RREGULUS EGULUS NOVEMBER2020 2020 NOVEMBER
Contents NOVEMBER 2020
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Leadership and Governance
Values and Culture
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36 Rockabilly romp;
From the Rector From the Board Review of Key Competencies Stories from Lockdown
Brave, brilliant and bonkers
40 Church schools’ special character; Sacristans provide great support
41 Sabbatical study success; Leadership role for Ben
Meet the 2020 Student Captains Busy first year in the role Multi-talented Mia Taking the next step
Teaching and Learning
16 The ultimate problem-solving subject
17 Exciting technology careers 18 Students flock to agriculture courses 19 Emotional intelligence in
42 You're a good man Charlie Brown 44 Kaitiaki project connects; Boarders' Mid-Winter Christmas
45 Highland Games 46 A glittering night 47 Robert Burns Scottish Scholars delayed
48 Year 11 Semi-formal;
Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Gold Awards
49 Rock on;
Smokefree Rockquest forced online
20 Ella wins prestigious scholarship 21 Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 22 Platform creates efficiencies for parents
23 Digital signs share the latest news; Girls in Science Club
50 13 years on 52 Special assemblies 54 Boys’ and girls’ assemblies 55 International Week and assembly; Student well-being initiative
24 Academic Successes 26 Future Problem Solving online finals 27 Book Week magic 28 The wonderful world of make believe 29 Mindfulness has positive impact 30 Digital dynamos 31 Staying safe online
56 Sharing the sustainability message 57 Dance Revue 58 Cultural catch up 62 Community and service 64 New Zealand Representatives 65 Leavers’ Assembly 66 Sports round up 72 Winter Tournament Week
Resources and Environment
32 From the Director of Development 33 Campus update 34 ‘Dining Room Lady’ signs off 35 Godley Gifts presented to
74 Message from the President;
Old Collegians Association AGM
75 Events 78 Class notes;
Upcoming events; Gone but not forgotten
St Andrew’s College
80 (Cover) The 1st XV performed an inspiring haka prior to their historic win in the UC Cup. Photo credit: Sue Oxley
Welcome to the world
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Rector We see the initiative and positivity of students in the HeadsUp communications from our Head of College, the Scream for Malawi World Vision campaign from Community Service Leaders, and the student conference organised by our Well-being Leaders, to name but a few recent student initiatives.
This edition of Regulus captures the activity of those associated with St Andrew’s College during a remarkable time in our school’s history. Over 103 years, the College’s students, staff, and families have faced many challenges which have been marked over time. These have shaped people and progress at certain points in our development and collectively have created our story and culture. While in Christchurch we have faced our fair share of disaster and tragedy over the last 10 years, the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a rare moment in history of shared experience, the impact of which has not been seen since World War II. At the same time that there is a global response waged against an invisible foe, we must also respond as a localised community and develop our strategy and resilience as we rise to the challenge ahead. In the stories told here, we see our community which has banded together to help those most in need with an impressive fundraising effort through the St Andrew’s College Community Support Programme.
We see the resilience of our students as they have risen above their disappointments of cancelled sports tournaments, the cancellation of seven overseas trips, and many other student activities. We see the commitment and generosity of teachers and staff who have rapidly learnt new skills and discovered new ways of successfully engaging their students in online learning. We see the wholeheartedness of people who put aside their feelings and needs to ensure events such as productions, concerts, reunions, and student social activities were rescheduled numerous times so that the student experience was not diminished in this challenging year. We see the incredible success of a wide range of sports teams, including Senior A netball, 1st XV rugby, Senior Girls’ basketball, Senior A Girls’ badminton and Senior ice hockey, who have all claimed top tier regional titles, and the Senior Boys’ basketball who were runners‑up, in a year where determination and resilience have won over frustration, disappointment, and challenge. We see academic success in national competitions like never before, with a remarkable nine ICAS medals for top marks in New Zealand won by seven students, and a significant number of Gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards achieved by Year 13 students and recent Old Collegians. Recently nine of these young people received their awards in the presence of the Governor General at a ceremony in our St Andrew’s Centennial Chapel.
We see our talented Music, Drama, production, Dance, and Debating students stepping up to new heights of performance, songwriting and competition, with a top six placing for our talented Jeon brother and sister duo, Samuel (Year 12) and Christine (Year 9), in the Chamber Music Competition national finals, and an incredible display of talent in a variety of concerts and competitions. It is not surprising that I wonder what made this such a successful year in less than ideal circumstances. With more time may come greater understanding, however, I believe that our St Andrew’s College Well-being programme has strengthened us with a focus on gratitude and hope. Both individually and collectively we have drawn upon the attributes and skills learnt over recent years, which have encouraged us to focus on opportunities and possibility, rather than default to a deficit mindset. At the end of 2018, we launched our St Andrew’s College strategic vision, Framing Our Future. Of course, we can never reliably predict what the future will hold, however, our vision statement committed ‘to be at the leading edge of high performance educational practice, in a community which values caring for others, tradition, and creativity’. Two years into this five-year strategic cycle we are seeing the fruits of our collective goals, through the resolve of teachers and support staff. This seems to be playing out in this remarkable list of recent achievements. High performance educational practice currently requires our leaders, like in any other business, to draw upon a mix of innovation and creativity to respond to unexpected events. Our leaders and experts in teaching and learning are attempting to strike the right balance, one eye on the microscope and the other on the telescope, as we pay attention to all our students’ needs, as they navigate their way through these crucial years of learning development.
Post lockdown thank you to Staff On Friday 29 May, the Community Service Team, led by Madeleine Tutty and Kelly Ting (both Year 13), organised a wonderful thank you for St Andrew’s College staff to show their appreciation for all the incredible work they did during the lockdown period. The students, together with the Rector, Christine Leighton, and Assistant Chaplain, Jo Morrow, organised for C4 Coffee to come to the College and make coffee for the staff. Our Catering Manager, Russell Gray, also arranged for some sweet treats to be available.
At the same time, however, we must remain alert to the possibilities of this new educational landscape. This challenge has been embraced by our senior leadership and educational planning team, who will ensure that we not only survive the disruption but revive our community with a new sense of purpose and continue to thrive, even in uncertain times. But most important is that St Andrew’s College is a community of good people. People who are focused on the collective, rather than the individual good. People who are generous of spirit and recognise and celebrate the strengths of others. These kinds of people have always been at the heart of St Andrew’s and are the reason why our school has been able to rise above past challenges in difficult times
13 Years On (including 13 years for the Rector!)
In this edition of Regulus, we remember these people, whose spirit has inspired us, and we celebrate what we have collectively achieved in 2020. We sincerely thank all students, staff, parents, extended families, and Old Collegians, who have contributed to this memorable year, where step by step we continue to build upon the St Andrew’s College story.
Christine Leighton Rector Leavers of 2010
Senior A Netball Champions
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With Year 13 students, Madeleine Tutty and Kelly Ting, who organised the wonderful thank you to staff.
Meg Black, Gillian Heald, Barry Maister, Christine Leighton and Jonathan Wells
Board At any time this would be a great victory. In 2020, it is not only a great victory but also testimony to the mental strength and resilience of the team, coaches and management. The 1st XV showcased these attributes on the field for all to see. They are attributes I see and hear about every day amongst our students, teachers, and College leadership.
As 2020 draws to a close, we are all acutely aware of the enormity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the tragedy and disruption it has left, and continues to leave, in its wake. Our country and our world are heading into a period of uncertainty. Travel restrictions have kept us at home, yet it is here that we have found the comfort and joy we need as we build on our resilience to weather this latest challenge. In late September, I found myself perched in a corner of my son Tom’s student flat in Wellington, trying desperately to get a decent WiFi signal to live stream our 1st XV turn a 20 point deficit in the UC Championship final into a convincing 35–26 victory. This was the College’s first time in the final and maiden title.
I am proud that as New Zealand headed into the lockdown, the College seamlessly moved to online learning. We were well prepared, teachers knew how to facilitate learning online, and our students were familiar with what was required and were quick to adjust. Not only that, in part perhaps due to the lockdown and there being not much else to do, they embraced the structure and discipline that online learning offered. Their teachers are confident they head into the external examination season well prepared. While many co-curricular activities were disrupted by the lockdown, there have been impressive achievements across the board. This success, like the 1st XV, is a tribute to the commitment, strength and resilience. And like the 1st XV, it is a result of a commitment made by the College six years ago to boost co-curricular resources. Our young people have the talent and with strong leadership, clear strategy, effective systems and programmes, and skilled coaches and tutors, we are increasingly seeing the full potential of this talent realised. The College is in good heart as we near the end of this tumultuous year. We have collectively focused on what we do, and we have done it well. In 2021, we will begin the year with an additional Year 9 class and waiting lists in all year groups.
The COVID-19 disruption has challenged us all. On behalf of the Board, I wish to acknowledge the College leadership, all teachers, and staff who have met those challenges with courage, inventiveness and spirit. They have shown a dedication to quality teaching, learning and care for our students that has enabled our young people to get the best out of their education in disruptive circumstances. For many of us, the impact of COVID-19 has reached into our personal lives and the lives of our family and friends. It has been tough and could well get tougher in the months ahead. What we know for sure is that our College community is resilient. After a summer break that has never been more deserved, we will meet 2021 with the strength and kindness that has seen us prevail through 2020.
Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa Let us keep close together, not far apart.
Bryan Pearson Board Chair On behalf of the Board of Governors
Competencies Head of Teaching and Learning, David Bevin, and Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic), Helaina Coote, discuss the Key Competencies review.
A refresh of the Key Competencies is underway in the Secondary School, which will deliver a greater understanding of their relevance to learning for students, parents, and teachers, says Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic), Helaina Coote. “The Learning Values we have used for the last 12 years have been our own interpretation of Key Competencies, which are one of the four pillars of the Visible Learning Model we use at St Andrew’s College. After lengthy consultation with Heads of Department and teaching staff last year, the resounding consensus was that we should bring the Key Competencies language back in line with that used in the New Zealand Curriculum.” Taught alongside curriculum content and skills, the Key Competencies are managing yourself; thinking; using language, symbols and text; relating to others, and participating and contributing. The Preparatory School has been strongly tied to the New Zealand Curriculum wording for Key Competencies for some time, so the shift in the Secondary School will provide a more seamless transition for students moving up from Year 8 to Year 9.
Helaina says Key Competencies guide students to build skills, dispositions, and characteristics which help them to manage their own learning, both at and beyond school. “Our aim is for students to understand what it means to be an effective, independent, and lifelong learner. We want them to develop into adults who are equipped with the skills and knowledge to navigate their future with confidence.” Research from the Dunedin Longitudinal Study has revealed that self-management and self-control are ‘definite pre-cursors for success in the future,’ she says. Head of Teaching and Learning, David Bevin, says the spotlight on Key Competencies in the Secondary School over the last year has raised some interesting questions for teachers, particularly around how they are taught in the classroom. “During staff meetings last year, there was lots of discussion about how we can integrate key learning dispositions into the various subject areas, while ensuring teachers are explicitly referring to them and embedding them into their teaching and learning practices. Some of the broader questions we considered were: What does it look like when students are managing their learning? And, how do we teach thinking and report on it?”
Feedback from teachers was gathered in February this year, and while the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the progress of the project, work on it remains ongoing, says David. “Long-term, the question is how do we teach Key Competencies, assess them, and report progress back to students and parents? Assessment is already a big part of what we do in the Secondary School, however, reporting on Key Competencies is quite different to reporting on performance and progress in subject areas.” David says these key learning dispositions have been recognised as ‘deceptively transformational’ according to many large international studies. “The broader definition of learning is about more than simply acquiring big banks of knowledge. How students think, manage themselves, their adaptability, and values, are equally important.” He says the focus on Key Competencies in the Secondary School is a valuable exercise which will ultimately benefit both students and teachers. “Part of the prevailing thinking is that if students don’t learn Key Competencies, they won’t value them. From a teaching perspective, the review has been a great way to refocus what we are doing to prepare students for lifelong learning.”
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Stories from the
The nationwide lockdown at the start of March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, caused great uncertainty. When St Andrew’s College closed a week before the Term 1 holidays, there was no telling when ‘normal’ school life would resume. Rector Christine Leighton says the ‘truly collaborative culture’ at the College, and the shared vision and hard work of senior managers and staff, ensured an almost seamless transition to a sophisticated online learning environment.
Helping staff to upskill Teaching staff had been preparing for the eventuality of the lockdown for many weeks before it finally happened, by planning the delivery of their lessons online, and learning how to engage effectively with the new online environment. Director of ICT, Dave Hart, the ICT team, and Head of Information and Innovation, Wilj Dekkers, did an outstanding job of implementing the technology, and encouraging and enabling the teaching staff to upskill. During the Term 1 holidays and throughout the lockdown, Wilj continued to be incredibly busy, providing professional development to the staff by running live training sessions over Microsoft Teams, which helped them to develop their toolset for delivering lessons remotely, and learn best practice for running live lessons and increasing student interaction. He provided further professional development to staff as they made the transition back to Alert Level 2.
Above: Head of Information and Innovation, Wilj Dekkers (centre), providing professional development to teaching staff, Joe Leota and Justine Lee.
Throughout the lockdown and immediately after it was lifted, the adaptability, resilience, and creativity of St Andrew’s College staff and students was highly evident, with a range of initiatives introduced to enhance student learning, support their physical and mental well-being, and to keep the St Andrew’s family connected. Following are a few of the highlights from this unprecedented time in the history of the College.
Heads of College initiatives Heads of College, Emily Tyrrell, Hugh Montgomery, Aleisha Davis and Omri Kepes, introduced some fun and entertaining initiatives to keep the student body connected and engaged during the lockdown. Their highly anticipated weekly newsletter, HeadsUp, was shared every Wednesday with students and continued on once school returned. The newsletter included fun challenges, uplifting studentmade videos, competitions (including best trick shots, a dance-off and facial hair growing), student reflections, and more. The Heads of College wanted to create correspondence, which was from students to students, to maintain strong peer connections, even while in isolation. The Heads also launched a student Instagram page, on which the Well-being Committee shared a lovely initiative #istayhomefor. Students were encouraged to think about the reasons why they stayed at home, with many thoughtful posts shared on the page. The Heads of College also joined head students from Christchurch secondary schools to put together a thank you video to show their appreciation to essential workers during the lockdown.
Above: Oscar Bloom (Year 12) and Manaia Butler (Year 13) sharing on the student Instagram page. Left: Prefect, Archie Milligan (Year 13) was among several prefects to create a music video to a Jonas Brothers song. Heads of College (from left): Deputy Head Boy Omri Kepes, Head Boy Hugh Montgomery, Deputy Head Girl Aleisha Davis, and Head Girl Emily Tyrrell.
Toby Cammock-Elliott (Year 10) performing at dawn, and William Richards (Year 8) performing Amazing Grace, as part of Anzac Day commemorations.
Assistant Chaplain, Jo Morrow led the Chaplaincy Online initiative.
Chaplaincy online With the country in lockdown, and her husband, College Chaplain, Rev. Paul Morrow on sabbatical, Jo Morrow, Religious Education teacher and Manager of Thompson House, pushed herself outside her comfort zone to record video messages as part of the Chaplaincy Online initiative, introduced so the Chaplaincy team could continue to present comforting and inspirational messages to the St Andrew’s College community. “I’m not a fan of being on camera, so it was a big hurdle to overcome before I felt comfortable. The recordings were rather simplistic and consisted of finding a location in the College grounds where I live, and using my laptop to record the pictures and sound.” Each Thursday during the lockdown, Jo’s video message, a podcast featuring Head Students, Hugh Montgomery and Emily Tyrrell interviewing different members of the St Andrew’s community, a music piece, and a written reflection, drawn from a variety of sources and inspiration, were released. “Hugh and Emily had great enthusiasm for the podcast, which they recorded on Sunday afternoons,” says Jo. The videos were edited by David Jensen in the Media Department and were published on the College website along with the rest of the Chaplaincy Online material by Bridget McMaster of the Communications Department, who shared links to it through social media. The initiative was so well received that the Chaplaincy team plans to continue to gather material and work with the Media and Communications Departments to present Chaplaincy Online once a term. “We have identified this is a great way to connect with our wider community, including Old Collegians. We will continue to draw on the themes relevant to who we are as a College community with our Christian heritage and proud history. Including a wider voice, and seeking views from students, staff, and Old Collegians, which reflect our College values of Truth, Faith, Excellence, Inclusivity and Creativity, is another priority.”
Rector Christine Leighton, and Rev. Paul Morrow opened the Service, and were followed by Year 13 student Imogen McNeill, who shared her reflections about ANZAC Day, the importance of freedom, and remembering those who served. The Roll of Honour, remembering those Old Collegians who lost their lives in service to their country, was read by Rector Christine Leighton and Jonathan Wells, President of Old Collegians Association, which was followed by the Last Post and Reveille, played by Lucca Ballara (Year 12). The Pipe Band members paid their respects by performing at two different times on ANZAC Day, a dawn performance at 6.00am, and at 11.00am, when they played Amazing Grace in their respective bubbles, at the same time as pipers and drummers from all over New Zealand.
Head of Well-being, Kerry Larby, chats with students.
Well-being blog Head of Well-being, Kerry Larby, continued to write her popular Well-being blogs during the lockdown, which kept members of the St Andrew’s College community connected, and suggested helpful practices and skills to enable positive and proactive response to these challenging times. Rector Christine Leighton says Kerry’s leadership in Well-being over the last four years has had a profound impact on St Andrew’s College. “I recommend that everyone familiarises themselves with the more than 30 blog posts Kerry has written over time, with give an insight into the many initiatives introduced into our Well-being programme over the years.”
As it was not possible to gather in the Centennial Chapel for the ANZAC Service 2020, a special and heartfelt online service was recorded and shared with the wider St Andrew’s College community instead.
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ANZAC Day service
The lockdown proved to be a highly creative time for students across a range of cultural pursuits. The orchestra, rock, choral, jazz, and songwriting students all had things to work on, with some groups having meetings online. The Big Band recorded a performance of Groovin High during the lockdown. Each student recorded their part and emailed an MP3 file to Head of Music, Duncan Ferguson, who mixed it all in Logic Pro. The recording was then used for a detailed analysis and review session online with the students. The Music Department celebrated New Zealand Music Month in May by posting a video or recording of original compositions from current and former students every day of the month. “It was gratifying to see the huge diversity and high standards that many of our students have produced as part of their creative musical endeavours,” says Duncan. The songwriters shared their work with each other during the
Piper, Timothy Justice (Year 13) put together an incredible rendition of the St Andrew’s College Song in three-part harmony.
lockdown, giving feedback and offering ideas to help shape the songs they were working on. Many senior Drama students started to write their own material, which was a challenging creative task. Pipe Band staff and members from Years 3–13 were also busy during the lockdown, with lots of online teaching and learning, the development of new and interesting projects, taking part in online competitions and several community performances. Along with special performances on Anzac Day, several pipers and drummers kept their neighbours entertained with driveway performances. A video of Maggie McConnochie (Year 6) from West Melton, playing her bagpipes, received over 10,000 views on a community Facebook group, Clap for our Champions. Members of the A Band also shared soundtracks and videos of piping-related pieces they had been working on.
The Ballet Academy continued their lessons online, with over 140 dancers, from Pre-school to Year 13, as well as adult classes, taking part in more than 50 hours of online practises. A few of these lessons were taught by special guest tutor, Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (OC 2013), who was home for the lockdown from the Houston Ballet in Texas. The Junior and Intermediate Ballet Companies (Years 5–9) enjoyed live online sessions with Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers and learnt a segment from the Masquerade Ball. Students in the Ballet Academy had an opportunity to take part in online lessons during the lockdown with special guest tutor, Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (OC 2013), who also ran a live class once students returned to the College.
The Big Band recording Groovin High.
Leadership and Governance Raymen Dai (Year 1) experiments with filling his tinfoil boat during an at-home Science lesson. Estella Michaelides (Year 4) with her dog Cleo. Xander Squire (Year 5) shows generosity by sharing fruit with his sister, Riley. Year 7 students Joshua Blackman (left) and Corbin Revis (right), taking part in the letterbox cricket competition. Ruby Richards (Year 2) and her father, Hayden learnt new skills on the trampoline.
during the lockdown
Students in the Preparatory School took part in some fun initiatives as part of their online learning at home during the lockdown. Principal of the Preparatory School, Jonathan Bierwirth, says the teachers were ‘simply amazing’. “They all met the ambitious goal of delivering quality student-centred learning to the children in their class. There was ongoing face-to-face contact and focused learning throughout the day. I couldn’t have been prouder of their individual and collective efforts.”
Year 1 Science
Year 7 Mathematics
Year 1 students had fun experimenting with density in Science. They changed a heavy ball of plasticine to make it float and created tinfoil boats to hold as much weight as possible.
During Mathematics lessons, the Year 7 students played letterbox cricket as part of a nationwide weekly competition. The colour of each letterbox determined how many runs they scored. The year group was inspired to take up this challenge after Joshua Blackman (Year 7) had won a previous week’s challenge while in Alert Level 4 lockdown.
Year 4 Creative Thinking Creative thinking was a key aspect of the Year 4 students’ online learning programme. In early May, they were asked to share their answers to two questions: Where they would like to go once they got out of lockdown, and what they would ask their pets if they could talk? Estella Michaelides (Year 4) said she would ask her dog Cleo how she could talk in doggy language.
Year 5 Generosity Using the five senses, students were tasked with describing how generosity looks, feels, sounds, tastes, and feels. The students shared photographs of themselves, which showed their understanding of generosity in their bubbles.
Physical Education Preparatory School Physical Education teacher, Kate Taylor, shared a video with students showing what she and her family were doing to keep active during lockdown, and how she was trying to learn a new skill. The challenge was then set for the students to come up with new and innovative ideas of how to keep themselves fit and healthy.
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‘Connection’ between peers, year groups, and Houses, was the theme for the 2020 boarders, so it was rather ironic that they were driven apart just as the theme was starting to take shape. Boarders from New Zealand were able to return to their family bubbles; however, it was a very different experience for the College’s international students, who were unable to go home to family overseas. The language barrier and homesickness in some cases, added to the challenge. Director of Boarding, Matt Parr, says the kindness of the St Andrew’s College community helped to ensure that the international students were well cared for during the lockdown. “The generosity and support for our international students during this time of uncertainty was unwavering.
Many families opened their homes and offered homestays to our international students, who were unable to be with their own families. The kindness of the hosts, and being there for our students, was so appreciated.” During lockdown the International Leaders set up an online meeting for the international students. They played online games, socialised, had fun, and connected. It was also an opportunity for the students to share their lockdown experiences.
Outdoor education in the city When staff and students returned to St Andrew’s College during Term 2, the Outdoor Education programme was adapted from the Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge at Castle Hill to a city-based programme. Instead of attending camps, Year 8 students took part in biking from the College to the Botanical Gardens, where they worked together to solve problems and enjoy kayaking on the Avon River. Year 9 students participated in activities around the College campus which led to much laughter and energy from the students. The activities included a scavenger hunt, tower building with bamboo sticks, a group skipping rope challenge, throwing an egg as far as you could without cracking it, brain teasers, and trying to replicate building different structures.
Students in Years 8–9 enjoyed an adapted Outdoor Education programme in the city and on campus.
Skills, fitness and
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All New Zealanders were encouraged to participate in exercise during the lockdown to help with mental and physical well-being. The Sports Department at St Andrew’s College had the added challenge of how to deliver sport outcomes from a distance, to help ensure students were prepared for a return to their various sporting codes. “We had to think outside the square in terms of how we could keep delivering sporting opportunities. One initiative was to create Microsoft Teams for all our winter sports codes. Our sports co-ordinators populated these teams with relevant fitness and skill activities for those wanting to keep on top of their game. The goal was to encourage students to keep working on their fitness, support their physical and mental well-being, and help them to get ready for the sports season ahead,” says Director of Sport and Co-curricular Activities, Mark Lane. The Boys’ 1st XI hockey team was the first in the lockdown to take part in a ‘live’ online coaching session with five students participating in an interactive stick skills session for around 40 minutes, with coach, Joe Piggott. Alongside the more serious fitness and skills training, students were encouraged to participate in some fun activities to keep them challenged and motivated. These included a ‘toilet paper challenge’, led by Sports Captains, Jasmine Donald and Oliver Miles (both Year 13), which saw sports teams nominated to ‘pass’ a toilet paper roll between students via video. At the end of each video submission, another team was nominated to take part. The Senior U18 rugby group engaged in a tactical challenge where players were asked to analyse game footage in specific areas and provide feedback; and a Gratitude Master Chef Challenge, when they were asked to cook a meal for their parents, families, or caregivers. Once back at the College, the squad had another Master Chef Challenge, which was judged by St Andrew’s College Kitchen Chef, Scott Henwood.
Once life returned to the College, the Sports Department led a ‘Sports Unite’ fitness circuit for Middle School and Senior College students. The circuit, organised by Strength and Conditioning Coach, Greg Thompson, consisted of ten activity stations, and was followed by a series of fun relays. “It was great to see the students have fun and continue to push themselves throughout the pandemic disruption. The strong results delivered by our winter sports teams is definitely a result of all that hard work,” says Greg.
1st XI hockey coach, Joe Piggott, ran the Sports Department’s first online coaching session.
Top: Members of the 1st XV competing in the Master Chef Challenge. (Back) Carter Dalgety (Year 13), Harrison Lindsay and Jack Harding (both Year 12). (Seated) Benjamin Farrell (Year 13), Will Stodart and D'Angelo (Lino) Tauti (both Year 12). Middle and below: Students participating in the 'Sports Unite' session.
2020 Student Captains The 2020 Student Captains, from left, Xavier Dickason, Sage Klein, Oliver Miles, Duncan Harvie, Archie Milligan and Jasmine Donald.
Xavier Dickason Helping to run the Peer Tutoring programme and organising 30 Years 11–13 students to work with Preparatory School students in the LEAP Reading programme have been highlights of Xavier’s time as an Academic Captain. As well as competing in the World Scholar’s Cup and being a school Librarian, Xavier has been highly involved in cultural activities at the College, as a member of the choir, Senior Production, and Theatresports in all his five years in the Secondary School. Xavier won Academic Colours in both Year 12 and 13, competed at Yale in the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions, and achieved an A+ in his first university paper as part of a STAR Course. Inspired by his love of Model United Nations, he plans to study European Union Studies and Political Science at the University of Canterbury.
Jasmine Donald Jasmine is proud of how much the Sports Captains and Sports Council have been able to achieve in 2020, despite the disruption caused by COVID-19. She has enjoyed helping to organise and run various interHouse activities, including the College Athletics and Swimming Sports, along with House basketball, and the highlyanticipated 1st XV vs Netball Senior A netball game. Her main aim as a Sports Captain has been to encourage inclusivity at all levels. Jasmine is the captain of the Girls’ 1st XI football team and Girls’ Senior A futsal team. The talented footballer was also a member of the Māori New Zealand Women’s football team, Senior Women’s Canterbury Pride football team, and New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Girls U19 football team. She hopes to attend university to gain a New Zealand accredited planning qualification.
Sage Klein Sage has enjoyed contributing to the positive continuation of culture at St Andrew’s, despite the cultural calendar being turned upside down due to COVID-19. A highlight of her time as Cultural Captain has been putting on a successful Cultural Showcase and Cultural Assembly. She is especially proud of helping to implement the new Cultural Tie award, which will be awarded for the first time in late 2020. A multi-talented actress, singer/ songwriter, and drummer, Sage has been involved in the Senior Production in a lead role, choir, and Rock School. She was a Play it Strange winner two years in a row, a member of The Court Theatre Youth Company in 2020, and was accepted into a New York University Summer Programme. In 2021, Sage hopes to attend a university in the United States to study acting.
Duncan Harvie Duncan Harvie says delivering a speech about procrastination at the Academic Assembly earlier this year was one of the achievements he is most proud of in 2020, as it tested his self-confidence and speaking ability. He has enjoyed helping to organise and run the Peer Tutoring programme, particularly the challenge of creating the best matches between students and tutors. He says although COVID-19 disrupted the programme, it also made it better, as more people signed up for peer tutoring after due to the challenges of learning from home during the lockdown. Duncan has also been involved with the LEAP Reading programme which assists students in the Preparatory School. In Year 12, he passed NCEA Level 3 with Excellence, and on leaving school hopes to travel, and study Engineering at the University of Canterbury.
Oliver Miles Running House basketball, the 1st XV vs Netball Senior A game, and finally beating Christ’s College in a basketball game have been highlights of Oliver’s year as a Sports Captain. He also enjoyed helping to start the ‘toilet paper challenge’ during the lockdown, a fun activity which engaged the St Andrew’s College sports teams and kept them connected. A skilled basketballer, Oliver is member of the Boys’ Senior A team, and has been selected in the College Park Hoops All Star team. He has also been involved with organising teacher-student games and refereeing basketball. Oliver is also a keen Drama student at St Andrew’s. He is considering studying Psychology at either the University of Canterbury, Otago University, or in the United States.
Archie Milligan Archie is proud of the way the cultural community at St Andrew’s has remained positive in the face of adversity and disappointment when some cultural events were cancelled. He says the Cultural Showcase, Film Fest, Cultural Assembly, and Senior Production Cry-Baby are highlights of his time as Cultural Captain, as it was great to see all the hard work come together into performances which were shared with family after the lockdown. The talented singer and actor had a lead role in Cry-Baby, was a singer in Big Band, Barbershop and choir at St Andrew’s in 2020, and was a member of the team which won the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Theatresports Competition. Archie hopes to go to Broadcasting School at Ara next year and plans to continue singing on the side.
Leadership and Governance
in the role
Director of Sport and Co-curricular, Mark Lane during a coaching session with Madeline-Rose Morrow (Year 11).
Mark Lane has hit the ground running as the new Director of Sport and Co‑curricular Activities in 2020, learning about the many different strands which fall under his leadership at St Andrew’s College, while dealing with the added challenges thrown up by COVID-19. “Overseeing and developing a deep understanding of the breadth of sport and co-curriculum activities has been my primary focus over the last nine months at St Andrew’s College. I’ve been doing a lot of work reviewing pathways in each of the sports, to identify the levels of fundamental skills our students require as they journey through the pathway, and ensuring we have the right level of coaches to support our teams throughout this.” A coach mentoring system is being introduced to help and develop younger coaches to support and realise students’ potential. “These are big and ongoing pieces of work. Next year we will start to implement some of the new pathways and systems and begin to see a real difference in what we do and how we operate. My vision for St Andrew’s College is to maximise this as our point of difference so we are consistently performing at a higher level and see an increase in current and future students’ engagement and participation in sports programmes.” While winning is important, Mark’s approach is not ‘win at all costs’ to the detriment of the students, he says. “We are focused on the process and creating an environment where our athletes enjoy their sport, realise their full potential and reach their goals. If we keep our standards high, success will be a natural outcome.” Mark has been impressed with the ‘positive, friendly and well-mannered’ students at St Andrew’s, which is the first co-educational school he has worked at. “I have coached women’s cricket before, so understand girls and boys have
different coaching needs and it is important to be mindful of these differences when developing our pathways and ensuring we place the right coaches with the right teams.” Although sport has been Mark’s main focus this year, he is turning his attention for the remainder of this year to review the College’s extensive co-curricular programme, which includes activities such as debating, robotics, and chess. “There is some great work going on in these areas, with the robotics programme going from strength to strength. Co-curricular activities are different to sport in that they depend on enthusiastic teachers, rather than coaches. My aim is to grow and continue to support and resource our co-curricular options.” Despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19 there have been some great successes across several sporting codes and co-curricular activities this year. “The lockdown was challenging but also a fulfilling journey as we looked at new ways of supporting the students’ well-being and motivation. We got them engaged in lots of activities and sports-specific skills while they were at home, and it was great to see them come back to school excited and wanting to play.” Mark says he wakes up each morning ‘excited’ to go to work. “I learn something new every day, I continue to be challenged and I have a talented team of people around me, who are open to supporting change and are motivated to achieving our vision. My measure of success for our team is students returning to play their sport year after year and seeing continual improvement in our students’ performance as they journey through their life at St Andrew’s College.”
Mia Silverman joined St Andrew’s College as the new Head of Media Studies this year, bringing an exciting depth of technical experience and creative skills to the role. Before retraining as a teacher in 2016, Mia enjoyed a 20-year career in television and music, which included working in production for some of the biggest sports and light entertainment broadcasters in the world. She was also a professional jazz singer. “I always wanted to be creative and grew up around the television industry in the UK. My Dad was a Chartered Accountant by trade, but always worked in television, mainly in post-production and broadcasting.” Although from the UK, Mia’s family had a couple of stints living in New Zealand during her childhood, and she finished her schooling here. After studying editing and production design at film school back in the UK, Mia returned to New Zealand in 1994, where she began her television career with SKY TV at Mt Wellington. After returning to the UK, she worked for a global media company, IMG, with a highlight being her role as production manager on the European Golf Tour. In 1998, she started freelancing as a production manager and producer, so she could explore her passion for music. “I worked as a backing vocalist and session singer for my sister, Lucie Silvas, who is a professional singer/ songwriter in Nashville. After touring all around the world with her, I wrote and released my own album of jazz lounge songs, which I toured in the UK and Europe.” Multi-talented Mia has also completed a Theatre Design course at Wimbledon Art School, is a graphic artist, and a qualified yoga teacher. Despite her impressive resume, she says teaching is still one of the most fulfilling jobs she has ever done. “I love studying and learning, which is why I love teaching. It’s great to share my passion with my students.”
Mia immigrated to New Zealand for good in 2010 with her Kiwi partner, and it was in 2016, by then with two young children, that she decided to pursue a career in teaching. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching at the University of Auckland with a First, and in 2019, completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Before she joined St Andrew’s College to teach Media Studies, Scholarship Media, and Performing Arts, Mia taught at Westlake Boys’ High School, where in 2019, 14 of her students attained Scholarship, including two Outstanding Scholarships. Utilising St Andrew’s fully professional four-camera television and digital media studio and control room to its full capacity, and aligning it with the NCEA Curriculum, has been a focus for Mia this year. “The studio is a great place for students who are interested in being creative and being themselves.” In addition to the creative, technical, and practical aspects of Media Studies, the subject provides a range of other benefits, including the development of critical thinking skills. “We look deeply into how media is constructed – that it is a mediated process between the creator and the consumer. When creating their own media product, we ask the students to think about their purpose and what the audience will take from it.” Adaptability in this rapidly advancing technological age is another key skill students learn, she says. “Media Studies teaches us about how we interact, and how we manage ourselves within the ever-changing and complex world we live in. Developing critical media literacy skills is important for everyone, whether they are getting into the media industry or not.”
Richard asks students one simple question which can help them to focus on that important next step after leaving the College: “What are you going to do when you wake up next February, and you can’t go to school anymore?” One of his key goals is to help students find a pathway which engages them and helps them to feel positive about their next step, whether that is going on to tertiary study, industry training, or work. At the start of the year he surveys the Year 12–13 students about their career interests, so he can provide them with targeted resources and opportunities to meet their needs. Students can also access a raft of information on the new Senior College Careers Website and bi-weekly
He says guiding students towards their future is a ‘team effort’ between the College, students, their family, and the wider community. “We encourage parents to provide opportunities for their children to experience and try new things, maybe through their own networks of friends and contacts.” Richard has an interesting career path himself, which includes training as a teacher in Melbourne where he grew up, serving in the British Navy to tackle illegal fishing in Borneo, teaching Physical Education at Christ’s College, running tourism businesses in Christchurch and Kaikoura, and being Head of Careers at Christchurch Boys’ High School for 12 years. While it is impossible to predict how the job market will look in the future, Richard says the fundamentals of what employers look for haven’t changed in decades. “Good communication skills, emotional intelligence, the ability to work productively with a diverse range of people, a good attitude, curious mind, willingness to work, and adaptability remain key employability skill sets, irrespective of the future of work.”
Left: Careers Counsellor, Richard Webster (right), with Anja Sander (Year 11) and her father Hanno Sander. Right: SSGT Wihongi from Defence Recruiting chats with Hamish Bond (Year 13) and his mother Julie Black.
Senior College careers website The latest careers information, useful advice, and a wide range of career pathway opportunities are available at the touch of a button from the new Senior College Careers Website, launched earlier this year. An important feature of the website is the ‘Events’ tab. This is updated regularly and is a go-to place for students to check on what presentations and experiential opportunities are coming up. Events such as tertiary Open Days, taster courses, information presentations, and opportunities to work as interns or volunteers can all be found on the new website. There is also a ‘Helpful Information’ tab, which features information on a range of topics, including applying for universities overseas, apprenticeship training, planning a gap year, getting a job, and tips to help identify pathways which suit students’ strengths and interests. Senior College students and their parents also receive a bi‑weekly newsletter, which is sent out on Wednesdays, and features all the latest news and events which have been added to the website. The site can be accessed via the Careers tab, found on StACNet.
Leadership and Governance
Careers Counsellor, Richard Webster, who joined St Andrew’s College this year, says while some students have definite career paths in mind, this is not the case for everyone. “It is important that students don’t put themselves under pressure to have their whole lives planned out before they leave the College. Goals can change over time, and we know that students today will have many more jobs and career paths throughout their lives than previous generations.”
Careers newsletter, which were launched this year, while additional printed collateral is available from the Careers Department. In July, Richard organised a Mini Careers Expo, which was held in the Senior College and gave students and parents the opportunity to engage with 28 exhibitors from tertiary institutions and various industry sectors.
Deciding on a future career path can be one of the most challenging stages of a student’s life, with the disruption caused by the rapid growth of technology creating additional uncertainty.
Digital Technology is the ultimate problem-solving subject, which provides students with the opportunity for growth in many key learning areas, says Teacher in Charge of Digital Technologies, Phil Adams. “As they create, design, and develop digital solutions, students undertake often quite complex research and planning, utilise their creative skills, and show resilience, perseverance, and selfmanagement as they work towards their goal. We often hear a euphoric shout in class when a student solves a problem, and the rest of the students will flock around to see how they did it.” Phil says students studying NCEA Digital Technology in Years 11–13, learn a wide variety of IT skills and are introduced to concepts of Computer Science. “Around a third of senior Digital Technology students at St Andrew’s College go on to tertiary study of the subject, with many telling us they were well prepared for their first year of Computer Science at university. The course also gives students a taste of what it might be
Year 13 Digital Technology students, Jaymee Chen, Alan Fu, Omri Kepes and Jordan Jenkins
like in the real world when it comes to creating solutions for clients’ projects or problems.” In 2019, Year 13 student, Mackey Johnstone, became the top Technology student in New Zealand after achieving a perfect score, and a New Zealand Outstanding Scholarship for his project, the creation of a staff online payment system for the College Cafeteria. Similar to the IT sector, boys far outnumber girls in Digital Technology, an imbalance Phil would love to see addressed. “Girls are highly sought after in IT. They are often talented coders and can bring empathy and a high level of emotional intelligence to working with end-users. We currently only have one or two girls in each class, and few girls from St Andrew’s have gone on to a career in the industry.” During their NCEA studies, students develop programming skills in Python and create their own website, with database and application interfaces. “Our NCEA courses are focused mainly on programming, algorithms, and web design, which includes creating a dynamic database-driven website from the planning stage to the creating and testing stages,” says Phil.
Although Python is the predominant language taught in Digital Technology, there is flexibility for students to code in other languages they are skilled at, he says. “We are able to modify the NCEA Standards based on individual interests. This creates the opportunity for learning to be more student-driven, as long as their project fits within the course parameters, is robust, and can be assessed.” An introduction to 3D games and graphics, and virtual or mixed reality technology are other aspects of the course. Digital Technology option courses are also available in Years 9–10, when students engage in projectbased learning, design thinking, and structured coding. “Although these courses are not a pre-requisite for studying Digital Technology at NCEA level, they provide valuable experience students can build on.” As the programme continues to evolve, Phil says there can sometimes be a misconception that Digital Technology is not an academic subject. “In fact, the opposite is true, as Digital Technology is an academically challenging and highly worthwhile subject, which can lead to many incredible career opportunities right across the IT sector. Long term, my goals are to ensure this is how Digital Technology is perceived, and to encourage more girls to study the subject.”
Logan Beard (OC 2015)
Logan Beard (OC 2015) says having free rein to create a video game in a Year 12 Digital Technology class, was a turning point which gave him, and others in the class that year, an understanding of the unlimited possibilities of a career in technology. “Our teacher, Phil Adams, had such a passion for technology and exposed us to lots of things we could do with it. Back
Christina Shepherd (OC 2017) may have been outnumbered as the only girl studying Digital Technology for two of the three years she took the subject at St Andrew’s College, however, that didn’t stop her from winning the Digital Technology Priz e in Years 11, 12 and 13. She says she ‘really enjoyed’ the subject, and believes more girls should consider it. “I fell in love with coding. It’s kind of like a puzz le and it’s such a satisfying feeling when your code works. I think girls should look at Digital Technology and programmin g the same way they look at a subject like Mathematics. It is a really interestin g subject, especially if you are into the whole logic thing.” Christina is completi ng her third year of a Computer Science degree at the University of Canterbury, whe re she has developed an interest in AI and human computer inter action. Last summer she completed an internship at Seequent . “I enjoyed being able to write code which had meaning and was useful.” She is still figuring out next steps as far as furth er study and a career path is concerne d. “I’ve been applying for summer inter nships again and will star t to apply for som e jobs as they come up.”
in 2013 and 2014 he was also ahead of his time, teaching us languages like Python, which I have gone on to use both at university, and in my career.” After graduating with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury, Logan started working for Christchurch company, Seequent, which provides powerful geoscience analysis, modelling and collaborative technologies for the mining, civil, and energy industries. “I completed an internship at Seequent during my final year at university and was taken on full-time. It’s great to be creating software which helps clients make better decisions about their data, gives them more value, and helps them to be more environmentally friendly as well.” Logan says he is ‘very happy and learning heaps’ in his current role. “Technology is a great sector to be in and I’d definitely recommend it to other St Andrew’s College students.”
Teaching and Learning
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Christina Shepherd (OC 2017)
Ben Pointer (OC 2014)
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Throughout its long history, St Andrew’s College has been closely aligned to the rural sector, with many past and current students coming from farming backgrounds. Under the leadership of Head of Agriculture, Natasha Cloughley, there has been an unprecedented surge of interest in Agriculture subjects, with numbers leaping from five classes in 2015, to 12.5 classes in 2020. Surprisingly, the diverse mix of students studying the three Agriculture courses this year, are from an even split of rural and urban backgrounds, she says. “Many students in Agriscience and Agribusiness are looking at potential off-farm careers in agriculture-related or support sectors, which could be anything from food science, research, and environmental studies, to rural banking, finance, and
supply chain management. This year we only have a small cohort of students who intend to return home to farm. Whatever their area of interest, all students can benefit from developing a good understanding of the business and science behind the rapidly evolving and multi-faceted agricultural sector.” A key driver of the growth in Agriculture at St Andrew’s has been support for the introduction of the Agribusiness and Agriscience academic courses, alongside the highly practical Agristudies course, with its strong vocational pathway. In the past, students were taught most of their practical skills at the College farm at Cave, which has an important place in St Andrew’s history, and is fondly remembered by many Old Collegians, says Rector Christine Leighton. “Unfortunately, transporting large numbers of students to the farm, accommodating them, and meeting stringent health and safety requirements has become too difficult, so the tough decision was made to lease out the farm.” Natasha says students in the Year 12 and Year 13 Agristudies programme learn practical skills and unit standards at the National Trade Academy in Christchurch instead. As well as studying traditional sheep, beef, and dairy farming, Agriculture students are given a taste of other primary industry sectors, including viticulture, salmon farming, craft beer, and hemp production to name a few. A range of exciting field trips are offered each year.
Natasha now has two full-time teachers in her team, Flora Brons and Liam Smith, who are both Lincoln University graduates. “Flora has a strong horticultural background, which has led to the introduction of some new practical horticultural elements into the programme. We were fortunate to gain approval for a new 12-metre long tunnel house with two garden beds, and compost bins this year, which the maintenance team did a great job of building.” Recent leavers of St Andrew’s College are forging interesting career paths in the sector and providing inspiration for the current cohort of students. Amy Wells (OC 2018) won the prestigious DairyNZ Scholarship, and is at Lincoln University, where she is studying Environmental Science relating to the dairy industry. Chase Jordan (OC 2018), who took Agriculture throughout each of his five years in the Secondary School, has been accepted into the School of Veterinary Science at Massey University, while farming remains the passion of Tom Shipley (OC 2019), who won a New Zealand Scholarship for Agriculture/Horticulture last year, and is looking to go back on the farm. Natasha completed her Master of Science in Agricultural Science this year and believes there could be positive spin-offs for the agricultural sector in the post-COVID-19 environment. “During the lockdown, we noticed what a vital industry agriculture is, and with the international supply chain remaining consistent, it will be interesting to see if more people consider agriculture a stable industry to get into.”
Above: Students in a Year 10 Agriculture class during a visit to the Thomas farm on Banks Peninsula in Term 1. Left: Agriculture teacher, Flora Brons, in the new tunnel house at St Andrew’s, with Year 11 students, Jerome Clark (obscured) and Isaac Smith.
Experiencing a wide array of emotions is a normal part of the human experience, especially when living through a global crisis.
Part of her role as Head of Wellbeing and Positive Education is for Kerry to pass her learnings on to other teachers. “The intent is for the rest of the staff to develop their own awareness, so they can become role models in the classroom. Beka Roest and Ginnie Thorner have both studied the RULER programme and are both great examples of teachers who are showing what is possible when it comes to the explicit teaching of emotional intelligence within their curriculum areas.” Head of Social Studies and History teacher, Beka Roest, says emotional intelligence can help students to engage in more meaningful learning. “I try and help my students to understand their emotions, build their vocabulary, and teach them strategies to regulate their emotions including deep breathing, listening to music, and visualisation. This can enable greater focus on their classroom learning.”
in the classroom
Head of Social Studies and History teacher, Beka Roest, with Hartley van der Eb (Year 13).
Beka says these skills also help students to manage their emotions in response to some of the confrontational and challenging material they might encounter in History, such as the Holocaust. “After we have studied this type of content, I ask students to complete a quick reflection on how they are feeling, which involves answering four questions.” Beka and her students also look at how emotion might have impacted on people’s behaviour in the significant historical events they are studying. “It is important to try to understand the role that emotions played in different historical events in order to learn from them at a humanistic level.”
Drama teacher and Arts Co‑ordinator, Ginnie Thorner, says Drama helps students to develop a deeper understanding of emotional intelligence. “In Drama, we always have one foot in the imagined world within the context of a story, and one foot in the real world. As students explore human nature within the context of the story, they draw on, and reflect on, situations and relationships in their own lives.” She says whether it is Year 2 students discussing how to be kind to their friends, or Year 11 students exploring the complexities of ever-changing friendships – Drama can help them to process and deal with the multitude of emotions that comes from engaging with others. “The importance of Arts education as a way of supporting strong, resilient mental health cannot be overstated.” RULER is one of the many tools used in Drama to help students understand the breadth of the human experience, she says. “For students to understand that we can, and do, experience more than one emotion at one time can be a light bulb moment for them. Learning to name these feelings can help students better identify what is going on and provide choices about how they deal with being human.”
Drama teacher and Arts Co-ordinator, Ginnie Thorner, teaching a Preparatory School Drama class.
In 2015, Kerry received a scholarship from St Andrew’s College to study in Sydney with Director of the Yale University Centre for Emotional Intelligence, Professor Marc Brackett. The course involved learning how to teach the RULER programme of emotional intelligence to students.
Teaching and Learning
Head of Well-being and Positive Education, Kerry Larby, says learning to ride our emotions gracefully requires a set of skills that fall under the umbrella of emotional intelligence. “I believe emotional intelligence is the skill that matters more than anything else for human flourishing. It underpins well-being and has a significant impact when it comes to teaching and learning.”
Ella Clearwater (Year 13) is having a life-changing experience in Costa Rica, after being one of four New Zealand students selected on the two-year United World Scholars programme, from thousands of applicants worldwide. “I’m incredibly grateful to be here as I’ve been working towards this for some time. I’ve made some amazing friends so far and we have an encouraging community which supports us in all aspects of life.” Ella is studying Higher Level Psychology, Global Politics, English Literature, Standard Level Spanish ab initio, Mathematics Applications, and Environmental Systems and Societies at the United World College of Costa Rica – a small, fully residential school with around 170 students, who hail from 70 countries. Due to COVID-19, many students are yet to arrive at the school, including Ella’s roommate from Nepal, who she has been getting to know during frequent video chats. “The biggest highlight so far has been speaking with incredible people from countries I may not have interacted with otherwise. One of my favourite memories is pulling an all‑nighter with a group of people I didn’t know. We ended up watching the sunrise, overlooking the hills.” The United World College organisation was founded in 1962, with the aim of bringing together young people from different nations to act as champions of peace through an education based on educational achievement, leadership, experiential learning, and service to others. Ella became interested in the programme following a presentation by Marina Kenton-Smith (OC 2019) who was a United World Scholar in Hong Kong. In 2019, Ella applied for and was accepted to the United World College Umoja Short Course in Tanzania, where 18 participants from 14 countries came together and explored how they could build community. After meeting some inspiring people who gave her ‘new perspectives into the world’,
Ella applied for the 2020 two-year course and found out a week after New Zealand went into the Level 4 lockdown that she had been accepted to the United World College of Costa Rica. “I was over the moon.” COVID-19 has made Ella’s experience somewhat different to the norm. She had to travel to Costa Rica via Germany to avoid the hassle of going through the United States. “It worked out well as I was able to spend time in Germany with my friend who I met at the UWC Short Course in Tanzania, and who was also going to UWC Costa Rica.” The pandemic has also impacted on Ella’s studies, as she has had to adjust to a new online learning system with no in-person classes. “Our classes finish around 11.30am, which gives us time to do school work, socialise, or take part in the activities on offer at the school. My favourites so far are the girls’ soccer team, ultimate frisbee and sewing face masks for people in need outside of the school community.”
She says there are many opportunities within the UWC network, including pathways into overseas universities, and an Agents of Change programme specific to UWC Costa Rica, which gives students experience for future changemaking in their communities. “I would thoroughly recommend UWC to anyone who is keen to challenge themselves and their beliefs, and would like to live in a diverse environment, with people from all sorts of backgrounds and world views. I know this will be a lifechanging two years that will shape me so much.” Left: Ella on campus in Costa Rica. Right: Ella (standing middle) with some of her new friends (from left) Lois from England, Elin from the Netherlands and Lucca from Germany. Below: Before leaving St Andrew’s College in August.
Te Wiki o
te Reo Maori
The assembly was opened and closed through karakia by Holly Maraki (Year 9) and Oskar Trafford (Year 10), and William Kamo (Year 9) did the reading in Te Reo Māori. Some of the activities during the week included the ‘he aha tēnei’ interactive video challenge, a mau rākau (Māori weaponry) tutorial by Milo Betts (Year 12), playing Māori board games which were created by the students, a kīwaha challenge, and playing Maihimaina – Māori Minecraft, a game released last year, based on the first
In The Green Library and Innovation Centre, students took part in a whakataukī challenge and Te Reo Māori phrase competition and were encouraged to ask for a book or laptop using Te Reo Māori. A lot of new faces joined the Māori and Pasifika Group’s weekly session, which had a focus on Māori games, waiata practice and traditional Māori kai. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori posters were also put up around the school to encourage staff and students to practise their reo throughout the week. Head of Middle School, Mikae Tuu'u, says that it was a hugely enjoyable week. “We are extremely grateful to have Pete Westrupp as part of our StAC community. He is having a hugely positive impact with his mana and passion for Māori culture and language. Thank you to all the staff and students who made the week an outstanding success. Kia Kaha te Reo Māori, Kia Kaha Hato Anaru, Kia Kaha Aotearoa.”
Teaching and Learning
The week’s activities culminated in a special Years 9–10 Assembly led by Te Reo/Māori Studies teacher, Pete Westrupp, and assisted by Head of Middle School, Mikae Tuu’u, who spoke about the history of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Lily Champion-Smith (Year 10) delivered a speech on the relevance of the Year 9–10 students’ most recent tikanga Māori unit – Māori myths and legends, with some of the successful projects in this unit showcased at the assembly.
Māori villages which features Te Reo Māori throughout and a lot of facts about Māori history and traditions.
Students at St Andrew’s College celebrated Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) through a number of different fun activities and competitions. Most of the initiatives were student-led, which highlighted the enthusiasm they have for keeping our indigenous language alive.
efficiencies for parents
A new consolidated digital platform has been launched to provide an enhanced experience for parents of St Andrew’s College students, with the first stage enabling them to access all parent information in one handy location, on either their computer or smartphone. This will be followed at the start of 2021 with the addition of online forms to that same consolidated platform. Director of ICT, Dave Hart, says the ICT team has been working on the online forms platform for some time. “We looked at a few off-the-shelf solutions but decided to work with a Melbourne company to enhance their online forms product to meet our needs instead. Approaching the project this way has allowed us to consolidate online forms into the rebranding of our existing technologies, such as StACNet and the Community Portal, which ensures the solution is tailored to the College’s specific needs. Seamless integration with our current systems, including the StAC App, has been another key aspect of the project. The platform provides the same experience for parents irrespective of whether they are filling out a form for
a trip consent, RSVP, or signing their child up for a co-curricular activity. It also provides easy access to forms they have previously filled out. “Given the new platform is integrated into our existing technology, it is largely familiar, so we are not asking parents or staff to learn anything particularly new.” Dave says the new platform is the result of feedback from focus groups some years ago, which highlighted the importance of having readily accessible information from a trusted source, on a modern platform, which is integrated across College systems. The ICT team has worked closely with the Communications team on the roll-out of the project, particularly Digital Information and Media Co‑ordinator, Bridget McMaster. She was part of the review process looking at the information that was being sent out to parents, and how it could be consolidated into one location. “Bridget’s role and the links with the Communications team have been critical. They continue to have the
oversight for the front-end work on the platform, and ensuring the content is up to date,” says Dave. “As well as online forms, parents will be able to update details about their children on the new platform, and access College operational information, policies, handbooks, and any other resources they may have previously sourced on StACNet or the Community Portal,” says Bridget. The ICT team has also been standardising the tools it uses for student communications and engagement, particularly around co‑curricular activities. “Around five or six platforms, including social media apps, were being used to keep students up to date with information relating to their co-curricular activities. To mitigate the inherent risks around continuity and privacy when using third party platforms, and adhere to protocols around the StAC Unplugged programme, which restricts the use of smartphones during school hours for Years 9–11 students, we introduced a solution using Microsoft Teams, which has been very successful.” Digital Information and Media Co-ordinator, Bridget McMaster, and Director of ICT, Dave Hart, reviewing enhancements to the College’s digital platform.
Digital signs share the latest
Eye-catching new digital signage at St Andrew’s College, launched at the start of Term 4, is a high-tech way of keeping students and staff up to date with the latest information.
Dave says the Physical Education Department is a good example of how the signs can enhance communications. “Instead of writing up information about various class locations on a whiteboard, they can send the information to the screens in the Gymnasium without leaving their office.”
The new digital signs are a joint project between ICT and the Communications team, which manages the centralised software and templates, and is responsible for pushing content out around the College. “The signs are providing us with a platform to share photographs and videos from events directly with students, and to celebrate student success. We will also be working with various other departments to help them to release their content,” says Digital Information and Media Co-ordinator, Bridget McMaster. Dave says the new signs are a big step up from the small number of previous digital signs in the College. “Gone are the days when we would pop a memory stick in the back of a television. The new screens are delivering instant, up-to-date, well-curated content, which is enhancing the experience for students, staff, and visitors to the College campus.”
Girls in Science Club The Science Department has started the first ever Science club for female students, in a bid to help readdress the under-representation of women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industry. Science teacher, Fariya Naseem, is overseeing the Girls in Science (GIS) Club, with the support of Head of Science, Brent Cummack. “Brent and I talked about ways we could encourage girls to choose Science careers by taking more Science options at school. We also wanted to grow their awareness about the vocational options and pathways they can take in STEM industries, in which women remain hugely under-represented,” says Fariya. The Girls in Science Club (GIS) started at the beginning of Term 3, with students meeting weekly during Thursday lunchtimes. “During the sessions the students conducted various experiments, gained academic support for the Science subjects, shared knowledge by peer tutoring, and met women from the STEM workforce.” Members of the GIS Club also attended the University of Canterbury’s STEMinism event, which featured presentations from current UC students and young women working in STEM industries. “The STEMinism event highlighted how a career in Science can help young women make a difference in the world. A lot of girls are not aware of several streams of career specialisation and
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Director of ICT, Dave Hart, says the 13 screens around the campus have been utilised in a range of different ways, from sharing College-wide or subject-specific information, to Emergency communications including COVID-19 updates, welcoming people to the campus, providing directions, and highlighting student successes and achievements. “Each screen can be operated independently, with the messaging changing when required. A feed along the side of each screen displays the Daily Notices to help keep students and staff informed.”
Smiles in the Quad after conducting an experiment called the Elephants’ Toothpaste (from left) Tapenisa Havea (Year 12), Ivy Pham, Chayanit (Beam) Luepanichkul, Yilun (Helen) Tang, Chaewon Kang, Anika Robinson (all Year 11), and Science teacher, Fariya Naseem.
combinations available outside of the traditional career choices, which is something addressed in the club”, says Fariya. The GIS Club is specialised towards the needs of the students involved. “It is led by girls, for girls. I provide support and resources they need, whether that is individualised help with academic questions, inviting in guest speakers to talk to them, or organising the experiment of the month to enthuse them.” There has been positive feedback from the core group of around 10 students in the club, with more girls joining in Term 4 and plans to continue in 2021. “It has been a busy and productive time for the GIS Club, and the girls love it. It is great to start something exclusively for girls who love Sciences. Our approach is very inclusive for all other students who want to develop a career in STEM industry. I am also very thankful for the support the club gets from Brent Cummack and Science technician, Jasmine Harrison.”
Biology Madeline Bailey, Abby Jones and Eva Hitchon (all Year 12) were awarded a Bronze Award in the 2020/21 New Zealand International Biology Olympiad. This gave them the opportunity to complete a Biology Tutorial Programme online and sit another examination for selection for a 10-day NZBIO camp in 2021.
Kelly Ting (Year 13) chats about her project with Head of Innovation and Information Services, Wilj Dekkers, and Head of Values and Culture, Hamish Bell.
Chemistry During the preliminary round of the Chemistry Olympiad, Oliver Odlin and Corin Simcock (both Year 12) won a Gold Certificate for being in the Top 10 per cent nationwide.
Debating and Public Speaking The StAC 2 debating team of Luke Wylie, Lachlan Odlin and Finlay Fairweather-Logie (all Year 10) won the Junior Cup at the 2020 Canterbury Schools’ Debating Competition. This is the third year in a row and the fourth time in seven years that St Andrew’s has won the Junior Cup. Coach, Oscar Bloom (Year 12), was a previous winner in 2018. Head of Debating, Andrew Garbett and Imogen McNeill (both Year 13), placed in the Top 5 speakers for the 2020 Canterbury Schools Debating competition. This was decided on speaker points across the year. Imogen was awarded top speaker and Andrew was placed third. Their team, StAC 1 reached the semi-finals of this competition.
Finlay Fairweather-Logie, Lachlan Odlin and Luke Wylie (all Year 10)
Design and Visual Communications Kelly Ting (Year 13) has won a significant Scholarship to Auckland University in 2021, where she intends to study Architecture. In early November, alongside her Design and Visual Communications teacher, Andrew Kerrison, Kelly presented her impressive Year 13 project for a future 2000 square metre Teaching and Learning facility at the College. The project included a laser cut model of the building, and accompanying video, created utilising ArchiCAD and Lumion software.
Engineering Camp Dallas Davies (Year 12) was accepted into the WiE CAN (Women in Engineering Residential Programme) at the University of Canterbury in January 2021. She also won a Tait Communications Foundation Scholarship towards her attendance fee.
Entrepreneurs in Action Omri Kepes (Year 13) was selected as one of 82 students nationally to take part in the Entrepreneurs in Action (EIA) Weekend, run by the Young Enterprise Programme (YES), in Wellington in September. EIA is the annual event where top YES students come to compete in two back-to-back business challenges. Omri worked with Uprise Digital and a team of business students to pitch a market entry strategy for an agricultural business into the UAE, as well as addressing the tourism issues New Zealand is facing in a separate challenge. All students selected were awarded a scholarship to Massey University, as well as mentorship from various business experts.
EPro8 Challenge In the Canterbury finals of the EPro8 STEM Challenge (engineering and problem-solving race), the St Andrew’s College team, StAC to the Future, comprising Mia Fraser, Naomi Dana, Daniel Robertson and Bede Miller (all Year 10) finished third against other top Year 9–10 students from across Canterbury. The StAC Calm and Carry On team of Bryn Hall, Jaden Hu (both Year 9), Bailey Moir and Riley Thomson (both Year 10) also competed in the final after qualifying in the regional heats.
French Delf Scolaire Examinations A group of Language students passed the International DELF French examination, with Rory Dephoff and Benjamin Studholme (both Year 13) gaining their B2 qualification, which is the approved language aptitude to be allowed to study in French and Francophone universities.
Junior Young Farmers Year 10 students Fergus Sidey and Marshall Stokes represented the Tasman Region in an intensive online grand final format at the Junior Young Farmers Competition. The boys had to complete and submit a video, innovation project, and MPI biodiversity plan, then competed against other teams of mainly Years 12–13 students from around New Zealand in a series of challenges. They did well to place 12th nationally against the much older competition.
Mathematics A group of mathematicians competed in the 2020 Australian Mathematics Competition, achieving 10 High Distinctions (top three per cent). Gemma Lewis (Year 10) was also awarded Best in School. • Year 9 – Megan Simpson, Bryan Cooper, Aaron Moore and Kobe Bayliss; • Year 10 – Gemma Lewis, Mia Fraser and Guy Daniels; • Year 11 – Toby Harvie and Callum Lockhart; • Year 12 – Arisa Mori. Year 11 students, Toby Harvie, Luke Zhu, Corin Simcock and Tom Edwards competed at the annual Canterbury Mathematics Association Year 11 Calculator Competition at Hagley College, where they placed third out of 15 teams.
Textiles Technology As part of a Scholarship project for Textiles Technology, Mia Pearson (Year 13) designed and constructed a captivating costume, which was presented as Wearable Art to Jade Zeina from The Salvation Army. Mia also developed a prototype tote bag designed for The Salvation Army, to use for the ‘Back to School’ provisions, which will hopefully be produced in the future.
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Mia Pearson (Year 13) and Jade Zeina from The Salvation Army
Gemma Lewis (Year 10) was runner-up in the Year 9–10 NASA Scientist for a Day competition, which was run by the New Zealand Space Agency.
Young Enterprise Competition In the Young Enterprise Scheme competition, Year 13 Business team Devota, led by Omri Kepes, with directors James Ecroyd, Jordan Bourke and Alan Fu, designed a digital tracker for dementia patients. The team won the North Christchurch Young Enterprise Challenge 3 for quality and innovation in their promotional strategy, and went on to compete in the Canterbury Regional Pitch Finals where they were second in the Gallagher Award for Smart Technology and won a Young Enterprise Scheme Regional Excellence Award. Devota also presented to the Momentum group at Lincoln University. Team member, Jordan Bourke received a University of Canterbury Young Enterprise Scholarship for study at the university, and Omri Kepes was ranked in the top five Young Enterprise Scheme CEOs nationally.
Devota (from left), Jordan Bourke, James Ecroyd, Alan Fu and Omri Kepes
ICAS Gold Medal winners (back) Gemma Lewis (Year 10), Callum Lockhart, Toby Harvie (both Year 11) James Hart (Year 9), and (front) Ryan Gu (Year 8), Chloe Sha (Year 3) and Matthew Bluck (Year 7).
A large group of 164 students from Years 3–11 at St Andrew’s College completed the ICAS examinations in a new online format, achieving outstanding success.
Between them, seven students won nine Gold Awards for achieving the top score in New Zealand in their subject area. Gemma Lewis (Year 10) achieved an incredible three Gold Awards, in Digital Technologies, Science and Mathematics. She was also an ICAS Gold Medal winner in 2017 (Year 7 – Digital Technology) and in 2019 (Year 9 – Science). Other outstanding Gold Award winners were Toby Harvie (Year 11 – Mathematics) who was also an ICAS Gold Medal winner in 2015 (Year 6 – Writing), Callum Lockhart (Year 11 – Science), James Hart (Year 9 – Science), Ryan Gu (Year 8 – Digital Technologies), Matthew Bluck (Year 7 – Science), and Chloe Sha (Year 3 – English). Rector Christine Leighton was delighted with the excellent results. “This reflects the capability and potential of top academic students at St Andrew’s College, supported by the encouragement and guidance of their teachers. It is great that our students have this opportunity to test their knowledge and skill against other students in New Zealand across a range of subject areas. At St Andrew’s, we value this opportunity to recognise and acknowledge outstanding academic success.”
Problem Solving finals online Global Issues Problem Solving team (from left): William Bainbridge-Smith and Chantelle Xiong (both Year 9), Scarlett Gray and Elia Short (both Year 8).
After qualifying at the 2019 Nationals, the Future Problem Solving team from St Andrew’s College was supposed to have travelled to the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA in June to compete at the Future Problem Solving International Finals, however, the pandemic forced the competition online to a virtual 3D platform environment instead.
During the lockdown, the team continued to train intensively for the competition with their coach, Julie Rogers, via Microsoft Teams, adapting well to the new format and achieving some excellent results, says Head of Learning Enrichment in the Preparatory School, Kelly McBride, who oversees the Future Problem Solving programme. “We were delighted when the team of Chantelle Xiong, William Bainbridge-Smith (both Year 9), Elia Short and Scarlett Gray (both Year 8) placed fourth for their Presentation of Action Plan, Middle Division. They did incredibly well to reach the international finals.”
The topic for the competition was ‘terraforming’ parts of outer space in order that humans may one day be able to live there. The students faced an unseen future scene based on terraforming, and then worked through a detailed problem-solving process leading to an action plan, which they presented dramatically in a short film for assessment. Two other competitors, James Anthony and Jasmine Hooker (both Year 8), competed as ‘travelling reserves’ in the Magic competition, also with excellent results. The students were part of combined international teams, created randomly with reserves from other teams from around the world for this competition. James’s team was second in the Junior Magic competition, and Jasmine’s team was third. Megan Simpson (Year 9) competed as an individual in the international competition, and Xanthe Pearce (Year 9) competed with the Selwyn House School team, which achieved a second place for their Presentation of Action Plan, Middle Division. Future Problem Solving at St Andrew’s College starts in Year 5, with students taking part in a Stepping Stones programme, which prepares them for competitions, starting in Year 7.
Presentation of Action Plan, Middle Division (from left): James Anthony (Year 8), Megan Simpson (Year 9), Elia Short (Year 8), Chantelle Xiong (Year 9), Scarlett Gray (Year 8), William Bainbridge-Smith (Year 9), Jasmine Hooker (Year 8).
Over the last few months, the current team has been working towards the National Future Problem Solving finals to be held in November in Auckland.
Highlights of the week included a visit from author and current parent, Soraya Nicholas. Soraya is the author of the very popular Starlight Stables series and our students were engrossed as she talked about her writing and her horses. The stunning Book Parade was held on the Wednesday of Book Week, with students and staff dressing up as mischievous book characters. The next day, Rector Christine Leighton visited the Junior Department and read two fabulous stories to Year 1–3 students. Preparatory School Librarian, Tracey Hull, who organised the Book Week activities says Book Week is an amazing time of celebration in the Preparatory School. “The excitement is palpable and for many it is a highlight of the school year. It is fantastic that we can provide our students with the opportunity to engage in such a positive way in the value of reading for pleasure and all the joys this can bring."
Preparatory School and Pre-school students and staff enjoyed a wonderful Book Week, full of learning and fun, while celebrating the best of children’s literature. The theme for this year was ‘Characters who are Mischief Makers and Story Shakers’.
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wonderful world of make-believe
There was lots of excitement, smiling faces, and enthusiastic performances, when the Pre-school children brought the story of Maui and the Sun to life, during one of their highly anticipated, weekly Drama sessions. Pre-school teacher, Jan Marshall, who runs the sessions, says Drama is the highlight of the week for many children, who love to dress up and step into the wonderful world of make-believe. “We perform a different story every week, bringing to life many of the classic fairy tales, New Zealand books, and sometimes the children’s favourite stories, much to their delight. They get so excited on Drama day, and love to help set the scene, piece the props together, and lay out the chairs for the audience before we start.” As well as being a lot of fun, Drama cultivates creativity, communication, imagination, confidence building, and collaborative learning, says Jan. “It is a great outlet for the children to find different ways to be creative and expressive, and we love to see
the shyer, quieter children find their confidence and enjoy playing a role. Drama also fosters the art of storytelling, with these early experiences helping to promote a love of literacy.” The children will often re-enact the plays later in the playground, and even at home. Photos from each session are shared within the Pre-school community, which usually generate lots of positive feedback from parents. Jan says Drama has been part of the programme at the Pre-school for the 20 years she has taught there. “I’ve been running the sessions for a while. It is wonderful for the children to get a taste of performance at this age, given that culture and the Performing Arts are a big part of life in the Preparatory and Secondary Schools at St Andrew’s.” The children also loved being the audience, when the teachers put on a spirited performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. “There was a lot of fun and giggles as the teachers jumped into their roles with great energy and enthusiasm.”
Top: Tyler, Alex, Mahir and Alfie digging the garden. Middle Left: Harriet, Amelia and Jessie acting as the ‘sun’. Middle Right: Elliot (back), Tom and Jasper rowing the waka. Below: Oriana, Isla, Ariya and Lexie performing poi.
Johanna says students are taught that feeling ‘big’ emotions such as frustration and anger are normal, and it is their awareness of these feelings, and how they deal with them that counts. “We teach them to pay attention with kindness, so they can identify what they are feeling, because when they can name it, they can tame it. Students learn they are not immediately going to feel calm, but with acceptance for how they are feeling, and practising mindfulness techniques, they are able to work towards restoring a calm state.”
Top: Year 1 student, Erica Viedma with Cleo Boock-Walker Middle: Year 1 students, Paige Harding (front) and Agnes Buist. Below: Cleo Boock-Walker and Raymen Dai (facing the camera) and the rest of class 1CH learning mindfulness with Johanna Borella and Erica Viedma of Mindful Mover. Right: Year 1 students Harry Collis, Max Ma and Damon Yan.
During the sessions, students in the Junior School have been introduced to many mindfulness concepts, including the mind-body connection, how the brain works, how to process and regulate emotions, and connecting with the heart. “We start with body awareness, then move on to learning about the brain and mind. The children picked up these concepts really
The students enjoyed the practical aspects of the sessions, which included various breathing techniques, affirmations, stretching, self-talk, body awareness, relaxation, visualisation, massage, and even dancing. Some of the proven benefits of mindfulness include relaxation, anxiety reduction, an increase in confidence and self-esteem, and increased ability to cope with setbacks. Erica says there are also significant benefits for schools which introduce mindfulness programmes. “With greater selfawareness, stress levels are lowered, which often results in a happier school environment, with stronger connections between teachers and students.” Johanna says there has been a lot of support for the programme from teachers and parents in the Junior School at St Andrew’s College. “The teachers are so engaged. It’s been great to see mindfulness language being used in the classroom, and pictures on the classroom walls, which remind students to use their mindfulness.” She says a toolkit of powerful, practical, applicable mindfulness tools empowers students, teachers, and parents, so they know what to do when unpleasant emotions arise. “Mindfulness also helps us to enjoy the good things in life, which is something else we talk to the students about.”
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The evidence-based mindfulness programme, underpinned by the Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) model, was delivered by Johanna Borella, a former Montessori and Special Needs teacher who worked with autistic children, and Erica Viedma, an educator with a dance background. Their business, Mindful Mover, works with many Christchurch schools across all year levels.
quickly, including some quite complex topics, such as the neuroplasticity of the brain. They responded really well and asked lots of questions,” says Erica.
A special year-long mindfulness programme in the Junior School has had a positive impact on the well-being of Year 1–3 students, and helped them to become more aware of, and regulate their emotions, says Head of Junior Syndicate, Heather Orman. “Mindfulness practices sit well with our school values and provide a powerful strategy for our young learners to connect with and understand their emotions and actions. Junior School teacher, Jane Radford’s high regard for these tutors was the inspiration for exploring the programme in 2019 and its implementation in 2020.”
along line-by-line, and utilise grammar tools, which for instance, highlight all the nouns, or syllables in a story. “This program is a great help for dyslexic children, as they are able to change the background colours, and alter the text size to whatever works best for them.” The Khan Academy and Mathletics are valuable tools to support the Mathematics programme, says Megan. “The great thing about accessing these kinds of digital tools is that the challenges can be set to meet the students’ individual levels and needs.”
Riley Pringle, Benjamin Edward and Ricardo Hartley-Walker (all Year 4)
Students in Years 4–6 in the Preparatory School are active users of a wide range of digital tools, which enhance their learning in a fun, interactive, and purposeful way, says Head of Middle Syndicate, Megan Feller. “We utilise some fantastic evidence-based tools, which are set at developmentally appropriate levels, and align with our key learning objectives.”
students created some incredible maraes. This year, the Year 4 classes have been working on the theme ‘Our Wild World’, looking at extreme environments. This involved lots of pre-learning and inquiry, before the students created their presentations in Minecraft, which they loved.”
Preparatory School students are not required to bring their own devices to school until Year 8, however, students in the Middle Syndicate have easy access to the 16 laptops available at each year level, and shared learning spaces with desktop computers.
Reading is enhanced through a range of tools, such as Core 5, Reading Plus and Vooks, an online reading platform. “Vooks has an incredible amount of resources and amazing lesson plans. We integrate Vooks into our Bounce Back resilience programme, utilising resources which align with what we are learning in the classroom.” The Year 4 classes have enjoyed reading The Ickabog, the latest story by Harry Potter author, J K Rowling, who released it online, chapter by chapter. The students even entered a global competition to illustrate the story. Immersive Reader is another valuable program, which can help students to read, or be read to. They can follow
The Minecraft Education Edition is a popular immersive computer program used by the students, which promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving, and delivers a unique learning experience across a range of curriculum areas, says Megan. “Last year, the Year 4 students used Minecraft to recreate the entire Antarctic environment, while the Year 6
Students in the Middle Syndicate are also taught how to access the high-quality educational resources in The Green Library and Innovation Centre, everything from eBooks and audiobooks, to EPIC resources, including Brittanica School online, and much more. Many of the resources available in the classroom can also be made available on students’ devices at home, she says. “The ICT Department can set up students’ personal laptops with Microsoft Edge, which all the school laptops use, making it possible for them to utilise many of the resources at home. We are proud of the mix of carefully selected tools we have put together to help students to develop research, critical thinking, and selfmanagement skills, while becoming responsible digital citizens.”
Middle Syndicate students are also being introduced to coding as part of a robotics programme using Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots. This programme is delivered by Preparatory School teacher Anneke Kamo, who visits the children three days a week.
Aysha Adair, Cherng-En (Queenie) Ho, Ethan Zhao, Summer Mora-Kelley (behind) and Zoe Stronach (all Year 4)
After identifying these pertinent issues, Kelly, and Year 8 Team Leader, Morgan Sheppard, brought in the experts to provide guidance and skills to the students. A Police visit came first, which equipped students with some valuable tips to keep themselves safe online, and to identify potential risks as they navigate the ever-changing online environment. Another key message from the Police visit was the importance of parents engaging with their children around technology use, and not avoiding some of the ‘bigger topics’, says Kelly.
Although a serious subject, cyber safety was approached in a lighthearted and humorous way at a Tackling Technology course, presented to Year 7–8 students by external health education provider, Attitude. “The students responded really well to the mix of information, inspiration, and humour. They learnt a lot about how to keep safe online, use technology responsibly, and be accountable for their actions,” says Morgan. Old Collegian, Rory Smith (OC 2012) was the presenter at the session, which covered topics such as text bullying, online safety, communication, building character, and balance. “Students were reminded of some of the dangers they face in the online world, and the importance of knowing who they are talking to in this environment. They also learnt about protecting their digital footprint, and the fact that everything is traceable. Some of the students were surprised to learn that most prospective employers are likely to research them online in the future.” The students were also reminded not to post anything online they wouldn’t want their parents or grandparents to see, and to accept that not everything they see online, or the way in which
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people present themselves, is the truth. Morgan says they were also asked to think about the apps they use, and what is happening to their data. ”Most social media apps require users to be aged 13 years or over, and when students accept the app’s terms and conditions they often, without realising it, sign away rights to images and other content they share within the app.” The importance of balancing screen time with other interests and aspects of their lives was also covered. “It has been an extremely worthwhile discussion, and we look forward to working more closely with parents on issues around cyber safety in the future,” says Morgan.
Rory Smith (OC 2012) from Attitude, delivered an entertaining and highly informative talk on cyber safety to Year 7–8 students.
There has been a strong focus on cyber safety in the Senior Syndicate in the second half of the year, after some potential issues were highlighted during the COVID-19 lockdown, says Year 7 Team Leader, Kelly McBride. “The students were much more reliant on their computers while undertaking online learning at home, when they didn’t have the balance provided by classroom lessons. They were also more susceptible to the everyday risks of the online environment, as they were studying without the security protocols we have in place around technology at the College.”
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Students appreciated the serious topic being tackled in a humorous way.
From the Director of
Development In response to the effects of COVID-19 on St Andrew’s College families, the College established the 2020 Community Support Programme, to provide short-term assistance to families in our College community who were experiencing severe financial hardship at a level that put enrolment of their child, or children, for the remainder of the year at risk. The College allocated substantial funds to this programme and sought contributions from those in our community who were in a position to help.
In March, we were all faced with uncertainty due to COVID-19. Compulsory lockdowns meant that our students and families were confined to their homes and bubbles, and there was a level of financial uncertainty many of us had not experienced before. This was a cause of concern for past, present and future planning – but continue to plan we must.
There was incredible support from within the St Andrew’s College family, including existing parents, Rector Christine Leighton, staff, the Old Collegians Association, Ladies Circle, Burnett Valley Trust, and alumni from near and far. Many parents re-directed their school rebate and this year’s Annual Giving to the programme. Together we raised $198,987 which helped many families to receive fee assistance during this difficult time. Thank you to all for your community spirit, which made a real difference. Once students and staff returned to school and our families to their work and businesses, the Development Office looked for new ways we could support each other during this time of recovery. The Community Business Directory was established with the help of the Communications Department on the College website, to create awareness of businesses owned and professional services offered by current St Andrew’s College families. Over 148 businesses have listed on the directory, which is free to register and use. You can find the link to the directory in the ‘Alumni and our Community’ section on the St Andrew’s College website. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and holiday break. Miranda Newbury Director of Development
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St Andrew’s College has a proud philanthropic culture and long-held tradition of giving back. We are grateful for the generosity shown each year by individuals, families and businesses connected to the College, whose suppor t helps us to provide top class buildings and facilities for current and future students. Our community has once again shown amazing generosity in 2020, and we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge those who have contributed. Theatre Seats and Notes Cody, Luke and Shey Doerner-Corson The Smith family Rober t and Margaret Spark and family New Stowan Club Members 1 Anonymous Andrew J Grant and Prof. Hui Meng Chang and family Rev. Paul and Jo Morrow Miranda and Craig Newbury New Highland Members Burnett Valley Trust Christine and Gavin Leighton Gina (Gough) Satter thwaite: Fife Foundation
Significant gifts over the last 100 years have created the beautiful campus that students enjoy today. We are excited to announce a major gift to the College’s latest development, the Ben Gough Family Theatre, which is being directed towards the Drama and Dance Studios, including professional lighting for both. This gift is in honour of Old Collegian, Blair T Gough (OC 1964), father of Gina (Gough) Satterthwaite, who has made the gift on behalf of the Fife Foundation. Gina’s father, brother, and presently her son, have attended St Andrew’s College, and she is looking forward to how all the new developments will enhance and support current and future students. Over the next few issues of Regulus, we will also recognise the past generosity of several St Andrew’s College families, starting with the Laugesen family.
Laugesen Plaque In 1982, when Keith and Ena Laugesen realised a major fundraising appeal undertaken by the College had no provision to modernise the Fine Arts facilities, they decided to assist with a generous donation, which is the equivalent of around $400,000 today. Ena Laugesen had a personal interest in painting and Keith Laugesen admired the College’s Art Master, Peter Noonan. In his speech at the opening of the building, Keith Laugesen praised the architect, Old Collegian Keith Anderson (OC 1951), the College’s 'dedicated administrators and teachers', and the students of St Andrew’s.
The faith of the Laugesen family in the future of St Andrew’s College was well-founded, as less than 20 years later, another storey was added to the building to accommodate the flourishing Fine Arts Department and to provide an exhibition space, the Maister Gallery. All three of the Laugesen’s sons attended St Andrew’s College from 1949 to 1962. Murray (OC 1953) was Dux of Fendalton Open-air School in 1948 and won a scholarship to St Andrew’s College, as did his brothers, John (OC 1955) and Bruce (OC 1962) in later years. It is extremely important that we honour the generosity of past donors such as the Laugesen family and show gratitude for their foresight and belief in the College community. On Friday 4 September, we were delighted to welcome Murray Laugesen and Bruce Laugesen to the College to view a recently replaced plaque recognising the significant donation made by their parents to assist in the building of the ground floor of the Fine Arts Centre in 1982. If you would like to support the Your Legacy, Our Future campaign, or would like to know more about any of our current projects, please contact our Director of Development, Miranda Newbury, MNE@stac.school.nz or +64 21 339 707.
Initial works on the project got underway in 2019, with strengthening carried out to the existing Gym 1 along with the renovation of its changing rooms, on top of which the new Fitness Centre has been built. The relocation of the Fitness Centre has made way for the design of a significantly larger Theatre Complex, which will be constructed in stage two of this major development. The bulk of these works will take place in 2022. “The relocation has given us space for a much-needed Drama Room and Black Box Theatre for daily Drama teaching, along with a second Ballet Studio, all of which will be built adjacent to the new Theatre Complex,” says David. Other major works on campus this year have included the installation of air conditioning in priority areas of the Arts Block. “COVID-19 has disrupted our development programme. However, we are happy to be nearing completion of the Fitness Centre, which will be a highly utilised facility. We look forward to the progression of the new Ben Gough Family Theatre in due course.” Fitness Centre interior by architects Wilkie and Bruce Architects.
Rector Christine Leighton, with Murray Laugesen (OC 1953), Bruce Laugesen (OC 1962) and Director of Development, Miranda Newbury.
The relocation and construction of the new state-of-the-art Fitness Centre at St Andrew’s College will be completed at the end of November, says General Manager, David Evans. “We are excited to move into this highly resourced, 208 square metre facility, which will support people right across the College community, from athletes in our Athlete Development programmes, to sports teams, individual and Scholarship athletes, multi-sport athletes, swimmers, Physical Education classes, Te Waka groups, boarders, and any staff member or student wanting to improve their fitness and well-being.”
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‘Dining Room Lady’
In 1983, when St Andrew’s College was still a boys’ school, Judy Reilly started her first night shift in the Strowan House kitchen. This was the beginning of an almost 37-year career with the College, which ended in April when the much-loved ‘Dining Room Lady’ retired. Every boarder at St Andrew’s during those years got to know Judy. She was a familiar face at mealtimes and a ‘Mum’ figure to many – someone who was never afraid to give a hug when it was needed, engage in friendly banter, or ‘remind’ students (and staff in the staffroom) if they didn’t meet her unrelenting high standards and expectations. “I’ve sometimes been called grumpy, but when people get to know me, they find out I’m as soft as anything. Quite a few years ago a girl wrote me a note which said, ‘I thought you were hard on me, but then I found out what you were really like’. I keep little things like that.” Judy says she has ‘really missed’ the students since her retirement. “The best part of the job was getting to know a lot of them really well, and I always enjoyed catching up with the Old Cols when they come back to the College for various events.” There were many changes at St Andrew’s College during Judy’s time, with the introduction of girls, and the Christchurch earthquakes, having the
biggest impact. “The quality of meals also definitely improved a lot compared to the simple meals the boys ate when I first started.” Mopping the floor was always the last job of Judy’s workday at St Andrew’s College. Each day when she finished, she would open the door to the office of General Manager, David Evans, and say it was done. “David would say, ‘I’ll get my swimming goggles on.’ It was our daily routine,” says Judy. Catering Manager, Russell Gray, said at Judy’s farewell on Friday 31 July, that in addition to her warmth and caring nature, she is remembered by the catering team for many things – jokes that lasted for years, her taste for curried sausages, her generous pours at functions, and a love of anything competitive. “Judy loves meat raffles, Housie, Woman’s Weekly competitions – there was even a time when she managed to get on the radio while supposedly working, only for us to be listening live in the kitchen to that very station.”
Retired Kitchen Assistant, Judy Reilly chats to Heads of Girls’ Boarding, Libby McKinnel after the Boarders’ Assembly where she was presented with a special Boarding Lifetime Achievement Award. Judy’s husband, John, holds the stunning limestone carving that was presented to her.
Russell says he misses his ‘trusty soldier and rock’, who worked so hard with an infectious grace loved by all. “She has been there through my various life stages and would even on occasion remind me to ring my mum.” Former MacGibbon House Manager, Joe Leota, was another to pay tribute at the farewell, when he said Judy is ‘one of a kind’, with a generous spirit and larger than life personality. Observations from others in the College community included, ‘massive heart’, ‘has a soft spot for those who use their manners,’ ‘a bit scary to the boys until she gets to know you, then it’s banter all the way’, and ‘the boarding girls loved Judy as they felt very much at ease talking to her and miss the hugs’. Retiring is not really in Judy’s nature. She now works part-time as a carer and cook, and volunteers with the New Zealand Blood Service, for whom she has also donated blood more than 115 times. “I had some good times at St Andrew’s College, but I’m enjoying semi-retirement and having more time to spend with my whānau,” she says. Judy was delighted to return to St Andrew’s to attend the Boarders’ Assembly, where she was presented with a Boarders’ Lifetime Achievement Award.
Judy catches up with Jackson Stewart (Year 13) after the Boarders’ Assembly.
St Andrew’s College A set of The John Robert Godley Memorial Trust’s limited edition book set, Godley Gifts, featuring writings and artwork by early Canterbury settler, James Edward FitzGerald, was gifted to St Andrew’s College at a special chapel service in August. FitzGerald’s great-granddaughter, Sue Blakely, presented the beautifully bound set of three small books on behalf of the Trust. “It is a magnificent gift, and an important piece of New Zealand history, which expands our understanding of Canterbury history, and ignites our interest in the people who so greatly influenced the founding of colonial Christchurch,” said Rector Christine Leighton. Included in the Godley Gifts is a copy of Seadrift, regarded as New Zealand’s first fully illustrated storybook for a child. FitzGerald, who was the first Canterbury Association settler to come ashore from the first four ships on 16 December 1850, wrote the story about a sailing vessel for Arthur, the young son of his great friend, John Robert Godley, who is considered the founder and leader of early Canterbury. Over a period of years, FitzGerald accompanied his text with stunning watercolour images, partly inspired by his new environment, and its bush and coastline. Once finished,
FitzGerald sent the book to Arthur Godley, who by then was back in England with his family. The book remained a family treasure for four generations of the Godley family, but no one in New Zealand knew it existed. That was until 2000, when Haydn Rawstron MNZM, and Trustee of the John Robert Godley Memorial Trust, organised events in England to mark the colonial settlement of Christchurch. In appreciation for the commemorations, he was invited to meet the late Pamela Rice, a member of the Godley family into whose possession Seadrift had been willed. “We met in a simple coffee shop, and she pushed a battered brown envelope across the formica table. I couldn’t believe my eyes when inside was the original copy of Seadrift, which descendants of the Godley family wanted to gift back to New Zealand. Apart from the cover being a bit loose, it was in magnificent condition.” FitzGerald had many key roles in early Canterbury. He was its first Superintendent, was briefly the first ‘premier’ of New Zealand, became the first Auditor General of New Zealand, and was the founder and editor of The Lyttelton Times, and The Press.
The Godley Gifts three-book set was published in 2007 in a limited edition of 100 sets. The second and third books include another set of 34 watercolours painted by FitzGerald which depict early Canterbury, and a series of essays by David McPhail about the gifts, the donors, and the original recipients. Haydn Rawstron attended the presentation at St Andrew’s College with his wife, Dorothee Jansen, while Sue Blakely was accompanied by her husband Jerry, son Nick, granddaughter Charlize (in Year 8 at St Andrew’s), and grandson Xavier, who will attend next year. Another grandson Connor Blakely previously attended St Andrew’s. Coincidentally, Xanthe Pearce (Year 9) who was the soloist during Stacchorus’s beautiful rendition of The Skye Boat Song to conclude the chapel service, also has links to the first four ships, with her great-great-great-grandmother arriving on the Cressy.
The Godley Gifts are available to view in The Green Library and Innovation Centre.
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Sue Blakely, Charlize Blakely (Year 8), Rector Christine Leighton, Dorothee Jansen, Xavier Blakely, Nicholas Blakely, and Haydn Rawstron at the presentation.
Wickedly subversive, camp, and enormous fun are just some of the ways to describe this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senior Production, Cry-Baby. The students covered up any disappointment they may have felt about the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reduced run due to COVID-19 restrictions, and delivered enthusiastic, highenergy performances, with the toe-tapping extravaganza proving just the tonic for a trying 2020.
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Director and Head of Drama and Dance, Laurence Wiseman, says he stumbled upon Cry-Baby a year ago, and was immediately taken with the ‘ridiculous comedy’, although he knew it would be a challenge for the young cast to deliver its satirical elements. “It was not an easy feat, but I believe the show achieved this through the diligence and tenacity of the young performers. The students created a performance which was high energy, fast paced and funny, yet still sincere. They rose to the challenge, took all the unexpected knockbacks and persevered. I am extremely proud of them all. Their enthusiasm often sustained my own enthusiasm throughout the process.” The cast and production team originally started preparing for the show in October/November 2019 when auditions were held, with rehearsals and then the performances in May, cancelled due to the lockdown. The rescheduled shows were also hit due to the Alert Level 2 restrictions in August and September. This
led to a contingency plan, with a reduced number of sociallydistanced performances for parents of the cast only, enabling the show to go on. “I was extremely grateful to Rector Christine Leighton and Arts Co‑ordinator, Ginnie Thorner, for their sheer determination to find a solution, despite the difficulties.” As always, the show was very much a team effort, with Laurence supported by a group of “talented individuals who shared a vision for Cry-Baby, and for a very long time, committed wholeheartedly to ensure it was realised,” he says. These included Musical Director, Duncan Ferguson, who conducted the band, comprising Mitchell Kohing (Year 12 – guitar), James Rainey (OC 2012 – wind), Samuel Foote (Year 12 – keys), Heather Webb (guitar) and Charles Pitts (Year 13 – drums) whose joyful and seamless delivery of the upbeat score, played a big part in creating the show’s high energy atmosphere. Production Manager, Ginnie Thorner, and Choreographer, Hana Pearce (OC 2019) also had pivotal roles, with the dance numbers being a colourful riot of flying feet and waving hands.
The vibrant 1950s set, costumes, and hair and make-up were also on point. Laurence says Cry-Baby’s final number, Nothing Bad’s Ever Going to Happen Again, was the perfect finale to the show. “The humour lies in the sheer conviction, ignorance, and joy the characters have while singing it. It may be silly and ridiculous, but one cannot help but tap one’s feet and smile, and perhaps for five minutes, allow ourselves to share in that ignorant joy that nothing bad is ever going to happen again. After all that 2020 has been, I don’t think that is such a terrible thing to hope for.”
Cry-Baby is a comedy, set in 1954 Baltimore, which satirises musicals and the 1950s era in America. It is the classic tale of ‘good girl’ meets ‘bad boy’ from the wrong side of the tracks, with all the chaos that ensues when rival tribes of teens collide.
The story of Cry-Baby is a well-worn trope – good girl meets bad boy, they fall in love, overcome a series of obstacles, and love wins the day. What is different about this show is its infectious silliness and humour. The show opened with a rollicking number, The Anti Polio Picnic, which featured the whole cast, and included powerful solo performances by Grace Lawrence (Year 11) playing Mrs VernonWilliams, Sage Klein (Year 13) in the central role of Allison, and Archie Milligan (Year 13) as her would-be boyfriend, Baldwin.
One look between perky Allison and bad boy Cry-Baby, played with James Dean-esque swagger by Jack Calder (Year 12) was enough to ensure Baldwin would soon be cut out of the picture. From the beginning, Sage Klein perfectly captured Allison’s innocence, then her awkwardness as she attempted to hurtle from good girl to bad girl and fit in with Cry-Baby and his gang of tough girls. The character of Allison bridged the gap between the ‘squares’ and kids from the wrong side of the tracks, with Sage’s strong singing, emotional nuances, and comic timing utilised to great effect. In the role of Cry-Baby, Jack Calder (complete with quiff) embodied the 1950s teen heart-throb, showing
toughness on the outside, and sensitivity underneath. He rock-androlled his way around the stage with vigour, sang his solos strongly, and acted convincingly as the smitten, hormone-fuelled rebel. Archie Milligan was superb as smarmy Baldwin, who appeared squeaky clean along with his gang of barbershop-style sidekicks the Whiffles – Xavier Dickason, Rory Dephoff and Benjamin Wilson (all Year 13) who had great fun in the roles. But underneath, Baldwin didn’t appreciate the competition for Allison’s affections, and Archie did a great job of showing the character’s true colours, as he did his best to stitch up Cry-Baby for a crime he didn’t commit.
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Grace Lawrence put in a strong performance as Allison’s overpowering, waspy grandmother, Mrs Vernon-Williams, with her solo, I Did Something Wrong … Once, a stand-out number in the show. One of the funniest performances came from Scarlett Rumble (Year 12) as the unhinged Lenora, who was mad for Cry-Baby, and also just plain mad. Her frenzied rendition of Screw Loose had the audience in stitches. Others to shine were Cry-Baby’s gang – Catelin Riordan (Year 12) excelling as his pregnant, gum-chewing cousin Pepper Walker, Renee Vaudrey (Year 13) relishing her role as the facially disfigured and intimidating Mona Malnorowski, Madeline Bailey
(Year 12) impressive as tough-talking and provocative Wanda Woodward, and Tallis Pritchard (Year 12) strong as soulful and upbeat Dupree. The rest of the cast and ensemble also delighted in their roles, gave it everything, and played a key part in the overall success of the show. With Allison and Cry-Baby’s love finally conquering family secrets, stuffy puritanical values, and wrongful convictions, the big, cheerful, cheesy production number at the end of the show saw it finish on a high.
Rev. Paul Morrow, and Presbyterian Church Schools’ Resource Office Director, Stephanie Wells, chat with Regulus editor, Jo Bailey.
St Andrew’s College is part of a special network of 12 integrated and independent schools which are affiliated to Presbyterian Church Schools. The organisation’s Resource Office has the aim of strengthening the relationship between these schools and the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Presbyterian Church Schools’ Resource Office Director, Stephanie Wells, visited St Andrew’s College in June, when she met with the Executive team, and spent time with Rev. Paul Morrow. She says the Resource Office achieves its aims through resource development and co-ordination, support of Chaplains and related staff, and engagement with leaders of the church schools about what it means to have this special character. “The needs are different for every school, as we work with a diverse mix of girls, boys, and co-educational schools, ranging in size from 150 to 3000 students. Some schools have a single or part-time Chaplain, while others, like St Kentigern’s College, have an entire Christian Education Department. My work is largely focused on the Chaplains, as they are main holders of the Presbyterian special character.” Stephanie is in her first year in the role of Resource Office Director. One of her key roles is to organise the Presbyterian Schools’ Conference, the organisation’s main event each year, which gives leaders from affiliated schools an opportunity to meet, network, and listen to some highquality speakers. Unfortunately, the 2020 conference was cancelled due to COVID-19 but is expected to take place
again in 2021. The cancellation meant Stephanie had to find alternative ways to connect Chaplains this year, which was achieved mainly through regular online Zoom sessions, she says. Rev. Paul Morrow says the annual conference provides a unique opportunity for Principals and Chaplains to meet and network. He enjoys the high level of engagement and the opportunity to make some strong connections. “It is great to be in regular contact with Chaplains from similar schools, who share the same ethos. The conference is also a great opportunity for Chaplains from smaller isolated schools, and new Chaplains, to network and band together.”
Sacristans provide great
The Sacristans at St Andrew’s College have an important role, supporting College Chaplain, Rev. Paul Morrow, in the organisation and running of services in the Centennial Chapel. “The Sacristans are extremely helpful. They meet in the Centennial Chapel every Thursday morning at 8.00am to set up the Chapel and organise the readings. They also help with all of the organisation for the Sunday evening services we hold for each year group,” he says. This year there are seven Sacristans in the Secondary School, with representatives from each year level, while four students fulfil the role in the Preparatory School each term. Sacristans in the Secondary School generally continue in the role each year. Around three years ago, a new tradition was introduced, when the Head Sacristan and Assistant Sacristan speak at the Week 2 chapel service in Term 3, about the current DPR value, says Paul. “Our Head Sacristan, Timothy Justice, and Assistant Sacristan, Abby Jones, each spoke for a few minutes about the DPR Value of Honesty and did a wonderful job.”
He says there is a better connection between the schools and the Presbyterian Church since the Resource Office was created eight years ago. “A strong, organic relationship has developed between myself, the College, and the Village Church, which is part of the Alpine Presbytery, and which used to hold services every Sunday in the Centennial Chapel.” Although COVID-19 caused some disruption to Stephanie’s first year in her role, she was able to achieve her goal to visit all schools in the Presbyterian Church Schools’ network before the Level 4 lockdown. “In 2020 we have seen a sudden overturning of all we expected. Into this unknowing we brought our faith, however unsure, that God is with us. As Christian schools, let us hold on to this as we move into a completely different world from the one which we started the year with.”
Chaplain Rev. Paul Morrow, with the 2020 Sacristans (from left) Emily Morgan (Year 9), Max McIntyre (Year 11), Timothy Justice (Year 13, Head Sacristan), Rev. Paul Morrow, Madeline Clucas (Year 9), Sarah Anthony (Year 11), Abby Jones (Year 12, Assistant Head). Absent: Sophie Hayden (Year 10).
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Gaining the degree is part of Paul’s obligation to be ordained as a Presbyterian Minister, which was formalised at a special ceremony in the Centennial Chapel last year.
Leadership role for Ben After serving as Deputy Head Boy at St Andrew’s College, Ben Oxley (OC 2018) is cementing his place in history at another Presbyterian institution with proud traditions. This year, Ben is the 110th President of the Knox College Student Club, which plays a major role in organising events, and preserving the special culture of Knox College, one of New Zealand’s oldest and best-known residential colleges. Most students are housed in the magnificent ‘castle’, as it’s known, at Knox College, which was founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1909. The College is affiliated to the University of Otago, where Ben is in his second year, studying Psychology. “Rev. Paul Morrow recommended Knox College to me, and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. It’s great to live in this massive castle, and the culture is second-to‑none.” Ben became President in late 2019, following a week-long campaign and election with a student-only vote.
Paul and Jo, and their family, reside on the St Andrew’s College campus, so during the lockdown, Paul was able to spend full days studying in his office in the Centennial Chapel. Apart from taking the ANZAC Day service, and two funerals, Paul was able to totally focus on his studies during the sabbatical. “It was such a relief to have the support of my wife, Jo Morrow, who already does so much in support of the Chapel and is a Religious Education teacher at the College. This made the
Ben’s role is to oversee the Executive of the Club, which organises events such as O Week, Reo Week, and the Cameron Shield (sporting) and Neville Cup (cultural) competitions, against fierce rivals, Selwyn College. He also works closely with the College’s Master, Dr Graham Redding, an ordained Presbyterian Minister and a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, on day-to-day issues at the College.
During the lockdown, Rev. Paul Morrow spent many hours in his office in the Centennial Chapel studying towards a Bachelor of Theology.
transition so much easier. With the Centennial Chapel closed during the lockdown, she did a wonderful job of introducing the Chaplaincy Online initiative to keep the St Andrew’s College community connected.” Two pieces of good news completed Paul’s decade-long journey of university study. His final two grades were both A+, and he learnt he would be graduating at the end of this year. “It was a really rewarding way to finish,” he says.
“Graham is absolutely fantastic to work with. He is always looking out for the best interests of the students and is able to have fun at the same time. We are fortunate to have him". Ben says many students return to Knox College in their second year, given its special character. “It’s hard to put into words how much the place means to people who are living there. It’s great to be part of it.”
Ben Oxley (OC 2018) at Knox College, University of Otago.
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Paul has been working on his degree for 10 years, alongside his full-time chaplaincy work at St Andrew’s College. He completed one paper each year, then in the first half of this year, took a 16-week sabbatical to complete his final three papers. “There were a few times when major events, starting with the Canterbury earthquakes, made me question whether I should take a year off from my studies, but I’m glad I kept the momentum going. It will be wonderful to receive my degree.”
His 16-week sabbatical earlier in the year gave him valuable time to complete his studies and coincided with the lockdown period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Paul had been studying at the New Zealand Bible School, but when the lockdown appeared imminent, spent four hours in the library there, copying all the information he knew he would need to complete the research and writing for his year-long research paper.
The end of 2020 will see College Chaplain, Rev. Paul Morrow, reach another significant milestone, when he graduates with a Bachelor of Theology, majoring in Biblical Studies, from the University of Otago.
You’re a good man
The enduring joyfulness and innocence of the Peanuts gang from Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strips came to life in the Middle School production, You’re a good man Charlie Brown, which was a colourful, whimsical, and very funny show. Director, Ginnie Thorner, says the musical is created through a series of vignettes, most of which can be found in the original comic strips. “The story follows the life and times of the hopeful Charlie Brown, his friends, and his dog, as he navigates what it is to be young in the world. His friends have a colourful set of personalities, which play on many of the attributes we may recall in our siblings or children.”
Portia also had a very strong stage presence and acting skills, and was excellent as bossy Lucy, who was hopelessly in love with Schroeder, feelings which were definitely not reciprocated. Her performances during The Doctor is In (Dr Lucy) and Little Known Facts were especially memorable. Another standout was Marco Leighs (Year 10) as Lucy’s thumb sucking, blanket loving brother Linus, whose acting and comic timing was exceptional, drawing many laughs. As Schroeder, Jack Flanagan perfectly captured the character’s love for Beethoven and classical music, and his disdain for the lovelorn Lucy. Jack has a great singing voice, and he particularly shone in the exuberant production number, Beethoven Day.
Supporting the main actors was a large company, which performed with enthusiasm and playfulness. Some of the soaring harmonies created during the company numbers in the show such as Happiness, and Bows, were breath-taking. The set and costumes were fabulous – a riot of primary colours and cartoon imagery. As always, the live band, led by Head of Music, Duncan Ferguson, did an outstanding job, and kept the audience’s toes tapping throughout. Hana Pearce (OC 2019) returned to create much of the show’s superb choreography. Director, Ginnie Thorner, says she is incredibly proud of the entire team involved in the production, with the cast only making it into the theatre 10 days before the end of Term 3. “The events of this year have posed some serious challenges for productions, and the entire team involved in this show have shown a great deal of flexibility, tenacity, and very hard work. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown reminds us we all have moments of despair and hope, and that we need our friends to help us persevere. It also reminds us we can all find moments of joy and happiness, because, as Charlie Brown says, “Happiness is anyone and anything at all, that’s loved by you.”
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The other five main cast members also sparkled in their roles. The female leaders, Xanthe Pearce (Year 9) as Charlie’s confident sister, Sally Brown, and Portia Bennie (Year 10) as the siblings’ friend, and force of nature, Lucy, were both scene stealers. While all of the young actors did a great job with the American accent, Xanthe completely nailed it. Her performance of My New Philosophy, sung with piano prodigy, Schroeder (played by Jack Flanagan – Year 9) was a highlight.
One of the most beloved Peanuts characters is eager beagle, Snoopy, who was played with enthusiasm and humour by Matthew Lee (Year 9). He was another young actor with a powerful voice, who was clearly relishing the role.
Ethan Bonis (Year 10) did a great job with the difficult task of bringing the naïve young Charlie Brown to life. He beautifully portrayed the character’s vulnerability and despair, alongside his eternal optimism that tomorrow would be a better day. Ethan also shone in the musical numbers.
Kaitiaki project connects
Although it was disrupted due to COVID-19, the Kaitiaki project, driven by Heads of Boarding, Mini Toga and Libby McKinnel, has still managed to build strong connections between boarders of all year levels. Libby says the idea behind the project was to ‘take advantage’ of the co-educational environment at St Andrew’s College as part of the 2020 theme ‘Together by Chance, Connected by Choice’. “We wanted to enhance the interactions between the three Houses, so we could get to know more about our fellow boarders, create a more cohesive environment, and move through boarding as a connected group.” The Kaitiaki project was originally meant to be launched in Term 2, however, due to COVID-19 this was delayed until Term 3. Groups of around 10 students of mixed age and gender, and across
the three boarding houses were set up, with each overseen by a tutor or staff member. Students participated in group activities as part of the project, which also provided excellent leadership opportunities for Year 12 students. “We had an introduction night where groups had to participate in various ice breaker games and ‘speed dating’. Many groups have since had special dinners together, and there was a regular boarding dinner where everyone sat in their groups.” Libby says a highlight of the project has been the greater interaction between year groups and genders, with more boys now visiting Thompson House, which rarely happened before. “The students have enjoyed getting to know others they may not usually talk to and have said the time in their groups is a good opportunity to talk about similar experiences and support each other.”
Heads of Boarding, Mini Toga and Libby McKinnel
Libby and Mini would like to see Kaitiaki continue on as a legacy project. “We hope it will become part of boarding, and students will continue to look forward to catching up, supporting each other, and sharing their journey of boarding together.”
Mid-Winter Christmas Boarders celebrated the end of a challenging Term 2, with a Mid-Winter Christmas themed dinner. Heads of Boarding, Mini Toga and Libby McKinnel, dressed up as a gingerbread man and reindeer, and their band of merry House Leader helpers, hosted an enjoyable feast and fun evening that brought boarders together and lit up faces with lots of smiles. Each House competed in a carol singing competition, with Thompson taking top honours.
The Highland Games may have been disrupted twice, but in true St Andrew’s College spirit, the event went on (albeit in two parts) – and was a great success. A crowd of students braved a freezing wind in the Quad for part one of the Highland Games on Friday 12 June, which had been postponed from its traditional date alongside the Founders’ Day Assembly due to COVID-19. Catelin Riordan (Year 12) made history by becoming the first female in St Andrew’s College’s 103-year history to perform the Address to the Haggis. Her spirited, dramatic presentation of the Robbie Burns’ poem was hugely appreciated. Rutherford took out the first half of the House competition, after each House performed lively renditions of the School Song, House chants, a Scottish song and the St Andrew’s College haka. In their e-newsletter, Heads Up, the Heads of College rated MacGibbon’s House chant, led by Henry Stuthridge (Year 13), as a highlight of this event.
Part two of the Highland Games was disrupted for some weeks due to bad weather and COVID-19 restrictions, but the wait was definitely worth it. On Thursday 24 September, the weather was fine, and the competition was fierce, as competitors from each House took part in Highland dancing, wheat sheaf tossing, medicine ball throwing, and the ‘dead man’s run’. A performance from some of the Highland dancers and the Pipe Band rounded off a great event. Erwin came out on top in part two. After totalling the scores from both days, Rutherford was announced the overall winner.
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A group of over 540 enthusiastic Year 12–13 students finally got to dress in their finest and dance the night away at the 2020 Senior College Formal, which was held on Friday 23 October. The event had been postponed several times due to COVID-19, and was held onsite in Gym 1, which was spectacularly transformed with giant balloons suspended from the ceiling, fairy lights, and the students’ high energy. With fantastic food, a pumping DJ, and a packed dance floor the whole evening, the event was a huge success. Head of Senior College, John Ruge, said a huge thank you to the students and staff who organised the Senior Formal, who overcame a number of logistical obstacles throughout the year.
The 2020 Robert Burns Scottish Scholars, Isabella Galvan and Oscar Bloom (both Year 12), were unable to make the month-long trip to Scotland during the Term 3 holidays due to COVID-19, however it is an experience they will hopefully be able to enjoy in 2021 instead.
due to the pandemic disruption, the students were formally presented with the scholarships at the End of Term 2 Assembly, where they were honoured by a beautiful rendition of the Skye Boat Song, sung by Archie Milligan (Year 13), and a bagpipe tribute from Campbell Wilson (Year 13).
Both students are excited about the honour and are philosophical about the delay. “Flights were about to be booked and kilts were being made, so it was a bit of an anti-climax not to go, however, we now have something to look forward to next year,” says Isabella.
During the trip, the students will visit five Scottish schools independently, and come together for the final week at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh. Honouring Scottish bard, Robert Burns (1759–1796), and visiting many places of significance in Scotland related to Burns, are key aspects of the scholarship, which is supported by Old Collegian, Rob Bruce-Barron (OC 1953). “Robert Burns was someone whose work touched a lot of people. His messages about community, love, and helping each other are particularly relevant today,” says Oscar. “It’s phenomenal that the legacy of someone who died so long ago lives on,” says Isabella.
Oscar says taking the trip in Year 13 means they would have even more things to share. “It is a real honour for us to be selected, and we’re both excited to hopefully go as we near the end of our time at St Andrew’s.” The Robert Burns Scottish Scholars are traditionally presented at the Founders’ Day Assembly. However,
Isabella and Oscar are both actively involved in many activities at St Andrew’s, with Isabella being in the netball A team (and Canterbury U17 netball team in 2019), and touch team. She is also involved in the Community Service Team and Peer Support. Oscar is in the 2nd XI hockey team and plays tennis. He is also a member of the College Senior Debating team (and Canterbury Debating team), and serves on the Well-being Committee, Peer Support, and does a lot of community service work. Both students are looking forward to building on the strong connections between St Andrew’s College and Scottish schools when they hopefully make the trip next year. “It will also be a cool opportunity for us to grow as people, and do something outside our realm of comfort,” says Isabella. The 2020 Robert Burns Scottish Scholars Isabella Galvan and Oscar Bloom (both Year 12) with Rector Christine Leighton, and Roland Burrows, who organises the scholarship.
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The Year 11 Semi-formal on Saturday 26 September was a fantastic event, with lots of smiles, dancing, and the students looking smart and glamorous in their finery! The theme of the night was ‘Spring Fling’, with lots of natural elements in the venue creating a vibrant setting. The Middle School Leaders and helpers, including Year 11 Dean, Sarah Bishop, did a wonderful job of setting up for the night. The prefect team also did an excellent job assisting on the evening. With over 270 students in attendance, there was a fantastic atmosphere, and a great night was had by all.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Gold Awards
Gold Award winners with Dame Patsy Reddy, (back) Grace Donaldson (Year 13), Angus Loader, Jordan Welsford, Lewis Edmond (all OC 2019), Laurence Arundell (OC 2018), James Holyoake (Year 13), (front) Frankie Morrow (OC 2019), Kaitlin Watson (OC 2018) and Zoe Brunton (OC 2019).
Two current students and seven Old Collegians were among a group of 46 young people to be presented with Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Gold Awards in a special ceremony at the St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel on Sunday 11 October. James Holyoake and Grace Donaldson (both Year 13), Lewis Edmond, Frankie Morrow, Zoe Brunton, Angus Loader, Jordan Welsford (all OC 2019), Laurence Arundell and Kaitlin Watson (OC 2018), accepted their awards in
front of around 150 guests, including the Governor General Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy. Others in the official party included Ken Hames (National Chair) and Karen Ross (National Director) of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Aotearoa New Zealand Hillary Award, and Sir Edmund Hillary’s son, Peter Hillary, who presented the awards. St Andrew’s College student and Gold Award winner, James Holyoake (Year 13),
gave a brief speech of thanks on behalf of the recipients, and entertained the audience with stories about his unicycle adventures. Other St Andrew’s College students to have a role on this prestigious occasion were piper, Campbell Wilson (Year 13) and pianist, Samuel Foote (Year 12). Head of Values and Culture, Hamish Bell, who co-ordinates the Duke of Edinburgh programme, was thrilled that many of the recent Old Collegians who had completed their Gold Award, returned to St Andrew’s College to be acknowledged at the official national ceremony. “It is a huge honour for these students and their families to join others from around the country who have also achieved at the highest level. It was also a great chance to reflect on what each individual had achieved. A number of the St Andrew’s College students reflected that their highlight was sea kayaking the Abel Tasman, while others enjoyed giving back to their community through community service.” In early November, Lucy Cammock-Elliot and Emily Whitnall (both Year 13) also completed their Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Gold Awards, and will be recognised at Prizegiving.
Mathematics and Science teacher, Kristian Giles, who runs the Rock School, says while electronic music may have taken the place of rock music for many young people, there are still lots of students who are passionate about rock, and want to create their own music in the genre. “I’m often amazed at which artists the students are listening to and talk to me about. Their interest appears to be largely anchored in the classics.” When they join Rock School, students are guided into groups and write original music to be rehearsed, and then performed, at the annual Smokefree Rockquest competition. “All Rock School members are required to enter Rockquest, and also be up for selection for the four House bands, which participate in the House competition we’ve run over the last couple of years.” Rock School started seven years ago with just a couple of bands. This year, 45 musicians across 10 bands have taken part. With such high numbers, the sessions had to split between Mondays and the usual Fridays after school for a while, to ensure all bands could have some rehearsal space. “We had some great talent this year,
including Casper and the Frowny Face Club, River Moon, Black Wired, which won the Bandquest national finals last year, and Year 12 band, Loose Edge, which along with Black Wired, made it through to the Rockquest regional finals last year. Our two Year 9 bands were also really impressive this year.” Kristian is an accomplished bass guitarist who has appeared in several covers and originals bands, including Hooster, which did well in the early 2000s and played at a Big Day Out. He still regularly gigs in ‘heaps of bands’, and says his influences include the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, who emerged in the early 1990s, when he was in his early years of high school. Soul band coach, Alice Tanner, and guitar teacher, Michael Sumner, are other key members of the Rock School team. Kristian says the social element of Rock School is another key driver to its success. “Getting together to write a song on a Friday afternoon is a cool thing for active relaxers to do. With so much talent between the students and some impressive younger musicians coming through, the future of rock at St Andrew’s College looks bright.” Teacher, Kristian Giles, who runs Rock School, jams with Year 10 band The Afterglows (from left) Morgan Lee, Padric Ballard, Grace Burnett, Struan Gordon, and Luke Brown.
Instead of belting out their original rock songs to a live audience at Smokefree Rockquest, this year the 10 bands from St Andrew’s College had to enter their music in the online version of Rockquest instead, preparing not the usual one – but two original songs, which were recorded live. Judging in the Canterbury Regional round took place early in Term 3 and St Andrew’s College bands did extremely well. Casper and the Frowny Face Club, featuring Alice Burnett, Madeline Bailey, Emma Inglis, William MacKenzie (all Year 12) and Ashton Menzies (Year 11) won the regional final, with River Moon, Pippa McAnergney, Andrew Garbett, Sage Klein, Emily Whitnall, Charles Pitts, and Joshua Barrett (all Year 13), finishing third and winning the ZM Best Song Award. James McIver (Year 9) of High Voltage, won a Musicianship Award. Both bands were invited to submit two new recordings for the Smokefree Rockquest National Finals, with Casper and the Frowny Face Club named as one of the top 20 bands to submit a final two songs for judging. Although they didn’t place in the national finals, it was an incredible achievement for Casper and the Frowny Face Club to be in the top 20 bands in New Zealand.
Casper and the Frowny Face Club (from left) Madeline Bailey, Emma Inglis, Alice Burnett, William MacKenzie (all Year 12) and Ashton Menzies (Year 11).
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Over the last decade or so, the relevance of rock music has been brought into question, with music media regularly signalling its death knell. However, with record numbers of students taking part in the weekly Rock School, rock music at St Andrew’s College is definitely alive and well.
Years On 2008-2020
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From arriving at St Andrew’s College 13 years ago as an energetic and rather chubby child, to leaving these school grounds as a ‘young adult’, this revelation shows me the contribution St Andrew’s has played in my life. The opportunities I’ve taken, alongside endless badminton, and the friendships I’ve made, have sculpted the person I am today. I’m grateful for everyone who has been with me on this journey, regardless of whether it’s been one or 13 years. I will take all these experiences fondly with me into the next chapter of life.
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My 13 years at St Andrew’s College has been a journey full of great memories. They have helped me develop a love for learning new things and granted me many oppor tunities to put this learning to use. I am glad to have been a part of the school, and I am thankful for all those who have supported me.
My time at St Andrew’s has been filled with many great memories over 13 years. I am grateful for the friendships I have developed, as well as the oppor tunities I was given during my time here.
y time at St An drew’s College has gone muc h faster than I expected. It se ems weird to think I have sp ent 13 years of my life here, w hich I am so grateful for. St Andrew’s has been a place w hich has show n me plenty of op portunities to find my footing in interests which I will take with me into the future . I have been so privileged to attend St Andrew’s an d thank my parents for allo wing me to ha ve my entire scho oling here. I am so grateful for the memories and friendship s which I have made over the years.
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After being at St Andrew’s College for longer than I can remember, I can honestly say I consider this school my second home. I have made friends who I now consider family, and who have had a profound affect in making me who I am today. I would like to thank my teachers and other members of staff who have always pushed me to be the best version of myself, while always putting the well-being of myself and other students first. My time at St Andrew’s has set me up perfectly for the next chapter in my life, and as excited as I am for that chapter. I am going to miss my time at this school deeply.
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Xavier Guillem ot-Rodgerson My 13-year jour
ney at St Andrew's Co llege has been incredible and life-changing to say the least. I give thanks to the College fo r allowing me to develop lifelon g relationships with students and teachers. The school ha s provided me with exponent ial grow th that has shaped m e to become the young man I am today. When I embark on my next journey, I will cherish not
only the classr oom lessons but al so the lif e lessons that have so greatly influenced me throughout m y 13 years here . From the welco ming smiles that greet you wherever you dwell, to the th in blades of gr ass that gr ac e your eyes as you walk ac ross the green fields, this 13-y ear experience will be remem bered for the rest of my life.
Well-being Week and Assembly
The much anticipated Prefects’ Assembly on Friday 31 July was another enormous success. The clever prefects’ theme of ‘2020 Vision’ inspired a creative film presentation made over many weeks by the Heads of College and whole prefect team, with the assistance of a talented technical team. What transpired was a trip down memory lane from 2010–2020, touching on pop culture and music which has influenced this generation. There were many hilarious and insightful moments, great costumes, impersonations and dance moves, including a TikTok dance featuring Rector, Christine Leighton, Head of Secondary School, Evert van Florenstein, and Head of Senior College, John Ruge. The Morning Comment was delivered by prefect, Marshall Setu, and DPR Awards were presented to Moses Armstrong-Ravula (Year 11 – Middle School) and Oscar Hastings-Bell (Year 13 – Senior College).
Well-being Week saw staff engaging in ‘random acts of kindness’ week, with many thinking of creative ways to show appreciation to a colleague. The week culminated in a special Well-being Assembly, organised by the student Well‑being Committee. Year 13 prefect and 1st XV captain, James Carr, gave a moving personal reflection on coping through adversity. A group of students were presented with Character Awards chosen by their peers. Winners: Senior College: Tehinnah Ratulomai (Year 12 – Humility), Jacob Gavin (Year 12 – Hope), Tapenisa Havea (Year 12 – Social Intelligence), Jack Calder (Year 12 – Teamwork), Xavier Guillemot-Rogerson (Year 13 – Social Intelligence), Alan Fu (Year 13 – Hope). Middle School: Henry Broadbelt (Year 9 – Perspective), Megan Simpson (Year 9 – Humility), Lily Champion-Smith (Year 10 – Teamwork), Sam Moorhead (Year 10 – Hope), Cameron Blackwood (Year 11 – Hope), Charli Watts (Year 11 – Honesty and Authenticity).
The Boarders’ Assembly continues to be an audience favourite, with a variety of small animals taking the stage to provide day students with a snapshot of life on the land. The theme provided a real showcase of the life of boarders, both at school and at home, with senior boarders showing their peers some of the places they live. Recently retired ‘Dinner Lady’ Judy Reilly was presented with a Boarders’ Lifetime Achievement Award at the assembly. This event was postponed several times due to COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions, so the Heads of Boarding, Libby McKinnel, Mini Toga (both Year 13), and the Year 13 boarders showed tenacity and patience to put a great show together in the end.
The Cultural Assembly on Friday 25 September was hosted by Cultural Captains, Archie Milligan and Sage Klein (both Year 13), who both gave articulate and thoughtful reflections on the meaning and value of cultural pursuit. The assembly began with a Year 13 cultural group’s rendition of Break My Stride, with other standout performances including an incredible piping display from recent world champion piper, Campbell Wilson (Year 13), and an impressive item from the Soul Band. Many cultural awards, including the prestigious Colours awards, were presented, and Grace Donaldson (Year 13) was presented with her prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award.
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Boys’ and girls’ assemblies Two inspirational Boys’ and Girls’ Assemblies for Years 8–13 students were held during 2020. Amiria (née Marsh) Rule (Ngāi Tūmatakōkiri/Ngāi Tahu) spoke at the first Girls’ Assembly. An Old Collegian (2001), Amiria had a stellar sporting career, representing Aotearoa/ New Zealand in cricket and rugby. She played over 80 firstclass rugby games, was a member of gold medal World Cup Championship teams and went on to be named New Zealand Rugby Union Women’s Player of the Year in 2010. Amiria shared a heartfelt message which challenged our young women to find meaning in struggle and challenge. She said these are inevitable elements of what it means to be a human and, in finding meaning, true joy can be found.
Head of Middle School Mikae Tuu’u, Science teacher Young-Wook Song, Physical Education and Social Sciences teacher Daniel O’Reilly, 1st XI cricket coach and College Custodian Mike Johnston, Mathematics and Digital Technology teacher Phil Adams and Head of Physical Education Ben Eves
At the first Boys’ Assembly, six Old Collegians who are now members of staff, shared some insight into their journey from being a student to a staff member at the College. Head Boy, Hugh Montgomery (Year 13) and Middle School Leader, Thomas Kamo (Year 11) interviewed 1st XI cricket coach and College Custodian Mike Johnston, Physical Education and Social Sciences teacher Daniel O’Reilly, Head of Physical Education Ben Eves, Science teacher Young-Wook Song, Head of Middle School Mikae Tuu’u, and Mathematics and Digital Technology teacher Phil Adams, who shared stories including their highlights, challenges and what they took away from their time at St Andrew's.
Left: James Tapper (OC 2010) Right: Two Raw Sisters, Margo and Rosa Flanagan
At the second Girls’ Assembly, sisters Margo and Rosa Flanagan of Two Raw Sisters gave an inspiring address. They spoke to the girls about the health challenges they have faced as young women, and how they have worked to overcome them. They also talked about how through their business, Two Raw Sisters, they run workshops to motivate others to see the benefits of plant-based, whole-food eating for creating healthy, vital, and sustainable lifestyles. Their message was that young women can create their own pathway and embrace change.
Amiria (née Marsh) Rule (OC 2001)
The boys heard from James Tapper (OC 2010), who was Head Boy in his final year at the College. James shared some interesting insights into his journey, mainly focusing on cricket and business – in particular, in the way he changed his definition of success. Through various ‘failures’ in cricket and business, James redefined success in his own mind as not achieving a certain outcome but enjoying the process of learning and growing through experiences. He has learnt about resilience, dealing with pressure, and enjoyment in what he does as a result. At the end of his address, he summed his experiences up as when you are in the deep end, ‘learn from the process and get back in the pool’.
Cultural diversity was celebrated at St Andrew’s College during International Week, which culminated in the International Assembly on Friday 14 August. The week started with miso soup and hot green tea for students and staff arriving into school, followed by an entrée of ‘Food Fear Factor’ held by the Languages Department. There was an interesting spread of delicacies from Spain (chicken liver with mushroom and onions), France (snails braised with some interesting herbs) and Japan (wasabi on crackers), which were sampled by some brave souls. Some of the International Week
activities had to be cancelled due to the restrictions of Alert Level 2, however students were still able to enjoy dumpling making and Chinese calligraphy. The International Assembly was a wonderful showcase of the talents of many of the College’s international students. It included speeches from Alan Fu, Ruthie Konusi (both Year 13), Zihui (Alisia) Ren and Jin Kim (both Year 9), followed by a wonderful performance from the Māori and Pasifika group.
The Well-being Committee, led by Manaia Butler and Marshall Setu (both Year 13), brought a long-term vision to fruition, when they hosted 45 students from 22 secondary schools in Canterbury to have a conversation about adolescent well-being. Student leaders spent an afternoon discussing critical questions related to mental health in the current global context. The event concluded with students considering the collective action they could take in the near future to prioritise well-being in Canterbury schools. Head of Well-being, Kerry Larby, says the students were determined this wouldn’t be a traditional conference where students listened to experts speak. “Instead, they wanted to create a space where teenagers from different schools could talk and collaborate. It was to be all about student voice – a conversation.” She says Manaia and Marshall were well supported in their planning of the event by educational consultant, Greg Jansen from Grow Waitaha, and St Andrew's Head of Guidance, Tom Matthews, who both valued the power of student voice and agency. Throughout the afternoon, students formed cross-school groups and, through telling stories to each other, answered three big picture questions. “I was in awe of the insight, maturity, and knowledge in the room. There was no doubt that these students are agents of change. The students left the afternoon buzzing and set up a Facebook group to continue the conversation, with more sessions already planned,” says Kerry.
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Students from 22 Canterbury schools gathered at St Andrew’s for a conversation about adolescent well-being, hosted by the College’s Well-being Committee.
Despite the disruptions of COVID-19, students in the Sustainability Council at St Andrew’s College have continued to work on several initiatives to raise awareness about sustainability and improve the environment within the College and beyond. “We have around 22 members from Years 9–13 in the Sustainability Council, with some amazing young leaders at each year level. The purpose of the committee is to do meaningful work, which gets results,” says Teacher in Charge, Ellen Hampson. This year, the Council has been led by Madeleine Tutty (Year 13) and Isabella Logie (Year 12), who have been supported by Alan Fu (Year 13). “It’s been great to work with a group of students across all year levels who care about making the world a better place for future generations,” says Madeleine Tutty. An Energy Project, led by Ellen, Isabella and Alan, has been a key initiative this year. St Andrew’s College undertook an energy audit organised by General Manager, David Evans, which identified significant potential energy savings throughout the College. “In addition to identifying areas where savings can be made and in time, applying for funds to monitor energy use in every block of the College in real time, a key goal for the Sustainability Council is to
encourage behavioural changes of staff and students around their energy use,” says Ellen. Year 11 leaders have managed several projects this year, including the Paper Recycling project in the Secondary School. Two audits of classrooms were managed by Corin Simcock and Toby Harvie, ensuring classrooms had appropriate recycling bins, and reminding teachers and students of best practice around paper recycling. Corin also developed the staff Climate Change quiz for International Climate Change Day. Rachel Holyoake and Sarah Anthony led the planning for the inaugural Enviro-week activities. Henry Broadbelt (Year 9) and Isabella Logie put together a PowerPoint presentation around paper recycling which they presented to classes in the Preparatory School, to maintain its already high awareness. “The paper recycling project has been a success, resulting in good implementation right across the College,” says Isabella. The 10 ACEE class, supported by the Sustainability Council, has led St Andrew’s involvement with the Eco-Action Project, a Christchurch schools’ initiative stemming from the work of Andrew Newton, Head of Physics at Christ’s College. The project saw St Andrew’s receive 1000 native
seedlings, which students have cared for in a nursery established onsite. The seedlings will be replanted in the Red Zone in 2021, at which time St Andrew’s will receive a further 2000 seedlings. This process will be repeated each year. Reducing E. coli levels in Strowan Stream is another ongoing project for the Sustainability Council. The stream is continually monitored, and Tama Connelly (Year 9) had led a project to build ‘eel hotels’ in a bid to populate the stream with more eels. “Eels improve the eco-system in the stream by eating the algae and scaring away the ducks, which results in a reduction of E. coli levels,” says Alan Fu. A Year 9 initiative has seen the trial of copper mesh filter as another way to improve stream health. The ACEE Programme also launched an initiative to implement a managed retreat of the duck population in Strowan Stream. Collaborations with the prefect team and tutor groups to raise sustainability awareness has been another focus for the Sustainability Council. “I’m incredibly proud of the positive contribution this small, but passionate group of students are making at St Andrew’s,” says Ellen. Teacher in Charge of the Sustainability Council, Ellen Hampson, with the Heads of the Sustainability Council, Isabella Logie (Year 12), Madeleine Tutty and Alan Fu (both Year 13).
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Ballet Academy Artistic Director, Dr Carolyn Cairns, and Dance Tutors, Hyde Sham (Jazz), Sophie Tyrrell (OC 2017 – Hip Hop) and Mackenna Wilson (Year 13 – Contemporary) choreographed stunning works for their classes, while other individual students choreographed and performed original works. The dancers, crew and production team put so much into Dance Revue, ensuring it was another wonderful event, enjoyed by enthusiastic audiences.
The performances were slick, electric, polished and highly entertaining at the annual Dance Revue, held on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 October. Heads of Dance, Catelin Riordan (Year 12) and Mackenna Wilson (Year 13), led an amazing team of talented dancers in the performances, which covered a wide range of genres.
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Ara JazzQuest The Jazz Orchestra, Big Band, and Soul Band all achieved Gold Awards at the Ara JazzQuest. At the Ara JazzQuest Combo competition, Club 347 also won a Gold Award, with Flynn Megaw (Year 12) winning Best Trombone.
The Soul Band performing at Ara JazzQuest.
Ballet Siara Clarke, Eilish Johns (both Year 9), Riley Lyons (Year 10), Teresa Barnhill (Year 12) and Evelyn Clarke (Year 13) were all recognised as 2020 Ballet Scholarship Nomination dancers. This is a special acknowledgement from the highest level Distinction dancers following the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance Examinations. This gives them the opportunity to compete in Wellington at the National Scholarship Awards event against other top high school dancers.
Campbell Wilson (Year 13) has been accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance full-time classical programme for 2021. Riley Lyons (Year 10) competed at the Mosgiel Ballet Competitions and was awarded the Mosgiel Ballet Society nomination for the National Young Performer Award. Two Old Collegians returned to St Andrew’s College to share their time and expertise with dancers in the Ballet Academy. Kate Holmes (OC 2020), now in her final pre-professional year with the New Zealand School of Dance took a Year 9 Technique class. Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (OC 2013) from the Houston Ballet, took a Lunch Open Class with an enthusiastic group of Year 9–13 dancers. Teresa Barnhill (Year 12) placed in the top five of the New Zealand Dance Awards Competition and was Runnerup Champion at the ‘Follow Your Dreams’ Dance Competition. Charlotte Kyle, Annie Young and Sara Yu (all Year 7) were selected from amongst a very competitive group of Christchurch’s top junior dancers to perform in the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s upcoming Christchurch season of The Sleeping Beauty.
The following students received excellent results in the NZAMD examinations. Year 8: Level 6 Honours: Emily Edwards, Lily Ellis, Nadia Marriott and Claudia Russell High Honours: Charlize Blakely Distinction: Matilda MacMillan Year 9: Elementary Diploma Honours: Amelia Kyle and Sienna Spark High Honours: Maia Cook and Chantelle Xiong Distinction: Siara Clarke and Eilish Johns Year 10: Intermediate Diploma Honours: Alistair Gorton, Ella Gunn and Ella Withers High Honours: Padric Ballard, Sophie O’Connor, Caitlin Roberts and Poppy Rumble Distinction: Riley Lyons Year 12: Advanced Diploma Distinction: Teresa Barnhill Year 13: Solo Performance Diploma Attained by Evelyn Clarke and Charlotte Sloper
Audiences were wowed by performances at the Ballet Academy Junior Performance Awards and Senior Showcase in June. During the Senior Showcase, over 70 dancers performed works which included classical, lyrical and jazz, plus NCEA assessment pieces. A group of 20 Preparatory School dancers presented solos and duos before a judge. Special guest dancer was Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (OC 2013), who was home from the Houston Ballet before joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Les Apaches, from left Juliette Ma, Samuel Jeon (Year 12) and Christine Jeon (Year 9)
The talented Chamber Music trio, Les Apaches, made up of Samuel Jeon (Year 12), Christine Jeon (Year 9), and Juliette Ma of Burnside High School, played with exceptional ability and skill to win both the Canterbury District and Southern Regional rounds of the 2020 NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Following the national semi-finals in Wellington, they made it through to top six chamber music groups in New Zealand, winning a Gold Award, which is an outstanding achievement. At the same competition, brass group, Brass Bagatelles, made up of Flynn Megaw and William Lucas (both Year 12), and Caitlin Rea from St Margaret’s College, won the Canterbury Regional Award for Best Performance of a New Zealand work. The trio also won the Woolston Cup for Best Brass Ensemble.
Performers at the Ballet Academy Junior Performance Awards and Senior Showcase.
Pieta Bayley and Friederica Todhunter (both Year 10) each had a creative writing piece selected as one of the best poems in the Given Words poetry competition for National Poetry Day 2020. Saskia Fitzgerald (Year 4) had her poem Little Blue published in the Otago Daily Times Extra! magazine. Maxen Stedman (Year 13) was selected as the winner of the St Andrew’s College Secondary School Creative Writing Competition 2020. Elena Limmer-Wood (Year 13) and Portia Bennie (Year 10) were the runners-up. Year 3 students Austen Fraser, Isabelle Harrison, Henry Palmer and Chloe Sha all had their poetry selected for the June Poetry challenge of a ‘wonder’ poem, for the New Zealand Poetry Box website.
Creative Writing Campbell Wilson, Abraham Hix and Marijke Hinton (all Year 13) were finalists in the National Schools’ Poetry Awards. Only nine finalists were chosen from across New Zealand, so this was an outstanding achievement.
The Cultural Showcase on Friday 12 June, organised by Cultural Captains, Sage Klein and Archie Milligan (both Year 13), was a wonderful celebration of the depth and talents of students at St Andrew’s. The audience enjoyed being back in the Theatre, where they were treated to a varied programme, featuring original music in jazz and rock, songwriting, poetry, film, theatre, and Theatresports. The event raised nearly $360 for Christchurch City Mission.
The following students had their haiku selected for publication in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2020 Anthology:
Film Year 13 students, Jeremiah AndersonGardner and Genevieve Henstock, had their short films, Escape and Cardrona Valley respectively, selected as finalists in the 2020 School Shorts Competition, run by the New Zealand Broadcasting School. Jeremiah’s film Escape won two awards, Best Cinematography, and Best Actor for Jeremy Kent (Year 10).
Despite a smaller audience in attendance due to COVID-19, Film Fest 2020 was a fun-filled night with lots of support and encouragement for the winners. Cultural Captains, Archie Milligan and Sage Klein (both Year 13), looked glamorous on the red carpet, chatting to guests as they arrived.
Best Film went to Jeremiah Anderson-Gardner’s (Year 13) beautifully shot Escape, which won several other awards on the night, including Best Actor for Jeremy Kent’s (Year 10) touching performance. This short film focuses on a lonely teen but at the same time celebrated our city at night and the joys of youth.
Life of Lenny, a mockumentary set on the College campus and directed by Chido Machingura (Year 12), was another crowd favourite and won Best Screenplay. Genevieve Henstock’s (Year 13) Cardrona Valley, a short film set in an iconic South Island destination was a deserving winner of Best Documentary.
• Friederica Todhunter (Year 10), with barley grass; • Campbell Searle (Year 10), with a star; • Jaymee Chen (Year 13), with a climate protest. The following students had their poems selected for publication in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2020 Anthology:
Above: Performing at the Cultural Showcase are Jordan Bourke, Ethan Withers (both Year 13) and Thomas Wells (Year 12). Below: Alexander Woodward (Year 13).
• Skye Atkins, Luke Zhu and Harry Withers (all Year 11);
• Lorna Hart and Pieta Bayley (both Year 10).
Mackenna Wilson (Year 13) was accepted to study dance full-time in 2021 at Brent Street, Sydney. She will be completing a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) focusing on Contemporary. Mackenna has also been awarded a scholarship by Brent Street to offset a portion of the fees.
Top left: Lucy Hamilton (Year 12), Best Screenplay winner, Chido Machingura (Year 12) and Media Studies teacher, Liz Gormack. Top right: Best Documentary winner, Genevieve Henstock (Year 13), with Head of Media Studies,Mia Silverman. Bottom: Jeremiah Anderson-Gardner and Jeremy Kent (Year 10) celebrate their successes.
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The annual Classical Orchestra Concert took place on Tuesday 28 July in the Centennial Chapel, with the audience treated to performances by the nearly 30-strong Preparatory School Orchestra, four chamber groups and our Preparatory School trio. Award-winning groups from the New Zealand Chamber Music Contest, the Brass Bagatelles and Les Apaches, also performed. The evening finished with the Chamber Orchestra, led by Grace Lawrence (Year 11), who performed William Boyce’s Symphony No.1. They were then joined by the remaining students to form the College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Hodgkinson. Led by Samuel Jeon (Year 12), they gave spirited performances of the Grand March from Aida by Verdi, and the Italian Folk Festival, a medley of famous Italian folk songs.
Full results: • Evelyn Clarke (Year 13): U18 New Zealand Highland Dancer of the Year and winner of six championships – Highland Reel, Seann Truibhas, Irish Hornpipe, Single Time Irish Jig, Irish Reel and Sailors Hornpipe’; • Melissa Christie (Year 11): U16 New Zealand Highland Dancer of the Year and winner of four championships – Highland Reel, Sword Dance, Irish Hornpipe and Reel O’Tulloch; • Charlize Blakely (Year 8): U14 New Zealand Highland Dancer of the Year and winner of four championships Highland Reel, Irish Hornpipe, Sailors Hornpipe, Irish Jig, and 12 years Premier Highland Fling;
Evelyn Clarke (Year 13)
Highland Dancing At the Highland Dancer of the Year Competition, three dancers from St Andrew’s College, Evelyn Clarke (Year 13), Milly Christie (Year 11) and Charlize Blakely (Year 8) did incredibly well to be named overall National Champions in their respective age groups. Three other dancers finished in the top five in their age groups.
• Siara Clarke (Year 9): Fifth National Ranking and winner of Seann Truibhas; • Charlotte Kyle (Year 7): Third National Ranking and winner of Sailors Hornpipe and 11 Year Old Premier Sailors Hornpipe; • Amelia Lyttle (Year 5): Fourth National Ranking and winner of 9 Years Premier Highland Fling. Milly Christie (Year 11) was due to represent the New Zealand Highland Dance Company at the New Zealand Military Tattoo at the start of April, Lovat’s Lament, and with his outstanding performance was selected as the overall winner. Campbell also won the New Zealand Young Piper of the Year title for the third year in a row. New Zealand Young Piper of the Year results: • Campbell Wilson (Year 13): New Zealand Young Piper of the Year, and winner of the U21 Piobaireachd, March, Strathspey and Reel, and Hornpipe and Jig; • Timothy Justice (Year 13): First in C Grade Piobaireachd, second in Hornpipe and Jig;
Campbell Wilson (Year 13)
Pipe Major Campbell Wilson (Year 13) has had a fantastic year. He won the prestigious MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd Competition, run by the Highland Society of London, after qualifying as one of eight finalists from Scotland, Canada, and New Zealand. Normally based in Oban, Scotland, and part of the Argyllshire Gathering, this year the competition, with strong entries worldwide was held online. For the final, Campbell had to submit a video recording of him playing Lord
• Maggie McConnochie (Year 6): First overall in D Grade, first in Piobaireachd, and Strathspey and Reel; • Iona Lawson (Year 9): First in D Grade 2/4 March, second in Strathspey and Reel; • Emily Brook (Year 7): Second in D Grade 2/4 March. Quentin Lovatt (Year 10) was third in Grade 3 Bass Drumming at the World Online Drumming Championships. At the Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Silver Chanter Comunn na’
but this event and one scheduled in Melbourne in June, were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic. At the South Canterbury Championships, Milly won the U16 Irish Jig, the South Island Championship Seann Truibhas U16, and the Irish Hornpipe U18. She also won Most Points U16 and U18, and Most Points Dancer of the Day. In Regional Championships, Milly won the U16 Highland Reel Championship, placed second in the U18 Double Jig Championship and received Most Points U16. A group of St Andrew’s College students competed at the Ashburton Highland Dancing Championships alongside a large number of entries from throughout New Zealand. Winners were: • Charlotte Sloper (Year 13) won the Championship Irish Jig U18 and was runner-up Most Points; • Milly Christie (Year 11) won the U16 Seann Triubhas and Irish Jig, won Most Points U16 and placed fourth in the Championship Sailors Hornpipe U18; • Charlize Blakely (Year 8) won the Championship Irish Hornpipe U13 and was runner-up Most Points U14; • Sarah McCarthy (Year 5) won the Novice Cup for the 4-Step Fling.
Piobaireachd (New Zealand and New Zealand Solo Piping Championships, the following students excelled: • Campbell Wilson (Year 13): second in The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Clasp; • Timothy Justice (Year 13): overall C Grade winner; • Iona Lawson (Year 9): overall D Grade winner; • Charlie Kelly (Year 9): Novice event winner. Connor Higgs (Year 10) was third in Grade 2 March, Strathspey/Reel, and 6/8 March in the World Online Piping and Drumming Championships Summer Competition. Georgia Eagle (Year 10) and Emily Brook (Year 7) performed with Piping Pink at the Manawatū Tattoo 2020. The tattoo celebrates Women in the Arts and Piping Pink are a female group of pipers and drummers from throughout New Zealand. Pipers and drummers have competed in numerous other online and live competitions this year, with some online events seeing them judged as far away as Scotland, Australia, and Canada. There are too many results to cover in Regulus, however they will be recorded in Collegian.
Grace Lawrence (Year 11) was one of four finalists (out of 162 entries) in the Play It Strange 2020 Peace Song Competition for her song, When the Weather Changes. Part of her prize was $750 towards recording her track. Music producer, past parent, and 2020 New Zealand Order of Merit recipient, Tom Rainey, came to the College to help Grace to complete a stunning arrangement and recording of the song. Grace was also accepted as second violin in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, to play in December. This is an outstanding achievement, as the orchestra is open for musicians up to 25 years old, and is usually made up of university-level performers. Bryan Cooper (Year 9) was selected to play first trombone/second euphonium in the National Secondary Schools’ Brass Band (South Island).
Play it Strange Sage Klein and Renee Vaudrey (both Year 13) had their songs selected for the Play It Strange Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition Top 50. They each received $750 to have their tracks professionally produced in a local recording studio.
Abby Jones (Year 12) and Libby McKinnel (Year 13) were the first St Andrew’s College students to sit the Certificate in Communicating in Leadership, offered by Speech New Zealand. Both were awarded the highest grading possible – Honours Plus.
Southern Jam Online Award winners at 2020 Southern Jam online were: • Flynn Megaw (Year 12) trombone: Most Outstanding Performer/s and Best Improvisation;
• Grade One (Year 5) – Chloe Monk, Alexa Collis, Anthony Song, Jaden Jia, HanYu (Lana) Li, Nika Meyn (Flexi); • Grade Two (Year 6) – Alexander Dunn, RuoLin (Lauren) Li, Radha Gamble, Sofia Lagias, Allegra Voice, Hamish Longstaffe, Nicholas Burtscher (Flexi), Sophie Keir (Flexi); • Grade Three (Year 7) – Katie Foot, Emily Everest, Edie Burtscher, Montgomery Scott-Lysaght, Ethan Lam, Corbin Revis, Emily Woodgate, Teresa Steiner (Flexi), Georgie Murphy (Flexi), Jessica Drury (Flexi), Ava King (Flexi); • Grade Four (Year 8) – Scarlett Gray, Priya Bartlett, James Anthony, Ivan Ren, Elia Short (Flexi).
The Pipe Band was delighted to be back in the Christchurch Town Hall for StAC Attack 2020. Students from Years 2–13 performed in a variety of items including Pipe Band medleys, Highland dancing including the Highland Fling, The Skye Boat Song sung by Archie Milligan, drum fanfares and piping suites. There was fantastic feedback from the audience about the performances, venue and atmosphere.
• Club 347/Jazz Combo: Best Rhythm Section and Most Outstanding Combo.
Theatre Artist in Residence The Theatre students enjoyed having Alys Hill, New Zealand Director of Zen Zen Zo, as an Artist-in residence for a week. Alys runs the New Zealand Company and a Youth Theatre in Christchurch. She has experience teaching and performing in physical theatre internationally and worked with each class to help them develop performance skills and shape their current piece of devised theatre.
Speech and Drama The following students received Honours results in their Speech and Drama examinations:
Sam Bowden Cooke and Archie Milligan (both Year 13)
Archie Milligan and Sam Bowden Cooke (both Year 13) were members of a scratch team which won the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Theatresports Competition at The Court Theatre. The StAC A team made up of Archie, Sam and fellow Year 13 students Xavier Dickason and Harrison Orange, placed second in competition heats. The Court Jesters were impressed with the performers and invited them to attend a scratch team ‘audition’ to select a team to enter the competition finals. From this, Archie and Sam made it into the scratch team, along with three other students from Burnside High School, Christchurch Girls’ High School, and St Margaret’s College. The last time our Senior Theatresports students had their name on the cup was in 2001.
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Singer/songwriter, Grace Lawrence (Year 11)
Xavier Dickason (Year 13) completed his ASB Performance Diploma in Speech and Drama with Distinction, the highest grading possible for this Diploma. He received an Honours pass in every examination leading to the Diploma.
Cans for Humanity
Life Education Duck Race
This year, House Leaders introduced a great new initiative to promote a ‘Cans for Humanity’ drive. Each House encouraged members to bring along non-perishable items to donate to families in need. This year’s collection was delivered to the City Mission by a winning House representative from MacGibbon and the second placed House, Rutherford.
Radha Gamble (Year 6) had a lot of fun decorating a rubber duck, resplendent in a St Andrew’s College girls’ school uniform, for the Life Education Duck Race. The children in Class 6T christened her ‘Andrea the StAC Duck’. The students were asked to decorate the duck by Keri Dekkers after her visit to the Preparatory School to deliver Life Education at the beginning of Term 3, and Radha happily took on the challenge. ‘Andrea’ raced on Sunday 1 November after being dropped into the Avon River at the Bridge of Remembrance, travelling downstream 650 metres to the finish line at Victoria Square.
The Year 10 collection and visit to Allenvale School The Prefect team ran a very successful activities day at Allenvale School as a community service legacy project. Led by Year 13 students, Albert Bell and Omri Kepes, the prefects raised money through a mufti day, bought sports gear to leave with Allenvale School, and ran a full day of activities for their students. Year 10 students were asked to support a local school in their fundraising drive, and donated Christmas themed items for Allenvale School’s annual Christmas raffle.
National Volunteer Week
Sam Moorhead, Matthew Browne, Toby Cammock-Elliot (all Year 10), Claudia Knight and Tom Wells (both Year 13), with cans collected for City Mission.
During National Volunteer Week, Rector Christine Leighton gave a ‘shout-out’ to all the parent volunteers who generously give their time and talents in so many ways to support life at St Andrew’s.
Year 10 students with donated items for Allenvale School (back) Mia Fraser, Evangeline McNeill, Ashley White, Luke Wylie, Lachlan Odlin, (front) Chelsea Jenkins, Meghan Shearer, Sam Moorhead and Ursula Grant.
Transition Class Year 13 Legacy Project
Collections for St John’s Ambulance A total of $4150.30 was raised from two mufti days and offerings at the Preparatory School Chapel Service, for the St John’s Ambulance. Rennie Brook, Jodie Paterson and Kim Eagle volunteering in the College Cafeteria.
To complete their Legacy Project to develop a strategy to enhance the biodiversity of St Andrew’s College, the Year 13 Transition class planted seven kahikatea and three tree ferns at the south end of Strowan Stream. The trees will feature the students’ names on a name tag at the base of the trunk.
Project Face Shield
Madelyn Harding (Year 4) won the Lego Ambulance and Station for her dress up for the ‘Heart of Gold’ mufti day.
International Student Dinner Each term an International Student Dinner is held for international students and friends at St Andrew’s College. During Term 3, international students from St Margaret’s College, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and Christ’s College were invited to attend, with over 40 students joining in the fun of sharing food, fun activities, reconnecting, and for some, meeting for the first time. The international students were able to share some of their stories and experiences of the lockdown, returning back to their schools and reconnecting with their friends, communities, sport, and service.
During lockdown, William Couper (Year 9) printed 3D face shields with Project Face Shield New Zealand, a group consisting mainly of university students, engineers, and designers. They printed, assembled and distributed thousands of face shields to healthcare workers including midwives, vets, dentists, nurses, rest home workers, COVID-19 testing stations, and other organisations around the country.
Therapy dog visit to the Preparatory School The Preparatory School children enjoyed the Pawsability therapy dog visit, with a gorgeous little Chihuahua receiving plenty of love and attention from the children. The students also had the opportunity to purchase stress balls with the money raised going to support Youthline. The visit was organised by a Year 12 Business Studies groups.
Isaac Houchen, Benjamin Blyth, Jacob Thompson, Joshua Baxter, Iseleli Saumaki, Edward McGuckin, Mike Seaward (Head Groundsperson), James Sharpe, and Jackson Stewart
Tree planting St Andrew’s College students were amongst a large group of Christchurch school students, teaching staff, and parents who planted trees in the Christchurch Red Zone as part of a mitigation strategy to help secure New Zealand’s carbon neutral future.
Eco-Action Year 3 Planting Day
Year 13 students Brendan Harris, Thomas Pike, Olivia Clark, James Sharpe, Tom Simpson, Henry Ullrich and Genevieve Henstock volunteered to collect for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s at Fendalton New World, with over $1000 being raised for these causes.
The Year 3 inquiry for Term 3 was investigating change in our local environment, with a particular focus on the geographical, historical and environmental change of the Port Hills. The social action for this inquiry took the children to Mary Duncan Park, on the east side of the Port Hills, where they enjoyed the experience of planting native trees.
World Vision Abby Jones (Year 12) has been selected as a World Vision Scholarship Leadership winner. She will attend a leadership conference in Auckland in January 2021. As an alternative to the 40 Hour Famine, the student body rose to the challenge of raising $12,000 for World Vision in support of Malawi, as part of a fundraiser called Scream for Malawi, Let’s make the Head Boys Hurt! Head Boy, Hugh Montgomery and Deputy Head Boy, Omri Kepes, bravely agreed to have their legs waxed in front of the Secondary School if the target was reached. The fundraiser, organised by the Community Service team, was hugely successful, and when $12,000 was raised, Hugh and Omri endured the leg waxing, to the delight of the large number of students who gathered in the Quad to watch. The waxing was performed by the team from Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa, who generously supported the event. Community Service Leader, Lucy Cammock-Elliot (Year 13), spoke on the DPR theme of generosity at the Term 2 assembly, and reported that an impressive $15,000 was raised for World Vision overall.
Year 3 students Sarah-Charlotte McKay, Austen Fraser, Kendal Dawson (back), Aaron Yu, Hugo Hills, Henry Palmer, Georgia Gregg, Isabelle Greer, and Kate Li (front) enjoyed planting trees on the Port Hills.
Head Boy, Hugh Montgomery and Deputy Head, Boy Omri Kepes with the Community Service team, and members of the team at Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa (below), who performed the waxing (above).
In December 2019, St Andrew’s College Sustainability Council joined the Eco-Action Nursery Trust, a Canterbury initiative focused on carbon sequestration enhancement and growing native trees and plants suitable for native bird food and habitat within the Christchurch Red Zone. At that time, eight schools had joined the trust. There are now eleven schools collaborating as part of this collective. The seeds are sourced from the Travis Wetlands and grown in satellite nurseries, including the new nursery which has been developed at St Andrew’s. Throughout the year, planting events are organised and the collective school groups along with families and community groups plant out the young trees within the Christchurch Red Zone. St Andrew’s students participated in all of the community planting events this year. In September, 50 students and 10 staff (including the 1st XV rugby squad and coaching staff) repotted 1000 seedlings in two hours. Teacher in Charge of the Sustainability Council, Ellen Hampson, says this is a legacy project the College can be proud of. “Our vision is that every St Andrew’s student will have the opportunity to raise a seedling and plant it in the Christchurch Red Zone as part of our collective effort to mitigate Global Climate Change.”
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Culture Choir Estee Wilke (Year 11) was selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Choir. Highland Dancing Charlotte Sloper (Year 13) and Milly Christie (Year 11) were selected as members of the Highland Dance Company of New Zealand. Orchestra Grace Lawrence (Year 11) was selected as second violin in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. Pipe Band Timothy Justice, Brooke Mathewson (all Year 13), Georgia Eagle and Connor Higgs (both Year 10) were selected for the New Zealand Youth Pipe Band.
Sport AFL Lachlan McBride (Year 12) was selected for the New Zealand U18 Men’s AFL team. Equestrian Gemma Lewis (Year 10) was selected as the non-travelling reserve for the New Zealand U17 Equestrian team. Football Jasmine Donald (Year 13) was selected for the Senior Women’s Team for Māori Football New Zealand which won a TransTasman Clash of the Cultures match against an Australian First Nations team. Ice Hockey Timothy Thomas (Year 12) was selected for the New Zealand U18 Men’s ice hockey team. Indoor Cricket Harry Bisphan (Year 12) was selected for the Under 17 Indoor Cricket team. Rugby After attending the New Zealand Barbarians U18 Development Camp, Joel Parry, Isileli Saumaki (both Year 13) and Torian Barnes (Year 12) were named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ team,
and Mini Toga (Year 13) was named in the New Zealand Barbarians Secondary Schools’ team. Sailing Charlotte Palmer (Year 10) was selected for the New Zealand team to compete in the Asia/Oceania Championships, sailing her Optimist. Skiing Alys Scott (Year 11) represented New Zealand at the FIS Youth Slalom and Giant Slalom U16 races in Pokal Loka, Solvenia and Zagreb. Touch Thomas Ruwhiu (Year 11) was selected for the New Zealand U16 touch team. Trapshooting Maggie Hood (Year 10) and Olly Hood (Year 13) were selected for the New Zealand Men’s and Women’s Skeet teams. Volleyball Anaya Cole (Year 12) was selected for the New Zealand Junior Women’s Volleyball team.
Back row from left: Gemma Lewis (Y10), Timothy Justice (Y13), Connor Higgs (Y10), Olly Hood (Y13), Mini Toga (Y13), Torian Barnes (Y12), Isileli Saumaki (Y13), Joel Parry (Y13), Harry Bisphan (Y12), Timothy Thomas (Y12), Milly Christie (Y11) Front row from left: Charlotte Palmer (Y10), Alys Scott (Y11), Grace Lawrence (Y11), Estee Wilke (Y11), Jasmine Donald (Y13), Charlotte Sloper (Y13), Brooke Mathewson (Y13), Georgia Eagle (Y10), Maggie Hood (Y10) Absent: Anaya Cole (Y12), Lachlan McBride (Y12), Thomas Ruwhiu (Y11)
Leavers’ Assembly 2020 Leavers
Two staff members, Cafeteria Manager, Sharon McDonald and Mathematics teacher, Steve Macintosh were also farewelled and thanked for their service and dedication to St Andrew’s College over more than 30 years.
Deputy Heads of College, Aleisha Davis and Omri Kepes, reflected on the year group’s time at the College, both in the Preparatory School and the Secondary School. The group also enjoyed seeing many photos from throughout the years, as well as a video produced by Jeremiah Anderson-Gardner (Year 13). Many students were celebrated with academic awards and university scholarship recipients were recognised.
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There were many mixed emotions as the 17 Year 12 and 201 Year 13 leavers were recognised at the Leavers’ Assembly on Monday 9 November. The leavers were greeted by Preparatory School students and honoured with a Haka performed by Year 11 students outside the Centennial Chapel.
Sports round up Vintage season of sport It has been an extraordinary winter of sport, with St Andrew’s College winning an unprecedented number of Canterbury titles across several codes despite the challenges and uncertainty presented by COVID-19. The big highlights were the 1st XV rugby winning the UC Cup, Senior A netball winning the SuperNet competition, Senior A Girls’ basketball winning the Division 1 Whelan Trophy final, the Premier Girls’ badminton team winning the Canterbury Interschool Badminton Competition, and the ice hockey team winning the Christchurch High School Ice Hockey League. Following are some of the highlights of a vintage season of sport for St Andrew’s College.
Rugby The St Andrew’s College 1st XV created history by winning the UC Cup for the first time since the inception of the competition, 20 years ago. The hard-fought final at Rugby Park against Christchurch Boys’ High School, saw the determined St Andrew’s team come back from a 20-point deficit early in the match to win 36–24 after playing some entertaining, attacking rugby in windy conditions. Director of High Performance Sport and Rugby, Rod McIntosh, says it was an outstanding performance. “The team showed character and composure to come back and win. It was an exciting finish to a very physical and skilful encounter.” The team won every trophy on offer this season, which has been one of the most successful for rugby in the history of the College. “The team worked hard in pre-season, stayed connected during the lockdown, and went on to play hard, attacking rugby. The team produced eight Crusader Knights rep players, and four students representing New Zealand teams, which reflects the high calibre of athletes in the group,” says Rod. During the season, the 1st XV beat traditional rivals Christ’s College, Christchurch Boys’ High School, Timaru Boys’ High School, and St Bede’s College. After qualifying for the UC Cup Top 4 play-offs, the team met St Bede’s College in the semi‑final, winning a close match 18–14. St Andrew’s College fielded eight rugby teams this season, with two other teams making, and winning, grand finals. After a dominant second half against Christ’s College, the U14 Open team pulled away to win their final 45–10. The U15 Under 63kg (White) team also played attractive, attacking rugby, beating St Bede’s College 43–34 in a tough final. “The coaching and management group are extremely proud of all the players and their efforts both on and off the pitch this season. A great culture has been built and the future of rugby at St Andrew’s College looks very exciting,” says Rod.
Netball The Senior A netball team finished their unbeaten season on a high with an impressive 41–23 win over St Margaret’s College in the SuperNet final. The St Andrew’s girls started the match well, and soon earned a lead which was never threatened. The win was a fitting end to a fantastic season which also saw the team win the Christchurch Regional Tournament and place third in the Saturday competition. Overall netball had a great season, with excellent results over all 12 teams. Others to win their competitions were U17A (undefeated for the third season in a row), Year 10A (Wednesday competition), Year 9A (Wednesday competition and Christchurch Regional Tournament).
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The St Andrew’s College Senior A Girls’ basketball team went into the Division 1 Whelan Trophy finals at Cowles Stadium undefeated during the regular season. They took on a formidable Middle Grange School team in the final and played superbly to win a tough and fast match, 90–59. The girls later won the South Island #COVIDCup, after fending off a spirited challenge from Waimea College in the final. The Senior Boys were also undefeated going into their Thomson Trophy final against Christ’s College, and although they also left it all on the court, went down 94–113. St Andrew’s entered a record 10 teams in competitive competitions this year. The Year 9 Girls’ team was another standout, going through the season unbeaten to finish first in their Friday competition.
The Premier Girls’ badminton team concluded a great season with a nail-biting win in the final of the Canterbury Interschool Badminton Competition. Following an exciting match against Burnside High School, games were tied at 3–3, so the final result came back to a points countback, which St Andrew’s won by just one point, 94–93.
Ice Hockey The St Andrew’s College ice hockey team dominated the final of the Christchurch High School Ice Hockey League against Shirley Boys’ High School. Their intensity of play and skill level got them off to a great start, and they raced away to a strong lead by the end of the second quarter. Although Shirley Boys’ High School came back in the third and fourth quarters, it was too late, with the St Andrew’s team winning convincingly 11–6.
Football It was another successful season for St Andrew’s College football. The girls’ teams performed well, with the Girls’ 1st XI again making the final of the Premier competition, finishing as runners-up after losing a tense, close match against Burnside High School. There were also good results in the boys’ programme, with the Senior 1st XI narrowly missing out on a final’s spot in the Connetics 1st XI competition.
Hockey A record number of students played hockey for St Andrew’s College this year, with a significant highlight being the Girls’ 1st XI beating St Margaret’s College to win the Challenge Shield for the first time in St Andrew’s history. The girls also finished fourth at the South Island Tournament.
From top: Senior A netball team, Senior A Girls’ basketball team, Premier Girls’ badminton team, Ice hockey team.
The Boys’ 1st XI is also in a rebuilding phase, and did well to make the semi-finals, going down to a tough St Bede’s College team, 3–1. Other St Andrew’s teams also performed consistently, which bodes well for the future of the sport.
Volleyball The Senior A Girls’ volleyball team finished second in Division 1 at the Canterbury Championships, where they played an outstanding final against Burnside High School. Losing the first two sets, the girls fought back to tie the score 2–2, before Burnside High School pulled away in the final set. The Girls’ Junior A volleyball team had an outstanding weekend at the Canterbury Junior Volleyball Championships, winning every set and game they played to take the Division 1 title. Lauren Whittaker, Morgan Lee and Tineke Hinton (all Year 10) and Gabrielle Jones (Year 9) were named in the tournament team, with Tineke also awarded the Junior Girls’ Canterbury Championship MVP.
Cricket The 1st XI cricket team beat Christ’s College in the Gillette Cup semi-final. St Andrew’s made 269/8 with Zakary Foulkes (Y13) making an excellent 120 runs. Some good fielding and bowling saw St Andrew’s defend their total to win by 12 runs. The 1st XI played Christchurch Boys' High School in the Gillette Cup Regional Final. Will Anderson (Y12) bowled an outstanding spell to take 4/42, including a hat-trick, however Boys' High made a total of 229/8. St Andrew’s made a solid start with Zakary Foulkes (Y13) anchoring the innings with a quality 90, but unfortunately St Andrew's was dismissed for 188.
Badminton Open, and was winner of the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles at the Badminton North Harbour U19 Open.
The following students were named in Canterbury Basketball Association First Teams: Tom Wells (Y13), Benjamin Ferrier, Alice Egan (both Y12), Henry Spark (Y13), Molly Spark, Ben Chittock (both Y12), Payton Kimber-Reynolds (Y10) and Jenna Hirschfeld (Y11)
The St Andrew’s College team of Henry Spark, Tom Wells (both Y13), Benjamin Ferrier, Ben Chittock, Molly Spark, Alice Egan (all Y12), Jenna Hirschfeld (Y11) and Payton Kimber-Reynolds (Y10) finished second overall at the Hillary Challenge 6-hour Adventure Race, qualifying them for a place in the five-day National Final in 2021. All eight members had to stay together for the duration of the event and work together to obtain as many points as possible during the 2.5-hour mountain bike and the 2.5-hour running rogaine. Two St Andrew’s College teams finished in the top three at the North Canterbury 6-Hour Adventure Race, consisting of a mountain bike from McLeans Island, via the Bottle Lake Forest, to New Brighton followed by a rogaine from New Brighton, around the South Shore Spit and back to New Brighton. The Senior Boys’ team of Henry Spark and Tom Wells (both Y13) got all 750 points available, placing them as the second school team and 12th overall from 90 teams. The Senior Girls’ team of Molly Spark, Alice Egan (both Y12) and Jenna Hirschfeld (Y11) were the third school team and 25th overall.
• Ella Sharpe (Y9): U18 Women; • Lauren Whittaker (Y10): U21 Women. Several students played in national basketball tournaments representing Waitaha (Canterbury): • Lauren Whittaker and Mitchell Corkery (both Y10) played in the U15 tournament; • Madeline-Rose Morrow (Y11), Benjamin Freeman, Tanae Lavery and Jackson Rhodes (all Y12) played in U17 tournaments. The boys’ team were runners-up in the national final.
Boxing Edwin Short (Y10) won the South Island Junior (U16) Under 75kg Boxing Championships by TKO (technical knock-out) in the third round.
At the Badminton New Zealand U19 National Championships, Jack Wang (Y13) won the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles, after winning the Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles at the U19 Canterbury Open. Jack also won the Men’s Doubles and was runner-up in the Men’s Singles and Mixed Doubles at the U19 Waikato
Six students competed at the Canterbury Schools’ Duathlon Championships, held at the Ruapuna Motorsport Raceway, completing a 2km run, 10km bike and a further 2km run. In the Open race, Nate Pringle (Y12) combined with his sister, Eva Pringle (OC 2019), to win the Mixed Team category over a 3km run, 20km bike and a further 3km run distance. Individual placegetters were: • U16 Boys: Max Blockley (Y10) third; • U18 Girls: Emily Allan (Y13) second.
Equestrian The following students placed at the Canterbury Schools’ Dressage Championships: • Sophie Pickens (Y11): First for Turnout, first in Class 2 Level 2B Test, and third in Class 6 Level 2A Test; • Gemma Lewis (Y10): Second in Class 3 Level 1C Test.
Canterbury Sports Awards Jack Wang (Y13) – badminton, and Tapenisa Havea (Y12) – athletics, were nominated for the Outstanding Young Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards at the Canterbury Sports Awards.
Cricket The Girls’ First XI competed in the Canterbury Regional qualifying 20/20 tournament for the National Gillette Venus Cup competition. After losing to national frontrunners, Christchurch Girls’ High School, and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, the team beat St Margaret’s College in the playoff for fifth and sixth.
Jack Wang (Y13)
Seth Moore (Y11) was fourth overall in the Tasman Drone Racing Regional Championships.
In a race against the clock at the Canterbury Schools’ Team Time Trial Championships, the St Andrew’s College U16 team of Joseph Connolly, Max Blockley, Ashton Leask-Walley (all Y10) and Tom Edwards (Y11) finished second in 12.30 minutes, behind Christchurch Boys’ High School and just ahead of Christ’s College.
Ashton Leask-Walley, Max Blockley (both Y10), Tom Edwards (Y11) and Joseph Connolly (Y10)
Sophie Pickens (Y11)
Golf Madeleine May (Y12) was named Canterbury Women’s Golfer of the Year with her highlights including representing Canterbury at number one at the New Zealand Women’s Interprovincial Championships, finishing third at the New Zealand U19 Championships, and winning the 2019 Canterbury Match Play, Canterbury Age Group Championships, Southland Stroke Play, and finishing first equal at the Otago Stroke Play.
Madeleine May (Y12)
The 1st XI Boys’ hockey team beat St Bede’s College 4–3 to win the Connetics Shield. Lucca Burley (Y13) scored three goals in the match.
At the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Multisport Championships, Henry Spark (Y13) was fourth overall in the U19 Boys’ competition and Jenna Hirschfeld (Y11) was second in the U16 Girls’ event. The race consisted of a 4.2km kayak on a lake followed by a 21km mountain bike ride through forest trails, finishing with a 5.5km run.
The 1st XI Girls’ hockey team made history by defeating St Margaret’s College for the first time ever, with their 1–0 victory securing the Girls’ Connetics Shield for St Andrew’s College.
• Boys: Hugh Nixon, Harry Withers (both Y11) and Henry Crump (Y13);
Tom Turner (Y11) was awarded the prestigious Most Improved Junior Player Award by the South Island Polo Association.
• Girls: Aleisha Davis, Ella Heffernan and Jemma Watson (all Y13).
Sasha McIntyre (Year 7)
Milla Newbury (Y11) passed her Inter-Silver New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Association grade tests, which means she can now skate in Open Age grades, nationally and internationally. She won a bronze medal in the Intermediate Novice Ladies grade in Ladies Solo Freeskate at the South Island Figure Skating Championships, which qualified her for the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Championships in October, where she placed fifth overall in the Ladies Single Freestyle Intermediate Novice Grade (U18).
Indoor Climbing Spencer Menzies (Y8) was first in the U14 category at the NZAC National Indoor Boulder Series.
ISSA/CPPSA Winter Tournaments Fifteen teams from the Preparatory School took part in the ISSA Winter Tournament, which included football, hockey, and netball. The Years 7–8 Mixed hockey team, Years 7–8 netball team and the Year 6 football team all won their respective competitions, qualifying them for the CPPSA Winter Tournament. The Years 5–6 netball team also qualified, finishing second in their tournament. At the CPPSA Winter Tournament the Years 7–8 Mixed hockey team did incredibly well to finish first, with the Preparatory School A netball team also impressive to finish third overall.
Angus Laing, Yazan Khanafer and Charlie Russell (all Y6)
Karate Charlotte Palmer (Y10) won gold in kata at the Canterbury Cup.
Karting Harri Silcock (Y12) and Josh Silcock (Y9) competed in the Christchurch Grass Kart Clubs Canterbury Championships, where Harri became the 2020 Grass Kart Champion in the Junior Open Class, and Josh was third overall in the Intermediate Open Class.
Sophia Rutherford (Y12) won the U17A final at the R2K singles regatta in Twizel. Lachlan Muir, Alexander Carrodus (both Y12), Fergus Rutledge and Henrietta Ullrich (both Y11) were selected for the Canterbury U20 rowing team, which competed in a South Island Inter-provincial regatta in October.
Rugby A group of eight St Andrew’s College 1st XV players were selected to attend the Crusaders Knights camp: James Carr, Joel Parry, Hugh Montgomery, Mini Toga, Isileli Saumaki (all Y13), Will Stodart, Torian Barnes and Jack Harding (all Y12).
Oscar Hopewell (Y1) competed at the 2020 New Zealand Mini Motocross Nationals and finished sixth overall.
Jiu-Jitsu Neko Brewer (Y10) and Eli Brewer (Y9) competed at the Oceania Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, where Neko won a gold medal in the Gi and silver in the No-Gi, and Eli won a silver in the Gi and bronze in the No-Gi.
Neko Brewer (Y10) and Eli Brewer (Y9)
Isileli Saumaki (Y13) in action
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Coxswains, Alexander Carrodus (Y12) and Henrietta Ullrich (Y11), along with three rowers, Lachlan Muir, Caleb Brown (both Y12) and Fergus Rutledge (Y11) were selected for the Canterbury Provincial U20 rowing team.
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The following students were selected for Canterbury U18 teams:
Will Stodart, Jack Harding (both Y12) and James Carr (Y13) were named in the Crusaders Junior XV squad which played the Highlanders U18 team in Timaru in October. Ashleigh Brett (Y12) was selected for the Canterbury Women’s rugby wider training squad. The 1st XV played Christchurch Boys’ High School 1st XV in a curtain-raiser to the Crusaders versus Blues game at Orangetheory Stadium, winning 24–19 and claiming the Bill Thompson Memorial Shield for the first time since 2005. Hugh Montgomery (Y13) was named the Sky Sports Player of the Day after scoring two tries
St Andrew’s Community Rugby Fun Day The Community Rugby Fun Day provided a unique opportunity to connect rugby families and the St Andrew’s College community. Teams from all grades from the Preparatory and Secondary Schools had home games through the day. Prior to the 1st XV’s match against Shirley Boys’ High School, which they won 29–13, all teams gathered for a mass haka. Many Old Collegians were in attendance for their Rugby Reunion and enjoyed the great rugby and sportsmanship on display.
A group of seven students travelled to Wanaka to represent St Andrew’s College in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Ski Championships and achieved some excellent individual and team results: Individual Results: • Holly Thomas (Y9): Second Fastest Girl; • Thomas McKendry (Y10): Second Fastest Boy; • Joseph Connolly (Y10): Fifth Fastest Boy. Team Results: • Boys Team – Third: Thomas McKendry, Joseph Connolly and Campbell Searle (all Y10); • Mixed Team – First: Thomas McKendry, Joseph Connolly (both Y10) and Holly Thomas (Y9). The following students made the podium at the South Island Ski Racing Championships: Giant Slalom Podium Results: • Girls U8 – Second: Alessandria Greer (Y2); • Girls U10 – First: Isabelle Greer (Y3); • Girls U14 – Second: Edie Burtscher (Y7); • Girls U14 – Third: Jenna Russell (Y7).
Edie Burtscher and Jenna Russell (both Y7)
Ski Racing A small group of Preparatory School students competed at the New Zealand Snow Sports Junior Interfield Slalom Ski Race at Mt Hutt, with excellent results:
Slalom Podium Results: • Girls U8 – First: Alessandria Greer (Y2); • Boys U8 – Third: Luke Russell (Y2); • Girls U10 Race 1 – Third: Estelle Russell (Y5);
• Luke Russell (Y2): Two gold medals in the Boys U8 races;
• Girls U10 Race 2 – Third: Isabelle Greer (Y3);
• Estelle Russell (Y5): Silver and bronze in the Girls U10 races;
• Boys U12 – Second: Oliver Connolly (Y6);
• Jenna Russell (Y7): Silver and bronze in the Girls U14 races;
• Girls U14 – First: Edie Burtscher (Y7);
• Claudia Russell (Y8): Silver and bronze in the Girls U14 races. Alys Scott (Y11) was the third fastest girl at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Skiing/Snowboarding Championships at Mt Hutt.
Swimming A group of 17 students claimed 20 medals at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ National Swimming Championships, placing them eighth out of 167 schools and the top swim team in the South Island. Four St Andrew’s College relay teams claimed gold medals and Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y12) won gold in the Men’s 17–18 years 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle events. Individual placegetters and gold medal winning relay teams were: • Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y12): gold Men’s 17–18 Years 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, silver 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly; • Angus Kelliher (Y13): silver Men’s 17–18 Years 200m butterfly, bronze 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 200m backstroke; • Manaia Butler (Y13): bronze Women’s 17–18 Years 100m backstroke; • Katie McBride (Y13): bronze Women’s 17–18 Years 50m backstroke; • Connor Barr, Cameron Slee (both Y12), Angus Kelliher (Y13), Taiko TorepeOrmsby (Y12): gold 4×50m medley Men’s 16 and Over, 4×50m freestyle Men’s 16 and Over; • Angus Kelliher (Y13) and Taiko TorepeOrmsby (Y12): gold 2×50m freestyle Men’s Open; • Connor Barr, Cameron Slee (both Y12), Katie McBride (Y13), Maddison Barr, Isabella McConchie (both Y10), Manaia Butler, Angus Kelliher (both Y13), Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y12): gold 8×50m freestyle Mixed Open. At the National Short Course Championships, Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y12) set a New Zealand Age Group Record in the Men’s 50m freestyle and won seven gold medals, six silver medals, and one bronze medal. Angus Kelliher (Y13) won a gold, two silver and four bronze medals, with Manaia Butler (Y13) winning gold and silver in relay events. Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y12) set an unofficial New Zealand Age Group Record in the 50m backstroke at the Swimming Canterbury West Coast Short Course Championships in an outstanding time of 25.16.
• Girls U14 – Second: Jenna Russell (Y7).
Surf Life Saving Flynn McGuinness (Y13) was selected by New Zealand Surf Life Saving to attend the 2020 National Lifeguard School in Waihi, which will give him an Advanced Lifeguard Award.
Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Y12)
At the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Championships, the following students were placegetters: • Rylee McBride (Y8): first breaststroke, second butterfly and relay;
• Anthony Song (Y5): third breaststroke.
Tennis Finlay Emslie-Robson (Y11) was runner-up in the singles and doubles at the Kiwi Indoor Junior Championships. Unfortunately, Finlay couldn’t compete in the finals due to injury. Frank McHarg (Y3) won the Boys 10 and Under singles and was runner-up in the doubles at the Ashburton Trust Junior Open tennis tournament. The Preparatory Boys’ A and Girls’ A tennis teams did extremely well at the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Tennis Tournament, with both teams retaining the titles they won in 2019.
Touch Rugby Mia Montgomery (Y8) was selected for the Touch Canterbury U14 Girls’ Red team and Fynn Harris (Y8) was selected for the Canterbury U14 Boys’ A team. Frank McHarg (Y3) won the Boys 10 and Under singles and was runner-up in the doubles at the Ashburton Trust Junior Open tennis tournament.
Cross Country The College cross country took place around the St Andrew’s campus on a chilly day in late July. All races were very competitive with students, and several staff members, participating. Head of Culture and Values, Hamish Bell, showed that having a solid preparation pays off, as he was the first staff member to finish by a considerable distance.
Individual placegetters were: • Year 9 Boys: Elliot Graves first, Sebastian Serrano Burgos second, Frank Roberts third; • Year 9 Girls: Hannah Hughes first, Alexandra Hirschfeld second, Cherry Zhou third; • Year 10 Boys: Max Blockley first, Tom Harris second, Oscar Trafford third; • Year 10 Girls: Payton KimberReynolds first, Holly Gilray second, Caitlin Roberts third; • Year 11 Boys: Adam Redway first, Couper Killick second, Xavier Beks third; • Year 11 Girls: Jenna Hirschfeld first, Emily Sharp second, Skye Atkins and Pippa Henderson third equal; • Senior Boys: Oliver Graves (Y12) first, Jack Rule (Y13) second, Jake Jackways (Y12) third; • Senior Girls: Neve Moulai (Y12) first, Isabella Gibson (Y12) second, Molly Spark (Y12) third.
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Lucy Hamilton, Lachlan Frazer and Benjamin Steel (all Y12)
Representing Canterbury, the following Year 12 students made the podium at the highly competitive U18 National Water Polo Tournament held in Christchurch: • Lachlan Frazer and Benjamin Steel (Boys U18): Silver; • Lucy Hamilton (Girls U18): Bronze.
A group of 48 Preparatory School students competed at the ISSA Cross Country event, in freezing July weather. The results were outstanding, with several students placing in the top three, and a total of 16 students placing in the top six, to qualify for the CPSSA Cross Country. Top three placegetters were: • Year 5: Hayley Stockwell first, Theo Smith third; • Year 7: Sasha McIntyre second, Jack Shearer second; • Year 8: Jasmine Hooker third.
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• Sam McAlister and Ana Tau (both Y8): second relay;
• William McConchie (Y8): second breaststroke and relay, fourth backstroke;
Winter Tournament Week
With COVID-10 hanging over the winter sport season, there was a lot of uncertainty about how each sporting code might have a meaningful season. Thanks to a lot of hard work done behind the scenes by schools, regional sporting organisations, and Secondary Sport Canterbury, a workable solution was able to be found, which gave individuals and teams the opportunity to compete. Doing away with the representative side of the sports programme, and extending the club/school season, was a common solution for many sports. Winter Tournament Week also had a different look in 2020, with most sports cancelling their national tournaments and only netball, hockey and ice hockey opting for regional alternatives. The St Andrew’s College netball and hockey teams both played in Christchurch – the netballers competing in a Canterbury Regional Tournament, and the hockey teams in a South Island Premiership Tournament. The ice hockey team travelled to Dunedin to compete at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Tournament. There were some excellent results, with the standouts being the Senior A and Year 9A netball teams winning their regional tournaments, and the ice hockey team placing third in the South Island.
The tournament winning Senior A netball (back) Ruthie Konusi, Alice Thomson (both Y13), Isabella Galvan (Y12), Kate Allan (Y13), Tapenisa Havea (Y12), Alex Tutty, Lose Faingaanuku (front) Sophie Innes (all Y12), Emily Allan, Tehinnah Ratulomai, Mia Pearson (all Y13).
Netball The Senior A team went into the Christchurch Regional Tournament with good momentum. They played Middleton Grange School in their first pool game and won 41–28. In their second game, the team came up against a spirited Villa Maria College side. The girls played with intensity and won the match 41–36. On day two, their first match was against Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. The girls maintained their positive momentum from the previous day and won the match 39–20. In the final pool match, St Andrew’s came up against Christchurch Girls’ High School. It was a hard-fought contest which St Andrew’s won 30–23. This put the team in the final against St Margaret’s College, whom they had not played before at this stage of the season. The team brought their ‘A’ game to the final and, with focused determination and a clinical performance, St Andrew’s won the match 34–23 to be crowned Canterbury regional champions for 2020. The St Andrew’s Year 9A and 10A netball teams also played extremely well against other top Christchurch schools’ teams in a Junior regional tournament. The Year 10A team lost to Christchurch Girls’ High School 20–29 in their final to finish runners-up, and the Year 9A team beat Christchurch Girls’ High School 34–27 to win the Year 9 tournament, which was a fantastic result.
The tournament winning Year 9A netball team (back) Madison Hughes, Holly McCarthy, Lucia Croft, Holly Maraki, Molly-Belle Morrow, Ella Sharpe, Abbey Baxter, (front) Gretal Tavendale, Savannah Caulfield, Ruby Beynon, and Grace Vincent-Parr.
Ice Hockey The ice hockey team travelled to Dunedin to compete at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Tournament. On day one, they played well against two tough teams. Although they lost both games, they were real nail-biters. On day two, St Andrew’s started the day with a 4–8 loss in a rough game against the Dunstan Devils, which involved two broken sticks and multiple penalties. In the afternoon, the team had an emphatic 16–0 win against Burnside High School. On the final day, St Andrew’s needed to beat a strong King’s High School team to playoff for third place in the afternoon. Showing real determination, the team fought hard to win 6–1, which put them into a rematch with the Dunstan Devils in the playoff. The St Andrew’s team played strongly to take the match 6–1, placing them third in the South Island, which was a great effort.
Girls’ Hockey The Girls’ 1st XI hockey had an excellent tournament, playing against the strongest sides from around the South Island. They eventually finished in fourth place, following the playoff for third and fourth. The girls were keen to start their campaign well against Craighead Diocesan School. Right from the start, St Andrew’s had the better
net, beating St Andrew’s 3–1. On day three, St Andrew’s played Otago Boys’ High School and, in a similar fashion to the Christ’s College match, the boys had their opportunities but could not convert, losing in the last minute 2–3. They then met tournament favourite, King’s High School, the current Rankin Cup champions. King’s High School dominated most of the game and won 5–1. This left St Andrew’s playing off for ninth and tenth place in the tournament against Nelson Boys’ College. St Andrew’s started well and worked hard throughout the game, winning 4–0 to finish the tournament on a high and claim ninth place overall.
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run of play and scored early. They kept up the pressure to win 5–1. On day two, the team had two matches. The first was against Lincoln High School, who put up a sterling effort, however, St Andrew’s held firm and took their chances, winning the match 2–1. With the team’s confidence growing, they played Columba College, and right from the start the girls threw the ball around and drove down the flanks, winning the match 2–0. The next match against Christchurch Girls’ High School was effectively a semifinal. Christchurch Girls’ High School started well, scoring two quick goals, but St Andrew’s clawed their way back into the game scoring the next two goals to tie the match going into the last quarter. The girls fought valiantly right to the end but lost 2–3. Their final game was a playoff against Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, for third and fourth place. Rangi Ruru Girls’ School started well and were 4–0 up at half time. The St Andrew’s girls never gave up and to their credit played right up until the last whistle blew. Rangi Ruru Girls’ School won 5–0, which placed St Andrew’s fourth in the tournament. This was an excellent result overall against some strong South Island teams.
Boys’ Hockey The Boys’ 1st XI hockey also played in the South Island Premiership Tournament, run by New Zealand Hockey. On day one, they played two matches, the first against Southland Boys’ High School which they lost narrowly 2–3 and the second against Burnside High School, which they won convincingly 7–1. On day two, they played Christ’s College. The match was even, with both teams having scoring opportunities, but Christ’s College was able to put the ball into the back of the
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President I am honoured to be appointed as the President of the Old Collegians Association this year and feel all the more privileged to be the first female President. I hope this will be the start of many more female Presidents to come.
In 2006 when I started at the College as a Year 9 boarder, I was the first female in my family to attend the College. I like to think my grandfathers would be even more proud now. The five years I spent at St Andrew’s were most memorable, and the friendships I have today are testament to the community at the College. In Year 13, I had the privilege of being the Head of Girls’ Boarding. This was the highlight of my time at the College as it provided me the opportunity to work more closely and learn even more from some of the remarkable teaching and boarding house staff. I still enjoy catching up with many of these teachers today. In 2010 I left St Andrew’s, and spent three years working before I attended the University of Canterbury. Now I work as an auditor at Ernst and Young and have spent the last three years working while studying towards becoming a Chartered Accountant. When I was approached by a fellow Old Collegian in 2016 to attend an Old Collegians Association Executive meeting, I was most excited to be back on campus, especially in Strowan House. I have to thank the Executive members for their support and guidance in welcoming me into this role and to Jonathan Wells for his leadership as President for the last two years.
At the Old Collegians Association AGM on Wednesday 9 September there was a ‘changing of the guard’ and significant moment in the College’s history when Meg Black (2010) became the first female president of the Old Collegians Association, taking over from Jonathan Wells (1987). Meg took up the new role with Rector Christine Leighton, Board Chair, Bryan Pearson, and over 40 Old Collegians, Honorary Old Collegians, friends and family in attendance. This special milestone was acknowledged by Rector Christine Leighton, who said it was a proud moment for all young women and young men to see Meg welcomed into this role – and equally proud for Old Collegians. Outgoing OCA President, Jonathan Wells, also congratulated Meg on her new role, and said he had ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ the honour of being President over the last two years. “There have been numerous highlights, most of all the opportunity to connect with the Old Collegian network.”
He said that the Association has continued its long history of financial support to the College, with donations of over $345,000 over the last seven years, as outlined in his 2019 Annual Report. This amount includes the first instalment of the OCA’s $150,000 pledge to the new Ben Gough Family Theatre. The Executive was also unanimous in support of the Community Support Programme through a further $30,000 donation. “I would like to thank the Old Collegian Executive for their support over my term and would like to especially thank Alumni and Events Co-ordinator, Kelsey Williams, for all her work in supporting the Association’s activities. Thank you also to Rector, Christine Leighton, and Board Chair, Bryan Pearson for their open communication and ongoing support of the Association and the many alumni functions. I know this is very much appreciated by our Old Collegians.” Jonathan continues to serve alongside Meg on the OCA Executive together with James Tapper (2010), Louise Merrick (2012), Kelvin McMillan (1977), Mark Mulholland (1973), Nick Letham (2001), Gideon Couper (1987), Stuart Munro (2003) and Zoe Merrick (2014).
Former OCA President, Jonathan Wells (1987), Rector Christine Leighton, and new OCA President, Meg Black (2010).
Being appointed as President in September this year, just two days before attending the Old Collegians Association Annual Dinner, I had the pleasure of speaking to a few from our Old Collegian community. This has been the highlight of the role so far and I look forward to many more Old Collegian events, where I will be fortunate to be able to catch up with many Old Collegians and hear their stories. Meg Black (2010) President
Rector Christine Leighton with members of the OCA Executive (back) Stuart Munro (2003), Nick Letham (2001), Mark Mulholland (1973), Kelvin McMillan (1977), Gideon Couper (1987), (front) James Tapper (2010), Meg Black (2010) and Jonathan Wells (1987). Absent: Louise Merrick (2012) and Zoe Merrick (2014).
Two nights after the AGM, new OCA President, Meg Black, provided a warm welcome to the 85 Old Collegians and special guests who attended the Annual Dinner, with Stuart Munro (2003) doing a great job as MC. The evening began with the traditional piping of guests through to the dining room and the Address to the Haggis, performed by Jonathan Wells (OC 1987) and supported by piper, Richard Hawke (OC 1980), Mark Mulholland (OC 1973) and Geoff Spark (OC 1989). Meg Black in her toast to the College acknowledged the College leadership team, staff, and students with their continued ability to remain strong in the face of adversity, a message that was reinforced by Rector Christine Leighton. The Alister Newton Cup for Service was awarded to Honorary Old Collegian Barry Maister, who was Rector at St Andrew’s College from 1995–2001, for services to sport and
education. Tim Perry (2006) won the Maginness Memorial Cup, Sports Personality of the Year for his feats on the rugby field, having played prop for Tasman, the Crusaders, and Blues, and as an All Black in the 2017 end-ofyear tour. His award was accepted by his parents, Grant and Brenda on his behalf. The Cockram Cultural Award went to Paul McNeil (1979) who is an award-winning graphic designer and artist based in Tasmania. His award was accepted on his behalf by his mother, Myra, and school friend, Dougal Holmes (1979).
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On Saturday 1 August, the College welcomed back over 60 former players from the 1st XV rugby teams from 2010, 2000, 1990, 1980, 1970 and 1960. The group met pre-game in the Strowan House staffroom for drinks and nibbles, where they enjoyed hearing from well-known St Andrew’s College rugby identity Mike (Scrump) Johnston and Rector, Christine Leighton. It was a fun gathering, with many tales told. The reunion attendees were also treated to an entertaining, fast-paced game of rugby, with the St Andrew’s 1st XV overcoming Shirley Boys’ High School 29–13. Many of the group then headed to No.4 Bar and Restaurant to continue catching up, celebrate a well-deserved win, and to reminisce about their time representing the StAC Thistle.
On Friday 16 October, around 95 Old Collegians who attended St Andrew’s College 60-plus years ago, gathered at the Gentlemen’s Luncheon to reconnect and reminisce about the good old days. OCA President, Meg Black (2010), and Board Chair, Bryan Pearson (1980), both attended their first Gentlemen’s Luncheon, and joined with Rector Christine Leighton to welcome the gentlemen back. During the luncheon, Keith Wardell (1949) said a lovely grace, and Euan Hilson (1954) proposed a toast to absent friends. Wal Scott (1959) provided a good-natured toast to the College adding some humorous
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Three very special men gathered at the Gentlemen’s Luncheon to celebrate their 75 Years On reunion. Keith Wardell, Reg Miller and Graham Reynolds all entered the Secondary School in 1945 and have enjoyed a strong connection with the College ever since. They attended the Reunion Chapel Service where a highlight was Pipe Major, Campbell Wilson (Year 13), performing Amazing Grace and Highland Cathedral alongside Bryan Botting on the organ, which evoked wonderful memories. The gentlemen were VIP guests at the luncheon, seated alongside Board Chair, Bryan Pearson (1980), OCA President, Meg Black (2010) and Rector Christine Leighton. They enjoyed reminiscing about their time at St Andrew’s College.
memories. In her reply, Rector Christine Leighton updated the guests on College life and introduced the College Curator, Pip Dinsenbacher. Christine and Pip both acknowledged the responsibility of the College to gather stories and memories from Old Collegians about life at St Andrew’s College and after they left, to be filed for future generations. Pip encouraged the gentlemen to get in contact with her and share their tales. Students from the College’s Barbershop group performed three songs, which was a lovely finish to a luncheon filled with spirit and connection.
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On Friday 16 – Saturday 17 October, the College welcomed back 19 Old Collegians and some of their wives and partners, to celebrate 70 years since
the group first marched up the College driveway in 1950. The festivities included a special chapel service with Rev. Paul Morrow, which was followed by morning tea in Strowan House, then photographs and a quick tour of the new facilities at the College. The group attended the annual Gentlemen’s Luncheon, which was followed by a cocktail party later in the day in the Strowan House dining room. The group reconnected for lunch on Saturday 17 October at organiser Euan Hilson’s (1954) home. There was very positive feedback from those in attendance who were already looking forward to their next reunion. Unfortunately, COVID-19 upset the plans of several Old Collegians living in Auckland and Australia who were unable to attend.
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On Friday 4 September, the Class of 1980–1984 was welcomed back to the College for their 40 Years On reunion. The group met at Strowan House for pre‑dinner drinks, with many reconnections made and memories and laughs shared while looking at the photo boards. Guests were then piped into the dining room for the traditional Reunion Dinner. This featured a slightly unorthodox Address to the Haggis which saw OCA President, Jonathan Wells (1987), and piper, Richard Hawke (1980), along with Richard Smith (1984) and Scott Heasley (1984) enjoy not one but two drams of whisky, as enthusiastic toasts to the piper and the haggis were had. A lovely meal was shared alongside
Rector Christine Leighton, Board Chair Bryan Pearson, and Director of Development Miranda Newbury. COVID-19 restrictions meant the group was unable to attend the 1st XV match against Christ’s College the following day, however, they enjoyed watching a livestream of the nail-biting 33–31 win thanks to Louis Vieceli and The Bangalore Polo Club.
A group of 20 Old Collegians, led by Ian Satterthwaite (1958) and some of his peers, were keen to get together in advance of their next ‘official’ reunion, so gathered along with the 70 and 75 Years On reunion groups, to celebrate a Mid-mark Reunion, or 66 years since they were in the third form at St Andrew’s College. The gentlemen, along with some of their wives and partners, attended the special Reunion Chapel Service and morning tea. Ian’s wife, Biddy then organised an informal ladies’ lunch while the men went on to attend the Gentlemen’s Luncheon. After the luncheon, the reunion group shared a few more memories and possibly the odd exaggerated truth in the Strowan House staff room over a quiet (or maybe not so quiet) beer.
Classnotes Ray Caird (1962) has written a book celebrating the iconic harakeke plant of Aotearoa. Praised as an ‘absolute delight’ by a Listener reviewer, Blood of the Flax is a visually exciting and poetic whānau saga stretching from Gondwanaland to the fashion catwalks of New York. Ray remembers with some fondness the occasional flax bush down by Strowan Stream providing useful cover for ‘guerrilla training manoeuvres’. Back then military training was compulsory in all New Zealand secondary schools, and New Zealand soldiers had recently been fighting in the Malaysian jungles. Harakeke fibre and war is one of the book’s themes. After completing his studies at University of Canterbury, Ray worked as a journalist, and in senior executive positions in Federated Farmers and Fletcher Challenge before setting up his own corporate consultancy business. He then moved with his young family to a lifestyle block in Nelson. He was elected founding President of the Nelson Kiwifruit Growers Association and subsequently established the Abel Tasman Educational Trust, followed by appointment to a range of trustee and other directorships. Ray donated two copies of Blood of the Flax to St Andrew’s College.
Sarah (née Murphy) Lowe (2000) is the Director of Music at The Cathedral Grammar School. She led a project to initiate the Christchurch Cathedral girl choristers, the first professional girl choristers in New Zealand, and possibly the Southern Hemisphere. The girls had their first Evensong at the Cathedral in September and are now regulars there. She is delighted that girls now have the same opportunities as boy choristers as a result of the initiative.
Michael Turner (1983) recently sold his popular Christchurch restaurant, Café Valentino, which he established in Colombo Street in 1991. He led it through the Canterbury earthquakes, which destroyed the building and prompted a move to St Asaph Street. After taking a break, he plans to open a small pizza restaurant.
Jack Duff (2015) graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) in 2019. He was set up for the start of his professional career as an actor when COVID-19 put Melbourne into lockdown. He has gone on to create a podcast, Final Call, to share a perspective on the Australian arts industry. Sam Gilbert (2016) made his Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa debut for The Highlanders as they took on the Chiefs in Dunedin. Sam was in the St Andrew’s College 1st XV in 2015 and 2016, captaining the team in 2016. Britney-Lee Nicholson (2017) was named Striker of the Year and Player of the Year by Mainland Football.
Sarah Argyle (2008) is a teacher at an international school at Arnhem, the Netherlands, where she lives with her Dutch partner, JJ. She wrote a column for Stuff about her experiences of COVID-19 there, life in lockdown, and the slow return to a new normal. Hamish Brown (2009) is working in marketing and advertising in London at m/SIX. He was part of the planning team that received The Drum Marketing Award and a World Media Award for The Groundbreakers – a digital media campaign produced by COPA90 to promote the release of FIFA20. The campaign shone a light on unconventional football stories from around the globe. Martini Talapusi (OC 2013) has re-signed with Rugby ATL, a major league rugby team in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Isaac Shatford’s (2014) musical Ruth (current working title) was selected as the winner of the Music Theatre Melbourne’s competition, COVID: The Musical. Isaac will collaborate with the MTM team, who plan to stage the show in September 2021. Charlotte Elley (2014) is in her fourth season with the Tactix netball team.
Britney-Lee Nicholson (right)
Steven Walton (2017) was a finalist for Student Journalist of the Year at the 2020 Voyager Media Awards. Shilo Klein (2017) was selected for the Canterbury Mitre 10 Cup Extended Squad for rugby. Maeve Burns (2017) has co-directed and choreographed her first show with MUSOC at the University of Canterbury. Nicholas Cain (2017) was also a co-director of the show, a musical cabaret called Never Have I Ever. Maeve is also involved with the Law for Change faculty law club at the university. Chase Jordan (2018) was selected for the Manawatu U20 rugby team.
Canterbury Sports Awards Several Old Collegians were nominated for the Outstanding Young Sportsman, Sportswoman and Sports Team of the Year Awards at the Canterbury Sports Awards: Quinton Hurley (2018) – Swimming, Saxon Morgan (2018) – Triathlon, Louis Clark (2019) – Surf Life Saving and Water Polo, Sam Lane (2015) – Hockey, Olivia Brett (2019) – Canoe, 1st XI Cricket Team (2019 Gillette Cup winners).
Mac Stodart (2019) was named in the 2020 Junior Tall Blacks squad and was drafted into the New Zealand NBL Canterbury Rams. He also won a scholarship to play basketball at Concordia University, Irvine, Southern California.
Isabella Ambrosius (2019) was selected to trial for Hockey New Zealand’s Performance Network.
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Jack Sexton, Dominic Clarke, Sebastian Calder and Charlie Murray (all 2019) were involved in the Canterbury U19 rugby squad.
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Colin MacDonald (1944)
Supporting StAC cricket
Robert Francis Young Kent (1945)
John Dysart (1959)
Richard Booth (1947)
John Blackwell (1964)
Peter Voss (1949)
Graeme Warner (1965)
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Evan Upritchard (1953)
Ian Hamilton (1966)
Clases of 1970–1974 and 1971–1975
Peter Andrews (1953)
Ian Minson (1968)
Ronald (Ron) James Andrew (1954)
Robert Gillanders (1980)
Ian Simmers (1955)
Richard Kerr (1984) passed away October 2018
Winston Silby (1957)
James Percy (1988)
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Email your photo and contact details to Kelsey Williams at KWL@stac.school.nz
Rhys Mariu (2019) was named the Gillette Cup Player of the Year, alongside Jacob Cumming from Otago Boys’ High School, at the online New Zealand Cricket Awards.
Charles Zhang (2019) was awarded a scholarship to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Welcome to the world Zephyr Aspen Vellekoop Son of Tayla (née Ward) VellekoopWard (2009) born 13 November 2019.
Henry Thomas Nutt Son of Mason Nutt (1998) and Kate Brabant (1999) born 15 March 2020.
Harry Geoffrey Burrows
Son of James Burrows (2005), and grandson of Roland Burrows (ex-Head of Secondary School) born 22 January 2020.
Zara Ling Hughes
Aoife Arihia Rafferty
Daughter of Edward Hughes (1994) born 20 February 2020.
Daughter of Ashley (née Adam-Dunn) Rafferty (2009) born 3 April 2020.
Son of Caroline (née Stanton) Rusk (2001) born 19 April 2020.
Misha Bella Adonis
Daughter of Katey (née Adam-Dunn) Adonis (2013) born 13 March 2020.
Caitlyn and Cooper Schumacher
Children of Charlotte Wall (2005) born 5 August 2016 and 21 February 2020.
Eve Mary Kilpatrick
Sienna Niamh Baker Daughter of Aleisha Hanson (2005) born 5 June 2019.
Daughter of Hamish Kilpatrick (2006) and Anna (née Groundwater) Kilpatrick (2006) born 3 September 2019.
ACADEMIC UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS: 70 awarded
Congratulations to our students for their outstanding successes across sports, cultural and academic areas.
SPORT RUGBY: Winner UC Cup – 1st XV
9 ICAS NEW ZEALAND GOLD MEDALS:
Top Mark in New Zealand – Years 10 and 11 Mathematics, Years 7, 9, 10 and 11 Science, Years 8 and 10 Digital Technologies, Year 3 English
Winner Supernet – Senior A
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Runners-up NZSS Beach Volleyball
CANTERBURY PASIFIKA ACADEMIC AWARDS:
Supreme Academic Award
Winner Canterbury Interschool Senior Girls
New Zealand International Biology Olympiad Bronze Award
Winner Christchurch High Schools
YOUNG ENTERPRISE SCHEME:
Winners North Christchurch Young Enterprise Challenge
Winner Division 1 Girls Whelan Trophy (Canterbury Schools)
CREATIVE WRITING: Three finalists National Schools’ Poetry Awards
CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD AWARDS:
Winner SISS Mixed Team
Two Gold Certificates, Four Silver Certificates, Four Bronze Certificates
FOOTBALL: Runner-up Girls’ Premier (Canterbury Schools)
HOCKEY: Runner-up Girls’ Division 1 (Prep) Winner CPPSA Winter Tournament (Prep)
Top 6 NZCT Chamber Music Contest
Winners Girls Canterbury Regionals
Winner Best Team Gross and Individual Canterbury SS Championship Canterbury Women’s Golfer of the Year
CHORAL: NZSS Choir Member
Winners Rock Quest Canterbury Final and Top 20 NZ Band Winner ZM Best Song and Musicianship Awards
Winners CPSSA Tournament (Prep Boys and Girls)
Gold Award ARA Jazzquest Jazz Orchestra, Big Band, Soul Band, Combo and Best Trombone Four Winners Southern Jam Online
Winner SISS Girls Division 1
DUATHLON: Winners Mixed Team Canterbury Schools’
SONGWRITING: Finalist Play It Strange 2020 Peace Song Two Top 50 Play It Strange Lion Foundation
Canterbury Schools’ Dressage – Two Firsts
Two finalists School Shorts
Winner Mixed Team SISS Ski
Top Speaker Canterbury Schools Winner Aotearoa Online Schools Winner Junior Cup Canterbury Schools
NZSS Championships 20 podium finishes
ROWING: SISS Championships 9 podium finishes
THEATRE FEST NATIONALS:
NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVES:
Scratch Team Winners (two members) Canterbury Schools’
PIPE BAND: Winner MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd New Zealand Young Piper of the Year National Drumming and Piping titles
BALLET: Five NZAMD Ballet Scholarship Nominees NZSOD Associate Dancer
Outstanding Cultural Celebrations
Coppélia (Ballet Academy)
NZ Highland Dancer of the Year – U18, U16 and U14
StAC Attack (Pipe Band)
Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival
DUKE OF EDINBURGH HILLARY AWARD:
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Middle)
9 Year 13 Gold Awards
NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVES: 8 Recipients
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