The Woodford House family gathered as a school this week to reflect on 2016, to celebrate student and staff achievement and to farewell our leavers as we marked the end of another academic year at Woodford House.
Judge Jill Moss, distinguished guests, Board members, Bishop Andrew, members of the Parents’ Association, the Old Girls’ Association, Foundation trustees, staff and parents all came together for this joyous occasion held at Woodford House.
The ceremony was an inspiring and uplifting collection of speeches, awards, cultural performances and farewells.
Head Prefect Eva Goodisson reflected on the changes that took place during her seven years at Woodford House and encouraged everyone to embrace change because “it is refreshing and improves the weaker areas of your life”.
Guest speaker Judge Jill Moss, a Woodford House Old Girl, captured the audience’s attention as she spoke of the skills and characteristics required for a meaningful future. She left the girls with three words of encouragement: Dare, Persist and Connect.
Academic Prefect Hannah Stone was announced Dux and recipient of the Mills Scholarship. Hannah has excelled in all four cornerstones of Woodford House with a particular focus on academia and citizenship.
In her role as Academic Prefect, Hannah established a group of Year 13 students to tutor the Intermediate girls and has played a key part in making the School’s Scholarship Academy a success.
Hannah’s commitment to service has been outstanding. She volunteered weekly at the Havelock North Presbyterian Op Shop and joined the Duke of Edinburgh challenge, which tasked students to play a sport, learn a new skill and provide community service.
Hannah has been accepted into Otago University on an academic scholarship where she will study Health Science.
The Prize Giving ceremony concluded with a touching farewell to our Year 13 girls who received a special gift from the Principal, Mrs Julie Peterson.
Congratulations to all of this year’s prize winners and to every girl for another exceptional year at Woodford House.