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.







sharlene andersonSharlene commenced her secondary education at AshColl in 1999 and was a proud member of Green House.

She played soccer but also enjoyed the arts. Many of her cartoons featured in the Phoenix Magazine, we managed to track a couple down in the 2000 and 2003 editions.

Her bestie was Kirsty Taylor and Sharlene's most memorable moments at school included being a Peer Support Leader in Year 12 and the House Executive in Year 13.

Although Trevor Cochrane didn't let much slide, he had the most impact and was her Family Form teacher.

After leaving school Sharlene worked as a au pair in the USA for a year, returning home to study a Bachelor of Design; Interior Architecture in Christchurch. From there it was across the ditch for 10 year stint which included study at QUT completing a Bachelor of Design; Architecture Studies, and
Masters of Architecture. Married with one child Sharlene is now based back in New Zealand, she said the only advice if she were to go back to her school days would have been to flick the boyfriend sooner. Her parting comment directed at Stacey Monk... ''tell Stacey to message me back, I wanted to get in contact with her about a reunion.''