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autumn 2011

              Published For The Wenona School Community

                             Making learning irresistible
                                      The smallest archer returns

   125 years young
From the Chair                                                                                                                                                       From the Co-Principals
                                                                        generations old, Wenona                                                                                            Celebrating excellence in girls’
                                                                        is 125 years young                                                                                                     education since 1886
                                                                         W    enona’s 125th year presents our community with a wonderful
                                                                              opportunity to reflect not only on past achievements, but also on
                                                                         what makes this School unique.
                                                                                                                                                                     W     hat a rare privilege it has been to lead the extraordinary school
                                                                                                                                                                           community that is Wenona during this, its historic 125th year.

                                                                                                                                                                     “Celebrating excellence in girls’ education since 1886” is the theme
                                                                         This issue of the Review celebrates how Wenona is 125 years young.                          which has informed all of our major decisions during this time.
                                                                         Shaped by extraordinary individuals of the past, Wenona is also very
                                                                                                                                                                     The celebrations have indeed been memorable, with the 125th
                                                                         much about the present. With its enduring values and progressive teaching
                                                                                                                                                                     anniversary parents’ cocktail party, featured on pages 12 and 13,
                                                                         and learning opportunities, Wenona touches the future of each of our
                                                                                                                                                                     launching an exciting year of more events to come.
                                                                 y:      current students.
                             the 25th anniversary cocktail part
 Celebrating with parents at with1 Chair of the Board of Governors                                                                                                   This celebratory air has been evident throughout the School, where
                                                                          Among the strong leaders who have shaped Wenona was the late Miss
   Mr Lindsay Walker (left) board member Mr John Ralston.                                                                                                            staff have witnessed the natural exuberance of the girls in historic
      Ms Dianna Crebbin and 3 for more photographs.                                    Barbara Jackson MBE who led this School for a remarkable
              See pages 12 and 1                                                       28 years, from 1967 to 1994, a span which included my
                                                                                                                                                                     context. It is almost as if the sepia photographs of Wenonians of the
                                                                                                                                                                     past are replayed again in living colour; as if the Prefects’ theme of
                                                                                       final years of secondary education and that of all three of
                                                                                                                                                                     “making memories” clicks the shutters of our memories, reminding
                                                                                       my daughters!
                                                                                                                                                                     us that each day is precious and full of opportunities, to learn, to
                                                                                          We were honoured with a recent visit by Miss Jackson’s                     laugh, to serve.
                                                                                          sister Mrs Norma Simon, who, surrounded by Wenonians
                                                                                                                                                                     Turning now to “excellence” we can say without a doubt that our
                                                                                          past and present, gave the School Miss Jackson’s Member                                                                                                      Students modelling past We
                                                                                                                                                                     girls and staff know that excellence is never accidental. Excellence                                         non
                                                                                          of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal, awarded
                                                                                                                                                                     takes originality, imagination, research,                                           Harriette Greenhalgh,Char a uniforms: Nina Perera (left),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lotte Kindre
                                                                                          to her in 1978 for her services to education in independent
                                                                                                                                                                     planning, energy, time and commitment.                                                          Georgia Baird and Sophie d, Molly Tredinnick,
                                                                                          schools (see left).
                                                                                                                                                                     In our time as Co-Principals, we have been
                                                                                         Barbara Jackson’s influence will endure long into the
                                                                                                                                                                     thrilled to see Wenona’s HSC Class of 2010
                                                                                         future. Indeed, as one of Miss Jackson’s last head prefects,
                                                                                                                                                                     rise to their own set of challenges and                                                                 Our Heads of Department and Heads
                                                                                         Professor Jane McAdam (1992) said in her address at the
                                                                                                                                                                     achieve excellent results, some of which                                                                of Houses have been given the freedom
                                                                                         celebratory assembly: “In her retirement year, she stated
                                                                                                                                                                     are described on pages 4 and 5. We think of                                                             to explore best practice at other leading
                                                                                         that her vision for Wenona was ‘for its pupils to be women
      Presenting Miss Jackson’s MBE medal: Mrs Norma Simon, Ms Crebbin,                                                                                              them as they dream new dreams, confidently                                                              independent schools and to research and
                                                                                         of spirit who are well educated, independent, self motivated
     Co-Principals Mrs Julie Wiseman and Dr Elizabeth Guy, former principal                                                                                          taking with them into their new lives as                                                                analyse our HSC results to a greater
      Mrs Denise Thomas AM and Wenonian Professor Jane McAdam (1992)                     and responsible; who have the confidence and flexibility to
                                                                                                                                                                     university students, and into the wider                                                                 degree than ever before, so as to fine-
                                                                                         achieve personal success and who see unlimited horizons
                                                                                                                                                                     world of unlimited horizons, their Wenona                                                               tune their programs as the quest for
                                                                                         for themselves.’” This remains our vision.
                                                                                                                                                                     education, with its enduring values.                                                                    excellence continues.
                                                  We are excited to share the good news that outstanding educator and Wenonian Dr Briony Scott
                                                                                                                                                                     Staff, too, have welcomed new opportunities                                                             Symbolic of Wenona’s successful renewal
                                                  (Edmonds 1981) will take up her new role as Principal at Wenona in July 2011, in time for the
                                                                                                                                                                     to embrace excellence in pastoral care and                                                              in its 125th year has been the birth of
                                                  commencement of Term 3 this year.
                                                                                                                                                                     in teaching and learning. As Co-Principals, it                                                          Woodstock Infants, featured on pages 6
                                                  With a Masters and Doctorate in Education from the University of Sydney, the dynamic and                           has been truly gratifying to have been able to                                                                .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and 7 Named after the school first

     “Buoyed by past                              inspiring Dr Scott has an outstanding track record for nurturing excellence in contemporary girls’
                                                  education, and a commitment to community engagement and professional development.
                                                                                                                                                                     support and empower staff teams in many
                                                                                                                                                                     ways so that Wenona can continue to be at              NSW Health Minister and Member for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             established by Miss Edith Hooke in North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sydney in 1886 with Wenona’s motto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ut Prosim, that I may serve, and fashioned
                                                                                                                                                                     the forefront of excellence in girls’ education.     North Shore Jillian Skinner (right) officially
 successes, we look                               At this time, I would like to extend particular thanks and congratulations to Co-Principals
                                                  Dr Elizabeth Guy and Mrs Julie Wiseman, who have so graciously and ably shared the complex                         Our newly introduced timetable is but one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               opened Woodstock Infants in April.            from heritage cottages which open into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the exciting, light-filled, hands-on learning
               to the future.”                    task of leading Wenona since Semester 2 last year and have kindly agreed to do so until                            example. The longer periods of an hour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              space we call the Piazza, it is both
                                                  Dr Scott’s commencement in July.

                                                  Their patience, goodwill and sheer hard work have ensured that the learning experiences of
                                                                                                                                                                     and 10 minutes allow girls and teachers
                                                                                                                                                                     to immerse themselves at theoretical and
                                                                                                                                                                     practical levels to a greater extent than ever,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Extraordinary learning.”                             impressive and inviting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As our youngest learners continue
                                                  Wenona students have not missed a beat. As evidence, we uphold the impressive HSC results of
                                                                                                                                                                     and we urge you to read on pages 10 and 11 but one example of                 to explore its spaces and resources, we are reminded of the
                                                  our Class of 2010 (see pages 4 and 5), and the smooth start to the 2011 academic year enjoyed by
                                                                                                                                                                     how our staff are “making learning irresistible” in the Middle School         extraordinary learning we witness taking place every day at Wenona,
                                                  current students.
                                                                                                                                                                     environment.                                                                  125 years young.
                                                  Buoyed by past successes, we look to the future. Now that Woodstock Infants has progressed
                                                                                                                                                                     Continuing Wenona’s proud tradition of nurturing a caring                     We are indebted to the fine staff of Wenona, both new and older,
                                                  from blueprint to reality (see pages 6 and 7) we turn our attention to the provision of a Performing
                                                                                                                                                                     community, we have welcomed the opportunity to engage the                     whose professionalism, well-considered decisions and daily
                                                  Arts and Aquatic Centre as the next big project.
                                                                                                                                                                     services of an additional school counsellor, whose preventative               guidance of the girls make excellence possible. We thank them for
                                                  Dianna Crebbin                                                                                                     programs dovetail with our existing focus on building resilience              their commitment, expertise and service.
                                                  Chair, Wenona Board of Governors                                                                                   in our girls.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We end as we began. It has been our privilege to serve Wenona as
                                                                                                                                                                     Our Heads of Houses have been given valuable time to strengthen               Co-Principals, and we thank the Board and community for supporting
                                                                                                                                                                     their academic care programs, with girls being encouraged to focus            and empowering us in this time.
                                                                                                                                                                     on such vital and inspiring concepts as “challenge” Throughout
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  editor: alison Handmer Design: Kudos Studio
                                                                                                                                                                     March, for example, high profile guest speakers addressed issues
                                                                                       Isabella Camplisson of Year 7 (left, front) with Bronte Everett of Year 2,
  Wenona School Ltd aCn 000 250 304 • CRICOS Provider Code 02275a                                                                                                    associated with International Women’s Day, a fitting focus for                Dr Elizabeth Guy and Mrs Julie Wiseman
                                                                                     Mari Brameld of Year 11 and Tara Camilleri of Year 5 (rear) near School House
  address: 176 Walker Street north Sydney nSW 2060                                                            Photograph by Rick Gates                               Wenona’s global outlook and traditions of service.                            Co-Principals
  Tel: 02 9955 3000 Fax: 02 9959 4460 website: www.wenona.nsw.edu.au

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 achievements                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Below centre: Amelia Coutts and her textiles major work

                                                                                 HsC successes                                                                                                                                           Right: Annabelle Meddows-Taylor models Poison Ivy by Simone Thomas

                                                                                    the Class of 2010 achieved impressive
                                                                                                  HSC results.

                                                                                   A    quarter of our students achieved ATAR scores of 95 or
                                                                                        higher and almost half achieved scores of 90 or above.

                                                                                    For the third year in a row, almost 10 per cent of our students,
                                                                                                                                                               ‘Mort Couture: The Illusion
                                                                                    eight, were listed in the Board of Studies HSC All-Round                                               of Control ’ visu
                                                                                    Achievers List for achieving a mark of 90 per cent or more in                                 by Cristina Tringali al arts major work
                                                                                     at least 10 units. Wenona congratulates Isabelle Crane,
                                                                                     Amy Farr-Jones, Jessica Dougan, Samantha O’Donnell,
                                                                n Taylor
                                              Major work by Hele                      Nathalie Rasko, Makiko Ryland and boarders Carla Brown
                                                                                      and Bonnie Whitehead.

                                                                           Bonnie (pictured and featured on page 5) also achieved second in the
                                                                   State for history extension and fifth in the State for senior science.

                                                                   Marnie Flick was placed fifth in the State for the Philosophy Distinction Course,
                                                                   studied externally, and sixth in the State for English extension 1. Alice Han,
‘My Last Judgement’ by Ali McLean
                                                                   also a boarder, was placed fifth in the State in Korean Background Speakers,
                                                                   studied externally, Alice Davidson achieved eighth in the State for Geography,
                                                                   and Laura Dransfield was placed fifteenth in the State for Ancient History.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Golden girls
        Extending and                                              Nathalie Rasko achieved an ATAR of 99.85, with strong results in biology,                                                                                          Wenona congratulates the following students for successfully
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards: Victoria Brown;
       sharing their skills                                        chemistry, English advanced, English extension 1, mathematics extension 1,
                                                                   mathematics extension 2 and physics.                                                                                                                               Jessica Dougan; Amy Farr-Jones; Camilla Hanson; Adriana Kanjian;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Amy Sadubin; Laura Taylor; Amy Ward; Kate Murray and
                                                                   Scholarship recipients included Lara Wilkinson who is studying accounting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     s                Antonia Wettenhall.
         he impressive ATAR achievements of
                                                                                                                                                                                         Textiles and Applied Studie
         Wenona’s Class of 2010 have delivered exciting
                                                                   at UTS. Lillian Patterson was accepted into the prestigious Australian Film
                                                                                                                                                               Lucy Dodgson and Head oflly with ‘The Joker ’                          The Gold certificate requires a significant level of dedication.
     university offers.
                                                                   Television and Radio School.                                                                           Ms Jan McNa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      These girls are to be congratulated on their marvellous achievement.
                                                                   Keen surfer Annabel Barratt’s visual arts movie No breath now, was accepted for
     For example, former boarder Carla Brown (below,
                                                                   ArtExpress, a showcase of the best works of the HSC, along with Georgina Bray’s
     left) is studying combined Commerce and Liberal
                                                                   photographic artwork Powerless. Georgina took pictures of exploding crystal balls
     Studies at the University of Sydney; Natasha
     Butorac, International Studies at UNSW; Ellen Riley,
                                                                   to illustrate fragility.                                                                  Lessons in a Cambodian orphanage
     International and Global Studies at the University            Lucy Dodgson’s stunning textiles major work, The Joker, pictured right, was
     of Sydney; Sophie Taylor, combined Science and                selected for inclusion in the Texstyle Exhibition, a display of top HSC Textiles works.
     Law at ANU; Amy Sadubin, Public Communication
     at UTS; Antonia Wettenhall, Health Sciences at
                                                                   Lucy’s work also featured on Channel 7 news promoting Craft Expo Sydney.

                                                                   Kara Adolfson had her major design project, garments raising awareness of
                                                                                                                                                             A    fter completing her HSC, former boarder Bonnie Whitehead
                                                                                                                                                                  went to Cambodia to work in an orphanage near the dump
                                                                                                                                                             site in Phnom Penh for three months.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “I realised how precious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           education really is, and how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           lucky we all are to have the
     the University of Sydney; and Vivian McManus,
                                                                   rubber industry exploitation, featured at DesignTech, with an online interview.                                                                                                                      ”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           privilege to be educated well.
     Bachelor of Design Arts in Fashion Design at the                                                                                                        Bonnie, 2010 debating captain and winner of multiple academic
     Australian Academy of Design in Melbourne.                    Katherine Ring was nominated for the HSC music showcase Encore; and                       awards, is now at Bond University, studying combined law and                  Bonnie has advised Senior
                                                                   Kate Hooper was nominated for the dance showcase, Callback.                               international relations with a view to working in the field of                College students considering
     These young women recently returned to
                                                                                                                                                             human rights, perhaps at the UN or Amnesty.                                   volunteering to “choose to represent
     Wenona to share their skills at an ICT bridging               All our 2010 school leavers inspired younger girls with their creativity, teamwork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           something that you believe in and that
     course for Year 6 and new students to learn about             and leadership, as well as their academic achievements. We will remember their            Bonnie, who earned an ATAR of 99.55, achieved second in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           you are willing to fight for”                              Bonnie with
     their laptop computers.                                       fine contributions to service, music, sport, debating, drama and more.                    State for History Extension and fifth in the State for Senior Science.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                five-year-old Piron
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “I chose to teach disadvantaged kids
                                                                                                                                                             “Working in the orphanage with the Vulnerable Children’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           because I believe that providing safety,
                                                                                                                                                             Assistance Organisation (VCAO) was definitely the hardest thing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a voice and education to children is a path worth fighting for.
                                                                                                                                                             I have ever done, and definitely the most rewarding as well, said
                                                                                                                                                             Bonnie, who believes volunteering brings mutual benefits.                     “We all spend our lives searching for a lot of things, but to find
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           that one thing which inspires you, drives you and ignites passion
                                                                                                                                                             “In the mornings I was teaching a class of 60 eight-year-olds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           inside you, that is a reward I can only urge all of you to go out
                                                                                                                                                             who had no desks, no chairs or books. I had to learn the language
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and experience for yourselves.  ”
                                                                                                                                                             pretty quickly. I then had two classes of older students for an
                                                                                                                                                             hour every day.                                                               Bonnie was awarded the Claude Barker Prize for English
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Expression English Advanced, the Mrs Denise Thomas Prize for
                                                                                                                                                             “I was teaching various levels of English within each class.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Modern History, the North Shore Historical Society Prize, the
                                                                                                                                                             Some students had never been to school and others knew the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Senior Science Prize, the Bond University Collegiate Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                             alphabet and colours and numbers. There were also students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and the Principal’s Prize for Academic Excellence.
                                                                                                                                                             with mental disabilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “Some people wonder whether human rights challenges are
                                                                                                                                                             “They were really appreciative. It’s hard to describe the joy I felt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           insurmountable, but in reality, these are such fixable issues. If
                                                                                                                                                             when one of the girls who had severe learning disabilities finally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           everyone would focus on them, they would be so easily overcome.   ”
                                                                                                                                                             learnt how to write the letter ‘a’.

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                                                                                                                                        ‘Rich, deep’ learning at Woodstock

 Preparing for Woodstock in April 2010   Birth of a building, August 2010               Woodstock early in 2011, awaiting furnishings

    Renewal at Wenona: Woodstock emerges
            Woodstock Infants, for girls from Kindergarten to Year 2, is the latest addition to Wenona’s
      vibrant teaching and learning environment. Heritage cottages on Ridge Street in the foreground of
                                                                                                                                                                                     r 2 with
         the aerial photograph, below, open into contemporary indoor and outdoor spaces including                                       Isabella McAuley andMolly Lunn-LeeKinYea arten
                                                                                                                                                            Eloise Siow of
                                                                                                                                                                       of derg
                                                                                                                                          Mia Jennings and
                 a Piazza for enquiry-based learning (see pictures below right and on page 7).

                                                                                                                                                         Top right: Saara Thakker,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Woodstock students share their
                                                                                                                                                                Trinity James and
                                                                                                                                                           Mila Piccardi of Year 1                                                  thoughts about coming to school

                                                                                                                                                     Right: Myfanwy Sinclair and                                                    Abigail Harmer of Kindergarten: I like coming
                                                                                                                                                    Eve Glasfurd of Kindergarten                                                    to school because I can see all my friends and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    see the teacher.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jessica McDonnell of Kindergarten: I like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    going into my classroom because when the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    teacher sees you we can do some drawing.

                                                                                                                                        C   o-ordinator of K-2 Mrs Julie Collier, a specialist in early childhood education since
                                                                                                                                            1988, is delighted with Woodstock.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mia Jennings of Kindergarten: What I enjoy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the best is going into the computer room.
                                                                                                                                        Mrs Collier is particularly thrilled with the open spaces Woodstock provides, where a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sophie Newham of Kindergarten:
                                                                                                                                        tantalising mix of natural and sophisticated learning materials are used in unscripted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love painting.
                                                                                                                                        ways as the girls explore. Other benefits of Woodstock are the technology, including
                                                                                                                                        a computer lab and interactive whiteboards in each room.                                    Emily Davies of Kindergarten: I like gymnastics
                                                                            Wenona from above prior to
                                                                            of Hooke House Junior School 1976, before the development   Along with their class teacher the girls are fortunate to spend time with specialist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the best because you can walk on the beam.
                                                                                                         in 1982
                                                                                 in 2002 and the Miller Str , the Wenona garden         teachers for art, science, physical education and music, using purpose-built spaces         Shanessa Gowran of Kindergarten:
                                                                                and the addition of Jackso eet Wing in 2004,
                                                                                                           n House                      in the Senior School. Beyond Woodstock’s sunny yellow architectural highlights,             I like reading books.
                                                                                          265 Miller Street in 200in 2008 and
                                                                                                                     9                  specialised equipment and indoor and outdoor spaces, relationships also matter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Zoe Gillespie of Year 1: I like doing sport
                                                                                                                                        “The reciprocal relationships developed between the teacher and child and their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sophie Barham of Year 1: I like all the teachers.
                                                                                                                                        families is very important,“ Mrs Collier said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jemima Downes of Year 1: I like science
                                                                                                                                        “Our part of that puzzle brings so much to the education of a child, provoking the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    because I like doing the temperature and we
                                                                                                                                        child to think and learn. Collaboration and teamwork are also important skills which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    also learn in the computer class.
                                                                                                                                        continue to evolve.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Isabel Halmarick of Year 2: I like the
                                                                                                                                        “I love the curiosity and wonder children of this age bring to their learning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    computers because you can go on Mathletics.
                                                                                                                                        “Every moment is an adventure, whether we are looking at a spider web or an
                                                                                                                                        interactive whiteboard. ”                                                                   Bronte Everett of Year 2: My favourite place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is the computer room and I like making things
                                                                                                                                        Changes in education theory mean children are no longer seen as empty vessels to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and getting information from the internet and
                                                                                                                                        be filled with knowledge imparted by teachers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    writing it down in Microsoft Word.
                                                                                                                                        “I believe that learning is a lifelong process, the foundations of which are established
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Isabella Newham of Year 2: I like the library
                                                                                                                                        from the first moment of inquiry and discovery. Children learn from themselves,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and helping Ms Joseph.
                                                                                                                                        each other and their life experiences. It is my role as a teacher, and fellow contributor
                                                                                                                         er of Year 1   to the learning environment, to stimulate and encourage discovery and learning by
                                                                                    Isabella Middleton and Saara Thakk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Georgia Fox of Year 2: I love all the teachers
                                                                                                                                        focusing on each child and her prior experiences.                                           who are very nice and friendly and if we make a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mistake they are really nice and if we say words
                                                                                                                                        “Children come to us already with so much knowledge and the teacher’s role is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wrongly they always understand us.
                                                                                                                                        to work alongside the child, work out what she already knows, and use that as a
                                                                                                                                        springboard to create rich and deep learning experiences.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Immersed in learning

                                                                                                                                                                          Xian Ho with strings

                                 Class act: Year
                                                   5 rehearses
                                                                                            Evie Hamilton adds to the woodwinds
                                                                                                                                                        In Term 1, Year 5 music studied Antarctica within
                                                                                                                                                        human society and its environment (HSIE). Activities
                                                                                                                                                        included an excursion to the IMAX theatre to view

             Making music, making meaning                                                                                                               Antarctica, which features a piece of music by Nigel
                                                                                                                                                        Westlake, Penguin Circus.

                                                                                                                                                        This piece was used as a stimulus for students to learn
           Wenona’s innovative Year 5 music class, one of three Year 5 classes, plays on girls’ natural talents and                                     about the function of music in film. Students composed
           interest in music, providing unique opportunities for learning and creative expression.                                                      instrumental music to accompany film clips and notated
                                                                                                                                                        their compositions using the GarageBand program on

       “  The program allows girls to respond to their learning in a manner
          that is relevant to them,” explained their classroom teacher
       Miss Annabelle Oughton and music teacher Ms Emma Farrell, who
                                                                                •	 	 eekly personal reflections on their learning written in their
                                                                                   Music Learning Journal
                                                                                •	 the Year 5 instrumental program
                                                                                                                                                        Mac computers. Students also learnt to play this music
                                                                                                                                                        on Orff instruments and, where possible, on their own            Year 4 readers: Megan Cronin (clockwise from left) with
                                                                                                                                                        instruments as well.                                      Sibel Stening, Catrin Halmarick, Lauren Bush, Jacqueline Price,
       collaborate to plan the program.                                         •	 an excursion to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                Sophie McCredie, Amelia King and Britta Hughes
                                                                                                                                                        Students are provided with opportunities to perform
                                                                                •	 	 n excursion to the Powerhouse Museum to use multimedia
       While every girl in Year 5 has two music lessons a week, girls in the                                                                            their compositions, complete a unit-based evaluation,
                                                                                   based composition tools.
       music class have four a week. The extra classes allow opportunities                                                                              and participate in ongoing reflections on the learning
       to further extend their composition, performance and listening skills.                                                                           they experience and the depth of their understanding
                                                                                                                                                        and developing knowledge.
       In addition to completing the full Year 5 curriculum, the girls are      High notes
       given work which provides links between music and their key
       learning areas.                                                          Hope Feros: It’s so fun! I love the way we play and sing songs.
                                                                                The fun part about the class is that we are all musical and we love
       There is also a constant focus of the development of music               being part of choirs and bands.
       knowledge and skills through literacy, including personal recounts,
       reflections and research, and through Information Technology, with       Chloe Cremer: I like being in a class where every person loves
       girls using Wenona’s Mac Labs for composition.                           music. I also like having a musical teacher.

       “The girls have responded most positively to all aspects of the          Xian Ho: I like the fact that we learn academic skills and music
       music enrichment class. They enjoy the opportunity to connect            - my two favourite things!
       their love and interest in music to what they are learning daily in      Catherine Kos: I enjoy our music class because of the wide variety
       the classroom.                                                           of activities we have to do with music. I’m also looking forward to
       “On a personal and professional level, we are both enjoying the          performing in our class choir.
       unique opportunity for and experience of collaborative planning and      Sophia Wallace: I like to sing and play my flute and I do both those
       team teaching across faculties that is occurring as a result of this     things in the music class. My teacher is really nice. She’s the best.
       new class.                                                               My classmates are very nice and help me when I need help. I’m so
       “It is a rewarding experience in terms of our own professional           happy I’m in the music class!
       growth and development to be implementing this new and                   Nina Marquard-Karp: I enjoy having music lessons with Ms Farrell.
       exciting program. ”                                                      We do many fun activities and we perform in front of the class.
       Activities include:                                                      Lauren Cottee-Warner: I love using GarageBand on the Mac
       •	 	 se of Wenona’s Mac Labs and the GarageBand program to               computers and I love our class choir.
          explore composition                                                                                                                                                                                       Above: Year 3 at work: Lucy Scales (left) with Safi Wheeldon,
       •	 	 arious class performance ensembles and experiences including
          v                                                                     Eleni Gorgas: I love writing in my Music Learning Journal. I love                                                                             Emily Chang, Ananya Nagpaul and Sophie Gluskie
          a class choir and class instrumental group, and solo and small        getting the chance to play other instruments. I love being able to
                                                                                express what music means to me.                                                                                                            Left: Year 6 enjoying their space: Lauren Gates (left)
          group performance opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  with Jordan Wavish, Grace Malin, Sarah Yen and Imogen Gay

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Middle School

        Making learning irresistible                                                                                                              Outside the comfort
                                                                                                                                                  zone in Japan
                 the mission of Wenona’s middle School is to harness the talents, energy, social and                                              Venese Lau of Year 11: I went on an exchange to Japan for
             independent spirit of teenage girls and empower them through responsibility and by offering                                          five months. I wasn’t good at Japanese before I went on the
                                                                                                                                                  exchange and all I knew were basic everyday words. I was
                      engaging learning experiences which ignite their passion for learning.
                                                                                                                                                  very nervous when I first got there and my head filled with
                                                                                                                                                  questions and worries.

                                                                                                                                                  It was not until I got to Japan did I get told that my host family

                                             W   enona’s Acting Director of Teaching and Learning in the Middle School, Mr Justin Newall
                                                 BSC(Hons), PGCE, MEd, pictured left, is delighted to be “making learning irresistible” for
                                             Wenona girls in Years 7 8 and 9.
                                                                                                                                                  lived four cities away from my host school and it would take
                                                                                                                                                  me about an hour and a half to get to school. I became very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A dusting of snow for Emma Birch at school in Limoges, France,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with her host sister and new friends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Emma tests herself in
                                                                                                                                                  nervous especially when I was informed that I would have to
                                             “My role involves making sure that our programs are rigorous, challenging and appropriate, he
                                                                                                                                      ”           ride a bike to the train station. I didn’t know how to ride a bike.
                                             said. “It is important to be aware of developments in curriculum and pedagogy, and to consider
                                             the latest research into the characteristics and needs of Middle School girls.
                                                                                                                                                  But these fears soon went away as I practised my bike riding
                                                                                                                                                  skills and got to know my host family and classmates. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    snowy France
                                                                     Mr Newall, a mathematics teacher who loves his vocation, came to             were all very willing to help me. I soon got used to my school
                                                                     Wenona after three and a half years at The Scots College. An experienced
                                                                     teacher and educational leader, he migrated to Australia from the UK.
                                                                                                                                                  life and enjoyed every bit of it very much. I participated at the
                                                                                                                                                  brass band at school, which had practice every day, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        M      iddle School Prefect Emma Birch, now in Year 12, learnt that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “success doesn’t happen by itself” when she went on exchange
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to wintery Europe during her Australian summer break. She explains
                                                                                                                                                  from 8am to 7pm on weekends. Although it was tiring, it was
                                                                     “I really value the whole child and whole school perspective that                                                                                   how it takes hard work and commitment.
                                                                                                                                                  very fun.
                                                                     Wenona encourages. He is delighted with the range and extent of co-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Emma: I experienced firsthand how success is something you have
                                                                     and extra-curricular activities, for example.                                My friends, host family and teachers were always more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to work for. I spent almost three months travelling in France and
                                                                                                                                                  happy to teach me Japanese and I have improved quite a lot
                                                                      “The more experiences girls have the better. Balancing these extra                                                                                 Switzerland and had the most amazing experiences. I stayed with four
                                                                                                                                                  with their support. It was fantastic and will always be a special
                                                                      opportunities with curriculum time is important. To me, it’s about                                                                                 different families moving from Paris, to Limoges, to Lyon, to Versailles
                                                                                                                                                  memory to me. I would really like to recommend going on an
                                                                      making Wenona a fun, exciting and irresistible place to be.                                                                                        and then to Zurich. I went to three co-ed schools and wore mufti each
                                                                                                                                                  exchange as it is a great experience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         day. I took Italian, Spanish and German classes but all in French. I spent
                                                                      “In Year 7 it’s about bringing girls from many different feeder schools                                                                            Christmas with a different family, I did athletics in -5 degrees in the
                                                                      together and trying to take account of their past learning, while helping                                   Left: More than 1,000 paper            snow and at one point I even stayed in my own apartment. While this
                                                                      them settle in and feel comfortable in the Middle School.                                                   cranes sent messages of hope           sounds exciting, I had to be very independent and it wasn’t always easy.
                                                                                                                                                                                  and healing and the Wenona
                                                                       “In Year 8, friendship groups tend to have settled. You have to be                                                                                Becoming accustomed to living in a foreign country, navigating my
                                                                                                                                                                                  community raised almost $4,000
                                                                       careful the girls don’t coast academically. They need challenging, and                                                                            way around, understanding the language and immersing myself in the
                                                                                                                                                                                  for the people of Japan in the
                                                                       so teachers must set very high expectations.                                                               wake of the tsunami disaster, in       culture was definitely a challenge.
                               Rickard (left), Rosie Mitchell,
 Year 7 mathematicians Sophie Bauchinger, Annabelle Garth
                                                                       “By Year 9, girls are much more confident in their learning and with                                       response to calls for action by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Only through confronting difficult situations can you become stronger.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Molly Tredinnick of Year 11 who
   Harriette Mellowes, Ariann ue Price                                 their place in the senior school, but they still need support and                                                                                 It is important to test yourself, to try new things, and to not be afraid to
                                                                                                                                                                                  went to Japan on exchange over
                     and Dominiq                                       structure in their work. They need to build strong foundations as they
                                                                                                                                                                                  the Australian summer break.           fail because failure helps us to learn and grow.
                                                                          progress through the Middle School in order to ensure success in
                                                                          later years, both in school and in the wider community.

                                                                           “Middle School girls are very inquisitive and a joy to teach. They
                                                                           seek positive feedback on their efforts, and we work hard to             Global outlook and                                                             Below: Year 11 students Wendy Slatyer, Isabelle Martin, Emily Pearson,
                                                                           strengthen their self-esteem and confidence. Their work must
                                                                           always be relevant to them, so we deliberately offer choice to help        culture of care                                                   Georgia Baird and Harriette Greenhalgh raised funds for women through Amnesty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                International on International Women’s Day. The Senior College and wider
                                                                           them discover the joy of learning, and our classrooms are places of                                                                                                              community also supported Close the Gap Day.
                                                                           discovery and adventure.

                                                                           “It’s about getting them to work in groups and to develop a sense
                                                                           of responsibility for their learning, empowering them to manage
                            their learning and social needs. They go through a lot of physical and social changes in the Middle School years,
                            and the pastoral support that we offer is second-to-none.

    Above: Parents,         “The pace of change in the world today seems to be increasing rapidly, and faced with an uncertain future our
           staff and        challenge is to prepare girls with the skills, knowledge and attributes that will enable them to be successful in
    fellow students         all areas of life. I want them to be making connections in all they see and do, and to be thinking about how their
          applauded         work in English, mathematics, or indeed any subject, might be useful in other contexts.
      Year 9 girls at
        their Middle        “Wenona’s students are simply outstanding and, to my mind, the strongest asset of the School. You can have so
  School graduation         much fun with them in class; teaching them, and learning with and from them, is hugely enjoyable. It’s a privilege
     ceremony late                                                                                                             ”
                            to teach Middle School students, and to have a full picture of their immense contribution to Wenona.
           last year.

                                                     “Wenona’s middle School girls                                                                      Students of German in Year 7 and Year 9 recently
                                                                                                                                                  celebrated Karneval by watching the Rosenmontagszug parade
                                                         are a joy to teach.”                                                                         in Köln via Youtube and then making their own masks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Below: Astrid Gates, Louise Garrett, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ingrid and Tom Atkins
Celebrations                                                                                                                                                                                       Bottom left: Magdelena Hinckfuss, WPA
                                                                                                                                                                                                   President Emma Snodgrass, Jane Freudenstein
                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Valeska Dominguez
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bottom: David Bihari, Jane Standen, Manami
                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Akihiro Kasaiand

                                                                                                                                                                  ips and Wenona
                                                                                                                                               with Narelle Phill
                                                                                                                       Lind say Walker (left) e Board Dianna Crebbin
                            Sylvia and George Krassas                                                                            Chair of th

                                                                                                                  1.                                                   2.                                         3.

                                                        Cocktail party
                                                                                                                  1. Richard and Jane Freudenstein and Lucy Calabria 2. Duncan Campbell, Annie Rowland-Campbell and Heather and Michael Batchelor
                                                           many hundreds of parents, staff, board members         3. Ludovic and Jane Theau
                                                           and friends mixed and mingled at a cocktail party
                                                           celebrating the start of Wenona’s 125th anniversary.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      “A celebration to
                                                           Visit www.wenona.nsw.edu.au for details of the
                                                           125th anniversary concerts at Sydney town Hall on
                                                           22 June and other celebratory events.

                Above: Sam Chee, Michele McCulloch
                and Campbell Davie

                Right: Gail Giles-Gidney and
                Emma Hondros

                Top right: WPA President Emma
                Snodgrass and Wenona Foundation
                Executive Director Trish O’Brien with                                                                                                                                      Ike and Louise Bain and Karen and
                WPA volunteers welcomed parents.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               David Caspersonn

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Global outlook

                            Winning ways in the uK
   The excitement of some impressive hockey and netball wins against their UK counterparts was
        eclipsed by a “most rewarding” service-learning experience at Edinburgh University.

  Students prepare to help
  others at Edinburgh University                                                               The following day we left Scotland for Northern                                                                                                 Wenona is welcomed at
                                                                                               Ireland with a 5am ferry start. In Ireland, the                                                                                                                         the Thai Binh orphana
                                                                                               hockey girls played Ballymena Academy with a
                                                                                               close loss. We enjoyed a visit to Giant’s Causeway,
                                                                                               a breathtaking natural rock formation then a netball
                                                                                               win of 59 to 7.

                                                                                               In Dublin, the hockey girls played Mount Anville,
                                                                                               losing in the last five minutes, 0 to 1. The netballers
                                                                                                                                                         Serving Indochina
                                                                                               scored 24 to 32 against the Irish National
                                                                                               development team, then 28 to 9 against Trinity
                                                                                               University. The following day took us from Dublin
                                                                                                                                                         W      enona staff and students were treated to unforgettable
                                                                                                                                                                sights, sounds and smells when they visited
                                                                                                                                                         Indochina this summer. They improved their understanding
                                                                                               to Cheltenham, England, and Pate’s Grammar
                                                                                                                                                         of Australia’s role in the Vietnam War, the reign of the
                                                                                               School, where we also visited Stratford-upon-Avon
                                                                                                                                                         Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, and the challenges still faced
                                                                                               for a bit of culture, visiting Shakespeare’s birth
                                                                                                                                                         in the region.
                                                                                               place and his wife’s childhood home.
                                                                                                                                                         In return, they left behind further improvements to the                                                                         ld, completed
                                                                                               We then played The Kings High school in Warwick
                                                                                                                                                         Thai Binh orphanage and helped build a home for victims                                           The house Wenona helped bui
                                                                                               en route to London, stopping off to wander the                                                                                                                             in March
                                                                                                                                                         of Agent Orange, building on the successes of Wenona’s
                                                                                               grounds of Oxford University before taking in
                                                                                                                                                         2008 tour.

            “The service aspect proved our motto
                                                                                               the London Eye, Madam Tussauds, shopping and
                                                                                               Buckingham Palace.                                        Tour coordinator and human society and its environment (HSIE)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Above left: Wenona staff and
        is relevant wherever we go in the world.”
                                                                                                                                                         teacher Ms Kate Seale: This tour encourages an adventurous spirit,
                                                                                               The UK tour was amazing; a fantastic opportunity                                                                                                               students show off their brickwork
                                                                                                                                                         resilience and courage.
                                                                                               to experience and play in different environments,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Left: A mark of service
                                                                                               meet generous host families, soak up various              I am so proud to think that we have gone on two demanding and
Maddie Berkeley of Year 12:
                                                                             cultures and learn more about ourselves and peers.                          challenging trips, travelling in a developing country in unfamiliar
Late last year 26 girls and five staff members embarked on what
                                                                                                                                                         territory with a lot of adjusting to do.                                 girls celebrating Ut Prosim and describing new charities and planning
proved to be an exciting and memorable tour to the UK and Ireland.           Hockey player Bailey Collard of Year 9: What I valued most from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for special days to raise funds for the Cancer Council, Bear Cottage
                                                                             going on the UK tour were the friends that I made, along with the           We went back to Thai Binh and we were friends. How proud our
An hour after arriving in Glasgow, Wenona girls played their first hockey                                                                                                                                                         and so many more charities. At these times I realise that our girls
                                                                             service component of the trip, spending some time with kids less            girls were to see what Wenona girls had created at the orphanage in
game against Hutchesons’ Grammar School and soon after had an                                                                                                                                                                     really do have a social conscience and are very diligent in gathering
                                                                             fortunate than ourselves. It was so rewarding and very fun!                 2008! Agent Orange continues to effect up to 60,000 people in Thai
exhilarating netball win of 38 to 32 against the Glasgow Under 19 team.                                                                                                                                                           monies. Always the recipients of the charities are touched by the
                                                                                                                                                         Binh province, three generations, with tumours, physical deformities
                                                                             Hockey player Sam Campbell of Year 12: The opportunity to be a                                                                                       Wenonian generosity.
After four days we were in Edinburgh, challenging nearby Loretto                                                                                         and skin disorders.
                                                                             part of the tour was amazing.
School and then Fettes College, based in a castle which was beyond                                                                                                                                                                Nothing however, can allow a young person to develop a genuine
                                                                                                                                                         Vietnam and Cambodia continue to be a rich source of accessible
impressive, as were the beautiful grounds on which we played. Once           Ms Shaw made every minute worthwhile and the people we met                                                                                           sense of Ut Prosim like direct service. Our girls and the Vietnamese
                                                                                                                                                         historical discovery for our students. Our girls were privileged to be
again the netballers had an impressive victory with a 42 to 12 win.          and the places we stayed all contribute to our global networks and                                                                                   villagers worked next to each other, in tandem, driven by a single
                                                                                                                                                         able to speak to Vietminh, Vietcong and South Vietnamese veterans
The hockey girls had an excellent game with a one-all draw; it was           appreciation of international communities.                                                                                                           outcome. The girls had an amazing attitude. They worked hard and
                                                                                                                                                         as well as to one of only seven survivors of the infamous Tuol Sleng
a very exciting and suspenseful game. When we played against the                                                                                                                                                                  should be very proud of their achievement.
                                                                             The service aspect proved our motto is relevant no matter where             Khmer Rouge genocide prison in Phnom Penn.
Edinburgh Netball club, the hockey girls cheered us on to our most
                                                                             we are in the world. It was a nice dose of perspective as it                                                                                         Our experiences in Indochina continue to influence our decisions.
impressive win to date, 81 to 17!                                                                                                                        Assistant Head of human society and its environment (HSIE)
                                                                             reminded us of how lucky we are and how, by putting aside even                                                                                       In School House we are pleased to be raising funds for a soft fall
                                                                                                                                                         Mrs Renee Preval-Mann: I found the Vitenamese people to be
Service learning the following day was to prove most rewarding.              one morning, our help can span further than just our shores.                                                                                         playground for the Thai Bihn Orphanage.
                                                                                                                                                         exceptionally forgiving. Despite the fact that Australians were
We were able to assist in a PE class of 12 and 13 year old boys with         Netball player Isabella Smith of Year 11: The service component             involved with Agent Orange during the war, they welcomed us              Taylor Rowley of Year 12: It’s the little things that I remember the
learning disabilities. I particularly enjoyed this time and felt it was so   of the tour was enjoyed by all, and it was very rewarding helping           with open hearts and showed us amazing generosity. They were a           most; waking up on a freezing cold morning in the middle of an
rewarding be able to connect with these boys. Their carer said these         people less fortunate than ourselves. The young British kids                privilege to serve and I was humbled by their grace.                     isolated Vietnamese village knowing that the day would consist of
children behaved differently every day, but we found they were               were all adorable and we had a great time playing different sporting                                                                                 hard physical labour, only to be greeted by friendly locals who were
                                                                                                                                                         There was a lovely sense of peace, conciliation and understanding
really good once we got them interested. We were able to up the              games with them and bringing some fun and physical activity to                                                                                       waiting with hot pho and coffee in the early hours of the morning.
                                                                                                                                                         on that work site. We watched something special grow. The best
level of difficulty and work on teamwork, and towards the end of the         their day.
                                                                                                                                                         part was that the girls were able to see the fruits of their labour. I   Lauren Winton of Year 12: The Indochina trip was an incredible
hour we had them doing relays. It was really fun and I gained a new
                                                                             It wasn’t just the sporting matches and sightseeing activities              was really proud to be able to work alongside them.                      privilege. Not only did I get to travel across Vietnam and Cambodia
appreciation for teachers, particularly in this specialised field.
                                                                             themselves that were memorable, but all the little moments in                                                                                        with a great group of girls and teachers, but we were also able to
                                                                                                                                                         This was only a very small act in a country that needs our support
As we left Edinburgh heading for Ireland, we stayed in a small town          between. The tour was filled with countless laughs, jokes and                                                                                        actively engage in the history of Indochina to better comprehend
                                                                                                                                                         and yet I felt like we did something to heal the wounds created by
called the Gatehouse of Fleet, a real introduction to the Scottish           smiles and friendships. I will remember imitating the British,                                                                                       the historic events through the personal accounts of those who
                                                                                                                                                         our predecessors. It was a really remarkable experience, authentic
weather with temperatures dropping and rain heading our way! The             Scottish and Irish accents, the hot stopover in Dubai at 3 in the                                                                                    had lived through the plight of warfare. Although we were tested
                                                                                                                                                         and raw.
following day offered a number of “extreme” activities. Mountain             morning, and Miss McFetridge winning toys for us all at every                                                                                        physically and psychologically, the memories that I now have are
balling was my favourite, with girls in pairs loaded into a giant plastic    toy vending machine we came across. I feel so grateful for this             Tour photographer, Head of School House and visual arts                  irreplaceable. I would recommend the trip to anyone interested in
ball and hurled down a hill!                                                 incredible experience.                                                      teacher Ms Monica Boardman: So often in assembly I observe the           modern history.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ut Prosim
                                 Boarding then and now
                                                                                                                                                          the Spirit remains the same
                                                                     B    oarding schools have long provided children from remote regions with
                                                                          access to the same educational opportunities as those enjoyed by city
                                                                      students, yet many aspects of boarding have changed over the years.

                                                                      Historic photographs show a focus on formality which in many ways has
                                                                      passed. No longer do Wenona boarders, carefully dressed in hats and gloves,
                                                                      form “crocodiles” to make their way to church (see page 20).

                                                                       Instead, there is more of a focus on freedom, and girls are deliberately given a
                                                                       much greater say in how they spend their time and even what they eat.

                                                                       “Wenona has a Boarders’ Representative Council (BRC), so that our girls are
                                                                       given leadership opportunities, said Wenona Director of Boarding
                                                                       Mrs Sarah Bruhl.

                                 a charity fundraiser                   “Students help select the menu, for example, and they plan activities for our
   Boarders making sandwichesefor s                                                                                                                                    Historian and former principal Mrs Denise Thomas AM (left) with archivist
                    in the lat 1920                                           closed weekends and our Sunday afternoon activities. They might
                                                                                                                                                                       Michele Ginswick and one of the people interviewed for the book,
                                                                              choose to go ice skating, visit museums and art galleries, enjoy parts of                Miss Rosemary Hooke, a relative of the School’s founder Miss Edith Hooke.
                                                                              Sydney such as Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, or go to the movies.  ”

                                                                                Technology has also changed the face of boarding, literally, with                                    Wenona’s motto, Ut Prosim, that I may serve, is the title
                                                                               families able to keep in touch on a daily basis through Skype. Emailing
                                                                               and mobile phone conversations are also common, relieving feelings                            of the School’s 125-year history, being written by Denise Thomas AM.
                                                                               of separation which former boarders must once have felt acutely.

                                                                              Improvements in transport mean that boarders are able to have
                                                                              more visits home during term time than in the past, and an increased
                                                                                                                                                          E   dith Hooke was only 20 years old when
                                                                                                                                                              she founded her school in 1886. But she
                                                                                                                                                          knew what she wanted for her students. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                               The School’s earliest students took service
                                                                                                                                                                                                               to heart. Mrs Thomas has found pictures
                                                                                                                                                                                                               of former Woodstock students working as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    memories of many Wenonians, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Woodstockites, to paint a picture of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wenona community. She is interviewing
                                                                             relaxation of exit rules now allows parents to take their girls on outings
                                                                                                                                                          had a vision of young women’s education              volunteers at Graythwaite convalescent               former students, staff and family members.
                                                                             far more often when in town.
                                                                                                                                                          as more than mere learning; it would lay the         home for World War I diggers in North
                                                                                                                                                          ground for a lifetime of service and leadership.     Sydney (picture above). She has also gained          A constant thread throughout the book is
                                                                            Interestingly, improvements in security technology also mean the girls
                                                                                                                                                                                                               access to records at the Royal North Shore           the Ut prosim tradition. Though Wenona has
                                                                            are safer than ever, as the ability to enter and exit the boarding house
                                                                                                                                                          The book shows Wenona as ahead of its time                                                                changed greatly in 125 years, Mrs Thomas
                                                                            now requires security card scanning.                                                                                               Hospital museum concerning the cot in the
                                                                                                                                                          in an era when Australian society grappled with                                                           says its spirit has not.
              Royal Far West wi                                                                                                                                                                                children’s ward supported from the 1920s
                                ll benefi fr                                In other changes, care of boarding students has become a profession           major changes in the role of women. Students
                       fundraising thistye om boarders’                                in its own right, with the Australian Boarding Schools             were made aware of others’ needs through
                                                                                                                                                                                                               onwards by Wenona girls for many decades.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The book will be launched on 12 September,
                                                                                       Association providing training courses on “duty of care” for       Miss Hooke’s teaching and example. In the            Mrs Thomas is drawing on Wenona’s                    with each current family receiving a copy
                                                                                       boarding house staff.                                              book, we see how the principle Ut prosim has         archives, publications, letters, diaries,            at the end of Term 3 and additional copies
                                                                                                                                                          thrived, throughout the past 125 years.              photographs and memorabilia, and the                 available for purchase from the School.
                                                                                        Boarders have always benefited from attending schools such
                                                                                        as Wenona, at the forefront of education, with innovative
                                                                                        curriculum offerings and a wide range of sporting and cultural
                                                                                        opportunities such as drama, singing, dancing, debating and
                                                                                        more, all of which have expanded greatly over the decades.

                                                                                        In addition, Wenona boarders now also have access to an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The smallest archer returns
                                                                                        Evening Study Centre staffed four nights a week by teachers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            were taught by Mr John Ralston, the brother of
                                                                                        Other aspects of boarding no doubt remain the same, such                                                                                                            headmistress Miss Edith Ralston. Archery was
                                                                                        as the opportunity to make lifelong friends from all parts of                                                                                                       discontinued as a sport during WWII, when the
                                                                                        Australia and the world.                                                                                                                                            metal of the arrow heads was donated to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           melted down for the war effort. Miss Ralston’s
                                                                                        At Wenona, another common thread throughout the years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           nephew, also Mr John Ralston, continues to serve
                                                                                        has been the School’s motto, Ut Prosim, that I may serve, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           on the Wenona board. Mrs Yeldham also loved
                                                                                        alongside the day girls, boarders continue to raise awareness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           being in plays, and once played Hiawatha.
                                                                                        and funds for worthwhile causes.
                                                                                                                                                              Helene in 1927 (second from left)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mrs Yeldham said she was often badly behaved,
                                                                                        Boarders in the late 1920s are shown top left in the very first       and recently in Jackson House with
                                                                                                                                                              current students                                                                            meeting Shore boys on Ridge Street at lunch
                                                                                        assembly hall in School House making sandwiches for one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         times “without my gloves” She recalled being
                                                                                        of the many fetes held for charity at that time. Last year they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         called to Miss Ralston’s office, seemingly in
                                                                                        raised funds for an orphanage in Indochina and this year,
                                                                                        Royal Far West will benefit.
                                                                                                                                                              F  ormer School Captain Helene Yeldham (Thomson 1931), 98,
                                                                                                                                                                 was delighted to meet current Head Prefect Lucy Temby and
                                                                                                                                                              Wenona’s youngest students, Chloe Meldrum, Esha Waller and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           disgrace once again, only to be told she was to be made a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “sub-prefect” even though she did not deserve it. “I’m going to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           try to turn you around, Miss Ralston told her.
        Top: Boarder leaders Sam McKendry of Mudgee (left) with Katie Ball of

                                                                                                         “Boarders still
                                                                                                                                                              Sophie Newham, 5, when she visited Wenona earlier this year.
                                         Lane Cove and Alison Lloyd of Narromine                                                                                                                                                                                                  ”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “From that day I never put a foot wrong, she said. She was
Above: Alison Lloyd (back, left), Ingrid Kraefft, Robyn Skelhorne, Sam McKendry,                                                                              Mrs Yeldham, who is second from the left in the 1927                         appointed Head Prefect the following year, and returned to
Katie Ball, Ainslie Macdonald and Ruby Charlton Shick with Anna Charlton Shick
   (front, left), Nicole Lo and Natalie Peters. Lily Scolari, also on the council was
                            away at Year 7 camp when this photograph was taken.
                                                                                               make lifelong friends.                       ”                 photograph, above, said she loved archery and sports, which                  Wenona for the next two years to teach Kindergarten.

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From the Foundation

                               a time to celebrate
                                                                                                                  Below: Students were delighted to
                                                                                                                  meet historian Dr Ann Moyal AM
                                                                                                                  (Hurley 1942) recently, sister of the
                                                                                                                  late Mimi Hurley (1941), whose
                                                                                                                  bequest provided funding for the
                                                                                                                  Mimi Hurley Library Resource room
                                                                                                                  within the Library. Dr Moyal has

                                                                                                                                                                                     It’s the law
                                                                                                                  specialised in writing about science                                                                             Students from many schools benefited when Wenona hosted a careers event
                                                                                                                  in Australia, and the Library has a                                                                              exploring law as a profession. With former Wenona parent and board member
                                                                                                                  number of her books. She is pictured,                                                                            Ray Martin AM as chair, pictured above left, the following lawyers shared their
                                                                                                                  left, with Executive Director of                                                                                 expertise: UTS senior law lecturer Penny Crofts, dynamic young lawyer
                                                                                                                  Wenona Foundation Trish O’Brien.                                                                                 Edwina Sinclair, Wenonian and Wenona parent Kylie Virtue, Wenona 1992
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   School Captain now UNSW Law Faculty Director of Research Professor Jane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   McAdam whose current research is on climate change migration law, Wenona
                                                                                                                                                            Old girls and staff warmly welcomed our newest Wenonians,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   parent and mediation specialist Catherine Davidson and Wenona parent
                                                                                                                                                            the Class of 2010, in the Undercroft earlier this year. See some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dr Simon Longstaff, who is Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre.
                                                                                                                                                            of their achievements on pages 4 and 5.

              Above: At the unveiling of the plaque to name Jackson House
              were WINC Co-President Stephanie Anderson (Vogan 1973) (left),
              Jeffrey Smith, Margot Goodall, Chair of the Board of Governors
              Dianna Crebbin (1967), Dr Shirley Smith (Pascoe), Sue Hutchins
              (Sparrow 1959), sister of the late Miss Barbara Jackson MBE Norma
              Simon, Margaret Cameron (Spain 1955), sister of Dr Judith Dey AO
              (1940) Patricia Berry (1944), Judy Cameron, Ann Hart (Beardsmore
              1958), Jill and Bryan Padman, Jane McAdam (1992), archivist
              Michele Ginswick and Jillian Sheehy (Schick 1961)

       Improving learning spaces                                                  Foundation membership
       W      ith the fabulous new Woodstock Infants, improved
              space in the Junior School for students in Years 3 to 6
       to spread their wings and Wenona’s International House for
                                                                                  D    onations to the Wenona Foundation come in many forms
                                                                                       and every gift is deeply appreciated. We do understand
                                                                                  the significant sacrifices made by parents to afford the best
       Languages Other Than English (LOTE) about to be launched, the              education they can provide for their daughters, so additional gifts
       125th anniversary year certainly gives us plenty to celebrate.             do not go unnoticed.
       The Foundation Board is delighted that we have been able to
                                                                                  Of the four funds administered by the Foundation, three offer
       contribute to this renewal, through the very generous donations
       of parents and friends of the Wenona community.
                                                                                  donors tax deductibility. The main source of income is from             Remembering ‘BJ’                                                     was accepted by Miss Jackson’s first Head Prefect, Board Chair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ms Dianna Crebbin, who, in her speech over the lunch, gave a
                                                                                  parents’ tax deductible donations to the Building and Acquisition

       Foundation dinners
                                                                                  Fund via tuition statements, for which we are very grateful.
                                                                                  Without this essential source of revenue, we would not be               T   he many roles of the Foundation Office include immersion
                                                                                                                                                              in community and alumni relations. There are very few more
                                                                                                                                                          pleasurable events than to welcome back to the School all those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               potted history of Miss Jackson’s leadership and unique charm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Trish O’Brien
                                                                                  able to support the general upkeep and basic improvements at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Executive Director Wenona Foundation
                                                                                                                                                          loyal supporters of the past whose memories of a “fearsome
       M      any of our exciting improvements might easily go unnoticed          Wenona. A relatively young Foundation was formed in 1999.
                                                                                  Wenona’s capital reserves need to grow into the future. We look         leader” are as strong today as they were during Miss Barbara
              without adequate communication. The Board of Governors
                                                                                  forward to the day when we can boast a growing endowment                Jackson’s mighty reign as Principal of Wenona from 1967 to 1994.
       and the Foundation Office have been pleased to collaborate over
       the past six months to keep parents informed through holding               through even greater commitment to this fund.                           Seventy guests, many of whom were either students or parents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Do you have a tax liability in
       eight Foundation Dinners at nearby Rydges Hotel.
                                                                                  The Scholarship Fund is also well supported by an increasing
                                                                                                                                                          during BJ’s era, attended the special Barbara Jackson Memorial       the uSa?
                                                                                                                                                          Assembly in the Gym and nostalgic lunch in the School Hall on

       More than 180 parents of girls from Kindergarten through to Year           number of parents and friends whose tax deductible good                                                                                          he Australian Independent Schools (AIS) USA Foundation
                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday 16 March.
       12 attended the dinners, with each table hosted by at least two            will towards needy or academically gifted students is also                                                                                       was incorporated in the United States in 2006 and has
       Governors of the School Board or Foundation Directors, allowing            greatly appreciated.                                                    Guest of Honour, Mrs Norma Simon, was welcomed to Wenona             been granted tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) status by the US Internal
       parents to ask further questions.                                                                                                                  by another former Head Prefect Professor Jane McAdam (1992)          Revenue Service (IRS). Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible
                                                                                  The Library Fund is the third deductible gift recipient (DGR) in the    whose parents also attended the ceremonies. Jane spoke               for US taxpayers and may be of benefit to donors worldwide
       Chair of the Board of Governors Ms Dianna Crebbin, herself an              Wenona Foundation, supporting funding for books and expanding           warmly of Miss Jackson’s achievements and explained to current       who wish to support Wenona.
       old girl, past parent and the first of Miss Barbara Jackson’s Head         library IT resources. The fourth fund is the Education Fund and         students the importance of her commitment to girls’ education
       Prefects, shared the strategic thinking behind each of the major           while not offering a deduction for individual donors, this fund has                                                                          For more information please contact Trish O’Brien on
                                                                                                                                                          generally and to Wenona specifically, her work culminating in a
       purchases and developments at Wenona over the past few years               been the receiving vessel for bequests and other donations from                                                                              +61 2 9409 4481 or email foundation@wenona.nsw.edu.au.
                                                                                                                                                          highly coveted Member of the British Empire (MBE) award.
       and plans for the near future.                                             Gift Matching through Corporates and Private Trusts.                                                                                         The AIS USA Foundation’s website also provides further detail,
                                                                                                                                                          Miss Jackson epitomised the school’s motto Ut Prosim, that I         see www.aisusafoundation.com
       The dinners were a great success and will continue in a similar            All financial support of the Foundation merits formal                   may serve, she said. During the assembly Mrs Simon presented
       vein as “Meet the Principal” events following Dr Scott’s arrival.          membership, which follows an initial donation of $100 or more.          Miss Jackson’s MBE to the school for permanent safe-keeping. It

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From the archives                                                                                                                                     Wenona Parents’ Association
                                                                                                                                                      WPa news                                                                     1.                                 2.

                                                                                                                                                      The WPA has started 2011 in true style, enthusiastically! It is hard
                                                                                                                                                      to believe that we are already at the start of Term 2. Term 1 saw
                                                                                                                                                      many wonderful WPA year group lunches, coffee mornings and
                                                                                                                                                      loads of camaraderie. Our Co-Principals Dr Elizabeth Guy and Mrs
                                                                                                                                                      Julie Wiseman, along with Trish O’Brien, Executive Director of the
                                                                                                                                                      Foundation, attended every year lunch and this provided a wonderful
                                                                                                                                                      opportunity for parents and carers to see them on a more social
                                                                                                                                                      level and hear about how their girls were settling into the year.            Enjoying the Year 7 parents’ lunch: 1. Emma Hondros, Janet Camilleri and
                                                                                                                                                      Thanks must also go to all the staff who attended their relative             Penny Camplisson 2. Elizabeth Harris, Jill Davies and Cassandra Macfarlan
                                                                                                                                                      groups. We appreciate that this was done under time constraints.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   team event to suit all styles, followed by a barbecue dinner. The cost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   is $85 including dinner or $50 for dinner only.

                                                                                                      Church parade 1948                                                                                                           To play or assist, please email fiona@interiorconnections.com.au.

                                                pleated tunic in 1
                                                                  927                                                                                                                                                              This year’s tennis day will held on Wednesday 19 October at the
                            Students in their                                                                                                                                                                  Parents Fiona Nix   Oxford Falls Tennis Academy, with our co-coordinators the dynamic
                                                                                                                                                                                                               (Corbett 1981),     duo Claire Levisohn and Deborah Hannes. We look forward to

                                                                a uniform challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                                               host Wendy          welcoming tennis players of all abilities for a day of fun. Get a team of
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Docherty and        four together or let them put you with your Year group. The day follows
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Susie Fischer at    a round robin format and is concluded with lunch and some fun
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the Year 7 lunch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   awards. Please email clairelevisohn@me.com or deborahleehannes@
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   bigpond.com to see how you can help or participate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   With sincere thanks, the WPA would like to acknowledge the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tremendous effort made by Dr Guy and Mrs Wiseman. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   stepped into the role of Co-Principals with ease, willingness and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   professionalism. It is a credit to these women of spirit that Wenona
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   has been in such good hands over the past nine months. As parents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and carers, we are profoundly grateful for your leadership, guidance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and good humour. Ut Prosim, that I may serve. No truer words could
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   be said of you both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Emma Snodgrass
                                                                                                    Left: The Burt sisters modelling tunics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2011 WPA President
                                                                                                    Middle: Boarders gardening circa 1960             Anna Craven of Year 12 with science teacher Mr Luke Bouzguenda,
                                                                                                    Above: Off to church circa 1930                   parents Catherine and Bruce and sister Isabel of Year 7 at the Palmer
                                                                                                                                                      House meet the tutor breakfast

                                                                                                 In the 1970s a new “tartan” shift was introduced     The fabulous 125th anniversary parents’ cocktail party took place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Values stand test of time
                                                                                                 for winter and a dress for summer, with a white,
T   he wearing of the uniform                                                                                                                         on 4 February. With some 600 parents, staff and Board members                After nearly 125 years, Wenona’s success continues. Its vision and
                                                                                                 detachable collar. This collar was the one aspect    enjoying champagne, delicious morsels of food from Katering and              values are shared at home and at School. The depth of experience,
    was always a sensitive issue
                                                                            of the uniform the girls did not want changed when Weiss received         the beautiful sounds of Quintessence, it was hard to leave. So               strength of tradition and strong commitment to Wenona’s motto
and a battlefield for the staff as each generation tried to update,
                                                                            the brief for the new uniform in 1995, and today’s dress is the result.   successful was the night that the WPA will now start organising              Ut Prosim, that I may serve, maintain Wenona as a premier school in
individualise and accessorise their uniform.
                                                                            There are affectionate tales of the old sports tunic, length strictly     a similar event to be held annually. So, if you missed out this year         the 21st Century.
Old girls recall the perennial skirt length conflict as the hitched up                                                                                there will always be next.
                                                                            1 inch above the floor when kneeling, with House badge sewn on                                                                                         In 1886 I imagine parents shared the same values we hold today,
dress gave way to the rolled top skirt, and the memories of the frantic
                                                                            the breast and regulation navy bloomers, always. This garment was         The WPA Wenona School Fair on 17 September should be in                      striving to nurture healthy, happy and educated daughters. In 1886
adjustments as staff hove into view.
                                                                            regarded as comfortable to wear by many, although the thought of          everyone’s diaries. It promises to be a fun filled day for the whole         parents had to face high infant mortality, sexual inequality and the
They look back with fondness at their particular challenge to authority,    forgotten bloomers 40 years later could still cause angst.                family. With games alleys, rides, food stalls, second hand books, a          industrial revolution all in a newly developing country. It took Miss
be it buttons undone and missing, wearing jumpers outside the                                                                                         champagne bar, barbeque and so much more, there is no reason to
                                                                            On outings, the boarders changed into the sports tunic when they                                                                                       Edith Hooke, described at the time as “a woman with tenacity of
School, the long sock versus short sock challenge, gloves mislaid, or                                                                                 stay at home. Each year group has their stall allocation and plans are
                                                                            reached their destination, then changed back again into “proper”                                                                                       purpose and indomitable will” to open Woodstock and then Wenona.
perhaps the nail polish, jewellery and make-up, and hairdos which                                                                                     well underway. If you need further information please contact fair
                                                                            uniform to return to school. Boarders wore the sports tunic on                                                                                         She was well ahead of her time as an educator of young women.
defied the wearing of any hat.                                                                                                                        convenor Rowena Stulajter at rowena@nanovations.com.au.
                                                                            weekends and after school. All girls wore it for every sport except
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wenona provides our daughters with life skills so that as adults they
Before the 1920s, however, the young Wenonians “wore no school              tennis, although by the 1980s shorts were worn by serious                 The annual second hand textbook sale in December last year was               have opportunities and choices, living independent, productive and
uniform and sat for no exams” By the late 1920s they had a navy box         competitors at athletics carnivals, up until 1996.                        voted a huge success on all levels. Parents were so happy to sell            rewarding lives. Wenona upholds its fundamental role in affirming
pleated tunic, flannel blazer, white blouse and a hat recognisable today.                                                                             and clear out old books that the WPA has decided to take it to the
                                                                            Whatever the uniform, stories abound, such as the one about “The                                                                                       students’ self esteem, optimism and personal development
1933 saw the introduction of the navy double breasted tunic, woollen        Hat” belonging to a student of the 1930s en route to the Blue             next level. Later this year we will include second hand uniforms and         which enables them to engage in our global society and its social
serge for winter and silk for summer. In the 1940s, war shortages           Mountains for a geology excursion, which blew out of the steam            second hand instruments as well as books. To get involved, please            responsibilities. Wenona prepares our daughters for their roles as
meant that all clothing had to be simplified and the two uniforms           engine drawn carriage window, flew past the other windows of              contact Dr Jane Matthew at janematthew@optusnet.com.au. This is              family, community and workforce members. It is done with love
were replaced by the white flecked navy, known as “the dandruff             carriages filled with Wenonians and disappeared forever. Its owner’s      a fabulous opportunity to pick up books, uniforms and instruments            which is timeless.
fabric”! It was worn with a white blouse with long peaked collar, and       main concern was that, on their return to Central on Sunday night,        and a great way for the WPA to raise funds for Wenona.
of course, hat and gloves.                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Wenona Parents’ Association looks forward to the next 125 years!
                                                                            she would have to walk through the city in uniform, but bareheaded!       This year’s Wenona Golf Club Challenge will take place on
From the 1930s until the 1960s, boarders had more than 40 items of          Michele Ginswick                                                          Wednesday 9 November at Roseville Golf course, once again                    Rachel James
uniform, for winter and summer, for dinner and church.                      Archivist                                                                 organised by Fiona Nix. There will be a relaxed and friendly nine-hole       Outgoing WPA President

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                                                        Wenonians Inc (WINC) ‘pink pages’                                                                                                                      Wenonians Inc (WINC) ‘pink pages’

     Introducing your                            performed at the 125th Anniversary Concert
                                                                                                     marriages                                                                                          Serving climate change ‘refugees’
    committee for 2011
                                                 at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 22 June.                                                             Join WInC Online
                                                                                                     Sally Blanche Murray (Jenkins 1990) married                                                        Former school captain, now international refugee
                                                 Our annual Careers Evening will be held                                                               Wenona’s answer to Facebook, WINC
             Co Presidents:                                                                          Andrew Scott Murray in the garden at                                                               and migration law expert Professor Jane McAdam
                                                 on Monday 22 August at Wenona. Please                                                                 Online, hosts strictly Wenona-only traffic.
   Stephanie Anderson (Vogan 1973) and                                                               Trangie in October 2009.                                                                           (1992) was among the impressive speakers at a
                                                 contact us to take part, as it is a wonderful                                                         It contains news of reunions and events
      Elisabeth Hing (Ronfeldt 1978)                                                                                                                                                                    careers event, It’s the Law, hosted by Wenona
                                                 way to support both WINC and Wenona.                                                                  to suit all peer years. Join the growing         earlier this year, featured on page 19. She also
              Vice President:
                                                 Please see other dates on page 23. For
                                                                                                     Births                                            number of WINC Online registrations              addressed Wenonians young and old at the recent
     Marie Soghomonian (Seferian 1992)                                                                                                                 by logging on to the Wenona website              presentation of the late Miss Barbara Jackson’s
                                                 more information please contact us at WINC          WINC member Lisette Cochineas (Lumb
                    Secretary:                   Online, wenoniansinc@wenona.nsw.edu.au                                                                at www.wenona.nsw.edu.au and                     MBE to Wenona (see pages 2 and 19).
                                                                                                     1992) and her husband Andrew welcome
              Fiona Nix (Corbett 1981)           or through the Foundation Office at Wenona.                                                           following the links to Community and
                                                                                                     their daughter Georgia Lisette Cochineas,                                                          Professor of Law at the University of NSW,
                                                                                                                                                       Wenonians Inc.
                Treasurer:                                                                           born on 16 August 2010.                                                                            Professor McAdam holds honours degrees in both
                                                 Stephanie Anderson and Elisabeth Hing
      Jenny Jacobsen (Robertson 1997)            Co-Presidents                                                                                         Click the Overview tab and click where           arts and law from the University of Sydney and a
                                                                                                     WINC member Anika Brett (1999) and
                                                                                                                                                       indicated to register. You will be issued        PhD from Oxford. She is the Director of Research
                 Committee:                                                                          her husband Daniel Burrows gave birth to
                                                                                                                                                       with a unique username and password              in the Faculty of Law at UNSW, the Director of
                                                                                                     daughter Darcey Caitlin Burrows on
    Kelly Crawford-Elias (Crawford 1987)
             Karina Kanjian (2006)
                                                 In fond memory                                      13 December 2010.
                                                                                                                                                       and you can fill in as little or as much         the International Refugee and Migration Law
                                                                                                                                                       detail as you wish. Your email address           project at its Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law,
  Lisa-Maree Montgomery (Golding 1981)           We acknowledge the passing of the                                                                                                                                                                           Professor Jane McAdam (1992)
                                                                                                     Jock Timothy Peterson was born to Juliet          will remain private and invisible to             a Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s
     Rebecca Murray (Anderson 2002)              following Wenonians and give thanks for
                                                                                                     Peterson (Evans 1993) and husband Scott.          others, but you can contact other                Refugee Studies Centre, and was the Director of
       Vicki Schramko (Edwards 1962)             their diverse contributions.
                                                                                                     Juliet is a former Wenona Junior School           Wenonians via the automated email                Oxford’s International Summer School in Forced Migration in 2008.
          Merrianne Sinclair (1979)
                                                 Dr Judith Dey AO (1940), a foundation               teacher and now works at Kinross Wolaroi          facility. Join today and stay connected!
            Michelle Sloane (1977)                                                                                                                                                                      Among her many other roles, Professor McAdam is a consultant to the United Nations High
                                                 member of the Wenona School Council,                school at Orange. Jock is a brother to four
 Kate Murray (2010 leavers’ representative).                                                                                                                                                            Commissioner for Refugees on the issue of climate change displacement and international
                                                 died in April this year. She became Chair in        year-old Ava and Angus, who is three.
                                                 1972 and served until 1988. Dr Dey, also a
                                                                                                     Sally Blanche Murray (Jenkins 1990) and
                                                                                                                                                     WInC events                                        law responses to it, and has advised the Australian and British governments on related issues.
We are always happy to welcome new               past President of the Old Girls’ Union, was                                                                                                            Professor McAdam’s current research focuses on how international law and policy should
                                                                                                     husband Andrew welcome their first daughter,    Please note that profits from WINC events
members to our committee so if you are           Wenona’s first medical graduate. She was                                                                                                                                                               .
                                                                                                                                                                                                        respond to so-called climate change “refugees” This has involved field work in the island
                                                                                                     Grace Penelope Murray, on 4 August 2010.        support the WINC Scholarship Fund.
interested please contact us at wenoniansinc     created an Officer of the Order of Australia                                                                                                           nations of Kiribati and Tuvalu, and in Bangladesh and India, supported by a prestigious
@wenona.nsw.edu.au or at WINC Online.            for her contribution to paediatrics, particularly   Abigail Bannister (1989) and husband            Friday 20 May at 7.30am: Women of Spirit           Australian Research Council Grant.
                                                 in relation to her work with children with          Edward Hedley are delighted to welcome          Breakfast, $55 a person, starring celebrity chef
In September 2010 we held our first Women                                                                                                                                                               Professor McAdam said she felt both privileged and humbled by being able to take to the UN
                                                 developmental disabilities.                         daughter Charli Babette Victoria Hedley, born   Lyndey Milan (1971) at Rydges Hotel McLaren
of Spirit Breakfast with our guest speaker                                                                                                                                                              the plight of Pacific islanders whose nations are threatened by rising sea levels. She credits
                                                                                                     1 November 2011.                                Street, North Sydney. Contact Marie on 0413
being Natalie Isaacs from 1 Million Women.       Norma Butterworth (St Clair 1934), who                                                                                                                 Wenona with giving her “a healthy respect for different people’s views and for doing what
                                                                                                                                                     834 849 or at marie@creativebuzzevents.com.
                                                 died in June 2009, was the mother of Jacqui         Congratulations to Kate Kingsford-Smith                                                            you really believe in” as well as a sense that she could use her skills and privileges to assist
This year the breakfast will take place on                                                                                                           au to book and pay by credit card.
                                                 Millen (1960) and Sue Tomlinson (1961). Sue’s       (1991) on the birth of her daughter.                                                               others, adding that her Wenona education equipped her “for life, not just for exams”   .
Friday 20 May at Rydges Hotel North Sydney,
                                                 daughters Penelope McGown (Tomlinson                                                                Wednesday 22 June: 125th anniversary
with guest speaker Lyndey Milan (Hall 1971),                                                         Vicki Albert (Ramsden 1989) and husband
                                                 1991) and Sarah Brooks (Tomlinson 1992)                                                             concerts at Sydney Town Hall, 2pm and 7pm,
a celebrity chef, television presenter and                                                           David welcomed a new baby girl Alice on
                                                 also attended Wenona.
author as well as a Wenonian!                                                                        1 September 2010. Alice is sister to Georgie,
                                                                                                                                                     featuring the Wenona Voices WINC Choir.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Passion for care
                                                 Nancye Holland Hough (Raffan 1935)                  who is now two years old.                       Friday 24 June at 2pm: Foundation Day
Please contact us at WINC Online or visit                                                                                                                                                               Veterinary scientist Emma Warry (1999) is
                                                 passed away on 14 May 2010, aged 93.                                                                Oration at Wenona.
www.wenona.nsw.edu.au/community/                                                                     Victoria (Tory) Tompson (1990) is delighted                                                        specialising in Veterinary Medical Oncology at
wenoniansinc for further information. All        Pamela Challis (Thompson 1945)                      to welcome daughter Sophia, born 2 July         Monday 22 August from 6pm: WINC                    the Colorado State University Animal Cancer
money raised at the breakfast and other          formerly of Ainslie, ACT, passed away on            2010. Tory’s mother Sandy Tompson (Clarke       Careers Night, showcasing Wenonian                 Center, the first such centre in the world, and
activities supports our scholarship funds.       30 September 2010. Mrs Challis’ sister              1960) is also a Wenona old girl.                professional talent for the benefit of Year 10,    one of the largest.
                                                 Anthea Moffitt (Thompson 1950) also                                                                 11 and 12 students, at Wenona’s Miller Street
The Wenonians Inc Scholarship for 2011 and                                                           Congratulations to Marwah Evans (1999)                                                             She will shortly begin a Fellowship at North
                                                 attended Wenona.                                                                                    Gym. Contact wenoniansinc@wenona.nsw.
2012 has been awarded to Arabella Raupach                                                            and husband Saif Al-Busaidi on the birth of                                                        Carolina State University Veterinary Teaching
                                                                                                                                                     edu.au to register as a mentor.
of Year 11 and the Victorian Group’s Book        Jill Butler (Sargeant 1949) formerly of             their son Junaid, born in 2009. Marwah and                                                         Hospital in canine bone marrow transplants for
Award Recipient is Laura Wood of Year 11.        Tugan Heights, Queensland, has died of              her family live in Oman.                        Monday 12 September: Ut Prosim Book                patients with lymphoma.
Both girls are very worthy recipients of these   bone cancer last year.                                                                              Launch, 4pm (see page 17).
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “After I finished my HSC at Wenona I did my
awards. We wish them well for their HSC
                                                 Formerly of Biggera Waters, Queensland,                                                             Saturday 17 September: WPA Fair at                 Bachelor degree in Veterinary science at The             Emma Warry (1999) and lymphoma
studies and look forward to welcoming them
                                                 Deirdre de Renaudes (Gillard 1949)                                                                  Wenona featuring WINC’s fabulous café.             University of Sydney. I graduated in 2004.               patient Phoebe
on to our Committee in the future.
                                                 has died in 2009 with complications
                                                                                                                                                     Sunday 18 September: Back to Boarding,                                                                     ”
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “My work is both extremely challenging and rewarding, said Emma, who completed a
In February we welcomed back to school           from Alzheimers.
                                                                                                                                                     noon lunch and tour.                               Veterinary Science degree at the University of Sydney in 2004, worked in a small animal
the 2010 leavers with a delicious afternoon
                                                 Janet Hensley (Crawford 1970) passed                                                                                                                   hospital in Sydney, then began a rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists in
tea. It was a wonderful opportunity for the                                                                                                          Saturday 22 October 5pm to 8pm: Meet
                                                 away in February after a long illness. Her                                                                                                             Brisbane where she discovered her passion for veterinary oncology.
girls to meet up with their school friends and                                                                                                       incoming Principal Dr Briony Scott
                                                 classmates extend condolences to her family.
teachers and also have a tour of Woodstock                                                                                                           (Edmonds 1981) on the Woodstock Rooftop,           “I love being able to make a difference to my patients, improve their quality of life and at the
Infants, the new home of Kindergarten to         Former boarder Jeanette McDonald                                                                    $55 a person.                                      same time touch the lives of their owners. I also really enjoy being able to contribute to the
Year 2 students.                                 (Ferguson 1951) of Forest Lake,                                                                                                                        profession, and human patients with cancer through research.
                                                 Queensland, died in late January 2011.                                                              Monday 21 November: WINC AGM. All
In this, Wenona’s 125th birthday year, the                                                                                                           welcome; RSVP to wenoniansinc@wenona.              “My time at Wenona was very special. I made a lot of wonderful friends and enjoyed being part
traditional Foundation Day oration will be       Librarian and keen geologist Margaret                                                               nsw.edu.au to assist with catering.                of the Wenona family. I will always reflect on this time of my life fondly, and feel that it gave me
celebrated in an exciting piece of theatre       Owen (Innes 1951) died in March 2011.               Marwah Evans and family in Oman                                                                    the courage and confidence to set my sights high and go after what I want.     ”

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                                                        Wenonians Inc (WINC) ‘pink pages’

   Class of 1950                                                       WINC Victorian
   reunion                                                             group reunion

Reunion news
A number of Wenonians of the Class of 1950
attended their 60th reunion at the home of
Lucille Seale (de Lépervanche) in Mosman
late last year. Many live interstate. The group
has met every five years in recent decades,
but now plans to meet yearly.

Lucille, who worked as an occupational
therapist for many years, is also the
mother of Wenona human society and its
environment (HSIE) teacher Mrs Kate Seale
and grandmother of Edie Warne of Year 10.                               Class of 1960 reunion

Margaret Taylor (Gardner 1954) kindly             displayed at the lunch included an              Please contact Jillian Sheehy (Schick) at
provided this photograph of the Victorian         autographed school hat and blouse with Miss     jd@ozemail.com.au or Lorraine Maze (Bloore)
Group who met at her home late last year.         Ralston’s signature, some items souvenired      at mazes@bigpond.com.
                                                  from the boarders’ dining room many years
“The combined age of the 13 Wenonians                                                             Class of 1971: Wenonians who left 40
                                                  ago as well as collections of school photos.
who attended was about 1000 years!”                                                               years ago will enjoy lunch on 14 August
Margaret said. “However, one could make           Some Wenonians could still recite perfectly     (tba). Please contact Lyndey Milan (Hall) at
a mistake of thinking we were still in our        the names on their 1956 class roll, and all     Lyndey@lyndeymilan.com or Judy Gardner
Wenona uniforms, such was the chatter, the        joined in a rousing rendition of the School     (Howe) at jgardner@whsm.com.au.
laughter and the stories.                         song at the conclusion!
                                                                                                  Class of 1976: Wenonians who left 35 years
“We value the lessons learned at Wenona,                                                          ago will meet on Saturday 14 October. For
including a pride in our country, a belief        Regional reunions                               details please contact Linda Wiadrowski
in guidance from above and an utter                                                               (Smallwood) at wiadrowski@optusnet.com.au.
                                                  Wenonians and prospective families are
commitment to our families, our friends and
                                                  warmly welcome to come and see us at            Class of 1981: Wenonians who left 30 years
our community. We are ‘Miss Ralston’s girls’
                                                  boarding expos in Dubbo on 13, 14 and           ago will meet on Saturday 29 October at the
and hope she would be proud of us all and
                                                  brunch on 15 May; Griffith on 17 and 18 June;   home of Suzie Riley (Davis) at 22 Bay Street
our various achievements.
                                                  and Tamworth on 23 and 24 July. Please          Mosman. For details, please contact Kirsten
“There were last minute apologies from            contact Foundation Executive Director           Collier (Treharne) at kcollier@bigpond.net.au
Julia Wood (1949), Dr Silke Hesse (Beinnsen       Trish O’Brien at tobrien@wenona.nsw.edu.au.     or Susan Yates at burgfam9@bigpond.net.au.
1952), Margaret Routley/Dalheim (Kirby
                                                                                                  Class of 1991: Wenonians who left 25 years
1945), and earlier from six others.
                                                  Class reunions                                  ago will meet for dinner on Saturday 21 May
“If anyone remembering these girls would                                                          2011 at the Firehouse Hotel in North Sydney
                                                  Class of 1951: Wenonians who left 60 years
like to get in touch, please forward a note to                                                    from 7pm after touring Wenona from 5.30pm
                                                  ago will meet for lunch at the Queen’s Club
WINC and it can be forwarded.   ”                                                                 to 6.30pm. Please meet at the Walker Street
                                                  in Elizabeth Street, Sydney, on Thursday
                                                                                                  entrance at 5.25pm. Contact Michelle Vernon
Thirty four “girls” from the class of 1960        3 November. For details, please contact
                                                                                                  at mvernon@spin.net.au for details.
celebrated their 50th anniversary at lunch at     Mrs Elisabeth Kingsford-Smith (Francis) on
Manly Golf Club last year. Many came from         (02) 4787 6876 or at weaks@bigpond.com;         Any interest in the following groups:
country NSW, others came from Northern            Mary-Rose McDonald (Baldwin) on                 pre1950, Classes of 1956, 1966, 1986, 1996,
Territory, Queensland and Victoria to meet up     (02) 4868 2361 or (02) 9251 2216 or at          2001, 2006, or even London, New York or
with Sydney classmates. One of them even          mrmcd@bigpond.com; or Robin Laforest            Hong Kong?
came from California for the occasion!            (Kelso) on (02) 4782 6430 or at b1laforest@
                                                                                                  Please contact WINC Reunions
Many reminiscences of their school days                                                           Representative Merrianne Sinclair (1979) at
were exchanged and enjoyed as they talked         Class of 1961: Wenonians who left 50 years      wenoniansinc@wenona.nsw.edu.au
and laughed. Some special memorabilia             ago are planning to meet on 29 October.         for assistance.

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