Christmas draws ever closer and as we go through the traditional celebrations and rites of passage at this time, it is important that we reflect on what the College has meant to us over the year. For me this is really thinking about our culture – something that is very hard to define but is really the intangible way we feel about the College and our place in it. It is the connections, relationships, shared experiences, collective stories and memories, and generosity of spirit that shape our feelings and add to collective understandings of what is means to be part of this environment.
Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to be involved with so many special occasions that reflect this – the Year 7 and 8 Athletics Day, the Year 8 plays, Year 5 science day, Year 10 STEM day, the Year 9 Spelling Bee and Year 12 art displays, the Auckland Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, the Old Girls’ House Tour, Parents and Friends’ meetings, the Reception – Year 4 Nativity, Year 8 Graduation, as well as the Year 5 – 8 Carol Service. Friday is Leaver’s Dinner and next week is all about the “lasts” of the year, especially for Year 13 who are now at the end of their time with us. We celebrate these events together, as a connected community with a culture that grows ever stronger. A great way to end the year!
It has been an honour and a privilege to lead the College over this term. I would like to thank you all for the support you have given me. Best wishes for a wonderful festive season and an enjoyable holiday break.
Ms Helen Robertson