Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 10

Service Award recipients with Mrs Barron and Ms Bartley
Service Award recipients with Mrs Barron and Ms Bartley

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Monday’s Eucharist Service was led by Reverend Aaron Douglas.  Thank you to all students for their donations to Anglican Family Care – they will be most appreciated.

We also held our Services Awards this week.  It is always heartening to see our students providing service to the school and community.  Congratulations to all recipients.

Elite Service Award recipients with Mrs Barron and Ms Bartley
Elite Service Award recipients with Mrs Barron and Ms Bartley

We are in the process of creating an ‘Award Ceremonies’ page on the Parent Portal where you will be able to view recipients for Academic, Cultural and Sporting Blues as well as Service Awards and Prize Giving.  Keep an eye out for this over the holidays.

Interviews for junior students will be held on:

Tuesday 20 October – 6.00pm – 9.00pm (day girls)
Friday 23 October – 12.30pm – 3.00pm (boarders)

An email will be sent to parents over the holidays with the details of the interview site and opening times.  This also means that school will finish for all students at 12.00pm on Friday 23 October.

The final catch up of sports and cultural photos will be held on Friday 23 October.


Vietnam Cultural Tour 2016

There will be an information meeting for this trip on Sunday 11th October at 3.30pm in the Chapel. At this meeting we will look at more detailed trip planning, staffing, vaccinations and risk management. I hope this date and time will allow boarder parents to combine the meeting with returning the girls to Tolcarne. If you are unable to make this meeting I can email a summary of the information covered.

If you have any further questions please contact me at jmaw@shcs.school.nz.


Parent Seminar ‘Cyber Safety’

Monday 19 October, 7.00pm, Chapel

John Parsons is an Internet Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant to schools, the private sector and the health sector; providing specialist advice and direction on the safe use of Digital Communication Technology. He delivers workshops to those who work with young people in areas of health, education and safety. His focus is child protection. For more information refer to the website http://www.simulate2educate.co.nz/.

John will be running seminars for our junior students in Years 7-10 during the day and for the staff after school. Because it is so close to external NCEA examinations, we have not timetabled a workshop for our senior students, however should your daughter (in Years 11-13) wish to attend the parent seminar with you, or on her own, she is most welcome.

We thoroughly recommend that you all attend this seminar – the opportunity to have John speak to students, staff and parents is generously supported by the PFA.

Please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz if you would like to attend.


Student Achievement

Results from the NZCAF Hip Hop and Aerobics Championships:
Hannah Alcock and Zara Anthony-Whigham retained their title as Junior Secondary Open Pair. Madi Thomson and Libby Ward came 5th as a pair on this category.

Zara Anthony-Whigham gained first place in the Junior Secondary Open Novice Category. This was the tightest category of the whole competition. Isabel Woodhouse, Lily Mole and Lydia Holmes were also in the category and were all incredibly unlucky to miss out on the finals…it was very competitive.

Amelia Phillips was competing in the Junior Secondary Open Category. Amelia was carrying significant injuries but was a trooper. She was placed 6th in her category.

Flexi Five (Hayley Wright, Sophie Sinclair, Sophie Turner, Abbey Cochrane and Poppy Smith) gained second place in the Y9-13 Fitness Teams. These students were coached by Cara Thomson and 4/5 were competing in aerobics for the first time this year.

There is also a separate ‘Round up’ competition where all girls from St Hilda’s take the stage for a self choreographed 32 beat routine to ‘introduce’ the school. This is judged, and was won by us this year.  There is also an award presented for sportsmanship. The St Hilda’s Squad placed second for this award.

The talent in the Hip Hop section was incredible! This is a huge competition in the North Island and was evident in high quality of performance on stage.

Our Y7/8 crew, Atmosphere (coached by Hannah van Plateringen) achieved a 4th place in the Y4-8 Same Schools section.

Our other three crews were in the tightest competition of the weekend. Cryptic (Georgia O’Malley, Tessa Forde, Casey Brown, Maddy Holmes, Clair Lau, Lola Garden and Amy Kornyei) fought incredibly hard (including an extra round of competition) to take 4th place. It was a fabulous display of self belief and persistence.

Both Illusion (Kaitlin Jaeger, Helen Knott, Zara Anthony-Whigham, Lili Clouston-Cain, Cameron Taylor, Samara Ali) and Mayhem (Emma Alcock, Abbie Laughton, Kate Johnston, Emma Burnside, Clem George, Izzy Gold) represented St Hilda’s in a fantastic manner. Although they did not make it to the final round, they both stepped up to the challenge of a national competition. They were placed 7th and 8th respectively.

Well done to all girls involved.

Congratulations to the following girls who have been named in NZ Basketball Squads/Trials:

  • Libby van Harselaar and Olivia O’Neill – New Zealand U 18 Development (Korus)Team to tour to Australia in January
  • Kendra Robinson and Phoebe Aburn – U16 Trialist
  • Nicole Ruske – U19 Trialist

Good luck to the Senior A Basketball Team as they travel to Palmerston North to compete at New Zealand Secondary School Nationals.

Good luck to the girls who are representing Otago and New Zealand in Sport during the holidays.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Judy Maw
Assistant Principal