This is Mrs Reid’s last College Connection as Principal of the College and over the last few days of the term there are a number of special events to mark her outstanding contribution to the College. I would also like to acknowledge and thank her for everything she has done for the girls and staff in Senior School. There will be a special farewell for Lynda at our assembly next Friday.
While this will be a huge change for the Senior School and for the College, nothing will change in our provision of the most outstanding quality of education for your daughters. There will however be some changes of role in Term 4. I will be Acting Principal and Deputy Principal, Ms Justine Mahon will take up my role as Head of the Senior School.
This is the time of year when we celebrate and honour the achievement of girls in both cultural and sporting activities. What these girls do and the standard they achieve is just impressive- and they still find time to be teenagers and enjoy life. Our Cultural Honours awards ceremony on Wednesday night recognised outstanding talent in wide range of cultural activities. Congratulations to all recipients and in particular those who received quadruple and quintuple honours. Next week we will have the opportunity to recognise outstanding sporting achievement at our annual Sport Colours dinner.
Various external competitions and fairs give our girls the opportunity to compete against students from other schools. Recently our science and debating girls showed that their knowledge, skill and ability were at the highest level. At Science Fair they won two of the three prestigious platinum awards with Melissa Wang also being nominated for the Prime Minister’s Science Prize. In debating our Team 1 defeated Westlake Boys High to win the overall Junior Premier Auckland Division. These are fantastic results and we are very proud of the girls. STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths – opportunities provide great experiences for girls to showcase their considerable talent.
This term is now nearly over. A reminder that the girls in Year 9-11 can wear either winter or summer uniform for the first two weeks of next term. I encourage you to take time over the break to have a look at your daughter’s summer uniform to check fit and skirt length. The skirt should be on the knee.
I hope that you have an enjoyable and relaxing holiday break with the girls returning ready for all the challenges that Term 4 will bring.
Ms Helen Robertson
Associate Principal and Head of Senior School