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3L Reunion - 2020
3L Reunion - 2020

“The brainy class”  as someone referred to them recently or the 3L AshColl intake of 1970 had a class reunion earlier this year.  I contacted four class members to delve into their memor [ ... ]

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Brittany Fowler
Brittany Fowler

Brittany Fowler Shirley Falloon spoke to Brittany at Ashburton's A&P Show. What impressed me SO much about this young woman was her quiet confidence and resolve.  Brittany attended College  [ ... ]

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Lois Sparrow
Lois Sparrow

Being a first-day pupil at the College in 1970 saw Lois as roll monitor which, although that roll was no problem, it was finding her way around the "huge college" to the office that she found "petrify [ ... ]

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Neil Keenan
Neil Keenan

Most dedicated staff member' for past pupil Neil Keenan must surely go to the College caretaker in the late 80s who went 'above and beyond' holding Neil's and mates' ciggies in his pocket to avoid cer [ ... ]

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Juliet Hooper (nee Scales)
Juliet Hooper (nee Scales)

A  reflection from Juliet Hooper We caught up with Juliet at the A&P Show recently.  She had a look at our photo boards and although she didn't find any of herself, she did recognise a  [ ... ]

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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”.

  • Kimberley adds another major landmark - Kimberley Bird

    Kimberley Bird Cambridge Cup Equestrian 2020 web1Kimberley Bird celebrates in Cambridge with her family. Photo supplied.Kimberley Bird has added another big feather to her cap.

    Following her world-beating deeds last year, the Chertsey rider added to the trophy cabinet earlier this month.

    The 24-year-old and her 11-year-old Holsteiner mare Cera Cassina rode to victory in the Premier Series Grand Prix at Takapoto Estate in the Waikato.

    It was her first appearance at the elite showjumping event.

    The dynamic duo were the only combination of the 13 starters to complete both rounds without taking a rail, recording just a single time penalty in the second round.

    It completed a standout display during the weekend for this pair as they had placed second in a 1.40m class on the Friday.

    “That was sort of a pre-run to get her out and burn off some energy and get a feeling for how we were going and she felt amazing,” Bird said.

    “I knew by Sunday she was going to feel pretty good.

    “She’s got plenty of jump in her and she’s a fiery wee thing.”

    Last year, she achieved a career highlight with victory in the fourth round of the FEI World Cup at the Taupo Christmas Classic.

    She said the latest milestone was one of her best.

    “It’s definitely one of the bigger ones I’ve won,” she said.

    “It’s up there, going up against some of the country’s best.

    “It was pretty damn good.”

    The Bird family could not hide their delight following the win.

    “Mum was crying which doesn’t take much,” she laughed.

    “It was pretty damn fantastic.”

    As was the case during her benchmark performance in Taupo in 2019, she avoided the limitations of less experience than the rest of the field.

    “It was only the second time myself and that horse had ever jumped at that height (in Taupo),” she said. “She was really green and were up against some people who have been doing it for a couple of years now.

    “She’s pretty special and it’s only really the start for us.”

    Bird and Cera Cassina will be vying for further success next weekend at the Egmont A&P Show in Hawea for the second World Cup event of the season.

    By Adam Burns © The Ashburton Guardian - 14 November 2020