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Friday 19 May 2023

theatre legacyIt has been a very busy start to the year, with last term seeing a double 60 Years On on Founders' Day weekend, our Old Collegians Annual Golf Tournament and a very moving ANZAC Day service. Next weekend we welcome our Classes of 1972 and 1973 who are coming together to celebrate 50 years since they were in Form 3 at the College. We also have the Class of 1983 celebrating 40 Years On next month.

I often get asked what the OC Year, or Peer Year is that we use when referencing our Old Collegians, particularly around reunions, i.e. John Doe (OC 1974). This would be the year that John was in Form 7, or Year 13, regardless of whether he stayed right through. For example, John started in Form 3 in 1970 and left in Form 5 in 1972. His Peer Year would be 1974. If we refer to the Class of 1970, that would be his Form 3 or Year 9 year. It can get a bit confusing at times so I hope that makes sense!

2023 marks 70 years since St Andrew's College and Rangi Ruru Girls' School performed their first combined production, The Pirates of Penzance. As we look forward to the completion of the Gough Family Theatre later this year, and having just watched this year's incredible senior production Bright Star, it is amazing to think just how far we have come, and the amazing opportunities our students now have in the area of performing arts, both on and off the stage. They will soon have an incredible space in which to perform and will continue to delight young and old with the calibre of acting and singing that audiences have come to appreciate throughout the history of drama at the College.

If you would like to be part of the legacy of the new theatre, please click here to learn more about making a theatre seat donation.

Warm regards

Lisa Clark
Alumni and Community Relations Co-ordinator


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More than 70 Old Collegians returned to St Andrew’s College between 17 – 18 March for their 60 Years On Reunion. 


On Tuesday 25 April, the Centennial Chapel proudly hosted around 400 guests for our ANZAC Day Chapel Service to commemorate our Old Collegians and Staff who had lost their lives in service to our country. 


The annual OCA Golf Tournament was held at Waitikiri Golf Course on Friday 28 April. The course was in pristine condition and a large field of 113 golfers teed off on a warm autumn day. Congratulations to Ross Gilmour (OC 1972) who won the Old Collegians Cup.



At the recent Highland Games, several Old Collegians were curious about the removal of 'Strowan House' as a competition house, so I asked our Museum Archivist and Curator, Pip Dinsenbacher, and she did some research. This is what she found:

The History of Houses at St Andrew's College

The confusion with Houses at St Andrew's College arises because there are two types of House:

  1. Boarding house
  2. Competition House

These two types of houses have often carried the same names, e.g. a boarding house and a competition house both named Rutherford.

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There was initially just one house – the actual building/house named Strowan, and the group of boys boarding in that building were collectively named as being associated with Strowan House. The August 1925 Collegian notes in the Rector’s Address to the 1924 Prizegiving audience that “The rapid increase of boarders was referred to. In the third term a marquee was requisitioned. The new house would give accommodation for the present surplus and would provide for 20 in addition.” This boarding house in the marquee was named Junior House.

The Competition House system was created by Rector A K Anderson. During the winter months of 1925, it was decided to have two boarding Houses, namely Strowan and Rutherford, and, two day boy Houses, namely Erwin and Thompson. Some difficulty was experienced in dividing the day boys into two houses, but it was eventually decided that all boys living east of Papanui Road were to be members of Erwin house, and all those living west of Papanui Road would be members of Thompson House.

The first competition amongst the Houses were football (rugby) matches and other competitions were held in athletics, boxing, cross country, swimming and debating.

The end of an era in the boarding establishment of St Andrew's, on 5 December 1978, Strowan House was evacuated by 90 boarders for the last time.

Strowan House no longer served the College as a boarding house but was replaced by two new boarding houses, MacGibbon and Rutherford. These new boarding houses offered much needed new facilities for all the boarders, both senior and junior boys.

Another boarding house was named Thompson in 1978. By 1983, it was described as "a friendlier and a more enjoyable place”.

Rector, Ian Galloway, said of the houses in his 1978 Prizegiving address:

"It would be fitting to mention the exciting prospect which will open up with the building of the new boarding houses. The three Houses, Rutherford, Thompson and MacGibbon will have initially certain rules in common but will be autonomous.”  

The competition house system continued until 1982 when in his first weeks as Rector of the College, Dr John Rentoul decided to re-organise the houses in order to improve esprit de corps. Strowan was withdrawn as a competition house, retaining its identity as the name of the homestead block.

In his address at the 1982 Prizegiving, Dr Rentoul said:

“The Houses will be re-organised in 1983. The three boarding houses, namely Thompson, MacGibbon and Rutherford, will be supplemented with day boys and Erwin house will be a day boy house. This new arrangement will enable the boarders to identify with their own houses when participating in inter-house sporting fixtures and other activities.”

The first girl’s boarding house at 107 Normans Road was named Rentoul House. This house was expanded with the purchase of an adjoining house at 363 Papanui Road in 1992.

Rentoul House took over the name of Thompson Boarding house for girls’ boarding. There remained Rutherford and MacGibbon Houses for Boys Boarding.

The four Competition houses continued to be Erwin, Rutherford, Thompson and MacGibbon.

High Flies the Cross


We have copies of High Flies the Cross that we would love to gift to any Old Collegians who would like one. This is pick up only from St Andrew's College Reception, Strowan House. Just pop in and collect one any time.

This is a beautiful hard-covered 267-page book, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the College. It tells the history of St Andrew's College, with information on staff, students, events and activities between 1917–1992.

50 YEARS ON: Classes Of 1972 and 1973

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50YO Combined

40 YEARS ON: Class of 1983

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Join us on Friday 21 July for a fun evening as we present and celebrate this year's OCA Award recipients.

Get a group of your past classmates together and book a table of 10, or purchase individual tickets. Partners are also very welcome. 

Prices: $55.00 (student ID) and $75.00 (includes fabulous three-course meal and drinks for the evening)

Get in are selling fast! 

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OCA Annual Dinner 2023

1st XV RUGBY REUNION 2023: Teams of 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003 and 2013

St Andrew’s College Rugby Club and the Old Collegians Association invite the 1st XV teams of 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003 and 2013 to return and celebrate milestone reunions from 10 to 70 years on since you proudly 

Saturday 22 July 2023
St Andrew's College 1st XV vs Christ's College 1st XV

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GENTLEMEN'S LUNCHEON, 65 Years On (Class of 1958–1962) and 70 Years On Reunion (Class of 1953–1957)

Registrations are now open for our annual Gentlemen's Luncheon, which will take place on Friday 13 October. This year we will also be toasting our 65 Years On and 70 Years On Old Collegians. 

This luncheon is open to all Old Collegians from 60 Years On.

10.30am–12.00pm Morning Tea, Strowan House staff room

11.20am–11.50am A Performance in Centennial Chapel

12.00pm–2.30pm  Gentlemen's Luncheon, incorporating the 65 Years On Reunion (Class of 1958–1962) and 70 Years On Reunion (Class of 1952–1956), Strowan House dining room

Tickets: $55.00*

Table Bookings: If you would like to book a table of 10, please contact Lisa directly on +64 3 940 2085.

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Rector, Mrs Christine Leighton, warmly invites you to a Cocktail Function for our Old Collegians in London and surrounds.

Tuesday 22 August 2023, 6.00pm–8.30pm
The Library, The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin St, London SW1X 7DR

Complimentary drink on arrival and canapés. Cash bar available.
Dress Code: Smart. Partners welcome.

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OBITUARY: Colin Stanley McGregor, QSM (OC 1954)

Colin Stanley McGregor, passed away at his home in Glenbrae, Rotorua on 28 February 2023, surrounded by his immediate family.

Colin was born in 1936 in Wanganui to parents of Scottish descent, Stanley Earl McGregor and Mary Ellen McGregor. The family moved to Christchurch where Colin attended St Andrew’s College with his brother Bruce (OC 1951), during which he became a keen piper. Colin attended the University of Canterbury, becoming a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Company Secretary. In 1960, Colin married his life-long love Shirley Stevenson at the St Andrew’s College Memorial Chapel accompanied by tunes played on the pipes by Gordon Ogilvie and William Boyle.

As an avid traveller, Colin spent most of his life working overseas initially moving to Colombo, Ceylon where he worked for a large global tea company. Colin considered that Ceylon would be more interesting than London for his OE – and there began Shirley and his wanderlust – and the first of 39 moves across 13 countries. It was in Sri Lanka that Kirstine, was born and Richard arrived a few years later, after a move back to Christchurch. His next overseas sojourn was in New York, where he worked in the finance department within the United Nations. After a few years back in New Zealand, he then re-joined the United Nations working in Geneva, Switzerland for over a decade.

Colin’s career then deviated significantly, when he was moved into peace-keeping where he thrived in such a dynamic environment. Colin and Shirley spent a total of seven years in Israel whilst Colin worked as the CFO and latterly the Chiel Administrative Officer (CAO) in Naquora, Southern Lebanon with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), managing a workforce of 6,500 peacekeeping soldiers and over two thousand civilian workers.

The family enjoyed some great trips around the middle east, travelling in a VW camper van to Jordan, Syria and throughout Israel. Colin was then moved back to New York taking up the role of Deputy Director of all global peace-keeping operations.

Colin helped with the scoping, establishment and ‘gnarly’ tasks that nobody knew how to tackle across a plethora of peace-keeping operations including Iran-Iraq, Kosovo, Somalia, East Timor, Western Sahara, Cambodia and Afghanistan (as the UN facilitated the Russian withdrawal).

Colin retired from his last UN role as CAO with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), based in Bangkok, Thailand. He was eventually awarded the Queens Service Medal for services to peace-keeping in 2002, and spent his retirement in a number of places around New Zealand including Auckland, Bay of Islands, Tauranga, the Kaimai Hills and finally, Rotorua.

Colin continued his passion for the great highland bagpipes, taking them wherever he was assigned. He was a leading member of the Geneva Pipes & Drums, and often played with his son Richard for events arranged by the Bangkok St Andrew’s Society. One of his proudest achievements was as Pipe Sergeant of the New Zealand Scottish Regiment (RNZAC) pipe band during his military service when it moved from a newly established grade C band to winning the A grade – in only two years!

In 2020 Colin was also granted his personal Coat of Arms by the Court of the Lord Lyons of Scotland.

Colin is survived by his daughter Kirstine Jolly, and his son Richard McGregor (OC 1984). Colin was a talented, quietly spoken gentlemen of immense integrity who will be greatly missed.

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The very popular Pipe Band Ceilidh fundraiser (pronounced “kay-lee”) has returned for 2023 and celebrates St Andrew's proud Scottish heritage. Come along to a good old-fashioned Scottish knees-up for a friendly, fun and energetic night of haggis, music, drams and dancing in a relaxed atmosphere! Bring your dancing shoes and wear a touch of tartan! 

It’s a wonderful way to celebrate our Scottish heritage and help support the Pipe Band get to Scotland for the World Championships this August this year.

We also are offering the option for our Ceilidh guests to purchase their very own 'Touch of Tartan' (which comes with a complementary brooch) for the event. 

Date: Saturday 27 May, 7.00pm

Venue: St Andrew's College Gym 1

Tickets: $69.00 (drink on arrival and light supper)

Silent Auction Now Live!

Anyone can register and bid on the auction items until 11.00pm on event night. Thank you for your support of the St Andrew's College Pipe Band.

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ST ANDREW'S COLLEGE CHOIR TOUR: Dunedin and Christchurch

You are invited to a special performance...

Knox Church, Dunedin
Thursday 1 June, 7.00pm
49 George Street, Dunedin North, in concert with St Hilda's Collegiate choirs

St Andrew's College Centennial Chapel
Friday 2 June, 6.00pm

Tickets not required for this event.

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COACHES ON THE COUCH: a St Andrew's College cricket and rugby fundraiser event

Experience an unforgettable evening of sports discussions with some of the most renowned professional coaches in the game, at 'Coaches on the Couch', an upcoming St Andrew's College fundraising event for cricket and rugby. 

Our special guests will include:

Andy Ellis, Stephen Fleming, Marianne Delaney-Hoshek and Shane Bond.

By attending 'Coaches on the Couch', you'll not only have the chance to hear from these incredible professionals but also support our College's cricket and rugby communities. All proceeds from this event will directly support the College's cricket and rugby teams, so come along and make a difference.

Where: St Andrew's College, Gym 1

Tickets: $75.00 (includes refreshments)

When: Friday 23 June, 6.30pm–8.30pm

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The Waihi Old Boys Association are looking for any 1990's Old Boys for a reunion they are holding on 30 June – 1 July.

The weekend includes a cocktail party on Friday night, then a day at Waihi School on Saturday with school tours, rugby and soccer to watch, plus lunch. The whole reunion will be finished off in style with a dinner on Saturday night. Both evening functions will be held in Timaru. 

Please pass this on to other Old Boys and join the Facebook group by clicking here.

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Here are the confirmed dates for our reunions and events this year:

26 – 27 May: 50 Years On, Classes of 1972–1976 and 1973–1977
23 – 24 June: 40 Years On, Classes of 1983–1987
21 July: OCA Annual Dinner
22 July: 1st XV Rugby Reunion (teams from 1953,1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003 and 2013
9 August: OCA AGM
22 August: OCA London Function
13 October: Gentlemen's Luncheon, 65 Years On Reunion (Class of 1958–1962) and 70 Years On Reunion (Class of 1953–1957)
16 November: 10 Years On Reunion, Class of 2009–2013

Please click below for more information and to purchase tickets.


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27 May: Pipe Band Ceilidh
23 June: Coaches on the Couch

Please click below for more information and to purchase tickets.


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Regulus Issue 1 2023


You can now request to receive your Regulus magazine via email rather than a printed copy. Those with an overseas address receive this via email already, to reduce costs for the College in keeping with our whole-school sustainability goal. 

Please ensure your mailing address is up to date if you are living in New Zealand and want to receive the hard copy edition. See below form to complete to update your address in our system. 

In Regulus you will read about the academic and sporting successes of our current and past students, updates on the College, and all your Old Collegian news!

If you know of any Old Collegians you think should be featured in our Class Notes section of Regulus, or you would like to tell us what you are up to, we’d love to hear from you. It doesn’t have to be a significant achievement – our community just loves to hear about what fellow Old Collegians are doing. We also love seeing your wedding photos and new additions too!

To get Regulus in your inbox, or to share some news, please email and we can organise this for you.

To view online issues, please click here


Want to keep up with the latest information on reunions and your fellow Old Collegian's news and achievements? 

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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