Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 4

(L-R) Lilly-Anne Adam, Issie Robertson and Tamara Mason debating at Quad

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On Sunday over 30 students departed for Summer Quad, hosted by Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru.  St Hilda’s placed first in Touch and Swimming, second in Debating, third in Volleyball and fourth in Tennis, placing us second overall – a great result against tough opposition.

Good luck to students involved in the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Rowing Regatta this weekend.

Year 12 and 13 PE students depart on Monday for their trip to Abel Tasman and Murchison. This trip is always a highlight of the year for the girls involved.  Wishing students and staff a safe and enjoyable time away.

As we prepare for the lead in to Lent we will be having pancakes and games next week for Shrove Tuesday and a special Ash Wednesday Chapel service.


Student Achievement

Our girls did extremely well at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Rowing Regatta:

1st placings
Junior Eight: Briar Grounds, Lola Verkerk, Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle, Molly Gow, Emma O’Meara, Molly Marsh, Emma Christie cox Grace Beattie
Intermediate Double: Alannah Hamilton, Ruby Grave
Junior Double: Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle
Intermediate Quad: Alannah Hamilton, Ruby Grave, Harriet Jolly, Charlotte Chapman-Cohen cox Tamara Mason
Senior Single: Imogen Corbett
Senior Double: Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter
Junior Quad: Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle, Molly Gow, Charlotte Chapman-Cohen cox Grace Beattie

2nd placings
Intermediate Double: Sophie Sinclair, Olivia Whelan-Henderson
Senior Quad: Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter, Kate Edwards, Josie Cook cox Charlotte Chapman-Cohen
Senior Four: Stella Keown, Kate Edwards, Georgia Hay, Molly Butt cox Grace Beattie
Intermediate Eight: Briar Grounds, Lola Verkerk, Harriet Jolly, Olivia Whelan-Henderson, Sophie Sinclair, Emma O’Meara, Molly Marsh, Emma Christie cox Grace Beattie
Junior Four: Charlotte Chapman-Cohen, Caitlin Henderson, Beth Anderson, Anna Engelbrecht cox Grace Beattie
Senior Eight: Imogen Corbett, Kate Edwards, Gabby Hunter, Molly Butt, Stella Keown, Georgia Hay, Melissa Gray, Josie Cook cox Tamara Mason

3rd placings
Senior Quad: Melissa Gray, Stella Keown, Molly Butt, Georgia Hay cox Grace Beattie
Junior Quad: Emma Christie, Caitlin Henderson, Beth Anderson, Anna Engelbrecht cox Tamara Mason

At the Otago Secondary Schools’ Triathlon, Suzie White placed first in the Senior Girls’ race.  The senior girls’ team consisting of Phoebe Aburn, Emily Hurdle and Sophie Sinclair placed second in their category.

St Hilda’s students represented Otago at the recent Junior Touch Nationals held in Auckland.  The U16 Otago Girls’ team which includes Millie Scully, Olivia George, Beryn Abbott, Savannah Cleland, Jaide Dixon and Annie Timu placed second.

The U18 Otago Girls’ team which includes Meg Timu, Hannah McStay, Jess Faulks and Bridget Johnstone also placed second in their category.  The U18 team also includes Abbey Johnston and Paige Thomson, 2016 Year 13 St Hilda’s students.  After the tournament the following students were also selected for training camps:

New Zealand U18 Training Camp
Jess Faulks, Meg Timu, Olivia O’Neill and Abbey Johnston

New Zealand U16 Talent ID camp
Annie Timu

Sarah Langsbury won the 16 & Under Women’s South Island Heptathlon Title, competing for Otago at the National Combined Events Champs.

There were some great performances from Olivia and Emma Andrew representing St Clair Surf Lifesaving Club at the South Island Surf Lifesaving Junior Champs at Waikouaiti/Warrington Beaches over the past weekend.  Olivia Andrew was Overall U14 Girls Champion picking up:

  • 4 Individual Gold:  U14 – Run, Swim, Run – Board – Diamond and Surf Race
  • Bronze in U14 Beach Sprints
  • 2 Team Event Gold: U14 – Tube Rescue , Board Relay and Cameron
  • Silver in Board Rescue

Olivia and Emma are now heading to Mt Maunganui on 1 March to compete in the Junior Nationals – Oceans’ 17.


Tolcarne News

The week started with a few less girls in the hostel as they departed for Summer Quad.  We welcomed back our Year 9 students who had been on camp and mostly had been home for the weekend.  It was a fun way to start the week with our tribe dress up and games night, although we did miss our Quad girls.

The Year 13 Tribe leaders devised an organised an evening with flair and fun.  They created a few kahoot games and we played fun outdoor games – including passing the water bomb balloon, and a marshmallow game which Zina was the champion of!  The girls have been enjoying the warmer weather and the use of the Tolcarne pool – Meg Hurring has been our resident life guard.

This weekend the girls are looking forward to our trip to the inaugural ‘Night Noodle Market’ in Dunedin – we have over 60 girls going along with four Tolcarne staff.


Super Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have once again kindly made available tickets for Highlanders games at Forsyth Barr Stadium.  The next game is on March 4 against the Crusaders.

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 however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in 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.

We have also been given the opportunity to provide tickets for the New Zealand vs South Africa cricket test which will be held at the Otago University Oval on March 8 – 12.  Tickets provide access to the Village Green – a new initiative for this year.  These VIP day passes are selling for $95pp on Ticketek.

If you are interested in attending either of these events, please email jpopa@shcs.school.nz.


H and J Smith Cardholders Day

On March 2 H&J Smith have a Cardholders Day with 20% off up to three uniform items; a good chance to get your Winter school uniform! If you’re already an H&J Smith charge card customer you will be receiving your invite in the mail soon, otherwise come in store today and sign up for those amazing school uniform discounts!