Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A reminder of the upcoming Parent Seminar that is being held at the Otago Boys’ High Auditorium at 7.00pm on Tuesday 7 March.  This is open to all parents of students at  secondary schools across Otago.  More information is available in the picture above.

The Athletics results were announced at this week and school champions were acknowledged:

  • Ella Crooks – The Kardos Cup for Year 7 & 8 High Jump Champion
  • Kate Higham – the 800m Cup and 1500m Cup
  • Sarah Langsbury – The Junior Championship Long Jump Cup and the 100 Yard Junior Champion Cup
  • Trinity Maydon – The Intermediate High Jump Cup
  • Joccoaa Palmer – The Senior 400m Cup
  • Leonie Palmer – The Coleen Gale Cup for Senior Long Jump Champion
  • Georgia Rathbone – The Hanlon Challenge Cup for Senior High Jump Champion
  • Stella Rathbone – The Cook Cup for Year 7 & 8 Athletics Champion
  • Sarah Langsbury – The Winifred Preston Cup for Junior Athletics Champion
  • Amelia Scully – The Intermediate Champion Cup
  • Joccoaa Palmer – The Sports Challenge Cup for Senior Athletics Champion

Overall house results for the day were:

  • 1st – Havelock
  • 2nd – Wellington
  • 3rd – Nelson
  • 4th – Lawrence

Good luck to students involved in the Head of the Harbour Rowing Regatta and the South Island Secondary Schools’ Triathlon and Duathlon Championships over the weekend.

Our Academic Blues Assembly is being held on Tuesday at 11.30am.  We ask that all students are in formal uniform for this special service.

Congratulations to Riley Miller who has been selected to spend Term 2 at St Hilda’s in Perth as part of our exchange programme. I am sure she will be a great ambassador for our school.

Chapel Matters

This week we celebrated Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. On Shrove Tuesday we enjoyed delicious pikelets with jam and cream as part of the church tradition of having a last chance to indulge before entering the season of Lent. Then on Ash Wednesday, Lent truly begins as we contemplate the more serious side of life and prepare ourselves for the journey to Easter.

This year for Ash Wednesday we remembered people in Christchurch who experienced the frightening destruction of fire last week. One family only had a short time to grab some precious items and organise firemen to rescue their pets before they watched from a distance as their house burnt down. The Mum said she was “utterly devastated” and said there was nothing left to salvage from the pile of ash.

Life is precious and life is fragile, and the ash that we got on the back of our hands reminds us of that. The ash is mixed with olive oil, however, and this is symbolic of healing, hope and peace. No matter what we are going through now, or what we may have to go through in the future, the gifts of healing and hope and peace are always possible, even in the midst of ashes.

Tolcarne News

Tolcarne felt a little lonely this week with all of our Year 12 and 13 PE students away at camp either in the Abel Tasman or Murchison – we are so pleased they have had lovely weather.  Dunedin has also been enjoying the sunshine and the Tolcarne pool has had many after school swimmers.

The Night Noodle Market was a hit last Saturday night and the girls enjoyed tasting the range of foods on offer, I think the most popular food item was the pineapple and mango drink in a hollowed out pineapple.  The rain started and out came the rain ponchos, we returned early with full tummies.

We have to thank Steve and Leigh for helping us out with van driving over the last few weeks, Leigh will remain driving the van on a Thursday and Friday after school and Nicky O’Brien joins us next week for Monday through to Wednesday driving.

Our Gap student Lisa is the coach of  a senior volleyball team, its great to see them out on a Monday night practicing  on the court, they haven’t lost a game yet – Lisa is very proud of them.

The junior girls made paper dresses on Sunday afternoon with Robyn, we had some very creative styles produced.  This Saturday we have about 40 girls who have opted to join the Tolcarne trip to the big rugby game – Highlanders vs the Crusaders.

From the Guidance Network

Some students are making use of a new app which is able to unblock Snapchat.  We ask that you take time to ask how your daughter communicates with others.  Teach her to ‘stop and think’ before responding or sending messages/images.

Students are allowed their cell phones in the classroom, but unless they are required for an activity the girls should not be using them in class. Please help them manage this by resisting the urge to communicate using that medium until lunch or after school.

Please ensure your daughters come to school with their device charged for the school day’s activities. It becomes problematic if they arrive with 20% charge for the day.

Student Achievement

The Senior A touch team have qualified for South Island Champs in Christchurch on the 25th and 26th of March.

The Year 7 and 8 Cricket team was successful in the semi final played on Wednesday for the New Zealand Cricket Shield competition. The team beat Tahuna Intermediate at the Oval by 12 runs to progress to the Otago final in a fortnight against Balmacewan Intermediate.

Kaitlyn Hastie has been selected for the New Zealand U15 developing White Sox team, with training camps and a tour to follow later in the year.

Following trials, Georgia and Kate Heffernan have been selected for the South Team in the national Beko Netball League.  The league will feature 10 round robin games for each team before the top two earn a place in the grand final in Auckland on June 18.

St Hilda’s rowers raced at the Canterbury Junior Rowing Regatta at Lake Hood in Ashburton last weekend.  The following results were achieved:


GNov double Sophie Sinclair, Olivia Whelan-Henderson

GU15 double Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle
GU15 octuple Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle, Molly Gow, Charlotte Chapman-Cohen, Briar Grounds, Lola Verkerk, Molly Marsh, Emma Christie cox Grace Beattie

GU18 quad Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter, Kate Edwards, Josie Cook cox Charlotte Chapman-Cohen

GU18 double Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter
GU18 single Josie Cook
GU16 double Alannah Hamilton, Ruby Grave

GU18 quad Stella Keown, Melissa Gray, Molly Butt, Georgia Hay cox Tamara Mason

GU15 quad Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle, Molly Gow, Charlotte Chapman-Cohen cox Grace Beattie
GNov eight Briar Grounds, Lola Verkerk,Harriet Jolly, Olivia Whelan-Henderson, Sophie Sinclair, Emma O’Meara, Molly Marsh, Emma Christie cox Grace Beattie
GU15 eight Emma Burnside, Emily Hurdle, Molly Gow, Emma O’Meara, Molly Marsh, Emma Christie cox Grace Beattie

GU18 four Melissa Gray, Kate Edwards, Stella Keown, Molly Butt cox Tamara Mason
GU16 quad Alannah Hamilton, Ruby Grave, Harriet Jolly, Charlotte Chapman-Cohen cox Tamara Mason
GU18 single Imogen Corbett

We also had students competing in the South Island Senior Surf Lifesaving Champs at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch last weekend:

Phoebe Aburn (Brighton SLS Club)

  • 3 Individual U16 Medals:  1st in Board, 2nd in Surf Race and Diamond
  • 5 Team U19 Medals: 1st in Board Rescue, 2nd in Tube Rescue and Board Relay, 3rd in Surf Team and Taplin
  • 2 Team U16 Medals: 2nd in Beach Relay, 3rd in Board Rescue

Olivia Andrew (St Clair SLS Club)

  • 4 Individual U16 Medals:  1st in Surf Race and Diamond and Run, swim, run, 3rd in Board Race
  • 1 Team U19 Medal:  1st in Surf Team
  • 4 Team U16 Medals: 1st in Surf Team and Tube Rescue and Board Relay and Taplin

Georgia Rathbone (Waimarama SLS Club)

  • 2 Individual Open Medals:  2nd:  Beach Sprints and Beach Flags
  • 2 Individual U19 Medals: 1st: Beach Sprints and Beach Flags

Anaia Wiparata (St Clair SLS Club)

  • 1 Individual U16 Medal: 3rd in Ski
  • 2 Team U19 Medals: 1st in Double Ski, 1st in Ski Relay
  • 5 Team U16 Medals: 1st in Tube Rescue, 1st in Surf Team, 1st in Board Relay and 1st in Taplin, 2nd in Board Rescue

Good luck to those girls heading to the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Nationals at the end of March.

Super Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have once again kindly made available tickets for Highlanders games at Forsyth Barr Stadium.  The next game is on March 31 against the Rebels.

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 however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in 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.

We have also been given the opportunity to provide tickets for the New Zealand vs South Africa cricket test which will be held at the Otago University Oval on March 8 – 12.  Tickets provide access to the Village Green – a new initiative for this year.  These VIP day passes are selling for $95pp on Ticketek.

Tickets are also available for the Warriors game on 17 March.

If you are interested in attending any of these games, please email jpopa@shcs.school.nz.