We’ve had a busy and fruitful 2017. Our networking events in 2017 were a great success. More than 100 Old Girls went to our professional networking drinks event in September in the CBD. St Cuthbert’s College Old Girl, Antonia Watson, the Managing Director of Retail and Business Banking at ANZ, delivered an inspiring speech targeted at the younger professional Old Girls. Our guests were a broad mix of age and career experience so it was beneficial to everyone.
More than 40 members came to our annual Club 50 morning tea in the Junior School in October. The College’s youngest students entertained us with their beautiful singing and Principal Ms Roz Mexted updated the group on the College’s strategy and new initiatives.
The district reunions included a lively lunch with Scottish dancing in the Bay of Plenty on 23 September organised by Anna Finlayson-Smith and a ‘Gals Who Lunch’ event in Queensland in November. Trish Cotterell is looking forward to hearing from any Old Girls going to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April 2017. She would love to plan a get-together.
We staged the glamorous Graduation Ball for the Year 13 Leavers on Friday, 8 December 2017, at the Sky City Convention Centre and welcomed them to the Old Girls’ Association.
We have some fantastic events planned for 2018. All the Old Girls are invited to Anne Coney’s home for Summer Drinks on March 8 to welcome in the new school year. Invitations will be emailed out early next year.
The Club 50 Induction for Old Girls who left the College in 1966, 1967 or 1968 will be held during the Junior School St Cuthbert’s Day Service on Friday, 16 March 2018. This is a memorable occasion, a chance to join an exclusive club of valued Old Girls and meet annually at the Club 50 morning tea.
We can’t wait for the Decade Reunion cocktail party on 16 March 2018, for decades 2002 and 2012 when we will be opening the time capsule for the 2002 year group. There’s a packed day of events on Saturday, March 17, with the Old Girls’ Association Annual General Meeting at 10am followed by the Chapel service at 11.15am. The agenda for this key meeting of the year includes saying goodbye to myself, Nicky Pennington, and welcoming new president Penelope Peebles. It’s the 101st AGM and also includes the President’s report, Patron’s report and the Financial Report, plus the election of the committee and general business. There will be a lunch on Saturday, 17 March for the 1952 peer year and a dinner on Saturday, 17 March for peer years 1962, 1972, 1982 and 1992.
Remember that the deadline for applications for the Violet Wood Advanced Study Grant, geared at Old Girls, is 31 January, 2018. Old Girls, we are looking forward to you nominating fellow members for the Old Girls’ Honours Award, the Making their Mark, and Marking Service Awards which will be held in June next year. The awards morning is a special occasion for us to honour our outstanding Old Girls.
Waikato Old Girls should make a note that the Waikato annual general meeting is on Sunday, 8 April. Please email Sylvia Bethell: email@example.com or phone 07 866 5699.
Nicky Pennington, OGA President