Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Today the Student Council organised a Wacky Hair Day to help raise money to give to the Otago Boys Shave for a Cure team who are fundraising for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

Today we farewelled Ms Kirstyn Mawdsley, our Director of International Students. Kirstyn is taking up a role as Marketing and Business Development Manager at John McGlashan College and we wish her well for this.  Ms Angela Spears has been appointed to the Director of International Students position.  Angela has been employed by the University of Otago since 2009, working as the Senior Student Support Officer at the Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year.  Angela will start at St Hilda’s on Monday.  Our Homestay Coordinator Nele Meers’ position has been restructured and she will have a larger role within the International Department.

Good luck to all students involved in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Cross Country and Relay Championships this weekend.

The 2017 Z Club held their induction today. They have made a great start in furthering the causes of women  through events like the pink breakfast and the Z Club awareness week. I am sure they will continue this work in the next two terms as well.


Upcoming Events

St Hilda’s Careers Evening – 6.30pm Thursday 22 June, St Hilda’s Chapel
This event is now open to Year 9 – 13 students
There are still places available for the Careers Evening being held at 6:30pm on Thursday 22 June. If you would like to read more and book a place for you and your daughter please click here.

There are a wide range of speakers on the night with interesting stories to tell, including while they were at school how they identified what it was they wanted to do, how they got into the role, overcoming challenges along the way, planning for the future, messages to their younger self, along with the realities of working in their chosen profession.

The booking form will remain open until 8:40am Monday morning, giving you an opportunity to discuss with your daughter which of the presenters you would most like to hear from on the night. As it may be a chilly winters evening, transport will be provided for boarding students.

PFA Midwinter Extravaganza – 6.00pm Friday 30 June, College of Education Auditorium
Tickets to the PFA fundraiser are available to purchase from the student office for $25 per person.  There will be $2 raffles on the night, so remember to bring your coins.  This event is to boost the fund that helps to send so many St Hilda’s girls to sporting and cultural events. We still need more raffle items – these can be dropped to the school office and can include chocolates, beauty products, coffee and vouchers.  Thank you for supporting the PFA.

Chapel Matters

“Give us today our daily bread.” Stopping and being grateful is essential to developing a healthy spirituality. We are bombarded in our commercialised world with a consumer mentality that tells us that we can only be happy if we buy stuff. Companies spend millions of dollars on advertising trying to keep us from being grateful for what we have, and getting us to focus on what other people have, so that we will want more. And if we want more, we will buy something from them, so then they will have more.

This vicious and unhappy cycle means our environments are being plundered and ecosystems that have developed over millions of years are being destroyed. Our whole society is geared towards consumption and consumerism, and it is taking us into a very soul-destroying and planet-destroying place. That is why saying “thanks” and having a sense of gratitude is so important, and so central to a healthy spirituality. We have to stop hoping that buying and getting stuff will make us happy and instead we have to start appreciating what we already have.

Can we say thank you for our “daily bread,” for the things we have been given today, and not focus on the things we want tomorrow? Can we be grateful for the abundance of “daily bread” we have in a world where so many people have so little? And can we show appreciation to those who provide for us, those on whom we are dependent for our needs (and our wants). If so, then we are on the way to developing a healthy spirituality and in the process we might just also save our planet.


Tolcarne News

It has been a hot soup week and the girls at Tolcarne who have their thermos’ have been taking yummy hot chicken noodle soup to school for lunch. Last weekend was full of netball; with the usual Saturday games, the Otago Secondary Schools’ Tournament and the Beko game. Many of our senior girls had a social weekend attending the St Hilda’s formal on Friday night and the John McGlashan formal on Saturday night – Sunday produced a few tired girls.

Our Tribe Leaders are busy organising our Op Shop Catwalk Challenge with their $20 budget.  This will be held on Monday night at dinner.  Each tribe is entering two seniors and two juniors who will be dressed to a theme:

  • Seniors – Ambassador Ball and It’s a Mans World
  • Juniors – Disney and Under Water World

The girls will vote according to best dressed, tribe colour use and choreography performance.

The junior girls are looking forward to our Games Challenge on Sunday with the John McGlashan boys, which is being organised by Michelle with the help of our Head Boarders and a few Year 12 Boarding leaders.


Student Achievement

The Senior A and Year 9A netball teams placed first and the Year 10A netball team placed second in their respective divisions at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Netball Tournament.

The Junior Choir, Madrigal and Sings Hilda performed at The Big Sing regional competition held at the Town Hall on Wednesday. All choirs performed very well with Madrigal and the Junior Choir being commended and Sings Hilda getting highly commended as well as winning the Millenium Trophy.

Natalie Hutchens and a friend each swam 20kms at the Queenstown pool last week to raise money for World Vision. They both swam the 800 lengths together in 6 hours – a huge effort and something to be proud of.