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Principal’s News – Term 2, 2018

Woodford House has been a hub of colour, song and activity this term as we welcomed the arrival of winter. Season after season, our girls strive to achieve personal excellence in all of their pursuits whether academic, sporting, cultural or spiritual. And we remain committed to ensuring they become more than they thought was possible by empowering them to shape the future.


As we shape our future, we must also cherish our past. 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. On 19 September 1893, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote –  and thus making New Zealand the first self-governing country in the world to do so.

That same year, Mabel Annie Hodge moved from the UK to Hastings with her mother and younger brother. Hodge became the founding Principal of Woodford House the very next year when she first opened the doors of the School, in February 1894, to four boarders and 18 day pupils.

In 2019, Woodford House will proudly celebrate 125 years of educating young women. As New Zealand led the way with women’s suffrage, Woodford House has been leading the way in providing an exceptional education and outstanding opportunities to every girl who walks through our doors.

To mark this significant milestone and to honour the vision of our Founders, Woodford House is hosting a weekend of celebrations from Friday 22 February – Sunday 24 February, 2019.

As part of next year’s 125th Anniversary celebrations, we would like to announce an exciting project that will both honour our Founders and the School’s rich history, as well as enrich the overall Woodford House experience – The Founders’ Walkway.

Generously supported by our Foundation, The Founders’ Walkway is an ambitious, multi-year project to create a permanent, sustainable and beautiful walkway that will take people on a picturesque journey from the moment they enter our gates, through the ground’s flora and fauna, and up to the School.

In addition to celebrating our past, the walkway is also a commitment to our future and will serve several other purposes, including:

  • An Educational Outdoor Classroom where students can learn about their environment, sustainability and ecological restoration.
  • A way of promoting health and wellbeing as the walkway will encompass a fitness trail.
  • A safe and pleasant avenue for students to walk up to the School from the front gate.

The 125th Anniversary of Woodford House promises to be an exciting and eventful time, and the School will once again be a hub of much colour, song and activity. We look forward to celebrating this tremendous milestone with you and all the members of our community.

Mrs Julie Peterson, Principal