Communication is a key component of any organisation. It plays an essential role in building relationships, lifting morale, increasing motivation, instilling trust and delivering results. It is also an incredibly powerful tool that connects us with you – it is the bridge that brings us together.
During the past five years we have had a communications consultant working in the School for 15 hours a month to help build communications channels and infrastructure, work with the media, share our triumphs and manage any potential challenges to our reputation. This role also included negotiating a path towards having a more sustainable and resource-rich in-house communications team as part of our staff. Work on this project has now come to fruition with two key appointments: a part time Communications and Marketing Coordinator and a full time Communications and Development Manager.
Chloe Johnson began in the position of Communications and Development Manager on Tuesday, 6 September. Ms Johnson has moved from Auckland where she worked in the communications team at the University of Auckland. She has a particular interest in digital media, and has worked as a journalist and producer in New Zealand and Australia.
Ms Johnson is also deeply passionate about female education, women in leadership and ensuring girls are empowered to turn their dreams into attainable goals. She is looking forward to unlocking the many stories that lie within the Woodford community, from students, parents, teachers and Old Girls.
“As communicators, it is crucial we believe in what we are communicating, which is why I’m thrilled to be joining Woodford House,” says Ms Johnson.
Chloe Johnson, Communications and Development Manager
Andrea Jackson has been with Woodford for two terms as Communications and Marketing Coordinator and during that time has made a huge impact in the look and feel of the School. Mrs Jackson has worked in design agencies for many years and brings with her ways of working that put quality first, but are also efficient, fast and considerate of our place as an integrated school. She has already become an integral part of the fabric of Woodford and is bringing infectious energy and fresh eyes to much of our collateral and branded material. She understands our brand, our communications outputs, our students and teachers, and our aspirations and is a real asset to what we are aiming to achieve.
Andrea Jackson, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
We are thrilled to have both Ms Johnson and Mrs Jackson on the team and look forward to working with them on many exciting projects over the coming years.
Their key responsibilities will lie in all our communications, internal and external, but of particular note are our new website, our twice-yearly school magazine Tempus, our regular parents e-newsletter InHouse, media relations, events and work on our strategic plan, which has begun this term.
I know you will all extend a warm Woodford welcome to both Ms Johnson and Mrs Jackson as they settle in to life up here on the hill.
Mrs Julie Peterson, Principal
Sunday, 20 September at 7.00pm – Chapel Service
Sunday, 11 October at 5.00pm – Confirmation Service. Parents and caregivers are very welcome to attend.
Wednesday, 21 October from 3.00 to 7.00pm – Athletic Sports Finals at the Sports Park.
Thursday, 22 October – School will close at the earlier time of 12.20pm.
Important Information – Notice of Withdrawal
We are in the process of finalising enrolments for 2016. In order to assist us with this, if you intend to withdraw your daughter (Year 7 to 12) from Woodford at the end of 2015 it would be appreciated if you notify the Principal in writing by 5.00pm, Monday, 12 October, 2015 (this is the first full day of Term 4). Enrolment contracts require a term’s notice of withdrawal, otherwise one term’s fees are payable in lieu.
Praying for Refugees
On 15 and 17 October all the Anglican Schools of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia are invited to take part in a 24 hour “prayer relay” for refugees.
WOODFORD will be involved in this prayer relay on Thursday, 15 October at 12.40pm , or 3.30pm or 7.00pm. These will be half hour sessions and we will be creating written prayers that will be made in to a prayer chain and praying for the refugees in Europe and around the world. Together we will give our concerns to God, and show our country and the refugees that we care. Parents are welcome to attend at any of these times.