Dear Parents and Caregivers,
A Note from The Principal
We farewelled our Year 13 students yesterday, and there is always a sense of nostalgia and loss as these stunning young women race out into the Quad, having been acknowledged by the rest of the school. Where have those years gone? They have been a great year group and their strength has been their differences – a multitude of skills, abilities and talents.
They presented a very funny and clever assembly for us yesterday and shared some delightful videos they had made in Year 7 and Year 9, and it really brought home how much they had grown, and changed, and how special the years are, that they spend with us. I think it struck the girls too that the time when their path is structured, expectations clear, and support evident will now morph into something a little less clear, and even more exciting. They go on to sit their externals, and then we formally farewell them at the Leavers dinner in December, which is always a wonderful event.
I wish our Year 11 and Year 12 students all the best for their external examinations. This is a great opportunity to test themselves, measure where they are at with their learning, and establish the foundation for the following year. We look forward to seeing them again at Prizegiving.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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.
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.
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November – another month to be grateful for.
This week, just after St Hilda’s Day, we have had Halloween on October 31st followed by All Saints Day on November 1st. These days are the opposite of each other in many ways – All Hallows Evening, the evening before All Saints Day; the night and the day; the scary things and the saintly things.
Festivals like this which come in pairs remind me that who I am as a person is a complex mix of both of these things. There is St Hilda’s Day (and All Saints Day), for example, with its beautiful choir singing, communion, prayer, tradition and heritage. And there is Halloween, with its crazy costumes, sugary sweets, and antics; its darker mischievousness, its cackling wildness and connection with nature.
These things are ALL a part of who we are, and everything in between as well. Who we are is human, and in the incarnation, God became human, and knows all our joyous days as well as our dark nights of the soul; our kindnesses as well as our mean-spiritednesses; our triumphs and successes, as well as our anguishes and defeats. As human beings, we are complex mixes of these things. And God loves us.
Halloween is a good reminder that the Christian story is not all about Cathedrals and bowing at the right time or holding your hands properly for communion; the Christian story is mostly about God’s love conquering death and darkness, and celebrating that together as loved, forgiven, whole people, be that with our friends and family at St Hilda’s Day in the Cathedral or on the streets in our costumes for Halloween.
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.
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.
On Wednesday night, Tolcarne had our Christmas Dinner to farewell all our beautiful Year 13 students. Everybody looked gorgeous as we celebrated the Year 13’s personal growth and achievements. A BIG thank you to our Head Boarders, Hannah McStay and Bella Chapman-Cohen, for running and helping organise the evening. Also to our amazing kitchen staff, who not only made an absolutely delicious meal but also created an amazing atmosphere with their table settings and decorations.
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.
The St Hilda’s Chronicle Committee