Marl­bor­ough Girls’ Col­lege quiz night or­gan­iser

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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

the sea

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!


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