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Elfleda Dixon - Past Pupil
Elfleda Dixon - Past Pupil

Elfleda was at college from 1979-1983 and a member of Green House. She was involved in netball, volleyball and athletics. Amongst her most memorable moments was the thrill of developing her own photo [ ... ]

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Gemma Duncan - Head Girl 2016
Gemma Duncan - Head Girl 2016

Gemma was at college from 2011-2016 and in Green House. She played netball for the school and was head girl in her final year, a role she was proud to fulfil. Teachers and staff who made an impact on [ ... ]

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Paddy Strange - 1974 Green House
Paddy Strange - 1974 Green House

Paddy started college in 1974 and was a Green House member for five years. He remembers teachers Brian Lynn and John Lynch as having the most influence on his teenage brain; maths was his favourite s [ ... ]

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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 Brian Dr. Ronald Baker –

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

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  • Annemieke relishes Japan study trip - Annemieke Burgerhout

    ash15japan stayAnnemieke Burgerhout with her schoolmates in Japan. Photo suppliedAnnemieke Burgerhout has returned to Ashburton College after a nine-month study stint in Japan and is eager to continue her Far East study journey.
    The Year 13 student won one of just two national scholarships last year and immersed herself in the Japanese language and culture while studying at Osaka Kun-ei Girls' School.
    She was a home-stay student with three different families and describes her trip as ``a once in a lifetime experience''.
    ``I arrived in April and in time for the Spring blossom, which was just amazing.
    ``The whole experience was unforgettable for me, both culturally and also in terms of immersing myself in the language.''
    Annemieke said one highlight had been a big school cultural festival in September, where she had been involved with presenting a dance spectacle called The Gods.
    ``It was a lot of work, including some weekends, but it was great to be involved with and we even managed to win our competition.''
    While in Japan, Annemieke completed her Level 4 Japanese Language Proficiency Test and will tackle the higher N3 level this year.
    Her Japan school experience included attending classes on most Saturdays for half a day, a daily commute that included a bike ride, train and walk and also regular classroom clean ups.
    ``In Japan it is the students who are tasked with keeping the classrooms clean, which was fine by me.''
    Her sightseeing trips included visits to the cities of Kyoto, Kobe and Hiroshima and also some island hopping.
    ``I made some good friends and we keep in touch through Messenger. I message some of them in English and others in Japanese, which is cool.''
    Annemieke said her grasp of oral and written Japanese had increased and she was more confident with the language in general.
    While she missed out on taking her NCEA Level 2 examinations because of being overseas, she will complete Level 3 this year in English, Japanese, History, Geography and Maths.
    ``My trip has made me eager to study something with Japanese at university.
    ``I'll be trying for a possible Japanese scholarship this year and I quite like the idea of being a Japanese teacher or a translator one day.''
    By Mick Jensen © The Ashburton Courier - 22 February 2018