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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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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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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”.

  • Sophie Adams is set for the big-time

    ash21sophieadamsAshburton College basketballer and Under 19 Junior Tall Ferns reserve Sophie Adams. Photo supplied.Basketballer Sophie Adams has the world at her feet, but first she wants to finish Year 13.

    The Ashburton College student, named in the reserves of the Under 19 Junior Tall Ferns basketball team, is weighing up a nursing or police career.

    However she could, depending on opportunities, further her studies overseas and play college basketball in countries like Mexico, Canada or the United States.

    It’s not something she has to decide just yet.

    Sophie, who stands 1.82m tall, plays basketball for Under 19 Waitaha (a combined Canterbury/North Canterbury representative team), the Under 19 Junior Tall Ferns and is part of the Mainland Eagles Basketball Academy, a high performance programme.

    Junior Tall Ferns head coach Hernando Planells describes her as an assertive forward who loves to operate from the top of the key and can attack the basket and rebound.

    She was also in the 2020 Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats training squad, since cancelled by Covid-19, and of course, plays for the Ashburton College senior girls’ team.

    A typical week includes school studies, at least two hours of basketball training a day and fitness, not to mention travel to Christchurch for three different teams and work commitments at Lushingtons Cafe.

    Her training, fitness and wellness is tracked by Basketball New Zealand with Zoom calls, Facebook video posts and apps.

    Sophie answers a range of questions on her training activities as well as wellness attributes like sleep patterns, motivation levels and illness or injury.

    There is a support team inspecting the data and making sure compliance is kept above 90 per cent, otherwise there can be team penalties such as extra training tasks.

    Sophie spent lockdown with her family; parents Michelle and Lewis and siblings Hayden, 21, and Grace, 18, and has now returned to work and school.

    But lockdown at home surprisingly meant no basketball hoop, instead it was time focusing on ball handling skills, strength and conditioning and fitness, with 5km runs and 30km bike rides.

    She also has a lot of study to prepare for end-of-year exams in English, chemistry, biology and mathematics.

    While Covid-19 has stopped most basketball including the Junior Ferns Four Nations Tour to China in June, Sophie says secondary school basketball had not yet been cancelled and could still go ahead.

    By Toni Williams © The Ashburton Courier - 21 May 2020