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Ōtautahi Stronger Together

Regulus // Issue 3 // November 2022

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St Andrew’s College hosted a Canterbury-wide student well-being conference, called Ōtautahi Stronger Together which focused on exploring the theme of tūrangawaewae/belonging. The conference, on Wednesday 19 October, was a student-led event co-constructed by students from St Andrew’s College and Hillmorton School. Well-being Leaders Lachlan Odlin (Year 12), Selena Gan (Year 13) and Radha Vallabh (Year 12), dedicated significant time and effort into the organisation of the conference.

Over 70 students from throughout Canterbury attended the event hosted in the Centennial Chapel. The hui commenced with three inspiring speakers sharing their perspectives on belonging and inclusivity. These included St Andrew’s student, Lily Champion-Smith (Year 12), University of Canterbury student, Sadra Sultani, and City Counsellor, Tyla Harrison-Hunt. The remainder of the afternoon focused on providing students with the opportunity to consider their personal stories and perspectives on how to create an inclusive and compassionate society.

In August, the Well-being Committee presented Mahia te Aroha Character Awards to students who have shown outstanding character. These awards are nominated by students and teachers who have witnessed a student displaying acts of compassion and kindness to make a positive difference in our community. 2022 Recipients were: Taylor Gordon, Riley Girdlestone (both Year 9), Yinan (Vivian) Lu, Mia Montgomery (both Year 10), Hugo Ranken, Hamish Paton (both Year 11), Laai Tausa, Sienna Stowers-Smith (both Year 12), and Anika Robinson and Alex Ying (both Year 13).

The College hosts well-being event for Waitaha Canterbury-based ākonga as they come together to explore tūrangawaeware/belonging.