Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Please note that Thursday 7 December is the last day of school for 2017. Students may come to school in mufti as it is a clean up day and we require uniforms to be kept neat and tidy for Prize Giving. Following the clean up, students will be bussed to the More FM Arena for Prize Giving practice. They will be released for the day from the More FM Arena between 11.15am – 11.30am. Please notify us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if your daughter needs to return to St Hilda’s by bus. Once she returns to school she will then be free to leave for the afternoon. We ask that all students arrive in immaculate uniform at the More FM Arena by 4.45pm on Thursday 7 December so that everyone is seated in order for the event to start at 5.00pm.
If your daughter is unable to attend Prize Giving, please email email@example.com along with the reason.
The Cricket First XI are attending the NZCT Cricket Tournament and we look forward to seeing if they are able to defend their title as National Champions.
Good Luck to our Athletic’s team who are competing at the NZSS Athletics champs in Hasting’s over the weekend
Good luck to the Senior A touch team who are off to the NZSS Touch Nationals next Thursday
Some exciting competition ahead for these athletes and teams!
The Year 11 Rail Trail and World Challenge groups depart on Sunday and Monday respectively – we wish them both well for a safe and enjoyable trip. We also wish the World Challenge team a Merry Christmas as they will be spending it away from their families.
As we come to the end of the school year, the church year is only just beginning. This Sunday marks the first day of Advent in the Christian calendar, and in churches all around the world you will find an Advent wreath with the traditional purple, pink and white candles. While we might be out Christmas shopping or enjoying a day at the beach, these candles are lit over the time of Advent to gently remind us the true gifts of Christmas – the love, hope, peace, and joy that God gives us through Jesus.
With the arrival of an innocent baby, born to an unwed mother, in a stable filled with animals, visited by lowly shepherds and revered kings, we discover a message of God’s love for all people (and animals); a hope for the future; the offer of peace to all; and a joy that cannot be surpassed. In a quiet moment you have this Christmas, may that brief oasis from the bustle of the world, bring alive to you the smell of the hay, the sound of the animals, the cry of a baby, the care of a new mother, and the murmur of shepherds and kings, so that you may sense God’s gifts of love, joy, peace and hope.
Last Saturday a group of 15 girls participated in Zorb Soccer out at the Edgar Centre, considering it actually felt like Bikram Zorb Soccer, due to the heat, the girls all walked away with smiles on their faces which shows they had a really enjoyable time. This week we have had a break from our normal prep routine and Nat has facilitated a fun week of activities and games for the girls. On Monday night the girls played capture the flag and on Tuesday we made ginger bread houses – a big thanks to Robyn who baked all of the walls, doors and roofs!
The Year 10s attended ‘Night Chats’ on Wednesday night with Dr Townsley in the lounge before our team games and Thursday was a night spent either swimming or making Christmas crafts with Robyn, tree decorations or lovely cards. We are missing our seniors who are now nearly all at home and Tolcarne is now a junior hostel. We are looking forward to our annual scavenger hunt and BBQ on Monday night.
Romany McLaren has achieved Merit in Grade 8 piano (Trinity exams).
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Hastie who has been chosen for the Durban Girls’ College Exchange. We look forward to having her host sister with us next year.