*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 31 October 2014 This morning is our final full school Friday assembly for 2014. Our Leavers’ assembly is next Wednesday and as always it is a busy end of year programme for juniors with exams, Duke of Edinburgh camps and the completion of the Te Waka programme. As we complete the year, taking time to reflect is an important part of the finishing process. Throughout your schooling, each year in a way marks a completion, a milestone reached. As you are well aware, every year at StAC we host a number of reunions and a couple of weekends ago we had the 65 Years On reunion.
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.
The College had 11 teams competing around the country in winter tournament week. All teams represented the College extremely well and achieved at least top eight finishes in their respective tournaments. *Basketball senior A boys at the South Island Secondary School Championships in Nelson * The team won against Ashburton College 81-53 and St Thomas of Canterbury 83-55, lost against Christchurch Boys’ High School 73-67 and beat Lincoln High School 70-62. The team beat Linwood College 81-35 to reach the quarter final against Nayland College whom they lost to 99-81. The team then beat Papanui High School 95-85 and lost to King’s College to finish sixth overall, qualifying for the National Championships for the first time in a number of years.
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.
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 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.
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]]
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.
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.
Student comment by Harrison Cooper Good morning everyone. I am Harrison Cooper and I am doing todays morning comment. This morning I want to talk about people, and how sometimes we are compared to other things to help us better understand each other in different ways. It's like describing people as metaphors or analogies – the metaphors and analogies help us show or understand different aspects of who we are as people. For example people can be like the sea. Because the sea is unpredictable and always changing. Or like an iceberg - we only show a small part of who we are above the surface and much more about ourselves is buried deep below the water unseen.
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.