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Careers News

Year 12

Year 12 students are currently participating in interviews to discuss their tertiary education plans. Please ensure that your daughter has made her appointment on the Simply Book Me webpage. Details about this have been forwarded to students.

Reminder that the HSC & Careers Expo excursion takes place on Saturday 4 June. Girls taking the bus to the event should arrive at school at 9.20am to leave by 9.30am.

Year 10

Year 10 have now completed their My Career Match interviews. Girls are encouraged to continue their career exploration with the online and workbook resources. Any girls who needs a new workbook can collect one from the Careers Office.

Cadetships

Professional Cadetships Australia: Technology Cadets
Cadets will work at the Westpac Group in Sydney while studying at university in computer science, information technology or information systems. Applications are now open and close 17th June 2016.

More details…

ACS Foundation - Information, Communication and Technology Cadetships
The ACS Foundation provides career advice, research grants and university scholarships to strengthen our innovative future. The Foundation facilitates relevant industry experience placements for students with large and small technology companies.

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Universities

Notre Dame University: Twilight Hours and Course Information
8 & 9 June 2016, 5pm to 7pm, 140 Broadway, Chippendale
The night is aimed at those unable to attend tours during the day and will include a campus tour, information on admission and tertiary education options.

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Notre Dame: Getting to Know Nursing
7 June 2016, 6pm, 160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
For students interested in a career in nursing, the event will provide the opportunity to speak to academic staff and a guest speaker, who will give an insight into what a career in nursing is like.

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University of Sydney: Life at Sydney
27 and 28 September 2016, Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney.
The day will include hands-on tutorials, tours and the chance to experience life as a student.

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University of Tasmania Sci.Co Road Trip
Entries close 31 May 2016
For year 11 and 12 students interested in science, there is the opportunity to win a trip to Hobart for the DARK MOFO festival. To enter students need to answer, in 25 words or less, why they wish to study science?

More details…

Western Sydney University Parent Information Evening
Parramatta Campus: 21 July
Students and their families may attend to learn about how the ATAR works and the range of university entry options available. Attendees will also learn about fees, HECS-HELP loans, and all that UWS has to offer.

More details…

University of New South Wales Scholarship Information Evening
22 June 2016, 6.15pm to 8pm, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Kensington
The event is for Years 11 and 12 students and their parents. There will be information on the different scholarships available and the application process. To register for the event, follow the link below.

More details…

University Student Satisfaction Survey: Results
Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching have released the results from their Student Experience survey.

Access the full results here

Michelle Read-Zorn
Careers Counsellor

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Prayer for Exams

Students:

Loving God,

each day as I step further into my future, give me the courage, knowledge and patience that I need.

Remind me that you always journey with me and that you will never lead me into anything that you won’t lead me through.

Thank you for the gift of education.

May the way I live be my gift back to you, with your love and guidance.

Amen.

Teachers:

Today, let us especially pray for our students as they begin their examinations.

God, we ask that they especially feel your closeness during this period.

Give them calm hearts and quiet confidence in the knowledge that you hold them in the palm of your hand.

Bless them with keen understanding and retentive memory.

Give them the ability to grasp things correctly, to be exact in their explanations, and an ability to express themselves clearly in the completion of each of their responses.

Holy Spirit, send them your gifts of wisdom and knowledge.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord,

Amen.

(Prayer offered at Year 10 Chapel on Monday)

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Duke of Edinburgh News

Bronze Qualifying Hike and Practice Canoe Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June

These expeditions will be held in the Southern Highlands. On Saturday 4 June students will depart by coach from Woodbury Road at 7am. Please make sure you are at school by 6.30am to pack your bags on the bus, go to the toilet and be on the bus ready for departure at 7am. Students will return to the College on Sunday 5 June for a 5.30pm pick up. Students are reminded to have all completed planning, including the food plan, route card and packing list to Mrs Wacher by next Wednesday 1 June.

Silver Practice Hike and Practice Canoe Saturday 11 June to Monday 13 June

These expeditions will be held in the Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Valley. On Saturday 11 June students will depart by coach from Woodbury Road at 7am. Please make sure you are at school by 6.30am to pack your bags on the bus, go to the toilet and be on the bus ready for departure at 7am. Students will return to the College on Monday 13 June for a 5.30pm pick up.

Silver Practice Hike and Practice Canoe briefing

The briefing for these expeditions will be held on Thursday 2 June from 3.30pm to 6pm in the Chapel and is compulsory to attend. Parents are asked to attend from 5.45pm.

Extended Kathmandu Friends discount opportunity to 30 May

All Duke of Edinburgh students are invited to take advantage of a fantastic opportunity to purchase gear at heavily discounted prices.

Click here to download the voucher which must be presented, along with your student ID card, between Thursday 12 May to Monday 23 May (not June as previously advertised) at any Kathmandu store. Due to this offer being extended you will still be able to use the voucher even though it states that the finish date is 23 May. All stores are aware of this extension.

This is an excellent opportunity to get any gear your daughter may need for her Duke of Edinburgh expedition especially thermals as it does get very cold in the Southern Highlands during June and July.

See some examples by clicking here.

Hillary Challenge update

A group of 10 committed students have been training hard in a variety of different activities over the past month as well as regularly running to improve their overall fitness.

The students have been working on their orienteering, canoe, high ropes and knot tying skills and last week enjoying training on Narrabeen lake.

The group will over the coming weeks do some ropes and raft building practice before competing in the State Championships over the weekend of 4 June.

Duke of Edinburgh Question time – Thursday lunch

All students are reminded that Mrs Wacher and the Club captains are available every Thursday at lunch in the Murray Courtyard. Please come along and have your queries answered rather than sending emails.

Community Service Opportunity – Landcare environment regeneration group

A New Landcare environment regeneration group has been set up at St Anthony’s at Terrey Hills. Are you looking for a community service? This new group will be launched on Sunday 29 May and be ongoing for a long time. Everyone is welcome! Please see Mrs Ryder for more information.

Child Protection Forms

All 2016 Duke of Edinburgh participants must have each assessor complete the Working with Children form which includes a WWC number and hand these before the activity can be commenced. A copy of the Working with Children form can also be found on the Brigidine Duke of Edinburgh portal page. These forms are in the Resources folder of each level of the award. Hard copies are available from Mrs Wacher on Thursday’s at lunchtime (Duke of Ed question time) outside the Anita Murray Centre.

Please be aware that this form must be completed by your assessor before any outside of school activity can be started. All participants must complete this form, even if the assessor is the same as last year.

Online record book issues

In recent weeks there has been an issue regarding the percentage not increasing even though a participant placed a valid log. The fix was tested and the developers confirmed that this issue has been resolved.

After checking some accounts, Duke of Edinburgh State Office has found that some of the logs are not valid due to the dates of the activities. There are three parameters to fully get the increase of percentage and that is the number of hours, number of weeks and regularity of effort. If you miss one, the increase of percentage will either not be as high or will not change at all.

A requirement of the Award is a participant must apply commitment regularity of effort to their chosen activity. This commitment is measured by minimum of 1 hour of activity every 7 days, 2 hours of activity every 14 days and 4 hours of activity every 28 days.

The system may recognise some of the logs that are not fulfilling these requirements and there will be minimal or no increase at all for the total section percentage.

Please click here to find out more about how the system computes each log vs the increase of percentage.

Upcoming Duke of Edinburgh Important dates:

Thursday 2 June - Silver practice hike and canoe briefing 3.30pm – 6pm Chapel

Saturday 4 June to Sunday 5 June– Bronze Qualifying hike (Option 1)

Saturday 4 June to Sunday 5 June – Bronze Practice Canoe (All canoe participants)

Saturday 11 June to Monday 13 June - Silver practice hike and canoe Kangaroo Valley

Thursday 16 June - Bronze qualifying hike (Option 2) and canoe briefing 3.30pm – 6pm Chapel

Thursday 16 June - Silver qualifying hike and canoe briefing 3.30pm – 6pm Chapel

Thursday 16 June - Gold practice pack and paddle (Sydney) briefing 3.30pm – 6pm Chapel

Thursday 23 June – Gold Fiji Experience meeting with Clint Miller from Destination Dreaming 3.30pm – 6pm Chapel

Saturday 25 June to Sunday 26 June – Bronze Qualifying hike (Option 2)

Saturday 25 June to Sunday 26 June – Bronze Qualifying canoe (All canoe participants)

Saturday 25 June to Monday 27 June – Silver qualifying hike and canoe

Saturday 25 June to Tuesday 28 June – Gold practice pack and paddle (Sydney)

Skye Wacher
TIC Duke of Edinburgh

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Editorial by Bill Gleeson

Currently in the liturgical calendar of the Church we are challenged to respond to the season of Pentecost. Following the Ascension the disciples were at a loss without the presence of Christ. With the inspiration of the Pentecost event, a renewed spirit of community, alongside the birth of the Church, came into being. Some people will say “Where is this Spirit, we cannot see it?” But perhaps we can.

While we cannot see the wind, for example, we can certainly see the leaves rustling, branches swaying, the sea swelling. While we cannot see the wind, we can certainly feel its sharpness on our faces, its iciness on our ears and its chill in our bones. While we cannot see the wind, we can certainly smell the odours it brings and taste its flavours, from land and sea and sky.

Of course, there are also times so still that we can detect no wind.

Similarly, we cannot see the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Risen Christ. But is this because there is no Spirit – just as there is no wind when everything is still? Or, is it because we are seeking to see what cannot be seen?

Should we not instead be seeking the signs of the Spirit, just as we seek the signs of the wind? Or better still, maybe we are not doing enough to create such signs, not doing enough to make the Spirit of God visible.

Perhaps what we need to do is to make more noise! Maybe there would be more evidence of the Spirit in the world if those in whom the Spirit moves were themselves to make more movement.

When the branches sway we say we see the wind. When God’s people proclaim their joy and invest their hope and live their love, then we can say we see the Spirit. During this time of Pentecost we can be sure that the Spirit is calling us to make more noise and more movement. Our lives can be full of the signs of the Spirit, signs that others can see.

In efforts to listen and respond to an aching world, it is so encouraging to see that in the midst of the world’s turmoil the working of the Holy Spirit is evident as it was at Pentecost. At Brigidine, everyday life is fueled with this spirit of community, guiding deliberations, infecting us with the warmth of Christ’s love, protecting us with charity and leading us to an ever-deeper encounter with Christ.

It is hoped the girls at Brigidine will develop a discernment to live by this mission, having the courage to question their world and model Christ’s teachings in the changing world as partners in God’s plan, with strength and gentleness.

Recently this spirit was visible in acts of support for others. This is evident in activities such as the Winter Sleep Out promoting awareness about Youth Off the Streets, volunteering for the Red Shield Appeal, participation in the Balmoral Burn for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, donating items for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal, the Justice and Democracy Club’s attendance at social justice forums, and staff involvement in the Biggest Morning Tea in support of cancer research.

The real miracle of Pentecost is how God’s Spirit overcomes the barriers of language and perception, opening not only people’s minds but their hearts as well, to hear the Gospel of the Risen Christ. And it’s that same Spirit of God who enables us to hear the voice of God, and to find practical ways of service to others.

“How marvellous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others!” - Pope Francis

Bill Gleeson
Assistant Principal Religious Formation

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Editorial by Brian Loughland

How well do we know our students?

How well do you know your daughter?

What impact is the modern world and social media having on her?

How can we help her through the teenage years and enable her to be the young woman we all wish her to be?

These are all good questions that affect all of us as we work together with you in partnership to raise and support your daughters at Brigidine. While the journey for some students can be smooth sailing and consistent success, the journey for many others is a lot more challenging and inconsistent through adolescence. Sometimes we need to look beneath the surface composure of our girls to get a clearer understanding of their concerns and the issues that affect them. A recent wellbeing survey conducted at the end of Term 1 and taken by the majority of students in the College revealed some interesting information about our girls. What lies “under the surface” of the students was displayed through the survey, conducted by Monash University, as part of a study of student flourishing and the possible impact of positive education on mental health Australia-wide.

Some of the survey data was shared and explored with College Staff at our recent Staff Development day focused on Wellbeing. The approach was to explore the wellbeing of our girls using both recent research and the survey data to better understand the mental and physical health of our girls. It would be true to say that many staff were surprised by the findings and felt encouraged to continue with our positive education approach to counter this situation.

We can’t completely shelter our children from the world, so it is important to understand more about what they are experiencing and to be more open than we have been in the past about issues that were often not discussed or shared in the community. This dialogue between parents and educators provides a consistent framework for girls to feel supported and encouraged to achieve to their potential and avoid looking for happiness in the wrong places.

The College will also provide the opportunity for all of our parents to share this information to become better informed about important issues like anxiety, stress and depression in the lives of our girls. The presentation will explore the impact of social media and the statistics relating to the physical and mental health of our girls from the survey and research.

We hope this event conducted by the P&F on Tuesday 31 May at 7.30pm in the Murray Theatre will be well attended by parents wanting to know more about their daughters, her friends, and the context of adolescent life in Australia. It will be an interactive presentation from our College Psychologist, Amy Hockey, and from myself, that we hope will provide some greater insights into our girls. We will go over what they are thinking about and doing that impacts on their mental and physical health, how social media use can affect their mindset, and how positive education can be a possible way forward to enable more students to thrive and flourish.

I encourage parents to join us on this special evening focused on student wellbeing and mental health. Working together we can all learn more about what lies “under the surface” of the girls and be more confident in facing these challenges. Through a greater awareness and readiness to know and understand our girls and their world, we can more effectively help her through her teenage journey and support her to become the confident and flourishing young woman we wish her to be.

Brian Loughland
Assistant Principal Pastoral

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Prayer for the Homeless

We pray for those who may feel lost or alone,
who are unfortunate enough to not have a home.
For those who are sick, down and blue,
We take a moment to pray for you.

We pray for the people who are struggling and who are in need for help. We pray for the people who don’t have a home or a family. God, please send these people light and love to keep them safe over these tough times.

We pray for those who are without a home, that they may find warmth and shelter this winter. Help people to open their hearts to those who are homeless and be kind and show compassion to them.

We pray for those who do not have a warm meal and a family to come home to each night. May we understand and appreciate our own circumstances and learn to empathise with those who lack such privileges.

We pray for those who are homeless and cold especially in this winter season. Draw near and comfort them in spirit and bless them with warmth, shelter, food and friendship.

As Mother Teresa states “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must begin in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty”.

God, we pray that we may act and make a difference to the issue of homelessness in our own society by realising the variety of cases and circumstances as well as their differing needs.

Lord hear us.

St Brigid, pray for us. Amen

(Prayer offered by 11.7 at Chapel on Monday)

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Editorial by Greg Smith

Building Works Update

Stage 3 of the College’s Master Plan will see the undertaking of building works to the McCammon Wing of the Convent building and these plans have been outlined in an earlier edition of Matters.

The works will involve extensive refurbishment and modernisation of the area to provide a range of learning spaces for Years 11 and 12 and improved staff facilities. Construction of new verandas to the two main levels will provide access to larger classroom spaces and seminar rooms for smaller groups. Teacher staff areas with rooms for meetings with students will be located on both levels. A new ground floor common room that will also be used for College functions will include catering facilities and will open onto the courtyard between McCammon and the Anita Murray Centre. A lift will connect the building’s three levels and other features will improve disability access and general student movement.

Consent for the building works has now been obtained from Kuring-gai Municipal Council and a tender process for selection of a building contractor has been completed allowing works to commence shortly. Steel fabrication and various other off-site works will commence during Terms 2 and 3. Minor preparatory and ground works will occur on-site during the June/July non-term period.

The building program will run throughout Term 4, 2016, when Year 12 classes have finished for the year reducing classroom requirements, and will continue throughout the Christmas/New Year non-term period. Some of the McCammon classrooms will be available to re-occupy at the start of Term 1, 2017, with the remaining works scheduled for completion as soon as is practical during the term.

To provide better facilities for the girls, some degree of disturbance will be inevitable. Key program and site access considerations are:

An important part of the tender process has been ensuring the selection of a contractor with sound experience working in school environments.

The entry to the building site will be via Gate 2 and along the northern side of the Chapel to the area between McCammon and the Bowie Hall. The building site will be fully fenced and student movements supervised to ensure safety. Access to the College office for parents and visitors will remain, including student drop off and pick-up, and delivery of building materials will be planned to avoid peak student arrivals and departures.

A very important group to be considered during this time is Year 12 who will be undertaking their HSC examinations during the early part of Term 4. Arrangements have been made for most exams to be located well away from the construction site with building work being suspended on those days when the use of Bowie Hall is required. Staff will be meeting with Year 12 students to ensure that they are well informed about and comfortable with examination locations and related plans.

We look forward to delivering this exciting next stage in the College’s development and I invite any parents with questions about the building works to contact me.

I will keep you informed.

Greg Smith
Business Manager

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Duke of Edinburgh (DEA)

Term 2 Bronze and Silver Expeditions

A reminder that Bronze and Silver Expeditions will be held in the coming weeks. Permission notes have been handed out this week and are due back on Thursday 19 May. Permission notes are also available on the College portal. All students are reminded that no late permission notes will be accepted and attendance at the preliminary training evenings are compulsory.

Bronze Qualifying Hike and Practice Canoe Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June

These expeditions will be held in the Southern Highlands. On Saturday June 4 students will depart by coach from Woodbury Road at 7.00am. Please make sure you are at school by 6.30am to pack your bags on the bus, go to the toilet and be on the bus ready for departure at 7.00am. Students will return to the College on Sunday June 5 for a 5.30pm pick up.

Duke of Edinburgh Question time – Thursday lunch

All students are reminded that Mrs Wacher and the Club captains are available every Thursday at lunch in the Anita Murray courtyard. Please come along and have your queries answered rather than sending emails.

Community Service Opportunity – Landcare environment regeneration group

A New Landcare environment regeneration group has been set up at St Anthony’s at Terrey Hills. Duke of Ed. Are you looking for a community service? This new group will be launched on Sunday 29 May and be ongoing for a long time. All welcome!! Please see Mrs Ryder for more information.

Child Protection Forms

All 2016 Duke of Edinburgh participants must have each assessor complete the Working with Children form which includes a WWC number and hand these before the activity can be commenced. A copy of the Working with Children form can also be found on the Brigidine Duke of Edinburgh Portal page. These forms are in the Resources folder of each level of the award. Hard copies are available from Mrs Wacher on Thursday’s at lunchtime (Duke of Ed question time) outside the Anita Murray building.

Please be aware that this form must be completed by your assessor before any outside of school activity can be started. All participants must complete this form, even if the assessor is the same as last year.

Online record book issues

There has been an issue in recent weeks about the percentage not increasing even though a participant placed a valid log. The fix was tested and the developers confirmed that the issue is resolved.

After checking some accounts Duke of Edinburgh State Office has found that some of the logs are not valid logs, it looks like it is not able to successfully optimize the logs vs increase of percentage because of the dates of the activities. There are three parameters to fully get the increase of percentage and that is the number of hours, number of weeks and regularity of effort. Miss one and the increase of percentage will not be as high or it will not move at all.

The requirement of the award is a participant must apply commitment, regularity of effort to their chosen activity; this commitment is measured by minimum of 1 hour of activity every 7 days, 2 hours of activity every 14 days and 4 hours of activity every 28 days.

The system may recognise some of the logs that will not fall under the basic rule of 1 hour every 7 days or 2 hours in 14 days or 4 hours in 28 days but there will be minimal or up to no increase at all for the total section percentage.

Please check this document which further explains how the system computes each log vs the increase of percentage.

Year 8 Compass Award

As a student in Year 8 at Brigidine College your child has the opportunity to participate in The Compass Award, a program of discovery and adventure for young people aged 10-14. This is a completely voluntary program seen as a precursor to the DEA Award in Year 9.

Students registered for the compass award last term and they have been given the books needed to get started on the award program.

Modelled on the international framework of The Duke of Ed, The Compass Award is designed to develop goal setting and life skills to enhance the development of the individual child. The program fosters positive attitudes to learning whilst building an environment for positive engagement and interaction between young people, schools and family members.

The Compass Award is structured over four progressive levels, year 8 students will participate in Level 4. To achieve level 4, young people create a unique program of activities over a set length of time across four Sections: Volunteering, Hobbies / Skill, Physical Activity and Exploration

By giving participants the opportunity to try new things and learn new skills, they develop initiative and commitment, and in the process become more responsible, motivated and inspired young people.

The program is both fun and challenging, and introduces the framework of The Duke of Ed at an early age. By taking the lead in setting goals in activities that interest them, young people take the initiative, ownerships and engagement in their formal and informal education.

Hillary Challenge update

A group of 10 committed students (some pictured above) have been training hard in a variety of different activities over the past month as well as regularly running to improve their overall fitness.

The students have been working on their orienteering skills and last week competed in an orienteering event at Manly Dam where they were very competitive and showed excellent skills and determination.

The group will over the coming weeks do some ropes, raft and canoe training before competing in the State Championships over the weekend of 4 June.

Kathmandu Friends discount opportunity

All Duke of Edinburgh students are invited to take advantage of a fantastic opportunity to purchase gear at heavily discounted prices. Download your voucher here and present it along with your student ID card between Thursday 12 June to Monday 23 June at any Kathmandu store. Click here to see some examples of discounts on offer. In addition to normal store hours the Hornsby store will be running extended trade on Tuesday 17 June and Wednesday 18 June when the store will remain open until 7pm on both nights.

This is an excellent opportunity to get any gear your daughter may need for her Duke of Edinburgh expedition especially thermals as it does get very cold in the Southern Highlands during June and July.

Upcoming Duke of Edinburgh Important dates

Thursday 19 May – Bronze qualifying hike (Option 1) and Bronze practice canoe briefing, 3.30pm – 6pm, Chapel

Thursday 2 June – Silver practice hike and canoe briefing, 3.30pm – 6pm, Chapel

Saturday 4 June to Sunday 5 June – Bronze Qualifying hike (Option 1)

Saturday 4 June to Sunday 5 June – Bronze Practice Canoe (All canoe participants)

Saturday 11 June to Monday 13 June – Silver practice hike and canoe, Kangaroo Valley

Thursday 16 June – Bronze qualifying hike (Option 2) and canoe briefing, 3.30pm – 6pm, Chapel

Thursday 16 June – Silver qualifying hike and canoe briefing, 3.30pm – 6pm, Chapel

Thursday 16 June – Gold practice pack and paddle (Sydney) briefing, 3.30pm – 6pm, Chapel

Thursday 23 June – Gold Fiji Experience meeting with Clint Miller from Destination Dreaming, 3.30pm – 6pm, Chapel

Saturday 25 June to Sunday 26 June – Bronze Qualifying hike (Option 2)

Saturday 25 June to Sunday 26 June – Bronze Qualifying canoe (All canoe participants)

Saturday 25 June to Monday 27 June – Silver qualifying hike and canoe

Saturday 25 June to Tuesday 28 June – Gold practice pack and paddle (Sydney)

Skye Wacher
TIC Duke of Edinburgh
swacher@brigidine.nsw.edu.au

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The inaugural Music Club international tour

Last term saw the first international Music tour for Brigidine College. Forty-three students from the Concert Band and Vocal Ensemble, along with five lucky members of staff, toured to the north island spreading the joy of music and enjoying a few fun activities that the beautiful country had to offer.

Whilst everyone else was still enjoying the last two days at school we all departed, nice and early, for our flight to Auckland. On arrival we met our coach driver who took us straight to Hobbiton. Our two guides took us for a tour of the famous movie set of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. We then had a beautiful dinner at the famous Green Dragon pub.

On the Friday morning we had our first performance at Kea Street Specialist School where we were warmly welcomed. The wonderful kids there really enjoyed our performance and we also really enjoyed playing for them. The girls played magnificently and adjusted to the different space like professionals. Later on the Friday we had our second performance at St Michael’s Catholic School. It was strange turning up and seeing the kids without any shoes on – one small aspect of this part of New Zealand that is normal to them. The kids there were so engaged and answered all the questions asked throughout the concert. One boy was so excited he fell off his seat!

Back at the hotel there was a quick chance to have a swim in the naturally heated pool before we headed off to Hamilton to watch the Blues and Chiefs in a Super Rugby game. The bus trip was loud…

On Saturday we performed at Cantabria, a Home and Hospital for the elderly. The residents were enthralled with how well our girls looked and how wonderful they sounded.

Of course no tour with girls is complete without some shopping time so the group had their chance afterwards – I’m sure Rotorua is still reeling from this experience. In the afternoon we enjoyed the awesome and super-fast luge ride track. Mrs Ramsay was definitely not the fastest down on this one! (Mrs Boyd and Greer didn’t even have a go!)

That evening we had the most amazing meal at the Skyline restaurant with outstanding views of Rotorua. The dinner was a buffet but that didn’t stop some girls from heading straight for the desserts – you should have seen the size of their portions! Later in the evening we had a game of mini golf complete with disco lights and bunny rabbits. Mrs Boyd proved her skills at mini golf – be warned!

Sunday was a day off from performing. We first went on a jet boat experience and what a ride that was! It was hard to determine which of the three boats actually screamed the loudest but Mrs Allan was certainly in the running. We then experienced the well-known part of Rotorua – the mud! That evening we visited Tamaki Maori Village. What an opportunity to see ceremonial rituals and powerful cultural performances – including Mr Lovelock’s rendition of the Haka (if anyone has a copy, delete it…!).

On our last day we travelled to Auckland to partake in some workshops with Carmel College, a girls’ Catholic college similar to our own. We also had our final performance there. Thanks to Sarah-Jane Wilson whose close relation is the Deputy Head there!

That evening we had another lovely dinner and an award ceremony, with a special trip up the Orbit tower giving spectacular 360⁰ views of Auckland.

Tuesday was home time and whilst we enjoyed the trip immensely, getting back to our own beds was most welcome.

Well done to all the girls on the tour. Your friendliness, professionalism and enthusiasm really made the experience most enjoyable, creating wonderful memories that will last forever.

Music Program

Concert Band: China Grove
Concert Band: Soul Bossanova
Concert Band: Firework
Concert Band & Vocal Ensemble: Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Vocal Ensemble: Ngarra Burra
Flute Ensemble: Eye of the Tiger
Clarinet Ensemble: Hogan’s Hero’s March
String Quartet: Proud of You
Vocal Solo & Guitar: Georgia
Stage Band: Horn of Puente
Stage Band: Watermelon Man
Concert Band: Hip to Be Square
Concert Band & Vocal Ensemble: Selections from Hairspray

Tour Members

Diana Ageras
Annabelle Ambrogio
Jessica Atalla
Marie Aung
Sarah Bakker
Kirsten Baxter
Jodie Baxter
Linda Borthwick
Helena Bragge
Zara Brown
Eloise Carroll
Matilda Christie
Juliet Costanzo
Rachael Emms
Abby Flynn
Ciara Flynn
Ella Forrest
Kathryn Fung
Lily Galoustian
Renee Gaspar
Emma Gillman
Monique Glase
Zoe Gougousidis
Teresa Honeysett
Demi Kavallaris
Jessica Kittos
Kaisha Leighton
Monique Lewis
Annika Lovett
Nicola Markley
Olivia Mason
Cassandra Patterson
Ruby Rayner
Bella Spence
Priya Sutton
Keily Ting
Isabel Toohey
Abbey Tyler
Bridget Tysoe
Emma Vinci
Jessica Wearne
Sarah-Jane Wilson
Isabel Zhu

Charlie Lovelock
Head of Cocurricular Music

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Prayer Dedicated to all Mothers

We recognise that our mothers are one of the greatest gifts God has given us and we use this time to celebrate them.

Mothers not only raise us but are the ones that are there for us, to hold and comfort us when we are sick or hurt, the woman who laughs with us, who cries with us, who loves us, even when we aren’t exactly lovable. This is real Motherhood.

We pray for mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and all those women who nurture and care for us.

We pray that all women around the world are enlightened today and feel the presence of God with them. May they know how much they are treasured and loved.

Today is a day where we can reflect on how much our mothers have given us and how their unfaltering love and guidance has never failed.

We pray for children without mothers and for mothers who mourn the loss of their children, for every mother’s child lost to disease and abuse, to poverty and war.

We thank you for our wonderful mothers. We thank them for their commitment to us and all the sacrifices they have made throughout our lives.

May you bless all the mothers and women in the world, for all they have done for us, for all they have suffered and for all the respect and love they have given and shown us. All women are unique in God’s Kingdom, there is no other like them. Their talents, skills and abilities that they have and share with us are miraculous.

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of our mothers. Thank you for giving them the patience to deal with us from day to day.

Please watch over every mother who is with child. Give her courage in times of fear or pain, understanding in times of uncertainty and doubt, and hope in times of trouble. Grant her joy in the birth of her child.

St Brigid, pray for us.

(Chapel prayer offered by 8.3 on Thursday)

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