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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 11

Bishop Kelvin Wright with Dr Townsley and Mrs Barron at Monday’s Easter Eucharist Service

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Arts Prefects did a great job of organising our end of term Arts Assembly which was held on Tuesday.  We had a variety of performances, from singing to a dance performance.  We also awarded the first Academic Double Blue to Amy Jones, recognising her achievement in being awarded Top Scholar in New Zealand for her scholarship submission in NCEA last year.  Amy will be presented her award at a ceremony in Parliament next term.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 10

A jubilant U15 Coxed Octuple Sculls team who won bronze at Maadi Cup

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I am delighted to inform you of the updates to our staff for term 2. We have appointed Miss Karla Dunn to the position of Teacher of Chemistry and Junior Science, following Mr Pacey’s resignation.  Miss Dunn has taught Science and Chemistry at Papatoetoe High School and Porirua College.  She is an enthusiastic, vibrant young woman  with an Honors Degree in Chemistry and we look forward to welcoming her on to the St Hilda’s staff in Term 2.

Other staff changes taking place next term surround Mrs Barron’s sabbatical.  Mr Daryl Shields will be taking Mrs Smith’s 9INTS class as she focuses on her Acting Assistant Principal duties and we welcome Mrs Ella Murdoch back who will be taking Mrs Smith’s Year 11 English class and Mrs Maw’s Year 13 English class, as well as her 9INTS class.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 9

Best Banner at Maadi Cup 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A large number of students have been away from school this week involved in Summer Tournament Week.  The Touch team were runners up in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Touch Tournament with a loss in extra time against Columba in the final.  The Water Polo team placed third at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Water Polo Tournament.  The rowing girls started their week at Maadi Cup by winning the banner competition.  The Girls’ U15 Coxed Quad Sculls team (E Burnside, E Hurdle, M Gow, C Chapman-Cohen, cox G Beattie) placed 5th in their C Final.  The Girls’ U18 Double Sculls team (I Corbett, G Hunter) placed 4th in their C Final.  The Girls’ U18  Single Sculls (J Cook) placed 2nd in the C Final.  The Girls’ U18 Novice Coxed Eight (E O’Meara, H Jolly, S Sinclair, O Whelan-Henderson, B Grounds, L Verkerk, M Marsh, E Christie, cox T Mason) placed 2nd in their B Final.  Later this afternoon the Girls’ U18 Novice Double Sculls (S Sinclair, O Whelan-Henderson) will be racing in a B Final and we wish them well for this.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 8

Tiffany Zhou (2017 International Student Leader) and Dayna Gallagher (2017 Maori Pasifika Student Leader) with Mrs Barron

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This week we had the pleasure of announcing Tiffany Zhou as International Student Leader.  Tiffany joined St Hilda’s in 2014 and has been a member of the Orchestra, attended The Big Sing, and was the recipient of The Rosalynd North Accompanist Cup at last year’s prize giving.  Tiffany also provides tutoring to students in Year 12 Pure Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry classes.  Tiffany is an able recipient and will lead the international student group well.

A leadership position has been created this year for a Maori and Pasifika Student Leader. Four student nominees presented to their fellow Maori and Pasifika students and yesterday we were able to present Dayna Gallagher with the newly designed Maori and Pasifika badge in Chapel. Dayna has been a consistent member of the Kapa Haka group, is one of the House Captain’s for Wellington and has played Hockey for the A Team for four years.  Dayna is a member of Madrigal and performed with them in The Big Sing Finale in 2016, was a member of the Suspect cast last year and is part of a Shakespeare and Theatre Sports group this year.  Dayna will represent our Maori and Pasifika students well.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 7

Year 10 students with Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, founder of the Tech Girls Movement

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Students from sister school Ichikawa arrived on Monday evening.  The students have settled happily in to their host families and have been enjoying spending time in class with our students as well as taking part in sight seeing.

Ichikawa students with Year 13s dressed up for St Patrick’s Day

On Tuesday Mrs McMahon arranged for a group of Year 10 students to attend a ‘Tech Girls are Superheroes’ talk.  Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, from the University of Southern Queensland, is the founder of the Tech Girls Movement and wants to increase the number of females involved in the IT industry.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 6

2016 Scholarship recipients with Mrs Barron and guest speaker Mrs Kathy Grant

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This week we held the Academic Blues Service where we acknowledged scholarship recipients and students who achieved Excellence endorsements in NCEA in 2016.  Mrs Kathy Grant, ex Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and mother of ‘old’ Head Girl Rebecca Grant, was our guest speaker and her words were inspiring. She encouraged the girls to be brave, stay curious and remain humble.  The full list of recipients can be found here.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 4

(L-R) Lilly-Anne Adam, Issie Robertson and Tamara Mason debating at Quad

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On Sunday over 30 students departed for Summer Quad, hosted by Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru.  St Hilda’s placed first in Touch and Swimming, second in Debating, third in Volleyball and fourth in Tennis, placing us second overall – a great result against tough opposition.

Good luck to students involved in the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Rowing Regatta this weekend.

Year 12 and 13 PE students depart on Monday for their trip to Abel Tasman and Murchison. This trip is always a highlight of the year for the girls involved.  Wishing students and staff a safe and enjoyable time away.

As we prepare for the lead in to Lent we will be having pancakes and games next week for Shrove Tuesday and a special Ash Wednesday Chapel service.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Empowering Parents and Girls

As we begin the new year and settle into the routines of building our community of learners, we are excited about the programmes and initiatives that encourage our young women to value them themselves, support each other and build positive and healthy relationships.

The whanaungatanga groups are part of the focus within the school to give girls a sense of belonging and connectedness that enhances their well being. Staff and students alike are enjoying the opportunities to get to know each other better, share ideas and experiences and support their group.

The EAAA programme with the Year 12 girls has been very successful judging from the anecdotal comments we have collated. While we await the formal evaluation of the workshops that will be conducted by the University of Otago team, we are confident that we have given the girls valuable information and tools that will enable them to  be able to assess potentially difficult social situations, acknowledge the issues and act in a way to keep themselves and others safe.

Parent Workshop:  Tuesday March 7th 

As a follow on from our parent seminars last year, we continue to plan programmes and workshops for our parents that address the issues our girls are faced with through the internet, media and social media sites. We are proud to be able to offer another such opportunity by  organising an Otago wide workshop for parents of teenagers and pre-teens being presented by Maree Crabbe.

The workshop: “It’s time we talked: Pornography, young people and sexuality today” assists parents to understand the impact of pornography on young people and what they can do to address it.  It will be held onTuesday 7th March 7.00-9.00pm at the Otago Boys’ High School auditorium.

Maree Crabbe is an Australian researcher who coordinates the community education project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality.  She is co-producer and co-director of the documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, broadcast in seven countries, and The Porn Factor, broadcast recently in Australia, and author ofIn the Picture – a whole school resource to assist secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery.  Maree has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – in the community sector for over 20 years.  Maree’s articles on young people, sexuality and pornography have been published online and in print media.

Having had Maree present to  principals, teachers  and counsellors last year,  members of the Otago Secondary School Principals’ Association felt strongly that her information and messages would be very valuable for all our parents and so we have been very fortunate to be able to get her to Dunedin again for this workshop. Maree is an engaging, informative and expert speaker who works all over Australasia. I would urge you to take the time to attend the workshop.

Please pass the flyer (found here) to any friends and family who  are keen to support their daughters and sons to build healthy and happy relationships.

This workshop is free and available to all parents in Otago thanks to the generous support of the Otago Community Trust. 
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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The sun shone for a beautiful Athletics Day yesterday.  The girls were full of energy and enthusiasm, demonstrated most in the House Cheerleading Competition.  Results from the day are still being collated and will be announced at the next full school assembly.

Year 9 students will take part in an ‘Urban Day’ on Monday prior to their departure for camp at River Ridge Retreat on Tuesday.  The girls will visit Toitu, the original site of St Hilda’s and the graves of Sisters’ Geraldine and Etheleen.   We wish students and staff a safe and enjoyable week.

Good luck to the students involved in the Otago Secondary Schools’ Rowing Regatta tomorrow.

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