Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 7

Ichikawa Students visiting Penguin Place, Harrington Point


Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week has certainly given us a taste of winter. Let’s hope we get some final days of summer.

It was good to see a number of you at the Wellbeing seminar last night. The presenters gave some excellent information around self esteem and resilience. Thanks to Marcelle Nader-Turner and Hazel Dey for organising this very valuable evening.

It has been great welcoming our visitors from Ichikawa. It is always a highlight of the year. They have been busy with English lessons, time with their buddies and getting to see some of the local attractions.

The Year 12 and 13 PE expeditions returned from very successful trips. They were very lucky with the weather and some great learning opportunities were captured.

In assembly this week Casey Brown (Yr12) spoke to the girls about a number of opportunities available through UN Youth. She shared her experiences when she was able to participate in the Pacific Project. I would encourage girls to look into programmes like this.

We had 5 students representing us at the Model United Nations last weekend. The girls enjoyed the opportunity to get a feel for how countries work together and the challenges involved.

We also heard from Claudia Sole who attended a dance course in Australia. It was interesting to hear of the challenges and rewards of this experience.

Our senior Biologists have been busy in the field this week with trips to Blueskin Bay and the Peninsular as part of their studies.

 Student Achievement

Congratulations to Yvie Finn-House (10S) who has been chosen to go on exchange to St Hilda’s in Perth for Term 2. We are sure she will be an outstanding ambassador for our school.

St Hilda’s successfully retained the Martha Gillies Trophy for Top Girls School at last weekend’s Head Of The Harbour.

  • St Hilda’s 27 points
  • Otago Girls 16 points
  • Columba 16 points
  • Kavanagh 15 points
  • St Kevin’s 4 points
  • Queens High 2 points

The trophy will be awarded to the squad at the Otago Rower of the Year awards, which will be held in May.

Looking Ahead

Next week will be our first Arts Assembly. We are all looking forward to this chance to sample the talent we have here at St Hilda’s.

We will hold our Easter Eucharistic Service on Monday 30 March at 11.30am.  A reminder to girls that this is an important occasion in the school and formal uniform is required.

Parent teacher interviews will be held on the following dates:

Monday 30 March: Day Girl Interviews

4.00pm – 6.00pm

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Wednesday 1 April: Day Girl Interviews

7.00pm – 9.00pm

Thursday 2 April: Boarder Interviews

1.00pm – 3.00pm

To access the interview site go to:


The parent code is 6L9YF

The interview site will open at 9.00am from Tuesday 24 March to 9.00am Monday 1 April.

Good luck to students taking part in the Otago Southland Athletics and South Island Waterpolo Championships this weekend as well as the rowers for Maadi Cup next week.

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 Saturday March 28 against the Stormers.  We also have tickets for the following week’s game on Saturday April 18 against the Blues.  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.

I wish everyone well for a relaxing Anniversary weekend.

Judy MawAssistant Principal

Assessment Woes

As students begin their internal assessments for 2015 it is important that they ensure the work they submit is their own, written in their own words.   Enclosed within this newsletter is a document that students received at the very beginning of the year.  I hope that you will look at this Authentic Work checklist and discuss the implications of work not being authentic with your daughter.  Staff remind students regularly but some students still may not understand the seriousness of handing work in that is partially or fully not their own.

Electronic devices have made cut and paste so easy from the internet students may not realise the implications of this. In 2014 the school trialled a software package called “Turn it in”.   This package picks up plagiarised work.  Students worried about whether they have processed work into their own words are advised near the submission date to turn in their work to the software package to get feedback from this site.  This gives the student time, if they are well organised, to rework the piece prior to the final submission date.

The parent portal also gives you access to the St Hilda’s Assessment Procedures document that again all students received at the beginning of the school year.

 Authentic Work Checklist 

Geraldine CorkeryDeputy Principal