We are towards the end of the summer sport season with trials already well under way for winter sport. Our two major summer sport events, swimming and athletics, saw some outstanding results. There are certainly some talented athletes in our midst, but equally pleasing was the spirit with which all the students competed in their House colours. Ourcultural activities are also well underway with a record number of musical groups. The Pipe Band competes at nationals this coming weekend, the orchestra enjoyed a weekend camp in Hanmer and other groups have rehearsals in full swing, to be ready for their various engagements and competitions. I have enjoyed dropping into the rehearsals for the senior production of ‘Cabaret’.
Open Days - 2016 *Secondary School Open Day *Thursday 31 March 4. 00pm - 6. 00pm. Register at the Senior College on the day. *Preparatory School Open Day* Friday 1 April 11. 00am - 12. 30pm. Registrar at the Preparatory School reception on the day. 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. Boarding Road Shows - 2016 We have visited Amberley, Ashburton, Blenheim, the Wanaka A & P Show and the Hokitika AgFest for our 2016 Boarding Roadshow this year, if you require further information please contact Registrar Lynn Smith on 03 940 2016 or enrol@stac. school. nz.
International Assembly - Friday 27 May 2016 Nau mai, haere mai, tena koutou katoa. This morning we are celebrating being part of an international community with our International Assembly. Welcome to any parents and guests who have joined us this morning and a special welcome also to our international student group who are representing their own backgrounds and cultures. Where we come from is deeply important to each and every one of us. We only have to live in a culture different to our own, to realise how much our food, beliefs, values, families, cultural interests, and language have defined who we are. Our St Andrew’s students identify as belonging to 26 different ethnicities. Many of us are fortunate to experience global travel and to live amongst different cultures.
It was our 99th Founders’ Day on Friday 18 March. The day proceeded as usual with Founders’ Day assembly and then the Highland Games. This year we livestreamed both of these events for our community, which was a nice way for everyone to enjoy the celebrations. Here is the link to the website that streamed the events: http://live. stac. school. nz/SitePages/Home. aspx[http://live. stac. school. nz/SitePages/Home. aspx] The filming was done by our talented StAC TV and media crew and includes a number of special videos alongside the livestreaming (including new aerial footage of the College) so be sure to log on. Enjoy the festivities!
Rugby students were very excited to have an opportunity to have their photo taken with the Rugby World Cup (officially the Webb Ellis Cup) last week! This is the very same Cup that Richie McCaw held up after the All Blacks overcame Australia in the Rugby World Cup final on 31 October 2015. Officials from the NZRU brought the cup along for our rugby players’ registration day and told students about its history. One lucky student from Year 10 was chosen to actually hold the cup – a special tradition mostly reserved for the Rugby World Cup winning team.
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.
This year's 98th annual Secondary School athletic sports displayed great school spirit and enthusiastic House competition. It was a fun day for all with some highly competitive athletic events and records broken. Congratulations to members of Erwin who won the House competition. Ten records were broken during the day.
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.
This article was written by Jordan Schoeman, an exchange student in Term 1 from Stanford Lake, South Africa follwoing his experience at Castle Hill Station and the St Andrew's College farm. Castle Hill Day: On Friday 18 March the school took all of the international exchange students to Castle Hill. It was definitely one of my favourite days on exchange. We arrived in the morning and it was freezing up there. We all sat in the lodge and discussed what we would be doing that day. They gave us different options to choose from like zip lining, abseiling, mountain biking, tramping, and cave stream. We all decided that we’d like to do the zip lining and cave stream. The zip lining was so much fun.
St Andrew’s College had 57 students competing at the nationals in Feilding. After two days of competition it was thrilling for both bands to be named as winners of their respective grades – B Band – Grade 4B (first time ever) and A Band in Grade 2 (for the third successive year). The A band were also winners of the Juvenile section (10th year in a row). It was simply an outstanding success and we are so proud of our Pipe Band students. Special thanks and congratulations to all our tutors and staff members involved.
We were pleased to officially open the new Gymnasium and the new Askin Pipe Band Centre at the end of the first term. The opening ceremony marked an important milestone in the history and development of St Andrew’s College. The Rector provided a fascinating account of many of the notable sporting and Pipe Band personalities who have passed through the College. It was an honour to welcome former Rector and gold medal winning Black Stick Olympian, Mr Barry Maister back to the College as our guest speaker. The Centenary Sports Wall, located upstairs in Gym 2, got lots of attention and a number of the 88 national sports representatives were in attendance. The students have already been enjoying these new facilities.
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!
Microsoft Innovative Educators Congratulations to Tam Yuill Proctor, Wilj Dekkers and Anais Lerosier-Hucke who have been named as Microsoft Innovative Educators for 2016. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educator experts to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other through a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology. The teachers will travel to Australia for a Microsoft Education Conference and receive some free Microsoft devices. This is great recognition of the innovative and exciting work these teachers are doing with their classes.