Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 3

The St Hilda’s A Basketball team played a friendly match against Craighead before the beginning of Quad and won 74-39.

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Last night we held our final Parent Seminar.  We have had outstanding support and attendance at both the boarder and day girl seminars and it is greatly appreciated.  The positive feedback we have received so far has been affirming. As we said at the presentation “we are all in this together” and it is humbling and gratifying, to know that we all belong to such a caring, committed and positive community

A successful Winter Quad was hosted by Columba College this week.  St Hilda’s placed 1st in Debating, 2nd in Badminton and Netball and 3rd in Hockey, giving us an overall placing of 1st equal along with Columba College and St Margaret’s College.  The following students received Fair Play awards:

  • Emily Perry – Badminton
  • Lola Garden – Debating
  • Jess Faulks – Hockey
  • Meg Timu – Netball

Well done to all involved.

The Nutrition and the Active Student Seminar presented by Dr Kirsty Fairbairn was well attended and we received some very positive feedback.  For those who did attend, please find attached Dr Fairbairn’s presentation.

A reminder that nomination forms for the Blues Awards are now available via the student homepage.    To complete the nomination form, students must log in with their St Hilda’s email address. Students need to check the criteria and timelines carefully, as there have been some changes. We went over the changes with girls in assembly this week, and they are encouraged to access the student homepage to find all the information.

This year we will be honouring all Blues recipients – Cultural, Sports and Service, at a special Blues Awards Evening which will be held on 14 October. We want to give equal importance and prestige to all the Blues awards and recipients and so a combined evening will allow us to host a special celebration for all. Nominations for all Blues (with the exception of some dance genres) close on 6 September at noon.

With preparation for the Awards Evening continuing, it is now time for us to ask 2015 recipients of sports trophies to please return them in a clean and polished condition to the office no later than Wednesday August 24.

This year our Course Selection Evening, which will be held on Tuesday 23 August, will be focused on looking at the resources that are available to assist families to make an informed course selection for 2017.

The evening will include a guest speaker, have representatives from Otago University and Otago Polytechnic in attendance for next step discussions and allow you to rotate around four mini workshops on:

  • Understanding NCEA
  • Navigating the on-line Academic Programmes + CareersNZ website with tools to identify interests, skills and abilities.
  • Subject selection, the process and exceptions e.g. five vs 6 subjects, multi level study.
  • Wellness and your daughter’s academic programme.

The evening has been split into two timeslots to enable the needs of individual year groups to be met, as follows:

Years 9 and 10 (Current year group)
5.55 – 6.00: Brief welcome in the Chapel
6:00 – 6.15: Workshop 1
6.20 – 6.35: Workshop 2
6.40 – 6.55: Workshop 3
7.00 – 7.15: Workshop 4
7.30 – 7.45: Guest Speaker in the Chapel for all year levels.

Years 11 and 12 (Current year group)
7.50 – 8.05: Workshop 1
8.10 – 8.20: Workshop 2
8.25 – 8.40: Workshop 3
8.45 – 9.00: Workshop 4

Following this, an opportunity will be available for you to make an appointment with the Year Level Dean/SLT/Careers Advisor, if this is required.

Student Achievement

We had Year 7 and 8 students involved in the Ariki Running Race.  Congratulations to Olivia Hall (Year 7) who placed 2nd, Summer Cooper who placed 7th and Meg McLaughlan who placed 12th.