Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Upcoming Event – Parent Seminar 7.00pm Monday 28 August
Looking over the Horizon: Learning, Young Women and Change
We are lucky to be welcoming Professor Erica McWilliam to St Hilda’s on Monday 28 August. Erica is the Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education Queensland University of Technology and will be working with staff during the day and holding a parent seminar in the evening. She is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of pedagogy, with a particular focus on how teachers prepare young people for ‘over the horizon’ futures. Erica’s presentations are entertaining, challenging and informative and we are delighted that we have been able to secure a date when she could work with our staff and community. This is a seminar not to be missed!
More information on Erica’s seminar can be found here.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes.
St Hilda’s is a member of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia who
are holding a leadership summit and workshop for students: Making a Difference – Girls for Change.
We highly recommend this wonderful opportunity to our Year 10 and 11 girls
and suggest that you all read the attached flyer and online information for more detail.
Interested students should then register their interest by emailing their year
level Dean: Mrs Coutts, Year 10 and Mrs McLanachan, Year 11.
Please note the summit is being held here at St Hilda’s Collegiate during the first
week of the October school holidays (2-4 October) and if staying over and
requiring the residential option, that will be at Tolcarne Boarding residence. We may have an opportunity to receive funding to subsidise the registration costs:
Residential Option (add) NZ$124.00
We look forward to the girls expressing their interest in attending.
Many Years 9 to 12 students and their families made the most of the opportunities at Tuesday evening’s Course Planning Seminar, to gain a clearer understanding of how NCEA works, the process of subject selection and tools to assist in identifying where students skills and abilities lie. The KAMAR Parent Portal where you can enter your daughter’s 2018 subject choices is now open (linked from the Course Selection page of the Senior Academic Programme). Entries for Year 11-13 in 2018 are due no later than Monday 28 August 2017. Entries for Year 10 in 2018 will open in September with an e-mail reminder being sent out to families closer to that time.
Mrs Barron attended yesterday’s Class Act awards at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Bill English was the guest speaker and as always, it was a great event celebrating the achievements and potential of some amazing young people. Congratulations to our recipients for 2017 Dayna Gallagher and Laura Taylor.
This week has been all about dances for Year 7 – 11 students, rounding off with the Year 11 Midwinter Dance tonight. This time last year school was closed due to a snow day but in the end we did go ahead with the dance. We are pleased to see much better weather conditions this year and wish the girls an enjoyable evening.
Our girls depart for Winter Quad on Sunday. This is being held at St Margaret’s College in Christchurch and we wish the girls well for the tournament.
It is with regret that we announce the resignation of Mrs Hazel Dey, Year 9 Dean, Assistant Principal and Head of Guidance. Mrs Dey has been at St Hilda’s for 27 years and in that time has made a tremendous difference to the school culture and student well-being in a variety of roles. Her contributions and commitment will be recognised formally at the end of the year, and in the mean time we will begin the advertising and recruitment process.
This week at school we have been enjoying Spirit Week. With swimming sports on Tuesday, the prefects thought it would be a great idea to do some things to build our sense of school spirit and this included having Chapel sitting in our house groups; Monday was Havelock and Lawrence, and Thursday was Nelson and Wellington. Singing is a great way to show some spirit – we saw the fans of the British and Irish Lions do this when they were here in June, and we tried to support our teams by singing Tutira Mai Nga Iwi. The prefects were keen to see the level of singing in chapel improve (as was Dr Townsley!) and so while we sang some favourites (This Little Light of Mine, Lean on Me), we also had a bit of a house competition with the school hymn, with each house singing a verse.
Dr Townsley also wants us to remember that the “spirit” is a big part of Christian thinking about God. The word “spirit” comes from the Hebrew word “ruach” and the Greek word “pneuma” both of which mean air or breath. The spirit of God is something vital to us, just as we need to breath air to survive. It is good to remember that the Spirit of God is like our breath – a life-giving source of energy and sustenance, gently present with us at all times, giving us peace.
A Z Club initiative for the year is to look at ways to serve and advocate for women. One of the issues that they have looked at is the high cost of sanitary products which is an essential item and the burden this can place on some women. Over the next few weeks, the St Hilda’s Z Club will be running a sanitary items drive. There will be a box in the student foyer where girls can drop off pads and or tampons, all of which we will be donated to charity. If someone doesn’t feel comfortable bringing sanitary items along to school but they still want to donate, there will also be a money box where you can put some cash and items will be purchased on your behalf. The box will be there starting next week, so please bring along some items to support women in our community.
Swimming Sports took place on Tuesday. It was a fantastic afternoon of cheerleading, swimming, supporting and house chanting. Congratulations to Havelock for taking out the House Cheerleading. The full results of the day will be published next week.
Georgia Mitchell has been selected in the U17 Otago Football team. Georgia, along with Kate Higham, was also away competing for the Otago U19 Futsal team in Palmerston North over the holidays.
Lucie Holtz, who is a member of the New Zealand Development Figure Skating Squad, won the Basic Novice A Ladies grade at Otago Southland’s last weekend. She has also qualified to compete at Nationals. Zara Anthony-Whigham, who is currently competing in Hong Kong for the New Zealand team, also qualified and placed second in Junior Ladies at Otago Southland’s.
The following students have been selected for Otago representative hockey teams:
Under 15 development