Please note that Thursday 7 December is the last day of school for 2017. Students may come to school in mufti as it is a clean up day and we require uniforms to be kept neat and tidy for Prize Giving. Following the clean up, students will be bussed to the More FM Arena for Prize Giving practice. They will be released for the day from the More FM Arena between 11.15am – 11.30am. Please notify us by emailing email@example.com your daughter needs to return to St Hilda’s by bus. Once she returns to school she will then be free to leave for the afternoon. We ask that all students arrive in immaculate uniform at the More FM Arena by 4.45pm on Thursday 7 December so that everyone is seated in order for the event to start at 5.00pm.
Junior students have been busy involved in one day sports tournaments this week, participating in water polo, tennis, volleyball and touch. For the volleyball girls it was good preparation as they get ready to head into the Junior South Island Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Tournament next week, and we wish them well for this.
The girls enjoyed putting their completed Curiosity Projects on display for staff and parents yesterday. The curiosity week was a great chance to hone their skills at finding information that could satisfy their curiosity. It was fascinating to see the range of curious topics the girls had investigated. We received really positive feedback from the students – they enjoyed being able to work on their own projects in their own time and having the ability to work with other year levels.
The Year 10 students returned tired but happy after an enjoyable week at Camp Tautuku. They gave every activity their very best and I am sure that there will be many great stories to tell when they get home.
The Year 7, 8 and 9 students have enjoyed taking part in their Curiosity Projects this week. There have been an amazing array of projects and interests. the girls have used great questions as their starting points and their curiosity has taken them to the most interesting and diverse places. An expo of the girls work and projects will be held at school on Thursday 23rd November in rooms 214, 215 and 219 from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. All parents and family are welcome to come and view the girls’ awesome projects.
The juniors have also been busy taking part in singing practice in preparation for the Christmas Carol Service which will be held at 5.00pm on Sunday 26 November in the school chapel. This is an important school event where all families are encouraged to join us for an evening of Christmas celebration as a community. It is a lot of fun, so bring the family along. Girls do not have to be in school uniform.
The Year 13s hosted a very well put together final assembly on Tuesday. They reflected on their years at St Hilda’s and there was singing, laughter and of course, tears. The school has been quiet over the past few days with the seniors on study leave. We wish them luck as the NCEA examinations begin. Continue reading Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 4→
The Year 13s have had fun dressing up each day this week. We’ve had double denim, halloween costumes, all pink outfits and pyjama day. The prefects and senior student council members organised a Fun Day for everyone during Tuesday’s lunch hour where the girls were treated to a sausage sizzle and candy floss. It was a beautiful day for everyone to be outside and a great chance for the whole school to come together before seniors commence study leave. It is these moments that give you a real sense of our special character in action, the feeling of belonging and a community that cares.
For seniors, school finishes at 12.30pm on Tuesday. They will have an alternative timetable for the morning where they will be briefed on NZQA procedures, prefect voting will take place and the Year 13s will head to St Paul’s for a run through of the Leavers Service. The first NCEA examinations take place on Thursday and we wish all of our students well for these.
Year 10 examinations are being held on Monday and Tuesday of next week. The girls have been preparing for these and I am sure they will take this opportunity to demonstrate some of the key learning they have done over the year.
We have had a lot to fit in to this short week after enjoying a long weekend. On Wednesday evening the Secondary Schools’ Pacific Student Recognition Awards were held which were sponsored by the Otago Polytechnic and the Otago Community Trust. Our 2017 recipients were Inez Meeuws (junior) and Helen Knott (senior).
Tonight the Mana Pounamu Awards are being held where Eva Meeuws (junior) and Katherine Inder (senior) will be recognised.
We also have the Blues Evening tonight where we will award Cultural, Service and Sport Blues as well as the new Sport Excellence Award and SHCS Sport Award. There will be cultural performances and highlights of the 2017 cultural and sport year. This is a wonderful evening which reminds us all of the incredible and very special talents we have in our school community. The full list of recipients will be published next week.
Our first assembly of the Term was an opportunity to recognise some outstanding achievements by students and staff as you will see below. It was a very positive way to start the term – celebrating successes and acknowledging the hard work and commitment of so many of our students. I hope you enjoy reading about them all in this newsletter.
We are pleased to announce that Claire Laverty has been awarded the Jim Campbell Teaching Award. This national award recognises personal excellence in Primary or Secondary classroom teaching and support given to others in enhancing their classroom. Mrs Laverty was nominated for this by the local association of Maths Teachers. At St Hilda’s, she is known as the singing Maths teacher but more widely, she is recognised for her writing of assessments and NCEA textbooks. As well, Mrs Laverty has done considerable work running workshops and helping other teachers learn new skills and develop new ways of communicating maths. She is recognised nationally in particular for her work in teaching statistics and this award acknowledges her contribution to the teaching community and we were thrilled to welcome her back into school on Tuesday to acknowledge her achievements at assembly.
The highlight of the week was definitely our end of term Arts Assembly. We saw performances from the hip hop and aerobics girls, our senior Kapa Haka group, and also a surprise performance from the newly formed St Hilda’s staff hip hop crew. Arts Prefects Adithi Alexander and Molly Johnson did an amazing job putting it all together, the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Seniors finished exams on Wednesday and have started to receive their results. These results, along with the report that will be sent out at the end of next week, will form the basis of next term’s Learning Conversations. The Learning Conversations will take place on Monday 16th October throughout the day beginning at 9.30am for all levels and on Thursday 19th October from 6.00pm to 9.00pm for senior students and their parents only. School will be open for Learning Conversations all day on the Monday and there will be no formal timetabled classes. Girls will not be required to attend classes, but will be expected to attend the Learning Conversation meetings as booked. Girls do not need to wear school uniform on this day.