Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 10

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Yesterday we held a service to unveil the new stained glass window in the chapel, which was commissioned by the Old Girls Association.  We were fortunate to have many board members past and present and Old Girls join us for this very special service. Created by Dunedin Artist Peter Mackenzie, the window tells the story of the Sisters’ Geraldine and Etheleen, who came to Dunedin in the 1880s and established St Hilda’s Collegiate in 1896. The window depicts the sisters, the Otago harbour, the boat they arrived in and the vibrant flora and fauna that they found here​.​

There has been extensive consultation with Hoani Langsbury, and the Otako​u​ marae, regarding the Māori patterns on the window, and also the Maiai and Taumoepeau families for detail on the Samoan tapa patterns that reflect the culture of the school and our community.   It is a stunning piece of work and we encourage you to come and have a look at it when you are in the school.

A reminder that we urgently need all outstanding raffle books returned.  The raffle closes on April 7 and will be drawn on April 13.

This year reports will look different.  We are working on being more agile in our reporting and to give you more relevant information.  The report you receive at the end of term will contain feedback on learning and next steps.  It will also give you an overview of the subject.  Specific assessment information will not be included in the report but can be accessed through KAMAR.

The school cross country is being held next Tuesday afternoon.  Students need to make sure they have their correct PE uniform for this.

Good luck to the students involved in the Otago Primary Schools’ Swimming Championships taking place this weekend.

The cultural trip to Vietnam departs on Tuesday after school.  We know that considerable planning has gone into this very exciting trip, and that the weekly seminars run by Mrs Maw leading up to the group’s departure, have been of great value and really appreciated by the intrepid travellers. We wish the group a safe and enjoyable time away.

The rowing girls have had another very successful season making four A finals
and five B finals at Maadi Cup.  The highlight was placing third in the Under 15
Octopule for the second year in a row and securing the bronze medal.

Continuing to support the rowers requires us to fundraise, so we are asking for
your support by purchasing an Entertainment Book.  Further details are available here and flyers will be coming home with the print newsletter.  Feel free to pass this onto friends and family.  Your support is appreciated.

From the Guidance Network

In today’s busy world it is easy to forget about the importance of downtime. Click here to read the attached article about how to reprioritise downtime in everyday life.

Student Achievement

The 1st XI Cricket team won the Otago Secondary School Girls Cricket Competition and will now compete at Nationals in December.