Alister Argyle - Chairman

Alister Argyle Ashburton College is the current face of approximately 137 years of quality secondary education in the Ashburton District.  It combines the strengths of the former Ashburton High School and Ashburton Technical College (Hakatere).  It is not the only college in the District - Mt Hutt College Methven has also provided a high standard of education in particularly the Methven area since 1925, but does not have the association with the previous secondary institutions in the area.

One of the strengths of many schools is an active past pupils association.  To date Ashburton College has not enjoyed that support but we believe now is an ideal time to establish such a group which would encompass not only those who attended Ashburton College but its predecessors as well.

As a first step we wish to contact as many former students of all three schools as possible and encourage each and every one of them to become a member.  At the same time we intend to indentify interest groups within former students because it is hoped that their experiences, wisdom and guidance can be channelled back into the College to provide support for the students of the present and future. 

It is intended that social functions will be held and networking encouraged to the mutual benefit of all those who participate.  
Ashburton College has a proud history with many many very successful former students and it is intended to build upon their experiences and success to enhance both the College and the local community.  

Welcome to the website of our Alumni.  We hope you will enjoy participating and encourage as many class mates and friends of Ashburton College to join too.  We also hope you will provide us with feedback as to how we can make it better.

Alister Argyle
Alumni Chairman

Rennie Davidson

Rennie Davidson

Ashburton College Alumni provides an opportunity for those who have benefitted from the College to give back to the community.  Ashburton College is the College for the local community and thus needs to have strong community linkages. 

The alumni is the ideal link providing an informal link to leaders in the community which in turn will result in improved understanding of what are the current challenges at the College.  We live in a more connected world and the alumni will provide connecting glue as students move out of the College.  The college of today is the community of the future with the community able to influence and assist through the alumni.

Rennie Davidson
Ashburton College Board of Trustee Chairperson

Alister Lilley

Alister Lilley

Ashburton College is a very important contributor to the success of the Ashburton District.  It’s for this reason when approached to be an Ashcoll Alumni Trustee I willingly accepted the position. 

As an Ashburton businessman with interests in the trades, retail and hospitality industries I felt being part of the Ashcoll Alumni Trust was a positive and rewarding way for me to continue supporting our local community.

I look forward to helping develop the Ashcoll Alumni Trust for the benefit of many generations to come.
Alister Lilley

Peter Gluyas

Peter GluyasI went along to the celebrate the 50th  anniversary of Ashburton College and was disappointed with the turnout.

After speaking with like-minded Ashburton based former students we agreed that we needed to form an Alumni to build on the strong level of support that former students feel towards our old school.

I believe a strong Alumni will assist Ashburton College by bridging the gap between the College and local business as well as the wider Ashburton Community.
Peter Gluyas

Mark Kennedy

Mark KennedyAfter completing two terms as an Ashburton College Board of Trustee member, I wanted to continue being involved in some positive way with College and I see the Ashcoll Alumni is an ideal way to do this.

Although I am not an ex-pupil, my two adult  daughters attended College through to Year 13.

I am a big supporter of the excellent work all College staff put into our young people and I see the long term benefit to College of this Alumni initiative will be significant. It is certainly exciting to be involved in the establishment of the group.

Mark Kennedy

Sam Ruck

Samual RuckAs a more recent Ashburton College Alumni (having left in 2010) and, having now returned to Mid-Canterbury to begin my professional career, I can honestly say that my time at Ashburton College was something that will always be cherished. It is important to maintain connections with the past and even more important to maintain connections with people.

The Ashburton College Alumni provides an opportunity for us to reconnect with the past, share memories of our times at Ashburton College and, get in touch with people we may not have heard from since our school days. It is a thrill to be involved in this group and, Ashburton College again.

I strongly encourage any Alumni of Ashburton College to grasp this opportunity to reconnect, make a profile and start exploring everything that an Alumni Network provides.

Samuel Ruck (2006-2010)

Linda Clarke

Linda Clarke hsA specific set of skills learned at Ashburton College has lasted my working lifetime. Teacher Kay Jamieson will not remember me, I was not a remarkable student in her shorthand typing class, but being able to accurately record what someone has said and transcribe it has been the cornerstone of my life as a journalist.
I remember the bibs attached to typewriters so you couldn’t see the keyboard and listening to the six o’clock news, practising my Pitmans. Joining the alumni has also reminded me of the people I grew up with and teachers who encouraged my wider learning – it was a solid foundation for which I am grateful.
Forty years on, my two sons have passed through the same college and are making their way in the world … with the same solid academic, sporting and moral footing.
Ashburton College is a vital part of our community and it’s time we were proud about the people it has produced, from the business world high fliers, the sporting world and national champs to those who own local businesses that keep our district’s economy turning over and those who work in them.
The college produces good, smart, compassionate people – we just don’t crow about it.
I hope you are enjoying the old class photos that are being posted on Facebook and reconnecting over a few giggles.
Linda Clarke (Red House, 1978-1982)