Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 1


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the beginning of Term 4 – where has 2016 gone?  This term is a short but busy one.  We have Year 11 students this afternoon busy putting the final touches on their art boards so they can be sent away. Seniors are focussed on preparing for their externals in these final weeks before their NCEA examinations begin.

This evening we are holding our first ever Blues Evening – an event with combined Culture, Service and Sport awards.  The number of girls receiving awards is always significant and simply shows just how much talent we have in various areas here at St Hilda’s.

St Hilda’s Day is coming up on Sunday 30 October.  This will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral and we ask all students to be at the cathedral in formal uniform by 9.30am for roll call to be taken at 9.40am.  This is a compulsory event on the school calendar and if for some reason your daughter can’t make it we ask that you email admin@shcs.school.nz

PFA Soap Fundraiser

As part of our plan to raise funds for the Sports and Cultural Fund we are trying something a little different with an Ecostore “Good Soap” fundraiser.

Selling for $2.50 each, the 80g Ecostore soaps are excellent value and $1 from each soap will go to the Sports and Cultural Fund to assist our students to attend a range of New Zealand and International events.

We have distributed the soap in two batches, the first of which was given out at the end of last term to allow girls to sell over the holidays.  The remainder will be handed out on Monday. Each family will receive one box of 24 soaps to sell.

Fundraising activities like this make an important contribution to PFA funds and we appreciate your help with this.

Ruth Napper – Ecostore Fundraiser Organiser

Student Achievement

At the New Zealand Short Course Swimming Champs, Cecilia Crooks won gold medals in the 400IM and 800 free in girls 15 years, a silver medal in the 400free and bronze medals in the 200IM, 200free, 100free and 4x 100 freestyle relay.  Jessica Scott won bronze medals in the 50fly, 100fly and 200fly.

The following students represented St Clair Surf Lifesaving Club at the NZ Surf Lifesaving Pool Champs.


Olivia Gold

Silver Medals

  • Open Womens 100 Meter Manikin Relay
  • Open Womens 200 Meter Medley Relay
  • Open Womens 200 Meter Obstacle Relay

Bronze Medals

  • Under 19 Womens 200 Meter Super Lifesaver
  • Under 19 Womens 100 Meter Manikin Tow
  • Under 19 Womens 100 Meter Rescue Medley

Olivia Andrew

Gold Medal

  • Under 14 Womens 100 Meter Brick Relay – NZ Record

Silver Medals

  • Under 14 Womens 200 Meter Medley Relay
  • Under 14 Womens 200 Meter Obstacle Relay
  • Under 14 Womens 50 Meter Brick 

Breane Byck’s ice hockey team took silver in the National U14 Peewee Ice Hockey tournament in Queenstown.  She got player of the day for a shutout ( letting no pucks past the entire game ) on the first day and also took away the U14 Southern Goaltender Skills Champion Trophy.

At the recent Gymsport National Competition Grace Brenssell (Step 7), Madeline Dippie and Branwen Jones (both Step 6) represented Otago in Gymnastics.  Emma Alcock and Sophie Sinclair represented Otago in Aeroskools.  Emma placed 1st overall in Level 5 Aeroskools, Sophie placed 2nd overall in Level 4 Aeroskools and Branwen placed 7th in Step 6 beam.

Jess Faulks and Abbey Johnston and been named in the New Zealand Under 18 Girls Touch Team and Olivia O’Neill has been named in the New Zealand Under 18 Mixed Touch Team.

Holly White has been named in the National Women’s Football Squad.

Lillian Gibbs and Madeline Guthrie have again been selected from over 250 applicants for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Choir.