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