We held our Academic Blues Assembly this week. This is a chance to recognise exceptional achievement in academic studies. Our guest speaker this year was Megan Crawford, Marketing and Communications Manager at Dunedin Airport. Megan spoke to the girls about seizing new opportunities and discovering where they may take you. Recipients for NCEA 2014 are:
Today our Year 9 students returned from their camp at River Ridge Retreat. Mrs Barron had the pleasure of spending the day out there mid week and had a great time with the girls. Special thanks goes to Bee Bradfield and Carla Joint for all their work in organising this. We look forward to hearing from the girls how their week went.
This week in Chapel we have looked at the meaning of Lent. As part of this we have had our Shrove Tuesday, inter house activities and of course we all got to enjoy a pancake courtesy of Tolcarne. On Wednesday we had an Ash Wednesday Chapel service to mark the beginning of Lent. It was a good chance to think about making sacrifices for others.
Yesterday I spoke to Year 10 students about the upcoming Perth Exchange. Details about this exchange and a timeline for the application process are included with this newsletter. If you have any questions please contact me at email@example.com.
On Monday our swim team will be competing against the other Quad teams at Moana Pool between 12 noon and 12.45pm. The senior school are asked to quickly put their books away after Period 3, meet their tutor teacher in the upper quad and then walk quickly to the pool. School will pay the spectator fee for the girls. We only have an opportunity to support the swimmers every fourth year so we hope the girls will enthusiastically embrace this opportunity.
Next Wednesday we will be holding our annual Academic Blues service. This is a formal occasion where parents will be attending, and we also are lucky to have Megan Crawford, Marketing and Communications Manager at Dunedin Airport, as our guest speaker. All students are expected to be in formal uniform for this service.
Good luck to all girls taking part in the Otago Qualifying Touch Tournament on Saturday, the Otago Waterskiing Champs on Sunday as well as students involved in Quad next Monday and Tuesday.
On Wednesday the rain stayed away for Athletics Day. As always, the cheerleading standard was very high and provided a great start to the day. Results are below. Athletics was followed by the Wine and Cheese/Meet the Teacher Evening hosted by the Parents and Friends Association. This was a good opportunity for parents to meet Mrs Barron along with form and tutor teachers.
Earlier this afternoon we held our Prefect Commissioning. The girls were sworn in and presented with their Prefect badges and rings after being blessed by Bishop Kelvin Wright. A special thanks to family members who attended, particularly those who travelled from out of town.
House voting was held last week to determine two captains for each house.
The following girls were nominated:
Havelock: Caity Kenny and Claudia Sole Lawrence: Maggie Burns and Rose Wood Nelson: Kim Paisley and Elle Perriam Wellington: Sinnead Flannery and Jane Hendry
Year 9 students are away to camp next week, starting with a City Day on Monday before heading off to River Ridge Retreat on Tuesday. We hope the girls have a great week.
Summer Quad – Billets Required Please
On February 23/24th February St Hilda’s is hosting Summer Quad. Billets are required for 120 girls for the nights of 22/23 February. We would really appreciate it if the St Hilda’s community could assist with accommodating some girls.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the attached form at the end of this newsletter, if you are able to help.
It is a pleasure to welcome all families to the 2015 school year. Hopefully your summer has been relaxing and enjoyable. We encourage all families to attend the important school events during Term 1 as these are wonderful opportunities to meet other families and to really feel part of the St Hilda’s community.
There are 88 new students at St Hilda’s this year, mostly in Years 7 and 9, but also a few in other year groups. We also have eight new international students from China, Japan and Thailand.
New teaching staff
Gavin Angus – ESOL
Claire Laverty – Mathematics
Sandra Muller – English/Media Studies
Nigel St Louis – Science
Hannah Wilson – PE/Geography
Please make sure you contact the school if you need to regarding your daughter during the year. The first point of contact for all concerns should be the year level Dean. Email addresses for the Deans are as follows: