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Big Weekend In 2019

After the great success of last year’s Big Weekend In, it was decided to make this an annual event. This year, the weekend proved a vital opportunity for all boarders, whether weekly or full, to integrate and get to know each other before the school year ahead.


The weekend began with team building and fun activities on the afternoon of Friday 1 February, led by our Year 12 and 13 students, and followed with a movie night in each of the Houses. This was a wonderful way to kick start the festivities.

The ‘Amazing Race’ challenge followed on Saturday morning. The challenge was set up for teams of 8-10 students ranging from Year 7-13. Teams had to come up with an original name and were then given a series of tasks to complete, using photography to capture evidence of each challenge. Judging was based on creativity and how the photographs were captured. The weather held out and the day finished with a swim and some chill out time.

On Sunday morning, the girls enjoyed their first Chapel service for 2019 followed by a scrummy brunch, prepared by our fabulous kitchen staff. More chill out time followed brunch and then we were off to the beach to enjoy some sun, sand and surf. It was the annual Waimarama Beach Day and the girls really enjoyed the festivities.

The weekend was a huge success and I cannot congratulate the students and staff enough for their efforts throughout.

Boarding Prefect, Chanel McKeefry, gave feedback about the weekend from the students’ perspective:

“The Big Weekend In allowed all the girls from different Year groups to interact with each other. Over the course of the weekend, the girls were involved in a variety of activities and games such as capture the flag, sliding down the water slide and an adventure race around our fantastic school grounds and Havelock North. All girls were able to get involved and become familiar with the new school environment. I loved seeing how well everyone interacted with other Year groups and created stronger bonds and friendships which will last a lifetime. Talking to some of the girls confirmed that having the Big Weekend In helps relationships form quickly and allows the girls to really settle into boarding life at Woodford House. I was proud to be a part of it.”

Mrs Kelly Ives, Director of Boarding