Welcome back to Term 2. It has been wonderful over the past week to walk around and talk with girls from all parts of the College. I have really enjoyed hearing about the wide variety of things that they have been doing over the holiday break.
It has also been a week when we have celebrated the academic achievement of our Old Girls. Ella Tunnicliffe-Glass (Year 13 2008) has completed her conjoint Bachelor of Science (psychology) and Music (classical performance, honours) degree at the University of Auckland and has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to Cambridge University where she will further her studies into absolute pitch. Ella was selected for the full-cost scholarship from 3,500 worldwide applications.
On Wednesday I had the great pleasure of travelling to Wellington to see Phoebe Clifford (Year 13 2013 leaver) accept her Premier Award from the Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata, at the annual Top Scholar Awards ceremony hosted at Parliament.
Only ten Premier Awards were granted for 2013 and Phoebe was the only female student and the top female scholar in New Zealand. These prestigious awards carry a monetary award of up to $30,000 towards academic study. This very prestigious event is attended by the Prime Minister, Minister and Associate Minister for Education, and the Board Chair, CEO and Deputy CEO of NZQA.
Our warmest congratulations. We are so very proud of you both.