Middle School News - 23 August 2018

Middle School News - 23 August 2018

Middle School News – 23 August 2018

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To complement their academic pursuits, girls are encouraged to participate in an extensive range of co-curricular activities, enriching their overall education experience. The popular debating program offers girls a wide range of opportunities to develop their oratory and research skills. Supported by coaches, students learn how to present and counter persuasive perspectives using structured, evidence-based arguments. The skills and confidence gained through these experiences are invaluable for life beyond school. St Hilda’s has a proud tradition of involvement in debating, with a number of teams this year successfully reaching the Grand Finals in the Gold Coast Debating Competition.  The Year 7 team consisting of Skye Hill, Simran Bhuta, Edi Licciardi and Chloe Lao were undefeated throughout the season, while the two

Year 8 teams went head to head on the night; Poppy-Jane Todd, Zarli Dickinson, Anya Jayasekera and Remi Long narrowly defeated our other Year 8 team comprised of Indigo and Mimi Edmonds, Maeve McBratney and Ava-Bella Gien. Congratulations to the girls and their coaches on their hard work and commitment.

Involvement in focus weeks is designed to provide a service to the community in an effort to address genuine needs, whilst at the same time raising awareness of the less fortunate members of our society. With many of our Boarding students coming from farming communities, the girls from 9C chose to raise awareness of the devastating effect of the drought and funds for the Aussie Farmers Foundation who help by supporting farmers during tough times. Lunch time fun activities such as an egg and spoon race and the water bucket challenge aimed to promote a sense of unity and togetherness, while the visual use of green and brown leaves were reminders of the land in bloom and drought, highlighting the need for everyone to get behind their efforts.  The week ended with a very popular milkshake stall with $396.40 raised. These experiences promote teamwork as well as broadening their awareness of issues and understanding of the world around them. It also teaches them more about themselves and gives them a sense of connection to their community.

Time is precious. We often have so many things on the go that there never seems to be enough days in the week. The Father Daughter Breakfast provided a wonderful opportunity for fathers to spend time some together with their daughters to celebrate this special relationship. A highlight from the morning was listening to guest speaker, Isabelle Mullen, who spoke of her journey as a Channel 9 news journalist.  A number of the girls also shared their memories; their comments, often laced with humour, expressed the love and respect they have for their fathers, but some also passed on words of wisdom that they have gleaned from their fathers. The following extracts illustrate the impact fathers can have on their daughters.

Xabby Dickinson Year 7

Looking back on these experiences now, I can see each one holds a valuable life lesson. One of these stands out to me in particular. That lesson is courage. Now a thing you should know about my dad is that he’s deadly afraid of heights. But even with this phobia, he accomplished all of these challenges without hesitation or reluctance.  He had courage and proved to me that our fears do not define us and with courage, we can face them.

Aimee Webb Year 9

Dad has taught me so much, and if I have taken anything from all those painstakingly long lectures, it would be this:

  1. Never give up, because when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.
  2. Study hard and try your best at school, as it is the foundation for the rest of your life, and
  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all make mistakes.

The Visual Art Department hopes to foster an environmentally conscious culture through a unit of work that explores the environmental impact that comes from packaging waste. Year 7 students have been encouraged to develop an understanding that by reducing, reusing and recycling, they are helping to preserve our natural resources. The girls have been challenged to design and create a fashion statement with an environmental message, using their imagination and recycled packaging items. To assist us we would greatly appreciate donations of the following packaging items: paper shopping bags, empty boxes (ie cereal), packets, wrappers, paper bags, labels and tags etc.

The Year 9 Dance Classes have once again proven to be a huge success. The girls have learnt a mixture of traditional and modern dances including the Jive, Cha Cha and the ever-popular Nut Bush. The dance classes have provided opportunities for the girls to develop connections with the boys from TSS and well as learning new skills in dance. Parents are invited to attend the final dance class on Wednesday, 22 August from 6.30 to 8.30pm in the Multi-Purpose Centre. The girls have been asked to provide a plate of food for supper. We look forward to seeing you there.

Susan Sanburg
Head of Middle School

Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace