Last week we had a superb Year 7 camp at Motutapu Island. The girls rose to the challenge in all of their activities and it is always a real pleasure to see the number of parents and the enthusiasm and expertise they bring to help us provide such an amazing experience for our girls. Some of our students have never been away from home for four nights/ five days and this experience provides many opportunities for our girls to learn about themselves and how they deal with the range of emotions associated with the newness of the situation. One thing I am so proud of is that all of the girls rallied around to support their peers where they saw them struggling. Struggle is a natural part of life and our Year 7 and Year 8 camps are one of the many experiences we deliver in order for our girls to learn how they respond when out of their comfort zones.
The coffee and dessert evening for new girls with mother and grandmother Old Girls was a very lively evening with quite a few Old Girls from the same year group in attendance. I often tell our Year 7 and 8 girls that some of their best friends throughout life will be those they make at school and at this age. This is true for me, and it was a real positive to see it in and among our old girl mums. A big thanks to Fiona Geary for inviting us into her home for this celebration.
Our Middle School orienteering teams came back from the Sustainability Challenge on Tuesday completely buzzing about their amazing day. Both teams placed and they came back to school with two native plants in hand. On Wednesday they met with Mrs Reid to explain their wonderful experience and to seek her advice on where she would like to have them plant their prized new trees. Mrs Elizabeth Parsons is passionate about orienteering and providing access to the sport for our girls and it is great to see so many of them taking up this opportunity.
Ms Margaret Talbot
Head of Middle School