Weekly News Term 3|Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Winter tournament week has been busy for a number of our sporting codes and we have had some great performances. The latest results we have can be found under Achievements.

Benchmark Examinations begin next week – 12th September – 18th September.
Your daughter will need to attend examinations at the day and time given on the timetable they have. When she does not have an examination this time is for study, which can be done at home/hostel. The girls are welcome to come into school to study but will need to be aware the normal junior school programme will continue. Girls are not required to wear uniform during Examination Week.

These examinations provide an indicator of your daughter’s progress.  They may also have to be used to gain information for derived grades should your daughter not be able to sit an examination(s) in November. For this reason, they will be held under NZQA conditions. Further details about these have been emailed home.

Return of all 2018 Sporting and Prize Giving Cups and Trophies 

In preparation for the 2019 Awards and Prize Giving evenings, we urgently require the return of all cups and trophies presented in 2018 before the end of Term 3.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this.  These may be left at the school’s main reception area.

Arts Building Opening

We hope you have received your email invitation to the opening of our new Arts building at 2.00pm on 27th September and we thank those of you who have already RSVP’d.

We would be grateful if you could RSVP to principal@shcs.school.nz by Monday 23rd September.

St Hilda’s Blues

A Blue at St Hilda’s Collegiate School is awarded in recognition of students who have shown excellence and/or outstanding achievement in the cultural, sporting, academic or service arena’s at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.

The Blues evening will be held on Friday 18 October 2019. Awards presentation commences at 7:00pm.

The application forms for students to apply for Cultural, Service, Academic and Sport Blues are now available. Forms can be accessed via the student homepage: Blues Application Forms or via the Parent Portal : Blues Application Forms and CriteriaApplications must be made by the student using their St Hilda’s email.

Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 13 September. Some dance genres have competitions and examinations later so we ask that students put in an initial application before the deadline, noting that results are pending. The site will reopen on 20 September until 23 September for updates to these applications.

Successful applicants will receive notification at the end of September.

Junior Academic Programme

The Junior Academic Programme for 2020 has been released online this week. Links to view this are on both the Parent Portal and the Student Homepage. This site provides an overview of the subjects studied from Year 7 through to Year 10. At Year 10, students undertake two optional subjects of their choice alongside their compulsory subjects.

The Junior Academic Programme can also be viewed here: https://sites.google.com/shcs.school.nz/2020-junior-academic-programme/home

Measles update from Public Health

St Hilda’s has been advised that since 22nd August, five people have been confirmed with measles in the Southern region and the disease is now likely to be spreading in the wider community.

The number of cases may seem relatively small in comparison with the population, but one person with measles can infect many others.

PHS advises that immunisation is the best protection against measles.

Immunisation is safe, effective and free.

Measles is serious and highly infectious viral disease that causes fever, cough, sore red eyes and a rash. It can make people very sick. People with measles can be infectious even before they start feeling unwell. While almost all people will make a complete recovery, it can lead to hospitalisation and in rare cases, death.

Parents/guardians need to find out whether their children are protected against measles.

Regarding your child’s immunisation status:

  • If your child has not received their measles immunisation (MMR vaccine) as per the Immunisation Schedule (1st MMR at 15 months and 2nd MMR at four years), call your GP as soon as possible. Arrange a time to immunise your child as it is never too late.
  • Infants and children who are not travelling to Auckland or overseas to a country with a measles outbreak are recommended to get their MMR vaccinations as per the Immunisation Schedule at 15 months and 4 years.
  • Infants aged 6 to 11 months who are travelling to Auckland or overseas to a country with a measles outbreak, can have their first MMR vaccination (MMR0) after consulting with their GP, however they will still need to have the MMR vaccinations at 15 months and four years as per the Immunisation Schedule.
  • Infants aged 12 to 14 months who are travelling to Auckland or overseas to a country with a measles outbreak, should receive all four 15 month vaccinations (MMR, varicella, Hib and PCV10) at least two weeks before travelling to allow immunity against measles to develop.
  • If your child has received only one measles immunisation (i.e. one MMR vaccination), call your GP as soon as possible to see if you need to arrange a time to immunise your child with their second MMR. Two measles immunisations provide better protection than one.
  • If your child has received two measles immunisations, or they have definitely had doctor-diagnosed measles infection in the past, they are considered protected. Over 99% of people who are fully immunised are protected from measles.
  • If you are not sure of your child’s immunisation records, look in your child’s plunket book or check with your GP.
  • If your child is not immune or you choose not to immunise your child, they are not protected from measles. If they come into contact with someone with measles, they will likely have to be excluded from school or ECEC for up to 14 days.

 Signs of measles

It usually takes 10 to 14 days for someone who has caught measles to start showing symptoms.

If your child develops a high fever, runny nose, cough, sore red eyes, or a rash see a doctor (call ahead to alert your doctor about the possibility of measles before visiting and take this letter along).

If your child has a weakened immune system (e.g. if they have an inherited immune problem or are receiving chemotherapy for cancer), please contact your doctor to discuss further.

If this occurs: Call your GP or Healthline (0800 611 116) as soon as possible for advice. Your GP will advise the safest time for your child to return to school. If your GP suspects measles, they will arrange for testing and Public Health South will be in contact to offer support and any follow up regarding contact tracing.

For more information about measles, contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 or visit https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles

Measles Information for parents and students

What are the symptoms? The signs of measles are a cough, high fever, runny nose and sore red eyes. A few days later, a rash begins on the head and spreads across the body.

How do I know if I’m immune to measles? To know that you are 99% immune to measles one or more of the following should apply to you:

  1. You have had two measles vaccines (MMR). You need to check your vaccination records in your Well Child (Plunket book) or your family doctor may have records. Please show your principal your vaccination record.
  2. OR you have been diagnosed with measles in the past, or have a blood test proving measles immunity
  3. OR you were born before 1969 as you are likely to have had measles as a child.

You are almost certainly protected from measles if one of the above applies and will not need to be isolated if you come into contact with someone with measles.

I’ve only had one MMR – do I have to get another vaccination? To ensure you are 99% protected against measles, it is important to have a second MMR as this vaccine also protects against mumps and rubella. Whilst one MMR does offer 95% of people immunity, it still provides gaps in our community coverage against measles, which puts vulnerable people like new born babies and people with compromised immune systems (e.g. having cancer treatment) at high risk.

Why do I (or my child) have to stay at home in isolation? If you are developing measles, staying home stops it spreading to others and making them unwell.

What does isolation mean?  It means staying home away from others. Do not go to work, school, group or social activities, sports, or public places like movie theatres, shopping malls, supermarkets and other food markets. Do not use public transport or visit friends or family. Avoid being in the same room as people who are not immune to measles.

What if I or my child feel worse or have symptoms, and need to go to a doctor again? If you need to see a doctor, phone the medical centre or after-hours clinic before going there and tell them you (or your child) may have measles. When you arrive, you must be isolated and not sit in the waiting room.

My child hasn’t been in the same classroom as a measles case. Are they still at risk? If your child has been in the same class, room or space as the person with measles while they were infectious, then your child will have been exposed. If your child is not in the same class, even though they may have been in the same classroom afterwards or in the same hall or playground, the risk is much lower. The school is not asking you to keep your child at home, but do watch for symptoms, particularly if they are not vaccinated. We also ask you to check that they are vaccinated.

I don’t have any proof that I have been vaccinated– what do I do? If you have been exposed to measles but are younger than 50 years, and if your doctor cannot confirm you have been vaccinated or had measles, you will need to stay home for the isolation period. Please get vaccinated when you are out of isolation.

If my child has been exposed to measles, do I have to tell others? You do not need to tell anyone else that your child may be developing measles and is in isolation, unless your child is confirmed as having the virus. Only then will you need to inform the school, and then any family and social contacts.

I’m pregnant or have a weak immune system – am I at risk? Pregnant women who haven’t been vaccinated, and anyone with a weakened immune system, are at greater risk of measles complications. They or their caregiver should ask their doctor or lead maternity carer for advice.

Chapel Matters

We were set a challenge last term by Anglican Family Care to raise funds to purchase a Reborn Baby Doll for their Play Therapy Service – in the end, we raised $550.00! They are very grateful for the support of everyone at St Hilda’s for making this dream come true! Kirsten and others from AFC brought the doll into chapel recently and we were able to hold it and see first-hand just how “real” it actually is! AFC have also invited us to name the Reborn Doll to formalise our gift and students have already suggested a lot of names! It will be interesting to see what one is chosen!

This is what AFC say about play therapy and the need for this doll:
“Play Therapy is a therapeutic approach where the child, through the therapeutic relationship and within the context of play can safely begin to explore complex issues within their lives, such as trauma, grief, separation and emotional regulation.  Anglican Family Care have been offering this service for over four years and over this time Play Therapist Kirsten, has been carefully collecting pre-loved toys and props, many have been donated and some purchased from second-hand shops.  There was one key resource missing from the playroom a Reborn Baby Doll.  As opposed to an ordinary doll, a Reborn Doll has characteristics that resemble a real baby, they’re weighted like a baby and assist both the child and adult to work through any attachment, relationship and trauma.”

Donna and Kirsten from AFC, Dr Townsley then: Kristin Schipper, Amelia Newlands, Lucia Grimmond, Anika Smith, Rosie Dykes, Amelia Leaper, Bridget Malcolm, Lucie Holtz

Nemo Asawaborisuttikul, Chaplain Dr Gillian Townsley, Lucie Holtz, Lily Knox,
Georgia Copeman


Recently we were asked the question about where to find good quality information to begin the discussion between you as parents and your daughters about pornography.

The Light Project is an excellent New Zealand website which tackles this issue. In the words of the Light Project experts, “The last 5 years has seen the growth of a whole new porn landscape for young people. New in terms of how much porn is out there, how easy it is to access, how frequently young people watch it and the type of porn that has become ‘normal’. Porn has now become a primary sex educator for young people, influencing youth sexual culture in new and unprecedented ways – however, many whānau, teachers and health professionals working with youth don’t feel equipped to respond. So, we decided to connect with our communities and start the porn conversation here in New Zealand. We’re still researching and learning, so this website is a work-in-progress – but we thought it was time to start talking.” Click here to explore the Light Project resources.

Updated Reporting Timeline

We have adjusted the reporting timeline to accommodate the changes made to the junior reports at the end of Term 2. Year 7 – 10 students will receive an interim report in Week 8 and this will be followed by Junior Learning Conversations which will be held in Week 10. We are aware that it is not always possible for parents to attend these due to travelling distance and the timing of Learning Conversations so we are investigating the possible use of technology to assist with this.

Assessment Guidelines

With a number of classes completing assignments students sometimes find it hard to know the guidelines for the authenticity of their work and I thought it would be good to share with parents the general rules around plagiarism that we follow.

Plagiarism is the act of representing the work — words, thoughts, ideas, research, art — of other people as your own. ANY time you incorporate information into your project, assessment or research report that is NOT your own idea, thoughts, or research, you need to indicate, with in-text citations
and a formal bibliography, where you found that information.

There are only a few instances in which you probably do not need to cite your sources.  You do not need to cite your sources if you are writing your own words, ideas, or original research.  You also do not need to cite information that is considered common knowledge, such as:

·       facts that are found in many sources (example: Marie Antoinette was guillotined in  1793.)
·       things that are easily observed (example: Many people talk on cell phones while driving.)
·       common sayings (example: Every man has his price.)

If you ever have ANY questions, be on the safe side and ask your teacher.

Health Consultation 2019

Thank you to those who completed the 2019 health consultation survey, we greatly appreciate your feedback.
All parents and caregivers are now invited to attend an open discussion on the evening of Monday 16th September, 6.30 pm – 7.30pm where we will have the opportunity to further discuss the makeup of our health programme.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz by Wednesday 11 September.

Hannah Coutts
Teacher of Physical Education and Health

Activities this week

Planting for the future
Our Enviro group took the opportunity to contribute to the future of both the school and environment by planting around the new Performing and Visual Arts building today. Phase Two of planting will follow in the near future as we prepare for the opening of our new facilities later this term.


Otago Daily Times Class Act

Tamara Mason and Olivia Hall are our Class Act recipients for 2019. On Thursday 5th September the recipients, parents and school principals attended the ceremony where the Prime Minister presented the awards

Tournament of Minds
Last Saturday the St Hilda’s Tournament of Minds team competed against a number of Dunedin and Christchurch teams in the Tournament of Minds competition.  St Hilda’s competed strongly and came away with a win in the secondary section.

The team of 7 was made up of Ameliè Warlow, Sophia Le, Eliabel Legrand, Imogen Irvine, Anna Fulton, Charlotte Cardno and Holly Hessen.  

The team had to compete in two sections.  The first section was the Long Term Challenge and the second section was the Spontaneous Challenge.  The Long Term Challenge is where the team has six weeks to solve an open-ended and demanding challenge.  They have to be creative and take risks and experiment with different ideas and solutions. They also have to demonstrate strong teamwork skills to work together to solve the Challenge.  This solution is then performed on competition day.

The team has to also compete a Spontaneous Challenge.  This involves being given a situation and having six minutes to work together to come up with creative responses.  The judges look for how well the teamwork together as a team, the thinking skills and processes used, and the creativity of ideas.

For the Long Term Challenge, the team had to rewrite the Wizard of Oz as if it was set in the South Island.  They had to consider things such as where the Yellow Brick Road would start and end and who their characters would be.  They had to choose hurdles for their characters and how they would overcome them. They also had to choose an overarching concept such as resilience and determination.  As well as writing their own script the team had to include at least two creative backdrops showing the story, design and make detailed costumes and props and compose at least two original songs that were relevant to the story.  

A massive undertaking and a well-deserved result for this team of students.

Winners for the Arts division of T.O.M 2019 – From the back left, Amélie Warlow (Y9), Imogen Irvine (Y9), Charlotte Cardno (Y7) Sophia Le (Y9), Eliabel Legrand (Y9), Anna Fulton (Y8) & Holly Hesson (Y8)


Winter Tournament
Our rugby girls had three wins today. Great attitude by the girls in cold and wet conditions
Our Senior A netball team played Christchurch Girls in the final. A close game that saw Chch take the win 29-27! A fantastic result for the girls and will now head back to Nelson in a month for Nationals
Our Hockey girls are playing today for 3rd place.

The following girls have been named in the Otago U18 Rugby team, Ella Fry, Georgie Jessop, Anna Harcus, Grace Beattie, Libby Drummond, Danielle Ferguson, Zoe Whyte.

Mia Urquhart has also been named in the South Island Maori U17 team.
Analee Toro has had more great results placing 3rd Points Score at Wanaka Gun Club Collegiate Shoot and 1st Single Rise at Alexandra Clay Target Club Collegiate Shoot.
Congratulations Analee.

Tolcarne News

The hostel students and staff have enjoyed a long weekend at home thanks to the teacher only day on Monday.  These mid term breaks are a time for everyone to catch up on sleep, enjoy some slow time and re-energise for the remainder of Term 3 which is always busy, especially for our seniors who embark on Benchmark exams next week.
We have had a quieter week in the hostel this week with many girls away at tournament week and it is pleasing to see how well they are going.
This week our second round of Flexi Prep begins on Thursday night with the girls learning new skills – cooking, hat knitting, bees wax wrap making, Digi Imovie, Acroyoga and music jamming.



Transition Expo Day Event – Discover opportunities for life after school. Click here for further details.

Transition Expo Evening ForumClick here for further details

MoneyHub, a guide to scholarships
As many of our Year 13 students begin their applications for tertiary study and look for ways to fund their future studies – MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2020.

Volunteers Required – PFA

Parents and senior students over 16 years of age.
The PFA has been given an opportunity to fundraise at this year’s Fleetwood Mac concert on September 21 at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
This involves working in one of the hospitality areas for approximately 8 hours and attending a 90min induction meeting in the week prior to the concert,
The PFA raises funds for the school community for the benefit of all students.

It’s actually a lot of fun and if you are interested in receiving more information please contact Ali Copeman on pfa@shcs.school.nz