Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 8

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A reminder that parents and students are invited to attend formal Learning Conversations in Week 1 of Term Four. For senior students these will be an opportunity to discuss in-depth learning strategies leading up to the external assessments. The timing of the report is to allow you to discuss the content with your daughter, make Learning Conversation appointments, receive valuable feedback and then have a plan for the remaining weeks of the school year and into the external assessment period in Term 4.

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.  Details for booking interviews will be made available in next week’s newsletter.

The girls performed beautifully this week at both the Otago Secondary Schools’ Music Festival and Otago Polyfest this week.  We have a couple of videos from the music festival and a kapa haka practice on the school Facebook page that are well worth checking out!

Next Thursday, as part of Library Week, we will be holding Library Dress Up Day, where students can come dressed as their favourite book character.

Sports and Cultural photos are being taken on Friday morning.  Students will need to bring their relevant uniform for the photos.

A reminder that the Z Club Sanitary Drive is still running with a donation box in the school foyer.  Students have until the end of term to donate sanitary items which will be donated to charity for women in need.

Save the Date: Thursday 2nd November – an exciting and special evening is planned by the PFA as a fundraiser for school activities. More information to come, but the evening will include a cooking demonstration, wine tasting and an insight into the Dunedin Fone Book – not to be missed!! Limited tickets available and we will have all the information in next week’s newsletter.

At the end of term, Year 9 students will be coming home with a box of Ecostore ‘Good Soap’. This is a fundraiser for the PFA Sports and Cultural Fund.  Each box contains 24 individual soaps to sell for $2.50 each.  Money can be handed in to the student office along with the box number.  We ask for all money to be returned by Friday 10 November.  The class that sells that greatest amount of soaps will receive a pizza lunch courtesy of the PFA.

Good luck to the students taking part in the Robo Cup National competition tomorrow.

Tolcarne News

This week Robyn and Ange attended a Boarding Leaders hui in Christchurch. A great two days spent with a focus on student wellbeing and hostel evaluative practices.

Wednesday was a big day for our rugby players and supporters who all rallied down at the oval for the final against Otago Girls. We were all very proud of the St Hilda’s team who played their best every minute of the game.

Our seniors are now in study mode for benchmark exams, the hostel feels quieter and the girls are focused.

On Sunday, Sam and Eva are taking our Year 9s and any other keen participators out to the ice rink for an ice hockey lesson.

Student Achievement

Good luck to Lillian Gibbs and Lily Hornal who are performing in the upcoming Pirates of Penzance show at the Mayfair Theatre.  Tickets are available from https://tickets.operaotago.co.nz/.

Laney Keenan and Maddie Guthrie, with some help from Te Maia Johnson-Watson and Jemma Harbrow, produced a film for the 48 Hour Film Festival and made the City Final which will be held on the 23rd of September. This is an amazing achievement, the girls were competing against many teams – a lot of them adult ones – with years of experience and expertise.  The girls have been nominated for:

  • Best director: Laney Keenan
  • Best female director: Laney Keenan
  • Best actress: Maddie Guthrie
  • Best actor
  • Best make-up
  • Best use of character
  • Best use of physical element
  • Best school team

Winter Tournament Recap

The girls faced some challenging conditions for the first three days playing outside but took this in their stride and progressed through to the top four. The girls then overcame St Margaret’s in a tough semi final to go on and beat St Andrew’s College 38 – 33 in the final, to remain unbeaten for the tournament and become back to back South Island Champs.

A fantastic four days of football down in Invercargill, lots of fun was had and some exceptional football was played.  The girls beat Roncalli College 2-1 in the final of the Lotto Sportswear Tournament and in doing so cemented a spot at Nationals in 2018.

Senior Basketball
The girls got through pool play comfortably with only seven players before the return of some of the netballers. The girls then went on to play Christchurch Girls in the final, which they managed to win 58 – 43 to remain unbeaten for the tournament and become South Island Champs.

Rugby – Highlanders Region U15 Tens
The girls had an outstanding day of rugby, going unbeaten to take out Kavanagh in the final 46-0.

A big week of hockey here in Dunedin for our girls, they started the week with some convincing and at times very nail biting games, and went on to finish 4th in the Audrey Timlin Tournament.

Junior Basketball
The Junior A Basketball team competed in the Junior South Island Tournament in Ashburton, and it was a great learning experience for our the majority of our girls who were attending the tournament for the first time.  After four big days of basketball, the girls finished 14th overall.

The South Island Champs for Curling were held in Dunedin and after a big day of competing, the girls finished 4th after going down narrowly in their last game of the day.