From The Principal

Over the last two weeks we have had many students involved in arts and music  productions.  The Year 11 Drama production was outstanding as students performed Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and this week saw the theatre sell out with the Music department groups showcase.  Congratulations to all involved in these events as they were fantastic and enjoyed by all who attended.

We have also seen and celebrated during the week, a Carmel history creating 1st Xl Football team, who won the Auckland Premier Division 2 League with a 3-1 win over Pakuranga College. According to College Sport, Carmel has never competed outside of the North Harbour region Football competition, so to qualify for the league at the start of this season based on their 2022 results was alone impressive, but to claim the title is truly remarkable and we are all very proud of the team who is coached by Ms Anna Lovegrove.  The winning and Carmel history creating team were: Bella Chandler, Brianna Walker, Grace Chitty (who was also named the games MPV), Hilary Halpin, Imogen Hunt, Libby Clinton, Mia Scott, Mya Lovegrove, Nicola O’Leary, Nina O’Leary, Riley Redfern-Hardisty, Ruby Gillum, Samantha Dunn, Seanna Watson, Sofia Potenciano, Sophie Nehemia and Bridget Mihaljevich.

Next week will see the sports Winter Tournament begin.  We have teams competing in Football, which is taking place in Whangarei; Netball in Hamilton; Hockey in Christchurch; Basketball in Auckland and Equestrian in Taupo.  To all of our young women who are competing, we wish you all the very best as you pursue excellence in your sporting fields, and thank you to all of those who have supported our teams with fundraising, planning, training and coaching in preparation for Tournament week. 

This week we have continued with our community consultation for our strategic plan and have had a number of focus groups running.  Thank you for the overwhelming response to the strategic planning survey that was open during weeks 1-3 of this Term, and to those who have been able and willing to contribute to the focus groups.  We have received a phenomenal response from across our community and I thank you for your participation and contribution.

As this week comes to an end with the Cultural dress day tomorrow (as throughout the week we have celebrated the college’s ‘Cultural Week’), I want to thank all those involved in the events.  The Cultural concert held on Wednesday during lunchtime brought many students to the stage and we were able to enjoy and experience a wide range of performances.  The ability of our young woman to get up on stage, as nervous and excited as they may have been, to perform in front of the school, was a joy to observe.  The support from the student body was overwhelming and a true example of our young woman empowering one another.

The College is a place of learning and teaching, however outside the classroom the students are involved in many activities and opportunities.  I encourage you to join and to continue to follow the Carmel College social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook, to ensure that you too can see and celebrate our students’ involvement and successes.

It has been wonderful to see, through participation and success in the above mentioned extracurricular activities, our girls developing the skills and attributes to be equipped and empowered to pursue their own personal excellence and preparing to challenge and shape their futures, whilst being young woman of Mercy who act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God.