She had come home. She felt a deep connection with the values instilled in the girls and the amazing young women that possessed an honest humility and respect for others. Helen has always had a passion for travel ever since taking her first overseas Geography trip to the Amazon in the eighties and becoming stranded for 5 days with only rice for food. During that time she got to know fellow passenger and husband to be Richard.
On their return to New Zealand she experienced severe itchy feet and they both chose to travel again, this time, overland for four months touring Kathmandu, Syria and Iraq. Helen will now return to Nepal, a place she has developed a deep affinity for and where she will continue the organisational work she has done over the years with the children, families and schools.
Also on her to-do list is a TESOL certificate enabling her to teach English as a second language, both here and overseas. Heart — do what you love with compassion 2. Helping others 3. The standard was exceptionally high this year and all House flora crews were congratulated on the high standard of creativity. Given a scene of the team were able to identify scenarios, possible issues and solutions within key topics around a Treatment of Animals in Research b Recovery from National Disasters c The Global Workplace By employing research, technology and creative imagination the girls came up with solutions that saw them selected to attend the International Conference being held in Wisconsin this month.
The aim is to develop the ability for young people globally to design and promote positive futures through problem solving using critical and creative thinking.
The team now heads to Wisconsin to take part in the global seminar in June. Weekly tutorials are held at school for potential candidates for 6 months of each year and study can involve online tutorials and virtual and practical projects. The final selection takes place at the end of Easter workshop camps to decide who will attend a global Olympiad seminar overseas. Alice received one of the five scholarships for training at Queensland Ballet. The value of the experience to the girls taking part — traversing mountains, navigating bush clad foothills and the exhilaration of completing the challenge — is the driving force for husband and wife team Monique and Francis Bryden.
What other trips have you got planned?
Mrs Bryden: We always plan well ahead. Our 50th tramp will be to the Pinnacles in term three, although the quakes and recent storms have made some of the tracks impassable so we may, in fact, return to the Kaimais. There is also a trip to Tongariro in the planning for November and an eight-day trip to the South Island next Easter. Why do you run tramping trips?
Mrs Bryden: We think it is a great opportunity for the girls to visit places in New Zealand they would not normally see. They get a chance to challenge them mentally and physically and have lots of fun while doing it. What has been your most challenging trip?
Mr Bryden: We did a five-day tramp at Waikaremoana and two girls forgot to put their packs in the trailer. They had to share gear with other girls…. On another trip to Waikaremoana, all the girls came down with a vomiting bug — very unpleasant! What do you personally get out of the trips? Mr Bryden: We both really enjoy interacting with the girls and getting to know them better. Some girls start with us in year nine and do every tramp through to year What was your hardest tramp?
The girls were all adventure racers and would do an 8-hour walk in 4 hours.
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It was hard to keep up with them. Their main entertainment at night was comparing blisters. For a delightfully witty insight into one of the Brydens trips to the Pinnacles last year, read Jiewern Cooks piece in the Chronicle page titled Elite Tramp the Toughest Routes. House taking the top points for the House Cup! Congratulations girls! Well done to Isabella Richardson and Charlotte Holland with their fantastic results.
Isabella Richardson won the Junior m and came third in the Junior m. Charlotte Holland came second in the Intermediate m and m. Well done girls! Auckland won the title for the first time in 12 years.
follow site And Isabel too, with. A special mention to Tai Nimo who netted the game winner with just 26 seconds left. The team has now begun training for selection for World League games and the World Championships being held in Budapest, Hungary from July. Isabella Richardson Junior m record by 32 seconds. She was the second highest female points scorer at the meet. Annabelle McLaren won a 15yr old bronze and a U15 relay silver. Bernadette Doyle was named player of the tournament.
The girls were 2 down in the 3rd quarter and came back to tie at 8 all and a spectacular 4th quarter saw our team win Bernadette Doyle was named MVP of the tournament. Madeline Falconer had an outstanding meet - she won four 15yr old individual gold, two senior relay gold for United Swimming Club, three 15yr old individual silvers and one bronze and improved her personal best times. Madeline went on to perform really well at NZ Opens with 3 personal best times in her key events 50 free, free and free and winning a bronze medal in the 50 freestyle.
This is the final qualifying meet for the Youth Commonwealth Games team. Madie made final of 50 free in Australia.
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Well done. The programme will identify emerging athletes from a range of sports and ensure they are better prepared to enter the demanding high performance sport system. A wonderful achievement! Despite four freezing days and plenty of wind for the regatta Xanthe. Maddie Couwenberg and Mia Horton were the fastest all girls team. The weather conditions were atrocious almost called off at 25knots with 22 yachts starting the regatta and only 10 competing in the last race - Chris Dixon gave Maddie and Mia a special accolade saying he thought they sailed the best race and gave them the most improved sailors prize.
The support network available from old College peers to each other cannot be underestimated and equally these members have such insightful knowledge that they could impart back to current students in the College. We aim to have a better presence among the year old age group of members who are working in the Auckland area by hosting events for them in the coming terms.
I encourage our recent College graduates who left in the last 5 years to consider offering their services back to the College, in the form of coaching under the Sports. Initiative created back in This initiative strongly mirrors our objective to ensure a strong link between past and present students of the College and in return offers some remuneration to our members who offer their time and commitment to coach a sports team — as well as intangible rewards.
If you would like to consider applying then please contact Liz Goer in the Sports Department. Thank you to the existing committee and to the retiring members. Of particular note, Fi Geary has been a very dedicated President and Committee Member and I would publicly like to acknowledge and applaud her contributions to the Old Girls Association, in particular your legacy of the House Tour of which I am sure will remain legendary.
In the same tone, I would like to thank Leigh Melville for her long service to the Committee and acknowledge her retirement. I look forward to meeting many of you at our upcoming events and on a personal note giving back to the College like my predecessors. One hundred years later, we have just held a cocktail party to celebrate the centenary of this Association. The evening showcased the College art collection, including many works donated by Old Girls. The evening was full of laughter and everyone thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with fellow Old Girls and reflecting on the Association and its evolution over the past years.
Bridget played Bach, which was incredibly uplifting. Thanks to Georgina Robertson and Prescription Skincare for this generous gift.
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To commemorate our centenary we have partnered with Orsini Jewellery to create a range of centenary jewellery. Launched last year at our House Tour, all of these beautiful pieces are unique and there is a range of styles and pricing. In addition, members of our community might be surprised at the support we quietly give.
We have supported numerous capital projects including Clouston Hall, the libraries and the sports pavilion, and we were one of the major donors contributing to the Centennial Centre for Wellbeing, which houses the new pool complex. In addition, we provide the flowers for the College Chapel Services and we fund some sports coaching. Funding scholarships has always been an important part of the Association. We fund six students through the College every year, which is a significant financial commitment.
It has been an honour and a pleasure to lead our wonderful and active Association for the past two years. Both years were exceptionally busy for the Association, firstly with the College Centenary and then with the House Tour our largest fundraiser in recent years as well as running our annual events. Now as we enter our Centenary, the Association is in the very capable hands of our new President, Nicola Pennington.
Nicky will be a wonderful President and I wish her all the very best in her new position. I am grateful for the support I have been given over the past two years from the Committee, College and the community. Their passion, enthusiasm and support is extraordinary. Rochelle then worked as a design engineer and project manager in a variety of industries including commercial construction and residential property development. This has led to the construction of 6 Homestar Rated homes. However to date no research has been undertaken on how these homes are performing.
The research aims to close this gap by monitoring the actual energy, water and indoor air quality IEQ performance of Homestar rated homes and comparing them to similar non-rated dwellings. The research hopes to establish benchmarks of IEQ performance that could be used as a threshold to determine if a dwelling has acceptable IEQ performance. This research is of particular importance as there have been efforts in the past to mandate the use of Homestar to help improve the energy and water efficiency of NZ homes as well as improve the IEQ of low performing homes.
However no research has been undertaken to determine if Homestar rated houses actually perform better than standard, new houses or older homes. The event was held at The Boatshed, Karapiro a lovely venue with gardens rolling down to the Waikato River. Hugs and chatter got louder and louder as we arrived, and Old Girls enjoyed catching up and hearing all the news.
Her research interests are in indigenous knowledge systems and ecological knowledge, with a focus on matauranga putaiao Maori scientific knowledge. Mere is an amazing woman and we were very interested to hear her speak.