2018 Open Days

*Preparatory School Open Day* *Friday 9 March 11. 00am–12. 30pm* Our enthusiastic student guides will lead your family on a tour of the wonderful facilities for Year 1–8 students in our Preparatory School Learning Centre and Junior School. Demonstrations will take place in various classrooms, with regular lessons continuing in other classrooms to give you an insight into the St Andrew’s learning environment. In addition, you will visit specialist facilities for art, music, drama and dance, science, food technology, and individual music tuition, along with our impressive outdoor sports and playground facilities. An address to families from Preparatory School Principal, Jonathan Bierwirth at 11. 45am will conclude at the Open Day.   *International Open Day* **Thursday 19 March 4. 30am - 6.

Rector's Address

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Term 1 - Prefects' Investiture and Leadership Assembly 100th PRIZEGIVING  Sunday 27 November 2016 E nga nana E nga reo E nga iwi o te motu Tena koutou katoa How does one acknowledge and celebrate 100 years? There should be, and is, a feeling of wonder and celebration when someone or something is 100 years old. Because there is something valuable about time, experience, wisdom and deep connection… Deep connection comes with time and wisdom results from experience… So I stand here with you this evening and wonder how the first Rector Sydney Dickinson felt at his first prizegiving ceremony at the end of 1917.   I suspect he would have stood in front of his students and parents feeling well pleased with the progress of his fledgling school.

Celebrating Academic Excellence

Another year of strong academic results reflect the hard work and target setting of the College students and staff. Students have done St Andrew’s proud with a provisional record number of 205 NCEA Excellence endorsements across all three levels, 38 more than last year. Of those, 46 were Level 3 Excellence endorsements. It is not easy to gain an Excellence endorsement, with students required to achieve 50 or more Excellence credits, so congratulations to all students who attained this award. Rector Christine Leighton says she is delighted to see St Andrew’s students striving to achieve Excellence grades. “These outstanding results are a testament to our students’ hard work, parent support and also dedication from our teachers.

Centennial Chapel Dedication

Guests enjoyed performances from the College’s kapa haka, choir, Pipe Band and renowned singers Joshua Pike and Mark Tavendale. The dedication was followed by a full chapel service led by the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Right Rev. Andrew Norton. Rector Christine Leighton says, “It was truly a magnificent occasion and very humbling to be here celebrating our new Chapel being at the heart of our community once again. Many of our Old Collegians who attended were, in fact, at the dedication of the Memorial Chapel in 1955. They remarked how special it was that items from the Memorial Chapel have been so beautifully integrated into our new Chapel”.

Regulus Magazine

The Rector's magazine, Regulus, is an important part of the College’s communication with our whole-school community. It is one of the key ways that we inform both our internal and extended community about the profile of the College, including students’ achievements, key developments at the College such as new buildings, coverage of school events, reunions and profiles on Old Collegians. Articles on teaching and learning and the latest education trends also feature every issue. The magazine is organised into four sections: Leadership and Governance Teaching and Learning Resources and Environment Values and Culture The magazine is published in May, August and November each year. Click here[https://issuu. com/standrewscollegenz/docs/p41032_stac_regulus_april_2017_fa_l] to read Issue 1, May 2017 Regulus May 2017 To find out more about our Centenary, go to the Centenary website at http://www. stac100. co. nz/[http://www. stac100. co.

StAC100 Commemorative Issue Magazine

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2017 has been a year of celebrationand outstandingsuccess for St Andrew's College.   Click here to view StAC100 online.   Click below to view images from the weekend:  Remembering the Sons of St Andrew's  Event Behind the Scenes Vintage News Reel  Centenary Gala dinner Centenary Cocktail function Centenary Chapel Service Centenary cricket match Centenary Old Collegians' Musical concert Centenary Fete Centenary Boarders' Breakfast Centenary Staff Function Centenary Founders' Day  You Tube Channel (StAC's 100) Centennial Chapel Dedication        

Top Results in National Chamber Music Competition

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Huge congratulations to the Herzog Klaviertrio, William Muir (Year 13) and Finn van Dorsser (Year 11), together with Selena Sun from Burnside High School, who were awarded the Joan Kerr Gold Award as one of six finalists in the finals of the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest in Auckland. The group’s placing is the best result for StAC students in a very long time. They surpassed almost 500 other groups from around New Zealand to make it to the top six. The trio were the first group to perform in the semi-final on Friday 5 August in the Auckland Town Hall, setting a high standard for the following ensembles.

Young Poet of the Year

Finn van Dorsser (Year 11) has been selected among the best young poets in the world, after being included as one of the Top 15 Foyle Young Poets of the Year. This is an outstanding achievement for Finn, who entered his incredible poem An Orison to the Future Comet in the worldwide competition, which attracted 10,000 entries by over 6,000 poets from 76 countries. Last year Finn was one of 85 commended poets and he is understandably thrilled to be named in the top 15 winners this year. His prize is a week's residential writing course at The Hurst Arvon Centre, UK in 2017.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold

Five students from St Andrew's College were awarded the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award, by the newly appointed Governor General; Dame Patsy Reddy. 63 other recipients from all over the South Island also received their award at the office ceremony. St Andrew's College had the largest number of Gold recipients from a school at the ceremony. The Gold award requires participants to involve themselves in physical recreation, a skill or hobby, community service, planning and completing adventurous journeys and completing a residential project over a minimum of 12 months. It requires a significant commitment and for this reason is recognised world-wide in over 140 countries. The award is also highly regarded at St Andrew's College with all Year 10 currently working towards completing their bronze award.

2018 Information Evening

Year 8 Information Evening *Wednesday 17 May * *Tuesday 20 February 2018 * The Year 8 Information Evening provides you and your child with a important information relating to moving into secondary school education. The information will highlight the differences educationally in learning, the Seconday School environment and the support we offer for the transition from Year 8. The speakers will also explain the pastoral care programme at St Andrew's and discuss our unique culture, plus cover the advantages of co-education and why an independent school education is important. Year 9 Parents Information Evening *Wednesday 28 March 2018 * The Year 9 Information Evening provides you and your child with a helpful introduction to life at St Andrew’s, including what they can expect in their first year of Secondary School at the College.

2018 Boarding Road Shows

Each year our Boarding Road Shows provide prospective parents and students from throughout the South Island with the opportunity to learn more about the wonderful boarding environment at St Andrew’s College. These events are a great way for you to meet current boarding students and their families, as well as boarding staff, in a relaxed and informal get together over drinks and nibbles. Our Road Shows visit Amberley and Ashburton each year (which are attended by our Heads of Boarding), and go to Blenheim and the West Coast on alternate years. We also attend select agricultural events, where you are welcome to drop by our marquee to have a chat and pick up an information pack.
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