Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We were pleased to be able to present Mrs Barron with flowers in Tuesday’s assembly, congratulating her on being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to sports governance and education.  This is a wonderful achievement and she is thrilled that females in sport and education have been acknowledged.

Thank you to all who attended last night’s parent seminar.  We hope you found the evening informative. As a school we really appreciate your support.

The prefects have been busy decorating the Town Hall today in preparation for the Year 12 and 13 Formal.  There has been a buzz this week amongst our senior students as they compare spray tans and discuss hair, makeup and dresses. We are looking forward to a wonderful night.

We will be holding an earthquake drill at some stage during next week.  Please talk to your daughter over the weekend if you feel she will have any concerns over this.

We are urgently looking for homestay families to host one of our Japanese girls in Term 3 (staying for one term only).  For more information please contact Nele Meers.

Good luck to students involved in the Chamber Music competition and Otago Secondary Schools’ Netball tournament over the weekend.  We also wish the best of luck to our choirs who will be taking part in next week’s regional Big Sing competition.

Upcoming Events

St Hilda’s PFA – AGM – 7.00pm Thursday 15 June, Library
You are cordially invited to the the AGM of the St Hilda’s PFA.  Agenda items will include annual reports and election of officers.  If you would like any further information before the meeting, please contact secretary Lisa Mason.

St Hilda’s Careers Evening – 6.30pm Thursday 22 June, St Hilda’s Chapel
This event is now open to Year 9 – 13 students
This evening is an opportunity for students and families to hear from guest speaker Anna Ross, Old Girl and 2016 Telstra Young Australian Business Women of the Year.  Students will also be able to listen to presenters of their choice that they have pre booked.  More information can be found here.

PFA Midwinter Extravaganza – 6.00pm Friday 30 June, College of Education Auditorium
Tickets to the PFA fundraiser are available to purchase from the student office for $25 per person.  There will be $2 raffles on the night, so remember to bring your coins.  This event is to boost the fund that helps to send so many St Hilda’s girls to sporting and cultural events. We still need more raffle items – these can be dropped to the school office and can include chocolates, beauty products, coffee and vouchers.  Thank you for supporting the PFA.

Chapel Matters

Wasn’t it nice having that long weekend with the day off on Monday! Thanks to the Queen! There is a lot going on to do with the UK at the moment. On a positive note, the British Lions are here to play rugby – they will be in Dunedin next week! But on a sombre note, there have been three terrorist attacks in the UK in the last 75 days which have left at least 37 people dead and many more injured. It is important to hold these things in our prayers before God: think of those in the UK who are dealing with grief, fear, and anger at the moment; those who are feeling compelled to express their religious and political views in such a violent way; and those in positions of leadership who are trying to protect and care for their citizens.

One of the central titles held by the Queen is Defender of the Faith. In her 2015 Christmas message she said, “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace … is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.”

Given all the religious and political issues that are going on in our world today with extreme Islamic terrorism, particularly in the UK at the moment, these are good words; words of forgiveness, reconciliation, peace, respect, healing and love. A faith that has these values at its heart is definitely worth defending.

Tolcarne News

Last night was a hive of activity at Tolcarne! Together, the girls and staff enjoying the formal preparations.  The office converted into a nail bar, deciding which shoe to wear, Robyn altering dresses to fit and the many bronzed goddesses.  We wish the formal girls a fantastic night, anther wonderful St Hilda’s memory.

Last week Ziggy and Ange attended the New Zealand Boarding Schools’ Conference and were privileged to hear from such speakers as Mike King, Judge Andrew Becroft (Children’s Commissioner), Robert Pereira (Australia’s bullying expert) ​and ​our own Lesley Elliott from Dunedin.  We are excited to be able to bring Robert Pereira to Tolcarne in August of this year to facilitate workshops for the students and training for the staff.

This weekend on Sunday at 1.00pm the Tolcarne girls have the opportunity to watch a Beko netball game at the Edgar Centre and support our own girls – Kate and Georgia Heffernan.

Our girls have been taking full advantage of Gina’s therapeutic massages – she has been fully booked each Monday night supporting their physical wellbeing.  Each week about 8-10 girls have been attending yoga classes with Shannon, we would like to thank Shannon for the complimentary yoga classes she has lead at Tolcarne.  With one more class left this term, our girls look forward to this resuming in Term 3.

Anglican Family Care Fundraiser

Please come along and support the work Anglican Family Care does with the most vulnerable children and families in our community.

Join us for a pre-movie drink, nibbles and a silent auction followed by a screening of the very funny New Zealand “flockumentary” Pecking Order. The film follows members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the New Zealand National Championships, as they battle history and each other in a quest for glory and for the love of their birds.  Watch the trailer here or read the ODT article about the film.

Venue: Rialto Cinema, Moray Place, Dunedin
Date: Thursday 22 June
Time: 5.45pm for drinks, nibbles and a silent auction, 6.45pm screening of Pecking Order (80 mins long)
Tickets: $25 – includes a complimentary drink, nibbles & a goodie bag

To book: please pay via internet banking to Anglican Family Care, BNZ 02 0912 0018828 07 using “Movie Tickets”, your name and phone number in the reference fields (we’ll then contact you to send out your tickets) OR pop in to 266 Hanover St, Dunedin, 9016 with cash or a cheque OR email Lucy@familycare.org.nz

Student Achievement

Jackie Heaton in action in her gold medal fight

Jackie Heaton competed at the South Island Taekwondo Championships in Invercargill over Queen’s Birthday Weekend.  She won a gold medal and a silver medal in Kyorugi (fighting) and also won a silver medal in Individual Poomsae.

Charlotte Reveley is representing Ravensbourne Sailing Club at the New Zealand Forward Sailing Winter Open Cup in July. She will be competing against other teams from around New Zealand (and possibly international) and is being coached and hosted by Russell Coutts. This is Charlotte’s first season sailing so she is having some fantastic experiences and opportunities in the short time she has been involved in the sport.

Kate Higham and Georgia Mitchell have been selected in the U19 Girls’ Football South Futsal Rep team and will travel to the Youth Futsal Nationals to be held in Palmerston North in July.

The Senior A Rugby Sevens team finished second in the Senior A grade of the Otago Secondary Schools’ Sevens Competition. The Senior B team also had a great finish to the season by winning the Senior B grade.

The Dunedin Thunder Ice Hockey team is running a promotion for their next home games on the 10th and 11th of June. For these games, they are offering free admission to all St. Hilda’s students, provided they:

  • bring a valid student card to show at the gate
  • are accompanied by a parent/guardian aged 18 or over who will pay the adult admission price for themselves

Offer is valid for the 7:30 game on Saturday, June 10th and the 4:30 game on Sunday, June 11th when the Thunder will be playing the Auckland Admirals.  Please see the following links for more information: