Monthly Archives: August 2018

Weekly News Term 3/Week 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

We are really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Parent Seminars that we are holding, starting this Sunday. Thank you to those who have already signed up – we are delighted to be sharing important information and ideas with you. Please see details below and RSVP to the School Office if you intend to join us.

The Gala Concert the was a fabulous event last night, and it was great to see so many of you supporting your very talented daughters. It was a wonderful fundraiser for the Hip Hop, and Aerobics groups and Sings Hilda, as they all look to perform at their respective national championships in the near future.

A lot of the winter sports are coming to the business end of the season with semis and finals on the horizon. We wish all our teams the very best for these tight competitions

Back to the Future day is being held today, and it has been fantastic to welcome parents into our classrooms and let them experience what it is like to be a learner at St Hilda’s. Thank you to those parents who took up the opportunity and who have contributed to our classes for the day. What wonderful role models you are for your daughters!! #lifelonglearners

 Jackie Barron

 Seminars Reminder: Please RSVP to the School Office with an indication of which venue you will be attending.

Anxiety, depression and unrelenting standards of perfection. How to Parent for Wellbeing

New Zealand is leading the world in appalling youth mental health statistics.

Come and hear what your daughters have told us about their own feelings and experiences and explore research based strategies on how to support our young women by parenting for Wellbeing.

These workshops will be really useful for all parents. You are welcome to bring friends, family and colleagues to share these interactive workshops.

We all need to be involved in the increasingly important discussions around youth and wellbeing.

See the dates and venues below for our upcoming seminars.

Balclutha – 2 pm Sunday 19 August – Rosebank Lodge, 265 Clyde Street.

Gore – 7 pm Sunday 19 August – Heartland Hotel Croydon, 100 Waimea Street. (PLEASE NOTE ADJUSTED TIME)

Cromwell – 7 pm Monday 20 August – The Gate, 6 Barry Avenue.

Oamaru – 7 pm Wednesday 22 August – Oamaru Opera House, 94 Thames Street.

Dunedin – 7 pm Thursday 30 August – St Hilda’s Collegiate School

Please RSVP to the School Office with and an indication of which venue you will be attending.

Reports and Learning Conversations

Many thanks for your feedback around our reporting practices. We are always trying to make sure we are communicating on your daughter’s learning in the most effective way and your feedback will inform changes we make in future reporting. At the end of next week you will receive your daughter’s Interim Report. This report is focussed on her learning behaviours and attitude. These areas are crucial for developing flexible, resilient learners. Senior students will receive an NCEA progress report following benchmark examinations. This will be emailed out in Wk 10. Learning conversations will be held for all girls at the end of the term three and into term four.


 Enrolment Process

From time to time the Board and staff field questions about the enrolment system and how a student can be assured of (or sometimes precluded from) a place with us.

The simple answer is that there is no way to “game” the system.  As an integrated school, we have specific obligations surrounding our enrolment practices that we must adhere to.

Potential students must meet the special character preference criteria before becoming eligible for entry via the chronological order of application (for yr 7 applications received before the 1st October 2017) route or the ballot. Special character preference eligibility is determined by a sub-committee comprising 2 members of the Board of Proprietors and the Rev Dr Steven Benford, the Anglican Bishop of Dunedin.  Members of the Board of Trustees, our Staff and our Principal have no input into that decision-making process.

Once special character eligibility has been determined, some applicants may gain preferential entry by virtue of having a sister at the school or by being the daughter of a current staff member.

Once those places are filled and assuming there are more potential students than places still available each remaining applicant is assigned a number.  Those numbers are placed in a hat (well an ice-cream container in my experience!) and the numbers are drawn and recorded in sequence.  The “draw” is undertaken by the BOT Chair or another Trustee and the Principal.  Once the numbers are drawn they are matched to applicant names and offers of a place are made according to sequence in which the  numbers were drawn from the ballot.


Year 11-13 Subject Selection – Portal reminder

The portal to enter your daughters 2019 Year 11-13 subject selection is now open and will close again on Monday 27 August. The portal can be accessed via the Parent Portal and the link in the online Academic Programme. Please get in touch with the school office in the first instance if you have forgotten your login details.

Chapel Matters

Over the last year or so, I have done a few chapels on the idea of cultivating a
Naked Spirituality. This is the idea that when we think of who we are as spiritual
beings, there is a real sense in which we have to strip away all our outer layers so
we can be true to who we really are. Spirituality is not about dressing up in our
Sunday best and participating in stuffy, starchy religiosity, but it is about attending
to the well-being of our naked, vulnerable souls.

Previously I have looked at three key words that start us on this path: “Here,”
“Thanks,” and “O!” This week I looked at the word “Sorry.” The ability to examine
ourselves, to admit mistakes, and to process failure, is a huge marker of a healthy
spirituality. Being able to be honest with God and with others about our wrongs,
failures, sins, faults, and other shameful secrets, keeps us humble and reminds us
that we are complex beings who have the capacity to change and become.

If we name our wrong while we breathe out, we can hold the word mercy, or grace, as we inhale. Breathing our regret, breathing in mercy: this is the life-sustaining rhythm of a naked spirituality – stripping away our pretence so we can stand before God as we truly are, with our hands and hearts open, letting go of our wrongs, and ready to receive compassion and grace and forgiveness.


Tolcarne News

Last weekend the Year 9 students enjoyed a fun trip to Leap to give the new Clip ‘n’ Climb facility a go. It was a great challenge, and the girls had a lot of fun. This weekend there are a few students heading to the Orokonui Bird Sanctuary to see the birds and go for a beautiful walk.
Mrs Rathbone had a financial and student loan tutorial with a few Year 13 students on Tuesday. She not only went over the ins and outs of how to apply for a student loan, but also went into detail about the PAYE system and how Kiwisaver works. It was very informative and the girls found it incredibly useful.
Janine Southby has come into Tolcarne a few times this term to talk to our Year 12 Boarding Leaders. Her focus has been on leadership; the different qualities and values of a leader, how leaders can be effective, highlighting all the different types of leaders there are, and how important public speaking. The Boarding Leaders have been given a lot to think about, and have begun to apply Janine’s advice to their roles in the hostel.

Health and Safety

Please do not encourage your daughter to walk along the school side of Royal Terrace where the building is progressing. She could be endangered with heavy equipment and truck movements.


Don’t forget to have your say – NCEA Review process

The Ministry of Education is presently looking at ways to strengthen NCEA and is exploring a variety of ways to gain feedback from different stakeholders. They want to hear from parents and students and ask you to join in the conversation to submit your ideas, experiences and suggestions for change:  conversation.education.govt.nz/NCEA

We urge you to visit this site to see the ways in which you can give your views.

As a school, we will be talking with students and plan to run a parent seminar on 12th September as part of the consultation process.


Return of 2017 Cups and Trophies

It is that time of year again where we ask for the return of all cups and trophies presented in 2017. This assists us in the preparation of this year’s awards evening and Prize Giving.

These may be left at the main office. Thank you.


Careers News and Events

 To view visit the Career Events calendar.


A reminder to check the Sports Draws page of the website to keep up to date with match times. The netball draws are posted each week in readiness for the weekend’s matches.


 Student Achievement

Congratulations to Olivia O’Neill who recently returned from Kuala Lumpar competing for the New Zealand U18 Girls Touch Team in the Youth World Cup. Olivia and her team finished 2nd after an exciting but challenging 4 days of competition in 35 degree heat

A big congratulations to our Year 7 & 8 Netball Team who won the final this week.

Coming up…
A number of sports finals are being played next week, please see below for times and venues. Would be great to see you down there supporting the girls
Hockey Finals – Monday 20 August
St Hilda’s Junior XI v Taieri College XI 5:40pm at McMillan Turf

St Hilda’s 2nd XI v Taieri College 1st XI 6:40pm at McMillan Turf

St Hilda’s 1st XI v Columba College 1st XI 7:40pm at Mcmillan Turf
Rugby Final – Wednesday 22 August
St Hilda’s 1st XV v Otago Girls 1st XV 4:30pm at Logan Park

 

Weekly News – Term 3/Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

Congratulations to a number of our students who completed projects for the Otago regional Science and Technology Fair. There were some very good results which are in more detail in the achievements section.  The prizegiving is being held on Sunday.

The Year 11 Dance was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all who attended, and we are grateful for the mature, positive and engaging approach the girls took to the event. They really made it a fabulous occasion and thanks go to Mrs McLanachan and Ms Corkery and the Year 11 Dance committee for their organisation and oversight.

Quad was also highly successful, with some great competition, tight games and competitive debates. It was great to be able to host this event and we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported this event and to those families who hosted billets from visiting schools.

 

On Tuesday we held our course design evening. We started the night by looking at the ways the world and education are changing and what a successful graduate will need to flourish beyond school. We will share some resources from the evening on the parent portal for those who were unable to make it.

Coming up…

Good luck to our students in the Hip Hop Regionals that are being held today.

We are having a Gala Concert on Thursday at 6.30 pm, Otago Boys High School ( Advert below). This is a fundraiser for the St Hilda’s groups that are attending upcoming National Competitions in Wellington. Please come along and show your support.

We are really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the various Parent Seminars that we are holding. Please see details below. Please RSVP to the School Office if you intend to join us.

The Back to the Future day is next Friday. Please RSVP to the school office if you intend to come.

 Jackie Barron

Gala Concert – Thursday 16 August


Seminars Reminder: Please RSVP to the School Office with an indication of which venue you will be attending.

Anxiety, depression and unrelenting standards of perfection. How to Parent for Wellbeing

New Zealand is leading the world in appalling youth mental health statistics.

Come and hear what your daughters have told us about their own feelings and experiences and explore research based strategies on how to support our young women by parenting for Wellbeing.

These workshops will be really useful for all parents. You are welcome to bring friends, family and colleagues to share these interactive workshops.

We all need to be involved in the increasingly important discussions around youth and wellbeing.

See the dates and venues below for our upcoming seminars.

Balclutha – 2 pm Sunday 19 August – Rosebank Lodge, 265 Clyde Street.

Gore – 7 pm Sunday 19 August – Heartland Hotel Croydon, 100 Waimea Street. (PLEASE NOTE ADJUSTED TIME)

Cromwell – 7 pm Monday 20 August – The Gate, 6 Barry Avenue.

Oamaru – 7 pm Wednesday 22 August – Oamaru Opera House, 94 Thames Street.

Dunedin – 7 pm Thursday 30 August – St Hilda’s Collegiate School

Please RSVP to the School Office with and an indication of which venue you will be attending.

Back to the Future

We would like to invite you in to experience what school is like in 2018.

On Friday 17th August we are going to run open classrooms. This will allow you to come and join in the learning. You will have the option of a morning or afternoon and within this time you will get to experience four classes.

The morning session will run from 8:30 am – 10:40 am

The afternoon session will run from 12:50 pm – 3:00 pm

At the completion of the sessions, we will make our way to the chapel for refreshments and an opportunity for questions/discussion.

Our aim is for you to be a part of the class not just an observer. We will send details out around logon information and accessing the school network. You will be an interactive, independent, 21st Century Learner – be prepared to be challenged, curious and have fun.

We look forward to having you join us to gain an insight into how learning takes place at St Hilda’s.

Please RSVP to the school office by Monday 13th August with an indication of which session you would like to attend.

Year 11-13 Subject Selection – Portal reminder

The portal to enter your daughters 2019 Year 11-13 subject selection is now open and will close again on Monday 27 August. The portal can be accessed via the Parent Portal and the link in the online Academic Programme. Please get in touch with the school office in the first instance if you have forgotten your login details.

Tolcarne News

What a busy start to the term our students and staff have had at Tolcarne. With last internals due, pressure from upcoming exams and many many sports practices, games and tournaments, it was a timely reminder for the Seniors when the volunteer team from Life Matters came to talk about keeping ourselves well by using good copying strategies, and what to do when we recognize that others may need help.
This term the Koru program is all about having the courage to step outside our comfort zones, and what that can feel like. Last Wednesday the Year 10’s gave Acro-yoga a really good go. Thank you to Hannah and Anna who came to instruct the class.

  


Health and Safety

Please do not encourage your daughter to walk along the school side of Royal Terrace where the building is progressing. She could be endangered with heavy equipment and truck movements.


Tree Planting Event – Town Belt Kaitiaki

The Town Belt Kaitiaki are a Dunedin wide student-led group chaired by Stephanie Post and they would like to invite you to their ‘Project Gold Tree Planting Event’ taking place on Sunday 12 August from 10 am – 12.30 pm at Woodhaugh Gardens (by the duck pond).

You can help to celebrate the students’ goals and vision to plant 300 trees, enjoy a BBQ and learn about the original Arbor Day and the tree choice for the site.

They ask that you:

  • Wear appropriate shoes and clothes
  • Bring gardening gloves and spade (if you can)
  • Bring food and drink for yourself (the food is a small snack)
  • INVITE OTHER PEOPLE!

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Claudia Babirat at townbelt.edcoordinator@gmail.com


Don’t forget to have your say – NCEA Review process

The Ministry of Education is presently looking at ways to strengthen NCEA and is exploring a variety of ways to gain feedback from different stakeholders. They want to hear from parents and students and ask you to join in the conversation to submit your ideas, experiences and suggestions for change:  conversation.education.govt.nz/NCEA

We urge you to visit this site to see the ways in which you can give your views.

As a school, we will be talking with students and plan to run a parent seminar on 12th September as part of the consultation process.


Return of 2017 Cups and Trophies

It is that time of year again where we ask for the return of all cups and trophies presented in 2017. This assists us in the preparation of this year’s awards evening and Prize Giving.

These may be left at the main office. Thank you.


Careers News and Events

 To view visit the Career Events calendar.


A reminder to check the Sports Draws page of the website to keep up to date with match times. The netball draws are posted each week in readiness for the weekend’s matches.


From the Guidance Network

Sheila Achar Josephs, PhD, psychologist in Princeton, New Jersey, talks about how we can help to address perfectionism tendencies in teens, reducing anxiety and allowing them to live healthier, happier lives. Click here to read her advice.


Student Achievement

2018 Otago regional Science and Technology Fair

A number of students completed projects for the 2018 Otago Science and Technology
fair. This was an opportunity to showcase their scientific thinking and an understanding
of the accepted scientific investigative process, as well as their creative and
communication skills.

The following girls did particularly well, gaining one or more prizes.

Elsie Burnside – Forest and Bird Society Award

Hannah Lawrence – Aurora Award

Eliabel Legrand – Keith Dawber Award for Alternative / Renewable Energy

Demi McAlwee – University of Otago College of Education Technology Award

Laura Ring  – University of Otago Department of Botany Award and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Award

Ella Southby –  Dairy New Zealand Award

Nova Wright  – Aurora Award for Excellence in Energy Research

Congratulations on a great effort.

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for the Otago Secondary School Girls Rugby Team – Good luck for the season ahead

Olivia George 
Lily Davies 
Ella Fry 
Amelia Andrews 
Stacey Sanders 
Jaclyn Williams 
Georgie Jessop 

Winter Sports Quad Tournament 
St Hilda’s hosted the annual Winter Sports Quad Tournament at the start of the week with Hockey, Netball, Badminton and Debating teams from St Hilda’s, Columba, Craighead and St Margaret’s giving it their all. After a fantastic two days of action, Columba College ended up being the eventual winners with St Margaret’s in 2nd, St Hilda’s 3rd and Craighead 4th

Weekly News – Term 3/Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

The building of our Visual Arts Centre is coming along. If you are interested in the progress, you can view our time-lapse camera at Arts Centre Camera (NOTE: you must refresh the page to get the latest image)

The school quad is presently being transformed for the Year 11 Winter Dance. Ms McLanachan and the Year 11 Dance committee have been very busy and I am sure it will be a fantastic evening.

On another note, I am thoroughly looking forward to the annual Winter Quadrangular Tournament next week which we are hosting. This is played between St Hilda’s, Columba, St Margaret’s and Craighead Diocesan, and involves the sports of Hockey, Debating, Badminton and Netball.

Good luck everyone!

Jackie Barron


Back to the Future

We would like to invite you in to experience what school is like in 2018.

On Friday 17th August we are going to run open classrooms. This will allow you to come and join in the learning. You will have the option of a morning or afternoon and within this time you will get to experience four classes.

The morning session will run from 8:40 am – 10:40 am

The afternoon session will run from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

At the completion of the sessions, we will make our way to the chapel for refreshments and an opportunity for questions/discussion.

Our aim is for you to be a part of the class not just an observer. We will send details out around logon information and accessing the school network. You will be an interactive, independent, 21st Century Learner – be prepared to be challenged, curious and have fun.

We look forward to having you join us to gain an insight into how learning takes place at St Hilda’s.

Please RSVP to the school office by Monday 13th August with an indication of which session you would like to attend.

Seminars Reminder: Anxiety, depression and unrelenting standards of perfection. How to Parent for Wellbeing

New Zealand is leading the world in appalling youth mental health statistics.

Come and hear what your daughters have told us about their own feelings and experiences and explore research based strategies on how to support our young women by parenting for Wellbeing.

These workshops will be really useful for all parents. You are welcome to bring friends, family and colleagues to share these interactive workshops.

We all need to be involved in the increasingly important discussions around youth and wellbeing.

See the dates and venues below for our upcoming seminars.

Balclutha – 2 pm Sunday 19 August – Rosebank Lodge, 265 Clyde Street.

Gore – 5 pm Sunday 19 August – Heartland Hotel Croydon, 100 Waimea Street.

Cromwell – 7 pm Monday 20 August – The Gate, 6 Barry Avenue.

Oamaru – 7 pm Wednesday 22 August – Oamaru Opera House, 94 Thames Street.

Dunedin – 7 pm Thursday 30 August – St Hilda’s Collegiate School

Please put these dates in your diary.

Year 11-13 Subject Selection – Portal reminder

The portal to enter your daughters 2019 Year 11-13 subject selection is now open and will close again on Monday 27 August. The portal can be accessed via the Parent Portal and the link in the online Academic Programme. Please get in touch with the school office in the first instance if you have forgotten your login details.

Course Design Evening

Our Course Design Evening is being held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday 7 August – for parents and caregivers of Year 10 – 12 students.
The evening will be focused on looking at the resources that are available to assist families to make an informed course selection for 2019.
The evening will begin with a presentation on the St Hilda’s Graduate in the Chapel followed by three mini workshops focussing on designing your daughters course for 2019 and beyond.

Fundraiser for Sings Hilda

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Bring along your car and support Sings Hilda on Saturday 4th August 11 am – 3 pm at Beaurepairs on the corner of McBride Street and Andersons Bay Road (opposite Mitre 10 Mega).


Town Hall Mayoral Welcome

International students from around Dunedin today were invited to the Town Hall to be welcomed by our Mayor Dave Cull. There was a wonderful Kapa Haka to greet everyone, information about the city and things Dunedin has to offer were showcased as well as a chance to mingle with students from other schools. We even managed to get a picture with Councilor Chris Garey.


Tree Planting Event – Town Belt Kaitiaki

The Town Belt Kaitiaki are a Dunedin wide student-led group chaired by Stephanie Post and they would like to invite you to their ‘Project Gold Tree Planting Event’ taking place on Sunday 12 August from 10 am – 12.30 pm at Woodhaugh Gardens (by the duck pond).

You can help to celebrate the students’ goals and vision to plant 300 trees, enjoy a BBQ and learn about the original Arbor Day and the tree choice for the site.

They ask that you:

  • Wear appropriate shoes and clothes
  • Bring gardening gloves and spade (if you can)
  • Bring food and drink for yourself (the food is a small snack)
  • INVITE OTHER PEOPLE!

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Claudia Babirat at townbelt.edcoordinator@gmail.com


Don’t forget to have your say – NCEA Review process

The Ministry of Education is presently looking at ways to strengthen NCEA and is exploring a variety of ways to gain feedback from different stakeholders. They want to hear from parents and students and ask you to join in the conversation to submit your ideas, experiences and suggestions for change:  conversation.education.govt.nz/NCEA

We urge you to visit this site to see the ways in which you can give your views.

As a school, we will be talking with students and plan to run a parent seminar on 12th September as part of the consultation process.


Careers News and Events

 To view visit the Career Events calendar.


A reminder to check the Sports Draws page of the website to keep up to date with match times. The netball draws are posted each week in readiness for the weekend’s matches.


From the Guidance Network

The Guidance Team have attached a very informative brief titled Enough As She Is: “When girls know why they matter inside, they become more resilient in the face of stress”.

Enough As She Is 


Student Achievement

Well done to the girls who had garments in the Hokonui Fashion Awards last weekend. They looked fabulous on the catwalk and special congratulations to Lucy Girvan who was Highly Commended in her section and Amelia Phillips who was placed second in her section