Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 11

Bishop Kelvin Wright with Dr Townsley and Mrs Barron at Monday’s Easter Eucharist Service

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Arts Prefects did a great job of organising our end of term Arts Assembly which was held on Tuesday.  We had a variety of performances, from singing to a dance performance.  We also awarded the first Academic Double Blue to Amy Jones, recognising her achievement in being awarded Top Scholar in New Zealand for her scholarship submission in NCEA last year.  Amy will be presented her award at a ceremony in Parliament next term.

A lot like Athletics Day at the beginning of the term, we were very lucky to have the weather on our side for Tuesday’s Cross Country with another beautiful Dunedin day and perfect running conditions. With a slight change in the courses due to the upgrades of the Ross Creek Reservoir it was a bit of the unknown for a lot of the runners and walkers however all girls seemed to take this in their stride and cross the finish in high spirits. Special mention goes to Georgia Mitchell for recording the fastest time of the day and a big thanks to all the staff for their efforts marshalling, time keeping and providing the odd piggy back after a couple of ankle injuries.  Full results are below in student achievement.

A reminder that Learning Conversations between parents, students and teachers will be held on Monday 1st May, meaning school will not be running formal classes.  Term 2 classes will start on Tuesday 2 May at 8.40am.  The Learning Conversations will be held at the following times:

9.30am – 12.30pm
1.00pm – 3.25pm
4.00pm – 6.00pm

Girls are not required to wear uniform to the Learning Conversations. All girls have completed a learning reflection sheet which they should bring to the learning conversations. The interview site will remain open until Friday 28 April.  You will need the following details to make a booking:

Site:  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Login: bxyku

Please remember to leave time between bookings to move from one appointment to the next.

Vietnam Cultural Tour 2018

We are planning to take a cultural tour to Vietnam in 2018.  This trip will be very similar to the trips we have previously taken and will be open to any students who will be in Year 12 or 13 in 2018. Parents are also very welcome to join the trip. The dates for this trip will be 10 – 28 April 2018. The estimated cost for this will be $6120 (student) and $5620 (parent).

We will be holding an information meeting on Sunday 30th April at 4pm and Monday 1st May at 12.30pm in the school chapel where Mrs Maw will be outlining the trip in more detail. If you are unable to attend but interested in joining the trip please let her know by emailing jmaw@shcs.school.nz  and she will send you through the information.  If you would like to get a feel for the trip, you can visit the 2016 Vietnam Blog here.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter and enjoyable holiday break.  It is a strange feeling knowing that I won’t be back next term as my Sabbatical begins.  I will be immersed in Gender Studies research and lectures, as well as spending time in other schools in New Zealand and Australia looking at programmes that support girls’ wellbeing.  I am excited about attending a global conference on educating girls at the end of June and I look forward to bringing back into school all I have learnt, explored and discovered. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to continue with my own learning and professional development and lead by example the concept of life long learning.

Jackie Barron

Facilities Development and Planning

The Board of Proprietors are about to embark on the first stage of an exciting new building development at St Hilda’s Collegiate.

Through future–focused planning, thorough research and considerable discussion the Board of Proprietors has developed a 20 year strategy for the facilities of St Hilda’s Collegiate. We have consulted with staff, students and design experts on how best to create spaces that inspire, nurture and support our learning and teaching within our school.

This is an exciting time for the school as we look to build a legacy for the future. We want to create environments that put quality, connectedness and community at the centre of all that we do.

We seek experienced passionate and committed members of our old girls, parent and wider communities to help us make our aspirations a reality.

If you have skills in the strategic development of sustainable and effective sponsorship and philanthropic partnerships, have experience in contributing to and participating in large scale fundraising projects, and are keen to help us build spaces that are inclusive, adaptable, dynamic, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing, then we would love to hear from you.

Please submit in writing an expression of interest in being on the Board of Proprietors Facilities Project Working Party to principal@shcs.school.nz by Friday 12th May.

An outline of the skills you would bring to the group, and your past experience of similar projects would be most helpful.

Chapel Matters

Have you ever experienced something you would describe as a miracle? On Monday we celebrated our Easter Eucharist service. Bishop Kelvin took the service as his last role at St Hilda’s before he retires this Easter Sunday. He spoke about the reasons why he chose to be an Anglican minister in the first place and tied this to his experience of his daughter getting a severe burn from pulling a jug of boiling water over herself as a toddler. At the time, his family lived in a remote rural area and the nearest hospital was miles away. By the time they got the wee girl to the doctors, she was in a bad way and they were all prepared for a helicopter trip to the Christchurch Burns Unit. However, within a day she was completely healed and the doctors were speechless. At the time of the incident, however, a member of their parish who knew what had happened, had prayed for the girl to be healed, and so it looks as if this is the only explanation. She had no scarring, no marks, and he showed us photos of her at her wedding day looking stunning. Bishop Kelvin said that this raised lots of questions – why aren’t the children in Syria healed from the terrible burns they suffer as a result of chemical warfare? But for him, it made him realise that God is real, God is present, and in many ways, this is the story of Easter Sunday.

From the PFA

The Mid Winter Extravaganza is on Friday 30 June at the College of Education Auditorium on Union Street from 6.00pm – 8.30pm: tickets to the event will cost $25pp and will be available to purchase from the student office next term. Raffles will also be for sale on the night at $2 a ticket.

Request for raffle prizes
To help raise money to top up the Sports and Cultural Fund that has helped so many of our girls attend events in recent years, we will also be offering raffles on the night.  If any families would like to donate items (products, vouchers, non perishable food, wine, beauty products) for the raffle prizes, please drop these at the school office or email Tracy Lamb or Jo Galer to arrange an alternative.

Dunedin Fonebook

We have been given an exciting opportunity to work with Michelle Chalklin Sinclair and Judith Cullen to fundraise using the Dunedin Fonebook.  The Fonebook features gorgeous photos of Dunedin and delicious recipes from Judith Cullen and makes a great book for your coffee table or gift for out of town friends and family members.

We will have these for sale in the student foyer during Learning Conversations on Monday 1st May for $38 a copy.

Entertainment Books

Please remember if you are not wanting to purchase an Entertainment Book that it needs to be returned to the student office.

Student Achievement

Full results of the St Hilda’s Cross Country are:

Year 7 / 8
1st                  Olivia Hall
2nd                Demi McAlwee
3rd                 Ella – Rose Crooks

Year 9
1st                  Annabel Bilkey
2nd                Riley MacDonald
3rd =              Grace Cotter and Gabi Horo

Year 10
1st                  Jessica Scott
2nd                Harriet Cottle
3rd                 Sarah Langsbury

Year 11
1st                  Olivia Hall
2nd                Emily Hurdle
3rd                 Phoebe Auburn

Year 12
1st                  Georgia Mitchell
2nd                Cecilia Crooks
3rd                 Sophie Turner

Year 13
1st                  Suzie White
2nd                April Dobbie
3rd                 Mariette Devereux

Super Rugby Tickets

Tickets are available for the next Highlanders game on April 28 against the Stormers.

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.  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 jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in tickets.