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. It is highly satisfying to know that the dedication and commitment of our teachers is having the desired effect and that our students are inspired and energised to give their very best.
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 4 July 2014 It is hard to believe we are at the end of Term, half way through the school year for 2014. The end of a term and the upcoming school break is always an important time to reflect upon how things are going and what progress has been made towards the particular goals we have set for ourselves. At this time of the year here, there is much unfinished business; for some there have been highlights and goals already achieved, but for most, your academic goals will not be realised until the end of the year. By taking an honest account of where you are at now is a really important part of achieving your goals.
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]]
In Tauranga, 43 drummers and pipers competed at the Pipe Band Nationals, with 20 other bands from around the country. St Andrew’s won the Juvenile section for the eighth year in a row, and then went on to compete against all adult bands in Grade 2. The band played superbly and had a fantastic victory, winning the event. This is the third time they have won the Grade 2 section in the history of the event. The Drum Corp also won first place in Grade 2. The St Andrew’s Pipe Band Major for 2014, Joshua Smith, said participating in the competition was “a great experience filled with excitement as the Band competed against New Zealand’s best” with more than 1,000 people coming to watch.
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.
Anzac Address from Holly Henderson Anzac Day commemorates the first day of battle for soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the ANZACs, who landed on the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula during WWI tasked with opening the Dardanelles Strait to the Allied fleets. Yet Anzac day represents more than that mighty effort at Gallipoli. It is a day to reflect, acknowledge and remember. It commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war, and honours returned service personnel. This year, it also marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the First World War. It was known as the Great War, not in a good way, but due to the massive impact this war had on the World.
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.
A good idea had an even better conclusion recently when Year 13 student Connor Bland travelled to Fiji to personally deliver 160kgs of rugby kit to deserving players on the island. Connor was inspired to start collecting used rugby gear after hearing stories from his Fijian grandmother about how Fijian players loved rugby but had few balls to play with or boots to play in. He collected several crates worth of kit thanks to generous donations from his rugby team and other players, and he started to investigate the best way to send the gear over. Thanks to discounted flights from Fiji Airways, support from family and friends, and an anonymous donation he was able to fly to Fiji, and personally distribute the kit.
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.