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OLD GIRLS ASSOCIATION



On Wednesday 6 April, the Old Girls Association will be having its annual morning tea in Epsom House. Following on immediately from
this occasion, will be reunions for those who started in the third form in 1946 and 1956. We know that these senior old girls really cherish
meeting current students on their tour of the school and enjoy reminiscing in the Archives Room. It never ceases to amaze those on the
OGA Committee how school friendships from EGGS stay strong for decades.

We were delighted to be asked last month to provide a cup for the Pasifka Awards and look forward to meeting the recipient of the award
for Service to the EGGS Community in the near future.

It s amazing to think that the countdown to the Centenary celebrations starts on April 5 with a special assembly at school. The Centennial
Committee is working hard to ensure that the planned events will be talked about by attendees for years to come.

We hope that everyone has a relaxed and joyful Easter break.
Per Angusta Ad Augusta
Kathryn Seagrave - Co-President, Old Girls Association


SOCIAL SCIENCES and BYOD


A genuine blended learning environment has become a reality in
the Social Science learning environment at EGGS with the advent
of BYOD. Walking into a History, Geography or Business classroom,
you will see students moving seamlessly between paper based and
digital resources as they work. Devices are used at every step in
the learning process as students defne and plan, use sources of
information and process ideas, through to recording learning and
presenting. Students enjoy the immediacy and fexibility that digital
devices ofer: It s good to have a source of up-to-date information ,
It is great for class presentations [we] can add videos and music
to things like role plays to make them more interesting. Collaboration is central to learning. Devices in classes allow students
to share, critique and build on ideas. Digital platforms support group
Teachers have identifed three key areas where they feel devices work, and allow students to form online learning communities to
have made a real diference to classroom learning - the three C s of achieve their goals. For example, in Social Studies, a whole class might
control, collaboration and connection. be working together to answer a fertile question using their devices
to access a sharing space such as a google document, slideshow or a
A BYOD environment has promoted more student control of wiki. Business students in small groups use digital platforms to create
what, when and how they learn, with less reliance on the teacher and implement plans and produce products for sale.
to provide the answer. This is particularly the case with research
assessments, a core part of Social Science programmes. Devices Finally, Social Science teachers report that devices have created more
allow students to choose the nature, type and number of sources connectivity between teacher and student. Absent students can stay
they use rather than those choices always being made for them. in touch. Online resource sharing, reminders, queries, questions
Devices provide easy access to important databases such as and feedback can all happen beyond the restrictions of a one hour
EPIC. Teachers are able to use web tools such as Scoop it, Padlet period, providing multiple points of contact and supporting the
and Google applications to provide curated selections of useful development of those crucial learning relationships.
educational links to support learning on topics as diverse as WW1,
Human Rights and Sustainability.

COMMUNITY



On Thursday 17th March the Community Egg had their frst assembly. Leaders Courtney York and Mehek Dutta addressed the school with
the following words:
Community Egg is all about promoting a sense of belonging, school spirit and support within Epsom Girls. Our goal for this year is to
continue to promote this through new and exciting events that we can all enjoy. Within the Egg, we have older students supporting you
in the school such as Peer Support, MASH, Kotahitanga and International Committee. We also have committees such as Sisterhood of Spirit
and Student Council who work to promote school spirit and student voice amongst many other groups.
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