Dear Parents and Caregivers,
While the snow day was disruptive for staff and students alike, we are always mindful of the safety factor and hope that families were not too disadvantaged by the bad weather. We are delighted that the Year 11 Dance is able to go ahead, and know the girls and their partners will have a very special evening.
We would like to thank all the parents who attended our Parent Seminars in Balclutha, Gore, Arrowtown and Alexandra. The team (below, from left), of Jackie Barron, Marcelle Nader-Turner, Sergeant John Hedges, Amanda Haggie and Hazel Dey were delighted with the turn out, and very grateful for the support and engagement of so many parents, as we work together for the good of the young people in our community.
The final workshop is on Thursday 11th August at 7.00pm in the school chapel, and we would urge you all to attend. While we do not have all the answers to the issues facing our girls, we are very keen to be part of the conversations around positive and constructive solutions, and helping our girls to be effective and compassionate bystanders.
The criteria and application forms for Service, Sports and Cultural Blues will be available on the Parent Portal on Monday afternoon. Please read the criteria carefully as there have been some amendments to the process. This year all Blues will be recognised at a special awards evening on 14 October. There will be some accommodation for nominations for dance blues as dance exams are held late in the process.
We are once again preparing for the annual Winter Quad Tournament, with the usual elements of excitement and determination. We have added basketball to the Quad programme this year, after discussions with Craighead indicated their interest in expanding the opportunities for our top sports teams. We are delighted to be able to host them as part of the tournament. Please see the Quad programme for St Hilda’s here.
Sophie Sinclair won bronze at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Gymsports Aerobics Competition held in Auckland last weekend. An outstanding effort – well done Sophie.
Shanae Barton’s painting was accepted into the Edinburgh Realty Premier Art Awards and is on display until August 28 at the Otago Art Society, 1st floor at the Railway Station. There is a $2 entry fee to view all of the artwork and you can vote for your favourite to win the People’s Choice Award.