Monthly Archives: February 2019

Weekly News Term 1|Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

We are delighted with our 2018 NCEA results, which continue to show our cohorts performing well above the national averages, and averages for Decile 8-10 girls’ schools.

96% got Level One

99% got Level Two

84% got UE
94% got Level 3

Our 2019 House Captains received their badges this week in chapel. We look forward to seeing them continue the great start they made at Athletic Sports in leading  the houses.

Our House Leaders for 2019 are:

Havelock – Maxi Dippie and Harriet Jolly

Lawrence – Izzy Gold and Lola Verkerk

Nelson – Emily Hurdle and Hayley Wright

Wellington – Eden Carson and Anna Young


Guidance

We have been very pleased with the way our new students have been settling into school life at St Hilda’s. We do acknowledge that this transition can be challenging and encourage you to engage with your daughter about how she is feeling and how we can all best support her during this time.

I have attached an article from the Raising Children Network here for your reference. Please do not hesitate to contact your daughter’s year level Dean with any worries or concerns.


Key Dates coming up

Tudor Clothing will be at the Student Office on Wednesday 20th February at 12:30 pm to measure girls for their winter kilts.


Chapel Matters

Valentine’s Day might be associated with chocolates and flowers, and a soppy, romantic, heart-fluttering type of love, but St Valentine himself would not have approved of this! He would have argued for a day-to-day love that reflected the type of love described by St Paul in his letter to the Corinthians:

1 Corinthians 13.3-8

“Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others,
it is not self‐seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
Love always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.
Love never fails.”


International Department

It has been our pleasure to welcome 11 new students and 9 returning students to the International Department to study with us in 2019.

We have students from Germany, Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Our new students have taken part in an orientation programme and are now enjoying classes with their peers. Our returning students slotted back into school life without any problems.

We had an international day out on Sunday to explore the Dunedin City art trail, art gallery, Otago University, Botanical gardens and we pointed out other tourist attractions on the way, that we hope they will explore over their time here.

A new initiative for the International Department is the introduction of a buddy scheme. A number have girls have put their names forward to be a friend and to support our students. We are looking forward to watching this initiative flourish throughout the year and hopefully, life long friendships will be made.

Sharon Beaumont
International Director.


Tolcarne News

The activity at Tolcarne last weekend was a surfing trip to St Clair beach. We had over 40 girls participate in the afternoon lesson and give surfing a good go. They want to do it all over again because they had so much fun!


Achievement

St Hilda’s Tennis Team had a fantastic day at the Otago Tennis Championships.

Amelia Newlands and Claudia Christie were Runners-Up in the Championship event, against Kavanagh College. It was fantastic tennis!

In the Cup Final, Maia Hunter and Brooke Callon won over Annabelle Sullivan and Georgie Lawson. Zoe Whyte and Meg Huffadine came a respectable third.

Well done team, bring on Summer Quad.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is pleased to advise that former St Hilda’s Collegiate School student Ruby Crossan will have her NCEA Level 3 Photography portfolio displayed at NZQA’s Top Art exhibition this year.


Reminder – Tomorrow’s Schools Review Consultation

The Taskforce will be holding public consultation meetings around the country, starting on Thursday, 14 February and finishing on Wednesday, 27 March. We really encourage everyone to come along to these events and discuss the future of our schooling system. The full schedule is now available on our website (venues will be added for events as they are confirmed)

https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/tomorrows-schools-review/have-your-say-today/ 

An online survey which canvasses opinion on each of our 32 recommendations is now available here https://consultation.education.govt.nz/tsr/survey2019/ and will remain open until 31 March 2019. It will be available in Te Reo and other languages within the next week.

A free 0800 number for oral submissions will be available from 11 February. Call 0800 FOR TSR (0800 367 877) to leave your thoughts on the future of our schooling system.

Postcards: for students, families and anyone that just wants to briefly ‘have their say’ on a recommendation or the full report. Freepost postcards will be available at the public meetings.

Formal written submissions about our report can be sent to: tomorrows.schools@education.govt.nz


New Zealand School Trustees Association

NZSTA is working very hard to encourage parent and whanau participation on school boards in order to help shape and support the education of their children. To that end, we will be rolling out the Korari Programme for anyone interested in finding out about standing for the school board elections and having a say in the education of their children.

Please find resources about this below:

Community member guide to the role of the board of trustees_180119

Korari programme form – Interactive_090119

Korari poster_v4

Weekly News Term 1|Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

It was wonderful to see all the colour and enthusiasm on display for our Athletic Sports. The weather was kind to us and there was some great competition through the day. The Year 12 girls set the standard with their excellent cheerleading routines.

Nelson
Havelock
Lawrence
Wellington

It was good to see a number of Year 7, 9 and 11 parents on Tuesday night at the meet the Dean evening. It was a good opportunity to touch base early in the year.

A reminder that girls who intend to drive to school at any time need to complete the Students Driving to School permission form. This is available from the student office.

Please also remind your daughters that they must  sign out when leaving the school grounds and also sign back in when they return.

Good luck to the girls who are competing at the Touch National Tournament.

Summer Quad  17 -19 February

After a very enjoyable Winter Quadrangular Tournament in August last year it is now our turn to host the annual Summer Quadrangular Tournament at the beginning of week 4 in term 1 2019. The Summer Quad Tournament is played between St Hilda’s, Rangi Ruru, St Margaret’s and Craighead Diocesan, and involves the sports of Touch, Debating, Volleyball, Tennis and Swimming.

The tournament is taking place from Sunday 17th February – Tuesday 19th February and will require billet families to host girls from St Margaret’s, Rangi Ruru and Craighead on the Sunday and Monday evening, along with providing dinner on the Sunday evening, and lunch and dinner on Monday.

We need billet families for around 120 students and will require the support of the families of girls who are not directly involved in the quadrangular tournament themselves to host this number of girls. We would greatly appreciate it if you were able to accommodate these girls into your homes as they do for us. This tournament is unable to go ahead without the generous support of our St Hilda’s community hosting students from these traveling schools. Girls being hosted do not need their own room, unlike some other exchanges we have, so room sharing is more than acceptable in these circumstances.

Please indicate on via the link below if you are able to assist with billeting.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevwtuUOhVzmV8DFgYzx7x32v-6IX1TwxriF1PJ8WmMNiR9yw/viewform

Chapel Matters

This week we had an oasis in the middle with Waitangi Day! But the history of Waitangi Day has hardly been restful or refreshing.

In the Bible, the relationship between people and God is often described in terms of a treaty – although the word that is often used is a covenant or testament – an agreement based on promises between two parties. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish people promise to love God and keep the law, and God promises to protect the people and bless them. But all the way through the Scriptures, the people constantly break the Law – their Treaty with God – and as a result their relationship with God is broken.

Christians believe that Jesus offers a new covenant, a new treaty, a new testament between all people and God. This time it is not about keeping the law, but it is about God promising to forgive every injustice or broken promise, to heal every damaged relationship, and to bring restoration and reconciliation between people and each other, and between people and God, simply because God loves us and shows us this love in Jesus.

This is a powerful message, and in a nation which is founded on principles of partnership, equity, justice and restoration, this message of the gospel adds further depth to the importance of honouring the Treaty – Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Tolcarne News

Tolcarne had their first Tribe Competition this week. We had each tribe create and perform a chant. They were all so good that we had to give 20 points to each house just for their enthusiasm. Baxter took it out with their variations in noise and action. Go Baxter!
We also had our Tribe Leader voting. Congratulations to the Year 13’s who were successful:

Grendon: Caitlin Henderson and Sophie Dempster
Baxter: Charlotte O’Brien and Sophie Conner
Highgate: Emily White and Eden Carson
Faulkland: Sophie Sinclair and Amelia Andrews

Tomorrow’s Schools Review Consultation

The Taskforce will be holding public consultation meetings around the country, starting on Thursday, 14 February and finishing on Wednesday, 27 March. We really encourage everyone to come along to these events and discuss the future of our schooling system. The full schedule is now available on our website (venues will be added for events as they are confirmed)

https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/tomorrows-schools-review/have-your-say-today/ 

An online survey which canvasses opinion on each of our 32 recommendations is now available here https://consultation.education.govt.nz/tsr/survey2019/ and will remain open until 31 March 2019. It will be available in Te Reo and other languages within the next week.

A free 0800 number for oral submissions will be available from 11 February. Call 0800 FOR TSR (0800 367 877) to leave your thoughts on the future of our schooling system.

Postcards: for students, families and anyone that just wants to briefly ‘have their say’ on a recommendation or the full report. Freepost postcards will be available at the public meetings.

Formal written submissions about our report can be sent to: tomorrows.schools@education.govt.nz

Achievement

Check out this  feature in the NZ Cricket Newsletter on Neil Rosenberg and the girls

 

New Zealand School Trustees Association

NZSTA is working very hard to encourage parent and whanau participation on school boards in order to help shape and support the education of their children. To that end, we will be rolling out the Korari Programme for anyone interested in finding out about standing for the school board elections and having a say in the education of their children.

Please find resources about this below:

Community member guide to the role of the board of trustees_180119

Korari programme form – Interactive_090119

Korari poster_v4

Weekly News Term 1|Week 1

Welcome to 2019

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

It is the beginning of a new year. We love having everyone back, seeing the familiar faces, how much some have grown, and the new faces – thinking how cool it is that they have decided to be a St Hilda’s girl. Our school is full with noise and laughter and the occasional screams. It feels like a new beginning.

Everyone looks relaxed, sun kissed, ready for the challenges of 2019. Congratulations to the seniors for their great exam results. We are proud of all, regardless of individual results. They gave it their best, that is all we can, and do, ask of them. I hope the students are looking forward to challenging themselves further this year, looking to the horizons, smiling as they go.

Some of you are new families – and we welcome you into our community. It is great to have you with us. We hope you enjoy our school as much as we do. This is a safe and inclusive place, and we want your daughters to enjoy being themselves here. Try new things, but they don’t have to try everything. Take it easy – look and learn. Seek first to understand, pace themselves. They have years ahead to experience all that St Hilda’s has to offer.

This year we are pleased to welcome our new staff. Mr Sutherland is Head of Performing Arts, Mr Potter will be teaching Music and Social Studies, Mr Armstrong will be teaching Technology, Mr Elwood will be teaching Mathematics and Te Reo, Miss Geary will be teaching Dance and Drama and Ms Paterson is our Science Technician.

We are absolutely delighted to have such excellent practitioners and experts in their respective fields. We are very lucky to have them and I know you will make them feel welcome

My message this week to the girls was around the importance of having the strength, courage and self belief to stand up for themselves and what they believe in. As a society we cannot afford to have our young women not be themselves and follow their dreams. Give a girl an education and the income of the village improves. Educate women and the economy of a society improves. Put women on the board of big companies and their profit and performance improves. The world improves.

So we need all of you – we need you to be you, to be individual, to think and act and be different to others, so we can all learn from each other. NO point in all being the same. The school you go to, where you live, the uniform you wear does NOT define you – how you act, how you treat others, how kind you are to yourself – that is what makes you who you are.

And if we shrink it right down to a really personal level, we need everyone in this school community to be able to be themselves. That’s staff, students, board members, parents, everyone – so that as a school we can be even stronger.

Jackie Barron

Summer Quad  17 -19 February

After a very enjoyable Winter Quadrangular Tournament in August last year it is now our turn to host the annual Summer Quadrangular Tournament at the beginning of week 4 in term 1 2019. The Summer Quad Tournament is played between St Hilda’s, Rangi Ruru, St Margaret’s and Craighead Diocesan, and involves the sports of Touch, Debating, Volleyball, Tennis and Swimming.

The tournament is taking place from Sunday 17th February – Tuesday 19th February and will require billet families to host girls from St Margaret’s, Rangi Ruru and Craighead on the Sunday and Monday evening, along with providing dinner on the Sunday evening, and lunch and dinner on Monday.

We need billet families for around 120 students and will require the support of the families of girls who are not directly involved in the quadrangular tournament themselves to host this number of girls. We would greatly appreciate it if you were able to accommodate these girls into your homes as they do for us. This tournament is unable to go ahead without the generous support of our St Hilda’s community hosting students from these traveling schools. Girls being hosted do not need their own room, unlike some other exchanges we have, so room sharing is more than acceptable in these circumstances.

Please indicate on via the link below if you are able to assist with billeting.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevwtuUOhVzmV8DFgYzx7x32v-6IX1TwxriF1PJ8WmMNiR9yw/viewform

Key Dates coming up

Athletics Sports Tuesday 5th February – Caledonian Grounds. Students to arrive by 8:30am for roll call in Whanaungatanga Groups.

Meet the Deans evening Tuesday 5th February from 5:50pm – for Years &, 8, 9 and 11 parents.

Class and Group photos – Friday 8th February

 

Chapel Matters

Our first chapel of the year is Prefects’ Commissioning. The Prefect system at St Hilda’s started in 1906 and the girls still say many of the same words that were spoken back then. For example, when they affirm their promise to set a high standard of honour and uprightness in the school by their example, they respond:

I do, God being my helper.

In this day and age of high stress and anxiety, of pressure and uncertainty, it can be hard to manage these things if we feel it is all up to us to do it. Our strong Western sense of individuality can make us feel as if we have to work through these things alone. But of course, we have friends, family, and others to support us – and we need to remember to ask for help! But the Christian faith also says that God is with us at every moment of every day, and we can call on God for help too.

At the end of the year, at Leavers’ Service, one of the readings is from Psalm 121, and it begins like this:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth …

It is good to know that something bigger than us, and outside of our own abilities and thoughts, is available to us at any moment of the day or night, to give us guidance, strength, peace, hope, and a sense of being valued. As the Prefects say at their Commissioning, may we all say: “I do, God being my helper.”

2019 Prefects

Tolcarne News

First week at the hostel has been amazing especially with the sunny weather. There has been lots of swimming, volleyball and laughter.  The year 9’s as a group have been supporting each other and as expected there have been a few experiencing the feeling of homesickness but it is lovely to see the older girls offering their support and advice.  Our year 13’s had a fantastic and inspirational leaders dinner with Justine Troy as our guest speaker.  Justine shared her pearls of wisdom with warmth and humour; her message was very clear. “If it hasn’t been done before it doesn’t mean it can’t be done and if it has been done before and done a certain way it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it a different way.
Year 13 with their buddies
Achievement

Athletics results

We had 6 girls competing at the NZSS Athletics Championships here in Dunedin over the weekend which saw some impressive results with Sarah Langsbury gaining a gold in the Junior 80m Hurdles and Silver in the Junior 300m Hurdles, Georgie Jessop also placed 6th in the Senior Girls Javelin and the Senior Road race place a very commendable 5th. Sarah Langsbury’s results mean she presently is a world ranked athlete in U18 100m Hurdles which is a very impressive achievement.

Touch – The touch teams competed in the NZSS tournament over the summer break and are 9th in NZ.

Nicola Post, Anna Hutchens, Issie Robertson, Evie Rose Grace and Stephanie Post have been accepted into the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences’ Global STEM Alliance (GSA) STEM U mentoring program.

The New York Academy of Sciences is one of the country’s oldest and most widely respected scientific organisations. These girls will be working with a mentor assigned by the Academy on coursework emphasising, leadership, communication, and critical thinking. They will also network with a group of peers and STEM professionals on a virtual platform.

Holly Bissett was accepted into the National Computer Science School for January 2019.   She was invited based upon her perfect score in the NCSS challenge earlier this year.

Congratulations to Breane Byck who has been selected by NZIHF to Represent and play for NZ in the National U16 Ice Hockey Team. The team is heavily weighted with boys so to be named as goalie on the squad is a very impressive achievement.

New Zealand School Trustees Association

NZSTA is working very hard to encourage parent and whanau participation on school boards in order to help shape and support the education of their children. To that end, we will be rolling out the Korari Programme for anyone interested in finding out about standing for the school board elections and having a say in the education of their children.

Please find resources about this below:

Community member guide to the role of the board of trustees_180119

Korari programme form – Interactive_090119

Korari poster_v4