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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 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 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

Weekly News – Term 2 / Week 10

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

Term 2 has been a busy and productive term.

We finished with a wonderful Art Assembly and special Eucharist service, both very different events with unique vibes and focus yet common to both were the sense of community, connectedness and celebration. What a wonderful note to finish the Term on.

I hope you all have a fabulous holiday and special time together.

Jackie Barron


Staffing

Next term will see some minor changes to staffing as we adjust our timetable around learning initiatives.

We are delighted to announce that Anna Garthwaite has been appointed to the role of Specialist Classroom Teacher. This role encompasses leading pedagogical practice and development in the school, and assisting teachers with curriculum and classroom interests.

This role has a time allocation with it, which means Dr Townsley will pick up two hours of Year 7  Maths and Mrs Barron will assist with Year 7 and 8 Reading.

Miss Dunn and Ms Bartley will be working together to develop a new Year 9 and 10 Science Programme in the first 5 weeks of the term. Science specialist, Mrs Astwood will teach Mrs Bartley’s Year 11 Science class and Ms Dunn’s Year 10 Science class for that time.

We are lucky to have a teacher of Mrs Astwood’s calibre to call on, while our staff commit to enhancing our current courses to further assist girls with their learning.


Goodbye

At the end of this term, we say goodbye to our Director of International Studies, Ange Spears.

Ange brought enthusiasm and a can do do attitude as well as exhibiting excellent care for our international students. She will be missed by both staff and students, we wish her the best in her future endeavours.


NCEA Review process

The Ministry of Education is presently looking at ways to strengthen NCEA and is exploring a variety of ways to gain feedback from different stakeholders. They want to hear from parents and students and ask you to join in the conversation to submit your ideas, experiences and suggestions for change:  conversation.education.govt.nz/NCEA

We urge you to visit this site to see the ways in which you can give your views.

As a school we will be talking with students and plan to run a parent seminar on 12th September as part of the consultation process.


St Hilda’s Lilliput Libraries

We now have our Lilliput Libraries scattered around the school to support our Sustained Silent Reading initiative.

These are proving very popular!


A reminder to check the Sports Draws page of the website to keep up to date with match times. The netball draws are posted each week in readiness for the weekend’s matches.


From the Guidance Network

St Hilda’s Guidance Counsellor, Marcelle Nader-Turner, talks about why vulnerable teenagers need good examples and support. Click here to read her recent ODT article about how we can better support our teens.


Chapel Matters

This week we were privileged to have Rev Barbara Dineen take our Founders’ Day Eucharist service.

Earlier this term, on May 13th, Barbara was ordained at the Cathedral by Bishop Steven Benford. Our Sacristan Prefect, Milan Jeon along with Brianna Thomson, were involved in the service, as one way of indicating the strong connection Barbara has with St Hilda’s.

Barbara was both a student and also a staff member here, including being Head of Languages. She is only the second St Hilda’s old girl to have been ordained, so it was a wonderful honour to have her preside over our Eucharist, especially on Founders’ Day; a day when we remember those who have paved the way before us, and enabled  St Hilda’s to be the special place it has been for almost 25 years.


Careers News and Events

New information has been added to the careers page.  To view visit the Career Events calendar.


 Student Achievement

Well done to Tamara Mason who participated in the 2018 Entrepreneurs in Action challenge. Tamara’s team was one of ten competing in the event and  were very successful, managing to win both of the challenges.

Tamara Mason – Front Centre

The team’s reward is to go on a fully funded trip to Brazil, as well as each team member being offered a $7,000 scholarship for Massey University.

  • Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected into Otago Hockey representative teams. Fantastic to see such big number of St Hilda’s girls throughout the teams
 

Otago U15 Girls 
Anna Duncan, Emilee Hagan, Molly Loe, Riley Macdonald, Bridget Malcolm, Brooke McAlwee, Annabelle McKnight, Anna Mclntyre, Murphy Scott, Anika Smith,

Otago U15 Development Girls
Ella Booth, Bronte Crowe, Jordan Meltzer, Kristin Willis

Otago U13 Collier
Demi McAlweeChloe Deerness

Otago U13 Girls Development
Amelie Brown, Jess Wilden – GK, Nova Wright

Under 18  Women
Olivia Hall ,Taylor Duffy

Under 18 Development 

Lucy Girvan, Ana Rathbone

 

  • We would like to congratulate the following girls for making the Dunedin Netball Center Representative teams:

U14A

Gemma Rowcroft, Grace Southby, Kaylee Bond

U14B

Bronte Crowe, Jaymee Meffan, Libby Drummond, Pippa Clarke, Stella Rathbone

U15 Squad

Alice Howard, Alika Croot, Analee Toro, Brooke Callon, Brooke McAlwee, Chloe Light (subject to fitness), Danielle Willsman, Ella Perkins, Elora Peeters, Maia Hunter, Ria Dennison

Weekly News – Term 2 / Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Congratulations to Sings Hilda on their selection to represent St Hilda’s at the Big Sing Finale in Wellington from 30 August – 2 September 2018.  The girls have worked very hard to get to this point, along with expert guidance from Mr Grant and Mr Madden. They will be working diligently over the next 10 weeks on their performance.

We wish to thank the PFA for their support of the Year 10 Study Skills Programme with Mr Stuart Wright.  Please read below quotes from some of the students who attended these sessions.

“This programme was really great and gave me a better understanding about studying and how my brain works.  I would definitely recommend it.”

I didn’t think that studying could be so much fun.”

 “Super-helpful.  I’ve already begun to map out my unit outlines that I have upcoming tests on.”

 

The PFA unfortunately had to postpone their AGM which was to be held on the Tuesday, 26 June.  We will advise you of the new date which will be early in Term 3.

Please note that student reports will be emailed home on the last day of Term 2 – Friday, 6 July.

Our Open Evening is being held on Thursday, 26 July.  This is an important occasion for us. All current St Hilda’s students are expected to be present at Open Evening as everyone is participating in a specific activity.

To ensure the girls do not get too tired and to enable staff to prepare for the Open Evening the school will have a half day on Thursday, 26 July with school finishing at 12:25 pm. If you wish your daughter to be supervised at school in the library for the afternoon, please contact admin@shcs.school.nz.  If for some reason your daughter needs to be excused from Open Evening, could you please email Mrs Barron at principal@shcs.school.nz.

In the evening students are required at school for the following times:

6:15 pm      Prefects

6:30 pm      Guides (Designated Year 12 and all Year 13)

7:00 pm      All students to class venues

9:00 pm      Year 7 – 13 students dismissed

9:10 pm      Buses leave for Tolcarne

Please note there is a delayed start to school on Friday morning with school beginning with Period 2 at 9:40 am. It is important that all students arrive at school ready for a prompt start.

Chapel Matters

Next week we celebrate Founders’ Day with our end-of-term Eucharist service. When Sisters Geraldine and Etheleen arrived in Dunedin on December 19th, 1895, to set up “an English school for daughters of gentlemen” they had a hard task in front of them. Not only did they face the challenge of setting up a school on a very limited budget, but they also had to deal with the attitudes of those who didn’t believe in education for girls, or who didn’t like the idea of an Anglican school being set up in a Presbyterian city. The Sisters were determined, however, and described their mission as “a Venture of Faith.” Not long after setting up St Hilda’s, they wrote back home to the others Sisters in London saying, “Despite the hardship, we are sustained by a vision of the Eternal and by faith in One who has called us to leave all and follow him.” It is good to remember the Sisters who founded our school, to let their venture of faith inspire us, and to have faith that God can sustain us no matter what we face, even 122 years later.

Tolcarne News

Last weekend at Tolcarne Teresa took a small group of Year 9, 10 and 11s to watch the Steel vs. Tactix netball game. It was a very close match, which made the netball great fun to watch, and it was a privilege to see Kate Heffernan (Year 13 2017) practicing and training with the Steel. The girls were thrilled that they could stay afterwards and get photographs and selfies with the Steel team.

Tolcarne is gearing up for the end of the Term, with last minute assignments being finished by our Senior students, and pack-up underway. We have our last weekend activity on Sunday – Inflatable World – where the students can jump and run to their hearts content.

Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 7

Tournament of the Minds team who competed in Christchurch last weekend.

We have had a number of teams competing in South Island Secondary Schools Tournaments and there have been some great results coming though. We will do a full report on these next week once all tournaments are complete.

A group of Year 7 and Year 8 students traveled to Christchurch last weekend to compete in the Tournament of the Minds competition. They performed very well and I am sure this will become a regular event.

Good luck to the girls who are performing at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Music Festival on Monday 11th September. This is always a great event. The evening performance starts at 6.30pm at the Dunedin Town Hall.

On Thursday 14th September our Kapa Haka group will be performing at Polyfest. St Hilda’s will be performing at 6.30pm.

Continue reading Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 7

Year 11 Dance

Kia ora Girls, Parents and Caregivers

The weather seems to have improved and we are delighted that we are able to go ahead with the Year 11 Dance tonight.

To enhance your safety, that of your partners, the supervising staff and the parents doing pick ups we are changing the start/finish times of the evening.

The new start time is 6.30pm with last entries by 7pm, except in exceptional circumstances.

The new finish time is 9.30pm. This will ensure everyone gets home at a much more resonable time considering the predicted night temperatures, the continuing poor weather and the difficulty of the driving conditions.

We want to acknowledge and thank all those parents who made generous offers to assist with transport if required. Your assistance as we worked to find a solution to the weather challenges was greatly appreciated.

We are looking forward to a very special evening

Regards

Jackie Barron

Principal