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:
Welcome to Term 2. It was great to start the term with valuable conversations about your daughter’s learning. The insights we all gain from these allow us to make the most of all learning opportunities.
The Arts Prefects did a great job of organising our end of term Arts Assembly which was held on Tuesday. We had a variety of performances, from singing to a dance performance. We also awarded the first Academic Double Blue to Amy Jones, recognising her achievement in being awarded Top Scholar in New Zealand for her scholarship submission in NCEA last year. Amy will be presented her award at a ceremony in Parliament next term.
I am delighted to inform you of the updates to our staff for term 2. We have appointed Miss Karla Dunn to the position of Teacher of Chemistry and Junior Science, following Mr Pacey’s resignation. Miss Dunn has taught Science and Chemistry at Papatoetoe High School and Porirua College. She is an enthusiastic, vibrant young woman with an Honors Degree in Chemistry and we look forward to welcoming her on to the St Hilda’s staff in Term 2.
Other staff changes taking place next term surround Mrs Barron’s sabbatical. Mr Daryl Shields will be taking Mrs Smith’s 9INTS class as she focuses on her Acting Assistant Principal duties and we welcome Mrs Ella Murdoch back who will be taking Mrs Smith’s Year 11 English class and Mrs Maw’s Year 13 English class, as well as her 9INTS class.
A large number of students have been away from school this week involved in Summer Tournament Week. The Touch team were runners up in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Touch Tournament with a loss in extra time against Columba in the final. The Water Polo team placed third at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Water Polo Tournament. The rowing girls started their week at Maadi Cup by winning the banner competition. The Girls’ U15 Coxed Quad Sculls team (E Burnside, E Hurdle, M Gow, C Chapman-Cohen, cox G Beattie) placed 5th in their C Final. The Girls’ U18 Double Sculls team (I Corbett, G Hunter) placed 4th in their C Final. The Girls’ U18 Single Sculls (J Cook) placed 2nd in the C Final. The Girls’ U18 Novice Coxed Eight (E O’Meara, H Jolly, S Sinclair, O Whelan-Henderson, B Grounds, L Verkerk, M Marsh, E Christie, cox T Mason) placed 2nd in their B Final. Later this afternoon the Girls’ U18 Novice Double Sculls (S Sinclair, O Whelan-Henderson) will be racing in a B Final and we wish them well for this.
This week we had the pleasure of announcing Tiffany Zhou as International Student Leader. Tiffany joined St Hilda’s in 2014 and has been a member of the Orchestra, attended The Big Sing, and was the recipient of The Rosalynd North Accompanist Cup at last year’s prize giving. Tiffany also provides tutoring to students in Year 12 Pure Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry classes. Tiffany is an able recipient and will lead the international student group well.
A leadership position has been created this year for a Maori and Pasifika Student Leader. Four student nominees presented to their fellow Maori and Pasifika students and yesterday we were able to present Dayna Gallagher with the newly designed Maori and Pasifika badge in Chapel. Dayna has been a consistent member of the Kapa Haka group, is one of the House Captain’s for Wellington and has played Hockey for the A Team for four years. Dayna is a member of Madrigal and performed with them in The Big Sing Finale in 2016, was a member of the Suspect cast last year and is part of a Shakespeare and Theatre Sports group this year. Dayna will represent our Maori and Pasifika students well.
Students from sister school Ichikawa arrived on Monday evening. The students have settled happily in to their host families and have been enjoying spending time in class with our students as well as taking part in sight seeing.
On Tuesday Mrs McMahon arranged for a group of Year 10 students to attend a ‘Tech Girls are Superheroes’ talk. Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, from the University of Southern Queensland, is the founder of the Tech Girls Movement and wants to increase the number of females involved in the IT industry.
This week we held the Academic Blues Service where we acknowledged scholarship recipients and students who achieved Excellence endorsements in NCEA in 2016. Mrs Kathy Grant, ex Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and mother of ‘old’ Head Girl Rebecca Grant, was our guest speaker and her words were inspiring. She encouraged the girls to be brave, stay curious and remain humble. The full list of recipients can be found here.
A reminder of the upcoming Parent Seminar that is being held at the Otago Boys’ High Auditorium at 7.00pm on Tuesday 7 March. This is open to all parents of students at secondary schools across Otago. More information is available in the picture above.