Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 4

Mrs Barron and guest speaker Paddy Richardson with Level 1 Academic Blue recipients
Mrs Barron and guest speaker Paddy Richardson with Level 2 Academic Blue recipients

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A group of 39 students travelled to Christchurch on Sunday to participate in Summer Quad, this year hosted by St Margaret’s College.  The girls competed against St Margaret’s, Rangi Ruru and Craighead in debating, swimming, tennis, touch and volleyball.  St Hilda’s placed 1st equal in debating, 2nd in swimming, 3rd in tennis, 1st in touch and 3rd in volleyball, placing us 2nd overall behind St Margaret’s.

On Wednesday we held our Academic Blues Assembly and, for the first time, invited our 2015 scholarship recipients to attend as well.  Students who achieve Scholarship are in the top 3% of Year 13 students who have studied that subject across New Zealand so it is important to acknowledge those students and it was lovely to welcome them back into the school for the service.  The full list of recipients has been published on the ‘Award Ceremonies’ page.

Mrs Barron and Paddy Richardson with 2015 Scholarship recipients

Year 12 and 13 PE students leave for Abel Tasman on Sunday, we wish them well for this.

An email was sent on Wednesday to parents of students in Years 11-13 regarding our Athlete Assistance Programme.  We have extended the closing date for applications to 3.00pm Wednesday 2 March.  This programme is not for top sports girls but any girls in Years 11-13 who play a sport as well as having other commitments such as choir, production, Duke of Edinburgh etc.  It has a sporting focus but is aimed at busy girls to help them develop strategies to manage their busy lives and achieve to their best.  It is an awesome opportunity to be mentored by Belinda Colling, a world class athlete who understands the issues teenage girls have today with busy lives.

An expression of interest form can be found here.

Fair Update

A reminder that the caretaker’s garage will be open tomorrow tomorrow from 12.00pm – 2.00pm for any drop offs.  This is located at the end of the drive way next to the tennis courts.

Next week we ask students to bring baking, sweets, chutneys, jams or preserves.  Thank you for the chocolate items we received yesterday – the girls always enjoy a chance to wear mufti!

Student Achievement

Olivia and Emma Andrew attended the South Island Junior Surf Lifesaving Champs at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch last weekend.  Olivia took home three individual gold medals in the U13 Diamond, the Run Swim Run, and Surf Race and four team golds in the U14 Tube Rescue, Board Rescue, Board Relay and Grand Cameron.
Emma took home one individual gold medal in the U12 Diamond, two bronze medals in the Run Swim Run and Surf Race, and two team golds in the U12 Board Relay and Grand Cameron.  Olivia and Emma will now head to the New Zealand Junior Nationals at Mount Maunganui in March.

Beryn Abbott has made the New Zealand Touch Youth Academy based on her performance playing for Otago at the New Zealand Junior Nationals in February.

Adithi Alexander has been selected in the Mainland New Zealand U17 Badminton team and will compete at the Bevan International Team Event and the Australasian Under 17 Championships in Perth at the end of March.

Rugby Tickets

We still have tickets available for next week’s game against the Hurricanes (Saturday 5 March 7.35pm).  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.