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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


Leaving a legacy in your will to Woodford House ensures that we can continue to offer girls a safe, inclusive and nurturing learning environment that allows students to achieve personal excellence in all of their pursuits whether academic, sporting, cultural or spiritual.

Your gift is an investment in their future.

If you have already included a gift or are considering doing so, please do let us know.  This allows us to thank you and ensure your legacy is used in the most appropriate way.  Your legacy will remain confidential and discussions are not binding in any way.  We suggest you involve your family and your lawyer.

You can outline your gift in your will as per the example below:

I bequeath to the Woodford House Foundation (CC21542)

  • The sum of $x
  • x% share of my residual estate
  • x description of property/assets

for the general purposes of the Woodford House Foundation and declare that the receipt of the Financial Administrator shall be sufficient discharge for my trustee.

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.