Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 6

The St Hilda’s Year 7A Netball team – winners of the Otago Netball Year 7 Tournament

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Notice of Enrolment Procedure
Pursuant to Section 11MA of the Education Act 1989, St Hilda’s Collegiate School Board of Trustees proposes amending its enrolment scheme for Year 7 enrolments to a ballot system.  If confirmed, the Scheme will apply to all applications for enrolment in Year 7 received after the 1st September 2017.  Earlier applications would be processed under the existing scheme.

Under the Education Act we are required to consult on this proposal and as part of this process, a Public Notice of the intended change will be given in the Otago Daily Times on the 2nd September 2017.

We appreciate that families have applied for a position under the understanding that, once special character preference criteria are met, places are allocated by reference to the date of application.  If the change is adopted that understanding will still be honoured, with all applications for enrolment in Year 7 which we have logged as received before the 1st September 2017, being processed under the existing system.

Please forward any comments to principal@shcs.school.nz by noon on the 28th September 2017.


Today Mrs Barron received her New Zealand Order of Merit medal, presented at Government House by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.

A reminder that applications for Cultural, Service and Sporting Blues close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 12 September.  More information on the process can be found here.

Peer Mentor activities

The Peer Mentors for 2017 ensure they prepare fun activities for their groups. A lot of thought and care goes into this program to benefit Year 7 and Year 9 students. By participating in a variety of relaxing, bonding, student led tasks the mentors and their groups are able to enjoy each others company and form lasting connections. There will be one final opportunity for the Peer Mentors to farewell their groups later this year.


Chapel Matters

Today is the first day of Spring and although it feels a bit chilly and the weather is grey and
drizzly, the daffodils are emerging and there is lots of blossom on the trees. We even had some beautiful warm weather last weekend! At this time of the year, we are in Ordinary Time in the church calendar, and – appropriately – the colour for this season is green. But how easy is it to be green?

The worldwide Anglican Communion has a general agreement on something called the Five Marks of Mission – five things that should characterise what a vibrant faith should look like, or five things that are signs of a healthy spirituality. One of these is that we will be actively treasuring the environment. However, it is too easy to throw away things like the plastic straws that come with drinks we get with our takeaways, yet these are one of the worst offenders in all that plastic waste that ends up in the oceans (you might like to check out the website “The Last Plastic Straw” for ways to “say no” to plastic straws! https://thelastplasticstraw.org/ )

Over the last few years, some students have made a good effort to clean up the Town Belt near school, but the whole process of trying to be green can be quite daunting. As Kermit the Frog sang, “it ain’t easy being green.”  Even though it isn’t easy being green, we are called to treasure this world we live in.

The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 8 that God made us, crowning us with glory and honour. We are marvellous in God’s eyes, the pinnacle of creation, the most highly evolved creature on this planet, and with that comes the responsibility of caring for this beautiful world. Let us be inspired to make this world a more green place and to cultivate a healthy spirituality as a result.

Tolcarne News

A quieter week at Tolcarne this week, which gave us a chance to hold year level meetings and catch up with the girls on whats going well and what we need to work-on.  The Year 9 and 10s are trialling a later bed time on Friday and Saturday night, allowing them to enjoy more device free time together.

The Year 9 students that joined the boarding leaders in the school gym for games had an enjoyable time on Sunday, they all were surprised how much fun it was. This weekend the juniors are joining Mrs Rathbone on a local beach walk on Sunday.  We wish our curling girls the best of luck with their tournament over the weekend and of course all of our Winter Tournament girls heading away or staying locally for their week of competition.


From the Health Nurse

­­­­­­­­Dunedin is experiencing a mumps outbreak.  Mumps is a viral illness that spreads easily and cannot be treated.  The best protection against mumps is the MMR vaccine.  This is usually given at 15 months and 4 years of age.  Please check that your daughter is up to date with this and other vaccinations by contacting your GP.  Vaccination is free for all children in New Zealand, regardless of immigration status.

Please ensure the school has up to date information on your daughter’s vaccination status.  Evidence of vaccination is required so the school can keep their immunisation register up to date.  Evidence can be your daughter’s WellChild/Tamariki Ora book, or a letter from your GP.

In the event that we have a student with confirmed mumps at our school, we will work with the Public Health Nurses.  Students who have been in contact with the person with mumps will have their vaccination status checked.  Any student who has not had their MMR vaccinations, or who does not catch up with their MMR vaccinations immediately after exposure, will be asked to stay at home for 2 – 3 weeks.


Student Achievement

L-R Eve Scott, Amy Jones, Tamara Mason

In the weekend, Eve Scott, Tamara Mason and Amy Jones represented St Hilda’s in the semi final round of Dunedin’s Theatre Sports competition at the Fortune Theatre.  Tamara was awarded Most Valuable Player.

Emma Andrew was selected for the U14 National Age Group Tournament Team (NAGT) to represent Football South.  Good luck to the U16 Football girls who are yet to trial.

The following girls competed at the South Island Swimming Champs in Blenheim last weekend for Neptune and Kiwi Swimming Clubs:

L-R Jessica Scott, Cecilia Crooks, Nicole Heaton and Olivia Andrew

Jessica Scott
100 Fly – 1st (15-16 years)
200 Fly -1st (Open and 15-16 years)
50 Fly – 1st (Open and 15-16 years)
200 IM – 2nd (15-16 years)
50 Free – 3rd (15-16 years)
400 Medley Relay – 1st
400 Freestyle Relay – 1st
Jessica broke a South Island Record for 15 years Girls 50 Butterfly, an Open Otago Record for 50 Butterfly, and an Otago Record for 14-15 years Girls 100 Butterfly  at the South Island Swim Championships.

Cecilia Crooks
400 IM – 1st (15-16 years)
200 Free – 2nd (15-16 years)
800 Free – 2nd (15-16 years)
400 Free – 2nd (15-16 years)
200 IM – 3rd (15-16 years)
400 Medley Relay – 3rd (16 and Over)
400 Freestyle Relay – 2nd (16 and Over)

Nicole Heaton
200 Back – 1st (15-16 years)
50 Back – 2nd (15-16 years)
100 Back – 3rd (15-16 years)
400 Medley Relay – 1st (15 and Under and Championship Record)

Olivia Andrew
100 Free – 2nd (12-14 years)
50 Free – 2nd (12-14 years)
100 Back – 3rd (12-14 years)
400 Freestyle Relay – 1st (15 and Under and Championship Record)

The Year 8A Netball team

The Year 7A netball team put in a tremendous amount of effort on the court to win the Otago Netball Year 7 Tournament final 11-10 against Mt Aspiring.  The Year 8A  team were placed a respectable 7th in the Year 8 Tournament.

The Senior A Basketball team

The Senior A Basketball Team won the Otago Secondary Schools’ Basketball final against Otago Girls last Friday evening.

Good luck to all our teams heading away to winter tournament week starting tomorrow, a very exciting week for the girls and huge thanks goes to our dedicated staff and parents who also head away to coach, manage and support:

Curling in Dunedin Saturday 2nd
Junior Basketball in Ashburton Saturday 2nd – Tuesday 5th
Senior Basketball in Dunedin Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th
Football in Invercargill Sunday 3rd – Thursday 7th
Hockey in Dunedin Monday 4th – Friday 8th
Netball in Christchurch Sunday 3rd – Thursday 7th