Posted on: Friday 22 November 2019
Posted in: Boarding
There is much excitement in Boarding as we head into the final week of the academic year. The girls are finishing their tests and preparing to go home – they have had a full year of school and all the associated activities and are ready for a break. With some planned celebrations, interesting programs and finally, Speech Day, the girls will complete the year happily and with a sense of achievement.
Our new Head Boarder, Prefects, Big Sisters and other students taking up opportunities for leadership have led activities and are planning and sharing ideas for the year ahead. There is lots of energy and we are looking forward to channeling this energy into action.
We are delighted that Year 10s and Year 11s have volunteered to take on the role of Big Sisters next year. This is an important role in Boarding and extends a warm welcome to new girls as well as supporting others in Boarding. I am grateful for their generosity of spirit in offering their time to care for others and contribute in this way. As we all know, we get the most out of life when we are prepared to give and engage, rather than sit back and leave the work to others.
Next week we will hold our Annual Round-Robin netball match. This competition is run in our Competition Houses and Family Groups. It will be super to see the girls, including non-netballers, join in and play keenly and in the spirit of fun; we will also enjoy a BBQ dinner together, followed by the presentation of prizes. Competition will be fierce, especially between staff managers of teams! On Monday night we will congratulate our Tidy Room winners for the year through a Pizza Dinner to recognize the girls’ efforts in keeping their rooms clean, tidy and aesthetic. We are proud of these girls when we show prospective families through our Houses and appreciate them contributing in this way.
The past weeks have seemed like the long farewell for Year 12s – there were many opportunities to recognise them and their contribution to St Hilda’s. We thank our Head Boarder, Ailsa Hurford, for her quiet, passionate leadership of our Boarding Community and wish each of our Year 12 Boarders all the very best. We do hope they will stay in touch with us.
One of our highlights of the term has to be our Christmas Dinner – lots of laughter and fun, and the opportunity for our girls to thank all those who have cared for them during the year. Chef Dave and our catering staff provided another scrumptious meal as we celebrated together. Our sincere thanks are extended to our BPSG for their funding – it is a lovely way for our parents to be very much a part of our celebrations. We also saw the BPSG present our Year 12 Boarders with a beautiful silver bracelet, recognising their journeys as a Boarder in our Community. This presentation will become an annual event.
As this is the last newsletter for 2019, I thank all members of our Boarding Community for their contributions during the year; it has been a big year, and a challenging one for so many of our families. We have worked together in partnership and community and I look forward to a wonderful 2020.
I wish you all the peace and joy of the Christmas Season and a relaxing, rejuvenating break. I know many of you will appreciate having the girls at home with you so they can contribute to the work that has become so significant in our rural areas. I look forward to seeing our returning Boarders on 28 January and to welcoming new Boarders, also. 2020 is looking to be a great year!
Head of Boarding