End of Term 1

At the end of a long and busy term, both students and staff are looking forward to a well-deserved holiday. Looking back over the past eleven weeks so much has happened - EOTC, Spirit Week, House Athletics and Swimming Sports, Beauty and the Beast, summer sports- with activities happening right up to the end of term.
 
On Monday night, the Regional Otago University Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition was held at Wellington East College with a strong contingent from Queen Margaret College in the audience supporting the performers. It is so heartening to see the large number of students from various Wellington schools enjoying the Bard’s work. Our girls presented excerpts from two plays (Hamlet and Macbeth), both directed by students.  I was very impressed by the skillful, imaginative direction and strong acting in these performances.
 
Interim Report Interviews took place this week with a good turnout by parents. I do hope that you found meeting subject teachers helpful.  This is a great opportunity to share useful information and by doing this, better support your daughter’s learning. There will be another occasion to meet with teachers after the mid-term full report is released next term.
 
We concluded the term with the traditional Easter Service. Because of the rain, the venue was changed to the school hall rather than St Paul’s Cathedral. This is a solemn, reflective occasion and with the Prefects providing the readings and our choirs the music, the service was particularly moving.
 
We all recognise that this has been a particularly wet summer and, although good progress has been made on the playground with some of the equipment already installed, unfortunately the inclement weather has impacted on the completion date. The playground opening will now take place early in term 2, which with winter sports beginning, promises to be just as busy as term 1.
 
I wish you all a Happy Easter and a relaxing break.