On Friday 8th November, Steph Becker, one of our year 12 students, Anne Ashby, our superb Careers advisor, and the very handsome ‘Guinness’ stood outside the optometrists shop in Kilbirnie. Why? They were collecting money for the S.P.C.A.
Steph has been volunteering at the S.P.C.A since the beginning of the year and knows first-hand what a wonderful job they do looking after animals that need help. It is something Steph has found very rewarding so she was very keen to help out on the collection day too.
The trio raised a lot of money from people who went past that morning. Guinness the dog belongs to another ‘Steph’ who is an S.P.C.A coordinator. He was particularly well behaved and great company!
If you want a pet go along to the SPCA and there are always lots of cats, dogs ,rabbits even chickens sometimes, wanting a new home. Look out for Steph on S.P.C.A collection day next year.
Emily, Julia, and Clare with the Fred McComish Cup
The St Catherine’s College Senior Premier B debating team won their grade in the Wellington Speaking Union’s Intercollegiate Debating Competition in style last night. After a long season of debating (five round-robin debates, plus the quarter-final and semi-final), the girls triumphed over Scots College, affirming the moot “that this house would compel journalists to reveal their sources
The win was even more commendable because one of our regular third speaker, Amy Campbell, was unable to compete in the final as she has left to go on exchange to France. The girls were not daunted, however, and Clare Sullivan stepped up from the Senior Certificate team and helped out. Clare took on the first speaker’s role, while Julia Ryan and Emily van Voornveld showed their debating flexibility and took on the other two speaking positions for the evening.
The girls won the Fred McComish Cup for Senior Premier B debating, and Julia Ryan was judged the Best Speaker of the night. We are very proud of them, especially given that the Scots College team is made up of two Year 12s and a Year 13, while our team is two Year 12s and a Year 11. The team has worked very hard under the guidance of Mrs Ryan, Victoria Casey and Grace Jansen (on her brief return from Otago University over the last week). Well done, girls!
Vasati and Bok Choy
ESOL class with Ms. Henderwood is so much fun.
Today an important visitor named Bok Choy visited one of Ms. Henderson’s ESOL classes and helped them to practice using the present continuous tense.
Learning about the present continuous tense with help from a chicken!
Summer assisting Bok Choy
Birtukan thanking Bok Choy for her assistance
Thank you Bok Choy, and a very special thank to her helpers Summer and Ms. Henderwood!!
Last Tuesday students held a special morning tea for SCC staff.
Students from the many different cultural groups provided tasty and exotic delights to showcase their traditional food.
Aya and Reika from Osaka made the sushi with rice from Yurie’s grandmother!
On Monday 12th August SCC has it’s second annual Injera Party.
This Ethiopian/Eritrean event involved African students cooking injera for their teachers. It was delicious and we appreciated it very much.
Homasa and crew with some of the Injera cooks
Thursday, 15 August, 5.30-6.30pm
If you missed our Open Day in May, we would like to invite you to attend a special Open Evening at the College on Thursday, 15 August, 5.30-6.30pm.
This will provide an opportunity to meet our Principal, tour the College and discuss the options for your daughter.
After two years of fundraising and filling infinite bags of mulch we were off. 20 year 12 and 13 students from St Catherine’s and St Patrick’s colleges (and three staff) caught a 7am flight on Sat 13th July. For eight days, we enjoyed sun, explored the islands and interviewed employers and providers on the effects of tourism on people and the places in Samoa.
For three nights we stayed at Aniva’s place in Apia. It had a great pool. Outings included going to the local church, markets, the Tourist Information centre, waterfalls, Lalomanu beach (that was hit by the tsunami in 2009), swimming in To Sua trench. We also visited Paul VI college to gift them sports equipment.
After hogging the pool, and much laughter, we were very sad to leave! We were very excited to be going to the Tanu Beach Fales on Savai’i. We slept only 5m from the sea ans enjoyed two days of swimming at the beautiful beach in Manase and got to experience Fiafia night. Another highlight was swimming with the turtles. We went back to Upolu to spend our last night at the Pasefika Inn in Apia. We did some more interviewing and a bit more shopping..
The last morning we did our very last interview at the Millenium hotel, before heading to the airport. Overall, the trip was an amazing and unforgettable experience. We formed new friendships among the group and with the people we met on our travels. We learnt about the country, culture and traditions. We gathered research data for our Geography assessments, and came back home with an urge to return to Samoa! (Next time we’ll go without the teachers and have even more fun!!)
During the current food sustainability unit the Year 12 Food and Nutrition students have been learning how to preserve food. Over the term the students have preserved their own pasta sauce, mandarin marmalade, onion marmalade, kiwifruit chutney, pear jam and apple and rhubarb jam. As a class we have learnt about various food preservation techniques and how purchasing food grown locally can support local farmers.
Glorious Mud!n Tuesday 18th June our year 11 Geography class set out for the wilds of the Wairarapa. We are studying Dairy farming as an example of sustainability. We braved the mud and rain to look at a farm at Kahutara near Featherston and saw first hand how farmers are coping with drought, flooding, effluent disposal, drainage, pugging and weed eradication. The many issues facing organic farmers were also discussed. We had fun and learned a lot!