Fair collections are going well and the girls are enjoying having the chance to wear mufti. Next week we are collecting for tombola – more details are available in the poster above.
Monday 5 March will be a Teacher Only Day for all Otago secondary schools, therefore St Hilda’s will be closed for instruction. A ‘Jumbo Day’ is being held to provide professional development to all teaching staff.
Should you have any difficulties with childcare for your daughter(s) on 5 March, we can offer limited supervision for the day in Rooms 109 and 110. If you need this supervision for your daughter, please contact Karen Mowat in the school office by the end of school Thursday 1 March.
Tolcarne will close on Friday 2 March at 5.00pm and reopen on Monday 5 March at 3.00pm. If you have any difficulties with the hostel being closed Friday 2 – Monday 5 March, please contact Ange Rathbone at Tolcarne to discuss further.
Our school fair is on the 17th March. Fair preparations are well under way and next week sees the first major collection. Each Wednesday, leading up to the fair will be a mufti day and instead of a gold coin donation, we ask that students bring items for the Fair – to help us build excitement and enthusiasm for the event, but also to help bring in the goods required to make it a roaring success. Next week we are asking that each student brings three books from home, that are no longer read or required, for our book stall. More information is in the poster above.
It is my pleasure to welcome all families to the 2018 school year. I hope your summer has been relaxing and enjoyable. I certainly hope that students are feeling refreshed and ready for a challenging and busy year. I extend an especially warm welcome to all of our new students and their families. You are coming to a special place. I urge you to make the most of every new opportunity here. I encourage all families to attend the important school events during Term 1 as these are wonderful opportunities to meet other families and to really feel part of the St Hilda’s community.
Please note that Thursday 7 December is the last day of school for 2017. Students may come to school in mufti as it is a clean up day and we require uniforms to be kept neat and tidy for Prize Giving. Following the clean up, students will be bussed to the More FM Arena for Prize Giving practice. They will be released for the day from the More FM Arena between 11.15am – 11.30am. Please notify us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org your daughter needs to return to St Hilda’s by bus. Once she returns to school she will then be free to leave for the afternoon. We ask that all students arrive in immaculate uniform at the More FM Arena by 4.45pm on Thursday 7 December so that everyone is seated in order for the event to start at 5.00pm.
Junior students have been busy involved in one day sports tournaments this week, participating in water polo, tennis, volleyball and touch. For the volleyball girls it was good preparation as they get ready to head into the Junior South Island Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Tournament next week, and we wish them well for this.
The girls enjoyed putting their completed Curiosity Projects on display for staff and parents yesterday. The curiosity week was a great chance to hone their skills at finding information that could satisfy their curiosity. It was fascinating to see the range of curious topics the girls had investigated. We received really positive feedback from the students – they enjoyed being able to work on their own projects in their own time and having the ability to work with other year levels.