Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 4

Mrs Barron with Holly Armstrong and Kaya Fukushima at the Class Act Awards

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Yesterday Mrs Barron attended the annual Class Act Awards at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.  Holly Armstrong and Kaya Fukushima were this year’s recipients and were presented their awards by the Rt Hon John Key. It was a lovely function and the girls were great ambassadors for the school.


We have a large number of sports teams involved in finals in Netball tomorrow and Hockey on Monday.  The full draws are available here – the girls always appreciate extra support and encouragement on the sideline so if you do have time to make it to a game or two, this would be welcomed.  Good luck to students involved in these upcoming games.

Next week seniors will be sitting benchmark exams.  This is an opportunity for the girls to practice their exam skills, and ascertain where they are with their learning and what next steps they need to take to be the best they can be in November for the NCEA externals. As much as is practicable, the examinations are run by the  NZQA guidelines to ensure authenticity .

If students are for some reason unable to sit their NCEA exams at the end of the year, this mid year grade will be used as a derived grade. We urge students to take these benchmark exams seriously, prepare well and use the opportunity wisely, and I am sure they will.

A reminder of next week’s Course Selection Evening, which will be held on Tuesday 23 August, will be focused on looking at the resources that are available to assist families to make an informed course selection for 2017.

The evening will include a guest speaker, have representatives from Otago University and Otago Polytechnic in attendance for next step discussions and allow you to rotate around four mini workshops which will cover the following:

  • Careers NZ Site and the Academic Programme Site
  • NCEA
  • Option Selection
  • Wellness and your daughter’s academic programme

Times for the evening are as follows:

Years 9 and 10 (Current year group)
5.55 – 6.00: Brief welcome in the Chapel
6:00 – 6.15: Workshop 1
6.20 – 6.35: Workshop 2
6.40 – 6.55: Workshop 3
7.00 – 7.15: Workshop 4
7.30 – 7.45: Guest Speaker in the Chapel for all year levels.

Years 11 and 12 (Current year group)
7.50 – 8.05: Workshop 1
8.10 – 8.20: Workshop 2
8.25 – 8.40: Workshop 3
8.45 – 9.00: Workshop 4

A reminder that nominations for the Blues Awards close at noon on Tuesday 6 September.  The link to the application forms is under Informational Links on the front page of the Parent Portal – students must be signed in to their school email account in order to view and submit these forms.

Next week the Madrigal choir are participating in The Big Sing Finale which is being held at the Town Hall from the 25-27th August.  As the only Otago/Southland choir to be selected for the national competition, we are immensely proud of the girls and wish them and Mr Grant (Choir Director) and Mr Madden (Voice Coach) all the very best for the event.

Paid Union Meeting

An email was sent earlier in the week informing parents of an upcoming Paid Union Meeting.  School will close at 12.30pm on Tuesday 6 September in order for NZEI and PPTA members to attend the meeting.  Although school will officially remain open until 3:25pm that afternoon, there will be no formal classes operating.  However, there will be supervision in the Library for students who need to stay at school until the end of the school day.  Please email admin@shcs.school.nz if your daughter needs to remain at school for the afternoon.

Student Achievement

The Senior A Netball team finished their season in 3rd place in the Premier A Reserve Grade after beating Taieri College Senior A 65-35 last night.

Four students have been named in the Otago Interprovincial Rowing team after successfully trialling last weekend.  They will be training with the team for the next six weeks and will then attend the Interprovincial Regatta in Twizel in October.
Claudia Maker is in the Women’s U20 quad. She will race in the U20 double with Hayley from Queens High and will pair up with two Dunstan High scullers for the quad. Gabby Hunter, Georgia Hay and Josie Cook will race the U20 four and U20 quad with the remaining crew member from Columba.

At last weekend’s NZCAF Regional Hip Hop and Aerobics Competition we had the most students participate to date.  A large number made finals and from this there will be a large group going to Nationals, so an extremely good result all around!

Rookie Teams
1st – Branwen Jones and Bella Devereux
2nd – Trinity Maydon and Olivia Buchanan-Letts

Year 7 & 8 Teams
2nd – Gabi Horo and Maia Lamb

Senior Secondary Open Novice
2nd – Isabel Woodhouse
3rd – Sian Hanlin

Junior Secondary Open Novice
3rd – Lily Mole

Senior Secondary Open
3rd – Emma Alcock

Fitness Team
3rd – Cara Thomson, Isabel Woodhouse, Zara Anthony-Whigham, Madi Thomson, Libby Ward, Gracie Hannagan and Grace Wallace

Qualified for Nationals
Emma and Hannah Alcock (Senior Secondary Teams)
Lydia Holmes (Senior Secondary Open Novice)
Zara Anthony-Whigham (Senior Secondary Open)
Jessica Scott (Junior Secondary Open Novice)
Grace Brenssell (Secondary Novice)

Y7/8 Same School Crew
1st – Fusion: Grace Cotter, Luana Ashton Amelia Johnston, Olivia Hall, Millie Dickson, Phoebe Holdridge, Dani Willsman and Annika Marriner

Y9-13 Same School Crew
3rd – Lega-C:  Helen Knott, Zara Anthony-Whigham, Lili Clouston-Cain, Eva Meeuws, Samara Ali, Tyra Styles, Millie Scully and Hannah Alcock
Qualified for Nationals – Illmatic: Amy Kornyei, Lola Garden, Cara Thomson, Libby Ward, Emma Alcock, Grace Stewart, Casey Brown and Cameron Taylor

ITM Cup Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly made available tickets to ITM Cup games at Forsyth Barr Stadium on the following dates:

  • Thursday 25 August 7:35pm Otago v Wellington
  • Wednesday 31 August 7:35pm Otago v Northland
  • Saturday 10 September 4:35pm Otago v Tasman
  • Saturday 17 September 2:35pm Otago v North Harbour
  • Saturday 8 October 5:35pm Otago v Counties Manukau

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.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation with all funds going to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on 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 in these tickets.