Well done to all girls who were recently away representing St Hilda’s at the annual Winter Quad, hosted by St Margarets College. St Hilda’s placed 1st in Badminton, 2nd in Debating and Netball and 3rd in Hockey, placing us 1st equal over all.
Upcoming Event – Parent Seminar 7.00pm Monday 28 August
Looking over the Horizon: Learning, Young Women and Change We are lucky to be welcoming Professor Erica McWilliam to St Hilda’s on Monday 28 August. Erica is the Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education Queensland University of Technology and will be working with staff during the day and holding a parent seminar in the evening. She is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of pedagogy, with a particular focus on how teachers prepare young people for ‘over the horizon’ futures. Erica’s presentations are entertaining, challenging and informative and we are delighted that we have been able to secure a date when she could work with our staff and community. This is a seminar not to be missed!
More information on Erica’s seminar can be found here.
Welcome to term three, hopefully our girls had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday and enjoyed that snow day! We held a successful Open Evening last night and we must give credit to the girls who did a wonderful job in classrooms and around the school as tour guides. We have had positive feedback from prospective parents on how friendly the girls were.
It feels like just last week we were welcoming students back for the beginning of Term 2. Yesterday in Chapel Dr Townsley was pleased to be able to present Anglican Family Care with a cheque for $4500, the amount our whanaungatanga groups have managed to fundraise during the $5 challenge. This is an incredible effort and the girls can be extremely proud of themselves.
Good luck to students involved over the next few days in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships, the South Island Secondary Schools’ Netball Tournament and the Rugby Tournament in Oamaru.
We wish Laura Simpson and Alice Murphy all the best for their trip to Shanghai and Madeleine Whittaker for her time at the London International Science Youth Forum at the beginning of Term 3.
The term is quickly drawing to a close, it is hard to believe that holidays are nearly here. For those of you who are looking for something to do tonight, why don’t you come along to the Mid Winter Extravaganza, starting at 6.00pm in the chapel. There will be door sales, at $10 per adult ticket and $5 per student/child. Raffles will also be available to purchase with some great prizes on offer.
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.