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Big Weekend In

I recently read an article by Tracy Morgan, a freelance writer from Sweden about Debunking the Myths about Boarding School.


In this article she mentions the misconceptions about boarding, that people get from the media, not many of which are necessarily reassuring. Although boarding school is not for everyone, at Woodford House we pride ourselves on making the boarding environments a genuine home away from home. Somewhere to make connections with others and build lifelong friendships.

This year’s Big Weekend In was an excellent opportunity to not only welcome our new students but for our returning families to make those all-important connections. This year our Woodford House boarding whanau has expanded to 190 students.

Friday afternoon saw a team building session with Mr Watson from The Little Brown Kiwi Company with our Year 12 and 13 students. This was to enhance leadership skills and connect this cohort of students as a leadership team in boarding. We had a picnic styled ‘fish n chips’ dinner in the dining room where the kitchen staff were amazing and the girls thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.

Friday night was movie night. Seniors watched a movie on the big screen in our Dance and Drama studio, while the juniors enjoyed Aladdin in the Gallery. We hired a popcorn machine and some of our Year 13 boarding team helped make popcorn for the movies and delivered them to each venue.

Saturday was filled with different activities in the morning like Zorb/Bumper Ball, a mix of challenges in the swimming pool, our famous water slide and multi-activities on the playing field.

Later that day we ventured out around the school grounds and into the Havelock North Village for our annual Scavenger Hunt. The girls had clues, which they had to work out at different stations before being given the next clue. As they guessed correctly, each team received a letter or symbol. At the end of the hunt, teams had to guess what the letters spelt out to say. Spot prizes were given out along the hunt and there were extra prizes at the conclusion.

On Saturday evening, we had Bingo in the Hall. This is a weekend favourite for junior students and this night was no exception. Lots of laughter and competition was enjoyed and the girls did not want the games to finish.

On Sunday morning, the girls enjoyed their first Chapel service for 2020 followed by a delicious brunch prepared by our fabulous kitchen staff. Unfortunately, our beach day planned for Waimarama was cancelled due to the unfavourable weather. Instead, we all enjoyed a lovely day in Napier, participating in either mini golf, hot pools or a bit of shopping.

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

Mrs Kelly Ives, Director of Boarding