From the Acting Principal

4 July 2014

Celebrating the achievements of staff, students and Old Girls is a highlight of College life, and recently we have had much to celebrate. On Wednesday morning high achievers were recognised at our annual Making Their Mark breakfast.  This event recognises successful Old Girls who are contributing to society by awarding Making Their Mark awards and a Marking Service award.


This year, St Cuthbert’s College Old Girl and staff member Mrs Karen Leuschke was honoured with the Marking Service award for her lifetime commitment to the College and service. Karen is dedicated to helping others and spends time volunteering for Kidsline and Lifeline, as well as facilitating restorative justice and performing ceremonies as an Accredited Celebrant and Justice of the Peace.


Old Girl Polly Powrie was awarded the Old Girls’ Honours award and a Making Their Mark award in recognition of her sailing achievements. Polly is part of Team Jolly, together with Jo Aleh, sailing a 470 dinghy. They are currently Olympic Champions, World Champions and ISAF World Sailors of the Year. Polly has been awarded an MNZM.


Current student Ruby Seeto was presented with a Special Award for her entrepreneurial spirit, having raised over $250,000 for Starship by designing and selling unique tea towels.


Ruby Seeto receiving her award from Associate Principal Ms Robertson

Ruby Seeto receiving her award from Associate Principal Ms Robertson


Recipient of a Making Their Mark award this year, Old Girl Sarah Paykel was recognised for her substantial business achievements. Sarah’s successes include being a founding partner of Lush Cosmetics; founder of return2work and Director of a PR and communications consultancy.


Old Girl Kate Rogan, a successful architect and writer, was recognised for her distinctive, yet practical and functional work. Affectionately referred to as ‘the trifecta’ by friends for her skills as an architect, lecturer and design critic, Kate’s leadership was recognised with a Making  Their Mark award.


At the ISNZ Conference in June, Mrs Debbie Cook was presented with an ISNZ Honours Award by Minister of Education the Hon Hekia Parata. This is deserved recognition of the hard work that Debbie does to promote philanthropy both in New Zealand and overseas. We are very proud of Debbie and her achievements.


This term has been a busy one for staff and students – and parents! I hope you and your family have some time for rest during the mid-year holiday break. Next term will be particularly exciting as in September the Centennial Centre for Wellbeing is scheduled to open, starting a year of Centenary celebrations.