sonya mckerrowSonya started Ashburton College in 1980 and was a member of Red House.

She had a giggle regarding her most memorable moment. It involved Helen McCusker, Mrs Thomson and the wearing of slave sandels, which weren't part of the school dress code!!

Mrs Wall her Family Form teacher had a huge impact on her time at secondary school.

After leaving school, Sonya worked at the legendary Malibu Steak House and then ventured to Australia. Now back in Ashburton and proud Mum of Sarah, she said she wouldn't change a thing about her time at AshColl.

angela perkins1986 - 1991

Blue House.

Angela loved sports, especially basketball, and theatre sports.

Drama came up in conversation several times the most notable being when in Form 3 Angela along with her friends and class mates: Debbie Wood, Sonia Young (nee Etheridge), Sonia Bishop (nee Burrowes) and Tanya Bennett (nee Shar) did the teaching in place of the teacher! Needless to say her drama teachers Steven Hirsch and Chris Farr made the most impact but there were fond memories for her Family Form teacher Dennis Saunders.

After leaving school Angela worked at Spiers Motor Group and is currently the Sports Co-ordinator for both Ashburton Intermediate School and Tinwald Primary School.


gavin templeton1973 - 1978.

Gavin Templeton, T block, Blue house and proud!

AshColl is where his love of music and drama developed but he did recall getting into a spot of bother with Barry Baynes and Peter Soal for wagging and the detention that followed.

Dean Don McKenzie had a huge impact and despite a hip replacement after the 7th Form, once recovered, Gavin would later go on to work for him at RX Plastics, followed by a stint at a garden centre and then a credible 39 years at the BNZ. Currently Gavin is the Card Services Representative for Rural-Co.

When asked about advice if he could go back to his school days, don't sweat the small stuff, give it back and stand up for yourself.