Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Due to the Vietnam trip leaving in the last week of term we have decided that we will hold our parent/student/teacher interviews at the beginning of Term 2.  At the end of Term 1 parents will be provided with an interim report which is a snapshot of their daughter’s learning skills and attitude in class.  We believe this will form a starting point for the interviews which we encourage you to attend with your daughter.  Monday 2 May is to be Teacher Only Day and girls will be able to come into the Boarding House in the afternoon to work in with the Parent Teacher Interviews.  We believe this is more effective for supporting your daughter’s next steps and more details will follow.  School will still finish at lunch time on Friday 15 April.

On Sunday, we welcomed 11 students from our sister school Ichikawa Gakuen in Tokyo. The girls have had a busy week touring the city, visiting a farm in Outram and meeting Highlander Fumiaki Tanaka as well as English Language Instruction classes.  We are holding an official farewell next Thursday March 24 before the group departs early Friday morning.


On Wednesday senior students enrolled to go to the mobile blood donor centre at First Church.  We had 30 students donate which is a great number and we are very proud of the fact that so many students had the desire to help others.


Also on Wednesday, Year 11 students attended the ‘Safer Journey’s Expo’ at the Edgar Centre organised by the Otago Community Road Safety Partners, in conjunction with the NZ Police, NZ Fire Service, St John Ambulance, DARE and SADD.  This event was attended by 1700 Year 11 students from throughout Otago. The aim is to raise student awareness of the risks associated with holding a drivers licences. Stands include a crash scenario and sessions on modified vehicles, speed and environment, alcohol and road safety, along with the human cost of road crashes.

We are leading up to our Easter Eucharist service on Thursday 24 March and also our first food bank collection for Anglican Family Care.  From now until the service we ask girls to bring the following items:

Year 7&8 Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, shampoo)
Year 9 Treats (biscuits, chocolate, instant pudding or jelly packets)
Year 10 Cans (spaghetti, baked beans, tinned fruit or veges)
Year 11 Pasta (lasagne, spaghetti, macaroni, and sauces)
Year 12 Lunch box items (muesli bars, healthy snacks)
Year 13 Breakfast items (cereals, margarine, spreads)

Girls can leave their items with their form or tutor teachers.  We do ask that all students wear formal uniform for the Eucharist Service.

A reminder of our upcoming parent seminar on building resiliency, time management and independence skills.  This is facilitated by Belinda Colling and is open to all parents.  The seminar will be held at 5.00pm on Thursday 24 March in Whitby. Please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz by Tuesday 22 March if you would like to attend.

Good luck to students involved with the Intercollegiate Golf Tournament in Dunedin, Rowing in Twizel, Touch in Christchurch and Athletics in Dunedin over the weekend.

Student Achievement

A team of 22 students competed at the Otago Secondary Schools Athletics Championships last weekend at the Caledonian Ground.  The girls performed extremely well with the majority of the athletes qualifying for the Otago-Southland Secondary Schools’ Championships this weekend, however due to other sporting code commitments we only have nine girls competing this weekend.

Isabel Woodhouse competed in the Otago IRB Surf Rescue Championships and placed 2nd in the Womens Mass Rescue and 3rd in the Womens Assembly.  She then went on to receive a bronze medal in the South Island Championships for the Womens Mass Rescue and will now compete at Nationals held in Tauranga in April.  Best of luck for this, Isabel.

Izzy Gold and Natalie Hutchens competed at the New Zealand Division II Swimming Championships in Invercargill last week.  Izzy won a gold medal in the 100m Butterfly, a silver medal in the Otago Girls 200m Freestyle Relay and a silver medal in the Otago Girls 200m Medley Relay.  Natalie won a silver medal in the Otago Girls 200m Freestyle Relay.

Lola Garden won the RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition held in Balclutha on Sunday.  Lola received a prize of $1000 as well as $1000 for St Hilda’s and a trip to Wellington to compete at the National finals where she has the chance to win a trip to Gallipoli.  Best of luck for this, Lola.

Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter, Brie Shea, Claudia Maker and Mia Knott (cox) won the Otago Polytechnic Trophy for Girls’ Senior Quad at the Head of the Harbour Rowing Regatta on Saturday.  St Hilda’s also won the Martha Gillies Trophy for Top Overall Girls’ School.  Well done to all of our crews that competed – it was a shame the weather interfered and they didn’t complete the whole programme. Below are the crews that placed:

  • In the Junior Girls/Boys Eight, the team of Alannah Hamilton, Emma Burnside, Ruby Grave, Sophie Armstrong, Helen Knott, Tamara Mason, Molly Gow, Emily Hurdle and Anna Frame (cox) placed 2nd.
  • In Senior Girls’ Quad, the team of Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter, Brie Shea, Claudia Maker and Mia Knott (cox) placed 1st and the team of Lili Sabonadiere, Kate Edwards, Georgia Hay, Josie Cook and Anna Frame (cox) placed 3rd
  • In the Junior Girls’ Double, Emma Burnside and Helen Knott placed 1st and Ruby Grave and Sophie Armstrong placed 3rd
  • In the Senior Girls’ Single Division One, Claudia Maker placed 2nd, and in Division Two Lili Sabonadiere placed 1st, Georgia Clarke placed 2nd and Josie Cook placed 3rd
  • In the Intermediate Girls’ Quad, Alannah Hamilton, Lusia Maiai, Hannah Hedges, Izzy Robertson and Anna Frame (cox) placed 2nd
  • In the Intermediate Girls Four, Helen Knott, Lusia Maiai, Hannah Hedges, Izzy Robertson and Emily Lynch-Sutherland (cox) placed 3rd

Kaylee Dickison marches in the Onyx U16 Marching Team and they have achieved great results this season. At the recent South Island Champs they placed 1st in Tech and Display. Last weekend they competed at the New Zealand Marching Championships in Auckland. On qualifying day they were placed 1st in Display and after a very close competition they achieved 3rd for Display and 4th for Champion Team.

We had two teams competing in the Russell McVeagh regional debating competition last Friday and Saturday. The girls were able to come up with some very strong arguments throughout the competition. Congratulations to Casey Brown, Beth Fitchett and Isabelle Robertson who were chosen for Otago Development Squads.

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 the following games:

  • Friday 1 April – Highlanders vs Force
  • Friday 22 April – Highlanders vs Sharks
  • Friday 13 May – Highlanders vs Crusaders
  • Saturday 16 July – Highlanders vs Chiefs

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.