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Otaki Scholars visits

Regulus // Issue 3 // November 2023

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Our Heads of College, Head of Secondary School Evert van Florenstein, Rector Christine Leighton, Head of Senior College John Ruge and our Otaki Scholar visitors.St Andrews’s College has a longstanding relationship with Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen, Scotland, and for many years has been visited by its Otaki Scholars, boys chosen by the Scottish school to spend six weeks in New Zealand visiting various schools.

In 2023, St Andrew’s was pleased to host Otaki Scholars past and present, starting with a visit earlier in the year by Graeme Reaper, who had spent time at St Andrew’s when he was the 1968 Robert Gordon’s College Otaki Scholar. Graeme enjoyed touring the College, and connecting with Rector, Christine Leighton, Head Prefect, Torin Ward and Deputy Head Prefect, Lachlan Odlin.

In early August, Rector, Christine Leighton, and the Head Prefects hosted the current Otaki Scholars, Anish Subramaniam and Matthew Cranfield, who visited nine schools as part of their six-week adventure touring New Zealand. “The boys were great company and enjoyed being shown the sights of Christchurch, and the friendship of our four Heads of College and two Heads of Boarding,” says Christine.

St Andrew’s College hosts Otaki Scholars from Robert Gordon’s College, strengthening global ties.