This year St Andrew’s College is celebrating 25 years of co-education. When Dr John Rentoul (Rector 1982–1994) convinced the Board in the late 1980s that girls would be a welcome addition to the senior years of high school, I wonder if he realised what a significant impact this would have on the College and the lives of thousands of young men and women. Now as St Andrew’s College is set to celebrate our Centenary, we are a thriving co-educational community, where boys and girls side by side explore, learn, create and grow together. From Pre-school to Year 13 they enjoy the ideal preparation for life beyond compulsory education. Together they have played sport, created music and staged ambitious productions.
Each year we hold Preparatory and Secondary Open Days, Boarding Road Shows and a Year 9 Information Evening. These have all been concluded for 2016. To find out more about enrolment please click here[[sitetree_link id=50]]. Please note that there are around 100 places available for new Year 9 students and applications close end of May each year. For more information please contact Registrar Lynn Smith on 03 940-2016 or enrol@stac. school. nz[mailto:enrol@stac. school. nz]. 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.
Leavers' Assembly Rector's Address – Friday 4 November 2016 Nau mai – Haere mai Tena koutou katoa Our St Andrew’s College Leavers’ Assembly for 2016… and once again I am wondering where the year has gone. Every year we travel the path of StAC ceremonies, milestones, special events, competitions, learning and assessments, musical items, productions, sports competitions, assemblies and Chapel services. And every year it is the same but different. It is different because each year brings a new group of people each with their own unique abilities, attributes, skills and personalities… a new group of people who keep our school vibrant, alive, full of energy and purpose. At today’s assembly we are honouring our leavers of 2016… eight from Year 12 and 175 from Year 13.
Another year of strong academic results reflect the hard work and target setting of the College students and staff. Students have done St Andrew’s proud with a record number of 167 NCEA Excellence endorsements at all levels, 33 more than last year. Of those, 49 were Level 3 Excellence endorsements. It is not easy to gain an Excellence endorsement, with students required to achieve 50 or more Excellence credits, so congratulations to all students who attained this award. Rector Christine Leighton says she is delighted to see St Andrew’s students striving to achieve Excellence grades. “These outstanding results are a testament to our students’ hard work, parent support and also dedication from our teachers.
The Centennial Chapel Dedication was held on Tuesday 25 October with a large community gathering to mark this historic occasion. It replaces the Memorial Chapel that was extensively damaged in the 2011 earthquake and was decommissioned in 2013. Guests enjoyed performances from the College’s kapa haka, choir, Pipe Band and renowned singers Joshua Pike and Mark Tavendale. The dedication was followed by a full chapel service led by the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Right Rev. Andrew Norton. Rector Christine Leighton says, “It was truly a magnificent occasion and very humbling to be here celebrating our new Chapel being at the heart of our community once again. Many of our Old Collegians who attended were, in fact, at the dedication of the Memorial Chapel in 1955.
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, August and November each year. Click here[https://issuu. com/standrewscollegenz/docs/regulus_-_issue_2__2016] to read Issue 2, September 2016 Regulus September 2016 To find out more about our Centenary, go to the Centenary website at http://www. stac100. co. nz/[http://www. stac100. co.
Two St Andrew’s College students will represent New Zealand in international secondary students’ academic competitions later this year. Ellena Black has been selected for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Georgia in July while Henry McCallum will attend the International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) in Beijing in August. Both will compete in teams of four at these events. For Ellena the selection process was a rigorous one, with students from around New Zealand undergoing a series of tests, assignments and camps to finally decide the New Zealand team. Ellena has been striving towards the opportunity to be part of the international Olympiad for a long time and was thrilled to be chosen. She hopes to match previous years’ success by New Zealand teams and achieve bronze at the Olympiad.
Huge congratulations to the Herzog Klaviertrio, William Muir (Year 13) and Finn van Dorsser (Year 11), together with Selena Sun from Burnside High School, who were awarded the Joan Kerr Gold Award as one of six finalists in the finals of the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest in Auckland. The group’s placing is the best result for StAC students in a very long time. They surpassed almost 500 other groups from around New Zealand to make it to the top six. The trio were the first group to perform in the semi-final on Friday 5 August in the Auckland Town Hall, setting a high standard for the following ensembles.