We have been blessed this week to be immersed in the Arts. On Wednesday celebrated Poet, Dr Cilla McQueen, met with the students to share some of her poetry and hear them read theirs. Dr McQueen was Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2011. Her animation and sheer enjoyment of words enriched us all. Leon MacLaren, our founder, once said that it takes a poet to form a nation and Dr McQueen’s description of poetry being a seed like use of language expressed a similar sentiment. She described how words of poetry were a much livelier memory of an experience than a photograph. On Thursday we welcomed renowned Christchurch artist Clare Reilly who took time away from her exhibition in Howick to meet our Year Seven and Eight students. When asked by one of the children about her working environment, she replied,
“My studio is a room in my house that is calm and peaceful. It has cream walls and very good lighting and is uncluttered. I like to be able to hear the different birds calling in the garden as they come and go. My paintings have a poetic stillness or meditative calm in them, and where I work has to have that quality as well. Many people respond to that aspect in my paintings. I think it gives them a sense of peace and room to be reflective, something that becomes harder to find in our too busy world”.
Having these two artists whose approach to their work strongly resembles our own was an inspiration to us all. They seemed to bring with them that stillness which is the source from which all creativity springs.
On three occasions this week, we heard well researched and clearly expressed presentations of the Renaissance Trip from our Year Seven and Eight students. Tuesday saw a brilliant performance from Class Two of their Nativity Play. Their composure, their singing and their diction belied their years. That was followed by our Christmas Concert with speech and music from all quarters of the school. And finally, today our Year Four to Eight students have attended a performance of Dickens’ Christmas Carol performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
As this is the last newsletter of the year, I wish our whole school community and all our supporters a very Merry Christmas filled with good will and gratitude as we have for you all.
Carol Service – Tuesday 9th December – St Barnabas Church – 6.45pm
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Carol Service next Tuesday. The children will need to meet their class teacher outside the church at 6.25pm ready to be seated at 6.35pm. They should wear their full uniform, including the blazer.
Prize Giving – Friday 12th December – 9.30am – Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
The children need to be taken directly to the Mt Eden War Memorial hall by parents and should arrive by 9.10am in full uniform, including the blazer. The event commences at 9.30am and is expected to finish at 11am. Afterwards, everyone is welcome to light refreshments.
Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email email@example.com or by phone 6233385. Thank you. If you child is booked in and no longer coming to after school care, please ring the office and cancel the booking. Thank you.
Uniform Shop -Open on Tuesdays
The school uniform shop is open on Tuesdays from 2.30pm until 3.15pm.
Term Dates for 2014
|Term 4||Start||Tuesday 14th October||Finish||Friday 12th December|