I am sure you have all heard the age old saying ‘First impressions count’. In fact, it can be said that most of us make a judgement about an individual within the first 30 seconds of meeting. Not only are people quick to form first impressions, they are also fairly accurate when the individual presents themselves genuinely.
First impressions are based on a wide range of characteristics: age, race, culture, language, gender, physical appearance, accent, posture and voice. It is from our first impression of someone that we then form our own generalisation or expectation based upon this initial experience.
During the next few weeks we have a number of wonderful opportunities for our girls to make an ‘extraordinary’ first impression. Year 10s head off to Wellington, where they will be visiting a number of busy tourist locations; our Equestrian event is this week, where we will be showcasing our new fabulous team uniform; and towards the end of the month, a number of top teams head away to compete in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Tournament week.
Some key points to think about in preparation for these events could be: checking skirt length, clean shoes, new tights, plenty of hair ties and hair clips on hand. Your daughter may even like to trial suitable hair styles, focusing on which style will still look neat and tidy at the end of the day. If we want our girls to step forward with confidence and with a winning attitude we need to ensure they look the part first.
With an increased number of girls requesting permission to bring their cars to school it is important to keep to the guidelines as outlined in the School Handbook.
- Permission to bring a car to school needs to be requested prior to the student bringing the car school
- Students who have a restricted licence are not permitted to carry passengers
- Permission to bring a motor vehicle to school is applied for annually
- Cars may not be used during the school day
- Day girls are to use the car park by the gym.
Mrs Catherine Bentley, DP – Director of Students