Arts Building Opening
St Hilda’s Blues
A Blue at St Hilda’s Collegiate School is awarded in recognition of students who have shown excellence and/or outstanding achievement in the cultural, sporting, academic or service arena’s at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.
The Blues evening will be held on Friday 18 October 2019. Awards presentation commences at 7:00pm.
Thank you to those who have applied. Successful applicants will receive notification at the end of September.
Junior Academic Programme
The Junior Academic Programme for 2020 has been released online. Links to view this are on both the Parent Portal and the Student Homepage. This site provides an overview of the subjects studied from Year 7 through to Year 10. At Year 10, students undertake two optional subjects of their choice alongside their compulsory subjects.
Updated Reporting Timeline
We have adjusted the reporting timeline to accommodate the changes made to the junior reports at the end of Term 2. Year 7 – 10 students will receive an interim report in Week 8 and this will be followed by Junior Learning Conversations which will be held in Week 10. We are aware that it is not always possible for parents to attend these due to travelling distance and the timing of Learning Conversations so we are investigating the possible use of technology to assist with this.
Learning Conversations for Year 9 and 10 will take place on Tuesday 24 September from 6:00pm – 9:00pm and Thursday 26 September from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Booking details will be sent out next Tuesday by email.
Learning Conversations for Year 7 and 8 will take place on Wednesday 25 September. Mrs Carla Joint (dean of Year 7 and 8) will provide details around these next week.
Durban Girls’ College Exchange
In 2017 we started our exchange programme with Durban Girls’ College in South Africa. We are now beginning the process for the 2020.
This exchange is open to girls who will be in Year 11 in 2020 (presently in Year 10)
The exchange student(s) from Durban will come to St Hilda’s for 6 weeks in March /April 2020. She will be in Year 11 and she will be timetabled into our school programme in the same way the Perth Exchange student is. The St Hilda’s student(s) would travel in exchange for 6 weeks in July/August to Durban Girls’ College. Further information and application forms for this exchange will be available early next week.
The following link will give you more information on Durban Girls’ College:
Return of all 2018 Sporting and Prize Giving Cups and Trophies
Measles update from Public Health
Frequently asked questions for parents and schools
Do I need to be worried about catching measles?
Measles is highly contagious and easily spread.
Most people in the community are protected from measles because they are fully vaccinated or have already had measles.
What does fully vaccinated mean?
Fully vaccinated means having had the right number of vaccines for your age. For anyone 15 months – 4 years old, this means one MMR vaccine. For anyone older than 4 years old this means two MMR vaccines.
Why isn’t everyone fully vaccinated?
Some people in the community can’t be vaccinated because of allergy or immune conditions. Medical treatments such as chemotherapy can alter someone’s immunity and make them vulnerable to getting measles even if they are fully vaccinated. Babies younger than 1 year old are too young.
Another group of people born between 1970 and 1990 might not realise they are not fully vaccinated. They might have only received one measles vaccine (such as MMR) as a child or might not have access to their immunisation records.
Others choose not to vaccinate.
What if I don’t know my immunisation history?
If you are unsure of your vaccination status you should consider yourself unvaccinated. You should talk to your GP about getting your shots, there is no harm in having extra MMRs.
What should I do if I (or my child) have had contact with a measles case?
If you are fully vaccinated then you are protected and can’t pass measles on to others.
What does isolation involve?
Measles has a long incubation period. If you have been exposed to measles or are showing symptoms and you are not vaccinated, you need to be isolated for 14 days. That means you need to stay home and avoid being in any public places.
Should I vaccinate my child early?
The MMR vaccination schedule for children outside of Auckland is unchanged. Children who have had the right number of vaccines for their age are considered to be fully vaccinated:
- One vaccine at 15 months old
- One vaccine at 4 years old
Advice for those travelling overseas or to Auckland is kept up to date on the Ministry of Health’s website: https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles/2019-measles-outbreak-information
Were the current measles cases already vaccinated?
All current Queenstown measles cases (15) are either unvaccinated or uncertain of their vaccination status. Some of those cases are not able to be vaccinated due to allergy or health conditions.
When is someone with measles contagious?
A person with measles is infectious from 5 days before and until 5 days after the rash appears (about 10 days in total). During this time the infected person needs to stay away from other people; children need to be kept home from school and adults from work, do not invite other children or visitors to your house.
I’m pregnant or have a weak immune system – am I at risk?
Pregnant women who haven’t been vaccinated, and anyone with a weakened immune system, are at greater risk of measles complications. They or their caregiver should ask their doctor or lead maternity carer for advice.
What do I if I think I might have measles?
If you suspect you have measles, phone your GP or Healthline free on 0800 611 116 for advice. Because measles is so infectious (easily passed on to other people), ring first rather than just turning up at your doctor’s clinic.
Where can I find the best advice about measles vaccination?
The Immunisation Advisory Centre’s latest advice on MMR vaccination during the 2019 measles outbreak:
For more information relating to measles, please refer to the Ministry of Health’s website:
Girlguiding UK’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2019 has highlighted the issue of exam stress in girls. Please read the attached article to explore their findings further.
Kia Ora! We are just coming to the end of te wiki o te reo Maori – Maori language week. While the Seniors have been doing exams, the juniors had a chapel on this topic. Mr Ellwood took us through te karakia o te Atua – the Lord’s Prayer – and taught us about the meaning of some of the key words. We then practised saying the prayer together. The theme for this week is “kia kaha te reo Maori” which means “strengthen” Maori Language, or “Let’s make the Maori Language strong.” One of my goals with regard to strengthening my use of te reo Maori is to learn this karakia off-by-heart since it is often said in Anglican church services or at special events. You might also like to strengthen your use of te reo Maori by having a look at the prayer, perhaps for the first time, or refreshing your understanding of the key words, or by practising saying it aloud, or by learning it off-by-heart too! Here is a useful website for doing that: Lord’s Prayer in Te Reo
Health Consultation 2019
Teacher of Physical Education and Health
Activities this week
Well done to Ngā Manu ō Hira Tapu who performed at Polyfest on Wednesday night.
Transition Expo Day Event – Discover opportunities for life after school. Click here for further details.
Transition Expo Evening Forum – Click here for further details
MoneyHub, a guide to scholarships
As many of our Year 13 students begin their applications for tertiary study and look for ways to fund their future studies – MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2020.
Volunteers Required – PFA
Parents and senior students over 16 years of age.
The PFA has been given an opportunity to fundraise at this year’s Fleetwood Mac concert on September 21 at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
This involves working in one of the hospitality areas for approximately 8 hours and attending a 90min induction meeting in the week prior to the concert,
The PFA raises funds for the school community for the benefit of all students.
It’s actually a lot of fun and if you are interested in receiving more information please contact Ali Copeman on firstname.lastname@example.org