Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 2

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Havelock – Winners of the House Cheerleading Competition at the school athletics day

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend.  The week has certainly gone quickly with the holiday on Monday and athletics on Tuesday.  The girls had a great time and although the weather didn’t perform for the whole day, we managed to complete all of the events. Results are published below.

Year 9 students leave for camp next week.  Their week starts with an ‘urban day’ on Monday where the girls complete activities around the city  that are linked to their inquiry projects. The independent learning programme they have been involved in, for the last two weeks, has enabled them to further develop their skills and competencies while working collaboratively. It has been a very successful and engaging programme and a great way to introduce them to St HIlda’s and the opportunities for individual passions and interests to be followed. The girls depart for River Ridge Retreat on Tuesday.  We wish students and staff well for the week.

The PFA will be meeting on Tuesday at 7.00pm in the staff room.  The planning for the Fair is well underway, and we are lucky to have such an enthusiastic and hard working group of parents involved. They could always do with more support though, so if you have some spare time on Tuesday evening, your help and contribution would be greatly appreciated.Next week we ask students to bring an item for the White Elephant – this must be new or near new. Thank you for all your assistance with this crucial fund raiser for the school.


Athletics Results

House Points:
1st – Havelock – 570
2nd – Wellington – 552
3rd – Nelson – 470
4th – Lawrence – 431

Senior Champions
1st – Caitlyn George
2nd – Joccoaa Palmer
3rd – Leonie Palmer

Intermediate Champions
1st – Olivia George
2nd – Beryn Abbott
2nd – Cecilia Crooks
3rd – Lily Davies

Junior Champions
1st Sarah Langsbury
2nd Annie Timu
3rd Pyper Johnson

Year 7/8 Champions
1st Alika Croot
2nd Anna McIntyre
3rd Meg McLaughlan

New records in 2016
Anna McIntyre Year 7/8 50m 7.87 secs
Sarah Langsbury Junior 200m 27.67 secs
Caitlyn George Senior 200m 26.00 secs
Sarah Langsbury Junior Long Jump 4.98m
Jordan Meltzer Y7/8 Shot Put 6.75m


Student Achievement

In December 2015, the 1st XI cricket team travelled to Palmerston North to compete in the National Secondary Schoolgirls’ Cricket Finals.

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The First XI Cricket Team at Nationals
St Hilda’s played really well and won four or it’s five games losing to the eventual winners, Tawa College from Wellington.  Everyone in the team contributed throughout the tournament and Bella James, Kate Heffernan and Georgia Heffernan each scored a 50 and Kate and Georgia, Emma Black and Eden Carson featured in the bowling statistics.

Six St Hilda’s girls represented Otago at the national Under 15 Cricket tournament in January which was held in Wanganui. Olivia Gain (captain), Emma Black, Eden Carson, Megan Meltzer, Olivia Hall and Ella Coggan all performed very well, special congratulations also to Olivia Gain and Emma Black who made the tournament team.

The St Hilda’s girls performed extremely well at the Otago Swimming Champs held from 20 -24 January.

Women 17 & Over
Olivia Gold
Gold Medals:  200 Breast
Silver Medals:  200 IM, 50 Free, 400 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 50 Back, 100 Breast
Bronze Medals:  50 Breast

Girls 15-16 years
Cecilia Crooks
Silver Medals:  200 Back, 50 Back, 100 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free
Bronze Medals:  200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free, 400 IM, 100 Back, 100 Fly

Girls 13-14 years
Isabella Gold
Silver Medals:  100 Breast, 200 Breast
Bronze Medal:  50 Breast

Jessica Scott
Gold Medals:  400 Free, 50 Fly, 200 Fly, 100 Fly
Silver Medal:   200 IM, 200 Breast
Bronze Medal:  100 Breast, 200 Free

Mila Jojic
Gold Medal:  200 Free
Silver Medal:  50 Fly, 100 Fly
Bronze Medal:  400 Free

Nicole Heaton
Silver Medals:  50 Back, 200 Back
Bronze Medal:  100 Back

Cailtyn McIntyre and Olivia Andrew also competed at this Championship and swam very well with some good PB’s.

Olivia Gold, Cecilia Crooks and Mila Jojic have also been selected for the 2016 Makos Team representing the South Island in the Swimming New Zealand Zonal Championships being held in Auckland on Saturday – this will be screened live on Sky Sport.  We wish the girls well for this.

At the Otago Children’s Athletics on February 6 Sarah Langsbury broke the Otago record for 80m Hurdles (12 year olds) with a time of 13.40 (the old record was 13.71 set in 2010 by Christine Ashton).


Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly made available tickets for Highlanders games at Forsyth Barr Stadium.  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.  The first game is against the Hurricanes on Saturday 5 March at 7.35pm.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested.


News from Tolcarne

The beginning of the year is always super busy up at Tolcarne.  We have had 30 new Year 9s who have settled in and nine new boarders in other year groups. Our existing Tolcarne girls have done a fantastic job of making them feel welcome.

This week we had our first “Formal Family’ dinner where all the girls got to meet the rest of their vertical family. These will be a weekly event.

Another exciting event this last week was our quiz evening in our Tribes. Baxter (Purple) were the very clear winner and earned themselves 40 tribe points and an additional 10 for outstanding costumes. Check out a few below.

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Our junior girls are all very exited as we are off to Leap Indoor Trampoline Park tonight.