*Creating Futures* You cannot predict the future – or can you? Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, is attributed with saying: “The best way to predict your future is to create it. This is the philosophy that encapsulates the current thinking at St Andrew’s College. In order to educate children for the future, we can’t continue to do things as they have been done in the past. To equip students with the skills and attributes that are going to set them up for a life beyond school, we need to combine the best of the past with the possibilities of the future. We do not live in the past – we learn from it.
Book a School Tour Please note we have finished our open days for 2014 but we can recommend booking a school tour. Our tours are personalised to suit your needs and give you every opportunity to see our students in action in the classroom. A guided tour gives you the opportunity to talk at length and in depth about the College programmes. The tour is also a chance to view our facilities including the new Preparatory School, Spiro Science and Mathematics Centre and Boarding Houses. Contact Registrar Lynn Smith enrol@stac. school. nz[mailto:enrol@stac. school. nz] or 03 940 2016 to book an appointment or request an information pack. Year 9 Information Evening This is us [youtube: https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=Yj6LMzo6Lj4&feature=youtu. be]
Rector's Assembly Address Friday 1 August 2014 Tena koutou kua huihui mai nei i runga i te karanga o te kaupapa i mua i a tatou, Ko mahi o kura whanui o Hatu Anaru Nga mihi nui ki a koutou i tenei ra Naumai, haeremai. At today’s International Assembly we are celebrating culture, language and our international community and I warmly welcome guests with us this morning. We recognise the special place of our Maori language and culture to us as New Zealanders, and the fact that last week was Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori.
Students from Years 4-13 adopted the ‘turtle position’ on the College’s front field recently. But no, it wasn’t an earthquake drill. It was a Prefect initiated ‘human thistle’ co-ordinated by Deputy Head Boy, Wil Undy. Heads of School, Zoe Merrick and Fergus Grenfell, initially broached the idea with the Prefect team and from there it was a logistical exercise of military proportions. Wil, Nick Jackson, Alex Saunders, Jack Wynston-Richards and Sophie Wells painted the thistle. Coach and groundsman Mike Johnston provided the materials. Then on the day, the team co-ordinated about 1200 students from Year 4 to Year 13 to 'go turtle' and hold still while Old Collegian Ollie Wall (2011), owner of Eye in the Sky Aerial Photography (eyeinthesky. net.
St Andrew’s College students impress in Scholarship St Andrew's College 2013 students gained 20 New Zealand Scholarship awards, including six Outstanding awards. The Scholarship awards place recipients in the top 3% of students in the country, while the Outstanding awards place the student in the top 1% of all New Zealand students. Congratulations to all New Zealand Scholarship award winners for 2013, with a particular mention to Keegan Bragg, Thomas Traill and Ben Morgan who received Top Scholar awards.
At this year’s regional Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, St Andrew’s College entered two student directed pieces: a five minute scene from Macbeth and a 15 minute scene from Henry VI, Part 1. Frances Campbell and Daniel Maier-Gant (both in Year 13) directed both pieces, as well as appearing as the lead performers in the Macbeth piece. The students involved in the Henry VI, Part 1 were: Tom Wilkinson (Year 13), Emily Wilkinson (Year 12), William Lu (Year 13), Alexander Lye (Year 12), Harry Grigg (Year 13) and Maximillian Pendleton (Year 12). Both pieces were named in the top three groups at the festival finals.
Athletics has gone from to strength at St Andrew’s thanks to the work being done by students, coaching staff and former Olympian and New Zealand decathlon representative, Chris Mene. National Secondary Schools Championships With the support of the College Athletics programme, 20 students travelled to Hamilton to represent St Andrew’s at the National Secondary Schools Championships. Four of our athletes won nine medals. Christina Shepherd (Year 10) competed in the Para-Athlete Category. This was her first national event and she won three medals: gold in the junior girls discus and shotput events, and silver in the 100m. Caitlin Dore (Year 13) extended her success in previous years by winning the shotput, discus and javelin in the senior girls event.
Owen Marshall, New Zealand short story writer and novelist, visited St Andrew’s College on Wednesday 28 May to give a series of creative writing workshops to both staff and students. Working with English classes of all ages, Owen spoke of his own experiences as a writer and gave advice to the aspiring young writers hoping to improve their craft at his workshops. Among the advice that Owen had for students was to keep a journal and to “read, read, read. ” Whilst now residing in Timaru, Owen was the Housemaster at St Andrew’s College in 1981 at the same time as he was Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury.
Charlotte Elley (Year 13) has started this winter’s netball season off to an impressive start with selection into the New Zealand Secondary Schools (NZSS) netball team. Charlotte has been a great asset to St Andrew’s College and Canterbury netball since moving to Christchurch last year. With selection into the Canterbury Tactix Train-on Squad at age 17, Charlotte has fast become a rising star of Mainland netball and St Andrew’s College! With a passion for both basketball and netball, Charlotte will have a busy season in front of her playing in local and regional competitions for both sports, as well as representing New Zealand in the NZSS team. Congratulations to Charlotte who continues to impress team mates and coaches with her work ethic and dedication.
The Year 13 Media Studies Television class have produced a series of webisodes looking at Christchurch "Three Years On" from the earthquakes. After talking to 5 and 6 year old students from the Preparatory School about their experiences in the earthquakes, students turned their answers into an original song and music video called "Shake it Up". *Click here* to view the "Shake It Up" music video with interviews. [youtube: http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=gp6VqI29H0o&feature=c4-overview&list=UU-iPHza5f91MyZKoi-TCMSw[http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=gp6VqI29H0o&feature=c4-overview&list=UU-iPHza5f91MyZKoi-TCMSw]]
Ari Graham (Year 11) and Mitchell Small (Year 11) won their respective Junior Girls and Junior Boys races at the 2014 New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, held in Palmerston North in June. Ari, who ran the 3km race in 10:29. 07, won the Junior Girls race by 11 seconds and Mitchell, who ran his 4km Junior Boys race in 14:39. 71, won by five seconds. A wonderful achievement - congratulations Ari and Mitchell.
May 2014 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. Architectus, who won the competition to design the new building, has met with key groups from the College, including the College Chaplain Paul Morrow and representatives from ICT, Music and Catering to ensure that these groups’ needs are considered as part of the design process. Important issues such as acoustics, sightlines, audio-visual requirements, placement of the organ and considerations for musical and singing groups have been part of the consultation to ensure feedback from these meetings is incorporated into the design, where possible.
Boarders' Assembly - student comment by Ben Sutherland Boarders’ Assembly 2014 – Student Comment by Ben Sutherland A businessman was talking with his barber when they noticed a goofy looking fellow bouncing down the footpath. The barber said, “That’s Tommy, one of the stupidest kids you’ll ever meet. Here I’ll show you. I do this all the time. ” Hey Tommy! Come Here! Yelled the barber. Tommy came bouncing over “Hi Mr Williams!” The barber pulled out a dollar coin and a five-dollar note and told Tommy he could keep the one of his choice. Tommy looked at the dollar coin and the five dollar note and then quickly snapped up the dollar coin in the barber’s hand and bounded away.
The Rector's magazine, Regulus, is an important part of the College’s communication with our whole-school community. It is one of the key ways that we inform both our internal and extended community about the profile of the College, including students’ achievements, key developments at the College such as new buildings, coverage of school events, reunions and profiles on Old Collegians. Articles on teaching and learning and the latest education trends also feature every issue. The magazine is organised into four sections: Leadership and Governance Teaching and Learning Resources and Environment Values and Culture The magazine is published in May, September and November each year. Click here[https://intranet. stac. school. nz/Content/Regulus/Regulus%205. 14.
We are delighted that two St Andrew’s College Old Collegians have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships. George Hampton (1999) will use his grant to study for an economic policy degree at the University of Columbia, New York, ending in a secondment to the World Bank. David Wright (2008) was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Stanford University, California, and is currently studying mechatronics at the University of Canterbury. Another Old Collegian Simon Todd (2008) received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2013 and is currently studying at Stanford University furthering his research for his PhD in Linguistics. A wonderful achievement and honour. Congratulations George and David on this exciting news.