On Monday and Tuesday, Ms Corkery travelled to Auckland with ten Year 10 students who attended the BEAMS event at University of Auckland. BEAMS (Business, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine and Science) aim is to encourage Year 10 Maori and Pacific students to consider science related courses and to continue to take mathematics and science subjects up to Year 13.
Year 8 students held their Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday night and a number of girls received an Aston Award, which comprises areas of sports, cultural, academic and service areas. Congratulations to the following girls who received an Aston Award:
This week being Te Reo Week has seen the Year 9 students immersed in Maori language and culture. They have taken classes in Maori language, learnt to use poi and have visited the Marae, as well as making kites out of flax.
Next week is Year 10’s turn who will have the Rich Task, which sees students working together to make a new country. A market place will be held at the end to see the new countries that have been created.
Juniors have also been busy practising for the Carol Service, which will be held at 5.00pm on Sunday 29 November in the Chapel. All families are very welcome to attend this special annual event.
The Christmas Raffle will be drawn at the service. Donations for the raffle can still be dropped off at the student office.
A reminder that the Passion Project Expo will be held at 5.30pm on Tuesday December 1. A number of the students will present their work in the Chapel and following this there will be time to view more of the work in the Library. Please remember your wallets, as some girls have turned their passion into fundraising or business activities.
Year 10 students returned this afternoon after a fun filled week at Camp Tautuku. Thank you to staff and parent helpers who were involved for making this a great trip for the girls.
Mrs Maw and Mrs Smith also took a group of junior students to Warrington for a two day writing retreat. This is a great chance for girls to explore ideas and language and, as you can see in the photo above, the sun did come out for a bit!
Year 7, 8 and 9 form classes have been involved in a football/basketball mash up tournament played at lunchtimes. It is great to see the girls getting involved and having fun.
Last week Ms Corkery attended a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award service for three Old Girls. Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae presented Philippa Dingle, Georgia Lepine and Julia Stewart with their awards at the Glenroy Auditorium.
We are delighted to announce that Mrs Ella Murdoch has been appointed to the HOD English role and will join us in January 2016. Mrs Murdoch is an experienced teacher with a special interest in supporting individual learners through Gifted and Talented and Scholarship programmes. Mrs Maw has been an excellent HOD of this curriculum area, and we are grateful for her commitment over the past two years. Mrs Maw has relinquished the HOD role so she can concentrate on leading curriculum initiatives and staff professional development as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
We farewelled senior students on Tuesday and today NCEA examinations have begun. We know students have worked hard and are well prepared for their examinations and wish them all the best for the opportunity to test and challenge themselves.