From the Principal - November 2020

From the Principal - November 2020

From the Principal – November 2020

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Triple Eight Race Engineering Grant added to our Foundation’s Experiential Opportunities

Industry Connections

Triple Eight Race Engineering may not be the first career pathway you associate with girls’ interest in engineering; however, the recent announcement of this additional experiential grant opportunity was met with the enthusiasm and interest you would expect of young women who don’t hold limited views of their possible futures.

St Hilda’s Foundation’s Grants and Internships for students entering Year 11 were first established in 2017 with the announcement of the Rebecca Wilson News Corp Grant; an opportunity for aspiring journalists to complete a 2-week internship at News Corp. To date, four of our Senior students have participated in this internship, including 2019 graduate Georgia Welch who confirmed her continuing passion for a career in journalism at our Scholars’ Assembly in February with her acceptance of an offer to study a Bachelor of Law and Journalism at the University of Queensland.

Keely van der Vegt, another of our aspiring 2019 alumni, so impressed the panel with her enthusiasm for sports journalism in her interview that News Corp’s Mr Peter Gleeson offered her an opportunity to publish a story on girls’ sport – Keely soon after found herself in print in The Sunday Mail.

The introduction this year of the Gold Coast Suns – Sports and Event Management or Communications Internship, similarly created a great deal of interest from students seeking to explore their potential in this career pathway. COVID-19 has to date impacted on the successful applicant’s ability to attend the Austworld Centre and Metricon Stadium; however, 2021 is looking increasingly positive for the fulfillment of this placement.

The Triple Eight Race Engineering – Mechanical Engineering Internship, will broaden student’s knowledge of engineering and the design and manufacturing processes a team undertakes before a car leaves for the track. Each internship includes financial support to assist the successful student’s endeavours in their chosen field. Applications for 2021 Internships close in February.

The St Hilda’s Foundation is keen to develop further experiential opportunities for our young women across the diverse range of occupations which attract our graduates. Parents and friends who are able to connect the School’s Foundation with other industry opportunities are welcome to contact our Head of Business, Mr Paul Salter (

Community Connections

On Friday evening it was truly delightful to welcome so many in our community back on campus for the Principal’s and OGA Christmas Party. It is an important occasion to acknowledge the ongoing support and endeavours of our Parent Support Groups and our Old Girls’ Association. Many of these groups continued to stay connected through virtual Teams meetings during the course of the year so it was refreshing to finally be able to meet again in person this term.

Another highlight of the evening for me was the opportunity to see the return of so many of our 2019 graduates and hear their personal stories of meeting challenge, and flourishing, during their first year of university – online. Not the experience they expected!

So too, catching up with long-standing families and connecting with parents of new students made the evening really rewarding. In the few short weeks remaining of this School year, I look forward to the opportunity to welcome the parents of our Year 12 students (currently completing their external exams), to share the girls’ final Chapel and Student Reflection Service and Graduation and Valedictory Dinner. Our Speech Day will be live-streamed this year; after the success of the live-streamed Formal arrivals, I hope this will be another opportunity for our community to connect, even if virtually. I understand some families get together at one another’s residences and make a real occasion of these viewing opportunities.

COVID restrictions notwithstanding, we have endeavoured to keep engaging with our St Hilda’s community, and to ensure the partnerships we develop continue to benefit the young women we support. I look forward to receiving your continuing advice to us on how we can maintain and enhance your experience and connection.

Wendy Lauman

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