Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 5

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The Kapa Haka group welcoming guests at Wednesday’s recital performance

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Senior students are completing the last of their exams today.  We hope that this week has given the girls a good indication of what to expect in November.

Madrigal put on a wonderful performance for parents and staff on Wednesday night in preparation for The Big Sing.  The girls have one more performance tonight and will also be performing in tomorrow night’s Gala Concert.

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It was wonderful to see so many at our course selection evening. We hope you found the new format useful. A reminder that the 2017 Academic Course Selection programme will close next Tuesday August 30.

A reminder that the Blues application site closes on Tuesday 6 September.  If you are a late Dance application, please complete the form now with as much information as you have to hand and write in spaces where information is required that an update is pending on exam/competition results.


Parent Seminar – Thursday 22 September

Due to strong interest and demand from parents about our recent Parent Seminar: Helping Your daughter to Navigate the 21st Century – we have decided to host the seminar again, for those parents, caregivers and members of the community who missed out when the seminars were held two weeks ago.
The seminar will be held at 7.00pm in the school library on Thursday 22nd September. The Learning Conversations for all students are being held the following day so we hope this will suit parents, although we do appreciate that it is a busy time on the farming calendar and won’t suit everyone.

If you are interested in attending the seminar,  please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz by Tuesday 20 September.

Examinations and Reports for Senior students

For this week’s Benchmark Exams to be as authentic as possible they needed to be as late as practicable, so that staff could teach as much content as possible, while still allowing time for marking and then relevant feedback to you and your daughter that is useful for externals preparation and identifies next steps.

In 2015 staff gave considerable thought to how best to ensure that the senior reports were appropriate, useful and timely, and consequently we changed the format of the report being sent following the examinations.

The primary intent of the Term 3 report is to provide the most up-to-date picture of completed internal assessment and benchmark external assessment. This report will be emailed to parents at the beginning of Week 8 (12 September).

The report will give an indication of credits available and achieved to date, numeracy and literacy status, and results from the benchmark examinations. There will only be brief generic comments shared by teachers that give an indication of progress, and strategies to use going forward to external examinations.

Learning Conversations

Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend formal Learning Conversations in Week 9 (the week beginning 19 September). This will be a great opportunity to discuss your daughter’s learning and look at next steps for her going into the final term.

The Learning Conversations will take place on Tuesday 20th September from 6.00pm to 9.00pm and throughout the day on Friday 23rd September beginning at 9.00am.  School will be open for Learning Conversations all day and there will be no formal timetabled classes. Girls will not be required to attend classes, but will be expected to attend the Learning Conversation meetings as booked. Girls do not need to wear school uniform on this day.  Bookings for these can be made through our normal site, details of which will be emailed closer to the time.


Next week will see over 25,000 students, along with their coaches, managers and parents involved in 67 school sport tournaments.  The culmination of months of training and playing in local and qualifying events, Winter Tournament Week represents the high point of the season for our girls with championship titles up for grabs.

We wish the following teams the best for an enjoyable week:

  • Senior A Netball Team competing at the SISS Tournament in Nelson
  • 1st XI Football Team competing at the NZSS Lotto Premier Girls Tournament in Nelson
  • A Hockey Team competing at the NZSS Federation Cup / Marie Fry Tournament in Auckland
  • B Hockey Team competing at the NZSS Jenny McDonald Cup Tournament in Oamaru
  • Junior A Basketball Team competing at the AA Zone 4 Junior Girls’ Basketball Tournament in Dunedin
  • Senior A Basketball Team competing at the AA Zone 4 Senior Girls’ Basketball Tournament in Christchurch
  • Annabel Evans competing at the New Zealand Women’s Age Group Championship Golf Tournament in Nelson
  • Under 15 Girls’ Rugby Team competing in the inaugural Highlanders Region Under 15 10’s Tackle Tournament in Dunedin

Good luck and represent the school with pride. Play hard, play fair and remember the core values of school sport – honesty, respect & FairPlay. 


Student Achievement

Good luck to the basketball teams competing in the final games of the Otago Secondary Schools’ Basketball Competition this season – Junior and Senior A teams, and the Kowhai, Kakariki, Pukeke, Rapeti, Rimshots, Toa and Maihi teams.

Fantastic results for St Hilda’s teams in the 2016 Dunedin Netball Centre Competition, thirteen of eighteen teams finishing in top three positions – with five first placings; two second placings and six third placings.

Premier Women’s Grades:
Premier A Reserve – Senior A’s 3rd place
Premier C Reserve – Senior B’s 2nd place

Secondary Competition:
Premier One – 10A’s 1st place
Senior 1 – 3rd place and highest Senior Team
Premier Two – Senior 2 4th place
Premier Four – 9A’s 1st place
Premier Four – Senior Development 5th place
Senior One – Diamonds 4th place
Senior Two – Ruby 2nd place
Senior Five – Pearl 1st place
Senior Five – Sapphire 3rd place
Intermediate One – 10B’s 3rd place
Intermediate Two – Kowhai 5th place
Intermediate Three – Rata 4th place
Junior One – 9B’s 1st place
Junior Two – Tui 3rd place
Junior Three – Bellbirds 3rd place
Junior Four – Keas 1st place

Year 7/8 Results:
Grade 1 – 7/8A’s 6th place
Grade 4 – 7/8B’s 5th place
Grade 7 – Magic 4th place
Grade 8 – Steel 4th place

The following students have been selected for the Otago Secondary Schools’ Rugby Team for 2016:

  • Holly Wright – Vice Captain
  • Ali Adams
  • Lily Davies
  • Caitlyn George
  • Olivia George
  • Abbey Johnston
  • Stacey Sanders
  • Annie Timu
  • Meg Timu

Lucie Holtz, Zara Anthony-Whigham and Emma Taggart have been selected to represent Dunedin at the 2016 New Zealand National Ice Skating Championships.

The Year 7/8A netball team played in the Otago Primary School Netball Champ’s yesterday.

Teams were encouraged to dress up as part of the Olympic Team so our girls went as the New Zealand Swim team, playing in their togs, caps and netball bibs.  They won a prize for best dressed team.

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ITM Cup Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly made available tickets to ITM Cup games at Forsyth Barr Stadium on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 31 August 7:35pm Otago v Northland
  • Saturday 10 September 4:35pm Otago v Tasman
  • Saturday 17 September 2:35pm Otago v North Harbour
  • Saturday 8 October 5:35pm Otago v Counties Manukau

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.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation with all funds going to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on 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.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.