Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The prefects are busy making their final preparations for next week’s Year 12 and 13 Formal.  They will spend next Friday decorating the Town Hall to the theme of an Enchanted Forest. We are looking forward to a memorable and special evening with our senior students.

Thank you to parents who attended the World Challenge parent seminar last night.  If you were unable to make it, you can request further information by completing the form found here.

Next Wednesday a Shakespeare Workshop is being held for Year 7-10 students in honour of 2016 being Shakespeare’s 400th birthday.  The girls will hear from a Shakespearean expert from Otago University, Professor Evelyn Tribble, and spend the morning taking part in various workshops, before watching a dance performance and feasting in Whitby for lunch.

The Z Club Induction is being held next Thursday lunchtime in the library. This club is affiliated with Zonta and works towards the betterment of women. The St Hilda’s Z Club in the past have supported the likes of the Sophie Elliott Foundation, the Cancer Society of New Zealand and Child Cancer Care, among others.

On June 21st at 7.00pm the PFA will be holding their AGM in the school staff room. If you are thinking of joining this organisation this would be a great time to come along and learn what it is about. The support of the PFA is critical to the continued provision of many special opportunities for our girls and their commitment to the school is highly valued. Your contribution and assistance would be really appreciated, so please take the time to come to the AGM and help build St HIlda’s legacy of excellence and opportunity

John McGlashan College are holding a Year 9 and 10 Social on Thursday 9th June from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Tickets will be on sale at school on Tuesday  and Wednesday at lunchtime. The cost is $6.00.

Good luck to the girls competing at the Golden Guitars this weekend.


NZQA Examination Fees and Financial Assistance

In 2016 candidates will pay a fee of $76.70 except where they have entered for Scholarship subjects or where they are foreign fee paying students. Each Scholarship subject has a fee of $30.00.  No family will pay more than $200.00.
A separate invoice will be posted out and payment is due by Wednesday 17 August 2016. Financial assistance is available to secondary school candidates entering standards on the National Qualifications Framework and Scholarship.  To be eligible the parent or guardian of the candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be receiving a Work and Income or Study Link benefit or have a current Community Service card.
  • Have a joint family income that would entitle the applicant to receive a Community Services card.
  • Have three or more children entered in the examinations or two children, at least one of whom is entered in more than 2 scholarship papers.

Application forms can be obtained from Mrs Jones or the NZQA website.  If you are unsure if you qualify or would like more details please contact Mrs Jones.  


Student Achievement

Last week’s newsletter stated that Georgia Mitchell placed 2nd and Kate Higham placed 4th in the individual senior girls race at the Otago Southland Relay.  Georgia actually placed 1st= and Kate placed 3rd=.  Apologies for this error.

Results from the Otago Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships:

U14 Girls – 3km
Individual Results: 6th – Harriet Cottle  0.14.24

U15 Girls – 3km
Individual Results: 7th – Olivia Hall  0.14.13
8th – Sophie Sinclair 0.14.31
10th – Emily Hurdle 0.14.36

Team Result: 2nd

U16 Girls – 3km
Individual Results: 1st – Kate Higham 0.13.06
2nd – Georgia Mitchell 0.13.17
5th – Suzie White 0.13.31

Team Result: 1st

Senior Girls – 4km
Individual Results: 3rd – Olivia Gold 0.20.36
4th – April Dobbie 0.21.37

St Hilda’s students performed at the Green Island Vocal Competition last weekend and achieved the following results:

Lillian Gibbs (14 and Under 16 Category)
1st place – Scholarship Recital
1st place – Test Song
2nd place – Sacred Song
2nd place – Popular Song

Nicole Horrell (14 and Under 16 Category)
Very Highly Commended – Popular Song
Commended – Test Song

Claudia Maker and Lili Sabonadiere were awarded Top Ten badges for the Lightweight Double Sculls event from the recent Maadi Cup.  These badges are awarded to crews that finish tenth place or better in Under 18 events.

Jamie MacKenzie, Sarah Hurdle and Lili Sabonadiere have been selected for a one year Rotary Exchange in 2017.  Jamie and Sarah will be going to Europe and Lili will go to Chile. This is an incredible opportunity for the girls.


St Hilda’s 2016 Production

Suspect - a Murder Mystery Musical