Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 3

“Sings Hilda” performing at the Gala Concert on Wednesday.

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A very successful Gala Concert was held on Wednesday night to help raise funds for “Sings Hilda” to travel to Wellington next week.  There were some great student performances and the girls were very excited to see Mr Grant perform with his band.  Thank you to parents and the wider community for supporting this event, and to Otago Boys for giving us the use of their auditorium.

Next Wednesday is the Expo Open Day for parents.  The purpose of the day is to give parents the opportunity to visit a variety of classes, a mix of curriculum areas and year levels so you can observe the teaching practices, progression of skills and interactive classes that are so much a part of learning today.

There are two sessions: the morning from 8.40am – 10.45am or afternoon from 1.30pm – 3.25pm.  We encourage you to bring a digital device and we will log you on to the network prior to the start of the programme.  Please RSVP to principal@shcs.school.nz by Monday 10th August, if you haven’t already done so, indicating which session you would like to attend.  On the day, please make your way to the library upon arrival.  The lower field will be available for parking.

A reminder that the deadline for Option Selection is next Friday 14th August.

The advice to keep your programme as broad as possible so all options are open to your daughter is generic advice. Maintaining Mathematics, Sciences and English rich subjects as long as possible may not suit the individual needs of your daughter. If your daughter has a flair in the Arts, Languages, Physical Education, Technology and/or Social Sciences then her academic time and energy may well be better focused there. Ultimately, students need to:

  • Work out what subjects they are good at.
  • Find out what subjects they may need for possible future careers.
  • Ensure their overall workload is manageable when balancing academic, co-curricular and other responsibilities.
  • Seek advice.

Good luck with this process.

Benchmark Examinations are in Week 6 for NCEA Level 1 – 3 external achievement standards.

These examinations provide an indicator of your daughter’s progress. They may also have to be used to gain information for derived grades should your daughter not be able to sit an examination(s) in November. As these derived grades must reflect the standard, authenticity and conditions of the national examinations, students who are not present for these examinations cannot obtain derived grades should an issue arise in November. Catch up’s under examination conditions will be offered to students on a case by case basis, but will fall into the following broad categories:

  • Illness – doctor’s certificate provided
  • Medical procedure that can not be rescheduled
  • School related activity

Rachel Jones (NZQA Principal’s Nominee)

Sports Awards

Application forms for 2015 Sport’s Blues , Criteria, Double Blues and Honours Board Applications can be found in the Sports section under the information links on left of this page.

Can these please be completed and forwarded to the Sports Office by 28th August.

Stars on Stage is coming up on Tuesday August 25 at the Regent Theatre.  All Year 7 and 8 students are involved in this as well as the Year 10 Performing Arts class.  Tickets go on sale from August 10 and cost $17 per adult or $8 per child.  These can be purchased from the Regent Theatre – please note that tickets tend to sell out quite quickly.

The Sports Council is forming focus groups to further explore the concepts and issues raised through the recent sports survey and would love parents to be part of the discussions.  Parents are invited to attend one of the focus groups below.  We will send more details regarding venues and the programme for the meeting once we have the details confirmed.  Please note all meetings will be held in the evening:

Monday 24 August – Dunedin
Tuesday 25 August – Gore
Wednesday 26 August – Cromwell

Please RSVP to principal@shcs.school.nz by Friday 23 August if you haven’t already done so.

Good luck to Cecilia Crooks and Olivia Gold for the New Zealand Short Course Swimming Champs being held in Auckland next week.

Good luck to the girls taking part in the NZCAF Hip Hop and Aerobics Regionals this weekend.

Good luck to Sings Hilda who will be flying to Wellington on Wednesday night to take part in the Big Sing Finale.

Student Achievement

Well done to all students involved in Winter Quad.  St Hilda’s placed third in Debating, Badminton, Hockey and second place in Netball, giving us an overall placing of third.

The following girls have been selected in Otago Representative teams:

Football – 12 Grade Extended Squad
Anna McIntyre
Grace Cotter
Emma Andrew

Football – 14 Grade Girls
Emma Black
Lili Clouston – Cain

Hockey – U13 Collier
Anna McIntyre

Hockey – U15 Premier Team
Eden Carson
Taylor Duffy
Jess Faulks
Teea Francis
Olivia Hall
Sophie Paul

Hockey – U15 Development Team
Maddy Ainsley
Ella Coggan
Darcie Crowle
Eva Meeuws
Bridget Smith

Reminder for NCEA Fees

A reminder that payment is due by Wednesday, August 19.  Please pay by direct credit to St Hilda’s Collegiate School 02 0900 0356280 00 (please do not pay the NCEA fee with your school fees as a different bank account is required).  EFTPOS and credit card facilities are available in the student office.  Payment can also be made by cheque, made payable to St Hilda’s Collegiate School.

John McGlashan Presents…

A John McGlashan College, St Hilda’s Collegiate, and Columba College Production of:

A brand new musical revue…The Idiot’s Guide to Broadway
Music from such shows as West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Annie, Miss Saigon, Rent, and Green Day’s American Idiot.

Westpac Mayfair Theatre – 7.30pm
Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th, Friday 21st August
Adults $20 / Students & Kids $15 / Family $65 (2 Adults, 2 Students-kids)

Tickets available from the John McGlashan College Office.


Judy Maw | Assistant Principal