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Old Collegians Newsletter

Friday 22 October 2021

Hello to you all from another sunny Canterbury spring day.

After hearing the disappointing news that Christchurch and Canterbury will be without our annual Cup and Show Week in 2021, we remain grateful that our students are able to attend the College, and day to day life here, at least, currently feels relatively normal. Unfortunately when it comes to hosting the end of year celebrations, especially for our Year 13 students, these probably won't look how they would usually, due to the advent of social distancing and restricted numbers, but I know everything is being done behind the scenes to still make this a special time for our students. 

Last Friday we were very excited to have 75 Old Collegians in attendance for Gentlemen's Luncheon, which also incorporated the Class of 1951's 70 Years On Reunion. Our guests were at the College between 1937–1965 and it was lovely to listen to the wonderful stories from their time here, and how much St Andrew's enriched their lives. 

We have two more reunions coming up next month, Class of 2007 10 Years On (since leaving) and Class of 1981 40 Years On, so if you are in these groups and you haven't registered please remember to get your tickets soon as we have had to cap the numbers due to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions.

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, next year we are really excited to celebrate 30 years of girls at the College and we will have more information in the New Year about a reunion for this special milestone. Please contact me if you have updated details, or a name change since leaving StAC! 

I am really interested in hearing any Old Collegian's news and updates so please feel free to get in touch anytime. I can be contacted at or by phone on +64 3 940 2085. 

Warm regards

Lisa Clark
Alumni and Community Relations Co-ordinator 

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Greetings from the Development Team

We have been very fortunate to have hosted our reunion events this year despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions. We had hoped to bring together Old Collegians involved in the past 20 years of the College’s drama productions to watch one last Middle School Production, but this, unfortunately, became another casualty of the pandemic. We still hope to bring this group together when the new Gough Family Theatre is completed in early 2023. 

It has been fantastic to see so many existing students and Old Collegians take up the opportunity to sponsor a new Theatre Seat, complete with a name plaque, to assist in the fundraising campaign for our Gough Family Theatre build. The current Theaterette has a seating capacity of 190 and we are excited that we will soon be able to host an audience of 265.  We currently have 100 theatre seats generously donated for this project, and we continue to seek support from our College community.     

If you are interested in giving back to the College, please contact me on +64 21 339707 and I would be delighted to show you the plans for our new development. There are also other donation options available that will leave a lasting family legacy in your name, to benefit both current and future students.    

With best wishes to you all.


Miranda Newbury 
Director of Development 

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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.


10 Years On Reunion (Class of 2007–2011) 
Thursday 11 November (Canterbury Anniversary Day is on Friday 12 November)


The PTA is now taking orders for their Christmas cakes, with all proceeds going towards the Your Legacy, Our Future campaign, and the new Gough Family Theatre. These delicious Christmas cakes are made locally with the highest quality ingredients, and beautifully presented in a gift box.

Prices: Traditional Fruit Cakes (2kg square) are $69.00, or $72.00 for a gluten-free option. The Cathedral Cake (450gm) is also available this year for $28.00.

Closing date for orders: Saturday 30 October

Cake collection: Monday 1 – Friday 5 November, Second-hand Uniform Shop, 3.00pm–4.00pm (except Wednesday 2.30pm–3.30pm).


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On Friday 15 October, the College hosted the annual Gentlemen’s Luncheon. A group of 75 Old Collegians, ranging in age from 73 to 98, were warmly welcomed to the campus, including 18 gentlemen from the class of 1951–1955 who were celebrating their 70 Years On Reunion. For some, the Gentlemen’s Luncheon has become an annual event, but for many others it was their first time returning to the College for some time. It was wonderful to see them reuniting with each other after so many years.

After morning tea, a large group headed over the Turley Bridge to the Centennial Chapel for a short tour where they were entertained by the talented Russell Kent (OC 1959) on the organ. We were treated to a fabulous lunch and more hilarious tales and antics from the memory banks. There was one story regaled from an early 1950’s student concerning his belt that sported 15 nicks during a term – one for every time he was firmly disciplined. Ironically, that same person became a long-standing Principal for 30 years and, due to his own capers, he was able to pre-empt his own students’ misdemeanours just by looking at them! Then there was the poor Latin teacher who was partial to a trip to the Carlton after lessons, so was less than impressed when he tried to drive off in his Morris for the obligatory afternoon pint only to find his back axle had been tied to the nearest tree. During the Rector’s address, Christine remarked how much she loved hearing these stories and realised, despite the fact we celebrate diversity, naughtiness still prevails!

George Scrimshaw (OC 1955) and Murray McIver (OC 1955) delivered the Toast’s to the College and Absent Friends, and Mac Hamilton (OC 1957) was introduced to his uncle’s 1928 tennis medal that was recently acquired by the College after being spotted on an online auction.

Thank you to all the Old Collegian’s who were able to come and share a wonderful event that we were very grateful to have been able to hold it in these current climes.

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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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KEY DATES 2021 and 2022


11 November: 10 Years On Reunion – Class of 2007
20 November: 40 Years On Reunion – Class of 1981


18 March: Founders Day
18-19 March: 60 Years On Reunion – Class of 1962
25 April: ANZAC Day Service


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

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