Dear Parents and Caregivers
"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Jeremiah 29:11
This term has been one of challenges and uncertainty, as we have navigated teaching and learning through the COVID lens.
We have been incredibly fortunate to have been able to hold many school events, even if they have looked slightly different. This has certainly been the year for making the most of what does work, and being grateful for the small blessings of each day.
Our Eucharist service yesterday was a wonderful school event - and we were able to sing! Something we used to take for granted, but which is now something to treasure. And the girls sang so well too - I think we all enjoyed the experience.
Last night I thoroughly enjoyed performances by Sings Hilda and our junior choir Nga Koromiko, and the orchestra, and it felt so good to be listening to such beautiful music again. I think the absence of performances helped us all to value the opportunity all the more. It reminded me of what we have missed out on, but also made me grateful for the work of the staff and students to continue under difficult circumstances and be committed to their craft.
With sports seasons truncated and changed, benchmarks completed, cultural events missing from the calendar, it has been a busy, unpredictable term, and I am so proud of the students and staff: their resiliency in the face of change, their optimism in the face of uncertainty and their unwavering positivity towards and focus on, the learning opportunities that we have been able to provide.
I know Term 4 is busy with an academic focus and also one where we have many celebrations that are community focused. We will continue to plan for all contingencies and hold on to the legacy events that contribute to the memorable end of every school year.
I hope all our families are able to enjoy some time together over the holidays, refresh and relax, and be grateful for the special moments these times bring.
"Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.” —Anthony D’Angelo
If you are withdrawing your daughter from St Hilda’s, we ask that this is put in writing before Monday 12 October. As is stipulated in the enrolment contract, one term’s written notice is required. In default of that notice, one term’s Attendance Dues plus GST, shall be paid in lieu of notice upon the date that such fees would normally fall due, and in default of payment, interest shall run from that date until payment at the rate specified on the fees tax invoice/statement. In addition, any costs involved in collection should recovery action be taken, shall be payable.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 12 October if your daughter is not intending to return to St Hilda’s in 2021.