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3L Reunion - 2020
3L Reunion - 2020

“The brainy class”  as someone referred to them recently or the 3L AshColl intake of 1970 had a class reunion earlier this year.  I contacted four class members to delve into their memor [ ... ]

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Brittany Fowler
Brittany Fowler

Brittany Fowler Shirley Falloon spoke to Brittany at Ashburton's A&P Show. What impressed me SO much about this young woman was her quiet confidence and resolve.  Brittany attended College  [ ... ]

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Lois Sparrow
Lois Sparrow

Being a first-day pupil at the College in 1970 saw Lois as roll monitor which, although that roll was no problem, it was finding her way around the "huge college" to the office that she found "petrify [ ... ]

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Neil Keenan
Neil Keenan

Most dedicated staff member' for past pupil Neil Keenan must surely go to the College caretaker in the late 80s who went 'above and beyond' holding Neil's and mates' ciggies in his pocket to avoid cer [ ... ]

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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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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”.

  • A boost for Sam’s musical coffers - Sam Kuipers

    Sam Kuipers Music Scholarship 2020 webSam Kuipers has $700 to put towards his studies after winning an Ashburton Musical Club scholarship at the weekend.

    The 18-year-old performed at the club’s last concert for the year on Saturday, where he was announced as the scholarship winner.

    “I’m very thankful to the musical club for giving me the opportunity to perform for them over the years,” said Sam, who has been one of the artists entertaining audiences at the club over the last five years.

    At Saturday’s concert he challenged himself by playing Grieg’s four-movement Piano Sonata Op. 7.

    “It’s one of my favourite pieces I have ever played,” Sam said.

    He is in Year 13 at Ashburton College, and next year he is off to the University of Canterbury to study biology.

    He is aiming to be a science teacher, with music as a secondary career, perhaps in the domain of school or private tuition.

    Pictured above is Sam, seated at the paino, accompanied by fellow musical club performers.

    © The Ashburton Guardian - 19 October 2020