Rector's Comment // Friday 21 June 2019
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PREPARATORY SCHOOL PREFECT INDUCTION
At Tuesday’s Preparatory School Chapel Service the following Year 8 students were inducted as Preparatory School Prefects. These students join the other 19 students recognised in Term 1.
From left to right, front row: Liam Hackston, Victor Sherborne, Rector Christine Leighton, William Carrodus and Henry Broadbelt. Back row: Abby Ashworth, Frank Roberts, Ava Boock-Luhetoa, Jordyn Campbell, Tanner Bartram and Jack O’Neil.
PREPARATORY SCHOOL GROWTH MIND SET
Eight students, one from each of the Year 7–8 classes, were recognised in a Senior Syndicate Assembly in the Preparatory School for exemplifying a ‘growth mind set’ and persistence in learning.
From left to right, front row: Jemma Treleaven, Molly-Belle Morrow, Joe Heiler and William Sherborne. Back row: Jaxon Timbs, Luca Graham, Ethan Fisher and Isabella Pringle.
Quartetto Maduro performed successfully on Friday evening in the Christchurch District Final. They received the award for Best Performance of a New Zealand work, and a Highly Commended. The quartet are now through to the Southern Regional Final, which takes place on Sunday 23 June at The Piano, 11.30am. One group will be chosen as the regional winner, but all regional finalists receive a Bronze Award in recognition of reaching the top 36 from across New Zealand.
The Secondary School rock band, Loose Edge – Ethan Withers, Jordan Bourke, Alexander Woodward (all Year 12) and Thomas Wells (Year 11), and the Preparatory School rock band, Black Wired – Ethan Lam (Year 6), Hayden Lam, Tama Connelly (both Year 8) and Sam McAlister (Year 7), competed at the Canterbury Rockquest Finals on Friday evening. Both bands played amazing well against some stiff competition and although neither band made it through to the next round, Loose Edge won Best Original Song.
On Friday 14 June, a Year 9 team consisting of Jack Creighton, Jin Woo (Luka) Lee and Holly Walker, took part in the annual National Junior Japanese Quiz Night held at St Margaret’s College. While the team did not win the quiz, they did win the best dressed team. It was a fun night, answering cultural questions about Japan, eating Japanese food and meeting students from other schools also studying the language.
PREPARATORY SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
A group of eleven Preparatory School students competed in the Canterbury Cross Country event on Wednesday 19 June at Halswell Quarry, with six qualifying for the Canterbury team by achieving a top 10 placement. The fields were extremely large this year due to combining the primary and intermediate schools, which made for a challenging race, especially the start which resembled a stampede at times.
Year 5 Girls (out of 120 students): Femke McLean 47th and Emma Crawford 55th
Year 6 Girls (out of 121 students): Jessica Drury 8th, Sasha McIntyre 3rd and Olivia Ratcliffe 17th
Year 6 Boys (out of 113 students): Jack Shearer 7th
Year 7 Boys (out of 189 students): Eddy Connolly 1st and Adam MacFarlane 8th
Year 7 Girls (out of 188 students): Jasmine Hooker 6th
Year 8 Boys (out of 181 students): Sam Gamble 45th
Year 8 Girls (out of 186 students): Isabella Pringle 7th
At the Ashburton Championship Competition last weekend, several St Andrew’s College students achieved highly.
Most Points Local U14: Hayley Nolan (Year 9)
Most Points Local U16: Brianna Sloper (Year 10)
Most Points U14: Siara Clarke (Year 8)
Charlotte Sloper (Year 12) was the U18 runner-up, winner of the South Island Championship Irish Hornpipe, winner of the CWCC Championship U18 Sailors Hornpipe U18 and winner of Most Points Local.
The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury second Indoor Solo Piping competition of the winter was held at St Andrew’s College on Sunday 16 June. Our pipers featured well in their performances and in the prize lists in their respective grades.
2/4 March: Annabelle Jones (Year 12) – first, Alicia Smith (Year 13) – third
Strathspey/Reel: Annabelle Jones – first, Timothy Justice (Year 12) – third
Piobaireachd: Alicia Smith – first
2/4 March: Timothy Justice – first, Annabelle Jones – second, Charlie Moorhead (Year 11) – fourth
Strathspey/Reel: Annabelle Jones – first, Timothy Justice – second
Novice: Iona Lawson (Year 8) – second, Harrison Kyle (Year 10) – third
Practice Chanter: Samuel Jaspersmith (Year 9) – third
The First XV are having a good run, with seven wins from seven games, and are leading the UC Championship. The team played away against Shirley Boys’ High School on Saturday 15 June in a tough physical encounter, with St Andrew’s College securing the Fox Memorial Cup in a fantastic 24–0 victory at their new QEII campus.
On Monday 17 June, the Preparatory School A basketball team played Medbury School in a play-off game to qualify for the CPSSA tournament in Term 3. Both teams were well matched, however Medbury School edged the game. Thank you to all those who came to support.
The Secondary School Houses competed in basketball on Thursday and Friday lunchtimes this week. Congratulations to Thompson who won the final against Rutherford. House spirit and a fun atmosphere made for an enjoyable competition. Well done to the House Leaders and Sports Council for the organisation of this event.
FESTIVAL OF SPOKEN WORK – YEAR 9 FINAL
Lily Champion-Smith has been announced winner of the 2019 Year 9 Speech finals. She delivered a compelling argument for the protection and promotion of Te Reo among all New Zealanders. Runner-up was Jackson Cole, who gave a detailed and interactive speech on the power of breath for our health. Also speaking in the final and setting a high standard of oratory for this year group at St Andrew’s College to aspire to in future years, was Lauren Whittaker, Kyri Spenner and Isaac Mander.
Lily will deliver her speech again at next Tuesday’s Festival of the Spoken Word, where the winners of the Year 10, Year 11 and Slam Poetry categories will be decided. Also, the finalists of the Senior College section will compete for the Mark Ellerm Memorial Cup. All members of the St Andrew’s College community are warmly invited to this event in The Green Centre on Tuesday 25 June at 7.00pm.
Milla Newbury (Year 10) competed in figure skating at the Winter Whirl Alpine Trophy 2019 in Christchurch on Sunday 16 June, placing first in the Basic Novice Ladies’ Free Skate.
The New Zealand Cross Country Championships were held in Timaru on Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 June, with eight St Andrew’s College students competing. Payton Kimber-Reynolds (Year 9) finished 27th in the Year 9 girls' race and Aryton Shadbolt (Year 13) 20th equal in the Senior boys. Aryton was also part of a team which placed second in the Senior boys’ relay representing Canterbury. Eva Pringle (Year 13) and Neve Moulai (Year 11) were part of a team which placed fourth in the girls’ relay representing Canterbury.
Sophie McNee (Year 10) competed in the Canterbury Westland Karate Championships in Christchurch on Sunday 16 June, winning gold in the 14/15 Years Kumite (fighting) and 14/15 Years Kata (display).
Ayrton Shadbolt (Year 13) and Alice Egan (Year 11) have been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ team competing for the Southern Cross Trophy against six Australian states and the Australian Capital Territory in the 2019 Australian Schools Championships. This is a week-long competition, Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October, with events ranging in distance and difficulty.
CODE CORRECTION – CRICKET
Last week it was reported that Jesse Frew and Rhys Mariu (both Year 13) were selected into the New Zealand U19 rugby team, this was an error, they have been selected into the New Zealand U19 cricket team to tour Australia in July and will play four games against the Australian U19 team.