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RUGBY

THE EYE The Eye is a deep pool. You can never swim to the edge. A journey into nothingness. It sees all. Knows all. Tells all. It is a gateway. To a person’s soul. A black abyss to thought. A coloured ring to emotion. A sea of milk which can be read. A majestic desert of coloured lines. The face’s book. To read or be read. More detailed than any piece of art. Each is unique. It is melted flame. Yet it is dowsed in water. It has seen all of time. The snow on the tallest mountain. The sand at bottom of the deepest ocean. It has seen the largest bird. It has seen the smallest insect. It has seen the wildest storm. It has found the most peaceful meadow. It has seen the flames of destruction. It has seen the snow of peace. It will see the End. And the day after. It will witness a new beginning.

FOOTBALL

Rugby at St Andrew’s has seen huge development over the last three years. Since the appointment of Mr Rod McIntosh, the College has seen many systems implemented in order to get the best out of our players from all year groups. Across the high school, there are eight teams from junior to senior rugby. This year the First XV has had a great season, including wins over Christ’s College and Nelson. The team had a great win against St Peter’s College 81–7, which has allowed them to progress to the National Co-ed Top 4 Tournament to be held in Palmerston North. The junior teams in the College have also enjoyed success this year, with most making it all the way to semi-finals. It has been a great centennial year of rugby, and it was special to celebrate with 200 Old Cols who attended the 100 years of StAC rugby event.

The Girls’ First XI have done exceptionally well this winter, only losing a couple games the whole season. It has been a bit of a grind losing key player Lily Bray to injury, but the girls have pulled through regardless, making history by qualifying for the Premier Grade final against Cashmere High School, which they unfortunately lost, but were very proud to be runners-up. The Boys’ First XI have had a very successful season, progressing into the Premier Grade Schools Competitions final also, after beating Cashmere in the semi 1–0. They had a very close game in the finals against St Thomas’s of Canterbury College, and after being 3–3 at full time, went on to win in a nail-biting penalty shootout. Both teams have trained well for their respective competitions in Tournament Week, with the girls’ national competition in Taupo and the boys’ in Napier.

DOUGAL SHEPHERD (Y12)

Dear New Zealand Herald,

NETBALL S A M A N T H A M O L LO Y ( Y 1 3 )

StAC netball has had a very successful season so far and as the season comes to a finish, we have seen many teams qualify for semi-finals and finals. The Year 9A netball team has to be the most successful team to date this season, after taking on St Hilda’s Collegiate School at the Junior South Island Secondary School Netball Tournament and leaving with the win of 33–11. Recently the girls have also been crowned winners of their Wednesday competition.

DANCE AT StAC SOPHIE TYRRELL (Y13)

St Andrew’s College Dance has really developed over the years. Many styles of dance are taught at StAC including jazz, contemporary, hip hop and ballet. Dance Revue each year is a highly anticipated event, with a three-night show in the 2017 centennial year, which was very successful. Dancers at StAC also get a chance to perform in other events such as Cultural showcase, Cultural Assembly and Style at StAC. Dance at StAC will continue to grow and develop in the future with new additions such as the new and improved dance studio renovated in 2016.

S A M A N T H A K I R K N E SS ( Y 1 3 )

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ON THE NEWS FRONT Letter to NZ Herald – 2017

S C OT T R E E S ( Y 1 3 )

H A R R Y W A D D I N GTO N ( Y 9 )

CULTURE IN OUR CENTENARY YEAR G R A C E D E P H O F F A N D A N N A B E N N E T TO ( Y 1 3 )

Culture at StAC in 2017 has been very successful with a variety of events for all kinds of people. Starting off in Term 1, the senior production cast worked extremely hard to put on a spectacular show ‘Encore!’ for the Centenary Gala. Along with this came the school’s first ever cultural showcase, organised by students in order to expose school work that is not usually seen in a setting outside the classroom. Term 2 was a busy time for many students with the Senior College production, a second showcase and RockQuest in which River Moon got through to the regional finals. Term 3 has proven to be the busiest term yet with Middle School production on its way, as well as Film Fest and Dance Revue being huge successes enjoyed by many. Along with this was the school’s first time entering TheatreFest, in which Paris Porter’s original piece won best overall and won a place for a performance at the prestigious national event to be held in September. The Jazz students have also been very busy and successful this term, with Christchurch’s JazzQuest Competition and Southern Jam in Blenheim. In these competitions, the students took away many awards, including the Soul Band receiving the title of Best Ensemble at JazzQuest, and the Big Band being the Overall Festival Winners at Southern Jam. Along with this was the Singer-Songwriters’ evening and the Jazz Club as part of the Winter Music Festival which showcased the students’ talents for original songs and love of music. Cultural Assembly was also a real highlight where these people were recognised, and a superb showcase of talent demonstrated the special culture here at StAC.

THISTLEDOWN | CENTENARY EDITION | SEPTEMBER 2017

Finally, the Senior A netball team have completed many of their goals for the season, having qualified for the Premier 2 Grade. The girls have also been named winners of the 2017 Supernet Competition after a convincing win of 37–30 against St Margaret’s College. The girls have been preparing well to compete at South Islands which are held in Christchurch this year, and look forward to the challenges ahead.

VOLLEYBALL ROSIE JERRAM (Y13)

Girls’ volleyball at St Andrew’s has had one of its most successful years on record in 2017. Participation is at an all-time high, with volleyball now being one of the College’s most played girls’ sport. Because of the timely arrival of Mr Mikae Tuu’u in 2016, the volleyball programme was given a new lease of life. For our Senior A teams, momentum was gathered during the winter terms and Term 4 2016 in order to have the best shot at succeeding in the 2017 season. An incredible team spirit saw the Girls’ Senior A move up into the Premier Division 1 competition on Monday nights, beating out usual suspects such as Rangi Ruru Girls’ School for their spot. The girls went from strength to strength, coming second place at the Canterbury Champs, earning them a spot in the Honours Division at Nationals.

I am writing about a concern for your ‘news website’. I have been reading your paper every day for the last four years and I think I have been informed very well; but I am afraid I can’t say that any more. I have lately been trying out your online website. Having the news online is a great idea instead of the traditional paper copies. I have tried converting but have been really disappointed by the quality of stories. Over the last two weeks I have opened up your website and I have been swamped with titles like these: ‘You’re saying these food names wrong’ and ‘You’re using false eyelashes wrong’. I don’t know about you, but when I go onto a news website, I am usually going to read the news. Now when I go to my previously favourite news company, you guys, I have to fight to find some news. It takes me a good five minutes of scrolling to find a real story. A non-‘clickbait’ story. A story that actually matters. A story that’s not about Richie McCaw’s Instagram posts. An actual news story! It seems that everywhere on the vast internet is becoming greedier and more money orientated; but I see exactly why you are doing it. As the digital age grows, more and more people are on the internet. My parents and even their parents have the latest technology and with more things now available with the click of a mouse, it means less things that we have to do. In today’s age, I could not even have to leave my house; I can order my food, clothing and now news all online. With this brings money; so now when I wake up and read your ‘news’ I am filling your pockets and getting something that is not of a very high quality. Instead of paying three dollars for a whole paper full of good news stories that would inform me of issues that matter, I am now not being charged, but not receiving much news. I understand that going digital saves you and the public a lot of money but instead of earning money now by selling good news stories, you fill the social media sites and your website with clickbait titles. A study done by ‘Business.com’ states that 79 per cent of clickbait titles have an element of shock. Following that, 67 per cent of titles contained a new or unknown concept, 63 per cent contained references to trending topics, another 63 per cent contained references to pop culture or food and 29 per cent contained ‘You’ or ‘I’ or some personal story. Now you might be saying, but that’s not us; we don’t clickbait. Well, I’ve done a bit of researching and found these titles on your page: ‘Pokémon Go player hit and killed’ – this is an example of a trending topic as Pokémon Go is a popular game and also an element of shock because people are in shock as someone was killed. After further looking into this story, I found she was killed ‘just after she played Pokémon Go’. So, she wasn’t killed playing Pokémon Go but actually after she had played. That’s like saying ‘Man killed eating a pie’; when he actually ate a pie, then died driving home from the pie shop. Not relevant to the stories at all. ‘A Christchurch mother shed 20kg by slashing one simple thing from her diet. Now she wants to help others’ – this shows a new or unknown concept because it’s a simple thing and people want to know what it is. It also contains a personal story which makes people more interested. After reading the story it turns out to be sugar which is not a simple thing to take away from your diet! ‘8 things you need to know right now’ – this is the best title of them all. It contains only one clickbait technique, which is a personal statement. This is proved by using ‘you’ which directs it at you personally. This attracts views as people feel it is targeting them; however, it is actually everyone. After reading the story I found that three of the ‘things I need to know right now’ were about American politics and one was about the Duke of York crashing his $80,000 Range Rover. I think the stories that you are putting out on your website are stupid. What about the 470,000 people who have died in the Syrian Civil War? More than one in ten Syrians have been injured or killed since 2011… and you report about some duke crashing his car? It really annoys me when you inform us of these stupid stories when there are hundreds of people dying from wars and civil fighting. What is more important, a man crashing his car or over four million people being forced to leave their homes? These four examples show how you, the New Zealand Herald, are beginning to add clickbait titles and irrelevant news titles to gain views and fill your pockets. In conclusion, I am sick of seeing your clickbait and irrelevant ‘news stories’, that have no place on an online news page. New Zealand deserves better than this. There are many major issues going on at the moment and I think you are taking the easy option by not reporting them but simply trying to get people to click the link and read your silly news stories. You were started in 1863 and were one of the first news companies in New Zealand, but since starting an online page, I think your quality has been going down. Although I think it is great that news is going online, saving paper and money for us New Zealanders, I am seriously concerned. For now, and until you fix your content, you will not have my daily view. I’ll be heading to a real news page. Yours sincerely, Dougal Shepherd

THISTLEDOWN | CENTENARY EDITION | SEPTEMBER 2017

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Thistledown - Centenary edition!  
Thistledown - Centenary edition!  

100 years ago, in 1917, the students of St Andrew’s College distributed a newsletter: Thistledown – written by students, for students. The t...