Thomas Rae (Year 12) won the Galactic Arch Bronze Award in the Australian-based 2021 Sky-Watcher Astrophotographer of the Year Competition.
Year 11 students Gemma Lewis, Frederica Todhunter, Alexandra Irwin and Mia Fraser were third in the group competition at the Regional Finals of the South Island Brain Bee Group Challenge, a competition for secondary school students in Year 11 to learn about the functions of the brain, neuroscience research, careers in neuroscience, and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses. The students are now preparing for the individual component of the Brain Bee competition in August.
In the Young New Zealander Writers 2021 National Secondary Student Writing Competition, Not There but Somewhere, Samuel Davies (Year 13) was shortlisted for his poem, Bound for his Telescope, which was also selected for publication in an anthology. Harrison Justice (Year 10) was shortlisted for his short story, and Daniel Officer (Year 9) was longlisted for his short story.
Ania Kuziel (Year 8) had her story When I met the General published in Toitoi.
In the National Flash Fiction Day Youth Competition 2021, Theo Eulink (Year 9) was shortlisted for his piece, The Gravedigger. Theo also received a judge’s mention in the FABO Short Story Competition for another piece of flash fiction.
Following an unbeaten streak, StAC Blue, Oscar Bloom, Thomas Forsey (both Year 13) and Thomas Kamo (Year 12) won the Canterbury Regional Debating Competition. The young StAC White team of Tom Edwards, Ethan Adams (both Year 12) and Luke Wylie (Year 11), made it to the semi-final.
Emerging Leaders Conference
A group of 20 Year 12 students attended the Emerging Leaders Conference at Christ’s College, with the theme ‘Courage is the key to great leadership’.
Sophie Thomas and Isla Calder (both Year 11) were accepted into the GirlBoss Edge: Primary Industries 10-day programme which took place over the term break, when they joined and connected with some of New Zealand’s brightest leaders.
Sea-am Thompson (Year 10) won the 2021 Young Gardener of Year Award at the Christchurch Beautifying Association Awards.
Learning Community HUB Ōtautahi Academic Awards
Emma Prince and Arisa Mori (both Year 13) won awards for outstanding Academic Achievement at the Learning Community HUB Ōtautahi Awards, which celebrates achievement in education for ethnic students in Ōtautahi. Alvin Chen (Year 13) was recognised for the impressive leadership as an International Cultural Leader. Samuel Jeon (Year 13) is a prefect and role model to younger members of the College Orchestra.
The Year 11 team of Gemma Lewis, Annika MacDonald, Finlay Fairweather-Logie and Lachlan Odlin was second out of 16 schools competing at the Canterbury Mathematics Association Year 11 Casio Competition.
Model European Conference
A group of 19 students attended the two-day Model European Union Conference at the University of Canterbury, where all students demonstrated sound knowledge of their European Union nations, parties, and affiliated committees and argued the draft directive with confident skilled expertise.
Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech Competition
Lily Champion-Smith (Year 11 – Senior Te Reo), Penelope Taulafo (Year 11 – Senior English) and William Kamo (Year 10 – Junior English) competed in three of the four categories at the Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech Competition.
Aneel Bartlett (Year 4) won first prize for his poem, Whale, at the Environment Canterbury Seaweek Poetry Competition Prizegiving 2021. Other students to make the final were Nalani (Lani) Wylie (Year 4) with her poem Early Morning in Akaroa, and Tayla Ford (Year 5) with The Little Dolphin.
In the VEX Robotics Kiwibots Challenge final as part of Tech Week Christchurch 2021, StAC 1 The Bog Roses, made up of Flynn Blackler, William Couper, Owen Menzies, and Bryn Hall (all Year 10), won the Senior Canterbury Kiwibot Challenge competition with an outstanding autonomous programme.
2021 Academic Successes