It feels like just last week we were welcoming students back for the beginning of Term 2. Yesterday in Chapel Dr Townsley was pleased to be able to present Anglican Family Care with a cheque for $4500, the amount our whanaungatanga groups have managed to fundraise during the $5 challenge. This is an incredible effort and the girls can be extremely proud of themselves.
Good luck to students involved over the next few days in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships, the South Island Secondary Schools’ Netball Tournament and the Rugby Tournament in Oamaru.
We wish Laura Simpson and Alice Murphy all the best for their trip to Shanghai and Madeleine Whittaker for her time at the London International Science Youth Forum at the beginning of Term 3.
The term is quickly drawing to a close, it is hard to believe that holidays are nearly here. For those of you who are looking for something to do tonight, why don’t you come along to the Mid Winter Extravaganza, starting at 6.00pm in the chapel. There will be door sales, at $10 per adult ticket and $5 per student/child. Raffles will also be available to purchase with some great prizes on offer.
Whanaungatanga groups have been working all term to fundraise for Anglican Family Care. At the beginning of term, Anglican Family Care gave each group $5 and they’ve each thought of how they could fundraise with that $5. We’ve had sausage sizzles, porridge breakfasts in the archway, cupcake making and raffles. Yesterday a ‘Market Day’ was held for those groups who had items to sell. On Monday 3 July we will be holding our Founders’ Day Service and it will be then that each group give back to Anglican Family Care what they have raised. The girls have really enjoyed taking part in this.
Today the Student Council organised a Wacky Hair Day to help raise money to give to the Otago Boys Shave for a Cure team who are fundraising for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Today we farewelled Ms Kirstyn Mawdsley, our Director of International Students. Kirstyn is taking up a role as Marketing and Business Development Manager at John McGlashan College and we wish her well for this. Ms Angela Spears has been appointed to the Director of International Students position. Angela has been employed by the University of Otago since 2009, working as the Senior Student Support Officer at the Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year. Angela will start at St Hilda’s on Monday. Our Homestay Coordinator Nele Meers’ position has been restructured and she will have a larger role within the International Department.
We were pleased to be able to present Mrs Barron with flowers in Tuesday’s assembly, congratulating her on being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to sports governance and education. This is a wonderful achievement and she is thrilled that females in sport and education have been acknowledged.
Thank you to all who attended last night’s parent seminar. We hope you found the evening informative. As a school we really appreciate your support.
This week we welcomed guests from Colegio Concepcion Chiguayante, a high school in Chile. We are working through the process of arranging a student exchange programme with them, like the one we have with Durban Girls’ College in South Africa, St Hilda’s in Perth and our French exchange schools. On behalf of St Hilda’s, Mrs Maw signed a Memorandum of Agreement and we will now continue with the next stages in the planning process.
The Z Club hosted a successful Pink Ribbon breakfast this morning to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. The students planned all aspects of the breakfast themselves and invited Melissa Bell as their guest speaker. It was a lovely start to the day for those that were able to attend.
This week Mrs Maw and Dr Townsley, along with students Abbey Hawker and Tessa Woodhouse, attended the Anglican Schools’ Conference in Auckland. Sacristans Josie Cook and Maddie Guthrie did a wonderful job running Thursday’s Chapel in Dr Townsley’s absence.
The Year 12 Geography class had a successful field trip to Mt Cook, with the girls returning to school earlier on this afternoon.
Boarder Open Day was held yesterday and we were extremely lucky that the weather stayed fine for the duration. During the Chapel service, prospective parents were treated to wonderful performances by Nga Manu o Hira Tapu and Sings Hilda. Make sure you check out the school Facebook page where you can see Nga Manu o Hira Tapu performing Hareruia.
The Otago Regional Stage Challenge was held on Tuesday night. The girls have been planning and choreographing for the last few months and all of that hard work culminated in being awarded third place. St Hilda’s also received an Award of Excellence in the following categories: