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HAIKU POEMS

BOARDERS’ ASSEMBLY ‘A Wild Ride!’

The cycle of life One end always meets the other Then it starts again

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

DEIRBHILE ROBERTS (Y9)

Days getting longer Leaves dropping snow is falling Winter been and gone H A R R Y LO U W ( Y 9 )

Just like at a rodeo, Boarders’ Assembly this year was one crazy ride. We had many ups and down along the way but despite the challenging moments, when it all came together on the Friday morning of 18 August, it was definitely worth it. We chose the theme of a ‘StAC Rodeo’, as we figured that it was an awesome way to incorporate the animals, home-towns and backgrounds of the boarders, and most importantly it gave us a reason to hire out a mechanical bull! We also found that, like many of the riders on a rodeo circuit, boarding requires being away from home for a very long time, however it’s the friends and relationships that you create along the way that makes being away from home all worthwhile in the end.

When she smiles the snow all melts YOUYU ZHANG (Y11)

2017 PREFECT TEAM LIZZIE STEVENSON (Y13)

The 2017 prefect team have been a brilliant group of cohesive leaders who have revelled in working together in this Centenary year.

HOCKEY JOSEPH YOON (Y13)

This year St Andrew’s hockey has had a very successful season with all teams playing for various top positions on the points table during the season. This year saw huge success for the Girls’ First XI hockey team who have improved immensely, where Bella Ambrosius has been a key scoring machine. The team narrowly lost to Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in the SPL semifinals in a penalty shootout, but the team are to be feared by the opposition in their national tournament in Dunedin. The Boys’ First XI hockey team have left it quite late to show their peak performance, however Mitchell Davis has been fizzing with the large number of penalty corners that have been gained this season so far. Unfortunately, a loss to Christ’s College in the Canterbury Secondary School Premier final was tough for the boys, but they are looking forward to putting their best foot forward for the prestigious Rankin Cup held in Hamilton this year. A number of other StAC teams also found success this year with the Boys’ Second XI hockey team in the semi-finals this year, the Boys’ Third XI currently second on the points table, Girls’ Second XI placed fourth and the Girls’ Third XI hockey team second on the points table currently. It has been a great season for StAC hockey.

Projects that we have focused on have been the annual Prefects’ Assembly performed to Secondary and Preparatory School (this year based upon our own spin on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’), bringing back the Senior College Common Room Cup Challenge, and bringing in a Senior College Good Sort Award. We have also enjoyed connecting with the students through: Friday morning food for the school; pizza lunches with the Preparatory School prefects and Middle School leaders; weekly treasure hunts; teddy bear picnic with the Junior School; and Friday lunchtime activities. We loved being involved in the various wonderful Centenary events throughout the year, and are planning a whole school ‘StAC100’ formation photo in Term 4 as our final project as a snapshot of StAC in 2017. The 2017 prefect team have all enjoyed brainstorming, creating, collecting and editing the content to make this Centenary edition of Thistledown magazine possible, and hope that it is something to be treasured for many years to come as a record of the student body in this special year.

JUNIOR SCHOOL ART (YEAR 2) ANGELA DENG (Y13)

The Junior department has been very busy throughout the year with various projects and activities undertaken. Recently I noticed an interactive screen that students played on. These included games like ‘4 Pic 1 Word’. This amazes me how much technology has changed the way of life and helping with our learning. This rewritten story of ‘The Cat in the Hat’ was an assignment that the Year 2’s completed. Lucy Fraser took her own approach with this story, and with her talented mind, made the story very entertaining to read.

THANKS TO... 2 0 1 7 P R E F E CT T E A M , J A C Q G I L B E R T , J O H N R U G E , C O M M U N I C AT I O N S D E PA R T M E N T ( A N J H A W K I N S , RACHELLE JOILIN) AND ALL THE TEACHERS A N D S T U D E N T S W H O C O N T R I B U T E D TO T H E THISTLEDOWN.

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E D I TO R S : LIZZIE STEVENSON ANGELA DENG

THISTLEDOWN | CENTENARY EDITION | SEPTEMBER 2017

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...