Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 1

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the school year!

It is a pleasure to welcome all families to the 2015 school year.  Hopefully your summer has been relaxing and enjoyable. We encourage all families to attend the important school events during Term 1 as these are wonderful opportunities to meet other families and to really feel part of the St Hilda’s community.

There are 88 new students at St Hilda’s this year, mostly in Years 7 and 9, but also a few in other year groups.  We also have eight new international students from China, Japan and Thailand.

New teaching staff

Gavin Angus – ESOL
Claire Laverty – Mathematics
Sandra Muller – English/Media Studies
Nigel St Louis – Science
Hannah Wilson – PE/Geography

Student Welfare

Please make sure you contact the school if you need to regarding your daughter during the year.  The first point of contact for all concerns should be the year level Dean.  Email addresses for the Deans are as follows:

Deans 2015

Years 7 & 8  Shannon Prentice sprentice@shcs.school.nz
Year 9 Hazel Dey hdey@shcs.school.nz
Year 10 Hannah Wilson hwilson@shcs.school.nz
Year 11 Lindsay McLanachan lmclanachan@shcs.school.nz
Year 12 Rachel McMillan rmcmillan@shcs.school.nz
Year 13 Alan West awest@shcs.school.nz

Form Teachers 2015

Year 7 –  Shannon Prentice
Year 8  –  Sarah Gaffaney
9S – Carla Joint
9H –  Donna Smith
9C – Judith Turner
10S – Baydon Harris
10H – James Ross
10C  – John Bradfield

Guidance Counsellor:
Ms Marcelle Nader-Turner           mnaderturner@shcs.school.nz

Dr Gillian Townsley                     gtownsley@shcs.school.nz


Contacting School

The easiest way to contact school or staff is via email.   Student absences or requests for leave may be emailed to the school office absences@shcs.school.nz or by phoning the school office.   Please do not email teaching staff regarding absences.   Please be understanding if staff do not immediately reply to your email as they may have a high teaching/meeting load or may need to seek clarification of an issue prior to replying to you.

School Calendar

The calendar is available to view on our Parent Portal at www.shcs.school.nz/parents – click on Coming Events.  Please remember to keep this handy for reference to important events throughout the term. The first important community events for St Hilda’s are:

  • Meet Your Daughter’s Form Teacher / Tutor
  • PFA Wine & Cheese Evening

Date:     Wednesday 11 February
Time:    5:30pm
Venue:  St Hilda’s Quad, Chapel and Classrooms

5:30pm  Meet in the Chapel for introductions and a presentation from Jackie Barron
5:50pm  Parents meet with Form Teachers or Tutors

Staff will be available in the Quad to help you find the correct classroom.

This is an opportunity for you to meet with your daughter’s Form Teacher or Tutor and other parents of students in her class.  It is also an opportunity to find out more about the tutor system, which operates for students in Years 11–13.  It is important that you know the name of your daughter’s Form Teacher or Tutor for this occasion.

6:15pm  Wine & Cheese in the Quad

This evening is hosted by the PFA

 Athletics Sports

Date:     Wednesday 11 February
Time:    8:30am – 3:00pm
Venue:  Caledonian Grounds, Butts Road (by Logan Park)

Families are most welcome to come and watch for all or part of the day.  More information is at the end of the newsletter.

Itinerant Music/Speech and Drama/Piano Tuition/Singing:

There is an opportunity for students to have free orchestral instrument tuition at school on string, woodwind and brass instruments. Mr Grant is in charge of this programme.  There is also an opportunity to have private tuition on piano, guitar, drums and both classical and contemporary voice. These lessons cost around $25 each session.

To register interest in having instrumental/voice lessons at school, students need to fill out the form that will be emailed next week.  A number of orchestral instruments are available for hire at school with costs ranging from $80-$120 per annum.  Any parent who wishes to have more information about the programme or tuition of any other musical instrument can email Mr Grant at mgrant@shcs.school.nz.

Mrs Barron with Dr Townsley and Bishop Kelvin Wright at yesterday’s Commissioning service

It is always a pleasure to welcome students back as well as see new faces around the school.  It has been a short week but we have already packed a lot in.  Year 13 students spent Monday and Tuesday at Tirohanga for their retreat, Year 12 students took part in Peer Support training and yesterday we held Mrs Barron’s commissioning service.

Four guests from Woodford House flew down for the day to formally hand Mrs Barron over to St Hilda’s and Bishop Kelvin Wright commissioned Mrs Barron into her new role as Principal of St Hilda’s.  The Bishop will also be joining us in school next Friday to commission the 2015 Prefects, another important occasion for the school.

A reminder to girls that ID photos will be taken on the afternoon of Tuesday February 10th.  Year 13 students will need to bring the top half of their uniform to get changed into for these photos.

Summer Quad   – Billets Required Please

On February 23/24th February St Hilda’s is hosting Summer Quad.  Billets are required for 120 girls for the nights of 22/23 February.  We would really appreciate it if the St Hilda’s community could assist with accommodating some girls.

Please email tconrad@shcs.school.nz or complete the attached form, if you are able to help.

Super 15 Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated four corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The next game that we have tickets for is Highlanders vs Crusaders on February 21 at 7.35pm, followed by the game on Friday 27th against the Reds. 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.  Extra tickets may be available.  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 on 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.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

Student Achievement

Four students achieved exceptional sports results at last weekends Southern Regional Junior Surf Lifesaving Champs:

Phoebe Aburn
·      4 Individual Gold:  U14 – Run, Swim, Run – Board – Diamond and Surf Race and a 3rd in Sprints
·      Team Events:  U14 – 1st in Tube Rescue, 2nd Board Rescue

Emma Andrew
·      Individual Events:  U11 – 2nd in Run, Swim Run – Board  – Surf Race and 3rd in Diamond
·      Team Events:  3rd in U12 Board Relay

Olivia Andrew
·      4 Individual Gold:  U12 – Run, Swim, Run – Board – Diamond and Surf Race
·      Team Events: U14 – 1st in Board Rescue, U12 – 1st in Tube Rescue, Board Relay and 2nd in Cameron

Anaia Wiparata
·      Individual Events:  U14 – 2nd Flags
·      Team Events:  U14 – 1st in Board Relay, 2nd in Tube Rescue, 3rd Board Rescue, 2nd Cameron

surf lifesaving

All four girls are now off to Nationals (Oceans’ 15) at Mt Maunganui at the end of February to represent their Clubs – St Clair and Brighton.  Well done, girls.

Congratulations to the following teams St Hilda’s teams that competed at National Tournaments in December:

  • The St Hilda’s Cricket Team were placed third at the National NZCT Tournament.
  • The Touch Team were placed 10th at the National Secondary Schools Tournament.


The following athletes had amazing results at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletic Nationals:

  • Danica Davies – Gold Medal in Senior Girls Shotput
  • Caity Kenny – Bronze Medal in Senior Girls High Jump
  • Caityn George – Bronze Medal in Senior Girls 200m
  • Libby Jones – Bronze Medals in Senior Girls Hammer and Discus
  • 4 x 100m Senior Girls Relay – Gold Medal – Team Members – Danica Davies, Leonie Palmer, Joccoaa Palmer, Caitlyn George – Reserve Mikayla Thorn


Congratulations to Olivia O’Neill for her selection in the NZ U 16 Basketball Team.

Congratulations to the following girls that have been selected in Otago Touch teams to compete at Nationals.

U 17 Girls Team- Abbey Johnston, Paige Thomson, Meg Timu, Jess Gray, Casey Brown

U 15 Mixed Team – Jess Faulks, Olivia O’Neill, Bridget Johnstone


Judy Maw | Assistant Principal

Athletic Sports Student Briefing

1.          Date:  Wednesday 11th February

2.          Must be at the Caledonian by 8.30am.  Report to your form teacher in front of the stand and then sit in house groups.  House captains are to collect programs and distribute to house.

3.          Lunch is approx 12.15pm.  Finals begin at 1.00pm.  Approx finish time is 3.00pm.

4.          Wear correct school sports uniform and tracksuit to the ground.  Once inside grounds house colours can be worn.

5.          Once sports are underway listen for your event to be called.  Report promptly.  If you are in a field event and your track event is called, excuse yourself from official and run your race.  Then return to field event.

6.          When you finish your track event stay in lanes until judges have given out place cards.  Championship finalists will be pinned on noticeboard at the northern end of the stand.

7.          Programmes will be pinned on a board in front of the stands and also in individual house areas.

8.          Non-champs and Novelty Events – no finals.

9.          No show at events – houses will lose points.  If you cannot compete you must let the marshall of the event know.

10.       When not competing sit in the stands.  Drink plenty of water and bring a healthy lunch.  Apply sun-block regularly.  Bring warm clothing as it can be cold.

11.       There will be a Barbeque and other goodies for sale.

12.       If you can’t compete a note with the reason why must be handed to the sports co-ordinator.  You will be expected to help with an event.  Report to the teacher in charge after the roll call.

13.       Cheer Teams – face paint must be applied and taken off on the grass.  None at all in stands or toilets.  Your event is at 8.55am.

14.       Invite your parents to the sports.

15.       House Spirit is as important as any of the events :Enjoy the day!

Summer Quad

Sunday 22nd to Tuesday 23rd February

I am able to take ………………………… billets for the nights of 22/23 February

They will need to be picked up from the St Hilda’s Gymnasium at 4.50pm on the Sunday, and will leave again on Tuesday morning.

They will require lunch on Monday only.