Attended College from 2013-2017
nic thomassenHe was an active participant of Blue House, became the Year 12 Rep in 2016 and was Head Boy in his final year, 2017. Being Head Boy was an experience of a lifetime yet also challenging. Nic became Head Boy the same year as Ashburton College assigned principal Ross Preece and Nic enjoyed working with Ross on most school activities. Nic was the Ashburton College Senior Basketball official between 2014-2017. He also represented Ashburton College at a few regional sports awards in the officiating category. Nic played tennis for Ashburton College representing the school from 2014-2017. Some teachers that played an important part in Nic’s college life were: Stacey Monk, Liz Carrick, Jason Vannini, Michael Clark, Claire Bubb and Andrea Griffin.

Nic is currently enrolled at The University of Canterbury in his second year of studying towards a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary).

nikita krugerNikita attended AshColl from 2005 - 2010.

As a keen member of Red House she was involved with athletics, swimming, 1st XI Hockey and House Sports.

Nikita said her group was a tight click that went right through secondary school as mates. Names included: Sarah Hayman, Steph Poulson and Hayley Whiting to name but a few.

When asked about teachers that had an impact on her, Mr Millichamp "Milli" who taught Year 9/10 Horticulture and also Red House Leader was first up. Mr Baird - Physics, her Family Form teacher Mr Gunn and Mr Cochrane - PE all got a mention.

Year 13 had highlights. Along with being elected as House Captain, Nikita was also Queen of the Ball that year. Happy memories from her secondary education.

If she was to go back to her school days and give herself some advice, it was pay more attenton!

After leaving school Nikita attended Queenstown Resort College (QRC) and achieved a Diploma in Hospitality Management. From there she was scooped up by the George Hotel in Christchurch. In 2017 she took a leap of faith and is now a successful business owner of Cleavers Corner Gastro Pub in Ashburton with her husband Andy.

Jonathon ReubenJonathon Reuben attended Ashburton College (Orange House, North School) from 1983-1986 and earned college sports blues for both basketball and softball. He was the youngest player in the Mid-Canterbury seniors men’s softball team that won the national 3rd division in 1987 and went on to play for Canterbury under 23 and various Christchurch premier softball clubs.

In 1994 Jonathon embarked on his big OE to Europe where he was fortunate enough to continue his softball for the London Meteors Fastpitch Club who played extensively throughout Europe. The London Meteors team was a mix of English, ex-pat Kiwis, Americans and Australians and in 1996 became the first UK team to win the European Club Championship held in the Czech Republic. Due to his ancestral entry into the UK and qualifying for residency, Jonathon qualified for the Great Britain Softball team and was fast-tracked to captain the national squad to the European Championship in Antwerp, Belgium (2001) where the team came a respectable 3rd and qualified for their first ever World Championship in Christchurch in 2004.

Jonathon continued to play softball after returning to New Zealand in 2002 and won a Canterbury premiership with Richmond in 2003-2004. He still plays softball today for the Classic Tigers team (Christchurch) who recently attended the 2018 Pan Pacific Masters Tournament in the Gold Coast, Australia and won a silver medal.

Ashburton College brought a lot of positive memories for him, in particular, inter-school sports days. He was fortunate enough to have Mark “Chalky” Gleason as both his basketball and softball coach, who dedicated a huge amount of his time outside of school hours and was someone the players admired and respected. A number of Ashburton College Alumni have exceeded in softball and he mentioned it was always nice to play in the Canterbury competitions or national tournaments with familiar faces.

When asked, a couple of Ashburton College memories sprung to mind, one was an away game against Timaru Boys High where the team were tied 2-2 heading into the end of the game. Jonathon pitched that day - which he conceded was never was of his strongest attributes – but managed to keep them tied down. He also hit a home-run with Craig Dudley on base to win the game 4-2 against a strong opposing team. The second memory was playing an away game against Burnside High School on a “skin” diamond which was a first for most visiting teams. He didn’t realise at the time, but they were completely outclassed by a Burnside High team that was stacked with Canterbury age grade reps who he then went onto play softball with in later years.

Jonathon said he had been very fortunate with softball taking him all over the world and the everlasting friendships made. He expressed that he was forever grateful for the opportunities provided by Ashburton College and coaches such as Mark Gleason.

Jonathon Reuben is currently working in Christchurch in IT, as a Retail Systems Manager for Foodstuffs.