Girls Enjoying Centennial Centre for Wellbeing

17 October 2014

It was very satisfying on Tuesday afternoon to go into the Margaret Beale Aquatic Centre and see the St Cuthbert’s Swim School in full operation with lots of our girls and some brothers, a number of students using the lane swim time and about 30 girls exercising in the AFG Fitness Centre. The parents I spoke with said they were enjoying the great acoustics, the ample viewing space for them and the ease of the systems. There has been great feedback from the girls on the clarity and warmth of the water, the hot showers and the two types of hair dryers.


Is is also clear they love the range and quality of equipment in the AFG Fitness Centre and they are keen to use the before and after school access. The PE classes have been very popular from Junior through to Senior School this week too. I am looking forward to watching the first water polo competition game in the Main Pool tonight.


With senior exams in full swing, this is a challenging time for the girls, but made a little happier for some as the results of university scholarship applications come in. Katie Hartland has been awarded the AUT Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship while Rebecca Jackson has been offered a Waikato University Vice Chancellor’s Academic Excellence School Leaver Scholarship.


Yesterday we learnt that 14 girls from Year 13 had been awarded Victoria University scholarships; they are:

Tianessa Fabricius

Sophie van Waardenberg

Isobel Dowell

Abigail Bridges

Olivia Marris

Isabel O’Mara

Shikara Ventura

Ruby Seeto

Isabella Ross

Ella Sheetz

Natalie Mirams

Grace Tattersfield

Lily Leishman

Isabella Seton


On Tuesday night I attended the Russell McVeagh Scholarship presentations and it was wonderful to see Lily Leishman receive her award (one of only six awarded to school leavers) and to learn that 2013 graduate Phoebe Clifford also received one.


The launch of the College History will be the highlight of next week (although for the Senior girls it will probably be the end of exams!) and we have had a great response to the launch invitations from current parents, Old Girls and friends of the College. The walls of the atrium are shrouded in paper, awaiting the unveiling next week of Memory Lane, the Centenary timeline. The girls had a sneak preview of the massed photo taken at the end of term when the paper covering fell off and it was great to see them eagerly spotting themselves in the photo; that photo is the final image in the history.


Your daughter will bring home one copy of the history book next week and we hope you feel you want a copy; if not, please just send it back to school with your daughter. The book price covers most of the writing and production costs and there is no profit margin or mark up of any description as we wanted to be able to place the book in as many hands as possible. I hope you enjoy reading it.