Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 4

kea-crossing
Student Crossing Patrol – Lucie Holtz (foreground) and Emma Boult (background)

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A big thank you to the Dunedin City Council for approving and having the Kea Crossing recently installed on Royal Terrace at our rather tricky intersection with Cobden Street.  Staff and students have been trained in the operation of the crossing by Constable Kerry Fegan, our Police Education Officer.

The crossing runs 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the school day and for 15 minutes at the end of the day.  To allow our students on crossing duty to make good, safe decisions on traffic flow along Royal Terrace it is very important that cars are not double parked obstructing the view.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Thank you also to Mrs Prentice, Mrs Smith, the Year 7 form class and Year 11 Numeracy for gathering the statistical data which was then presented to the DCC in order to convince them that the crossing was necessary.

This week we held our final full school assembly, the last time that the school comes together as one before Prize Giving in December.  Seniors yesterday had their final briefing before NCEA exams commence next week and Year 13 students went to All Saints’ Anglican Church to rehearse for the Leavers’ Dinner.  The first exams are next Thursday and we wish all seniors well.

Staffing Update

We are delighted that Mrs Julie McMahon has been appointed to the role of HOD Technology. Julie brings a wealth of experience in digital technologies and as a national curriculum leader.  She is a passionate and experienced teacher  and is currently a member of the writing panel for the development of the NCEA Digital Technologies Achievement Standards. She is passionate about encouraging girls to pursue STEM career pathways by providing positive role models and engaging, contextualised learning programmes. We look forward to welcoming Julie to the staff next year.

Ms Judith Turner will be taking study leave for 2017 to complete her Master Degree. Her classes will be taken by our current Social Sciences staff and we are excited for Ms Turner as she continues her learning journey. Ms Turner will be back on the staff in 2018.

We are currently working through the appointment process for the HOD English and the support staff roles. We have been delighted with the excellent calibre of applicants for these positions, and hope to finalise appointments in the coming week.


Year 9 students will be spending their time on Monday working on their Passion Projects.  The Expo will be held on Monday 28 November and all parents are welcome to attend.

A reminder that at 7.00pm on Thursday 10 November we will have a Parents Seminar on the proposed Arts/Photography/Drama building, that we hope to begin constructing mid 2017. Stage 2 will be the redevelopment of Whitby Hall. Both projects are very exciting and part of the 20 year development plan for the school facilities. Our Architectural Designer, Cameron Grindlay from Dwelling Architectural Design, and Jackie Barron will be available at the meeting to show you the plans for the buildings and answer any questions you may have.  If you haven’t seen the plans yet, you can view them here. Would you please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz if you will be attending. The seminar will be held in the library

PFA Soap Fundraiser

Many thanks to those families who have sold the Eco Store soap. We would really appreciate the rest in by the end of next week.


Student Achievement

Libby van Harselaar and Olivia O’Neill have been selected to trial for the New Zealand U18 Basketball team in December.

The St Hilda’s Year 7 and 8 Water Polo team competed at the South Island Intermediate Schools’ Water Polo Tournament hosted by Otago Water Polo last weekend.  The team played well with a mix of results on day one – losing to Southland Girls’ at lunchtime and having a win over Casebrook 5-3 win on Friday evening. The team lost to Christ the King School on Saturday, then went onto beat Columba convincingly early on Sunday morning. This win saw them play-off for 5th and 6th in the Division B Grade against Casebrook, winning the game 7-3 and securing 5th place.
Well done girls and special thanks to coaches Charlotte Cotter and Olivia Gold.

Farrin Quin received the award for ‘Under 13 Most Achieved’ at the Otago Badminton Prizegiving on October 14.

The Year 7/8 Cross Country was re-run yesterday, with the following results:

Placings over the finish line
1st – Alika Croot 14.35 – Record
2nd – Grace Cotter 14.45 – beat last year’s record
3rd – Olivia Hall 14.47 – beat last year’s record

Annabel Bilkey couldn’t run the race due to recovering from having her appendix out, however she and Alika will share the Y7/8 Cross Country Champion Cup, given Annabel won it back in April.

Best of luck to the following students who are representing Metro at Otago Touch trials on Sunday:

Beryn Abbott
Faith Ainsley
Luana Ashton
Arnika Buchan
Savannah Cleland
Jaide Dixon
Jess Faulks
Danielle Ferguson
Olivia George
Abbey Johnston
Bridget Johnstone
Sarah Johnstone
Sarah Langsbury
Hannah McStay
Olivia O’Neill
Amelia Scully
Paige Thomson
Annie Timu
Meg Timu
Zoe Whyte
Ruby Williams