Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The term is quickly drawing to a close, it is hard to believe that holidays are nearly here. For those of you who are looking for something to do tonight, why don’t you come along to the Mid Winter Extravaganza, starting at 6.00pm in the chapel. There will be door sales, at $10 per adult ticket and $5 per student/child. Raffles will also be available to purchase with some great prizes on offer.
On Monday we are holding our Founders’ Day Service at 11.30am. We ask that all students are in formal uniform for this special occasion.
The Student Council have organised a purple themed mufti day for Friday 7 July. We ask for a gold coin donation and all money raised will go to Women’s Refuge.
Due to the lack of accurate information in regards to occupancy in the chapel, we are investigating further and in the mean time avoiding having the whole school in the chapel at once.
Matariki is the Maori New Year, and traditionally for Maori, the New Year signifies both remembrance of the past and celebration of the future. It is a time to commemorate those who have passed on in the previous year, as well as a time to look forward to what the future holds.
Matariki is a good time to pause and reflect on life; to take stock of things and both look back on the journey of the past as well as forward to the one that lies ahead. It is also a good time to appreciate those who have gone before us, who have paved the way, as we will be doing on Monday for Founders’ Day. Matariki is especially a time to remember those who have passed away, those we miss, and those who we no longer see for whatever reason. We can also use this time to think about the rest of the year ahead, and to renew our goals and resolutions for this year.
In order to do this at school, each whanaungatanga group spent some time writing notes about these things and creating a poster which we have put up in the windows of chapel – they look great!
From the Guidance Network
With the holidays coming up, it’s a good time to think about screen time and any potential fish hooks out there ready to reel in our young ones.
Last holidays saw the release of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. It was met with a lot of discussion and criticism and was ultimately rated as a R18 due to the dangerous nature of the content. Sexual assault and youth suicide, coupled with revenge, are not themes that young people have the skills to navigate effectively on their own and while many teenagers have watched the show and had no negative effects, those young people already at risk, are put at much greater risk as a result.
These things need very careful discussion with supported pathways for getting help or more information should the need arise. With New Zealand coming first in the world for its youth suicide rate, this series was negligent at best and certainly irresponsible.
This end of term sees Netflix releasing another series which makes it clear their choice of series for youth is morally questionable. To the Bone is a drama following a girl on her anorexia journey, certainly glamorising and normalising it along the way.
Many people have said that the themes in 13 Reasons Why and To the Bone are important issues that need discussion – this is true – however, raising awareness about an issue has got nothing to do with changing people’s behaviour and in the case of these two series, the very real risk is for copy cat behaviours to arise.
Eating disorders are the most deadly out of any mental illness; easy to start and extremely difficult to stop. To the Bone is essentially a users guide on how to have an eating disorder, clearly outlining and explaining the daily rituals and requirements for massive weight loss.
Please talk to your daughters about what they are watching and if they do want to watch them, offer some times where you can watch them together and then discuss and critique. That’s where the real learning and processing can take place.
Last weekend was very active! On Saturday night many brave girls headed out on a cold and still winters night down to the Octagon to enjoy the lantern parade and the live music.
Six girls had a blast in the introduction to scuba diving session with Dive Otago on Sunday morning. They learnt about equipment, equalising and communicating underwater before gearing up and practicing in the pool. Each of the girls were presented with a certificate for their attendance.
The Year 13 girls in the apartments participated in the ‘flat cook off’ competition on Wednesday night. In their mystery box was celeriac, cardamon, oranges and eggs. Robyn, Ziggy and Ange enjoyed culinary delights from celeriac chips and cardamon/lemon meatballs to orange and vanilla crème brûlée and orange ice-cream with cookie dough!
Congratulations to all the girls who are performing tonight. It is always a pleasure to see your performances.
Olivia O’Neill has been selected in the New Zealand U18 Women’s Basketball team to travel to Guam during the holidays and compete in the Oceania Qualifiers.
Libby van Harselaar has been selected in the New Zealand Waterpolo Born 2000 team and will be competing in the 2017 Sydney Youth Water Polo Festival.
The following students have made netball rep teams:
Year 7 Dunedin Netball Rep Team
Year 8 Dunedin Netball Squad
Super Rugby Tickets
Tickets are available for the next Highlanders game on July 14 against the Reds.
The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas. Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis. The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in school camps and sports trips. The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in tickets.