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Cultural Catch Up

From the first edition of Regulus for 2020.

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2019 achievements

The outstanding cultural achievements of our students in late 2019 are featured below (please note the
use of 2019 year groups).


Riley Lyons (Year 9) is a Junior Associate Classical Ballet Major with the New Zealand School of Dance and was selected to continue with this programme in 2020. She will attend intensive weekend training sessions in Wellington, working with New Zealand’s best practitioners, as a pre-selection for a possible future career in the art form.

Ballet Academy Production – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Audiences enjoyed four sell-out performances of the Ballet Academy’s incredible production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which took them on a fantastical journey with Dorothy and her Oz friends. Every Ballet Academy dancer, from Years 1–13 participated – with over 150 cast members in all. They delivered a stunning performance, and everyone danced beautifully, under the tutelage of Dr Carolyn Cairns, Ballet Academy Artistic Director, who directed and choreographed the production.

Creative Writing

At Tūranga Library, The Duchess of Cornwall joined a workshop for young people participating in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, which is run by The Royal Commonwealth Society, of which the Duchess is Vice-Patron. Radha Gamble (Year 5), Priya Bartlett (Year 7) and Rebecca Bolton (Year 12) all received recognition for taking part in this year’s competition, in which 11,000 students wrote about the theme of ‘A Connected Commonwealth’. The entrants had to consider how they can work to use cultural, technological, and environmental connections for positive change across the Commonwealth. Rebecca Bolton achieved a Gold Award in the essay competition.

Pieta Bayley (Year 9) was awarded first place in the Creative Writing Division (Poetry) of the 2019 International Torrance Legacy Creativity Awards.

Jack Calder (Year 11) attained a Highly Commended Award in the Zephyr Short Story Competition, run by the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors.

Priya Bartlett (Year 7) had a poem selected for The New Zealand Poetry Society Anthology 2019, called The Perfect Weight of Blankets at Night. She attended the Book Launch in Auckland where she read her poem.

Xavier Dickason (Year 12) had a poem accepted for publication in Re-Draft, a collection of poetry and short stories by students from throughout New Zealand.

Three students entered the 2019 Peter Smart Writing Competition which was judged over the Christmas holidays, with the following placings:

  • Grace Lawrence (Year 10) was awarded first place in the Year 10 category for her flash fiction piece, Damaged;
  • Skye Atkins (Year 10) was awarded second place in the Year 10 category for her flash fiction piece, Yellow;
  • Isla Calder (Year 9) was awarded third place in the Year 9 Category for her flash fiction piece, London in the Rain.

Media Studies 

Isla Lewis (Year 12) won Best Editing for her short film Window Shopping in the School Shorts Screen Competition, held at Reading Cinema. Her film was up against 19 other films, including four from St Andrew’s College.


Hansen Hong (Year 7) passed the ABRSM examination for Grade 8 Piano with high distinction and Grade 6 Violin with distinction.

Musical Theatre

Head of Culture, Elliot Wood (Year 13), was accepted into the prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at the Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne.


The Junior Theatresports team of Thomas Kamo, Grace Richan and Alexander Wilson (all Year 10), and Ethan Bonis and Marco Leighs (both Year 9), competed against five other teams in the junior final of the Court Theatre’s annual Theatresports in Schools competition. The team were real crowd pleasers, and came second overall.

2020 achievements

Ballet Examinations

The following dancers achieved Scholarship Nominations following national ballet examinations (late in 2019) – Riley Lyons and Sophie O’Connor (both Year 10), Mei-Lin McClelland, Charlotte Brown and Anja Sander (all Year 11), Charlotte Sloper and Evelyn Clarke (both Year 13) and Rose Siebuhr (OC 2019). Riley Lyons (also a Classical Major Associate with the New Zealand School of Dance) gained second place in New Zealand.

Creative Writing

Pieta Bayley (Year 10) had both a short story and a poem published in the January 2020 issue of Fingers Comma Toes.


Oscar Bloom (Year 12) was selected for the Canterbury Debating team.


Pippa McAnergney (Year 13) was part of a selected group of songwriters who worked with Bic Runga last year. The group came together at the Arts Centre to share some work.

Pipe Band

Campbell Wilson (Year 13) competed at the Turakina Highland Games in the North Island, with some outstanding results. He won the U21 New Zealand Championship Hornpipe and Jig and the A Grade 2/4 March, and was second in the U21 2/4 March.

The A and B Pipe Bands enjoyed a full weekend of competition at the Provincial Championships and Canterbury Centre Contest. For the A Band, this was their first competition since March last year, and was an opportunity to compete against strong adult bands in Grade 2. The B Band, although quite new to piping, had excellent performances on both days against adult bands too. Results were:

Provincial Championships

  • A Band: Juvenile – First;
  • B Band: Juvenile – Third;
  • Grade 4: Third.

Results Sunday 1 March – Canterbury Centre Contest

  • A Band: Juvenile – Second;
  • A Band: Grade 2: Second;
  • B Band: Juvenile – Third;
  • Grade 4: Third.


From the first edition of Regulus for 2020.

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