It’s all calm after the flurry of exams. Clouston Hall saw lines of NCEA students in good spirits buoyed by their teachers imparting last minute words of advice and by Mr Ian Torrie handing out chocolate fish! It was heart-warming to hear the girls’ positive and somewhat excited responses when the exams finished and they realised that they did, in fact, know something!
Meanwhile, our Year 9 students had been busy preparing their performances for Whole School House Assemblies. The littlest members of our College community were delighted by the original and humorous renderings of Xmas stories performed for them by the “the big girls”.
We are immensely proud of the successes of our Senior School students this year. We were adding the names of university scholarship winners to the College prize giving list almost daily and celebrating their broad range of achievements in a wide range of activities. As someone privileged to watch the many sporting and cultural events, I cannot help but be impressed not only by the standard of performances but also by the enjoyment the girls gain from these experiences. This is particularly evident as we observe our students immersing themselves in the many values projects with the girls spending hundreds of hours working both on College initiatives and in Outreach programmes in the wider community. This culture of contributing to community is a hallmark of St Cuthbert’s and is epitomised in our College motto, By Love Serve.
In the last week of the year, our Y12 students attended a camp at Alexandra Park to prepare them as College Leaders for 2018. We are fortunate to have the expertise of many talented Old Girls and current staff who have volunteered to tutor Y12 students so they can lead with wisdom, compassion and confidence.
The Senior School staff and students are grateful to the wonderful people who add such value to the Senior School experience including Parents and Friends and the Asian Friendship Group who worked so hard to ensure that the Leavers’ Soiree on 2 December was a memorable experience. G0 to our flickr site for more images. Thanks to Nicky Pennington and her dedicated Old Girls’ Association who staged the Annual Graduation Ball on 8 December when our graduating Y13s became the newest Old Girls.
We are grateful too, to the many parents who dedicate their time to assisting the Senior students whether it is in supervising examinations, coaching and managing teams or volunteering on the Ball committee. Our girls are privileged to be part of such a caring and connected community.
To those families for whom the association with St Cuthbert’s is concluding, as your daughters move into life beyond the College gates, we wish you all the very best for the future. To you all, have a restful summer break and a blessed Christmas. I look forward to welcoming the girls back on Tuesday, 30 January 2018.
Justine Mahon, Head of Senior School