Annual Dinner 2019

6 September 2019

OCA President, Jonathan Wells (1987) performing the Blessing of the Haggis at the Annual Dinner

OCA President, Jonathan Wells (1987) performed the Blessing of the Haggis at the Annual Dinner

This year’s Old Collegians’ Annual Dinner was held on Friday 26 July. James Tapper (2010) provided a warm welcome to guests, with Meg Black (2010) hosting the rest of the dinner. OCA President, Jonathan Wells (1987) performed the Blessing of the Haggis and George Scrimshaw (1955) said grace. Rector Christine Leighton acknowledged the importance of community and the amazing things St Andrew’s College students go on to achieve as Old Collegians. John Sinclair’s (1965) contribution to the College was acknowledged when he was made an Honorary Old Collegian. Jonathan also thanked Kate Stanbury for her hard work behind the scenes and contribution to the OCA and wished her all the best for her upcoming maternity leave. The rest of the evening was left to celebrate this year’s award winners; a group which shows the diversity of talent in our Old Collegian community.

The Alister Newton Cup for Service was awarded to Brian Palliser (1962) a lawyer whose voluntary service to the Christchurch community has fostered overseas relations. Brian was also recognised with a Queen's Service medal in 2017 for his services to community.

Richie Mo’unga (2012) won the Magginnes Cup for Excellence in Sport for his feats on the rugby field as a Crusader and All Black. Richie was also named last year’s Super Rugby Player of the Year.

The Cockram Cultural Award for Excellence and Service to Culture went to Bridie Connell (2007), an award-winning writer and multi-disciplinary performer, who has extensive experience and training in acting, comedy, voice, artistry and musical theatre. In 2018, Bridie won an ARIA award for best comedy release.

A Special Achievement Award was presented to Isaac Giesen (2010) for being the first New Zealander to row the Atlantic solo, whilst raising awareness and funds for mental health.

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