Monthly Archives: March 2020

End of Term Update

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I know the past few days have been uncertain and tumultuous and I hope you are all settling into the new rhythm of family life.
While there will definitely be difficult days ahead, we can also be grateful for the time with family, the chance to reflect and rest, and hopefully the enforced opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge and share this historic challenge with those closest to us.
As a staff we will be linking with your daughters on a regular basis after the holidays, to ensure that engaging and relevant learning continues, even though it may look very different. What an opportunity to innovate, create and develop resilience!!
I have contacted all the girls today, wishing them the best for the holiday, and hoping we can all find the positives. The Prefects Sunshine Day planning and activities is a great example of us all helping to sustain and nurture our wonderful school community.
On a practical note I also wanted to inform you of the following:
Please ask your daughter to regularly check her emails, especially as we prepare to go on line on the 15th April. Staff will be using email to set up Google hangouts, and class activities and your daughter will need to be aware of the arrangements.
NZQA are sending out material over the coming weeks, as they explore the options for all schools around internal and external assessments. Please do not worry about NCEA at the moment – NZQA will put in place a fair and equitable system that recognises the difficulties students will have over the next few weeks around their learning. Please reassure your daughter that as a school we will ensure no one is disadvantaged.
I wish you all the best as we move into the unknown. I am sure the strength of communities and the benefits of connecting in new and innovative ways, will sustain us all.
Jackie Barron

COVID19 Update – Dates Important

Dear Parents and Caregivers
As we begin the preparation for the closure of the school I wanted to update you on our planning so far.
Firstly, I must apologise for giving you the wrong dates for the school holidays. My email to you yesterday went out before I received notification from the Ministry of Education regarding bringing the school holidays forward.
Consequently, we are planning for the following:
March 23 – 27. Staff will be preparing work for students, which may include some emails this week referring to work on line or current assignments/programmes
March 30 – 14th April : School holidays. There is no expectation on staff or students that school work will be completed during this time.
April 15th  onwards – learning will be provided on line utilising Google Classroom and other tools. Staff will be sending out virtual meeting times, links, invites and material etc to students for their learning. 
We are following NZQA advice regarding NCEA Internal Assessments and units of work. All internals that were to be held in the coming weeks will now be rescheduled or reconsidered. We will continue with our programmes of learning, but the assessments may differ from those indicated at the beginning of the year.
We will continue to post updates in the St Hilda’s Virtual school and on the parent portal
Collecting Student belongings
A reminder that if your daughter needs to collect materials/items from school can you please email us,  and we will organise a time for her to come into school. It is important that we continue to manage contact and social distancing and your assistance with this is appreciated. If you are a boarding family collecting material from Tolcarne, please let us know when you email, so we can coordinate your times. No one will be able to be on site after 4.30pm on Wednesday 25th March.
Please look after yourselves and stay connected. We understand the trials ahead, and will do our best to minimise any disruption to your daughters learning.
Jackie Barron