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From the Board

Regulus Address // Issue 2 // August 2021

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At the College’s 104th Annual General Meeting on Thursday 1 July, we bid a fond farewell to Bryan Pearson and Sandra Wright-Taylor as outgoing Board members. Bryan and Sandra started together on the Board of Governors 12 years ago and have both contributed greatly to the governance of the College during their respective tenures.

Bryan initially came to the Board as the Old Collegians Nominee and has served the last four years as Board Chair. By his own admission, a late bloomer, Bryan’s dedicated service to the Board has been exemplary. School management and his Board colleagues have come to greatly respect Bryan’s intellect, poise, and experience. In the words of fellow Board member, Malcolm Johns: “Bryan has left his footprints in the history of St Andrew’s by quietly and thoughtfully placing his fingerprints on its future.”

Bryan leaves the Board with our best wishes, and we know that he will still be a big part of the St Andrew’s College community.

Sandra came to the board as the Alpine Presbytery Nominee in 2009 and her tenure has been notable for the perspective, compassion, wisdom, and courage she has brought to the table. Always conscious of the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, she could always be relied upon for a common sense and insightful contribution. As well as the three children Sandra and her late husband, Geoff, supported through St Andrew’s College, she has positively influenced the lives of many other young people through her service on the Board.

The new Old Collegians Nominee is Stephanie Bain, who was one of the first girls to attend St Andrew’s in 1992. Stephanie is married to Paul Swettenham and they have two children, Alexander (Year 2) and Sebastian (Pre-school). Stephanie and Paul run a human resources consulting business, Sunstone Talent, which specialises in IT recruitment and HR services.

Peter Nelson joins the board as the new Alpine Presbytery Nominee. An Old Collegian from 1961–1973, Peter is relishing the opportunity to contribute to school life again. He is the Managing Director of Sculpture Hospitality which works in the hospitality sector to develop and grow their businesses. Outside of work, Peter mentors Canterbury rugby referees, and is the current chair of the Alpine Presbytery Mission Board.

Nick Letham (OC 2001) was appointed Deputy Chair at the AGM and we look forward to him bringing his comprehensive knowledge and expertise to that role.

The AGM was a good opportunity to reflect on the College’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a number of highlights over 2020 including:

  • generous support for the Community Support Programme in response to COVID-19;
  • the most outstanding NCEA and Scholarship results on record;
  • the 1st XV rugby winning the UC Cup;
  • the Senior A netball team winning SuperNet as the top school in the Christchurch region;
  • St Andrew’s College Chamber Group placing in the top six in the national competition;
  • 12 Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards; and• completion of the new StACFit Fitness Centre.

Fortunately, 2021 is looking like a much more settled year. The College is halfway through its 2019–2023 Strategic Framework with the overall objectives of being at the leading edge of high performance education and Together, Building Better People, for Life. We are also very excited about the new Ben Gough Family Theatre which will be constructed over 2022 and 2023, and acknowledge the contribution of all those families who have donated to the fundraising campaign so far.

I feel tremendously honoured and privileged to take up the role as Board Chair at this juncture in St Andrew’s history. Thanks to the great foundations set by previous Chairs, Board members and our strong management team, the College is in a great position to provide our students with the roots and wings to flourish in an ever changing world.


Felicity Odlin
Board Chair
On behalf of the Board of Governors

The Board Chair's Address from the second edition of Regulus for 2021.

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