REGULUS NOVEMBER 2018
Contents Leadership and Governance
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From the Rector and Board Chair Strategic Plan in final stage New horizons for ‘Mrs Mac’
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The art of creative thinking Following their passion New Head of Art; Dame Robin’s special visit State of the Art Celebrating Kate Sheppard’s legacy DigiGirlz comes to StAC Anne Frank’s story brought to life History students explore Vietnam Academic success Putting the sparkle back into Strowan Stream Building strong connections Students’ special stream study Growing great learners Lights, camera, action Time to smell the roses Celebrating the journey
Resources and Environment
New College Shop – Thistles opened; Drop off zone redevelopment
Another prestigious award for Centennial Chapel; Educate Plus Award for St Andrew’s College
Values and Culture
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The Drowsy Chaperone a stunning success
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A Scottish adventure to remember
A drive to succeed Prefects' legacy project This is Us; When design and technology combines
Honouring the Bard Winter Music Festival Special assemblies Celebrating 21 years Launch of louder celebrated; Film Fest Dance Revue Cultural catch up 13 Years On Community and service Grandparents’ Day New Zealand Representatives 2018 Winter Tournament Week Sports round up
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Message from the President; Events Class notes Obituary; Welcome to the world; Gone but not forgotten
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Rector and Board Chair
‘‘Together, building better people, for life’’ In this edition of Regulus we present a combined column as a signal of the unity between the Board of Governors and Management of the College. One of the most important factors of a high performing organisation is the trust and confidence that exists between the CEO, Senior Managers and Board. We are pleased to report that while the Board recognises their responsibility to question and challenge Senior Management, we appreciate even more so the importance of providing support and resources so that people are enabled and valued in the contributions they make. St Andrew’s College is held in high regard across the Canterbury and New Zealand Independent School network as a school which is functioning very well at a strategic and operational level. However, that does not mean that we will become complacent. In a complex organisation which is people-centred with over 300 staff (220 FTE), 1470 students and their parents/guardians, 13,000 Old Collegians and 200 new students every year, we recognise that there will always be challenges and unexpected issues. Our shared commitment to sound governance and management policies and processes, and our continuous self-review and comprehensive reporting, ensure that any unexpected issues are dealt with in a timely and effective manner, and with legislative and regulatory compliance. Recently the Board welcomed a number of Senior Managers to report upon the progress of priority strategic projects St Andrew’s has committed to in recent years. Helaina Coote (Visible Learning), Kerry Larby (Positive
Education and Well-being), Wilj Dekkers (Innovation), Rod McIntosh (High Performance Sport) and John Ruge (Head of Senior College), impressed the Board with the initiative and commitment they have demonstrated in leading positive change in these areas of the College over the last two years. There is no doubt that St Andrew’s is well served in the quality of its Senior Management in both the Preparatory and Secondary Schools, led by Jonathan Bierwirth and Evert van Florenstein. In our new Strategic Plan we have recognised what the College has achieved in recent years, at the same time opening our minds to the significant challenges ahead. Two recently published books Fascism by Madeleine Albright, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, leave no doubt about the significant global challenges facing our future generations. As a school, we believe that we must prepare our young people not only academically, but also socially, spiritually, physically and emotionally, to empower them to recognise and respond to these challenges as they take on responsibilities beyond school. Some of the wider environmental challenges we have identified include disruptive technologies, the impact of Artificial Intelligence, and shifting social norms. Internally, we are challenged by the pressure on personal and collective well‑being, the tension between compliance and future focused experiences, the sustainability of increasing demand, the development of partnerships and opportunities for contextual learning, and the desire to be globally networked and connected. The other obvious challenge is the pressure to continuously improve, innovate and respond to change, while still preserving the best of the past (all within the resources available).
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edge of high performance educational practice in a community that values caring for others, tradition and creativity, in order to provide young people with the roots and wings to flourish in an ever‑changing world.’’ However, despite all these challenges, we are excited by the future and confident in the strong platform from which we approach our next decade. We will be guided by our new Vision Statement.
To be at the leading edge of high performance educational practice in a community that values caring for others, tradition and creativity, in order to provide young people with the roots and wings to flourish in an ever‑changing world. Our strategic intent is to enhance each student’s experience, whereby we support each other to flourish through enriching and diverse opportunities. These opportunities will be delivered in our College, which has high expectations and strives for excellence in personal and collective endeavours.
We will provide a world-class learning environment which values innovation and creativity alongside tradition and knowledge. We seek to be known as a school where the best of the past is used as a firm foundation to guide the future. We will commit to be a high performing organisation, driven by our commitment to personal excellence and to living out our clearly espoused values in our daily lives. We aspire to provide all students with the opportunity to complete their schooling having experienced personal success and feeling excited to take the next steps in their learning pathway. Our leavers will be confident, self-aware, compassionate and caring, connected and committed to global responsibility and a better future for all. We believe that we have plenty to go on with in 2019 and beyond, but in the meantime, we send our very best wishes to all for a joyous celebration of the Christmas season and a positive end to 2018. With regards
Christine Leighton Rector
Bryan Pearson Board Chair
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Strategic Plan in final stage
“Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.” – William Wordsworth
These pertinent words from Wordsworth highlight the importance of looking at where we’ve come from in order to plan for the future. During the last year, the Board, Senior Management and Rector Christine Leighton have put these words into action, with the development of a new Strategic Plan for St Andrew’s College. This lengthy and intensive process is now almost complete, with the Strategic Plan due to be confirmed by the end of the year, and published ready for the start of 2019. The last Strategic Plan was prepared in 2012, when four dimensions were determined: Teaching and Learning, Values and Culture, Leadership and Governance, and Resources and Environment. Each year since, these dimensions have been reviewed, goals determined, and a business plan developed to guide the actions for the school year. “This plan led us successfully to our Centenary Year, and as we move forward in 2018 under the clever StAC101 theme created by our current prefects, it has been time to review the plan and consider a new direction,” says Rector Christine Leighton. Although the general direction of the College remains the same, Christine says there have been a couple of significant changes since the 2012 Strategic Plan was adopted. “The focus back then was on students having their own devices at school. Now we are looking at how to limit the potential negative impacts of technology, which can occur both at school and in the wider community. Our focus has also shifted more towards student well-being and how do we build resilient young people in a rapidly changing world?” The latest strategic planning process started with a report written by Christine, which reviewed the College
Board Chair, Bryan Pearson and Rector, Christine Leighton discuss the outline for the new Strategic Plan.
from 2012–2017. This identified a growth in the roll since 2012, from 1320 students to 1470 with high demand for places at all year levels. Also noted was the significant transformation of the campus, with two new boarding houses, Askin Pipe Band Centre, Gym 2, refurbishment and renovation of Strowan House, Centennial Chapel, the new Stewart Junior School, The Green Library and Innovation Centre, and extensive landscaping, all funded by capital surpluses and around $6m of funds raised through the Development Office. “When investing in new infrastructure we are faced with the ever-present challenge of how to future-proof the buildings to ensure that they meet the needs of an evolving educational landscape.” Academic, cultural and sporting successes were also noted in the report, with many South Island and national titles gained by students each year. Developments in student well-being, technology, high performance sport, the use of data to inform best practice, and staff professional development were also mentioned. “These factors, combined
with the College’s culture of excellence, strong sense of community, and friendly, inclusive atmosphere, ensures that the reputation of St Andrew’s is robust in Christchurch, New Zealand, and internationally.” Extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders, including strategic consultant Kim Tay, online parent and staff surveys, and 10 focus groups with 90 participants including students, parents, staff, Board and Senior Management, have been a key part of the review process, with all feedback taken on board. Kim Tay’s report stated that St Andrew’s is well placed for the future, with the College’s strong community, culture and values providing a foundation which can be built upon to help prepare students for the effects of rapid change. Christine says St Andrew’s is fortunate to be able to draw on the traditions and values of the past, as it looks to the future. “Our commitment is growing good people, as well as a necessary and exciting commitment to creativity and innovation for the future.”
“I’ve loved it here with the St Andrew’s students and their families, along with the committed and dedicated boarding and day staff, management, and support staff. It has been wonderful to care for so many students during their teenage years – to be available for them, share their successes, support them during their lows, and help them to develop maturity and independence. I have also taken great interest in following their journeys beyond school.”
Rector Christine Leighton says Dianne has brought flair, warmth and genuine concern for the students to her role. “Dianne has real passion for the boarding family, with her dedication never more obvious than during the disruptive years following the earthquakes. She is a person of enormous heart, attention to detail and thoughtful ways, who has brought style to lots of occasions at St Andrew’s and helped many people with her acts of kindness. Dianne has created a boarding culture which is inclusive and nurturing of every student. We are very grateful for her long years of service to St Andrew’s College.” Dianne’s association with the College began in 1989, when her late husband John MacDonald was appointed Headmaster of the Preparatory School. Their two sons, Nathan (OC 1993) and Mitchell (OC 1995) attended the College as day students, and John and Dianne loved being StAC parents. During this time, she was the ESOL
teacher in the Preparatory School, a role she ‘absolutely loved’ after the time she had spent working in refugee camps in Singapore. “A highlight of my early career at the College was the introduction of girls in the Preparatory School, which was instigated by the Rector, Dr John Rentoul and supported by John and myself.” After John passed away in 1995, Dianne continued to work as an ESOL teacher, then in 1998, Rector Barry Maister asked her to become Director of Boarding.
As well as creating the warm family culture in the boarding houses and introducing lots of fun activities, Dianne has been involved in many other aspects of College life. She has been a passionate follower of StAC sports teams, and was a one-time manager of the First XV. “I’ve also loved the Secondary School tutor groups I’ve had, the Chapel services, and the various cultural activities.” She says the most challenging time was post earthquake when the boarders were spread among seven motels on Papanui Road, while a highlight was the opening of the new boarding houses in 2013. Dianne has lots of plans, which include spending more time with family and friends, travel, days spent near the ocean, cooking, and taking up new work opportunities. “I’m definitely not retiring as I have lots of things I still want to do while I have the energy and health. Many people will know me for my famous saying ‘every day is a gift’, and this has certainly been true of my 29 wonderful years at St Andrew’s College.”
Ask Director of Boarding, Dianne MacDonald what is most special about her almost 30 year career at St Andrew’s College, and she quotes a line from an old Māori proverb – ‘He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata’, which translates to ‘the people, the people, the people’.
The College campus will certainly be a less colourful place when Dianne (lovingly referred to by the students as ‘Mrs Mac’) finishes at St Andrew’s at the end of the year, after 21 years as Director of Boarding. Her one-of-akind bright outfits, trademark blonde hair, and irrepressible smile will be missed by boarding and day students alike, along with many others in the St Andrew’s family who have benefited from her caring nature.
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Although creative expression is a key aspect of studying Art at St Andrew’s College, students also gain a wide range of other skills, which can help in almost any aspect of their lives, says Head of Art, Mallory Swadel. “Art teaches students to be independent, critical thinkers, and provides a great foundation for any course students want to study which requires them to think differently or creatively. It also sharpens their problem-solving and time management skills, and gives them a creative outlet, which is important for their growth as well-rounded individuals.” Mallory says Art can lead to many career options, with Art students going on to become artists, fashion designers, graphic designers, animators, filmmakers, architects, film producers, photographers, industrial designers, Art historians, lecturers, website designers, jewellery makers, landscape designers and Art teachers.
Art is first introduced to St Andrew’s students in Year 1, and right through their Preparatory School years the children experience a variety of creative experiences under the innovative and expert influence of Specialist Art teacher, Pip Dinsenbacher. In the Secondary School, students can choose Art as an option in Years 9–10, when they experience a range of media, from drawing and painting, to sculpture and clay. “We also try to build students’ Art vocabulary, to prepare them for their studies at senior level,” says Mallory. In Year 11, Art is a full year NCEA course, with students creating a portfolio of work from a wide range of options, such as sculpture, printmaking, drawing, painting and design. Year 12 and 13 students focus their attention on one of three separate strands, Design, Photography or Painting, creating portfolios for NCEA Levels 2 and 3. “We encourage the students to focus their portfolio and style of artwork on something they are really interested in, as long as
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this is within the NCEA boundaries. In Year 13, we build on this knowledge, teaching students how to research and understand the artists’ and designers’ process, and to form their own response to artists’ work.” A new initiative next year will see any student accepted into Art courses without the need to have studied Art previously. “We can teach new students all the skills they need. There is also the opportunity to do NCEA Scholarship at Year 13 level, which is a great way for students to delve deeper into their work and the work of other artists to help them to produce a richer, more successful portfolio.” With purpose built classrooms, specialist teachers, great resources, and industry links, students wanting to pursue a career using the skills they learn in Art are well supported at St Andrew’s. “These days, Art subjects have a strong digital element, with these close links between creativity and technology helping our students to be prepared for a rapidly changing digital world.” Mallory says a number of students also find Art a creative outlet and release, as they use a different side of their brain from their academic work. “Many of our students come to the Art rooms at lunchtime or after school, as they find it a place to relax or find solace. Having a creative outlet is always something which will benefit and enrich our students lives.”
Head of Art, Mallory Swadel, with Isla Lewis and George Lindores (both Year 11).
These former Art students at St Andrew’s College are leading exciting careers in a range of creative disciplines.
Angus is one of the most high profile artists to have studied Art at St Andrew’s College. He is the creative director of award-winning, Auckland-based collaborative studio, Angus Muir Design, which provides end-to-end design and installation services for clients in New Zealand and internationally, whether that be for an event, interactive project, private commission, interior project, public work, or advertising/ corporate sector assignment. “We are dedicated to striking a balance between renewing and revitalising spaces while acknowledging their history, as we create a mesmeric experience, which is unique and specific to each project and site.” Angus’s striking contemporary sculpture called ‘The Cross He Never Knew’ is now a familiar and much-admired landmark on the St Andrew’s campus, and provides a special ongoing bond with the College for the Muir family, who funded the project. Angus enjoyed the Art classes at St Andrew’s, and says they prepared him well for future study and work. “When I arrived at St Andrew’s in Year 8, Art classes helped shape me into who I am now. With inspiring teachers and great facilities, it was my favourite subject. I spent every hour I could in the Art Room, working across many different disciplines.”
Natasha’s Masters’ thesis, which explored ‘poetic’ elements in architecture, received runner-up at the AAA Visionary Awards, and a Gold Award at the Australasian Best Design Awards in September. Since graduating, she has moved to Seattle, USA, where
she is working at Olson Kundig. “I have been exposed to some incredible projects around the world, including some Olson Kundig projects in New Zealand.” Natasha is currently working towards her architectural registration in the United States, which could open possibilities for starting her own firm or working elsewhere overseas. “For now, I would love to work on urban scale land art interventions, which blur the line between art and architecture.”
Angus Muir (2006)
Natasha says studying Painting and Design at St Andrew’s College fuelled her artistic process and set her up well for her Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree and Masters with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland. “I loved the collaborative studio environment at St Andrew’s, which was a great way for me to learn and produce my work. In the Design class I was taught the programs I would be using when I left school, and how to present my work – skills I am still using today in the workplace.”
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Natasha Trumic (2012)
James Voller (2003)
Photographic artist James Voller’s large-scale photographic sculptures, commissioned by loca l councils and private institutions in Melbourne, where he lives, are causing many of the city’s residents to do a double take. In the last year, James has develope d a technique to print images he has taken of every day spaces onto thick sheets of glass, which are fixed into the ground in concrete
bases. This is an extension of his work creating ‘temporary’ public installations of photographs printed on to giant stickers, which have transformed nondescript spaces such as generators, public toilets and rubbish bins into work s of art. James recently completed a Master of Fine Art by Research (High Distinction) through Monash University and also holds a coursework Master of Fine Arts from RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury. His work has been included in several grou p exhibitions, including Streets of Gold at the Museum of London in 2012. James says St Andrew’s College was a ‘first class’ place to learn and make art. “I had access to some fantastic resources and have a lot to thank Art teachers Michelle Lawrence and Tony Brittenden for. They taught me how to ask questions and think outside the box, which created an easy transition to university.”
New Head of Art Creating a buzz around student art is a key focus for new Head of Art, Mallory Swadel. “One of the Department’s goals is for student artwork to be more visible and put on display in prominent places, such as The Green Library and Innovation Centre, and Senior College. We also want the Fine Arts Block to be recognised as a vibrant, exciting place where students love to create, and where others want to come and see what is happening.” Mallory is a passionate educator with a strong design background, who worked as a graphic designer in Christchurch and Wellington for five years after gaining a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Visual Communications. “It was a great start to my career, but I started to get a bit disheartened with not being able to create as I wanted within the client boundaries. My husband is a teacher and I decided I wanted to follow the same pathway, so we moved back to Christchurch so I could study at Teachers’ College. It was the best decision I ever made.” Mallory taught Design and Photography at Burnside High School for six years before taking up her new role at St Andrew’s. “I love teaching and can’t imagine doing anything else now. It is
Dame Robin’s special visit Renowned New Zealand artist, Dame Robin White made a special visit to St Andrew’s in August, when she spoke
Dame Robin White speaking at St Andrew’s College.
Head of Art, Mallory Swadel with Manaia Butler (Year 11).
fantastic to help the students reach their full potential and see their creative ideas come to life.” Mallory is from a family of six children, with she and two older brothers taking the creative path, and her other three siblings working in business and finance. “I was inspired by my two older brothers who were into fine arts and film, and always doing creative things when I was a little girl.” Mallory says that she has been warmly welcomed at St Andrew’s, and is impressed by the College’s
to a group of highly interested Year 7–13 Art students about her life and work. “It was an amazing visit. We were so lucky to have her and the students were so engaged. It was wonderful to see the Preparatory School students ask some great questions,” says Head of Art, Mallory Swadel.
family feel. “St Andrew’s has such a good community. There is always someone to talk to and help out.” She says the students have also been accepting of her joining the Art Department staff part way through the year, and have adapted well to her different teaching style. At home, her two-year-old son, Beau, is another willing pupil, who already loves to draw and paint. “My husband is a Physical Education teacher, so is always trying to get Beau to kick a ball, but at this stage he would rather draw,” she says.
Dame Robin was born in 1946, taught by Colin McCahon, and moved to Kiribati in 1982, to continue her distinctive style of regionalism in paint and printmaking. During her talk, she discussed how she has grown and developed as an artist, from her beginnings as a selftaught screen printer and key figure in the Regionalist movement of the 20th century in New Zealand, to her more collaborative work in Kiribati, where she utilised materials and methods readily available on the island. She was impressed to see two of her screen prints on display, which had been purchased in the 1970s by Head of Media, Simon Williams. Head of Art, Mallory Swadel, says the visit by Dame Robin is part of a focus on growing more connections between St Andrew’s and the art community. “We hope to have more artists’ visits, undertake regular gallery visits, and create broader links to the local industry. The more students see art out in the real world, the more familiar it becomes.”
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A selection of incredible student artworks
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(Top): Mixed Media: Aston Powell (Year 3) (Middle from left): Drawing: Kate Ramsay (Year 5), Painting: Dasha Meyn (Year 12), Photography: Elliot Wood (Year 12). (Bottom from left): Design: Lily Morrow (Year 13), Pottery: Karina Ahn (Year 10), Painting: Kate Robinson (Year 11).
Kate Sheppard’s legacy
The influence and legacy of women’s rights activist Kate Sheppard, was celebrated at St Andrew’s College in September, as part of nationwide commemorations of 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. “The anniversary has prompted some animated conversations between our female students around the responsibility of young women today to protect these hard-fought conditions, and the need to value the opportunities available to them regarding education, careers and how they contribute to their communities,” says Rector Christine Leighton. A highlight for a group of 18 young female leaders from Years 8, 11 and 13 was attending a special event at the Isaac Theatre Royal, where The Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern gave a keynote address, followed by a question and answer session with young women from secondary schools across Christchurch. Head Girl, Kirsty Shields, asked the Prime Minister whether feminism was
Year 8 students Kate McFerran, Gabriella Kenton-Smith, Samantha Day, Vivien Kuziel, and Sophie Hayden, with Head Student, Kirsty Shields at the Kate Sheppard Memorial.
still relevant for young people. Jacinda Ardern’s answer was a definitive ‘yes’, and that anyone standing for equality could be called a feminist.
There were also several initiatives on campus to celebrate New Zealand women being the first in the world to gain the right to vote.
Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic), Helaina Coote, said the Prime Minister’s message: ‘You can be a leader with grace’ stood out for her. “It is a message that says you can be a leader, even if you are not loud or extroverted.”
A colourful, compelling display in The Green Library and Innovation Centre told the story of the suffragists and showcased an eclectic mix of other notable New Zealand women from the last 125 years, including aviator Jean Batten, radio personality Aunt Daisy, fashion designer Karen Walker, and New Zealand Poet Laureate, Selina Tusitala Marsh.
The group also visited the Kate Sheppard Memorial on Oxford Terrace, unveiled in 1993 to commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, where the students paid their respects to the women who fought for the freedoms enjoyed today.
Part of the eye-catching display in The Green Centre to celebrate the anniversary.
This significant event in New Zealand’s history was also acknowledged at the Preparatory School’s final chapel service in Term 3, where Year 8 students, Gabriella Kenton-Smith, Sophie Hayden and Sophie March shared their personal reflections of listening to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speak at the Isaac Theatre Royal, which was also attended by Kate McFerran and Vivien Kuziel (both Year 8). Guest speaker at the service was April McLennan, a young Christchurch leader and business owner, who encouraged students to consider the impact they may have in their future, and how they can make a difference in the world.
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Rector Christine Leighton says that while there is still work to be done in society around equality, the environment at St Andrew’s College encourages young women to establish their place amongst young men, make good strong choices which protect their right to be respected and valued, and form meaningful and equal relationships, where diversity is seen as a strength. “St Andrew’s is full of wonderful young men and women who role model good choices. As they grow through their years at StAC, they continue to learn to appreciate and respect each other, value different viewpoints, and break down gender stereotypes.”
The girls attended a thought leadership session in the Centennial Chapel, which asked them to think epic thoughts, and a group session in The Green Library and Innovation Centre, where they worked collaboratively to solve a problem, and pitch potential solutions. Another highlight was a hands-on experience with Microsoft’s ‘very cool’ HoloLens technology, says Wilj. The day finished with a panel session, which included Julie Westover, director of Ernst and Young, who had also given the morning’s keynote address. She gave the girls a wonderful insight into her background and the diversity of her day-to-day work life. Anne Taylor, Education Director for Microsoft New Zealand, says DigiGirlz is one of a number of initiatives
Samantha Cooper (Year 9) trying out HoloLens technology.
Microsoft undertakes to keep girls engaged in STEM, as well as helping them better understand the diverse roles available when pursuing a career in the tech sector. “Currently only 6.7% of women graduate with a STEM related degree, and programmes like DigiGirlz and #MakeWhatsNext aim to demonstrate the exciting range of opportunities available to young women in technology. We are so pleased to be able to partner with schools like St Andrew’s College to host an event like this and look forward to continuing to provide more events like this in the future.”
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At the final Term 3 Assembly, a special cake was cut by the Head Students in honour of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Deputy Head Students, Benjamin Oxley and Ella Guillemot-Mene also delivered a thought provoking Morning Comment, which referenced the suffrage movement with relevant issues facing the youth of today. They said: “We are so lucky to be in positions now where we can work, purchase land, and vote, but there is still so much more to be done, in New Zealand and in the world. We have to accept the fact that where we sit on the social economic ladder will mean that we will always receive privileges. However, with these privileges we have a responsibility. We owe it to those less fortunate than ourselves to fight, so that we all may have the same opportunities.”
Speakers from Microsoft addressed the students during a panel session.
Head students, Jack Morrow, Benjamin Oxley, Ella Guillemot-Mene and Kirsty Shields, cut a cake to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
Around 80 girls from many Canterbury schools, gathered at St Andrew’s during the Term 3 holidays for the DigiGirlz Conference, to hear about the different ways in which technology could be part of their future lives, and the vast array of exciting career and study opportunities available to them in this fast-paced sector. DigiGirlz is part of a worldwide Microsoft YouthSpark programme for female students aged 13–17 years, with the event at St Andrew’s being a South Island first, says Head of Innovation and Information, Wilj Dekkers. “We were privileged to partner with Microsoft to host this highly successful day, which created a positive and supportive environment for like-minded girls with similar aspirations and questions.”
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A compelling travelling exhibition, telling the life story of Anne Frank, contrasted with six modern day stories of discrimination featuring people in various minority groups, posed some challenging questions for St Andrew’s College students. All Year 10 Social Studies classes, and two Year 9 English classes attended the exhibition at the Air Force Museum called Anne Frank; Let me be myself, which connected back to their studies on Human Rights, and Migration. The exhibition looked at themes of tolerance and prejudice from Nazi Germany, how those themes are still present today, and what can be done to make real change. History and Classics teacher, Beka Roest, said it was a great opportunity for the students to learn more about the events of World War II and the Holocaust, along with the themes of identity and discrimination. “The exhibition asked each student to consider what they might do in similar circumstances. Would they be a bystander, and do nothing, or an upstander, who would try to effect change by standing up for another person’s human rights?”
(Top) Grace Finlay and (bottom) Ashleigh Bradford, (both Year 12) guide Year 10 students from St Andrew’s College through the Anne Frank exhibition.
The exhibition ‘‘ asked each student to consider what they might do in similar circumstances.
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The exhibition was created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and has been viewed by over 80 million people globally. It is touring New Zealand for the next three years and has been brought to Christchurch by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand. Year 12 History students were given the opportunity to act as guides for the various classroom visits. Meg Longley (Year 12) was one of the St Andrew’s students chosen for this role, and was given a full day’s training beforehand. “We learnt about the content of the exhibition and practised how we could actively engage the students by asking
good questions. Then we learnt how to walk through the exhibition and did some simulations as guides.” Meg says the peer-to-peer teaching was ‘really cool’ and she was surprised by the reaction of some of the younger students to Anne Frank’s story. “It is a difficult story to hear, and had quite an impact on them.” Several different artefacts were on display, including a copy of the red chequered diary Anne Frank received on her 13th birthday, an original yellow star Jews were forced to wear, and a special scale model, which gave an impression of what the secret annex looked like where Anne Frank and seven others hid from the Germans’. Beka says the stories of today’s young people from various backgrounds, which featured in the exhibition, were also poignant. “One of the main messages was to make the connection between historical prejudice and discrimination and the students’ worlds now. The exhibition was a great chance to augment some of the learning in their Human Rights study, and asked them to consider some challenging ideas. Feedback overall from the students has been really positive. It was a great experience for them.”
Visiting spectacular Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its emerald waters and thousands
Hamish says the students gained a greater appreciation of the
Vietnamese people during the tour, including an insight into some of the horrors they endured and sacrifices they made in the Vietnam War. “One thing which really stood out was the Vietnamese people’s modern attitude of forgiveness.” The History tour to Vietnam is held every two years. Hamish has noticed significant changes in the country since his first visit in 2013. “Vietnam has become a lot more westernised. However it still retains such a unique identity and provides wonderful travel and learning opportunities for our students, who were once again, amazing ambassadors for St Andrew’s.”
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Highlights included visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature in Hanoi – a hot, busy city with non-stop adventure and entertainment. The students also visited the amazing Sung Sot Caves, the National War Cemetery, explored the Vinh Moc Tunnels and learnt some new culinary skills at a cooking class.
of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests was another incredible experience for the students, says Teacher-in-charge of History and Classics, Hamish Faulls, who led the tour, along with his wife Leanne Faulls, NZQA and Reporting Administrator, and History and Classics teacher, Beka Roest. “We took a junk boat tour of the bay at night, which everyone loved. A homestay on the Mekong Delta, a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands was another highlight. Our host family had created a beautiful resort in the middle of nowhere. Local entertainers performed a pantomime for us which was a great experience.”
The history of Vietnam was brought to life for 24 Year 12–13 History students on a two-week trip during the Term 2 holidays, when they ventured from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, Hue to Hôi An, and then on to Ho Chi Minh City.
Academic success Cantamath The Year 10 StAC 1 team of Oliver Odlin, Arisa Mori, Eva Hitchon and Felix Kenton-Smith did incredibly well to successfully defend the Year 10 Cantamath title. They were one of three teams to achieve 95 points for 19 correct answers and go into a sudden death round, after no team answered the last golden ticket question correctly. Although StAC 1 was the last team to present their answer, theirs was the only correct attempt, resulting in an amazing come from behind victory. The Year 9 StAC 1 team of Callum Lockhart, Tom Edwards, Toby Harvie and Grace Lawrence also did extremely well, finishing second in their competition after being one of only two teams to gain a golden ticket, with all 20 questions correct. Future Problem Solving Thirteen students from the Preparatory School competed at the Future Problem Solving Nationals in Auckland with great results. The following teams and an individual student have now qualified for the international finals: • Year 8 team – Lachlan Odlin, Luka Lee, Luke Wylie and Portia Bennie: National Champions; • Year 7 team – Yuzhou (Chantelle) Xiong, William Bainbridge-Smith, Victor Sherborne and Carter Rhodes: National Champions and third place Action Plan Drama; • Year 7 team – Megan Simpson, Isobel Forsey, Tama Connelly and Olivia Burdon: National Runners‑up; • Year 7 individual – Liam Hackston: National Runner-up; • The Year 10 team of Abby Jones, Felix Kenton Smith, Eva Hitchon and Emma Prince were also national
Daniel Bishop, Hamilton Martin, Bruno Mitchell and Thomas Pope-Kerr (all Year 12) were third in the 2018 Canterbury Mathematics Association Year 12 Problem Solving Competition.
Dominic Oakes, James Holyoake and Jeremiah Anderson-Gardner (all Year 11) won the Maatangi Whenua Geography trophy.
finalists, and finished third in Action Plan Drama, but did not qualify for the international competition. Geography The St Andrew's College Geography team comprising James Holyoake, Dominic Oakes and Jeremiah AndersonGardner (all Year 11) worked incredibly hard to win back-to-back titles for St Andrew’s in the annual Maatangi Whenua Year 11 Inter-school Geography Competition by a comprehensive margin. The team went on to compete at the nationals, where they finished a highly creditable fifth. Internships Four Senior College students were given an amazing opportunity during the Term 3 holidays to take part in internships organised by Business Studies teacher, Steve Aldhamland. Isabella Roberts (Year 13) worked with Christchurch International Airport in the Human Resources Department. Zoe Brunton (Year 12) joined City Care in the Financial Services Department. In Wellington, Oliver Griffith-Jones (Year 13) spent time at international TV studio Pukeko Pictures, and Louie McGregor (Year 13) joined Akaroa Salmon working on its salmon farm at Wainui. Mathematics Arisa Mori (Year 10) placed in the top 30 in Year 10 in New Zealand in the University of Otago Junior Mathematics Competition.
St Andrew’s College students gained strong results in the Australian Mathematics Competition, with Toby Harvie (Year 9) receiving a prize for being in the top 0.3%, 12 students receiving High Distinction for being in the top 3%, and 36 students achieving Distinction awards for top 20%. At the 2018 Casio Victoria University Senior Mathematics Competition, five Year 13 students, Russell Boey, Bryson Chen, Erik Goesmann, Louis Newman and Zachary Scheiwe, finished in the top 100 out of 1100 students. World Scholars Cup Xavier Dickason, Alan Fu and Jaymee Chen (all Year 11) achieved third place overall in the combined team events at the World Scholars Cup in Melbourne, where they also achieved the top team ranking in the Oceania Region. Xavier Dickason was fourth overall as an individual scholar and second overall as a debater from a pool of over 600 students. Writing Head of Writing, Russell Boey (Year 13) was selected as a guest editor for the January 2019 edition of fingers comma toes. Young Enterprise Six Year 10 students – Benjamin Dolan, Isabella Galvan, Eva Hitchon, Trista Taylor, Isabella Logie and Oscar Bloom, won all three team challenges they competed in at the Young Enterprise competition at the Ara Institute of Technology. Youth Parliament Thomas Pope-Kerr (Year 12), Xavier Dickason (Year 11) and Oscar Bloom (Year 10) were selected to attend the three-day Youth Parliament event facilitated by UN Youth. Thomas and Xavier took on the role of a Member of Parliament and debated interesting, pressing and relevant issues.
Year 10 StAC 1 (from left) Arisa Mori, Oliver Odlin, Felix Kenton-Smith and Eva Hitchon with the Cantamath trophy.
Bryn Lewis (OC 1984) explaining to Sustainability Council members how critical it is to locate the Strowan Stream monitoring sensors where performance can be optimised.
An exciting Sustainability Council initiative, which combines environmental concerns and the use of technology, is helping to restore the health of Strowan Stream and turn it into a ‘living laboratory’, which can be used by the wider school community for a range of purposes. Teacher-in-charge of the Sustainability Council, Ellen Hampson, says the goal of the long-term project is to return the stream’s water quality to within wadeable limits, so it can be safely used for learning, particularly by Science students. “This initiative started in 2016, when Environment Canterbury did some water testing with Sustainability Council students. The results showed that duck excrement had created an unhealthy environment in the stream, which required remediation.” In 2017, the project was taken over by Ellen’s Year 10 ACEE class, which completed a Level 2 NCEA assessment based around the restoration of the stream. They completed a significant investigation around water quality, riparian planting, and duck management, and worked
closely with technology expert Bryn Lewis (OC 1984), a regular ‘tech mentor’ at St Andrew’s, to develop sensors to be placed in the stream to measure data on everything from temperature, dissolved oxygen, and metals, to the biology of the stream. “The Year 10 students and Bryn completed a significant amount of coding for the sensors, with this work picked up by the Sustainability Council this year. We are incredibly grateful for Bryn’s outstanding contribution. He attends the Council’s meetings every Thursday to guide the students and we hope to have the sensors in the stream by Christmas. Bryn’s involvement creates a nice synergy with the Technology Innovation Council, which comes under the broad umbrella of Sustainability.” Revamping the entire stream landscape, under the oversight of Adrian Taylor, from Jasmax, is another exciting aspect of the restoration project, says Ellen. “General Manager, David Evans, has strongly encouraged the students to get hands-on with this project, and it is wonderful to have Adrian’s guidance, as the students create and develop a planting plan, along with the management of the duck population.” The project ties in well with the Preparatory School’s study into the
stream and the life cycle of eels. “The eels are critical for water purity and must be protected. The Year 3 students are developing ‘eel hotels’ out of PVC piping, which is a wonderful initiative.” Ellen says another special aspect of the restoration project has been the continued involvement of former Heads of the Sustainability Council, Isabella Garbett (OC 2016) and Zivana Hammond (OC 2017), who are both now studying at local universities. “This is evidence of the perpetual kaitiaki roles the Council leaders embrace. Once the restoration work is complete, there are plans to invite Ngai Tahu to uplift the wairua of the stream, which would be a wonderful completion to an exceptional project.”
Jaymee Chen (Year 11), Bryn Lewis (OC 1984), Head of Sustainability Council, Quinton Hurley (Year 13), and the Council’s Deputy Head, Daniel Bishop (Year 12), inspect a sensor.
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sparkle back into
connections There was lots of excitement when the youngest members of the St Andrew’s College family arrived at Strowan House dining room in their pyjamas, ready to enjoy a special breakfast with the boarders. The pre-schoolers loved spending time with the ‘big kids’ who showed them the ropes and helped them to make toast. Head of Pre-school, Amanda Jack, says the breakfast was one of several ways in which the Pre-school children are engaging with the wider St Andrew’s community. “We love opportunities to work in partnership with the Preparatory and Secondary Schools to support our children’s learning journey. These relationships are immensely valued and help to enrich our curriculum.” Amanda says the Pre-school children join older students in fortnightly physical activities in the Gymnasium, and enjoyed listening to Year 8 students read to them during the Preparatory School’s Book Week. “A growing number of teachers in the College are looking for ways for their
students to interact with the Pre-school. These connections show the warmth of the St Andrew’s community and the strong sense of family or whānau we have here.” The upcoming festive season is a special time of year for the children who are encouraged to give thanks to the people in the StAC community who assist them throughout the year. “The children look forward to baking seasonal treats, wrapping them, and delivering them to various people, including specialist teachers, ICT, librarians, kitchen and cafeteria staff, grounds staff, Rector Christine Leighton and Principal of the Preparatory School, Jonathan Bierwirth. They will also help to put together a Charity Christmas Hamper, which introduces the joy of giving and wanting to support others,” says Amanda. Connection is one of four core values of the Pre-school’s latest Philosophy document, with a focus on building relationships, trust and community. The other three pillars are Compassion, Inspiration and Inquiry, says Amanda. “We have also formalised our Six Priorities for Learning: Intellectual, Emotional, Social, Physical, Wairua/ Spiritual, and Environmental. These provide the framework for a wide range of learning experiences, which open up a world of discovery. The children are guided to direct their own learning alongside our professional teachers, family and whānau and the local community, which helps them to develop a flourishing sense of self.”
stream study To some, the freshwater eel is a slippery, slimy, river and stream dweller, which can be more than a little frightening. But as Year 3 students in the Junior Syndicate have discovered, these unique creatures are fascinating, rather than fearsome. The students began a learning inquiry into the broad topic of water, which led to them studying the health of Strowan Stream and undertake a detailed study of the life cycle of the eel. The results of their research were presented to parents in individual folders at a special Sharing Afternoon in September, which also included a recreation of how Strowan Stream could be improved with riparian planning and the addition of ‘eel hotels’ built into its banks to protect the eels. A film, art works, an ‘eel dance’ choreographed by Dance and Drama teacher, Ginnie Thorner, a musical item written by Preparatory School Music teacher, Ros Emeleus, and an animated PowerPoint presentation created by Head of Information and Innovation, Wilj Dekkers, were other highlights of the afternoon. “The students did a wonderful job of presenting their research from this wide ranging study to their parents and caregivers, and were particularly excited to share their understanding of the life cycle of the eel,” says Year 3 teacher, Jane Radford. The inquiry began with a visit from Jocelyn Papprill, Youth Engagement Advisor at Environment Canterbury.
She sampled Strowan Stream with the students, assessing things like water clarity, erosion, sediment, stream flow and stream cover, then helped them to identify the factors needed to create a healthier stream environment. To gather more information, the children wrote some open questions and skyped an expert scientist for the answers. Dr Colin Meurk (OC 1965), Research Associate with Landcare Research, and several parents, who worked in fields such as environmental science and water engineering, also spoke to the children. A highlight of the inquiry was a visit to The Terrace, alongside the Avon River, with Shelley McMurtrie, a Principal Aquatic Ecology Scientist with EOS Ecology, who talked about what makes the river healthy, then gave the students a hands-on experience with some eels, says Jane. “Each child was able to feed the eels in the Avon, and there was lots of excitement when Shelley caught an eel and they all were able to touch it. A visit to Travis Wetland was another example of education outside the classroom, which enabled the children to contrast a different natural environment with Strowan Stream.” Jane says one of the wonderful things about inquiry learning is that it integrates all aspects of the Estelle Russell (Year 3) resplendent in her eel headband.
(Top) Year 3 students, during a musical performance. (Above) Josh and Amelia Lyttle (Year 3) share their work with their mother, Andrea Lyttle.
curriculum into a topic which is of interest to the children. “Their reading, writing, mathematics and creative skills were all utilised throughout their research.” Meeting key competencies, such as being a team player, is another important aspect of the study, she says. “The students undertook various projects in the inquiry with a ‘buddy’. All of the teachers at Year 3 level are committed to inquiry learning and modelling a team approach to the students. We also love to see them so engaged in everything they do during this type of learning.”
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Jaden Jia (Year 3) shares his work with his grandfather.
Students in Years 4–6 at St Andrew’s are provided with many opportunities outside the curriculum to explore their learning, develop new skills, and demonstrate good behaviour. One example is the Tournament of Minds problem-solving event, which gives students the opportunity to work as a team to solve authentic, open-ended challenges which foster creative thinking. St Andrew’s hosted the Tournament of Minds regional finals in early September, where five teams of seven students competed in four disciplines – Arts, Social Sciences, Language Literature, and STEM (Science, Technology, English and Mathematics). “It was wonderful to see the ground floor of the Preparatory School absolutely packed with children and their parents from as far away as Dunedin. Two of our teams did incredibly well to make it through to the national finals,” says Head of Middle Syndicate, Di Cumming. A number of initiatives have been introduced to the Middle Syndicate to assist students with their reading, including the Reading Plus and
Core5 online programs, which teach students how to become effective silent readers. Reading comprehension and fluency is also supported by the Leap Reading program, which provides a wonderful link between students in the Preparatory and Secondary Schools, says Di. “Our students love the interaction with the Secondary School students who are trained how to teach the program.” Embracing Te Reo is another important focus, with Māori greetings and basic commands now commonly used in the Middle Syndicate. “Many of our students are enthusiastic participants in kapa haka, led by some passionate, fully immersed teachers. Our group is excited to be performing with the poi at the annual Prizegiving for the first time this year.” Di says Middle Syndicate students are fortunate to be able to choose from a wide range of sporting and cultural activities at St Andrew’s. “They have many opportunities to develop a personal interest outside the usual classroom curriculum and learn from people with great expertise.”
Priya Bartlett (Year 6) and Sara Yu (Year 5) performed at the Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival.
When it comes to behaviour, students are encouraged to make independent choices, including setting a daily plan and goals. A Step Up programme was introduced last year, which rewards simple things like having the right equipment, doing a good deed for someone, and transitioning quickly and quietly between lessons. The students start each day with a set of blocks, and lose a block if they don’t demonstrate the appropriate behaviour and key competencies, says Di. “At the end of each week the blocks are added up, with students getting bonuses for showing initiative and making their own decisions. After trialling the programme last year, the students decided they wanted to carry it on, as it helped them to make good choices and they got such a sense of satisfaction and pride when they managed to keep all of their blocks.” As she prepares to retire as Head of Middle Syndicate, Di says she is proud of the environment in the Preparatory School where students are encouraged to be creative, problem-solve, and learn from their mistakes. “As teachers we work hard to ensure learning is relevant, transferrable and captivates the students in the moment. True authentic inquiry is where the students really become engaged. Sometimes we don’t know the path this will lead us, which is truly exciting.”
Adele Sherborne (Year 4), Monty Scott-Lysaght (Year 5), Claudia Russell (Year 6) and Kate Ramsay (Year 5) work together to problem-solve.
Students in 8SF have been learning some exciting new interviewing and production skills in the Television and Digital Media Studio, during the creation of their ‘Ballet Show’, says Head of Senior Syndicate, David Farmer. “We have been toying with the idea of interviewing interesting people on camera for some time, and with a dozen or more students in Year 8 doing Ballet, we thought it was the ideal topic. The show includes an interview with the Ballet Academy Artistic Director, Dr Carolyn Cairns, who spoke about her personal story, and why so much excellence comes out of the Ballet programme at St Andrew’s. Two Year 8 students, Riley Lyons and Padric Ballard, were interviewed about what motivates them to dance, and some student performances were also captured.” The students have been involved in various aspects of the production,
(Above) Year 8 students recorded a ballet performance, which was included in the show. (Right) Head of Media, Simon Williams with Year 8 students Emily Keith and Hamish Ecroyd in the studio.
Year 8 students Holly Goddard and Tom MacLean interview Dr Carolyn Cairns for the ‘Ballet Show’.
including technical and presenting roles. “One of the challenges for the interviewers was how to craft questions and modify them in the television context to elicit the information they were pursing. A couple of students did extraordinarily well as questioners and presenters.” As well as developing on and off camera skills during the project, students achieved key competencies such as communication and interpersonal skills, and learnt about personal presentation. David says he is grateful for the support of Head of Media, Simon Williams, who guided the students through the project. “We are so lucky to work with Simon and have the opportunity to use the great facilities in the College’s four‑camera studio. This project was a simple idea, which has turned into something educational. It’s been great to see the students find new skill sets
and passions, which may not have ordinarily been discovered.” Students in the other Year 8 class, 8CF, created a well-ness presentation for students and staff in the studio with Simon, who said he loved working with both groups. ”The students were so excited, and the way they discovered talents they didn’t know they had, was such fun to see. The technical students quickly became broadcasters, managing the studio and control room with skill, while the performers gave it their all.” David says the Dr Carolyn Cairns interview is the first in an ‘Interesting People’ series the Senior Syndicate plans to produce over time. “Everyone has a story and by pursuing the theme of ‘Interesting People’, we can create an inquiry which is compelling, engaging and participatory for the students.”
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Di Cumming with Sarah Waddington (Year 6), Charlotte Kyle (Year 5), Maya Wylie (Year 6), Ethan Lam (Year 5), Jack Shearer (Year 5) Libby Scott (Year 6) and Nadia Marriott (Year 6).
The Preparatory School is losing a much-loved teacher and leader, as Di Cumming prepares to retire at the end of the year. “I’ve never lost my passion for teaching, and every day have remained one hundred per cent focused on the needs, interests and abilities of the students. I have always loved being with the children, and while I may have given much of myself to them, it has been returned a thousand-fold,” she says. Di joined St Andrew’s as Head of Middle Syndicate 13 years ago, after being a former Assistant Principal at Riccarton Primary School. She was on holiday in Seattle visiting her son Sam when she saw the position at St Andrew’s advertised in a copy of the Education Gazette. “I had never actually applied for a job before, so put a CV together and was selected for the role. I was immediately impressed with the wonderful learning environment and professionalism at St Andrew’s.” Di has appreciated the strong focus on staff professional development at the College, and the support from Principal of Preparatory School, Jonathan Bierwirth for new initiatives she has been keen to introduce. “I’ve always been on the lookout for new opportunities, and Jonathan has encouraged this sort of outside the box thinking. I’m particularly proud to have introduced the Tournament of Minds creative problem-solving initiative to St Andrew’s, and to have seen that grow. The children enjoy working collaboratively on the challenges,
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with minimal teacher and parent assistance. It really builds their character and resilience and they love it.” Di is now a regional director of Tournament of Minds, and in the Term 3 holidays, was the manager of eight New Zealand teams, which competed at an international event in Darwin. Other initiatives introduced by Di to the Preparatory School include the Reading Plus and Core5 online reading programs, and the FISH! Philosophy, to help students embrace their school day with a positive attitude. “The philosophy came from the Seattle Place Fish Market, where the fishmongers worked in a cold, boring job, but decided they would enjoy every day by living four principles – choose your attitude, play, be there, and make someone’s day. That’s how I want the children to feel when they come through the school gates, and is something I’ve tried to demonstrate as their teacher. Children deserve to have a happy adult who loves life in the classroom.” In her retirement, Di plans to spend more time with her husband Roger, their children, and her wider circle of family and friends. She also plans to travel, read books, garden, walk, and ‘smell the roses’. “Roger has been a great support
all these years, dropping in my lunch when I’ve forgotten it, and turning a blind eye when I’ve bought yet more educational resources. It’s our time now.” Living in the now is one of Di’s key philosophies, which has held her in good stead throughout her long career, she says. “I can’t do anything about the past, and can’t predict the future, but I can choose to bring everything I’ve got to today. I feel as if I can leave St Andrew’s, knowing every single day I tried my very best for every child in my care.” Principal of Preparatory School, Jonathan Bierwirth says Di has worked ‘because she wants to, not because she needs to’ and is a consummate professional who has strived to bring the very best out of every child. “Di is a genuine giver and hard worker, who has always taken a child-first approach. She has also strongly advocated for the development of each child’s self‑efficacy and growth mindset.” He says Di has also been a positive and supportive team leader of the Middle Syndicate, who has been well liked and respected. “We thank Di for her years of wonderful service, and wish her well in her retirement.”
The students enjoyed visits from children’s author, Jennifer Somervell, who shared two of her stories, and entertaining book blogger, Bob Docherty, who discussed his recommendations of the latest books for children aged 10–13. Students also took part in some scavenger hunts and fun competitions, which included designing a tourism poster for a fictional destination, and the popular Battle of the Books, which was won by class 8AE for an incredible sixth year in a row. “Book Week was a wonderful opportunity for the entire Preparatory School to get excited about reading. The engagement and enthusiasm seen all week among the Year 1–8 students was a joy,” says Tracey.
The theme ‘Journeys. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ was inspired by Dr Seuss, with the week’s activities planned to celebrate the great journeys and places of children’s literature. “Students were invited to approach the theme in the broadest sense to include journeys to both real and imagined places, journeys through space and time, and journeys of personal growth,” says Preparatory School Librarian, Tracey Hull.
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Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and Pippi Longstocking made an appearance. So did several Wally and Wandas, Pete the Cats, and Smurfs, not to mention a Thing or two, when students and staff dressed up as their favourite characters for the Preparatory School Book Parade, a colourful, fun event, which celebrated the end of another action-packed and highly successful Book Week.
New College Shop – Thistles opened
St Andrew’s College students and their families are enjoying an enhanced customer experience in the spacious new Uniform and College Shop, Thistles, which opened in the former Pre-school building at the start of Term 4.
General Manager, David Evans, says that the old Pre-school building has been carefully reconfigured to create a ‘fantastic’ facility, with lots more space to display the uniforms and various items for sale, and plenty of storage for stock. “The Second-hand Uniform Shop, which used to operate out of the old Cricket Pavilion on the driveway, also has its own space in the building.
redevelopment Construction of the new redesigned and extended drop-off zone alongside Normans Road should be completed LANDSCAPE PLAN during the summer holidays in time for the start of Term 1 2019, says General
Everyone, from students and their families, to our staff and volunteers are enjoying the wonderful new facilities.”
toiletries for boarding students, bags, phone cards, leavers’ rings, and StAC branded merchandise.
The College Shop supplies all items of College and sports uniforms for all levels, and all stationery required for study. General services and supplies are also available from the College Shop, including dry cleaning, clothing alterations, postal services,
Rector Christine Leighton says the name ‘Thistles’ was chosen for the College Shop as over many years, great passion has stirred when the students ‘play for the thistle’. “This popular emblem stirs the heart of present students and Old Collegian’s alike.”
Manager, David Evans. “The current drop-off zone is being extended past the front of the old Junior School, and will end up at the Preparatory School driveway. This development will take more cars off the street and improve traffic flow, making the delivery and collection of students a safer and more seamless process.”
pathway, which will run from outside the Senior College entrance to Normans Road, dissecting the drop-off zone and carpark; and new areas at the kea (pedestrian) crossing outside the Preparatory School for people to gather before they cross. Increased supervision within the drop-off zone is also being introduced to further enhance safety.
The new design includes extra car parking, and improved bus parking at peak times out on the street. Other features include a new pedestrian
David says significant planning has gone into the development, including consultation with traffic engineers and CCC, and the completion of a road safety audit.
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LEGEND LEGEND 1 Landscaped entrance for existing kea crossing 7 Future development area - to remain as existing 2 Pedestrian crossing to Preparatory Junior 8 Possible 7route fordevelopment future development 1 Landscaped entrance forand existing kea crossing Future area - to remain as existing School (not raised) 9 Preparatory and Junior School 2 Pedestrian crossing to Prep and Junior School (not raised) 8 Possible route for future drop-off development 3 Raised crossing decorative concrete 10 Existing trees and with new gardens below 3 Raised crossing - decorative concrete 9 Prep and Junior School drop-off 4 Staff parking (4) 11 Student waiting shelter (indicative) 4 Staff parking (4) 10 Existing trees and with new gardens below 5 Pre-school parking (3) 12 Threshold crossing - decorative concrete 5 Pre-school parking (3) Student waiting shelter (indicative) 6 Pre-school scooter and bike shelter (covered) 14 Proposed11bus stop during peak times 6
Pre-school scooter and bike shelter (covered)
Threshold crossing - decorative concrete
15 Raised pedestrian crossings and path - decorative concrete 14 Proposed bus stop during peak times 16 Senior School drop-off 15 Raised pedestrian crossings and path - decorative concrete 17 S unny social space - timber platform and decorative 16 Senior School drop-off concrete 17 Sunny social space - timber platform and decorative concrete 18 Relocated accessible parks (compliant design) 18
Relocated accessible parks (compliant design)
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Architectus’ outstanding design for the magnificent Centennial Chapel at St Andrew’s College has been honoured among the best architecture in New Zealand, after winning the 2018 John Scott Award for Public Architecture at the New Zealand Architecture Awards. The Centennial Chapel was chosen along with 17 other projects to be honoured at the country’s premier design competition, and was one of only four projects to receive the further distinction of taking out a Named Award.
Award at the 2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards, and a Future Heritage Award at the 2018 Canterbury Heritage Awards.
This is the third prestigious design award won by the Centennial Chapel, after winning the Public Architecture
“We couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome. I am very grateful to all those who contributed to the design
Attending the New Zealand Architecture Awards ceremony in Wellington on behalf of St Andrew’s College were Rector Christine Leighton, Board Chair, Bryan Pearson, and General Manager, David Evans. Also in attendance were Patrick Clifford, Malcolm Bowes, Jane Rooney, Severin Soder and their Project team from Architectus.
and construction of this wonderful building which exudes both heart and soul. It is humbling to have our Chapel recognised in this way, although the most satisfying thing is to witness the joy and sense of connection and peace from those who gather here,” says Christine. It has been a great month of awards for St Andrew’s College, which also won a Learning Environment NZ 2018 for Excellence in Educational Facilities – Landscape/Outdoor Learning for the wonderful playground and landscape accompanying the Stewart Junior Centre.
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The St Andrew’s College Development and Communications teams have won the prestigious Educate Plus 2018 Advancement Award for Alumni or Community Event, for the planning, preparation and execution of the College’s 2017 Centenary Gala Weekend, and their production of The Spirit of St Andrew’s book and film, and StAC100 commemorative magazine. The award was presented to members of the teams at the Educate Plus Conference, held in Auckland in early September. It was the largest international conference for Educate Plus to date, with over 600 attendees.
Members of the Development and Communications teams receiving their award at the 2018 Educate Plus Conference.
Over 80 independent schools from across Australia and New Zealand entered the fiercely fought Alumni and Community Event category, with each shortlisted school having an opportunity to present their event/submission to various delegates at a Breakfast Blitz speed dating type session, before the finalists and winners were chosen. Just one point separated each of the finalists in the category, with
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St Andrew’s College delighted to come out on top, says Rector Christine Leighton. “We are incredibly proud of our Development and Communications teams, and are grateful to other staff, including Specialist Art teacher, Pip Dinsenbacher, grounds staff, and our loyal printers Caxton, who gave tremendous support to the various projects.”
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The Drowsy Chaperone
The Middle School’s outstanding sold-out production of The Drowsy Chaperone, featured an incredibly talented all‑singing, all-dancing cast, which transported its appreciative audiences back to the heady Prohibition era of the late 1920s. This light-hearted, Tony Award winning musical pokes fun at many of the common tropes of old-style musical theatre, such as clean-cut men, divas, gangsters, and madcap mix-ups, as lovers fall in and out of love on the eve of their wedding day. Such was the professionalism and dynamic performances of this high-energy young ensemble, it was hard to believe that they were still only in Years 9–10. Director, Ginnie Thorner says the students rose to the challenge and worked incredibly hard together. “This young cast had to learn challenging music, comic timing, and some show stoppers of more than five minutes in duration. They found new ways to be creative, learnt new skills, and formed some strong friendships as they did an incredible job of bringing the story to life.” The musical revolved around the Man, brilliantly portrayed by Thomas Kamo (Year 9), an agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, who listens to a recording of the fictional 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone in his dingy apartment. As he listens, the characters appear, and his apartment is transformed into an exciting Broadway set. The Man provides commentary throughout the show, revealing aspects of his personal life, and commenting on some of the serious issues raised in the show, such as the whitewashing of characters of colour, and old cultural traditions found in musicals such as The King and I.
Other main characters included the perpetually tiddly Drowsy, Janet’s chaperone, played by Madeline Bailey (Year 10), whose amazing performance of As We Stumble Along, was one of the highlights of the show, and Aldolpho, a self-proclaimed, famed Latin Lover, who was played by the hilarious Charlie Moorhead (Year 10). Other standout musical numbers included Cold Feets, with Jack Calder (Robert) and Quinn Dunne-Cartier (Year 10) as his Best Man, George, demonstrating incredible singing and tap dancing skills; Show Off, with Estee Wilke evoking all the glamour of a 1920s showgirl, and the big production number I Do I Do In The Sky, which featured Trix the Aviatrix,
played by the bubbly Sarah Kennelly (Year 9) who whisked the cast, including the Man, off to a happy ending. The outstanding band, led by Musical Director, Duncan Ferguson, was another critical element of the show. They played at the back of the stage throughout, with their brilliant performances of some challenging musical arrangements getting the audience members’ toes tapping and heads nodding. Sparkling singing, stunning choreography, and incredible costuming, hair and make-up also helped bring the 1920s era to life. This was another exceptional Middle School production, with the depth of talent on display boding well for the future at St Andrew’s, with some of these students no doubt moving on to the Senior production next year.
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In attendance was ageing hostess Mrs Tottendale (an assured Grace Lawrence, Year 9), and her loyal employee, Underling (Harry Withers, Year 9), who was a great sport when enduring not one, but three or four spit gags throughout the show. Janet’s Broadway producer Mr Feldzieg (played convincingly by Lucca Ballara, Year 10) was under pressure to stop her marrying from two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs (Ashton Menzies and Couper Killick, both Year 9) who relished their roles.
Another actress, the kooky Kitty (portrayed in effervescent fashion by Catelin Riordan, Year 10) was determined to take Janet’s place.
A sparkling opening number, Fancy Dress, provided the premise for the show, and introduced the characters, who were preparing for the wedding of oil tycoon Robert Martin (played confidently by Jack Calder, Year 10) and Janet Van De Graaff, a popular Broadway star, about to give up her career for married life (beautifully played by Estee Wilke, Year 9).
Professor Michael Spiro with Rector Christine Leighton and Peter Goodman (OC 1965) at an Old Collegians function in London.
They may have been born generations apart, in different parts of the world, but there are some fascinating similarities between revered academic, Professor Michael Spiro (OC 1946) and current Year 13 student Russell Boey. Both came to New Zealand as young boys, both won scholarships to attend St Andrew’s College in the Secondary School, and both have an outstanding academic record, with a shared brilliance in Chemistry. Professor Spiro was born into a liberal Jewish family in Germany in 1929. They came to New Zealand due to the rise of the Nazis, and when it became apparent Europe was heading for war. Young Michael attended Fendalton School where he quickly learnt English. He won a scholarship to St Andrew’s College, where he excelled academically throughout his schooling, finishing first in Mathematics, Latin, Chemistry and Physics every year, as well as first in class, until he left the College as Dux. Russell Boey was born in Singapore and came to New Zealand with his family as a young boy. He attended the St Andrew’s College Preparatory School, but says without a scholarship he wouldn’t have been able to continue on in the Secondary School. “The scholarship has allowed me to continue to experience this amazing environment, make friends and have lots of cool opportunities. I’ve been lucky to have some great teachers, particularly in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, English, Economics, and Classics, and to be able to work closely with Writerin-residence, Kerrin Davidson.”
Year 13 student, Russell Boey.
Earlier this year, Russell was selected as one of four New Zealand students to take part in the 50th Chemistry Olympiad in Bratislava and Prague, where he won a bronze medal. He is also the Head of Writing at St Andrew’s, and has had many successes in writing competitions, including winning the Secondary School category in the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition last year. Dedication to study and hard work is something shared by Professor Spiro and Russell. In an audio interview online, Professor Spiro said he was taught to work hard by his father, who said he had to be ‘better’ to get a job ahead of people born in their adopted country. Russell says he is also a perfectionist, with a deep interest in the subjects he studies, and an innate drive to succeed. “My study routine is to practise, practise, practise rather than reading notes or going over content. My parents tell me to relax, but I say I’ve failed if I get less than 100 per cent.” Russell is sitting six Scholarship subjects this year, and is aiming for top marks. Next year he plans to study Physics at the University of Auckland and later, Astromony. Following his studies he would like to become an academic.
After Professor Spiro left St Andrew’s, he embarked on an outstanding academic career, winning both Junior and Senior University Scholarships at Canterbury University College, where he gained a Master of Science with Honours. He gained a doctorate in Physical Chemistry at the University of Oxford in the early 1950s, after winning an 1851 Exhibition Scholarship. He later completed post-doctoral research in Canada, and taught Physical Chemistry at the Imperial College, London. In 2007, Professor Spiro gifted $1.2m to St Andrew’s as a thank you for his education and the College’s willingness to accept him as a refugee seeking a safe haven from war. The gift was devoted to the new Spiro Science and Mathematics Centre, which opened in 2010. Today, St Andrew’s offers a range of academic, sporting, and cultural scholarships for students from Years 7–13, with many awarded each year to students with exceptional abilities, like Professor Spiro and Russell Boey, who may not otherwise have been able to attend the College.
For full details of the St Andrew’s College Scholarship programme, visit stac.school.nz.
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It was back at Prefect Camp when the 2018 prefects decided they wanted to update the video (last produced in 2013 by Old Collegian Blake Morgan). The plan was to take a burst of photographs of every student in the school, and stitch it all together to create a time-lapse reel. “We did a whole bunch of planning on a separate video in Term 1, but it had to be abandoned for logistical reasons. The new idea was to create
(Left) Charles Butterfield (Year 7) signing the wall. (Right) Prefects, Benoit Wynn-Williams and Ella Guillemot-Mene during a video shoot.
a stop motion, time-lapse film, with all students filmed in front of a green screen, to be replaced by archival footage in post-production. The film would also show the wall gradually filling with signatures.” By then, it was already well into Term 3, so a huge amount of logistics went into timetabling the video shoots of nearly 1500 St Andrew’s students, without clashing with any academic classes. Benoit did most of this scheduling work himself, with the help of Head Girl, Kirsty Shields. He says the ‘magic’ has happened in the editing process, with a large
group of students involved, and they plan to have the film ready for the end-of-year Prizegiving. “The prefect team has been essential to making this project happen. Hopefully the film will leave a legacy. The wall of signatures is to be covered by mirrors for a dance studio, but it would be cool to think someone will find the signatures again in 50 years time.” Kirsty says another prefects’ project has been to bring the ‘Smurf Squad’ sports support group back to life. “It’s been great to finish the year on a high note and complete the legacy projects we’ve been planning the entire year.”
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Benoit Wynn-Williams (Year 13) was almost asleep one night when he had the brainwave which would help the prefect team to move forward with their updated version of the whole school, This is Us video as part of their legacy project, StAC 101. “I rushed to get a notebook to write everything down, and in the morning, when I read the notes, realised it was an idea that could work.”
The incredible vision of Year 13 Design and Visual Communication student, Douglas Williams, has seen him come up with a design for a spectacular new Christchurch Opera House, which has been brought to life with the latest virtual reality, 3D printing, and animation technology at St Andrew’s College. Douglas came up with the idea for his NCEA Level 3 project, after he, and the other students on the course were asked to create their own building, which would fit into the new Performing Arts Precinct in Christchurch. “I was blown away by a visit to the Sydney Opera House at the start of the year, so this idea was already in the back of my mind,” he says. An impressive ‘exhibition’ of Douglas’ design project includes a large poster and flip book detailing the project, a scale model which took him two months to build, 3D printed models of various structural
elements, a clever animation using Lumion software, which walks people through the entire building, and a virtual reality experience of the project. “Using the technology has brought what I envisioned in my imagination to life. I have learnt so much during this project, such as acoustics and how sound travels, when I was designing the auditorium. We could go ‘all out’ on this project, which was great.” Head of Innovation and Information, Wilj Dekkers, says Douglas’ comprehensive presentation is well beyond what is expected of a Year 13 student and is on a par with presentations made in the professional world. “We were so impressed by Douglas’ achievements,
we asked him to present his project to the Board of Governors. Year 13 students, Joshua Cammock-Elliott and Quinton Hurley also added a VR component to their presentations choosing to use mobile based VR that is able to be accessed by anyone with a smart phone.” Teacher-in-charge of Design and Visual Communication, Alastair McGowan, says the introduction of the new technology at St Andrew’s has been a game changer for his students, and Douglas has harnessed it to its potential. Douglas is off to the University of Auckland next year, where he hopes to study towards a Bachelor of Architecture degree followed by a Masters.
to remember Year 12 students Hana Pearce and Lewis Edmond say their four-week adventure in Scotland as Robert Burns Scottish Scholars, was a life-changing experience. “I discovered I was a lot more independent and capable of looking after myself than I thought. I wasn’t sure how I was going to cope getting to places by myself, but as the trip went along I wasn’t stressed by hiccups or train delays. It was great for my personal growth,” says Hana. Lewis says it was the longest time he had been away from his family, and although he missed home, he relished every moment of the adventure. “It really exceeded my expectations. I had wanted to go ever since my brother’s friend, Angus Syme (OC 2017), was a Scholar a couple of years ago and
Lewis Edmond with Simon Mills (left) at Strathallan School.
couldn’t’ stop talking about it. I’m so lucky to have had the same experiences.” Since 2002, 30 Year 12 students have travelled to Scotland, first as Dunblane Scholars, then Strowan Scholars. This year, the scholarship became the Robert Burns Scottish Scholarship. Each student visits six schools, with a boy/girl exchange alternating each year at the co-educational schools. The two scholars have individual experiences during their time in Scotland, but come together for their last school visit at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, before returning home. Hana and Lewis say it is difficult to single out highlights, but meeting
Hana Pearce and ‘friend’.
new people, immersing themselves in several different schools, and experiencing full Scottish culture are right up there. “I stayed with some lovely homestay families at all of the schools except one, where I boarded, which was a really cool experience. It’s different when you’re with people all the time, you form strong relationships really quickly,” says Hana. Lewis boarded at four of the schools he visited, and also found it a great experience. “Glenalmond College really stood out for me for its family oriented boarding house. I enjoyed the homestays too. I met some awesome people and it was great to get some home cooking.” Visiting the town of St Andrews, attending an art exhibition in Dundee, indulging in some traditional Scottish treats, and making new friends were other highlights for Hana. “I made some great friendships, which will last a lifetime.” Lewis enjoyed the opportunity to play hockey at four of the six schools he visited. He also joined the Pipe Band at Strathallan, played in several jazz bands and had a couple of games of rugby. “I made some good friends. The hardest thing was just getting to know them, then having to say goodbye to move on to the next school,” he says. Both students were taken to various Scottish sights and attractions by their hospitable hosts. “The last night before we came home was incredible. I climbed Arthur’s Seat with my homestay hosts and watched the sun set. It was the best night of the whole trip,” says Lewis.
This year’s Robert Burns Scottish Scholars, Year 12 students Lewis Edmond and Hana Pearce.
Hana says there were many more similarities than differences between the Scottish schools and St Andrew’s College. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but apart from the accents, the Scottish schools were just like schools in New Zealand. It was comforting and made me realise how close we really all are as humans.”
A ‘burgeoning love, passion and dedication for all things Scottish and particularly the poet Robert Burns’ has led Rob Bruce-Barron (OC 1953) to initiate a reimagining of the Strowan Scottish Scholarship into the exciting new Robert Burns Scottish Scholarship, with a renewed emphasis on celebrating Scottish heritage at St Andrew’s College. “As part of my international consultancy with History, Heritage and Cultural Renewal, it dawned on me to respectfully propose to St Andrew’s College an inclusive, holistic initiative, to assist in further strengthening our Scottish heritage in a meaningful and dynamic manner,” says Rob. He first approached Rector Christine Leighton, Board Chair Bryan Pearson and former Director of Development Clare Wilkinson back in 2017, with his idea to extend the existing Strowan Scottish Scholarship to include a strong emphasis on the globally admired and respected 18th century Scottish poet, Robert Burns. “I was keen for the scholarship to not only provide a wonderful experience for the two Year 12 scholars selected to go to Scotland each year, but to create opportunities for all students of St Andrew’s College to enhance their learning and understanding of Burns’ work, Scottish heritage and culture.” In addition to visiting various Scottish schools and Colleges, it is now planned that the Robert Burns Scottish Scholars will visit locations linked to Robert Burns, such as Dumfries, Robert Burns Cottage, the Robert Burns statue in Edinburgh, Tam O’Shanter, and the Robert Burns World Federation head offices in Kilmarnock.
Rob Bruce-Barron (OC 1953), aged five, with his first Highland dancing medals.
To bring his vision to life, Rob has generously made a significant financial gift to St Andrew’s College. He was on hand at this year’s Founders’ Day Assembly to present the inaugural scholarships to Year 12 students, Hana Pearce and Lewis Edmond, who recently returned from their incredible Scottish adventure. Rob is incredibly proud of his long Scottish family history on both sides. He was a member of the Canterbury Caledonian Society from the age of four, the same age he took up Highland dancing. Robert Burns has been part of Rob’s life since he was a young lad and his father used to quote Burns’ poems.
The College already celebrates one of Burns’ significant works, the Address to the Haggis on several occasions each year, including the Founders’ Day Assembly, many reunion dinners, the Ceilidh, and the special Leavers’ Dinner. It is proposed that Robert Burns Day also becomes a time when the College recognises more of the poet’s works. Rob Bruce-Barron (OC 1953) with the 2018 Robert Burns Scottish Scholarship recipients, Hana Pearce and Lewis Edmond (both Year 12).
Rob attended St Andrew’s from 1950–1953. He has lived in Winnipeg, Canada for several years, where he is a long-time member of the Winnipeg Robert Burns Club, a past Board member of the Winnipeg St Andrew’s Society, and is an inaugural and executive member of the Winnipeg Scottish Gentlemen’s Club. He is also a member of the Robert Burns World Federation, Kilmarnock, Scotland. He says the further strengthening of Scottish heritage at St Andrew’s will be fostered with the introduction of ongoing programmes specialising in Robert Burns, starting in the Preparatory School. “In future, the Robert Burns Scottish Scholars, as part of their selection process, will have to exhibit in-depth knowledge of Robert Burns, which will be enhanced further during their visit to Scotland.”
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He still loves to delve into the poems today, and says it is hard to pick a favourite. “However, after seeing Rector Christine Leighton’s affinity to A Red, Red Rose, and hearing Hana Pearce’s most beautifully composed and sung version of this poem, I would dare not have it at the top of my list.”
The incredible talents of around 140 StAC singers, songwriters and musicians were showcased across three wonderful events during Winter Music Festival Week. The Centennial Chapel was the venue for the first event, Celebrating Song, with the audience enjoying items from our choirs, Stacchorus and Staccoro, along with a variety of soloists, duets, and a performance by the Boys’ Barbershop. The singer-songwriter programme at St Andrew’s has gone from strength-tostrength in recent years. At the Studio Set evening, 10 of our up-and-coming artists shared their creative talents in an intimate lounge atmosphere, following the transformation of MS01.
A sold-out crowd was then wowed by superb performances from the Jazz Orchestra, Big Band, Jazz Combo, and Soul Group at the Jazz Club, held in the spectacular Great Hall at the Arts Centre. This hugely popular event on the StAC Music calendar perfectly showcased the groups’ award winning talents. Head of Music, Duncan Ferguson, says students are lucky to have such amazing performance opportunities. “After all the choir, rock and chamber music concerts of Term 2, it’s wonderful to have a week showcasing our singing soloists and our jazz programme. We have incredible talent at StAC so it’s wonderful to have events like these to showcase our students. It makes St Andrew’s a special place to be.”
31 Cultural Assembly A variety of exciting artistic talent was celebrated at the Cultural Assembly. Cultural Captains, Leo Noordanus and Jackson Page, gave a clever and thoughtful opening address, which was followed by a fabulous programme of items including the Rock Band’s performance of Sweet Child of Mine; the Soul Band performing Ain’t No Other Man; Luca Newman, joined by Kate Sproule (both Year 13), singing his original award-winning song Go with You, and the Senior Hip Hop Crew performing an item from the Dance Revue. The Pipe Band concluded the assembly with the medley which recently won them second place in the World Championships in Glasgow. David Chang (Year 13) delivered a moving Morning Comment, which told his personal story of how culture has impacted his life.
A ‘Survivor’ theme set the scene for an entertaining Boarders’ Assembly, which drew analogies with the TV reality show and the act of ‘surviving’ as a St Andrew’s boarder. There were some great touches of humour, fun song and dance numbers, with piglets and several dogs taking to the stage along with the Year 13 boarders, led by Heads of Boarding, Laurence Arundell and Megan Cambus, in their various ‘tribes’. Amy Wells (Year 13) gave a well-articulated Morning Comment, with a highlight of the assembly being a heartfelt tribute from the boarders to Director of Boarding, Dianne MacDonald, who is leaving St Andrew’s at the end of the year.
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This year, two unique characters in the St Andrew’s community, Catering Manager, Russell Gray, and Head of Media, Simon Williams, are among staff to have reached the special milestone of 21 years service. Interestingly, neither thought they would have a long-term career at the College when they first started. “I only thought I’d be here one to four years. I remember when my son Walter was a baby asleep in his car seat on the bench in the kitchen, now he’s working here at night between studies. I love the life St Andrew’s has given me. I’ve got so much out of it personally, which makes me only too happy to serve,” says Russell, who ‘controls the traffic’ when it comes to all of the catering requirements at St Andrew’s. Food is an integral part of life at the College, with Russell and his catering team doing an outstanding job of keeping the boarders well fuelled throughout their busy school lives. They also feed thousands of others, both inside and outside the St Andrew’s community at numerous functions and events each year. In the Term 3 holidays, the catering team prepared an extraordinary 7500 meals. Russell says times have changed significantly since he started in the role, and boarders were given only one choice. “Sometimes the meals would run out and there would be hell to pay! I’m proud the Catering Department has kept pace with modern expectations. Today our
Catering Manager, Russell Gray.
students have freedom to choose from many options as we cater for all their individual dietary needs.”
to plated meals at the Leavers’ Dinner and Old Collegians' functions are other impressive accomplishments.”
Russell was a chef at Noah’s Hotel before setting off on his OE. He spent seven years as a chef in the United Kingdom, during which time he completed his London City & Guilds Part 3 degree and worked under Michelin star chef Ian McAndrew. On his return to New Zealand he had had enough of the crazy chef hours, and took up the job at St Andrew’s. In 2003, he went to Teachers' College, and achieved his Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning while maintaining his Catering Manager role at StAC. “I gained a lot personally from the experience, but ultimately decided to stay in the kitchen.”
Russell says Director of Boarding, Dianne MacDonald was pivotal to his success during his early years at the College. “Di has been such a loving mum to the boarding community and really helped me to adapt from the professional world to the school environment in order to create that same homely feel in our food.” He is full of praise for his team, many who are also long-serving members of staff. “You can’t do this job on your own, and I’m fortunate to have a fantastic team around me.”
He says the challenge presented by the earthquakes is one of the highlights of his career. “For the catering team to continue working alongside the Junior Cafeteria and in a marquee out the back without any external help was a huge accomplishment, and one of our greatest moments. Transforming from buffet
(Left) Russell Gray with meringues decorated for the Dedication of the Centennial Chapel.
Russell Gray, at lunch service with Bella Rose (Year 11).
Like Russell, Simon thought his tenure at St Andrew’s would be short-lived at best. Now after 21 years, and at the age of 73, he has already committed to another year of teaching. “As a vastly old person, I look at some people my age who retire and have virtually no connection with the outside world. I come in here and am blessed because I get to work with creative kids every day.” When Simon was made full-time in 1997, he was convinced by then Rector Barry Maister to teach a Senior Media Studies course, alongside the Year 10 Extension programme while continuing to run Beyond the Camera, an intensive six-day course which ran twice a year. “Around that time a new regional television station called CHTV started, and I thought it would be nice to have a youth television show on it, and they agreed. We made 39 episodes of On Q, which involved StAC students, and children from all over town who had taken part in Beyond the Camera. This was followed by another show on CHTV called Pulse, then later Pulse Fashion, which led
to the large nationwide Fashion Show competition we held at St Andrew’s from 2001–2005.”
Simon was an experienced television journalist before joining St Andrew’s in 1995.
A large catwalk was installed in Gym 1 and students modelled more than 130 garments entered in the competition by students from all around New Zealand. “It was a huge undertaking. We took over the entire Physical Education facilities for two or three days.” By the time the Canterbury earthquakes put an end to Beyond the Camera, when parents were put off sending their children to Christchurch, more than 2000 students had passed through the course. It is one of Simon’s greatest achievements, alongside giving countless students at St Andrew’s the opportunity to learn about the media and develop some exciting skills across many disciplines in the College’s state-of-the-art Media and Television Studio. The students also help to record all of the special events at St Andrew’s. “One of the real highlights for me was the Dedication of the Centennial Chapel, when our Year 9–10 students ran the outside broadcast with the oversight of several Old Collegians and Auckland company OSB. It was fantastic.” Although he is not quite sure how it happened, Simon says he has enjoyed a wonderful career at St Andrew’s. “After 20 years in television and five years making corporate videos, it was a peculiar accident that found me here. I’ve stayed on and it’s been a fantastic journey. I can’t imagine my good fortune to be here.”
33 Simon with the many Old Collegians who oversaw the outside broadcast during the Dedication of the Centennial Chapel.
Other staff at St Andrew’s College who have celebrated 21 years’ service in 2018 • Barbara Broughton, Head of Preparatory School Learning Support; • Brett Clark, Head of Secondary School Learning Support; • Mary Leota, Preparatory School teacher; • Dean McKenzie, former Assistant Head of Secondary School (Data); • Phill Shepherd, ICT Systems Administrator; • Dianne Voyce, Credit Controller.
Head of Media, Simon Williams also joined the College full-time in 1997, but had already spent a couple of years part-time running his initiative, Beyond the Camera, which taught television and media skills to students from all over New Zealand from the St Andrew’s College studio. A proviso of him joining the staff as a part-timer was that he had to teach a Year 10 Extension class. “I was a journalist, and not a trained teacher, and remember the first time some Year 10 boys came crashing through the door and said, ‘What are we going to do today?’ I hadn’t the slightest idea.”
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Head of Media, Simon Williams teaching presenting skills to Year 11 students Jamie Griffith-Jones and Timothy Harford in the studio.
In late August, we celebrated the launch of louder, the fourth poetry collection from our Writer-in-residence, Kerrin Davidson (writing as Kerrin P. Sharpe). This was a special occasion attended by many valued members of the wider St Andrew’s College community, as well as significant figures from New Zealand’s writing scene including publisher Fergus Barrowman of Victoria University Press, his wife, award-winning author, Elizabeth Knox, and publicist and novelist Kirsten McDougall. A range of St Andrew’s writers from the Preparatory and Secondary Schools, all of whom have been published under Kerrin’s guidance this year, read their work to a receptive crowd of around 100 people. After a glowing address from Fergus Barrowman, the Publisher of Victoria
Kerrin Davidson with Elizabeth Knox, Kirsten McDougall and Fergus Barrowman.
Rector Christine Leighton and author Kerrin Davidson cut the cake to celebrate the launch of louder.
University Press, guests were privileged to hear Kerrin read and speak about a selection of poems from her brave, beautiful collection, which addresses some of the most pressing moral, political and environmental issues of the world today. Kerrin says the book launch was a special occasion. “I adored it and felt it was an expression of the writing
A spectacular opening number, which paid homage to the Oscar winning film, La La Land, blew the audience away at this year’s Film Fest. The night’s presenters, Leo Noordanus and Jackson Page (both Year 13) kept up with the Dance Revue crew as they sang and danced their way into the Theatre. A number of high quality short films were screened throughout the evening, with major awards going to Oliver Griffith-Jones and Chino BarrettLovie (both Year 13) who took out Best Film with their abstract sci-fi film Latitude, and Jenna Wells (Year 12), who won Runner Up for Best Film with her coming-of-age film Unidentifiable.
(Top) Jenna Wells (Year 12), right, received Runner Up for Best Film Unidentifiable. (Above) Chino Barrett-Lovie and Oliver Griffith-Jones (both Year 13) won Best Film. (Right) Jackson Page and Leo Noordanus (both Year 13) were part of a spectacular opening number.
process, in that it integrated into a performance. It was a celebration of how we learn to become writers and explained the writing life. Cutting the cake and all of us sharing at the same table, from the same well, was symbolic and another really special thing for me.”
louder became number one on the Nielsen Bookscan bestseller list for New Zealand Fiction for Adults for the week ending 1 September. This follows from the success of Kerrin’s 2016 book Rabbit Rabbit, which got to number two. This is a wonderful achievement and testament to Kerrin’s immense talent and passion for writing.
Best Actor went to Leo Noordanus for The Hiker, while Hana Pearce (Year 12) was awarded Best Actress for her role in Unidentifiable. Film Fest uncovers lots of exciting filmmaking talent among our students, and this year’s highly successful and entertaining event was no exception.
Head of Dance and Drama, Laurence Wiseman says: “I am extremely proud of all the dancers and student Heads of Dance who managed to create a show of such outstanding quality. As a student lead initiative this goes to show what young people are truly capable of.”
Student Heads of Dance, Wei Chien (Ariel) Tan (Year 13) and Isabella Pringle (Year 12) brought together a fast paced, visually spectacular show, which highlighted the smorgasbord of dance disciplines St Andrew’s College has to offer. The dancers and student choreographers wowed the audiences with their precision, creativity and technique.
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Dance Revue 2018 was another huge success, with audiences enjoying an enthralling spectacle over the show’s sold-out three-night season.
chosen as among the highest achieving candidates from Year 9 and over in New Zealand. Dancers in Years 1–7 had a 100 per cent pass rate in their annual ballet examinations, with the Year 7 class attaining an unprecedented top-grade mark of Gold with Excellence. Rockshop Bandquest Preparatory School Rock Band Black Wired, members Hayden Lam (Year 7), Ethan Lam (Year 5), Tama Connelly and Victor Sherborne (both Year 7) won second place at Rockshop Bandquest and were awarded $200 for the College. Ethan and Hayden also won the Individual Musician Awards.
Year 13 student Sophie Buist’s photographic portrait named Idolitis.
Art At the Windsor Gallery 2018 Canterbury Year 13 Art Competition, Chino BarrettLovie’s video was placed second, and Sophie Buist’s photographic portrait was third. Ballet Anika Boet (Year 12) was awarded second place at the NZAMD Ballet Scholarship Awards held in Wellington. This is wonderful recognition, as only the very top 2018 ballet examination candidates were invited to attend this special event. Eilish Johns (Year 7), Kate McFerran (Year 8), Charlotte Brown and Anja Sander (both Year 9) have been chosen to perform in the Royal New Zealand Ballet production of The Nutcracker at the Isaac Theatre Royal, in late November. They were selected from a nationwide audition of over 600 young dancers. Our Year 8–12 dancers achieved a dazzling array of results at the annual NZAMD Ballet examinations and NZAMD Solo Performance Award tests, with a 100 per cent pass rate at Excellence level in the Performance Awards. In the Technique Examinations, StAC students achieved four Distinctions, seven High Honours and eight Honours. Anika Boet (Year 12), Charlotte Brown and Anja Sander (both Year 9) achieved Scholarship Nominations after being
Barbershop Our boys’ barbershop, Men in StAC, performed at the ‘Young Singers in Harmony’ finals in Tauranga, where they finished sixth nationwide after performing Hello Mary Lou and Are You Lonesome Tonight. Dance Chase Jordan (Year 13) and his partner, Maddison Rath, competed in the New Zealand Open Dance Championship, winning three New Zealand titles and four second places. Debating Meg Longley (Year 12) and Megan Blackwood (Year 13) were runners-up at the New Zealand Schools’ British Parliamentary Debating Championships in Auckland. There were 40 teams in attendance from around the country at the two-day tournament. Also competing and performing very well amongst a competition of extremely high quality debaters was Andrew Garbett (Year 11) and Jake Newlands (Year 12). Ahead of the competition our teams visited The Project to participate as audience members at a live show. StAC Team 2, comprising Eva Hitchon, Thomas Forsey and Oscar Bloom (all Year 10) won the Junior Finals in the Canterbury Schools’ Debating
Competition after beating Ashburton College in the final. Oscar Bloom was awarded Best Junior Speaker for the 2018 tournament. Music Samuel Jeon (Year 10) and Christine Jeon (Year 7) were selected to play in the Outstanding Young Musicians lunchtime concert series. Samuel Jeon (Year 10) won first prize at the Ruby Hay Pianoforte Scholarship. Year 12 vocal students Juliette Newman, Iona Taylor and Louis Nel won seven awards between them at the 2018 Dunedin Junior Vocal Competitions. Juliette and Iona have also been accepted to participate in the New Zealand National Singing School in January 2019. Orchestra Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 12) received an award for outstanding leadership at the Christchurch Secondary Schools’ Orchestra Festival. Performing Renee Vaudrey (Year 13) and Elise Vaudrey (Year 9) competed at the National Young Performer Awards, where their troupe ‘42nd Street’ won second place. Pipe Band Following the final round of the South Island Solo Drumming Championships, 2018 Aggregate Results were: • Drum Pad Class: Konnor Chamberlain (Year 6) The Jake Broadhurst Cup; • C Grade Snare Drumming: Montague Stamm (Year 10) The Brayden Drummond Cup; • A Grade Snare Drumming: Patrick Moran (Year 13) The Brady Swann Cup; • Novice Tenor Drumming: Rachel Holyoake (Year 9) The Alex Wilson Cup; • Intermediate Tenor Drumming: Marcella Bragg (Year 12) The Harriet Moran Cup; • Open Bass Drumming: Iona Taylor (Year 12) The Ted Trollope Cup.
Megan Blackwood (Year 13), Jake Newlands and Meg Longley (both Year 12) and Andrew Garbett (Year 11) on the set of The Project.
Phoenix Sinclair (Year 10) won the Lois Middlemiss Memorial Award Poetry competition with her poem 1848 Woke the Nation. She was invited to read it in front of an audience at the Kate Sheppard Memorial during the 125-year Women’s Suffrage celebrations. St Andrew’s students took all three top places in the Haiku Junior Section of the New Zealand Poetry Society 2018 International Poetry Competition. First place was awarded to Red Puddles by Brianna Sloper (Year 9), second place to A Blank Canvas by Rinay Chandra (Year 12) and third place to Her Last Night by Jaime Howell (Year 10). Also selected for publication in the anthology was Kakapo Egg by Isabella Galvan (Year 10). At the National Schools Poetry Awards, Benoit Wynn-Williams (Year 13) attained a Highly Commended award for his poem The Load Out. School Shorts Festival Three St Andrew's College Film Fest films qualified for the finals of the School Shorts Festival 2018, run by the New Zealand Broadcasting School: • The Hiker by Luca Newman and Jacob McBreen (both Year 13) • Unidentifiable by Jenna Wells (Year 12) – Winner of Best Sound • The End of the Line by Leo Noordanus and Georgia Woollett (both Year 13) Benoit Wynn-Williams (Year 13) won Best Cinematography for Leo Noordanus and Georgia Woollett's film The End of the Line. Solo Piping Campbell Wilson (Year 11) is the New Zealand Young Piper of the Year after winning the U21 Piobaireachd and
Campbell also competed in several competitions on the Solo Piping circuit in Scotland after the World Championships and achieved a number of placings. Highlights included his qualification for the final of the prestigious MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd event at The Argyllshire Gathering, Oban, and winning both the U18 March and U18 Strathspey and Reel at the Blairgowie Highland Games. Louis Newman (Year 13) also performed well at these competitions, winning the most points in B Grade at both events. Southern Jam A number of students won awards at the annual Southern Jam Festival: • Luca Vinnell (Year 12): Best Improvisation and Best Trumpet; • Serge Beaton (Year 12): Best Trombone; • Jenna Wells and Hana Pearce (both Year 12) and Kate Sproule (Year 13): Best Vocals; • Soul Group: Runner-up Best Jazz Ensemble; • Jazz Orchestra: Silver Award; • Serge Beaton, Luca Vinnell (both Year 12), Flynn Megaw (Year 10) and Pippa McAnergney (Year 11) were included in the All Stars Band. TheatreFest An incredible play, written and directed by Jackson Page (Year 13) won two prestigious awards at the national TheatreFest finals – Best Production of a New Zealand Play,
Archie Milligan, Sam Bowden-Cooke and Gus Derry (all Year 11), Jackson Page (Year 13) and Elliot Wood (Year 12) after their regional TheatreFest win.
and Emerging Distinctive Talent for Directing. Green Grass had previously won Best Overall Production at the regional TheatreFest finals in Havelock. Performing Jackson’s play at the nationals were Archie Milligan, Sam Bowden Cooke and Gus Derry (all Year 11). Elliot Wood (Year 12) was a vital part of the cast at regional level, but was unable to compete at the nationals due to his role in the Showbiz production of Les Miserables. Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival A vibrant and skilful performance by Preparatory School Middle Syndicate students, Years 4–6, saw them win all four awards, including the prestigious Best Kapa Haka Group at the Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival. Vocal A number of students have achieved some outstanding results at the Christchurch Vocal Competitions: • Iona Taylor (Year 12): Winner of the Mounsey Memorial Scholarship, Folk/ Traditional – 16 and U18, Sacred – 16 and U18; • Louis Nel (Year 12): Winner A. Church Challenge Cup for Song in Costume – 16 and U18; • Xavier Dickason (Year 11): Winner Sacred Solo – 13 and U16, Novice Solo – 13 and U16; • Alexander Wilson (Year 9): Winner Music Theatre in Costume – 13 and U16.
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Poetry Pieta Bayley (Year 8) attended a special reception at Buckingham Palace in November, to celebrate all the winners of the WWI Never Such Innocence (NSI) Poetry and Art competition for her poem Lemon Squeezer Boneyard, which was inspired by the death of her relative at Gallipoli. Earlier this year, she was asked to be a New Zealand Ambassador for NSI.
March, and Strathspey and Reel events at the New Zealand Young Piper of the Year competition at Nelson. He also made history by becoming the youngest piper ever to win the coveted Highland Piping Society Silver Chanter, held in Christchurch. This event was Campbell’s first time in the top A Grade, having been promoted earlier in the year. This result is possibly the best ever for a solo piper from St Andrew’s College.
Play it Strange Luca Newman and George White (both Year 13) have had their original songs accepted for the national Play it Strange Album. They were each awarded a $750 recording grant to mix and master their songs for the album.
13 Years On 2006-2018 With primary, intermediate and secondary schooling on campus at St Andrew’s, each year there is a special group of Year 13 Leavers who have enjoyed their entire schooling at the College. This year, 12 students who arrived in Year 1 in 2006, will walk out of the school gates for the final time, with four of these students, Chase Jordan, Flynn Miller, Louis Newman and Alexander Wilson, also attending the St Andrew’s College Pre-School. We asked the students to share what their time at St Andrew’s means to them, and what have been some of the highlights of being part of the StAC family.
Gareth Barron I feel proud be able to call St Andrew’s my school over the last 13 years. From chanting for MacGibbon House all the way through, to a school exchange in South Africa, StAC has been a place of many highs. I would like to thank the College, my teachers, coaches, and in particular my parents, for the numerous opportunities I have been given.
Russell Boey My 13 years at StAC have been filled with all sorts of precious memories, from the moment I stepped onto the Junior School veranda. I have enjoyed the academic stimulus I’ve received here and all the opportunities related to this, along with the many friends I’ve made over the years. It has been a long ride, and I’ve loved every minute.
Chase Jordan Being at St Andrew’s for 13 years has shaped me into the person I am today. I am extremely grateful to my parents for giving me the opportunity to come to this awesome school, and the teachers for creating a positive learning environment. I have particularly loved the sporting side of school with a highlight being winning the U16 Division 1 Rugby Competition. Thank you to everyone for making this amazing journey possible.
Daniel Martin I have really enjoyed my 13 years at St Andrew’s. The College has given me so many opportunities, including sports trips, school camps and school exchanges, which have helped me to develop as a person. I will be forever grateful for all the opportunities St Andrew’s has given me.
Desmond McCloy I have really enjoyed my time here at StAC. There have been lots of highlights, I am grateful for all the opportunities the College has given me. I have enjoyed both the sporting and cultural side of the College and have met a lot of great people over the last 13 years.
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Louis Newman I have thoroughly enjoyed my 13 years at St Andrew’s College, relishing every opportunity I’ve been offered during my time here. StAC has become my home away from home and I will carry this part of my life proudly with me into the future. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has been part of my journey – fellow students, staff, and my family, for making this part of my life an era I will look back on fondly.
Kirsty Shields As a small English girl on my first day at school in a brandnew country, I instantly felt at home at St Andrew’s. Now in my 13th year, I look back so fondly on all the amazing opportunities, friendships and memories I have made. I am so grateful for moving half way around the world to experience this incredible school.
39 Harry Wilkinson I’ve had an incredible time during my 13 years at StAC. The real highlight of my time here would have to be attending the Secondary School with so many amazing teachers, and taking part in the productions.
Luca Newman I have really enjoyed my 13 years at StAC. From sports, to culture, to academics; everything StAC offered me throughout my time here has provided amazing stepping stones for my life and the College has supported me in all aspects. As I always say, "Do the mahi, get the treats.” Patrick Moran I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at StAC and would like to thank the College and especially my parents for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I have most enjoyed my time playing with the Jazz Big Band and the Pipe Band. I will cherish the opportunities, friendships and experiences I have received from being part of these groups for the rest of my life.
Alexander Wilson It is hard to believe my time at St Andrew’s College is almost over. I would like to thank my parents for providing me with this truly amazing education, which I would not change for the world. I couldn't imagine spending my 13 years of school anywhere else but here at St Andrew’s College, the place I call home.
Flynn Miller My 13 years at St Andrew’s have flown by and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. I have been in and out of StAC twice during my 13 years, briefly going to two other schools for one week each and then returning. I am very grateful to my parents for the opportunities StAC has given me and will continue to give me in the future.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards Tom Rance and Benoit Wynn-Williams (both Year 13) were presented with their gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards at a reception hosted by the GovernorGeneral, Dame Patsy Reddy. The following six Year 13 students have also had their Gold Award confirmed: Laurence Arundell, Dougal Shepherd, Dion Vaudrey, Kaitlin Watson, Amy Wells and Lachlan Wells. Fundraising for Parkinson’s Disease Annalisa Fleming, Imogen Fox, Jack Calvert, Augustus Galbraith, Victoria Clark and Aimee Bonniface (all Year 13) took part in the Parkinson’s Collection, raising $1000 in just six hours. Mufti Day for Partnership Cambodia A Mufti Day, with the theme ‘When I was five I wanted to be a …’ raised $1763.50 for Partnership Cambodia, an organisation helping Cambodian young people in education, business, and Christian discipleship and mentoring. This organisation is also supported by the annual StAC service trips to Cambodia. Queen’s Guide Award Amy Wells (Year 13) was presented with a Queen’s Guide Award by GovernorGeneral, Dame Patsy Reddy. This is the highest award in Guiding and represents years of hard work and many skills learnt.
Students took part in various exercises during the Well-being Week for students organised by Year 12 students.
Operation Christmas Box Campaign As part of the unit on Rich World, Poor World, all Year 9 Social Studies classes have taken part in the Operation Christmas Box Campaign run by Samaritan’s Purse. Each class has packed four shoeboxes full of things that children both need and want for a happy and healthy life. These have been given to children in less economically developed countries, who would otherwise not receive any Christmas presents. Rowley Avenue School Fundraiser The Year 12 Business team of Rhys Blackmore, Jemma Alexander, Jake Newlands, Emma Ofner and Harriet Matthews, delivered a cheque for $750 to Rowley Avenue School, which was part of a community focused enterprise to raise money and collect sports equipment. Shave for a Cure Deirbhile Roberts (Year 10) bravely had her head shaved to raise $3000 for cancer as part of her Shave for a Cure campaign. Sustainability Council The Sustainability Council is working on a pilot study project with Amy Wells (Year 13) on her family’s dairy farm. This involves working closely with ‘tech mentor extraordinaire’ Bryn Lewis (OC 1984) to install sensors to monitor meteorological variables with the aim of achieving more sustainable farming practices, particularly around irrigation. The tech unit being trialled in the study is to be demoed at the next Future Farmers of America Conference in the USA.
(Left) Deirbhile Roberts (Year 10).
Teacher-in-charge, Ellen Hampson, says one of the broader aims of the Council is to empower young members who live and work on farms to find innovative solutions to sustainability-based problems. Well-being Week A group of Year 12 students organised a Well-being Week for students, which involved hot chocolates, cookies, lollipops, chocolates, Zumba, karaoke, Jump Jam and yoga. It was a fun week for all involved, and a wonderful student led initiative before the busy and pressured preliminary examinations. World Vision Community Service Leader, Joshua Cammock-Elliott (Year 13), along with Isobel Bhatia, Siara Clarke and Eilish Johns (all Year 7) attended the World Vision Awards Night, where St Andrew’s College was recognised for being one of the top 10 schools in the region in raising over $15,000 in this year’s 40 Hour Famine.
Joshua Cammock-Elliott (Year 13), Isobel Bhatia, Siara Clarke and Eilish Johns (all Year 7) at the World Vision Awards.
There were lots of happy faces across the generations at the annual Grandparents’ Day, when more than 700 grandparents of students in the Preparatory and Secondary Schools descended on the College. The guests enjoyed a delicious morning tea in the Strowan House dining room, before making their way to the Centennial Chapel, where they were treated to wonderful performances from the Pre-school students, the St Andrew’s College Ballet Academy, the Preparatory Junior Choir, a piano solo from Year 6 student Hansen Hong, and a speech from Year 8 student Padric Ballard. Secondary School items were from the Jazz Combo and the Senior Boys’ Barbershop.Students then enthusiastically showed their grandparents around the College. Grandparents’ Day is always a highly anticipated occasion on the St Andrew’s College calendar, and this year proved no exception.
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Representatives 2018 Sport Badminton Jack Wang (Year 11) and Jenny Zhu (Year 12) were selected for the New Zealand U19 badminton team, which competed at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta, Indonesia. Basketball Charlotte Whittaker (Year 13) was selected for the Junior Tall Ferns, and competed at the U18 Asian Championships in India. Charlotte has since announced she will be attending the University of Colorado on a significant sporting scholarship next year, studying either Psychology or Sociology. Mac Stodart (Year 12) and Samuel Jenkins (Year 11) were selected for the New Zealand U17 basketball team, which competed at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina. Beach Volleyball Kate Allan and Marijke Hinton (both Year 11) were named in the New Zealand U17 beach volleyball squad to take part in a National Training Camp and tour to Australia. Canoe Racing Flynn McGuinness (Year 11) and Olivia Brett (Year 12) were selected for the New Zealand U16 canoe racing team, which competed at the Asia Pacific Regatta in Adelaide. Olivia also represented New Zealand at the World Junior Championships in Bulgaria. Cheerleading Imogen Hoani (Year 13) competed in two New Zealand teams at the 2018 Junior World Cheerleading Championships and World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida. Football Alex Tutty (Year 10) was selected for the New Zealand Secondary School Girls’ U15 football representative team, which competed in Sydney. Blair Currie (Year 13) was selected as a goalkeeper for the New Zealand U17 Women’s team to compete at the FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup in Uruguay.
Ice Hockey Johannes Prinsloo (Year 12) was in the New Zealand U18 team that won the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division III Group B title. Ellie Dugdale (Year 11) was a member of the New Zealand U18 Women’s ice hockey team, which won silver at the IIHF Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia, in Malaysia. Indoor Cricket Harrison Bisphan (Year 10) was in the New Zealand A U15 indoor cricket team, which competed at the Junior World Series. Orienteering Isaac Egan (Year 13) represented the New Zealand Junior Men’s U20 orienteering team in a test match against Australia. Swimming Quinton Hurley (Year 13) represented New Zealand at the Oceania Games in Papua New Guinea, and the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji. He will also represent New Zealand at the World Short Course Championships in China in December, and was first reserve for the New Zealand team to compete at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Angus Kelliher (Year 11) and Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Year 10) represented New Zealand at the 2018 State Championship in Canberra, Australia where they won two bronze medals each. Angus broke the New Zealand 16 Years’ record for the 50m butterfly event. Between them, the swimmers also broke several Canterbury records at the meet. Table Tennis Alexander Wilson (Year 13) was selected for the New Zealand Junior Boys’ U18 table tennis team, which competed at the Oceania Championships in the Cook Islands. He also qualified to compete at the Table Tennis World Championships. Trampoline Jakarta Klebert (Year 9) was selected for the New Zealand trampoline team
to compete at the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in St Petersberg, Russia. Triathlon Saxon Morgan and Mya Graham (both Year 13) were selected for the New Zealand Junior Triathlon team, which competed at the World Championships on the Gold Coast, where Saxon finished 10th and was the first New Zealander to cross the finish line. Volleyball Georgia Bonne (Year 12) was selected for the New Zealand U17 Girls’ volleyball team, which competed at the 2018 Asian Championships.
Culture Highland Dancing Year 11 students, Evelyn Clarke, Bella Rose and Charlotte Sloper, represented New Zealand at the Virginia Tattoo in USA. Music The following students were selected for the 2018 New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra: Serge Beaton, Callum Hampton, Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee and Tony Zhou (all Year 12), William Lucas (Year 10) and Grace Lawrence (Year 9). Pipe Band Louis Newman (Year 13) and Corban Mathewson (Year 12) were part of the New Zealand Youth Pipe Band, which competed at the Australian nationals.
Academic Chemistry Russell Boey (Year 13) was a member of the New Zealand team at the 50th Chemistry Olympiad, held in Bratislava and Prague.
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Back row from left: Angus Kelliher (Y11), Alexander Wilson (Y13), Charlotte Whittaker (Y13), Mac Stodart (Y12), Flynn McGuinness (Y11) and Quinton Hurley (Y13). Third row from left: Johannes (Jacques) Prinsloo (Y12), Oscar Nation (Y12), Samuel Jenkins (Y11), Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y10), Harrison Bisphan (Y10) and Harrison Darling (Y12). Second row from left: Ellie Dugdale (Y11), Kate Allan (Y11), Marijke Hinton (Y11), Isaac Egan (Y13), Blair Currie (Y13), Jack Wang (Y11) and Jakarta Klebert (Y9). Front row from left: Imogen Hoani (Y13), Jenny Zhu (Y12), Georgia Bonne (Y12), Mya Graham (Y13), Alex Tutty (Y10) and Isabella Ambrosius (Y12). Absent: Olivia Brett (Y12) and Saxon Morgan (Y13).
Back row: Bella Rose (Y11), William Lucas (Y10), Callum Hampton (Y12), Louis Newman (Y13), Tony Zhou (Y12), Evelyn Clarke (Y11). Front row from left: Russell Boey (Y13), Grace Lawrence (Y9), Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Y12), Serge Beaton (Y12), Charlotte Sloper (Y11). Absent: Corban Mathewson (Y12).
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The Girls’ A basketball team are the South Island Champions for the first time in the College’s history. (Back from left): Coach, Sussan Graham, Grace Cameron (Y10), Kate Hughes (Y11), Abby McBreen (Y11), Georgia Hollings (Y12), Lose Faingaanuku (Y10), Assistant Coach, Jules Schwalger-Smith and Manager, Ann Price. (Front from left): Madeline-Rose Morrow (Y9), Milly Nesbit (Y13), Mya Graham (Y13), Charlotte Whittaker (Y13), Billie Watson (Y12), Te Rina Cooper (Y10), Angie Doig (Y9).
Around 200 St Andrew’s students, playing in 14 different teams, represented the College with pride during the 2018 Winter Tournament Week. Our athletes achieved some outstanding results, with one highlight being the great form demonstrated by the Girls’ First XI football at the national tournament, where they finished sixth. This was the highest ever finish for StAC girls’ football at a national level. The Girls’ First XI hockey team also achieved its highest placing ever at national level, finishing 13th, another superb result. At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Basketball Tournament, the Senior Girls’ A team did incredibly well to remain unbeaten on their way to claiming the first South Island basketball title in the College’s history. The Senior Boys’ A basketball team finished a creditable fifth, which saw both teams qualify for their respective national tournaments, where the girls went on to finish sixth, which was an outstanding achievement. Other teams to achieve well at national level were the Boys' First XI hockey team, which finished tenth at the National Secondary Schools’ Rankin Cup Tournament, and the Boys’ First XI football team, which
Winter Tournament Week finished 12th and ended their national tournament as the top Christchurch and South Island school. Also competing at national level were the Boys’ U15 hockey team, which finished 11th overall at the Tanner Cup, and the table tennis team, which came a creditable thirteenth in New Zealand. The Boys’ U15 rugby team also delivered a great result, winning the South Island Secondary Schools’ Co-educational Tournament following an unbeaten run. Additional results at South Island level, saw the Senior A Girls’ netball team place eighth and once again qualify for the nationals, the Junior Girls’ basketball team finish fourth, the Junior Boys’ basketball team finish 12th, and the ice hockey team, third.
Football The StAC Girls' First XI football team faced some incredibly tough North Island schools throughout their competition at the National Secondary Schools’ Premier Tournament at Taupo. Highlights include a 7–3 win over Onslow College and a nail-biting 3–2 win over Otumoetai College, which gave them the opportunity to playoff for fifth and sixth. The team faced Burnside High School in the playoff match, and after another tight game, lost on penalties. Finishing in the top six in New Zealand is unprecedented for Girls’ football at StAC and was an incredible result for the team following their success in the local competition. The Boys' First XI had some mixed results in pool play at their national competition in Christchurch, but a critical 2–1 win over St Peter’s College secured them a top 16
The StAC Girls’ and Boys’ First XI football teams in action during Winter Tournament Week.
The Boys’ First XI finished in tenth place at the national Rankin Cup Tournament, just outside the top eight where the team has finished over the last five years, but still a highly creditable result. The team achieved some strong wins over some large North Island schools. The 11th placing achieved by the Boys’ U15 hockey team at the national Tanner Cup Competition, bodes well for the future of the hockey programme at St Andrew’s. Basketball The Girls’ A basketball team played fantastic basketball throughout the South Island Secondary Schools' Championships at Invercargill to remain unbeaten and claim St Andrew’s first ever South Island basketball title. They had emphatic wins leading up to the final against Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, which they also won comfortably 56–42.
The Girls' First XI hockey did well to finish 13th at national level.
Also pleasing was the fourth placing achieved by the Junior Girls' A team at their South Island Secondary Schools' Competition at Timaru, and the 12th place achieved by the Junior Boys’ A team at their competition in Nelson. Netball After finishing runners-up in the local SuperNet Competition, the Senior A netball team had a strong start at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Championships in Dunedin, with five good wins in a row. Some incredibly narrow losses followed, to Southland Girls’ High School 25–26, St Hilda’s Collegiate School 36–37, and Rangiora High School 33–36, which saw the team finish a creditable eighth.
Lose Faingaanuku (Y10) puts up a shot for the Senior Girls’ A basketball team.
King’s College, who they had lost to in pool play, to secure a third place finish. Rugby The Boys’ U15 rugby team played emphatic rugby to win the South Island Secondary Schools' Co-educational Tournament at Greymouth, with an unbeaten record. They finished the tournament with a strong 38–10 win over Gore High School in the final. The team was also voted best and fairest team at the tournament. The Boys’ U16 rugby team played in a quadrangular tournament against John McGlashan College, Christ’s College and Nelson Boys’ College during Winter Tournament Week and finished fourth.
Ice Hockey At their South Island competition in Dunedin, the StAC ice hockey team had a mixed bag of results, finishing the tournament with a strong 7–5 win over
Table Tennis At the Table Tennis Nationals in Auckland, the StAC table tennis team had mixed results in pool play, which saw them play off for 13th and 14th. A good 4–2 win over Macleans College saw them finish the tournament in 13th place, which was a great result at national level.
StAC ice hockey captain, Louie McGregor (Year 13) in action.
The Boys’ U15 rugby team won their South Island tournament.
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Hockey Following their strong performance in this season’s local competition, the Girls' First XI hockey team played well to achieve 13th place at the Federation Cup National Tournament, their highest ever finish at this competition.
The Senior A Boys' basketball team also had some great wins during their South Island tournament, with a loss to Cashmere High School in the quarter-final, dropping them out of contention for a top four place. A strong 60–51 win against Otago Boys’ High School, who the team had lost to 83–87 in pool play, was a wonderful end to a great tournament for the team. Both teams qualified for their respective national tournaments, the first time the StAC Boys' A team has achieved this since 2008.
spot. To finish 12th, and the top ranked Christchurch and South Island school at the tournament was a fantastic achievement.
Sports round up Three Premier Grade titles for StAC teams St Andrew’s Premier Grade winter sports teams have done it again, completing another highly successful season in their local competitions, with some incredible results.
(Front row on ground): Annabel Surveyor (Y10), Kara Daeche, Monique Rees (Captain), Olivia Johnson, Blair Currie (all Y13), Jasmine Donald (Y11). (Back row): Juan Chang (Assistant Coach) Sophia Lazor (Y10), Alex Tutty (Y10), Madeline-Rose Morrow (Y9), Charlotte Roche (Y9), Jasmine Ball (Y12), Lily Bray (Y13), Isabella Roberts (Y13), Alana Gunn (Head Coach), Chelsea Tippen (Y9), Emily Whitnall (Y11) and Francesca Morrow (Y12).
The Senior A Girls’ basketball team was unbeaten throughout their season, beating Rangi Ruru Girls’ School 73–59 in the final to take the Whelan Trophy. Charlotte Whittaker (Y13) scored 40 points in the match and won the MVP Trophy. The Girls' First XI football team was also outstanding unbeaten during their season, with a comfortable 8–0 against Marian College in their final to win the Premier Grade. This was the first time St Andrew’s has won this title.
The victorious Boys’ A hockey team, (back row from left): Manager, Pete Darling, Oscar Story (Y12), Etienne Harrington-Watt (Y12), Jamie Garbett (Y12), Lewis Edmond (Y12), Timothy Harford (Y11), Oscar Nation (Y12), Henry Crump (Y11), Cameron Slee (Y10), Omri Kepes (Y11), Coach, Ari Barrow, Struan George (obscured). (Front from left): Felix McIntosh (Y13), Gabriel Evans (Y13), Rhys Mariu (Y12), Samuel Armitage (Y13–captain), Daniel Martin (Y13), Harrison Darling (Y12), and George McCallum-Clark (Y11).
StAC boys were not to be outdone, with the Boys’ A hockey team winning the Canterbury final against Christ’s College in a nail-biting shootout. Abby McBreen (Y11), Millie Nesbit (Y13), Charlotte Whittaker (Y13), Lose Faingaanuku (Y10), Billie Watson (Y12) and Georgia Hollings (Y12) celebrate the Senior Girls’ A basketball team winning the Whelan Trophy.
Honourable mentions go to the Girls' A netball team, which lost in the SuperNet final to Villa Maria College 23–33, putting up a great fight despite injury disruption, and the Boys’ First XI football team, which made it to the semi-finals.
Adventure Racing The StAC Adventure Racing team won the Canterbury Mixed Premier team competition, qualifying for the national finals on Great Barrier Island in December. The team of Molly Spark, Georgia Spark, Isabella Logie, Lotte Hope, Archie Reekie, Clayton Shadbolt, Rupert Shepherd (all Y10) and Matthew O’Donnell (Y9) competed in orienteering, mountain biking, kayaking and problem-solving/team building activities against 24 teams from Christchurch, South Canterbury, Ellesmere and North Canterbury.
Badminton Jack Wang (Y11), Jenny Zhu (Y12) and Kelly Ting (Y11) were members of the Canterbury U17 team which finished second at the YONEX New Zealand Juniors Team National Championships. Jack and Jenny also competed at the U19 National Championships in Wellington, where Jack was runner-up in the mixed doubles, and Jenny won the U19 Girls’ singles plate. At the North Island/Wellington North U17 open badminton tournament, Jack won the Boys’ doubles title and was runner-up in the singles. At the New Zealand National Badminton U17 Championship, Jack Wang (Y11) won the Boys’ doubles and mixed doubles, and was Boys’ singles runner-up.
Jack Wang (Y11)
Basketball Samuel Jenkins (Y11) and Mac Stodart (Y12) were key members of the New Zealand U17 basketball team, which placed 14th at the World Championships in Argentina. The New Zealand team beat China for the first time in this age group. Charlotte Whittaker (Y13) and Mac Stodart (Y12) were selected among 40 basketball players across New Zealand to attend a special Steven Adam's Invitational Camp, held in Palmerston North. They enjoyed this fantastic opportunity to train with Steven Adams and some of the best players in the country. The camp finished with live games which were shown on Māori Television, where Charlotte was the highest points scorer in the girls’ game, with 15 points and seven rebounds. Carter Rhodes (Y7) and Connor Ott (Y8) were invited to attend a Basketball New Zealand U13 Skills Day at Ashburton. Connor was also selected for the Canterbury U13 Boys’ team and was selected alongside Hugh Kenny (Y7) for the Canterbury Metro U13 team. The Preparatory Senior A Girls’ basketball team won their final against Middleton Grange 35–25 to take the local title for the second year in a row.
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Artistic Gymnastics Christophe Lindlbauer (Y7) was third overall in MAG Level 3, and Oliver Del Rey (Y5) was second overall in MAG Level 2 at the South Island Artistic Gymnastics Championship.
Mac Stodart (Y12) and Charlotte Whittaker (Y13) with NBA basketball legend, Steven Adams.
Figure skater Milla Newbury (Y9).
Figure Skating Milla Newbury (Y9) competed in the South Island Figure Skating Championships, placing second in her grade. She now ranks first in Canterbury and represented the province at the New Zealand nationals in October, where she placed 10th in the U15 grade. Football The Preparatory A football 5-aside team won the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Tournament, defeating Hillview 3–2 in a tough final. This was the first time the College has achieved this result.
The following Preparatory School students represented Canterbury teams:
Francesca Morrow (Y12) and Jasmine Donald (Y11) have been selected for the 2019 New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls’ football U19 team and will compete at the Dallas International Girls’ Football Cup in the April 2019 holidays.
• Carter Rhodes (Y7) – Canterbury A U13; • Connor Ott (Y8) and Hugh Kenny (Y7) – Canterbury Metro U13.
Kinda Khanafer (Y8) was selected for the 14th Grade Girls’ Mainland Football team to compete at the National Age Group Tournament.
BMX Nicholas Daniels (Y11) was second in the 16-year age group at the 2018 BMX North Island Championships.
Gymnastics Renny Dephoff (Y9) represented Canterbury at the New Zealand Gymnastics National Championships,
AMP Dare to Dream Regional Scholarship Nicholas Del Rey (Y8) has won the AMP Dare to Dream Regional Scholarship for Christchurch and the Upper South Island. He has received $5000 to put towards his gymnastics dream of competing at an international level for New Zealand.
winning silver on rings, bronze on parallel bars and placing fifth overall in Level 7 Open Men's Artistic. Hockey In addition to our Premier teams, two other StAC hockey teams won their grades during the winter season. The Year 9 Boys’ hockey team won their final 1–0 against Christchurch Boys' High School, and the Preparatory Girls’ First X1 won Division 2 Kwik Sticks Years 7–8 Grade, after being undefeated all season. Several StAC students were part of Canterbury hockey teams, which achieved some top placings in national tournaments: • Canterbury U18 Association Women’s Team – Gold: Aleisha Davis (Y11) and Mikeely Jones (Y12); • Canterbury U18 Regional Women’s Team – Silver: Isabella Ambrosius (Y12) and Georgia Bonne (Y12); • Canterbury U18 Association Men’s Team – Silver: Lewis Edmond (Y12), Gabriel Evans (Y13), Daniel Martin (Y13) and Oscar Story (Y12). The following players made Canterbury U15 hockey teams and played at the national tournament in the Term 3 holidays: • Canterbury U15A: Henry Crump (Y11), Jakarta Klebert (Y9), Cameron Slee (Y10) and Harry Withers (Y9); • Canterbury U15B: Hamish MacLeod (Y10) and Adam Redway (Y9).
The following Year 8 students were named in various Canterbury teams: • Holly Gilray – Canterbury A Girls U13 hockey team which won the Collier Cup in Auckland; • Noah Mellish-Temple and Helm Betts – Canterbury A Boys U13; • Caitlin Muir and Nikkita McIntyre – Canterbury B Girls U13; • Mila Kotzikas – Canterbury Development Girls team; • Finnian Bierwirth and James Drury – Canterbury Development Boys team. Karate Scarlett Gray (Y6) won two gold medals at the South Island Primary Schools Karate Competition and two silver and one gold medal at the Otago Southland Competition. Yuzhou (Chantelle) Xiong (Y7) won two bronze medals in the Year 7 Premier Division at the Primary and Secondary School Karate competition, and a gold, silver and bronze medal at the Otago Southland Championships. Motocross Taylor Graham (Y13) and Lori Graham (Y11) were crowned New Zealand champions in the Senior 450cc Production class and Senior 450cc Production quad respectively. Cody Doerner-Corson (Y12) won the Husqvarna Hard Adventure Enduro event in his class and was second in the Moonshine Extreme Enduro motocross event. Ethan McBreen (Y10) was second at the Canterbury Motox Championships 12–16 years, 125 class. Netball The St Andrew’s Year 9A and Year 10A netball teams won their Saturday competitions. They were two of six StAC Secondary School teams to reach finals this year, an unprecedented result for the netball programme.
Hayden Lam (Y7) has had an extraordinary year on the golf course.
Orienteering Six St Andrew’s College students competed in the Australian Orienteering Carnival as members of the New Zealand Development Team with placings achieved by: • Alice Egan (Y10) – third in the Women’s U16 grade relay; • Rupert Shepherd (Y10) – second overall in the three-day event; • Clayton Shadbolt (Y10) – first in the three-day sprint race, and second in the three-day long distance race. Preparatory School AIMS Games Thirty-nine Preparatory School students travelled to Tauranga to compete in the 15th Annual AIMS Games, which involved over 10,800 Year 7–8 students from over 300 schools. This was the second consecutive year St Andrew’s College had taken part in the games, and we won our first ever medals – two silvers. The Year 7–8 Girls’ hockey team did incredibly well to make the final, losing a fiercely contested match 2–1 to Kamo Intermediate. Poppy Rumble (Y8) was also outstanding, winning the College’s first individual medal, silver in Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics. Young golfer, Hayden Lam (Y7) also did well to finish sixth in the AIMS Games Years 7–8 golf tournament. Hayden has had amazing results this year on the golf course, playing in several overseas age-group golf competitions. A few months ago he shot an incredible two holes-in-one on consecutive days at a tournament in Florida. Other results saw the Year 7–8 Boys’ hockey team finish 11th, and the Year 7–8 Girls’ netball team finish 83rd. In the Year 7–8 Boys’ tennis tournament, Marley Murray (Y8) finished 14th in the singles and Joshua McPhail (Y8) 18th out of 56 competitors. The boys teamed up in the doubles to finish a creditable fifth. Rhythmic Gymnastics Sara Yu (Y5) competed at the 2018 Otago Rhythmic Championships and placed third overall. She was second in the ball routine and third in the free routine.
The Year 7–8 Girls’ hockey team (left) were silver medallists at the AIMS Games, along with Poppy Rumble (Y8) (right) who competed in the Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Rowing George Rutledge (Y12) was selected for the Canterbury Men’s rowing team as coxswain for the Men’s Open Coxed Eight in the 2018 Mainland Interprovincial Championships. Rugby Ashleigh Brett (Y10) was named in the Canterbury U18 Girls’ rugby team to play in a South Island tournament, and was selected to take part in the South Island Māori U18 Training Camp. Ashleigh also played for the Forward Foundation in the Crusaders U15 Tournament.
Asia Rugby Development Tour What an incredible experience for 28 of our rugby players who completed a successful two-week development tour in Asia during the Term 3 holidays. During the tour the team
played fixtures in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, adjusting well to the high temperatures to come away with five wins from five games. It was a great opportunity to develop depth in StAC rugby and to build resilience through new experiences and challenges, while experiencing another culture. The team also engaged in community service and enjoyed spending time coaching junior players at the French School of Singapore, and underprivileged children through the Hong Kong Rugby Union’s Outreach Programme. Ski and Snowboard Following the conclusion of the New Zealand Youth Ski Racing Series, Alys Scott (Y9) was named the top U14 Girls’ ski racer in New Zealand, after finishing first overall in Super-G, second overall in Slalom, and fourth in Giant Slalom. She also had first
and second placings at the Snow Planet Indoor National Slalom Championships. Alys is one of only two U14 girls to be selected to represent New Zealand at the 2019 FIS Youth Races. In 2019 Alys will be attending two targeted FIS Youth Events, Alpe Cimbra, in Italy (formerly Topolino) and Whistler Cup in Canada. Isabella Roberts (Y13) was the Fastest Female Snowboarder at the Canterbury Ski and Snowboard Championships at Mt Hutt, where over 200 competitors from 21 secondary schools in Canterbury took part. Our Preparatory School skiers and snowboarders achieved several top three placings at the New Zealand Snow Sports Junior Interfield Alpine Ski Race at Mt Hutt:
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• U16 Canterbury Development: Jack Forrest (Y11); • U15 Metro Black: Rory Duff (Y11), Connor Newton (Y10); • U15 Metro Green: Jack Harding and Torian Barnes (both Y10); • U14 Metro Black: Cameron Blackwood and Jackson Foster (both Y9); • U15 Metro Red: Rory Sloan and Hayden Vickery (both Y9); • North Canterbury: Regan Holden and Samuel Kinney (both Y9); • U13 Metro East: Toby Wilson (Y9) • U13 Metro South: Couper Killick (Y9); • U13 Metro West: Jaiden Beer and Finn Bradshaw-Waugh (both Y9).
Alys Scott (Y9) is New Zealand’s top U14 Girls’ ski racer.
The following players have been selected for various representative teams:
• Nick Burtscher (Y4): first in Men’s U10; • Claudia Russell (Y6): second in Women’s U12; • Edie Burtscher (Y5): third in Women’s U12; • Estelle Russell (Y3): third in Women’s U8. Surf Lifesaving Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y10) won three golds, two silvers and one bronze medal, at the New Zealand Surf Rescue Pool Championships. Swimming New Zealand Secondary Schools' National Swimming Championships The St Andrew’s College swimming team of 14 students achieved some outstanding results at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ National Swimming Championships, finishing as the Champion Co-Ed School, Champion Boys’ Relay Team, and second Boys’ School in New Zealand. The team won 14 national titles, 30 medals (16 golds, nine silver and five bronze), with 26 personal bests recorded by the swimmers. Around 600 swimmers from 167 New Zealand schools competed at the event. Medallists were: • George Adam (Y13) Para Open: gold in 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly, and 100m butterfly, silver in 50m freestyle; • Skye Atkins (Y9) Girls 15 and Under: gold in mixed 200m freestyle relay, silver in 200m medley relay; • Connor Barr (Y10) Boys 15 and Under: gold in 200m freestyle relay, and 200m medley relay, silver in
The StAC swim team, which achieved some outstanding results at national level.
mixed 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay; • Manaia Butler (Y11) Girls 15 and Under: gold in mixed 200m freestyle relay, silver in mixed 200m medley relay; • Oliver Graves (Y10) Boys 15 and Under: gold in 200m medley relay, 200m freestyle relay, and mixed 200m freestyle relay, silver in 400m freestyle relay; • Matthew Harford (Y13) Boys 16 and Over: silver in 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay, bronze in 200m freestyle relay; • Quinton Hurley (Y13) Boys 16 and Over: gold in 200m freestyle, and 400m freestyle, silver in 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay, bronze in 200m freestyle relay; • Angus Kelliher (Y11) Boys 16 and Over: gold in 50m backstroke, and 200m butterfly, silver in 200m
backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay, bronze in 200m individual medley, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, and 200m freestyle relay; • Bryn Rumble (Y12) Boys 16 and Over: silver in 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay, bronze in 200m freestyle relay; • Marshall Setu (Y11) Boys 15 and Under: gold in 200m medley relay, and 200m freestyle relay, silver in 400m freestyle relay; • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y10) Boys 15 and Under: gold in 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 200m medley relay, 200m freestyle relay, and mixed 200m freestyle relay, silver in 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, mixed 200m medley relay, and 400m freestyle relay, bronze in 200m freestyle, and 100m freestyle.
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South Island Short Course Swimming Championships StAC swimmers achieved some noteworthy results at the South Island Short Course Swimming Championships with Angus Kelliher (Y11) winning three golds and one silver, Connor Barr (Y10) three golds and two silver, Ben Smith (Y13) one gold, Katie McBride (Y11) one gold and two silvers, Manaia Butler (Y11) a silver and a bronze, and Matthew Harford (Y13) and Taiko TorepeOrmsby (Y10) both winning a silver.
Jemma Watson (Y11) was selected for the Canterbury U18 Girls’ touch rugby team.
At the Short Course Championships in Auckland, Quinton Hurley (Y13) won a gold, two silvers and a bronze medial, George Adam (Y13) won a gold and two bronze medals, and Katie McBride (Y11) won four silver medals.
Trapshooting Our trap shooting team recently competed at the South Island and National Secondary Schools' competitions, with some very pleasing results.
Table Tennis Alex Wilson (Y13) and his partner Alex Zhou won the New Zealand National U18 Boys’ table tennis doubles title.
• Kaitlin Watson (Y13) – first in South Island Ladies’ Skeet and first in National Ladies’ Skeet. Kaitlin was selected for the South Island team and the North Canterbury provincial team; • Juliette Newman (Y12) – third in South Island Ladies' Skeet; • Olly Hood (Y11) – first in South Island Men’s Skeet, and selected for the South Island team; • Laurence Arundell (Y13) – National High Overall Skeet. Laurence was also selected for the South Island team, North Canterbury provincial team, and was a reserve for the New Zealand Junior Sporting team.
Ruby McPhail (Y6) and Josh McPhail (Y8) both won all four of their games as part of the winning Canterbury team, which played against Tasman. The Preparatory School Boys’ A tennis team won the A Grade CPSSA Tennis Tournament, with the Girls’ A tennis team finishing third overall. Touch Rugby Pippa McAnergney (Y11) was selected for the Canterbury U18 touch mixed team. Isabella Tuaine (Y9) was selected for the Canterbury U16 touch mixed team.
Trapshooter, Laurence Arundell (Y13).
in the Canterbury Superbounce Championships, Upper South Island Championships, South Island Championships, and the CSG Trampoline Classic Competition. Isabella also represented Canterbury at the New Zealand National Gymsports Competition. Water Polo Lachlan Frazer (Y10) was selected to attend the New Zealand Water Polo U14 Talent Camp in Auckland.
Triathlon Saxon Morgan (Y13) did well at the ITU World Championship Junior Elite race to finish a highly creditable 10th against the top 70 U19 triathletes from around the world. This was Saxon’s first outing representing New Zealand at the World Championships and he was the first of four New Zealanders to cross the line.
Zonta Sports Awards The St Andrew’s College swimming team won Most Outstanding Mixed Team for 2018 at the Zonta Secondary School Sports Awards, which recognises top secondary school sporting achievement. This was a wonderful acknowledgement of the team’s exceptional performances at the National Secondary School Championships, where they won Top Overall Co-ed School and were second in the Top Overall Boys’ School category. Saxon Morgan (Y13) received a Highly Commended Award in the Most Outstanding Achievement in One Sport category, for his tenth place at the World Junior Triathlon Championships.
Tumbling Isabella Drew (Y11) has had a great season of tumbling, finishing first
Thirteen individual athletes and three teams from St Andrew’s were finalists at the Awards.
Written by our College Writer/Editor, Jo Bailey, NEVER FORGET features six moving World War II stories, including Old Collegian Naylor Hillary (1929–1933), which highlight the resilience of the human spirit and an unrelenting will to survive, often in the face of incredible odds.
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• Macklan Robertson (Y7) – Canterbury U14 Boys; • Holly Gilray (Y8) – Canterbury U14 Mixed team; • Addison Williams (Y7) – Canterbury U12 Red Girls.
Tennis Finn Emslie-Robson (Y9) has signed his first ever sponsorship contract with the tennis brand Prince. Finn is currently the number one player for Canterbury in the 14-year age group and is playing in the Division 1 Men’s grade.
The following Preparatory School students were named in various Canterbury teams:
Message from the President There was a great atmosphere at the Old Collegians Annual Dinner in August. Around 130 Old Collegians from a wide range of year groups attended, and it was a pleasure to see some new faces. Russell Gray and his catering team once again provided a delicious menu. It was a pleasure to be able to recognise the achievements of Alastair Cameron (1987), who won the Cockram Cultural Award for his work with many of New Zealand’s high-profile events such as the World of Wearable Arts, and his current role as Technical Director of Cirque du Soleil in Japan. It was also great to recognise Carlos Garcia Knight (2014) with the Maginness Sports Award for his achievements in the Big Air and Slope Style Snowboarding events at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Alister Newton Award was awarded to John and Jill Irving, both of whom need little introduction due to their service to the College over 37 years. It was an honour to recognise Jill as an Honorary Old Collegian and have them both accept the award. A highlight of the evening was John’s retelling, to much laughter, of some of the interesting events from his time at the College as a teacher and house master. Our 40 and 50 Years On reunions in September were well attended and it was great to meet several Old Collegians who hadn’t been back to school since leaving. I would like to thank all the year group representatives for driving those successful events. The new Online Alumni Roll is proving very useful for placing name and family connections across all year groups. This is a great resource, which will only improve over time as records are updated. If you see an omission or an error, please let the College know.
Events Rugby Reunions The College played host to a memorable rugby reunion when it welcomed back the First XV teams from 1998, 1978, and 1968. There was a combination of ages and a shared love of rugby, with many connections made and stories shared. It was great to have past coaches and managers back to connect with the former players, and fantastic to have the Sports Pavilion alive with Old Collegians who supported the current St Andrew’s College First XV in a victorious game against St Bede’s College.
First XV 1998
First XV 1968
First XV 1978
Golf Tournament The Annual StAC OCA Golf Tournament was held on Sunday 7 October. Rod Mackenzie (1956) won closest to the pin, while Andrew Munro (1974), Tony Brazier and Don Maginness (1960) won the Old Collegians Trophy. It was an excellent day under great conditions at the Waitikiri Golf Club. Thank you to Paul McEwan (1971) for his organising efforts.
I joined the StAC rowing team at their first camp of the year at Lake Rotoiti, which meant I was unable to attend the Gentlemen’s Luncheon, which by all accounts, apart from the weather was another special occasion. I’m looking forward to the end of year Prizegiving and Leavers’ functions and welcoming another new year group to the Alumni community Jonathan Wells (1987) President
Participants enjoying a few drinks after the tournament.
Don Maginness (1960)
Class of 1978–1982
40 Years On Attending the Friday morning assembly was a highlight for many of our 40 Years On attendees. It was a wonderful example of the progress of the College, and set the standard for the reunion. The Friday evening cocktail function held in the Strowan House staffroom was a great opportunity for the class to connect and reminisce about their time at the College. Special thanks to former teacher, Wayne Milligan, who made the effort to come back and see this year group. Many stories were shared at the Saturday evening dinner in the Strowan House dining room, with many surprised by the favourable taste of the haggis. It was a wonderful weekend of catching up with friends and reminiscing about College days.
50 Years On At the 50 Years On reunion, truths were exaggerated, the haggis addressed, pipes played, songs sung, and a good time was had by all. Former staff member Rex Livingston joined the attendees at the Friday evening gathering in the staff room and brought along a range of class photos. On the Saturday, many visited Graeme Worner’s magnificent project at Lincoln, to establish a combined West Coast and Canterbury foothills ecosystem. At the Saturday evening function at the Commodore Hotel, Dougall McLachlan played the pipes, Jonathan Gardiner addressed the haggis, John Barr controlled the evening, Donald Graham gave a passionate toast to the College, Jeromy Gilbert won the most environmentally conscious award, and Chris Thompson an award for still being the same weight as in his school days! Sunday brunch and a tour of the College rounded off the weekend’s festivities, with the attendees marvelling at how St Andrew’s is at the forefront of educational change.
Angus Cockram, Scott Pearson, Ollie Hillie, Craig Dowling, John Lane, Ian Watson and Chris Oh (1982 leavers).
Don White, Brian Ashby, Chris Redmond, Richard Field and Michael Blackwell (1982 leavers).
10 Years On On Friday 19 October, St Andrew’s welcomed back the Leavers from 2008, to celebrate their 10 Years On Reunion. Guests were treated to a College tour, and saw the major developments that have occurred on campus since their time here. Highlights included Gym 2, and the new Centennial Chapel. The Leavers Profiles on display provided some laughs, as guests reconnected and reminisced about their time here.
(Top): 2008 leavers. (Left): Tynam McCulloch and Sarah Crampton. (Right): Jamie Askham, George Askin and Hamish McKercher.
Gentlemen’s Luncheon Ninety-five Old Collegians who attended St Andrew’s College 60-plus years ago, gathered on the last Friday of the holidays to mix and mingle, and reminisce about days gone by. The gentlemen enjoyed taking a tour of the new Green Library and Innovation Centre, and were amazed at what the students are learning and producing today. At the luncheon guests enjoyed hearing from special guest speaker, and our Regulus and Collegian editor, Jo Bailey, who shared some of the war stories from her new book, Never Forget, including that of Old Collegian Naylor Hillary (1933). George Scrimshaw (1955) said a beautiful grace and proposed a lovely toast to absent friends. Christine Leighton gave guests a warm welcome and update on College life. The luncheon was a poignant day of collective remembrance and excited anticipation with many of these gentlemen looking forward to the Pipe Band centenary celebrations in March 2019.
Year 13 student (and piper) George Gray, with his Grandad, Chris Sheppard (1960).
Gentlemen’s Luncheon attendees on a tour of The Green Library and Innovation Centre.
Don Davison (1956), Colin Jowers and Barry Powell (both 1954).
Catering Manager, Russell Gray serves meals to Bevan Whitty (OC 1956) and Garry Simes (OC 1956) at the recent Gentlemen’s Luncheon.
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Economics and Mathematics back in 2015. Hamish has started his career in Tokyo at the world's largest asset manager, BlackRock.
notes Isabelle Weston (née Britten) and Tim Weston pictured with Grand Designs New Zealand host Chris Moller.
Congratulations to Bridie Connell (2007) who won an ARIA award in Australia for Best Comedy Release along with Wyatt from the Tonightly with Tom Ballard show.
Isabelle Weston (née Britten, 2005 leaver) and her husband, Tim Weston, have completed the magnificent restoration of her family home after it was damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes. The home was converted historic stables built by her late father, Kiwi legend (and Old Collegian), John Britten (1969). Isabelle and Tim’s hard work featured on Grand Designs New Zealand.
Richie Mo’unga (2012) and Tim Perry (2006) both played for the All Blacks during the Rugby Championship, which New Zealand successfully retained. Richie kicked the winning goal right on full-time in the final test of the season in South Africa. Rose Oakley (2014) spent a semester abroad at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, and is now interning at PR firm Culloton Strategies LLC in Chicago.
Yuki Sato (2004) was a participant on the latest season of Married at First Sight New Zealand and quickly became a fan favourite during the unconventional experiment. Yuki is also a hairdresser and business owner.
Bridie Connell, centre left.
Olivia Riley-Oldham (2009) is the Brand Manager and Social Media Guru for Oxygen Skincare; a New Zealand based company which produces skin care containing organic hop extract. Olivia helps other companies with their social media and web platforms, and was the guest speaker at the College’s Girls’ Breakfast for Year 8–10 students.
Mason Kennedy (2015) has been selected for the 2019 Ice Blacks ice hockey team. Lucia Kennedy (2016) hosted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their attendance at a Youth Mental Health event in Wellington during their New Zealand tour. Lucia, a Victoria University student, greeted the VIPs, introduced people showcasing their projects, ensured the conversations flowed, and guided the media, while addressing the issue of mental health.
Isaac Giesen (2010), the ‘Blue Rower’, spoke to students in assemblies and chapel about his quest to complete a solo voyage across the Atlantic this December/January. The College supported Isaac’s charity for the fight against depression with a student mufti day on Thursday 25 October, which raised $3804.20. Hamish Stott (Dux 2010) graduated earlier this year with a Masters of Quantitative Finance from the University of Tokyo in Japan. This was particularly significant given his studies were conducted entirely in Japanese. Hamish received a scholarship from the Japanese government to study at the university, after graduating top of his class at the University of Auckland in
Lucia Kennedy with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Juliet Robertson (2017) played in the New Zealand Korfball team at the IKF Asia Oceania Korfball Championship in Japan, where the team qualified for the Korfball World Cup to be played in South Africa next year.
Angus Gourlay (2007) played for the New Zealand Men’s volleyball team at the Oceania Championships in New Caledonia.
Nigel Hampton (1960) was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to law. Nigel is an internationally acclaimed criminal defence lawyer and has been involved in the justice system for more than 53 years.
Obituary W B Scragg Walter Burns Scragg, CPM, a former staff member at St Andrew’s College in the 1960s, passed away in the Sydney Adventist Hospital on 20 February 2018, aged 97 years. He was assistant to Mr GAM Hilson in the Bursar’s office from 1966–1969, a position he took up after retiring from the Hong Kong Police and moving to Christchurch. Walter had a connection with St Andrew’s dating back to the end of the 1950s, when he became friends with Mr Frank Collins and then Mr Walter MacGibbon. While working in the Bursar’s office he formed a firm friendship with Mr M Mirfin, also an Assistant Bursar.
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Jenson Baker son of Scott Baker (2004) born 9 June 2018.
Audrey Quinlan daughter of Sarah Quinlan (née Jones, 2004) born 23 May 2018.
During Walter’s tenure at St Andrew’s, his son, Richard, attended the College for his sixth form years of 1966 and 1967. Another son, Robert, attended the Preparatory School until 1969. Richard’s sons, Jonathan and Edward, also attended St Andrew’s. In recent years, Richard passed his copies of Regulus on to his father and he continued to take a keen interest in St Andrew’s College right up until the time of his death. Walter’s funeral took place in Sydney on 26 February 2018. Emelia Margaret Helps daughter of Alice Shadbolt (2007) born 1 October 2018. Loyd Thomas Harris Johnson son of Poppie Johnson born 17 July 2017. Walter Scragg in early 1960, receiving his Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service while serving for the Hong Kong Police.
Stevie Yves Durling daughter of Jessica Britten (2007) born 28 September 2018.
• David Syme (1949) • Ivan Muckle (1950) • Kirwan Berry (1954) • Roger Anderson (1956) • Paul MainDonald (1957)
Elena Celia McGregor daughter of Jessica McGregor (née Bateman, 2007) born 30 July 2018.
• Dick Pilbrow (1962) • Mike Syme (1965) • Grant McNicholl (1983) • Austin Ellis (1998) • Harry Aimer (2014)
Charlie Olive Catchpole daughter of Jessica Catchpole (née Brown, 2007) born 27 January 2018.
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Congratulations to our students for their outstanding successes across sports, cultural and academic areas.
ACADEMIC UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS:
SPORT TENNIS: National Mixed Team Championship runners-up
ICAS NEW ZEALAND GOLD MEDAL:
Year 13 – Science
South Island Secondary Schools Junior Netball Tournament Year 10 winners Canterbury Schools SuperNet runners-up
CHEMISTRY: New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad team member
U15 Co-ed South Island competition winners
First place Year 10 Cantamath Runners-up Year 9 Cantamath
Canterbury Premier First XI winners (girls): 6th at Nationals
Year 11 Geography competition – 1st Canterbury, 5th Nationally
Canterbury Premier First XI competition winners (boys) AIMS Games hockey runners-up (Prep girls)
Runner-up New Zealand Flash Fiction competition First place Sunday Star Times Short Story competition (Secondary School Category)
CRICKET: First XI – two-day competition winners Year 9A – one-day competition winners
FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING: Nationals – First place – Year 7 and Year 8 teams Runners-up – Year 7 team
ORIENTEERING: New Zealand Schools’ Championship – Top School
First place Canterbury Vex Robotics
ISSA Ski Championships – winning Preparatory Co-ed team
ATHLETICS: Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Championships – Top Co-ed School
South Island Secondary Schools Tournament winners (girls); 6th place nationally
Nationals – Best Big Band National Youth Jazz Festival – first place Best Big Band
Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Road Race Championships winners (girls and boys)
Rock Quest regional finalists – Secondary and Preparatory
New Zealand Schools’ National Swimming Championships – Co-ed team first overall
Play it Strange National Secondary School Songwriting competition finalists
New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Championships runner up (girls and boys)
Runners-up New Zealand Schools’ British Parliamentary Debating Championship First place Canterbury Schools’ Junior Debating Competition
VOLLEYBALL: Canterbury Division One Champions (girls and boys)
NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVES:
Best New Zealand Play / Emerging Director
PIPE BAND: World Championships Juvenile runners-up
TŪHONO KAPA HAKA FESTIVAL:
Winners of all four awards (Juniors)
Outstanding Cultural Celebrations
DUKE OF EDINBURGH HILLARY AWARD:
Sleeping Beauty (Ballet Academy) Drowsy Chaperone (Middle School) Blood Brothers (Senior College)
Winter Music Festival Festival of the Spoken Word Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival
8 gold awards
NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVES: 13 recipients
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