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Madeline Bailey, Abby Jones and Eva Hitchon (all Year 12) were awarded a Bronze Award in the 2020/21 New Zealand International Biology Olympiad. This gave them the opportunity to complete a Biology Tutorial Programme online and sit another examination for selection for a 10-day NZBIO camp in 2021.

During the preliminary round of the Chemistry Olympiad, Oliver Odlin and Corin Simcock (both Year 12) won a Gold Certificate for being in the Top 10 per cent nationwide.

Debating and Public Speaking
The StAC 2 debating team of Luke Wylie, Lachlan Odlin and Finlay Fairweather-Logie (all Year 10) won the Junior Cup at the 2020 Canterbury Schools’ Debating Competition. This is the third year in a row and the fourth time in seven years that St Andrew’s has won the Junior Cup. Coach, Oscar Bloom (Year 12), was a previous winner in 2018. Head of Debating, Andrew Garbett and Imogen McNeill (both Year 13), placed in the Top 5 speakers for the 2020 Canterbury Schools Debating competition. This was decided on speaker points across the year. Imogen was awarded top speaker and Andrew was placed third. Their team, StAC 1 reached the semi-finals of this competition.




Design and Visual Communications
Kelly Ting (Year 13) has won a significant Scholarship to Auckland University in 2021, where she intends to study Architecture. In early November, alongside her Design and Visual Communications teacher, Andrew Kerrison, Kelly presented her impressive Year 13 project for a future 2000 square metre Teaching and Learning facility at the College. The project included a laser cut model of the building, and accompanying video, created utilising ArchiCAD and Lumion software.



Engineering Camp
Dallas Davies (Year 12) was accepted into the WiE CAN (Women in Engineering Residential Programme) at the University of Canterbury in January 2021. She also won a Tait Communications Foundation Scholarship towards her attendance fee.

Entrepreneurs in Action
Omri Kepes (Year 13) was selected as one of 82 students nationally to take part in the Entrepreneurs in Action (EIA) Weekend, run by the Young Enterprise Programme (YES), in Wellington in September. EIA is the annual event where top YES students come to compete in two back-to-back business challenges. Omri worked with Uprise Digital and a team of business students to pitch a market entry strategy for an agricultural business into the UAE, as well as addressing the tourism issues New Zealand is facing in a separate challenge. All students selected were awarded a scholarship to Massey University, as well as mentorship from various business experts.


EPro8 Challenge
In the Canterbury finals of the EPro8 STEM Challenge (engineering and problem-solving race), the St Andrew’s College team, StAC to the Future, comprising Mia Fraser, Naomi Dana, Daniel Robertson and Bede Miller (all Year 10) finished third against other top Year 9–10 students from across Canterbury. The StAC Calm and Carry On team of Bryn Hall, Jaden Hu (both Year 9), Bailey Moir and Riley Thomson (both Year 10) also competed in the final after qualifying in the regional heats.

French Delf Scolaire Examinations
A group of Language students passed the International DELF French examination, with Rory Dephoff and Benjamin Studholme (both Year 13) gaining their B2 qualification, which is the approved language aptitude to be allowed to study in French and Francophone universities.

Junior Young Farmers
Year 10 students Fergus Sidey and Marshall Stokes represented the Tasman Region in an intensive online grand final format at the Junior Young Farmers Competition. The boys had to complete and submit a video, innovation project, and MPI biodiversity plan, then competed against other teams of mainly Years 12–13 students from around New Zealand in a series of challenges. They did well to place 12th nationally against the much older competition.

A group of mathematicians competed in the 2020 Australian Mathematics Competition, achieving 10 High Distinctions (top three per cent). Gemma Lewis (Year 10) was also awarded Best in School.

• Year 9 – Megan Simpson, Bryan Cooper, Aaron Moore and Kobe Bayliss;
• Year 9 – Megan Simpson, Bryan Cooper, Aaron Moore and Kobe Bayliss;
• Year 10 – Gemma Lewis, Mia Fraser and Guy Daniels;
• Year 11 – Toby Harvie and Callum Lockhart;
• Year 12 – Arisa Mori.

Year 11 students, Toby Harvie, Luke Zhu, Corin Simcock and Tom Edwards competed at the annual Canterbury Mathematics Association Year 11 Calculator Competition at Hagley College, where they placed third out of 15 teams.

Textiles Technology
As part of a Scholarship project for Textiles Technology, Mia Pearson (Year 13) designed and constructed a captivating costume, which was presented as Wearable Art to Jade Zeina from The Salvation Army. Mia also developed a prototype tote bag designed for The Salvation Army, to use for the ‘Back to School’ provisions, which will hopefully be produced in the future.




Gemma Lewis (Year 10) was runner-up in the Year 9–10 NASA Scientist for a Day competition, which was run by the New Zealand Space Agency.

Young Enterprise Competition
In the Young Enterprise Scheme competition, Year 13 Business team Devota, led by Omri Kepes, with directors James Ecroyd, Jordan Bourke and Alan Fu, designed a digital tracker for dementia patients. The team won the North Christchurch Young Enterprise Challenge 3 for quality and innovation in their promotional strategy, and went on to compete in the Canterbury Regional Pitch Finals where they were second in the Gallagher Award for Smart Technology and won a Young Enterprise Scheme Regional Excellence Award. Devota also presented to the Momentum group at Lincoln University. Team member, Jordan Bourke received a University of Canterbury Young Enterprise Scholarship for study at the university, and Omri Kepes was ranked in the top five Young Enterprise Scheme CEOs nationally.


From the combined second and third edition of Regulus for 2020. 

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