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.
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.
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:
National, Regional or Provincial representation in a non school related sporting or cultural event
Visiting an ill relative
Exceptional family circumstance (at the discretion of school)
Offsite school related activity
Pink Ribbon Breakfast
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Booking were emailed to parents on Wednesday 10th April and the site will remain open until Sunday 28th April.
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 email@example.com
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.
Do you enjoy sharing experiences with other cultures?
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/
Printed programmes are available at libraries and the i-site.