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Ross Preece - Principal of Ashburton College
Ross Preece - Principal of Ashburton College

Consideration of our Alumni - As a newcomer to our school and town I was delighted to discover a fledgling Alumni organisation . Like many new organisations  this has been founded by a groundswel [ ... ]

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Liam Kennedy-Clark - Former Student
Liam Kennedy-Clark - Former Student

My years at Ashburton College were ones to remember. I was surrounded by plenty of like-minded people, and many of whom, I am still in contact with today. Along with a lot of the students, I got on we [ ... ]

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Kate Lloyd - Former Student
Kate Lloyd - Former Student

Being a very recent pupil at Ashburton College (2011-2015) I have great memories of my years there, especially my Senior years. This journey began for me playing netball for Ashburton College and the  [ ... ]

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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”.

  • Lachie's South American adventure - Lachie Davidson

    lachie davidsonLachie Davidson in Brazil looking over towards Rio. Photo suppliedA year ago, Lachie Davidson was playing paintball at the abandoned lake house of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
    Go back a year before that and the head boy at Ashburton College in 2015 was wondering what he would do with his life. While university study was somewhere on the horizon, he opted for a gap year working in South America with the international volunteer organisation Lattitude.
    Davidson, who turns 20 in November, managed to learn some basic Spanish in what was a busy Year 13 as a school leader and enthusiastic member of Green house.
    He played at lock for the First XV, played basketball and volleyball, he was a rower in his earlier years. His favourite sporting memory is when the Ashcoll under 15 rugby team beat St Andrew’s in the final of their South Island tournament – teachers and coaches Mike O’Callaghan and Pete Fougere had booked the team into a Christian camp near Pleasant Point for the duration of the tournament, and there was no cellphone coverage.
    Davidson remembers the haka that preceded the final against the private school and the jubilation that followed the win. Rugby was at its peak at the school about then, with the First XV making it to Rotorua for a top-four playoff with New Zealand’s best co-ed school teams.
    It was rugby that helped him make friends in Ecuador last year and at Massey University this year, where he played for the university’s colts team until being sidelined with injury.
    He says his volunteer stint in Ecuador and Argentina was life-changing and has ignited a passion to travel again. As a volunteer he worked in a special needs school, and in primary and high schools in the continent, helping students improve their English skills. Along the way he has picked up a love of South American languages, culture and food … and a moustache that he stubbornly refuses to shave off.
    The trip also exposed him to the extremes of poverty and generosity, both to the fore in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that struck Ecuador while he was there. Davidson and a group of Lattitude students made their way to an aid station where they helped co-ordinate and sort quake donations.
    Davidson said he was also lucky to visit the Galapagos Islands and be a proud Kiwi supporter at a rugby test between the All Blacks and Argentina.
    He said the gap year had given him a mental break and he was enjoying this year studying towards a Bachelor of AgriCommerce, majoring in international agribusiness.
    He has fond memories of his years at Ashcoll, especially his final year.
    He says he was lucky to have Jason Vannini as his form teacher from Year 9 to Year 13 and counts him as a friend. Ag teacher Steven Millichamp also fostered the seed for a career in agriculture (and was rewarded by finding a goat in his classroom on the final day of that school year), while he also credits teachers Claire Tappin, Michael Clark and Denise O’Halloran for other good memories.
    The college afforded plenty of opportunities, he said, and helped him prepare him for the wide world beyond.

    By Linda Clarke © AshColl Alumni - 17 July 2017