We have had a lot to fit in to this short week after enjoying a long weekend. On Wednesday evening the Secondary Schools’ Pacific Student Recognition Awards were held which were sponsored by the Otago Polytechnic and the Otago Community Trust. Our 2017 recipients were Inez Meeuws (junior) and Helen Knott (senior).
Tonight the Mana Pounamu Awards are being held where Eva Meeuws (junior) and Katherine Inder (senior) will be recognised.
We also have the Blues Evening tonight where we will award Cultural, Service and Sport Blues as well as the new Sport Excellence Award and SHCS Sport Award. There will be cultural performances and highlights of the 2017 cultural and sport year. This is a wonderful evening which reminds us all of the incredible and very special talents we have in our school community. The full list of recipients will be published next week.
Our first assembly of the Term was an opportunity to recognise some outstanding achievements by students and staff as you will see below. It was a very positive way to start the term – celebrating successes and acknowledging the hard work and commitment of so many of our students. I hope you enjoy reading about them all in this newsletter.
We are pleased to announce that Claire Laverty has been awarded the Jim Campbell Teaching Award. This national award recognises personal excellence in Primary or Secondary classroom teaching and support given to others in enhancing their classroom. Mrs Laverty was nominated for this by the local association of Maths Teachers. At St Hilda’s, she is known as the singing Maths teacher but more widely, she is recognised for her writing of assessments and NCEA textbooks. As well, Mrs Laverty has done considerable work running workshops and helping other teachers learn new skills and develop new ways of communicating maths. She is recognised nationally in particular for her work in teaching statistics and this award acknowledges her contribution to the teaching community and we were thrilled to welcome her back into school on Tuesday to acknowledge her achievements at assembly.