Dear Parents and Caregivers,
A Note from The Principal
The busyness of a school term continues and we know that through all of the work and commitments, activities and responsibilities that we have, the connectedness of our community is very important. We have had the opportunity to celebrate so many recent achievements, at Tournament week, students making national finals in the “Make Your Mark’ NCEA competition, Coding competitions and our Hip hop crews and Aerobic teams who have their nationals this weekend. We are proud of the girls achievements and pleased to be able to support them and cheer them on.
The benchmark exams have been completed and are a great measure for the girls in terms of where they are in their learning and what their next steps need to be. They will have all the information they need to make the most of the coming weeks before External Examinations. Progress reports for senior students will be out shortly, again adding clarity to the key tasks required going forward.
The purpose and focus of the coming weeks is clear, and we look forward to assisting students to achieve their personal goals.
Blues Application Process 2018 – Deadline closes at 5pm TODAY
Applications for Cultural, Service and Sports Blues and Awards were announced at our full school assembly 31 August 2018.
These application links are located on the student homepage under the heading “Blues Application” and will now close TODAY at 5:00 pm.
All successful applicants will be notified of their attendance at the invitation only Blues Awards evening by the end of September.
The Blues Award evening, an invitation only event, will be held on 26 October commencing at 7:00 pm in the School Chapel.
Learning Conversations – Interview site now open for bookings.
ALL DAY GIRLS – Week 10 Tuesday 25th September 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
SENIOR DAY GIRLS – Week 1 (Term 4) Tuesday 16th October 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Interview site will close on the morning of each Learning Conversation.
To book go to: https://www.
Click on “Make a Booking” and enter the following code
“Hello Grief. I see you. I know your name. I am here for you.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Grief and the subsequent grieving that comes afterwards, is something that most of us fear, for we know the literal pain that grief brings.
But as the quote above says, “I am here for you” and the implicit meanings of “I will look after you and I will attend to you” – that is the message we must take in order to move through the pain of grief.
So much of our culture relies on distraction and avoidance. “Don’t think about” or “do something to keep yourself busy” are phrases we often hear when someone is struggling with big emotions. But by doing that, we are deliberately turning our back on the visitor who has arrived – Grief – and we are denying ourselves the opportunity to hold our grief like a small child who needs nurturing, to see our emotions from the point of view of an observer and to take the steps required to care for our grief and in doing so, find the path to peace.
This last week at school has seen the arrival of grief and the grieving that took place afterwards. The compassion, the care, the connection and the kindness that was shown for each other during this process was tangible.
Grief is an individual experience, but grieving is something we do together. We mourn what we have lost and we celebrate what we had. We feel gratitude for the things we have in our lives, the relationships, the wonder of Spring and the beauty it brings and we are reminded that despite the pain we feel, life continues to flourish and grow.
We need to make time and space for grieving and in the business of life this can be difficult. Exams, work, family life, they all continue, but Grief is a visitor who needs our full attention for the time they visit.
So be kind to yourself and your grief, in doing so it is easier to notice the grief that stands beside others and care for them too.
“I see clearly the object of my grief, I hold space in my heart for it”
Thich Nhat Hanh
During the upcoming holidays, take time to check in with your daughter about how she’s going. Ask her specifically how she’s managing following the death of Mr Dean and show her you care about her emotions and reactions. The holidays can be hard for people who are grieving, because the routines are gone, the friendships are more removed and there is more time to think and overthink. Allow space in your home for Grief if it has come home for the holidays with your daughter. Be gentle with it and allow it to be the life teacher that it is.
Marcelle Nader-Turner, Counsellor MNZAC
Good News… TWO MUFTI DAY’S NEXT WEEK
Tuesday – Theme: Rainbow
Year 9: Blue
Year 13: Red
On Sunday 16th September a group of 11 Year 9 students went for a tour of Larnach Castle for an organised weekend activity. It was a beautiful day for a drive out there and the scenery from the balcony at Larnach Castle was amazing. The girls learnt a lot about the history of the Castle.
Reminder to RSVP for the Space School Opportunity
A fantastic opportunity to learn beyond the classroom in the most inspiring environment.
There is a one-hour information session about this international study programme to be held on Monday 24th September at Otago Girls’ High School hall.
This is a once in a lifetime experience. We encourage you to attend this evening information session and we look forward to your attendance.
Return of Cups and Trophies presented in 2017
It is that time of year again where we ask for the return of all cups and trophies presented in 2017. This assists us in the preparation of this year’s awards evening and Prize Giving.
These may be left at the main office. Thank you.
Careers News and Events
To view visit the Career Events calendar.
A reminder to check the Sports Draws page of the website to keep up to date with match times. The netball draws are posted each week in readiness for the weekend’s matches.
Olivia O’Neill has recently been selected into the Junior Tall Ferns basketball team to compete in the FIBA Asia under 18 championships on October 28th in India which is a great achievement.
Jaide Dixon and Danielle Ferguson have recently returned from Australia where they were playing for the New Zealand U16 Touch team, this was a great experience for the girls mixing it up against some of Australia’s best at their State Championships
After success at Robocup Regionals, three St Hilda’s teams competed at Robocup Nationals in Dunedin on 15 September. All teams were entered in the Senior Theatre Division, which has teams present a 2-minute themed performance using up to four robots. The teams must choreograph their performance and then build and program the robots to perform the routine. The students program the robots to use sensors, blue tooth communication and timing to coordinate movement between the various robots. They must also design their sets and select a soundtrack for the performance.
All the girls performed very well and demonstrated excellent problem-solving, teamwork and perseverance during the lead up to Nationals as well as on the day.