Junior School News - 22 November 2018

Junior School News - 22 November 2018

Junior School News – 22 November 2018

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As the year draws to a close, we take time to reflect, to consider our successes and failures, to plan for the coming year and to give thanks for all in our community.

The 2018 school year has seen many exciting events and initiatives, including the launch of the Strategic Plan 2018 – 2025, a greater attention to wellbeing and personal development through the introduction of Kimochis (Pre- Prep and Prep) and the You Can Do It program, parent feedback and teacher consultation on homework, changes in our approach to learning enhancement, and the structure of the day.  At the commencement of the 2019 school year I look forward to sharing with you new initiatives designed to ensure student progress is at the centre of all that we do.

Personally, it has been a wonderful journey meeting so many of you and hearing about your St Hilda’s School experiences. I look forward to continuing to work with you to create an inclusive, student-focused learning environment where all feel valued and accepted.

2019 Class Placements

A reminder that the 2019 class groups will, for the most part, be as they were at our recent Orientation morning. The process of placing students is comprehensive; consideration is given to the social, emotional and educational needs of the individual child, as well as seeking to ensure group effectiveness.  There is a great deal of thought and consideration put into creating a positive learning environment for all students.  Unforeseen circumstances, such as last-minute enrolments, may mean we need to make a few minor adjustments. If a change involves your daughter, we will contact you directly to advise of the change.

The current year level teachers thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with the girls, noting their enthusiasm and positivity.  We are currently finalising teacher placements for 2019. Please note that the teachers the girls were with during the Orientation Morning will not necessarily be their 2019 teacher.

You will be notified of your daughters 2019 teacher prior to school commencing next year.

Year 6 Leadership

Congratulations to all Year 5 students who have applied for leadership roles. Your readiness to take on the leadership of the Junior School has been evident in the quality of written applications received and through the variety of presentations to the interview panel/s.  Regardless of a titled position, by virtue of being a Year 6 student, I look forward the girls’ leadership of the Junior School as they model exemplary behaviour and support for younger students.

Interschool Chess Competition

The St Hilda’s chess team competed at the Gold Coast Age Championships at Emmanuel College. After a highly successful year, this would be the most challenging event for our girls. All our girls finished in the top half of their age group and Diana Shtengelova received a Merit Award and was only one win away from the podium. This was the last primary-aged tournament for our Year 6 students who again displayed great team spirit by guiding and supporting their younger team mates through a busy day of competition.

Year 3 Camp

Last month Year 3 had their first amazing outdoor adventure…CAMP at Tyalgum Ridge!

Soaring through the rainy sky, the flying fox was fast, scary, high and absolutely terrifying! Rock hopping and falling into the cold, clean and calm water was so much fun, as was painting each other’s faces with a variety of colours using ochre paint from the riverbed.

Feeding cute, cuddly baby animals was a lot of fun as they licked our hands, making sure they ate every last piece of food. Walking through the muddy, dirty but beautiful rainforest as we searched for precious rocks and gems (if we were lucky) was amazing.

By Siena Walker and Charlotte White, Year 3

Year 4 Camp

Year 4 camp was amazing. We were put into different groups and it was exciting finding out who was in our cabin. Duties like helping to serve dinner were a lot of fun. The night activities enabled us to mix with other schools and this was really cool. We got to do lots of fun activities especially in the lake. Canoeing was hard at first but became easier and ended up being one of the best activities. Sailing was fantastic as you got to go fast with the wind in the sails and we all got a turn at the different roles. Indoor Rock Climbing was challenging but enjoyable as we conquered our fear of heights and being scared. Some of us even reached the top. Archery, orienteering and initiatives were also lots of fun. Camp is awesome and we can’t wait to go to camp in Year 5!

Emma Craig and Minty Garrett, Year 4

Butterfly Garden

Ah…look at the flowers and the beautiful butterflies fluttering around the colourful flowers! The Southport Butterfly Garden is a lovely place for butterflies and caterpillars.

During the term, Year 2 went on an excursion to the Butterfly Garden across the road School. We saw so many butterflies and caterpillars munching, munching, munching.  We also found lots and lots of lomandra Grass, bottlebrush and banksia which we know butterflies and caterpillars love to eat.  We were impressed by how many butterflies and caterpillars we saw.  There is also a creek nearby which is great because butterflies love moisture.  There are also lots of trees which give shelter which is important because the butterflies don’t like wind.   We loved the Butterfly Garden and are so glad it is part of our community.

By Aleesha Ved and Minaal Bukhari, Year 2

Happy Holidays

Whether you are travelling the world or relaxing at home enjoying precious time with loved ones, my warmest wishes are with you for a safe and love-filled Christmas and holiday period.

Tracey Maynard
Head of Junior School


All Schools Touch Football

On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November, two Junior School St Hilda’s teams competed in the Queensland All Schools Touch Competition at Redlands.

The girls dealt with numerous interruptions to their training in the lead up to the event but this did not hamper their determination.

The A team performed extremely well on the Saturday in their round games, defeating all three teams they came up against quite convincingly to progress through to ‘Championship’ playoffs between the top 16 teams on Sunday.

The B team battled hard all day on Saturday and progressively improved in what was their first time at this competition. After their round of games, they had qualified to compete in the ‘Plate’ playoffs on the Sunday against another 16 teams.

Sunday competitions are all knock-out rounds with a loss at any time ending a team’s run.

Both our teams did extremely well, winning all their games to proceed to the final.

Unfortunately, they were both defeated in their finals but reaching the final itself was an amazing accomplishment, especially for the A Team who finished second against a competition that began with 51 teams.

Congratulations to all the girls and coaches. Thank you to the coaches for the time they have put into training and to all the parent supporters.

Brad Moore
Junior School Sport and Andrews Cup Coordinator


The end of another very busy term and school year is upon us.   As the holidays approach, it is a perfect time to reflect and be thankful for all that we have and often take for granted.  Through our annual Giving Tree Appeal, the students have been encouraged to spare a thought for those less fortunate than themselves and have donated much needed food and toiletry items for local families in desperate need.  The response this year has again been fantastic and the St John’s Crisis Centre is always overwhelmed by the generosity shown by St Hilda’s families.  Thank you to everyone who donated.


A huge thank you to Mrs Niamh O’Dowd who offered to support The Giving Tree appeal this year by donating $5 of groceries for every $50 spent in The Greener Grocer, Isle of Capri.  They have generously donated $360 worth of much needed items to the appeal.

Library Renovations

The students and Library Staff love the new look Library.

‘I love the natural theme.’  Lauren Boyle 5G  

 ‘Makes me feel right at home.’  Zara Hill 6M

 ‘More open and easier to find things.’  Isabella Kilner 5N

‘The natural colours make it feel more grown up and modern.’  Lili Baumann 6M  

Summer Reading

Are you looking for a summer reading list for your children? Keep them reading all summer with this selection at:

We have a considerable amount of lost property in the buckets outside of the library. This will be organised but please ensure that your daughter checks for any belongings.

Every year we welcome a new group of girls who are keen to take on a role of responsibility in the Junior Library as a monitor.  Their many duties range from shelving, tidying, stamping new books, helping other students and organising competitions, Readathon, Book Fair and our Giving Tree Appeal. Mrs Finch and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our industrious and enthusiastic 2018 Library Monitors.

  • Nina Deshon
  • Maddison Smith                     
  • Caitlin McBratney
  • Skye Linfoot                           
  • Grace Fong                            
  • Eva Salmon
  • Aurora Salmon                       
  • Sophie Hirabe            
  • Friedel Stroebel
  • Gigi Anaiya                            
  • Mimi Hall                                
  • Josephine Hermann

School Holiday Activities



Library Activities

Pre-Prep students have been listening and responding to stories that promote good manners, kindness and generosity and enjoying Christmas-themed stories.  They have also been learning about the terminology for book parts and gaining a further understanding about what the author and illustrator do.

Prep students have been listening and responding to stories in the Hugless Douglas Series and enjoying Christmas-themed books.  They have also been learning about the terminology for book parts and gaining a further understanding about what the author and illustrator do.


Year 1 students have been listening and responding to more wonderful stories by Sue Hendra including her Christmas-themed books.  They have also been exploring the non-fiction section, retelling stories and voicing opinions on what we have read.

Year 2 students have completed exploring and responding to the hilarious books in the ‘Walter the Farting Dog’ series. They have also appreciated stories with a Christmas theme, have reviewed the correct terminology for book parts and are becoming confident in voicing their opinions on story plots and characters.

Year 3 students have been responding to stories about giving, kindness and generosity.  ‘The Quilt Maker’s Gift’, ‘The Giving Tree’ and ‘The Happy Prince’ are beautiful, highly recommended tales that highlight these themes.


Year 4 students have been exploring and responding to the wonderfully illustrated novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick.  They have enjoyed activities that involve reflecting and reviewing the story, investigating black and white silent movies and have compared the book and the movie adaptation.



Stuck for a Christmas gift?  Why not buy the other beautiful titles by Brian Selznick, the author of ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’.

Year 5 students have thoroughly enjoyed their study of ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone’.  As a huge J K Rowling and Harry Potter fan, I am thrilled that students who previously were sceptical about this book are now keen to continue the series.

Year 5 students have also been finding out about and preparing for the Kids’ Lit Quiz 2019.  The Kids’ Lit Quiz is an annual literature quiz for students aged 10-13 years.  In 2019 we will be entering three teams (made up of Year 6 students) into the Kids’ Lit Quiz.

Quizzes are held in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA. Winners of the local heats go to the Nationals in Sydney, then winners of the Nationals travel to the World Finals.  In 2019, the World Finals will be held in Singapore.

There will be more detailed information at the start of Term 1, 2019. You can visit the link below to find out more about the event.


Year 6 students have completed their study of the book ‘Just A Dog’ by Michael Gerard Bauer.  They have also spent time in the Senior School Library in preparation for the next chapter in their educational journey.

Other information

Junior School Library Opening Hours: 8am-4.30pm

Students can access the library outside of normal class times every day at:

  • 8am-8.20am
  • Lunchtime: 1.10pm-1.30pm (Mon, Fri), 1.00pm-1.20pm (Tue, Wed, Thu)
  • After school (Years 4-6) 3.25pm-4.30pm

Pre-Prep to Year 3 students are welcome to borrow books after school but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Please note:

Students must bring their library bag for borrowing books.

You can contact me via email at: jgrimmer@sthildas.qld.edu.au or visit me in the library.

Mrs Finch and I wish you all a safe, peaceful and relaxing summer break. We look forward to more exciting times in 2019.

Mrs Joanne Grimmer
Junior School Library


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