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Warm Welcome and a Sad Farewell

By | April 29, 2015

Principal Commissioning croppedThen their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us* while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us? Luke 24: 28-31


Monday, 20 April was a Grand Day at Woodford as it was the beginning of a new term and the marking of a new era of history in the life of our school as Mrs Julie Peterson was commissioned as our new Principal.
The sun shone and there was a buzz of excitement in the air as we welcomed our guests to the Powhiri and the Commissioning Service.

At the Commissioning Service, Bishop Andrew Hedge led Mrs Peterson through the following vows:

‘Julie, you have been called and appointed to the office of Principal of Woodford House. Will you be faithful and responsible in the performance of your duties?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you be a willing counsellor to all its members, an enthusiastic teacher, a fair steward of its goods and a careful guardian of its fabric?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you observe humility and patience in your personal life and act justly and courteously at all times, modelling the ideals of the Woodford Special Character?
I will, with God’s help.’

Just as in the Emmaus walk where the two on the road walking with Jesus felt a warmth in their heart; so too do we as a school feel a warmth and energy as we walk together on this new Journey, a new venture of faith.

 Cathedral Visit


On Sunday, 3 May we have our annual attendance at St John’s Cathedral in Napier. This is a compulsory whole school event with family and friends also welcome to attend.

This service plays a significant part in upholding the Special Character of this school. While our school is interdenominational (we welcome all Christian denominations), the School has a historical and continuing relationship with the Anglican Church of New Zealand through the Bishop of Waiapu and the School Chaplain.

The service commences at 10.00am and all students and staff must be seated ten minutes prior to the commencement of the service. I look forward to seeing you there.

Requiescat in Pace (Rest in peace) Mrs Beryl Black

Beryl BlackIt is with sadness that we share the news that Mrs Beryl Black has died. Mrs Black, our Boarding Manager from 1998 until 2012, passed away peacefully on Friday, 24 April. Beryl was a key member of our community and touched the lives of so many.

Mrs Black worked as a Boarding Matron in the houses for four years and was Boarding Manager for 14 years. She will be remembered for her kind and caring manner with both boarders and parents alike and was often known as the ‘Mother away from home’. Mrs Black also had a special interest in the Kapa haka group and helped with the making of the Kapa haka costumes.

We extend our loving prayers and support to the family.

May Mrs Black Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.

Living God, Ever behind us and always before us,
in creation You give us a life which is ever changing.
In our beginning and in our ending,
strengthen our confidence in You,
that in all the changes and chances of the world,
we may rest on Your eternal changelessness,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Every blessing as we move in to a new term.

Reverend Joy Hamilton-Jones, Chaplain