As part of the Year 11 theme of giving back and making a difference, Lachlan Odlin, Josh Ongley, Luke Wylie and a number of other Year 11 students collected, sorted, and delivered clothes generously donated by the staff at St Andrew’s College. Ginnie from Dress for Success was delighted with the clothes and accessories donated and said that they would be gratefully received and appreciated by those that would receive them.
A group of 22 Middle School students participated in a Bead and Proceed Epic Workshop, with co-founder and facilitator, Bridget Williams, to raise awareness and enhance knowledge of the importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The students were also tasked to come up with creative solutions to action their goals in their daily lives.
A group of students, including several from Year 12, who had been to their Senior Formal the night before, helped to plant 3000 trees in the Red Zone at the final Eco-Action tree planting event for 2021. St Andrew’s College has been an Eco-Action Trust partner, alongside other schools, since 2019 and has had a nursery onsite since early 2020, where students currently grow 2000 native seedlings for twelve months, then plant them in the Red Zone the following winter.
Year 13 students, Hamish Bain, Jacob Bhatia, Alyssa Le, Isabella Logie and Ariana Mellish-Temple completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards in Term 3.
The International Club gathered for a potluck lunch to celebrate and recognise the tough year to date. The students enjoyed some delicious mooncake and pizza, and were joined by Rector Christine Leighton, who also presented Global Competency Certificates to Alan Xie, Jerry Chang, Helen Tang, Soichiro Saito, Michael McCaskey, Beam Luepanichkul (all Year 12), Alvin Chen, Jamie Howell, Mirai Oka, Andy Xu, Shiyu Feng and Regan McCann (all Year 13), who achieved this accreditation through work online and in facilitated sessions.
Groups of Year 10–12 students helped Regulus editor, Jo Bailey, and her team from Uniting Canterbury Women with three different initiatives as part of the group’s fundraiser to create Welcome Packs for the Afghanistan evacuees who have arrived in New Zealand. The students helped to mould ‘Seeds of Love’ hearts for the Afghan women. The hearts are made from paper mache infused with wildflowers, which represent diversity when they are grown. Michelle Lawrence’s Year 10 Art students created beautiful artworks with messages of welcome for the Afghan children under 12 years old. On Sunday 3 October, four Year 11 students, and Year 11 Dean, Donna Jones, helped Uniting Canterbury Women to pack the Welcome Packs in the Senior College cafeteria.
St Andrew’s raised a College record $26,457 for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine this year, which means 645 children will receive lifesaving food for a month in Sub-Saharan Africa. Two St Andrew’s students were also recognised by World Vision, with Abby Jones (Year 13) awarded the Greatest Individual Impact Award for creating a significant impact through the World Vision 40 Hour Famine 2021, and Georgia Chadderton (Year 12) awarded a place at World Vision’s Senior Scholarship Summit. Georgia will attend three days of global education, leadership development, and social action training in January 2022.
Over the first two days of the term break, a group of prefects volunteered their time to work with Allenvale School, running an outdoor games programme at its satellite location at Kendal Avenue School. The prefects helped to set up and pack down each day, ran activities, and interacted with the students from Allenvale.
Our students have been involved in some exciting community and service initiatives.