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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL
EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN TO SUCCEED NOW AND IN THE FUTURE
NZ's next top Engineering
On Saturday 10 August three teams of girls
participated in the New Zealand's Next Top
Engineering Scientist Competition. Teams were
given a problem at 9am, with the solution to be
submitted by 6pm. The problem was to find out how
many balloons would be required to provide balloon-
powered internet coverage to all of New Zealand.
Our girls used mathematical, physics, computing,
logical thinking, and writing skills to find their
answers. A very challenging day was had by all.
Claudia Lewis, Vanessa Francia, Zoe Stockwell, Year 13 students
German Oskar Event
Five Year 9 extension students,
who excelled in their first semester
German studies, performed a short
sketch in German at the annual inter-
school "Oskar" competition. The
judges praised the girls' excellent
pronunciation and commended them
on their very fine achievement. They
were awarded a special prize for
their outstanding performance in
a contest which is usually only for
Year 10 students.
Sophia Lewis, Hannah Watson, Megan Taylor,
Brooklyn McCabe and Palenque Doddingto
Science Alive and the Mental Health Foundation have collaborated to deliver a programme in schools
which encourages participation in learning relaxation techniques.
Mindball is a game that goes against the conventional competitive
concept; instead of activity and adrenalin it is calmness that makes
the truly successful Mindball player. The goal is to be more relaxed
than your opponent and thus move the physical ball away from you into
your opponent's goal. Year 9 and 10 classes had a very enjoyable and
informative session using the Mindball table. Winning by Relaxing!
Meikayla selected into U20 Women's
Meikayla Moore, Year 12, was selected for the U20 Women's
Football squad to play Australia in August. To qualify she had to
attend two Junior
Football Camps held
in Auckland and
was one of 47 who
attended the trials,
from which 20 were
chosen. She has still to
make the final squad
for the World Cup; we
congratulate her for
her hard work and wish
her well for the next
round of selections.
New Zealand Representatives:
Congratulations to the following NZ Representatives -
Rosie Griffioen Year 10 and Sophie Inwood Year 11
representing NZ in gymnastics in Queensland.
Laura Bythell Year 12 represented NZ in Fencing in
Sydney in July.
Aimee Blackler Year 10 competed in the World Cup
Karate Competition in Sydney in July.
Miss Smith has been selected into the NZ Volleyball
team and will compete in China later this month.
Senior Girls' Secondary Schools' Duathlon
Sophie Evans Year 13 came 2nd in this event which was
held in Taupo.
NASDA Best Performance Award for Chorale
On 13 August our Chorale
attended the Voices of
Canterbury Choral Festival.
This event concentrates on
popular and current music.
The girls attended workshops
throughout the day and
performed in the evening concert. They were delighted to win the NASDA award for Best
Performance of a Musical Theatre Item -- a fitting reward for their hard work and dedication.
Silver Award to Avonside Girls' High School Orchestra
The Orchestra trip to Sydney to
compete in the 2013 Australian
International Music Festival
was a complete success! The
students involved exceeded
all expectations, played to
a very high standard and
received a Silver award for their
performance, which took place
at the Sydney Recital Halls.
Seventeen groups attended the
festival, coming from such places as China, the USA, Malaysia and from all over
Australia. We were the only representatives from New Zealand, and it was the
trip of a lifetime for the girls. Thank you to everyone who supported them.
Congratulations to Claudia Lewis
Year 13. Claudia has been a member
of the Canterbury University's
'Auditioned Chamber Choir' since
Term 2. She was also entered
in the NZRMT Young Musician
of the Year Competition and was placed 2nd overall
for her vocal performance, and won the June Fogden
Award for best string player. Claudia has also been
selected as a member of the nationally and internationally
renowned NZ Secondary Students' 2013-2014 choir.
Year 13 Drama Production
The Year 13 Drama class recently put on a production of 'Daughters of
Heaven' by Michelanne Forster. The play is based on the Parker-Hume
murder case. We were lucky to have the support and advice from
Rev.Fr. Aaron Annan, who is a very experienced theatre practitioner
and is currently supporting community groups in Avonside. He worked
alongside Mrs Shaw, Director, and Jess Probert, Producer. Everyone
involved can be very proud of the final production. Well done!
Jess Probert, Magy Matta
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