Girls’ School Year 8 Leavers' Scarf Ceremony

November 23, 2016 at 4:22 PM

The Year 8 girls will embark on a new journey next year but their chapter at the Girls’ School is coming to an end, as they received their Leavers' Scarves at a formal ceremony this week at Chapel.

Each of the girls was presented with the departing gift to mark their farewell; a handmade silk scarf embodying symbols that signify the tale of Saint Kentigern; the bird, the tree, the fish, the bell and the Iona Cross.

In lieu of the Reverend Hardie, Mrs Kaila Pettigrove took this week’s service. She told the Year 8 leavers to remember to act justly, with love and mercy and to walk humbly with God as they move onto a new school and new adventures.

As each of the girls’ names were called, they were greeted by the Year 1 students who handed their gift over. The customary tradition is a symbol of thanks from the youngest members of the School to their role models and elder sisters.  The scarves are special as it is only on graduation that they are awarded, as a remembrance of always being a Saint Kentigern girl.

After each girl received their scarf, they turned towards Deputy Principal, Mrs Judith Dobson and Year 8 Teacher, Mrs Jill Wahlstrom who officially placed each scarf around their shoulders.

The Chapel was full for the service, as members of the girls’ families joined their daughters to witness the important occasion.  

We wish the Year 8 leavers all the best for their next school adventures, and we know they will wear the scarves with pride!

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