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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.
I recall my days at Ashburton College with genuine affection! There was a tremendous community spirit and feel about the school, a commitment to the students education and well being and without wanting to sound arrogant the school punched well above it's weight in terms of sporting success and the arts.
When i reflect on what a school should provide it would have to be said, above all else is "opportunity" and i am proud to say Ashburton College provide students with ample opportunity to explore and compete in every possible arena.
Ashburton College reflects Ashburton as a whole, pro active, vibrant, and committed to getting the best out of people.