Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 6

L-R Grace Cotter, Tessa McConachie and Lucy Woodhouse
L-R Grace Cotter, Tessa McConachie and Lucy Woodhouse

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A number of students completed projects for the 2016 Otago Science and Technology fair. This was an opportunity to showcase their scientific thinking and an understanding of the accepted scientific investigative process, as well as their creative and communication skills.  The following girls did particularly well, gaining one or more prizes:

Grace Cotter
– University of Otago – Department of Human Nutrition Award

Tessa McConachie  
– Forest and Bird Society Award
– Department of Conservation Award
– Birds New Zealand Award

Lucy Woodhouse
– Aurora Award

Jamie MacKenzie’s poem ‘The Girl Sitting Next to Me’ was selected as one of the ten best poems in the 2016 National Schools’ Poetry Award. Last weekend Jamie attended a Poetry Masterclass with the other finalists at the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at Victoria University in Wellington.  The Girl Sitting Next to Me also featured in the ODT’s Secondary Scene in July and can be read here.

Otago Polytechnic recently held Celebrate: Exhibition and Awards, an art competition for secondary school students.  The pieces were featured in an exhibition and judged by David Bell (UOCE), Graham Fletcher (DSA) and John Neumegen (DPAG).   Congratulations to Emily Woodhouse who won an excellence award for her piece.

A reminder that school will finish at 12.30pm on Tuesday 6 September to allow staff members to attend a PPTA/NZEI Paid Union Meeting.  School bus services will all run at normal times. If your daughter will be staying at school that afternoon can you please let the school office know. The library will be supervised for this.

A reminder that the Blues application site closes on Tuesday 6 September.  If you are a late Dance application, please complete the form now with as much information as you have to hand and write in spaces where information is required that an update is pending on exam/competition results.

Please don’t forget that we are re-running the Parent Seminar: Helping Your Daughter to Navigate in the 21st Century on Thursday September 22 in the school library at 7.00pm. If you are interested in attending the seminar,  please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz by Tuesday 20 September.

Year 10 students have had a busy three days with the Film Festival taking place.  Students are put in to groups and given a genre which they then have to write, star, direct, film and act in.  This culminates with the showing of the films in Whitby Hall which took place this afternoon.

Next week we are holding ‘Library Celebration’ – three days where student and staff have opportunities to celebrate all things bookish.   This will begin on Monday with a dress up day – students and staff are to dress as their favourite book characters. There will be competitions and visiting speakers and Tutor Groups and Form classes will decide on their donated book.  Students were asked to design a poster to promote Library Celebration and the winners were Natalie Hutchens, Miyeon Jeon and Molly Marsh.

Winter Tournament

Mrs Barron had the pleasure of joining the First XI Football team, the Senior A Netball team and golfer Annabel Evans at their respective tournaments in Nelson.  The football girls really appreciated the support from the netballers.

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The Senior A Netball Team cheering on the Football First XI in Nelson

The Junior A Basketball Team won the South Island Secondary Schools’ Basketball Tournament in Dunedin, beating Ashburton College in the final 75-55.

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The Junior A Basketball Team with Mr Ross (Coach)

The Senior A Basketball Team at the time of writing have won four of their five games at the South Island Secondary Schools’ AA Zone 4 Girls’ Premiership Tournament in Christchurch. Their tournament ends tomorrow and we wish them well for their final games.

The Football A Team placed 16th at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Football Tournament in Nelson.

The Senior A Netball Team won the South Island Secondary Schools’ Tournament in Nelson, beating Marlborough Girls’ College in the final 38-37.  Georgia and Kate Heffernan and Mariah Nelson made Tournament Team.  The Senior A’s will now be off to Nationals in October.

The Senior A Netball Team with Coach Lana Morrison and Assistant Coach Annette Heffernan

At the time of writing, the Hockey A Team are playing their last game in the Federation Cup in Auckland and results are to be confirmed.  The girls have played some hard games but have gained good experience from the tournament.

The Hockey B Team placed 10th at the Jenny McDonald Cup in Oamaru.

Annabel Evans has finished midfield at the New Zealand Women’s Age Group Golf Championship in Nelson.

Student Achievement

Kate Bryant represented New Zealand at the Australasian School Diving Championships in New South Wales and received a bronze medal in the synchronised diving.

At the South Island Swimming Championships Cecilia Crooks broke two South Island Records in the Girls 15yrs 200IM and 400Freestyle.  Cecilia and Jessica Scott received Gold in the 4×100 Relay for Otago Girls 15 years and under and broke the South Island Record for this relay.  Jessica also broke the Otago record for the 50m Butterfly at a competition in Invercargill last month with a time of 29.84 secs and Cecilia has been selected to represent New Zealand at the 2016 Australian State Teams Short Course Championships being held in Canberra.

Mitre 10 Cup Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly made available tickets to Mitre 10 Cup games at Forsyth Barr Stadium on the following dates:

  • 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.