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ST ANDREW’S CROSSWORD

NIC’S DOODLES

B R A D Y S W A N N A N D E D W A R D B AT T ( Y 1 3 )

NIC CAIN (Y13)

LIFE IN THE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

THE WISE WORDS OF WALTON Where do Memes come from?

H E N R I E T TA U L L R I C H ( Y 8 )

In the Preparatory School there have been many great achievements in 2017 including the netball 8A team making it to the finals in their division, as well as the Preparatory Boys’ First XV rugby team placing second in the U13s division, and the Preparatory Future Problem Solving team making it to internationals in America this year! The Year 7 and 8’s production that we wrote and performed is ‘The F.A.W.E Elements’. The juniors performed ‘Strum, Strike, Blow’, a musical festival at the Horncastle Arena, which looked like a lot of fun. Book Week this year celebrated the theme of ‘Fairy Tales and Fables’. Some of you have probably noticed the new Junior School building coming along well and hopefully will be opening early November this year. As you can see the Preparatory School has great facilities and are achieving well in their academic, sport and cultural activities. Life in the Preparatory School continues to be cool!

S T E V E N W A LTO N ( Y 1 3 )

The rise of online social media in the last decade has allowed dank, unaesthetic and zesty memes to become an easily recognisable hallmark of millennial culture. CAN’T RESIST, CAFE COOKIE... “ O H H E L LO M R R U G E ! ”

Y E S S I R , I C O M P L E T E LY U N D E R S TA N D . . .

These simple photos have become such a phenomenon that ‘Internet Memes’ is actually a subject you can major in at Chicago’s Northwestern University.... But did you know that memes outdate the internet itself? The term was actually first coined by an English ethologist in 1976, who theorised that memes follow the same idea as genes, but instead of passing physical characteristics through a society, memes refers to the passing of an idea, behaviour or style.

W O R T H I T FO R A WIN OVER CHRIST’S COLLEGE.

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3   Year females started at St Andrew’s College 4   Namesake of Science block 8   Head of Secondary School’s heritage 10  Faith followed at St Andrew’s College 12   Name of former Chapel 13   St Andrew’s College Motto 15   Title of Yearbook 16   St Andrew’s College Founder 17   Name of Cup won by first XV in 2015 18   Shield won by StAC rowing in 2017

1   Name of scholar visiting from Scotland annually 2   Year College was founded 5   Title of Rectors Magazine 6   Name of Senior Boys’ boarding house 7   Name of new Chapel 9   Name of StAC Castle Hill Mountain Lodge 11   Head of Secondary School who retired in 2017 14   Building named after the land it was built on

DON’T BE RUBBISH, DEAL WITH YOUR RUBBISH.

Unfortunately, not everybody is a believer, some have criticised the theory, sighting the lack of exploration and development 35 years after ‘memetic theory’ was first presented.

DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS W ATC H I N G , B E C A U S E T H E Y A R E N ’ T.

I T S O K AY TO M A K E M I S TA K E S – D O N ’ T B E AT Y O U R S E L F U P.

FINE ARTS AT StAC RECREATION: 100 YEARS ON J U L I E T R O B E R T S O N ( Y 1 3 ) | P H OTO S TA K E N B Y R O S A M C G U N N I G L E ( Y 1 3 )

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Simplistically speaking, ‘memetic theory’ states that ideas, behaviours and styles search for hosts to reproduce, in the same way that germs and bacteria do. This is a primary explanation for why humans have immense difficulty keeping secrets.

LAUREN CARR (Y13)

Art within the College is currently thriving. In 2016 there were four scholarships between Painting and Photography, and 2017 appears to be heading in the same way. With Design, Painting and Photography on offer, there is something for everyone to enjoy. As a Year 13 Painting student, I can confidently say that it is my most challenging subject due to the time and effort that is put into each work and the amount of planning required in order to show progress on a board. We have two amazing teachers/mentors between the three subjects who assist in helping us to achieve our full potential under their guidance. It is a thoroughly enjoyable subject and is at the heart of StAC culture. This drawing is the work of Nina Jones.

THISTLEDOWN | CENTENARY EDITION | SEPTEMBER 2017

Funnily enough, memes actually existed way before ‘memetic theory’ was ever thought up. ‘Kilroy was here’ – a simple ominous drawing US soldiers used to mark their territory in World War II is thought to be the first ever meme. The image became so culturally significant it has even been etched into rock at the WWII Memorial in Washington DC.

BASKETBALL LIAM MCBREEN-SMITH (Y13)

The sense of competitiveness which has developed within StAC’s social basketball scene has been forefronted by none other than the unbeaten StAC Black, a Year 13 social team. Though the team has faced many struggles in the past two seasons, including sharing of mouthguards, and minor brawls on the court – the passion has never withered. The team would like to honour their fierce nature to the ‘Goat’ – LeBron James – who continuously motivates the side. Usually, social basketball consists of a relaxed, fun nature. However, not in this team. The team has been very productive, and have cohesion which is unmatched in the NBA. Overall StAC social basketball cannot be defined by one team but by the overall spirit. PLAYER PROFILES

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Tom ‘Travel’ Selbie Nic ‘Never Shoots’ Ross Oscar ‘Seth’ Wilson Thomas ‘Sauce’ McDonald Seb ‘Always gets fouled’ Schacht Fletcher ‘College’ Edmond

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Jake ‘Get a haircut’ Neill Fraser ‘Calm down it’s just lunchtime’ McKay Ihsuan ‘Blocked by everyone’ Chou Angus ‘Headboy’ Syme Bertie ‘Botanical’ Ruscoe

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS (COMPUTER ‘SPORT’)

Theories believe this meme started with a shipyard inspector in WWII called James J. Kilroy; he would write his name on the bulkhead of new US Army ships and the phrase began to fascinate the troops as ‘Kilroy’ was a complete stranger to them.

M AT I SS E M A K O N I ( Y 1 3 )

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that spicy designer unaesthetic memes didn’t start with a Facebook page, but with a cheeky shipyard inspector from Massachusetts.

THIS CONSPICUOUS IMAGE OF A MAN PEEPING OVER A W A L L I S T H O U G H T TO B E T H E F I R S T E V E R M E M E IN THE 1940s

The StAC League of Legends First V team was a revolutionary team that made strides into the flourishing field of high school e-Sports. The team was captained by Oisin Roberts, followed by Toby van Woerkom, Jooyoung Kim, Matisse Makoni and Harrison Ball (all Year 13). When we saw that there was a league starting up, we wanted to go and see what was up, as a joke, with no intention of playing. However, through a series of (un)fortunate events we ended up representing the school. The first game was a huge failure seeing us lose to the Burnside High School Firsts with a standout performance by Milin Babu John going 0/5/0 … he was promptly kicked off the team and replaced by Harrison Ball. This helped the team a little but wasn’t enough, losing to Christ’s College Firsts and Burnside’s Seconds. The next two games were a great success with victories against Kavanagh College and Cashmere High School Firsts, only to have the seemingly endless winning streak halted by by a loss to Otago Boys’ High School. Despite this hit, the Thistle was still being flown proudly as Heretaunga College was decimated by the team, cast to a huge audience of people online (5 people). The team went through ups and downs in the season with a 37.5% win rate. The team didn’t make it into the finals or even the semi-finals but enjoyed the after school Maccas runs and camaraderie that came from the team. The team is disbanded now, but we hope the next generation of students can carry on this proud tradition of the StAC League of Legends First V.

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...