Boarding Bulletin - March 2020

Boarding Bulletin - March 2020

Boarding Bulletin – March 2020

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It is hard to believe we are now halfway through Term 1! Where did those weeks go?  We have been occupied with the start to the new year and helping our new community members settle, encouraging them to join in and embrace the opportunities and activities on offer.  From our Connect Weekend to a diversity of weekend activities such as ice-skating, movies, watersports, beach trips and, of course, shopping, the girls have embraced Boarding life, and this has assisted our new girls begin to settle and become a part of our wonderful community very quickly. As with most new adventures, when we join in, meet others half-way and show we are open to communication, we enjoy living in our community.

We consider our Boarders are very much at the heart of St Hilda’s – joining sports teams, debating teams, playing in musical groups, training, joining the cast of the Musical, participating enthusiastically and contributing their never-ending enthusiasm. This week, Boarders will be representing St Hilda’s at QGSSSA Swimming and many have signed up to support the team as spectators. Rowing season is rapidly approaching and our rowers who are headed to Nationals have been training with focus and commitment. Touch players, basketballers and netballers are also enjoying the benefits of improving fitness and the value of team sports.

Last Friday we welcomed a number of Year 6 girls (and a Year 5) for Boarders’ Experience Day and Scholarship Testing. What fun we had with them, and we hope they will join us in Boarding in the future. I must commend our current Years 6 and 7 Boarders, who hosted our guests, on the absolutely wonderful job they did making their guests feel very much a part of Boarding. We also enjoyed meeting the girls’ families and look forward to catching up with them again in the future.

St Hilda’s Boarding community has been touched by the contradictions of Australian weather for several years now, with families working to manage and respond on their properties or in their businesses in towns. We have seen (and continue to experience), drought, flood and bushfire. We share the joy of some rain, but understand that not all our families have been blessed with rain, and we know that follow-up rain is needed too. We urge families to contact us for assistance if suffering the effects of natural disasters. This is through the St Hilda’s Foundation Disaster Relief initiative to provide financial assistance for families who have faced significant loss and are facing difficulty in covering their daughters’ educational costs.

Families are able to donate to this fund via:

Applications for assistance can be made through Mr Paul Salter, Head of Business, at

Application forms have been sent to all Boarding parents.

A number of girls have volunteered to help in Boarding which allows them to contribute to life in Boarding and to have their voices heard. The Boarding Council members and we were delighted to see new girls being elected by their peers. We congratulate the following girls and thank them for their willingness to serve our community:

  • Year 6 – Tahlia Wilson
  • Year 7 – Madison Holsheimer and Molly Crockett
  • Year 8 – Ella Ramsey and Sally Cameron
  • Year 9 – Amy Symons and Ashley Yang
  • Year 10 – Taya Hickey and Lauren Scott
  • Year 11 – Clementine Sweetland and Tyeka Ferguson-O’Shea.

Test Block and Challenge Week will be held in Week 9 and the girls are beginning to prepare for these experiences. Boarding will be very quiet without our Years 6-10s! Year 6s head to Canberra for their trip in this week, Years 7-9 are on Outdoor Education Programs and Year 10s are on Retreat – so there is always something happening in Boarding!

Annette Boyle
Head of Boarding

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