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Weekly News Term 4|Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

It was my pleasure to support Helen Knott and Inez Meuws at the recent Pasifica Awards at the  Otago Polytechnic. Both girls are wonderful ambassadors for the school and their culture. Helen helped us all to learn a Tongan prayer response in chapel on Tuesday and we are fortunate to have our young women so ready to share and celebrate their cultures with us.

Tonight we have the Manu Pounamu Awards where our Maori students are acknowledged for their excellence. This is a very special ceremony and one where the importance of whanau, connectedness and belonging are so evident. I look forward to watching Kiriana Hunter and Sarah Langsbury receive their awards.

We look forward to sharing the celebrations of our Blues evening tonight as well (it is a busy week!!) – and are delighted that Old Girl Sophie Morris has accepted our invitation to be the guest speaker.

St HIlda’s Day will be a welcome chance to come together as a community; reflect, sit, listen and be grateful for the time to worship together. The cathedral always exudes a sense of majesty, calm and safety, a timely reminder of the importance of having all those attributes in our lives. I look forward to seeing you there.

Jackie Barron


Paid Union Meeting – Friday 9 November

School will finish at 11:50 am on Friday 9 November 2018.   Staff who are PPTA and NZEI members will be attending a paid union meeting, an entitlement which is part of their Collective Agreement.

Although school will officially remain open until 3:00 pm that afternoon, there will be no formal classes operating.  However, there will be supervision in the Library for students who need to stay at school until the end of the school day.

Please note:         Confirmation of bus times will come shortly.

Please notify the school office if your daughter will need to remain at school on this afternoon. (Contact Karen Mowat on 477 0989 or email  admin@shcs.school.nz)

The times for the school day will be as follows:

Period 1       8:40   – 9:35 am
Period 2       9:40   – 10:35 am
Break            10:35 – 10:55 am
Period 3      10:55 – 11.50 am

Thank you for your understanding of this disruption to scheduled classes.


Key Dates for Term 4 – Monday 15th October – 5th December 2018

Friday 26 October – Blues Evening – Chapel, 7 pm
Sunday 28 October – St Hilda’s Cathedral Service – St Paul’s Cathedral, 10 am.

Thursday 1 November – Last day for Seniors
Monday 12-16 November – Year 10 Camp
Sunday 25 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm

Tuesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum
Wednesday 5 December – Prize Giving – Edgar Centre, students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5 pm start.


Reports

This year we have made changes to how we report on your daughter’s learning to ensure that reports are appropriate, useful and timely. We were very aware that the paragraph comment based report was slow to produce, often out of date by the time you received it and did not easily allow for specific next steps. Because of this, comments were often generalised statements, with limited relevance.

The final report for the year will be a record of your daughters learning for the year. This will include a comment from her Whanaungatanga teacher which will give you an overview of her year’s learning.

Throughout the year we have communicated through Learning Conversations which allow a three-way conversation with the teacher, student and parent, Interim Reports which focussed on learning behaviours and Progress Reports which gave specific next steps for your daughters learning.

These reports when combined give an accurate and timely overview of your daughter’s learning dispositions, next steps and progress.


RSVP’s

St Hilda’s Day – Sunday 28 October, 10:00 am

It is an important time for our School Community and it is expected that all students will attend the Service on this morning. Any absences for St Hilda’s Day must be emailed to Geraldine Corkery, with a reason, care of admin@shcs.school.nz.


Guidance

As exams approach it is important for us to consider how we can support students with any exam stress they are feeling. Click here for advice from ReachOut about how you can best assist your daughter during this time.


Chapel Matters

St Hilda lived a long time ago – in the 7th Century – and was in charge of one of the most
important Abbies in England at the time. As the Abbess of Whitby, she had many
responsibilities and this included giving advice to kings and other rulers. We only have one
piece of writing from her, and with St Hilda’s Day at the Cathedral this weekend, I thought you might like to ponder on what she had to say. While the words and phrases can take some effort to read, the advice she gives is still pertinent today.

Trade with the gifts God has given you.

Bend your minds to holy learning, that you may escape the fretting moth of littleness of mind that would wear out your souls.

Brace your wills to action that they may not be the spoils of weak desires.

Train your hearts and lips to song which gives courage to the soul.

Being buffeted by trials, learn to laugh.

Being reproved, give thanks.

Having failed, determine to succeed.

– St Hilda of Whitby, 7th C


Ichikawa visit March 2019 – request for Homestay families

As you are aware each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashan hosts students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short term visit.  We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa School will be visiting us again Monday 11 – Saturday 23 March 2019.

We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival.  Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.

Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students before Christmas.

Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position to open your home for one of our Japanese short stay students. Your help would be much appreciated. If you would like to have a further conversation around what is required please also make contact.

Contact details:

Roberta Lawrence – Homestay Coordinator at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.
03 477 0989   /  021 433321

Tolcarne News

In Term 3, as part of the Wellbeing program at Tolcarne, students explored the idea of courage, and its relation to fear and anxiety. We talked about strategies to help students cope when feeling fear and anxiety, and the satisfaction and sense of achievement that comes when they do something that is difficult or scary. We did some activities to encourage students to step out of their comfort zones, including acroyoga, blind taste testing and trust exercises.
This past week, the Year 9’s and 10’s have been doing their final challenge: Fear Factor. They participated in 5 different challenges, including a mystery box, strange food tasting, dog biscuit challenge, ice challenge and a night line. They all did extremely well and had so much fun, while stepping out of their comfort zones.
Well done, Girls!
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Passion Project

We are planning a Passion Project week in Week 5 where students will select a topic they are interested in.  They will develop an inquiry question about this topic, research it, and plan a project with a culminating presentation to share with classmates and families.  Students will be assuming adult roles such as author, video game creator, piano teacher, instructional film producer, cupcake bakery entrepreneur, rocket designer, architect, sports trainer, website designer, environmental activist, and historian.  Products could include short instructional videos, websites, public service campaigns, how-to books, fantasy novels, rocket and how-to presentation, models, and online video games or anything else their interest leads them to.
As part of this week, we would love to have times where adults can share some of their interests and passions. This could be to the whole group or to smaller groups in a workshop type arrangement. If you would be interested in being involved OR you know of someone who you think would be good for this, please let Mrs Judy Maw know. jmaw@shcs.school.nz
It would be fantastic for the girls to see the wide range of interests and projects that we are all still involved in as adults.

St Hilda’s Arts Building

The new building is really coming along. You can access our timelapse video by clicking on the link below.

Student Achievement

Lily Knox, year 9 has had her poem selected for a book of NZ young writers.  The book is called The Jillion.

The Jillion will be a beautiful, hardcover book that will be enjoyed by readers all over New Zealand and even the world.
‘The Man with the Violin’

Sunken eyes, hollow cheeks, greying sagging skin
Wrinkled musty overcoat, twanging violin
He rests upon the crest o’ hill, peaceful to the world,
holds the bow and instrument, bony hands unfurled.
Hunched he sits, awaiting, but now, he reaches for the strings
A melancholy melody and quietly he sings.
Blotchy skin and shaky breath, through weary, wizened eyes
His crinkled face lifts to the sky, surveys the warm sunrise
The last golden ray pierces the clouds,
He listens, he sighs, he slows,
Shaking hands unlatch the case of the violin he stows
He does not rush, his aching limbs no longer in their prime
Wrinkles like cobwebs shroud his face
For he is the Master of Time

Over the holiday’s girls attended the National Finals of Under 15 Bantum Ice Hockey.

Congratulations to Breane Byck who achieved:
National Goalie Champion, tied for National Goalie Skills Champion as well as her team taking Silver Medal

University Scholarships
 Massey University and Otago Polytech have not yet released their scholarship outcomes . Here is a list of those who have gained an Undergraduate  Scholarship at this stage.

University of Otago Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship (worth $35,000)

Issie Robertson
Kate Higham

University of Otago Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship (worth $18,000)

Jillian Heng

University of Otago Performance Entrance Scholarship (varying amounts)

Zara Anthony-Whigham (Dance, Musical theatre and Ice Skating) ($16,000)
Cecelia Crooks (Triathlon) ($16,000)
Olivia O’Neill (Basketball and Touch Rugby) ($16,000)
Sophie Armstrong (Netball umpiring) ($18,000)

University of Otago Māori Entrance Scholarship (worth $10,000)

Hannah Alcock

University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship (varying amounts)

Kiriana Hunter ($8,000)
Helen Knott ($6,000)

University of Otago New Frontiers Excellence Entrance Scholarship (currently worth $2,500 but increases to $5,000 if they get Level 3 with excellence)

Sophie Turner
Taylor Duffy
Hannah Hedges

The University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship (worth $10,000 for each year of study)

Cecelia Crooks (Triathlon)

Victoria University of Wellington Tangiwai Scholarship (worth $5,000)

Suzie Olssen
Kiriana Hunter

Lincoln University Future Leaders Scholarship (worth $6,000)

Melissa Gray

Lincoln University Netball Scholarship ($6,000)

Megan Borst

Meyer Cruden Engineering LTD, Engineering Tertiary Education Scholarship (worth $3,000)

Alice Murphy

Dunedin School of Art Secondary Schools Overall Award (one semester tuition at the Dunedin School of art valued at $3,362)

Victoria Tong

Town Belt Kaitiaki Photography Competition

Congratulations to finalists Izzy Taylor, Molly Gaffaney (both pictured above) and Sophie Burke. 

 Orders for the St Hilda’s Chronicle are being taken now!

This year’s school magazine contains over 150 pages of photos and memories from 2018. The cost is $40.

The Chronicle will be ready for your daughter to collect at the conclusion of Prize Giving on Wednesday, 5 December. Alternatively, copies can be collected from the school office or posted home.

Could you please complete the online form below or pick up an order form from the school office to order your daughter(s) copy of the Chronicle. Multiple copies may be ordered. The Chronicle will be charged to the school account.

Please note, there will be no door sales of the magazine on Prize Giving night. We are now only printing the number of magazines that are pre-ordered to avoid unnecessary wastage.

Orders can be made until 3pm, Friday 16 November.

Click here to order the 2018 St Hilda’s Chronicle

Kind regards,

The St Hilda’s Chronicle Committee


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.

 

Weekly News Term 4|Week 1

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

It is a very warm welcome back to Term 4, which is one of my favourite times of the year. There are a lot of functions where we come together to reflect on the year, and have the opportunity to celebrate together. St Hilda’s Day is a key event on the calendar this term, we count it as an official school half day, so it is important that all students attend. Parents, grandparents and families are also very welcome as we celebrate this significant day in the school’s history.

I wanted to formally announce that Mrs Nicki Holtz has been appointed to the  HOD Languages position and Mrs Alison Bromley to the  Spanish specialist position. I am delighted that both these staff have committed to permanent positions with us.

I also have great pleasure in announcing that Amanda Burke has been appointed to the position of Director of Development. This is a new position reporting to the Boards which will spearhead our capital development programme to support our buildings plan. Amanda has a long association with St Hilda’s as an old girl, staff member, board member and parent and is passionate about assisting the school to be future focused.

We have also advertised for a HOD Visual and Performing Arts.

Jackie Barron


Key Dates for Term 4 – Monday 15th October – 5th December 2018

Monday 22 October – Labour Day – School and Hostel closed
Friday 26 October – Blues Evening – Chapel, 7 pm
Sunday 28 October – St Hilda’s Cathedral Service – St Paul’s Cathedral, 10 am.

Thursday 1 November – Last day for Seniors
Monday 12-16 November – Year 10 Camp
Sunday 25 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm

Tuesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum
Wednesday 5 December – Prize Giving – Edgar Centre, students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5pm start.


RSVP’s

Blues Evening – Friday 26 October, 6.50 pm for 7 pm

Please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz

St Hilda’s Day – Sunday 28 October, 10:00 am

It is an important time for our School Community and it is expected that all students will attend the Service on this morning. Any absences for St Hilda’s Day must be emailed to Geraldine Corkery, with a reason, care of admin@shcs.school.nz.


Guidance

As exams approach it is important for us to consider how we can support students with any exam stress they are feeling. Click here for advice from ReachOut about how you can best assist your daughter during this time.


Passion Project

We are planning a Passion Project week in Week 5 where students will select a topic they are interested in.  They will develop an inquiry question about this topic, research it, and plan a project with a culminating presentation to share with classmates and families.  Students will be assuming adult roles such as author, video game creator, piano teacher, instructional film producer, cupcake bakery entrepreneur, rocket designer, architect, sports trainer, website designer, environmental activist, and historian.  Products could include short instructional videos, websites, public service campaigns, how-to books, fantasy novels, rocket and how-to presentation, models, and online video games or anything else their interest leads them to.
As part of this week, we would love to have times where adults can share some of their interests and passions. This could be to the whole group or to smaller groups in a workshop type arrangement. If you would be interested in being involved OR you know of someone who you think would be good for this, please let me know. It would be fantastic for the girls to see the wide range of interests and projects that we are all still involved in as adults.

Support needed for vulnerable teens fundraiser.

Madeleine Whittaker, a recent old girl of the school, is walking 1400km on the South Island section of the Te Araroa trail (from Bluff to the Marlborough Sounds). She is raising money for the Outward Bound Trust which will be used to give vulnerable teens scholarships to attend a course. She decided to raise money for Outward Bound after attending one of the Mind, Body and Soul courses in January 2018 and finding it hugely beneficial.
If you wish to contribute please click on the following link:  https://obchampion.everydayhero.com/nz/madeleine

Annually a number of St Hilda’s students attend these very worthwhile courses.


In today’s ever-advancing world, we are living at the speed of science. New Zealand students can be at the forefront of this exciting era. Students today will have an average of four careers and 17 different jobs in their lifetime.  It is so important that they learn and master critical transportable skills to successfully navigate the fast-changing workforce shaped by automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and globalisation.

Today, our girls have an opportunity to get ahead, to learn and apply these skills at Space School, an immersive international study program designed to inspire a new generation of STEAM-skilled leaders.

Our school is participating in the 2 week Space School Expedition to NASA in the USA during July 2019 along with other Alliance Schools from Christchurch and Dunedin. We are currently filling the last remaining places in the senior and junior groups by 26th of October 2018.

The program comes highly recommended by both teachers and parents of previous students that have participated in Space School. For those parents that were unable to make the Information Evening recently held and would like further information, you can find video resources of both programs below

Junior Space School

Senior Space School

This is a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in activities and projects not possible in the school environment. For more info: www.actura.co.nz/alliance


Student Achievement

Congratulations to Eliabel Legrand and Evie Rose Grace who have been accepted to the Prestigious Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences.

As members of The Junior Academy, Eliabel and Evie will have the opportunity to collaborate with 2,000 students from 85 countries on virtual challenges sponsored by industry leading companies. These challenges are designed by the Academy’s education experts to help students develop 21st Century skills as they prepare for the jobs of the future.

This year, the GSA received more than 6,500 applications of which 586 students from 57 countries were selected for the programme. To be accepted into the program students must fill out an application, write an essay and have a teacher recommendation.

The annual ReDraft competition publishes the best young New Zealanders’ writing. Sophie Armstrong features in this year’s publication along with Megan Foster. Sophie’s writing is entitled “The Second Time”, a short story of a girl’s heartbreak experiences with a great twist and Megan’s “Our Generation” is a poem that you have to read twice – once from top to bottom and then from bottom to top. Catherine Davidson and Emma De Lange were also highly commended.

Speech Contest ‘ A life less ordinary’

Congratulations Lily Chamberlain who has lived a less than ordinary life. From having an alter ego Professor Lily to her years of babysitting experience with her 3 younger siblings, dealing with being extraordinarily tall, and learning to tough it out and turn the other cheek especially when dealing with cyberbullies thanks to her parent’s Catholic beliefs, Lily shared her less than ordinary life experiences and how they had shaped her in a humorous and engaging speech.

EDICM/Future Schools asked six schools to send a representative to share their life experiences so far and to consider how they had shaped them for their future. In return, two of these participants would be offered the chance to have a 12 day cultural trip to Japan. And at Otago Boys’, on Sept 30th, Lily Chamberlain gained one of those places.

Lily will fly out to Japan and spend time in Tokyo before spending a week in a host family and attend Sundai Kofu High school, Yamanashi Prefecture, Kofu, Shiobe. The previous years’ winners shared their experiences and photos of their time there. They painted a picture of an amazing immersive cultural exchange where they learnt so much about a culture unlike our own and experienced sights, sounds, food, and classrooms so different from our own. For ten days, they lived a life less ordinary and had an experience that was by their accounts inspirational and impactful.  

Lily will fly out on December 7th, to begin her amazing experience to add to her life story.

Lucie Holtz had great success over the holidays at the New Zealand National Figure Skating Championships in Auckland. Congratulations Lucie!
She placed 2nd in the Intermediate Novice grade, has been selected to represent NZ at Australian Nationals in Sydney December, selected for the International B Team, and the NZIFSA Development Squad. She also competed in Juvenile Ice Dance where she and her partner Tim Bradfield from John McGlashan placed second.
                 

 

Congratulations to Ella Morshuis and her horse, World Famous who won their first South Island title over the break,

Ella & World Famous
South Island  FEI 3 Day Event
CNC95  Under 21’s Champions

Congratulations to Olivia AndrewIzzy GoldNicole Heaton and Natalie Hutchens who qualified for the New Zealand Open Short Course Swimming Champs and competed in Auckland 2-6 October. Highlights were:

  • Olivia achieving 11th national ranking in her age group in 50, 100 & 200m backstroke;
  • Izzy achieving 12th in 50m Breaststroke;
  • Nicole achieving 9th in 50m Backstroke;
  • Natalie achieving 6th in 50m Freestyle.
Izzy, Nicole and Natalie also came 8th in the Medley Relay out of the NZ Clubs.
Australian State Short Course Champs
Congratulations to Jessica Scott who was selected as part of the NZ team that competed at the AIS in Canberra 2-6 October. She swam some personal best times, including breaking the Open Otago Short Course 50m Butterfly Record which she already held. A real achievement.

Congratulations to Cecilia Crooks who had a big 2 weeks of Cycling events over the Holidays. Cecilia competed at the New Zealand Secondary School Cycling Championships placing 18th in the Road Race and 4th in the Points race, she then competed in the Junior Tour of Southland and after 6 stages was the eventual Women’s U19 Champion.

Congratulations to the Senior A Netball Team who finished 8th at the New Zealand Secondary School Netball Tournament in Timaru over the holidays. St Hilda’s were the only South Island School to make the top 8


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.