*This year’s 60 Years On (Class of 1956-1960) saw a great turnout to the Founders’ Day celebrations and the weekend reunion events to follow. Key organisers Don Maginness and John Rainey put together a fantastic programme of events for the reunion weekend. * It all started off with the Founder’s Day Assembly, where attendees were honoured as special guests. They then spent the rest of the day having lunch with the boarders, watching the Highland Games and most importantly catching up with old friends.
*St Andrew’s Old Collegians tennis team that competed in the Annual Janet Storrey Tennis tournament on 10 February was a great mix of recent leavers through to the 1980’s. Teams from St Margaret’s, Christ’s College, Rangi Ru Ru and St Andrew’s College competed at the Elmwood Tennis Courts. This year’s team comprised of* Simon Goss (2006), Fletcher Edmond (Currently Year 12), Michal Matson (2015), Lawrence Darling (2015), Dave Burridge (1981), Will Jones (2004), Adam Brand (2007) and John Robinson (1983). The team played well only dropping 3 sets but unfortunately Rangi Ruru bested everyone again and took out the tournament. Created with flickr slideshow[http://www. flickrslideshow.
Bowlers from Rangi Ruru, St Margaret’s, Christ’s College and St Andrew’s College got together in February to compete for the Noelene McIlroy Bowling Challenge Salver. Defending champions, this year’s St Andrew’s team of *Wal Scott *(1959), *Rob Mulholland *(1975), *Pete Smith *(1968) and *Geoff Clements *(1965), had a tough challenge to try and come away with back to back wins. Unfortunately the day didn’t go quite our way, with the only win on the day for taking out the Best Dressed Competition. Created with flickr slideshow[http://www. flickrslideshow. com].
Each year the Valley of Peace Cricket Club hosts Old Colls Cricket matches with Christchurch Boys’ High School, St Bedes, Christ's College, and St Andrew’s College, playing each other alternatively. This year StAC Old Collegians played Christ's on Sunday March 13th. The team was made up of Old Cols from the 1980's, 1990's, 2000's, and leaver’s from the past decade. Dismissing Christ's for 150 saw lunch taken with a view to a strong effort required to chase the runs against what was reportedly a strong bowling side.
It is great to see the growing support for our Old Collegians functions, and this year’s Annual Dinner was no exception – selling out in record time! This year the Cockram Cultural Award recipient was Lucy McIntosh for her amazing achievements in fashion, check out some of her collections at the link below: http://www. lucymcintoshlabel. com/ The Maginness Sports Award went to Henry Nicholls for his accolades in Cricket, in particularly being selected in the Black Caps – Henry’s parents Rick and Janett accepted the award on Henry’s behalf as he was currently away with the Black Caps on tour.
*The College played host to a memorable rugby reunion when it welcomed back the 1st XV teams from 1995, 1985, and 1975, 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. It was great to have past coaches and managers back and connecting with these former players too. Thank you to all those who attended the function it was fantastic to have the Sports Pavilion alive with Old Collegians to support the current StAC 1st XV in a tough game against Shirley.
The class of 1966 enjoyed a great get together at their 50 Years On reunion, with around 40 Old Cols attending an informal cocktail party on the Friday evening and formal dinner on the Saturday evening. The address to the haggis was completed with a flourish by Bruce Haliburton. Rector Christine Leighton replied to the Toast to the College from Gerry Heuston. It was fantastic to have John Irving and Geoff Tait join the group for dinner to share some stories. The conversations continued long into the night. \"2013-06-05[https://www. flickr. com/photos/stacschool/30730761352/in/album-72157672632653083/] Please click the image to view full gallery.
The 40 Years On reunion was held on the same day as the centenary launch and Old Cols were invited to attend the assembly. Attendees also gained a sneak peak of the Chapel ahead of the official Chapel dedication. An intimate dinner was held in the Strowan House Dining room and Deputy Head Boy of the class, and current Director of the Pipe Band Richard Hawke, piped guests into dinner. It was a wonderful evening of catching up with friends and reminiscing on College days. \"IMG_0103\"[https://www. flickr. com/photos/stacschool/30546437670/in/album-72157676281729335/] Please click the image to view full gallery.
Just over 70 Old Collegians who attended St Andrew’s 60 plus years ago gathered to mingle and reminisce about days gone by. The gentlemen enjoyed taking a tour of the school, visiting the new Gym 2 and the StAC 100 timeline. Mark Mullholland the OCA President addressed the group and Athol Mann did a toast to StAC, with the rector, Christine Leighton in reply. The group watched the Centenary newsreel and the footage from the Centenary Launch Assembly. \"Gentlemens[https://www. flickr. com/photos/stacschool/30847330375/in/album-72157672632696783/] Please click the image to view full gallery.
The inaugural 2G+ event for Old Cols who are also current parents, was enjoyed by over 60 Old Collegians and their partners. Guests mixed and mingled, viewed the StAC 100 timeline and toured through the new Centennial Chapel. There were five families represented at this event whose connection with the College spans over four generations. Created with flickr slideshow[http://www. flickrslideshow. com].
More than 40 Old Collegians and their partners reunited in Strowan House over drinks and nibbles for the 10 Years On reunion, with some of their former teachers coming along to catch up with the group. The former pupils enjoyed touring the school and seeing its new facilities, particularly the Centennial Chapel, Boarding Houses and Gym 2. A great night was had by all. More than 40 Old Collegians and their partners reunited in Strowan House over drinks and nibbles for the 10 Years On reunion, with some of their former teachers coming along to catch up with the group.
Sixty Head and Deputy Head prefects came together for the first ever function of this kind; a celebration of 100 Years of Leadership at St Andrew’s College. They came from all over New Zealand and even Australia for the gathering. The oldest attendees were Jeff Steel, Peter Voss and Ernie Poole (head prefects 1947, 1949 and 1950). There was a father and son combination represented with Neil Thomson (1959) and David Thomson (1980). There were also two brothers, Will Robertson (2010) and Sam Robertson (2015). We have great representation of the girl head prefects from 2005 and beyond as well.