REGULUS MAY 2018
Contents Leadership and Governance
Editor/Writer: Jo Bailey Photography: Ken Baker Photography Sue Oxley David Baird Brendon O’Hagan Adam Fleming Photosport NZ Emma Steel Photography Pointview Photography Kathie Gordon Dianne Dumpleton Paul Spinks Design and layout: Plato Creative Printing: Caxton Published: May 2018 General correspondence should be addressed to: Head of Communications St Andrew’s College 347 Papanui Road Strowan Christchurch 8052 New Zealand Telephone: +64 3 940 2000 Facsimile: +64 3 940 2060 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: stac.school.nz Find us online: Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Flickr
Where these icons appear throughout the magazine, they indicate where further photographic or video content is available via our online channels. (Cover) Year 10 Te Waka 'The Calling' Ceremony. Photo credit: Sue Oxley
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From the Rector From the Board Teaching excellence rewarded State-of-the-art Stewart Junior Centre opened Stewart family’s longstanding support Centre provides wonderful learning opportunities Team effort delivers fantastic result Introducing our 2018 student leaders Special assemblies Lifelong learners
Teaching and Learning
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Innovative new Agribusiness course Business skills for life The road to business success New teaching staff for 2018 Another record-breaking year of academic achievement Honouring the past at Castle Hill Hand up to a life-changing experience
Resources and Environment
From the Director of Development Helping hand for rural students
Values and Culture
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Honouring the Founders Founders' Day Ceilidh; Students inspired by address Lifetime teacher of dance Stunning successes for Ballet Academy 16 years – 16 first class cricketers Sunrise at Sugarloaf Boarding across the generations Community and service Books for Uganda Cultural catch up Fairy tale comes to life Swimming Sports Athletics Day Sports round up Summer Tournament Week Young rowing squad delivers results
Teen driver safety Short story a national winner; New York, New York Light, space and energy Beachy keen Happy transition back to school Persistence rewarded
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Message from the President Events Class notes Medical marvels Obituaries Just married
Rector A year on from celebrating our 100th Founders’ Day we have found a new focus and have our sights firmly set on our future. We look forward to new horizons, as we honour many of our old traditions yet also create new ones, which will inspire future generations as we navigate our way through the coming years. The essence of being a St Andrew’s College student remains the same; the pride of wearing the thistle to represent the College; the stirred emotion in hearing the pipes; the connection you feel on seeing the saltire cross fluttering in the breeze; the feeling of gratitude and peace as you walk down the ceremonial driveway now known as the ‘Poet’s Walk’. However, it is the sense of belonging when gathered together with friends and classmates that truly ties St Andrew’s College together. On Founders’ Day weekend this year, 50 Old Collegians returned from the class of 1958 to renew these friendships, tell tall tales of their school day memories and reflect upon how school life has changed. This group witnessed and enjoyed the Founders’ Day Assembly including stunning musical items from the Pipe Band, Senior Choir, Staccoro and the College Orchestra, the Address to the Haggis, and the Founders’ Day address from Old Collegian Roger France (1958–1962). The Highland Games in the afternoon, invigorated our guests with the student energy, the noise, laughter and obvious camaraderie between students and staff. It is true that every period (decade) of the College’s history has been marked by challenges and upheavals. Today we can only imagine the concern and hardship of the Depression and war years. However, our young people today face some unprecedented challenges to their well-being with the relentless pressures created by social media and rapid changes in the digital world. Now, more than ever before, I believe we must examine our values and hold fast to traditions which are deeply connected to these values. Most important are the ones which treat everyone with respect and are inclusive of all. At the heart of who we are today, is that everyone deserves to
feel they belong, that our school is a safe place for all and that each student makes a valued contribution. Our values: truth, excellence, faith, honesty, generosity, compassion, hope, respect and responsibility mean nothing unless we truly live them. They must be evident in the way we speak and act every day as students, teachers, parents and Old Collegians. At the beginning of this year, I challenged our staff and students to embrace the Māori concept ‘manaakitanga’ – to create a welcoming, caring and creative learning environment which treats everyone, students, staff and parents, with respect. To do this consistently and genuinely is much more challenging than it seems. We can all be kind, friendly, welcoming and forgiving much of the time, but it is so much harder when we are tired, stressed, angry, overloaded and threatened. Alongside manaakitanga must be ‘pono’; showing integrity by acting in ways which are fair, honest, ethical and just. This means responding to honest feedback, taking personal responsibility, respecting the position and opinion of others, and honouring the College’s values and guidelines. I believe that trust and respect are our most important values and that a culture of trust is fundamental to being the best we can be. As we work on being our personal best, we must also focus on how our school can also be a progressive and caring community for all, grounded in trusted, respectful relationships. The everyday contribution of each and every one of us, is like a pebble in a great ocean which makes ripples larger than we could ever imagine. It is the combined ripples of our words, relationships and actions which create the wave that we will all ride into the next chapter of our St Andrew’s College history.
Christine Leighton Rector
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(Left) Year 13 Pipers Ewan Lawson and Louis Newman with Rector Christine Leighton at the Willows Cricket Club dinner; (Right) Rector Christine Leighton with Old Collegian Heidi Schout (OC 2010) on Athletics Day.
5 (Second row) (Left) Special guest at the Willows Cricket Club evening, GovernorGeneral, Her Excellency the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, with Christine Jeon (Year 7) and Samuel Jeon (Year 10), who along with Iona Taylor (Year 12) provided musical entertainment; (Middle) Rector Christine Leighton speaking at the Stewart Junior Centre opening; (Right) Todd Stewart (OC 1992) and Mark Stewart (OC 1980) at the opening of the Stewart Junior Centre. (Third row) (Left) Rector Christine Leighton with Caroline Hope (OC 2013), guest speaker at the Academic Assembly; Caroline Hope (OC 2013) presents an award to Francesca Morrow (Year 12); (Right) Beniot Wynn Williams (Year 13) is inducted as a prefect by Rector Christine Leighton. (Left) Our Heads of College prior to the Prefect Investiture and Leadership Assembly with Year 12 Piper Noah Clarke.
St Andrew’s College has stepped into its second century and our traditions and stories now reflect 100 years of progress and achievement. As we embark upon our one hundred and first year, StAC101, we do so knowing our foundations are solid, our spirit is alive and well, and our unity of purpose is strong. It is this positive context which gives us the confidence to be optimistic about our future, embrace the many opportunities before us to grow, and be better in an environment which is becoming increasingly challenging to predict and that, more than ever, will require us to be adaptable and responsive to change. The process to reflect upon, and refresh the strategic direction and plan, is going well and the Board appreciates the constructive engagement and input of so many people from across our community. It is anticipated the outcome of this work will be published in the middle of the year. However, it is already clear that the enhanced focus being given to student well-being and pastoral care over recent years, together with the intention to invest further in positive education is a priority for our community. The College is very well served with our leadership and capability in this area and is investing in growing our applied knowledge through learning from the experience of others and, in particular, educational institutions such as Geelong Grammar in Victoria, Australia who are recognised leaders in this field. Another major campus development milestone was celebrated in February 2018, with the opening by Dame Adrienne Stewart, of the Stewart Junior Centre and Pre-school. This
outstanding facility is named in honour of the Stewart family, recognising their immense contributions and generosity to the College over 50 years. The management of the College building programme over the last 10 years has been impressive. There have been very few surprises and generally things have gone according to plan, with projects delivered on time and on budget. This is testament to the talents of the College management and the quality of long standing partnerships with professional service providers and contractors. The Board is grateful for the efforts and achievements of them all. The next major campus development milestone is The Green Library and Innovation Centre, which will open in May 2018. The Board thanks the Green family from Ashburton for their generous donation to the College, which has contributed to this development. In late 2017, the Board signed off the 2018 budget and five year financial projections. The latter are used in part to guide longer term financial planning and determine when and how future initiatives and development will be funded. The next campus development priority is the extension and refurbishment of the Theatre. It is expected that conceptual design and cost estimates will be completed by mid-year, enabling further consideration of timing and funding. In considering the timing of major capital projects, the Board is forever mindful of prudent financial risk management, taking account of the potential sources of available funding being annual operating cash flow surpluses, debt, and donations from members of our community. The extent to which the College has invested in new facilities over recent years is due in no small part to the generosity of many people and families in our community. It has made a real difference to the timing of these
investments and also to the amenity of the facilities. As we now turn our attention to the Theatre upgrade, the Board respectfully invites our community to Step Into Our Future once again by considering a gift to this project so that we can make it happen sooner rather than later. Philanthropy and giving at St Andrew’s College takes many forms. The Board acknowledges and appreciates the recent substantial financial support of Old Collegian Rob ‘Shorty’ Bruce-Barron (OC 1958). Mr BruceBarron’s support aims, through the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns, to further deepen and strengthen our Scottish heritage, understanding and connections. This has seen the Strowan Scottish Scholarships, awarded annually to two Year 12 students, renamed the Robert Burns Scottish Scholarships. There is much to do and look forward to as we navigate together the early years of our second century. The Board is committed to playing its part in this journey, to enabling and supporting the endeavours of the Executive, Management, teachers and staff and, with them, serving our community openly and transparently in the very best interests of all students and their families.
Bryan Pearson Board Chair On behalf of the Board of Governors
Physics teacher and Head of Science, Brent Cummack, has just celebrated his 30th anniversary teaching at St Andrew’s College, and says it was an honour to be the 2017 winner of the Marily Scanlon Award for teacher excellence. “It is always great to be recognised for your work in the classroom. I enjoy being involved with the students, and having some say in the running of the Science Department.” The award, which recognises a teacher for their contribution to teacher excellence and the wider life of the College, was generously donated eight years ago by Jay, Maris and Francis Scanlon in memory of their wife and mother, Marily. During his long history with St Andrew’s College, Brent has inspired many students with his passion for teaching and learning, knowledge and keen wit. His students consistently achieve well beyond their own expectations with several gaining NCEA Scholarships and competing internationally in Olympiads. Brent models what it means to be a lifelong learner. He regularly attends Science conferences, and is a Lead Panel Marker for NCEA.
Many students at St Andrew’s have also connected with Brent through his long involvement with basketball, both as a coach, and for several years as teacher in charge. “I haven’t missed a season, and don’t know what a Friday night at home looks like during the winter,” he says. Although Brent has taught Physics at St Andrew’s for 30 years, Marine Biology was his first love, and he has a Masters degree in the subject. “I started teaching Biology at a secondary school in Rotorua and during my last couple of years there the Physics teacher left. There was no one to teach Physics to the students, so I stepped in.” The subject wasn’t entirely foreign to Brent, whose father was a research scientist for the DSIR, studying the ionosphere and creating mathematical models. “Dad was a PhD Physicist, so I guess Physics was always in my DNA. I soon realised I enjoyed the subject, and also the challenge of teaching it at Year 13 level.” The course is taken by around 50–60 Year 13 students at St Andrew’s each year, with the critical thinking skills they develop helpful for a range of tertiary options in addition to Physics, including Health Sciences, Computer Science, and some Engineering courses. Brent says he finds the teaching and learning aspect of his work equally important to the
subject. “About nine years ago I attended the Thinking Conference in Wellington, which reinvigorated me as a teacher. I believe results start with deep thinking, which is something I encourage of the students as they get to grips with their learning and tackle some of the difficult materials and calculations in Physics.” Brent has been Head of Science for 10 years, and is proud of the department’s wide diversity, with teachers of all ages, levels of experience, and many nationalities on the staff. “This year it has been great to welcome back a former student, Dr Young-Wook Song (OC 2001), into the Science Department as a Physics teacher.” Brent enjoys keeping in touch with former students, with many dropping into the College or getting in touch to share their progress. He is using the prize money from the Marily Scanlon Award to take his wife, Lynley, on a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. “It will be great to look at some volcanoes and turtles, do some running and biking, and see the Kona Ironman course. I’m sure the trip will also reinvigorate my interest in Marine Biology.” If he is ever asked what sort of teacher he is, Brent has a simple reply. “I say I’m a teacher of students, rather than the teacher of a subject. The students come first.”
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Physics teacher and Head of Science, Brent Cummack, receiving the Marily Scanlon Award for teacher excellence at the 101st Prizegiving.
Stewart Junior Centre
The sun shone and there were lots of happy faces of all ages when Dame Adrienne Stewart officially opened the brand new Stewart Junior Centre on Friday 23 February. The 150 youngest members of the St Andrew’s College family, aged 2–7 years old from the Pre-school and Junior School, joined 150 guests for the formal proceedings, as their bright, shiny new facilities were opened. The Stewart Junior Centre incorporates seven new Junior classrooms and a Discovery Room, along with an adjacent, but separate Pre-school, both of which were designed by Wilkie and Bruce Architects and built by Armitage Williams Construction. Impressive, colourful outdoor play areas, designed by Jasmax, are an exciting feature of the Centre. The Stewart family, who made a significant donation towards the wonderful facilities, and other guests,
Mark, Dame Adrienne and Todd Stewart, with Sophie Schouten (Year 3) and Jacob Wang (Year 1), who cut the cake to complete the ceremony.
enjoyed morning tea in the new Junior School, before the formal celebrations began. They were welcomed by the Preparatory School Kapa Haka Group, with entertainment provided during the celebration by the Secondary School Jazz Band and Preparatory School Pipe Band. In her address, Rector Christine Leighton, said the opening of the Stewart Junior Centre was the completion of the rebuild of the Preparatory School, which began with the opening of the new Library in 2004. “A new Preparatory School was the vision of Principal, Jonathan Bierwirth, who has worked tirelessly over 14 years to make it a reality.” She thanked him for his ‘enthusiasm and relentless drive’ to make St Andrew’s Preparatory School a benchmark of design excellence. Board Chair, Bryan Pearson, spoke about the Stewart family’s special relationship with St Andrew’s, with his address followed by a blessing and prayer of gratitude by Chaplain Paul Morrow and Matua Steve Reid.
Tony Wallace (OC 1952) and his granddaughter Madison Wallace (Year 6), look at a picture of Tony on the jigsaw timeline in the John MacDonald Courtyard.
Dame Adrienne Stewart unveiled the plaque to officially open the Stewart Junior Centre, watched by Preparatory School Principal, Jonathan Bierwirth.
Mark Stewart (OC 1980) spoke on behalf of his family, and said they were proud of their long association with the College, and the support of various building projects. His brother Todd (OC 1992) and other family members were also in attendance. Preparatory School Principal, Jonathan Bierwirth said the development epitomises the value the College places on the early years of learning. “Research and evidence suggests they are probably the most crucial years in forming the character of our children. Of course, this is not just their ability to achieve, but also the development of character, resilience, empathy, and a positive mindset. The Stewart Junior Centre provides a wonderful environment for this to happen.” Dame Adrienne Stewart officially opened the Centre by unveiling a plaque. Sophie Schouten (Year 3) and Jacob Wang (Year 1) cut the beautiful cake to complete the ceremony. There were more smiles when the Junior and Pre-school children enthusiastically took part in a mass bubble blowing activity as guests toured the buildings and grounds.
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The Stewart family, who made a significant contribution to the Stewart Junior Centre, has had a close association with St Andrew’s College for just over 50 years. It was 1968 when Mark Stewart, son of the late Sir Robertson Stewart, a renowned industrialist, exporter and owner of PDL Industries, and his wife Dame Adrienne Stewart, started in Year 1, which then was known as Primer 1. “I believe that I was one of the first Primers who went right through 13 years of education at the College. There weren’t too many students doing that in the 1960s and 70s,” he says. Mark’s brother Todd also attended St Andrew’s, along with several members of the next generation of Stewarts, including two of Mark’s five children, and Todd’s three children, who are current students. The Stewart family’s first philanthropic donation to the school was towards the Music Studio, which opened in
1980 in Mark’s final year at school. “I was a soloist in the choir under Clifton Cook, the Music Master at St Andrew’s at the time. The College didn’t have a music suite, so my parents decided to provide a donation to build one. They saw it as a payback for our great education.” The Stewarts also donated all of the electrical lighting fixtures for the Steel Technology Centre. Following the Canterbury earthquakes, Mark chaired the St Andrew’s College Foundation, raising funds for rebuild projects including the Centennial Chapel, which the family also supported.
for a reason, a season or a lifetime. My true lifetime friends are the ones I made at St Andrew’s College, including current Board Chair, Bryan Pearson. We met in Year 9 and have been mates ever since.”
Mark says following their large donation towards the new Stewart Junior Centre, the family was delighted when contacted by the College about the possibility of having their name attached to it. “We liked the idea of having our name associated with the youngest people in the school, as they are its future. The Stewart Junior Centre is a wonderful facility, of which St Andrew’s can be proud.” Mark hopes that the current Junior and Pre-school students share the positive experience he enjoyed at St Andrew’s, where making lifelong friends is something special he has taken away, as well as a wonderful education. “I say people are in our life
(Top) Sir Robertson and Dame Adrienne Stewart at the opening of the Music Centre in 1980. The pipers are the late Greg Hickman (OC 1980), and Richard Hawke (OC 1980), the current Pipe Band Director at St Andrew’s. (Bottom) Mark Stewart (OC 1980) (front row, extreme left) singing in the choir.
Stewart family’s longstanding support
(Left) Junior students are learning in bright, vibrant classrooms, with all new furniture and equipment. (Above) Wide learning hallways, high ceilings and lots of natural light are features of the new Stewart Junior Centre.
Centre provides wonderful learning opportunities Pikelets and paintings are just the beginning of the fun experienced in the new Discovery Room at the Stewart Junior Centre, says Head of the Junior Department, Heather Orman. “It is a thrill to have a well-equipped Discovery Room, which is providing Junior students with wonderful opportunities for art, cooking and other activities.” This is one of the features of the ‘amazing purpose-built environment’ at the Centre, which is allowing teachers to explore new ways to enhance their teaching practice, she says. “The technology alone is offering new possibilities regarding sharing our classroom experiences through the
Seesaw program. Stronger links can be built between the school and home.” High spec engineering, construction, insulation, technology, and brand new furniture and equipment are features of the new Junior School. High ceilings and lots of glass ensure that the building is flooded with natural light. Its spacious learning hallways between classrooms give students and teachers plenty of room to breathe. “There is an amazing calmness to the design and flow of the building. Children and adults alike move to different learning spaces with ease and have little impact on others. It meets the needs of a variety of learning and teaching styles, and the soundproofing is outstanding,” says Heather. The building looks over an incredible bespoke, pirate-themed outdoor playground for Year 1–3 students, which sits alongside a three-quarter sized court, artificial grass and a stage area. “The playground is extremely well thought out. It is inviting and
challenging, offering children a variety of multisensory experiences. It is helping to improve their balance, spatial awareness and physical strength. Most importantly it is a lot of fun.” Another feature of the grounds is the special courtyard, developed in honour of the late John MacDonald, a muchloved Principal at the Preparatory School from 1989–1995. Preparatory School Art Teacher, Pip Dinsenbacher and Head Designer, Craig Morgan have created a spectacular timeline made of jigsaw pieces, which runs the length of a building bounding the courtyard. It features many photographs from across the Preparatory School’s history. Electronic gates are another new feature providing enhanced security to the Junior campus. The adjacent Pre-school’s large open plan space has been divided into separate areas for different curriculum activities. It also has a dedicated Art Studio and Transition Room where older children can have their own space and do extension activities. Colourful ‘eggs’ with tunnels, ropes, bridges, slides and steps are a fun feature for pre-schoolers in the bespoke playground. The close proximity of the new Junior School and Pre-school is another positive aspect of the development, says Preparatory School Principal, Jonathan Bierwirth. “There is a natural cohesion and close connection between the Junior School and Pre-school, which is significantly enhanced by having both within the new Stewart Junior Centre. It is wonderful that the youngest members of the St Andrew’s family can learn and interact in such close proximity.”
The Discovery Room is a specialist space for exciting activities such as art and cooking.
Read more about the new Pre-school on page 26.
Team effort delivers fantastic result
David says the appointment of architect, Tony Hoare from Wilkie and Bruce Architects, Craig Green and the team from Armitage Williams Construction, and landscape architect Adrian Taylor from Jasmax, created a great project team to bring the Stewart Junior Centre to life. “We have enjoyed a responsive and professional relationship with these companies on a number of College projects.”
Other key consultants on the project included Holmes Consulting, Powell Fenwick, and quantity surveyors, Rawlinsons. David says it was personally satisfying to deliver the project on time and on budget, and to see the students enjoying the facilities and feeling so at home in their new environment. The 14 year development of the Preparatory School has also been satisfying for Jonathan who has enjoyed being hands-on throughout. “When designing the new Stewart
The brand new, adjacent Pre-school has brought the youngest members of the St Andrew’s family in closer proximity to each other.
Junior Centre, we wanted to replicate the spacious, flexible teaching spaces and learning hallways of the Learning Centre for Year 4–8 students, which opened in 2012. I spent a lot of time pacing and measuring with the ruler, to ensure we had a similar balance in the new Stewart Junior Centre. It’s wonderful to see the Year 1–3 students now enjoying the same connection, flexibility and engagement with their teachers and the environment.” Jonathan says some key decisions made during the design process were able to save ‘multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars’ in construction costs. These included keeping the Stewart Junior Centre buildings separate from the existing Learning Centre, and moving away from a concrete and steel foundation to a new piling system with a special XLam engineered solid wood floor. Jonathan says the meticulous attention to detail of architect Tony Hoare was crucial to the stunning end result, along with the magnificent playground, outdoor areas and landscaping designed by Adrian Taylor from Jasmax. “Our Head of Junior Department, Heather Orman, and Head of Pre-school, Amanda Jack, also worked tirelessly to help deliver the project. They did a lot of work behind the scenes sourcing furniture and equipment, and handling policy issues including obtaining the Pre-school licence. The end result of this great team effort is that we were able to welcome the children into their incredible new facilities at the start of the year, as we had planned.”
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(Top) The Junior School’s spectacular bespoke playground. (Left) Junior students enjoy playing in the shaded sandpit area.
The opening of the Stewart Junior Centre completes the modern, innovative St Andrew’s Preparatory School, and is the culmination of the vision and many years dedication of Preparatory School Principal, Jonathan Bierwirth, says St Andrew’s College General Manager, David Evans. “Jonathan had a key role in the development of the Preparatory School, with a great understanding of what was required in that area. He really thought about the future as well as the current needs of the students right throughout its development.”
Another wonderful group of students have been appointed to more than 100 leadership roles for 2018. Leadership is both an opportunity and a responsibility and we are committed to supporting these young leaders. The Prefect team for 2018 have big shoes to fill after the College’s wonderful Centenary Year, but have taken to the challenge with relish, creating the StAC101 initiative to take the College forward into its second century.
Jack Morrow Head Boy Jack says setting up the new century at St Andrew’s is a big goal for the 2018 Prefect team, which has come up with the StAC101 initiative, an acronym standing for Support, Thrive, Aspire and Create. As Head Boy, his personal focus is to be a strong role model, be open to all students who want to talk to him and ask questions, and be a good ambassador. Jack is a keen sportsman, who has played basketball, cricket and football for the College. He was chosen to attend the Spirit of Adventure in Year 10. Jack has been at St Andrew’s since Year 8 and lives on campus with his family, which has significant involvement at the College. His father, Paul Morrow, is the College Chaplain, and his mother Jo Morrow, runs the girls’ boarding house. Jack may study Engineering at the University of Canterbury next year. Kirsty Shields Head Girl Kirsty has been a student at St Andrew’s since Year 1. She says it is humbling to be chosen as Head Girl after being inspired by many of the previous Head students at the College to push herself to reach her goals. She hopes to provide similar inspiration to younger students at the College this year, and is giving everything she can to the role. Kirsty is passionate about culture, and enjoys taking part in productions, and choir. She is also a keen hockey player, and is a New Zealand champion trampolinist, who already judges the sport at New Zealand Championship level. Kirsty is excited about the new StAC101 initiative, and the opportunity it presents to create a legacy for the new century. Next year she hopes to study Veterinary Science at Massey University in Palmerston North.
Benjamin Oxley Deputy Head Boy Benjamin says like the rest of the student leadership team, he is excited for the challenges ahead, and hopes to create something new in 2018 to leave as a legacy. His personal goals are to make a difference in the school, inspire students at House events, and encourage them to be the best versions of themselves as they strive for personal excellence. Benjamin has thrown himself into StAC life since he started in Year 2. He is a talented actor, who shines in College productions. He is involved with rowing and rugby and has played cricket and basketball for St Andrew’s. Benjamin was chosen to attend the Spirit of Adventure and a South African exchange. Next year he plans to have a gap year, possibly at Camp America, before studying Education or Business. Ella Guillemot-Mene Deputy Head Girl Student well-being is a focus for Ella in 2018. She plans to encourage students to work together, and ensure that everyone is in a good place and has the support they need should any personal challenges arise. Ella says is it an honour to be chosen as Deputy Head Girl. A multi-talented sportswoman and musician, she is involved with hockey and athletics at St Andrew’s and rowed for a season. She is in the choir, Rock School and songwriting programme at the College, and in 2016 was accepted into the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer camp in Michigan, USA for songwriting. Ella has also taken part in an exchange to Canada in 2017. Next year, she plans to study songwriting in America, either at a music college or conservatory.
Laurence Arundell Head of Boys’ Boarding Integration of students between the three boarding houses is one of the main goals for Laurence in 2018. He is encouraging everyone to get involved in the mixed House and co-educational activities on offer, such as mixed preps, mixed sports and House dinners each Monday, where boys and girls from Years 9–13 dine together. He says it is a privilege to be both a student at St Andrew’s, and taking up the leadership role. Since he started at St Andrew’s in Year 9, Laurence has participated in basketball, rugby, athletics and Pipe Band, and holds several New Zealand titles in trapshooting. Once he leaves school, Laurence plans to take a gap year, volunteering for six months In Ecuador teaching English, then travelling in South America and Europe, before returning home to study either Medicine or Engineering. Megan Cambus Head of Girls’ Boarding Megan says it is an honour to have been selected as Head of Girls’ Boarding, and she is keen to make a positive difference during her time in the role. Part of her focus is to create a home away from home atmosphere in the girls’ boarding house, and to ensure that all boarders feel included and valued. Another goal she has is integration between the boarding houses and fostering positive co-educational connections, which will help to set students up for university and work in the future. Megan has boarded at St Andrew’s since Year 9. She is a skilled trumpet player, and member of the orchestra and choir. She appreciates all the opportunities on offer at the College, and encourages other students to make the most of them. Megan plans to study either Business or Science at Lincoln University next year, with her ultimate goal to become a farmer.
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Senior College Prefects
Middle School Leaders
Preparatory School Prefects
Oliver Bailey Megan Blackwood Harrison Cockram Kara Daeche Mitchell Davis Vera Goesmann Mya Graham Quinton Hurley Emma Innes Harrison Jones-Park Chase Jordan Mikayla Kear Yonni Kepes Ewan Lawson Tom Marshall Lily Morrow Louis Newman Mitchell Radcliffe Thomas Rance Isabella Roberts Jack Rose Kate Sproule Kaitlin Watson Amy Wells Benoit Wynn-Williams
Kate Allan Albert Bell Lucy Cammock-Elliott Henry Crump Carter Dalgety Xavier Dickason Grace Donaldson Isabella Drew Jack Forrest Andrew Garbett Genevieve Henstock James Holyoake Kate Hughes Angus Kelliher Omri Kepes Sage Klein Leon Marsh Pippa McAnergney Imogen McNeill Louie Murden Kate Robinson Jessica Roche Bella Rose Emily Tyrrell Ethan Withers
Padric Ballard Finnian Bierwirth Jackson Blake Neko Brewer Tayla Fleming Sophie Hayden Tineke Hinton Millie Keith Kinda Khanafer Riley Lyons Annika MacDonald Frankie Richards William Russell Kyrielle Spenner Belle Watson Ella Withers Luke Wylie
From left: Ella Guillemot-Mene (Deputy Head Girl), Laurence Arundell (Head of Boysâ€™ Boarding), Benjamin Oxley (Deputy Head Boy), Rector Christine Leighton, Kirsty Shields (Head Girl), Jack Morrow (Head Boy) and Megan Cambus (Head of Girlsâ€™ Boarding).
assemblies Prefect Investiture and Leadership Assembly
Academic Assembly The record-breaking student successes in NCEA and Scholarship for 2017 were celebrated at the Academic Assembly in February, with 211 Excellence Endorsements achieved by students across the three Levels. Fifty-one leavers from 2017 were invited back to receive their Excellence Endorsements and Board of Governors Scholarship Awards. The 23 New Zealand Scholarship subject awards attained by StAC students were also recognised. Delivering an inspiring speech was guest speaker, Caroline Hope (OC 2013), who in May 2018 will graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering. She spoke of the importance of students getting involved in a range of opportunities while still maintaining a balance and focus on academic work, and talked about the influential relationships she developed with a number of her teachers at St Andrewâ€™s, who inspired and guided her to become an engineer. The Academic Assembly was also a wonderful opportunity to showcase the success of many of our leavers before they headed off to various universities.
(Top) 2017 Leavers return to StAC to receive their Excellence Endorsements and Board of Governors Scholarship Awards. (Left) Caroline Hope (OC 2013) inspired students and our recent leavers as guest speaker at the Academic Assembly.
The first official assembly for the Secondary School this year was the Prefect Investiture and Leadership Assembly, recognising our new group of student leaders, who were ready to step up and bring energy and enthusiasm to their exciting new roles in 2018. A number of parents and guests were in attendance when our Heads of College, Prefect team, and Senior and Middle School student leaders were honoured. Last yearâ€™s Heads of College, Angus Syme and Lizzie Stevenson, were there to support the incoming leadership group, and hand over to our new Heads of College, Jack Morrow and Kirsty Shields. A number of significant sporting awards were presented at the Assembly by Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games medal winning javelin thrower, Kim Mickle.
(Top) Heads of College, Ella Guillemot-Mene (Deputy Head Girl), Benjamin Oxley (Deputy Head Boy), Kirsty Shields (Head Girl) and Jack Morrow (Head Boy), in fine voice during the Assembly. (Middle) Wei Chien (Ariel) Tan (Year 13) is congratulated by Rector Christine Leighton on becoming Head of Dance for 2018. (Bottom) Special guest, Kim Mickle presents a sports award to Quinton Hurley (Year 13) for swimming.
Staff completing tertiary study
Laurence Wiseman – Masters in Education focusing on boys’ engagement in Drama, Massey University Natasha Cloughley – Masters in Science majoring in Agricultural Science, Massey University Donna Jones – Masters in Education with a focus on e-Learning, University of Canterbury Tom Adams – Post Graduate Certificate in Digital Collaboration and Leadership, Unitec’s Mind Lab Jo Bigford Fleming – Diploma in Career Guidance, Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) Dominica Urmson – Level Two Te Reo Māori Certificate, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Beka Roest – Summer School Paper towards a Masters of Education: Understanding Emotions in Education, Leadership, and Health, University of Canterbury Helaina Coote – Summer School Paper towards a Masters in Education: Understanding Emotions in Education, Leadership, and Health, University of Canterbury Paul Morrow – Bachelor of Theology: Major subjects: Biblical Studies. Minor Subjects: Education Michael Reid – Diploma for Graduates leading into a Masters in Theology, Otago University Emma Groeneweg – Masters in Education
Lifelong learners Studying a Summer School Paper at the University of Canterbury had an unexpected spinoff for Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic), Helaina Coote. “My studies have enabled me to empathise with my students to a much greater extent around their drive to get good grades, the anxieties they feel at exam time, and having their work critiqued. This was my first tertiary study since leaving university after my Honours year in the early 1990s, and I hadn’t really thought about what it would mean to be a learner again.” Another exciting outcome of Helaina’s studies has been the opportunity to pin the big picture theories she studied back to her own teaching practice, she says. She is one of several staff to undertake tertiary studies, as part of the requirement for all teachers at St Andrew’s to engage in professional learning. Helaina, and History, Classics and Social Studies teacher, Beka Roest, studied the same Summer School Paper, towards a Masters of Education: Understanding Emotions in Education, Leadership, and Health. They had a few catch ups over the summer to discuss their studies, and in early March, presented their learnings together to other staff members in the Innovation and Research Group, which meets four times a year. “It was great to be able to share our research into emotions and learning and give feedback to the group around why emotions matter.”
Helaina also talked about her Summer School studies with her students. “I thought it would be useful for them to know I had put myself back into the shoes of a learner, and as a result, developed a greater understanding of the challenges which they face. We also discussed how overcoming the challenges and struggles which arise throughout the learning process is what gives it meaning.” Her studies reiterated the importance of providing clarity to students around what success looks like, while giving them feedback on progress and next steps, she says. “Students are putting themselves out there all the time, and for some, their achievements are a big part of their identity. As a high-stakes learner myself, I became really aware of the importance of clear feedback.” Several other teachers at St Andrew’s in addition to Helaina and Beka, are either undertaking, or have completed tertiary study. “Most of our teachers’ thesis studies underpin what they do, whether that is around teaching and learning, assessment or leadership. Tertiary study means so much more when we can apply the understanding and research behind what we are learning back to our own practice.” Helaina says she felt an enormous sense of accomplishment and has a great deal of respect for all the teachers who are juggling study with their work. "It takes organisation and discipline, but it is worth it. We are delighted that several of our teaching staff are demonstrating their commitment to lifelong learning through postgraduate study."
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Kerry Larby – Masters in Education with a focus on Positive Psychology, University of Canterbury
Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic), Helaina Coote, and History, Classics and Social Studies teacher, Beka Roest, presented their Masters research into Understanding Emotions in Education.
Dean McKenzie – EdD: Educational Doctorate in the role of school leaders in data use and interpretation from University of Canterbury
With New Zealandâ€™s primary exports on a dramatic growth curve, the opportunities for young people entering the primary sector have never been greater. A new Agribusiness course, added to the New Zealand Curriculum at NCEA Levels 2 and 3 this year, and being offered at St Andrewâ€™s College, is improving the pathways for students interested in entering this fast-paced, multi-faceted sector.
(Below) Year 13 students Amy Wells, Jack Rose and Matthew Jones chat with Daniel Clark, Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator from Swanndri.
Natasha says value chain innovations is another exciting topic, which gives students the opportunity to explain how innovations within the value chain are contributing to the success of an industry, then focus in on a specific innovation to analyse its impact on profitability. “It is this sort of critical thinking which can lead students to their own exciting innovations and ideas.” Throughout the year, students carry out a series of case studies on businesses in a wide range of primary sectors, such as wool, honey, seeds, salmon, beef, dairy, sheep, kiwifruit, and craft beer. Commerce teacher, Steve Aldhamland, who is also delivering the course, says
the College approached parents and local businesses to ask if they would be prepared to take part in the case studies. “We had a great response and are working with some leading companies, including Swanndri, Midland Holdings (owned by Chris Green, the major sponsor of The Green Library and Innovation Centre, which will be officially opened on Friday 8 June at St Andrew’s), Harrington’s Brewery, ANZCO Foods, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and Akaroa Salmon. Some businesses have offered additional resources to the programme, as well as their own time and expertise.” Business ethics, sustainable farming practices, and external pressures facing agriculture businesses are also investigated throughout the course. St Andrew’s has been closely aligned with the rural sector throughout its history and has many current students with farming backgrounds. However not all of the 15 Year 12 students and 22 Year 13 students taking part in the course are from farms, says Steve. “Agribusiness complements Commerce subjects such as Accounting and Economics really well, along with the existing
Year 13 Agribusiness students, Megan Cambus and Amy Wells, inspect a Swanndri jacket.
Agriscience course, which is more research and investigation based. Some students are combining these courses in their study programme, while others are studying Agribusiness as a standalone course.” Natasha says the introduction of the new programme is timely, as jobs in the agribusiness sector have become more specialised, and there are significant skill shortages across the value chain, with demand for people working at the farm gate, and for those with professional skills in engineering, science and management. “New Zealand is a successful primary producer because of its niche in premium products. We hope that this course will send some awesome young people into the industry in the future, to farm, to support the sector, and to come up with its next great innovations.”
(Left) Students watch Chris Green, Managing Director of Midland Holdings and his team in action. (Right) Loren Hay (left) and Bella Trott learn about honey manufacture at Midland Holdings.
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The course covers everything from organisational structure, to working for a business, food technologies, marketing, exporting, finance, legal, cash flow, and future proofing.
Agribusiness students on a field trip to Midland Holdings in Ashburton.
Head of Agriculture, Natasha Cloughley, says the Agribusiness course is attracting students with a wide range of skills. “The course will help them be more prepared to either farm as a business, move on to tertiary study in a related field, or become industry entrepreneurs. Innovation is a key driver of the course, with students encouraged to think through problems and come up with their own ideas and solutions.”
Business skills for life As well as gaining a valuable insight into the business world, Commerce students at St Andrew’s College learn a range of fundamental skills, which they can take into all areas of their life, says Head of Commerce, Phil Temple. “Students develop their critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and research and analysis skills throughout the Commerce programme. Their personal development is also enhanced, particularly in areas like communication and working as part of a team.” Students study Economics, Accounting and Business Studies under the Commerce umbrella, which prepares them well for future tertiary study, or entrepreneurship, says Phil. “Many of our students go on to university, but a few have also followed the entrepreneurial path straight out of school, into areas like construction, and even cryptocurrency trading.” Put simply, Business and Commerce relates to the buying and selling of goods, services, and information, exchanges which impact on most areas of our lives.
Many of our students go on to university, but a few have also followed the entrepreneurial path straight out of school, into areas like construction, and even cryptocurrency trading.
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Year 13 Business Studies students, Yassmin Kharoubi, Vera Goesmann, Ethan Lawson and Lucy McCallum discuss their Young Enterprise business idea with a mentor at the annual Timata (Kickstarter) event, at the University of Canterbury, in February.
Phil says Economics is a social science and general discipline, which is useful in almost any career, but particularly finance, accounting, consultancy, banking, insurance, marketing, HR, real estate, valuation, and business ownership. “Economics is the backbone of the Commerce programme, with the economic problem of scarcity, and how different groups tackle it, underpinning the entire course. The inquiry starts in Year 9 Economics, when students develop financial literacy, and learn about consumers, finances and budgeting. In Year 10, students create and run a social enterprise and learn all about marketing, accounting and economics in this context.” In Years 11–13, students can also branch into Accounting, with a focus on communicating financial information, and how to present appropriate data to decision makers. Business Studies is another popular course option for Years 12–13 students, as it branches into marketing, Human Resources and business ethics, and gives them the opportunity to set up and run their own social enterprise (Year 12), or a business as part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (Year 13), says Commerce teacher, Steve Aldhamland. “This is an
exciting aspect of the curriculum, which focuses on entrepreneurship, with lots of collaboration and teamwork. It is a good challenge, which allows the students to be creative around their business vision and get a taste of how things work in the real world. Outside mentors are a key part of this initiative.” Several students study more than one Commerce course at St Andrew’s with the subjects also complementing the College’s new Agribusiness course. Throughout the year, Commerce students also have the opportunity to participate in some interesting workshops and mentoring sessions, such as the Timata (Kickstarter) event, which was held at The Foundry at the University of Canterbury in February, where Young Enterprise teams were able to ‘speed-date’ with a range of mentors to get feedback on their new business ideas. Phil says as the world becomes more dependent on globalised trade and investment, the demand for skilled graduates will continue to rise. “Business and related subjects are among the most popular fields of study at universities, with graduates in high demand and a wide variety of career options available to them.”
The road to
These Old Collegians studied Commerce subjects at St Andrew’s and have taken some varied, and interesting career paths.
As CEO of private investment firm, Cooper and Company NZ, Matthew Cockram (OC 1980) has had a significant role in the development of the upmarket Britomart Precinct in central Auckland, along with other assets owned and developed by the company. Key aspects of his role include leadership, legal design, structuring, compliance, strategy and reporting. Matthew joined Cooper and Company NZ from large law firm, Bell Gully, where he had worked as a lawyer since graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Law degree in 1984. He became a partner at Bell Gully in 1992, and Chairman of Partners in 2000, specialising in construction, commercial property and major projects. Matthew was Head Prefect at St Andrew’s in his final year, and says the College provided him with good Christian values such as respect, decency and calmness, which have held him in good stead throughout his long career. “Subjects like Economics and Bookkeeping, as it was in those days, are great to have in the mix for a wide range of vocations,” he says. Matthew is currently an independent director of Tainui Group Holdings, the commercial arm of the Tainui iwi, and chaired Waterfront Theatre Ltd, which built and owns a 650-seat theatre in the Wynyard Quarter, run by Auckland Theatre Company.
Age is no barrier for young entrepreneur, Callum Stewart, who left St Andrew’s at the end of last year, after completing Year 12 with a Level 3 Excellence endorsement and a New Zealand Scholarship for Economics. Along with a business partner, he runs a thriving cryptocurrency brokerag e business, which in its first few months of operation has had a turnover exceeding
She is the New Zealand Manager of the company, which has already branched into Singapore and Australia. Kelsey’s interest in business was sparked during her studies at St Andrew’s. “I learnt so much about the planning and processes required to establish and run a business in Business Studies at St Andrew’s, and gained the confidence to turn my passion into a career. It is exciting to be able to combine this grounding with everything I learnt running Zip Me Up, and applying it to StoreTaste, which has really taken off.”
Entrepreneurship has been a significant part of Kelsey Smart’s life since she left St Andrew’s College. She and sister Kezia Smart (OC 2007) ran a designer fashion business called Zip Me Up for eight years, which had an online presence, and a store at The Colombo for five years. Now Kelsey and her father John Smart (former Deputy Board Chair at St Andrew’s College) have started a company called StoreTaste, which has 25 representatives carrying out in-store demonstrations in New Zealand, backed by the company’s clever sales support software. “Using our web based application, brands can get real time feedback on the data collected during the demonstration, which really helps them to target their sales and promotion activities,” says Kelsey.
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$4 million. “I was originally going to study Financial Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Canterbury, but whe n the business took off I decided to delay my studies for six months to focus on that,” he says. The company has a website bitx.nz and operates from a co-working space in Waltham. It has five staff including Callum. He has run various businesses since the age of 12, with his entrepreneurial streak supported and nurtured by the Commerce Department at St Andrew’s, he says. “I absolutely loved Economics and Business Studies. All my teachers were always so accommodating, answering any question I came up with. They gave me a good grounding for what I’m doing now.” Callum’s ambitions don’t stop at cryptocurrency. He and a few associates are already in the discovery phase of setting up a hedge fund.
There have been a number of staff changes this year, and we have some new faces to welcome in 2018. One of these is Dr Young-Wook Song, a proud Old Collegian (OC 2001), who says he is thrilled to be a new staff member at St Andrew’s College. “It is an honour to have returned to my old classroom, and be working alongside staff who were, and still are my role models. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach at St Andrew’s, with its heritage and values encouraging and motivating me to drive towards greater professional development.”
of creating and reviewing film. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Cinema Studies, as well as a Masters of Teaching and Learning.
Anais Lerosier-Hucke has returned to teach Mathematics at St Andrew’s after two years in Tauranga. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Mathematics and a minor in French. Anais loves food and travelling.
Jeremy Brocklehurst joins us as one of our Assistant Heads of Mathematics. He most recently taught at Avondale College in Auckland, but previously taught in Christchurch at Lincoln High School and St Thomas of Canterbury College. Prior to teaching, he studied at the University of Canterbury, gaining a Masters degree in Psychology. He has significant experience playing and coaching touch, including representing Canterbury.
Riley Gain joins us in the High Performance Sport, Elite Sports Studies, Health and Physical Education Departments, and as the teacher in charge of rowing. He moved from Lincoln High School where he taught for four years. Riley completed a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) and has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning.
Katrina Logan joins the English Department from Botany Downs Secondary College in Auckland. She has taught in a number of schools, mostly in the Auckland region, over the past 20 years. This is Katrina’s first experience of teaching in the South Island.
Trent Emms joins the Mathematics Department as a first year teacher from the University of Canterbury. He has a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching.
Kelly Marsh-Smallman is teaching Science and Biology at St Andrew’s and has joined us from Takapuna Grammar School. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching.
Ciaran Findlay joins the English and Media Studies Departments as a first year teacher. He has a history
Ellie Simatos is teaching English and History. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English and
History, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. She has recently completed teacher training at the New Zealand Graduate School of Education. Dr Young-Wook Song is a StAC Old Collegian (OC 2001) who has returned to the College to teach Physics and Science. Young-Wook has a PhD in Physics and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning.
Preparatory School Caroline Gardiner is a Year 2 teacher in the Preparatory School. She recently moved back to Christchurch after living and teaching in Auckland. She is originally from Nelson and lived in Christchurch throughout her teacher training. She has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and has been teaching for 10 years. Hannah Simpson is teaching Year 5 in the Preparatory School. She last taught at Weedons School in the Selwyn area. Hannah has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary). Nicky Vincent is a Year 5 teacher in the Preparatory School. She has a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) and a Graduate Diploma (Primary School). Nicky has joined us from Waikato and has 15 years teaching experience.
Many students achieved outstanding success with a record-breaking total of 212 Excellence endorsements overall, gained across all three Levels (96 at Level 1, 59 at Level 2, 57 at Level 3). This is seven more than the previous record of 205 set in 2016. We congratulate all students who gained overall Excellence endorsements, along with the many students who gained subject endorsements.
New Zealand Scholarship Awards Congratulations to the 19 students who were awarded 23 Scholarship passes in the prestigious New Zealand Scholarship assessments across 12 subjects. This included three students who gained Outstanding Scholarship Awards in Calculus, Geography and Photography. • Seungjun Bang – Calculus (Outstanding), Physics, Statistics; • Russell Boey (Year 12) – Calculus, English; • Kate Booker – Classical Studies; • Kerry Chen – Chemistry; • Grace Dephoff – Photography (Outstanding); • Joshua Dillon (Year 12) – English; • Sophie Field – Biology, Chemistry; • Zivana Hammond – Agriculture and Horticulture; • Hyeju (Hannah) Kim – Photography;
• Thomas McDonald – Geography; • Samantha Molloy – Geography; • Quinan Men (Year 12) – History; • Juliet Robertson – Classical Studies; • Nicholas Ross – Economics; • Zachary Scheiwe (Year 12) – Calculus; • Holly Seigne – Geography (Outstanding); • Elizabeth Stevenson – English; • Callum Stewart (Year 12) – Economics; • Olivia Tod – Statistics.
Board Scholarships In 2017 there were 57 students who qualified for a Board of Governors Scholarship after gaining NCEA Level 3 Excellence endorsements.. • Caitlin Alexander • Milin Babu John • Harrison Ball • Jack Ballard • Seungjun Bang • Lucy-Rose Beattie • Rebecca Beattie • Arthur Bell • Anna Bennetto • Russell Boey (Year 12) • Tom Brooks • Maeve Burns • Michael Carston • Bryson Chen (Year 12) • Kerry Chen • Helena Cook • Sarah-Jayne Cox • Jesse Cross • Grace Dephoff • Megan Dunn • Fletcher Edmond
• Sophie Field • Rosa Garcia Knight • Lucy Gordon • Zivana Hammond • Rosie Jerram • Hyeju (Hannah) Kim • Jooyoung Kim • Samantha Kirkness • Logan McAllister • Thomas McDonald • Pippa McKinnel • Quinan Men (Year 12) • Samantha Molloy • Louis Newman (Year 12) • Paris Porter • Juliet Robertson • Nicholas Ross • Zachary Scheiwe (Year 12) • Holly Seigne
• Blaire Shadforth • Christina Shepherd • Sam Sherry • Elizabeth Stevenson • Callum Stewart (Year 12) • Meg Stuthridge • Angus Syme • Olivia Tod • Sophie Tyrrell • Astrid van Ameyde • Sophie van der Eb • Finn van Dorsser (Year 12) • Steven Walton • Oscar Wilson • Beom-Suk (Joseph) Yoon • Haotian Yu • Amy Wells (Year 12)
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record-breaking year of
Seungjun Bang was our welldeserved senior academic scholar for 2017 and winner of the David Wilton Prize for Dux. He excelled across a number of academic disciplines, winning subject prizes in Physical Science, Mathematics, with Statistics, and Extension Calculus, as well as the Timothy Sturge Cup for Mathematics, and a General Excellence Prize. Seungjun was in the Top 100 students in the Casio Victoria University Senior Mathematics Competition. He was awarded a blazer for his participation in the table tennis A team and passed Grade 7 Speech and Drama with Honours during his time at St Andrew’s.
Seungjun Bang – Dux 2017
gained NCEA at Level 1
gained NCEA at Level 2
gained NCEA at Level 3
gained University Entrance
Honouring the past at
Castle Hill Castle Hill has special significance to the generations of St Andrew’s students who have visited the College’s mountain lodge on Outdoor Education programmes. The area is also a spiritual home to the Waitaha people, the original Māori tribe of the area. In honour of these special links, a stunning pou, called Te Kupu Whakaari Tapu o Maui (The Sacred Promise of Maui) has been erected at Castle Hill and dedicated at a special ceremony. “Over the years, we have introduced the pōwhiri welcome for the Year 7 students into the programme at Castle Hill, and it became important to us to acknowledge the Waitaha presence there before us. One of our staff members, Katie Te Maiharoa, who worked with us at Castle Hill for five years, developed the idea to get Rua Pick, an artist, to make a pou to honour the connection. He did a wonderful job,” says Director of Outdoor Education, Peter Dawkings.
The stunning pou at Castle Hill honours the special links St Andrew’s College and the historic Waitaha tribe have with the region.
The pou, which stands 2.2 metres tall, is made of jarrah, pounamu, wairehu, pakohe, paua, pearl shell, and wood stain. Maui Potiki is honoured in the pou in the form of the Miromiro Ngirungiru (tomtit bird), the form his wairua (spirit) is said to take when he returns to Papatūānuku, to see if his sacred promise has been kept. Castle Hill has been a key part of the Outdoor Education programme at St Andrew’s since the mid-1960s, when the first lodge was built by Old Collegians and senior students to support the College’s Cadet Training programme. “There was hardly a straight corner in the place, but it did the job wonderfully well until 10 years ago, when it was completely rebuilt into a state-of-the-art centre for our Outdoor and Leadership programmes.” The comfortable lodge sleeps 42 people in bunk beds, and caters for around 4000 bed nights each year. Students enjoy a wonderful range of activities including group problem-solving games, abseiling,
rock climbing, tramping, camping, and environmental projects. Year 7–10 students discover a lot about themselves and their classmates during their annual excursions to the lodge, which is also used for student orientation, and specialist leadership training for Senior College Prefects, Peer Support and other leadership groups. Year 12–13 Transition classes also use the facilities. The Outdoor Education programme encompasses other exciting adventures, such as a three-day sea kayaking programme at Okains Bay, and a two-day kayaking excursion from Mt White Bridge to the Waimakariri Gorge, following the Coast to Coast route. A winter programme is also run for all Year 10 and Year 12–13 Transition students at Broken River Ski Field. “Experiencing the outdoors and being tested in a different environment, helps students to develop perseverance and self-management, and really brings their organisational skills, leadership and resilience to the fore.”
The Outdoor Education programme also encompasses a range of exciting adventures outside Castle Hill, including a winter programme at Broken River (left) and kayaking expeditions at Okains Bay (right).
Hand up to a
In 2018, the Foundation will fund 80 percent of total costs for one Year 12 student (Outward Bound) and one Year 11 student (Spirit of Adventure). “Through these scholarships over the years I’ve had the good fortune to meet 39 talented young individuals who sought a hand‑up, not a handout,” says Ben. “It has been great to help them, along with their teachers and families, to take the first step towards realising their potential. Often experiential learning, as opposed to traditional classroom or professional development learning, is a place to begin.”
Alexandra says she found the 6.30am swim and climbing to the top of the mast some of the most challenging activities, but getting to the top and taking in the beautiful scenery of Great Barrier Island made the climb worth it. “Other highlights for me included meeting a diverse group of people, swimming with bottlenose dolphins, and learning new skills such as sailing, leadership, and independence.” Year 13 students Kaitlin Watson and Jackson Page attended the 21 day ‘Mind, Body, Soul’ course at Outward Bound, Anakiwa in January, with Jackson saying it was a ‘life-changing, amazing and challenging experience.’ He says it was extremely satisfying and rewarding to complete the Queen Charlotte Track with his watch mates near the end of the course. “It had been a gruelling two days of tramping, and it was great to arrive at Ship’s Cove in one piece.” Learning to care for the environment, making great friends, and picking up valuable leadership skills he can apply to his
achieve their own life moment by encouraging them to take their first courageous step.
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role as this year’s Cultural Captain, were among the other benefits of the experience, he says. Kaitlin was also grateful for the unforgettable experience, saying it pushed her further than she thought possible. “When people ask me what my favourite part of the course was it leaves me quite stumped. I loved the whole course, even the hard parts, because those parts were the most rewarding. One of the biggest lessons I learnt was to live in the moment, because when we do, we can appreciate what we are doing, rather than thinking about what is next.”
The generous sponsorship of these highly sought after awards enables students to experience learning beyond the classroom and to develop character and confidence. In 2017, Year 11 students Luca Vinnell and Alexandra Bingham took part in a 10-day sailing course on the Spirit of Adventure, having many incredible experiences and making lots of new friends along the way. Luca said climbing the rigging when setting and striking the sails, and seeing a pod of orcas while anchored in the shelter of Ponui Island were among the highlights of his adventure. “I would recommend this voyage to any student. Everyone came away with an incredibly positive outlook.”
Luca Vinnell (now Year 12) won a scholarship from the Ben Gough Family Foundation to attend the Spirit of Adventure last year.
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Facing some life-changing experiences while competing in an around-theworld yacht race, the Global Challenge, prompted Christchurch businessman, Ben Gough (OC 1991) to generously fund the Outward Bound and Spirit of Adventure scholarships at St Andrew’s College through the Ben Gough Family Foundation. “Sailing around the world and all that went with it was a ‘life moment’ for me. Through our Family Foundation and personal involvement, I wanted to help others to achieve their own life moment by encouraging them to take their first courageous step,” says Ben.
I wanted to ‘‘help others to
Student driver safety Learning to drive is a significant milestone in a teenager’s life, with students at St Andrew’s well-supported to become safe, competent drivers. The College offers a comprehensive Driver Education programme, under both the Year 11–12 Transition curriculum, and Senior College options. The most popular option is Defensive Driving, with around 3000 students completing the course since it was introduced to St Andrew’s in 2000. Driving instructor, Lois Eagle, who had taught driving skills to many St Andrew’s students since the late 1980s, ran the Defensive Driving programme until the end of 2005, when it was taken over by Mike Smith, who was Head of Transition and in charge of the Senior College Options programme at the College from 2002–2014. His passion for teaching students to drive safely was sparked by a series of tragedies, he says. “During my long teaching career, I attended the funerals of 20 young people who had died in vehicle accidents. A high proportion of those were due to poor driving decisions. It made me passionate about Defensive Driving.” After Mike retired from St Andrew’s in 2015, Ellen Hampson took over as Head of Transition, and she now runs the Senior College Options programme with
Brooklyn Lewis (Year 11) tests her forklift driving skills on a recent course.
Defensive Driving Instructor, Mike Smith, presents Year 13 students, Ella Guillemot-Mene and Chase Jordan with their Defensive Driving certificates.
Trish Bevin. Mike continues to deliver the Defensive Driving programme at St Andrew’s as an instructor contracted to the AA. He says the Defensive Driving course encompasses four in-class sessions totalling eight hours, plus a one hour practical driving session. “The emphasis is on driving safely, and learning the skills to identify hazards and react appropriately on the road. How to reduce risk is also an important aspect. An interactive computer program eDrive helps to improve hazard awareness.” The entire programme is excellent preparation for the full licence test, and can reduce the restricted licence period by six months. Ellen says some of the Driver Education courses available in the Transition and Senior College Options programmes can provide students with valuable NCEA credits, as well as improved driving skills. “Our programmes have a strong link to government initiatives around safe driving, with all students able to gain two credits at NCEA Level 1 for passing their learner licence, four credits at Level 2 for passing their restricted licence and four credits at Level 3 for achieving their full licence.”
Other popular aspects of the Driver Education programme include 4×4 Driving; Driver Training, which delivers driving lessons to students towards their learner licence; and an Advanced Driving half-day course at Ruapuna, where a licensed trainer teaches students how to control a vehicle in hazardous conditions such as ice, snow and gravel. Forklift Driving is another popular course, which when combined with a Defensive Driving qualification and Site Safety Certificate, can lead to some excellent holiday jobs or career options. A Quad Bike course is being reintroduced to the Transition programme in 2018, says Ellen. “This is a high risk activity for youth based on statistics, so it is important they learn safe practices.” Chaplain, Paul Morrow, also brings the annual Crash Bash educational road safety programme, organised by Christchurch City Council, in collaboration with New Zealand Police, to St Andrew’s each year, which delivers a strong safe driving message. This year’s Risk Factors show was produced by the Court Theatre, and was held in the Centennial Chapel on 22 March.
winner spent a solid month editing and refining the work.
Russell says it was the ‘randomness of life’ which inspired him to write the story, described by Judge Paula Morris as ‘affected and persuasive with strong characters’. She said Russell’s work demonstrated a ‘dynamic sense of scene and conflict and a mature grasp of the shifting currents within friendships.’
In addition to receiving $500 prize money and his story being published in the Sunday Star Times, Russell was delighted to receive an essay from Random House, which explored the story’s themes and provided him with valuable feedback. Russell’s impressive writing talents were identified at St Andrew’s in the Junior School. In Year 3 he took part in a creative writing course with Writer-in-residence, Kerrin Davidson, who is still a mentor. “Kerrin has always encouraged my work, given me lots of great advice, and convinced me to keep going.”
The first draft of Odds only took Russell a few hours to write, but he
Russell is also a talented mathematician and scientist, and
Russell Boey (Year 13) with his national award winning story.
plans to study Science at university next year. “Although I don’t think I’ll study writing in the future, I am already working on a fantasy novel, which I definitely plan to complete.”
New York, New York To perform at Carnegie Hall is a lifetime’s dream for many musicians. Year 12 student Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee has already achieved this incredible milestone, receiving a standing ovation with the international Honors String Orchestra she performed with, as part of the High School Honors Performance Series in New York. “It was thrilling to stand on the stage where so many moments in musical history have taken place,” says Victoria. She was selected as one of 80 secondary school students from around the world to join the orchestra after successfully submitting an audio audition last year under the assistance of Head of Music, Duncan Ferguson, and Orchestra Director, Mark Hodgkinson.
(Top) Year 12 student Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (second from right) with other members of the international Honors String Orchestra, outside Carnegie Hall, New York. (Bottom) The Honors String Orchestra in rehearsal.
Victoria had three days of intense rehearsals for up to eight hours a day with conductor Jason Seber, the Assistant Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, leading up to the concert on Sunday 4 February, which included music by Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Holst, and John Williams.
“To be able to meet so many secondary school students with the same passion as me, from all over the globe, was incredibly eye-opening. I developed new perspectives and insight, and made some great relationships.” At St Andrew’s, Victoria plays in the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, the Jazz Band, and participates in productions on various instruments including violin, viola and piano. Her other achievements include being Assistant Concertmaster for the Christchurch Youth Orchestra, and being a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra. “To be able to play on the stage of Isaac Stern Auditorium was an incredible experience for my musical career,” she says. “One of the main factors which helped me towards this experience is the fact I always find joy in doing things and really enjoy myself while making music. Regardless of what I choose to pursue in the future, I believe this positive mindset will lead me to a successful result.”
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Winning the Secondary School Category in the 2017 Sunday Star Times Short Story Awards for his story, Odds, was a big confidence boost for Year 13 student, Russell Boey. “Writing is one of those funny things, as it is so subjective. Winning the award has encouraged me to keep going and pursue my dreams of writing a novel.”
Light, space and
energy The stunning new Pre-school and bespoke playground in the Stewart Junior Centre is a light-filled, colourful, modern facility, providing children with unlimited opportunities to create and explore. “The children are very engaged. They enjoy having the freedom to interact with the environment in any way they choose, and finding different ways to use all the wonderful new equipment and resources,” says Head of Pre-school, Amanda Jack. Two things she loves most about the building are its high ceilings and natural flow to the outdoors, which combine to create a ‘beautiful sense of light, space and energy’. The Pre-school’s large, open plan space has been divided into separate ‘rooms’ for different curriculum areas, such as building and construction, a family area (complete with a play kitchen and dining space), a snug area with tiered seating for reading and quiet activities, and a dedicated art studio, in which art activities can be enjoyed by the children at any time. There is also a transition room, where older children can have their own space or do extension activities. Colourful ‘eggs’ with tunnels, ropes, bridges, slides and steps are an exciting climbing feature in the bespoke outdoor playground, which also includes a sandpit with golden sand, a mud/ sand kitchen, and lots of space for the
The new Pre-school provides an exciting environment for the youngest members of the St Andrew’s College family.
Pre-school teachers to set up outdoor activities. “The wonderful flow to the outdoors gives us a lot of flexibility. We are always changing the outdoor space, putting out different activities each day and creating some quiet spaces too.” Amanda says the close proximity to the Junior School is another positive aspect of the new site. “It is particularly wonderful for the older Pre-school children, who visit the Junior Department every Thursday morning as part of our Transition to School programme. We have such a close connection to the Junior Department and share a lot of resources.” Although the Pre-school is enjoying all-new facilities, its curriculum, on which its strong reputation is based, remains unchanged. Amanda says the Pre-school’s staff continues to be its biggest asset. “Our staff have genuine love for the children and are dedicated to providing a nurturing, safe environment in which they can thrive.”
Safe in the
Behind the splashing and sandcastle making at the Junior Syndicate’s annual Beach Education Day, there was a serious message around safety in the sun, surf and sand.
making. “The standard of sandcastles is always very high. The dads seem to particularly enjoy this part of the day,” says Head of Junior Syndicate, Heather Orman.
Young female lifeguards at Waimari Beach led the children through several practical and theoretical sessions, and did a wonderful job of engaging with the children. During the morning session they covered the four main rules of surf safety – always swim between the flags, listen to the lifeguards, always have an adult watch over you in the water, and be sun smart. Then it was onto the beach for some fun games and sandcastle
The children were also taken into the surf club, where they were able to see the boats, get into an Inflatable Rescue Vehicle, and try on some of the lifesaving gear.
I loved building ‘‘sandcastles. When
the top crumbled I said, no, not today and fixed it!
GENEVIEVE BAINBRIDGE-SMITH (YEAR 3)
After lunch, a large group of parent helpers formed a big square boundary out in the water creating a safe zone for the children to swim. “The water was lovely and warm, creating ideal conditions for even our most shy children or those not comfortable in water, to gain confidence and experience the joy of playing in the surf,” says Heather. The support and participation of parents in the Beach Education programme is a big part of the day’s success, she says. “We always have more parent volunteers than the minimum ratio, and are so grateful that they value the programme as much as we do. The day was terrific, with some very happy and tired children at the end. It was a very quiet bus trip back to school.”
all the big waves. I dived down like a dolphin, but they pushed me back to shore.
CHARLIE HOLE (YEAR 3)
Teaching and Learning
sea was really ‘‘The fantastic from
Junior students enjoyed a number of fun activities at the annual Beach Education Day.
back to school
Year 6 students on camp at Wainui (from left), Ruby McPhail, Priya Bartlett, Christian Knight, William Richards, James Hole and Hansen Hong.
The start of the school year can be challenging for Preparatory School students. It is a time of transition from one class to another, along with adapting to a new teacher and potentially some new classmates.
there are lots of people there to encourage and support the students, and with the appropriate equipment in place, we find by the time the actual challenge arrives, most students feel it is doable.”
Head of Middle Syndicate, Di Cumming says teachers of Year 4–6 students are highly attuned to students’ health and well-being throughout the year, but especially during those first few weeks back at school. “Research shows if children are not happy, they are not learning. We have a range of initiatives in the Middle Syndicate to ensure students have a sense of belonging, feel supported, and have good self-esteem.”
Inside the classroom, the construction of a large dragon is another co-operative activity, which builds teamwork, and gives students a sense of satisfaction. In pairs they build and decorate a specific part of the dragon, which is combined with the other pieces to create the final artwork. “Drawing their own face is another positive activity. We put a fun twist on it, so they can create without fear of being judged. For example we might look at the work of Picasso, and ask the students to create their face in a similar abstract style.”
In the early part of the year, camps at Living Springs for Year 5 students, and Wainui for Year 6 students are a great way for them to connect, work co-operatively, and build confidence, says Di. “We encourage the children to step outside their comfort zone. Although the more challenging activities at camp are not compulsory,
A unit on taonga prompts the children to find out about their own family histories, think about their lives, and make predictions for their futures. This builds a sense of pride as the children
share the results of their inquiry with their classmates, says Di. “The ‘Cool Dude’ poster is another fun initiative across all syndicate year levels. Middle Syndicate students make a poster featuring a photograph, a summary about themselves and their family, and anything else they would like to share. In the classroom we have a ‘Cool Dude of the Week’, displaying the student’s poster alongside comments written about them by the other members of the class. We get a lot of positive comments about this from students and parents.” Open discussion is a big part of the philosophy in the Middle School. During circle time, students are prompted by different questions, such as their favourite thing to do at lunchtime, things they might need help with, or if there is something they’ve seen happen in the playground which may need a creative solution. “Circle time gives our students a regular opportunity to speak up and really builds their confidence. The honest open discussion also motivates children to think twice before making an unwise decision.” Students in the Middle Syndicate are also regularly presented with leadership opportunities. Small groups of children run Syndicate Singing each week, and classes in Years 4–6 take turns to run the Syndicate Assemblies. “The underlying aspect of every part of the curriculum, the way we speak with the children, the plans we make and the resources we use, is with the students’ health and well-being in mind. It is absolutely fundamental to their learning.”
(Left) Taking some time out with their instructors at Wainui camp were Year 6 students (back standing) Ruby McPhail, William Harrington, (middle seated) Madison Wallace, Scarlett Squire, Sarah Waddington (obscured) and Caitlin Stowell, (front) Anthony Kutovoy, Ethan Higgs, James Anthony and Robertson Stewart.
I wasn’t ‘‘ expecting the
The journey towards academic success is celebrated just as much as the end result at the St Andrew’s College Preparatory School, says Head of Senior Syndicate, David Farmer. “Last year, we introduced a Senior Syndicate ‘Not Yet’ Persistence Award, which recognises children who have taken responsibility for their own learning by being persistent, actively questioning and seeking extra help as and when they may need it, in order to master academic concepts. They realise they might not understand a learning concept just yet, but with persistence they will.” An award group of eight students is chosen by Senior Syndicate teachers at various times throughout the term. The initiative is part of a wider celebration of persistence in learning across Years 3–8, and links to Key Competencies such as managing self, participating and contributing, relating to others, and thinking. “Some of the key areas we focus on are students taking responsibility for their own learning, positively contributing, listening to the ideas of others, demonstrating curiosity in their learning, reflecting on their own understanding, asking questions, and challenging assumptions,” says David.
are Lachlan Odlin (Year 8), who was rewarded for his intelligent and persistent deeper questioning across many curriculum subjects; and Connor Ott (Year 8), for his engagement, questioning skills, and active participation in lessons. “Active participation is always where the best learning happens,” says David. Emma Pedersen (Year 8) is new to St Andrew’s College this year and was happy to receive an award in the first week of term for having a growth mindset, being open to learning and taking the opportunity to ‘give everything a go.’
EMMA PEDERSEN (YEAR 8)
“I wasn’t expecting the award, but felt very happy to receive it in my first week. It has definitely motivated me to do well.” David says as students embrace persistence as a learning behaviour, they will reap the rewards of academic improvements. “I often speak to the students about the axiom, ‘you can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink’. The drinking part comes down to the students’ will to keep striving for success.”
The awards are presented to students in front of their peers at Syndicate Assemblies, when the teachers communicate the reasons why they have been chosen to receive it. Among the students in David’s class to receive the award this year
These Year 7–8 students were among the first to receive ‘Not Yet’ Persistence Awards in Term 1.
Teaching and Learning
Year 8 students Lachlan Odlin, Emma Pedersen and Connor Ott have been rewarded for their persistent effort in class this year.
award but felt very happy to receive it in my first week. It has definitely motivated me to do well.
From the Director of
Development With our busy, fun-filled Centenary Year behind us, there is a sense of excitement as we begin the next 100 years at St Andrew’s College. StAC101 has started strong, with the official opening of the vibrant Stewart Junior Centre by Dame Adrienne Stewart. This is a fantastic facility for our youngest students aged two to seven years old, and encompasses a new Junior School and Pre-school. We are pleased to recognise the generosity of the Stewart family, whose name is associated with this exciting new complex. The Stewarts have a long history with St Andrew’s College. Mark Stewart (OC 1980) is a past parent, past Foundation Chair, and past Step Into Our Future Campaign Chair. As he stated in his speech on the day of the official opening, “the Stewart family has had an association with St Andrew’s for over 50 years, half the life of the College”. I would like to again thank Dame Adrienne, Mark, and Todd Stewart and their families, for their ongoing support of St Andrew’s College. Planning is underway for the opening of the newly renovated and enhanced Library, to be known as The Green Library and Innovation Centre. A special feature of this newly renovated building will be the innovation area, known as The Green Room. I would like to thank the Green family of Ashburton, for their generous contribution to this special new facility for St Andrew’s College. We look forward to recognising their support at the official opening celebrations in June. Further building plans are underway for the new Theatre complex, which will become the focus for the Step Into Our Future fundraising campaign. New fundraising initiatives will be released soon, including opportunities to purchase a seat in the Theatre or a note from the College Song, which will be displayed as an art piece in the foyer of the Theatre. Recognition opportunities for other areas of the complex will also be available. The decision to continue our Step Into Our Future fundraising campaign beyond 2017 was encouraged by the many generous donors who have contributed to date. We are proud of the strong culture of philanthropy at St Andrew’s College and the achievements of the campaign. It is exciting to be stepping in a new direction with the Theatre redevelopment.
Rector Christine Leighton with members of the Stewart family at the official opening of the Stewart Junior Centre.
We will also continue our Buy a Brick initiative and focus on the growth of the St Andrew’s College Foundation. I invite you to read about the Foundation and the Foundation Trustees on our new College website. Lastly, thank you to the many donors to the Endeavour Scholarship Fund. The application process is now open for the first Endeavour Scholarship opportunity for 2019. The successful applicant will be offered an opportunity to attend St Andrew’s College, from Years 9–13. The Endeavour Scholarship is a merit‑based scholarship offered to a prospective or current student of proven financial need, demonstrating academic and co-curricular merit and potential. We continue to invite donations to the Endeavour Scholarship Fund to enable us to support more ‘bright sparks’ who would otherwise be unable to attend St Andrew’s College. We look forward to sharing an exciting StAC101 year with you, and thank you again for your continued support. Clare Wilkinson Director of Development
He spent the next 11 years at the College until 1953, when he studied Agriculture and attained School Certificate. George was a talented academic and sportsman, winning the class prize for Excellence in English, Agriculture, Physics, Social Studies, Biology, and Mathematics, and playing rugby, athletics and basketball at the College. After his School Certificate year he returned to work for his father. “I was the top Agriculture student and always wanted to be a veterinary surgeon but it wasn’t meant to be due to family circumstances. I had to go home and work on the farm.”
first time, has a scholar at all year levels in the Secondary School.
George wanted to share the opportunities he was given at St Andrew’s as a young farming lad with others, which is how he and Merrilyn first talked about the idea for the scholarship back in the 1980s. The George Feilding Hight Scholarship has now been running for five years, and this year, for the
“I’ve also taken up trapshooting, which is something I’d never heard of before I came to St Andrew’s. The list of co-curricular options here is immense,” says George Gray, now in his final year at the College. His grandfather Chris Sheppard (OC 1960) also attended St Andrew’s.
The five students in this special group are George Gray (Year 13), Benjamin MacLeod (Year 12), Isla Lewis (Year 11), Graeme Campbell (Year 10) and Grace Richan (Year 9), who say they are incredibly grateful for the opportunity and are embracing life at St Andrew’s. George, Benjamin and Graeme are from Mid Canterbury farming backgrounds, and board at the College. They all play rugby, with George and Benjamin also pipers in the Pipe Band.
Isla comes from a small horticultural property in the Heathcote Valley and has discovered several new-found passions at St Andrew’s, particularly in the areas of productions, drama and singing. She had the lead role in the Middle School production of Lucky Duck last year, and will be performing in Blood Brothers this year. Grace, the newest scholar, is also from Mid Canterbury and is a boarder at St Andrew’s. Her parents run a business which services the rural sector. She also has a passion for drama, which she is keen to explore during her time at the College. The students provide a written report to George twice a year to update him on their progress. “It is certainly a thrill to see how they are doing,” he says.
George Hight, at a special morning tea with the five deserving recipients of the George Feilding Hight Scholarship, (back) Grace Richan (Year 9), Benjamin MacLeod (Year 12) and Isla Lewis (Year 11), (front) Graeme Campbell (Year 10) and George Gray (Year 13).
George has shared books from his personal library with the students, including some of his late wife Merrilyn’s cookbooks. Isla found a payslip tucked away inside one cookbook with a Christmas cake recipe written on the back in Merrilyn’s handwriting. When George returned home from a stint in hospital just before Christmas last year, he found a Christmas cake waiting for him.
Resources and Environment
In 2013, the Hights, with the help of former Board Chair, Garry Moore, established the George Feilding Hight Scholarship in the St Andrew’s College Foundation to fully fund the education of a young man or woman from a rural community starting in Year 9 each year. To qualify, the student’s family income must be primarily derived from the agricultural sector, and they must demonstrate an interest in, and aptitude for, academic studies. “When we set up the scholarship it was our hope the students would grasp this opportunity, do the best they can, and become complete citizens at the end of it. It is a special feeling to see the vision come to reality,” says George, who grew up on a farm in Hororata and attended St Andrew’s as a boarder in 1943 as a five year old, when his mother became ill.
The incredible generosity of Old Collegian, George Hight (OC 1955) and his late wife Merrilyn was honoured at a special annual morning tea, held in Rector Christine Leighton’s study in early March.
Founders The sun shone on another wonderful Founders’ Day at St Andrew’s College on 16 March, which is always a special time to reflect on, and celebrate our heritage, history and people. It was hard to believe a year had already passed since the 2017 Founders’ Day, which launched the spectacular Centenary Gala Weekend. With the year of celebrations now behind us, the focus at St Andrew’s has turned to the new century, as the College moves forward in its 101st year. Special guests at this year’s Founders’ Day Assembly were the Old Collegians celebrating their 60 Year On reunion, who joined together to catch up with old friends, and reminisce upon how school life has changed since they attended St Andrew’s. In her address to the assembly, Rector Christine Leighton said although the activities available to today’s students are vastly different to those in the late 1950s, the essence of being a student at St Andrew’s College remains the same. Guest speaker Roger France (OC 1958) was a member of this special group of Old Collegians, and delivered an inspiring address, which was full of wisdom including some lessons learnt throughout his long business career. Another special guest was Rob Bruce-Barron (OC 1953) from Canada, resplendent in his kilt, and Old Collegian and StAC parent, Jonathan Wells (OC 1987) who performed the traditional Address to the Haggis. Entertainment is always a big part of the Founders’ Day Assembly. Our New Zealand champion Pipe Band,
fresh from winning national titles in the Juvenile and Grade 2 events at the national championships, gave an award winning display. Our premier choir, Staccoro, sung The Cloths of Heaven, and the College Orchestra performed Dance of the Tumblers, from Snow Maiden. A student group presented the Robbie Burn’s poem A Red Red Rose, which was put to music by Hana Pearce (Year 12). Another highlight of the assembly was the announcement of the Robert Burns Scottish Scholars (formerly the Strowan Scottish Scholars). The deserving recipients were Lewis Edmond and Hana Pearce (both Year 12) who will venture to Scotland for three weeks later this year. Several significant sports awards were also presented at the assembly, with special mention going to the StAC Senior Boys’ A and Senior Girls’ A volleyball teams, which had both just won Canterbury championship titles. President of the Old Collegians Association, Mark Mulholland (OC 1973), also presented the special Old Collegians Awards, which are given out each Founders’ Day. This year’s recipient of the Henry Dowling Memorial French Award was Mitchell Radcliffe (Year 13), with the GAM Hilson Memorial Accounting/Economics Award going to Vera Goesmann (Year 13). Following the assembly, the whole school gathered on the front field to enjoy the wonderful traditions of the Highland Games. The House Leaders did a fantastic job of generating enthusiastic House chants, hakas, and singing. House students and staff representatives displayed their skill in Highland dancing, wheat sheaf tossing, medicine ball throwing, and the ‘dead man’s run’. MacGibbon carried on its great form from Athletics Day to win the House competition. The Pipe Band and Highland dancers provided more wonderful entertainment. It was another wonderful Founders’ Day, celebrating our Scottish heritage and the founders who made St Andrew’s College possible.
Values and Culture
Founders’ Day Ceilidh The Founders’ Day Ceilidh saw many members of the St Andrew’s College community enjoy a traditional evening’s entertainment, with Ceilidh dancing, an Address to the Haggis, a few drams and of course, performances by Highland and Irish dancers and the Pipe Band. This event is one of the main fundraisers for the Pipe Band, which is grateful to the parents and supporters, StAC staff, Ceilidh attendees and to the generous donors of the live and silent auctions, who made the event a success. The evening was also the official launch of the Pipe Band’s Centenary year, which will take place on the weekend of 15–16 March 2019. Registrations for the event will open in August.
inspired by address
Leading New Zealand businessman, Roger France (OC 1962), delivered several powerful and inspirational messages during his address to the
Roger France (OC 1962), addressing the Founders’ Day Assembly.
Founders’ Day Assembly. He talked about his experiences at St Andrew’s as a ‘reluctant newbie’ on his arrival in the third form, and how although he didn’t distinguish himself in academic or sporting abilities at the College, it instilled important values, which set him up for a successful and happy life. Roger said he was inspired by the old Māori proverb: He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata, which translates to: What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. “When you are young it is easy to convince yourself you can make it on your own if you just work hard enough, practise hard enough, and apply yourself with focus, passion and dedication. These are important and necessary qualities. However the 21st century is much more complicated, with the big worthwhile undertakings today too complex or large for an individual to solve on their own.” Being part of a good team and ‘not a team of champions’ was another key to success, he said.
Roger left St Andrew’s at the end of 1962 and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Canterbury, majoring in Accounting. He had a successful career in business in Christchurch, Sydney, London and Auckland. In 1990, he became the managing partner of PWC, and a decade later focused on his governance career serving on the boards of some of New Zealand’s largest and most successful companies such as Fonterra, Air New Zealand, and Fisher & Paykel. He was also Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 2009 to 2012, has been a member of the Business School Advisory Board, and is a trustee of the University of Auckland Foundation, and the Dilworth Trust Board. In 2009 Roger was awarded a Fellowship of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2016 New Year Honours in recognition of his services to business.
Lifetime teacher of
Since 1979, Julie has taught many hundreds of students at her highly successful Julie Hawke School of Dance, which has a studio in Ashburton and a Christchurch studio based at St Andrew’s College. The Christchurch studio was opened when Julie’s husband, Richard Hawke, took up the position of Pipe Band Director at St Andrew’s College, and they moved back to Christchurch from Ashburton. Richard (OC 1980), and their three sons, Jamie (OC 2006) Harry (OC 2009) and Angus (OC 2011) all attended St Andrew’s. Around 30 students from St Andrew’s are currently included in the total roll of 90 girls and boys in the dance school, who range in age from four to 24. Julie takes St Andrew’s learner students for lunchtime classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. “Many students learn Highland dance for enjoyment and fun, and love dancing with the Pipe Band at Founders’ Day, StAC Attack and the end of year
(Left) Highland dance teacher, Julie Hawke (left), with Rector Christine Leighton and a group of StAC Highland dancers, pictured in 2017.
Prizegiving. There are also lots of opportunities for dancers to compete in regional, national and international competitions, and participate in annual exams and productions.”
for the all ages dance school category for our Disney-themed Moana dance. Matua Steve Reid helped us to integrate kapa haka moves along with traditional Highland steps into the dance. We were extremely proud to present it on the world stage and for it to be so well received!”
Three current students, Charlotte Sloper, Bella Rose and Evelyn Clarke (all Year 11) were selected to dance with the Highland Dance Company of New Zealand at the USA’s largest tattoo, held in Virginia last month. Late last year, Charlotte (then Year 10), and three St Andrew’s Preparatory School students, Madison Hughes (then Year 6), and Alanna and Emily Brook (then Year 4), travelled to France with Julie and 21 other members of the Julie Hawke School of Dance to compete at the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance at Disneyland Paris. “We were absolutely thrilled to win 21 awards, with the St Andrew’s students all winning solo or duo awards. We also won the Overall Impression Supreme Award
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Several Old Collegians still come back to dance at Julie’s school, including the current New Zealand 18 and Over Champion, Lewis Gibson (OC 2013) aged 22, who in his fifth year of a Law and Arts degree. Julie and Richard Hawke have both been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for their dedicated service to Highland dance, and Pipe Band respectively. Their expertise and commitment to the students of St Andrew’s College helps to ensure these wonderful traditions, so steeped in history, remain at the heart of the College.
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Julie’s passion for Highland dancing remains undiminished. She has been a teacher for nearly 40 years, and is a National examiner on the technical panel of the New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing. She is also Director of the Highland Dance Company of New Zealand, which promotes innovative and challenging choreography for senior Highland dancers to perform throughout the country and internationally.
Values and Culture
Highland dance teacher, Julie Hawke was hooked on the traditional dance form from the moment she took her first tentative steps as a seven-yearold, under the tutelage of renowned Christchurch teacher, the late Muriel Waugh. “I was lucky to start with one of the top dance teachers at the time and loved it from the start.”
The Ballet Academy’s Artistic Director, Dr Carolyn Cairns, has had a lifelong love of The Nutcracker ballet, since dancing the lead role of Clara (aged 11 years old) with a Christchurch Ballet Society production. She waited to produce the magical ballet at St Andrew’s, with the centennial year providing the perfect occasion. “Every dancer wants to perform in The Nutcracker however it contains senior roles which are technically challenging, including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and more. It takes many years to train dancers to this advanced level, but I think it turned out to be well worth the wait,” she says. Annie Young (Year 5) who played Clara in the St Andrew’s production, shared a wonderful link to Carolyn’s Clara, as she wore both of Carolyn’s costumes from when she danced the role. “These have been treasured for years and what a delight it was to see them on stage again.’ Audiences who attended the production, or saw The Nutcracker presentation piece at the 2017 Prizegiving, were equally wowed by the grace, skill and professionalism of the dancers, the wonderful choreography, beautiful sets and stunning costumes. The production is a testament to the Ballet Academy’s key focus on technique advancement and performance training under Carolyn’s direction. Individual dancers from the Academy have done incredibly well, with three St Andrew’s students gaining prestigious places in leading ballet academies for 2018. Kate Holmes (a Year 11 student last year) is now studying full-time at the New Zealand School of Dance Ballet Programme; Harrison Bradley (a Year 12 student last year) is now a full-time student at the Australian Ballet School; and Charlotte Brown (Year 9) is studying part-time with the New Zealand School of Dance (Associates programme). Last year was also exciting for former StAC student, Joshua GuillemotRodgerson (OC 2013) who graduated from the Juilliard Academy (New York) and gained his first professional contract with the highly respected
Ballet Academy Artistic Director, Dr Carolyn Cairns, with lead performers from the 2017 production, The Nutcracker (from left) Padric Ballard (Year 8), Kate Holmes (OC 2017), Annie Young (Year 5), Juliette Newman (Year 12) and Charlotte Brown (Year 9).
Stunning successes for
Houston Ballet. “Joshua and our emerging young professionals are wonderful role models for the Academy. It shows these goals are within reach. However, our ethos sits squarely on the value of encouraging students of all levels and abilities to participate.” The Ballet Academy continues to go from strength to strength, with some exciting new initiatives introduced in 2017. “As well as running Ballet programmes from Pre-school to Year 13, we added a dance class for parents (DanceFit) and an early morning Dance/Pilates class for Secondary School level students. Both have been well received, with parents hinting they may like to take to the stage.”
across all genres, NCEA Dance credits, credential examinations, and performances in both the Dance Revue and annual Ballet Production season. “We have a complete programme now. It’s exciting to know we can help the littlest dancer progress from their very first skips, to our leavers who may step into the profession.”
Other initiatives are Junior Jazzers, Junior Company, and Intermediate Company. These provide experiences in further genres such as national, demi-character, lyrical, and jazz. Carolyn says the introduction of the co-curricular Ballet Company (Years 11–13) is allowing dancers to gain the benefits of a higher ‘company’ level. It leads on from the Year 9 and 10 Ballet and Dance Studies courses – providing experiences at the highest level with advanced classes, repertoire
(From left) Kate Holmes and Harrison Bradley (who left St Andrew’s at the end of last year in Years 11 and 12 respectively) and Charlotte Brown (Year 9) have all won prestigious places in leading ballet academies.
16 years – 16 first class cricketers
Current Black Cap Henry Nicholls (OC 2009) is the College’s most high profile current player, with Peter Borren (OC 2001) the current captain of the Netherlands team. The most recent Old Collegian to have achieved first class honours is Llewellyn Johnson (OC 2017), a member of the 2017 First XI, who played a handful of 20/20 matches for Otago this season. Mike is in his 18th year coaching at St Andrew’s, and is no stranger to representative cricket himself, having played for Banks Peninsula, Canterbury Country and Canterbury A. He also played for a few seasons in England and Australia. He gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing former St Andrew’s players achieve on the biggest cricketing stages. “It’s great to see players develop during Years 9–13 at the College, then go on to represent Canterbury or New Zealand. However the biggest buzz I get is seeing the
Enjoyment continues to be a big part of the vision of StAC’s popular cricket programme, he says. “We try to create an environment where the players can develop their skills and enjoy playing cricket, while working hard, training smart, and playing fair.” Players in all age groups are catered for, from the Preparatory School up to First XI level. “We try to put a lot of resources into our Year 9 teams to give them the tools to develop their talents and provide a clear pathway towards the First XI.” This year two girls’ teams have played in a Thursday competition, with the aim to foster and develop more girls into the sport. Good quality outside coaches are sourced to support the cricket programme, with parent involvement at games another big part of its success. St Andrew’s College cricket teams are regularly at the top in interschool competitions, with the First XI winning 11 titles in the last 17 years. Our Year 10 Boys and Preparatory School First XI teams have also had an outstanding season. The Year 10 team finished third at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Junior Cricket finals, played between the top six junior teams in New Zealand, while the Preparatory School First XI are Christchurch Junior School Champions and have qualified for the Canterbury Regional finals in Term 4.
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Until the early 2000s, the College had produced a creditable 14 first class players. But since 2002, something special has happened, says Head of Cricket, Mike Johnston. “We’ve more than doubled those numbers over the last 16 years, producing 16 first class players including four internationals. It is a fantastic record.”
guys carry on playing cricket, and enjoying the game.”
37 Black Cap Henry Nicholls (OC 2009) scoring his second test century against England in March.
Mike says many of the College’s first class players return to St Andrew’s to ‘have a yarn’, including Henry Nicholls who has been in a couple of times to talk to current players. “The Old Cols love coming back and being involved again.”
StAC’s First Class Representatives since 2002 Men • Peter Borren (OC 2001) Canterbury, and current captain of the Netherlands team; • Brent Findlay (OC 2003) Canterbury; • Ryan McCone (OC 2005) Canterbury and Central Districts; • Ben McCord (OC 2005) Canterbury; • Marty Kain (OC 2006) Central Districts; • Logan Van Beek (OC 2008) Netherlands, New Zealand A, Canterbury, Wellington; • Henry Nicholls (OC 2009) Canterbury, New Zealand (current Black Cap); • Matt McEwan (OC 2009) Canterbury, Wellington and Auckland; • Michael Davidson (OC 2010) Canterbury and New Zealand A;
• Freddy Anderson (OC 2012) Canterbury; • Leo Carter (OC 2012) Canterbury; • Andrew Hazeldine (OC 2012) Canterbury; • Henry Shipley (OC 2014) Canterbury, New Zealand A; • Llewellyn Johnson (OC 2017) Otago. * Staff member Struan George also played for Canterbury. Women • Allie Mace-Cochrane (OC 2015) Canterbury; • Amiria Rule (née Marsh) (OC 2001) Canterbury and New Zealand (White Ferns).
StAC’s International representatives • Tony MacGibbon (Anthony) (OC 1938) New Zealand; • Graham Dowling (OC 1954) New Zealand; • Paul McEwan (OC 1971) New Zealand; • Chris Harris (OC 1987) New Zealand; • Peter Borren (OC 2001) Netherlands; • Amiria Rule (née Marsh) (OC 2001) New Zealand; • Logan Van Beek (OC 2008) Netherlands; • Henry Nicholls (OC 2009) New Zealand.
The thwack of willow on leather has been part of sporting history at St Andrew’s since its earliest days, with cricket a part of the sports programme since 1918.
Sunrise at Sugarloaf Our Year 10 students gathered at Sugarloaf just before dawn on Thursday 1 March, and witnessed a spectacular sunrise as they took part in ‘The Calling’ ceremony, which is part of ‘The Rite Journey’ course – a component of the Te Waka programme. ‘The Calling’ is an occasion where the students are ‘called on to their journey to adulthood’. Preparation for this ceremony involves students acknowledging people and events which shaped their childhood, as well as developing an awareness of what the transition from childhood to adulthood will involve. ‘The Calling’ ceremony was followed by ‘The Departure’ ceremony two weeks later – when parents, carers and mentors joined the students for an opportunity to reflect and express gratitude for their childhood experience.
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“The old dorms were pretty basic, but that’s how it was in those days. We had canvas shutters instead of windows upstairs in Strowan House, and a rope hanging down the side of the building to use as the fire escape. In my early days in Rutherford House, I remember waking to the clip clop of the horse drawn milk cart on Papanui Road.” Murray says there was no heating in the boarding houses, which wasn’t ideal during the cold Canterbury winters. “We’d start the day with a hot shower followed by a dip in a cold bath, which were run the night before and often had ice on top by morning. Today it’s great that the students have heat pumps and amazing boarding facilities at the College, which have become so advanced.” Murray’s son, Richard Rose (OC 1985), also attended St Andrew’s as a boarder, and this year, Richard and his wife Lisa’s youngest son Hugo (Year 9), has joined older siblings Bella (Year 11) and Jack (Year 13) in the boarding houses. “Having my grandchildren at the College is a great excuse to get back down here to watch their sports events,” says Murray, who also regularly catches up with old schoolmates at class reunions. “The lifetime friendships I made at school were definitely a highlight.” The Rose family, from Blenheim, are among many families in the St Andrew’s boarding community to The Rose family at the Prefect Investiture and Leadership Assembly (from left) Hugo (Year 9), Lisa, Jack (Year 13), Richard (OC 1985) and Bella (Year 11).
have multi-generational links with the College. Several other family members including Murray’s brothers and Richard’s cousins have also attended. “I think we’re up to about 15 family members now, with Bella the first girl. I think the integration of girls has been a great thing. It has made the College more complete.” Richard Rose says life in the boarding houses during the 1980s was definitely a step up from his father’s day, although still far removed from what his children enjoy today. “I was in the old Thompson House and it was a bit of an eye-opener when I first arrived, coming from my own bedroom, to open dorms and communal showers. I really loved it by the end and made some lifelong friends. I learnt how to grow up and become an individual at St Andrew’s.” Prefect and member of the First XV, Jack Rose (Year 13) says it is good being the first member of the next generation of his family to attend St Andrew’s, and he has enjoyed seeing his cousins now starting. “StAC has presented me with many opportunities. Being part of the First XV is a highlight.”
Bella Rose (Year 11) is also proud to be a third generation member of her family to attend St Andrew’s, and says living with her ‘best mates’ and having easy access to lots of great facilities are some of the benefits of boarding life. Hugo Rose (Year 9) says making new friends has been one of the highlights of his short time as a St Andrew’s College boarder so far. As parents of three busy children, Richard and Lisa are impressed with the family-focused boarding environment at St Andrew’s, and the way successes are celebrated. “The atmosphere at St Andrew’s is always friendly, relaxed and welcoming, and there is a lot of laughter and humour. It’s great to have children in such a lovely homely environment when they are so far away from home,” says Lisa. Like his father, Richard enjoys standing on the sideline of his children’s sports matches and rekindling friendships with other Old Collegians who are now StAC parents. “It’s what St Andrew’s is all about.”
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Murray Rose (OC 1957) is glad his three grandchildren are a little more comfortable in the state-of-the-art boarding houses at St Andrew’s College than he was when he was a boarder at the College back in the 1950s.
Murray Rose (OC 1957) and his son Richard Rose (OC 1985), congratulate Richard’s son Jack Rose (then Year 12), after the First XV beat Christ’s College 19–10 in the special Centenary match.
Ben Otang visit to St Andrew’s In late 2017, Honorary Consul for Kiribati, Ben Otang (OC 1973) was hosted by leaders of the Sustainability Council at a special dinner at St Andrew’s. The group discussed further development of ‘The Kiribati Project’, a documentary highlighting the impact of sea level rise on current and future generations of Kiribati. Also in attendance were young filmmakers, Sam Wall and Michael Roberts from Raw Cinematics, who have filmed several documentaries highlighting climate change. They will be part of the wider production team for ‘The Kiribati Project’ alongside current Sustainability Council members.
Towards the end of 2017 and throughout Term 1, our students have been involved in some exciting community and service initiatives.
Cambodia Service Trip In December, 16 of our 2017 Year 12 students embarked on another inspiring service trip to Cambodia, one of two trips the College holds each year. The students responded wonderfully to various community service activities and represented St Andrew’s College with pride. They were hugely impacted by the influence past StAC staff member, Geoff McGregor, is having on so many different aspects of life for people in Cambodia. One of the highlights of the trip, as always, was meeting with children and other young people in the local villages. Chalky Carr Foundation In early November, the StAC community showed incredible generosity, raising over $9000 from a mufti day for the Chalky Carr Foundation to support Isla Lunn, a young girl whose single parent, Kellie Lunn, died of breast cancer last year. Joel Parry and Flynn McGuinness (now Year 11) did a wonderful job of promoting the mufti day to all the students, who got behind this worthwhile cause.
Then Year 12 students (from left) Luke Murray, Pieta Hansen, Nicholas Roberts, Benjamin Oxley, Lucy McCallum, Augustus Galbraith and Harrison Cockram with some local friends in Cambodia.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Thomas Rance (Year 13) was the first recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Gold award at St Andrew’s in 2018. He was presented with the award at the Founders’ Day Assembly. Easter egg donation to Pillars At Easter, the Boarding Community donated a significant amount of Easter eggs to the Pillars charity, which supports children of prisoners through programmes of empowerment and action. This wonderful initiative started last year, and was such a success it has become an annual community service project in boarding. Year 5–7 students in the Preparatory School also supported the cause with contributions of gift packs and novelty eggs.
Head of Boys’ Boarding, Laurence Arundell and Kate McMillan (Year 13) with Sandy Jenkins of Pillars, Matthew Harford (Year 13) and Head of Girls’ Boarding Megan Cambus.
Sir Peter Blake Expedition Yonni Kepes (Year 13) was one of 20 young adults from New Zealand and the Cook Islands selected for the Sir Peter Blake Trust, 2018 Young Blake
Expedition. As part of the programme, Yonni sailed to the Kermadec Islands upon the HMNZS Canterbury. En route, and while they were in the islands, the voyagers undertook scientific, environmental, and heritage restoration projects. These were all based on learning about how climate change is affecting the species in our oceans and how we must work together to help prevent them from dying. While away, Yonni was able to participate in Navy lifestyle, snorkel in the subtropical waters with tropical fish including Galapagos sharks, learn from some of the best marine biologists in New Zealand and help them gather data for their research, and fly in a military Seasprite helicopter over Raoul Island. While away, the voyagers and scientists identified eight new species which have never been seen in New Zealand waters and saw a range of rare marine species. Yonni says the expedition was an incredible opportunity. He has learnt
Year 13 student Yonni Kepes (left), with Miriam Clark, and Cashmere High School student Anzac Gallate, who were among those selected for the 2018 Young Blake Expedition.
Sustainability Council penguin visit In November 2017, members of the Sustainability Council visited whiteflippered penguin chicks at Harris Bay, within the Godley Head Coastal Park. The white-flippered penguin is one of the smallest and most endangered penguins in the world. It is endemic to Canterbury, breeding only on Banks Peninsula and Motunau Island. The students were fortunate to get the opportunity to handle chicks of various ages, from one week, through to those who are ready to go to sea. They also looked at ‘pipping’ eggs, and could hear the unhatched chicks tapping and peeping from inside. Tree planting with Mt Vernon Trust In early November, 19 Year 10 students helped the Mt Vernon Trust in their tree-planting initiative on the Port Hills. Using saws and loppers, students worked tirelessly for three hours, with their help hugely appreciated by the Trust and the Department of Conservation.
Books for Uganda A special book project has created wonderful learning experiences and a sense of community spirit for students on both sides of the world. Late last year, a group of 12 Year 9 English students from St Andrew’s published their own children’s books as part of a Personal Inquiry undertaken in their class, with the topic: Making community connections to provide authentic learning experiences. The books were sent to children in a village in Uganda where former St Andrew’s teacher, Phoebe Wright, now teaches. She has been giving the books and handwritten notes from the St Andrew’s students out as prizes to the village children who are making the most effort and progress with their studies. The initiative has been a huge hit with the Ugandan children, says English teacher, Donna Jones, who guided the St Andrew’s students through the book publication process. “Phoebe said the children in the village loved getting the books and rubbed their fingers over the pen markings on the handwritten notes. She is trying to teach them the names of all the St Andrew’s students, which they are trying hard to learn. Charlie Moorhead’s book, Spot the Fish has been so popular it is being shared by children right across the village.”
To create their stories, the students spent time with Writerin-residence, Kerrin Davidson. They also visited the Preparatory School Library to borrow books read by pre-schoolers to get an idea of story structure and wording. A visit to the Pre-school to read to the children was another pivotal exercise, as it helped the students to understand how simplistic their stories needed to be. They were excited to take possession of their published books back in December, and have been delighted by the response of the Ugandan children. “It shows our students just how important their work is and what a difference a gesture like this can make in someone’s life, in a less fortunate place,” says Donna, who hopes to launch another book project later this year.
School children in Uganda enjoying their new books.
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Stationery donation to Rowley Primary School In December, a Year 10 Economics class delivered stationery sets to Year 6–8 students at Rowley Avenue School in Hoon Hay. The class wanted to help students in a lower decile school prepare for their next year at school. The StAC students showed great innovation and commitment to raise the funds, then pick up the stationery and repackage it into pupil ready lots. This initiative was carried out in conjunction with a Year 9 clothing and fundraising venture. Warehouse Stationery provided the students with a discount enabling this activity to take place.
a lot about the effects of climate change and has become inspired to take action.
Newly published authors (from left) Karina Ahn, Charlie Moorhead, Lachie McBride, Joel Wilson, Archie Reekie and Zoe Van Klink (all Year 9 in 2017), with English teacher, Donna Jones.
Cultural catch up 2017 catch up The outstanding cultural achievements of our students in late 2017 are featured below (please note the use of 2017 student year groups). Dance Chase Jordan (Year 12) and his partner (Maddy) competed at the 2017 New Zealand Open DanceSport Championships where they entered eight events, winning four New Zealand titles, two second places and two third places. At the 2017 Irish Dancing National Championships, Hyeju (Hannah) Kim (Year 13) came third and qualified for the World Irish Dancing Championship in 2018.
Debating Imogen McNeill (Year 10), Eva Hitchon (Year 9) and Jaymee Chen (Year 10) represented St Andrew’s College at the annual Nga Kete Debating Tournament, which celebrates women’s suffrage and is open to teams of girls from all Christchurch secondary schools. They finished second overall after reaching the grand final. Film Grace Dephoff (Year 13) was awarded Best Director and the Supreme Award (Best Overall) in the inaugural ‘Canterbury Secondary Schools Film Festival – School Shorts’ for her film Beginners. Logan McAllister (Year 13) won Best Screenplay for his film Buddy and was Highly Commended (runnerup) in the Supreme Award. Highland Dance Highland dancers from the Julie Hawke School of Dance competed at the International Gathering of Scottish Dancing in the ChoreoMagic Challenge at Disneyland Paris. The four St Andrew’s College students in the group all won awards: • Charlotte Sloper (Year 10) won Overall Impression Winner Solo (14 Years and Over), plus Duo (14 Years and Over); • Alanna and Emily Brook (both Year 4) won best Overall Costume Characterisation Duo (9 Years and Under) plus a special judges’ award for the cutest crustacean; • Madison Hughes (Year 6) won best Overall Costume Characterisation Duo (10 Years and Over); • All the dancers also competed in the All Age Group item, Moana, which won Best Overall Impression.
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(Left) Chase Jordan (Year 12) with his dance partner, Maddy.
Dance Sophie Goode (Year 10) won gold in Tap Solo, and placed fourth in the Hip Hop Solo and Speed Tap at the Showcase National Dance Championships on the Gold Coast.
Debating Year 11 students, Imogen McNeill, Andrew Garbett, and Omri Kepes, performed strongly at a regional debating tournament at the University of Canterbury, earning the coveted cup for Most Promising Team. At the same tournament, Megan Blackwood (Year 13) was named in the Canterbury team which is competing for a national title in Auckland in May Jazz Band The Jazz Band won Best Big Band at the National Youth Jazz Competition in Tauranga, where Angus Rainey (Year 12) won Best Trumpet/Flugelhorn, and Serge Beaton (Year 12) won Best Trombone. Opera Alexander Wilson (Year 9) performed a solo in the New Zealand Opera’s production of Tosca, which was held at the Isaac Theatre Royal. Pipe Band It has been another incredible year for the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band, culminating in more national titles at the National Pipe Band Championships, held in Rotorua in early March. Sixty-one pipers and drummers competed against New Zealand’s top competitors in the Juvenile Grade, which the A Band won for an outstanding 12th year in a row. The A Band also won the highly competitive adult Grade 2 section for the fifth year in a row. These results follow the A Band’s equally impressive results at the Provincial Championships, where they became Canterbury and South Island champions in both Juvenile and Grade 2. The B Band has also had a successful season, finishing third in Grade 4 at the National Championships, after being crowned Provincial and South Island Grade 4 champions at the Provincial Championships, where they also finished third in the Juvenile Grade. These results are a great lead up to the A Band’s trip to Glasgow for the World Championships in August. 2018 National Pipe Band Championships A Band • New Zealand Champions Juvenile; • New Zealand Champions Grade 2 – this is five years in a row, in which the College has won this title as winner of both championship events, MSR and Medley; • first in Grade 2 Drumming; • second in Grade 2 Street March.
B Band • third in Grade 4A (third in both events); • first in Grade 4A Dress; • fifth in Juvenile.
Solo Drumming Our Pipe Band drummers competed in the first round of the South Island Solo Drumming Contest. First place getters were:
Snare Drumming • D Grade – Rhys Marshall (Year 9); • C Grade – Montague Stamm (Year 10). Tenor Drumming • Intermediate – Marcella Bragg (Year 12).
The Pipe Band had more outstanding success at the National Pipe Band Championships.
Bass Drumming • Open – Iona Taylor (Year 12).
At the Mackenzie Highland Show, Hamish Sloper (Year 13) won the John Campbell Challenge Trophy for most points in C Grade Piping. He also won the C Grade 6/8 March, 2/4 March and the Strathspey and Reel. At the Australian National Pipe Band Championships, Louis Newman (Year 13) led The Foundation Youth Pipe Band, which was first in the MSR and Medley. Corban Mathewson (Year 12) was also selected for the band. New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra The following students have been selected for this year's New Zealand Secondary Schools' Symphony Orchestra. Isaac Shatford (OC 2014) was also selected as this year’s soloist. • Serge Beaton, Callum Hampton, Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee and Tony Zhou (all Year 12); • William Lucas (Year 10); • Grace Lawrence (Year 9). Writing and Photography A poem called ‘The Scrapyard’ written by Harry Waddington (Year 10) was published in Fingers Comma Toes (an online journal for children and young adults). Bryn Hill and Graeme Campbell (both Year 10) also had their photographs published in the journal.
Our Year 1–13 Ballet students took us on a fairy tale journey through faraway lands in The Nutcracker with the grace and skill of the dancers impressing all who saw it. The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classical ballets, with Tchaikovsky’s glittering score featuring some of the most popular ballet music. The Ballet Academy also performed a spectacular showcase at the 2017 Prizegiving, which wowed the audience.
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• Campbell Wilson (Year 11): first U21 New Zealand Championship Piobaireachd; first 12th Silver Media Piobaireachd; first U21 Strathspey and Reel, third B Grade Hawkes Bay Championship 6/8 March; • Louis Newman (Year 13): third U21 New Zealand Championship Piobaireachd, fourth U21 Strathspey and Reel.
Hawkes Bay Easter Highland Games Two StAC pipers achieved outstanding results at the Hawkes Bay Easter Highland Games, one of New Zealand’s major Solo Piping events:
Students enjoyed a day of fierce competition and fun at the Secondary School Swimming Sports at Wharenui. House spirit was to the fore and some exceptional swimming talent was on display. The House leaders did a wonderful job of organising the event, and Benjamin Oxley (Year 13) was an enthusiastic announcer on the day. A number of parents came along to support their children, with several also assisting with officiating. The House event was keenly contested, with Rutherford winning overall.
There were some amazing results and records broken by our championship winners. Among the standout performers on the day were the following students who won three or more events – Eva Pringle (Year 12), Brianna Fidow (Year 12), Maia Broughton (Year 12), Izzy Gibson (Year 10), Tapenisa Havea (Year 10), Charlotte Roche (Year 9), Hugh Montgomery (Year 11), Cornelius Kaufuti (Year 10), Jake Jackways (Year 10), and Oliver Graves (Year 10). Sports day records were broken by Oliver Graves – U15 Boys 800m; Tapaenisa Havea – U15 Girls shot put and 200m; Maia Broughton – U16 Girls long jump; and Eva Pringle – Senior Girls 1500m and 3000m. A performance by the Pipe Band concluded the day, with trophies handed out by Yvonne Shields and Jo Morrow (mothers of our Heads of College). The winning house was MacGibbon, with Erwin second, Thompson third and Rutherford fourth.
There was a wonderful atmosphere at the Secondary School Athletics Day. The front field was awash with colour, as students dressed up to represent their Houses, participate in House events, and cheer on our competitive athletes. The House leaders generated high spirits throughout the day, with the positive culture at StAC well and truly evident.
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Sports round up 2017 New Zealand Secondary Schools' Athletics Championships A strong College team of 14 athletes had some excellent results at the National Secondary Schools' Championships in Hastings at the end of last year. The level of competition was extremely high, and so for our athletes to win seven medals and several top six placings was extremely pleasing. Thanks to House of Travel Merivale for supporting our athletes at this event. In her final national championships representing St Andrew’s College, Christina Shepherd (Year 13) won gold medals in shot put, discus and javelin. During her time at the College, Christina has won 16 medals at national level, and has been a fantastic member of the athletics team.
Students achieving top six placings (please note 2017 student year groups): • Christina Shepherd (Y13): gold in shot put, discus and javelin in AWD CP category; • Luke Murray (Y12): gold in Senior Boys high jump; • Pieta Hansen (Y12): bronze in Senior Girls 400m; • Claudia Knight (Y10): bronze in Junior Girls high jump; • Neve Moulai (Y9): silver in Year 9 Girls road race; • Eva Pringle (Y11): fourth in Senior Girls 1500m;
(Above) Luke Murray (Y12) won gold in the Senior Boys’ high jump. (Right) Pieta Hansen (Y12) receiving her bronze medal in the Senior Girls’ 400m. (Bottom right) Ayrton Shadbolt (Y11) was sixth in the Open Boys 2000m steeplechase.
• Tapenisa Havea (Y9): fourth in Junior Girls 100m, and fifth in the Junior Girls shot put (setting an all time College record for this event); • Louisa Collerton (Y12), Tapenisa Havea (Y9), Brianna Fidow (Y11) and Pieta Hansen (Y12): fifth in Senior Girls 4×100m relay; • Pieta Hansen (Y12), Mya Graham (Y12), Tapenisa Havea (Y9) and Neve Moulai (Y9): fifth in Senior Girls 4×400m relay; • Ayrton Shadbolt (Y11): sixth Open Boys 2000m steeplechase; • Brianna Fidow (Y11): sixth Junior Girls long jump.
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Badminton Jack Wang (Y10) and Jenny Zhu (Y11) attended the New Zealand U19 Badminton 2018 Selection Camp, both securing a place in the U19 New Zealand High Performance Squad. Beach Volleyball Kate Allan and Marijke Hinton (both Y10) beat Marlborough Girls’ College in the beach volleyball final at the South Island Secondary Schools' Championships. Cricket Llewellyn Johnson (Y13) was named in the Otago A cricket team and Otago U19 team. William Hamilton, Oscar Wilson and Liam McBreen-Smith (all Y13), and Jesse Frew and Rhys Mariu (both Y11) were named in the Canterbury U19 team to play in the National U19 Tournament. Piper Bartram (Y9) and Fanchea Molony (Y10) were selected for the Christchurch Metro Black Junior Magicians Cricket team for the 2017/2018 season. Football The following students were selected for football National Age Group Canterbury Representatives teams: • 16th Grade Girls: Blair Currie (Y12) and Francesca Morrow (Y11); • 16th Grade Girls Reserve: Jasmine Ball (Y11); • 14th Grade Girls: Alex Tutty (Y9) and Charlotte Roche (new Y9 2018). Futsal Mitchell Radcliffe (Y12) and Jake Neill (Y13) were selected for the Canterbury Men’s team. Go Karting Levi Wilson (Y11) was the youngest driver competing at the KartSport Canterbury 2017 Enduro, placing third in the Senior Open two-hour event, behind the current New Zealand and World champion.
South Island Secondary Schools Beach Volleyball champions, Marijke Hinton and Kate Allan (both Year 10).
Motocross Ben Wall (Y9) was first in the New Zealand Supercross Championships in the 11–16 years old grade, and won the Junior Lites New Zealand Supercross title, run over two consecutive weekends in Tokoroa and Winton. Cody Doerner-Corson (Y11) was first at the Enduro X race (Junior) with Gus Jeffries (Y11) second, and Angus Wakeman (Y11) third. Cody also placed second at the Sand Dunes Motocross 2017, and was first at the Nut Buster Hard Enduro 4-hour race (Junior) where Ethan McBreen (Y9) placed second, and Gus Jeffries (Y11) was third. Netball Georgia Woollett (Y12) and Jessica Allan (Y13) were selected for the National Netball Development Camp held in January 2018. Rowing Thomas Russel (Y13) was awarded an Emerging Talent Performance Enhancement Grant by High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ). This grant for 2018 (known as a PEG) is awarded to athletes viewed by HPSNZ as being four to eight years from podium. Thomas was nominated by Rowing New Zealand and was the only schoolboy rower to be awarded this grant. Swimming St Andrew’s had 11 students attend the New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships in the second week of the holidays who achieved some outstanding results including Angus Kelliher (Y10) winning five gold medals:
Quinton Hurley (Y12) competed as a member of the New Zealand team at the State Teams Swimming Championships in Canberra where he won two gold medals. Ultramarathon/Trail running Yonni Kepes (Y12) became the youngest New Zealander to complete the Taupo Ultramarathon over 100km. He was 16th overall in a high-quality field and won the U20 category. Yonni also competed in the Krayzie K’s 25km Ultra Trail Run on Banks Peninsula in the Open Division and achieved second place, both amazing achievements for such a young athlete. Volleyball Canterbury Championships The Junior A Girls’ volleyball team won the Canterbury Championships for the first time in the history of girls' volleyball at StAC. Kate Allan, Marijke Hinton, Kate Hughes and Annabelle Jones (all Y10) were named in the tournament team, with Kate Allan also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
South Island Junior Volleyball Championships After winning the Canterbury Championships, the Junior A Girls had their best ever finish at the South Island tournament, finishing second. Marijke Hinton, Kate Allan (both Y10) and Lose Faingaanuku (Y9) were named in the tournament team. Water Polo The StAC Junior Boys water polo team finished third at the South Island Secondary Schools'’ Junior Championships. Lachlan Frazer (Y9) was named in the tournament team.
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The outstanding achievements of our young sportspeople in late 2017 are featured below (please note the use of 2017 student year groups).
2017 round up
• Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y9) 14 years: Gold – 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly. Silver –100m backstroke, 50m backstroke. Bronze – 50m freestyle; • George Adam (Y12) Para category: Silver – 400m freestyle; • Angus Kelliher (Y10) 15 years: Gold – 200m backstroke, 50m backstroke, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley. Silver – 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke; • Katie McBride (Y10) 15 years: Silver – 50m backstroke. Bronze – 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke; • Quinton Hurley (Y12) 16 years: Gold – 400m freestyle and 1500m freestyle.
2018 round up Our young sportspeople have also started 2018 with some fantastic results. Adventure Racing Molly Spark (Y10), Georgia Spark (Y10), and Henry Spark (Y11) came second in the Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race in Reefton.
Maia Broughton (Y12) represented Canterbury at the 2018 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships in Hamilton where she won silver in the U18 100m, 200m and 400m races. Maia and Pieta Hansen (OC 2017) were members of the Canterbury A U18 relay team, which won gold in the 4x100m relay and silver for the 4x400m relay. Badminton Jack Wang (Y11) and Jenny Zhu (Y12) were the only Canterbury representatives selected for the New Zealand U19 badminton team, which played at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta, Indonesia in April. Basketball William Hollings (Y13) was a member of the Canterbury U19 Basketball team that won the National Provincial tournament.
Molly Spark (Y10), Georgia Spark (Y10) and Henry Spark (Y11) in action.
Athletics Canterbury Secondary Schools' Athletics Championships The St Andrew’s athletics team achieved some impressive results at the Canterbury Secondary Schools' Championships, winning 20 titles, 17 seconds, and 16 third place finishes. George Adam (Y13) and Tapenisa Havea (Y10) won three titles, with Maia Broughton (Y12), Oliver Graves (Y10) and Hugh Montgomery (Y11) winning two titles each. Other titles went to Jake Jackways (Y10), Victoria Spratt (Y12), Abigail Evans (Y12), Brianna Fidow (Y12), Isileli Saumaki (Y11), Eva Pringle (Y12), the Boys U16 4x100m relay and the Girls 4x100m relay. All 10 of our A Relay teams qualified for the South Island Athletics Championships at this event. Three all-time school records were broken: • Oliver Graves (Y10) – U14 Boys 400m; • Maia Broughton (Y12) – U16 Girls 400m. Maia also ran the fastest recorded Canterbury School Championship times on grass for U16 Girls in the 200m and 400m; • Tapenisa Havea (Y10) – U15 Girls shot put. Tapenisa also broke the Canterbury U15 Girls 80m hurdles record and ran the fastest recorded time on grass in the U15 Girls 100m. Ayrton Shadbolt (Y12) won the 10,000m track event at the Canterbury Athletics Championships.
Beach Volleyball At the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Beach Volleyball Championships Kate Allan and Marijke Hinton (both Y11) won bronze in the Junior Division 1 section. In the Senior Division 2 competition, Georgia Bonne and Georgia Hollings (both Y12) placed third.
Maia Broughton (Y12) has had outstanding results at both the Canterbury Secondary Schools and New Zealand Track and Field Championships.
• Year 9A: Winners of the One Day Competition; • Oscar Wilson (OC 2017): First XI Batsman of the Yea;r • Jesse Frew (Y11): First XI Bowler of the Year; • Zach Hedgcock (Y9): Year 8 Bowler of the Year.
BMX Nicholas Daniels (Y11) won the 16 year Boys’ event at the BMX South Island Championships.
Monique Rees (Y13) played in the New Zealand U21 Cricket Tournament, played for the Central District Hinds team and was also part of the winning Taranaki Women’s team which won a Central Districts Regional Competition.
Canoe Racing Flynn McGuinness (Y11) has been named in the New Zealand U16 team to compete at the Asia Pacific Regatta in Adelaide.
Fanchea Molony (Y11) was selected for the Future Canterbury Magicians team, and took three wickets in a match against Otago.
Olivia Brett (Y12) has been named in the New Zealand U18 team to compete at both the Asia Pacific Regatta in Adelaide and the World Junior Championships in Bulgaria. Clay Target Shooting Laurence Arundell (Y13) has been selected for the New Zealand Junior team to compete at the 2018 FITASC Oceania Sporting Clay Target Championship.
Madeline-Rose Morrow (Y9) captained the Girls’ Canterbury Black Team to win the South Island Cricket Tournament. She has since been selected for the Year 9 Canterbury Girls' Cricket team to play in Auckland at Easter and has been selected as part of the Junior Magicians Development Squad. The Preparatory School First XI has performed incredibly well this this season, finishing Term 1 as
William Couper (Y7) was second in the Junior division at the Ballingers Hunting & Fishing Sporting Clays Cricket At the annual Christchurch Metro Cricket Awards, the following teams and players received awards for the 2017 season: • First XI: Winners of the Two Day Competition; • Second XI: Winners of the One and Two Day Competition;
The Preparatory School First XI Cricket team are the Christchurch Junior School Champions.
• Year 8 Development: Padric Ballard, Thomas Butterfield, Connor Higgs, William Russell and Thomas Waghorn; • Year 8 Emerging: Fletcher Mason and Bradleigh Thorn; • Year 7 Development: Liam Hackston and Carter Rhodes; • Year 7 Emerging: William Carrodus and Benjamin Laing; • Year 6: James Anthony, Jackson Browne, Ethan Higgs, Christian Knight and William Richards. William Russell and Connor Higgs (both Y8) represented Canterbury at the South Island Primary Schools' Tournament, where Luke Supyk (Y8) represented Canterbury Country. Liam Hackston (Y7) was in the CJCA Fleming team, winners of the Canterbury Country Year 6 Tournament. Biena Hickford (Y6) was selected for the Canterbury Representative Satterthwaite Year 5–6 Girls’ Cricket team. Futsal The Senior Girls’ team finished second at the Mainland Secondary Schools' Regional Futsal Tournament, where our Junior Boys’ team finished third. Ralph Clink (Y13) was selected as a referee for the National Schools' Futsal Tournament in Wellington Golf Hayden Lam (Y7) won the US Kids Australian Open (U8s) and came third in the Asia-Pacific Age Championships on the Gold Coast. Ethan Lam (Year 5) placed second at the US Kids Australian Open (U8s) and came third in the Asia-Pacific Age Championships in his age group. Gymnastics Nicholas Del Rey (Y8) travelled to the USA where he won the Kansas City Co-ed Gymnastics Competition and came third in the Houston National Invitational Competition.
Jiu Jitsu Neko Brewer (Y8) won gold, and Eli Brewer (Y7) won bronze in their age groups at the Jiu Jitsu Gi Nationals. Karate Scarlett Gray (Y6) won gold in the 8–9 year age group at the National Karate Championships. Karting Levi Wilson (Y12) was third at the Canterbury Endure Race, competing against the World and Open Senior champion, and other high-level performers. A fifth place at the New Zealand Grass Kart Championships saw Harri Silcock (Y10) finish the 2018 season with a New Zealand number five ranking. Kayaking Harry Fergus (Y13) competed at the kayaking nationals, winning silver in both the K4 200m and K4 500m events and making the A final in the K1 1000m. Mazda RX7 Racing Samuel Wallace (Y13) won the Mazda Pro7 Racing New Zealand Championships. Motocross Cody Doerner-Corson (Y12) was first in the 14–16 year old 125/250cc Junior Feature Race at the Southland MX Championships. Ben Wall (Y10) won the 13–16 years category 85cc to 150cc at the South Island Secondary Schools' Championships. Mountain Biking Harri Silcock (Y10) and two team members won the Junior Category (12–17 years) at the 2018 Rakahuri Rage six-hour team mountain bike relay race. They completed 20 laps and a total of 160 km between them. They finished fifth overall out of the 81 teams entered. Henry Spark (Y11), Samuel Spark (Y12) and Benjamin Leech (Y11) finished third in the Junior Category and placed 13th overall. Harri Silcock (Y10) finished third in the 14 Year event at the Canterbury Cross Country Mountain Biking Championships at Halswell Quarry.
Nordic Skiing Samantha Ferrier (Y12) won gold in the Ontario Independent School Senior Girls’ Individual and Senior Girls’ Team events. Sailing Marina Kenton-Smith (Y12) and Kirah Willems (OC 2017) placed 28th in the Women’s Open Division at the 420 Sailing Worlds in Fremantle over the holidays, sailing against 147 competitors from 18 countries. The girls were also the top New Zealand women sailors in the Australian Nationals. Josh Ongley (Y8) was first in the 12 Years Opti Open class at the Sailing South Island Age Group Regatta. Surf Lifesaving Laine Creighton (Y8) competed in the U12 Boys’ section at the Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Canterbury Junior Championship winning gold in the board race and bronze in the ironman event. He also won various medals at the Southern Regional Championships, and the Northern Region Surf Life Saving Competition at Omaha. Flynn McGuinness (Y 11) competed at the Surf Life Saving Nationals in Gisborne, which had over 1500 competitors from Surf Clubs across New Zealand. He won a silver medal in the U16 Surf Ski race and placed sixth in the U19 Double Ski final. Swimming Quinton Hurley (Y13) was first in the 5km race and third in the 10km race in the 16–18 year age group at the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Open Water Swimming Championships. Several students did incredibly well at the Canterbury West Coast Swimming Championships: • George Adam (Y13): four golds and four silver medals; • Quinton Hurley (Y13): five golds and one silver medal; • Matthew Harford (Y13); one silver and one bronze medal; • Bryn Rumble (Y12): eight golds and two silver medals; • Manaia Butler (Y11): two golds, one silver and one bronze medal; • Katie McBride (Y11): one gold, three silvers and one bronze medal; • Angus Kelliher (Y11): two golds, one silver and three bronze medals; • Cameron Slee (Y10): five golds, one silver and three bronze medals, and awarded the Clio Trophy for Swimmer of the Championship; • Oliver Graves (Y10): two silvers and three bronze medals.
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Seventeen Preparatory School students were selected for Christchurch Junior Cricket Association Summer Tournament teams:
Ice Hockey Ellie Dugdale (Y11) 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, losing only to Chinese Taipei in the final. Ellie was also a member of the Canterbury Women’s Ice Hockey team, The Devilettes, which won silver at the New Zealand Women’s Ice Hockey League Tournament.
the Christchurch Junior School Champions, after recording an outstanding win against Breens Intermediate in the final. The team has now qualified for the Canterbury regional tournament to be played in Term 4.
A team of 31 swimmers competed at the Canterbury Secondary Schools' Swimming Championships on Wednesday at Jellie Park, with 14 firsts, five seconds and two thirds in individual events and six top three placings in relays. First placegetters were: • Lachlan Frazer (Y10): 12–13 Year 50m backstroke; • Callum Lockhard (Y9): 12–13 Year 100m freestyle; • Skye Atkins (Y9): 12–13 Year 100m freestyle; • Cameron Slee (Y10): 14 Year 50m backstroke; • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y10): 14 Year 50m butterfly, Boys Open 100m backstroke; • Connor Barr, Cameron Slee, Oliver Graves and Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (all Y10): 14 Year Boys 100m freestyle relay; • Angus Kelliher (Y11): 15 Year 50m backstroke, Boys Open 100m backstroke; • Katie McBride (Y11): 15 Year 50m backstroke; • Manaia Butler (Y11): 15 Year 50m freeestyle; • Jessica Roche, Bella Caughley, Katie McBride and Manaia Butler (all Y11): Girls 200m freestyle relay; • Quinton Hurley (Y13): Senior 100m freeestyle, Boys Open 200m freestyle; • Billy Stewart-Prangell (Y12), Quinton Hurley, Matthew Harford and Ben Smith (all Y13): Senior Boys 200m freestyle relay; • George Adam (Y13): Para 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle; • Angus Kelliher (Y11), Bryn Rumble (Y12), Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y10) and Quinton Hurley (Y13): Boys Open 200m medley relay; • Jessica Roche (Y11), Katie McBride (Y11), Mya Graham (Y13) and Manaia Butler (Y11): Girls Open freestyle relay. Rylee McBride (Y6) won seven golds and two silvers at the Canterbury Swimming Championships, along with
four golds, three silvers and one bronze at the 2018 South Island New Zealand Swimming Festival. Connor Barr (Y10) won six golds and one silver medal at the 2018 New Zealand Division II Swimming Competition, where he achieved personal bests in each race. Table Tennis Alexander Wilson (Y13) has been named in the New Zealand Junior Boys’ U18 Table Tennis team which will compete at the Oceania Championships in the Cook Islands in June. Triathlon Saxon Morgan and Mya Graham (both Y13) have been selected for the New Zealand Junior Triathlon team to compete at the World Championships, on the Gold Coast in September. Saxon Morgan (Y13) won the Otago Secondary Schools' Triathlon Championships. Saxon also competed in a team at the Challenge Wanaka Half Ironman which won the Mixed Team event.
Canterbury Schools' Triathlon Championships StAC achieved outstanding success at the Canterbury Schools' Triathlon Championships with Saxon Morgan (Y13) winning the U19 Male event, Mya Graham (Y13) winning the U19 Female event, and the Y11 team of Henry Spark, Jack Rule and Cameron Pellett placing second in the U16 Male event. Volleyball Our Senior Boys’ A and Senior Girls’ A volleyball teams both came first in their Division One competitions. For the girls and boys to be Canterbury champions is an incredible result. Georgia Bonne (Y12) has been selected for the New Zealand U17 Volleyball team to compete at the 2018 Asian Championships.
Senior Girls A Volleyball team (Back) Penny Burridge (Y13), Georgia Woollett (Y13), Kate Allan (Y11), Hayley Neill (Y12), Louise Vryenhoek (Y13), Alice Thomson (Y11) and Georgia Bonne (Y12). (Front) Marijke Hinton (Y11) and Georgia Hollings (Y12).
Year 13 Silver medalists Mya Graham and Saxon Morgan.
It was another great Summer Tournament Week for our sports teams and athletes, who picked up an incredible four national placings in triathlon, mixed tennis, and Junior cricket. Our teams also competed strongly in futsal, mountain biking, rowing and volleyball at national level, with other StAC teams having some great results at South Island Championships in athletics, rugby sevens, and touch. Our sailing team also competed at the Top of the South 420 Teams Sailing Regatta in Nelson during tournament week, where they finished in 10th place. New Zealand Secondary Schools' Triathlon Championships – Whanganui Two of our elite athletes, Saxon Morgan and Mya Graham (both Year 13) did incredibly well to win silver in the individual U19 events at the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Triathlon Championships in Whanganui. Saxon was just nine seconds behind the winner in a time of 48:55, while Mya finished just four seconds behind the winner of the female event in 57:57. Saxon and Mya joined with two other Christchurch athletes to win the U19 Sujon Mixed Tag Tri event. New Zealand Secondary Schools' Mixed Tennis – Christchurch This was the sixth consecutive year our Mixed tennis team has made the final of the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Mixed Tennis Championship. On their way to this year’s nationals, the team was unbeaten in defending their South Island title. At the national
New Zealand Secondary Schools' Junior Boys' Cricket Finals – Palmerston North Our Year 10 Boys’ cricket team capped off a great season to finish third at the New Zealand Junior Boys’ Cricket finals in Palmerston North. The team had three wins (over St John’s College, Saint Kentigern College and Palmerston North Boys’ High School) and one loss (to King’s College), which saw the team placed first equal on points, although based on run rate their final placing was third. To reach the national finals, which are played between the top six junior teams in New Zealand, the Year 10 Boys’ cricket team won the Canterbury Regional final of the Year 10 Cricket New Zealand Community Trust Cup. New Zealand Secondary Schools' Volleyball Championships Division 1 – Palmerston North On the back of their incredible double as Canterbury Division 1 champions, our volleyball teams went to the national tournament with high hopes. Our Senior A Girls' team achieved our highest ever placing at national level to place13th overall, which was a great result. The Boys' Senior A team finished eighth in Division 2 and 24th nationally, which was 20 places higher than last year. New Zealand Secondary Schools' Futsal Championships – Wellington The Senior Boys' had some tough games and narrow defeats, finishing 23rd overall. The Junior Boys' had two
wins, two draws and a loss, to place 16th. The team played good futsal throughout the tournament and with a good mix of Year 9–10 students, the team’s future looks bright. The Senior Girls’ team had two wins and three narrow losses in a very competitive tournament, finishing 19th overall. New Zealand Secondary Schools' Touch Championships The Senior A Boys’ team did well to quality for these championships and showed a lot of promise and talent. They had a series of narrow losses against strong schools and beat John McGlashan College 7–4. The young team received compliments for their conduct and teamwork. South Island Secondary Schools' Athletics Championships – Timaru A team of 36 athletes represented St Andrew’s at the South Island Secondary School Athletics Championships in Timaru, where they achieved eight firsts, nine seconds and nine thirds. Tapenisa Havea (Y10) and Maia Broughton (Y12) did incredibly well to win three titles each, with Brianna Fidow (Y12) and Luke Murray (Y13) also finishing the event as South Island champions. A number of our athletes also made the top eight in their events. Placegetters were: • Tapenisa Havea (Y10): first in U15 Girls 100m, 80m hurdles, shot put; • Maia Broughton (Y12): first in U16 Girls 100m, 200, 400m; • Brianna Fidow (Y12): first in U19 Girls long jump, second in the U19 Girls triple jump; • Luke Murray (Y13): first in U19 Boys high jump; • Claudia Knight (Y11): second in U15 Girls high jump; • Alex Tutty (Y10): second in U15 Girls discus;
• Victoria Spratt (Y12): second in U19 Girls 800m; • Eva Pringle (Y12): second in U19 Girls 1500m; • Tom Ruwhiu (Y9): second in U14 Boys 800m; • Jackson Foster (Y9): second in U14 Boys javelin; • Izzy Gibson (Y10): third in U15 Girls 3000m; • Tapenisa Havea (Y10), Claudia Knight (Y11), Emma Elston (Y10) and Izzy Gibson (Y10): third in U15 Girls 4x100m relay; • Mia McNaughton Vincent (Y9), Libby McKinnel (Y11), Isabella Galvan (Y10) and Izzy Gibson (Y10): third in U16 Girls 4x400m relay; • Abigail Evans (Y12): third in U16 Girls javelin; • Victoria Spratt (Y12), Eva Pringle (Y12), Mya Graham (Y13) and Maia Broughton (Y12) third in U19 Girls 4x400m relay; • Mac Stodart (Y12) third in U16 Boys high jump and discus; • Mitchell Davis (Y13), Jacob Thompson (Y11), Cornelius Kaufuti (Y10) and Cameron Trumper (Y13): third in Boys U19 4x100m relay; • Ayrton Shadbolt (Y12): third in Boys Open steeplechase. South Island Secondary Schools' U15 Rugby 7s Championships – Timaru Our U15 Boys displayed some good rugby at these championships. They lost three games but had two good wins over Nelson College and Roncalli College, finishing in sixth place. National Mountain Biking Downhill Championships – Rotorua In the Boys' U20 event at the National Mountain Biking Downhill Championships, Hunter Paull (Y12) finished eighth, Jonte Ojala (Y12) was 17th, and Nicholas Third (Y12) finished in 24th place.
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event, they finished top of their pool and beat Ashburton College 4–2 in the semi-final. The final was against a strong Saint Kentigern College team, and although the St Andrew’s players fought bravely, they went down 1–5. St Andrew’s has an enviable record in this event winning the national title seven times over the last 13 years.
Year 10 cricket team, from left Rob Frew (coach), Arden Ongley, Jackson Rhodes, Cameron Slee, Hamish MacLeod, Harry Bisphan, Jordy Frew, Arthur Inkson, George Burrowes, Scott Janett, Will Anderson, Archie Reekie, Jack Harding, Mike Johnston (manager).
The Mixed Tennis Team with their silver medals (from left) Bella Rose (Year 11), Farrah Richards (Year 10), Vera Goesmann (captain and Year 13), Grayson Cullen (Year 13), Harrison Darling (Year 12) and Jamie Garbett (Year 12).
rowing squad delivers
In a year of rebuilding for the StAC rowing programme, our young crews have had some outstanding successes this season. New teacher in charge of Rowing, Riley Gain says the rowers ‘outdid themselves’ at the Maadi Cup at Lake Ruataniwha, where they made nine A finals. “This was an incredible effort from our younger and smaller squad, given we no longer have any of our Maadi Cup and Springbok Shield winning rowers from last year. To have so many of our crews place in the top 10 nationally at an event with 2500 competitors is an incredible effort.” Three crews finished just outside of the medals in fourth place in their A finals. They were the Boys’ U18 coxless pair – Evan Young and Harrison Jones-Park (both Year 13), Boys’ U18 novice double sculls – Benjamin Rowley and Charlie McIntosh (both Year 11), and the Boys’ U15 coxed quad sculls – Caleb Brown, Lachlan Muir, Ben Chittock and James MacLean (all Year 10), and cox, George Rutledge (Year 12). The Boys’ U18 novice coxed eight also did incredibly well to finish fifth. In addition to the eight A finals, StAC rowers made eight B finals, two C finals and a D final. These results were on the back of the successful South Island Secondary Schools Rowing Regatta Championships, where our rowers won three silver medals and six bronze medals, finishing fifth overall out of 39 schools.
At the Maadi cup, Year 13 rowers (from front to back) Amelia Sharpe, Georgia Foster, Milly Nesbit and Jessica Le Poidevin won the B final in the Girls’ U18 coxed quad sculls with cox, Scarlett Rumble (Year 10), and were third in the B final of the U18 coxed four with cox George Rutledge (Year 12).
The StAC Boys’ U16 coxed four Benjamin Farrell, Louie Murden, James Tavendale, Anton Verheul, coxswain Douglas (Hugh) Green (all Year 11) with Dale Maher (coach) after winning a bronze medal at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Rowing Regatta Championships.
The silver medallists were our Girls’ U15 coxed four – Cecile Grant (Year 11), Sophia Rutherford, Amelia Speight, Emma Inglis, and cox, Scarlett Rumble (all Year 10), our Boys’ U16 coxed four Anton Verheul, Louie Murden, Benjamin Farrell, James Tavendale, and cox, Douglas (Hugh) Green (all Year 11), and our Boys’ U19 coxless pair – Benjamin Rowley and Charlie McIntosh (both Year 11). At the Canterbury School Championships, St Andrew’s won two gold, eight silver and one bronze medal. Our gold medallists were the Boys’ U15 quad – Caleb Brown, Lachlan Muir, Ben Chittock, James MacLean (all Year 10) and cox, George Rutledge (Year 12), and our Boys’ novice eight – Caleb Brown (Year 10), Charlie McIntosh (Year 11), Benjamin Rowley (Year 11), Guy Taggart, Ben Chittock, James MacLean, Ben Hartnell, Benjamin Wood and Alexander Carrodus (all Year 10). The squad’s other major regatta for the year was the South Island Club Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha at the end of January, where they won two gold, four silvers and two bronze medals. Riley Gain is new to St Andrew’s this year and is spending around half his time managing the College’s rowing programme, and the other half teaching in the High Performance Sports and Physical Education Departments. “It’s great to have come into a really positive environment, with lots of new, young rowers coming through. I think there are exciting times ahead as we build on the successes of this year over the next couple of seasons.”
Our Year 13 students Evan Young and Harrison Jones-Park captured in action on the lake at Maadi Cup where they finished fourth in the Boys’ U18 coxless pair A final, and were third in the B final of the Boys’ U18 double sculls.
Message from the President
Some extremely interesting ideas came from this initiative and some are already in place. The Young Old Cols get together at No. 4 Bar in Merivale was one of these. Around 60 attended a very enjoyable evening. More of these events will follow. We will also be profiling an Old Collegian on a regular basis each year and posting on media sites. These will be written by budding journalists within our fraternity. Watch this space. Several other new initiatives are also in the pipeline. Now that we have a good balance of younger and older Old Collegians on the Executive, we can better serve our membership. Keep your contact details up to date so that we can keep you informed of the exciting OCA functions coming up. Alumni Roll online is nearing reality, which will be pleasing for those of you who cherish the ‘Stud Book’. If you know of someone not receiving our publications or emails, please send in their details. Remember if you change jobs and have a new email we don’t know unless you inform us.
Events Young Old Collegians Function Around 60 of our 'young' Old Collegians met at No.4 Bar in Merivale, on Friday 9 February. It was a fantastic turnout of recent leavers, university students, young working professionals and those embarking on their travels, with the event highlighting the strong connections so many still have to the College.
Leo Carter (2012), Samuel Howes (2012) and Thomas Smith (2012)
The Stewart Junior Centre is now open and what a magnificent facility it is for sculpting our young minds. We are so well placed at St Andrew’s College with all our state-of-the-art facilities to guide our students into adulthood and equip them with the skills to succeed in life. St Andrew’s College is at the cutting edge of education and is well placed to educate our students for the next 100 years. Mark Mulholland (1973) President
The Executive had a night at Castle Hill Lodge back in October for a ‘Think Tank’, discussing where to from here. It was a very rewarding exercise for the Executive members in a relaxing and stimulating environment. Having the time to explore and expand on the thoughts put forward, was definitely fruitful.
Jack Griffiths, Alistair Burnett and Pippa Griffiths (all 2015)
Welcome to another year of reconnecting with the College. My term as President is well through and I can’t believe how quickly it has passed.
Gabrielle Lee (2015), Jane Jeffs (2014), Libby Day (2014) and Olivia Yee (2014)
70 Years On Reunion In September 2017, the College had the pleasure of hosting the class of 1947–1951 for their 70 Years On reunion luncheon. It was a special occasion for the Old Collegians and partners, who were able to reminisce about their time at the College, the years gone by, and reflect on the progress the College has made. Graeme Sim arranged for some special commemorative caps to be made for the guests in attendance.
The class of 1947–1951 at their 70 Years On reunion.
60 Years On Reunion On Founders’ Day, the College welcomed back 50 members of the 1958–1962 year group for their 60 Years On reunion. They enjoyed a fun-filled day at the Founders’ Day Assembly and Highland Games, followed by a special reunion dinner on the Saturday evening, and a barbecue offsite on the Sunday. It was great to hear such positive feedback from the attendees about everything from the diversity of our student talent, to the latest developments in our Stewart Junior Centre.
Around 50 members of the 1958–1962 year group enjoyed the traditional 60 Years On reunion on Founders’ Day weekend.
Max Paton (1962) proudly wearing his College uniform at the assembly.
David Halstead (1966) recently retired as South Island Austrian Consul after more than 10 years in this voluntary role. In February, he was presented with an Austrian Order of Merit Award by the Austrian Ambassador, Dr Bernhard Zimburg for his valued service. David is a former Canterbury Chamber of Commerce president and is a Queen’s Service Medal recipient. David Hawke (1972) studied Animal Health at Lincoln College after leaving St Andrew’s, and worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Canterbury, Otago and Southland. He left New Zealand in 1992 as a minister of religion, and set up an airborne operation covering sub-Saharan Africa offering missionary and practical aid such as water projects, upliftment projects, supporting missionaries, and evangelism. During the breakdown of apartheid, David supported the work of three main religious leaders, Bishop Tutu, Bishop Haines and Rev. Ray McCauley. After the Rwandan Civil War broke out, David was chosen to be part of a team taking aid into Rwanda, and organised two C130 Hercules and a Boeing 707 freighter to shift tonnes of tents, blankets and medicine into the huge refugee camps on the Rwandan border. He became a negotiator between the Hutu and Tutsi people. Since that time, David has worked in 53 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East. On his return to Australia he worked as Chief Commissioner alongside the Australian Defence Force, overseeing chaplaincy and field support of the Defence Force personnel. He is now a minister in the Uniting Church of Australia, an amalgam of the Presbyterian, Congregational and Methodist Churches there.
Sasha Roselli (2007) is a Department of Conservation ranger based in Central Otago. She plans and monitors many of DOC’s operations in the area, in a bid to preserve the Central Otago ecosystems.
Alexander Schwertheim (2010) has recently been working as a rocket scientist for the European Space Agency. He visited St Andrew’s early in Term 1 and had 100 Year 7–8 students spellbound as he led them through a brief history of flight and rocket developments. He presented a comprehensive overview of current research and issues faced by international space agencies as they explore our solar system and beyond. Alex then flew to London to begin his PhD studies on hybrid fuel/electric propulsion rockets for the exploration of deeper space and more distant planets in our own solar system.
Within the same hour, on the same day, but for different teams at opposite ends of the country, Logan Van Beek (2008) and Matt McEwan (2009) produced first class cricket hat-tricks in New Zealand's Plunket Shield. Logan represents the Wellington Firebirds and Matt the Auckland Aces.
Robbie Murray (2011) is part of a team from the University of Canterbury involved in creating the world’s first 3D-printed titanium internal combustion engine.
Georgia McGillivray (2009) is Chief Executive and one of the founders of The Social Club, a company which connects New Zealand’s largest community of social media influencers with brands and agencies to run campaigns. Old Collegian, Justin Clark (2007) is also a co-founder of the company. Blue Rower Isaac Giesen (2010) was disappointed not to be able to participate in the 2017 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge due to the completion of his boat being delayed, making him unable to finish the mandatory pre-race hours on the water. He is deferring his entry until the 2018 event. Isaac has since been involved in an adventure called Voyage Beyond the Horizon, crossing the Atlantic with five other rowers, with the aim to raise funds for a number of wildlife and environmental causes.
Matthew Horncastle and Blair Chappell
Matthew Horncastle (2011) and Blair Chappell (2011) are the managing directors of Williams Corporation, a property development company. Their focus is on affordable, high density projects in the inner city. The pair have contributed greatly to Christchurch’s rebuild, with a large number of developments throughout the city. Richie Mo’unga (2012) won the EB Construction Outstanding Sportsman of the Year at the Canterbury Sports Awards.
Emily Heazlewood (2012) has developed a new social app known as 'Romer', which helps people organise social gatherings. Equally significant, the app gives local businesses an opportunity to showcase their attractions and offerings. James Rice (2012) has a scholarship to study at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, where he will start his Masters studies in Nuclear Fusion and Plasma Physics. Carlos Garcia Knight (2014) represented New Zealand in the Snowboard Slopestyle and Snowboard Big Air competitions at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He did incredibly well in his Olympics debut, making the final of the Snowboard Slopestyle event and narrowly missing out on a podium finish. In the Big Air event, Carlos was the top qualifier for the final but again just missed out on the medals. It was a fantastic achievement. Harry Grigg (2014) competed in the New Zealand Aria Competition where he was awarded the John Bond Award for most promising singer and won number of classes in the U21 and Open age groups. Adam Cox (2016) won the 2017 Madam Tiong Guok Hua Memorial Prize for the top Economics student at the University of Canterbury where he is studying Economics and Engineering.
An article, ‘Medicinal Purposes’, in a previous issue of Regulus which focused on former Health Science students of St Andrew’s who are succeeding in a medical career or further study in the subject, reminded Professor Ron Jones (1953–1957) of the extraordinary impact of a visit by a medical professional to the Upper Sixth Form (Year 13) group at the College in 1957. Nearly one-third of these students, including Biology teacher Doug Thomson, himself a St Andrew’s Old Collegian, went on to practise medicine after the visit, writes Ron. “Doug was instrumental in bringing another St Andrew’s Old Boy, the impeccably dressed Dr Ian McDonald, to talk to our class about careers in medicine. McDonald’s enthusiasm for medicine excited those of us who were still uncertain where our future paths lay. Some of us met up with Ian again when he was a lecturer in Medicine at the Otago Medical School and an assistant master at Knox College in Dunedin. We were still too immature to recognise his sterling qualities and were not to know that McDonald was to become one of the world’s leading neurologists and arguably St Andrew’s most famous medical son. “Stiff competition for medical school entry after the war deprived Doug Thomson of a place in the Otago Medical School and he took up teaching as a career, although he always harboured a wish to study medicine. Later he obtained a place at St Andrews School of Medicine in Scotland. In the mid-1960s Doug met up with us again, his former students, when we were all house surgeons at Christchurch Hospital. “From the eighteen boys in the 1957 Upper Sixth Form, George Abbott (paediatrics), Tony Lee (ophthalmology), and Bruce Todd (general practice), all worked in Christchurch, while David Baron practised psychiatry in Melbourne. Doug Thomson became a country GP in Methven but sadly died in his late 40s, and I was an obstetrician and gynaecologist in Auckland. "Professor McDonald went on to have a distinguished career as a consultant neurologist at Queen Square, London, Professor of Neurology at London University, a researcher, editor of Brain journal, and president of a number of august neurology societies. None of us who sat in Doug Thomson’s Biology class could have imagined he and McDonald would be catalysts in determining our future careers and lives: we are grateful to them both.”
This year group is looking forward to a reunion in Auckland during the week of 19 November. Further details will be advised.
Ari Graham (2016) has been selected for the New Zealand Junior Girls’ triathlon team. Benjamin Taylor (2017) and Thomas Russel (2017) were selected for the New Zealand U23 team in the coxed and coxless fours, to compete at the U23 World Championships in Poland. Reuben Creighton (2018) has moved to Orewa College to further pursue his surfing. As a member of the Canterbury U19 team, he won fifth place in the Surf Ski race and sixth place in the Ironman race at the New Zealand Provincial Surf Life Saving Championships. Reuben also won two gold medals and one silver medal at the Eastern Regional Surf Life Saving Championships. Rowing Several Old Collegians had great results at the New Zealand Rowing Championships: • Robbie Manson (2007) – three golds; • John Storey (2005) – three silvers; • Benjamin Taylor (2017) – two silvers; • Thomas Russel (2017) – two silvers; • Mitchell White (2017) – one silver; • Zackary Rumble (2017) – one bronze.
The Upper Sixth Form class of 1957 (back) N Thomson, A Lee, J Shaw, G Stanton, A France, (middle) W Kain, G Stonehouse, D Baron, G Boroman, A Fleming, R Jones (front) Mr A Gillies, M Cross, I Marriot, G Abbott, R Leatham, H Warren – absent B Todd.
Obituaries Athol Mann, CMG (1947)
In 1985, Athol was promoted to Executive Vice-President of Peat Marwick International in New York until it merged into KPMG. On his return to New Zealand in 1987, he spent 10 years as the Executive Dean for Commerce and Administration at Victoria University. Although known as ‘accounting royalty’, Athol also had a passion for the arts and serving the community. He was inaugural chairman of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and an inaugural director of Te Papa. He served on the AMP Society New Zealand and Smiths City Group boards, and was a director of Pharmaco NZ Ltd and NBR New Zealand Opera. He also helped to
found the Christchurch Medical Research Foundation, chaired the Health Sponsorship Council, was a director of Barnardos New Zealand, and was on the standing committee of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. His involvement extended to the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Civic Music Council and the Christchurch Arts Festival. Athol was awarded the Companion of St Michael and St George for service to the accountancy profession, the arts and the community. Athol was a loyal and passionate Old Collegian, who gave many years of service to St Andrew’s College. He once said his passion for the arts, and particularly opera, started with the 1944 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado at St Andrew’s College.
Teacher at St Andrew’s College 1982–2008, Collegian Editor 1994–2017 In November 2017, the St Andrew’s College community was saddened to learn of the passing of Glenda Andrew. Glenda taught English and Social Studies at St Andrew’s for 26 years, and edited the Collegian publication for over an incredible 30 years. Glenda joined her husband Alvin on the staff of the College in 1982 and the following year was given the responsibility of leading the Social Studies Department, a position she held until she left her teaching position in 2008. During this time, Glenda also ran the Senior Student Elective Programme,
managed the College swimming sports for many years and assisted Alvin with the College squash teams. Her interest and ability in writing was put to good use when in the late 1980s she assisted Bruce Manttan in editing the Collegian, the College’s annual magazine. In 1994 Glenda assumed the full editor’s role – a responsibility she held until her death. During her time as editor, the magazine transformed in style and more than doubled in size from 179 pages in 1993 to 416 in 2017. It was truly a labour of love.
she did. She always cared about her colleagues and students. I remember how professional she was and the example she set in her leadership of Social Studies. Glenda worked tirelessly to prepare units of work and assessment tasks for teachers in her department, with home baking and jellybeans always provided for department meetings. Her desire for students to become good people was evident to all her colleagues. St Andrew’s College is immensely richer for her 36 years of teaching, leadership, writing and service.”
Retired Head of Secondary School, Roland Burrows, says Glenda will be remembered by all of her friends and colleagues at the College for her professional skills, positive attitude and generosity of spirit.“Glenda was such a wonderful person who gave her heart, mind and soul to all that
Glenda was farewelled in the Centennial Chapel, with many retired staff members returning to the College to remember her significant contribution. She was a much loved and admired member of the St Andrew’s College community, who has left a significant legacy.
• Campbell Henderson (1937–1939)
• Peter Taylor (1958–1962)
• Athol Mann (1944–1947)
• Tony Tyson (1965–1969)
• Alister McMillan (1944–1948)
• Grant Gallagher (1970–1974)
While studying at St Andrew’s, he developed a love of History and English Literature, a subject he wanted to study at university. However, with jobs scarce in post-war New Zealand, his father persuaded him to study accountancy instead. His first job was with Burtt McGillivray in Christchurch, where he became a partner by the age of 21. He later
became President of the New Zealand Society of Accountants and was the first New Zealander to become a Council Member of the International Federation of Accountants.
Another bright light has faded in the Old Collegians’ community, with the passing of Emeritus Professor Athol Mann, who died suddenly in November 2017, at his home in Wellington, at the age of 86. Athol attended St Andrew’s College from 1944–1947, was on the Board of Governors for 20 years, and was Board Chair from 1973–1978.
Just married James Munro (2004) married Caitlin Corbin in the Catlins on 10 February 2018.
Pete Fairbairn (2004) married Nicole Gallie in Midginbil Hill, Australia in August 2017 (pictured with fellow Old Collegians).
Tim Jones (2007) married Emily Trenberth in Matakana on 11 January 2018.
Adrianna Lawson (2007) married Neil Hucker in Melbourne on 11 November 2017.
Tom Stanley (2007) married Candice Van Dyk in Christchurch on 4 February 2018.
Indianna McEwin (2007) married Shaun Cosgriff in Kapiti on 27 January 2018.
Kate Baker (2007) married Mark Stanbury in Lincoln on 2 March 2018.
Laura Brooks (2008) married Tyler Bleyendaal in Prebbleton on 4 June 2017.
Emily Roxburgh (2008) married Chris Nicholson in Waiau on 23 March 2018.
Upcoming events May 4 President’s Dinner 31 Dunedin Old Collegians Regional Function July 20 Annual Dinner 20 London Old Collegians Function August 11 Rugby Reunions
September 21–23 40 Years On October 5–7 50 Years On 12 Gentlemen's’ Luncheon 20 10 Years On November TBC 30 Years On 14–16 Canterbury A&P Show
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Regulus is the St Andrew's College magazine, which is published in May, August and November each year.