As I write this column, the St Andrew’s College Centenary Gala Weekend, held just a few days ago is dominating my thoughts… what a celebration it was! Most rewarding and satisfying were the happy smiles, animated conversations and renewed friendships. A full and engaging programme had been organised for the three day event with something for everyone – from the five-year-olds who have just started at the College to those who returned aged now in their 90s. What struck me most was the sense of community and belonging. There was something in the air that made everyone feel they were part of something special and so much bigger than themselves and their immediate group of friends or family.
End of Term 1 Assembly Friday 7 April 2017 100th PRIZEGIVING Sunday 27 November 2016 E nga nana E nga reo E nga iwi o te motu Tena koutou katoa How does one acknowledge and celebrate 100 years? There should be, and is, a feeling of wonder and celebration when someone or something is 100 years old. Because there is something valuable about time, experience, wisdom and deep connection… Deep connection comes with time and wisdom results from experience… So I stand here with you this evening and wonder how the first Rector Sydney Dickinson felt at his first prizegiving ceremony at the end of 1917. I suspect he would have stood in front of his students and parents feeling well pleased with the progress of his fledgling school.
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 provisional record number of 205 NCEA Excellence endorsements across all three levels, 38 more than last year. Of those, 46 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.
Guests enjoyed performances from the College’s kapa haka, choir, Pipe Band and renowned singers Joshua Pike and Mark Tavendale. The dedication was followed by a full chapel service led by the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Right Rev. Andrew Norton. Rector Christine Leighton says, “It was truly a magnificent occasion and very humbling to be here celebrating our new Chapel being at the heart of our community once again. Many of our Old Collegians who attended were, in fact, at the dedication of the Memorial Chapel in 1955. They remarked how special it was that items from the Memorial Chapel have been so beautifully integrated into our new Chapel”.
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/p41032_stac_regulus_april_2017_fa_l] to read Issue 1, May 2017 Regulus May 2017 To find out more about our Centenary, go to the Centenary website at http://www. stac100. co. nz/[http://www. stac100. co.
It was a time to remember the significant bequest left by Mr Duncan Rutherford in 1917 that enabled the Board of the fledgling College, (which had been established in the Presbyterian manse on Lincoln Road) to purchase the Strowan homestead and surrounding land. At the time, Alexander Thompson, the Presbyterian Minister and founder of the College said: “There is only one place for St Andrew’s College and that is Strowan. ” The Pipe Band provided a magnificent opening to the Centenary launch assembly, and after a welcome by Rector Christine Leighton, special guests, staff and students were taken back to the past with a Vintage News Reel featuring fascinating film clips from the early years of the College.
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.
Finn van Dorsser (Year 11) has been selected among the best young poets in the world, after being included as one of the Top 15 Foyle Young Poets of the Year. This is an outstanding achievement for Finn, who entered his incredible poem An Orison to the Future Comet in the worldwide competition, which attracted 10,000 entries by over 6,000 poets from 76 countries. Last year Finn was one of 85 commended poets and he is understandably thrilled to be named in the top 15 winners this year. His prize is a week's residential writing course at The Hurst Arvon Centre, UK in 2017.
Five students from St Andrew's College were awarded the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award, by the newly appointed Governor General; Dame Patsy Reddy. 63 other recipients from all over the South Island also received their award at the office ceremony. St Andrew's College had the largest number of Gold recipients from a school at the ceremony. The Gold award requires participants to involve themselves in physical recreation, a skill or hobby, community service, planning and completing adventurous journeys and completing a residential project over a minimum of 12 months. It requires a significant commitment and for this reason is recognised world-wide in over 140 countries. The award is also highly regarded at St Andrew's College with all Year 10 currently working towards completing their bronze award.
Year 9 Information Evening Each year we hold an information evening for prospective parents and students who are entering Year 9 in 2018. To find out more about our specific Year 9 programmes and the support your child will experience as they transition into Secondary School, please join us on: Find out more about our specific Year 9 programmes and the support your child will experience as they transition into Secondary School. *Wednesday 17 May *–* *7. 00pm in the Centennial Chapel. * *Contact Registrar Lynn Smith on enrol@stac. school. nz[mailto:enrol@stac. school. nz] or 03 940 2016 to find out more to request an information pack. Book 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.