St Cuthbert’s College Winter Ball
There was much excitement in the Senior School last week as our Senior Academy students prepared for their College Ball which was held at the Pullman Hotel on Friday. An exceptional group of Prefects and Visual Arts Committee parents worked with the College to ensure the girls had a wonderful night.
Special thanks to our Head Girl’s parents, Mary-Anne Lowe and Rob Young, and their committee; and to the Visual Arts parents, James Beetham and Belinda Scott, Rebecca and Greg Wilkinson and their committee.
The Visual Arts girls, ably lead by Sara Beetham and Pieter Wilkinson, had a stunning surprise in store for their peer group on Friday night and the girls all had a wonderful time. Be sure to watch this space in the next edition for photos of the ball theme ‘Paradisum’.
Ready for Rio
The College is extremely proud of its Old Girl Olympians. Theresa Fitzpatrick is in the New Zealand Women’s Sevens Team, and Polly (Olivia) Powrie, a previous gold medal recipient, is representing sailing in the 470 Class. Elizabeth Thompson and Stacey Michelsen are pivotal members of New Zealand’s Women’s Black Sticks Team. Our best wishes go to these outstanding athletes. We will all be glued to the television screens during the broadcast of their events.
Brain Bee is a competition run in New Zealand and Australia for Year 11 students which involves eight to ten months of careful and thorough preparation on topics that focus on the structure and function of the brain. The students learn about the latest discoveries in neuroscience research, dispel misconceptions about mental illness and find out about exciting career opportunities in brain research. St Cuthbert’s entered two teams into the North Island competition involving 40 schools which was held at the University of Auckland Medical School on July 7.
Kassandra Wang, Cindy Lin, Celine Goh and Naushiha Aravinthan formed Team 1 and Luka Maamaloa, Rosanna Wu and Georgia Odlin were Team 2. St Cuthbert’s Team 1 came 1st in the Team Event, and Kassandra Wang came 2nd in the individual section of the competition and was the top girl. Kassandra also won a large Sony TV for the College.
We would like to thank our conscientious Year 12 mentors, Emily-Jade Yee, Olivia Cen and Zi Han Gao who kept the team on task and provided interesting activities. We are also very grateful to Mrs Roberta Batistich for her wisdom and guidance.
The College Junior and Middle school choirs’ participation in the Kids Sing competition is an eagerly awaited event in the College choral programmes calendar for girls of this age range. It provides our students with the chance to engage in high-quality choral music-making in a team environment and work towards a shared musical goal. Our warmest congratulations go to all involved in achieving these fabulous results.
Kids Sing 2016 results:
Junior Back Watch Singers – Director Amelia Giles
Student Accompanists: Francesca Qu, Serena Li, Sandy Niu, Anna Elisara, Elizabeth Kim
- Gold Award
- Lawson Award for Best Performance of a New Zealand Composition
- Best Performance of the Competition Test Piece
- Best Primary School Choir
Song Squad – Director Megan Flint
Student Accompanist: Jia Jia Che
(One of only three Gold Awards given to Intermediate School choirs in the 2016 competition)
For further music news please refer to the article from the Music Department.
On Wednesday 3 August, the Senior Talent Quest was held in Clouston Hall. There is a huge range of talent in the College so the judges had a hard task before them. Our congratulations go to the following students:
1st Emma Pitt and Ella Guinness singing Impossible
2nd Alice Otten dancing – Lyrical/Jazz
3rd Rebecca Fala and Isabella Richardson in a comedy dance act
Highly Commended – Mary Allen and Anna Elisara
Our thanks go to Ms Tourelle and this year’s Performing Arts Committee ably lead by Georgina Jones and Anna Roberts, and to the MCs on the night, Mia Haysom and Gyllian Taei. Thank you too, to judges PJ from ZM, Old Girl Kate Cameron and Max Key, and to all our sponsors especially Architectus, SecureCom and Russell McVeagh for donating our first, second and third prizes.
We are grateful to all who attended this concert which is a fundraiser for Manurewa East Primary.
Ella Guinness and Emma Pitt
Reminder: Term 3 is when many people develop winter chills. If your daughter is not feeling well it is much better to keep her at home than send her to school.
Ms Justine Mahon