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.
Secondary School Open Day Tuesday 31 March 2015 4. 00pm – 6. 00pm with address from Rector at 5. 30pm. Preparatory School Open Day Wednesday 1 April 11. 00am – 12. 30pm with address from Principal of Preparatory School at 11. 45am. For more information please contact Registrar Lynn Smith on 03 940 2016 or enrol@stac. school. nz[mailto:enrol@stac. school. nz]. Boarding Road Shows Boarding Road Shows will be held in Ashburton and Amberley in mid-March (dates and venues to be confirmed). Tour of Boarding Houses at Secondary School Open Day on Tuesday 31 March 3. 30pm – 4. 00pm. You are welcome to visit the College at any time to tour the boarding houses and meet boarding staff.
Rector's Assembly Address Thursday 29th January 2015 Nau mai haere mai tena koutou katoa… Welcome to this morning’s Prefect assembly when we honour our student leaders for 2015…. For 26 students, their parents and supporters, today is a special moment of recognition and challenge… recognition of attributes and qualities that others have seen in you and challenge to step up and develop further understanding of what it means to show initiative, take responsibility, be inclusive and put the greater good before personal benefit….
Erik Goesmann, Zachary Scheiwe, Russell Boey and Bryson Chen won won the Year 9 competition at the recent Cantamaths event held in the Horncastle Arena. In the year 9 competition there were 63 teams from 34 secondary schools from Canterbury and the West Coast. It was a loud and exciting competition with lots of shouting from the crowd and runners sprinting to get questions marked and back to their teams. The St Andrew’s team won the competition narrowly from Burnside High School by getting the last question right. The team got the perfect score with all 20 questions correct. The team won themselves a graphical calculator each, and a $250 Every Educaid gift voucher for the Mathematics department to purchase resources to assist teaching.
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.
New Zealand Secondary Schools National Athletics Championships results At the New Zealand Secondary Schools National Athletics Championships held 6–7 December in Wanganui the College team won 11 medals in total. Ari Graham (Year 12) placed first in the junior girls 1500m and second in the junior girls 800m. In the 800m Ari had the same time as the winner so a photo finish that couldn’t have been closer! Mitchell Small (Year 12) won the junior boys 3000m. Caitlin Dore (Year 13, 2014) (AWD) won the senior girls shot put, discus and javelin. Caitlin broke her own records in discus and shot put. Christina Shepherd (Year 11) (AWD) won the junior girls shot put, 100m and discus. Christina broke the record in discus.
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.
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.
The College is delighted to hear that two St Andrew’s College Old Collegians have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships. Fulbright awards reflect highly on those chosen because they are not given on the basis of academic merit alone. Students also have to show ambassadorial qualities, all-round high achievement, as well as leadership and a sense of community. George Hampton (1999) will complete a Master of Public Administration degree in Economic Policy Management, at the University of Columbia University in New York — the first New Zealander to undertake an economic policy degree at the University. His scholarship, which will focus on transitioning economies and how they can perform better, will end in a secondment to the World Bank.
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.
St Andrew’s College students continue to excel in music in 2014. Year 13 student Isaac Shatford (Year 13) was awarded the prestigious ‘Composer Award’ in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest with his string quartet composition “Frost and Fire”. Adding to an impressive list of accomplishments, Isaac also placed second in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Music Composition Competition earlier this year and has singlehandedly composed the College’s Middle School Musical. “Frost and Fire” was recorded by the Radio New Zealand Concert Programme and aired in late August. St Andrew’s College Jazz Bands achieved great success at the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival in Blenheim. The Big Band won the best Big Band category and were the overall winners of the competition.
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.
Meet Chapel Architect Patrick Clifford in March 2015 We welcome you to attend a special evening with the Chapel architect Patrick Clifford from Architectus on Thursday 19 March at 7. 00pm in the College Gymnasium. Patrick will be presenting the design for the new Chapel and discussing many of the concepts that make this a very special building for our community. Patrick recently won a gold medal from the New Zealand Institute of Architects recognising his expertise and contribution to architecture. The gold medal is the highest honour bestowed by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. It is awarded to an individual for an outstanding contribution to the practice of architecture, demonstrated through the production of a consistently high-quality body of work over a period of time.
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.