Rector's Comment // Friday 19 October 2018
Please note: for all student successes please email to RC@stac.school.nz
Congratulations to our Senior A Girls’ basketball team placed sixth at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ National Championships. At our basketball Prizegiving, Charlotte Whittaker (Year 13) announced that she will be attending the University of Colorado on a significant sporting scholarship next year studying either Psychology or Sociology.
Six students competed in the Australian Orienteering Carnival as members of the New Zealand Development team. The carnival was over nine days, with various races being conducted north of Adelaide.
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Jack Wang (Year 11) competed at the New Zealand National Badminton U17 Championship, where he was the boys’ doubles winner, mixed doubles winner and boys’ singles runner up.
Alex Wilson (Year 13) and partner Alex Zhou, won the New Zealand National U18 boys’ doubles title. The duo have been doubles partners for eight years.
A group of eight students competed in the South Island Mountain Biking Championships at Signal Hill in Dunedin. There were over 350 students competing in a very fast-growing sport and the competition was very tough with very challenging courses.
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Alys Scott (Year 9) competed in the ski racing U14 series in the New Zealand Youth Series, placing first in the Giant Slalom (first run) and second in the Slalom (first run), these also doubled as the North Island Championships. Alys also attended the New Zealand Youth Series races at Cardrona, placing second in Slalom (first run) and third in Giant Slalom. Concluding the whole series, Alys was awarded overall second in Slalom in New Zealand, fourth in Giant Slalom in New Zealand and 1st in Super-G. She was also placed first overall in the New Zealand Youth Series for U14 girls.
Cody Doerner-Corson (Year 12) competed in the Moonshine Extreme Enduro in the holidays in the North Island, placing second.
A small group of students attended the recent Short Course Championships in Auckland. Quinton Hurley (Year 13) won a gold, two silvers and one bronze medal, George Adam (Year 13) a gold and two bronze medals, and Katie McBride (Year 11) four silver medals.
Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Year 10) swam for Sumner Surf Club at the 2018 New Zealand Surf Rescue Pool Championships in the 15 and Under age group, winning three golds, two silvers and one bronze.
Ethan McBreen (Year 10) placed second at the Canterbury Motox Championships 12–16 years, 125 class.
Milla Newbury (Year 9) competed in two Ice Figure Skating competitions during the Term 3 holidays, placing second in her grade at the Canterbury Masters Figure Skating Competition. She also competed in the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating National Championships and placed tenth overall in the U15 grade.
Carter Rhodes (Year 7) played for the Canterbury A U13 basketball team which finished third at the South Island Tournament.
Connor Ott (Year 8) played for the Canterbury Metro U13 basketball team at the Metro Tournament, finishing third in their pool.
Hugh Kenny (Year 7) played for the Canterbury Metro U13 basketball team at the Christchurch Invitational Tournament, winning the tournament.
Year 8 students Kinda Khanafer and Amelia McAllister were part of the Waimak 14th Grade girls’ team which won their South Island Tournament.
Luke Supyk (Year 8) captained the Waimak 12th Grade team and was named team Most Valuable Player (MVP). His team finished runners up at their South Island Tournament.
Jackson Blake (Year 8) captained the FC Twenty 11 13th Grade team which won their South Island Tournament.
Adam Supyk (Year 10) captained the Nomads AFC 14th Grade team which won their Representative tournament.
Holly Gilray (Year 8) was in the Canterbury A girls’ U13 hockey team which won the Collier Cup in Auckland.
Noah Mellish-Temple and Helm Betts (both Year 8) were in the Canterbury A boys’ U13 hockey team which finished ninth in the Hatch Cup.
Caitlin Muir and Nikkita McIntyre (both Year 8) were the Canterbury B girls’ U13 hockey team which won the McGrath Trophy.
Mila Kotzikas (Year 8) was in the Canterbury Development girls’ team which won at the Girls’ Festival of Hockey.
Finnian Bierwirth and James Drury (both Year 8) were in the Canterbury Development boys’ team which came fifth at the Boys’ Festival of Hockey.
Edwin Short (Year 8) was in the U65kg Canterbury Primary Schools team which won the South Island Tournament.
Josh Ongley (Year 8) and Macklan Robertson (Year 7) were in the U48kg Primary Schools team and competed at the U48kg South Island Tournament.
Ruby McPhail (Year 6) and Josh McPhail (Year 8) were part of the winning Canterbury tennis team who played against Tasman. Both students won all four of their games.
Macklan Robertson (Year 7) was selected for the Canterbury U14 boys’ touch team, Holly Gilray (Year 8) for the Canterbury U14 Mixed team and Addison Williams (Year 7) for the Canterbury U12 Red girls’ team.
Renny Dephoff (Year 9) represented Canterbury at the New Zealand Gymnastics National Championships, winning silver on rings, bronze on parallel bars and placed fifth overall in Level 7 Open Men's Artistic.
Blair Currie (Year 13) has just been selected for the New Zealand U17 Womens’ World Cup squad competing in Uruguay next month.
Francesca Morrow (Year 12) and Jasmin Donald (Year 11) have been selected for the 2019 New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls’ football U19 team and will compete at the Dallas International Girls’ Soccer/Football Cup in the April holidays.
Kate Allan and Marijke Hinton (both Year 11) have been named in the New Zealand U17 beach volleyball squad and will take part in a National Training Camp and tour to Australia in November. Of the 12 players selected from around New Zealand, they were the only two from the South Island.
Angus (Gus) Kelliher (Year 11) and Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Year 10) represented New Zealand at the 2018 State Championship in Canberra Australia. Gus broke the New Zealand 16 years record for the 50m butterfly event and was placed in the top five for all his races, winning two bronze medals. Gus also broke Canterbury 16 years records in the 100m and 50m backstroke and 200m fly. Taiko broke the Canterbury records in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke events and won two bronze medals.
Harrison Bisphan (Year 10) has been selected for the New Zealand A 15 and Under indoor cricket team. Harrison competed in the Junior World Series and placed fourth.