Friday 3 June is a Staff Only Day which means that school will be closed. This day is to specifically help staff with planning and developing a learning culture for the 21st century. The hostel will close at 5.00pm on Thursday 2 June and reopen at 3.00pm on Monday 6 June.
Next Monday and Tuesday is Study Skills Day, where we welcome Stuart Wright to the school to work with Year 10 students. He teaches the girls effective and sustainable strategies that support their study habits and help to build learning skills and competencies for the future. The girls always find this session invaluable.
On Tuesday we welcome Alice Rowe from World Challenge to assembly, where she will present to the students about the next World Challenge trip to Costa Rica in 2017. The last trip that went to India in December 2015 was very successful and we look forward to assisting another group of St HIlda’s girls to have the same amazing and life changing experience. Following on from this, there will be a presentation to parents at 5.00pm on Thursday 2 June in the Chapel. Holding the presentation at this time allows boarder parents to attend as the hostel will be closing on the Thursday afternoon for Queens Birthday Weekend. World Challenge is open to students in Year 11 – 13.
The school has received eight nominations for the upcoming Board of Trustees Elections. Voting papers will be posted out over the next couple of days. Voting closes at noon on 3 June.
Term 2 has begun well with beautiful weather, successful Learning Conversations, and a fantastic open morning for prospective boarding families. The students and staff are all ready for an excellent term, focused on learning opportunities, across all aspects of the curriculum.
Being ready for learning in the morning, well prepared and mentally ready to engage in the class is important for our students. We would like to encourage the prompt arrival at school of all students first thing in the morning. There is an expectation that students will be onsite by 8.35am and seated in class ready to begin their learning day at 8.40am. We understand the occasional family glitch can happen and that some buses arrive after 8.40am. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
During 2015 the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago conducted a survey called BEATS, in which they investigated the modes of transport students used to get to and from school. The survey also included questions on attitudes and barriers to more active means of transport to school. The final phase of this survey is to get some more parental feedback. If you are interested in completing a survey, please click on the following here for more information.
Welcome to the new term. We hope both parents and students found the new format of Monday’s Learning Conversations useful and informative. We have received some very positive feedback from parents, so thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. The girls enjoyed bringing their reflections to the meetings and staff are already seeing girls utilising the information from the learning conversations in the classroom, which is what the changed format was all about.
The Vietnam girls returned on Friday after a most enjoyable trip. Their adventures were well recorded on their Facebook page, and the photos and stories told of new learning, increased cultural awareness and an appreciation for the opportunities they have. The spread of activities and the distances travelled ensured an excellent cultural experience. A special thank you to Mrs Maw as the tour leader, and staff Ms Corkery, Mrs Jones, Mrs Smith and Ms Allott for their contributions to a very successful trip. We look forward to assembly where the girls will report back on their time away.
Mrs Barron, Mrs Dey and Mrs Haggie, along with Year 10 students Olivia Hall and Sophie Dempster, have been away on Country Visits this week. This is an opportunity for boarder families to meet key staff and find out more about St Hilda’s and boarding at Tolcarne prior to our Boarder Open Day, which is next Thursday 12 May, starting at 10.00am at school.