On Strowan – Volume 14 // Issue 5 // 4 July 2019
"What our young people achieve is directly attributable to our quality staff, and the support and encouragement you give them as parents."
Christine Leighton, Rector
The second half of Term 2 has just flown by, with a wide range of student achievement and successes. At the recent Board of Governors’ AGM the 2018 Annual Report was presented, and I did wonder if 2019 could match these successes. However, 2019 has continued in a similar vein with the second place in the world for Future Problem Solving, the South Island title for girls’ volleyball, the outstanding run for Senior A netball and First XV rugby, the incredible success of Senior College Production, Parade, Quartetto Maduro securing a place amongst the top 12 chamber groups in New Zealand, and the Canterbury title for our St Andrew’s College senior debating team. It is in the diversity of these successes which earns the College the reputation of catering for such a wide range of student interests.
At the last Board meeting, the Board committed to the construction of the new Fitness Centre and Gym 1 changing rooms, Project 1, to commence in December 2019. The relocation of the Fitness Centre to this new facility will create space for a functional and much needed Drama Room and Black Box Theatre. Adjacent to this, and completely rebuilt and extended on the present Theatre site, will be the new Theatre Complex. The new Theatre will seat approximately 270, a capacity one third bigger than the present venue. The stage, wings, and backstage area will be twice the size of the present performance space. This new Theatre Complex will greatly enhance both the performers’ and audiences’ experience. Commencement for Project 2, the Theatre Complex, is anticipated to be December 2020.
These two new facilities will complete the St Andrew’s College Sports and Cultural Development which has included – hockey turf and netball courts, construction of Gym 2, upgrade of Gym 1 and new sports offices, redevelopment of music rooms and recording studio, and refitting of a ballet studio. Once this final stage is complete, St Andrew’s College will be able to claim some of the best sports and performance facilities in the country.
However, of course it is not the facilities themselves but the people who bring the excitement and quality to the programmes offered. Our sports and performing arts staff are up there with the best in New Zealand and we are grateful for their commitment, expertise, and the passion they share with students across a wide range of areas. What our young people achieve is directly attributable to our quality staff, and the support and encouragement you give them as parents. Watching their games and performances is a privilege and gives us a sense of communal pride.
Best wishes to all for the coming term break and to the many student groups and staff who are involved with St Andrew’s College activities over the two weeks. May students and staff enjoy some time to rejuvenate and recharge.
Ngā mihi nui.
With kind regards,