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Rector's Assembly Address

Boarders' Assembly // Friday 28 May 2021

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Morena koutou katoa.

The Gym looks fantastic, so well done to the Year 13 boarders and parents who have themed this space so effectively.

Gidday and welcome to the 2021 Boarders’ assembly. A special welcome to parents and supporters of our Year 13 Boarders who have put this morning’s programme together.

Our Boarders’ Assembly is a much anticipated event, when we are reminded of the 166 students who live on our StAC campus and who bring their diverse home backgrounds and geographical locations to us this morning. We are reminded that our shared value of Inclusivity means appreciating our different stories and places of belonging.

But before I hand over to our Heads of Boarding, Sophie, Jake and our 40 Year 13 boarders, I want to acknowledge some recent successes in what has been a busy start to the term.

A highlight so far for this term has been the Senior Production, Chicago: High School Edition. All performances quickly sold out, there was great anticipation for the show which did not disappoint the enthusiastic audiences. St Andrew’s has a long and proud history of productions and this year was certainly a standout. Congratulations to all involved, singers, dancers, orchestra, backstage, lighting sound, production team of Mr Wiseman, Mr Ferguson, Ms Thorner, Hana Pearce and Sylvia Campbell. This was the last senior production in our present theatre which will be demolished to make way for the new Ben Gough Family Theatre, Dance and Drama rooms to be built next year.

The Board decided in their meeting last night to proceed with this major build, which will be completed in early 2023. Another exciting major facility development for our campus.

Congratulations too to those 55 students who took part in Rockquest a couple of weeks ago and to the five bands who have made it through to the regional finals on Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Most of you have been busy this term getting underway with your winter sport, there have been some great games to watch. Well done to those students who represented St Andrew’s at the Columba College and John McGlashan College exchange this week, there has been some great feedback on how you conducted yourselves which is always good to hear.

Last weekend was a big one on our campus with a 50 Years On Reunion and a number of Old Collegians who returned. Part of their weekend involved the 1st XV game against Christchurch Boys’ High School on Saturday.

Congratulations to the team who played so well in the second half to secure the game. Well done also to most of you as supporters who followed instructions and conducted yourselves in an appropriate behaviour. Remember sideline behaviour often attracts as much attention as the game itself and poor behaviour or language can detract from the great performance on the field. Your self-respect and your respect for your mates and your school are paramount, humility in success and graciousness in defeat say much about your character.

Best wishes to all for your continued competition in the weeks ahead.

There is one student who I want to acknowledge especially this morning. Year 13 student Taiko Torepe Ormsby has been acknowledged many times for his swimming and has been going from strength to strength. He is incredibly focused, and his recent results show what a great future he could have in his sport. In the recent New Zealand Open Championship results from Auckland he won three gold, five silver and one bronze medals – the golds being in the 17–18 years Men’s 50 Freestyle, 50 Fly and 100 Fly, breaking several Canterbury records. He has been selected retrospectively into the 2020 New Zealand Junior Pan Pacific Championship team and has been named New Zealand Alumni – Mako’s Emerging Swimmer of the Year. Congratulations Taiko!

Well done to all who are supporting Gumboot Friday today, raising awareness for young people’s mental health. Well done also to those who have arranged a sausage sizzle and activities for lunchtime today.


Christine Leighton

Boarders' Assembly // Friday 28 May 2021

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