Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 7

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We had a very successful ‘Dress as Your Favourite Book Character Day’ on Monday as part of our Library Celebration.  It was great to see the students and staff get in to the spirit of things.  As part of this week the form and tutor classes have been deciding on the book they will donate on Tuesday at assembly.

The Kapa Haka group have been busy practising for the Otago Polyfest which is taking place next Wednesday.  We wish them well for this.

Learning Conversations

Senior reports have been emailed home to parents this afternoon.  Learning Conversations, where you and your daughter will discuss this summary report with their teacher, will take place on Tuesday 20 September from 6.00pm – 9.00pm and on Friday 23 September from 9.00am – 3.00pm.

On Friday 23 September there are no formal classes scheduled so apart from the Learning Conversations your daughters are not required to be at school that day.  They are also not expected to wear uniform to the Learning Conversations.

The interview site for bookings will open on Monday 12 September at 9.00am and will close on Tuesday 20 September at 12.00pm.  It will re-open for further bookings on Wednesday 21 September at 9.00am before closing at 3.00pm on Thursday 22 September. Please visit https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ and enter the code jrpdp to make your bookings.

Blues Nominations – further details regarding the process for the inaugural Blues Evening on 14 October 2016

  • The girls will be notified by email in the last week of Term 3 in regards to the status of their Blue nominations i.e. successful and/or unsuccessful
  • The Cultural Blue nomination site will reopen in the last week of Term 3 for late Ballet and Hip Hop nominations. Even if results have not yet arrived, students are encouraged to complete a nomination form in the hope of results being available prior to the Blues evening.
  • Parents of successful nominees will receive invitations by email in the last week of September.
  • Our guest speaker for the evening is Deborah Manning.
  • The invitation only evening will begin at 7.00pm.
  • Students will be required to wear their formal school uniform.

Other Awards
Nominations for one year Service Awards will open late next week. Cultural Excellence Awards do not have to be applied for. This information will be forwarded to the Arts Council by the staff member in charge of that activity. These awards, along with a number of sports cups, will be presented at a student assembly early in Term 4. 

Year 10 Film Festival

The Year 10 Film Festival ended last Friday with all films screened in Whitby.  Results are as follows:

Best Overall ProductionThriller
Brigitte Clarke, Alannah Hamilton, Jordan McArley, Lily Mole, Reyana Wilson, Hayley Wright

2nd PlaceSilent
Emma Burnside, Kaya Dewes, Nicole Heaton, Millie Scully, Eve Scott, Sophie Sinclair

3rd PlaceHorror
Amelia Andrews, Rachel Caderas, Hollie Davison, Milly Elworthy, Abbie Laughton, Annabelle Sullivan

Highly CommendedMusical
Lilly-Anne Adam, Sophie Allison, Temple Flaws, Nicole Horrell, Sarah Pask, Anna Young, Siqi Zhang

Best ActorSophie Conner – Romance

People’s choice awardComedy
Kendall Brook, Abbey Cochrane, Lucy Cotter, Emma Horn, Kaitlin McIntyre, Poppy Smith

The following awards were also given out:

– Best use of set and/or location 
– Effective and purposeful editing 
– Effective integration of key elements 

– Best understanding of given genre 
– Creative use of special effects 

– Best use of music to enhance the production 
– Fluent development of the narrative 
– Most effective use of camera techniques 
– Innovative and effective storyboard communication   

Adventure (Harriet Jolly)
– Effective use and integration of props 

Crime (Tamara Mason)
– Creative use of sound effects 

– Effective use of costume 

Well done to all involved, a lot of fun was had and the end results were fantastic.

Student Achievement

Earlier this week we announced our 2016 Mana Pounamu Award Recipients – Katie Knowles (senior) and Cameron Taylor (junior).  The girls will be formally recognised at an award ceremony on 28 October.

Emma Taggart has been selected to attend a Mind, Body and Soul course at Outward Bound later this year.

Analee Toro has been selected in the Otago U13 Volleyball Team to play Southland and Aoraki on 17th September.

Good luck to Cecilia Crooks, Jessica Scott, Mackenzie Baines and Natalie Hutchens who are competing at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships this weekend in Wellington, we look forward to hearing the results.

Appalling weather on Wednesday saw the postponement of the Condor 7s Qualifying Games against South Otago High School. A new date has been set for Wednesday 21 September and the team will travel to Balclutha at the conclusion of the school day.

Kate Bryant represented New Zealand at the Australia School Games recently and as well as placing third in the 17-19 Girls and Mixed Synchronised Diving, she placed second in the Australia Teams Event and was also awarded a Sportsmanship Award for New Zealand at the Australian School Championships.

Winter Tournament – Final Results
The Senior A Basketball Team placed 6th in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Zone 4 Girls Qualifying Championships. The team has qualified for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Basketball Championships.

The A Hockey Team placed 31st at Federation Cup.

Spirit of Adventure Trust
The application process for the Spirit of Adventure Trust Voyages has now changed. No longer will schools be allocated voyages, you simply go to their website, check the sailing schedule and available berths to find a time that suits you and then follow the online booking process.

The Spirit of Adventure Trust continues their communication with the school to advise us of the students who have made bookings, to ensure there is no clash with applicants academic programme, such as internals, examinations, etc. So please choose your dates wisely.

Experience a 10-day voyage of a life time. The voyage is based on learning by doing and you will leave with a whole new set of skills, lots of new friends and a new confidence to take on the challenges in life.  If you are aged between 16-18 years, medically fit to complete the programme, then the Spirit could be for you!

Check out their website www.spiritofadventure.org.nz for more information on sailing schedules and availability, funding scholarships and fundraising tips and the booking process.

Mitre 10 Cup Rugby Tickets

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

  • 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.