Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 7

Year 10 students with Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, founder of the Tech Girls Movement

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Students from sister school Ichikawa arrived on Monday evening.  The students have settled happily in to their host families and have been enjoying spending time in class with our students as well as taking part in sight seeing.

Ichikawa students with Year 13s dressed up for St Patrick’s Day

On Tuesday Mrs McMahon arranged for a group of Year 10 students to attend a ‘Tech Girls are Superheroes’ talk.  Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, from the University of Southern Queensland, is the founder of the Tech Girls Movement and wants to increase the number of females involved in the IT industry.

Four Year 13 students gave presentations to staff and Maori and Pasifika students on Tuesday as to why they should be the Maori and Pasifika Student Leader for 2017.  This is a newly created position and the girls who applied were very excited to have the opportunity to be involved.  Voting closed this afternoon and the leader will be announced at an upcoming full school assembly.

Year 11 students attended the Safer Journeys Expo earlier in the week. This event is presented by The Otago Community Road Safety Partners, in conjunction with the NZ Police, NZ Fire Service, St John, DARE and SADD. While some of the content was confronting for the girls, the objective is not to frighten, but merely assist them to be more aware on the roads and ‘make the right call’ to keep themselves and their friends and family safe on the roads. The girls were given a very useful tip – to discuss within the family a safe word or phrase they can text their parents at any time of day or night, if they are in a situation in which they didn’t feel safe. The parent/caregiver would then ring their cellphone with a fictitious family situation that requires them to either return home immediately or stay exactly where they are as the parent is on their way to pick them up. For more information on the sessions the girls attended please click here.

A reminder to all parents please that dentist, doctor and physiotherapy appointments should in the first instance be  after school hours. The disruption to class time does impact on student learning.


Next Week

Please note that school is closed on Monday for Anniversary Day.

The PFA are meeting on Tuesday 21 March at 7.00pm in the Library.  We are looking for new members to join the association and invite parents to attend this information session.  The PFA meet once a month and any help to support their efforts is appreciated.  Planning for the 2018 School Fair will soon get underway and it would be great to have some new faces on board for this.


Chapel Matters

Fáilte! Céad míle fáilte! Today is St Patrick’s Day! But who is St Patrick? Patrick was born in Britain during the 4th century. At the age of 16 he was captured by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland to be a slave. After six years he escaped and eventually became a priest after studying in Europe. He then felt called to return to Ireland and ended up converting thousands of people to the Christian faith. Thee are many legends that surround Patrick’s life. One legend tells that one day Patrick sensed that there was an ambush waiting for him as he walked through the forest. He chanted a prayer which caused his enemies to mistake Patrick and his followers for some deer. This prayer, which is called Féth Fíada, draws on a mix of Irish mythology and Christian Scriptures. The Féth Fíada is the magic mist that the fairy folk used to make themselves invisible to human eyes and Ephesians 6 speaks of putting on the armor of God to protect yourself from the evils of the world. Part of it is below:


Tolcarne News

It was lovely to see so many Tolcarne families at the Wanaka show in our St Hilda’s tent – enjoying the outdoor couch and catching up.  We appreciated the Tolcarne girls that came along and helped us at the show.  On Sunday Ziggy spent the afternoon making pizza with the juniors  – a much enjoyed afternoon tea.  Our Tribe leaders organised a Tribe competition on Monday night consisting of a Kahoot quiz and pingpong ball/straw blowing race down the dinning tables and Faulkland Tribe triumphed.  We have welcomed two new kitchen assistants Bonnie and Isobel who are both working mid-week in the Tolcarne kitchen.  Wishing all of our Tolcarne families an enjoyable and relaxing long weekend – the hostel will reopen at 3.00pm on Monday.


Student Achievement

At the South Island Triathlon Championships Georgia Mitchell placed second in the Senior Duathlon, Mariette Devereux placed third in the Senior Triathlon and the intermediate girls’ team consisting of Phoebe Aburn, Emily Hurdle and Sophie Sinclair placed first in the Intermediate Triathlon Teams event.

Stella Keown and Amy Jones achieved their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award.

Kate Bryant competed at the North Island Diving Championships in Wellington and won three gold medals.  She has also been selected for the New Zealand diving team to compete in April at the Australian Age Championships to be held in Adelaide.

Laney Keenan captained the winning New Zealand U18 Women’s Ice Hockey Team at the Ice Hockey Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia in Thailand earlier this week.

At the Otago Primary and Intermediate Triathlon Champs on Wednesday, Demi McAlwee placed 3rd in the Year 7 Girls’ Individual event and the Year 8 team of Ella Morshuis, Jenna Prendergast and Laura Milne placed 3rd in the Year 8 Teams event.

The rowers performed well at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Rowing Championships held in Twizel last weekend with the following students taking home medals:

Silver Medal

  • Girls Novice Double: Sophie Sinclair, Olivia Whelan-Henderson
  • Girls U15 Double: Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle

Bronze Medal

  • Girls U15 Octuple: Emma O’Meara, Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle, Lola Verkerk, Molly Marsh, Molly Gow, Emma Christie, Briar Grounds cox Tamara Mason

We also achieved the following placings:

  • 4th U16 Double: Alannah Hamilton, Ruby Grave
  • 6th U18 Double: Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter
  • 6th U18 Single: Josie Cook
  • 7th Novice Eight: Emma O’Meara, Harriet Jolly, Sophie Sinclair, Olivia Whelan-Henderson, Briar Grounds, Lola Verkerk, Molly Marsh, Emma Christie cox Tamara Mason

B finals

  • 1st U15 Quad: Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle, Molly Gow, Charlotte Chapman-Cohen cox Grace Beattie
  • 5th Alannah Hamilton, Ruby Grave, Harriet Jolly, Charlotte Chapman-Cohen cox Grace Beattie

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 31 against the Rebels.

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.

If you are interested in attending, please email jpopa@shcs.school.nz.