Term 4 - Sports Assembly Friday 27 October 2017
Nau mai, haere mai, tena koutou katoa.
Good morning and welcome to this morning’s assembly our final regular assembly for the term, with Leaver’s Assembly next Friday.
With such a busy few weeks since the end of last term there is a lot to acknowledge today. Many winter sports have had awards ceremonies in recent weeks and at today’s assembly we present the major winter and summer awards. There are also a number of other academic and co-curricular awards, welcome to parents and guests who have joined us this morning.
Today’s assembly has been organised and is hosted by our Middle School Leaders but before I hand over to them I would like to welcome our Board Chair – Mr Bryan Pearson to this assembly. Mr Pearson will present some awards during the assembly.
Welcome also to Kerrin Davidson – our writer in residence who is also at today’s assembly.
First up this morning it is my great pleasure to announce that four more Year 13 students have completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards. This is a fantastic achievement and I am delighted to ask Louie McCallum-Clarke, Sam Kirkness, Sam Malloy and Pippa McKinnel to come forward to be acknowledged by Mr Pearson. This brings our Gold Award recipients this year to six. These students will also be acknowledged at our College Prize-giving and will also be hosted by the Governor General at a special ceremony next year.
Congratulations Louis, Sam, Pippa and Sam!
Also in today’s assembly I have a very special announcement of three outstanding awards. Each year, dozens of you take part in the ICAS competitions, and many gain distinctions and high distinctions placing you amongst the top students in New Zealand.
Every so often StAC is proud to have a student gain a gold medal and this year there has been an outstanding result with three St Andrew’s students earning a medal which means they gained the top mark in New Zealand.
Scarlett Gray in year 5: won a medal for English
Gemma Lewis in Year 7 – won a medal for Digital Technologies
Oliver Odlin in Year 9 – won a medal in Mathematics
This is a spectacular achievement and we acknowledge these students today… they will also be awarded their medal at Prize-giving and at a special ceremony in Auckland.
Congratulations Scarlett Gray, Gemma Lewis and Oliver Odlin.
Last evening were the annual Zonta Awards and many StAC students were nominated as finalists. I am delighted to announce this morning that the following students were highly commended or winners of their category.
Jess Allan – best all round girl.
Thomas Russell – outstanding achievement in one sport.
Boys rowing 4 – outstanding boys’ team.
Laurence Arundel – valued contribution to a team.
Christina Shepherd – outstanding achievement with a disability.
Mixed tennis – outstanding mixed team.
Boys rowing 8: outstanding boys team (with CC hockey).
Ben Taylor: outstanding achievement in one sport.
Also this week was the annual StAC speech finals – Festival of the Spoken Word. Congratulations to all students who took part in this event which was a great display of creative thought and articulate communication… The winners of each section were…
Year 9 - Deirbhile Roberts
Year 10 - Imogen McNeill
Year 11 - Jack Newlands
Senior College – Megan Blackwood
Slam Poetry – Thomas Forsey
Congratulations too to all our singers who presented the most impressive vocal concert on Wednesday evening.
Last week there were two significant events… the first was the fabulous year 9 and 10 production of “Lucky Duck”. Congratulations to all students involved in the beautifully presented, entertaining and polished show…
The students on stage were brilliantly supported by the production band, technical crew and backstage helpers… and of course Ms Thorner and Mr Ferguson. Thank you all for another fabulous StAC production.
Another significant event was the commissioning of Mr Paul Morrow in last week’s Senior College Chapel.
This commissioning means that Mr Morrow has been recognized by the Presbyterian Church for his service to St Andrew’s College as Chaplain and is now on the journey towards local ordination… a very significant moment in Mr Morrow’s Ministerial journey. Well done Paul.
Last week also for the first time, as we went over the Chapel we enjoyed walking across the bridge…
This morning we have the official opening of this bridge which has been designed by Architectus and enabled with a significant donation from the Turley family. Murray Turley was a student at St Andrew’s in 1971 and his son Lachlan Turley finished in 2010. Murray’s wife Margaret is on the College Foundation.
The Turley Bridge will be opened at 10.30am this morning… attended by the Kapa Haka groups, special guests and around 400 grandparents who are here this morning for our annual Grandparent’s Day.
I remind all those with grandparents visiting today to report to the flagpole at the front of Strowan at 11.45am to join with your Grandparents there.
Finally well done to you all for the way you participated in the StAC100 photo last Friday, and congratulations to Zac Rumble, Helaina Cook, Lizzie Stevenson and all the Prefects for the organization of this special Centenary photo. The photo is a great reminder of our special Centennial year. It’s hard to imagine there are 1,400 students making up this photo.