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News from Arana College

Sporting Success

Phillipa Gray and Laura Thompson

Congratulations to ex-residents Nathan Cohen and Phillipa Gray who recently competed at the London Olympics and London Paralympics respectively. Nathan won gold in the men's double sculls and Phillipa and her teammate Laura Thompson (pictured) won three cycling medals; a bronze in the B Women's 1km Time Trial, a gold in the B Women's Pursuit and a silver in the B Women's Road Time Trial!

Shanghai Summer School Visit

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Current Arana resident Rachel Kennedy (left) has just returned from a month at Shanghai Summer School at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. She was one of 49 students from around the world attending and one of 12 from the University of Otago. Rachel and her fellow students attended commerce and language classes as well as had the chance to travel in China. She has wonderful stories to tell from her trip abroad."

Jamie meets Knox residents as they prepare for 2012 Swimming competition against Selwyn College.


Jamie Gilbertson, Warden of Arana and Acting Master of Knox College with members of Knox College.

Parents/Whanau Orientation

Arana College Parent’s Orientation

Come to Arana in February for our parent’s orientation programme and gain insight into what your child will be experiencing when they spend a year with us. Stay for 2 nights in our college and undertake academic and social activities similar to those offered to the young person you are giving to us. This is a unique opportunity to live in Arana College before the semester begins. You can meet the staff, find out about Arana, the University and Dunedin, as well as meet other parents/guardians of students coming to Arana. We look forward to meeting you in February , see you soon! For more information contact us.

There will be time to meet the Warden and hear about how Arana runs and how we do what we do and you can meet Arana Council members.

Vice Chancellor , Professor Harlene Hayne will also join us for an informal meeting time.

All this will be laid back and friendly and there are plenty of places available. Come on down and share the experience.

Call us on 03 479 5509 to learn about costs and to make a booking.

Congratulations Fa’asiu Fuatai Arana Resident 2012

Fa'asiu (Fasi) Fuatai is looking forward to a bright career on and off the field.

Dr Jane Goodall , world leader as a field scientist and primatologist, visits Dunedin

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Arana Warden Jamie Gilbertson introduced to Dr Jane Goodall , world leader as a field scientist and primatologist.

Jamie was fortunate to spend an afternoon with Dr Goodall on the Otago peninsula and aboard the MV Monarch in the Otago harbour.

As well Jamie along with members of the Otago University ad wider Dunedin community attending a most interesting public lecture.

Jamie Chairs the Advisory board for Science Communication at Otago University and they brought Dr Goodall to our University and the Dunedin Community. The group took a trip on the Monarch with Jane Goodall.

Arana Replacement of Slate Roof (2015)

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The 1888 Queen Anne mansion of Sir James Allen ( Arana ) has had a repair and replacement of slate roof.

John from North of England has been our expert slate tradesperson...and he has been assisted by Reuben. Reuben's brother Remy attended Arana, so it's been a bit of a family affair.

Arana staff have very much enjoyed the company of John and Reuben from whom we have learned a lot…and the roof is as good as new.