Posted on: Wednesday 21 August 2019
Posted in: Boarding
Connect, Community and Care – our Boarding Community’s mantra has been well and truly felt as we have come together to celebrate, congratulate, educate, understand, welcome and “friendmake” over the past few weeks.
Attendance at the ICPA Federal Conference in Adelaide afforded me the opportunity to listen to the issues faced by our rural, remote and isolated families, and also their positive solutions as they work with government and other organisations for equal access to quality education for their children. The stories of unprecedented challenges resulting from extreme drought and unforgiving floods are highly concerning, yet are tempered by the stoicism and “there’s someone worse off than us” attitudes of our families. St Hilda’s parents Wendy Henning and Jill Radel were in attendance, and I was also delighted to meet Rachel Stenslunde (Handley 1991), now Head of Boarding at St Hilda’s in Perth, who is a St Hilda’s Old Girl. We also met up again a week later in Hahndorf for the ABSA Leaders Conference where we joined other Heads of Boarding for a two-day conference – a wonderful opportunity to talk all things Boarding and share ideas.
This term we welcomed some lovely guests to our Boarding Experience Day; despite initially feeling nervous all the girls quickly felt at home and cared for as they enjoyed their day. A number wanted to commence Boarding straight away! My sincere thanks are extended to our wonderful Boarding Buddies who took their roles very seriously and represented Boarding beautifully.
We recently celebrated the Academic success of many Boarders who were presented with Academic Honours Awards at our Academic Assembly. We are very proud of the girls who were rewarded for their hard work and rigour and of course, encourage all our girls to strive to achieve their personal bests. I would also like to recognise Year 11 Boarder, Phoebe Grosser who was selected recently to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January. This is wonderful success for Phoebe, who is a conscientious and multi-talented young woman.
Hugely successful last week was the annual Bush to Beach Bash hosted by the Boarder Parent Support Groups (BPSG) of St Hilda’s and TSS – this was another wonderful evening of “friendmaking” – new parents being welcomed by “old” parents and others catching up on old times, and it was just lovely to catch up with so many. We are very grateful to our generous donors and I also extend my sincere thanks to the BPSG committees for their hard work and all the fun and laughter along the way!
Next week, Amanda Rigby and I travel to Goondiwindi and Weengallon Pink Ladies Day. We are looking forward enormously to catching up with families at dinner and welcoming guests to our St Hilda’s table as the School proudly provides support as a Premium Sponsor. We wish our wonderful Boarding parents, led by Weengallon Pink Ladies Day President, Emma Montgomery, all the best as they host and celebrate the 20th event.
We are now more than halfway through the term…lots of work and play to come, and we look forward to seeing you during our travels or on the Coast.
Head of Boarding