Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome back to Term Three. I hope you and your daughters had a great holiday, and are feeling relaxed and refreshed for a term that always has lots of fun events, challenges, opportunities and the unexpected joys that make life so rich.
A number of students spent their holidays representing the school at various activities and I thank them for that. We also had girls away in Houston at the NASA Space Camp and we look forward to hearing more about their adventures soon.
The Interhouse day on Monday was a great way to start a new term and it was fantastic to see all our juniors really showing what teamwork, house spirit and hard word can look like – the tug of war competition was outstanding!
Last night at Open Evening, we got to open our school, our place, to others. Many of you will remember coming here with your daughters, looking around, getting a sense of who we are and what we offer. I hope that when you visited us you felt welcome, and that is certainly how I hope visitors felt last night.
All I asked of our students is for them to be honest and their best selves. It is really important that all those who came to visit saw what we stand for, what is important to us and that they got a sense of our strength, our community and our commitment to learning.
It is a privilege to be the Principal of St Hilda’s Collegiate and it was easy for me to stand in the Chapel last night and talk to a group visitors to our school, about how fantastic this school is, how amazing our staff are, and how fabulous our students are because I truly believe it. I love skiting about St HIlda’s- it is one of the favourite parts of my role!
I am proud of all our achievements, academic, cultural, sporting and service but I didn’t stand up and talk about all of these last night. All our visitors had information to take away where they could see our great NCEA results, the academic extension, the cultural opportunities, the sports that we offer and how well we do in regional, national and international competitions. What I chose to talk to them about were two things – heart and belonging.
I wanted them to know that we understand that having compassion, empathy and being able to work in a team are critical skills for leading a happy, productive and meaningful life and so we do lots here to help students build those skills. To have heart and compassion and an interest in others is key to a strong and healthy community.
The other concept that is important to us, that I really wanted our visitors to understand is central to everything we do – which is helping everyone to feel like they belong.
“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world….True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are”
Brene Brown University of Houston 2018
Thank you to our school community for their support of our open evening.
We warmly welcome Rachael Parker, our new Head of Sport and Erin Wellington, Sports Coordinator who both started in their positions on Monday.
Extended Learning Time
Next week we have our final two extended learning days for this year where students have again had the chance to explore aspects of their learning for a longer period of time allowing for a chance to delve more deeply into current learning topics in different ways. We will use the feedback from students and staff to develop our next steps in this area.
Sarah Langbury was selected to represent NZ at the recent Pacific Games held in Samoa over the break, where approximately 4000 athletics from around the Pacific came to compete – many using this as an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics next year.
Sarah competed in the Women’s Hurdles where she ended up placing 4th, a very impressive result considering she was one of the youngest competitors in the field
For Sarah, this was a wonderful development opportunity to not only represent NZ, but also to experience being part of an athletic village with all the other athletes, and to complete in a Senior Open Event rather than in an age group category. However, this did require her to have to hurdle at a different height than she would normally be expected to do for her age.
Along with an intense training programme leading into the games, Sarah also collected 23 pairs of second hand running spikes to donate to the local athletics club. These were gratefully received at a special ceremony organised by the hosting country during the competition which gained coverage on the Samoan news and radio stations
Laura Ring, Ella Southby and Grace Keno were part of the Otago U15 Basketball team who placed 5th at the U15 Basketball National Championships. Congratulations to Laura was also named in the tournament team at the end of the tournament.
Our “Sweeping Beauties” curling team of Ruby Kinney, Danielle Bain, Charlotte Atkins-Hutton and Anna Clarke won silver at the NZ under 21 Curling Championships held in Naseby during the holidays.
Our 9A and 10A Netball teams attended Junior South Islands in Christchurch over the break. Our 10A’s finished strongly in 5th place in the Yr 10 section and the 9A’s won the South Island title in the Yr 9 section which was a great effort.
Analee Toro competed at the South Island Secondary School Champs over the holidays. She won her Ladies Single Barrel Division which is a great achievement from 110 competitors!
At the beginning of this year, Rubie Cummings was selected for the NZ High School Rodeo Team. Her role within this team is competing in Barrel Racing.
They competed against Australia over three Rodeos in February here in New Zealand and in August this year the team will be travelling to Queensland Australia to compete in three Rodeos over there. Good luck Rubie!
Town Belt Kaitiaki
The Town Belt Kaitiaki received a Very Highly Commended award from the Keep Dunedin Beautiful Society last term. Stephanie Post and her co-chair Ben went to the ceremony and were very pleased with the outcome and very proud of their team.
In other news, Stephanie Post was also recently awarded the Peer-to-Peer Award for June by the New York Academy of Science’s STEM U programme.
You will have all received an email today outlining the rationale for the introduction of Restorative Practice at St Hilda’s. Click here to read more about why schools are implementing Restorative Practice to strengthen relationships and to encourage students to take responsibility for their behaviour.
PFA – Family Quiz Night
Art Auction Gala
The Art Auction Gala is sold out and we have a catalogue of 25+ works by sought-after artists up for auction. Click here to view the catalogue.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries – we need your help to make this event a huge success for St Hilda’s.
CAREERS EVENING DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – Tuesday 27 August @ 6.30pm.
We have an exciting lineup of professions represented at this year’s Careers Evening. The evening will begin with a guest speaker who has extensive HR experience both abroad and here in Otago. After which the remainder of the evening will be structured for students and families to hear from a range of speakers grouped within industry panels, e.g. Health, Arts & Media, Community Law & Safety, Hospitality, Tourism & Adventure, Animal Care & Conservation. Each session will be approximately 20-30 minutes in duration, repeating after a short break to enable students to hear from two different pre-booked industry areas over the course of the evening. This year’s theme is the soft skills and attributes required within career pathways. Further details on the makeup of each panel will be advertised in the coming weeks.
Free seminar for parents
Parents and caregivers of secondary school students (Years 9-13) are invited to a free ‘Parents as Career Educators’ seminar on 28 August.
The seminar will provide parents with tips and advice to guide their teenagers through the various career and study options available to them in the modern world. This free seminar will cover:
The world of work: looking forward
- How to make informed career decisions now and in the future
- How parents can assist
- Career development resource.
Presented by a career consultant from the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC), the seminar will assist parents to help their teens consider ALL their options, such as work, university, polytechnic, an apprenticeship, private providers or other possibilities. (This event is NOT about study options at UC.)
The seminar will be held from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Dunedin Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin on Wednesday 28 August 2019. Register online at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/events
MoneyHub, a guide to scholarships
As many of our Year 13 students begin their applications for tertiary study and look for ways to fund their future studies – MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2020. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list. Applications close at various dates throughout the year. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success. For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page