Senior College Handbook 2021

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Senior College Handbook 2021

S T A N D R E W ’ S C O L L E G E

Senior College Summer and Winter Uniform

Years 12–13 GIRLS’ UNIFORM • • • • • • •

Collarless braided blazer; White shirt – short or long-sleeved; Tie – with deep red stripe; Skirt – blue, hem on the knee; Culottes – black (optional); Pinafore – blue (optional); Black tights in winter, white turnover ankle socks in summer; • Black shoes; • Cardigan or vest (optional year round); • Scarf (optional in winter).

BOYS’ UNIFORM • • • • • • • • • •

Collared braided blazer; White shirt – short or long-sleeved; Tie – with deep red stripe; Charcoal shorts or charcoal long trousers; Belt (optional but must be black); Black walk socks with bands in summer; Black or dark grey short socks in winter; Black lace-up shoes; Jersey or vest (optional year round); Scarf (optional in winter).

Senior College Handbook CONTENTS Introduction


Senior College Philosophy



The Options Programme


Informal Talks


Senior College Diploma


Year 13 Leavers’ Profile



– StAC Key Competencies



– Assessment and Reports


2021 Term Dates, Fixtures and Holidays


– Parent–Teacher Interviews and Reports




– Fortnightly notes




– Homework


Care of Property


– Learning


Cellphones / Smart Watches


Learning Support


College Shop


Sports and Cultural Activities


Daily Schedule


Computers and Digital Citizenship


Fees and Accounts


Behaviour Management


The Green Library and Innovation Centre


Medical Matters






Restricted and Prohibited Substances



Senior College Office


Tutor Groups


Staff Contact List






Careers Education and Transition


Student Facilities


Medical Matters


Student Exchanges


Health and Life Skills


Uniform and Grooming




Use of Vehicles


DPR Values






Old Collegians Association







Senior College Philosophy

Welcome to the Senior College I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new students and their parents and caregivers, and to all those returning to the Senior College this year. The Senior College is a unique entity within St Andrew’s College. It is a place of learning, making lifelong friendships and growing the skills and dispositions needed before young people take their place in society and the world at large. You will be presented with a wide range of experiences and opportunities. I hope that you make the most of your time here, take advantage of all that is on offer and make wise and mature choices.

Senior College Philosophy As a modern, independent co-educational school for students from Pre-school through to Year 13, St Andrew’s College offers a learning environment which encourages students to achieve their best. We share the same values (Truth, Excellence, Faith, Creativity and Inclusivity), ethos, classrooms and teaching staff. The Senior College philosophy is to regard students as unique young adults who are developing social responsibility within a co‑educational environment, and preparing for life after College. We expect students to be self-disciplined, self‑motivated, self-directed and to take responsibility for their own decisions, although there is always support and guidance available. We recognise that students have moved from dependence (Primary School years) to independence (Middle School years) to interdependence (Senior College years). We focus on making students aware that working with others and being sensitive to their opinions and beliefs is an expectation of adulthood. Our broad curriculum develops students’ academic, sporting, cultural, spiritual, social and recreational needs and builds balanced, well‑rounded individuals. All students are encouraged to achieve to their highest potential in all pursuits. Senior College teachers

encourage individual responsibility and leadership. They provide quality feedback to students, recognise their success and guide their progress. We expect students to behave in a mature manner and to adhere to the expectations of the Senior College. With the help of their tutors and Deans, students are personally accountable for their own academic and social progress. The Senior College has its own student centre, which includes a Common Room, Cafeteria, study areas, and lockers. Our students enjoy this recognition of their seniority. They are treated as young adults and given particular privileges and freedoms, but with these come boundaries and responsibilites. I look forward to working with you during your final years at school and hope that you recall your days in the Senior College fondly.

John Ruge Head of Senior College


Learning at St Andrew’s College


StAC Key Competencies Having the skills, dispositions and characteristics to lead one’s own learning is vital, both at and beyond school. That is why the key competencies of managing self, thinking, using language, symbols and texts, relating to others, and participating and contributing are taught alongside curriculum content and skills. Our aim is for students to understand what it means to be an effective learner. We want them to be independent, life-long learners. We want them to develop into adults who are equipped with the skills and knowledge to navigate their future with confidence. We want them to flourish. Manage Yourself Be motivated, disciplined, reliable, resourceful, and resilient. Think Be curious about and critical of information, experiences, and ideas, using a range of processes and strategies. Use language, symbols and texts Work with and make meaning of the ways in which ideas are expressed. Relate to Others Interact effectively with a diverse range of people. Participate and Contribute Be constructively involved in your community, at a classroom, College, local, national, and/or global level.

Assessments and Reports Assessment is an important part of the College academic programme. Students will receive two full reports during the year, as well as fortnightly reports commenting on attitude and effort. Tutors will discuss these with students before they are sent to parents, and will explain the meaning of the grades awarded – for example, whether they are based on an examination, class tests or both, and how accurately they indicate what the student’s final grade is likely to be.

Parent-Teacher Interviews and Reports The College is committed to good communication between teachers and parents about the progress and welfare of students. Parents have the opportunity to meet with teachers twice a year to discuss student progress. If you have any immediate concerns about your child’s academic progress or pastoral welfare, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor or Dean. Dates for interviews and reports are always notified on the term calendar with a reminder placed in On Strowan. The College uses an online booking system. An email is sent to all parents with the instructions on how to access it.


Learning at St Andrew’s College

Fortnightly Notes Fortnightly Notes provide the opportunity for teachers to regularly report to parents on the contribution that their son / daughter is making to his / her own learning through their attitude and effort. Each student is scored on a simple 1–5 scale. The scores are explained in the following chart:

5 Consistently achieving

3 –4 Usually achieving

1 –2 Sometimes achieving

Students who are maximising their learning opportunities An ‘acceptable’ level of attitude and effort Unacceptable and will be followed up by the Dean

Parents are able, using their St Andrew’s College login, to access the Notes through the Community Portal: The Notes complement our current bi-annual formal academic report and teacher meetings. They supplement the existing expectation and practice (in accord with our ‘no surprises policy’) of a teacher contacting a parent to share particular concern/s about a student’s attitude, behaviour or progress in class.

Homework The following homework guidelines are taken into consideration when teachers assign homework to any student at St Andrew’s College:

We believe:


• homework is targeted, purposeful, and based on consolidating material already taught in class; • homework is preparation for, as well as practice, reinforcement, and extension of classroom content and skills; • homework encourages self-management, perseverance, and responsibility, which are important learning dispositions needed for success; • homework should not require extra resources or excessive adult support in order for the student to be successful but can provide opportunities for parents to become involved in their child’s learning, although this will naturally tend to diminish as students progress through to Senior College;

• homework should provide opportunities for teachers to give learners feedback on progress; • reading is essential in developing vocabulary and comprehension skills across all subject areas. It broadens knowledge, imagination, and impacts positively on well-being. Thirty minutes reading at least four times a week is strongly recommended at any level of secondary education.

Parents can support their child’s learning at any level of schooling through the following: • make it part of your day to talk to your child about school: What are they learning? What do they find most interesting? What are they struggling with? • support your child in developing regular routines. Research tells us that distributing or spacing the amount of time spent on any one subject is key to learning. Help your child create small spaces of time for homework and revision of material that has been previously taught. It is important that this space is away from any distractions; • get involved, even when your son or daughter is in their final years at school. This doesn’t mean doing it for your child, nor should it involve assessing or marking it. Help them to adhere to agreed daily routines; • check that they are clear about what their teacher’s expectations are. Find out about what they are learning, and what they are expected to produce from home; • see homework as an opportunity for your child to test and get feedback on their learning. Help your child to see errors as a way to help them learn; • ask your child to teach you a concept that they have recently learned. Research tells us that if they are able to teach someone else, they will have learned it; • if your child says they do not have homework, is struggling, or needs some extension, encourage them to review material that has been previously taught, read widely, or get in touch with their tutor or teachers. Fortnightly reports are an opportunity to get feedback on the completion and quality of homework in each subject. Useful resources on learning:

Learning Class Teachers and Heads of Departments Heads of subject departments and class teachers are available to answer questions concerning their subject. Their primary task is to help students successfully negotiate the courses which they are undertaking. Students must ensure that they are familiar with the course content for each of their subjects and with the assessment programme as explained at the start of each course.

Vocational Educational Training Ms Ellen Hampson takes the Transition classes in Years 11, 12 and 13. She helps senior students to develop the skills they need for a successful transition to tertiary education or the workplace. She also runs a Transition to Work programme for individual students completing work experience as part of their weekly timetable.

SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES International Students Director of International Students and Exchanges, Mr Palē Tauti, assists international students to settle into the Senior College. On the academic schedule he acts as an academic mentor and also co-ordinates the International Club, an ideal forum in which new students can develop friendships. Mrs Stephanie Brooks organises ESOL / English programmes to support international students, and provides information and resources for the IELTS, TOEFL and SAT examinations needed for entry into tertiary institutions, both here and overseas.

LEARNING SUPPORT Head of Department Mr Brett Clark co-ordinates the Learning Support Programme. Teacher aides also work with students who require learning support inside or outside the classroom. The objective of this department is to provide support and guidance in order to meet the learning needs of St Andrew’s College students by working with individuals and small groups of students who need learning support. Staff in Learning Support can help with:

• extension programmes; • decision making; • time management; • reader writer; • extra time (assessment). The Senior Learning Support team includes Ms Ellen Hampson, Mrs Shelley Broad and Mrs Ali McCormick. Ms Ellen Hampson organises and co-ordinates the gifted and talented (ACEE) programmes.

St Andrew’s College believes in a holistic education and that co-curricular activity is integral to a young person’s development.

• Year 12 students will be required to take part in at least one co-curricular activity, in either the summer or winter terms; • Year 13 students are not required to take part in any co-curricular activity in either winter or summer terms, but we strongly encourage participation. Exemptions must be cleared with the Director of Sport and Co-curricular Activities, Mr Mark Lane, and will only be granted on medical grounds, for which a doctor’s letter will be needed. Students may not use a part-time job as an excuse to avoid co‑curricular responsibilities. Students are notified through daily notices and sports notice boards when meetings and trials will take place.

COMPUTERS AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP The vision for e-Learning at St Andrew’s College has the student at the centre of all learning and envisions learners who can connect confidently and actively in their community. We aim to produce responsible students who make informed decisions when using ICT in their learning. To support this vision, all students are required to bring their own laptop, selected from a range of recommended models which are described in more detail on the College website. This environment where there is one computer of comparable functionality to each student is known as 1:1 Computing. This is different from a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme where students can bring whatever computer they already own to class.


Learning at St Andrew’s College

Digital Citizenship at St Andrew’s College comprises four strands which are embedded throughout the curriculum.



Being a connected student at St Andrew’s College is to have access to various technologies. A connected learner is fluent in basic computer competencies such as creating and saving files, backing up their content, working towards becoming a fluent typist and has experience with core software to further their learning such as Microsoft Office (or equivalent).

Being a confident student at St Andrew’s College is to understand what it means to be a Digital Citizen – a person that interacts with the digital world around them in a responsible and safe way. This includes:

Students are connected to online resources through the College wireless network and understand their responsibilities as Digital Citizens to make informed choices when it comes to creating and consuming content online.

• respecting themselves and others online and thinking carefully about what personal information they choose to publish; • thinking carefully about the accuracy and authenticity of content they find online; • respecting the ownership and intellectual property of content they find online by accurately referencing the owner or site they obtained content from and by not engaging in piracy of software or other digital media; • responsibly using technology for educational and recreational use; • identifying when they need help and know where / who they can go to and ask for assistance. Students who are confident users of technology at St Andrew’s College use the digital competencies of a connected student in constructive ways to further their learning.



Students at St Andrew’s College will be active users of digital tools in their learning both in and outside of the classroom. e-Learning promotes the ability for students to learn ‘anywhere and anytime’ by breaking down the physical distinction between classwork and homework. Active e-Learners will make use of College resources such as Microsoft OneNote, obtain resources from their teacher, know when assessments are due and engage in collaborative learning with their classmates and beyond.

Students at St Andrew’s College will engage within the wider community of learners and experts by utilising technology and the opportunities it presents to connect with authentic audiences beyond the traditional walls of the classroom.

Active learners will explore opportunities for new styles of learning through technology while recognising traditional skills such as handwriting remain critical to complete formal assessment.


Exercising all facets of responsible Digital Citizenship, students can share their learning through various online platforms. Teachers will also create opportunities for shared learning experiences with students from other schools and countries, along with bringing subject expertise into the classroom through technologies such as video-conferencing.

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT (DISCIPLINE) IN THE SENIOR COLLEGE Principles The behaviour management strategy at St Andrew’s College flows from our founding values. These founding values of the College are based on the Christian faith as expressed within the traditions of the Presbyterian Church. A key principle of Christianity is to “Love your neighbour as yourself”. This principle informs the way we act towards others by:

• putting the needs of others before your own; • serving rather than demanding; • making wise choices. This relational approach focuses on building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships across the school community. By building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships within a school, (staff to staff, staff to student, and student to student), issues are more easily managed, and a safe, highperforming learning environment is promoted. The College endorses a restorative approach to the relationships within its community. This includes:

• building and maintaining respectful relationships with learning at the centre; • the creation of a safe, inclusive culture of caring; • mutual respect, character development and an acceptance of diversity; • the belief that given time, support and a chance to explain, many problems can be resolved; • an inclusive approach to problem solving, where the feelings, needs and views of all involved are considered; • the belief that people have the capacity to change.

A basic restorative conversation includes these questions:

• What happened? (Tell the story) • Who do you think has been affected? (Explore the harm) • What do you need to do to put things right? (Repair the harm) • How can we make sure this doesn’t happen again? (Move forward) If the classroom teacher is unable to resolve an issue, or the issue has occurred outside a classroom environment, then the relevant year level Dean will manage the restorative process.

Withdrawal from Class Being formally withdrawn from class is treated seriously. The consequence will range from a Saturday detention to a Level 4 disciplinary meeting. If a student is withdrawn from class, they must immediately report to the Middle School Office or Senior College Office and stay there until they have received further instruction. A mandatory meeting will take place and parents or caregivers will be informed.

Saturday Detentions Students committing more serious misdemeanours may be required to attend a Saturday detention, either from 9.00am–12.00pm or 1.00pm–4.00pm. Parents will be informed. Non-completion of Saturday detention will result in a six hour detention on the first Monday in the next available College holidays. Saturday detentions take precedence over any College activity other than academic studies.

Senior College Consequence Strategies Where relationships are affected, the College promotes a restorative justice approach wherever possible. In the first instance this approach should rest as much as possible with the classroom teacher.

The Senior College consequence, which takes the form of a study period or some service to others, takes place on Friday at 3.30pm and lasts for an hour. It is primarily for breaches of College rules outside the classroom. Deans may use consequences from time to time at their discretion to reinforce classroom protocols.


Learning at St Andrew’s College

This chart outlines the behaviour management system for the Senior College.


ACTION Out of Class

Uniform and appearance

Verbal warning Uniform Report

Low-level misbehaviour e.g. bad language; littering; chewing gum

Thursday detention/Friday consequence

Serious misconduct e.g. damage to property; off school grounds; theft; repeated misbehaviour in Cafeteria

Contact Dean or Head of Secondary School Saturday detention


Contact Dean Safe@StAC process (see page 12)

In Class One-off offences e.g. insufficient work; no homework; no equipment; chewing gum; inappropriate chatter

Teacher’s own behaviour management processes based on restorative principles (includes fortnightly notes) (Not Thursday detention/Friday consequence)

Contact parents or caregivers and Head of Department or Dean

Repeated offences or serious one-off incidents

[Thursday detention/Friday consequence at Dean’s discretion]

Gross misconduct and/or repeated behaviour which interrupts the learning of other students, or significantly undermines the authority of the classroom teacher.

Withdrawal to the Senior College office [Mandatory meeting with Dean/parents or caregivers/student and staff member to follow withdrawal]

Sports Teams


One-off offences e.g. missed practice; no gear; lack of effort

Coach/manager’s own behaviour management processes based on restorative principles

Repeated offences or serious one-off incidents

Contact parents or caregivers and Director of Sport and Co-curricular Activities or Dean

Pastoral Care and Student Well-being Networks

PASTORAL CARE The goals of the St Andrew’s pastoral care system are to connect students to a key caring adult in the College system, to foster a sense of well-being amongst students, and to encourage students to maximise their potential in the school environment. The Pastoral Care Committee meets weekly to discuss individual student’s needs and to develop policies to meet them. It is chaired by the Head of Secondary School and includes the College Chaplain, the Director of Boarding, the Heads of the Middle School and Senior College, the Head of Guidance, the Head of Learning Support and the Director of International Students and Exchanges. The committee co-ordinates the wide network of people providing pastoral care, which includes Deans, tutors, boarding house staff and Learning Support staff.

DEANS In the Senior College there are Deans for each year group and for International Students. Deans oversee, support and resource the tutors working with students in their year group. They meet with their tutors on Thursday mornings, provide resources for the tutor meetings and help tutors with individual student issues and concerns that have been referred by the tutor or where the seriousness of the issue demands that they get involved. Deans meet regularly with the Head of Senior College and play an important part in the pastoral care of students. Appointments for parents to meet any of the tutors, Deans or Head of Senior College, Mr John Ruge, may be arranged by contacting the Senior College Office on +64 3 940 2025.

2021 SENIOR COLLEGE DEANS Year 12 Dean Ms Sarah Bishop Year 13 Dean Miss Liz Gormack




Tutor groups in the Senior College are arranged so that students remain with the same tutor, where possible, throughout their time at St Andrew’s College. There are separate groups in the Senior College for Years 12 and 13 students.

The objective of this department is to assist students to make decisions at key transition points, and supports their successful transition from school to further education or work. It also aims to develop the career management competencies which will equip students to manage their career pathways and opportunities throughout their lives.

Year group and tutor group meetings are an important part of the communication process, and all students must attend. Tutors have the initial responsibility for academic and pastoral care of students, and meet daily with their students Monday to Thursday (for an extended time) and occasionally on Friday. Tutors will report any academic or pastoral concerns to the Dean of the year group who may then involve the Guidance team if deemed necessary. While the Deans administer many aspects of the year group organisation, they delegate responsibilities to tutors, who will be an important source of information and direction for students. Tutors will be aware of each student’s timetable and options programme, reports, Diploma completion, sporting and cultural activities. If a student has any difficulty in class, or if some aspect of behaviour is called into question, tutors should be informed. Tutors will discuss a student’s grades with them, write comments on reports, assist in ensuring all the requirements of the Senior College Diploma are being met, and help with the preparation of their Leaver’s Profile. Parents are able to contact a student’s tutor by email, phone or personal visit. Conferences involving students, parents and tutors will be held twice a year – at the start of the year and the beginning of Term 3. These conferences are aimed at discussing academic progress, any pastoral care issues, goals for the year and any other relevant matters.

Careers Counsellor Mr Richard Webster

HEALTH AND LIFE SKILLS The College acknowledges the importance of parents and caregivers as the primary and most influential teachers of health and life skills. We provide support by teaching and fostering mature and responsible attitudes towards drugs and alcohol, sexual behaviour, relationships, marriage, family and parenthood, personal identity, gender equity, biculturalism, multiculturalism and other similar issues. We offer effective and appropriate Health and Life Skills programmes during the Senior College years.

St Andrew’s College is firmly founded on Christian principles, and worship in chapel is a central feature of life in the College community. Our College motto, ‘Fides et Patria’ (Faith and Country), presents us with a special challenge as we seek to encourage our students to know and love God, and to serve others within and beyond our College community.

Students can make an appointment to see any member of the counselling team by calling into their offices in MacGibbon House, or by using the Book a Counsellor tab in their Tutor group channel in their Year Group Microsoft Teams. Parents can contact the counsellors directly at any time if they have a concern.

Head of Guidance Mr Tom Matthews




Psychologists Ms Simi Desor Mrs Kate Scott Counsellor Mr Mike Coleman

Both the Careers Room and the Transition classroom are based in the Senior College.

All students and staff attend a weekly service in the Centennial Chapel. The services are led by the College Chaplain, Rev. Paul Morrow. Chapel features in our life in these ways:

• it is a place of prayer and quietness – Chapel services are a time to reflect on all that happens during the term, both inside and outside the school. It is expected that when students enter for chapel all talking ceases. The right of anyone to have access to a quiet environment for personal reflection and contemplation must be respected by all;

• it is a time of learning – A variety of topics and speakers expose students to wide-ranging spiritual insights and attitudes; • it is a centre of giving – In chapel we give time and attention. Each year, students also make substantial donations to a range of charities.

DPR VALUES Some years ago the staff, students and parents of the College settled on seven key values which would become a focus for the College community. These values are promoted in chapel and in tutor groups as part of a programme called DPR (Developing Positive Relationships).

LEADERSHIP A Senior College Leadership booklet providing details of these opportunities is distributed to students in Term 2. The handbook provides information on the qualities, key tasks and application, appointment and feedback processes for all leadership positions, including: Prefects, Senior College Council, Heads of Boarding, Peer Support, Community Leaders, Sacristans and Captains of Culture, Sport and Academia. Senior students will generally be offered a maximum of two leadership positions in any one year, to prevent over-commitment. All Year 12 students will complete an eight week course on leadership.

The seven DPR Values are: Position

• Faith; • Compassion; • Hope; • Respect;

Year 12

College Prefect

Heads of Boarding

Academic Captains

Cultural Captains

The DPR Values for 2021 are:

Year 13

Senior College Council


(Term 1)

Peer Support Leaders


(Term 2)

Sports Captains


(Term 3)

Sports Council

House Leaders

International Exchange Leaders

Heads of International Culture

Heads of Māori and Pasifika

Head of Orchestral and Chamber Music

Head of Jazz

Head of Vocals

Head of Contemporary Music

Pipe Band Officers

Head of Drama

Head of Theatre Sports

Head of Debating

Head of Writing

Head of Well-being

Senior Theatre Manager(s)

Head of Art

Head of Ballet

Head of Dance

Head of Media – Production

Head of Media – Technical

Senior Librarian

Community Service Leaders

Chapel Sacristans

Sustainability Council

Agriculture – TeenAg Committee


Pastoral Care and Student Well-being Networks

SAFE@STAC PROCESS Any bullying behaviour will be viewed seriously. Such behaviour is unacceptable and will always be investigated. Note: If the bullying is of a serious nature (significant physical harm) then the incident will be dealt with at the appropriate step.

Safe@StAC Policy STEP 1 – No Blame Meeting • First step is a no blame meeting between all parties facilitated by the College Counsellor and/or Dean using the restorative justice model; • Follow up over the next few weeks with students; • Counsellor and/or Dean who led meeting will inform Deans/Head of Middle School/ Senior College of meeting and who attended; • Help and support offered to all parties; • Email/telephone call made to parents to explain the situation.

STEP 2 – Dean investigates and handles the process and informs Head of Senior College. • Dean investigates, informs Head of Senior College and where appropriate, the Boarding House; • Meeting with Dean and parents and where appropriate, the Counsellor; • Bullying policy explained; • Explain concern and what happens next and possible consequence(s); • Help and support offered to both parties; • Letter sent to parents with minutes and process.

STEP 3 – Head of Senior College handles process. • Head of Senior College handles procedure; • Meeting with Head of Senior College/Dean/Head of Secondary School; • Parents involved in meeting; • Stand down – in/out of school may be an option; • Conditions of attendance negotiated with Head of Secondary School; • Help and support offered to both parties; • Information sent to Rector and, where appropriate, the Pastoral Care Committee and/or the Boarding House; • Letter sent to parents with minutes and process.

STEP 4 – Head of Secondary School handles the meeting. • Head of Secondary School handles the process; • College Stand-down/Suspension/Exclusion Policy is adherred too; • Help and support offered to both parties.




The Options Programme runs Mondays during Period 6. It is compulsory for Year 12 students and recommended for Year 13 students. Courses last six weeks. Most are based at the College, but some are held elsewhere. Some courses are free of charge, while others charge a fee. Each student is required to complete five courses over their two years in the Senior College. If a student only attends in Year 13 they must complete three courses.

We believe that for students to receive a balanced, well-rounded education, many opportunities should be available. The Diploma provides an extra dimension for Senior College students. It is unique to St Andrew’s, provides a focus and is keenly sought after. Further information about the Diploma can be found by visiting the following link:

Options information for 2021 will be available online at

INFORMAL TALKS Parents do not have to wait until official evenings to see us. Our staff, including Deans, counsellors and senior administrators, are available to discuss your son / daughter’s progress.

THE ST ANDREW’S COLLEGE YEAR 13 LEAVER’S PROFILE AND RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT Leaver’s Profiles and Records of Achievement will be presented at Leavers’ Dinner.


Pastoral Care and Student Well-being Networks

College Operations

2021 TERM DATES, FIXTURES AND HOLIDAYS Term dates are marked on the Term Fixtures calendar and on our College intranet, StACNet.

TERM 1: Year 9 Years 10–13 Term 1 ends

Wednesday 27 January Thursday 28 January Friday 16 April

(Holidays: Monday 19 April – Friday 7 May) THREE WEEKS

TERM 2: Monday 10 May – Friday 9 July (Holidays: Monday 12 July – Monday 26 July) TWO WEEKS

TERM 3: Tuesday 27 July – Friday 24 September

ATTENDANCE Attendance at all classes is compulsory. For unavoidable absences, a voice message should be left on the College Absentee Line on +64 3 940 2031 on the morning of the absence. The message should identify the caller, the reason for the absence and the day(s) of the absence. This College voicemail system is for parents and caregivers only and is not to be used by students. Parents are welcome to email the College with the reasons for a student’s absence at Parents will be notified of accumulated unjustified absences, or if absences are a cause for concern. A list of unexplained absences will be circulated at Monday tutor meetings. It is each student’s responsibility to check and take whatever action is necessary. Explaining unexplained absences and late arrivals can be done with the Attendance Officer, Senior College reception, Dean and in some cases with tutors.

(Holidays: Holidays: Monday 27 September – Friday 15 October) THREE WEEKS

Lateness TERM 4: Monday 18 October – Friday 3 December (Holidays: Monday 6 December)

Term Fixtures is a ’live’ calendar on the intranet. It will be added to / updated as information is received. This can be viewed on the StAC App or on StACNet under College Life. Important upcoming events are also listed in the Secondary School newsletter, On Strowan, which is emailed home twice per term.


Any student who arrives late to school must report to the Senior College Office. Their arrival is documented and a lateness note issued. All lateness notes should be given to the teacher of the class arrived at first. Students who are late to any class during the day must obtain a lateness note from the Senior College Office prior to arriving at class.

Leave Students are encouraged to make all appointments outside school time. If this is not possible, it is a courtesy to inform teachers whose classes will be missed during the appointment time. Students must leave and return via the Leave Book located in the Senior College Office.

Year 12 During the College day, Year 12 students must obtain permission from their Dean, the Senior College Office or the Head of Senior College to leave the grounds. Permission will require a note from a parent or caregiver, a consultation appointment card, the parent or caregiver making prior contact with the school, or at the discretion of the appropriate Dean or the Head of Senior College. Departure and return must be via the Leave Book located in the Senior College Office.

Year 13 One of the privileges of Year 13 is the ability to sign out at lunchtimes only, using the Leave Book in the Senior College Office. The book is self-sign on departure and return. Full and correct uniform must be worn while on lunch leave. Students cannot leave the grounds at other times of the day, unless they have a note from a parent or caregiver, a consultation appointment card, or if the parent or caregiver has made prior contact. Students are not permitted to leave the College during study periods.

Year 13 Home Study In Term 3, Year 13 students are able to apply for home study. This means that they are able to study at home in their scheduled study periods if practicable. Such applications are considered on their individual merit, and the student’s academic achievement in Year 13 is taken into account. Parents are also required to accept responsibility for their son or daughter during these times. Application forms are available from the Senior College Office. Parents or caregivers will be advised of the outcome of such applications.

Special Leave Special leave is generally granted for compassionate reasons affecting immediate family, and for participation in a recognised event (sports, cultural, seminar, conference). Application forms for special leave can be completed online by visiting, and where possible these should be submitted no less than 10 days in advance. Parents or caregivers will be advised of the outcome of such applications. As College holiday dates are well advertised, requests for family holidays during term time, early departures or late returns from holidays are not encouraged, due to the additional pressure placed on both students and teachers, especially in a student’s NCEA years.


College Operations

CAFETERIA The Cafeteria is open before school, at morning interval, and at lunchtime. Fair prices are charged and profits are utilised to provide amenities for the College. The tables in the Cafeteria are to be left clean and rubbish is to be put in the receptacles provided. Parent help is welcomed by the Cafeteria Manager. Please contact the College reception if you are able to help.

CARE OF PROPERTY We are privileged to have such a beautiful campus. As a member of the College family, it is expected that students will respect all areas of the campus, including classrooms, gardens and buildings. Students are responsible for their own property. They are advised against bringing valuables and money to College. They should ensure that clothing and other belongings are named, and lockers, are kept locked. Prevention is the best policy, as recovery of stolen items is unlikely in many cases. Students should also treat others’ property with respect and hand in anything they find to the Senior College Office.


We will be reviewing our cellphone policy during Term 1 of 2021.

COLLEGE SHOP – THISTLES The College Shop – Thistles, is located next to the Normans Road carpark, adjacent to the Senior College, and the hours of operation during term time are 8.00am–4.30pm, with the shop closing on Wednesday at 4.00pm. The shop is also open during the holidays, and the hours of opening will be posted on our website. Alternatively, you may phone +64 3 940 2032 to confirm these details. General stationery items are available from the College Shop for purchase throughout the year. All purchases from the College Shop may be charged to the student’s account, with Eftpos available. The St Andrew’s College uniform is only available from the College Shop – Thistles. See the uniform requirements on page 20. The College PTA runs a Second-hand Uniform Shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.00pm–4.30pm in term time. The Second-hand Uniform Shop is located beside the College Shop, next to the Normans Road carpark.



The College acknowledges the role cellphones and smart watches play in personal security. The following conditions apply, and are non-negotiable:

The Senior College week in periods:

• cellphones / smart watches may be used before and after school, at interval and at lunch; • cellphones / smart watches must be turned off and cannot be used or seen during any scheduled class, or during assembly or during chapel, unless they are being used for the purpose of learning at a teacher’s direction; • cellphones / smart watches are the responsibility of the student.

24 Academic (1 compulsory subject (English) 4 periods / week,

Inappropriate use of a cellphones / smart watches will result in their immediate confiscation. The cellphone / smart watch will be held in the Senior College Office throughout the day for a period of time at the Head of Senior College’s discretion, normally not less than two days. Full details of the College’s cellphone / smart watch policy can be found under College Policies on the intranet, StACNet. The College takes no responsibility for the security of student cellphones smart watches and they should be covered by their own insurance.


(29 periods)

5 self chosen subjects 4 periods / week)

1 Chapel 1 Religious Education 1 Physical Education 1 Study

(supervised) (to include eight week semester course on Leadership)

1 Vocational Recreational (Monday Period 6)


(29 periods)

20 Academic

(5 self chosen subjects 4 periods / week)

1 Chapel 1 Life Skills + Study (1 semester) 1 Physical Education + Religious Education (1 semester) 4 Study


1 Focus

(Monday Period 1)

1 Vocational Recreational (Monday Period 6)

There are 28 classroom periods scheduled each week. Commitments will vary however, depending on involvement in vocational, recreational (options), Religious Education, Physical Education, Life Skills or study. Most Year 12 students are in class for 28 periods a week and Year 13 students up to 24 periods. Timetables will be unique to each student and are approved by Deans. Year 13 study periods are on site and are to be used for academic study or quiet down time. They are not to be used for sports coaching, personal fitness sessions or cultural practices / rehearsals. If study periods are used inappropriately, students may be asked to attend supervised study or to study in an allocated room. Tutor group meetings are held daily on Monday to Thursday (for an extended time). On Fridays where there is no full assembly, there may be either a Senior College assembly run by the Head of Senior College or a Deans’ meeting with the relevant year groups. These will run from 8.25am–8.55am, followed by a six period teaching day. Lunchtime is at 12.35pm each day and the Cafeteria is open before school, at morning interval and at lunchtimes.

FEES AND ACCOUNTS Each year the Board of Governors reviews the level of fees and adjusts these as necessary. The Board is responsible for establishing the resources needed to maintain the high standards of the College and to provide those resources necessary for the continued development of the facilities and property. An invoice will be posted to you at the beginning of each month, and the due date for payment is shown at the foot of the statement. Tuition fees will be charged in ten equal instalments, on the invoices dated 31 January to 31 October. Please note that if you wish to withdraw your child from the College, one full term’s notice, in writing, is required. Failure to do this will result in fees for half a term being charged.

resources including print and digital materials with an innovation space used both for curriculum and personal projects.

Facilities include: • resource computers with access to the library catalogue and databases; • wide selection of leisure and educational reading material, both print and digital; • staff to support student learning; • WiFi access throughout; • photocopying, printing and scanning; • access to audio visual equipment; • design and maker space; • collaborative, small group and individual study spaces. Centre hours: Monday–Friday: 8.00am–5.00pm Saturday–Sunday: Closed

MEDICAL MATTERS Student medical records are kept on the Community Portal. They must be updated, as the information is vital in the event of a medical emergency. Should a child’s medical circumstances change, please ensure that the College is notified. Any such information remains confidential. Community Portal: Schools have obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to ensure the health and safety of all its staff, children and the public. Please do not send your child to school if they are clearly unwell and consider the other members of the school community when deciding whether they are well enough to return. For example, students should not return to school until there main symptoms of illness have gone and 48 hours after their last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea.


If a student becomes unwell or is injured during the day, they are referred to the College Registered Nurse. If the illness or injury is such that the student needs to go home or requires further medical attention, parents or the emergency contact will be notified.

Students are encouraged to use The Green Library and Innovation Centre for study, research and leisure. The library holds a wide selection of

The Health Centre is located in MacGibbon House. The College Registered Nurse is available from


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8.30am–4.15pm for assessment and treatment of injuries / illnesses, nutritional advice, smoking cessation, contraceptive / sexual health advice, monitoring and support for chronic medical conditions such as asthma and diabetes. For all urgent matter’s students can ‘drop in’ or appointments can be made at A physiotherapist is also available in the Health Centre. Times are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30am–5.00pm during term time. Bookings may be made through the College Registered Nurse. Students may not leave the College for illness without the permission of the College Registered Nurse, who will notify the Middle School Office. If illness prevents a student attending assessments or examinations, they must ensure that this is discussed with relevant teachers. See page 18 for details about reporting an absence due to illness. In the event of a pandemic day students, boarders and staff will take direct instruction form the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. COVID-19 Until a vaccine is available for the protection against COVID-19, the College will continue to follow the Ministry of Health Guidelines at each COVID-19 Alert Level. We ask that you encourage your children to wash their hands regularly and use good cough etiquette. If your child becomes unwell with any one of the COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing or loss of smell, please contact the College Registered Nurse for a phone consultation before sending them to school at +64 29 200 4189. If a new case does appear in your community, your contact tracing processes will support the speedy identification of close contacts of the confirmed case. We encourage check-in using the NZ COVID Tracer app including at pick ups and drop offs.


PRIVACY Students are not permitted to publish photos and video clips taken at the College or at College events without College permission. This includes publication on internet sites such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. Full details of the College’s Privacy Policy can be found under College Policies on the intranet, StACNet.

RESTRICTED AND PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES St Andrew’s College has a zero tolerance to drugs at College. This means decisive action will be taken on any drug-related incident. Drugs are illegal and the College maintains a non-negotiable position on any illegal substances. No student will consume, carry, store, or offer to another student any illegal substance at any time. Potentially harmful excesses, such as ‘herbal highs’ are prohibited at any function associated with the College and its activities. Full details of the College’s restricted and prohibited substances policy can be found under College Policies on the intranet, StACNet.

Smoking / Vaping The entire College campus is a smoke-free zone, and the smoke-free lifestyle is promoted by the College. It is against College rules to:

• smoke / vape at College, in College uniform or at any College function or event; • be in possession of cigarettes or vapers at College; • supply other students with cigarettes or vapers. If these rules are breached, the following consequences will apply (depending on the number of breaches): the student will be counselled, a ‘Stop’ programme recommended, their parents notified and community service or Saturday detention given. Full details of the College’s smoking policy can be found under College Policies on the intranet, StACNet.

Alcohol Students must not consume, be affected by, or be in possession of alcohol at College, in College uniform or at any College activity. If they do, they will be subject to disciplinary procedures. Full details of the College’s alcohol policy can be found under College Policies on the intranet, StACNet.

SENIOR COLLEGE OFFICE Student Reception The student reception co-ordinates the range of services available to students and is the general point of contact for attendance, arranging meetings with Deans, and the Head of Senior College. If a student arrives late or leaves the College campus during the day, they must sign in and out at the Senior College reception. Purchase of tickets for various events is co-ordinated through the main College Reception.

College Reception Hours The College Reception is open for general enquiries from 8.00am–5.00pm, including during the College holidays 8.30am–4.30pm. Phone: +64 3 940 2000.

STAFF CONTACT LIST Head of Senior College Mr John Ruge Head of Guidance Mr Tom Matthews Year 12 Dean Ms Sarah Bishop Year 13 Dean Miss Liz Gormack Senior College Secretary Mrs Jocelyn Simmons +64 3 940 2025 Attendance Officer Ms Judy Dasler +64 3 940 2031 Director of Sport and Co-curricular Activities Mr Mark Lane +64 3 940 2055 College Chaplain Rev. Paul Morrow +64 3 940 2000 College Reception +64 3 940 2000

STATIONERY Purchasing Online: We use the OfficeMax My School system where stationery requirements can be ordered online. You can login at any stage during the year and purchase other items you may need. Any order over $60.00 is delivered free of charge (you can order for more than one child at a time as well). For further information visit


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Purchasing Instore: Stationery requirements can also be purchased from any OfficeMax and Warehouse Stationery store. You will need to identify yourself as a St Andrew’s College family to access the special pricing.

STUDENT FACILITIES The Senior College Centre has a well-equipped Common Room, Careers Centre, seminar room, study areas, lecture theatre, classrooms, Cafeteria, computer facilities and locker rooms.

• are available to all students; • students who damage lockers will be responsible for repairs; • students provide own locks.

STUDENT EXCHANGES Each year our students have the opportunity to apply for school and language exchanges to a number of exotic destinations with an abundance of history and culture.

The use of these facilities is a privilege. Students who behave irresponsibly may have that privilege withdrawn.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, there will be no overseas student exchanges offered in 2021.

Senior College Study Areas (first floor)

For further information please contact Director of International Students and Exchanges, Mr Palē Tauti on or +64 3 940 2086.

The first floor of the Senior College includes a lecture theatre (SC202) and the Senior College study (SC204). These are quiet areas at all times. The Director of International Students and Exchanges, Mr Palē Tauti, is also located in the upstairs area of the Senior College.

Common Room and Cafeteria (ground floor) The ground floor of the Senior College includes the Common Room (SC101) and Cafeteria. These facilities are only available to Senior College students. The Common Room is fitted with couches, chairs and a stereo. During College working time these are unavailable for use. Outdoor furniture is located outside on grassed and paved areas. The Cafeteria is equipped with a drinks vending machine, microwave, sandwich presses, tables and chairs. It is expected that these facilities are respected by students at all times. Senior College reception (SC110) includes Head of Senior College (SC109) and Senior College PA (SC108). The Deans’ offices (SC103 and SC104), a classroom (SC107) and locker areas are also located on the ground floor.

Common Room Protocols



• everyone is welcome; • the Common Room is a facility for all Senior College students; • respect the furniture and other College property; • rubbish is a personal responsibility; • food must not be consumed on carpeted areas.

UNIFORM AND GROOMING All senior students are to have red braid on their blazer and wear the Senior College tie or other approved tie. This identifies them as a member of the Senior College and marks their seniority within the College community. College uniform is worn at school and when travelling to and from College. Students are required to:

• wear a blazer in the street – this includes moving to and from cars; • wear shirts tucked in with the top button and tie done up (boys); • wear blouses with the top button and tie done up (girls); • wear shorts, trousers, skirts or culottes which fit appropriately and are not too long or too short; • wear approved clothing at Physical Education and sports practices; • wear clean and polished black leather lace-up shoes in a conservative style with the laces tied; • scarves may be worn to and from school but not during the school day. Patterned or coloured T-shirts under school shirts are not permitted. Coloured socks may not be worn. When travelling with College teams or groups mufti may sometimes be approved, but only in special cases such as field trips or Outdoor Education trips.

A final decision on what constitutes good grooming will be made by the Head of Senior College in consultation with the Head of Secondary School and the Years 12 and 13 Deans.

GUIDELINES FOR GOOD GROOMING Young Men Hair must not be longer than the length of the collar at the back, and must fall above the eyebrow line. It should be cut in a conservative style and not shorter than a number three comb. Sideboards must not be lower than the earlobe or wider than 2.5cm. Faces must be clean-shaven.

Young Women Long hair must be tied back. Hair jewellery is not acceptable. Ribbons and ties must be blue or white.

Young Men and Women Hair must be clean and well-groomed, in the range of natural hair colour only and kept clear off the face. Offenders will be sent home and asked to have their hair restored to natural colour. Unusual hairstyles, including streaking of hair, dreadlocks and braided hair, will not be permitted.

Jewellery Only young women are able to wear one pair of studs or sleepers in the lobe of the ears. No other rings or studs of any type may be worn by any student. Wristbands, bracelets, finger jewellery, piercings and body art which are visible while wearing the College uniform are not permitted. Any breaches will involve immediate removal of the unacceptable article and other appropriate consequences. Christening bracelets require special exemption from the College Chaplain.

Make-up and Nails Guidelines Make-up and nail varnish is not part of the College uniform and it is not to be worn at any time with school uniform or sports uniform. All forms of make-up and nail varnish are unacceptable, including foundation, mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, blusher, lipstick, lip gloss, false nails and nail art.

Uniform Report If a student wears their uniform incorrectly, or their standard of appearance is below what is expected in the Senior College, they will be placed on uniform report. This means that for a period of five College days, the student must report to the Senior College Office between 8.15am and 8.30am for their uniform and appearance to be checked. If uniform report is not completed in the stipulated time then there will be an escalation of discipline. Persistent uniform breaches will result in a student being placed on Senior College (Friday) consequence or Saturday detention.

USE OF VEHICLES Bringing a vehicle to College carries responsibilities which are non-negotiable. Any student who wishes to bring a vehicle to College must complete the online Vehicle Use Identification Form by visiting Student Vehicle Rules are detailed over the page. The rules ensure that the College receives information in the interests of safety of student drivers and their passengers. Students who do not complete the Vehicle Use Identification Form or observe the Student Vehicle Rules must be prepared to accept responsibility for their choices. Consequences range from loss of privilege to Saturday detention.


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Student Vehicle Rules These rules apply to all students who drive a vehicle to College. Their aim is to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers, and other road users, and to promote courtesy and respect towards College neighbours. They apply to all students, including boarders, who have their own vehicles at school.

1. The ability to bring a vehicle to College is regarded as a privilege. This privilege may be withdrawn by the College if a student infringes any of these Student Vehicle Guidelines or any relevant statutory requirements, while driving to or from College or a College activity. 2. All students who drive a vehicle to College must provide identification information to the College. An online Vehicle Use Identification Form must be completed annually and signed by a parent or caregiver – visit: 3. Students who have obtained a full licence will also require parental approval to carry other students as passengers on College related trips. This approval must be given on the Vehicle Use Identification Form. 4. Students with a restricted licence may not carry St Andrew’s College students, other than siblings, as passengers, even if the passenger has a current full licence. For siblings this permission must be specifically included by parents on the Vehicle Use Identification Form.


5. Students must comply with any additional conditions indicated by parents / caregivers on the Vehicle Use Identification Form. 6. Student parking is to be in the following areas only: Brenchley Avenue, Chapter Street, College Avenue, Hartley Avenue, Halton Street, Normans Road, St Andrews Square, Urunga Avenue and Watford Street. 7. During the school day (8.00am–5.00pm) students are not permitted to park at any time in limited time zones in neighbouring streets or in staff car parks on the College grounds. 8. Years 11 and 12 students may not access or use their vehicles during the College day, unless permission has been given by a staff member. 9. Any changes in licence conditions or vehicles being brought to the College must be immediately communicated to the Head of Senior College, so records can be updated. 10. Students must abide by the road rules in all respects, particularly in relation to carrying passengers. 11. Members of the public who complain about student driving or parking will be encouraged to lodge a complaint with the Police either directly or via the *555 system.

COMMUNICATIONS As we are a large community of students, staff and parents, it is essential that we communicate effectively with each other. The following communications are designed to help this process:

• daily notices which are read in tutor group and can be found on the StAC App and the College intranet, StACNet; • the College website:; • for College news and notices the intranet can be accessed at Publications • the Collegian is the formal record of the year; • Curriculum Book; • Rector’s magazine, Regulus, issued three times per year. Newletters • Rector’s Comment is a weekly newsletter emailed out on a Friday with a wrap up of the week; • On Strowan is published twice per term and is emailed to all parents / caregivers. On Strowan focuses on current issues and themes common to the whole Secondary School; • an NCEA newsletter is also published throughout the year giving parents critical information about NCEA, exams and assessments; • a Careers newsletter provides information about pathways after school. If your student has a notable achievement outside of College, please make their tutor or Dean aware. If it is a sporting or cultural achievement, please also notify the Director of Sport and Co-curricular Activities, Mr Mark Lane, on or +64 3 940 2055. All these newsletter can be accessed on the College’s intranet at

To download the App, visit: Apple App Store: Google Play: For more details, view the instructional video: Or download the PDF guide:

Social Media The College has several social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Flickr (photos) and YouTube. Parents can access these channels from the website, by clicking on the relevant icons. Photos and videos are regularly updated to these channels showcasing life at St Andrew’s.

OLD COLLEGIANS ASSOCIATION The subscription for the Old Collegians Association is included in the acceptance fee for the College, making all students life members after graduation. The aims of the Association are to encourage a kindred spirit and ongoing communication between former students and the College. The Association undertakes a number of social activities each year and sponsors a Scholarship Trust which assists students at the College. Alumni and Events Co-ordinator: P +64 3 940 2085 E

StAC App Stay up-to-date with the latest news and information from St Andrew’s College with the StAC App. Access the Community Portal, student timetables, term fixtures and calendars, notices and resources all in one location. Subscribe to recieve notification alerts from year groups, sports teams, cultural groups and clubs.



History A comprehensive account of the College’s history can be found in High Flies the Cross and The Spirit of St Andrew’s Centenary History Book. Copies are available in The Green Library and Innovation Centre.

Foundation The College was founded in 1916 through the efforts of the Rev. A T Thompson OBE MA BD, and was officially opened in the Manse of St Andrew’s Church, Christchurch, on 17 March 1917 (St Patrick’s Day). Duncan Rutherford, a staunch Presbyterian from Leslie Hills, left a generous bequest of £5000, which was used to purchase ‘Strowan’ from the trustees of the late G G Stead. In 1918 the College transferred to its new site on Papanui Road. In 1858, St Andrew’s Church founded one of the first Secondary Schools in Canterbury, the Presbyterian High School, which developed into Christchurch West High School and is now known as Hagley Community College. It was the discovery of the original documents relating to the Presbyterian High School which largely brought about the decision to found the present College, which may therefore claim to be its lineal descendant.

Things Scottish and Presbyterian Much of what makes this school different from others comes from its Scottish-Presbyterian origins. There are 14 Presbyterian-founded colleges in New Zealand today. St Andrew’s has sporting links with several – John McGlashan (Dunedin), Saint Kentigern (Auckland), Lindisfarne (Hastings) and Scots (Wellington). There have been many and various links with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and, since the arrival of female students in the Senior College, contacts have begun with Columba College (Dunedin). We share a great pride in our Scottish heritage with all these schools. The College song was written in 1925 by T A StuartMenteath, a member of staff. It tells the legend of the monk Regulus bringing the relics (bones) of the disciple Andrew from Greece to Scotland, and of how the stories of St Andrew and the faith of the Scots who honoured him have inspired Christians through the ages. The College tartan is the Fergusson tartan, as the Pipe Band got its first kilts in 1924 when General Sir Charles Fergusson was the Governor-General. Prefects dress formally in kilts, cutaway jackets and sporrans for Friday assemblies.



1851 Property RS 299 was first purchased from Canterbury Association by Rev Henry Sidebottom of Halifax for £150. This area of 50 acres was for his son John. 1856 Granted to Sir Thomas Tancred, who built the first homestead. 1858 Leased by Thomas Duncan, Crown Prosecutor. 1865 Purchased by Duncan who enlarged the house and named the property ‘Strowan’ after a family estate in Scotland (derived from St Rowan, a seventh-century scholar and saint). 1890 G G Stead, a noted businessman and horse breeder, bought the property. 1918 30 acres purchased by St Andrew’s College Board. Part of Normans Road frontage sold for building sections.

1958 ‘Wilson Field’ laid (formerly a boggy horse paddock). Project directed by an Old Collegian, D.C. Wilson. Band Room also built. A two-storey wing added to south end of Science Block. 1959 Cricket Pavilion erected, and baths’ dressing sheds.

1961 A two-storey administration and library- classroom block added to north end of Science Block. 1964 Second storey added to Science Block. 1965 T D Burnett Memorial Block and Mountain Lodge opened. 1967 Jubilee Hall opened. Chisholm Wing added to Mountain Lodge.

1920 Stables (on site of Arts Block) converted into laboratories. Gymnasium built alongside.

1970 Richard Askin Memorial Band Room built. Rutherford House built.

1921 Nos. 2 and 3 fields laid – previously potato paddocks.

1973 Cafeteria and Theatre opened.

1922 Quadrangle formed. Old Rutherford House (initially called Junior House and now called Erwin) begun. Preparatory School, classrooms and open air dormitories sited there.

1975 Further Preparatory School extensions opened. Name of Old Rutherford changed to Erwin House.

1924 Old Rutherford House completed. Swimming pool built. 1926 Junior School built, facing Normans Road. 1931 No. 3 field laid. 1932 Driveway put through from Strowan House to Junior School. 1933 Depression labour used to help build up and landscape Strowan Stream. 1941 New tennis courts opened by Junior School. Prefects’ study built. 1944 Assembly Hall opened – previously the Amberley Girls’ College gymnasium.

1974 Arts Block opened and grass tennis courts laid.

1976 New Library wing and senior study begun. 1977 New Library wing, senior study, squash courts and Preparatory School extensions opened. New hostel buildings commenced. Squash courts built. 1978 Agricultural Laboratory opened. New tennis courts and maintenance area developed. New boarding houses built. 1979 Opening of MacGibbon and Thompson Houses. 1980 Opening of Music Suite. 1981 Fundraising appeal to restore Strowan House and add fourth floor to Arts Block.

1949 Science Block opened. (Memorial to ‘Pat’ Hyndman and Dudley Bowker, two Old Collegians killed in World War II).

1982 Restoration of exterior of Strowan House. Refurbishment of staff room and laundry. Completion of fourth floor on Arts Block. Upgrading of Science Laboratories. New Fine Arts Centre opened. College display at Canterbury A&P Show.

1951 Boarders’ recreation hall opened.

1983 Erwin House renovated. Deans introduced.

1952 Preparatory School built on present site (for Years 7–8). Chapel foundation stone laid.

1984 Erwin classrooms, computer laboratory and horticultural shade house set up.

1953 ‘Old Boys’ Field laid; the work of the Old Boys’ Association.

1985 Restoration of exterior of Strowan House and establishment of Museum and photographic display. Preparatory School given separate identity.

1945 A St Andrew’s Kindergarten established in Western Road.


1955 Extensions to Preparatory School (for Standards 3 and 4).

1954 Memorial Chapel built on the site of The Grove, across Strowan Stream.

1986 New Remedial Department, Strowan House. New lighting in Junior School. New stained glass window in Chapel. Horticultural tunnel house completed. New storage facilities in Gymnasium. Alterations to Metalwork Department, Burnett Block. Refurbishing of 7th Form study (now room 10). Showcases built for Museum by Old Boys’ Association. 1987 The Collegian Yearbook introduced. Upgrading of Science Laboratory. New covered entry to dining room. Remodelling of administration offices. 1988 Introduction of in-house computer system for school administration, renovations to Library and Science Laboratories; new staffroom at Preparatory School; new stock‑watering system at Cave farms; new drying room at Mountain Lodge. The swimming pool was heated. 1989 Chapel refurbishment, upgrading of Geography Department, boarding houses and food storage area in Strowan. New staff committees. Curator employed. Museum established. 1990 New Gymnasium floor. Preparatory School extensions commenced. Senior College concept approved. Publicity Officer appointed. 1991 Jubilee Planning Committee set up. Senior College Student Centre commenced. Quad redesigned.

1998 R D H Steel Technology Centre opened 24 July. Car park put in front of Senior College. Erwin moved to present site opposite Assembly Hall (on rollers across rugby field, down behind Thompson House then across the cricket field). 1999 Preparatory School Technology Centre in the Burnett Block reopened. Science Block upstairs renovated. Co-education now complete. Thompson House restructured for girls. Maintenance workshop relocated at end of Wilson Field near Band Room. 2000 St Andrew’s College Pre-school opened on 17 July. Junior School relocated to new site. Fine Arts rebuilt on same site. MacGibbon House restructured. 2002 Music Suite completely refurbished and extended. English Language Centre opened in the old Girls’ High School in Cranmer Square. 2003 Television and Media Studies Suite refurbished. New play area for Preparatory School. 2004 Preparatory School Arts and Library Centre opened. Two squash courts converted into a Gymnasium. 2006 Senior College officially named Rentoul Senior College. 2007 90th Anniversary celebrations. Mrs Christine Leighton appointed Rector.

1992 Opening of Senior College 75th Jubilee celebrations. Director of Development appointed. Quadrangle redeveloped. Rentoul House for girl boarders opened.

2008 Castle Hill Outdoor Education Centre completely rebuilt and renamed the Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge. Work commenced on new Science and Mathematics Block.

1993 Normans Road widened. Rutherford House remodelled. Second girls’ boarding house opened.

2009 Spiro Science and Mathematics Centre completed. New sports pavilion and changing rooms constructed at south end of Science Block. Work commenced on new quadrangle.

1994 New Physics Laboratory and Library extensions opened. Computer system installed in Library. Theatre and Gymnasium extensions started. 1995 Formation of Art Acquisition Committee. Junior School renovated. 1996 Ager Sports Pavilion opened. New chairman for Foundation. Fundraising committee begins planning for $3 million capital campaign for new Technology Centre. Full co-education (by 2000) announced. Office of Bursar ceased, replaced by that of Administration Manager and Financial Accountant. 1997 Erwin building moved to a temporary site on the far side of No. 3 field and construction started on the new Technology Centre.

2010 Foundation Sports Pavilion opened. New all-weather sports courts constructed on lower field. Construction of new Preparatory School commenced. Stage 1 was completed in October. 7.1 Earthquake, 4 September. Trumic family donated ‘cubes’ created by Neil Dawson. 2011 January completion of the new Preparatory School. Strowan House refurbished. 6.3 Earthquake, February 22. Thompson and MacGibbon Houses demolished along with the Pipe Band Room. Extensive damage to Chapel and Strowan House. Strengthening of the Arts Block and Rutherford House to meet current building codes.



2012 Junior boys’ boarders moved back into refurbished Rutherford House, which is renamed MacGibbon. Continuation of Strowan House refurbishment. 2013 New Thompson and Rutherford Boarding Houses opened by Prime Minister. Strowan House restoration complete. Memorial Chapel officially decommissioned. New chairman for Foundation. Step Into Our Future fundraising campaign launched. 2014 Erwin House demolished to make way for the second Gymnasium (Gym 2), which is Stage 1 of the Sports and Cultural Centre. 2015 Outdoor Education, Askin Pipe Band Centre and new maintenance area are finished. Music Suite has major renovation with recording studio installed. The Dance Studio was finished and will be used extensively by the Ballet Academy. Gym 2 construction is complete and the existing Gymnasium will undergo earthquake repairs, and extensive refurbishment on a staged basis. Ground improvement works are completed on the new Chapel and construction begins. The Board Chairman Garry Moore laid the new Chapel foundation stone at Founders’ Day. 2016 Barry Maister (Rector 1995–2001) officially opened Gym 2 and the Askin Pipe Band Centre. The new Fitness Centre was completed ensuring top quality facilities for the High Performance Sports programme. The Centenary was launched in September with a special assembly and whole school photo. The StAC100 Timeline was opened in the Senior College atrium. In October the new Centennial Chapel was dedicated by the Right Rev. Andrew Norton, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church. In November the College celebrated its 100th prizegiving. The plans for the new Junior School were finalised with building to start in 2017. Earthquake repairs started on the main driveway and the school gates were replaced with special Centennial gates.


2017 The main driveway was replaced, the landscaping in front of Strowan House was completed and new tennis and netball courts were constructed. The Centenary Gala Weekend took place Friday 17 to Sunday 19 March, where over 3,250 guests attended the numerous events across the weekend. The StAC100 photograph, involving every student in the school, was a lasting reminder of an incredibly special year at St Andrew’s College. In October the new Turley Bridge was officially opened by the Turley Family, connecting Strowan House with the Centennial Chapel. Construction started on the new Junior and Pre‑school buildings, and was completed and ready for use in Term 1, 2018. 2018 Dame Adrienne Stewart officially opened the Stewart Junior Centre and Pre-school in February. The reimagined and extended Secondary School Library was officially opened by the Green family in June as The Green Library and Innovation Centre. The College Shop was relocated to the old Pre-school building in the Normans Road carpark in Term 4, and work commenced on the new drop‑off area in Normans Road, which was completed in early 2019. 2019 The redeveloped Normans Road drop-off zone, which now extends right down to the Preparatory School, was completed in Term 1. Construction of a new waiting shelter in the drop-off zone, outside the College shop, Thistles, was completed in Term 4. In December, construction of the new Fitness Centre and Gym 1 strengthening began. The new Theatre Complex is in the development and design phase, with construction planned to start in December 2020. 2020 The new Fitness Centre and Strengthening/ Renovation of Gym 1 Project was completed late in Term 4. Throughout the year, air-conditioning has been progressively installed in Arts Block classrooms and this will be completed by early in 2021. The new Ben Gough Family Theatre Complex is in the final stages of the developed design phase, with construction planned to start in December 2021.

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