Whanaungatanga groups have been working all term to fundraise for Anglican Family Care. At the beginning of term, Anglican Family Care gave each group $5 and they’ve each thought of how they could fundraise with that $5. We’ve had sausage sizzles, porridge breakfasts in the archway, cupcake making and raffles. Yesterday a ‘Market Day’ was held for those groups who had items to sell. On Monday 3 July we will be holding our Founders’ Day Service and it will be then that each group give back to Anglican Family Care what they have raised. The girls have really enjoyed taking part in this.
Today the Student Council organised a Wacky Hair Day to help raise money to give to the Otago Boys Shave for a Cure team who are fundraising for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Today we farewelled Ms Kirstyn Mawdsley, our Director of International Students. Kirstyn is taking up a role as Marketing and Business Development Manager at John McGlashan College and we wish her well for this. Ms Angela Spears has been appointed to the Director of International Students position. Angela has been employed by the University of Otago since 2009, working as the Senior Student Support Officer at the Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year. Angela will start at St Hilda’s on Monday. Our Homestay Coordinator Nele Meers’ position has been restructured and she will have a larger role within the International Department.
We were pleased to be able to present Mrs Barron with flowers in Tuesday’s assembly, congratulating her on being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to sports governance and education. This is a wonderful achievement and she is thrilled that females in sport and education have been acknowledged.
Thank you to all who attended last night’s parent seminar. We hope you found the evening informative. As a school we really appreciate your support.
This week we welcomed guests from Colegio Concepcion Chiguayante, a high school in Chile. We are working through the process of arranging a student exchange programme with them, like the one we have with Durban Girls’ College in South Africa, St Hilda’s in Perth and our French exchange schools. On behalf of St Hilda’s, Mrs Maw signed a Memorandum of Agreement and we will now continue with the next stages in the planning process.
The Z Club hosted a successful Pink Ribbon breakfast this morning to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. The students planned all aspects of the breakfast themselves and invited Melissa Bell as their guest speaker. It was a lovely start to the day for those that were able to attend.
This week Mrs Maw and Dr Townsley, along with students Abbey Hawker and Tessa Woodhouse, attended the Anglican Schools’ Conference in Auckland. Sacristans Josie Cook and Maddie Guthrie did a wonderful job running Thursday’s Chapel in Dr Townsley’s absence.
The Year 12 Geography class had a successful field trip to Mt Cook, with the girls returning to school earlier on this afternoon.
Boarder Open Day was held yesterday and we were extremely lucky that the weather stayed fine for the duration. During the Chapel service, prospective parents were treated to wonderful performances by Nga Manu o Hira Tapu and Sings Hilda. Make sure you check out the school Facebook page where you can see Nga Manu o Hira Tapu performing Hareruia.
The Otago Regional Stage Challenge was held on Tuesday night. The girls have been planning and choreographing for the last few months and all of that hard work culminated in being awarded third place. St Hilda’s also received an Award of Excellence in the following categories:
Welcome to Term 2. It was great to start the term with valuable conversations about your daughter’s learning. The insights we all gain from these allow us to make the most of all learning opportunities.
The Arts Prefects did a great job of organising our end of term Arts Assembly which was held on Tuesday. We had a variety of performances, from singing to a dance performance. We also awarded the first Academic Double Blue to Amy Jones, recognising her achievement in being awarded Top Scholar in New Zealand for her scholarship submission in NCEA last year. Amy will be presented her award at a ceremony in Parliament next term.
I am delighted to inform you of the updates to our staff for term 2. We have appointed Miss Karla Dunn to the position of Teacher of Chemistry and Junior Science, following Mr Pacey’s resignation. Miss Dunn has taught Science and Chemistry at Papatoetoe High School and Porirua College. She is an enthusiastic, vibrant young woman with an Honors Degree in Chemistry and we look forward to welcoming her on to the St Hilda’s staff in Term 2.
Other staff changes taking place next term surround Mrs Barron’s sabbatical. Mr Daryl Shields will be taking Mrs Smith’s 9INTS class as she focuses on her Acting Assistant Principal duties and we welcome Mrs Ella Murdoch back who will be taking Mrs Smith’s Year 11 English class and Mrs Maw’s Year 13 English class, as well as her 9INTS class.