Girls’ School Year 8 Leavers’ Scarf Ceremony 2019
November 25, 2019 at 1:05 PM
At the end of each year, the Girls’ School holds a special ceremony in Chapel for their Year 8 leavers. This special event is called the Leavers’ Scarf Ceremony, where friends and family of the Year 8 students gather in the Chapel to celebrate the end of one journey - being leaving the Girls’ School, and the beginning of another – their college years.
It was an emotional morning as the girls streamed into Chapel for what would be one of their last with their fellow Girls’ School friends. Nervous smiles, happy giggles and tears could be seen and heard as Principal, Juliet Small thanked everyone for attending and called the names of the girls who would receive their scarfs from our youngest, Year 0 students – a customary tradition where the younger girls thank their role models.
Once received, the Year 8 girls turned to Deputy Principal, Jill Wahlstrom and Senior School Dean, Mrs Bernadette Haerewa who draped each scarf around their shoulders before they stood on the stage.
Ms Small encouraged the girls to wear their homemade, silk scarfs with pride and to take great care of them as they are embodied with symbols that signify the tale of Saint Kentigern - the bird that never flew, the tree that never grew, the bell that never rang and the fish that never swam – along with the Iona Cross.
She then concluded the ceremony by wishing the girls the best of luck and stating, ‘w Wherever you are next year, remember us at Saint Kentigern Girls’ School and remember that you will always be a daughter of Kentigern.’
We wish the Year 8 leavers all the best for their next adventures!
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