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Cans for Humanity

This year, House Leaders introduced a great new initiative to promote a ‘Cans for Humanity’ drive. Each House encouraged members to bring along non-perishable items to donate to families in need. This year’s collection was delivered to the City Mission by a winning House representative from MacGibbon and the second placed House, Rutherford.

Collections for St John’s Ambulance

A total of $4150.30 was raised from two mufti days and offerings at the Preparatory School Chapel Service, for the St John’s Ambulance.

International Student Dinner

Each term an International Student Dinner is held for international students and friends at St Andrew’s College. During Term 3, international students from St Margaret’s College, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and Christ’s College were invited to attend, with over 40 students joining in the fun of sharing food, fun activities, reconnecting, and for some, meeting for the first time. The international students were able to share some of their stories and experiences of the lockdown, returning back to their schools and reconnecting with their friends, communities, sport, and service

Life Education Duck Race

Radha Gamble (Year 6) had a lot of fun decorating a rubber duck, resplendent in a St Andrew’s College girls’ school uniform, for the Life Education Duck Race. The children in Class 6T christened her ‘Andrea the StAC Duck’. The students were asked to decorate the duck by Keri Dekkers after her visit to the Preparatory School to deliver Life Education at the beginning of Term 3, and Radha happily took on the challenge. ‘Andrea’ raced on Sunday 1 November after being dropped into the Avon River at the Bridge of Remembrance, travelling downstream 650 metres to the finish line at Victoria Square.

National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Week, Rector Christine Leighton gave a ‘shout-out’ to all the parent volunteers who generously give their time and talents in so many ways to support life at St Andrew’s.

Project Face Shield

During lockdown, William Couper (Year 9) printed 3D face shields with Project Face Shield New Zealand, a group consisting mainly of university students, engineers, and designers. They printed, assembled and distributed thousands of face shields to healthcare workers including midwives, vets, dentists, nurses, rest home workers, COVID-19 testing stations, and other organisations around the country.

Therapy dog visit to the Preparatory School

The Preparatory School children enjoyed the Pawsability therapy dog visit, with a gorgeous little Chihuahua receiving plenty of love and attention from the children. The students also had the opportunity to purchase stress balls with the money raised going to support Youthline. The visit was organised by a Year 12 Business Studies groups.

The Year 10 collection and visit to Allenvale School

The Prefect team ran a very successful activities day at Allenvale School as a community service legacy project. Led by Year 13 students, Albert Bell and Omri Kepes, the prefects raised money through a mufti day, bought sports gear to leave with Allenvale School, and ran a full day of activities for their students. Year 10 students were asked to support a local school in their fundraising drive, and donated Christmas themed items for Allenvale School’s annual Christmas raffle.

Transition Class Year 13 Legacy Project

To complete their Legacy Project to develop a strategy to enhance the biodiversity of St Andrew’s College, the Year 13 Transition class planted seven kahikatea and three tree ferns at the south end of Strowan Stream. The trees will feature the students’ names on a name tag at the base of the trunk.

Tree planting

St Andrew’s College students were amongst a large group of Christchurch school students, teaching staff, and parents who planted trees in the Christchurch Red Zone as part of a mitigation strategy to help secure New Zealand’s carbon neutral future.

Volunteer collectors

Year 13 students Brendan Harris, Thomas Pike, Olivia Clark, James Sharpe, Tom Simpson, Henry Ullrich and Genevieve Henstock volunteered to collect for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s at Fendalton New World, with over $1000 being raised for these causes.

World Vision

Abby Jones (Year 12) has been selected as a World Vision Scholarship Leadership winner. She will attend a leadership conference in Auckland in January 2021. As an alternative to the 40 Hour Famine, the student body rose to the challenge of raising $12,000 for World Vision in support of Malawi, as part of a fundraiser called Scream for
Malawi, Let’s make the Head Boys Hurt! Head Boy, Hugh Montgomery and Deputy Head Boy, Omri Kepes, bravely agreed to have their legs waxed in front of the Secondary School if the target was reached. The fundraiser, organised by the Community Service team, was hugely successful, and when $12,000 was raised, Hugh and Omri endured the leg waxing, to the delight of the large number of students who gathered in the Quad to watch. The waxing was performed by the team from Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa, who generously supported the event. Community Service Leader, Lucy Cammock-Elliot (Year 13), spoke on the DPR theme of generosity at the Term 2 assembly, and reported that an impressive $15,000 was raised for World Vision overall.


Year 3 Planting Day

The Year 3 inquiry for Term 3 was investigating change in our local environment, with a particular focus on the geographical, historical and environmental change of the Port Hills. The social action for this inquiry took the children to Mary Duncan Park, on the east side of the Port Hills, where they enjoyed the experience of planting native trees.


Our students have been involved in some exciting community and service initiatives.

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