As I put pen to paper to write this Rector’s comment 63 St Andrew’s students are preparing to head off on four different overseas adventure during the holiday break. Their reasons for travelling abroad are varied – two groups are embarking on travel to the less developed countries of Vanuatu and Cambodia, to experience different lifestyles and cultures and give service to these communities. Over the years, St Andrew’s College has developed strong relationships with these communities and, as these relationships continue to develop, so they become more meaningful. Two other groups are travelling to France and South America with a language learning focus.
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Students have eagerly returned to boarding onsite at St Andrew’s College for the new school year, after spending almost two years in motels following the February 2011 earthquake which caused two of their three boarding houses to be demolished. St Andrew’s College seized the opportunity to develop a new boarding complex that would house 120 of their 163 boarders, with the other 43 boarders accommodated in the remaining boarding house. The new boarding complex, designed by Wilkie and Bruce Architects, is built to 100% of the new building code, using the latest engineering technology. Significant ground remediation work, comprising of 660 stone columns, six metres deep, overlain by a deep gravel raft and concrete slab foundation has taken place.
Guest speaker, Sam Johnson, delivered a compelling message to the students at the recent Leadership Assembly where he captivated his audience by drawing on his own leadership experiences as leader of the Christchurch Student Volunteer Army and Young New Zealander of the Year. Teamwork, a good attitude and making the most of every opportunity were the three themes Sam focused on when speaking with the students. His natural ability to tell stories engaged the students as they learnt about how he had the idea to start the Student Volunteer Army, his trip to Japan post-tsunami and his meeting with Prince Charles and Lady Camilla on their recent visit to Christchurch. Sam strongly believes that the young people of Christchurch have much to offer, no matter where their strengths lie.
A number of St Andrew’s students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and academic performance during their school career have had their hard work rewarded with university scholarships for tertiary study next year. This year four College students, being Ashleigh Shipton, Amy Clucas, Merrila Babu John and Thomas Smith, were awarded a University of Auckland scholarship – each worth $50,000. This is an outstanding result as only 121 of these scholarships are awarded nationally. Amy and Ashleigh were also offered $30,000 scholarships from Otago University while Tom has had to choose between Auckland and University of Canterbury from which he has been offered two different scholarships. “For St Andrew’s College students to be recognised in this way is very gratifying,” says Rector Christine Leighton.
St Andrew’s students have once again excelled in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). The ICAS are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element that are developed annually at the University of New South Wales in Australia for primary and secondary school students in the subject areas of Computer Skills, English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling and Writing. More than one million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA and medals are awarded to students with the top score in each subject at each year level. Deputy principal of the Preparatory School, David Farmer, says the ICAS medals challenge students to excel.
Initial analysis of results available indicates outstanding success for a number of students and once again we have exceeded the target set for excellence endorsements at all Levels. A total of 109 excellence endorsements were achieved – there were of course many more subject endorsement, as well as twenty-one New Zealand Scholarships, three of which were Outstanding Scholarships. NCEA results It is not easy to gain an excellence endorsement with 50 or more excellence credits required so congratulations to all students who achieved this. There were 42 at Level 1, 47 at Level 2 and 20 at Level 3. Level 3 students attended an academic assembly on 15 February to receive the Board of Governors Excellence Scholarship, an initiative that rewards students’ hard work with $1000 for excellence endorsement.
The College had 22 students receiving awards at the summer sports awards held at Riccarton High School. This reflects the high level of talent students displayed in the summer sports season. Special mention goes to the mixed tennis team who won champions badges for winning the national mixed title. In athletics Ari Graham won the outstanding junior athlete award and Rosy Hogben received the trophy for being the most outstanding female senior athlete in Canterbury and also received the top co-educational school trophy on behalf of the team. Congratulations to Rosy who has now been selected to represent New Zealand at the Oceania Championships in Tahiti in June. In swimming Laura Steffens received a champions badge for being the outstanding senior female triathlete.
Congratulations to the StAC Mixed Touch team for winning the 2012 New Zealand Secondary School Touch Championship at Waikato University Park in Hamilton over the weekend of 7-9 December. The team were very deserving of their win, and having come runners up in 2011, were back to make amends. After dominating earlier games, they remained focused and composed on day two of competition during some closely fought games, to ensure their place in the finals. On finals day the team proved to be unstoppable and in front of a large crowd, they defeated St Peter's Cambridge 7-5 off the back of some inspired play by Richie Mo'unga ( Year 13), to take the title.
Over the holidays Year 13 student Ben Crosbie has continued to excel with rowing. He was selected to trial for the New Zealand team that will compete in the World Junior Rowing Championships in Lithuania in August. As a result of consistently outstanding performances in six days of trials he has been selected to represent New Zealand. Ben is the only boy to be selected from Canterbury. He will be a member of the New Zealand U19 Quad and moves to the North Island in a few weeks for the training camp. In addition to this Ben has won a very significant trophy with Canterbury Rowing, the Totenham Cup, which is the trophy for the most outstanding schoolboy rower in Canterbury.
StAC Young Farmers Club members enjoyed great success at the recent Tasman regional finals over Easter with three of our teams finishing in the top five and two teams now heading to Auckland to compete in the national finals. We had five strong teams competing in what was a competitive field of over twenty teams from eight schools across the upper south island. The competition saw the students displaying their excellent agricultural skills and knowledge which they had sharpened through long hours of training both after school and on the weekends leading up to the event. The hard work certainly paid off with three of our teams placing first, third and fifth in the final.
Inspired by the Place in Time’s “Summer in the City” exhibition, St Andrew's College Year 8 students were asked to respond to this exhibition by interviewing and photographing visitors and retailers within the Re:START mall and capturing their everyday doings. The students found this experience to be both insightful and engaging with their images reflecting their differing viewpoints. One student reflected “I learnt the different ways of taking the shot, such as the perspective and how the objects and expressions affect the moment”. A panel of their work is currently on display at the Bridge of Remembrance end of the Re:START mall until 11 April. The photos taken by the students will join the CCC archive known as Our City.
Chapel Update March 2013 The College was delighted to announce at the Founders’ Day Assembly on 15 March that the successful concept design from our Memorial Chapel Design Competition is from Architectus, with architect Patrick Clifford. This design is inspirational and forward-looking, while incorporating the memorial aspects of the present Chapel, including the memorial books, stained glass windows, oak doors, bell, communion table, baptismal font, ceremonial chairs, original stone, pews, gargoyles and – hopefully – some of the original bricks. The design will meet the College’s future needs, whilst ensuring that the Chapel remains the spiritual home of the College on its beautiful current site. The new St Andrew’s College Chapel will be at the heart of our College community: a place of worship, celebration, inspiration and gathering throughout our lives.
ANZAC Address from Hamish Petersen *Duty in Youth* Over the years of the first World War, the College, along with the whole of the country, farewelled a number of students and other young men, all very much in their youth, to the ANZAC and other New Zealand Armed forces. It is this idea that really strikes me about the ANZAC effort - and maybe it is because I'm not native to New Zealand or Australia, that I am not quite as passionate about the patriotism or brotherhood involved in the ANZAC idea as someone born and bred here may be - rather - it is this idea that all these 'youths turned soldiers' felt in the core of their being and as a collective mass of individuals.
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.
Rector's Address - Assembly, Friday 12 April 2013 * * Nau mai, haere mai. The end of Term 1 has arrived – it has been a long 11-week term, packed full of learning, activity, competition and school events. I want to say a sincere thank you to all of you who have contributed much, supported each other, participated enthusiastically – to finish Term 1 with so much to celebrate and feel good about is just great. Last week, at our Open Day, we had an opportunity to demonstrate why St Andrew’s continues as a successful place of learning and opportunity. We all have our part to play and have to work hard to ensure that it remains this way.