Rector's Comment // Friday 17 May 2019
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Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 13) has been selected as the soloist to perform in a public concert given by the Canterbury Philharmonia this coming Sunday afternoon at The Piano, Armagh Street. She is playing the F major Romance by Beethoven with the orchestra, who are also performing an Offenbach overture and a Brahms symphony.
Jack Wang (Year 12) competed at the Waikato U17 Badminton Open winning three golds for the Boys’ Singles, Boys’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles.
Last weekend, three St Andrew’s teams competed in the annual Canterbury Schools’ Senior Impromptu tournament. The team of Meg Longley (Year 13) and Oscar Bloom (Year 11) were unbeaten across five debates (five minutes preparation and six minute speeches) to win overall. Meg Longley was awarded Best Speaker. Our other top debaters, Daniel Bishop (Year 13) and Imogen McNeill, Jordan Bourke and Jaymee Chen (all Year 12) also performed well with several wins each.
Round Four of the Christchurch Schools’ Junior Debating Competition took place this week. The moots focused on the theme of social justice, with Team 1 and Team 2 debating whether those who use illicit drugs should be denied access to welfare and Team 3 debating the moot that stay at home parents get paid a salary by the government. We had two wins and one loss. Thank you to our Year 12 student coaches of these teams: Marshall Setu, Jaymee Chen, Omri Kepes and Imogen McNeill (all Year 12), and Meg Longley, our student Head of Debating. Their work with our junior debaters is much appreciated.
Zachary Venning and Meg Longley (both Year 13) have been selected to represent Canterbury at the Entrepreneurs in Action 2019 in Wellington in late June. There they will form teams with students from other schools, join forces with businesses which mentor them, and collaboratively devise strategies to solve local and global issues.
Over the holidays, Duncan McCall (Year 9) recently competed in the Technifibre Central Junior Open 2019 and the Tennis Canterbury Junior Championships 2019, winning the U14 Singles and Doubles titles at both competitions.
Zack Waite (Year 11) has been selected for the U17 Canterbury volleyball team.
The following girls have been selected for the Canterbury Representative netball teams:
U14 Red – Sienna Stowers-Smith and Lily Champion-Smith (both Year 9)
U14 Black – Pippa Henderson (Year 10)
U15 Red – Isabella Tuaine and Natasha Lind (both Year 10), and Grace Cameron (Year 11)
U15 Black – Lynonahdolphin Tausa and Angie Doig (both Year 10)
Olivia Brett (Year 13) represented New Zealand in the Asia Pacific Kayak Championships last weekend at Lake Karapiro. Competing against Australia, Japan, Cook Islands and Singapore, Olivia placed first in the U18 K1 200m and K2 200m, second in K2 500m and third in the Mixed K4. In the U21 age group, she placed third in the K4 500m. Olivia was then part of the mega relay made up of one male and one female from each of the U16, U18 and U21 age groups, where the New Zealand team were beaten on the line by Australia.
At the end of June, Olivia is competing in an international regatta in Italy before heading to Romania to compete in the World Championships at the beginning of August.
Ruthie Konusi and Tehinnah Ratulomai (both Year 12) have been selected for a Fiji International Mixed netball team to play later this year.
Duncan McCall (Year 9) has been selected to represent New Zealand at three Australian International Tennis Championships taking place in June and July.