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I have very fond memories from my time at Ashburton College (1979-1983).
Things which stand out for me, the opportunities which were available outside the classroom, in sport and music and the passion and talent of the teachers. The teachers who gave up their time to take choirs and orchestras or to coach sports teams were amazing.
I had a passion for History and English which combined a love of writing with a thirst for information that eventually led to a career in journalism. I credit two teachers in particular, Roderick Lonsdale (English) and Lynne McDonald (Form class and English) with igniting and encouraging that passion for writing and two fantastic history teachers Mr Gleason and Mr Edmonston who encouraged my curiosity about world events past and present. These teachers made all the difference.
I have a life-long love of learning and the teachers at Ashburton College were the spark that ignited that flame.
I think linking students past and present is a great idea to foster the sharing of knowledge and to celebrate Ashburton College.
Jo Malcolm (1979-1983)
As both a former pupil and a current staff member I have immense pride in Ashburton College. I always look back fondly on my time as a pupil at College. I was given so many opportunities to grow and develop academically, socially and in my chosen sport of netball. I am very grateful to the College for all it provided me.
Now, as a staff member, I relish working with the current students; we are continuing to develop wonderful young people who are confidently following their dreams and making their mark.
To the Ashburton College Alumni Trust, congratulations on the initiatives you are undertaking to connect past pupils and celebrate their achievements.
Judith and I remember our time in Ashburton with affection and pride. The Alumni is a means of communication and celebration.
It enhances the sense of community with the college and reminds everybody that some really high achieving people have been part of our college and that is cause for celebration.
For a huge number of ex-students, their successes in the Ashburton community reflect their beginnings at their college and they should feel proud about that.
It reminds us that education locally is a preparation for a competitive world.