We are towards the end of the summer sport season with trials already well under way for winter sport. Our two major summer sport events, swimming and athletics, saw some outstanding results. There are certainly some talented athletes in our midst, but equally pleasing was the spirit with which all the students competed in their House colours. Ourcultural activities are also well underway with a record number of musical groups. The Pipe Band competes at nationals this coming weekend, the orchestra enjoyed a weekend camp in Hanmer and other groups have rehearsals in full swing, to be ready for their various engagements and competitions. I have enjoyed dropping into the rehearsals for the senior production of ‘Cabaret’.
Open Days - 2016 *Secondary School Open Day *Thursday 31 March 4. 00pm - 6. 00pm. Register at the Senior College on the day. *Preparatory School Open Day* Friday 1 April 11. 00am - 12. 30pm. Registrar at the Preparatory School reception on the day. 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. Boarding Road Shows - 2016 We have visited Amberley, Ashburton, Blenheim, the Wanaka A & P Show and the Hokitika AgFest for our 2016 Boarding Roadshow this year, if you require further information please contact Registrar Lynn Smith on 03 940 2016 or enrol@stac. school. nz.
Thursday 24 March 2016 – Opening of Gym 2 & Askin Pipe Band Centre “E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga iwi o te motu Tena koutou katoa Kia ora hui hui mai tatou roto i to tatou whare Nau mai haeremai ki tenei hui Tena koutou katoa Welcome to this very special event… the official opening of our long awaited Gym 2 and the new Askin Pipe Band Centre. Welcome to our students and staff, the beneficiaries of these wonderful new facilities; parents and Old Collegians, vital supporters of our facility developments. Welcome to Garry Moore and the Board of Governors who helped to create the vision and the confidence to move forward with these projects.
It was our 99th Founders’ Day on Friday 18 March. The day proceeded as usual with Founders’ Day assembly and then the Highland Games. This year we livestreamed both of these events for our community, which was a nice way for everyone to enjoy the celebrations. Here is the link to the website that streamed the events: http://live. stac. school. nz/SitePages/Home. aspx[http://live. stac. school. nz/SitePages/Home. aspx] The filming was done by our talented StAC TV and media crew and includes a number of special videos alongside the livestreaming (including new aerial footage of the College) so be sure to log on. Enjoy the festivities!
Rugby students were very excited to have an opportunity to have their photo taken with the Rugby World Cup (officially the Webb Ellis Cup) last week! This is the very same Cup that Richie McCaw held up after the All Blacks overcame Australia in the Rugby World Cup final on 31 October 2015. Officials from the NZRU brought the cup along for our rugby players’ registration day and told students about its history. One lucky student from Year 10 was chosen to actually hold the cup – a special tradition mostly reserved for the Rugby World Cup winning team.
The St Andrew's College rowing team had an outstanding regatta at the South Island rowing championships, making 19 A-finals and four B-finals. Ten crews gained a top three placing in the A-finals. The second U17 four and top eight gained bronze, while our novice boys’ and girls’ eights, novice girls’ four and U19 boys’ four won silver. South Island titles were won by our novice boys’ four, U17 boys’ eight, our second U19 eight and the U19 boys’ pair. In winning the U19 boys’ pair, Thomas Russel and Henry McCallum also won the Ted Lindstrom trophy. These are tremendous results for the rowing team as they continue to train hard for the Maadi Cup regatta at the end of term 1.
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.
This year's 98th annual Secondary School athletic sports displayed great school spirit and enthusiastic House competition. It was a fun day for all with some highly competitive athletic events and records broken. Congratulations to members of Erwin who won the House competition. Ten records were broken during the day.
Our Vision The new St Andrew’s College Chapel will be at the heart of the College community - a place of worship, celebration, inspiration and gathering throughout our lives. The Chapel will embody the values, history, traditions and future aspirations of the College. It will commemorate the men and women whose lives were given in service, to community and to country. A place of contemplative beauty, the Chapel and its garden will be a serene island that anchors the College community. A window to St Andrew’s College, the Chapel will welcome members of the College and extended community to a school founded on Truth, Excellence and Faith.
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[http://issuu. com/standrewscollegenz/docs/stac_regulus_november_2015_lr] to read Issue 3, November 2015 Regulus November 2015 To read about Centenary, click here. [http://eblog. stac. school. nz/] To view our Memorial Chapel video, click here.
St Andrew’s College had 57 students competing at the nationals in Feilding. After two days of competition it was thrilling for both bands to be named as winners of their respective grades – B Band – Grade 4B (first time ever) and A Band in Grade 2 (for the third successive year). The A band were also winners of the Juvenile section (10th year in a row). It was simply an outstanding success and we are so proud of our Pipe Band students. Special thanks and congratulations to all our tutors and staff members involved.
We were pleased to officially open the new Gymnasium and the new Askin Pipe Band Centre at the end of the first term. The opening ceremony marked an important milestone in the history and development of St Andrew’s College. The Rector provided a fascinating account of many of the notable sporting and Pipe Band personalities who have passed through the College. It was an honour to welcome former Rector and gold medal winning Black Stick Olympian, Mr Barry Maister back to the College as our guest speaker. The Centenary Sports Wall, located upstairs in Gym 2, got lots of attention and a number of the 88 national sports representatives were in attendance. The students have already been enjoying these new facilities.
Microsoft Innovative Educators Congratulations to Tam Yuill Proctor, Wilj Dekkers and Anais Lerosier-Hucke who have been named as Microsoft Innovative Educators for 2016. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educator experts to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other through a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology. The teachers will travel to Australia for a Microsoft Education Conference and receive some free Microsoft devices. This is great recognition of the innovative and exciting work these teachers are doing with their classes.