Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 3

The Badminton team who placed 1st at Winter Quad

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Well done to all girls who were recently away representing St Hilda’s at the annual Winter Quad, hosted by St Margarets College.  St Hilda’s placed 1st in Badminton, 2nd in Debating and Netball and 3rd in Hockey, placing us 1st equal over all.

The 2017 Blues Evening will be held on Friday 27 October.  The forms for submitting applications will open next Tuesday afternoon and students must submit their own application using their St Hilda’s email address to log in.  We will inform girls and parents when the sites are open for accepting applications.

A reminder of our upcoming parent seminar on Monday 28 August at 7.00pm – Looking over the Horizon: Learning, Young Women and Change, hosted by Professor Erica McWilliam.  More information can be found here.  We ask that you RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz if you would like to attend.  Erica’s presentations are entertaining, challenging and informative and we are delighted that we have been able to secure a date when she could work with our staff and community. This is a seminar not to be missed!

From the Finance Committee

As you are aware, there have been changes made to the way the school both recovers costs, and delivers invoices to you.

We can confirm that, other than the published increase in school donations and Board of Proprietor’s attendance dues (refer the printed newsletter issued in December 2016), there have been no specific increases in schooling costs being passed onto parents.  All curriculum costs are now collated and invoiced monthly, as opposed to some costs being collected as cash or ad hoc internet banking payments and lump Term by Term billing for the balance.   In essence, we are seeking to create efficiencies, as you can imagine the complexity of multiple small payments for every sport and curriculum cost (e.g. books) for 450 girls having to be picked up from bank statements, and coded accordingly.

To reduce your personal compliance in respect of the monthly invoices, we do encourage you to take advantage of the school’s direct debit facility.  This does not reduce your ability to challenge us if there is an erroneous charge (e.g. a netball charge for your daughter who doesn’t play) – credits will be given in such circumstances.  Our team are working to create a seamless and transparent system that supports our girls’ activities and families’ commitments.

St Hilda’s student charges/donations are in line with, and generally slightly less, than similar integrated schools in Dunedin, and we continue to offer excellent value for money and a high quality of education.  However, our reality is that we, like all business and schools, have rising costs that are not funded by the Government, and these need to be managed as effectively and efficiently as possible. Donations and fees need to be paid on a timely basis for us to be able provide your daughter with an excellent education.  We are a high performing school in many areas, and we need your support to provide those opportunities to your daughters.

As always, I am happy to take your feedback or questions, as are the admin team.

Scott Mason
Chair, SHCS Finance Committee

From the PFA

Thanks to Otago Polytech, we have a wonderful opportunity to raise some money for the PFA.  We require 10-12 people to man 5-6 carparks around the Forsyth Barr stadium on the evening of the All Black test (Saturday 26 August).  You will need to be available from 5.30 to 7.30 (possibly earlier once the car park is full).  If you are able to help, can you please email Lisa Mason on lisaandscott@xtra.co.nz before Sunday 13 August.

Tolcarne News

Tuesday night bought home the Winter Quad girls, tired after their two day competition and travels. Kirby Teviotdale, our weekend manager and prep supervisor, is now living on site in the C Corridor flat.  Kirby has picked up morning duties and helps in the dining room, kitchenette and doing wake up duties.  This has allowed us to add more cooked variety to our breakfast menu and introduce more protein options such as scrambled and poached eggs, which the girls really enjoyed this week.  

Yoga with Shannon has restarted this week and has risen in popularity which is fantastic to see, with 28 girls signing up. This weekend a handful of girls have signed up for rock climbing at Logan Park and on Sunday Priyanka and Mia in Year 9 are baking cupcakes to sell for $2 each on Monday at the hostel as a fundraiser for the SPCA.

Next week we look forward to our bullying workshops with Robert Pereira and our dinner swap on Thursday night with John McGlashan.

Student Achievement

Riley MacDonald has been selected for the U15 Otago representative hockey team.

The following girls have been selected in U13 Otago Collier and Development Hockey teams:

Demi McAlwee

Lily McLaughlan
Chloe Deerness
Georgie Lawson

Lillian Gibbs and Lily Hornal have been selected for the chorus for Opera Otago’s upcoming The Pirates of Penzance production in mid October.  Lillian also placed third in the Newzats Aparima Senior Vocal Awards held at Marama Hall.

Sarah Langsbury has been selected by the New Zealand Children Athletics Association to represent New Zealand at the All Schools Australia Games in Adelaide in December.

John McGlashan College, in association with St Hilda’s Collegiate and Columba College, are proud to present: ROCK OF AGES 101: The School Edition.

The Davies Sports Centre will be transformed into The Bourbon Room for three nights only and the talented cast from John McGlashan College, St Hilda’s Collegiate and Columba College is set to blow the roof off with this electrifying production.

ROCK OF AGES 101: The School Edition
Davies Sports Centre at John McGlashan College

15-17 August – 7:00pm
17 August – 12.00pm
Tickets:  http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/