Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 5

The Senior A Netball team had great support at last week’s Premier Club final

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Parent Seminar: 7.00pm Monday 28 August, Chapel
It’s not too late to register for Monday’s parent seminar presented by Professor Erica McWilliam.  Senior students are also welcome to attend, either with their parents or without.  More information can be found here, please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz if you’d like to attend.

We are also holding a Community Health Consultation Evening at 7.00pm on Thursday 31 August in the library.  This evening provides an opportunity to discuss the health curriculum.  Please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz if you would like to attend.

Laptop and iPad Information

With the Ministry of Education announcement of the compulsory implementation of  the Digital Technologies curriculum and the continued evolution of other curriculum areas, as a staff we have spent some time considering how we can  best serve our girls in the classroom, and ensure they are future-ready, with regards to their learning and the use of devices.  With this in mind, to maximise the learning  from 2018 onwards students in Years 7 and 8 will continue to use iPads for their learning and students in Years 9 – 13 will use laptops.  We appreciate this is a change for our students in Years 9 and 10, and to minimise any disruption to their learning and cost to parents, there will be a transition period where our current Year 7, 8 and 9 students may continue to use their iPad through until the end of Year 10 if they choose to. Staff will teach across both platforms for the next three years as we phase out iPads from the Year 9 and 10 classes. We hope to keep costs for replacing devices to a minimum for our families, but also recognise that the new curriculum, with its focus on coding and web design, does require a high level of technological support, and that technology capability and demands are changing constantly.

The Z Club hosted a great movie night last night, raising funds to help children from lower socio-economic backgrounds access extra-curricular activities.  Don’t forget that the sanitary items drive is still running. There is a box in the student foyer where girls can drop off pads and or tampons, all of which will be donated to charity. If someone doesn’t feel comfortable bringing sanitary items along to school but they still want to donate, there will also be a money box where you can put some cash and  items will be purchased on your behalf.  Please bring along some items to support women in our community.

Good luck to our Senior A Basketball team who will play Otago Girls in the Dunedin Secondary School final tonight at 8:10pm at the Edgar Centre.

Tolcarne News

Another busy week at the hostel!  The Year 12 boarding leaders were all inspired by Janine Southby who came in on Tuesday night and chatted with the girls about her own leadership journey.  Janine was engaging and we hugely appreciated the time she gave up to talk to our students.

The rest of the week the Head B​oarders and the Boarding Leaders planned the decorations and music for the annual Tolcarne Junior social.  It was an ​awesome night​ – the girls all dressed up in a costume that begun with the first letter of their​ first name. We had Ginger Spice, FBI agents, cowgirls, grandads and grandmas, oranges, sports stars and many other fantastic outfits.  The dining room was transformed with dazzling lights and a photo booth.  The catering team provided delicious ginger lemon punch, fruit and vege platters and of course cheerios!

This​ weekend on Sunday the Boarding Leaders are facilitating games down at the school gym with the Year 9s and any other students who want to join in.

Student Achievement

The Senior A Netball team – runners up of the Dunedin Premier Club competition

The Senior A Netball team placed second in the Dunedin Premier Club final last weekend – a fantastic result for our girls.

The Senior A Hockey team were runners up in the Dunedin Secondary Schools’ final with a score of 2-1 to Columba.

Lillian Gibbs won the Senior Recital (16 to 18 years), The Regent Theatre Award and Otago Daily Times Cup at the Dunedin Performing Arts Competition.  She was also given a special award for Musicality and Artistry over six songs performed and the Helen Govan Memorial Trophy.

Adithi Alexander and Emily Perry won the Canterbury Under 19 Badminton Doubles played on the 18th/19th August.  Farrin Quin won the Canterbury Under 15 Badminton Doubles with her Otago partner.

Meg Rogers has been invited to attend the AMT Awards Presentation for her outstanding performance in the Australian Mathematics Competition earlier this term. This is the first time for many years that St Hilda’s has had a student reach this level of excellence in the Australian Mathematics Competition, which is an exemplary achievement for Meg.

Gabby Hunter has been selected for the Womens U21 Otago Interprovincial Rowing Squad and Tamara Mason has been selected as the Womens Open Cox for the Otago Interprovincial Rowing Squad.

The following girls have been selected into the Otago Secondary School Girls’ Rugby team:

Lily Davies
Kaya Dewes
Olivia George
Anna Harcus
Bee Park
Stacey Sanders
Jaclyn Williams
Holly Wright

After a very long three days at the NZCAF Aerobics and Hip Hop regional competition, 41 of our athletes qualified to represent the school at Nationals.

They achieved the following results:

Hip Hop:

Year 7/8 School Hip Hop Category
First Place – Dillusion (Luana Ashton, Victoria Avery, Sophie Broadley, Elisa Fitzgerald, Olivia Hall, Amelia Johnston, Annika Marriner, Stella Rathbone)

Year 9-13 School Hip Hop Category
Second Place  – Fresh Prince (Amelia Scully, Elyana Castillo, Kate Johnston, Hayley Wright, Lili Clouston-Cain, Izzy Gold, Eva Meeuws, Amy Park)

First Place – Grace Brenssell: Secondary Junior Open Novice
First Place – Annie Timu and Zoe Whyte (Rookie Team)
Second Place – Sian Hanlin: Secondary Senior Open Novice
Second Place – Emma Alcock: Secondary Senior Open
Second Place – Zara Anthony Whigham and Isabel Woodhouse: Secondary Senior Team
Second Place – Fitness Team: Party Rockers (Emma Alcock, Hannah Alcock, Sian Hanlin, Lydia Holmes, Georgia Rathbone, Millie Scully)
Third Place – Fitness Team: The SASSters (Libby Ward, Amelia Phillips, Madi Thomson, Zara Anthony-Whigham, Lily Mole, Isabel Woodhouse)
Third Place – Rosalie Leaper and Analee Toro: Rookie Team
Third Place – Branwen Jones, Izzy Johnston, Bella Devereux” Secondary Junior Team
Overall Technical Excellence – Emma Alcock

Qualified for Nationals:
Trinity Maydon – Secondary Novice
Kate Johnston – Secondary Senior Open Novice
Isabel Woodhouse – Secondary Senior Open
Stella Rathbone and Summer Cooper (Intermediate Team)
Ella-Rose Capil and Natalie Hutchens (Rookie Team)
Maia Lamb and Gabi Horo (Secondary Junior Team)

It was a very successful weekend all round with some really pleasing demonstrations of resilience and determination.

Mitre 10 Cup

Hawkins Construction have kindly made available tickets to Mitre 10 Cup games at Forsyth Barr Stadium.  The next game is Saturday 2 September at 2.35pm against Manawatu.

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 with all funds going to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on 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.  Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.

H & J Smith are holding a cardholders day on Thursday 31 August, giving 20% off three items of school clothing.  More information can be found here.