Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 6

Students spent the last part of each day journalling as part of Social Justice Week

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Students in Years 7 – 9 have taken part in an Inquiry Week – Social Justice.  The girls have been lucky to hear from a wide range of speakers on a variety of topics and finished the week with a clean up of the Town Belt this afternoon.

Nadine Simpson from ‘Dunedin Welcomes Refugees’
Andrew Innes from Healthy Harbour Watchers

Today we held Orientation Day for our 2017 Year 7 and 9 students.  2017 boarders were also given the opportunity to go to Tolcarne for a light lunch and information session. There was a lot of buzz in the Chapel from these excited young girls and we look forward to welcoming them in the new year.

Mrs Barron joined the Year 10s at camp on Wednesday.  Unfortunately the weather has not been great but the girls have enjoyed themselves none the less. As always the camp has been busy and action packed.

Yesterday Dr Townsley organised an outdoor Chapel service that ended up in the Gym due to the rain.  Classes sat together on picnic blankets and each class was given a picnic basket.  The girls enjoyed chocolate, strawberries and popcorn and also made a paper chain.  Students were asked to write ‘things we are grateful for’ on one side and ‘things we hope for our world’ on the other side.  These pieces of paper were all stapled together and turned in to one long paper chain which are now in Chapel and will be part of the Christmas Carol Service.  The girls really enjoyed the different format so thank you to Dr Townsley for organising this.



A reminder that the Carol Service is being held on Sunday 27 November at 5.00pm in the Chapel.  Students are not required to wear uniform to this.

The Passion Project Expo is being held on Monday 28 November at 5.00pm in the Chapel.  Make sure you bring some change as there are usually some treats for sale.

Fundraising activity.

The PFA will have a stall at the Dunedin Fete on Sunday 27th November to sell the remaining boxes of Eco soaps. We still need some girls and parents to help with this by helping with the stall from 1pm to 4pm. If you are able to help please contact Ruth Napper on  4771017 or email 14wcreations@gmail.com

The Fete is at the Taieri show grounds, Gordon Road Mosgiel form 10am to 4pm on 27th November and promises be a great event.


Ruth Napper

A reminder of our Earthquake Procedures
With the earthquakes that the upper South Island have been experiencing this week, we wanted to remind all families of our procedures should an earthquake occur while students are at school.

Initially all people need to DROP, COVER and HOLD.  If a person is outside of a building they are to keep in an open space away from buildings, powerlines and trees.
Once the shaking stops people may come out of shelter especially if to remain would be more hazardous.

Please note for our parents: Students will be looked after at school until an adult collects them.

News from Tolcarne


A successful Christmas Dinner was held on October 27.  The dining room was decorated in the Christmas theme and the kitchen staff did a wonderful job with the meal.  This was a lovely formal dinner for the whole hostel to come together before seniors commenced study leave.

We have had the first site meeting with contractors to begin the fire sprinkler upgrade in the next few weeks. We are planning for the bulk of the work happening over the summer break, but the sooner we can get started the more we can minimise any disruption at the beginning of next year.

Consequently we will be hoping to start work in C Corridor on the 28th November. This will mean working with a very small group of Year 13 students, who may need to move out of their rooms for a couple of nights. We will liaise with the girls to ensure there is minimal distraction to their remaining study.

We interviewed a very strong pool of short listed candidates for the Director of Boarding position last weekend, but unfortunately one of the candidates was quite ill, and unable to complete the process on Saturday. We believe it is in Tolcarne’s best interests to ensure the process is completed for all candidates, so we have been working through that this week. This has lengthened the process somewhat but it is important that we are thorough, which I am sure you can appreciate.