Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 9

The St Hilda’s and Fairholme College netball teams

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Seniors finished exams on Wednesday and have started to receive their results.  These results, along with the report that will be sent out at the end of next week, 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 on Friday 29th September at 4.30pm.

On Monday we are holding our end of term Eucharist Service.  We ask that all students are in formal uniform for this special occasion.

Good luck to all students involved in the NZCAF Hip Hop and Aerobics Nationals this weekend.

Lockdown Practice
At school we practice for a number of emergency situations such as fire evacuations, earthquakes and lockdowns.

On October 18 we will be running a lockdown practice at the school.  Both staff and students will be well briefed before this practice.  You may also wish to discuss the lockdown procedure with your daughter(s).

Should the school be involved in an actual lockdown, it is important that parents and caregivers do not try to contact the school.  As soon as possible, a message will appear on the Parent Portal to advise you of the next steps.

Bus Information
We have received the following information from Go Bus:

Go Bus wishes to advise that as from the end of Term 3, 2017, it will be discontinuing a number of school bus routes in Dunedin.  The reason for this change is that the new public bus network, controlled by the Otago Regional Council, will have been completely rolled out across the city by 18 September and this largely duplicates the school bus services we operate. It therefore makes little sense for Go Bus to operate school buses alongside publicly funded services.

How these cancellations affect your school is as follows:

  • Waverley to Columba discontinued. ( Larnach Road/Waverly School Run, AM no PM service)

NOTE: Seacliff School run AM and PM (Ministry of Education funded) will continue unchanged

We are putting posters in the buses advising of the changes and we recommend affected students wishing to travel to school from Term 4 onwards refer to the Otago Regional Council’s bus page on their website at www.orc.govt.nz for new travel options.

From the PFA

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 will be available to purchase from the student office next week.

Continuing from our ‘Good Soap’ ecostore Fundraiser last year we are again going to sell the soap through our new families to raise funds for the Sports and Culture Fund.

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.

Tolcarne News

The girls that went on Sunday to the ice hockey lesson had a great time!  They spent the first part of the session learning about ice hockey and how to play the game followed by some free ice skating time.  A few girls were keen to start an ice hockey team in the social grade.

The senior girls continued this week to study and complete their benchmark exams, while the Year 9s  participated in a well-being workshop that Robyn facilitated.  The girls were given a ‘friendship scenario’ that they brainstormed and problem solved together.

Once again Ziggy, Robyn and Ange were fortunate to be the taste testers for the Year 13 flat mystery food box cook off.  Delicious food was prepared and eaten by all the girls who together worked as cooking teams.

Our ski trip girls organised their gear list this week. We are all getting excited about our trip, which starts out with a subsidised and yummy dinner meal on Friday night at Prime Waterfront Restaurant.   The snow is looking fantastic, so fingers crossed the weather allows us to make the most of the weekend.  Thanks to David Hamilton and Martyn Grounds who are our two parent ski helpers each day on the mountain.

Student Achievement

Cecilia Crooks attended the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships in Hamilton where she won a silver medal in her 400m Freestyle and a bronze medal in her 200m Freestyle, she also placed in the top 10 in her other five races.

Kaitlyn Hastie has been involved in the New Zealand under-15 development Sox squads this year. Kaitlyn, a pitcher, has attended training camps and is awaiting the selection of the travelling teams to go to the World Championships in Oklahoma.

On Tuesday we held a Touch and Netball exchange with Fairholme College from Australia. The event was superbly organised by the Sports Department and the girls had a great time.

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.