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Weekly News Term 1|Week 11

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Arts Prefects did a great job of organising our end of term Arts Assembly which was held on Tuesday.  We had a variety of performances, from singing to a dance performance. It was a fitting way to finish a term that has been characterised by diversity, and “Be You”.

As many of you will be aware Mrs Lana Morrison has resigned after nearly 7 years at St Hilda’s. We will miss her commitment, enthusiasm and positivity. She has left a wonderful legacy for us as a school, working with all sports, but her contribution to tennis and netball, in particular, have been exemplary. Whether working with girls new to sport or our top athletes Lana has always cared deeply about helping our girls grow as people and as players.  We wish her all the best for her new role with Netball South, where she will continue to help others to be the best they can be. We are currently working through the appointment process for her replacement.

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Thank you for all you have contributed to make this such a special and satisfying term. As a community, we continue to grow and strengthen our links and connections, which in turn benefit all of us. Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter and enjoyable holiday break.

Jackie Barron
Principal


Lockdown Procedures

Following the events in Christchurch we feel it is important to highlight the following about Lockdown Procedures:
We are legally required to abide by Police regulations for any Lockdown and their protocols require all student phones to be turned off for the duration of any lockdown situation. This is one of the very first steps of the lockdown process. This is to help the Police control the situation, reduce panic, to ensure that only information confirmed as correct is passed on, and that attention is not drawn to students and staff by phones ringing or vibrating etc. Students and staff are locked down immediately into the space they are in and are unable to leave that space until cleared by the Police, so would only have access to their bags if they were already in the classroom with them.
If the lockdown was not internal (but was the response to something happening in the wider area such as the situation in Christchurch) the school would notify all parents that all students were safe and would follow external lockdown procedures which essentially involves keeping everyone indoors and safe rather than rigorously contained as above.

Ministry of Education – Coding of Absences for Parents

You may notice some changes to the coding on your daughter’s attendance record from the beginning of next term. We are required to code absences by the Ministry of Education regulations. These are as follows:

Explained Unjustified (U) – These are absences which have been explained to the Absence Officer but do not fall under the Ministry of Education’s justified absences.

This may include, but is not limited to:
Boarders returning home
All students leaving to travel – apart from section G Overseas trips
Non-medical appointments during school hours (eg. Driving Lessons)
Unspecified non attendance (Daughter will not be in)
Non school related activities (eg. Wanaka Show, external lesson – such as visiting instructor for dance, equestrian etc)

Holiday During Term Time (U) – this includes holidays which overlap term time
New Zealand or Overseas holiday during term time (eg. holiday in Auckland, Australia, Fiji etc)

Late (L) – not in class when the lesson begins
e.g. arriving late to any class due to lack of time management

Medical (J) – these are appointments for medical purposes or at home due to illness
e.g. Doctor, Specialist, Dental, Physio appointments or short term illness/injury

Not in Class (U)
e.g. Not in class by student choice (eg. working on an assignment for another subject, not signed out for study pass)

Justified Absence (J) – these are absences which have been explained to the Absence Officer and fall under the Ministry of Education’s justified absences

This may include:
Accident/Breakdown
Road Closure
Extreme Weather
National, Regional or Provincial representation in a non school related sporting or cultural event
Bereavement
Visiting an ill relative
Exceptional family circumstance (at the discretion of school)

Present (P)
In class
Offsite school related activity
Internal appointment
Music lesson


Pink Ribbon Breakfast

The Z Club is holding a Pink Ribbon breakfast on Friday 31 May (Term 2 – Week 4) at 7:30 am in the school Chapel.
The tickets can be purchased either online by filling out the form which can be accessed via the link on the St Hilda’s School Facebook page or with cash at the student office in Term 2.
Students $10.00                 Adults $20.00
All funds raised will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation to help women who are struggling with breast cancer and to help find a cure.
There will be plenty of yummy food and a talk from our guest speaker Heather Cunliffe who is a researcher at the University of Otago.
Come along and support this great cause – it is sure to be plenty of fun!

 


Board of Trustee Elections

Board of Trustee elections will be held in June this year.  At its last meeting, the Board resolved to move to staggered elections which means that 3 of the 5 elected parent representative positions will be for the full 3 year term and 2 will be for an 18 month term.  Nominations will be called for from 10 May 2019 for both the 3 year and 18 month terms.  If you are interested in contributing to the governance of the school, please consider standing for election.  More details on the role of the Board can be obtained from the School Trustees Association website https://www.trustee-election.co.nz/.  Nomination forms will be available10 May 2019 and will be posted to all eligible people on the voting role.


Reports/Learning Conversations

Academic Progress reports have been emailed. This report contains feedback on learning and next steps.  It also gives you an overview of the subject.  Specific assessment information will not be included in the report but can be accessed through KAMAR.

The Learning Conversations which will be held in Week 1 of Term 2 are a chance for you to meet with your daughter’s subject teachers to discuss how the year is going and put in place plans going forward.  This discussion is with the teacher, student and parent.

These learning conversations will take place on Monday 29th April (9:30 am – 4:00 pm) and Tuesday 30th April (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

On Monday 29th April the school will be open but we will not be running timetabled classes. Supervision will be provided for girls at school. Please email admin@shcs.school.nz if your daughter requires supervision.

We realise that it is not always possible for you to make this meeting but we encourage you to book a time for your daughter who should come by herself as this is a critical milestone in her learning for the year and she would find it very valuable to talk to teachers about her next steps.

Site:  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
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Booking were emailed to parents on Wednesday 10th April and the site will remain open until Sunday 28th April.


Chapel Matters

Yesterday we celebrated our Easter Eucharist with Bishop Steven Benford. The Eucharist points back to the account of Jesus sharing the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. As they shared bread and wine together, Jesus told them that these items were like his body and blood, and that in the future, whenever they broke bread and drank the wine, they should remember him. Like the Passover lamb that was sacrificed to save the Israelites in Egypt, Jesus was going to die so that the whole world could be saved.

As we remember Jesus and his love for us at this Easter time, may we find strength and comfort in knowing that life, hope, peace, and forgiveness from God are available to us all.


Parental contact of students

If you need to urgently contact your daughter she will still be contactable by iMessage, email and actual phone call even if she has Family Zone installed on her phone. Snapchat, Instagram etc will not be available during school hours.

Students can also be reached by a phone call to the Student Office in the case of an emergency.


Vietnam Cultural Tour 2020

We are planning to take a cultural tour to Vietnam in 2020.

This trip will be very similar to the trips we have previously taken and will be open to any students who will be in Year 12 or 13 in 2020. Parents are also very welcome to join the trip.

The dates for this trip will be – 7th -26th April 2020

The estimated cost for this will be $6320 (student) and $5820 (parent)

We will be holding information meetings on Sunday 28th April at 4pm and Monday 29th April at 12.30pm in the school chapel where I look forward to outlining the trip in more detail.

If you are unable to attend either meeting but you and/or your daughter are interested in joining the trip please let me know and I will send you through the information.

My contact email is  jmaw@shcs.school.nz


Achievements

St Hilda’s had a number of girls competing at the National Surf Lifesaving IRB champs at the weekend. Phoebe Aburn gained 3 gold medals in assembly, mass and single rescue races also bronze in the tube rescue which Amelia Lane was also apart of as a patient. Isabella Aldrich gained a third in the Open Women teams final for Warrington and Anaia Wiparata placed with 3rd in the tube rescue finals but unfortunately got a DQ.


Tolcarne News

The last week of term has gone by in a whirlwind at Tolcarne. Many of our Year 9’s and 10’s participated in the Laser Tag with John McGlashan on Sunday afternoon. It is always a fun weekend activity that the girls look forward too. We also had the annual Tribe Easter Egg hunt during Tribe Dinner on Monday. Grendon took out the Hunt again and the points stand thus:
We hope everybody has a wonderful, relaxing holiday. Remember to take time to connect with each other.

International Department

Opportunity to become host family for International Students

Do you enjoy sharing experiences with other cultures?

Do you have a spare room available?
Would you like to consider the opportunity to become a host family for an International Student that is studying at St Hilda’s Collegiate?
We have new students arriving in term 2 and are looking to increase our homestay families for short term and long term students.
If you are interested or would like to find out more about this experience please contact
Roberta Lawrence, Homestay Coordinator for St Hilda’s either homestay@shcs.school.nz or  phone 477 0989

Campaign Launch Invitation


Reminder – Letter from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago

Please find attached a follow-up letter from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago, Professor Harlene Haynes, seeking our cooperation in discouraging high school students from attempting to attend, or congregate in the vicinity of the annual Hyde Street Party

We totally support the key messages outlined in this letter, in the interests of keeping you (your daughters safe). I am sure you will accordingly respect and abide by their request.


University of Otago – Open Lecture


Wild Dunedin, Ōtepoti Mohoao

Wild Dunedin, Ōtepoti Mohoao, runs from 22 – 28 April in venues all over the city from Karitane to the Sinclair Wetlands, on the Otago Peninsula, and in the middle of town.

With over 70 nature related activities, many of them free, there’s something for everyone, especially children.

Check out the online programme : https://hail.to/wild-dunedin/publication/Y7iKVky

Printed programmes are available at libraries and the i-site.


 


 

 

Weekly News – Term 1|Week 10

Junior Assembly focus

by Mrs Prentice

One of the outcomes of the recent tragedy in Christchurch is that we have seen our nation pull together as never before. We have undoubtedly been better together.

This is not a desire to be all the same but rather a new appreciation and respect for our differences in our beliefs, cultures and passions. It has seen us stand together, united in our diversity, and an awaking in the knowledge that it is these very differences that give us strength as a nation.

In the words of our esteemed Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, we have ……

A place that is diverse, that is welcoming, that is kind and compassionate. Those values represent the very best of us 

Never before has it been more important to be you. To be proud of what makes you different and to recognise the contribution that your unique set of ideas, interests, talents and beliefs bring to the richness of our country’s united culture.

We are all multi-dimensional and need to acknowledge and embrace this.  I am a mother, an educator, a country girl, a book worm, and an animal lover and so many more things.

No one has the same unique combination of interests, abilities, challenges and quirks. Each of you are diverse – Make sure you celebrate what makes you unique.


Parental contact of students

If you need to urgently contact your daughter she will still be contactable by iMessage, email and actual phone call even if she has Family Zone installed on her phone. Snapchat, Instagram etc will not be available during school hours.

Students can also be reached by a phone call to the Student Office in the case of an emergency.


Letter from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago

Please find attached a follow-up letter from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago, Professor Harlene Haynes, seeking our cooperation in discouraging high school students from attempting to attend, or congregate in the vicinity of the annual Hyde Street Party

We totally support the key messages outlined in this letter, in the interests of keeping you (your daughters safe). I am sure you will accordingly respect and abide by their request.


Extended Learning Time

We have had our first two extended learning times. It was great to explore new techniques, delve more deeply into current learning topics, work cooperatively with peers, experience hands on activities, work on longer term curriculum projects, bring in visiting experts, access one on one coaching, go outside the classroom and concentrate time and energy without interruption and we are excited about our next opportunity in Term 2.


Reports/Learning Conversations

Academic Progress reports will be emailed in Week 11. This report will contain feedback on learning and next steps.  It will also give you an overview of the subject.  Specific assessment information will not be included in the report but can be accessed through KAMAR.

The Learning Conversations which will be held in Week 1 of Term 2 are a chance for you to meet with your daughter’s subject teachers to discuss how the year is going and put in place plans going forward.  This discussion is with the teacher, student and parent.

These learning conversations will take place on Monday 29th April (9:30 am – 4:00 pm) and Tuesday 30th April (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

On Monday 29th April the school will be open but we will not be running timetabled classes. Supervision will be provided for girls at school.

We realise that it is not always possible for you to make this meeting but we encourage you to book a time for your daughter who should come by herself as this is a critical milestone in her learning for the year and she would find it very valuable to talk to teachers about her next steps.

Booking details will be emailed to parents on Wednesday 10th April and the site will remain open until Sunday 28th April.


Guidance

We are coming to the end of an action packed term and have noticed that a number of the students are beginning to look very tired. Click here to read the Ministry of Health’s advice on how to support you child in getting the maximum benefit from sleep.


Achievements

Well done to the girls who took part in the Relay for Life.

The Relay for Life event involves teams camping out and taking turns walking/running around a track for 12 hours during which they celebrate with survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and come together as a community to fight back against cancer.

A number of our sports teams were away competing at Summer Sports Tournament week last week

Rowing
The Rowing squad spent 9 days away at Lake Karapiro competing at the annual Maadi Cup.
All crews did extremely well making 5 B Finals and 3 A Finals. Sophie Sinclair and Ella Fry won bronze in their U18 Double and Bridget Sinclair and Libby Drummond also won a bronze in their U15 Double. Well done girls and we hope you enjoy some well deserved sleep ins!

South Island Waterpolo
The Senior A Water Polo team attended the South Island Secondary School Water Polo Tournament and after 4 days of play against some of the best teams in the country came away with 7th place.

Touch
The Senior A Touch team also attend their respective South Island Secondary School Touch Tournament in Christchurch and after a jam packed 7 games in two days found themselves against neighbours Columba in the final and eventually went down 6 – 1 to finish a very impressive 2nd place overall .


Languages Exchange – Chile

Our exchange with Concepcion College, Chiguyante is now in the second year, and this year we have been very fortunate to host three young women, Natalia Saez & Helena Zembrano (Y13) and Florencia Salaazar (Y12) with for seven weeks. It has been particularly unique this year as we have been able to provide hostel stays for two of the girls. While we are sad to be farewelling them this week, we are excited for Alannah Hamilton, Lily Mole & Holly Bissett as they fly to Chile during the term one holidays.

In addition to our St Hilda’s students participating in the exchange, Mrs Alison Bromley has been invited over to visit the school so she can appreciate first hand the opportunities our students have.

Year 10 Perth Exchange

Bella McSkimming has been chosen to travel to Perth where she will attend St Hilda’s Perth for Term 2. I am sure she will have a fantastic time and we look forward to welcoming Mea Van Reenen in Term 3.


Tolcarne News

Tolcarne activity last weekend was a walk up the pineapple track. The views are always so amazing and Dunedin put on a stunner of a day! This weekend we have a Rugby trip planned to watch the Highlanders take on the Hurricanes, and on Sunday we have a joint Laser Tag game with John McGlashan, which our students are very excited about! :)


International Department

Opportunity to become host family for International Students

Do you enjoy sharing experiences with other cultures?

Do you have a spare room available?
Would you like to consider the opportunity to become a host family for an International Student that is studying at St Hilda’s Collegiate?
We have new students arriving in term 2 and are looking to increase our homestay families for short term and long term students.
If you are interested or would like to find out more about this experience please contact
Roberta Lawrence, Homestay Coordinator for St Hilda’s either homestay@shcs.school.nz or  phone 477 0989

Campaign Launch Invitation


New Zealand School Trustees Association

NZSTA has organised an initiative called Kōrari. The Kōrari programme is set up for parents and people in the community who would like to learn more about the role of school trustees. Kōrari is an introduction workshop and a set of resources that NZSTA has developed to provide governance training.

 

This session is also to be held at the Brydone Hotel, OAMARU, Monday 8 April, 6.00pm

Also included below are links to the NZSTA website – Information to parents and the interactive sign-up for the LMS (Learning management system) which will enable the person to access the on-line training modules and other information.

https://www.nzsta.org.nz/advice-and-support/information-for-parents/

https://www.nzsta.org.nz/assets/Information-for-parents/Korari-programme-form-Interactive-090119.pdf