Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Fair collections are going well and the girls are enjoying having the chance to wear mufti. Next week we are collecting for tombola – more details are available in the poster above.
Monday 5 March will be a Teacher Only Day for all Otago secondary schools, therefore St Hilda’s will be closed for instruction. A ‘Jumbo Day’ is being held to provide professional development to all teaching staff.
Should you have any difficulties with childcare for your daughter(s) on 5 March, we can offer limited supervision for the day in Rooms 109 and 110. If you need this supervision for your daughter, please contact Karen Mowat in the school office by the end of school Thursday 1 March.
Tolcarne will close on Friday 2 March at 5.00pm and reopen on Monday 5 March at 3.00pm. If you have any difficulties with the hostel being closed Friday 2 – Monday 5 March, please contact Ange Rathbone at Tolcarne to discuss further.
The weather stayed fine for Athletics on Monday. Final results are still being tallied and we hope to be able to bring these to you in next week’s newsletter. The House Cheerleading competition was fantastic, as usual, and the results are:
It was lovely to meet families of our new Year 7 and 9 students on Monday evening. Thanks to the PFA who hosted this event.
Anglican Family Care have passed on their thanks and appreciation to St Hilda’s students for the stationery that was collected last year. The items were divided into a backpack for each school which were delivered this week. The receiving schools were so excited and wanted to pass on how thoughtful this was.
Good luck to students involved in tomorrow’s Head of the Harbour Rowing Regatta and Summer Quad which begins on Sunday.
From the PFA
Thank you so much to all the people who have kindly offered items for the silent auction. We would love to get some more items so if you have something you would like to donate, please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure that everybody has the opportunity to participate in the auction, we would appreciate any low or medium value items. Here’s that chance to re-gift that un-wanted Christmas present!
From the International Department
The International Department is looking for more long term host families. This can be a very rewarding experience. Host families for St Hilda’s receive a weekly payment. If you are interested, please contact Ange Spears at email@example.com or Nele Meers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Sports Department
We are still seeking coaches for 2018 and in particular coaches across a number of grades for Basketball, Hockey and Netball. If you or anyone you know may be interested please feel free to get in touch with Callum Wardell – Head of Sport – email@example.com.
This week we celebrated Shrove Tuesday (with delicious pikelets, cream, and jam) and Ash
Wednesday (where we received ash crosses on our hands). But Wednesday was also
Valentine’s Day! It was the first time in 73 years that this has happened!
In many ways these two days seem the opposite to each other. Valentine’s Day is associated with romance, chocolate, going out for dinner and enjoying rich food and special gifts. Ash Wednesday is associated with fasting or giving up things like chocolate and other treats, with introspection and self-reflection, and service to others. But these two opposite days really do have something to teach us. Relationships are not just about romance, gifts and chocolate; in fact, they can be really hard work. Families, friends, loved ones, and partners are the ones who can bring out the best as well as the worst in us. Our deepest hurts and conflicts are usually with the ones we love the most.
Ash Wednesday reminds us that we all need to acknowledge that we have done things –
sometimes on purpose, sometimes without realising – that have hurt others, and that we need to ask forgiveness. Strong relationships are built on honesty, commitment, trust, and
forgiveness; these things are at the heart of what Ash Wednesday is about. God asks each of us to search our own hearts, to be honest with ourselves, and to own our failings and mistakes.
In God, we are truly known and loved, and therefore we can trust that we are forgiven. We can then take this into our relationships with our loved ones, forgiving them when they hurt us, and asking them to forgive us too.
Last weekend Tolcarne had a weekend packed with activities! 19 girls from Year’s 10-13 gave surfing lessons a go – taking advantage of the beautiful beaches that we have in Dunedin.
A group of Year 9 girls continued to explore Dunedin by walking around the Ross Creek track. It was awesome for them to realise that bush is not far from Tolcarne and they can still get amongst nature.
Year 9 boarders had the opportunity to decorate cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. Most of the cupcakes were probably eaten rather than given away but they still had fun baking and decorating!
Cecilia Crooks placed first in the Senior Girls event at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Triathlon Champs.
The St Hilda’s Tennis Team were runners-up at the Otago Qualifying Tennis Tournament held in Dunedin this week, having played Columba in an exciting final.
Old Girl Kate Heffernan, who captained the 2017 1st XI Cricket Team, has been selected for the New Zealand White Ferns Women’s Cricket team to face the West Indies in March – an incredible achievement for someone of her age.