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

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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:

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Korari programme form – Interactive_090119

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Communication

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Our Phone System is up and running now. Thank you for your patience while this was resolved.

Start times
Year 7, 8 and 9 students’ first day is Monday, 28 January 2019.  The girls are to be at school at 1:30 pm in formal school uniform.  There is a Mihi Whakatau welcome, parents of these year levels are most welcome to attend, this is followed with some light refreshments.
Year 10 – 13 students’ first day is Tuesday, 29 January 2019, starting at 8:40 am.

Year 13 will leave for their Retreat at Tirohanga Camp at 9:00 am.

Confirmed dates can be found on our Parent Portal site http://parents.shcs.school.nz/
Under the heading Informational Links click on:
Click on the word Calendar and scroll through the months for confirmed dates.

Another useful link is at the top of the Parent Portal page – School Contacts, there you will find email addresses for absences, school fees enquiries, Deans and Guidance staff.

School Stationery for Year 7 & 8 will be given out on their first day and charged to your daughter’s school activities account.
 

Other Year levels may purchase their stationery from Office Max Online at https://www.myschool.co.nz – use St Hildas Collegiate as the school code.

School hours are:
Monday – Thursday 8:40 am to 3:25 pm

Friday – 8:40 am – 3:00 pm

Early next week you will receive your access code to see the personal details relating to your daughter such as absences, timetable, results.

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.

Weekly News Term 4|Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

I was fortunate to spend a day at the Tautuku Lodge this week, with the Year 10 cohort on their camp. It is a wonderful facility and our girls are so lucky to be able to enjoy the experience of the Catlins bush, the beach, the mud and the challenges. I remember going on camp there when I was at secondary school – so the Lodge has been part of students’ outdoor education for a very long time! My memories are still vivid – the fun of the mud run, the fear and then the exhilaration of completing the abseil, and the beauty of the beach. None of this has changed. What a wonderfully timeless landscape, that has provided valuable learning opportunities for generations, and it was very special to see the girls having as much fun as I did all those years ago.

We will enjoy having all our juniors back on the campus next week, as we build towards the Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 25th November at 5.00pm. We look forward to having all our students and their families come together for this truly festive celebration.

Jackie Barron


Orders for the St Hilda’s Chronicle are being taken now!

This year’s school magazine contains over 150 pages of photos and memories from 2018. The cost is $40.

The Chronicle will be ready for your daughter to collect at the conclusion of Prize Giving on Wednesday, 5 December. Alternatively, copies can be collected from the school office or posted home.

Could you please complete the online form below or pick up an order form from the school office to order your daughter(s) copy of the Chronicle. Multiple copies may be ordered. The Chronicle will be charged to the school account.

Please note, there will be no door sales of the magazine on Prize Giving night. We are now only printing the number of magazines that are pre-ordered to avoid unnecessary wastage.

Orders can be made until 3pm, Friday 16 November.

Click here to order the 2018 St Hilda’s Chronicle

Kind regards,
The St Hilda’s Chronicle Committee


Key Dates for Term 4 – Monday 15th October – 5th December 2018

Sunday 25 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm
Tuesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – 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.


Marae Trip

Next Tuesday and Wednesday the Year 9s will be travelling out to the Ōtākou Marae for an overnight visit.  Parents are reminded that if you haven’t already returned your daughter’s permission slip, please do so by Monday.


This week, Years 7-9  investigated and considered a new passion. The aim was to get them to think and construct a product linked to something new that has piqued their interest, but they’d like to know more or try it out.

Below are just a few examples.

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Tolcarne News

Tolcarne was buzzing last night with the sleepover of our 2019 Year 9 students. They arrived at 5 pm to get a glimpse of life at Tolcarne. The current Year 9 students were eager to take them under their wings, show them around and get to know them. Learning names was the challenge of the night, but I am sure we got there with all the name games and fun that was had!
We are so looking forward to welcoming the 33 new students into Tolcarne next year! We hope you had fun!


Guidance

NCEA exam session is now upon us and it is important to support your daughter to maintain healthy study and life habits during this time. Click here for ‘Seven steps to stop NCEA study stress’


Chapel Matters

While the seniors are on study leave, and the Year 10 students are at Camp, the rest of the Juniors have been working away on Passion Projects. Rather than simply meaning something we enjoy, the word “passion” comes from the Latin word “passio” which means to suffer, to endure pain, or to submit to pain, and to experience something so deeply you can be emotionally overwhelmed by it.

In the church, the main association with the word “passion” is to do with Jesus.

The intense emotional and physical suffering he went through at Easter is called the Passion of Christ. From his betrayal by a friend Judas, his desperate prayer asking God to prevent what was coming, his arrest and beating by the soldiers, the denial by Peter, another friend, his carrying of the cross through the streets,  and the humiliation and agony of crucifixion, Jesus went through the whole range of emotional and physical suffering.

Our passion projects this week might not have been quite at the level that they involved physical and emotional suffering, but plenty of students were emotionally and physically invested in what they did which was great to see!


Past and Present Student Achievement

It is great to see such a big representation of past and present St Hilda’s girls playing for the Otago Sparks Cricket team.

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As reported in the ODT – “The Otago Sparks might want to consider changing their name to the St Hilda’s Collegiate XI.

The Sparks team for the back-to-back one-dayers against Wellington at the Basin Reserve this weekend has been named and it features eight past or present pupils of the school.

St Hilda’s has traditionally provided a good core of the squad, but eight must be some kind of record. Polly Inglis will captain the side in the absence of Martin and will be joined in the squad by former St Hilda’s pupils Caitlin Blakely, Bella James and twins Georgia and Kate Heffernan.

Olivia Gain, Emma Black and Eden Carson are current pupils at the school and get their chance in the absence of the White Ferns.”

Good luck for your upcoming games this weekend 🏏


Ichikawa visit March 2019 – request for Homestay families

As you are aware each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashan hosts students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short-term visit.  We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa School will be visiting us again Monday 11 – Saturday 23 March 2019.

We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival.  Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.
Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students before Christmas.
Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position to open 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 also make contact.

Contact details:
Roberta Lawrence – Homestay Coordinator at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.
homestay@shcs.school.nz
03 477 0989   /  021 433321


School Canteen

The last day for the Canteen is Friday 23 November.


Timelapse Video – St Hilda’s Arts Building

The new building is really coming along. You can access our timelapse video by clicking on the link below.

Support needed for vulnerable teens fundraiser.

Madeleine Whittaker, a recent old girl of the school, is walking 1400km on the South Island section of the Te Araroa trail (from Bluff to the Marlborough Sounds). She is raising money for the Outward Bound Trust which will be used to give vulnerable teens scholarships to attend a course. She decided to raise money for Outward Bound after attending one of the Mind, Body and Soul courses in January 2018 and finding it hugely beneficial.
If you wish to contribute please click on the following link:  https://obchampion.everydayhero.com/nz/madeleine

Annually a number of St Hilda’s students attend these very worthwhile courses.


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 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

There are times in an educators life when you see engaging, interactive, collaborative meaningful and relevant learning, all come together and your heart just sings.

While I know this can happen any day, in any classroom, and frequently does, it is not often that it happens across the whole school, all at once, but that is exactly what it has looked like at St Hilda’s for the last three days. We have not had a timetable, we have not had any bells, we have not had any set classes, but we have had our girls all working in different programmes, to their own structures and patterns, and the learning has been incredible.

The Year 7 & 8s have been working on rotations of modular subjects, and many of their parents will have already sampled some of the products of their creativity! The Year 9’s have been engaging with The Travellers Journey – a wellbeing and health programme designed to enhance resilience, empathy and mental wellbeing. The Rich Task for the year 10s has been a cross curricular physiology programme combining Digital Technology, Maths, Science and Physical Education. Watching different groups, interacting with students, chatting to them as they reflect on their learning, you cannot help but be warmed by their sense of excitement, purpose and curiosity as they grappled with problems, issues, and ideas. How lucky are we to have such dedicated and innovative staff who have planned, developed and implemented these very exciting programmes? How lucky are our girls to have these amazing opportunities? It takes a lot of time, thought and planning for flexible learning programmes to be so successful, and the outcomes so positive, and I for one, am so grateful to be part of a community that makes learning like that happen.

 

Jackie Barron


Key Dates for Term 4 – Monday 15th October – 5th December 2018

Monday 12-16 November – Year 10 Camp
Sunday 25 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm

Tuesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum
Wednesday 5 December – Prize Giving – Edgar Centre, students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5 pm start.


Next week, Years 7-9 will be taking a week to investigate and consider a new passion. The aim is to get them to think and construct a product linked to something new that has piqued their interest, but they’d like to know more or try it out. They need to join the google classroom, Projects of Passion Week; code: 46g0wk8 where there is an inquiry workbook for them to use as a guide and a record of their thinking and learning.

On Monday, they will have the opportunity to find out about some teacher’s passions and experience some new avenues hopefully outside their comfort zones. We hope they will have lots to talk to you about.

Friday will be an Expo of their inquiry outcomes in the Chapel to which you are more than welcome. This will take place from 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm.

For the week, students can wear St Hilda’s school PE gear school PE top, shorts or track pants, warm up top or jacket. NOT MUFTI please. They are at school.

Sustained silent reading.
This is continuing through Passion Project week. Please bring your reading book each day for SSR at the start of period 4.


Reports

This year we have made changes to how we report on your daughter’s learning to ensure that reports are appropriate, useful and timely. We were very aware that the paragraph comment based report was slow to produce, often out of date by the time you received it and did not easily allow for specific next steps. Because of this, comments were often generalised statements, with limited relevance.

The final report for the year will be a record of your daughters learning for the year. This will include a comment from her Whanaungatanga teacher which will give you an overview of her year’s learning.

Throughout the year we have communicated through Learning Conversations which allow a three-way conversation with the teacher, student and parent, Interim Reports which focussed on learning behaviours and Progress Reports which gave specific next steps for your daughters learning.

These reports when combined give an accurate and timely overview of your daughter’s learning dispositions, next steps and progress.


Guidance

NCEA exam session is now upon us and it is important to support your daughter to maintain healthy study and life habits during this time. Click here for ‘Seven steps to stop NCEA study stress’


Chapel Matters

Last week I talked about Halloween (“Hallows Evening”), so this week I thought I would talk about the day which follows: All Saints Day (“All Hallows Day”). I wonder what kind of person you think of when you think of a saint? A saint is a holy (or “hallowed”) person, someone whose whole life is committed to serving God and to serving others. We might think of someone like St Hilda, St Francis, or St Patrick, or Mother Theresa who was recognised as a saint by the Catholic church in 2016. Or perhaps we think of St Mary Mackillop who is the only saint from Australia; the Catholic church hasn’t recognised any saints from NZ – yet!

These saints are pretty special and we can call them saints with a capital “S.” But in reality, we are surrounded by lots of saints – people all around us in our lives who are really kind, who go out of their way to help us, who show by their actions their love for us, their love for others, and their love for God. They might not be saints with a capital “S” but they are definitely saints! Our school is named after a wonderful saint, St Hilda with a capital “S” who lived a long time ago, but our school is full right now with lots of saints, saints with a small “s” for really, we are All Saints!


Student Achievement

Congratulations to Holly Bissett who has been accepted into the National Computer Science School for January 2019. Holly was invited based upon her perfect score in the NCSS challenge earlier this year. I have included some information below about NCSS.
What is NCSS?

The National Computer Science School (NCSS) is a ten day summer school for students going into years 11 and 12. NCSS brings together talented young people from around Australia for an intensive course of computer programming and website development in the School of IT at the University of Sydney.


Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected into Otago Touch Teams

Otago U14
Demi McAlwee
Luana Ashton 

Otago Under 16
Ruby Williams
Ally Ward 
Denielle Ferguson 
Sarah Langsbury 
Jaymee Meffan 

Gemma Rowcroft

Otago U18
Beryn Abbott
Savannah Cleland
Olivia George
Jaide Dixon
Annie Timu
Millie Scully 


Ichikawa visit March 2019 – request for Homestay families

As you are aware each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashan hosts students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short-term visit.  We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa School will be visiting us again Monday 11 – Saturday 23 March 2019.

We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival.  Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.

Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students before Christmas.

Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position to open 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 also make contact.

Contact details:
Roberta Lawrence – Homestay Coordinator at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.
homestay@shcs.school.nz
03 477 0989   /  021 433321


Orders for the St Hilda’s Chronicle are being taken now!

This year’s school magazine contains over 150 pages of photos and memories from 2018. The cost is $40.

The Chronicle will be ready for your daughter to collect at the conclusion of Prize Giving on Wednesday, 5 December. Alternatively, copies can be collected from the school office or posted home.

Could you please complete the online form below or pick up an order form from the school office to order your daughter(s) copy of the Chronicle. Multiple copies may be ordered. The Chronicle will be charged to the school account.

Please note, there will be no door sales of the magazine on Prize Giving night. We are now only printing the number of magazines that are pre-ordered to avoid unnecessary wastage.

Orders can be made until 3pm, Friday 16 November.

Click here to order the 2018 St Hilda’s Chronicle

Kind regards,
The St Hilda’s Chronicle Committee


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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.