Weekly News – Term 3/Week 1

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

Welcome back to an exciting Term 3. This is a great term for consolidating learning, building skills for key sports and cultural events, and sharing some special community activities. I hope you all had a relaxing and rewarding break and are ready for the excitement that lies ahead!

Thank you to students, staff, the PFA, Tolcarne and the rowing parents who all contributed towards a very successful Open Evening last night.
The theme of the evening was “Can Do” and from the word go our guests were treated to Stephanie Post playing the violin, Sarah Lee on piano, the Kapa Haka welcome and Sings Hilda performing one of its items for the national Big Sing Finale.
In classrooms prospective Year 7 and 9 students were invited to join in activities, sample delicious chocolate cupcakes developed for gluten free eating and learn about the problem solving required to develop a functioning robot.
The Year 12 and 13 guides managed to answer the myriad of questions with grace and ease and families enjoyed a cup of tea in the Chapel at the end of the night provided by the PFA.
Jackie Barron

Back to the Future

We would like to invite you in to experience what school is like in 2018.

On Friday 17th August we are going to run open classrooms. This will allow you to come and join in the learning. You will have the option of a morning or afternoon and within this time you will get to experience four classes.

Our aim is for you to be a part of the class not just an observer. You will be an interactive, independent, 21st Century Learner – be prepared to be challenged, curious and have fun.

There will be more details to come but we will require you to RSVP for this event.

Seminars : Anxiety, depression and unrelenting standards of perfection. How to Parent for Wellbeing

New Zealand is leading the world in appalling youth mental health statistics.

Come and hear what your daughters have told us about their own feelings and experiences and explore research based strategies on how to support our young women by parenting for Wellbeing.

These workshops will be really useful for all parents. You are welcome to bring friends, family and colleagues to share these interactive workshops.

We all need to be involved in the increasingly important discussions around youth and wellbeing.

See the dates below for our upcoming seminars. Venues to be confirmed.

Balclutha – 2 pm Sunday 19 August

Gore – 5 pm Sunday 19 August

Cromwell – 7 pm Monday 20 August

Oamaru – 7 pm Wednesday 22 August

Dunedin – 7 pm Thursday 30 August

Please put these dates in your diary. More details will follow.

Year 11-13 Subject Selection

The portal to enter your daughters 2019 Year 11-13 subject selection is now open and will close again on Monday 27 August. The portal can be accessed via the Parent Portal and the link in the online Academic Programme. Please get in touch with the school office in the first instance if you have forgotten your login details.
Alongside the recent release of the Senior Academic Programme, we warmly invite parents/caregivers of current Year 10-12 students to our Course Design Evening, which will be held at 6:00pm on Tuesday 7 August. The evening will be focused on looking at the resources that are available to assist families to make an informed course selection for 2019.
The evening involves a series of workshops allowing you to rotate around three mini workshops on:
  • Understanding NCEA.
  • Navigating the on-line Academic Programme plus interactive careers online resources.
  • St Hilda’s graduate profile and how it is related to subject selection including exceptions e.g. 5 verses 6 subjects, multi-level study.
A more detailed copy of the evening’s programme and timings will be e-mailed to families next week.

Junior Dances

We are holding our St Hilda’s junior dances next week.

The Year 7 and 8 dance is on Wednesday 1st August from 7 pm to 9 pm.

The year 9 and 10 dance will be on Thursday 2nd August from 7 pm to 9.30 pm

Both dances will be held in Whitby Hall. The student council will be selling tickets on Monday and Tuesday of next week in the student foyer/quad. The tickets will be $5.00.

If you have any questions please contact Judy Maw on jmaw@shcs.school.nz

Call for Host Families

We are still short of host families for around 12 girls from Craighead and St Margarets for the upcoming Winter Sports Quad Tournament which takes place from Sunday 5th August to Tuesday 7th of August
If you are able to host 1 or 2 of these girls for the tournament please see the details and link below for more information, any assistance would be greatly appreciated at this time.

Winter Sports Quadrangular Tournament 

This year it is St Hilda’s turn to host the annual Winter Quadrangular Tournament. This is played between St Hilda’s, Columba, St Margaret’s and Craighead Diocesan, and involves the sports of Hockey, Debating, Badminton and Netball.
The tournament is taking place on Sunday 5th August – Tuesday 7th August and will require billet families to host girls from St Margaret’s and Craighead on the Sunday and Monday evening, along with providing dinner on Sunday evening, and lunch and dinner on Monday.
We need billet families for around 70 students and will require the support of the families of girls who are not directly involved in the quadrangular tournament themselves to host this number of girls. We would greatly appreciate it if you were able to accommodate these girls into your homes as they do for us.
This tournament is unable to go ahead without the generous support of our St Hilda’s community hosting students from these travelling schools.
Please note: Girls being hosted do not need their own room, unlike some other exchanges we have, so room sharing is more than acceptable in these circumstances.
Please indicate on via the link below if you are able to assist with billeting.
Any questions please feel free to contact Callum Wardell – cwardell@shcs.school.nz
All the best to the senior textile girls who have entered their garments in the  Hokonui Fashion Awards which are being judged tonight. It will be a very special thing to see their designs on the catwalk.

New date for PFA AGM

The PFA AGM which had to be postponed last term is now taking place on Tuesday 31st July. This meeting will take place in the Library from 7pm.


Just a reminder that we have some minor changes to staffing this term as we adjust our timetable around learning initiatives.

We are delighted to announce that Anna Garthwaite has been appointed to the role of Specialist Classroom Teacher. This role encompasses leading pedagogical practice and development in the school, and assisting teachers with curriculum and classroom interests.

This role has a time allocation with it, which means Dr Townsley will pick up two hours of Year 7  Maths and Mrs Barron will assist with Year 7 and 8 Reading.

Miss Dunn and Ms Bartley will be working together to develop a new Year 9 and 10 Science Programme in the first 5 weeks of the term. Science specialist, Mrs Astwood will teach Mrs Bartley’s Year 11 Science class and Ms Dunn’s Year 10 Science class for that time.

We are lucky to have a teacher of Mrs Astwood’s calibre to call on, while our staff commit to enhancing our current courses to further assist girls with their learning.

Don’t forget to have your say – NCEA Review process

The Ministry of Education is presently looking at ways to strengthen NCEA and is exploring a variety of ways to gain feedback from different stakeholders. They want to hear from parents and students and ask you to join in the conversation to submit your ideas, experiences and suggestions for change:  conversation.education.govt.nz/NCEA

We urge you to visit this site to see the ways in which you can give your views.

As a school we will be talking with students and plan to run a parent seminar on 12th September as part of the consultation process.

Careers News and Events

New information has been added to the careers page.  To view visit the Career Events calendar.

A reminder to check the Sports Draws page of the website to keep up to date with match times. The netball draws are posted each week in readiness for the weekend’s matches.

From the Guidance Network


Chapel Matters

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In the church’s calendar, with all its seasons, like Lent and Advent, this term sees us right in the middle of what is called Ordinary Time. It is called “ordinary” not because it is plain or boring but because it is to do with counting the weeks between Easter and Christmas – and when we count things off, or when we put them in order, like 1st, 2nd, or 3rd we call these “ordinal numbers.” This week right now is the 17th week of Ordinary Time, because it is the 17th week since Easter.

One of the things about Ordinary Time is that it is a chance to put into practice things that can help us grow, spiritually, emotionally, in terms of who we are as people in this world. The liturgical colour for Ordinary Time is green as this primarily symbolises growth, and just as seedlings take time to grow into strong trees, the skills and attitudes that we might want to cultivate in our lives also take time to grow and bear fruit. Ordinary Time is a chance to cultivate good skills and habits, to practice things that are good for us (and good for those around us), things which can be quite simple and ordinary – like being kind or grateful, or praying and being mindful – but which actually have an extraordinary power to change our lives.

Student Achievement

Our 9A and 10A Netball teams spent the first few days of the Holidays competing against the best junior netball teams in the South Island at the South Island Secondary School Junior Netball Tournament held in Christchurch. Both teams doing extremely well with the year 10A team placing 4th and the year 9A’s also placing a very commendable 6th place. Both teams had a great tournament and are looking forward to finishing off the Saturday competition strongly in the coming weeks

We also had our Rugby team away competing in the South Island Secondary School Girls Rugby Festival in Oamaru. With a mixture of girls ranging from year 9 to year 13 the girls played some fantastic Rugby finishing 5th overall

Olivia and Emma Andrew represented St Hilda’s at the South Island Secondary School Swim Meet in Blenheim and achieved some fantastic results in doing so

Olivia Andrew
– Womens 15 &O 100 IM – 1st
– Womens 15 &O 50 Free – 1st
– Womens 15 &O 200 Back – 1st
– Womens 15 &O 50 Back – 1st
– Womens 15 &O 100 Free – 1st

Emma Andrew
– Womens 14 & U 100 IM – 3rd
– Womens 14 & U 50 Free – 4th
– Womens 14 & U 100 Free – 4th
– Womens 14 & U 100 Fly – 7th

An exciting term ahead with a number of tournaments and finals spots up for grabs for our winter sports teams