From The Rector

Dear Parents and Caregivers Something that has been very obvious to me lately is how incredibly successful StAC Old Collegians are out there all over the world. Recently I have come across a number of our younger Old Collegians who have enjoyed reconnecting with their old school in a variety of ways, and I reflected on what an impressive group of young people they are. Amongst those who have come across my radar in the last four weeks are Sarah Wright and her brother David Wright who have both just graduated at Ivy League universities in the United States. Sarah (Dux 2011) has completed a Bachelor of Science at MIT (Boston) in Biological Engineering.

Let Us Show You Around

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.

Rector's Address

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End of Term 2 Assembly - Friday 8 July 2016 Nau mai – Haere mai Tēnā koutou katoa E te Atua Ki runga rawa Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe Ki ngā mate, haere moe Huri noa ai ki te hunga ora Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou Tēnā rā tātou katoa Welcome to this morning’s assembly, the final day of our term and half way through the school year.  This week we have been celebrating te wiki o te reo Māori and I want to congratulate and thank those of you who have participated in the activities that have been organised for you.  I especially welcome our special guest, Old Collegian Jing Song. On Tuesday 20 Year 12 students attended the annual Year 12 Sir Peter Blake Leadership day hosted by Christ’s College.

Rowers Excel at Maadi Cup

Our Maadi Cup rowing squad performed extremely well, winning a gold, two silvers and a bronze medal at the highly competitive national regatta. The Boys’ U17 coxed four, comprising Thomas Russel (Year 12) (stroke), Zackary Rumble (Year 12), Benjamin Taylor (Year 12), Mitchell White (Year 12) and Tom Flavill (Year 10) (cox) won gold and the Hampton Memorial Shield. These promising rowers have remained unbeaten in their age group over two seasons. Congratulations to Zackary Rumble, Benjamin Taylor and Mitchell White who have since been selected for the South Island team. Thomas Russel and Henry McCallum took silver in the Boys’ U18 coxless pairs oars, just 0. 6 of a second away from the winning crew.

Celebrating Academic Excellence

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.

Centennial Chapel Update

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.

Regulus Magazine

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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/p35968_stac_regulus_april_2016_fa_l] to read Issue 1, May 2016 Regulus May 2016 To find out more about our Centenary, go to the Centenary website at http://www. stac100. co. nz/[http://www. stac100. co.

StAC Students selected for International Olympiads

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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.

Chamber Music Competition

The Christchurch District section of the 2016 NZCT Schools Chamber Music Contest took place at Knox Church 15–17 June. Of over 80 groups taking part, five included at least two StAC students.

International Poetry Prize Won

Pieta Bayley (Year 6) has won second place in an English poetry competition to commemorate WW1 with her poem 'Lemon Squeezer Boneyard'. She will travel to the House of Lords on to collect her prize this term. Pieta’s poem was one of 300 entries from around the Commonwealth and is the first from New Zealand. Pieta's three-times great uncle died at Gallipoli and she wrote this poem last year, when she was in Year 5 creative writing class, to honour him. Pieta read her poem at our traditional ANZAC service, which was attended by Year 12 students along with Old Collegians, families and others in the extended StAC community. Well done Pieta!  
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