Rector's Comment // Friday 23 August 2019
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WORLD SCHOLARS CUP
The 18 Preparatory School and six Secondary School students have just returned from the Global Round of the 2019 World Scholar’s Cup in Sydney. All Preparatory School students won a medal in an area of learning, with over 40 silver medals and 10 gold medals won. Maya Wylie (Year 7) finished seventh overall in the U11 section and Abby Ashworth (Year 8) was the top St Andrew’s College Preparatory School scholar overall.
In the Senior competition, Xavier Dickason (Year 12) was awarded overall Senior Top Scholar – an outstanding achievement. Elena Limmer-Wood (Year 12) finished seventh overall in the Senior section, and the two Year 12 teams placed fourth and twelfth overall.
Thank you to Head of Learning Enrichment (Preparatory), Kelly McBride, and Head of Teaching and Learning (Preparatory), Vicki Pettit, who accompanied the students on this trip.
At the Upper South Island Regional TheatreFest competition last weekend in Blenheim, Philip Nordt and Toby Lee (both Year 13) received an Excellence in Acting award and were also awarded Best Overall Production. Confirmation of the six pieces selected for Nationals is expected next week.
Jake Newlands (Year 13) has been selected in a group of six Young Enterprise students to represent New Zealand in a trip to Bangkok in the October holidays. In Bangkok, Jake will spend time visiting Thai businesses who already have links with New Zealand firms and will be working with Thai business students to develop potential for future commercial links between businesses from both countries.
The Senior A Girls’ badminton team comprising of Jenny Zhu (Year 13), Kelly Ting (Year 12) , Alyssa Le and Sophia Rutherford (both Year 11), and Yirui (Elly) Li (Year 9) are to be congratulated for winning the School Sport Canterbury Premier Badminton Competition this Wednesday. In the final they were convincing winners over Burnside High School, winning 8–1.
This is rare success in this competition, and much of the credit must go to Jenny Zhu for her enthusiasm and leadership of the team. Due to the calibre of the players this year, the team are attending the National tournament during in Wellington and are currently ranked fourth in the country.
CANTERBURY PRIMARY SCHOOLS’ TOURNAMENT
On Thursday, three teams representing St Andrew’s College Preparatory School, took part in the annual Canterbury Primary Schools’ Winter Tournament. Our Year 8 Preparatory A netball team won the netball tournament, defeating St Margaret’s College 10–6 in the final. Our Years 7–8 football team (five aside) came third equal and our Year 6 Navy netball team, who were competing in the B Grade tournament, finished sixth in their pool. Congratulations to all students who took part, it was a fantastic day of sport. Thank you to all those who were able to support the teams, and to the Secondary School students who helped to officiate the games.
Click here to view the results.
On Tuesday evening, the Preparatory School rock band, Black Wired – Ethan Lam (Year 6), Hayden Lam, Tama Connelly (both Year 8) and Sam McAlister (Year 7), won first place at the Canterbury Bandquest event, and have now made it through to the top 16 bands. The ‘Killer’ Guitarist Award went to Ethan Lam.
At the recent 2019 Maatangi Whenua: Year 11 Inter-school Geography Competition, the team of Oscar Bloom, Graeme Campbell and Joshua Ward placed joint second nationally out of 125, only two points behind the overall winner, Cashmere High School.
Campbell Wilson (Year 12) has won second place in the prestigious MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd event at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, Scotland. He also won third place in the Intermediate March, Strathspey and Reel event. Campbell now moves on to Glenisla Highland Games and Lonach Highland Gathering this weekend, before heading to the Northern Meeting in Inverness next week.
After an unbeaten season, the Girls’ First XI lost their final match this week, beaten by a very strong and determined Burnside High School. The team this season had to battle illness, injury and playing in new positions in order to get to the final. Their strength of character remained true both on and off the field, and the focus is now on competing in the upcoming New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Premiere Competition. Thank you to the parents, staff and wider St Andrew’s College community for the support shown this week and throughout the Canterbury Schools’ football season.
Milla Newbury (Year 10) competed in the South Island Figure Skating Championships in Dunedin last weekend, placing fifth in the Basic Novice Freestyle grade. She will represent Canterbury in October at Nationals.
Alys Scott attended the South Island Championship National Points Alpine Slalom Ski Race which took place at Ohau at the weekend. In the U16 Woman’s Slalom, Alys was placed second in the first race, missing out on first place by only 0.28 of a second, and third in the second race, missing out on second place by only 0.01 of a second.
During Exam Week, some courageous Ballet Academy dancers performed solo dances to gain their Medal Awards (at bronze, silver and gold levels). Rose Siebuhr (Year 13) took the highest level of student examination, the Solo Performance Diploma.
Last night the regional semi-finals for this year’s EPro8 Challenge took place at Kaiapoi North School, with the team of Year 7 students Theodore Lagias, Leo Wallace and Sefton Wingfield, and Year 8 student Alexandra Shepherd, finishing eighth.
Isabella Pringle (Year 8) has been selected for the Canterbury U13A Girls’ hockey team. Rylee McBride (Year 7), Addison Williams and Zac Zaalberg (both Year 8) have been selected for the Canterbury U13B hockey team.