Developing all dimensions
Throughout your daughter’s senior years with us, she will master the agility to switch between projects and careers; she’ll develop strong values and understand her rights and responsibilities in the world; her social skills will help her negotiate life’s challenges and opportunities; and above all she’ll have robust strategies to deal with whatever comes her way.
Our learning environment encourages girls to understand the value of knowledge and the context of what they’re learning, and why. In this culture, we see girls highly-engaged and genuinely wanting to learn.
However, we can’t ask our girls to deliver their personal best without delivering our own. Our teachers and leadership team are extremely passionate about educating girls. They bring this commitment into their classrooms and wider roles within the school community every day.
As a Knowledge Rich School, we have a school-wide commitment to teaching specialist subject in-depth and in ways that girls understand, retain and can apply. This Knowledge Rich approach means solid foundations are firmly established so each girl can confidently build on their knowledge, right throughout her school and tertiary learning life.
Whether she’s a competitive athlete or plays socially for camaraderie and fun, we encourage every girl to keep active. Our incredible facilities and sports programme caters for all sporting abilities.
Educators and recruiters are increasingly looking beyond academic qualifications to establish a picture of the whole person. Apart from developing valuable competencies, experience in the performing arts also helps a girl’s CV stand out.
Senior School girls also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in other cultures, through a number of cultural dance groups. These include: Kapa Haka, Cook Island, Chinese, Indian, Korean, Tibetan, Samoan, Thai, Tongan and Mongolian – which perform at our annual Pofiaifa Night and Polyfest.
Our Senior School girls are the custodians of St Cuthbert’s culture and traditions. As they progress through the school they earn the opportunity to step up into leadership positions, before passing the torch onto those who follow in their footsteps.
Right from Year 9, a number of leadership opportunities open up to our girls. The maturity and experience of our Year 12 and 13 Senior Academy girls is recognised with increased responsibilities, privileges and a uniform that distinguishes them as leaders of the school.
Year 13 is the culmination of all previous leadership experience and every girl has the opportunity to hold one of many leadership positions. Year 13 girls also enjoy a return to Kahunui at the beginning of their final year, where they attend a special leadership camp before they take up the mantle of their new role as student leaders.
Values are at the heart of our school spirit and as part of this, all Senior School girls are involved in altruistic activities. They give their own time and also help fundraise for a wide variety of not for profit organisations. This includes running school holiday workshops for Ronald McDonald House, offering companionship at the Elizabeth Knox Rest Home, tutoring students from Orakei Primary and rolling their sleeves up to help build as part of the Habitat for Humanity project.
Our girls proudly take ownership of their Values projects. Apart from making a positive difference in the lives of others, these initiatives help embed strong ethics and values for life.
Services conducted by our Chaplain in the Old Girls’ Chapel also form part of our Values programme and provide an excellent opportunity for our girls to reflect on their charitable endeavours, give thanks and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to live By Love Serve.