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Centenary celebrations end on a high note

To mark the EGGS Centenary, 10 wonderful events took place over 5 days from 5-9 April.  The events included an Official Opening and Book Launch, a glamourous Gala Dinner at the Langham and the grand finale EGGSFEST, our very own community festival which culminated in a performance of a specially commissioned piece of Centenary music by David Hamilton - one of New Zealand's most widely performed composers. The feedback from our guests - alumnae and friends - was that they have had the best 100th birthday celebration ever. We are so proud to have celebrated 100 years of excellence in girls' education with you all.

A heartfelt thanks from the Centenary Committee to all involved in the organisation of the Centenary celebrations.

Centenary Celebrations 5-9 April, Join us

With only 6 days to go, the Centenary Celebrations 5-9 April are almost on us! We're so pleased at the support we've received from the EGGS Community present and past as many of our events are selling out fast. A huge thanks from the Centenary Committee to you! We would especially encourage students and parents to join our very own community festival EGGFEST, the wonderful Centenary finale, on Sunday 9 April 1pm-4pm. The Centenary Gala Dinner, the ultimate celebration of 100 wonderful years, is not an event reserved just for alumnae – everyone is welcome.

To learn more about each of the 10 amazing events we have lined please see here

Tournament Week Results

It's been a really busy week with teams competing all over the country

EGGS Cricket: EGGS won the Auckland Region NZCT qualifying tournament. Going through the round robin undefeated and winning the final they will be heading to Nationals later in the year! Final score EGGS 114/7 vs Takapuna 59/9

EGGS Water Polo: EGGS Water Polo finished 2nd in their pool of the NISS Champs after beating Hamilton and Takapuna but losing to Mt Maunganui. The competition continues over the weekend.

EGGS Waka Ama: 1st Place in the plate final with Rotorua Boys High School 2nd Place in the Bowl final 250m U19 Girls Blue team

EGGS Rowing:U18 novice coxed eight A Final: 2nd placed (7:21:19) U18 novice coxed eight B final: placed 5th (7:45:32) U16 coxed eight Final: 1st placed (7:07:79) More finals on Saturday!

EGGS Mountain Biking: EGGS teams had a great last day finishing 1st in both the Junior and the Senior Relays!

EGGS Ultimate EGGS Ultimate has won the NZSS Trophy for the 3rd year in a row beating Lytton Girls in the final 12-6

Open Morning - Tuesday, 2 May 2017


EGGS 100 drone photo

Nicola Rennie from the Centenary Committee organising the staff and students for the drone photo taken today

Today students and staff gathered in the school field for the special Centenary drone photo. Everyone worked together to form EGGS 100 in human shape so watch this space for some awesome aerial views.

This is an exciting lead up to the main celebrations in April 5-9 2017, come and join us

 A huge thanks to Nicola Rennie and her tutor group who worked out the mathematics last year and to the set-up team.


New Family Barbeque

The PTA enjoyed seeing so many students and families at the new family bbq on Wednesday evening. Thank you to the tutors, peers supporters, EGG co-ordinators and group leaders for their work with the tables and the displays of extra curricula activities. Congratulations to 9WAD, 9WHE and 9JOS for their placings and 9HEE for their honourable mention.

The next PTA event is Wednesday 8 March at 7pm in the staffroom – Top Tips for Parents New to EGGS. This will be followed by the AGM. New members are always welcome!

Assembly to celebrate EGGS 100th Birthday

Centenary Birthday Cake

Students and staff celebrated our 100th birthday in a special assembly this morning, 100 years of excellence in girls' education. From a whole assembly selfie to a ceremonial cake cutting, there was definitely a great feeling throughout the school. The centenary assembly is a wonderful lead up to the the main celebrations in April 5-9 2017. Register today if you haven't already. EGGS opened its doors for the very first time on 12 February 1917 to only 170 students. Today we have over 2,200 students. We have so much to be proud of!

Birthday selfie, staff and students in their Centenary T-shirts


2017 marks the special EGGS Centenary year

2017 is officially the EGGS Centenary year and what a wonderful year we have ahead of us.  We're very excited to share this occasion with you so let the countdown begin. Come and join us as we celebrate 100 years of excellence in girls' education from 5-9 April 2017.  Register for the amazing line up of Centenary events at iTicket

Dont' forget to take a look at Centenary web pages for the latest news, updates and attendees list and to like us on Facebook.  Be a part of EGGS Centenary history.

EGGS past Principal and Alumna celebrated in New Year Honours List

Past Principal Madeline Gunn

Congratulations to EGGS past Principal Madeline Gunn and EGGS Alumna Rima Te Wiata who have both been made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours List 2017. Madeline's appointment is for services to education and Rima's is for services to film and television. This is wonderful news for EGGS and a great start to our special Centenary year.

Epsom Girls sign up for summer reading

The Library is full of summer reading book parcels this morning

Our Year 9 and 10 students were given the option of signing up to receive a Summer Reading Book Parcel from the EGGS Library. The response was fantastic as over 250 students signed up! On their forms students indicated what reading genres they preferred and how many books they would like. The Librarians then thoughtfully selected books for each student, checking their borrowing records to see what they had already read. All of the books have been wrapped up and are ready to collect from under the tree in this last week of school. A massive thank you to the wonderful work of our Librarians and happy reading over the summer break Epsom Girls!

EGGS wins "Best Production 2016" at Showdown

Epsom Girls Grammar School "West Side Story" production

At the Showdown Awards on Wednesday 2 November, the EGGS/AGS production of West Side Story was awarded the supreme award of the evening - the iTICKET Award for Best Production 2016.

The aims of Showdown are:

  • To encourage young performers and foster excellence in the performing arts
  • To promote the performing arts as an option for tertiary study and as a career path
  • To raise the profile of performing arts in school
  • To build links between school performing arts programmes and Auckland community theatres.

The production team were represented on the night by Miss Anna Richardson, Shanaia Buffet Boutsady, Sonia Li, Summer Boudier, Jacob Johnson, Keegan Elliot and Ben Kidd.  Congratulations to the team!

Senior Prize Giving 2016

Senior Prize Giving 2016, Marjory Adams Hall

Last night, Wednesday 2 November, we celebrated the great academic achievements of our year 11, 12 and 13 students at the EGGS Senior Prize Giving ceremony. This year we had over 40 Scholarship recipients for both New Zealand and overseas universities - an outstanding result all round.

The Special Academic Awards were presented to:

Jade Beckmann
Kathleen Mandeno Scholarship
University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
Certificates for distinction in Chinese Second Language and Digital Technologies

Renee Zhang
Hilda Chenery Scholarship
University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
Coralie Blackwell Memorial Prize for English
Contemporary Prize for distinction in Biology, Spanish, History and English Contemporary
Te Ropu Wero Cup for Service to the School (joint) (donated by 2005 Challenge Committee) 

May Gao
University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
John Williamson Scholarship
Einstein Award for the top Science student in Year 13
Charlotte Gibbs Memorial Prize for formal writing
Penny Le Couteur Prize for Chemistry (joint)
Joy Carter Prize for Chemistry (joint)
Verna Dowdle Award for participation and leadership in Arts & Culture
Prize for distinction in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and English Shakespeare and highly commended in Statistics
Prize for Proxime Accessit (donated by PTA Committee)
Woolf-Fisher Memorial Scholar

Monique Waller
University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship
John Williamson Scholarship
M E Freeman Memorial Prize for Mathematics
Emens-Spencer Physics Prize (joint) (donated by Janice McAdam (nee Emens) and Jean Lang (nee Spencer)
Penny Le Couteur Prize for Chemistry (joint)
Joy Carter Prize for Chemistry (joint)
Prize for distinction in Accounting, Economics, Physics, Chemistry and Statistics
Prize for Dux (donated by Miss M.F.E. Adams)

Congratulations to all prize and Scholarship winners for 2016! We also wish our year 13 students all the best for their examinations and for the future as they wave goodbye to us today, to go on study leave.

Monique Waller won the 2016 Prize for Dux 

2017 Prefects were announced last night

Sports Awards for outstanding Epsom Girls

Sports students with Sarah Walker

The EGGS Sports Dinner was hosted at Alexandra Park on 19 October this year. The guest speaker for the evening was Sarah Walker, 2012 BMX Olympic Silver Medallist. A special thanks to Sarah for her great contribution and valuable insight.

The Very Special Award winners for 2016 were:

  • Sports Council Senior Trophy for outstanding Team Spirit – Netball Premier 1
  • Sports Council Junior Trophy for Outstanding Team Spirit – Football Junior 
  • Victor Macky Cup for Service to School Sport – Jessica Philpot and Molly Sheffield
  • McCrystal Cup for Best International Performance – Ruofei Rao
  • Louis Dalley Memorial Cup for Coach of the Year – Waana Araroa
  • Old Girls Association Cup for Best All Round Sportswoman – Ruby Murray
  • Louis Dalley Memorial Cup for Sportswoman of the Year – Ruofei Rao

A huge congratulations to everyone who won Awards, Colours and Scholarships.

Sarah Walker, the Guest Speaker for the evening 


EGGS Student is a Next Generation Leader

2016 Next Generation Leaders Graduates

Congratulations to Head Prefect Michelle Schneideman on graduating from the Fuji Xerox 2016 Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Programme earlier this month. 28 other young leaders from all over New Zealand joined Michelle in the graduation.

Michelle said "it was an amazing experience. Not only was it an opportunity for me to meet other students from across the whole country, the 2016 NGL Programme gave me the opportunity to learn from a range of incredible and inspiring guest speakers from different backgrounds. It gave me the chance to explore areas of life and work I never thought of or even existed! I truly believe that the 2016 NGL Programme helped set me up really well for the road that lies ahead".

The Next Generation Leaders Programme is centred around the students and is a platform for each participant to learn from others and develop as a leader. For an overview of the 2016 Fuji Xerox Programme please click here.

Former EGGS Chair plants recognition tree

Former Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dr Gerald Young visited EGGS this afternoon as a Rewarewa tree was planted in recognition of his valued contribution to the school from 2006-2016. The tree can be found outside of the Joyce Fisher Sports Centre. A big thank you from us all Gerald.


Old Girl Lisa Fong, Deputy Director GCSB visits EGGS

Old Girl Lisa Fong with the Head Prefects

Lisa Fong, Deputy Director Information Assurance and Cyber Security at the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) talked to the juniors students at a recent assembly about her journey from EGGS to a spy agency. Lisa is an old girl who attended EGGS from 1993 to 1997. She is a qualified lawyer, with a Master of Laws from the New York University School of Law. For many years she advised on government legal issues at Crown Law, before joining the GCSB as their Chief Legal Adviser and is currently a Deputy Director at the Bureau. She is responsible for protecting organisations of importance to New Zealand from cyber security attacks and other threats to information security.

Epsom Girls awarded Team Gold CREST

Congratulations to Michelle Schneideman and Susie Kwon who have been awarded a Team Gold CREST for their research into carbon monoxide exposure in indoor car-parks. Michelle and Susie were presented their Gold CREST medals by the President of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Professor Richard Bedford.

This is the first time EGGS has been awarded a Gold CREST and it is a great honour and privelege for us, the girls and their supervising teacher Mayada Ghanim.

To find out more about the project please visit:


Epsom Girls Biology trip to Samoa

For the second year now, EGGS students have taken part in a Biology trip to Samoa. 21 of our Year 12 and 13 students are on the island during the school holiday break from 25-30 September. All of the girls are studying Biology and aspire to have a career in health, medicine and science. This trip is an eye opening medical experience where students spend valuable time in a number of different departments, hospitals and research centres as well as visiting the local high school and cultural centre. The girls will return from Samoa this Friday evening and it has been a thought provoking and educational visit for all.

EGGS student wins Wallace Arts Award

The EGGS Visual Arts Department is very proud to announce that Falefia-o-Alii Roache has won the Wallace Arts Secondary Schools Awards with her work "Ceremonial Koga'i". Falefia was awarded her prize at the opening of the exhibition by Sir James Wallace on the evening of Monday 12 September. This is a huge accomplishment for Falefia and our five other finalists; Stella Mackrell, Hayley Platt, Minsoh Choy, Rebecca Hazard and Stephanie Khoo, who were selected as finalists from more than five hundred entries from throughout New Zealand. Their work will be on display at the Pah Homestead until 6 November 2016, alongside the winners of the National Wallace Awards and the Wallace Arts Trust Collection; an unparalleled anthology and resource of Contemporary New Zealand Art.

Visit by Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern, List MP, Labour with Head Prefect Michelle Schneideman following Michelle’s second senior assembly with parliamentary speakers on Women in Politics. The first was the Hon Nikki Kaye, Associate Minister of Education.

Father & Daughter Breakfast: Programme and Joining Instructions

Ticket sales are now closed and we are all set for an unforgettable Father Daughter Breakfast experience on Wednesday 10 August.

We are very excited about seeing you all.

A programme and details for joining us on the day can be found below:

Programme:  Please click here

Joining Instructions

7-00am - Start
8-30am - Finish
Arrive - Eden Park, Gate G entrance off Reimers Ave – Take elevator to Level 4 Lounge, South Stand.
Free parking in car park P5. Click here for Parking Map.

Kokako Trio

Kokako Trio members Mabel Hung, Esther Wu and May Gao with Principal Mrs Lorraine Pound at the NZCT Chamber Music Contest Finals. After going through from the Semi-finals on Friday, Kokako won The KBB Music National Award and The People’s Choice Award.


Visit by Minister for Youth, ACC and Civil Defence and Associate Minister of Education

Head Prefect Michelle Schneideman invited Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister for Youth, ACC and Civil Defence and Associate Minister of Education to speak to the Senior School this morning about her journey in politics as part of Michelle's Leadership Project on Women in Politics. The next speaker, later this month will be Jacinda Adern.

Wearable Arts 2016

Wearable Art was a roaring success once again on Thursday night. Our 10 Art students put on an incredible performance that showcased their pieces that they have been working on this term as part of our Visual Arts program. Their hard work, and dedication to the aesthetic of each diverse category, as well as the depth of their conceptual thinking, was clearly evident on stage. The Arts staff and senior students worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring it all together.

This year we were very lucky to have international artist Tiffany Singh as a guest judge on the night as well as a selection of Auckland Normal Intermediate School students sharing their Wearable Art works. We also enjoyed guest performances by Contemporary Music leader Abby Busch and Mega Schools Hip hop dance crew.

Congratulations to all the students on a fantastic show.

Head to the Visual Arts at EGGS Facebook page to view more images

2016 Chinese Extravaganza

The first of the three sold-out Chinese Extravaganza shows happened on Saturday evening. The audience were treated to performances including traditional dance, dragon and lion dance, drama, chamber groups, band, choir, modern dance and diabolo. Congratulations to all involved.


Centenary Celebrations 5-9 April 2017: Buy your tickets now!

We’re delighted to announce that tickets for the Centenary celebrations are now available to buy on iTicket.

Below are just some of the events available - view the Centenary tab on our website to see more including links that'll take you straight to iTicket.


You can also stay in the loop about the Centenary Celebrations by liking and following our Facebook page, 

We’re counting down to a celebration of 100 Wonderful years and there’s 285 days to go!

Big Sing

Canto Vivo and Epsom Singers have been performing at the Big Sing in the Town Hall today.

EGGS Old Girls Association Founders Awards 2016

Judge Heather Simpson, Anne Norman and Dr Michele Cox received Founders Awards today for achievement, service and excellence in the law and the judiciary; New Zealand business development and leadership, and football international competition and philanthropy, respectively. Michele Cox was represented by her mother, Barbara and niece Trinity, due to overseas commitments.

Out of Zone Enrolment dates for 2017 applications

Out of zone application forms will be available on the school website from 20 June 2016. The last date to receive applications is 7 September 2016.

BOT Election Results

Congratulations to Lynley Banbury-Sheweiry, Philip Bradley, Paul Gestro, Julie Goodyer, Chris Iles, Kate Smith and Andrew Stevens in the Board of Trustees Election 2016.

Epsom House Pohutukawa Block officially opened

Old Girl Anna Logan and Deputy Principal Sarah Stenson cutting the ribbon

On Friday 13 May, Anna Logan, Architect and Old Girl and Sarah Stenson, Deputy Principal, officially opened the new Pohutukawa Block at Epsom House. It was a lovely occasion and good to see a lot of familiar faces from days gone by. We have been waiting a long time for this building (which has been fully funded by Epsom House parents) and we are hoping this will be the start of more new blocks for our Epsom House students.

Epsom House and the school would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the completion of this project.

Lynley Sheweiry (BoT), Lorraine Pound (Principal), Lucy Pearse (Epsom House
Assistant Principal)  and Rachel Heeney (BoT Staff rep)
Morgan-Skye Jamieson, Natalie Tsoi, Christeen Retzlaff and Sophie Greenbury





Enrolment Scheme - Proposed minor amendment

The Board of Trustees in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, recently updated the description of our home zone and the accompanying map to show our existing home zone boundary and the land parcels within it.

This process has highlighted the inclusion in our zone of the racecourse and adjacent area along the southern side of Green Lane East to the motorway roundabout. This is not a residential area and has not been regarded by the school as part of the home zone.

The Ministry of Education has advised that it is appropriate to proceed with a minor amendment to the scheme.

We wish to amend the description of our zone to clarify the boundary and exclude the southern side of Green Lane East to the motorway roundabout. The proposed enrolment scheme is attached which shows an amendment to the description of the boundary.

The attached map shows the proposed boundary delineated in black.

Members of the community are invited to make comment in writing by Monday 13 June 2016 to:
The Board of Trustees
Epsom Girls Grammar School
Silver Rd


As part of Anzac Day commemorations Business students and staff participated in a Dawn Service at the Australian Consulate in Shanghai. Lily read the Anzac Ode and Tamsin and Emma laid a wreath on behalf of EGGS. It was a very special experience for all involved. The group is in China as part of a Business Department trip to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. 


Joyce Fisher Sports Centre Opening

Lady Susan Satyanand, Mr Robert Lerner, Hon Nikki Kaye cut the ribbon to offically open the Joyce Fisher Sports Centre. Supported by Chris Paykel (Trustee of the Joyce Fisher Trust), Dr Gerald Young (BOT Chair), Mr Peter Thompsom (Capital Campaign Chair) and Lorraine Pound (Principal)

On Thursday night 14th April Capital Campaign Patron Lady Susan Satyanand and Associate Minister of Education, Hon Nikki Kaye, officially opened the Joyce Fisher Sports Centre, with the help of Mr Robert Lerner from the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust.

The School and the community benefit enormously from this state of the art facility. The School thanks everyone who has been involved in bringing this project to fruition.

Past Principal Gae Griffiths with current student leaders 

North Island Secondary School Rowing Success

The rowers have been at Lake Karapiro competing in the North Island Secondary Schools Champs. There have been some great results from the finals this afternoon including a bronze medal for the U18 Coxed 4 and silver medals for the U17 and U15 Coxed 8s. Congratulations!


Epsom Girls Grammar School Appoints A New Principal

The Board of Trustees of Epsom Girls Grammar School has great pleasure in announcing its decision to appoint Lorraine Pound as its 11th Principal.

Board Chairman, Dr Gerald Young says “After a nationwide recruitment process the Board is excited to adopt Lorraine’s “Magical Paradox” of driving innovation while embracing the traditions built over the past 99 years.”

Highly regarded as a leader in the field of girls’ education, Mrs Pound is currently a Deputy Principal at Epsom Girls Grammar School, a position she has held for six years.

She was formerly a Deputy Principal at St Mary’s College and Diocesan School for Girls where she worked in a number of different senior leadership roles. She has also had two years managing student recruitment at the University of Auckland. Mrs Pound described her EGGS appointment, which she will take up in the first term of 2016, as a “great honour”. She added: “It is tremendously exciting to be given the opportunity to lead an outstanding school like EGGS as it enters its second century.”

In 2017, Epsom Girls Grammar School celebrates 100 years as a leading girls' school in New Zealand. The appointment of a new Principal at this time heralds an exciting era in the evolution of the school.

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