At the three-day New Zealand Autumn Gift and Homeware Fair in Auckland, Amelie Coggan (Year 11), won Best New Product ahead of hundreds of other exhibitors. Amelie designs and individually handcrafts delightful clay figurines, which she sells through her own business, called Little Joys.
Students in the Secondary School held a mufti day to support the Colour Your Day cause. The inaugural nationwide event was organised to provide New Zealanders with an opportunity to support the families of those affected by the 15 March terrorist attack, by wearing colour, and also to support St John. The College collected $1623.80 which will be given to the wonderful people at St John for equipment and training.
Pipe Band Director, Richard Hawke, and pipers, Oskar Trafford (Year 10), Lachlan Johns, Jakarta Klebert and Ryan Stewart (all Year 11), performed brilliantly for the Plate Up for a Purpose event, which was fundraising for back-to-school costs for KidsCan.
Pipe Major Campbell Wilson (Year 13) performed at the Family Memorial Service marking the ninth anniversary of 22 February 2011 earthquake. Campbell played a moving Highland Cathedral for everyone who gathered at the Avonhead Park Cemetery.
Class 8T prepared an hour of fun and kindness with their Year 1 buddies. They made gifts, organised games, and planned a fun time to show kindness to others during this unsettling time.
Several Community Service Leaders attended the World Vision Leadership Conference, with the theme Kotahitanga: Unity in the face of division in the world. One of the key issues looked at was the human cost of the climate crisis and the shared understanding that global issues require co-operation from a global community. The students heard from some fantastic guest speakers at their lessons on leadership, and they reinforced the idea that change starts with ‘me’, and it starts now.