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From the Head of Secondary School

On Strowan – Volume 14 // Issue 4 // 30 May 2019

More news for Secondary School

The Secondary School covers Years 9–13. Head of Secondary School is Evert van Florenstein.

The view of the Centennial Chapel and Strowan Stream from my office is of a few rust coloured leaves still remaining on the trees indicating that winter is almost upon us. The term has started extremely well, there is a real buzz around the College both inside and outside of
the classroom.

We started the term with the deferred Parent–Teacher interviews. Again, I was enormously heartened by the large turnout of parents and caregivers. My sincere thanks to all of you for your support and understanding regarding deferring these interviews. On the same night, Head of Guidance Tom Matthews ran a repeat session on Navigating Hard Times with Teens. The parents and caregivers who attended took a lot out of this session. In support of Tom’s request, can I please urge you to contact us if you are concerned about your son’s and/or daughter’s well-being.

The Year 9 Information Evening was again a huge success and well attended. I could not be prouder of the way in which our students presented on their personal experiences and the many opportunities at St Andrew’s College. Student voice can be incredibly powerful, and it was certainly well received by the prospective parents and students who were in attendance. The message of choice and opportunity for every student at the College came through loud and clear and is highly likely to be a factor for another record number of applications for next year’s Year 9 intake.

At the last assembly I was able to share the official NCEA pass rates with the students. I am unashamedly proud of what our students achieved in 2018. We were number one in Canterbury for both boys and girls at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. The boys were also first for UE pass rates with the girls being edged out into second place. The pass rates reflect how well the partnership is working between the College, the student, and the home. Thank you for all your help and support.

Parade CastThe production of Parade was simply stunning. This was an unusually challenging production, however, the cast and those that put the show together were incredible, the mastery to create such powerful scenes was well beyond what you would expect from a school production.

The winter season of sports has started in a very positive manner. Many of our teams are once again looking as though they have the potential to make the play-off rounds at the end of the season. I had the pleasure to be invited to see the First XV play their annual quad tournament at Lindisfarne College in Hastings during the April holidays. We lost the first game against Scots College from Wellington; however, we beat Lindisfarne College comfortably in the third and fourth playoff match.


With kind regards,

Evert van Florenstein
Head of Secondary School
Deputy for Rector

On Strowan – Volume 14 // Issue 4 // 30 May 2019