Monthly Archives: March 2015

Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 8

Opening Ceremony at the Maadi Cup Regatta (Photo courtesy of Sharron Bennett Photography)
Dear Parents and Caregivers,Mrs Barron was pleased to be able to spend some time at Maadi Cup this week after attending a Principal’s Conference in Rotorua.  There are two B Finals being raced this afternoon and we look forward to giving you a full list of results next week.  We did win the banner competition, which was completed in the art room during lunchtimes.On Wednesday our first Arts Assembly was held.  This was organised by the Arts’ Prefects, Maddy Holmes and Madi Heyward, and featured a variety of performances.  These will be held once a term.  It was fantastic to see some of the talent we have at school.Ichikawa students are busy preparing for their farewell this evening.  Their visit has been successful and we wish them a safe journey home and as always it has been a pleasure to host them.A reminder to girls that formal uniform is required for our Easter Eucharistic Service which is taking place at 11.30am on Monday.

Interviews will be held next week:

Monday 30 March: Day Girl Interviews

4.00pm – 6.00pm

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Wednesday 1 April: Day Girl Interviews

7.00pm – 9.00pm

Thursday 2 April: Boarder Interviews

1.00pm – 3.00pm
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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 7

Ichikawa Students visiting Penguin Place, Harrington Point


Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week has certainly given us a taste of winter. Let’s hope we get some final days of summer.

It was good to see a number of you at the Wellbeing seminar last night. The presenters gave some excellent information around self esteem and resilience. Thanks to Marcelle Nader-Turner and Hazel Dey for organising this very valuable evening.

It has been great welcoming our visitors from Ichikawa. It is always a highlight of the year. They have been busy with English lessons, time with their buddies and getting to see some of the local attractions.

The Year 12 and 13 PE expeditions returned from very successful trips. They were very lucky with the weather and some great learning opportunities were captured.

In assembly this week Casey Brown (Yr12) spoke to the girls about a number of opportunities available through UN Youth. She shared her experiences when she was able to participate in the Pacific Project. I would encourage girls to look into programmes like this.

We had 5 students representing us at the Model United Nations last weekend. The girls enjoyed the opportunity to get a feel for how countries work together and the challenges involved.

We also heard from Claudia Sole who attended a dance course in Australia. It was interesting to hear of the challenges and rewards of this experience.

Our senior Biologists have been busy in the field this week with trips to Blueskin Bay and the Peninsular as part of their studies.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 6

Jordan Pannett and Alex Coker from the Crafty Critters Club giving poppies to Toitū Otago Settlers Museum


Year 12 and 13 students returned this afternoon from a successful trip to Abel Tasman.  We look forward to hearing how their week went.

On Tuesday evening we held a farewell evening for our guests from Global Public School.  The students put on wonderful performances for our homestay families and already feedback from all parties involved has been extremely positive.

Global Public School students performing at their farewell evening

On Sunday morning our sister school Ichikawa Gakuen arrive from Tokyo.  We have 13 girls attending this year and Kirstyn Mawdsley, International Director, has organised a busy programme filled with both education and tourism. 

Parent Seminar

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Parent Seminar – ‘Parenting for Success’ – next Thursday 19 March at 7.00pm in the school Chapel followed by tea and coffee.

Our guest speakers will be covering different aspects of adolescent wellbeing, with parents leaving with a “toolbox” of ideas and skills.  We are fortunate to be hearing from Nicola Atwood, Resilience expert and Past Principal Advisor to the Children’s Commissioner. Ali Hunter, Clinical Psychologist specialising in self-esteem issues with adolescents will share her knowledge and tips with us.

School Interview Site

School interviews will be held in the last week of Term 1.  The school interview booking site will open to parents on Tuesday March 24.  Details on how to access the interview site will be included in next week’s newsletter.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 5

Our visitors from Global Public School, India with Jackie Barron (Principal) and Kirstyn Mawdsley (Director of International Students)

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Our guests from Global Public School arrived last Sunday.  Eight students and two staff members have spent the week at St Hilda’s, attending classes as well as touring around Dunedin city.  Today they have spent time with Mrs Hanning taking part in ‘Kiwi Cooking’.  Their homestay families will farewell them at a ceremony on Tuesday night before they fly out of Dunedin on Wednesday morning.  It has been great to have them with us and we look forward to next year’s visit.

Jinny Jang – 2015 International Student Leader with Mrs Barron

Yesterday we held an International Chapel.  This was an opportunity for our new international students to introduce themselves to the school, and for Mrs Barron to introduce the 2015 International Student Leader – Jinny Jang.  Jinny is from South Korea and joined St Hilda’s in 2012 as a Year 10 student.

Tomorrow we have a student group participating in the Relay for Life.  A bake sale and purple mufti day have been held with all funds raised going towards this.

The PFA are meeting next Tuesday March 10 at 7:00 pm in the staffroom.  All parents are welcome to attend.

Good luck to students involved in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Rowing Championships being held at Lake Ruataniwha over the weekend.

Good luck to the girls competing in the Russell McVeagh Debating Competition.

Good luck to the girls playing in the Otago Volleyball Championships this weekend.

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