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Education Minister visits Epsom Girls Grammar School
The Honourable Hekia Parata, Minister of Education and the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs visited Epsom Girls Grammar School on Friday 7 June accompanied by Paul Goldsmith, National list MP for Epsom.
The Minister met with Acting Principal Sarah Stenson, Chair of the BoT Dr Gerald Young and Head Girls Arizona Leger, Eva Ding, Lucy Sheffield and Tui Turnwald to discuss e-learning, the sports complex, classrooms /study rooms and student achievement.
Ms Stenson says the Minister’s visit was welcome and gave a great opportunity to show-case the school’s achievements. The school, which embraces the concepts of Leading Women and Modern Learning to provide students with the best opportunities and resources for their education journey, is championing its Leading Women in Sport campaign.
Ms Stenson says: “Traditionally, sport is known to have a positive impact on young girls in terms of health but participation in sport and physical activity can also lead to better academic and social skills. We know that sports can give young girls self-confidence and leadership tools for life. The campaign is to raise $7 million to build a Sports Complex that will provide much-needed facilities that both the students and our community can use.”
EGGS Rowing Club named School of the Year
Lucy Jonas, Lexi Kerr, Sarah Smith
The EGGS Rowing Club has been named the 2013 School of the Year on a very special night at The Sorrento Reception Lounge, Auckland. To complete the highly successful evening for EGGS three other awards were also made:
Lucy Jonas - Lightweight Rower (Female) of the Year
Lexi Kerr and Sarah Smith - School Crew (Female) of the Year
Sam Henry - Coach of the Year
Kayla Pratt (EGGS 2005-09) was awarded the Premier Women's Award. Kayla was one of the award presenters on the night and told the assembled crowd that to her mind EGGS was the "best school".
Bring it On 2013
The Bring It On girls came FIRST in Saturday night’s heats. This means they move through to the finals on the 24th
of August (put it in your diary now). Congratulations girls on a truly outstanding performance!
EGGS/AGS School Production
Jesus Christ Superstar rehearsal
The annual EGGS/AGS school production took place in May with over 80 of our students participating as cast and crew in "Jesus Christ Superstar". The students performed for 10 nights at the Centennial Theatre at AGS with the usual professionalism and flair of the annual combined production. EGGS students excelled in their roles, both leading and in the chorus and a number of students collaborated behind the scenes to provide the striking set, lights and costume. Many thanks to AGS for their dedication to the project and to all the students involved – it was an impressive and entertaining show.
EGGS Little Art Show - Thursday 23 May
EGGS Little Art Show - Thursday 23 May .... one night only! There are over 100 stunning paintings, prints, photographs and mixed media works available for you to view and purchase (student and staff work). Art can be purchased for as little as $20. A portion of funds raised go towards the purchase of artwork for the school.Bring your family and friends and be dazzled by the talent!
Raye Freedman Arts Centre at EGGS, free entry 5.30-7.30pm, convenient parking in Silver Rd, complimentary canapés, cash bar for drinks.
Some of the work available...
Entertainment Books Now On Sale
The 2013/14 Entertainment Books are now available for purchase from Epsom Girls Grammar School.
The Entertainment™ Book contains hundreds of valuable 'up to 50% off' and '2-for-1' offers from many of the best restaurants, arts, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more!
The price is $65 of which $13 is kept by the School.
If you would like to purchase an Entertainment Book there are two ways to do this:
1. Pay online by credit card. Please click on the link below and complete the simple online form. You can then collect your Book from the School Reception which is open 8am to 4pm, or we can send the Entertainment Book home with your daughter (this option is specified on the online form).
2. Purchase your Entertainment Book from the Cashier’s Office at the School. The Cashier’s Office is located next to the uniform shop and is open 8.30am to 3.30pm. You can pay by cash, eftpos, cheque or credit card and they have copies there that you can take away with you.
EGGS Sport Results
Tuesday 7 May 2013: Congratulations to the EGGS Water Polo and Orienteering teams for their great results over the holidays. The Water Polo girls won the plate at Nationals and Orienteering won best small schools.
Sports Centre Open Day
On Saturday 6th April, the Sports Centre Open Day event took place.
It was a successful day with great sporting fun had by all.
Attendees were able to have a go at a variety of sports and activities including:
• Tennis coaching sessions with EGGS Old Girls and former NZ Tennis Reps, Brenda Perry and Claudine Toleafoa
• Netball coaching clinic with Charlotte Kight, LG Northern Mystics defender
• Rugby coaching with the Black Ferns
• Badminton training with Auckland Badminton
• Softball coaching and skills session with Lisa Avery
• Cricket training with Neil Gray and the Auckland Hearts; Maddy Green (an EGGS Old Girl), Lucille Matthews and Victoria Lind
• Soccer training session with Football Fern and EGGS Old Girl Annalie Longo
• Rowing coaching with NZ Rower of the Year; Kayla Pratt, (an EGGS Old Girl)
• Dance session with Aaron Gilmore, Candy Lane dance teacher, competitor and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ personality.
• Cycling coaching with Susy Pryde, Olympic cyclist and EGGS Old Girl
• Boot camp and spin cycle classes in the fitness studio with a personal trainer
• Dance demonstrations from MEBA dance
• Basketball training session
• Indian cultural group performance
A huge thank you to all of the sporting personalities, community groups, students, teachers and staff who gave up their Saturday to come along and support the Leading Women in Sport campaign.
A special thank you to these organisations for their generous support:
Elizabeth Arden NZ and Sky City Breakers for giving product for prizes and give-aways
Goodman Fielder for giving product for the BBQ.
EGGS PTA for organising and running the BBQ
EGGS Year 13 Student Receives Two Scholarships for Flute
Friday 19 April 2013: Congratulations to Eva Ding, Deputy Head Prefect, who was awarded two prestigious Flute Scholarships at the end of Term one.
Eva received both the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Scholarship and the NZ Symphony Orchestra Scholarship.
The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Scholarship gives Eva the opportunity to have eight lessons with Sami Junnonen and at the end of the season Eva will play with APO in concert. Eva is one of seven secondary school students to receive mentoring from APO musicians in preparation for performing with the APO and experience all aspects of the professional orchestral environment. Sami Junnonen is a Finnish Concert flutist who is APO’s Guest principal flutist this season.
The NZ Symphony Orchestra Scholarship offers the opportunity for Eva to have six lessons with Bridget Douglas and tickets to watch rehearsals and concerts. Bridget Douglas is the principal flute for NZSO.
Eva has studied Flute for about eight years and last year won 2nd place Overall for the secondary school section of the NZ woodwind competition.
Fia Fia Night
One of the many inspiring performances at Fia Fia Night
Thursday 14 March 2013: Fia Fia Night began the EGGS Arts and Cultural year with a bang! With international food stalls, traditional costumes and music, it was a night that truly showcased the multicultural community that EGGS belongs too. The performances were entertaining, polished and colourful. Thank you to the many parents and tutors who supported this event. Good luck to all the groups participating in Polyfest this week!
Kite Day 2013
Celebrating 40 Years of Trade Aid, the 2013 Kite Day is at Epsom Girls Grammar School this Sunday 3rd March.
There will be 1000 kites to decorate, craft and food stalls and live performances including: Jesse Sheehan and The Marionettes.
Trade Aid has been working with the school to promote this event and students will be involved on the day. The Humanitarian Group will have a stall selling Trade Aid baked goods (profits to charity).
Check out this promotional video made by our Community Prefects: Kite Day promotional video
School Scholars´ Awards
Year 12 NCEA level 2 2012 Scholars' Award Recipients
Thursday 14 February 2013:
This morning at assembly Epsom Girls Grammar School Scholars’ Awards were presented to students who sat NCEA Levels 1-3 last year. School Scholars' Awards are based on high levels of achievement across a range of subjects according to NCEA credits students have achieved and the level of which they achieved them.
For more information and to find out which students received a School Scholars' Award please see the February Newsletter.
From the Principal: Madeline Gunn
New students and staff gathered for the powhiri
Thursday 31 January 2013: Welcome back to EGGS for 2013. After a wonderful summer holiday I hope all students are pleased to be back at school to renew friendships and to begin a new year of learning. Our senior students achieved very highly in their NCEA results for 2012 and have been challenged to equal or better that this year.
Our powhiri yesterday provided the opportunity to show all the new members of our community how much we value them and the future input they will have into the school.
We all look forward to working together to achieve our goals.
Australian Youth Olympic Festival: EGGS Student Wins Gold
Gold Medal winners Lucy (L) and Jackie (R) with W.A. crew to left and N.S.W. Crew to right after receiving their medals for the Womens Lightweight Double scull at the 2013 AYOF Rowing Regatta.
Thursday 31 January 2013: On the 19th of January, Epsom Girls Grammar student, Lucy Jonas and Jackie Kiddle won one of 2 NZ golds on Day 1 of the AYOF Rowing regatta. They lead all the way and finished in a smart time of 7.23.17.
Announcement of 2013 Head Girl and Deputy Head Girls
Tuesday 18 December 2012: Epsom Girls Grammar School is very pleased to announce the Head Prefects for 2013. Congratulations to all four girls.
The Head Prefect for 2013 will be Arizona Leger.
The three Deputy Head Prefects will be: Eva Ding, Lucy Sheffield and Tui Turnwald.
Photographer Glenn Jowitt Publishes Photograph of Year 12 EGGS Art and Polyfest Student
Eri Short with the photograph by artist Glenn Jowitt
Tuesday 11 December 2012: At the end of November, Glenn Jowitt, acclaimed New Zealand Photographer, came in to Epsom Girls Grammar School. In March Mr Jowitt photographed the ASB Polyfest and included in his published work a photograph of year 12 student, Eri Short dancing onstage at Polyfest.
Mr Jowitt came in to meet Eri, whom he has given a number of fine art prints, posters and post cards. He also very generously donated a very large and valuable ink jet printer to EGGS.
Mr Jowitt is a highly recognised and published New Zealand Photographer. He has a passion for photographing Pacific Island culture and communities living in NZ.
Excellent EGGS Results at 2012 ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards:
Tuesday 27 November 2012: Epsom Girls Grammar School had excellent results at the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year awards yet again. The presentations took place on Thursday 22nd November.
EGGS had seven finalists in eight categories of the awards this year:
• Ashleigh Williams - All Rounder, Athletics, Distance Running
• Portia Manukuo - Underwater Hockey
• Hayley Hughes - Squash
• Ellie Epke - Squash
• Sarah Smith - Rowing
• Lucy Jonas - Rowing
• Leanne Gray - Cricket
Ashleigh received an All Rounder award and won the Distance Running category. Portia, Allie and Sarah were the winners of their respective categories. Epsom Girls Grammar School congratulates all seven girls for their tremendous sporting efforts this year.
Epsom Girls Grammar School Student Wins James Wallace Art Award
Camberly's photographic work 'Kerb'
Tuesday 20 November 2012: Congratulations to Camberly Morton Yr 13 whose photographic work ‘Kerb’ won the Exhibbit James Wallace Art Award, a nationwide award.
This is a great honour as James Wallace is a significant patron of the Arts in NZ and is hugely supportive of emerging and established artists.
Camberly’s work has been acquired for his collection.
3 other Epsom Girls Grammar School students were also selected as finalists:
Epsom Girls Grammar School is pleased to announce:
Friday 2 November 2012: Last week Madeline Gunn, Principal of Epsom Girls Grammar School, was awarded a prestigious Woolf Fisher Trust Fellowship. Mrs Gunn intends to attend a leadership course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and investigate e-learning and girls’ schools overseas.
She says: “The Woolf Fisher Trust acknowledges the value of the work of teachers and principals by providing these awards and that is hugely important to the profession”. The Woof Fisher Trust was established in 1960 by Co-founder of Fisher and Paykel, the late Sir Woolf Fisher (1912-1975), who was a fervent supporter of New Zealand education.
The Woolf Fisher Trust was established to recognize and encourage excellence in teaching and school leadership. The original fellowships were awarded in 1960 and were designed to send leading secondary teachers and principals overseas to examine different teaching practices and bring back ideas and techniques that will continue to enrich education in New Zealand.
2012 Founder´s Awards
August 31 2012: On Wednesday night at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre The Old Girls Association held the annual 2012 Founder's Awards. This years recipients were Jeanette Fitzsimons - Politics, Susy Pryde - Cycling and Karyn Walker - Fashion Design and Business. The evening was a great success with Old Girls and previous Founder's Award recipients, gathering for wine and canapes, before the award presentations of our esteemed alumnae.
40 hour Famine success at EGGS
July 10 2012: In the last week of term Mr. Long Zhang, owner of Hell Pizzas Epsom, dropped by with a special treat for EGGS students in WD who took part in the 40hour famine. They received the pizza prize for bringing back the most amount of the 40hour famine fundraiser books. The World Vision Leaders announced that Epsom Girls Grammar School raised double what was raised last year. A great Effort! Thank you to Hell Pizzas of Epsom for donating the six pizzas.
Stage Challenge Auckland Regional Winners!
EGGS 2012 Stage Challenge Team
June 29 2012: Congratulations to the Epsom Girls Grammar School Stage Challenge group who placed first for the third year in a row in the Auckland Regional Stage Challenge. The competition took place last night.
They also received Awards of Excellence for –
• Stage Crew
• Environmental and Social Awareness
• Stage Use
• Set Design and Function
• Health, Life Skills and Creative Thinking
• Performance Skill
• Costuming Character
• Visual Enhancement
Proposed changes for Albury Ave, Sharpe Rd and Owens Rd, Epsom
13 June 2012: Auckland Transport are proposing changes to the parking around the school in Albury Avenue, Sharpe Road and Owens Road and so the letters and maps associated with these proposed changes are here to read.
If you would like to make a submission the feedback form is available here and at the Main Reception of school. Please return feedback to Epsom Girls Grammar School Reception by Friday 22 June 2012.