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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 6

A Note from The Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Today is International Women’s day. It is a day when we celebrate women who support and assist other women to live their lives fully, get an education and have purposeful work.

Z Club display for International Women’s Day

I think this is fitting as we acknowledged the young women who take on the leadership roles within their areas of interest and passion as Sport and Cultural Liaisons this week in assembly. There are a lot of different leadership positions here at school, and I encourage all the girls to offer to contribute and help others, especially if they have some knowledge or expertise, or just love a sport or arts activity. The more people we have giving, serving and getting others involved, the better we all will be and the stronger our community. We all benefit from all of them putting your hand up and saying – I’d like to help.

 This year the slogan for International Women’s Day is about balance. A balanced world, where genders are treated equally – is better for everyone

The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world. We have the chance to be part of that world – lead it, develop it and stand up for others who have not had our opportunities, our education, our privileges.

Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.

I borrowed a book recently, that told the amazing story of an inspirational and passionate young woman who helped others to make the most of their talent. A young woman who went from South Auckland to the world stage, and took her friends with her.

Parris Goebel was 15 when she left school and set up her first Dance crew “Request”.

She did not enjoy school, struggled to sit in class, and was disengaged from learning. She felt different to everyone else. Of Samoan, Chinese and Scottish descent she hated her uncontrollable curly hair, her skin colour, she was curvy, not skinny, bigger than everyone else. Teased and bullied throughout primary and secondary school for the way she looked, she didn’t like herself, and at 13 was lonely, sad, and insecure. By her own admission she went to a dark place and suffered from depression.

Her Dad saw that she was unhappy, wasting her time – and so he encouraged her to leave school, find something else to do, and really she never looked back.

At 15 she was a school drop out, unemployed for a year, a bit lost. She said “To have all this talent and drive, but also so many mind battles and insecurities was something I had to really work through.”

Then she found an avenue for her love of dance and creativity. Hip Hop. She started a dance crew, found a place to train, and committed herself totally to her dream. Two years later she and her crews had won a world championship, and would go on to win many more.  At 19 she was asked to choreograph Jennifer Lopez’s hit “I’m going’ in”

She was a star, asked to choreograph performances for American Idol, Cirque de Soliel, Dancing with the Stars America, and working with stars such as Rhianna, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Little Mix

She had found an outlet for her talents, she worked harder than she had ever worked in her life, and she was happy.  She had also built up a strong group of young men and women in her dance crews, who she had known since her South Auckland days and when she was asked to choreograph routines and videos, she took her mates with her. She taught them new moves, had high expectations for them, nurtured them and challenged them, and they all got better together.

And then her really, really big break. Choreographing all the videos for Justin Beiber’s new album “Purpose”.

Choreographed, filmed and produced under incredible time pressure, “Sorry”, filmed in NZ, with a white background, in a tiny shed, using all the girls from her own dance crews, became one of the most watched music videos ever.

Parris is now one of the most respected choreographers in the world, and she has never stopped learning and working hard. She said” If I want to do something, I learn, study it, and practise it until I am experienced enough to do it well. You have to be comfortable about being a beginner. I love learning and I love the feeling of growing and getting better. Its ok to feel dumb and uncoordinated, that feeling doesn’t last forever. You don’t have to be good at the outset to succeed at something, just passionate. Every expert was once a student.”

Funny really, for a woman who now says that keeping learning is one of the things that really drives her and she loves helping and teaching others, that she had such a rough time at school.  She loves learning, but doesn’t love school. I get that, and I am sure many of your daughters do too.  Don’t let school and assessment and others expectations get in the way of their passions and their learning.

From a sad, scared, insecure teenager to one of Forbes Magazines most influential women in the world, named Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015, and still only 27 years old, Parris Goebel is a leader who guides others and looks after her team. She knows that balance makes for a better world. She still isn’t skinny, but she’s got her hair under control, she is comfortable in her own skin and she is proud of her Samoan heritage, of who she is, where she comes from, and what she has achieved.

“Black sheep, pink sheep, blue sheep
whatever you are
Just be you”

  Parris

 


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.


Interim Reports on Learning

Interim Reports on Learning were emailed home yesterday.  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 has been sent out.


Guidance

Netsafe have recently updated their online safety resources for New Zealand parents. This includes a new downloadable parent guide to Instagram. Click here to access these resources.

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.


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.


Tolcarne News

On Thursday night some of our Year 9’s and 10’s went to the JMC social and had a great time!
Last weekend we had a group of girls give a silk class a go! They had lots of fun as they swung from the ceiling trying lots of different poses.


The Ugly Shakespeare Company Visit – the Taming of The Shrew.

Ugly Shakespeare visited last Friday with their entertaining, high energy, provocative performance to The Taming of the Shrew.  We laughed, clapped, and at the end, shocked into silence. The play is still ‘the thing’ to get a message across.

As one of the most controversial of Shakespeare’s plays, we were a bit hesitant as to what to expect.

We should not have worried. The all-female cast – in itself an irony considering the male-dominated actor’s world of the 17th Century – entertained, provoked and educated us for an hour.

It began with a brief life and times of the bard, before entering the world of Katherina and Bianca, the former a  headstrong, obdurate shrew, abhorring all men, the latter, curtailed by her father’s edict of never being able to marry before her older sister, Katherina. At its simplest, it is the lure of money that entices Petruchio tino tame Katerina into his wife, and when he marries her, allows Bianca’s wedding to take place too.

But it the ‘how’ of the transformation of Katerina that is unsettling, with abuse, bullying, starvation as tools in Petrichio’s subjugation. Problematic in the extreme, especially when at the end, in her final speech, she places her hand beneath his foot – what a metaphor!  Ugly Shakespeare, with an all-female cast, in the era of #metoo, fight for equality and emancipation would they leave it at that?

And no, they did not. The students were challenged with think about the plat through different lenses. It does portray the life of women in the 17th century, which unsettling though it is, shows how far rights of and for women have come. But then, we were reminded that still today, women in some countries, are still not equal in status or treatment. And shamefully, that in the OECD, New Zealand still has one of the highest rates of domestic violence.

So, as with any text, it allows the audience to see humanity in all its many diverse manifestations and allows us to comment on whether we have become better or still have a way to go. And, also, to enjoy an entertaining and captivating performance.


Abel Tasman National Park Trip

In week 5, the St Hilda’s Year 12 PE and Outdoor Ed classes went on an expedition to the Abel Tasman National Park.

The girls are challenged in many ways throughout the week, whether it be sea kayaking or tramping with a back pack for the first time or simply sleeping in a tent. The kayaking was interesting at times with rolling seas but the girls learnt the value of working together to keep the kayaks moving. The hikers walked together, keeping an eye on others in the group and gaining an understanding of social responsibility. The weather was fantastic for the entire week with sunshine and balmy temperatures.

We would like to thank our fantastic parents, Jan Johnstone and David Kinney for spending the week with us.


Chapel Matters

 

This week we celebrated Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. These days trace their history back 100s of years and mark the beginning of the season of Lent, the period of 40 days leading up to Easter. The story goes that about 40 days before Easter, Jesus started on a journey to Jerusalem with his disciples, a journey that would end with his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Jesus also had another 40 day time of reflection, but this was right at the start of his ministry, after his baptism. Jesus took 40 days to spend alone in the desert, praying and fasting, and when he was at his lowest, facing three temptations. During our Ash Wednesday service we watched a 5min video about this “time out” which you might like to watch too:


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.

 

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 if 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


 

Weekly News 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 1|Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

It was wonderful to see all the colour and enthusiasm on display for our Athletic Sports. The weather was kind to us and there was some great competition through the day. The Year 12 girls set the standard with their excellent cheerleading routines.

Nelson
Havelock
Lawrence
Wellington

It was good to see a number of Year 7, 9 and 11 parents on Tuesday night at the meet the Dean evening. It was a good opportunity to touch base early in the year.

A reminder that girls who intend to drive to school at any time need to complete the Students Driving to School permission form. This is available from the student office.

Please also remind your daughters that they must  sign out when leaving the school grounds and also sign back in when they return.

Good luck to the girls who are competing at the Touch National Tournament.

Summer Quad  17 -19 February

After a very enjoyable Winter Quadrangular Tournament in August last year it is now our turn to host the annual Summer Quadrangular Tournament at the beginning of week 4 in term 1 2019. The Summer Quad Tournament is played between St Hilda’s, Rangi Ruru, St Margaret’s and Craighead Diocesan, and involves the sports of Touch, Debating, Volleyball, Tennis and Swimming.

The tournament is taking place from Sunday 17th February – Tuesday 19th February and will require billet families to host girls from St Margaret’s, Rangi Ruru and Craighead on the Sunday and Monday evening, along with providing dinner on the Sunday evening, and lunch and dinner on Monday.

We need billet families for around 120 students and will require the support of the families of girls who are not directly involved in the quadrangular tournament themselves to host this number of girls. We would greatly appreciate it if you were able to accommodate these girls into your homes as they do for us. This tournament is unable to go ahead without the generous support of our St Hilda’s community hosting students from these traveling schools. Girls being hosted do not need their own room, unlike some other exchanges we have, so room sharing is more than acceptable in these circumstances.

Please indicate on via the link below if you are able to assist with billeting.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevwtuUOhVzmV8DFgYzx7x32v-6IX1TwxriF1PJ8WmMNiR9yw/viewform

Chapel Matters

This week we had an oasis in the middle with Waitangi Day! But the history of Waitangi Day has hardly been restful or refreshing.

In the Bible, the relationship between people and God is often described in terms of a treaty – although the word that is often used is a covenant or testament – an agreement based on promises between two parties. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish people promise to love God and keep the law, and God promises to protect the people and bless them. But all the way through the Scriptures, the people constantly break the Law – their Treaty with God – and as a result their relationship with God is broken.

Christians believe that Jesus offers a new covenant, a new treaty, a new testament between all people and God. This time it is not about keeping the law, but it is about God promising to forgive every injustice or broken promise, to heal every damaged relationship, and to bring restoration and reconciliation between people and each other, and between people and God, simply because God loves us and shows us this love in Jesus.

This is a powerful message, and in a nation which is founded on principles of partnership, equity, justice and restoration, this message of the gospel adds further depth to the importance of honouring the Treaty – Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Tolcarne News

Tolcarne had their first Tribe Competition this week. We had each tribe create and perform a chant. They were all so good that we had to give 20 points to each house just for their enthusiasm. Baxter took it out with their variations in noise and action. Go Baxter!
We also had our Tribe Leader voting. Congratulations to the Year 13’s who were successful:

Grendon: Caitlin Henderson and Sophie Dempster
Baxter: Charlotte O’Brien and Sophie Conner
Highgate: Emily White and Eden Carson
Faulkland: Sophie Sinclair and Amelia Andrews

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

Achievement

Check out this  feature in the NZ Cricket Newsletter on Neil Rosenberg and the girls

 

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 1

Welcome to 2019

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

It is the beginning of a new year. We love having everyone back, seeing the familiar faces, how much some have grown, and the new faces – thinking how cool it is that they have decided to be a St Hilda’s girl. Our school is full with noise and laughter and the occasional screams. It feels like a new beginning.

Everyone looks relaxed, sun kissed, ready for the challenges of 2019. Congratulations to the seniors for their great exam results. We are proud of all, regardless of individual results. They gave it their best, that is all we can, and do, ask of them. I hope the students are looking forward to challenging themselves further this year, looking to the horizons, smiling as they go.

Some of you are new families – and we welcome you into our community. It is great to have you with us. We hope you enjoy our school as much as we do. This is a safe and inclusive place, and we want your daughters to enjoy being themselves here. Try new things, but they don’t have to try everything. Take it easy – look and learn. Seek first to understand, pace themselves. They have years ahead to experience all that St Hilda’s has to offer.

This year we are pleased to welcome our new staff. Mr Sutherland is Head of Performing Arts, Mr Potter will be teaching Music and Social Studies, Mr Armstrong will be teaching Technology, Mr Elwood will be teaching Mathematics and Te Reo, Miss Geary will be teaching Dance and Drama and Ms Paterson is our Science Technician.

We are absolutely delighted to have such excellent practitioners and experts in their respective fields. We are very lucky to have them and I know you will make them feel welcome

My message this week to the girls was around the importance of having the strength, courage and self belief to stand up for themselves and what they believe in. As a society we cannot afford to have our young women not be themselves and follow their dreams. Give a girl an education and the income of the village improves. Educate women and the economy of a society improves. Put women on the board of big companies and their profit and performance improves. The world improves.

So we need all of you – we need you to be you, to be individual, to think and act and be different to others, so we can all learn from each other. NO point in all being the same. The school you go to, where you live, the uniform you wear does NOT define you – how you act, how you treat others, how kind you are to yourself – that is what makes you who you are.

And if we shrink it right down to a really personal level, we need everyone in this school community to be able to be themselves. That’s staff, students, board members, parents, everyone – so that as a school we can be even stronger.

Jackie Barron

Summer Quad  17 -19 February

After a very enjoyable Winter Quadrangular Tournament in August last year it is now our turn to host the annual Summer Quadrangular Tournament at the beginning of week 4 in term 1 2019. The Summer Quad Tournament is played between St Hilda’s, Rangi Ruru, St Margaret’s and Craighead Diocesan, and involves the sports of Touch, Debating, Volleyball, Tennis and Swimming.

The tournament is taking place from Sunday 17th February – Tuesday 19th February and will require billet families to host girls from St Margaret’s, Rangi Ruru and Craighead on the Sunday and Monday evening, along with providing dinner on the Sunday evening, and lunch and dinner on Monday.

We need billet families for around 120 students and will require the support of the families of girls who are not directly involved in the quadrangular tournament themselves to host this number of girls. We would greatly appreciate it if you were able to accommodate these girls into your homes as they do for us. This tournament is unable to go ahead without the generous support of our St Hilda’s community hosting students from these traveling schools. Girls being hosted do not need their own room, unlike some other exchanges we have, so room sharing is more than acceptable in these circumstances.

Please indicate on via the link below if you are able to assist with billeting.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevwtuUOhVzmV8DFgYzx7x32v-6IX1TwxriF1PJ8WmMNiR9yw/viewform

Key Dates coming up

Athletics Sports Tuesday 5th February – Caledonian Grounds. Students to arrive by 8:30am for roll call in Whanaungatanga Groups.

Meet the Deans evening Tuesday 5th February from 5:50pm – for Years &, 8, 9 and 11 parents.

Class and Group photos – Friday 8th February

 

Chapel Matters

Our first chapel of the year is Prefects’ Commissioning. The Prefect system at St Hilda’s started in 1906 and the girls still say many of the same words that were spoken back then. For example, when they affirm their promise to set a high standard of honour and uprightness in the school by their example, they respond:

I do, God being my helper.

In this day and age of high stress and anxiety, of pressure and uncertainty, it can be hard to manage these things if we feel it is all up to us to do it. Our strong Western sense of individuality can make us feel as if we have to work through these things alone. But of course, we have friends, family, and others to support us – and we need to remember to ask for help! But the Christian faith also says that God is with us at every moment of every day, and we can call on God for help too.

At the end of the year, at Leavers’ Service, one of the readings is from Psalm 121, and it begins like this:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth …

It is good to know that something bigger than us, and outside of our own abilities and thoughts, is available to us at any moment of the day or night, to give us guidance, strength, peace, hope, and a sense of being valued. As the Prefects say at their Commissioning, may we all say: “I do, God being my helper.”

2019 Prefects

Tolcarne News

First week at the hostel has been amazing especially with the sunny weather. There has been lots of swimming, volleyball and laughter.  The year 9’s as a group have been supporting each other and as expected there have been a few experiencing the feeling of homesickness but it is lovely to see the older girls offering their support and advice.  Our year 13’s had a fantastic and inspirational leaders dinner with Justine Troy as our guest speaker.  Justine shared her pearls of wisdom with warmth and humour; her message was very clear. “If it hasn’t been done before it doesn’t mean it can’t be done and if it has been done before and done a certain way it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it a different way.
Year 13 with their buddies
Achievement

Athletics results

We had 6 girls competing at the NZSS Athletics Championships here in Dunedin over the weekend which saw some impressive results with Sarah Langsbury gaining a gold in the Junior 80m Hurdles and Silver in the Junior 300m Hurdles, Georgie Jessop also placed 6th in the Senior Girls Javelin and the Senior Road race place a very commendable 5th. Sarah Langsbury’s results mean she presently is a world ranked athlete in U18 100m Hurdles which is a very impressive achievement.

Touch – The touch teams competed in the NZSS tournament over the summer break and are 9th in NZ.

Nicola Post, Anna Hutchens, Issie Robertson, Evie Rose Grace and Stephanie Post have been accepted into the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences’ Global STEM Alliance (GSA) STEM U mentoring program.

The New York Academy of Sciences is one of the country’s oldest and most widely respected scientific organisations. These girls will be working with a mentor assigned by the Academy on coursework emphasising, leadership, communication, and critical thinking. They will also network with a group of peers and STEM professionals on a virtual platform.

Holly Bissett was accepted into the National Computer Science School for January 2019.   She was invited based upon her perfect score in the NCSS challenge earlier this year.

Congratulations to Breane Byck who has been selected by NZIHF to Represent and play for NZ in the National U16 Ice Hockey Team. The team is heavily weighted with boys so to be named as goalie on the squad is a very impressive achievement.

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.