Rector's Comment // Friday 5 April 2019
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Benjamin Greenwood (Year 12) competed in the Sea to Sky triathlon challenge on Sunday 31 March, one of the biggest events on the Christchurch triathlon calendar. This was his first ever triathlon and placed second in the Under 20 age group competition.
ADVENTURE RACING – NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONS!
The New Zealand Schools’ Adventure Racing Championships were held in the Bannockburn/Cromwell area on Saturday 30 March. There were 31 teams competing from around the country and the St Andrew’s College team of Henry Spark (Captain) and Tom Wells (both Year 12), and Benjamin Ferrier and Molly Spark (both Year 11) performed exceptionally well winning the Mixed Team category in a time of 7:19 hours. This was another very arduous event with a lot of time trekking around the hills, mountain biking, abseiling, orienteering and kayaking. The team finished around an hour ahead of the next mixed team, and their teamwork and fitness was of an excellent level.
Over the course of last week, 39 rowers headed up to Lake Karapiro to compete in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Rowing Championships, otherwise known as the Maadi Cup. This is a fiercely competitive competition with over 2000 competitors vying for the medals on offer. We arrived to hot, humid weather, which changed to wind and rain throughout the week.
This season we were very competitive making 13 A finals and five B finals across both our girls’ and boys’ programmes which is a huge achievement. The Boys’ Under 17 Double Sculls, consisting of Benjamin Farrell and Louie Murden (both Year 12), and the Boys’ Under 16 Coxed Four, consisting of Caleb Brown, Lachlan Muir, Ben Hartnell, Ben Chittock and Coxswain Alexander Carrodus (all Year 11), both won bronze medals, which is a huge achievement. George Rutledge (Year 13) also won the Simon Briggs Cup (Coxswains Cup) for coxing the most crews into A Finals.
We had five crews just miss out on the medals coming in at fourth place. These were very tight races with some crews missing out on a medal by only a fraction of a second. Overall, we had 14 crews place in the top 10 in New Zealand, which is a fantastic achievement in a sport which is so competitive.
Our College athletics team competed at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships last weekend. Many students achieved personal bests, with the team coming away with 20 medals, including nine gold medals.
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Fifty-six students and leavers in our A and B Band travelled to Dunedin’s University of Otago Oval for this year’s National Pipe Band Championships last weekend. The A Band continue their fantastic run in Juvenile by winning first place overall, with first placings from all four judges. The A Band success also included runner-up in Grade 2 and Best Dressed.
The B Band performed brilliantly on the first day in their Grade 4A events coming eighth overall against very respected adult bands. For many band members, this was their first National Championship. A highlight for the B Band was the Grade 4A Medley event and they finished seventh place overall in the Juvenile Grade.
Thank you to all parents and supporters who also travelled to Dunedin to support both bands. The final count of supporters being over 80 people.
Congratulations also to Louis Newman (OC 2018), Patrick Moran (OC 2018), Marcella Bragg (Year 13), Pipe Band Director Richard Hawke, and Drumming Tutors Jamie McEwan and Alexandra Wilson (OC 2016) on winning Grade 1 with The Canterbury Caledonian Society Pipe Band.
A group of 40 students represented the College today at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Swimming Championships. There were a number of titles and records broken and these will be confirmed when the official results are published. Best wishes to students competing at the National Age Group Championships in Wellington over the holidays.
Spencer Menzies (Year 7) has been climbing for around three years and last weekend competed at the South Island climbing competition where he finished first in the ‘Bouldering’ section and second in the ‘Top Rope’ section in the Under 14 age group. In May he will represent his club in the National Competitions.
Gemma Lewis (Year 9) competed at The Horse of the Year competition in Hastings. In mounted games, Gemma came second in the Under 14 pairs and her team came fifth in the Under 17 competition, also winning the Under 14 cup. Gemma also competed in show jumping as Reserve for the Pony Club Canterbury Area team.
Nicholas Daniels (Year 12) was recently awarded the Mainland North Region’s (Canterbury and Nelson regions) BMX Rider of the Year.
Head of Debating, Meg Longley (Year 13), has been named in the Canterbury team to compete at the New Zealand Schools’ Debating tournament in Wellington in May.
ECAN YOUTH ROPU COMMITTEE
Oscar Bloom (Year 11), alongside Thomas Pope-Kerr (Year 13), has been selected to join the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpu (EYR) Committee. The EYR is a new initiative led by young people and the Youth Engagement and Education Team at Environment Canterbury, who will have a genuine relationship with the decision makers of Canterbury and provide advice and lead consultations and events.
AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Congratulations to Lachlan McBride (Year 11) who has been selected for the New Zealand AFL Under 15 team and Connor Hotton (Year 12) who has been selected for the New Zealand AFL Under 17 team, representing New Zealand in a Trans-Tasman series against Australia in Auckland this month.
SURF LIFE SAVING
Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (Year 11) has been selected into the 2019-2020 Surf Life Saving New Zealand High Performance Youth Squad.