St Andrew's College

St Andrew’s College is an independent co-educational school offering Pre-school to Year 13 education. We welcome day, boarding and international students.

At St Andrew’s College we offer a diverse range of opportunities across academic, sporting, cultural and service areas. At StAC we nurture and challenge pupils to become exceptional achievers.

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04/06/2024

📣 Exciting news! Molly-Belle Morrow, a St Andrew's College Year 13 student, has been selected to represent New Zealand 🥳🇳🇿 .

She will be competing in the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships (AJVC) as part of the Junior New Zealand Women’s Development Team 🏐🙌. The Championships will take place in Adelaide.

Congratulations Molly! We’re incredibly proud of your achievement👏.

Photos from St Andrew's College's post 03/06/2024

Last the weekend, our talented Media students from Years 9–11 embarked on an exhilarating journey – the 48Hours film competition! 🎬🌟

In this unique challenge, teams of filmmakers have a mere 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film. It’s not just about speed; it’s a test of creativity and teamwork. 🎥

🎭 Our students were assigned the genre of ‘The Animal Adventure’, and they embraced it wholeheartedly with an imaginative time-traveling story. ⏳🐾

🎉 The 48Hours Film Festival is New Zealand’s largest guerrilla filmmaking competition, attracting both first-time filmmakers and seasoned directors. The thrill of seeing their work on the big screen, networking with fellow film enthusiasts, and competing for prizes made it an unforgettable experience for our ākonga! 🏆🎞️

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Last Sunday, our talented St Andrew’s College Pipe Band students took centre stage on the solo boards. The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury hosted their first solo piping event of the indoor season right here at our campus in the Spiro Science and Mathematics Centre. For many students, it marked their first solo performance since December last year. 🎶

Not to be outdone, the Canterbury Drummers Club also kicked off their year with a competition in the same venue. Our drumming students seized the opportunity to showcase their skills! 🥁

🎼 But that’s not all! Pipers Sam Foote (Year 11) and Finlay Trewinnard (Year 9) graced the Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Founders’ Day Celebrations last Monday. With connections to Rangi Ruru through their sisters, Annie and Ruby, these pipers delivered outstanding performances. 👏

Photos from St Andrew's College's post 01/06/2024

🏃‍♂️ Prep School Cross Country Highlights! 🏃‍♀️

Last Monday, our Preparatory School hosted its annual Cross Country event. The anticipation leading up to the day was palpable, with students diligently practicing both at home and with their classroom teachers during PE lessons. 🌟

With a diverse range of goals in mind, our young athletes gave it their all on the course. Whether aiming for a personal best or simply enjoying the thrill of the run, each student showcased their determination and resilience. 💪

As a College, we couldn’t be prouder of every participant who laced up their sneakers and took on the challenge. 🎉 A heartfelt thank you to our marshals, the dedicated Maintenance Team, teachers, support staff, and management for making this event a success! 🙌

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Whakamihi to our new Canterbury reps!

We’re thrilled to announce that our talented students have been selected for representative sports teams in Canterbury, in cricket, ice hockey and hockey! 🏑🏏🏒

🏏 Daisy Thake (Year 11) has been selected for the Canterbury U17 indoor cricket team. 🏏🙌

🏒 Ming Macarthy is our youngest new rep, currently in Year 5, and has made the U15 Canterbury Ice Hockey representative squad for 2024. 🌟

We have a number of hockey reps in the following squads:

🔴 Canterbury U18A: Benjamin Harford and Henrietta Nation (both Year 13);

⚫ Canterbury U18B: Annabelle Barker, Lila Waghorn (both Year 11), Edward Connolly, Liam Hall, Lucas Munt, Connor Sharp, Sophia Voice (all Year 12), Jackson Hodgkinson (Year 13)

🌟 Canterbury Development: Thomas Gough, Katherine Simcock (both Year 12), Lewis Tavendale, Olivia Ratcliffe (both Year 11)

🏆 The Canterbury U18A Women will compete in the National U18 Women’s Tournament in Christchurch from 7–13 July. The Canterbury U18A Men will compete in the National U18 Men’s Tournament in Hawke’s Bay on the same dates. Both teams will play in the Mainland Cup over King’s Birthday Weekend in Dunedin. 🎈

30/05/2024

ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW RECTOR APPOINTED AT ST ANDREW’S COLLEGE

The St Andrew’s College Board of Governors is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Wilson as the new Rector of the College. Mark will assume his position in January 2025, following the retirement of our current Rector, Christine Leighton, who has served with distinction.

Mark’s most recent role as the Executive Principal of Kristin School, a prominent co-educational independent school on Auckland’s North Shore, has equipped him with invaluable insights into the co-ed independent school environment. His decade-long tenure as Principal of Cashmere High School further attests to his understanding of the educational landscape in his hometown of Christchurch.

Board Chair, Felicity Odlin says, “Mark has a wealth of experience as an educator, leader, strategist, and communicator, who for the last 15 years has made a positive impact leading two large co-educational schools. St Andrew’s is in great heart, and we are confident Mark will continue to build on the College’s strong foundations, while fostering our long tradition of academic, sporting, and cultural excellence, and growing well-rounded young people who flourish in the world beyond school.”

Outside of work, Mark and his wife, Judi, are active and family oriented. Mark’s passion for sports, including football at a high level, aligns with his commitment to supporting St Andrew’s students to nurture their talents.

We eagerly anticipate Mark’s arrival in January 2025 and look forward to working with our current Rector, Christine Leighton for the remainder of the year. Together, we embark on an exciting new chapter for St Andrew’s College to continue realising our shared vision of 'Together, building better people, for life'. 🌟

Please read the full announcement here: https://stac.nz/RectorAppointment

Photos from St Andrew's College's post 29/05/2024

🎤 Staccoro and Stacchorus choirs, two barbershops, and a new Senior Quartet dazzled at the annual lunch-hour choral concert hosted by St Mary's Pro-Cathedral. 🎼 The audience was captivated by a delightful piano trio and a combined performance of “The Water is Wide” with “Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie.” 🙌🏼👏🏼🎵

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🎉 Adventure Racing Success! 🎉

🏆 Our St Andrew’s College Adventure Race team recently took part in the Hillary Challenge Qualifier, and we’re thrilled to announce that we’re one of the top five teams advancing to the final! 🌟 The final will be held in October at the Hillary Outdoor Centre in Tongariro National Park. This tough five-day experience includes team-building activities, an overnight tramping expedition, and an adventure race. 💪

🌄 During the holidays, the South Island Secondary Schools’ Adventure Race unfolded in Kaikoura. Our St Andrew’s College teams gave it their all. In the 12-hour Senior Mixed race, the StAC Prickly Thistles team (Adam MacFarlane (Year 12), Joshua Morrow, Toby Wilson, and Abigail Scott-Douglas (all Year 11)) secured an impressive second place! 🥈 Some team members had never tackled a 12-hour race before, making this achievement even more remarkable. In the six-hour race, our St Andrew’s team, consisting of Elliot Graves (Year 13), Isabella Cody (Year 12), and Kupa Rule (Year 11), finished a commendable 18th. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

👏Year 11 student Lucy Moore also competed in the Kaikoura Adventure Race, alongside a friend as “Team McMoore.” They conquered the three-hour race, clinching first place among the Girls’ teams and second place overall in the school competition.

Way to go to all our intrepid competitors! 🙌🌟

26/05/2024

We’re thrilled to announce that the following students have been selected to play in the South Island King’s Birthday Tournament in Christchurch following selection to Christchurch Netball Centre Representative teams! 🏐👑

🔴 U16 Red Team: Hannah Papali'i Taimalelagi Malietoa and Saige Maraki (both Year 11)
⚫ U16 Black Team: Makenzie Disher, Hannah Radford, Emma Bailey (all Year 10)

Ka pai Hannah, Saige, Makenzie, Hannah and Emma! 🌟

25/05/2024

Our talented equestrian, Georgia Lewis (Year 11), has been chosen to represent New Zealand at the Asia and Pacific Cup for Show Jumping! 🏇🌏

She is in Fuzhou, China this week as part of the team of four 15- to 17-year-olds. 🌟

Congratulations Georgia, we are rooting for you! 👏

24/05/2024

Year 11 students Hannah Withers and Ellie Zhou have achieved something remarkable – they were selected as part of the team of four to represent New Zealand at the European Girls Olympiad in Informatics (EGOI)! 🌟

Although it is intended only for European teams, a limited number of countries from outside Europe are invited, and New Zealand is one of them.

Let’s cheer them on as they represent New Zealand and St Andrew's College with pride at the end of July in the Netherlands! 🚀💻

23/05/2024

Come along and see 'The Aurora Stone', a delightful show performed by all Year 7 and 8 ākonga! 💎✨ This musical script and lyrics have been written by Preparatory School students, with music written by Year 13 Music students.

The Aurora Stone is a mystical crystal that fell from the sky and brought peace to two fighting realms. After a mishap with the stone, three children must find out if they are the chosen ones to return the stone and help the people of Norina. Will they be able to fulfil the prophecy?

Tickets now on sale! Four shows: Monday 24, Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26 and Friday 26 June. 🎭 To purchase tickets, go to https://stac.nz/TheAuroraStone.

Photos from St Andrew's College's post 22/05/2024

Last week, nine St Andrew's College talented athletes gave it their all at the Canterbury Schools Road Race Championships! 🏆 Here are the highlights:

🥇 Sophie Lampe (Year 10) won the U16 Girls’ race, with Abigail Scott-Douglas (Year 11) in eighth place.

🥈 Four St Andrew’s College students competed in the U16 Boys’ race, finishing second. Kupa Rule (Year 11) placed fourth, with Hugo Lewis (Year 10) 13th, Samuel Hardy (Year 10) 15th, and Sam Wilton (Year 10) 16th.

🏃‍♀️Hannah Hughes (Year 13) was our solo Senior female competitor finishing in fifth place.

🏃‍♂️ Elliot Graves (Year 13) was seventh and Cohnor Walsh (Year 11) 12th in the 4km Senior Boys’ event.

Congratulations to all our runners! 🏅👟

Photos from St Andrew's College's post 21/05/2024

We are incredibly proud of our Senior College students and their slick, energised production of 'Legally Blonde', which wrapped last Saturday! The show sold-out very quickly and had audience members captivated every night, which is no surprise considering the high-class performances of the cast, the talented band, the backstage crew, and every individual who worked tirelessly to make this show a massive hit. 🌟

A very big thank you to Director Laurence Wiseman, Musical Director Duncan Ferguson, Choreographer Hana Pearce (OC 2019), Production Manager Ginnie Thorner, and every member of the staff and crew for their exceptional mahi. What a perfect production, full of humour, energy and heart, to inaugurate the brand new Ngā Toi Performing Arts Centre and Gough Family Theatre! 🎭

We have received glowing reviews and praise from patrons and we want everyone involved to know how amazing this production has been. 💗🌸🎶 Whakamihi to you all! 👏

Photos from St Andrew's College's post 20/05/2024

Over the school holiday break two student groups embarked on an unforgettable journey to Greece and Italy for a Classics and History trip! ✈️🌍

The main cities they explored were Athens, Chania, Florence, Rome, and Sorrento. Their itinerary was a busy one, and students were guided through numerous museums, historical sights, and places of significance to New Zealand. 🖼️🏺🏛️

The group attended a memorable ANZAC Service at the Florence Commonwealth War Cemetery, and placed poppies on New Zealand soldiers’ graves in remembrance. 🌺 The main highlights for the students were visiting Nafplio, Crete, the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Cassino, the Colosseum, and the ancient city of Pompeii. Our ākonga returned with memories to last a lifetime! 🎉📸

20/05/2024

Our students, like many students worldwide, are having increasingly interrupted and reduced sleep. We see sleep as a major underpinning factor that can either boost or hinder student potential. 💤

Our guest speaker for this StACTalk, Dr Kelly Dale, is a sleep physiologist and sleep researcher. She is currently conducting a number of research projects, looking at interventions to support healthier sleep in different workplaces, such as farms and the construction industry. Kelly has a particular interest in young people’s sleep and well-being and has worked with a number of schools and universities, conducting programmes to support healthier sleep in students, staff and families.

We invite parents and their students in Years 7–13 at St Andrew's College to join us for this free informative event. To register please visit our Events webpage on our College intranet, StACNet. 📝

📅 Date: Tuesday 21 May
🕒 Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
📍Location: Centennial Chapel

18/05/2024

We are very proud to share that our talented Year 11 student, Shey Doerner-Corson, clinched an impressive second place in the South Island Enduro Championships during the holidays. 🥈🎉

Way to go, Shey! 👏🎉

Photos from St Andrew's College's post 18/05/2024

🎁 Black & Bling Ball - Silent Auction now open! 🎁

📢 We are on the final countdown to the Black & Bling Ball which is on Saturday 25 May, only one week away, and we are excited to announce our online silent auction is now open! It is being run on GalaBid and anyone over 18 years old is able to access this platform, even if you can’t make it to the Ball.

We have some fabulous items available for you to bid on, including a variety of holiday home stays in Wanaka, Twizel and Coromandel, a fantastic built in BBQ, a gym membership, delicious food and wine options, beauty vouchers, hockey coaching, Crusaders and Tactix memorabilia, and much more - there is something there for everyone! 🏞️🍖🏋🍽️🍷💆🏻‍♀️🏑🏉🤾🏻‍♀️

To register please follow these easy steps:

- Text stac24 followed by your full name (e.g.: stac24 John Smith) to 2834.
- Then follow the registration link you will be sent from GalaBid.
- Alternatively you can also register via galabid.com/stac24 (the QR code will take you straight to registration)

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Meet St Andrew's College latest rowing representatives! 🚣‍♂️

🌟 Rowing New Zealand announced their team to compete at the U19 World Championship Regatta in St Catharines, Canada, and two Year 13 St Andrew’s rowers made the cut: Charlie Butterfield has been selected into the Men’s U19 eight, and Jack Pitts has been selected as a travelling reserve.

🌟 Year 13 student William Tavendale has been selected for the South Island U18 rowing team.

Ka pai Charlie, Jack and William! 🙌

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St Andrew's College students supported Bullying Free NZ and took part in Pink Shirt Day today, proudly doing their part to end bullying by celebrating diversity, spreading aroha, and promoting kindness and inclusion. 🩷

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!🌸💗

If you would like to support Pink Shirt Day and donate to the Mental Health Foundation, you can do so at https://fundraise.pinkshirtday.org.nz/donate.

16/05/2024

Tave Stuart, a talented Year 12 dancer from the St Andrew's College Ballet Company, won first place in the CTDTA Ballet Competition (15 and Over) 🥇, and third place in the Modern Dance Competition (15 and Over)!🥉

Tave also received a nomination to take part in the 2024 National Young Performance Awards event, which will be held later this year. 🌟

Whakamihi Tave! 🎉

15/05/2024

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Director of High Performance Sport and Rugby, Rod McIntosh, was recently inducted into the Hong Kong Rugby Hall of Fame for Services to Rugby in the Asian Region. 🏅🏉

Rod's passion for the game led him to represent Hong Kong in over 100 Tests, in both the 7s and 15s format. He coached at school, club and national level, successfully coaching the 7s rugby programme through two Rugby World Cup cycles. Rod’s influence extended beyond the pitch; he served as a Hong Kong rugby board member as Director of Coaching, was a leading administrator in the school game, and an International Rugby Board Coach Educator in the Asia region.

Congratulations Rod! Your dedication to rugby continues to inspire generations. 🙌

15/05/2024

At the beginning of the month, Year 13 student Coby Goode displayed his rowing prowess at the 2024 Rowing New Zealand Beach Sprint National Championships, held at Titahi Beach in Wellington. 🚣‍♀️

Despite challenging conditions earlier in the day, Coby’s determination and skill propelled him to the final in the U19 Single category, ultimately winning the National title! 🥇💪

But that’s not all - Coby also won silver in the U19 Double with Charles Beale from Christ’s College. 🥈

Congratulations Coby! 👏

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🏆 South Island Canoe Polo Championships Recap 🏆

The first weekend of the term break was an action-packed one! Six ākonga represented the College in the Canoe Polo South Island Championships; Sophie Burnett (Year 12) represented the College and played for a Ladies’ Christchurch combined team, and Luke Cleugh (Year 10) participated in our Senior team and was also part of a Junior Christchurch combined team.

Our Senior team took a commanding lead, beating Kaiapoi and Middleton Grange School confirming their place in the final, which was a thrilling match against Dunstan A, which went into extra time. Ethan Griffin (Year 12) scored an extraordinary goal, securing the win and the South Island title! 🥇

Meanwhile, Year 10 students Luke Cleugh and Ethan Lau-Berger played confidently in their combined team, beating Dunstan B 6–1 to reach the Junior final. The Junior team emerged victorious, also becoming South Island champions! 🥇

Congratulations to all our players for their remarkable achievements. 🎉🚣‍♂️🤽

13/05/2024

Tayla Eagle, a talented Year 12 student, recently showcased her bagpiping skills at the Australian Pipe Band Championships. Competing with Haileybury Pipes and Drums, Tayla was runner up in the Juvenile A Grade category. 🥈🥁

Let’s give Tayla a round of applause! 👏🎶

Photos from St Andrew's College's post 13/05/2024

Yesterday we officially opened our new Ngā Toi Performing Arts Centre incorporating the Gough Family Theatre! 🤩🎉💙 Designed by Wilke and Bruce Architects and built by Armitage Williams, this exciting space will provide unparalleled performance and learning opportunities for our ākonga.

A highlight of the development is the Gough Family Theatre, with its sophisticated acoustic and lighting design and seating for 265, making it a premier performance space in Christchurch. 🎭 We are deeply thankful to the Gough Family Theatre’s major sponsors, Ben and Pen Gough and their family, for the important part they have played to create an exceptional facility which will connect students, parents and the community.

Another special part of the development is the Blair Gough Drama Studio, which as well as being used for Drama classes, has seating for 50 people, creating an intimate, immersive performance space. A dedicated Dance Studio will provide our students with leading edge spaces to train and showcase their talent. We are hugely appreciative of the Dance Studio and Blair Gough Drama Studio's major sponsor, Gina Satterthwaite of the Fife Foundation.

Fundraising efforts were crucial to making this visionary project a reality, and we are immensely grateful for the generous support of all those who contributed to bringing this amazing facility to life.

The celebrations included heartfelt blessings from mana whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, and College Chaplain, Rev. Paul Morrow, speeches, and ribbon cutting ceremonies. Guests were then wowed by a spectacular student performance of the high energy show, 'Legally Blonde'.

A well-deserved standing ovation at the end of the show was the perfect conclusion to the years of fundraising and hard work that went into the development of our new Ngā Toi Performing Arts Centre, and marked the beginning of the creativity, learning and magic that lies ahead. ✨

12/05/2024

🎉 The final countdown is on! In just a matter of hours the curtains will rise on not only the opening of our new Ngā Toi Performing Arts Centre and the Gough Family Theatre, but also on the St Andrew's College 2024 Senior Production, 'Legally Blonde'!

🎭 Get ready to be captivated by this high-energy, heartfelt production that champions girl power. Follow the journey of Elle Woods, the ultimate fashionista, as she trades her designer handbags for law books and takes Harvard Law School by storm. With catchy tunes, hilarious antics, and a dash of romance, this show celebrates empowerment, friendship, and the ever-stylish colour pink! 🩷🌸

11/05/2024

💐 Hari Rā Māmā - Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there, including those who have taken on the role of caregiver and nurturer in their families. Today we celebrate the aroha, care, and dedication that you show to your tamariki. 💗

Photos from St Andrew's College's post 11/05/2024

💚 Thompson House 🏠

Thompson is our last featured House 💚. Not only a competition House, but also our only boarding house for girls from Years 9–13, its name honours the founder of St Andrew's College, Reverend Alexander Thomas Thompson.

Thompson was minister of three parishes, an exceptional orator, scholar, fundraiser and visionary. He served in the British and Foreign Bible Society in New Zealand and Australia for 20 years, and was part of the Flying Doctor Service’s early years. However, he was most proud of founding St Andrew's College; he devoted decades of his life to the College and was the driving force behind the Memorial Chapel.

His driving ambition was to ‘educate the sons of the Presbyterian and Scottish community of Canterbury’, and due to his determination, St Andrew’s College opened its doors in Christchurch in 1917, with 19 boys and four teachers. We are thankful to Reverend Alexander Thompson and his efforts which enabled our College to exist and thrive.

Go Thompson House! 🟢🍀🌿🥝☘️

Thank you for joining us in our tribute to the College’s key supporters whose legacy lives on in the heart of our Houses.

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