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Nikita Moore (nee Kruger)
Nikita Moore (nee Kruger)

Nikita 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 r [ ... ]

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Jonathon Reuben
Jonathon Reuben

Jonathon 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-Canterbur [ ... ]

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Michael O'Callaghan - Past teacher
Michael O'Callaghan - Past teacher

As a beginning teacher I had no idea what to expect as I uprooted my family from Dunedin to begin a new career as a teacher at Ashburton College. I began my career at the beginning of Term 2 2010, hir [ ... ]

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Welcome

The history of Ashburton College is comparatively short when viewed next to the histories of other Canterbury secondary schools. However, in the half century since Ashburton College’s inception in 1965, thousands of students, teachers, parents and other supporters have shaped Ashburton College into the highly successful co-educational school it is today.

Although it may seem that Ashburton College is the school that was and, always has been Ashburton’s sole secondary school. Those that attended Ashburton College in the early days know that Ashburton College was hard fought for and rose out of the ashes of Ashburton’s two former schools; Ashburton High School and Hakatere College (formerly Ashburton Technical School).

Thus the Latin maxim underneath the College insignia, the Phoenix, chosen by Dr. Ronald Baker –

‘Resurgamus’: “Let us go forward”, or “Rise”.

AshColl from above...

 

  • Jack's back in class - Jack Hanrahan

    ash14drama teacher1 225x300Jack Hanrahan. Photo supplied.Ashburton College old boy Jack Hanrahan is back in class, but this time he’s up front and leading the way.

    The 22-year-old started as a new drama and dance teacher last week.

    The former St Joseph’s School pupil spent five years at Ashburton College (2010-2014) before heading off to complete a Bachelor in Performing Arts at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in Christchurch.

    He completed a teaching qualification last year at the New Zealand Graduate School of Education and the return to his old school is his first teaching job.

    “I never thought I’d come back to Ashburton College, if I’m honest.

    “Not too much has changed since I left and a number of familiar faces are still there,” he said.

    Jack said entering the staff room for the first time had been a “surreal experience”.

    His teaching workload involves introducing basic drama techniques to students in Years 9-11 and encouraging them to develop an enthusiasm for the subject.

    He will work on more serious aspects of drama, including scripts, with students studying the subject at NCEA level.

    Jack said he was enjoying having his own classes, his own students and introducing his own style of teaching.

    “I aim to encourage a ‘have-a-go’ attitude with all students and will point out that nothing is ever perfect and that there is always room for change and improvement.

    “With drama and dance there are always new ways to do things and different interpretations.”

    Jack is no stranger to performing himself.

    He sang with the college’s senior choir, the Phoenix Chorus, and has performed with Mid Canterbury Children’s Theatre, Variety Theatre Ashburton and other groups.

    “While I was at NASDA I decided that I’d quite liked to get into teaching.

    “And while I’d like to make performing my main job one day, for now I am very happy to refine and evolve my own craft by teaching and learning from others.”

    By Mick Jensen © The Ashburton Courier -  14 February 2019