From the third edition of Regulus for 2021
The Big Band, Jazz Orchestra, and Soul Band all delivered superb performances at the Ara JazzQuest Ensemble and Big Band competitions, with the Big Band taking home a gold award, and the Jazz Orchestra and Soul Band both winning silver medals.
All dancers performed beautifully in the annual Ballet examinations. The dancers who achieved the highest level in their examinations, only attainable from Year 4 and over, are:
An unprecedented number of high-level results were obtained by dancers in the St Andrew’s College Ballet Academy:
Ballet Academy dancer Taylah Zhang (Year 8) auditioned and gained a highly coveted place with the Australian Ballet School International Training Programme (ITP).
A group of Music students performed well in the Christchurch Big Band Festival. The public performances were possibly the last time that eight Year 13 musicians would perform together.
At the Christchurch Competitions Society Instrumental Competition, the following musicians won placings:
Several students gained national rankings and titles at the New Zealand Championships:
On a beautiful spring afternoon, St Andrew’s jazz musicians performed a great gig at Fat Eddies, a jazz club on The Terrace. The Jazz Orchestra, Big Band, Soul Band, and the Senior Combo, Club 347, played a range of classics, well-loved charts, and covers of contemporary music, along with some original pieces by student composers.
Eden Taylor (Year 7) successfully auditioned for a role in Matilda being performed with Showbiz next year. She auditioned along with 260 students from around New Zealand.
Sisters Yuxin (Alice) (Year 7) and Yutian (Tianna) (Year 6) Chen both had outstanding success in their recent Trinity College music examinations. Yutian achieved Distinction in both her Grade 4 piano and trumpet examinations, while Yuxin gained Distinction for the higher-level Grade 6 trumpet examination. Grade 4 is equivalent in standard to NCEA Level 1 and Grade 6 to NCEA Level 3.
Jessica Drury (Year 8) was selected as Concert Master of the 2021 Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival, which was to be held in a reduced format at Cashmere High School's Performing Arts Centre due to COVID-19.
Lucas Zhong (Year 7) sat his Violin ABRSM Grade 5 examination, scoring 142/150.
Black Wired, comprising Ethan Lam (Year 8), Sam McAlister (Year 9), Hayden Lam, Tamaroa Connelly, and Chantelle Xiong (all Year 10) won first place at the Tiwerawera Band Competition. The duo, Good Morning December, comprising Jack Calder and Alice Burnett (both Year 13) won the Best Duo category.
Lexie Dong (Year 5) achieved her piano grading examination with the New Zealand Music Examination Board with High Distinction.
Eva Hitchon (Year 13) was awarded an ATCL with Distinction in Piano from Trinity College.
Songwriters Struan Gordon (Year 11), Grace Lawrence and Cindy Xiong (both Year 12), and Matthew Fleming, Alice Burnett and Imogen Roberts (all Year 13) were named as finalists in the Lion Foundation Play It Strange Songwriting Competition. They each received $750 towards having their songs professionally recorded.
There were almost 1000 entries in the World Online Piping and Drumming Championships, and brothers Connor (Year 11) and Ethan (Year 9) Higgs performed well to achieve great success in different grades. Connor finished sixth in the Overall Champion in all categories, was second overall in Grade 1 Snare Drumming, and third overall in Grade 2 Snare Drumming. Ethan was fifth overall in Grade 2 Snare Drumming and fourth overall in Grade 3 Side Drumming. The brothers also competed in the Up to the Line online solo piping and drumming competition, where Connor won three first placings and two second placings, and Ethan won two first placings.
Sisters and Pipe Band members, Georgia Eagle (Year 11) and Tayla Eagle (Year 9) performed at a fundraising concert with Rakes o’ the Gael at the Speirs Auditorium in Palmerston North to raise money for Breast Cancer Research.
The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury were extremely fortunate to be able to run the Silver Chanter Labour Weekend competitions, which were held at the College. Many of our pipers were able to perform their tunes that they have been working on over the last few months. First placegetters were:
Anthony Song (Year 6) placed third in 18 Years and Under Intermediate March at the City of Brechin Pipe Band online solo piping competition.
Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Solo Piping Competition
The third indoor solo piping competition of the season was held at St Andrew’s College. Our Pipe Band students featured well throughout the prize lists. First placegetters were:
A group of 29 jazz musicians from St Andrew’s College participated in the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival in Blenheim, where Flynn Megaw (Year 13) was recognised as the Best Trombone Player of the festival.
A group of 41 Preparatory School students took part in the Speech and Drama section of the Christchurch Competitions Society Festival of the Arts. They all gave great performances, and all gained at least a Commended ribbon for their efforts. Students to achieve at least one top three placing and medal awards were:
Trophies and Special Prizes
Alex O’Neill (Year 5), Emma Geddes (Year 7) and Ava King (Year 8) represented St Andrew’s at the Rotary Primary School Speech Finals at Heaton Intermediate and were all awarded Highly Commended Certificates amongst very tough competition.
A large group of Preparatory School students sat their Speech and Drama examinations at the end of last term. They all achieved fantastic results, with everyone gaining passes in the top three of the eight levels of pass. The following students gained Honours passes:
The following students gained the highest level of pass Honours for Speech New Zealand or Distinction for Trinity College.
The St Andrew’s College Senior Theatresports team, comprising Harry Waddington (Year 13), Thomas Kamo, Alexander Wilson, Benjamin Robertson (all Year 12) and Marco Leighs (Year 11) made the final of the Court Theatre’s Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Theatresports Competition where they finished third’.