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Juliet Hooper (nee Scales)
Juliet Hooper (nee Scales)

A  reflection from Juliet Hooper We caught up with Juliet at the A&P Show recently.  She had a look at our photo boards and although she didn't find any of herself, she did recognise a  [ ... ]

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Rangiora Exchange - 2004
Rangiora Exchange - 2004

Peter Mee. Photo suppliedAshburton College's Peter Mee keeps the ball at his feet during his side's 3-2 loss to Rangiora High School during yesterday's exchange between the two schools. Consistency th [ ... ]

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Rangiora Exchange - 2005
Rangiora Exchange - 2005

Thomas Lowe . Photo Sarah McNallyAshburton College student Thomas Lowe takes careful aim in a shooting match against Rangiora High School yesterday. The college team came out on top 91.1-85.0. Ashburt [ ... ]

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Rangiora Exchange - 2009
Rangiora Exchange - 2009

Ashburton College Boy's A basketball captain Matthew Trott manoeuvres the ball around his Rangiora opposition during yesterday's match. Played at the Ashburton College large gym, Rangiora took out the [ ... ]

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Rangiora Exchange - 2013
Rangiora Exchange - 2013

Ashburton College's Tessa Morrison lines up a shot over the Rangiora defence during yesterday's inter-school sports exchange. Photo Donna Wylie.Ashburton College dominated their annual winter sports e [ ... ]

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Welcome

The history of Ashburton College is comparatively short when viewed next to the histories of other Canterbury secondary schools. However, in the half century since Ashburton College’s inception in 1965, thousands of students, teachers, parents and other supporters have shaped Ashburton College into the highly successful co-educational school it is today.

Although it may seem that Ashburton College is the school that was and, always has been Ashburton’s sole secondary school. Those that attended Ashburton College in the early days know that Ashburton College was hard fought for and rose out of the ashes of Ashburton’s two former schools; Ashburton High School and Hakatere College (formerly Ashburton Technical School).

Thus the Latin maxim underneath the College insignia, the Phoenix, chosen by Dr. Ronald Baker –

‘Resurgamus’: “Let us go forward”, or “Rise”.

AshColl from above...

 

  • ‘A dream come true’ - Samantha Trott

    Bathing beauty Samantha Trott webThe Proposal, featuring model Brittane Watson, is Samantha Trott’s installation for NZ Flowers Week. Photo Tom HollowCreating a floral installation representative of love was a dream come true for Ashburton florist Samantha Trott.

    The Samantha Rose Flowers founder was one of five florists in New Zealand who were invited to participate in this week’s NZ Flowers Week.

    The brief was to be flown to Auckland, and create a scene from the thousands of blooms and props on offer.

    Each of the installations had to be reflective of an emotion tying into the event’s theme, The Power Of Flowers, and for Trott she was given the emotion of love.

    “It’s like the most amazing experience that’s ever happened in my career, to be selected, I was overwhelmed,” Trott said.

    She said the most unusual request she made while creating her installation had been for a bathtub.

    “But they managed to find one, and the colour was perfect,” she said.

    Alongside the bathtub she got to work with a wide range of fragrances and colours and types of flowers, including roses ranging in shades from lilac to red, as well as orchids, hydrangeas and snap dragons.

    She said she named her work The Proposal, and it features a semicircle of flowers around an ottoman, with an engagement ring on it.

    “The woman is slipping into a bath to admire her new ring,” she said.

    “The floral backdrop and colours have been selected to represent her feeling all the love.”

    The installations by the five florists were created in the lead up to NZ Flowers Week this week, but only released publicly this week.

    Linda McKenzie from Dunedin, Kerri Murphy from Wellington, Kath Parkes from Christchurch, and Chikako Shiraki from Auckland, were the other florists involved.

    NZ Flowers Week group marketing manager Rebecca Jones said New Zealand had a diverse range of home-grown florists who were experts and global leaders in the craft.

    “This year’s florists have gone above-and-beyond and we’re so grateful to be working with such long-standing, world-class women for 2019’s event,” Jones said.

    “It was amazing watching the selected florists assimilate their given emotion and conceptually grow idiosyncratic arrangements.

    “Each florist has her own special narrative, which is beautifully transcended as they worked to produce a broad range of vibrant designs.”

    By Susan Sandys © The Ashburton Guardian - 13 November 2019