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Old Collegians Newsletter

Thursday 27 October 2022

Welcome to the last OCA Newsletter of 2022 and what a busy year it has been with still plenty of events coming up here at St Andrew's College.

At the end of last term we hosted a special reunion where we welcomed nearly 100 of our Old Girls back to celebrate 30 Years of Girls and co-education at the College. It was a wonderful event and it was great to have so many of our original girls here to share their memories and catch up with old friends. 

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On Friday 14 October we had another very well attended Gentlemen's Luncheon combined with the 70 Years On (Class of 1952) where 90 of our Old Collegians, aged between 74 and 99, joined us for a concert in the Centennial Chapel and then over to Strowan House for a delicious lunch. It was lovely to see so many return from last year too.

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Our OCA Golf Tournament is finally happening at Waitikiri Golf Club tomorrow with close to 100 registered for this. Thank you to Paul McEwan (OC 1971) who, once again, has put so much of his time into organising this.

We will be at the Canterbury A&P Show every day so make sure you come to site L13, outside the livestock pavilion, where we will have some tasty treats, cold drinks and some comfy sofas to rest your weary legs. We will also have some merchandise for sale, including Old Collegian ties, so if yours is lost or a bit tatty we will have a fresh one waiting for you!

On Thursday 10 November we welcome our 10 Years On, Class of 2008–2012, and we are looking forward to showing them what has been happening since they left the College.

You will see we have some dates for our 2023 Reunions in this newsletter. I am awaiting a confirmed date for the OCA Annual Dinner and the 1st XV Rugby Reunion and I will publish these on the website when they are available.

This Sunday we are pleased to present StAC Attack 2022. As an Old Collegian of St Andrew’s College, we are sure you have many memories of the St Andrew's Pipe Band from your time here so please come along and reminisce with us! 


The St Andrew's College Pipe Band is hosting The Strowan Gathering on Sunday 4 December at the College. This will be a fabulous day out with a very Highland flavour! Keep an eye on our Events Page for more information coming soon.

I look forward to seeing some of you in the upcoming weeks and months.

Warm regards,

Lisa Clark
Alumni and Community Relations Co-ordinator


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From The Old Collegians Association President

In August at our OCA AGM, we farewelled our outgoing President, Meg Black (OC 2010), and we welcomed Sam Crosbie (OC 2009).

The St Andrew’s College spirit is alive and well within the Executive and the Old Collegians network. This was evident at the 30 Years of Girls reunion last term, and more recently, at the Gentlemen’s Luncheon in October. 

I am honoured to serve the Old Collegians as President and look forward to connecting with as many of you as possible.

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Back in the Christchurch Town Hall after two years, StAC Attack promises to showcase our talented St Andrew’s College students. Blending the warm harmonics of the bagpipes, the crisp edge of the drums, and the energetic Highland dancers, this will be an action-packed performance, with students featured from Years 4–13. If you are unable to attend and you would like to support the St Andrew's College Pipe Band, there is an option to donate at the link below. 

When: Sunday 30 October, 4.00pm–6.00pm

Where: Christchurch Town Hall – James Hay Theatre

Tickets: Adult $40.00 | Student/Senior/Child $25.00


10 YEARS ON 2022 – Class of 2008–2012

Thursday 10 November 2022

4.45pm–5.45pm – College Tour
Join us for a trip down memory lane. The tour will depart from Strowan House at 5.00pm to ensure it is completed on time.
5.45pm–8.00pm – Welcome and Cocktail Function 
Meet in the St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel and then to Strowan House at 6.00pm for the Cocktail Party. Ticket price includes all drinks and canapés.

Tickets: $45.00*

8.30pm onwards – ‘The Courtyard’, No. 4 Restaurant & Bar, Merivale
Continue catching up and reminiscing in 'The Courtyard', which has been privately booked for your group. Drinks, etc. at your own cost.

Dress Code: Smart Casual
Partners are most welcome to attend all events.

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Peter Goodman (OC 1961) is once again organising a catchup for you all, young and old, in Central London.

It will be held next Wednesday 2 November at 6.00pm at the Fitzroy Pub, 16 Charlotte Street, London W1. 

Password for entry is "Back Room".

If you are interested in attending, please click here to email Peter to confirm your attendance.


On Friday, we hosted over 700 grandparents at St Andrew’s College in the Centennial Chapel for our annual Grandparents’ Day. The fact that we had not been able to hold this popular event for the last two years brought out record numbers. It was wonderful to see so many Old Collegians sharing this special day with their grandchildren.

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St Andrew’s College proudly hosted the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award – National Awards Ceremony recently.

Congratulations to the 14 Old Collegians and two current students who received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from the Governor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro.

They were:
• Ewan Lawson (OC 2018);
• Lucy Cammock-Elliott (OC 2020);
• Rory Dephoff (OC 2020);
• Libby McKinnel (OC 2020);
• Pippa McAnergney (OC 2020);
• Hamish Bain (OC 2021);
• Ben Ferrier (OC 2021);
• Sophie Goode (OC 2021);
• Eva Hitchon (OC 2021);
• Alyssa Le (OC 2021);
• Ariana Mellish-Temple (OC 2021);
• Oliver Odlin (OC 2021);
• Emma Prince (OC 2021);
• Rachel Holyoake (Year 13);
• Eloise Sluis (Year 13).


Hamish Hartnell’s (OC 1963) five decades of service to the Hawarden Volunteer Fire Brigade was honoured at a function in the Hawarden Memorial Hall last month.

Hamish was joined at the Fire and Emergency New Zealand presentation of his Double Gold Star Award by family, friends and fellow volunteer firefighters. He joined the Waikari Fire Brigade in July 1971 while working for Transport North Canterbury and transferred four years later to the Hawarden Fire Brigade where he has actively served for the past 46 years. Hamish rose to the rank of Station Officer, and for the past 40 years has mowed the fire station lawns as a service to the brigade.

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Harry has had an amazing year in Europe, appearing in various operas, winning vocal competitions, attending College, travelling and performing.

He has shared his ups and downs of his last twelve months. To read his story, click here.


You can now request to receive your Regulus magazine via email rather than a printed copy. Those with an overseas address receive this via email already, to reduce costs for the College in keeping with our sustainability goals. 

Please ensure your mailing address is up to date if you are living in New Zealand and want to receive the hard copy edition. See below form to complete to update your address in our system. 

In Regulus 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!

If you know of any Old Collegians you think should be featured in our Class Notes section of Regulus, or you would like to tell us what you are up to, we’d love to hear from you. It doesn’t have to be a significant achievement – our community just loves to hear about what fellow Old Collegians are doing. We also love seeing your wedding photos and new additions too!

To get Regulus in your inbox, or to share some news, please email and we can organise this for you.

The November 2022 Regulus will be arriving to your mailboxes in the next few weeks. To view online issues, please click here

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Want to keep up with the latest information on Reunions and your fellow Old Collegian's news and achievements? 

To join our Old Collegians Facebook page, please click here

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In the spirit of Old Collegians connecting, StAC Connect on LinkedIn enables alumni to share their professional and personal experience and expertise with existing Old Collegians. These connections will help prepare and motivate our young Old Collegians for a successful future. To join our fast-growing LinkedIn page, please click here.

We look forward to connecting with you.


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



We have some confirmed dates for our reunions next year:

17–18 March: 60 Years On, Classes of 1962–1966 and 1963–1967
26–27 May: 50 Years On, Classes of 1972–1976 and 1973–1977
23–24 June: 40 Years On, Classes of 1983–1987
9 August: OCA AGM
13 October: Gentlemen's Luncheon and 70 Years On Reunion, Class of 1953–1957
16 November: 10 Years On Reunion, Class of 2009–2013

Dates for the following are yet to be confirmed:

1st XV Rugby Reunion (Teams from 1953,1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003 and 2013
OCA Annual Dinner
OCA Golf Tournament

Please click below for more upcoming events and to purchase tickets.


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