Early in Term 3 I visited the Kahunui Campus and met the Year 10 students of Intake 5. Kahunui certainly is the jewel in the crown and the students are lucky to have the opportunity to stay there for an extended period. Using the outdoor environment as a classroom and being encouraged to try new things, builds resilience and independence in the girls. Talking with the students, it was obvious that they were experiencing something new and exciting that would definitely change their outlook on life.
Having come from a secondary school background it has been lovely to spend time with the younger members of the school. I have enjoyed popping into some of the junior classes at the beginning of the day to chat with the students. The opening of the Art Trail was definitely a highlight and my two guides, Y6 students Charlotte Tingey and Lilly Hay, did an outstanding job of showing me all the wonderful artwork.
Attending the Y6 Graduation Ceremony was also a memorable occasion. Clouston Hall looked amazing and the girls were stunning in their beautiful white dresses. The evening was a great success, from the telling of their Y6 journey to the Gay Gordons and waltzing with their parents. It truly was a very special night.
During the last two terms, I have attended a number of events that have highlighted the extraordinary opportunities offered to students at the College. Cultural Honours evening and the Colours Dinner are both wonderful celebrations of the talent and commitment of St Cuthberts’ students. I look forward to following their journeys as they progress through the College.
Every Monday evening, I have dinner with the boarders. Chatting over dinner has allowed me to get to know them personally and to find out more about their academic programme and wider involvement in the school. Attending Chapel after dinner is a lovely way to finish off a busy day.
The Carol Service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral was the first time that the entire College was together for a carol service. It was a truly memorable occasion and a lovely way to finish a busy year.
Moving forward to 2018, I look forward to working with the new student leaders. The leadership model introduced in 2018 will strengthen the House system and encourage all students to participate in regular House assemblies and activities that feature cultural, academic, sport, and service dimensions. Our student leaders will be interacting with their peers across the college and embracing our college motto – By Love Serve.
Although I do not teach a class, I will be visiting many classrooms next year to observe the girls in action. I look forward to seeing the innovative teaching and learning that inspires our students to think outside the box, question and enjoy their educational experience. The opportunities offered to our students, both inside and outside the classroom will allow them to grow and develop into young women who are well equipped to face the demands of life beyond school.
Associate Principal Moira Mallarkey