Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 4

Year 12 Geography students at Mt Cook
Year 12 Geography students at Mt Cook

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Staff Only Day/Queens Birthday Weekend

Friday 3 June is a Staff Only Day which means that school will be closed.  This day is to specifically help staff with planning and developing a learning culture for the 21st century.  The hostel will close at 5.00pm on Thursday 2 June and reopen at 3.00pm on Monday 6 June.

Alice Rowe from World Challenge came to assembly this week to talk to students about the 2017 World Challenge trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  Alice will next be presenting to parents at 5.00pm on Thursday 2 June in the Chapel.  Holding the presentation at this time allows boarder parents to attend as the hostel will be closing on the Thursday afternoon for Teacher Only Day and Queens Birthday Weekend.  World Challenge is open to students who will be in Year 11 – 13 in 2017.  If you can’t attend the presentation but would like to receive more information, please click here .

The Year 12 Geography girls are due back this afternoon from their trip to Mt Cook. This has been a fantastic way for the girls to experience the reality of what they are studying. They have had some wonderful experiences in some of the most interesting landscapes in the world

On Monday we have a number of girls attending National Young Leaders Day.  This will be a great opportunity for them to learn about leadership. Girls aged from Yr 8 to Yr 13 will be hearing some inspirational speakers, reflecting on their own leadership style, and then have the chance to contribute to our school community when they get back.

On Friday Mrs Murdoch is taking a group of keen writers to the Wellington Writer’s Festival. We look forward to reading some inspired pieces on their return.

Student Achievement

Olivia Finnie received a Highly Commended Award in the Dawn Ibbotson Essay Writing Competition on the relevance of feminism.

Catherine Davidson placed 2nd and Jamie MacKenzie placed 3rd in the Dunedin Poetry Competition.

Kate Bryant competed at the New Zealand Autumn National Springboard and Platform Diving Championships last week and qualified on the one and three metre and platform, and will represent New Zealand and St Hilda’s at the Australasian School Diving Championships in August.

The Otago Southland Relay was held in Milton yesterday.  In the individual senior girls race, Georgia Mitchell placed 2nd and Kate Higham placed 4th, and in the junior girls race, Cecilia Crooks placed 2nd.  In the girls senior relay, the St Hilda’s team of Georgia Mitchell, Suzie White, Olivia Gold and Kate Higham placed 1st and in the junior girls relay, the St Hilda’s team of Olivia Hall, Sophie Sinclair, Emily Hurdle and Cecilia Crooks placed 3rd.