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Old Collegians Newsletter

Tuesday 3 August 2021

I'd like to finally introduce myself to the Old Collegians Community.  I started at the College in March as the Alumni and Community Relations Co-ordinator and it has been a whirlwind 6 months!  Although not an Old Collegian myself, I am the sister of one, and I feel very privileged to be part of such a strong community with a rich and interesting history.

We started the reunion calendar this year with a double 60 Years On Reunion, which was held over the Founders Weekend.  This was generously attended with Old Collegians from both the 1960–1964 and 1961–1965 year groups participating, due to last year’s COVID-19 situation.

This reunion was quickly followed by the annual OCA Golf Tournament with a massive 140 players, spilling from Waitikiri over onto the Bottle Lake Golf Course. Chris Timbs (1986) took out the coveted Old Collegians’ Cup.

In May we welcomed around 40 Old Collegians for the first of our 50 Years On reunions.  The Class of 1970-1974 was a wonderful celebration weekend and included the Christchurch Boys High School rugby clash, which our 1st XV took out, resulting in a three-peat victory….for the first time in 50 years!  A fantastic day for the College and a wonderful spectacle for our Old Collegians to witness. 

In early June, the Wellington Old Collegians Cocktail Function was kindly hosted by Jonathan Scragg (1996) at the offices of Duncan Cotterill, Wellington, with a fantastic attendance. Our special guest was our current Head Boy, Jack Calder, who along with his father Paul (1986), enjoyed meeting fellow Old Collegians from the region. A big thanks to Jonathan, and Duncan Cotterill, for making this reunion possible.

June also saw the 50 Years On Reunion for the group from 1971–1975.  We had another 40 Old Collegians back to reminisce and relive their time at St Andrew’s.  For some, it was their first time back, and many of them commented on how amazing the facilities are, and how many areas were unrecognisable from their time here.

So now we are halfway through the school year and I have just managed this first newsletter.  I hope it sees you all well. I will endeavour to do these more regularly, so I can keep you informed of important dates, news and events at the College.

I love hearing Old Collegian's news and updates so please feel free to contact me anytime. I can be contacted at or by phone on +64 3 940 2085. 

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards

Lisa Clark
Alumni and Community Relations Co-ordinator 

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From The Rector

Greetings from St Andrew’s College

We are starting into the second half of the year at St Andrew’s College with student successes and achievements to celebrate.  Ahead of us are several events including hosting the Presbyterian Schools’ Conference this week, Winter Tournament Week, many music festivals and events, Junior production, StAC Attack and of course the Senior College Formal. 

At the recent Board AGM, we farewelled two longstanding Board Members, Bryan Pearson and Sandra Wright-Taylor both having served twelve years on the Board.  Bryan was the Board Nominee during this time and has been replaced by Old Collegian Stephanie Bain (OC 1992).  The new Alpine Presbytery Nominee is Peter Nelson who also happens to be an Old Collegian (OC 1974). It is certainly evident that our Old Collegians are stepping up to offer their assistance to the College. 

Recently some of our Old Collegians joined a panel at the Boys’ Assembly.  Thank you to Sam Crosbie (OC 2009), Leo Noordanus (OC 2018), Lewis Edmond (OC 2019) and Jack Rule (OC 2020) for sharing their youthful perspective on issues relevant to today’s Secondary School students. 

We enjoy hearing about the activity of our Old Collegians and of course meeting you at the many reunions we host each year. 

With best wishes to you all. 

Ngā mihi nui

Christine Leighton

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Stop Press – An Invitation from the Rector

You are invited to a wonderful opportunity to experience a cultural event in the St Andrew’s Centennial Chapel.

The Narropera, The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, presented by Haydn Rawstron (Piano and Narrator), Dorothee Jansen (Soprano) and Cathy Irons (Violin), is to be generously performed gratis by the musicians.

When:     Monday 23 August
Where:    Centennial Chapel, 7.00pm–8.30pm
Cost:        By Donation (proceeds will go to the St Andrew’s College partner charity, So They Can at our sister school in Tanzania

Just turn up on the night. I hope to see you there.

Kind regards

Christine Leighton

From The Old Collegian Association President

As we have been relatively free to attend events as we please these last few months it is easy to forget how severely COVID-19 can restrict us from social interactions. Until of course we are brought back to reality with news of lockdowns over the ditch and closing of travel bubbles. Fortunately, at this moment, the Old Collegians Association is still able to host our flagship event for the year, the OCA Annual Dinner. We are very much looking forward to this event on Friday 13 August where we will present our three annual awards for Service, Sport and Cultural to Old Collegian recipients. As usual anyone who wishes to attend or get a table of fellow Old Collegians together is able to purchase a ticket on the website. We are also looking forward to hosting the 40 Years On and 10 Years On reunions later in the year. 

Stay safe and well.

Meg Black (2010)
Old Collegians Association President




The Annual Dinner is the Old Collegians Association's biggest event of the year, when Old Collegians of all ages can come together and celebrate their ties to the College.

Join us for a fun evening as we present and celebrate this year's OCA Award recipients.

Tickets are selling fast so get in quick!

Friday 13 August 2021, 6.30pm 
Prices: $50.00 (student ID) and $70.00.


We are excited to announce that we have had the most successful Annual Giving Appeal on record.  Thanks to our St Andrew's College community, we have raised an incredible $111,000. These generous donations will make a real difference in supporting the build of the Gough Family Theatre – an amazing facility for current and future students.

We still have plenty of giving opportunities available for this special building which is due for completion in around 18 months.

Further information >

Thank you all for your continued support and generosity of this project. We are so excited for the next chapter of performing arts at the College.

For more information please contact our Director of Development, Miranda Newbury, on +64 21 339 707.


2021 marks 30 years since Dr Rentoul officially welcomed our first girls to St Andrew's Senior College!  Starting with just a handful in 1991, we now are proud to say that the female students make up approximately 40% of the student population at the College, and are now part of the fabric of our 104 year-old history. 

In 2022 we plan to celebrate 30 years since our pioneering girls completed their Form 7/Year 13.  Please make sure that we have your current email addresses so that we can invite you to our first Girls Reunion!  Email

Did you know...Sarah Gillies (née Maze), serving in 1994 was the College's first female Head Prefect following in the footsteps of her father Julian Maze (1969).  Sarah is also married to her St Andrew's sweetheart, David Gillies (1994).  ❤❤❤

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Picture yourself back in Years 1113 and you are thinking about your future. Ask yourself if it would be helpful to talk to someone in the field you were considering, who was an Old Collegian?

We are looking to launch such an initiative and are asking for your help.  If you are currently studying or have qualified in the last 15 years or so and would be happy to talk to current students either in person or via phone or email about career paths, courses and jobs, please get in touch.

Also, if you didn’t follow a traditional route and are happy to talk about your work journey that would be great to hear too.

We would really love your help. Email to register your interest.


If your details have changed from what we have in our records, please fill out the form below, so we can update your details and keep you updated. 

Update online >


7 August:1st XV Rugby Reunion: 1951,1961,1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011
7 August: 1st XV rugby vs Christ's College at St Andrew's
13 August: OCA Annual Dinner
1011 September: 40 Years On Reunion (19811985)
15 October: Gentlemen's Lunch
22 October: Grandparents Day
25 October: 2000-2021 Drama Reunion, "Curtains"
27–30 October: Middle School Production, "Curtains"
31 October: StAC Attack, 4.00pm, James Hay Theatre
11 November: 10 Years On Reunion (20072011)
19 November: St Andrew's Charity Golf Tournament
28 November: St Andrew's College Prizegiving, Christchurch Arena

Please view the fixtures on the College intranet for more upcoming events and to purchase tickets.

Visit the Old Collegians Reunions and Events >