Centenary Launch

19 September 2014

One of the best things for me about yesterday’s Centenary launch was seeing how engaged the girls were in every element of the day. Wearing their Centenary badges, waving balloons and beautiful fish, they did Mexican waves, cheered enthusiastically and were so warm in their congratulations of performers on land and in the water.


It was great to see girls at every age and stage in the College involved in some way. Student representatives of every year level were at the Centenary Launch assembly and when asked if she enjoyed the assembly, one Year 2 girl made it clear that getting to wave her fish and cheer the ribbon cutting at the Centennial Centre was way more fun! As the girls poured into the new Centre it was fantastic to hear just how enthusiastic they were about the new facilities that await them.


The water ballet performers have just completed their fourth and final performance, ensuring that everyone in the College got to see it. The rubber duckies are now very expert in their role. Thanks to all the families who supported their girls to be involved in this once in a hundred years event.


The feedback from our guests – parents, Old Girls and friends – was that the opening was fun, friendly and centred on the girls – just what we wanted!  The creativity and enthusiasm of the girls made a big impact on everyone; many parents asked if there would be other opportunities to hear the Centennial Blessing and Centennial Theme (both composed by College staff) and there will be – both works will be played throughout the year. The works will be played at next Monday’s assembly so the rest of the College can hear them.


The next Centenary event is the launch of the College History on October 22 – please click here to register if you would like to attend. You will be among the very first to see both the history and our Memory Lane – a visual recreation of the College history on the walls of the Atrium.


Another Old Girl Awarded prestigious Woolf Fisher Scholarship


For the second year in a row, a St Cuthbert’s Old Girl is one of the three young New Zealanders to be awarded the prestigious Woolf Fisher Trust scholarships to study for a doctorate at the University of Cambridge (worth around $300,000). Athene Laws graduated from the College in 2010  and is currently studying for her BA Honours in Economics at Victoria University of Wellington.  For her PhD she will study work incentives in welfare design looking at poverty alleviation and equity efficient trade-offs with the Faculty of Economics


Last year, Jane Leung received the same scholarship, following her studies at Imperial College, London and Auckland.


Sir Woolf Fisher (1912-1975), co-founder of Fisher and Paykel, set up his Trust in 1960 to recognise and reward excellence in education. Today it has become one of New Zealand’s largest education trusts. He was later knighted for his outstanding contribution to industry and education in New Zealand.


Sir Noel Robinson, Chairman of the Trust and Sir Woolf’s nephew, says, “These young New Zealanders have been selected for their outstanding academic ability and leadership potential as well as their integrity, boldness of vision and capacity for work – qualities which Sir Woolf valued.”


There are always lots of students to congratulate but here are some hot off the press:


To the Year 5 Mathex team for their first placing.


To Lily Leishman (Year 13) for gaining a Russell McVeigh Scholarship.


To Caitlyn Blackett for gaining a PwC Scholarship.


To Isabella MacDiarmid for being  accepted for the PwC Accelerate Programme.


To  Kendall Vaughan, Emily Mellsop and Claire Rees who placed 3rd in the Year 7 and 8 North Island Cycling Team Time Trial.