REGULUS NOVEMBER 2017
Contents Leadership and Governance
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From the Rector From the Board New Head of Secondary School Staff Strowan Ball; Staff news Student leaders inspire
Teaching and Learning NOVEMBER 2017
Editor/Writer: Jo Bailey Photography: Ken Baker Photography Sue Oxley Rachelle Joilin Craig Morgan Pip Dinsenbacher Kate Baker Joe Leota Ginnie Thorner Grace Dephoff (Y13) Ben Smith (Y12) John McDonald Sarah Rowlands Richard Boon Design and layout: Plato Creative Printing: Caxton Published: November 2017 General correspondence should be addressed to: Head of Communications St Andrew’s College 347 Papanui Road Strowan Christchurch 8052 New Zealand Telephone: +64 3 940 2000 Facsimile: +64 3 940 2060 Email: email@example.com Website: stac.school.nz Find us online: Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Flickr Where these icons appear throughout the magazine, they indicate where further photographic or video content is available via our online channels.
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Future proofed Exciting Techweek initiatives; Technology students achieve nationally New Innovation and Information Centre; Students have design input Technology whizzes On the road to business success Help for the homeless; Best foot forward Outstanding academic achievements Ancient worlds brought to life Exchange students go global; Maeve’s Japan experience World Challenge adventure Following their lead Going on a bear hunt Fluent reading skills for life The power of collaboration Bird’s eye view Fairy tale end to Book Week; Morgan’s model magic
Resources and Environment (Cover) The spectacular Centenary Sculpture, ‘The Cross He Never Knew’ created by Angus Muir (2006) and generously donated by his family to St Andrew’s College. Photo credit: Ken Baker Photography
From the Director of Development Grandparents’ day
Turley Bridge a family legacy Stunning Centenary sculpture
Values and Culture
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A duck's tale StAC100 photo fitting end to Centenary On the catwalk A glittering occasion 100 years of rugby Successful second half century High Performance programme hitting straps; Successful Centenary year for First XV Preparatory production student-led Special student-led assemblies Community and service Climate change focus for Sustainability Council 13 Years On Cultural catch up New York, New York; Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival Handing over the reins; A bonny experience St Andrew's students represent New Zealand Winter Tournament Week Sports round up
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Message from the President; Events Class notes Obituaries Welcome to the world
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Rector As we draw to the close of our Centenary celebrations we look back upon a year of many memorable moments. So many of our StAC community have joined with us to reflect upon the special bonds that exist between Old Collegians, past and present parents, staff and present students. Since our centennial weekend in March, school life in 2017 has continued with the usual whirlwind of sporting, cultural and academic events and successes. But pervading these events has been the knowledge from all our present students that they are attending St Andrew’s College at a special moment in time… and at many of the events there has been a special ‘magical’ feeling. Several student initiatives have been imagined and then executed by our 2017 Prefects such as the publication of the Thistledown student magazine, the StAC Factory Prefects’ Assembly and the StAC 100 photo which features on page 31 of this issue of Regulus. In 1917, the students of St Andrew’s College distributed a newsletter called Thistledown, written by students for students. This tradition was lost for many years until our Prefects created a special Centenary edition, which was edited by Lizzie Stevenson and Angela Deng. Among the Prefects many other projects this year have been a Centennial Treasure Hunt (where each week students followed clues to find a golf ball hidden somewhere in the school, with prizes for the winner), Friday Morning Food for the School, a Senior College Good Sort Award and Trophy, and the re-establishment of the Senior College Common Room Cup Competition in table tennis and basketball which was keenly contested.
Our sports teams this year have enjoyed unprecedented success with outstanding form shown in rowing, tennis, netball, hockey (boys and girls), football (boys and girls), rugby, girls’ basketball, ice hockey, cricket, swimming and athletics. Culturally our students have put on three outstanding productions, were overall winners of the Southern Jam, Jazz Festival, won major awards at the National finals of TheatreFest, won Juvenile and Grade 2 at the Pipe Band Nationals and won two trophies at the Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival. Next year our student numbers are at an all time high and all year levels will be full. There is no doubt there is strong demand for the StAC brand of education. However, we are well aware of our need to remain current, future focused and always committed to continuous improvement. As we complete our year of celebration, we also take stock and imagine what is possible for our future. This future will be in the hands of new students who are growing through childhood and adolescence in a world that is very different from what many of us experienced. They face new and different pressures from social media, expectations of instant gratification and exponential connections. We do not yet fully understand the consequences of this new world. What we do know is that as in the past, the key to success of communities will be in shared values and the development of good people…good people who know what is right and wrong, who treat each other with fairness and respect and who can make good decisions in a world that is often confusing and ambiguous. These thoughts are in our minds as we imagine the future that lies ahead. We must prepare our students for this future where they will be leading the way for St Andrew’s College’s next 100 years.
I pay special tribute to our Head Prefects Lizzie Stevenson and Angus Syme for their initiative and leadership in galvanising such enthusiastic student support in our special Centenary year.
Christine Leighton Rector
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Board Our Centenary year has been a wonderful celebration of who we are and what we stand for as we gathered to celebrate, reconnect and to reflect on how far we have come in upholding the vision, and living the values of St Andrewâ€™s College. The sentiment pervading the Centenary year and events was one of great pride in our past and even more so in our present. Celebrating 100 years is a very special occasion in itself. However it is made even more so when you are in perhaps the best shape you have ever been. There is no doubt the College today is performing very well. Our roll is strong, achievement right across the academic and co-curriculum spectrum is continuously improving and reaching new heights, and our reputation is prospering. This has resulted in demand for student places at the College reaching unprecedented levels. In saying this, the Board is mindful of complacency, and the need to further evolve and invest in the St Andrewâ€™s College experience for the benefit of all students and families. It is therefore timely we now refresh the longer-term strategic direction and plan. This work is underway and includes stakeholder engagement to make sure we canvas the extensive knowledge and ideas of our community. An area of priority for the Board is student well-being and Pastoral Care. In this digital and social media age young people are accessing all manner of online content from a young age. This content and how they engage can, in some cases be seriously detrimental to their well-being and development. In recent years the College has initiated a range of student well-being programmes and in 2017 additional teacher leadership resource was also applied to this area with the intention of co-ordinating, and further strengthening, well-being support. During this year the College has also appointed two additional Guidance Counsellors. The independent review of Pastoral Care undertaken earlier in the year reflected well on the College however there is no doubt the College in partnership with parents and guardians will need to do more to support student well-being given the challenges and risks they face. The ongoing development of the campus remains a priority for the Board to provide facilities and resources that are befitting of our standing as a leading New Zealand independent school.
Over the past ten years there has been over $90 million invested in new and refurbished facilities. The new $7.8 million Junior School and Pre-school is the latest significant development project which is progressing well and will be operational as planned for Term 1, 2018. The Centenary gates and main driveway along with the Turley Bridge were also completed this year and come together, along with Strowan House and the Centennial Chapel itself, in forming an impressive, welcoming and connected campus front door. Development over the last ten years has been funded from cash flow, the generosity of our community, and the earthquake insurance settlement. However with the latter now fully reinvested, future development will require some degree of debt funding. The Board has resolved a Treasury Policy to ensure any debt funding is directed in a prudent and risk-based manner. While this is expected to slow the pace of further major development, financial sustainability of the College is paramount. The Board recently approved the upgrade and redevelopment of the Library, to commence over the summer holiday break, re-opening in May 2018 as an Innovation and Information Centre. The Centre will become a learning hub, a space that celebrates not only a love of reading and learning but also a place for experimentation with new forms of educational technologies for both Secondary and Preparatory students. Work has also begun on the design and planning phase for the Theatre redevelopment. The timing of this project will be determined in part by fundraising, which will become the focus of the Step Into Our Future campaign from late this year. It has been a very special year for the College made possible by the collective talents, contributions and efforts of so many people over many years. This unity of purpose and our core values underpin the success of St Andrewâ€™s College today and will serve us well as we step confidently into our second century.
Bryan Pearson Board Chair
“I’ve always pursued roles I found the most stimulating rather than taking the expected route. This has meant a few sideways detours and even some work outside the school environment.” Evert was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to New Zealand with his family when he was eight years old. After growing up in Hastings, he studied Biochemistry, Genetics and Immunology at Otago University, but rather than entering a career in science, decided to transfer his skills into teaching instead. After completing his training at Christchurch Teachers’ College, Evert’s first two jobs were at Napier Boys and Taradale High School in
Napier, with his love for travel leading him to seek jobs overseas. “My first posting was in Gothenburg, Sweden at a high school that was celebrating its 350th birthday. This was where I first met the International Baccalaureate, an organisation I worked for as an Examination Writer, Chief and Senior Moderator, International Workshop Leader and Science Curriculum review member. One of the great things about working in the international context is meeting people from lots of different backgrounds who don’t necessarily see the world the same way you do.” Evert then took a job in the Netherlands, and on his return to New Zealand became Head of Science at both Taradale High School in Napier and Kristin School in Auckland, before taking the Deputy Principal’s role at Napier Girls’ High School.
been impressed by the level of purpose and engagement of the students, both in their learning and co-curricular pursuits. “There is also genuine respect between the teachers and students and almost limitless opportunities. I like the fact all kinds of success are celebrated here.” Since his arrival, Evert has enjoyed many cultural performances by StAC students and as a keen sports fan has been a regular sideline supporter.
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way our students demonstrate the respect, conduct and values that underpin everything that happens at St Andrew’s.
EVERT VAN FLORENSTEIN
HEAD OF SECONDARY SCHOOL
Head of Secondary School Evert van Florenstein chats with senior students.
A thirst for new challenges led Evert van Florenstein down some interesting paths before he became the Head of Secondary School at St Andrew’s College in Term 2.
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Student leaders inspire Sports Captains
Harrison Ball Harrison’s main focus as an Academic Captain has been co-ordinating a Peer Tutor Group, which has seen up to 20 high achieving Year 13 students in Calculus, Chemistry and Physics assisting others in mainly Years 10–12 in these subjects.
Benjamin Taylor Benjamin says introducing sports events such as korfball at lunchtimes was another key initiative of the Sports Captains, with the aim to increase engagement between all students. “We have also made the Team of the Week more prominent and it has become quite a competitive thing, with teams striving to be the best in the College each week.”
William Chase William says another highlight for the Student Captains was to lead the Cultural Assembly, which opened with a spectacularly choreographed Beyoncé number and closed with a ‘paint-off’ to find the cultural team of the week.
“It’s great these students have been willing to tutor others needing extra help.” Students seeking assistance have registered with Harrison throughout the year, and he has matched them with a peer tutor. He has also tutored some students himself. Harrison is sitting five Scholarship subjects this year and also passed Year 13 with Excellence when in Year 12. Next year he intends to study a Bachelor of Engineering in either Mechanical or Chemical. Sophie Field Helping students to help others reach their academic potential has been a major focus for this year’s Academic Captains, says Sophie Field, who has organised the Leap Reading programme in 2017, which sees Year 12 and 13 students tutor ‘buddy’ students in the Preparatory School in reading. “It’s been great to see more Year 12 and 13 students get involved with the programme this year.” Sophie is sitting three Scholarship subjects this year and was the top academic student in Year 12 when she passed Year 13 with Excellence. She plans to study either a Bachelor of Science or Biomedical Science next year.
Benjamin has been a member of the First XV for two years and is a champion rower. He was in the StAC Senior eight crew, which won the Maadi Cup and Springbok Shield and won a silver medal at this year’s Junior World Rowing Championships in Lithuania. Next year, Benjamin plans to study at Lincoln University and hopes to row for the Southern Rowing Performance Centre. Jessica Allan Building school spirit and encouraging sideline support of StAC sports teams has been a key goal for 2017 Sports Captains, says Jessica Allan. “We started by encouraging our own team members to get out there and support other codes.” Jessica has raised female engagement in sport at StAC this year, and put together StAC’s first female touch team, which finished in the top four at the South Island Championships, qualifying them for the Nationals. In 2017 Jessica was named in the tournament team at the New Zealand National Netball Secondary Schools’ Tournament and was a Netball New Zealand Secondary Schools triallist. She was also a member of the Canterbury U21 touch side that won the nationals. Jessica intends to study at either Lincoln or Otago University next year.
“We were chuffed with how the assembly went and had a lot of good feedback,” says William, who has been involved with productions during his time at the College. “This year we have also encouraged students to involve themselves in a cultural group, or be entertained by their friends who already are.” Next year William plans to study a Bachelor of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Wellington.
Grace Dephoff The Cultural Showcase initiated and organised by the Cultural Captains was an exciting addition to the StAC cultural calendar in 2017, says Grace Dephoff. “The idea behind the Cultural Showcases was to combine the many different avenues of cultural expression at St Andrew’s and present them in a cohesive way. In the three Showcases we have celebrated dance, theatresports, drama, singer/ songwriters, filmmakers and even a magician, alongside some great work completed in the classroom such as art and photography.” Grace has been involved in the productions, Film Fest and choir while at St Andrew’s, and next year, plans to move to Australia where she has applied to attend Film School.
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The 2017 Student Leaders, (from left) Harrison Ball, Sophie Field, Benjamin Taylor, Jessica Allan, William Chase and Grace Dephoff.
In a world of increasing automation, students at St Andrew’s College are being prepared to control and create future technology, rather than being simply users of it.
To keep up with the unprecedented rate of change, the College’s Technology programme has expanded in 2017 to include Wilj Dekkers, who took up the newly created role of Head of Innovation and Information Services at the start of the year. Wilj was formerly a Preparatory School Year 6 Teacher and e-Learning Co-ordinator, and is relishing the new role.
“One of my key focus areas has been to source outside experts to mentor the students. We’ve been incredibly lucky to have Old Collegian and Microsoft MVP Bryn Lewis (1984) come back to work with students. He has a particular interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the future of where technology is going.” Bryn has already been working with senior coding students to write code and build sensors that will be used to monitor Strowan stream. He also helps out with a Girls’ Code Club on Friday afternoons, when his partner Justine Lee volunteers alongside him. “The girls asked if they could have their own club, and within the space of two weeks some of them went from knowing nothing about coding to building their own heart rate monitors. It was fantastic,” says Wilj. With so many devices connected to the internet, many solutions to economic and social problems facing us today may be solved by one person with a creative idea and the ability to code. Students at St Andrew’s are well poised to meet this challenge.
Exciting Techweek initiatives The Technology Department celebrated the nationwide Techweek event with the addition of some exciting new initiatives to its programme, says Wilj Dekkers. “During Techweek, the Preparatory School launched its new coding curriculum for Year 7 and 8 students and our Robotics Clubs began in earnest with the expansion of Secondary VEX Robotics and Lego Mindstorm for younger students, an initiative supported by the University of Canterbury.”
“The students build and test a large, semi-autonomous metal robot that is used in regular competitions against other teams from around Christchurch. Once a month teams come together and battle it out in timed DARPA style events with their robots. Teams can adapt and change bot designs on the fly, innovating and improving upon each machine’s capability,” says Wilj. To mark the tenth anniversary of the launch of MIT’s Scratch coding application, Year 4–6 students created their own unique programs via the platform during Techweek.
Technology students achieve nationally StAC students have achieved some great results at a variety of technology competitions over the last few months. Mackey Johnstone (Year 11) and Bryson Chen (Year 12) were the third-placed high school team at the New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge in Hamilton. Run by the University of Waikato’s Computer Science and Mathematics Department, they placed 22nd overall (out of 53 teams),
Wilj says the Technology programme is also focused on innovation, looking at ways things are currently done on the StAC campus and considering how processes could be improved. “To build on the use of Scratch we have also introduced Tynker.com into our classrooms. The Preparatory School Senior Syndicate is using this program to expand the world of computer programming, guiding students to use command blocks to write both simple and complex programs, design games and automate processes and procedures.”
With the realm of digital technology and e-Learning continuing to evolve, Wilj says there are some fantastic opportunities opening up for students. “We are always happy to talk to students interested in technology, particularly those attracted to coding or robotics who are not currently involved in one of our programmes.”
beating many tertiary and industry professional teams. At the GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge, a competition for teams of students with an interest in technology, science, or business, Jaymee Chen (Year 10) won Team Player of the Challenge for being the ‘most positive, inquisitive and easy to work with’ student at the event. Students from the Preparatory School competed at the New Zealand Junior RoboCup, with Year 6 students Tama Connelly, Harrison Justice, Victor Sherborne and Jack O’Neil doing well to place second in the regional Junior Rescue division, moving on to represent the College in the national competition.
A University of Canterbury Robotics mentor working with the RoboCup nationals team.
The Secondary VEX Robotics team comprises students from Years 9–13 and is currently engaged in the VEX competition year, which runs to April 2018.
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(Top) Mentor Bryn Lewis assists Year 9 student Emma Inglis to develop a heart rate monitor. (Left) Head of Innovation and Information Services, Wilj Dekkers.
An exciting development taking place on the St Andrew’s College campus in 2018 is the renovation of the existing Secondary School Library to incorporate an Innovation and Information Centre. The Innovation space will give students the opportunity to explore emerging technologies and apply them in an educational context. Likely equipment will include 3D printers, robotics technology and a design program built around the development of digital content. The design features two specific innovation areas, a ‘maker’ space or construction zone where students will have access to modern fabrication tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters and tools; and a design space, where innovative ideas can be brought together.
The Innovation and Information Centre has been designed for collaboration and inspiration.
“We imagine this space will become a home for some exciting collaborative projects, creating a learning hub where various subject groups can gather together to share ideas and innovate,” says Wilj Dekkers.
students to bring innovation-based projects to fruition, providing advice and helping them source the expertise they need to develop their idea.
Year 12 student Callum Stewart has already mooted the idea of a student-led Innovation Council, which could gather like-minded students across a range of subject areas. Their role would be to assist other
“Students are already involved with a couple of proposals including the development of point of sale technology for the College Cafetéria, and some virtual reality content for Allenvale School.”
Students have design input
stayed ahead of the competition with its impressive building.
Research by a group of Year 13 Business Studies students to explore student usage and potential funding has contributed to the proposal and fit out of the new Innovation and Information Centre, designed by Wilkie and Bruce Architects. Part of their research included three visits to Vodafone’s $50 million headquarters in the central city, where they spoke to the company's former Xone Programme leader, Kevin Park, about aspects of the design, collaboration and how Vodafone has
“Vodafone, and particularly Team Leader Solutions Consultant Mark Elston, have been phenomenal. He even gave up his time to personally mentor the students and help them with their design pitch. The resulting design, which has now been signed off by the Board, encompasses a flexible learning environment that mimics a modern business environment found at leading companies such as Vodafone.” The existing Library is closing in mid-November in anticipation of the development, with the project due for completion in Term 2, 2018.
Wilj plans to encourage a flat management structure at the Centre. “We have to be careful not to become too bogged down in set programmes or plan too far ahead, so that we can follow up on any amazing opportunities that may arise.”
In the new ‘Information’ zone, students will enjoy a new re-configured library space, with fiction books moved downstairs with non-fiction books upstairs. A brand new entranceway, extended mezzanine floor with a study zone, new staircase, flexible learning spaces, and a reading snug are features of the new design. In addition to its ‘maker’ and design rooms, the Innovation space features a glazed, soundproofed meeting room. “Once complete, the Innovation and Information Centre will be an outstanding facility that will be enjoyed by the entire St Andrew’s community,” says Wilj.
Three former students at St Andrew’s share how their education at the College helped lead them to exciting study and career options in technology.
After completing Year 13 at StAC in 2011 I headed off to the University of Canterbury. During my first three years I completed papers in Geography, Computer Science, Mathematics and Geology, eventually finding my niche in Geographical Information Systems/Science (GIS), which combined my strong interest in Geography and Computer Science. After my fourth year at UC I graduated with a PGDip in GIS and a BSc in Geography, and was fortunate in securing a consultant position with Interpret Geospatial Solutions in Christchurch. In my role I have worked with a range of technologies, gained numerous new skills, and continued to develop my existing skill set. In February I was seconded to the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) team to assist with the ongoing road and rail rebuild along the Kaikoura Coast. I often think back to my times in ICT at StAC with Mr Adams, where we were challenged to be creative, to problem-solve and to explore. The fundamental development and problem-solving skills that Mr Adams instilled in us have proved to be very worthwhile and important skills in my career.
I have a strong interest in embedded devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), which enables physical devices, vehicles and other items to collect and exchange data.
Studying Science and the Classics at St Andrew’s helped me to gain good general knowledge as well as expert knowledge in my specialist areas. I developed an interest in electronics during my time at the College and enjoy sharing this interest as a mentor to current students. I was one of the founders of Code Club New Zealand and as a believer of fostering diversity in the IT workforce, am a keen supporter of the StAC ‘Girls Only’ Code Club.
paper, I applied for a Google internship after seeing a post on a Facebook group. After a few months they offered me the internship and I have been going back every summer since.
Claudia Pottinger (2013)
I am currently studying at the University of Auckland to complete a BA in Logic and Computation and a BE (Hons) specialising in Computer Systems. I’m about to finish my fourth year and head to Sydney for my fourth internship with Google. Back in my first year after taking an introductory Computer Science
Working for Google is like a dream because they encourage bringing your whole self to work and emphasise having a healthy work life balance, which makes work feel like a second home. I am extremely grateful for my Physics and Calculus classes at StAC where I first learnt about how to model problems and follow a set of steps to solve them. I am also thankful for the teachers who told me to always apply for things because you miss all the opportunities you don’t take. Had I not been given this advice I would not have applied back in the first year.
Hamish Kingsbury (2011)
I’ve spent more than 25 years working in the Information Technology industry, with experience in a wide range of business domains including mobile radio, industrial control, online gambling, online travel, and the finance industry. In the early 2000s I worked at Microsoft as a software development consultant helping independent software vendors and corporates build lines of business applications. I am one of around 35 Microsoft MVP’s (Most Valuable Professionals) in New Zealand.
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Bryn Lewis (1984)
A group of around 20 St Andrew’s parents have provided Year 13 Business Studies students with a fascinating insight into the business world. The parents acted as voluntary mentors to the students during their participation in the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, an experiential programme where they set up and run a real business. Business Studies teacher Steve Aldhamland says the four sessions of mentoring were invaluable for the students and covered aspects such as how to decide on a product, do market research, and create and implement a business plan. “The parents come from all types of businesses and provided authentic support, knowledge and ideas to which the students reacted brilliantly and gained a real sense of the belief in the information they were receiving.” Paul Bingham, Executive Director of Shuttlerock and Chairman of Black Cat Cruises, was one of the mentors involved with the programme and says he was ‘really impressed’ by the range and quality of the ideas on show. “The teams were eager to discuss their ideas and more importantly get feedback on their business plans and potential rollout of improvements. Much of being in business is about resilience and attitude and the teams showed they could listen and be prepared to take on new ideas. I’m sure many of them will go on to be very effective leaders in the business community.”
The Year 13 Halo group (Louis McFadden, Helena Cook, Astrid van Ameyde and Hunter Davison) discuss their idea to send care boxes to university students with mentor Paul Bingham from Shuttlerock and Black Cat Cruises.
On the road to
The 16 business groups in Year 12 were tasked with starting and running a community focused business, with the 16 Year 13 groups required to create a sustainable and innovative business and also needed to plan to be culturally aware, practise good ethics, and, look after labour. “This year students have engaged with their chosen charities, in some cases bringing them in to school for lunch with Mrs Leighton or Mr van Florenstein, where the students explained their process and how they were aiming to raise awareness for the charity and support it,” says Steve Aldhamland.
Once the Year 13 groups were established and operating, they presented their business plan to Young Enterprise judges in a Dragon’s Den style environment, with around five companies achieving more than 90 per cent. “There has been a genuine lift in engagement in the Young Enterprise Programme, with the students really living their business ideas. We’ve also seen some special relationships developing between student groups and their mentors that have extended beyond the classroom.”
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homeless Many Year 12 and Year 13 Business Studies groups have impressed this year with their business and social enterprise initiatives.
Some of the Year 13 groups to stand out included Wild Coffee Scrub, which used recycled unused coffee grinds to create an exfoliating body scrub with added scents; and Omni, which acted like a buyer union to purchase a range of products in bulk that it sold to local dairies, schools and the McDonald’s chain, enabling these businesses to pass savings on to their own customers through low prices.
Lewis Broadhurst (Year 12) of Sharecare, with City Mission Night Shelter manager Hillary Bliss and some of the 10 survival packs put together by the students. Macpac kindly donated the backpacks for the initiative.
Best foot forward
One of the success stories of this year’s Young Enterprise Programme is Sock Exchange, a Year 13 project that is now a thriving business, bringing innovation and sustainability to the clothing market and selling thousands of dollars worth of product nationwide. The group, comprising Liam Rassie, James Young, Jaymin Stirling and Mackenzie Cox got together in February to start developing their range of colourful, eco-friendly socks made from repreve, an environmentally friendly fabric derived from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles. Demand for the one-of-a-kind socks quickly grew after the students started selling them at the Riccarton Market. A deal with manufacturer Norsewear to produce the range has led to further growth of the business, which now supplies retail stores nationwide. “We started to get frustrated with sitting in the cold selling socks on a Sunday morning so set ourselves the challenge to get into retail stores around Christchurch. The highlights for our team were going to the Norsewear Factory to watch the first production run of our socks get made and being sponsored to exhibit
at the Auckland Spring Gift and Craft Exposition. We are stoked to have our socks in 21 stores throughout New Zealand,” says Liam Rassie. Vivien McCaskey, parent of a Year 8 student at St Andrew’s and founder of the multi-award winning Tiddlers Multisport Trust (that delivers multisports events to children) played a key role in mentoring the Sock Exchange group, with her involvement reaching well beyond the initial classroom mentoring. She provided the students with concepts and ideas, branding and marketing information and went to meetings with them to help secure new business. “The timing of our approach to manufacturer Norsewear was great as the company had already been thinking about developing a sustainable sock range. Norsewear’s company manager had been through the Young Enterprise Programme himself and really took the students under his wing.” Vivien says it has been rewarding to be a volunteer mentor to the group. “They are a great team of young minds and it has been a privilege to watch their business concept grow and develop.”
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Other great examples of Year 12 student initiatives include Abled to Disabled, that held a disabled basketball tournament using wheelchairs from Parafed to raise money to enable a team of disabled basketballers to attend a tournament and raise awareness of how it feels to play sport in a wheelchair; and Student Body, which put together Earthquake Survival Kits and sold them to the StAC community.
Year 13 Sock Exchange business group (from left to right) James Young, Jaymin Stirling, Liam Rassie and Mackenzie Cox showcasing their trendy socks.
Among them was Year 12 group Sharecare, comprising Lewis Broadhurst, Ralph Clink, Hamish Sloper, Joseph Lin and Cosmo Bennett. The group surveyed men at the City Mission Night Shelter, then raised funding along with sponsorship from Macpac to put together 10 survival packs for the homeless with contents based on their survey results.
(From left) Benjamin Frazer, Jaymee Chen, Xavier Dickason and Tobey Glithero with the Year 10 Cantamath trophy.
Cantamaths Our Year 10 Cantamath winning team, Benjamin Frazer, Jaymee Chen, Xavier Dickason and Tobey Glithero did incredibly well to be the only Year 10 team at the competition to receive a golden ticket for achieving 100 points (all questions answered and correct). Our second Year 9 team (Samuel Jeon, Arisa Mori, Eva Hitchon and Sophie Goode) also achieved a golden ticket and was unlucky not to be placed, finishing fourth. Future Problem Solvers Our team of top 11 Future Problem Solvers represented both St Andrew’s College and New Zealand with pride when they competed at the International Future Problem Solving Conference at La Cross University, Wisconsin against teams from all over the world, where they had to identify and solve major problems in the field of biosecurity they are likely to face in their life time.
achievements Geography Our Year 11 Geography team of Bruno Mitchell, Jake Newlands and Jack Fulton were placed second out of all Year 11 teams in New Zealand in the Maatangi Whenua: Year 11 Inter-school Geography Competition.
ICAS medals Three StAC students have achieved outstanding ICAS results, winning University of New South Wales medals for achieving the top score in their subject and year level – Scarlett Gray (Year 5) ICAS English, Gemma Lewis
The Year 8 team achieved the highest world ranking, finishing 13th in the Junior Division. Hamilton Martin (Year 11) also did incredibly well to finish 17th in the Years 11–13 Individual Division, as did our Year 9 team that ranked 50th in the Middle Division. Harriet Rance (Year 8) and Scott Janett (Year 9) represented New Zealand in mixed-country teams. Preparatory School Head of Enrichment Learning, Kelly McBride said the students were focused, well-mannered and demonstrated excellent self-management skills during the trip. “They worked very hard in the lead up to the competition and this was reflected in their outstanding results.”
Back from left: GATE teacher Dominica Urmson, Harriet Rance (Year 8), Felix Kenton-Smith (Year 9), Hamilton Martin (Year 11), Lucy Wright (Year 9) and Kelly McBride, Preparatory School Head of Learning Enrichment. Front from left: Scott Janett (Year 9), Tehya Laws (Year 8), Harry Withers (Year 8), Abby Jones (Year 9), Tom Edwards (Year 8) and Michael Owens (Year 8). Absent: Maya Laws (Year 8, 2016).
“It has inspired me to travel in the future and has created a passion to learn more about the ancient and modern worlds.”
(Year 7) ICAS Digital Technology, and Oliver Odlin (Year 9) ICAS Mathematics. Over 980,000 entries were received for these examinations worldwide, but only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region were awarded medals, so this is an incredible achievement. Mathematics Three StAC students have received national honours at the Australian Mathematics Competition and Australian Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition. Arisa Mori (Year 9) won Best in Secondary School AMC, Harry Lieshout (Year 8) won Best in Preparatory School AMC, and Duncan Harvie (Year 10) achieved a High Distinction in the AMT CAT.
Harrison was one of a group of 15 Year 11–13 students who went on the incredible 16-day trip to Athens, Venice, Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento and Positano with History and Classical Studies Teacher Beka Roest who planned and led the trip, teacher in charge of History and Classical Studies Hamish Faulls, and parent Sandy Eves. “The students renamed it the ‘Gritaly’ trip while we were away – and some days grit was certainly required. Everywhere was very busy and most days we were wandering around in 35–40 degree heat. However overall the trip was pretty much perfect, with highlights including the Colosseum, Positano, the Ara Pacis, the Acropolis and of course, the pizza,” says Beka.
“They also got to experience Greek and Italian culture and we had some amazing tour guides who taught us so much.” Juliet Robertson (Year 13) says seeing the ancient world so well preserved has given her an understanding of how civilisations thrived and were so similar to ours. “A highlight for me was visiting the Ara Pacis, one of the pieces of architecture we study at Level 3. It was incredible to appreciate the meaning behind what we were seeing. The trip was incredibly valuable and I would love to see it repeated in the future, to give this amazing experience to more students of Classical Studies.”
Ancient worlds brought to
(Left to right) Scarlett Gray (Year 5), Oliver Odlin (Year 9), Gemma Lewis (Year 7), proud recipients of ICAS medals.
The focus of the trip was an opportunity for students to engage with the classical world by visiting archaeological sites and artefacts that they study as part of the Year 12 and 13 Classical Studies curriculum.
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Harrison Ball (Year 13) has described the Classical Studies trip to Greece and Italy as easily one of the greatest experiences of his school life.
Spelling success Five St Andrew’s College teams competed in The Otago Daily Times Extra! Spelling Quiz. In the Years 5–6 grade the StAC 2 team of Molly-Belle Morrow (Year 6), Megan Simpson (Year 6), and Sarah Waddington (Year 5) placed first; with the StAC 1 team of Jenna Howell (Year 6), Hayden Lam (Year 6) and Ricky Kotepong (Year 5) finishing third. In joint second place were our Years 7–8 teams: StAC 1, Meg Bowden Cooke (Year 8), Gabriel Spenner (Year 8), and Pieta Bayley (Year 7) and StAC 2, Luke Zhu (Year 8), Selena Gan (Year 8) and Gemma Lewis (Year 7). Tournament of Minds At the Tournament of Minds Challenge our Engineering Mathematics team comprising Molly-Belle Morrow (Year 6), William Bainbridge-Smith (Year 6), Eilish Johns (Year 6), Sienna Spark (Year 6), Maya Wylie (Year 5), Rylee McBride (Year 5) and Anika Bayley (Year 5) won their regional competition and went on to compete at the National Finals in Wellington. At the Colosseum in Rome.
Maeve’s Japan experience Year 13 student Maeve Burns has some advice for students considering an exchange, whether to an English-speaking country, or not: “You will love it.”
Some of our most recent exchange students with memorabilia reminding them of their incredible overseas experiences with Palē Tauti, Director of International and Exchange Students.
Excitement is building for the latest group of Year 10–12 students selected to take part in the St Andrew’s College Exchange programme as they prepare to spend several weeks at various overseas schools in early 2018. The College offers 12 Cultural Exchanges each year, along with language exchanges to Japan and Switzerland, a rugby exchange to Samuel Whitbred Academy in England, and a hockey exchange to King’s Bruton in England. Director of International and Exchange Students, Palē Tauti says the first Year 10 boy and girl will take part in a new exchange with Discovery Bay International School in Hong Kong from January to March 2018. “It is a fantastic time for the students to go to Hong Kong as the exchange coincides with the Chinese New Year period. They will experience a real cultural blast and learn what this time of year means to local people.” Two new exchanges were introduced in 2017. Two girls were hosted at St George's School for Girls in Scotland, and two boys at St John’s College in South Africa. Exchanges generally last eight to 10 weeks, apart from the Australian exchanges, which are four-weeks duration. StAC students travel in the first few months of the year, with most of the exchange students from their host schools arriving at St Andrew’s mid-year. One of the College’s oldest
exchanges is with Gordonstoun, a prestigious independent school in Scotland that is often favoured by the British Royal Family. Some of the College’s most recently exchange students include Ben Oxley (Year 12) Stanford Lake College, South Africa; Harrison Dore (Year 11) Gordonstoun, Scotland; Harrison Jones-Park (Year 12) Gordonstoun, Scotland; Jackson Page (Year 12) Lakefield College, Canada; Rosemary Deller (Year 10) Presbyterian Ladies' College (PLC) Sydney, Australia; Emily Allan (Year 10) PLC Armidale, Australia; Kate Allan (Year 10) PLC Sydney, Australia; Grace Adam (Year 12) St George's School for Girls, Scotland; Imogen Clucas (Year 12) Strathallan School, Scotland; Ella Guillemot-Mene (Year 12) Lakefield College, Canada; Louie McGregor (Year 12) St John’s College, South Africa; Louis Grant (Year 11) Bridge House, South Africa.
In March, Maeve set off to live in Tokyo, Japan and study at Kanto Gakuin High School in Yokohama, for three months under a new scholarship established by the parents of a Japanese nursing student who lost her life in the 22 February 2011 earthquake. “Living as an international student was an absolutely phenomenal experience. My favourite parts included weekends exploring Tokyo, meals with my wonderful host parents, Mariko and Taku, joining the basketball and dance clubs at school where I made incredible friends, and spending my 17th birthday at Hakone, near Mt Fuji. My time in Japan taught me a lot about my personal values, perception of society and people, and also how to be completely content with my own company and self.” Since her exchange, Maeve has won a Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education entitling her to funding for three years at the University of Canterbury where she has enrolled in Japanese as a minor subject to supplement her major studies in Law and Arts.
Palē says there are numerous benefits for students participating in the exchange programme. “It is a character building experience that helps to develop their independence, confidence, resilience and interpersonal skills. The students also get an injection of culture and customs that create an everlasting impression. The opportunity to travel within and outside their host country and make friendships with international students, including their exchange partner are other bonuses of the experience.”
Maeve Burns (Year 13) in the Ginza district during her student exchange to Japan.
“The students slept in tents on the beach at the turtle sanctuary in Ostional. Their role was to clear the beach so the turtles had a safe and easy passage up to lay their eggs.
Luca Newman (Year 12) Isabella Roberts (Year 12) and Jenny Zhu (Year 11) at Granada Central Market.
Helping a baby turtle back into the water and watching the turtles lay their eggs at night were exciting moments for the students.” At Granada, Nicaragua the group gave their all on the pre-school construction site, doing hard labour in extremely hot conditions, says Donna. “The students helped to clear the work site, made concrete by hand and laid bricks. At night they slept on concrete floors at the school where only one room had air conditioning. It was hard work and the students did incredibly well.” Other highlights of the expedition included an exhilarating zip line ride at Monteverde where the students experienced the rainforest from a bird’s eye view; seeing incredible wildlife such as sloths, tarantulas, hummingbirds and quetzal; watching lava flow in the drum of a large active
volcano; attending a cooking course in Granada; and taking part in a night walk through the rainforest where the group spotted an aardvark foraging for food. A significant amount of planning went into the trip, with students and teachers meeting almost weekly in the eight month lead up. The students were responsible for all the organisation, including booking accommodation, transport, budgeting and planning the community service projects, which is part of the World Challenge ethos. “We are proud of the students who worked hard and were outstanding ambassadors for St Andrew’s. This experience provided them with a unique opportunity to learn about and embrace two very different cultures. It was a dream trip in many respects, but it was by no means easy.”
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Teacher Donna Jones, who led the trip with Director of International and Exchange Students, Palē Tauti, says the two environmental and humanities projects over two-and-a-half-days each were incredibly rewarding and challenging experiences for the 15 students involved.
Hard at work. Year 11 students Jessica Gavin, Angus Loader, Jake Newlands, Scott Morrison and Jenny Zhu mixing concrete for the construction of a pre-school in Nicaragua.
Working at a turtle sanctuary in Costa Rica and assisting with the construction of a pre-school in Nicaragua were two of the highlights of this year’s World Challenge trip.
The freedom for children to express themselves in both their learning and creativity is an important philosophy at the St Andrew’s College Pre-school.
“We are very much about child-directed learning, with the teachers often becoming facilitators rather than directors of the children’s experiences. Some wonderful and unexpected things can happen when we follow this approach, which asks us to be creative as teachers,” says Amanda Jack, Head of Pre-school.
When four-year-old Benjamin brought his laptop to Pre-school one morning the teachers set up a dedicated office space, adding to it with old phones and a laptop sourced from the College’s IT Department, pictures on the walls, and even an office pot plant. It quickly became a popular area for Benjamin and the other children to engage in imaginative play and learn from each other. “Another child who had just started at the Pre-school loved dinosaurs and
(Top left) Harry and Georgia baking chocolate chip cookies during a cooking session. (Top right) After Benjamin brought his laptop to school, Pre-school staff created a mini office for the children to participate in imaginative play.
brought in one of his favourite toys. This led to our whole programme exploding into dinosaurs. More structured activities such as Food Technology and Drama still have plenty of room for childdirected learning, says Amanda. “Four-year-old Hana brought in her cookbook and asked if we could make a lemonade recipe from it during one of our cooking sessions. The children really enjoy having this sort of input into what they are making.” The art exhibition held in the Pre-school in Term 2 was another wonderful celebration of the children’s creative expression. “When we started to think about the art exhibition we recognised the importance of our teachers connecting to their creativity as well. They chose their own areas of strength and led the children to create different pieces of art depending on which aspects they were most interested in. It was a wonderful and inclusive programme for all ages, with the two-year-olds loving the glitter and dotty art activities.” Parents and other visitors to the exhibition looked on in wonderment at the many colourful pieces of art on display. “It was a special day that was as much a celebration for the parents as it was for the children,” says Amanda.
Max and his mum Violet (left), and Freddy and his mum Rachel (right) enjoy the Pre-school Art exhibition.
Since the start of Term 2, StAC Bonny Bear has been turning up in some interesting places in the Junior School. He’s been found reading in the Library, helping Mr Bierwirth in his office, dressed in an artist’s smock with his own little easel in the Art Room, and even tucked up in the Sick Bay. These adventures are all part of the ‘Bear Hunt’ initiative, introduced to create a special introduction to St Andrew’s College for new Year 1 students, says Heather Orman, Head of the Junior Department. “It’s lovely to see the children’s positive response. The initiative is helping to dispel any fear they might have about moving into a big new environment or that there is any expectation being placed on them during the school visits. There is just the excitement of going on an adventure.” When the children arrive for their weekly visits over the seven week transition period, they see a picture of StAC Bonny Bear on the whiteboard, with the words ‘Where am I?’ In order to find him, they are helped to follow six clues that introduce them to various places in the Junior School. “We start by familiarising the children with their own classroom and as the weeks go by the clues take them further afield into other Junior
New entrants have found StAC Bonny Bear in all sorts of interesting places including the Art Room and Sick Bay.
classrooms and important areas such as the playground, Mr Bierwirth’s office, the Library, Art Room, and Sick Bay. In Term 3 the children even found StAC Bonny Bear in the Centennial Chapel and the Rector’s office.” Heather has been working closely with Amanda Jack, Head of Pre-school on this and other exciting transition to school initiatives. “The older children in the Pre-school have also started to join our Year 1 students once a week for Physical Education utilising the wonderful Perceptual Motor Programme. It is another way to create links and share resources.” Heather says there is great excitement on the children’s first official day as Year 1 students when they are given their very own StAC Bonny Bear. “After completing the Bear Hunt programme, receiving their own bear is like meeting an old friend. StAC Bonny Bear has introduced them to the wider school environment in a fun and safe way. Now they are ready to start the next exciting stage of their school journey together.”
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New Year 1 students completed their Bear Hunt after finding StAC Bonny Bear in Rector Christine Leighton’s office and were given their own very special bear to keep. (Back row) Joanna Liang, Jacob Wang, Hunter Donnithorne, Christine Leighton, Nalani Wylie and Andrew Li. (Front row) John Paul Manson, Grace Donnelly and Austen Fraser.
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Fluent A research-based program called Reading Plus is helping Preparatory School students to develop fluent silent reading skills that will assist them towards academic success throughout their schooling and beyond, says Middle Syndicate Leader, Di Cumming. “In the past the children might read for half-an-hour silently but teachers would have little idea how well they were scanning the text or comprehending it. They can spend hours reading Harry Potter, which definitely has great value, but for academic success at school we need to know they are reading fluently, with understanding.” The Preparatory School trialled Reading Plus last year and it was such a success the program has been provided to all students in Years 6–8 this year, with students in Years 4–5 using another version called Core Five. Some of the younger students have progressed onto Reading Plus. Reading Plus is an online program that helps students to gain proficiency by improving their reading rate (scanning),
reading for life skills comprehension and vocabulary. It also provides teachers with valuable results and information that enables them to deliver more targeted learning experiences for the children.
Initial testing determines each student’s reading benchmark, and once this is established they find it satisfying to progress through the program, she says.
“The ability to measure the children’s progress and level of understanding helps us to determine their true reading level and identify areas where they may need some extra support.”
“There are lots of fun built-in awards, including combos which are achieved when students achieve 80 per cent or more twice-in-a-row in certain tasks. Once they achieve 10 combos they move up to the next level of the program. Some of the students are so hooked they have moved up four or five levels.”
Di says the students’ engagement in the program has been incredibly high. “They enjoy being able to personalise their reading experience by choosing from an extensive list of stories. Most start with genres they are most interested in but as they progress through Reading Plus they start to explore other genres too. Research says there is a critical link between student interest and an improvement in their academic performance.”
Reading Plus delivers comprehensive data about each student’s progress to their teachers including things like the time of day they are using the program, the percentages they have attained in comprehension, how many rereads they have used, and how many awards they have mastered in vocabulary. “Over time the program also provides a skills summary that we are able to share with the children via OneNote along with suggestions of things they can continue to work on independently. They love the feedback.” Flexibility is another key aspect of the program with the children able to choose how they manage their own learning plan. “Some children might do the tasks as soon as they come to school if they are dropped off early, while others might prefer to utilise some of their library time, or work through the program at home. The results have been incredibly positive so far, with the skills the children are developing already filtering through to other areas of their learning.”
Year 6 students Megan Simpson, Cherry Zhou and Ben Hamilton Skurak are achieving great results on the Reading Plus program.
“Our Year 8 students have been motivated and fully engaged while working with the Year 12 students, who have demonstrated their focus on the essence of Science and investigation, while acting as role models and mentors. The collaboration has maintained the students’ interest, avoided repetition and delivered essential learning.” Science lessons for Year 8 students are held once or twice a week, covering key areas such as understanding, communicating, investigating, participating and contributing. The focus of the recent Physics inquiry has seen the students engaged in a series of experiences discovering the nature of force, including measuring forces, making and testing parachutes and refining rocket launches.
(From left) Year 8 students Alys Scott, Hannah Smith, Francesca McGarry-Burford and Oliver McDonald share their rocket making ideas with Year 12 students Gareth Barron, Dominic Cornish and Harrison Jones-Park.
“Much of the experimentation has involved the identification and control of variables which is a key element of scientific investigation. This has been further reinforced by the involvement of the Year 12 students, who have contributed so many additional insights.” David says Sarah Bishop, who will be Year 9 Dean in 2018, and Secondary School Science Teacher Santhia Hamburg were instrumental in writing the inquiry programme and guiding Year 8 staff in its detail. The Preparatory and Secondary teachers also met to discuss the domains and learning, plan a programme of work, and refine its content over multiple lessons. “Brent Cummack, Head of Science in the Secondary School has been very encouraging of the collaboration with the Senior students. The initiative benefits Science in the Secondary School as well, by having students with a body of knowledge and the practical skills to act as mentors to other students, including those joining the College next year in Year 9.” Previous Science collaborations between Preparatory and Secondary
students have included inquiries into the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup. “One of the aims of the programme is to streamline the curriculum and make it more meaningful for students in both year groups. Another positive outcome has been the motivation of the Year 8 students towards further scientific pursuit both in the Secondary School, and as a potential career option.”
collaboration ‘‘hasThemaintained the students’ interest, avoided repetition and delivered essential learning.
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A Year 8 Physics inquiry has been enhanced by collaboration with Year 12 Science students, says Preparatory School Senior Syndicate Leader and Deputy Principal, David Farmer.
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Harry Seigne (Year 12) and Oliver McDonald (Year 8) launch a rocket during an experiment, watched by other Years 8 and 12 Science students.
Bird’s eye view
The group of Year 3 students, parents and teachers look on in wonderment as they take part in the release of juvenile kaki (black stilts) at Mount George Station.
An inquiry into endangered birds unexpectedly led to Year 3 students helping the Department of Conservation (DOC) to release 51 juvenile kaki (black stilts) that had been bred in captivity into the spectacular Mackenzie district, near Tekapo. Teacher Jane Radford says it was ‘incredibly exciting’ for the 31 students, staff and parents involved in the release of the kaki, the rarest wading bird in the world, which took place at Mount George Station, the home of Year 3 student, Nicholas Burtscher. “When we arrived, DOC gave us a good briefing before we walked about a kilometre to the river surrounded by lots of snow and ice. Three DOC trucks arrived, loaded with boxes containing the birds. After they were placed on the ground the students were asked to unlatch the doors. It was an extraordinary moment to watch the young birds fly out, and poignant to reflect on the fact that only a third of them were expected to survive.” The Year 3 group had been invited to take part in the release after Dr Richard Maloney from DOC visited St Andrew’s to speak with the class as part of their inquiry.
“The children learnt a great deal about the black stilts and birds of the braided rivers from Dr Maloney who told us there are less than 100 black stilts left in the Tekapo area, mainly due to predators such as seagulls, feral cats, ferrets and stoats. About three days after his visit, an email arrived from DOC asking if we would like to be part of the release. We immediately said yes, we’d love to.” A considerable amount of organisation went into the trip, which was postponed three times due to bad weather. “The fourth attempt was going to be our last, so luckily we got the perfect day. It was well worth waiting for.” Jane says the inquiry and experience of releasing the birds has given the children a greater understanding of the need for predator free areas to ensure the survival of native species. “Our whole learning in the classroom encompassed birds during the inquiry, with lots of reading and writing about the topic, which was also incorporated into our Mathematics programme.” The children have since taken part in a project called ‘Flock’, which has seen them make a flock of model birds that have been displayed in various areas
(From left) Nicholas Burtscher, Adele Sherborne, Aithy Leeswadtrakul and Regan Clemence with the Year 3 ‘Flock’ display outside the Centennial Chapel.
of the school to raise awareness of endangered braided river birds. They also organised a presentation to parents for a gold coin donation. “We were so grateful to DOC for this wonderful opportunity, and the students were keen to collect some money to give to DOC to help continue the great work they are doing with the black stilt programme.”
Fairy tale end to Book Week Mad Hatters, princesses, frogs, Red Riding Hoods and little pigs all made an appearance at the Preparatory School Book Week Parade, the exciting culmination of a week of book themed events.
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“The students embraced the theme of Stories from Long Ago – Fairy Tales, Fables and Legends wholeheartedly, with lots of amazing, creative costumes on display,” said Eilish Moran, who finished as Preparatory School librarian at the end of Term 3. The children participated in several fun competitions during Book Week such as boat building, creating a ‘banquet’ poster based on various book elements, counting magic beans, and a scavenger hunt of fairy tale figures that were hidden throughout the Library. The Battle of the Books trivia challenge was won by Mrs Evans’ Year 8 class for the sixth year running, with Mrs Radford’s 3C class winning the junior prize.
“Another highlight was the visit by storyteller Lesley Dowding who had the older students enthralled with her retelling of some of Grimm’s wonderful old scary tales,” says Eilish.
Year 8 student Morgan Carter hopes to be an architect when he is older and has already put his design and construction skills to great use by creating a spectacular Lego model of the Centennial Chapel. “A lot of students do things for the school that people remember and I really wanted to leave a mark,” says Morgan who spent a couple of days after school taking photographs of the entire Chapel before starting his design in the Lego Digital Designer programme. Once the design was created he ordered the 3360 special
pieces of Lego required for the model and spent around 16 hours over two weeks building it. “The hardest challenge was the roof as there were a lot of extra structural elements that had to go in,” he says. Morgan’s attention to detail is impressive. There are even tiny church pews visible through the windows. The Centennial Chapel Lego model will remain in the Preparatory School reception area indefinitely and is a great example of a student’s initiative.
Morgan Carter (Year 8) with his Lego model of the Centennial Chapel.
From the Director of
Development We are drawing to the close of a very exciting year at St Andrew’s College, one that has involved our full community in many ways. As our Centenary Year, which has been full of celebration, reunions and reminiscing comes to an end, we have had a chance to reflect on the successes of years gone by and celebrate the amazing College that stands today and the spirit within it. Our Gala Weekend was a huge success, which was beautifully captured in our StAC100 Commemorative magazine, released a few months ago. Thank you to everyone who attended the weekend and to all who assisted in the mammoth organisation of it. A very special thank you to our Centenary Partners, Konica Minolta and Caxton, and to the many Centenary sponsors. We are incredibly proud and grateful of the way in which people have supported the Step Into Our Future campaign and assisted us in our goals of building the Centennial Chapel, growing our St Andrew’s College Foundation and contributing to the development of our Sports and Cultural facilities. The culture of Philanthropy at St Andrew’s is strong and the ongoing support that so many of you give to the College is amazing. It allows us to go from strength to strength with our campus, resource and ultimately the education and opportunities for our students. The generosity of the many donors who have contributed to our Step Into Our Future campaign to date,
The Development Team (from left) Dhara Barot, Kate Baker, Clare Wilkinson, Kelsey Williams, and Jacqui Anderson.
have encouraged us to continue this campaign and invite you to Step in a new direction with us. Our focus will now include the Theatre redevelopment, alongside our existing focus to grow the St Andrew’s College Foundation and our Buy a Brick campaign which is ongoing. There are still opportunities to purchase one of the salvaged bricks from the Memorial Chapel, which now feature in the external wall of the Chapel alongside Norman’s Road. We have recently had our second Brick Donor Plaque installed in the foyer of the Centennial Chapel and will continue to add the names of our newest Brick Donors. By purchasing a brick you could have your name, your family name or your child’s name added to the plaque. Lastly, I am very pleased to welcome Dhara Barot to our Alumni and Development team. Dhara joined us in September from World Vision where she has worked for the past 8 years. Dhara’s role at World Vision was as the partnerships manager and she joins us in the role of Development Manager. This now brings our team to five, including myself (Clare Wilkinson), Kate Baker, Kelsey Williams and Jacqui Anderson. We would like to wish you all a very happy holiday season and look forward to our interactions with you in 2018. Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity, and for being a part of this very special year with us. Clare Wilkinson Director of Development
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Grandparents' Day is always a wonderful occasion on the St Andrewâ€™s College calendar and this year was no exception. Around 600 grandparents also attended the official opening of the beautiful new Turley Bridge, before being entertained in the Centennial Chapel by six cultural groups from the Pre-school, Preparatory School, Junior Choir, Ballet Academy and Soul Band. They also enjoyed a speech by Year 8 Rotary Speech finalist, Harriet Rance, and a Centenary Uniform Parade. Students then joined up with their grandparents to show them around the College.
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The Turley family gathered to share the very special official opening of the Turley Bridge.
The first people to step over the magnificent new Turley Bridge connecting Strowan House with the Centennial Chapel at its official opening on 27 October, was the St Andrew’s family whose generosity made it all possible. Margaret and Murray Turley (1971) made a significant contribution to enable the construction of this striking steel structure, which was fabricated by their son-in-law Jarrod Marsden at his Geraldine-based firm, Marsden Engineering. Also on hand to mark this wonderful occasion were Margaret and Murray’s four daughters, son Lachlan (2010), their son-in-laws, and seven grandchildren. “It was very special for Margaret and I to have all of our family there for the ceremony, and exciting for Jarrod after the hard work that went into the manufacture of the bridge. We were grateful for the appreciation from
St Andrew’s and Rector Christine Leighton’s kind words as the bridge was officially opened,” says Murray. Margaret, who is a trustee of the St Andrew’s College Foundation, says she and Murray had initially thought about ways they could contribute to the new Centennial Chapel, but when they heard about the bridge rebuild knew it was the right fit for them. “The linkage it provides from the school to the Centennial Chapel really resonated with us.” Murray, who has a rural South Canterbury background and started as a boarder at St Andrew’s in the 1960s, says he wanted to leave a lasting legacy at the College, which was instrumental in helping setting him up for life ahead. “I had fantastic Agriculture teacher at St Andrew’s, Wally Stark. After finishing school I elected to go straight home to the farm, and the grounding I got at St Andrew’s stood me in good
stead. I later used my St Andrew’s Agriculture notes to study for the Young Farmer of the Year competition and made the national final against contestants with university degrees.” Today the Turleys run a large-scale arable and vegetable operation in South and Mid Canterbury, with their home base near Temuka. Margaret says they were delighted when son-in-law, Jarrod Marsden’s quote for the job was accepted. “Jarrod is a highly skilled engineer with great attention to detail. We are incredibly proud of the results of his hard work.” The bridge’s 27 metre long steel sides were taken from Geraldine to Timaru to be painted, then trucked to Christchurch during the night, arriving at St Andrew’s in the early hours one morning. St Andrew’s College General Manager, David Evans says a massive crane
(Left) Rector Christine Leighton speaking at the official opening. (Middle) Chaplain Paul Morrow blessing the bridge. (Right) A rousing haka from Preparatory School students was a special part of the ceremony.
provided by Armitage Williams lifted the steel sides above the trees on the Norman’s Road boundary, and positioned them in place on the bridge’s foundations. “No trees were damaged, and the bridge fitted perfectly onto the foundations. It was an impressive team effort.” Once the bridge was in-situ, railings were installed to provide the finishing touch, along with new landscaping. Now that it is open, the Turley Bridge is a much-loved and well-used piece of infrastructure on the College campus. “We are delighted to see the well designed and constructed bridge fit so well among all the wonderful facilities at St Andrew’s, which are testament to the hard working Board members as well as the fundraising and generosity of Old Collegians,” says Murray.
The bridge in the early stages of its construction.
Angus is based in Auckland where he is the creative director of award winning collaborative studio Angus Muir Design. His brothers Andrew (2009) and William (2016) also attended St Andrew’s. Their parents Jock and Lauretta Muir were active members of the StAC community during their sons’ time at the College, and Jock says they were delighted to fund the project. “The original plan was for Angus to create a work for inside the Centennial Chapel. However this later evolved into an outdoor
Artist Angus Muir (2006) installing the sculpture.
sculpture, which both links and reflects the Chapel and Strowan House. We are thrilled with the final result and hope the sculpture will still be in place and enjoyed in 100 years time.” Lauretta says the sculpture provides the family with a special, ongoing bond with St Andrew’s now their sons’ schooling is complete. “The project was a great opportunity for Angus to contribute and cements the connection of all the boys to St Andrew’s. It is a lasting legacy for our family of which we are extremely proud.” St Andrew’s College General Manager David Evans says the sculpture has attracted a lot of interest and positive comment since the day it was installed. “It is a stunning and much admired addition to the campus.”
The striking Centenary Sculpture heralds the entranceway to Strowan House.
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(Top) Murray Turley (1971) and Margaret Turley cutting the ribbon. (Bottom) The Turley family lead the many guests and grandparents in attendance over the bridge.
The sculpture is prominently located next to Strowan House and references the saltire flag, a highly recognisable emblem of the College and its Scottish heritage. Its name is a phrase from the St Andrew’s College Song.
Generous donors Jock and Lauretta Muir with their youngest son William (2016) at the official opening of the Centenary Sculpture.
Another exciting addition to the campus landscape in Centenary year was the striking, contemporary sculpture called ‘The Cross He Never Knew’, designed and created by Old Collegian, Angus Muir (2006) and generously donated by his family for Centenary year.
A duck’s tale Han’s Christian Andersen’s traditional fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling was given an ultra-modern twist in the Middle School’s production of Lucky Duck, a high-energy, fun family show.
The story followed the sassy and strong Serena (Isla Lewis, Year 10), the ugliest duck in the barnyard, as she embarked on a journey of self-discovery to realise her dream of becoming a famous singing diva. Along the way, she encountered an eclectic mix of other avian characters, including makeover queen Goosetella (Sage Klein, Year 10) and her hilarious sidekick Armand Dillo (Andrew Garbett, Year 10) who were responsible for transforming Serena from downtrodden duck into a sensational swan.
The leads were supported by an enthusiastic cast of other birds and barnyard creatures.
Serena also made friends with the enigmatic Wolf (Archie Milligan, Year 10) and his off-siders Clem Coyote (Kaycee Tamou, Year 10) and Carl Coyote (Xavier Dickason, Year 10) without realising she was part of their dinner plans, and fought off the advances of Drake (Jack Calder, Year 9) the barnyard prince.
“Lucky Duck was a delight from start to finish. The cast came to auditions with so much energy and the roles were lots of fun to create. This year we had a mix of experienced cast members and those who haven’t performed before. It was great to see some new faces on the StAC stage.”
Like all good stories, Serena became the singing sensation she desired, Wolf realised the error of his ways, and true love between the unlikely pair reigned. Director Ginnie Thorner says the quirky, little-known ‘Off Broadway’ musical was a great choice for the perfectly sized cast.
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students would fit into them. Once we determined the size, we put this on a grid, and scaled it up so we could paint the letters correctly on the field. It was a lot more daunting task than we initially expected,” says Zackary.
Head Girl Lizzie Stevenson and Prefects Helena Cook and Zackary Rumble led the team that did all the planning and logistics behind the photograph, and say they didn’t realise what a huge task it would prove.
There were also permissions to seek, classes to be shortened, and the task of corralling 1400 students into position in a short timeframe.
“It took a combination of Mathematics, Calculus, common sense and some guesswork. We had to work out the proportion of each letter and how many
The result was spectacular, with the resulting drone image involving the entire cohort of 2017 students and providing a lasting reminder of an incredibly special year at St Andrew’s College.
It was a huge logistical exercise with a stunning result. Every student at St Andrew’s from Years 1 to 13 took part in a whole school photograph, which recreated the StAC100 Centenary wording in a fitting tribute.
Style is definitely alive and well at St Andrew’s if the Style at StAC event is anything to go by. A sell-out crowd of 480 people enjoyed a great night’s entertainment, which included performances from our Highland Dancers, the Teachers’ Barbershop Quartet, the Ballet Academy and hip hop groups; a Q&A session with rising football stars Britney-Lee Nicholson (Year 13) and Matthew Jones (Year 12); a live auction; and a fashion catwalk with confident student models strutting their stuff. The final item of the night was the spectacular StAC Uniform Parade, put together by Preparatory Art teacher, Pip Dinsenbacher featuring a century of StAC uniforms from the museum archive. The event raised more than $18,000 for StAC football.
As well as great music, food and popular photo stations, a highlight of the evening were the awards, presented to Year 13 students Megan Dunn for Best Dressed, Jack Sherriff and Lachlan McIntosh for Best Couple, and Angus Syme and Samara Millner who were judged best at the dance-off.
The event was superbly organised by the Senior College Council and enjoyed by the excited group of Year 12 and 13 students, who dressed in their finest and were immersed in the spirit of the theme.
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Wigram Air Force Museum was transformed into the mythical city of El Dorado for the Senior Formal, which certainly lived up to its glittering theme of â€˜City of Goldâ€™.
100 Each time the St Andrew’s First XV pulled on their jerseys during this special Centenary year, their thoughts turned to the hundreds of players who have worn the thistle throughout the College’s long history.
“We talked about the team’s excitement, their pride in the jersey, and putting in a performance which would be respected by every past and present Old Collegian who played for St Andrew’s,” says Rod McIntosh, High Performance Sports Director and Director of Rugby. Rugby has been an integral part of StAC culture since the College was founded. In 1917 most of the boys in the Secondary Department formed the inaugural First XV, among them Andrew McDowell a boy with only one arm. Their first two competitive games were played against Christchurch West High School.
Six years later, the College progressed into the secondary schools grade and over the following decades faced some formidable opponents from top rugby schools in the province. Some of StAC’s most successful early First XVs were the 1930, 1936 and 1937 sides. In 1938, Harold Miliken became the first Old Collegian to represent the All Blacks. St Andrew’s scored five wins out of six matches against traditional foes Christ’s College between 1948 and 1953, with the 1951 First XV going through the season unbeaten.
The 1971 First XV team is regarded as one of the College’s best and was lauded for its determination, team spirit and the attractive rugby it played on the way to winning the CRFU Under 19 grade. Six members of this team represented Canterbury, including full back Richard Wilson (1972) and winger Scott Cartwright (1971) who later became All Blacks. Another team member, Paul McEwan (1971), went on to play cricket for New Zealand. In 1973 the First XV lost its 6’6” towering forward Stan Hill (son of ex All Black Stanley ‘Tiny’ Hill) to basketball. Stan became one of New Zealand’s most successful basketball stars, was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, and this year was named a Legend of Basketball. The 1980s were another successful period for StAC rugby, when Alister Newton and Scott Cartwright coached the First XV to three Christchurch interschool titles, and took the team on a world tour in 1986–1987. St Andrew’s had two All Blacks during this era, Grant Perry (1971, known as Jack), who played one match in 1980, and Albert Anderson (1978), who after gaining selection in 1983 played 25 games for the national side. In 1989 the highly competitive Quad Tournament between St Andrew’s College, Saint Kentigern’s College, Lindisfarne College and Scots College was introduced and remains an anticipated fixture on the rugby calendar.
Girls began to play rugby for the school in 1999 and in 2000 had their first season in the Secondary Schools' Competition, finishing a creditable fifth. The same year midfielder Amiria Rule (née Marsh) (2001) made her Black Ferns debut while still a teenager. By the time she retired in 2014, Amiria was a two-time world champion and one of the squad’s most capped backs.
StAC rugby action from across the decades.
In 2001 the College’s most recent All Black, Ben Blair (1996), made his debut. StAC’s other international representatives are Corey Tamou (1997) (New Zealand Māori All Blacks), Tim King (Portugal), Matt Mustchin (1994) (Scotland), and Telusa Veainu (2008) (Tonga). Eight Old Collegians have made Super Rugby teams. Since 2000 the StAC First XV has had some good successes, placing third in the Press Cup and making the top eight in New Zealand Secondary Schools in 2003; and winning the New Zealand Co-ed National Championship in 2008. The 2015 side was the most successful in the College’s history, winning an incredible nine of the ten trophies it competed for, including the Moascar Cup, which is the Ranfurly Shield of First XV rugby in New Zealand. StAC was just the third South Island school to hold the Cup. Longstanding First XV coach Mike ‘Scrump’ Johnston says the 2015 First XV was probably the most balanced team he has coached. “They had a very high skill set and a very good team culture. They played cohesively and had huge respect for the thistle.” These players are among the many hundreds who over the last century have pulled on the StAC jersey and played their own part in the legacy and tradition of rugby at St Andrew’s.
As the College prepared to celebrate its 50th Jubilee, sporting great Alex (Grizz) Wyllie (1963) was rising to prominence as a first class player for Canterbury and later the All Blacks, for whom he played 40 matches from 1970–1973. He went on to coach Canterbury, the All Blacks and Argentina.
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High Performance programme hitting straps With its honour roll of seven former All Blacks and a number of regional representatives, St Andrew’s College has always been recognised as a highly competitive ‘rugby’ school, but today its vision is broader than simply the game.
The First XV rugby coaches and management play a key role in the High Performance programme, from left, Kevin Harding, Rod McIntosh, Mike Johnston, John Anderson and Mikae Tuu'u.
The College’s High Performance programme provides a sporting pathway for its promising young rugby players, with the same level of professionalism found at ITM Cup levels, says High Performance Rugby Director, Rod McIntosh.
Rod says this professional structure supports the holistic development of StAC’s rugby players, delivering programmes in each age group which are about more than simply winning and growing good rugby players.
“We are committed to embracing the legacy and tradition of rugby at StAC, but being current with modern approaches to training, preparation, recovery and all performance aspects. We’ve got some definite points of difference in that we recruit the best skilled coaches we can, along with specialists in strength, conditioning and medical support. Video analysis and our High Performance Fitness Centre give us an extra edge.”
“Our young people are taught to enjoy success, understand and grow from failure, develop good values and build a strong character. We mentor them to demonstrate respect, initiative, hard work, and demand excellence from each other, which also helps to build early high performance habits. Helping the students to balance the demands of the sport with their wellness and other pressures of a busy school life is another focus.”
To implement the goal of having one of the best development pathways for players in New Zealand, Rod and his team have introduced a touring programme and performance camp in Australia for the U15 teams “to ensure that we continue to have good kids coming through”. Rod is a former New Zealand Māori All Black, All Black triallist and Hong Kong National coach who returned from 20 years spent playing, coaching and travelling overseas to implement the High Performance programme at St Andrew’s. “Three years in, the programme is growing, flourishing and really starting to hit some milestones.”
Successful Centenary year for First XV The First XV have been great ambassadors for St Andrew’s College during Centenary year, and have produced some excellent results. They won 10 out of 14 games (71% success rate) to finished fifth in the UC Cup. The team also finished as the highest placed co-educational school and went on to win the South Island Co-ed final against St Peter’s College from Gore, 83–7. This victory qualified the team to attend the Barbarians National Co-ed Top 4 Championships. The team competed in a highly competitive pool at the National tournament, finishing an outstanding third overall. StAC Captain Shilo Klein (Year 13) was named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools training squad. This is a fantastic achievement in recognition of the great season Shilo has had as a student, player and leader. The team
The First XV is jubilant after their third placing at the Barbarians National Co-ed Top 4 championships. The naming of captain, Shilo Klein (Year 13) (front row, centre) in the New Zealand Schools Team, capped off a great season for the team.
also included eight other Canterbury representative players in the Crusaders Knights, Canterbury U18, and U16s. One of the highlights for the First XV in 2017 was beating long-time rivals Christ’s College, 19–10, for the Anderson–Deans Shield, named in honour of All Blacks stars Albert Anderson (1978) and Robbie Deans
(Christ's College). This special match celebrating 100 years of rugby at St Andrew’s was televised on SKY. The StAC team played with huge heart and passion in front of a record crowd, including many Old Collegians and many former First XV players, who gathered in the Senior College after the match to socialise and reminisce.
Around 200 Year 7 and 8 students participated in the F.A.W.E. Elements, a fabulous student-devised production, which used story, script and dance to create a world where the four elements – fire, air, water and earth, had to save the universe. Ginnie Thorner, Performing Arts Co-ordinator and the show’s mastermind and director, says around 30 students were involved in writing the show, including development of the storyline and characters.
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“There are few schools where students are given the opportunity to create their own work. We also fully double cast the show, with each group of students performing three times. Although rehearsals were time consuming and complex, it gave many more students the chance to have a role. For many it was their first time on stage.” Preparatory students were also fully involved behind the scenes, operating the lighting and sound equipment, and managing the stage, props, hair and make-up.
“Year 12 students Ben Smith and Benoit Wynn-Williams did a fantastic job of training the Preparatory students in sound and lighting, with Juliet Robertson (Year 13) training our stage manager, who in turn trained three other Preparatory stage managers. The show was a wonderful experience for all involved, and provided the younger students with excellent grounding for future productions in the Secondary School.”
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Special student-led assemblies
Prefects’ Assembly The 2017 prefects transformed Gym 1 with colourful decorations as they put their own spin on the theme of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to produce Prefects and the StAC Factory. The assembly started with bagpipes played by head students Lizzie Stevenson and Angus Syme (who remarkably learnt to play this challenging instrument in just three months) and was overseen by Chrissie Lonka (aka the Rector). Four lucky golden ticket winners were shown around the StAC Factory by the Oompa Loompa prefects as part of the Centenary Chocolate Tours. With videos, speeches (including a thoughtful morning comment by prefect Helena Cook), singing, dancing, some trampolining, and of course chocolate, the prefects showcased their leadership in an exciting event which was enjoyed by all.
Cultural Assembly The Cultural Assembly started with a Beyoncé song and dance number, and ended with a ‘paint-off’ with members of the Jazz Band and winning TheatreFest production having two minutes to paint a portrait of the Rector. In between, there were wonderful performances by the Chamber Orchestra, Big Band and Dance group, as well as original and insightful talks from Cultural Captains, Grace Dephoff and William Chase, who spoke about what culture at St Andrew’s means to them.
Colourful costumes, amazing performances and some thoughtful messages were among the highlights of the various special student-led assemblies at St Andrew’s this year.
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‘StAC Rodeo’ was a popular choice for the Boarders’ Assembly, which helped to showcase the rural backgrounds of many of the College’s boarders. Gym 1 was transformed into a rural setting complete with a miniature pony, lambs, dogs, piglets, the inevitable motorbikes and an ATV. Highlights included brave teachers and sports team captains riding a mechanical bull, a hilarious dance item performed by a group of Year 13 male boarders, and an address by Heads of Boarding, Brady Swann and Samantha Molloy.
International Assembly The International Assembly was a fantastic celebration of diversity at St Andrew’s, which began with a procession of over 20 different flags carried by students and staff dressed in their national costume. Entertainment by members of our international community included the Takumi Japanese drummers, highly acclaimed Irish dancer Hannah Kim (Year 13), and a moving Samoan hymn sung by our Pasifika group, which provided a wonderful conclusion to the assembly.
Year 13 students Samantha Molloy, Friederike Moerke and Olivia Tod deliver baskets of Easter eggs to Ronald McDonald House.
‘Eggscellent’ initiative Earlier this year, a group of boarders from Thompson House were delighted to win the national New Zealand Boarding Schools' Association Community Service Award, after collecting Easter eggs for Christchurch children with incarcerated parents. The boarding houses’ Head of Community Service, Olivia Tod (Year 13), says the students worked closely with the Pillars charitable organisation, which distributed the donated Easter eggs on their behalf. “We wanted to show the children that even though we didn’t know them, we were thinking of them at Easter and wanted to help.” The boarders sold chocolate eggs in the school café, raising $100 to purchase more eggs for Pillars. They also encouraged the rest of the boarding and wider community at St Andrew’s College to donate eggs, with amazing results. “We ended up with so much chocolate that we were able to donate Easter eggs to additional charities in Christchurch, including Ronald McDonald House, the City Mission and Nurse Maude.” Fundraising Year 12 students Ben Campbell, Jack Calvert, Yonni Kepes, Ewan Lawson, Lily Bray, Yassmin Kharoubi and Penny Burridge volunteered to collect for Parkinson’s disease. The students stood outside New World Fendalton in freezing conditions and raised over $1250 during the seven hours they were on duty.
(Right) Lachlan Wells, Laurence Arundell, Ewan Lawson and Hannah Jenman (all Year 12) hard at work at Prebbleton Plunket.
The very first student-led fundraising activity held at St Andrew’s was 100 years ago, when the boys each gave part of their pocket money to support Belgian refugees displaced by conflict during World War I. These values of service, giving back to the community, and having a global perspective continue to be fostered at the College today, where students take part in a wide range of community and service initiatives to help make the world a better place.
Music fundraiser Several StAC music groups including Staccoro, the chamber choir, chamber groups and several soloists provided an hour of entertainment at the Hamlin Fistula High Tea fundraiser event at the Transitional Cathedral, where over $12,000 was raised to support health care workers in Ethopia. National Youth Festival Sian Sunckell (Year 13) represented the South Island as a St John’s youth member, in competitions at the National Youth Festival. Sian and her teammates competed in a series of tests based on leadership, first aid, problem-solving and more. The team placed second in the Team Pair One and Two events.
Student Volunteer Army’s UCan programme volunteers Four Year 12 students, Ewan Lawson, Lachlan Wells, Laurence Arundell and Hannah Jenman have taken part in the University of Canterbury Student Volunteer Army’s UCan programme, which encourages local Secondary School students to become leaders in their communities through volunteering, while being mentored by SVA members. Earlier this year, the group came to the aid of Prebbleton Plunket alongside SVA members and other local Year 12s. The students transformed the grounds as part of the UCan programme – clearing 400kg of waste from the site, painting, gardening, trimming hedges
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Untouched World Waterwise Scholarships Congratulations to Zivana Hammond (Year 13), Student Head of the Sustainability Council and Aimee Coey (Year 13) for being awarded Untouched World Waterwise Scholarships. The scholarship programme, which is part of the UNESCO Global Action Programme, saw the girls spend six days exploring water use, availability, quality and sustainability at Lake Ellesmere and around the Selwyn district. World Vision Youth Ambassador 2018 For over 25 years, the World Vision and Sanitarium Youth Ambassador programme has inspired and challenged young people to create a more equal world. Maeve Burns (Year 13) who is student co-leader of Community Service at St Andrew’s has been elected as one of the Youth Ambassadors for World Vision for 2018. Maeve’s work will include engaging with schools, meeting with and guiding student leaders, and sharing her story to inspire youth to act and participate in the 40 Hour Famine. Maeve is also hoping to be given the opportunity to travel to Jordan next year to learn about World Vision's work with Syrian refugees. Congratulations to Maeve on this wonderful opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Zivana Hammond (Year 13), Quinton Hurley (Year 12) and Ms Ellen Hampson, teacher in charge of the Sustainability Council, are leading the initiative on behalf of the Sustainability Council and hope to make a documentary about Kiribati’s plight with Sam Wall of Raw Cinematics who made Thirty Million, a UN funded documentary exploring the threat sea-level rise poses to 30 million Bangladeshis over the coming decades. St Andrew’s has a strong connection to Kiribati, with the brothers and cousins of former President Anote Tong being Old Collegians. Ellen Hampson has met with Mr Tong and says he has introduced a policy called ‘migration with dignity’ to ensure his people are valued, not resisted, when they arrive in a new country. She put the students in touch with Anote Tong’s brother, Ben Otang (OC 1973), who is currently the Wellington-based Honorary Consul for the Republic of Kiribati to discuss how the Sustainability Council can assist with climate mitigation projects and develop their own projects. “We have been thinking of ways we could help as a StAC community, with a school leavers' programme and apprenticeships both potential pathways for young Kiribati people. We hope to start making a documentary next year to raise awareness,” says Zivana Hammond. The small group of around 20 students on the Sustainability Council are continuing to work on projects on campus, including the Strowan stream restoration and a shade audit proposal.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards Congratulations to the following students who have received Duke of Edinburgh Awards: Gold – Lizzie Stevenson, Angus Syme, Pippa McKinnel, Louie McCallum-Clark, Samantha Kirkness and Samantha Molloy (all Year 13). Silver – Milin Babu John, Brittany Findlay, Zivana Hammond, Samantha Kirkness and Christian Smith (all Year 13); Cameron Jackson, Yonni Kepes, Harrison Lloyd, Lawson Osteen, Thomas Rance, Lachlan Wells, Benoit Wynn-Williams, Quinton Hurley, Kai Yuan Kuo, Isabella Roberts, Dion Vaudrey, Kaitlin Watson, Amy Wells, Fraser Wilson and Judith Jewell (all Year 12).
Zivana Hammond (Year 13), Quinton Hurley (Year 12) and teacher Ms Ellen Hampson are keen to raise awareness of Kiribati’s plight.
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and spreading bark at the clinic. The students also assisted the Christchurch City Mission with its ‘Brown Bag Appeal’ and attended a two-hour talk with United Nations Messenger of Peace, Dr Jane Goodall, where they had the opportunity to meet with her to discuss their initiatives.
Preparatory School teachers and staff delighted students by dressing in school uniform for the World Vision Mufti Day.
Raising awareness of the devastating effects of climate change on Kiribati is a current focus of the Sustainability Council. Sea level rise will eventually claim the tiny Pacific nation, which is already planning how it can start to migrate its population of around 110,000 people before they are displaced.
George Batchelor After 13 years at StAC there are so many memories to choose from, but my favourite are the five productions I’ve taken part in.
Jeremy Hanrahan Finishing our final year during the Centenary celebrations has been a highlight of my time here. After 13 years it will be sad to leave behind an amazing community of people, but it is exciting to think what changes lie ahead in the coming years for both the people of StAC and the school itself.
2005-2017 With primary, intermediate and secondary schooling on one campus at St Andrew’s, every year there is a special group of Year 13 leavers who have enjoyed their entire schooling at the College. This year, 16 students who arrived in Year 1 in 2005 will walk out of the school gates for the final time, with six of these students, Oliver Dew, William MaceCochrane, Louis McFadden, Oisin Roberts, Jaymin Stirling and Aglaia Tee also attending the St Andrew’s College Pre-school.
Luke Hill I have enjoyed all of my 13 years at St Andrew's. The College has given me so many opportunities, including going on a school exchange and school camps, which helped to develop me as a person. I will be forever grateful to my parents for sending me to St Andrew’s.
Daniel Coulter So many things about StAC have changed over the years, but still it feels as welcoming as ever. From the new entrance class to my final year, it's been a great time, and I'd like to thank everyone I've met along the way.
We asked the students to share what their time at St Andrew’s means to them, and what have been some of the highlights of being part of the StAC family.
Maitland Le Compte I’m grateful I’ve been able to spend the last 13 years at StAC and to see how the school has changed from what it was when I started. I enjoyed meeting lots of different people over the years, some of whom will stay lifetime friends. I have also enjoyed all the opportunities which StAC has offered us like school camps and Scholarship opportunities.
Bertie Ruscoe The culture of St Andrew’s College and the resolute strive for success in academia and sport has been the foundation on which many of my personal successes have been built upon. I can say confidently, 13 years on, that I will be leaving with fond memories, future aspirations and a well-rounded character thanks to St Andrew’s.
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William Mace-Cochrane I have enjoyed my time at StAC, as it has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of great people and have some pretty awesome experiences over the 13 years. I've especially enjoyed the sporting side of the College throughout my time here.
Oisin Roberts The values which I have been taught from the school such as respect and dedication are something I will keep with me for the rest of my life. I also really value the opportunities StAC has provided me with, as they have taught me so much. My favourite things about StAC are the friendships I have developed and the effort that a number of teachers put in to helping me. These have both had a large impact on who I am today.
Aglaia Tee I will never forget my first day as a new entrant at St Andrew’s. From my first time wearing the wide brimmed sunhat, swimming in the old pool, to watching the demolition of the Burnett Block, I have many special memories. I'm glad to be one of the few who have witnessed the school's transformation from pre-earthquake until now, and to see all the new people come in. It has been a pleasure to be at St Andrew’s.
Christina Shepherd I have had a fantastic 13 years at StAC and appreciate being part of the boarding community, where I’ve made lifelong friends over the last four years. I have enjoyed participating in many activities, including Speech and Drama, and Athletics, and thank all the Whovians, teachers, my parents and friends for providing many unforgettable memories.
Louis McFadden My most fond memories of the school have been the inclusive culture of everyone involved in the school and the memorable connections I have made between staff and fellow students. This is my home and I know that everywhere I go from now on I will always carry this thistle with me.
Cultural catch up Stacorro performing at Big Sing (back row) Louis Nel, Jake Newlands, Bruno Mitchell and Luca Vinnell (all Y11), Harry Wilkinson and Louis Newman (both Y12) (front row) Lucy Cammock-Elliott (Y10), Megan Cambus (Y12), Juliette Newman, Iona Taylor and Hana Pearce (all Y11), Sophie Buist (Year 12), Jenna Wells (Year 11), Astrid Van Aymede and Grace Dephoff (both Year 13) and Archie Milligan (Year 10).
Ballet Kate Holmes (Year 10) won the Senior Ballet Championship at the Blenheim Dance Competition. She has also been accepted into the Associates Programme with the New Zealand School of Dance for the third consecutive year.
brass trio comprising Year 11 students Luca Vinnell, Mackey Johnstone and Serge Beaton, won the Woolston Brass Cup for their confident performance of 6 Bagatelles for Brass Trio by Anthony Ritchie. It was the ninth year in a row St Andrew's students have won awards at the event.
Five senior dancers received the highest marks of Honours with Distinction in the annual Senior exams, with three also receiving NZAMD Scholarship nominations. In the Preparatory School examinations, 15 dancers were awarded the highest grade of Gold with Excellence.
Dance Charlotte Brown (Year 8) won several age group titles at the New Zealand Dance Awards Competition. This versatile performer placed first in the Contemporary and Jazz categories and second in the Lyrical category.
Big Sing Our choirs competed strongly in the Big Sing Competition and also performed in a Gala Evening concert, with many comments about the quality of their performances. Stacorro won Outstanding Recital Performance by a Mixed Choir and Outstanding Performance of a Contemporary Commercial Music Composition at the event, with the Chamber Choir winning Outstanding Performance of an Early Music Composition. NZCT Schools’ Chamber Music Contest For the second year in a row, St Andrew’s College was represented at the national finals of the NZCT Schools’ Chamber Music Contest, with Samuel Jeon (Year 9) playing piano in the Korngold Quartet. This is an outstanding achievement for Samuel, with the quartet’s assured performances of the last movement of Piano Quartet at the Canterbury District and Southern Regional finals securing them a place in the national semi-finals. In the Canterbury District Chamber Music Competition, The Hornets, a
Dance Revue The sensational 2017 StAC Dance Company presented an eclectic range of performance pieces in their biggest showcase of the year. The season was full of incredible dances inspired by a range of styles such as jazz, hip hop, contemporary and ballet. Head of Dance, Sophie Tyrrell (Year 13), brought the event to life alongside student dance teachers and choreographers. Debating Grace Black (Year 11), Andrew Garbett and Imogen McNeill (both Year 10), were runners-up in the Canterbury Debating Junior Regional Final. Megan Blackwood (Year 12) and Meg Longley (Year 11) were runners-up in the Canterbury Regional Impromptu Debating Championships. The following students were named in the Canterbury Regional Development Squad: Alexandra Brown, Jaymee Chen, Andrew Garbett, Marshall Setu, Omri Kepes, Imogen McNeill (all Year 10); Meg Longley (Year 11), Megan Blackwood and Callum Stewart (both Year 12).
William Chase and Paris Porter (both Year 13) were the glamorous FilmFest presenters.
Film Fest Film Fest added a touch of Hollywood glamour to the cultural calendar, with a red carpet entrance, live interviews with filmmakers and stars, followed by short films, feature films and awards. Grace Dephoff’s (Year 13) film, Beginners, was the big winner of the night, which judges said was a ‘masterpiece’. Aside from winning Best Film, it also took out the awards for Screenplay, Original Concept, Lighting (by William Chase, Year 13), Supporting Actor (Elliot Wood, Year 11), Editing, and Camera. The runner-up for Best Film was Buddy made by Logan McAllister and Rosa McGunnigle (both Year 13), with Logan also winning Best Actor for his starring role.
French After sitting Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) examinations the following students were presented with DELF certificates by the French Ministry of Education for proficiency in French as a Foreign Language. Results were:
Highland dancing St Andrew's College students performed exceptionally well at the New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships in Christchurch. Gaining national rankings in the U16 age group were: Charlotte Sloper (Year 10) fifth place, Bella Rose (Year 10) seventh place, and Evelyn Clarke (Year 10) eighth place. Siara Clarke (Year 6) danced in the junior competition and was named U12 Overall Champion. Charlotte Sloper (Year 10) successfully auditioned for the New Zealand Highland Dance Company, made up of 30 elite dancers from all over New Zealand. Next year the company will travel to Virginia, USA, to perform at the Virginia Tattoo. Bella Rose (Year 10) has also been invited to attend the Tattoo.
Instrumental competition Quinan Men (Year 12) competed in the Christchurch Instrumental Competitions, placing first in the Class 250 Piano Solo and third in the Class 212 Piano Solo. Irish dancing Congratulations Hannah Kim (Year 13) for being named Champion of Champions at the 2017 Capital City Feis dancing competition held in Wellington, and for winning the International Irish Dance Competition ‘City of Sails’ Championship in Auckland. Jazz Our musicians performed brilliantly at the Southern Jam South Island Jazz Competition in Blenheim, where they picked up numerous awards. The Big Band won gold in their category and were overall winners at the event. Other awards went to Patrick Moran (Year 12) – Best Big Band Drummer and Most Outstanding Musician, Serge Beaton (Year 11) – Best Trombone, Soul Band – Silver, and Jazz Orchestra – Silver. The StAC Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Band and Soul Group all won gold awards at Ara JazzQuest, with the Soul Group also winning Best Overall Ensemble. These results, combined with the JazzQuest Combo Competition result in Term 2, means that all four of our jazz groups have won gold awards in 2017, a truly incredible achievement.
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Haiku Amy Wells (Year 12) was a winner in the Vancouver Invitational Haiku Competition in which George Lindores, Josh Molloy, and Ruby Cox (all Year 10) received honorable mentions.
(From left) Julie Hawke (dance tutor) with StAC’s nationally ranked Highland dancers, Charlotte Sloper, Bella Rose and Evelyn Clarke (all Year 10) and Siara Clarke (Year 6).
(Top) Hannah Kim performing at the International Assembly. (Bottom) The Big Band won Gold and was overall winners at the Southern Jam South Island Jazz Competition in Blenheim, where our musicians won numerous other awards.
Individual musicians to receive accolades at the competition were Serge Beaton (Year 11) – Best Trombone, and Patrick Moran (Year 12) – Best Big Band Drummer and Most Outstanding Musician. Linguistics Olympiad Amy Wells (Year 12) made the finals of the Linguistics Olympiad, held at the University of Canterbury. Music James Drury (Year 7) has been selected as Principal of French Horn for the 2017 Christchurch Schools' Music Festival. Samuel Jeon (Year 9) has passed the Violin Diploma examination with distinction, held by The Royal Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
(Left) Serge Beaton (Year 11) who won Best Trombone at both the Southern Jam and ARA JazzQuest competitions.
• Awarded A1 Certificate – Madeleine Tutty, Mackenna Wilson, Benjamin Studholme, Xavier Dickason, Lucy Cammock-Elliot, and Samuel Beard (all Year 10); • Awarded A2 Certificate – Juliette Newman (Year 11) who gained the highest score in Canterbury; • Awarded B1 Certificate – Anna Bennetto (Year 13) and Bradley Pugh (Year 12).
Pipe Band Several of our pipers competed in the Queen’s Birthday Championships in Dunedin, one of the major competitions for solo piping. The placegetters were: • Louis Newman (Year 12) first in the U21 2/4 March (Otago Championship), first in the B Grade 2/4 March, second in the Dunedin Silver Medal Piobaireachd, third in the B Grade 6/8 March; • Noah Clarke (Year 11) second in the C Grade 2/4 March, first in the C Grade Piobaireachd (Otago Championship); • Benjamin MacLeod (Year 11) third in the C Grade Piobaireachd, third in the C Grade Hornpipe and Jig; • Reuben O’Neill (Year 11) first in the C Grade 2/4 March (Otago Championship), second in the C Grade 6/8 March; • Annabelle Jones (Year 10) second in the D Grade 2/4 March, third in the D Grade 6/8 March; • Campbell Wilson (Year 10) second in the U16 2/4 March, second in the B Grade 6/8 March; • Laurence Arundell (Year 12) third in the C Grade 6/8 March; • George Gray (Year 12) second in the C Grade Strathspey/Reel; • Corban Mathewson (Year 11) third in the C Grade Strathspey/Reel.
in the Bronze Medal Piobaireachd, first in the C Grade Hawkes Bay Championship Strathspey and Reel, first in the C Grade 6/8 March and first in the C Grade 2/4 March. St Andrew’s had a large number of entrants in the South Island Solo Drumming event, the final round of the South Island Championships, with StAC drummers achieving numerous placings across all grades. Several of our drummers did very well to be named 2017 Grand Aggregate Winners: • Ethan Higgs (Year 5): winner of the Jake Broadhurst Cup for Drum Pad; • Connor Higgs (Year 7): winner of the Arran Campbell Cup for D Grade; • Rebekah Weir (Year 13): winner of the James Murray Cup for B Grade; • Brady Swann (Year 13): winner of the Brady Swann Cup for A Grade. Montague Stamm (Year 9) won the C Grade section at the Australian Solo Drumming Championships held in Canberra.
Lewis Edmond (Year 11) performing at the Jazz Club session during Winter Music Festival.
Brady Swann (Year 13) placed ninth in the Juvenile Section 5 (top section) at the World Solo Drumming Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
the Peter Smart Writing Competition for his poem, Where It Was Warmer.
Our pipers have had success at several other competitions, including several rounds of the Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Solo Piping competitions where they featured heavily in the prize list.
Pipe Band leads the America’s Cup parade Twenty-three members of the Pipe Band were honoured to lead the Emirates Team New Zealand victory parade through the Christchurch CBD. Despite very cold conditions, the band members didn’t miss a beat.
At the Hawke’s Bay Easter Highland Games in Hastings, Campbell Wilson (Year 10) and Pipe Major Louis Newman (Year 12) achieved outstanding results, with Campbell placing first in the U21 NZ Championship Piobaireachd, and Louis placing third. Louis also placed third in the Silver Medal Piobaireachd. Campbell Wilson also placed second
Poetry Logan McAllister (Year 13) was a finalist in 2017 International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) National Schools Poetry Award, with his poem Circles. He later spent a day at a writing masterclass at Victoria University. Logan also won second place in the Poetry Senior Division of
The Pipe Band with members of Emirates Team New Zealand.
A poem written by Pieta Bayley (Year 7) called A City Built on the Forest’s Grave was runner-up in the Junior Open section of the 2017 New Zealand Poetry Society Competition. It will be published in a NZPS Anthology in November along with Nick Irvine’s (Year 10) haiku titled Midnight on the Farm. Songwriting Logan McAllister (Year 13), Isabella Ford and George White (both Year 12) were selected for the finals of the Play It Strange 2017 Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition for Secondary School students for their original songs, Normandy (Logan) and Holding On (Isabella and George, co-writers). Smokefree Rockquest Eight groups from St Andrew’s competed in the heats of Smokefree Rockquest with the Year 10 band, River Moon, doing incredibly well and progressing to the regional finals. The band comprising Pippa McAnergney (vocals and rhythm guitar), Andrew Garbett (vocals), Sage Klein (drums), Charles Pitts (bass guitar) and Joshua Barrett (lead guitar) went on to win the People’s Choice Award in the Smokefree Rockquest regional finals, where they played two wellreceived original songs. This gave them the opportunity to make a four-track video submission for acceptance into the national finals. The band also appeared on the television show What Now.
• Haotian Yu (Year 13) – Sister Leonie Trophy for Bible Reading Open, Marsh Academy Cup for Impromptu Speaking Open and Direct Entry into the PACANZ Young Performer of the Year awards; • Xavier Dickason (Year 10) – H Anderson Trophy for Impromptu Speaking 13–16 Years, Highest Mark 12–14 Years; • Scarlett Rumble (Year 9) – Gay Balch Scholarship for 12–14 Years; • Pieta Bayley (Year 7) – Rosemary Bartlett Cup for Bible Reading U13, Louise Williams Cup for Poetry 10–12 Years, Ronald Duckworth Cup for Original Poetry U13, Sarah Longbottom Trophy for Impromptu Speaking U13, Patricia Finlay Cup for Sightreading (shared), Gay Longbottom Scholarship 10–12
TheatreFest Congratulations to Paris Porter (Year 13) writer and director of the play Rules of Play, which won three top awards at the national TheatreFest final in Wellington, including Best Youth Production, Best New Director
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Jackson Page (Year 12) won a technical award for his work at the national TheatreFest final on a play written by Head of Drama, Laurence Wiseman, who was also its leading actor. Both Paris and Laurence qualified for the national final after winning Best Youth Play and Best Adult Play at the regional TheatreFest competition, where Paris also took out Best Overall Play. Vocal competition Jenna Wells (Year 11) won the Bridget Telfer Musical Theatre Award, the Taieri Musical Theatre Scholarship and the Bridget Telfer Contemporary Vocal Award at the Dunedin Vocal Competitions. Winter Music Festival More than 200 guests were treated to some extraordinary performances during the Winter Music Festival, which showcased the talent of our students over two incredible nights. Our singer/songwriters were up first and entertained a packed Music Studio with their original compositions, which were recorded live during the evening. The Great Hall at the Christchurch Arts Centre provided the perfect setting for a Jazz Club session featuring our award winning jazz groups. The audience was impressed at the level of talent on display, and it wasn’t hard to see why our musicians and singers have won so many awards this year.
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Speech and Drama Thirty-two St Andrew’s students entered the Christchurch Competitions Society Speech and Drama Competitions. All students gave great performances with the following students winning trophies and special prizes:
(Paris Porter) and Best Emerging Artist (Nicholas Cain – Year 13). This is an outstanding achievement.
Astrid van Ameyde (Year 13), Zac Ayers (Year 12), Jenna Wells (Year 11) and Luca Vinnell (Year 11) performing at the Winter Music Festival.
Years, ESU Trophy and Prize for Best Female Public Speaker U16; • Jai Bartlett (Year 7) – Patricia Finlay Cup for Sightreading (shared); • Mia Walker (Year 7) – Tucker Brothers Cup for Prose and Poetry Reading 10–12 Years; • Max Murphy (Year 6) – Louise Arnold Cup for Novice Poetry Speaking 10–12 Years; • Emily Everest (Year 4) – Barbara Sugden Cup for Poetry Speaking 8–10 Years; • Priya Bartlett (Year 5) – Patricia Finlay Cup for Sightreading (shared), Jones Family Scholarship 8–10 Years; • Emily Woodgate (Year 4) – Prize for Dramatic Extract 8-10 Years, Prize for Highest Mark 8–10 Years; • Teresa Steiner (Year 4) – McCarroll Shield for Good Competitorship all Ages; • Sara Yu (Year 4) – Kent Family Cup for Prose Reading 8–10 Years; • Ivan Ren (Year 5) – Louise Moore Cup for Novice Poetry Speaking 8–10 Years; • Sylvia James (Year 4) – Egerton Family Cup for New Zealand Poetry U10; • Serena Bayley (Year 3) – Prize for Dramatic Extract U8 and Prize for Highest Mark U8 (shared); • Scarlett Rumble, Pieta Bayley and Priya Bartlett also won the scholarships for their respective age groups.
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New York, New York A highlight of the year for our Year 11 students was the semi-formal held at Riccarton Park Event Centre. After weeks of preparation, over 240 excited teenagers showed up at Riccarton Park Event Centre, in their finest suits, dresses, heels and brogues, and danced the night away under a New York themed skyline. The student organisers did a wonderful job of pulling together the event. Prefects and staff who supervised the semi-formal commented on the exemplary behaviour of the Year 11 students.
St Andrew’s once again hosted the Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival, which was a wonderful celebration of culture. This event involved our Preparatory and Secondary Schools Kapa Haka groups, who performed with spirit and pride under the guidance of Matua Steve Reid, creator of the St Andrew’s school haka – Haka o Hatu Anaru. Kapa haka groups from several other schools were welcomed to the College to participate in this special event. Our juniors won the Action Song and our seniors won the Waiata.
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It was the end of an era for John Sinclair as he farewelled the 2017 Strowan Scholars, Louis Newman and Amy Wells (both Year 12) on their recent Scottish adventure.
John has been involved with the initiative since the late 1990s when he was Deputy Rector of St Andrew’s College. At the time, Trevor Smart, then Patron of the St Andrew’s Pipe Band, suggested that the College set up a scholarship that he would fund to take a male student to Scotland to visit a number of prestigious schools. The Board of Governors approved the idea and John was tasked with its implementation. He travelled to Scotland where the proposal was well received, with seven schools quickly signing up for the programme. An interviewing committee was put in place, with James Marriner (OC 2003) selected as the first Dunblane Scholar. He travelled to Scotland in 2002 while in Year 12. The scholarship quickly grew in importance at St Andrew’s and by 2006 girls were keen to be included as well. “An extended itinerary was put in place, involving five more schools, with the two Year 12 scholars in 2006, Bridie Connell and Daniel Moir (both OC 2007) travelling together to Scotland, but having totally separate school visits. This new venture was highly successful and following further investigation the Dunblane Scholarship finished,
and the Board funded the new Strowan Scholarship, put in place for both boys and girls.” John says awarding the scholarship to Year 12 students has been significant. “It is not a reward for students who are about to leave St Andrew’s. The Year 12 scholars come back and make a real contribution in Year 13 based on their overseas experiences.” He has been instrumental in both establishing and fostering relationships with the Scottish schools taking part in the Strowan Scholarship, visiting them all on several occasions, and implementing constructive suggestions they have made to evolve the programme. “Each scholar now visits six schools each, with a boy/girl exchange alternating each year at the co-educational schools. The two scholars come together for their last school visit at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, which is a great way to end their travels before returning home.” John has also worked closely with the scholars and their families, taking care of all the finer details of the scholarship to ensure a seamless, safe experience for the scholars and peace of mind for their parents. “I’ve worked with some wonderful students who have been great ambassadors for St Andrew’s. A common comment from Scotland is "where do you find such fine students each year?" and I say, "they’re all like that at St Andrew’s’.”
The 2017 Strowan Scholars, Amy Wells and Louis Newman (both Year 12) say it is impossible to single out just one highlight of their exciting Scottish experience during the Term 3 holidays. “I loved the opportunity to experience different schools and meet new people. Experiencing the full Scottish culture which we get a taste of at St Andrew’s was very special,” says Louis. Amy also loved ‘every minute’ of the trip and particularly enjoyed visiting the town of St Andrew’s. “The town has such significance for our school and it was really special to know that so many other Strowan Scholars had visited there too.” She stayed in boarding houses at two of the schools she visited where she got involved in numerous activities and made new friends. Louis had never boarded before, but enjoyed the experience. “It gave me more opportunities to meet new people, and everyone was so welcoming and accommodating.” He says the spontaneity of the trip made it even more exciting. “It is rare to be given the opportunity to wake up and have absolutely no idea what is in store that day, let alone have a complete change of lifestyle every four days.” Louis says learning to value the people around him more has been one of the positive spinoffs of the trip, while for Amy it was gaining confidence, putting herself out there and realising how independent she can be. “I would definitely recommend this once in a lifetime experience to other students as you make so many new friends and memories. Louis and I also thank St Andrew’s College for giving us this opportunity, and Mr Sinclair who ensured every step of our journey was very well organised.”
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“The Strowan Scholarship has been such a big part of my life and I will miss the involvement. However, I’m happy to be handing the job over to Roland Burrows, the recently retired Head of Secondary School. I feel that I am leaving the scholarship with a great future.”
John is retiring after almost 20 years organising and managing this highly prestigious scholarship, which since 2002 has provided 28 Year 12 students at St Andrew’s with a life-changing experience.
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Congratulations to the St Andrew’s students who have excelled in their chosen sport or cultural activity this year and have been selected into a New Zealand representative team.
Sport Badminton Jack Wang (Year 10) was selected for the New Zealand U15 badminton team. Basketball Charlotte Whittaker (Y12) represented New Zealand in the U18 basketball team. She competed in the FIBA Oceania Series U19 Basketball Championships in Guam winning a silver medal. Samuel Jenkins (Year 10) was selected for the New Zealand U16 Boys’ basketball team, which played in the Australian State Championships. Canoe Racing/Kayaking Year 11 students Olivia Brett and Tilly Pritchard were selected for the New Zealand U18 canoe racing team. Olivia Brett also represented New Zealand at the K4 event at the World Age Group Kayaking Championships in Romania.
Cheerleading Imogen Hoani (Year 12) was selected to represent New Zealand for Cheerleading, in the All Girl Elite International Cheer Union World Championships. Cricket Year 13 students Llewellyn Johnson, William Hamilton and Liam McBreen-Smith were selected for the New Zealand U18 Boys cricket team, which played in the National Provincial A Tournament and is preparing for the U19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand in January 2018. Football Matthew Jones (Year 12) played for the New Zealand U17 Boys’ football team in the Oceania Football Confederation U17 Championship in Tahiti, and the U17 World Cup in India.
In 2017, Lily Bray (Year 12) was selected for the New Zealand U20 Women’s team, the New Zealand U19 Women’s team to play in the Oceania Football Confederation tournament, and the New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls’ team. Britney-Lee Nicholson (Year 13) was selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls’ football team. Futsal Britney-Lee Nicholson (Year 13) was selected for the New Zealand Futsal Ferns, the first ever female national futsal team, which played three matches against New Caledonia in the Trans Pacific Futsal Cup. Hockey William Mace-Cochrane (Year 13) was selected for the U19 Boys’ Junior Black Sticks.
Luke Hill (Year 13) was the only player in New Zealand to represent both the New Zealand U18 and New Zealand U20 ice hockey teams this year. He was assistant captain of the U18 team, which played in Taipei and had a training camp in Beijing, China. Next year he will travel to Latvia to train with the New Zealand U20 team, before continuing on to a tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ellie Dugdale (Year 10) was selected for the New Zealand Women’s U18 ice hockey team. Orienteering Issac Egan (Year 12) represented the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering Team in Australia where he achieved three podium finishes. He was also a member of the New Zealand team in the M16 grade at the Oceania Orienteering Championship against teams from Australia and around the world.
Rowing Year 13 students Thomas Russell and Benjamin Taylor rowed for the New Zealand Junior Men’s Four at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Lithuania where they won a silver medal. Rugby Shilo Klein (Year 13) was named in the New Zealand Schools’ rugby team. Sailing Marina Kenton-Smith (Year 11) and Kirah Willems (Year 13) have been selected to sail for New Zealand at the 420 Class World Sailing Championships in December. They will compete in the Australian Nationals in mid-December ahead of the World event in Perth.
Cultural Dance Hannah Kim (Year 13) will represent New Zealand at the 2018 World Irish Dancing Championships, after placing third in the Irish Dancing National Championships in Wellington. Music Jooyoung Kim (Year 13), Boem-Suk (Joseph) Yoon (Year 13), Jin Ju Lee (Year 11), Arthur Bell (Year 13), Angus Rainey (Year 11), Serge Beaton (Year 11), and Jun Wha Shin (Year 9) have been named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Orchestra.
Swimming Quinton Hurley (Year 12) competed as a member of the New Zealand team at the State Teams Swimming Championships in Canberra, where he set three personal bests. Volleyball Holly Matson (Year 13) was selected for the New Zealand U18 Girls’ volleyball team, which competed in the Asian Youth Volleyball Championships in China.
Page 50. The 2017 New Zealand Sports representatives. (Back row, from left) Britney-Lee Nicholson (Y13), Llewellyn Johnson (Y13), Marina Kenton-Smith (Y11), Quinton Hurley (Y12), Charlotte Whittaker (Y12), Benjamin Taylor (Y13), Thomas Russel (Y13), William Hamilton (Y13), Samuel Jenkins (Y10), Liam McBreen-Smith (Y13), Shilo Klein (Y13), Lachlan Rountree (Y9). (Front row, from left) Jenny Zhu (Y11), Lily Bray (Y12), Tilly Pritchard (Y13), Jack Wang (Y10), Kireh Willems (Y13), Luke Hill (Y13), Isaac Egan (Y12), Daisy Hopkins (Y13), Olivia Brett (Y11), Ellie Dugdale (Y10), Imogen Hoani (Y12), Victoria Lee (Y11) – Music. Absent: Holly Matson (Y13), William Mace-Cochrane (Y13), Matthew Jones (Y12).
Ice Hockey Daisy Hopkins (Year 13) played for the New Zealand U18 Women’s ice hockey team, which competed in the Asia Cup in Bangkok, Thailand.
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The 2017 New Zealand Cultural representatives (from left) Hannah Kim (Year 13), Angus Rainey (Year 11), Arthur Bell (Year 13), Joseph Yoon (Year 13), Serge Beaton (Year 11), Jooyoung Kim (Year 13).
Winter Tournament Week More than 200 students competed in nine sports during 2017 Winter Tournament Week competitions throughout New Zealand and delivered some outstanding results. Highlights included our First XI Girls’ hockey team winning the prestigious Audrey Timlin Memorial Tournament, the Senior A netball side finishing runners-up at the South Island Secondary Schools Netball Championships, and the First XV placing third in the New Zealand Co-educational Schools' First XV Championship. Basketball The Senior A Girls’ basketball team had a successful South Island Secondary Schools' Tournament in Dunedin, where they finished fifth and qualified for the national tournament. This is a great achievement in a tough competition. The Junior Boys’ basketball team finished ninth in their grade, with the Junior Girls' finishing 10th overall. The Senior A Boys’ team didn’t place, but competed well in some hard fought matches. Football Our First XI Boys’ and Girls’ football teams struck some tough competition at their National Secondary Schools' Premier Tournaments in Napier and Taupo, and did well to win several matches. The boys placed 15th overall and the girls 20th, which was a great effort.
Senior A netball (from left) Olivia Clark (Y13), Jessica Allan (Y13), Heitawhiri Cooper (Y11), Brianna Fidow (Y11), Samantha Molloy (captain) (Y13), Olivia Tutty (Y13), Amelia Holmes (Y13), Amelia Sharpe (Y12), Georgia Woollett (Y12).
Hockey The First XI Girls’ hockey showed great form throughout the Audrey Timlin Memorial Tournament in Dunedin, with only three goals scored against them. They won their four preliminary matches convincingly before overcoming Lincoln High School in the semi-final 3–0. The girls went on to beat Timaru Girls’ High School in the final, 3–1. The team’s top performance has qualified them for the top National Federation Cup Tournament in 2018. The First XI Boys’ hockey were placed in the strong top tier at the Aon Rankin Cup and India Shield Tournament in
Hamilton, and played well winning all of their matches in pool play. Losses to Palmerston North Boys’ High School and Hamilton Boys’ High School late in the competition saw the St Andrew’s team play off for seventh and eighth place against Tauranga Boys’ College, winning a hard fought match 4–3. Our U15 Boys’ hockey team also performed well at the Tanner Cup Tournament in Tauranga, finishing sixth after an extra time loss in their final match, with the Second XI Girls’ team finishing eighth in their competition in Christchurch.
First XI Girls Hockey (from left) Isabella Ambrosius (Y11), Aleisha Davis (Y10), Kaitlin Watson (Y12), Pippa McKinnel (Y13) Captain, Ariana Mellish-Temple (Y9), Abigail Evans (Y11), Katie McBride (Y10), Blaire Shadforth (Y13), Fanchea Molony (Y10), Hayley Riordan (Y11), Abbey Stokes (Y11), Louisa Collerton (Y12), Annabel Veitch (Y11), Jemma Watson (Y10), Emma Innes (Y12). Absent: Shannon Sullivan (Y11).
Ice Hockey The Senior ice hockey team had one draw and two wins on their way to third place at the South Island Secondary Schools' Championships.
St Andrew’s went down to St Peter’s College in tough conditions 48–15. The team quickly regrouped and played clinical rugby in the playoff for third and fourth to overcome Rangitoto College 27–17. It was a great result and a proud final outing in the StAC jersey for the departing Year 13s.
Rugby The First XV capped off a great season by finishing third at the New Zealand Co-educational Schools' First XV Championship for the Barbarians Trophy 2017. In a competitive pool,
The U15 Boys’ rugby side did well to finish seventh out of 26 teams at the South Island Secondary Schools' Co-educational Tournament, while the U16 team finished third in their Quadrangular tournament.
Netball Our Senior A netball team achieved the College’s highest ever finish at the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament when they finished runners-up to St Hilda’s Collegiate School in a hard fought final. The girls played some great netball to remain unbeaten right up until the final
match, when a tough second quarter put them behind St Hilda’s 24–13 at half time. A game fight back in the second half saw the St Andrew’s girls claw back several goals, but the St Hilda’s girls fought just as hard, and came away with a 38–33 win to take the title.
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Sports round up It’s been an incredible year for St Andrew's sport, with individuals and teams achieving some fantastic results at a regional, national and international level. Several of our promising young sportspeople made New Zealand teams, with the silver medal won by our Maadi Cup rowers, Thomas Russel and Benjamin Taylor (both Y13) at the World Junior Rowing Championships being a significant achievement. Aerobics Ashleigh Brett (Y9) was second in the top international category at the Canterbury Schools Aerobics Championships, which qualified her for the National Schools Championships where she was second overall in the Junior International grade. Badminton Jack Wang (Y10) represented the New Zealand U15 team, which beat Australia 12–5; won the Boys' Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles at the Badminton Canterbury U17 tournament; and was a member of the
Canterbury U19 team which placed second in the South Island Badminton team event. Together with Jenny Zhu (Y11) Jack led the Canterbury U17 team to a bronze medal in a national age group tournament. They were both selected to play for the Canterbury senior team in a Wisden Cup National Division 1 event. Basketball Charlotte Whittaker (Y12) excelled at the FIBA Oceania Series Basketball Championships in Guam where she represented the New Zealand U18 team. In a hard fought final, New Zealand was beaten by Australia 81–60, with Charlotte the secondhighest scorer for her team with 14 points. New Zealand’s silver medal winning performance has qualified them for the U19 Asia Championships in 2018. Throughout the season Charlotte has represented the Canterbury Wildcats Senior Women’s team, which is a tremendous achievement for a 16 year old. She is currently speaking with several Division 1 colleges in the
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United States with the prospect of several exciting scholarships on offer. Samuel Jenkins (Y10) represented the New Zealand U16 Boys' Basketball team at the Australian State Championships in July. Madeline-Rose Morrow (Y8), Te Rina Cooper (Y9) and Kate Hughes (Y10) were selected for the Canterbury U15 Girls' Basketball team. Matthew Patterson (Y8) was selected for the Canterbury Mainland U13 basketball team. Congratulations to the five St Andrew’s basketball teams who won their division finals this season: • Year 9 Girls Blue: Division 1;
World Championship silver for junior rowers St Andrew's wonderful year of rowing success was perfectly capped off by Year 13 students Thomas Russel and Benjamin Taylor (members of our Maadi Cup winning crew) winning a silver medal in the Junior Men’s Four at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Lithuania. This is an outstanding achievement. Thomas says relief was his first feeling as they crossed the finish line and achieved their goal of getting a medal on the world stage. “It had been an intense four year build up to the World Championships competing in the school rowing programme, which has provided us with an amazing base. StAC has the best coaches, the best boats and best
Benjamin Taylor (back left) and Thomas Russel (back third from left), both Year 13 students, at the medal ceremony.
support structure you could ask for. It meant our crews could perform at the top of our ability and give us a taste of success.” Benjamin says it was great to have "two StAC guys" in the boat at the World Championships. “We never expected to win the Maadi Cup, let alone make the New Zealand team. The StAC rowing
programme this year has given me a huge boost which has enabled me to do well at the top level.” Benjamin hopes to row for the Rowing Performance Centre and see where the sport takes him, while Thomas’s goal is to gain selection for the New Zealand U23 team to compete at the 2018 World Championships in Poland.
South Island Football Representative Tournament: • Lorenzo Gauci (Y9) – U14 Canterbury Red • Blair Currie (Y12) and Kara Daeche (Y12) – U17 Girls Canterbury Red Francesca Morrow (Y11) was awarded the Golden Boot with 11 goals in the U17 Girls tournament.
Cross Country Canterbury Secondary Schools' Cross Country Championships A number of StAC athletes excelled at this event. • George Adam (Y12): Second in AWD; • Jake Jackways (Y9): Third – Junior Boys; • Jake Jackways, Oliver Graves, Harri Silcock, Lucas Kerry (all Y9): Third – Junior Boys team; • Edward Batt (Y13), Mitchell Radcliffe (Y12), Mitchell Davis (Y12), Oliver Bailey (Y12): Third – Senior Boys team.
National Secondary Schools' Championships Neve Moulai (Y9) was a member of the Canterbury five-person relay team which placed first in the Year 9 girls’ race. Jake Jackways (Y9) was a member of the Canterbury five-person relay team which placed second in the Year 9 boys’ race.
Canterbury Primary Schools' Cross Country Emily Sharpe won the Year 8 girls’ race at the Canterbury Primary Schools' Cross Country. Darts Lachlan Rountree (Y9) won his section at the New Zealand Junior/Youth Darts Championships and was selected to represent New Zealand at the BDO World Junior Darts Championships in Bridlington, United Kingdom, where he competed strongly. Duathlon Saxon Morgan (Y12) and his Christchurch Boys’ High School teammate won the U19 Male team event at the Canterbury Secondary Schools' Duathlon Championship.
Fencing Sophie Bonis (Y10) placed third in the U15 Foil section at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Fencing Competition. Football For the first time in the College’s history, both the Boys' First XI and Girls' First XI football teams made the Premier Grade finals. In their final the boys played a competitive team from St Thomas of Canterbury College, and after the scores were locked 3–3 at full time, went on to win in a nail-biting penalty shootout. The girls lost to a very strong Cashmere High School side 3–1. Mathew Jones (Y12) played in the New Zealand U17 Boys team which beat Papua New Guinea 2–1 in the semi-finals at the Oceania Football Confederation U17 Championships in Tahiti, to advance to the U17 World Cup in India. Britney-Lee Nicholson (Y13) was selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools' team and has trained with the Canterbury United Pride squad. Britney-Lee scored her 100th goal for St Andrew’s during the season, which is a record. Sebastian Schacht (Y13) was selected for the Canterbury United Senior mens team. Ryan Nicholson (Y13), Celyn Richards (Y13), Declan Hickford (Y12) and Matthew Jones (Y12) were selected to train with the Canterbury United Dragons Youth U19 football squad. The following students were selected for Mainland Canterbury teams: Blair Currie, Kara Daeche, Isaac Egan, Olivia Johnson (all Y12); Jasmine Ball, Peter Bevin, Francesca Morrow (all Y11); Emily Whitnall (Y10); Lorenzo Gauci, Alex Tutty (both Y9), MadeleineRose Morrow (Y8), Kinda Khanafer (Y7), Megan Simpson (Y6). Several students were involved in championship winning teams at the
• U19 Girls: Britney-Lee Nicholson (Y13) who was runner-up in the Golden Boot; • U19 Boys: Ryan Nicholson (Y13), Cameron Emberton (Y13) and Jake Neill (Y13); • U16 Boys: Tyler Clink (Y10); • U15 Girls: Jasmine Ball (Y11). Jackson Blake (Y7) was selected for a Mainland Canterbury representative team. Gymnastics Alys Scott (Y8) was selected to represent Canterbury at the National Gymnastics (WAG Step 6) Championships. Preparatory School students gained excellent results at the Canterbury Primary Schools Artistic Gymnastics Competition. Placegetters were: • Nicholas Del Rey (Y7): First overall in Level 4 – first pommel and floor, second in vault, P-bars and rings; • Oliver Del Rey (Y4): First overall in Level 1 – first H-bar, pommel and NS floor, second in P-bars and rings; • Alys Scott (Y8): Second in Step 6 Vault. Hockey Congratulations to Isabella Ambrosius (Y11); William Mace-Cochrane (Y13) and Balthazar Ruscoe (Y13) who were selected to trial for the New Zealand Junior Black Sticks. Isabella Ambrosius (Y11) was a member of the New Zealand Māori Women’s hockey team, which placed second at the 2017 Affiliates Tournament as part of the Festival of Hockey. She was also named in the New Zealand U21 Women’s team and the Canterbury Barracudas Senior Women’s hockey team. Jemma Watson and Aleisha Davis (both Y10) were part of the U15 Canterbury hockey team who won the National U15 Girls’ Premier National Tournament held in North Harbour.
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• Boys Open Yellow: Division 4, Section 1; • Boys Intermediate Black: Division 3, Section 1; • Boys Intermediate Pink: Division 4, Section 2; • Boys Year 9 White: Division 2.
Futsal Several students represented Canterbury United Dragons at the National Youth Futsal Tournament:
Our First XI Boys' football team after winning the Christchurch Schools' Premier Grade title.
Several students played for Canterbury U18 teams at the National Championships. The U18A (Regional) and U18B (Association) Boys’ teams won their tournaments with the Women’s U18A placing second. Two students represented the West Coast U18 Boys’ team that finished fifth. • Canterbury U18 Regional Boys representatives: Mitchell Davis (Y12), James Donaldson (Y13), William Mace-Cochrane (Y13), Balthazar Ruscoe (Y13) and Boem-Suk (Joseph) Yoon (Y13); • Canterbury U18B Boys (Association) representatives: Fletcher Edmond (Y13) (captain), Oscar Story (Y11), Harrison Darling (Y11), Etienne Harrington-Watt (Y11), Felix McIntosh (Y12), Samuel Armitage (Y12), Gabriel Evans (Y12), James Donaldson (Y13) and Zin South (Y13); • Canterbury U18 Regional Girls representatives: Isabella Ambrosius (Y11) and Pippa McKinnel (Y13); • West Coast U18 Boys representatives: Lewis Edmond (Y11) and Daniel Martin (Y12). The following student were selected for Canterbury U15 teams: • U15A Boys team: Henry Crump (Y10), George McCallum-Clark (Y10) and Omri Kepes (Y10); • U15A Girls team: Aleisha Davis (Y10) and Jemma Watson (Y10); • U15B Boys team: Timothy Harford (Y10), Hamish MacLeod (Y9), Cameron Slee (Y9) and Finn Sullivan (Y9). Ice Hockey Congratulations to Ellie Dugdale (Y10) who was selected for the New Zealand Women’s U18 ice hockey team. Judo Oisin Roberts (Y13) won a gold medal in the U73kg division at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Judo Championships. Kayaking Olivia Brett (Y11) represented New Zealand at the K4 event at the World Age Group Championships in Romania. The team were fourth in the B final placing them 13th in the world overall. Olivia was also selected for the Pathway to Podium Kayaking programme, which is a significant achievement given places are usually reserved for athletes aged 18–23 years. Tilly Pritchard (Y11) was part of the National Kayaking training squad that also travelled to Romania. The StAC Kayaking team – Tilly Pritchard (Y11), Flynn McGuinness (Y10), Harry Fergus (Y12), Eden Bastiaanse (Y12) and Pieta Hansen (Y12), have won
The victorious Year 9 netball team, (back) Te Rina Cooper, Molly Spark, Karina Ahn, Lose Faingaanuku, Isabella Galvan, (front) Alex Tutty, Tapenisa Havea (captain), Grace Cameron, Izzy Gibson.
the trophy for the second year for Top South Island School team. Motocross At the New Zealand TT Championship, Taylor Graham (Y12) won four out of six races to win his fifth New Zealand title. He also finished second in the Senior Championship at the South Island Motocross Championships. His sister Lori Graham (Y10) was third in the final of the New Zealand TT Championship, placing fourth in New Zealand overall. Rowan Clark (Y12) dominated the nonchampionship ‘Clubmans’ class at the South Island Motocross Championships, winning all of his races. Ben Wall (Y9) won the King of Central event and placed second at both the Southland Championships and Michael Godfrey Memorial event, the South Island’s largest motocross event.
Netball The St Andrew's netball programme has enjoyed outstanding success in 2017. The Senior A netball team won the SuperNet Competition final for the first time, beating St Margaret’s College 37–30. Congratulations to the players and their coach Kirsty Carline who has coached the side since 2011. The team was also runners-up at the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament, the best ever result for a St Andrew’s Senior A side at this tournament. The team did incredibly well qualifying for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Netball Championships for the second year in a row, where Jessica Allan (Y13) was named in the New Zealand National Netball Tournament Team. The St Andrew’s Year 9A netball team played superbly to be crowned South Island champions after overcoming
Luke Doerner-Corson (Y9) was third at the South Canterbury Motocross Championships. Sam McBreen (Y2) was third in his age group at the Michael Godfrey Memorial event. Motorsport Samuel Wallace (Y12) regularly finished in the top three in South Island Pro7 Racing winning the final round of the series. He placed fourth overall at both the South Island and New Zealand championships. Mountain Biking Harri Silcock (Y9) won the McDonalds Ashburton Six Hour Mountain Bike Race in the School Team Years 9–13 category with teammates from Rangiora High School. They finished over a minute clear of the second placed team despite Harri’s back brake being jammed on for half of his last lap.
Harri Silcock (Year 9)
Rugby Shilo Klein (Y13), Jack Rose (Y12) and Ratu Veitata (Y13) were selected for the Canterbury U18 Knights squad. Ashleigh Brett (Y9) was selected for the Canterbury Secondary School Girls Rugby team and trialled for the New Zealand U17 Sevens team. She played in the Forward Foundation rugby team that won the South Island Secondary Schools Girls’ Tournament. Benjamin Farrell (Y10) was selected for the South Island Co-ed U15 rugby team.
Olivia Clark (Y13) was named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools' squad (one of only two South Island players selected), the New Zealand U17 tournament team, and the 2017/2018 Pathway to Podium squad by Netball Mainland. Jessica Allan (Y13) was selected for the New Zealand U17 tournament team. Several players were selected for Christchurch representative teams: • Girls U14 – Kate Allan (Y10), Emily Allan (Y10), Lose Faingaanuku (Y9), Tapenisa Havea (Y9) and Te Rina Cooper (Y9); • U15A – Brianna Fidow (Y11). Orienteering New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships Our athletes gained several podium finishes at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships, where St Andrew’s won the Small Team Overall Trophy and finished second in the Premier Team Boys’ competition: • Isaac Egan (Y12): third in the Senior Boys sprint;
• Alice Egan (Y9): third in the Junior Girls long; • Oliver Egan (Y13), Isaac Egan (Y12) and Ayrton Shadbolt (Y11): first in the Senior Boys relay; Oliver Egan (Y13), Isaac Egan (Y12), Ayrton Shadbolt (Y11) and Clayton Shadbolt (Y9) travelled to Bathurst, Australia, as part of the New Zealand Invitational Team competing in the Australian Orienteering Championships, where they achieved a number of placings: • Sprint Championship – Clayton Shadbolt 2nd M14, Isaac Egan fourth M16; • Middle Distance Championship – Isaac Egan third M16; • Long Distance Championship – Clayton Shadbolt second M14 , Ayrton Shadbolt 6th M16; • Bathurst Three Day – Isaac Egan third Mens B.
South Island Schools Orienteering Championships Ayrton Shadbolt (Y11) won the Intermediate Boys’ sprint and placed second in the long event. Clayton Shadbolt (Y9) was third in both the Junior Boys’ sprint and long events. New Zealand Orienteering Championships Isaac Egan (Y12) won the M16A Sprint Event and placed second in the Long Event, while Clayton Shadbolt (Y9) was second in the M14A Sprint Event and third in the Long Event. Rowing Dominic Clarke (Y11), Flynn Dijkstra (Y13), Oliver Bailey (Y12), Evan Young (Y12) and Tom Flavill (Y11) were selected for the South Island U18 team.
Full results: • First place co-education team and fastest overall team: Alys Scott (Y8) (fastest female), Louie Burtscher (Y7) (fastest male), Renny Dephoff (Y8) and Edie Burtscher (Y4); • Second place co-educational team: Edwin Short (Y7), Kotori Mori (Y7), Campbell Searle (Y7) and Nicholas Burtscher (Y3); • Second place Boys A team: Thomas Rae (Y8), Thomas Smith (Y8), Matthew Patterson (Y8) and Marley Murray (Y7); • Second place Girls A team: Izzy Western (Y7), Charlotte Brown (Y8), Claudia Russell (Y5) and Jenna Russell (Y4). Swimming Quinton Hurley (Y12) competed at the New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships where he gained a gold medal in both the 400m and 1500m Freestyle events. He also went under the Canterbury 800m record whilst competing at this event. Katie McBride (Y10) competed at the New Zealand Swimming Short Course Championships in Auckland, winning a silver and two bronze medals in the Girls’ U15 category. Quinton Hurley (Y12) and Lucy Gordon (Y13) were selected for the Swimming New Zealand 2017 Outward Bound Leadership Course, based on excellent performances and FINA Points gained at the National Age Group Swimming Championships. Quinton was also selected to represent New Zealand at the Australian State Teams Age Short Course Championships.
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St Hilda’s Collegiate School 33–12 in the final of the South Island Secondary Schools Netball Tournament. It was a great result for the team who trained extremely hard for coach Anna Galvan (ex Silver Fern), co-coach Lisa Spark and manager Susan Poulter leading up to the competition. They overcome tough opposition and freezing conditions during the tournament to win all of their games over the three days of play. The team went on to win the Canterbury Secondary Schools' Year 9, Section 1 Competition, beating Villa Maria College 36–21 in the final.
Skiing The Preparatory School ski team had a most successful day at the Porters Ski Area, where they took out the title for top co-educational school in the Porters ISSA Independent Ski Racing Championships. They also won the coveted fastest team overall.
National Champions, Isaac Egan (Year 12), Oliver Egan (Year 13) and Ayrton Shadbolt (Year 11), with the Small Team Overall Trophy they won at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships.
The Preparatory School ski team of (from left) Alys Scott (Y8), Louie Burtscher (Y8), Renny Dephoff (Y8) and Edie Burtscher (Y4) was the first placed Co-Ed team at the ISSA Ski Racing Championships.
New Zealand Secondary Schools' Swimming Nationals St Andrew’s achieved its best results ever at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Swimming Nationals in Hamilton, finishing first co-ed team and second boys’ team nationally. The team delivered some impressive individual and team results, with many personal bests recorded. Overall the team won 31 medals – 12 gold, 13 silver, and six bronze. Placegetters were: • George Adam (Y12) Gold: 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly. Silver: 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke. Bronze: 50m freestyle; • Connor Barr (Y9) Bronze: Male 15&U 200m medley relay; • Timothy Batchelor (Y13) Silver: Mixed 16&O medley relay, Mixed 16&O 200m freestyle relay; • Manaia Butler (Y10) Gold: Mixed 15&U 200m medley relay, Mixed 15&U 200m freestyle relay; • Lucy Gordon (Y13) Gold: 200m breaststroke. Silver: Mixed 16&O medley relay, Mixed 16&O 200m freestyle relay. Bronze: 100m breaststroke; • Oliver Graves (Y9) Silver: 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle. Bronze: Male 15&U 200m medley relay, Male 15&U 200m freestyle relay; • Quinton Hurley (Y12) Gold: 400m freestyle. Silver 20m freestyle; • Angus Kelliher (Y10) Gold: 50m backstroke 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly, Mixed 15&U 200m medley relay. Silver: 100m backstroke. Bronze: 100m butterfly, Male 15&U 200m medley relay, Male 15&U 200m freestyle relay; • Katie McBride (Y10) Gold: Mixed 15&U 200m medley relay. Silver: 50m butterfly, Mixed 16&0 200m freestyle relay; • Cameron Pellett (Y10) Bronze: Male 15&U 200m freestyle relay; • Jessica Roche (Y10) Gold: Mixed 15&U 200m freestyle relay. Silver: Mixed 16&O medley relay; • Bryn Rumble (Y11) Silver: Mixed 16&O medley relay, Mixed 16&0 200m freestyle relay. Bronze: 200m freestyle;
The Mixed 15&U medley relay team of (back) Angus Kelliher (Y10), Manaia Butler (Y9) (front) Taiko Torpe-Ormsby (Y10) and Jess Roche (Y10) on the podium after winning gold at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Swimming Nationals.
• Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y9) Gold: 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, Mixed 15&U 200m medley relay. Silver: 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle. Bronze: Male 15&U 200m medley relay, Male 15&U 200m Freestyle Relay.
South Island Swimming Championships 2017 Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y9) won three races at the South Island Swimming Championships setting a new 13 Years New Zealand Short Course record in the 50m butterfly, breaking the previous record by half a second. Canterbury Secondary School Swimming Championships 2017 Our team of 36 swimmers achieved impressive results at the Canterbury Secondary School Swimming Championships, with 23 top three placings (11 firsts, eight seconds and four thirds) in individual events and six top three finishes in relays. First placegetters were: 12–13 years: • Cameron Slee (Y9): new record 50m breaststroke; • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y9): new record 50m butterfly; • Oliver Graves (Y9): new record 100m freestyle; • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby, Connor Barr, Oliver Graves and Cameron Slee (all Y9): 200m freestyle relay. 14 years: • Katie McBride (Y10): 50m butterfly; • Angus Kelliher (Y10): new record 50m backstroke; • Cameron Pellett (Y10): 50m freestyle; • Jessica Roche, Bella Caughley, Katie McBride and Manaia Butler (all Y10): 100m freestyle relay. 15 years: • Bryn Rumble (Y11): 100m freestyle. Senior: • Quinton Hurley (Y12): 100m freestyle; • Timothy Batchelor (Y13), Quinton Hurley (Y12), Matthew Harford (Y12), Angus Syme (Y13): Senior Boys 200m freestyle relay.
Swimmers with a disability: • George Adam (Y12): new record 50m freestyle, new record 50m backstroke. Open age events: • Timothy Batchelor (Y13): 50m butterfly; • Angus Kelliher (Y10): 100m backstroke; • Quinton Hurley (Y12): 200m freestyle; • Katie McBride (Y10), Lucy Gordon (Y13), Jessica Roche and Manaia Butler (Y10): Girls Open 200m medley; • Angus Kelliher (Y10), Bryn Rumble (Y11), Timothy Batchelor (Y13), Angus Syme (Y13): Boys open 200m medley race.
Canterbury Short Course Swimming Championships George Adam (Y12) won four gold medals in the Para 50m, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly. He broke his own New Zealand record in the 100m butterfly. Trampolining Lizzie Stevenson (Y13) won the Elite Women’s grade at the Canterbury Secondary Schools' Trampolining Championships. Isabella Drew (Y10) placed fifth overall at the New Zealand Gymnastics Championships held in Christchurch in the 15–16 years old age group. Kirsty Shields (Y12) was selected as a judge for the 2017 New Zealand Trampoline Championships. Trapshooting Laurence Arundell (Y12) was first in the Junior (U21 years) category at the South Island Compak Championships, shooting 89 out of 100 targets including 25 out of 25 in the final round. He also finished third in AA grade, the highest open grade, a great achievement. At the South Island Secondary Schools' Clay Target Championships Kaitlin Watson (Y12) won the DTL Single Barrel and was third in the Skeet (Ladies) event.
At the Canterbury Secondary Schools Trapshooting Competition Olly Hood (Y10) and Laurence Arundel (Y12) were first equal in the Teams Skeet event, with Olly Hood first overall in the Individual Skeet. St Andrew’s won the Teams DTL Points Score, with Laurence Arundel placing first in the individual event. In the Single Barrel – A Grade, Olly Hood (Y10) placed first, and Angus Anderson (Y11) second. In the Single Barrel – B Grade, Joel Wilson (Y9) placed second and Bradley Moreton (Y11) third.
Volleyball Georgia Hollings (Y11) and Penny Burridge (Y12) were selected for the Canterbury U17 Volleyball team, with Miyu Yamamoto (Y13) selected for the Canterbury U20 Volleyball team.
Students achieved some excellent results at the North Island and National Secondary School’s Clay Target Championships: • Kaitlin Watson (Y12) placed third in the North Island Women’s Single Rise, and second in the National Women’s Single Barrel. • Olly Hood (Y10) and Laurence Arundell (Y12) won the North Island Two Person Skeet title and were placed second in this event at the National competition. • Laurence Arundell (Y12) won the North Island Championship and New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship in Individual skeet. He was a member of the three person South Island Skeet team that beat the North Island.
Preparatory Sport’s North Island Tour The Preparatory School’s biannual sports tour to the North Island was a great experience for the 46 students and four teachers who took part and were billeted with local families in Wellington and Auckland. Over four days the group played football, rugby and hockey against Wellesley College (Wellington), and Saint Kentigern College and King’s School (Auckland). Another highlight of the tour was a trip to Parliament, organised by Rt Hon. David Carter, Speaker of the House, who addressed the group, along with Deputy Prime Minister, Paula Bennett, and MP for Waimakariri, Matt Doocey. A visit to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and attending the All Blacks Captain’s Run at Eden Park, where they met Willie Apiata were other special experiences.
Zonta Sports Awards The College was well represented at the Zonta Sports Awards where a number of individual students and four teams were recognised as finalists. Special congratulations to the following winners of their category:
The StAC Rowing eight were joint winners of Most Outstanding Team at the Zonta Sports awards with Christ’s College.
• Christina Shepherd (Y13) – Outstanding Achievement with a Disability; • Benjamin Taylor (Y13) – Outstanding Achievement in One Sport; • Rowing Eight – Joint winners with Christ’s College hockey of Most Outstanding Team; • Mixed Tennis Team – Most Outstanding Team – Mixed; • Laurence Arundell (Y12) – Valued Contribution to team.
Secondary School Cross Country There was enthusiastic participation in the Secondary School Cross Country event, with many students challenging themselves to run the course in the fastest time possible for extra House points. Congratulations to Rutherford for winning the event on 1920 points. The House Leaders and Student Council did a great job of co-ordinating the event. Age group placings: • Girls U14: Neve Moulai (Y9) first, Izzy Gibson (Y9) second, Molly Spark (Y9) third; • Girls U15: Jenny Zhu (Y11) first, Jemma Watson (Y10) second, Charlotte Johns (Y10) third; • Intermediate Girls: Eva Pringle (Y11) first, Mya Graham (Y12) second, Victoria Spratt (Y11) third; • Senior Girls: Jessica Allan (Y13) first, Vera Goesmann (Y12) second, Samantha Molloy (Y13) third; • Boys U14: Oliver Graves (Y9) first, Jake Jackways (Y9) second, Harri Silcock (Y9) third; • Boys U15: James Blake (Y11) first, Nicholas Daniels (Y10) second, Jack Forrest (Y10) third; • Intermediate Boys: Ayrton Shadbolt (Y11) first, Isaac Egan (Y12) second, Cameron Trumper (Y12) third; • Senior Boys: Benjamin Taylor (Y13) first, Edward Batt (Y13) second, Mitchell Davis (Y12) third.
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Triathlon Saxon Morgan (Y12) trained with the Toulouse Triathlon Métropole team while he and his family were in France. Saxon won the Cadet (16–17 years old) category in the French South West Semi-Final Triathlon, qualifying him for the National French Championships.
At the Dunedin Intercollegiate Competition Laurence Arundell (Y12) was highest overall in Skeet; Kaitlin Watson (Y12) was first in Skeet, Alexander Pitt (Y12) was second in the DTL Points Score event, and Jack Gemmell (Y12) was third in the DTL Points Score event.
Message from the President The high quality achievements of our past and present students continue to impress. The Maginness Memorial Cup went to Caitlin Dore (2014) for her outstanding achievements on the world stage in para athletics, and the Alister Newton Service Award went to Neil Thomson (1957) for his lifetime service to St Andrew’s College and his community. Slavko Martinov, renowned Director of popular documentaries, has been awarded the Cockram Cultural Award. I also had the pleasure of presenting Val Wells with her badge as an Honorary Old Collegian for 42 years’ service in the Ladies' Circle and the wider College community. It was great to see more than 200 past and present players and supporters attend the function after the StAC Rugby 100 match against Christ’s College, including several past First XV players. The Old Collegians’ Executive supported the travel of Benjamin Taylor (2017) and Thomas Russel (2017) to the World Junior Rowing Championships where they won silver. We also supported Harry Grigg (2014) a fine tenor who has been accepted into a six-week summer school in Italy.
Annual dinner This year’s Annual Dinner was held on a cold, flood-stricken Canterbury night on Friday 27 July. However the chilly weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of a good crowd of Old Collegians who enjoyed the warm atmosphere at Strowan House, as they reflected on the success of the Centenary celebrations, and honoured the achievements of our 2017 award winners. The Cockram Cultural Award was presented to Slavko Martinov (1988), who has produced highly acclaimed documentaries such as Propaganda and more recently the comical Pecking Order. Caitlin Dore (2014) was this year’s recipient of the Maginness Sports Award. Caitlin has enjoyed many sporting successes, with her most notable achievement to
date representing New Zealand at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The Alister Newton Cup for Outstanding Service was awarded to Neil Thomson (1957). Neil has contributed to the College over many years, including stints as President of the Old Collegians Association and Chairman of the Board. Neil represented St Andrew's College on various committees and was Chairman of the Independent Schools Association 1985–1988. OCA President Mark Mulholland, made another special presentation to a very surprised Val Wells. Val’s contribution to the College, Ladies Circle and the Old Collegians Association literally spans generations. It was only fitting to recognise Val as an Honorary Old Collegian in the College’s Centenary Year.
Isaac Giesen (2010) known as ‘The Blue Rower’ is attempting to row the Atlantic Ocean solo to raise funds for and awareness of mental health. Please give him your support. On Thursday 31 August I had the pleasure of meeting with 60–70 Old Collegians at a reunion in Auckland. It was a most enjoyable night mixing with peer groups from 1950 to 2016. Finally, while walking in front of Strowan House the other day, I came across a plaque in memory of Lieutenant Colonel William (Bill) Adams who inspired me in 3B English 1969. The plaque reads, ‘To thine self be true’. Very fitting words from a great teacher and mentor. Mark Mulholland (1973) President
Karen Munro, Andy Munro (1974), Dougald Munro (2008), Emma Costello and James Munro (2004).
Auckland function On Thursday 31 August the President of the Old Collegians Association and the Rector, Christine Leighton hosted a function for around 60 Auckland based Old Collegians, at the Wine Chambers in Britomart. A wide range of Old Collegians were in attendance from recent school leavers studying and working in the north, to those at school in the 50s and 60s. It was wonderful to welcome guests who hadn’t been in contact with the College for some time. The night was such a success most agreed it should become a more frequent occurrence.
Rugby function On Saturday 5 August, Old Collegians from across the decades along with past coaches, parents and supporters, gathered to watch the St Andrew’s First XV defeat old foes Christ’s College, 19–10, in a hard fought Centenary match, before sharing a special after-match function which celebrated 100 Years of StAC rugby. It was a wonderful event which captured the spirit of St Andrew's College. Congratulations to those who were successful in their bid for a limited edition Centenary rugby jersey.
(Top) This years attendees. (Middle left) Brian Moore (1940) and Alan Reynish (1943). (Middle right) Ian Stokes (1956) and Graham Dowling (1954). (Bottom) Guests enjoying a tour of the College including the new Turley Bridge.
2G+ Event Over 30 Old Collegians and their partners gathered early evening on Wednesday 18 October at the inaugural 2G+ event. The 2G+ group are Old Collegians and also current parents. Guests enjoyed the chance to mix and mingle, share their family connection, and revel in what has been a fantastic Centenary Year for the College. Guests also heard from the College’s Head Boy, Angus Syme, and Head Girl, Lizzie Stevenson, as they detailed their family connection and shared stories from generations before them.
Gentlemen’s Luncheon This year’s luncheon had a record attendance, with 100 Old Collegians (who have celebrated their 60 years On Reunion or more) gathering to mix and mingle and reminisce about days gone by and take a tour of the school. In his address to the group, Mark Mulholland said how privileged he was to stand in front of some of his role models from when he was at school, George Scrimshaw said Grace, Wal Scott (1959) did a toast to St Andrew's, with the Rector, Christine Leighton replying. This year’s luncheon was our largest to date with many travelling from all over the country to attend. We also welcomed back a couple of Old Collegians who hadn’t been back to the College since leaving over 60 years ago. The spirit and sense of connection amongst the attendees was reflective of an amazing year of centenary celebrations.
(Top left) Wal Scott (1959). (Top right) Scott Barclay (1984), Tommy Thomson (1984), Dougall Murray (1984), Dougal Cockram (1985), Louis Vieceli (1984), Derek Syme (1984), Alan Nicholl (1985), Gary Walton (1985). (Bottom left) Christine Leighton, Mike Johnston (1974), Mika Tuu’u (2003). (Bottom right) Dougall Cockram (1985).
James Munro (2004) made his Mitre 10 Cup referee debut for the Otago and Manawatu match in September.
Brian Palliser (1962) was recently awarded a Queens Service Medal for his outstanding service. Brian has volunteered in a variety of roles with the New Zealand Automobile Association since 1984, including District President and District and National Councillor. He has represented the interests of private motorists in the area of traffic safety and advocated for improved public transport. He was a board member of the J R McKenzie Trust for more than 15 years, and been a member of the Christchurch Seattle Sister City Committee for more than 25 years, including six years as Chairperson. Brian also helped to build a strong relationship between personnel of the Antarctic support programme ‘Operation Deep Freeze’ and the city beginning in 1972, when the support was provided by the United States Navy, and latterly with the USAF C-17 crews based at McChord Air Force Base near Seattle. He has also worked to foster relationships with China locally, particularly encouraging cultural exchanges. Following the Canterbury earthquakes, he assisted the people of Seattle and Wuhan (China) to purchase a fast response ambulance for St John. Brian has been an active participant in Neighbourhood Watch programmes and has donated legal and notarial services to new immigrants and people seeking to adopt children from overseas. John Humphries (1983) is a veteran of Sinai, East Timor, Bougainville, Afghanistan and Timor-Leste. He has recently competed in Ironman and Ultraman events (triathlons of 226km and 515km respectively of swimming, cycling and running) to raise funds for the Children of the Fallen Heroes.
In loving memory We remember our dearly departed Old Collegians.
Christchurch innovator, Milton Bloomfield (1991) designed the steering wheel for Team New Zealand's successful America's Cup boat. The wheel is an integral part of nautical machinery and Milton constructed five carbon fibre wheels for Team New Zealand’s campaign. It is not the first time products designed and made by Milton have appeared on the world stage. In 2004 he designed a graphic frame bike ridden by Sarah Ulmer at the Athens Olympics, where she won a gold medal and set a new world record. Mitchell MacDonald (1995) and Heather Andersen (2005) are contestants in this year's season of My Kitchen Rules New Zealand.
Rhett Ellison (2005) is gearing up for his sixth season in the National Football League (NFL) in the United States. After five years with the Minnesota Vikings, Rhett recently signed a four-year deal with the New York Giants. For someone who was unsure if he would be selected in the 2012 draft, Ellison has established himself in the cut-throat NFL league, where the average career span is just over three years. Rhett is just the third New Zealander to play in the NFL. His father Riki Ellison is a three-time Super Bowl winner with the San Francisco 49ers. Tasman prop, Tim Perry (2006) was named in the All Blacks squad of 37 for its Northern Hemisphere tour. Old Collegian rowers are lighting up the world stage. Robbie Manson (2007) set a new world record in the Men's Single Sculls A final, at the World Rowing Cup II in Poznan, Poland, and also won gold at the World Rowing Cup III event in Lucerne, Switzerland. He went on to finish fifth at the World Championships in Saratosa, USA. Fellow Old Collegian John Storey (2005) and his New Zealand crew mate, Chris Harris, won gold in the Men's Double Sculls at the World Championships in the USA, after winning gold at Poznan and bronze in Lucerne.
Heather Andersen and Mitchell MacDonald Matthew McAtamney
• Naylor Hillary (1933) • Gordon Ogilvie (1951) • Ivor Francis (1955) • Rob Patrick (1959) • Barry McFedries (1962) • Alun Wilkie (1966) • Peter Clemens (1968)
Matthew McAtamney (2008) won the title of Rural Bachelor of the Year at this year’s National Fieldays. Matthew, a deer and beef farm manager, had to compete in a series of challenges which included fencing, cooking, dog handling, fitness and quad bike riding to take home the ‘Golden Boot’ and prizes.
Ellie Haines (2009) is a social media influencer, who is helping over 140,000 people to embrace themselves through her blog platform 'Loving Ellie’s Belly'.
Isaac Giesen (2010) is set to be the first New Zealander to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, a feat widely regarded as one of the world’s most intense physical and mental challenges. Isaac is rowing against the odds and the weather to raise money for the fight against depression, after losing an aunty and two close friends to suicide. This is an amazing cause, so please visit the link below and support Isaac’s incredible quest. http://thebluerower.com/ Stewart Dowding (2011) is a Bioengeering PhD student, who as a result of a joint research collaboration between the University of Canterbury and IBM Research, was invited to travel to the United States to be a summer intern with IBM’s Yorktown lab, to build models and perform simulations in order to develop better computer modelling for the human brain. Morgyn Cowan (2012) was selected for the New Zealand Universities rugby team.
Dancer Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (2013) has gained his first professional contract with the Houston Ballet. Ben Murray (2013) played with the Inveraray and Districts Pipe Band which has had a fantastic year, being crowned 2017 World Champions, after also winning the European and Scottish (Grade 1) Championships. At the New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships, Lewis Gibson (2013) won the prestigious title of 18 Years and Over New Zealand Champion of Champions. He competed in over 10 events during the three day competition, winning four individual New Zealand Championship titles in addition to the overall title.
Charlotte Elley (2014) was vicecaptain of the New Zealand U21 team which won the Netball World Youth Cup title in Botswana, winning a thrilling final against Australia 60–57 . Harrison Allan (2015) was selected for the New Zealand U20 rugby team. Laurence Darling (2015) has been awarded player of the year for the Canterbury U21 hockey team. Tom McGowan (2015) was called up for the Futsal Whites for a three game series against New Caledonia. Mason Kennedy (2015) played for the New Zealand Ice Blacks ice hockey team against Australia. Lucia Kennedy (2016) is the only Kiwi to make the global semi-finals of the Super Happiness Challenge to promote happiness using technology. She was inspired to enter the challenge after attending the Singularity University forum on disruptive technology last year.
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Ari Graham (2016) was selected for the New Zealand Triathlon team to compete at the Elite Junior race at the World Triathlon Championships.
Carlos Garcia Knight (2014) claimed bronze in the Men's Slopestyle World Cup event at Cardrona ski field during the Winter Games.
Kelera Nawai (2016) made Netball Mainland’s 2017/2018 Pathway to Podium squad.
Three Old Collegians were presented with Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards by the Governor General at two official ceremonies – Oliver Fitzhardinge (2016) and Alice Gualter (2016) at Government House in August, and Bridget Watson (2014) at Dunedin in September.
Harrison Bradley (2017) has recently been accepted into the Australian Ballet School, one of the world's elite ballet training programmes. Harrison trained full-time before his audition in Melbourne. Gaining a place in this highly prestigious programme is an incredible accomplishment. Ferrari junior driver Marcus Armstrong (2018) secured the 2017 Italian Formula 4 title with two races to spare. This is Marcus’s first full season in open wheel racing after being inducted into the elite Ferrari Driver Academy late last year.
Richie Mo'unga (2012) has had a great rugby season. He was a member of the Canterbury Crusaders team, which claimed the Super Rugby Championship, and was a star player in Canterbury’s win over Tasman in the NPC final. Richie was also selected for the Barbarians team and was called into the All Blacks squad as cover for the test match against Australia in October.
The St Andrew’s College community was saddened to learn of the recent passing of four of its highly respected Old Collegians.
Naylor Hillary (1933) Naylor Hillary passed away in September at the age of 102. Naylor was a very special person to St Andrew’s College given he was our oldest Old Collegian for many years, and remarkably was even older than the College itself. It was a delight to have Naylor and his great-grandson, Henry Bissland (Year 2), cutting the College’s 100th birthday cake at the special Centenary Founders’ Day Assembly this year. He was also a special guest at our Founders’ Day service in 2015, just before his 100th birthday and at the Dedication of the Centennial Chapel last October.
his services during World War II. The story of Naylor’s involvement with the top secret RAF 138 Squadron, the French Resistance and other resistance networks in Europe gave great meaning to the St Andrew’s WWII Remembrance Tour of England, France and Italy in January this year. Naylor certainly captured the hearts of students, staff and Old Collegians, and he was an inspiration to many. The St Andrew’s community has been privileged to enjoy some special moments with Naylor over these last few years.
Naylor Hillary, Rector Christine Leighton and Henry Bissland (Year 2) cutting the Centenary cake.
In 2016 the St Andrew’s community was thrilled to learn Naylor had received the Légion d’Honneur for
Gordon B Ogilvie (1951) Gordon Ogilvie was a much respected Old Collegian, staff member and historian, who attended St Andrew’s College from 1947–1951. When Gordon arrived at the College he was immediately given the nickname of 'Og', and later was known as 'The Og'. He was a member of the Pipe Band, which in 1951 won the B Grade at the National Championships.
Gordon Ogilvie at St Andrew’s College during Centenary Gala Weekend.
After leaving school, Gordon went on to graduate from both Canterbury and Victoria Universities, taught for over a decade in London and then three other Canterbury schools, before joining the staff of St Andrew’s College in 1969. He succeeded the beloved ‘Mr Chips’ of St Andrew’s College, Henry Dowling, as Head of the English Department. His first task was to implement massive changes in the curriculum. Gordon was Master in Charge of the Pipe Band for nearly two decades, from 1970–1987. His most notable contribution to the College is without doubt as the author of the massive tome High Flies the Cross. The first edition of this detailed, entertaining and amusing history of the College was written over two terms in 1991,
with the updated version published for the 90th Jubilee in 2007. He described the second edition as “a strictly personal view about the realities of life at StAC, warts and all, under nine very different Rectors, in bad times and good.” Gordon was also one of Canterbury’s most versatile and widely published non-fiction authors. When he retired from the staff of the College in 1993, among his farewell accolades was this ditty by Rev. Paul Johnstone:
So farewell to the friend we adore Whose company was never a bore; His wit was astute while his laughter was cute And his wife – who could ever want more? Gordon’s wife Elisabeth Ogilvie was librarian at St Andrew’s from 1984–1991. We were honoured to acknowledge Gordon at our 2017 Founder’s Day Assembly and were delighted to see him at the Centenary celebrations in March.
Alun Trevor Wilkie (1966)
Alun was involved with several postearthquake repair and restoration projects, including the rebuild of the boarding houses and the Heritage Award winning restoration of Strowan House, some 30 years after his first involvement with the building. He also designed the quadrangle. St Andrew’s College General Manager, David Evans, says he admired Alun’s professionalism and
Alun Wilkie at the re-opening of Strowan House after its post-earthquake restoration.
integrity. “Alun was determined that the restoration and refurbishment work undertaken post earthquakes and any new construction, would ensure the safety of staff, students and anyone who visited the College grounds. He was a fine man.”
Ivor Francis (1955) Ivor Francis (1955) was a former Head Prefect of St Andrew’s College, whose legacy will live on in the beautiful Chapel window donated by his family to mark the 50th anniversary of the Dedication of the Memorial Chapel. During his time at St Andrew’s, Ivor was an academic and talented sportsman. He won the Proxime Accessit, was first in Physics and Latin, second in English, and won the F E Jones Memorial Essay Prize. He was also a flanker in the First XV, captain of the First XI, winner of the senior gymnastics championship, winner of the U11st 10lb boxing championship, and gained Empire Marksmen honours in shooting.
Ivor Francis with the beautiful window in the Centennial Chapel, donated by his family to St Andrew’s College.
Ivor’s father was the very Reverend Stuart C Francis, Chairman of the Board of Governors 1948–1963, who spoke at the Dedication of the Memorial Chapel in 1955 about how there was a need for men and women of vision from industry, commerce, sciences, art, in government, education and the church to inspire
Alun’s first association with St Andrew’s in a professional capacity was in the 1980s, when he designed additions to Strowan House. During the 1990s he worked on numerous design projects, including additions to the Preparatory School. Among Alun’s standout projects during this era were the Ager Cricket Pavilion and the R D H Steel Technology Block, opened by the Prime Minister the Rt Hon. Jenny Shipley. Alun won awards from the New Zealand Institute of Architects for his design and choice of colours
for the new Pre-school completed in 2000, and went on to design the new Preparatory School Library and Arts Centre, which opened four years later. From 2008 onwards, Alun worked closely with the Board and senior management to prepare the first masterplan for the future development of the campus. He designed the Spiro Science and Mathematics Centre, which was opened in 2010, utilising a $1.6 million gift to the College from Prof. Michael Spiro (1947).
their fellow men and women. These words sparked an idea in Ivor’s mind for the design of a beautiful window to mark the 50th anniversary of the Dedication. He chose to represent Ernest Rutherford, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Old Collegian Roy Kerr in the window, which also featured elements of the DPR values of the College: Responsibility, Faith, Respect, Compassion, Generosity, Hope and Honesty. The window was installed in the Memorial Chapel in 2005 and dedicated to Ivor’s parents, Stuart and Catherine Francis. Following the earthquakes, Ivor took great interest in the design of the new Centennial Chapel. He was thrilled to attend the Dedication in 2016 and see the beautiful window in place in its new home. Ivor was incredibly proud of the window and was determined that St Andrew’s students would continue to value it and its theme ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and Heroes’, based on an Isaac Newton quote.
Architect Alun Wilkie had a long and close association with St Andrew’s College which continued well beyond the end of his school days. As a director of Wilkie and Bruce Architects, Alun designed many of the key building projects at St Andrew’s since the 1980s and was a major influence in developing the ‘look’ of the College campus as we know it today.
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Congratulations to the parents of our newest members of the Old Collegian’s community as we celebrate the arrival of their babies.
Xavier Dunleavy son of Nola Dunleavy (2016) born 16 June 2017.
Eva Penelope Henderson daughter of Robert Gareth Henderson (2004) born 7 June 2017.
Isla Ruth Macdonald daughter of Samantha Le Couter-Coates (2014).
Cohen Derrick son of Benjamin Derrick (2005) born 15 October 2016.
Bella McGregor daughter of Jessica McGregor (née Bateman 2007) born 10 March 2017.
Isabelle Meredith daughter of Laura Meredith (née Jones 2007) born 1 August 2017.
A Bonny Bear for your baby! Have you had a baby recently? We’d love to hear about this new addition to your family. Send us a photo of your baby and your contact details and we will send you a complimentary St Andrew’s College Bonny Bear. This cute teddy bear is a part of our St Andrew’s College merchandising range and is especially for our St Andrew’s community members. For more information visit our website www.stac.school.nz. Email your photo and contact details to Kate Baker at KBK@stac.school.nz or post it to 347 Papanui Rd, Strowan, Christchurch 8052.
St Andrew’s College
Centenary Year Celebrations
SUCCESSES 51 awarded
ICAS TOP MEDAL WINNERS:
Year 5 – ICAS English Year 7 – ICAS Digital Technologies Year 9 – ICAS Mathematics
Congratulations to our students for their outstanding successes across sports, cultural and academic areas in our Centenary year.
Maadi Cup and Springbok Shield winners Eight medals at Maadi, 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze
Winners of National Mixed Team Championship
NETBALL: Senior A
Year 10 Cantamath winners Biennial Year 12 Mathematics Challenge winners 13 High Distinctions – Australian Mathematics Competition
Canterbury Schools SuperNet winner South Island Secondary Schools runners-up
Junior South Island Secondary Schools Championship Christchurch U14 Division 1 Netball Championship Christchurch Region Secondary Schools Championship
National Year 11 Inter-school Geography competition – top Canterbury team and second nationally
FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING – WISCONSIN: Year 8 International team Year 9 International team Year 10 individual
First XV South Island Co-ed Tournament winner Third national Co-ed Tournament
Canterbury Schools Junior Debating runners-up
Canterbury Premier First XI winners (boys) Canterbury Premier First XI runners-up (girls)
2017 International Institute of Modern Letters National Schools Poetry Award finalist
Girls First XI – Audrey Timlin tournament winners Boys First XI – Canterbury Schools SPL runners-up
TOURNAMENT OF MINDS:
Senior Preparatory – CPSSA Winter Tournament winners
Preparatory School national finalist
Canterbury Sports Premier winners First XI – two-day competition winners Second XI – two-day competition winners
Southern Jam – overall festival winners Ara Jazzquest – gold award winners Ara Jazzquest – Soul Band Best Ensemble
New Zealand Schools’ Championship winners
Best Youth Production Best New Director Best Emerging Artist
Third place South Island Championships
ISSA Ski Championships – Winning Co-ed and fastest overall team
Three NZAMD ballet scholarships awarded Four NZAMD ‘Honours with Distinction’
South Island Championships – Top school – 13 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze medals
Winners of New Zealand Championships, Juvenile Winners of New Zealand Championships, Grade 2
New Zealand Schools Swimming Championships – Co-ed team first overall – Boys team second overall
TUHONO KAPA HAKA FESTIVAL:
Winners of Action Song (Juniors) and Waiata (Senior)
– 30 Medals: 12 Gold, 12 Silver, 6 Bronze
DUKE OF EDINBURGH HILLARY AWARD:
NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVES:
6 gold and 25 silver awards
NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVES: 6 recipients
Outstanding Cultural Celebrations
Outstanding Community Events
The Nutcracker (St Andrew’s College Ballet Academy) The F.A.W.E. Elements (Preparatory) Lucky Duck (Junior) Encore! (Senior)
Film Fest Dance Revue
Style at StAC
Winter Music Festival Tuhono Kapa Haka Festival
St Andrew’s College Centenary
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Published on Nov 27, 2017
Published November, 2017 Regulus - Issue 3, 2017 Regulus is the St Andrew's College magazine, published in May, August and November each...