Events

Bowls Tournament

On the 13th February ‘young’ Old Collegians based in Christchurch came together and caught up at the Cargo Bar. While there is always a fine line in defining 'young', we advised that it was a 30 under event, however we welcomed anyone who wanted to attend. The StAC Old Collegians Association had exclusive use of the function room at the Cargo Bar which saw about 60 Old Collegians in attendance.

Young Old Collegian Function

On the 13th February ‘young’ Old Collegians based in Christchurch came together and caught up at the Cargo Bar. While there is always a fine line in defining 'young', we advised that it was a 30 under event, however we welcomed anyone who wanted to attend. The StAC Old Collegians Association had exclusive use of the function room at the Cargo Bar which saw about 60 Old Collegians in attendance.

60 Years On

*This year’s 60 Years On (Class of 1955-1959) joined the Founders’ Day celebrations, laying of the foundation stone (Friday 20 March) and the weekend reunion events to follow. Key organiser, Wal Scott put together a fantastic programme of events for the reunion weekend. *   It all kicked off with the Laying of the Foundations Stone, very fitting as this year group were third form when the Chapel was officially opened. They were then piped into Founder’s Day Assembly, where the attendees were honoured as special guests.

40 Years On

26-28th June saw the next “40 years on group”, with those who started as 3rd formers in 1975 descend on STAC. With over 45 registrations, this is one of the larger reunions and was great to see so many re-connections made. People travelled from as far away as Saudi Arabia, but included Australia and various extremities of the North and South Islands. The majority came from Christchurch, however they are spread afar, ranging from Hilltop to Sumner to Rangiora- which just shows the diversity that people from STAC have.

Rugby Reunions

*The College played host to a memorable rugby reunion when it welcomed back the 1st** **XV teams from 1995, 1985, 1975 and 1965, along with a couple of members from the Thistle Club. *  There was a combination of ages and a shared love of rugby – many connections were made and stories shared. The attendees really appreciated the 1st XV coaches, the club president and 1st XV captain all taking the time to speak to them. It was great to have the Sports Pavilion full with Old Collegians to support the current StAC 1st XV in a rather dominant game against Waimea, winning the match 75-0.

ANZAC day service

On April 25th a large crowd of Year 12 students, parents, staff, and Old Collegians gathered for the ANZAC day service held at St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru Presbyterian Church.   It was a beautiful autumn morning for the special service, which remembered and honoured the College staff and Old Boys who died in the service of their country in WWII. The service was led by the Rev Martin Stewart.   Jack Duff (Year 13) gave a thoughtful and moving ANZAC address, which is traditionally always delivered by a Year 13 student. To read Jack’s address please click the link below: *Click here to read Jack's address[http://tinyurl.

Wellington Function

*The StAC Old Collegians Wellington function was held on Wednesday 29 July. Old Collegian Jonathan Scragg (1996), a partner at Duncan Cotterill, kindly hosted the entire evening in the Duncan Cotterill offices at *The Tower Building, 50 Customhouse Quay. Rector Christine Leighton briefly spoke to the guests, with Christine giving some insight into the College’s current successes and preparations for the upcoming Centenary. This event marked an exciting time for our Wellington Old Collegians and College supporters as regional events such as this are growing and are becoming a more regular fixture.

Annual Dinner

The Old Collegians Association held its annual dinner in late July and once again it was a night of merriment enjoyed by all. A real highlight of this year’s dinner was the range of Old Collegians in attendance, ranging from a table of our youngest members (the 2014 leavers) through to Old Collegians in their 80s and 90s. The decade ‘roll call’ held at the dinner confirmed how well represented the many generations of Old Collegians were at the dinner.

Auckland Function

This year, Old Collegians in Auckland gathered at the Sweat Shop in Central Auckland on Wednesday 26 Auckland. It was a fantastic turn out with 70 Old Collegians across a range of decades in attendance. Those who have attended the past Auckland functions commented on the number of new faces in attendance this year – a good indication of our ever growing alumni network.  

50 Years On

Account from Bryan Aitken: The weekend of the 11th and 12th of September was chosen for the Class of 1965 50 Years On Reunion. With the Rugby World Cup on the horizon and the importance of having Ritchie McCaw’s Father, Don, and Mother, Margaret, with us we decided to bring the dates forward.   We chose the tried and tested tradition of basing all the activities around the College.   A highlight for many was attending the special cultural assembly held early on Friday morning.

Dunedin Function

The Lone Star on George Street came alive on Friday, 24 July with over 60 Old Collegians reconnecting with friends and classmates from their St Andrew's College days.   Many of the people there commented how great it was to catch up with friends whom they do not see all of the time even though they are in Dunedin together.   Academic pursuits represented by students there included Health Sciences, Philosophy, Law, Art History, Dentistry and Commerce to name but a few. But on that night it was more about catching up with friends, sharing stories, and a night out before assessments and exams.

Golf Tournament

This year's Old Collegians Annual Golf Tournament was played at the Methven Golf Club, Friday 25 September. An enthusiastic field of 45 players had a very enjoyable day on the superbly presented Methven golf course. Scoring was difficult with only 2 players bettering their handicaps on the tight layout. Peter Sim (1977) won the John Hampton trophy for the best gross by an old collegian with 78. Richard Ashby shot a tidy 77, the best score for a non-Old Collegian. The Maginness Cup for the best stableford was won by Andy Munro (1974) with 38 points.

70 Years On

The 70 Year On reunion was an intimate affair held in the Dining Room of Strowan House, 4 September. Class mates and their partners arrived for a private luncheon and tour of the College grounds. Many of the group meet on the last Wednesday on every month at The Brewers Arms in Merivale, and it was noted how well connected the class has remained 70 Years On since they started in the third form.