News from the Nest

Time is really ticking now for our Year 12s who have very mixed feelings about leaving so soon! There is great joy at the thought of completing all those assessments finally, but also sadness at leaving behind this community and the friendships made. Next week, the 12s go into their final week of classes. Parents of Year 12s are invited to breakfast next Friday morning on 4 November from 7 am to 8.30 am. Some of you might be able to come to this I hope!
On Wednesday night, we had a wonderful Celebration of Excellence evening at the City Hall and the Boarders were very well represented on the night, both in terms of participation in Stuartholme On Stage and in the bands, but also in the number of girls who received awards and acknowledgements for their achievements this year. Staff are always teasing me saying I only photograph and notice the Boarders (of course I do!) but the night really showed everyone in the Stuartholme family how well the Boarders are doing in terms of overall participation in school and community life and an unwavering commitment to all kinds of excellence.
Part of this success comes from the fact that the experience of Boarding definitely enhances resilience, goal-setting, inter-personal skills and independence but it is also because boarding encourages involvement in all aspects of school life. We know that this helps girls settle in and find their place, but we also know that engagement enables their flourishing as young women. I truly believe that our Boarding staff are second to none too, and are part of the girls’ support crew. The Supervisors are behind the girls every step of the way!
This week saw a lot of laughter in the House with a wonderful Halloween themed dinner on Tuesday night and Harry Potter day today. The Year 7s and all new Boarders woke up to scrolls welcoming them to Hogwarts on their beds and all girls received a Harry Potter lolly bag! I dressed up as Poppy Pomfrey, matron of the hospital! A sight (not) to behold! The wonderful Mrs Gayle Rush was Professor Sybil Trelawney! Ms Sharpe was Dolores Umbridge, a sight in hot pink!
We are starting to develop our leaders for next year, and next week the current Boarding Captains and Mentors will have a handover night and meal with the girls incoming to these positions. I am also in the process of finalising the Fire Wardens for next year and these girls will begin their training next week in preparation for 2017!
With four weeks left until the end of term, can I ask you to please get your end of term leave in. I need to remind you that the final day of classes is on Friday 25 November at 12 pm. Boarders need to be out of the House by 4 pm that afternoon. No staff will be in House that evening.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if there are end of year events you are unsure of, or if you have any general comments or feedback that would help me in planning for next year.
The Assistant Heads of Boarding and myself are meeting with our school counsellor, Mrs Danielle Baker over the next few weeks to further plan a Boarding Wellbeing Program for 2017 that will include age appropriate activities and the insights of Positive Psychology. Exciting times ahead!
We aim to improve the outcomes for every one of our girls, year by year.
Warm regards and I hope you are travelling gently into the end of the year.
Andree Rice, Deputy Principal Boarding

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