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Principal’s News – November 2016

Top private girls' school in Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

This term, as a school community, we paused to celebrate the outstanding individual and team achievements of our young sportswomen at the annual Sports Awards dinner.


Our girls have shown grit, determination, compassion, good humour, humility and, above all, great sportsmanship, both on and off the field this year. It has been a privilege to have watched on the sideline at so many exciting sporting events. From the agony and ecstasy, the tragedy and triumph, the wins and losses, the highs and lows – it is all part of the game. We are very proud of our girls and the Woodford House reputation they uphold as evidenced in the many commendations and awards for Fair Play received throughout the year.

The evening was also about acknowledging the coaches, managers, officials, volunteers, parents and staff who support our girls, day in, day out, literally in rain, hail and snow! You all encourage, guide, drive, fund, feed, enthuse and occasionally cajole these young women to be active, to contribute and to give their very best.

Such significant and consistent achievement and participation could not be possible without the leadership, drive and commitment of our sporting leaders. We farewelled Mr Chris McIvor at the end of July as our Director of Sport. He certainly “left the jersey in a better place”, and we are very grateful for the legacy he has left through numerous initiatives including Growing Athletes, student mentoring, holiday programmes and of course, the Sports Academy.

The Sports Academy has been a great success this year and we thank Mr McIvor, Miss Lewis and Mr Robert Miller, for their vision and dedication. They have created a unique and quality programme that develops our pre-elite and elite athletes and gives them the forum to excel.

We have been so blessed to have Miss Lewis stepping in as Acting Director of Sport and the outstanding work she has done, ably supported by Miss Briar Chalmers and Mrs Dionne Thomas. We look forward to welcoming our new Director of Sport, Mr Alexander Nixon, in the coming weeks.

Our volunteers, parents and our girls who coach, lead and serve junior teams are ensuring that sport at Woodford House continues to thrive and grow. It is no exaggeration to say that you underpin our programmes and lead your peers.

Congratulations to all those who received nominations and awards as recognition of the hard work, effort and fun you have had this year. It is because of the commitment and passion of our school community, that Woodford House offers an extraordinary sporting experience. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible in 2016.

Mrs Julie Peterson, Principal