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Senior Prize Giving - 1/11/2018

Last night, we celebrated the outstanding academic achievements of our senior students at the annual Senior Prize Giving ceremony. We are pleased to announce that 39 scholarships were awarded to our year 13 students for both New Zealand and overseas universities, this is a wonderful achievement that will ensure the ongoing success of our high achieving students. Congratulations to all of our prizewinners!

Today we say farewell to Year 13 students as they go on study leave - we wish you the best of luck for your examinations.

The Special Academic Award recipients were:

Vivien Whyte
Kathleen Mandeno Scholarship
University of Auckland Faculty of Arts Entry Level Undergraduate Scholarship
Te Kaitaka Cup for fostering Encouragement and Community Spirit (joint)
Emens-Spencer Physics Prize

 

Zoe Millar

Hilda Chenery Scholarship

Certificates for distinction in Economics and highly commended in English

Shakespeare

 

Isabella Muirhead

Woolf-Fisher Memorial Scholarship

Verna Dowdle Award for participation and leadership in Arts and Culture

Prize for distinction in Graphics, Economics, Sculpture and Art History Modern

Prize for Proxime Accessit (donated by PTA Committee)

 

Binudi Senanayake

John Williamson Scholarship

University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship

Mary Melrose Scholarship For excellence in Biology and Physics

Penny Le Couteur Prize for Chemistry

Einstein Award for the top Science student in Year 13

Prize for distinction in Physics, Accounting, Statistics and Biology and highly

commended in Chemistry

Prize for Dux (doanted by Miss M.F.E. Adams)

EGGS National Cycling champs

This year, the National Secondary Schools Cycling Championships were held in Christchurch during the first weekend of the school holidays. Our Epsom Girls Grammar teams achieved some exceptional results with our Senior A team coming first, to be crowned the national champions, as welll as the Auckland and North Island champs too. Our Junior A team came second with an outstanding ride.

The EGGS teams were:

Senior A: Stella Nightingale – Captain
Hannah Berry
Poppy Buissink
Lucy Thomson
Ella Wylie

Junior A:
Scarlett Buissink – Captain
Lily Brinsdon
Queenie McElwee
Bee Townsend

Senior B:
Annabel Brown - Captain
Rachael Berry
Emilia Perez Raynaud
Eva Ruddenklau

Junior B:
Georgie Christie – Captain
Maia Barclay
Phoebe Carter

Junior C:
Caitlin Bell - Captain
Abby Ruddenklau
Isabella Rui Qi Adams

Congratulations to all the riders and a big thanks to our supporters for their cheering and smiling.

Suffrage 125 - 19/09/2018

Today marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, the day we became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. EGGS students have been celebrating this landmark anniversary through activities in class.

We are very proud of the many EGGS alumnae honoured in various lists including 125 women that changed the world, trailblazing women scientists, and "Our Wāhine" an illustrated history of New Zealand’s extraordinary women created by New Zealand artist Kate Hursthouse.

For more details, please click on the links below:

It is great to see our students continue this thinking.

Winter Tournament Success - 10/09/2018

EGGS Premier Netball Team win UNISS tournament last Friday

Epsom Girls Premier Netball Team have created history by winning the UNISS netball tournament last Friday, a first for Epsom Girls Grammar School netball in the 20 plus years the tournament has been played. Epsom played MAGS in the final winning 31-22. Killarney Morey was named MVP of the Final game and made the tournament team along with Captain Greer Sinclair and Vice-Captain Bianca Nagaiya. The team now prepare for the Pita Pit NZ Secondary Schools Netball Championships which are being held in Timaru, Tuesday 9th of October-Friday 12th of October.

EGGS sporting achievements for the week also included:

  • Curling - Congratulations to the Epsom Girls Grammar School Knock Out Curling team who won the NISS Curling Championships, Curl Out and Benedict teams placed 4th and 5th. Good Luck to the team who are competing at the NZSS Championships at the end of this month.
  • Cycling - The Cycling team competed at the Cycling Northern Tour over the weekend competing in an individual time trial, hill climb and criterium. Congratulations on the following outstanding results: 1st Ella Wyllie, 2nd Lucy Thomson U17 Girls, 3rd Bee Townsend U15 Girls, 2nd Maia Barclay U14 Girls. Good luck to the team who prepare for Nationals.
  • Lacrosse - The Epsom Lacrosse A team placed 2nd at the NZ National Championships, the team played St Peters Cambridge in the final.
  • Football - The Football team placed 3rd at Nationals, this result is an outstanding achievement being the best Epsom has placed in many years.
  • Underwater Hockey- The Junior A team placed 3rd and the Senior A team placed 4th at the NZ UWH National Championships in Rotorua.
  • Hockey - The Epsom Hockey team placed 4th at the Audrey Timlin Memorial Tournament in Invercargill. Another great result for Hockey in comparison to the recent years.
  • Fencing - Congratulations to the Epsom Fencing team who placed 5th in both foil and epee women’s team competition at the NZSS Championships and to Jessica Kaiser who placed 7th in the individual women's foil event.
  • Basketball - The Senior A Basketball team placed 8th at the Auckland Premiership Tournament at the North Shore Events Centre.

Helen Clark returns to EGGS - 30/08/2018

Last night the EGGS community joined an incredible evening in the company of Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and EGGS alumna. Helen in conversation with Ali Mau, TV presenter and journalist, shared her journey and insights on being a woman and a leader on the global stage. A strong voice for gender equality and women’s leadership, Helen's message to our students was to aim for the top of whatever they do. An inspiring and empowering message for all emerging and future female leaders.

Epsom Girls Grammar School is very proud to have hosted Helen Clark. We would like to thank you for joining us!

The event was the second in our two part series, Women in New Zealand Politics, and  all funds raised from the events will go towards the L Block redevelopment project. A special thanks to everyone for supporting the school.

Father Daughter Breakfast 2018 - 8/08/2018

This morning the EGGS Head Prefect Team hosted our annual Father & Daughter Breakfast with Sir Ray Avery, Scientist and inventor, as the special guest speaker. Sir Ray's speech was incisive and inspiring. Thanks to the Epsom fathers for supporting the event, to BNZ our host partner for their sponsorship and to everyone that contributed towards making the morning a success. All funds raised from the event will go towards the Prefects Legacy Fund.

Women in New Zealand Politics - 31/07/2018

Principal Lorraine Pound, Chlöe Swarbrick MP, Rawdon Christie, Jeanette Fitzsimons & Tessa Berger

On Monday 30 July the EGGS foundation hosted the inspiring discussion on “Women in New Zealand Politics” to help raise funds for the L Block renovation project. Expertly facilitated by Rawdon Christie - TV presenter, journalist and an EGGS parent – our guest speakers spoke openly, honestly and powerfully about their experiences and journeys in politics. Jeanette Fitzsimons, former co-leader of the Green Party; Chlöe Swarbrick MP, Spokesperson for Education & Youth; and Tessa Berger, Auckland Council Elected Member - all EGGS alumnae - gave us insight on the women behind the politics, the defining moments in their careers and their influencers. It was an exceptional evening attended by our supportive EGGS community and for this we’re very grateful.

Prefects legacy gift to EGGS - 29/06/2018

Some of our 2017 prefects team returned this afternoon to unveil the prefects legacy gift to the school which honours the EGGS Centenary celebrated in April last year. The stainless steel plaque in the shape of the EGGS centenary logo has been mounted on to the brick wall outside student reception. A heartfelt thanks to the 2017 prefects for leaving a lasting legacy.

EGGS alumnae honoured - 20/06/2018

Pictured here from left to right our Founders Awards recipients - Diane Morcom, Frances Loo & Daisy Lavea-Timo.

On Tuesday 19th June, the EGGS Old Girls Association had the pleasure of honouring three past students at the Founders Awards ceremony. The awards were presented to three outstanding Old Girls who have achieved highly in their chosen fields. This year’s recipients are:

  • Diane Morcom CNZM, CVO - for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service
  • Frances Loo – for Outstanding Achievement in Business and Community Service
  • Daisy Lavea-Timo – for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts (Poetry).

Each recipient had their citation read by a Year 13 student and then addressed the assembly. They were presented with their Founders Award Medal before joining senior students, staff and members of the Old Girls Committee in the staff room to continue the celebrations. A huge congratulations to Diane, Frances and Daisy.

Big Sing

On Thursday 14th June Epsom Singers, Canto Vivo and Paradisum sang in the Big Sing, including the Gala Concert on Thursday evening. They also received awards including Canto Vivo being runner up best junior choir and Kelly being awarded the best student piano accompanist.

EGGS Portrait Competition - 12/06/2018

On Tuesday 12th June the EGGS Art Department hosted their annual portrait competition. Students from all year levels put forward entries in a wide variety of mediums. The calibre of work was very high making choosing this years winners a tough decision for our judges, artists and EGGS Alumnae, Rebecca Hazard and Monica Wang.

This years award recipients are:

  • Brooklyn Richardson, first place.
  • Sarah Keam, second place.
  • Zoe McKenzie, third place.
  • Joanna Lee and Rosa Watson, highly commended.

Chloe Swarbrick MP attends Year 13 Learning Summit - 22/05/2018

Chloe Swarbrick, Green Party MP and EGGS alumna, spoke at our Year 13 Learning Summit this morning, her keynote speech was both incisive and inspiring. Chloe spoke openly about her time at EGGS and of her current position in politics. Thank you Chloe for joining us!

The Learning Summit, also known as Unicorns & Vacuum Cleaners, is a conference-styled day-long event featuring a range of presentations and workshops from guest speakers. The focus is on the transition that all Year 13 students will make at the end of this year when they leave EGGS and begin the next phase of their lives in 2019. The core purpose of the summit is to promote critical thinking about life and finding success after leaving school.

EGGS/AGS Ragtime Opening Night - 14/05/2018

We had a wonderful Opening Night and Matinee of the combined EGGS/AGS Production of Ragtime at the weekend. With less than 10% of tickets remaining, be sure to buy yours from iTicket if you haven't already for an evening of wonderful entertainment - an evening where you'll be both challenged and uplifted.

EGGS/AGS Ragtime Production - 16/04/2018

Tickets are on sale now

Epsom Girls Grammar School and Auckland Grammar School are proud to present Ragtime - The Musical from 12 May-19 May, a sweeping epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the twentieth century. To find out more and to buy your tickets please visit iticket.

EGGS Opening Morning - 10/04/2018

Today we welcomed families to EGGS to find out about more about us. The open morning was a good chance to talk to teachers, meet some of our current students and to have a guided tour around the school. We hope you enjoyed your visit!

If you have any questions or queries please contact our Enrolment office by phone 09 630 5963 or by email enrolment@eggs.school.nz.

Polyfest 2018 - 16/03/2018

Pictured here are the talented Epsom Girls Grammar Kapa Haka group who did a powerful performance on the Polyfest stage yesterday. A huge well done!

The ASB Polyfest has become the largest Polynesian festival in the world and is a mix of traditional music, dance, costume and speech from Auckland Secondary School students. The Polyfest is an important showcase of New Zealand’s diverse cultures and a celebration of youth performance.

EGGS win cricket nationals - 3/12/2017

A huge congratulations to the EGGS 1st XI Cricket team who won the national secondary schools title in Palmerston North. The team went through undefeated after winning all five games at the three day tournament. Student and excellent batter, Bella Armstrong was named MVP of the tournament scoring the most runs at the tournament with 235. We're very proud of our National Champs 2017!  Great work.

Junior Prize Giving 2017

Congratulations to the Junior Prize winners who were acknowledged and celebrated this morning, on our last day of term.

2017 has been a big year for the school starting with our 100th birthday celebrations and ending with a big applause for the outstanding achievements of our students. We would like to wish all of the EGGS community a restful holiday, enjoy the festive season and we'll see you in the new year!

Senior Prize Giving 2017 - 1/11/2017

Last night on Tuesday 31 October, students, staff, parents and the EGGS community celebrated the outstanding academic achievements of our senior students. In our special 100th year, it was an inspirational Senior Prize Giving ceremony which included special awards to mark the EGGS centenary. A huge congratulations to all prize winners! 40 scholarships were awarded to our Year 13 students for both New Zealand and overseas universities, this is an impressive achievement and will ensure the ongoing success of our high achieving students. We are so proud of you all!

We wish our Year 13 students all the best for their examinations and for the future as they wave goodbye to us today.

The Special Awards were presented to:

Epsom Girls Grammar School Student Centenary Scholarship:
These scholarships have been made possible through a joint funding initiative by the Old Girls Association, with the support of the Chenery Memorial Trust, student, and parent donations. 

  • Angeline Xiao Year 11
  • Ellie Eastwood Year 12
  • Jacqueline Yu Year 13

Emma Chisholm
The Past Principals’ Centennial Scholarship for Tertiary Study (donated in this centennial year by Miss Gae Griffiths, Mrs Verna Dowdle, Mrs Margaret Bendall and Mrs Madeline Gunn).
The Auckland RSA Joyce Tyler Memorial Scholarship (joint)
Rudall / Holmden Scholarship for History

 

Katherine Beyer
Kathleen Mandeno Scholarship
Certificates for distinction in Physics and French

 

Jessie Zhang
Hilda Chenery Scholarship
Prize for distinction in Accounting, Economics and Statistics, highly commended in English Contemporary and commended in Geography

 

Sandani Senanayake
John Williamson Scholarship
University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
M E Freeman Memorial Prize for Mathematics
Prize for distinction in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Statistics and highly
commended in Physics
Prize for Proxime Accessit (donated by PTA Committee)
Woolf Fisher Memorial Scholar

 

Jayna Patel
John Williamson Scholarship
University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
Einstein Award for the top Science student in Year 13
Mary Melrose Scholarship for excellence in Biology and Physics
Penny Le Couteur Prize for Chemistry
Prize for distinction in Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics
Prize for Dux (donated by Miss M.F.E Adams)

Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust gifts scholarships to EGGS - 26/09/2017

The Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust has gifted scholarships in perpetuity as a centennial gift to the School. These Epsom Girls Grammar School Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust Spirit of Adventure Scholarships provide Spirit of Adventure outdoor education and leadership experiences for up to four Year 11 students of Maori and Pasifika heritage. In creating the Trust Joyce Fisher, EGGS alumna, wanted to help advance young New Zealanders through education and we are very grateful for the ongoing support of the Trust in the form of these very generous scholarships.

On behalf of the School and the Board of Trustees, we want to thank Mr Robert Lerner and Mr Chris Paykel, trustees, for this wonderful gift to the School. We would also like to acknowledge the Spirit of Adventure Trust’s part in this venture.

The inaugural recipients were awarded their Scholarships at the Senior Assembly this morning and for 2017 the recipients are:

  • Sophia Morcom
  • Aria Todd-Pemerika
  • Jade Panoho
  • Fuafiva Setoga-Tuala

EGGS student wins Eden Arts Young Artists Awards

Shoal Makata with winning work Trampoline

Congratulations to Shoal Makata, for being the overall winner of the Eden Arts Young Artists Awards 2017 with her photograph "Trampoline". The Awards Ceremony took place on Saturday 2 September where Shoal's work was purchased by arts patron Sir James Wallace and is now part of the Collection. This is an honour in itself, we're very proud of you Shoal.

The aim of the Young Artists Awards is to provide a platform for young artists to exhibit their work, to place it in a professional gallery environment and to encourage adventurous experimentation and creativity. Eden Arts has been supporting young artists in this way for 30 years.

Science and Technology Fair - 1/09/2017

A showcase of work in the EGGS Hall

The NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair is an annual event which showcases the best science and technology projects from central Auckland schools. This year the Fair was held at Epsom Girls Grammar School on Friday 1 September, there was a great turn out for the public viewings of the junior and senior projects. Thanks to everyone for your support. Our students have been taking part in the fair for the last 7 years and have been achieving excellent results. This year 2 senior projects and 3 junior projects have won category prizes as well as special prizes, and two other junior projects and one senior have won special prizes too. A huge well done to the winners. The Prize Giving ceremony will take place on Monday 11 September from 7pm-8:30pm at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre.

EGGS Chess Champions - 15/08/2017

The winning team pictured here

Congratulations to the EGGS Chess Club on winning gold at the New Zealand Girls Interschool Chess Championships. Over 200 girls of all ages attended the Auckland tournament and 3 teams from EGGS entered this year. The good sportsmanship and team collegiality of the EGGS Chess Club were commented on by the event organisers.

A special thanks to Raani Kelderman for her club leadership and to Ewen Green, National Chess Coach, for his strategy advice every Tuesday lunchtime.

Father & Daughter Breakfast 2017 - 9/08/2017

Organised by our Head Prefect Team, the Father and Daughter Breakfast took place this morning. It was a real opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the men of Epsom Girls Grammar School - the fathers and the caregivers. The morning was fun and entertaining where special guest speaker John Campbell, journalist and radio personality, shared his insights on fatherhood and much more over breakfast. His speech was both motivational and inspiring.The event provided a valuable opportunity to our students to appreciate the role of father figures in their lives.

Proceeds raised from the raffle ticket sales will go to the Prefects Legacy Fund. Thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket and a special thanks to our host partner BNZ.

EGGS Unveils Vertical Garden

Today we saw the unveiling of a large vertical garden that has been installed on the S-Block wall. The Student Council, Sustainability Committee, EGGS Heritage Committee, PTA and a number of staff members have worked collaboraitvely on this project for a year. The vertical garden embraces and visually represents one of the EGGS values, community. Jonathan Cameron, Art & Photography Teacher, says it is "exciting to finally see this come to fruition." The garden has a self maintaining irrigation system, it promotes ecological balance in an urban environment. Also where is space is limited for ground space, going up provides a solution. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this project happen.

EGGS Cycling Champs - 11/07/2017

EGGS cycling team took home the under-16 and under-20 team time trials at the North Island schools road cycling championships at the weekend, Saturday 8 July. Congratulations on the wins team!  Enjoy the holidays and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on 24 July.

Young Entrepreneur in Action - 7/07/2017

Pictured here Rachel Ji and the two other aspiring young entrepreneurs awarded the Young Enterprise field trip to San Francisco

Congratulations to EGGS student Rachel Ji who has been awarded the Young Enterprise Trust field trip to San Francisco later this year, to visit some of the worlds most innovative companies. Rachel, an aspiring and talented entrepreneur attended the "Entrepreneurs in Action" weekend at Massey University, with 63 other students from across New Zealand. She competed in two high-pressure business challenges to earn the overseas field trip.

Rachel says "connecting with other students who share the same passions and ambitions to change the world is truly special. Our generation are the leaders of tomorrow but we don’t have to wait until tomorrow to lead." A huge well done to Rachel for her hard work, innovation and motivation - all admirable qualities!

EGGS Matariki Hikoi - 30/06/2017

Today on Friday 30 June at 5.30am we had the very first EGGS Matariki Hikoi. A group of 70 teachers, students and their whanau braved a chilly 6 degree predawn morning to hikoi, walk together up Maungawhau, Mt Eden to view the cluster. Arriving at the top of Mt Eden and despite the morning fog, the group saw the cluster twinkling in the sky. The Kapa Haka group sung a waiata and the fog rolled away to give a clear viewing of Matariki. The group then walked back to school to enjoy breakfast cereal and rewena, Maori fry bread together.

Matariki is a significant festival on the Maori calendar which indicates the start of a new year. It is a time to gather together, to celebrate the unique place in which we live and give respect to the land we live on. It is a time to reflect on the previous year and consider new beginnings and aspirations. Matariki is signalled by the appearance of a seven star cluster, known elsewhere as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters.

A truly magical and special time together was had by all.

Big Sing Finale 2017 - 26/06/2017

Congratulations to our top choir Paradisum who have been invited to attend the Big Sing Finale 2017, along with 23 other schools from around New Zealand.  Paradisum performed "Land, Sea and Stars" the specially commissioned piece of EGGS Centenary music by David Hamilton.  David is one of New Zealand's most widely performed composers and former Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School.

This year the Big Sing Finale 2017 will be held in the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland from 24-26 August.  A huge well done to Paradisum!  For a full list of invited choirs click here.

EGGS Courts Opening - 21/06/2017

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the courts, pictured here from left to right Peter McDonald, Foundation Chair; Mark Rakich, former Capital Campaign Manager; Lorraine Pound, Principal; Sheryl Lady Wells CNZM, Campaign Patron and Peter Thompson, Chair of Fundraising

This afternoon, on Wednesday 21 June 2017, an opening ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the school’s courts. It was attended by our charitable partners and sponsors, patrons, staff, students and friends and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.  

Together with the Joyce Fisher Sports Centre, the multi-use courts for tennis, netball, hockey and physical education complete the state of the art EGGS Sports Complex. The Sports Complex is as much about the students as it is about the local community. It provides excellent facilities for the school’s 2,200 students who participate in over 40 sports and physical education classes. It also benefits the residents of Epsom and the surrounding area who have easy access to outstanding training and sports facilities.

We are very grateful for the generosity of all the individuals, trusts, sponsors and businesses for their support in making the Leading Women in Sport Campaign a success - without their support the completion of the Sports Complex would not be possible. Our special thanks to our major donors and supporters for their valuable contributions.

Unicorns and Vacuum Cleaners - 25/05/2017

Toshiko Frederiksens, Lorraine Pound, Jacinda Ardern, Tessa Farrant, Fatema Rampurawala, Javeria Kazmi, Jonathan Cameron

Last week the Year 13s participated in the The Unicorns & Vacuum Cleaners summit, a learning conference around the transition from high school. Thank you to all of the incredible presenters!

Jacinda Ardern, we love your visits to EGGS and really appreciate your comfort and willingness to speak from the heart. Thank you to our amazing panel of inspirational women (many of them EGGS alumnae), Avigail Allan, Lee Belk, Jess Bluck, Aimee Cable, Tessa Donnovan and Amelia Spiers, you are all truly awesome! Thank you to Sylvia from The University of Auckland, your workshop around note taking was incredibly insightful!

Our amazing sponsors for this event: BNZ, Giapo, The English Garden, Print Poppa, Auckland University, Massey University, Otago University, AUT and Christchurch University, THANK YOU for helping us make this day look and feel like a real summit…and last, but certainly not least, thank you to all of the incredible, passionate and dedicated EGGS staff members who were involved in running various workshops/presentations, cooking lunch, managing tech needs, covering relief and helping with the many administrative tasks involved in making this day come to life!

Centenary celebrations end on a high note - 11/04/2017

To mark the EGGS Centenary, 10 wonderful events took place over 5 days from 5-9 April.  The events included an Official Opening and Book Launch, a glamourous Gala Dinner at the Langham and the grand finale EGGSFEST, our very own community festival which culminated in a performance of a specially commissioned piece of Centenary music by David Hamilton - one of New Zealand's most widely performed composers. The feedback from our guests - alumnae and friends - was that they have had the best 100th birthday celebration ever. We are so proud to have celebrated 100 years of excellence in girls' education with you all.

A heartfelt thanks from the Centenary Committee to all involved in the organisation of the Centenary celebrations.

Tournament Week Results

It's been a really busy week with teams competing all over the country

EGGS Cricket: EGGS won the Auckland Region NZCT qualifying tournament. Going through the round robin undefeated and winning the final they will be heading to Nationals later in the year! Final score EGGS 114/7 vs Takapuna 59/9

EGGS Water Polo: EGGS Water Polo finished 2nd in their pool of the NISS Champs after beating Hamilton and Takapuna but losing to Mt Maunganui. The competition continues over the weekend.

EGGS Waka Ama: 1st Place in the plate final with Rotorua Boys High School 2nd Place in the Bowl final 250m U19 Girls Blue team

EGGS Rowing:U18 novice coxed eight A Final: 2nd placed (7:21:19) U18 novice coxed eight B final: placed 5th (7:45:32) U16 coxed eight Final: 1st placed (7:07:79) More finals on Saturday!

EGGS Mountain Biking: EGGS teams had a great last day finishing 1st in both the Junior and the Senior Relays!

EGGS Ultimate EGGS Ultimate has won the NZSS Trophy for the 3rd year in a row beating Lytton Girls in the final 12-6

New Family Barbeque

The PTA enjoyed seeing so many students and families at the new family bbq on Wednesday evening. Thank you to the tutors, peers supporters, EGG co-ordinators and group leaders for their work with the tables and the displays of extra curricula activities. Congratulations to 9WAD, 9WHE and 9JOS for their placings and 9HEE for their honourable mention.

The next PTA event is Wednesday 8 March at 7pm in the staffroom – Top Tips for Parents New to EGGS. This will be followed by the AGM. New members are always welcome!

Assembly to celebrate EGGS 100th Birthday - 13/02/2017

Centenary Birthday Cake

Students and staff celebrated our 100th birthday in a special assembly this morning, 100 years of excellence in girls' education. From a whole assembly selfie to a ceremonial cake cutting, there was definitely a great feeling throughout the school. The centenary assembly is a wonderful lead up to the the main celebrations in April 5-9 2017. Register today www.iticket.co.nz/go-to/eggs-centenary-events-2017 if you haven't already. EGGS opened its doors for the very first time on 12 February 1917 to only 170 students. Today we have over 2,200 students. We have so much to be proud of!

Birthday selfie, staff and students in their Centenary T-shirts

 

2017 marks the special EGGS Centenary year - 1/02/2017

2017 is officially the EGGS Centenary year and what a wonderful year we have ahead of us.  We're very excited to share this occasion with you so let the countdown begin. Come and join us as we celebrate 100 years of excellence in girls' education from 5-9 April 2017.  Register for the amazing line up of Centenary events at iTicket www.iticket.co.nz/go-to/eggs-centenary-events-2017.

Dont' forget to take a look at Centenary web pages for the latest news, updates and attendees list and to like us on Facebook.  Be a part of EGGS Centenary history.

EGGS past Principal and Alumna celebrated in New Year Honours List - 9/01/2017

Past Principal Madeline Gunn

Congratulations to EGGS past Principal Madeline Gunn and EGGS Alumna Rima Te Wiata who have both been made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours List 2017. Madeline's appointment is for services to education and Rima's is for services to film and television. This is wonderful news for EGGS and a great start to our special Centenary year.

Epsom Girls sign up for summer reading - 12/12/2016

The Library is full of summer reading book parcels this morning

Our Year 9 and 10 students were given the option of signing up to receive a Summer Reading Book Parcel from the EGGS Library. The response was fantastic as over 250 students signed up! On their forms students indicated what reading genres they preferred and how many books they would like. The Librarians then thoughtfully selected books for each student, checking their borrowing records to see what they had already read. All of the books have been wrapped up and are ready to collect from under the tree in this last week of school. A massive thank you to the wonderful work of our Librarians and happy reading over the summer break Epsom Girls!

EGGS wins "Best Production 2016" at Showdown - 3/11/2016

Epsom Girls Grammar School "West Side Story" production

At the Showdown Awards on Wednesday 2 November, the EGGS/AGS production of West Side Story was awarded the supreme award of the evening - the iTICKET Award for Best Production 2016.

The aims of Showdown are:

  • To encourage young performers and foster excellence in the performing arts
  • To promote the performing arts as an option for tertiary study and as a career path
  • To raise the profile of performing arts in school
  • To build links between school performing arts programmes and Auckland community theatres.

The production team were represented on the night by Miss Anna Richardson, Shanaia Buffet Boutsady, Sonia Li, Summer Boudier, Jacob Johnson, Keegan Elliot and Ben Kidd.  Congratulations to the team!

Senior Prize Giving 2016 - 3/11/2016

Senior Prize Giving 2016, Marjory Adams Hall

Last night, Wednesday 2 November, we celebrated the great academic achievements of our year 11, 12 and 13 students at the EGGS Senior Prize Giving ceremony. This year we had over 40 Scholarship recipients for both New Zealand and overseas universities - an outstanding result all round.

The Special Academic Awards were presented to:

Jade Beckmann
Kathleen Mandeno Scholarship
University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
Certificates for distinction in Chinese Second Language and Digital Technologies
 

Renee Zhang
Hilda Chenery Scholarship
University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
Coralie Blackwell Memorial Prize for English
Contemporary Prize for distinction in Biology, Spanish, History and English Contemporary
Te Ropu Wero Cup for Service to the School (joint) (donated by 2005 Challenge Committee) 
 

May Gao
University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
John Williamson Scholarship
Einstein Award for the top Science student in Year 13
Charlotte Gibbs Memorial Prize for formal writing
Penny Le Couteur Prize for Chemistry (joint)
Joy Carter Prize for Chemistry (joint)
Verna Dowdle Award for participation and leadership in Arts & Culture
Prize for distinction in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and English Shakespeare and highly commended in Statistics
Prize for Proxime Accessit (donated by PTA Committee)
Woolf-Fisher Memorial Scholar
 

Monique Waller
University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
John Williamson Scholarship
M E Freeman Memorial Prize for Mathematics
Emens-Spencer Physics Prize (joint) (donated by Janice McAdam (nee Emens) and Jean Lang (nee Spencer)
Penny Le Couteur Prize for Chemistry (joint)
Joy Carter Prize for Chemistry (joint)
Prize for distinction in Accounting, Economics, Physics, Chemistry and Statistics
Prize for Dux (donated by Miss M.F.E. Adams)
 

Congratulations to all prize and Scholarship winners for 2016! We also wish our year 13 students all the best for their examinations and for the future as they wave goodbye to us today, to go on study leave.

Monique Waller won the 2016 Prize for Dux 

2017 Prefects were announced last night

Sports Awards for outstanding Epsom Girls - 28/10/2016

Sports students with Sarah Walker

The EGGS Sports Dinner was hosted at Alexandra Park on 19 October this year. The guest speaker for the evening was Sarah Walker, 2012 BMX Olympic Silver Medallist. A special thanks to Sarah for her great contribution and valuable insight.

The Very Special Award winners for 2016 were:

  • Sports Council Senior Trophy for outstanding Team Spirit – Netball Premier 1
  • Sports Council Junior Trophy for Outstanding Team Spirit – Football Junior 
  • Victor Macky Cup for Service to School Sport – Jessica Philpot and Molly Sheffield
  • McCrystal Cup for Best International Performance – Ruofei Rao
  • Louis Dalley Memorial Cup for Coach of the Year – Waana Araroa
  • Old Girls Association Cup for Best All Round Sportswoman – Ruby Murray
  • Louis Dalley Memorial Cup for Sportswoman of the Year – Ruofei Rao

A huge congratulations to everyone who won Awards, Colours and Scholarships.

Sarah Walker, the Guest Speaker for the evening 

 

EGGS Student is a Next Generation Leader - 27/10/2016

2016 Next Generation Leaders Graduates

Congratulations to Head Prefect Michelle Schneideman on graduating from the Fuji Xerox 2016 Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Programme earlier this month. 28 other young leaders from all over New Zealand joined Michelle in the graduation.

Michelle said "it was an amazing experience. Not only was it an opportunity for me to meet other students from across the whole country, the 2016 NGL Programme gave me the opportunity to learn from a range of incredible and inspiring guest speakers from different backgrounds. It gave me the chance to explore areas of life and work I never thought of or even existed! I truly believe that the 2016 NGL Programme helped set me up really well for the road that lies ahead".

The Next Generation Leaders Programme is centred around the students and is a platform for each participant to learn from others and develop as a leader. For an overview of the 2016 Fuji Xerox Programme please click here.

Former EGGS Chair plants recognition tree

Former Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dr Gerald Young visited EGGS this afternoon as a Rewarewa tree was planted in recognition of his valued contribution to the school from 2006-2016. The tree can be found outside of the Joyce Fisher Sports Centre. A big thank you from us all Gerald.

 

Old Girl Lisa Fong, Deputy Director GCSB visits EGGS - 13/10/2016

Old Girl Lisa Fong with the Head Prefects

Lisa Fong, Deputy Director Information Assurance and Cyber Security at the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) talked to the juniors students at a recent assembly about her journey from EGGS to a spy agency. Lisa is an old girl who attended EGGS from 1993 to 1997. She is a qualified lawyer, with a Master of Laws from the New York University School of Law. For many years she advised on government legal issues at Crown Law, before joining the GCSB as their Chief Legal Adviser and is currently a Deputy Director at the Bureau. She is responsible for protecting organisations of importance to New Zealand from cyber security attacks and other threats to information security.

Epsom Girls awarded Team Gold CREST - 12/10/2016

Congratulations to Michelle Schneideman and Susie Kwon who have been awarded a Team Gold CREST for their research into carbon monoxide exposure in indoor car-parks. Michelle and Susie were presented their Gold CREST medals by the President of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Professor Richard Bedford.

This is the first time EGGS has been awarded a Gold CREST and it is a great honour and privelege for us, the girls and their supervising teacher Mayada Ghanim.

To find out more about the project please visit: www.royalsociety.org.nz/2016/10/12/keep-it-shut-then-flush-it-out

 

Epsom Girls Biology trip to Samoa

For the second year now, EGGS students have taken part in a Biology trip to Samoa. 21 of our Year 12 and 13 students are on the island during the school holiday break from 25-30 September. All of the girls are studying Biology and aspire to have a career in health, medicine and science. This trip is an eye opening medical experience where students spend valuable time in a number of different departments, hospitals and research centres as well as visiting the local high school and cultural centre. The girls will return from Samoa this Friday evening and it has been a thought provoking and educational visit for all.

EGGS student wins Wallace Arts Award - 13/09/2016

The EGGS Visual Arts Department is very proud to announce that Falefia-o-Alii Roache has won the Wallace Arts Secondary Schools Awards with her work "Ceremonial Koga'i". Falefia was awarded her prize at the opening of the exhibition by Sir James Wallace on the evening of Monday 12 September. This is a huge accomplishment for Falefia and our five other finalists; Stella Mackrell, Hayley Platt, Minsoh Choy, Rebecca Hazard and Stephanie Khoo, who were selected as finalists from more than five hundred entries from throughout New Zealand. Their work will be on display at the Pah Homestead until 6 November 2016, alongside the winners of the National Wallace Awards and the Wallace Arts Trust Collection; an unparalleled anthology and resource of Contemporary New Zealand Art.

Visit by Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern, List MP, Labour with Head Prefect Michelle Schneideman following Michelle’s second senior assembly with parliamentary speakers on Women in Politics. The first was the Hon Nikki Kaye, Associate Minister of Education.

Father & Daughter Breakfast: Programme and Joining Instructions

Ticket sales are now closed and we are all set for an unforgettable Father Daughter Breakfast experience on Wednesday 10 August.

We are very excited about seeing you all.

A programme and details for joining us on the day can be found below:

Programme:  Please click here

Joining Instructions

7-00am - Start
8-30am - Finish
Arrive - Eden Park, Gate G entrance off Reimers Ave – Take elevator to Level 4 Lounge, South Stand.
Free parking in car park P5. Click here for Parking Map.

Kokako Trio - 8/08/2016

Kokako Trio members Mabel Hung, Esther Wu and May Gao with Principal Mrs Lorraine Pound at the NZCT Chamber Music Contest Finals. After going through from the Semi-finals on Friday, Kokako won The KBB Music National Award and The People’s Choice Award.

 

Visit by Minister for Youth, ACC and Civil Defence and Associate Minister of Education

Head Prefect Michelle Schneideman invited Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister for Youth, ACC and Civil Defence and Associate Minister of Education to speak to the Senior School this morning about her journey in politics as part of Michelle's Leadership Project on Women in Politics. The next speaker, later this month will be Jacinda Adern.

Wearable Arts 2016

Wearable Art was a roaring success once again on Thursday night. Our 10 Art students put on an incredible performance that showcased their pieces that they have been working on this term as part of our Visual Arts program. Their hard work, and dedication to the aesthetic of each diverse category, as well as the depth of their conceptual thinking, was clearly evident on stage. The Arts staff and senior students worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring it all together.

This year we were very lucky to have international artist Tiffany Singh as a guest judge on the night as well as a selection of Auckland Normal Intermediate School students sharing their Wearable Art works. We also enjoyed guest performances by Contemporary Music leader Abby Busch and Mega Schools Hip hop dance crew.

Congratulations to all the students on a fantastic show.

Head to the Visual Arts at EGGS Facebook page to view more images www.facebook.com/artateggs/

2016 Chinese Extravaganza - 30/07/2016

The first of the three sold-out Chinese Extravaganza shows happened on Saturday evening. The audience were treated to performances including traditional dance, dragon and lion dance, drama, chamber groups, band, choir, modern dance and diabolo. Congratulations to all involved.

 

Big Sing - 16/06/2016

Canto Vivo and Epsom Singers have been performing at the Big Sing in the Town Hall today.

BOT Election Results

Congratulations to Lynley Banbury-Sheweiry, Philip Bradley, Paul Gestro, Julie Goodyer, Chris Iles, Kate Smith and Andrew Stevens in the Board of Trustees Election 2016.

Epsom House Pohutukawa Block officially opened - 20/05/2016

Old Girl Anna Logan and Deputy Principal Sarah Stenson cutting the ribbon

On Friday 13 May, Anna Logan, Architect and Old Girl and Sarah Stenson, Deputy Principal, officially opened the new Pohutukawa Block at Epsom House. It was a lovely occasion and good to see a lot of familiar faces from days gone by. We have been waiting a long time for this building (which has been fully funded by Epsom House parents) and we are hoping this will be the start of more new blocks for our Epsom House students.

Epsom House and the school would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the completion of this project.

Lynley Sheweiry (BoT), Lorraine Pound (Principal), Lucy Pearse (Epsom House
Assistant Principal)  and Rachel Heeney (BoT Staff rep)
Morgan-Skye Jamieson, Natalie Tsoi, Christeen Retzlaff and Sophie Greenbury

 

 

 

 

ANZAC Day

As part of Anzac Day commemorations Business students and staff participated in a Dawn Service at the Australian Consulate in Shanghai. Lily read the Anzac Ode and Tamsin and Emma laid a wreath on behalf of EGGS. It was a very special experience for all involved. The group is in China as part of a Business Department trip to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. 

 

Joyce Fisher Sports Centre Opening

Lady Susan Satyanand, Mr Robert Lerner, Hon Nikki Kaye cut the ribbon to offically open the Joyce Fisher Sports Centre. Supported by Chris Paykel (Trustee of the Joyce Fisher Trust), Dr Gerald Young (BOT Chair), Mr Peter Thompsom (Capital Campaign Chair) and Lorraine Pound (Principal)

On Thursday night 14th April Capital Campaign Patron Lady Susan Satyanand and Associate Minister of Education, Hon Nikki Kaye, officially opened the Joyce Fisher Sports Centre, with the help of Mr Robert Lerner from the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust.

The School and the community benefit enormously from this state of the art facility. The School thanks everyone who has been involved in bringing this project to fruition.

Past Principal Gae Griffiths with current student leaders 

North Island Secondary School Rowing Success

The rowers have been at Lake Karapiro competing in the North Island Secondary Schools Champs. There have been some great results from the finals this afternoon including a bronze medal for the U18 Coxed 4 and silver medals for the U17 and U15 Coxed 8s. Congratulations!

 

Epsom Girls Grammar School Appoints A New Principal - 1/12/2015

The Board of Trustees of Epsom Girls Grammar School has great pleasure in announcing its decision to appoint Lorraine Pound as its 11th Principal.

Board Chairman, Dr Gerald Young says “After a nationwide recruitment process the Board is excited to adopt Lorraine’s “Magical Paradox” of driving innovation while embracing the traditions built over the past 99 years.”

Highly regarded as a leader in the field of girls’ education, Mrs Pound is currently a Deputy Principal at Epsom Girls Grammar School, a position she has held for six years.

She was formerly a Deputy Principal at St Mary’s College and Diocesan School for Girls where she worked in a number of different senior leadership roles. She has also had two years managing student recruitment at the University of Auckland. Mrs Pound described her EGGS appointment, which she will take up in the first term of 2016, as a “great honour”. She added: “It is tremendously exciting to be given the opportunity to lead an outstanding school like EGGS as it enters its second century.”

In 2017, Epsom Girls Grammar School celebrates 100 years as a leading girls' school in New Zealand. The appointment of a new Principal at this time heralds an exciting era in the evolution of the school.

Sports Complex

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EGGS Lockdown Practice is now finished

Epsom Girls Grammar School has run a practice of our Emergency Procedures this morning.  It is now completed sucessfully and the students have returned to classes.

School closing time: 12:30pm Tuesday 29/5

Dear Parents and Caregivers 

The Executive of the PPTA have advised that there will be a Paid Union Meeting for all PPTA members on Tuesday 29th May commencing at 1.30pm.

This means that the school will be closed for instruction from 12.30pm on 29th May. There will be staff available to supervise any students who would like to study in the library for the afternoon. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday 11/4. The school is open for instruction today.

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