*“A school is the sum of all those who have passed through it. ” – Katherine Mansfield *I often think about what it means to be a member of a community. We all know that being a member of a family involves a great deal of give and take and in many ways, being a member of a large community is similar. In our St Andrew’s community there are over 12,000 Old Collegians and that doesn’t include the staff or parents of Old Collegians who are also a valued part of our extended StAC family.
Year 9 Information Evening We have held our Year 9 Information evening for prospective parents and students in Year 9, 2016. 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 have now closed. 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. nz] to arrange a time. Boarding Road Shows We have visited Ashburton, Amberley, Wanaka Greymouth for 2015, if you would like any further information please contact Lynn Smith.
Rector's Assembly Address Tuesday 3 November 2015 Nau mai haere mai e nga hau e wha e nga iwi, e tau nei Tena Koutou Katoa Welcome to all parents and guests who have joined us this morning as we honour our Year 12 and 13 leavers for 2015 and also some staff who are leaving St Andrew’s at the end of the year… New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield once said “a school is the sum of all those who have passed through it…” As you leave St Andrew’s College… you have done more than just pass through. All of you whether you are in Year 12 or 13, or a member of staff, have been part of the rich fabric that creates St Andrew’s College.
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 134 NCEA Excellence endorsements at all levels, 19 more than last year. Of those, 36 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 to read Issue 2, August 2015 Regulus August 2015 To read about Centenary, click here. [http://eblog. stac. school. nz/] To read our online blog, click here.
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to fundraising efforts for Onesua College in Vanuatu following cyclone Pam. We are so proud to advise we have raised NZ$10,000 (approximately 795,000 vatu) to go towards helping Onesua get back operating for all students and help repair damaged buildings and replace destroyed resources. Our contact in Vanuatu wrote “I must say that StAC is the first friend of Onesua to make such a big donation and we appreciate it so much. Once the iron sheets arrive in school this will enable us to take in Year 9 and 11. Classes will be back to normal and we praise God for your hearts. ” Bradley (Year 13) and Mackenzie Cox (Year 11) visited Onesua in school holiday break.
Helicopter Lands at StAC The 25th of April 1915. 100 years on, The 25th of April 2015. Today is a day of remembrance, a day in which we pay tribute to the ANZAC’s. The landing of Australia, New Zealand, Army Corps in Gallipoli. Their aim? Take control of the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosphorus, the key link between Asia and Europe. The impact those soldiers had is etched eternally into our country’s history, it runs deep through our veins and will forever be remembered. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud.
Southern Jam The 25th of April 1915. 100 years on, The 25th of April 2015. Today is a day of remembrance, a day in which we pay tribute to the ANZAC’s. The landing of Australia, New Zealand, Army Corps in Gallipoli. Their aim? Take control of the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosphorus, the key link between Asia and Europe. The impact those soldiers had is etched eternally into our country’s history, it runs deep through our veins and will forever be remembered. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud.
St Andrew’s had a strong showing in this year’s Zonta Sports Awards with 19 finalists across the individual and team categories. This is the most nominations for these awards StAC has had to date. These are the premier sports awards for Canterbury schools so the nominations are reflective of the hard work and incredible achievements of our students. StAC won five categories, more than any other school) and received highly commended for four others.
This year’s Year 9 and 10 classes took to the high seas for their production this year and left everyone astounded in their wake. The five nights played to sell-out audiences who were all impressed with the high calibre of performances and the talent and professionalism of the young cast. Under the direction of Ginnie Thorner and Duncan Ferguson (musical director), the students delivered a delightful rendition of Cole Porter’s classical musical, Anything Goes. Anything Goes premiered as a stage production in 1934. It is a classic piece of musical theatre having been performed many times in the past 80s years. Set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, the musical tells the story of nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney en route from New York to England.
StAC had 12 teams competing around the country in Winter Sports Tournament week and the results were extremely impressive on the whole. Tournament sport often presents the best challenges for young sportspeople and presents match ups where there are no second chances in terms of team aspirations. Our teams, however took the challenge by the horns and delivered some stunning performances.