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Cultural Catch Up

From the third edition of Regulus for 2018.

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At the Windsor Gallery 2018 Canterbury Year 13 Art Competition, Chino Barrett-Lovie’s video was placed second, and Sophie Buist’s photographic portrait was third.


Anika Boet (Year 12) was awarded second place at the NZAMD Ballet Scholarship Awards held in Wellington. This is wonderful recognition, as only the very top 2018 ballet examination candidates were invited to attend this special event.

Eilish Johns (Year 7), Kate McFerran (Year 8), Charlotte Brown and Anja Sander (both Year 9) have been chosen to perform in the Royal New Zealand Ballet production of The Nutcracker at the Isaac Theatre Royal, in late November. They were selected from a nationwide audition of over 600 young dancers.

Our Year 8–12 dancers achieved a dazzling array of results at the annual NZAMD Ballet examinations and NZAMD Solo Performance Award tests, with a 100 per cent pass rate at Excellence level in the Performance Awards. In the Technique Examinations, StAC students achieved four Distinctions, seven High Honours and eight Honours. Anika Boet (Year 12), Charlotte Brown and Anja Sander (both Year 9) achieved Scholarship Nominations after being chosen as among the highest achieving candidates from Year 9 and over in New Zealand.

Dancers in Years 1–7 had a 100 per cent pass rate in their annual ballet examinations, with the Year 7 class attaining an unprecedented top-grade mark of Gold with Excellence. 

Rockshop Bandquest

Preparatory School Rock Band Black Wired, members Hayden Lam (Year 7), Ethan Lam (Year 5), Tama Connelly and Victor Sherborne (both Year 7) won second place at Rockshop Bandquest and were awarded $200 for the College. Ethan and Hayden also won the Individual Musician Awards.


Our boys’ barbershop, Men in StAC, performed at the ‘Young Singers in Harmony’ finals in Tauranga, where they finished sixth nationwide after performing Hello Mary Lou and Are You Lonesome Tonight.


Chase Jordan (Year 13) and his partner, Maddison Rath, competed in the New Zealand Open Dance Championship, winning three New Zealand titles and four second places.


Meg Longley (Year 12) and Megan Blackwood (Year 13) were runners-up at the New Zealand Schools’ British Parliamentary Debating Championships in Auckland. There were 40 teams in attendance from around the country at the two-day tournament. Also competing and performing very well amongst a competition of extremely high quality debaters was Andrew Garbett (Year 11) and Jake Newlands (Year 12). Ahead of the competition our teams visited The Project to participate as audience members at a live show.

StAC Team 2, comprising Eva Hitchon, Thomas Forsey and Oscar Bloom (all Year 10) won the Junior Finals in the Canterbury Schools’ Debating Competition after beating Ashburton College in the final. Oscar Bloom was awarded Best Junior Speaker for the 2018 tournament. 


Samuel Jeon (Year 10) and Christine Jeon (Year 7) were selected to play in the Outstanding Young Musicians lunchtime concert series.

Samuel Jeon (Year 10) won first prize at the Ruby Hay Pianoforte Scholarship.

Year 12 vocal students Juliette Newman, Iona Taylor and Louis Nel won seven awards between them at the 2018 Dunedin Junior Vocal Competitions. Juliette and Iona have also been accepted to participate in the New Zealand National Singing School in January 2019.


Jin Ju (Victoria) Lee (Year 12) received an award for outstanding leadership at the Christchurch Secondary Schools’ Orchestra Festival.


Renee Vaudrey (Year 13) and Elise Vaudrey (Year 9) competed at the National Young Performer Awards, where their troupe ‘42nd Street’ won second place.

Pipe Band 

Following the final round of the South Island Solo Drumming Championships, 2018 Aggregate Results were:

  • Drum Pad Class: Konnor Chamberlain (Year 6) The Jake Broadhurst Cup;
  • C Grade Snare Drumming: Montague Stamm (Year 10) The Brayden Drummond Cup;
  • A Grade Snare Drumming: Patrick Moran (Year 13) The Brady Swann Cup; 
  • Novice Tenor Drumming: Rachel Holyoake (Year 9) The Alex Wilson Cup;
  • Intermediate Tenor Drumming: Marcella Bragg (Year 12) The Harriet Moran Cup;
  • Open Bass Drumming: Iona Taylor (Year 12) The Ted Trollope Cup.

Play it Strange

Luca Newman and George White (both Year 13) have had their original songs accepted for the national Play it Strange Album. They were each awarded a $750 recording grant to mix and master their songs for the album. 


Pieta Bayley (Year 8) attended a special reception at Buckingham Palace in November, to celebrate all the winners of the WWI Never Such Innocence (NSI) Poetry and Art competition for her poem Lemon Squeezer Boneyard, which was inspired by the death of her relative at Gallipoli. Earlier this year, she was asked to be a New Zealand Ambassador for NSI.

Phoenix Sinclair (Year 10) won the Lois Middlemiss Memorial Award Poetry competition with her poem 1848 Woke the Nation. She was invited to read it in front of an audience at the Kate Sheppard Memorial during the 125-year Women’s Suffrage celebrations.

St Andrew’s students took all three top places in the Haiku Junior Section of the New Zealand Poetry Society 2018 International Poetry Competition. First place was awarded to Red Puddles by Brianna Sloper (Year 9), second place to A Blank Canvas by Rinay Chandra (Year 12) and third place to Her Last Night by Jaime Howell (Year 10). Also selected for publication in the anthology was Kakapo Egg by Isabella Galvan (Year 10).

At the National Schools Poetry Awards, Benoit Wynn-Williams (Year 13) attained a Highly Commended award for his poem The Load Out.

School Shorts Festival

Three St Andrew's College Film Fest films qualified for the finals of the School Shorts Festival 2018, run by the New Zealand Broadcasting School: 

  • The Hiker by Luca Newman and Jacob McBreen (both Year 13)
  • Unidentifiable by Jenna Wells (Year 12) – Winner of Best Sound 
  • The End of the Line by Leo Noordanus and Georgia Woollett (both Year 13)

Benoit Wynn-Williams (Year 13) won Best Cinematography for Leo Noordanus and Georgia Woollett's film The End of the Line.

Solo Piping

Campbell Wilson (Year 11) is the New Zealand Young Piper of the Year after winning the U21 Piobaireachd and March, and Strathspey and Reel events at the New Zealand Young Piper of the Year competition at Nelson. He also made history by becoming the youngest piper ever to win the coveted Highland Piping Society Silver Chanter, held in Christchurch. This event was Campbell’s first time in the top A Grade, having been promoted earlier in the year. This result is possibly the best ever for a solo piper from St Andrew’s College.

Campbell also competed in several competitions on the Solo Piping circuit in Scotland after the World Championships and achieved a number of placings. Highlights included his qualification for the final of the prestigious MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd event at The Argyllshire Gathering, Oban, and winning both the U18 March and U18 Strathspey and Reel at the Blairgowie Highland Games.

Louis Newman (Year 13) also performed well at these competitions, winning the most points in B Grade at both events. 

Southern Jam

A number of students won awards at the annual Southern Jam Festival:

  • Luca Vinnell (Year 12): Best Improvisation and Best Trumpet;
  • Serge Beaton (Year 12): Best Trombone;
  • Jenna Wells and Hana Pearce (both Year 12) and Kate Sproule (Year 13): Best Vocals;
  • Soul Group: Runner-up Best Jazz Ensemble;
  • Jazz Orchestra: Silver Award;
  • Serge Beaton, Luca Vinnell (both Year 12), Flynn Megaw (Year 10) and Pippa McAnergney (Year 11) were included in the All Stars Band.


An incredible play, written and directed by Jackson Page (Year 13) won two prestigious awards at the national TheatreFest finals – Best Production of a New Zealand Play, and Emerging Distinctive Talent for Directing. Green Grass had previously won Best Overall Production at the regional TheatreFest finals in Havelock. Performing Jackson’s play at the nationals were Archie Milligan, Sam Bowden Cooke and Gus Derry (all Year 11). Elliot Wood (Year 12) was a vital part of the cast at regional level, but was unable to compete at the nationals due to his role in the Showbiz production of Les Miserables.

Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival

A vibrant and skilful performance by Preparatory School Middle Syndicate students, Years 4–6, saw them win all four awards, including the prestigious Best Kapa Haka Group at the Tūhono Kapa Haka Festival.


A number of students have achieved some outstanding results at the Christchurch Vocal Competitions:

  • Iona Taylor (Year 12): Winner of the Mounsey Memorial Scholarship, Folk/ Traditional – 16 and U18, Sacred – 16 and U18;
  • Louis Nel (Year 12): Winner A. Church Challenge Cup for Song in Costume – 16 and U18;
  • Xavier Dickason (Year 11): Winner Sacred Solo – 13 and U16, Novice Solo – 13 and U16;
  • Alexander Wilson (Year 9): Winner Music Theatre in Costume – 13 and U16.
From the third edition of Regulus for 2018.