Meet the principal: St Andrew’s College

Christine Leighton, Rector

We have begun 2023 with a strong sense of optimism at St Andrew’s College, especially with Covid-19 having far less impact in the classroom, and our traditional events, plus sporting and cultural activities able to take place once again.

Our campus is abuzz as students engage with their learning and take part in a full range of co-curricular programmes. Many have been preparing for their regional and national sporting competitions, and the upcoming Senior production, Bright Star.

This return to full school spirit is reflected in our prefect’s theme for the year, ‘Blue and White, Do it Right’, led by Head Prefects, Lily Champion-Smith and Torin Ward.
First and foremost, St Andrew’s College is a place of learning, and we are proud of the excellent results our students achieved in the 2022 NCEA examinations, with a total of 274 NCEA Excellence endorsements gained across the three year levels, and 100 per cent of our students gaining NCEA at Level 2.

Our students also achieved record-breaking success in the NZQA Scholarships examinations, gaining an impressive 77 scholarships, with 12 of these at the “outstanding level”. Even more impressive is that Corin Simcock (Year 13 in 2022) was named as one of the Top 11 Premier Scholars in New Zealand, and Tom Edwards (Year 13 in 2022) was a top subject scholar with the highest mark in New Zealand for Digital Technology.
Our key goals for 2023 are well-being, sustainability, Mātauranga Māori, innovation, and student leadership. These sit alongside our learning and academic goals for each student, which are targeted towards achieving their own personal excellence.

In striking a unique blend between the traditional and the innovative, our approach adapts quickly to the demands of the present while holding true to the values of those who founded St Andrew’s College 106 years ago. This gives our young people a combination of freedom and boundaries which, we believe, results in graduates with roots and wings to flourish in an ever-changing world.

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