Waimate Branch 2013 Biennial Report
It gives me pleasure to present to you this biennial report.
As I have said before, when is a President not a President, but I do not wish this Branch of TGHS Old Girls to no longer function. Hence I have tried to keep things going.
I regret that the planned biennial meeting in August was postponed, and I apologise for making that decision, but it was unavoidable. We have had a number of family bereavements, and illnesses, and today we think especially of Barry and Lorraine Morgan, as Barry has been and is suffering ill health. This was why the meeting is not being held at their place. We can only hope one day next year we will get to see their photographic record of their “90 days round the world.”
In spite of things we have managed to meet several times over the last two and a half years.
Our last biennial meeting was held at Te Kiteroa, where we had a tour of the winery. Hopefully when the café/restaurant gets up and running we can return there.
27th October 2011 we visited Van Leuwens automated dairy farm. This was a great educational venue for a few of us, including interested husbands.
In May 2002, Agnes and I attended the opening of the Gwen Avery Complex at Timaru Girls’ High School.
On 19th June, 2012 17 members met at Artrio’s, a happy get together and the boys made us all so welcome. Such a shame it no longer exists. Pam Gibson, Timaru President spoke to our meeting.
8th November we met at the old Otaio school, which is now an art gallery, coffee shop, and we were told of the use of the old Otaio school and enjoyed the paintings, and we also enjoyed a garden walk. We welcomed Sarah Davis the Head mistress of TGHS and she spoke to us about the schools activities. Our Life Member Anna Hobday was interested to return to Otaio school where she took a bus load of girls from our old school to help in the clean up after the floods of 1986, when she was the head mistress. Members then went to the Makikihi Craft shop, the iris gardens at Makikihi and some had lunch at Butler’s.
On the 16th May 2013 14 members again met at Artrios, for a coffee and a chat. Mrs Rae Wilson our Life Member was thought of having recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Agnes visited her afterwards, with flowers from our Branch. Pam Gibson updated us with school and Old Girls activities and told us about the archives being established. We were so proud of our member Helen Scott who was able to identify some old photos.
The midwinter luncheon was held in July when 32 members spent a happy time socialising with husbands, and enjoyed a roast meal at the Criterian Steak House.
To the future of our Branch. Sarah Davis has invited us to go “back to school”, and have lunch in the cafeteria, this will be early in 2014 when we can find a date to suit the school. A visit to the Gwen Avery complex will also be held on that day.
In 2017 it will be our 50th birthday, let us work towards that date, and hope we can celebrate in style.
To Agnes, Joan and the committee, I express my sincere thanks, for carrying on the good work they began so many years ago. Well done to you all.
Judith Neilson (Harris)
Timaru Old Girls Association Annual Report 2014
Annual Report Timaru High School Old Girls 2014
It is my pleasure to present this Annual Report for the Home Association for the year ended 31 December 2013.
Our AGM and tea meeting was held in the School Staffroom in early March and we were delighted to welcome Judy Nally to our committee. Other Committee members for 2013/14 are Jude Boraman, Robyn Cassidy, Joy Slade, Bev Stonehouse and Adrienne Wood (Sec/Treasurer). All these ladies are busy in their own lives and I am most appreciative for the time they put aside to support our Association. I extend sincere appreciation to those who help with ringing prior to meetings - Sylvia Knight (Geraldine), Ella McKerchar (Pleasant Point), Roseann Walls (Temuka), Dorothy Livesey, Beth Strathern and Joylyn Segar.
Two functions were held last year with both being most enjoyable. Our Principal Sarah Davis, and her children Sam & Sophie, joined a good number of members at the mid-winter dinner at The Poplars Reception Centre. The informative address by Mrs Davis was well received.
Our end of year gathering, held early November, began in the refurbished room of the Gwen Avery Suite where we were entertained with short act plays by drama students under the tutoring of teacher Suzanne White. We are most grateful to the girls and Mrs White for making the event possible. Members were then able to view the new extension before gathering in the staffroom for afternoon tea. We were addressed by Philippa Small and Katelyn Straub, head and deputy head of School. Mrs Davis summarised the school year and her hopes for 2014.
Joy Slade, with assistance from Mrs June Wood, have spent extended hours in the Archives room sorting the accumulated memorabilia into a basic catalogue file, in preparation for detailed cataloguing, naming and safe storage. There is an enormous amount of research, identification and recording to be undertaken with years of work in front of us. We are very grateful for the guidance we have received from Dave Bachelor, and from the South Canterbury Museum as we decide the best way to store our archives in our very confined space. The museum has donated a cabinet that is proving valuable for safe flat storage of large documents, maps and newspapers
I encourage past pupils to participate in our Association – and ask that you contact one of our committee members if you have suggestions as to how we can make our group more relevant to you and your school friends.
It is my intention that 2014 will be my final year as President of this Association, and I hope that the incoming President can bring new life and new ideas to our group. Please consider joining our committee as we approach our centennial year in 1920.
I thank you all for your enthusiastic support whether on the committee, ringing members and/or attending our gatherings. Without you we have no Home Association.
President: Pam Gibson Southburn RD 2 Timaru (03)686 4731 Secretary/Treasurer: Adrienne Wood 245A Otipua Road Timaru (03) 688 1768 Committee: Jude Boraman 688 8409
Robyn Cassidy 688 4848
Beverley Stonehouse 615 8739
Archives Officer: Joy Slade 688 9493
President: Pam Gibson
Southburn RD 2
Secretary/Treasurer: Adrienne Wood
245A Otipua Road
(03) 688 1768