Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 10

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The highlight of the week was definitely our end of term Arts Assembly.  We saw performances from the hip hop and aerobics girls, our senior Kapa Haka group, and also a surprise performance from the newly formed St Hilda’s staff hip hop crew.  Arts Prefects Adithi Alexander and Molly Johnson did an amazing job putting it all together, the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Benchmark Reports have been emailed to parents.  These reports will form the basis of next term’s Learning Conversations.  The Learning Conversations will take place on Monday 16th October throughout the day beginning at 9.30am for all levels and on Thursday 19th October from 6.00pm to 9.00pm for senior students and their parents only. School will be open for Learning Conversations all day on the Monday and there will be no formal timetabled classes. Girls will not be required to attend classes, but will be expected to attend the Learning Conversation meetings as booked. Girls do not need to wear school uniform on this day.

Appointments can be made through the website https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ and you can log in with the following details:

Code: k9u52

The site will open for bookings today at 4.30pm.

Students can now apply for the Service Award.  The site details were emailed to students earlier in the week and they have until October 6 to put their application in.  These awards, along with the Cultural and Sport Excellence awards, will be presented at a full school assembly next term.  We are also finalising our data for the Blues Evening.  Invitations to successful recipients will be sent next week.

If you are withdrawing your daughter from St Hilda’s we ask that this is put in writing before Monday 16 October.  As is stipulated in the enrolment contract, one term’s written notice is required.  In default of that notice, one term’s Attendance Dues plus GST, shall be paid in lieu of notice upon the date that such fees would normally fall due, and in default of payment, interest shall run from that date until payment at the rate specified on the fees tax invoice/statement.  In addition, any costs involved in collection should recovery action be taken, shall be payable.  Please email principal@shcs.school.nz before Monday 16 October if your daughter is not intending to return to St Hilda’s in 2018.

Durban Girls’ College Exchange
In 2017 we started our exchange programme with Durban Girls’ College in South Africa. We are now beginning the process for the 2018.

The exchange student from Durban will be at St Hilda’s from March 12th to April 23rd  2018. She will be in Year 11 and she will be timetabled into our school programme in the same way the Perth Exchange student is. The St Hilda’s student would travel in exchange early in January 2019 (Year 12) and spend 7 weeks at Durban Girls’ College. Further information and application forms for this exchange will be available early in Term 4.

The following link will give you more information on Durban Girls’ College:


We have received further information from the Otago Regional Council regarding bus services.  The Council has managed to secure the continuation of services for Term 4 2017 only.  The Term 4 services will run on the same routes and times as the existing services, and the buses will display a school bus sign.  There will be a 10% increase in fare (subject to rounding).  Students will be able to purchase tickets and multi trip tickets at the same locations as they can currently,  purchases will not be available until the first day of the new service.  Existing tickets will not be able to be used in Term 4, any unused tickets need to be referred back to GoBus.  This affects the morning Larnach Road/Waverly bus for St Hilda’s students.

The print newsletter will be posted to parents early next week.  We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday and look forward to seeing you at Learning Conversations next term.

PFA News

The PFA have an exciting fundraising opportunity coming up in November, kindly supported by Judith Cullen and Michelle Chalklin-Sinclair.  More information can be found below and tickets are available to purchase from the student office.

Our Year 9 students have gone home with our ‘Good Soap’ ecostore fundraiser.  Selling for $2.50 each, the 80g ecostore soaps are excellent value and $1 from each soap will go to the Sports and Culture Fund to assist our students attend a range of New Zealand and Internationals events.  If you haven’t tried ecostore soaps before, they’re beautiful to use, free of nasty chemicals and have a lovely fragrance.

Chapel Matters

In our Term Three Eucharist service this week we heard the parable of the yeast: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about thirty kilograms of flour until it worked all through the dough” (Matthew 13.13). Rev Jo Fielding showed us some yeast, and with two student volunteers, she mixed some with warm water and sugar in a bottle, attached a balloon to the bottle, and showed us how a little yeast can make something grow! She also talked about Spelt Bakery (on Highgate), telling us that the baker there uses 200kg of flour a day to make all their loaves of bread! Then we had loaves of sourdough bread to share when we came forward for communion, making a nice change from the usual wafers!

I like the image of God as a woman in this parable. It is also an image of a very generous
woman; thirty kilograms of flour would make more than enough bread to feed a whole village, let alone her own family. This reminds us that God is generous to us, and is working in us (like yeast) so that we can be generous to others. As part of our support of Anglican Family Care this term, the whanaungatanga groups have provided stationery for vulnerable children at low-decile schools in Dunedin. Once again, our school community has shown generosity to others, a generosity which we were reminded in our Eucharist service comes from God in the first place.

Tolcarne News

The ski trip was a huge success.  The weather was awesome, snow was plentiful (albeit a tad slushy after 2.00pm), Southland Ski Lodge was warm and comfortable and Robyn was the queen of catering as she continuously cooked and baked for all the girls.  Saturday night was pure entertainment as the girls presented skits in the form of dance, raps and a David Attenborough narrated African animal play.  The final act of the evening was a ‘Fred Dagg’ rendition from Robyn and Ange.

This week began with our warmest day as we were hit by the tail end of the Australian heat wave, the girls are enjoying the warmer weather and daylight saving.

Our Year 12 students have all been emailed the ‘expressions of interest’ for Head Boarder 2018.  The girls have to complete an expression of interest form and write a paragraph titled ‘What I would bring to Tolcarne as a Head Boarder’.  Next term on Monday 30 October, at our final tribe dinner, the Year 12 students will address the Tolcarne students and voting will be done anonymously that evening.

Student Achievement

At the 48 Hour Film Festival City Final, Laney Keenan and Maddie Guthrie were awarded 3rd overall, Best Female Director, Best School Team and Best Actor – an impressive effort for high school students!

The NZCAF Competitive Aerobics Nationals were held in Christchurch over the weekend. A very successful weekend for all involved. Our medal winners were:

Rookie Team Y9-13
Annie Timu and Zoe Whyte – 2nd
Natalie Hutchens and Ella Rose Capil – 3rd

Secondary Senior Teams
Zara Anthony-Whigham and Isabel Woodhouse – 3rd

Secondary Novice Y9-13
Trinity Maydon – 3rd

Secondary Junior Open Novice
Grace Brenssell – 1st

Secondary Senior Open Novice
Sian Hanlin – 1st

Secondary Senior Open
Emma Alcock – 2nd

Secondary Fitness Teams
Party rockers (Emma Alcock, Hannah Alcock, Sian Hanlin, Lydia Holmes,Georgia Rathbone, Millie Scully) – 2nd
The SASSters (Libby Ward, Isabel Woodhouse, Zara Anthony-Whigham, Amelia Phillips, Lily Mole, Madi Thomson) – 3rd

The school also won the NZCAF Schools Challenge Shield, for the school with most placings 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Suzie White placed 1st and Georgia Mitchell placed 3rd at the Otago Secondary School Duathlon Champs which took place over the weekend.

The Senior A Futsal team won Division One in the Year 11-13 competition last night.

Mitre 10 Cup

Hawkins Construction have kindly made available tickets to Mitre 10 Cup games at Forsyth Barr Stadium.  The next game is Saturday 7 October at 2.35pm against Bay of Plenty.

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.