at St Andrew’s. While we intend to stay grounded in our traditions and values, we also have the agility and organisational culture as innovators to adapt and respond quickly to change. Initiatives such as the Green Centre help to ensure we are providing the best possible learning environment for our students. The Centre honours the traditional place of books and joy of reading, while challenging the status quo, celebrating new and exciting technologies, and opening our minds to new possibilities in the Innovation space.”
Students in the new Green Room break-out space in the Library area, which can be closed off for meetings and small group projects.
Students have made themselves at home in the bright, welcoming environment of The Green Library and Innovation Centre, says Head of Innovation and Information Services, Wilj Dekkers. “We’ve seen an immediate change of culture in the Library, which has returned to being a calm place of focus. The new surroundings and comfortable modern furniture, combined with a ban on gaming in the Library during lunchtimes, has seen the Green Centre become many students’ preferred place to read and research. There was been a particular influx of senior students, and within a few weeks of opening the Centre, we had to order more furniture for the mezzanine floor to accommodate them all.” Junior English classes are allocated time slots in the Library, with a librarian assigned specifically to each group to act as the point-of-contact resource person for staff and students. The librarians’ role has also expanded to include the curation of resources, and to work alongside English teachers when using Library zones. Other subjects are also making good use of the Green Centre, says Wilj. “The Centre has already been used as a venue for NCEA Dragon’s Den pitches, interschool debating, and writers’ workshops. The Commerce Department is using zones within the Centre for its Business Studies teams.” Students in NCEA Digital Technology have access to Virtual Reality (VR) equipment in the Innovation space and are enjoying the ability to 3D print items they have created digitally. A Year 9 Digital Technology strand has been added to the Technology programme, giving younger students the opportunity to make use of robotics, and utilise the Centre’s 3D development tools and fabrication equipment. Teachers are also coming up with exciting ways to use the technology, says Wilj. “Hard Materials and Fabric Technology teachers have been adapting units of work to incorporate access to the new 3D and laser fabrication tools, while Design and Visual Communication (Graphics) is adding the laser cutter as a fabrication tool to take 3D designs through to prototyping. We’ve also been working with Agriscience teachers to create virtual digital landscapes which students can use to explore the impacts of various land uses.”
Elizabeth Scott-Lysaght (Year 9) is exploring the possibility of making a prosthetic hand with the 3D printer for
Project Enable, and is planning to build a 3D architectural model of a building designed by a local architecture firm. Morgan Carter (Year 9) is using the Lego Digital Design program to design a scale model of Strowan House, which he will eventually build in Lego. A Year 7 Preparatory School group is looking at the issue of refuse in urban areas. They are designing innovative solutions in CAD programs, and 3D modelling their prototypes. Outside experts are brought in to St Andrew’s to assist with its Technology programme, including Bryn Lewis (OC 1984), a Microsoft MVP, who has a particular interest
in the ‘Internet of Things’. He has been working with senior students to write code and runs a Girls’ Code Club on Friday afternoons. The College has a strong robotics programme, with its senior Vex Robotics team recently becoming Christchurch Vex champions at a robotics event held at the University of Canterbury Engineering Core. Younger students participate in various coding clubs, and Lego Mindstorms, which is also supported by the University of Canterbury. “Our students are being prepared and supported to create and control future technology, rather than simply being users of it,” says Wilj.
Our students are ‘‘ being prepared and
supported to create and control future technology, rather than simply being users of it.
HEAD OF INNOVATION AND INFORMATION SERVICES Jake Newlands and Ella McMillan (both Year 12) during Boarders' Prep.
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Some of the exciting student projects underway in The Green Library and Innovation Centre include the development of virtual reality content to help students at Allenvale School learn to cross the road safely; and a new, online point of sale ordering system for the College’s Cafeteria, being developed by Oliver GriffithJones (Year 13) which is soon to be trialled in the Preparatory School. This system will allow parents to ‘top up’ their child’s online account and keep track of their purchases.
The Green Library and Innovation Centre is a wonderful multi-purpose learning hub.
Board Chair, Bryan Pearson, says after attending the Positive Education Schools of Australia (PESA) three-day conference in Geelong with Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic), Helaina Coote, Head of Well-being and Positive Education, Kerry Larby, and Head of Guidance, Tom Matthews, he is confident that the direction and progress in Positive Education and Well-being at St Andrew’s College compares favourably with some of the best schools in Australia. “I came away really inspired by our team. The College is very well served by the leadership and capability of Helaina, Kerry and Tom in this most critical area. The opportunity to learn from them and with them at the conference was a key reason for going, along with the Board’s desire to reinforce our full support for the important work they are doing.”
Dr Martin Seligman, the founding father of Positive Psychology, spoke to delegates at the PESA Conference.
The conference was hosted by Geelong Grammar School to celebrate the school’s 10-year journey as a global leader in Positive Education. It was attended by academics and leading educators from throughout the world, including Dr Martin Seligman, the founding father of Positive Psychology and the PERMA model used at St Andrew’s, who spoke about the future of Positive Education and adolescent well-being. “The opportunity to listen to Dr Seligman and the other presenters, and to connect and collaborate with some of the 800 delegates in attendance with whom we shared a common interest, was incredibly beneficial.” Bryan says during the conference the team from St Andrew’s identified
Mike and Commerce teacher, Jo Bigford-Fleming, are the core members of the group, who have been taking spin classes at St Andrew’s since they were started by High Performance Sports Co-ordinator, Rainer Klebert, around 10 years ago. “The bikes are now set up permanently in the Fitness Centre, and we welcome any new members who would like to join us.”
Bryan says the challenges of student well-being are not new, however they are magnified in the digital age. “In a rapidly changing world, the enhanced focus on student well-being and pastoral care, together with the intention to invest further in positive education, will continue to be a top priority at the College and in our community at large.”
Commerce teacher, Jo Bigford-Fleming (bike), and French teacher Bronwyn Radcliffe (run), along with Bronwyn’s husband Tim (swim), completed the Three Person Half Ironman. Two women’s teams from the Preparatory School also entered this event – Kelly McBride (swim), Alma Ronald (bike), and Leanne Gilray (run); and Libby Parkes (swim), Nicky Vincent (bike), and Vicki Pettit (run).
In a Spin Participants in the weekly staff spin class are looking smart, thanks to the purchase of some new t-shirts. Head of Cricket, Mike Johnston, says the group of around nine staff has a lot of fun while working on their fitness. “We enjoy the camaraderie, fun and banter that goes on in the classes, which are taken by Christine McBreen-Smith. It’s a great way to look after our health and fitness and feel good for the day.”
some new initiatives, which could be implemented to further support both student and staff well-being. “We also discussed the opportunity for St Andrew’s to edit and curate the best and latest positive education and well-being research, tools and resources, and make this easily accessible for our parent community”
Bronwyn Radcliffe, Mike Johnston, John French and Peter Dawkings at a recent spin class.
Wanaka Challenge Several staff members from St Andrew’s College competed at the 2018 Wanaka Challenge in the Half Ironman events (1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run). Science teacher, John French and High Performance Rugby Director, Rod McIntosh, competed in the Individual competition, which was an outstanding achievement.
Honours Award Congratulations to Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic), Helaina Coote, who was the recipient of an Independent Schools of New Zealand Honours Award 2018 for Service to English and Leadership. Before joining the Senior Leadership team, Helaina was Head of English, one of the top performing departments at St Andrew’s. She contributed to the development of both the Learning Support and Gifted and Talented programmes at the College and is a leader in the implementation of Visible Learning. Helaina is an outstanding teacher, who has contributed significantly to the school and the wider New Zealand context.
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Velia Men Velia says an overarching goal in her role as Academic Captain is to reduce the ‘stigma’ around academics. “A key focus is to encourage greater interest, passion, and enthusiasm in the academic field for everyone. I hope to encourage students to reimagine their stigmas around academics and make academia something that can be accessible and engaging for all.” She says a specific focus has been organising peer tutoring, and the LEAP Reading program, where senior students help others attain their individual academic goals. Velia passed NCEA Level 3 with Excellence in Year 12 and gained a Scholarship. Outside of academics, she is passionate about playing the piano and attained a DipABRSM with Distinction. Next year, Velia plans to study Biomedical Science, as she works towards Medical School.
Saxon Morgan As well as promoting sporting achievements and upcoming sports events in the College, Saxon’s main goal as Sports Captain has been to unify the Secondary School and reduce the divide between the Senior College and Middle School. “We have started to organise games including the whole Secondary School, which are supported by teachers and other students. I enjoy being able to help organise and run events which makes them much more meaningful.” Saxon is an outstanding triathlete, who won silver at this year’s New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Triathlon Championships. Next year he plans to move to Cambridge (Waikato) and train part-time while studying part-time at university. “My main goal is to get a degree, continue training, and fulfil my overall dream of one day becoming an Olympian.”
Louis Newman Helping students to embrace their academic side is a goal for Academic Captain, Louis Newman. “One way we plan to do this is by running at least one evening session for students with a keynote speaker and a topic for discussion. I’d also like to see academic events included in Inter-house competitions, with the aim of bringing academia into the mainstream.” In 2017, while in Year 12, he passed NCEA Level 3 with Excellence and was one of the top ranked students in the year group. This year he is sitting five Scholarship subjects. Louis is a busy member of the StAC community. He is Pipe Major of the Pipe Band and also participates in choir, jazz band and productions. After leaving St Andrew’s, Louis plans to study towards a Bachelor of Science at the University of Otago.
Charlotte Whittaker Charlotte says her main goals as a 2018 Sports Captain are to acknowledge all athletes at St Andrew’s in their wide range of sports, encourage participation in the many sporting opportunities on offer, and help to develop greater integration between the Middle School and Senior College. “I wants to help athletes at St Andrew’s take hold of all the opportunities and encourage them to reach their goals.” Charlotte is a high level sportsperson who also brings good organisational skills to the role. She is a current member of the New Zealand U18 and Junior Tall Ferns basketball teams, and is also a member of the Canterbury U19, North Canterbury Spirit, and North Canterbury Premier teams. Next year, Charlotte is going to America on a Division 1 basketball scholarship. Her ultimate goal is to play professional basketball.
Jackson Page Supporting and celebrating the wide variety of Arts, Music and Drama activities at St Andrew’s including those which tend to fly under the radar, while building on the inclusive, supportive cultural scene at StAC are among Jackson’s key priorities as Cultural Captain. “An example of this was the Showcase event Leo and I ran at the end of Term 1, which incorporated film, drama, singing and dancing acts, and static art displays. I also like to encourage younger students to get involved in the many cultural opportunities on offer.” Jackson has been involved in several productions at St Andrew’s, including Blood Brothers. He is a member of the Senior School Choir, has performed in Big Sing competitions since 2013, and is writing and directing a play for TheatreFest. Next year he will study Engineering at the University of Canterbury, where he plans to get involved with theatre and film societies. Leo Noordanus Leo says his main focus as Cultural Captain has been to try and bring many different areas of culture together to produce ideas and performances. “We have worked alongside heads of various cultural activities and held meeting at lunchtimes to discuss possible ways to improve StAC culture". He says another highlight has been helping to implement the ‘D Cubed’ initiative, established by the Heads of Drama to create fun drama and Theatresports activities for students at lunchtimes. Leo has also appeared in several shows at StAC, including Blood Brothers, and next year plans to study towards a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canterbury, as he heads towards a career in marketing. “I also hope to involve myself with the UC MUSOC productions as many fellow Old Collegians have done.”
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2018 Student Captains, from left Saxon Morgan, Charlotte Whittaker, Velia Men, Louis Newman, Jackson Page and Leo Noordanus.
career options Tourism contributes $36 billion to the New Zealand economy every year, and is the country’s largest export industry in terms of foreign exchange earnings. It also employs 400,000 people. With a high demand for workers and around one in every eight jobs in this country either directly or indirectly related to tourism, there are some great opportunities for students keen to work in this fast-paced sector, says Head of Travel and Tourism, Ian Morrison. “Tourism offers a wide variety of career options. We have recent leavers working in a range of jobs, such as food and beverage managers, jetboat drivers, helicopter pilots, airline check-in staff and crew, and winery staff. Another former student has moved to Sydney to study tourism marketing.” The Unit Standards based Travel and Tourism programmes at St Andrew’s are popular with Year 12 and 13 students interested in travel, or who want to prepare themselves for future work or study in the tourism industry.
The focus in Year 12 is to provide students with an introduction to the tourism industry in New Zealand and world destinations including Italy and Egypt. “Experiential learning and discovering natural New Zealand is a big aspect of this course. The students go on two field trips during the year, a day trip to Akaroa, and a three-day trip to Punakaiki. On the West Coast we spend a lot of time experiencing nature, visiting beaches, caves and staying in a forest,” says Ian. In Year 13, students broaden their knowledge of the New Zealand tourism industry and learn about how tourist destinations are promoted and marketed. They also practise valuable communication and customer service skills, including aspects of crosscultural communication. St Andrew’s Tourism and Travel students regularly interact with international visitors to the College from Taiwan, South Korea and India says Ian. A four-day field trip to Queenstown is a highly anticipated part of the Year 13 programme. “The focus of this trip is
around adventure tourism, job opportunities, and how Queenstown is marketed as a region. Some of the highlights of this year’s field trip were the half-day Dart River jet boat ride into Mt Aspiring National Park, including sites from the Lord of the Rings movie set, and visiting the Chinese Settlement at Arrowtown. A few students pushed themselves well out of their comfort zone by bungy jumping, with Year 13 student George Adam bravely doing the Nevis Swing.” During the field trip the group caught up with a couple of Old Collegians, John Rassie (OC 2015) and Jasmine Lanauze-King (OC 2017), who are both successfully building careers in the industry. “It was great for our current students to chat to John and Jasmine about their work and to learn some of the exciting pathways to future study and work on offer in Queenstown.” A number of Travel and Tourism students from St Andrew’s go on to tertiary study at the Queenstown Resort College or undertake the Tourism Management degree course at Lincoln University, while others enter the industry straight from school. “Tourism and Travel students at St Andrew’s leave us well prepared for further study or work in this exciting industry. They have a great understanding of the sector and are well practised in communication and customer service skills, key attributes which will lead to future success.”
These former students of Travel and Tourism at St Andrew’s say that the course prepared them well for future study, and work in this fast-paced, dynamic sector.
John Rassie says taking the advice of Travel and Tourism teacher Ian Morrison, to study in Queenstown was one of the best decisions he has ever made. “Tourism is a great career choice down here. Lots of different doors open up, especially if you are a Kiwi committed to working hard.” After leaving St Andrew’s, John gained a Diploma in Hospitality Management at Queenstown Resort College and worked as a concierge at the Hilton Hotel. “I initially planned to be a fulltime concierge and work my way around Queenstown, but then the opportunity came up to work with premium boutique winery Wet Jacket as a cellar door host. I started part-time over the summer, and now work there four days a week. It’s an amazing place to grow my career in the wine industry.” John also works for NZSki, driving people up and down the mountain two days a week. “I’m grateful for the grounding and industry knowledge I picked up in Year 12–13 Travel and Tourism at St Andrew’s. It’s helped to put me on an exciting career path, and I’m having a lot of fun as well.” (Top) John Rasie with fellow graduate Madison Davis (OC 2015).
Developing customer services skills, gaining knowledge about different countries, and meeting people of many different nationalities are some of the key benefits of the Year 12–13 Travel and Tourism course, which have helped William Read in his career. William has had a lifelong love of aviation and works at Christchurch International Airport in passenger services for PlaneBiz, a company providing a complete suite of ground handling services to the major airlines. He has significant responsibility, which includes looking after the needs of passengers on private charters and business jets which fly into the airport. “The knowledge I gained about different countries and cultures in Travel and Tourism is really valuable, as I am constantly meeting people from all over the world. I love my job as every day
is different and unpredictable, with the potential for things to turn upside down in a moment.” William also slots in with the other passenger services teams at the airport, working on check-in, and at the gates. “I would definitely recommend the Travel and Tourism course at St Andrew’s to current students. It’s a great course, particularly for those interested in a career that is a bit more hands on.”
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is a hands on job, which includes waitressing, serving high teas, and even carving meat and making crepes in front of the diners.”
Jasmine LanauzeKing (OC 2017) Jasmine Lanauze-King says practical real-world experience is one of the highlights of her studies towards a Diploma in Hospitality Management at Queenstown Resort College. “I’m currently on a nine month internship as a Chef du Rang at Hippopotamus, a fine dining restaurant at the Museum Hotel in Wellington. It
One day Jasmine would like to run her own restaurant and bar, so she is finding the business aspects of the course extremely valuable. “I enjoy learning how everything is run and how it all fits together to create a successful business.” She says the Travel and Tourism course at St Andrew’s gave her a good grounding, particularly whe n it came to working with other cultures, and understanding her own strengths and weaknesses. “I’m 100 per cent happy I decided to study at Queenstown Resort College. I’m learning a lot, and being set up for success with real work experience. Tourism related careers are exciting and you learn something new every day.”
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Year 12 student, Marina Kenton-Smith has just embarked on an incredible life-changing experience, after being one of seven New Zealand students selected for a prestigious two-year United World College (UWC) Scholarship. Marina is studying at Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong, one of UWC’s 17 colleges worldwide. She is excited to be following in the footsteps of her father, Jesse Kenton-Smith, who attended UWC’s founding college, UWC Atlantic College, in Wales. “I knew about the scholarships because my father and some other family friends have attended UWC colleges. When I was about 10 years old I decided that I would like to attend one too. I’m so excited to have this opportunity to be immersed in a different culture and study alongside students from around the world who have a similar interest in helping others.” In November 2017, Marina started the lengthy application process. In March this year she was interviewed over Skype by a UWC teacher in China, before being invited to attend a national selection weekend in Wellington with other New Zealand students.
The United World College organisation was founded in 1962 with the aim of bringing together young people from different nations to act as champions of peace through an education based on educational achievement, leadership, experiential learning, and service to others. The concept was based on the ideas of German educationalist, Kurt Hahn, one of the founding fathers of the UWC movement. He was a pioneer in education, with some of his earlier initiatives including the Salem School in Germany and Outward Bound. Today, UWC remains committed to providing students with a challenging and transformational educational experience, which inspires them to become agents of positive change and to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. At the heart of its programmes are ‘Creativity, Activity and Service’ (CAS), with students encouraged to excel outside the classroom as much as inside, through engagement in a wide spectrum of creative, physical, social and community activities. This is a similar philosophy to St Andrew’s College, where Marina has been immersed in a range of activities, including sailing, netball, social basketball, debating, orchestra and choir. She has enjoyed being a Peer Support Leader, helping
younger students to transition into school life at St Andrew’s. At Li Po Chun, the UWC of Hong Kong, Marina will participate in its Quan Cai (whole person development) programme, when students are given the responsibility to initiate and run projects and participate in local community service. “I’m really looking forward to the community service aspect of my studies. We will be involved in various service projects in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other nearby countries. For example, I will be working with people with leprosy and with children in rural areas. There is even the possibility of a service project in North Korea.” Marina restarted the Year 12 school year in August, as this is when the school year starts in Hong Kong. She has some advice for other students keen to consider this wonderful opportunity. “I would encourage anyone to apply. St Andrew’s has a similar set of values to those held in high regard by the UWC system.” For further information visit the UWC website, www.uwc.org Applications for 2019 scholarships close in early December.
Fabulous French culture, traditions, architecture, food, and language were brought to life for a group of 23 Year 11–12 Languages students and three staff members, when they spent 18 days exploring France in the Term 1 holidays.
While in Paris, the group met up with Daniel Maier-Gant (OC 2014) who was living in an apartment, and studying Law and Politics at Université Sciences Po, on exchange from the University of Auckland. “Meeting Daniel was a highlight of the trip for many of our students. He showed us around parts of Paris we otherwise wouldn’t have seen, including multicultural areas where students hang out. He also organised a wonderful dinner back in the city for our last night of the tour.” Another highlight was the four-night homestay in Rouen, where students
France Visiting the D-Day beaches and Memorial Museum for Peace in Normandy was a moving experience for the students, who also enjoyed visiting Bayeux, and seeing the famous tapestry, made during the 11th century. Exploring Château of Chenonceau and Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, staying in a medieval walled city in Carcassonne, exploring Roman heritage at Arles, and watching Spartacus, the annual re-enactment of the Roman games in the 2000-yearold arena at Nîmes, were other highlights of the group’s busy itinerary. A guided tour of Nice, a visit to the market and the old part of town, and a swim in the Mediterranean capped off
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attended French lessons at a language school and visited local sights, says Bronwyn. “This part of the tour was a wonderful opportunity for our students to practise their language skills and get an insight into French family life.”
(Top) Madeleine Tutty (Year 11) and Juliette Newman (Year 12) ‘prop up’ the Eiffel Tower. (Above) The students at Carcassonne.
an amazing tour, before it was back to Paris, and home to New Zealand. Bronwyn says the tour was a great experience, which provided full cultural immersion, and helped to develop the students’ language skills and independence. “Meeting Daniel also gave the students an insight into the application of the French language beyond school. The trip has inspired some of them to possibly follow in his footsteps.”
(Left) At the Pont du Gard, near Nîmes in the South of France. (Right) Paige-Rose Barrington (Year 11) with an artist in Montmartre, Paris.
Their journey took them from Paris to Rouen via Giverny, then on to Normandy, Tours, Carcassonne, Nîmes and Nice. Highlights included night views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, overnighting in a fortified medieval city, wandering through Monet’s gardens in spring, and swimming in the Mediterranean. “Paris was mind-blowing for the students. We explored on foot and averaged around 28,000 steps each day as we visited the city’s main attractions,” says French teacher, Angela Marshall, who organised the tour. Other staff members to accompany the group were French teacher and Year 12 Dean, Bronwyn Radcliffe, and Materials Technology teacher, John Hamilton, who did French lessons before the trip, and during its course enlightened students about many aspects of history and architecture.
A unique cultural experience A homestay with local families in the small rural Japanese village of Ago in Wakayama-ken, was a highlight of the 18-day Japanese Languages trip in April. “Our students were hosted in groups of four and experienced how Japanese people really live. At each home they enjoyed lots of delicious food and different activities, such as dressing in kimono, wearing traditional armour, cooking, and carrying out farm duties. We also came together as a group to help the villagers lay out rice-planting
trays. The pace of village life was such a contrast to the big cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, and the local families made us so welcome,” says Japanese teacher, Virginia Simcock. During the visit the students gained an insight into some of the challenges facing small villages such as Ago, with many of its young people moving away to big cities. Thirty-three Year 11–13 students, who had been learning Japanese for three to five years, went on the trip accompanied by Virginia, English teacher Donna Jones and Spanish teacher Alexis Evlampieff. “The students enjoyed practising their Japanese in a real life context. In groups of two or three they would often think about how to say something and interact, which helped to grow their language confidence. It was also wonderful for them to visit the cities and sights they had been learning about in class, eat the local food and experience the different way of life and culture of this amazing country.”
(Left) The torii (sacred) gate, Miyajima Island, near Hiroshima. (Right) The St Andrew’s tour group.
A visit to the Hiroshima Peace Museum was another highlight, which moved many of the students, says Virginia. “Seeing the photographs and listening to the stories of survivors was an emotional experience for them.” During the trip, the group met up with six former St Andrew’s students, who are currently living in Japan. “Meeting the Old Collegians and hearing about their work or study in Japan was a buzz for the students and really opened their minds to future possibilities of pursuing the language. A number have already told me they want to go back to Japan.” Virginia says learning Japanese gives students language skills and cultural awareness they can take into many areas of their lives. “One of the aims of Languages courses is to grow global citizens who have tolerance, understanding, and who embrace the opportunity to interact with other cultures.”
The immersive experience included visits to Tokyo, Kyoto, Shirahama, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukuoka, where the group spent time visiting sister school, Chikuyo Gakuen, who were also wonderful hosts, says Virginia. “The St Andrew’s students enjoyed being home-stayed at Chikuyo, and stayed a night at their school camp.” (Left) Harrison Cater (Year 11) wearing traditional armour.
In Ago, Wakayama Prefecture.
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History came alive for Year 13 students, Jack Calvert, Augustus Galbraith, Aimee Bonniface, Kate McMillan, and Jasmine Lawn in the July holidays, when they visited the village of Brockenhurst, in the New Forest, England, to present their research commemorating the end of the First World War. In the summer of 1916, the No 1 New Zealand General Hospital was set up in Brockenhurst, which included a large field hospital, and three hotels which were requisitioned for the purpose. By 1919, 23,000 patients had been treated in the village, with 93 New Zealanders buried in the nearby graveyard at St Nicholas Church. An impressive memorial cross was erected in the graveyard in 1927 to honour their sacrifice. Each student researched a New Zealand soldier from the First World War who was connected to Brockenhurst or Christchurch. They presented a copy of their research to the Christchurch RSA before leaving for the United Kingdom to do the same with a group of volunteers at
Presenting their research to the Christchurch RSA (from left) Aimee Bonniface, Jack Calvert, Augustus Galbraith, Jasmine Lawn, and Kate McMillan.
The Global Education Tour was led by Head of Travel and Tourism, Ian Morrison, and was accompanied by former Old Collegians Association President, Nick Letham (OC 2001). The tour group also visited key historical sites in London and spent several days in Italy, where they travelled through the canals in Venice, and visited St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. They were joined for their special day at Brockenhurst by Rebecca Nelson, the New Zealand Royal Navy’s official singer, who sang a beautiful rendition of God Defend New Zealand as the group laid a wreath in front of the memorial cross in the graveyard. She also sang the Lord’s Prayer in Māori inside St Nicholas Church during the presentation of the research to the Brockenhurst volunteers. The group also laid poppies on the graves of each of the fallen New Zealand soldiers. “Our research meant so much more when we were able to visit the site of the hospital, hotels and church at Brockenhurst, and to see the graveyards of the New Zealand soldiers,” says Jack Calvert. Ian Morrison says although thousands of soldiers were treated at Brockenhurst, few hospital records remain, and there is only sketchy information available in the public domain. “I personally committed to this project four years ago and hope to keep taking small groups of student researchers back each year, so that we can continue to provide information for the church and community, and the thousands of Kiwis who make the pilgrimage to Brockenhurst every year.”
The Chemistry Olympiad was held in July, in Bratislava and Prague, the location of the first Olympiad, 50 years ago. Russell’s outstanding achievement began with his selection for the New Zealand team, following a series of written examinations and selection camps, which included both theoretical and practical workshops. He travelled to Europe with the three other members of the New Zealand team, and enjoyed the opportunity to visit many fascinating sights and tourist destinations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia during in the two-week trip. The talented young scientist says he plans to follow a career in this field. “I would like to study Astronomy, but if that doesn’t work out, Chemistry is definitely my second choice.” Russell is the second St Andrew’s College student to be selected for the New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad team in two years. Ellena Black (OC 2016) also made the team in 2016.
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Brockenhurst who are preserving the village’s history. Jasmine Lawn researched her great-grandfather, Robert Parata, who incredibly survived the Western Front, Gallipoli and Passchendaele, before returning to New Zealand, marrying and having 10 children.
Year 13 student, Russell Boey did incredibly well to win a bronze medal at the 50th Chemistry Olympiad, where he achieved the New Zealand team’s best individual result, finishing 126th out of 300 of the world’s most talented Chemistry students from 83 countries. “It was very exciting to win a bronze medal and I was pleased with my results. I had been preparing for the competition since December last year, with many long months of study leading up to it.”
In Brockenhurst, UK, (back row) Nick Letham, Year 13 students Jack Calvert and Augustus Galbraith (front row) teacher Ian Morrison, Rebecca Nelson and Year 13 students Jasmine Lawn, Aimee Bonniface, and Kate McMillan.
Agriscience Emily Wilson (Year 11) attended a three-day Young Farmers Leadership Camp in Twizel, which was fully funded by DairyNZ. Along with 18 like-minded students from throughout the South Island, Emily learnt about communication, dealing with conflict, meetings, writing a CV, networking opportunities, and understanding how to be a successful leader. The camp also involved team building activities. Brain Bee A group of six Year 11 students, Jack Wang, Alan Fu, Duncan Harvie, Jaymee Chen, Imogen McNeill, and Monica Owens attended the Brain Bee competition in Dunedin. In the Neuroscience competition, Imogen and Monica made it through to the semi-finals, and Duncan and Monica won the ‘non-competitive’ team award along with two students from another school. Monica and teacher in charge, Ellen Hampson, won the teacher/ student brain assembling competition. In Dunedin, the students also visited the Anatomy Museum, and the Electron Microscopy Centre, where they learnt about the effects of alcohol on the brain by focusing, in particular, on the Purkinje cells/layer in the cortex of the cerebellum of a rat. Christchurch City Council presentation After writing a letter to Christchurch City Councillor, Aaron Keown, as part of a Social Studies Government Unit, Lachlan Johns (Year 9) was invited by Christchurch City Council to present
Lachlan Johns (Year 9) presenting his ideas to a full Christchurch City Council meeting.
his ideas for a proposed new digital stadium for Christchurch to a full Council meeting in front of councillors and the mayor. Lachlan spoke very well at the meeting, with the deputy mayor saying he would pass Lachlan’s letter and suggestions on to the group running the creation of the new Christchurch stadium in case they had any further questions about his ideas. Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition Three students achieved a High Distinction at the 2018 Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition. Toby Harvie (Year 9) and Russell Boey (Year 13) answered all questions correctly and were presented with an Award for Excellence for Perfect Score. Arisa Mori (Year 10) also did extremely well, finishing the competition with only one incorrect answer. International Future Problem Solving Corin Simcock (Year 9) competed at the International Future Problem Solving Competition at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA, along with three other former Cobham Intermediate students, who were Junior National Champions in Global Issues Problem Solving in 2017. Silicon Valley Boot Camp Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Year 10) was selected to attend Te Pōkai Ao, a Silicon Valley Boot Camp organised by Ngāi
Year 11 students Jaymee Chen, Duncan Harvie and Jack Wang undertaking neuroscience experiments and research at Otago University’s NEUR101 Laboratory.
Tahu, where students of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) take part in design workshops and meet leaders from companies such as Google and Facebook. The aim of the project is to rekindle the creative spirit of Māui by carving out new ways to express Māori culture and create opportunities for whānau to prosper in the digital world. Vex Robotics Competition The St Andrew’s Senior Vex Robotics team of Jordan Bourke, Samuel Croot, and Alan Fu (all Year 11) and Max Van Leeuwen (Year 10) formed an alliance with Burnside High School students to win the Canterbury Vex Robotics Championships. The team spent considerable time refining their engineering and design skills to develop a highly competitive robot with a well-crafted autonomous program, which came out on top in the finals of the competition, held during a special Robotics Expo as part of New Zealand Tech Week 2018. The efforts of the Junior team, Bailey Moir (Year 8), Samantha Cooper (Year 9) and Elliot Menzies (Year 9) to redesign, rebuild and reprogramme their robot for the event was also commended. Young Enterprise Scheme ‘Entrepreneurs in Action’ Yonni Kepes (Year 13) was a member of the Canterbury team that won the annual Young Enterprise Scheme ‘Entrepreneurs in Action’ Challenge held in Wellington in late June. Throughout the three-day competition, Yonni completed two business challenges. The Genesis Energy Challenge involved creating an innovative product for Genesis, and the International Trade Challenge which required the team to formulate a strategy designed to support New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to create a presence for New Zealand businesses in Latin America. Following the win, Yonni has been selected to represent New Zealand in Brazil in December, where he will learn about the business industry in Brazil and meet and work with young Brazilian entrepreneurs to solve various business challenges. As well as the trip to Brazil, Yonni was awarded a $7000 scholarship to Massey University next year.
change A whole school focus on Visible Learning has seen teachers explore the ‘skill, will and thrill’ of learning and examine their practice as agents of change. Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic), Helaina Coote, says St Andrew’s has been committed to Visible Learning as a key teaching and learning goal, since former Head of Secondary School, Roland Burrows, and Head of Teaching and Learning, David Bevin, attended a presentation about the principles by renowned academic, John Hattie in late 2016.
“Hattie’s research told us how students learn, and the role teachers play in ensuring students experience success. Our vision is that teachers and students at St Andrew’s will have a shared understanding of how learning happens in the classroom and use this to develop more effective practices.” Early in the process, ‘student voice’ was gathered through interviews with senior managers to get a clear picture of what students already knew about what makes an effective learner. “There were some interesting results. Many students identified attitude, hard work and focus as important
Inquiries into Hattie’s research and the key aspects of Visible Learning were then introduced to teachers, mainly through regular Professional Learning Groups. Discussion points included their role as agents of change, the importance of setting clear learning intentions and success criteria, and understanding the three elements of learning – the ‘skill’, or cognitive ability of the student; the ‘will’ or learning disposition of the student; and the ‘thrill’, when they enjoy the challenge and are motivated to learn. During the process, Helaina has collaborated with Head of Positive Education and Well-being, Kerry Larby, to draw on the science of Positive Psychology and align this to the teachers’ practice. “Another big concept of Visible Learning is that teachers are the most important factor in a child’s learning, and what they do or don’t do has a huge impact. For the last couple of years, we have been unpacking what this actually means in the Secondary and Preparatory Schools. We have worked closely with teachers to understand the specific mind frames, or thinking, required in order for them to be these passionate and inspired agents of change.” Among the most important mind frames are teachers believing that all students are capable of learning and experiencing success, while understanding as teachers they are there to make a difference and need to consistently evaluate the impact they are having.
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Helaina says with the mind frames now in place, the focus is on consolidating this work, as teachers start to understand it and live it in the classroom. “We are already seeing more consistent classroom practices and greater clarity around what learning and progress looks like, for both teachers and students. Once this foundation is set, we will start to unpack the specific phases of learning, and how teachers can help students to develop their will and thrill for learning.”
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factors, however the survey reiterated the need for more explicit language identifying specific strategies for effective learning, such as seeking and responding to feedback, and the use of SOLO to move from acquiring surface knowledge into deeper learning, so that knowledge and skills can be transferred into new contexts,” says Helaina.
learning An internship with Albion Clothing in the July school holidays, has helped Year 13 Textile Technology student, Ariel Tan, to progress an innovative prototype first responders’ vest she is developing as part of a project based learning initiative to meet an authentic community based need. During the internship, Ariel learnt how to load her pattern for the vest into the CAD program, print a layplan, and cut and manufacture the final prototype under the expert supervision of Albion Clothing’s Operations Manager, Lidiane Habitzreiter Klein. “I’m so grateful for this amazing experience. Lidiane introduced me to how the factory worked, which made a great impression. This experience gave me an insight into how a product is developed to meet the needs of
Year 12 student, Thomas Pope-Kerr (top) and Xavier Dickason (Year 11) (bottom) in action at the New Zealand Model United Nations Conference.
the client, and has consolidated my desire to continue further in the apparel industry,” says Ariel. The project is the focus of Ariel’s learning across multiple subjects – Technology, Media and Art Design. Her main client and stakeholder is Ian Ross, team leader of the First Responders Volunteer Emergency Team, for whom she is designing the vest. Early in the process, Ian, and two of his colleagues, Bronwyn Sutton and Anthony Rohan, regularly met with Ariel, and Textile Technology teacher, Raewyn Buckley, to discuss what they wanted to achieve with the product design. Some of the key considerations included the vest being flexible and easily adapted to the needs of each individual, use a Molle system of construction, similar to that used in military vests, be able to be worn by multiple sizes and genders within the team, and be able to carry three litres of water. Ariel modelled some of the technical ideas and skills and considered which materials would best meet the desired outcome. Following stakeholder feedback, she refined her pattern with Raewyn Buckley at the
Ariel Tan (Year 13) (right) with Albion Clothing’s Operations Manager, Lidiane Habitzreiter Klein.
start of the holidays, then completed the internship. “Working with a realworld problem and real stakeholders in Year 13 has been a big step up and has shown me the things we learn at school are indeed relevant to the realworld situation. I have also been able to engage with Mr Montgomery, the CEO of Albion Clothing, about the potential for my design to be taken to the next step of feasibility towards being marketed.”
Thomas Pope-Kerr (Year 12) and Xavier Dickason (Year 11) were able to explore their keen interest in politics during their attendance at the four-day New Zealand Model United Nations Conference in the July holidays. “The conference was a great way to get an insight into international relations, and to meet some fellow political ‘nerds’ who will likely pop up in future years when we are doing similar things at university or in our careers,” says Thomas.
The students were split into different committees and debated a huge range of topics. Xavier was involved in discussions around automation, climate change, and the Crisis Committee, while Thomas debated incitement of terrorism by the media, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the Security Council. “We had to figure out where our country stood on certain issues. Making an educated guess was part of the fun of the whole experience,” says Thomas.
The conference was run by UN Youth New Zealand and hosted at Victoria University. It offered secondary school students the chance to experience a taste of life as a diplomat. Between workshops and simulated committees, they were given a platform to discuss important topics for the international community.
At the end of the conference, all 270 delegates debated changing the Declaration of Human Rights.
Thomas was the Bolivia representative at the conference, while Xavier represented Qatar. “We had about three weeks to research our countries and learn as much as we could about them and their issues before we attended the conference. It was an amazing experience, with the highlight meeting so many like-minded people with a shared interest in political science,” says Xavier.
Thomas was also one of 12 St Andrew’s students to attend the Model European Conference at the University of Canterbury where he was awarded a scholarship for exemplary performance/participation, which includes paid entry into the EURA 101 – Global Europe course.
Thomas and Xavier have also been accepted to attend the New Zealand Model Parliament to be held in Christchurch. Both plan to eventually pursue a career in politics.
Enthusiastic young writers at St Andrew’s are being encouraged to create new work, share writing opportunities, and celebrate their writing successes, through some exciting initiatives in the Writing for Publication programme.
Kerrin Davidson with Isabella Galvan (Year 10).
writing talent nurtured Kerrin’s latest book of poems called Louder was officially launched on Thursday 28 August, with the English Department helping to facilitate the event. A new student Head of Writing role was also introduced this year, which is currently filled by talented writer, Russell Boey (Year 13). Russell has had significant success in recent competitions. He was the winner of the Sunday Star Times Short Story (Secondary School) competition last year, and in June, was awarded second place in the Youth Section of the New Zealand Flash Fiction Competition for his short story, Pooh Sticks. “Russell was a great candidate for the role as he has been coming to the writing workshops for some time and regularly submits work to competitions. He has had some great successes, with judges
commenting on how maturely he handles some big issues facing young people in a very concise and engaging way,” says Rebecca. As part of his role, Russell is editing an internal blog site for students in the Writing for Publication programme, which is a good source of information, includes a calendar of upcoming competitions, and provides a forum where students can share their work and successes. “Writing can be quite an insular project, so it’s important students have a place where they feel comfortable to share their work, and also communicate their successes, so we can celebrate along with them. We are excited about the growing interest from students in the Writing for Publication programme, a unique initiative, which sets St Andrew’s apart from many other schools,” says Rebecca.
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Rebecca is also the facilitator of a booking system, through which English teachers can request Kerrin’s time during class with their students. “Kerrin can either work with the class and teacher on a project they are already undertaking, or take them through standalone creative writing tasks, which are often linked to a competition they are working towards. Her help as a writer and coach is invaluable, as she is a very well-regarded poet with her finger on the pulse of the New Zealand writing scene.”
Writer-in-residence, Kerrin Davidson with Max Stedman (Year 11), Scarlett Rumble (Year 10) and Jaime Howell (Year 10) in a lunchtime writing workshop.
English teacher, Rebecca Ball, who took over as co-ordinator this year, says she and Head of English, Jacq Gilbert have put fresh energy into promoting the programme, which includes opportunities for students to work alongside the College’s Writerin-Residence, Kerrin Davidson. “The core group attending weekly writing workshops with Kerrin each Monday lunchtime has grown, with up to 20 students now attending each session. They work on their writing, get Kerrin’s feedback, and we discuss any upcoming competitions which might be suitable for them to enter.”
A magical night of art, music, connection, and kai was enjoyed by Pre‑school children and their whānau, as they celebrated Matariki, which marks the start of the Māori New Year. “Term 2 has been a time of inquiry, looking into Matariki and discovering why this time of year is special for Māori and Aotearoa. With support from Matua Steve Reid, we learnt about this special celebration, which is about coming together with friends, whānau and communities to eat, reflect, have fun, and look forward to the year ahead,” says Head of Pre-school, Amanda Jack. Leading up to the evening, the Pre school children created special artwork, including The Seven Kites of Matariki, which represent the seven stars found in a cluster in the night sky at this time of the year.
A native garden was planted in the Pre-school grounds to honour the children’s ancestors and to value the love they have for them. “The night itself was very special. There was a full moon, and a cloudless sky. The children enjoyed playing outside with fairy lights all around. Matua Steve cooked a hangi, blessed the Pre-school, the children and their families, and the kai. The children sang Te Aroha, a special Matariki song.” Amanda says the celebration was a wonderful way for parents and grandparents to connect, and for new families to be welcomed into the St Andrew’s College Pre-school community.
access to 16 laptop computers on wheels, which are shared between the eight classrooms.
Heather says the introduction of the new technology has been a stimulating learning curve for the teachers in the Junior Department as well, who have been well supported by St Andrew’s College. “Teacher, Anneke Kamo, has been brought in to provide an hour of instruction each week to ensure that we are getting the best out of the technology. As a team we take a collaborative approach, helping each other and sharing our individual professional learning outcomes. We’ve definitely been set up for success.”
The touchscreen interactive whiteboard in each classroom is positioned at student height, and comes with ActivInspire software, with an assortment of exciting tools, games, images, and activities to engage the students and bring lessons to life. Students can work to a certain level on the board, then pick up where they left off last time. This enables them to select the next steps they need for their own learning. The Junior Department teachers say they have seen quite a shift from the whiteboards being a novelty for the students to a real learning tool. The teachers can even save the work students have completed on the interactive whiteboards back to their computers.
The Junior Department utilises Microsoft Surface Hub, a communal technology hub, which serves the entire Centre. It has been nicknamed ‘Stewart’ after the Stewart Junior Centre, with all the children aware of the name. In the learning hallway, in the middle of the Centre, are several desktop computers where students can work. They also have
The entire Junior Syndicate has committed to the Seesaw program for the first time this year, which allows students and teachers to create digital portfolios which can instantly be shared with parents online. The students enjoy putting together their portfolio, which might include samples of their classwork, or a photograph of them engaged in an activity, such as
Discovery Time on a Friday. It is almost like a social network, as parents and other family members, even those across the other side of the world, have instant access to the updates, and can like or comment on the posts. The Junior teachers say Seesaw is proving a real conversation starter for parents and students, enhancing their communication with families. The students have also enjoyed attending virtual field trips, which enable them to have a real-time outside learning experience in the classroom. Mystery Skyping is another popular activity, where two students hide somewhere in the school, and over Skype, the rest of the class asks open questions to figure out where they are. This helps the children to develop confidence in front of the camera as they build up towards Skyping another school across the world. Heather says general infrastructure such as sound systems and internet connectivity have all been enhanced in the new Stewart Junior Centre. “The new technology has made learning more interesting and fun for our students. It is helping them to develop essential skills they will need as they complete their schooling and beyond.”
(Back) Hunter Donnithorne (Year 1), and Aysha Adair (Year 2). (Front) Charlotte Everest (Year 2), Aaron Yu (Year 1), Kendal Dawson (Year 1), and Charlie Gregg (Year 3).
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Some exciting examples include students learning basic coding skills alongside Bee Bot bumblebee robots, taking virtual field trips, learning from games and apps on new touchscreen interactive whiteboards, and sharing their work with parents through the Seesaw program.
The latest educational technology in the Stewart Junior Centre is creating some amazing learning opportunities for students, says Head of Junior Syndicate and Assistant Principal of the Preparatory School, Heather Orman. “Students are highly engaged in the new technology, which is helping them to problem-solve, develop their communication, critical thinking and collaborative skills, and have a lot of fun as they learn.”
Head of Middle Syndicate, Di Cumming chats with Madison Wallace (Year 6) and her mother, Lisa Tregenza at the student / parent multi-conference.
The introduction of new multiconferences at the start of Term 3, has given Middle School students in the Preparatory School the opportunity to lead discussions with parents about their learning progress and share special pieces of class work they curated themselves. Up to five children and their families were spread out in each classroom during the hour-long sessions at the start of Term 3, which were introduced as a way of meeting Ministry of Education guidelines, says Head of Middle Syndicate, Di Cumming. “The Ministry states that all students should be educated in ways which develop their assessment capability, with and across all learning contexts. It says student voice in the reporting process should be an extension of class assessed teaching and learning.” As leaders of the student/parent conferences, the students were able to choose the pieces of work they were most proud of and wanted to share. They were also required to have an understanding of what they had been learning and what their next steps should be, then confidently share that information with parents. Di says the previous 10–15 minute 1:1 student conferences were often not long enough for students to share their progress. “In contrast, there was no rushing at the multiconferences, with plenty of time for parents to ask lots of questions.”
The students put a lot of time and effort into preparing and choosing which pieces of work across a range of different curriculum areas they wanted to present. Some students showed their parents what they had been doing on OneNote or Minecraft as part of a learning activity, while other examples included playing a Mathematics game, sharing a Science experiment, presenting a poetry anthology, and discussing progress in Reading Plus. “Students also had their end of Term 2 Key Competencies Report with them during the multi-conference, however, the focus was on a celebration of their learning rather than assessment. The students were asked to look at the level they were at, consider what helped them to get there, then discuss new goals and what they needed to do to reach them.”
Toby Browne (Year 6) discusses his learning with his father David Browne.
Charlee-Belle Sinclair (Year 6) with her mother, Shannon Manson.
Middle School teachers were in the classrooms while the multi-conferences were taking place, spending time with each group, answering any questions which arose, and having other records available, if needed. Parents were asked to provide feedback on a comment sheet at the end of the conference. “If parents have any concerns, we are always available to book a separate meeting time, and regularly keep in touch via email.” Di says the multi-conferences are now considered best practice. “The students take real ownership of their learning as they prepare for the conferences, with parents brought in as a key part of the learning cycle and reporting process.”
Year 8 student Riley Lyons says being a prefect in the Preparatory School is a great opportunity to learn about leadership. “Being a prefect has taught me a lot about being organised and helpful. On wet days all the prefects have set classrooms where we supervise the play of the younger students. We also do anything else that is needed around the school.” Riley, who plays hockey and tennis, and dances with the Ballet Academy six days a week, was chosen as the Preparatory School representative to help Deputy Head Girl, Ella GuillemotMene, organise a shared pizza lunch for the prefects of the Preparatory School, Middle School, and Senior College. “It was fun. Everything had to be planned and organised in advance, and we had to sort out people’s dietary
Riley Lyons (Year 8) helped Deputy Head Girl, Ella Guillemot-Mene, to organise a prefects’ pizza lunch.
requirements. I would definitely like to stay in leadership when I move up to the Secondary School.” Senior Syndicate Leader and Deputy Principal, David Farmer, says there are many opportunities, in addition to the 29 prefect roles, where senior students can develop leadership in the Preparatory School. “Other roles include Sacristans, Heads of Sport and their Deputies, House Captains, and Librarians. Almost half the Year 8 group is able to exercise leadership in some form or another.” He says leadership roles help to build students’ character and give them a sense of self-value and identity. “Student leaders develop citizenship, and start to take some responsibility and ownership for the well-being and direction of certain events and routines in the Preparatory School.” Leadership qualities, such as maturity and aptitude, are sometimes identified in students early on, however, others develop these skills as they mature. “As staff, we are constantly looking at how we identify and develop leadership in students. We consider students based on the qualities they exhibit in the classroom, and as they participate in other activities such as Outdoor Education, Sport, Music, and Drama. It is remarkable how students will rise to the occasion when you put faith and trust in them.”
David says not all students make a success of their first experience in leadership roles, but there is support from the teachers to help them learn from their mistakes. “To err is to be human. How we help the students move on from that is the important question. We’ve had Preparatory School prefects in this position who have gone on to become very fine Secondary School prefects. Students at St Andrew’s are lucky to have three different opportunities in the Preparatory School, Middle School, and Secondary School to exhibit behaviours which identify them as leaders.” There is a common misconception that extroverts make the best leaders, he says. “Those of us involved in developing leadership see many introverted and even social awkward students who blossom in the environment at St Andrew’s and go on to become leaders. The task with introverted students is to develop their group communication skills and help them lead more effectively. It is a very worthwhile task.” David says teachers in the Preparatory School look for ways to give student leaders extra responsibility. “This might be a spur of the moment task, such as showing someone around the College. We are always on the lookout for appropriate activities and responsibilities that fit the role of a leader.”
Sacristans Portia Bennie, Luka Lee, Sophie Hayden and Bede Miller are among the Year 8 students who have been chosen for Preparatory School leadership roles in 2018.
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awards for Centennial Chapel
“An exemplary response to a challenging brief,” was a comment from the jury at the 2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards, when presenting Architectus with a Public Architecture Award for its stunning design of the Centennial Chapel at St Andrew’s College. “The new Centennial Chapel houses special spaces and treasured elements, and is respectful of past Collegians. Against a backdrop of so much lost heritage, St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel celebrates the richness of memory that only time can shape and resets it as part of a 40m long brick ‘Memorial Wall’. The roof, a series of folded ridges and valleys, is a powerful sculptural element reminiscent of early church buildings yet contemporary in execution,” the jury said. Rector Christine Leighton, General Manager David Evans, and Chaplain Paul Morrow attended the awards at the Transitional Cathedral on Thursday 7 June, with Jane Rooney and Carsten
Auer from Architectus, and Mark Blyth and Craig Greene from main contractors Armitage Williams, who brought the magnificent design to life. “It was wonderful for the Centennial Chapel to be recognised in professional circles, for its design and balancing the careful integration of historic artefacts into a modern building. We were also delighted that the late Alun Wilkie, of Wilkie and Bruce, who designed so many buildings on the campus at St Andrew’s, was honoured with a Public Architecture Award for The Piano,” says David Evans. Just over a week later, on Friday 15 June, the Centennial Chapel was recognised again, winning the prestigious Future Heritage Award at the 2018 Canterbury Heritage Awards at the Isaac Theatre Royal. The aim of these awards is to promote excellence in heritage retention and conservation, as well as encouraging heritage tourism and education. Rector Christine Leighton along with Jane Rooney and Carsten Auer from Architectus, and Renee Brook from Holmes Consulting were in attendance.
The recent architectural awards won by the Centennial Chapel.
The jury at these awards said: “The new Centennial Chapel is a place of contemplation and worship, and of gathering, its feet steeped in history on the public side and its gaze facing the future, over the stream and playing fields to the College and its everchanging student role. Three strong elements – the brick ‘Memorial Wall’, the folded glass wall, and the complex gable roof soaring above – come together to define a marvellous interior space that will serve and inspire many generations to come.” Architectus was also Highly Commended in the Future Heritage Award category for the Christchurch Bus Interchange project. David Evans says these awards ensure that the Centennial Chapel will be a notable building well into the future. “We are absolutely delighted it has received this recognition.” Since these awards, the Centennial Chapel has also been named as one of seven finalists in the Public Architecture category at the New Zealand Architecture Awards. Winners will be announced in November.
was wonderful ‘‘forIt the Centennial
Chapel to be recognised in professional circles, for its design and balancing the careful integration of historic artefacts into a modern building.
Carsten Auer and Jane Rooney from Architectus, Rector Christine Leighton, and Renee Brook from Holmes Consulting, celebrate the Future Heritage Award.
Rick’s company, Belmont Productions, was also responsible for the beautiful StAC Centenary film, The Spirit of
St Andrew’s, which had so much positive feedback throughout the celebrations and beyond. “That project was a great opportunity to reconnect with the College. I think my understanding as a former student helped us to drill down into the spirit of the place and its enduring culture.” Like today’s students, Rick embraced all the opportunities on offer during his time at St Andrew’s, particularly when it came to cultural pursuits. “I played in the Pipe Band, did Drama, and still play the drums today.”
Before setting up Belmont Productions in 2000, Rick completed a psychology degree, and worked in television, both for TV3 and on independent productions. He cut his teeth on music videos, short films and documentaries, which he continues to produce. “Although technology has changed dramatically in my industry over the years, the art of storytelling and attention to detail hasn’t. The trickery and whiz-bang toys can be fun, but delivering the message is still at the heart of everything we do.”
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Education programme The exceptional Outdoor Education programme at St Andrew’s College has seen the College become the first school in New Zealand to become OutdoorsMark Adventure Activities Safety Audit Certified and OutdoorsMark Premium Safety Audit Certified, the highest commercial standard of audit under the government’s new Adventure Activity Regulations. The accreditation
process involved a complete review of St Andrew’s documentation and safety management systems, along with a number of on-site inspections of the Castle Hill Outdoor Education Centre. The Centre is home to the state-ofthe-art Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge, where students enjoy exciting outdoor and leadership programmes. Director of Outdoor Education, Peter Dawkings, is thrilled to have achieved the accreditation. “This is the fourth time we have achieved it, but the first time under the new Adventure Activity Regulations. This legislation has set the bar higher in some respects. Our team put in a huge effort, with around 200 hours of work alone to bring our paperwork in line with the Act.” Schools are exempt from this process under the legislation, however
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His experience making people feel comfortable in front of the camera and presenting confidently was a great help when it came to settling the nerves of the six teachers who were involved in the shoot. “When people feel comfortable, we can get the best out of them, and they can tell their story in their words.”
Rick Harvie (centre) and cameraman Julian Vares, during a filming session in the St Andrew’s College Pre-school with Annabelle Evans and Benjamin Carline.
When he was creating this year’s stunning St Andrew’s promotional videos and six teacher videos, Old Collegian Rick Harvie (OC 1989) realised there had been some significant changes in the educational landscape since his days the College. “When I was at school there was never a Media Department. We had Geoff Elmsly, a couple of VHS cameras and an old vision switcher. But something must have clicked. I said in my final yearbook that I wanted a career in television and advertising, and that’s what I’ve done.”
View work at: www.belmont.co.nz
St Andrew’s has been committed to achieving accreditation at the highest level since the audit process started 12–13 years ago. “Being awarded full commercial accreditation by two nationally recognised auditors, gives our families peace of mind we are at the top of our game when it comes to safety and the way we manage risk. It is also important to the various other schools we work with on Outdoor Education programmes at Castle Hill.” St Andrew’s has to continue to demonstrate improvements at future 12 monthly reviews, and a full audit will be undertaken again in three years. “I’m proud of this accreditation and congratulate the Outdoor Education team for all the hard work they put into achieving it,” says Peter.
From the Director of
Development This is the final piece I will write for the Regulus as I prepare to leave St Andrew’s College. I am sad to be leaving this supportive community, where I have had the opportunity to meet and work alongside so many wonderful people. I was amazed when I arrived four years ago, at the strong culture of philanthropy that existed here at St Andrew’s. Now, as I leave, I am proud we have built further on that culture. Thank you to everyone who has supported St Andrew’s College during my time as Director of Development, whether financially or through volunteer support. I am grateful for your contribution to the Alumni and Development Office, and the Centenary. I have been lucky to work here at such a special time in our history, where I have had the opportunity to contribute to many exciting projects. To name just a few; the opening of Gym 2, the Dedication of the Centennial Chapel, Centenary Gala Weekend, unveiling of the Angus Muir Sculpture The Cross He Never Knew and the opening of the Turley Bridge, Stewart Junior Centre, and most recently, The Green Library and Innovation Centre. As a team, we are proud to have fundraised over $7 million through the Step Into Our Future campaign to date, with some exciting opportunities still ahead to raise further funds for the Theatre Complex redevelopment, and the growth of the St Andrew’s College Foundation. There will be opportunities to purchase a seat in the new Theatre, or have your name displayed on a special art piece in the Theatre foyer, representing the notes of the College Song and the names of each donor. For those who are keen to leave a lasting legacy, there are also opportunities for naming rights to spaces within the Theatre Complex. Memorial bricks in the Centennial Chapel are still available for purchase. Close to 500 families have already purchased a brick and have their names on one of the two donor boards in the foyer of the Centennial Chapel. The George Feilding Hight Scholarship has now been awarded to six students, providing them with the opportunity to attend St Andrew’s College from Years 9–13 with a 100 per cent scholarship. The first of the George Feilding Hight Scholars completes his fifth year at St Andrew’s this year. It has been an absolute pleasure working so closely with such a generous philanthropist, George Hight, who enjoys following the progress of each of the students he has funded throughout their education at St Andrew’s College.
It is exciting to see the first Endeavour Scholarship offered to a student who will start in Year 9 in 2019. Without financial support, this promising student would not have been able to attend St Andrew’s College. We still require further donations in the Endeavour Scholarship Fund to be able to offer a full 100 per cent scholarship in future. Anyone can choose to support this scholarship fund, which is awarded to a student with academic potential and in financial need, to support their education at St Andrew’s College from Year 9–13. We are grateful to all donors who have already contributed to the Endeavour Scholarship Fund, particularly our founding donor, Jay Scanlon, as he has made this scholarship possible for 2019. It has also been a pleasure to work alongside another generous donor, Rob (Shorty) BruceBarron, who has introduced the Robbie Burns Scottish Scholarship to St Andrew’s College this year to replace the Strowan Scottish Scholarship. Shorty’s love of Scottish heritage and the life and works of Robbie Burns, has introduced a heightened awareness and celebration of our Scottish heritage here at St Andrew’s College. Our list of supporters is long, but a few I would like to make a special mention of are the Stewart Family, who generously supported the Stewart Junior Centre, the Turley Family for the Turley Bridge, and the Green Family for The Green Library and Innovation Centre. I am also appreciative of the support from many groups here at StAC – the PTA, Old Collegians Association, the Board, the Foundation, the Class Parent representatives, the Social Events Committee, the Year 13 Parent Representatives, and the Ladies Circle. There are many ways to be involved at St Andrew’s, with many people contributing to our strong community. Lastly, I want to remind you of the amazing team in the Alumni and Development Office, Kate Stanbury (Alumni and Community Relations Co-ordinator), Dhara Bharot (Development Manager), Kelsey Williams (Development Co-ordinator) and Jacqui Anderson (Development Office Administrator). You can contact any of them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The support, encouragement and affirmation from the St Andrew’s community have given me the confidence to take the next step into my future. I am grateful for all the fond memories I will take with me from my time at the College. Thank you.
Clare Wilkinson Director of Development (Past)
(Right) Dorothy Stewart, with her husband, Les Stewart, who was Rector from 1947–1962.
A large group of wonderful ladies gathered at the end of July to celebrate 60 years of friendship, fundraising, and flowers, at the Ladies Circle Diamond Jubilee afternoon tea. The late Dorothy Stewart, wife of Rector Les Stewart 1947–1962, who founded the Ladies Circle, would surely have been delighted to see how successfully her legacy has lived on. She would no doubt have approved of the beautifully laid out tables in the Chapel foyer, with floral arrangements, cream cakes, sandwiches and other treats, where the ladies enjoyed tea in the group’s traditional blue and white cups. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations began with a delightful dramatic performance by students Hana Pearce (Year 12), Danielle Smith (Year 12), Madeline Bailey (Year 10), Lily Welsford (Year 10), and Catelin Riordan (Year 10). Led by Drama teacher, Ginnie Thorner, the students had come together in weekends and holidays to reimagine the first gathering of ladies, and the conversations they might have had. The beautiful costuming by Sylvia Campbell, and the students’ excellent performances transported the audience back to the 1950s.
Dorothy Stewart was famous for her hospitality of new mothers to the St Andrew’s College community, and often held afternoon tea parties in her home in College Avenue. She also wanted to provide a way for mothers whose sons had recently left the College to continue their contact with each other, so invited any keen gardeners to a meeting to discuss using their creative talents to make up a flower arranging roster for the Chapel. This Gardening Circle soon grew into the Ladies Circle, with monthly meetings, which included Bible readings, quizzes, sharing a flower of the month, floral competitions, and enjoying afternoon tea. Fundraising for the Pipe Band and Chapel also began in earnest. During the Jubilee celebrations, Val Wells, who has created flowers for chapel services and Prizegivings since 1975, shared some special moments from the history of the Ladies Circle. “The ladies all wore hats and gloves in the early days and carried baskets, as
they had to bring everything with them, including their own cups and crockery. One brave soul in the 1960s brought a coffee mug and was quickly told by the other members that mugs were unacceptable.” Over the years the membership widened to include former staff as more women were employed at the College. Today, any woman with past or present links to St Andrew’s is welcomed. The Ladies Circle continues to thrive, with an enthusiastic group of women whose friendship, commitment to the College, magnificent floral displays, and fundraising efforts are highly valued by the St Andrew’s community. Their meetings also include sharing prized blooms, listening to guest speakers, and chatting over afternoon tea. Through the fellowship and good works of the Ladies Circle, the spirit of a very special Rector’s wife lives on.
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Ladies Circle celebrates
“Did you hear the story of the Johnstone twins?” the audience was asked at the start of this year’s Senior Production, Blood Brothers. And by the end, they had not only seen and heard the tragic story of the Johnstone brothers, they had been astounded by the maturity, depth of emotion and understanding displayed by the talented young cast who brought the story to life. A sell-out audience of around 1300 people saw Blood Brothers during its six-night run at the start of Term 2. Spontaneous standing ovations at the end of each performance left the company, band, crew, Director Laurence Wiseman, Musical Director Duncan Ferguson, and Choreographer Ginner Thorner, in no doubt as to the level of audience appreciation.
Blood Brothers is the powerful story of twin boys, separated at birth, who despite the forces working against them, form an unlikely, yet powerful friendship, without knowing the other’s true identity. It also tells the story of two very different mothers, who make some life-altering decisions with the best of intentions but the direst of consequences.
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Head Girl, Kirsty Shields (Year 13) wholly inhabited the pivotal role of Mrs Johnstone, a single mother with a brood of hungry children, who struggled to live with her heartbreaking decision to give away one of her twin babies. Kirsty evoked incredible emotion, sang beautifully, and was utterly believable as the strong, generous mother. Jenna Wells (Year 12) was another standout performer and singer, playing the highly complex Mrs Lyons, the childless, well-to-do employer of Mrs Johnstone who takes her young twin, Edward to bring up as her own. It is not an easy task to portray such an unsympathetic character, but Jenna did a remarkable job as she took the audience on Mrs Lyons’ journey from lonely housewife, to over-anxious mother on the brink of madness. The brothers’ relationship, and its eventual demise, was at the heart of the show’s powerful themes of nature versus nurture, love and hate, and cause and effect. As the ill-fated twins, Philip Nordt (Year 12) who played Mickey, and Harry Wilkinson (Year 13) who played Edward, were exceptional. Both seamlessly met the challenge of portraying the brothers as seven year olds, 14 year olds, and as young men. As the cheeky, swaggering, yet shy Mickey, Philip was a revelation. His nuanced and heartbreaking
Harry was similarly impressive as the more buttoned up, naïve and privileged Edward. During his excellent performance he embodied the character, who as a young boy revelled in the company of Mickey, but who as a young man, lacks understanding, sympathy and compassion for his plight. The other lead, Hana Pearce (Year 12), was a wonderful Linda, the feisty, humorous girl both brothers fell in love with, ultimately leading to their tragic end. She did a great job of evoking Linda’s love story with Mickey, and showing her despair when his depression and addiction ruined their future together. Leo Noordanus (Year 13) as Mr Lyons and Jackson Page (Year 13) as Sammy, the older brother of Mickey, were also strong performers. The main cast was well supported by the Narrators – Benjamin Oxley
(Year 13), Archie Milligan (Year 12), Elliot Wood (Year 12), Jeffrey Beard (Year 13) and Leo Noordanus, and a large ensemble, who although they had few speaking parts, took to their roles with relish. The musical numbers were pitch perfect and beautifully choreographed. The audience were also stunned by the professionalism and sensitivity displayed by the young musicians in the band, led by Musical Director, Duncan Ferguson. Rector Christine Leighton said it was enormously satisfying to hear the effusive comments of Old Collegians and other audience members after the show. “Every year I am proud, delighted, surprised and grateful for the shows produced in our little StAC Theatre, and Blood Brothers was one of the best. Congratulations to Laurence Wiseman, Duncan Ferguson, Ginnie Thorner, Sylvia Campbell, the production crew, parent helpers and our wonderful, talented students. This show will certainly be remembered.”
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There were some outstanding performances in Blood Brothers.
performance, particularly as Mickey unravelled towards the end of the show, was breathtaking.
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Behind the scenes Ask Head of Drama and Dance, Laurence Wiseman, how the students pulled together a performance of such maturity and integrity in Blood Brothers, and he has a simple, if slightly irreverent answer. “They’re not given the option.” As the show’s director, Laurence spent many hours with the students unpacking the meaning behind the words and songs in the script, while finding ways for them to serve the story and convey this to the audience. “We had some amazing conversations with the cast about life and big themes such as nature versus nurture, growing up with privilege or without, and whether or not our fates are already sealed.” Laurence watched every performance of Blood Brothers, and said he felt like a ‘proud Dad’. “By the time we got to Opening Night, the students had taken total ownership and were adding new layers and depths to their performance each night. I get quite emotional watching them and seeing how far they’ve come.” Now in his fifth year as Head of Drama and Dance at St Andrew’s, Laurence says he knew at the age of 15 he wanted to be a secondary school Performing Arts teacher. “I had an amazing English teacher who took on the role of running the school productions. I adored her, loved being in the cast, and thought she had the best job in the world.”
After a year at Waikato University, Laurence attended NASDA, where he completed a Performing Arts degree, majoring in Musical Theatre, Acting, Singing and Dancing. “I flirted with the idea of being a professional performer, but in the end decided teaching was for me.” In 2006, after gaining a Diploma in Teaching from the College of Education, Laurence became Head of Drama at Linwood College. His six years there was followed by two years at Aranui High School, before he became Head of Drama and Dance at St Andrew’s. “One of the great things about St Andrew’s is the energy. There is no room for apathy or complacency here, and I love that.” With the bar seeming to raise higher with every Senior Production, Laurence says he puts pressure on himself to maintain the momentum. “I do have my favourite shows, but the point is to choose material which is suited to the students coming up, and what will best serve them. When we meet, love the material and are working together towards the same outcome – that’s gold.”
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Exploring the ‘why’ By Laurence Wiseman, Head of Drama and Dance The closing of a production, the days, weeks, that follow, can be rather surreal, and the closing of Blood Brothers was no exception. You’ve given your all, your blood sweat ‘n’ tears, to a collective project, one greater than yourself, built in community, by community, for community. Then it grinds to a halt, and it is gone. I can’t help but think ‘Did that really happen?’ ‘Did we really do that?’ Yes, of course it ‘happened’, but this merely overtures the perhaps deeper question, ‘Why do we do it’? Unlike a work of art that hangs silently on a wall for decades, theatre is ephemeral. It is what it is, for that moment in time, for those people involved. For the audience it can be a magical night out, a chance to laugh, cry, to be moved, and caught up in a story other than their own. But for the participants: the students, cast, crew, band members, production
team, it is the process of creation, not only the performance, which ensures something lives on once the final curtain has fallen. Theatre creation provides students with a network, a community, a sense of belonging. It allows them to see the best and worst of people. There are highs and lows, ones which create relationship and also strain relationship, but must be endured all the same, as failure is not an option. Under the guise of ‘putting on a production’, so much more is learnt and discovered. It is more than simply learning acting technique, stagecraft and musicianship – it is about life lessons, problem-solving, communication, empathy, understanding and tolerance. The beauty is perhaps that students are developing this blissfully unaware – they are simply ‘putting on a production’, when in fact the performance is merely the icing on the cake. So, ‘Why do we do it?’ There is no simple answer, as the answer is something lived and experienced, an answer that is different and unique to
every production, every student, every participant. All I know is that we will do it all again, surviving on coffee and adrenaline until we find ourselves in this space again, this suspended hiatus, reflecting, questioning why, but slightly changed, all the better for it.
memories The Semi-formal is always a highlight on the Year 11 calendar, with this year’s event, on Saturday 16 June at Riccarton Racecourse, proving no exception. There was plenty of style and glamour as the students dressed up in their finest suits and dresses to dance the night away. Head of Middle School, Mikae Tuu’u, said he was proud of the way in which the students conducted themselves and got into the spirit of the evening. The Middle School Leaders, led by teacher, Margaret Smeaton, did a wonderful job of organising the event.
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Wigram Air Force Museum was transformed into Las Vegas for the Senior Formal, which certainly lived up to its glittering theme. Tables were decked out with playing cards and casino chips, and the excited group of Year 12 and 13 students in attendance had a lot of fun creating images in the Las Vegas themed photo booths. The event was superbly organised by the Senior College Council, and the students looking incredible in all their finery.
As well as great music, and a delicious carvery, another highlight of the evening were the awards. King and Queen of the formal went to Year 13 students, Harry Fergus and Monique Rees. There were also Joker cards spread through the tickets issued to gain entry to the formal, with special prizes won by Dion Vaudrey (Year 13) and Eva Pringle (Year 12).
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A night of
Community MacGibbon House boarders and House Tutor Jono Oxley (OC 2012) at the ASB Christchurch Marathon.
ASB Christchurch Marathon fundraiser MacGibbon House boarders and House tutor, Jono Oxley (OC 2012), took part in the 10km event at the ASB Christchurch Marathon, raising over $1500 to help support Jono’s trip to Denmark to compete in the Long-distance Triathlon World Championships, where he finished ninth in his age group. Patrick Cotter (Year 10) was the driving force behind the idea and challenge. Ben Gough Family Foundation Scholarship Matthew Mulholland (Year 12) was chosen from six shortlisted Year 12 students to receive the Ben Gough Family Foundation Scholarship to attend a 21-day 'Mind, Body, Soul' Outward Bound adventure. The benefactor, Ben Gough, was impressed at the calibre of students interviewed. Birdlings Flat Forest Planting Year 10 student Manu McCallum took part in the Birdlings Flat Forest Planting project on a covenanted reserve, which is being managed for conservation values and is gradually reverting to native vegetation. Global Citizenship Symposium / Emerging Leaders Conference Sustainability Council Leader, Quinton Hurley (Year 13) and Year 12 students Daniel Bishop and Thomas Pope-Kerr, attended the Global Citizenship Symposium at St Cuthbert’s College, where they were great ambassadors for the College, making valuable contributions to discussions, particularly around nuclear security and climate change mitigation. Quinton has started a Facebook page to keep the conversation going. Daniel and Thomas were also part of a group of Year 12 students who attended the 10th Anniversary of the Emerging Leaders Conference at Christ's College in July, where they spoke about their leadership roles within the Sustainability Council.
Forty Hour Famine Well done to the Community Service Leaders and students who took part in the 40 Hour Famine and raised $15,745 for World Vision. Kapa Haka The Year 7 and Senior Kapa Haka Groups hosted the StAC Pasifika group for a Matariki lunch, held in the courtyard in front of Thompson House. Over 40 students and five staff enjoyed a delicious hangi of vegetables, chicken and pork prepared by Matua Steve Reid. Head of Middle School, Mikae Tuu’u, said a prayer in Samoan, and Matua Steve spoke about the true meaning of Matariki, recalling stories told by the elders in earlier days. The Kapa Haka students performed a haka and waiata, and the Pasifika group responded with a song. It was a fitting way for everyone to celebrate this special time of reflection, renewal and community. Kapiti Future Leaders’ Forum Thomas Pope-Kerr and Juliette Newman (both Year 12) were selected to attend the three-day Kapiti Future Leaders’ Forum in the holidays. Highlights of this leadership event included talks from former and current Governor-Generals, and visits to the National War Memorial and Government House. KidsCan Project In April, girls and female staff of St Andrew’s, supported by the Community Service team, participated in a KidsCan project, collecting hygiene items, which were put into packs and distributed to schools where girls are missing classes due to a lack of personal hygiene resources. Spirit of Adventure Scholarship Genevieve Henstock (Year 11) is the latest successful recipient of the Ben Gough Family Foundation Spirit of Adventure Scholarship for 2018. She will participate in her 10-day adventure during the Christmas holidays.
Year 8 students Belle Watson, Jaime Donnelly and Samuel Moreton, decorate cupcakes as part of a World Vision fundraiser with teacher aide, Carly Miller.
World Vision Fundraisers Year 8 students, Belle Watson, Samuel Moreton, Jaime Donnelly and Louie Burtscher baked cupcakes at home and decorated them at school. They sold them to Preparatory School students for a gold coin donation and raised over $475. Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum Omri Kepes (Year 11) was one of 56 Year 11–13 students from throughout New Zealand selected by the Sir Peter Blake Trust and Ministry for the Environment to attend this year’s Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum held in Taranaki. More than 300 students applied to participate in the one-week leadership forum, which was focused on climate change. Omri also presented a submission to the Environment Canterbury Council on behalf of the Hurunui Youth Council, suggesting a change to their Long Term Plan.
Congratulations to Caroline Bane, who won first prize, a solid gold bangle. Head Boy, Jack Morrow, won four Hoyts movie tickets for selling the most tickets. A silent auction at the event also raised significant funds.
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Members of the St Andrew’s College community donned their finery to enjoy another stunning Black and Bling Ball in a spectacularly themed Gym 1. This year, the sold-out biennial event raised money for the StAC hockey and cricket communities, which were incredibly grateful for the support. Major sponsor, Petersens Jewellers Merivale, donated some beautiful prizes for the raffle, with tickets sold by cricket and hockey players and their families.
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Head of Secondary School, Evert van Florenstein, Chaplain Paul Morrow, and two Year 12 students, Francesca Morrow and Thomas Pope-Kerr were among the representatives of eight Presbyterian schools at the Presbyterian Church School’s Principals’ and Chaplains’ Conference, held at Knox College in early August.
The conference theme was Heart and Soul/Wairua me te Whatu Manawa, which reflected on the Presbyterian Schools’ passionate commitment to whole-hearted education. The Principals and Chaplains enjoyed a full programme, with speakers covering a range of topics, including Educating for the Whole of Life, Building a Sustainable Future in a Warming World, Spiritual Formation and the Church School, and Being Present at the Well. A separate student leadership programme ran alongside the main conference programme, which was focused on well-being and the issue of child poverty. Francesca Morrow says camaraderie with other Year 12 student representatives at the event was a highlight. “Being with the other students was awesome. It was great
to get to know them and talk about the differences and similarities between our schools. Some really strong connections were made.” On the first day of the conference, Reverend Malcolm Gordon spoke to the students about shalom, and the importance of having a balanced relationship with four different aspects, God, ourselves, others, and the Earth. The students then played a ‘poverty game’, which got them thinking about how living in poverty can impact on a child’s ability to reach their goals, and how they can be supported to do so. This questioning was supported by the day’s final speaker, Nicola Atwell, who provided facts and information about the current state of poverty in New Zealand, and talked about how the students could make a difference, and be the generation which effects positive change. The students reported their learning back to the full Conference on the second day at a special Students Gathering session.
Year 12 students Francesca Morrow (middle row third from left) and Thomas Pope-Kerr (sixth from left) represented St Andrew’s College at the Presbyterian Church Schools Principals’ and Chaplains’ Conference in Dunedin.
Chaplain Paul Morrow says the conference was a wonderful leadership opportunity for the students. “It gave them a sense of the greater Presbyterian Schools’ network and the responsibility they have, as students who have been given wonderful opportunities, to reach out to those who need a lending hand in order to achieve the same dreams that they have.”
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boys and girls
Guest speakers (from left) Mike Pero, Anna Simcic, Matua Steve Reid and Police Superintendent Tusha Penny, inspired students at the recent Boys’ and Girls’ Assemblies.
“While we believe a co-educational environment is the best learning environment for young people, where they learn to work and co-operate in teams with both sexes, there are some important messages we want to give to our young people which are best explored in a single sex environment. These include how to deal with the pressures of an online environment, dealing with societal pressures and expectations, developing strong selfesteem, supportive relationships, and values based decision making,” says Rector Christine Leighton, who initiated the events. The speaker at the Term 1 Boys’ Assembly was Matua Steve Reid, the College’s kapa haka teacher, who imparted some well-received wisdom about what it means to be male. One of New Zealand’s most decorated swimmers, Anna Simcic, spoke to the Girls’ Assembly about her time as a high performance athlete, the pressures she faced to succeed, and how these experiences allowed her to reframe what success actually means. Late in Term 2, at the second Boys’ and Girls’ Assemblies, Canterbury businessman and entrepreneur, Mike Pero, shared his story with the boys from growing up in a working class family in Aranui and leaving school at 16, through to where he is now and
the lessons he learnt along the way. He spoke about the power of setting SMART goals, aiming high and being honest and genuine. Mike was an engaging speaker with good humour, who also encouraged the boys to take risks and give things a go if they are passionate about something. Police Superintendent, Tusha Penny, who is District Commander for the Waitemata, and the first Māori female District Commander in the New Zealand Police, delivered a powerful message to the girls, which challenged them to think about their definition of privilege. She said privilege was less about the material wealth one has, and more about a feeling of love, connection and safety. Her challenge for girls in the St Andrew’s community was to find their
passion and believe in their power to make a difference, which might include leading from where they stand, and speaking out against injustice. “The first two rounds of these assemblies have been highly successful and enthusiastically supported by the students. It is important in communities that all people feel supported and that girls and boys have the opportunity to develop strong relationships across the year groups and hear from a number of strong role models outside the educational environment. Our teaching staff were also in attendance, as they play such a critical role in supporting the development, identity and well-being of our young people.” says Christine.
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Boys’ and Girls’ Assemblies were introduced at St Andrew’s College for the first time in Term 1 to give students the opportunity to hear positive and inspiring messages from female and male role models.
International assembly The International Assembly was a wonderful celebration of diversity and our multicultural community, which includes international students, exchange students and international languages. The Assembly started with a procession of 20 different flags, carried by students and staff dressed in national costume, followed by an introduction and greeting in their native language.
Prefects’ assembly After weeks of preparations, the prefects delivered a Prefects’ Assembly to remember, with clever impersonations, creatively choreographed dance moves, talented singers and musicians, and well-timed humour. The themed presentation had a High School Musical flavour, which quickly morphed into a James Bond saga, complete with the realistic kidnapping of senior management, and Deputy Head Boy Benjamin Oxley abseiling down from the Gymnasium ceiling. Head Prefects, Jack Morrow and Kirsty Shields, gave an insightful talk on teamwork, and prefect Mitchell Radcliffe shared his inspirational thoughts on the meaning of success. The prefects demonstrated highly effective planning skills and teamwork to deliver the seamless execution of this significant event.
Entertainment was provided by Pippa McAnergney (Year 11), Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee, Hana Pearce and Juliette Newman (all Year 12), and Ella Guillemot-Mene (Year 13), singing the Beatles classic Let It Be in Māori, Korean, Spanish, French and Samoan respectively, followed by a haunting vocal solo from Iona Taylor (Year 12) who sang the Swedish folk song Vem Kan Segla Förutan Vind and concluded with the Pasifika Singers, who performed a medley in Fijian, Samoan and Māori.
runners up at theWorlds
A near perfect performance saw the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band finish second in the highly competitive Juvenile grade at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow in mid-August.
He was delighted when one of the four judges at the Worlds put St Andrew’s in the top spot. “It was a major thrill, which showed we were more than competitive. Congratulations goes to Dollar Academy, a Scottish co-ed school, which won the title.” Over 8000 pipers and drummers in 214 bands from 13 countries competed at the event, which was celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. This is the fifth time St Andrew’s has competed at the Worlds since 2007, with the College taking the Juvenile title in 2013. The students travelled to Scotland with 50 parents and supporters, with Rector Christine Leighton also joining them for the competition. “We are all incredibly proud of what the band has achieved. The competition at the Worlds is intense and the standard was unbelievably high in the Juvenile grade. The band continues to go from strength to strength under the leadership of Richard Hawke, and has had another extraordinary year,” she said. Other highlights of the tour included playing at the North Berwick Highland Games and the town of St Andrews, and attending the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Pipe Major Louis Newman (Year 13) competed in a Pipe Idol competition for young pipers, while Drum Sergeant Patrick Moran (Year 13) participated in the Drumming for Drinks exhibition and competition. The St Andrew’s contingent was delighted to see Old Collegian, Alexandra Wilson (2016) win the Tenor Drumming section at Drumming for Drinks. The Pipe Band achieved a rousing welcome back at Christchurch International Airport from Senior Management and the First XV, which performed an incredible haka. On 15–16 March 2019, the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band will commemorate its centenary, with the 'silver' at the Worlds no doubt adding to the celebrations. You can register your interest for this event at stac.school.nz.
Richard says the result was even more impressive given the band faced two significant challenges. “Going from a Christchurch winter into a Scottish summer is a dramatic change for the instruments. We were also coming out of the New Zealand off-season and hadn’t competed since winning the Nationals in March. Our only competitive practice was playing in a couple of smaller competitions in Scotland the week before the Worlds, when we faced teams which had been competing solidly for three months.”
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The College’s Pipe Band Director, Richard Hawke, says it was a “brilliant” result for the 27 current students and three 2017 leavers who made up the band, which included 10 girls, the largest contingent St Andrew’s has ever taken to the championships. “The Worlds provide the ultimate test of the skill and ability of our pipers and drummers and the band’s performance was absolutely first class. I don’t think they could have done better.”
Cultural catch up Ballet In early July, 18 ballet dancers from the Ballet Academy performed over two nights at the Isaac Theatre Royal as part of the Dancing Like the Stars event. Our dancers were chosen to present a showcase piece, and performed a lively jazz ballet to the music of La La Land. For most of the students, it was their stage debut at this amazing venue, and provided an incredible opportunity to showcase their talent and develop valuable big stage experience.
Chamber Music Seven chamber music groups from St Andrew’s competed at the NZCT Regional Chamber Music Contest. It was the first year ever that two groups from StAC were recalled to the Christchurch District Final. The Hornets, a brass trio comprising Luca Vinnell, Mackey Johnstone and Serge Beaton (all Year 12), won the Woolston Brass Cup for Best Brass Group for the second year in a row. The Stacz Quartet, violinists Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 12), Callum Hampton (Year 12), Grace Lawrence (Year 9) and Samuel Jeon (Year 10), advanced through to the Southern Regional Final of the 2018 NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Samuel Jeon was a member of another trio, the Schubertiads, which following the Southern Regional Final, was selected to compete at the National Semi-finals. This is the second year in a row Samuel has played in the semi-final round. Debating Megan Blackwood (Year 13) competed in the National Finals of the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships as a member of the Canterbury Regional Debating team.
Dancers from the Ballet Academy performed at the Isaac Theatre Royal.
Barbershop Our barbershop group, Men in StAC – Bruno Mitchell (Year 12), Harry Wilkinson (Year 13), William Lucas (Year 10) and Ethan Bright (Year 12), placed second at the Young Singers in Harmony regional competition and qualified for the national finals in September. Big Sing Our choirs Stacchorus, Staccoro and the Chamber Choir performed well at both the regional and national finals of the Big Sing Competition. Staccoro won three awards at the regional event, and at the national event went on to win Best Mixed Choir and Best Performance of a New Zealand composition, performing a commissioned work by Old Collegian, Isaac Shatford (OC 2014). The choirs also shared some of their pieces at the Gala performance.
Highland Dancing Year 11 students, Bella Rose and Charlotte Sloper, won New Zealand Championship titles at the New Zealand U16 Highland Dancing Championships. Bella won the New Zealand Championship Sword Dance and Highland Reel U16 and was the top ranked dancer. Charlotte won the New Zealand Championship Seann Triubhas and gained a ranking of fourth. At the New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships, Charlotte won the U16 South Island Championship Irish Reel, and she and Bella also gained U18 rankings (seventh and tenth respectively). Our Highland dancers achieved some outstanding results at the Queen’s Birthday Highland Dancing Competition in Dunedin, winning a number of titles. • Siara Clarke (Year 7) was first in the Sailor’s Hornpipe Otago Championship U12 and the Highland Fling U12. She also won the Austen Memorial Cup for Most Points U12; • Bella Rose (Year 11) was first in the Irish Hornpipe U16, second in the Sword Dance U16 Otago Championship, and third in the Double Time Jig U18; • Charlotte Sloper (Year 11) was first in the Highland Reel U16, second in the Reel O’Tulloch South Island Championship U18, and third in the Highland Fling U16 and Double Time Jig U18. She also won the St Andrew’s Society Inc Cup for Runner-up Most Points Highland Dances U16.
Bella Rose (left) and Charlotte Sloper (both Year 11).
During the April holidays, Year 11 students, Charlotte Sloper (New Zealand Highland Dance Company member), and Company Associates Evelyn Clarke and Bella Rose, were part of an elite group of dancers representing New Zealand at the Virginia Tattoo in USA. The New Zealand dancers wowed audiences with their performance of a moving ANZAC themed tribute to Here’s to the Heroes. Their complicated Highland choreography displayed in Swing of the Kilt was another highlight for the audience. Jazz At Easter, the Jazz Band travelled to Tauranga to compete in the 41st National Youth Jazz Competition. The band were pleased to win Best Big Band and dedicated their set to bass player Tom Fastier (Cashmere High School), who sadly passed away before the competition. Angus Rainey (Year 12) won Best Trumpet/Flugelhorn, and Serge Beaton (Year 12) won Best Trombone. The Jazz Combo comprising Angus Rainey, Serge Beaton and Matthew Palmer (all Year 12), and Patrick Moran and Dougal Shepherd (both Year 13), competed in the Ara JazzQuest Combo Competition where they played a great set, including an original composition by Angus and Serge. The group won a Gold Award and performed as part of the Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony. Serge Beaton won best trombone player at the competition.
The Jazz Band took part in the Christchurch Jazz and Blues Festival, performing a 40-minute set, including some of the repertoire from the National Youth Jazz Festival and some new material. The students delivered a polished performance, with most of the band members taking impromptu solos. At the ARA JazzQuest our Big Band played one of the most challenging sets a Secondary School band has ever attempted at the event and was described as a ‘powerhouse band’ by the judges on their way to winning a gold award. The Jazz Orchestra and Soul Band both won silver awards.
Juliette Newman (Year 12) won the Church Challenge Cup for Song in Costume U16–U18 at the Napier Vocal Competitions. She was second in Folk and Traditional, and third in Sacred Solo.
The following Preparatory students were selected by audition for the 2018 Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival representative groups:
Pipe Band Members of the Pipe Band have achieved outstanding results in various competitions:
• Junior Representative Choir: Anika Bayley (Year 6) and Annie Young (Year 5); • Senior Representative Choir: Pieta Bayley, Meg Shearer and Toby Cammock-Elliott (all Year 8); • Representative Symphony Orchestra: James Drury (Year 8) – French Horn, Jessica Drury (Year 5) – Violin, Luka Lee (Year 8) – Cello.
Easter Highland Games – Hastings • Campbell Wilson (Year 11) – first in U21 New Zealand Championships Piobaireachd, Silver Medal Piobaireachd, and U21 Strathspey and Reel, third in B Grade Hawkes Bay Championships 6/8 March; • Louis Newman (Year 13) – third in U21 New Zealand Championships Piobaireachd, fourth in U21 Strathspey and Reel.
In the Instrumental Section of the Christchurch Competitions Society Festival of the Arts, Hansen Hong (Year 6) won one gold, two silvers and one bronze medal on piano. Kate Ramsay (Year 5) placed second in the Piano Solo division and third in the Piano Test, playing the test piece A Little Prank. Christine Jeon (Year 7) and Samuel Jeon (Year 10) competed in the instrumental section of the Christchurch Competitions Society Festival of Arts. Christine won The Centenary Trophy (Strings), Bird Cup (Piano and Cello) and received the Special Award 10 to U12 Most Promising Girl 2018. Samuel won the Cottier Cup (Piano). Velia Men (Year 13) performed a piano recital as part of the Christchurch Lunchtime Concerts at The Piano – playing pieces by Bach, Haydn, Liszt, and Paderewski.
Elliot Wood (Year 12)
Performing Renee Vaudrey (Year 11) has been nominated for the National Young Performer Awards and will represent the Westport Society for tap dance in Palmerston North in October.
MacKenzie Highland Show Hamish Sloper (Year 13) won the John Campbell Challenge Trophy for most points in C Grade Piping. He also won the C Grade 6/8 March, 2/4 March, and the Strathspey and Reel. Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Solo Contest – May • Campbell Wilson (Year 11) – first in B Grade U21 Piobaireachd, B Grade Strathspey and Reel, B Grade Hornpipe and Jig; • Louis Newman (Year 13) – first in B Grade 2/4 March; • Benjamin MacLeod (Year 12) – first in C Grade Piobaireachd; • Noah Clarke (Year 12) – first in C Grade 2/4 March; • Jakarta Klebert (Year 9) – first in D Grade Piobaireachd; • William Richards (Year 6) – first in Novice. Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Solo Contest – June • Louis Newman (Year 13) – first in B Grade Piobaireachd, first in B Grade Strathspey and Reel; • Jakarta Klebert (Year 9) – first in D Grade Piobaireachd, first in D Grade Strathspey and Reel, first in D Grade 2/4 March.
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Iona Taylor (Year 12) won the Margaret O’Cain Trophy for Most Promising Stage Presence at the Green Island Vocal Competitions. In the U16–18 section at the Napier Vocal Competitions, she won the Kelliher Family Cup for Spiritual, was first in Folk and Traditional, second in Vocal Solo, and third in Test Song.
Soloist Jenna Wells (Year 12) singing with the Jazz Band at the Christchurch Jazz and Blues Festival.
Music Elliot Wood (Year 12) successfully auditioned for the ensemble in Showbiz’s upcoming production of Les Miserables. This is a wonderful achievement as there was a lot of competition for the role.
Queen’s Birthday Weekend – Dunedin Our pipers achieved some fantastic results at one of the four major competitions on the New Zealand solo piping calendar: • Louis Newman (Year 13) – first in U21 Strathspey and Reel, first in B Grade U21 Strathspey and Reel; • Campbell Wilson (Year 11) – first in B Grade 2/4 March, first in B Grade 6/8 March, first in C Grade U16 Championship 2/4 March; • Benjamin MacLeod (Year 12) – first in C Grade Strathspey and Reel Otago Championship; • Noah Clarke (Year 12) – first in C Grade 6/8 March.
Young New Zealand Drummer of the Year At the New Zealand Drummer of the Year Championships Becky Weir (OC 2017) placed third, Patrick Moran (Year 13) fourth, and Montague Stamm (Year 10) sixth. South Island Solo Drumming • Padric Ballard (Year 8) – first in Drum Pad Class; • Montague Stamm (Year 10) – first in C Grade Snare; • Rachel Holyoake (Year 9) – first in Novice Tenor; • Marcella Bragg (Year 12) – first in Intermediate Tenor; • Iona Taylor (Year 12) – first in Open Bass. Performing Arts Hana Pearce (Year 12) and Astrid van Ameyde (OC 2017) were two of the surprise performers in the recent Showbiz review Broadway Hitmen, delighting audiences with their tapping in a rendition of Anything Goes. Hana also took a lead role in the KidsFest season of the musical Madagascar.
A number of St Andrew’s students won special Speech and Drama prizes.
She danced, sung and acted in her role as Marty the Zebra. Poetry A poem by Zoe Elmey (Year 9) was published in Toitoi, a quarterly journal of writing and art by New Zealand children aged 5–13. From more than 400 entries, a poem by Xavier Dickason (Year 11) was awarded third place in the Poems on Buses Competition. As part of the prize, Xavier’s poem will be printed on the back of a bus and will also appear on a mural at the bus interchange. Smokefree Rockquest Eight bands represented St Andrew’s in the regional heats of Smokefree Rockquest (the most from any school). Two bands, Uncommon Frequency (featuring Year 13 students Oliver Bailey, Sophie Buist, Renee Dennis, Harry Fergus, Ella Guillemot-Mene, Patrick Moran, Louis Newman, Luca Newman, Dougal Shepherd,
Black Wired, from left Etham Lam (Year 5), Victor Sherborne (Year 7) and Tama Connelly (Year 7), obscured is Hayden Lam (Year 7) on drums.
Kate Sproule, and George White) and Preparatory School band, Black Wired, were selected for the regional finals. Black Wired, comprising Hayden Lam (Year 7), Ethan Lam (Year 5), Victor Sherborne (Year 7), and Tama Connelly (Year 7), won the Fatboy Style Award at the regional finals. Speech and Drama Thirty-five students entered the Speech and Drama section of the Christchurch Competitions Society Festival of the Arts. They all delivered great performances and achieved some very good results. First place-getters and Special Prize winners were: • Leo Noordanus (Year 13) won the CESUT Scholarship 15–21 Years, which included a $500 prize. He also won the prize for top marks in the Over 16 age group; • Xavier Dickason (Year 11) was first in Prepared Prose Reading, Reading at Sight, Original Poetry, Light Verse, Impromptu Speech, and Own Selection. He also won the Cup for Poetry Speaking 14–16, Cup for Original and New Zealand Poem on Poetry 13–16, Cup for Impromptu Speaking, Equal Top Mark 14–16, Cup for Best Male Performer Over 16, and was a joint winner of the 14–16 Scholarship; • Scarlett Rumble (Year 10) was first in Test Poem, Dramatic Extract, and was a joint winner of the 14–16 Scholarship; • Jai Bartlett (Year 8) was first in Reading at Sight, Poetry Reading and Impromptu Speech, and won the Cup for Prose and Poetry Reading 12–14, Cup and Prize for Impromptu Speech U13, and Prize for Most Promising Competitor U13; • Pieta Bayley (Year 8) was first in Bible Reading and New Zealand Poem. She also won the Cup for Bible Reading U13 and Prize for New Zealand Poem U13;
Amahl and the Night Visitors coming to StAC
Preparations are underway for a very special Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, which is being directed by Eilish Moran, a member of the Court Theatre Company and former Preparatory School Librarian at St Andrew’s. The opera will feature current students and staff as cast members and musicians, who will play alongside members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
• Portia Bennie (Year 8) was first in Novice Own Selection. She also won the Cup for Novice U16 and Prize for Novice Own Selection U16; • Eilish Johns (Year 7) was first in Light Verse, Improvisation and Test Poem. She also won the Prize for Improvisation U13; • Ivan Ren (Year 6) won the Cup for Poetry Speaking 10–12; • James Anthony (Year 6) won the Cup for Novice 10–12; • Madeline Clucas (Year 7) won first in Novice Test Poem;
— Tickets on sale 15 October — stac.school.nz
• Priya Bartlett (Year 6) won first in Own Selection and Original Poetry. She also won the Prize for Own Selection 8–10, and Prize for Original Poetry U13; • Teresa Steiner (Year 5) was first in Prose Reading and won the Cup for Prose Reading 8–10; • Sylvia James (Year 5) was first in New Zealand Poem, and won the Prize for New Zealand Verse U1; • Alexander Dunn (Year 4) won the Cup for Novice 8–10;
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Two magical performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors will take place in the Centennial Chapel on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December.
• Daniel Liu (Year 5) won first in Novice Test Poem; • Aneel Bartlett (Year 1) won first in Test Poem, and the Prize for Test Poem U8. Writing Russell Boey, Year 13, was awarded second place in the Youth Section of the New Zealand Flash Fiction Competition for his short story Pooh Sticks.
Preparatory School Art teacher, Pip Dinsenbacher, says the opera’s miraculous ending will affect everyone in the audience, evoking a true sense of Christmas and its significance today. “For many of the staff involved, this production brings back memories of their own participation in the opera when they were children.”
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Composer, Gian Carlo Menotti, created the one act opera in 1950, after being inspired by the painting, The Adoration of the Magi by Hieronymus Bosch. The opera tells the story of a small, impoverished boy, Amahl and his mother, who have lost everything and are forced to become beggars. They are visited by the three kings seeking shelter on their way to Bethlehem to see baby Jesus, with the temptation of the riches carried by the visitors proving too much for Amahl’s mother.
Hockey Development Manager Peter Darling is a highly respected Hockey Development Manager at St Andrew’s. He has been assistant manager of the Boys’ First XI for nine years and is the current manager of the Canterbury Cavaliers Senior Men’s hockey team. Peter has coached two underage South Canterbury and Canterbury teams to national level, and in 2010 won the New Zealand Hatch Cup with an U13 South Canterbury team featuring Sam Lane (OC 2015), Lawrence Darling (OC 2015), Alistair Harvey (OC 2015), William Carter (OC 2015) and Jacob Pearce (OC 2015). All went on to play for the First XI at St Andrew’s, with Sam Lane now a current Black Stick, and Peter’s son, Lawrence Darling, a member of Junior Black Sticks. Peter didn’t take up hockey himself until the age of 30, when he retired from rugby. All four of his sons have played hockey for St Andrew’s, including youngest son, Harrison (Year 12), which is what led Peter to start coaching. A key focus of his role is to develop player pathways, support coaches, provide mentoring and facilitate communication across all the teams. “We are always looking at our younger players and how we can support them to develop to First XI players. Sports Co‑ordinator, Leanne Power, is instrumental in the running of the hockey programme, and we are lucky to have some great staff, Old Collegians, coaches, and parents who also put a lot of time into it.”
success for hockey programme Consistent
St Andrew’s has a long, proud history of hockey success including the golden years of 2000–2001 when the College won the National Rankin Cup and was the top hockey school in New Zealand. The latest group of talented players at StAC continues to build on this legacy. The Boys’ and Girls’ First XI teams are currently preparing for national tournaments on the back of a successful 2017 season, when the boys finished seventh in the national Rankin Cup Tournament, and the girls won the Audrey Timlin Memorial Tournament, qualifying them for the national Federation Cup. Hockey Development Manager, Peter Darling, is proud of the consistency shown by the Boys’ First XI, which has been in the top eight at the Rankin Cup Tournament for the last five years. “The highlights have been finishing second and third at this tournament. We haven’t quite cracked it yet, but we’re getting close.” He thinks the girls will also do well at their national event after playing in a ‘very strong’ Christchurch competition. St Andrew’s currently has six boys’ teams and three girls’ teams, with numbers growing all the time. Standout players over the last two years include Isabella Ambrosius (Year 12), who was recently selected for Hockey New Zealand’s Pathway to Podium programme. She has played for the New Zealand Māori Women’s team, the New Zealand Women’s U21 team, and the Canterbury Barracudas Senior Women’s team. Last year,
Will Mace-Cochrane (OC 2017)
William Mace-Cochrane (OC 2017) played for the Junior Black Sticks against Japan and is a current member of the Canterbury U21 team. Isabella Ambrosius and Balthazar Ruscoe (OC 2017) were also triallists for the Junior Black Sticks. Several StAC players consistently make Canterbury U18 Regional squads and other underage Canterbury teams across all levels. Players receive fitness and conditioning support from Fitness Co-ordinator, Greg Thompson. Several students get additional support from the College’s High Performance Sports programme. Head of Co-curricular, Denley Jones, says the calibre of coaches in the hockey programme, including several Old Collegians, is a key part of its success. Among them are First XI player Ari Barrow (OC 2013), who is working alongside Ben Owers as coach of the Boys’ First XI, and Daniel O’Reilly (OC 2005) who was in the last Boys’ team that won the Rankin Cup in 2001 and is the current coach of the Girls’ First XI. He is working alongside Sue Innes, who is the current coach of the Canterbury Cats Women’s team. Lawrence Darling (OC 2015) and Tom Mallon (OC 2013) are coaching the Boys’ Second XI. “We have a number of Old Collegians on our coaching team, which is fantastic as they understand the culture at St Andrew’s and pride in the thistle. We have a lot of great people involved with the hockey programme, which continues to go from strength to strength.”
Matt Jansen Head of Football and Futsal
The football programme at St Andrew’s continues to thrive, on the back of a great 2017 season when the Boys’ and Girls’ First XI teams both made the Canterbury Secondary Schools finals. The boys won their final and went on to compete at the national tournament. “We were incredibly proud of this achievement. To have both teams in the final at English Park was significant. The boys’ Canterbury title was the first we had won in 10 years,” says Head of Sport, Denley Jones. There have been more great results in 2018, with several players selected for Canterbury and New Zealand honours, and both First XI teams qualifying for the premier national tournament in September. Denley says a long-term development programme, implemented by Head of Football and Futsal, Matt Jansen, is already paying dividends. “Matt is developing a junior and youth pathway from the Preparatory School right up to senior level. There is a significant focus on developing tactical and technical skills, which is leading to greater development for all 11 teams in our football programme.” Matt says quality coaching across the board is another key focus. “Part
of my job is to support our coaches and ensure that we are working towards a common goal, regardless of which team they coach. In the long term, I would like our football programme to be considered the best in the South Island, and for it to compete nationally.” Pathways are already in place to help some of the College’s most talented players progress into regional and national teams. In the last couple of years several St Andrew’s players have reached the highest honours in both football and futsal. Last year, Matthew Jones (Year 13) was selected for the U17 Football World Cup in India, while BritneyLee Nicholson (OC 2017) played in the New Zealand Secondary Schools football tour to America. She also played for the Futsal Ferns Senior Women’s national team. Lily Bray (Year 13) was selected for the New Zealand U20 Women’s team in 2017, but a devastating injury in the final training camp, meant she couldn’t attend the tournament. In 2018, Girls’ First XI goalkeeper, Blair Currie (Year 13), is in the wider training squad for the New Zealand U17 Women’s team, and is hoping to play in the U17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay later this year.
Since joining St Andrew’s, Matt has extended the College’s partnership with students in this degree programme, and several are now coaching various sports teams at StAC. Matt has coached Canterbury age group representative teams, as well as Federation and National Talent Centre teams. In addition to his role at St Andrew’s, Matt is assistant coach of the Coastal Spirit MPL team and the Canterbury United Youth team.
Several St Andrew’s players have also been selected for Canterbury teams. The girls’ programme is going from strength to strength, with the addition of a second team for the first time this year. “We’re lucky to have Alana Gunn on board as the Girls’ First XI coach. She is the current Canterbury United Women’s and New Zealand Secondary Schools team coach.” The introduction of a Junior First XI competition has seen an upswing in the number of junior players signing up for football, says Matt. “We also have some great pathways in place for social football, with many students playing in various Canterbury school competitions on Wednesday afternoons. The supportive group of coaches and teachers involved with the football programme ensure we cater to a range of individual and specific skills".
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Matt grew up in the Waikato and moved to Canterbury in 2013 to undertake a Bachelor in Sport Coaching and Performance Analysis degree at the University of Canterbury.
Declan Hickford (Year 13) recently scored his 100th goal for St Andrew’s, and is one of only two players to have achieved this amazing feat.
Matt Jansen joined the football programme at St Andrew’s in 2016, as an external coach working with the First XI. In October 2016, he was offered the 30 hour a week role of Head of Football and Futsal. He also coaches the Boys’ First XI team at St Andrew’s with John French.
Sports round up Athletics St Andrew’s was once again named the top co-educational school at the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships. Tapenisa Havea (Y10) and Maia Broughton (Y12) led the way winning three titles each, while Luke Murray (Y13) won the Senior Boys’ high jump title with a near personal best performance. Brianna Fidow (Y12) jumped a new personal best to win the Senior Girls’ long jump title. • Tapenisa Havea (Y10): first U15 Girls 100m, 80m hurdles, shot put; • Maia Broughton (Y12): first U15 Girls 100m, 200m, 400m; • Brianna Fidow (Y12): first U19 Girls long jump; • Luke Murray (Y13): first U19 Boys high jump; • Claudia Knight (Y11): second U15 Girls high jump; • Alex Tutty (Y10): second U15 Girls discus; • Victoria Spratt (Y12): second U19 Girls 800m; • Eva Pringle (Y12): second U19 Girls 1500; • Brianna Fidow (Y12): second U19 Girls triple jump; • Tom Ruwhiu (Y9) U14 Boys 800m; • Jackson Foster (Y9): U14 Boys javelin; • Izzy Gibson (Y10): third U15 Girls 3000m; • Tapenisa Havea (Y10), Claudia Knight (Y11), Emma Elston (Y10) and Izzy Gibson (Y10): third in U15 Girls 4x100m relay; • Mia McNaughton-Vincent (Y9), Libby McKinnel (Y11), Isabella Galvan (Y10), and Izzy Gibson (Y10): third in U16 Girls 4x400m relay; • Abigail Evans (Y12): third in U16 Girls javelin • Victoria Spratt (Y12), Eva Pringle (Y12), Mya Graham (Y13) and Maia Broughton (Y12): third in U19 Girls 4x400m relay; • Mac Stodart (Y12): third in U16 Boys high jump and discus; • Mitchell Davis (Y13), Jacob Thompson (Y11), Cornelius Kaufuti (Y10) and Cameron Trumper (Y13): third in U19 Boys 4x100m relay; • Ayrton Shadbolt (Y12): third in Boys Open steeplechase. Badminton Jack Wang (Y11), Jenny Zhu (Y12) and Kelly Ting (Y11) were members of the Badminton Canterbury 2018 U17 team, which competed at the Yonex
New Zealand Juniors Team National Championships and placed second out of 14 teams.
and the Co-ed Senior Elite Division, which finished third in the world out of teams from 116 other countries.
Jack Wang (Y11) won the Triple Crown at the South Island Canterbury U17 Badminton Open. He also won the Mixed Doubles and was runner up in the Boys’ Doubles at the Counties Manukau U17 Badminton Open.
Cricket The First XI finished as runners-up in their two-day competition and are in the semi-final of the New Zealand Schools Cup. The Second XI also excelled placing second in their grade, gaining promotion into the First XI grade for the one-day competition, which is a first for the College.
Basketball Mac Stodart (Y12) and Samuel Jenkins (Y11) were selected to participate in the 10th Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp in India, an elite basketball skills camp hosted by the National Basketball Association (NIBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). They were among top young players gathered from across the Asian continent, and both made the Top 16 All-Star Tournament team. Mac and Samuel also competed at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Argentina. William Hollings (Y13) was a member of the Canterbury U19 Basketball team, which won the National Provincial Tournament in North Harbour. The following students have been selected for Canterbury Representative teams: • U15A Girls: Madeline Morrow (Y9); • U17A Boys: Mac Stodart (Y12) and Samuel Jenkins (Y11); • U17B Boys: Cosmo Korte (Y12); • U17A Girls: Georgia Hollings (Y12); • U17B Girls: Te Rina Cooper (Y10); • U19B Boys: William Hollings (Y13); • U19A Girls: Charlotte Whittaker (Y13). Ella Sharpe (Y7) competed in the North Canterbury Wildcats Basketball team, which won the South Island Primary Basketball Tournament. Ella was named in the Girls’ A Grade (Year 7–8) All Stars team. BMX Nicholas Daniels (Y11) placed third in 16 Year Boys’ age group at the 2018 BMX Nationals Championships, held in New Plymouth at Easter. Canoe Racing At the New Zealand Canoe Sprint Championships, Olivia Brett (Y12) won three golds and one silver medal in the U18 age group. Flynn McGuinness (Y11) won five golds, two silvers and one bronze in the U16 age group. Cheerleading Imogen Hoani (Y13) competed at the 2018 Junior World Cheerleading Championships and World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida. She competed in two teams, the All Girl Senior Elite Division, which finished second,
Cross Country The Secondary School Cross Country was held in sunny conditions, with students challenging themselves to complete the course in set times and to achieve extra points for their House. A number of students qualified to represent the College at the Canterbury Cross Country Championships. Placegetters were: • U14 Girls: Holly Curtis (Y9) first, Emily Sharpe (Y9) second, Eloise Sluis (Y9) third; • U14 Boys: Oliver Graves (Y10) first, Tom Ruwhiu (Y9) second, Tom Edwards (Y9) third; • U15 Girls: Neve Moulai (Y10) first, Izzy Gibson (Y10) second, Molly Spark (Y10) third; • U15 Boys: Jake Jackways (Y10) first, Harri Silcock (Y10) second, Clayton Shadbolt (Y10) third; • Intermediate Girls: Jenny Zhu (Y12) first, Libby McKinnel (Y11) second, Jemma Watson (Y11) third; • Intermediate Boys: James Blake (Y12) first, James Sharpe (Y11) second, Tom Shipley (Y12) third; • Senior Girls: Eva Pringle (Y12) first, Mikeely Jones (Y12) second, Fiona Murray (Y12) third; • Senior Boys: Aryton Shadbolt (Y12) first, Gregor Mackay (Y12) second, Jack Morrow (Y13) third. Saxon Morgan (Y13) was the Senior Boys’ Champion at the CSSS Cross Country Championships. Other placegetters were Tom Ruwhiu (Y9) who was third in the Year 9 Boys’ event, and Neve Moulai (Y10) who was third in the U16 Girls’ event. At the New Zealand Schools Cross Country Championships, three students gained placings running in Canterbury relay teams: • Saxon Morgan (Y13): second place (first runner); • Eva Pringle (Y12): third place (fifth runner); • Tom Ruwhiu (Y9); second place (third runner). Isabella Pringle (Y7) has qualified as a member of the Canterbury Primary Schools Cross Country team.
The following students were selected to represent Canterbury at U18 hockey:
Fencing The following St Andrew’s students achieved placings at the Canterbury Schools Fencing Competition: • Charlie Kelly (Y7): third equal in the Intermediate Schools – Novice Mixed Foil; • Ryan Stewart (Y9): second in the Secondary Schools U14 foil, and Secondary Schools Open Épée, third equal in the Sabre Open Competition; • Lucas Leighs (Y10): second in the Secondary Schools Mixed Novice Épée. Figure Skating Milla Newbury (Y9) won second place for her freestyle programme at the 2018 Canterbury Alpine Ice – Colours of Autumn Trophy in Figure Skating.
Blair Currie (Year 13)
• U12 Boys: Luke Supyk (Y8); • U14 Boys: Adam Supyk (Y10); • U19 Boys: Tyler Clink (Y11) and Cameron Emberton (OC 2017); • U16 Girls: Emily Whitnall (Y11), Jasmine Ball (Y12) and Sophia Lazor (Y10); • U19 Girls: Francesca Morrow (Y12) and Britney–Lee Nicholson (OC 2017). Francesca Morrow (Y12) was a member of the winning Canterbury team at the U19 National Youth Futsal Championships.
Football First XI Girls’ goalkeeper, Blair Currie (Y13), was selected for the next stage of the New Zealand U17 Women’s Football ID Camp, where she was part of a 23-player squad aiming towards selection for the U17 Women’s World Cup being held in Uruguay later this year.
Sophia Lazor (Y10) was a member of the Canterbury futsal team which placed second at the U16 National Youth Futsal Championships.
Alex Tutty (Y10) was selected for the New Zealand Secondary School Girls’ Football U15 representative team, which travelled to Sydney in July.
Gymnastics Emily Edwards (Y6) won first place for vault and third place on bar, Step 3, at the Primary Sports Canterbury Artistic Gymnastics Competition.
Blair Currie (Y13), Lily Bray (Y13), and Francesca Morrow (Y12) have been selected for the Canterbury United Pride Women’s Football Wider Training Squad. Riley Caswell (Y12) has been invited to train with the glamour A-League club Sydney Football. Thomas Pope-Kerr (Y12), Ralph Clink (Y13) and Chino Barrett-Lovie (Y13) have been selected to represent Mainland Football as referees at the National Age Groups tournaments later in the year. Futsal The following students were selected to represent their age group team for Canterbury United Dragons Futsal at the New Zealand Futsal Youth Championships.
Golf Hayden Lam (Y7) was second (by one shot) in the U13 section at the South Island Golf Championships.
Sara Yu (Y5) was second overall, Level 3 Under, at the recent Canterbury Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships after placing first for ball and second on freehand. At the Wellington Rhythmic Open Championships, Sara placed first overall, after finishing first for hoop and second on ball. Hockey Hockey New Zealand has selected Isabella Ambrosius (Y12) for its Pathway to Podium (P2P) programme for 2018/19. This programme is a partnership between High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) and Hockey New Zealand, designed to support the preparation of athletes for the physical and mental demands of the high-performance sport environment.
Four Year 12 students, Isabella Ambrosius, Harrison Darling, Oscar Nation and Georgia Bonne have been selected for the New Zealand U18 Development Hockey Squad, with Georgia being the only South Island goalie for both the male and female squads. The First XI Boys' hockey team won the Connetics SSP Challenge Shield against Timaru Boys' High School. The following Year 8 students have been selected into Canterbury Primary School hockey teams: • Boys A team: Noah Mellish-Temple and Helm Betts; • Girls A team: Holly Gilray; • Girls B team: Nikkita McIntyre and Caitlin Muir. Ice Hockey Johannes Prinsloo (Y12) was in the New Zealand U18 team that won the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division III Group B. Johannes is also a member of the Canterbury Red Devils U18 and U20 teams. Logan Willis (Y11), Timothy Thomas (Y10), and Johannes Prinsloo (Y12) have been selected for the Canterbury U18 Ice Hockey team. Indoor Cricket Following his selection for the Canterbury U15 Indoor Cricket team, Harrison Bisphan (Y10) has been selected for the New Zealand A U15 Indoor Cricket team to play in the Junior World Series in Christchurch in September. Karate Scarlett Gray (Y6) won bronze at the Karate New Zealand Open in the 10–11 years Premier over 35kg Individual Kumite (sparring), and silver in the 10–13 years Team Kumite. Jayden Okeroa (Y7) has achieved his brown belt in karate and has also been issued as an instructor.
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Darts Lachlan Rountree (Y10) retained the New Zealand Youth Darts Championship title, after winning this event last year.
• Canterbury Regional (A): Isabella Ambrosius (Y12), Samuel Armitage (Y13), Georgia Bonne (Y12), Harrison Darling (Y12), Mitchell Davis (Y13), Etienne Harrington-Watt (Y12), George McCallum-Clark (Y11), Felix McIntosh (Y13), Oscar Nation (Y12); • Canterbury Association (B): Aleisha Davis (Y11), Lewis Edmond (Y12), Gabriel Evans (Y13), Mikeely Jones (Y12), Daniel Martin (Y13), Oscar Story (Y12).
At the Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, Sasha McIntyre (Y5) finished second out of 125 runners to gain selection for the Canterbury Primary Schools’ team.
Kayaking Olivia Brett (Y12) was a member of the New Zealand team that won the K2 W500 B Final at the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria, placing the team 10th in the world. Olivia finished ninth in the K1 W 200 A Final, which has given her an individual world ranking of ninth in the U18 age group Olivia Brett (Y12) and Flynn McGuinness (Y11) competed for New Zealand at the Asia Pacific Kayaking Regatta in Adelaide, against Australia, Japan, Singapore, and the Cook Islands. Flynn was a member of the team which won the U16 mixed relay, K4 1000 and K4 500. He also achieved third place in the K1 200m and was fourth in both K2 events. Olivia achieved five gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal in the U18 age group, with her team placing second in the K4 500m.
Year 10A netball team (from left) Lose Faingaanuku, Izzy Gibson, Isabella Logie, Grace Cameron, Catelin Riordan, Tapenisa Havea, Sophie Innes, Karina Ahn, Isabella Galvan, Georgia Spark, Te Rina Cooper
Motocross Cody Doerner-Corson (Y12), Luke Doerner-Corson (Y10), Ethan McBreen (Y10), and Ben Wall (Y10) competed in the National Motorcross Championships, where they all placed in the top ten in their classes to achieve a national ranking.
Allan (Y11), Lose Faingaanuku (Y10), Tapenisa Havea (Y10), Te Rina Cooper (Y10); • U15 Black: Isabella Galvan, Alex Tutty (both Y10); • U15 White: Molly Spark (Y10); • U14 Red: Angie Doig, Lynonahdolphin Tausa, Isabella Tuaine (all Y9).
The StAC Motocross team did well at the 35th Michael Godfrey Memorial Motocross, where Cody DoernerCorson (Y12) was second in the Enduro event and fourth in the Junior 250cc, Ethan McBreen (Y10) was second in the Junior 125cc, and Ben Wall (Y10) was third in the Junior 125cc.
Orienteering At the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships, Isaac Egan (Y13) won the New Zealand Sprint Title, Ayrton Shadbolt (Y12) placed second in the Long event, and Isaac, Ayrton and Dougal Shepherd (Y13) won the relay race. St Andrew’s won the trophy for Top School – Small Team (Boys) for the third time in four years.
Motorsport Sam Wallace (Y13) won the 2017-2018 Toyo Tires Mazda Pro7 Racing South Island Championships and also the New Zealand Championships. Mountain Biking Benjamin Leech (Y11) and Harri Silcock (Y10) competed in the Bridge to Bridge ‘North’ 30km mountain bike race where Benjamin placed first out of 200 riders in the U13–U17 event, and Harri placed third. Netball Our Year 10A netball team won the 2018 SISS Junior Netball Tournament, after beating Rangi Ruru Girls' School in a tough semi–final, and overcoming St Margaret's College in a 'nail biter' final, winning 24–21. The Year 9A team also did very well placing fourth. The following students were selected for Canterbury Representative teams: • U17A: Georgia Woollett (Y13); • U17 Development: Tehinnah Ratulomai (Y11); • U15 Red: Kate Allan (Y11), Emily
The following students have been selected for a New Zealand invitation team to race at the Australian Orienteering Championships in September: Senior boys: Isaac Egan (Y13), Ayton Shadbolt (Y12) and Dougal Shepherd (Y13), Junior boys: Clayton Shadbolt (Y10), Junior girls: Alice Egan (Y10). At the New Zealand School Trials, Isaac Egan (Y13) was third in Senior Boys' A middle distance, and Rupert Shepherd (Y10) was third in Junior Boys' A long distance. At the New Zealand National Orienteering Championships Dougal Shepherd (Y13) placed second in the M18A Long Event. Isaac Egan (Y13) placed third in the M18A Sprint Event at the South Island Orienteering Championships, and was first in both the M20 short and middle events at the South Island Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships.
Pony Club Games Gemma Lewis (Y8) represented Canterbury at the New Zealand Pony Club Games Championships as a travelling reserve in the U25 team. She rode in a team with other reserves and won the B final. Gemma also competed in the National Individual Championships where she was fourth overall in the U12 competition. Rhythmic Gymnastics Nika Meyn (Y3) was first in the Free Routine and third in the Ball Routine at the Zhong Ling Cup, International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament in Beijing. Road Race At the Canterbury Secondary Schools Road Race Championships, Saxon Morgan (Y13) won the Senior Boys’ race and Eva Pringle (Y12) won the Senior Girls’ race. In the team’s event, the St Andrew’s Senior Girls finished second, with the U16 Boys’ and U16 Girls’ teams finishing third. Rowing Tom Flavill (coxswain) and Jackson Lewis (both Y12) were selected for the U18 South Island Rowing team to compete at the North–South U18 Regatta. Their crews placed second in the U18 coxed four and eight. Rugby Jack Rose (Y13) has been named in the First XV Top 10 rugby watch list for upcoming school rugby players. The following First XV players were selected to attend the Crusaders Knights Representative Rugby camp: Jack Rose (Y13), Joshua Ree (Y13), Nash Forrester (Y13), Isileli Saumaki
(Y11), Dominic Clarke (Y12), and Charlie Murray (Y12).
Ricky Kotepong (Y6) won singles and doubles titles in the Tier 2 Southern Junior Open tennis tournament.
Selected into the Wider Training Group: Dominic Cornish (Y13), Sebastian Calder (Y12), Jacson Edie (Y13), James Carr (Y11), Liam McCormack (Y13), and Angus Gilbert (Y13).
Monique Weber (Y9) was second in the 12–18 years female section at the Porters McNulty's Supercross Ski Race. Sporting Clay Shooting William Couper (Y7) was second in the Junior Division of the Ballingers Hunting and Fishing Sporting Clays Competition. Squash The Senior A squash team of Todd Ryley (Y13), Dion Vaudrey (Y13), James Wright (Y10), and Jacob Horrey (Y9) won the B Grade at the South Island Secondary Schools Championships last weekend. Surf Lifesaving Flynn McGuinness (Y11) was named in the Canterbury Surf Life Saving team and awarded the Top U16 Competitor Cup for his achievements in 2018. Surfing Liam Heasley (Y9) has been selected for the Canterbury Scholastics Surfing team and will travel to Gisborne to compete at the Nationals in October. Swimming Quinton Hurley (Y13) was selected to represent Christchurch as an Ambassador in China in July. As part of this experience, Quinton took part in the Wuhan Yangtze River Festival competing with hundreds of top swimmers from around the globe in the Yangtze River Crossing, an 1800m swim from one side of the river to the other. Quinton has had an exceptional year in the pool, including his selection for the New Zealand team to compete at the Oceania Games in Papua New Guinea, where he won silver in the Men’s 1500 freestyle, and the Men’s 4×200m
freestyle. He also qualified for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji in August and is on the selection list for the Youth Olympic Games, which competes in Buenos Aires in October. At the New Zealand National Open Championships, Quinton won silver medals in the 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle events. He was a finalist at the New Zealand Swimming Awards for Zonal Emerging Swimmer of the Year, after receiving Canterbury Male Swimmer of the Year at the Canterbury Sports Awards. Several students performed well at the New Zealand Age Group Swimming Championships in Auckland. Placegetters were: • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y10): 14 years – gold in 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 50m backstroke, silver in 100m freestyle, bronze in 200m backstroke; • Angus Kelliher (Y11): 15 years – gold in 200m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 50m backstroke, silver in 200m butterfly, 100m butterfly and 4×200m zonal freestyle relay, bronze in 200m individual medley; • Bryn Rumble (Y12): 16 years – bronze in 100m backstroke, 16 years and over – 4×100m medley relay; • Quinton Hurley (Y13): 17–18 years – silver in 1500m freestyle. Table Tennis Alexander Wilson (Y13) played for the New Zealand U18 Table Tennis team at the Oceania Junior Championships, where he won a silver medal in the singles and a bronze in the doubles. This result has qualified Alexander and the team to compete at the Table Tennis World Championships later this year. Alexander also won a bronze medal for doubles at the Cook Island Junior Open, a tournament on the World Junior Circuit. Tennis Ruby McPhail (Y6) won the Girls’ 11 singles and doubles at the Canterbury Tennis Championships.
Katelyn Key (Y4) achieved second place, B grade at the 2018 Primary and Intermediate Schools Trampoline Championships. Trapshooting At the Timaru Intercollegiate Clay Target Competition, Laurence Arundell (Y13) was first in skeet with a perfect score of 25/25, and Kaitlin Watson (Y13) was first in skeet, second in points score, and third in the single barrel competition. Triathlon Saxon Morgan (Y13) and Mya Graham (Y12) have been selected for the New Zealand Junior Triathlon team to compete at the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September. Saxon will compete in the Junior Men’s Elite race, and Mya in the 16–19 Year Girls’ race. Ultramarathon Yonni Kepes (Y13) ran an incredible 29 hours to become the youngest known New Zealander to complete a 100-mile race after finishing the Hanmer Old Forest 100 (160km). He received an ornamental belt buckle, which is presented to all 100-miler competitors in honour of the founder of ultramarathon running, Gordy Ainsleigh. In the lead up to the 100-mile race, Yonni trained for 15–20 hours a week, running around 150–160km. Water Polo Students Benjamin Steel, Lucy Hamilton, and Lachlan Frazer (all Y10) have been selected by Canterbury Water Polo for the Pan Pacific squads. Genevieve Henstock (Y11) and Lucy Hamilton (Y10) were selected for the U16 Girls’ Canterbury Water Polo team, which competed at the Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival. Benjamin Steel (Y10) has been selected for the U16 Boys Canterbury Water Polo team. Lucy Hamilton (Y10) and Genevieve Henstock (Y11) have been selected for the U16 Girls Canterbury Water Polo team.
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Skiing At the Junior Interfield Ski Race Series at Mt Hutt, Alys Scott (Y9) was first in the Women’s U14, Claudia Russell (Y6) had two second placings in the Women’s U12, Edie Burtscher (Y5) was third in the Women’s U12, and Estelle Russell (Y3) won a first and second place in the Women’s U8.
Quinton Hurley (Year 13)
Trampolining Jakarta Klebert (Y9) was second in the Youth Trampolining Section (out of 32 competitors) at the Australian Gymnastics Championships and has qualified for the World Championships in Russia later this year.
Year 8 students Edwin Short (U65kg) and Joshua Ongley (U48kg), and Year 7 student Macklan Robertson (U48kg) have been selected for the Canterbury Primary Schools Metro teams.
Macklan Robertson (Y7) qualified for the New Zealand Tennis Junior Masters Top 8 Playoff Finals (12 Years Boys), which is being played in Hamilton in October.
Message from the President
Welcome to the new Old Collegians Executive 2018–2019
On Wednesday 13 June, the Old Collegians Association held its 98th Annual General Meeting, where it was with pleasure I accepted the nomination of President. On behalf of the Executive and all Old Collegians, I would firstly like to thank Mark Mulholland for a job well done over what was an exceptionally busy period with the Centenary celebrations. I would also like to thank retiring Executive members, Andy Munro and Alister Macpherson, for their service over the years. Congratulations to Meg Black (2010) in being elected Senior Vice-President and James Tapper (2010) as Junior Vice-President. The make-up of the Executive has certainly changed over the seven years I have been involved, and it is great to see a good mix of young and old, male and female. Over half of the Executive is now aged under 30. I believe that this is a reflection of the positive and supportive environment provided by the College, as people want to stay engaged and contribute back to the school. It was straight to business after the AGM, with a Wellington regional function the following night. This was well attended by both young and old and was a very enjoyable evening. I wish to thank Duncan Cotterill and Jonathan Scragg (1996) for allowing us to host this event at their office. Next up was the St Andrew’s Board of Governors Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28 June, which was a chance to reflect on the amount of change that has happened on campus over the last 10 years. I look forward to working with Board Chair and Old Collegians’ representative, Bryan Pearson, and Rector Christine Leighton. At the AGM it was announced that Director of Development, Clare Wilkinson, was resigning to take up a new position with the Christchurch Arts Festival. I would like to personally thank Clare for her contribution to the Executive meetings, and her role in leading the Development Office. I have enjoyed working with Clare over the last four years and wish her well with her new role. I’m looking forward to the year group reunions, and as a former Pipe Band member and Pipe Major, I’m especially looking forward to the Pipe Band Centenary celebrations in 2019. Jonathan Wells (1987) President
Front row: James Tapper (Junior Vice-President), Jonathan Wells (President) and Meg Black (Vice-President). Back row: Mark Mulholland, Cameron Darby, Gideon Couper, Nick Letham, Will Franks, Louise Merrick, Kelvin McMillan and Kate Stanbury. Absent: Millie Bremner and Tom Davison.
Online Alumni Roll We are excited to announce the full Alumni Roll is now available on the College website, under the Old Collegians section. The College Roll hasn’t been published since the early 1990s. Now you can search past Old Collegians and see the year they were at the College and the family connections they might have to other Old Collegians. It is important to note that your Peer Year is the year you would have been in Year 13 (Form 7), regardless of the year you left school. Please note there will be some discrepancies in the information relating to Peer Year and family connections. We see this as a great opportunity to update and correct any errors that may have occurred to our data over the years, given that there have been a few changes in databases over the decades. So please go to the ‘update your details section’ and let us know about any corrections that need to be made.
Events Presidents' Dinner On Friday 4 May we welcomed back past Presidents of the StAC Old Collegians Association. It was fantastic to see Alan Beanland (1942) and Brian Moore (1945), both aged in their nineties, in attendance. It was a special evening for the past Presidents to catch up and hear the latest College news from Rector Christine Leighton. It was fitting that Head of Catering, Russell Gray, was recognised at the function for 21 years of service to the College, as he plays a major role in the success of our Old Collegian events.
Brian Moore (1945), Christine Leighton, Ernie Poole (1950), and Wal Scott (1959)
The Cockram Cultural Award was awarded to Alistair Cameron, and was accepted by his sister, Tammy Wells, as Alistair had work obligations in Japan. Alistair is an experienced Technical Manager with 28 years experience in the theatre, arts, events and corporate entertainment industries. He has many years experience in project managing and touring large-scale productions for the Arts and corporate clients both in New Zealand and internationally. Alistair comes from a lighting background and worked his way up through various roles to become a Technical Director, overseeing teams of up to 200 people. Notable productions Alistair has been involved with include Cirque
Bill Francis (1947), Christine Leighton, and Mary Francis
Du Soleil, Kazakhstan National Day Celebrations, and the opening of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The Alister Newton Award for Service was presented to John and Jill Irving. John and Jill both served the College for 37 years, John as a staff member and Jill as a valued partner and member of the St Andrew’s College Community. John had many roles during his time at the College, but is mainly known for his time as an English Master and Head of Boarding at the College. John and Jill ran a tight ship in boarding and were known for their outstanding Pastoral Care. They raised their own family in the boarding house and have been a part of hundreds of Old Collegians’ upbringing. John and Jill’s service continued even when they left the College. John often supplies the OCA office with information and updates, and Jill is currently President of the Ladies Circle. Before John and Jill were presented with their award, Jill was officially recognised as an Honorary Old Collegian.
The Maginness Sports Award was presented to snowboarder Carlos Garcia-Knight, who at the age of just 19, competed in the Big Air and Slope Style Snowboarding events at the Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year. Carlos began snowboarding at the age of 11. In Year 13, he competed in the New Zealand Nationals and won three gold medals. Carlos’ versatility saw him on the podium for the three disciplines of Slope Style, Half Pipe and Big Air. He then decided to specialise in Slope style and Big Air on the World Cup circuit. Carlos has gone from strength to strength taking out a range of titles and proving his talent on the world stage. His mother Jackie accepted the award on Carlos’ behalf as he had a conflicting sponsorship commitment. There is no doubt we will see more from this rising star.
Annual Dinner This year’s Annual Dinner was held on Friday 3 August in the Strowan House Dining Room. It was a lovely evening with over 130 guests, who came together to reconnect and celebrate the success of this year’s award winners.
David Teague (1988), Brook Pannell (1998), Sven Pannell (1996), and Jonathan Scragg (1996)
Wellington Function Forty Old Collegians gathered for our Wellington Old Collegians Regional Function. It was great to see such a range of ages in attendance. Rector Christine Leighton updated guests on the latest College news and Old Collegian achievements. It was a fabulous evening, and we would like to thank Jonathan Scragg (1996) from Duncan Cotterill for providing us with the venue.
Lou Vieceli (1984) has recently opened the bars and restaurants, The Bangalore Polo Club, and Amazonita, on The Terrace development outlooking the Avon River in Christchurch.
Laura Frankenschmidt, née Bryant (2007) is the founder and owner of the popular Lyttelton Lights. The company produces luxury scented candles, which can be found in stockists throughout New Zealand.
The significant contribution made by the late Paul Willis (1959) to the development of recreational skiing facilities in the Craigieburn area, has been honoured by the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa, which has agreed that a 1962m peak at the Porters Ski Area, is to have the official geographic feature name, Willis Peak. The feature was already commonly known by this name within the skiing and snowboarding communities. The naming proposal had the full support of the Department of Conversation, the local community association, and the commercial operator of the skifield. The outdoors and Paul Willis were synonymous. As a young lad, he and brother John hunted in the hills of the Craigieburn range. In 1967, with the help of other likeminded enthusiasts, he found a large, contoured valley in the Castle Hill area and developed the commercial ski area, Porter Heights. In the first year, he and his wife Prue, and their children moved to the skifield for weekends through the winter, to help with the work. Before Paul passed away in 2011, he had spent years driving the expansion of the family business, McKenzie and Willis, with his brother John. He was also a chairman or board member of many community organisations, and he and Prue spent two years with Volunteer Service Abroad in Samoa.
Laura Frankenschmidt (2007) Lou Vieceli (1984)
Former New Zealand cricketer, Chris Harris (1987), might not have danced away with the silverware on Dancing with the Stars, but he did dance away with a perfect score! Congratulations to Chris for making the final and finishing second. He is an ambassador for both Fertility New Zealand, and the New Zealand Foundation for Conductive Education, which was his chosen charity for the series.
Telusa Veainu (2008) was named Player of the Year at the Rugby Players’ Association awards dinner held in central London. Patrick Carroll (2009) had his first lead role in a feature film as the jockey, Jimmy Cassidy, in Kiwi a TVNZ Sunday Theatre production, which told the true story of the famous racehorse which won the 1983 Melbourne Cup against all odds. The film cost over $3m to shoot and was filmed in 2017. Patrick’s portrayal was highly praised by Jimmy Cassidy who told Patrick he hoped the film would take him “to the sky where Kiwi took me”.
Chris Harris (1987)
Phil Redmond (1998) won two categories at the Christchurch Architecture Awards. He was awarded Small Projects winner for his work on the Carters Estate Pavilion, and the Housing winner for his work on a Rhodes Street house.
Patrick Carroll (2009)
Tuscany Hamel (2010) is the founder of Hair Candy, a keratin conditioning treatment for hair. Tuscany has created a fantastic brand, which has been
Steve Hartley (2001) is an experienced sound engineer who landed an exciting job in Moscow for the Football World Cup where he was in charge of communications for the VAR (Video Assisted Referee) service. All feeds from the venues came into the IBC where 200 broadcasters had their own studio setups. The feeds were then distributed around the world. The late Paul Willis (1959)
Tuscany Hamel (2010)
Richie Mo’unga (2012) had a starring role in the Crusaders’ win against the Lions in the Super Rugby final. He was also named in the All Blacks squad. Ron Park (2013) is a successful young entrepreneur whose company, Kōrure, makes health supplements out of New Zealand green-lipped
Harrison Allan (2015) debuted in the front row for the Crusaders against the Japanese Sunwolves in April. Harrison was a key member in the StAC First XV 2013–2015, and represented New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand U20s. Ellis Hare-Reid (2016) left St Andrew’s to further his football development after being asked to attend an academy in Valencia, Spain. In mid2017, he moved to Scotland after a football scout asked him to trial, and in June 2018, started the new football season as a professional footballer-goalkeeper in the Scottish Championship League. Ari Graham (2016) was selected for the New Zealand Junior Girls’ triathlon team. Thomas McDonald (2017) has been accepted to the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania (in Philadelphia). He scored an impressive ACT score of 34 with the maximum being 35. Thomas also initiated a project that supplies the Christchurch City Mission with thousands of dollars worth of goods from many suppliers, which is still ongoing.
Oliver Egan (2017) was a member of the New Zealand Junior Men’s Orienteering test team which beat Australia (101–59) at Woodhill Forest and won the overall competition. Harry Taylor (2017) was awarded Surf Lifeguard of the Year (2017–2018 season). Jake Neill (2017) was named in the national futsal team to compete in the World University Futsal Championships in Kazakhstan. Several former StAC rowers are doing well at the highest level: New Zealand Champion Robbie Manson (2007) has secured New Zealand’s Men’s Single Scull seat through an impressive performance at World Cup III. New Zealand’s reigning world champion combination John Storey (2005) and Chris Harris will join forces again in the Men’s Double Sculls under coach, Calvin Ferguson. Thomas Russel and Ben Taylor (both 2017) competed at the 2018 World Rowing U23 Championships, where Ben’s crew (Men's Coxed Four) won a silver medal and Thomas’ crew (Men's Coxless Four) won a bronze medal. Thomas and Ben have both been named in the New Zealand Elite rowing team. Zackary Rumble (2017) represented New Zealand at the Junior World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic in the Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull, where he made the semi-finals.
Ron Park (2013)
Ben Howes (2010) spoke to Senior College students about an app called Pondr, he and two other Old Collegians, Emily Miller (2010) and Hamish Waters (2010), have developed. This free app helps students to search, compare, and discover tertiary courses, find subjects they are passionate about, and understand the huge amount of options available to them.
mussels to aid joint pain and arthritis. The company supplies New Zealand pharmacies and health stores, and already has markets in South Korea and parts of China. Ron launched Kōrure earlier this year after getting a University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship grant and attending the centre’s 10-week summer start-up programme.
picked up by influencers on the social media platform, Instagram – the only forum which Tuscany has used to promote it. Hair Candy has sold out at least three times, with people from all over the world purchasing the product. Tuscany is already planning to add more products to the range.
• Alan Beanland (1942) • John Fitzgerald (1948)
The St Andrew’s College community was saddened to learn of the passing of Alan Beanland, one of its most respected members, and a true gentleman. Alan attended St Andrew’s College from 1938–1940 then spent time in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, after which he ran a family building business for 25 years. He remained a valuable member of the St Andrew’s College community, serving as a member of the Board of Governors from 1976–1977, an Executive Officer for the College from 1978–1987, and President of the Old Boys' Association in 1974. Alan’s commitment to the community was impressive. He spent many weekends up at the Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge at Castle Hill helping with general maintenance and managing the build of the first bridge, fondly referred to as the ‘Beanland Bridge’.
Alan and his beloved late wife Margaret contributed so much to College life and they will both be fondly remembered.
• John Wilson (1949) • Oliver Johnston (2016)
Upcoming events 21–23 September 40 Years On 5–7 October 50 Years On 12 October Gentlemen’s Luncheon
The late Alan Beanland (1942) pictured at the President’s Dinner, his last official function at St Andrew’s College.
20 October 10 Years On (Class of 2004–2008) 14–16 November A&P Show
Caitlyn Scott (2009) married Tim Wildey, Sunday 5 February 2017, at Pemberton.
Emma Groenweg (2008) married Josh Yeoman, Saturday 21 April 2018 in Christchurch.
Karly Ryder (2009) married Alfred Gandiwa, on Saturday 18 February 2018 in Christchurch.
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