Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 10

A jubilant U15 Coxed Octuple Sculls team who won bronze at Maadi Cup

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I am delighted to inform you of the updates to our staff for term 2. We have appointed Miss Karla Dunn to the position of Teacher of Chemistry and Junior Science, following Mr Pacey’s resignation.  Miss Dunn has taught Science and Chemistry at Papatoetoe High School and Porirua College.  She is an enthusiastic, vibrant young woman  with an Honors Degree in Chemistry and we look forward to welcoming her on to the St Hilda’s staff in Term 2.

Other staff changes taking place next term surround Mrs Barron’s sabbatical.  Mr Daryl Shields will be taking Mrs Smith’s 9INTS class as she focuses on her Acting Assistant Principal duties and we welcome Mrs Ella Murdoch back who will be taking Mrs Smith’s Year 11 English class and Mrs Maw’s Year 13 English class, as well as her 9INTS class.

Entertainment books were given out to students in whanaungatanga time yesterday.  For those of you not wanting to purchase one, please have your daughter return them to the student office.

The Easter Eucharist Service will be held on Monday at 11.40am.  We ask all students to be in formal uniform for this special service. Sadly we will also be farewelling Bishop Kelvin Wright at this service, as he retires at Easter. The Bishop has been a positive and encouraging friend of St Hilda’s and we will miss his spiritual advice and guidance.

The Cross Country is being held at John McGlashan/Ross Creek on Tuesday afternoon at 1.30pm (postponement day is Wednesday).

  • All students are to assemble in the Quad at 1.15pm where roll call will be done
  • Buses will transport students to the John McGlashan Field
  • Students will be expected to make their own way home from John McGlashan after the event which will finish at approximately 3:00pm
  • Sports uniforms, including tracksuit, can be worn to school on Tuesday, but it must be the correct sports uniform

The first race starts promptly at 2:00pm, in the following order:

  • Year 7 and 8 – 2:00pm
  • Year 9-13 Short Course – 2:05pm
  • Year 9 – 2:15pm
  • Year 10 – 2:20pm
  • Year 11 – 2:25pm
  • Year 12 and 13 – 2:30pm

Guidance Network

Tim Graham from Radio NZ went to the Maree Crabbe parent seminar and produced a very good programme that played on Insight last week.  The programme Online Porn – The New Sex Ed Teacher features not only Maree Crabbe with reference to the evening in Dunedin but also words from Mrs Barron and Ms Nader-Turner.  You can read more here, as well as listen to the Insight documentary in its entirety.

News from Tolcarne

A group of Year 9s joined Mrs Rathbone and Sushi the dog for a Sunday afternoon bush walk in and around the Ross Creek reserve. We were proud of the fact that our feet stayed dry with some clever rock hopping through the creek.

The juniors have nearly finished their heart mosaics that they started with Robyn a couple of weekends ago, the grouting is complete and now they just have to paint the back and put on the hanger.

Tolcarne is taking a bus load of girls to the last Highlanders home game for term one tomorrow night – it should be an exciting game against the Blues!

From the PFA

More details on the Mid Winter Extravaganza on Friday 30 June at the College of Education Auditorium on Union Street from 6.00pm – 8.30pm: tickets to the event will cost $25pp and will be available to purchase from the student office next term. Raffles will also be for sale on the night at $2 a ticket.

Request for raffle prizes
To help raise money to top up the Sports and Cultural Fund that has helped so many of our girls attend events in recent years, we will also be offering raffles on the night.  If any families would like to donate items (products, vouchers, non perishable food, wine, beauty products) for the raffle prizes, please drop these at the school office or email Tracy Lamb or Jo Galer to arrange an alternative.

Dunedin Fonebook

We have been given an exciting opportunity to work with Michelle Chalklin Sinclair and Judith Cullen to fundraise using the Dunedin Fonebook.  We are working on the final details and will be able to provide more information soon but we can tell you that you will be able to purchase the Fonebook through St Hilda’s and a percentage of each sale will go to the PFA.  The Fonebook features gorgeous photos of Dunedin and delicious recipes from Judith Cullen and makes a great book for your coffee table or gift for out of town friends and family members.

Thank you for supporting the PFA in these initiatives.


Student Achievement

Sarah Langsbury competing in the U14 80m Hurdles

At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships we achieved the following results:

Sarah Langsbury
1st U14 High Jump
1st U14 80m Hurdles

Georgia Rathbone
1st U19 Pole Vault

Cecilia Crooks
2nd U16 3000m

Alika Croot
2nd U14 Triple Jump

Mikayla Thorn
3rd U19 Triple Jump

24 rowers have recently returned from Maadi where they had six days of racing including nail biting finishes in heats, repechages, quarter finals and semi finals resulting in nine crews making finals. St Hilda’s ranked 42nd out of 126 for overall points and 29th out of 126 for sculling points. It was also the most A finals at a Karapiro Maadi for St Hilda’s since 2003 and the first medal since 2012.  Highlights were the bronze medal from the U15 Octuple – Emma O’Meara, Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle, Lola Verkerk, Molly Marsh, Molly Gow, Emma Christie, Briar Grounds cox Tamara Mason, 7th place in the U15 double – Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle, and 7th place in the U16 double – Alannah Hamilton, Ruby Grave.