From the Principal - September 2019

From the Principal - September 2019

From the Principal – September 2019

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Excelling in our Co-curricular Program

During the last month, students across the School have reaped the rewards of their commitment and dedication to their co-curricular programs.

Junior School won the Andrews Cup Athletics in August, an incredible achievement which is a great testament to the girls’ enjoyment of their training and ability to work under the direction of their coaches.

In September, Junior School hosted Round 2 of the eSports competition for students under the age of 13 years. This is a competition where students flex their problem-solving skills, memory, multitasking abilities and social skills in a new and innovative way. Fifteen schools registered to participate and, with St Hilda’s initiating this event, our Junior School is extremely proud that the competition will extend to schools in New South Wales and Victoria in 2020.

Further testament to the girls’ skill development was demonstrated with places awarded to two Year 3 and two Year 5 girls in the Griffith University Science competition.

In Middle Senior School, opportunities to engage in Science competitions and additional workshops enabled Senior students to compete in the National Titration competition in August after placing fifth in the Regional competition in June. A near perfect score for one of our Year 11 students has encouraged her to identify what is possible next year.

In the sporting arena, St Hilda’s Rowing took out the Aggregate Cup for the first time in the School’s long rowing history. The girls have duly celebrated and many continue to train, as State Titles take place during the September school holidays. A successful Winter Fixtures season with QGSSSA sports has been enjoyed by over 200 students.

Our Debating teams were awarded Gold Coast Champion School in the 2019 Gold Coast Debating Competition with a Year 8 and Year 9 team representing the School in the finals. This was a tough but exciting season and all teams are to be congratulated on the breadth of their knowledge of current issues and ability to refine their arguments.

Our Music students also celebrated success with their performances at HOTA at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. The Secondary School Choir Aggregate Trophy was the crown of their attainments, with the girls achieving the highest number of points in the Secondary Choral Sections. In addition, 25 individual placings were achieved by students in Years 4-12.

I look forward to joining Middle Senior students and parents to acknowledge the girls’ success on Friday, 1 November at our Co-curricular Awards Evening, and Junior School parents and guests at their celebratory Co-curricular Assembly next term.

In the meantime, I wish all St Hilda’s families a safe and happy holiday break. Thank you for your continued support and engagement with the School as we work together to inspire our young women.

Wendy Lauman
Acting Principal

 

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