jocelyn thompsonJocelyn attended Ashburton College from 1965. Although not a sporty girl she had passion for, and dedicated a lot of her time to the Red Cross. She was was rewarded for this, when chosen to attend the Leadership Course for the Red Cross at Lincoln College, something that she remembers with pride.

Teachers with the most impact included Cliff Bezar and Maudie Durant while the friends she had the most fun were all classmates from 3P2: Lyndal Witherford. Raywen Higgins and Macel Johnson.

Following on from her Red Cross days, after leaving school Jocelyn ventured into nursing, worked as both a grocery and Manchester retailer, Social Services and is currently employed at Idea IHC Services in Tinwald.

Her advice. Stay at school until the end of the 4th year!



elaine vallenderElaine taught music at AshColl from 1975 - 2013 and to this very day having being the House Leader, a very staunch supporter of Orange House.

It goes without saying that Elaine was involved with all the music and drama groups but also dabbled as a Netball Coach.

She reflected on her first time as Muscial Director. The show was Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat. Herself and the art teachers involved had a blast!

Elaine's most memorable school moment...meeting her future husband Glenn. When asked about students that had an impact, two sprung to mind. Liz Carrick and Ian Lattimore.

If she could go back, Elaine would do it all the same, she loved the kids but "I was old school."

Since leaving college Elaine has been a long  and dedicated employee of St John as their Executive Officer here in Ashburton.

andrew hamptonAndrew Hampton started AshColl in 1984, initially in Blue House then he got the "upgrade" to Red House. He was thoroughly involved in athletics, and a member of the band "Barbed Wire" along with his mates Walt Friedel, Mark Hooper, Kevin Bishop and Roger Crowe.

Andrew was full of praise and loved his time at Ashburton College. Saying that "It was good to me." Lynne McDonald - English, Mark Gleason - Geography and History and Trevor Cochrane - Athletics had the most impact. His most memorable moment, the 7th Form Prizegiving and being the recipient of the Fookes Memorial Trophy for Leadership, Scholarship and Sportsmanship. Speaking at Digby Prosser's farewell from AshColl another highlight.

His advice, to take subjects that you enjoy and stimulate you.

From there, it was up the road to UC, to study History and Politcal Science.

Andrew is currently the Head of the Government Communciation Security Bureau in Wellington.