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Friday 15 March 2024

Greetings from the Old Collegians office!

2024 has kicked off with a flurry of activity as we organise this year's reunions and events. Our mission? To bring together our Old Collegians, ensuring that no one is left behind. As part of my role here at the College, I focus on tracking down those for whom we lack contact details so that every Old Collegian has the chance to participate in their respective reunions. Our reunions are continuing to grow, thanks to the rediscovery of long-lost classmates.

There is something truly special about reconnecting with those who we haven't heard from in decades. Welcoming them back to the College is a highlight for me – a chance to reminisce, share stories, and celebrate the bonds forged during their school days. 

Updating Details

If you are aware of an Old Collegian that may not be receiving updates, they are encouraged to get in touch to update their details. Together, we’ll continue weaving the threads of St Andrew's College's rich tapestry. 

Events 2024

Wednesday 20 March: If you happen to be in London next week, there will be a gathering of Old Collegians on Wednesday at the Fitzroy Tavern.
Register for the London gathering here.

Wednesday 29 May: The Rector, Christine Leighton, will host her final Otago Old Collegians Gathering at Dunedin’s Lone Star after a seven-year hiatus.
Complimentary tickets are available here, and please spread the word to other Old Collegians who may be interested. 

Friday 16 August: OCA Annual Dinner. All Old Collegians are invited.
Nominations for this year’s awards are sought; if you know a worthy recipient, please reach out. Tickets to this popular event are on sale now. Click here to purchase your ticket. 

I look forward to seeing many of you in the upcoming months.

Warm regards

Lisa Clark
Alumni and Community Relations Co-ordinator

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A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD

Late last year the Board formed a Sub-committee of Felicity Odlin, Nick Letham and Stephanie Bain to manage the selection and appointment process for our next Rector. It is our pleasure to bring you an update on where we are in the process.

We are excited to be working with Graham Ewing from EQI Global for the recruitment of this role. Graham has a longstanding reputation for delivering high quality senior appointments in a range of organisations including education. Graham managed the appointment of Christine 17 years ago as well as several other senior positions at St Andrew’s since then.

Earlier this year Graham met with the Board and held focus groups with various members of our school community. This has been extremely beneficial to help shape the search strategy.

An advertisement for the role, together with a candidate information pack and welcome video went live two weeks ago across a number of platforms. Applications for the role close on Thursday 11 April 2024. The Board will run a thorough and robust selection, interview and assessment process from that date.

In the candidate information pack, we emphasise that the College is in a good place, that a new Rector will be leading a thriving school and the appointment will provide an opportunity to build on the College’s strong foundations of tradition and values alongside innovation and excellence in education.

This is a humbling experience for us to showcase the College and we’re looking forward with interest to the response.

Felicity, Nick and Stephanie.



107th FOUNDERS DAY 2024

Last week we celebrated St Andrew’s College’s 107th Founders’ Day. Many of our StAC traditions came to life including the Address to a Haggis, Pipe Band, Highland Games, Highland dancers and Scottish songs.

Juliette Newman (Head Girl, 2019) was our guest speaker at our Founders' Day Assembly. Juliette is now in her fifth year of medical school studying at Otago and Christchurch universities, after completing 13 years at the College. Juliette spoke about the importance of “enjoying the journey and the place of failure in creating a memorable life”. Each Founders' Day, the Old Collegians Association (OCA) presents two awards for outstanding academic performance. We were honoured to have Graham Dowling and Euan Hilson, both Old Collegians of 1954, presenting their fathers’ awards, The Henry Dowling and G.A.M Hilson Memorial awards. The Address to a Haggis was a most dramatic and entertaining moment from Year 13 student Matthew Lee. 

The day concluded with the vibrant Highland Games, a delightful blend of noise, color, chants, games, songs, and House spirit. Our entire school community, including the Preparatory School, gathered on the lawn outside Strowan House to revel in the spirited competition. Richard Hawke (OC 1980, Pipe Band Director, pictured back right) delighted the audience with his rendition of the Highland Fling. As the afternoon sun dipped, the Pipe Band graced us with a captivating performance. This joyous day was shared by students, staff, numerous parents, and our special Old Collegians from the Class of 1964–1968 who returned to St Andrew’s for their 60 Years On reunion.

WATCH THE ADDRESS TO A HAGGIS >
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: HONOURING OUR FOUNDER, REV. ALEXANDER THOMPSON

As we recently celebrated our 107th Founders' Day, here is the story of our Founder, Rev. A.T. Thompson.

Early Life and Education

  • born in Invercargill in 1876, Rev. Thompson’s path to ministry was unconventional. Despite missing some schooling, he became the Dux and earned a scholarship to secondary school;
  • at age 12, he left school without parental consultation to become an apprentice draper. Over the next four years, he attended night school and became a lay preacher;
  • his desire to become a minister led him to attend Otago Boys’ High School and win a scholarship for his Bachelor of Arts at Otago University;
  • he then secured a scholarship to complete a Bachelor of Divinity at Yale, becoming the first New Zealander to attend this prestigious university.

Challenges and Triumphs

  • tragedy struck when Rev. Thompson’s first wife, Mary Kemp, died during childbirth. Mary’s mother and sister cared for their toddler daughter and newborn son;
  • he immersed himself in church work to cope with grief, and later married Robina Cameron, and together they had four more children;
  • Rev. Thompson’s efforts to establish a boys’ school in Masterton were thwarted, but he played a pivotal role in founding Solway College, a girls’ boarding school, where his sister-in-law, Marion, became the first principal.

Ministry in Christchurch:

  • around the age of 40, Rev. Thompson was called to the St Andrew’s Presbyterian parish in Addington, Christchurch;
  • the social strata and expectations in Christchurch differed significantly from those in quiet Masterton;
  • besides preaching, he delivered weekly lectures on topics like Geology and Astronomy;
  • Rev. Thompson also made personal visits to parishioners’ homes, providing remarkable pastoral support during World War I and the Spanish flu outbreak.

Founding St Andrew’s College:

  • soon after his arrival in Christchurch, an old document revealed that three acres of land were allocated to Scottish settlers for a church and school;
  • Rev. Thompson developed a blueprint for a Presbyterian boys’ school based on this land allocation;
  • he presented it to other church leaders, and it was unanimously approved in December 1916;
  • Rev. Thompson left the manse in Addington, and St Andrew’s College – a Preparatory and Secondary Day and Boarding School for Boys – was established.

The Move to Strowan:

  • a series of events led to the College’s move to Strowan;
  • Rev. Thompson, with assistance from his friend Charles McCrostie, gathered small donations and secured a $5000 bequest from generous North Canterbury run-holder Duncan Rutherford;
  • exploring the property on his motorbike, he discovered the enchanting, terraced stream, and overarching trees.
  • he concluded that Strowan was the perfect location for St Andrew’s College;
  • in 1917, Rev. Thompson established St Andrew’s College in Strowan, Christchurch. His tireless efforts, along with support from parishioners, led to the College’s creation.

Legacy and Lasting Impact

  • Rev. Thompson’s influence extended beyond religious circles. He played a pivotal role in establishing the Flying Doctor Service;
  • even after leaving Christchurch in 1919, St Andrew’s College remained close to his heart;
  • a few years before his passing in 1956, his family generously donated a portrait of him, which now hangs in Strowan House. This stern portrait only hints at the remarkable man he truly was;
  • despite personal hardships, he remained diligent, compassionate, and faithful, leaving behind a legacy of unwavering commitment to God and the College.

Rev. Alexander Thomas Thompson’s legacy continues to inspire generations at St Andrew's College, where his vision and dedication remain woven into its fabric.

60 YEARS ON REUNION WEEKEND: CLASS OF 1964–1968

On Friday 8 March, we welcomed back over 40 Old Collegians from the Class of 1964–1968 and their partners to a truly memorable Founders’ Day and 60 Years On reunion.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND VIEW PHOTOS >
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2024 OCA ANNUAL DINNER AWARD NOMINATIONS

The OCA Annual Dinner at St Andrew’s College is a splendid occasion where Old Collegians gather to celebrate and honour the outstanding achievements of their peers. Three awards are presented and we need your help to find this year’s worthy recipients!

The Alister Newton Cup for Service recognises individuals who have made significant contributions in the realm of service.

The Cockram Cultural Award for Excellence and Service to Culture celebrates excellence in arts and culture.

The Maginness Cup for Excellence in Sports recognises outstanding achievements in sports.

If you know of any remarkable Old Collegians who deserve recognition in these areas, please share their names with us. Your input is invaluable in identifying deserving Old Collegians for these prestigious awards!

Please email Lisa at oldcols@stac.school.nz with your nominations.

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2024 CHAMPION OLD COLLEGIANS RELAY TEAM

A big thanks to the Old Collegians relay team, who gave an impressive run in the three-way relay (prefects, staff and Old Collegians) to again win the final and much-anticipated event at the 2024 Athletic Sports Day in February. The winning team included Amiria Rule (current teacher and OC 2001), Harrison Jones-Park (OC 2018), Hugh Montgomery (Head Boy 2020) and Nikkita McIntyre (OC 2023).

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LONDON OLD COLLEGIANS CATCH UP THIS WEDNESDAY!!!

Following a highly successful reunion in September, let's maintain the momentum! On Wednesday our Old Collegians reunite once again at the Fitzroy Tavern in central London. Partners are more than welcome to join.

Wednesday 20 March, 6.00pm onwards
Back Room, Fitzroy Tavern, 16 Charlotte St, London, W1T 2LY

Peter Goodman (London contact)
P: +44 7939 623750
E: petergoodman333@hotmail.co.uk

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OLD COLLEGIANS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT 2024

The St Andrew's College Old Collegian Association Golf Tournament will take place on Friday 5 April 2024 at the Waitikiri Golf Club.

The proceeds from this tournament will support St Andrew’s College Cricket.

Tournament Timings: 

  • 10.45am – Registration
  • 11.30am – Shotgun start

Cost is $70.00 per person (including the Green fee, BBQ, food platter).

Open to all Old Collegians and friends of the College. Spaces are limited so get in quick!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >
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30 YEARS ON: CLASS OF 1994–1998

We are holding a 30 Years On reunion for the first time in many years and we would love to invite the Class of 1994–1998 back to the College!

This is being held on Friday 10 May 2024.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER >

1st XV RUGBY REUNION: TEAMS OF 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004, 2014

St Andrew’s College Rugby Club and the Old Collegians Association invite the 1st XV teams of 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004 and 2014 to return and celebrate milestone reunions from 10 to 70 years on since you proudly represented the St Andrew's College thistle. 

Saturday 18 May 2024
St Andrew’s College 1st XV vs St Bede's College 1st XV

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER >
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OTAGO OLD COLLEGIANS GATHERING, WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 2024

The Rector, Christine Leighton, and the President of the Old Collegians Association, Sam Crosbie, warmly invite you to a gathering for our Old Collegians in Otago.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with St Andrew’s College Alumni, and for you to renew friendships and make new connections. But most importantly, this is a chance to connect and celebrate our shared allegiance to this special school.

Wednesday 29 May 2024, 6.00pm–8.00pm
Lone Star Dunedin, 484 George St, Dunedin

Please register below for your complimentary ticket by Friday 24 May.

Partners welcome.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >

40 YEARS ON: CLASS OF 1984–1988

We look forward to seeing the Class of 1984–1988 at their 40 Years On Reunion being held on the weekend of Friday 21 June – Saturday 22 June 2024.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER >
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50 YEARS ON: CLASS OF 1974–1978

We look forward to seeing the Class of 1974–1978 at their 50 Years On Reunion, on the weekend of Friday 26 July – Saturday 27 July 2024.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER >

OCA ANNUAL DINNER 2024

The OCA Annual Dinner is the Old Collegians Association's biggest event of the year, bringing together Old Collegians of all ages!

Join us for a fun evening as we present and celebrate this year's OCA Award recipients, who will be announced soon.

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2024 NEW ZEALAND PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND

The National Pipe Band Championships is being held today and tomorrow in the Onewa Domain, Auckland. We would be delighted to have any Old Collegians come and support us!

We are taking both A and B Bands so there are a number of times during Friday and Saturday in Grade 4A, Grade 2 and, of course, the Street March in Takapuna.

For more information from the official website, click here, or download the programme here.

KEY DATES 2024

2024 will also see the following reunions:

70 and 75 Years On: Classes of 1954–1958 and 1949–1953, Friday 18 October 2024 (in conjunction with Gentlemen's Lunch);

10 Years On: Class of 2010–2014, Friday 8 November 2024.

The OCA also holds a number of other special events and functions throughout the year as listed below:

ANZAC Day: Centennial Chapel, Thursday 25 April 2024;

OCA AGM: Wednesday 14 August 2024;

Gentlemen's Luncheon:  Friday 18 October 2024.

The Old Collegians Association works closely with St Andrew’s College to facilitate an exciting programme of reunions and functions for Old Collegians.

The 10 Years On is taken from Year 13, and the others are from the year in which the Old Collegians started in third form (Year 9).

If you would like to assist in the organisation of your year group’s upcoming class reunion, please contact the Old Collegians Association by email, or phone Lisa Clark on +64 3 940 2085.

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Regulus NOV 2023

E-REGULUS

If you’d like to receive your Regulus magazine via email instead of a printed copy, you’re in luck! Those with an overseas address already receive it via email, which aligns with our whole-school sustainability goal to reduce costs for the College. 

To ensure you receive the hard copy edition while living in New Zealand, please make sure your mailing address is up to date. You can complete the form below to update your address in our system.

In Regulus, you’ll find captivating stories about the academic and sporting achievements of our current and past students, along with exciting updates about the College. It’s a great way to stay connected with your fellow Old Collegians!

If you know of any Old Collegians who deserve to be featured in our Class Notes section of Regulus, or if you’d like to share your own updates, we’d love to hear from you. Whether it’s a small accomplishment or a major milestone, our community thrives on celebrating the achievements of our alumni. And yes, we’re always excited to see wedding photos and news of new additions! 

Thank you for being part of our vibrant Old Collegian community!

To get Regulus in your inbox, or to share some news, please email oldcols@stac.school.nz.

To read the November edition of Regulus click here.

SOCIAL MEDIA and StAC CONNECT

Want to keep up with the latest information on reunions and your fellow Old Collegians' news and achievements? Please also keep us updated on all of your achievements and successes! 

To join our Old Collegians Facebook page, please click here.

To join our new Old Collegians Instagram page, please click here.

In the spirit of Old Collegians connecting, StAC Connect on LinkedIn enables alumni to share their professional and personal experience and expertise with existing Old Collegians. These connections will help prepare and motivate our young Old Collegians for a successful future. To join StAC Connect, use the link on our LinkedIn page.

We look forward to connecting with you.

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JUST MARRIED

Have you recently been married?

We are dedicating our August edition of Regulus to our newlywed Old Collegians. 

Email us a photo of your special wedding day to oldcols@stac.school.nz if you would like to feature in this.



 

UPDATE YOUR DETAILS

If your details have changed from what we have in our records, please fill out the form below, so we can update them.

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