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President's Report

May 2021


We were most fortunate to have Founders’ Day go ahead as planned this year, and it was great to be a part of the celebrations at the College. It was a pleasure to be able to present Mitchell Kohing (Year 13) with the GAM Hilson Memorial Accounting/Economics Award and Thomas Forsey (Year 13) with the Henry Dowling Memorial French Award for their achievements in Year 12 in 2020. The assembly, as always, showcased the remarkable amount of talent at the College and illustrated that the St Andrew’s College pride is as strong as ever.

The 60 Years On Reunion event was held at the College during Founders’ Weekend and included both the year group who had their reunion postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19 and the current 60 Years On group. The cocktail evening and the dinner on Saturday night were both well attended and the group of boys who began third form in 1960 and 1961 were treated to another fantastic Address to the Haggis by Catelin Riordan (Year 13). Catering Manager, Russell Gray, and his team did a great job as usual, and a number of the gentlemen commented on their amazement at how much the food at the College had changed in the 55 years since they were in the boarding house. John Bayley (1965) presented a heart-warming toast to the College and it was nice to hear his stories of the group’s time as students. We look forward to catching up with more of our Old Collegian community when we hold our first regional event for the year in Wellington on Thursday 10 June.

Also held on Friday 19 March was the Annual Golf Tournament in conjunction with St Andrew’s College cricket, which was combined with the Strowan Rose Bowl. Congratulations to Chris Timbs (1990) who won the Old Collegians’ Trophy. Thank you to all sponsors, Paul McEwan (1971) for organising and hosting the day at Waitikiri Golf Course, as well as the 1st XI cricket coach and Old Collegian, Mike Johnston (1974), for organising.

It has been a great start to the year at the College and I look forward to many more events with both our Old Collegian community and current students.

Meg Black (OC 2010)