Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Shrove Tuesday pancakes
Tuesday saw the girls enjoying pancakes before Ash Wednesday which marked the start of Lent.
 
Whanaungatanga groups have been very busy preparing their fair stalls.
 

Key Dates for 2020 Term 1

Saturday 7th March – School Fair (see below for further information)

Wednesday 11 MarchYears 7-13 Goal Setting Conversation with Whanau teachers (2.30-6.30pm)

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March – Wanaka Show

Friday 20th March – Staff Only Day

Monday 23rd March – Otago Anniversary Day 

 

The Fair is just a week away now and it’s all go! Don’t forget we have the last drop off for books, clothing, white elephant goods on Sunday March 1st, 11am-1pm at Heriot House. We also need more paper/reusable bags, so bring these in with the donations of jams/preserves coming in to school next week. Next Friday (March 6th) we are collecting donations of sweets and baking at the student office. We would appreciate any helpers on Friday afternoon to set up, and also people who can stay at the end of the Fair to give the PFA a hand to clean up.
 
The PFA would like to thank our stall sponsors and our advertising partners listed below – we really appreciate your assistance as your support means we can raise more funds for the school. 
 
 
 
 
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We are still looking for fair sponsorship; a $250 donation allows you to sponsor a stall, donated items such as vouchers, goods, services are needed for our silent auction and monetary donations towards advertising.  Please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
SCHOOL FAIR – WEEK 5 – Whanaungatanga Group donations
 
We need your help to have a successful fair day.
 
 
 

Whanau Group Photographs

If you are interested in ordering a copy of the Whanau group photos these will be sold on McRobie website via this link: https://mcrobie.co.nz/st-hildas-collegiate-school-classes-2020/

Photos will be size 6″x 9”, in colour and cost $17 each.


Reporting 

Throughout the year we will communicate about your daughter’s learning through Learning Conversations (which allow a three way conversation with the teacher, student and parent), Interim Reports on Learning which focus on learning behaviours and Academic Progress Reports which give specific comments on the progress being made in the curriculum and next steps for your daughters learning. The final report for the year is a summary record of your daughter’s learning for the year. This includes a comment from her Whanaungatanga teacher which gives you an overview of her year’s learning and involvement in school activities. 

Our aim, with this combination of reports, is to  give an accurate and timely overview of your daughter’s learning dispositions, next steps and progress.

2020 Reporting Timeline

Term 1

Week 6  Year 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Week 7 Wed 11 March Years 7-13 Goal Setting Conversation with Whanau teachers (2.30-6.30pm)

Week 11  Years 7-13 Academic Progress Report

Term 2

Week 1 Years 7-13 Learning Conversations with subject teachers 

Week 5  Years 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Term 3

Week 1 Mon 20 July Years 11-13 Learning Conversations with subject teachers (9.30am – 6.30pm)

Years 7-10 Junior House Day

Week 2  Years 7-10 Academic Progress Report 

Week 7 Years 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Weeks 8-9 Years 11-13 NCEA benchmark examinations

Week 10  Years 7-10 Learning Conversations with subject teachers

 Years 11-13 NCEA Progress Report 

Term 4

Week 9  Years 7-13 End of Year Academic Summary Report


Newsletter Change

We are currently updating our website and as part of this we will be making some changes to our newsletter format. Please see below a link we are testing and we intend to have this up and running in the next two weeks.

https://hail.to/sthildas-collegiate-school/article/s7N2RUn


Guidance

As your child settles in to the new school year take some time to check in with them about how they are feeling about their social relationships with their peers. Click here to read about why it is so important that your child finds their tribe.

 

Activities
 
We wish to thank everyone who came to our event last Saturday at Akarua in Arrowtown – what a lovely evening, it was great to see so many parents, Old Girls and friends attending our fundraiser. We enjoyed the sunshine, food and wine in the garden before listening to Jackie interview Sara Munro, a St Hilda’s Old Girl and director of fashion label Company of Strangers, about her career, her business and the challenges faced by the fashion industry. ICAN models presented the Company of Strangers new season collection while Sara explained each of the garments and the processes that go into making clothing and jewellery in New Zealand. We are very grateful to our sponsors for contributing to our fundraiser: Peter McIntyre and Chris Timms of Craigs Investment Partners, Tracy Cameron of ICAN Models and Talent, and Jaimee Smith of Ukiyo Salon & Co in Wanaka. We also wish to thank those who contributed items for our silent auction. It was a great night and we raised close to $5000 towards the Building Heart Campaign.
 
 
 
29 tired but happy girls are out of the Abel Tasman National Park and on the bus.

Case Space School

Junior Girls
 
Senior Girls
 
 
 

Tolcarne News

Tolcarne has been a bit quieter this week, with the year 12 and 13 P.E students away on camp in Murchison and Abel Tasman. The juniors went to Waihola at the weekend, where they competed in games of paintball. The rivalry was fierce as the girls raced to capture the rabbit soft toy without being hit! It was a very fun day out and they are looking forward to surfing at St Clair this weekend. Yoga is now a weekly activity held at the hostel, with one of our staff members (Ella) taking the girls for this before bed on a Wednesday. It is the perfect opportunity for the girls to have time for mindfulness and to relax before another busy day at school! 

 


Chapel Matters

On Tuesday this week, the staff and students indulged in yummy pikelets with jam and cream as our way of marking Shrove Tuesday. The students also played silly games with the leftover pikelets at lunchtime.

Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is the last day to indulge and be silly before the season of Lent which begins with Ash Wednesday.

Lent is the 40-day period of time leading up to Easter, where we remember Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem where he was crucified. Traditionally, Ash Wednesday is therefore a day when we remember that we have all sinned, and that we need the forgiveness and grace that Christ offers. We have all let others down, said hurtful things, broken promises, ignored someone who needed our help, made choices that were not wise, dropped rubbish for others to pick up, and not cared about the environment.

There is a prayer which is part of the Eucharist service part of which says:

We have sinned in what we have thought and said,
in the wrong we have done and in the good we have not done.
We have sinned in ignorance;
We have sinned in weakness:
We have sinned through our own deliberate fault.

Afterwards, the minister then proclaims our forgiveness – and reminds us to forgive others and to forgive ourselves. The ashes that we get on the back of our hands (or on the forehead) remind us about these two things:

  • The ash, which comes from the burnt harakeke crosses we make for Palm Sunday (and our Open Night!), reminds us that we are all fallen, frail, broken, and bruised;
  • While the olive oil which is mixed with the ash, reminds us that we are forgiven, free, cherished and that there is always hope for healing and renewal.

The ash and the oil go together because that is how life works, that there is a time for everything under the sun. We don’t want to always indulge and be silly, or be hard on ourselves and pessimistic about life. We need to acknowledge that there are times when we have done wrong and have hurt this world or others, but there are also times when we need to accept forgiveness, let things go, to heal and have a fresh start – and allow others to have a fresh start.

Over the time of Lent, may we all accept that we are fallen and frail (like the ash), and know that we can also be renewed and healed (like the oil).

 


Careers

 
 

BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.


Information regarding Coronavirus

With recent concerns raised regarding the spread of coronavirus, we wish to inform you that we are following the Ministry of Health Guidelines regarding best practice for public health. 

We have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the wellbeing of all our international students, when they arrived at school and at Tolcarne, and as most of them have been in NZ for at least a week prior to the start of school, they are at minimal risk of infection, however we will continue to monitor their health. We have no students from the Wuhan region.

The school and Tolcarne will be vigilant with hygiene instruction as well as providing masks as required, and hand sanitiser. They are all the necessary equipment to isolate infection. Frequent hand washing and practising cough etiquette will be encouraged. 

Recognising that coronavirus is now a global issue, if you or your family members have been travelling in Asia or currently infected areas over the holidays, or have been in contact with international visitors, we trust you are monitoring your family’s health and following the Ministry of Health guidelines.

As stated we have in place precautionary measures, and are advised that the risk of infection is still very low. We will continue to monitor the health of any students currently considered to be low risk. The Ministry of Health has advised that there is no specific action to be taken at this time. Should the situation change, we will follow our pandemic plan for managing illness as we do with other infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and influenza.

For those of you concerned about possible infection, the Ministry of Health has provided practical information on their website which we encourage you to read – 

NoNovel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website:         
included in there is some advice to help reduce the general risk of infection:
– avoiding very close contact with people showing symptoms
– frequently washing hands
– practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

the Ministry of Health will continue to update that content, as further information becomes available

 
 

 

 

Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We continue to motor through the term with a myriad of activities and learning opportunities already completed and more still to come.
 
Our new girls appear to be well settled, finding their way around the campus, connecting and contributing, enjoying the challenges and opportunities inherent to their learning. 
 
As a school we have made a strong start to the year and are excited about coming events. One extraordinary event is our biennial school Fair, which is only 2 weeks away. We are so fortunate to have such an organised, efficient, visionary and passionate group of parents on the PFA who have taken over the management of this event and who have already put in considerable time and effort to ensure the Fair’s success. 
 
The Fair is a major fundraising event for the school, and the contributions from our families – time, donations, assistance, sponsorship, items for auctions, food and prizes all help to ensure a successful day. Thank you to those families who have already made donations and brought in items for sale, and if you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet – you have two more weeks! Other people’s treasures are always welcome! The money raised is important, but the Fair  is also as one of the few opportunities we have to come together as a wider community, have some fun, enjoy good food and get the odd bargain. It is a great day for the whole school community and I urge you to ensure you are part of it.
 
Jackie Barron
Principal

 


Key Dates for 2020 Term 1

Saturday 7th March – School Fair (see below for further information)

Wednesday 11 MarchYears 7-13 Goal Setting Conversation with Whanau teachers (2.30-6.30pm)

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March – Wanaka Show

Friday 20th March – Staff Only Day

Monday 23rd March – Otago Anniversary Day 

 

 

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We have jars available for people to make jams and/or preserves – please get in touch with us if you are able to help. email:schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We need more fair helpers; if you are able to help at the school fair on a stall please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We are still looking for fair sponsorship; a $250 donation allows you to sponsor a stall, donated items such as vouchers, goods, services are needed for our silent auction and monetary donations towards advertising.  Please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
SCHOOL FAIR – WEEK 5 – Whanaungatanga Group donations
 
We need your help to have a successful fair day.
 
 

Whanau Group Photographs

If you are interested in ordering a copy of the Whanau group photos these will be sold on McRobie website via this link: https://mcrobie.co.nz/st-hildas-collegiate-school-classes-2020/

Photos will be size 6″x 9”, in colour and cost $17 each.


Reporting 

Throughout the year we will communicate about your daughter’s learning through Learning Conversations (which allow a three way conversation with the teacher, student and parent), Interim Reports on Learning which focus on learning behaviours and Academic Progress Reports which give specific comments on the progress being made in the curriculum and next steps for your daughters learning. The final report for the year is a summary record of your daughter’s learning for the year. This includes a comment from her Whanaungatanga teacher which gives you an overview of her year’s learning and involvement in school activities. 

Our aim, with this combination of reports, is to  give an accurate and timely overview of your daughter’s learning dispositions, next steps and progress.

2020 Reporting Timeline

Term 1

Week 6  Year 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Week 7 Wed 11 March Years 7-13 Goal Setting Conversation with Whanau teachers (2.30-6.30pm)

Week 11  Years 7-13 Academic Progress Report

Term 2

Week 1 Years 7-13 Learning Conversations with subject teachers 

Week 5  Years 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Term 3

Week 1 Mon 20 July Years 11-13 Learning Conversations with subject teachers (9.30am – 6.30pm)

Years 7-10 Junior House Day

Week 2  Years 7-10 Academic Progress Report 

Week 7 Years 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Weeks 8-9 Years 11-13 NCEA benchmark examinations

Week 10  Years 7-10 Learning Conversations with subject teachers

 Years 11-13 NCEA Progress Report 

Term 4

Week 9  Years 7-13 End of Year Academic Summary Report


Newsletter Change

We are currently updating our website and as part of this we will be making some changes to our newsletter format. A link will still be sent to you and we will also put that link on the current newsletter site until the update is complete so you can access past newsletters. We will use the new format next week.


Activities


Ellen Mamier was chosen by Study Dunedin to produce a video for their website.

Ellen was chosen because she won an Education New Zealand (ENZ) scholarship to come and study in New Zealand.  She chose Dunedin and St Hilda’s Collegiate.  Even though the scholarship was for one year, Ellen chose to stay on and complete her NCEA Level 3 studies in Dunedin.

As you will see, she loved her time here, made some good friends and even picked up a bit of a kiwi accent!  Here is the link to the video, found on the Study Dunedin website. 

 

Year 7 girls – Literacy lesson with Anna Garthwaite


Achievements

Otago and Southland Champs
Congratulation to Gabi Horo who competed in the Pole Vault U18 at the Otago and Southland Champs over the weekend and broke the 15 year record with a jump of 2m 56cm!
 
 
 
NZ Secondary Schools Triathlon
Well done to Sophie Shallard who finished 12th at the NZ Secondary Schools Triathlon and Zara Geddes who finished 20th.
 
National Touch tournament
Congratulations to our U18 team who won their age group in extra time.
 

Tolcarne News

On Sunday the juniors went on an outing to Tunnel Beach with Robyn, a first for many! They not only enjoyed the walk, but also a paddle in the ocean and getting to experience another part of the city. Koru this week involved a mindfulness body scan and mindful eating for the year tens, where they were invited to feel the effects of mindfulness and enhance their senses around food. The year nines looked into the Tolcarne values, gaining a greater appreciation for what they mean and how they can use them. This weekend the junior girls are heading to Waihola, where they will have a go at paintball! 

A special mention to the new Tolcarne Council representatives for 2020;
Year 9 – Lucy Robertson & Ruby Cochrane
Year 10 – Emma Collett & Lucy Wright
Year 11 – Connie Bennington & Anika Smith
Year 12 – Molly Loe & Libby Dummond
Year 13 – Meg Huffadine & Sara Harding


Chapel Matters

The Very Reverend Dr Tony Curtis would like to extend an open invitaion to the staff, students and families of the St Hilda’s community. Below is an invitation with further details for all who might be interested.


Careers


SOLD OUT – Our event with Company of Strangers at Akarua this weekend is now sold out! Thank you to all those who have purchased tickets and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday. We would also like to thank our sponsors: Peter McIntyre and Chris Timms from Craigs Investment Partners; Tracy Cameron from ICAN Models + Talent; and Jaimee Smith of Ukiyo Salon & Co, Wanaka. For those who missed out, you can still see the new collection from Company of Strangers online here: https://companyofstrangers.co.nz/collections/company-of-strangers
 
 
 

BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.


Information regarding Coronavirus

With recent concerns raised regarding the spread of coronavirus, we wish to inform you that we are following the Ministry of Health Guidelines regarding best practice for public health. 

We have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the wellbeing of all our international students, when they arrived at school and at Tolcarne, and as most of them have been in NZ for at least a week prior to the start of school, they are at minimal risk of infection, however we will continue to monitor their health. We have no students from the Wuhan region.

The school and Tolcarne will be vigilant with hygiene instruction as well as providing masks as required, and hand sanitiser. They are all the necessary equipment to isolate infection. Frequent hand washing and practising cough etiquette will be encouraged. 

Recognising that coronavirus is now a global issue, if you or your family members have been travelling in Asia or currently infected areas over the holidays, or have been in contact with international visitors, we trust you are monitoring your family’s health and following the Ministry of Health guidelines.

As stated we have in place precautionary measures, and are advised that the risk of infection is still very low. We will continue to monitor the health of any students currently considered to be low risk. The Ministry of Health has advised that there is no specific action to be taken at this time. Should the situation change, we will follow our pandemic plan for managing illness as we do with other infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and influenza.

For those of you concerned about possible infection, the Ministry of Health has provided practical information on their website which we encourage you to read – 

NoNovel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website:         
included in there is some advice to help reduce the general risk of infection:
– avoiding very close contact with people showing symptoms
– frequently washing hands
– practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

the Ministry of Health will continue to update that content, as further information becomes available

 
 
 

 

 

Weekly News – Term 1|Week 3 – 2020

Tilly hugs at Athletic Sports Day

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We have been advised that the Executive of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association has directed members covered by the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement, the Secondary Principals’ Collective Agreement, the Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement and the Area School Principals’ Collective Agreement to attend a round of branch-based paid union meetings held under the provisions of Section 26 of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

The meeting of PPTA members at our school will be held on 28 FEBRUARY from 1.50 PM TO 3.00 PM at SHCS, and all teachers who are members of the PPTA and are covered by the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement, the Secondary Principals’ Collective Agreement, the Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement or the Area School Principals’ have a right to attend.

Consequently, although school will officially remain open until 3:00 pm that afternoon, we will not be able to run timetabled classes for that time. However, there will be supervision in the Library for students who need to stay at school until the end of the school day. 

Please notify the school office if your daughter will need to remain at school on this afternoon.  

(Contact Karen Mowat on 477 0989 or email admin@shcs.school.nz)


Timetable

In response to the feedback from the extended learning time we had throughout 2019, we have made changes to how our timetable is structured. The start and end times for the days have not changed but we have made adjustments to where we have our breaks. This will give us the flexibility to meet more diverse learning styles.
 

The timetable follows a  structure of two periods, chapel/assembly/Whanaungatanga followed by interval then two periods followed by lunch and then sustained silent reading followed by one period.

This structure also allows for a second version of the week featuring double periods to allow for extended learning time. This is identified on KAMAR and the calendar as Timetable B.

 

Key Dates for 2020 Term 1

Saturday 7th March – School Fair (see below for further information)

Wednesday 11 MarchYears 7-13 Goal Setting Conversation with Whanau teachers (2.30-6.30pm)

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March – Wanaka Show

Friday 20th March – Staff Only Day

Monday 23rd March – Otago Anniversary Day 

 

 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is FAIR-NEWS-ISSUE-2-724x1024.jpg
 
We have jars available for people to make jams and/or preserves – please get in touch with us if you are able to help. email:schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We need more fair helpers; if you are able to help at the school fair on a stall please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We are still looking for fair sponsorship; a $250 donation allows you to sponsor a stall, donated items such as vouchers, goods, services are needed for our silent auction and monetary donations towards advertising.  Please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
SCHOOL FAIR – WEEK 4 – Whanaungatanga Group donations
 
We need your help to have a successful fair day.
 
 

Reporting 

Throughout the year we will communicate about your daughter’s learning through Learning Conversations (which allow a three way conversation with the teacher, student and parent), Interim Reports on Learning which focus on learning behaviours and Academic Progress Reports which give specific comments on the progress being made in the curriculum and next steps for your daughters learning. The final report for the year is a summary record of your daughter’s learning for the year. This includes a comment from her Whanaungatanga teacher which gives you an overview of her year’s learning and involvement in school activities. 

Our aim, with this combination of reports, is to  give an accurate and timely overview of your daughter’s learning dispositions, next steps and progress.

2020 Reporting Timeline

Term 1

Week 6  Year 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Week 7 Wed 11 March Years 7-13 Goal Setting Conversation with Whanau teachers (2.30-6.30pm)

Week 11  Years 7-13 Academic Progress Report

Term 2

Week 1 Years 7-13 Learning Conversations with subject teachers 

Week 5  Years 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Term 3

Week 1 Mon 20 July Years 11-13 Learning Conversations with subject teachers (9.30am – 6.30pm)

Years 7-10 Junior House Day

Week 2  Years 7-10 Academic Progress Report 

Week 7 Years 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Weeks 8-9 Years 11-13 NCEA benchmark examinations

Week 10  Years 7-10 Learning Conversations with subject teachers

 Years 11-13 NCEA Progress Report 

Term 4

Week 9  Years 7-13 End of Year Academic Summary Report



Guidance

TikTok is the social media app of choice for young people at the moment. Click here for advice from Netsafe about how to maximise your child’s safety when using TikTok.

Netsafe’s latest research, Ngā taiohi matihiko o Aotearoa – New Zealand Kids Online, is now available. The report from their Global Kids Online study uncovers important insights about New Zealand’s children’s experiences (aged between nine to 17) of online risks and their perceptions of harm. It provides details about a variety of topics including the online interactions kids are having with people they don’t know and how frequently they are exposed to concerning online material. See the attached document for the full report.


Ichikawa visit March 2020 – request for Homestay families
 
As you may be aware, each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashan host students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short term visit. We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa High School will be visiting us again on Sunday 15 – Friday 27 March 2020.
 
We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival. Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.
 
Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students by the beginning of February.
 
Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position of opening your home for one of our Japanese short stay students. Your help would be much appreciated. If you would like to have a further conversation around what is required, please also make contact.
 
Contact details:
Lisa Parsons – International Student Manager at St Hilda’s Collegiate School
03 477 0989 / 027 773 2211
 
 

Perth Exchange 

We have an annual exchange programme with St Hilda’s in Perth, Australia. We are now beginning the process for the 2020.

This exchange is open to girls  in Year 10.

The exchange student from Perth will come to St Hilda’s in Term 3 of 2020. She will be timetabled into our school programme and weekly board at Tolcarne. The St Hilda’s student  will travel in exchange for Term 2 to St Hilda’s Perth. Further information and application forms for this exchange have been shared with the girls as a Google form.


Activities
 

Year 9 Technology tower building competition.

Year 13 DVC trip to Architecture van Brandenburg

Year 9 – As part of the Greenbelt traverse the girls visited Olveston and took part in some period drama – The Dunedin weather had deteriorated after a warm morning spent walking the greenbelt.

Achievements

Congratulations to Anna Englebrecht who has been invited to take part in the NZQA Top Art Exhibition with her photograph below.
 
Chosen students are selected to share their work as examples of excellent practice in a field of Visual Arts (photo, paint, print, sculpture, design).
Anna’s board will tour the South Island.
 
 

Otago Secondary School Triathlon Results  – held in Wanaka 
 
U19 Girls
Sophie Shallard  – 1st place
Holly Bizzett – 6th place
Amelia Kirk, Kristin Willis and Tessa McConachie all 8th equal
 
U16 Girls
Zara Geddes– 2nd place
Emma Andrew – 12th place
 
A great day and a lot of fun.
 
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Tolcarne News

Week three at Tolcarne has been full of activity, with the juniors trying out Laser Tag and their optional morning fitness starting, organised by the year 12 Boarding Leaders. The Secondary Schools Tennis Tournament was also held, with Hayley King and Ella Perkins winning the B Grade – Congratulations girls!

The new Tribe value cards were introduced, where students receive a card with six spots that can be signed for acknowledgement of the values. Once filling their card, each girl will receive points for their Tribe! 

On Wednesday night Sarah Menlove came and talked to Year 12’s about body acceptance and food freedom. Sarah is a former triathlete turned Holistic Health and Body Image Coach, focusing on leaving behind the cycle of dieting and body shame. Some key messages the girls took from the session were;

“You don’t need permission to express yourself and listen to your body”

“Be respectful of your body and what you put into it”

“Appreciate yourself in your own skin”


Chapel Matters

One of the students’ favourite songs in chapel is “This Little Light of Mine.” The idea behind the lyrics is that we all have a spark of divine light inside us that we need to let shine, and that this is something that shouldn’t be hidden from others, which is based on a parable that Jesus told to the crowds (Matthew 5.14-16). Marianne Williamson, a writer and Oprah Winfrey’s spiritual advisor, wrote about this idea that we all have a light to shine and that we shouldn’t hide it (although her quote is often misattributed to Nelson Mandela!).

She says, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

But perhaps our spark is smouldering and hard to ignite and keep going. Or perhaps the light was there and some hard things have happened in life which have put it out, and it is just smouldering and we have almost given up hope that there can be light again. The Bible tells us that God is compassionate and merciful, and will not snuff out a smouldering wick (Isaiah 42.3). God will persevere, and never give up on us. God can relight that wick, and fan the flame back into fullness, so we can shine again.

So let your light shine, don’t hide it under a bushel, and let it bring light and life and hope to others, here at school, in our communities, and in the world just as God’s light has brought life and hope to us all.


The Very Reverend Dr Tony Curtis would like to extend an open invitaion to the staff, students and families of the St Hilda’s community. Below is an invitation with further details for all who might be interested.


 
 
 
 
 

BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.


Information regarding Coronavirus

With recent concerns raised regarding the spread of coronavirus, we wish to inform you that we are following the Ministry of Health Guidelines regarding best practice for public health. 

We have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the wellbeing of all our international students, when they arrived at school and at Tolcarne, and as most of them have been in NZ for at least a week prior to the start of school, they are at minimal risk of infection, however we will continue to monitor their health. We have no students from the Wuhan region.

The school and Tolcarne will be vigilant with hygiene instruction as well as providing masks as required, and hand sanitiser. They are all the necessary equipment to isolate infection. Frequent hand washing and practising cough etiquette will be encouraged. 

Recognising that coronavirus is now a global issue, if you or your family members have been travelling in Asia or currently infected areas over the holidays, or have been in contact with international visitors, we trust you are monitoring your family’s health and following the Ministry of Health guidelines.

As stated we have in place precautionary measures, and are advised that the risk of infection is still very low. We will continue to monitor the health of any students currently considered to be low risk. The Ministry of Health has advised that there is no specific action to be taken at this time. Should the situation change, we will follow our pandemic plan for managing illness as we do with other infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and influenza.

For those of you concerned about possible infection, the Ministry of Health has provided practical information on their website which we encourage you to read – 

NoNovel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website:         
included in there is some advice to help reduce the general risk of infection:
– avoiding very close contact with people showing symptoms
– frequently washing hands
– practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

the Ministry of Health will continue to update that content, as further information becomes available

 
 
 

 

 

Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 2 -2020

 

Lawrence Cheerleaders in action

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Athletic sports on Wednesday was a feast of colour and athletic enthusiasm. The sunshine was a real bonus and in traditional form the inter house cheerleading began the day. The routines were very slick and the judges were given a difficult job. The winning cheerleading team was Lawrence. There were some fantastic performances on the track and in the field and added to this was the great level of participation and house spirit. 

Well done to the newly elected house captains who did such a good job in the first inter house event. 

Our 2020 House Captains are:

Havelock – Amelia Hall and Bee Park

Lawrence – Faith Ainsley and Carolyn Patman

Nelson – Makayla Hawker and Annie Timu

Wellington – Grace Brenssell and Mia Urquhart

Timetable

In response to the feedback from the extended learning time we had throughout 2019, we have made changes to how our timetable is structured. The start and end times for the days have not changed but we have made adjustments to where we have our breaks. This will give us the flexibility to meet more diverse learning styles.
 

The timetable follows a  structure of two periods, chapel/assembly/Whanaungatanga followed by interval then two periods followed by lunch and then sustained silent reading followed by one period.

This structure also allows for a second version of the week featuring double periods to allow for extended learning time. This is identified on KAMAR and the calendar as Timetable B and will be the timetable we are following next week.

 

Key Dates for 2020 Term 1

Wednesday 12th February – Year group and Whanaungatanga photos (am)

Saturday 7th March – School Fair (see below for further information)

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March – Wanaka Show

Friday 20th March – Staff Only Day

Monday 23rd March – Otago Anniversary Day 


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We have jars available for people to make jams and/or preserves – please get in touch with us if you are able to help. email:schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We need more fair helpers; if you are able to help at the school fair on a stall please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We are still looking for fair sponsorship; a $250 donation allows you to sponsor a stall, donated items such as vouchers, goods, services are needed for our silent auction and monetary donations towards advertising.  Please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
SCHOOL FAIR – WEEK 3 – Whanaungatanga Group donations
 
Due to Athletics and Waitangi Day, last week was a little mucky for our chocolate wheel collection so please bring this along with your Tombola donations for this week. 
Also we need:
We need your help to have a successful fair day.
 

Ichikawa visit March 2020 – request for Homestay families
As you may be aware, each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashen host students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short term visit. We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa High School will be visiting us again on Sunday 15 – Friday 27 March 2020.
 
We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival. Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.
 
Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students by the beginning of February.
 
Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position of opening your home for one of our Japanese short stay students. Your help would be much appreciated. If you would like to have a further conversation around what is required, please also make contact.
 
Contact details:
Lisa Parsons – International Student Manager at St Hilda’s Collegiate School
03 477 0989 / 027 773 2211
 
 

Perth Exchange 

We have an annual exchange programme with St Hilda’s in Perth, Australia. We are now beginning the process for the 2020.

This exchange is open to girls  in Year 10.

The exchange student from Perth will come to St Hilda’s in Term 3 of 2020. She will be timetabled into our school programme and weekly board at Tolcarne. The St Hilda’s student  will travel in exchange for Term 2 to St Hilda’s Perth. Further information and application forms for this exchange have been shared with the girls as a Google form.


Activities
 
Athletics Sports – Wednesday 5th February – some great costumes and good competition.
 

Tolcarne News

Tolcarne has had a very busy week; hosting a pool party, voting for new Tribe Captains and participating in Waitangi Day games with the other boarding schools! Koru has also started this week, with the juniors trying out Laughing Yoga. Tonight the girls are off to Leap and will be heading to the beach on Sunday to go surfing! 

We would like to congratulate the following Tribe Leaders on their selection;

Baxter – Penelope Chapman-Cohen and Emma O’Meara

Highgate – Anna Harucs, Sophie Lucas and Tia Dougherty

Falkland – Sam McTavish, Grace Beattie and Meg Huffadine

Grendon – Sara Harding and Anna Clarke


Chapel Matters

One of the things we do in chapel is begin with an opening affirmation in English
and in te reo Maori. The reason we do this relates to Waitangi Day.
Before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, the Anglican church had
been settled here in 1814, and there was a strong sense of partnership and learning
from each other between the local Maori and the church. But over the following
decades, as more and more people from the UK started settling in this land,
and Maori sought protection of their sovereignty, a treaty or agreement
between the Crown and Maori was eventually proposed. The church was
involved in this, in an idealistic way, seeking justice and protection for Maori,
and ministers travelled around persuading Maori rangatira to sign the Treaty.
But of course, as we know, promises by the British to protect the rights of Maori
were broken, and the process of reconciliation and compensation is still ongoing.
By the 1970s, the Anglican church recognised that while things had started off
well in the early 1800s, they needed to make some changes in the way they
did things to truly return to a partnership model. So in 1990, they adopted
a three-tikanga model of the church – a recognition of Pakeha, Maori and
Pasifika tikanga, or ways of doing things, and ever since then, it has been
important to actively live that out. One way we do that here at school is to
start with a response in both English and te reo Maori. This term we are learning
a new one which goes as follows:

O come, let us sing to the Lord,
Tēnā kia waiata tātou ki te Ihowā,
Let us rejoice in the rock of our salvation.
kia hari tātou ki te toka o tō tātou whakaoranga.

The word whakaoranga means relief, redress, revival, recovery,
restoration, rehabilitation, and rescue – words that are very appropriate
for Waitangi Day!

In God, our rock, we have a strong foundation, just as our nation has a
strong foundation which is the Treaty of Waitangi. And God is the one who
can save us, not just as individuals, but as a people, as a country. God can
inspire us to redress the wrongs we have done, and seek restoration,
and can inspire us to revive those principles of partnership and equality,
and to revive language and tikanga.


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Tickets are selling fast for our St Hilda’s event with Company of Strangers at Akarua Wines and Artisan Kitchen in Arrowtown on February 22nd.
 
Tickets cost $99 and include drinks and nibbles, a fashion presentation of the A/W20 collection from Company of Strangers and a conversation with designer Sara Munro.
 
All proceeds will go towards the Building Heart campaign.
 
We wish to thank our major sponsors: Peter McIntyre and Chris Timms – Craigs Investment Partners; Jaimee Smith of Ukiyo Salon & Co, Wanaka; and Tracy Cameron of ICAN Models and Talent, Queenstown.
 
Ticket enquiries to aburke@shcs.school.nz
 

BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.


Information regarding Coronavirus

With recent concerns raised regarding the spread of coronavirus, we wish to inform you that we are following the Ministry of Health Guidelines regarding best practice for public health. 

We have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the wellbeing of all our international students, when they arrived at school and at Tolcarne, and as most of them have been in NZ for at least a week prior to the start of school, they are at minimal risk of infection, however we will continue to monitor their health. We have no students from the Wuhan region.

The school and Tolcarne will be vigilant with hygiene instruction as well as providing masks as required, and hand sanitiser. They are all the necessary equipment to isolate infection. Frequent hand washing and practising cough etiquette will be encouraged. 

Recognising that coronavirus is now a global issue, if you or your family members have been travelling in Asia or currently infected areas over the holidays, or have been in contact with international visitors, we trust you are monitoring your family’s health and following the Ministry of Health guidelines.

As stated we have in place precautionary measures, and are advised that the risk of infection is still very low. We will continue to monitor the health of any students currently considered to be low risk. The Ministry of Health has advised that there is no specific action to be taken at this time. Should the situation change, we will follow our pandemic plan for managing illness as we do with other infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and influenza.

For those of you concerned about possible infection, the Ministry of Health has provided practical information on their website which we encourage you to read – 

NoNovel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website:         
included in there is some advice to help reduce the general risk of infection:
– avoiding very close contact with people showing symptoms
– frequently washing hands
– practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

the Ministry of Health will continue to update that content, as further information becomes available

Weekly News Term 1- Week 1 2020

`Dear Parents and Caregivers
 
A very warm welcome to all our new families and returning families as we look excitedly to the new year and a new decade! It has been wonderful to see the girls coming in so enthusiastically and with a real energy to get on with their learning.
 
As a staff, we feel refreshed and ready for another busy and productive year. We had our Staff Only Day last Friday and our guest speaker was Dr Anna Friss an expert in self care and self compassion. It was a positive and thought provoking way for us all to begin the year – focusing on our own wellbeing, as well as our students. 
 
The mihi whakatau, Prefect’s Commissioning and Yr 13 Dinner at Tolcarne are all wonderful moments this week that have reiterated the joy in being together as a community, the optimism for the year ahead and the wonderful legacy and history that we all share.
 
We have had a great start to 2020 and I look forward to sharing the opportunities, successes and learnings ahead.
 
Jackie Barron
Principal
 
 

REMINDERS

Athletic Sports are next Wednesday – 5th February – Girls need to be at the Caledonian grounds by 8:35 and meet their Whanaungatanga teacher for roll call.
 
School will be closed next Thursday 6th for Waitangi Day. Friday the 7th February will be a normal school day. 
 

Key Dates for 2020 Term 1

Wednesday 5th February – Athletic Sports at the Caledonian Sports Ground 

Saturday 7th March – School Fair (see below for further information)

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March – Wanaka Show

Friday 20th March – Staff Only Day

Monday 23rd March – Otago Anniversary Day 


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Please click here for more information on weekly Whānau Group Donations

We have jars available for people to make jams and/or preserves – please get in touch with us if you are able to help. email:schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We need more fair helpers; if you are able to help at the school fair on a stall please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We are still looking for fair sponsorship; a $250 donation allows you to sponsor a stall, donated items such as vouchers, goods, services are needed for our silent auction and monetary donations towards advertising.  Please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We need your help to have a successful fair day.
 

Ichikawa visit March 2020 – request for Homestay families

As you may be aware, each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashen host students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short term visit. We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa High School will be visiting us again on Sunday 15 – Friday 27 March 2020.
 
We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival. Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.
 
Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students by the beginning of February.
 
Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position of opening your home for one of our Japanese short stay students. Your help would be much appreciated. If you would like to have a further conversation around what is required, please also make contact.
 
Contact details:
Lisa Parsons – International Student Manager at St Hilda’s Collegiate School
03 477 0989 / 027 773 2211
 
 

Timetable

In response to the feedback from the extended learning time we had throughout 2019, we have made changes to how our timetable is structured. The start and end times for the days have not changed but we have made adjustments to where we have our breaks. This will give us the flexibility to meet more diverse learning styles.

The timetable follows a  structure of two periods, chapel/assembly/Whanaungatanga followed by interval then two periods followed by lunch and then sustained silent reading followed by one period. This structure also allows for a second version of the week featuring double periods which in this term will happen every third week.


Sports Uniform Reminder

St Hilda’s new sports uniform is now available at NZ Uniforms on Moray Place.

It is compulsory for our students to have the PE top, Shorts, Trackpants, Dri fit and Hoodie. For all students who play in a weekly competition, travel on tournaments or as a PE class, these items are to be worn. No alternatives are allowed.

For students with the current style these can still be worn. Over the past few weeks, we have noticed a number of sports teams wearing a variety of shorts and trackpants that are not school regulation. If you are unsure on what these look like, then please head to the website:  http//www.nzuniforms.com


Activities

On Monday we held our Mihi Whakatou in the Chapel to welcome our new students and staff. This was a lovely way to start the year and welcome the new members of our St Hilda’s family.

Prefects Commissioning 

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2020 Prefects with Mrs Barron

Chapel Matters

This week we celebrated the Prefects’ Commissioning. The Prefect system at St Hilda’s started in 1906 and the girls still say many of the same words that were spoken back then. For example, the prayer that they say goes like this:

Prevent us, O Lord in all our doings with Thy most gracious favour, and further us with Thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify Thy Holy Name, and finally by Thy mercy obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

This is old-fashioned English which can be a little difficult to interpret! But basically, the Prefects are asking for God’s help in all that they do – in all that they begin, continue with, and complete – so that God is glorified. This takes the form of needing God’s grace to enable them NOT to do certain things, and God’s help to do the right things. For God to be glorified means that through what they do (or don’t do), others see the love, grace, justice, and kindness of God – the qualities of God are made clear and bright. Then, ultimately, they ask that they might receive eternal life, not because they have done the right things, but through God’s mercy. Eternal life is not something we earn, but is a gift of God.

Perhaps this is a prayer we might all need to say on a day-to-day basis, although I suspect we might use simpler and more modern phrasing! “God help me today, to make good choices so that others may see your grace and mercy. Amen.”


Achievements

Congratulations to Lily Knox who came first in the Unpublished Poets section of the Robert Burns Poetry Competition 2020. Nearly 50 published and unpublished writers entered the annual competition, which marks the Scottish bard’s birthday on January, 25 1759.

Lily Knox
Lily Knox

Migrating

lace
of a wedding dress
that was silky to the touch until she wore it on her skin
the smoke
of a city
the gritty, spiny smoke and the streets that smelled of gin
honeyed tears she swallows as
she knows she can’t return
she yearns;
an aching for the God that only wallows in the Thames
his hand will not extend
to the crusted creaky ship
or the baby on her hip
oh mrs james inglis
whose maiden name was ingrid
torn by the wind on the salt stained deck
no more than the mermaid
lashed to the stern.
where did it go wrong
figurehead?

Click here to read Lily’s reaction to her achievement which was published in the ODT.


Co-curricular Performing Arts Opportunities

Footloose – Musical 2020
Auditions for Footloose will take place on Wednesday 5 February from 4pm to 6pm. All the information you need regarding performance dates and audition details are contained in the following link. Any further questions please email Mrs Mangai artscoordinator@shcs.school.nz
 
 
Music Opportunities 2020
All students are invited to fill in this expression of interest form regarding music lessons. There are a wide variety of opportunities available and this form provides an opportunity to register interest and have a go – formal commitment to lessons will take place in a week or two. 
 
 

Tolcarne News

What an amazing first week at Tolcarne  with our Year 9’s arriving and the place a buzz with excitement, new faces and big smiles. The Year 13 buddies stepped into action taking care of the new girls.
 
A highlight was the Year 13 dinner with the parents. This year Sophie Borland was our guest speaker and she shared 4 nuggets 
1) don’t listen to your inner voice
2) control the controlables 
3) flex your discipline muscle
4) know adversity happens
 
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Tickets are selling fast for our St Hilda’s event with Company of Strangers at Akarua Wines and Artisan Kitchen in Arrowtown on February 22nd.
 
Tickets cost $99 and include drinks and nibbles, a fashion presentation of the A/W20 collection from Company of Strangers and a conversation with designer Sara Munro.
 
All proceeds will go towards the Building Heart campaign.
 
We wish to thank our major sponsors: Peter McIntyre and Chris Timms – Craigs Investment Partners; Jaimee Smith of Ukiyo Salon & Co, Wanaka; and Tracy Cameron of ICAN Models and Talent, Queenstown.
 
Ticket enquiries to aburke@shcs.school.nz
 

BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.


Information regarding Coronavirus

With recent concerns raised regarding the spread of coronavirus, we wish to inform you that we are following the Ministry of Health Guidelines regarding best practice for public health. 

We have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the wellbeing of all our international students, when they arrived at school and at Tolcarne, and as most of them have been in NZ for at least a week prior to the start of school, they are at minimal risk of infection, however we will continue to monitor their health. We have no students from the Wuhan region.

The school and Tolcarne will be vigilant with hygiene instruction as well as providing masks as required, and hand sanitiser. They are all the necessary equipment to isolate infection. Frequent hand washing and practising cough etiquette will be encouraged. 

Recognising that coronavirus is now a global issue, if you or your family members have been travelling in Asia or currently infected areas over the holidays, or have been in contact with international visitors, we trust you are monitoring your family’s health and following the Ministry of Health guidelines.

As stated we have in place precautionary measures, and are advised that the risk of infection is still very low. We will continue to monitor the health of any students currently considered to be low risk. The Ministry of Health has advised that there is no specific action to be taken at this time. Should the situation change, we will follow our pandemic plan for managing illness as we do with other infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and influenza.

For those of you concerned about possible infection, the Ministry of Health has provided practical information on their website which we encourage you to read – 

NoNovel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website:         
included in there is some advice to help reduce the general risk of infection:
– avoiding very close contact with people showing symptoms
– frequently washing hands
– practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

the Ministry of Health will continue to update that content, as further information becomes available

2020 Timetable

2020 Timetable

In response to the feedback from the extended learning time we have had throughout the year, we are making changes to how our timetable is structured. The start and end times for the days will not change but we will be making adjustments to where we have our breaks. This will give us the flexibility to meet more diverse learning styles than we are at present.

The timetable will follow a  structure of two periods, chapel/assembly/Whanaungatanga followed by interval then two periods followed by lunch and the sustained silent reading followed by one period. This structure will also allow for a second version of the week featuring double periods which in Term 1 will happen every third week.

Weekly News Term 4|Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It is with a sense of amazement really, that I write the last newsletter for the year.
As always the time has flown and when you think of the academic, cultural, sporting and service opportunities our girls have had throughout the year, I can only marvel at the commitment of our staff, the energy and enthusiasm of the students and the continued assistance of our parents. There is so much going on here that broadens, deepens, and enriches learning, and it is a privilege to be apart of such an inclusive, vibrant, learning community.
Today has been a special day with the Service Day underway and a range of activities, crafts and community service being completed in conjunction with Anglican Family Care. The girls are energised and committed and the programme ensures great variation. A wonderful day of rich experiences. (photographs below)
Next week we enjoy the Film Festival, which is always a highlight for the Year 10’s, and I also want to wish our Athletics, Cricket and Touch teams all the best as they head away to their national tournaments, and in Cricket’s case – defend their national title.
All the best too, to our two Tech teams who attend the 123Tech Nationals in Wellington next week. This is the first time we have had teams qualify, which is very exciting
Of course, we farewelled our 13 intrepid travellers yesterday, who under the care and guidance of Mrs McMahom and Ms Turner, will be in Malaysia and Borneo for the next 3 weeks as part of the World Challenge Programme. I look forward to hearing of their adventures when they return.
To all our families, we hope you enjoy our special events next week; Year 8 Graduation, Year 13 Leavers Service and Dinner and of course Prizegiving. I wish you all a wonderful summer break, that you have the time to enjoy and be grateful for your families, life’s blessings, and some fine weather.
I look forward to welcoming you all back in 2020.
Jackie Barron
Principal

Prize Giving Reminder

On Thursday 5 December we have our Prize Giving at the Town Hall. Prize Giving commences at 5.00 pm and we ask that your daughter is seated in the Town Hall lower level by 4.45 pm. On the morning of Prize Giving the junior students will wear mufti to school for the morning. They will be taken down to the Town Hall at 10:30 am for a run through of the prize giving service and will be released from the Town Hall at approximately 11.30 am.

Please ensure that your daughter(s) uniform is immaculate for the evening. This is her formal uniform and includes wearing a long-sleeved shirt. She may wear white socks rather than tights.

We look forward to seeing you all on the evening of the 5th December to celebrate the end of our academic year.

If your daughter is unable to attend Prize Giving, please email  admin@shcs.school.nz  with a reason.


Key Dates for 2020 Term 1

A more detailed outline of the start up process for 2020 will be emailed out. Here are some key dates:

22 and 23 January – Prefect training and senior Deans available for course advice.

24 January – Staff only day.

27 January – International Orientation Day, Year 7 – 9 begin in the afternoon and Year 13 RE retreat.

28 January – Year 7 – 12 8:40 am start, Year 13 RE Retreat.

 

St Hilda’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations

It’s 17 months away but we are already looking forward to the 125th Anniversary celebrations in March 2021. Accommodation in Dunedin can be tricky at the best of times, and our 125th is being held over Otago Anniversary weekend, so please make sure you get in early if you’re planning to attend from out of town.
Tickets are available now for the 125th – Full Registration covers all the events, or you can pick and choose which ones you wish to attend (Cocktail Party, Gala Lunch, ‘125 Years of Inspiring St Hilda’s Women’ and the Chapel Service), plus there will be tours, decade group photos, performances and exhibitions all weekend. Please spread the word!

 


Timetable

In response to the feedback from the extended learning time we have had throughout the year, we are making changes to how our timetable is structured. The start and end times for the days will not change but we will be making adjustments to where we have our breaks. This will give us the flexibility to meet more diverse learning styles than we are at present.

The timetable will follow a  structure of two periods, chapel/assembly/Whanaungatanga followed by interval then two periods followed by lunch and the sustained silent reading followed by one period. This structure will also allow for a second version of the week featuring double periods which in Term 1 will happen every third week.


Activities

Service Day

Today the girls were involved in a rotation of five activities that support Anglican Family Care

  • AFC Street Appeal
  • Playdough and Rainbow Rice making for the AFC play therapy and social work teams.
  • Christmas Card Making for the “Sending Love” organisation (collected and then delivered to Old Folks Homes etc. around Dunedin)
  • Christmas Wrapping paper  to be used by AFC
  • Lavender Bag making

     

BEAMS Trip
A group of 7 Year 10 students flew to Auckland on Monday to attend the BEAMS programme with Miss Dunn. They spent the Monday afternoon and evening exploring Auckland and then attended BEAMS on Tuesday.  BEAMS is a one-day programme run by the University of Auckland for Māori and Pasifika Year 10 students. The programme is designed to showcase and promote Business, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine and Science as future pathways. These 5 fields are under-represented by Māori and Pasifika peoples. Here’s what the students had to say about the experience.

We left school just after 8 am on Monday and headed for the airport. For most of us, it wasn’t our first time flying but for Iranui it was. Miss Dunn organised with the flight attendants for Iranui to hand out the lollies at the end of the flight, to really cement it as an experience for her. Once we landed we headed to our accommodation, University Hall. This is one of the newer halls of residence. Once we got organised, we headed out for lunch before going to the museum and the winter gardens. We then walked back to the hall to get ready for the evening.

Early Monday evening, we caught a train to Sylvia Park, which was a new experience for most of us. At the mall, we got a bit of time to go shopping and then had burgers for dinner. We trained back to the city and walked to the Sky Tower. The view of Auckland from the 51st floor was amazing. We could see the whole of Auckland’s skyline, including many of the volcanoes and other local landmarks. After watching the sun go down, we got ice cream and walked back to the hostel.

First up on Tuesday morning was Business. This session was held in the enormous Owen G Glenn building, which we were all in awe of. First, we met with a few students studying toward their business degrees. They shared a little bit about what they are studying. Then we played a business-themed game of ‘family feud’. Throughout the game, we expanded our knowledge of business in a fun and hands-on way. We also had the opportunity to win some prizes. It was a great experience exploring the business school, and it helped open our eyes to all the opportunities a business degree could bring us.

Next up was the school of Engineering. One of the professors talked to us and explained what subjects are ideal for engineering and how you need to work hard. After his introduction, some of his students set us a challenge. We had 18 minutes to construct a masterpiece using only spaghetti, tape, string, and a marshmallow to go on the top of the tower. As soon as the timer went off, you had to let go of your tower. Half the towers ended up falling over but a few were able to hold their own weight. The students then measured those still standing to see who had the tallest tower, that team won a prize. Overall, Engineering taught us that if you put your whole heart and energy into what you do, you can do anything.

The Architecture session was heaps of fun. Some of the students spoke to us about their journey toward studying architecture and what it has been like studying at the university. After seeing how we could include our culture in modern designs, we got to design a shop or building. We had complete freedom over our design. Even though some of us were not the best drawers, we still got to create some awesome and unique designs.

For the Medicine session, we got split into four groups and rotated around four different activities. One activity looked at the different parts of the eye and what some of the devices doctors use to see all the parts of it without surgical action. Next, we looked at the reflexes in our lower legs by hitting the tendons on the heel of our foot and just below our knees to see how our reflexes react. For the third activity, we looked at the anatomy of the body and where the organs go in a dummy. Lastly, we looked at all the different things we can observe using a stethoscope, such as listening to our breathing, stomachs, and hearts.

The Science session was based around computer science. During this rotation, we got to play some computer games and had to figure out how to move a digital block using coding. We learnt how to use coding loops to make the code easier. If you got to the highest level you got lollies.

It was a great trip, where everyone took something away from the experience. Some students have had their eyes opened to potential pathways, while others learnt that Auckland is not as daunting as it first seems.

Practice Expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Bronze Award
On Saturday morning, a group of ten Year 10 and Year 11 girls along with Mr St Louis and Mrs McMahon met at the Bullring ready to embark on their Practice Expedition as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Bronze Award. Unfortunately, the thick fog combined with little wind meant that visibility was poor and not likely to improve. Plan B was put into place; a little more urban than hoped for, but it easily satisfied the requirements of six hours of purposeful activity. A 15 kilometre hike from the Southern Cemetery, to Ross Creek ending in Leith Valley ensued. The most mortifying aspect? crossing Stuart Street and going past Moana Pool fully laden with heavy tramping packs. 

Once arriving at Leith Valley, we said thank you and farewell to Mr St Louis and Mrs Holtz joined the group for overnight camping and Day 2’s activities. After some downtime to recover, the fine dining experience was now to commence – time to break out the Back Country Cuisine and packets of San Remo pasta and sauce. Dessert was a treat of smores, followed by games of Explosive Snap. Once it was dark enough, a brief trek through the bush led us to glow worms, which was a pretty special experience. 

After a good night’s sleep, where fortunately all tents stayed up, it was time to enjoy the various culinary delights we had planned for breakfast. Rain was threatening so down came the tents, just in time for the sun to come out. Next, we set off on a 4 hour walk to Nicholson Falls where we were able to practise a river crossing, and for some who were feeling the heat or particularly hardy, it was time for a shower (fully clothed) under a waterfall.  

Lots of learning occurred, which is what this Practice Expedition is all about. We learnt: having a balanced backpack is important, a kilo of lollies, while it seemed a bargain in the shop, still weighs a kilo; 400g of milk powder makes more milk than anyone will need; it is important to use your guy ropes; you can blow into a self-inflating sleeping mat to make it more comfortable (sadly learnt the next day); if you are going to make pancakes, it’s probably a good idea to bring some oil so they don’t turn into scrambled pancakes; and finally – Cotton is never a good idea. 

This was a fabulous group of girls who had positive attitudes throughout, and they displayed all the qualities of the St Hilda’s graduate that we hope to see.

 

Year 7 had fun this week making Gingerbread People to give to their buddies in Year 8.

Year 8 Landscapes in the style of the artist Don Binney.


Achievements

Congratulations to Ella Morshuis and Blaze (World Famous) who won their second National title this weekend at Riverdale Horse Trials in Rotarua.
Next stop Puhinui International Horse Trials in Auckland 6th 7th 8th Dec

Languages Badges
This is a new initiative in the Languages Department for 2019. Students who wish to take up the challenge of extending their learning in various aspects of French and Spanish language and culture have worked towards completing the tasks of their choice at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

The following girls have earned badges this year and were presented with their badges in assembly on Tuesday.
Bronze Award in French
Stella Bowles
Anna Carswell
Billie Crowe
Zara Geddes
Kara-Mai Herbst
Andie McGrouther
Molly Smith
Erin Willis
Nova Wright

Bronze Award in Spanish
Eliabel Legrand

Bronze Awards in both Spanish and French
Kate Beaton
Alyssa May

Silver Award in French
Emma Grindlay

Gold Award in Spanish
Claudia Christie
Evie Rose Grace

Eliabel Legrand, Emma Grindlay and Evie Rose Grace

Water Polo
Last week our Junior A Water Polo team jetted off to Blenheim to compete at the Junior South Island Water Polo Championships.  With amazing weather, a trip to Picton and great pool facilities, the team had a great time away.

During these few days, the Junior girls played exceptionally well, winning their first two games in pool play and playing strong games against teams from other South Island schools. The girls enjoyed their tournament and did very well finishing 5th overall.


Chapel Matters

This week we had a chapel based around the tradition of “Christingle.” This German word means “Christ child” and as a tradition, it started in the 1700s in Germany where children were given a candle in a red ribbon to remind them that Jesus is the light of the world.

These days this tradition is particularly strong in the UK –  over 6000 Christingle services were held during Advent in 2018! A Christingle is usually an orange, wrapped in a red ribbon, decorated with dried fruit and lollies stuck onto four toothpicks which are pushed into the orange, with a candle pushed into the centre of the orange.

The orange represents the world that God loves and into which Jesus came as a baby; the red ribbon represents the crucifixion of Jesus for our salvation and forgiveness; the fruits and lollies represent the generosity of God and all the good things in our lives for which we can be thankful; the four toothpicks represent the four corners of this world – the diversity of places we all come from – and the idea that God is with us wherever we are and whatever space we are in; and the candle reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world, our hope in the darkness, the spark that can ignite us to bring light and hope into every corner of our world.

Amazing God,
You bless us in the good smell of the orange;
You bless us in the good taste of the fruits;
You bless us in the warm light of the candle;
You wrap your arms, like the ribbon, around the world.
Let these Christingles bring your blessing to this world and to us.
And may your light shine in our hearts this Christmas, and forever.
Amen.


Tolcarne News

Thursday night at Tolcarne we had our annual Gingerbread House Making competition. The girls came up with some very creative houses – they get better every year!
Our last week at Tolcarne is always a good time. We have a beach trip out to Brighton on Saturday, and a big photography scavenger hunt on Monday, followed by a pool party.

Sports Uniform Reminder

St Hilda’s new sports uniform is now available at NZ Uniforms on Moray Place. If you need to update or replace items please head there over the holidays. It is compulsory for our students to have the PE top, Shorts, Trackpants, Dri fit and Hoodie. For all students who play in a weekly competition, travel on tournaments or as a PE class, these items are to be worn. No alternatives are allowed. For students with the current style these can still be worn. Over the past few weeks, we have noticed a number of sports teams wearing a variety of shorts and trackpants that are not school regulation. If you are unsure on what these look like, then please head to the website:  http//www.nzuniforms.com


PFA Fundraising at Forsyth Barr Stadium

Call for Parent and senior student (16 years and over) volunteers.

To assist the PFA in fundraising at concerts being held at Forsyth Barr Stadium in February.

Elton John:         Tuesday 4 February times TBC

Queen:                Monday February 10 times TBC

At this stage the PFA are looking for expression of interest please email Ali Copeman pfa@shcs.school.nz once we have a few more details Ali will be in touch to confirm plans. This fundraising goes towards supporting SHCS students in sporting and cultural activities


BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.

Weekly News | Term 4 | Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As the end of the year draws closer we have some important school events coming up. On Sunday we have our Carol Service which begins at 5:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there as it is always a nice reminder that the Christmas season has begun. The girls have been practising their caroling and are in great voice. We have asked the girls to wear tidy mufti for this event.

Next Friday 29 November will be our junior service day. The girls will be involved in a rotation of five activities that will support Anglican Family Care. For this day the girls should wear their PE uniform.

On Thursday 5 December we have our Prize Giving at the Town Hall. Prize Giving commences at 5.00 pm and we ask that your daughter is seated in the Town Hall lower level by 4.45 pm. On the morning of Prize Giving the junior students will wear mufti to school for the morning. They will be taken down to the Town Hall at 10:30 am fora run through of the prize giving service and will be released from the Town Hall at approximately 11.30 am.

Please ensure that your daughter(s) uniform is immaculate for the evening. This is her formal uniform and includes wearing a long-sleeved shirt. She may wear white socks rather than tights.

We look forward to seeing you all on the evening of the 5th December to celebrate the end of our academic year.

If your daughter is unable to attend Prize Giving, please email  admin@shcs.school.nz  with a reason.

Key Dates for Term 4

Monday 14th October – 5th December 2019

Sunday 24 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm – Families welcome

Wednesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum

Thursday 5 December – Prize Giving – Dunedin Town Hall (please note change of venue) students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5pm start.


St Hilda’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations

It’s 17 months away but we are already looking forward to the 125th Anniversary celebrations in March 2021. Accommodation in Dunedin can be tricky at the best of times, and our 125th is being held over Otago Anniversary weekend, so please make sure you get in early if you’re planning to attend from out of town.
Tickets are available now for the 125th – Full Registration covers all the events, or you can pick and choose which ones you wish to attend (Cocktail Party, Gala Lunch, ‘125 Years of Inspiring St Hilda’s Women’ and the Chapel Service), plus there will be tours, decade group photos, performances and exhibitions all weekend. Please spread the word!

PFA Fundraising at Forsyth Barr Stadium

Call for Parent and senior student (16 years and over) volunteers.

To assist the PFA in fundraising at concerts being held at Forsyth Barr Stadium in February.

Elton John:         Tuesday 4 February times TBC

Queen:                Monday February 10 times TBC

At this stage the PFA are looking for expression of interest please email Ali Copeman pfa@shcs.school.nz once we have a few more details Ali will be in touch to confirm plans. This fundraising goes towards supporting SHCS students in sporting and cultural activities


Sports Uniform Reminder

St Hilda’s new sports uniform is now available at NZ Uniforms on Moray Place. If you need to update or replace items please head there over the holidays. It is compulsory for our students to have the PE top, Shorts, Trackpants, Dri fit and Hoodie. For all students who play in a weekly competition, travel on tournaments or as a PE class, these items are to be worn. No alternatives are allowed. For students with the current style these can still be worn. Over the past few weeks, we have noticed a number of sports teams wearing a variety of shorts and trackpants that are not school regulation. If you are unsure on what these look like, then please head to the website:  http//www.nzuniforms.com


Activities

Year 10 Tautuku camp was again a great experience. The year group excelled in the outdoor environment, and it was an added bonus that the weather held throughout the week and we got to enjoy the range of activities such as abseiling, kayaking, bush navigation, tramping, confidence course and of course the iconic Tautuku camp mud run. Thank you to all the students, staff and especially the parents who were so kind to give up their time to support us on this camp.

Junior Sports Week.

This week many of our year 9 &10 students were involved in the OSSSA Junior Sports Week. This was a  great opportunity for our volleyball and touch teams to get out and compete against teams from all over Otago.

Junior Volleyball Team

Our junior Water Polo team are presently competing in Blenheim and we will have results from that tournament next week.

Otago Primary Athletics Day.

On Thursday, some of our Year 7 & 8 students  headed down to the Caledonian for Athletics Day. Having qualified through North Zone Athletics Day, the girls were ready for another big day. Well done to Mya Haigh for throwing over 8m in her shot put and to Charlotte Cardno for jumping 4.46m in Long Jump and making a new record. Cassie Horo made the 100m final and our relay team of Phoebe Jackery, Katie Moore, Charlotte Cardno and Cassie Horo did a great job in their heat. Well done to Chelsea Sinclair for making her age group shot put final.


Achievements

Hannah Langsbury has been selected into the New Zealand U14 Maori Rep Team for Football.

Chapel Matters

This coming Sunday afternoon we have our Christmas Carol Service here at school which is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. We always end our Carol service with the most published carol in the world; if you go onto You Tube you will find versions of it sung by everybody from Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to church choirs and even cats! And all of this is true, even though this carol was written exactly 200 years ago, in 1719.

The carol is “Joy to the World” and it the lyrics were written by Isaac Watts. He wrote over 750 hymns for churches – this is quite remarkable when you realise that someone like Justin Bieber has written about 40 songs, Taylor Swift has written about 200, and Bob Dylan has written about 500! Isaac Watts’ family was “non-conformist,” meaning they didn’t belong to the Church of England, and his father was put in prison twice for his views. This also meant that Isaac wasn’t allowed to go to Oxford and Cambridge, because you had to be Anglican to go there. Isaac went to another university, became a tutor, and also wrote hymns. His hymns became popular – and he changed the way people sang in church – even in Anglican churches! Watts didn’t just write hymns though. He had studied philosophy at university, and he wrote a textbook on the topic of “Logic” – this was used by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge for over 100 years! Interesting for someone who wasn’t even allowed to study there!

The music for “Joy to the World” was written by an American musician, Lowell Mason, who lived in the 1800s. He also grew up in a family that went to a non-conformist church;
this is the Unitarian Universalist church, which is all about intellectual freedom, inclusive love, and spiritual growth, and although many members don’t actually even believe in God, many still attend church, pray and sing hymns. Mason was one of the church-going members, and he wrote the music for many of the hymns that they sang, played the organ and directed the choir. He wrote the music for “Joy to the World,” in 1839, 120 years after Isaac Watts wrote the words, but he also put lots of other lyrics to music, even including simple things like “Mary had a little lamb!” His church was in the South of the United States, in Georgia, and at a time when slavery was still deeply part of life in the South, Mason helped out at a nearby African-American Baptist church and started the first ever Sunday School for black children.

Even though these two men lived in different centuries, and in different countries, they both did things that went against the grain of the societies they lived in, and were non-conformist in their beliefs and faith, choosing to be true to what they believed about God in how they lived their lives. And in the end they both contributed to one of the most well-known and loved carols of all time, which I think is pretty special!


Reminder – School Canteen

The Canteen has closed for the year. Don’t forget a packed lunch.


BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.

Weekly News Term 4|Week 5 2019

Dear Parents & Caregivers
It has been a busy week for all girls. The year 10 have been at Tautuku camp in the Catlins and we look forward to hearing their stories. Year 7 – 9 have been challenging themselves and solving problems throughout the week. There have been some very innovative ideas being developed. Year 11 – 13 are busy with study and examinations.

Key Dates for Term 4

Monday 14th October – 5th December 2019

Sunday 24 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm – Families welcome

Wednesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum

Thursday 5 December – Prize Giving – Dunedin Town Hall (please note change of venue) students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5pm start.


Canteen

The last day the canteen will be operating for the year will be Friday 22nd November.
Hot Lunches will be available for Year 9 & 10 boarders on Wednesday 15th November and Wednesday 20th November.

Activities

Accept the Challenge
This week saw the years 7-9  embark on Challenge week. They were, in groups, tasked with solving a real-world problem. The challenges were:

How can we make our school a place where every single student feels included every single day?
How can we inspire our community to get up and get moving?
How can we inspire our community to make healthy food a bigger part of our daily diet?
How can we get rid of rubbish to make our community shine?
How can we give young people a voice on issues that affect them?
How can we make social media a force for good not evil?

Not only had they as a team,  to come up with a solution, but they had to test it out with market research that they constructed, reflect on their process, think about their point of difference and then present it to a judge, using criteria that they co-constructed, and proved that it was viable, sustainable and  solved the challenge. 

The idea was to get the students to be innovative in their problem solving, test their ideas and refine them in order to make the solution better and work in a team of diverse individuals – all skills that are transferable into the world of work.

The grand final was held period 5 Friday and ended a challenging week for the years 7-9.

Final results will be announced next week.


Internet

As you may be aware we have experienced some issues with our wifi connection at school.
We have been one of a number of schools in NZ affected by a global upgrade which destabilised our wifi system.
This has had an impact on some NZQA examinations and our girls ability to access the internet at Tolcarne and we are following NZQA guidelines and protocols around unexpected incidents to work through the process with students who have been affected.
We appreciate the distress this may have caused some students and we have senior engineers from our support company Cyclone Computers working on the problem. We will update you with progress.
Many thanks for your patience as we work through this issue.

Achievements

Cricket
An article on our 1st XI Cricket Team in the College Sport Media (CSM) can be read here.

Ice Hockey
Breane has been selected for the NZ Woman’s Ice Hockey Team, who will travel to compete at the Worlds in Mexico City on 22 January 2020. Congratulations Breane!


Tolcarne News

On Thursday night, Tolcarne welcomed our 2020 Year 9 cohort to a sleepover. Though nervous at first, after playing some games and learning names the chatter never ended!
The sleepover is always a great way for the new students to get to know each other, as well as Tolcarne’s staff and routines. Our current Year 9’s where incredibly excited to get to know them, and did a fantastic job at being inclusive and friendly!

St Hilda’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations

It’s 17 months away but we are already looking forward to the 125th Anniversary celebrations in March 2021. Accommodation in Dunedin can be tricky at the best of times, and our 125th is being held over Otago Anniversary weekend, so please make sure you get in early if you’re planning to attend from out of town.
Tickets are available now for the 125th – Full Registration covers all the events, or you can pick and choose which ones you wish to attend (Cocktail Party, Gala Lunch, ‘125 Years of Inspiring St Hilda’s Women’ and the Chapel Service), plus there will be tours, decade group photos, performances and exhibitions all weekend. Please spread the word!

BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.

Weekly News Term 4|Week 4

Dear Parents & Caregivers
Our school is feeling a little empty now the seniors have started their examination leave. We wish them all the best and look forward to seeing them all again at prize giving.
The Year 10 have also had a busy week with their end of year examinations and the Rich task they have been involved in the last three days. I am sure they are all now looking forward to Year 10 camp next week.
Next week Year 7 – 9 will be involved in a problem solving programme where they will work in groups to develop an idea that they think could solve a particular problem they have been given.

Key Dates for Term 4

Monday 14th October – 5th December 2019

Monday 11-15 November – Year 10 Camp

Sunday 24 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm – Families welcome

Wednesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum

Thursday 5 December – Prize Giving – Dunedin Town Hall (please note change of venue) students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5pm start.


Canteen

The last day the canteen will be operating for the year will be Friday 22nd November.
Hot Lunches will be available for Year 9 & 10 boarders on Wednesday 15th November and Wednesday 20th November.

Chapel Matters

This year the 40 Hour Famine Leaders were awarded the inaugural World Vision Auahatanga Most Creative Fundraising Award “for thinking outside the box to rewrite the rules.”

World Vision said that the awardees showed “a spirit of creativity and courage.” This is a great honour for these girls and I commend them for their efforts!


Guidance

With the approach of the holidays and hopefully some beautiful summer weather to lure us all outside, the experts from ‘Hey Sigmund’ challenge us all to go screen free for a week. Click here for their advice about what this can do for family life.


Sports Council

A sincere thank you to all members of our community who expressed their interest in being parent representatives on the St Hilda’s Sports Council. The calibre of the interested parties was very high and we greatly appreciate the willingness of our parents to volunteer their time and expertise to the development of sport at St Hilda’s.

We are pleased to welcome Mrs Clare Challis, Mrs Kate Cotter and Mr Craig Paterson as the incoming parent representatives, to join Mr Roger Southby as the community members on the Council. Craig, Kate, and Clare have extensive experience across a wide range of sports in coaching, administration and governance, and we look forward to their input to the sporting life of the school.


Activities

A keen and eager group of Year 7-10 St Hilda’s music students went to King’s and Queen’s High Schools to be part of the Itinerant Music Workshop Day for 2019. The day allowed students to gain experience of playing in a concert band or a string ensemble setting where they could develop their musical skills and play as a team in their instrument sections.

Everyone had a great day rehearsing in their groups and took on the challenge of learning new music with fantastic results. It was really pleasing to see our students take up the opportunity to participate in the Itinerant Workshop Day.


Achievements

NZ Short Course Swimming Championships
Congratulations to Nicole Heaton, Meg McLaughlan, and Jessica Scott for qualifying for the NZ Short Course Swimming Championships which were held in Auckland in October.
Nicole placed 6th in the 50 Back and 8th in the 100 and 200 Back in her age group.
Jessica placed 1st in the 100 Butterfly and 100 IM, and 2nd in the 50 and 200 Butterfly in her age group.
Netball
Congratulations to Amelia Scully on being selected for the preseason Beko Netball training squad.
North Zone Athletics
Congratulations to the following girls –
Charlotte Cardno who placed 1st in under 12 long jump
Mya Haigh placed 1st in the over 13 shotput
Charlie Byers  placed 2nd in the Year 7 & 8 800m and 4th in the 100m sprint
Charlie Byers, Katie Moore, Phoebe Jaquiery, Cassie Horo came 2nd in the 13 over relay.
All have qualified for Otago Champs

Tolcarne News

Flexi Prep has been underway at Tolcarne for the last 3 Thursdays. The girls have been making Christmas tree decorations, gingerbread cookies, beeswax hand cream and lipgloss, decorating coat hangers and learning how to do portrait drawings. What fun!
Our Year 9’s are off to an overnight camp in Waihola this weekend – let’s hope the weather holds out for the paintball and frisbee golf!

St Hilda’s Chronicle Orders

Orders for the St Hilda’s Chronicle are being taken now!

This year’s school magazine contains over 160 pages of photos and
memories from 2019. The cost is $40.

The Chronicle will be ready for your daughter to collect at the conclusion of
Prize Giving on Wednesday, 5 December. Alternatively, copies can be
collected from the school office or posted home.

Could you please complete the online form below or pick up an order form
from the school office to order your daughter(s) copy of the Chronicle. Multiple
copies may be ordered. The Chronicle will be charged to the school account.
Please note, there will be no door sales of the magazine on Prize Giving
night. We are now only printing the number of magazines that are pre-
ordered.

Orders can be made until 3pm, Friday 15 November.

Click here to order the 2019 St Hilda’s Chronicle

Kind regards,
The St Hilda’s Chronicle Committee


St Hilda’s Collegiate School Fair 

Drop off times for this weekend are; Saturday 9-11am @ Heriot House, Heriot Row (behind the school)

Reminder –

St Hilda’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations

It’s 17 months away but we are already looking forward to the 125th Anniversary celebrations in March 2021. Accommodation in Dunedin can be tricky at the best of times, and our 125th is being held over Otago Anniversary weekend, so please make sure you get in early if you’re planning to attend from out of town.
Tickets are available now for the 125th – Full Registration covers all the events, or you can pick and choose which ones you wish to attend (Cocktail Party, Gala Lunch, ‘125 Years of Inspiring St Hilda’s Women’ and the Chapel Service), plus there will be tours, decade group photos, performances and exhibitions all weekend. Please spread the word!

BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.