Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 1

The Kapa Haka group performing at Open Evening
The Kapa Haka group performing at Open Evening

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to school for Term 3, I hope you had a restful holiday.

This week has been busy with 2016 applicants sitting the Academic Scholarship test and our all important Open Evening last night.  A big thank you to staff and students for the effort they put into this.

Thank you to all parents who have donated items for next week’s PFA Quiz Night.  It should be a lot of fun and also allows the PFA to keep supporting groups and sports teams.

We also have a wonderful opportunity for someone to join our PFA as Treasurer. Please contact Nick Simpson at nick.simpson@xtra.co.nz if you would like to know more about what this involves.

We have two dances next week, the Year 9 and 10 dance on Thursday night at 7.00pm and the Year 11 Mid Winter dance next Friday at 7.30pm.  The Year 11 dance committee have been very busy planning and shopping for decorations to suit their theme, which is still a secret at this stage.

Swimming sports are next Friday – students should go straight to Moana Pool where there will be a roll call at 8.30am.

Australian English and Australian Mathematics competitions will be held next week.

The Big Sing Finale fundraising concert is being held on Wednesday August 5 at the Otago Boys High auditorium.  The evening features Rusty Pilot, Sings Hilda, Ben Madden, Old Girl Sophie Morris and more as well as our new Arts Coordinator, Barbara Power, as MC. Raffles are available to buy on the night and fun is guaranteed.  Tickets will be available for purchase from the student office from Tuesday 28 July and cost $10.00 for school children and senior citizens, $20.00 for adults and $50.00 for a family of four.

We have had a request for any of you who collected a kilt from Newtone Drycleaners in the holidays.  They gave Te Maia Johnson Watson’s kilt out in error.  Please contact the office if this was given to you.

Please click here for information on Health and Safety at St Hilda’s.

Options Evening – 29 July

Next Wednesday we are holding our annual Options Evening. This is an opportunity for students and families to meet with staff to gain an understanding of subject content and choices for next years courses and beyond. Liaison staff from Otago Polytechnic and University of Otago will also be in attendance to answer queries on tertiary pathways.

The evening has a split start to meet the needs of the differing year levels. Therefore:

Year 10 assemble in the Chapel at 6.30pm
Year 11 & 12 assemble in the Chapel at 7pm

  • The online Options Portal to enter subject choices, will open Monday 3 August and close Friday 14 August. This is to allow students and families the time needed to discuss and explore options, so please don’t feel you need to hurry to enter your choices.
  • An e-mail will be sent out to parents and students closer to the portal opening, explaining the process and include some links to external sites with interactive resources that may be useful in identifying possible career pathways and best preparation subjects.
  • Form/Tutor time has been set aside over the next few weeks for students to have discussions on their choices and receive a copy of a variety of publications we have been fortunate to receive, targeting senior students making subject choices for school and beyond.
  • There is also a wealth of information in the “Need to Know” section of the academic programme. e.g. understanding NCEA, choosing five verses six subjects, links to tertiary recommended background subjects and Vocational Pathways information. Take some time to explore and we would encourage students to think about how their choices may track into future years.
  • Students are encouraged to utilise the support of teachers, Dean’s and the Careers Advisor when exploring their choices.

Above all else remember the three key things to choosing subjects are: choose something you enjoy, something you are good at and something you may need in the future. We are only a phone call or e-mail away if you would like to talk things through.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Ms Corkery | Deputy Principal
Mrs Ritchie | Careers Advisor

Student Achievement

Congratulations to everyone who competed over the holidays.

Olivia George and Jade Clark were named in the Tournament team at the Festival of Rugby during the holidays.

The Year 9 team finished 5th and the Year 10 team finished 16th at the South Island Junior Netball tournament.

Abbey Hawker was recognized in the Talent ID Umpires Squad at the same tournament.

We also had some great results in the South Island Secondary Schools Swimming Champs:

Isabella Gold – 3rd U14 100m Fly
Olivia Gold – 1st 400m Free, 3rd 15 & open 100m Free, 3rd 200m Medley, 3rd U15 & open 100m Fly and 3rd 200 Free
Nicole Heaton – 1st U14 50m Fly
Mariette Devereux, Isabella, Nicole and Olivia – 2nd 200m Free Relay
Mariette, Isabella, Olivia and Kaitlin McIntyre – 4th 200m medley relay team

These girls were very strong throughout the competition, placing St Hilda’s in 5th overall.

Judy Maw | Assistant Principal