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Meet the Principal: St Andrew’s College


Christine Leighton – Rector

Rector Christine Leighton says St Andrew’s College is “strongly committed” to the holistic development of its students. “We recognise each student as an individual and, with a multi-dimensional approach, support their personal development and well-being alongside a growth mindset for learning. We strive to ensure our students leave with not only a world-class education, but also the mental agility, emotional intelligence, and resilience to survive and flourish in life beyond secondary school.”
Christine is the first female Rector at St Andrew’s College and has been in the role since 2007, following a long career as a teacher and in senior leadership roles. She is a great believer in girls and boys being educated alongside one another.

 

 

The St Andrew’s community has great respect for the College’s long history and proud traditions, but is also firmly focused on the future, Christine says.

“Last year we introduced two new core values, Inclusivity and Creativity, to sit alongside our founding values of Truth, Excellence and Faith which inform the direction of our strategic vision, Framing Our Future.”

Excellence in academic, sporting and cultural pursuits are consistently achieved at St Andrew’s – the only independent co-educational boarding school in the South Island.

Christine was delighted with the College’s outstanding academic success in 2019, which place St Andrew’s College as one of the top-performing schools in the country.

“A group of 24 students achieved 39 New Zealand Scholarships between them, with one of our Year 13 students, Mackey Johnstone, achieving the top mark in New Zealand for Technology. Our students also achieved 228 Excellence endorsements across the three NCEA levels.”

St Andrew’s is renowned for offering a wide range of sporting and cultural pursuits, and for the regular success students achieve at a regional and national level.

Students also enjoy exceptional facilities at St Andrew’s College, with more than $110 million invested in the campus over the last decade.

Well-being and Positive Education are also a key focus at St Andrew’s and a Whole School Well-being Strategy supports teachers and students to flourish in all aspects of their lives.

Christine says the College’s goal of preparing students for life beyond secondary school can be neatly summed up by its vision statement, “To be at the leading edge of high-performance educational practice, in a community which values caring for others, tradition and creativity, in order to provide young people with the roots and wings to flourish in an ever-changing world”.


 

Meet the Principal 2019: Christine Leighton of St Andrew’s College


RECTOR CHRISTINE LEIGHTON

 

St Andrew’s College has great respect for its long history and proud traditions, and is also focused on creating new opportunities to inspire future generations, says Christine Leighton, the only female Rector at St Andrew’s throughout its 101 year history. “We have a new strategic direction, Framing our Future, which combines the best of the past with the possibilities of the future. Our vision is to be at the leading edge of high performance educational practice, in a community which values caring for others, tradition, and creativity, in order to provide young people with the roots and wings to flourish in an ever-changing world.”

 

 

Christine is a great believer in girls and boys being educated alongside one another. “I went to a co-educational school myself and believe it is the best way to prepare young people for their future.” She is proud of the response shown by St Andrew’s College students in the wake of the recent terror attack. “Our students showed great compassion and leadership in support of a number of initiatives in Christchurch, with three of our Year 12 students organising the March for Love. We have seen a genuine desire from students to make their world of the future a better place.”

Students at St Andrew’s are encouraged to strive for excellence in their academic, sporting and cultural pursuits, with their successes widely celebrated. Christine was delighted with the College’s outstanding academic success in 2018, which she says is up there with the best schools in the country. “A group of 24 students achieved 43 New Zealand Scholarships between them, including 13 Outstanding Scholarships. Three of our Year 13 students gained a place in the top 50 students nationwide, including College Dux, Russell Boey, who was named as one of the top 11 scholars in New Zealand. ”

St Andrew’s is renowned for the wide range of sporting and cultural pursuits on offer. Its individual athletes and sports teams regularly win South Island and New Zealand titles, and have won recent South Island or National titles in girls’ volleyball, mixed and boys’ tennis, mixed adventure racing, athletics, and rowing. Cultural opportunities on offer include Pipe Band, musical theatre, and 25 different music groups.St Andrew’s College is the only independent school offering co-educational boarding in the South Island, with boarders well catered for in state-of-the art boarding houses. A Positive Education and Well-being programme is in place to support students’ well-being, and to help them flourish and develop a broad set of character strengths, virtues, competencies and a positive mindset, Christine says.