Dear Parents and Caregivers,
A Note from The Principal
I was fortunate to spend a day at the Tautuku Lodge this week, with the Year 10 cohort on their camp. It is a wonderful facility and our girls are so lucky to be able to enjoy the experience of the Catlins bush, the beach, the mud and the challenges. I remember going on camp there when I was at secondary school – so the Lodge has been part of students’ outdoor education for a very long time! My memories are still vivid – the fun of the mud run, the fear and then the exhilaration of completing the abseil, and the beauty of the beach. None of this has changed. What a wonderfully timeless landscape, that has provided valuable learning opportunities for generations, and it was very special to see the girls having as much fun as I did all those years ago.
We will enjoy having all our juniors back on the campus next week, as we build towards the Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 25th November at 5.00pm. We look forward to having all our students and their families come together for this truly festive celebration.
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
Key Dates for Term 4 – Monday 15th October – 5th December 2018
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 5.00 pm start. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to attend.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday the Year 9s will be travelling out to the Ōtākou Marae for an overnight visit. Parents are reminded that if you haven’t already returned your daughter’s permission slip, please do so by Monday.
This week, Years 7-9 investigated and considered a new passion. The aim was to get them to think and construct a product linked to something new that has piqued their interest, but they’d like to know more or try it out.
Below are just a few examples.
NCEA exam session is now upon us and it is important to support your daughter to maintain healthy study and life habits during this time. Click here for ‘Seven steps to stop NCEA study stress’
While the seniors are on study leave, and the Year 10 students are at Camp, the rest of the Juniors have been working away on Passion Projects. Rather than simply meaning something we enjoy, the word “passion” comes from the Latin word “passio” which means to suffer, to endure pain, or to submit to pain, and to experience something so deeply you can be emotionally overwhelmed by it.
In the church, the main association with the word “passion” is to do with Jesus.
The intense emotional and physical suffering he went through at Easter is called the Passion of Christ. From his betrayal by a friend Judas, his desperate prayer asking God to prevent what was coming, his arrest and beating by the soldiers, the denial by Peter, another friend, his carrying of the cross through the streets, and the humiliation and agony of crucifixion, Jesus went through the whole range of emotional and physical suffering.
Our passion projects this week might not have been quite at the level that they involved physical and emotional suffering, but plenty of students were emotionally and physically invested in what they did which was great to see!
Past and Present Student Achievement
It is great to see such a big representation of past and present St Hilda’s girls playing for the Otago Sparks Cricket team.
As reported in the ODT – “The Otago Sparks might want to consider changing their name to the St Hilda’s Collegiate XI.
The Sparks team for the back-to-back one-dayers against Wellington at the Basin Reserve this weekend has been named and it features eight past or present pupils of the school.
St Hilda’s has traditionally provided a good core of the squad, but eight must be some kind of record. Polly Inglis will captain the side in the absence of Martin and will be joined in the squad by former St Hilda’s pupils Caitlin Blakely, Bella James and twins Georgia and Kate Heffernan.
Olivia Gain, Emma Black and Eden Carson are current pupils at the school and get their chance in the absence of the White Ferns.”
Good luck for your upcoming games this weekend 🏏
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.
Roberta Lawrence – Homestay Coordinator at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.
03 477 0989 / 021 433321
The last day for the Canteen is Friday 23 November.
Timelapse Video – St Hilda’s Arts Building
Support needed for vulnerable teens fundraiser.
Annually a number of St Hilda’s students attend these very worthwhile courses.