The past week has been a real celebration of cultures with our cultural groups preparing to perform at Polyfest. We have eight cultural groups this year- Kapa haka, Samoan, Thai, Mongolian, Indian, Tibetan, Korean and Chinese. The girls are very keen to be involved in this experience and have spent long hours rehearsing their dances. Pofia Fia night on Tuesday was a very special evening with all groups performing in front of their many supporters. It was a vibrant evening with traditional dancing and the girls dressed in the costumes reflecting their culture. Ms Mahon and I went out to Polyfest and had the privilege of seeing our Kapa haka perform. It was an outstanding and emotional experience. We felt very proud of the girls and of the staff involved. Many of our staff spend time supporting the cultural groups and take real pleasure in the enjoyment the girls have in being part of this experience and in the wonderful performances. A special congratulations to Mr Carlin Shaw, Mrs Kylie Middleton and the girls in the Kapa haka – who were placed third in the girls’ haka section.
St Cuthbert’s Weekend is a special weekend where we recognise the importance of St Cuthbert to the College, hold our annual open afternoon, have our creative House Flowers competition, and commission our Year 13 girls as student leaders of the College. This was a very special weekend for our Old Girls as it is their Centenary year. It was wonderful to see so many Old Girls back with us at the Centenary Cocktail party. There was much to talk about and laugh over as they caught up with friends and reminisced about their time at the College. House Flowers is an essential part of the weekend and there is keen competition between the Houses. This year these were held in the PAC building. With the theme of Childhood, the girls came up with some very imaginative and colourful floral creations. Iona were the winners with Barney, Melrose with red trolley was second and Durham’s Care Bear was third. Congratulations to all girls involved.
Following on from setting up a Year 9 Commons, we have now established a Year 10 Commons – a gathering place for Year 10 as a year level which they can call “home” and where they can relax together with their friends. This is upstairs on the mezzanine of the Information Centre. There are colourful bean bags and chairs for the girls to enjoy. Mr James Waugh will be the Year 10 Commons Father and will have the year level overview
From Left: Year 10 Common Room Right: Open Day Robotics Below: Suessical Rehearsals
We hope to have a commons space for Year 11 girls within the next few weeks.
Congratulations to Miss Morrison and both our dragon boating teams who competed with such spirit and obtained outstanding results at the Dragon Boating Festival held at Lake Te Puke on Sunday.