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Weekly News Term 2|Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This has been an incredibly hard week for our school community, and your kind gestures, gifts and messages of support have been hugely affirming and comforting. Thank you for the way you have wrapped your care and love not only around your daughters, but around us as well. We continue to grow stronger as a community through this difficult time.

Below is the address I gave to the school in chapel yesterday. I want to share it with you, so we all have a shared understanding of the concerns the girls have raised, and the way we intend to go forward:

Losing a friend, a colleague, a teacher, a mentor is terribly sad, exhausting, at times even overwhelming, and we are all hurting. Whether we knew Mr Smith well, or just in passing grief affects us all differently.

His family have asked everyone not to talk about and speculate about his death and we are respecting that. It is really hard for us to know that some people out there are not thinking about the family, they are just gossiping, and talking and making comments, and we feel like an oasis of reverence, trying to do our best by his family, honour his memory, and remember the wonderful man he was.

There is a lot of speculation about how Mr Smith died. A lot of comments on social media, a lot of assumptions and untruths, and that makes it even harder for us to process and understand what has happened. There is a lot of talk and comment that he took his own life. We don’t have all the facts. As with every death the police and the coroner are involved and the coroner ultimately decides what the cause of death was, and as a school, it is not appropriate, nor is it legal, for us to make a statement.

It might be true, what people are saying, it might not be. If it is true, then we will all feel that there might have been something we could have done or said last Friday; if only we had been kinder, taken more time, stopped to chat , all wishing it was different.

Either way it is even more important that we regard the families wishes. At St Hilda’s we show respect, we show integrity, which means we do what is right and fair, decent and honorable.

These are big emotions, huge, for us – these feelings of confusion and vulnerability and that is normal at times of grief. Yesterday I went and visited Mr Smith’s partner, and when I got back to school, I shut my office door, sat on the couch and cried. Then I got up and got on with my job. I am lucky that I can shut my door, that I have a space, but we all need to find our own spaces in our own time. I don’t know why I bothered wearing any make up yesterday actually. Though I do know the brand of some really good water proof mascara, if you need to know it.

Now, I want to let you know about some of the plans we have to help us all manage the next few days and to ensure that we are looking after each other and ourselves.

I sent an email home to your parents, so many of you will already know, and I am sorry that there wasn’t the opportunity to talk to you all first.

To lighten the load for staff we will only send out Senior reports this term, and we will still hold the Learning Conversations for senior students on Monday 22nd July, the first day of Term 3. Junior reports will go out in Term 3.

A Memorial service for Mr Smith will be held on Wednesday July 3rd at 2.00pm in the gym. We have offered to hold this celebration of Mr Smith’s life because the family have chosen to have a private funeral, which we totally respect, and we also know that as a community we need that opportunity to come together and acknowledge him and his contribution. It is entirely your choice whether you go or not , there is no expectation or pressure. Students will be dismissed at lunch time to go home, otherwise you are welcome to stay for the service, which will finish about 2.40, with afternoon tea afterwards.

The last Friday of the term July 5th, school will be closed. We will still have the Course Selection information evening on the Thursday night 4th July, but we think everyone will be pretty tired, and finishing a day early, gives all our staff a bit of a break.

Finally, I know you are worried about the staff. Thank you but we’ve got this. We are strong, we have each other, we are talking and sharing. Yes we are sad, confused and hurting – but we are resilient, and we will be alright. We have good support, and we have all of you. Your kindness, your compassion, your thoughtfulness, your hugs, your notes, your cakes, your gifts……have been so important to the staff, so thank you for that. We are a family, and we are OK, despite what is being said or happening elsewhere.

A friend sent me a message yesterday, a reading by Haruki Murakami

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm is all about”

We are all changed, shaped and strengthened by enduring and surviving tough times, the sadness and the grief. This is life, whether we like it or not, and we will all come through this better and together.

Jackie Barron
Principal


Memorial Service for Mr Smith

A Memorial Service for Mr Smith will be held in the school gym at 2.00pm on Wednesday 3rd July. All members of the wider St Hilda’s community are welcome to attend.

Attendance at this service is entirely optional for your daughter and is at the discretion of you and your daughter.

If your daughter will not be attending this memorial service please click here to complete the Google Form


Reports/Learning Conversations

Academic Progress reports for Year 11 – 13 will be emailed in the first week of the holidays. This report will contain feedback on learning and next steps.  It will also give you an overview of what has been covered in each subject.  Specific assessment information will not be included in the report but can be accessed through KAMAR.

Learning Conversations for senior students (Year 11 – 13) which will be held in Week 1 of Term 3 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.

On Monday 22 July the students in Year 7 – 10 will have school as usual.

These learning conversations will take place on Monday 22 July during the day (9:00 am – 3:30 pm) and  in the evening (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

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 Thursday 4th July and the site will remain open until Friday 19 July.


Course Selection Evening

A warm invitation is extended to parents/caregivers of current Year 10 to Year 12 students for this year’s Course Selection Evening, being held @ 6:00pm on Thursday 4 July. 

The focus will be on sharing resources to assist families to make an informed course selection for 2020. This event will coincide with the online release of the 2020 Academic Programmes.

The evening will begin with a welcome in the Chapel followed by a brief outline of how NCEA works. Over the next hour you will have the opportunity to move through two workshops.

  • Workshop 1: Subject Selection, the process and exceptions – academic wellness within the St Hilda’s graduate profile. Navigating the online Academic Programme.
  • Workshop 2: Introduction to the new Parent Portal of Career Central – tools to help identify interests, skills and abilities for career pathway exploration.

The Kamar Parent Portal to enter your daughters 2020 subject choices will also open on this date (linked from the Course Selection page of the Academic Programme). Entries for Year 11-13 in 2020 are due no later than Monday 26 August 2019.

NOTE: Students are not expected to attend this event as the focus is on information for families.

We look forward to seeing many of you on the night.

Sharon Ritchie
Careers’ Advisor/STAR Gateway Co-ordinator

Guidance

This week has been a very difficult time for our school community. In the midst of our sadness we have been constantly reminded of how amazing our students are in the way they have supported each other and our staff, they truly are incredible young women. We have also appreciated the support you as parents have given your own daughters and also our staff, and we feel very fortunate to be part of such a caring community. We encourage you to keep checking in with your daughter over the weekend and beyond. Please click here for some advice about how you can support your daughter if she is grieving.

Chapel Matters

Mr Smith should be here with us. He should be in his art room helping someone set up their photography shoot or rummaging around for some paper and paint. But he isn’t. Instead, we are here, in shock and in sorrow.
At times like this, we need each other for empathy and consolation, for courage and strength. And we need to know that God can also be a source of comfort and strength for us. In the Bible, God is often described as being like a Shepherd, the one who loves, defends, protects, and cares for his flock; “We are the people of his pasture, and the sheep he cares for” (Ps 95.7). The most famous description of God like this is Psalm 23, which we have used in chapels this week:
Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
     he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
    I will fear no evil;
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff—
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.
There is also a powerful song which we have used in chapel this week which you might like to listen to and use as a prayer.


NZQA Examination Fees

The government have removed all examination fees for NCEA. If you had already paid these this amount has been credited to your account.


Achievements

St Hilda’s was represented by 10 teams in the Otago Regional Robocup robotics competition on 22 June, with entries in both the theatre and search and rescue categories.  In the lead up to the event the girls worked very hard; displaying teamwork, problem solving, creativity and resilience as well as programming and robotic design skills. We had great community support on the day and it was lovely to see all the St Hilda’s family and whanau at the event.

Our teams placed well in the competition, with some planning to refine their entries for Robocup Nationals in September.  Congratulations to the following teams for gaining places at the competition:

Senior Theatre

1st Place – Samara Collins, Amelia Leaper, Maia Palmer, Mila Pollyn

2nd Place – Anna Fulton, Holly Hesson, Phoebe Jacquiery, Sienna Wright

Premier Theatre

2nd Place – Evie Rose Grace, Emma Grindlay, Eliabel Legrand, Hannah McCoubrey, Rosa Smith

Senior Search and Rescue

1st Place – Victoria Avery and Zara Geddes

2nd Place – Imogen Hornel and Chloe Woodhouse

Search and Rescue Winner
Choc Girls
Basillic Bros
Book Bots

Upcoming events

The Parents and Friends Assn AGM scheduled for July 3 2019 has been postponed, a new date will be announced in term 3.
Course Selection Information Evening for parents (Yr10 – 12) – July 4 beginning in the Chapel at 6:00pm
On the last Friday of the term, July 5th, school will be closed.

Senior Dance – Midwinter Festival

A group of senior Dance students performed in the Midwinter carnival.
The following students were involved in the involved in the choreography and performance. Temple Flaws was also involved in the Choreography for this piece.

Trinity Maydon (12)
Bella Devereux (12)
Ally Wong (12)
Kate Johnson (13)
Abbie Laughton (13)
Nicole Horrell (13)
Sarah Lee (12)


Tolcarne News

This week at Tribe Dinner, we farewelled one of our Gappies, Leonie, who leaves on Friday. Leonie has been an invaluable part of Tolcarne for the last 3 terms. She has always done everything with a big smile on her face, and the Juniors especially will miss her during the weekend activities. Good luck Leonie with all your life endeavours.

On Thursday night, John Hedges, who is the Dunedin Community Relations Manager, came to Tolcarne to talk to our Juniors about staying safe online, and our Seniors about looking after themselves and each other during the weekends. It was a valuable reminder for all our girls.


St Hilda’s Physiotherapy Service Information

From Tuesday 11th June, Roslyn Physio will be operating a physiotherapy clinic at St Hilda’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1.30pm during term time. The clinic will be staffed by female physiotherapists from the Roslyn Physio staff and will operate out of the main office block at school.

Having a physiotherapy service on site will limit time out of class, enable access for assistance and support and will help to provide timely diagnosis and treatment for students, as well as cohesive advice, guidance and communication for students, parents, teachers and coaching staff. Communication regarding your daughter’s injury/condition will be made by Roslyn Physiotherapy directly to you and your daughter, thus maintaining the strict privacy and confidentiality requirements currently maintained by the practice.  

Appointments can be made by ringing Roslyn Physio on 4771744 or through the school student reception 

Treatment costs are as follows:
ACC Initial appt (30mins) – $27
ACC Follow-up appt (20 mins) – $20
Private Initial appt  (30 mins) – $72
Private Follow up appt (20 mins) – $55

Payment is by invoice. This will be sent out by email directly from Roslyn Physiotherapy monthly and payment can be made online.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Roslyn Physiotherapy to support and enhance your daughters wellbeing by making available this professional and expert assistance on site.



Careers


 


The Cancer Society Otago and Southland Division invites you to the inaugural Runway for Life Fashion Show.  This event is a collaboration between the Cancer Society, Otago Polytechnic and H&J Smith and many other businesses in Otago and Southland have offered their support.

We would love for you to come along and enjoy our fashion show featuring exclusive pieces donated by top New Zealand fashion designers (such as Trelise Cooper, Claire Bloom, Darlene Gore, Tamsin Cooper and more) that you will be able to bid on in our exciting charity auction.

The auction will be followed by a relaxed afternoon tea.  Prior to and after the fashion show, you will have the chance to browse our pop-up shop of fabulous pre-loved and lightly loved clothing and accessories that will be for sale (EFTPOS available).  We would appreciate you passing this invitation on to your colleagues and friends.

When and Where:  Saturday 13th July 1pm @The Hub, Otago Polytechnic Forth Street, Dunedin. (Fashion show to start at 1:30pm.)

Tickets are only $20 and are available online here or from the Cancer Society, 283 Great King St, Dunedin (03) 477 7447.   Email info@cansoc.org.nz  for further information.

“From Professor Margo Barton, Otago Polytechnic:  Otago Polytechnic is proud to be collaborating with the Cancer Society in this inaugural Runway for Life Fashion Show.  Please come along and help raise funds for this worthy cause.  There will be all sorts of interesting and wonderful fashion pieces to suit every wallet and person.” 

Weekly News Term 2|Week 8

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Many thanks to those parents who took part in the initial meeting of the Parent Advisory Group. As a school community, we are so blessed to have such engaging and passionate parents, who are committed to the future of the school and their daughter’s education. It was an energising, positive and really constructive evening, with a few laughs thrown in. Thank you to all those who were able to spare the time and I look forward to our next meeting in Term 3.

Paid Union Meeting 28th June

School will finish at 11:50 am on Friday 28th June 2019. 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:  Buses will run at the normal times.

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 admin@shcs.school.nz)

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.

Jackie Barron
Principal


Reports/Learning Conversations

Academic Progress reports will be emailed in Week 10. This report will contain feedback on learning and next steps.  It will also give you an overview of what has been covered in each subject.  Specific assessment information will not be included in the report but can be accessed through KAMAR.

Learning Conversations for senior students (Year 11 – 13) which will be held in Week 1 of Term 3 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.

On Monday 22 July the students in Year 7 – 10 will have school as usual.

These learning conversations will take place on Monday 22 July during the day (9:00 am – 3:30 pm) and  in the evening (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

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 3rd July and the site will remain open until Friday 19 July.


Course Selection Evening

A warm invitation is extended to parents/caregivers of current Year 10 to Year 12 students for this year’s Course Selection Evening, being held @ 6:00pm on Thursday 4 July. 

The focus will be on sharing resources to assist families to make an informed course selection for 2020. This event will coincide with the online release of the 2020 Academic Programmes.

The evening will begin with a welcome in the Chapel followed by a brief outline of how NCEA works. Over the next hour you will have the opportunity to move through two workshops.

  • Workshop 1: Subject Selection, the process and exceptions – academic wellness within the St Hilda’s graduate profile. Navigating the online Academic Programme.
  • Workshop 2: Introduction to the new Parent Portal of Career Central – tools to help identify interests, skills and abilities for career pathway exploration.

The Kamar Parent Portal to enter your daughters 2020 subject choices will also open on this date (linked from the Course Selection page of the Academic Programme). Entries for Year 11-13 in 2020 are due no later than Monday 26 August 2019.

NOTE: Students are not expected to attend this event as the focus is on information for families.

We look forward to seeing many of you on the night.

Sharon Ritchie
Careers’ Advisor/STAR Gateway Co-ordinator


NZQA Examination Fees

The government have removed all examination fees for NCEA. If you had already paid these this amount has been credited to your account.


Achievements

National Cross Country Championships
The National Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships were held in Timaru on the 15th/16th of June in good conditions.

St Hilda’s had 3 students competing in two events.
Zara Geddes and Anna Carswell competed in the Year 9 event over 3km with 89 other athletes, Zara finished in a well deserved 8th place and Anna finished in a respectable 36th.
Megan Foster competed in the Senior girls event over 4km for the first time with a large field of 113 athletes, she finished in 67th.
On Sunday all three competed in a Otago regional teams.
Anna Carswell, Megan Foster and Zara Gedes
Zara on the way to 8th place.

Swimming
Jessica Scott is away competing at the New Zealand Open Swimming Championships in Auckland this week and has achieved some very impressive results up against the best female swimmers in the country.

Jess placed 8th in the Women’s 50m Butterfly and set a new Otago Age Group and Open Women’s record,
4th in the Women’s 200m Butterfly,
9th in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley
9th in the Women’s 100m Butterfly


Upcoming events

48hour Film Festival
Good luck to our two teams participating in the 48hour Film Festival this weekend. They are on their way to becoming Oscar winners…

Genres are :
Senior Team (“Theatre Nerds”): the gross-out or cringe comedy
Junior Team (“Green Cats and Diamonds”): the wrong place/  wrong time movie
Required elements are :
Sound: laughter
Action: a double take
Technical: an overhead shot
Physical: wind

Robo Cup
Good luck to all the girls competing in Robocup this weekend. There has been a great deal of preparation for this and I am sure there will be some great entries.


Tolcarne News

On Monday Tolcarne had a Texan country night with yummy Texan food and a Tribe line dancing competition! What a treat it was to dress up and have some fun! Congratulations to Baxter who took out the night.
All our Year 12 and 13 students have frantically been getting ready for formal and to help them along we had our annual nail bar. Robyn, Ziggy and Ange were all here shaping and painting hand and toe nails for tonight! We hope everyone has a great time!


St Hilda’s Physiotherapy Service Information

From Tuesday 11th June, Roslyn Physio will be operating a physiotherapy clinic at St Hilda’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1.30pm during term time. The clinic will be staffed by female physiotherapists from the Roslyn Physio staff and will operate out of the main office block at school.

Having a physiotherapy service on site will limit time out of class, enable access for assistance and support and will help to provide timely diagnosis and treatment for students, as well as cohesive advice, guidance and communication for students, parents, teachers and coaching staff. Communication regarding your daughter’s injury/condition will be made by Roslyn Physiotherapy directly to you and your daughter, thus maintaining the strict privacy and confidentiality requirements currently maintained by the practice.  

Appointments can be made by ringing Roslyn Physio on 4771744 or through the school student reception 

Treatment costs are as follows:
ACC Initial appt (30mins) – $27
ACC Follow-up appt (20 mins) – $20
Private Initial appt  (30 mins) – $72
Private Follow up appt (20 mins) – $55

Payment is by invoice. This will be sent out by email directly from Roslyn Physiotherapy monthly and payment can be made online.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Roslyn Physiotherapy to support and enhance your daughters wellbeing by making available this professional and expert assistance on site.


Guidance

Sometimes when our own lives are busy it can be easy to forget how important it is to connect with our teens. Click here to read more about why we need to make the time to check in with our children.


Chapel Matters


Careers

Student Loans for Year 13 Students
MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to the Student Loan scheme for any student planning to start university, polytechnic or another tertiary course in 2020. The comprehensive guide explains everything students (and their families) need to know about how student loans work, including weekly entitlements, student allowances and a section demystifying the debt issue. For more details, visit the MoneyHub Student Loan guide. Information can also be found through the Ministry of Social Developments StudyLink page.


NZQA Digital Examinations

In 2014 and 2015 St Hilda’s took part in the Mathematics trial for the Level 1 mCAT. In 2016 History, Geography and Spanish used the NZQA trials as preparation for the November examinations (all in Level 1), and English had volunteers taking part in the Level 1 digital external examination (called a pilot). In 2017 St Hilda’s was part of a group of thirteen schools that took part of a co-managed trial using the digital format for both school examinations and the November external examinations in English at Level 1 and 2. In 2018 digital trails expanded to include Level 1 Science, Level 2 and 3 Media Studies and digital pilots in all three levels of English.

In 2019, NZQA is offering 14 subjects digitally, across NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 for the November external examinations. The subjects for St Hilda’s are Art History, Classical Studies, English, Media Studies and History.

Students voluntarily enter these digital examinations. There will be familiarisation activities provided by NZQA and our benchmark examinations will also be offered in the digital format.

A form has been sent out for students to complete.


The Cancer Society Otago and Southland Division invites you to the inaugural Runway for Life Fashion Show.  This event is a collaboration between the Cancer Society, Otago Polytechnic and H&J Smith and many other businesses in Otago and Southland have offered their support.

We would love for you to come along and enjoy our fashion show featuring exclusive pieces donated by top New Zealand fashion designers (such as Trelise Cooper, Claire Bloom, Darlene Gore, Tamsin Cooper and more) that you will be able to bid on in our exciting charity auction.

The auction will be followed by a relaxed afternoon tea.  Prior to and after the fashion show, you will have the chance to browse our pop-up shop of fabulous pre-loved and lightly loved clothing and accessories that will be for sale (EFTPOS available).  We would appreciate you passing this invitation on to your colleagues and friends.

When and Where:  Saturday 13th July 1pm @The Hub, Otago Polytechnic Forth Street, Dunedin. (Fashion show to start at 1:30pm.)

Tickets are only $20 and are available online here or from the Cancer Society, 283 Great King St, Dunedin (03) 477 7447.   Email info@cansoc.org.nz  for further information.

“From Professor Margo Barton, Otago Polytechnic:  Otago Polytechnic is proud to be collaborating with the Cancer Society in this inaugural Runway for Life Fashion Show.  Please come along and help raise funds for this worthy cause.  There will be all sorts of interesting and wonderful fashion pieces to suit every wallet and person.” 

AGM of the St Hilda’s PFA.

Dear Parents and Caregivers

You are cordially invited to the AGM of the St Hilda’s PFA.

Prior to the AGM there will be a short talk and an opportunity to network.

The AGM agenda items will include annual reports and the election of officers.

If you would like any further information before the meeting, please contact secretary Ali Copeman at ali@akb.nz

Please RSVP to the School Office at admin@shcs.school.nz or 03 477 0989 ext 0.

 

Weekly News Term 2|Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The school has been advised that the PPTA all year levels rostering home action planned for Wednesday 19 June has been cancelled. All students will have school as usual.

As we get any further information, we will advise you immediately.

Staffing
Rachel Parker has been appointed to the role of Head of Sport. Rachel has a background in sports administration and coaching, predominantly in netball, but has also worked in the commercial and private sector.

We have appointed Erin Wellington to the role of Sports Coordinator. Erin is an old girl with an interest in hockey and water sports, who has a background in sport and as a manager of a retail outlet.

We are delighted with both these appointments,  and both women bring passion, enthusiasm, and a wealth of knowledge to the roles.

Parent Advisory Group
Thank you for all the interest in the Parent Advisory Group so far, I look forward to seeing you all next Thursday 20th June.

If you have not responded but are interested there is still time.

This Parent Advisory Group will help us shape and further refine the strategic vision and planning for St Hilda’s Collegiate. Having input and contributions from our parents, and tapping into the wealth of experience, knowledge and energy that sits within that group, is critical to our continued development as a school and as a community.

It would be great to have a number of parents who might like to be part of such an initiative. Interested?

This could be you if you:

– Want to have a voice in enhancing our strategic direction and focus
– Are committed to preparing our young women for the world that awaits them
 – Enjoy contributing to a future focused, solution driven organisation
– Are interested in being involved in leading edge, best practice in education that leads the way for others

Sounds like a good initiative to be part of?

If you are interested in being part of this group you will need to:

– be prepared to commit to one meeting per term for 2-3 hours
– have the time to undertake background reading before each meeting ( 1 hour max)
– come with an open mind, finely tuned collaboration and communication skills and a commitment to improvement

The first meeting for this proposed advisory group will be Thursday 20th June at 7.00pm in the school library.

Please RSVP to principal@shcs.school.nz for catering purposes.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this initiative further please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to working alongside you to continue to strengthen and enhance our learning community.

Jackie Barron
Principal


Course Design Evening

An invitation is extended to parents/caregivers of current Year 10-12 students to our Course Design Evening, which will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday 4 July. The evening will be focused on looking at the resources that are available to assist families in supporting your daughter to make an informed course selection for 2020 along with resources for career pathway exploration.

The evening will begin with a welcome and brief introduction of NCEA, followed by two workshops on:

  • Navigating the on-line Academic Programme plus St Hilda’s graduate profile and how it is related to subject selection e.g. 5 verses 6 subjects, multi-level study.
  • Resources for supporting your daughters career pathway exploration including the release and introduction to the parent portal of Career Central. Career Central is a student lead digital platform that supports students in developing and managing their career plans. 
We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Art Auction – sold out

ART AUCTION – SOLD OUT. Thank you to all who have supported us by buying tickets for this gala. Apologies to those who may have missed out.


Year 10 Study Skills Programme

Stuart Wright delivered a study skills programme to our Year 10 students where he looked into the working of the brain and how to maximise this knowledge to improve study skills, especially those linked to memory.


NZQA Examination Fees

The government have removed all examination fees for NCEA. If you had already paid these this amount has been credited to your account.


Achievements

The Big Sing
On Wednesday the annual New Zealand choir competition “The Big Sing” came to the Otago region and St Hilda’s Collegiate School was represented by Sings Hilda and Nga Korimako. This year saw Mr. Ben Madden take over as choir director both of our choirs and we are grateful for the extra effort he puts in rehearsing them to perform at a high level.

Sings Hilda sang “Kafal Sviri” a tadeonal Bulgarian tune, arranged by Peter Liondev, “Ave Maris Stella” by New Zealand composer David Hamilton, and “Psallite” by Kyle Pederson. Nga Korimako sang “A Distant Shore” by Mary Donnelly, “Niska Banja” a traditional Romani Dance arranged by Nick Page, and “Abendlied”. A special mention needs to be given to Helena Fitzgerald and Sarah Lee on piano, Stephanie Post on violin, and Anna Engelbrecht on tambourine who were student accompanists for Nga Korimako’s performance.

The standard of the 25 choirs competing at this year’s Big Sing had risen making it tight competition between the choirs. We were very excited for Sings Hilda to gain a Highly Commended Award at the end of the day. Well done to everyone for all the hard work that was put in to achieve great performances from both choirs.

Sings Hilda

Nga Korimako

Rockquest
Rockquest heats were held last weekend 8 June. Rockquest is a nationwide, live and original music youth event.  It aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support original New Zealand music.

We had 5 students enter in 1 band enter called Ricochet. The band consists of Ava Beens (voice), Kate Beaton (bass), Elisa Fitzgerald (guitar), Georgia Chambers (drums), Emma Collett (keyboard), and they performed their original song, “Circus”. It was tough competition with 30 bands across all the Dunedin and wider Otago area schools performing.

They performed superbly and have improved dramatically from the start of the year. They should be very proud of themselves and it is clear, that these students have a lot of potential for the coming years.

Chamber Music Competitions
On Sunday a group of three St Hilda’s students competed in the New Zealand Schools’ Chamber Music Competitions held at Marama Hall, Otago University. The competition gives students the opportunity to hone their skills playing chamber music in a small group setting and perform in a professional space.

Our students were Stephanie Post – violin, Katharina Rumbach – cello, Helena Fitzgerald – piano, who went by the name “96 Strings”. They played the piece “Terzette for Piano Trio, Op.97” by Theodor Kirchner. The group dynamically conveyed the emotion of the piece and gave an enjoyable performance they can be proud of.

Sophia Liu – piano, also competed in the Chamber Music competition with the group DimiTrio, which included students from Otago Boys and Otago Girls High Schools. They performed “Prelude, Gavotte, Elegy, Waltz and Polka” by Shostakovich and made it to the District Final. Well done to all involved.

Netball
St Hilda’s had a great two days of Netball at the Otago Secondary School Netball Championships which were played over Sunday 9 and Monday 10 June with all St Hilda’s teams doing very well.

Congratulations to:
The Senior A‘s who placed second going down narrowly to Columba in their final
The Senior B’s went through their grade unbeaten eventually winning the final 27 – 20 against Otago Girls Senior B
The Year 10A team placed 5th after winning their final play off game.
The Year 9A’s had a very dominant tournament beating Columba A 33 -15 in their final.

Well done to all players, coaches, managers and parents supporters!

National Cross Country Championships
Good luck to Anna Carswell, Megan Foster and Zara Geddes who are participating in the National Cross Country Championships in Timaru on Saturday.


Activities

The Outdoor Ed class out enjoying the sunshine at Forrester Park, NEV.

Girls were challenged with some muddy tracks but ultimately have improved their skills which has been great to see.
Kotare whanau group made origami cranes with Mayuko our Japanese exchange student. We had a lovely time doing it and Mayuko was an excellent teacher!


Tolcarne News

On Tuesday, we had an assembly to honour Reany Rust for her many years of service to New Zealand Boarding – particularly Tolcarne.
After being a boarder at St Dominic’s College in Dunedin, Reany also lived and worked in Barnicoat House Nelson College, Clarice Johnstone House Nelson College and School House Otago Boy’s, before coming to Tolcarne where she has been for 27 years, and counting!
At the recent New Zealand Boarding Schools Association conference, Reany was awarded with a Long-Standing Service to New Zealand Boarding Award for 39+ years of service. What an incredible achievement!
We are so lucky to have someone in our team with such extensive knowledge, care and commitment.
Congratulations Reany!

St Hilda’s Physiotherapy Service Information

From Tuesday 11th June, Roslyn Physio will be operating a physiotherapy clinic at St Hilda’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1.30pm during term time. The clinic will be staffed by female physiotherapists from the Roslyn Physio staff and will operate out of the main office block at school.

Having a physiotherapy service on site will limit time out of class, enable access for assistance and support and will help to provide timely diagnosis and treatment for students, as well as cohesive advice, guidance and communication for students, parents, teachers and coaching staff. Communication regarding your daughter’s injury/condition will be made by Roslyn Physiotherapy directly to you and your daughter, thus maintaining the strict privacy and confidentiality requirements currently maintained by the practice.  

Appointments can be made by ringing Roslyn Physio on 4771744 or through the school student reception 

Treatment costs are as follows:
ACC Initial appt (30mins) – $27
ACC Follow-up appt (20 mins) – $20
Private Initial appt  (30 mins) – $72
Private Follow up appt (20 mins) – $55

Payment is by invoice. This will be sent out by email directly from Roslyn Physiotherapy monthly and payment can be made online.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Roslyn Physiotherapy to support and enhance your daughters wellbeing by making available this professional and expert assistance on site.


Guidance

Being a parent to an adolescent is a challenging, rewarding, and at times, confusing experience. Click here for some advice from the team at ‘Hey Sigmund’ on how to navigate this time of change with your child.


Chapel Matters

As I am sure you know, at this time of the year we celebrate Matariki here in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is the Maori New Year – the time around May or June when the Matariki star cluster – or the Pleiades – the appears in the north-eastern sky. Traditionally, on a practical level, Matariki was a time to celebrate a successful harvest, and a time to prepare for the next growing season. And on a more symbolic level, it was therefore a time to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. And in particular, to remember loved ones who had passed on, and a time to reflect on your whakapapa, your family history and stories. Whanau would come together to share food, songs and dance, and kites – manu aute – were often flown.

Today Matariki is still a good time to come together, to pause and reflect on life; to appreciate those who have gone before us, to remember loved ones who have passed away, those we miss, and those who we no longer see for whatever reason. And also to take stock of things and think about the rest of the year ahead, and renew our goals and resolutions for this year.

Reminder – Term 2 Fundraising for Anglican Family Care 
This term for our Eucharist service we are raising money to help AFC purchase a “RealBorn Doll” for their play therapy sessions with new parents who might be suffering from post-natal depression or attachment issues etc. These dolls are incredibly life-like and enable the parents to truly experience and talk about their issues. They can also be used in therapy for people with dementia or children who need therapy as well. We are asking for each student to make a gold coin donation, but any extra from families would be appreciated! Donations can be given to Whanau teachers or to Dr Townsley.

Careers

An invitation is extended to parents/caregivers of current Year 10-12 students to our Course Design Evening, which will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday 4 July. The evening will be focused on looking at the resources that are available to assist families in supporting your daughter to make an informed course selection for 2020 along with resources for career pathway exploration.

The evening will begin with a welcome and brief introduction of NCEA, followed by two workshops on:

  • Navigating the on-line Academic Programme plus St Hilda’s graduate profile and how it is related to subject selection including exceptions e.g. 5 versus 6 subjects, multi-level study.
  • Resources for supporting your daughter’s career pathway exploration including the release and introduction to the parent portal of Career Central. Career Central is a student lead digital platform that supports students in developing and managing their career plans.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.

NZQA Digital Examinations

In 2014 and 2015 St Hilda’s took part in the Mathematics trial for the Level 1 mCAT. In 2016 History, Geography and Spanish used the NZQA trials as preparation for the November examinations (all in Level 1), and English had volunteers taking part in the Level 1 digital external examination (called a pilot). In 2017 St Hilda’s was part of a group of thirteen schools that took part of a co-managed trial using the digital format for both school examinations and the November external examinations in English at Level 1 and 2. In 2018 digital trails expanded to include Level 1 Science, Level 2 and 3 Media Studies and digital pilots in all three levels of English.

In 2019, NZQA is offering 14 subjects digitally, across NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 for the November external examinations. The subjects for St Hilda’s are Art History, Classical Studies, English, Media Studies and History.

Students voluntarily enter these digital examinations. There will be familiarisation activities provided by NZQA and our benchmark examinations will also be offered in the digital format.

A form has been sent out for students to complete.

Weekly News Term 2|Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The school has been advised that the PPTA Year 10 rostering home action planned for Tuesday 11 June has been cancelled. All Year 10 students will have school as usual.

As we get any further information, we will advise you immediately.


Upcoming Events

There are a few music performances and competitions going on over the next week. If you’re interested in coming along and supporting our music students here are the details:

Saturday 8th June – Rockquest heats at Taieri College Performing Arts Centre. 1pm-4:30pm, $10 on the door. We have 1 band entered.

Sunday 9th June – Chamber Music at Marama Hall (Otago University). 12:30pm-2pm, $5 on the door. We have 1 group entered.

Sunday 9th June – Sings Hilda and Nga Korimako (junior choir) performing at Knox Church. 4pm-5:30pm, gold coin donation entry. This a performance alongside the OB’s and OG’s choirs in preparation for Big Sing.

Wednesday 12th June – Big Sing at Dunedin Town Hall. Evening concert is 6:30pm-9:00pm(ish) and can buy tickets here for $20 each (kids $5):


Art Auction – save the date reminder

ART AUCTION – Only 3 tables of 10 left – please get in quick if you wish to reserve a table for this event. ($120 – includes canapés and a two-course meal – seating is in tables of 10). Email aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your table.

We are excited to announce that St Hilda’s is holding an Art Auction + Gala Dinner on August 24th, 7 pm, in the school Chapel. Thanks to the support of our Old Girls and families, and The Artist’s Room and Gallery De Novo, we have secured an amazing line-up of works from highly sought-after artists. With works by Ralph Hotere, Sam Foley, Frank Gordon, Marilynn Webb, Philip Frost, Nic Dempster, Tyler Kennedy-Stent, Anna Reid, Mary Macfarlane, Claire Beynon, Marie Strauss and many more, tickets to this event will be in hot demand. We will have entertainment from Old Girls Sophie Morris (music) and Lara Liew (guest speaker).


Parent Advisory Group

Thank you for all the interest in this group so far and just a reminder that I am keen to develop a Parent Advisory Group to help us shape and further refine the strategic vision and planning for St Hilda’s Collegiate. Having input and contributions from our parents, and tapping into the wealth of experience, knowledge and energy that sits within that group, is critical to our continued development as a school and as a community.

It would be great to have a number of parents who might like to be part of such an initiative. Interested?

This could be you if you:

– Want to have a voice in enhancing our strategic direction and focus
– Are committed to preparing our young women for the world that awaits them
 – Enjoy contributing to a future focused, solution driven organisation
– Are interested in being involved in leading edge, best practice in education that leads the way for others

Sounds like a good initiative to be part of?

If you are interested in being part of this group you will need to:

– be prepared to commit to one meeting per term for 2-3 hours
– have the time to undertake background reading before each meeting ( 1 hour max)
– come with an open mind, finely tuned collaboration and communication skills and a commitment to improvement

The first meeting for this proposed advisory group will be Thursday 20th June at 7.00pm in the school library.

Please RSVP to principal@shcs.school.nz for catering purposes.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this initiative further please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to working alongside you to continue to strengthen and enhance our learning community.

Jackie Barron
Principal


Year 10 Study Skills Programme

On either Monday or Tuesday next week, your daughter will spend the timetabled day with Stuart Wright delving into the working of the brain and how to maximise this knowledge to improve Study Skills, especially those linked to memory.

Girls who are competing at the Netball Tournament on Monday have been placed in the Tuesday session.

The school would like to thank the PFA for funding the programme for yet another year. The benefit of the this programme extends well beyond the girls Year 10 study programme into future years of learning.


NZQA Examination Fees

The government have removed all examination fees for NCEA. If you had already paid these this amount has been credited to your account.


Achievements

Annually, the  National Council of Women  – New Zealand Branch in Dunedin sponsors the Dawn Ibbotson Essay competition. This years topic was ‘What is this Thing Called Equality?’ Four Year 13 students, Charlotte O’Brien, Jordan McArley, Holly Dufful and Grace Shaw, wrote passionate responses exploring this issue and all its complexities.

Out of the 39 entries in this competition, Charlotte, Jordan and Holly were commended for their efforts.

St Hilda’s Physiotherapy Service Information

From Tuesday 11th June, Roslyn Physio will be operating a physiotherapy clinic at St Hilda’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1.30pm during term time. The clinic will be staffed by female physiotherapists from the Roslyn Physio staff and will operate out of the main office block at school.

Having a physiotherapy service on site will limit time out of class, enable access for assistant and support and will help to provide timely diagnosis and treatment for students, as well as cohesive advice, guidance and communication for students, parents, teachers and coaching staff. Communication regarding your daughter’s injury/condition will be made by Roslyn Physiotherapy directly to you and your daughter, thus maintaining the strict privacy and confidentiality requirements currently maintained by the practice.  

Appointments can be made by ringing Roslyn Physio on 4771744 or through the school student reception 

Treatment costs are as follows:
ACC Initial appt (30mins) – $27
ACC Follow-up appt (20 mins) – $20
Private Initial appt  (30 mins) – $72
Private Follow up appt (20 mins) – $55

Payment is by invoice. This will be sent out by email directly from Roslyn Physiotherapy monthly and payment can be made online.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Roslyn Physiotherapy to support and enhance your daughters wellbeing by making available this professional and expert assistance on site.


Road Traffic Management

We have had notice from Road Traffic Management that on Wednesday 12 June, parking in Cobden Street will be restricted because of work being undertaken in Herriot Row. 

Essentially Cobden Street will be NO EXIT from the Heriot Row side. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Pitt Street/Royal Terrace expect delays.


Guidance

As parents, it can be confronting when our children are involved in activities which may negatively impact their wellbeing. Pornography an issue that is becoming increasingly prevalent in our modern society but is also a topic that many parents feel ill-equipped to address. Often it is challenging to know what to say when a child comes to you for help. Click here for some advice on how to support your child if they have been accessing pornography.


Chapel Matters

This week in chapel we have had some visitors from Anglican Family Care come and share about some needs in the Dunedin community, and ways in which we as a school can help support them in their work. In particular, we heard about Play Therapy and the use of a “Reborn Doll” to help parents learn how to care for their new baby, as well as for those experiencing grief or anxiety. These lifelike dolls are also used for therapy for people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. They are a bit like the mannequins used in First Aid for learning to do resuscitation etc. but are even more realistic in the way they look and feel.

AFC are hoping we will be able to raise enough money in our collection for the Founders’ Day Eucharist at the end of term for them to purchase one of these dolls. If you would like to support AFC in this way, then donations can be given to students to give to their Whanaungatanga teacher, or dropped into the office for Dr Townsley. Thanks!


Careers

An invitation is extended to parents/caregivers of current Year 10-12 students to our Course Design Evening, which will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday 4 July. The evening will be focused on looking at the resources that are available to assist families in supporting your daughter to make an informed course selection for 2020 along with resources for career pathway exploration.

The evening will begin with a welcome and brief introduction of NCEA, followed by two workshops on:

  • Navigating the on-line Academic Programme plus St Hilda’s graduate profile and how it is related to subject selection including exceptions e.g. 5 versus 6 subjects, multi-level study.
  • Resources for supporting your daughter’s career pathway exploration including the release and introduction to the parent portal of Career Central. Career Central is a student lead digital platform that supports students in developing and managing their career plans.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.

NZQA Digital Examinations

In 2014 and 2015 St Hilda’s took part in the Mathematics trial for the Level 1 mCAT. In 2016 History, Geography and Spanish used the NZQA trials as preparation for the November examinations (all in Level 1), and English had volunteers taking part in the Level 1 digital external examination (called a pilot). In 2017 St Hilda’s was part of a group of thirteen schools that took part of a co-managed trial using the digital format for both school examinations and the November external examinations in English at Level 1 and 2. In 2018 digital trails expanded to include Level 1 Science, Level 2 and 3 Media Studies and digital pilots in all three levels of English.

In 2019, NZQA is offering 14 subjects digitally, across NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 for the November external examinations. The subjects for St Hilda’s are Art History, Classical Studies, English, Media Studies and History.

Students voluntarily enter these digital examinations. There will be familiarisation activities provided by NZQA and our benchmark examinations will also be offered in the digital format.

A form will be sent out later this term for students to complete.