Science and Technology Fair Results

17 September 2013


A St Cuthbert’s duo with a love of science won one of the top Gold Prizes at the Auckland City Science and Techology Fair.


Year 9 students Alex Fowler and Emily Mulgan won the NIWA Auckland Prize – for best exhibit in Atmospheric and Water Science category for their project ‘Go with the Flow’. They also placed second in the Planet Earth and Beyond category.


Joining Alex and Emily were 18 other students, selected to compete after impressing the judges at the College Year 8 and 9 Science and Technology Fair.


In total we were awarded 9 Highly Commended Awards, 3 category awards and 3 Special Prizes.


Congratulations to all these students!





Complete list of awards from the Auckland City Science and Technology Fair:



Special Prizes: (announced at the prize giving ceremony)



Gold Award:

Alex Fowler and Emily Mulgan – NIWA Auckland Prize for Best Exhibit in Atmospheric and Water Science


Silver Award:

Poppy McCall – Auckland City Council Silver Award


Bronze Award:

Ella Hartford – Clare Butcher Award for Natural History



Category Awards


Poppy McCall – Technology 1st Prize

Alex Fowler and Emily Mulgan – Planet Earth and Beyond 2nd Prize

Gabrielle Arnold – Material World 3rd Prize




Highly Commended Awards


Ella Harford                                                  LivingWorld

Isabella Price                                                 Material world

Olivia Cen and Olivia Woolfield                 Material  World

Alice Bowden                                                    Material World

Lily Eagles-Nielsen and Jennia Deng         Technology

Tayla- Rae Hall                                                 Material World

Bernice Kong and Sena Ogawa-Bracey      Physical World

Harriet Wren                                                      Physical World

Catherine Ye and Hayley Matthews              Technology


A Kayak Marathon NZ rep!

16 September 2013



Rochelle Austin has been selected to represent New Zealand at the World Kayak Marathon Championships in Denmark.


Rochelle and her partner Jessica Polo (from St Mary’s College) will compete in the Under 18 K2 race between September 20 and 22, which consists of a course of about 18km. After each lap (about every 4km), they have to get out of their 12 kg kayak and carry it 100m before starting the next lap.


The duo train between 5 and 8 times a week, with a regime that involves paddling, running and lifting weights. They were selected to compete at this championships after placing second at the nationals in April. That was a remarkable achievement considering the two girls only decided to paddle together the day before and had only one training session before competing.


At 14 years old, Rochelle is the minimum age to participate in this event. She has been sea kayaking with her family for her whole life, but only started competing in sprint racing for the past two years.


Good luck to Rochelle and Jessica!


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St Cuthbert’s Cookbook

10 September 2013


St Cuthbert’s shares its latest collection of family favourite recipes.


In their newly published cookbook, St Cuthbert’s Cookbook: Mind, Body & Soul, the College delivers a creative new take on their vision for inspiring young girls to enjoy great food and live life to the fullest.


Published to mark the centenary of the College, the cookbook features favourite recipes alongside portraits of young women and inspirational quotes. Most importantly, it raises funds for the College’s Centennial Centre for Wellbeing – a Sport and Health Education Centre being created to instil healthy eating choices and positive physical attitudes in young women.


The secret to the popularity of Mind, Body & Soul is that it features a unique collection of trusted (and often closely guarded) family recipes shared by the entire school community – students, staff, Old Girls, parents and grandparents – even John Key and Josh Emett feature.  It’s the cookbook where families all share their very best recipes and the stories behind them, making everyone’s cooking easier and more delicious.


This treasured collection has been created by such names as well-known magazine editor Christina Sayers Wickstead, talented photographer Cate Rainbow, food editor and author Pippa Cuthbert, Sarah Wren of Bambina café fame and Sonia and David McConnell from Benson Rd Deli. They have all worked alongside a team of passionate, talented men and women who have brought to life the positive role food plays in our lives.


BUY NOW   $40 (collect from St Cuthbert’s College) or $45 (posted within New Zealand)


Visit our website to place an order


For further information please contact Sarah Powrie:  (09) 520 4159 ext 7607 or






Hockey Teams Make History!

30 August 2013


St Cuthbert’s top hockey teams made history on August 29 when they both won their championships.

Our 1st XI beat Diocesan 1-0 to become the inaugural Auckland Secondary School Super City Hockey Champions for 2013.

The 2nd XI also beat Diocesan 2-1 in a fast and exciting game to take out the Auckland Secondary School Open A Grade title.

Su Arn Kwek scored the only 1st XI goal with just two minutes to go and the 2nd XI scorers were Stephanie Tan and Emma Holland.

Congratulations to both teams – what an awesome effort!



1st XI

1st XI: Super City Hockey Champions


2nd XI

2nd XI: Open A Grade Champions


Sylvia Jiang’s Piano Success

26 August 2013


Our superstar pianist, Sylvia Jiang, has placed 4th at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane on August 24.


The 17-year-old also won two major special prizes for the Best Performances of a work of Chopin and Liszt. This is a big achievement for Sylvia, who was the youngest competitor in a very challenging international field of accomplished pianists up to the age of 30.


Sylvia is in Year 13 and also part of the Young Scholars Programme at University of Auckland where she is working towards a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance. She practices up to 7 hours a day, depending on schoolwork and other commitments. She has been playing with her teacher, Qu Yong, since she was just four years old.


Early this year she placed 2nd at the Wallace National Piano Competition, where she was the youngest and only high school semi-finalist.


The adjudicator of that competition, Michael Houstoun, said Sylvia is “mind-boggling”.


“It is absolutely extraordinary what Sylvia can do. Sylvia has a massive range and the world is her oyster.”




Sylvia’s recent prizes, awards and recitals include:


2013: 4th place at Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, also awarded Best Performance of a work by Chopin and Best Performance of a work by Liszt

2013: 2nd place in Wallace National Piano Competition

2013: Selected to compete in Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition

2013: Winner of the North Shore Intermediate Recital Competition

2013: Featured on Maori TV’s ‘Matariki Magic’ show

2013: Tauranga Baycourt Emerging Artist Series

2013: Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Emerging Artist Series

2012: Winner of the New Zealand School of Music North Shore Sonata Cup.

2012: Winner of the Margaret Doone Piano Sonata Scholarship.

2012: Winner of the Schubert Piano Scholarship

2012: Winner of the North Shore Intermediate Recital Competition

2012: Performed with Dame Malvina Major.

2011: Prize for Best Classical Performance at the 2011 Indonesia Pusaka International Piano Competition.

2011: Attained a Licentiate Diploma from Trinity Guildhall with Distinction.

2011: Piano Traders 20th Century Piano Scholarship

2011: Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Concert Series

2011: Invited to play at New Zealand Government House.

2011: Featured Soloist with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Summer School.

2010: Winner of the Ronisch Auckland Secondary Schools’ Piano Competition.

2010: New Zealand Chamber Music Contest Winner- Auckland District Contest, National Finalist.

2010: NZIRMT Mary Nathan Memorial Piano Scholarship.




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