Grant Recipients

COGA Alumni Grant recipient 2015 Michelle Burton nee Spalding

COGA Alumni Grant recipient 2015 Michelle Burton nee Spalding

Michelle Burton
Grant Recipient 2015

Michelle Burton

Michelle Burton (nee Spalding)
Attended Corran 1982-1994

Since graduating from Corran, I have worked for the New Zealand Customs Service. Six years ago I had my first son, Elliott and reduced my work hours to care for him. Patrick, my second son was born in 2012 and I continued to work part time as a Customs Officer. During this time, I began to volunteer for the New Zealand Red Cross as a Pathways to Resettlement worker. This involved being an advocate and support person for refugees who arrive in New Zealand each year as part of the quota of 750 persons that are allocated by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. I began to study by correspondence towards my Psychology Diploma during this time also and I am now halfway through.

After 20 years as a Senior Customs Officer, I am currently on leave while I complete a six month placement with the New Zealand Red Cross. This placement involves assisting former refugees to prepare for and find work in New Zealand.

I will use the Grant to work towards finishing my Diploma. I want to use the completed qualification to find full-time work assisting refugees in New Zealand.

COGA Alumni grant recipient 2015 Wendy Halloran

COGA Alumni grant recipient 2015 Wendy Halloran

Wendy Halloran
Grant Recipient 2015

Wendy Halloran

Wendy Halloran
Attended Corran 1970 – 1982.
School Prefect 1982

This grant will be used for Wendy’s training and expenses to attend the 2016 World NRA Action Pistol Championships to be held in Whangarei, NZ.

Wendy’s sport is shooting and she competes in Pistol shooting in 2 disciplines (NRA Action and IPSC) and also in 3-Gun and Multi-Gun (Combined Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol). She holds a firearms licence and is endorsed to shoot Pistols and Military Style Semi-Automatic (MSSA) firearms. She is also a Qualified Range Officer, which means she is certified to control a shooting range and has controlled ranges in competitions at Nationals in NZ and in Australia. She has placed many times in North Island and National Champs and also placed in an Australian National Competition.

As you can imagine, to attend the World Champs involves a lot of practice and lead up competitions. The World Champs will be attended by the top shooters in the World and will provide the opportunity to compete against some of the biggest names in the shooting world. Wendy will share this invaluable experience with amateurs, sponsored professional shooters, military shooters and law enforcement officers, giving her the chance to observe and learn from the best in her class.

There are very few women involved in shooting sports in New Zealand and every event in which women compete and officiate, gives women more exposure and experience.  Ultimately, Wendy would like to use her knowledge to mentor new female shooters.

The COGA committee wish Wendy all the very best in the World Championships.

Cath Syme
Grant Recipient 2014

Cath Syme

Catherine started Corran in kindergarten and credits her lifelong interest and involvement in all aspects of the fine arts – acting, visual art, writing and most of all, music – to the fine teaching and encouragement she received at this wonderful school.

On leaving school, Catherine qualified as a secretary and worked for some years in the travel industry, living briefly in both London and Toronto. On her return to NZ she continued with all her artistic interests, and finally landed a ‘dream’ job as secretary for the University of Auckland School of Music for 14 years, retiring in 2009. Keen to retain her interest in music, she formed her enterprise Fine Music on Tap bringing beautiful music to the Auckland community, specifically, retirement villages.

With her presentation skills and a fairly wide knowledge of music, she offers Musical Chat as a one-hour session of short, recorded music about which she ‘chats’. She also facilitates live concerts at villages and other venues, using mostly young, talented university musicians and graduates, giving them a valuable opportunity to perform in public. Another component she intends to expand is Laughter on Tap, performing live in solo with poems, monologues and sketches for village residents.

The Alumni Grant will help greatly with further development, promotional material, sound system upgrade and expansion to other villages and even private homes.

Caitlan Mitchell
Grant Recipient 2013

Caitlan Mitchell

Caitlan applied for the 2013 Grant to purchase a studio light set to further her photography career. Caitlin was awarded $500 by the COGA for the purchase of essential equipment.

Over the past 6 years Caitlan worked as a model in front of the camera then switched to being the photographer behind the camera.

In 2012 she received the photography prize at St Kentigern College and received the highest mark in the subject. As a result at the end of Year 12 she was accepted into a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Whitecliffe School of Art & Design where she majored in photography.

Caitlan interned for Michael Ng at the NZ Fashion Week as one of the official photographers. She is also the in-house photographer for Apparel magazine and has completed eighteen fashion shoots that have been published. She has interned for Ellerslie magazine, photographing their front covers and their garden feature. She has worked with, and assisted many other well known photographers and looks forward to furthering her knowledge by interning for professional photographers. To run her own shoots successfully, expensive equipment is required.

Melanie Dougan
Grant Recipient 2013

Melanie Dougan

Melanie applied for the 2013 Grant to help her with her current joint goals : her PhD research in English and the campaigning of her horse, Abbey, at top level competition.

COGA awarded Melanie $500 towards further training and competition costs for her dressage horse to Grand Prix (Olympic level). Her horse Abbey was already at the first International level of competition (Prix St Georges). Melanie wanted to use part of the Grant to help fund her 2013-2014 competitions, the most significant of which was the Horse of the Year held in March 2014. This is the biggest competition in NZ and a chance to compete in front of International judges. It is an essential competition for entry into Dressage NZ development groups, which was one of her goals for the season.

 


Laura Lowther
Grant Recipient 2012

Laura Lowther

Highlights for me in 2012 included numerous NZ regattas, the Radial Youth Worlds in Brisbane in June, both Youth and Under 21 European Champs in Belgium in August and of course Sail Melbourne in December, for which I received the Corran Alumni Grant.

Unfortunately for people like myself, our sailing national body, Yachting NZ, does not offer funding to sailors until they are ranked in the top-10 in the world. Last year it was looking unlikely that I would be able to raise the funds needed to travel to Melbourne for the Sail Melbourne regatta, however thanks to the support of the Corran Old Girls I was able to confirm my attendance to the event.

My sailing programme at the moment includes 10 hours on the water plus 10 hours in the gym per week alongside university. I am currently training for the World Laser Radial Womens Championships and another International Sailing Federation World Cup event, both being held in China in September and October. I am travelling over there with the 3 other New Zealand Radial girls and I hope to be able to build on what I have learnt so far and come away with a world class result.

I would like to thank you all for your support and belief in me and hope that I can continue in the Corran spirit and make you all proud.

Find her  full speech from the Alumni Gathering here

Find Photos from her adventures here

 

 

 

 

Emma Bodley
Grant Recipient 2011
Student 2002-2008

Emma Bodley

During my time at Corran I had numerous valuable experiences that I still look back on and am very grateful for. I learnt to be dedicated and persistent in achieving my goals, was given opportunities that I would not have received elsewhere and made lifelong friendships. Even beyond my schooling years, by being awarded the Alumni grant in 2011, Corran the school I so dearly loved, was continuing to offer me opportunities to better myself and my further tertiary education into postgraduate studies at the University of Auckland.

This year I began a Post Graduate Diploma in Science, with a focus on ecology and environmental science. For those of you who know me, you will know Mrs Henshall inspired my interest in this area and it is my time at Corran (and in her geography class) that has paved my interest into this field. It has been a very different experience to my undergraduate studies and I have developed a number of skills that will be useful for my future career. During this year I have decided to write a proposal to do a Masters degree in 2013. This has been the most exciting part of the year, where I have begun developing my own research topic and experiment. I have a wonderful supervisor who is regularly publishing articles in top journals, something I would love to achieve in the future. My research is focused on a few species of New Zealand orchids which have had very little previous research conducted on them making my research new and exciting, exploring this unknown field of study. I am looking forward to contributing to some new points of interest to the world of orchid pollination.

This year has also opened up other opportunities within the University for me where I have become a tutor for two stage one classes; geography and environmental science. This has offered me invaluable experience both with students and staff of the faculty and I think I have inspired some of my students to pursue geography and biology in their degrees. The grant I received did more than just allow me to pursue my academic goals, but gave me a level of confidence that I might not have gained otherwise. Thank you very much to those who selected me for this award as I was truly honoured and have made the most of every opportunity since becoming a graduate student.

 

 

 

 

Emma Haigh
Grant Recipient 2010

Emma Haigh (nee Coles)

Emma has studied at Otago University with her dream to be a doctor still firmly in her thoughts. She felt she could give to the future health of children by researching and working towards a better health future for all. She already has studied for a degree in Sport Management prior to undertaking a course in Public Health. With this course, she had the privilege of studying with and under some extremely interesting people advocating change for a healthier outcome. They believe whole heartedly in what they do which has inspired Emma to take every opportunity that falls her way.
Emma received the 2010 Grant to attend an annual public health conference at Ngaruawahia in September 2010. Accommodation was at the Turangawaewae Marae. This annual conference enabled her to bridge relationships, build networks and connections for her impending journey into the workforce in 2011.
The conference was holding seminars on Health and Environment – projects or work in social and physical environments that link to well being, involve community development and look to a sustainable future. The annual conference is a major educational and networking opportunity for groups and individuals working in public health in New Zealand. It plays a significant role in developing and maintaining the competence of health workers whose needs for continued learning and development are ongoing. The Grant provided Emma with the opportunity to further her Public Health career.

 

 

 

Hannah Bayliss
Grant Recipient 2010

Hannah Bayliss

Hannah received the 2010 Grant because she wanted to join a charitable group called International Student Volunteers to work in Thailand for a month, two weeks as a volunteer and two weeks on an adventure tour. The grant was to contribute towards the costs of joining the group but not the airfares.
She could see herself helping the local community build a home for a needy family, helping at the orphanage and teaching English to children, a challenging, hands-on experience. The adventure tour helps to immerse the volunteers in the local culture and do the most adrenalin-filled activities available in the host country. Following this trip she would encourage those who are more fortunate than most to keep giving and to show them that their small act of kindness really does help. The trip opened her eyes to a completely different world where life styles, traditions and values are different.
At school she would always bring a can of food to St Aidans each Wednesday for the City Mission Collection. She was a sponsor of a 5 year old girl in Kenya. Hannah was very passionate about helping those less fortunate than herself. Whenever she saw advertisements of World Vision, Childfund, Oxfam, etc, actually working amongst those poor communities she would always dream of being there alongside them doing her share to make the world a better place. This Grant helped her to realise that dream.

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