Marlborough Girls’ College quiz night organiser
The Marlborough Girls’ College quiz night is coming up on June 27. Tell us a bit about it.
It’s a great social evening and a fundraiser for the school, which we run every two years. The emphasis is on fun, so we also have entertainment, supper platters and a bar. Teams will be vying for a trophy so there is a bit of competition there too! Tell us about the idea for guests to donate a book or a magazine subscription from a wish list compiled by the school librarian.
The library is the focus for this year and the school librarian, Colleen [Shipley] has lots of great ideas. We thought by donating a book or magazine subscription, parents, students and friends could actually see their contribution. It’s a bit more individual and a great way to mark your personal support for the school. I am keen to make a donation for my daughter who will be leaving at the end of the year.
What other sort of resources is the library hoping to buy with proceeds from the quiz?
As well as a range of current young adult and adult books, we would also like to fund some material for priority learners – new picture books for our ESOL [ English second or other language] girls and collections for Pasifika and Maori readers. The library will also be purchasing a special television screen, so that they can deliver information literacy programmes visually, run book trailers, show podcasts of authors talking and even take part in ‘‘ Skype an author’’ sessions.
Tickets are already sold out. Did you expect them to go so fast, and how many people do you expect to turn out?
It’s fabulous! We are thrilled with the support of parents, teaching staff and the wider community. A full house is 32 tables of eight and will make for a great atmosphere!
Where are you from originally?
England, born by Devon.
How long have you lived in Marlborough and what is your favourite thing about the province?
We have been here just over eight years now. I love the community spirit, the open the spaces, the Wither Hills tracks
in and trails . . . and the absence of traffic lights!
Any hobbies or sports you enjoy in your spare time?
I am an enthusiastic runner and love to get out around the region most days. I like longer distances – marathons and trail runs. At my age I can run further but definitely not faster!
What’s your go- to home cooked meal when you need to cook tea in a rush?
Always a pasta dish – we have a few favourites probably ‘‘pasta a la norma’’ first.
Do you have a favourite band or musician, and what makes their music special for you?
Not really, I was a big Bowie fan when I was at school and thought all the lyrics were written just for me!
Any words of wisdom the readers?
People often tell me they would love to run. The hardest part is lacing your shoes – so just get laced up and go!