All posts by Judy Maw

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:
 
Dates
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. 
 
NZQA
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.
 
Updates
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, admin@shcs.school.nz  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

Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We continue to motor through the term with a myriad of activities and learning opportunities already completed and more still to come.
 
Our new girls appear to be well settled, finding their way around the campus, connecting and contributing, enjoying the challenges and opportunities inherent to their learning. 
 
As a school we have made a strong start to the year and are excited about coming events. One extraordinary event is our biennial school Fair, which is only 2 weeks away. We are so fortunate to have such an organised, efficient, visionary and passionate group of parents on the PFA who have taken over the management of this event and who have already put in considerable time and effort to ensure the Fair’s success. 
 
The Fair is a major fundraising event for the school, and the contributions from our families – time, donations, assistance, sponsorship, items for auctions, food and prizes all help to ensure a successful day. Thank you to those families who have already made donations and brought in items for sale, and if you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet – you have two more weeks! Other people’s treasures are always welcome! The money raised is important, but the Fair  is also as one of the few opportunities we have to come together as a wider community, have some fun, enjoy good food and get the odd bargain. It is a great day for the whole school community and I urge you to ensure you are part of it.
 
Jackie Barron
Principal

 


Key Dates for 2020 Term 1

Saturday 7th March – School Fair (see below for further information)

Wednesday 11 MarchYears 7-13 Goal Setting Conversation with Whanau teachers (2.30-6.30pm)

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March – Wanaka Show

Friday 20th March – Staff Only Day

Monday 23rd March – Otago Anniversary Day 

 

 

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We have jars available for people to make jams and/or preserves – please get in touch with us if you are able to help. email:schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We need more fair helpers; if you are able to help at the school fair on a stall please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We are still looking for fair sponsorship; a $250 donation allows you to sponsor a stall, donated items such as vouchers, goods, services are needed for our silent auction and monetary donations towards advertising.  Please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
SCHOOL FAIR – WEEK 5 – Whanaungatanga Group donations
 
We need your help to have a successful fair day.
 
 

Whanau Group Photographs

If you are interested in ordering a copy of the Whanau group photos these will be sold on McRobie website via this link: https://mcrobie.co.nz/st-hildas-collegiate-school-classes-2020/

Photos will be size 6″x 9”, in colour and cost $17 each.


Reporting 

Throughout the year we will communicate about your daughter’s learning through Learning Conversations (which allow a three way conversation with the teacher, student and parent), Interim Reports on Learning which focus on learning behaviours and Academic Progress Reports which give specific comments on the progress being made in the curriculum and next steps for your daughters learning. The final report for the year is a summary record of your daughter’s learning for the year. This includes a comment from her Whanaungatanga teacher which gives you an overview of her year’s learning and involvement in school activities. 

Our aim, with this combination of reports, is to  give an accurate and timely overview of your daughter’s learning dispositions, next steps and progress.

2020 Reporting Timeline

Term 1

Week 6  Year 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Week 7 Wed 11 March Years 7-13 Goal Setting Conversation with Whanau teachers (2.30-6.30pm)

Week 11  Years 7-13 Academic Progress Report

Term 2

Week 1 Years 7-13 Learning Conversations with subject teachers 

Week 5  Years 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Term 3

Week 1 Mon 20 July Years 11-13 Learning Conversations with subject teachers (9.30am – 6.30pm)

Years 7-10 Junior House Day

Week 2  Years 7-10 Academic Progress Report 

Week 7 Years 7-13 Interim Report on Learning

Weeks 8-9 Years 11-13 NCEA benchmark examinations

Week 10  Years 7-10 Learning Conversations with subject teachers

 Years 11-13 NCEA Progress Report 

Term 4

Week 9  Years 7-13 End of Year Academic Summary Report


Newsletter Change

We are currently updating our website and as part of this we will be making some changes to our newsletter format. A link will still be sent to you and we will also put that link on the current newsletter site until the update is complete so you can access past newsletters. We will use the new format next week.


Activities


Ellen Mamier was chosen by Study Dunedin to produce a video for their website.

Ellen was chosen because she won an Education New Zealand (ENZ) scholarship to come and study in New Zealand.  She chose Dunedin and St Hilda’s Collegiate.  Even though the scholarship was for one year, Ellen chose to stay on and complete her NCEA Level 3 studies in Dunedin.

As you will see, she loved her time here, made some good friends and even picked up a bit of a kiwi accent!  Here is the link to the video, found on the Study Dunedin website. 

 

Year 7 girls – Literacy lesson with Anna Garthwaite


Achievements

Otago and Southland Champs
Congratulation to Gabi Horo who competed in the Pole Vault U18 at the Otago and Southland Champs over the weekend and broke the 15 year record with a jump of 2m 56cm!
 
 
 
NZ Secondary Schools Triathlon
Well done to Sophie Shallard who finished 12th at the NZ Secondary Schools Triathlon and Zara Geddes who finished 20th.
 
National Touch tournament
Congratulations to our U18 team who won their age group in extra time.
 

Tolcarne News

On Sunday the juniors went on an outing to Tunnel Beach with Robyn, a first for many! They not only enjoyed the walk, but also a paddle in the ocean and getting to experience another part of the city. Koru this week involved a mindfulness body scan and mindful eating for the year tens, where they were invited to feel the effects of mindfulness and enhance their senses around food. The year nines looked into the Tolcarne values, gaining a greater appreciation for what they mean and how they can use them. This weekend the junior girls are heading to Waihola, where they will have a go at paintball! 

A special mention to the new Tolcarne Council representatives for 2020;
Year 9 – Lucy Robertson & Ruby Cochrane
Year 10 – Emma Collett & Lucy Wright
Year 11 – Connie Bennington & Anika Smith
Year 12 – Molly Loe & Libby Dummond
Year 13 – Meg Huffadine & Sara Harding


Chapel Matters

The Very Reverend Dr Tony Curtis would like to extend an open invitaion to the staff, students and families of the St Hilda’s community. Below is an invitation with further details for all who might be interested.


Careers


SOLD OUT – Our event with Company of Strangers at Akarua this weekend is now sold out! Thank you to all those who have purchased tickets and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday. We would also like to thank our sponsors: Peter McIntyre and Chris Timms from Craigs Investment Partners; Tracy Cameron from ICAN Models + Talent; and Jaimee Smith of Ukiyo Salon & Co, Wanaka. For those who missed out, you can still see the new collection from Company of Strangers online here: https://companyofstrangers.co.nz/collections/company-of-strangers
 
 
 

BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.


Information regarding Coronavirus

With recent concerns raised regarding the spread of coronavirus, we wish to inform you that we are following the Ministry of Health Guidelines regarding best practice for public health. 

We have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the wellbeing of all our international students, when they arrived at school and at Tolcarne, and as most of them have been in NZ for at least a week prior to the start of school, they are at minimal risk of infection, however we will continue to monitor their health. We have no students from the Wuhan region.

The school and Tolcarne will be vigilant with hygiene instruction as well as providing masks as required, and hand sanitiser. They are all the necessary equipment to isolate infection. Frequent hand washing and practising cough etiquette will be encouraged. 

Recognising that coronavirus is now a global issue, if you or your family members have been travelling in Asia or currently infected areas over the holidays, or have been in contact with international visitors, we trust you are monitoring your family’s health and following the Ministry of Health guidelines.

As stated we have in place precautionary measures, and are advised that the risk of infection is still very low. We will continue to monitor the health of any students currently considered to be low risk. The Ministry of Health has advised that there is no specific action to be taken at this time. Should the situation change, we will follow our pandemic plan for managing illness as we do with other infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and influenza.

For those of you concerned about possible infection, the Ministry of Health has provided practical information on their website which we encourage you to read – 

NoNovel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website:         
included in there is some advice to help reduce the general risk of infection:
– avoiding very close contact with people showing symptoms
– frequently washing hands
– practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

the Ministry of Health will continue to update that content, as further information becomes available

 
 
 

 

 

Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 2 -2020

 

Lawrence Cheerleaders in action

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Athletic sports on Wednesday was a feast of colour and athletic enthusiasm. The sunshine was a real bonus and in traditional form the inter house cheerleading began the day. The routines were very slick and the judges were given a difficult job. The winning cheerleading team was Lawrence. There were some fantastic performances on the track and in the field and added to this was the great level of participation and house spirit. 

Well done to the newly elected house captains who did such a good job in the first inter house event. 

Our 2020 House Captains are:

Havelock – Amelia Hall and Bee Park

Lawrence – Faith Ainsley and Carolyn Patman

Nelson – Makayla Hawker and Annie Timu

Wellington – Grace Brenssell and Mia Urquhart

Timetable

In response to the feedback from the extended learning time we had throughout 2019, we have made changes to how our timetable is structured. The start and end times for the days have not changed but we have made adjustments to where we have our breaks. This will give us the flexibility to meet more diverse learning styles.
 

The timetable follows a  structure of two periods, chapel/assembly/Whanaungatanga followed by interval then two periods followed by lunch and then sustained silent reading followed by one period.

This structure also allows for a second version of the week featuring double periods to allow for extended learning time. This is identified on KAMAR and the calendar as Timetable B and will be the timetable we are following next week.

 

Key Dates for 2020 Term 1

Wednesday 12th February – Year group and Whanaungatanga photos (am)

Saturday 7th March – School Fair (see below for further information)

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March – Wanaka Show

Friday 20th March – Staff Only Day

Monday 23rd March – Otago Anniversary Day 


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We have jars available for people to make jams and/or preserves – please get in touch with us if you are able to help. email:schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We need more fair helpers; if you are able to help at the school fair on a stall please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
We are still looking for fair sponsorship; a $250 donation allows you to sponsor a stall, donated items such as vouchers, goods, services are needed for our silent auction and monetary donations towards advertising.  Please email: schoolfair@shcs.school.nz
 
SCHOOL FAIR – WEEK 3 – Whanaungatanga Group donations
 
Due to Athletics and Waitangi Day, last week was a little mucky for our chocolate wheel collection so please bring this along with your Tombola donations for this week. 
Also we need:
We need your help to have a successful fair day.
 

Ichikawa visit March 2020 – request for Homestay families
As you may be aware, each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashen host students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short term visit. We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa High School will be visiting us again on Sunday 15 – Friday 27 March 2020.
 
We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival. Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.
 
Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students by the beginning of February.
 
Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position of opening your home for one of our Japanese short stay students. Your help would be much appreciated. If you would like to have a further conversation around what is required, please also make contact.
 
Contact details:
Lisa Parsons – International Student Manager at St Hilda’s Collegiate School
03 477 0989 / 027 773 2211
 
 

Perth Exchange 

We have an annual exchange programme with St Hilda’s in Perth, Australia. We are now beginning the process for the 2020.

This exchange is open to girls  in Year 10.

The exchange student from Perth will come to St Hilda’s in Term 3 of 2020. She will be timetabled into our school programme and weekly board at Tolcarne. The St Hilda’s student  will travel in exchange for Term 2 to St Hilda’s Perth. Further information and application forms for this exchange have been shared with the girls as a Google form.


Activities
 
Athletics Sports – Wednesday 5th February – some great costumes and good competition.
 

Tolcarne News

Tolcarne has had a very busy week; hosting a pool party, voting for new Tribe Captains and participating in Waitangi Day games with the other boarding schools! Koru has also started this week, with the juniors trying out Laughing Yoga. Tonight the girls are off to Leap and will be heading to the beach on Sunday to go surfing! 

We would like to congratulate the following Tribe Leaders on their selection;

Baxter – Penelope Chapman-Cohen and Emma O’Meara

Highgate – Anna Harucs, Sophie Lucas and Tia Dougherty

Falkland – Sam McTavish, Grace Beattie and Meg Huffadine

Grendon – Sara Harding and Anna Clarke


Chapel Matters

One of the things we do in chapel is begin with an opening affirmation in English
and in te reo Maori. The reason we do this relates to Waitangi Day.
Before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, the Anglican church had
been settled here in 1814, and there was a strong sense of partnership and learning
from each other between the local Maori and the church. But over the following
decades, as more and more people from the UK started settling in this land,
and Maori sought protection of their sovereignty, a treaty or agreement
between the Crown and Maori was eventually proposed. The church was
involved in this, in an idealistic way, seeking justice and protection for Maori,
and ministers travelled around persuading Maori rangatira to sign the Treaty.
But of course, as we know, promises by the British to protect the rights of Maori
were broken, and the process of reconciliation and compensation is still ongoing.
By the 1970s, the Anglican church recognised that while things had started off
well in the early 1800s, they needed to make some changes in the way they
did things to truly return to a partnership model. So in 1990, they adopted
a three-tikanga model of the church – a recognition of Pakeha, Maori and
Pasifika tikanga, or ways of doing things, and ever since then, it has been
important to actively live that out. One way we do that here at school is to
start with a response in both English and te reo Maori. This term we are learning
a new one which goes as follows:

O come, let us sing to the Lord,
Tēnā kia waiata tātou ki te Ihowā,
Let us rejoice in the rock of our salvation.
kia hari tātou ki te toka o tō tātou whakaoranga.

The word whakaoranga means relief, redress, revival, recovery,
restoration, rehabilitation, and rescue – words that are very appropriate
for Waitangi Day!

In God, our rock, we have a strong foundation, just as our nation has a
strong foundation which is the Treaty of Waitangi. And God is the one who
can save us, not just as individuals, but as a people, as a country. God can
inspire us to redress the wrongs we have done, and seek restoration,
and can inspire us to revive those principles of partnership and equality,
and to revive language and tikanga.


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Tickets are selling fast for our St Hilda’s event with Company of Strangers at Akarua Wines and Artisan Kitchen in Arrowtown on February 22nd.
 
Tickets cost $99 and include drinks and nibbles, a fashion presentation of the A/W20 collection from Company of Strangers and a conversation with designer Sara Munro.
 
All proceeds will go towards the Building Heart campaign.
 
We wish to thank our major sponsors: Peter McIntyre and Chris Timms – Craigs Investment Partners; Jaimee Smith of Ukiyo Salon & Co, Wanaka; and Tracy Cameron of ICAN Models and Talent, Queenstown.
 
Ticket enquiries to aburke@shcs.school.nz
 

BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.


Information regarding Coronavirus

With recent concerns raised regarding the spread of coronavirus, we wish to inform you that we are following the Ministry of Health Guidelines regarding best practice for public health. 

We have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the wellbeing of all our international students, when they arrived at school and at Tolcarne, and as most of them have been in NZ for at least a week prior to the start of school, they are at minimal risk of infection, however we will continue to monitor their health. We have no students from the Wuhan region.

The school and Tolcarne will be vigilant with hygiene instruction as well as providing masks as required, and hand sanitiser. They are all the necessary equipment to isolate infection. Frequent hand washing and practising cough etiquette will be encouraged. 

Recognising that coronavirus is now a global issue, if you or your family members have been travelling in Asia or currently infected areas over the holidays, or have been in contact with international visitors, we trust you are monitoring your family’s health and following the Ministry of Health guidelines.

As stated we have in place precautionary measures, and are advised that the risk of infection is still very low. We will continue to monitor the health of any students currently considered to be low risk. The Ministry of Health has advised that there is no specific action to be taken at this time. Should the situation change, we will follow our pandemic plan for managing illness as we do with other infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and influenza.

For those of you concerned about possible infection, the Ministry of Health has provided practical information on their website which we encourage you to read – 

NoNovel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website:         
included in there is some advice to help reduce the general risk of infection:
– avoiding very close contact with people showing symptoms
– frequently washing hands
– practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

the Ministry of Health will continue to update that content, as further information becomes available

Weekly News | Term 4 | Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As the end of the year draws closer we have some important school events coming up. On Sunday we have our Carol Service which begins at 5:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there as it is always a nice reminder that the Christmas season has begun. The girls have been practising their caroling and are in great voice. We have asked the girls to wear tidy mufti for this event.

Next Friday 29 November will be our junior service day. The girls will be involved in a rotation of five activities that will support Anglican Family Care. For this day the girls should wear their PE uniform.

On Thursday 5 December we have our Prize Giving at the Town Hall. Prize Giving commences at 5.00 pm and we ask that your daughter is seated in the Town Hall lower level by 4.45 pm. On the morning of Prize Giving the junior students will wear mufti to school for the morning. They will be taken down to the Town Hall at 10:30 am fora run through of the prize giving service and will be released from the Town Hall at approximately 11.30 am.

Please ensure that your daughter(s) uniform is immaculate for the evening. This is her formal uniform and includes wearing a long-sleeved shirt. She may wear white socks rather than tights.

We look forward to seeing you all on the evening of the 5th December to celebrate the end of our academic year.

If your daughter is unable to attend Prize Giving, please email  admin@shcs.school.nz  with a reason.

Key Dates for Term 4

Monday 14th October – 5th December 2019

Sunday 24 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm – Families welcome

Wednesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum

Thursday 5 December – Prize Giving – Dunedin Town Hall (please note change of venue) students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5pm start.


St Hilda’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations

It’s 17 months away but we are already looking forward to the 125th Anniversary celebrations in March 2021. Accommodation in Dunedin can be tricky at the best of times, and our 125th is being held over Otago Anniversary weekend, so please make sure you get in early if you’re planning to attend from out of town.
Tickets are available now for the 125th – Full Registration covers all the events, or you can pick and choose which ones you wish to attend (Cocktail Party, Gala Lunch, ‘125 Years of Inspiring St Hilda’s Women’ and the Chapel Service), plus there will be tours, decade group photos, performances and exhibitions all weekend. Please spread the word!

PFA Fundraising at Forsyth Barr Stadium

Call for Parent and senior student (16 years and over) volunteers.

To assist the PFA in fundraising at concerts being held at Forsyth Barr Stadium in February.

Elton John:         Tuesday 4 February times TBC

Queen:                Monday February 10 times TBC

At this stage the PFA are looking for expression of interest please email Ali Copeman pfa@shcs.school.nz once we have a few more details Ali will be in touch to confirm plans. This fundraising goes towards supporting SHCS students in sporting and cultural activities


Sports Uniform Reminder

St Hilda’s new sports uniform is now available at NZ Uniforms on Moray Place. If you need to update or replace items please head there over the holidays. It is compulsory for our students to have the PE top, Shorts, Trackpants, Dri fit and Hoodie. For all students who play in a weekly competition, travel on tournaments or as a PE class, these items are to be worn. No alternatives are allowed. For students with the current style these can still be worn. Over the past few weeks, we have noticed a number of sports teams wearing a variety of shorts and trackpants that are not school regulation. If you are unsure on what these look like, then please head to the website:  http//www.nzuniforms.com


Activities

Year 10 Tautuku camp was again a great experience. The year group excelled in the outdoor environment, and it was an added bonus that the weather held throughout the week and we got to enjoy the range of activities such as abseiling, kayaking, bush navigation, tramping, confidence course and of course the iconic Tautuku camp mud run. Thank you to all the students, staff and especially the parents who were so kind to give up their time to support us on this camp.

Junior Sports Week.

This week many of our year 9 &10 students were involved in the OSSSA Junior Sports Week. This was a  great opportunity for our volleyball and touch teams to get out and compete against teams from all over Otago.

Junior Volleyball Team

Our junior Water Polo team are presently competing in Blenheim and we will have results from that tournament next week.

Otago Primary Athletics Day.

On Thursday, some of our Year 7 & 8 students  headed down to the Caledonian for Athletics Day. Having qualified through North Zone Athletics Day, the girls were ready for another big day. Well done to Mya Haigh for throwing over 8m in her shot put and to Charlotte Cardno for jumping 4.46m in Long Jump and making a new record. Cassie Horo made the 100m final and our relay team of Phoebe Jackery, Katie Moore, Charlotte Cardno and Cassie Horo did a great job in their heat. Well done to Chelsea Sinclair for making her age group shot put final.


Achievements

Hannah Langsbury has been selected into the New Zealand U14 Maori Rep Team for Football.

Chapel Matters

This coming Sunday afternoon we have our Christmas Carol Service here at school which is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. We always end our Carol service with the most published carol in the world; if you go onto You Tube you will find versions of it sung by everybody from Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to church choirs and even cats! And all of this is true, even though this carol was written exactly 200 years ago, in 1719.

The carol is “Joy to the World” and it the lyrics were written by Isaac Watts. He wrote over 750 hymns for churches – this is quite remarkable when you realise that someone like Justin Bieber has written about 40 songs, Taylor Swift has written about 200, and Bob Dylan has written about 500! Isaac Watts’ family was “non-conformist,” meaning they didn’t belong to the Church of England, and his father was put in prison twice for his views. This also meant that Isaac wasn’t allowed to go to Oxford and Cambridge, because you had to be Anglican to go there. Isaac went to another university, became a tutor, and also wrote hymns. His hymns became popular – and he changed the way people sang in church – even in Anglican churches! Watts didn’t just write hymns though. He had studied philosophy at university, and he wrote a textbook on the topic of “Logic” – this was used by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge for over 100 years! Interesting for someone who wasn’t even allowed to study there!

The music for “Joy to the World” was written by an American musician, Lowell Mason, who lived in the 1800s. He also grew up in a family that went to a non-conformist church;
this is the Unitarian Universalist church, which is all about intellectual freedom, inclusive love, and spiritual growth, and although many members don’t actually even believe in God, many still attend church, pray and sing hymns. Mason was one of the church-going members, and he wrote the music for many of the hymns that they sang, played the organ and directed the choir. He wrote the music for “Joy to the World,” in 1839, 120 years after Isaac Watts wrote the words, but he also put lots of other lyrics to music, even including simple things like “Mary had a little lamb!” His church was in the South of the United States, in Georgia, and at a time when slavery was still deeply part of life in the South, Mason helped out at a nearby African-American Baptist church and started the first ever Sunday School for black children.

Even though these two men lived in different centuries, and in different countries, they both did things that went against the grain of the societies they lived in, and were non-conformist in their beliefs and faith, choosing to be true to what they believed about God in how they lived their lives. And in the end they both contributed to one of the most well-known and loved carols of all time, which I think is pretty special!


Reminder – School Canteen

The Canteen has closed for the year. Don’t forget a packed lunch.


BLUE RIBBON INSTALLATION

This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.

Weekly News Term 3|Week 8

Kia ora koutou

Ngā Manu ō Hira Tapu ready for Polyfest

Our senior benchmark examinations have begun and will continue into next week. It is a great opportunity for the girls to test their understanding and show the learning they have been doing this year.

Arts Building Opening

We hope you have received your email invitation to the opening of our new Arts building at 2.00pm on 27th September and we thank those of you who have already RSVP’d.
We would be grateful if you could RSVP to principal@shcs.school.nz by Monday 23rd September.

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.

The Junior Academic Programme can also be viewed here: https://sites.google.com/shcs.school.nz/2020-junior-academic-programme/home 

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:

http://www.dgc.co.za


Return of all 2018 Sporting and Prize Giving Cups and Trophies 

In preparation for the 2019 Awards and Prize Giving evenings, we urgently require the return of all cups and trophies presented in 2018 before the end of Term 3.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this.  These may be left at the school’s main reception area.

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:

https://www.immune.org.nz/sites/default/files/resources/Written%20Resources/AdministrationMMRQA20190904V01aFinal.pdf

For more information relating to measles, please refer to the Ministry of Health’s website:
https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles


Guidance

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.

Download (PDF, 252KB)


Chapel Matters

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


Tolcarne News

Last Friday, Josie and Nicki took the junior girls to the Dunedin ice stadium for Friday Disco Night.  Under colourful lights and popular music, the girls slipped into the new ice skates and stepped out onto the ice.  Not a common activity in New Zealand, many found it a challenge to navigate the ice.  We had some sore ankles, feet and a few topples to wet the knees and backsides, but all in all, the activity was a fun Friday night out!
On Monday night our Tribes played to ‘ice breaker games’ – pass the orange under the chin and blow the pingpong ball down the table with disposable straws.  Lots of laughter and double chins as the orange was passed down the line and the pingpong ball was blown off the tables. Falkland won to orange passing competition and Highgate won the ping pong travel game and Falkland came in again wining the pingpong round robin game.
This week the juniors have been starting dinner with grace in Te Reo as part of Maori Language week. Our senior girls have begun studying and are sitting their benchmark exams, this continues over the weekend and early into next week.

Health Consultation 2019

Thank you to those who completed the 2019 health consultation survey, we greatly appreciate your feedback.
All parents and caregivers are now invited to attend an open discussion on the evening of Monday 16th September, 6.30 pm – 7.30pm where we will have the opportunity to further discuss the makeup of our health programme.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz by Wednesday 11 September.

Hannah Coutts
Teacher of Physical Education and Health


Activities this week

Well done to Ngā Manu ō Hira Tapu who performed at Polyfest on Wednesday night.

Royal New zealand Ballet Workshop
Chloe, the educator from the Royal NZ Ballet take a few Dance workshops on Monday. Years 7-11 took a workshop on Monday lunchtime & Years 12-13 were tutored within their P4 class.
The Contemporary dance they learnt was based on Women’s Suffrage.
15 students were then treated to the actual RNZB performance on Wednesday night – “Bold Moves” where definitive dances from three different decades were shown.
     
Physical Education Class – Gymnastics
The Year 7 Science class has recently been studying ROCKS; their formation and composition among other things, so we were delighted that Liana Sui-Wood’s grandfather allowed Liana to bring some of his precious collection into class. These made for fascinating observations and we even looked at the amazing crystal compositions under the microscope. Thanks so much Ted for your kindness and I sense we have some budding young geologists emerging from this group if Bella and Alex’s enthusiasm is anything to go by.
Year 10 students participating in the Get to Go Challenge
  

Achievements

Our hockey girls had a great week in Timaru competing in the Audrey Timlin Tournament. They played so well as a team resulting in them being 3rd overall at tournament.
We were unlucky to not make the final after losing to Craighead in the semi’s by one goal but the girls showed thier sportsmanship and determination beating James Hargest to be 3rd overall
Rugby – our year 9 and 10’s competed in the Highlanders Region Tournament on Friday in Mosgiel, In real wintery conditions. Playing four games and winning them all to make the semi finals where they bet Otago Girls’ high School  30 – 5 to then play Central Otago in the final.
In the final the girls played so well in the muddy wet conditions with some fantastic tries winning this 17 – 0

Hockey 1st XI

Careers

Transition Expo Day Event – Discover opportunities for life after school. Click here for further details.

Transition Expo Evening ForumClick 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 pfa@shcs.school.nz