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Weekly news – Term 4 | Week 9

2016 Dux, Kaya Fukushima, with Mrs Barron

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We held a very successful Leavers’ Service and Prize Giving this week. Our top honours awards for 2016 went to:

  • All Round Service: Kaya Fukushima
  • All Round Achievement: Casey Brown
  • Proxime Accessit: Holly Armstrong
  • Dux: Kaya Fukushima

Congratulations to the 2017 Prefects:

Head Girl
Laura Taylor

Deputy Head Girl
Georgia Hay

Head Boarders
Stella Keown and Izzy Perkins

Sport Prefects
Jess Faulks and Nicole Ruske

Art Prefects
Adithi Alexander and Molly Johnson

Josie Cook and Maddie Guthrie

Liaison Prefects
Mae Devereux and Kate Edwards

Congratulations to all students who received awards last night. The full list will be provided in the print newsletter, which will be posted home next week, along with reports.

Student Achievement

Bella Baker attended the ICAS Medal Ceremony in Auckland last weekend, receiving a medal for achieving the highest New Zealand mark in the Year 9 English exam.

The St Hilda’s First XI Cricket Team

The St Hilda’s First XI won the NZCT Secondary Schools’ Cricket Championships.

St Hilda’s achieved the following results at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships:

Junior Girls

Sarah Langsbury
80m hurdles 6th in final
100m made quarter finals
Long Jump 15th

Georgie Jessop
Javelin 7th (30.20m)

Senior Girls

Leonie Palmer
100m made semifinal
200m made semifinal
Long jump (fouled)

Joccoaa Palmer
300m Hurdles 6th in final
200m made semi final

Mikayla Thorn
Triple Jump 8th (10.32m)
Long Jump 21st

The 4x100m Relay Team, consisting of Caitlyn George, Sarah Langsbury, Leonie Palmer and Joccoaa Palmer, also placed first with a time of 49.70, beating Havelock North by 0.02s.

L-R Harriet Cottle, Lily Hornal, Tia Dougherty

The St Hilda’s Rugby Sevens Team – Ali Adams (Captain), Sam Casse, Lily Davies, Caitlyn George, Olivia George, Hannah Hedges, Abbey Johnston, Hayley Shallard, Meg Timu, Annie Timu, Jaclyn Williams and Holly Wright; coached by John Hedges and managed by Greta Mason, travelled to Auckland on Friday 2nd December to compete at the 30th Condor Sevens Finals.

The competition has grown over the years and this year 20 Senior Girls Teams were vying for silverware. Our first game of the tournament resulted in a loss against a very classy St Mary’s College from Wellington, who emerged as the 2016 tournament winners.

The team really stepped up in the 2nd game against Tauranga Girls’ College, who placed 3rd overall in 2015, losing by two points (final score 17-15).

The third and final game of day one pool play was against Mt Roskill Grammar – the girls taking the win 15 points to 14.

The two wins and points differential secured the girls a Bowl Quarter-Final against Cambridge High School, which they won 20-17. Kaipara College were too strong for them in the semi-final, thus putting them out of silverware contention and this loss marked the end of the tournament for the girls. Despite this, the girls played well and to their credit, the players and team management showed great sportsmanship both on and off the field, which competition officials commented on.

The Year 9 speech competition was held on Wednesday.  First place went to Lily Hornal, second place went to  Harriet Cottle and Tia Dougherty placed third.

The office closes for the year on December 16.  Startup dates for 2017 are on the Events Calendar page on the Parent Portal and they will also be published in the Otago Daily Times at the beginning of the year.

Wishing you all a safe and festive holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Volunteer Coach and Managers 2017

Thank you to all who have expressed interest in coaching and managing in 2017 and beyond. We are still taking applications – please apply in writing to the Head of Sport by emailing

To those who have applied already, we will be in contact with all applicants in February.

From the Sports Department

I would just like to take this opportunity to let you all know that I have resigned from my position of Head of Sport at St Hilda’s and will be moving back to Alexandra at the end of the school year. This has been a difficult decision, however I have decided family must come first.

Thanks for your support and I sincerely appreciate having the opportunity to work with you all and have enjoyed my time and a long association with St Hilda’s.

Greta Mason

Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 8

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Year 9s put on a wonderful display at the Passion Project Expo on Monday night.  We were treated to musical performances and there was a vast array of fascinating projects and activities including some wonderful baking available for purchase.  There is a great video of the Expo at Hilda’s Hub which can be viewed here.  Well done to all girls involved for the time and effort they have put in to this over the year.

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