Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 1

Mrs Barron and guest speaker Lara McGregor with the 2015 Cultural Service Blue recipients
Mrs Barron and Lara McGregor with the 2015 Cultural Performance Blue recipients

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to Term 4.  There is certainly a lot to fit in to these last weeks of school.

The Cultural Blues Assembly was held on Wednesday and we were treated to some wonderful performances by the Kapa Haka group, Sings Hilda and Maddy Guthrie as well as a video of Mhairi Rowbottom’s scholarship Dance piece.  The full list of recipients will be published on the Award Ceremonies page next week.

Mrs Trish Conrad has resigned as Sports Coordinator.  After eight years of service to the school community, she has decided it is time for a change and we know whatever her next project is, she will tackle it with the commitment, energy and passion that she has given to her role here.  Mrs Conrad will be farewelled by students at next week’s Assembly and we wish her all the best for the future.

Yesterday students participated in the annual NZBlood Service donation.  Around 42 students travelled down to the NZBlood rooms on the one way in shuttles of 6 at a time and took part in the donation process.

It is great to see such a strong community minded attitude by the girls involved. Hopefully many will become life long donors and add real value to other peoples lives.
Mr Rosenberg would like to thank all girls involved. Their behaviour and respect for the public who were also at the rooms was exemplary. Many commented on how nice they were which is always pleasing to hear.

Today we had a group of students from the Class of 1980 come and visit the school and Tolcarne as part of a weekend reunion they have planned.  The Old Girl network is ticking along nicely with the Auckland Old Girls’ Association holding their annual Christmas dinner on November 15.

Interviews for girls in Year 7 to 10 will be held on:
Tuesday 20 October:  6:00pm – 9.00pm – Day Girl Interviews
Friday 23 October:  12:30pm – 3:00pm – Boarder Interviews
The Parent Interview booking site will be open for bookings from 9.00am Tuesday 13 October.  The Interview site will close on Tuesday 20 October at 12.30pm and reopen for bookings on Wednesday 21 October at 9.00am until Thursday 22 October at 3.00pm.

To access the interview site go to:


The parent code is CSN59.

Please note that school will finish at 12.00pm on Friday 23 October in order for these interviews to take place.


We have John Parsons in school on Monday holding a Cyber Safety Seminar.  Parents are invited to attend at 7.00pm in the Chapel.  Workshops with junior students have been planned during the day however due to NCEA examinations being so close we haven’t timetabled a workshop for senior students.  If your daughter (in Years 11-13) would like to attend the parent seminar she is most welcome to.

School will finish at 12.00pm on Tuesday 20 October.   Staff who are PPTA members will be attending a paid union meeting, an entitlement which is part of their Collective Agreement.  Although school will officially remain open until 3:25pm that afternoon, there will be no formal classes operating.  However, there will be supervision in the Library for students who need to stay at school until the end of the school day.  Buses will run at their normal time.

Student Achievement

During the holidays Olivia Gold completed in the NZ Surf Life Saving Pool Championships in Auckland, in which she won gold medals in the Open Women’s 4x50m Medley Relay and the Open Women’s 4x50m Obstacle Relay as well as a bronze medal  in the U19 200m Super Life Saver.  In this event she broke the New Zealand age group record along with the gold and silver place getters.

Caroline Burchell has been confirmed as a medal winner in the ICAS English Competition. Medals are presented to students with the top score in each subject and only 100 students in New Zealand and the Pacific Region have been awarded medals.  This is a wonderful achievement.

Emma Taggart and Zara Anthony-Whigham competed at the 2015 New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Championships in the holidays.  Emma placed first in the Intermediate Ladies Grade and Zara placed second in the Notice Ladies Grade.   As a result, both girls have been selected to represent New Zealand at the 2015 Australian Figure Skating Championships.

We have received notice that the Ross Creek Reservoir will have temporary track closures in place for three weeks starting Tuesday 27 October.  Please click here for more details.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal