There was a real buzz around St Andrew’s at the start of 2015. Academic results were some of the best ever. We began with the largest roll on record, and the campus was looking fabulous with the repairs from earthquake damage largely completed, the new Gymnasium and Chapel ground remediation underway. A number of celebratory assemblies recognised the academic success and leadership of our students and very quickly the students settled into their studies and busy co-curricular sports and activities. Amongst all this activity is our continued connection with our Old Collegians and once again I am reminded of the strength of St Andrew’s relationships.
Year 9 Information Evening All prospective parents and students in Year 9, 2016 are welcome to attend our Year 9 Information evening. Wednesday 20 May 2015, 7. 00pm at the College Gymnasium. For more information please contact Registrar Lynn Smith on 03 940 2016 or enrol@stac. school. nz[mailto:enrol@stac. school. nz]. Enrolments Closing Year 9 (2016) Year 9 applications for 2016 will close Sunday 31 May. Please note that we will be conducting interviews from 4 May so do get your application in early if you can. Secondary, Preparatory, Pre-school School Open Days We have now completed all Open Days for 2015, we are more than happy to offer a personal tour. Please feel free to contact Registrar Lynn Smith on 03 940 2016 or enrol@stac. school. nz[mailto:enrol@stac. school.
Rector's Assembly Address Friday 31 July 2015 Nau mai haere Mai, tena koutou katoa Tena koutou kua huihui mai nei i runga i te karanga o te kaupapa i mua i a tatou Ko mahi o kura whanui o Hatu Anaru. Nga mihi nu Ki a koutou i tenei ra, Naumai, haere mai. Nga mihi ki a koe i te wiki o te reo Maori This week is Maori Language Week. No reira kara whuia te korero i te reo Maori. Therefore I encourage you to speak as much te reo Maori as possible.
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.
St Andrew’s College was well represented at the recent Duke of Edinburgh ceremony hosted by St Andrew’s College in early November. The Governor-General presented a number of awards to students from Christchurch schools. Eleven year 13 students from St Andrew’s have now received their gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award this year. To gain the award, students are required to complete a 12-month physical and skills component, a four-day, three-night expedition and undertake a ‘residential expedition’ for five-days and four-nights. Each person must also complete 12 months of volunteering.
Rowing *Maadi Cup *It was an eventful Maadi Cup with some very pleasing results for StAC crews. After four days of racing we had eight crews competing in A finals, seven crews competing in B finals, and came home with several medals.
ANZAC Address 2015 - by Jack Duff The 25th of April 1915. 100 years on, The 25th of April 2015. Today is a day of remembrance, a day in which we pay tribute to the ANZAC’s. The landing of Australia, New Zealand, Army Corps in Gallipoli. Their aim? Take control of the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosphorus, the key link between Asia and Europe. The impact those soldiers had is etched eternally into our country’s history, it runs deep through our veins and will forever be remembered. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud.
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 134 NCEA Excellence endorsements at all levels, 19 more than last year. Of those, 36 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.
Hannah Hudson (Year 11) impressed the audience at TEDxChristchurch last year as a Year 10 with a 10-minute discussion on the infrastructure and land transport systems in the city. She used the frameworks as an example of her journey through the Future Problem Solving (FPS) process. FPS is an international programme that poses complex global and community issues, which participants break down and solve. Participants have to identify the underlying causes of the problems and propose solutions. Last year, Hannah won the 2013 National Middle Division, and earned a spot on the New Zealand team that travelled to an international FPS conference in Iowa. She says it took three drafts to get her speech up to TEDx standards, but was proud of the finished effort.
HOD Outdoor Education Peter Dawkings and his department have won the 2014 Outdoors New Zealand Organisation Award for their programme at the Castle Hill Outdoor Centre. The award was given to Peter and the St Andrew’s College Castle Hill facility for exceptional processes for health and safety, sustainability, community engagement and bicultural awareness. The Castle Hill programme hosts year groups from the preparatory and secondary schools and is also hired out to other schools for expeditions and outdoor education trips. The Castle Hill complex has grown with the Outdoor Education programme and other key annual activities such as school camps and the Duke of Edinburgh excursions. St Andrew’s facility at Castle Hill was opened in 1965 by then Rector Ian Galloway and underwent a complete rebuild in 2008.
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://platoflipbooks. co. nz/StAndrews/RegulusMay2015/] to read Issue 1, May 2015 Regulus May 2015 To read our online blog, click here. [http://eblog. stac. school. nz/] To learn about the chapel updates, click here.
*Tennis* The StAC mixed tennis team beat Hutt Valley in the final to win the National Secondary Schools Mixed Tennis Championship, without dropping a match, for the fifth year in the last seven. Congratulations to Edward Batt, Lawrence Darling, Nic Jenkins, Michal Matson, Holly Matson and Lily Bray and staff Mr Faulls and Ms Bigford. The College’s mixed team also won the South Island Tennis Championships for the twelfth year in a row, which is a tremendous effort. The The StAC mixed tennis team beat Hutt Valley in the final to win the National Secondary Schools Mixed Tennis Championship, without dropping a match, for the fifth year in the last seven. Congratulations to Edward Batt, Lawrence Darling, Nic Jenkins, Michal Matson, Holly Matson and Lily Bray and staff Mr Faulls and Ms Bigford.
Congratulations to all the students and staff who were involved in this magnificent show! Despite its dubious sounding name, Urinetown is a fast-paced, witty and original musical that has no doubt engaged our students with its satire and political themes. Students delivered the performance with high-energy, singing the complex musical numbers with great pizazz and choreography. The accompaniment of songs by fantastic live music performed mainly by StAC Old Collegians really added to the atmosphere. Students involved in stage management, lighting and sound did a truly professional job. Thank you to Mr Wiseman (director), Mr Ferguson (musical director), Ginnie Thorner (choreographer) all staff, parents and Old Collegians who helped out. It is testament to the success of the show that it sold out! [https://www. flickr. com/photos/stacschool/sets/72157649963543953]
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to fundraising efforts for Onesua College in Vanuatu following cyclone Pam. We are so proud to advise we have raised NZ$10,000 (approximately 795,000 vatu) to go towards helping Onesua get back operating for all students and help repair damaged buildings and replace destroyed resources. Our contact in Vanuatu wrote “I must say that StAC is the first friend of Onesua to make such a big donation and we appreciate it so much. Once the iron sheets arrive in school this will enable us to take in Year 9 and 11. Classes will be back to normal and we praise God for your hearts. ” Bradley (Year 13) and Mackenzie Cox (Year 11) visited Onesua in school holiday break.