Rector's Comment // Friday 5 July 2019
Please note: for all student successes please email to RC@stac.school.nz
Congratulations to the bands which performed in the Ara JazzQuest Combo Competition last week at The Piano. Club 347, led by Samuel Foote (Year 11), won a gold category award, with our Senior Combo winning a silver category award. Once again, Serge Beaton (Year 13) won best trombone, which St Andrew’s College has now won for eight years in a row. The bands are continuing to work hard in build up to the annual JazzQuest on Sunday 25 August.
Cody Doerner-Corson (Year 13), Luke Doerner-Corson and Ethan McBreen (both Year 11) competed in the National Enduro Championships Series Round 5 in Masterton over the weekend, with Luke and Ethan both finishing first in their respective classes.
Billie Revis (Year 8) and Corbin Revis (Year 6) have achieved their Purple belts as 6th Kyu, under the instruction of Sensei Hayden Wilmott of New Zealand Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Association.
William Couper (Year 8) came third in the Canterbury U13 Fencing Championship held on Saturday 29 June.
Elliot Menzies and Nicholas Patchett (both Year 10) each had a poem longlisted in the Poetry Society’s International ‘Shoot for the Moon’ Poetry Challenge.
Last week, Year 13 students Meg Longley and Zachary Venning travelled to Wellington to take part in the Young Enterprise in Action (EIA) 2019. The students completed two back to back team business challenges in 48 hours – a Business Plan in 12 hours and a Market Entry Strategy in 24 hours. The students gained a real understanding of ‘real world’ teamwork while improving their business knowledge, problem solving and innovative thinking skills.
NGĀ MANU KŌRERO
On Friday 28 June, a group of 30 students represented St Andrew’s College at the annual Ngā Manu Kōrero Māori speech competition at Lincoln University. We had three students entered in the competition, with the rest of the students performing waiata in support. Oskar Trafford (Year 9) spoke in the Junior Te Reo section and Lily Champion-Smith (Year 9) spoke in the Junior English section, performing her Year 9 Festival of the Spoken Word speech-winning piece on taking action. Lastly, Imogen McNeill (Year 12) spoke very well in the Senior English competition.
We had eight teams of four students compete in the annual UC Mud Run at the Christchurch Adventure Park on Sunday. MacGibbon House had four teams, so were well represented thanks to House Tutor, Jono Oxley’s organisation. The Year 9 boys’ team of Joseph Connolly, Blake Rossiter, Campbell Heasley and Michael Brownlie were the second boys’ team to complete the 5km run.
Jack Wang (Year 12) and Jenny Zhu (Year 13) have been selected into the New Zealand U19 team to compete at the Badminton World Federation World Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia, at the end of September.