The Christ's College and St Margaret's College film "A Perfect Child" has scooped an ATOM award in Melbourne. The award for best Fiction Film of 2017 was presented to Simon Brown (writer, Christ's College) and Nina Hogg (production manager, St Margaret's College), at the awards ceremony earlier this week.

The film tells the story of an orphan who risks her identity when she tries to expose events that she believes are happening at the orphanage she lives in. You can view a clip here.



For the second year in a row, a Samuel Marsden Collegiate School student has won the Katherine Mansfield Short Story competition for secondary students.

Sarah May was awarded first prize at a ceremony at Turnbull Library. Her winning story, Morning Coffee, can be read here.

"I want to study English - it is my passion," Sarah said. "When you put your heart into something, it's really nice to have someone pat you on the back and say 'Hey, you did a good job!'"


A trio of Year 6 students at Queen Margaret College in Wellington have won an international competition after creating an app idea to help people evacuate during a tsunami.

Eimear Fitzgerald, Isabel Haupt and Jaskiran Rahi entered their “Evac-U-Buddy” app prototype in the “Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero” competition this year and won the New Zealand Primary School division in September.


Year 11 Kristin School student Harriet Powell has become the first New Zealander to be awarded a four-year full-time position training at the prestigious 244-year-old Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia.

At the end of six weeks of intensive training in Moscow, 10 girls out of 90 dancers from around the world were accepted in the latest intake. Harriet is now one step closer to achieving her goal of being a principal dancer at Bolshoi Ballet Company or Mariinsky Ballet Company.


Queen Margaret College students have been pulling on their gloves to keep their school green.

The Junior Gardening Club is an initiative started this year after school gardener Sara Bishop noticed girls were interested in the garden.

Every Friday lunchtime the girls grab their watering cans and gardening gloves to meet with Sara to learn how to grow different plants.

“The children were very inquisitive about what I was doing so I thought it would be a good idea to educate them with a gardening club,” Sara explains.