From the Principal - July 2019

From the Principal - July 2019

From the Principal – July 2019

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Celebrations this month

A Very Royal Gala

I want to congratulate every girl involved in Saturday night’s Music Gala Concert. All of us who had the pleasure of being part of the evening were impressed by the variety and energy of the performances. It really was a very special evening and my thanks go to all the staff involved, and particularly to Miss Janette Kelly for her leadership.

Music has the ability to draw us together and to communicate beyond words. Whether it was the simple joy of Mickey Mouse from the Pre-Prep choir, the majesty of the Trumpet Voluntary, the soul of Aretha Franklin or the haunting tones of Bohemian Rhapsody, we were thoroughly entertained and moved.

Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Each year, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) publishes the most outstanding assessment items from the graduating cohort. I am very pleased to announce that the work of our Engineering Teacher, Mr Brandt Ward and student, Natasha Buckler (class of 2018) has been published. It is worth noting that only 13 samples are presented from across the entire State. The CEO of QCAA shared with me: “The exceptional standard of the work is not only a tribute to Natasha’s efforts, but also reflects the dedication of the teachers at your school in supporting students to achieve their full potential.” This is a testament to the excellence in Learning and Teaching that is occurring at St Hilda’s and our positive engagement in STEM.

New Student Leaders

Our Student leaders for 2019/20 were inducted this week and we look forward to seeing what they will bring us. During Term 3 they will have the benefit of being mentored by our outgoing leaders and we know that there will be many opportunities for learning and growth as they take up their roles. I will include below a small part of my encouragement to them at their induction.

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Student Leader Induction – excerpts from the Principal Address

Our passage for reflection today is from Proverbs 31 where the writer is exploring the qualities of a worthy woman. There are three main elements of what this ‘worthiness’ looks like that are relevant for us today.

Girls the first message from our reading today is strength. Both physical strength and strength of character. Verse 17 says:

She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit the rowing camp where over 150 girls were demonstrating this message so well. It takes character to get up in the dark and cold and go out on the water and row. It takes character to put your holiday freedom and leisure aside to train and learn. It takes both physical strength and character to train on the water, row on the erg machines, go for 5km runs, complete endless burpees. I want to commend the girls who seriously train for any sport they are committed to. Girls in doing this training you are putting into practice the wisdom from proverbs.

So, our student leaders who will take us into 2020 your task, like the rowers, like the woman from Proverbs is to strengthen your arms and your mind and exercise those physical and emotional muscles that help you to be strong.

The second attribute of the worthy woman is her ability to care for others. The passage says in Verse 20:

She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

There is little point in being a strong and worthy woman if you are only focused on yourself. This woman who is able to manage complex projects, buying fields, planting vineyards and spinning flax is not doing it just for the fun of it. She is contributing to the society around her in a really positive way. Girls that is a challenge for each of us – whether we are a leader or not. In the moments when you encourage someone who is sad, or look out for the girl who is alone, or care for someone who is lost, or put your own comfort behind the needs of someone else then you are demonstrating you are a worthy woman.

New leaders we want you to use your gifts and talents and resources to build up others – whether that is the girls who surround you now, or the wider Gold Coast community that has many needs or a global world that groans with injustice. As an example of that I received a letter I received yesterday from a student at the School of St Jude who is grateful for your practical support of her learning. Leaders we look to you to lead our student body in caring and supporting others.

The third and final attribute of a worthy woman is her focus on her faith rather than her looks. Verse 30 says:

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

We live in a society where online posts and digital images are given far more power than they should be given. Let’s remind one another of what really matters. Girls it is your character not your looks that matters most. Leaders we don’t want you to look good on the outside – rather we want you to be young women of character and faith. It is a warning not to see ourselves as the centre of the universe but to acknowledge our frailty and humanity in the context of God’s universe. It is a very healthy recognition of the power of the spiritual to temper the physical. Girls your faith put into action will be much more powerful than any outward appearance.

So leaders our passage from Proverbs gives you three imperatives:

  1. Be strong
  2. Be kind
  3. Be faithful

Above all else our worthy woman is not a passive character – she runs a successful business; she provides for herself and others and she demonstrates qualities of character that are inspiring.

It has been said: “There are three kinds of people in the world. those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what just happened.”

New student leaders you have put yourself forward, and your peers and teachers have voted for you hoping that you will be girls who make things happen.

My question to you today is: ‘What will you want to make happen?’ If you think that your leadership will be merely a string of treats or events, then I think you have set your sights too low. I hope that you will strive to inspire the girls around you to be:

  • strong
  • kind
  • faithful

and I hope that you will aspire to be worthy women who can lead others in the same way.

Girls I congratulate you all and look forward to seeing your leadership begin.

St Hilda’s History – How the Gold Coast watched the Moon Walk in 1969

Earlier this week the Gold Coast Bulletin celebrated the 50 year anniversary of man walking on the moon with a look back at how the Gold Coast watched the historical event unfold – including what happened at St Hilda’s!

“Throughout the day, schools chose to either send students home or cancel planned exams in favour of watching the coverage together.

At St Hilda’s, exams were postponed and eight televisions were set up for students and staff to watch.

Principal Helen Granowski said she would not count the day as a proper school day.”

Read the article here: https://bit.ly/2LxGifj

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