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Cultural Catch Up

From the combined second and third edition of Regulus for 2020.

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Ara JazzQuest

The Jazz Orchestra, Big Band, and Soul Band all achieved Gold Awards at the Ara JazzQuest. At the Ara JazzQuest Combo competition, Club 347 also won a Gold Award, with Flynn Megaw (Year 12) winning Best Trombone.


Siara Clarke, Eilish Johns (both Year 9), Riley Lyons (Year 10), Teresa Barnhill (Year 12) and Evelyn Clarke (Year 13) were all recognised as 2020 Ballet Scholarship Nomination dancers. This is a special acknowledgement from the highest level Distinction dancers following the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance Examinations. This gives them the opportunity to compete in Wellington at the National Scholarship Awards event against other top high school dancers.

The following students received excellent results in the NZAMD examinations.

Year 8: Level 6
Honours: Emily Edwards, Lily Ellis, Nadia Marriott and Claudia Russell

High Honours: Charlize Blakely

Distinction: Matilda MacMillan

Year 9: Elementary Diploma
Honours: Amelia Kyle and Sienna Spark

High Honours: Maia Cook and Chantelle Xiong

Distinction: Siara Clarke and Eilish Johns

Year 10: Intermediate Diploma
Honours: Alistair Gorton, Ella Gunn and Ella Withers

High Honours: Padric Ballard, Sophie O’Connor, Caitlin Roberts and Poppy Rumble

Distinction: Riley Lyons

Year 12: Advanced Diploma
Distinction: Teresa Barnhill

Year 13: Solo Performance Diploma
Attained by Evelyn Clarke and Charlotte Sloper

Campbell Wilson (Year 13) has been accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance full-time classical programme for 2021.

Riley Lyons (Year 10) competed at the Mosgiel Ballet Competitions and was awarded the Mosgiel Ballet Society nomination for the National Young Performer Award.

Two Old Collegians returned to St Andrew’s College to share their time and expertise with dancers in the Ballet Academy. Kate Holmes (OC 2020), now in her final pre-professional year with the New Zealand School of Dance took a Year 9 Technique class. Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (OC 2013) from the Houston Ballet, took a Lunch Open Class with an enthusiastic group of Year 9–13 dancers.

Teresa Barnhill (Year 12) placed in the top five of the New Zealand Dance Awards Competition and was Runner-up Champion at the ‘Follow Your Dreams’ Dance Competition.

Charlotte Kyle, Annie Young and Sara Yu (all Year 7) were selected from amongst a very competitive group of Christchurch’s top junior dancers to perform in the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s upcoming Christchurch season of The Sleeping Beauty.

Chamber Music

The talented Chamber Music trio, Les Apaches, made up of Samuel Jeon (Year 12), Christine Jeon (Year 9), and Juliette Ma of Burnside High School, played with exceptional ability and skill to win both the Canterbury District and Southern Regional rounds of the 2020 NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Following the national semi-finals in Wellington, they made it through to top six chamber music groups in New Zealand, winning a Gold Award, which is an outstanding achievement.

At the same competition, brass group, Brass Bagatelles, made up of Flynn Megaw and William Lucas (both Year 12), and Caitlin Rea from St Margaret’s College, won the Canterbury Regional Award for Best Performance of a New Zealand work. The trio also won the Woolston Cup for Best Brass Ensemble.

Ballet Showcase

Audiences were wowed by performances at the Ballet Academy Junior Performance Awards and Senior Showcase in June. During the Senior Showcase, over 70 dancers performed works which included classical, lyrical and jazz, plus NCEA assessment pieces. A group of 20 Preparatory School dancers presented solos and duos before a judge. Special guest dancer was Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson (OC 2013), who was home from the Houston Ballet before joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet.


Classical Concert

The annual Classical Orchestra Concert took place on Tuesday 28 July in the Centennial Chapel, with the audience treated to performances by the nearly 30-strong Preparatory School Orchestra, four chamber groups and our Preparatory School trio. Award-winning groups from the New Zealand Chamber Music Contest, the Brass Bagatelles and Les Apaches, also performed. The evening finished with the Chamber Orchestra, led by Grace Lawrence (Year 11), who performed William Boyce’s Symphony No.1. They were then joined by the remaining students to form the College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Hodgkinson. Led by Samuel Jeon (Year 12), they gave spirited performances of the Grand March from Aida by Verdi, and the Italian Folk Festival, a medley of famous Italian folk songs.


Creative Writing

Campbell Wilson, Abraham Hix and Marijke Hinton (all Year 13) were finalists in the National Schools’ Poetry Awards. Only nine finalists were chosen from across New Zealand, so this was an outstanding achievement.

The following students had their haiku selected for publication in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2020 Anthology:

  • Friederica Todhunter (Year 10), with barley grass;
  • Campbell Searle (Year 10), with a star;
  • Jaymee Chen (Year 13),with a climate protest.

The following students had their poems selected for publication in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2020 Anthology:

  • Skye Atkins, Luke Zhu and Harry Withers (all Year 11);
  • Lorna Hart and Pieta Bayley (both Year 10).

Pieta Bayley and Friederica Todhunter (both Year 10) each had a creative writing piece selected as one of the best poems in the Given Words poetry competition for National Poetry Day 2020.

Saskia Fitzgerald (Year 4) had her poem Little Blue published in the Otago Daily Times Extra! magazine.

Maxen Stedman (Year 13) was selected as the winner of the St Andrew’s College Secondary School Creative Writing Competition 2020. Elena Limmer-Wood (Year 13) and Portia Bennie (Year 10) were the runners-up.

Year 3 students Austen Fraser, Isabelle Harrison, Henry Palmer and Chloe Sha all had their poetry selected for the June Poetry challenge of a ‘wonder’ poem, for the New Zealand Poetry Box website.

Cultural Showcase

The Cultural Showcase on Friday 12 June, organised by Cultural Captains, Sage Klein and Archie Milligan (both Year 13), was a wonderful celebration of the depth and talents of students at St Andrew’s. The audience enjoyed being back in the Theatre, where they were treated to a varied programme, featuring original music in jazz and rock, songwriting, poetry, film, theatre, and Theatresports. The event raised nearly $360 for Christchurch City Mission.


Year 13 students, Jeremiah Anderson-Gardner and Genevieve Henstock, had their short films, Escape and Cardrona Valley respectively, selected as finalists in the 2020 School Shorts Competition, run by the New Zealand Broadcasting School. Jeremiah’s film Escape won two awards, Best Cinematography, and Best Actor for Jeremy Kent (Year 10).

Film Fest

Despite a smaller audience in attendance due to COVID-19, Film Fest 2020 was a fun-filled night with lots of support and encouragement for the winners. Cultural Captains, Archie Milligan and Sage Klein (both Year 13), looked glamorous on the red carpet, chatting to guests as they arrived.

Best Film went to Jeremiah Anderson-Gardner’s (Year 13) beautifully shot Escape, which won several other awards on the night, including Best Actor for Jeremy Kent’s (Year 10) touching performance. This short film focuses on a lonely teen but at the same time celebrated our city at night and the joys of youth.

Life of Lenny, a mockumentary set on the College campus and directed by Chido Machingura (Year 12), was another crowd favourite and won Best Screenplay. Genevieve Henstock’s (Year 13) Cardrona Valley, a short film set in an iconic South Island destination was a deserving winner of Best Documentary.


Highland Dancing

At the Highland Dancer of the Year Competition, three dancers from St Andrew’s College, Evelyn Clarke (Year 13), Milly Christie (Year 11) and Charlize Blakely (Year 8) did incredibly well to be named overall National Champions in their respective age groups. Three other dancers finished in the top five in their age groups.

Full results:

  • Evelyn Clarke (Year 13): U18 New Zealand Highland Dancer of the Year and winner of six championships– Highland Reel, Seann Truibhas, Irish Hornpipe, Single Time Irish Jig, Irish Reel and Sailors Hornpipe’;
  • Melissa Christie (Year 11): U16 New Zealand Highland Dancer of the Year and winner of four championships – Highland Reel, Sword Dance, Irish Hornpipe and Reel O’Tulloch;
  • Charlize Blakely (Year 8): U14 New Zealand Highland Dancer of the Year and winner of four championships Highland Reel, Irish Hornpipe, Sailors Hornpipe, Irish Jig, and 12 years Premier Highland Fling;
  • Siara Clarke (Year 9):Fifth National Ranking and winner of Seann Truibhas;
  • Charlotte Kyle (Year 7): Third National Ranking and winner of Sailors Hornpipe and 11 Year Old Premier Sailors Hornpipe;
  • Amelia Lyttle (Year 5): Fourth National Ranking and winner of 9 Years Premier Highland Fling.

Milly Christie (Year 11) was due to represent the New Zealand Highland Dance Company at the New Zealand Military Tattoo at the start of April, but this event and one scheduled in Melbourne in June, were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic. At the South Canterbury Championships, Milly won the U16 Irish Jig, the South Island Championship Seann Truibhas U16, and the Irish Hornpipe U18. She also won Most Points U16 and U18, and Most Points Dancer of the Day. In Regional Championships, Milly won the U16 Highland Reel Championship, placed second in the U18 Double Jig Championship and received Most Points U16.

A group of St Andrew’s College students competed at the Ashburton Highland Dancing Championships alongside a large number of entries from throughout New Zealand. Winners were:

  • Charlotte Sloper (Year 13) won the Championship Irish Jig U18 and was runner-up Most Points;
  • Milly Christie (Year 11) won the U16 Seann Triubhas and Irish Jig, won Most Points U16 and placed fourth in the Championship Sailors Hornpipe U18;
  • Charlize Blakely (Year 8) won the Championship Irish Hornpipe U13 and was runner-up Most Points U14;
  • Sarah McCarthy (Year 5) won the Novice Cup for the 4-Step Fling.

Pipe Band

Pipe Major Campbell Wilson (Year 13) has had a fantastic year. He won the prestigious MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd Competition, run by the Highland Society of London, after qualifying as one of eight finalists from Scotland, Canada, and New Zealand. Normally based in Oban, Scotland, and part of the Argyllshire Gathering, this year the competition, with strong entries worldwide was held online. For the final, Campbell had to submit a video recording of him playing Lord Lovat’s Lament, and with his outstanding performance was selected as the overall winner. Campbell also won the New Zealand Young Piper of the Year title for the third year in a row.

New Zealand Young Piper of the Year results:

  • Campbell Wilson (Year 13):New Zealand Young Piper of the Year, and winner of the U21 Piobaireachd, March, Strathspey and Reel, and Hornpipe and Jig;
  • Timothy Justice (Year 13): First in C Grade Piobaireachd, second in Hornpipe and Jig;
  • Maggie McConnochie (Year 6):First overall in D Grade, first in Piobaireachd, and Strathspeyand Reel;
  • Iona Lawson (Year 9): First in D Grade 2/4 March, second in Strathspey and Reel;
  • Emily Brook (Year 7): Second in D Grade 2/4 March.

Quentin Lovatt (Year 10) was third in Grade 3 Bass Drumming at the World Online Drumming Championships.

At the Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Silver Chanter Comunn na’ Piobaireachd New Zealand and New Zealand Solo Piping Championships, the following students excelled:

  • Campbell Wilson (Year 13): second in The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Clasp;
  • Timothy Justice (Year 13): overall C Grade winner;
  • Iona Lawson (Year 9): overall D Grade winner;
  • Charlie Kelly (Year 9): Novice event winner.

Connor Higgs (Year 10) was third in Grade 2 March, Strathspey/Reel, and 6/8 March in the World Online Piping and Drumming Championships Summer Competition.

Georgia Eagle (Year 10) and Emily Brook (Year 7) performed with Piping Pink at the Manawatū Tattoo 2020. The tattoo celebrates Women in the Arts and Piping Pink are a female group of pipers and drummers from throughout New Zealand.

Pipers and drummers have competed in numerous other online and live competitions this year, with some online events seeing them judged as far away as Scotland, Australia, and Canada. There are too many results to cover in Regulus, however they will be recorded in Collegian.


Grace Lawrence (Year 11) was one of four finalists (out of 162 entries) in the Play It Strange 2020 Peace Song Competition for her song, When the Weather Changes. Part of her prize was $750 towards recording her track. Music producer, past parent, and 2020 New Zealand Order of Merit recipient, Tom Rainey, came to the College to help Grace to complete a stunning arrangement and recording of the song. Grace was also accepted as second violin in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, to play in December. This is an outstanding achievement, as the orchestra is open for musicians up to 25 years old, and is usually made up of university-level performers.
Bryan Cooper (Year 9) was selected to play first trombone/second euphonium in the National Secondary Schools’ Brass Band (South Island).

Play it Strange

Sage Klein and Renee Vaudrey (both Year 13) had their songs selected for the Play It Strange Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition Top 50. They each received $750 to have their tracks professionally produced in a local recording studio.

Speech and Drama

The following students received Honours results in their Speech and Drama examinations:

  • Grade One (Year 5) – Chloe Monk, Alexa Collis, Anthony Song, Jaden Jia, HanYu (Lana) Li, Nika Meyn (Flexi);
  • Grade Two (Year 6) – Alexander Dunn, RuoLin (Lauren) Li, Radha Gamble, Sofia Lagias, Allegra Voice, Hamish Longstaffe, Nicholas Burtscher (Flexi), Sophie Keir (Flexi);
  • Grade Three (Year 7) – Katie Foot, Emily Everest, Edie Burtscher, Montgomery Scott-Lysaght, Ethan Lam, Corbin Revis, Emily Woodgate, Teresa Steiner (Flexi), Georgie Murphy (Flexi), Jessica Drury(Flexi), Ava King (Flexi);
  • Grade Four (Year 8) – Scarlett Gray, Priya Bartlett, James Anthony, Ivan Ren, Elia Short (Flexi).

Xavier Dickason (Year 13) completed his ASB Performance Diploma in Speech and Drama with Distinction, the highest grading possible for this Diploma. He received an Honours pass in every examination leading to the Diploma.

Abby Jones (Year 12) and Libby McKinnel (Year 13) were the first St Andrew’s College students to sit the Certificate in Communicating in Leadership, offered by Speech New Zealand. Both were awarded the highest grading possible – Honours Plus.

Southern Jam Online

Award winners at 2020 Southern Jam online were:

  • Flynn Megaw (Year 12) trombone: Most Outstanding Performer/s and Best Improvisation;
  • Club 347/Jazz Combo:Best Rhythm Section and Most Outstanding Combo.

Theatre Artist in Residence

The Theatre students enjoyed having Alys Hill, New Zealand Director of Zen Zen Zo, as an Artist-in residence for a week. Alys runs the New Zealand Company and a Youth Theatre in Christchurch. She has experience teaching and performing in physical theatre internationally and worked with each class to help them develop performance skills and shape their current piece of devised theatre.

Theatre Sports

Archie Milligan and Sam Bowden Cooke (both Year 13) were members of a scratch team which won the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Theatresports Competition at The Court Theatre. The StAC A team made up of Archie, Sam and fellow Year 13 students Xavier Dickason and Harrison Orange, placed second in competition heats. The Court Jesters were impressed with the performers and invited them to attend a scratch team ‘audition’ to select a team to enter the competition finals. From this, Archie and Sam made it into the scratch team, along with three other students from Burnside High School, Christchurch Girls’ High School, and St Margaret’s College. The last time our Senior Theatresports students had their name on the cup was in 2001.

StAC Attack

The Pipe Band was delighted to be back in the Christchurch Town Hall for StAC Attack 2020. Students from Years 2–13 performed in a variety of items including Pipe Band medleys, Highland dancing including the Highland Fling, The Skye Boat Song sung by Archie Milligan, drum fanfares and piping suites. There was fantastic feedback from the audience about the performances, venue and atmosphere.


From the combined second and third of Regulus for 2020.

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