Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Junior students have been busy involved in one day sports tournaments this week, participating in water polo, tennis, volleyball and touch.  For the volleyball girls it was good preparation as they get ready to head into the Junior South Island Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Tournament next week, and we wish them well for this.

The girls enjoyed putting their completed Curiosity Projects on display for staff and parents yesterday.  The curiosity week was a great chance to hone their skills at finding information that could satisfy their curiosity. It was fascinating to see the range of curious topics the girls had investigated. We received really positive feedback from the students – they enjoyed being able to work on their own projects in their own time and having the ability to work with other year levels.

A reminder of the Carol Service, being held at 5.00pm on Sunday 26 November.  The girls do not have to be in uniform for this. If any of the girls would like to add a decoration to our tree there will be a chance to do this during the service.

On Monday the Year 8 Graduation is being held at 6.00pm in the Chapel – this is an exciting time for our girls as they move out of the junior school.

The International Student Farewell is being held on Tuesday afternoon at 4.00pm in the library.  This also provides an opportunity for the girls to show their appreciation to their host families.

We are nearing the end of school for 2017.  The last day for students is Thursday 7 December.  Junior students will be bussed to the More FM Arena on that morning for a run through of the prize giving service and will be released at approximately 11.30am.  They have the option to return to school on the bus and then go home from there, or they can leave directly from the More FM Arena.  Prize Giving commences at 5.00pm and we ask that families are there at 4.45pm to be seated in time.  If your daughter is unable to attend Prize Giving, please email admin@shcs.school.nz, with a reason.


Chapel Matters

What is your favourite Christmas Carol? I love Christmas Carols – as long as I haven’t been
listening to them since September in the shops! If I am having Christmas with my family in
Palmerston North, my mother and I usually go along to a Midnight Carol Service at a local
church on Christmas Eve, and we enjoy lighting the candle you get to hold and singing along to all the favourites. My favourite is “O Holy Night,” and at the Carol Service this year our school choir will be singing this one so I feel very lucky!

On Christmas Eve in 1906, a Canadian inventor named Reginald Fessenden made what many people think was the first ever radio broadcast. The broadcast included him playing “O Holy Night” on the violin, which makes it the very first tune to be broadcast live. The carol itself was written by a French composer, Adolphe Adam, who is most famous for composing the ballet “Giselle,” although he wrote several other ballets and almost 40 operas! He originally named this carol “Minuit Chrétiens” when he wrote it in 1844, although it is also known as “Cantique de Noël.” It was later given English lyrics and renamed as “O Holy Night” by an American, John Sullivan Dwight, in 1847.

So enjoy the Carol Service on Sunday, and enjoy the carols you hear between now and
Christmas!

Tolcarne News

On Sunday 19th November a few students walked the Outram River track, it was a beautiful sunny day for a walk. The girls did extremely well as it was quite challenging, with varying terrain from sand to clay and also some rocky areas. We had a rest at a lovely spot by the river and enjoyed the melon Marg had prepared for the girls.

Tuesday night brought our Otago Boys dinner swap evening.  The Year 10 boys came to us and our Year 9 girls went to Otago Boys for dinner.  Molly and Meg did an awesome job at organising Family Feud and the night finished with a competitive netball game – a fun night for all involved.

On Thursday we had the final meetings for the year, with the Finance Committee, the Tolcarne Committee and the Board of Proprietors all meeting to ensure Tolcarne operates effectively for students and families.

This weekend the Year 9 girls are participating in Zorb Soccer and next week brings a collapse of the prep timetable and a week of activities, events and fun games for all the junior girls.


Student Achievement

Lillian Gibbs achieved a distinction in her Grade 5 piano at the St Cecilia Exam Board earlier this week.