Our hearts and thoughts this week are with those in the areas affected by one of the worst earthquakes in New Zealand history. As a community it is important that we look to see how we can help others in need. Over the next week we will focus on supporting the Red Cross with the work that they are doing in the affected areas. With access to key areas still restricted this is the best way we can help. Next week on Thursday 24 we will be holding a College-wide mufti day with all of the money collected going to the Red Cross. I encourage you to support this and give generously to those in need. In addition there are a number of initiatives happening within the College that will also contribute financial support. We are also working to establish a relationship with a school in need in the Kaikoura region. Once access has been opened up there will be other ways in which we can show our support. We will keep you informed of what we are doing and how you can help.
For the senior girls sitting external examinations the earthquake has also had an impact with scholarship history and chemistry exams cancelled. NZQA have now confirmed the new dates and times for these important exams. Girls should check the NZQA website for further details. At the College the external exams have been going very well. Feedback from the girls I have talked to has indicated that they have felt well prepared for the challenges and there have been no major concerns. This is a time of great pressure for the girls and their families so it is reassuring to hear these responses.
Earlier in the week Ms Mexted, Ms Mahon, Mr Nouwens and I spent a two days at Kahunui. It was an opportunity for Ms Mexted to experience the special environment of Kahunui and for all of us to talk to the girls in Intake 8 and the staff to hear the exciting things they were going to be doing over the next few days. As I visited the different houses and met the girls packing for an overnight tramp I was so impressed with their understanding and enthusiasm for the adventure they were about to undertake.
Year 5 were also on an adventure with their camp at MERC also happening this week. This is the culmination of so much learning and planning and really defines the Year 5 experience for the girls. I am sure there will be wonderful stories to share when the return home. A big thank you to all of the staff and parents who make this happen.
For Year 7 and 8 the weather was not good for their Athletics Day and it had to be cancelled but the great news is that we have managed to reschedule it for Monday. The forecast is good and I am really looking forward to being there so see great competition and all of the girls just really enjoying their day with fabulous House spirit.
Roz Mexted and I have just spent an enjoyable time at the Old Girls’ House Tour visiting some amazing homes. It was wonderful to meet and talk with so many people and see the support of this amazing fundraiser for the Kathleen Goulding Scholarship Fund. A huge thank you to the organiser who gave up their time to help and the house owners who generously opened their homes for the wider community to visit. The College is only as strong as it’s community and this is a wonderful example of a connected community coming together for a common purpose.
Ms Helen Robertson