Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 1

Nelson - Winners of the House Cheerleading Competition
Nelson – Winners of the House Cheerleading Competition

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the new term.  We hope both parents and students found the new format of Monday’s Learning Conversations useful and informative. We have received some very positive feedback from parents, so thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. The girls enjoyed bringing their reflections to the meetings and staff are already seeing girls utilising the information from the learning conversations in the classroom, which is what  the changed format was all about.

The Vietnam girls returned on Friday after a most enjoyable trip.  Their adventures were well recorded on their Facebook page, and the photos and stories told of new learning, increased cultural awareness and an appreciation for the opportunities they have. The spread of activities and the distances travelled ensured an excellent  cultural experience. A special thank you to Mrs Maw as the tour leader, and staff Ms Corkery, Mrs Jones, Mrs Smith and Ms Allott for their contributions to a very successful trip. We look forward to  assembly where the girls will report back on their time away.


Mrs Barron, Mrs Dey and Mrs Haggie, along with Year 10 students Olivia Hall and Sophie Dempster, have been away on Country Visits this week.  This is an opportunity for boarder families to meet key staff and find out more about St Hilda’s and boarding at Tolcarne prior to our Boarder Open Day, which is next Thursday 12 May, starting at 10.00am at school.

Swimming Sports was held on Wednesday.  We had a slightly different format this year with the Cheerleading Competition being held at school before girls made their way to the pool.  Nelson were the proud winners of the Cheerleading Competition – full swimming results are still being collated and will be published next week.

Student Achievement

Casey Brown and Old Girl Ihlara McIndoe have been selected as part of a 10 strong delegation of young women from New Zealand to attend the Women Deliver Conference which will be held in Copenhagen on May 16-19.  Women Deliver’s fourth global conference will see 5000 – 6000 attendees from civil society, government, the private sector and the media come together for the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Incredible speakers from Gro Harlem Bruntdland to Dr Margaret Chan, Melinda Gates, Helen Clark and Graça Machel will consider how the SDGs need to be implemented so they matter most for girls and women.

Lola Garden has been selected to attend the Andoya Space Camp in Norway from the end of June to July 9.  She is one of only two students from NZ selected for the camp, which is a real honour. Lola is very passionate about space and astronomy and the panel were most impressed with her.

We look forward to hearing of the girls adventures and experiences on their return.

The Senior A Netball Team competed in the Total Netball Tournament in Christchurch during the first weekend of the school holidays. The team played extremely well, making it through to the final in nine unbeaten games, where they played an Australian Regional Team – Newcastle. The girls won the final 32-28, a very pleasing start to the season.

On Saturday 16th April, six St Hilda’s girls competed in the Palmerston & Waihemo Interschools’ Equestrian Competition, consisting of one dressage test and one round of showjumping with everyone performing really well. The team was placed 4th overall and achieved the following individual results:

  • Lola Verkerk – 3rd in the 60cm jumping
  • Ella Morshius – 1st in the 80cm jumping and 2nd in the dressage test
  • Emily Lynch-Sutherland – 1st in the 90cm dressage

A team of ten girls travelled to Lower Hutt in the second week of the school holidays to compete at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Water Polo Championships, the first time a St Hilda’s team has competed at the nationals in this discipline. The competition was extremely tough and an excellent experience for the team, which haven’t been exposed to this level of competition before. The team performed well, placing 12th overall in New Zealand.

Shanae Barton entered her Arrowtown painting (which was on display in our foyer last year) into the Hope and Sons Art Awards.  260 pieces of artwork were entered throughout the South Island and Shanae’s was one of 172 to be accepted for the exhibition, which is now open to the public and can be viewed at the Otago Art Society in the Dunedin Railway Station until May 29.  Please note there is a $2.00 entry fee to view the exhibition.

Cecilia Crooks, Jessica Scott, Mila Jojic and Nicole Heaton attended the New Zealand Age Group Swimming Championships in Wellington in the first week of the school holidays. The girls all did well, particularly Jessica and Cecilia who achieved 100% PBs:

Girls – 13 Years: Jessica Scott (Kiwi)
Silver medal – 100m Butterfly
Bronze medal – 50m Butterfly
Bronze medal – 200m Butterfly (6.54 sec PB)

Girls – 15 years: Cecilia Crooks (Neptune)
Bronze medal – 400m Freestyle
Silver Medal – 800 Freestyle (9.87 sec PB)

Cecilia just missed out on the bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle by 0.44 sec.  She has also been selected for the 2016 Swimming New Zealand  National Talent Identification Squad that seeks to develop swimmers capable of achieving international success.

Cross Country Results

Year 9
1st Harriet Cottle 19.44.380 Record 2016
2nd Branwyn Jones 20.19.562
3rd Sarah Langsbury 20.26.382
Year 10
1st Olivia Hall 18.39 Record 2016
2nd Sophie Sinclair 19.00
3rd Emily Hurdle 19.11
Year 11
1st Kate Higham 17.08.952 Record 2016
2nd Georgia Mitchell 17.43.105
3rd Olivia O’Neill 19.20.434
Year 12
1st Suzie White 18.16
2nd Mariette Devereux 20.13
3rd April Dobbie 20.20
Year 13
1st Brie Shea 18.39 Record 2016
2nd Anna Power 18.51
3rd Olivia Gold 19.01

Please Note: due to a mix-up with the Year 7 and 8 Cross Country Course, this event will be re-run in the spring.

Sports Commencing Term 2:

Football – Thursday 3 May
Basketball – Senior and Junior A Teams – Friday 6 May
Basketball – Social teams – Friday 13 May
Badminton – Secondary Schools – Tuesday 10 May
Miniball – Year 7 & 8 – Monday 9 May
Canoe Polo – Sunday 8 May
Hockey – Secondary Schools – Monday 9 May
Hockey – Year 7 and 8 – Friday 13 May
Netball – Secondary Schools – Saturday 7 May
Netball – Year 7 and 8 – Thursday 12 May
Rugby – Wednesday 11 May
Ice Hockey – Wednesday 11 May