Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 10

The St Hilda’s Waterpolo Team – 2nd place getters at the SISS Waterpolo Championships

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The past week has been a busy one with students away at Maadi, Waterpolo Championships and the New Zealand Schools’ Triathlon.  Results from these events are posted below in student achievement.  There are still crews participating in one A and three B finals at Maadi tomorrow and we wish them luck for these final races.  Good luck also to students involved in Otago Primary Schools’ Swimming Champs tomorrow.

The St Hilda’s Cross Country is to be held next Tuesday.  A briefing paper has been sent to students, and parents can view it here.

The Vietnam trip departs next Tuesday afternoon.  The girls will no doubt be excited and counting the days.  We wish the group a safe and enjoyable journey.

The Arts Prefects have been busy planning the school’s first Arts Assembly of the year.  It will take place next Wednesday at 12.00pm – there is always a wonderful assortment of items and it is always great to see the talent that our girls have.

Gifted and Talented Survey

This year we are surveying all parents to provide them with an opportunity to nominate their daughter(s) if you think your daughter has a special gift and/or talent in a specific area.  We would like to hear about your daughter from a family/parent point of view. Please keep a watch out in your email for this survey early in the week with accompanying information links.

Thanking you – the GATE Working Party

A reminder that school finishes at 12.00pm next Friday 15 April.

As stated in previous newsletters, Learning Conversations (previously parent teacher interviews) will be taking place on Monday 2 May at the following times:

11.00am – 1.30pm
2.00pm – 5.00pm
6.00pm – 8.30pm

Girls are not required to attend formal classes as the morning will be teacher only until 11.00 am when the Learning Conversations will begin. They are not required to wear uniform to the Learning Conversations.  The interview site will open on Monday 11 April and remain open until Friday 29 April.  You will need the following details to make a booking:

Site:  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Login: rhj7c

Please remember to leave time between bookings to move from one appointment to the next.

Student Achievement

Results from the 2016 South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships:

Under 14
Sarah Langsbury
1st 80m Hurdles
2nd Long Jump
3rd 100m
4th High Jump

Georgie Jessop
3rd Javelin

Under 15
Sophie Sinclair
4th 3000m
9th 1500m

Beryn Abbott
3rd Discus
7th Shot Put

Under 16
Kate Higham
7th 1500m

Georgia Mitchell
10th 1500m

Under 19
Leonie Palmer
5th 200m
7th 100m

Joccoaa Palmer
3rd 300m Hurdles
4th 200m
5th Triple Jump

Mikayla Thorn
7th Long Jump
7th Triple Jump

Under 19 4x100m Relay – 3rd
Mikayla Thorn, Leonie Palmer, Joccoaa Palmer, Millie Scully

Anaia Wiparata competed last weekend in the Surf Rescue National Championships in Papamoa. Her team got a gold medal in the U21 Single Rescue and a silver Medal in the U21 Mass Rescue. These are pretty exciting results for her team, and for St Clair Surf Lifesaving, as they got top team in the South Island and second overall in NZ.

At the South Island Secondary Schools’ Waterpolo Championships, St Hilda’s placed second, losing 4-3 to Burnside in the final.

At the New Zealand Schools’ Triathlon, the team of Ella Coggan, Phoebe Aburn and Sophie Sinclair placed 14th in the U16 category and Natalie Hutchens placed 21st in the Individual U14 category.

We had three rowing crews reach A finals at Maadi and four made B finals.  The U15 coxed quad scull team of Alannah Hamilton, Emma Burnside, Helen Knott, Emily Hurdle and Mia Knott (cox) placed 4th in their A final.  The U17 coxed quad scull team of Imogen Corbett, Brie Shea, Gabby Hunter, Claudia Maker and Mia Knott (cox) placed 7th in their A final.  In the final race of the day for St Hilda’s, the U15 coxed four team of Alannah Hamilton, Emma Burnside, Ruby Grave, Emily Hurdle and Emily Lynch-Sutherland (cox) placed 8th in their B final.

Catherine Davidson, Samantha Ellison and Harriet King-Begg achieved their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award.

At the Otago Cricket Association Awards, Neil Rosenberg was honoured with a Service to Cricket award. This is a very prestigious award, which recognises service to the game over many years.  St Hilda’s cricket featured at the awards on a number of occasions with past and present students awarded as well as the 1st XI who have won and will go through to Nationals again at the end of the year.

 From the Wellbeing Club


This term the Health and Wellbeing club is off to a great start! We have created a Health and Wellbeing corner in the foyer where every week there are new healthy recipes and quotes to get the girls inspired and motivated.  It’s bright and colourful so it’s hard to miss. We have been involved with a chalk colouring lunch time which was also a great success, and we have been working in some of the Year 7 and 8 classes to help create a gratitude tree. We all cut out leaves and next term we are working to get a tree up and running around the school and to get everyone involved. A couple of us attended a conference with all the other schools in Otago about Health and Mindfulness, and we hope everyone is still doing mindfulness in class as we strongly encourage it.

We have been doing some great stuff and plan to do more awesome stuff in the coming terms so keep an eye out for it! And remember – everyone is welcome.

Madi Hughes
On behalf of the Wellbeing Club