“We shall always treasure the wonderful times shared with amazing people.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita
Congratulations to the ball committee for the outstanding success of this year’s Summer Ball. Planning an event on this scale is a complex undertaking, with a multitude of challenges along the way.
Over a period of months, the ball committee have taken time to listen and respond to all stakeholders; the efforts of which culminated in a wonderful experience for all those taking part. It is through offering our girls real world experiences, such as this; where a group of students have an opportunity to work as part of a committee, to plan an event, that they are able to learn both about themselves as a leader and about what it means to collaborate. One of the unique strengths of the ball committee is the way in which parents and staff work alongside the girls acting as a ‘sounding board’ guiding decision making and asking questions to encourage and challenge the girls. Questions such as: ‘Can we fix it together? Have you thought about? How can you help each other?’ pull the process forward, whilst ensuring the students retain ownership.
A similar process which also develops this capacity is our annual ‘Servant Leadership Day’. The initial planning meeting for this was held last night. Prefects from Lindisfarne, Iona and Woodford came together to hear Craig McDougall share his take on servant leadership. Craig is currently based in Flaxmere where he has been the driving force behind the establishment of a boxing club for youth. His goal is not to create boxers, but rather use boxing as a tool to plant the seed of servant leadership, one person at a time. Mantra’s such as ‘Treat others how they want to be treated’ and ‘Teamwork will make the dreamwork’ align beautifully with the servant leadership concept and helped the young people present have a clearer understanding of the role they can play through the next few months of planning. Craig stayed to watch the students as they worked in teams to brainstorm possibilities. Their task: to plan a way for their group of thirty five students to contribute to the wider community for a day, in the hope of making a difference to people.
Looking ahead to next week, Open Day provides us with a wonderful opportunity to showcase our wonderful place, here at Woodford. I have been busy interviewing new girls for 2016 and they ‘can’t wait’ to come along and be part of this special day.
Mrs Catherine Bentley, Acting Principal
Sunday, 22 March at 7.30pm – Palm Service. This is the final chapel service this term. Students should meet outside the hall on the loading ramp. We will be processing in to chapel with palm fronds.
Monday, 30 March from 6.30pm – 8pm Dress rehearsal for students
Tuesday, 31 March 7pm – Evening Performance
Wednesday, 1 April 7pm – Evening Performance
Thursday, 2 April 1.15pm – Afternoon Performance
All performances will include a 20 minute supper/afternoon tea break.
Please book seats through the Administration Office – firstname.lastname@example.org There is a gold coin entry.