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Thursday 9 December 2021

Well, here we are at the end of another busy but unusual year here in Christchurch. I hope this finds you all well, wherever you may be in the world. 

2021 saw us host six reunions (60 Years On: Classes of 1960 and 1961; 50 Years On: Classes of 1970 and 1971; 10 Years On: Class of 2007; 1st XV Rugby Reunion: 1951,1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011), a Wellington regional event, an Annual Dinner, a golf tournament and a Gentlemen's Luncheon. Unfortunately our Class of 1981 missed out on their 40 Years On which has been rescheduled to July 2022. We feel very fortunate to have been able to hold all of these events and I'd like to thank those of you who were able to come back to the College and enjoy these celebrations.

Next year we will reach a significant milestone...30 years since St Andrew's College officially opened its doors to girls in the Senior College! We are looking forward to having some of our pioneering girls back in March for a special evening to celebrate and hear their stories and experiences from those early days.

This month will see the beginning of the demolition of our Theatrette. Many of you will have fond memories of treading the boards in some of the wonderful productions held there since its opening in 1973. We are looking forward to seeing the emergence of our new development, the Gough Family Theatre, which is due to open in 2023. Thank you to all of you who have donated and supported this exciting new build that will house and foster many young actors, dancers and crew for years to come.

A very Merry Christmas from myself and the Old Collegian Executive and may you have a safe and relaxing festive season.

Warm regards,

Lisa Clark
Alumni and Community Relations Co-ordinator 

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From The Old Collegian Association President

As we wrap up for 2021, I want to say thank you to everyone in the Old Collegian community who has supported the College and the OCA Executive this year. We've loved seeing so many familiar faces at our events this year.

Special thank you to the key contacts in each year group who worked with Lisa in the lead up to each reunion. You play a crucial role in finding the Old Collegians we have no details for.

After what has been another tough year for most, I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and takes time to enjoy the holiday break. I look forward to seeing many of you at all the events Lisa has planned for 2022! 

Meg Black (2010)
Old Collegians Association President


Greetings from the Development Team

On the afternoon of Wednesday 17 November, the Development Team hosted a small gathering in the Theatrette for 80 of our existing Drama, Music and Dance students, and staff to farewell to our beloved Theatrette before its demolition on Wednesday 15 December to make way for the new Gough Family Theatre. 

A welcome speech from Rector Christine Leighton revealed that more than 100 Drama productions had taken place in the Theatrette since it was built in 1973 and over 6000 Drama students had performed on the stage, including a decade of Ballet productions. I enjoyed sharing a historical timeline of drama at the College, which began exactly 100 years ago this month. It was also a chance to show everyone the exciting images and features of the new complex, which was greeted with huge excitement and applause. 

Head of Drama and Dance, Laurence Wiseman, explained that next year’s rehearsals and shows would take place in Gym 1 while the new build was taking place. Michael Lawrence, who was Musical Director in many productions from 1983–2003, also spoke to the students about his fond memories of the Theatrette. This was followed by a short film reel of past Drama productions, thanks to the wonderful editing by Head of Music, Duncan Ferguson. The gathering ended outside with ice-creams and sausage rolls for everyone who attended.   

The Gough Family Theatre will be completed in November 2023. We need to raise another $1.1 million to achieve our $4 million goal by the end of 2022. So far, we have successfully raised $2.6 million, plus $300,000 pledged by our College community, for 2022. We ask those who are able, to give back to the College and future students by contributing to our Your Legacy, Our Future campaign. Every little bit helps and, as Vincent van Gogh once said,Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

Our most popular gift is a donation of $2000 for a new Theatre seat, which will be acknowledged with a plaque on the seat bearing your child/grandchild/family name in honour of an Old Collegian, or special event. We are limited to only 265 theatre seats and have already sold over 100. If you are interested in gifting a Theatre seat, we can offer a pledge payment plan of $167 per month to spread the gift payments across the next 12 months. Please get in contact with me directly to discuss your options by emailing or phoning +64 21 339 707. 

Thank you to the Old Collegians Association for your support and time this year, and by promoting friendships established at the College and contributing to its growth and development. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Alumni and Community Relations Co-ordinator, Lisa Clark, this year. She has added a new positive energy to our Development Team and has embraced and developed new administration processes to improve reunion events by using creative ways to reconnect with Old Collegians.   

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I look forward to seeing many of you in 2022.    

Miranda Newbury 
Director of Development 

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David Evans, our St Andrew's College General Manager, is set to retire from this key role after 21 years. He has been instrumental over those years in guiding the College through one of the most transformational periods of its long history. One of the most challenging times was being part of the large team who got the campus up and running just four weeks after the February 2011 earthquake and then oversaw the completion of the challenging repair programme. David has also been responsible for project managing $110 million worth of capital works at the College.

David's diverse role also includes people management, administration, finance, Health and Safety, business development, providing oversight for Castle Hill property and previously the College farm. David is also the Board Secretary.

David is very proud of the legacy he will be leaving but his experience and expertise won't be completely lost as next year he will work part-time to project manage the build of the new Gough Family Theatre and he is excited to see his final project come to fruition in 2023. 

The Old Collegians Association would like to thank David for everything he has contributed over the years, and for making the College such a special place for all of our Old Collegians to return to.

We are looking forward to welcoming Justine Scott into the newly created role of Business and People Manager which she will start later in January. Justine is already well connected to the College with two grandfathers, Harry Kruse (OC 1938), Ian Scott (OC 1928), her father John Scott (OC 1963), two brothers, Cameron Scott (OC 1990) and James Scott (OC 1994) and several cousins who also attended St Andrew's.

David Evans
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10 YEARS ON REUNION 2021 - Class of 2007

On Thursday 11 November, we welcomed back 67 of our Year 13 Leavers from 10 years ago. This group had endured a tough final year at the College due to the February 2011 earthquake which not only caused major damage across Canterbury, but also severely impacted the usual routines of a student’s final year. However, this was a very resilient year group, and during Christine Leighton’s Address in the Centennial Chapel prior to the cocktail function, she reflected on the parallels the current Year 13 students of 2021 are facing due to the ongoing disturbances of COVID-19. For most of the group, it was their first time in the Centennial Chapel, and many commented on what a beautiful space it was.

The Cocktail Party in Strowan House was a wonderful evening, with guests reuniting and reminiscing after 10 years. A particular highlight during the College Tour was the Earthquake Exhibition in Strowan House that brought back many memories for the returnees, marking a hugely significant year in their lives and one they will never forget.

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This tournament is scheduled for Friday 18 March 2022 at the Waitikiri Golf Club. The cost will be $60.00 (this includes the green fee, BBQ, food platter) and is open to all Old Collegians and friends of the College.

This is a fun, casual tournament in which we welcome any guests and friends you might like to bring along. Prizes will be awarded throughout the various skill levels, so come along and enjoy what will be a day of fun and catching up with fellow Old Collegians and supporters of the College. Winners of this tournament will be offered complimentary entry to the Strowan Rose Bowl Tournament. 

We will send through registration details late January, so get your four together!


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Peter Goodman (OC 1961) is keen to organise a catchup for you all, young and old, in Central London.

If you are interested, please make contact with Peter so he can put a list together and organise a date and location in the New Year. Please click here to email Peter.


You can now request to receive your Regulus via email. If you live overseas, or we don't have the correct address for you, you won't be receiving a printed copy of our newsworthy, triannual Regulus. This is where you will read about the academic and sporting successes of our current and past students, updates on the College, and all your Old Collegian news! To get the Regulus in your inbox, please email and we can organise this for you.

To view the latest issue online please click here


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Due to the uncertainty around changing settings under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework once the Auckland border is removed, the College has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Christmas Eve Service in the Centennial Chapel. By making the decision now, we hope that you will be able to make alternative arrangements for this special service.



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. 

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18 March: Founders Day
18-19 March: 60 Years On Reunion – Class of 1962
18 March: 30 Years of Girls Celebration: Leavers of 1992-2000, Head Girls and Deputy Head Girls from 2001 to today.
18 March: OCA Golf Tournament
25 April: ANZAC Day Service
27-28 May: 50 Years On Reunion – Class of 1972
2 June: Auckland Regional Reunion
18 June: 1st XV Rugby Reunion vs Shirley Boys High School: Teams of 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982,1992, 2002 and 2012
1-2 July: 40 Years On Reunion – Classes of 1981 and 1982
10 August: OCA Annual General Meeting
12 August: OCA Annual Dinner
16 September: Dunedin Regional Reunion
14 October: Gentlemen's Luncheon
10 November: 10 Years On Reunion – Class of 2008

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

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