One of our main missions in the Junior School is nurturing our St Cuthbert’s girls to be global citizens. This means that our students are engaged in their world, are caring and empathetic and know they can make a positive difference to their community.
Learning to serve is an important in developing citizenship. There have been many opportunities for the girls to make a positive difference. Our girls have engaged in Helping Hands and bake sale values projects in support of the Mobility Assistance Dogs’ Trust and the SPCA.
During the term break, Voichestra, our all-comers choir, sang at the annual St Matthew-in-the-City, Blessing the Pets service, supporting the SPCA – a cause close to the girls’ hearts.
We are teaching our girls to be resilient and to take on the world and survival expert, guest speaker Stu Gilbert captivated students and dads at the annual Parents and Friends’ Father/Daughter breakfast. Stu is a survival training specialist and he talked about using practical skills, challenging yourself and drawing on your internal resources to stay safe in extreme situations.
In Term 1, our students in Years 1 and 2 explored their community. The girls loved their fortnightly walks up Mt St John. The Y1 and 2 classes had fun exploring Auckland: going up the Sky Tower, exploring the Domain and parks and travelling over the Harbour Bridge.
The Y3 team had their first overnight camp sleeping in the Junior School with day trips to Brick Bay sculpture walk near Warkworth and to Auckland War Memorial Museum for He Kete Matauranga Maori cultural experience. Later, we had a family picnic dinner and the girls farewelled their parents in preparation for their campfire and sleepover.
The Y4 team went on camp to Sonshine Ranch near Papakura for horse trekking, ziplining, kayaking on a dam, a giant rope swing and an evening walk to see the glowworms.
Later in the year, our Y5 and 6 girls had their Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) camp experiences. The Y5 team had two nights at the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre in Long Bay. I went along and was thrilled to see the girls tackling challenging, outdoor education activities that required a range of practical skills, teamwork and problem solving. All girls showed true grit. The Y6 girls had also had a fantastic three-night camp at Lakewood Lodge Farm Adventure Camp near Huntly.
Principal Roz Mexted officially opened the Art Trail in September. We held an outdoor assembly to acknowledge the girls’ creativity and later welcomed parents, grandparents and friends of the College to pop in to view the trail while our music groups performed. Visitors were upskilled in the use of QR readers to scan and hear recordings from the girls about their process and learning. It was a special day for our girls, their family and our community.
The Y6 graduation was a fitting finale for our senior girls. They were all excited to attend their special night and share their learning with their parents. They developed, designed, scripted, choreographed and created this innovative and enjoyable celebration of learning.
With all of these opportunities and experiences, our girls are consistently supported by our caring teachers, parents and caregivers who develop strong partnerships ensuring the arms wrapped around approach to supporting our girls. These relationships are integral to the development of each St Cuthbert’s Junior School girl and the young woman she will grow to be.
We have had a wonderful 2017. I wish you all a lovely festive season and I look forward to seeing you all in 2018.