Rector's Comment // Friday 18 October 2019
Please note: for all student successes, please email to RC@stac.school.nz
The First XI Cricket team went on tour to Sydney during the holidays, Wednesday 2 – Thursday 10 October, winning all five of their games against Knox Grammar School, Barker College, Blacktown XI, Newington College and King’s School. Standout performances were:
During the first week of the term break, our Senior Boys’ and Senior Girls’ basketball teams attended the Secondary Schools’ National Basketball Championships in Palmerston North. After some tough games, our girls’ team placed 18th and the boys’ team placed 22nd nationally. Thank you to all the staff, parents and supporters who were cheering the students on, both at the tournament and from home, as well as to the basketball fundraising committee for all their hard work.
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Campbell Wilson (Year 12) won the overall New Zealand Young Piper of the Year award for the second year in a row, winning all three U21 events in a strong field. Oskar Trafford (Year 9) was the C Grade overall winner, winning three out four events in this category. Timothy Justice (Year 12) won the C Grade Hornpipe and Jig and was fourth in the B Grade Piobaireachd. Annabelle Jones (Year 12) placed third in the C Grade 2/4 March.
Samantha Ferrier and Jessica Gavin (both Year 13) have been shortlisted, out of 2000 entries, to be part of this year’s ‘The Creators Room’, which is a new initiative that links visual art creators with art collectors. The student’s artwork will also be included in an exhibition early next year in the CBD.
CLAY TARGET SHOOTING
A group of nine students, three staff and parents travelled to Hamilton to compete in the North Island and the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Clay Target Shooting Championships in the first weekend of the holidays. This large competition saw over 350 compete in 65 shooting squads. Although we were not placed in the team events, all students shot well with a number of personal bests and shoot-offs, and winning scores.
First XV players Sebastian Calder and Jack Sexton (both Year 13), were selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ rugby team and over holidays played test matches against Australia and Fiji. Both boys have a big future in the game and have made significant contributions to this year’s First XV group.
The U16 Canterbury Metro Red rugby team won the prestigious South Island U16 Tournament during the holidays, which was coached by our rugby coach and Te Reo/Māori Studies teacher, Pete Westrupp, and fellow St Andrew’s College coaches Willie Brown and Tom Houghton. The team included four St Andrew’s Year 11 players – DAngelo (Lino) Tauti (Captain), Torian Barnes, Tamati Frost and Arden Ongley. Jack Harding and Connor Newton were also selected but were unable to play due to injuries.
Over the holidays, Year 13 students Charlie Murray, Ben Innes and Dominic Clarke, together with Year 12 students Joel Parry, Aminiasi (Mini) Toga and James Carr, played as part of the U18 Canterbury Metro rugby team the South Island U18 Tournament who lost in the South Island grand final 26–21 to Otago, in a very close and physical game. Jack Stokes (Year 13) played for the Canterbury Country U18 team in the same competition. Jack Sexton and Sebastian Calder (both Year 13) were also selected for the Canterbury U18 team but didn’t play as they were playing for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ team. Isileli Saumaki (Year 12) was also selected but was unable to play due to injury.
Milla Newbury (Year 10) competed at Nationals in Gore on Thursday 3 October, placing eighth out of 15 skaters in her grade, achieving a personal best score for the season and maintaining her first place rank in Canterbury for 2019. She also competed in the Canterbury Masters Figure Skating Club Open Championships on Sunday 29 September, placing second in the U18 Ladies Freeskate.
FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING
The following Preparatory School students have qualified for the Future Problem Solving National Finals being held in Auckland on Friday 1 – Sunday 3 November.
Jack Wang (Year 12) and Jenny Zhu (Year 13) represented New Zealand in the 2019 Badminton World Federation Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia, on Monday 30 September – Sunday 13 October. The New Zealand Junior team placed 23rd out of the 43 countries competing in the mixed team event, with Jack playing as number one for the boys’ doubles and Jenny playing as number one for the girls’ singles.
Over the holidays, Ayrton Shadbolt (Year 13), Alice Egan and Clayton Shadbolt (both Year 11) competed as part of the New Zealand Schools’ Orienteering team at the 2019 Australian Schools’ Orienteering Championships in Wagga Wagga, Australia, with some outstanding results in some very hot conditions. Alice had some strong runs and held her own amongst the team and medal placings are listed below.
Charlotte Sloper (Year 12) was selected to represent New Zealand in Highland Dancing at the Tattoos in Oostende, Belgium, and Rotterdam, Netherlands, and has recently returned after an amazing experience away. Last holidays Charlotte won the New Zealand U18 title for Highland Reel O Tulloch.
Alys Scott (Year 10) has been selected into the Snowvision New Zealand U16 Alpine Youth Squad and will represent New Zealand in Europe and at the Whistler Cup in Canada in 2020.
Timothy Thomas (Year 11) has been selected into the U18 New Zealand Ice Hockey team to compete at the World Championships being held next year in Bulgaria.