Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 5

Year 10 students having completed the Mud Run at Camp Tautuku

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Year 10 students returned tired but happy after an enjoyable week at Camp Tautuku. They gave every activity their very best and I am sure that there will be many great stories to tell when they get home.

The Year 7, 8 and 9 students have enjoyed taking part in their Curiosity Projects this week. There have been an amazing array of projects and interests. the girls have used great questions as their starting points and their curiosity has taken them to the most interesting and diverse places. An expo of the girls work and projects will be held at school on Thursday 23rd November in rooms 214, 215 and 219 from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.  All parents and family are welcome to come and view the girls’ awesome projects.

The juniors have also been busy taking part in singing practice in preparation for the Christmas Carol Service which will be held at 5.00pm on Sunday 26 November in the school chapel. This is an important school event where all families are encouraged to join us for an evening of Christmas celebration as a community. It is a lot of fun, so bring the family along. Girls do not have to be in school uniform.

Staff Update
We are sad to have received Mrs Donna Smith’s resignation.  She is leaving St Hilda’s at the end of the year to take up the position of Head of Learning Support and Head of Junior English at John McGlashan.  We wish her all the best.

Due to the appointment of Mrs Shannon Prentice as Assistant Principal, and Mrs Coutts wish to focuson the Health curriculum, we have made some changes to the Deans Network for 2018.  We are pleased to confirm that the 2018 Deans are:

Year 7 & 8 – Mrs Carla Joint
Year 9 – Mrs Shannon Prentice
Year 10 – Ms Judith Turner
Year 11 – Mrs Lindsay McLanachan
Year 12 – Mrs Rachel McMillan
Year 13 – Ms Sandra Muller

St Hilda’s Chronicle
Orders for the St Hilda’s Chronicle are being taken now!  This year’s school magazine contains over 150 pages of photos and memories from 2017 at a cost of $40.  The Chronicle will be ready for your daughter to collect at the conclusion of Prize Giving on Thursday 7 December.  Alternatively, copies can be collected from the school office or posted home.
Could you please complete the online form here or pick up an order form from the school office to order your daughter(s) copy of the Chronicle.  Multiple copies may be ordered and the Chronicle will be charged to the school account.  Please note, there will be no door sales of the magazine on Prize Giving night.  We are now only printing the number of magazines that are pre-ordered to avoid unnecessary wastage.
The deadline for ordering has been extended until 3.30pm, Monday 20 November.  Alternatively, copies can be collected from the school office or posted home.  Please indicate this on your order form.

Tolcarne News

A quieter week at the hostel with seniors studying hard and Year 10s away at school camp, enjoying some sunny weather in the Catlins. The weekend activities organised by Bex our new Weekend Activity co-ordinator have proved popular with the girls. Paddle boarding was the first weekend activity for Term 4 and it was a great day out for the juniors and seniors who got up early to participate. The wind eventually calmed down allowing the girls to put their new skills into practice.

Bikram yoga was well supported with 19 girls participating last Saturday. It was a challenge for many being in a room at approximately 40 degrees, but the girls loved it, Bex even heard some of the girls saying they would go back for more classes!

On Thursday night we held our inaugural sleepover for the 2018 Year 9 students.  Our current Year 9 students were the hosts for this visit and it was fantastic to see everyone including the new girls and participating actively in the fun games organised by Teresa and Robyn. The Tolcarne Committee hosted drinks and nibbles at the Lone Star for all the new parents, a lovely gesture to welcome our new families to the Tolcarne community.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Bella Chapman-Cohen who has received the Outward Bound Scholarship for 2017.

Breane Byck has been approached by the head coach of the New Zealand U18 National Hockey Women’s team and given a spot of the representative Southern Storm Senior Women’s team.   She has also been invited to training with the Under 18 National team, at their January camp and will be Invited to trial next year for the team.

Lucie Holtz has been selected by the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Association to represent New Zealand at the Australian Nationals.  Lucie will be competing in Brisbane at the beginning of December.