Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Our school fair is on the 17th March. Fair preparations are well under way and next week sees the first major collection.  Each Wednesday, leading up to the fair will be a mufti day and instead of a gold coin donation, we ask that students bring items for the Fair – to help us build excitement and enthusiasm for the event, but also to help bring in the goods required to make it a roaring success. Next week we are asking that each student brings three books from home, that are no longer read or required, for our book stall.  More information is in the poster above.

Providing the weather stays fine, Athletics will be held on Monday at the Caledonian.  In the event that we have to postpone due to weather, an email will be sent to all parents by 7.30am.  Students must be at the Caledonian by 8.30am and report to their whanau teacher in front of the stand before sitting in house groups.  House captains are to collect programs and distribute to house.  The cheer team competition will start at 8:45am with events starting at 9:15am.  Correct school PE uniform/tracksuit is to be worn to the ground.  Once inside the grounds house colours can be worn.  Lunch will be around 12.30pm and the approximate finish time is 3.30pm.

On Monday evening we are holding ‘Meet the Whanau Teacher’ for parents of students in Years 7 and 9.  The evening begins at 5.30pm in the Chapel.

Our Year 9 students head to River Ridge Retreat on Tuesday. This is always a wonderful week where they get to know each other and participate in great activities. We wish them all the best for this and look forward to hearing all about it.

We are looking for one more St Hilda’s family to host a Japanese student for two weeks over March 12th – 24thIchikawa High School is making its annual trip to visit us and we just need one more family.  Hosting a student from another country can be richly rewarding and provide your own children with an interesting insight into life in another country.  It is also an opportunity to create international friendships. If you are interested please contact Ange Spears or Nele Meers in the International Department: international@shcs.school.nz or europe@shcs.school.nz

Tolcarne News

Last week we held the Leaders Dinner for our Year 13 students and their families. A special thank you to our guest speaker Tracy Cameron who is a managing director of Ican Models and Talent agency. She spoke a lot about passion and enthusiasm with one of her main messages being to “always give a little bit more.” Even with a spot of rain it was  a great night to celebrate the Year 13s new positions as Tolcarne’s leaders, and to look forward to the year ahead. Thank you to all those who were able to come along.


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