Tom Rance and Benoit Wynn-Williams (both Year 13) were presented with their gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards at a reception hosted by the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy.
The following six Year 13 students have also had their Gold Award confirmed:
Laurence Arundell, Dougal Shepherd, Dion Vaudrey, Kaitlin Watson, Amy Wells and Lachlan Wells.
Annalisa Fleming, Imogen Fox, Jack Calvert, Augustus Galbraith, Victoria Clark and Aimee Bonniface (all Year 13) took part in the Parkinson’s Collection, raising $1000 in just six hours.
A Mufti Day, with the theme ‘When I was five I wanted to be a …’ raised $1763.50 for Partnership Cambodia, an organisation helping Cambodian young people in education, business, and Christian discipleship and mentoring. This organisation is also supported by the annual StAC service trips to Cambodia.
Amy Wells (Year 13) was presented with a Queen’s Guide Award by Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy. This is the highest award in Guiding and represents years of hard work and many skills learnt.
As part of the unit on Rich World, Poor World, all Year 9 Social Studies classes have taken part in the Operation Christmas Box Campaign run by Samaritan’s Purse. Each class has packed four shoeboxes full of things that children both need and want for a happy and healthy life. These have been given to children in less economically developed countries, who would otherwise not receive any Christmas presents.
The Year 12 Business team of Rhys Blackmore, Jemma Alexander, Jake Newlands, Emma Ofner and Harriet Matthews, delivered a cheque for $750 to Rowley Avenue School, which was part of a community focused enterprise to raise money and collect sports equipment.
Deirbhile Roberts (Year 10) bravely had her head shaved to raise $3000 for cancer as part of her Shave for a Cure campaign.
The Sustainability Council is working on a pilot study project with Amy Wells (Year 13) on her family’s dairy farm. This involves working closely with ‘tech mentor extraordinaire’ Bryn Lewis (OC 1984) to install sensors to monitor meteorological variables with the aim of achieving more sustainable farming practices, particularly around irrigation. The tech unit being trialled in the study is to be demoed at the next Future Farmers of America Conference in the USA.
Teacher-in-charge, Ellen Hampson, says one of the broader aims of the Council is to empower young members who live and work on farms to find innovative solutions to sustainability-based problems.
A group of Year 12 students organised a Well-being Week for students, which involved hot chocolates, cookies, lollipops, chocolates, Zumba, karaoke, Jump Jam and yoga. It was a fun week for all involved, and a wonderful student led initiative before the busy and pressured preliminary examinations.
Community Service Leader, Joshua Cammock-Elliott (Year 13), along with Isobel Bhatia, Siara Clarke and Eilish Johns (all Year 7) attended the World Vision Awards Night, where St Andrew’s College was recognised for being one of the top 10 schools in the region in raising over $15,000 in this year’s 40 Hour Famine.