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Cultural Catch Up

From the third edition of Regulus for 2019.

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Samantha Ferrier and Jessica Gavin (both Year 13) were shortlisted, out of 2000 entries, to be part of ‘The Creators Room’, a new initiative that links visual art creators with art collectors. The student’s artwork will be included in an exhibition early next year in the CBD. 


Annie Young (Year 6) was selected to dance with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in their upcoming performance of Hansel and Gretel at the end of November.

Dancers in Years 8–13 had some excellent results in NZAMD Ballet examinations:

  • Rose Siebuhr (Year 13) achieved the highest pre-professional examination of Solo Performance Diploma;
  • Advanced Diploma dancers, Charlotte Sloper, Evelyn Clarke, Holly Stokes (all Year 12), achieved two Distinctions and one Honours, giving all three dancers entry to take the Solo Performance Diploma next year.

The following Secondary School dancers qualified to compete at the National Scholarship Awards event in Wellington – Riley Lyons, Sophie O’Connor and Annabelle Irvine (all Year 9), Mei-Lin McClelland, Charlotte Brown and Anja Sander (all Year 10), Charlotte Sloper and Evelyn Clarke (both Year 12) and Rose Siebuhr (Year 13); Riley Lyons (Year 9) also gained second place at this event.

In the Medal Award event, the following dancers received the top mark of Excellence Plus – Annabelle Irvine, Riley Lyons, Kate McFerran, Poppy Rumble and Ella Withers (all Year 9), Mei-Lin McClelland, Lucy Rule, Tegan Mathewson, Eva Hyde, Charlotte Brown, Anja Sander (all Year 10) and Evelyn Clark (Year 12).

Year 8 dancers Eilish Johns and Siara Clarke achieved Distinction, and Amelia Kyle, Sienna Spark, Abby Baxter and Chantelle Xiong (all Year 8) achieved Honours.


The Boys’ Barbershop, Fleetwood StAC, featuring Archie Milligan(Year 12), William Lucas (Year 11), Ethan Bright and Elliot Wood (both Year 13 – with Elliot standing in for Bruno Mitchell (Year 13)) were second in their section at the Young Singers in Harmony Regional Finals at The Piano, qualifying them for the national finals, where they placed fifth out of 15 male quartets.


Artem Kutovoy (Year 3) won the Knight division in the Sarapu Cup Christchurch Pairings Tournament.

Creative Writing

Rebecca Bolton (Year 12) achieved a Gold Award in The Queen’s Commonwealth 2019 Essay Competition, run by the Royal Commonwealth Society.

A number of students were recognised at the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition. Those to place in the top three were:

  • Finnian Bierwirth (Year 9): second in the Junior Haiku, Secondary Section for his haiku Early Morning;
  • Wenjin (Katie) Zhang (Year 10): third in the Junior Haiku, Secondary Section for her haiku A Deer Sleeps;
  • Editor’s Selection: Amelia McAllister (Year 9) for her haiku Barrel Waves, and Isabella Galvan (Year 11) for her haiku In The Army Tanker’s Dust.

Two poems and five haiku were selected for publication in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2019 Anthology. The poems were The Cave, written by Henry Twiss (Year 10) and Aotearoa Beauty by Meg Shearer (Year 9). The following students also had their haiku selected: Morgan Lee (Year 9) Winter’s Morning; Oliver Burnett (Year 10) The Lonely Soldier; Harry Withers (Year 10) Lunch Bell Rings; Benjamin McKeown (Year 10) The Front Line; Connor Newton (Year 11) Floating Deer.

Meg Bowden Cooke (Year 10) was second in the Year 9–10 section of Metro Info Poems on Buses Competition with her poem, Morning Dew.

Pieta Bayley’s (Year 9) poem, Palliser Bay, won first place in the Secondary Section of the Seaweek Poetry Competition.

In the Secondary School Creative Writing Competition, Pieta Bayley (Year 9) was first for her collection of poems which the judge, Writer-in-residence Kerrin Davidson, described as ‘powerful and accomplished’. Harry Waddington (Year 11) was first runner-up with his short story Dollar Shop Suitcase, and second runner-up was Elena Limmer-Wood (Year 12).

William Carrodus (Year 8) presented his speech, You Are Not Alone, to a Regeneration Christchurch conference in the Christchurch Town Hall and received a standing ovation.

A short story by Radha Gamble (Year 5), and a poem called, Enjoy the Ride, written by Louis Hyland (Year 3), were selected for publication in Toitoi.


Hana Pearce (Year 13) was the choreographer for the Selwyn House School production of Mary Poppins. Hana is an Old Girl of Selwyn House School.


St Andrew’s College debaters took out both the Canterbury Senior and Canterbury Junior Schools’ Debating titles for 2019. The Senior team of Meg Longley and Jake Newlands (both Year 13) and Andrew Garbett (Year 12) were negating the moot, ‘This House supports tiger parenting techniques’. Meg Longley was also named Best Speaker. The win caps off an excellent year of debating for the Senior team, which also won the regional title this year.

Junior champions were Year 10 students Thomas Kamo, Tom Edwards and Ethan Adams. They competed in the final against fellow St Andrew’s College team of Tom Rae and Trinity Hill (both Year 10) and Portia Bennie (Year 9). Thomas Kamo was named Best Speaker.

Film Fest

This year’s Film Fest was another huge hit, with the audience dressing as their favourite film heroes, and enjoying some high quality short films. Cultural Captains, Elliot Wood and Hana Pearce (both Year 13), arrived to host the event in the Newbury family’s beautiful Pontiac. This year’s Best Film went to Sam Bowden Cooke (Year 12) for his film Hitman. The full list of award winners were:

Best Actor: Archie Milligan (Year 12), Stoned;

Best Actress: Juliette Newman (Year 13), Stoned;

Best Sporting Actor: Gus Derry (Year 12), Hitman;

Best Camera: Charles Pitts (Year 12), Two Extremes;

Best Lighting: Sage Klein (Year 12), Binge;

Best Original Music: Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 13);

Best Make-Up/Costume/Special FX: Free Flight;

Best Documentary/Mockumentary: Logan Vincent and Samuel Campion (both Year 13), Secret CEO;

Best Original Concept: Isla Lewis (Year 12), Window Shopping;

Best Screenplay: Harrison Orange (Year 12), The Monster Under The Bed;

Best Sound, Best Editing, and Best Film: Sam Bowden Cooke (Year 12), Hitman.

Highland Dancing

Following national auditions, Milly Christie (Year 10) was accepted into the Highland Dance Company of New Zealand, which is for elite senior Highland dancers aged 14 years and over.

Amelia Lyttle (Year 4) was first in the U10 Highland Fling at the Scottish Society Competition.

Charlotte Sloper (Year 12) won the New Zealand U18 title for Highland Reel O Tulloch, and was also a member of the Highland Dance Company of New Zealand troupe which was awarded the President’s Award for their outstanding performance at the Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand competition.


Jazz bands from St Andrew’s College did extremely well at Ara JazzQuest, with the Big Band and Soul Band both winning gold category awards, and the Jazz Orchestra a silver award.

At Southern Jam, the St Andrew’s College Big Band were named Overall Festival Winners, the eighth time the College has won this competition. The Big Band also claimed a Gold Category award, with the Soul Band and Jazz Orchestra both receiving Silver Category awards. Serge Beaton (Year 13) was named Best Trombone, and Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 13) Best Bass. Best Solo was jointly won by Serge Beaton and Flynn Megaw (Year 11) for their trombone ‘battle’. All three St Andrew’s College bands received the Best Improvisation Award. Seven St Andrew’s College musicians – Angus Rainey, Luca Vinnell, Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee, Lewis Edmond and Serge Beaton (all Year 13), and Flynn Megaw and Mitchell Kohing (both Year 11) were selected for the Stars Band who performed with musicians from other schools at the awards ceremony.

St Andrew’s College jazz musicians in the Jazz Orchestra, Big Band, Club 347, Soul Band, Senior Combo, and newly formed Girls from Ipanema performed to an appreciative audience at Fat Eddie’s for nearly three hours in this year’s Jazz Club event ‘with a twist’.

Music Gala Concert

Over 100 Music students performed a special Music Gala concert at The Piano, which was an outstanding showcase of the musical talent at St Andrew’s College and a celebration of the hard work the students have put into composing, playing, singing, gigging, and competing in 2019. The jazz bands, choirs, orchestra, barbershop, and a chamber group shared their undeniable skill and some of the work they have created this year. Guests were also treated to singer/songwriter and chamber music performances in the foyer before the show


A number of Preparatory School students competed in the Christchurch Competitions Society – Instrumental Section Competition with excellent results:

  • Anthony Song (Year 4) won the J Drury Cup for String Instrument Solo (Violin) U10;
  • Hansen Hong (Year 7) won the Harry Ellerm Cup for the Piano Scholarship (12–14 years), the Strong Cup for Piano Solo Own Selection (12 years), was first in J S Bach (9–12 years), and third in Sonata Recital U14;
  • Iona Taylor (Year 13) competed at the Dunedin Performing Arts Competition, winning first place in the Open Competition Music Theatre Solo Post 1970, and Open Competition Burns Song. She also received the Otago Scottish Council Quaich.


Iona Taylor (Year 13) was accepted into the New Zealand Opera Christchurch Chorus.


The St Andrew’s College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Hodgkinson and led by Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 13), performed with schools from around the Canterbury region at the Secondary Schools’ Orchestra Festival at the Christchurch Town Hall. After playing Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre with alacrity, members of the St Andrew’s orchestra combined with the other nine orchestras to take part in a massed orchestra performance of around 500 players, which concluded with a powerful rendition of the Imperial March from Star Wars.

Performing Arts

Juliette Newman (Year 13), Archie Milligan (Year 12) and Bruno Mitchell (Year 13) won several prizes at the Dunedin Performing Arts Competition. Juliette achieved a first, second and third placing, three Very Highly Commended awards, was runner-up in the Taieri Musical Society Theatrical Scholarship, and won the Claire Barton Cup and Overall All Round Performer Prize. Archie achieved a first, second and third placing, a Very Highly Commended award, and was runner-up in the Otago University School of Performing Arts Prize and Classical Vocal Scholarship. Bruno achieved a first and second place, and a Very Highly Commended award.

Pipe Band

Drum Sergeant Montague Stamm (Year 11) placed third at the World Solo Drumming Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, competing against 30 drummers from around the globe in the Juvenile (U16) Section 4 event. 

Campbell Wilson (Year 12) enjoyed outstanding solo piping success in Scotland. He competed at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, Glenisla Highland Games, Lonach Highland Gathering and the Northern Meeting in Inverness. Both the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting are among the highest level events in the solo piping calendar. Campbell’s results were:

  • Argyllshire Gathering – second in the prestigious MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd, third in the Intermediate March, Strathspey and Reel;
  • The Northern Meeting – first U18 Piobaireachd, March, Strathspey and Reel;
  • Lonach Highland Gathering – first U18 Piobaireachd, March, Strathspey and Reel;
  • Glenisla Highland Games – first in U18 March, Strathspey and Reel.

Campbell was also named the New Zealand Young Piper of the Year for the second year in a row, winning all three U21 events in a strong field. Oskar Trafford (Year 9) was the C Grade overall winner, Timothy Justice (Year 12) won the C Grade Hornpipe and Jig, and was fourth in the B Grade Piobaireachd, and Annabelle Jones (Year 12) placed third in the C Grade 2/4 March.

Noah Clarke (Year 13) played at the 9/11 Anniversary Service on Wednesday at the Christchurch Central Fire Station. 

St Andrew’s College hosted the South Island Solo Drumming Championships – Round 3, with drummers featuring well throughout all of the grades, achieving eight first places, six second places, and four third places. 

Also awarded at the championships were the aggregate prize winners for the year, with St Andrew’s students doing incredibly well:

  • Brady Swann Cup for A Grade Aggregate Champion 2019, and James Murray Cup for B Grade Aggregate Champion 2019 – Montague Stamm (Year 11);
  • Brayden Drummond Cup for C Grade Aggregate Champion 2019 – Georgia Eagle (Year 9);
  • Arran Campbell Cup for D Grade Aggregate Champion 2019 – Ethan Higgs (Year 7);
  • Harriet Moran Cup for Intermediate Aggregate Champion 2019 – Elena Limmer-Wood (Year 12);
  • Alex Wilson Cup for Novice Aggregate Champion 2019 – Lucy McIntyre (Year 8);
  • Ted Trollope Cup for Open Aggregate Champion 2019 – Iona Taylor (Year 13).

At the Highland Piping Society’s Silver Chanter Piping Championships, St Andrew’s College pipers featured strongly throughout the grades, against a huge number of pipers from New Zealand and Australia. First placegetters were:

  • Oskar Trafford (Year 9): B Grade Piobaireachd and the J A Patterson Challenge Cup, C grade Strathspey/Reel and the Trevor Smart Challenge Cup;
  • Jakarta Klebert (Year 10): C Grade Piobaireachd and the Aitken Family Trophy;
  • Emily Brook (Year 6): D Grade 2/4 March and the Barry Shaw Trophy;
  • Adam MacFarlane (Year 7): Novice 2/4 March and the Couper Angus Trophy.

Rock Band

The group of talented young musicians in the Preparatory School rock band, Black Wired – Hayden Lam and Tama Connelly (both Year 8), Ethan Lam (Year 6), and Sam McAlister (Year 7), won first place at the Bandquest national finals, competing against the top 16 school bands in New Zealand. This was an outstanding achievement, which saw them win $3000 for St Andrew’s College, and a professional recording session at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios, in Auckland.

Hayden, who plays drums in the band, says the students were proud to be named top Preparatory/Primary School band in New Zealand after putting months of preparation into the competition. “We were kind of in shock at first, then felt really happy.”

The students have played together for three years and have a shared love of rock music.

Tama, who plays bass guitar, said he was inspired to join a rock band after being taken to an AD/DC concert by his father. Hayden’s younger brother, Ethan Lam, plays lead guitar and is the lead singer in Black Wired while Sam McAlister plays rhythm guitar. At the national finals, the Band played Good Times Bad Times by Led Zeppelin, and their original composition, A New Beginning

Hayden says the name, Black Wired, is a nod to New Zealand’s love of the All Blacks, and how so many New Zealanders are ‘wired for black’ because of the team. 

Black Wired qualified for the national finals after winning the Canterbury regional Bandquest event, where Ethan won the ‘Killer’ Guitarist Award. The students plan to continue playing music together and are already preparing for next year’s Rockquest competition.

Singer/Songwriter Night

MS01 was transformed into a fantastic venue to celebrate original compositions by nine singer/songwriters who performed their original songs. The variety of songs and instrumentation highlighted the strength of song writing at St Andrew’s College.

Tangata Beats

Pippa McAnergney (Year 12), Hana Pearce (Year 13), Sage Klein (Year 12) and Sienna Beer (Year 13) formed a group to compete at Rockquest. Their original Song of Hope went on to be entered in the Tangata Beats competition, where they received a Highly Commended award, a significant achievement for this competition.


The Year 12 Theatresports team of Sam Bowden Cooke (captain), Xavier Dickason, Harrison Orange and Ethan Withers made the final of the annual Court Theatre Theatresports Secondary School Competition and competed against five other South Island schools.

Vocal Concert

An appreciative audience was entertained by two Preparatory Choirs, three Secondary Choirs including the Māori and Pasifika choir, Boys’ Barbershop – Fleetwood StAC, the Soul Band, vocal groups, soloists, and a staff musical item at the annual Vocal Concert held in the Centennial Chapel. The concert finished with a singalong.

From the third edition of Regulus for 2019.

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