“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi
Service to others has been embedded in the Woodford House culture since its inception with our Founders generously donating their time and money to develop this fine school.
Their legacy of selflessness continues with our current community, from our dedicated parents and board members who volunteer their time and expertise, to our loyal Old Girls who continuously support their school and our current girls and staff who tirelessly give back to the community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your service. Without your energy, time and generosity, we would not be the leading school for girls.
Shifting the mindset from ‘me’ to ‘we’ is a deeply enriching experience for everyone involved and one that we want for our girls.
We want to challenge the girls to ask, “whose needs can I meet?” rather than, “what is in it for me?” because when we practice kindness, we gain a better understanding of ourselves and how our actions can shape communities, locally, regionally and globally.
At Woodford House, we experience service every day from small acts of kindness such as holding the door open for others, students coaching sports teams and staff supporting social justice campaigns through to larger philanthropic acts such as the generous donation from the Bernard Chambers Charitable Trust. This substantial donation allowed us to build the beautiful Bernard L Chambers Founders’ Room at the front of the school.
Recently, our Year 13 students teamed up with Iona College and Lindisfarne College for their annual Servant Leadership Day. Approximately 135 students spent the day giving back to the Hawke’s Bay community from gardening at Hohepa to teaching students at Kimi Ora Primary School in Flaxmere and delivering brochures for the Red Cross.
It was heartening to hear our girls got as much out of the day as the communities they served.
Each week, I am humbled to receive emails and letters commending our girls on their small and large gestures of kindness within the communities.
As we near the end of another full and productive term, I challenge all members of our community to “serve one another humbly in love”. Galatians 5:13
Mrs Julie Peterson, Principal