Our theme for this, the final term of 2016, is Connected Community. This is the Southern arm of our Compass and focuses on creating a sense of belonging and involvement in the College family, fostering mutual respect and courtesy, linking with the wider NZ and global community, enhancing dialogue and building sustainability.
I talked about this at our first assembly this term and the very special nature of a school like ours where we can come together in so many ways to acknowledge, celebrate, share, support, mark special rites of passage, and recognise the importance of tradition with our end of year practices and events.
Our alumnae are very special to the College. It was wonderful to meet and talk to those during the week who left us 50 years ago and have returned to the College for the Club 50 morning tea to mark this memorable occasion. The Old Girls Association was established in 1917 when the pupils of that time asked that the link with the school should not be broken and that there should be an annual reunion at the College on March 20 St Cuthbert’s day. The Chronicle of that year recorded that “For the future of the school, its stability, and its continuity nothing can be more important than that it shall be firmly rooted in the affection of all its children, who loved it, and made it not only what it is but what it shall be. For each girl who has grown up with us, to come back to the school is, in a sense, to come home.”
For our Senior girls this term is all about exams and striving for their personal excellence. For IB and NCEA girls these last few days are all about targeted revision and making final study plans for the weeks ahead. Next week we farewell the girls with Prank Day for Year 13 and a very special assembly where we come together with the little girls from the Junior School singing a special song to wish Years 11-13 goodbye and good luck.
On November 1 we will be welcoming Ms Roz Mexted to the College as Principal Designate. Over the rest of this term she will meet and connect with staff and the wider school community to create a solid foundation before assuming full Principal duties from Term 1 next year. We are looking forward to having her join the College.
Ms Helen Robertson