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Giving to Woodford House

Buy a note in The Dame Kate Harcourt Performing Arts Centre

The generosity of our school community enables us to provide girls with a leading education and, for that, we are eternally grateful. We are delighted to announce a new initiative where you can help secure our future.

Buying a note of the School Hymn starts at $500 and all donors will have their name, family name or group name printed on a plaque beside a beautiful wall decal of the hymn’s music notes in The Dame Kate Harcourt Performing Arts Centre.

Philanthropy, in its purest form, is an awareness of, and empathy with others. It centres on the nature and essence of humanity, and so has a fitting place at Woodford House where the Christian values of service and respect are an essential part of our school.

For further information, please contact enquiries@woodford.school.nz

Frances Hodgkins Prints

La Première Communion is a special painting by one of New Zealand’s most prestigious and influential painters, Frances Hodgkins. The beautiful painting, worth at least $65,000, was meant for former student, Ann Roberts, who was sadly diagnosed with leukemia in her sixth form year (now Year 12), in 1958. Ann passed away on January 2, 1959 and didn’t get to see the painting. Her family donated La Première Communion to Woodford House in memory of their daughter. Initially, the painting graced the dining room before being moved to the Chapel in 1976.

La Première Communion is currently on loan to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery for the Frances Hodgkins’ exhibition, which runs from November 16, 2017 – February 14, 2018. This is the first time the painting has left Woodford House.

Prints and greeting cards of the painting have often been purchased by families of Old Girls for 21st birthdays and as wedding gifts.

You now have an opportunity to purchase your very own La Première Communion print, framed or unframed. Purchase for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.