Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 4

Level 1
Level 1 Academic Blue Recipients with Mrs Barron
Level 2
Level 2 Academic Blue Recipients with Mrs Barron

Dear Parents and Caregivers


We held our Academic Blues Assembly this week.  This is a chance to recognise exceptional achievement in academic studies.  Our guest speaker this year was Megan Crawford, Marketing and Communications Manager at Dunedin Airport.  Megan spoke to the girls about seizing new opportunities and discovering where they may take you.  Recipients for NCEA 2014 are:

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Holly Armstrong Amy Back Harriet Burdon
Casey Brown Ainslea Boult Estelle Dippie
Caroline Burchell Paige Cotton Olive Duffy
Lucy Cathro Danica Davies Harriet George
Katie Cooper Polly Davies Harriet Keown
Charlotte Cotter Poppy Finn-House Grace Mirams
Olivia Dingle Hetty Gilbertson Anne-Sophie Page
Tessa Forde Bella Grimmond Claudia Paterson
Kaya Fukushima Grace Heenan Georgia Power
Lola Garden Jane Hendry Zoe Sabonadiere
Caitlyn George Madeleine Holmes Isabella Shields
Olivia Gold Amy Jones Polly Tenci
Jessica Gray Megan Kyte Alice Winter
Alexandra Higham Claire Lau Amy Wright
Emily Horsewood Rachel Lister Hannah Wright
Brigette Hoskin Ihlara McIndoe Kate Wright
Sarah Hurdle Olivia McNab Rosaria Yoo
Mia Knott Meghann North
Katie Knowles Tessa Read
Anna Lindsay Aleisha Ruske
Jamie MacKenzie Andrea van Turnhout
Claudia Maker
Holly Miller
Georgia O’Malley
Aria Park
Anna Power
Lili Sabonadiere
Hayley Shallard
Brieana Shea
Holly White
Nicola Wilson-Stewart


Scholarship Recipients

  • Harriet Burdon – Photography
  • Olive Duffy – Painting
  • Courtney Hume – Photography
  • Ireland Jacobs – Biology
  • Rita Macdonald – Photography (outstanding)
  • Grace Mirams – Photography
  • Anne-Sophie Page – Photography
  • Isabella Shields – Painting
  • Alicia Skeaff – Painting
  • Polly Tenci – Biology and Dance
  • Rosaria Yoo – Painting

Special mention goes to Bella Grimmond who received a scholarship in Photography as a Year 12 student.

On Sunday Dr Townsley blessed the school’s new rowing eight at the North End Rowing Club.  It has been named ‘Lauren Farnden’ for the rowing coach.


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The new St Hilda’s rowing eight

Two very successful days of competition were held for Summer Quad this week.  Results are below.

On Sunday we welcome a group of students from Global Public School in India.  The students are being billeted with school families and will spend a week and a half attending classes with their host sisters as well as visiting Toitu, Cadbury World and the Albatross Colony, among other places.

Gentle Reminders

Traffic safety when picking up your daughter at the end of the day: please arrange to meet your daughter well away from Cobden Street.  This area and the corner of Cobden and Royal Terrace have become very congested and quite dangerous.  Please arrange a designated spot to pick up your daughter further along on Royal Terrace near London Street, along Queens Drive near Duchess Avenue or on Heriot Row etc.  We are at present seeking advice from the police and the DCC regarding safe traffic movement in the area of the school.

Our school day begins at 8.40am.  All students should be in the gate by 8.35am and be ready to begin lessons at 8.40am.  The beginning of a lesson is a key learning opportunity that should not be missed.  We understand that the Mosgiel bus often arrives late and this is beyond the control of the girls.

Thanking you for your assistance with both of these matters.

BEATSBuilt Environment and Active Transport to School – More information will be sent out to families in the next week

This is a Dunedin wide study by the University of Otago Physical Education School into the to and from transport modes of students in Years 9 – 13.  Dr Sandy Mandic is the Principal Investigator and the study has been approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee.  Participation is voluntary.  Approximately 60 students at each year level complete an online survey that takes no more than one hour.  They have their height, weight and waist measurement taken discreetly by a member of the team (a female investigator).  No result is linked to any one student.

Further student involvement can come by the wearing of an activity meter for seven days.  These meters are non read out so information can only be accessed by the University.  Again, no result is linked to any one student. Eight to ten staff are invited to be part of a focus group.  Again, this is for a maximum of one hour and will take place during a lunch hour. The Principal is also interviewed.

Parents are also asked to participate via an online survey.  The school will send out the link and parents interested will then communicate directly with the research group. Within twelve months, the school will receive a detailed analysis of the findings for our own use.  Individual schools will not be identified in published materials.

Further information about the survey as a whole is available at http://www.otago.ac.nz/beats/otago061563.pdf

Student Achievement

Congratulations to the swimmers and the touch team that won their Banners at Summer Quad, hosted at school on Monday and Tuesday.  The tennis team, volleyball team and debaters finished 3rd.  Overall, St Margaret’s won summer quad on 17 points and we came a close 2nd on 14 points. Rangi Ruru were placed 3rd and Craighead finished 4th.

A huge thanks to the families and staff that took billets and showed true St Hilda’s hospitality.

Good luck to Whitney and Laney Keenan who are taking part in the New Zealand Women’s Ice Hockey League Finals this weekend.

Good luck also to students involved in Otago Athletics, South Island Volleyball Champs and the South Island Triathlon/Duathlon Champs this weekend.

Super 15 Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated 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 on Saturday March 14 against the Waratahs.  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.  There will be 4-10 tickets available for each game so may also be suited to businesses taking out staff or clients.  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.

Judy Maw | Assistant Principal