Feilding Herald : December 8th 2011
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As a recognition of her generosity with her time and talent, Mrs Crimp received a Bishop's Medal award at a recent Advent service, which was combined with the St Brigid's Roman Catholic congre- gation. Mrs Crimp has also played for services there. Initially she shared a roster with four other organists at St John's but as circumstances changed she became the mainstay of the organ roster, playing three out of four Sundays and many other extra services as well. She always made herself avail- able and in spite of considerable health difficulties, primarily severe arthritis, she continued to play until the last few months when her decreased mobility made it almost impossible to reach the music on the organ. On one memorable occasion, she fell as she was preparing to play for a wedding and, unable to find any- one to fill in for her and not wanting to let the bride down, she played for the service despite the pain in her back. The fall had broken several vertebrae in her lower spine, which required three months' bed rest and ongoing spinal problems. She has willingly and generously shared her considerable musical knowledge, church music repertoire and her organ playing skills with the choir director Margaret Ward. Producing good church music has a lighter side and Mrs Crimp's sense of humour helped make choir activi- ties great fun. Several years ago, an anonymous parishioner offered to buy a piano for the church and Mrs Crimp and Mrs Ward were delegated to find a suitable instrument. Since the death of the donor, a plaque has been installed acknowl- edging the generous gift of the late Alice and Bill Learmonth, music lovers and regular members of the St John congregation who recognised that a piano is easier to play than the church's pipe organ. Teacher comes full circle home Principal focus: Carmel Spencer is looking forward to taking up the position of principal at Nga Tawa Diocesan School for Girls in 2012. Photo: SUPPLIED By LAURA WALTERS Nga Tawa's new principal will be getting back to her roots when she takes over the reins of the girls' boarding school at the start of next year. Carmel Spencer and her family are excited about the move to Rangitikei, where she would be closer to her mother and her home- town, Whanganui. It's a lifestyle I really relate to,'' she said. I've always said I'm a provincial girl.'' Mrs Spencer would finish in her position as deputy principal at Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt at the end of this year and move to Marton just before Christmas. The new principal and her hus- band, Murray, were looking forward to rejoining a rural community. Mrs Spencer has taught at girls' schools and special character schools, and believed that was where she needed to be. They give girls quite an holistic education.'' The new head of school was officially welcomed at a Powhiri at Nga Tawa last week. Mrs Spencer said the school's aca- demic results were strong, and she was not planning on changing any- thing on the organisational front. We will continue the innovative curriculum work,'' she said. Mrs Spencer said she was work- ing with the senior management team to continue expanding their ways of learning. However, she planned to bring to the school intangible'' values. You bring all your life's experiences, knowledge, and skills [to the job].'' Mrs Spencer wanted to build on the cultural values of the school. I'll bring a little taste of every- thing,'' she said. The first year would be a settling in period. Mrs Spencer had held a range of positions at different schools includ- ing Havelock North's Iona College, Cullinane College in Whanganui, and The Kings School, in the United Kingdom. Mrs Spencer said moving from the Catholic school, Sacred Heart, to the Anglican school Nga Tawa would not cause any difficulties. I have taught in Anglican to Presbyterian, to Catholic and back to Anglican. I've gone full-circle.'' The core values were the same, she said. It's actually the big focus on gospel values.''
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