Term 3 - End of Term 3 Assembly Friday 22 September 2017
Last week was te wiki o te Reo Maori and it is most appropriate that this morning we have begun our assembly with the haka and waiata from the students in years 4 - 11 who last night performed so well at the Tuhono Festival. Congratulations to you all for you fantastic performances. The year 4 – 6 students won the action song trophy and the year 7 – 11 group won the waiata trophy.
Pai mahi ki a koutou katoa
Let’s give our kappa haka another round of applause as they leave the stage.
Today marks the end of another busy term which has seen all of you involved with cultural, sporting, service and academic activities with some outstanding results. We have enjoyed an International Assembly, Boarder’s Assembly and Cultural Assembly all of which have celebrated incredible talent and commitment.
It is four weeks since our last assembly and this morning’s focus is on winter sports awards and particularly on Winter Tournament week and some significant cultural awards.
But before we move onto that I want to acknowledge some of the events over the last four weeks…
An incredible Dance Revue delighted audiences over two nights – well done Sophie and your talented dancers… the Prep production the FAWE Elements featuring all our year 7 and 8 students, was an example of creativity, imagination, clever scriptwriting, acting and creative dance…
Last week’s Film Festival was an incredible display of technical skill, innovative thinking, team work, emotive drama and wonderful entertainment…
I must admit, despite attending these occasions every year I was blown away by standard of this year’s events.
And on the subject of outstanding I must mention the Theatre Fest play written and directed by year 13 student Paris Porter, which the team took to Wellington last weekend… to be rewarded with three top prizes.
None of these successes come without commitment, tenacity and sheer hard work… I and all your teachers know how busy you all are but somehow you make time for other things that really matter…
A couple of things have particularly impressed me over the last couple of weeks have been, the money raised through the Community Service Leaders for World Vision… over $22, 000 and also the effort put into the production of the student magazine Thistledown. Lead by Lizzie Stevenson, Angela Deng and the Prefect team, this magazine was a Prefect initiative by students for students. I hope you have all taken time to enjoy it.
One of the extra things that a number of you take on is the Duke of Edinburgh Hilary Awards. This morning it is my great pleasure to announce the completion of a Gold Award by our Head Boy Angus Syme.
Angus is the second student this year to complete his gold award and we are expecting another four golds to be confirmed by Prize-giving.
Congratulations Angus. To complete this award as a year 13 student, particularly with all your extra duties and responsibilities as Head Boy, is an outstanding achievement.
This now brings me to a few comments about winter sports and the recent Tournament week.
First of all congratulations to the year 7 and 8 girls who competed recently at the AIMS games in Tauranga. A first for St Andrew’s College and some great success amongst very tough competition.
Congratulations too to all of you who have competed in a winter sports team – there were a record number of teams across many sports who made semi-finals and finals with several teams coming first in the grade. Since our last assembly there was the incredibly exciting win by the 1st XI Football team in the Boys Premier Secondary Schools tournament…
Winter tournament this year had the largest number of StAC students competing ever with 14 teams in various places around the country. Five of our teams were competing in top tier tournaments.
The results of these will be acknowledged later in the assembly but well done to you all – there were some outstanding results.
I must however mention the success of the Senior A netball in coming runners up in the South Island tournament… losing the final by only five goals to a very strong St Hilda’s team and also the success of the 1st XI girls hockey in winning the Audrey Timlins Memorial Tournament – not losing a game in the tournament and having only 3 goals scored against them.
Congratulations to all players and of course to coaches and managers who put so much time and commitment into your success throughout the season.
I want to conclude this morning with an acknowledgement I received about the girls 1st XI Football team… it is a great reminder of the things that matter just as much as the final result.
The Executive Committee of NZSS Football were delighted to see your school represented at our premier schoolgirls' tournament in Taupo.
Throughout the week referees award points for each game based on Fair Play. Just two teams gained perfect scores- St Andrews College and Hutt Valley High School.
Their demeanour, courtesy and respect for officials and opposition is a credit to your school and reflects highly on your staff and the culture within your pupil body.
What a great email to receive!
So… it’s the last day of term and you have a three week break ahead. Have a great rest, recharge your batteries, use your time wisely and prepare for your NCEA exams.
You have some valuable time now to catch up and get ready for the final few weeks of 2017.