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.
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.
Cultural Assembly - Friday 26 August 2016 Nau mai haere mai, E nga hau e wha E nga iwi e tau nei Tena Koutou katoa Welcome to parents and guests this morning as we honour our cultural students and present a number of awards. As we head into our Centenary year, I am well aware of what an enormous impact cultural activities have had on St Andrew’s College over our 100-year history. From its beginning, St Andrew’s College has promoted holistic development which encourages students to embrace opportunities to develop all aspects of their potential and character. Collegian magazines are full of stories and photographs of music, drama, production and other cultural activities. Today around 350–400 students in the Secondary School are involved with cultural activities at StAC.
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.
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.
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[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.
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.
Huge congratulations to the Herzog Klaviertrio, William Muir (Year 13) and Finn van Dorsser (Year 11), together with Selena Sun from Burnside High School, who were awarded the Joan Kerr Gold Award as one of six finalists in the finals of the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest in Auckland. The group’s placing is the best result for StAC students in a very long time. They surpassed almost 500 other groups from around New Zealand to make it to the top six. The trio were the first group to perform in the semi-final on Friday 5 August in the Auckland Town Hall, setting a high standard for the following ensembles.
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!
Ara JazzQuest The Jazz Combo and the Big Band received Gold Awards in the Ara Jazz Quest, and Cameron McHugh (Year 13) won best trombone player of the competition. Well done to everyone involved. Southern Jam The StAC jazz bands have had another successful trip away for the Marlborough Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival in Blenheim. Nearly 40 students travelled away for five days of competition, gigs, listening to jazz and building connections with other musicians. We are very proud of the results gained by the StAC jazz bands. The Big Band and the Soul Band both received Gold awards. The Jazz Orchestra received a Silver award. Cameron McHugh (Year 13) was named as Best Trombone player.