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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dudley Storey after 77 truly extraordinary years.

Dudley was the driving force behind the establishment of the sport of rowing at Baradene in 1995 and was the Head Coach of Baradene Rowing until his semi-retirement in 2013.

As a rower, Dudley is one of New Zealand’s all-time greats. A Sacred Heart College alumna, Dudley joining West End Rowing Club in 1955, quickly establishing himself as a fiercely competitive oarsman, winning premier titles in eights and quads over several decades.

Rowing for New Zealand, Dudley competed at two Olympic Games, wining gold with the Coxed Four in Mexico in 1968 and Silver in the Coxless Four in Munich in 1972.

As a team manager, Dudley's enthusiasm for the sport continued.  He was the manager for several New Zealand crews in the 1980’s and was especially involved in the 1984 eights campaign for the Los Angeles Olympics.

It was following his elite sporting career that Baradene was so fortunate to experience the virtues of Dudley as a coach.  He instilled in our Baradene rowers the qualities of discipline, integrity, passion, attitude and anticipation (DIPAA as he called it). And he taught them how to serve, how to be generous with one’s time and experience, and how to be humble. His influence on our girls’ development as young adults is thankfully indelible.

At his farewell function at West End in 2013, Dudley remembered the name of every single Baradene rower there, dozens and dozens of them right back to the first crews in the mid-1990s. And they surely remembered him - with love, respect and gratitude. They will all tell you, Dudley was no ordinary coach.

Dudley dedicated a quarter of his life to helping Baradene girls to grow, both as rowers and as people – he selflessly shared his time, wisdom and his own special character and he asked for nothing in return- in fact he steadfastly refused to be paid. Baradene College and particularly the Baradene Rowing Community are forever thankful and indebted to Dudley for his extraordinary generosity of spirit.

Dudley was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to rowing in 1983. His gold medal-winning 1968 rowing crew was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Paula, Alison, Adrian and Dudley Jnr. Rest in peace Dud.


Scholarship Success

43 Scholarships to Baradene Girls
This year, we were delighted that our girls achieved 43 scholarships! Five of those scholarships were outstanding scholarships and of note too were the eleven scholarships achieved by students in Year 12. Click here for a full list of 2016 Scholars.


Posted on: 23 November 2016
Football Superstar!
Pictured above is Nadia Olla (Year 12) in action for the New Zealand Under 20 Ferns at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images).  Nadia received this wonderful write up in the New Zealand Herald....

”New Zealand goalkeeper Nadia Olla put on what must be one of the best performances of her career so far, the highlight being a pair of outstanding saves in quick succession late in the first half to keep the match scoreless at the break”

There is also a wonderful article about Nadia and her success at World cup on the NZ Football website:

"One player with plenty to look forward to is certainly goalkeeper Nadia Olla, who is just 16 but took the field for the entirety of all three matches and, remarkably, is eligible to take part in two more U-20 World Cups.

It’s been a memorable period for the talented teen after she also featured in the New Zealand squad for the recent FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan." ...

For full article on website:


  Posted on: Wednesday 9 November 2016
Best Female lead in a Musical - Chloe Bagayas
Congratulations to Chloe Bagayas (Year 12 Drama student) who won Best Female Lead in a Musical last night at the annual Auckland Showdown Awards. Chloe played Kim in the St Peter’s College production of Miss Saigon earlier this year. More than 30 school productions were nominated in the Showdown Awards this year and Chloe had some stiff competition. This is an excellent result and very well deserved by an excellent all round performer.
  Posted on: Friday 21 October 2016
Bronze Medal at Junior Commonwealth Gymnastics Championships
Well done to Havana Hopman in securing a bronze medal at the Junior Commonwealth Gymnastics Championships held in Namibia last week. Her team was narrowly beaten into 3rd place by the South Africans who scored one point more than them. 
  Posted on: Wednesday 14 September 2016

Baradene wins " Teammates Cup"
Top School Overall at the AIMS Games

This cup is voted on by all codes and awarded for overall achievement, presentation, punctuality, respect, attitude, skill and fair play.  What a wonderful achievement.

Posted on: Wednesday 14 September 
Rotary National Science and Technology Forum

For two weeks over the summer break the top 180 science students in New Zealand will have the opportunity to visit laboratories and meet scientists involved in current research at the University of Auckland. This year the Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise has selected – from a range of five excellent applicants – Chriselle Murzello and Jessica Dasent to represent Baradene at the 28th Rotary National Science and Technology Forum in 2017. We wish to congratulate both students on their successful applications to this prestigious national event.

  Posted on: Monday 29 August 2016
KBB Medal Haul!
Congratulations to both our Senior Orchestra and Concert Band for both receiving Silver Awards at the recent KBB Music Festival. 

Congratulations also to our students who produced a stunning performance  at Holy Trinity Cathedral on Friday 19 August as part of the Honours programme.
Posted on: Friday 19 August 2016
Baradene Students Shared History Exhibition
at the Opening of the new Queen Elizabeth II
Pukeahu Education Centre, Wellington

On Wednesday 17 August , Principal  - Mrs Sandy Pasley travelled with the HOF Social Sciences and Head of History – Mr Brent Coutts and two students – Genevieve Bowler and Olivia Mendonca, to the opening of the new Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre in Wellington.

Our Shared Histories Partnership project was acknowledged by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage in Wellington and our exhibition was chosen to be displayed at this opening – a great honour for the College and recognition of the huge amount of work that students put into this project.
Posted on: Monday 8 August 2016
KBB Honours Players Announced for 2016 - Nine Baradene Students!
We have received very exciting news that nine Baradene students have been included in the announcement of players for the 2016 KBB Music Festival Honour Programme on Friday 19 August at Holy Trinity Cathedral:
KBB Honours Concert Band 2016
FLUTE 3 (+ flute 1): Charlotte Mackenzie
OBOE 2: Alexandra Titchener
HORN 4: Felicity Piper
TRUMPET 4 (+ trumpet 2): Grace Burnett
CLARINET 2: Kate Hillman
BASSOON 2: Hannah Twomey
ALTO SAX 2: Chloe Bagayas

KBB Honours Chamber Orchestra 2016
VIOLIN 2: Zosia Herlihy-O’Brien
CELLO: Emily Carr

Posted on: Monday 1 August 2016
Orienteering Nationals 2016
9 Medals, 3 Titles and....Qualified for the World Schools Championships in Sicily 2017!

17 girls travelled to Cambridge in the holidays for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships.  This was a big event with 429 competitors and 65 schools from around New Zealand in attendance.  All of our girls are to be congratulated on contributing to a successful trip. We had some wonderful individual results and overall the Junior girls were the top team, qualifying for the World Championships.  An outstanding achievement!
Posted on: Monday 1 August 2016
Cross Country - New Zealand Representative

Congratulations to Georgia Clode (Year 12) on her selection into the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association Cross Country Team. They are to compete at the Australian Championships in August, so we wish you the very best for the preparation towards this.

Posted on: Monday 11 July 2016
Waterpolo - New Zealand Representative
Congratulations to Samantha Milicich (Year 10), who has been selected in the New Zealand Under 16 Waterpolo Team. This team is playing Australia in a three game series over the holidays, so we wish you well on this outstanding achievement. Samantha and her sister, Gabrielle (Year 13), are also playing in the Pan Pacific International tournament over the holidays. They are both in their Club Under 18 team and Samantha is also playing in the Under 16 team.  Gabrielle is also in the Under 20 team that will be playing against Canada, Australia and the US.
Posted on: Monday 4 July 2016
Young Enterprise - Dragons Den Competition

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On Monday 27 June the Baradene Young Enterprise Group participated in the regional Dragons Den competition. Our business; Kiwi Pops offers a healthy alternative to kiwi classics in the form of ice pops. Our first flavour is ‘Loco Lamington’ which is vegan, free of refined sugars and artificial colours and flavours. They collaborated with Dr Feelgood (http://www.drfeelgood.co.nz). Kiwi Pops had received 3rd place out of 55 teams in the Auckland central region. The ‘Loco Lamington' pops will be available in Term 3 in the tuck-shop and at markets.
Posted on:  Monday 30 May 2016
New Zealand Football Representative
We have received the wonderful news that Nadia Olla (Year 12) has been selected to represent New Zealand at the Under 17 World Cup in Jordan later this year. In addition to this she has just been selected to attend the Under 20’s camp and is likely to be selected to play for them as well. Nadia is the goalie!
Posted on:  Monday 30 May 2016
Representing New Zealand in Water Polo
Congratulations to Gabrielle Milicich (Year 13) who has been selected in the New Zealand Under 20 Water Polo Squad. The final team will be competing at the World Championships in Auckland in December.
Posted on: Monday 16 May 2016
New Zealand Rhythmic Gymnastics Representative

Congratulations to Havana Hopman (Year 8) on her latest achievement.  Havana is an accomplished rhythmic gymnast, and at the age of 12 has been named in the New Zealand Rhythmic Gymnastics Team as a Junior International. Later this month she travels to Bulgaria to compete in the Sofia Cup and then to Greece for the Emerald Cup. All the very best Havana, and safe travels.                       
  Posted on: Monday 16 May 2016
Outstanding Art 
Elise Francis won 2nd place in the Patterson Burn Excellence in Art Competition. She received $300 and $300 for the school.  

This is Elise's winning painting.


Posted on: Monday 9 May 2016
Accepted into NZSO National Youth Orchestra
Congratulations to Zosia Herlihy-O’Brien, who has been accepted into the NZSO National Youth Orchestra!
It is very difficult to get accepted into the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.  To be given the opportunity to play with university students and postgraduates is a fantastic opportunity. Well done Zosia!

Posted on: Monday 9 May 2016
New Zealand Triathlon Age Group Representatives
Charlotte Carter
and Natalie Mitchell have been selected to be a part of the Tri NZ Age Group team to compete in the World Triathlon Age Group Championships in Cozumbel, Mexico in September.  Based on their performances at key races through the season Charlotte qualified for the Aquathon and the Sprint Triathlon and Natalie for the Sprint Triathlon.  We wish them both well in their training for this event
Posted on: Monday 9 May 2016
New Zealand Representative at Singapore International Science Camp
Congratulations to Jessica Cox who was one of four students selected to represent New Zealand at the Singapore International Science Camp in June this year. The Singapore International Science Camp program has been specially designed to provide an intellectually stimulating environment for young learners and introduce them to new research directions and ground-breaking technologies in the field of science. We are very proud of Jessica and wish her well.
  Posted on: Monday 2 May 2016
New Zealand Representative - AFL Youth Women's Team
Congratulations to Valentina Serrano who was selected to play for the New Zealand Kahus (New Zealand AFL Youth Women's Team).
  Posted on:  Monday 4 April 2016
New Zealand Representative - Inline Hockey
Congratulations to Kate Vernal who has been selected into the New Zealand Girls 14 and Under Inline Hockey Team. They are travelling to Hawaii in July to compete in the AAU Junior Olympics. What a fantastic achievement and opportunity! (Kate is pictured to the left in the Red)
Posted on: Friday 1 April 2016
We congratulate Abby Murphy and Petra Buyck who have been invited by New Zealand Football to the National Training Camp in April. Abby also was recently selected in the Auckland senior women’s Futsal team which made the finals at Nationals
Posted on: Friday 12 February 2016
NZ Secondary School Athletics
Georgia Clode and Gabby Hayton competed for the school at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics in Timaru.  Georgia came 5th in the senior 1500m final with a time of 4.43:50, setting a new school record.  Gabby was the fastest qualifier in the junior 100m and came 2nd in the final to win a silver medal.  Gabby also broke the schools 100m record
Posted on: Friday 13 November 2015
Music Scholarship
Emily Carr, our Year 9 cellist and section leader for the Baradene Orchestra has been offered a full scholarship to attend the Pettman National Junior Academy in 2016.  She will be taught [cello] solely by Edith Salzmann at the University School of Music.  As well as solo and chamber performance opportunities, she will have access to workshops, master-classes and weekly musicianship classes.
  Posted on: Friday 30 October 2015
Judo Champ
Congratulations to Isabella Bartlett who won a bronze medal in the Senior Girls (under 15 years) -50kg division at the National Judo Championships in Tauranga last weekend.
  Posted on: Friday 21 August 2015
Auckland takes the Cup

Congratulations to Georgia Hall and Stella Rollo who were selected to play in the Auckland Under 15 hockey team at the National Tournament in Whangarei.  Georgia captained the team and Stella was the highest goal scorer.  The team won gold - only the second time Auckland has won in 49 years!
Posted on: Friday 21 August 2015
Gold Glory
Congratulations to Indiya Dawson-Myers who won gold at the recent Olympic Weightlifting National Secondary Schools Championships.  Indiya’s dedication to her training is inspiring.

Posted on: Friday 21 August 2015
NZ Swimming Short Course Event
Baradene had a number of swimmers competing, along with over 600 other swimmers from around the country, at the NZ Swimming Short Course Champs on the North Shore. Medals were awarded to: Olivia Upston in the para swimmer 13 year old girls category: 1st 100 freestyle, 1st 400 freestyle, 2nd 50 backstroke and 3rd 50 freestyle; in the 16 year old girls category Simone Lusby was: 1st 50 backstroke, 1st 100 backstroke and 1st 200 backstroke and in the 15 year old girls category Emily Whitehead was 3rd 50 breaststroke, 3rd 100 breaststroke and 1st in the 4 x 100 Auckland medley relay team.

         Posted on: Friday 21 August 2015
NZ Secondary Schools Duathalon Champions
The Baradene Triathalon club had an outstanding day at the recent NZ Seconday Schools event held at Hampton Downs.  Our top placed atheletes were:
Under 13, Natalya Carter 1st
Under 14 , Bella Morton 3rd and Olivia Hyland 4th
Under 13 Lucy Burrell and Prue Fowler 1st
Under 14 Ella Farrell and Greer Haddock 3rd
Under 16 Georgia Clode and Esta Fowler. 1st

Posted on: Friday 14 August 2015
Our Award Winning Choir
A very special congratulations to our Cor Unum Choir and their Director, Mrs Belinda Sydenham. On Monday, they competed at the Kids Sing competition and were awarded a gold award with St Cuthbert's College and King's School. This fantastic result is a tribute to their hard work and high aspirations.

Posted on: Friday 31 July 2015
Outstanding Results from the North Island Cycling Championships
The Baradene Cycling Team had an outstanding performance at the recent North Island Cycling Championships :
Team Time Trial
7/8 A.       Gold (Fowler P, Blackmore A, Hopkinson L, Wilkinson J)
Junior A.  Gold (Merrick J, Maddren M, Dysart E, Morton A)  
Road Race
U13.         Gold - Aimee Blackmore 
                 Silver - Prudence Fowler
U14.         Silver - Lara Hopkinson
U16.         Gold - Jenna Merrick  
U13.        Gold - Prudence Fowler
                Bronze - Aimee Blackmore
U15.        Bronze - Greer Haddock 
U16.        Silver - Jenna Merrick

Posted on: Friday 24 July 2015
New Zealand Orienteering Champion
Seven girls represented Baradene in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships held in Nelson.  This competition consists of 3 days of events – a sprint/urban course, a long/forest course and a team relay course.   We had three very successful days with Lucy Burrell winning the Year 7/8 Girls Sprint Course.  Other fantastic results were:

1st Place - Relay 7/8 Girls: Lucy Burrell, Petra Buyck, Chelsea Oliver
2nd Place - Top Schools Competition 7/8 Girls: Lucy Burrell, Petra Buyck, Chelsea Oliver, Crissy Sanders 
4th Place - 1st Relay Junior Girls:  Zoe Lilburne, Genevieve Nicholson, Julia Nicholson

Posted on: Friday 3rd July 2015
New Zealand Cross Country Representative
Congratulations to Georgia Clode who has qualified to compete for New Zealand in the Australian National School Cross Country at Melbourne in August. Well done Georgia - a tremendous achievement!

                                             Posted on: Monday 22nd June 2015
Lead Role in Pippin
Congratulations to Teresa Filipo who is playing a lead in “Pippin” at St Peters College.  'Pippin' is the stunning hit Broadway musical story of a young man's quest for 'life'. This young, talented and energetic cast have 'Magic To Do' and proudly present the 'Extraordinary' spectacle that is 'Pippin' to you all.  'Pippin' will delight all ages with it's magic and uplifting story.  The production will held at Centennial Theatre from 18th to 27th June. To buy your ticket https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2015/jun/pippin
  Posted on: Monday 22nd June 2015
Successful Book Launch
Baradene History students have collaborated with our partner school to publish a booked titled “La Bataille de la Conscience” [The Battle of Conscience] about the disobedience and rebellion of soldiers and the treatment of Conscientious Objectors in the First World War in France and New Zealand. Lycée Professionnel Jean Macé, in Chauny, France

The book was launched at an exhibition at the Remuera Library on Wednesday 17th June at 6.30pm, which was attended by over 150 people.