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Co-Presidents Blog – 24 June 2016

Its been a busy time, with the AGM and the Founders Assembly.  We love the connections we make with past students who have gone on to achieve success in many different ways, here and overseas, and honouring our Founders each year is a real highlight.

We are sad to farewell Kathryn Seagrave who is stepping down from the role of Co-President as she is relocating out of Auckland.  She has contributed hugely to the OGA and school community and we will miss her elegance and insight.  We wish her and her husband Jeremy (who has helped the OGA in many ways too) all the very best for their big move to the countryside in the Wairarapa.  Enjoy the new adventure Kathryn, and thank you for all you have done for OGA and the students through the years.

Lynley Banbury-Sheweiry steps into the role of Co-President.  Lynley is an honorary member of OGA, is on the EGGS Board, the Centenary Committee and has been a long-serving PTA member.  She gives a lot of energy and time to each role and is a valuable member of our School community.  Julie Goodyer undertakes the role of Secretary/Treasurer, as well as chairing the Centenary Committee.  She has also been elected to the EGGS Board in the 2016 elections.  It’s a huge amount of work ensuring all OGA affairs are in order, and we’d like to thank all Committee members for their efforts and contribution.  The other members of the Committee are Patricia Milner – Staff Rep; Rachael Banbury – Student Rep, Rosemary Bellamy, Fiona Cottam, Mary Hall, Margi Leech, Donna Corse-Scott, Virginia Bishop, Katharine Collins and Bridgette Sullivan-taylor.

We were really disappointed to have to cancel our first Scriptor Series event scheduled for 22 June, due to lack of ticket sales.  We had a great evening planned and promoted it far and wide in anticipation of a fun and enlightening fundraiser event, and it was a real shame to have to pull the plug, but we can’t go ahead with such events without the support of our members, the School and community.  

We are excited to be part of the School’s Centenary next April.  The School staff and organising committee have done an excellent planning job as we count down to what promises to be a series of wonderful and memorable events.

Per Angusta Ad Augusta

Sally Blyth and Lynley Banbury-Sheweiry OGA – EGGS OGA Co-Presidents 2016 

 

Co-Presidents´ Blog March 2016

Congratulations to Ella Leonard, the recipient of the 2016 Epsom House Scholarship announced in our December newsletter. We wish her an enjoyable time at EGGS. A new Scholarship Board will soon be erected in Epsom House, to showcase those who have received the Scholarship over the eight years it has been offered by the OGA. Many thanks to Compass Group who are now our sponsors for the Scholarship and the new board.

The 2015 Graduation Dinner was a lively night of celebration and connection – a fitting farewell to a great group of girls heading to the next stage of their lives. Thanks to Donna Corse-Scott and her sub-committee for organising such a wonderful evening.

Plans for the Centenary are well under way as we anticipate this momentous occasion in the School’s history. Put the dates in your diary (5-9 April 2017) and spread the word far and wide! Registration opens in April.

Meanwhile, we have a busy year planned with lots of opportunities for connection and fun.

Per Angusta Ad Augusta

Kathryn Seagrave and Sally Blyth

Co-Presidents´ Blog December 2015

Planning is well underway for the Graduation Dinner for the 2015 Year 13s. Donna Corse-Scott is leading the event and we would like to thank her for all the hard work she is putting in to the evening. We would also like to thank the Epsom Girls Grammar PTA for their very generous donation of $1000 which will help to make the evening extra special.

It is exciting to have Compass Group confirm their sponsorship of the OGA Epsom House Year 9 Scholarship worth $2500. Compass Group has the contract to provide all the meals at Epsom House and will sponsor the Scholarship for the next seven years.

On 7 November there was a luncheon reunion for the third form “Class of 1965”, ably organised by Jenni Jamieson and on 13/14 November there was a cocktail evening followed by morning school tours reunion for the third form “Class of 1975”, organised by Sally Blyth. There are always good numbers at these reunions – plus lots of laughter and chatter as everyone catches up with old school friends.

We are saddened to hear that Madeline Gunn is retiring as Principal of EGGS. Madeline has been a great supporter of the OGA and we wish her all the best for her future activities. We are also greatly saddened to lose one of our very special committee members to cancer. Jacqui Byrne was an amazing woman who was such a supporter of EGGS. We will miss Jacqui dearly. Our thoughts go to Jacqui’s daughters, who attend EGGS in Year 10 and Year 12 and to her mother Irene Byrne also an Old Girl of EGGS.

It is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner and this will be the last newsletter for 2015. We wish you a joyous Christmas with friends and families.

Per Angusta Ad Augusta

Kathryn Seagrave and Sally Blyth

OGA Committee Blog July 2015

The Committee has been very active during the first half of 2015 culminating in our AGM on 8 June and Founders Awards on 9 June. At our AGM we farewelled Helen Trainer, our Treasurer since 2010, and also committee member Ros Morris. Our 2014/15 President Kathryn Seagrave has also decided not to stand as President for another term and there being no one standing on the night the Committee will be deciding on a new President at its next meeting.

Our main focus so far this year has been the Scriptor Series. Held in conjunction with Paper Plus at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre these events have profiled the new books of some outstanding New Zealand authors. The proceeds will go directly towards the scholarships and prizes that the OGA donates to the school each year. There are more Scriptor Series evenings to come and we encourage you to support these events.

The Committee has decided not to hold an annual dinner this year as the Scriptor evenings have provided a variety of enjoyable opportunities for our members to gather and enjoy refreshments and an entertaining evening together.

Per Angusta Ad Augusta

EGGS OGA Committee

President´s Blog April 2015

This year the Old Girls Association is maintaining its traditional activities and has started the year with its morning tea held on 1 April for our longstanding Old Girls. 
 
An exciting new venture will be the OGA Scriptor Series. We are joining forces with The Raye Freedman Arts Centre and Paper Plus, to present a series of evenings showcasing different authors. Profits from these evenings will go towards our scholarship programme for our current students.
 
The first event will feature Michele A’Court, launching her new book “Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter’. This promises to be a great evening of insights and stories from the home front from one of New Zealand’s most recognised comedians. What a perfect Mother’s Day present!
 
See the flyer on our Upcoming Events home page for the details of the event on 29 April and book straight away.
 
The Committee hopes you had a safe and restful Term 1 break and wish everyone a productive Term 2.
 
Per Angusta, Ad Augusta
 
Kathryn Seagrave, President - EGGS OGA

President’s Blog July 2014

I am delighted to be the new President of the Old Girls Association. Past President, Julie Goodyer has done an outstanding job and it is my intention to continue her initiatives and energy to maintain this growth. 
The Committee members include all members from last year and two new members, Virginia Bishop and Ros Morris. This provides good continuity and some fresh enthusiasm. We congratulate Committee member Mary Hall for her Long Service Award for 40 years of service to Plunket. 
Our Founders Awards Dinner will be held on 20th August 2014 at Sorrento. Founders Awards are being made to three recipients from completely different walks of life. The 2014 recipients are Catherine Bollard for achievement in Medical Research, Marnie McGuire for achievement in Women’s Professional Golf and former teacher Marte Szirmay for achievement in Art (Sculpture). 
This year we have moved to a larger venue at Sorrento. I was dismayed to hear that some Old Girls do not attend our functions because they think they may be co-opted onto the Committee. We have a large and vibrant committee and I promise you we are not recruiting for helpers at our functions. We hope you come to enjoy yourself and celebrate the achievements of those we are acknowledging. 
I look forward to meeting a large number of you at the Founders Dinner. Come along and catch up with School friends you haven’t seen for a while and have a great night out while honouring three amazing EGGS women.
Per Angusta Ad Augusta
Kathryn Seagrave, President – EGGS Old Girls Association

President´s Blog 18 September 2013

Term 3 is drawing to a close and marks the end of a series of reunions for the OGA. Since our AGM in June we have also produced our bumper July newsletter - a record 12 pages instead of the usual 8. Watch out for our next newsletter in December.

Principal Mrs Madeline Gunn hosted very successful reunions for us in Washington and London in May while travelling on her Woolf Fisher Fellowship. Close on the heels of those reunions I hosted another Christchurch reunion in June at Brigitte’s in Merivale.

September was a busy month for reunions with the historic Head Girls and Games Captains function held for the naming of the Lady Joyce Fisher Sports Centre. This was the first time that all past Head Girls and Games Captains had been invited back to the School together.  This was followed by the 1973 third formers’ 40 years on Reunion which took the form of a cocktail function at CAC Bar followed by a morning tea in the Senior Common Room. This was opened when these girls were at School.

The 1983 third formers’ 30 years on reunion was a High Tea in the staffroom. Rain dampened the School tours led by Hostel girls but otherwise the reunion was great success. 

Robyn Bridgman is hosting her 1949 year group to a luncheon in her home to raise funds to purchase an EGG plaque for the Centenary ‘Year Group Challenge’.

Our Founders Awards Dinner on 16 October will honour 3 high achieving former students of EGGS – Lisa Harrow; Lauraine Jacobs and Jill Mandeno.

Preparation is already underway for our Year 13 Graduation dinner on 3 December and we are again selling Graduation rings.

As I write this the 1971 third formers lead the Centenary ‘Year Group Challenge’ followed by 1981 and then 1956.  Watch this space though as anything could happen as we head towards our goal to raise $500,000 from the sale of EGG plaques for the Sports Complex for the Centenary.

Julie Goodyer - President

 

President’s Blog 8 May 2013

Well we are now into Term 2 of the School Year and our AGM is coming up on Monday 10 June. We hope to see many of you there for a fun social occasion and to enjoy hot soup and rolls and refreshments. Please come to ensure we have a quorum of 30 for this important OGA meeting. This is where you get to tell us how you want your Association to be run. If you would like to stand for the Committee at the AGM email oga@eggs.school.nz and we will send you a nomination form.

We had some very successful events for Old Girls in Term 1 including the Sports Centre Open Day, our Annual Morning Tea and the 1943 70 years on and 1953 60 years on reunions.

We also held a High Tea to get to know our current Year 9 and 10 students and their mothers and Old Girls relatives as they will be our Year 13s and our first group of new Old Girls in the year of the Schools 100th Jubilee in 2017.

We are finalising the timing of our Annual Dinner/Cocktail function in August or September as we want to make sure this does not clash with the Patrons Luncheon being planned for the Sports
Complex Capital Campaign.

Decade reunions are now in the planning for 1973 third formers 40 years on for 7 and 8 September and 1983 third formers 30 years on for 21 September.  We still need a sub-committee to organise 1963 third formers 50 years on reunion.

If you are on facebook remember to ‘like’ our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/EGGSOGA as this is proving to be a good way to communicate with some of our members.

Julie Goodyer - President

President´s Blog - 11 February 2013

Well 2013 is already into its second month and tonight we have our first OGA Committee meeting of the year. Our main events this year will be the Annual Morning Tea on 10 April, our AGM on 10 June and our Annual Dinner/Cocktail function in August or September.

We also have our decade reunions in the planning for those third formers who started School in the years ending 1943, 53, 63, 73, and 83.   We need helpers from each year group to make these reunions come to fruition.  The 1943 and 1953 reunions will be a luncheon in the Hostel dining room following the Annual Morning Tea.

One exciting function that we have in the planning is a High Tea to meet and welcome those Old Girls who are parents of our Year 10 and Year 9 students at EGGS.  This year’s Year 9 students will be the Year 13 students in the School’s 100th Jubilee year in 2017 so they will have an important role as School leaders in the Jubilee year.

On behalf of the OG committee we wish you all a successful year in 2013 and hope to see you at some of our functions.  If you are on facebook then ‘like’ our facebook page at htttp://www.facebook.com/EGGSOGA

Julie Goodyer - President

President’s Blog - 1 October 2012

The School’s 95th Anniversary year is racing by and already planning is underway for the Graduation Dinner for Year 13 leavers. The last 4 months have been busy ones for the OGA. We held our AGM in June where we served hot soup and rolls and enjoyed a 95th Anniversary cake supplied by City Cakes. Our Founders Awards Cocktail Function on 29 August celebrated the achievements of three outstanding former students Jeanette Fitzsimmons - Politics, Susy Pryde – Cycling, and Karen Walker – Fashion Design and Business.

This popular function also celebrated the School’s 95th Anniversary using cupcakes for the Anniversary cake in keeping with our canapé theme for the cocktail function. Hot on the heels of Founders Awards was a reunion of the 1992 7th formers celebrating 20 years since 7th form. This was the first reunion held in the new Sports Centre and Year 12 student Grace Kok made a Spring themed 95th Anniversary cake to celebrate this event. We have also had reunions in London (in July hosted by Brenda Perry) and New York (in September) combined with the Auckland University Alumni & Friends Function. This has been a great achievement for our 95th Anniversary year. September 10 saw a Potluck Committee dinner to thank all of those who support the committee.

The next big event for the school is the EGGS Race Day at Ellerslie Racecourse on Saturday 27 October from 11.00am and we are planning a significant OG presence so if you would like to be on an OG table get in contact with us at oga@eggs.school.nz.

The year will finish on a high note with our Gala Graduation Dinner on 4 December – again an opportunity for an OG table so email us if you would like to be part of this event. Finally, I will host a reunion of Dunedin based OGs on Friday 7 December while I am Dunedin with the Epsom running team. So if you haven’t been to any of our functions this year there are still plenty of opportunities to catch up. Hope to see you.

President´s blog - 14 May 2012

Can it really be 3 months since my last blog? We have had delicious cakes with several different groups now to celebrate the School’s 95th Anniversary and last week my goal of setting up an early meeting between the key stakeholders to start planning the 100th Jubilee was achieved. If anyone can help with ideas, time, skills or in any other way in the lead up to and running of this significant event for EGGS please contact me to register your interest. We are about to make a break through with our social media presence now that Old Girl and social media expert Marilynn McLaughlin has agreed to assist the OGA with its online presence. So please “like” our Epsom Girls Grammar School Old Girls Association Incorporated “page” if you are online on facebook. Also connect to our “Linked In” EGGS Alumnae Group. Our AGM is on Monday 11 June at 7pm and we need 30 members for a quorum. So come and join us for midwinter soup and rolls, refreshments and another birthday cake as we continue celebrating 95 years since Epsom was established.

President's blog - 7 February 2012

Happy New Year and best wishes for a successful 2012. This year is the 95th Anniversary of the School, so we are now only 5 years out from our 100th Anniversary in 2017. Graduation Dinner on 30 November 2011 was a glittering affair. We can be proud of our latest group of “new” Old Girls. I also had an enjoyable evening with a group of Wellington based former EGGS students who came along to the Gather Cafe and Bar on 9 December 2011 to reconnect and share memories of their time at EGGS. Some of those who attended will be having decade reunions this year or next. Always there are interesting stories to tell about their time at EGGS. I wish you all a successful and prosperous 2012 and look forward to meeting some of you at our reunions and functions this year.

President´s blog - 11 November 2011

This is a fitting day to write my blog as I am told it will be many years before we next get a date with all the same numerals like 11/11/11.   The last 2 months have flown by with OGA activities keeping me and the Committee very busy. Founders Dinner in September was a great success. The Hall looked magical decorated with blue and yellow helium balloons and the acceptance speeches from our recipients were inspiring. I’ve also been to 2 of our branch functions – the Bay of Plenty Branch luncheon in Papamoa in early October and the Franklin Branch dinner in Pukekohe in early November. It is great to get out there and meet our members from out of Auckland. I am hoping to have a function with Wellington members on 9 December when I go to Wellington with the School and my daughters on a running trip. Senior Prize giving was held last week before the senior girls went off for study leave and exams. The accomplishments of our current students are amazing. It was a privilege to present the Year 13 Special Awards on behalf of the OGA at prize giving. This will be my last blog before Christmas. We still have the Graduation Dinner for Year 13 leavers at the end of November and a pot luck dinner for our Committee in December. If I don’t see you at either of those functions I wish you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

President´s blog - 12 September 2011

It has been nearly 3 months since I’ve updated this blog – July and August were busy with the 1970/71 reunion preparation which was my 3rd form reunion and it was a great event. Preparations are now in the final stages for our Annual Dinner to be held in the School Hall and I am delighted that we are again awarding Founder’s Awards after a break since the 90th Jubilee dinner in 2007. I hope to see some of you there.

We are also undertaking a database check of the postal addresses for those who receive our newsletter by post as we think a lot of these newsletters get posted to the addresses students had when they were at school and probably go in the rubbish bin rather than being returned to us ‘gone no address’. If you can help check some addresses in your area contact us on oga@eggs.school.nz and we will send you a page of names to check for us.
 
I notice that I am often receiving comments from past students of all ages who no longer want to be referred to as Old Girls. I would like to get a conversation going about whether the OGA should change the name of the Association to an Alumni Association. This could be something to consider for the 100th Jubilee in 2017. We are in the process of setting up a 100th Jubilee Committee to look ahead and choose dates and make a venue booking for the dinner for the 100th Jubilee so that we get the venue we want. If you would like to help on the 100th Jubilee Committee or in any area of the organisation for the Jubilee closer to the time please register your interest by emailing the oga email address above.

President´s blog - 27 June 2011

I am now in my second year as President so surely there can be no more surprises. We have 2 new Committee members. They are Sally Blyth and Margi Leech. Sally has 2 sons at Auckland Grammar. She has just had 2 outfits accepted for the Wearable Arts Show in Wellington in August. Margi has a daughter at EGGS and a daughter at Baradene. Welcome Sally and Margi. We were again successful in meeting the new quorum requirements for our AGM. We had 36 attend so in the end we had 6 to spare! So thank you all for supporting the Association. It was great to see some different faces this time as well. I had a lovely afternoon with 7 of our Christchurch members on my way through to Ashburton with the School cross country team. Our Christchurch Old Girls are putting on a brave face but the continual earthquakes are wearying for them. We are now very close to the opening of Stage 1 of the new Sports Centre and then it will be full on with preparation for our Founders Awards dinner. We have had to change the date to 21 September to fit in with the School calendar.

President’s blog – 20 May 2011

Well, 2011 is almost half over and our AGM is on 13 June so it is time to review the year, write reports and finalise accounts and for me to reflect on my first year as President. It has been a huge learning curve becoming President of the Old Girls Association after only one year on the Committee but it has also been a very rewarding year. The highlight has been meeting so many former students and past staff of EGGS from all walks of life including our former Prime Minister Helen Clark and the Governor General Sir Arnand Satyanand and Lady Susan Satyanand. I have had amazing support from the Committee (especially the immediate past President Ro Bellamy). I have also appreciated the support and liaison with Old Girls Brenda Perry and Carolyn Guthrie in the Development Office, the Senior Management Team at the School and all you ‘Old Girls’ and former staff out there who have supported our meetings and functions and without whom there wouldn’t be an Epsom Girls Old Girls Association. 

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