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Cultural Catch Up

From the first edition of Regulus for 2019.

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2018 achievements

The outstanding cultural achievements of our students in late 2018 are featured below.


Two senior Visual Art students, Victor Gan (Year 12) and Sophie Buist (Year 13), were selected to have their work introduced and auctioned at the inaugural exhibition at The Creator’s Room, a new online art gallery initiative, which aims to provide young artists with a platform to sell their works and be recognised for their talents. The auction is taking place in May 2019.


Riley Lyons (Year 8) successfully auditioned to become an elite ‘Associate’ with the New Zealand School of Dance (Wellington). She will attend intensive weekend training sessions throughout 2019, working with New Zealand’s best practitioners, as a pre‑selection for a possible future career in the art form. Riley danced the lead of Aurora in the Ballet Academy’s 2018 production, The Sleeping Beauty.

The following students won 2018 St Andrew’s Ballet Academy Awards for the Preparatory School: Dancer of the Year – Riley Lyons (Year 8), Performer of the Year – Eilish Johns (Year 7), and Meritorious Endeavour – Padric Ballard (Year 8). The St Andrew’s College Dancer of the Year was Anika Boet (Year 12).

Junior Theatresports

Max Hastings-Bell (Year 10), Henry Twiss (Year 9), Harry Waddington (Year 10), Benjamin Robertson (Year 9), and MacGregor Matthews (Year 9) finished third in the Canterbury Junior Theatresports competition.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Serge Beaton (Year 12 – first trombone), Flynn Megaw (Year 10 – second trombone), and Angus Rainey (Year 12 – first trumpet) were selected for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. This was an outstanding result to have three members of the StAC Big Band selected for national representation in Jazz.

Speech and Drama

Year 13 students Joshua Cammock-Elliott, Desmond McCloy, and Leo Noordanus completed their ASB Performance Diplomas with Distinction passes. Seventeen Year 2–3 students sat their Speech New Zealand Oral Assessments, all achieving Distinction or Highly Commended.

2019 achievements


In March, Zoe Elmey (Year 10) and Grace Donaldson (Year 12) joined Intentional Creativity© facilitators and artists, Rosie Mac of Christchurch, and Kerry Lee from the San Francisco Bay, to collaborate on The Grove of Intention mural located in Westpac Lane. It was a rewarding experience for the students, who had their own input into what was displayed on the mural.


Anika Boet (Year 13) achieved her Advanced Classical Ballet Diploma with the highest grade of Honours with Distinction, placing her amongst New Zealand’s top dancers. This entitled her to compete at the National event held in Wellington, where she gained second place in New Zealand.


Callum Hampton (Year 13) passed the Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) Diploma in Violin, which is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. 

Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 13) was named Concert Master of the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Orchestra.

Performing Arts

Sage Klein (Year 12) was accepted from over 800 applicants worldwide to attend the Atlantic Acting School course at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Pipe Band

Campbell Wilson (Year 13) competed at the Waipu Highland Games and the Turakina Highland Games with some outstanding results in solo piping:

  • Waipu Highland Games: first place in the U21 2/4 March, U21 Strathspey and Reel, U21 Hornpipe and Jig, and U21 Piobaireachd, second place in the A Grade Strathspey and Reel, A Grade March, and Strathspey and Reel;
  • Turakina Highland Games: Second in U21 2/4 March, and U21 Strathspey and Reel, third place in A Grade 2/4 March.

At the Provincial Championships, the A Band was first in Juvenile, Grade 2 and Street March, with the B Band placing third in Juvenile and Grade 4. At the Deans Bush Contest, the A Band won Juvenile and Grade 2 with the B Band placing third in Juvenile.

National Pipe Band Championships

A group of 56 students and leavers in St Andrew’s College A and B Bands competed at the National Pipe Band Championships in Dunedin. The A Band continued its fantastic run in Juvenile grade by winning first overall. It was also runner-up in Grade 2 and Best Dressed.

The B Band also performed well to finished eighth in Grade 4A overall against respected adult bands. For many band members, this was their first national championship. 

Louis Newman (OC 2018), Patrick Moran (OC 2018), Marcella Bragg (Year 13), Pipe Band Director, Richard Hawke, and drumming tutors, Jamie McEwan and Alexandra Wilson (OC 2016) were members of The Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band, which won the prestigious Grade 1 title at the championships.

Canterbury Provincial Championships and Deans Bush Centre Contest

At the Canterbury Provincial Championships, the A Band finished first in Juvenile, Grade 2, and Street March, while the B Band was third in Juvenile and Grade 4. At the Deans Bush Centre Contest the A Band was first in Juvenile and Grade 2, while the B Band was third in Juvenile and fourth in Grade 4.

Ballet Academy’s production of The Sleeping Beauty

After much hard work and preparation, the Ballet Academy’s wonderful production, The Sleeping Beauty, took place during the last week of Term 4, 2018, with five performances over three days. The historic ballet, with music composed by Tchaikovsky, is based on the classic fairy tale, with Dr Cairns’ imaginative re-interpretation to suit our dancers.

Over 130 dancers from Years 1–13, with Senior College boys as guest dancers, graced the stage in an array of stunning colour and costumes, and danced their way into the hearts of the audience, with many wonderfully positive comments pouring in after the shows. The story was perfectly portrayed under the expert tutelage of the Ballet Academy’s Artistic Director, Dr Carolyn Cairns, who was the ballet’s choreographer and director. Dancers also performed an abridged version at the 2018 Prizegiving.


From the first edition of Regulus for 2019.

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