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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 11

Ali Copeman, Chair of the PFA, holds the winning ticket of our Luxury Raffle

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The 2018 PFA fundraiser has drawn to a close, with winners of our luxury raffle drawn today at school at 1.00pm.  Sergeant John Hedges supervised, with Mrs Donna Madigan drawing the winning tickets.  We are pleased to announce the winners are:

1st place – ticket number 3412, sold by Tyla Giles to Barbara Cuthill
2nd place – ticket number 1450 sold by Sabine Mason to Michael Mason
3rd place – ticket number 0325 sold by Kaylee Dickison to Judy Blackwood
4th place – ticket number 3834 sold by Georgia Copeman to Shelley McMeeken
5th place – ticket number 0992 sold by Jessica Robertson to Anna Brenssell

Well done to all involved and a big thank you to our families for selling so many tickets for us.  All funds raised will go toward fitting out the Visual Arts building.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 10

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Yesterday we held a service to unveil the new stained glass window in the chapel, which was commissioned by the Old Girls Association.  We were fortunate to have many board members past and present and Old Girls join us for this very special service. Created by Dunedin Artist Peter Mackenzie, the window tells the story of the Sisters’ Geraldine and Etheleen, who came to Dunedin in the 1880s and established St Hilda’s Collegiate in 1896. The window depicts the sisters, the Otago harbour, the boat they arrived in and the vibrant flora and fauna that they found here​.​

There has been extensive consultation with Hoani Langsbury, and the Otako​u​ marae, regarding the Māori patterns on the window, and also the Maiai and Taumoepeau families for detail on the Samoan tapa patterns that reflect the culture of the school and our community.   It is a stunning piece of work and we encourage you to come and have a look at it when you are in the school.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Dr Townsley led our Easter Eucharist service yesterday and collected gold coin donations for Anglican Family Care.  Following on from that, the students took part in an Easter themed window chalk art competition.  Along with the beautiful artwork on the Chapel windows, the quad looks bright and cheerful.  The window chalk art winners will be announced during the Week 11 Arts Assembly. These school activities all help to bring us together as a community to reflect on an important time in the liturgical calendar.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 8

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A  very big thank you to everyone who helped and/or attended the fair on Saturday, what a fantastic turnout for a really great event.  The PFA focus is now on the Luxury Raffle and selling tickets and retaining ticket butts and money.

By now all families will have received a raffle book, boarders’ books were posted home on March 2, and day girls were handed out to the elder sibling on March 7. If you haven’t seen your book please ask your daughter if it’s in her bag or locker.

Due to the value of prizes this raffle is licensed through the Department of Internal Affairs therefore we must comply to the Gambling Act 2003. We are required by law to cancel the raffle if any SOLD ticket butts, are not returned, it is vital that families return the books, whether they are sold or not, to school, on or before APRIL 9. The raffle will be drawn on April 13.

We still have 63 books to distribute. Any families who think they can sell more can you please contact Donna Madigan at school.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Mrs Barron has been trialing a St Hilda’s Instagram account recently.  Download the app for free, follow @sthildascollegiate – and there you are! Lots of photos of everyday and casual magic moments that occur when you least expect them. We will still use Facebook for our school events, celebrations and news, and will keep Instagram for our magic moments – informal fun, and a window to the joy of learning.  If you are not sure how to get onto Instagram, or how it works – ask your daughter!! You don’t have to post anything yourself, just follow us!!

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As you can see in the above poster, there is a lot happening next week as we draw closer to the school fair.  There is no mufti day on Wednesday, this will be held on Friday instead and we ask that students bring home made baking, sweets, chutneys, jams or preserves for the cake stall.

Tickets for the luxury raffle have been sent out and we appreciate your support in selling these.  More books are available from the student office if you are able to sell more.

The online site for the Silent Auction has opened for you to view our amazing list of items available.  If you would like to place a bid, there is an email for you to send your bids (instructions on the link).  The document will be updated every night.  Online bids will be taken until 9.00pm Friday 16 March.  If you are not able to attend the fair on the 17th and you would really like to win an auction, there will be an opportunity to text in bids on the day.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

An important reminder that school is closed on Monday for a Teacher Only Day – an Otago wide ‘Jumbo Day’ is being held for all secondary school teachers across the region to undertake professional development.

We are thrilled to be let you know that three of our staff have been asked or selected to take part in international conferences this year.  We are very excited for them, and very proud, that their expertise and knowledge is being valued by an international community of educators, and that what we are doing at St Hilda’s is of interest to other schools, and our staff are seen as leaders in their fields of expertise.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Next week the PFA are collecting items for the White Elephant – on Wednesday students may wear mufti to school and must bring an item that is new or near new.  We are also offering a drop off period for fair items on Saturday 3 March from 10.00am – 2.00pm.  Further information is in the poster above. Please support this important event on our school calendar, it raises funds that enable us to offer a quality experience for your daughters.  The PFA are doing a huge amount of work to make this event a success, so let’s all assist them, and keep the goods rolling in.

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