We have had a long standing relationship with Aranui School in Christchurch since the earthquakes in 2011. One of our important Values projects in the College has been to provide sweets for the Aranui School community. Since the earthquake devastated Christchurch in 2011, it has been a tradition for the girls of St Cuthbert’s College to bring small bags of sweets to school to share with the children of Aranui Primary at Christmas time. The sweets have been collected into ‘Santa sacks’ and sent down to Aranui before the end of their school year. Aranui School have told us how much they appreciated our ongoing support over the last seven years.
Sadly Aranui School is closing and their community have gifted their piupiu to the Junior School. This Taonga was received during our Melrose House led assembly. Aranui School delegates, Principal Mr Mike Allen, Whaea Kelly and the Head Boy and Head Girl attended our assembly. This was a very special occasion and we all felt humbled by this generous gift.
My thanks to Sue Armstrong TIC of Year 5 camp for facilitating the Year 5 Camp information evening recently. As always these community meetings are well supported. It is fantastic to see the progression of skills our girls develop in the Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) experiences. Thanks to all Year 5 staff and parents in their support of this experience for our girls.
Year 5 and 6 Speech Competition
I was delighted to judge the Year 5 and 6 St Cuthbert’s College Speech Finals this week. Each of our finalists delivered well structured and interesting speeches. The quality in delivery of each speech was impressive. Congratulations to finalists: Isabel Fletcher, Alexandra Fletcher, Savannah Jansen, Sophie Robb, Sophia Elvidge, Zoe Guan.
Congratulations to our runner up Stella Chaplin, ‘Usage of Phones’ and our 2016 winner of the Year 5 and 6 Speech Competition Elizabeth McGann, with her speech on, ‘Random Acts of Kindness .
North Island Primary School Ski Champs
Congratulations to the following students who recently competed at the North Island Primary School Skiing Championships. The girls did extremely well. My thanks to Georgina Spencer and Dominic Stow for supporting with the organisation of these girls with our parents.
Year 5 and 6 race (120 plus in the race)
Hana Ehsankya 5th place
Coco Shale 11th place
Pieter Spencer 8th place
Christabella Hourigan 10th place
During the past week the Year 6 classes have hosted our new Year 7 2017 girls. Each class had a lovely morning tea followed by an induction programme of fun activities to build relationships. The girls and Year 6 and 7 staff enjoyed this opportunity.
Dr Judith Locke, clinical psychologist delivered a thought provoking evening seminar to our Junior School parents this week. She gave many clear and practical messages on parenting. “A child who has been given the perfect childhood can’t cope with the less than perfect realities of adult life.” This session offered strategies for parents to assist their girls to grow into confident, capable young women. Her book The Bonsai Child can be purchased via the link in this College Connection. My thanks to Parents and Friends’ for their support with having Judith in the College this week. On Staff Only Day all staff attended a most informative session with Judith.
Ms Julie Gifkins
Head of Junior School