Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As you can see in the above poster, there is a lot happening next week as we draw closer to the school fair.  There is no mufti day on Wednesday, this will be held on Friday instead and we ask that students bring home made baking, sweets, chutneys, jams or preserves for the cake stall.

Tickets for the luxury raffle have been sent out and we appreciate your support in selling these.  More books are available from the student office if you are able to sell more.

The online site for the Silent Auction has opened for you to view our amazing list of items available.  If you would like to place a bid, there is an email for you to send your bids (instructions on the link).  The document will be updated every night.  Online bids will be taken until 9.00pm Friday 16 March.  If you are not able to attend the fair on the 17th and you would really like to win an auction, there will be an opportunity to text in bids on the day.

Academic Blues was held on Tuesday and we welcomed Zoe Hobson, Managing Director of Runaway, a Dunedin based games studio, as our guest speaker.  We also invited the old girls who were awarded scholarships in 2017 to be acknowledged in front of the school.

A reminder that school will finish at 12.25pm on Thursday 15 March to allow for Learning Conversations, which will start at 1.00pm.  This is a chance for the Whanaungatanga Teacher to discuss how the year has started and put in place plans going forward.  This discussion is with the teacher, student and parent.

We realise that it is not always possible for you to make this meeting but we encourage you to book a time for your daughter.  Please share the appointment time with her.

You will need the following details to make a booking:

Site:  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Login: vff4h

Chapel Matters

In the church calendar at the moment, we are in the middle of the season of Lent, the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. This week in our full-school chapel in the gym, we did a series of reflections called the Stations of the Cross. These are short little reflections that follow Jesus on the last day of his life, when he was arrested on the Thursday evening before Easter – after the Last Supper – until he was crucified on a hill outside the city of Jerusalem on the Friday.

These reflections are called “stations” because the idea is that you stop and pause for a few minutes at each station – just like you might at a bus stop or train station. And so the idea is that while we are on a journey towards Easter, we try and spend some time thinking about what that journey was like for Jesus on that last day, and in the process we can also think about how our own life’s journey is going.

We had a lot of girls involved, lighting the 14 candles (one for each station), and saying prayers and reading short reflections. When we lit each candle, we all said the traditional response together: “We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.” And at the end, we heard a traditional blessing which I will share with you all now, wherever you are on your own journey this Lent:

Let us go gladly on the journey towards Easter –
the journey towards death and resurrection.
May God be with us on our journey.
Jesus guide us in our love,
And may we journey in the peace and love of the Spirit,
bringing justice and mercy to this world you love.


Tolcarne News

This weekend many of our Tolcarne students are heading to the rugby for the second time this term. Anticipation and excitement is always flowing around the hostel on the day of the match, especially for our younger students who may never have gone before. Have a great time girls!

Thursday night yoga classes have been under way for a few weeks now. An amazing opportunity for the girls to unwind and relax in the middle of the week. Thanks to Grania for taking the classes!

Student Achievement

Riley MacDonald competed at the 2018 South Island Secondary School Pairs Championship for Mounted Games.  She was randomly paired with Natalie Peoples from Villa Maria College and together they won the competition.

St Hilda’s athletes had a great day at the Otago Secondary School Athletic Champs last weekend. We had plenty of girls with top 10 finishes and a number of placegetters:

Under 14
Annabelle Mcknight – 3rd in 80m hurdles and 2nd in long Jump
Jaymee Meffan – 2nd in 80m hurdles
Breane Byck – 4th in 80m hurdles
Gemma Rowcroft – 4th in the 400m and 800m

Under 15
Sarah Langsbury – 1st 80m hurdles, 2nd 300m hurdles, 1st high jump, 2nd U16 relay, 1st Long Jump and broke an Otago record
Alika Croot – 2nd 400m, 4th 300m hurdles, 1st Javelin, 2nd triple jump, 2nd U16 relay

Under 16
Zoe Whyte – 3rd 800m, 3rd long jump, 2nd U16 relay
Georgie Jessop – 2nd Javelin
Meg Huffadine – 1st 2000m walk
Ana Rathbone – 1st long jump, 2nd U16 relay

Cecilia Crooks – 1st 1500m relay, 1st 3000m
Georgia Mitchell – 2nd 1500m, 2nd 3000m

The Year 7 and 8 cricket team travelled to Tapanui on Wednesday to play Blue Mountain College in the New Zealand Cricket Shield competition quarter final.  Batting first, St Hilda’s scored 153 for 4 wickets. Excellent contributions from Ella Southby who retired on 40 and Chloe Deerness 32 not out ensured that we had a competitive total to defend.

We were able to dismiss Blue Mountain College for 79 runs and Chloe and Hannah Wright each claimed two wickets and the fielding effort was excellent which resulted in 3 run outs. The team now travels to Queenstown next Friday to play the semi final against Queenstown Primary School.

Charlie Byers broke the Age 11 Otago High Jump Record last Sunday, jumping 1.49m.  This record was previously 1.45m, held by Sarah Langsbury.  

A 7-strong St Hilda’s team competed in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Triathlon & Duathlon Championships last weekend.  Cecilia Crooks placed first in the Individual Triathlon, Natalie Hutchens placed fifth in Individual Triathlon, Georgia Mitchell placed second in the Duathlon, Giana Thomas placed third in the Duathlon, and the Triathlon Team of Anna Hutchens, Amelia Newlands and Molly Whittaker placed third.

Good luck to Izzy Percy who is attending a National Qualifying competition in trampolining this weekend.