Sun, Sep 17, 2023 8:00 AM
With Marlborough Girls’ College 60th Jubilee Celebrations only a month away on October 13-14, preparations are well underway to celebrate this auspicious event.
In 1963 the Marlborough community made the decision to create a new Girls’ and Boys’ College as opposed to building a co-ed school in Blenheim and a separate school on the current McLauchlan Street site was established.
“We are very proud to celebrate sixty years of educating girls and young women in Marlborough,” says Principal Mary-Jeanne Lynch.
“History is coming full circle as we are currently planning to co-locate and share a campus within the next five years with Marlborough Boys’ College.
"Marking this milestone of sixty years as Marlborough Girls’ College will be our last significant celebration before that happens.”
A range of events are planned for the Jubilee which include a welcome/pōwhiri on the Friday morning with school tours and events during lunchtime.
A meet and mingle at Yard Bar will take place on Friday evening, more school tours on Saturday morning followed by a celebration dinner on Saturday night.
“Current students are involved in planning and decorating for the event and setting up and waitressing for the Celebration Dinner,” explains Deputy Principal Emily Stenhouse.
“This will be led by our school’s Events and Promotions Manutaki and their committee as well as some of our catering students to gain that 'real world experience'.
"Students will run school tours and talk about how the school is today for those who come and visit. They will be part of the welcoming/pōwhiri on the Friday morning as well as celebrations throughout the day.”
Celebrating such a milestone is an opportunity to honour past and present teachers and pupils and everyone involved in making the school the success it is.
“We are most proud of the strong bonds of friendship and connection that students and staff develop as part of the Marlborough Girls’ College whanau, along with the positive, determined and forthright women who leave our college to make a difference to their communities, both local and global,” says Mary-Jeanne.
“We are very proud of all our alumni and the growth of our school to embrace and give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
"We celebrate the diversity in our Marlborough Girls’ College Whānau, and support the understanding and acceptance of all cultures in our community.
"We continue to proudly serve our community through sixty years of continuous innovation and change in education, and honour those who have been part of our journey thus far.”