Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 8

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A  very big thank you to everyone who helped and/or attended the fair on Saturday, what a fantastic turnout for a really great event.  The PFA focus is now on the Luxury Raffle and selling tickets and retaining ticket butts and money.

By now all families will have received a raffle book, boarders’ books were posted home on March 2, and day girls were handed out to the elder sibling on March 7. If you haven’t seen your book please ask your daughter if it’s in her bag or locker.

Due to the value of prizes this raffle is licensed through the Department of Internal Affairs therefore we must comply to the Gambling Act 2003. We are required by law to cancel the raffle if any SOLD ticket butts, are not returned, it is vital that families return the books, whether they are sold or not, to school, on or before APRIL 9. The raffle will be drawn on April 13.

We still have 63 books to distribute. Any families who think they can sell more can you please contact Donna Madigan at school.

Congratulations to Helen Knott and Lusia Maiai who received awards as our 2018 Pasifika Academic Achievers at last night’s Pasifika Education Service Awards.

Next Wednesday we are holding our Easter Eucharist Service.  This is a formal occasion where students receive communion and as such, we ask that all students come to school on Wednesday in their formal uniform.

Good luck to the Touch team who are departing today for the South Island Secondary Schools’ Touch Tournament.

The St Hilda’s Code Club

St Hilda’s has started a Code Club as part of an initiative started by Academic Prefect, Issie Robertson and Mrs McMahon.  The club supports the school-wide goal of introducing more Digital Technologies into the curriculum and co-curricular activities and is open to girls in Year 7-13. The Code Club meets each Wednesday at lunch time and the girls are learning to develop apps, with the goal of having 5 teams enter the Tech Girls are Superheroes challenge this year.  The club also has plans to visit local companies involved in the technology industry to see the career pathways open to women in the field.

Chapel Matters

Next Wednesday we have our Easter Eucharist service and as usual we will be doing
something to support the work of Anglican Family Care.  In the early church, in the city of Corinth, there were some problems with how they celebrated the Eucharist. Because it was done as an actual meal, meeting in someone’s house – a bit like a pot-luck dinner – the rich ate well and bragged about their expensive taste in wine, while the poor actually went hungry, even to the point where some were starving. Saint Paul wrote to this church and says he is furious with them – don’t they realise that they are all one in Christ and that therefore they should be caring for each person? He makes it very clear that if they celebrate Eucharist as a community of people who say they care for each other, then they need to show this in their actions; a Eucharist service can’t just be lip service (1 Cor 11.17-34).

It is interesting to think that a church was behaving so badly! And it is lucky for us in some ways that they were, because we can learn from their mistakes and make sure we do things better! This is part of the reason why, when we have a Eucharist service, we also do something for those in our community who are needy, so that we can show by our actions that we care. And we do this by supporting the work of Anglican Family Care, since they are part of the Anglican church just like we are; while we specialise in education, they specialise in social and community work! As a school community, we are actually very good at caring for others, and it is good to know that this is all part of what it means to be “a Christian school in the Anglican tradition.”

From the Guidance Network

The terms ‘bubble-wrap parents’ and ‘helicopter parenting’ are being used more and more in our society. The media appears to be constantly reporting crimes, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and health epidemics, which can create the illusion that the world is becoming a more and more dangerous place. This, along with a general increase in the prevalence of anxiety disorders, may be contributing to a generation of increasing parental anxiety. Click here to find out more about some common behaviours of anxious parents, along with the potential effects they may have.

Tolcarne News

Last weekend Tolcarne girls went on their third rugby trip, this time to watch the highly competitive battle between the Highlanders and Crusaders! The games are always a great time for the girls as they get to yell and chant along with the rest of the crowd.

Last weekend was also the school fair and Tolcarne had their own stall. Thanks to all the girls who helped make, pack, and sell our goodies! Thanks to Robyn for organising it!

Student Achievement

Kaylee Dickison had success at Marching Nationals last weekend. Her team won the National Title with a 1st placing in Technical and 3rd placing in Display – a great moment for her and her team mates.

Along with Olivia O’Neill, Old Girl Abbey Johnston has been selected for the New Zealand Open Women’s Touch Blacks team to compete in the Trans Tasman Champs later this year.

Cecilia Crooks won the U19 New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Triathlon in Nelson, as well as placing second in the aquathlon.

On Sunday the St Hilda’s Equestrian Team participated in the Taieri District Pony Club Otago Southland Interschools Event. The team consisted of Maggie Bowles, Stella Bowles, Rubie Cummings, Anna Duncan, Annabelle McKnight, Ella Morshuis, and Jenna Prendergast. All riders competed in Dressage, Showjumping and Games. It was a very successful day with St Hilda’s winning the Secondary Team Shield. This was an outstanding result from a large field of schools and our girls should be very proud of their efforts. Maggie Bowles and Ella Morshuis were placed 1st and 4th respectively in the 95 cm section, and Anna Duncan was second in the 85 cm class. All team members displayed excellent horsemanship and conduct, and thoroughly deserved their success. Thank you to the large number of parents who attend the event to support our team.

Congratulations also to both Maggie and Ella on their recent selections for the Otago Southland Team to participate at the New Zealand Pony Club Area Champs in April. This is an exceptional achievement and we wish them well for this competition.