This has been an incredibly busy term – Summer Quad, production auditions, the fair (which seems like an age ago!), but all the events add up to a richly rewarding and exciting school. Thank you for all your support of the girls, learning initiatives and opportunities that take place here. Even though we are heading into the holidays the fun does not stop!
The Vietnam group departed on Tuesday evening and have enjoyed their first couple of days there. The girls have been on a cyclo tour around the old part of Hanoi and visited a water puppet theatre and are looking forward to the experiences coming up over the next two weeks.
We had a wonderful range of performances at Wednesday’s Arts Assembly. It is great to see the talent that our girls have and I congratulate all who took part. They showed courage to perform in front of their peers and it was wonderful to see the positive and warm response they received from their appreciative and respectful audience.
The netball Senior A team left today to attend a tournament in Christchurch and we wish them well for this.
Mrs Kruger has resigned from her position as HOD Languages for family reasons. Ms Ruth Allot will be the HOD Languages for the remainder of the year and Ms Sofie Jacobs and Mrs Nikki Holtz will be taking over Mrs Kruger’s classes, although she will be maintaining contact with the school, through the Year 11 French class. We have valued and appreciated Mrs Kruger’s contribution to teaching and learning. She has been a passionate and committed teacher and HOD and I know St Hilda’s will hold a special place in her heart. We wish her all the best for the future.
The past week has been a busy one with students away at Maadi, Waterpolo Championships and the New Zealand Schools’ Triathlon. Results from these events are posted below in student achievement. There are still crews participating in one A and three B finals at Maadi tomorrow and we wish them luck for these final races. Good luck also to students involved in Otago Primary Schools’ Swimming Champs tomorrow.
The St Hilda’s Cross Country is to be held next Tuesday. A briefing paper has been sent to students, and parents can view it here.
The Vietnam trip departs next Tuesday afternoon. The girls will no doubt be excited and counting the days. We wish the group a safe and enjoyable journey.
The Arts Prefects have been busy planning the school’s first Arts Assembly of the year. It will take place next Wednesday at 12.00pm – there is always a wonderful assortment of items and it is always great to see the talent that our girls have.
Welcome back to the last weeks of term. I trust you had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter Weekend.
An email was sent to parents last week regarding next term’s Learning Conversations (previously Parent/Teacher Interviews). An interim report will be emailed to parents at the end of Term 1 and Learning Conversations will be held between parents, students and teachers on Monday 2 May. This day will be a Teacher Only Day, with interviews taking place from 11.00am onwards. Girls are not required to attend class but will be expected to attend the Learning Conversations as booked. Uniform is not required for the Learning Conversations. Classes for Term 2 will begin for all students at 8.40am on Tuesday 3 May. The interview booking site will open on Monday 11 April and remain open until Friday 29 April. The link and password will be posted in next week’s newsletter.
Mrs Barron is attending a Principal’s Conference early next week and hopes to support girls at the rowing, waterpolo and triathlon as time and competition permits. Good luck to all students participating in tournaments next week.
There is a PFA meeting next Tuesday in the staffroom at 7.00pm.
Abbey Johnston, Olivia O’Neill, Jess Faulks and Biddy Johnstone have been invited to the U18 New Zealand Touch Trials in October.
Beryn Abbott has been invited to the New Zealand Elite Touch Youth Academy at the end of the year – this is a training camp for players who only just miss out on making New Zealand teams.
Annabel Bilkey, Grace Cotter and Emma Andrew participated in the Otago Schools’ Triathlon in Cromwell on Wednesday and placed first in the Year 8 Girls’ Team Event.
Super 15 Rugby Tickets
Hawkins Construction have kindly donated a number of corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. We have tickets available for the following games:
Friday 22 April – Highlanders vs Sharks
Friday 13 May – Highlanders vs Crusaders
Saturday 16 July – Highlanders vs Chiefs
The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas. Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Extra tickets may be available and as such could be a good opportunity for business owners or managers to take their staff or clients out in an affordable way. The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in school camps and sports trips.
The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game. Please email Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.