*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.
Secondary School Open Day Tuesday 31 March 2015 4. 00pm – 6. 00pm with address from Rector at 5. 30pm. Preparatory School Open Day Wednesday 1 April 11. 00am – 12. 30pm with address from Principal of Preparatory School at 11. 45am. For more information please contact Registrar Lynn Smith on 03 940 2016 or enrol@stac. school. nz[mailto:enrol@stac. school. nz]. Boarding Road Shows Boarding Road Shows will be held in Ashburton and Amberley in mid-March (dates and venues to be confirmed). Tour of Boarding Houses at Secondary School Open Day on Tuesday 31 March 3. 30pm – 4. 00pm. You are welcome to visit the College at any time to tour the boarding houses and meet boarding staff.
Rector's Assembly Address Wednesday 5 November 2014 Nau mai – haere mai e nga hau e wha e nga iwi, e tau nei tena kautou katoa Today marks a special moment in the lives of many of you because it is a time when something significant is coming to an end. At today’s assembly we honour our Year 12 and 13 leavers for 2014 and also staff who are leaving St Andrew’s at the end of this year. Your first day at school is something that will probably be etched into your memory in some way, even if it is just through that prized photograph taken as you set off for your new adventure – 13 years of schooling ahead.
Erik Goesmann, Zachary Scheiwe, Russell Boey and Bryson Chen won won the Year 9 competition at the recent Cantamaths event held in the Horncastle Arena. In the year 9 competition there were 63 teams from 34 secondary schools from Canterbury and the West Coast. It was a loud and exciting competition with lots of shouting from the crowd and runners sprinting to get questions marked and back to their teams. The St Andrew’s team won the competition narrowly from Burnside High School by getting the last question right. The team got the perfect score with all 20 questions correct. The team won themselves a graphical calculator each, and a $250 Every Educaid gift voucher for the Mathematics department to purchase resources to assist teaching.
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 was well represented at the recent Duke of Edinburgh ceremony hosted by St Andrew’s College in early November. The Governor-General presented a number of awards to students from Christchurch schools. Eleven year 13 students from St Andrew’s have now received their gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award this year. To gain the award, students are required to complete a 12-month physical and skills component, a four-day, three-night expedition and undertake a ‘residential expedition’ for five-days and four-nights. Each person must also complete 12 months of volunteering.
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.
The College is delighted to hear that two St Andrew’s College Old Collegians have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships. Fulbright awards reflect highly on those chosen because they are not given on the basis of academic merit alone. Students also have to show ambassadorial qualities, all-round high achievement, as well as leadership and a sense of community. George Hampton (1999) will complete a Master of Public Administration degree in Economic Policy Management, at the University of Columbia University in New York — the first New Zealander to undertake an economic policy degree at the University. His scholarship, which will focus on transitioning economies and how they can perform better, will end in a secondment to the World Bank.
Charlotte Elley (Year 13) has had a phenomenal 2014 netball season with selection into the New Zealand Secondary Schools (NZSS) netball team, representing Canterbury and being selected into the SISS tournament team alongside team mate Natalie Allen. 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.
St Andrew’s College students continue to excel in music in 2014. Year 13 student Isaac Shatford (Year 13) was awarded the prestigious ‘Composer Award’ in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest with his string quartet composition “Frost and Fire”. Adding to an impressive list of accomplishments, Isaac also placed second in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Music Composition Competition earlier this year and has singlehandedly composed the College’s Middle School Musical. “Frost and Fire” was recorded by the Radio New Zealand Concert Programme and aired in late August. St Andrew’s College Jazz Bands achieved great success at the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival in Blenheim. The Big Band won the best Big Band category and were the overall winners of the competition.
HOD Outdoor Education Peter Dawkings and his department have won the 2014 Outdoors New Zealand Organisation Award for their programme at the Castle Hill Outdoor Centre. The award was given to Peter and the St Andrew’s College Castle Hill facility for exceptional processes for health and safety, sustainability, community engagement and bicultural awareness. The Castle Hill programme hosts year groups from the preparatory and secondary schools and is also hired out to other schools for expeditions and outdoor education trips. The Castle Hill complex has grown with the Outdoor Education programme and other key annual activities such as school camps and the Duke of Edinburgh excursions. St Andrew’s facility at Castle Hill was opened in 1965 by then Rector Ian Galloway and underwent a complete rebuild in 2008.
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.
Leavers' Assembly comment by Head Students Zoe Merrick and Ferg Grenfell In the words of the over-enthusiastic sports captain Robbie Selbie; “well, this is it. ” Today is our last assembly for 2014. For 186 of us this is the last day in this uniform, our last day as a St Andrew’s student. For those of you in Years 8-12 you’ll sit here and listen to the clichés about your years at school. About how ‘the time will fly’ and that ‘you’ll be gone before you know it’. And, as we did, you won’t listen. You won’t consider it, but ‘before you know it’ you will be where the Year 13s are now, saying goodbye to our days here as a student.
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%2011. 14. pdf] to read Issue 3, November 2014 Click here[https://intranet. stac. school. nz/Content/Regulus/Regulus%208. 14. pdf] to read Issue 2, August 2014 Click here[https://intranet. stac. school. nz/Content/Regulus/Regulus%205. 14.