Today signals the end of the golden weather and of the amazing Indian summer we have been enjoying, one signal of which is the extension of the summer to winter uniform transition period until Friday 27 May! However, winter will come and with it will come more health issues. I want to take this opportunity to ask you as parents to take all possible steps to ensure that we have the most up to date health information about your daughter. It is critically important that you let us know of any changes to her health status, to allergies and medication and to your contact details, including emergency contact details. Out of date details can pose a real health risk for your daughter, so your support with this is really appreciated. To update your family details please email us here.
If your daughter has asthma please be aware that the College is permitted to carry only TWO emergency inhalers at any time; one must remain at school and one is available for field trips; on any given day we have multiple field trips leaving the College. It is really important that your daughter has her own inhaler with her at all times as we are not allowed to carry more than two at any time.
The winter sports season has got off to a fantastic start with some great games. Last week I watched the Junior A Football Team play an exciting game against Diocesan, which saw our girls’ skill and tenacity rewarded by a 3-0 scoreline, while the Premier Football Team made it 2 out of 2 this week with a win against Westlake Girls. Tuesday night’s annual Parents’ Shield 1st XI hockey game against Dio attracted a big crowd of vocal supporters from both schools and despite camping in the Dio half for the last 20 minutes of the game the girls had to be satisfied with a 1-all draw and retention of the shield. Our Year 8 team also played a great game against Dio and the scoreline was also 1-1. It was fantastic to see so much support for the girls, especially from our three Black Sticks!
Kahunui in Finals at Parliament
I am delighted to let you know that Kahunui, our remote campus, has been nominated for a prestigious national Green Ribbon Award for Leadership in Communication and Education. The Green Ribbon Awards are awarded by the Ministry for the Environment and recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s environment. St Cuthbert’s has been nominated alongside other leading New Zealand businesses and organisations including Fuji Xerox and Air New Zealand who have both been nominated as finalists in the Leadership in Business category.
The judges were impressed with St Cuthbert’s for the way that sustainability has been successfully embedded into the core curriculum at Kahunui through student-driven experiential inquiry and exploration.
Warmest congratulations to John and Christine Furminger, the team at Kahunui and our students who continue to make such a positive and practical impact through their sustainable practices at Kahunui. Their combined efforts will ensure that this special corner of New Zealand that we are all so proud of is preserved and prospers well into the future. The awards will be made at a banquet at Parliament early in June. We look forward to updating you once the winners have been announced.
Parents and Friends’ Association
This week’s Parents and Friends’ AGM was a very positive event and I was delighted to see James Sutherland and Catherine Patrick returning as Chair and Deputy Chair, with Cat Moore as Secretary and Jerome Salmon as Treasurer. We are really fortunate to have such an energetic, well organised and effective team leading the P&F; they have a really interesting programme of work and events ahead of them for the next twelve months. It was great to hear that tickets for next week’s Quiz Evening are selling like hotcakes and I am looking forward to seeing the fancy dress decisions we all make.
Mrs Lynda Reid