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Weekly News Term 1|Week 8

A Note from The Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Last year when I talked to our students about Suffrage, I asked them – What would you march for? What issue is important to you? We talked about women’s rights, gender equity, animal rights, and climate change.

The issue for my generation was Apartheid, the discrimination and regulation of people based on their colour and ethnicity. The Springbok tour and subsequent protests changed our lives in this country, and how we saw ourselves and our place in the world.

Last Friday many of our students marched for something that is incredibly important to them – climate change. I was so proud of all of them – for caring, for marching, for the mature way they approached the issue, for the wonderful, thoughtful conversations I had with many of them about why they were marching, for the respectful way they considered the school’s position and worked with us. For the way they led our school, proudly wore their uniform, and stood up for what they believed in. I was so honoured to know young women who were using their voice for greater good and prepared to take a leadership role.

The challenge now is what happens next? Was it a oncer, and we all go back to driving to school everyday because we can’t be bothered walking? Using plastic, buying lots of new clothes, not bothering to recycle? I hope the energy and pride that our students put into marching and designing those clever placards, can now be put to a sustainable way of living their life – and embedding change.

I also want to acknowledge the leadership and thought that led to “Harrys Hoot” last Friday night. What a fabulous event. A community of young people, coming together, well behaved, respectful, keen to have fun and support someone who has a hard road ahead of him. What a fantastic testament to the foresight, planning, and compassion of our boarding leaders and the staff at Tolcarne. Again, I was so proud watching our students contribute to a very special event and I thought, this is what we are about; community, connecting and caring – thank you all for showing the world that those concepts are so important.

Because the world needs to know that, doesn’t it? Friday 15th March, started as a day for us to all be pleased for our young people, and I still am, but I felt so sorry for all of them, that their actions and deeds, which were and are, critical to our lives and our planet, were wiped from our collective consciousness as the terrible tragedy unfolded in Christchurch.

A day, when our lives changed again. We have all had to examine our own thoughts, ideas and prejudices, show compassion and love for our fellow New Zealanders. We have had to think about the world around us and examine what we believe. The attacks on innocent people worshipping is an abominable act, and I am proud of how as a country we have come together, offered support, love and assistance to those in need and we have collectively been outraged by the appalling acts of one person. Again – at this time we need leadership, and we are fortunate to have a strong, articulate and decisive woman who has led the way.

We need to hold on to her words

“We were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate. We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we’re an enclave for extremism, we were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things, because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those that share our values, a refuge for those who need it.”

I asked the seniors in school to lead us now in all of that, showing empathy, love and consideration for all in our community. We had a mufti day on Thursday, that the ‘Sticks and Stones’ group organised. Everyone wore bright, rainbow colours to show our appreciation for and value of diversity, and the joy that comes from belonging to a community that cares. It is a chance to show that to ‘Be You’ is to be accepted in this school as who you are. It was a gold coin donation and all the money raised will go to the Muslim community in Christchurch.

I asked the students to wear those bright colours proudly, and again I challenged them to go past the easy gesture and think about how they can show kindness every day, not just when they dress up. Reach out to their friends or even girls they do not know very well who have a different culture, ethnicity, or religious beliefs to them. Reach out to our international students. Think about how they are feeling, watching the TV coverage, reading the newsfeeds, not understanding the language very well, but seeing the pictures. How scary would that be to be in another country, away from home, feeling like a stranger? Talk to them, check in with them, ask them how they are.

I asked them to connect with girls who might not be in their class, show the juniors how to truly be “Better Together”, they will look to the seniors and follow how they treat others. Talk to them in the whanau groups, share ideas. Random acts of kindness really do make the world go round.

In the weekend I was walking in Wellington, when I literally stepped on this paving stone and I thought perfect – I feel an assembly coming on

The paving stone was a quote by Jane Campion, Film director and it read:

“We are women, we are only half the world, but we gave birth to the whole world. No one on this planet should be ignorant of our views or our voices.”

Our student’s views and voices are so important –  they can change the world as Greta Thunberg has done. I hope they had a sense of their ability to influence on Friday afternoon. I urged them, don’t lose it – keep using it to support all members of our community, and keep looking for ways to make the world a kinder, more caring place for all of us.


Extended Learning Time

As indicated in the newsletter last week on Wednesday 27th March we will be running our first extended learning time where the girls will have two extended classes, instead of their normal five, which will allow for deeper richer learning.

Why are we planning this initiative?

The biggest issue that students and teachers face is time. For most days quick shifts are the order of the day. Each day there are at least five location changes which also require you a shift of gears mentally as you move from one subject to another.  Often these changes can mean that the chances to delve more deeply into designated subjects and work independently are often harder to find.

As a staff, we have been looking at ways to allow staff and students a number of opportunities to work with extended time to develop some different learning activities. The advantages of extended time allows for more in depth learning of the curriculum, the opportunity to complete different types of assessments, more variety in instruction while also encouraging more student agency and independence.

We plan to extend the learning time for two days each term which will allow both teachers and students the chance to use new techniques, delve more deeply into current learning topics, work cooperatively with peers, experience hands on activities, work on longer term curriculum projects, bring in visiting experts, access one on one coaching, go outside the classroom and concentrate time and energy without interruption,

Staff will be planning ways to maximise these advantages and this extended time will be focussed on where the students are in their studies. This is not an add on, the aim is to build on and extend what already happens in the classroom.

We are excited about the learning opportunities this extended time will present and look forward to working with students to enrich their class time.


Guidance

The Ministry of Education has provided us with a document of ‘tips’ to support children in times that are difficult. This has been sent to schools because of the traumatic event in Christchurch. It would be good to read this and it may also help if you have younger children at other schools.


International Department

Opportunity to become host family for International Students

Do you enjoy sharing experiences with other cultures?

Do you have a spare room available?
Would you like to consider the opportunity to become a host family for an International Student that is studying at St Hilda’s Collegiate?
We have new students arriving in term 2 and are looking to increase our homestay families for short term and long term students.
If you are interested, or would like to find out more about this experience please contact
Roberta Lawrence, Homestay Coordinator for St Hilda’s either homestay@shcs.school.nz or  phone 477 0989

Chapel Matters

This week, like most of Aotearoa New Zealand, we have been reeling from the shocking and tragic events that happened in Christchurch last Friday. At times like this we can respond in practical ways as well as by gathering together as a community for prayer; we have seen the outpouring of compassion and support all around our country, from the laying of flowers, lighting candles, and the holding of vigils, through to the financial support of Give-A-Little pages and the making of meals for needy families.

At St Hilda’s we have had some special chapels where we have brought our concerns, questions, and grief before God in prayer. And we have also joined with other Anglican Schools around Aotearoa New Zealand in making paper doll chains which we will give to our local mosques; these will symbolise how our arms reach around our communities in love, and that our arms are stretched out in compassion. Students have also created a Kia Kaha banner with messages of support on it.


Achievements

Academic

NZ Bebras Challenge

Along with 2739 students from across the country, St Hilda’s students in Years 7-9 recently participated in the NZ Bebras Challenge as part of their Digital Technologies programme of learning in Computational Thinking.  Digital Technologies was introduced as a compulsory technological area of the New Zealand Curriculum in 2018, and Computational Thinking is a key component of the curriculum area.

Bebras is an international initiative aiming to promote Informatics (Computer Science, or Computing) and computational thinking among school students at all ages.

Computational thinking involves using a set of problem-solving skills and techniques that software engineers use to write programs and apps.

The Bebras Challenge is made of a set of short problems, called Bebras tasks, and are delivered online. The tasks are fun, engaging and based on problems that computer scientists often meet and enjoy solving. The tasks can be solved without prior knowledge but instead require logical thinking. The aim is to solve as many as you can in the allotted time.

Several of our students were recognised for their performance in the challenge, earning Distinction (top 10%) and Merit (top 20%) certificates.

Distinction Certificates:
Zara Geddes – Yr 9
Amelie Warlow – Y 9
Phoebe Jaquiery – Yr 8
Chloe Woodhouse – Yr 8
Maia Palmer – Yr 8
Imogen Hornal – Yr 8
Tia Mawhinney – Yr 8
Tarryn Croot – Yr 8
Ruby Goodchild – Yr 7

Merit Certificates:
Kate Beaton
– Yr 9
Evie Rose Grace – Yr 9
Rosa Smith – Yr 9
Sophia Le – Yr 9
Eliabel Legrand – Yr 9
Amelia Leaper – Yr 8
Sophie Lloyd – Yr 7
Olivia Simmons – Yr 7

Sport
  • Athletics

Congratulations to all the following girls. What a great day at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Athletics!

Last weekend St Hilda’s was well-represented in both track and field events at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships held at the Caledonian Sports Grounds.  The St Hilda’s squad of 26 athletes performed well across several events, achieving numerous top five rankings in Otago, with many athletes qualifying for the upcoming South Island event. These results will be published in the Term 1 newsletter, along with further photos.  A notable highlight of the Otago Championships for long distance runner Zara Geddes (Year 9), was setting a new Otago record for 3000m, an outstanding time of 10.03.45.

  • Cricket

Congratulations to the 1st XI Cricket team who have taken out the Bates Cup for the 10th year in a row

This secures their spot at the NZSS Final’s in December where they will look to defend their National title from 2018 🥇🏏

  • Swimming 
Well done to all our swimmers who qualified to compete at the 2019 New
Zealand Division II Swimming Championship held in Dunedin last week.
Over 500 of New Zealand’s up and coming 12-18 year old swimmers
competed over the 4 day event including St Hilda’s students Meg
McLaughlan,  Nicole Heaton, Natalie Hutchens, Anna Hutchens, Molly
Whittaker, Laura Milne, Andie McGrouther, Imogen Keeling and Penny
Keeling. Congratulations to Meg, Natalie, Nicole and Penny for their
medal winning performances and to all our swimmers whose strong
performances and numerous personal best times reflect their many, many
hours of training.Nicole Heaton – 2nd 50Fly, Natalie Hutchens – 1st 50Fly, 1st 100Free,
1st 50Free, Penny Keeling – 3rd 200Fly, Meg McLaughlan – 2nd 100IM,
2nd 200IM, 1st 400IM, 1st 200Breast
  • Tennis 

Well done to the following girls on their results at the Otago Junior Tennis Open over the weekend
Charlie Byars – 3rd U16 Girls Singles
Mya Haigh – 1st U14 Girls Singles
Mya Haigh & Claudia Christie – 1st U14 Girls Doubles

  • Touch NZ

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected by Touch NZ to attend trials and training camps following the latest National Tournaments.

Invited to trial for NZ U18 – Jaide Dixon

Invited to trial for NZ U20 – Amelia Scully (also includes St Hilda’s old girls Olivia O’Neill, Beryn Abbott and Jess Faulks.)

Invited to take part in a National U16 talent ID camp – Brooke McAlwee, Danielle Ferguson, Gemma Rowcroft


New Zealand School Trustees Association

NZSTA has organised an initiative called Kōrari. The Kōrari programme is set up for parents and people in the community who would like to learn more about the role of school trustees. Kōrari is an introduction workshop and a set of resources that NZSTA has developed to provide governance training.

This session is also to be held at the Brydone Hotel, OAMARU, Monday 8 April, 6.00pm

Also included below are links to the NZSTA website – Information to parents and the interactive sign-up for the LMS (Learning management system) which will enable the person to access the on-line training modules and other information.

https://www.nzsta.org.nz/advice-and-support/information-for-parents/

https://www.nzsta.org.nz/assets/Information-for-parents/Korari-programme-form-Interactive-090119.pdf


Reminder – Health Notice

We have received notification from the Southern District Health Board regarding the Measles Outbreak. Two cases have now been confirmed in Dunedin. Measles is a highly infectious disease and is more serious than many people realise. About one in ten people who contract Measles require hospitalisation and 30% of these go on to develop further complications.

With this in mind, it is important that you keep your daughter at home if she is displaying any signs of illness. The symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes and a runny nose, with a rash developing after approximately 4 days. Affected students must remain away from school for a minimum of 5 days from the appearance of their rash or until fully recovered. We thank you for your assistance with this.


Reminder – 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



Weekly News Term 1|Week 7

A Note from The Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We had our Academic Blues assembly on Wednesday. This is a very special time for us all to recognise exceptional academic achievement in NCEA and other areas of academic endeavour, and also reflect on another year where St Hilda’s Collegiate has continued to offer an engaging, varied and relevant education for every student, whatever their passions, interests or competencies.

Our NCEA results were excellent. Pass rates and endorsement rates generally continue to be well above national benchmarks and are the result of dedicated and hard working students, passionate and expert staff, and encouraging and involved parents.

This year we broadened the criteria for an Academic Blue, to recognise that many of our students are excelling in areas, that are not reflected in such a narrow measure as NCEA, and that academic challenges are not just about formal assessment, but also to be found in national awards, winning competitions, being successful teams and having their talents recognised by experts outside of school.

We recognised too, learning comes in many guises, in different contexts and applications and that many of our students achieved personal bests, that their achievements were outstanding, individual, hard won and satisfying, whether they received a blue or not. They achieved their goals, in a range of endeavours and we congratulate them on their efforts – well done.

We acknowledged all the girls who received a Blue. They have achieved to the highest level in a variety of areas of interest and study, exhibiting a work ethic and dedication to complement their abilities and talents.

We also welcomed our Scholarship winners. It was wonderful that as a community we could recognise their outstanding efforts in achieving scholarship, which puts them all in the top 3% of year 13 students in NZ who have studied their subject. While not all the girls could be with us, as they move all over the country to begin their tertiary studies, we were delighted that some of them were able to join us, even though we know they are all now engaged with the next stage of their education.

This week we also celebrated a very special birthday for a long-standing staff member, John Huggett


Board of Trustees Communication

The Board of Trustees is considering moving to staggered elections.  The matter will be discussed at the Board of Trustees meeting which is to be held on Monday 18th March 2019 at 5.45pm in the School Library.  All interested parents/caregivers are invited to attend this meeting to be a part of this discussion.


Health Notice

We have received notification from the Southern District Health Board regarding the Measles Outbreak. Two cases have now been confirmed in Dunedin. Measles is a highly infectious disease and is more serious than many people realise. About one in ten people who contract Measles require hospitalisation and 30% of these go on to develop further complications.

With this in mind, it is important that you keep your daughter at home if she is displaying any signs of illness. The symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes and a runny nose, with a rash developing after approximately 4 days. Affected students must remain away from school for a minimum of 5 days from the appearance of their rash or until fully recovered. We thank you for your assistance with this.


Staff Only Day

Teacher only day – Friday 22nd March

As a staff we have been looking at ways to allow staff and students a number of opportunities to work with extended time to develop some different learning activities. The advantages of extended time allows for more in depth learning, the opportunity to complete different types of assignments, more variety in instruction while also encouraging more student agency and independence. Departments will be focussing on developing learning activities to maximise these extended time block in the staff only day on Friday 22nd March.


Guidance

After careful consideration, we made the decision not to attend the Safer Journeys presentation run this week in Dunedin by the NZ Transport Agency for Year 11 students. This decision was not made lightly and was a result of feedback received by students, attending staff and parents over the past several years around the deeply traumatic nature of this event. Research tells us that using shock tactics to scare young people is entirely futile, as with anything dangerous, young people tend to think of themselves as bulletproof. We also have concerns that much of the focus is on learner and restricted drivers which would be better suited to Year 12 students who actually are at this stage, rather than Year 11 students who are yet to have the experience of sitting in the driver’s seat.

We discussed our concerns with the Police and the event organisers before making the decision to withdraw and have assured them of our return to this event should appropriate changes be made. We have in return been asked to contribute our thoughts to the future structure of this event and have been thanked for our constructive input.

Reminder – PFA Take Away Night

BYO Take away night for Year 9 families.
Sunday 17th of March
Location: St Hilda’s Chapel
Time: 5-7pm

Please RSVP to Karen Mowatt on 477 0989 or admin@shcs.school.nz indicating how many members of your family will be attending.


Tolcarne News

The Wanaka show was again a successful event with many old girls, current families and prospective families visiting our tent site.  We enjoyed catching up with past students and learning about their careers and lives.  The importance and beauty of relationships is reinforced at the Wanaka show.


International Department

It has been a busy time in the international department. We have introduced a buddy programme that kicked off last week with a meet and greet lunch. It was great to see friendships being formed and I am looking forward to these friendships growing over the year.

 

We also welcome 16 girls from Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan for a two week experience here at St Hilda’s. They will be doing a mixture of ESOL classes in the morning to improve their English language skills and fun activities in the afternoon.

Thank you to the St Hilda’s families that have opened their homes and their hearts to these students, we couldn’t do it without you.


Chapel Matters

As Jesus starts out on his 40-day journey to Jerusalem – the period of time we call “Lent” – he turns to his disciples and asks them a question: “Who do people say that I am?” This is a question that people have wondered about Jesus ever since then. Is he a wise teacher? A crazy prophet? A religious nutter? A political rebel? A servant king?

When Jesus asked his disciples who they thought he was, Peter replied with the answer, “You are the Christ.” Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Messiah, so Peter is saying that Jesus is the one chosen by God to save the people of God from their enemies; the one in whom they could put their hope.

Jesus accepted Peter’s response, but because the Jewish people at this point in the first century were hoping for a Messiah who would free them from the Roman Empire and its cruel domination, Jesus had to explain that he would be doing things differently.

He was going to have to die in order for freedom and life and justice to be able to come to the world, not through a military revolution or a violent overthrow of the Romans, but through the revolution of people’s lives as they found peace in God and with each other, and worked for justice as a result. Hope, peace, love and justice could only come to all people, across the whole of human history, through self-sacrifice, never by violence or aggression.

This wasn’t really the kind of Messiah that they were expecting. But Jesus is often not what we expect. So the question to ask this Lent is, who do YOU think Jesus is? If Jesus could ask you, “Who do you say that I am?” How would you answer?


Achievements

Dunedin Triathlon Club Corporate and Secondary Schools Triathlon: On 19th February, a team consisting of Natalie Hutchens, Giana Thomas and Megan Foster competed and placed 3rd in Girls Secondary schools grade.
South Island Secondary Schools Triathlon and Duathlon Championships.: On 3rd March St Hilda’s fielded a team of 8 girls with outstanding results from all of the girls involved. Special mention to:
  • Tiana Brummitt-Rodriguez and Quilla Cashell-Smith who were 3rd U16 Girls Triathlon Team (year 10)
  • Natalie Hutchens 3rd U19 Girls Individual Triathlon (year 12)
  • Giana Thomas 3rd U19 Girls Individual Duathlon (year 13)
Congratulations also to Zara Geddes(4th U14) and the rest of the U16 girls Anna Hutchens (6th), Molly Whittaker (9th) and Holly Bissett (11th).
South Island Secondary Schools Triathlon and Duathlon

(missing from photograph – Molly Whittaker) 

A big group of year 7/8 triathletes competed at the Dunedin Primary and Intermediate Triathlon Championships in Port Chalmers on Wednesday, all girls did extremely well amongst some tough competition. Congratulations to Kyla Ashton who placed 2nd in the Yr 7 Individual event.


Year 7 & 8 Triathletes

St Hilda’s had a very successful weekend at the South Island Secondary School Rowing Championships with crews making 9A finals and 5B finals a long with a number of medals being won by the girls below

Ella Fry & Sophie Sinclair                                       Silver – U18 Double

Sophie Smith & Millie Davenport                       Silver – U16 Double

Sophie Smith                                                                Bronze – U16 Single

Bridget Sinclair & Libby Drummond                 Silver – U15 Double

Congratulations and good luck to Molly Loe who is set to make her SBS Bank Otago Spark’s debut this weekend against the Central Hinds. Molly may be one of the youngest Sparks in recent history.


Reminder – Safety in the St Hilda’s precinct

We ask that you please be mindful of where you pick up and drop off your daughter for school each day. The further from school the better as this helps reduce congestion near the school.

Recently we have had feedback from neighbours regarding parents parking in their resident parks, across their driveways and on the yellow lines. There is also a general concern for students crossing Queens Drive, gaining access to the bush track to Wallace Street or Tolcarne. Traffic is travelling too fast and parking inappropriately, obscuring the view of students crossing the road.

Please help us to make this part of each students day as safe as possible.


Reminder – 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


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.



Weekly News Term 1|Week 5

A Note from The Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I would like to share this week’s assembly with you in which we wanted to highlight the importance of Academic rigour.

We acknowledge girls who achieve in different fields – we have girls participating and contributing, through sports, cultural activities, service, technology and academic endeavours.

We want them to have the skills and attributes of the SHCS graduate, so they can succeed at and enjoy whatever they do when they leave here.

Our students all have different interests, strengths and passions, and so they should. So for us, the challenge is to make sure that we can prepare all our girls – for whatever they choose to do when they leave school.

Because  NCEA – important as it is – is not the end point of their learning – it is just the beginning.

Those qualifications are just stepping stones to the next level and they all need to be ready for that and be able to keep learning independently and face any challenge that comes their way.

We cannot and will not make it easy for students here by helping them get an excellence endorsement by doing all internals, and avoiding externals,  finding ‘easy’ credits, offered by some outside providers, doing lots of credits in only a few subjects, so they can avoid what they don’t like. That will not happen here.

We will be fair, and transparent. We will support the girls and guide and teach them, we will give them our absolute best. We promise they will have the benefits of 40 weeks of quality teaching, and we expect them to make the most of their time in class.  We will not help them to find the easy way, because that will be a huge disadvantage to our students when they leave school. Whatever path they take.

We know that is your daughters want to be a hairdresser, truck driver, in the police force, doctor, barista, accountant, farmer, entrepreneur  that they will at some stage have to do a test, under time constraints, when they have to think and solve problems, and explain their thinking, and that is what we are teaching them here. They need the chance to practice these skills, under pressure, so they get better at them, and can keep progressing as a learner. If we make it easy for your daughters here, help them to avoid what they don’t like doing, or find stressful, then we do them a huge disservice. We would be teaching our students to survive a year, not live a life, and because we care, we will not give them a bad deal. We will give them the best deal we can here.

We know that it may sometimes be easier to get credits, endorsements etc in other schools, but we don’t apologise for that. You know, that our qualification has rigour, is fair, and the girls can be proud of it. Universities, employers, Polytechnics and other providers, know too that if your daughters have gone to St Hildas’, their NCEA qualification is a good one. And that is not about excellences or the number of credits, but the type of learning they have done, the subjects they have studied, the standards they have completed.

So if external examinations make our students really anxious – we need to give them more chances to practise, and manage that stress, get better at exams, improve. Letting them avoid it doesn’t help at all. Imagine going to university, or sitting your nurses exams, or going into the police and sitting the entrance exams and saying, “look, sorry I don’t like exams, I just don’t do them. Could I do something else instead? How would that work?

If our students find the work load difficult, then we need to give them practice at managing deadlines, prioritizing, using milestones and timelines, not say – ok you haven’t meet the deadline, I will give you an extension. Look you have a lot on, don’t worry about doing that work. That will never happen when you leave school, so we won’t practice it here.

That way – when things are busy or tough, or hard or frustrating – they won’t panic, they will have the skills for whatever needs to happen. They will sail their ship through any storm.

We want our students to succeed at being who they are. Doing their thing, enjoying their pathway. It is not about an excellence endorsement, or collecting as many credits as you can. It is about helping them to be the best they can be –  better than before – as a learner, as a class member, as a friend, as a leader, as a team mate, as a tutor and as a person.


Interim Reports on Learning

Interim Reports on Learning will be emailed home on Friday 8 March.  These reports are to give you an idea of how your daughter has started the year and they focus on her attitude and learning behaviours.

Fifteen minute learning conversations will be held with students, parents and Whanaungatanga teachers on Tuesday 12 March from 1.30pm – 4.00pm and 6.00pm – 8.00pm.  These learning conversations provide an overview of how the year has started and look at what the girls have identified as important goals for their year. It is part of building the sense of community that the Whanaungatanga groups are based on and a chance for you as parents to be a part of this start of year goal setting.

Booking information will be sent to parents next Wednesday.


Tolcarne Fire Sprinkler Upgrade

SHCS is pleased to announce the completion of a four year, $1.3 million, Sprinkler Fire Upgrade to the Tolcarne Boarding Hostel. This work has been undertaken during the holiday breaks over the last four years.

It has included the following:-

* Providing a new fire sprinkler system to the entire main hostel building (including the Sister Etheleen wing)
* Upgrading doors to fire doors as well as exit hardware
* Upgrading fire detection and alarm systems
* Upgrading fire cell separation
* Upgrading exit signage and lighting
* Increased security
* Upgrading & increasing Accessibility facilities (incl. some bathroom facilities)
* Replacing all switchboards and necessary wiring
* Upgrading bedrooms (still underway) with new storage, lighting and beds.

This upgrade is about Boarder & Staff safety, improving accessibility and infrastructure which will hold the Tolcarne Boarding Hostel in good stead going into the future.

Tolcarne is proud that we are now fully compliant with the NZ Building code for hostel environments and the Ministry of Education Hostel legislation.

The new fire sprinkler’s in every room are very delicate, they will all eventually all have a cage cover to help protect them. The student’s at Tolcarne have been informed to not touch the sprinklers at any time. If the red glass is broken on a sprinkler it will cause irreparable water damage to the contents of the entire room.  While the hostel has insurance any broken fire sprinkler through student misbehavior and cause of willful damage (for example: swinging of hockey sticks, jumping from one bed to another, hanging coat hangers from the cage) maybe an expensive incident for the student’s family.

We appreciate your ongoing support of the initiatives we have undertaken that continue to offer the best quality care for your daughters.


PFA Take Away Night

BYO Take away night for families in year 7, 8 and year 9 and 13 students
Year 7 and 8 Sunday the 3rd of March
Year 9 Sunday 17th of March
Location: St Hilda’s Chapel
Time: 5-7pm

Please RSVP to Karen Mowatt on 477 0989 or admin@shcs.school.nz indicating how many members of your family will be attending.


Climate Change Strike Day – 15 March

Some students may wish to attend the strike half day activities. This involves a march beginning at noon along George Street assembling finally in the Octagon for a range of activities up until 3 pm.

If your daughter(s) wish to attend this event, they need to gain your permission for a school absence in the usual manner. This involves a phone call to Mrs Donna Madigan or an email to absences@shcs.school.nz by 8.30 am on the 15 March. By allowing them to attend the strike event, you are also taking responsibility for your daughter(s) care and supervision. We would assume students would be in school in the morning. We are happy for them to wear school uniform to this event as long as they are neat and tidy and behave appropriately.

School classes will be running as normal in the afternoon.


St Hilda’s Old Girls’ Function


Chapel Matters

Last week I think it is fair to say that we were all shocked and outraged by the horrific stabbing of that miniature horse in Waitati. Who would do such a brutal thing to something so innocent? It was just incomprehensible.

Of course, sometimes we can watch the news on TV or on social media and we can get overwhelmed by it all; we can slip into despair, cynicism and paralysis – compassion fatigue. Or we might choose to avoid these things by finding something funny to watch or a game to play, but what sort of person does that make us? Or perhaps we channel the sense of suffering into fury and outrage, at the villains who have done these things, or at God who has allowed these terrible things to happen. But how does this help those who are suffering?


Yes, we should ask the big questions about why people can do such terribly cruel and callous things, and why suffering, pain, and evil exist in this world.
This will inevitably lead us to explore politics, economics, poverty, power, and greed, as well as the nature of God, human free will, and other philosophical topics.

 

When it comes to nurturing our souls, then instead of becoming uncaring, embittered or overwhelmed, we need to strengthen the sacred connection with God and with others, and simply allow ourselves to feel compassion for our fellow creatures in pain. We need to respond to the suffering of others with tears and action, not just words and intellectual debate. Compassion matters in the spiritual life.


Tolcarne News

Last weekend Tolcarne had their first rugby trip of the season. Over 40 students went to cheer on the Highlanders and had a great time. There was also a Sandfly Bay trip on Saturday that many Year 9’s enjoyed. We discovered that boogie boards cannot slide down the sand, but the weather made it a great opportunity to have a paddle in the ocean and enjoy a picnic!


Achievement

Congratulations to Ella Fry and Sophie Sinclair who won a Gold medal in the Women’s U19 Double Sculls at the New Zealand Club Rowing Championships in Twizel

Ella Morshuis had another win on her gorgeous horse Blaze in Canterbury this weekend against some pretty tough competition.

Congratulations to Holly Clarke and Tia Docherty who came second in the FMG Jr Young Farmer Of The Year Otago/Southland Regional TeenAg Finals.


Holden School Holiday Programme

We are pleased to share with you that in its first year, nearly 900 young drivers plus their parent or caregiver have attended the programme, rating the programme a 9 out of 10, with 99% of attendees saying they would recommend the programme to others, and 95% stating they now have a better idea of where they need to improve their driving to reduce crash risk.

We have been humbled by just some of the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received, including the likes of:

“Such a valuable course – we had a fabulous day and learnt so much. Thanks so much I think this practical course is what is missing in the current licencing system. Well done”

“Thank you to everybody involved – you have provided a very valuable and probably injury saving and life saving day. It is much appreciated.”

“This course should be compulsory for every learner driver”

“Great day well worth going to. Will be recommending it to everyone I know with teenagers”

“Thanks Holden Street Smart for running this fantastic programme for our young drivers. I will be sharing this information with our local High Schools in Timaru as every young driver will benefit from learning these hands on skills. What a fabulous day”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the day- totally worth learning the skills in a controlled environment. Thanks very much. Anyone thinking of it should sign up”

“Attended with my son. What a well-run and professionally run course. Recommend it 100% for any young driver”

 “Would highly recommend this for your teen driver, a lot of skills learnt for both of us. Thank you”

With the next school holiday period not far away, we hope you’ll find the below information valuable to again share through your various communication channels.

Holden Street Smart is a world-class, cognitive based driver programme that aims to positively influence the lives of young kiwis across the country, and help them to become a safer and more aware driver on our roads. The Programme has been developed with the involvement of world-renowned road safety expert, Peter Sheppard. In addition, passionate road safety advocate, Greg Murphy, is our Programme Ambassador.

Offering a practical hands-on learning experience, Holden Street Smart is a programme that aims to add to, and compliment, the great work already undertaken by NZTA, NZ Police and others in the area of road safety.

Holden Street Smart is a one-day event providing young drivers and their parents/caregivers the opportunity to undertake supervised driving practice. There is a focus on developing good decision-making strategies  for safe driving, including assessing themselves, reading the road environment, resisting peer pressure, managing or eliminating distractions and planning ahead.

 The Programme takes place in safe, controlled, off-the-road environments, under the watchful eye of qualified coaches plus the parent/caregiver. This provides the parent the opportunity to also assess themselves, in order to be a better coach and mentor to their teen.

Please feel free to take excerpts from the above programme information. We have also attached images that you would be welcome to use, and below is a You Tube link to our introduction video and also a brief one sentence outline of the Holden Street Programme if you might require a quick reference for use on the likes of digital / social media channels:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO49nI-gCGU

Holden Street Smart is a programme that equips young Kiwis with the tools needed to help be a  safer and more aware driver on our roads.

Registrations can be completed via the easy to use pages on our website – www.holdenstreetsmart.co.nz

Holden Street Smart will be delivering it’s programme throughout the upcoming April School Holidays, and while some dates are already full, locations we’ll be visiting along with space availability can be found at: www.holdenstreetsmart.co.nz


Reminder – Kea Crossing and safe delivery/pick up of students from St Hilda’s

The Royal Terrace – Cobden Street intersection is extremely busy at the beginning and ending of each day. To reduce the amount of traffic passing through this intersection (and especially turning traffic) we would really encourage you to meet your daughter(s) further away from the school.

Suggested areas could be:

  • Queens Drive by Olveston House
  • Royal Terrace (South) before Logan Street
  • Royal Terrace (North) before Bute Street
  • Herriot Row (North) around Nos 36-38
  • Herriot Row (South( around Nos 8-12
  • London Street

We thank you for your cooperation with this matter.


Class Photographs Available

Here is the link to the St Hilda’s class photos: http://mcrobie.co.nz/st-hildas-collegiate-school-class-photos-2019/
The password to view the photos is 16558.

All of the prints will be in colour and cost $15 each.


Reminder – 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


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


 

Term 1|Week 4

A Note from The Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

How we report on your daughter’s learning

As a school, we are legally required to report on your daughter’s progress and achievement against the NZ Curriculum levels because we use the levels to guide our teaching, assessments and evaluations of learning.

There are 8 levels in the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC). These stretch from Year 1 through to Year 13. Each level represents a learning stage in each learning area or subject taught.

For example, most Year 9 to 13 students will be learning between the curriculum levels 4 to 8. Your teenager may be at a different level for different learning areas because they may be working at curriculum level 4 in maths and level 5 in technology. Once your child has gained most of the skills, knowledge and understanding expected of each stage they will progress to the next level.

The diagram below shows how curriculum levels typically relate to years at school. Not all students however, fit this pattern.

We update you on these curriculum levels via your child’s school reports and in discussions that you have with the teachers. Rather than being focussed on levels, we ask you to concentrate on how well your child is progressing from one year to the next.

Throughout the year we will communicate through Learning Conversations (which allow a three way conversation with the teacher, student and parent), Interim Reports on Learning which focus on learning behaviours and Academic Progress Reports which give specific comments on the progress being made in the curriculum and next steps for your daughters learning. The final report for the year is a summary record of your daughter’s learning for the year. This includes a comment from her Whanaungatanga teacher which gives you an overview of her year’s learning and involvement in school activities.

These reports when combined give an accurate and timely overview of your daughter’s learning dispositions, next steps and progress.

2019 Reporting Timeline

TERM ONE

Week Year 7 – 9 Year 10 – 13
1
2
3
4
5
6 Interim Report on Learning – An indication of general attitude to and engagement with learning. Interim Report – An indication of general attitude to and engagement with learning.
7 Learning Conversations with Whanaungatanga teachers. Goal setting. Learning Conversations with Whanaungatanga teachers. Goal setting.
8
9
10
11 Academic Progress Report – Update on Curriculum topics that have been covered, subject specific comments on learning and suggested next steps Academic Progress Report – Update on Curriculum topics that have been covered, subject specific comments on learning and suggested next steps

TERM TWO

1 Learning Conversations Learning Conversations
2
3
4
5 Interim Report – An indication of general attitude to and engagement with learning. Interim Report – An indication of general attitude to and engagement with learning.
6
7
8
9
10 Progress Report – Update on Curriculum topics that have been covered, subject specific comments on learning and suggested next steps Progress Report – Update on Curriculum topics that have been covered, subject specific comments on learning and suggested next steps


TERM THREE

1 Learning Conversations (Yr 11 – 13)
2
3
4
5 Interim Report Interim Report
6
7
8 Benchmark Examinations (Yr 11-13)
9 Progress Report – Update on Curriculum topics that have been covered, subject specific comments on learning and suggested next steps Benchmark Examinations (yr 11-13)
10 Learning Conversations (Yr 7 – 10) Academic Progress Report – Benchmark examination feedback and suggested next steps for Term 4 learning.

TERM FOUR

1
2
3
4
5
6
7 Summary Report

Record of learning and Whanau teacher comment

Summary Report

Record of Learning and Whanau teacher comment

8

Please find attached a letter from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago, Professor Harlene Haynes, seeking our cooperation in discouraging high school students from attempting to attend, or congregate in the vicinity of the annual Hyde Street Party

We totally support  the key messages outlined in this letter, in the interests of keeping you (your daughters safe). I am sure you will accordingly respect and abide by their request.


Kea Crossing and safe delivery/pick up of students from St Hilda’s

The Royal Terrace – Cobden Street intersection is extremely busy at the beginning and ending of each day. To reduce the amount of traffic passing through this intersection (and especially turning traffic) we would really encourage you to meet your daughter(s) further away from the school.

Suggested areas could be:

  • Queens Drive by Olveston House
  • Royal Terrace (South) before Logan Street
  • Royal Terrace (North) before Bute Street
  • Herriot Row (North) around Nos 36-38
  • Herriot Row (South( around Nos 8-12
  • London Street

We thank you for your cooperation with this matter.


Class Photographs Available

Here is the link to the St Hilda’s class photos: http://mcrobie.co.nz/st-hildas-collegiate-school-class-photos-2019/
The password to view the photos is 16558.

All of the prints will be in colour and cost $15 each.


Guidance

ITEM ONE

Recent international research has identified an alarming decline in adolescent mental health, soaring rates of anxiety and depression and unrelenting pressure to achieve perfection.  Click here to read about Nicky Whitham-Blackwell’s recent research into school life in New Zealand and the mirroring of these international concerns in our own students.

ITEM TWO
We have received the following notification from the Cyber Safety organisation, Safe on Social (www.safeonsocial.com). Please keep reading to find out more about a dangerous site gaining popularity with school aged children.

“An anonymous chat forum called Omegle has risen its head again in schools with the start of the New Year.

Around since 2009, Omegle is something of an internet cockroach; it just won’t die. And this site is disturbing and a serious concern. Barely mentioned in cyber safety talks these days, Omegle can claim to be one of the more frightening social media services seen in schools for a while.

Banned from all the Apple App shop and from Google play years previously, Omegle can only be accessed through its website.

“Talk to strangers” is the head-line for the homepage, and the site expands its description to include the words “Predators have been known to use Omegle”.

It could be fair to think that those words should act as a warning for a user after all – children are taught regularly about ‘stranger danger”, but some students seem to be unable to grasp what “predator” means and have dived into a game of internet prank calling random strangers. This shows a serious level of fool-hardiness on the behalf of these kids who are putting themselves and their families at risk by taunting random strangers online.

NOTE – if you wish to check if your child is using this former app , as it is a website based anonymous forum, clearing a search history will simply remove any evidence of use by your child. This will make it difficult when checking your child’s devices as search histories may not be available.

About Omegle

Free, the website offers online chat with random strangers via text, voice or via video link. There is no requirement to register or identify yourself to use either feature. While there is an age requirement of 13+ , and individuals under 18 are expected to have parental supervision this is easily avoided.

A user outlines a few of their interests and is then connected to a random stranger to initiate either a text chat, voice chat or a video link. There is the option to use monitored and unmonitored forums. A quick read of the terms and conditions shows how little responsibility this site’s developer has to their users “…human behaviour is fundamentally uncontrollable, that people you encounter on Omegle may not behave appropriately, and they are solely responsible for their own behaviour’ stands out in particular, as does the repeated disclaiming of all liability that the site continues with. With around 25,000 people world-wide ready to chat with your child at any given time, and with some of these being predators and many purely there for sexual purposes, there is a cause for concern.

There is the option available on Omegle to link to other social media such as Facebook and Twitter. This means that a supposedly anonymous conversation can be posted to these additional sites, and a user risks revealing their identity and having their conversations or videos made public.

The dangers are real

In the USA in 2014, two thirteen-year-old girls struck up an online conversation with a young man of twenty-three. The girls exchanged personal details with this man and arranged to meet him in real life. He picked them up in his car, took them to his home and sexually assaulted them both. Police were able to locate the missing girls through details on their electronic devices. They were found in his basement, hiding and crying. Casey Chinn was charged with criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and solicitation of a child.

Sextortion

Police have warned that predators are extorting minors to take explicit pictures, threatening to release the content of conversations they have had online to other social media or to family members. Investigative officers across America in 2016 have seen multiple cases of this form of sextortion, they have discovered child pornography in the video chats, images of bestiality and live sexual acts.

Data collection and chat storage

A security researcher called Indrajeet Bhuuan has claimed that Omegle’s servers; supposedly protecting the anonymity of its users, are in fact storing all conversations had on the website. He has proved this by writing a very simple piece of software that automatically downloads all the saved screen shots from the website. He called it Omegle-Chat-Hack. And neatly proved Omegle is hackable. Be advised that – Any data that can be gleaned from a user such as IP, cookies, and time stamps is recorded and stored. This includes conversations and video. The site states that these records are “typically stored for approximately 120 days”. The use of the word typically can mean that conversations remain stored indefinitely. Any personal information revealed in any conversation is therefore saved and accessible. Limiting the amount of personal information that is shared online is vital.

Links to pornography

The web analytics of Omegle (user data) show a strong link to visitors logging into Omegle directly after using pornographic sites and then returning to these sites if they are not offered the kind of chat they are after. Predators are patient, and will wait for a younger user to be linked to them; disconnecting the video chats if a participant is too old or the wrong gender.

Video Chat

This feature has two sections – moderated and 18+. With no verification method installed to confirm the age of a user, it is very easy for a young person to enter the 18 + section. And let your imagination run wild as to the type of interactions that take place, you won’t be far off in your worst possible guesses

Apart from the content in these sections, kids may inadvertently be revealing more about themselves than they might wish. For users of video chats – Safe on Social regularly warns against wearing school or sport club uniforms while chatting, filming in a bedroom where there maybe identifying pictures or certificates on the walls. Great care should be taken with this site that a child has not shown too much information to the ‘stranger” they are communicating with.

Capturing IP addresses, and viruses

There are a number of users on this site with very good computer skills. There have been numerous reports and questions about an individual’s IP address being “captured” and used to trace the location of a user. While this tracing can only take place as long as the individual is online and continuing the chat, it is of concern that the general area a person is in may be pinpointed. Details gleaned from conversations can mean that a child’s security is compromised. Strong cyber security measures should be in place before an individual even considers going near this site. (refer to our last cheat sheet)

No means of reporting

Almost all apps have a system to report and block individuals. Omegle merely has a Feedback option. It believes its moderation is fairly aggressive on the moderated sections, yet there is a large part of the website that is unmoderated and this is where all the trouble begins. The site claims that a chat may be stopped at any time and as you are anonymous this is sufficient in place of blocking. Unfortunately, if any personal details or other social media information has been given, simply stopping a chat may not be enough. And as has been proven, Omegle is easily hacked.

Summary

Talk to kids about this site. If they are foolish enough to discount the warnings about predators, and the sketchy underground styling of the app appeals to them – they need to be reminded of the real risks that exist online. Parents and teachers may not be aware of it. It is not safe, personal data and anonymous conversations are not secure, and yes it is indeed used by predators.”


Request for families to short term host visiting students from Japan

Further to the request for families at the end of last year we have had a positive response, thank you again to those of you who have signed up.

However, we are still looking for a couple of additional families to assist with hosting, a spare bedroom is required and payment is made to cover your costs while hosting.

Ichikawa Gakuen High School visit us on an annual basis and is a long standing sister school relationship. The dates for this year are Monday 11 – Saturday 23 March 2019.

The Japanese students will have a separate programme at school with ESOL classes in the morning and sightseeing activities in the afternoon.  There will also be some buddy classes together with their host sister so this can be a great experience for your daughter.

Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 5th March prior to the students’ arrival.

Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position of opening your home for one of our Japanese short stay students. Your help would be much appreciated. If you would like to have a further conversation around what is required please contact Roberta Lawrence, Homestay Coordinator homestay@shcs.school.nz


Tolcarne News

Tolcarne had their annual Tribe Swimming competition on Monday evening. Dunedin put on its last day of summer just so we could have some fun! There was a biggest bomb competition, Tribe relay and piggy-back relay, as well as an underwater fruit burst scramble!

Thank you to the students who were brave enough to swim for their respective Tribes, and congratulations to Grendon for taking out the competition!


Achievement

Issie Robertson (who left us last year) and her New York Junior Academy of Sciences team have been announced as the overall winners of a challenge which sees them receiving an all-expenses paid trip to New York in July to present their work at the Global STEM Alliance Summit 2019. You can view their work here.

St Hilda’s hosted the annual Summer Sports Quad Tournament at the start of this week with Volleyball, Touch, Tennis, Swimming and Debating teams from St Hilda’s Rangi Ruru, Craighead and St Margaret’s giving it their all. After two days of action in some fantastic Dunedin weather, St Hilda’s ended up coming 1st equal with St Margaret’s, Rangi Ruru in 3rd and Craighead 4th

A massive thank you to everyone who supported this event and to those families who hosted billets from visiting schools, it could not have happened without your support of this long standing event.

St Hilda’s had 18 girls competing in the recent Otago Secondary School Triathlon Championships hosted by Challenge Wanaka in Wanaka on Thursday 14th of Feb, unfortunately, some tough weather conditions greeted the athletes but to the girls got on with it and all did extremely well, Notable results were;

Zara Geddes – 2nd U14 Individual

Billie Crowe and Georgia Chambers – 1st U14 Team’s

Emma Andrew, Grace Cotter, Annabel Bilkey – 4th U16 Team’s

Natalie Hutchens – 3rd U19 Girls Individual


Reminder – 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


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 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

We are delighted with our 2018 NCEA results, which continue to show our cohorts performing well above the national averages, and averages for Decile 8-10 girls’ schools.

96% got Level One

99% got Level Two

84% got UE
94% got Level 3

Our 2019 House Captains received their badges this week in chapel. We look forward to seeing them continue the great start they made at Athletic Sports in leading  the houses.

Our House Leaders for 2019 are:

Havelock – Maxi Dippie and Harriet Jolly

Lawrence – Izzy Gold and Lola Verkerk

Nelson – Emily Hurdle and Hayley Wright

Wellington – Eden Carson and Anna Young


Guidance

We have been very pleased with the way our new students have been settling into school life at St Hilda’s. We do acknowledge that this transition can be challenging and encourage you to engage with your daughter about how she is feeling and how we can all best support her during this time.

I have attached an article from the Raising Children Network here for your reference. Please do not hesitate to contact your daughter’s year level Dean with any worries or concerns.


Key Dates coming up

Tudor Clothing will be at the Student Office on Wednesday 20th February at 12:30 pm to measure girls for their winter kilts.


Chapel Matters

Valentine’s Day might be associated with chocolates and flowers, and a soppy, romantic, heart-fluttering type of love, but St Valentine himself would not have approved of this! He would have argued for a day-to-day love that reflected the type of love described by St Paul in his letter to the Corinthians:

1 Corinthians 13.3-8

“Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others,
it is not self‐seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
Love always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.
Love never fails.”


International Department

It has been our pleasure to welcome 11 new students and 9 returning students to the International Department to study with us in 2019.

We have students from Germany, Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Our new students have taken part in an orientation programme and are now enjoying classes with their peers. Our returning students slotted back into school life without any problems.

We had an international day out on Sunday to explore the Dunedin City art trail, art gallery, Otago University, Botanical gardens and we pointed out other tourist attractions on the way, that we hope they will explore over their time here.

A new initiative for the International Department is the introduction of a buddy scheme. A number have girls have put their names forward to be a friend and to support our students. We are looking forward to watching this initiative flourish throughout the year and hopefully, life long friendships will be made.

Sharon Beaumont
International Director.


Tolcarne News

The activity at Tolcarne last weekend was a surfing trip to St Clair beach. We had over 40 girls participate in the afternoon lesson and give surfing a good go. They want to do it all over again because they had so much fun!


Achievement

St Hilda’s Tennis Team had a fantastic day at the Otago Tennis Championships.

Amelia Newlands and Claudia Christie were Runners-Up in the Championship event, against Kavanagh College. It was fantastic tennis!

In the Cup Final, Maia Hunter and Brooke Callon won over Annabelle Sullivan and Georgie Lawson. Zoe Whyte and Meg Huffadine came a respectable third.

Well done team, bring on Summer Quad.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is pleased to advise that former St Hilda’s Collegiate School student Ruby Crossan will have her NCEA Level 3 Photography portfolio displayed at NZQA’s Top Art exhibition this year.


Reminder – 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


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 4|Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

The Carol Service was a lovely way to begin the festive season. It brought so many of the St Hilda’s community together and I thank you for braving the Northern Hemisphere winter like weather to join us.

Although the end of year is nigh, all girls remain busy. Years 7-10 spent an afternoon giving back to the local community and school ranging from a Town Belt clean up, singing at Leslie Groves rest home and helping to remove and clean the crosses in Queen’s Gardens.

The annual St Hilda’s Film Festival is also underway and the Years 7-9 will enjoy the Year 10’s collaborations on Tuesday.

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of school for 2018. The last day for students is Wednesday 5 December, which is also Prizegiving. Further information regarding Prizegiving is given below.

We say goodbye to the girls who are not returning next year at our Leavers Service and Dinner next Tuesday. This is an exciting time for these girls as they look to their futures. We wish them all the best and look forward to hearing about their next steps.

Some exciting competition ahead for our athletes and teams!

  • We wish the Cricket First XI the best of luck as they leave on Monday to compete in the NZSS Cricket Nationals.
  • Good luck to our Athletic’s team who are competing at the NZSS Athletics Championships in Dunedin over the weekend.
  • Good luck to the Senior A touch team who are off to the NZSS Touch Nationals next Thursday.
  • We wish Lucie Holtz (Year 9) all the best as she represents NZ next week at the Australian National Figure Skating Championships

Year 11 PE  students end their year cycling the Rail Trail. We hope the weather is favourable as Mr West, Mrs Coutts and Mrs McLanachan take these girls on this physical adventure.  We wish them well for a safe and enjoyable trip.

Jackie Barron


Remaining Key Dates for Term 4 

Tuesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Otago Museum
Wednesday 5 December – Prize Giving – Edgar Centre, students to be seated at 4.45 pm for 5.00 pm start. Please email admin@shcs.school.nz if you are unable to attend


Prizegiving is on Wednesday 5th December at the Edgar Centre.

Junior students will be bussed to the More FM Arena on that morning for a run through of the prize giving service and will be released at approximately 11.30 am.  They have the option to return to school on the bus and then go home from there, or they can leave directly from the More FM Arena.

Prize Giving commences at 5.00 pm and we ask that your daughter is seated in the More FM Arena by 4.45 pm. Please note, that with primary school futsal at the Edgar Centre, parking may be more challenging than in other years.

Please ensure that your daughter(s) uniform is immaculate for the evening. This is her formal uniform and includes wearing a long-sleeved shirt. She may wear white socks rather than tights.

We look forward to seeing you all on the evening of the 5th December to celebrate the end of our academic year.

If your daughter is unable to attend Prize Giving, please email admin@shcs.school.nz, with a reason.


Chapel Matters

Although we don’t send them as often as we used to, Christmas cards mean a lot to people, especially older folk. Sadly, there are a lot of elderly in New Zealand who will be alone this Christmas for one reason or another, and this is heartbreaking when this season is meant to be one of joy and love.

The organisation “Sending Love” is arranging for Christmas Cards to be delivered to rest homes around New Zealand so that this small festive gesture can let people know that they are remembered.

Consequently, in RE this week, the Year 9s made a range of beautiful cards, filled with meaningful sentiments, and these will be delivered to rest homes in Dunedin! I was really touched by the lovely words that the girls wrote, and by the care and thoughtfulness, they put into this activity. I am sure that these cards will brighten many faces this Christmas!


Sporting Achievement

The end of the year is always busy but very exciting for many of St Hilda’s summer sports teams. We had girls competing in Cricket, Volleyball and Touch during the recent Otago Secondary Schools Junior Tournament week which they thoroughly enjoyed.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week the Junior A Volleyball team participated in the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament. Our pool games separated us into Division 2 and 3. We finished 2nd in our pool so played in Division 2. Our final game was a playoff for 5th and 6th against a visiting Australian team. After losing the first set we rallied, stayed positive and managed to win the next two sets and the game.

It was a fantastic three days of volleyball and the girls improved their skills hugely. Thank you to the parents who came and supported the girls, Mrs Bradfield and Mrs Coutts. We are very proud of what the girls achieved.

The Junior A Water Polo team has been away competing at the Junior South Island Secondary Schools Tournament recently with the Water Polo team doing very well against some tough competition finishing 8th at their tournament in Christchurch.

The sports year, however, is far from over, with St Hilda’s teams travelling to various parts of the country in the coming weeks to compete in the NZSS Touch Championships in Auckland and the NZSS NZCT Cricket Nationals in Christchurch, we also have six girls competing at the NZSS Athletics Championships here in Dunedin over the weekend

Thank you from St Hilda’s Sport…
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all coaches, managers, teachers in-charge, parents and support people who have been an integral part of the success of St Hilda’s sports teams during 2018. Without your assistance, the girls would not have achieved as highly as they have and have the opportunities that they have had this year.


Year 9 and 10 French make crêpes

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, 9S French and Year 10 French tried their hand at making crêpes.
They viewed a video showing a professional making a crêpe then tried it themselves with varying levels of success with just one ending up on the floor.  Future Year 9 culinary stars were Mandy Lo, Pippa Clarke and Amelia Johnston on her birthday. The Year 10 girls took it one step further making their own batter.
Girls photographed are Amelia Johnston, Pippa Clarke, Ella Hodgson and Mandy Lo
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BCITO – Building and Construction

Year 10 got some hands-on experience when BCITO came into school to introduce apprenticeship opportunities.

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Tolcarne News

This week at Tolcarne we have started our Christmas activities. The Year 9s and 10s have been creating Christmas tree decorations, cards and gingerbread houses. We have been blasting the Christmas music and having a fantastic time!

        


Tolcarne Uniform Pool

The uniform pool will available on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd January at Tolcarne Boarding Hostel, 12 Tolcarne Avenue.

If you would like to sell a St Hilda’s uniform, please take it to Tolcarne on Monday 21st January and it will be put on sale on your behalf. Please ensure that any uniform has been dry cleaned prior to selling.


 Careers News and Events

 To view visit the Career Events calendar.


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.

Weekly News Term 4|Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

In this current climate where there is a very real shortage of quality teachers, we are delighted to announce the following appointments:

  • Mr James Sutherland has been appointed to the position of HOD Visual and Performing Arts. Mr Sutherland is currently HOD Visual Arts and Director of Culture at Hamilton Boys High School. He previously taught in an all girls’ school in Edinburgh. He is a painting specialist, and also has a strong interest in Music, being in charge of the Orchestra and Jazz band at HBHS, where he has produced the school productions in conjunction with HGHS. We look forward to welcoming Mr Sutherland and his family to Dunedin and St Hilda’s in 2019.
  • Mr Paul Elwood has been appointed to the position of Maths teacher. Mr Elwood is currently at Kaikorai Valley College. He is an experienced Maths teacher, and also teaches Te Reo and has strengths in Tikanga Māori and Kapa Haka.

As many of you will be aware Mr Michael Grant has resigned after 15 years at St Hilda’s. We will miss his commitment to music and the arts, especially Sings Hilda, and the productions. His willingness to support a lot of school activities behind the scenes, and spend many weekends and evening hours assisting students and staff with performances has been greatly appreciated. We are currently working through the appointment process for his replacement

Jackie Barron


Remaining Key Dates for Term 4 

Sunday 25 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm
Tuesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Otago Museum
Wednesday 5 December – Prize Giving – Edgar Centre, students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5.00 pm start. Please email admin@shcs.school.nz if you are unable to attend


Out and About

BEAMS – A group of Year 10 students are visiting Auckland University for the annual BEAMS (Business, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine, Science faculty workshops) event. They are enjoying the workshops and even bumped into Jono and Ben!

    

Marae Visit -Year 9 spent Tuesday and Wednesday out at the Ōtākou Marae on the Otago Peninsula. Despite some less than ideal weather conditions, the girls had a great time.

The girls and staff experienced a mihi whakatau, learnt about the history of the marae and local area, learnt flax weaving, how to write their mihi, waiata, Māori PE games, competed in a quiz, did mindful art and a beach walk. Twenty lucky girls had the opportunity to help out by holding little blue penguins while they were being tagged. We ended our visit with some prizes and a farewell ceremony. It was a great experience and the staff look forward to doing it all again next year with the new Year 9s.

  

                                                         LilyMcLauglan and Bella Gilmour

St Hilda Alumnus Ali Higham who is working for the Royal Albatross Centre and Pukekura Trust to preserve and enhance the natural environment at Pilot’s Beach for the korora blue penguin helped lead two groups of students. The students helped microchip blue penguins as part of a monitoring programme.

                    Ali Higham (centre)


Tolcarne News

The last few weeks of Tolcarne activities have been so much fun! Last weekend a group of students went Paddle Boarding down at the Harbour. The weather held out for them as they tried to stay standing on their boards, and even tried to do handstands.

This weekend, the Tolcarne activity was a silk class! The girls tried stretching and tricks while being suspended by cloth from the ceiling. Thank you to the Air Fitness crew for letting the girls have a go! They had a great time!

Many of our Senior students are starting to pack up their rooms and head home for the summer holidays. We wish them all a safe and happy holiday period! :)

   


Guidance

Thank you to everyone who attended the Family Zone Parent Seminar last week. It was fantastic to see so many of you there. We have created a St Hilda’s Family Zone website which can be accessed by clicking here. The presentation from last week is included for those of you who were unable to attend. Please do not sign up for Family Zone through this site. We will work with Family Zone to set up your account and will notify you by email when it is ready to use.

Student Achievement

On Wednesday 21st the Junior A volleyball girls had a mini tournament in Dunedin in preparation for the South Island Secondary Schools tournament being held in Dunedin next week.

The girls played against Otago Girls, Columba and a Bayfield boys team. It was good to get combinations going and the girls kept their skill level up.
We look forward to a successful tournament next week.

Reminder – School Canteen

The Canteen has closed for the year. Don’t forget a packed lunch.


Careers News and Events

 To view visit the Career Events calendar.


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.

Weekly News Term 4|Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

I was fortunate to spend a day at the Tautuku Lodge this week, with the Year 10 cohort on their camp. It is a wonderful facility and our girls are so lucky to be able to enjoy the experience of the Catlins bush, the beach, the mud and the challenges. I remember going on camp there when I was at secondary school – so the Lodge has been part of students’ outdoor education for a very long time! My memories are still vivid – the fun of the mud run, the fear and then the exhilaration of completing the abseil, and the beauty of the beach. None of this has changed. What a wonderfully timeless landscape, that has provided valuable learning opportunities for generations, and it was very special to see the girls having as much fun as I did all those years ago.

We will enjoy having all our juniors back on the campus next week, as we build towards the Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 25th November at 5.00pm. We look forward to having all our students and their families come together for this truly festive celebration.

Jackie Barron


Orders for the St Hilda’s Chronicle are being taken now!

This year’s school magazine contains over 150 pages of photos and memories from 2018. The cost is $40.

The Chronicle will be ready for your daughter to collect at the conclusion of Prize Giving on Wednesday, 5 December. Alternatively, copies can be collected from the school office or posted home.

Could you please complete the online form below or pick up an order form from the school office to order your daughter(s) copy of the Chronicle. Multiple copies may be ordered. The Chronicle will be charged to the school account.

Please note, there will be no door sales of the magazine on Prize Giving night. We are now only printing the number of magazines that are pre-ordered to avoid unnecessary wastage.

Orders can be made until 3pm, Friday 16 November.

Click here to order the 2018 St Hilda’s Chronicle

Kind regards,
The St Hilda’s Chronicle Committee


Key Dates for Term 4 – Monday 15th October – 5th December 2018

Sunday 25 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm
Tuesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum
Wednesday 5 December – Prize Giving – Edgar Centre, students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5.00 pm start. Please email admin@shcs.school.nz if you are unable to attend.


Marae Trip

Next Tuesday and Wednesday the Year 9s will be travelling out to the Ōtākou Marae for an overnight visit.  Parents are reminded that if you haven’t already returned your daughter’s permission slip, please do so by Monday.


This week, Years 7-9  investigated and considered a new passion. The aim was to get them to think and construct a product linked to something new that has piqued their interest, but they’d like to know more or try it out.

Below are just a few examples.

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Tolcarne News

Tolcarne was buzzing last night with the sleepover of our 2019 Year 9 students. They arrived at 5 pm to get a glimpse of life at Tolcarne. The current Year 9 students were eager to take them under their wings, show them around and get to know them. Learning names was the challenge of the night, but I am sure we got there with all the name games and fun that was had!
We are so looking forward to welcoming the 33 new students into Tolcarne next year! We hope you had fun!


Guidance

NCEA exam session is now upon us and it is important to support your daughter to maintain healthy study and life habits during this time. Click here for ‘Seven steps to stop NCEA study stress’


Chapel Matters

While the seniors are on study leave, and the Year 10 students are at Camp, the rest of the Juniors have been working away on Passion Projects. Rather than simply meaning something we enjoy, the word “passion” comes from the Latin word “passio” which means to suffer, to endure pain, or to submit to pain, and to experience something so deeply you can be emotionally overwhelmed by it.

In the church, the main association with the word “passion” is to do with Jesus.

The intense emotional and physical suffering he went through at Easter is called the Passion of Christ. From his betrayal by a friend Judas, his desperate prayer asking God to prevent what was coming, his arrest and beating by the soldiers, the denial by Peter, another friend, his carrying of the cross through the streets,  and the humiliation and agony of crucifixion, Jesus went through the whole range of emotional and physical suffering.

Our passion projects this week might not have been quite at the level that they involved physical and emotional suffering, but plenty of students were emotionally and physically invested in what they did which was great to see!


Past and Present Student Achievement

It is great to see such a big representation of past and present St Hilda’s girls playing for the Otago Sparks Cricket team.

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As reported in the ODT – “The Otago Sparks might want to consider changing their name to the St Hilda’s Collegiate XI.

The Sparks team for the back-to-back one-dayers against Wellington at the Basin Reserve this weekend has been named and it features eight past or present pupils of the school.

St Hilda’s has traditionally provided a good core of the squad, but eight must be some kind of record. Polly Inglis will captain the side in the absence of Martin and will be joined in the squad by former St Hilda’s pupils Caitlin Blakely, Bella James and twins Georgia and Kate Heffernan.

Olivia Gain, Emma Black and Eden Carson are current pupils at the school and get their chance in the absence of the White Ferns.”

Good luck for your upcoming games this weekend 🏏


Ichikawa visit March 2019 – request for Homestay families

As you are aware each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashan hosts students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short-term visit.  We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa School will be visiting us again Monday 11 – Saturday 23 March 2019.

We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival.  Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.
Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students before Christmas.
Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position to open your home for one of our Japanese short stay students. Your help would be much appreciated. If you would like to have a further conversation around what is required please also make contact.

Contact details:
Roberta Lawrence – Homestay Coordinator at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.
homestay@shcs.school.nz
03 477 0989   /  021 433321


School Canteen

The last day for the Canteen is Friday 23 November.


Timelapse Video – St Hilda’s Arts Building

The new building is really coming along. You can access our timelapse video by clicking on the link below.

Support needed for vulnerable teens fundraiser.

Madeleine Whittaker, a recent old girl of the school, is walking 1400km on the South Island section of the Te Araroa trail (from Bluff to the Marlborough Sounds). She is raising money for the Outward Bound Trust which will be used to give vulnerable teens scholarships to attend a course. She decided to raise money for Outward Bound after attending one of the Mind, Body and Soul courses in January 2018 and finding it hugely beneficial.
If you wish to contribute please click on the following link:  https://obchampion.everydayhero.com/nz/madeleine

Annually a number of St Hilda’s students attend these very worthwhile courses.


Careers News and Events

 To view visit the Career Events calendar.


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.

 

Weekly News Term 4|Week 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

There are times in an educators life when you see engaging, interactive, collaborative meaningful and relevant learning, all come together and your heart just sings.

While I know this can happen any day, in any classroom, and frequently does, it is not often that it happens across the whole school, all at once, but that is exactly what it has looked like at St Hilda’s for the last three days. We have not had a timetable, we have not had any bells, we have not had any set classes, but we have had our girls all working in different programmes, to their own structures and patterns, and the learning has been incredible.

The Year 7 & 8s have been working on rotations of modular subjects, and many of their parents will have already sampled some of the products of their creativity! The Year 9’s have been engaging with The Travellers Journey – a wellbeing and health programme designed to enhance resilience, empathy and mental wellbeing. The Rich Task for the year 10s has been a cross curricular physiology programme combining Digital Technology, Maths, Science and Physical Education. Watching different groups, interacting with students, chatting to them as they reflect on their learning, you cannot help but be warmed by their sense of excitement, purpose and curiosity as they grappled with problems, issues, and ideas. How lucky are we to have such dedicated and innovative staff who have planned, developed and implemented these very exciting programmes? How lucky are our girls to have these amazing opportunities? It takes a lot of time, thought and planning for flexible learning programmes to be so successful, and the outcomes so positive, and I for one, am so grateful to be part of a community that makes learning like that happen.

 

Jackie Barron


Key Dates for Term 4 – Monday 15th October – 5th December 2018

Monday 12-16 November – Year 10 Camp
Sunday 25 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm

Tuesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum
Wednesday 5 December – Prize Giving – Edgar Centre, students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5 pm start.


Next week, Years 7-9 will be taking a week to investigate and consider a new passion. The aim is to get them to think and construct a product linked to something new that has piqued their interest, but they’d like to know more or try it out. They need to join the google classroom, Projects of Passion Week; code: 46g0wk8 where there is an inquiry workbook for them to use as a guide and a record of their thinking and learning.

On Monday, they will have the opportunity to find out about some teacher’s passions and experience some new avenues hopefully outside their comfort zones. We hope they will have lots to talk to you about.

Friday will be an Expo of their inquiry outcomes in the Chapel to which you are more than welcome. This will take place from 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm.

For the week, students can wear St Hilda’s school PE gear school PE top, shorts or track pants, warm up top or jacket. NOT MUFTI please. They are at school.

Sustained silent reading.
This is continuing through Passion Project week. Please bring your reading book each day for SSR at the start of period 4.


Reports

This year we have made changes to how we report on your daughter’s learning to ensure that reports are appropriate, useful and timely. We were very aware that the paragraph comment based report was slow to produce, often out of date by the time you received it and did not easily allow for specific next steps. Because of this, comments were often generalised statements, with limited relevance.

The final report for the year will be a record of your daughters learning for the year. This will include a comment from her Whanaungatanga teacher which will give you an overview of her year’s learning.

Throughout the year we have communicated through Learning Conversations which allow a three-way conversation with the teacher, student and parent, Interim Reports which focussed on learning behaviours and Progress Reports which gave specific next steps for your daughters learning.

These reports when combined give an accurate and timely overview of your daughter’s learning dispositions, next steps and progress.


Guidance

NCEA exam session is now upon us and it is important to support your daughter to maintain healthy study and life habits during this time. Click here for ‘Seven steps to stop NCEA study stress’


Chapel Matters

Last week I talked about Halloween (“Hallows Evening”), so this week I thought I would talk about the day which follows: All Saints Day (“All Hallows Day”). I wonder what kind of person you think of when you think of a saint? A saint is a holy (or “hallowed”) person, someone whose whole life is committed to serving God and to serving others. We might think of someone like St Hilda, St Francis, or St Patrick, or Mother Theresa who was recognised as a saint by the Catholic church in 2016. Or perhaps we think of St Mary Mackillop who is the only saint from Australia; the Catholic church hasn’t recognised any saints from NZ – yet!

These saints are pretty special and we can call them saints with a capital “S.” But in reality, we are surrounded by lots of saints – people all around us in our lives who are really kind, who go out of their way to help us, who show by their actions their love for us, their love for others, and their love for God. They might not be saints with a capital “S” but they are definitely saints! Our school is named after a wonderful saint, St Hilda with a capital “S” who lived a long time ago, but our school is full right now with lots of saints, saints with a small “s” for really, we are All Saints!


Student Achievement

Congratulations to Holly Bissett who has been accepted into the National Computer Science School for January 2019. Holly was invited based upon her perfect score in the NCSS challenge earlier this year. I have included some information below about NCSS.
What is NCSS?

The National Computer Science School (NCSS) is a ten day summer school for students going into years 11 and 12. NCSS brings together talented young people from around Australia for an intensive course of computer programming and website development in the School of IT at the University of Sydney.


Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected into Otago Touch Teams

Otago U14
Demi McAlwee
Luana Ashton 

Otago Under 16
Ruby Williams
Ally Ward 
Denielle Ferguson 
Sarah Langsbury 
Jaymee Meffan 

Gemma Rowcroft

Otago U18
Beryn Abbott
Savannah Cleland
Olivia George
Jaide Dixon
Annie Timu
Millie Scully 


Ichikawa visit March 2019 – request for Homestay families

As you are aware each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashan hosts students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short-term visit.  We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa School will be visiting us again Monday 11 – Saturday 23 March 2019.

We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival.  Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.

Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students before Christmas.

Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position to open your home for one of our Japanese short stay students. Your help would be much appreciated. If you would like to have a further conversation around what is required please also make contact.

Contact details:
Roberta Lawrence – Homestay Coordinator at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.
homestay@shcs.school.nz
03 477 0989   /  021 433321


Orders for the St Hilda’s Chronicle are being taken now!

This year’s school magazine contains over 150 pages of photos and memories from 2018. The cost is $40.

The Chronicle will be ready for your daughter to collect at the conclusion of Prize Giving on Wednesday, 5 December. Alternatively, copies can be collected from the school office or posted home.

Could you please complete the online form below or pick up an order form from the school office to order your daughter(s) copy of the Chronicle. Multiple copies may be ordered. The Chronicle will be charged to the school account.

Please note, there will be no door sales of the magazine on Prize Giving night. We are now only printing the number of magazines that are pre-ordered to avoid unnecessary wastage.

Orders can be made until 3pm, Friday 16 November.

Click here to order the 2018 St Hilda’s Chronicle

Kind regards,
The St Hilda’s Chronicle Committee


Careers News and Events

 To view visit the Career Events calendar.


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.

 

Weekly News Term 4|Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

We farewelled our Year 13 students yesterday, and there is always a sense of nostalgia and loss as these stunning young women race out into the Quad, having been acknowledged by the rest of the school. Where have those years gone? They have been a great year group and their strength has been their differences – a multitude of skills, abilities and talents.

They presented a very funny and clever assembly for us yesterday and shared some delightful videos they had made in Year 7 and Year 9, and it really brought home how much they had grown, and changed, and how special the years are, that they spend with us. I think it struck the girls too that the time when their path is structured, expectations clear, and support evident will now morph into something a little less clear, and even more exciting. They go on to sit their externals, and then we formally farewell them at the Leavers dinner in December, which is always a wonderful event.

I wish our Year 11 and Year 12 students all the best for their external examinations. This is a great opportunity to test themselves, measure where they are at with their learning, and establish the foundation for the following year. We look forward to seeing them again at Prizegiving.

Jackie Barron


Paid Union Meeting – Friday 9 November

School will finish at 11:50 am on Friday 9 November 2018.   Staff who are PPTA and NZEI members will be attending a paid union meeting, an entitlement which is part of their Collective Agreement.

Although school will officially remain open until 3:00 pm that afternoon, there will be no formal classes operating.  However, there will be supervision in the Library for students who need to stay at school until the end of the school day.

Please note:         Confirmation of bus times will come shortly.

Please notify the school office if your daughter will need to remain at school on this afternoon. (Contact Karen Mowat on 477 0989 or email  admin@shcs.school.nz)

The times for the school day will be as follows:

Period 1       8:40   – 9:35 am
Period 2       9:40   – 10:35 am
Break            10:35 – 10:55 am
Period 3      10:55 – 11.50 am

Thank you for your understanding of this disruption to scheduled classes.


Key Dates for Term 4 – Monday 15th October – 5th December 2018

Monday 12-16 November – Year 10 Camp
Sunday 25 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm

Tuesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum
Wednesday 5 December – Prize Giving – Edgar Centre, students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5 pm start.


Reports

This year we have made changes to how we report on your daughter’s learning to ensure that reports are appropriate, useful and timely. We were very aware that the paragraph comment based report was slow to produce, often out of date by the time you received it and did not easily allow for specific next steps. Because of this, comments were often generalised statements, with limited relevance.

The final report for the year will be a record of your daughters learning for the year. This will include a comment from her Whanaungatanga teacher which will give you an overview of her year’s learning.

Throughout the year we have communicated through Learning Conversations which allow a three-way conversation with the teacher, student and parent, Interim Reports which focussed on learning behaviours and Progress Reports which gave specific next steps for your daughters learning.

These reports when combined give an accurate and timely overview of your daughter’s learning dispositions, next steps and progress.


Guidance

Social media is frequently in the news as experts increasingly question the impact it is having on the wellbeing of today’s youth. Click here to read Sherri Gordon’s thought on ‘5 Ways Social Media Affects Teen Mental Health’.


Wellbeing

November – another month to be grateful for.

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Chapel Matters

This week, just after St Hilda’s Day, we have had Halloween on October 31st followed by All Saints Day on November 1st. These days are the opposite of each other in many ways – All Hallows Evening, the evening before All Saints Day; the night and the day; the scary things and the saintly things.

Festivals like this which come in pairs remind me that who I am as a person is a complex mix of both of these things. There is St Hilda’s Day (and All Saints Day), for example, with its beautiful choir singing, communion, prayer, tradition and heritage. And there is Halloween, with its crazy costumes, sugary sweets, and antics; its darker mischievousness, its cackling wildness and connection with nature.

These things are ALL a part of who we are, and everything in between as well. Who we are is human, and in the incarnation, God became human, and knows all our joyous days as well as our dark nights of the soul; our kindnesses as well as our mean-spiritednesses; our triumphs and successes, as well as our anguishes and defeats. As human beings, we are complex mixes of these things. And God loves us.

Halloween is a good reminder that the Christian story is not all about Cathedrals and bowing at the right time or holding your hands properly for communion; the Christian story is mostly about God’s love conquering death and darkness, and celebrating that together as loved, forgiven, whole people, be that with our friends and family at St Hilda’s Day in the Cathedral or on the streets in our costumes for Halloween.


Ichikawa visit March 2019 – request for Homestay families

As you are aware each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashan hosts students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short term visit.  We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa School will be visiting us again Monday 11 – Saturday 23 March 2019.

We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival.  Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.

Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students before Christmas.

Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position to open your home for one of our Japanese short stay students. Your help would be much appreciated. If you would like to have a further conversation around what is required please also make contact.

Contact details:

Roberta Lawrence – Homestay Coordinator at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.
03 477 0989   /  021 433321

Tolcarne News

On Wednesday night, Tolcarne had our Christmas Dinner to farewell all our beautiful Year 13 students. Everybody looked gorgeous as we celebrated the Year 13’s personal growth and achievements. A BIG thank you to our Head Boarders, Hannah McStay and Bella Chapman-Cohen, for running and helping organise the evening. Also to our amazing kitchen staff, who not only made an absolutely delicious meal but also created an amazing atmosphere with their table settings and decorations.


Passion Project

We are planning a Passion Project week in Week 5 where students will select a topic they are interested in.  They will develop an inquiry question about this topic, research it, and plan a project with a culminating presentation to share with classmates and families.  Students will be assuming adult roles such as author, video game creator, piano teacher, instructional film producer, cupcake bakery entrepreneur, rocket designer, architect, sports trainer, website designer, environmental activist, and historian.  Products could include short instructional videos, websites, public service campaigns, how-to books, fantasy novels, rocket and how-to presentation, models, and online video games or anything else their interest leads them to.
On the Friday the girls will exhibit their projects and we warmly invite family and friends to come and have a look. The exhibition will run from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Chapel.
As part of this week, we would love to have times where adults can share some of their interests and passions. This could be to the whole group or to smaller groups in a workshop type arrangement. If you would be interested in being involved OR you know of someone who you think would be good for this, please let Mrs Judy Maw know. jmaw@shcs.school.nz
It would be fantastic for the girls to see the wide range of interests and projects that we are all still involved in as adults.

 Orders for the St Hilda’s Chronicle are being taken now!

This year’s school magazine contains over 150 pages of photos and memories from 2018. The cost is $40.

The Chronicle will be ready for your daughter to collect at the conclusion of Prize Giving on Wednesday, 5 December. Alternatively, copies can be collected from the school office or posted home.

Could you please complete the online form below or pick up an order form from the school office to order your daughter(s) copy of the Chronicle. Multiple copies may be ordered. The Chronicle will be charged to the school account.

Please note, there will be no door sales of the magazine on Prize Giving night. We are now only printing the number of magazines that are pre-ordered to avoid unnecessary wastage.

Orders can be made until 3pm, Friday 16 November.

Click here to order the 2018 St Hilda’s Chronicle

Kind regards,

The St Hilda’s Chronicle Committee


Careers News and Events

 To view visit the Career Events calendar.


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.