Evergreen Ties - November 2018

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From the Desk of Justine Mahon

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Ella Harford, 2018 Sherilyn White Memorial Scholarship Recipient



Shaping Resilient Young Women

Meet our Leaders 01 — From the Desk of Justine Mahon 02 — Ella Harford 03 — Shaping Resilient Young Women

Making Girls Amazing 04 — BY LOVE SERVE 05 — Preparing our Girls for Careers in Technology 06 — Amazing Global Girls


BY LOVE SERVE Bringing our Values to Life


Preparing our Girls for Careers in Technology

07 — Teaching Life Skills 08 — Financial Capability 09 — Annual IB Art Exhibition 10 — Moving up from Year 6 11 — Speech Success 12 — Year 7 visit to Orakei Marae 13 — St Cuthbert’s Performing Arts 14 — Wearable Art Show

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15 — Junior School Music 16 — Sport Snapshot

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From the Desk of Justine Mahon




Welcome to our Christmas edition of Evergreen Ties. This year has been a busy one, and our girls have enjoyed many successes, academically, in sport, and across a wide range of performing arts and cultural activities. I am very proud of every one of our girls and have loved celebrating their achievements and service at evenings such as our Cultural Honours Awards, Sports Colours dinner, and the many other events during the year. One highlight is the Senior School Wearable Arts Awards when the girls compete in their Houses to make the most wonderful creations all from newspaper! We hope you enjoy the photos on page 54 of the magazine.

At St Cuthbert’s we understand girls and how to teach them to achieve their personal best. Having taught both boys and girls, I often find that girls can struggle to take risks in their learning, as they worry about making mistakes. In my assemblies during the year, I have encouraged girls to be more open to making errors reminding them that life is a journey; it isn’t about getting everything perfect. Our teachers are experts in supporting girls to have the confidence and resilience to take risks and to see ‘mistakes’ as a critical part of their development. It is an absolute privilege to lead St Cuthbert’s, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our school community for their support during my first year as Principal. It has been a busy 2018 as we refreshed our external communications, and I have appreciated your kind messages and emails about our new branding ‘Making Girls Amazing’. I hope you enjoy some of our new advertisements featured in this edition of the magazine – Amazing Friendships on page 2, and Amazing Futures on page 20 both symbolising special aspects of life at St Cuthbert’s. Our cover page also features one of our new advertisements, and was taken during a rock band lesson in our Performing Arts Centre! Many thanks to all the girls and teacher Michael Zhang, who took part in the latest photo shoot. I also hope you enjoy our profile on the study of Dance at St Cuthbert’s by Head of Dance, Laura-Beth Warne. I believe the Performing Arts are an important part of a wellrounded education as they teach students valuable life skills beyond the curriculum. There is a strong body of research for example, that suggests that dance helps children develop emotional awareness and empathy.

Willis-Baker and Willie Baker, Catherine and Michael Heron and also Rebecca and Ken Couper for their unstinting support during the year, especially in the ball season! To our wonderful Year 13 girls, I wish each one of you every success as you leave our school gates to step out into the world. Your generation of young women will have so many opportunities ahead and I want to reassure you that you should not be concerned if you do not know exactly what you want to do yet. You are likely to have several different careers throughout your life, but your experience at St Cuthbert’s will have given you resilience and the inner confidence to attempt new things, to be adaptable, and to follow your dreams. Your years at school have been guided by our school motto ‘By Love Serve’, and those values will continue to provide a compass as you navigate life’s challenges and opportunities. You will always be a St Cuthbert’s girl, and as such, you will always have that connection to your friends, and our supportive community throughout your journey. Go well, keep close to those you love. We look forward to hearing your news though our Old Girls’ network. On behalf of our dedicated staff, and senior leadership team, I wish you all a safe and relaxing Christmas break, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Warm regards Ms Justine Mahon — Principal

I would like to acknowledge the outgoing President of our Parents and Friends Association, Catriona Moore, for all her hard work and dedication in ensuring our community has opportunities to gather together. We are so grateful for her positivity and inclusivity, and we wish her all the very best for the move back to Scotland. I have been impressed with the outstanding leadership of our senior girls this year, in particular Head Girl, Tiana Willis-Baker, Deputy Head Girl, Lucy Heron and Head Boarder Emily Couper. I wish to thank their parents, Susan

Above: Year 6 Graduation OUR LEADERSHIP



Ella Harford

2018 Sherilyn White Memorial Scholarship Recipient “If I have had a tough day, no matter what, I always come out of my training session with the girls with a smile on my face. I just love the girls and coaching them is so rewarding.” The Sherilyn White Memorial Scholarship was established in 1989, in remembrance of a much loved Old Girl and top sportswoman, Sherilyn White, who passed away suddenly just two months after she graduated in 1988. The Trust was set up by Sherilyn’s family and friends, to ensure Sherilyn’s contribution to sport at St Cuthbert’s is remembered, and to assist other girls to achieve their sporting dreams.

“I have always been a water child” It is not hard to understand why sports prefect Ella Harford was the recipient of this year’s prestigious Sherilyn White award. Humble, gracious, and passionate about teaching others, Ella says that coaching her water polo team of Year 7 and 8 girls is one of the highlights of her day.

Inset: Ella playing for St Cuthbert’s in the Delfina Super City Competition. Right: Ella competing in the match against Olympic Champions USA at the FINA Intercontinental Water Polo Tournament in Auckland. — 8


Each year the scholarship is awarded to a senior student who has demonstrated the ability to be a role model, and balance high achievement in sport with our school motto ‘By Love Serve’ – leadership through service to others. “It’s a huge honour to receive the scholarship,” says Ella. “I became aware of it a few years ago, when Antonia Young was the recipient. She was always looking out for me, and helping me with my sports training. To follow in the footsteps of the amazing girls who have previously won the award is a real privilege, and I genuinely feel that I am now representing the Sherilyn White Trust.”

In her humble fashion, when asked how she felt when the award was announced in an assembly, she said that while she had walked across the stage before, it felt strange to hear the speech from Head of Faculty, Health and PE, Ms Van Groenewoud about her achievements! “I don’t do what I do for recognition, although I appreciated the lovely things that were said. I coach and mentor younger girls because I just love it, and really enjoy seeing the girls develop in their sport. This year, I coached the Year 7 and 8 D team for water polo, and they won the Auckland League C grade – a full grade ahead of where they started! Seeing the girls develop their skills, confidence and teamwork is the best part of coaching! Ella is a leading sportswoman in her own right, with her eyes on a big future. “I have always been a water child, and water polo has always been my love. I am keen to represent New Zealand in the Olympics one day.” Ella played flippaball when she was at primary school, and when she started at St Cuthbert’s in Year 7, she began playing water polo. “I love the water, and when I first started at St

Cuthbert’s, I wasn’t a very outgoing person. Water polo has given me lifelong friendships – many of the girls I started playing with in Year 7 are still in my team in Year 13, and we have literally grown up together. Through sport, I have formed wonderful friendships with so many people all over Auckland, and it has given me so much confidence.” Ella plays the role of goal keeper, and describes one of her sporting highlights as being part of the team to bring home the National Secondary Schools’ Title in 2017, capping off the treble – the Auckland League, North Islands, and then the Nationals – which was a first for St Cuthbert’s. Ella then went on to represent New Zealand at the Junior (U20) World Championships in Greece, making the starting lineup against the USA, and holding them to 0:0 at ¼ time – a feat which had not been achieved before! Monique Van Groenewoud describes Ella as humble and grounded about her sporting success. “She is a quiet achiever who has spent numerous hours as a coach to younger students. Seeing her protégés develop from beginners to making top teams is something she takes a huge amount of personal pride in.” As a sports prefect, Ella is passionate about encouraging girls to try new sports. “I enjoy watching girls give something new a go. I decided this year that I needed to do that myself, and took up lacrosse for the first time. I’d never played before, and I had the most incredible time. Thanks to my team mates, picking up a new sport was made relatively easy for me, as they were all so supportive. I enjoyed lacrosse so much that I am going to play for a club when I leave school at the end of the year!” Looking ahead, Ella has big plans. Studying either in New Zealand or in the USA are both options she is considering, but whatever she does, it will involve coaching and mentoring others. “The Sherilyn White Scholarship will help with my future plans, and I am very grateful for the support,” says Ella. Principal Justine Mahon says she is very proud of Ella. “Ella is an exceptional young woman, and I have enjoyed watching her develop through her years at St Cuthbert’s. She is a very worthy recipient of the Sherilyn White Scholarship, and a fantastic example of what it means to be a St Cuthbert’s girl. She is someone who always puts a hundred percent into everything she undertakes, has unique talent, and makes a real difference to the younger girls she coaches. We wish her every success for the future.”





Shaping resilient young women


We sat down with Head of Senior School and Deputy Principal, Fiona Cottam, and Head of Faculty for Wellbeing, Jill Morrison, to explore the importance of shaping resilient young women to prepare them for the future. A girl’s teenage years can be some of her most challenging to navigate emotionally. With more media channels available than ever before, young people are being exposed to numerous and, more often than not, conflicting messages of what it takes to be successful. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy, stress, and the desire to be perfect in every facet of their lives.

The sense of having to live up to these selfimposed expectations means some young women develop a critical internal voice that can result in their being afraid to apply themselves to their school work or extracurricular activities for fear of failing. To prepare young people to be successful when they graduate, schools today play a strong role in supporting them to develop resilience and the self-belief to meet life’s challenges. Fiona Cottam has worked extensively with teenage girls throughout her career and recognises that these internal and societal pressures can be a lot for young women to cope with during their formative years. “There are so many difficulties to face as you become an adult, including studying for the qualifications you desire, domestic or work relationships, financial or physical hardship, and periods of illness or injury or very high stress. For young people this includes loneliness, a feeling that others are better or luckier than they are, or just feeling out of their depth in new situations.” What is resilience and how do you help young people develop it? Broadly speaking, resilience is the skillset that enables someone to identify and work through challenging moments in her life. Resilient people are able to adapt their behaviours to solve problems or address potential issues. “What you discover,” says Fiona, “is that you can deal with challenges that come your way, then, reflecting on how you did it, develop those capabilities for the next period of adversity. One of the major difficulties for some people is living in times of uncertainty; being able to consider possibilities and stay optimistic and confident while you work through uncertainty is a mark of resilience.” St Cuthbert’s Head of Faculty for Wellbeing, Jill Morrison, points out that there are many definitions of resilience, however she believes that resilience is best described

as “…the capacity to react to adversity and challenge in an adaptive and productive way.” Jill’s role within the school entails creating supportive learning environments where girls are able to explore building their own resilience. As the leader of the Wellbeing Faculty, Jill is responsible for overseeing a team that includes counsellors, a registered child and adolescent psychotherapist, and an Asian mental health practitioner. Under Jill’s guidance, and in conjunction with students’ teachers, Deans, and family, the team take a holistic approach to providing guidance on the mental, physical, and emotional health of St Cuthbert’s students. To Jill, it is integral that every girl develops resiliency skills so that she is able to deal with potentially challenging situations across every facet of her life. These skills, according to Jill, are “…an essential component for healthy adolescent development. Lack of resilience thwarts the emotional and personal development in young people.” Jill also notes that, while there is no popular consensus as to whether people are inherently born resilient or not, numerous studies have indicated that genetic factors may play a role in determining how predisposed a person may be to handle stressful or traumatic situations. “The good news is that resilience is something that can be learned and progressed. Developing coping and more adaptive skills allows young people to deal with and manage future adversity and bounce back from difficult experiences,” says Jill. Developing all dimensions: building resilience in an all-girl’s environment One of the many benefits of a St Cuthbert’s education is the emphasis the school places on developing all dimensions; that is, focusing on each girl’s academic, social, and emotional growth. What is particularly special about St Cuthbert’s, says Fiona, is that as a singlesex, independent school, the school’s environment enables our girls to develop OUR LEADERSHIP


Shaping resilient young women continued — “… a strong sense of who they are, untrammelled by expectations around a role that may be secondary to boys who can be quite dominant in co-ed settings.” “Knowing who you are is key to strength and resilience. Our girls learn to be comfortable in their own skin; they have the chance to be who they really are in a supportive and energetic environment where everyone has a place.” “At St Cuthbert’s, we put the girls in situations where they have to make decisions both individually and collaboratively. This is often in the classroom where they work either individually or in groups. When they work individually, they have to learn to be brave in making decisions alone and carrying through with what they have decided. When they work collaboratively on a project, they learn to discuss what to do and how to do it and develop problem-solving strategies together,” says Fiona. One well-known example of teamwork and collaborative problem-solving in action that is a rite-of-passage for all Year 10 students is Kahunui, a month-long residential experience designed to teach girls about confidently facing life’s challenges. At Kahunui, the girls are divided into groups of eight and live in and manage their own house, supported by house tutors. This means cleaning, laundry, menu planning, budgeting and cooking. Living together builds an awareness of the need to be considerate and respectful of everyone, which means that they learn to rely on one another, complement one anothers strengths, and develop new world-views. Jill says that the Kahunui experience is incredibly beneficial for young women. She points to several studies which indicate that young women who participate in outdoor

education programmes experience an improved sense of self, as well as better problem-solving, goal setting, communication, teamwork, leadership, and perseverance skills. Another example of a resilience-building opportunity that is offered to the girls throughout their time at St Cuthbert’s is the Mindfulness programme, which is an evidenced-based practice designed to enrich self-care, personal resilience, and optimal brain function. “As the adolescent brain is under “construction” with synapse pruning and constant growth, mindfulness assists with emotional regulation and the ability to selfsoothe. These skills will enable a calmer emotional state which helps with reducing the effects of anxiety and stress,” says Jill. Beyond the school gates: building resilience outside of the classroom One major factor in building resilience, according to Jill, is to encourage young people to develop strong social networks with their peers. While there is some academic debate as to whether resilience inherently comes from within or is developed with the support of others, some studies suggest that resilience comes from a person’s ability to connect with others. “Relationships are at the heart of growth and resilience. Many studies have shown that the primary factor in resilience is having caring supportive relationships. Strong supportive networks provide emotional support, trust, reliable alliance, social integration and reassurance of worth. Strong relationships embrace the essential components of mutual understanding, kindness and compassion” says Jill. Fiona agrees, pointing to the school’s extensive range of co-curricular activities as a way in which the school actively fosters friendships. “The girls have to talk to each

Interested in learning more about resilience? If you are interested in reading more about the academic research regarding developing resilience, here are a few articles to start with. – Seligman M.E.P. (2012). Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. Simon & Schuster. – Seligman, M. E. P (2007). The Optimistic Child. A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience. Tantor Audio – St Hilda’s College (2017). Principal’s Study Sabbatical Report: Research Girls’ Wellbeing and Programmes that Build Resilience and Enhance Wellbeing for Young Women. School research paper. – Vann A. (2017). Perfectionism in Girls. Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia.



other to organise themselves and, in doing so, naturally make friends and develop social groups based on a common interest.” Jill says the role that positive relationships and close friendships play in young people’s lives cannot be underestimated. “These relationships can represent a meaningful aspect of young people’s social support systems and have the potential to nurture healthy development and achievement. Young people’s close friendships can serve as the primary means by which they share and validate each other’s struggles, develop new identities and affirm new roles.” Ultimately though, the best role models for resilient behaviour are the adults in each girl’s life. Although parents may occasionally feel as though the advice they are imparting is not being taken on board, the opinions and actions of the adults in the lives of our students hold great weight and have the ability to change a young person’s outlook. “Young people truly feel the weight of expectations and cannot bear to let people down. Having opportunities to ‘fail’ and build problem-solving skills, and knowing that they come from a family who loves them and will help them work through adversity is paramount,” says Fiona.

What are some of the ways that adults can model resilience for their daughter? Here are some ways in which parents can help their daughter become well-rounded, resilient young women. • Praise effort and perseverance • Share your mistakes and encourage looking at failure as a learning opportunity • Encourage your daughter to adopt flexible thinking patterns: When every challenge is met with enthusiasm and creative thinking, she will see herself as capable and proficient • Help your daughter set small, realistic short-term goals • Let her know you appreciate and care about her and that you believe in her and her potential. • Model being able to adjust as situations change: Realising that challenges are part of everyday life will lead to a willingness to give things a go • Articulate that it’s OK to ask for help in difficult times




Bringing our Values to Life

St Cuthbert’s students have lived by the school motto ‘By Love Serve’ for generations. By the time a St Cuthbert’s girl graduates and goes on to the next phase of her life, St Cuthbert’s values are instilled in her daily actions. Service is at the heart of these actions. Our young women are role models for those around them and for their own daughters.

When asked about how we bring values to life, St Cuthbert’s Principal Justine Mahon explained, “Our commitment to both our girls and their parents is that we will give every girl the support and strategies she needs to become the best version of herself. From her first day at St Cuthbert’s, we help her to reach her potential, and our values are an integral part of that. “Through an integrated programme of learning and reflection, we instill in our girls a responsibility to live according to our school motto – ‘By Love Serve’. We find opportunities for our girls to practise this in their daily lives, and we encourage them to carry this into their community when they leave St Cuthbert’s. Service is absolutely essential to how we wish our girls to live their lives. “Our values are underpinned with a strong ethical framework and this is the basis for relationships as part of the St Cuthbert’s community and with others in our own personal networks and communities, including family and the workplace,” added Justine. “We are proud of what we are achieving at St Cuthbert’s. We are the only school to have such a comprehensive Global Citizenship framework wrapped around our curriculum. In essence, this approach encourages and stimulates our girls to think outside of their ‘bubble’ to look at the wider society and the world beyond, and so defines what their contribution to it might be. Justine adds, ‘By Love Serve’ exhorts you to live within that framework.” Understanding the St Cuthbert’s values and applying these to our every day lives is an important element of the school curriculum from Year 0 to 13.

Finding meaning In the Junior School, Sue Porter is responsible for Religious Education and works closely with Joanna Wells, Junior School Teacher and Values Coordinator to bring the values to life for our younger girls. The phrase ‘An amazing By Love Serve girl’ is commonly used in the Junior School to bring meaning to the St Cuthbert’s motto. Joanna explored what this looked like for the girls by asking a group of Junior School students what ‘By Love Serve’ means to them.

Charlotte 1DOR “Helping someone if they fall over” Isabel 2JAE “Helping others. If you see someone lonely, you play with them” Emily 2FSH “It is like if someone’s stuck with their maths and they need help, you could help them or teach them to get better at maths” Arya 3GEM “Saying kind things to each other” Alice 3MAA “Trying your best, helping other people and not giving up” Mei 4TYL “Showing empathy, which means putting yourself in other people’s shoes. It means feeling what other people feel” Claire 4CLK “Including others when they’re lonely” Tamsin 5HAR “Loving others when you’re in the playground. It looks like asking somebody if they want to play with you” Sophia 6GRS “I think of someone sharing something with another person” This was a valuable way to ascertain how the values have already been woven into the fabric of the classroom environment.



Junior School Values To build on this strong foundation and to support Years 0–6 teachers to integrate the values into their classroom teachings, Joanna, along with a core group of teachers and practitioners, identified seven core values that are currently being unpacked – one each term – Empathy, Resilience, Generosity of Spirit, Acceptance, Integrity, Respect and Compassion. Junior School teachers have the flexibility to integrate these into their classroom teachings in a manner that will resonate with their children. Students can explore what the value looks like at home, in the playground, and in their community. Joanna described how she brought ‘Resilience’ to life in the classroom for her students. “We talked a lot about resilience, about facing and overcoming challenges, and being strong with our decisions and actions. Girls were asked what resilience means to them and they recorded them on paper bricks that were put together to make a brick wall. We had the idea of presenting it so that the girls are like Superheroes who can push through the wall and break down the barriers.”

every day life, and to build ‘virtue’ layer by layer in a myriad of ways. “We look to marry up the values that are intrinsic to the Junior School with the service projects because we want our girls to feel the values, not just know them. Generosity comes from the heart. Giving comes from the heart. This is an important foundation for our girls’ lives.” Service is at the core of the St Cuthbert’s motto and students of the Junior School put this into practice – whether it is walking across to Elizabeth Knox Retirement Village to sing for the residents or fundraising for SPCA, the students give of themselves and learn compassion, empathy and generosity of spirit. “This is all part of an important personal learning journey for our girls. They first need to receive love in order to give love,” added Sue.

The values fall into two categories; internally focused and externally demonstrated. The internal values of Resilience, Integrity, Acceptance, and Respect helps to shape each girl’s character and the way she lives her life. The external values of Generosity of Spirit, Empathy, and Compassion are bestowed upon those people she interacts with and her community. The natural expressions of St Cuthbert’s values are recognised at the Junior School Assemblies where certificates are given to students who have embodied the values. As our girls progress through their school years at St Cuthbert’s, service remains an important part of daily life.

The focus on values is also brought to life with stories, songs and inspirational role models. For Resilience, stories about Sir Edmund Hillary and Frida Kahlo have been used and for Empathy, Mother Teresa. Values are reinforced through Sue Porter’s Religious Education classes, in the weekly Chapel services, as well as during the Junior School Family Chapel. Years 0 to 4 students participate in JAM classes (Jesus and Me) and in Years 5 and 6 these classes are called Footprints. The lessons are strongly linked to our Values programme with our school motto, ‘By Love Serve’, forming the cornerstone of what we unpack and discuss together in class. As described by Sue, “We aim to open the girls’ hearts and minds to the depth of each of the values. We aim to instill it in their OUR LEADERSHIP


Middle School Values Values underpin our girls’ education in the Middle School. Our motto, ‘By Love Serve’, is embodied in the way our girls embrace the opportunities they have to give back in so many ways. Head of Middle School, Margaret Talbot says that there is solid research behind the saying ‘it is better to give, than to receive’ and is keen to ensure that Year 7 and 8 girls are set on the pathway of giving back. “The annual Year 7 and 8 Social is a good example. The social is an opportunity for our students to host students from other schools, and, at the same time, to raise much appreciated funds for our two key Middle School values projects, she says.”

Middle School Project: Teddies Term 3 for Year 8, is a time to brush up on our sewing skills! All Year 8 girls are expected to earn money to pay for the materials to sew a teddy bear. The Service Team packages kits of fur, eyes and noses and it is rewarding to see these teddies come to life. Many skills are developed during this process. The girls learn how to cut out a pattern, thread needles, learn to stitch and stuff. Patience and perseverance are also needed! In the past, the teddies have been made with love and sent to children in the Lebanon Refugee Camp, Women’s Refuge and Presbyterian Northern for the Christmas parcels for children in need. In the past few years, a large portion of teddies have been given to children as they leave their six week stay in the Mangere Refugee Centre. St Cuthbert’s girls have been privileged to attend their farewell ceremony and hand out the teddies, hoping that these will provide some comfort to the children as they embark on their new life in New Zealand.

“During the Middle School ages children have a very keen sense of justice and fairness; and when they identify an opportunity, I believe it’s important that we facilitate their efforts to try and make positive change in their world. As such, we are often involved in supporting our Middle School girls in projects that have special meaning for them, for their friends or their whanau and community. In Year 7 the big values project supports the Make a Wish Foundation, and in Year 8, it is the Women’s Refuge. In addition, Middle School girls have made gingerbread horses for Riding for the Disabled, attended Presbyterian Support Services workshops, regularly filled the Sharing Shed as part of their House competition and supported Blankets on Beds and Jammies in June. “Recently, a St Cuthbert’s Old Girl from Oxfam came to speak to our girls after they raised funds for the Syrian refugee children. The list goes on, but I think you get the picture that our girls like to give and give and give!” says Margaret Talbot.

Above: This year’s bundle of bears ready for delivery. Below: A previous delivery to the Mangere Refuge Centre. 16


Above and left: The girls sew joy and love into each bear...



Last year, about 70 teddies travelled with Intake 8 to Kahunui where they were distributed by the Edgecumbe Plunket nurse to families affected by the flooding. The teddies are blessed by our Chaplain before sending. Here is the very special prayer that she says:

Blessing of the Bears We pray for the arms that will hold you tight, seeking hugs in times of fear and anxiety May they be arms that readily reach out to others, offering love and support to those around them. We pray for the eyes that will look into yours Seeking answers and friendships in a loving gaze. May they be eyes that would see the world in the same way that God does, seeing past outward appearances and into the heart. We pray for the hands that will stroke your fur, absentmindedly seeking comfort, may they be hands that are open, always giving to others and never holding back. We pray for the little voices that talk to you in the quiet times, Whispering their secrets May they grow into strong, loud voices, voices that speak words of wisdom and words of peace. We pray also for the hands that made you, That God will bless them for the love they poured into every stitch. May God travel with you as you find new homes and may his love spread to all around you. Amen.

Senior School Values

Blankets on Beds (BOB) Blankets on Beds was established by Year 10 student Hayley Minturn, when she was in the Middle School, and the initiative has been running for four years. Hayley has worked with a number of charities over that time, to help kiwi families in need put blankets on their beds. “I was singing in the professional production of “Annie”, and some of the money I earned, I decided I would donate to charity. I came up with the idea of Blankets on Beds realising that not everyone was as fortunate as I am, and that some people didn’t have basic things like blankets to keep them warm.” “When I started at St Cuthbert’s in Year 7, I talked to Ms Talbot about helping others through donating blankets. Ms Talbot and the Middle School were both really supportive. I was told by “Variety” the Children’s Charity (I had been singing in their choir for a number of years), that they had 25 families in need of blankets.” “The money I donated was used to buy blankets. I also put up posters and notices around the Middle School encouraging people to donate blankets and other bedding. In all, we collected around 80 blankets for those families in need, and for a local Community Trust, which was an incredible result.” Since then, Hayley has launched the collection bid for blankets each year, at the beginning of winter. 2016 saw the second collection for blankets, and the donations were sent to De Paul House for emergency housing, and the Presbyterian Northern Support Services. In 2017, when Hayley entered the Senior School, she ran the collection across both the Senior and Middle Schools, and also advertised in the local community around the school.” Hayley says, “I have really good support from the Values teams in both Middle and Senior Schools, and now I am in the Senior School, I work closely with my Melrose Dean, Mrs Ford and the Middle School to advertise and organise the collection of the blankets. I am very grateful to the St Cuthbert’s community for their generous support.” This year was the first year Hayley ran the collection independently, and she also collects blankets outside the school through friends and



family. To date, Blankets on Beds has facilitated the donation of nearly 1,000 blankets to families who need help! Hayley has recently spent time in the Middle School talking to students about her experience, how she established her project and inspiring others to make a difference in people’s lives: We are incredibly inspired by Hayley’s actions. She has shown us that everyone can make a positive difference and be a change agent in their own way no matter their age. Thank you again Hayley for sharing BOB’s journey with Year 7! — By Eva Simmonds and Fiona He Hayley Minturn is an inspirational girl, who strives to achieve and help other people. Blankets on Beds helps people who do not have enough blankets to keep them warm at night. Hayley gives most of her blankets to De Paul House. They give emergency housing to those in need. I think that it is amazing that she is able to make such a big difference at such a young age. — By Eliza Went Hayley Minturn was inspired to create a charity when she was in the musical “Annie”. Until she was in the musical, she didn’t realise that many people didn’t have the bedding that we have. When Hayley was in Year 7, she started a charity called Blankets On Beds or BOB.

We are incredibly inspired by Hayley’s actions. She has shown us that everyone can make a positive difference and be a change agent in their own way no matter their age.”

She first started running it at St Cuthbert’s in the Middle School but when she moved up to the Senior School, she started running it there as well. However, Hayley wanted to make it a charity that runs outside of school as well. Blankets On Beds is a charity that collects blankets and then Hayley takes those blankets to the families that desperately need warmth from blankets. Hayley works with many charities that help people that don’t have any supplies, such as De Paul House. — By Scarlett Sills OUR LEADERSHIP


Amazing futures



Preparing our Girls for Careers in Technology By Andrea Brady

If you have had the opportunity to be taken on an orientation tour of St Cuthbert’s, it is highly likely you would have been taken through the technology wing, on Level One of the Information Centre. The central corridor is lined with colourful posters, displays of student work, notices, and student lockers. There are four doors along one side of the corridor and behind these lies the heart of the Technology Faculty. The doors open into well appointed classrooms and workspaces where our girls have the opportunity to fully explore their creative passions.

Technology redefined

Since the integration of the Digital and Technology Faculties in 2015, and the appointment of Klaris Philipson as Head of Faculty, St Cuthbert’s has redesigned and redefined its approach to teaching technology subjects. The four key subject areas of Food Technology; Design & Visual Communication; Textiles; and Digital Technology have been designed to provide our girls with broad, transferable skills. Each subject area focuses on project management and problem solving  –  addressing a local community or global need, and empowering our girls to develop creative solutions that link the end user with the product or innovation. The language that is used deepens our girls’ understanding of the subject area and prepares them to enter the rapidly changing and evolving technology industry.

Exploring and discovering

As Year 7 and 8 students, our girls have the opportunity to experience each of the four subjects. As students progress into Year 9 they spend one term in each of the technology areas, and work together on collaborative projects. In Year 10, students focus on two chosen areas and undertake dedicated projects in their chosen technology elective. This is where their passions are truly ignited and their creativity unleashed. In Year 10, girls can also elect to study a full year of Textiles or Digital Product design. Through Years 11 to 13, students move to a more self-guided programme of learning, and start to explore future career pathways in their chosen area of study. Our teachers bring real world problems and challenges into the classroom and, through experiential learning, and a strong cocurricular programme, our girls are meeting these challenges head on and creating some truly innovative solutions. Through this redefined approach to teaching technology, our girls develop essential future skills: creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship.

Right: Year 9 Product Design Laser cutting — MAKING GIRLS AMAZING


Strong foundations A fully integrated programme of learning that starts in the Junior School and builds across a student’s life at St Cuthbert’s contributes to the development of mature students who are connected, independent and successful citizens in the new and emergent digital world. The ‘Stretch’ programme, which has been implemented in St Cuthbert’s Junior School provides a strong foundation for technology subjects in the Middle and Senior Schools. The ‘Stretch’ programme exposes our girls to STEAM curriculum areas (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and the synergy between the art and STEM subjects across Years 0 to 6 provides students with opportunities for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial endeavours.

Taking on the world As students step out of St Cuthbert’s to make their way in the world, a strong understanding and academic grounding in Technology provides our girls with transferable skills for a range of careers. The technology and digital landscape is changing rapidly and is a growth industry, providing a diverse range of career opportunities and pathways to tertiary studies.

The Four Technology ‘Doors’ 1. Textiles The first door I was taken through opened to a wonderful world of colour, fabrics, designs and materials. The students who had elected to take Textiles were exploring a range of design challenges involving the use of alternative materials and sustainability principles. One Year 12 student was making a duffle bag out of up-cycled sailcloth, the materials and industrial sewing machine sitting to one side of the room. A Year 13 student’s project was near completion – a sports bra with inbuilt protection for an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). A jumpsuit that was hanging on a coat hanger was explained to me as being ‘reduced-waste’, meaning the Year 12 student was challenged to reduce fabric waste during the design and manufacturing process, and had

successfully achieved this, reducing waste from 15 percent to 3 percent. Walking into a side room, a thin layer of SCOBY was growing or, more accurately, fermenting in a tray on a bench. SCOBY is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast and grows to provide an alternative textile product. This product grows in a kombucha broth, expanding to form a thin layer that can only be described as similar in texture to a gelatin sheet. Kombucha SCOBY produces a workable bio-textile referred to as “vegan leather”. Year 8 students have been learning how SCOBY is used in food production and in clothing production. They’ve uncovered the commercialisation opportunities for these alternative textiles and have had the opportunity to explore potential designs and construction of garments. A dress is currently under construction which is made up of each group’s piece of SCOBY.

The fashion industry alone is a $2 trillion dollar industry and is being redefined with a greater focus on sustainability and recycling. Two previous St Cuthbert’s students are now studying fashion design in Australia, one at RMIT and the other at Whitehouse in Sydney. A number of recent St Cuthbert’s graduates have gone on to complete university degrees in Computer Science and Engineering as well as post-graduate internships with Google. St Cuthbert’s Old Girls proudly hold technology positions with companies such as Orion Health and ASB.

Top: Sail Bag, Julika Hood Year 12. Left: Sports bra, Georgia Maoate Year 13. Right: Scobydress. Year 8 Textiles 22


2. Design And Visual Communication The second door opens to a room that is reminiscent of an industrial arts and wood workshop but the hand tools and old lathes have been replaced with CAD programmes, 3D printers, and laser cutters. The familiar smell of cut timber still lingers. Focusing on product design and design technology, this subject area is a steppingstone to careers in architecture, interior design, product and industrial design, furniture and packaging design and more. Year 8 girls focus on Interior Design and the Tiny Homes concept. Our girls are introduced to product design in Year 7. One design project required them to conduct research into cultural motifs and good luck charms and progress to design their own piece of jewellery that will protect its wearer. The jewellery is designed using a 2D or 3D computer-aided design (CAD) programme which helps to visualise the design, increase productivity, reduce waste, and provide a manufacturing template through integration with a laser cutter. The final piece of jewellery can be hand finished and worn. The concept of waste when designing consumer products is explored more deeply in Year 10. In their senior years, our girls are exposed to a greater level of design thinking and study the work of well-known industrial and commercial designers. Students’ creative skills are put into practice with freehand drawing, rendering of their designs and the production of a prototype.

Above: Year 7 3D Printing Right: Year 9 Product Design Laser cutting Jewellery Below left: Year 9 Product Design Tiny Homes —



3. Digital Technology Walking through the third door, you enter a digital, robotics and electronic classroom. There are half-built robots and electronic componentry organised into neat groups around the room. It is obvious that the students who work in here are creative, and inspired to challenge themselves to think outside of the box. There are photos of robotics challenges and screenshots of app designs and game prototypes. Our girls start with the basics in Years 7 and 8, addressing concepts such as data and binary, algorithms, computational thinking and control structures. Over their four-year programme, they are introduced to game theory and app development, graphics, web development, simple electronics, and robotics. The St Cuthbert’s Robotics team competes on a regular basis with local schools and showcase their robotics and projects at various school events. Last year our Robotics team “Cuthbots” represented St Cuthbert’s at a National Robotics competition. In their senior years (11 to 13, NCEA L1, 2 and 3) students undertake individual learning projects. In Year 13 one recent project was app development on the topic of Gaming Culture. This was approached in a myriad of ways, with individual students focusing on gaming addiction, LGBTIQ representation in gaming, representation of women in gaming, and the development of fine motor skills supported through gaming. Our girls started with a comprehensive project brief, identifying the issue and opportunity, stakeholders, constraints and cultural considerations before conducting market research and designing, developing and testing their app. They made decisions on software platforms, the tools and techniques that will be employed, and the evaluation criteria. These students have surpassed Gantt Charts and project management programmes, and are more familiar with Agile development using Scrums and Sprints. Students across all years have the opportunity to engage with leaders and role models in the digital technology industry through a GirlsInnov8 (#GI8) co-curricular programme of guest speakers and presenters, industry visits, workshops, competitions, as well as at the three-day residential camp for Years 9–13 girls.



Top: Year 7 Digital Robotics Middle: Year 8 Digital technology Electronic Game Above left: Year 13 Digital Swift Right: Cuthbots —

4. Food Technology The fourth and final door along the corridor takes me into a teaching kitchen. Half the room is comprised of a series of cooking stations, each designed to accommodate two students. There is a sink, cooktop, utensils and chopping boards. Tucked out of sight is the fridge and pantry with all the supplies required for the various classes. A demonstration bench sits in a central location, able to be seen from every corner of the room. Communal workbenches make up the other half of the room. This is where students who aren’t cooking will sit and conduct research or write up their reflections and prepare for their next practical. The room is spotlessly clean, well organised and smells of the fresh herbs growing by the windows. Students from other classes have talked about the mouthwatering aromas which come from the kitchen – pies, muffins, pancakes and French toast. I can only imagine this. Food Technology is offered to students in Years 7, 9 and 10. The introductory classes are designed to teach our girls the basic cooking techniques. Students are paired up so a girl with very little exposure to cooking will be partnered with a girl who may have spent years helping in the kitchen and is familiar with the techniques and skills required. Students learn more than just cooking techniques. The curriculum has been designed to align with the Global Citizenship framework so our girls are learning about nutrition, the importance and role of food in various cultures and cultural ceremonies, the origin of our foods and the concepts of organic and free range. They also explore food waste and the waste created by the food industry and consumer stores. In Year 10, students undertake projects that focus on reducing food waste and repurposing food waste in a healthy and creative way.

Top: Year 9 Food Technology Middle: Year 7 Food Technology – Cleanup Bottom: Year 10 Pies Far right: Year 9 Food Technology — MAKING GIRLS AMAZING



Amazing Global Girls

We all belong to a global community, sharing collective responsibilities, hopes, and goals. At St Cuthbert’s, by love we serve the world! — Libby Giles

The third International Conference on Global Citizenship Education: Platform on Pedagogy and Practice, was held in Seoul, Korea, in September. It was a privilege to participate in this forum and to have an opportunity to showcase our work on Global Citizenship education. This provided an opportunity to launch Amazing Global Girls. Our striking poster and accompanying brochure attracted a good deal of interest in our whole school approach. Global Citizenship Education (GCED) is a global goal to be achieved by 2030. Global Citizenship education is not the only solution to all global challenges, but it provides a good framework and tools, founded on solid and intellectually sound principles. The event was opened by BAN Ki-Moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and APCEIU Director, CHUNG Utak. Participants included teacher practitioners, academics, and governmental officials. With keynote speeches, workshops, and exhibitions, around 500 participants shared experiences and expertise in the rapidly developing area of GCED, co-hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and The Asia Pacific Centre for Education in International Understanding (APCEIU). APCEIU is based in Korea and provides resources and training. Our Deputy Head of Faculty for Technology, Kathryn Patel, recently took part in APCEIU’s online training in GCED, from which she has developed a comprehensive and creative plan for next year. The annual conference is a prime platform to promote conversations, share current issues, exchange multiplicity 26


of views, explore hands-on experiences, and to plant GCED firmly at the local level. One of the founding principles of GCED is learning to live together. While relevant to every person in every location on earth, each country and region has its own access point for bringing people together to take on the challenges in a period of rapid change. None more starkly than the divide between the two Koreas; the South having embraced the benefits of globalisation and its corollary, responsible Global Citizenship; while the North, a totalitarian state, seemingly uninterested in living together. Extremes aside, the current rise of nationalism poses significant challenges for the many who identify as citizens of the world, and local contextualisation was a key focus of the event. At very local levels, we saw examples of innovation and action, such as Choco Togo . Despite its significant production of cocoa, Togo did not produce its own chocolate until five years ago, when six young entrepreneurs started up a fair-trade processing company, Choco Togo. By way of introducing fairtrade to St Cuthbert’s, we launched our first Epsom’s Hottest Fairtrade Baking Competition. This was a collaborative effort of dedicated members of the sustainability group and the Global Citizenship Committee that included the whole school community. Along with the creativity, connectedness, and fun, this was an educational experience around fairtrade products and what that means for growers and consumers. Participants were required to use at least one fairtrade ingredient in their wares, that once judged, were sold to raise funds. Some of the creations were

indeed spectacular, even ending with an education, such as Grace Mora’s amazing Chessboard cake, with the chess pieces made from chocolate! Right across the school we have been busy with Global Citizenship initiatives, ranging from our performances at this year’s Cultural Honours evening, to Ethics workshops. The Centre for Science and Citizenship run interactive student conferences during the year examining practical ethical issues. Earlier this year, we had senior students take part in one of the conferences on the ethics of human reproductive technologies. This resulted in the girls being part of a focus group for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology. The next topic is ethical issues around the use of social media, and our Year 9 and 10 girls will be taking part in this, alongside other schools.

Global Citizenship Education at St Cuthbert’s

Our Asian Friendship Group has swung into action with the Asian Friendship Group Year 13 HUB programme including Tai Chi, paper folding, paper cutting, Chinese painting, and calligraphy. Many thanks to all the parents who have provided their skills for this programme. International Peace Day was marked with displays in the Atrium and the Frances Compton Library, along with a tutor time quiz. The winning tutor group was KOSMH which took the peace cake prize!

Whole school action groups By way of involving more people across the school community and working on a number of interests and issues, we are establishing groups where students and staff can participate with flexibility, according to their interests, skills, and availability. At this stage the groups are divided into two broad areas: sustainability and humanitarian. Rather than running weekly lunchtime meetings for the groups, people sign up online where they can take part in targeted projects, working with a range of partners. For example, the humanitarian group leaders marked World Humanitarian Day with a range of initiatives to both fundraise and raise awareness for humanitarian aid, including a very popular sausage sizzle outside Clouston Hall! The first actions of the sustainability group have been to establish a new waste management system and to survey the school community to help provide a range of healthy, appetising, sustainable, and costeffective food and drink throughout the College.

Looking forward, we have developed a number of initiatives, such as an Eco Passport which will be rolled out next year. Eco Passports enable individual organisations and communities as responsible Global Citizens to set goals and a statement of values for their particular group!

— Libby Giles

Partnerships are crucial in the development and promotion of GCED and that includes connecting all of our Amazing Global Girls, old and new. We continue to see wonderful initiatives and learning. Our Year 2 students wowed the whole school and staff with their beeswax food wraps – a masterfully planned and crafted project, articulated with clarity and confidence. Nothing less than amazing! In our Middle School, the Term 2 speech topic for Year 8 students connected with Global Citizenship. As a new developing concept for our students, this needed in-depth unpacking and discussion. The topics were all thought provoking, enabling the students to ‘step up’ to issues that connected with them, linking nicely into the term theme of Girl Rising.

Above: The Peace Cake Prize Right: Beeswax Food Wrap. —




Here we explore the HUB programme in more detail with Justine Mahon, and look at how the programme has been integrated into the teaching timetable at St Cuthbert’s. is fundamental to preparing them to be successful in the global world. HUB provides the opportunity to value whole education, beyond assessment, with focus on critical thinking and ethical decision making.

Teaching our girls valuable life skills

To reflect the importance of this approach, we have dedicated time within the current timetable for the HUB programme of learning. We focus on developing more than the academic skills of our girls. We ensure that their academic success is balanced with self-awareness, self-management and a sense of service to the wider community.

What is the HUB programme? The HUB programme (Health, University and Beyond) is an integrated programme of learning, which develops life skills for our girls and an understanding of their place in the world. The primary focus of our HUB programme is to set up our girls for a balanced and successful life beyond our school gates.

The core topics include: • Worldviews, Philosophy and Ethics; • Caring for your Mind and Body; • Financial Life Skills; • Developing Good Relationships; • Health and Wellbeing; • Career Planning; and • Global and Digital Citizenship.

Recent publicity surrounding the publication of a book on Financial Capability, by St Cuthbert’s commerce teacher John Duston, has raised the profile of the school’s HUB programme and the value of teaching life skills in parallel with academic subjects. 28


Content is introduced across Years 9 to 13 as appropriate to the developmental stages of our girls, underpinned by a strong sense of values.

Why was this developed as a stand-alone programme? Over previous years, we ‘borrowed’ time from the girls’ academic programme to dedicate to lessons that we deemed important – such as careers advisors from the University of Auckland to talk about scholarships, discussions about mental and physical health, guest speakers on ethics, or sessions about financial literacy. However, in the digital and connected world, young people need to develop a strong sense of their Global Citizenship, and our girls’ social and emotional development

As part of the curriculum, the topics, and the lessons that sit within each of the topics, are introduced across the five senior years of school life. By dedicating time within the curriculum for the HUB programme we aim to prepare our girls to leave St Cuthbert’s as well-rounded young women who can confidently manage their lives, and deal effectively with whatever challenges life throws at them. Listening to others and sharing ideas, develops confidence and tolerance for different opinions and values. We have a picture in our mind of who each of our students will be as a 25 year old young woman. The challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing world require us to prepare every girl to thrive, and to cope, socially and emotionally.

What is taught to students and when? Lessons have been developed to sit under our Global Citizenship framework, the five tenets of which are: Learning to Be: self-awareness, confidence, mindfulness, spiritual awareness, health and wellbeing. Learning to Know: fine academic results, career planning and guidance. Learning to Do: participation in community, sporting, and cultural activities. Learning to Live Together: an expanded understanding of key societal issues and the development of compassion. Learning to Transform Oneself and Society: meeting world challenges with insight and responsibility, including social entrepreneurism for positive change.

As our students progress through their school years, topics are introduced and discussions broadened out to address issues that are important and appropriate to them at each particular age and stage.

and the future of each of the industries. It is important our girls look beyond traditional professions and roles, and look at what the future may hold in terms of new opportunities and entrepreneurship.

Subjects within the HUB programme are not formally assessed, and feedback from our girls demonstrates that the topics covered have all provided valuable learning experiences.

For example, financial literacy is a great example of a scaffolded learning process. We talk about budgeting early, and then build on this with discussions about earning and saving money, tax, funding tertiary studies, strategies for using KiwiSaver to help purchase their first home, managing debt, the role of credit cards, and the financial considerations when going flatting.

One sector that is changing rapidly and being influenced by technology is banking and finance. By understanding the way in which technology is reshaping this industry, such as through the development of consumer focused banking apps and cloud based financial transactions, we aim to encourage girls who may be interested in finance to fully explore this as a career path. We actively encourage our girls to be inquisitive, to explore their role in the world of financial technology and entrepreneurship with confidence, and to want to be a part of shaping the future.

What do we want our girls to take with them when they leave St Cuthbert’s?

Throughout the programme, we also focus on mindfulness, managing stress and anxiety, calming the body and the mind, and strategies for maintaining physical health. This provides the girls with strategies to support them in many facets of their life including in the workforce, and in their relationships.

This 2018 graduating year will be the first cohort of girls to complete the HUB programme and as we prepare to wish them well on the next part of their life journey, we also look forward to hearing about their future experiences.

A similar approach is taken to what many parents would call sex education. In the earlier years of school we talk about the facts of life, friendships, developing good relationships, and then move into more complex discussions about sexual health, sexuality and relationships. Career planning is given a stronger focus in the senior years as our girls are starting to think about university studies and career pathways. We bring in guests from various industries to talk about emerging trends

We want our girls to think critically through an ethical lens and to live a balanced life. We want them to be highly self-aware, able to deal with stress and challenges, to be financially independent, and to understand the importance of staying fit and healthy. More than this though, we want them to be confident, comfortable with who they are, and able to take their place in the world and make a mark.

I had never taken business studies or commerce subjects, but now, with the Financial Capability book and HUB lessons, I’m learning about how to be financially stable and successful’. — Elise Latton Year 13 student




Financial Capability

Managing your money: a learning workbook Author: John Duston As a culture we don’t talk about money enough and there is a growing consensus that students need to be better equipped to manage their money. This was the motivation for John to write his book. As an accounting and business teacher with a background in commerce and as a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA), John talks about money often, but he realised that he was in the minority. Many of his students have never had a conversation with their parents about budget planning, the risks of credit cards, or the benefits of KiwiSaver. John’s book serves a valuable purpose as a teaching aid, and also as a starting point for students to think about their own financial situation, and prompt discussions with their parents. He is passionate about helping young people to get started on the right foot and understand the basics about money. John also recognises that financial literacy and capability is becoming increasingly important as students are exploring future careers, social enterprises, buying their first car, and navigating the costs of going flatting.

Throughout his 20 years of teaching, John has observed that teenagers and young adults are finding it harder and harder to save money, and that we need to prioritise teaching the basics of money management to our children from an early age. In the classroom, it has become apparent that some students harbor concerns about funding higher learning, and going flatting and aren’t fully aware of the options available to them. As part of the HUB programme at St Cuthbert’s, students explore a range of age-appropriate financial lessons – from understanding the cost of living, and setting financial goals, to understanding good and bad debt. John starts with the basics; by helping Year 9 students to manage a household budget including planning menus and preparing a supermarket list. Our girls put this knowledge into practice as part of their Year 10 Kahunui experience. For some students, this may be the first time they have realised the various costs associated with running a household such as power, gas, water, and rates. These are connected to lessons in the HUB programme to ensure our students have a better awareness of circumstances that lead to financial hardship.

Linking the classroom learning with a real life application makes the learning more powerful. John takes this approach with his workbook. Each topic has exercises and worksheets for students to complete to enhance their learning. As students start earning their own money through part time jobs and have more money at their disposal, HUB teachers open discussions about resisting the temptation to spend, the psychology behind impulse buying and the marketing strategies businesses use to get you to spend. He also focuses on setting financial goals such as saving for their first car. Lessons start to incorporate discussions about getting a tax number, opening bank accounts, maximising compound interest, how and where to save money, the benefits of KiwiSaver, and how to use KiwiSaver towards a deposit on a first home. As students advance into Year 13, the classroom discussions start to prompt more detailed discussions at home about longer term financial planning. Students explore their options with respect to funding tertiary studies and get a better sense of whether they can partly fund their studies through scholarships, if they will require a student loan or whether they may consider working for a year before undertaking study. This is also the year where the costs of borrowing money are discussed, and types of credit are explained. The financial life skills, taught as part of the HUB programme and supported by John’s workbook, provides our girls with the ability to learn valuable life skills.



Annual IB Art Exhibition


We were treated to a wonderful exhibition of our Year 13 IB Art students’ incredible work, which showcased the culmination of two years of hard preparation. Held after school in the Performing Arts Centre, guests of the exhibition were able to view the girls’ work over a glass of wine, while listening to our Performing Arts Head of Curriculum Stewart Allen play on a piano, which just so happened to also be a part of the exhibition! Left to right: Rose Wei; Oris Chen; Middle: Lily Li; Rosanna Wu; Bottom: Christine Liu —

The artists featured in the exhibition included Lily Li, who used a variety of mediums to explore people’s relationships with animals and nature, which culminated with a number of pieces that used Perspex layers to create depth and dimension to her works, and, Rosanna Wu, who used both traditional and digital mediums to illustrate how people could find beauty in everyday occurrences. Oris Chen’s artwork explored aspects of cultural identity and the challenges of moving and adapting between the cultures of China and New Zealand. The colour palette that she used throughout her pieces, primarily shades of red and green, were reflective of colours associated with China (where red often symbolises good fortune) and New Zealand (with green representing a spectrum of colour often found in nature). Rose Wei’s exhibition also explored the notion of identity, with a focus on how the concept of the expression of oneself has changed and evolved throughout the different generations in China. Christine Liu’s art addressed the human desire to create by focusing her work on the word Art, which is derived from the Latin ars, or crafting and making. Her pieces revealed how creativity and craft transcend race or religious beliefs. Christine’s installations included using the lid of the aforementioned grand piano as a canvas to create a work inspired by New Zealand artist Michael Parekōwhai. Many of the art works featured on the night were sold to parents and the girls enjoyed displaying their creative pieces to the school community.



10 The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is well known to be one of the most significant milestones in our girls’ journey through school. The girls are saying farewell to their primary school years, as they step up to the next phase of their learning and discovery.

Moving up from Year 6 The opportunities to try new subjects, sports and activities, and to make new friends, are plentiful, but these come at a time when they also face the challenges that their physical and emotional development can bring. At St Cuthbert’s we believe it is an important part of every girl’s successful transition from primary school to Year 7 and 8 to take time to reflect on her journey, and to celebrate her achievements. For many years we acknowledged this transition with a Medieval Banquet in Clouston Hall, which focused the girls’ learning on medieval times. Recently, the banquet has evolved to be a celebration of our girls’ learning throughout the year, showcasing some of their work to parents. The Year 6 Graduation is a highly anticipated event for both girls and their parents. We aim to combine special traditions and values, in a way that reflects the dynamic and innovative education our girls receive. Our Year 6 Graduation team was led by Junior School teacher Amy Greenstock, who worked with a committee of parents for several months to pull together the event. This year, our parent committee was headed by Year 6 parent Wendy Bradley. We would like to acknowledge Amy, Wendy and her team, for organising such a special and memorable night for both the girls and parents!

Invitation to Graduation Excitement and curiosity were in the air one spring morning, as our Year 6 girls were asked to line up and walk towards the Old Girls’ Chapel. Once they had all arrived, they assembled chattering with anticipation behind their House Captains who were proudly holding their House flags. House by House – Elgin, Dunblane, Melrose, Iona, Lindisfarne, York, Durham and Kelso - the girls filed into the Chapel. The Graduation Committee had beautifully decorated the Chapel pews with a small posy, and each girl was called up one by one to receive a special invitation to her Year 6 Graduation to be held at the end of October. As the girls filed out of the Chapel, the Graduation committee mums were carrying huge baskets full of rose petals which were thrown over the girls and their teachers! Each girl was clutching her invitation, to be opened with her parents, which will be cherished as a special memory of her final months at St Cuthbert’s Junior School.

Top: Girls being scattered with rose petals Left: Justine being presented with her invitation. — 32


A Night of Celebration The girls arrived with their parents, dressed in their beautiful white and cream dresses, with each girl wearing a sash in her House colour. Amidst the excitement, their parents gathered, reminiscing about how quickly the past few years have passed. Parents and the girls enjoyed canapes and each family had their photo taken against the beautiful flower photo wall. The hall was beautifully decorated with fairy lights and blossoms, and the girls and their parents sat in House groups, to enjoy a showcase of their learning during the year. We heard from our Graduation Band, and we saw an expression of our girls’ learning through drama, showing the different study themes from throughout the year. Then one by one the girls were called to the stage to receive their graduation certificates, and have their photo taken.

give you every opportunity to discover your unique strengths and talents – what makes you special. We have all sorts of girls at St Cuthbert’s – girls who love writing, dancing, music, science, sport, art – whatever it is that you enjoy we will support you to achieve your very best. And you will do this in an environment where you will make lifelong friends.” To parents, Justine Mahon said, “You have entrusted us with your daughter’s education and that is an absolute privilege. Together with you, we will prepare her for the world, physically, academically, emotionally, and socially. Girls are at the centre of everything we do at St

Cuthbert’s, and we know how to nurture them to develop their inner confidence, resilience, and to unlock their creativity and talents. This evening is a wonderful celebration and time of reflection of your daughter’s journey through school. Your daughters will develop at lightning speed over the coming years, and we will give them every support to enable them to thrive. That supports extends to our St Cuthbert’s families, as you navigate the pre-teen and teenage years as parents. I look forward to welcoming you all in Year 7.” After coffee and dessert the girls invited their parents to dance with them to Edelweiss. There were very few dry eyes at the end of the night as both girls and parents bid a lovely farewell to Year 6, and began looking forward to the Year 7 journey and beyond.

This year’s graduation was attended by Principal Justine Mahon, Acting Head of Junior School Judi Paape, Junior School teachers, Head of Middle School Margaret Talbot, Year 7 Dean Sue Elgar, Head Girl Tiana Willis-Baker, and members of the school’s Trust Board. Justine Mahon spoke to the girls about the importance of being open to trying new things and making new friends as they farewell their beloved Junior School, and embark on the next phase of their school life. Justine Mahon said, “Over the next seven years, we will, with the support of your parents, prepare you to be happy and successful in life. I promise you, we will MAKING GIRLS AMAZING


Welcoming new friends Our Year 7 St Cuthbert’s girls play a key role in the Year 6 transition. As “Big Sisters” they welcome their Year 6 “Little Sisters” into their classes in Term 3. This immersive Year 7 day in the classroom helps to allay nerves and provides a sense of security from knowing that what is ahead is fun and engaging. Girls recognise that they are capable of that next step up, and, importantly, the new Year 7s feel that sense of sisterhood and community much earlier, especially when they can recognise the friendly faces from the very beginning.

Right: Girls welcoming their Little Sisters. — 34


Kate Rolls of class 7LAW describes her own transition from Year 6 to 7 wonderfully: “When I arrived at school on the first day of term, I looked around for a familiar face. I couldn’t see anyone I knew, just a lot of people with new uniforms, and then I looked at mine. A bit old and a little on the small side. I found my locker and put my school bag inside. Entering the classroom for the first time, everyone had grown up a lot over the holidays. It all felt quite different, the classrooms are a lot bigger than in the Junior School. I saw a friend from dance, it was strange seeing her at school, but I felt relieved. I found my other friends from Year 6 – maybe this wasn’t going to be as scary as I had first thought. We had been told lots about Year 7. We were told that we were going to have so much more homework. It was kind of true, there was more, but we learnt to manage our time; not to leave everything until the last minute. We were told that we had to check our emails, and if we didn’t we would not have our homework done, and we would not know when anything was. We were told about all of the different teachers we would have. I was looking forward to meeting them all. It was tricky at first, keeping track of all of the teachers, what they taught and where we could find them. Now, it seems normal. It is great having teachers who are experts and know lots about their subjects. They are all really kind and helpful. One of the best parts of Year 7 is having a tutor class because there are people who share your classes and can help you if you are away. Year 7 is so much fun and all of the people are really nice.”

Many thanks to Year 7 teacher Rochelle Lawrence who inspired Kate to write this.

Educate Plus Fellowship Award

We are delighted to announce that our Director of Admissions and Scholarships, Ann Louise Jordan, was awarded an Educate Plus Fellowship Award at the 2018 Educate Plus Biennial Conference held in September. Educate Plus is a network of advancement professionals working in the education sector across Admissions, Alumni and Community Relations, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications. It is the only Australasian professional organisation for the education sector, and has around 2000 members. The Fellowship Award recognises long serving and high achieving members of the profession who have made a significant contribution to Educate Plus and its members through mentoring colleagues, conference presentations to share learning and best practice, and participation on committees. Ann Louise was presented with her award by Educate Plus CEO Neil

McWhannell. “Being recognised by my peers was a special moment for me. I am just one of many individuals across New Zealand who are passionate about making their educational organisations successful,” said Ann Louise. Principal Justine Mahon says, “Ann Louise works incredibly hard for St Cuthbert’s and has been instrumental in welcoming so many girls and their families to our school community. Ann Louise is very generous with her time, and is always happy to share her extensive knowledge and experience with other professionals.” “We are delighted that her commitment and hard work for the education sector has been recognised in this way.”



“Launching our bespoke St Cuthbert’s Hoodie” People love to wear hoodies but have you ever wondered why?

Well, there’s the comfort factor – that safe feeling that you’re protected on a windy Auckland day. And of course, it makes our lives easier because it goes with everything – jeans at the weekend, leggings, and over sports-wear. In our busy lives, hoodies offer a speedy solution to an instant casual and fashionable style. We are very excited to launch the new St Cuthbert’s hoodie, as the first part of our sports uniform refresh for 2019. The hoodie is made from French Terry Cotton in a grey marle colour which will go so well with our PE and sports uniform. We’ve even snuck feel-good statements into the labels so that our girls will feel great when they put it on! The new hoodie will become the official school hoodie, for wearing with the PE and sports uniforms. The girls will also be able to identify with, and be identified by, their St Cuthbert’s association when they are not in uniform; in short, it will enable them to feel part of their ‘Tribe’.

I love the cosy feeling of the hoodie. It will be great to wear for sports training and in the weekend.” — Lilly Allen, Year 7



A popular catch-phrase of our children’s generation is “find your tribe”, and there is truth to this but one we express slightly differently – we call it a sense of “belonging” to the amazing St Cuthbert’s community. By belonging to a group or community, we feel as if we are a part of something bigger and, for a child, having that sense of belonging is

vital in influencing her future sense of self, her confidence, and resilience. At St Cuthbert’s, we put our students at the centre of everything we do. We believe our girls need to feel confident in themselves and be happy in order to achieve their best. We strive to give them a strong sense of belonging as we know that once a girl feels secure and confident within her St Cuthbert’s community, that she will be able to explore her unique strengths and be well equipped for her future. Our hoodie models, former Silver Fern and Athlete Pathway Programme Manager Anna Stanley, Lily Allen, Year 7, and Amy Yang, Year 3, loved the soft and comfy feeling of the hoodies when they tried them on for the photos. The Hoodie will be available for fittings from our Black Watch House after Easter next year. When buying your hoodie, you can also donate one to a current Endeavour or Aspire scholarship student. When you order your hoodie at Black Watch House simply select the “Buy One, Share One” option; we’ll charge you for the second hoodie and donate it. Alternatively, you can contact development@stcuthberts.school.nz. We thank you in advance for your generosity! Take note, mums, teachers and Old Girls – we have adult sizes and encourage you to purchase a hoodie for yourself as well!!

Artist in Residence If you have walked through the Atrium of the Information Centre recently, you may have observed a rather large canvas on display. Award-winning artist and St Cuthbert’s Artist in Residence for Term 3, Martin Ball, has been gradually completing his latest oil painting; a number of visitors and students alike have stopped to observe his techniques and ask questions about his latest work.

Martin Ball has had a distinguished career in the art world, both domestically and internationally. As well as being a finalist for the globally renowned Archibald Prize, one of Australia’s premiere prizes in portraiture, in 2005, 2007, and 2010, Martin was the winner of the Packing Room Prize in 2008 for his portrait of New Zealand icon Neil Finn. The Artist in Residence programme invites an established artist to base themselves at St Cuthbert’s and produce a number of works onsite. “The residency provides opportunities for students to see an artist’s process and discuss work which is in progress. The artist also provides workshops and feedback about students’ work,” says Martin. The inspiration for Mar tin’s last piece, entitled The Pink Terrace: After Valentine, originated from his fascination with the historical imagery depicting the Pink and White Terraces. “There are many photographs and paintings that depict the Terraces before they were destroyed by the Tarawera eruption in 1886. My painting is based on one of George D. Valentine’s photographs of the Pink Terraces taken in 1885. Their iconic place in the history of Aotearoa/New Zealand drew me to them as a subject to paint,” says Martin. Martin, a former Art teacher at St Cuthbert’s, says he was delighted when the

invitation was extended for him to join the Artist in Residence programme for the term. “It has been great to see how students’ work has progressed from last year when I was teaching here,” says Ball. “It was also an opportunity to work alongside former colleagues in the Art Department.” Part-way through his residency, Ball worked collaboratively with St Cuthbert’s Head of Art, Diane McKissock-Davis, to organise a space where he could work on The Pink Terrace. This opportunity allowed Ball to not only raise the profile of the Artist in Residence, it also enabled the students to see Ball’s painting and be able to ask a range of questions about his artistic process. When asked what advice he would give to any current St Cuthbert’s students considering a career in art, Ball imparts the following invaluable advice: “When I left Art School one of my tutors advised me to never stop making my own work and I am glad that I followed this advice. I would offer similar advice to students who want to develop their art in the future to maintain their own practice and research.” “I have combined being an artist and an art teacher throughout my career. I think young artists of the future will be working in a wide variety of creative disciplines and may well be involved in the ongoing research into the Pink and White Terraces.” MAKING GIRLS AMAZING



At St Cuthbert’s we aim to give your daughter every opportunity to discover her unique strengths, and what she loves doing. Whether she loves art, music, sport, science or dancing, our girls are individuals, and we give each girl the support she needs to grow into a well-rounded young woman.



Speech Success For some girls their chance to shine has come through learning speech writing and delivery. At St Cuthbert’s our girls must prepare their own speeches – without interjection from parents – this way they can improve with each draft and learn the power of their own student voice.

Year 5 finalists: Scarlett Robb, Madeleine McDonald, Zara Toes and Isabella Lambie

Every girl in Years 5 and 6 participates in constructing their speech and then presenting it in front of their teacher and class. Class winners are selected to go forward to a year group final, where they deliver their speech again to a panel of teachers from their year group, as well as their peers. The teachers listen carefully to each speech and collectively decide on the winners (usually between 3-4 girls) to go through to the St Cuthbert’s Year 5 and 6 competiiton. At this competition, the Head of Junior School adjudicates and decides on the overall winning speech, as well as the runner up. The two girls selected are then put forward to represent the school at two external speech competitions (the winner delivers her speech again at these events, the runner up goes in support of her). The two competitions are: Remuera Lions Junior Speechmakers Competition, and the Remuera Cluster APPA Zone Speech Competition.

The winner of the 2018 compeition: Amelia Evangelidakis

Year 6 finalists: Amelia Evangelidakis, Amber Bason, Julia Sung and Emma Ng Waishing

Runner up: Amber Bason Special mention must go to our Year 6 student, Amelia Evangelidakis, as she truly demonstrated that when a girl enjoys a subject, her passion will convert into self-motivation, and then success! Amelia produced a hilarious speech on ‘Snoring Issues’. This speech secured her a back-to-back win in recent competitions – a first for any St Cuthbert’s girl. Amelia was awarded first place in the Remuera Lions Junior Speechmakers Competition, and the Remuera Cluster APPA Zone Speech Competition Year 5/6 category. Congratulations Amelia, we look forward to seeing where your passion for speaking out takes you in life!

The St Cuthbert’s After School Club operates every afternoon of the school year and is run by qualified teacher, Mrs Sandy Thomas. Years 1– 8 girls are welcome on a regular or casual basis, either before they catch the bus, or to coordinate with after school activities, and busy parents’ schedules! The girls are provided with afternoon tea when they arrive, with plenty of time for play, homework and fun crafts and activities!

After School Club Cost: $8.63 (incl GST) per child for 30mins $24.15 (incl GT) per child 3.00pm – 5.30pm Email afterschool@stcuthberts.school.nz or visit our website stcuthberts.school.nz to download a form.

Located in the upper level of the Student Support Centre, the After School Club is a safe and happy place for your daughter to be.

Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Auckland Central Awards The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real business. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market. The programme takes students through a series of entrepreneurial experiences to help develop 21st century skills in real-world situations by working to their strengths.

St Cuthbert’s has two teams taking part in the programme in 2018. Food for Thought, and Blitz. The Auckland Central Regional Awards were held recently in October, and we are delighted to announce that Food For Thought won first place, and Blitz won second place! In addition, Blitz won the award for Excellence in Sales and Marketing, and Food for Thought won the Thinking Big award. The Food for Thought team, along with all of the other Regional Award winners, will head down to Wellington to present their

business pitch to the judges to compete for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Company of the Year. “Food for Thought” is a team of eight passionate Year 12 girls who want to educate young women to eat the right food and feel good about themselves. “We developed, marketed and sold chocolate and raspberry vegan donuts in collaboration with Little Bird Organics. A dollar from every sale was donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation which is a charity close to our heart,” says Managing Director Emily Hacket Pain. “Blitz” bottles, markets and sells portable USB charged blender bottles that can blend anything from a smoothie to a protein shake to a milkshake. “We target people who are on the go constantly, or who regularly go to the gym and need something nutritious instantaneously. Just simply put the ingredients in the bottle and blitz it up whenever necessary,” says Managing Director Alice Biggs.



12 Year 7 visit to Orakei Marae The Year 7 students had an insightful and, at times, emotional visit to the Orakei Marae in August. Students and parents were formally welcomed by members of the Hawke Family who represented Ngati Whatua for this annual event with our St Cuthbert’s Year 7 girls. After the Powhiri and “Clearing of the Ways” our students and Kapa Haka group performed. Girls learned that the marae they sat in was a living being for Ngati Whatua, and reflected the history and stories of their ancestors. Within this authentic context of the Wharenui, our students observed aspects of protocol and precious knowledge about the way a marae is used. During Term 3 Year 7’s ‘big idea’ within social studies has been “Making a Difference”. Students have enjoyed learning about the historical events of Parihaka and Bastion Point and examining this under the umbrella of the importance of non-violent protest and occupation. Visiting Bastion Point provided a local and relevant background that the girls were able to explore, debate and reflect on. Resources such as school journals, data bases, historical television footage and newspapers, provided immersion experiences. These sources were ‘made real’ and humanised when the girls experienced the reflections of the actual families who were personally involved in the occupation. Celess, a former St Cuthbert’s student, shared her experience of living at Bastion 40


Point during the occupation with our Year 7 girls. She helped the girls experience this living history and shared with them her personal sadness over the loss of her cousin Joannee in a tragic fire at this time. The vivid historical experience inspired the Year 7 girls to write and create poetry about their time there:

Orakei Marae Reflection, by Charlotte McKenzie The whole of Year 7 got to experience something truly wonderful, we went on a trip to the Orakei Marae out on Bastion Point, Takaparawhau. From getting called onto the marae with a karanga, to being welcomed through ceremony and song, and having the chance to learn about the whakapapa of Ngati Whatua people, it was a great experience. Studying Bastion Point is one thing, but learning about it from Celess Hawke, who was a protester when she was our age, was something different entirely. Not only did the Ngati Whatua people welcome us, they taught us and allowed us to learn about their sacred genealogy. We also got the chance to honour and remember 5 year old Joanee Hawke who passed during the protest due to a fire. Not having been on a marae before, today was a great learning experience.

Haerenga, by Sapphire ’Mae Tutini In my first breath of fresh air, A salty sea smell wafted through my nose Crashing waves could be heard in the distance, When the echo of a loud voice screeched in my ears We strode through the marae atea, Our buckles rustling in unison, The karanga reverberating across the court, And the murmur of young girls’ voices Slowly turning to silence Shoes off and now we’re inside the marae, Paying our respects by singing a karakia, Then we alternate speaking Our active ears listening closely Trying not to let it come through one ear, And slip out another They tell us the history of Ngati Whatua, With the occupation on Bastion Point, The unfortunate story of Joannee, They tell us their story. We hear their side.

Reflection, by Sasha Mackenzie, Amelia Magee, Grace Zhan

The tear drop a gift, The fire left them broken, Passing beyond peace. People keep hope, Full of determination, Are not giving up.

Images supplied by Mary Fitzgerald

A single moment, A young life lost forever, A single teardrop.



St Cuthbert’s Performing Arts We sat down with Stewart Allan, Head of Performing Arts Faculty, and Aaron Tindell, Director of Performing Arts, to talk about the importance of developing students’ creativity.



Stewart and Aaron work alongside Head of Co-Curricular Music, Sally Tibbles. Aaron says, “As a team we are about providing every opportunity for girls to experience the freedom and creative expression the Performing Arts gives them. Across both our academic curriculum and co-curricular programme which encompasses everything from learning an instrument, to productions and backstage, our students have numerous opportunities to explore their creative side, work together, learn new skills, and have fun!” Head of Faculty, Stewart Allan, says “The best thing about the Performing Arts is that there is something for everyone. As a team, our vision is to see every St Cuthbert’s girl come through our Performing Arts Centre in some capacity during their time at school.

We love seeing students grow in confidence, and develop new skills through music, drama, dance – the skills they learn translate into so many careers, and enable them to better understand themselves, and the world they live in.” “In the classroom, Performing Arts creates essential and unique opportunities for our students to communicate through physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual expression. Creativity flourishes in an environment built on core skills, focus and fun. Every student develops at their own pace, seeking the limitless possibilities that the Performing Arts affords. It also allows students to develop areas such as self-management, team work, problem solving and communication as well as understanding other cultures and places

in an intimate way. The Performing Arts has been linked with improved cognitive function, better concentration, faster development of speech and reading skills, and increased empathy. I am passionate that the creativity the arts provides, unlocks the real potential of our young women.” Aaron Tindell adds, “The Performing Arts enables girls to develop and nurture skills in self-expression, through utilising the mind, body and voice. It provides girls with a structured opportunity to ‘play’ and live outside themselves for a short time. I also believe that it teaches critical thinking – through rehearsal and exploration, students also encounter what might not work so well. This enables them to see making ‘mistakes’ as an integral part of the pursuit of success.”

Both Aaron and Stewart believe that to prepare our girls to be successful in life; teaching students to respond creatively to the ever-changing needs of business and industry is important. They see the Performing Arts as a key part of developing every girl to become well-rounded, compassionate, and adaptable. “What moves me, won’t necessarily move, or connect with someone else, and so understanding each other’s perspectives is really important,” says Aaron. Stewart adds, “The Arts encourage us to pursue the highest aspects of ourselves.” Stewar t ha s p er for med music internationally in a range of contexts from Hollywood to the music festivals of Europe. He sees live performance and the bravery required to overcome our most basic fears as critical to the development of each student. “Our goal is to create as many opportunities as possible for the girls to succeed in a live performance context. The feeling of success that comes from this is utterly liberating.” Aaron has a strong background in directing, managing and producing stage productions, and next year, Aaron is excited to offer a Middle School production as a cocurricular opportunity, alongside the Senior School production. “We have secured the rights to ‘HONK! Jr’, which is a re-telling of the Hans Christian Anderson classic, highlighting resilience, tolerance, and antibullying messages. Our Middle School girls will have the opportunity to be involved in every part of the production, which will be shown in Term 4 next year. Our mightily anticipated Senior School production “The Ugly Duckling,” will be announced shortly. Principal Justine Mahon says, “The Performing Arts is something about which I am passionate. We see our Performing Arts programme as an essential element of Global Citizenship – through involvement in dance, music, drama, speech, debating, writing and cultural groups our young women not only gain artistic skills, they also develop self-awareness and an increased empathy for others. This in turn leads them to become proactive contributors to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure world.”


Principal Justine Mahon says,

The Performing Arts is something about which I am passionate. We see our Performing Arts programme as an essential element of Global Citizenship – through involvement in dance, music, drama, speech, debating, writing and cultural groups our young women not only gain artistic skills, they also develop selfawareness and an increased empathy for others. This in turn leads them to become proactive contributors to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure world.”



Play Making From the Page to the Stage JUDY MCINTOSH, HEAD OF DRAMA


“The wonderful thing about studying Drama is that it supports the development of well-rounded girls. It enables girls to discover their personal talents and strengths in so many different areas, and it gives them great skills for a range of careers and interests as they progress through the school to life beyond the College gates,� says Judy.



Judy McIntosh We caught up with actor, teacher, and Head of Drama, Judy McIntosh, on how learning drama and the craft of acting teaches young women life skills, and enables them to better understand themselves, the world around them, and what others’ lives are like. It is not hard to understand why students are drawn to studying Drama at St Cuthbert’s. Our dynamic Head of Drama Judy McIntosh is not only a well-known actor in New Zealand, but she brings a deep love of the craft of acting to the role, inspiring students to explore their creative potential in performing arts, and ‘play making’. “Acting involves thinking deeply about how another person might respond in a certain situation, it means the students have to stand back, ask questions, and seek to understand what might have happened before to make a person react in a particular way, or to determine how they might respond to an event or to another person. “The girls also need to think critically about the words on a page, and how they might interpret those words, the emotions and experiences behind the words, to bring the written word to life through the stage. Acting involves the study of humanity, and I love seeing girls develop a greater understanding of both themselves and the world around them through acting,” says Judy. Judy says, that “To be a good actor involves developing good listening and communication skills, compassion, curiosity, and having the bravery to tell the story. These are life skills which help equip our young women to be successful no matter what career path they choose.” Judy clearly cares about each student as an individual, and her personal journey in studying drama. “Our classes are small, which means we build close relationships with each student, and can learn the best way to unlock her individual creative potential.” “The teenage years can be a confusing and self-conscious time for girls,” says

Judy. “Encouraging girls to be brave and try something new, to step out of their comfort zone, helps them to feel empowered, and more connected to their fellow drama students.” While students have numerous performing arts opportunities from Years 0 –13, Drama as a subject begins in Year 7. “Initially we focus on bringing stories alive, though movement, voice, improvisations, and scripts. As girls progress through the school, many of the topics they bring to life through acting are challenging and complex, including dealing with anxiety as a teenager, and other difficult life moments.” The girls choose their own topics to explore, and, with guidance from Judy and her team, they are encouraged to think deeply about issues and life situations, and how they might portray someone going through that experience. “The process of play making builds empathy, because the students learn to walk in others’ shoes. This encourages insight and compassion for someone different to you,” says Judy. Importantly, the girls learn that drama is about relationships. It doesn’t exist without interaction with another. Students learn about team work and collaboration and that successful interpretation of a script or idea comes as a result of a team approach.

To be a good actor involves developing good listening and communication skills, compassion, curiosity, and having the bravery to tell the story. These are life skills which help equip our young women to be successful no matter what career path they choose.”

Judy has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English Literature from Victoria University, combining her love of words, and interpreting words. Judy also has a Diploma in Teaching and a Diploma of Acting at Theatre Corporate Drama School. Judy has taught tertiary level at Unitec, and was Acting Artistic Director of The Actors’ Programme, before coming to St Cuthbert’s College.

Judy is a well-respected and award-winning actor who has played numerous roles both in New Zealand and overseas. Judy has appeared in television productions including “Go Girls”, “Legend of the Seeker” and “This is Not my Life”, however, she is best known for her roles in the Disney movies “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “The Bridge to Terabithia”. She has won many awards during her extensive acting career, including two New Zealand Film and Television Best Actress awards for her roles in “Arriving Tuesday” and “Ngati”. Judy was also awarded a prestigious Best Supporting Actor award for her role in “Marlin Bay”. Principal Justine Mahon says that “Judy’s strength lies in her ability to bring the dynamic qualities of drama into the classroom and couple it with strong academic teaching.” “Judy has an extensive teaching background, and combined with her real-world experience, and sheer passion for the performing arts, she is able to offer a leading curriculum in Drama, to inspire and teach girls how to bring the words on a page to life through acting,” says Justine.



The Evolution of Dance St Cuthbert’s dance teacher, Laura-Beth Warne, talks about how far dancing has come in education over the last 20 years.

My generation never had the opportunity to take dance as a school subject. It was something I did after school at a studio. When I left school, there was no option of higher education for dance in New Zealand and so I studied my Bachelor of Dance in Sydney.” says Laura-Beth.

Below: “Do you Remember” by Lana Smith. —



However, relatively recent developments, including the recognition of Dance in qualifications such as NCEA, have enabled the study of Dance to evolve in New Zealand as a very real subject. Prior to leading the introduction of dance in 2014 to St Cuthbert’s, Laura-Beth taught drama for four years, and was excited to be able to introduce dance as a curriculum subject. “When I began in 2014, we had just one Year 11 class, and dance now spans Years 9 to 13 with over 180 students taking the subject each year, and, in 2019, I will be guiding St Cuthbert’s first candidate through the NCEA Dance Scholarship.” “Watching students grow, and develop a new understanding of dance – and experience dance in a multi-dimensional way – is such a gift. All of us, as in education, know the thrill of watching a student have the “ah-ha!” moment in something that we are passionate

about, and for me, dance is that passion. Laura-Beth explains that the beauty in learning dance is understanding dance as an art form, a tool for expression, social change, and the communication of ideas that go beyond the physical experience of technical skill to really affect your audience. “That is what I teach at St Cuthbert’s. Of course, there is always an element of physical technical growth involved in the projects created, but the skills students really develop are the universal skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creative problem solving, understanding of culture and communication of complex ideas. These skills are essential in any work environment as students develop as Global Citizens and leaders for tomorrow. The Performing Arts do this so well within the context of a safe and encouraging environment that develops individual confidence and personal expression. Plus, for those who enjoy dancing, it’s a lot of fun!”

The “Dance Showcase” profiled overleaf is the highlight of the dance calendar at St Cuthbert’s. This year over 75 dance students from Years 9 to 13 (and one guest performer from Year 7) took to the stage in an epic display of their year’s work.

Dance photography by Nina Gastreich

“The variety on the stage is extraordinary and the standard is very high. Lana Smith (Year 13 Dance) had her major choreographic work performed by Year 11 and 12 Dance students. This was so exciting. Her piece “Do You Remember”, pictured left, was based on the protests arising from the Springbok tour of 1981, a topic she was studying concurrently in her History class. I will be assisting Lana to further develop this work for the newly formed group “The Company” – an elite performing troupe featuring the school’s top dancers – for the YouDance Contemporary Dance Festival in 2019. After a successful debut at the 2018 YouDance Festival “The Company” also joined the curriculum dance students in the “Dance Showcase”. The purpose of this initiative is to inspire the St Cuthbert’s dance community and give dancers something to which they can inspire!



Dance Showcase On the 19th September, 60 dancers from Years 9 –13 gathered in Clouston Hall to perform routines that they’d devised during their dance classes and as part of their extra-curricular dance commitments. Combining hard work, laughter, and growing friendships, the annual Dance Showcase is a chance for students who are passionate about dance to mix with dancers from other year levels and challenge themselves to reach their personal best in



a supportive environment. For the Year 9 and 10 dance students, it was the perfect opportunity to show friends and family what they have focused on in class, as well as experience the costuming, lighting and camaraderie involved with preparing and performing a live show. The Years 11–13 dancers demonstrate what they’ve learned throughout the course of the year during the showcase and it is a vital aspect of their internal assessment.

Joining these dancers for the first time were ‘The Company’, a newly established elite co-curricular group of senior dancers who represent the school at events and festivals. The dancers received a terrific response from the audience. “The great thing about this show is the constantly shifting variety. You never know what you will see next,” remarked an enthusiastic audience member. A great night was had by all!

Dance photography by Nina Gastreich

The great thing about this show is the constantly shifting variety. You never know what you will see next.”



Fantastic Mr Fox In August, Year 7 presented “Fantastic Mr Fox” – five times! Each class produces their very own version of the performance, so each girl is able to participate. Before each performance the anticipation backstage was obvious in the chatter and laughter of the students as they waited for their moment in the spotlight. The key to success was the terrific teamwork of each class throughout their performance. The complication of many roles as well as managing scene changes and props demonstrated the depth of the Drama programme for Year 7 students. On the night, watched on by invited family, each of our girls shone as they bought “Mr Fox” to life!



Artwork above: View from back stage. Sasha Mackensie (7ELG) —

Artwork above: View from the wings. Ashley Wong (7ELG) — MAKING GIRLS AMAZING


Love and Information

On the 19th and 20th September, the Year 11 Drama students presented “Love and Information” by the British playwright Caryl Churchill. Described as a startling mosaic of modern consciousness and the need for human intimacy, love and connection, “Love and Information” explores a multitude of characters try to make sense of what they know in a series of unrelated scenes. The cast included students Amelia Barrett, Renee Cossey, Stella Cossey, Maxie De Man, Hannah Fan, Willow Handy, Maddy Lamb, Nellie McKegg, India Swney, Caitlin Taylor-Maddock, and Hannah Went.



Hannah Fan reflects on being a cast member of “Love and Information”: “Love and Information” was anything but your regular play. It was a mosaic of 39 abstract scenes that varied in sanity and storyline. I was cast in eight scenes with a variety of characters and circumstances. It was really exciting being able to play such a range of characters because I’m so used to only focusing on playing a single role. Initially, the idea of taking on so many scenes seemed daunting, but in the end, everyone was able to fully embody their characters. My favourite character to play was in the scene ‘Mother’ where I was a teenage girl who finds out that her sister is actually her mother. It was definitely a challenge to portray such an emotionally demanding character but I built up layers to the role by identifying motivations my character has within the scene and using the techniques of body, voice, movement and space

to portray a realistic person. This play has a naturalistic style to it so it was different for me to act in a way that was convincing, yet not overly dramatic like most theatre genres, such as ‘Commedia Dell’arte’, an Italian theatre form we studied in Term 1. The play was a rewarding final performance for the year and a great bonding experience for us all as we supported one another, whether that be running lines together or helping each other organise costumes on the night. The play was odd in that there was absolutely no context, we were only given the lines. This gave us plenty of creative freedom, so everything seen on stage, from the set to the personalities of the characters was all made up by our class and Ms Larsen. I will never forget the first day we got the script and how confused we all were about how the scenes worked, and it is so amazing to see how far we’ve come and how much commitment and passion everyone has put into the show.

Cultural Honours Towards the end of Term 3, our girls and their parents gathered for a wonderful evening of dance, drama and cultural performances. Held annually, Cultural Honours recognises our students’ significant achievement in and contribution to the Performing Arts, and honours service to the cultural life of St Cuthbert’s.

Director of Performing Arts, Aaron Tindell, says,

It’s a fantastic night. Our school community really loves seeing the breadth of talent, and it’s a great opportunity for the girls to showcase their creativity, and see their peers in action.”

Our Stage Band and Jazz Band ‘Milestones’ greeted everyone on arrival, and we were treated to a Pūtātara, which was sounded by our Head Girl Tiana Willis-Baker. During the evening, we experienced scenes from Shakespeare, and a wonderful showcase of dance and music from “The Greatest Showman”, by ‘The Company’, our newly formed dance troupe. The girls were presented with badges across dance, debating, drama, Shakespeare, music, production, writing, speech and communications and for performances across our cultural groups. Two students, Kanicha Nualkhair and Joy Tong received quintuple honours: Kanicha for drama, music, production crew, speech and communication, and Thai culture; Joy for debating, drama, music, speech and communication and writing.




Wearable Art Show

The initiative of Visual Arts teacher and Assistant Head of Wellbeing, Sue Disbrowe, the St Cuthbert’s Wearable Art competition is now in its second year, and has become a much anticipated event by our students and staff!




Sue says, “I was originally asked to develop a House project in Term 3, and I didn’t want to take the girls out of their classes. I wanted something that the girls could do during tutor time, that enabled them to work together, use their creative skills, and have fun! “Given that I am a Visual Arts teacher, I decided to capitalise on my experience and come up with an event that encourages students to think creatively and to enjoy themselves. The World of Wearable Arts in Wellington is a fabulous event on our Arts calendar in New Zealand and most students have some awareness of the format. So, on a much smaller scale our Wearable Arts event evolved.” Sue also decided it would be a good opportunity to give our students time to work with their year levels within their Houses. The girls therefore work in their House year groups, and compete against their respective


year groups in the other Houses. There are five categories, and the girls come together weekly for six weeks to work together on their creations. There’s an initial House meeting led by the House prefects with all the year groups, where overall concepts are brainstormed and agreed, then the girls work in their separate year groups to develop their House’s entries for the competition. The Deans provide guidance but essentially the event is student led. “I wanted to use a material that was accessible to all, user friendly, and environmentally aware. Newspaper seemed like a good option,” says Sue. Masking tape and staples can only be used where necessary, such as holding a seam together, and they can’t use paint, or other materials such as glitter. Students can use broadsheets, and any glossy inserts they can find in the Herald or similar paper.



The categories are: Year 9 Paper Princess Year 10 The Warrior Year 11 The Sovereign Year 12 The Power Dresser Year 13 The Future. “It’s fantastic to watch the girls putting their creative heads together to interpret the different categories, and come up with such innovative garments! Each House year group submits their entry to the Judges, and then the girls take to the catwalk to showcase their designs to a packed Clouston Hall of girls and staff! “I have loved watching the different ways the girls respond to the themes and especially enjoy watching everyone getting involved. The models often act out their interpretation of the character or theme which is highly


entertaining. Two students per entry present the rationale to the audience just before the model arrives. It is always good to hear the thinking that goes into the work. This year’s entries were completely different to last year’s and it is really inspiring to see what the girls can achieve with newspaper and teamwork,” says Sue. This year, there were some fantastic creations, ranging from the frills and ruffles of paper princesses, warrior carrying shields, swords, spears wearing pleated armoury or wings, to high trussed dresses and exaggerated grandeur for sovereignty. There were also structure suits or long cloaks for the power dressers, and, finally, a diverse array of interpretations of the future, with books and mobile phones adorning the future graduates. All with reference to identity and the rich cultural diversity we have at St Cuthbert’s!


It’s fantastic to watch the girls putting their creative heads together to interpret the different categories, and come up with such innovative garments!”

Wearable Arts continued over —





Wearable Arts continued —

Below are excerpts from the girls’ entry forms that were read by two students as the model entered the stage. Year 9


When we thought of princesses we wanted to show a modern day princess. Princesses evolved from the damsels in distress that need saving into strong women. The warrior skirt and cape show that she is both a warrior and the crown shows that she is a strong ruler.

Inspired by the power of the jungle and the imperium of a goddess, we fused the best of both worlds and bring to you our jungle goddess. Independent, powerful and beautiful. Our design radiates a delicate yet strong aura with the exotic Amazon Jungle derived leaf cape and vines, Mt Kilimanjaro picked flowers and Brazilian grass dress. Carefully handmade by the fellow Year 10 Lindisfarne Tribe, we present to you our jungle goddess.




Year 13



For our wearable arts we took the word sovereignty and put our own twist onto it. We did this by thinking of the what this word meant and how it relates to a monarchy; from monarchy we changed it up slightly and thought of monarch butterfly. We believe it is a unique creature which grows from a caterpillar into a beautiful mature butterfly and this is what we have tried to portray within our design.

Year 12


Year 10


Year 11

Our outfit is a New Zealand wonder women who inspires young kiwi girls. Specifically, our Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern. The outfit is sporting a woven cape, with elements of Wonder Woman and New Zealand culture. We chose to dress our model in a skirt to show she doesn’t have to dress in common male attire to be a powerful influential leader. We have also ensured that Jacinda is carrying her baby Neve, to show that having a baby does not stop leadership.


As Year 13 embarks on their journey into the boundless future, we acknowledge this transition with a classic coming-of-age dress. The layers of cranes symbolise youth and the happiness that we carry from St Cuthbert’s into our future. The overall winner was Iona House, with Elgin second, and Dunblane third. There were also two wildcard awards, Year 13 Durham won an award for humour which showcased a witty interpretation of the “the Future” with the entrant dressed in the shape of a mobile phone with images of social media icons clearly identified. Year 10 Iona received a wildcard award for simple but effective choice of techniques, which showcased sculptural elements, pleating and folding. Many thanks to our Judges who had the difficult task of deciding the winners of each category: Diane McKissock-Davis, Kathryn Patel, Judy McIntosh, Aaron Tindall, Michael Zhang.



s a m t s i r Ch ! d e rt o s is MY F O OD B A G P RE SE NT S MY MER RY C H R I ST M A S 2018 It’s that time of year again – our scrumptious Christmas Bags are now available to order! This year we have four delicious boxes for you to choose from, including the return of our super popular Kiwi Christmas Bag! Featuring two Te Mana Lamb Legs, a side of New Zealand King Salmon, plus a spectacular Caramel Cheesecake Parfait! We've taken care of the menu, featuring a range of local and seasonal New Zealand produce, easyto-follow recipes, and a simple party plan to follow – all wrapped up in a festive box and delivered straight to your door. A delicious Christmas feast without the stress – now that’s our kind of Christmas! My Food Bag Christmas is easier than ever, but just as impressive!

BAKED BRI E We’re sharing the recipe to our mouth watering Baked Brie, which features in this year’s Christmas Antipasto Platter. This simple crowd-pleaser is the perfect way to get the festivities started and impress your guests. 1 wheel Brie 1 sprig rosemary 55g dried apricot, almond & pecan mix 1 Tbsp honey 1. Preheat oven to 190°C. 2. Unwrap Brie and place on a lined oven tray. Scatter with rosemary leaves, top with apricot, almond and pecan mix, and drizzle with honey. 3. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until Brie is melted, and nuts are golden. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes, then serve with crackers or fresh bread. Enjoy!

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Junior School Music Walking around the Performing Arts Centre, it is wonderful to see Junior School girls from Year 1 through to Year 6 actively involved in learning instruments, performing in orchestras, bands, and singing in choirs.

Creating good times and building learning power through Music



Junior School head of Music, Andrew Stewart says, “Learning a musical instrument and group music making is fun, and compliments academic activities within the school. However, many studies tell us that learning an instrument and being involved in musical ensembles has a greater influence on student wellbeing and on brain development, than we usually realise.” Andrew Stewart points to the findings of a 2013 German study1 which suggest that adolescents with music training have better cognitive skills, better school grades, are more

conscientious and are more open and ambitious than students who do not undergo musical training. Andrew Stewart says, “This study goes on to state that music improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills more than twice as much as sports, theater or dance.”2 Numerous other studies have confirmed the value in learning a musical instrument. Studies have reported that participating in Music decreases anxiety, optimises memory, accelerates brain development, and assists in the mental and social development of students and increases overall academic achievement. “Perhaps this is not surprising considering that music is known as a rare activity which activates all areas of the brain simultaneously,” says Andrew Stewart.

Choir successes Interestingly enough, when Year 9 girls were asked what they have learned from their Rock Music course, the girls responded with similar ‘un-musical’ answers. Girls reported increased confidence, increased problemsolving skills, and an improved ability to work with others in a team as being key learning experiences that they had gained. Learning a new Rock Band instrument as part of this was seen as a challenge that really paid off. Against that background, Andrew says it has been wonderful to roll out a new band programme in Years 5 and 6 this year. “Girls eagerly come to every music lesson with clarinets and saxophones in hand. They spend every lesson learning new notes, new songs and work together and individually on refining their instrumental technique, ability, music reading skills and honing their sound. Girls have the benefit of then performing as a class band and even as entire year group bands. Every girl is on a learning journey and it is wonderful to see the students improving their own playing while working collaboratively to help other girls in the class to achieve their very best as well,” he says. Source: 1 and 2. Hille, Schupp

Singing is a part of daily life at St Cuthbert’s. For students who have an interest in doing more singing, there are a variety of options for girls to take voice lessons and participate in choirs. The school choral pathway begins in Year 3 with ‘Voichestra’. Year 5 and 6 students can audition for ‘Junior Black Watch Singers’. ‘Song Squad’ in an unauditioned group for any Years 7 and 8 students who would like to try singing in a choir. At the senior level ‘Black Watch Singers’ provides a choral experience for students who enjoy singing, and ‘Saints Alive’ is our premier choral ensemble where all students are having voice lessons. All our choirs compete in ‘The Big Sing’ or ‘The Kids Sing’ and contribute to school assemblies, concerts, chapel and carol services. At this year’s Auckland ‘The Kids Sing’ our ‘Junior Black Watch Singers’ won a Gold Award, the award for the Best Performance of the Test Piece, and Best Primary School Choir in the competition. Congratulations to

‘Voichestra’ who achieved a Bronze Award and to ‘Song Squad’ who gained a Gold Award. At ‘The Big Sing’ finale (for Secondary School students), ‘Saints Alive’ gained a Gold Award and the Hutt City Trophy for Best Performance of a New Zealand work and ‘Black Watch Singers’ achieved a Bronze Award. This is the first time the ‘Black Watch Singers’ have been selected for a finale, and they were the only un-auditioned choir in the competition. Our thanks go to Rowan Johnston (our Teacher in Charge of Choirs) and his team of directors; Jennifer Maybee, Mary Cornish and Fiona Tibbles, our professional accompanists Cathy Bennett and Janet Gibbs and all the student accompanists and choir leaders, without whose active support, this would not have been possible.

And as the Year 5 girls say:

It’s fun and it’s a challenge, and I love that I get to learn how to play the instruments with friends!”




Sport Snapshot

Junior School Sport

The Junior School couldn’t have been sportier than they were in Term 3. Cross Country, Clash of Clans Competition, Ski and Gym Champs, and Orienteering were just some of the events that enabled girls to “give it a go” and experience new, fun activities….taking a few solid wins home too!

CROSS COUNTRY The Years 5 and 6 Remuera Zone Cross Country Championships was very well attended with 97 girls competing from Year 5 and 103 from Year 6 from schools across Auckland. St Cuthbert’s was well represented, and the girls really gave it their all. The Year 5 team placed 2nd and the Year 6 team placed 4th overall. Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the day. Our Year 5 places: 1st Scarlett Robb 8th Ellie Siu 19th Kate Bruford 25th Florence Burney 29th Scarlett George 47th Emma Rolls 36th Isabella Lambie 64th Alice Mackenzie

Our Year 6 places: 4th Grace Meredith 6th Eleora Lau 19th Samantha Bradley 58th Katie Marshall 59th Francesca Wright 60th Isobel Denton 74th Jemma Nesdale 77th Eva Dacre

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS The Auckland Champion of Champions Gymnastics competition in September resulted in some great individual wins as well as our Year 5 girls’ team being placed 2nd, and the Year 6 girls’ team being placed 3rd! Congratulations to Olivia Lindon, who placed 4th in the Year 4 individual competition, Scarlett Robb, who placed 3rd in the Year 5 individual competition, and to Francesca Wright, who placed 4th in the Year 6 individual competition. Our Year 5 team, Scarlett Robb, Esme Boyes, Isabella Lambie, Christine Fu placed 2nd overall, and our year 6 gym team, Francesca Wright, Natalia Wilcox, Bella Fairbairn, Claudia White placed 3rd overall.



JUNIOR ORIENTEERING SUSTAINABILITY EVENT On 30 October, more than 40 St Cuthbert’s girls participated in the Junior Sustainability Challenge held in Wenderholm National Park. It is great to see levels of particpation increasing as this relatively new sport continues to grow in popularity. Teams of four, from Years 5 and 6, worked together to score as many points as possible within a 2 hour time challenge by navigating to checkpoints, and completing a variety of sustainability activities. The tight time challenge fostered discussion, teamwork, collaboration and a healthy desire to do good for the environment! In this photo the team seeks to identify five cattle breeds. With the assistance of an identification chart these city students speak of Fresian, Hereford and Jersey with confidence.

NORTH ISLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS In August St Cuthbert’s took to the slopes at the North Island Primary School Ski Championships at which there was a total of 425 competitors. To be selected, interested girls attended a time trial at Snowplanet and their times from that event were used to place them in the teams. The girls then travelled down and stayed with their families whilst attending one of two events for Years

1– 4 and 5 and 6. The girls really enjoyed the competitions, whilst at the same time bringing home some great wins on the skiing race course! There were some fantastic individual wins and congratulations to the B team who placed 19th and the A team who placed 6th! Special mention to Pieter Spencer who won the Years 1– 4 competition, and to

Genevieve Lyne who came 3rd in the Years 5 and 6 competition, and to Dina Ehsankya who came 5th. Congratulations also to Hope Wang, Aveia Coco Renault-Pollard, Ella McCutcheon, Angelina Brotherson, Christabella Amos-Hourigan, Rachel Wight and Chanel Marusich who also participated in the individual competitions.



Middle School Sport NZAIMS Every year we have a very strong presence at the NZAIMS Games sports competitions. This is a massive competition exclusively for Years 7 and 8 girls and boys from all over New Zealand, and more recently, from overseas schools too. The tournament is often the first experience many of our developing athletes have had where they are performing at the top level in their sport for such a sustained period of time, and thus there is so much to learn about their physical and emotional limits. It is a chance to be part of a team in an environment where resilience and self-discipline are needed. Our girls rise to the challenges as they learn about what it means to lose a game and then have to get back up and play again within the hour, or to have to get out and play again and again in howling winds or torrential rain. The competition is fierce and, luckily this year, the weather was stunning. We were fortunate to have so many parents, grandparents and other friends come to the Mount to support our girls in their sporting endeavors.

BADMINTON Our Badminton team, made up of Jessie Yan, Emily Li, Lily Yuan, Coco Zhu, Gianna Lee and Akhila Chandrakkanth placed 3rd overall

GYMNASTICS Open Junior Artistic Gymnastics, Milana Henderson gained a 3rd in vault, 2nd in bar, 1st on beam and 1st on floor. These results saw her gain first place overall.

SAILORS For our sailors the weather at the Mount was almost too good as in the first few days sailing was delayed due to the lack of wind! Congratulations to Cate Tipler and Kelly Su who represented St Cuthbert’s.



A snap shot of our NZAIMS participation CROSS COUNTRY



Our Cross Country team included Sophie Robb, Victoria Jagusch, Renee Zhang, Rosa Cox and Kelly Su. Sophie Robb came 5th overall in the Cross Country, which is a fantastic result.

Our Football team had an exciting competitive and fun week where they finished in a very competitive twelfth position!

Rianne Li placed 5th overall with Chloe Lam hot on her heels in 6th place.




Amber Burley and Molly Munro thoroughly enjoyed the Gym Sports and competed in the Artistic Twisters category.

The Hockey girls had some extremely tough games and it was through shear grit and determination, combined with their skill and talent that saw them making it through to the quarter finals and finishing 7th overall.

The Netball team had a successful AIMS Games winning 6 out of their 7 games earning them entry into A grade.




Emily Chapman, Victoria Jagusch, Islay Boyes and Bridget Dennis had a fantastic swim in the relay. Bridget placed 6th in the 200m backstroke, 7th in the 200m freestyle, 9th in the 50m freestyle and gained silver in the 200m freestyle and a national age-group time.

Sasha Situe won the tennis competition with Renee Zhang placing 2nd, and together they won the doubles.

The Water Polo team have had a very successful tournament and they made it through to the semi-finals receiving a bronze medal.



Years 7 and 8 St Cuthbert’s Athletics Our Athletics Day was one filled with excitement and colour. The day began as the girls paraded down to Puriri Drive in their House colours to board the buses to Mount Smart Stadium. The greatest thing about Athletics Day was that you could win points by participating, so it didn’t really matter if you came fourth or tenth! You still earned those valuable house points and what great house spirit the Middle School has! This day is a time for our House Chants and St Cuthbert’s spirit to really soar, and it certainly lived up to everyone’s expectations with rowdy chants from all eight Houses. Whether or not athletics is something our girls are interested in, this day provides them with the opportunity to feel what it is like to run the 100, 200 or 400 metres on a real track, or to have a go at the fosbury flop, or fly across the sand in the long-jump, with their friends and families cheering them on. It was fantastic to see such high participation rates again this year! The sun-smart message was clear to our girls and they all took responsibility for themselves, particularly when they were out on the field for lengthy periods of time. The girls were happy and exhausted on the buses back to school at the end of the day. I think we can safely say fun was had by all!



Auckland Intermediate Schools’ Tennis Tournament. Lily Allen, Mala Krzanic-Sullivan and Renee Zhang from Year 7, Jade Matthews and Imogen Weenink from Year 8 competed in the recent two-day Auckland Intermediate Schools’ Tennis Tournament. Congratulations to all the girls and special mention to Renee Zhang who won the singles title and Lily Allen who won the plate event!



Senior School Sport CYCLING

Seven riders and their families attended the recent National Road Champs in Christchurch. They spent several days in Christchurch training and riding in a road race (on country roads) then in a points race (on the Ruapuna Car Racing track).


Year 12 students Nico Penny and Francesca Lewis competed in foil at the National Secondary Schools’ Champs, which were held in Christchurch in early September. The girls, who are coached by the Auckland Swords, have both been fencing for less than a year and this was their first ever competition. They entered the competition unseeded and have worked their way into ranked positions.


During the Winter Tournament, the St Cuthbert’s 1st XI Football team competed in the NZSS Lotto tournament in Taupo, where they finished 23rd overall. In especially exciting football news, Year 13 student Rose Luxton has been named in the squad of 21 players, that will represent New Zealand at the FIFA U–17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay this November. The New Zealand U–17 Women’s side are set to take on Finland, Uruguay, and Ghana in their first three matches and we wish Rose all the best.




The St Cuthbert’s 1st XI won the Super City Tier 1 Grand Final at the 2018 College Sport Auckland Premier Girls’ Hockey Championships after a big 6–0 win in their final vs Orewa College. They also competed in Whangarei and placed 6th overall at the Federation Cup. The 2nd XI team competed in the Chris Arthur tournament in Ashburton during the Winter Tournament where they finished in second place. They lost in the final 2–1 to St Margaret’s College after having won all five of their pool games and their semi-final 2-0 against Westlake Girls. Year 13 students Kendall Vaughan and Sophia Howard, and Year 12 students Breana Catley, Katie Doar and Tianna Currie were all recently selected for the U18 NZ Squad for Hockey. In addition, Kendall, Katie and Sophia were also selected for the National Hockey League Auckland Team 2018 and Katie has been selected for the U21 NZ team playing Australia in an upcoming test series.


The Premier Netball Team, which comprised of a mix of senior players and up-andcoming players from Years 9 and 10, recently represented St Cuthbert’s at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools annual tournament.

During the tournament, the St Cuthbert’s Team secured themselves a spot in the top 16 in the A grade division, placing 15th overall. This is a huge achievement in such a competitive sporting environment!


The New Zealand Secondary School Orienteering Championships’ were recently held in Christchurch with fantastic results. The Junior Girls Relay Team, which consisted of Olivia Power, Sofia Toes and Zara Stewart (all in Year 9, were placed first, while Sofia Toes was placed second in the Junior Girls’ Long Distance Championship. Zara Stewart was named as a travelling reserve in the NZSS Junior Girls’ Team, which competed in the Southern Cross Challenge against Australian State Teams, while Rebecca Greenwood (Year 11) was selected as part of the NZSS Junior Girls’ Invitational Team.

In very exciting Orienteering news, St Cuthbert’s has been selected to represent New Zealand schools in the Junior grade at the World Schools’ Orienteering Championships in Estonia in 2019. The team is Pippa Dixon, Ellie Evans, Olivia Power, Zara Stewart and Sofia Toes.


Five St Cuthbert’s students recently represented New Zealand in the FINA Youth Women’s Water Polo World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia during August. Bernadette Doyle, Georgia Milne, Libby Alsemgeest, Ellie Tomoana and Caitlin Mary Parker Allen were all part of the team that placed 9th out of 16 top tier international teams. Year 13 student Bernadette Doyle also recently toured with the New Zealand Senior Women’s Team at the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup 2018 in Surgut, Russia. The New Zealand team placed 7th overall. In early October, the Years 9 and 10 water polo players held their first ever sports exchange with Mount Maunganui College. The girls travelled down to Tauranga to play training games and the visit built a sense of camaraderie between the two strong water polo schools.




2018 has been a busy year and one of our key projects this year has been supporting the school as the team relaunched our community magazine as ‘Evergreen Ties’, and also upgraded the St Cuthbert’s website. Early next year, we will be carefully refreshing the Old Girls’ website to make it easier for you to connect with us and each other, update your details, and provide us with your life and career news. One of our other projects this year has been fundraising for an upgraded piano and new organ for our Chapel – a $34,000 investment. Within our parent community we ran a fundraiser called the Golden Ticket and sold raffle tickets for $175 for the chance to win a year of free tuition at the school, paid for by the raffle proceeds. We thought it would be a fun idea that one of our current parents could benefit from while also supporting the organ project. We were very appreciative of the enthusiastic support throughout the school, and made a profit of over $20,000 towards the organ purchase. We will be doing further fundraising within our Old Girls’ community to raise the balance.

A message from our Old Girls’ President Penelope Peebles



Another long-term strategic focus is providing support for our younger Alumnae from within our wide-ranging Old Girl network, and we are on track to facilitating mentoring within our community which we will announce mid-2019. Our recent networking drinks based in central Auckland (the second year of this initiative) is an example of events we run to achieve this goal and once again we had a fantastic group of women from different professions. 70% of attendees were under 45 years and 50% were under 35, and it was great to see everyone catching up, and making new connections. We also heard from Susan Paterson who spoke about her corporate journey. We will keep this event going annually and our hope is that in 2019 we can provide other opportunities to network. In this edition you can read the speech Kate Davenport QC gave on receiving her Making her Mark Award this year. Her advice is relevant to each of us regardless of age and we are grateful to Kate for allowing us to share her words of wisdom. You will also read a short article on the Archives. The Old Girls are supporting St Cuthbert’s by contracting Sarah Padey as Archivist on a part time basis for three months to address the back log of work in the Archives. Sarah will also scope a plan and policy for the Archives going forward, in the lead up to the school appointing a permanent part-time Archivist in 2019. Sarah came to an Old Girls’ Committee meeting and briefed us on the work required and asked us what our expectations were of the Archive/Archivist and how we would like to use this wonderful resource. The Committee felt strongly that the Archives should be more accessible to our whole school community

and we explored ideas about how the Archives could be more interactive, and how our younger students could use this resource for their investigations. Since the last Evergreen Ties the Bay of Plenty Old Girls’ branch held a reunion lunch at Mills Reef which was attended by Principal Justine Mahon and Committee member Emma Mellow. We would like to thank the Waikato Old Girls for their recent donation which will enable the purchase of another table by the Atrium Café for our girls to enjoy connecting with one other. By the time this goes to print, we will have seen our Club 50 ladies at their annual event and our Gold Coast Old Girls’ branch will have met for their reunion lunch at Southport Yacht Club. I would like to acknowledge our Past President, Nicky Pennington and Committee member, Alice Sharp, for their efforts leading the planning for the Graduation Ball in December, which will be another outstanding celebration of our newest Old Girls. We are looking forward to all our events in 2019 and have confirmed dates for our regular events, with details of our Bridge Day and Decade Reunions in this edition. For reunions in March 2019, please find your year group coordinator, send out a save the date, and round up your friends!

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Just prior to our AGM and decade reunion activity, the Old Girls will be hosting their first ever Italian Luncheon at NSP on 14th March, supported by Orsini with a fashion parade of fine Italian jewellery. We will email details of this event later this year and look forward to seeing many of our Old Girls and St Cuthbert’s community for lunch in the sun in March. Enjoy the lead up to Christmas, and thank you for your support of the Old Girls in 2018. I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible next year! Kindest regards Penelope Peebles President, Old Girls’ Association

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Making her Mark

— by Kate Davenport, QC

It is a great honour for me today to receive this award, and I am very grateful for it. I’m proud to be a St Cuthbert’s Old Girl. St Cuthbert’s provided me with an excellent education and the belief that I could do anything I put my mind to. I can tell you that this was a view very much in its infancy then, and certainly and sadly not found in the workplace. However, an education at an all-girls school provided me with many role models as to how effective women leaders could be”. At the annual Making their Mark Awards in June this year, Old Girl and leading barrister, Kate Davenport gave a wonderful speech when she received her award, in which she shared her five life lessons. We loved her speech and received such great feedback, we decided to share an extract from Kate’s speech and her life lessons with our school community!

Kate Davenport QC is a civil and commercial litigator with nearly 30 years’ experience at the bar. Kate has an LLB (Hons) and a Master of Jurisprudence (Distinction). She was appointed Queens Counsel in 2013, the same year that she was awarded the NZ Barrister of the Year Award. Kate has had an extensive career, with appearances as counsel and assessor for a range of specialities and causes. Her commitment to the law has also seen her involvement in the governance of the legal profession, and she is currently the President of the New Zealand Bar Association. Kate has received a number of Government appointments throughout her career. She is a mum to four children, and is married to Tim Christmas, a Lung Physician. 70


Kate Davenport’s Life Lessons 1. Recognise that you will fail, and that failure is important to build resilience. While I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved and celebrate those achievements, what my CV doesn’t show are the numerous failures along the way. Failure is never easy, and it hurts our pride and confidence. However, it is important because learning to deal with failure develops resilience which is a vital requirement for success. You learn from your mistakes, what you have done wrong, the things that you haven’t done, and hopefully how to improve in the future. Everyone fails at some point in their life, and it is how you deal with this that is often the most important. Failures can either define you, or you can pick yourself up, shake yourself down, be kind to yourself and then think what can you learn from the failure. Failure never appears on your CV, but it makes a big difference in your ability to succeed. In the UK recently, a headmistress at Cheltenham Ladies College made headlines when she stressed that she wanted her pupils to

learn how to fail, not just how to succeed. So, don’t be afraid to fail – it shows you have courage and resilience. 2. Don’t believe your own press. When you do succeed – don’t make the mistake of believing that you are invincible. By all means feel proud of yourself, but never think that there is nothing that you can learn. Learning is lifelong. Looking towards the future and continually upskilling yourself is important. 3. I have recently been to a seminar that talked about what they believed the future of the law was in the next ten years. The predication was that 80% of what we do today will not be needed in 10 years – so we need to constantly upskill. This is true of every job, and is scary and exciting, but also a chance to develop new skills. 4. Be humble but confident, and believe in yourself. A lack of confidence is so prevalent amongst women, as is the imposter syndrome which almost every successful woman I have met seems to suffer from – believing that somebody

will one day discover that you’re not as good as you have been said to be. Yet amazingly, I have never met a woman who suffers from the imposter syndrome who actually can’t do the job. Confidence is not arrogance, it is believing that you are capable of doing a great job, and doing it well. 5. Be mindful of your reputation. In any job, and in life, you want your reputation to be that you are compassionate, authentic, practice fair play, are honest and reliable, and treat everyone that you come into contact with in the same way that you want to be dealt with. People can spot a fake a mile off, so believe it or give it up. It takes years to build a reputation but it can only take one careless act to ruin it. This is really important in the age of social media. This was not a thing when I was growing up and my youthful peccadillos remain safely buried, but these days when I’m employing anyone I always google them and look at their Facebook and social media postings. I don’t want to employ someone who constantly posts pictures of themselves as a party person then doesn’t turn up to work on Monday as they are “sick”. So less of the postings of skimpy bikinis and alcohol, and more of the postings of you genuinely having fun. 6. Most importantly - live life to the full. Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Life, I have learnt, can tragically be cut short and you can lose those precious friends and family seemingly overnight. My four children and my husband and my great friends are really the most important things in life, and the legacy that I will leave.

Our school archives are a memory bridge that link past, present and future The St Cuthbert’s Archives are a unique collection that trace the history of the school from when it opened on the 1st February 1915, to the thriving community it is today. Established in 1990, the purpose-built Archive Room is in the Senior Library in the Robertson Building. A key focus of past archivists has been to ensure records of long term value were identified and actively managed to ensure a comprehensive record of the school’s history has been retained as archives. Consequently, the collection has grown to be a valuable resource for staff and students and keeps alive the connections and ongoing involvement of the school community and past students. Looking forward, strategies will be put in place to ensure valuable records and content, increasingly created only in digital form can also be kept as archives. Generous donations of objects of significance, photographs, uniform items, papers, publications, memorabilia and ephemera from past pupils, staff and their families have added considerable depth to the collection and are always welcomed. An example of a donation received last year from her family was former Principal Joan Holland’s OBE medal. Joan was Principal of St Cuthbert’s from 1969–1989. Upon retiring in 1989, her contribution to education was recognized when she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to education. These tartan rompers are a well-remembered article of sports uniform from the Joan Holland era. They were donated to the archives in 1993 by Joanne Mary Wills nee Hughes. The tartan romper was introduced in the early 1960s and phased out late in the 1980s. St Cuthbert’s has been without a dedicated school Archivist for the last few years, and the Old Girls’ Association has recently contracted Sarah Padey to attend to a back log of work in the archives and scope a plan and policy for the archives in this digital age to ensure accessibility. A permanent part-time position will be reestablished in 2019. Sarah has a post graduate qualification in Archives and Records Management from Monash University and has held positions in local government, school and corporate archives.

I am very proud of them all and without them all of my great achievements would mean little. I genuinely get as much pleasure from my children and husband’s success as my own and when they are unhappy I am unhappy too. You should love to work not live to work. Family and friends should not take second place to work all the time. Sometimes you have to work hard but it should not be a way of life. And my final word of wisdom, be a heater not a drain. The energy, enthusiasm and joie de vivre that you put out will come back to you in spades. Thanks again for this award.



LUCKY GOLDEN TICKET! Our Old Girls inaugural raffle to win a year of school fees was a great success, with 318 tickets being sold to raise money for a new organ for our beloved Chapel. Parents from across all year groups bought tickets.

The raffle was drawn on 20 September, by past parent and lawyer Stewart Germann, and was witnessed by St Cuthbert’s Director of Finance and Operations, Peter Nouwens, Old Girls’ Committee Treasurer, Brittany Stewart, and Old Girls’ President Penelope Peebles. The winning family is the Haldane family, and they are thrilled that they are the lucky winners! Georgie Caughey has three daughers at the school, and she very generously bought three tickets – one for each girl! The winning ticket nominated her daughter Helena Haldane in year 10 as the recipient. The Haldane family has recently returned to New Zealand and St Cuthbert’s after a number of years overseas, and were very excited to get the call about their prize and have loved settling back into our school community. The family returned home in July this year after spending three years in Singapore, and then three years living in Amsterdam. Helena was eight when the family left, having started at St Cuthbert’s in Year 0.



Despite initial trepidation about returning to New Zealand after several years overseas, the family are happy to be home. “It’s great seeing how happy and settled the girls are, and we are delighted to have found that the St Cuthbert’s community is still the same lovely, welcoming community it always was”, says Georgie. “I bought the raffle tickets because I thought it was for a great cause, as the Chapel is such an integral part of school life, but I never expected to win! I was stunned when Penelope called me to let me know I had purchased the winning ticket – such a great welcome back!” Old Girls’ President Penelope Peebles says, “This is the first time we have held a raffle fundraiser for school fees, and we are really pleased with the enthusiasm from the school community, and the excitement of our winning family.” “The Old Girls’ Chapel is a much loved part of St Cuthbert’s, and the money we raised will go a long way towards our goal,” says Penelope Peebles.

Key Dates Friday 7 December 2018 Graduation Ball for Year 13 6.00pm: Ellerslie Convention Centre

Wednesday 14 March 2019 Italian Luncheon at NSP With a fashion parade of fine Italian jewellery from Orsini 11.30am – 3.00pm, NSP, Parnell

Friday 22 March 2019 Decade Reunion Cocktail Party (Peer years 2003 & 2013) 6.30pm at St Cuthbert’s College Peer Year 2003 will open their time capsule

Saturday 23 March 2019 Old Girls’ Association Annual General Meeting 9.30 – 10.30am in the Joan Holland Auditorium Morning Tea 10.30 – 11.00am

2019 Decade Reunions Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 2019 Our 2019 Decade Reunions are for students whose third form/ Year 9 year ended in an (9) or would have left the College in a year ended in a ‘3’ in seventh form / Year 13. This means peer groups 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003, 2013. Your class co-ordinators and their contact details are listed below, so please contact them for information or to update contact details for yourself or your classmates. See Key Dates for the events timetable or call 09 520 4159 ext 7607 or email alumnae@stcuthberts.school.nz if you have any questions. Links to the Events booking forms will be available on the Old Girls’ website stcuthberts.school.nz/OGA on the Events Tab. Our class co-ordinators for next year are as follows:

Old Girls’ Chapel Service 11.00 – 11.45am in the St Cuthbert’s Old Girls’ Chapel

1953 peer year

St Cuthbert’s Alumnae Office

alumnae@stcuthberts.school.nz 09 520 4159 ext 7607

1953 Peer group Old Girls’ Lunch Midday at St Cuthbert’s College

1963 peer year

Joan Hanson Ali Nelson Margaret Merrilees


Pip Richards Rachel Gould Margot Leigh


Anna Stewart Christina Sayers Wickstead Anna Twhigg


1993 peer year


OGA Coffee and Dessert Evening 8.00pm for 2019 new students’ of mothers and grandmothers who are Old Girls Home of Penelope Peebles

Pippa Mace Rachel Paris Sarah Wilby

2003 peer year

Simran Saseve-Dale simran.hayer@gmail.com michaelalbarnes@gmail.com Michaela Barnes Amber Hall ambrosia.records@gmail.com

Wednesday 20 June 2019

2013 peer year

Olivia Mann Sobitha Manoharan Pooja Upadhyay

Decade Reunion Dinner (Peer years 1963,1973,1983 and 1993) 7.00pm at St Cuthbert’s College

Sunday 31 March 2019 Waikato / King Country AGM & Luncheon 11.30am at the home of Catharine Stuart 367 Norwegian Road Roto-o-Rangi, Cambridge. Contact: Catharine 07 827 1766, bandcstuart@gmail.com

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Bridge Day 10.00am Auckland Bridge Club, Remuera Special thank you to Jo Clark for the room hire donation

Saturday 14 September 2019 BOP AGM & Luncheon 11.30am Mills Reef Winery, Tauranga Contact: Anna Finlayson-Smith 07 579 2265, 027 477 4566 dameanna@talk.co.nz

For details on events in 2019 please contact alumnae@stcuthberts.school.nz

1973 peer year 1983 peer year

ali.nelson@greatwine.co.nz merrileesm@gmail.com

rachelgould1@gmail.com margot@awithp.co.nz

csayerswickstead@gmail.com Anna.Twhigg@icloud.com

parisrachel2017@gmail.com sarahwilby@windowslive.com

oliviamann01@gmail.com sobitha.manoharan@gmail.com pj.v.upadhyay@gmail.com

Notice of AGM The Annual General Meeting of the St Cuthbert’s Old Girls’ Association will be held in the Joan Holland Auditorium on Saturday 23 March 2019 at 9.30am.


1. Election of officers for the coming year 2. Annual financial statements presented for approval 3. Nominations 4. General Business OUR CONNECTED COMMUNITY


News of Old Girls Holly Cormack (Peer Year 1990)

Barbara Sauer (Hillier) Peer Year 2004

Holly has been in Singapore for almost 8 years and prior to that was in Hong Kong. The majority of Holly’s career has been spent working for global financial services companies within the HR and Learning and Development space with her final role being Head of Learning and Development. For the last two years she has been working as Lead Facilitator and Executive Coach for a small Training company working with global clients on projects throughout Asia. On the personal side, Holly has three busy children.

Barbara was awarded the Violet Wood Scholarship in 2009 when she had just begun her master’s degree in Media Management at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. Thanks to the scholarship, Barbara was able to attend a conference for Media Studies in Chemnitz, visit both the Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs and take part in a mentoring programme for women in publishing. She still keeps in regular contact with her mentor. “Thanks again to St Cuthbert’s for the scholarship all those years ago. It gave me a leg up into the publishing industry and I’ve enjoyed working there ever since. Good luck to this year’s applicants!” After completing her studies in 2011, Barbara worked as a freelance journalist for a year before becoming a trainee editor of children’s books and then an editor and writer at the publishing house GROH. Responsible for six editors Barbara also wrote a travel-article on the Otago Central Rail Trail for a magazine called Spotlight. Barbara and her husband cycled the trail as part of a family visit to NZ where she also managed to see a few of her St Cuthbert’s friends whilst in New Zealand. “No matter how much time and distance passes between our coffee dates, it’s always great fun to catch up!”

Rev’d Dr Jacky Sewell (Peer Year 1975) Jacky is currently working as a theology tutor for Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford. She is a regional tutor, based in Hereford, and teaches between Hereford, Gloucester and Cuddesdon, specialising in ministry formation, preaching, pastoral studies, and the history of Christian art. She also works with the Diocese of Hereford as School of Ministry Support Officer. Until 2014 Jacky was working in theological education for the Anglican church in New Zealand where she has worked in parish ministry, as youth ministry educator, teaching pastoral studies for the University of Otago, ministry formation at St John’s Theological College in Auckland, as retreat director and as ministry trainer in rural churches. Jacky has a PhD in spirituality and visual art from the University of Otago and is currently writing in the areas of pastoral theology, art and spirituality, and spiritual formation. Jacky is also the mother of two sons in their late 20’s and in her spare time grows roses, chillies, green beans and other edible plants, sings in the Three Choirs Festival, researches early Christian mosaics and soaks up contemporary sculpture.

Hye Jo (Heather) Shin (Peer Year 2011) Heather graduated NYU in May 2017 with a B.A. in Art History. After graduation, she took a gap year for grad school preparation to pursue further education in Art History and plans to start on her masters in Fall 2019. She is currently working at Hyundai Capital America headquarters in Irvine, CA as an analyst. Heather fondly remembers starting the Korean group in 2010 and was pleased to hear the group is thriving.

Hyesoo Shin (Peer Year 2012) Hyesoo graduated from UCLA last winter with a degree majoring in Design and Media Arts. She is currently working as a product designer at a startup company in Silicon Valley.



Hyunsun Roh (Peer Year 2009) Hyunsun studied at Amherst College in Massachusetts where she majored in Chemistry. After graduating, she worked at a life sciences consulting firm based in Boston. After close to three years there, Hyunsun transitioned to a strategy and corporate development role at a biotech called PureTech where she has been for the past few months.

Anna Mackay (Peer Year 2010) Anna has recently been profiled for the top 100 Women in Construction in Australia. She has credited a lot of her success to St Cuthbert’s which she acknowledged for her “exemplary education and amazing support of many teachers”. She graduated with a BBSc from Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. View Anna’s full profile on LinkedIn.

Xiwan Wei (Peer Year 2015) Xiwan is currently studying Law at Oxford University and will be graduating in July 2019. She has accepted an offer to work at a London law firm called Slaughter and May and will be starting there after her graduation. Xiwan is looking forward to attending London OGA events in the future.

Events Club 50 On Thursday 25 October, we hosted our Club 50 Old Girls, a committed group of vibrant ladies who are still connected 50 years on from school. Principal Justine Mahon spoke and we introduced Holly Palmer, the new Director of Development. Thank you to our Junior School Year 0 to Year 6 girls who showcased their learnings. Their confidence and enthusiasm was a joy to behold! Rossyln Caughey, Anne Hargreaves

Lola Fowler, Marie Leicester

Gillian Willoughby, Margaret Mathieson, Sheryl Beange

Sheryl Blakey, Margaret Cook, Wendy Innes, Diana Wood, Pam Garlick

Patsy Laird, Jill Bignell, Alison Glenie

Heather McCullough, Barbara Towers

Berice Stevens, Jan Brown, Judy Laity, Anne Coney

Wendy Innes with her granddaughter Rosie Gibbs in Year 0

Bay of Plenty lunch

The 2018 Bay of Plenty Old Girls’ annual luncheon was held at Mills Reef which was a perfect venue and we were very well looked after from the planning and organising through to a delicious menu and excellent service. This certainly added to the very happy and chatty atmosphere. There was a very strong turn out from the Waikato as well as a number of first attendees. New Principal, Justine Mahon, spoke very inspiringly about the direction of the College based on the UNESCO’S 5 pillars of education and we were fortunate to hear from Elinor Elder, a former teacher about what she credits for the success of young people. Old Girls’ Committee member Emma Mellow had also made the trip from Auckland to be with us for the event which was much appreciated and a number of us remembered her lovely mother Cheree, sadly now passed.

Janeen Wilson, Glennis Best, Alys Ingrid Wicksteed, Anna Finlayson-Smith, Dearwyn Caulfield

This year’s Bay of Plenty Old Girls’ luncheon was another standout event greatly enjoyed by all present and some passing younger St Cuthbert’s Old Girls and parents excitedly popped in to say hello as they had seen the sign outside!! OUR CONNECTED COMMUNITY


Networking drinks

Lizanne Laycock, Mardie Healey, Amber Hall

Penelope Peebles, Alana Barron, Leigh Melville, Tessa Yeoman

Paige Paterson, Susan Paterson ONZM, Justine Mahon

Nicola Baker, Nicky Pennington, Georgiana Harper, Ingrid Waddell

Joy Walpole, Rekha Patel, Charlotte Agnew-Harington

Kate Sheehan, Suzie Gates, Jessica Buchanan

Joanna Pidgeon, Kate Sheehan, Lucy Whineray

Justine Lamont, Tracy Mealing

Anita Birkinshaw, Rachel McNaughton, Caroline Joll, Megan McNaughton

Brooke Wakefield, Carlienne MacQueen, Isabelle Hoy

Anna Hill, Jane Novis

Justine Mahon, Paige Paterson, Stephanie Meech, Brittany Stewart

Andrea Fleming, Diana Thomson, CJ McEwan

Nicola Mirza, Jennifer Bunbury

Annette Jones, Alice Sharp



Calling for Nominations and Applications

Births Amanda (Barclay) and Richard Crang, a girl – Madeline Mary on 11 April 2018 Hannah (Binns) and Russell Eggleton, a son - Jack William on 14 April 2018 Katie (Browne) and Darren Milner, a girl – Leah Annette on 18 April 2018 Natalie (Browne) and Charles Dippenaar, a boy – Ben Murray on 14 May 2018 Cassandra Church and Dean Mackrell, a boy – Parker Harrison on 19 February 2018 Lucy (Cole) and Chris Paykel, a daughter – Poppy Isobel on 16 June 2018

marking service

Making Their Mark and Marking Service There are a large number of amazing Old Girls who we wish to recognise, but we need your help. The Making Their Mark Award recognises women who are making their mark in their chosen field, have realised outstanding achievements in the community and demonstrated belief in the extraordinary with courage and determination. As we have taken our inspiration from the Sir Peter Blake leadership awards, our nominees also show leadership qualities. The Making Service Award was inspired by the St Cuthbert’s motto By Love Serve and by a desire to celebrate Old Girls who have taken the spirit of our motto into their life and work for the greater good of our society. Please visit our website to view past recipients and to download a nomination form: stcuthberts.school.nz/old-girlsassociation/awards/markingservice-awards stcuthberts.school.nz/old-girlsassociation/awards/making-theirmark-awards Old Girls’ Honours Board This is awarded to an Old Girl who has made an outstanding contribution, nationally or internationally, in any field including (but not limited to) the arts, commerce, education, military, the professions, public service, research, science and technology and sport. Application form available: stcuthberts.school.nz/old-girlsassociation/awards/the-honoursboard. Please email your form by 1 May 2019 to:

alumnae@stcuthberts.school.nz or post to St Cuthbert’s Old Girls’ Association, PO Box 26 020, Epsom Violet Wood Advanced Studies Grant 2019 This grant is available to any Old Girl for postgraduate study in any field: academic, music, sport or art. Special conditions apply: Application form available: stcuthberts.school.nz/old-girlsassociation/scholarships/violetwood-grant. Alternatively please email alumanae@stcuthberts.school.nz Send completed application form to: St Cuthbert’s Old Girls’ Association, PO Box 26 020, Epsom or email to alumanae@ stcuthberts.school.nz Applications must be received no later than 31 January 2019 Centennial Scholarship (For entry in Year 12) Available for students with a family connection to St Cuthbert’s College e.g. daughter, granddaughter, cousin, niece of St Cuthbert’s College Old Girl. – Strong academic ability and general excellence – Demonstrated interest in community service. This scholarship has a maximum value of 100% of tuition fees for Year 12 and 13 and is offered every two years. Please check website on 1 February 2019 for details. This is the date on which all the 2020 scholarships will open. www.stcuthberts.school.nz/ joining-us/scholarships/stcuthberts/

Georgia (Coyte) and Blake Ingram, a boy – Beauden Blake on 20 April 2018 Angela (Jayne) and James Sorenson, a daughter – Harper Rose 20 May 2018 Lauren (Hitchin) and John Donnan, a son – George Thomas on 4 August 2018 Victoria (Millar) and Helge Maeataanoa, a boy Jackson-Toa Spiers on 13 July 2018 Jessica (Sheffield) and Nathan Speir, a son – Theodore (Teddy) Thomas on 7 September 2018 Bridget (Ward) and Thomas Stenner, a girl – Francesca Harriet on 20 June 2018 Amanda (Wilkinson) and Andrew Norwood, a daughter – Florence Elizabeth on 12 November 2017

Deaths Belinda Bates (1991) Jocelyn Bennett (Macky) 1943 Betty Black (Stewart) 1952 Rita Burley (Pickles) 1950 Cheryl Moynagh (Burns) 1965 Margaret Moon (Davis) 1949

Dawn Prentice (Gardiner) 1945 Helen Richards (Mackenzie) 1948 Penelope Sibson 1960 Pauline Scott (Johnson) 1953 Nerida Southam Mary Webster (Emery) 1944

Betty Leslie Black On the 19th of September Ann Louise Jordan and I had the privilege of attending the funeral of Betty Black, nee Stewart, the composer of our school song ‘Deum Amato’ with memorable words written by Old Girl Mary Grant.

way of expressing her faith. She believed it was through the wonderfully complex sounds of her beloved instrument in the music of masters such as Bach and Handel that people were best lead to worship.

Betty, a St Cuthber t’s College Old Girl, was a renowned organist who left the school in 1952 on a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music.

Betty taught the organ, worked with various choirs’ and gave numerous organ recitals not only in New Zealand, but in Britain, Holland and the Vatican, playing until her last weeks.

At the service, the organ was described as the King of instruments and Betty the queen of organists!

We remember with gratitude her great legacy of ‘Deum Amato’ and extend our deepest sympathy to her family.

For Betty, a gifted and intelligent woman with a steely determination, music was a key

— Justine Mahon, Principal




St Cuthbert’s Parents & Friends’ Association Our Parents & Friends’ Association has had a very successful and busy year in 2018, holding events to bring our community together, and raising funds for school projects. We would like to thank all parents for their support and involvement in those events. The Parents & Friends’ main fundraiser of the year was the hugely successful Hawaiian Quiz Night and Auction held in June. This raised a significant amount of money for the school, specifically to renovate our Years 7 and 8 playground area. The renovations, which will be completed over the summer break, will include outdoor seating, and a covered area for the girls to meet and relax in. The Mother and Daughter Breakfast, with our St Cuthbert’s Black Stick hockey players, was eagerly anticipated by Years 0–8 girls and their mums. Held in Clouston Hall in Term 3, New Zealand Black Stick hockey players and St Cuthbert’s Old Girls Liz Thompson, Maddy Doar, Kelsie Smith and Olivia Merry engaged us with demonstrations and useful information about nutrition, exercise and team participation. There were even some prizes to

RIGHT: Mother Daughter breakfast. FAR RIGHT: Quiz night. — 78


be won for great participation from the mums and their daughters! It was wonderful for our younger girls to meet the Black Sticks, and we were all inspired by their story! We kick started a busy Term 4 with a mums’ movie night, and a large group of mums gathered for a fun night, watching “A Star is Born”, and enjoying drinks, nibbles and a goodie bag to take home! This term we have also supported our Middle School Graduation from Years 8 to 9 by providing autograph books and pens, which are presented to each girl at their Graduation ceremony. Coming up in December, we have the Junior School Nativity, which is a special event held each year for our Years 0–4 girls. Parents & Friends will be hosting drinks, Christmas cake and strawberries for parents, grandparents and staff. A lovely end to the year for the Junior School community! The last major event on the Parents & Friends’ calendar is the Year 13 Leavers’ Soirée which will be an occasion for parents and their daughters to share some of the special

memories of their journey through the school, and to celebrate the girls embarking on the next stage of their life. It is always a lovely occasion with photographs, a Piper and great videos of the girls’ memories of their time at St Cuthbert’s. As I come to the end of my time as Chair I would like to take the opportunity to thank the team of committed parents who have joined the P&F to give their time so generously over the past 18 months and more. Special thanks for their input and hard work go to Kathryn Crystal, Caroline Rolls, Victoria Amos, Jenny Reichenbach, Maude Wilcox, Elizabeth Bell, Niqui Taylor, Helen Warren, Sarah Evangelidakis, Kenna Howarth, Denise Pollard, Suzi Fan and Sharyn Catt. I would also like to thank the members of the Asian Friendship Group for working alongside us to bring all parents together. This dedicated group of parents enable our school community to come together at events such as Meet the Teacher, Open Days, Grandparents’ Day, picnics, quiz nights, movie nights, Christmas events, Year 13 Soirées and many more! We are a small team, but we have a lot of fun at meetings and in planning events. We have enjoyed great support from our Principal, Justine Mahon, and the Trust Board as well as ongoing support from the Old Girls’ Association.

from across our school community. The P&F committee is presently made up of parents across Years 2-12 and although my children, Amelie and Pippa, are in the Junior School, it has been really lovely becoming friends with parents further ahead in their St Cuthbert’s journey. I believe it has also been good for my daughters to see me being involved in the life of the school, and they love to help out at every occasion where they can! The P&F plays a vital role in keeping

us all connected. It is important for our girls that we have a vibrant, genuine and interested parent community. I encourage you to become involved; please send us an email with your details, to parents.friends@stcuthberts.school.nz. Kind regards Catriona Moore — Chair, Parents & Friends’ Association

I joined the committee in 2016 and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting parents




Spellbound Senior Ball The organisation of the Senior Ball for our Year 12 and 13 girls is a widely anticipated event on the school calendar.

This year’s Ball was held in August, at the Pullman Hotel, and was organised by our Visual Arts leaders, Cindy Cao and Christine Liu, with the help of the Visual Arts Committee, the prefects, and parents who assisted with budgeting, health and safety, ticketing, and food! Many thanks to the parents of our Head Girl, Tiana Willis-Baker, Deputy Head Girl, Lucy Heron, and Head Boarder, Emily Couper, who formed the steering committee to oversee the organisation of the evening. This year’s theme was “Spellbound”, a play on the concept of fairy tales, which was bought to life by the dedicated team of girls who helped organise the Ball. On arrival the girls and their partners walked through a bird cage, wrapped in ivory with fairy lights, and as they moved into the ballroom itself, there was an Alice in Wonderland table, complete with the characters sitting round the table! Close by was a Peter Pan-themed area, with a silhouette of Peter Pan looking into the Ball through a window pane. There was also a Ginger Bread house made from cardboard, and a gorgeous Gazebo with fairy lights, and a seated area.

Above Right: Directions and entrance to the ball. Right: Table decorations. Far right: At the ball. Peter Pan and more table decorations — 80




Head Girl, Tiana Willis-Baker says, “It was a wonderful night, everyone looked really beautiful, and we all had so much fun.” The evening was relatively informal once the girls arrived, they introduced their partners to Ms Mahon, and could then dance, eat, and relax with their friends. Tiana says, “The relaxed evening worked really well. We could eat whenever we were hungry which was great, rather than sitting down at a set time.” Tiana paid tribute to the organisers, Visual Arts leaders Cindy and Christine, saying, “They were fantastic, and we all loved working with them. They were terrific leaders, they were always on top of what needed to be done, and gave great direction to us all to bring their theme to life.”

Head Girl – Tiana Willis-Baker says,

It was a wonderful night, everyone looked really beautiful, and we all had so much fun.”

Right: Tiana Willis-Baker with Justine Mahon. Far Right: Students creating memories at the Ball — 82





Thank you to our 2018 donors Many thanks to our school community who have given so generously during the year. Our Annual Giving appeal was sent out in early August, and the funds raised will be used to enhance our girls’ experience during their time at school. This year our Annual Giving appeal was launched to specifically raise funds for three important projects: • our scholarship programme, to enable girls to attend St Cuthbert’s who otherwise might not be able to. • in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of our Kahunui Campus, funds will be used to refresh the houses the girls live in while they are there. • to provide more seating and areas around the campus for our girls to gather and relax in breaks, including more outdoor seating and shaded areas. The funds raised through both the Robertson Circle and Annual Giving really do make a difference, and every gift of any size is important. If you would like to make a donation please contact the Development Office. development@stcuthberts.school.nz.



Our 2018 Donors J Allen M and J Ballantyne L and M Battersby Amy Boroevich S and W Bradley Bruford Family Mary Challis Paulina Chen Carolyn Chitty Jo Clark Clayton Charitable Trust Debbie and Greg Cook Melinda Crookenden D R and C E Cryer Elaine Davies J Duncan Fenwick Family Irene Fisher Cameron Fleming Justice Christine Gordon J and P Hanson Anne Hargreaves Rosemary and Grant Harris Duncan and Gretchen Hawkesby MaryJane Hayward T Ho and C Pong Terrilian Hui Ashleigh Hunt The Jackson Family Mrs R Jones Ann Louise Jordan Amelia Kendall Ashleigh Kendall Judy and Veryan Laity Deepak and Sadhna Lala Jade Leung Jane Leung X Wang and X Li Dr Ning Liu Stephanie Liu Vanessa Liu Juliet Maclean Justine Mahon and Gregory Heap Mair Family T A Melville-Smith and Ms McCuthcheon Minturn Family Sandra and Mackenzie Morrison Poppie Pack Parents and Friends’ Association Jackie Park and Junho Sung Mr Shi Qiu and Mrs Li Quan Akram and Humaira Qureshi E Rao and A Li Mary Reardon In memory of Helen M J Richards (nee Mackenzie) Gillian Robertson Noon Seeto Drs Ellis Situe and Nina Vasan Old Girls’ Association Marie Taylor Philippa Walker Rachel Walsh Ainsley Walter and Mark Stewart Anna Wang Fiona Wang The Wilby Family Guy and Michelle Williams Margaret Willis (Stennett) Rob and Joanne Wills S Zhu and D He The Vincent Family Year 13 2018 23 Anonymous Donors

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