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Academic Assembly and Bickerton-Widdowson Scholarships

Lauren Young —

On Wednesday the 20th of March we held our annual Colours Assembly to present our senior students with their gold and merit colours.

We acknowledged that this is a hard time for everyone, but also iterated that this should not prevent us from celebrating the achievements of our students and their commitment towards education. The number of girls receiving their colours this year was higher than last year, and we would like to send our further congratulations to everyone who received one of these awards. 

In order to achieve Academic Merit, students must gain 60 credits at excellence at level one, or 50 credits at excellence at level two, and to receive Academic Colours the students must receive 80 credits at excellence at level one, or 60 credits at excellence at level two. This is a very big achievement, and these girls must be commended on the hard work and dedication that they put in over the past year. While we are very proud of those that received colours this year, we would also like to acknowledge the hard work of those that did not receive colours, as there are many different ways that these girls can succeed and achieve to the best of their own ability. Midway through the assembly we were treated to an amazing performance from the CGHS Polyfest Group, and we were so proud of this extremely talented group of girls. 

Not only did the colours assembly celebrate the successes of our current students, but also of our 2018 school leavers, with six of our old girls returning to receive the Bickerton-Widdowson scholarship. Eligible only to students continuing with their studies at the University of Canterbury, the Bickerton-Widdowson scholarship celebrates highly achieved students that have succeeded in a range of areas throughout their time at Christchurch Girls’ High School / Te Kura o Hine Waiora

This year’s winners of the award and the Degrees that the students have decided to pursue at Canterbury University are:

  • Stephanie Lester: A degree in Law and Arts (English, Classics and Political Science) and Chemistry
  • Sarah Bealing: Software Engineering
  • McKenzie Preston: Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Cinema Studies
  • Elizabeth Wray: Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws
  • Chloe Reagon: Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and International Relations
  • Jessica Aitken: Bachelor of Engineering as well as Sports Psychology. In 2020 she is intending to specialize in Mechanical Engineering for future plans in Rocket Science

Congratulations to everyone who received an award!