Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 3

2015 Stage Challenge Cast and Crew

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The highlight of the week was definitely Stage Challenge on Monday night.  Stage Challenge is a national event, which is now in its 23rd year. It comprises shows in 12 locations, 16,000 participants and is billed as this year’s ”biggest school-based dance and drama extravaganza”. 

Our theme was based on deep-sea drilling issues that have been raised in Otago and was approached through the unseen impact, under water.  There were:

  • 21 girls in supporting crew roles
  • 72 girls on stage
  • 20 staff or parents who supervised rehearsals and offered expertise
  • 49.5 hours in the school holidays making costumes and set
  • 1800 coloured circles cut from fabric 
  • 130 black rubbish bags cut into strips

 St Hilda’s were awarded first place overall and won various other excellence awards including concept, soundtrack, choreography, drama, performance skill, costume, visual enhancement and stage use.  A huge thank you to all involved.

2015 Stage Challenge Cast and Crew

Next Thursday we are holding our Open Day for Boarders.  This starts at school at 10.00am where families will be able to see classes in action before visiting Tolcarne.  We ask that all students be in formal uniform for this.

The Year 9 Parent Seminar is also on Thursday at 7.00pm in the school library.  The theme of this is ‘Potential and pitfalls of the digital world’. 

On Friday night there is a Vietnam information evening at 5.00pm – venue to be confirmed.  If you are unable to make this and are interested in going to Vietnam in 2016 please email jmaw@shcs.school.nz for further details.

Please see attached flyer in regard to Entertainment Books.

Student Achievement

The Senior B Netball won round one of the Dunedin Netball Centre Club Competition Grade Senior 2. They have been promoted to Senior 1 for round two. 

The following students won awards at the North End Rowing Club’s end of season prize giving:

  • Club Member of the Year (Ethel McMillan Cup) – Lauren Farnden (St Hilda’s Rowing Coach)
  • Most Improved Rower (R T Gay Rose Bowl) – Stella Keown & Nick Henderson
  • Most Improved Sculler (Purvis Rose Bowl) – Josie Cook
  • Coxswain of the Year (Espie Family Trophy) – Mia Knott

Cecilia Crooks received a Silver medal in the Otago girls 15 and under 800 freestyle relay team at the National Swimming Champs.

The Year 11 Blue Futsal team won their division in the Futsal South 2015 Otago High School Tournament held on Wednesday.

The Green Island Vocal competition was held last weekend and St Hilda’s had some outstanding results:

Temple Flaws in the 12 and under 14 age group:

  • 2nd own selection
  • 3rd Action Song in Character 
  • 1st National Song                               
  • 2nd Popular Song

Caroline Burchell in the 16 and under 18 age group:

  • 1st Own Selection
  • 1st Song by a NZ Composer                          

Lillian Gibbs in the 14 and under 16 age group:

  • 1st Sacred Song (not from Oratorio) 
  • 1st Test Song
  • 2nd popular song
  • Dunedin Entertainer’s Club Scholarship 

Maddie Guthrie in the 14 and under 16 age group:

  • 2nd Sacred Song (not from Oratorio)
  • 1st popular song
  • 1st Scholarship Recital
  • Most Promising Singer trophy 

Abby Hall in the 14 and under 16 age group:

  • 3rd Sacred Song (not from Oratorio)
  • 1st Song by a NZ Composer
  • Encouragement Award 

Irie Simpson in the 16 and under 18 age group:

  • 2nd Song by a NZ Composer


Music Concert and Rugby Tickets

A parent has kindly donated to the school two tickets for a music concert at the Hutton Theatre at Otago Museum on Sunday May 17.  This starts with a variety concert at 3.30pm; dinner at 5.30pm with guest speaker Dame Malvina Major and Helen Webby Harp, followed by two piano recitals at 7.00pm with Professor Terence Dennis and Corwin Newall. 

We would ask that a donation be made with monies going to the school hardship fund (the tickets were originally $55 each). 

We have four tickets available for the Super 15 rugby game on Saturday May 30.  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 either the music or rugby tickets.

 Judy MawAssistant Principal 

News from Tolcarne

What a busy couple of weeks. Last week Robyn McGarry, myself and two Year 10 boarders; Lucy Hazlett and Bridget Smith, toured the South delivering our Country Visit presentations. We had high numbers at all venues and feedback from parents has been extremely positive. The final date for Boarding Applications is May 28th. 

The afternoon and weekend activity schedule at Tolcarne is working very well. On Monday Krystal took a group of 13 juniors down to the Hockey Turf to watch the St Hilda’s B Hockey Team in their opening game. On Wednesday Robyn held a craft afternoon where the girls made Mothers Day cards and on prepared for their Mothers Day High Tea at 2pm.


Hostel 1 Hostel 2

This Sunday there is also a basketball game between the Oceana Gold rush and the Wildcats at the Edgar Centre – entry fee a gold coin. 

The Revolution Tour treated us to a concert over dinner on Thursday evening. A group of young performers from Auckland shared a few songs and gave some of our girls an opportunity to come up on the microphone. It was a great sing a long!

Amanda HaggieHead of Boarding

Homestay Family Opportunities

We are currently looking at expanding our International Homestay family database in the Dunedin area.  Some points to consider are: 

1.  Homestay families must be able to provide students with their own bedroom including study area (desk, lamp).
2.  A requirement of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students is that all members of the household over the age of 18 undergo NZ Police Vetting.

We are seeking families for the following hosting opportunities:

1.  Term 2 Holiday break for 3 international students who currently reside at the Hostel.  From Friday 3 July after school until Sunday 19 July 3:00 pm.

2.  Mid term placement from the end of May until the end of October for a Year 12 Japanese student (16) who is looking for a family with young children and possibly a friendly dog.

If any of these opportunities may interest you, and you would like more information on becoming a homestay family for St Hilda’s, please give me a call on 477 0989 or email me at admin@shcs.school.nz.

Karen MowatInternational Homestay Co-ordinator