There was plenty of buzz and excitement as Hawke’s Bay turned up the heat for our swimming sports. Woodford is well known for its fun family environment and once again this year was no exception, as old friends reacquainted and girls introduced new friends to their parents. Our traditional ‘barbeque in a bun’ lunch was amazingly well supported and Rouncil sold the most raffle tickets for the second year in a row. Jeanette Louisson’s ‘famous at Woodford’ elderflower cordial was sold out, not because of the 40 degree temperatures but because of the delicious flavour. The Rush Munro ice-cream and barista coffees were also a treat. Huge thanks to new and old parents alike who stepped up to help out ahead of and on the day, and at the Year Level drinks. It is wonderful to experience the Woodford spirit.
It was great for the PA to see their efforts come to fruition with the girls cheering under shade sails we’d raised funds for and students using the upgraded pool changing rooms, which was one of the Year 12 PLEASE projects.
The new website project has a true Woodford flavour thanks to the help of two Old Girls. Georgina Miller of Mogul is building the nuts and bolts and Tessa Chrisp has helped with the photography. Tessa undertook a gruelling three day stint from dawn to dusk photographing different areas of the school for the new website. Tessa has been awarded a number of national photography awards and is a regular magazine contributor and it was a thrill to have someone of her pre-eminence to assist us. Many thanks also to the students for their help. The website is due to go live next week in the lead up to Open Day. The funding for this was raised from the Winter Solstice Dinner.
Every year approximately $10,000 is spent on the Year 12 PLEASE projects with a further $10,000 spent on the International Exchange hosting programme. Funds for items such as this come from the Parents’ Association Raffle which raised $7,190.76 last year. Every student entered goes in the draw to win back their term’s fees for Special Character Payment and Attendance Dues. Congratulations to the 2014 winners who received $1,406.31 each – Sophie Williams, Lucy Roberts, Hannah Matthews and Imogen Mickleson; not bad odds and a great return on the entry fee of only $12!
This raffle is optional. If you do not wish to participate or would like more entries than just one per student, please let the Administration Office know -firstname.lastname@example.org. The first raffle will be charged to your account in March.
Mrs Ana Ward, President WHPA