Posted on: Thursday 8 September 2022
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Intuitive Sense Of Expectation
In July I viewed our Term 3 calendar with an intuitive sense of expectation. Each week presented much promise with opportunities for students to take initiative and leadership in a diverse range of learning experiences in the classroom and in our co-curricular programs. Notwithstanding the anticipation of our new Junior School building for Years 4-6, finally being ready for the girls and staff to enter and finally begin to make their own.
Recognising the lasting influence of Hilda of Whitby on the School’s 112-year history, was a memorable way to commence this term, and I am very appreciative of all who joined in celebrating the Archbishop’s message to ‘embrace joy’ through their entries in the Principal’s Visual Art Competition.
Celebrating the achievements of students across such a diverse range of areas has been most rewarding and enjoyable for all in our community. If I return to the commencement of the term, you will soon appreciate that many of our students have embraced multiple opportunities and achieved success across a range of disciplines. Of particular note was the commencement of Winter Fixtures, and participation of students in Years 9-11 in the Model United Nations, where our Year 10 team were awarded first place. Rowing regattas at Wyaralong Dam began in week 2, and the strong performance by our crews during this shortened program, due to weather conditions, heralded what was ultimately to be an extremely successful season culminating in the School being presented with the Aggregate Cup at Head of the River in week 7. St Hilda’s School will now have a second plaque on this prestigious cup, after our first win in 2019. We share the title this year with All Hallows’ School, and look forward to displaying the cup at each of the two schools during the next twelve months.
Just as week 2 of term heralded the success of our rowers, similarly our musicians’ performance success began early in the term with their engaging performances at this year’s Gala Concert. In the weeks that followed our music ensembles and choirs acquitted themselves with passion and skill at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. Drama students engaged with the ASCA examinations in Speech and Drama, and our Drama Troupes enjoyed increased enrolments in our afternoon workshops.
The Soap Box Competition, now in its seventh year, was launched in week 3, with finals in week 4 presenting students’ views on topics including Australia and Asylum Seekers; Hong Kong and Human Rights; Media Power and Perspectives; Prolife/Choice Rights; and Gender Inequality. St John’s Anglican Crisis Centre offered an opportunity for students to volunteer for their annual fundraiser, and we were pleased to see a quick response from students who were willing to support others to flourish. Our Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Adventurous Journey saw our students tackle the Binna Burra trails again, whilst our Pre-Prep students celebrated Multicultural Day. Awareness of the needs of others focused our Year 12 students who sought sponsorship for Cancer Research as they prepared for the Hair Chop. Similarly, developing an appreciation of the migrant experience focused our Year 6 cohort’s dance/drama presentation for Wakakirri. This exceptional interpretation was performed again by invitation this week and has now been nominated for national awards in a number of categories.
Week 6 saw our youngest students participating in the Premier’s Reading Challenge, our Junior School win the Andrew’s Cup Athletics Carnival for the eighth year in a row, and our Intermediate B Team win the Gold Coast Debating Grand Final, with our Intermediate A Team coming second in their Grand Final. The Junior School Disco, and Tournament of Minds competition completed a week of cultural and sporting excellence.
The Gold Coast Eisteddfod continued into week 7, as students across the School enjoyed the opportunity to dress up as a favourite book character, and enjoy browsing through a fine selection of novels at the Book Fair. Dressing Up played an important role again for the Junior School Disco, while the Science Fair, examining glass, ensured adventurous students had an opportunity to test their curiosity through some very engaging research. Our Year 10 Reader’s Cup team won the State Finals in a nail-biting tie breaker in Brisbane on Wednesday 31 August. What an outstanding way to complete a week focused on literacy.
While this term has been filled with opportunities to experience passions outside of the classroom, their classroom learning has been directed well through reflection and formative assessment practices. Our expectations for the best possible academic outcomes for every student can only be realised with each student having high expectations of themselves. We have been fortunate to have a large number of our teachers visiting other classes during Term 3, observing the classroom practice of their colleagues, and reflecting on how what they observe enables them to reflect on their own practice. Likewise, our new Educational Psychologist, Ms Tamara Sheppard, is now visiting classrooms to observe routines and familiarise herself with the knowledge, skills and attitudes, challenging students in different subject areas. Year 12s have been heavily engaged in their Practice Examination sessions; a valuable opportunity to test their preparation at this stage of the academic year in readiness for feedback to assist their final classes prior to External Examinations next term.
Our community events have been a further highlight of Term 3. My sincere thanks to all students, staff and members of our parent support groups who have volunteered over the course of the term. Our Open Morning, the Ammonite Dinner, Father’s Day Market Stall, Dad’s Snags at Sunrise, St Hilda’s School OGA Centenary Ball, and Fete, have added an air of celebration which has been so very welcome after two previous years of moving through the restrictions of COVID.
As we prepare for the final week of this very enriching period of the School year, I extend my best wishes to our students competing in the final round of a highly successful Winter Fixtures competition, our QGSSSA Athletes preparing for their competition at Nathan next week, the crews who are participating in the State Rowing Championships in Bundaberg, and our Silver Qualifying Duke of Ed teams.
Below outlines the number of students who participated in our enrichment activities this term.
|QG – Netball, Tennis, Volleyball & Athletics||286|
|Club Sports – Netball and Touch||159|
|QG – Badminton and Junior AFL Trials||188|
|Reader’s Cup||43 (Junior School)
14 (Middle/Senior School)
|Choir, Band and String Ensemble||Choir – All Prep & Year 1
160 (Years 2-6)
|Year 5 Tribot Cup||12|
|Tournament of Minds, Maths & Ethics Olympiads||37|
|Debating||22 (Junior School)
44 (Middle/Senior School)
|Model United Nations||22|
Ms Wendy Lauman