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Principal’s News – Term 4, 2017

I recently spoke to my son, who is studying at Bard College in the United States of America, about experiencing the annual thanksgiving holiday. The remarkable story behind the celebration is one of kindness, generosity, selflessness and humanity.


This led to a discussion about how important it is to stop and intentionally focus on all we are thankful for. There is a poem by William Henry Davies that my children often send each other as they lead busy international lives which reminds us to slow down:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

While thanksgiving is not typically celebrated as a national event in New Zealand, we certainly have a lot to be thankful for at this time of year. With only two weeks until the academic year comes to an end, now is the appropriate time to look back with gratitude and look ahead with vision, focus and excitement.

Twenty-seventeen has been a year of change from new staff members who have uprooted their lives in other countries or cities to be with us, to improved systems and processes, a new look and feel to the Woodford House brand, a new food service provider and a new uniform due to arrive in January.

We give thanks to the entire Woodford House community who have guided us, supported us and walked beside us on this journey of change.

We have had many special events this term that are fitting with the season of celebration and gratitude, including the Sports Awards, Visual and Performing Arts Awards and the Year 8 graduation breakfast.

Congratulations to everyone involved.  We also look forward to celebrating the year’s achievements at Prize Giving on Wednesday 6 December.

On Friday 3 November, Woodford House was presented with its first-ever korowai, a Māori Cloak, which was a precious gift from our kapa haka students that will be cherished for years to come.

In addition to these special moments, we are grateful for all of our girls who have consistently shown strength and passion and brought a fighting spirit in all of their pursuits while still carrying themselves with grace and humility.

To our seniors girls who are currently on study leave, we know you will bring these qualities with you as you sit your final NCEA exams for the year. I wish you all the very best.

Our Woodford House community is becoming increasingly enriched by the diversity of students and staff who find their special place here. We have so much to be truly thankful for and 2018 shines bright before us.

Mrs Julie Peterson, Principal