Term 2   -   Week 5
Friday 22 May 2015


Z Club Induction

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The school Z Club is busy at the moment – on Wednesday new members were inducted into the club and next Tuesday they are organizing a Pink Ribbon breakfast to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.  Tickets to the breakfast have already been sold but if you’d like to make a donation you can do so online at www.pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz/page/sthildaszclub.


The girls looked great today dressed in pink for ‘Pink Shirt Mufti Day’.  This was to raise money for and awareness of the Pink Shirt Anti Bullying campaign.  

Year 7 and 8 students will be going to Camp Columba next Tuesday.  We are hoping the snow clears in time for this!


Year 11&12 - We have had our first information evening for the 2016 Vietnam Trip.

Thanks to those who have already indicated interest in the 2016 Vietnam Trip. If anyone was thinking of this but was unable to attend the information evening please feel free to contact me at jmaw@shcs.school.nz.  If you are going to join the trip for 2016 could you please get back to me by Thursday 28th May with the following details:

 

Student’s Name

Student’s Year Group

Names of any other family members planning to travel with the group

In order to secure airline seats (especially on the domestic flights) and land arrangements we will require a non refundable $400 deposit by Tuesday 2ndJune.



St Hilda's Cross Country Team

 

The Cross Country Team participated in the Caversham Kings Relays on Tuesday. St Hilda's had four senior and four junior teams competing and all the girls ran extremely well.


Junior Girls Team

The Junior Girls 1 team of Kate Higham, Georgia Mitchell, Suzie White and Cecilia Crooks finished first overall, and first Junior Team. The Senior Girls Team 1 of Anna Power, Erin O'Brien, Olivia Gold and Anna Lindsay were placed second, and the Senior 2 team of Zoe Richards, Meg Timu, Lili Sabonadiere and Beth Fitchett were placed third.

Kate Higham was 1st equal fastest time and Georgia Mitchell was 3rd equal fastest time in the Junior Race and Anna Lindsay was fastest time in the Senior Race.

The next event is the Otago/Southland Cross Country at Milton next Wednesday.

If there are any families who would be interested in billeting a student from Woodford House on Friday 19 June until Sunday 21 June could you please email tconrad@shcs.school.nz.  The Woodford students are traveling down to compete at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Cross Country, which is being held at Gladfield Golf Course on Saturday 20 June.  



OTAGO CAREERS FESTIVAL EVENT REMINDER - see the Careers site or Festival website for details on other events. 

Ready to Launch!  Helping your teenager prepare for work and learning

                         Tuesday, June 2    6pm-7pm Westpac Lounge, Edgar Centre

 

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES TO:
tess.livingstone@careers.govt.nz

Helping teenagers successfully launch into work or tertiary study can be a worrying time for parents. Come and hear our panel of school, tertiary and Government career and study advisors talk about practical tips and guidelines for helping your young person work out a sense of direction, get a head start on building their employment skills; gain required foundation qualifications and know what to expect in the workplace or the lecture theatre.  Then stay on and explore the 2015 Dunedin Careers Expo with your son or daughter.

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal


Term 2   -   Week 4
Friday 15 May 2015

Year 8 students, Grace Brenssell and Charlotte Coutts,
share their iPad expertise


Dear Parents and Caregivers

We have had a very productive visit from the ERO team and look forward to sharing some of their reflections with you in the next few weeks.

Yesterday we held our Open Day for prospective boarder families.  This is always a wonderful opportunity for the girls to show off their school and hostel and they are always so excited and proud to do so.

Thank you to parents who attended last night’s Year 9 Parent Seminar, we hope that this was useful and informative.

Next Friday is Pink Shirt Mufti Day.  Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 when a group of students decided to defend a student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, many of his peers turned up to school the next day wearing pink shirts, and Pink Shirt Day was born.  The pink shirt is a way of showing those being bullied that there are many people around who care and we ask that students come to school wearing their pink shirts to support this cause as well as bringing a gold coin donation.



The Otago Careers Festival is being held throughout Otago over the month of May. As part of this festival Year 11 students will have an opportunity to attend a Careers Expo in early June. Other relevant events for Year 11 are being advertised to all senior students. Please check out the festival website,

http://www.otagocareersfestival.co.nz/, for a full list of events running in your area. The Festival showcases the range of opportunities to live, learn and work in Otago. All events during the Festival are free to attend with events for all ages and stages catered for.

Events relevant to our students have been listed on the school’s Careers Calendar. Click the Careers link on the bottom of your SHCS homepage. This calendar is a new initiative to keep our community informed of careers events and opportunities happening in our school. Please check back regularly for updated events.

We held our information seminar for the 2016 Vietnam trip today.  If you were unable to attend and are interested in going please contact me for further information at jmaw@shcs.school.nz

 

Student Achievement

Congratulations to all the girls that competed in the Logan Park Road Race.  In the Junior Girls race, Kate Higham was placed 2nd, Suzie White 3rd and Georgia Mitchell 4th. In the Senior Race, Anna Lindsay was placed 2nd.


Snow Day and Late Start Procedures

In the case of a school closure or late start due to weather conditions an email will be sent to parents by 7:00am.  There will also be an announcement made over the following radio stations and the school Facebook page:

 

97.4 More FM
Radio Dunedin 99.8 FM & 1305 AM
The Hits - http://www.thehits.co.nz/shows/dunedin/callum-p/

School Parent Portal – Cancellation page

www.facebook.com/shcsnz

 

Should conditions in your area be different to those in the rest of the city you must make individual decisions based on what is safest for your family.  Once girls are at school we encourage you not to text them regarding school closures.  If this were to eventuate we would email parents immediately.

 

**Please see the below flyer regarding the Entertainment Book fundraiser**

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal









Term 2   -   Week 3
Friday 8 May 2015



2015 Stage Challenge Cast and Crew


Dear Parents and Caregivers

The highlight of the week was definitely Stage Challenge on Monday night.  Stage Challenge is a national event, which is now in its 23rd year. It comprises shows in 12 locations, 16,000 participants and is billed as this year's ''biggest school-based dance and drama extravaganza''. 

Our theme was based on deep-sea drilling issues that have been raised in Otago and was approached through the unseen impact, under water.  There were:

·      21 girls in supporting crew roles

·      72 girls on stage

·      20 staff or parents who supervised rehearsals and offered expertise

·      49.5 hours in the school holidays making costumes and set

·      1800 coloured circles cut from fabric 

·      130 black rubbish bags cut into strips

 

St Hilda’s were awarded first place overall and won various other excellence awards including concept, soundtrack, choreography, drama, performance skill, costume, visual enhancement and stage use.  A huge thank you to all involved.

Next Thursday we are holding our Open Day for Boarders.  This starts at school at 10.00am where families will be able to see classes in action before visiting Tolcarne.  We ask that all students be in formal uniform for this.

 

The Year 9 Parent Seminar is also on Thursday at 7.00pm in the school library.  The theme of this is ‘Potential and pitfalls of the digital world’. 

 

On Friday night there is a Vietnam information evening at 5.00pm – venue to be confirmed.  If you are unable to make this and are interested in going to Vietnam in 2016 please email jmaw@shcs.school.nz for further details.

 

Please see the flyer attached at the end of the newsletter in regard to Entertainment Books.

 

Student Achievement

The Senior B Netball won round one of the Dunedin Netball Centre Club Competition Grade Senior 2. They have been promoted to Senior 1 for round two. 

 

The following students won awards at the North End Rowing Club's end of season prize giving:

 

Club Member of the Year (Ethel McMillan Cup) - Lauren Farnden (St Hilda’s Rowing Coach)

Most Improved Rower (R T Gay Rose Bowl) - Stella Keown & Nick Henderson

Most Improved Sculler (Purvis Rose Bowl) - Josie Cook

Coxswain of the Year (Espie Family Trophy) - Mia Knott

 

Cecilia Crooks received a Silver medal in the Otago girls 15 and under 800 freestyle relay team at the National Swimming Champs.

 

The Year 11 Blue Futsal team won their division in the Futsal South 2015 Otago High School Tournament held on Wednesday.

 

The Green Island Vocal competition was held last weekend and St Hilda’s had some outstanding results:

 

Temple Flaws in the 12 and under 14 age group

           
2nd own selection

3rd Action Song in Character 

1st National Song                               

2nd Popular Song


Caroline Burchell in the 16 and under 18 age group
1
st Own Selection
1st Song by a NZ Composer                         

 

Lillian Gibbs in the 14 and under 16 age group
1st Sacred Song (not from Oratorio) 

1st Test Song

2nd popular song

Dunedin Entertainer's Club Scholarship

 

Maddie Guthrie in the 14 and under 16 age group
2
nd Sacred Song (not from Oratorio)

1st popular song

1st Scholarship Recital

Most Promising Singer trophy

 

Abby Hall in the 14 and under 16 age group
3rd
Sacred Song (not from Oratorio)
1
st Song by a NZ Composer
Encouragement Award

 

Irie Simpson in the 16 and under 18 age group

2nd Song by a NZ Composer

 

Music Concert and Rugby Tickets

A parent has kindly donated to the school two tickets for a music concert at the Hutton Theatre at Otago Museum on Sunday May 17.  This starts with a variety concert at 3.30pm; dinner at 5.30pm with guest speaker Dame Malvina Major and Helen Webby Harp, followed by two piano recitals at 7.00pm with Professor Terence Dennis and Corwin Newall.


We would ask that a donation be made with monies going to the school hardship fund (the tickets were originally $55 each). 

 

We have four tickets available for the Super 15 rugby game on Saturday May 30.  The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available and as such could be a good opportunity for business owners or managers to take their staff or clients out in an affordable way.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in school camps and sports trips.


The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game. 

Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in either the music or rugby tickets.

 

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal

 

News from Tolcarne

What a busy couple of weeks. Last week Robyn McGarry, myself and two Year 10 boarders; Lucy Hazlett and Bridget Smith, toured the South delivering our Country Visit presentations. We had high numbers at all venues and feedback from parents has been extremely positive. The final date for Boarding Applications is May 28th.

 

The afternoon and weekend activity schedule at Tolcarne is working very well. On Monday Krystal took a group of 13 juniors down to the Hockey Turf to watch the St Hilda’s B Hockey Team in their opening game. On Wednesday Robyn held a craft afternoon where the girls made Mothers Day cards and on prepared for their Mothers Day High Tea at 2pm.

 





 

This Sunday there is also a basketball game between the Oceana Gold rush and the Wildcats at the Edgar Centre – entry fee a gold coin. 

 

The Revolution Tour treated us to a concert over dinner on Thursday evening. A group of young performers from Auckland shared a few songs and gave some of our girls an opportunity to come up on the microphone. It was a great sing a long!

 

Amanda Haggie

Head of Boarding


 

Homestay Family Opportunities

We are currently looking at expanding our International Homestay family database in the Dunedin area.  Some points to consider are: 

1.  Homestay families must be able to provide students with their own bedroom including study area (desk, lamp).
2.  A requirement of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students is that all members of the household over the age of 18 undergo NZ Police Vetting.

 

We are seeking families for the following hosting opportunities:

 

1.  Term 2 Holiday break for 3 international students who currently reside at the Hostel.  From Friday 3 July after school until Sunday 19 July 3:00 pm.

2.  Mid term placement from the end of May until the end of October for a Year 12 Japanese student (16) who is looking for a family with young children and possibly a friendly dog.

 

If any of these opportunities may interest you, and you would like more information on becoming a homestay family for St Hilda’s, please give me a call on 477 0989 or email me at admin@shcs.school.nz.

 

Karen Mowat

International Homestay Co-ordinator





Term 2   -   Week 2
Friday 1 May 2015

Danica Davies with her medal that she won at the
Arcadia Invitational meet in
California


Dear Parents and Caregivers

Country Visits were held this week with one more still to be held in North Otago on Sunday.  This is the beginning of a busy enrolment period, which includes Boarder Open Day on Thursday May 14, followed by our Open Evening for day girls on Thursday July 23.

Next week we have our visit from the Education Review Office.  We will welcome them on Monday morning with a special chapel service.  We would like all girls to go straight to chapel at the beginning of Period 1.

Stage Challenge is on Monday and we have a large number of girls involved in this.  The girls and staff have been working very hard and it is looking fabulous. Good luck to everyone taking part.

IMPORTANT DATE - please check that you have this in your home diaries:

Parent Seminar – ‘Cyber Safety’ - Thursday 14 May - 7 pm in the Library.  This will be a very valuable seminar.  More information will follow. 

Entertainment books were given out to students yesterday.  This is the major fundraising for St Hilda’s rowing and you now have the option of purchasing the book digitally.  You can organise payment for your book on the forms provided or return your unsold book to the student office.


Student Achievement

Charlotte Cotter was named U16 Joint MVP and Libby van Harselaar was named U14 MVP and Club MVP (female) at the Otago Waterpolo Prizegiving.

Annabel Girvan has been selected for the Southern U21 Hockey Team.  Annabel and Jess Faulks have also been selected in the Southern U18 Team and Olivia Dingle and Sinnead Flannery have been selected for the Southern Development B Team.

Danica Davies recently travelled with the New Zealand Secondary School’s Track and Field team to California.  At the Arcadia Invitational, the most prestigious of the three meets she competed in, Danica finished in 7th place in the heptathlon with seven personal bests including four Otago records.  She also won the shot put component of the heptathlon.



Music Concert and Rugby Tickets

A parent has kindly donated to the school two tickets for a music concert at the Hutton Theatre at Otago Museum on Sunday May 17.  This starts with a variety concert at 3.30pm; dinner at 5.30 pm with guest speaker Dame Malvina Major and Helen Webby Harp, followed by two piano recitals at 7.00pm with Professor Terence Dennis and Corwin Newall.

We would ask that a donation be made with monies going to the school hardship fund (the tickets were originally $55 each). 

We have four tickets available for the Super 15 rugby game on Saturday May 30.  The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available and as such could be a good opportunity for business owners or managers to take their staff or clients out in an affordable way.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in school camps and sports trips.


The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game. 

Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in either the music or rugby tickets.

 

Noel Leeming are once again doing a ‘friends and family’ offer.  From May 4th to May 10th, simply present the attached flyer below or show it in store on your smart phone and get cost plus 10% storewide.  2.5% of total sales will go towards our hardship fund.  Please note this is only available at Noel Leeming Dunedin (George Street).

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal
















Term 2   -   Week 1
Friday 24 April 2015

Ihlara McIndoe placing a cross for the Unknown Soldier

Our Field of Remembrance

Welcome back to Term Two, I hope you all had a lovely holiday and students have come back feeling refreshed.

Yesterday Dr Townsley led a very special ANZAC chapel service.  10S, as part of their study on WWI, had assembled the Field of Remembrance for our school in the lower Quad and, following a reflection in chapel, staff and students moved outside to hear the Last Post, followed by a minute’s silence and a cross being laid for the unknown soldier.  Tomorrow the prefects will attend the Dawn Parade with Mrs Barron.

Next Monday to Wednesday Mrs Barron and Mrs Dey, along with Amanda Haggie and Robyn McGarry from Tolcarne, will be away for Country Visits.  This is an opportunity for boarder families to meet key staff and learn more about St Hilda’s and boarding at Tolcarne. 

The Board of Trustees are committed to building on the current culture of participation and excellence in all our co-curricular activities at St Hilda's Collegiate. They wish to enhance the current opportunities we offer and continue to deliver high quality, memorable and enjoyable outcomes for all participants whatever their interests and talents.

To further develop our existing programmes we have committed to two initiatives:

The Board will fund a part time, fixed term Arts Coordinator position for 10 hours per week, which will be advertised shortly. This position will further resource the vibrant and exciting performing arts programme within the school and support our current staff. The Arts Council is keen to develop more opportunities for girls to participate in and appreciate the arts within the co-curricular programme and this position is seen as a significant step towards achieving those goals.

The Sports Council is keen to seek feedback on our co-curricular sports programme and we have recently sent you an email with a link to a survey about the sporting opportunities for your daughters at St Hilda's Collegiate. We would value your thoughts and suggestions, and if you could complete the survey by May 8th, we would be very appreciative. The survey is a prelude to a number of focus groups being formed to further assist the Sports Council to develop the future focus for sport at St Hilda’s. Once the survey material has been collated and analysed, we will be calling on interested parents to be part of focus groups so we can further ascertain how best to lead, enable, deliver and invest in sport at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.


IMPORTANT DATE - please check that you have this in your home diaries:

Parent Seminar – ‘Cyber Safety’ - Thursday 14 May - 7 pm in the Library.  More information will follow.

 

Student Achievement

Congratulations to the following girls who were recognized at the Otago Touch Annual Awards:

 

Under 15 Girls Most Valuable Player: Jessica Faulks

New Zealand Under 15 Mixed Team: Bridget Johnstone

Under 17 Girls Nats Most Improved Player: Casey Brown

New Zealand Under 17 Girls: Abbey Johnston

 

Congratulations to Libby van Harselaar for her selection in the New Zealand Youth Volleyball Team.

Congratulations to all the girls who participated in the School Cross Country on Wednesday. It was a lovely day, and it was great to see the girls in the Walking Race, Year Group runs or the Year 13's in Relays.



 

Year 7/8 

1st: Alika Groot

2nd: Annabel Bilkey

3rd: Madeline Bilkey

 

Year 9

1st: Poppy Smith

2nd: Phoebe Auburn

3rd: Sophie Sinclair

 

Year 10

1st: Olivia O'Neill

2nd: Cecilia Crooks

3rd: Kate Higham

 

Year 11

1st: Suzie White

2nd: Joccoaa Palmer

3rd: Meg Timu


Year 12

1st: Anna Lindsay

2nd: Olivia Gold

3rd: Lili Sabonadiere


Year 13

1st: Erin O'Brien

2nd: Zoe Richards

3rd: Claudia Sole


Walkers

1st = Olivia Lucas and Casey Brown

2nd: Mackenzie Hollebon

3rd: Maddie Gabbusch

Music Concert and Rugby Tickets

A parent has kindly donated to the school two tickets for a music concert at the Hutton Theatre at Otago Museum on Sunday May 17.  This starts with a variety concert at 3.30pm; dinner at 5.30pm with guest speaker Dame Malvina Major and Helen Webby Harp, followed by two piano recitals at 7.00pm with Professor Terence Dennis and Corwin Newall.

We would ask that a donation be made with monies going to the school hardship fund (the tickets were originally $55 each). 

We have four tickets available for the Super 15 rugby game on Friday May 1 as well as the game on Saturday May 30.  The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available and as such could be a good opportunity for business owners or managers to take their staff or clients out in an affordable way.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in school camps and sports trips.

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game. 

 

Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in either the music or rugby tickets.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal


Please view the printed Newsletter - Issue No. 2 - 2 April 2015

Term 1   -   Week 9
Thursday 2 April 2015





Dear Parents and Caregivers

As the term comes to a close Mrs Barron encouraged us to be grateful for life’s fun moments and appreciate the good things that have happened as we head into the holiday break.

The teachers have valued the chance to meet with parents this week at interviews. This always provides a great opportunity to discuss the learning of your daughters.

On Monday our Easter Eucharist Service was led by Dr Townsley and Reverend Jo Fielding. At the completion of the service, the girls enjoyed fresh hot cross buns, kindly provided by Sharon White of the canteen.

The cross country will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday April 22.  Further information on this is provided below.

The print edition of the end of term newsletter will be posted this afternoon.


Student Achievement

In assembly this week we acknowledged the Year 9 students who received scholarships this year.  The applications are open to current Year 8 students as well as incoming applicants.  There are two each of the following – academic, sports and arts.  

 

The recipients for this year were:

Sophie Conner and Lily Mole – Academic Scholarship

Alisha Brook and Eva Meeuws – Arts Scholarship

Phoebe Aburn and Kendra Robinson – Sports Scholarship

 

The following students achieved their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award:

Bronte Chamberlain

Sarah Cochrane

Emma Crampton

Charlotte Dippie

Gabby Hunter

Amy Jones (Year 11)

Stella Keown

Laura Simpson

Emma Taggart

Laura Taylor

At the end of last year, Year 12 and 13 French students completed the DELF exam, which is an international qualification in French, which allows students to study, live and work in foreign countries. It is a very prestigious qualification, which is recognised all over the world.  The following students received an award:

Eliza Adams

Poppy Finn-House

Jane Hendry

Maddy Holmes

Tessa Read

Grace Young

Kate Higham has been selected for a National Talent Centre Football Squad to train in the first week of the holidays.

 

The following girls competed at the Otago Primary and Secondary Swimming Champs:

Primary

Olivia Andrew – 3rd 12 and Over 50m Freestyle

 

Secondary Schools'

Olivia Gold – 2nd in 15 and Over 50m Freestyle, 3rd in 50m Fly, Backstroke and Breaststroke

Aleisha Ruske – 1st in 15 and Over 50m Fly and  Freestyle, 2nd in Backstroke

Cecilia Crooks – 1st in 14 and Under 50m Freestyle  and Backstroke

The 200m Medley Relay team of Cecilia, Olivia, Aleisha and Izzy Gold were placed 2nd

The 200m Freestyle Relay team of Cecilia, Olivia, Aleisha and Izzy were placed 1st in a New Record Time

Continuing on from the success at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Tournament, and Summer Quad, the A Touch Team travelled to Christchurch to compete in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Tournament.

After a busy Saturday, where they had four comprehensive wins against OGHS, Rangi Ruru, Craighead, Malborough Girls and a draw against Burnside, the team won their pool and played the winner of the other pool on Sunday morning. The team lost this game against Southland Girls 4 - 1, but got to play the winner of 3rd and 4th.

This saw a rematch against Burnside, which we won 7 - 4, and a spot in the finals. The team played really well, but after having to play two more games, and a courageous fight, lost to Southland Girls 5 - 2. This was still an amazing result and gives St Hilda's direct entry into Touch Nationals in December.

The Senior A Water Polo team recently won the South Island Tournament.  Charlotte Cotter and Libby van Harselaar were named in the tournament team and Libby was also named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

The following girls travelled to Nelson to compete at the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics:

Joccoaa Palmer  - 1st in U16 Triple Jump, 2nd in U16 100m and 3rd in U16 400m

Mikayla Thorn – 3rd in U16 High Jump and 4th in U16 Long Jump

Danica Davies -2nd in U19 High Jump and Javelin, 3rd in U19 100m Hurdles

Sophie Sinclair placed 3rd at the Otago/Southland Athletics.

The rowing squad completed a successful season last week by competing at Maadi Cup held at Lake Karapiro.  All crews made it though heats and repercharges before the quarter and semi finals decided who would race in the finals.  The squad made 5 B finals made up of our Under 16 eight, quad and four and our Novice eight and four, with the majority of the group making their C, D and E finals also.

Anna Lindsay was placed 9th in the very competitive 16-19 year age group at the NZ Secondary Schools National in Taupo last week.  Two days later in Auckland at the Barfoot & Thompson ITU World Triathlon, she had a very good race and was placed 3rd in the 16 - 19 age group.

The following girls have been selected for the Otago U17 Basketball Teams:

U17 A Team

Nicole Ruske

Laura Taylor

Megan Borst

Libby van Harselaar

Kate Edwards

Olivia O’Neill


U17 B Team

Brieana Shea

Siobhan Whitty

Jessica Flaws

Mikayla Thorn


Cross Country – Student Brief

Wednesday 22nd April at John McGlashan College then through Ross Creek

1.    All students are expected to participate.  This is a great opportunity to earn points for your house, get some exercise, and have some time away from your schoolwork! 

       So make the most of it.

       Also, if you compete well, you will have the opportunity to represent your school at other Cross Country events coming up in the next two months.

2.     Sports uniform, including tracksuit, can be worn to school that day but it must be the correct sports uniform.

3.     Wear your house colours when competing only.  Bring something warm to wear before and after competing, as it may be cold.  E.g. Thermals or Merino are good.

4.     Avoid eating fatty or acidic foods before the event. If you are prone to getting stitch, maybe eat your lunch at Interval to give it time to digest. Have some food handy to eat afterwards.

5.     Drink a lot of water during the morning.  BRING A DRINK BOTTLE.

6.     At 1:30pm, assemble quickly in the courtyard. Years 7 & 8 near the Art room - Year 13 by the Hall.  Roll call will be done.

7.     Buses will take you up to the McGlashan fields.  Do not leave anything on the bus.  You will be expected to make your own way home from John McGlashan College.

       If parents are picking you up, most of you will be finished by 3:00pm. For those that need to get back to school for buses, you will have time to do so. 

       Parents are most welcome to come and support their daughters.

 

START TIMES

WALKERS                                                     2:00pm

Year 7 & 8                                                       2:05pm

Year 9                                                              2:10pm

Year 10                                                            2:15pm

Year 11                                                            2:20pm

Year 12 & 13, & Year 13 Relay                      2:25pm

 

1.      Warm-up and stretch before you start.

2.      Year 7 & 8 only run as far as Mr West, then turn back. 

3.      The relay changeover points are at stations 5 and 12 on the course.  Check on the map.

4.      At the finish, remember to collect a placing card and take it to the recording desk at your year level.  Give them your name and house.

**    Asthmatics - take your medication before running and have your inhaler with you.

**    If any students have a medical condition that will limit their participation a note is required with the reason and a parents signature. Notes must be given to Mrs Conrad ASAP.

**    Those few girls that will not be taking part will be asked to meet with me at interval on Wednesday and you will either be part of the walking group or given a job.

       Come in your PE gear and tracksuit.

**    Keep to the left of the track and let others pass on the right.  A Copy of the Map is on the Gym Noticeboard if you want to walk the track to familiarize yourself.

**    There will be plenty of marshals and/or cones around the course so there is no chance that any of you will get lost.

Enjoy the Easter and holiday break.  Look after yourselves and others, rest and enjoy time with family and friends, but also make time for you.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal






Term 1   -   Week 8

Friday 27 March 2015



Opening Ceremony at the Maadi Cup Regatta
(Photo courtesy of Sharron Bennett Photography)

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Mrs Barron was pleased to be able to spend some time at Maadi Cup this week after attending a Principal’s Conference in Rotorua.  There are two B Finals being raced this afternoon and we look forward to giving you a full list of results next week.  We did win the banner competition, which was completed in the art room during lunchtimes.

On Wednesday our first Arts Assembly was held.  This was organised by the Arts’ Prefects, Maddy Holmes and Madi Heyward, and featured a variety of performances.  These will be held once a term.  It was fantastic to see some of the talent we have at school.

Ichikawa students are busy preparing for their farewell this evening.  Their visit has been successful and we wish them a safe journey home and as always it has been a pleasure to host them.

A reminder to girls that formal uniform is required for our Easter Eucharistic Service which is taking place at 11.30am on Monday.

Interviews will be held next week:

 

Monday 30 March: Day Girl Interviews

4.00pm – 6.00pm

6.30pm – 9.00pm


Wednesday 1 April: Day Girl Interviews

7.00pm – 9.00pm


Thursday 2 April: Boarder Interviews

1.00pm – 3.00pm

 

The parent interview site is still open and will remain open until 9.00am Wednesday 1 April.  To access the interview site go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter 6L9YF as the parent code. 


Student Achievement

Results from the girls who travelled to Invercargill to compete in the Otago/Southland Athletics Champs:

Danica Davies - 1st in Senior Girls Javelin, Shot put, High Jump and 2nd in 100m Hurdles

Joccoaa Palmer - 1st in U16 100m, 400m and Triple Jump

Cecilia Crooks - 3rd in U14 800m and 1500m

Beryn Abbott - 2nd in U14 Discus

Meg Kenny - 1st equal in U15 High Jump

Leonie Palmer - 3rd in U16 100m

Mikayla Thorn - 1st in U16 Long Jump

Caitlyn George - 2nd in Senior Girls 200m and 3rd in 100m

Aria Park - 3rd in Senior Girls 400m

4 x 100m U14 Relay team were 3rd - Eva Meeus, Cecilia Crooks, Beryn Abbott and Olivia George

4 x 100m U16 Relay team were 2nd - Olivia O'Neill, Sophie Sinclair, Joccoaa Palmer and Mikayla Thorn

4 x 100m Senior Relay team were 1st - Danica Davies, Hayley Shallard, Aria Park and Caitlyn George

4 x 400m Open Relay were 2nd - Olivia O'Neill, Caitlyn George, Aria Park and Joccoaa Palmer

 

The St Hilda's Waterpolo team were successful in winning the South Island Secondary Schools’ tournament.  After finishing runners up to Southland Girls in 2013, and Burnside in 2014, 2015 saw a great team effort, going through the tournament unbeaten, with a 5 - 2 win over Burnside. 

Congratulations to Libby van Harselaar who was named MVP of the tournament and Charlotte Cotter who was named in the tournament team.

Phoebe Aburn, Olivia Gain and Kendra Robinson have been selected for the Otago U15 Basketball team.

The cricket team played Blue Mountain College in the final of the Otago Southland Secondary Schoolgirls’ Cricket Tournament last week and won by an impressive 90 runs.  The girls will now represent the Otago Cricket region in the NZCT finals in December.


Good luck to the many girls competing at sporting events this weekend:
 

The Touch team at South Island Secondary Schools’ Tournament in Christchurch

The Equestrian Team at the Taieri District Pony Club Schools event at Outram

The swimmers competing at the Otago Primary and Secondary Schools’ Champs

Danica Davies, Joccoaa Palmer and Mikayla Thorn who will be competing at the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics in Nelson

The 1st X1 Hockey and A and B Netball teams 


Can you help?
We are looking for any parents or students with any sewing skills.  There will be a range of tasks available to undertake for Stage Challenge over the next 7 weeks.  If you would like to find out more information or to register interest, please contact Mr Harris, email:  bharris@shcs.school.nz

Further arrangements and details will be communicated after your initial contact.

Health Check
It seems a cycle of head lice could be amongst our student community.  To assist us we would appreciate a random check at home and treatment if required please.
 

Super 15 Rugby Tickets 

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated a number of corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. We have tickets available for the game on Saturday April 18 against the Blues.  The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available and as such could be a good opportunity for business owners or managers to take their staff or clients out in an affordable way.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in school camps and sports trips.

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

 

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal



 

 



Term 1   -   Week 7
Friday 20 March 2015


Ichikawa Students visiting Penguin Place
Harrington Point

Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week has certainly given us a taste of winter. Let’s hope we get some final days of summer.

It was good to see a number of you at the Wellbeing seminar last night. The presenters gave some excellent information around self esteem and resilience. Thanks to Marcelle Nader-Turner and Hazel Dey for organising this very valuable evening.

It has been great welcoming our visitors from Ichikawa. It is always a highlight of the year. They have been busy with English lessons, time with their buddies and getting to see some of the local attractions.

The Year 12 and 13 PE expeditions returned from very successful trips. They were very lucky with the weather and some great learning opportunities were captured.

In assembly this week Casey Brown (Yr12) spoke to the girls about a number of opportunities available through UN Youth. She shared her experiences when she was able to participate in the Pacific Project. I would encourage girls to look into programmes like this.

We had 5 students representing us at the Model United Nations last weekend. The girls enjoyed the opportunity to get a feel for how countries work together and the challenges involved.

We also heard from Claudia Sole who attended a dance course in Australia. It was interesting to hear of the challenges and rewards of this experience.

Our senior Biologists have been busy in the field this week with trips to Blueskin Bay and the Peninsular as part of their studies.

Student Achievement:

Congratulations to Yvie Finn-House (10S) who has been chosen to go on exchange to St Hilda’s in Perth for Term 2. We are sure she will be an outstanding ambassador for our school.

St Hilda's successfully retained the Martha Gillies Trophy for Top Girls School at last weekend’s Head Of The Harbour.

St Hilda’s 27 points

Otago Girls 16 points

Columba 16 points

Kavanagh 15 points

St Kevin’s 4 points

Queens High 2 points

The trophy will be awarded to the squad at the Otago Rower of the Year awards, which will be held in May.

Looking Ahead:

Next week will be our first Arts Assembly. We are all looking forward to this chance to sample the talent we have here at St Hilda’s.

We will hold our Easter Eucharistic Service on Monday 30 March at 11.30am.  A reminder to girls that this is an important occasion in the school and formal uniform is required.

Parent teacher interviews will be held on the following dates:

Monday 30 March: Day Girl Interviews

4.00pm – 6.00pm

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Wednesday 1 April: Day Girl Interviews

7.00pm – 9.00pm

Thursday 2 April: Boarder Interviews

1.00pm – 3.00pm

To access the interview site go to:

www.schoolinterviews.co.nz

The parent code is 6L9YF

The interview site will open at 9.00am from Tuesday 24 March to 9.00am Monday 1 April.

 

Good luck to students taking part in the Otago Southland Athletics and South Island Waterpolo Championships this weekend as well as the rowers for Maadi Cup next week.


Super 15 Rugby Tickets

 

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated a number of corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. We have tickets available for next week’s game on Saturday March 28 against the Stormers.  We also have tickets for the following week’s game on Saturday April 18 against the Blues.  The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available and as such could be a good opportunity for business owners or managers to take their staff or clients out in an affordable way.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in school camps and sports trips.

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

I wish everyone well for a relaxing Anniversary weekend.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

 

Assessment woes

 

As students begin their internal assessments for 2015 it is important that they ensure the work they submit is their own, written in their own words.   Enclosed within this newsletter is a document that students received at the very beginning of the year.  I hope that you will look at this Authentic Work checklist and discuss the implications of work not being authentic with your daughter.  Staff remind students regularly but some students still may not understand the seriousness of handing work in that is partially or fully not their own. 

 

Electronic devices have made cut and paste so easy from the internet students may not realise the implications of this. In 2014 the school trialled a software package called “Turn it in”.   This package picks up plagiarised work.  Students worried about whether they have processed work into their own words are advised near the submission date to turn in their work to the software package to get feedback from this site.  This gives the student time, if they are well organised, to rework the piece prior to the final submission date.

 

The parent portal also gives you access to the St Hilda’s Assessment Procedures document that again all students received at the beginning of the school year.

 

 

 

Geraldine Corkery

Deputy Principal












Term 1   -   Week 6
Friday 13 March 2015

Jordan Pannett and Alex Coker
from the Crafty Critters Club giving poppies to
Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Year 12 and 13 students returned this afternoon from a successful trip to Abel Tasman.  We look forward to hearing how their week went.

On Tuesday evening we held a farewell evening for our guests from Global Public School.  The students put on wonderful performances for our homestay families and already feedback from all parties involved has been extremely positive.

 

Global Public School students performing
at their farewell evening

On Sunday morning our sister school Ichikawa Gakuen arrive from Tokyo.  We have 13 girls attending this year and Kirstyn Mawdsley, International Director, has organised a busy programme filled with both education and tourism. 

Parent Seminar

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Parent Seminar - ‘Parenting for Success’ - next Thursday 19 March at 7.00pm in the school Chapel followed by tea and coffee.

Our guest speakers will be covering different aspects of adolescent wellbeing, with parents leaving with a “toolbox” of ideas and skills.  We are fortunate to be hearing from Nicola Atwood, Resilience expert and Past Principal Advisor to the Children’s Commissioner. Ali Hunter, Clinical Psychologist specialising in self-esteem issues with adolescents will share her knowledge and tips with us.


School Interview Site

School interviews will be held in the last week of Term 1.  The school interview booking site will open to parents on Tuesday March 24.  Details on how to access the interview site will be included in next week’s newsletter.


Student achievement

If you know of any student achievement that you would like included in our newsletter please forward that information to jmaw@shcs.school.nz.  Photos are also welcome.

Lucy Cathro was selected in January as a member of the Foundation Youth Pipe Band New Zealand to play the tenor drum.  The band was formed to raise the profile of Highland Pipe Band music, to encourage younger people to continue the Scottish tradition of piping and drumming and to promote 'excellence in piping and drumming for the youth of New Zealand'.  This is an exceptional achievement as Lucy is only 15, and it is usual for members to be around 18 or 19.  Next week Lucy will be traveling to Nelson for the New Zealand National Pipe Band Championships and we wish her well for this.

Congratulations to Annabel Evans who won the Girls section, after having to go to a play off hole, at the Inter Collegiate Golf Tournament.

The South Island Secondary School Rowing Champs were rowed in Twizel on the weekend of 7th and 8th of March. The squad made 10 A finals and 5 B finals at the largest SISSC ever which is a tremendous effort. The following crews were awarded medals: 

Silver Medal GU16 eight Claudia Maker, Stella Keown, Josie Cook, Brie Shea, Kate Edwards, Georgia Hay, Gabby Hunter, Lili Sabonadiere cox Mia Knott

Silver Medal GU16 quad Claudia Maker, Josie Cook, Georgia Hay, Brie Shea cox Mia Knott

Silver Medal GU16 four Lili Sabonadiere, Stella Keown, Georgia Hay, Brie Shea cox Mia Knott

The following crews also qualified for A and B finals but only the U18 double and Novice eight got to actually compete in their final:

A FINALS

6th GU18 Nov eight Melissa Gray, Holly Armstrong, Lusia Maiai, Molly Butt, Helen Knott, Hannah Hedges, Emily Lynch-Sutherland, Issie Robertson cox Mia Knott

7th GU18 double Eliza Adams, Lola Garden

GU16 quad Lili Sabonadiere, Kate Edwards, Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter cox Anna Frame

GU16 double Claudia Maker, Josie Cook

GU16 double Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter

GU18 single Eliza Adams

GU18 Nov four Melissa Gray, Holly Armstrong, Lusia Maiai, Hannah Hedges cox Anna Frame


B FINALS

GU15 quad Stella Keown, Hannah Hedges, Helen Knott, Issie Robertson cox Anna Frame

GU15 double Melissa Gray, Lusia Maiai

GU17 double Lola Garden, Georgia Clarke

GU17 single Lola Garden

GU18 Nov double Emily Lynch-Sutherland, Holly Armstrong

Good luck to the girls who will be racing in the Head Of The Harbour regatta this Saturday. They are competing for the Martha Gillies Trophy for top girls school plus the Otago Polytechnic Trophy for the winners of the Senior Girls Quad.

 

Super 15 Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated a number of corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. We have tickets available for next week’s game on Friday March 20 against the Hurricanes.  We also have tickets for the following week’s game on Saturday March 28 against the Stormers.  The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available and as such could be a good opportunity for business owners or managers to take their staff or clients out in an affordable way.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in school camps and sports trips.

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal




Please view Printed Newsletter - Issue No. 1 - 6 March 2015



Term 1   -   Week 5
Friday 06 March 2015

Our visitors from Global Public School, India with
Jackie Barron (Principal) and Kirstyn Mawdsley (Director of International Students)

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Our guests from Global Public School arrived last Sunday.  Eight students and two staff members have spent the week at St Hilda’s, attending classes as well as touring around Dunedin city.  Today they have spent time with Mrs Hanning taking part in ‘Kiwi Cooking’.  Their homestay families will farewell them at a ceremony on Tuesday night before they fly out of Dunedin on Wednesday morning.  It has been great to have them with us and we look forward to next year’s visit.


Jinny Jang - 2015 International Student Leader
with Mrs Barron

Yesterday we held an International Chapel.  This was an opportunity for our new international students to introduce themselves to the school, and for Mrs Barron to introduce the 2015 International Student Leader – Jinny Jang.  Jinny is from South Korea and joined St Hilda’s in 2012 as a Year 10 student.

Tomorrow we have a student group participating in the Relay for Life.  A bake sale and purple mufti day have been held with all funds raised going towards this.

The PFA are meeting next Tuesday March 10 at 7:00 pm in the staffroom.  All parents are welcome to attend.

Good luck to students involved in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Rowing Championships being held at Lake Ruataniwha over the weekend.

Good luck to the girls competing in the Russell McVeagh Debating Competition.

Good luck to the girls playing in the Otago Volleyball Championships this weekend.


Student achievement

The cricket team played in the Otago Secondary Schools’ Competition in Gore yesterday and beat Blue Mountain College by an amazing 127 runs.

Anna Lindsay placed 1st in the U19 SISS Triathlon, and Kaitlin Chittock placed 3rd in the U19 SISS Duathlon, which was held in Oamaru on Sunday.


Competitors participating at the
Oceans '15 - The U14 NZ Surf Life Saving Championships held at Mt Maunganui

Phoebe Aburn, Emma and Olivia Andrew and Anaia Wiparata competed at the Oceans '15 - The U14 NZ Surf Life Saving Championships at Mt Maunganui last Sunday. 

There were over 800 juniors competing, with two girls making finals and Olivia became a National Age Group Champion.

Phoebe Aburn – U14 - 7th in Board Race and made the final in the Diamond

Emma Andrew – U11 - Finals in Run, Swim, Run, Surf Race and Board Race and Relay

Olivia Andrew - U12 - 1st in Tube Rescue, 4th in Run, Swim, Run, 4th in Surf Race, 5th in Diamond and 8th in Board Race

All girls have trained extremely hard and have done their respective clubs (St Clair and Brighton) very proud.

 

Olivia Dingle placed 1st and Anna Power placed 2nd in the Under 18 Girls' Championship Division at the 2015 Otago Southland Secondary Schools' Water Ski Champs. 

Maddie Guthrie and Lillian Gibbs have won places in the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir.  This is an amazing opportunity, which includes an overseas tour.  200 applicants auditioned and only 60 were offered a place.

The following students competed and were placed at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Athletic Sports on Saturday 28 February:

  • Danica Davies

1st in Senior Girls’ Javelin and Shotput (Record), 2nd in High Jump and 100m Hurdles 

  • Caitlyn George

1st in Senior Girls’ Long Jump, 2nd in 100m and 200m in record times.

  • Cecilia Crooks

1st in Under 14 800m and 1500m

  • Joccoaa Palmer

1st in Under 16 100m, 200m, 400m and Triple Jump (Record)

  • Beryn Abbott

1st in Under 14 Girls’ Discus, 3rd in Shotput and 80m Hurdles

  • Olivia O’Neill

1st in Under 15 Discus, 3rd in 80m Hurdles

  • Mikayla Thorn

1st in Under 16 High Jump, 2nd in Long Jump and 3rd in 200m

  • Georgia Heffernan

3rd in Under 16 Long Jump

  • Hayley Shallard

3rd in Senior Girls’ Long Jump

  • Sophie Sinclair

2nd in Under 14 3000m

  • Meg Kenny

3rd Under 15 High Jump

  • Kate Heffernan

3rd Under 16 High Jump

  • Kate Higham

2nd in Under 15 1500m and 3rd 3000m

  • Olivia George

2nd in Under 14 200m

  • Relay Teams

3rd - Under 14 Girls’ Relay Team

Eva Meeuws, Beryn Abbott, Anahera Reynolds, Olivia George

1st - Under 16 4 x 100m Relay Team

Olivia O’Neill, Kate Heffernan, Joccoaa Palmer and Mikayla Thorn

1st Senior Girls’ Relay Team

Danica Davies, Hayley Shallard, Aria Park, Caitlyn George


Super 15 Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated four corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The next game that we have tickets for is on Saturday March 14 against the Waratahs.  The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in school camps and sports trips. 

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

 

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal

 

News from Tolcarne

This week two of the Year 13 apartments hosted afternoon tea for their Year 9 buddies.  Desert flat made a chocolate fondue with strawberries and marshmallows and chocolate éclairs. It is so delightful to watch the Year 9’s so excited to be invited over to the ‘Seniors’.

 

Afternoon tea with Year 9 buddies

 

Several of our senior girls are involved in the Relay for Life Challenge at the Stadium this weekend. They have raised a very decent amount of money for this. They even roped Robyn into making rocky road to sell and the profits were donated to the cause.

We are all very excited about this weekend as our very own Krystal Jennings is running the Motatapu Marathon. This is apparently one of the toughest runs there is.  Wishing her the best of luck.

Amanda Haggie

Head of Boarding


Term 1   -   Week 4
Friday 27 February 2015

Level 1 Academic Blue Recipients with Mrs Barron

Level 2 Academic Blue Recipients with Mrs Barron

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We held our Academic Blues Assembly this week.  This is a chance to recognise exceptional achievement in academic studies.  Our guest speaker this year was Megan Crawford, Marketing and Communications Manager at Dunedin Airport.  Megan spoke to the girls about seizing new opportunities and discovering where they may take you.  Recipients for NCEA 2014 are: 


Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Holly Armstrong

Amy Back

Harriet Burdon

Casey Brown

Ainslea Boult

Estelle Dippie

Caroline Burchell

Paige Cotton

Olive Duffy

Lucy Cathro

Danica Davies

Harriet George

Katie Cooper

Polly Davies

Harriet Keown

Charlotte Cotter

Poppy Finn-House

Grace Mirams

Olivia Dingle

Hetty Gilbertson

Anne-Sophie Page

Tessa Forde

Bella Grimmond

Claudia Paterson

Kaya Fukushima

Grace Heenan

Georgia Power

Lola Garden

Jane Hendry

Zoe Sabonadiere

Caitlyn George

Madeleine Holmes

Isabella Shields

Olivia Gold

Amy Jones

Polly Tenci

Jessica Gray

Megan Kyte

Alice Winter

Alexandra Higham

Claire Lau

Amy Wright

Emily Horsewood

Rachel Lister

Hannah Wright

Brigette Hoskin

Ihlara McIndoe

Kate Wright

Sarah Hurdle

Olivia McNab

Rosaria Yoo

Mia Knott

Meghann North

 

Katie Knowles

Tessa Read

 

Anna Lindsay

Aleisha Ruske

 

Jamie MacKenzie

Andrea van Turnhout

 

Claudia Maker

 

 

Holly Miller

 

 

Georgia O’Malley

 

 

Aria Park

 

 

Anna Power

 

 

Lili Sabonadiere

 

 

Hayley Shallard

 

 

Brieana Shea

 

 

Holly White

 

 

Nicola Wilson-Stewart

 

 

 

Scholarship Recipients

Harriet Burdon - Photography

Olive Duffy - Painting

Courtney Hume - Photography

Ireland Jacobs - Biology

Rita Macdonald - Photography (outstanding)

Grace Mirams - Photography

Anne-Sophie Page - Photography

Isabella Shields - Painting

Alicia Skeaff - Painting

Polly Tenci - Biology and Dance

Rosaria Yoo - Painting 

Special mention goes to Bella Grimmond who received a scholarship in Photography as a Year 12 student. 


On Sunday Dr Townsley blessed the school’s new rowing eight at the North End Rowing Club.  It has been named ‘Lauren Farnden’ for the rowing coach. 

The new St Hilda's rowing eight

Two very successful days of competition were held for Summer Quad this week.  Results are below. 

On Sunday we welcome a group of students from Global Public School in India.  The students are being billeted with school families and will spend a week and a half attending classes with their host sisters as well as visiting Toitu, Cadbury World and the Albatross Colony, among other places. 


Gentle Reminders

Traffic safety when picking up your daughter at the end of the day: please arrange to meet your daughter well away from Cobden Street.  This area and the corner of Cobden and Royal Terrace have become very congested and quite dangerous.  Please arrange a designated spot to pick up your daughter further along on Royal Terrace near London Street, along Queens Drive near Duchess Avenue or on Heriot Row etc.  We are at present seeking advice from the police and the DCC regarding safe traffic movement in the area of the school. 

Our school day begins at 8.40am.  All students should be in the gate by 8.35am and be ready to begin lessons at 8.40am.  The beginning of a lesson is a key learning opportunity that should not be missed.  We understand that the Mosgiel bus often arrives late and this is beyond the control of the girls. 

Thanking you for your assistance with both of these matters. 


BEATSBuilt Environment and Active Transport to School – More information will be sent out to families in the next week 

This is a Dunedin wide study by the University of Otago Physical Education School into the to and from transport modes of students in Years 9 – 13.  Dr Sandy Mandic is the Principal Investigator and the study has been approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee.  Participation is voluntary.  Approximately 60 students at each year level complete an online survey that takes no more than one hour.  They have their height, weight and waist measurement taken discreetly by a member of the team (a female investigator).  No result is linked to any one student. 

Further student involvement can come by the wearing of an activity meter for seven days.  These meters are non read out so information can only be accessed by the University.  Again, no result is linked to any one student. Eight to ten staff are invited to be part of a focus group.  Again, this is for a maximum of one hour and will take place during a lunch hour. The Principal is also interviewed. 

Parents are also asked to participate via an online survey.  The school will send out the link and parents interested will then communicate directly with the research group. Within twelve months, the school will receive a detailed analysis of the findings for our own use.  Individual schools will not be identified in published materials.

Further information about the survey as a whole is available at http://www.otago.ac.nz/beats/otago061563.pdf

 

Student Achievement

Congratulations to the swimmers and the touch team that won their Banners at Summer Quad, hosted at school on Monday and Tuesday.  The tennis team, volleyball team and debaters finished 3rd.  Overall, St Margaret’s won summer quad on 17 points and we came a close 2nd on 14 points. Rangi Ruru were placed 3rd and Craighead finished 4th.

A huge thanks to the families and staff that took billets and showed true St Hilda's hospitality. 

Good luck to Whitney and Laney Keenan who are taking part in the New Zealand Women’s Ice Hockey League Finals this weekend.

Good luck also to students involved in Otago Athletics, South Island Volleyball Champs and the South Island Triathlon/Duathlon Champs this weekend. 


Super 15 Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The next game that we have tickets for is on Saturday March 14 against the Waratahs.  The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  There will be 4-10 tickets available for each game so may also be suited to businesses taking out staff or clients.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on school camps and sports trips. 

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

 



Term 1   -   Week 3 
Friday 20 February 2015

Shrove Tuesday Inter House Activities

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Today our Year 9 students returned from their camp at River Ridge Retreat.  Mrs Barron had the pleasure of spending the day out there mid week and had a great time with the girls. Special thanks goes to Bee Bradfield and Carla Joint for all their work in organising this. We look forward to hearing from the girls how their week went.  

This week in Chapel we have looked at the meaning of Lent. As part of this we have had our Shrove Tuesday, inter house activities and of course we all got to enjoy a pancake courtesy of Tolcarne. On Wednesday we had an Ash Wednesday Chapel service to mark the beginning of Lent. It was a good chance to think about making sacrifices for others. 

Yesterday I spoke to Year 10 students about the upcoming Perth Exchange.  Details about this exchange and a timeline for the application process are included with this newsletter.  If you have any questions please contact me at jmaw@shcs.school.nz. 

On Monday our swim team will be competing against the other Quad teams at Moana Pool between 12 noon and 12.45pm.  The senior school are asked to quickly put their books away after Period 3, meet their tutor teacher in the upper quad and then walk quickly to the pool.  School will pay the spectator fee for the girls.  We only have an opportunity to support the swimmers every fourth year so we hope the girls will enthusiastically embrace this opportunity.

Next Wednesday we will be holding our annual Academic Blues service.  This is a formal occasion where parents will be attending, and we also are lucky to have Megan Crawford, Marketing and Communications Manager at Dunedin Airport, as our guest speaker.  All students are expected to be in formal uniform for this service. 

Good luck to all girls taking part in the Otago Qualifying Touch Tournament on Saturday, the Otago Waterskiing Champs on Sunday as well as students involved in Quad next Monday and Tuesday. 

Student Achievement

Bridget Johnstone has made the NZU15 Mixed Touch Team and Abbey Johnston has made the NZU17 Girls Touch Team. 

Danica Davies won the Junior Women Heptathlon during the Weekend. In doing this she also broke the Otago Year 's 17 - 18 record. 

Anna Lindsay has been selected in the NZ 16 – 19 year Age Group Triathlon team to compete at the World Grand Final series. 


Congratulations to the following girls for their superb results at the South Island Rowing Club Champs held at the beginning of February: 

Gold

GU16 8+ Claudia Maker, Stella Keown, Josie Cook, Brie Shea, Kate Edwards, Georgia Hay, Gabby Hunter, Lili Sabonadiere, cox Mia Knott 


Silver

WC4x+ Eliza Adams and 3 club rowers

GU16 4x+ Claudia Maker, Josie Cook, Georgia Hay, Brie Shea, cox Mia Knott

WN4x+ Emily Lynch-Sutherland, Hannah Hedges, Helen Knott, Issie Robertson, cox Anna Frame

 

Bronze

WN8+ Melissa Gray, Holly Armstrong, Lusia Maiai, Molly Butt, Hannah Hedges, Issie Robertson, Helen Knott, Emily Lynch-Sutherland, cox Anna Frame

GU16 4x+ Lili Sabonadiere, Kate Edwards, Gabby Hunter, Imogen Corbett, cox Anna Frame

4th GU16 4+ Lili Sabonadiere, Stella Keown, Georgia Hay, Brie Shea, cox Mia Knott

5th WN4+ Melissa Gray, Holly Armstrong, Lusia Maiai, Molly Butt, cox Anna Frame

5th GU17 2x Lola Garden, Georgia Clark

6th WC1x Eliza Adams

6th GU16 2x Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter

6th GU16 1x Josie Cook

7thGU16 1x Claudia Maker

7th WN2x Emily Lynch-Sutherland, Molly Butt

 

B Finals

2nd WN2x Holly Armstrong, Lusia Maiai

2nd GU15 2x Melissa Gray, Stella Keown

7th GU17 1x Lola Garden

8th GU17 1x Georgia Clarke


With 15 A finals (1 Gold, 3 silver and 2 Bronze medals) and 4 B finals this was an exceptional effort.

 

Super 15 Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated four corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The next game that we have tickets for is on Friday 27th February against the Reds.  There are also four tickets available for the game against the Waratahs on Saturday March 14.  The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on school camps and sports trips. 

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

 

YEAR 10 STUDENTS EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

WITH ST HILDA’S PERTH  

A Year 10 student at St Hilda’s Collegiate School, Dunedin is selected each year to go to St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Mosman Park, Perth, Western Australia for Term 2. 


Selection Criteria

As well as academic competency, we look for positive, independent, adaptable, self-assured girls who will contribute to and participate in all aspects of school life. 

 

The Schools’ Responsibilities 

  1. There is no exchange of money between schools.  Students continue to pay all fees at their own school.
  2. The school arranges a place at the boarding hostel or home stay in Perth for 2015.
  3. The host families, where appropriate, organise excursions or country trips so that Exchange students see as much of the area as possible.
  4. The school provides, as best it can, a course of study that fits the needs of the Exchange student.  Special attention is paid to the core subjects (i.e. Mathematics, Science, English and Social Science).
  5. The school will ensure that the Exchange student is met and welcomed at the local airport and brought to the school; the same procedure of return.
  6. The school will provide a teacher ‘mentor’ to assist with any problems, queries or arrangements. 

The Students’ Responsibilities

  1. The student must have a current passport.
  2. The student must adhere to the dress code of the host school.  School uniform is provided.
  3. The student must conform to the rules and expectations of her host school.  She must be prepared to concentrate on her studies and do her best in class.
  4. The student should try to become involved in the co-curricular life of her new school.  It is always appreciated if she can contribute in a sport, a cultural activity or a club of some sort.
  5. After the exchange programme, the student should be prepared to report back to her school, in some way, on what she has learned and also help promote the exchange for future students. 

The Parents’ Responsibilities 

  1. The parents must agree to pay normal fees at St Hilda’s, Dunedin during their daughter’s exchange visit.
  2. The parents must agree to pay for all transport to and from New Zealand to St Hilda’s, Perth, including to and from the airports.
  3. The parents must agree to pay for any incidental expenses, excursion costs or pocket money at the adopted school.
  4. The parents must agree to pay any internal travel costs associated with visits to places of interest.
  5. The parents should agree to share some responsibility with the school in looking after the return exchange student (July/August) on breaks or weekends. 

Timeline 

18 February 2015

Applications available

27 February 2015 at 3.25pm

Applications close

3 March 2015

Short-List

6 March 2015

Interviews

9 March 2015

Selection announced

 

 

Exchange Dates 21 April – 3 July 2015*

*To arrive on that date or shortly after to suit the Boarding House.

Australian term dates are 21 April to 3 July 2015

 

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal

 

News from Tolcarne 

This week started with all the Year 9’s up here at Tolcarne as part of their Retreat, prior to their departure to River Ridge. It is always lovely to see our new boarders doing tours with the daygirls, so proud to ‘show it off’. Most of the daygirls want to become boarders after this day.

Lucy Girvan and Caitlyn Henderson spent the afternoon on Sunday preparing a couple of posters to showcase our pet guinea pig, Watson.  It is titled ‘Watson’s Adventure’ and features a day in the life of Tolcarne.

 

Our Head Boarders have been busy this week organizing the set up of Tolcarne Council. They will have their first meeting next week to discuss any issues and ideas they have for Tolcarne.

Next week with Summer Quad being hosted by St Hilda’s we are hosting 11 billets to stay Sunday and Monday nights. This should be a great competition.

Can I remind parents that the hostel will be closed for the Otago Anniversary long weekend. We close the hostel at 5.00pm on Friday March 20th and reopen on Monday March 23rd at 3.00pm.

Amanda Haggie
Head Of Boarding 

 


Term 1   -   Week 2
 Friday 13 February 2015


2015 Prefects with Mrs Barron

On Wednesday the rain stayed away for Athletics Day.  As always, the cheerleading standard was very high and provided a great start to the day.  Results are below.  Athletics was followed by the Wine and Cheese/Meet the Teacher Evening hosted by the Parents and Friends Association.  This was a good opportunity for parents to meet Mrs Barron along with form and tutor teachers.

Earlier this afternoon we held our Prefect Commissioning.  The girls were sworn in and presented with their Prefect badges and rings after being blessed by Bishop Kelvin Wright.  A special thanks to family members who attended, particularly those who travelled from out of town.

House voting was held last week to determine two captains for each house.  The following girls were nominated: 

Havelock:            Caity Kenny and Claudia Sole

Lawrence:           Maggie Burns and Rose Wood

Nelson:                Kim Paisley and Elle Perriam

Wellington:          Sinnead Flannery and Jane Hendry

Year 9 students are away to camp next week, starting with a City Day on Monday before heading off to River Ridge Retreat on Tuesday.  We hope the girls have a great week.

Summer Quad - Billets Required Please

On February 23/24th February St Hilda's is hosting Summer Quad.  Billets are required for 120 girls for the nights of 22/23 February.  We would really appreciate it if the St Hilda's community could assist with accommodating some girls.

Please email tconrad@shcs.school.nz or complete the attached form at the end of this newsletter, if you are able to help.

Student Achievement

A number of cricketers have had a busy summer. Polly Inglis and Bella James have been in the Otago Sparks in the national domestic competition. The Sparks ended up runners up to Wellington in the T20 final played and televised at the University Oval in late January. Polly and Bella along with Sarah Wyber, Georgia Heffernan and Kate Heffernan represented Otago U21 at the national tournament at Lincoln in December. Georgia, Kate, Olivia Gain, Emma Black, Megan Meltzer and Eden Carson all represented Otago U15 at the national tournament.

Cricket is in great shape at St Hilda's and preparations are underway to qualify for the NZCT finals again in 2015.

Congratulations to all the participants who competed at the Athletic Sports on Wednesday:

Champions

Year 7/8

1st - Grace Brenssell

2nd - Annabel Bilkey

3rd - Alika Croot 

Junior

1st - Millie Scully

2nd - Cecilia Crooks

3rd - Beryn Abbott

Intermediate

1st - Joccoaa Palmer

2nd - Mikayla Thorn

3rd - Leonie Palmer

Senior

1st - Danica Davies

2nd - Caitlyn George

3rd - Hayley Shallard

House Points

1st - Wellington

2nd - Havelock

3rd - Nelson

4th - Lawrence

Cheer Leading

1st - Wellington

2nd - Lawrence

3rd - Nelson

4th - Havelock

Records

4 x 100m Senior House Relay

1st - Wellington

2nd - Nelson

3rd - Havelock

All 3 teams beat the existing Record

Super 15 Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated four corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The next game that we have tickets for is Highlanders vs. Crusaders on February 21 at 7.35pm, followed by the game on Friday 27th against the Reds. The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on school camps and sports trips.

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal


News from Tolcarne

I write this from the office as the girls are sitting in the dining room at a Quiz night hosted by our Head Boarders Amelia and Lucy. By the sounds of things and all the screams and laughter it is going really well!

These last two weeks have been a hive of activity around the hostel with the Year 9’s involved in a very comprehensive Orientation programme. It has been loads of fun…a bus tour of Dunedin, fish and chips at the beach, a trip to Leap Trampoline Park and lots more. We will be finishing the week off with some Valentines baking on Saturday.

Next week our Year 9’s will be off to Camp. Krystal will be taking the girls through a packing session teaching them to pack their bags properly. This will be on Friday night so the girls can identify any items they have missing and can source them over the weekend.

Athletics day this week was once again a super fun day; the girls always put so much effort into dressing up for the day. Here are a few of my favourite costumes.



This weekend is the Thieves Alley Market here in Dunedin at the Octagon. This could be an option for girls at a loss for what to do. A couple of our very own boarders Mackenzie Hollebon and Tessa Forde are doing a gig there with their band.

The Year 13 Leaders Dinner is on tonight. This is a chance for parents of Year 13 girls to come to celebrate them as Leaders of the hostel and join us for dinner. This year our very own Jackie Barron as our guest speaker will entertain us. This is always a lovely night.

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding


_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


Summer Quad

Sunday 22nd to Tuesday 23rd February


I am able to take …........................... billets for the nights of 22/23 February

They will need to be picked up from the St Hilda's Gymnasium at 4.50pm on the Sunday, and will leave again on Tuesday morning.

They will require lunch on Monday only.


Name:  _________________________________________________   Daughter:  _______________________        Form/Tutor Group ______________________


Contact Phone Number:  ____________________________________






St Hilda's Athletic Sports 2015
Caledonian Ground Logan Park
11th February Wednesday
Arrive at 8.35am for Roll Call



Junior Under 14



Intermediate 14 - 15 1/2



Senior over 15 1/2

Event Times (approx)



           
  8.45 Line up in Form Classes for Roll Call     Records
1 8.55 House Cheer Team Competition      
2 9.10 50m Yr 7/8- Heats 8.91 Amelia Scully (2014)
3   Long Jump Senior Champ 5.20m Eilish Forward (2012) Danica Davies (2013)
4   High Jump Yr 7/8 1.33 M Thorn ( 2011)
5   High Jump Jnr Champ 1.55 Meg McKay 2010
6   Shot Put Int Champ 9.91m Libby Jones(2012)
7   Discus Snr Champ 36.29 Libby Jones ( 2014)
8   Ball throw Jnr Non Champ    
9   100m Snr Champ - Heats 12.32 D Gibb
10   100m Int Champ - Heats 12.16 Caitlyn George (2014)
11   100m Jnr Champ - Heats 12.87 H Urquhart 2006
12   100m Yr 7/8 Heats 13.87 Amelia Scully (2014)
13 9.30 100m Snr Non Champ - Races    
14   100m Int Non Champ  - Races    
15   100m Jnr Non Champ - Races    
16 10.00 Shotput Int Non Champ    
17   Discus Snr Non Champ    
18   Tabloid Snr (Yr 11-13)    
19 10.15 800m Snr - Heats (Final #50A) 2.16.66 Rebekah Greene ( 2010)
19A 10.20 800m Int - Final 2.27.19 Nikita Fitzgerald 2005
20   800m Yr 7/8 Final    
20A   800m Jnr Final 2.27.97 A Begg 2001
21 10.30 Long Jump Int Champ 5.17 A Smith
22   High Jump Snr Champ 1.70 Caity Kenny (2014)
23   Shotput Jnr Champ 10.08 Libby van Harselaar (2014)
23A   Shotput Yr 7/8 Champ    
24   Discus Int Champ 31.65 Libby Jones(2012)
25   Ball Throw Snr Non Champ    
26   Tabloid Yr 7/8    
27 10.45 200m Snr Champ Heats 26.6 T Smith
28   200m Int Champ - Heats 25.4 Caitlyn George 2014
29   200m Jnr Champ - Heats 27.9 S McAllum
30   200m Yr 7/8 Heats 29.91 Amelia Scully (2014)
31   200m Snr Non Champ Races    
32   200m Int Non Champ Races    
33   200m Jnr Non Champ Races    
34 11.00 Tabloid Yr 9 & 10    
35   Shotput Jnr Non Champ    
36   Discus Int Non Champ    
37 11.15 1500m Open Final 4.45.07 Rebekah Greene (2011)
38 11.30 Long Jump Jnr Champ 4.95 S. James 2001
39   High Jump Int Champ 1.55 A Dodds 2002
40   Shotput Snr Champ 11.77 Libby Jones (2013)
41   Discus Jnr Champ 27.11 Libby Jones ( 2010)
41A   Discus Yr 7/8 Champ    
42   Ball throw Yr 7/8    
43 12.00 400m Snr Champ Heats 1.00.62 R Lee
44   400m Int ChampHeats 1.01.45 S McAllum
45   400m Jnr Champs Heats 1.04.06 R Scott 2001
46   400m Yr 7/8 01/08/06 Amelia Scully (2014)
47   50M Snr Non Champ Races    
48   50M Int Non Champ Races    
49   50M Jnr Non Champ Races    
50   50M Yr 7/8 Final    
50A   800m Snr Final - if needed    
  Approx 12.15   Lunch Break    
51 1.00 800m Open Walk Race 3.59.12 Deb Morris 2006
52   Shotput Snr Non Champ    
53   Discus Jnr Non Champ    
54   Ball throw Int Non Champ    
55   Long Jump Yr 7/8 4.15m Imogen Corbett ( 2012)
56   100m Yr 7/8 Final    
57   100m Jnr Champ Final    
58   100m Int Champ Final    
59   100m Snr Champ Final    
60   3 Legged Races Yr 7/8, Jnr. Int, Snr    
61   Sack Races Yr 7/8, Jnr, Int, Snr    
62   200m Yr 7/8 - final    
63   200m Jnr Champ Final    
64   200m Int Champ Final    
65   200m Snr Champ Final    
66   400m Yr 7/8 Final    
67   400m Jnr Champ Final    
68   400m Int Champ Final    
69   400m Snr Champ Final 1.00.35 Rebekah Greene ( 2010)
70   Inter House Relay Jnr 4 x 100m 55 Nelson (2013)
71   Inter House relay Snr 4 x 100m 57.22 Nelson 2006
72   400m Inter House Challenge      


Term 1 | Week 1 | Thursday 5 February 2015

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

 

Welcome to the school year!

 

It is a pleasure to welcome all families to the 2015 school year.  Hopefully your summer has been relaxing and enjoyable. We encourage all families to attend the important school events during Term 1 as these are wonderful opportunities to meet other families and to really feel part of the St Hilda’s community.

 

There are 88 new students at St Hilda’s this year, mostly in Years 7 and 9, but also a few in other year groups.  We also have eight new international students from China, Japan and Thailand.

 

New teaching staff

Gavin Angus                ESOL

Claire Laverty               Mathematics

Sandra Muller               English/Media Studies

Nigel St Louis               Science

Hannah Wilson             PE/Geography

 

Student Welfare

Please make sure you contact the school if you need to regarding your daughter during the year.  The first point of contact for all concerns should be the year level Dean.  Email addresses for the Deans are as follows:

 

Deans 2015

Years 7 & 8                            Shannon Prentice                       sprentice@shcs.school.nz

Year 9                                     Hazel Dey                                  hdey@shcs.school.nz

Year 10                                   Hannah Wilson                          hwilson@shcs.school.nz

Year 11                                   Lindsay McLanachan                lmclanachan@shcs.school.nz

Year 12                                   Rachel McMillan                        rmcmillan@shcs.school.nz

Year 13                                   Alan West                                  awest@shcs.school.nz

 

Form Teachers 2015

Year 7                                     Shannon Prentice

Year 8                                     Sarah Gaffaney                                                         

9S                                           Carla Joint                                  

9H                                          Donna Smith                     

9C                                           Judith Turner                                                            

10S                                         Baydon Harris                  

10H                                        James Ross                       

10C                                         John Bradfield

 

Guidance Counsellor:         Ms Marcelle Nader-Turner           mnaderturner@shcs.school.nz

 

Chaplain:                              Dr Gillian Townsley                     gtownsley@shcs.school.nz

 

Contacting School

The easiest way to contact school or staff is via email.   Student absences or requests for leave may be emailed to the school office absences@shcs.school.nz or by phoning the school office.   Please do not email teaching staff regarding absences.   Please be understanding if staff do not immediately reply to your email as they may have a high teaching/meeting load or may need to seek clarification of an issue prior to replying to you.

 

School Calendar

The calendar is available to view on our Parent Portal at www.shcs.school.nz/parents - click on Coming Events.  Please remember to keep this handy for reference to important events throughout the term. The first important community events for St Hilda’s are:

 

Meet Your Daughter’s Form Teacher / Tutor

PFA Wine & Cheese Evening

 

Date:     Wednesday 11 February

Time:    5:30pm           

Venue:  St Hilda’s Quad, Chapel and Classrooms

 

5:30pm  Meet in the Chapel for introductions and a presentation from Jackie Barron

 

5:50pm  Parents meet with Form Teachers or Tutors

              Staff will be available in the Quad to help you find the correct classroom.

This is an opportunity for you to meet with your daughter’s Form Teacher or Tutor and other parents of students in her class.  It is also an opportunity to find out more about the tutor system, which operates for students in Years 11–13.  It is important that you know the name of your daughter’s Form Teacher or Tutor for this occasion.

 

6:15pm  Wine & Cheese in the Quad

This evening is hosted by the PFA

 

Athletics Sports

 

Date:     Wednesday 11 February

Time:    8:30am – 3:00pm

Venue:  Caledonian Grounds, Butts Road (by Logan Park)

 

Families are most welcome to come and watch for all or part of the day.  More information is at the end of the newsletter.

 

Itinerant Music/Speech and Drama/Piano Tuition/Singing:   

There is an opportunity for students to have free orchestral instrument tuition at school on string, woodwind and brass instruments. Mr Grant is in charge of this programme.  There is also an opportunity to have private tuition on piano, guitar, drums and both classical and contemporary voice. These lessons cost around $25 each session.  

 

To register interest in having instrumental/voice lessons at school, students need to fill out the form that will be emailed next week.  A number of orchestral instruments are available for hire at school with costs ranging from $80-$120 per annum.  Any parent who wishes to have more information about the programme or tuition of any other musical instrument can email Mr Grant at mgrant@shcs.school.nz.


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


 Mrs Barron with Dr Townsley and Bishop Kelvin Wright at yesterday's Commissioning service


It is always a pleasure to welcome students back as well as see new faces around the school.  It has been a short week but we have already packed a lot in.  Year 13 students spent Monday and Tuesday at Tirohanga for their retreat, Year 12 students took part in Peer Support training and yesterday we held Mrs Barron’s commissioning service.

 

Four guests from Woodford House flew down for the day to formally hand Mrs Barron over to St Hilda’s and Bishop Kelvin Wright commissioned Mrs Barron into her new role as Principal of St Hilda’s.  The Bishop will also be joining us in school next Friday to commission the 2015 Prefects, another important occasion for the school.

 

A reminder to girls that ID photos will be taken on the afternoon of Tuesday February 10th.  Year 13 students will need to bring the top half of their uniform to get changed into for these photos.

 

Summer Quad   - Billets Required Please

On February 23/24th February St Hilda's is hosting Summer Quad.  Billets are required for 120 girls for the nights of 22/23 February.  We would really appreciate it if the St Hilda's community could assist with accommodating some girls. 

Please email tconrad@shcs.school.nz or complete the attached form, if you are able to help.


Super 15 Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated four corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The next game that we have tickets for is Highlanders vs Crusaders on February 21 at 7.35pm, followed by the game on Friday 27th against the Reds. The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on school camps and sports trips.

 

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.


 

Student Achievement

Four students achieved exceptional sports results at last weekends Southern Regional Junior Surf Lifesaving Champs:

Phoebe Aburn

·      4 Individual Gold:  U14 - Run, Swim, Run – Board - Diamond and Surf Race and a 3rd in Sprints

·      Team Events:  U14 - 1st in Tube Rescue, 2nd Board Rescue

 

Emma Andrew

·      Individual Events:  U11 – 2nd in Run, Swim Run – Board  - Surf Race and 3rd in Diamond

·      Team Events:  3rd in U12 Board Relay

 

Olivia Andrew

·      4 Individual Gold:  U12 - Run, Swim, Run – Board - Diamond and Surf Race

·      Team Events: U14 – 1st in Board Rescue, U12 – 1st in Tube Rescue, Board Relay and 2nd in Cameron

 

 Anaia Wiparata

·      Individual Events:  U14 – 2nd Flags

·      Team Events:  U14 – 1st in Board Relay, 2nd in Tube Rescue, 3rd Board Rescue, 2nd Cameron



 

All four girls are now off to Nationals (Oceans' 15) at Mt Maunganui at the end of February to represent their Clubs – St Clair and Brighton.  Well done, girls.

 

Congratulations to the following teams St Hilda's teams that competed at National Tournaments in December: 

The St Hilda's Cricket Team were placed third at the National NZCT Tournament. 

The Touch Team were placed 10th at the National Secondary Schools Tournament.

 

The following athletes had amazing results at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletic Nationals: 

Danica Davies - Gold Medal in Senior Girls Shotput

Caity Kenny - Bronze Medal in Senior Girls High Jump

Caityn George - Bronze Medal in Senior Girls 200m

Libby Jones - Bronze Medals in Senior Girls Hammer and Discus 

4 x 100m Senior Girls Relay - Gold Medal - Team Members - Danica Davies, Leonie Palmer, Joccoaa Palmer, Caitlyn George - Reserve Mikayla Thorn

 

Congratulations to Olivia O'Neill for her selection in the NZ U 16 Basketball Team.

 

Congratulations to the following girls that have been selected in Otago Touch teams to compete at Nationals. 

U 17 Girls Team- Abbey Johnston, Paige Thomson, Meg Timu, Jess Gray, Casey Brown

U 15 Mixed Team - Jess Faulks, Olivia O'Neill, Bridget Johnstone


Judy Maw

Assistant Principal


Athletic Sports Student Briefing

1.          Date:  Wednesday 11th February 

2.          Must be at the Caledonian by 8.30am.  Report to your form teacher in front of the stand and then sit in house groups.  House captains are to collect programs and distribute to house.

3.          Lunch is approx 12.15pm.  Finals begin at 1.00pm.  Approx finish time is 3.00pm.

4.          Wear correct school sports uniform and tracksuit to the ground.  Once inside grounds house colours can be worn.

5.          Once sports are underway listen for your event to be called.  Report promptly.  If you are in a field event and your track event is called, excuse yourself from official and run your race.  Then return to field event.

6.          When you finish your track event stay in lanes until judges have given out place cards.  Championship finalists will be pinned on noticeboard at the northern end of the stand.

7.          Programmes will be pinned on a board in front of the stands and also in individual house areas.

8.          Non-champs and Novelty Events – no finals.

9.          No show at events – houses will lose points.  If you cannot compete you must let the marshall of the event know.

10.       When not competing sit in the stands.  Drink plenty of water and bring a healthy lunch.  Apply sun-block regularly.  Bring warm clothing as it can be cold.

11.       There will be a Barbeque and other goodies for sale.

12.       If you can’t compete a note with the reason why must be handed to the sports co-ordinator.  You will be expected to help with an event.  Report to the teacher in charge after the roll call.

13.       Cheer Teams – face paint must be applied and taken off on the grass.  None at all in stands or toilets.  Your event is at 8.55am.

14.       Invite your parents to the sports.

15.       House Spirit is as important as any of the events :Enjoy the day!


Summer Quad

Sunday 22nd to Tuesday 23rd February


I am able to take …........................... billets for the nights of 22/23 February

They will need to be picked up from the St Hilda's Gymnasium at 4.50pm on the Sunday, and will leave again on Tuesday morning.

They will require lunch on Monday only.



Please view Printed Newsletter - Issue No. 6 - 5 December 2014


                                      
Term 4 | Week 8 | Friday 5 December 2014

 

St Hilda’s Dux
Claudia Paterson with Melissa Bell

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We held a very successful Leavers’ Service and Prize Giving last week.  Our top honours awards for 2014 went to:

Kate Holden – All Round Service

Claudia Paterson – All Round Achievement

Isabella Shields – Proxime Accessit

Claudia Paterson – Dux


Congratulations to all students who received awards on Thursday.  The full list will be provided in the print newsletter, which will be posted home next week, along with junior reports.

Congratulations also to Imogen Corbett who won the Dunedin Junior Speech Competition.

 

 

Imogen Corbett
Dunedin Junior Speech Competition 

We had an entertaining Junior Arts Assembly last week.  It was organised by the Year 10 music class with a little help from Mr Grant and Mrs Smith.  The range of performances were outstanding.  Well done, to all who were involved.

Winners of the Touch Team ‘Scratchy Board’ Fundraiser for Nationals were:

Lee­anne Flockton, Pam Lesley, Todd Copland, Peter Brown, Jan Campbell, Michelle Johnston, June Webster, Meg Timu, Roger Cotton, Noelene Thompson, Bruce Murray, Sue Miller, Jude and Peter George.

Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser.

St Hilda’s are hosting Summer Quad in 2015. We will require billets for approximately 100 girls for the nights of 22/23 February. It would be great if you are able to assist with this. More information will be available in early February.

The office closes for the year on December 19.  Start up dates will be published in the Otago Daily Times at the beginning of the year and included in the printed Newsletter, which will be posted by Friday 19 December along with junior reports.

Wishing you all a safe and festive holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

 

Year 9 Camp 2015 - thank you to parents who expressed an interest in joining us at Camp in February. As usual far more offers of interest than places was received - thank you all for your offers of support. I have today emailed 8 parents offering them a place and asking that they confirm their availability at their earliest convenience. Should I need further support I will be in touch with you individually. We look forward to your support at other events on the school calendar. Enjoy a relaxing holiday break and festive season with your families and friends. 

 

Hazel Dey
Assistant Principal




Term 4 | Week 7 | Friday 28 November 2014


 Writers’ Workshop in action at Kaka Point

Dear Parents and Caregivers



Our Year 8 Graduation was held on Tuesday night.  Aston Awards were given out to the following girls:

Isabella Aldrich

Meg Anderson

Alisha Brook

Kendall Brook

Lili Clouston-Cain

Maxi Dippie

Olivia Gain

Millie Hardiman

Kate Johnston

Harriet Jolly

Kaitlin McIntyre

Tamara Mason

Lily Mole

Millie Scully and

Anna Young

 

This is the highest number of girls who have ever achieved the Aston Award which is an award that comprises areas from sport, cultural, academic and service – it is great to see so many participants.

A group of girls from Year 7 – 9 ventured into the windy Catlins for a two day writing retreat.  This was a great chance to explore ideas and language and we look forward to repeating this in 2015. 

The Rich Task took place for Year 10 students this week. Students are required to create a fictional country, from a set of latitude and longitude co-ordinates, consistent with the existing countries in that region. They have to work collaboratively in groups, attend seminars run by staff members, bringing back and sharing   information to their groups.  On the final day they create a market style display of their country and give a five-minute performance to showcase their culture. The girls embraced this activity with enthusiasm, working collaboratively together, resulting in a high standard of presentations.  Awards will be presented next week.

Year 13 students need to complete their sign out on Wednesday 3 December.  Books and other school materials are to be returned to the library between 1.00pm and 3.00pm on this day.  Please contact Mrs Maw on jmaw@shcs.school.nz if you have any questions about this process. 

Final preparations are being made for the Leavers’ Service and Prize Giving.  Prize Giving will be held at the More FM Arena at the Edgar Centre on Thursday 4 December at 5.00pm.  We ask that families arrive by 4.45pm where ushers will show you to your seat once inside.  If your daughter is unable to attend prize giving, please email Karen Mowat at admin@shcs.school.nz by Tuesday 2 December. 

Student Achievement

Yvie Finn-House won the Year 9 section of the Otago Southland Alliance Francaise Speaking Competition. 

The following students have been awarded science badges

Isabella Aldrich – large animals

Maxi Dippie – large animals

Lily Hornal – psychology

Kate Johnston – home chemistry

Millie Hardiman – human biology

Kaitlin McIntyre – home chemistry

Millie Scully – home chemistry

 

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal



 Term 4 | Week 6 | Friday 21 November 2014


Dear Parents and Caregivers

Each year our Year 13 students give a gift to the school.  In more recent years, we have tried to encourage the girls the gift the monies to a good cause.  On Wednesday, Head Girl Harriet Keown was able to present the Otago Community Hospice with a cheque for $705 on behalf of our Year 13 leavers. 

Year 9 Te Reo Week ended today with movie making.  Other activities this week have included trips to the museum and Marae, as well as making kites with flax.  Year 10 students will spend next week taking part in the Rich Task, which involves students working to create a new country.  A market place will be held next Wednesday to see the range of countries created. 

A group of Year 10 students attended the BEAMS programme at the University of Auckland on Tuesday.  BEAMS stands for Business, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine and Science.  The girls had a fantastic day mixing with students from all over the North Island. 


On Sunday at 3.00pm we will be holding our International Farewell.  This is a chance for girls who are leaving us to share memories and farewell messages with their homestay families.  Following on from this will be the Christmas Carol Service at 5.00pm in the Chapel.  Families are invited to stay behind afterwards and enjoy bubbles and cake provided by the PFA.  This will provide an opportunity for you to personally farewell Ms Bell.  The Christmas Raffle will be drawn at the end of the service. 

Next Tuesday we will be holding our Year 8 Completion Ceremony in the Chapel from 6.00pm.  We look forward to seeing parents at this special occasion. 

Prize giving will be held at the More FM Arena at the Edgar Centre on Thursday 4 December at 5.00pm.  We ask that families arrive by 4.45pm where ushers will show you to your seat once inside.  If your daughter is unable to attend prize giving, please email Karen Mowat at admin@shcs.school.nz by Tuesday 2 December. 

Year 13 students need to complete their sign out on Wednesday 3 December.  Books and other school materials are to be returned to the library between 1.00pm and 3.00pm on this day.  Please contact Mrs Maw on jmaw@shcs.school.nz if you have any questions about this process. 


Student Achievement

Gabby Hunter and Sarah Cochrane both received an excellence award in the Otago Southland Alliance Francaise Speaking Competition.

Gabby was also placed in the top three in New Zealand for the scenario writing competition for Future Problem Solvers.  

Lily Mole was awarded a science badge for independent scientific studies in Home Chemistry.  

Anahera Reynolds was placed 2nd in the 13 and Over Girls Long Jump at the Otago Primary School Sports.

 

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal

 


Term 4 | Week 5 | Friday 14 November 2014


Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Year 9 Passion Project comes to an end today with the Expo being held in the Chapel from 4.00pm.  The Expo is a great opportunity for the girls to show their work to teachers and parents and it is always amazing to see the range of topics they choose to explore.

Next week Year 9 students will be participating in Te Reo Week, where they will immerse themselves in Maori language and culture, including a trip to the Marae and filmmaking.

On Friday 21 November we will be holding our Orientation Day for our 2015 Year 7 and 9 students.  There is a 1.00pm start at Tolcarne for Boarders and then at 2.00pm all Year 9 boarders, day girls, current Year 8 girls and new Year 7 girls will meet in the Chapel for a presentation from Mrs Dey and Mrs Barron, who will be joining us for the day.  Parking will be made available on the lower playing field on Royal Terrace.

The Carol Service will be held at 5.00pm on Sunday 23 November in the Chapel which will be followed by bubbles and cake.  In conjunction with a number of farewell dinners and events, this is an opportunity for our school community to chat with Ms Bell after the service and personally farewell her.  We will also draw the Christmas Raffle at the service. 

We are still looking for donations of gourmet hamper items like chutneys, sauces, pickles, chocolates, soaps, bathroom luxuries, Christmas treats etc.  These can be left at the student office.  Proceeds of this raffle will be used to support Anglican Family Care.

School photos are now available to be viewed and ordered online.  Photos are $16 each (photos only, no names): 

St Hilda’s Collegiate School Groups – July 2014

http://www.mcrobie.co.nz/shop/st-hildas-collegiate-school-groups-july-2014/

St Hilda’s Collegiate School Groups – September 2014

http://www.mcrobie.co.nz/shop/st-hildas-collegiate-school-groups-september-2014/

Student Achievement

Lillian Gibbs took her Trinity Grade 6 singing exam and achieved a distinction – 88%.

The following girls competed and were placed at the North Zone Sports:

Millie Scully – 1st in Girls 12 and Over Shot Put, 2nd in 13 and Over 100m

Anahera Reynolds – 1st in Girls 13 and Over Long Jump

Hollie Davison – 3rd in Girls 12 and Over High Jump

The Over 13A Relay team of Millie, Anahera, Lili Clouston-Cain and Maxi Dippie were placed 3rd and the B Team of Izzy Gold, Kate Johnston, Lily Mole and Kaitlin McIntyre were placed 4th.

Emily Woodhouse obtained her NZAMD Solo Seal Diploma in Dance this week – this exam requires 97% to pass and gives Emily her teaching Diploma. 

One of our junior student's flute has gone missing.  Both the flute and case are named so we ask that students check their instruments to make sure they have their own.  Please return to the student office when located.

 

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal

 

News from Tolcarne

As the year draws to an end we have quite a few staff changes here at Tolcarne.  Our Kitchen Manager, Lorraine Williamson, is retiring and Krystal and I are in the process of recruiting for this position.  Karen O’Neill, our Senior House Manager, is also leaving and we are delighted to have Robyn McGarry step into this role.

Krystal has been busy cleaning out the Old Stone BBQ by the vege patch. This will be ready for our junior girls to cook sausies and smores.



Our Year 9 girls have been busy this week adding their last minute touches to their Passion Projects, which will be displayed on Friday evening. It is fantastic to see the amount of effort the girls put in to their work.

 

Amanda Haggie

Head of Boarding



Term 4 | Week 4 | Friday 7 November 2015


Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week we said goodbye to the seniors. NZQA exams have started today and we wish our senior students well for these.

Year 10 students arrived back from their week at Camp Tautuku this afternoon.  A great time was had by all.

A reminder that on Tuesday 11 November there is a PPTA Paid Union Meeting that means school will finish at 12.00pm.  Although school will officially remain open until 3:25pm that afternoon, there will be no formal classes operating.  However, there will be supervision in the Library for students who need to stay at school until the end of the school day.  Please notify the school office if your daughter will need to remain at school on this afternoon.

Buses will run at the normal time with the exception of the Mosgiel bus from Otago Road Services – this will run at 12:15 pm and only go as far as Mosgiel.

Please note that Year 9 students will have a full school day.  They are scheduled to complete their Five Star Athletics assessment at the Caledonian.  This will go ahead on this date and these students will have to make their own way home from the Caledonian at the end of the day.  

The Passion Project Expo will be held on Friday 14 November at 4.00 pm in the Chapel and Library.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to come and see what the girls have been working on all year.  There will be items for sale so please remember your wallets.


The Carol Service will be held at 5:00 pm on Sunday 23 November in the Chapel which will be followed by bubbles and cake.  In conjunction with a number of farewell dinners and events, this is an opportunity for our school community to chat with Ms Bell after the service and personally farewell her.  We will also draw the Christmas Raffle at the service.

We are still looking for donations of gourmet hamper items like chutneys, sauces, pickles, chocolates, soaps, bathroom luxuries, Christmas treats etc.  These can be left at the student office.  Proceeds of this raffle will be used to support Anglican Family Care.

School photos are now available to be viewed and ordered online.  Photos are $16 each (photos only, no names):

St Hilda’s Collegiate School Groups – July 2014

http://www.mcrobie.co.nz/shop/st-hildas-collegiate-school-groups-july-2014/

St Hilda’s Collegiate School Groups – September 2014

http://www.mcrobie.co.nz/shop/st-hildas-collegiate-school-groups-september-2014/ 

Please see attached flyer at the end of the newsletter regarding a Peace Concert at All Saints’ Church on November 13.

There is also a flyer at the end of the newsletter from Noel Leeming.  This is an offer for friends and family of St Hilda’s.  From Monday 10th – Sunday 16th November either print the flyer or show it on your smartphone at George Street Noel Leeming and pay cost plus 7.5%.

Student Achievement

The following girls have made Otago Touch Teams:

U15 Girls

Jess Faulks

Bridget Johnstone

Beryn Abbott

Olivia O’Neill

 

U17 Girls

Meg Timu

Abbey Johnston

Paige Thomson

Casey Brown

Jess Gray

The Year 7/8 Waterpolo Team placed 2nd in B Grade at the South Island Intermediate Waterpolo Champs last weekend.  Izzy Gold and Lucy Cotter were named in the B Grade Tournament Team.

The St Hilda’s Canoe Polo Team also won the High School section in local competition.

Libby Jones has been selected for the South Island Tournament Team after representing the Otago Secondary Schoolgirls’ Rugby Team.

 

Year 7/8 Waterpolo Team

Much success was had at the erg champs this year for the St Hilda’s girls. Erg champs is where girls race each other on rowing machines (ergs). There are ten ergs that are connected via a computer, which is then projected onto a screen. This allows the girls and supporters to see how they are doing compared to the other rowers in that race. This creates an amazing atmosphere, as there is a lot of yelling and screaming from the supporters as they watch the race. 

Girls U15 2000m

1st – Josie Cook

2nd – Gabby Hunter

Both of these girls as well as Claudia Maker gained PB’s.


Girls U15 500m

1st – Kate Edwards

2nd – Josie Cook

3rd – Gabby Hunter

St Hilda’s took out the top 7 places, showing just how competitive these girls are.

 

Girls U15 100m

1st - Georgia Hay

2nd - Kate Edwards

3rd - Lili Sabonadiere

 

Girls U17 category, the 2000m, 500m and 100m

1st – Eliza Adams (Eliza also won the trophy for fastest 2000m) 


Girls U15 Novice 500m

2nd – Lusia Maiai

 

Girls U18 novice 1000m

1st – Molly Butt 

 

Girls U18 novice 500m

2nd – Molly Butt

The final race of the day was the relay where a team of four raced 2000m (500m each). St Hilda’s had three teams in this event, one of which gained second place. In this team was Molly Butt, Josie Cook, Lola Garden and Eliza Adams.

Overall, erg champs was a complete success and the girls should be very proud of their achievements.

Cecilia Crooks, Olivia Gold and Aleisha Ruske have been selected to compete in the Southern Mako Swimming Team to compete in the Zonal Meet in February 2015.


Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

 

International Department Hosting Opportunities

 

Ichikawa Gakuen High School Visit

We are pleased to be able to confirm that our Japanese sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School, will be visiting us again in 2015.  This has been a long standing relationship and we look forward to hosting our guests every year.   Next year they will be staying with us from 15 - 28 March and we are looking for homestay families.

 

Families involved in this always thoroughly enjoy their time and more often than not remain in contact with their student, we even have families that have visited Tokyo and their old student!


International Homestay Seminar


For those who may be considering becoming a host family for our longer term International Students.

We are holding a ‘Homestay Seminar’ for all potential new families wishing to become a homestay family in 2015.  This seminar will be on Wednesday 26 November at 5:00 pm in the St Hilda’s Collegiate School Library.  We anticipate that the meeting will last for approximately one hour. 

The aim of this seminar is to give you an overview of how we support our International Students and our expectations of host families for their Duty of Care.

Before coming to the seminar please consider the following:

1.      What type of homestay would fit your family best e.g. short, long or emergency stay options?

2.      The number and nationality of your potential International daughter/s.  (Normally no more than 2 international students per household).

3.      What can you offer an international student?

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 26 November.  Please RSVP to Karen Mowat our Homestay Co-Ordinator at admin@shcs.school.nz

Please get in touch with us if you and your family are interested in this opportunity or if you require more details.

 

Kind regards and thank you in advance.

 

Kirstyn Mawdsley
Director of International Students

 


News from Tolcarne

What a quiet week here at Tolcarne with our Year 10 girls away at camp.  I have finished interviewing our Year Nine intake for 2015.  All the girls have been allocated their senior buddy and our Year 13 girls for 2015 are excited about their leadership roles.

Last week at Tolcarne we hosted our combined Christmas/Leavers’ dinner. This is an absolute highlight on the Tolcarne Calendar. It is not only a gorgeous Christmas feast but also a lovely way to celebrate our Year 13’s time at Tolcarne, to reminisce and to bid farewell.  The Head Boarders run the evening and put such a lot of effort into speeches, creating a slide show and organizing very special leavers gifts.

 

 

Study Leave has started here at the hostel and morning time is a time for study, the girls have a break in the afternoon and then have their scheduled prep again in the evening.

The Tolcarne pool has been spruced up with a new paint job just in time for some summer weather (hopefully).


Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding




 


Term 4 | Week 3 | Friday 31 October 2014

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Junior Exams have been held this week and they seem to have progressed well.  Year 10 students leave for Camp Tautuku on Monday afternoon, we hope the girls have an enjoyable week with lots of sunshine.  Senior students are preparing for their upcoming NCEA examinations.

A reminder that students need to be at St Paul’s Cathedral at 9.40am in formal uniform on Sunday for our annual St Hilda’s Day service.  We ask that they bring a $2 coin for the offering.

We are still looking for donations of gourmet hamper items like chutneys, sauces, pickles, chocolates, soaps, bathroom luxuries, Christmas treats etc.  These can be left at the student office.  Proceeds of this raffle will be used to support Anglican Family Care.

Good luck to Tamara Mason and Isabella Aldrich who are heading to Woodford House on exchange.  We look forward to welcoming Olivia and Elise from Woodford House.

The Passion Project Expo will be held on Friday 14 November at 4.00pm in the Chapel and Library.  The girls will have Monday set aside for them to work on the completion of these in preparation for this.

School photos are on display in the student foyer.  If anyone wishes to order photos please contact me at jmaw@shcs.school.nz and I will forward requests to McRobie Studios.


Student Achievement

The Sports Council have created a new Sports Honour's Board.  This recognizes the girls from St Hilda's that have been selected in, and played in a National Age Group Team, or a National Team or who as an individual has represented New Zealand at an International Sporting Event. 

Congratulations to the following girls who have qualified at this stage:

Sophie Coutts - NZ Level 8 Open Rhythmic Gymnastics Team

Caitlyn George - NZ Junior Athletics Team

Abbey Johnston - NZ U15 Mixed Touch Team

Laney Keenan – NZ U18 Ice Hockey Team

Whitney Keenan – NZ U18 Ice Hockey Team

Aleisha Ruske - NZ U18 Women's Basketball Team

Nicole Ruske - NZ U16 Women's Basketball Team

Paige Thomson - NZ U15 Mixed Touch Team

Libby van Harselaar - NZ U15 Girls’ Water Polo Team

 

Georgia Brown (St Hilda’s Old Girl) and Georgia Mitchell 

In assembly Ms Corkery profiled Georgia Mitchell, presently in Year 9, who had the opportunity to meet Georgia Brown, ex St Hilda's pupil and very talented football player, who several years ago won an American University Sporting Scholarship. 

The two Georgia's met at one of Georgia Brown’s training sessions. Georgia Brown and her coach from Invercargill, Ian Shirkey, were working with a group of American players who had come to New Zealand with Georgia Brown.

The two Georgias discovered they had a lot in common both being involved with Roslyn Wakari Football Club and the St Hilda's XI football team. 

Georgia Mitchell’s Football Achievements in 2014 include:

  • Most Promising female in junior club for the Roslyn Wakari Club
  • Member of the St Hilda’s 1st XI Football Team 
  • Otago Representative 14th Grade
  • Futsal St Hilda’s Year 9 A Team 
  • FTC Soccer Academy 

Earlier this week Ms Corkery had the privilege of attending the Secondary Student Pacifica Awards sponsored by the Otago Polytechnic.  Karli Adams was our recipient.

Tonight Isabella Shields and Beth Fitchett will be honoured at the Mana Pounamu Awards.  Congratulations to these girls.

The following students have achieved science badges:

Alisha Brook for Home Chemistry

Kendall Brook for Large Animals

Libby Holdridge for Large Animals

Tamara Mason for Large Animals

Anna Young for Home Chemistry


The following students achieved fantastic results in the ICAS Mathematics Competition:

Kaya Fukushima, who received high distinction and Susie Olssen who received the prudence award – this was for achieving the school’s highest number of consecutive correct answers.


The following students gained High Distinction in the Australian Languages Competition:

Eliza Adams

Holly Armstrong

Caroline Burchell

Sophie Coutts

Maddie Holmes

Sarah Hurdle

Harriet Keown

Anna Lindsay

Alice Morrison

Pinn Patcharaintho

Tessa Read

Lili Sabonadiere

Isabella Shields

Amy Wright

Hannah Wright

 

The St Hilda's 1st XI cricket team went one step closer in it's preparation for December's NZCT National Secondary School Girls finals in Palmerston North with a comprehensive ten wicket win in the Otago Cricket Association Bates Cup final against Otago Girls’ High School on Wednesday. Batting first, Otago Girls High scored 76 runs for six wickets in their 20 overs. Aisling Beamish and Emma Paisley gained two wickets each. In reply, Polly Inglis and Bella James were untroubled reaching the required total in the 8th over. Polly on 49 not out and Bella on 20 not out continued their very good form of late with the bat. Polly was named the MVP for the game by Tama Walker from the OCA and she was presented with a trophy and a new cricket bat for her efforts.

 

St Hilda's 1st XI cricket team

Polly Inglis

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal


Term 4 | Week 2 | Friday 24 October 2014



 Dear Parents and Caregivers

Mrs Barron spent the day in school with Ms Bell yesterday.  This gave her the chance to meet staff and have a look around the school, as well as attend Chapel.  She also attended the Board of Trustees Strategic Planning meeting last night, which is an important aspect of planning for the 2015 school year.

Ms Bell is presently on medical leave while she has some preventative procedures to ensure her ongoing good health.

Z Club Fundraiser was held on Tuesday. This was a fantastic event and the audience was lucky enough to have Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell and Katherine Rich as guest speakers. The twins inspirational story made us all want to start rowing, while Katherine looked back on her treasured memories at St Hilda's and her role as a female leader today. The Z-Club would like to thank everyone who came along to support and help raise over $1000 towards the Cancer Society.

Next Wednesday during Deans Period, our Year 13 students will go to All Saints’ Church for the rehearsal of their Leavers’ Service.  Next week is their last full week before they begin study leave on November 5.

The Mana Pounamu Young Achievers Awards are next Friday and our two recipients for 2014 are Isabella Shields and Beth Fitchett. 

The Parents and Friends Association are running their annual Christmas Hamper raffle.  Tickets have been mailed out and we appreciate your help in selling these.  As well we are looking for donations of gourmet hamper items like chutneys, sauces, pickles, chocolates, soaps, bathroom luxuries, Christmas treats etc.  These can be left at the student office.  Proceeds of this raffle will be used to support Anglican Family Care.

St Hilda’s Day is on Sunday 2 November.  It is an important time for our School Community and it is expected that all students will attend the Service on this morning.  Any absences for St Hilda’s Day must be emailed to Geraldine Corkery with a reason care of admin@shcs.school.nz.  Students need to be at the Cathedral at 9.40am in formal uniform and we ask that they bring a $2 coin for the offering.

Congratulations to the following girls who represented Otago in Age Group Football teams.

14th Grade Team

Olivia O'Neill

Kate Higham

Lili Clouston - Cain

Georgia Mtchell

 

17th Grade Team

Beth Fitchett

Jess Harwood

Holly White

 

St Hilda girls did very well at the South Island Swimming Champs in the school holidays. Here are the results:

Cecilia Crooks 13-14yrs

Gold medal - 200 backstroke

Silver medals - 400free, 800free, 100backstroke

Bronze medals - 400IM, 200Free, 100 Free

13-14 yr old Female relay - Cecilia was in this

200 medley, silver medal

 

13-14 yr old female relay - Cecilia and Mariette Devereux were in this 200Free, Bronze medal.


Olivia Gold 15-16yrs

Gold medal in 50free

Silver medal in 100free

 

Olivia was also in the 15-16 yr female relay that took silver medal in 200 IM, and 200 free and she was also in the female Open relay which took gold medal in 400 free.

Cecilia was also selected to attend the Swimming NZ Age Group Camp in Timaru, which she attended for 3 days in Timaru and thoroughly enjoyed. To be selected for this camp you have to get in the top 3 for Olympic Events at National Meets, which she achieved at NZ Short Course.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

 

News from Tolcarne

Yoga has started up again at Tolcarne and this Term the focus is on relaxation and stress relief for Year 13. This is the perfect time of year for it with major exams looming.

Thursday night saw our Year 9 and 10 girls off to a Social at the Otago Boys Hostel. Luckily Maddie one of our younger House Managers was willing to escort the girls to and from this event.

The roster to set up a day for each Year 9 girl to feed and bed down the guinea pigs is working well. As the idea for guinea pigs was Year 9 one, we thought it was fitting that they have the major responsibility for them. Check out Watson and Larry.



The hostel closes this Friday at 5.00pm and reopens on Monday at 3.00pm for the Labour Weekend break.  Enjoy the long weekend.

 

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding



Term 4 | Week 1 | Friday 17 October 2014


Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week we held our Cultural Blues Assembly where we acknowledged students who achieved highly in cultural pursuits as well as students who have given significant service to the arts at St Hilda’s.  Our guest speaker was Doug Kamo, who as a producer and director, has been responsible for over fifty national and international musical theatre productions including The Rocky Horror Show, Les Miserables, Cabaret and Chicago to name a few.  Doug has also been an MC for companies such as Vodafone, L'Oreal, Air New Zealand and Saatchi and Saatchi, and his company DKCM Ltd now provides entertainment and event solutions for national corporate events.  Doug spoke to the girls on making the most of opportunities that were presented to them.  He was entertaining and well received by all.  There were also fantastic performances from the Kapa Haka and Amy Wright at the assembly.

The following students received awards:

·      Zoe Richards – Service to St Matthew’s Anglican Church (this was an omission from the Service Awards held last term)

 

Cultural Excellence Awards:


 

·      Lucy Cathro – member of the 2014 City of Dunedin Pipe Band, playing tenor drum

·      Amy Wright and Rosaria Yoo – the Shakespeare Festival Modern Concept Award

·      Charlotte Cotter, Tessa Forde, Mackenzie Hollebon, Mia Knott and Jamie MacKenzie – People’s Choice Award, Lowdown Best Song and 3rd place at the Regional Rock Quest

·      Madeleine Gabbusch, Bella Grimmond, Erin McHenry, Courtney Shea, Hannah van Plateringen and Rosaria Yoo – 1st place at the NZCAF National Hip Hop Competition

·      Emma Alcock, Casey Brown, Lola Garden, Gracie Hannagan, Madeleine Holmes, Claire Lau, Claudia Maker and Cara Thomson – 3rd place at the NZCAF National Hip Hop Competition. 

 

Cultural Service Blues:

 

·      Amy Jones – Service to Performing Arts

·      Megan Kyte – Service to Music

·      Clare Manley – Service to Performing Arts

·      Courtney Shea – Service to Dance

·      Hannah van Plateringen – Service to Dance

·      Ihlara McIndoe – Service to Music – Re Award

 

Cultural Performance Blues:

 


·      Zara Anthony-Whigham – Dance

·      Sheridan Labes – Performing Arts

·      Claudia Maker – Dance

·      Ihlara McIndoe – Speech

·      Erin O’Brien – Dance

·      Georgia O’Malley – Dance

·      Hayley Shallard – Speech

·      Polly Tenci – Performing Arts

·      Bella Veitch – Speech

 

Cultural Performance Blue Re Awards:

 

·      Madeleine Gabbusch – Dance

·      Lola Garden – Dance

·      Bella Grimmond – Dance

·      Madeleine Holmes – Performing Arts

·      Amy Jones – Dance

·      Sheridan Labes – Dance

·      Erin McHenry – Dance

·      Ihlara McIndoe – Music

·      Courtney Shea – Dance

·      Polly Tenci – Dance

·      Cara Thomson – Dance

·      Hannah van Plateringen – Dance

·      Amy Wright – Debating and Drama

 

Congratulations to all students who received awards.

The Parents and Friends Association are running their annual Christmas Hamper raffle.  Tickets have been mailed out and we appreciate your help in selling these.  As well we are looking for donations of gourmet hamper items like chutneys, sauces, pickles, chocolates, soaps, bathroom luxuries, Christmas treats etc.  These can be left at the student office.  Proceeds of this raffle will be used to support Anglican Family Care. 

Please see the flyer at the end of the newsletter in regards to the Z Club Fundraiser.  This is taking place at 6.00pm on Tuesday 21 October.  Tickets are available from the student office; door sales will also be available.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Annabel Evans who has been selected in the Otago Women's Golf Team. She will play at the South Island Interprovincials in October.

Congratulations to Maggie Burns who received the Dunedin U17 Team Contribution Award at the recently held Dunedin Netball Centre Prize-giving. She played an important role in the team’s success at the U17 National Netball Competition where Dunedin was placed 3rd.

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal

 

News from Tolcarne

The girls arrived back to a new addition to the hostel, our pet guinea pigs, Larry and Watson. These two live next to our veggie garden and are slowly getting used to many girls around them. We have set up a roster for feeding and cleaning out their hutch and have had lots of girls willing to help out.

Tennis coaching has also started up at the hostel and for three mornings per week, the girls are out from 6.45am until 8.00am. We have been fortunate with the weather this week so long may it continue.

I am currently busy meeting with the 2015 Year 9 intake. We have some delightful girls coming to St Hilda’s who are super excited.

 

Amanda Haggie

Head of Boarding



 


 

 



Please view Printed Newsletter - Issue No. 5 - 26 September 2014



Term 3 | Week 9 | Friday 26 September 2014

 

 Deja Vu Crew
with Hip Hop Coach, Dallas Wade

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

On Tuesday we learnt of Mrs Jackie Barron’s appointment to the position of Principal, beginning in Term 1, 2015.  Mrs Barron will be working with Ms Bell over the next term in order to transition smoothly into the position.

Congratulations to all the Recipients of Awards and Nominees for Major Awards that were presented at the Sports Awards last Friday night.

The Cultural Blues assembly will take place at 11.30am on Wednesday October 15.  Girls are required to wear formal uniform for this occasion.  Invitations will be sent out in the holidays.

Printed newsletters will be posted out next week.  Please check your envelopes carefully as the Term 4 Raffle card is included with this newsletter.

Proceeds from the raffle helps to support the Anglican Family Care Food Bank.  Donations of gourmet food items for the hampers would be much appreciated and can be left in the school office for collection.

This week we say goodbye to three international students, as well as our Swiss exchange student. 

Maho joined us in the beginning of term two, from Osaka, Japan.  Maho is an incredibly diligent student who has excelled in her classes here.  She is an exceptional musician, but is returning to Japan to study hard in order to be able to attend medical school in Japan.

Minnie has been here at St Hilda’s a total of three terms and has proven herself as an artist.  Minnie is returning to Japan to continue her schooling but is looking at studying fashion design after school, hopefully back here in New Zealand! 

Mira has been with us for only one term.  She has fitted into St Hilda’s well and has a very open and approachable manner.  Mira came to New Zealand to learn a little more English and experience the New Zealand way of life.

Exchange student Melanie Schroff is returning home having spent this term at St Hilda’s.  Melanie has been hosted by the Coutts’ family.

We wish these girls well for all of their future endeavours and hope to see them again. 

Arthur Barnett are proud to present Fashion in the Chapel with Dame Trelise Cooper.  This event is taking place at 7.00pm on Tuesday 7 October and $5 from every ticket sold will go to Breast Cure NZ, of which Dame Trelise is Patron.  Further information is available on the flyer attached at the end of the newsletter.  Staff, parents and caregivers of St Hilda’s are entitled to a $5 discount if the flyer is shown when tickets are purchased.

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated sixteen corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Otago ITM Cup games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The next game that we have tickets for is Otago vs Manawatu on October 10 at 7.35pm. The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation and as there are a larger number of tickets this time, could be suited to a business wishing to take their staff out.  All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on school camps and sports trips.

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

Please see the flyers at the end of the newsletter in regards to this year’s Z Club Fundraiser and University of Otago Information Evening. 

Student Achievement

Last weekend students competed in Invercargill at the National Hip-Hop and Aerobics Championships.  The fantastic results they earned were the result of dedication and practice, creativity and skill. 

 

Aerobic Results:

Individual Junior Secondary Novice

5th – Zara Anthony-Whigham

Individual Junior Secondary Open Novice

1st - Emma Alcock

3rd – Amelia Phillips

Emma Alcock also received the award for ‘Most Promising Athlete’ across all competitors at the National Championships.

Teams - Intermediate

2nd - Izzy Johnston and Grace Brenssell

Teams - Secondary Novice

3rd – Libby Ward and Madi Thomson

Teams - Secondary Open Novice

1st - Hannah Alcock and Zara Anthony-Whigham

2nd  - Grace Wallace and Gracie Hannagan

Total Aggregate Points:

2nd - St Hilda’s Collegiate School

Hip-Hop Results:

Y9-13 Same School

1st - Deja Vu Crew (Maddie Gabbusch, Bella Grimmond, Erin McHenry, Hannah van Plateringen, Courtney Shea, Rosaria Yoo)

3rd - amBASSadors (Emma Alcock, Casey Brown, Lola Garden, Gracie Hannagan, Maddy Holmes, Claire Lau, Claudia Maker, Cara Thomson)

4thCitrus (Sophia Borthwick, Georgia Clarke, Jess Flaws, Tessa Forde, Amy Kornyei, Sophie O’Driscoll, Mhairi Rowbottom) 

5th – RAPTUM (Samara Ali, Hannah Alcock, Zara Anthony-Whigham, Lydia Holmes, Kaitlin Jaeger, Francesca O’Malley) 

Y9-13 Same Dance School

2nd - Lili Sabonadiere as part of the Majesty Crew from RASA

These are fantastic results for our school and the girls should be very proud of their achievements at the national level.

Madeline Bilkey has been awarded a science badge for independent scientific studies in Psychology. 

Tamara Mason achieved a gold award in the Mathematics Education Perfect Championships and Jess Flaws achieved a gold award in the English Language Perfect Championships. 

The following students received awards in the ICAS English competition held recently.  Awarded high distinction were:

Adithi Alexander

Laura Simpson

Emma Taggart and

Mia Knott

The following girls were awarded distinction:

Lily Hornal

Catherine Davidson

Alice Murphy

Susie Olssen

Isabelle Robertson

Victoria Tong

Gabrielle Hunter

Rachel Kinley and

Lola Garden

 

Good luck to the Senior A Basketball Team who are traveling to Palmerston North to compete at the National Secondary Schools Basketball Tournament next week. This is the first time St Hilda's have sent a team away for many years.

Also good luck to the Curling team who are competing at the National Secondary Schools Champs this weekend in Dunedin.

Have a safe holiday.  We look forward to seeing you all on October 13.


Judy Maw

Assistant Principal








Term 3 | Week 9 | Friday 19 September 2014


Parent Teacher Interview Information is included in this Friday News update.

 

Kapa Haka Group performing at Polyfest

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week we held our annual Service Awards.  We believe that service is a very important part of the girls schooling.  The one year Service Award requires a student to have completed one hour’s service per week for 10 months, the length of a school year.  This service could be for school or within the local community.  It may be for one or a range of organisations.  It was wonderful to be able to acknowledge a very wide range of service.



Service Award Recipients

 

The following students received a Service Award:

Amy Back

Tink Brinsley-Turner

Casey Brown

Megan Crawford

Mirabelle Enlow

Jess Faulks

Kaya Fukushima

Lauren Hay

Kate Holden

Lydia Holmes

Maddy Holmes

Amy Jones

Stella Keown

Mia Knott

Emma Lloyd

Lauren MacColl

Jodi Patterson

Laura Simpson

Jessica Smales

Tessa Woodhouse and

Kate Wright


 


Elite Service Award Recipients

 

The Elite Service Award is given to students who have shown ongoing commitment to service over a minimum of three years.  This award was acknowledged at the assembly but will be presented at prize giving at the end of the year.  The following students have been awarded the Elite Service Award:

 

Alice Back

Millie Gordon

Kate Hesson

Ireland Jacobs

Claudia Paterson

Mhairi Rowbottom

Alicia Skeaff

Alice Winter and

Brittany Wolf

 

Well done to all girls who received an award.  This is the highest number of students to receive a Service Award since we started this initiative and it is wonderful to see more and more students connecting to the community and our environment.

The culmination of the St Hilda's kapa haka group, Te Mana o Hira Tapu, was the Otago Maori and Pasifika festival. This is a huge event spanning four days and includes students from pre-school through to high school. Our 14 strong group performed four items, supported by their brilliant tutor, Mac Te Ngahue. The girls did us proud with their extremely polished pieces. The performance was dedicated to Susan Main and included a haka that the girls had written specifically in her memory.

Students have voted for the 2015 Board of Trustees Student Representative.  The results of this will be announced next week.  The Student Representative attends each board meeting, and is also a member of the Maintenance, Health and Safety Committee.

Tonight at 5.30pm we are holding our Sports Awards Evening.  As well as awards being given out nominations for the major sports awards, which will be awarded at prize giving, are announced.

Our end of term Eucharist service will take place at 11.30am on Monday.  A reminder to all girls that formal uniform is to be worn.

It is Baby Week in Dunedin - at the Edgar Centre and at New World! But also - more importantly - we are collecting items for our Eucharist on Monday September 22 for Anglican Family Care that are "baby themed." That means nappies, wipes, tinned baby food, bibs, baby clothes, games and toys etc. AFC look after many new Mums and families with babies, so we can help. Items need to be here for Monday's chapel and can be placed in the House baskets in the foyer.

The Parent Interview booking site is now open for bookings.  The Interview site will close on Tuesday 23 September at 12:30 pm and reopen for bookings on Wednesday 24 September at 9:00 am until Thursday 25 September at 12:30 pm.

To access the interview site go to:

http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/

The parent code is 4LLLL

Tuesday 23 September:  Day Girl Interviews

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

6.30 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday 25 September:  Day Girl Interviews

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday 26 September:  Boarder Interviews

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

 

Teacher Availability

The following staff will be unavailable for all sessions for interviews: Ms Bell, Mr Pacey and Ms Gabbusch. 
Mr Rosenberg is unavailable for the Friday 26 September sessions.

They would be happy to be contacted by email if you have any concerns.


The Cultural Blues assembly, which was scheduled for next Wednesday, has been moved to Wednesday October 15.  This delay is due to some key results for students not being available at this time.  Invitations for this will be sent out in the holidays. 

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Anna Lindsay for her 3rd placing in the Otago Secondary Schools’ Senior Girls Duathlon. 

Congratulations to Aleisha Ruske and Cecilia Crooks for these wonderful swimming results:

NZ SECONDARY SCHOOLS

13 YRS   CECILIA CROOKS               100 Freestyle     Bronze Medal

                                                      200 Freestyle     Silver Medal

                                                      200IM                Silver Medal

                                                      400 Freestyle     Gold Medal

                                                      400IM                Gold Medal

 

NZ SHORT COURSE

17-18 YEARS       Aleshia Ruske          100 Butterfly      Gold Medal

                                                           200 Butterfly      Gold Medal

                                                           100IM                Bronze Medal

               

13 YEARS              Cecilia Crooks       800 Freestyle      Silver Medal

                                                         400IM                 Bronze Medal 

 

Esther Fogarty and Olivia Gold also swam very well with Olivia achieving two personal bests.

Due to an administration error there has been a change in the Junior Champion Results from last week’s swimming sports.

Juniors

Champion - Cecilia Crooks

2nd - Clementine George

3rd - Olivia O'Neill

Apologies for this mistake.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

 

News from Tolcarne

We are winding down here at the hostel and looking forward to the holidays. Can I please remind parents that the hostel closes on Friday September 26 at 5.00pm and will reopen at 3.00pm on Sunday October 12.  The hostel will not be staffed before 3.00pm as we too will still be on our holiday so please keep this in mind when planning your trip back, many thanks.

At the end of term we will be sending out a print newsletter full of exciting news from both juniors and seniors, so keep an eye on the post.

 

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding










Term 3 | Week 8 | Friday 12 September 2014

 

 

Lawrence
Winning House Cheerleaders
 

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week the SADD (Students Against Driving Drunk) committee have been raising awareness of this important issue around the school.  They produced a very thoughtful chapel yesterday and highlighted the need to be safe on our roads.

In assembly we heard from Perth Exchange Student Ella Crust.  Ella joined us at the beginning of Term 3 and is leaving us at the end of next week.  Ella spoke to students on her time at St Hilda’s and Tolcarne, as well as the difference between the two schools.  We wish Ella well for her last week with us.

Our various annual award ceremonies are coming up and I would like to remind girls that formal uniform is to be worn. 

·      Service Awards:       12.00pm        Wednesday 17 September

·      Sports Awards:        5.30pm          Friday 19 September

·      Cultural Awards:      11.30am        Wednesday 24 September

 

Parent teacher interviews will be held during the last week of term.  These interviews will allow for valuable feedback to our senior girls in particular who have just completed their practice NCEA examinations.  Login details and times for booking will be emailed to families on Monday and the site will open on Tuesday at 12.00 pm.

The memorial service for Susan Main will be held tomorrow at 1.00 pm in the school Chapel for members of the whole school community who wish to pay their respects to Susan.  Susan’s family will be joining us for the service.

Our end of term Eucharist service will take place at 11.30 am on Monday 22 September.  A reminder to all girls that formal uniform is to be worn.

Arthur Barnett are proud to present Fashion in the Chapel with Dame Trelise Cooper.  This event is taking place at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 7 October and $5 from every ticket sold will go to Breast Cure NZ, of which Dame Trelise is Patron.  Further information is available on the flyer attached at the end of the newsletter.  Staff, parents and caregivers of St Hilda’s are entitled to a $5 discount if the flyer is shown when tickets are purchased. 

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated sixteen corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Otago ITM Cup games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The next game that we have tickets for is Otago vs Waikato on September 21 at 2.35pm. The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation and as there are a larger number of tickets this time, could be suited to a business wishing to take their staff out.  All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on school camps and sports trips.There will also be tickets available for the game against Manawatu on October 10 at 7.35pm.

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

Student Achievement

Well done to everyone for competing in the Swimming Sports.  It was a great event, where there was some outstanding results in the competitive races, great numbers competing in the non champ events and much laughter coming from the novelty races.  Congratulations to the following Swimming Champions -

Year 7/8

Champion - Izzy Gold

2nd - Nicole Heaton

3rd - Olivia Andrew

Juniors

Champion - Cecilia Crooks

2nd - Olivia O'Neill

3rd - Amelia Phillips

Intermediate 

Champion - Nicole Ruske

2nd - Mariette Devereux

3rd -Katie Jones

Senior 

Champion - Aleisha Ruske

2nd - Olivia Gold

3rd - Esther Fogarty

Olivia Gold recently attended the New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships and represented Otago in the 15&U 4x100m Freestyle Regional Relay and the 15&U 4x200m Freestyle Regional Relay which placed 5th. Olivia also represented Otago in the 15&U 4x100m Medley Regional Relay which placed 6th. Olivia’s best individual placings were the 100m breaststroke placing 9th, 50m Freestyle placing 8th, 100m Freestyle placing 7th and 200 Individual Medley placing 7th. 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal





Term 3 |  Week 7 |  Friday 5 September 2014



  Federation Cup
Semi Final -
St Matthews v St Hilda’s (A)

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week we have had students away competing at Winter Tournament.  The highlight has definitely been the Federation Cup with our girls reaching the final playing against Wairarapa. After a nail biting finish Wairarapa scored in the final 10 minutes of the game to defeat us 1 – 0.    To finish in the top 2 in this NZ Secondary Schools’ Tournament has been an amazing achievement as it is the best finish St Hilda’s has ever had.  Full credit to the team who played out of their skins right up to the final whistle.  We are very proud of them all.   Full results from the tournament will be published next week. 

 

Over the past three days, all Year 10 students have been participating in the annual Year 10 Film Festival. The challenge requires each group to create a short film within two and a half school days. Each group is issued with a different genre (from Comedy to Silent Film to Musical) and a common character, prop and line of script.

They are required to consider all elements of the film making process and the film assessment is based around their ability to plan, write, film, direct, act, promote, create sound tracks, use elements and conventions of film and work together as a team. 

The highlight of the week was the 'Film Premiere’, which was held this afternoon, where all of the films had their first official showing on the 'big screen' in Whitby Hall.

 

We will be holding our Service Awards on Wednesday 17 September at 12:00 pm.  Nominations have closed and invitations will be sent out shortly.  This is a formal occassion and all students are expected to be in formal uniform.


Parent teacher interviews will be held during the last week of term.  Logon details for the interview website will be published next week.

 

Our end of term Eucharist Service will take place at 11:30 am on Monday 22 September.  A reminder to all girls that formal uniform is to be worn.

 

A reminder that the memorial service for Susan Main will be held on Saturday 13 September at 1:00 pm in the school Chapel, for members of the whole school community who wish to pay their respects to Susan.

 

Student Achievement

The following girls placed second in the Number Works ‘n Words Year 13 O’Mathalon competition held recently:

 

Hannah Wright

Claudia Paterson

Kendall Evans

Alicia Skeaff

Harriet Wright

 

In the Otago University Junior Mathematics Competition Kaya Fukushima placed best in school and gained a top 100 placing in Year 11 and Gabby Hunter gained a merit placing in Year 10.

 

CREST is an international awards scheme designed to encourage years 0-13 students to be innovative, creative, and to problem solve in science, technology and environmental studies.  CREST projects can also help provide the evidence for NCEA assessment and be used as entries to regional science and technology fairs and other such competitions.  Yvie Finn-House, along with a friend from Columba, spent two terms working towards achieving a bronze crest award.  To do this, they had to research a science project.  Their topic was ‘what songs get stuck in your head’.  Yvie is the first student from St Hilda’s to complete this award.

 

At the Hokonui Fashion Awards, Poppy Wilson, Lucy Denham and Ellice D’Arcy received a merit award in the school section.  Ellice also received a highly commended in the recycled section. 

 

Eliza Adams has been selected in the Otago Provincial U20 Women's Rowing team.  She will compete in the U20 pair, U20 coxless four and Open Women's Eight at the Inter-provincial Regatta in Twizel in the first weekend of October. The Otago Women's Eight includes New Zealand rowers who have just returned from medalling at World Champs so this is an amazing opportunity for Eliza to row with girls of this calibre. Otago won the trophy last year with Southland and Canterbury only 1 and 2 points behind so hopefully Eliza and the rest of the Otago team can bring home the overall trophy again.

 

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal



News From Tolcarne

 

This last week has been full of excitement with hosting the A Hockey Team. It has been so delightful to celebrate in the girl’s success. As part of their training schedule, the team has been using the ‘very fresh’ Tolcarne pool for hot and colds. The highlight was watching Miss Bruce jump in; she had promised that if the girls got into the final she would do a lap underwater.

 

This weekend our Year 10 girls will be going up to Roslyn Parish for a 10:00 am Sunday Service. It is great to have this connection with our local church.

 

Amanda Haggie

Head of Boarding


Please view Printed Newsletter - Issue No. 4 - 29 August 2014


Posted Thursday 4 September
Please check envelopes carefully as they may contain certificates.


Term 3 |  Week 6 |  Friday 29 August 2014




Dear Parents and Caregivers

Our school community is very sad about the passing of Ms Susan Main, our colleague, teacher and friend.  We will share details of a memorial service, which will be open to our extended community in future correspondence.

This has been a busy week for seniors with exams.  We hope they have made the most of this opportunity to prepare fully for the external exams in November.

Nominations for the Board of Trustees Student Representative for 2015 close on Thursday September 4.  These need to be in to Mrs Browning by midday. 

Cultural Blues Awards - self-nomination for these awards close on September 12 at 3:00 pm.  

Eligibility Criteria and Nomination Forms are available at the end of this newsletter.  This information is also available from the student office.

 

Swimming Sports – Friday 12 September 2014

 

                Report to outside Moana Pool at 8.30am on Friday morning.  Line up in years – Year 13 nearest Stuart St.

                Roll check by Year Teacher.  Then go in and get changed. Up into the stand ASAP.

                Programmes to be given out by House Captains once everybody is up in the stands.  Sit in House Groups in the stands not down at the poolside, unless your event is next.  Give good support to your house swimmers.

                Uniforms – PE uniform is to be worn to the pool and also for the rest of the day after the swimming sports. Bring goggles, a T-shirt and 2 towels – T-shirt can be house colour.

                Champ Events are held in the deep end, along with Senior and Intermediate Non-Champ Events.

                Novelty, Junior Non-Champ and Year 7 & 8 Non-Champ events are held in the shallow end.

                Novelty Events will be in House teams – Two teams per house, with up to six people.

                NO FACE PAINT for Cheer Teams or Spectators.

                House Captains to organise House Relay Teams.  There are two house relays – Freestyle and Medley. 

                Class Relay Teams – Four swimmers per team – must be organised before the day- Freestyle

                The Sports finish at 12.00pm. No one is to leave until given permission and pool area is spotless – use bins etc. Everyone then returns to school for the afternoon.

                Please see Mrs Conrad to find out where you will be needed if you are unable to participate. Remember a note is required if you are unable to participate. 

                Finally, participate and have fun. There are events for all abilities. Please encourage your daughter to participate in this whole school event.

 

Congratulations

Romany McLaren competed in the Dunedin Performing Arts Competitions last weekend.  She achieved 3rd place in the Baroque Solo 14 and Under 16 years playing Invention by JS Bach, and a Very Highly Commended and a Commended in other sections.

The Otago Artistic Gymnastic Championships were held on Saturday 26th July in Dunedin. St Hilda’s had the following results:

Grace Wallace (Senior Open, Dunedin Gymnastic Academy) – 2nd Floor, 2nd Beam, 3rd Bars, 3rd Vault – 3rd OVERALL
Madeline Dippie (Step 4, Dunedin Gymnastic Academy) – 1st= Floor, 3rd Bars, 1st Vault – 2nd OVERALL
Grace Brensell (Step 5, St Bernadettes Gymnastic Club) – 2nd Floor, 1st Beam, 1st Bars, 1st Vault – 1st OVERALL, Step 5 Otago Champion
Isabella Johnston (Step 5, Dunedin Gymnastic Academy) – 3rd Floor, 1st Beam, 2nd Bars, 3rd Vault – 2nd OVERALL
Amelia Phillips (Step 6, Dunedin Gymnastic Academy) – 1st Floor, 1st Beam, 1st Bars, 3rd Vault – 1st OVERALL, Step 6 Otago Champion 
Emma Alcock (Step 6, St Bernadettes Gymnastic Club) – 2nd Bars, 1st=Vault – 3rd OVERALL
Katie Jones (Step 6, St Bernadettes Gymnastic Club) – 3rd Floor
Olivia Whelan-Henderson (Step 6, Dunedin Gymnastic Academy) – 3rd Beam
Lily Mole (Step 7, Dunedin Gymnastic Academy) – 1st Floor, 2nd Beam – 2nd OVERALL 

Also well done to our Year 7/8 Magic and Steel teams who placed 2nd in their respective grades last Thursday.

Congratulations to the Year 7/8 Miniball Team who won their Division on Monday night, The Year 9 and Year 10 Basketball teams who won their Age Groups on Thursday and the Senior 7's Team who won the senior 7 aside competition on Wednesday night.

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected in the Otago Secondary Schoolgirls Rugby Team.

Izzy Perkins

Jade Clark

Courtney Hume

Elle Perriam

Ali Edams

Meg Cowie

Caitlyn George

Libby Jones

 

Non traveling Reserve:  Simone Ferguson

 

We wish the following teams well as they travel to various tournaments next week:

Senior A Netball in Invercargill, Senior A Basketball in Nelson, 2nd X1 Hockey in Ashburton, 1st X1 Football in Taupo, 1st X1 Hockey in Dunedin and Junior Basketball Team in Dunedin.

Also good luck to Cecilia Crooks who is competing at the National Secondary Schools Swimming Champs and Aleisha Ruske and Cecilia who are competing at National Age Groups Swimming Champs.

Good luck to the following teams for making Netball finals on Saturday:

Playing for first place:

Int A team @ 9.20am in Premier 1

Int B team @ 11.10am in Premier 3

Int C team @ 12.05pm in Int One

Tui’s team @ 10.15am in Int two

 

Playing for third place:

Platinum @ 10.15am in Senior 1

Bronze @ 9.20am in Senior 3.

Bellbirds @ 11.10am in Int 4

Jnr C @ 11.10am in Junior 1

Diamonds @ 10.15am Junior 2.


 

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal

 


News from Tolcarne

We have had a very studious week in the hostel with our senior girls on study leave with their practice exams. Apart from getting lots of good revision in, I think the girls have also really enjoyed the option of a hot lunch each day.

The hostel will also probably appear a little quiet again next week too with several of our girls off to Winter Tournament. Lucky for us the Senior A Hockey Squad have their games here in Dunedin so will be using Tolcarne as a base between games.

It is getting to that time of year when our Tolcarne Handbook is updated. As part of this process we re-do our staff pictures. Sometimes it can be a little confusing for parents and friends working out who is who, with the amount of House Managers we have, so here is the main crew below:

 

 

L-R - Reany Rust, Catherine Mahoney, Jenna Hagan, Krystal Jennings, Amanda Haggie, Robyn McGarry, Karen O’Neill

 

Amanda Haggie

Head of Boarding







Term 3 |  Week 5 |  Friday 22 August 2014


ICAS Award Recipients

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

On Thursday night we had a presentation for the World Challenge Project.  A reminder that applications for this are due into the school office by next Friday 29 August.  We also held our Maori Consultation Evening last night and it was good to see the community support for this event.

Today we said goodbye to Tiffany Zhou, who has been with St Hilda’s for a month.  We wish Tiffany a safe journey back to China and hope to see her again.  We also say goodbye to Mrs Kruger who is going on maternity leave.  We wish her all the best for her upcoming addition to her family.  Ms Nicky Holtz will be joining St Hilda’s on Monday. 

Tomorrow Ms Bell and Ms Mawdsley leave to go to India to sign the sister school agreement with Global Public School.  This is an exciting opportunity for our school to be a part of.

Next week we have our practice examinations for Year 11-13.  Good luck to these girls.

Our sports blue criteria and nomination forms are attached at the end of the newsletter.  A new award has been introduced see attached.  These need to be returned by Friday 12 September. 


Congratulations

A number of students completed projects for the 2014 Otago Science and Technology fair. This was an opportunity to showcase their scientific thinking and an understanding of the accepted scientific investigative process, as well as their creative and communication skills.

The following Year 8 girls did particularly well, gaining one or more prizes.


Lucy Cotter - Cancer Society Award

Milly Elworthy - New Zealand Association of Optometrists (Visual Science) Award

Ruby Grave - Department of Psychology University of Otago Award and NZ Psychological Society (Otago Branch) Award

Millie Hardiman - Department of Biochemistry University of Otago Award

Tamara Mason - Otago Medical Research Foundation Award

Lily Mole - Children & Young People’s Research Cluster University of Otago Award

Millie Scully - NZ Institute of Chemistry Award

Poppy Smith - School of Dentistry University of Otago Award

The ICAS Science competition is designed to cater for a wide range of student abilities.  Skills tested are observing and measuring, interpreting visual data, predicting and concluding, investigating, reasoning and problem solving.  The following girls received awards:

Lily Hornal - High Distinction (NZ percentile 99) 

The following girls gained a Distinction award:

Lily Mole

Catherine Davidson

Gabby Hunter

Kaya Fukushima

Claire Lau


The First XV rugby team beat Otago Girls in their final 92-12. 

The First XI hockey team won the Premier Reserve grade final 4-0 against City B on Saturday.  Polly Inglis made the NZU18 Tiger Turf Squad.  She will attend a camp in Auckland where a further team will be named.  Libby Morris was named Upcoming Otago U18 hockey goalkeeper of the year.

The annual Alliance Francaise oral competition was held last weekend and the results from St Hilda’s are as follows:

Year 9 - Yvie Finn-House 2nd

Year 11 - Lili Sabonadiere 2nd

Year 10 - Gabby Hunter and Sarah Cochrane gained excellence certificates

The girls will receive their prizes later in the year.


Judy Maw
Assistant Principal


*** *** ***

 


 


Term 3 |  Week 4 |  Friday 15 August 2014



Polly Inglis and Kate Holden, Sports’ Prefects
holding the Winter Quadrangular Shield

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Winter has certainly let us know that it was still in control these last two weeks.

The Year 10 and 11 students were introduced to the World Challenge Expedition which St Hilda’s is going to be involved with. This is a wonderful opportunity for a group of girls to plan and take part in an expedition to India. On Thursday 21 at 7pm in the chapel there will be an information evening for parents and students to hear more about this new opportunity. If you would like a little more information, here is their website:

http://www.worldchallenge.com.au/

The Senior Academic Programme subject selection for 2015 closes on Monday 18 August, so please ensure your daughter's data is entered this weekend.  Please refer to the email you received approximately two weeks ago to complete the process.

We are holding our Maori Community Consultation meeting on Thursday 21 at 5.30 pm in the school library.

NZQA Examination Fee Payments are due to the school by August 20th. Any issues please contact Lindsay Patrick.


New Principal Appointment Process – Parent Consultation

 

The Board of Trustees invite you to give your views regarding the skills and qualities that you would value in the new Principal of our school. We would appreciate your feedback before 22nd August, as this is the closing date for the candidates’ applications.

 

Please use the link below to complete the parent consultation survey.

 

http://tinyurl.com/odeqd5b


Week 2 was our big social week with year 7 & 8, 9 & 10 and the year 11 mid-winter dances.  Staff have been very positive about all three evenings.  Many thanks to staff, student council, prefects, the Year 11 organising committee and most of all to those who attended for making these events such fun.

Winter Quad was this year hosted by St Hilda’s, competing against Craighead Diocesan School, St Margaret’s College and Columba College.  We did extremely well with winning the exchange for the first time in approximately 13 years!! An awesome result.

We were 1st in Debating; 1st in Hockey; 2nd Netball; and 2nd in Badminton. 

  Quad - Debating

Quad - Hoskey

 


Good luck to the following netball teams that are playing important games this Saturday:

The Senior B Netball team is playing Phys Ed Teal at 12.05pm for 3rd place in Senior 2;

The Senior A Netball team is playing Markham's College C for 1st place at 10.45am in Prem C, 

We wish them all the best and if you can get along and support them at the Edgar Centre it would be fantastic.

Good luck to the ‘A’ Hockey team playing their final tomorrow at 10:30 am.

 

Congratulations

To Maddie Guthrie who won the NEWZATS Cleveland Award (year 9-11) for her singing during a concert held at Marama Hall.

Congratulations to Ellice D'Arcy, Poppy Wilson and Lucy Denham all receiving a MERIT award at the HokonuiFashion Design awards in the school section.

Ellice D'Arcy also won highly commended in the recycled awards school section. Their designs were judged by Denise L'Estrange-Corbet CEO of world and Luke Bettesworth. This was a fantastic

Class Act - Congratulations to Claudia Paterson and Harriet Keown who received their Class Act awards from the Prime Minister on Thursday.

Congratulations to Sophie Turner who has earned a science badge for independent scientific studies in Astronomy. 

The NZCAF Otago Regional Aerobics and Hip Hop Competitions were held recently in Dunedin. Fifty
St Hilda’s girls were involved and over the weekend, we also had an impressive cheer section from St Hilda’s students and parents.


Hip Hop Crew

Aerobics:
Individual Intermediate

2nd - Lily Mole
3rd - Millie Scully

Individual Junior Secondary Open Novice
1st - Emma Alcock
3rd - Isabel Woodhouse

Teams – Intermediate
2nd - Izzy Johnston and Grace Brenssell
3rd - Maxi Dippie and Poppy Smith

Teams - Secondary Open Novice
1st - Hannah Alcock and Zara Anthony-Whigham
2nd - Grace Wallace and Gracie Hannagan

Total Aggregate Points:   3rd - St Hilda’s Collegiate School

Hip Hop:
Y4-8 Same School
2nd - Chaos (Madeline Bilkey, Charlotte Coutts, Emma Edwards, Amelia Hall, Lily Hornal, Carolyn Patman, Rose Roberts)

Y9-13 Same School
1st - Deja Vu Crew (Maddie Gabbusch, Bella Grimmond, Erin McHenry, Hannah van Plateringen, Courtney Shea, Rosaria Yoo)

3rd - amBASSadors (Emma Alcock, Casey Brown, Lola Garden, Gracie Hannagan, Maddy Holmes, Claire Lau, Claudia Maker, Cara Thomson)

Y9-13 Same Dance School
1st - Lili Sabonadiere as part of the Majesty Crew from RASA

Many of these competitors will now begin preparations for the National Championships which are to be held in Invercargill in September.


Congratulations to our international students who did very well in their OCESOL exams.  These are speech exams run by Speech New Zealand for International Students learning English. The girls worked really hard to prepare presentations, dramas and poems for their exam at the end of term two and gained great results.

Introductory Grade with Distinction:
Ping Ping Akkapaiboon
Minnie Nishioka
Ran Yamaguchi
I
ce Srichan
Miffy Jungjittamet
Mew Tangthamphoonphon

Foundation Grade with Merit
Maho Inoue
Jamoon Wu
Karen Wu
Jinny Jang
Cherdear Ketrungsi

Foundation Grade with Distinction
Cheer Cheer Songsakhon
Yuko Kurahashi
Ing Ing Apiratmontree
Angel Choi
Lina Mielke
Pom Pom Tanterdtid
Nan Li
Helen Lee

Intermediate Grade with Merit
Aum Dussadeevutikul
Kaimook Tungsiri

Intermediate Grade with Distinction
Teai Menming
Kendra Lo

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

 


News from Tolcarne

The weekend started early here at Tolcarne with a snow day last Friday. The morning started with a snowball rumble with about 30 boys from local boarding schools, but pleased to say that most of our girls came out better off!

Tolcarne did look very spectacular all white though…… a real winter wonderland.

 

 We also held another very successful Year 9 and 10 social with a ‘haunted’ theme.  Mariah Nelson on ‘best dancer’ and a group of Year 9 girls our ‘best dressed’. The energy the girls put into creating outfits is fantastic!

After a very generous donation from the PFA we have purchased some gorgeous outdoor furniture for the Year 13 Apartments and more recently a couple of large pots to house some stunning trees. The whole area is looking great. Now we just need summer to roll on so the girls can start enjoying using it!

Can I please remind parents that leave requests are processed on a Thursday evening and all approval really needs to come in on that evening so that we are not chasing girls on that busy Friday afternoon. This can be approved via email; housemanagers@shcs.school.nz or fax; 03 467 6157, or call; 03 464 0074.

 

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding


Term 3 |  Week 3 |  Friday 8 August 2014

No Newsletter - Snow Day



Term 3 |  Week 2 |  Friday 1 August 2014


 

Lindsay Bryant replying to farewell speeches

Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week we have farewelled Mr Lindsay Bryant our caretaker. Lindsay has been working at St Hilda’s for over 25 years and he will be greatly missed. He has been such a part of the school over the years and has willingly helped out in a variety of areas. We wish him luck in his retirement.

It has really been the week of dances. The Year 7 to 10 girls have enjoyed their dances and the school is presently being transformed for the Year 11 mid winter dance. I am sure it will be a glamorous evening.

St Hilda’s is hosting the winter quadrangular tournament next Monday and Tuesday. Our guests from Christchurch arrive on Sunday. Many thanks to all who have offered to billet the girls. I am sure there will be some great competition over the course of the two days.

This weekend we have 50 students competing in the NZCAF Otago Regional Aerobic and Hip Hop Competition. The competition is being held at the Kings and Queens Performing Arts Centre and commences at 9am on Saturday morning. Finals for the aerobics will be held on Sunday morning and prize giving will commence at 1pm.

On Sunday afternoon at 2.35 pm our 5 Hip Hop crews will compete.

We would love to have an enthusiastic cheer section throughout the weekend and encourage
St Hilda's families to come and join us. Tickets can be purchased at the door ($5 per session).

International Department Request

The International Department is in desperate need of good quality school uniforms. In particular, we urgently require smaller size winter kilts. 

Please contact Kirstyn at: international@shcs.school.nz

Next week (Week 3):

Wednesday 6th August: Senior Options Evening at 7pm in the Chapel

There is a change to the programme this year, with a split start for year groups.

Year 10 start in the Chapel at 7:00pm

 Year 11 and 12 start in the Chapel at 7:45pm. 

It is hoped that this split start will allow the differing needs of the year groups to be better met.

The Parents Portal for entering your daughter’s subject selection for 2015 will open on
Thursday 7 August.   An e-mail explaining the process will be sent out closer to the time.

We look forward to seeing many of you on the night.

Thurs 7th August:  Australian Maths Competition

 

Coming Up:

Thursday 14 August: Closing Day for 2015 Prospective Day Girls and applications for Sports/Arts and Cultural Scholarships.

News from Tolcarne

It’s been all about Socials this week here at Tolcarne. Thursday night our Year 9 and 10 girls attended the St Hilda’s ‘Jungle’ social. We had almost 100% attendance, which is impressive.

Staff were also busy at the hostel on Thursday evening helping our Year 11 girls get prepped for the Mid Winter Dance on Friday. So lots of excitement this week.

Last weekend our activities coordinator Maddie Stevenson took a group of about 14 girls to ‘Inflatable World’. This is a new venue in Dunedin - a high-energy maximum activity zone and the girls had a ball!

This weekend Tolcarne welcomes 10 billets from Craighead Senior A netball team. They arrive on Sunday for Winter Quad. A big thank you to some of our senior girls who will be sharing their room to accommodate our guests.

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding



 

Term 3 |  Week 1 |  Friday 25 July 2014

 

Open Night Activity

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back from your holidays.  I hope you are feeling refreshed and ready for a busy and really important term.  This is the time for the girls to really focus on their studies.  The term will fly by and we really need them to set clear priorities for themselves.

I want to congratulate the cast and crew of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”.  I know that a huge amount of work goes into a show like this, and it was fantastic.  I loved it and I do congratulate you all.  I’m sure at times, preparation for the show would have seemed overwhelming but I’m certain it was all worth it in the end. 

It was great to see so many prospective families at our Open Evening.  We look forward to welcoming the new students for 2015. 

Welcome to our new International students who have started this week. It has certainly been a cold start to their time in Dunedin.

ANZ Netball Grant Scheme

St Hilda’s has been the lucky winners of this year’s ANZ Netball Grant Scheme.   We received balls, bibs, a ball pump, stop watches and dots.

Lindsay Bryant, our caretaker, is retiring on 1 August after 25.5 years of service.  We wish him all the very best for the future.  Mr Bryant is being farewelled by the students and staff at school events next week.  Watch out for a more in-depth tribute to Lindsay in our next printed newsletter.

Melissa Bell
Principal


Next Week

On Tuesday there is the ICAS English competition for Years 7 to 10 and selected senior students.

On Wednesday we have school photos being taken.

Wednesday 30th is the Year 7 & 8 dance from 7pm till 9pm.

Thursday 31st is the Year 9 &10 dance at from 7pm till 9pm. 

Friday 1 August is the Year 11 Mid Winter Dance from 8pm till 11pm.

 

Coming Events

Sunday 3rd August
Our winter quad starts.  If you can help with a billet please contact the school office of Trish Conrad at tconrad@shcs.school.nz

Wednesday 6th August
Senior Options Evening at 7pm in the Chapel

Thurs 7th August
Australian Maths Competition

Congratulations to:

Libby Van Harselaar, Olivia O’Neill, Megan Borst and Issie Robertson who were members of the U15A Otago girls basketball team who have just returned from a very successful tournament in Wellington. The team came third in NZ and Libby Van Harselaar was named in the tournament team. Also congratulations to Aleisha Ruske, Nicole Ruske, Zoe Richards and Brittany Richards who were in the Otago U 19 Basketball Team who also were placed third at Nationals. Congratulations to Aleisha Ruske for being named in the Tournament Team.

Congratulations to Bella James who competed at the National Futsal Tournament in Wellington, playing for the Futsal South Under 15 team, which won the tournament.

The Year 9 and 10 Netball Team competed at the Junior South Island netball tournament. This is a great experience for the teams; with the Year 10 team finishing 5th. Congratulations to Mariah Nelson and Meg Timu for being named in the Talented Players Team at the conclusion of the tournament.

The St Hilda's 1st XV Rugby team competed in the Festival of Rugby Tournament in Oamaru during the holidays. They played 8 shortened games over 2 days and just missed out on the finals, finishing 3rd overall. Congratulations to; Courtney Hume, Libby Jones, Meg Cowie and Elle Perriam for their selection in the tournament team.

The South Island Secondary Schools Swimming Champs were held in Dunedin on the 5/6 July.
St Hilda's had 7 swimmers competing with some amazing results. Aleisha Ruske won 6 Gold Medals in the following events - Women 15 and Over - 50 Free, 50 Fly,100 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Free, 200 Fly, and also in the 200m Free Relay with Lulu Schneiders, Olivia Gold and Cecilia Crooks which also won the Gold Medal. The 200m Medley Relay team of Aleisha, Cecilia, Olivia and Esther Fogarty won the Silver Medal. Cecilia Crooks was also placed 2nd in the 14 and Under 50 Free, 50 Back, 100m Free and100m Back. Esther Fogarty was placed 3rd in the Girls 200m Individual Medley, 200m Breaststroke and 400m Freestyle, and Mariette Devereux was placed 3rd in the 14 and Under 50m Backstroke.


Notes from the Sports Council

Apologies for the lateness in reporting the findings to the survey undertaken at the end of 2013 – ‘Investigate the factors that influence students to play sports’.  Otago Polytechnic Students undertook the survey.

One of the Sports Council’s concerns was that the cost of participation in a sport was a barrier for some of our students.  However, as we perhaps suspected the students really don’t know what the individual costs are associated with their sport.

What was obvious from a review of the survey was our students are still involved in a range of sports and the participation rate increased slightly from 2013 to 2014, and all barriers have been identified.

The Sports Council continues to consider ideas to improve participation, provide resources to meet students’ needs at an affordable cost and to acknowledge their achievements both individually and publicly within the school community.

News From Tolcarne

Week One, Term Three and what a chilly one it has been. With the threat of snow for Monday the girls were praying that they would wake up to the first day of term with a day off!

Tolcarne has welcomed our exchange student from St Hilda’s in Perth; Ella Crust. Ella is the equivalent to our Year 11 and will spend the term with us. She has settled in really well but is taking a while to get used to the dramatic weather change.

Krystal Jennings our Senior House Manager has been away for the last 4 weeks on vacation in the States. We are all looking forward to having her back!

This Term is a very busy one with several socials, dances and Tolcarne’s Got Talent: our annual talent show.

 

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding





Posted Thursday 10 July with School Reports


Term 2 |  Week 9 |  Friday 4 July 2014




Dear Parents and Caregivers

As we come to the close of Term 2 we also come to the final performance of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” This has been a superb show and congratulations must go to the very large group of people who have been working for such a long time to bring this show together. It really is a credit to their hard work and talents.

 

It is also Hilary Sutherland’s last week with us. We have really appreciated her work in English and Integrated Studies and we wish her all the best as she takes up her new position at Otago Girls’ High School.

 

We farewell Swantje Kutscher from Year 13 who returns to Germany for further study.

 

In assembly this week Liz Sim from Westpac presented Lili Clouston-Cain with a Sir Peter Blake Young Leader’s Award. This is a very impressive achievement, which Lili received in recognition of her achievements in Taekwondo where she is the youngest holder of a black belt in her club’s history. In addition to her own achievements Lili coaches and mentors younger members of the club and displays a real interest in the well being of others. 

 

We start Term Three with our annual Open Night on July 24, , which is always a great occasion to let people see all the things we are so proud of here at St Hilda’s.

 


Congratulations:

During Term Two many students participated in the Language Perfect World Cup and the Education Perfect Social Sciences World Cup.

To gain an Elite award you needed to gain 10 000 points. Congratulations to Poppy Finn-House who gained this award.
To gain a Gold award you needed to gain 3000 points.  The following girls gained Gold awards in the Language Perfect competition:

Zara Anthony-Whigham, Sarah Cochrane, Ali Cooper, Emma Crampton, Celine Dewhirst, Yvie Finn-House, Lola Garden, Lydia Holmes, Maddy Holmes, Gabby Hunter, Sarah Hurdle, Helen Knott, Anna Lindsay, Aria Park, Stephanie Patman, Jessie Stevenson, Sophie Turner.

The following girls gained Gold awards in the Social Sciences competition:

Catherine Davidson and Yvie Finn-House.

 

Congratulations to Caitlyn George who travelled to Rarotonga last week to represent NZ at the Oceania Games. She had some wonderful results, returning home with four Medals.

In the 100m Caitlyn did a personal best time of 12.28 sec. and won the Silver Medal.

In the 200m she also did a personal best time of 25.15 sec. and won the Silver Medal.

She was the first runner of the 4 x 100m relay team that won the Gold medal, and also was a member of the 4 x 400m relay, which won a Silver Medal.

 

Congratulations to the following girls for being selected in Dunedin Netball Centre Representative teams:

Millie Scully- Yr 8A team

Olivia Gain - Yr 8B team

Amelia Hall and Olivia Andrew - Yr 7B team

 

Good luck to Casey Brown who is going off on a UN Youth trip in the South Pacific.

 

Good luck to Harriet Keown who is heading to France as a youth ambassador.

Good luck to teams competing in tournaments in the holidays:

 

Year 9 and 10 Netball teams in the South Island Junior Netball Tournament.
Swimmers competing in the South Island Secondary Schools Champs in Dunedin this weekend.
Rugby Team competing at South Island Festival of Rugby Tournament in Oamaru.
Nicole Ruske - playing in the NZ U16 Basketball Team in Australia.

 

All the very best to those students playing in representative tournaments during the holidays.


I hope everyone has a very relaxing holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone again in Term Three.

 

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

 *** *** *** *** ***


Head Lice


A sensitive topic, however one we must take responsible action for it when confirmed. We have had a report of head lice. The link below is Ministry of Education website, with excellent information:

http://www.minedu.govt.nz/index.cfm?layout=document&documentid=7927&data=l

Preventing head lice

•  Avoid head to head contact.

•  Don't share brushes, combs, hats and other items that come into contact with hair.

•  Discourage children from playing with each other’s hair.

•  Tie long hair back or plait it.

•  Brush hair regularly.

•  Check the hair of everyone in the family at least once a week.

•  Take action if a child is scratching unusually - check their head carefully.

Treatment

Ideally, once head lice are detected in a school, the whole school community should take action at the same time and over a period of weeks. One untreated head in a community can ensure an outbreak continues for months.

Treatment must be thorough, regular and carried out over a period of weeks by everyone. Even so, such treatment will not prevent a reinfestation originating from another community. Keeping head lice under control requires constant vigilance.

Effective treatment can be cheap. A combination of methods is likely to be most successful.

Dry combing

This method is for removal of head lice and eggs.

    Use a metal fine-toothed comb. The National Pediculosis Association in the United States recommends combs that have individually tooled rounded teeth that are evenly spaced and set in a plastic handle.

    Fingernails can effectively remove eggs.

     Individual strands of hair can be cut to remove difficult eggs.

    Some combs will extract adult head lice only and leave the eggs; the closer together the teeth of the comb are, the more successful combing will be.

Wet combing

This method, using any kind of hair conditioner, is for detection and removal of head lice and eggs. It is recommended that this treatment be repeated on alternate days for three weeks. The idea is to smother the head lice with conditioner, preventing them moving away, and to allow manual removal. Do not use conditioner within a day of using a chemical treatment; it will make the chemical treatment ineffective.

    Apply enough conditioner (much more than usual) on dry hair to thoroughly cover the whole scalp and all the hair from the roots to the tips.

    Keep the conditioner in the hair. Conditioner stuns the insects for about 20 minutes.

    Comb the hair straight and get knots out with an ordinary comb.

    Use a fine-toothed comb to systematically comb the hair. Comb the full length of each hair.

    Wipe the comb with a clean tissue after each stroke of the comb.

    After thorough combing and inspection, wash the conditioner out.


Electric combs

Electric battery operated combs are available to be used on dry hair. These are claimed to stun or kill the head lice so they let go of the hair and can be combed out. Clean the teeth after each stroke of the comb. Electric combs should be used on alternate days for two or three weeks to break the breeding cycle. People with epilepsy, heart disease or pacemakers should not use them.

Haircuts

Short hair is easier to comb, requires less time to treat and makes detection easier. It should not be necessary to shave heads. Hairdressers may refuse to cut infested hair.

Chemicals

The use of any chemical in or on the body carries risk. Some older treatments for head lice are no longer available because of the risk they posed. The chemicals used are insecticides and should be used with care and strictly as directed by the manufacturer. Chemicals are expensive.

There are three chemicals that are most commonly used:

Pyrethrins - derived from chrysanthemum flowers, these attack the insects' nervous system but break down in sunlight. These are usually combined with piperonyl butoxide for more effectiveness.

Pyrethroids - synthetic pyrethrins that are more stable in sunlight.

Maldeson - an organophosphate insecticide that attacks the insects' nervous system.

    Apply the treatment strictly in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

    Treat those members of the household who appear to be hosting head lice. Do not treat babies with chemicals.

    Do not wash the hair or use conditioners for at least 24 hours after treating. Treatments are designed to coat the hair shaft and should be allowed to remain. Do not wash chemicals off.

    Do not use hairdryers on treated hair. The heat may break down the active chemical.

    Comb the hair carefully to remove as many dead or live head lice and eggs as possible.

    Repeat the treatment after seven to ten days.

    Check all members of the household daily for a period of three weeks.

Herbal remedies

Several herbal preparations are available, however the effectiveness of these is not clearly established. Most herbal remedies might be regarded as expensive conditioners that are no more effective than other conditioners. Some, such as tea tree oil, may be, volume for volume, more toxic to humans than chemical preparations. Olive oil, hair gel and mayonnaise may make combing easier.

What else can help?

Extra precautions may include washing all bed linen and certainly pillowcases and towels in hot water (at least 60 degrees centigrade) and tumble drying for 20 minutes on high. Other items that have come in contact with heads should also be thoroughly cleaned. Soak hairbrushes and combs in hot water for at least ten minutes. Vacuuming carpets and rugs may also be helpful, if only to ensure that dead nits and lice are collected and not left to reappear on the heads or clothing of people in the household.



Term 2 |  Week 8 |  Friday 27 June 2014


 

Thoroughly Modern Millie rehearsals

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Thoroughly Modern Millie is in its final stages of rehearsal. The costumes are looking great and the performers are ready to go. Tickets are still available from the school office but are selling fast.

The Year 12 and 13 Formal held last Friday was a wonderful event. The girls and their partners looked fantastic and the decoration in the Town Hall took us all back to the 1920s.

This week the Year 9 Integrated Studies classes went to Orokonui as part of their studies in sustainability.

It was good to see the support given yesterday to Women’s Refuge with the pyjama mufti day.

Thanks to the parents who attended the Year 11 Parents’ Seminar last night.

Congratulations to Suzie White and Cecilia Crooks who travelled to Palmerston North to compete in the NZSS Cross Champs last weekend.  In the Year 9 Race Cecilia was placed 33rd and in the Junior Race, Suzie was placed 27th. A wonderful effort considering both these races had over 130 girls competing.

Congratulations to Caitlyn George who is competing for NZ at the Oceania Games for Track and Field in Rarotanga. She was placed 2nd in the 100m in a personal best time of 12.28 seconds.


Congratulations to Jess Faulks, Dayna Gallagher, Taylor Duffy and Libby Morris for making the Southern Under 15 Girls Hockey Team. They will travel to Tauranga for a tournament in the Term Three holidays. 

 

News From Tolcarne

As we are coming up to the end of term can I please remind parents that the hostel closes next Friday July 4th at 5pm. Unfortunately this is also applicable for the girls in the Production as we have a large group coming in to rent the Hostel over the holiday period.

Can I also let you know that this end of term newsletter will be sent out via email as opposed to a print newsletter so keep an eye on your emails.

Have a great break.

 

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding


 

 


Head Lice
A sensitive topic, however one we must take responsible action for it when confirmed. We have had a report of head lice. The link below is Ministry of Education website, with excellent information:

http://www.minedu.govt.nz/index.cfm?layout=document&documentid=7927&data=l

Preventing head lice

•  Avoid head to head contact.

•  Don't share brushes, combs, hats and other items that come into contact with hair.

•  Discourage children from playing with each other’s hair.

•  Tie long hair back or plait it.

•  Brush hair regularly.

•  Check the hair of everyone in the family at least once a week.

•  Take action if a child is scratching unusually - check their head carefully.

Treatment

Ideally, once head lice are detected in a school, the whole school community should take action at the same time and over a period of weeks. One untreated head in a community can ensure an outbreak continues for months.

Treatment must be thorough, regular and carried out over a period of weeks by everyone. Even so, such treatment will not prevent a reinfestation originating from another community. Keeping head lice under control requires constant vigilance.

Effective treatment can be cheap. A combination of methods is likely to be most successful.

Dry combing

This method is for removal of head lice and eggs.

    Use a metal fine-toothed comb. The National Pediculosis Association in the United States recommends combs that have individually tooled rounded teeth that are evenly spaced and set in a plastic handle.

    Fingernails can effectively remove eggs.

     Individual strands of hair can be cut to remove difficult eggs.

    Some combs will extract adult head lice only and leave the eggs; the closer together the teeth of the comb are, the more successful combing will be.

Wet combing

This method, using any kind of hair conditioner, is for detection and removal of head lice and eggs. It is recommended that this treatment be repeated on alternate days for three weeks. The idea is to smother the head lice with conditioner, preventing them moving away, and to allow manual removal. Do not use conditioner within a day of using a chemical treatment; it will make the chemical treatment ineffective.

    Apply enough conditioner (much more than usual) on dry hair to thoroughly cover the whole scalp and all the hair from the roots to the tips.

    Keep the conditioner in the hair. Conditioner stuns the insects for about 20 minutes.

    Comb the hair straight and get knots out with an ordinary comb.

    Use a fine-toothed comb to systematically comb the hair. Comb the full length of each hair.

    Wipe the comb with a clean tissue after each stroke of the comb.

    After thorough combing and inspection, wash the conditioner out.


Electric combs

Electric battery operated combs are available to be used on dry hair. These are claimed to stun or kill the head lice so they let go of the hair and can be combed out. Clean the teeth after each stroke of the comb. Electric combs should be used on alternate days for two or three weeks to break the breeding cycle. People with epilepsy, heart disease or pacemakers should not use them.

Haircuts

Short hair is easier to comb, requires less time to treat and makes detection easier. It should not be necessary to shave heads. Hairdressers may refuse to cut infested hair.

Chemicals

The use of any chemical in or on the body carries risk. Some older treatments for head lice are no longer available because of the risk they posed. The chemicals used are insecticides and should be used with care and strictly as directed by the manufacturer. Chemicals are expensive.

There are three chemicals that are most commonly used:

Pyrethrins - derived from chrysanthemum flowers, these attack the insects' nervous system but break down in sunlight. These are usually combined with piperonyl butoxide for more effectiveness.

Pyrethroids - synthetic pyrethrins that are more stable in sunlight.

Maldeson - an organophosphate insecticide that attacks the insects' nervous system.

    Apply the treatment strictly in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

    Treat those members of the household who appear to be hosting head lice. Do not treat babies with chemicals.

    Do not wash the hair or use conditioners for at least 24 hours after treating. Treatments are designed to coat the hair shaft and should be allowed to remain. Do not wash chemicals off.

    Do not use hairdryers on treated hair. The heat may break down the active chemical.

    Comb the hair carefully to remove as many dead or live head lice and eggs as possible.

    Repeat the treatment after seven to ten days.

    Check all members of the household daily for a period of three weeks.

Herbal remedies

Several herbal preparations are available, however the effectiveness of these is not clearly established. Most herbal remedies might be regarded as expensive conditioners that are no more effective than other conditioners. Some, such as tea tree oil, may be, volume for volume, more toxic to humans than chemical preparations. Olive oil, hair gel and mayonnaise may make combing easier.

What else can help?

 

Extra precautions may include washing all bed linen and certainly pillowcases and towels in hot water (at least 60 degrees centigrade) and tumble drying for 20 minutes on high. Other items that have come in contact with heads should also be thoroughly cleaned. Soak hairbrushes and combs in hot water for at least ten minutes. Vacuuming carpets and rugs may also be helpful, if only to ensure that dead nits and lice are collected and not left to reappear on the heads or clothing of people in the household.







Term 2 |  Week 7 |  Friday 20 June 2014

 

The Big Sing

 

 



Madrigal – Student Conducted Item
Karla Adams, Year 13 - Student Conductor

 

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

There is great anticipation in the senior school today with the Formal being held tonight. I am sure it will be an elegant occasion.

Monday is Founders Day and I would like to remind students that formal uniform is required for this service.

On Thursday June 26th the Year 11 Parents’ Seminar will be held in the library from 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

We were treated to a feast of artistic talent on Monday night. The fundraiser, which was organised by the Arts Prefects, was a real success. Congratulations and thanks to all the performers and helpers who made this an enjoyable night.

Big Sing was held this week. It was a wonderful festival of choral music. Congratulations to Madrigal and Sings Hilda who performed at the event. Madrigal was commended and Sings Hilda was highly commended. This was a great effort and thanks go to all involved especially Mr. Grant.

Congratulations to all girls who competed in the Chamber Music Competitions last weekend. There were some very impressive performances. Well done to Ihlara McIndoe whose group was highly commended.

In assembly this week the 2014 Z Club members were inducted. It is good to see so many girls keen to take part in this service organisation.

Tickets have been selling well for “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. This will be a great show and we are all looking forward to seeing it. Tickets are available at the school office.  Details follow at the end of the Newsletter.

NCEA fees have been posted. These fees should be paid directly to school and not to the school fees account.

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal







Term 2 |  Week 6 |  Friday 13 June 2014

Otago Cross Country Championships

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As the end of term approaches so does the opening night of the production. Rehearsals are in full swing and we are all looking forward to opening night.



Costumes for production are being made over the next few weeks and urgently needed are some buttons for waistcoats (80 buttons are required).

We are also on the look out for a green tweed skirt size 10/12 and a male coloured suit preferably purple (trouser size 87 waist).

If you have something that you think might be suitable, could it please be dropped into the front desk attention Rachel Jones.

The skirt and suit would be returned after the production if required.



Diary for next Week:

 

On Monday there is a Performing Arts Evening in the Chapel 6.00 – 7.30pm. This is a showcase of St Hilda’s arts talent.  All proceeds will help with the musical production costs.  Everyone is welcome.  Door sales: $5 school children, $10 adults.



The Big Sing - Good luck to our choirs who are performing at The Big Sing next Wednesday.  Parents are welcome to come along.  The standard is always very high.  Door Sales at the Town Hall.


Good luck to the students involved in the Chamber Music Competitions this weekend.

On Thursday there is a Year 9 and 10 Social at JMC.

 


Congratulations:

The Otago Cross Country Championships were held on a new course at Kaikorai Valley High School. The results were:

U14 Girls - Suzie White 4th; Kate Higham 6th, Cecilia Crooks 9th - 1st in team event.

U15 Girls - Mikayla Thorn 4th, Leonie Palmer 6th, Joccoaa Palmer 8th, Emily Lynch-Sutherland 9th, Sam Casse 10th - 1st in team event.

U16 Girls - Anna Lindsay 5th, Anna Power 6th, Jody Mowat 13th - 2nd in team event.

Senior Girls - Meg McKay 3rd, Millie Gordon 4th, Alice Winter 5th, Claudia Sole 7th, Molly Stewart 8th, Erin O'Brien 9th - 2nd and 3rd in team event.

 

The Regional Finals of the Smokefree Rockquest were held on Saturday 7 June.

The St Hilda’s band, 'Like a Kid' did fantastically well. The band members are:

Jamie MacKenzie

Charlotte Cotter

Tessa Forde

Mia Knott

Mackenzie Hollebon

They came third in the band category  – winning $250 of musical equipment from the New Zealand Rockshop.  They also won the Lowdown Best Song Award – winning $100, and the People’s Choice Award – becoming one of 25 bands with a chance of winning the People’s Choice Award National Prize.

Congratulations to the Senior A Netball Team for their 3rd placing at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Tournament on Monday.  A close loss in the semi final against Columba by 1 goal saw them play Otago Girls’ High School for 3rd and 4th. This was also a very close game with St Hilda's winning by 1 goal.

Well done to the following girls for their Netball Representative Achievement:

Dunedin Netball Centre Under 15 A Team

Abbey Johnston

Georgia Hay

Laura Taylor

Leonie Palmer

Mariah Nelson

Meg Timu

Meisha Cochrane

Mikayla Thorn

 

Dunedin Netball Centre Under 15 B Team

Brieana Shea

Holly Armstrong

Joccoaa Palmer

Josie Cook

 

Dunedin Netball Centre Under 14 A Team

Megan Borst

Neena Davison

Libby van Harselaar

 

Dunedin Netball Centre Under 14 B Team

Olivia Ray

 

Queen’s Birthday weekend saw the first Artistic Gymnastics competition of the 2014 season.  The following gymnasts attended the Upper South Invitational Competition held in Christchurch over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend from St Hilda’s, representing Dunedin Gymnastic Academy.

Isabella Johnston (IDP3), Amelia Phillips (Step 6) and Lily Mole (Step 7).

The girls had a great first competition, with Amelia Phillips placing 3rd on Vault, 1st on Bars, and 3RD Overall in Step 6.

The following weekend was the Otago Qualifying Competition held here in Dunedin, on Saturday 7th June.

The following gymnasts from St Hilda’s were competing –
Madeline Dippie (Step 3)
Grace Brensall (Step 5)
Katie Jones, Emma Alcock, Olivia Whelan-Henderson, and  Amelia Phillips (Step 6)
Lily Mole (Step 7)
Hannah Alcock (Novice – Elite)
Grace Wallace (Novice – Senior Open)

The gymnasts all had some very successful results –

Madeline Dippie (Step 3) – 1st Vault, 1st=Bars, 3rd Beam, 1st Floor – 1ST OVERALL STEP 3
Grace Brensall (Step 5) – 1st Bars, 1st Beam,3rd Floor,- 1st OVERALL STEP 5
Amelia Phillips (Step 6) – 2nd Vault, 1st Bars, 1st Beam, - 1ST OVERALL STEP 6
Olivia Whelan-Henderson (Step 6) – 2nd Beam, 1st Floor – 2nd OVERALL STEP 6
Emma Alcock (Step 6) – 3rd Vault, 2nd Bars
Katie Jones (Step 6) – 2nd Floor
Lily Mole (Step 7) -3rd Vault, 1st Bars, 2nd Floor – 3rd OVERALL STEP 7
Hannah Alcock ( Novice Elite) – 1st Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor – 1st OVERALL
Grace Wallace (Novice Senior Open) – 2nd Vault, 2nd Bars, 2nd Beam, 1st Floor – 2ndOVERALL

Many of the above gymnasts are also trialling to be selected to represent Otago at the New Zealand National Gymsports Championships in October in Auckland.

Winter Quad

St Hilda's is hosting Winter Quad this year. Winter Quad is contested by Columba College, Craighead and St Margaret’s College in 1st X1 Hockey, Senior A Netball, A Badminton team and Debating.

The dates for the Annual Tournament are 3/4/5 August, with competition being played on Monday 4th and Tuesday till 12 noon.

We are required to billet the girls that travel from St Margaret’s and Craighead Diocesan.

If your daughter is competing, it would be great if you could accommodate a student, however we realize for the boarders this is difficult.

This is when we have to rely on the St Hilda's wonderful character and ask our community if they are able to help us out.

Requirements are a bed for Sunday/Monday evening, 2 x dinners and 1x packed lunch on Monday.

If you able to help, please email Trish Conrad, with the number of students that you can take.  Email:  tconrad@shcs.school.nz 

This would be hugely appreciated.

 

News from Tolcarne

For the last three weekends our junior girls have been baking up some tasty treats with the help of Krystal our chef. This included chocolate brownie and the most delicious afghans I have ever tasted!!

 

 

 

Last week Tolcarne hosted a very successful Open Day with about 150 people in attendance. The Year 13s basically run the day and did an outstanding job as hostel tour guides. The feedback from many parents who attended has been very positive.

Several of our boarders are involved in this year’s production “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and on July 2nd we are taking the whole hostel to watch. This is always a highlight on the Tolcarne Calendar.

 

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding



Term 2 |  Week 5 |  Friday 6 June 2014


St Hilda’s Kapa Haka Group performing at the Boarders Open Day presentation

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week we held our Boarder Open Day. It was great to welcome prospective boarder families to view the hostel and the school.

The Year 12 students participated in a Health Education programme ‘Loves Me Not’ - a specialist health teaching resource, which addresses healthy relationships, how to identify abusive behaviours and getting help. 

Coming Events

Next week is the PFA AGM on Tuesday 10th June at 7.30pm in the staffroom.  There will be a committee meeting prior to this at 7.00 pm

Year 9 Parents’ Seminar: Friendship in the Digital Age. Thursday 12 June 7.00-8.30 pm Library

Year 11 Study Skills Day – Sunday 15 June 10:00 am – 3:00 pm  - $70.00 – Lunch provided.   Please refer to the email sent out last week to all Year 11 families

Year 11 Parents’ Seminar: Drugs, Alcohol and Related Issues. Thursday 26 June 7.00 - 8.30 pm Library

We look forward to your attendance at these important information sharing evenings. Please note change of date for the Year 11 Parents’ seminar

Thursday 12th is the Otago Cross Country and the Year 9 Parents Seminar at 7pm in the Library

The Arts Prefects are organising an Arts Evening to be held on the 16th June at 6.00pm.  This is a fundraiser to support this year’s production – “Thoroughly Modern Millie”  There will be a range of performances from solo singers, bands, tap dancing, chamber music, contemporary dancing, choir pieces to displays of last year’s Art Boards and much more!!   Refreshments will be available.



 

Can You Help?

As the end of term approaches so does the opening night of the production.

Costumes are being made over the next few weeks and urgently needed are some buttons for waistcoats (80 buttons are required).

I am also on the look out for a green tweed skirt size 10/12 and a male coloured suit preferably purple (trouser size 87 waist).

If you have something that you think might be suitable, could it please be dropped into the front desk - attention Rachel Jones.

The skirt and suit would be returned after the production if required.

 

Regards

 

 

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal



Term 2 |  Week 4 |  Friday 30 May 2014

Amnesty International Group presentation at Chapel

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Well winter has certainly arrived with the first snowfall of the year. It is nice to see the sun today and we are all hoping it will last for the long weekend.

In Chapel yesterday the Amnesty International Group presented a very thought provoking message around refugee numbers across the world.

The cast and crew are working hard on “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. We are all looking forward to the show, which is on stage in the last week of term.

Due to a clash with the school musical unfortunately the Waitaki Interschool has been cancelled this year.

 

Coming Events

Year 9 Parents’ Seminar: Friendship in the Digital Age. Thursday 12 June 7.00-8.30 pm Library

Year 11 Study Skills Day – Sunday 15 June 10:00 am – 3:00 pm  - $70.00 – Lunch provided.   Please refer to the email sent out yesterday to all Year 11 families.

Year 11 Parents’ Seminar: Drugs, Alcohol and Related Issues. Thursday 26 June 7.00-8.30 pm Library. (Please note change of date)

We look forward to your attendance at these important information sharing evenings. Please note change of date for the Year 11 Parents’ seminar. 

Wednesday is the International Science Competition.

Thursday 5th June is the Open Day for Prospective Boarders.

Congratulations:

Congratulations to the St Hilda’s ‘A’ Squash team who finished runner up in the South Island Secondary Schools event held recently at Otago Squash Club only dropping 1 match from 5 to the eventual winners, Marlborough. This was a superb effort from this team gaining silver medals for their performance at the event.

Winter Quad:

St Hilda's is hosting Winter Quad this year. Winter Quad is contested by Columba College, Craighead and
St Margarets College in 1st X1Hockey, Senior A Netball,  A Badminton team and Debating.

The dates for the Annual Tournament are 3/4/5 August, with competition being played on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th till 12 noon.

We are required to billet the girls that travel from St Margaret’s and Craighead Diocesan.

If your daughter is competing, it would be great if you could accommodate a student, however we realize for the boarders this is difficult.

This is when we have to rely on the St Hilda's wonderful character and ask our community if they are able to help us out.

Requirements are a bed for Sunday/Monday evening, 2 x dinners and 1x packed lunch on Monday.

If you able to help, please email Trish Conrad, with the number of students that you can take. This would be hugely appreciated. tconrad@shcs.school.nz

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal



Snow Day Procedures


In the case of a school late start or cancellation due to snow or ice, an email will be sent to parents around 7:00 am. There will also be announcements made over the following radio stations:


97.4 More FM

Radio Dunedin - 1305 AM or 99.8 FM

Classic Hits


     

      Details will be on the following:

MediaWorks - cancellation line phone: 471 7555

Radio Network – The Hits Facebook page

School Parent Portal – Cancellation page


Should conditions in your area be different to those in the rest of the city you must make individual decisions based on what is safest for your family.

Once our girls are at school please do not accept texts from them re school closures. If this were to eventuate we would email parents immediately.


Thank you.


Melissa Bell

PRINCIPAL




Term 2 |  Week 3 |  Friday 23 May 2014



Presentation of flowers recognising Melissa’s outstanding achievement in
Educational Leadership

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Ensemble Impact (a group of professional actors who tour NZ) entertained our Year 10 girls (alongside Performing Arts students) with a show called Asian invasion. This fast paced, clever, thought provoking performance consisted of 10 New Zealand plays with themes addressing racism, being a migrant or a native born New Zealander.

Congratulations to Ms Bell who was recognised for her outstanding educational leadership. She was one of 25 educators recognised at the National Excellence in Teaching Awards held in Wellington yesterday.

Important Dates for your Diary:

Year 11 Parents Seminar: Drugs, Alcohol and Related Issues.   Please note - Rescheduled to Thursday 26 June - 7.00-8.30 pm

Year 9 Parents Seminar: Friendship in the Digital Age. Thursday 12 June - 7.00-8.30 pm Library

We look forward to your attendance at these important information sharing evenings.

This year’s house captains were presented with their badges this week.

Nelson:                Emma Paisley and Kaitlyn Bews
Wellington:           Harriet Burdon and Meg Cowie
Lawrence:             Sophie Russell and Mikaela McLean
Havelock:             Estelle Dippie and Meg McKay 

Congratulations to:

Sophie Coutts trialled for the New Zealand Rhythmic Gymnastic Team and was selected to travel to Melbourne and represent New Zealand in Level 8.  This is a huge honour as the qualification mark was very high and only 4 gymnasts per level can be selected from New Zealand for this team.

Sophie leaves for Melbourne on Monday and we wish her all the best.

Congratulations to Polly Inglis who represented the Southern Under 21 Women's Hockey Team at National Tournament in Auckland. The team placed 6th overall. Polly also attended a Youth Olympic camp after the tournament. From this camp, a squad will be named for the Under 18 Youth Olympics.

Congratulations to Polly Inglis, Mallory Cooper, Philippa Dingle, Libby Morris and Annabel Girvan who have all made selection for the Southern Under 18 Women's Hockey Team. The girls will compete at the National Under 18 Tournament in Napier later on in the July holidays.  

Well done to Lillian Gibb, year 9, who participated in the annual Green Island singing competitions along with others from St Hilda's.  She did exceedingly well in her age category. She sang six songs and won 3 trophies (coming 1st out of 16 singers).  Lillian also gained two second places, and a commended. Well done to all the girls who participated. 

Winter Quad 

St Hilda's is hosting Winter Quad this year. Winter Quad is contested by Columba College, Craighead and St Margaret’s College in: 1st X1 Hockey, Senior A Netball,  A Badminton team and Debating.

The dates for the Annual Tournament are 3/4/5 August, with competition being played on Monday 4th and Tuesday till 12 noon.

We are required to billet the girls who travel from St Margaret’s and Craighead Diocesan.

If your daughter is competing, it would be great if you could accommodate a student, however, we realize for the boarders this is difficult.

This is when we have to rely on the St Hilda's wonderful community and ask if they are able to help us out please.

Requirements are a bed for Sunday/Monday evening, 2 x dinners and 1x packed lunch on Monday. 

If you able to help, please email me, with the number of students you can take.

This would be hugely appreciated. 

Trish Conrad, Sports’ Coordinator.

 

Tolcarne News

Ms Bell, Mrs Dey and I have spent the last week on Country Visits to the Otago/Southland area. These were very successful and it was fantastic to take two Year 10 Boarders with us, Georgia Hay and Jess Faulks. The prospective boarders who came along responded so well to having “ real-life” boarders to answer some of their questions and tell them what it is really like to be at Tolcarne and St Hilda’s.

Tolcarne also welcomed Chaplain Ms Townsley to the hostel on Sunday evening for night prayers. This is a lovely way to finish the weekend and practice being centered and focus on some of the things we are grateful for. 

The Boarders Open Day at the hostel is fast approaching. Staff and students are busy preparing the hostel to look the best it can, to welcome the many families that come on the day.

BOARDERS OPEN DAY JUNE 5TH   TOLCARNE 10.45

Reminders

Tolcarne Social Dinner at the Lone Star Friday June 6th RSVP Sarah Smith: glenleith-farm@xtra.co.nz or 027 662 6209

Tolcarne will be closed for the Queen's Birthday weekend from Friday May 30 at 5pm – Monday June 2nd at 3pm.

 

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding


Term 2 |  Week 2 |  Friday 16 May 2014

2014 Cross Country

May is careers month and it is a good time to consider possibilities for future careers. There are a lot of activities on over the month for both you and your daughters to participate in.

Harriet Keown is participating in a fundraising event organised by the Malcam Trust and we will be supporting her with a mufti day next Tuesday.

It was great to see a number of parents at the Year 13 Parents’ Seminar.

Ms Bell, Mrs Dey and Amanda Haggie are visiting our country families next week to share information with prospective boarding families.

Farewell to our small group of Thai students who have been with us for the last nine weeks. The time has certainly flown.

Important Dates for your Diary:

Year 11 Parents Seminar: Tuesday 10 June - 7.00-8.30 pm Library
PFA AGM: Tuesday 10 June - 7:30 pm in the Staff Room (Please note change of venue)

Year 9 Parents Seminar: Thursday 12 June - 7.00-8.30 pm Library

We look forward to your attendance at these important information sharing evenings.


Otago Careers Festival
Events for all ages and career stages are being run Otago wide throughout the month of May. View full details on their website http://www.otagocareersfestival.co.nz/





Congratulations:

Kate Holden selected for the Under 19 Otago Netball Team

Maggie Burns selected for the Under 17 Otago Netball Team

Sarah Wyber, Kim Paisley, Georgia O'Malley selected for the Under 17 Dunedin Netball Centre Team.

We wish these girls all the best for their upcoming Rep. Season.


Cross Country Results

Year 7/8

1st - Poppy Smith

2nd - Lily Clouston - Cain

3rd - Lily Mole


Year 9

1st - Kate Higham

2nd - Olivia O'Neill

3rd - Georgia Mitchell


Year 10

1st - Suzie White

2nd - Mikayla Thorn

3rd - Meg Timu


Year 11

1st - Anna Lindsay

2nd - Anna Power

3rd - Brie Shea


Year 12

1st -Aleisha Ruske

2nd - Clauda Sole

3rd - Molly Stewart

 
Year 13

1st - Meg McKay

2nd - Alice Winter

3rd - Esther Fogarty

 
Reminder:

Entertainment Books are now overdue and must be returned to school if you are not ordering one this year.

Please check with your daughter to see if she has returned book as we have 60 outstanding.


Term 2 |  Week 1 |  Friday 9 May 2014


2014 Vietnam Group visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi


Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to a brand new term.  I hope you all really enjoyed your holidays.  I know that they seemed to go by extremely quickly. It is good to see the girls back, we have lot to look forward to this term. While acknowledging that things sometimes feel a little tougher in the winter terms, it is the time to dig deep and get inspired. This is a short term and it will really fly by. 

Welcome back to the students, parents and staff who travelled to Vietnam in the school holidays.  They had a fantastic time away. 

Congratulations to Ireland Jacobs who was nominated by St Hilda’s for the Trustpower Community Youth Awards which recognise Year 13 students’ service to school and community in the Dunedin District. These awards were held on Monday evening at Toitu. 

Ireland Jacobs

Ireland is in her sixth year of working with the St John Ambulance Youth Programme.  Here she helps to teach people younger than herself about first aid and a whole range of other skills as they gain badges.   She has also been involved for the last four years in the preparations for the St John National Youth Competitions.  

These were held in Rotorua over Anzac weekend.  Ireland competed as team leader of a team of 4, competing against 11 other teams in the competition. She was placed first in drill and inspection.   She was also third in one of the two first aid tests, third in drill and communication, and was placed third in the team leader test. This gave our team an overall placing of runner up champion team. The South Island Region also won champion region overall.

Congratulations to Casey Brown in Year 11, who has been selected as one of ten high school students in New Zealand to attend the 2014 United Nations Youth New Zealand Pacific Project. This is one of the most prestigious trips offered by UN Youth New Zealand. They leave on the 4th of July and fly to Canberra, Australia. 

Well done to the St Hilda’s Student Council which was nominated for a community award for their work in launching the Positively Pink campaign in 2013.  This nomination was made by a member of the local community.

Otago Shakespeare Festival:  

Amy Wright and Rosaria Yoo's student directed piece from Twelfth Night won an award for their 'Modern concept' she could be in over her head."

An award for 'Evocative staging' went to the performance Mrs McMillan directed from The Tempest.

Congratulations to Polly McEwan in Year 7 who has earned her science badge in large animals.

We had two teams compete in the High School Futsal Tournament on Wednesday, 7 May. The Year 11-13 team remained undefeated throughout the round and semifinal games. Their success continued into the final against Mount Aspiring College where they beat them 4-0, claiming first place in Year 11-13 Girls Division 1. The Year 10 team also enjoyed successful round and semifinal games, which led them to the final playoff for 1st/2nd against Otago Girls High School. They played a nail-biting game which resulted in a 0-0 draw at the final whistle. In the end it came down to goal difference throughout the tournament, and unfortunately Otago Girls scraped ahead and took first place. Nevertheless, the Year 10 team claimed second place in Year 9-10 Girls Division 1 and are to be congratulated for their efforts throughout the day.

Athletics: Caitlyn George (Year 11) has been selected to represent New Zealand in a track and field team that will compete at the Oceania Area Championships. The event is to be held in Rarotonga in June of this year. Caitlyn's events are 100m and 200m sprints, and the 4 by 100m relay.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award is recognised worldwide and has been active in New Zealand for 50 years.  At Bronze and Silver level, students have to complete Service, Learn a new skill, undertake a physical recreation that raises their heart rate for 20 minutes minimum and complete an Adventurous Journey – at St Hilda’s this is often a tramping trip.  The number of students participating in the award at St Hilda’s is in the range of 80 plus students.

Well done to the following girls who received The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Awards certificates this week:

Silver Award:  Lucy Bell, Alexandra Coker and Hannah McLaren.

Bronze Award: Holly Armstrong, Annalyse Bain, Charlotte Cotter, Olivia Dingle, Kaya Fukushima, Lola Garden, Olivia Gold, Jessica Gray, Isla Huffadine, Anna Lindsay, Jamie MacKenzie, Anna Power, Hayley Shallard and Holly White.

A date for the diary: 

 

A date for the diary:

 

Tuesday 13 May 2014:

Year 13 Parent and Caregiver Seminar
'Preparing for 2015'

7.00-8.30 pm School Library

 

Scholarships

Transition to University

Keeping Yourself Safe

Discussion

 

We strongly recommend that all Year 13 parents and caregivers attend this opportunity to hear what 2015 holds and how we can support our girls with this transition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to play golf?

 

Tuesdays (starting week 2 next term)

3.45-4.45pm

Belleknowes golf course.

$10.00 per session.

Email or see Mrs Bradfield if you are interested.

 

 

 


Also next week we have:

A Sports Council Meeting on Wednesday (14th May) 7.30 am - 8.30 am in the Hanff Room.

A Year 10 Science Quiz in the library on Wednesday (14th May) at 4:00 pm - 7.00pm.

Otago Careers Festival is happening this month. Please check the link for more details: http://www.otagocareersfestival.co.nz/


Term 1  |  Week 12 |  Friday 17 April 2014



Please view Newsletter No. 2



Palm Sunday Service at the Cathedral with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Dear Parents and Caregivers 

On Sunday April 13th a group of about 40 staff, students, board members and old girls were invited to be part of the Palm Sunday Service at the Cathedral with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  It was a wonderful experience for the girls in particular as many of them had parts to play in the service and were able to make lots of eye contact!!  Our Head Girl, Harriet Keown gave the Old Testament reading, while other girls gave out palm crosses, took up the collection and handed out service sheets. I am sure that this will be a memorable experience for them all!

This has been a long and busy term.  Such a lot has been packed into the 12 weeks! The good news is that the remaining 3 terms are shorter!  Our celebration of 2013 academic success; school camp; academic assessments; whole school athletics; summer quad; sporting and cultural events; auditions; expeditions; sports team trials and the summer tournament.  All these events help the girls in their self-development and prepare them for ‘life after school’.

Our Vietnam Cultural trip is underway and we had received word that they are safely in Hanoi and that all is going very well. Ms Bell reminds you that if you want to keep in touch with their travels, you can check out their blog on our website.  http://shcsvietnam2014.blogspot.co.nz/

Now that we have reached the end of the term, the girls will have some time to reflect and plan ahead: do what they enjoy; pursue their passions, but also prepare themselves for a positive start to Term 2.  This might be in the form of some homework; tweaking of an assignment; research or reflections.

Enjoy the Easter and holiday break – look after yourselves and others – rest and enjoy time with family and friends, but also make time for you.

Hazel Dey
Acting Principal


The School Cross-Country is during the first week of next term on the afternoon of Wednesday 7th May.  It is being held at the John McGlashan College Grounds/Ross Creek Area.  Please read the Student Brief at the end of this newsletter.  Parents are most welcome to come and support their daughters.

Congratulations to the following girls for receiving recognition and awards at the Otago Touch Awards.

Under 15 Girls Most Valuable Player: Abbey Johnston
Under 15 Mixed Most Valuable Female: Abbey Johnston
Under 15 Mixed Most Improved Female: Jessica Faulks
New Zealand Under 15 Mixed Team: Abbey Johnston
New Zealand Under 15 Mixed Team: Paige Thomson
Under 21 Mixed Most Valuable Female: Holly Johnstone
New Zealand Under 19 Womens Squad: Laura McKenzie


Congratulations also to the A Waterpolo team for continuing their great form shown at the South Island champs, and winning the Dunedin Competition beating Columba 7 - 2 in the final last Friday.

The Futsal finals for Term 1 were held on Tuesday, 15 April, and we were pleased to have two of our teams in the final playoffs for 1st/2nd in their divisions. Both teams were victorious and received trophies as their prize for winning their division. The results were as follows:

St Hilda’s Blue Yr 10 won Division 1 against Queens Jnr Y9-10 with a score of 2-0.

St Hilda’s White Yr 9 won Division 2 against KVC Junior Girls with a score of 6-0.

Congratulations not only to these two teams, but to all the teams who competed this term, and a big thank you to the coaches for their commitment and support.

Good luck to the girls who are travelling to Hastings to compete in the Interprovincial Athletics champs!

Well done to Caitlyn George who has been selected for the Oceania Area Athletics Squad to compete in Rarotonga in June.

Zara Anthony-Whigham is travelling to the Philippines to take part in an International Development Camp competition for Figure Skating. 

 Would you like to play golf?

Tuesdays
 (starting Week 2 next term)

3:45 - 4:45pm

Belleknowes Golf Course
Lawson Street, Belleknowes
Dunedin

$10.00 per session.

Email or see Mrs Bradfield if you are interested.

bbradfield@shcs.school.nz

 


 


 


 

 

Emma Cunningham leaves SHCS today relocating to Sydney to take up a wonderful opportunity for ice-skating.  She will be attending Roseville College.  Our best wishes have been extended to Emma. 


CROSS COUNTRY - STUDENT BRIEF

Wednesday 7th May at John McGlashan College then through Ross Creek

All students are expected to participate.  This is a great opportunity to earn points for your house, get some exercise, and have some time away from your schoolwork!  So make the most of it.  Also, if you compete well you will have the opportunity to represent your school at other Cross Country events coming up in the next two months.

Sports uniform, including tracksuit, can be worn to school that day but it must be the correct sports uniform.

Wear your house colours when competing only.  Bring something warm to wear before and after competing, as it may be cold.  E.g. Thermals or Merino are good.

Avoid eating fatty or acidic foods before the event. If you are prone to getting stitch, maybe eat your lunch at Interval to give it time to digest. Have some food handy to eat afterwards.

Drink a lot of water during the morning.  BRING A DRINK BOTTLE.

At 1:30 assemble quickly in the courtyard. Years 7 & 8 near the Art room - Year 13 by the Hall.  Roll call will be done.

Buses will take you up to the McGlashan fields.  Do not leave anything on the bus.  You will be expected to make your own way home from John McGlashan College. If parents are picking you up, most of you will be finished by 3:00 pm. For those that need to get back to school for buses, you will have time to do so. 

Parents are most welcome to come and support their daughters. 

START TIMES

Walkers                                          2:00pm
Year 7 & 8                                      2:05pm
Year 9                                             2:10pm
Year 10                                           2:15pm
Year 11                                           2:20pm
Year 12 & 13, & Year 13 Relay      2:25pm

 

1.              Warm-up and stretch before you start.

2.              Year 7 & 8 only run as far as Mr West, then turn back. 

3.              The relay changeover points are at stations 5 and 12 on the course.  Check on the map.

4.              At the finish remember to collect a placing card and take it to the recording desk at your year level.  Give them your name and house.

 

**        Asthmatics-take you medication before running and have your inhaler with you.

**        If any students have a medical condition that will limit their participation a note is required with the 

            reason and a parents signature.

 

NOTES MUST BE GIVEN TO MRS CONRAD ASAP


Those few girls that will not be taking part will be asked to meet with me at interval on Thursday and you will either be part of the walking group or given a job. Come in your PE gear and tracksuit. 

Keep to the left of the track and let others pass on the right.  

A Copy of the Map is on the Gym Noticeboard if you want to walk the track on Wednesday to familiarize yourself.

There will be plenty of marshals and/or cones around the course so there is no chance that any of you will get lost.




 Term 1  |  Week 11 |  Friday 11 April 2014


 Karli Adams with Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin
at the inaugural Pacifika NCEA Level 2 
celebration at First Church

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As we are coming to the end of the term we are all looking forward to a well-deserved break.

This week we had our Easter Eucharist Service, which was led by Reverend Eric Kyte. 

We will be selling poppies next week as ANZAC day falls in the holidays. A gold coin donation will secure one of these.

We have had our parent – teacher interviews this week and it has been valuable to meet and discuss student progress.  The final session of interviews will take place next Thursday. The site is open for bookings until Wednesday 16 April at Noon.  School will finish at 12.00 Noon on Thursday with interviews beginning at 12:30pm.

Congratulations and good luck to Laura de Bono who was chosen as the Perth exchange student for 2014. She will travel to St Hilda’s in Perth and spend term two there. We wish her all the best and look forward to hearing how the exchange is going.

Congratulations to Karli Adams who was honoured as the top NCEA Level 2 Pacifika student from St Hilda’s along with students from 12 other Otago high schools on Tuesday evening.  The ceremony held at First Church emphasised the importance of hope and striving to be your best as a student, family member encouraging a student or a teacher working for and with students. The Mayor, Dave Cull, was present and he very proudly quoted statistics revealing that the Dunedin metropolitan area has the highest results in NCEA Level 2 for students with Pacifika affiliations in New Zealand.  As an education city we can be very proud of these and Karli’s results.

Congratulations to the girls who participated in the Shakespeare Festival. Mrs McMillan reported that they were very impressive on stage.

Well done also to the Music and Drama students who had their performances this week.

 

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected in the Otago U14 Waterpolo team to compete at the Pan Pac's in July:

Sarah Cochrane, Neena Davison, Isabella Gold, Paris Sinclair, Libby van Harselaar and Suzie White

The Vietnam Cultural Trip leaves tomorrow. We will share some of the experiences next term.

Coming Events:

Year 13 Parent Seminar
Tuesday 13th May, starting at 7pm in the library. 
The focus of this will be looking at the transition to 2015 for our Year 13 girls.
School Cross-Country
Wednesday 7th May. I am sure the girls will be training for this over the holidays.
 Sports Coaches Evening
An important Sports Coaches Evening is to be held on Thursday 8th of May, 5.30pm in the Library. We expect all adult and student coaches to attend.

This meeting is an opportunity to introduce the St Hilda’s sporting ethos, to meet and network with other coaches and staff, ask questions and establish support networks. We look forward to your attendance.

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal


Term 1  |  Week 10 |  Friday 4 April 2014


ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech - Regional winner
 Ihlara McIndoe delivering her speech at Student Assembly
 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As the term draws to a close we do seem to be very busy. We have day girl parent interviews next week on Tuesday 8th April from 4pm to 6pm and then again on Thursday 10th April from 7pm to 9pm. The code for the parent interview site was emailed this week.

The Vietnam Trip is also in its final preparation for departure on the 12th April.

Reminder: next Tuesday 8th April, school will finish at 12.30 pm, as Staff who are PPTA members will be attending a paid union meeting.

Although school will officially remain open until 3:25 pm, there will be no formal classes operating.  However, there will be supervision in the Library for students who need to stay at school until the end of the school day.  

All High School buses except the Seacliff M.O.E. School Bus will be departing schools at 12.25 pm.

Please notify the school office if your daughter will need to remain at school on this day.  

Email:               admin@shcs.school.nz       

Phone:             (03) 477 0989

The times for the school morning will be as normal, finishing with student assembly concluding at 12:30pm.  Please note that parent interviews will run as usual on this day.  Thank you for your understanding about this disruption.

Parent Teacher Interviews

To access the interview site go to:  http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/

The parent code is A7ETW

Interviews will be held on:  

Tuesday 8 April:  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Day Girl Interviews

Thursday 10 April:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  - Day Girl Interviews

Thursday 17 April:  12:30 pm - 3:25 pm - Boarder Interviews

Please note the following times where the site may be closed in order for staff to prepare for interviews.

Monday 7 April - Site closes at 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9 April - Site opens at 9:00 am and closes again that evening at 5:00 pm
Friday 11 April - Site opens at 9:00 am 
Wednesday 16 April - Site closes at Noon

Year 13 Parent Seminar - Date to remember
Tuesday 13 May at 7:00 pm in the school Library.

Shakespeare Festival:  
Good luck to the girls performing in the Otago Regional Shakespeare Festival on Wednesday and Thursday next week at the Kings and Queens Performing Arts Centre, 6.30pm to 9.00pm.  Door sales are 30 mins prior to performance: adults $6, students $3.

Good luck to Ihlara McIndoe who is competing in the RSA Speech final in Wellington this weekend. We were very pleased to be able to hear her speech earlier this week during assembly.

We are looking for an extra Football Coach this season - if you are interested/available to coach on either Thursday or Sunday please let Mr Janssen know.

Good luck to the St Hilda's Equestrian Team who are competing at the Outram Rodeo Grounds on Saturday in the Taieri District Secondary Schools event and to the athletes travelling to Timaru to compete at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics.

Cecilia Crooks will be representing Otago at the National Age Group Swimming Championships in Wellington from 29th April till the 3rd May.  She will be swimming in the 13 year old age group where she has qualified for 7 races. Good luck for this competition.

This Saturday (5th April) Millie Gordon and Olive Duffy are hosting a second hand clothing sale in the lounge at Tolcarne between 11am-1pm. So go and have a look around, they have some great stuff, so you never know what you might find! There will be no eftpos, so please either take cash or a cheque. 

Sporting Achievements:

Tennis
At the Tennis Otago Senior Prizegiving on Saturday evening Jessie Stevenson was awarded the trophy for ‘Most Valuable Premier Woman’ player in Otago for the 2013/14 season, and Meg Timu was awarded the ‘Most Improved Senior Woman’ medal.  These are the only two senior female awards given, and both have gone to St Hilda’s students.  (This covers all ages, not just school.)   Good reward for all their hard work!

Touch: During last weekend the St Hilda's Touch team played in the South Island touch tournament. After a first up loss, they managed to draw one game and win the other 5 to finish 5th at the tournament.

Swimming: Congratulations to the following girls who represented St Hilda's and were placed at the Otago Secondary Schools' swimming champs last weekend.

·       Aleisha Ruske - 1st in Women 15 and Over 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 50 Freestyle, 2nd in 50m Breaststroke.

·       Tink Brinsley-Turner - 3rd in Women 15 and Over 50m Breastroke

·       Cecilia Crooks - 2nd in Women 14 and Under 50m backstroke, 50m Freestyle

·       Olivia Gold - 2nd in Women 15 and Over 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 1st in 50m Breaststroke

·       The Relay Team of Cecilia Crooks, Aleisha Ruske, Olivia Gold and Nicole Ruske were placed 1st in the 200m Medley and 200m Freestyle relays.

·       The Relay team of Anna Lindsay, Mariette Devereux, Tink Brinsley-Turner and Lulu Schneiders were placed 3rd in the 200m Medley and 200m Freestyle Relays.

Rowing: 

A St Hilda’s squad of 19 travelled to Twizel to compete in the Rowing nationals: the Maadi cup last week. This event had over 2000 rowers racing, being one of the biggest sporting events in the southern hemisphere for high school students. The girls did extremely well considering the high calibre of rowers from all over the country, with some events having up to 60 entries, making 4 A Finals, 4 B Finals, 2 C and one E.

·       The U15 eight of Lili Sabonadiere, Brieana Shea, Stella Keown, Josie Cook, Kate Edwards, Georgia Hay, Claudia Maker, Gabby Hunter and Mia Knott came 7th place in the A final,

·       The U15 quad came 8th in their A Final consisting of Claudia Maker, Josie Cook, Kate Edwards, Gabby Hunter and Mia Knott.

·       Other A final results were the U17 double of Eliza Adams and Zoe Sabonadiere gaining 6th place and Lili Sabondiere and Brie Shea getting 8th in the A final of the U15 double.

·       B Final results were the U18 double getting 7th in their final, U15 four gaining 4th place, Eliza in her U17 single coming a credible 7th in her B final and finally the U18 pair just getting 3rd place in a sprint finish.

Also congratulations to Mia Knott who has gained a trial for the South island U18 team for coxing and will travel to Twizel during Easter to trial.

Athletics:  Congratulations to the following girls who competed at the national athletics championships in Wellington last weekend. 

·       Libby Jones won a silver medal in the under 20 discus

·       Caity Kenny won silver medals in the U18 and U20 high jump. 

·       Caitlyn George won a gold medal in the relay.  

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

News from Tolcarne
We certainly have some very tired girls here at Tolcarne coming into our 11th week. Particularly the girls returning from Maadi and Touch Nationals who literally crawled off the bus on Sunday night. They were however met by a group of very enthusiastic year nine and eleven girls performing some pretty impressive dance moves in the car park!

As we wind down to the end of Term can I please remind parents that unless there is no room change involved, all girls will need to take all gear home. This allows us to fully spring clean the hostel and have it looking fresh for Term Two.

Also in regards to end of term, as school is finishing at lunchtime on Thursday April 17th, the hostel will close at 3pm. We will allow the girls packing time on the Wednesday night to ensure an easier pick up for you all between 12pm and 3pm on Thursday. Thanks in advance.

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding


Term 1  |  Week 9 |  Friday 28 March 2014


St Hilda's A Waterpolo team
Dear Parents and Caregivers

Although it has been a short week it has been a very busy week with girls competing at summer tournaments and Ichikawa visiting. 

It has also been a week to absorb some very big news with Ms Bell’s announcement that she will finish at the end of 2014. We all wish her the very best and are appreciative of her superb leadership of our school.

If you need to contact staff with news or concerns regarding your daughter please email the year level Dean.  Parent Teacher interviews will be held on the 8th April, 10th April and 17th April. The school interview site will open on Tuesday 1st April. Logon details for this will be emailed out on Monday 31st March.

School Buses
Please note that contrary to the note sent out this week, all High School buses will now be departing schools at 12.25 pm on the 8th April due to the PPTA meeting. The only bus departing at the normal time will be the Seacliff M.O.E School Bus.

Waterpolo: 
Congratulations to the St Hilda's A Waterpolo team who were placed 2nd at the South Island Waterpolo tournament in Invercargill.
The team went through to the final unbeaten but lost to Burnside 4 -3 in a very close game.  This is the 2nd year the team has won the Silver Medal, so congratulations to Charlotte White and the team for their brilliant performance.

Rowing: The squad are doing very well a Maadi with four crews in A Finals and four crews in B Finals. We will have the full results for you next week.

Congratulations to:

·       Nicole Ruske for being named in the NZ U16 Basketball team.
·       Aleisha Ruske for being selected in the NZ U18 Basketball team
·       Laura McKenzie who has been named in the NZ U19 Women’s Touch Squad
·       Esther Fogarty who won a Gold Medal last Weekend at the NZ IRB Nationals.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal


Authenticity Issues and NCEA Assessments

Enclosed in this week’s newsletter is a checklist on Authenticity that NZQA recently produced for use by schools.  Students can struggle with the idea of authenticity of assessed work when they, for example, research as a group and then have to write up the material in their own words.  I hope that this checklist could provide an opportunity for you to have a conversation with your daughter in regards to this issue.  Year 11-13 had this checklist recently issued to them at year level meetings.  If you have any questions please initially contact the year level Dean or myself at the following email: gcorkery@shcs.school.nz.


Ms Corkery
Deputy Principal

News From Tolcarne
Last Friday Tolcarne held our annual Boarder Parent Seminar. This is a great chance for families to hear about all the new initiatives happening at Tolcarne and to connect with other families. It is always invaluable to receive feedback from parents about any aspects of Tolcarne that they would like reviewed or changed. One exciting development is the reintroduction of Saturday cooking classes. These are something that the girls thoroughly enjoy and we are lucky to have Krystal as our resident Chef. All other feedback in relation to this seminar will be collated and sent out to all parents in the coming week.

Millie Gordon a Year 13 student has organized a fantastic second hand clothes sale here at the hostel on April 5th. This is a great opportunity for girls to sell some of their clothes to a willing audience. Millie has named the event ‘Second Time Lucky’. It is so exciting to see student led initiatives take off.

As part of the “ Boarder Sisters” set up at the hostel where all girls are part of a vertical family, they submitted a family photo so we can put it on our portrait wall. These are fantastic.

As the end of term approaches can I remind parents that all belongings will need to go home (unless no room change is happening) so that rooms can get a good spring clean. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch in case you have any special requirements regarding this.

What’s on in and around Dunedin?
This weekend the Historic Places Trust has put on a fantastic event at Totara Estate in Oamaru. This is entitled ‘The Victorian Farm comes Alive’ and has games, pony rides, farm food, farm crafts and much more. We have advertised this at the hostel so if your girls ring at a loss with what to do in the weekend, this could be a great suggestion.

 

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding

Head Lice
A sensitive topic, however one we must take responsible action for it when confirmed. The link below is Ministry of Education website, with excellent information:

http://www.minedu.govt.nz/index.cfm?layout=document&documentid=7927&data=l

Preventing headlice

  Avoid head to head contact.

  Don't share brushes, combs, hats and other items that come into contact with hair.

  Discourage children from playing with each others' hair.

  Tie long hair back or plait it.

  Brush hair regularly.

  Check the hair of everyone in the family at least once a week.

  Take action if a child is scratching unusually - check their head carefully.

Treatment

Ideally, once headlice are detected in a school, the whole school community should take action at the same time and over a period of weeks. One untreated head in a community can ensure an outbreak continues for months.

Treatment must be thorough, regular and carried out over a period of weeks by everyone. Even so, such treatment will not prevent a reinfestation originating from another community. Keeping headlice under control requires constant vigilance.

Effective treatment can be cheap. A combination of methods is likely to be most successful.

Dry combing

This method is for removal of headlice and eggs.

  • Use a metal fine-toothed comb. The National Pediculosis Association in the United States recommends combs that have individually tooled rounded teeth that are evenly spaced and set in a plastic handle.
  • Fingernails can effectively remove eggs.
  •  Individual strands of hair can be cut to remove difficult eggs.
  • Some combs will extract adult headlice only and leave the eggs; the closer together the teeth of the comb are, the more successful combing will be.

Wet combing

This method, using any kind of hair conditioner, is for detection and removal of headlice and eggs. It is recommended that this treatment be repeated on alternate days for three weeks. The idea is to smother the headlice with conditioner, preventing them moving away, and to allow manual removal. Do not use conditioner within a day of using a chemical treatment; it will make the chemical treatment ineffective.

  • Apply enough conditioner (much more than usual) on dry hair to thoroughly cover the whole scalp and all the hair from the roots to the tips.
  • Keep the conditioner in the hair. Conditioner stuns the insects for about 20 minutes.
  • Comb the hair straight and get knots out with an ordinary comb.
  • Use a fine-toothed comb to systematically comb the hair. Comb the full length of each hair.
  • Wipe the comb with a clean tissue after each stroke of the comb.
  • After thorough combing and inspection, wash the conditioner out.

Electric combs

Electric battery operated combs are available to be used on dry hair. These are claimed to stun or kill the headlice so they let go of the hair and can be combed out. Clean the teeth after each stroke of the comb. Electric combs should be used on alternate days for two or three weeks to break the breeding cycle. People with epilepsy, heart disease or pacemakers should not use them.

Haircuts

Short hair is easier to comb, requires less time to treat and makes detection easier. It should not be necessary to shave heads. Hairdressers may refuse to cut infested hair.

Chemicals

The use of any chemical in or on the body carries risk. Some older treatments for headlice are no longer available because of the risk they posed. The chemicals used are insecticides and should be used with care and strictly as directed by the manufacturer. Chemicals are expensive.

There are three chemicals that are most commonly used:

Pyrethrins - derived from chrysanthemum flowers, these attack the insects' nervous system but break down in sunlight. These are usually combined with piperonyl butoxide for more effectiveness.

Pyrethroids - synthetic pyrethrins that are more stable in sunlight.

Maldeson - an organophosphate insecticide that attacks the insects' nervous system.

  • Apply the treatment strictly in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Treat those members of the household who appear to be hosting headlice. Do not treat babies with chemicals.
  • Do not wash the hair or use conditioners for at least 24 hours after treating. Treatments are designed to coat the hair shaft and should be allowed to remain. Do not wash chemicals off.
  • Do not use hairdryers on treated hair. The heat may break down the active chemical.
  • Comb the hair carefully to remove as many dead or live headlice and eggs as possible.
  • Repeat the treatment after seven to ten days.
  • Check all members of the household daily for a period of three weeks.

Herbal remedies

Several herbal preparations are available, however the effectiveness of these is not clearly established. Most herbal remedies might be regarded as expensive conditioners that are no more effective than other conditioners. Some, such as tea tree oil, may be, volume for volume, more toxic to humans than chemical preparations. Olive oil, hair gel and mayonnaise may make combing easier.

What else can help?

Extra precautions may include washing all bedlinen and certainly pillowcases and towels in hot water (at least 60 degrees centigrade) and tumble drying for 20 minutes on high. Other items that have come in contact with heads should also be thoroughly cleaned. Soak hairbrushes and combs in hot water for at least ten minutes. Vacuuming carpets and rugs may also be helpful, if only to ensure that dead nits and lice are collected and not left to reappear on the heads or clothing of people in the household.


Request from 
Anglican Family Care’s Child and Family Support Service
At present Anglican Family Care’s Child and Family Support Service is urgently seeking caregivers to provide short term respite care for children and young people from 0 – 16 years.   
In an effort to alleviate this lack of carers we are trying to reach further out into the community with our request.

Anglican Family Care Centre
(03) 477 0801; Fax: (03) 477-0888
36 Bath Street, City, Dunedin 9016
PO Box 5219, Dunedin 9058
reception@familycare.co.nz


Term 1  |  Week 8 |  Friday 21 March 2014



Happiness is ...   Ice cream at the St Hilda's Fair

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It is week 8 – we are working our way through a very long term. I think many of us are ready for a long weekend. I hope that you all enjoy it, and use it as an opportunity to return to school rested and ready for the last few busy weeks of term.

I want to start today by thanking you all for your efforts with the fair.   Saturday was a fantastic day.  Thanks to the students and parents who came along and supported this very important school event.  The final figures are not yet in but we believe we have raised around $26,000.  This will make a huge difference for our school.  We will all benefit from this.  Huge thanks to the PFA and in particular Malcolm Harbrow who was the fair convener.

It was great to see so many parents at the seminar on Wednesday night. We have had very positive feedback from this event.

We have had a number of visitors from overseas at school with us in the last few weeks. We had a lovely time with our group from Cochin, India. The students and their teacher were very appreciative of the hospitality they received both at school and in their homestays. Many thanks to those who helped with this visit.

We presently have girls from Ichikawa with us and it is great to have them visiting us again.

Welcome to our new Thai students in Year 9 who are spending 9 weeks at St Hilda’s.

We had a large number of girls participating in the stadium to surf 10 km event. It was great to see St Hilda’s represented so strongly, so strongly in fact that we won the schools trophy.

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in weeks 11 and 12. Full details on booking and times will be emailed out to parents next week.

International Homestay Provider Opportunities

We are placing an advertisement in the Otago Daily Times tomorrow seeking expressions of interest for potential Homestay providers for our International students. 

Ideally we would like to place students within our St Hilda's School community. If you have been considering becoming a Homestay provider or know of anyone who may potentially be suitable please contact either Kirstyn or Karen from our International Department.

The process of becoming a Homestay provider includes Police vetting, home visit and two referee checks.  Successful placement is made by matching the profile of the International student with the Homestay family.  

We have the following opportunities which you may be able to assist with:

1.     Two Year 9 Thai students to be housed together (two separate bedrooms required) from Sunday 13th April to Monday 21st April.  This is short term to cover a holiday break for current homestay family.  We do appreciate that this does fall over the Easter/school holiday break.  

2.     One Year 12 Thai student also from Sunday 13th April (or potentially earlier) until the end of the school year (departure date still to be confirmed).  The reason for the move is to be in close proximity to St Hilda's.

3.     Expressions of interest for short term homestay accommodation - to cover unexpected moves in the case of holidays/illness etc.

We are currently planning ahead for our new International students arriving in Terms 2 and 3 and 2015.  If you would like to join our International Homestay community please contact either Karen on (03) 477 0989 or Kirstyn at international@shcs.school.nz.  

  

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Volleyball:
The volleyball team had an excellent weekend in the Otago/Southland champs. They played four games in pool play beating OGHS B 3 - 0, Mt Aspiring 3 - 1, LPHS 3 - 0 and losing to Bayfield 1 - 3. 

The team moved on as top in their group to play the final against OGHS A. In a closely contested game the team came out strong winning the first set convincingly. There was little to separate the two teams over the next three sets each of them being decided by two points. It was 2 - 2 going into the deciding fifth set. Polly Ingles played a huge role, serving well, in St Hilda's 7 - 0 start to the fifth set. After this, the team had no problem in winning the final set 15 - 8 for a 3 - 2 victory. This is now two years in a row for St Hilda's. 

Water Ski-ing:
Congratulations to the following girls who competed in the 2014 Otago/Southland Secondary Schools Water Ski Champs.
Anna Power won the Under 16 Novice
Kate Holden won the Girls 18 & Under Novice
Olivia Dingle won the Girls 16 and Under Championship
Bailey Sutherland was first; Philippa Dingle was 2nd and Georgia Power 3rd in the Girls 18 & Under Championship.

These great results ensured that St Hilda's continued their domination and won the Team Event as Best School.

Debating: 
Congratulations to Ihlara McIndoe, Casey Brown and Amy Wright who competed in the Regional Competition last weekend. Special mention must go to Amy Wright who has been chosen in the Otago team.

The ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition:
Congratulations to Ihlara McIndoe who won 
The ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition, which means she will now compete in the National finals in Wellington on the 4th of April.

Otago/Southland Athletics:
Caitlin Kenny won the under 16 High Jump with 167cm beating Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Tania Murray's record of 162cm set in 1985.  
Libby Jones won 3 throwing events also setting a record.  
Meg McKay won the Senior High Jump and then the 800m in the space of 5 minutes.
Caitlyn George completed the under 16 100m/ 200m double.
The under 15 and 16 relay teams broke the records.

Rowing:

The SHCS rowing squad had their final local regatta last weekend, with Maadi starting this weekend.  The crews dominated the regatta defending the Martha Gillies trophy for top girls school, with more than double the points of second place.
The senior girls quad of Eliza Adams, Courtney Shea, Josie Cook, Claudia Paterson and cox Mia Knott also defended the Otago Polytechnic trophy, winning their race.  The bulk of the female races were won by St Hilda’s with Mia Knott, Josie Cook and Courtney Shea going unbeaten the whole regatta.  The crews look very much on track for a competitive week at Maadi.  

Please see below the flyer for the Rowing Fundraiser.

Cricket:
St Hilda's 1st XI Cricket Team

The 1st XI has again qualified to represent Otago/Southland at the NZCT Secondary Schools' girls finals in Palmerston North in December.

The team beat Blue Mountain College in the semi final last week by 10 wickets with Sarah Wyber taking 3 wickets for 15 and Molly Johnson 3 wickets for 9 runs spearheading the bowling. In reply, Bella James and Polly Inglis were untroubled chasing the 74 required to win accomplishing the task in the 12th over.  Bella with 29 not out and Polly with 37 not out continued their superb form this season

The team played Otago Girls' High School on Wednesday in the final and the outcome was equally emphatic - a 10 wicket win again. Sarah collected 3 wickets for 8 runs and Aisling Beamish 3 wickets for 6 runs; this including a most impressive hat trick. Congratulations Aisling on this fine accomplishment.  Again, Polly and Bella were undefeated on 27 and 18 respectively, both scoring a great six each!

The team will attend it's fifth NZCT final in as many years hoping to improve a place on last years runners-up place.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal


PFA Fair Thank You

A huge thank you to all the parents, staff, girls and friends who helped make our fair this year such a success. 

We were very grateful that on the day the sun shone and our supporters were out in force!  Proceeds from the fair will go towards upgrading furniture in the classrooms around the school. 

We were very grateful in particular to Malcolm Harbrow our fair convenor who did such a sterling job of ensuring that the day ran smoothly.  Best dressed award goes to Neil Rosenburg who once again did a great job of announcing the activities of the day.

Thank you again for all your help and support. 

Barbara Bridger
PFA President





Term 1  |  Week 7 |  Friday 14 March 2014




Term 1  |  Week 6 |  Friday 7 March 2014

Visiting Teachers and Students from Global Public School, Cochin, India 
with their St Hilda's buddies

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It is good to see the improvement in the weather and I hope our students are having a good time in the Abel Tasman and Murchison on their PE trips.

Welcome to our visitors from India who arrived this week. They are visiting our school for 8 days and we are very pleased to show them around our school and city.

Mufti day this week was very successful and we collected a good selection for our chocolate wheel. Next week we are looking for goods that would be appropriate for the Tombola at the fair. Goods like stationery, bath salts, small ornaments etc would be much appreciated.

It is now only 8 days until the fair. It is great to see the goods coming in for the various stalls. Please keep them coming and help us to make the fair a great success.

We would like your help in the way of donations of baking for the Baking and Sweet Stall at the upcoming fair.  If you could please return your homemade items to the school office on Friday 14,th or fresh baking, eg, cakes, muffins, cupcakes, on Saturday morning to room 109 before 10am.

Items could include:

- Cakes                           
- Biscuits
- Truffles
- Sherbet
- Slices            
- Squares 
- Gingerbread men      
- Pickles
- Loaves
- Fudge, chocolate and Russian          
- Coconut ice               
- Fancy cup cakes
- Muffins     
- Jam, jellies                                       

ANYTHING GLUTEN FREE VERY  WELCOME

We know families are busy, so some baking may be able to be done ahead of time and put in the freezer.  Sweets keep well in air tight containers.  If you are able to package your items into quantities for sale it would be much appreciated.  Also if you are able to label your items, or at least make a note of whether they contain nuts, or are gluten free.

Next week our year 11 students will attend the Drive to Survive presentation on Tuesday.

Good luck to the tennis players and the rowers for their competitions this weekend.

Congratulations

To Libby van Harselaar who broke a record at the St Hilda's Athletic Sports.   Libby broke the Junior Shotput Record with a 10.08 throw, beating the record by 87cm. All of Libby’s 3 throws actually broke the record, which was held by Libby Jones. 

Congratulations to the following girls who competed in the 2014 Otago/Southland Secondary Schools’ Water Ski Champs which were held on 16th February at Perkins Pond.

Anna Power won the Under 16 Novice

Kate Holden won the Girls 18 and Under Novice

Olivia Dingle won the Girls 16 and Under Championship

Bailey Sutherland was first; Philippa Dingle was 2nd and Georgia Power 3rd in the Girls 18 and Under Championship.

These great results ensured that St Hilda's continued their domination and won the Team Event as Best School.

On Thursday 20th February 7 girls travelled to Cromwell to compete in the Secondary Schools’ Triathlon.

The day was amazing; with very warm conditions for the cyclists and runners.

Anna Lindsay was the only individual competitor, and she finished 6th in the Senior Girls race. Tink Brinsley - Turner, Kaitlyn Chittock, Sinnead Flannery were placed 7th and Olivia Gold, Ruby Nicolson- Kelly, and Anna Power were placed 5th in the Senior Girls Teams event.

The girls really enjoyed the experience and opportunity to compete at this event.

On Sunday 2nd March Anna Lindsay competed in the South Island Triathlon/Duathlon Champs, which were held in Oamaru.  She finished the triathlon in 5th place in the U 16 Girls section.  This was a great result for Anna after a busy week.

Congratulations to Libby Van Harselaar who made the NZ U-15 Water Polo team.

Aleisha Ruske has been selected in the NZ U18 Basketball team.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal






Term 1  |  Week 5 |  Friday 28 February 2014


  

2014 Athletics Day

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It is now week 5 of the term.  It’s pretty hard to believe we are almost halfway through term 1.  I know it has been a very busy start.  It’s really pleasing to hear from staff and coaches, that in keeping with our theme of Commitment this term, students are making more considered choices about the activities they are signing up for. 

 

“ALL THAT JAZZ” FAIR

15 MARCH 2014

JOIN THE JAZZ AGE - WE NEED YOUR HELP

TO ENSURE ANOTHER GREAT FAIR

Funds raised by the fair will be used to support the upgrade of classroom facilities for the use and enjoyment of all girls attending St Hilda’s Collegiate.

There are many ways you can assist. 

FOOD STALLS

There will be lots of food to nibble on including sausages, ham on the bone, nachos, candyfloss, drinks and more. We would also like to run several ethnic food stalls, the more the merrier.  If anyone is interested and able to do this or has other ideas, please let us know.

TAKE HOME GOODS

There will be the usual popular stalls of books, preloved clothing, meat, produce, sweets, deli and preserves, cakes, flowers, white elephant and toys. Start potting herbs, seedlings and cuttings, paint some pots, fill empty jars with jams, pickles or sauces, start your summer cleaning and clear out old clothing, books and toys.

CHOCOLATE WHEEL MUFTI DAY

There will be a mufti day on Thursday 6th March.  We ask that each person bring an item valued at $5.00 or more for the Chocolate wheel.

Form and Tutor teachers will collect these items.  Please help your daughter to support this collection.

RAFFLE & DUTCH AUCTION

 We need items for prizes for the Raffle and the Dutch auction.  Suggestions include a case of wine, signed memorabilia, gift baskets of gourmet food or garden items, a piece of furniture, trailer load of firewood, tree/ plant, weekend use of a holiday home, artwork, meal vouchers….  contact Michelle Read mreadnz@yahoo.co.nz or Malcolm Harbrow castlewoodfarm@xtra.co.nz if you can help out with this.

Start sorting books, white elephant, toys and clothing, filling jars with jams and pickles. Items for the fete can be left at the school office/school foyer any time right up to the 15th March.

*** *** ***

On Wednesday in assembly we had the opportunity to meet some of our new International Students.  We are always amazed at the courage these students have.  To leave home and move to a new country is not easy.  Sophie Cheung who is in year 13 has been selected as our International Student Leader for 2014.


Our New International Students with
Kirstyn Mawdsley,
Director of International Students and Ruth Allott, ESOL Teacher

 

Athletics Sports
Congratulations to the following Champions who were named after the Athletic Sports:
Year 7/8 - Millie Scully
Junior - Olivia O'Neill
Intermediate -Caitlyn George
Senior - Danica Davies

Also to the following girls who broke records:
Libby Jones - Senior Discus
Caitlyn George - Intermediate 100 and 200m
Caity Kenny - Senior Girls High Jump
Millie Scully - Yr 7/8 50, 100, 200 and 400m

Congratulations also to Lawrence for winning a very close Cheer Leading Competition and Havelock for being the House Champion on the day.

Summer Quad

Congratulations to the St Hilda's girls who travelled to Christchurch to compete in the annual Quadrangular Tournament.

The Swimming team was placed 1st winning 9 of the 14 events.
Debating team were placed 1st equal - with wins against Craighead and St Margarets 
Touch Team were placed 2nd equal - losing to St Margaret’s, drawing with Rangi Ruru and beating Craighead
Tennis Team was placed 2nd with wins over Rangi Ruru and Craighead
Volleyball were placed 3rd after a very close loss to Rangi Ruru and a convincing win over Craighead

This left us in a very close 2nd place behind St Margarets  - losing by half a point.

Other Sports

Olivia Andrew did extremely well at the Oceans 14 Surf Lifesaving Junior Nationals at Mt Maunganui.  She made it through to the finals of all 6 events she entered for, gaining a Silver in the U11 Run swim run and Bronze in the U11 Surf Swim.

Notes for the diary:

Next Tuesday 4th is Shrove Tuesday.  There will be games on the field or in the Gym.

On Wednesday 5th at 6:00 pm there is a Meeting about the Vietnam trip in Room 205

On Saturday 8th it’s the 2014 Otago Secondary School Athletics Champs

PARENTS SEMINAR - a MUST on all Parents' Calendars please!

Wednesday 19 March 2014 – 7:00 – 8:30 pm In the Chapel

A focus on Wellbeing to be presented by Bindy Baker from Psychology Associates and Marcelle Nader-Turner, our Guidance Counsellor.

We encourage you ALL to come.  It is an opportunity to hear about the challenges your daughters face in today’s world and how to build resilience. Effective, proven strategies to support you and your daughter will be shared and discussed.

Date:        Wednesday 19 March 2014
Time:        7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue:      School Chapel

PLEASE POP THIS DATE INTO YOUR DIARIES!  Wednesday 19 March 2014 – 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Chapel

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal



Term 1  |  Week 4 |  Friday 21 February 2014


Kapa Haka Group performing at our PFA Wine and Cheese Evening

Dear Parents and Caregivers

On Wednesday we presented more academic blues than ever before at our annual Academic Blues Assembly.  We were lucky to have Professor Murray Skeaff present the awards.  Special mention goes to Estelle Dippie and Isabella Shields who gained a scholarship from Year 12.

 

 Professor Skeaff with Estelle Dippe and Isabella Shields

 


 Today we have had our annual athletics day.  We have been very lucky with great weather today.  The cheerleading  standard was very high and got us off to a great start.  We will update you on results next week.

 

Last night we had our PFA  Wine and Cheese Meet the Teacher Evening.  It was great to see so many parents at this event.

 

FAIR REMINDER

The St Hilda’s Annual Fair is being held on Saturday 15 March 2014. The fair is held biennially and will be the major fundraiser for 2014. We ask that every family gets behind the fair as it is a wonderful way of getting the country and city families together.

We do require help from families with donations for the raffles, Dutch Auction and Chocolate Wheel along with the usual stalls. Also help on the day is required. Please think about how you can contribute.

If you are able to donate any major item to the fair for the raffle or Dutch Auction, or you are interested in running a stall, please contact Malcolm Harbrow at castlewoodfarm@xtra.co.nz.


Year 9 Camp

 

The Year 9 campers have returned to school this week following a full week in the Catlins.  They had a full programme of activities and had a great time despite the inclement weather.

 

Good luck to our girls competing in the Summer Quad at Rangi Ruru next week.  Good luck also to the Touch girls for their weekend tournament.

 

There is a meeting in the Library at St Hilda's for those who are hosting a student from Ichikawa at 3.45 pm on Thursday 27th February.

 

Congratulations to Jess Faulks, Abbey Johnston, Paige Thomson, Meg Timu and Olivia O’Neill who were members of the Otago U15 Mixed Team that were placed 2nd at the National Touch Tournament over the weekend.  Special mention should be made of Paige Thomson and Abby Johnston who have been selected for the New Zealand under 15 mixed touch squad.

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

 

News from Tolcarne

 

It is great to have our Year Nines back with us this week. It seemed far too quiet without them. It is also fantastic to see the friendships that have been strengthened through their week away.  We are settling into our routines here at Tolcarne and trying to encourage good study habits so these become natural to the girls in their senior years.  After the completion of the final apartment last Friday we now have fifteen Year 13 girls all settled into their new flat. We are now just waiting on the outdoor furniture kindly donated by the PFA to arrive so that we can start enjoying some of this well overdue sunshine!  Can I remind parents that the during Otago Anniversary weekend  March 22, 23 and Monday 24th the hostel will close. We will close at 5pm on Friday the 21st and reopen on Monday 24th at 3pm.



Amanda Haggie
Head Of Boarding


Term 1  |  Week 3|  Friday 14 February 2014

Ann Hanley

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Today we farewelled Ann Hanley, our Science Technician.  Ann retires today after working at St Hilda's for 34 years, a very impressive length of service.  Ann has worked in many areas, including assisting with field trips, assisting with practical assessment tasks and managing and storing chemicals and equipment, school swimming, the school computer system as well as being a member of the school Health and Safety Committee.  Ann's work has been greatly valued and we wish her all the best for her future.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming back our 2013 Dux, Hannah Kim, to speak to our students at assembly.  Hannah has recently returned from Tanzania where she spent the summer volunteering in a hospital.  Hannah’s lasting impressions of her trip were:

  • how lucky we are in New Zealand in all aspects of our lives, but especially the health system
  • how our experiences whether they are narrow or broad colour our view of the world.

Hannah would encourage others to go on this exchange.  You have a choice of hospital, orphanage or school experience.

Hannah is currently studying medicine at Auckland University where she won a significant scholarship. 

Today our Year 9 students returned from their camp at River Ridge Retreat.  This is the first time St Hilda’s has used this camp in the Catlins and special thanks goes to Bee Bradfield and Carla Joint for all their work in organising this. We look forward to hearing from the girls how their week went. 

Next Wednesday we will be holding our annual Academic Blues service.  This is a formal occasion where parents will be attending, and we also are lucky to have Professor Murray Skeaff as our guest speaker.  All students are expected to be in formal uniform for this.

On Thursday we are holding our PFA Wine and Cheese Evening.  This will start in the Chapel at 5.30pm.  We look forward to seeing you there. 

The St Hilda’s Annual Fair is being held on Saturday 15 March 2014. The fair is held biennially and will be the major fundraiser for 2014. We ask that every family gets behind the fair as it is a wonderful way of getting the country and city families together.

We do require help from families with donations for the raffles, Dutch Auction and Chocolate Wheel along with the usual stalls. Also help on the day is required. Please think about how you can contribute.

If you are able to donate any major item to the fair for the raffle or Dutch Auction, or you are interested in running a stall, please contact Malcolm Harbrow at castlewoodfarm@xtra.co.nz.

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated four corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Highlanders vs Blues rugby game at Forsyth Barr Stadium scheduled for February 22. These seats are superbly located to make the best of the views and the crowd atmosphere, and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.  Additional tickets may also be available and future Highlanders and Otago Rugby games are also quite possible – so please email your request through, as they will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

The price for these tickets is by donation, with the minimum donation expected to be $25.00 per ticket.  All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on school camps and sports trips.

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game.  Please email Penny at pharrison@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets for the Highlanders Blues game.

A special thank you to Hawkins Construction for donating these tickets.

Good luck to the girls taking part in the rowing regatta at Ashburton this weekend.

Athletic Sports – Student Briefing

Date: Friday 21st February

1.     If the event is unable to be held on February 21st, the postponement date will be advised.

2.     Students must be at the Caledonian by 8.30am. Report to your form teacher or Dean’s deputy in front of the stand and then sit in house groups. House captains are to collect programs and distribute to house.

3.     Lunch is approx 12.15pm. Finals begin at 1.00pm. Approx finish time is 3.00pm.

4.     Wear correct school sports uniform and tracksuit to the ground. Once inside the grounds, house colours can be worn.

5.     Once sports are underway listen for your event to be called. Report promptly. If you are in a field event and your track event is called, excuse yourself from an official and run your race. Then return to field event.

6.     When you finish your track event, stay in lanes until judges have given out place cards. Championship finalists will be pinned on noticeboard at the northern end of the stand.

7.     Programmes will be pinned on a board in front of the stands and also in individual house areas.

8.     Non-champs and Novelty Events – no finals.

9.     No show at events – houses will lose points. If you cannot compete you must let the marshall of the event know.

10.  When not competing sit in the stands. Drink plenty of water and bring a healthy lunch. Apply sun-block regularly. Bring warm clothing as it can be cold.

11.  The canteen will be open from around 9am onwards.

12.  If you can’t compete, a note with the reason why must be handed to the sports co-ordinator. You will be expected to help with an event. Report to the teacher in charge after the roll call.

13.  Cheer Teams – face paint must be applied and taken off on the grass. None at all in stands or toilets. Your event is at 8.55am.

14.  Invite your parents to the sports.

15.  House Spirit is as important as any of the events: Enjoy the day!

 

St Hilda's Athletic Sports 2014

Caledonian Ground Logan Park

Friday 21 February

Arrive at 8.30 am for Roll Call









Junior

Under 14





Intermediate

14 - 15 1/2





Senior

over 15 1/2









Event times (approx.)




Records


8.30

Line up in Form Classes for Roll Call




1

8.55

House Cheer Team Competition




2

9.10

50m

Yr 7/8- Heats



3


Long Jump

Senior Champ

5.20m

Eilish Forward (2012)

4


High Jump

Yr 7/8

1.33

M Thorn ( 2011)

5


High Jump

Jnr Champ

1.55

Meg McKay 2010

6


Shot Put

Int Champ

9.91m

Libby Jones(2012)

7


Discus

Snr Champ

27.5

Laura Gray 2005

8


Ball throw

Jnr Non Champ



9


100m

Snr Champ - Heats

12.32

D Gibb

10


100m

Int Champ - Heats

12.99

A Smith

11


100m

Jnr Champ - Heats

12.87

H Urquhart 2006

12


100m

Yr 7/8 Heats

14

P Hazelmore

13

9.30

100m

Snr Non Champ - Races



14


100m

Int Non Champ - Races



15


100m

Jnr Non Champ - Races



16

10.00

Shotput

Int Non Champ



17


Discus

Snr Non Champ



18


Tabloid

Snr (Yr 11-13)



19

10.15

800m

Snr - Heats (Final #50A)

2.16.66

Rebekah Greene (2010)

19A

10.20

800m

Int - Final

2.27.19

Nikita Fitzgerald 2005

20


800m

Yr 7/8 Final



20A


800m

Jnr Final

2.27.97

A Begg 2001

21

10.30

Long Jump

Int Champ

5.17

A Smith

22


High Jump

Snr Champ

1.54

Olivia Hickman (2010)

23


Shotput

Jnr Champ

9.21

Libby Jones (2010)

24


Discus

Int Champ

31.65

Libby Jones(2012)

25


Ball Throw

Snr Non Champ



26


Tabloid

Yr 7/8



27

10.45

200m

Snr Champ Heats

26.6

T Smith

28


200m

Int Champ - Heats

27.4

T Smith

29


200m

Jnr Champ - Heats

27.9

S McAllum

30


200m

Yr 7/8 Heats

30

R Hodge

31


200m

Snr Non Champ Races



32


200m

Int Non Champ Races



33


200m

Jnr Non Champ Races



34

11.00

Tabloid

Yr 9 & 10



35


Shotput

Jnr Non Champ



36


Discus

Int Non Champ



37

11.15

1500m

Open Final

4.45.07

Rebekah Greene (2011)

38

11.30

Long Jump

Jnr Champ

4.95

S. James 2001

39


High Jump

Int Champ

1.55

A Dodds 2002

40


Shotput

Snr Champ

10.17

J McCaw 2001

41


Discus

Jnr Champ

27.11

Libby Jones ( 2010)

42


Ball throw

Yr 7/8



43

12.00

400m

Snr Champ Heats

1.00.62

R Lee

44


400m

Int ChampHeats

1.01.45

S McAllum

45


400m

Jnr Champs Heats

1.04.06

R Scott 2001

46


400m

Yr 7/8

1.10.1

L. Hawker

47


50M

Snr Non Champ Races



48


50M

Int Non Champ Races



49


50M

Jnr Non Champ Races



50


50M

Yr 7/8 Final



50A


800m

Snr Final - if needed




Approx 12.15


Lunch Break



51

1.00

800m

Open Walk Race

3.59.12

Deb Morris 2006

52


Shotput

Snr Non Champ



53


Discus

Jnr Non Champ



54


Ball throw

Int Non Champ



55


Long Jump

Yr 7/8

4.15m

Imogen Corbett ( 2012)

56


100m

Yr 7/8 Final



57


100m

Jnr Champ Final



58


100m

Int Champ Final



59


100m

Snr Champ Final



60


3 Legged Races

Yr 7/8, Jnr. Int, Snr



61


Sack Races

Yr 7/8, Jnr, Int, Snr



62


200m

Yr 7/8 - final



63


200m

Jnr Champ Final



64


200m

Int Champ Final



65


200m

Snr Champ Final



66


400m

Yr 7/8 Final



67


400m

Jnr Champ Final



68


400m

Int Champ Final



69


400m

Snr Champ Final

1.00.35

Rebekah Greene ( 2010)

70


Inter House Relay

Jnr 4 x 100m

57

Lawrence 2006

71


Inter House relay

Snr 4 x 100m

57.22

Nelson 2006

72


400m Inter House Challenge










 

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal

 

News from Tolcarne

The week started off very busy here at Tolcarne with the Year 9 campers using us as a base to do the ‘home’ component of the camp. It is always such a lovely idea for the day girls to come up and see how the boarders live and what goes on here on a day-to-day basis.  Since then all has been rather quiet as the Year 9s (all 30 of them) are away at River Ridge Retreat for the week.

As we are getting further into the term, more girls are choosing to go on weekend leave. Please can I ask parents to approve this by Thursday evening as this is when we have extra staff to process the leave. Also, can I remind parents to check in with your daughter’s host as to the details of the leave so you are both on the same page. When the girls go on leave from the hostel to a place other than home, then their safety/welfare becomes the responsibility of the host. We really do encourage close communication between both sets of parents.

 

Amanda Haggie
Head Of Boarding



Term 1  |  Week 2 |  Friday 7 February 2014

Prefect Commissioning Service


Dear Parents and Caregivers

Earlier this afternoon we held our Prefect Commissioning, a very important occasion on our school calendar.  The girls were sworn in and presented with their Prefect badges and rings after being blessed by Dean Trevor James.  The school is going to be very well led by the prefects of 2014.

House voting was held on Tuesday to determine two captains for each house.  The following girls were nominated: 

Havelock:  Estelle Dippie and Meg McKay

Nelson:  Kaitlyn Bews and Emma Paisley

Lawrence:  Mikaela McLean and Sophie Russell

Wellington:  Meg Cowie and Harriet Burdon

Year 9 students are away to camp next week, starting with a City Day on Monday before heading off to the Catlins on Tuesday.  This is a new venue with an exciting new programme being developed.  We hope the girls have a great week. 


Student Achievement

The South Island Rowing Champs were held recently.  Congratulations to the St Hilda’s Under 15 Coxed Four, consisting of Claudia Maker, Josie Cook, Gabby Hunter and Kate Edwards, cox Zoe Sabonadiere, who received a bronze medal.  Lili Sabonadiere and Brieana Shea also received a bronze medal in the Under 15 double sculls, well done girls.

Congratulations also to the entire squad who worked together to achieve ten A finals and five B finals – an outstanding effort.

Congratulations to Olivia Andrew who competed in the South Island Regional Junior Surf Life Saving Competition, at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch last weekend.
In individual events, Olivia was 1st in the Under 11 Run Swim Run, the Under 11 Board Race, the Under 11 Surf Race and the Under 11 Diamond.

In team events, Olivia’s team was 1st in the Under 12 Women’s Tube Rescue, the Under 12 Women’s Board Relay and the Under 12 Cameron.

This is an outstanding effort and is due to the hard work she has put into her training. We wish Olivia all the best as she heads to Nationals at Mt Maunganui from 20 -23 February 2014.

Congratulations to the following students who completed Science Badges at the end of 2013:

Olivia O’Neill for independent scientific studies in Ornithology
Salome Gilchrist for independent scientific studies in Environmental Science and
Isabelle Robertson for independent scientific studies in Human Biology

 

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal


Tolcarne News

We have had an extremely busy week at Tolcarne, still in the throes of our Year 9 orientation.  The weather has been kinder to us so we were able to have a BBQ and pool party on Tuesday evening. Several of the girls had a refreshing dip in the pool!

Wednesday evening we were lucky enough to have the very talented Robyn teach the girls how to make origami dresses. These look absolutely gorgeous as an extra wall feature in the girls’ rooms.


House Manager Robyn with Year 9 Darcie after a craft evening making paper dresses

Waitangi Day was a stunning day in Dunedin and a great day for the girls to relax in the sun. We finished the day with our first family dinner and a quiz night, which was organized by our Head Boarders, Lauren Hay and Bailey Sutherland. This was a fantastic evening and one that we will definitely do again.

The completion of the final Year 13 apartment is very close with a finish date of Tuesday February 11th. We have a group of very excited Year 13’s ready to move in.

The PFA have kindly donated toward the purchase of some outdoor furniture for the apartments, this is due to arrive within the week. 

Amanda Haggie

Head of Boarding

Term 1  |  Week 1 |  Friday 31 January 2014



St Hilda's Kapa Haka Group welcoming our new Year 9 Students


Dear Parents and Caregivers


What a pleasure it is to welcome students back to a new year. It was great to see lots of new faces, and lots of returning students. We are really looking forward to the year ahead – it will be full, busy, challenging and rewarding.

 

We have started the year with a busy first week.  Year 13 students have spent two days at Tirohanga for their retreat, Year 12 students have taken part in their peer support training, students have attended their first chapel service and we have had an orientation for our new international students.


A reminder to girls that ID photos will be taken on the afternoon of Wednesday February 5th.  Year 13 students will need to bring the top half of their uniform to get changed into for these photos.

We have students from Ichikawa High School visiting St Hilda’s in March.  Thank you to the parents who have already agreed to host an Ichikawa student, however, we still need families to host these students who will only be with us for two weeks.  If you are willing to host an Ichikawa student, please email Kirstyn Mawdsley at international@shcs.school.nz.

We also have a group of students from Thailand who will be arriving on March 15 and staying with us for seven weeks.  Unlike the Ichikawa students, this group does not require host sisters.  If you would like to host one of these students, please contact Kirstyn on the above email address. 

From the PFA

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday February 4th at 7.30 pm in the staff room.  All parents are welcome to attend.

The St Hilda’s Annual Fair is being held on Saturday 15 March 2014. The fair is held biennially and will be the major fundraiser for 2014. We ask that every family gets behind the fair as it is a wonderful way of getting the country and city families together.

We do require help from families with donations for the raffles, Dutch Auction and Chocolate Wheel along with the usual stalls. Also help on the day is required. Please think about how you can contribute.


If you are able to donate any major item to the fair for the raffle or Dutch Auction, or you are interested in running a stall, please contact Malcolm Harbrow at castlewoodfarm@xtra.co.nz.

  

Student Achievement



1st XI Cricket team


The 1st XI Cricket team travelled to Palmerston North to compete in the New Zealand Cricket Tournament School Girls finals after prize giving in December.

The team had competed successfully in previous years with its best result being 3rd in 2012 so it was with expectation that they participated in the 2013 finals.

The team won both of its games on the first day beating Rangi Ruru and St Kentigern’s, however they weren't quite so successful on the second day with a couple of losses so they needed to perform well on the last day to gain a top 2 place.

This must win game against Waikato Diocesan produced a great game of cricket and the team defended a fairly moderate total of 73 to dismiss the opposition for only 63 and achieve a 10 run victory! Annabel Girvan was the Player of the Game in this game.  This victory meant the team finished in the runner's up place for the tournament.

Polly Inglis was the best batswoman at the tournament, so congratulations to Polly on this fine effort. Caitlin Blakely was arguably the best player at the tournament being the equal leading wicket taker and second highest run scorer behind Polly.

Both Polly and Caitlin have been very successful with the Otago Sparks woman's team, which recently won the New Zealand One-day competition. Both players contributed significantly in the final against Auckland in the weekend.

In addition, Bella James, Molly Johnson and Olivia Gain represented Otago U-15 at a national competition in Wanganui over the holidays.

Congratulations to Cecilia Crooks who swam in the weekend at the Otago 13 and Over Championship in the 800m freestyle 13 to 14 age group and received a bronze medal for her efforts. 

Congratulations to Harriet Keown, who has been selected as one of 10 Youth Ambassadors to represent New Zealand for the commemorations of World War 1 in France later this year. She has won a trip to France where she will stay for two weeks and visit historical and cultural sites related to the war and experience commemorative events. Harriet will be hosted by a French school and take part in activities with French students.   This is an outstanding achievement to be selected for this amazing opportunity and we look forward to hearing more about Harriet's experience when she returns. 

The National Secondary Schools Athletics Champs were held in Hamilton in December.  St Hilda's had seven athletes competing at the champs and all the girls performed brilliantly with the small team winning four medals – a tremendous result considering the quality of the athletes competing.  Congratulations to all the girls who reached finals and/or won medals.


Results:

Aria Park - 6th in Open 300m hurdles Final

Meg Mckay - 7th in Senior 800m Final

Caitlin Kenny - 6th in Junior High Jump 

Caitlyn George - Bronze Medal in Junior Girls 100m and 200m

Meg Mckay - Silver Medal in Senior Girls High Jump

Junior Girls 100m Relay Team (Aria Park, Hayley Shallard, Caity Kenny, Caitlyn George) - Gold Medal


Halley Shallard competed in the Junior 400m and Mikayla Thorn competed in the High Jump and Long Jump and the experience will be invaluable to them.

Congratulations also to Meg McKay who was also named in the NZSS Paper Selection Team.


Aleisha Ruske - Otago Swimming Championships

Congratulations to Aleisha Ruske who participated at the Otago Swimming Championships held at Moana Pool last week.  Aleisha was 1st in the 200m butterfly, the 200m individual medley and the 50m freestyle.  Aleisha qualified for the open national championships to be held in Auckland in April – unfortunately Aleisha will be in Vietnam at this time.

Congratulations to the A Touch Team who travelled to Papakura in December to compete at the NZSS Touch Tournament.  The team played nine games over the three days. On the first day the team had two wins and a loss. This would normally have put them through to the top eight, but on a count back on tries scored, we unfortunately were placed third in the pool.

Day two was just as tough but the team won three games and drew one. The last day they played and beat Christchurch Girls 3 - 2 and Burnside 2 - 1, placing them 9th overall. This was especially rewarding as the team had lost to these two teams at South Islands in March.  This was an overall wonderful result - played nine, won seven, drew one, lost one.

On his last Senior A tournament, coach Grant Milne said "This was an extremely satisfying experience in which the team performed with skill, determination, and unity.  A huge thank you to the nineteen supporters who were with us every step of the way in Auckland, and the athletes who stopped in on their way to Hamilton.  I am excited to pass on such a promising team to my successors Holly and Kate, as I work more with the junior school players."

St Hilda's players heading to nationals tournaments in February and March include:

Otago Under 21 Women: Laura McKenzie
Otago Under 15 Mixed: Abbey Johnston, Paige Thomson, Jess Faulks, Meg Timu, and Olivia O'Neill.

Congratulations to Libby van Harselaar who has been selected in the NZ U14 Waterpolo Squad. Libby has one more camp before the Team is announced.

Good luck to students involved in this weekend’s rowing regatta.

 

Judy Maw

Assistant Principal



Term 4  |  Week 8 |  Friday 06 December
 2013