Dr Townsley led our Easter Eucharist service yesterday and collected gold coin donations for Anglican Family Care. Following on from that, the students took part in an Easter themed window chalk art competition. Along with the beautiful artwork on the Chapel windows, the quad looks bright and cheerful. The window chalk art winners will be announced during the Week 11 Arts Assembly. These school activities all help to bring us together as a community to reflect on an important time in the liturgical calendar.
A very big thank you to everyone who helped and/or attended the fairon Saturday, what a fantastic turnout for a really great event. The PFA focus is now on the Luxury Raffle and selling tickets and retaining ticket butts and money.
By now all families will have received a raffle book, boarders’ books were posted home on March 2, and day girls were handed out to the elder sibling on March 7. If you haven’t seen your book please ask your daughter if it’s in her bag or locker.
Due to the value of prizes this raffle is licensed through the Department of Internal Affairs therefore we must comply to the Gambling Act 2003. We are required by law to cancel the raffle if any SOLD ticket butts, are not returned, it is vital that families return the books, whether they are sold or not, to school, on or beforeAPRIL 9. The raffle will be drawn on April 13.
We still have 63 books to distribute. Any families who think they can sell more can you please contact Donna Madigan at school.
Mrs Barron has been trialing a St Hilda’s Instagram account recently. Download the app for free, follow @sthildascollegiate – and there you are! Lots of photos of everyday and casual magic moments that occur when you least expect them. We will still use Facebook for our school events, celebrations and news, and will keep Instagram for our magic moments – informal fun, and a window to the joy of learning. If you are not sure how to get onto Instagram, or how it works – ask your daughter!! You don’t have to post anything yourself, just follow us!!
As you can see in the above poster, there is a lot happening next week as we draw closer to the school fair. There is no mufti day on Wednesday, this will be held on Friday instead and we ask that students bring home made baking, sweets, chutneys, jams or preserves for the cake stall.
Tickets for the luxury raffle have been sent out and we appreciate your support in selling these. More books are available from the student office if you are able to sell more.
The online site for the Silent Auction has opened for you to view our amazing list of items available. If you would like to place a bid, there is an email for you to send your bids (instructions on the link). The document will be updated every night. Online bids will be taken until 9.00pm Friday 16 March. If you are not able to attend the fair on the 17th and you would really like to win an auction, there will be an opportunity to text in bids on the day.
An important reminder that school is closed on Monday for a Teacher Only Day – an Otago wide ‘Jumbo Day’ is being held for all secondary school teachers across the region to undertake professional development.
We are thrilled to be let you know that three of our staff have been asked or selected to take part in international conferences this year. We are very excited for them, and very proud, that their expertise and knowledge is being valued by an international community of educators, and that what we are doing at St Hilda’s is of interest to other schools, and our staff are seen as leaders in their fields of expertise.
Next week the PFA are collecting items for the White Elephant – on Wednesday students may wear mufti to school and must bring an item that is new or near new. We are also offering a drop off period for fair items on Saturday 3 March from 10.00am – 2.00pm. Further information is in the poster above. Please support this important event on our school calendar, it raises funds that enable us to offer a quality experience for your daughters. The PFA are doing a huge amount of work to make this event a success, so let’s all assist them, and keep the goods rolling in.
Fair collections are going well and the girls are enjoying having the chance to wear mufti. Next week we are collecting for tombola – more details are available in the poster above.
Monday 5 March will be a Teacher Only Day for all Otago secondary schools, therefore St Hilda’s will be closed for instruction. A ‘Jumbo Day’ is being held to provide professional development to all teaching staff.
Should you have any difficulties with childcare for your daughter(s) on 5 March, we can offer limited supervision for the day in Rooms 109 and 110. If you need this supervision for your daughter, please contact Karen Mowat in the school office by the end of school Thursday 1 March.
Tolcarne will close on Friday 2 March at 5.00pm and reopen on Monday 5 March at 3.00pm. If you have any difficulties with the hostel being closed Friday 2 – Monday 5 March, please contact Ange Rathbone at Tolcarne to discuss further.
Our school fair is on the 17th March. Fair preparations are well under way and next week sees the first major collection. Each Wednesday, leading up to the fair will be a mufti day and instead of a gold coin donation, we ask that students bring items for the Fair – to help us build excitement and enthusiasm for the event, but also to help bring in the goods required to make it a roaring success. Next week we are asking that each student brings three books from home, that are no longer read or required, for our book stall. More information is in the poster above.
It is my pleasure to welcome all families to the 2018 school year. I hope your summer has been relaxing and enjoyable. I certainly hope that students are feeling refreshed and ready for a challenging and busy year. I extend an especially warm welcome to all of our new students and their families. You are coming to a special place. I urge you to make the most of every new opportunity here. I encourage all families to attend the important school events during Term 1 as these are wonderful opportunities to meet other families and to really feel part of the St Hilda’s community.