At the beginning of the year St Andrew’s set a College-wide theme for the ‘Year of Innovation & Collaboration’. We committed to supporting and encouraging teachers to try different things, reach out to other networks and seek alliances which would widen students’ boundaries and imagination. There have been many examples of this in action throughout the year - perhaps no more so that the recent Middle School Production Suspect. With a script written from scratch by a group of senior students and a score and orchestration written by Year 13 student Isaac Shatford, this production shows what can happen when remarkable talent is linked with teamwork, teacher belief and a willingness to take risks.
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 20 March 2015 Nau mai haere mai – tena koutou katoa. Welcome to this Founders’ Day Assembly 2015 – the 98th Founders’ Day for St Andrew’s College. I am especially pleased to welcome Old Collegian Will Robertson back to the College this morning as our guest speaker; Mr Jim Hudson, who will address the Haggis and Chairman of the Board Mr Garry Moore, who will recognise our Scottish Strowan Scholars for 2015. Welcome too, Old Collegians President Mr Nick Letham; Old Collegian Freddy Anderson; Moderator of the Christchurch Presbytery Rev. David Coster; parents, guests and Old Collegians who are gathering together this weekend for their 60-Years-On-Reunion. There is one other very special guest with us this morning.
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.
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. *Gold Medal Winners: *Sam Martel and Sam Robertson won gold and the national title in the boys U18 coxless pair oars. They dominated the race from the beginning to the end – this is the first premier sweep-oar title we have won since 1983. StAC also won a gold medal in the boys U16 coxed four, after rowing the fastest time ever recorded for this event earlier in the week - congratulations to Zackary Rumble (stroke); Thomas Russel; Mitchell White; Ben Taylor and Angus Taggart (cox).
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.
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, September and November each year. Click here[https://intranet. stac. school. nz/Content/Regulus/Regulus%2011. 14. pdf] to read Issue 3, November 2014 Click here[https://intranet. stac. school. nz/Content/Regulus/Regulus%208. 14. pdf] to read Issue 2, August 2014 Click here[https://intranet. stac. school. nz/Content/Regulus/Regulus%205. 14.