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  • St Paul’s former teacher spins the potter’s wheel

    12 October 2016

    Pottery began as a hobby for a Hamilton teacher but demand has turned it into his full-time job. When Melis van der Sluis​ wasn't teaching he was in the room beneath his Hamilton home sitting at the potters wheel. His hands covered in a layer of clay. In those days he used a kick wheel, manually moving the wheel with a lever operated by… Read more

    St Paul’s former teacher spins the potter’s wheel
  • Old Collegian Simon Talbot performs double arm transplant

    11 October 2016

    Kiwi face transplant surgeon Simon Talbot has lead his team in transplanting two donor arms to a retired marine who lost all four limbs in Afghanistan. Dr Talbot, a 39-year-old reconstructive plastic surgeon, runs a hand transplant programme at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he has also participated in seven full and… Read more

    Old Collegian Simon Talbot performs double arm transplant
  • Journalist share secrets of success

    3 September 2016

    It’s no surprise that Sam Hewat’s name is scattered through St Paul’s Collegiate School’s 2010 year book. It’s also no surprise that his farewell address as head boy that year is incredibly well-written and motivational. What is surprising is that this young Old Collegian is already living his dream. He’s interviewing Quentin Tarantino… Read more

    Journalist share secrets of success
  • Former student named in Auckland squad

    12 August 2016

    St Paul’s Old Collegian, Blake Hill, has been named in the Auckland Mitre 10 Cup squad. He played as starting hooker last week in the pre-season game Auckland vs North Harbour and has been named again in the starting line-up in this week’s game against Bay of Plenty. This success was predicted by Blake’s 2008 1st XV coach Andrew Gibbs… Read more

    Former student named in Auckland squad
  • Kurt set to kick goals at premiership level

    25 May 2016

    On the rise as a New Zealand basketball player, Kurt Heatherley Sargood. 2008–10 certainly didn’t think he would end up playing Aussie rules football for the Hawthorn Football Club the Hawkes. He was “shooting hoops” in the St Paul’s gym when the School’s Director of Extracurricular Activities Peter Gilbert approached him to say the club… Read more

    Kurt set to kick goals at premiership level
  • Kiwi business goes global

    18 May 2016

    During his phone interview for Network, Peter fondly mentions that he is watching his seven-year-old granddaughter compete in her first triathlon. Apparently she has leapt out of the pool with great gusto but is lagging with the transition as she dries off and ties her shoe laces. He is big on family, but also big on business. Peter… Read more

    Kiwi business goes global
  • Odds on favourite for race calling career

    18 May 2016

    A lifelong love of horse racing helped Tom Wood Hamilton, 2004–07 land his dream job. Aged just 25, Tom is the youngest of the New Zealand Racing Board’s eight fulltime race callers. He broadcasts from race courses all over the lower-central North Island on racing channel Trackside. as well as the TAB’s radio channels. The son of… Read more

    Odds on favourite for race calling career
  • Championing girls at St Paul’s

    18 May 2016

    This is the first in a series of stories where past staff and students reflect on their time at St Paul’s as we start preparing for the school’s 60th anniversary celebration in 2019. Dr Kay Etheredge past staff 1988-2002 made a significant contribution to St Paul’s Collegiate School during her 15 year tenure, through her engaging teaching… Read more

    Championing girls at St Paul’s
  • Evan McCulloch – A celebration of his life – Wed 6 April

    1 April 2016

    Evan McCulloch – teacher, mentor, counsellor, family member and housemaster – passed away at his home in Hamilton earlier this week after a brave battle with cancer. First employed at St Paul’s in 1961, Evan retired in 2006 after 45 years of loyal and dedicated service to the school. He lived and breathed everything St Paul’s and had a… Read more

    Evan McCulloch – A celebration of his life – Wed 6 April
  • Hilliar announced player of the year

    22 March 2016

    Full back Scott Hilliar has capped a fine 2015/16 ASB Premiership season for Loaded WaiBOP United by winning the franchise’s Player of the Year award. Hilliar, previously a national age group 800m track champion, was formerly a midfielder before being moved to right back at the start of the 2015/16 season. Making use of his natural… Read more

    Hilliar announced player of the year
  • US scholarship for soccer player

    20 January 2016

    Old Collegian John Penyas 2010-2014 has been awarded a full scholarship to Kenyan College in the United States where he will complete a four year degree. Kenyan College is a small private university that teaches a select group of only 1600 students. Penyas was offered the scholarship just as his one year $75,000 soccer scholarship at US… Read more

    US scholarship for soccer player
  • NZ actors make international break

    1 November 2015

    Two Old Collegians. A 10 year age gap. Same award-winning Australian television series. Seems like a one in a million chance but two of New Zealand’s most talented actors both made the cut as male leads for Offspring, a hit Australian TV show. The show ended in 2014, after five successful seasons on air and a final episode that attracted… Read more

    NZ actors make international break
  • A St Paul’s girl, through and through

    1 November 2015

    In 1985, Andrea Dela Rue nee Jenkins walked through the gates of St Paul’s Collegiate School as one of the very first female students. Now, thirty years on, she is one of the school’s English teachers. Dela Rue Harington 1985-1986 moved to St Paul’s from Hillcrest High School with four other girls who transferred from Waikato Diocesan… Read more

    A St Paul’s girl, through and through
  • Brain research brings scientist home

    31 October 2015

    Top scientist Suresh Muthukumaraswamy has returned to New Zealand to continue his ground-breaking research into treatments for depression. The move was made possible after Muthukumaraswamy Hall House 1992-96 was awarded one of the country’s top science prizes, a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, from the Royal Society of New Zealand. After… Read more

    Brain research brings scientist home
  • Young fashion designer’s career on the rise

    31 October 2015

    New Zealand fashion week was only the beginning for young fashion-entrepreneur Ezekiel Crawford Hamilton House 2012-13 whose career is on the up-and-up after attracting the attention of New Zealand Fashion Week and international brands. Crawford graduated in 2013, with a t-shirt label under his belt, a large social media following and the… Read more

    Young fashion designer’s career on the rise
  • Mum creates knockout maternity brand

    28 October 2015

    From pregnancy and breastfeeding to raising a toddler, the growth of Katrina Ward’s family has inspired the growth of her business, Outie. Ward Harington House 1996-97 launched her business about three years ago while pregnant with her first born Beau three. She didn’t favour the mainstream maternity clothing on offer and wanted something… Read more

    Mum creates knockout maternity brand
  • New sugar replacement discovered

    28 October 2015

    Monk fruit extract. It’s the way of the future for processed foods. This tiny gem, gifted to us from Mother Nature, is twenty times sweeter than an apple but with the same amount of sugar. It could potentially offer one of the many solutions needed to decrease obesity and metabolic diseases like type two diabetes and heart disease. The… Read more

    New sugar replacement discovered
  • Behind the scenes in NZ film

    28 October 2015

    A love of inventing has seen Scott Harens Hall House 1985-88 work on special effects in the New Zealand film industry for more than 20 years. His notable credits include The Lord of the Rings, Avatar and The Hobbit. Harens was the supervisor responsible for all of the miniature special effects, during his six years working on The Lord of… Read more

    Behind the scenes in NZ film
  • Working remotely for TV giant

    28 October 2015

    A computer and internet connection is all Warwick Meade needs to work in Auckland for Al Jazeera. Meade Hall House 1990-94 is a news and current affairs video editor for the Arabic television channel, the company he has worked for since 2006. After several years abroad, last year Meade relocated back to New Zealand with his American wife… Read more

    Working remotely for TV giant
  • Research helps MS patients

    28 October 2015

    Old Collegian Che Fornusek Sargood House 1985-89 is leading two major research projects at the University of Sydney that will improve the lives of people living with physical disabilities. Fornusek’s main project focuses on people with spinal injuries and Multiple sclerosis MS, a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord resulting in… Read more

    Research helps MS patients
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