Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 9

Best Banner at Maadi Cup 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A large number of students have been away from school this week involved in Summer Tournament Week.  The Touch team were runners up in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Touch Tournament with a loss in extra time against Columba in the final.  The Water Polo team placed third at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Water Polo Tournament.  The rowing girls started their week at Maadi Cup by winning the banner competition.  The Girls’ U15 Coxed Quad Sculls team (E Burnside, E Hurdle, M Gow, C Chapman-Cohen, cox G Beattie) placed 5th in their C Final.  The Girls’ U18 Double Sculls team (I Corbett, G Hunter) placed 4th in their C Final.  The Girls’ U18  Single Sculls (J Cook) placed 2nd in the C Final.  The Girls’ U18 Novice Coxed Eight (E O’Meara, H Jolly, S Sinclair, O Whelan-Henderson, B Grounds, L Verkerk, M Marsh, E Christie, cox T Mason) placed 2nd in their B Final.  Later this afternoon the Girls’ U18 Novice Double Sculls (S Sinclair, O Whelan-Henderson) will be racing in a B Final and we wish them well for this.

As was stated in last week’s newsletter, Learning Conversations between parents, students and teachers will be held on Monday 1st May, meaning school will not be running formal classes.  Term 2 classes will start on Tuesday 2 May at 8.40am.  The Learning Conversations will be held at the following times:

9.30am – 12.30pm
1.00pm – 3.25pm
4.00pm – 6.00pm

Girls are not required to wear uniform to the Learning Conversations.  The interview site will open on Tuesday 4 April and remain open until Friday 28 April.  You will need the following details to make a booking:

Site:  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Login: bxyku

Please remember to leave time between bookings to move from one appointment to the next.

The end of term Easter Eucharist service will be held at 11.30am on Monday 10th April.  We ask that all students are in formal uniform for this special service.  This will also be the last service that Bishop Kelvin Wright leads for the school.

Vietnam Cultural Tour 2018

We are planning to take a cultural tour to Vietnam in 2018.  This trip will be very similar to the trips we have previously taken and will be open to any students who will be in Year 12 or 13 in 2018. Parents are also very welcome to join the trip. The dates for this trip will be 10 – 28 April 2018. The estimated cost for this will be $6120 (student) and $5620 (parent).

We will be holding an information meeting on Sunday 30th April at 4pm in the school chapel where I look forward to outlining the trip in more detail. If you are unable to attend but interested in joining the trip please let me know and I will send you through the information.  My contact email is  jmaw@shcs.school.nz.  If you would like to get a feel for the trip, you can visit the 2016 Vietnam Blog here.

Chapel Matters

On Monday we had some visitors from Anglican Family Care (AFC) speak in chapel about the “It’s Not Ok” campaign. This is to try and raise awareness of a whole variety of behaviours like physical or emotional violence in the home, sideline aggression at sports’ games, or bullying at school, which are not ok. They also have another angle on the campaign which reminds us that “It Is Ok” to ask for help and to speak out about these things. Each whanaungatanga group was given a selection of pamphlets, posters and other promotional material about the campaign (and about AFC in general) which girls can then take home, put in the doctor’s waiting room, or give to Mum or Dad to put on a work notice board etc. This replaces our Food Bank collection for the upcoming Easter Eucharist service at the end of term. The campaign is a region-wide one with many different community groups supporting it. They have created a whole lot of really cool regional posters such as the one above.

News from Tolcarne

This week saw the introduction of the Breakfast Smoothie, which the girls are loving.  Jodie, our Catering Manager, has designed a user friendly smoothie station with loads of goodness – fruits, spinach, kale, LSA, almonds and yoghurt.

We have introduced a new leadership initiative for the Year 12 boarders.  Applications close today and we look forward to appointing Year 12 Boarding Leaders of the juniors.  The Boarding Leaders will assist the House staff with Year 9 and 10 Tolcarne duties and pastoral care, beginning in Term 2.

Marcelle, our Guidance Counsellor, came to Tolcarne and facilitated a ‘friendship’ workshop with the Year 10 girls on Tuesday evening; the girls were engaged and contributed confidently.

From the PFA – Save the Date

The PFA are holding a fundraising Mid Winter Extravaganza on Friday 30 June at the College of Education Auditorium on Union Street from 6.00pm – 8.30pm.  This event will showcase the many singing and dancing skills of our students.  More information, including ticket prices, will come soon but for now, mark the date on your calendar!

From the Rowing Committee

The 2017/2018 Entertainment Book will soon be available.  Sales of the Entertainment Book are a valuable source of fundraising for the School Rowing club with 20% of all income coming back to the club.

The funds raised from this years’ book sales will go toward the club’s purchase of a new boat trailer, enabling all St Hilda’s boats to be shipped to regattas on a single trailer without the need to seek and pay for transport from other schools.

Orders can be placed here with orders placed prior to the 5th of April also receiving additional “Early Bird” vouchers.  Thank you in advance for your support.

For further information please contact:

Mike Christie
021 519 301

Student Achievement

The Senior Relay Team (l-r) Sarah Langsbury, Mikayla Thorn, Georgia Rathbone, Amelia Andrews

We achieved some great results at the Otago Southland Athletics Championships last weekend:

Kristen Willis
U14 – PB in Shotput and Discus

Sarah Langsbury
U14 – 1st 80m Hurdles, 1st and a PB of 1.56m for High Jump, 2nd Long Jump and 3rd 100m

Georgie Jessop
U15 – 2nd Javelin

Georgia Mitchell
1st 3000m and 3rd 1500m

Kate Higham
U19 – 1st 1500m and 3rd 800m

Amelia Andrews
U16 – 2nd 100m and 3rd 200m

Georgia Rathbone
U19 – 1st Pole Vault, 2nd 100m and 3rd 200m

Mikayla Thorn
U19 – 2nd Triple Jump and 3rd Long Jump

Senior Girls’ Relay
3rd – Mikayla Thorn, Georgia Rathbone, Amelia Andrews and Sarah Langsbury  

(L-R) Jessica Scott, Cecilia Crooks, Nicole Heaton, Natalie Hutchens

Cecilia Crooks, Nicole Heaton, Natalie Hutchens and Jessica Scott qualified for the New Zealand National Age Group Swimming Championships and competed last week in Wellington.  Jessica won the 200m Fly and came 2nd in the 50m & 100m Fly and was a finalist in the 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle and 200IM.  Cecilia placed 2nd in 800m Freestyle and was a finalist in the 400 IM and Nicole was a finalist in the 50m,100m & 200m Backstroke and 400IM.

Old Girl Bella James was flown to the ANZ Cricket Awards in Auckland to receive her award for Secondary School Girls’ Young Cricketer of the Year.