REGULUS MAY 2019
Contents Leadership and Governance
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(Cover) Pipe Band Director, Richard Hawke, and his wife Julie at the Pipe Band Centenary. Photo credit: Sue Oxley
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From the Rector From the Board Teaching excellence rewarded Meet the new Director of Boarding The boarding advantage Introducing our 2019 student leaders Special assemblies Tutors a key link between school and home
Teaching and Learning
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Literacy in English a fundamental skill A career in words New Te Reo Māori and Tikanga programmes New teaching staff for 2019 Another incredible year of academic achievement Unprecedented Scholarship success Academic success New online platforms for StAC Tikanga principles embraced Splish, splash, splosh Meet the new Head of Middle Syndicate The importance of agency
Resources and Environment
New drop-off zone praised Meet the new Director of Development
Values and Culture
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Pipe Band celebrates 100-year milestone Pipe Band community gathers for celebrations Richard Hawke honoured; Pipe Band Centenary hub A time for reflection and commemoration Concert and Ceilidh conclude celebrations Pipe Band’s rich history Outstanding achievements in modern era Scottish links strong with Gordonstoun Celebrating the Bard; Who is reading Robert Burns? Meeting Malala Yousafzai; Keeping Holocaust stories alive Girls' Breakfast; Te Waka Calling ceremony Vern’s return to St Andrew’s Swimming Sports Cultural catch up Community and Service Athletics Day Sports round up
Summer Tournament Week Another year of rowing success
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Message from the President Events; Gone but not forgotten; Upcoming events Class notes Just married
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Rector The 2019 school year began with a particular sense of optimism and celebration.
The College roll was full (the biggest ever in our history) resulting from a strong reputation, outstanding academic and co-curricular results, and a strong sense of community. NCEA and Scholarship results were the best ever with three students ranking amongst the top 50 in New Zealand, and Russell Boey named as a top 11 scholar. Amy Wells gained the top Agriculture Scholarship result in New Zealand, and an unprecedented number of St Andrew's College students in Years 11, 12 and 13 gained NCEA Excellence endorsements. The College campus looked pristine and ready for action with a functional and attractive new drop-off zone providing better access and traffic flow for parents, a smart new College shop, and grounds in outstanding condition. At a time when teachers are in short supply, St Andrew’s welcomed 13 new teachers who were held in high regard from their previous positions, and who expressed gratitude and excitement at the opportunity to join our professional and committed staff. Our staff-only days drew upon the expertise of the Resilience Institute (Auckland) headed by Dr Sven Hansen. This complemented the College emphasis on well-being, and highlighted the importance of self-awareness and self-care in a world which demands increasing accountability and analysis of outputs. Following our extensive stakeholder review at the beginning of 2019, we also launched our new strategic direction for St Andrew's, Framing our Future, which identified six strategic priorities with an overarching vision to be recognised
and valued as a high performance organisation. Our optimism was high and we looked forward to another St Andrew's centenary celebration in March – this time for the iconic Pipe Band. However, we couldn’t predict the unprecedented tragedy that would unfold during the afternoon of 15 March, with the horrific shootings at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques. As we began to realise the horror and extent of death and injury from this event, there followed an outpouring of support and aroha for those who lost their lives, or had their lives irrevocably changed. All around us we have seen examples of generosity, compassion, and strength in community. Young people have stood up and shown leadership, and previous strangers have sought solace and connection with each other. There have been many declarations of commitment to make our world a better place, to stamp out division, suspicion or hatred towards those who may be different to ourselves in faith, religion, culture, and language. Our St Andrew’s community has demonstrated compassion for those who are hurting the most, and support for those in our community who have cared for our young people amidst uncertainty. Our parents have been grateful for the care shown for the children at school during the four hour lockdown, our students have shown their love and empathy for those who are most affected by the attack by bringing flowers, writing heartfelt messages, and donating generously to the fund for the victims of the shooting. Senior students have joined with other student leaders to express their solidarity in making paper chain messages. Three St Andrew's students organised the Christchurch ‘March for Love’ and we have gathered together in moments of silence, reflection and prayer, determined that we will emerge from this tragedy as a better, more connected, more tolerant and loving people. One group of senior students wrote and produced a Song of Hope which has inspirational lyrics and
reflects the thoughtful, mature response so typical of our students. In all these acts I have seen strength, compassion, and a deep humanity. Our young people, presently in our schools, will have the greatest influence on the future. They are the ones we must encourage and teach to stand up for what is right in a world that is inclusive, embraces diversity, and rejects attitudes that give power and dominance to some groups over others. As we help to educate and guide them through the exploration of values and lessons from history, we must continue to challenge ourselves to set a good example. By supporting them to see hope and faith in their world, we can encourage them to build a better place for all. I was inspired by the generous words of Farid Ahmed, at the memorial service in Christchurch on 29 March; words of a man suffering so much personal loss and yet so full of forgiveness. His comparison of Christchurch, the Garden City – whose beauty is made up of the different colours and varieties of individual flowers – and the richness and diversity of inclusive communities and nations, was a simple yet poignant one. Since the tragedy, we have seen an outpouring of collective sentiment, incredible courage, and selfless love, and now it is up to us all to be part of the change for good. Kia mau ki te tūmanako, te whakapono me te aroha Hold fast to hope, faith and love.
Christine Leighton Rector
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Following an assembly address made by Oscar Bloom and Scarlett Rumble (both Year 11) while on exchange at Gordonstoun School in Scotland, the students of Gordonstoun wrote messages which were made into paper chains and sent via Oscar, to the students of St Andrew’s College. In early April, the Headmaster of Gordonstoun School, Titus Edge (pictured above) and his wife visited St Andrew's, where their daughter Isabel was on exchange. The paper chains were put on display in The Green Library and Innovation Centre.
Three of our singer/songwriters, Pippa McAnergney (Year 12), Sienna Beer, and Hana Pearce (both Year 13), sang their Song of Hope at the end-of-term assembly, which they wrote in the wake of the attack. Year 13 student, Shea Laws, was instrumental in organising a wall of flowers in the quad to commemorate those lost in the terror attacks.
Manaia Butler, Marshall Setu and Ella Clearwater (all Year 12) organised the ‘March for Love’, which was attended by an estimated 5000 people. “We knew we needed to do something to show our support and love for the Muslim community and everyone affected,” they said.
Head Girl, Juliette Newman, and Elliot Wood (Year 13) sang an emotive duet from the upcoming production of Parade at the end-of-term assembly. When Juliette introduced the background to the production, she spoke about how the drive and determination of the students involved became stronger following the terror attack. “We all had a need to channel our emotions of grief and pain and anger into a constructive medium that can put across a message and make people think. We knew that we had even more of a responsibility to get this show right, and to do justice for all of the people who have been oppressed, in every society, worldwide.”
Board I am writing this column in the immediate aftermath of the tragic events of Friday 15 March. While this mass murder of New Zealanders will be forever incomprehensible and indelibly etched in our collective consciousness, it is the heart-warming response from our community, the togetherness, the outpouring of love, kindness and compassion which defines us and will endure. It is my belief that this, together with a resolute personal commitment from each of us to confront and call out racism and prejudice, and to demand tighter gun control, that will see good come from evil. I have no doubt New Zealand and Christchurch will emerge from this tragedy as a more inclusive and tolerant society. The Board is so very grateful for the leadership and actions of management, teachers, and staff, which ensured everyone was safe and kept well informed on the day, and comforted and supported in the days since. At the beginning of Term 1 we published Framing Our Future. This document defines the direction of the College and is a reflection of the conversation held with our community over the last 12 months. Its purpose is to define where we are heading and what is most important in moving along that path and, in so doing, to be a touchstone for all planning and decision making. The Board appreciates the rich insight garnered from the input of so many people, which has been valuable in understanding the success of St Andrew’s College to date and discovering what’s going to sustain and grow this into the future. On Friday 15 February, I had the privilege of representing the Board of Governors at the Academic Assembly to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding academic achievement in 2018. The award recipients contributed to possibly the highest academic achievement in the College’s history, and certainly the highest in recent years. The Board is proud of their achievements and we are especially grateful for the contribution this makes to the reputation of the College. We recognise that behind every high achieving student are teachers who dedicate their professional lives to student learning and development. And of course, there are families who have invested in a St Andrew’s College education and provided guidance, encouragement, and support. We thank the teachers and the families for everything you
Retired Board Member, Chris Janett.
have done to enable and support high academic performance, and for your dedication to these young people. And we thank the students whose collective achievements are simply sensational. At the first Board meeting of the year, we acknowledged Chris Janett and her significant contribution to the College. Chris, having served on the Board as staff nominee for four-and-ahalf years, decided to retire. Her knowledge of the teaching profession, engagement with staff, profile in our community, and visibility around the campus has enabled her insightful and well considered contribution. She has been a valuable and influential Governor and her contribution will be missed. The process to appoint a new staff nominee Board member is underway and is expected to be resolved by the end of April, with ratification at the AGM in June. The weeks and months ahead will be challenging. More than ever we will need to draw on the power of our collective humanity, to be there and care for each other, and be strong and resilient together. We have done it before, and we must do it again for the sake of our children and our community.
Bryan Pearson Board Chair On behalf of the Board of Governors
Head of Technology, Allyson Duncan, is fulfilling a long-held dream to attend a cooking school in Italy, after being awarded the 2018 Marily Scanlon Award for Teacher Excellence at last year’s Prizegiving. “I was so honoured and humbled to win the award, as there are a lot of good people doing good things at St Andrew’s College. To use the prize money to do something I’ve always wanted to do is very exciting.” The Marily Scanlon Award recognises a teacher for their contribution to teacher excellence and the wider life of the College, and was generously donated by Jay, Maris, and Francis Scanlon in memory of their wife and mother, Marily. Allyson has enjoyed a long teaching career, which started at Casebook Intermediate, and has seen her teach at several schools around New Zealand before joining St Andrew’s College 16 years ago. For the last 12 years she has been Head of the Technology Department, which encompasses Food Technology, Textiles, Digital Technology, Design and Visual Communication, and Hard Materials. “It is a busy and diverse
role, and there are always lots of things happening. Although we use different materials in the various subject areas, the processes for the students are very much the same.” Alongside leading the complex department, Allyson teaches Food Technology, with her students consistently achieving strong NCEA results. “My primary focus has always been on food. It’s my passion and I’m interested in everything from food production and preparation to the nutrition side.” During her time at St Andrew’s, Allyson has also managed many touch and netball teams, and in 2018, was manager of the highly successful Senior A netball team. Allyson is attending a week-long, live-in cooking course in Lucca, an historic city in Tuscany, which she has visited before. “I have fond memories of my time in Lucca 12 years ago, so was delighted to find a wonderful course there. The reason I chose it was because some days we are in the kitchen preparing food, while at other times we will be offsite, perhaps attending a local market, visiting the
wineries in Chianti, or travelling to Palma Campania where the famous ham comes from.” Allyson is looking forward to sharing her learnings and experiences from the course with students on her return. “It will tie in nicely with part of a Year 11 unit, which focuses on pasta, as we look at the influence of other cultures on New Zealand food. I hope to have lots of great photographs to show the students and share some learnings about food in Italy they wouldn’t get from a textbook.” During her trip, Allyson will visit other parts of Italy with her husband, and youngest daughter and her partner, who are accompanying her. “There will be a great balance between family time and doing something on my own, which I’ve always wanted to do. How lucky am I?” Rector Christine Leighton says Allyson was a deserved winner of the Marily Scanlon Award, as she exhibits exemplary professional standards at all times. “Allyson models commitment to students, the teaching profession, and St Andrew’s College, and as a lifelong learner herself, has encouraged and supported members of her department to embrace innovative technologies to further expand students’ horizons in their subject areas.”
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Head of Technology, Allyson Duncan, receiving the Marily Scanlon Award from Rector Christine Leighton, at the 2018 Prizegiving.
Director of Boarding, Matt Parr, with boarders outside the boarding houses.
Meet the new
Director of Boarding The new Director of Boarding at St Andrew’s College, Matt Parr, says his first objective in his new role has been to add value to an already top-class boarding establishment. “I want to continue to build on the positive reputation of boarding at St Andrew’s College so we maintain and grow our position as a leading choice for girls’ and boys’ boarding in the South Island.” Matt has appreciated the warm welcome he has been given at St Andrew’s, and has been mindful of the legacy left by former Director of Boarding, Di MacDonald, who was at the College for almost 30 years. “Di was so influential and brought real vibrancy to the boarding environment. I also highly value building relationships with the boarders, and I’ve spent the first few months being as involved as possible and getting to know everyone. I like to be really hands-on, which has given me a good understanding of what
happens on a day-to-day basis in the boarding houses.” Matt’s personal philosophy on supporting student well-being and achievement is to make decisions based on ‘what a great parent might do’. “I believe great parents set the culture and tone of their family and foster a sense of belonging, protection, and direction. We set the same intentions in our boarding family at St Andrew’s College. I’m fortunate to lead a large team who deliver an incredibly high duty of care. Everything we do revolves around supporting the students’ number one objective for being here – to get an excellent education.” Matt came to St Andrew’s College from Christchurch Boys’ High School where he was Assistant Manager of Adams House for three years, and was also the school’s Director of Communications, a teacher, and a sports coach. He is an Old Boy himself, having played for the First teams in rugby and cricket for three years at Christchurch Boys’ High School, and serving as Deputy Head Boy in his final year.
During a gap year in the United Kingdom Matt had his first taste of teaching at an agricultural school in Somerset. While in the UK, Matt met his future wife, Nancy, and on their return to New Zealand, he spent four years studying Physical Education at the University of Otago. After a year teaching English in Japan, Matt completed his post-graduate teaching studies, and started his teaching career back at Christchurch Boys’ High School as a Health and Physical Education teacher. “In 2006, my family moved into Adams House, where Nancy and I were Housemasters for six years. After being Dean of Year 9 for three years, I took on the role as Deputy Manager of Adams House, which gave me invaluable experience in the management of a boarding house, and the care of boarding students. I was mentored by my former Physical Education teacher, Richard Taylor, who has been Head of Boarding at the school for over 20 years. He was a massive influence on me and played a key role in shaping my vision and love of boarding.” Matt, Nancy, and their two children, Grace and Tully, currently reside in Prebbleton, but hope to be living on campus by the end of the year. “Coming to St Andrew’s has been a huge move, but I have absolutely no regrets. I’m excited to work in an environment where our students feel safe and happy, are supported in every way to be themselves, and encouraged to make the most of the wonderful opportunities available to them here at St Andrew’s College.”
Matt oversees a large team of caring and enthusiastic staff, including House Managers, Assistant House Managers, and several tutors in each of the three boarding houses, who have a genuine bond with the boarders. “Our team understands that boarding is a significant life change for students and their families, and are dedicated to providing a friendly, safe environment, from which the boarders can fully immerse themselves in school life. Students have an excellent structure and programmes wrapped around them to ensure that their education is always the main focus, with access to a broad range of co-curricular programmes helping them to develop into well-rounded young adults.”
In the early part of the term, the 2019 boarding community at St Andrew’s College bonded over a number of fun events and themed dinners, including the Boarders’ Weekend, and Valentine’s Day Dinner, when Matt had his first experience of getting into costume alongside the students. Coming into a co-educational boarding school from his previous role in a boys only boarding school has been a big change for Matt, who has found the ease of relationships between the boarding houses ‘really impressive’. “Before I came to St Andrew’s I wondered, as some parents may, whether boys might be a distraction to the girls in the boarding environment and vice versa. But I’ve been genuinely surprised to discover the opposite is true. It’s great to see the way the boys from the two boys’ boarding houses and the girls in Thompson House interact. There are lots of healthy friendships among the students, both between the boys and girls, and the different age groups within each House. At our Boarders’ Weekend, the boys were confidently performing, singing and dancing,
Director of Boarding, Matt Parr, with Heads of Boarding, Daniel Bishop and Loren Hay, in their Valentine’s Day Dinner costumes.
which I hadn’t seen before. I think the girls are the reason behind that.” Head of Boys’ Boarding, Daniel Bishop, says that boarding at St Andrew’s has a unique identity, culture, and sense of community which is distinct from the rest of the College. “Boarders punch above their weight in all efforts, particularly in leadership and sport. I believe this can be attributed to how unique boarding is at St Andrew’s. Our main goal as leaders this year is to continue to build this identity and culture and take it to an even greater level, underpinned by our theme, ‘Pride in our Presence’.” Head of Girls’ Boarding, Loren Hay, says making lifelong friendships is another positive aspect of boarding at the College. “When I started this new chapter in my life in Year 9 and was introduced to so many new faces, little did I know these strangers would soon become like sisters and brothers to me. It has been a big, exciting journey as boarders, and we’ve made so many endless, special memories together.”
The boarding environment at St Andrew’s College helps boarders to develop many positive life skills.
Communal living, socialisation, the development of organisational skills, and resourcefulness are just some of the life skills which help boarders at St Andrew’s College to flourish in life well beyond secondary school, says Director of Boarding, Matt Parr. “All of these factors add up to what I call the ‘Boarding Advantage’. I firmly believe that when boys and girls in boarding live away from home alongside each other, they develop these skills and others such as independence and responsibility, which help them to grow as people.”
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Another wonderful group of students have been appointed to more than 100 leadership roles for 2019. Leadership is both an opportunity and a responsibility, and these young leaders will be well supported in their roles. The Prefect team has taken to the challenge with relish, and under the leadership of Heads of College, Juliette Newman and Luca Vinnell, have introduced the P.R.I.D.E. acronym for 2019, which stands for Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence.
Juliette Newman Head Girl Under the new P.R.I.D.E. theme, Juliette says her goals include asking students to take pride in themselves, celebrate their successes and the successes of others, be supportive and encouraging of student peers, and take pride in the College by being an active participant. Being an approachable, positive, and enthusiastic leader who serves and helps others is another key focus, she says. Juliette is an accomplished singer, ballet dancer, and participant in musical productions at the College. She is also a keen trap shooter, since taking up the sport in Year 9. Going on a Languages trip to France last year, as well an exchange to Switzerland are among her personal highlights. Next year Juliette hopes to study Medicine in Sydney or further afield, with studies in Musical Theatre also an option. Luca Vinnell Head Boy As Head Boy, Luca’s focus is to be a strong role model, and be open to all students who want to engage with him. He is also keen to throw himself into as many activities as possible to get to know other students, and says it is a privilege to have a platform as Head Boy from which to do something positive, to be listened to, and listen to others in return. Luca is heavily involved in the cultural side of life at St Andrew’s. He is a talented trumpet player in the Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Chamber Group, and says highlights of his time at St Andrew’s include attending Music Department camps and winning a scholarship to take part in Spirit of Adventure. Next year, he plans to study Medicine at either Otago or Auckland.
Frankie Morrow Deputy Head Girl Frankie says she enjoys working as part of a team and feels privileged to be a student leader in 2019. Her goal as Deputy Head Girl is to support Juliette and Luca in their roles as Heads of College and continue to encourage students, in all year levels, to embrace the opportunities offered at St Andrew’s College. Being a visible and approachable leader is important to Frankie, along with being seen as someone who is motivated to succeed. The talented sportswoman has been involved in numerous sports teams at social and competitive level. She is also a leader in the Kapa Haka Group, plays in the Orchestra, and studies Ballet. Frankie is considering her options for next year, which could include studying Physiotherapy, or looking at football scholarship opportunities overseas. Lewis Edmond Deputy Head Boy As Deputy Head Boy, Lewis plans to be a good role model for younger students, connecting with them, and encouraging them to aspire to senior leadership positions in the future. He says it is an honour to be in the role, which will help him to learn about his own strengths and weaknesses and develop personal skills. Playing for the First XI hockey team is a highlight of his time at the College. Lewis has particularly enjoyed Tournament Week and playing in front of a huge St Andrew’s crowd during competition finals. The World Challenge service trip in 2017 was another incredible experience, which provided great moral reward, he says. Next year, Lewis is considering studying finance in Auckland or Canterbury, with plans to become a financial advisor or analyst. He plans to keep strong connections with St Andrew’s College moving forward.
Loren Hay Head of Girls’ Boarding Increasing the pride all boarders have in themselves and as a boarder, while creating a unique, inclusive and enthusiastic identity for the boarding houses under the theme, ‘Pride in Our Presence’ are key goals for Loren in 2019. She says it is a privilege to have been selected as Head of Girls’ Boarding, as it has been a goal since she first entered the boarding house in Year 9. Loren has been a keen participant in sport at St Andrew’s especially netball, basketball, and volleyball. Her involvement in StAC Dance and the Dance Revue are other highlights of her time at the College. Loren plans to go to university next year, and given her interest in Science and helping people, possibly study Dietetics and a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, with the view to becoming a dietician. Daniel Bishop Head of Boys’ Boarding As Head of Boys’ Boarding, Daniel hopes to elevate the perception and role of boarding in the College. He also wants to ensure that all boarders have a sense of belonging and community, and to encourage them to look out for each other. Daniel says being chosen for the role is an enormous opportunity and privilege, and he would like to be recognised as a good and persistent leader who always puts in 100 per cent. Highlights of Daniel’s time at the College have been the Vietnam History trip in 2018 and kayaking the Abel Tasman as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. He has also been a keen debater at the College. Daniel plans to take a gap year in 2020, working both in New Zealand and England, followed by studies towards a Commerce or Engineering degree, or potentially both.
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2019 Prefect Team
Middle School Leaders
Preparatory School Prefects
Isabella Ambrosius Rhys Blackmore Marcella Bragg Rinay Chandra Noah Clarke Harrison Darling Harrison Dore Ben Innes Mikeely Jones Andrew Kircher-Blay Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee Meg Longley Benjamin MacLeod Ayla Marshall Charlie Murray Hayley Neill Jake Newlands Hana Pearce Thomas Pope-Kerr Hayley Riordan Ayrton Shadbolt Victoria Spratt Bella Trott Elliot Wood Tony Zhou Jenny Zhu
Madeline Bailey Oscar Bloom Ashleigh Brett George Burrowes Jack Calder Benjamin Ferrier Isabella Galvan Lucy Hamilton Tapenisa Havea Eva Hitchon Sophie Innes Scott Janett Abby Jones Felix Kenton-Smith Isabella Logie Ariana Mellish-Temple Charlie Moorhead Connor Newton Oliver Odlin Arden Ongley Archie Reekie Sophia Rutherford Cameron Slee Georgia Spark Isla Stewart Tane Williams
Dara Ballard Isobel Bhatia William Carrodus Tama Connelly Sam Gamble Eilish Johns Harrison Justice Jenna Howell Hayden Lam Hugh Kenny Aine Molony Molly-Belle Morrow Joe Mundy Isabella Pringle Billie Revis Carter Rhodes Megan Simpson Sienna Spark William Voice Chantelle Xiong
(Front) Deputy Head Boy Lewis Edmond, Head of Girlsâ€™ Boarding Loren Hay, Head of Boysâ€™ Boarding Daniel Bishop, Rector Christine Leighton, Head Girl Juliette Newman (Back) Head Boy Luca Vinnell, Deputy Head Girl Frankie Morrow.
assemblies Academic Assembly
Prefect Investiture and Leadership Assembly The first official assembly for the Secondary School this year was the Prefect Investiture and Leadership Assembly, recognising our new group of 156 student leaders, who were ready to bring exciting and energy to their new roles in 2019. A number of parents and guests were in attendance when our Heads of College, prefects, and Senior and Middle School leaders were honoured. New Heads of College, Juliette Newman and Luca Vinnell, gave their first speech to the College, which introduced P.R.I.D.E. as their theme for the year – Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence.
Another year of strong student success in NCEA was celebrated at the Academic Assembly, with 206 Excellence endorsements gained across all three levels, and 43 New Zealand Scholarships, including 13 Outstanding Scholarships, awarded to St Andrew’s College students in 2018. A group of 50 leavers from 2018 returned to receive their Excellence endorsements and Board of Governors Scholarship Awards. The College’s 2018 Dux, Russell Boey, gave an inspiring speech about the importance of following your passion, while Academic Captains, Tony Zhou and Charles Zhang, encouraged students to consider failure as part of their success. The Academic Assembly was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the success of many of our leavers before they headed off to various universities.
Mikae says directives around certain aspects of well-being regularly come from Head of Well-being and Positive Education, Kerry Larby, which are fed through Senior Management and Deans to tutors, who are encouraged to put their own flavour on the message with their tutor groups. “While in their tutor group, students might also engage in a topical conversation, have one-on-one time with their tutor, listen to key notices, or seek advice about anything from time management, to prioritising their workload, and finding balance.”
There was eager anticipation on the faces of the Year 10 tutor group of Digital Technologies and Mathematics teacher, Phil Adams, when student Grace Lawrence cut into the beautifully iced cake she had baked for their Thursday morning get together.
throughout their five years at St Andrew’s College, gaining a holistic knowledge of each of their students, academically, socially, and emotionally. They are the primary conduit between students, the school, and home, and are the first port of call for any student or parent concerns. Parent/ Student/Tutor Conferences are another important aspect of the tutor group system.
The results of her labour were quickly devoured by the students as they took part in a friendly game of Cranium.
Earning the students’ trust and building strong relationships are among the key responsibilities as a tutor, says Phil. “If students need some help, advice, or support, it is important they feel they can come and talk to me. I also like to get to know their parents and am always available to discuss any concerns they might be having.”
Head of Senior College, John Ruge, agrees that the tutor group system is critical for student well-being and pastoral care. “Through discussions, activities, questioning, and sharing, students learn about the importance of positive emotions and resilience, engagement and strengths, positive relationships, meaning and purpose, accomplishment and goal setting, and vitality.”
Head of Middle School, Mikae Tuu’u, says the tutor group system is central to the delivery of the student wellbeing programme at St Andrew’s College, and the reinforcement of positive messages. “Earlier in the term we spoke about the contagiousness of kindness to Middle School students, which was reinforced in the tutor groups. We know from robust research that positive relationships and
Mikae says the tutor group system also helps to ensure that students are making the most of their opportunities at St Andrew’s College, with tutors encouraging students to try new things and explore activities they are passionate about. “The tutor group system helps us to get to know our students really well, which ensures no one gets left behind.”
Phil likes to create a relaxed environment for the students in his tutor group. “I try to make it as light and informal as possible, so tutor group is a place where they can hang out, chat, be themselves, and have some time out from learning. I make a big effort to get the students to put their phones away and circle up, so they are communicating all together, rather than splitting into separate groups.” In Year 9, all Secondary School students become part of a tutor group of 12–14 students, which meet three times each week, with a focus on connection and sharing. The tutors assigned to each Year 9 group follow the students
Cake and a game of Cranium being enjoyed in teacher, Phil Adam’s, Year 10 tutor group.
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between school and home
Tutors a key link
a feeling of connection are essential for student resilience, self-esteem and engagement.”
Literacy in English a
fundamental skill Developing readers who are discerning, speakers who are articulate, writers who are fluent, as well as critical thinkers, are key drivers of the English Department, says Head of English, Jacq Gilbert. “The development of critical thinking is one of the reasons I think English has never been more relevant. Today people are bombarded with information from a range of immediate streams and have to quickly assess what is truthful as well as be aware of when language is being used to manipulate them. We want to equip students with the skills to do this. But even more than that, in their lives and careers beyond school our learners will also contribute to those information streams and we want them to do so skilfully and in a way that adds value.” The department has embraced several aspects of new media in the classroom, such as analysing or making podcasts, says Jacq. “While these mediums are accessible and engaging for students, it is important we still teach works like Hamlet, to ensure they are offered cultural capital they wouldn’t necessarily get without us putting that material in front of them.”
Jacq says success in English is fundamental to success across the curriculum, and gives students access to the understanding, knowledge, and skills they need to participate fully in life beyond school. “English is also the foundation of any academic subject at tertiary level.” Since becoming Head of English in 2017, Jacq has set four specific goals for the department, encompassing a team of 14 teachers. There is a drive to promote reading as well as ensure students understand the correlation between personal reading and success in all academic subjects. A ‘Good Reads @ StAC’ blog has also been introduced by the department to promote reading and share some of the ‘good reads’ students and staff have enjoyed. “A goal for the blog is to curate many texts from a range of genres, to inspire our school community to pick up books and share the reading experience.” Visit stac.nz/GoodReadsAtStAC. Other English Department goals include looking closely at how data can be used to impact the immediate next steps between the teacher and learner; and investigating ways to use feedback that is manageable, meaningful, and motivating for all concerned. A fourth goal is to build a cohesive five-year programme which enriches and extends all learners, of all abilities.
Beyond classroom lessons, keen writers are encouraged through the Writing for Publication programme, in which they have the opportunity to work alongside Writer-in-residence, Kerrin Davidson. Kerrin encourages them to enter their work in various competitions and submit for publication. A strong Debating Club at St Andrew’s also offers an important enrichment opportunity for learners. Oral language skills are further developed, along with critical thinking skills, the ability to view a range of complex perspectives, and the ability to construct a structured and detailed argument. Oral language skills are also supported and promoted through initiatives like the Spoken Word Festival which includes Slam Poetry. While literacy in English is a critical component of virtually any career, Jacq says the subject lends itself well to social sciences, law, teaching, communications, journalism, human resources, and professionals in all walks of life, such as engineers, who regularly need to communicate in detail to clients and stakeholders. Over the last 10 years, St Andrew’s College students have had excellent success in New Zealand Scholarship examinations, with 48 awarded (including 10 at Outstanding level). Students in 2018 achieved five Scholarships in English, (one at Outstanding level). English is compulsory until Year 12 at St Andrew’s College, and Jacq encourages all students to carry on to Year 13. “Only a few will go on to formally study English at tertiary level, so it is important to use every year of school to develop a good base in the subject.”
These former English Scholarship students at St Andrew’s College continue to utilise the skills they learnt in the subject in their varied and interesting careers.
Sophie Mentink says the English skills she learnt at St Andrew’s College equipped her well for both her tertiary studies, and her new job as a lawyer in the corporate team at Russell McVeagh, in Auckland. “I use English every day in my work, which could be anything from dealing with colleagues, to drafting and making presentations. English was also a fundamental skill for both of my degrees.” In 2018, Sophie graduated from the University of Otago with a double degree in Law (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Political Science). She spent the end of last year travelling around South America, before moving to Auckland for her new job. She looks back fondly on the 13 years she spent at St Andrew’s, where, in her final year, she achieved a New Zealand Scholarship in English. “I was lucky to have encouraging and compassionate English teachers like Dr Jeni Curtis, who made the subject so interesting.” Although sad that her student days are now behind her, Sophie is excited to be putting all she has learnt into practice in her work. “It is great to be starting real work and getting a feel for what it actually means to have a Law degree.”
A journalism post-graduate degree secured Sarah her role as an online reporter for Newshub. Beginning as a rookie on the graveyard shifts before making her way into entertainment, Sarah
Will Robertson (2010)
continually pushed for Newshub to launch a lifestyle section. “It took two years and a lot of nagging, but finally we launched Newshub Lifestyle in May 2018.” Now as the youngest editor in the newsroom, Sarah manages her corner of the Newshub site, while writing about food, wine, fashion, beauty, and parenting. “Not everyone can say they landed their dream job at 24. I’ve been able to work alongside some of the best journalists in the country, and am inspired and encouraged every day.”
Sophie Mentink (2012)
It was in English class at St Andrew’s College that Sarah developed a love of writing, which would go on to a fuel a dream of becoming a journalist. “I was lucky enough to have a series of amazing English teachers at St Andrew’s, who encouraged debate and opinion. I spent hours after school in Scholarship English, being pushed outside my comfort zone to hone my writing – something which was to become invaluable in the future.”
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Sarah Templeton (2011)
exciting job. I get a lot of joy from knowing so many people view the show, and that we cover some big issues and important stories which impact on the whole of New Zealand.” Will's favourite characters currently include plastic surgeon, Drew, and nurse Dawn. “I start to invest in the characters and care about them like they’re real people.”
As a storyliner and script editor for Will left St Andrew ’s with an prime-time soap opera, Shortland English Outstanding Scholarship Street, Will Robertson is in the in Year 12, and an English unusual position of not being Scholarship in Year 13. “I had able to tell people what he does really strong support from at work. “People often ask what’s teachers like Mr McIntosh and coming up next in the show, but of Dr Curtis, who gave us the course we can't say.” Part of Will’s freedom to be more reactive in our role is to work in a team to create approach to English, rather than storylines around five months simply writing a paint-by-number ahead of when the episodes essay. This was a great base from actually screen. This means they which to approach my degree are often second-guessing events in English and Film at Victoria well ahead of time. “It is an University, and later my career.”
Te Reo Maori and Tikanga programmes
St Andrew’s College is honouring the bicultural foundations of New Zealand with the introduction of two new courses to help Year 9 students acquire knowledge of Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga (the Māori language and its customs). Rector Christine Leighton says it has been a desire at the College for some years to add Te Reo Māori as a Language option in the Secondary School, to follow on from the Preparatory School focus of introductory Te Reo. “Since 2009, St Andrew’s has been focused on educating our students in Te Reo Māori and Tikanga through aspects of our curriculum and participation in Kapa Haka Groups in both the Preparatory and Secondary Schools. We are very grateful to Matua Steve Reid who has guided us through teacher professional learning, the introduction of mihi whakatau and pōwhiri at important ceremonies, the sharing of waiata and St Andrew’s College haka, training of our Kapa
Haka Groups and mentoring for our Year 10 Te Waka programme. We also acknowledge some of our senior students and teachers who have recognised the importance of learning Māori language, culture, and history in order to participate in and contribute to the future of Aotearoa.” Teacher, Pete Westrupp has joined the staff to teach students in the new year-long Te Reo Māori option for Year 9, and says the first group of learners quickly exceeded his expectations. “They are really enthusiastic and have jumped ahead in their learning much quicker than I expected. The feedback from them about the course has been positive too.” The students are attending three one-hour lessons each week, with the course split into several units. Reading, writing and speaking in Te Reo are key components, along with lessons in Tikanga Māori, and Māori culture, history, myths, legends, and art. In addition, all Year 9 Social Studies classes are studying one hour of Tikanga Māori and Te Reo each week. “Although we follow some similar themes to the option programme, this
A number of students have joined the new Pasifika group at St Andrew’s College.
course doesn’t go as in-depth. However it still gives students a good basic understanding of elements of Māori culture and language, which St Andrew’s recognises as important as we honour our bicultural history,” says Pete. The introduction of a new Māori/ Pasifika group, open to every Year 9–13 student, whatever their race, has also been embraced, says Pete. “This group is helping to grow awareness of Māori and Pacific culture in the College, and has a big focus on inclusiveness and manaakitanga. With the support of their peers, our Māori and Pasifika students are feeling comfortable and incredibly proud of their culture. The students have enjoyed learning everything from waiata, to the school haka, making a patu, writing their own life stories, and playing traditional Māori and Pacific Island games.” This is Pete’s first teaching role, but he is already familiar to many students at St Andrew’s, as a tutor in MacGibbon Boarding House for three years, and as a touch and rugby coach at the College for four years. Pete grew up in Gisborne, and moved to Christchurch to complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and Graduate Diploma in Teaching. “It has been amazing to go straight into running my own programme in my first year of teaching. I’ve had fantastic support from the senior management at the College, and I’m so grateful to be here.”
Te Reo Māori and Tikanga teacher, Pete Westrupp with Year 9 students, Marshall Stokes and Craig Glass.
He says he was incredibly proud to speak Te Reo at the mihi whakatau at the start of the year, which was a ‘big stepping stone’. “My future goals include getting students to the level where they also feel comfortable enough to speak Te Reo in front of people”
Secondary School Kane Boulton has joined St Andrew’s College as Head of Social Sciences from Napier Boys’ College, where he was Senior Master since 2011, along with being House Master of Scinde House, Head of Geography, and a Year 13 Dean. Kane has a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma Teaching and Learning. Flora Brons is joining St Andrew’s in Term 2 to teach Science, Biology, and Agriculture. She has a Bachelor of Agriculture and a Graduate Diploma Teaching and Learning (Secondary). Sarah Exon joins us as Assistant Head of Secondary (Data) from Avonside Girls’ High School, where she was Head of Mathematics since 2017. Sarah has a Master of Science in Educational Management and Leadership (UK). James Jenkinson has joined the English Department from Ashburton College, where he was a Year 10 Dean, school magazine editor, and Pasifika Support Co-ordinator. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Secondary). Justine Lee is a part-time teacher in the Digital Technology Department. She has a Master of Applied Science, and Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Secondary).
Matt Parr is the new Director of Boarding at St Andrew’s College. He joins us from Christchurch Boys’ High School, where he was Assistant Manager of Adams House, Director of Communications, and a teacher of Physical Education, Health, and General Studies. Matt has a Bachelor of Physical Education and Post Graduate Diploma Teaching (NZ). Michelle Tewkesbury joins the Science Department from Scots College in Wellington. Michelle has a PhD in Education, and her current research interests include the complex relationship between the New Zealand Curriculum and NCEA assessment. Pete Westrupp has joined St Andrew’s as a Te Reo/Māori Studies teacher. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary School Education, and is studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Pete is also a current sports coach and boarding house tutor at St Andrew’s.
Preparatory School Meg Feller is the Preparatory School’s new Head of the Middle Syndicate and is teaching Year 4. She joins us from Elmwood School where she was team leader of seven teachers in Years 3–4. Meg is also an ICT e-Learning specialist. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching and Learning.
Susan Gaines joins us as a Year 6 teacher from Elmwood and Ilam Schools. She has been an associate teacher, syndicate leader, and mentor for beginning teachers. Susan has a Diploma of Teaching. Carly Miller has joined St Andrew's as a Year 3 teacher, after working in the Preparatory School in a support role in 2018, across every year level. Carly has a Bachelor of Teaching. Kodie Kutyn joins the Preparatory School as a specialist teacher in Mathematics and Literacy, working predominantly with Year 6–7 students. She previously worked at New Brighton Catholic and St Mary’s Schools. Kodie has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning.
Pre-school Tahu Loper joined the Pre-school this year as a teacher, after returning to New Zealand from overseas. He has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning ECE, Level 5 Diploma Te Ara Reo Māori and a Post Graduate Diploma in Bilingual and Immersion Teaching.
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Russell Boey – Dux 2018
incredible year of
Many students achieved outstanding success in NCEA with a total of 206 Excellence endorsements gained across all three levels (68 at Level 1, 85 at Level 2, 53 at Level 3). 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 21 Year 13 students, two Year 12 students, and one Year 11 student who achieved 43 New Zealand Scholarships, including 13 Outstanding Scholarships in 2018. College Dux, Russell Boey, was placed in the top 11 scholars in New Zealand, and joined Zachary Scheiwe and Qiunan (Velia) Men (all Year 13) in the top 50 students nationwide. Amy Wells (Year 13), finished as the top Agriculture and Horticulture student in New Zealand. • Jack Aimer – Physics (Outstanding), Calculus; • Samuel Armitage – Biology; • Gareth Barron – Geography (Outstanding); • Russell Boey – English (Outstanding), Chemistry (Outstanding), Statistics (Outstanding) Calculus (Outstanding), Economics (Outstanding), Physics; • Lewis Broadhurst – Design; • Bryson Chen – Biology, Chemistry, Statistics; • Mitchell Davis – Chemistry; • Joshua Dillon – English, Physics; • Toby Gardener – Health and Physical Education; • Vera Goessman – Economics; • Tom Hoare – Photography (Outstanding); • Ewan Lawson – English;
• Hamilton Martin (Year 12) – Calculus; • Imogen McNeill (Year 11) – English; • Qiunan (Velia) Men – Statistics (Outstanding), English, Biology, Chemistry, History; • Xavier Moir – Statistics; • Louis Newman – Music; • Leo Noordanus – Media Studies; • Mitchell Radcliffe – Biology (Outstanding), Chemistry, Physics; • Zachary Scheiwe – Physics (Outstanding), Chemistry, Statistics, Calculus, Economics; • Wei Chien (Ariel) Tan – Design; • Amy Well – Agriculture and Horticulture (Outstanding); • Benoit Wynn-Williams – Technology; • Charles Zhang (Year 12) – History (Outstanding).
• Oliver Griffith-Jones • Ella Guillemot-Mene • Matthew Huang • Emma Innes • Judith Jewell • Chase Jordan • Yonni Kepes • Harrison Lloyd • Qiunan Men • Patrick Moran • Lily Morrow • Luca Newman • Louis Newman • Jackson Page • Mitchell Radcliffe • Thomas Rance
gained NCEA at Level 1
In 2018 there were 47 students who qualified for a Board of Governors' Scholarship after gaining NCEA Level 3 Excellence endorsements. • Jack Aimer • Samuel Armitage • Oliver Bailey • Megan Blackwood • Lewis Broadhurst • Sophie Buist • Louisa Collerton • Joshua Collins • Mitchell Davis • Joshua Dillon • Annalisa Fleming • Georgia Foster • Augustus Galbraith • Erik Goesmann • Vera Goesmann • George Gray
Russell Boey was the welldeserved winner of the David Wilton Prize for the Dux of St Andrew’s College for 2018. He excelled across a number of academic disciplines and was involved in the wider life of the school. Russell was awarded the General Excellence Prize, the Mathematics with Statistics Prize, the Timothy Sturge Cup for Mathematics, the Economics Prize, the Physical Science Prize, and the ICAS Gold Medal for Year 13 Science. He was also awarded six NZQA Scholarships, five at Outstanding level. In 2018, he represented New Zealand at the 50th Chemistry Olympiad in Bratislava and Prague, where he won a bronze medal.
• Isabella Roberts • Zachary Scheiwe • Harry Seigne • Dougal Shepherd • Ben Smith • Kate Sproule • Charlotte Stuck • Wei Chien (Ariel) Tan • Ella Waite • George White • Charlotte Whittaker • Harry Wilkinson • Alexander Wilson • Georgia Woollett • Benoit Wynn-Williams
gained NCEA at Level 2
gained NCEA at Level 3
gained University Entrance
This group of 2018 students attended the Academic Assembly to receive their Board of Governors’ Scholarships for gaining NCEA Level 3 Excellence endorsements.
Rector Christine Leighton says the outstanding success of St Andrew’s College students at the 2018 New Zealand Scholarship examinations is something to be celebrated. “To have one St Andrew’s College student in the top 11 in New Zealand, three in the top 50, and one student achieving the highest mark in New Zealand in her subject is an incredible result. We are proud of these amazing young scholars, and all the other students who worked so hard to gain these scholarship awards. The results are also testament to the capability and hard work of some of our very special teachers here at St Andrew’s College.” Between them, 21 Year 13 students, two Year 12 students, and one Year 11 student from 2018, achieved 43 Scholarships, including 13 Outstanding Scholarships. The College’s 2018 Dux, Russell Boey received six Scholarships, with five at Outstanding level. These achievements capped off an amazing year for Russell, a multi-talented academic, who was one of four New Zealand students selected to take part in the 50th Chemistry Olympiad in Bratislava and Prague last year, where he won a bronze medal. “I definitely wasn’t expecting to receive five Outstanding Scholarships, so it was great. I was also excited to become Dux, as it was a goal I had been working towards for nine years. One of my happiest moments was standing on stage at Prizegiving, holding the cup and receiving three cheers.”
At the Academic Assembly, Russell delivered an extremely well received speech, in which he encouraged students to follow their dreams and not someone else’s dream, and to find their passion and turn this into their lifetime’s work. Russell is studying Physics at Auckland University this year with his overall goal to go into astrophysics, and hopefully complete a PhD in that subject. Two other Year 13 students, Zachary Scheiwe, and Qiunan (Velia) Men, both achieved five scholarships, including one Outstanding Scholarship each, and won a place in the top 50 students nationwide. Zachary, who was awarded Proxime Accessit (runner-up to the Dux) at Prizegiving, said a number of teachers played a big part in his success and that of the other scholarship students.
Another Year 13 student, Amy Wells, finished as the top Agriculture and Horticulture student in New Zealand, and won two additional scholarships – the South Island Agricultural Field Days Scholarship, and the prestigious DairyNZ Scholarship. “I came in from milking the cows to receive the news and was completely over the moon. I’d put a lot of work in with Mrs Cloughley over the last two years, so it was incredibly exciting to get that result. I’m so grateful to St Andrew’s College for all their support and the opportunities I’ve had throughout the years.” Amy is studying Environmental Science at Lincoln University and hopes to use her studies to benefit the agricultural and dairy industries, particularly around waterway quality and soil science.
Top 2018 Scholarship winners included (from left) Zachary Scheiwe, Amy Wells, and Russell Boey.
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Zachary has joined Russell at Auckland University, where he is studying Mathematics, with a minor in Physics. His current plans are to enter either the engineering or finance sectors.
“I’d like to give a huge thank you to the scholarship teachers who went above and beyond. Mr Brocklehurst was an unsung hero, turning up in the holidays to take the whole class, not just me.”
Academic success 2018 successes The outstanding academic achievements of our students in late 2018 are featured below (please note the use of 2018 year groups). Year 9 ACEE Programme Finn Bradshaw-Waugh (Year 9), a passionate rugby player and member of the U14 rugby team, wrote and published a book for his Year 9 ACEE (Academic Extension and Enrichment) Impact Project, Becoming a Half-Back, which featured interviews with rugby giants.
Minecraft Sophie Hayden and Emily Keith (both Year 8) placed second in New Zealand in the Intermediate Challenge Grade at the 2018 Interface Magazine Eco Home Minecraft Competition. Japanese Annalisa Fleming (Year 13) won the Canterbury Konnichiwa Speech Competition at Canterbury University and was selected to represent New Zealand in the final of Australia's Japan Foundation Speech Competition for senior high school students, where she was the only New Zealand competitor in the final.
Creative Writing In the 2018 Haiku Invitational International Haiku Competition (Youth Section), the Sakura Award was awarded to Eloise Doreen-Fraser (Year 9) for her haiku the blossom tree is still.
Agriculture Jack Stokes and Charlie Kinney (both Year 13) made it through to the final round of the Junior Young Farmers Tasman regional finals, in which five teams competed in a question and answer quickfire. Jack and Charlie placed second overall, which qualified them for the Junior Young Farmers national finals to be held in the Hawke’s Bay in July.
At the New Zealand Association for the Teaching of English (NZATE) 2018 Poetry Competition, Russell Boey (Year 13) attained a Highly Commended award for his poem By Zero.
Creative Writing George Lester (Year 12) had two haiku Japanese poems published in the New Zealand Haiku Anthology, Number Eight Wire.
ICAS Gold Medal Russell Boey (Year 13) received the ICAS Gold Medal for Science at an awards ceremony in Auckland for achieving the top mark in New Zealand for Science.
Harry Waddington (Year 11) had two poems, called behind the apartment block, and Belladona, published in the January 2019 edition of fingers comma toes.
Finn Bradshaw-Waugh (Year 9) with Director of High Performance Sport and Rugby, Rod McIntosh.
A poem written by Xavier Dickason (Year 12) called Sherlock Holmes’ Wife was published in the eighteenth edition of Redraft: Service Stations and Other Liminal Spaces. Poems by Pieta Bayley (Year 9) were awarded first and second place in the Secondary School category at Environment Canterbury’s Seaweek Poetry Competition. Her winning poem was entitled Palliser Bay, with her runner-up poem, Pacific Spillage. Portia Bennie and Jedd Bright (both Year 9), and Mackenna Wilson (Year 12) received Highly Commended awards in the competition. Debating Head of Debating, Meg Longley (Year 13), was named in the Canterbury team to compete at the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Tournament in May. She was previously named in the New Zealand Schools’ Development Squad. Vex Robotics Jordan Bourke (Year 12), Samuel Croot (Year 12), Max van Leeuwen (Year 11), and Alan Fu (Year 12) competed at the 2019 Vex Robotics Championship in Auckland placing ninth out of 61 teams, and missed qualifying for the World Championships by only four places.
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The College has also rolled out the new Family Zone ‘Mobile Zone’ app, which enforces clear limits around smartphone functionality for Years 7–10 students at St Andrew’s College. “Signing up to this service is optional, but only those students in Years 7–10 with the app installed will be permitted to use their smartphones at the College during the school day or while in the care of St Andrew’s College. The app aligns students’ connections to their 4G network with the protections provided on our wireless network.” Head of Communications, Kay Shaw, and her son Archie Shaw (Year 10) using the new StAC App.
A revamped portal and two new apps, the StAC App, and Mobile Zone, introduced in Term 1, are improving communications within the St Andrew’s College community, and keeping Year 7–10 students safer online. Director of ICT, Dave Hart, has had lots of positive feedback from parents regarding the new StAC App and Community Portal, which were developed as a joint project between the ICT and Communications Departments at St Andrew’s. “We worked closely and very well with the Communications team, which was critical to the success of the project.” The app will be aligned with a future, completely refreshed, StACNet platform to create a modern, flexible, and responsive environment which provides reliable, consistent information, says Dave. “As part of the ongoing reimagining of our online communication platforms, we
rebranded the Parent Portal to the Community Portal, and upgraded our back-end systems to support the mobile environment ready for the introduction of the new StAC App. It is this integration of the app with our Community Portal, which will be key to its long-term success.” Parents can use either the app or a computer to access the Community Portal and access anything from their child’s reports, results, timetable, and absences, to their family contact information, and latest invoice and transaction details. Students’ medical information can now be easily updated via the portal, and the trip consent process has also been moved online, says Dave. “One of the enhanced portal’s earliest successes was the consent process for Year 9 camps. Head of Outdoor Education, Peter Dawkins, said in the past he had to wait for a large number of paper consent forms to come in, but shortly after launch there were only a handful of consents outstanding using the online system.”
Dave says parents can optionally make use of the Mobile Zone app if they would like a tool to help their child use their smartphone positively at home. “Family Zone has a dedicated cyber security team, which reports on thousands of apps, advising parents what the dangers might be, and which apps are appropriate for their child’s age group. This provides a great insight into safe practices for students entering the complex, high paced and rapidly changing online environment, and helps inform parents about the negative ramifications such as addiction, anxiety, and depression which can occur with unsafe online practices.” Dave sees the use of Mobile Zone as just part of the College’s approach to the use of technology. “We are pleased with the support we’ve had from parents for the Mobile Zone app. In tandem with this initiative will be the continued embedding of cyber safety within the curriculum.”
Current parents and students can download the App today: Apple App Store: stac.nz/App_AppleAppStore Google Play: stac.nz/App_GooglePlay
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platforms for StAC
Push notifications are currently being sent via the app to the whole community regarding special events and information. However, Dave expects the notification process to become more targeted as the app and other platforms continue to evolve. “We are working closely with our providers to continuously improve the user experience and will be seeking more feedback from the College community about what they think we could do better.”
Pre-school teacher, Tahu Loper reads a story to (from left) Ming, Riley, Lilly, Ruby and Samuel, in the whare at the Pre-schoool.
ako ana ‘‘Tangata I te taenga, te turanga ki te marae, tau ana.
A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society.
The uniqueness and individuality of every child is celebrated in the St Andrew’s College Pre-school. Head of Pre-school, Amanda Jack, says Māori Tikanga principles are woven into the Pre-school’s daily practice. “We embrace bi-culturalism and celebrate the differing cultures and beliefs our families encompass. Relationships are at the heart of our programme, which are beautifully expressed in Tikanga principles, including manaakitanga and whanaungatanga.” Pre-school teacher, Tahu Loper, is helping to reinforce the Tikanga principles with the teachers and children. He says one aspect of manaakitanga is to acknowledge the status of another, which influences the way in which the teachers interact with the children. “Upholding the mana of the child and accepting them for who they are, is important when caring for them. “We role model manaakitanga, showing acceptance and respect for each other, along with kindness, generosity, and support.”
Max and Harry demonstrating manaakitanga as they play together in the Pre-school.
Kinship, whanau, hapu and iwi are the foundation of the whanaungatanga principle, which is also fostered in
the Pre-school. “The relationship we have with our families are solid and reciprocal. We want them to feel like the Pre-school is an extension of their own house and not just a place they send their children to,” says Amanda. These principles also come into play when children first start at the Pre-school, when it can take a little while for them to get used to their new surroundings and feel comfortable being separated from their parents. “Every child’s transition to Pre-school is unique, and we do everything we can to ensure that they are happy from their first visit. It is fully dependent on the child when they are ready to start full sessions. We have an open-door policy at all times, meaning parents are welcome at the Pre-school any time.” The principles of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga also extend to the Pre-school’s relationship with the wider St Andrew’s College community. “We value these relationships, as they help to enrich our Learning programme, which has a sense of wairua, or spirit, at its heart. Through a range of experiences, the children learn to be mindful, peaceful, and live in the present moment, which helps them to build trust, connect socially, and prepare for their next big transition to primary school.”
This intensive programme saw the students attend daily swimming lessons for two weeks in Term 4 last year at King’s Swim School, which significantly accelerated their progress, says Head of Junior Syndicate, Heather Orman. “The children built a good rapport with the instructors, which helped them to feel safe in the pool. They quickly picked up what they had learnt the day before and progressed rapidly. It was quite tiring for them, but they absolutely loved it, and the benefits were outstanding.” The lessons were scheduled for later in the afternoons, so the students’ core learning in the earlier part of the day was uninterrupted. Heather says it was a joy to witness the children’s excitement at their progress and to listen to the growth mindset conversations they were having about their experiences. “The parent support for this programme was also outstanding. They came to observe their children and to help with changing. Several parents were so impressed with the programme they carried on with private lessons for their children.” The ‘Learn to Swim’ programme is a key aspect of the Preparatory School’s philosophy that no child leaves Year 8 without being able to swim. “This is something our Principal, Jonathan Bierwirth, is really passionate about. We live on an island, so children’s safety and confidence in the water is essential.”
There was lots of fun and excitement mixed with learning, when students in the Stewart Junior Centre took part in the annual ‘Learn to Swim’ schools’ programme in readiness for the summer season.
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Meet the new
Middle Syndicate New Head of Middle Syndicate, Meg Feller, says she’ll never forget the words in the advertisement for her job at St Andrew’s College, which said ‘You will start and finish every day feeling excited and empowered’. “I later told Principal, Jonathan Bierwirth, that’s exactly how I feel. I love it at St Andrew’s and have received great care and support since my induction. I also appreciate how the well-being of staff and students is so highly valued here.” Meg took over the role from Di Cumming and has enjoyed coming into an established team with good structures already in place. “I’ve been impressed by the strong team identity, and the way in which the syndicate comes together for a range of activities such as fitness, singing, kapa haka and the Syndicate Assembly. A key focus for me during Term 1 has been to develop positive connections with the children in my Year 4 class, parents, and colleagues.” E-Learning and inquiry learning are among Meg’s key strengths, along with the introduction of new systems which streamline processes and create
efficiencies. These are areas in which she is already adding value to the syndicate. “I’ve always been passionate about e-Learning and the way it can engage children in the classroom. In Term 1, I’ve integrated a greater use of technology in my Year 4 classroom and set up Microsoft Teams for the Middle Syndicate teachers, so we can communicate more seamlessly in the cloud environment.” When it comes to leadership, Meg says her style is approachable and relaxed. “I acknowledge and celebrate the diversity in the team, and the different strengths each teacher brings. Teaching is not a job you come in in the morning to start, and finish when you go home. I understand how hard the teachers work, and make sure that they know I’m here to support them.” Meg started her teaching career at Elmwood Primary School in 1994, before becoming an ICT e-Learning facilitator for 10 years with eTime. In that role she ran ICT clusters in at least 65 in schools in Canterbury, helping children with e-Learning, and running professional development for
teachers. She also presented at various national conferences around digital learning and was involved with the Digital Kids’ Congress initiative when it was running. For the six years prior to coming to St Andrew’s, Meg was the Year 3–4 team leader at Elmwood Primary School, where she enjoyed the opportunity to guide student teachers. She has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Canterbury on a range of topics, including Literacy, Mathematics, and integrating e-Learning into the curriculum. Leadership roles aside, Meg is a passionate teacher, and at St Andrew’s College, is teaching a Year 4 class. She says creating a safe, nurturing, and engaging environment for students is a key focus. “I run a busy but calm classroom, with lots of things going on and a happy vibe. Having engaged, excited children who love school and want to come is a major priority for me.” Keeping parents fully informed and updated is also critical, she says. “I’m a parent of two children myself, so I know how important it is that parents know what is happening in the classroom and are assured we have the best interests of their children at heart.” While she has enjoyed the various twists and turns of her career thus far, Meg says there is something unique about teaching at St Andrew’s. “It is a special place to work, and after being in the state system for a long time, I appreciate it even more. I know how lucky I am to be here.”
Head of Middle Syndicate Meg Feller, with (left) Year 4 students, Genevieve Bainbridge-Smith and Estelle Russell.
When Head of Senior Syndicate, David Farmer, attended the Secondary School’s Academic Assembly at the start of the year, he was heartened to see quite a number of former Preparatory School students among the 24 students who achieved 43 New Zealand Scholarships between them. He says these achievements prompted a discussion with senior colleagues about the key ways in which the Preparatory School sets its Year 8 students up for future success, with ‘agency’ coming close to the top of the list. “Possibly the greatest achievement we can have with our Year 8 students is to give them agency, because with that will come success, whether at school, or later in life.” By agency, David means the ability of a student to ‘attend’ or to make themselves consciously focus on what is being said and taught in the classroom. This is easier said than done, according to Sven Hansen, a visiting speaker at St Andrew’s College in Term 1, who said the average attention span for 12 to 14-year-olds was just 18 seconds. So how does the Senior Syndicate encourage agency in its Year 8 students?
David says, step one is to promote the discipline of focus, which necessarily must come from the students themselves, and cannot easily be externally imposed. The second step is giving students the ability to make decisions, particularly when there are no right answers. “By encouraging them to think of ways to rectify or remedy a problem, rather than a teacher or parent constantly filling the deficit, we are helping to promote agency,” he says. There will be times when students must live with, or experience, consequences of their own decision making that they may perceive as negative. However, David says, this is all part of learning. “The key is not whether a decision is right or wrong, it is that our students are given the opportunity to make decisions in an environment where they are supported if they experience a negative consequence of their decision.” The third element of agency is self-worth, with students having the confidence to question. “This year, one of our developmental goals is a greater facilitation of critical thinking in Year 8, both within the curriculum and in their social development. This includes an element of philosophical thinking, as students look at the pros and cons of different situations, and even the grey areas in between.” David said, ‘having the courage to ask questions’ is the final critical element. “Courage is essentially
a student realising that they don’t know something, and then they engage in the necessary questioning that will enable them to find out. One of the greatest things we can do is enable our students to say, ‘I don’t know, could you please explain again or give me a further example?’ Teachers will fall over themselves to render assistance, which is something I love about working at St Andrew’s College.” Grit, resilience and a growth mindset are other key traits encouraged in the Senior Syndicate programme, with Persistence Awards introduced over the last couple of years to reward students who consistently display these characteristics. David says students will progress even faster when it comes to agency and resilience if these principles are encouraged and reinforced by parents at home. “One of the foundation statements of the College is that Year 13 students leave us as educated, confident, strong, and enabled young adults with a good moral framework, who are the best examples of themselves they can be. As teachers of Year 8 students, we’re focused on our role in helping to achieve this.”
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Year 8 students participating in a teamwork exercise, which encouraged persistence, collaboration, resilience and grit, to complete the task.
update The Burtscher siblings, Nicholas (Year 5), Louie (Year 9), and Edie (Year 6), enjoying the improved safety of the redeveloped drop-off zone.
New drop-off zone praised The redeveloped Normans Road drop-off zone, which now extends past the front of the old Junior School right down to the Preparatory School, has vastly improved the safety of St Andrew’s College families and students, particularly during busy drop-off and pick-up periods. Sarah Burtscher, whose children, Louie (Year 9), Edie (Year 6), and Nicholas (Year 5) attend St Andrew’s,
The redeveloped drop-off zone is a significant improvement.
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says the reimagined drop-off zone has been a 'great addition’ to the College campus, “The second bay and increased drop-off area has made it much safer, with traffic flowing really well. It used to be stressful dropping three children off in the old zone, as cars would back up behind us as soon as we stopped, sometimes right out onto Normans Road.” Principal of Preparatory School, Jonathan Bierwirth, says the drop-off zone is working well, and everyone is now familiar with how it works when entering the grounds in the morning and leaving in the afternoon. “Parents are driving slowly and carefully through the zone which helps when sharing the space with Pre-school age children, as they sometimes can do the unexpected. I have received many positive comments from parents about the change and the degree of ‘calmness’ which now exists. Many thanks to our parents, children, and staff for embracing this development and improving safety for everyone.” General Manager, David Evans, says the new pedestrian pathway dissecting
the drop-off zone and carpark, along with the improved kea (pedestrian) crossing outside the Preparatory School, and increased supervision, particularly from retired teacher, Drummond Thompson, during afternoon pick ups has also improved safety. “The new traffic lights outside the College on Papanui Road were put in around the same time and are also working brilliantly.” New landscaping in the drop-off zone provides a welcoming aesthetic for vehicles entering St Andrew’s College. David says the Theatre redevelopment is the next major capital project to take place on campus. “We are in the final planning stages for the development of the new main Theatre, which will incorporate the existing Fitness Centre space to include an additional ‘Black Box’ theatre space. A new Fitness Centre will be built above strengthened changing rooms in Gym 1.” Plans are also being developed to provide air conditioning throughout the Arts block to improve comfort levels, he says.
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Meet the new Director
Miranda’s association with St Andrew’s began over four years ago, when she and husband Craig’s two daughters, Emma (Year 11) and Milla (Year 10), started at the College. She became involved as a parent helper in the Preparatory School, and gradually progressed to helping with fundraising events. “In 2017, Stephanie Rumble asked if I would help with the Style at StAC event, which raised $17,000 for football at St Andrew's. Last year, I was asked to find a foundation sponsor and sponsorship for each hole for the Charity Golf Tournament.
We had a great day, raising $6000 for football, and $12,000 for the Chalky Carr Trust.” One of the keys to Miranda’s fundraising success was her strong links to the Christchurch business community, built throughout 30 years’ experience at the top of the retail and finance sectors. Her ‘first exciting job’ was as branch manager of Ben Rumble Communications in the 1990s, where she learnt about customer service and connecting with people. In 1998, she and Craig founded New Zealand Home Loans, a franchise business here in Canterbury, and had the leading branch in the country for 11 of the 13 years they were involved. In 2011, they established Canterbury Property Investments, a long-term investment company, run by Craig and business partner, Miles Yeoman, which has completed many significant commercial developments in the region post-earthquake. Miranda’s professional background, attention to detail, ability to connect with people, and build, maintain, and strengthen relationships are key assets in her new role. “I enjoy developing a quick rapport with people and pulling together successful teams to create positive outcomes.”
Miranda says she is delighted her first significant project as Director of Development is the redevelopment of the Theatre complex, the first stage of the College’s new Cultural Centre. “These developments happen rarely in the lifetime of a school, and the Board is incredibly dedicated to building an amazing Theatre complex which can be enjoyed for the next 100 years in terms of space and usage. Planning is in the final stages, however there are already opportunities for giving through purchasing a musical note, which will be permanently displayed in the foyer, or a Theatre complex seat with a plaque featuring the family name.” Miranda says more information about ways to support St Andrew’s, including making a contribution to the Theatre complex, can be found in the Annual Giving Letter, which was recently mailed to the College community. “With the post-earthquake rebuild works complete, it is exciting to be stepping our fundraising campaign in a new direction, with a focus on new capital assets, or the redevelopment of existing assets which have grown a little tired but may have been put on hold because of the earthquakes.” With the biggest roll ever at St Andrew’s, and the College moving into an exciting new phase, Miranda says she is ‘thrilled’ to be Director of Development. “It is a privilege to be working in this amazing place, with some incredibly passionate, driven, and enthusiastic people, who are keen to develop and support the College.”
The St Andrew’s College Development Team, from left, Community Relations and Alumni Co-ordinator, Kate Stanbury, Development and Events Co-ordinator, Kelsey Williams, Director of Development, Miranda Newbury, and Development Office Administrator, Jacqui Anderson.
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New Director of Development, Miranda Newbury, is looking forward to making a positive impact at St Andrew’s, as she leads the College’s philanthropic and fundraising endeavours. “As a current parent I have a genuine passion and belief that a St Andrew’s College education offers a unique and special experience. In my new role, I am excited to be able to share the vision for the next steps in the College’s development, and to help parents, Old Collegians, and the wider St Andrew’s community understand how their generous giving and bequeathing really does make a big difference, not just for current students, but for the generations of students to come.”
Pipe Band celebrates
Former and current members of the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band and their supporters came from near and far, including the United Kingdom, to celebrate 100 years since the band’s formation in 1919 and to mark the significant place it holds in the history of St Andrew’s College.
where in the world you might be from, how old you are, or how long you’ve been a part of it. We are incredibly lucky.” Ben also talked about mental health, and how communities such as the Pipe Band serve as a great example of how we can look after one another and ourselves through shared experience. “The Pipe Band set me up with a community of people I will be with for the rest of my life, both within and outside the College, and has taught me
When Ben Murray (OC 2013), former Pipe Major of the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band when it won the World Championships in 2013, stood to give the traditional Founders’ Day Address on Friday 15 March, he couldn’t have imagined how relevant his words would be just a few hours later. In his moving address, Ben touched on his excitement of being part of a hugely successful Pipe Band but said what stuck with him now is the inclusiveness of the Pipe Band community at St Andrew’s, and the relationships he formed. “One of the most beautiful things about the Pipe Band as a whole is its ability to connect and foster a community that disregards age, racial background, or even skill level. There is an all-encompassing sense of engagement and belonging, no matter
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Guests at the Founders’ Day Assembly.
so much about the importance of relationships aiding mental health.” Soon after the assembly, the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch occurred, which saw plans quickly revised for the Centenary celebrations. The strength of the Pipe Band community was never in doubt, as they respectfully honoured those who had fallen, and like so many Pipe Band members before them, played on in difficult circumstances.
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Christine said the Centenary also honoured the Scottish foundations of the College. “Who would have thought
that a plea from a few boys in 1919 to have a Pipe Band at St Andrew’s College would have produced this connected, passionate, and loyal Pipe Band community. It is truly something to celebrate.”
A number of sporting and special awards were given out, with Old Collegians Association President, Jonathan Wells, presenting the Henry Dowling Memorial French Award to Juliette Newman (Year 13), and the G.A.M. Hilson Memorial Accounting/ Economics Award to Shannon Fraser (Year 13).
Old Collegians Association President, Jonathan Wells (OC 1987) addressing the haggis at the Founders’ Day Assembly.
Guest speaker and former Pipe Major, Ben Murray (OC 2013)
Other highlights of the assembly included a reading by Heads of College, Juliette Newman and Luca Vinnell, a prayer by College Chaplain Paul Morrow, a musical item by Staccoro, singing The Water is Wide, the Orchestra’s performance of Waltz from Swan Lake, and Iona Taylor (Year 13), singing Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon. Following the assembly, guests enjoyed a luncheon, before meeting at the Quad for the Highland Games. Sadly, this was only just getting underway when the College went into lockdown due to the terror attack in Christchurch. Pipe Band Director, Richard Hawke, and the Pipe Band guests on campus spent the afternoon in Strowan House. “The positive to come out of these sad and unexpected events was that we were all in one place and were able to informally mix and socialise,” he says. The decision was made to call off the Friday night Concert and Cocktail Evening, with a revised programme put in place for the Saturday Centenary events.
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The current Pipe Band was involved in many aspects of the Founders’ Day Assembly, including piping in the staff, and playing the medley which won them second place at the Pipe Band World Championships in Scotland last year. Solo piper, Campbell Wilson (Year 12), piped in the haggis for the traditional Address to the Haggis by Old Collegians Association President, Jonathan Wells (OC 1987), and Pipe Major, Noah Clarke, piped the newly announced Robert Burns Scottish Scholarship winners, Omri Kepes and Emily Tyrrell (both Year 12), off the stage. Omri and Emily will travel to Scotland later this year, visiting several schools, along with places relating to Scottish poet, Robert Burns.
The Founders’ Day Assembly was a wonderful occasion to start the Centenary celebrations. Rector Christine Leighton welcomed the more than 400 pipers, drummers, and supporters past and present set to gather at the College over the two day celebration, to reminisce and honour the ‘dedicated, selfless, passionate, and determined people’, who have given so much to the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band community. “Most students of St Andrew’s College, by the time they finish their schooling, have come to recognise the importance of the Pipe Band. They admire the commitment, discipline, musicality, and talent of those who learn the pipes and drums, and who perform and compete at so many occasions throughout each year. Today St Andrew’s College has over 130 students learning the pipes and drums, joining an impressive number of Old Collegians who have been part of the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band family.”
Rob Bruce-Barron (OC 1953) congratulates the 2019 Robert Burns Scottish Scholars, Year 12 students, Omri Kepes (left) and Emily Tyrrell (right).
The haggis is piped in for the traditional address at the Founders’ Day Assembly.
Pipe Band Centenary hub
Pipe Band Director, Richard Hawke wearing his special pounamu.
The downstairs area in the Senior College was the first port of call for all visitors to the Pipe Band Centenary celebrations. Along with the ‘Pipe Band hub’ being a place for guests to register and collect their registration packs, there were decade boards on display, which had been created by Preparatory School Art teacher and College Archivist, Pip Dinsenbacher and Head Graphic Designer, Craig Morgan, from the Communications Department. As they viewed the boards, guests enjoyed finding themselves and their friends in the photographs and reliving some wonderful memories from the past. Attendees also received stunning
Centenary Pipe Band badges, specially made for the celebrations, and a wonderful Pipe Band history book, The Road to Success, written by Pip Dinsenbacher. Rolling footage of the Pipe Band, going as far back as the 1930s, was also on display. The footage was put together by Head of Media, Simon Williams and the Media Department, and made for popular viewing. Floral displays by President of the Ladies Circle, Val Wells, created a wonderful ambience, enjoyed by all who visited the hub.
Richard Hawke honoured The exceptional professionalism and commitment of Pipe Band Director, Richard Hawke, was honoured at the Founders’ Day Assembly, when he was presented with a special pounamu taonga, by Rector Christine Leighton, to symbolise the appreciation and gratitude from the St Andrew’s College community for all he has done. Richard’s own piping talent is well known. He is considered one of the world’s greatest competitive solo pipers, winning many prestigious international titles, and over 20 New Zealand solo piping championships. In 2011, Richard received a New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Pipe Bands after a career in piping spanning over 30 years. Richard’s wife Julie runs the Julie Hawke School of Highland Dancing at St Andrew’s, and their three sons, Jamie (OC 2006), Harry (OC 2009) and Angus (OC 2011), have all been Pipe Majors of the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band. PIPE BAND CENTENARY 1919–2019
The special Centenary commemorative badge.
Memorabilia on display.
Head Boy, Luca Vinnell chats to guests in the Pipe Band hub.
Pipe Band Director, Richard Hawke, says College Chaplain Paul Morrow delivered a prayer, and some ‘moving words’, followed by a minute’s silence in respect of those who had lost their lives in the terror attack. “Paul then read a beautiful Scottish blessing, and Year 12 solo piper, Campbell Wilson, played a lament, which gave us all a chance to acknowledge the tragedy, before moving on to our Centenary programme.” The official programme got underway with a presentation called 100 Years of Celebration – A Nostalgic Journey, led by Rector Christine Leighton, Board Chair Bryan Pearson, and Pipe Band Director Richard Hawke. Through story, film, photos, and music, guests were taken on a journey through the highlights of the Pipe Band’s 100 year history, which had been compiled by Preparatory School Art teacher, and College Archivist, Pip Dinsenbacher. Pip, along with Head Graphic Designer, Craig Morgan, from the Communication Department, also put together a special history and music book for the Centenary called The Road to Success, which featured music scores for several tunes special to St Andrew’s College, and a comprehensive record of the band’s history. They were also the team behind the decade boards in the Pipe
and commemoration Band hub in the Senior College. “Pip carried out some exhaustive research, from multiple sources, including books, Collegians from the last 100 years, and previously unpublished memoirs to put the history together. She did a fantastic job, and it was incredibly special for us to learn the full story of the Pipe Band’s first century,” says Richard. He says the Pipe Band community was delighted to have G.A.M. Hilson’s son, Euan Hilson (Pipe Major 1953–1954), in attendance at the celebrations. “Solo piper, Campbell Wilson, played a wonderful tribute to honour GAM and his family’s enormous contribution to the band.” Another musical highlight was Iona Taylor (Year 13) a bass drummer in the current Pipe Band, singing The Skye Boat Song. A presentation was made by former Band Master, Barry Shaw, to 17 of the 32 former band members from the 2013 World Championships winning band in attendance, along with six of the eight Pipe Band staff on that trip to Scotland.
The Centenary birthday cake was cut by Euan Hilson and current Pipe Major, Noah Clarke (Year 13), with guests then dispersing from the Centennial Chapel to The St Andrew’s College March, accompanied by Michael Lawrence on organ. Morning tea followed, including special haggis savouries, made by Head of Catering, Russell Gray, and his team. Following a group photograph outside Strowan House, guests moved to the Quad where a stirring Massed Band performance of Amazing Grace, Scotland the Brave, and The St Andrew’s College March, and a tune in honour of GAM Hilson, was very well received by those in attendance. The performance was also posted to Facebook, where it amassed thousands of views. This marked the conclusion of the morning’s special activities.
The Road to Success is available to read online.
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Over 500 people gathered in the Centennial Chapel on the morning of Saturday 16 March, to begin a day of celebration, but also to reflect on the events of the previous day.
The Centenary celebrations concluded on the Saturday evening with a wonderful concert, featuring current and former band members, Highland dancers, and a high spirited Ceilidh. “We opened the event up to ticket holders to both the Friday and Saturday night events, and incorporated some of the items from the Friday night concert, which had been cancelled, into the programme. It was an excellent night,” says Richard. Among the highlights was a special Pipe Majors’ Performance, featuring 12 former Pipe Majors from the band playing together, and a Drum Fanfare, featuring a group of Old Collegian drummers who gave a polished performance of the Alex Duthart Salute. “Performances from Old Collegians who played with both the Canterbury Caledonian Society Band and Scottish Society Band was another highlight,” he says. The rest of the concert featured items from the current band, and Highland dancers from the Julie Hawke School of Highland Dancing. Then it was on to the Ceilidh, with haggis, drams, and the crowd dancing the night away to the Charlie Jemmett’s Incredible Ceilidh Band. During the night, Charlie announced that he was retiring, after 60 years with his band. Instead of a live auction, this year the Pipe Band decided to run an online auction via Trademe of a stunning painting of a piper outside Strowan House by Kelvin McMillan, a set of bagpipes, a drum, and a full tartan Highland outfit, which raised $5,900. Richard Hawke was delighted with the two days of celebrations, and says special highlights were the huge PIPE BAND CENTENARY 1919–2019
turnout on the Saturday morning, and the packed programme of entertainment on the Saturday evening. Rector Christine Leighton said the College was grateful to everyone who attended and made it such a memorable weekend including event sponsors. “We thank the organising committee, Richard Hawke, Andrew Murray, Lewis Gibson, Kelsey Williams, Kate Stanbury, Anj Hawkins, and Bid Constanti, with special help provided by the Communications team, led by Head of Communications, Kay Shaw. Our College Archivist, Pip Dinsenbacher, and Head Graphic Designer, Craig Morgan, created
some wonderful stories, visuals, and memorabilia for the occasion, and we also thank Rainer Klebert, Chairman of the Parent Supporters and Volunteer Committees, and the huge volunteer team, who all contributed to the Centenary’s success.” Richard says he has had very positive feedback from those in attendance. “The greater Pipe Band community is a very special part of the St Andrew’s College family, and these celebrations have honoured everyone who has been involved over its long history.”
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It seems extraordinary that a College pipe band, with an annual graduation from school of its most experienced members, has developed over a century to the best College pipe band in New Zealand, and also become Juvenile World Champions in 2013, and runners-up at the World Championships in 2018. “Everyone throughout the band’s history has contributed to these incredible achievements,” says Pipe Band Director, Richard Hawke. The St Andrew’s College Pipe Band was established when boys at the College in 1919 sent a request to the first Rector, Sydney Dickinson. Pipe Major, James Erskine, of the Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band volunteered as piping tutor for the 16 boys in the original band, which included drummer, Alistair (G.A.M.) Hilson, who would later have a significant impact on both the Pipe Band and St Andrew’s College.
The St Andrew’s College Pipe Band in 1920.
The Pipe Band made its first public appearance at the College Sports Meeting in 1921, and in 1924, received its first kilts in the Fergusson tartan, chosen by the College's second Rector, A K Anderson in honour of GovernorGeneral, Sir Charles Fergusson. When hard economic times hit in the 1930s, and the future of the Pipe Band and St Andrew’s College itself was under threat, Alistair G.A.M. Hilson (fondly known as GAM) played a pivotal role in saving it. In 1933, he and Board member, George Morton Smith, organised a fair ‘to save the school from extinction’, rallying over 400 Old Boys to collect a massive amount of produce and sale items. A two day extravaganza over Founders’ Weekend saw the College books re-balanced, and GAM at just 26 years of age, immediately invited on to the College Board.
Piping New Zealand troops off to war in 1942.
first major success in 1951 when, with GAM Hilson’s eldest son Paddy (OC 1952) as Pipe Major, the St Andrew’s College Pipe Band won the National B Grade. This achievement set the bar for generations of St Andrew’s College bands to come.
A number of former Pipe Band members enlisted to fight during the Second World War. By this time, GAM Hilson was the Pipe Band’s drill instructor, and he demanded a high standard of marching, dress, and discipline. In 1943, Bill Johnstone took over as piping tutor from Band Master Bill Fowler, who had been involved with the band for over 20 years.
The band continued to prosper throughout the 1950s. During this period, Pipe Major Joe Patterson composed several tunes, including The St Andrew’s College March, and a tune in honour of GAM Hilson, which are both still played today.
After the war the band took on a new focus to compete in the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships, and had its
In 1957, GAM’s son and former Pipe Major, Paddy Hilson, was tragically killed in a flying accident.
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Pipe Major Bruce Richardson (OC 1966) distinguished himself as a solo piper in the 1960s, and led the band in a performance for the Queen Mother, who was in New Zealand on a royal visit. In 1967, Old Collegian, Paul White, began his long stint as a piping instructor, and in 1969, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary. During these celebrations, was the opening of a new Band Room, along with the presentation of new uniforms and drums, all in memory of Richard Askin, the Pipe Major of the band in 1964, who just a few years after leaving the College was sadly killed in a motor accident.
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GAM Hilson (seated) at his retirement ball in 1971.
In 1969, Old Collegian and former St Andrew’s College piper, Gordon Ogilvie, took over as Head of English at the College, and was identified by GAM Hilson and Bill Johnstone as a likely successor. GAM retired from all duties at the College in 1971, with an undeniable legacy as a true servant of both the Pipe Band, and St Andrew’s College.
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In 1970, the band played for the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Anne at the Canterbury A&P Show, and in 1971, six pipers played at the funeral of fourth Rector, Les Stewart. Pipe Major Greg Reynolds (OC 1973) won the B Grade National solo piping title in 1973, and became the first College piper to reach A Grade status while still at school. After 35 years’ dedication to the band, Bill Johnstone retired in 1979.
A two week tour of Australia in 1986 was the band’s first overseas trip, and the following year, it won Grade 3 at the National Pipe Band Championships, in Gordon Ogilvie’s last year as Band Master. Alistair Duthie, Drum Major of the 1987 band, joined the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Black Watch in 1988, the first ever British Army Pipe Band, formed in 1739. The first females joined the band in the early 1990s, Rosie Hobbs as the first female piping tutor, and Elizabeth Drury (OC 1992) as the first girl in the band. The 75th Jubilee of the band was celebrated in 1994, and 1996 will long be remembered for the band’s tremendous successes at competitions.
Barry Shaw retired as Band Master in 1999 with the role taken over by Chris Stevens. History was made in 2002, when Kim Knight became the first female Pipe Major at St Andrew’s College, a year in which the band won the inaugural National Juvenile Grade Championship by a large margin. In 2005, Richard Hawke was appointed Pipe Band Director, beginning the modern and highly successful era in the Pipe Band’s history. James Laughlin arrived from Ireland the following year to take up the position as side drumming tutor. Solo piping results since then have been unprecedented, with the band also consistently winning Grade 3 and Juvenile National titles. In 2007, the band made its first ever trip to Scotland to attend the World Championships, winning a remarkable third place in the Juvenile Grade. Early in 2009, the band won the New Zealand Grade 2 Open Championship, the only school band to get anywhere near this standard of performance. The existing Pipe Band Room was damaged beyond repair in the 2011
The 2013 World Championship winning St Andrew’s College Pipe Band.
earthquakes, and was replaced with a new Askin Pipe Band facility completed in 2014. The year 2013 will be forever etched into the history books, after the band won the World Juvenile Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, the first world championship won by any New Zealand Pipe Band, at any level. This was followed by the band’s second place at the World Championship in 2018, both outstanding achievements. The skirl of the pipes continues to be an integral and special part of daily life at St Andrew’s College, with the Pipe Band performing at everything from assemblies and services, to sports fixtures, special events and occasions, and Prizegiving. The annual StAC Attack concert is another special highlight. Throughout the Pipe Band’s 100 year history, the pipes and drums have evoked powerful emotions for all members of the St Andrew’s College community. The Centenary provided a fitting tribute to all who have been involved.
The 2018 Pipe Band in Scotland where they finished runners-up at the World Championships.
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In 1980, Richard Hawke (current Pipe Band Director) became Pipe Major of the band.
links strong with Gordonstoun
The longstanding relationship between St Andrew’s College and Gordonstoun, one of Scotland’s most prestigious schools, is highly valued by both, says Rector Christine Leighton. “The schools originally connected over 15 years ago as part of the ‘Round Square’ group of schools internationally. However, since leaving the organisation over 13 years ago, the connection has remained strong, thanks to the annual visit of one of our Robert Burns Scholars, and the opportunity for two St Andrew’s College students to spend eight weeks at the historic school on exchange each year.” Christine visited Gordonstoun in 2012, when she was hosted by the school’s previous Principal. She says St Andrew’s students enjoy their time at Gordonstoun, which is set in magnificent grounds, and is very international, with most students there being boarders. “It is a really tight community, and there are many social and outdoor activities our students enjoy getting involved with. Similarly, the Gordonstoun students who attend St Andrew’s on exchange love their taste of Kiwi life and culture – although they are often surprised by the strength of our own Scottish traditions.”
Earlier in Term 1, two Gordonstoun students, Isabel Edge and Erin Bell (both Year 11), had their own experience of school life in New Zealand, and felt right at home given the way in which Scottish traditions are embraced at St Andrew’s College. “It is almost more Scottish here than schools in Scotland. I didn’t realise that about the College before I came, but it’s pretty cool, the Pipe Band especially,” said Isabel Edge, whose father is the current Principal of Gordonstoun. She also enjoyed learning about Māori language and culture during her exchange, and spending time with her host family, the Blooms, whose son Oscar (Year 11) was at Gordonstoun during the same exchange period. She said the student community at St Andrew’s was welcoming and she found it easy to slot into friendship groups. “I took up futsal, which we don’t have in Scotland. It was a fun new sport and a great way to meet new friends.” Erin Bell said St Andrew’s College is the school most of her peers at Gordonstoun want to visit on exchange. She applied because she had always been intrigued by New Zealand as a country. “I arrived two weeks before school started, and
Erin Bell and Isabel Edge (both Year 11) loved their time at St Andrew’s College on exchange from Gordonstoun.
my host family took me sightseeing to lots of places, which was great.” Erin stayed with the Rumbles, whose daughter Scarlett (Year 11) also went to Gordonstoun. As a boarder at Gordonstoun, Erin found the routine of being a day student at St Andrew’s quite a change, with earlier starts and car rides to school. She enjoyed taking up cricket and attending Orchestra camp and Music classes at St Andrew’s. For the most part, she and Isabel completed exchange work from Gordonstoun while in class. Isabel said she found the school days much shorter in comparison. “As a day girl, I wouldn’t get home until 9.00pm most nights in Scotland, after doing homework at school and lots of extra-curricular activities.” Both girls said they loved their time at St Andrew’s, and would encourage students here to consider applying for a Gordonstoun exchange. “Gordonstoun has such amazing history and gives exchange students the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. We have lots of different activities, such as seamanship, which are great to experience,” said Izzy.
Left: Year 11 St Andrew’s students, Scarlett Rumble (second from left standing) and Oscar Bloom (second from right sitting) with new friends on their Scottish exchange to Gordonstoun.
The students enjoyed an entertaining PowerPoint presentation about Robert Burns, prepared by Hana and Lewis, which featured an animated video about the poet’s life. Four lucky students later joined Hana and Lewis,
to read verses of Burns’ famous poem, To a Mouse, written in 1785. The younger students did a great job of reading the old Scottish text, with their attempt at a Scottish accent much appreciated by their peers and teachers. The Robert Burns Scottish Scholarship (formerly the Strowan Scottish Scholarship) was reimagined in 2018, with a greater emphasis on Burns’ work. In addition to visiting various Scottish schools and colleges, the two Year 12 students selected to travel to Scotland each year, now also visit various locations linked to Burns.
Lewis says he enjoyed talking to the Year 7 students about the Scholarship and the links between St Andrew’s College and Robert Burns. “Seeing the younger students’ faces light up as their friends read Burns’ poems in their best Scottish accents brought a freshness and playfulness to our connection with the history we cherish so dearly. To be able to make students aware and passionate about our culture is a huge step in developing pride and passion for the thistle, and all other things Scottish here at St Andrew’s.”
Year 7 students enjoying the presentation.
Year 7 students (from left) William McConchie, Rylee McBride, Toby Browne, and William Gibson, joined Year 13 students, Lewis Edmond and Hana Pearce to read Robert Burns’ poem, To a Mouse.
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A group of Year 7 students were transfixed, when Year 13 students, Hana Pearce and Lewis Edmond, visited the Preparatory School to talk about their experiences as the 2018 Robert Burns Scottish Scholars, and to do a presentation on famed Scottish poet, Robert Burns after whom the scholarship is named.
Who is reading
The Canterbury Burns Club’s kind donation of various works by Scottish poet Robert Burns to St Andrew’s College, led to a wonderful display in The Green Library and Innovation Centre, with the theme, ‘Who is reading Robert Burns?’ The display was the brainchild of Preparatory School Art teacher, Pip Dinsenbacher, who worked on the project with Head Graphic Designer, Craig Morgan, of the Communications Department. Along with books written by Burns and Scottish memorabilia, the display included photographs of several people in the St Andrew’s community with their faces partially obscured behind Burns’ works. “While students were figuring out who was in the photographs, we hoped they would also look through the books in the display and become the next member of the College community to read the poet’s work,” says Pip. Robert Burns (1759–96), was famed as Scotland’s national bard, and penned many famous verses, including
Auld Lang Syne, Address to a Haggis, To a Mouse, and A Red, Red Rose. Pip says Barry Shaw, from the Canterbury Burns Club, who is an ex Pipe Band Director at St Andrew’s College, and is well known in Scottish circles in Christchurch, was instrumental in the books being gifted to St Andrew’s. “We are pleased to store this wonderful collection of Burns’ work, with the display being our way of showing appreciation for the gift, and honouring the links St Andrew’s College has with the poet.”
Rector Christine Leighton was one of the ‘mystery’ readers to feature in the Robert Burns display in The Green Library and Innovation Centre.
History and Classics teacher, Beka Roest, was delighted to have the privilege of meeting the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai, after being invited to hear Malala talk about her life story as part of the Women World Changers series, hosted by the Growth Faculty in Sydney. At 11 years old, Malala began her campaign for the rights of girls to receive an education, blogging about
life under the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She survived a targeted attack by the Taliban at just 15 years old and has continued to fight for the education of all children, all over the world. “Malala is truly an inspirational and brave young woman, and an amazing role model for young people today. I was delighted to share my experience of meeting Malala and hearing her speak, with my Social Studies and History students this year as we learn about social action and changemakers,” says Beka.
History and Classics teacher, Beka Roest, with Malala Yousafzai.
storiesalive Meeting Holocaust survivors, floating in the Dead Sea, seeing the rising sun shine on the Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem, and experiencing snow in the Middle East, were among the highlights of English teacher, Ellie Simatos’ trip to Israel in January. Ellie, who is a second-year teacher, was among a group of educators from New Zealand to be granted a scholarship from the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand to study at the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre – Yad Vashem. “As a new teacher, this has been a professional development opportunity I never thought I would experience. The Holocaust is such an important event that we must continue to educate people about. Since my return, I’ve enjoyed sharing my learnings with colleagues, students, friends, and family.” Meeting Holocaust survivors in Israel and hearing their stories was a unique privilege, says Ellie. “It was incredible to hear Rena Quint’s story, and to visit Oskar Schindler’s grave with two of the people he saved, Nachum Monderer and Genia Wohlfeiler.” During her extensive Holocaust studies at Yad Vashem, Ellie was lectured by leading experts in their fields, and spent a lot of time in the museum at the Centre, which added to her depth of understanding. “By remembering what has happened, we can teach people the importance of being an upstander, having empathy, and always doing what is right. I am extremely grateful to the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand for giving me this opportunity.”
English teacher, Ellie Simatos, at the Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem (top), at Oskar Schindler’s grave (left) and with Holocaust survivor Rena Quint (right).
Old Collegian, Ashleigh Shipton (OC 2012 – Head Girl and Dux), was the inspirational guest speaker at the annual Girls’ Breakfast for Year 8–10 girls and their mothers. Since leaving school, Ashleigh has studied Medicine at University of Otago, and earlier this year, returned from South Africa, where she worked in a hospital, and contributed to a charity which
The breakfast is one initiative when St Andrew’s brings together a single sex group to have valuable and meaningful discussions with those of their own gender. There are also
Te Waka Calling’
ceremony Our Year 10 students had a memorable start to the day on Thursday 28 February, when they gathered at New Brighton Pier to witness a magical sunrise as part of the Te Waka ‘Calling’ ceremony. This ceremony is part of ‘The Rite Journey’ course, a component of the Te Waka programme, and is an occasion when the students are ‘called on their journey to adulthood’. Preparation for the ceremony involves students acknowledging people and events which have 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.
single sex groups in the Te Waka programme, and boys’ and girls’ assemblies, which are held several times a year with specifically selected topics and speakers.
Guest speaker, Ashleigh Shipton (OC 2012)
Ashleigh’s positive message inspired our girls to think about how they can make a difference in the world. “It was very humbling returning to speak at St Andrew’s – a place I have aroha nui (so much love) for. I felt so inspired by the Year 8–10 students who are powerful young women in their communities. I hope they feel encouraged to be positive role models to the people around them – a younger sibling, a girl in the class below, a friend who is struggling. After all, it’s these small every day interactions with the people around us that build strong communities. I am most certainly a product of the St Andrew’s community who have invested their guidance, their encouragement and their kindness to get me where I am today,” says Ashleigh.
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promotes education for girls in developing countries. She spoke about the importance of having gratitude and connecting with community for success in life, along with her passion for medicine, and a vision to make a difference for Māori well-being and global healthcare disparities.
Vern Clark, with his granddaughters Victoria (OC 2018) and Olivia (Year 12) on Grandparents’ Day, last year.
return to St Andrew’s
St Andrew’s College has many families with multi-generational links, a tradition which is highly respected and valued within the College community. At last year’s Grandparents’ Day, one family, the Clarks, celebrated their special part in the history of St Andrew’s, when Vern Clark, then aged 95 years old, attended with his granddaughters, Victoria (OC 2018) and Olivia (Year 12). “It was a wonderful event. I was most impressed by the College and manner in which the girls communicated with their teachers. I thought that was pretty good.” Vern’s association with St Andrew’s started back in the 1930s, when he came from the recently opened Papanui High School to attend the Applied Science Course at St Andrew’s. “In those days, schools were limited and didn’t offer the total package, so I had to go to St Andrew’s to do Applied Science. It was the only subject offered in Christchurch that could get you straight through to Medicine or Veterinary Science.” Vern ended up in the gym and lifesaving teams at St Andrew’s, and remembers the association the College had with a Presbyterian boys’ orphanage in Blighs Road. “I went to school with a boy from the orphanage
who was accepted into St Andrew’s, and ended up being a leading orthodontist in Christchurch.” After completing his studies, Vern was accepted as a student at Canterbury Agricultural College (now Lincoln University) and started a career in agriculture as an educator. His studies were interrupted by World War II, when he signed up at the age of 17. During his service in Vet Corps he was attached to the Mounted Cavalry, Medical Corp, Meteorology, New Zealand Air Force navigation, and US Marine Corp Intelligence in the Pacific. Returning injured, Vern finished his studies at Lincoln, where he went on to become a senior lecturer in Animal Science for 47 years. He undertook various research projects which improved agricultural productivity and farming techniques and oversaw several research farms and stations around the country. It was after he met wife, Thelma, and had a family, that Vern’s association with St Andrew’s was rekindled. When eldest son, Kingsley (OC 1968), started at the College as a day boy, Vern began to assist with working bees for the establishment of the Mountain Lodge
at Castle Hill. “It took quite a bit of effort to go in there as we had to get through the river.” During younger son, Richard’s (OC 1985), time at the College, Vern was elected on to the Board of Governors as the PTA representative. He enjoyed using his knowledge as an educator to benefit the school which had given him the academic grounding needed to pursue his specialist career choice. During this time, Vern’s skill and expertise in the agricultural field was recognised when he was appointed Board representative in charge of the 2000 acre Burnett Valley farm. He took to the role with relish preparing an investment plan for the property which saw water supplies added to two blocks. He was also responsible for employing staff and helping to improve the genetics of the Coopworth flock. “My responsibility was to make this new asset pay for the College.” Vern says getting good staff, and particularly the right manager, Ross Bisset (OC 1968), was critical as this person was responsible for accommodating students, as well as running the farm and making improvements. Kingsley Clark’s two sons, Stuart (OC 1999) and Phillip (OC 2002), later attended St Andrew’s. Richard Clark (OC 1985) married his wife, Anne, in the Memorial Chapel, and they are the parents of Victoria and Olivia. Victoria says it is ‘very special’ to be a third generation member of the St Andrew’s community, and she enjoyed showing her grandfather around the campus on Grandparents’ Day. Olivia has enjoyed ‘gaining two perspectives’ of the College, a modern day one through her own eyes, and an historic one through Vern’s memories of his time at St Andrew’s.
Students enjoyed a day of fierce competition and fun at the Secondary School Swimming Sports at Jellie Park. There were many fine performances, with a total of nine Senior and Open records broken, along with 14 of the 25m pool Swimming Sports records. Katie McBride (Year 12) and Bryn Rumble (Year 13) were standout performers, breaking four records each.
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A number of parents came along to support their children, with several also assisting as officials. House spirit was to the fore, with Rutherford winning the House competition overall.
2018 achievements The outstanding cultural achievements of our students in late 2018 are featured below. Art Two senior Visual Art students, Victor Gan (Year 12) and Sophie Buist (Year 13), were selected to have their work introduced and auctioned at the inaugural exhibition at The Creator’s Room, a new online art gallery initiative, which aims to provide young artists with a platform to sell their works and be recognised for their talents. The auction is taking place in May 2019.
Ballet Riley Lyons (Year 8) successfully auditioned to become an elite ‘Associate’ with the New Zealand School of Dance (Wellington). She will attend intensive weekend training sessions throughout 2019, working with New Zealand’s best practitioners, as a pre‑selection for a possible future career in the art form. Riley danced the lead of Aurora in the Ballet Academy’s 2018 production, The Sleeping Beauty. The following students won 2018 St Andrew’s Ballet Academy Awards for the Preparatory School: Dancer of the Year – Riley Lyons (Year 8), Performer of the Year – Eilish Johns (Year 7), and Meritorious Endeavour – Padric Ballard (Year 8). The St Andrew’s College Dancer of the Year was Anika Boet (Year 12).
Ballet Academy’s production of
Junior Theatresports Max Hastings-Bell (Year 10), Henry Twiss (Year 9), Harry Waddington (Year 10), Benjamin Robertson (Year 9), and MacGregor Matthews (Year 9) finished third in the Canterbury Junior Theatresports competition. National Youth Jazz Orchestra Serge Beaton (Year 12 – first trombone), Flynn Megaw (Year 10 – second trombone), and Angus Rainey (Year 12 – first trumpet) were selected for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. This was an outstanding result to have three members of the StAC Big Band selected for national representation in Jazz. Speech and Drama Year 13 students Joshua Cammock-Elliott, Desmond McCloy, and Leo Noordanus completed their ASB Performance Diplomas with Distinction passes. Seventeen Year 2–3 students sat their Speech New Zealand Oral Assessments, all achieving Distinction or Highly Commended.
The Sleeping Beauty
After much hard work and preparation, the Ballet Academy’s wonderful production, The Sleeping Beauty, took place during the last week of Term 4, 2018, with five performances over three days. The historic ballet, with music composed by Tchaikovsky, is based on the classic fairy tale, with Dr Cairns’ imaginative re-interpretation to suit our dancers. Over 130 dancers from Years 1–13, with Senior College boys as guest dancers, graced the stage in an array of stunning colour and costumes, and danced their way into the hearts of the audience, with many wonderfully positive comments pouring in after the shows. The story was perfectly portrayed under the expert tutelage of the Ballet Academy’s Artistic Director, Dr Carolyn Cairns, who was the ballet’s choreographer and director. Dancers also performed an abridged version at the 2018 Prizegiving.
Pipe Band Campbell Wilson (Year 13) competed at the Waipu Highland Games and the Turakina Highland Games with some outstanding results in solo piping:
Art In March, Zoe Elmey (Year 10) and Grace Donaldson (Year 12) joined Intentional Creativity© facilitators and artists, Rosie Mac of Christchurch, and Kerry Lee from the San Francisco Bay, to collaborate on The Grove of Intention mural located in Westpac Lane. It was a rewarding experience for the students, who had their own input into what was displayed on the mural. Ballet Anika Boet (Year 13) achieved her Advanced Classical Ballet Diploma with the highest grade of Honours with Distinction, placing her amongst New Zealand’s top dancers. This entitled her to compete at the National event held in Wellington, where she gained second place in New Zealand.
• Waipu Highland Games: first place in the U21 2/4 March, U21 Strathspey and Reel, U21 Hornpipe and Jig, and U21 Piobaireachd, second place in the A Grade Strathspey and Reel, A Grade March, and Strathspey and Reel; • Turakina Highland Games: Second in U21 2/4 March, and U21 Strathspey and Reel, third place in A Grade 2/4 March.
National Pipe Band Championships A group of 56 students and leavers in St Andrew’s College A and B Bands competed at the National Pipe Band Championships in Dunedin. The A Band continued its fantastic run in Juvenile grade by winning first overall. It was also runner-up in Grade 2 and Best Dressed. The B Band also performed well to finished eighth in Grade 4A overall against respected adult bands. For many band members, this was their first national championship. Louis Newman (OC 2018), Patrick Moran (OC 2018), Marcella Bragg (Year 13), Pipe Band Director, Richard Hawke, and drumming tutors, Jamie McEwan and Alexandra Wilson (OC 2016) were members of The Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band, which won the prestigious Grade 1 title at the championships.
Music Callum Hampton (Year 13) passed the Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) Diploma in Violin, which is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 13) was named Concert Master of the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Orchestra. Performing Arts Sage Klein (Year 12) was accepted from over 800 applicants worldwide to attend the Atlantic Acting School course at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
At the Provincial Championships, the A Band was first in Juvenile, Grade 2 and Street March, with the B Band placing third in Juvenile and Grade 4. At the Deans Bush Contest, the A Band won Juvenile and Grade 2 with the B Band placing third in Juvenile.
Campbell Wilson (Year 13)
Canterbury Provincial Championships and Deans Bush Centre Contest At the Canterbury Provincial Championships, the A Band finished first in Juvenile, Grade 2, and Street March, while the B Band was third in Juvenile and Grade 4. At the Deans Bush Centre Contest the A Band was first in Juvenile and Grade 2, while the B Band was third in Juvenile and fourth in Grade 4.
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Sage Klein (Year 12)
Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year13)
Community and service 2018 service
The outstanding community and service achievements of our students late in 2018 are featured below (please note the use of 2018 year groups).
Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpu Committee Thomas Pope-Kerr (Year 13) was selected to join the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpu (EYR) Committee. The EYR is a new initiative led by young people and the Youth Engagement and Education Team at Environment Canterbury, who will have a genuine relationship with the decision makers of Canterbury, provide advice, and lead consultations and events.
Community Service Year 9 students embarked on a community service outing late in 2018, with five classes cleaning up the beach from Waimairi to the end of the Southshore Spit, and three classes completing native tree preservation at Mt Vernon. Although conditions were wet, the students worked well and made a positive impact on their environment. Sustainability A group of Year 6 students participated in a sustainability unit based around the use of the Preparatory School’s tunnel house. Students visited Cultivate Christchurch where they had hands-on experiences with worm farms, learning about composting, and planting and caring for vegetables. The students then planted their own vegetables in the tunnel house at St Andrew’s. Recounts were written, regular watering maintained, and the vegetables were harvested, many of which were donated to the Christchurch City Mission.
Gift Card Business For the past three years, Zoe Elmey (Year 10), has run a successful gift card business, selling her products throughout New Zealand. Recently Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden was the recipient of her cards and baby gifts as part of a Christmas card competition. Kaitiakitanga Award Early in 2019, the new Kaitiakitanga Award was presented for the first time to Quinton Hurley (OC 2018) for his work with the Sustainability Council over the last four years. The Kaitiakitanga Award refers to the Māori principle of guardianship of the environment – acknowledging the fundamental relationship between
humans and the natural world, and our responsibility to preserve and honour our natural resources. Also honoured was Isabella Garbett (OC 2016), who was one of the students involved with setting up the Sustainability Council, a vibrant and innovative group working under the guidance of teacher, Ellen Hampson. March for Love In response to the terrorist attack in Christchurch, Year 12 students Ella Clearwater, Marshall Setu and Manaia Butler independently organised the ‘March for Love’ event, which saw around 5000 people gather in Hagley Park to march for love, and against discrimination in our community. Student Volunteer Army’s Year 12 UCan programme As part of the University of Canterbury (UC) Student Volunteer Army’s Year 12 UCan programme, Year 12 students Manaia Butler, Marshall Setu, Kate Hughes, and Ella Clearwater helped to refresh the outdoor area of the Barrington Plunket Centre, painting fences and railings, and removing waste and other items from the site.
Year 10 Economics Social Enterprise Representatives from two Year 10 Economics classes delivered donations to the City Mission. One of the classes sold fudge and raised $350, while another ran a car wash which funded ingredients for home baking, which the students made and donated to both the men’s and women’s shelters. Young Entrepreneurs Yonni Kepes (Year 13) travelled to Brazil as part of a team of New Zealand Young Entrepreneurs who won the Enterprise in Action National Challenge in June, run by the Young Enterprise Trust. While in Brazil the team met up with other New Zealand businesses already operating in Brazil and visited local businesses that already trade with New Zealand firms. The group also met young entrepreneurs in Brazil, helping to solve local social issues.
Teacher in charge of Academic Extension and Enrichment, Ellen Hampson, Director of High Performance Sport, Rod McIntosh, Quinton Hurley (OC 2018), Alan Fu (Year 12), Thomas Pope-Kerr (Year 13), Quinton’s mother, Karen Hurley, Head of Senior College, John Ruge, and Isabella Garbett (OC 2016).
Standout performers were Charlotte Roche and Couper Killick (both Year 10) who won six titles each, along with Maia Broughton (Year 13) and Hugh Montgomery (Year 12) who both won five. Tapanisa Havea and Neve Moulai (both Year 11), and Sienna Stowers-Smith (Year 9) each won four titles, while Eva Pringle and Ayrton Shadbolt (both Year 13), Torian Barnes, Will Anderson and Jake Jackways (all Year 11) took three titles each. A performance by the Pipe Band concluded the day, with the trophies handed out by Nicky Newman and Sarah Dampier (mothers of our Heads of College). The winning House was Thompson, followed by Rutherford second, Erwin third, and MacGibbon fourth.
The front field was awash with colour as students dressed up to represent their Houses, participate in House events, and cheer on the competition athletes. The House leaders ensured the day was enjoyed in high spirits, with some outstanding efforts by our championship winners.
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Sports round up 2018 achievements The outstanding achievements of our young sportspeople in late 2018 are featured below. 2018 New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships A strong team of 25 students represented St Andrew’s at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships in Dunedin, achieving excellent results, with lots of top eight and top 16 finishes. The highlight was Maia Broughton (Y12) winning gold in the Senior Girls’ 100m and 200m with top level performances. Maia was a young competitor in this age group and has another year left of competing at this level. The top results were: • Maia Broughton (Y12): gold in the Senior Girls’ 100m and 200m sprint races. She was selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ 2018 Championships team, cementing her place as one of the senior athletes of the meet. • Tapenisa Havea (Y10): gold in the Junior Girls’ shot put, and silver in the 80m hurdles; • Luke Murray (Y13): silver in the Senior Boys’ high jump, clearing over 1.90m; • Ayrton Shadbolt (Y12): fourth in the 2000m Open steeplechase; • Eva Pringle (Y12): sixth in the Senior Girls’ 1500m; • Neve Moulai (Y10): sixth in the Junior Girls’ 1500m;
Maia Broughton (Y12) on the podium after winning gold in the Senior Girls’ 100m and 200m sprint races.
• The Senior Girls’ 4×100m relay team of Bella Caughley (Y11), Maia Broughton, Brianna Fidow (both Y12), and Tapenisa Havea (Y10), was fourth, only 0.05 seconds off a medal; • The Senior Boys’ 4×100m relay team of Harry Cockram (Y13), Cameron Trumper, and Angus Gilbert (all Y13), and Hugh Montgomery (Year 11), was seventh. Athletics A group of Year 5–8 students competed at the Independent Zone Athletics Sports with the following achieving first place: • Jack Shearer (Y5): first in 1000m; • Tom Simpson (Y5): first in long jump; • Monty Scott-Lysaght (Y5): first in high jump; • Sasha McIntyre (Y5): first in 80/100m, 1000m; • Sasha McIntyre, Olivia Ratcliffe, Madison Fahey, and Jenna Russell (all Y5): first in relay; • Will Richards (Y6): first equal in long jump; • Ruby McPhail (Y6): first in 50/60m; • Rylee McBride (Y6): first in 80/100m and long jump; • Macklan Robertson (Y7): first in 80/100m and long jump; • Megan Simpson (Y7): first in 50/60m, first equal in long jump, first in discus;
• Bella Pringle, Megan Simpson, Holly McCarthy, Christine Jeon (all Y7): first in relay; • Edwin Short (Y8): first in high jump; • Brad Thorn (Y8): first in long jump; • Nikkita McIntyre (Y8): first in 80/100m; • Caitlin Muir (Y8): first equal in long jump; • Tineke Hinton (Y8): first equal in high jump. Year 11 students, Ben Greenwood, Tom Wells, and Hayden Riches won the Male High School Teams’ 10km event at the Selwyn Running Festival and placed second overall. Basketball Carter Rhodes (Y7) was one of only 80 players in New Zealand selected to attend the 2019 U14 National Talent Camp. Cricket Madeline-Rose Morrow (Y9) was selected for the Christchurch Metro Red, Junior Magicians Metro Cricket Girls’ team, and the Christchurch U15 Girls’ Cricket team to represent Canterbury at the National Girls’ 15s Cricket Tournament, held in early 2019. Football Blair Currie (Y13) was in the New Zealand U17 football team at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, making history to become the first New Zealand team to make it through to the semifinals, winning a bronze medal. Charlotte Roche (Y9) was selected for the 14th Grade Girls’ Mainland Football team. Jasmine Donald (Y11), Alex Tutty (Y10), Annabel Surveyor (Y10), and Sophia Lazor (Y10) were selected for the 16th Grade Girls’ team.
Tapenisa Havea (Y10) won gold in the Junior Girls’ shot put.
Harri Silcock (Y10).
Mia McNaughton-Vincent (Y9) was selected for the Canterbury U14 Girls’ Touch team.
Grass Karting After five intense rounds, Harri Silcock (Y10) won his class to become the 2018 Canterbury Grass Kart Champion.
Jackson Foster (Y9), Isabella Galvan (Y10), and Tom Ruwhiu (Y9) were selected for the Canterbury U16 Mixed Touch team.
Hockey Isabella Ambrosius (Y12) was selected for the New Zealand Māori U21 and Senior teams after top performances at National level.
Trampolining Jakarta Klebert (Y9) was fourth in Syncro at the Trampolining World Championships in Russia and placed tenth overall.
Ice Hockey Ellie Dugdale (Y11) was selected for the New Zealand U18 Women’s Ice Hockey team, to compete in April 2019 in Abu Dhabi at the CCOA (Challenge Cup of Asia).
Volleyball Te Rina Cooper (Y10) was named in the tournament team at the Canterbury Junior Volleyball Championships.
Johannes (Jacques) Prinsloo (Y13) was selected for the New Zealand U18 National Squad for the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World U18 Championship, Division 3, Group A, held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Motocross Luke Doerner-Corson and Ethan McBreen (both Y10) competed in the Tracktion six-hour cross country team event, finishing second. Cody DoernerCorson (Y12) finished third in the sixhour SOLO event. Rugby Ashleigh Brett (Y10) was selected for the Canterbury U15 Sevens rugby team.
The Junior A Girls’ volleyball team finished third at the South Island Junior Volleyball Championships. Water Polo The Year 9–10 Boys’ water polo team finished second at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Tournament. Lachlan Frazer and Benjamin Steel (both Y10) were named in the tournament team. Lachlan Frazer (Year 10) was selected for the Canterbury U14 Water Polo team to play at the New Zealand Nationals U14 Water Polo Tournament.
Our young sportspeople have also started 2019 with some fantastic results. Adventure Racing The St Andrew’s College Adventure Racing team, comprising Alice Egan, Isabella Galvan, Georgia Spark, Molly Spark, Samuel Foote, Clayton Shadbolt, Rupert Shepherd (all Y11), and Regan Holden (Y10), competed in the national final of the Torpedo7 Junior Get2Go Services at Great Barrier Island. They placed fifth following five arduous days of problem-solving activities, a two-day land and sea expedition, and a full on adventure race, including paddle boarding, rafting, kayaking, high ropes, swimming, mountain running, and orienteering. Molly Spark was selected as a member of a ‘Dream Team’ named after the event by Hillary Commission instructors. Henry Spark (Y12), Molly Spark (Y11), and Tom Wells (Y12) won the Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race, which consisted of a 12km raft, a steep 13km mountain bike ride, a 6km navigation run, and a 17km mountain bike to the finish. As well as being the first school team to finish, they were the first team overall in a time of 5.11 hours, beating all the adult teams. Regan Holden (Y10), Rupert Shepherd, Benjamin Ferrier and Molly Spark (all Y11) were the second placed Mixed team at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Adventure Racing Championships.
Surfing Liam Heasley (Y9) was a member of the Canterbury Scholastics Surfing team which won the ‘Team with the Most Points’ trophy at the National Secondary Schools’ Surfing Competition for the first time in its 30-year history. Tennis Macklan Robertson (Y7) was selected to represent Canterbury in the 12-year Boys’ team, and Finn Emslie-Robson (Y9) was selected to represent Canterbury in the 14-year Boys’ team, at the 2019 National events. At the Canterbury Junior Tennis Championships, Finn Emslie-Robson (Y9) won the Year 9 Boys’ Singles, with
The St Andrew’s College adventure racing team, Sam Foote (Y11), Regan Holden (Y10 at back), Rupert Shepherd, Alice Egan, Molly Spark, Georgia Spark, Isabella Galvan, and Clayton Shadbolt (all Y11).
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Touch Ashleigh Brett (Y10) was selected for the Canterbury U16 Girls’ Touch team.
Campbell Horsbrugh (Y9) runner-up in the Year 9 Boys’ Singles, Division 1. Farrah Richards (Y10) was runner-up in the Year 10 Girls’ singles, and she and partner Charli Watts (Y10) were runners-up in the Year 10 Girls’ doubles.
Torian Barnes (Y11) won the U16 Boys’ javelin and shot put.
Tapenisa Havea (Y11), Bella Caughley (Y12), Maia Broughton (Y13), and Brianna Fidow (Y13) after winning the U19 Girls’ 4×100m relay.
Athletics Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships The St Andrew’s College 60-strong athletics team achieved some impressive results at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Championships. Three records were broken –Tapenisa Havea (Y11) in the U16 Girls’ shot put and 80m hurdles, and Couper Killick (Y10) in the U14 Boys’ discus. Maia Broughton (Y13) won three individual titles, and Torian Barnes (Y11) was another leading competitor with two titles. St Andrew’s College also won the U19 Girls’ 4×100m, U19 Girls’ 4×400m, and U15 Boys’ 4×100m relays, and was third in both the U16 and U16 Girls’ 4×100m relays. Students to achieve top three placings were:
• Eva Pringle (Y13): first in U19 Girls’ 800m, second in 1500m; • Brianna Fidow (Y13): first in U19 Girls’ 300m hurdles, second in triple jump; • Ayrton Shadbolt (Y13): first in Open Boys’ steeplechase; • Couper Killick (Y10): first in U14 Boys’ discus, second in shot put; • Mitchell Corkery (Y9): first in U14 Boys’ high jump; • Sienna Stowers-Smith (Y?): first in U14 Girls’ 100m, second in 200; • Jonah Cropp (Y9): second in Open Boys’ walk; • Neve Moulai (Y11): second in U16 Girls’ 1500m; • Claudia Knight (Y12): second in U16 Girls’ high jump; • Pippa Henderson (Y10): second in U14 Girls’ triple jump, second in javelin; • Victoria Spratt (Y13): third in U19 Girls’ 800m, and 1500m; • Izzy Gibson (Y11): third in U16 Girls’ 1500m; • Hayden Vickery (Y10):): third in U15 Boys’ 200m;
• Tapanisa Havea (Y11): first U16 Girls’ shot put, 100m, and 80m hurdles; • Maia Broughton (Y13): first in U10 Girls’ long jump, 200m, and 400m; • Torian Barnes (Y11): first in U16 Boys’ shot put, javelin;
• Oliver Graves (Y11): third in U15 Boys’ 400m; • Katelin Parnell (Y9):): third in U14 Girls 80m hurdles; • Lucas Te Rangi (Y9): third in U14 Boys’ shot put.
South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships The South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships were held in Nelson at the end of Tournament Week. Many students achieved a top eight finish, with the following students doing incredibly well to reach the podium: • Sienna Stowers-Smith (Y9): first U14 Girls’ 400m, second 200m; • Couper Killick (Y10): first U14 Boys’ discus; • Pippa Henderson (Y10): third U14 Girls’ trip jump; • Torin Ward (Y9): third U14 Boys’ high jump; • Sienna Stowers-Smith, Jorja Williams, Nikkita McIntyre (all Y9), and Pippa Henderson (Y10): second U14 Girls’ 4×100m relay;
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Australian Football League (AFL) Lachlan McBride (Y11) was selected for the New Zealand AFL U15 team, and Connor Hotton (Y12) was selected for the New Zealand AFL U17 team, to represent New Zealand in a TransTasman series against Australia. Badminton Jack Wang (Y12) competed at the 2019 Victor Oceania Junior Championships in Melbourne, winning the Boys’ doubles. Jack and Jenny Zhu (Y13) were part of the New Zealand Junior Oceania team, which won a silver medal in the Mixed team championship.
Beach Volleyball At the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Beach Volleyball Championships, Kate Allan and Marijke Hinton (both Y12) won a bronze medal in the Senior Girls’ Division 1 competition. Kate and Marijke also represented Canterbury at the New Zealand Provincial Beach Volleyball Championships, winning the U17 Grade to become national champions. BMX Nicholas Daniels (Y12) was awarded the Mainland North Regions’ (Canterbury and Nelson regions) BMX Rider of the Year. Canoe Racing Flynn McGuiness (Y12) and Olivia Brett (Y13) competed at the Canoe Racing Nationals at Lake Karapiro (with all events doubling as Oceania Championships). Flynn made the A final in the U18 K1 200m, was second in the K4 200m, and third in the K2 1000m and K4 500m. Olivia won all five of her U18 age group events including K1 200m and 500m, K2 200m and 500m, and the K4 500m. She also competed in the Open K1 200m against top athletes from Australia, France, and New Zealand, finishing fourth in the B final. This placed her second overall in the U23 age group. Olivia also has automatic selection into the New Zealand team for the World Junior Championships as the K1 paddler. Flynn and Olivia were named in the New Zealand team to compete in the Asia Pacific Championships to be held in New Zealand in May. Climbing Spencer Menzies (Y7) was first in the Bouldering section and second in the Top Rope section in the U14 age group at the South Island Climbing Competition. Coast to Coast The St Andrew’s College Coast to Coast team of Henry Spark, Benjamin Leech (both Y12), and ex StAC student, Fiona Murray, finished seventh overall, from around 500 two-day competitors. The team also won the schools’ grade by 1.35 hours. Both are outstanding achievements.
Marijke Hinton and Kate Allan (both Y12).
Henry Spark (Y12), Fiona Murray and Benjamin Leech (Y12) after completing the Coast to Coast.
Cricket The First XI cricket team placed second in the two-day competition in the new 20/20 Premier competition. Rhys Mariu (Y13) and Jesse Frew (Y13) were selected for the New Zealand U19 cricket team to tour Bangladesh. Rhys was also selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Māori team. Equestrian At the Horse of the Year Competition, Gemma Lewis (Y9) was second in the Under 14 pairs and her team came fifth in the Under 17 competition, also winning the Under 14 Cup. Darts Lachlan Rountree (Y11) won the South Island Junior Darts competition. Dressage Gemma Lewis (Y9) represented Canterbury/Wellington/Wairarapa at the New Zealand Pony Club National Dressage Championships held in Blenheim, with her team placing fourth overall. She also finished second in the U14 age group at the South Island Show Jumping Championships. Figure Skating Milla Newbury (Y10) won five events in her grade at the ‘Figure it Out Alpine Trophy 2018’ figure skating event. Football Jago Godden and Adam Supyk (Y10 in 2018) were invited to become members of the Wellington Phoenix Football Academy in 2019. They are attending Scots College in Wellington and training daily using the facilities provided by New Zealand’s only professional football club. Charlotte Roche (Y10) was invited to attend the New Zealand Women’s ID Camp in Auckland.
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Jennian Homes New Zealand Track and Field Championships At the New Zealand Track and Field Championships, Tapenisa Havea (Y11) won gold in the U18 4×100m relay. Maia Broughton (Y13) silver in the 100m hurdles, U18 shot put, U18 400m, and U18 4×400m relay, along with bronze in the U18 200m and U20 shot put. She was fourth in 100m sprints and the Senior Women’s shot put. Eva Pringle (Y13) won silver in the U20 800m and was fourth in the U20 1500m.
Basketball Samuel Jenkins (Y12) and Mac Stodart (Y13) were invited to attend the New Zealand U17 National Selection Camp in Auckland.
• Michael McCaskey, Maxwell Bradley, Couper Killick, and Hayden Vickery (all Y10): first U15 Boys’ 4×100m relay; • Tapenisa Havea (Y11): first U16 Girls’ shot put (new South Island record), hurdles, and 100m; • Claudia Knight (Y12): first U16 Girls’ high jump; • Maia Broughton (Y13): first Senior Girls’ 200m, long jump, second 400m; • Brianna Fidow (Y13): second Senior Girls’ 300m hurdles, third triple jump; • Ayrton Shadbolt (Y13): second Senior Boys’ 2000m steeplechase; • Victoria Spratt (Y13): third Senior Girls’ 800m, and 1500m; • Tapenisa Havea (Y11), Maia Broughton (Y13), Brianna Fidow (Y13), and Bella Caughley (Y12): second Senior Girls’ 4×100m relay.
Tennis Jamie Garbett (Y13) was runner-up in the Senior Boys’ singles at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Senior Tennis Championships. Farrah Richards (Y11) was third in the Year 11 Singles competition.
Futsal The Girls’ senior futsal team won a silver medal at the Mainland Futsal Secondary Schools’ tournament. Ice Hockey Timothy Thomas (Y11) was selected for the 2019 New Zealand U16 Ice Hockey team. Martial Arts Sophie McNee (Y10) attended the Southern Districts Multi-Style Martial Arts Karate Championships in Tapanui, winning a gold medal in the U15 Kumite (fighting) and a bronze medal in the Women’s Open Kata (display). Motocross Ethan McBreen (Y11) won first place and Luke Doerner-Corson (Y11) third place at the Gold Nuggets Moto X, 12–16 years 125cc. Ethan also won first place in the Gold Nuggets Junior Feature Race, and the 12–16 years 125cc event, and Junior Feature race at the TT’s three round series, where Luke Doerner-Corson was third. Mountain Biking At the Canterbury Schools’ Cross Country Mountain Biking Championships, Joseph Connolly (Y9) was first in the U14 Boys’ event, Bailey Graham (Y9) was third in the U15 Boys’ event, and Benjamin Leech (Y12) was third in the U20 Boys’ event. Jenna Hirshfield and Monique Weber (both Y10) were the first placed female team at the Hanmer Springs 4-Hour Mountain Bike race. Benjamin Leech and Henry Spark (both Y12) were the third placed team overall in the Hanmer Springs 8-Hour Mountain Bike race. Orienteering At the South Island Orienteering Championships, Ayrton Shadbolt (Y13) placed third in the M20 sprint, and Clayton Shadbolt (Y11) placed second in the M16 sprint and the M16 middle distance. Polo For the second time this year, the StAC A polo team, captained by Tom Wells (Y12), won the B Grade Division at the South Island SUPA Polo Tournament Series, and Tom Turner (Y10) was named Most Valuable Player in the grade. Rowing Tom Flavill (Y13) competed as a cox at the New Zealand Rowing Championships winning gold medals in the Men’s Novice Four, Men’s Novice Eight and Women’s Senior
Finn Emslie-Robson (Y10) was second in the 14s Doubles at the New Zealand Tennis National Championships. He is to compete in the Rod Laver Tournament in Brisbane in July.
The StAC A polo team in action.
Eight, plus a silver medal in the Men’s Senior Eight. Surf Life Saving Lucy McAlister (Y5), Sam McAlister (Y7), and Mia Montgomery (Y7) competed at the Surf Life Saving Canterbury Junior Championships. Lucy was second in board relay (team race) and third in beach relay (team race). Sam was second in diamond race, second in board race, and third in surf race (all individual events). Mia was third in surf swim, second in beach sprints and second in beach relay (team event). Laine Creighton (Y9) competed at the Southern Region Championships in Dunedin in the U13 age group, winning the swim run, board race, and ironman, and placing second in the surf swim race and beach flags. He also competed at the Canterbury Championships, placing second in his surf race, board race, ironman, and beach flags. At the Southern Region Senior Surf Life Saving Championships, Manaia Butler (Y12) was first in the Open Women surf race, second in the Open Women tube rescue, and third in the U19 Women run swim run, and Open Women run swim run. Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y11) was selected for the 2019–2020 Surf Life Saving New Zealand High Performance Youth Squad. Swimming A number of students won medals at the New Zealand Division 2 Swimming Competition: • Skye Atkins (Y10): gold 400m individual medley; • Rebecca Hurley (Y11): silver 200m butterfly, bronze 100m butterfly and 400m individual medley; • Callum Lockhart (Y10): gold zonal relay, silver 200m individual medley, bronze 200m backstroke; • Josh Baxter (Y12): bronze 800m and 1500m freestyle.
Jamie Garbett (Y13).
Touch Rugby Tom Ruwhiu, Isabella Tuaine, Isabella Galvan, and Jackson Foster (all Y10) played in the Junior National Touch Tournament for the Canterbury U16 Mixed touch team in Rotorua, placing eighth out of 12 teams. Tom was selected to attend the Touch New Zealand U16 Talent Identification Camp. Triathlon The following St Andrew’s College teams achieved placings at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Triathlon: • U19 Girls’ – first place: Manaia Butler (Y12), Amelia Taylor (Y12), and Eva Pringle (Y13); • U19 Boys’ Blue – second place: Bryn Rumble, Benjamin Leech, and Henry Spark (all Y13); • U16 Boys’ – second place: Joshua Baxter (Y12), Harri Silcock, and Jake Jackways (both Y11); • U14 Girls’ – second place: Isabella McConchie, Holly Gilray, and Nikkita McIntyre (all Y9); • U19 Boys’ White – third place: Henry Crump (Y12), Benjamin Ferrier (Y11), and Jack Rule (Y12). Benjamin Greenwood (Y12) was second in the U20 age group in the Sea to Sky Triathlon Challenge, the first time he had entered a triathlon.
St Margaret’s College, making them the Canterbury Champions for the second year in a row. At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Mainland Volleyball Championships, the Girls’ Senior B team finished second in Division 2 after losing a close five set match 2–3 to Cashmere High School in their final. The Senior Girls’ C team finished third
in Division 3, with the Senior Boys’ A team placing fifth in Division 2. The Senior Boys’ volleyball team finished second in the Canterbury Championships Division 2 after losing a close final to Christ’s College. Water Polo At the Canterbury Water Polo Prizegiving for 2018, Lachlan Frazer (Y11) was named U14 Most Valuable Player and Benjamin Steel (Y11) U16 Most Improved Player. Lachlan was also selected for the New Zealand Water Polo Cadet Boys Born 2004 Squad.
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Volleyball The Girls’ Senior A volleyball team became South Island champions for the first time in the College’s history, after winning Division 1 at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Mainland Volleyball Championships, with a 3–0 win over Nayland College in the final. The team also won their Canterbury Division 1 Championship final against
The Girls’ Senior A volleyball team are Canterbury and South Island champions.
St Andrew’s College has a great reputation during Summer and Winter Tournament Weeks as a top competitor in both girls’ and boys’ events. The 2019 Summer Tournament Week was no exception, with 116 of our top sports people competing in five different codes from Christchurch to Lake Karapiro. Standout results came from the Senior Girls’ A volleyball team, which made College history by finishing fourth in New Zealand; and the adventure racing team, which finished as New Zealand Schools’ Mixed Team champions. Our rowers also reached a record breaking 13 A finals at Maadi Cup, winning two bronze medals. See page 51 for the full rowing report. New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Championships – Palmerston North The Senior A Girls’ volleyball team made College history with a fourth placing at the New Zealand Secondary
Tournament Week Schools’ Volleyball Championships. After going through the first seven matches, undefeated, they lost a tense semi-final to Otumoetai College and then narrowly lost their playoff for third and fourth. There were some pleasing wins against St Margaret’s College, Aorere College, Whakatane High School, and Napier Girls’ High School along the way. One highlight was the selection of Georgia Hollings and Hayley Neill (both Y13) in the tournament team, judged by an expert panel to be the 12 best players from the tournament. The Senior Girls’ B team made it through to their semi-finals, beating Waitara High School to finish third in Division 5. The Senior Boys’ team qualified for their quarter-finals, losing to King’s High School, and finishing seventh in Division 4.
(Bottom) Senior Girls’ volleyball team member, Kate Allan (Y12) about to pass, while Georgia Bonne (Y13) looks on during the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Championships, where the team finished fourth.
Tom Wells (Y12), Benjamin Ferrier (Y11), Henry Spark (Y12) and Molly Spark (Y11) are the New Zealand Schools’ Mixed Team Adventure Racing champions.
The St Andrew’s Sailing team, from left Sean Dickey (coach), Charles Pitts (Y12), Harrison Green (Y13), Riaan Nel (Y11), Ella Willcox (Y11), Gabriella Kenton-Smith (Y9) and Bailee Atkinson (Y9 – front).
New Zealand Adventure Racing – Cromwell The St Andrew’s College adventure racing team put in an outstanding performance to finish as the New Zealand Schools’ Mixed Team champions. Following 7.5 hours of racing around the Bannockburn hills and on the Kawarau River, the team, comprising Henry Spark (Y12), Tom Wells (Y12), Benjamin Ferrier (Y11), and Molly Spark (Y11), beat the next best team from Mt Aspiring College by over an hour. St Andrew’s College was also the third team overall behind two all-boys’ teams in a very impressive performance involving two mountain biking stages, a 3.5 hour trek, orienteering, abseiling, and kayaking. New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Tennis Cup Championships – Christchurch The Mixed tennis team had another fantastic national tournament, finishing in fourth place, after winning the South Island Championships at Timaru. The Senior Boys’ tennis team followed up their excellent form at the South Island Championships, where they made the final, to finish fifth nationally. Of note was Jamie Garbett (Y13), who won every singles match as the number one boys’ player for St Andrew’s.
Back from left: Jessica Bayliss (Y13), Farrah Richards (Y11), Jamie Garbett (Y13), Hamish Faulls (coach), Rhys Blackmore (Y13), Luke Tanner (Y12). Front from left: Benjamin Hyde-Smith (Y11), Megan Moore (Y13), Oscar Parkinson (Y11), Duncan McCall (Y9), Finn Emslie-Robson (Y10), Blake Cullen (Y10).
New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Futsal Championships – Wellington The Senior Girls’ team had a great tournament, and placed ninth nationally out of 24 teams. The Senior Boys’ competition was strong, with the St Andrew’s team having three classy wins against North Island schools. The Junior Boys’ team had a great tournament, qualifying for the top eight before losing their quarterfinal against finalists St Patrick’s College, followed by a 3–2 loss to finish seventh nationally. Lower South Island Championship Sailing Regatta – Lake Hood The St Andrew’s sailing team came second after several hard fought tactical battles on the water at the Lower South Island Championship Sailing Regatta. They were singled out as a ‘team to watch’ at forthcoming regattas.
The Junior Boys’ futsal team. Back row: Hamish Wallace (coach), Ollie Mather (Y10), Padric Ballard (Y9), Oliver Burnett (Y10), Jackson Blake (Y9), Archie Shaw (Y10), Cameron Emberton (assistant coach). Front row: Harry Lieshout (Y10), Luke Supyk (Y9), Lachlan Tutty (Y10), Samuel Confait (Y10), Gavin Gao (Y10).
Another year of
Although it has been another year of rebuilding for the St Andrew's College rowing programme, our young crews had some outstanding success on the water.
Five crews finished just outside the medals in fourth place in their A finals, with some missing out by only a fraction of a second. The fourth placed crews were the Boys’ U15 coxed eight – Sam Long (Y10), Fergus Rutledge (Y10), Harry Preston (Y11), James McLaren (Y10), Henry Farrell (Y10), Ethan Allison (Y11), Oliver
Year 12 students, Benjamin Farrell (front) and Louie Murden, won a bronze medal at Maadi Cup.
(Top) The Boys' U16 coxed four receiving their bronze medals and below, other Maadi Cup highlights.
McDonald (Y10), Tom Rutherford (Y10), Oscar Rutledge (Y12 – coxswain); the Girls’ U16 coxed quad sculls – Amelia Speight (Y11), Sophia Rutherford (Y11), Holly Curtis (Y10), Emma Inglis (Y11), George Rutledge (Y13 – coxswain); the Boys’ U17 coxed four – Benjamin Farrell (Y11), Louie Murden (Y12), James Tavendale (Y12), Ashton Corkery (Y12), George Rutledge (Y13 – coxswain); the Boys’ U17 coxed quad sculls – Benjamin Farrell, James Tavendale, Ashton Corkery, Louie Murden (all Y12), George Rutledge (Y13 – coxswain); and the Girls’ U18 novice coxed quad sculls – Holly Curtis (Y10), Mia McNaughton-Vincent (Y10), Bella Gibbons (Y10), Sophia Wheelans (Y11), Amalia Ling (Y11 – coxswain). George Rutledge won the Simon Briggs (coxswains) Cup at the regatta, awarded to the coxswain who coxed the most boats to A Finals. These results were on the back of the successful South Island Secondary Schools’ Rowing Regatta Championships, where 15 St Andrew’s College crews qualified for A finals. The Boys’ U15 coxed eight and Boys’ U16 coxed eight crews both won gold medals at this regatta, with the
College also taking home five silver and two bronze medals. At the Canterbury Junior Regatta, St Andrew’s won the Overall Points Trophy and the Top Sculling School Trophy, along with 11 gold medals, four silver and four bronze. The squad’s other major regattas for the year were the Canterbury Rowing Championships, where crews made 32 A finals before the regatta was called off due to strong winds; and the South Island Rowing Championships, where St Andrew’s won five gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals. Year 13 student, coxswain, Tom Flavill also had an outstanding season competing as an individual. At the New Zealand Rowing Championships, he won gold medals in the Men’s Novice four, Men’s Novice eight, and Women’s Senior eight, plus a silver medal in the Men’s Senior eight. With such a strong season behind it, Riley believes there are exciting times ahead for the StAC rowing programme. “Our young, enthusiastic crews have built a great platform on which to continue building success over the next couple of seasons.”
Teacher in Charge of rowing, Riley Gain, says making a record 13 A finals and five B finals at Maadi Cup was a huge achievement. “To have two crews on the podium, and 14 crews place in the top 10 in New Zealand, was a fantastic result at Maadi Cup, which is the pinnacle of secondary school rowing. More than 2000 rowers travelled to Lake Karapiro for the regatta.”
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The highlight was the two bronze medals won at Maadi Cup, by Benjamin Farrell and Louie Murden (both Y12) in the Boys’ U17 double sculls; and Caleb Brown, Lachlan Muir, Ben Hartnell, Ben Chittock, and coxswain Alexander Carrodus (all Y11) in the Boys’ U16 coxed four.
Message from the President The 102nd Founders’ Day Assembly marked the start of celebrations for another tremendous milestone, the 100th anniversary of the St Andrew's College Pipe Band. It was also a day marked with sadness and shock, given the tragic events that unfolded in Christchurch later that afternoon. The thoughts from the assembly’s guest speaker, Ben Murray (OC 2013), relating to social networks, mental health, and the importance of a strong community couldn’t have been more poignant.
Events 60 Years On On 15–16 March, the College welcomed back those who started the third form in 1959 for their 60 Years On reunion. This year’s reunion coincided with the Pipe Band Centenary, which saw guests enjoy an amazing showcase of talent and history of the Pipe Band at the Founders’ Day Assembly. Guests were then treated to lunch in Strowan House, with boarders in the group noting the standard of food had improved dramatically in 60 Years. The Highland Games began after lunch, and with over 1400 students, staff and Pipe Band Centenary guests in the quad, was interrupted by the terror attack in Christchurch, sending the College into immediate lockdown. After a few hours of lockdown in Strowan House, the Rector kindly offered the 60 Years On guests the use of her home, so they could salvage the reunion event scheduled for that evening. It wasn’t until watching the news at the Rector’s home that the full severity of what had occurred in the city was realised. The reunion dinner went ahead on the Saturday evening, and was a huge success, from the service and food, to the company and stories shared. It was a fabulous occasion to engage and reconnect with one another, something the guests valued even more after the events that had unfolded the day before. Thanks to Doc Sidey, Peter Smith and Peter Sturge for organising a fantastic reunion weekend.
The decision to continue with the Centenary celebrations would have been a tough one, but I know from the conversations over the weekend everyone’s thoughts were with the families affected. On the Saturday morning in the Centennial Chapel, College Chaplain Paul Morrow gave a moving acknowledgement of the terrible events of the day before, which was followed by the Centenary programme, including a wonderful Nostalgic Journey presentation, detailing the Pipe Band’s history. Later that afternoon, the StAC community drew close again for the funeral of Old Collegian, Keith Gillanders (1957), a staunch and passionate supporter of St Andrew’s College, who will be greatly missed. The Pipe Band celebrations continued that night with a concert and Centenary Ceilidh, which included fabulous performances from former and current band members and Highland dancing. We also celebrated the 60 Year On reunion that weekend, with a strong turnout for the dinner in Strowan House on the Saturday night. Thank you to the Old Collegians who assisted with the co-ordination of this event. We remind Old Collegians wishing to send their children to St Andrew’s that enrolment for places in 2020 closes in May. While a preference is given to Old Collegians, you still need to get your enrolment in on time to be considered, as demand is always greater than the places available. Our Annual Dinner this year will be held on Friday 26 July, so please mark the date in your diary and get a group of friends together for a night of reminiscing and a celebration of Old Collegian successes. Jonathan Wells (1987) President 60 Years On attendees.
70 Years On On Friday 22 February, the College welcomed back those who started in the third form 70 years ago in 1949. Attendees enjoyed a lovely luncheon in the Strowan House dining room, where many stories and reminisces were shared. Jim Hudson did an amazing job of organising the function, with two of the attendees coming all the way from America and Canada. After the luncheon, guests watched the final races at the College Athletics Day, followed by a performance by the Pipe Band.
70 Years On attendees.
A Massed Pipe Band performance featuring a large of number of Old Collegians was one of the highlights of the Pipe Band Centenary celebrations.
Upcoming events 26 July Annual Dinner 3 August Rugby Reunions 23–24 August 40 Years On
20–21 September 50 Years On
18 October Gentlemen's Luncheon
• Malcolm Patterson (1948)
• Neil Thomas Judson (1959)
• Ewen (Bruce) MacGregor (1951)
• Charles Ensor (1963)
• Bob Spark (1953)
• Cameron Moore (1991)
• Keith Gillanders (1957)
1 November 10 Years On 13–15 November Canterbury A&P Show
Riki Ellison (1976) gave an inspirational talk to students in Years 9–10 which touched on a highly successful 10 year career in the NFL in America, which included three Super Bowl wins with the San Francisco 49ers. Riki attended the Preparatory School at St Andrew’s College from 1965–1968 before relocating with his family to the United States. He was the first New Zealander to play in the NFL. His son Rhett (2005) also attended St Andrew’s College. Riki was in New Zealand to connect with family, Ngai Tahu, and to investigate ways of assisting at risk youth in the South Island. Richard Irving (1987) left Christchurch in 1994 after graduating from Teachers College to work at Kelston Boys’ High School. He is currently Head of English at Macleans College in Auckland, and is married to Melissa, a Deputy Principal at King's College. They have two children. Richard was a member of Auckland cricket squads from 1995–2001, playing a handful of first class, List A, and CricketMax games for the Aces as a wicket keeper/batsman. Glenn Delaney (1991) is the current defence coach for the Highlanders rugby team. He returned to St Andrew’s with the Highlanders for their Captain’s Run, ahead of their game against the Crusaders on 8 February. Jonathan Scragg (Deputy Head Boy 1996) is a litigation partner in the Wellington office of Duncan Cotterill Lawyers. Earlier in 2018, following several years as the President of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association, Jonathan was appointed as a councillor of the Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA), the global association of insurance law groups. He is the first New Zealand lawyer ever to have been appointed to AIDA’s Presidential Council, which is AIDA’s governing body. Following his appointment, Jonathan attended AIDA’s annual conference, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2018.
Glenn Delaney with First XV coach, Deacon Manu.
Liam McLauchlan (2002) is a chef who has worked for a variety of restaurants including Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant, and Saggio di vino, in Christchurch and Cibo in Auckland. During his OE, he and partner Elyse, also a trained chef, worked for Peter Gordon at his London restaurant, Providores. The couple now live in Auckland and work at Black Cottage Cafe in Coatesville. They are getting married in Rarotonga in May. James Tapper (2010) launched Benefaction in September 2018, a social impact agency that helps brands get positive exposure from social movements, community initiatives, and charitable partnerships. He has since worked with various companies to deliver change-making projects such as a men’s health campaign and a mental health initiative.
Isaac Giesen (2010) has become the first New Zealander to row the Atlantic Ocean solo and is the youngest person in the world to have achieved this feat. Isaac took 71 days to complete the 4815km journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua as part of the Talisker Whisky Challenge, raising money and awareness for mental health support at the same time.
Head Girl, Juliette Newman and Ashleigh Shipton (2012) with Rector, Christine Leighton, at the Girls’ Breakfast.
Neil MacLeod (2016) is gaining much acclaim and attention for his songwriting. His music can be listened to on SoundCloud. Isalei Pouvalu (2017) was selected for the Tonga U20 Rugby team ahead of the Junior World Championships in 2019.
Patrick Moran (2018) won a scholarship to one of the most prestigious American universities, Berklee College of Music. Patrick was an outstanding musician at St Andrew’s, excelling both as the drummer in the Jazz Band and as lead side drummer in the Pipe Band. Samuel Wallace (2018) retained his Mazda Pro7 Racing title after winning all three of his races at the New Zealand Championships in February. Charlotte Whittaker (2018) was awarded a full basketball scholarship at the University of Colorado in the United States. She joined the Buffs in January. Blair Currie (2018) won a six-month placement at IMG Academy, a prestigious American sporting school in Florida, after being a member of
Isaac Shatford (2014) won the New Zealand Chamber Music Contest Best Composition award. He was also a recipient of the Riccardo Bergonzi Violin from the Michael Hill Violin Competition (2017–2019), has had his works performed by NZTrio, CSO, NZSO, and NZSSSO, and was a semi-finalist in the National Concerto Competition. Isaac has a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in Composition and Performance Violin from University of Otago.
while maximising his potential as an athlete with support from High Performance New Zealand.
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the history-making New Zealand U17 women’s team, which placed third at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay last year. Blair was named Mainland Football’s WPL Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018. Her plans include securing a scholarship with an American College, and pushing for a spot in the New Zealand U20 team for next year’s World Cup.
Shilo Klein (2017) and Sam Gilbert (2016) were selected for the New Zealand U20 rugby team, ahead of the Junior World U20 Rugby Championships. They were also selected for the Crusader Knights rugby team. Both players captained the First XV at St Andrew’s and were highlight influential players. Quinton Hurley (2018) received a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for 2019 as an Elite Swimmer. This will support Quinton to achieve academically
For the 2019 Old Collegian Events Calendar please visit stac.nz/OldColsEvents
Ashleigh Shipton (2012) graduated as the top medical student in Otago University’s graduating class of 2018. Ashleigh also recently spoke at the College’s Girls’ Breakfast (see page 37 for details).
Just married Kate Hutchings (2008) married Sam Forrest on 4 January 2019 at Sam’s family vineyard in Marlborough.
Gabby Morris (2007) married Julian Springer on 8 February 2019 at her family home in Geraldine.
Rob Coslett (2009) married Leanne Bradbury on 16 March 2019 in Twizel.
Hamish Kilpatrick (2006) married Anna Groundwater (2006) on 30 November 2018 at Rippon Hall, Wanaka.
Robin Spencer (2007) married Scott Bout on 12 January 2019 at Flock Hill Station.
Cameron Fitzpatrick (1999) married Olivia Martyn on 19 January 2019 at Te Mahia Bay Resort.
Katey Adam (2013) married Linden Adonis on 12 January 2019 at Swannanoa Cricket Club grounds.
Tayla Ward married (2009) married Daniel Vellekoop on 3 March 2018 at Furneaux Lodge, in the Marlborough Sounds.
Matthew Firman (2007) married Jodi Curtis on 25 October 2018 at Kumeu Valley Estate, Kumeu.
A Bonny Bear for your baby! Have you had a baby recently? We’d love to hear about this new addition to your family. Send us a photo of your baby and your contact details and we will send you a complimentary St Andrew’s College Bonny Bear. This cute teddy bear is a part of our St Andrew’s College merchandising range and is especially for our St Andrew’s community members. For more information visit our website stac.school.nz.
Email your photo and contact details to Kate Baker at KBK@stac.school.nz
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