Our community has come together in so many ways over the past two weeks with many different events connecting staff, girls and parents. These are special times for those involved with lots of fun, laughter, learnings and shared memories of wonderful occasions.
A very special event earlier in the week for us was the Mihi Whakatau to welcome Ms Roz Mexted to the College. This was a very moving and heartfelt ceremony and was a defining point for the College. Roz will take up her role as Principal next year, and use the remaining weeks of this year getting to know the College as well as meeting with staff, girls and parents. A reminder that if you would like to come and meet Roz, there are welcome events next Tuesday morning and evening. Please contact Mrs Sarah Powrie ext 7607 if you would like further information.
For the Senior Girls, Prank Day and the special assembly to say goodbye are now behind them. They are now on study leave preparing for their NCEA and IB examinations. Many are making use of the library for study where there is an atmosphere of focus and purpose as the girls concentrate on areas of priority for them. I wish them all the very best of luck for the external exams.
Our Boarders are an integral group in our community and operate as one big family. This year we have one of the largest groups of Year 13 Boarders we have had for a number of year. In a very special leavers’ dinner for them it was wonderful to hear tributes to their leadership from girls in each of the other year levels. What came through so clearly was the love and respect they had for the “big” girls and what a positive influence they have had on the other girls in boarding.
Last Friday was a very big day for Year 6 with their Graduation Banquet. I felt privileged to be part of this and was so impressed with the amazing talent, range of abilities, and the depth of learning that come through in such amazing performances. While the night was all about the girls who looked so beautiful in their white graduation outfits, I would like to express my gratitude to all of the staff and parents who worked so hard behind the scenes to make this such a spectacular evening.
On Wednesday we had an orientation day for those students and their families who are joining our community next year. The girls are coming in at all levels across the College and this day is important in ensuring their transition is as seamless as possible. I enjoyed talking with the different groups and hearing how excited the girls are about starting here in February.
There are also important years within the College when the girls transition between schools. For Year 8 it is the time to start thinking about the Senior School and what it is going to be like. Recently we held sessions with both girls and parents to provide key information and answer any critical questions. It was great to get such positive feedback about both events. If anyone was not able to attend and would like further information then please let me know.
For Year 3 – 6 yesterday was all about athletics. It was a day filled with colour, excitement, fun and great competition, supported by wonderful weather. It was lovely to talk with so many parents and hear of all the great things that the girls are doing.
One of the wonderful things about my job is getting the chance to walk around the College to see what is happening in classrooms and how wonderful teachers engage the girls in their learning. This week it was Year 7 Science with Mrs Tipping where the girls were investigating the science involved in creating “ghost” bubbles and Year 8 Science with Mrs Olsen investigating the first stages of flight with egg dropping experiments. The photos say it all!
Ms Helen Robertson