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Cultural Catch Up

From the second edition of Regulus for 2019.

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A group of 40 Secondary School Ballet Academy dancers performed a spectacular two-night 'Showcase' at the Dancing Like the Stars event held at the Isaac Theatre Royal. The dancers performed beautifully before two full audiences, with wonderfully positive feedback received. 

The St Andrew’s College Ballet Academy and Company (Years 3–13) had an amazing four-day experience with visiting guest tutor and prima ballerina, Abigail Boyle, from the Royal New Zealand Ballet in June. Students experienced professional level ‘masterclasses’ and learnt new dances (repertoire) from famous ballets such as Swan Lake, Coppelia and Peter Pan. Abigail inspired the dancers with her beautiful demonstrations and encouraged them with challenging techniques. 

Big Sing

Staccoro won the Best Mixed Voice Choir at the Canterbury/Westland Big Sing regional competition, which was held at the Christchurch Town Hall, with its wonderful acoustics, for the first time since the earthquakes. Over 1000 students also joined voices to sing the massed item at the Gala Concert. Staccoro was also selected to perform at the South Island Big Sing Cadenza alongside 11 other choirs in Timaru in August.

Chamber Music

After winning their way through several competitive stages at the Christchurch District and Southern Regional Finals, our outstanding Chamber Music quartet, Quartetto Maduro, was one of six finalists at the New Zealand Chamber Music Contest, which took place at the Auckland Town Hall on Saturday 3 August. During the competition, the violin quartet, made up of Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee and Callum Hampton (both Year 13), Samuel Jeon (Year 11) and Grace Lawrence (Year 10), has played Isaac Shatford’s (OC 2014) stunning new work Real Mature. They had debuted this challenging piece at the College’s annual Classical Concert, committing many hours in preparing for its first exceptional performance.

Classical Concert

The annual celebration of the College’s Orchestral and Chamber Music groups took place on Tuesday 4 June in the Centennial Chapel before an audience of around 200 people. Three ensembles, six chamber groups and four orchestras, involving around 70 students from Years 4–13, presented nearly two hours of a wide range of music from the late 1500s to modern day. The level of performance was especially high, reflecting the strength of dedication, skill, and musicianship of the students, especially the large body of seniors. The finale of the evening was a stunning performance by the College Symphony Orchestra, who played with composure and confidence. Their delightful and polished performance of Waltz from Swan Lake and Hungarian Dance No.5 was a great way to end an exceptional evening. 


At the New Zealand Dance Awards, Mackenna Wilson (Year 12) placed first in the Contemporary Section. Jaida Banks (Year 9) performed incredibly well to achieve three golds and six silvers.

Highland Dancing

St Andrew’s College Highland Dancers performed extremely well at the New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships. Place-getters were:

  • Charlotte Sloper (Y12) –  Winner of the New Zealand Championship Reel O’Tulloch U18 and third Overall National Ranking U18;
  • Milly Christie (Y10) –  Winner of the New Zealand Championship Sean Truibhas U16 and third Overall National Ranking U16;
  • Siara Clarke (Y8) – Runner Up New Zealand Champion U14;
  • Charlize Blakely (Y7) –  Runner Up New Zealand Champion U12.

At the South Island Championships, Charlotte Sloper (Year 12) was the U18 runner-up, and won the South Island Championship Irish Hornpipe. She also won the CWCC Championship U18 Sailors’ Hornpipe U18, and Most Points Local.

Several St Andrew’s College students achieved highly at the Ashburton Championship Competition:

  • Hayley Nolan (Y9) won Most Points Local U14; 
  • Brianna Sloper (Y10) won Most Points Local U16;
  • Siara Clarke (Y8) won  Most Points U14.

A number of Preparatory School students competed at the Canterbury West Coast Highland Dancing Championships with excellent results:

  • Lucy Fraser (Y4) won the Novice category;
  • Charlize Blakely (Y7) won Most Points U12;
  • Siara Clarke (Y8) won Most Points U14 and the Canterbury Sword Dance U14 Championship;
  • Madison Hughes (Y8) won Most Points Restricted Events U14 category. 


Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 13) was selected as the violin soloist to perform with the Canterbury Philharmonia during their Autumnal public concert at The Piano. She played the Romance in F Op 50 by Beethoven with the orchestra.

Hana Pearce (Year 13) and Pippa McAnergney (Year 12) performed their original Song of Hope at the recent We Are One fundraising concert following the terror attack. The song was composed along with Sienna Beer (Year 13) who wasn’t able to attend the concert.

During a special lunchtime choral concert at St Mary’s Church, Stacchorus, Staccoro, Barbershop, and a number of soloists performed a delightful and varied programme in front of an appreciative audience. 

Jazz Band

St Andrew’s College bands performed exceptionally well at the Ara JazzQuest Combo Competition at The Piano. Club 347, led by Samuel Foote (Year 11), won a gold category award, with our Senior Combo winning a silver category award. Once again, Serge Beaton (Year 13) won best trombone, which St Andrew’s College has now won for eight years in a row. 

Christchurch Competitions Society Instrumental Section 

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

  • Anthony Song (Y4) won the J Drury Cup for String Instrument Solo (Violin) U10; 
  • Hansen Hong (Y7) 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 JS Bach (9–12 years), and third in Sonata Recital U14;
  • Jessica Drury (Year 6) won the Leehan Cup for String Instrument Solo (10 and U12) and was third in the Brass Instrument Solo U15.

Pipe Band

Competitions results:

South Island Solo Drumming Championships Round 1

First place-getters were:

  • Edwin Short (Y9): Novice Drum Pad;
  • Ethan Higgs (Y7): D Grade Snare Drumming;
  • Georgia Eagle (Y9): C Grade Share Drumming;
  • Lucy McIntyre (Y8): Novice Tenor Drumming;
  • Marcella Bragg (Y13): Intermediate Tenor Drumming;
  • Iona Taylor (Y13) Novice Bass Drumming.

South Island Solo Drumming Championships Round 2

First place-getters were:

  • Hayden Lam (Y8): D Grade Snare Drumming;
  • Georgia Eagle (Y9): C Grade Snare Drumming;
  • Montague Stamm (Y11): B Grade Snare Drumming;
  • Lucy McIntyre (Y8): Novice Tenor Drumming;
  • Elena Limmer-Wood (Y12): Intermediate Tenor Drumming;
  • Iona Taylor (Y13): Novice Bass Drumming.

Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Solo Piping Competition Round 1

First place-getters were:

  • Oskar Trafford (Y9): C Grade 2/4 March, Strathspey/Reel;
  • Alicia Smith (Y13): Piobaireachd;
  • Annabelle Jones (Y12): D Grade 2/4 March, Strathspey/Reel;
  • Patrick Cotter (Y11): Practice Chanter.

Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Solo Piping Competition Round 2

First place-getters were:

  • Annabelle Jones (Y2): C Grade 2/4 March, Strathspey/Reel, D Grade Strathspey/Reel;
  • Alicia Smith (Y13): Piobaireachd;
  • Timothy Justice (Y12): D Grade 2/4 March.

Queen’s Birthday Solo Piping Competition

First place-getters were:

  • Campbell Wilson (Y12): Open Premier Qualifier March, Strathspey and Reel, Open Hornpipe/Jig, U21 2/4 March, U21 Strathspey Reel;
  • Annabelle Jones (Y12): D Grade  2/4 March;
  • Timothy Justice (Y12): D Grade Strathspey/Reel
  • Oskar Trafford (Y9): U16 2/4 March.

Ngā Manu Kōrero Māori Speech Competition

A group of 30 students represented St Andrew’s College at the annual Ngā Manu Kōrero Māori speech competition at Lincoln University. Three students were entered in the competition, with the rest of the students performing waiata in support. Oskar Trafford (Year 9) spoke in the Junior Te Reo section and Lily Champion-Smith (Year 9) spoke in the Junior English section, performing her Year 9 speech-winning piece on taking action. Imogen McNeill (Year 12) spoke very well in the Senior English competition.

Preparatory School Concert

Delighted parents, grandparents and Preparatory School classes enjoyed a wonderful concert in the Centennial Chapel showcasing three Preparatory School music groups. The Junior Choir performed a bracket of songs from the musical Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The orchestra played two pieces arranged by Preparatory School Music teacher, Ros Emeleus’ father, John Emeleus. The programme concluded with the Cantare Choir singing the popular song A Million Dreams from the hit movie The Greatest Showman. Annie Young (Year 6) and Mia Taylor (Year 8) sung the solo parts with conviction.


Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 13) won Best Secondary School Songwriter Award at the Ara Songwriting Competition. Andrew Garbett (Year 12) was also among the ten finalists performing solo and in bands.


St Andrew’s College entered 10 bands in the annual Smokefree Rockquest Christchurch heats, the largest number by any Christchurch school. The Secondary School rock band, Loose Edge – Ethan Withers, Jordan Bourke, Alexander Woodward (all Year 12) and Thomas Wells (Year 11), and the Preparatory School rock band, Black Wired – Ethan Lam (Year 6), Hayden Lam, Tama Connelly (both Year 8) and Sam McAlister (Year 7)  both made it through to the Canterbury Rockquest Finals, where Loose Edge won Best Original Song.

Play it Strange

A group of 12 students entered the annual Play It Strange competition earlier in the year, with four students selected to have their songs appear on the final album, which is an amazing result from one school.

  • Lachlan McBride (Y11) – Been there, done that;
  • Sage Klein (Y12) – Golden Hour;
  • Hana Pearce and Sienna Beer (both Y13) and Pippa McAnergney (Y12) – Song of Hope;
  • Matthew Palmer (Y13) – Swimming.

Speech and Drama

During the holidays a number of students competed in the Christchurch Competitions Society Speech and Drama Competitions. Our students did extremely well, taking out many of the top prizes. Cindy Xiong (Y10) won the Scholarship for 14–16 years, The Rea Cup for Top Scholarship Winner over all age groups, and the Best Female Performer 14 and over. Priya Bartlett (Y7) won the Scholarship for 10–12 years, was first equal in the highest mark for 10–12 years with Emily Woodgate (Y6) and was the U12 Most Promising Competitor. Aaron Yu (Y2) won the U8 Highest Mark and the trophy for the Most Entertaining team in the whole festival.

First place-getters were:

  • Cindy Xiong (Y10): 14–16 Own Selection Poem, Reading at Sight, Test Poem;
  • Pieta Bayley (Y9): 13–16 New Zealand Poetry, 12–14 Light Verse Poem;
  • Priya Bartlett (Y7): 10–12 Reading at Sight, Original Poem, Own Selection Poem (first equal), Test Poem;
  • Kiera Faass (Y7): 10–12 Own Selection Poem (first equal);
  • Emily Everest (Y6): 10–12 Poetry Reading, Dramatic Extract;
  • Emily Woodgate (Y6): 10–12 Prose Reading; Light Verse Poem;
  • Georgie Murphy (Y6): 10–12 Novice Test Poem, Novice Own Selection Poem;
  • George Couper, Kate Ramsay and Ken Minh-Ky Pham (all Y6): U16 Dialogue, Repertory Prize;
  • Alexander Dunn (Y5): 8–10 Light Verse Poem;
  • Christian Li (Y5): 8–10 Novice Own Selection Poem;
  • Charlotte Everest (Y3): U8 Dramatic Extract and winner of Most Points Under 8;
  • Aaron Yu (Y2): U8 Own Selection Poem, Test Poem.
From the second edition of Regulus for 2019.

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