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The Benefits of Co-education

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"St Andrew's is in a unique position - the only co-educational, Independent School in the South Island - and co-education is exciting and supportive and inspiring and natural and real." - Christine Leighton, Rector.

 

In 2014 St Andrew's proudly celebrates 23 years of co-education.

  • Co-educational schools better reflect the diversity of our society;
  • They better prepare students to succeed in post-Secondary education and to eventually enter the workforce;
  • Students at independent co-educational schools feel comfortable about who they are and have a healthy and positive attitude and self-image;
  • Most students in co-educational schools indicate,"it is easy for students at my school to find a group that they fit in with";
  • Students in co-educational schools are more likely to feel safe in their school environment;
  • Research shows students in co-educational schools grow to be confident expressing their views in the presence of members of the opposite sex;
  • Collaboration between the sexes in the classroom helps develop confidence in students and they excel at university and beyond as leaders;
  • Girls at single-sex schools are no more likely than those at co-educational schools to participate in class discussion;
  • Girls' perceptions of their abilities in maths and science are nearly identical, whether they attend single-sex or co-educational schools;
  • Working together in the classroom and on homework assignments provides boys and girls the opportunity to learn from each other intellectually, as well as socially;
  • Teachers in co-educational schools recognise that some gender differences in learning do exisit and are skilled in catering for diverse learning needs in the classroom;
  • In a co-educational learning environment, students are exposed to both male and female role models in staff and senior students;
  • The ancient greek philosopher, Plato, said that co-education creates a feeling of comradeship - he advocated the teaching of both the male and female sexes in the same institution without showing any discrimination in imparting education;
  • "There are no overriding advantages for single-sex schools on educational grounds. Studies all over the world have failed to detect any major differences." - Professor Alan Smithers, director of education and employment research at the University of Buckingham;
  • For both girls and boys, co-education provides a more realistic way of training young people to take their places naturally in the wider community of men and women: it helps to break down the misconceptions of each sex about the other and provides an excellent foundation for the development of realistic, meaningful and lasting relationships in later life.

From The Rector

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Every year we begin the new school year with the hope and promise of all the good things a new year can bring. We also reflect on the student achievement and the success and challenges of the past year as we write our annual reports.

It is this reflection which benchmarks the success of our goals and suggests the way forward. The start of this year brought great news of outstanding student achievement in NCEA and Scholarship exams, with a highlight being the three top Scholarship marks in New Zealand for Agriculture, Drama and Music.

Triumph at Sheilah Winn

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At this year’s Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, St Andrew’s College entered two student directed pieces in the regional competition: a five minute scene from Macbeth and a 15 minute scene from Henry VI, Part 1. 

Chapel Update

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This year closes the chapter on the heartfelt story of the Memorial Chapel.

The Memorial Chapel has painstakingly been deconstructed and the area where it stood, levelled and grassed. The next phase is about rebuilding, and concept plans for the new Chapel are progressing to working drawings.

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