Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 5

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L-R Sophie Sinclair, Ella Coggan and Phoebe Aburn at the Corporate and Secondary Schools’ Triathlon

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Final fair preparations are under way!  The office has received a large influx of baked goods today, the Year 7 and 8 girls have been busy baking some very impressive looking cakes and we had a large group of parents help set up this afternoon.  Thank you to all families for the  donations we have received over the last couple of months, your generosity is most appreciated. And remember to come along tomorrow and enjoy the day with us.

2016 Art Liaisons have been selected this week.  The job of Art Liaison is to provide a link to the prefects as to what is happening within their specific groups.  The girls have been chosen for their outstanding commitment to their activity.  Congratulations to:

  • Casey Brown – Debating
  • Kaya Fukushima – Orchestra
  • Madi Hughes – Drama
  • Tamara Mason – Kapa Haka
  • Amy Kornyei – Dance
  • Sophie O’Driscoll – Choir

2016 Sport Liaisons will be announced next week.

Good luck to students involved in the South Island Volleyball Champs and the South Island Secondary Schools’ Triathlon and Duathlon over the weekend.


Parent Workshop for all parents: Building resiliency, time management and independence

Date: 24th March 2016
Time: 5.00 – 6.00pm
Venue: Whitby

Facilitator:Belinda Colling

Belinda Colling is working with some of our senior students to support them  to build resiliency, independence and effective coping strategies in time management, planning and goal setting.

The key foci of the programme are relevant to all students and so we are holding a workshop for all parents of St Hilda’s students, who might be interested in learning more about how to support their busy daughter, whatever her age, and give her the skills and competencies to build resilience and manage her time effectively. Belinda will outline some of the key issues for young women who are juggling multiple commitments and strategies to assist them.  Your daughter does not need to be an elite athlete or performing at the top level of any sport, rather this is to assist all girls to plan their time, set goals and enjoy the satisfaction of achieving them. The parent workshop is not restricted to those in the programme already, but is open to the whole school community.

The workshop has been timed to coincide with boarder parents collecting their daughters from Tolcarne and we hope this will assist many of you to attend. Belinda is an informative and experienced facilitator and I am sure you will find the workshop engaging and useful. Belinda will also be discussing what the programme involves so that you can look to encourage your daughter to take part when it is offered in the future.

Belinda has over 10 years at the top in sport playing for New Zealand in both netball and basketball.  She captained the Silver Ferns and played over 90 games with the highlight of her career winning a World Championship in 2003 and a Commonwealth Games Gold in 2006.  She competed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 with the Tall Ferns basketball team and has travelled extensively worldwide in both codes.

Belinda has a BA in Psychology from Otago University and a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling for Elite Performers through Victoria University in Melbourne. She has worked as a Performance Planner and Athlete Life Advisor for HPSNZ and Netball NZ over the past 6 years.  Belinda has a passion for helping young athletes and thrives on seeing them fulfilling their goals and reaching their potential.

Please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz by Tuesday 22 March if you would like to attend.


Otago Anniversary Day/Easter Weekend

An email was sent to parents earlier in the week informing you of days that the school will be closed.

We will be closed on Monday 21 March to observe Otago Anniversary Day.  For Easter Weekend, school will be closed on Friday 25 March, Monday 28 March and Tuesday 29 March.

Tolcarne will remain open for the weekend of Otago Anniversary Day but will close for Easter.  This is to support boarder families so that they will not be required to travel to Dunedin twice in one week.  Please note that all students are expected to attend school on the days between Anniversary Day and Good Friday, being the Tuesday – Thursday 22 – 24 March.  The hostel will close at 5.00pm on Thursday 24 March and reopen at 3.00pm on Tuesday 29 March.


Student Achievement

Emily Perry has been selected for the Mainland New Zealand U17 Badminton team and will compete at the Bevan International Team Event and the Australasian U17 Championships in Perth at the end of March.

Libby van Harselaar has been selected in the New Zealand Born 2000 Waterpolo team to play in Australia in July.

Kate Heffernan is one of 24 athletes selected to trial for the 2016 New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Netball team.  Kate will attend a trial in Auckland at the end of March where she has the opportunity to be selected to participate in the International School Girls’ Competition in May.

Caroline Burchell performed in the opera Dido and Aeneas last weekend, as part of the New Zealand International Early Music Festival.  Caroline is a member of the newly formed “Little Box of Operas”.  In this opera Caroline played the part of ‘second woman’ and a witch as well as being the choreographer for the production.  The opera played to near full houses at All Saints Church last  Friday and Saturday night.

Zara Anthony-Whigham has been named first skater in her division and will travel to Poland to represent New Zealand at the International Skating Union Development Trophy in April.

Phoebe Aburn, Ella Coggan and Sophie Sinclair placed 1st in their category in the 2016 Corporate and Secondary Schools’ Triathlon.

On Sunday 21st February the St Hilda’s water ski team competed in the Otago Southland slalom skiing tournament held at Perkins Ponds, near Miller’s Flat. This year there were 37 skiers from 13 secondary schools competing in the two divisions.
Our team comprised of two experienced competitors and one first time novice competitor. Year 13 girls Olivia Dingle and Anna Power competed in the U18 championship division, and Olivia Hazlett (Year 9) competed in her first ski tournament in the U14 novice division. Their three totalled scores placed St Hilda’s fourth team overall in the tournament.

U18 Championship    1st Olivia Dingle           4.5 buoys@46km
2nd Anna Power          1.5 buoys@46km
U14 Novice                     1= Olivia Hazlett          2 buoys@37km

This is a sport that is continuing to grow in popularity. We are looking for more slalom skiers to join our St Hilda’s team in next year’s tournament.