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Award Winning Actor Jodie Rimmer treads the boards of her old school.

Apr 27, 2015

Award Winning actor, Jodie Rimmer visited her old school again this morning and spoke at the whole school assembly. (see above right). Jodie has based her acting career here in New Zealand in order to prioritise her commitment to family. She has appeared in numerous TV and Movie productions in her established career.  Readers may remember her performance in Young Hercules as Lilith (see above left), alongside Hercules(Ryan Gosling) and Iolaus (Dean O’Gorman). She has also appeared on Shortland St, The Strip, In My Father’s Den, and just recently, Auckland Daze, among many others.

Jodie emphasised to the students not to value yourself by the work you do, but by developing a healthy sense of who you are as a person. She also described herself as an unconventional person in a very conventional world, something that she has grown to appreciate and value in herself. Her struggle with depression was also mentioned, first  evident in Florida when she was 17, during a one year exchange program. Jodie feels strongly that talking about your feelings, having supportive friends and seeking professional help has helped her to manage what can be a very challenging illness.

Drama Teacher Extraordinaire Kathryn Whillans Retires

Apr 27, 2015

The Legend, that is Kathryn Whillans is retiring at the end of this year after over 35 years of dedicated service to Glenfield College and Drama education nationally. Former student, Craig Parker, appeared by Skype from Canada to give a moving message to Kathryn at her farewell yesterday. Other long standing members of staff, including Graeme King, Chrissy Jones-Major and Margaret Sullivan also spoke. They enlightened the staff and friends gathered, of Kathryn’s long career in drama and strong pastoral care abilities. Former students also remembered their involvement with the drama department and the effect Kathryn had on their lives. To conclude the speeches, Kathryn spoke of her long career, finding her way into Drama teaching, her training in England and return to NZ, where she took up her position as HOD Drama at Glenfield College. Kathryn mentioned that the weeds in her garden better look out now she will be at home a little more.

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