Weekly News Term 2|Week 8

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Many thanks to those parents who took part in the initial meeting of the Parent Advisory Group. As a school community, we are so blessed to have such engaging and passionate parents, who are committed to the future of the school and their daughter’s education. It was an energising, positive and really constructive evening, with a few laughs thrown in. Thank you to all those who were able to spare the time and I look forward to our next meeting in Term 3.

Paid Union Meeting 28th June

School will finish at 11:50 am on Friday 28th June 2019. Staff who are PPTA and NZEI members will be attending a paid union meeting, an entitlement which is part of their Collective Agreement.

Although school will officially remain open until 3:00 pm that afternoon, there will be no formal classes operating. However, there will be supervision in the Library for students who need to stay at school until the end of the school day.

Please note:  Buses will run at the normal times.

Please notify the school office if your daughter will need to remain at school on this afternoon.

(Contact Karen Mowat on 477 0989 or email admin@shcs.school.nz)

The times for the school day will be as follows:

Period 1   8.40 – 9.35 am
Period 2   9.40 – 10.35 am
Break       10.35 – 10.55 am
Period 3  10.55 – 11.50 am

Thank you for your understanding of this disruption to scheduled classes.

Jackie Barron

Reports/Learning Conversations

Academic Progress reports will be emailed in Week 10. This report will contain feedback on learning and next steps.  It will also give you an overview of what has been covered in each subject.  Specific assessment information will not be included in the report but can be accessed through KAMAR.

Learning Conversations for senior students (Year 11 – 13) which will be held in Week 1 of Term 3 are a chance for you to meet with your daughter’s subject teachers to discuss how the year is going and put in place plans going forward.  This discussion is with the teacher, student and parent.

On Monday 22 July the students in Year 7 – 10 will have school as usual.

These learning conversations will take place on Monday 22 July during the day (9:00 am – 3:30 pm) and  in the evening (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

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 who should come by herself as this is a critical milestone in her learning for the year and she would find it very valuable to talk to teachers about her next steps.

Booking details will be emailed to parents on Wednesday 3rd July and the site will remain open until Friday 19 July.

Course Selection Evening

A warm invitation is extended to parents/caregivers of current Year 10 to Year 12 students for this year’s Course Selection Evening, being held @ 6:00pm on Thursday 4 July. 

The focus will be on sharing resources to assist families to make an informed course selection for 2020. This event will coincide with the online release of the 2020 Academic Programmes.

The evening will begin with a welcome in the Chapel followed by a brief outline of how NCEA works. Over the next hour you will have the opportunity to move through two workshops.

  • Workshop 1: Subject Selection, the process and exceptions – academic wellness within the St Hilda’s graduate profile. Navigating the online Academic Programme.
  • Workshop 2: Introduction to the new Parent Portal of Career Central – tools to help identify interests, skills and abilities for career pathway exploration.

The Kamar Parent Portal to enter your daughters 2020 subject choices will also open on this date (linked from the Course Selection page of the Academic Programme). Entries for Year 11-13 in 2020 are due no later than Monday 26 August 2019.

NOTE: Students are not expected to attend this event as the focus is on information for families.

We look forward to seeing many of you on the night.

Sharon Ritchie
Careers’ Advisor/STAR Gateway Co-ordinator

NZQA Examination Fees

The government have removed all examination fees for NCEA. If you had already paid these this amount has been credited to your account.


National Cross Country Championships
The National Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships were held in Timaru on the 15th/16th of June in good conditions.

St Hilda’s had 3 students competing in two events.
Zara Geddes and Anna Carswell competed in the Year 9 event over 3km with 89 other athletes, Zara finished in a well deserved 8th place and Anna finished in a respectable 36th.
Megan Foster competed in the Senior girls event over 4km for the first time with a large field of 113 athletes, she finished in 67th.
On Sunday all three competed in a Otago regional teams.
Anna Carswell, Megan Foster and Zara Gedes
Zara on the way to 8th place.

Jessica Scott is away competing at the New Zealand Open Swimming Championships in Auckland this week and has achieved some very impressive results up against the best female swimmers in the country.

Jess placed 8th in the Women’s 50m Butterfly and set a new Otago Age Group and Open Women’s record,
4th in the Women’s 200m Butterfly,
9th in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley
9th in the Women’s 100m Butterfly

Upcoming events

48hour Film Festival
Good luck to our two teams participating in the 48hour Film Festival this weekend. They are on their way to becoming Oscar winners…

Genres are :
Senior Team (“Theatre Nerds”): the gross-out or cringe comedy
Junior Team (“Green Cats and Diamonds”): the wrong place/  wrong time movie
Required elements are :
Sound: laughter
Action: a double take
Technical: an overhead shot
Physical: wind

Robo Cup
Good luck to all the girls competing in Robocup this weekend. There has been a great deal of preparation for this and I am sure there will be some great entries.

Tolcarne News

On Monday Tolcarne had a Texan country night with yummy Texan food and a Tribe line dancing competition! What a treat it was to dress up and have some fun! Congratulations to Baxter who took out the night.
All our Year 12 and 13 students have frantically been getting ready for formal and to help them along we had our annual nail bar. Robyn, Ziggy and Ange were all here shaping and painting hand and toe nails for tonight! We hope everyone has a great time!

St Hilda’s Physiotherapy Service Information

From Tuesday 11th June, Roslyn Physio will be operating a physiotherapy clinic at St Hilda’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1.30pm during term time. The clinic will be staffed by female physiotherapists from the Roslyn Physio staff and will operate out of the main office block at school.

Having a physiotherapy service on site will limit time out of class, enable access for assistance and support and will help to provide timely diagnosis and treatment for students, as well as cohesive advice, guidance and communication for students, parents, teachers and coaching staff. Communication regarding your daughter’s injury/condition will be made by Roslyn Physiotherapy directly to you and your daughter, thus maintaining the strict privacy and confidentiality requirements currently maintained by the practice.  

Appointments can be made by ringing Roslyn Physio on 4771744 or through the school student reception 

Treatment costs are as follows:
ACC Initial appt (30mins) – $27
ACC Follow-up appt (20 mins) – $20
Private Initial appt  (30 mins) – $72
Private Follow up appt (20 mins) – $55

Payment is by invoice. This will be sent out by email directly from Roslyn Physiotherapy monthly and payment can be made online.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Roslyn Physiotherapy to support and enhance your daughters wellbeing by making available this professional and expert assistance on site.


Sometimes when our own lives are busy it can be easy to forget how important it is to connect with our teens. Click here to read more about why we need to make the time to check in with our children.

Chapel Matters


Student Loans for Year 13 Students
MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to the Student Loan scheme for any student planning to start university, polytechnic or another tertiary course in 2020. The comprehensive guide explains everything students (and their families) need to know about how student loans work, including weekly entitlements, student allowances and a section demystifying the debt issue. For more details, visit the MoneyHub Student Loan guide. Information can also be found through the Ministry of Social Developments StudyLink page.

NZQA Digital Examinations

In 2014 and 2015 St Hilda’s took part in the Mathematics trial for the Level 1 mCAT. In 2016 History, Geography and Spanish used the NZQA trials as preparation for the November examinations (all in Level 1), and English had volunteers taking part in the Level 1 digital external examination (called a pilot). In 2017 St Hilda’s was part of a group of thirteen schools that took part of a co-managed trial using the digital format for both school examinations and the November external examinations in English at Level 1 and 2. In 2018 digital trails expanded to include Level 1 Science, Level 2 and 3 Media Studies and digital pilots in all three levels of English.

In 2019, NZQA is offering 14 subjects digitally, across NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 for the November external examinations. The subjects for St Hilda’s are Art History, Classical Studies, English, Media Studies and History.

Students voluntarily enter these digital examinations. There will be familiarisation activities provided by NZQA and our benchmark examinations will also be offered in the digital format.

A form has been sent out for students to complete.

The Cancer Society Otago and Southland Division invites you to the inaugural Runway for Life Fashion Show.  This event is a collaboration between the Cancer Society, Otago Polytechnic and H&J Smith and many other businesses in Otago and Southland have offered their support.

We would love for you to come along and enjoy our fashion show featuring exclusive pieces donated by top New Zealand fashion designers (such as Trelise Cooper, Claire Bloom, Darlene Gore, Tamsin Cooper and more) that you will be able to bid on in our exciting charity auction.

The auction will be followed by a relaxed afternoon tea.  Prior to and after the fashion show, you will have the chance to browse our pop-up shop of fabulous pre-loved and lightly loved clothing and accessories that will be for sale (EFTPOS available).  We would appreciate you passing this invitation on to your colleagues and friends.

When and Where:  Saturday 13th July 1pm @The Hub, Otago Polytechnic Forth Street, Dunedin. (Fashion show to start at 1:30pm.)

Tickets are only $20 and are available online here or from the Cancer Society, 283 Great King St, Dunedin (03) 477 7447.   Email info@cansoc.org.nz  for further information.

“From Professor Margo Barton, Otago Polytechnic:  Otago Polytechnic is proud to be collaborating with the Cancer Society in this inaugural Runway for Life Fashion Show.  Please come along and help raise funds for this worthy cause.  There will be all sorts of interesting and wonderful fashion pieces to suit every wallet and person.”