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From the Rector

On Strowan – Volume 14 // Issue 1 // 25 January 2019

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"…at the heart of our vision for the next phase of St Andrew’s development is our ongoing commitment to student and staff well-being, which we believe underpins the ability for all people to flourish."
Christine Leighton, Rector

I trust that everyone has enjoyed a good break. Most of you will have been in places where you have benefited from some warm summer days interspersed with refreshing rain. Our College campus is certainly looking a picture! Several staff and students have been involved with school activities during the holiday period including Senior Girls’ volleyball to Auckland, Colts cricket trip to Australia, two rowing camps at Twizel, and at St Andrew’s we have hosted a cricket quad with two Australian and two New Zealand schools. Senior students were also involved with the Peer Support Leadership programme at the start of the holidays, and six students completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh final adventurous journey by sea kayaking the Abel Tasman. A three-day cricket camp also kept around 30 Preparatory School students busy during the last week of the holiday break. We are very grateful to staff who provide these opportunities for students. 

Welcome back to all our families and a special welcome to staff, students and families who are new to St Andrew’s College in 2019. Our new staff will be profiled later in this newsletter and there will be opportunities to meet new students and parents next week. Please feel free to make yourselves known to me and senior staff, and I encourage you to become involved with life at St Andrew’s College.

I hope that parents with students in the Secondary School take advantage of our Parent–Student–Tutor conferences which are coming up over the next few weeks. Boarder conferences are scheduled for next week and day students tutor conferences are scheduled for Week 5. Setting up or renewing a relationship with your child’s tutor is critical at this time of year… they are the people who will oversee your child’s well-being and academic programme throughout the year.

NCEA Results

Once again, this year we are very pleased with our results released last week and for our students who have achieved their goals. Many students have achieved outstanding success, with 206 Excellence endorsements across Levels 1, 2 and 3.

There were many Merit and individual subject endorsements, and more detailed statistics will be provided in coming weeks.

90% gained UE

206 total at all Levels

243 total at all Levels

NCEA overall achievement results were also pleasing

Excellence Endorsements

Merit Endorsements

99.1% at Level 1

68 at Level 1

95 at Level 1

98.1% at Level 2

85 at Level 2

77 at Level 2

96% at Level 3

53 at Level 3

71 at Level 3

Students who gained a Level 3 Excellence endorsement will be invited back to the Academic Awards Assembly on Friday 15 February to receive the Board of Governors’ Excellence Scholarship.

Strategic/Annual Planning

Our College annual planning and reporting process is an important aspect of our business and is the way we hold ourselves accountable and focus on continuous improvement. Last year, many of you will be aware that we fully reviewed our five-year Strategic Plan, including parent feedback by way of an online survey and focus group interviews with over 90 students, parents, and staff.

This comprehensive process has resulted in the blueprint for our future Framing our Future – 2019/2023. With this document we have identified six strategic priorities for the coming years. A hard copy of this document will be given to you at various events over the next few weeks, but in the meantime click here to read the online version.

Click here to view our new Whole School Goals for 2019 which have now been confirmed.

We are looking forward to progressing our goals throughout 2019, some of which are a response to feedback from students and parents. At the heart of our vision for the next phase of St Andrew’s development is our ongoing commitment to student and staff well-being, which we believe underpins the ability for all people to flourish.

As your child begins a new school year, you will have contact with new teachers or staff. Sometimes it can be difficult to know who to contact, should you have a concern. Usually, the right person will be your child’s classroom teacher in the Preparatory School, and tutor or Dean in the Secondary School. Alternatively, it may be the Head of Middle School, Head of Senior College, Head of Secondary School, Principal of Preparatory School, Head of Guidance or the College Chaplain.

Staff can be most easily contacted via email. Click here view all the College staff email addresses, or click here to visit the key staff page on our College website.

If your concerns cannot be resolved by any of the above, someone from Executive will be available to you.

I look forward to meeting up with you when the school year begins.


Ngā mihi nui, 

Christine Leighton

On Strowan - Volume 14 // Issue 1 // 25 January 2019