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Woodford House Foundation


The Woodford House Foundation is a registered charitable trust and an independent entity. Through the Boards of Proprietors and Trustees, the Foundation has a close association with the School and the Old Girls’ and Parents’ Associations.

The Foundation’s purpose is to take a long term perspective on the future of Woodford House. Working alongside the wider Woodford House community, the Foundation focuses on providing for the School’s ongoing prosperity as well as maintaining and upholding the values of the special character of the School. The Foundation endeavours to support major funding needs beyond those derived from traditional sources.

For further information, please contact Ted Jones, Foundation Secretary – ted.jones@woodford.school.nz

The Founders’ Walkway Project

The Founders’ Walkway is an exciting project aimed at enhancing the overall Woodford House experience. The proposed walkway will take people on a picturesque journey from the moment they enter our gates, through the grounds’ flora and fauna, and up to the School. The Founders’ Walkway honours our Founders and will serve as:

  • 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.

The Founders’ Walkway is an ambitious project that requires the support of our community. If you are interested in supporting this project or would like to secure naming rights to features of the walkway, please visit our Give to the Founders’ Walkway page or contact Business and Operations Manager Mr Ted Jones: ted.jones@woodford.school.nz or 06 873 0706.

Frances Hodgkins Prints

La Première Communion is a special painting by one of New Zealand’s most prestigious and influential painters, Frances Hodgkins. The beautiful painting, worth at least $65,000, was meant for former student, Ann Roberts, who was sadly diagnosed with leukemia in her sixth form year (now Year 12), in 1958. Ann passed away on January 2, 1959 and didn’t get to see the painting. Her family donated La Première Communion to Woodford House in memory of their daughter. Initially, the painting graced the dining room before being moved to the Chapel in 1976.

La Première Communion is currently on loan to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery for the Frances Hodgkins’ exhibition, which runs from November 16, 2017 – February 14, 2018. This is the first time the painting has left Woodford House.

Prints and greeting cards of the painting have often been purchased by families of Old Girls for 21st birthdays and as wedding gifts.

You now have an opportunity to purchase your very own La Première Communion print, framed or unframed. Purchase for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.