Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 6

Jordan Pannett and Alex Coker from the Crafty Critters Club giving poppies to Toitū Otago Settlers Museum


Year 12 and 13 students returned this afternoon from a successful trip to Abel Tasman.  We look forward to hearing how their week went.

On Tuesday evening we held a farewell evening for our guests from Global Public School.  The students put on wonderful performances for our homestay families and already feedback from all parties involved has been extremely positive.

Global Public School students performing at their farewell evening

On Sunday morning our sister school Ichikawa Gakuen arrive from Tokyo.  We have 13 girls attending this year and Kirstyn Mawdsley, International Director, has organised a busy programme filled with both education and tourism. 

Parent Seminar

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Parent Seminar – ‘Parenting for Success’ – next Thursday 19 March at 7.00pm in the school Chapel followed by tea and coffee.

Our guest speakers will be covering different aspects of adolescent wellbeing, with parents leaving with a “toolbox” of ideas and skills.  We are fortunate to be hearing from Nicola Atwood, Resilience expert and Past Principal Advisor to the Children’s Commissioner. Ali Hunter, Clinical Psychologist specialising in self-esteem issues with adolescents will share her knowledge and tips with us.

School Interview Site

School interviews will be held in the last week of Term 1.  The school interview booking site will open to parents on Tuesday March 24.  Details on how to access the interview site will be included in next week’s newsletter.

Student Achievement

If you know of any student achievement that you would like included in our newsletter please forward that information to jmaw@shcs.school.nz.  Photos are also welcome.

Lucy Cathro was selected in January as a member of the Foundation Youth Pipe Band New Zealand to play the tenor drum.  The band was formed to raise the profile of Highland Pipe Band music, to encourage younger people to continue the Scottish tradition of piping and drumming and to promote ‘excellence in piping and drumming for the youth of New Zealand’.  This is an exceptional achievement as Lucy is only 15, and it is usual for members to be around 18 or 19.  Next week Lucy will be traveling to Nelson for the New Zealand National Pipe Band Championships and we wish her well for this.

Congratulations to Annabel Evans who won the Girls section, after having to go to a play off hole, at the Inter Collegiate Golf Tournament.

The South Island Secondary School Rowing Champs were rowed in Twizel on the weekend of 7th and 8th of March. The squad made 10 A finals and 5 B finals at the largest SISSC ever which is a tremendous effort. The following crews were awarded medals: 

Silver Medal GU16 eight Claudia Maker, Stella Keown, Josie Cook, Brie Shea, Kate Edwards, Georgia Hay, Gabby Hunter, Lili Sabonadiere cox Mia Knott

Silver Medal GU16 quad Claudia Maker, Josie Cook, Georgia Hay, Brie Shea cox Mia Knott

Silver Medal GU16 four Lili Sabonadiere, Stella Keown, Georgia Hay, Brie Shea cox Mia Knott

The following crews also qualified for A and B finals but only the U18 double and Novice eight got to actually compete in their final:


  • 6th GU18 Nov eight Melissa Gray, Holly Armstrong, Lusia Maiai, Molly Butt, Helen Knott, Hannah Hedges, Emily Lynch-Sutherland, Issie Robertson cox Mia Knott
  • 7th GU18 double Eliza Adams, Lola Garden
  • GU16 quad Lili Sabonadiere, Kate Edwards, Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter cox Anna Frame
  • GU16 double Claudia Maker, Josie Cook
  • GU16 double Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter
  • GU18 single Eliza Adams
  • GU18 Nov four Melissa Gray, Holly Armstrong, Lusia Maiai, Hannah Hedges cox Anna Frame


  • GU15 quad Stella Keown, Hannah Hedges, Helen Knott, Issie Robertson cox Anna Frame
  • GU15 double Melissa Gray, Lusia Maiai
  • GU17 double Lola Garden, Georgia Clarke
  • GU17 single Lola Garden
  • GU18 Nov double Emily Lynch-Sutherland, Holly Armstrong

Good luck to the girls who will be racing in the Head Of The Harbour regatta this Saturday. They are competing for the Martha Gillies Trophy for top girls school plus the Otago Polytechnic Trophy for the winners of the Senior Girls Quad. 

Super 15 Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated a number of corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. We have tickets available for next week’s game on Friday March 20 against the Hurricanes.  We also have tickets for the following week’s game on Saturday March 28 against the Stormers.  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 and as such could be a good opportunity for business owners or managers to take their staff or clients out in an affordable way.  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 in 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