Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The sun shone for a beautiful Athletics Day yesterday.  The girls were full of energy and enthusiasm, demonstrated most in the House Cheerleading Competition.  Results from the day are still being collated and will be announced at the next full school assembly.

Year 9 students will take part in an ‘Urban Day’ on Monday prior to their departure for camp at River Ridge Retreat on Tuesday.  The girls will visit Toitu, the original site of St Hilda’s and the graves of Sisters’ Geraldine and Etheleen.   We wish students and staff a safe and enjoyable week.

Good luck to the students involved in the Otago Secondary Schools’ Rowing Regatta tomorrow.

Earlier this week we reminded the girls of our standards and expectations regarding uniform etc.  Please support us by ensuring they abide by them.

Wear it immaculately – this is a significant investment by Mum and Dad
No foundation/makeup
No nail polish

Students may have two small studs in each ear (no larger than the size of a hole punch) – could be a heart shape/bird….
A watch
No rings, bangles, bracelets, necklaces
(students can email their Dean in the first instance if there are any concerns about this)

Classroom teachers will set the ground rules for them, but at lunch time for the first half there will be no devices please.  This is a time for students to interact in person with those around you

Corridor etiquette
Keeping to the left in the corridors and on the stairs

Lunch rooms – are available, but in the first instance we expect students to be outside, we will provide access to the lunch rooms when the weather is cool or wet

Punctuality – remember to factor in walking or driving in busy morning traffic as you plan your trip to school. Where possible please drop your daughter off further along Royal Tce, to avoid unnecessary traffic through the Cobden St, Royal Tce intersection, and through the Kea Crossing. Cars going through the intersection, to get right outside the Archway, which then return back through the same intersection a few minutes later, further congest an already busy road. Lateness to class means valuable information is being missed.

We will be vigilant with these standards and expectations and ask that students abide by them.

Student Achievement

The following students have recently been selected for Otago Representative Softball teams:

Otago Under 15 Girls
Summer Phillips
Kaitlyn Hastie

Otago Under 17 Girls
Kaitlyn Hastie
Teea Francis
Jaclyn Williams

The Otago Under 15 Girls played Central Otago in December, winning the Murphy Family Trophy, beating Central Otago 6-2.  They then played at the South Island Championships in Dunedin in January, winning five of their eight games.

The Under 17 Girls played at the U17 National Championships in Palmerston North in January and with such a young team played well against strong competition.

Special congratulations to Kaitlyn Hastie who was named in the U15 Girls South Island Tournament Team.  She heads to Lower Hutt to play in a North Island vs South Island games, looking to be considered for selection into the New Zealand Developing Sox squad that will be named after this tournament.

Kate Heffernan has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Netball squad.

Isabel Woodhouse attended the Walsh Memorial Flying School in January in Matamata.  Isabel received intensive training, which included 2-3 flights with an instructor per day, passed her exam, was presented her “Wings” and completed two Solo flights.

Tolcarne News

The Tolcarne junior girls last weekend had an active weekend with Robyn, their Junior Dean, and the weekend Tolcarne staff.  Teresa invented a treasure hunt on Saturday around Tolcarne, they walked to the Botanical Gardens on Sunday and enjoyed a scenic tour of Dunedin on Monday, finishing up with fish and chips at Otago Boys in their grandstand.

Our Year 13 leaders lead St Hilda’s athletics day with pride – dressed in house colours, supporting girls in all events and participating in the house events with enthusiasm.

Many of our girls had a successful day at Athletics, enjoying a sunny Dunedin day, in some cases a little to much as there was a touch of pink that night at Tolcarne!

Homework in the evenings has started for the girls and the homework expectations and guidelines have been discussed with the girls.  Expectations for each year level can be viewed below:

Junior Homework Expectations

Year 11 Homework Rules

Year 12 Homework Rules

Year 13 Homework Rules

Next week we will miss the Year 9s as they head of to their retreat.