Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 3

The Junior Futsal team who placed 2nd in the Junior Grade of the Otago Secondary Schools’ Futsal Champs

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Boarder Open Day was held yesterday and we were extremely lucky that the weather stayed fine for the duration.  During the Chapel service, prospective parents were treated to wonderful performances by Nga Manu o Hira Tapu and Sings Hilda.  Make sure you check out the school Facebook page where you can see Nga Manu o Hira Tapu performing Hareruia.

We are pleased to announce that our 2017 Class Act recipients are Dayna Gallagher and Laura Taylor.  Dayna and Laura will be honoured at an award ceremony with Prime Minister Bill English later on in the year.

Good luck to students involved in the Otago Secondary Schools’ Swimming Champs on Sunday.


Safety Notice

Dropping your child at school and loading and unloading students from the school and Tolcarne van 

All drivers dropping students at St Hilda’s are asked NOT to use the archway, the gym driveway entrance or the entrance to the field.  These areas need to be kept free for the school and Tolcarne van to pick up and drop off students.

A recent near miss has drawn this situation to the attention of our Health and Safety Committee.

Please drop and pick up your daughter(s) well away from the Royal Terrace and Cobden Street intersection.  This is a very busy area at the beginning and end of the day and we want all students, staff and other persons to be safe at these busy times of day.


Upcoming Events

Z Club Pink Ribbon Breakfast – 7.30am Friday 26 May, St Hilda’s Library
St Hilda’s Z Club would like to invite you to their Pink Ribbon Breakfast.  The Pink Ribbon Breakfast is a fundraising project by the Breast Cancer Foundation who, among other things, support women diagnosed with breast cancer and fund research that is looking into how we can detect signs of it early.

The Z Club are very pleased to announce that the guest speaker for this event will be Ms Melissa Bell.  Tickets are $15 per person and are limited. If you would like to come then please register your attendance here.

This is a student led initiative.

Parent Seminar – 7.00pm Thursday 8 June, St Hilda’s Chapel
At this seminar we will be looking at how we can best prepare our girls for their future. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz.

St Hilda’s Careers Evening – 6.30pm Thursday 22 June, St Hilda’s Chapel
This evening is an opportunity for students and families to hear from guest speaker Anna Ross, Old Girl and 2016 Telstra Young Australian Business Women of the Year.  Students will also be able to listen to presenters of their choice that they have pre booked.  Presenters biographies and booking details will be coming soon but for now, more information can be found here.

PFA Midwinter Extravaganza – 6.00pm Friday 30 June, College of Education Auditorium
Tickets to the PFA fundraiser are available to purchase from the student office for $25 per person.  There will be $2 raffles on the night, so remember to bring your coins.  This event is to boost the fund that helps to send so many St Hilda’s girls to sporting and cultural events. We still need more raffle items – these can be dropped to the school office and can include chocolates, beauty products, coffee and vouchers.  Thank you for supporting the PFA.


From the PFA

The Sports and Cultural fund is available for parents to apply for funds to support travel and associated costs in relation to sporting and cultural trips.  Applications can be made once per year per student via the form located here.

Chapel Matters

May is New Zealand Music Month and, for many of us, music is a big part of our lives. It might be going to the Ed Sheeran concert, or watching the Eurovision Song Contest, or it might be that a song or piece of music speaks right into what we are going through in a particular moment.

Sometimes music can also give us a sense of national identity, and in chapel this week we listened to (and watched the video of) a song written in 2014 by Stan Walker, Troy Kingi, Vince Harder, and Ria Hall, called “Aotearoa”.  Ria said in an interview that they were keen to create, “a song to celebrate our nation, our landscape, our uniqueness, our language and our people.” During the video many different kinds of people and cultures come together from different kinds of communities to put something together on the beach at Piha.

The English translation of this song says: “No matter if you’re near or far, we come from the land of God (te whenua o te Atua) … And if a piece of home resonates in your soul (wairua ora), your journey will take you where you belong.” I hope that we can all have a sense of belonging somewhere, and can see how this land is a place where the spirit of God (te wairua tapu o te Atua) can be felt in the mountain, the sea, the river, the sand – as well as here at St Hilda’s!

Student Achievement

Dayna Gallagher completed the Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge in a time of 20 minutes 40 seconds, representing the Ravensbourne Volunteer Fire Brigade.  There is a great article on Dayna in today’s Otago Daily Times, which you can read here.

Jessica Scott has been selected for the New Zealand Swimming Team for the Australian State Teams Age Short Course Championships to be held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra in September.

The Junior Futsal team placed 2nd in the Junior Grade of the Otago Secondary School’s Futsal Champs.

The Senior 1 Cross Country Relay team placed first at the Caversham Harriers Relay Running Race.  Georgia Mitchell recorded the fastest time in the senior girls relay race, finishing in 6min 28sec.

The Sports Department have reported on sport at St Hilda’s over the last few weeks. The report can be found here and will be updated regularly.