Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 11

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The 2016 Vietnam Group

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This has been an incredibly busy term – Summer Quad, production auditions, the fair (which seems like an age ago!), but all the events add up to a richly rewarding and exciting school. Thank you for all your support of the girls, learning initiatives and opportunities that take place here. Even though we are heading into the holidays the fun does not stop!

The Vietnam group departed on Tuesday evening and have enjoyed their first couple of days there.  The girls have been on a cyclo tour around the old part of Hanoi and visited a water puppet theatre and are looking forward to the experiences coming up over the next two weeks.

We had a wonderful range of performances at Wednesday’s Arts Assembly.  It is great to see the talent that our girls have and I congratulate all who took part. They showed courage to perform in front of their peers and it was wonderful to see the positive and warm response they received from their appreciative and respectful audience.

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The netball Senior A team left today to attend a tournament in Christchurch and we wish them well for this.

Mrs Kruger has resigned from her position as HOD Languages for family reasons. Ms Ruth Allot will be the HOD Languages for the remainder of the year and Ms Sofie Jacobs and Mrs Nikki Holtz will be taking over Mrs Kruger’s classes, although she will be maintaining contact with the school, through the Year 11 French class. We have valued and appreciated Mrs Kruger’s contribution to teaching and learning. She has been a passionate and committed teacher and HOD and I know St Hilda’s will hold a special place in her heart. We wish her all the best for the future.

The booking site for Learning Conversations is now open and will remain open until Friday 29 April.

You will need the following details to make a booking:

Site:  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Login: rhj7c

Please remember to leave time between bookings to move from one appointment to the next.


Student Achievement

Recently Emily Perry and Adithi Alexander competed at the 2016 Australasian Under 17 Badminton National Championships, with the Mainland New Zealand Team.  The team placed sixth overall and Adithi also made it to the finals of the the Girls Singles Plate Draw.

The rowing girls had their last day of races at Maadi on Saturday and achieved the following results:

The U15 double sculls team of Emma Burnside and Helen Knott placed 3rd in their B final, the U18 lightweight double sculls team of Lili Sabonadiere and Claudia Maker placed 8th in their A final, and 6th in the U17 double sculls B final, and the U18 coxed eight team of Imogen Corbett, Holly Armstrong, Gabby Hunter, Brie Shea, Georgia Clarke, Kate Edwards, Molly Butt, Georgia Hay and Mia Knott (cox) placed 5th in their B final.

The Otago Rower of the Year Awards are being held in Cromwell on Saturday 7 May.  St Hilda’s has made the following nominations:

Crew of the Year
GU15 Quad – Alannah Hamilton, Emma Burnside, Helen Knott, Emily Hurdle, Mia Knott (cox)

Female School Rower of the Year
Claudia Maker

Coxswain of the Year
Mia Knott

Administrator of the Year
Lauren Farnden

Mia and Claudia will also be collecting the Martha Gillies Trophy for Top Girls Aggregate and Otago Polytechnic trophy for Senior Girl’s Quad that were won at the Head of the Harbour regatta.  Good luck to all nominees.

St Hilda’s had good results at the 2016 Otago Touch Awards:

Female Player of the Year
Abbey Johnston

U13 Mixed MVP
Danielle Ferguson

U17 Girls SI MVP
Abbey Johnston

U17 Girls SI Most Improved
Meg Timu

U17 Nat’s MVP
Abbey Johnston

U17 Nat’s Exceptional Defender
Jess Faulks

NZSS Girls
Abbey Johnston

NZ 18s Trial
Abbey Johnston, Bridget Johnstone, Olivia O’Neill, Jess Faulks

We also had good results at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships:

50m Butterfly – Girls 14&U
Jess Scott – 1st

50m Butterfly – Women 15&O
Olivia Gold – 1st
Cecilia Crooks – 3rd

50m Backstroke – Girls 14&U
Nicole Heaton – 1st
Olivia Andrew – 2nd
Izzy Gold – 3rd

50m Backstroke – Women 15&O
Olivia Gold – 3rd

50m Freestyle – Girls 14&U
Jess Scott – 2nd
Olivia Andrew – 3rd=

50m Freestyle – Girls 15&O
Olivia Gold – 1st
Cecilia Crooks – 2nd

50m Breaststroke – Girls 14&U
Jess Scott – 3rd

50m Breaststroke – Women 15&O
Cecelia Crooks – 3rd

Girls 200m Freestyle Relay
St Hilda’s A – 2nd (Cecelia Crooks, Jess Scott, Nicole Heaton and Olivia Gold)

Girls 200m Medley Relay
St Hilda’s A – 2nd (Cecelia Crooks, Jess Scott, Nicole Heaton and Olivia Gold)


From the Sports Department

We are aware of the ongoing costs for sports clothing. As a result we are streamlining our sports uniform to include generic sportswear, which can be used across all sports. This change will minimise the cost to parents, while creating a consistent, strong image for St Hilda’s sports teams that we can all be proud of.

The following items of sports apparel are optional, however students are encouraged to purchase the appropriate sports apparel for their individual needs if they are participating in sport at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.

The dri-fit top is a required purchase for all players in a Senior A Team and some Junior A Teams, as indicated by their coaches.

Orders take approximately 3 weeks from the time of order (ETD – beginning of June).

We ask parents to order on their daughter’s behalf. Please click here to order.

Greta Mason
Head of Sport