While seniors toil away at examinations, the rest of the school is presenting and celebrating the work they have done over recent months. This translates into lots of happy activity all of the campus. The Reception to Year 3 classes had a fantastic sports day earlier in the week, demonstrating speed, agility and House spirit; the sports field was a blaze of colour with House banners, balloons and girls in House colours; it was great to see parents joining in with the parent activities and I believe knucklebones skills were resurrected by some.
Last night’s Nativity service was very special and it was wonderful to see the focus, enjoyment and involvement the girls brought to the service. Classes and teachers are getting ready for girls to make the transition from one school to another with the Year 6 Moving Up ceremony shortly and the Year 8 Graduation and Celebration this afternoon. Year 9 were pitted against one another with the Spelling Bee this morning. For many of the older girls this is a time when their efforts come together and it has been great to see how (comparatively) calm the girls have been going into both internal and external exams.
We have just farewelled a Year 10 team off to participate in a by-invitation STEM Forum on the Gold Coast with schools from around the Pacific region, while our Junior Water Polo team is at the North Islands, their preparation on track after great wins in our pool over the weekend against Rangitoto and St Kentigern. We heard with great pleasure early this week that Year 12 student Amelia Kendall has won the Sunday Star Times Student Short Story competition and we were delighted to see seven of our students at last week’s Young Sportperson of the Year Awards with Isla Bint (Hockey) and Georgina Llewellyn (Equestrian) taking out the title for their code and with Isla being a finalist for the overall Young Sportwoman of the Year title. Both our Young Enterprise teams are off to Wellington for the national competition shortly. Our Year 13 graduating class are reaping some early rewards of hard work with over 90 tertiary scholarships being offered to the year group and with girls getting to interview stage for leading universities internationally.
And just before school started this morning there was a big group of girls in the Fitness Centre doing a Zumba session with our fitness instructor and the music at full volume. There is no shortage of activity and involvement at this stage of the year!