Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 6

2016 Scholarship recipients with Mrs Barron and guest speaker Mrs Kathy Grant

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This week we held the Academic Blues Service where we acknowledged scholarship recipients and students who achieved Excellence endorsements in NCEA in 2016.  Mrs Kathy Grant, ex Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and mother of ‘old’ Head Girl Rebecca Grant, was our guest speaker and her words were inspiring. She encouraged the girls to be brave, stay curious and remain humble.  The full list of recipients can be found here.

Thank you to those parents who attended the Maree Crabbe seminar on Tuesday night. The topics discussed were challenging and confronting but we are positive of the difference parents can make in young peoples lives.  If you were unable to attend, there are two tip sheets available that you may find useful:


Staffing Update

It is with regret that we announce the resignation of Mr Nigel Pacey.  Mr Pacey has contributed greatly to the school community and we wish him all the best for the future.  The position is currently advertised and we are confident we will find a suitable replacement.

Mrs Claire Laverty will be taking maternity leave in Terms 3 and 4.  Mr Lindsay Patrick, who last taught here in 2014, will be taking Mrs Laverty’s classes while she is on leave.  We wish her all the best at this exciting time in her life.


Good luck to all students involved in the Otago Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships and the South Island Secondary Schools’ Rowing Championships this weekend.


Chapel Matters

Have you ever sat at a bus stop or a train station waiting for that bus or train to arrive? Airports are another place where we sit and wait for some form of transport which will take us to the next destination, to the next point in our journey. This week in chapels we have started a series of reflections on the Stations of the Cross, an ancient tradition that recalls the journey of Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem on that last day of his life. From the Antonia Fortress where Jesus was sentenced to death by Pilate, along the Via Dolorosa to the place of his crucifixion (now the Church of the Holy Sepulchre), we symbolically walk with Jesus and pause at 14 stations, or stops, where we reflect on something that happened at that particular point.

Over the summer holidays Mr Rosenberg travelled to Israel and while in Jerusalem he saw many of these stations. In a recent assembly he shared some of his experiences. Here is one of his photos which shows Station IV, where Jesus meets his Mother, Mary.


Tolcarne News

At Tolcarne we started with the rugby on Saturday – Highlanders vs Crusaders – the mighty match, which was alive with supporters!  The girls enjoyed the atmosphere and it was great to be there.

This week the Head Boarders lead the first Tolcarne Committee meeting where each year level representative collected student voice around what is working well at Tolcarne, what we can work on at Tolcarne and what new ideas we can bring to Tolcarne.  The feedback the girls contributed was very valuable and with their ideas and suggestions we can together make Tolcarne an awesome home for our girls.

After school the girls are active with volleyball, touch, water polo, swimming, rowing, tennis, water sport trials, piano and guitar lessons – the level of involvement keeps our girls busy and happy.

This week we welcome Nicki O’Brien as the newest member of the Tolcarne team as our new van driver on a Monday through to the Wednesday evening.


Student Achievement

Olivia and Emma Andrew attended Oceans’17, the New Zealand Junior Surf Lifesaving Nationals at Mt Maunganui last week.  Emma made it into two finals and Olivia, although injured on day one, came back to pick up a silver medal in the U14 Tube Rescue.