Kia Ora Koutou
If by the time you receive this you have not seen Mary Poppins, quickly read this and then make your way to school for a 7pm start to the show; you will not be disappointed. The girls have worked very hard and director Davidson can be immensely proud of the outcome.
2021 Ministerial Youth Advisory Group
The Ministry of Education have three places available for young people to join the Ministerial Youth Advisory Group (YAG) in 2021. The Youth Advisory Group provides advice to the Minister of Education and is a mechanism for young people aged 14-18 to have their say about education in New Zealand and the issues that affect them. The YAG is also an opportunity for young people to grow and develop as leaders.
Registrations of interest are open from 30 October to 9 November. For more information, visit the Youth Advisory Group webpage
Accord Teacher Only Day 2020 November 17
All schools and kura have been allocated eight additional teacher-only days to use between now and the end of 2022. These eight days will not extend the school year. The days are set by the Ministry.
These days are set aside to support the implementation of changes to NCEA, and wider strengthening of curriculum, progress and achievement practice.
Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Accord Sub-Group, along with the Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand (SPANZ), and New Zealand Secondary Principals’ Council (SPC), have agreed to make the following changes to the yearly allocation:
• The teacher only day originally scheduled for August 2020 will now be used in 2022. This means that the eight days will now be allocated as follows: one day scheduled for 2020, three for 2021, and four for 2022.
• There will be a teacher only in November 2020 which will occur while senior students (Years 11, 12 and 13) are sitting their external exams. The first day of external exams is November 16.
• The focus of the teacher only day in November will focus on changes to NCEA.
I have given a few reminders but please take this as another - to check that your young ones are ‘slip, slop, slap, and wrapping’- and that you are too.
Phone Free Day
I am proud of the efforts of the girls today to be phone free. I can report that no one (including staff) was found in a heap because they were without their mobile. I will find time to catch up with them about this and I acknowledge the supportive emails from parents.
Have a safe weekend
Burt (Francesca Shaw) and Mary Poppins (Stella Carrington)
The Banks family (from left), Aibhinn McCann-Bell, Aleah Gilmer, Lucy Wyeth and Madison Bowden
Miss Andrew (Penny Noble)
Bankers - back left: Phoebe Bell, India Bartlett, Annabel Falloon, Georgie Carruthers - front left: Bonnie Noble, Priya Willams, Erin Dean
Von Hussler (Isla Gernhoefer), and John Northbrook (Olivia Guscott)
Servants (Charlotte Beetham and Francesca Wells)
Neleus (Samantha Huggins)
Mrs Corry (Sophia Hallett)
Katie Nanna (Phoebe Blundell)
Bird Woman (Jordyn Bowden)
Chimney Sweeps - Bonnie Noble, Olivia Guscott, Lily Hunt, Isla Gernhoefer, Erin Dean, India Bartlett, Sally Booth, Annabel Falloon, Phoebe Bell, Milly Butler, Lucy Disdbury, Poppy Tatham, Harriet Summerfield, Amelia Huggins, Francesca Shaw
This week our Junior Production was in full swing for their performances of Mary Poppins. Thank you to those who have come along to support the girls. Last performance is tonight at 7pm. Don't miss out!
Huge congratulations go to the girls in Years 7 and 8, and the girls who auditioned from Years 9 and 10 for cast and crew. This all would not have been possible if it wasn't for Mr Davidson who directed the production, with Mrs Taylor as Musical Director. Another classic show directed by these talented people.
Ella Arnold Baron - The Sala Trophy - for commitment and contribution to Volleyball at SMS
Sophie Borthwick - The Bryer Oden Cup - for excellence in Rifle Shooting
Elizabeth Cohr - The Blundell Cup - for sportsmanship, enthusiasm and effort in Cricket
Gracie Donaldson - The Kirsty Rowan Cup - Head of Netball - for showing leadership and role modelling at the netball courts.
Xanthe Furkert - The Jo and Nicki Booth Cup - Contribution to Equestrian
Claudia Hawkes - The SMS/Masterton Squash Cup Cup - for the highest graded player of the year
Charlotte Hewitt - Ewen Cross Country Cup - first senior home at the highest competition attend - 1st in the Senior Girls at Intercollegiate Competition
Jessie Hollard - The Campbell Cup - for all round ability in Cricket
Emma Kitchingman - SMS Junior Footballer - Most Valuable Year 9 and 10 Football Player
Harriette Klingender - The Dimock Cup - for attitude and commitment to Rifle Shooting
Hannah Maunsell - The Olivia Pearce Cup - for dedication and commitment to 1st XI Hockey
Claire McFetridge - The SMS Broad Cup - Head Of Hockey - with special mention of true leadership and service to all hockey at SMS
Emma McLeod - The PM Haughey Cup - Most Valuable Year 9 and 10 Hockey Player
Juliette Mele - The SMS Jane Knox Cup - Head of Football and the Wensley Cup - for Contribution and Effort in Football at SMS
Hannah Penn - The Georgina Wimsett Cup - For the Senior A Player whose example of Sportmanship and Commitment to the team embodies the spirit of sport at SMS
Maddison Phillips - SMS Primary A - Most Valuable Primary Football Player
Hester Radford - The Green Cup - Most Valuable Year 9 and 10 Netball Player
Kaitlyn Williams - The Sim Cup - Most Valuable Primary A Netball Player
Priya Williams - The Sim Cup for Primary A Hockey - Most Valuable Hockey Player
Primary Colours - for outstanding performance and talent during Years 7 and 8
Netball - India Bartlett, Sally Booth, Georgie Carruthers, Isobel Edge, Maddison Phillips, Maiah Purcell, Kaitlyn Williams, Lucy Wyeth
Hockey - Phillippa McLaren, Francesca Wells, Priya Williams
Football - Jorja Fountaine
Tennis - Francesca Wells
Junior and Senior Colours
SMS Squash Team - 7th in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Squash Championships
Ella Arnold Baron, Chelsea Hawkes, Claudia Hawkes, Ella Kirkup, Olivia Kirkup, Christina Kirkup
Sophie Borthwick - 2nd Emergency Shooter for the NI team at the TSMZ Inter Island Competition
Hanna Cohr - IM Gold in the 200m Backstroke and Silver in the 50m Backstroke, 100m and 100m at the Wellington Short Course Championships, qualifying for the Nationals
Sophie Jones - Silver Medal 200m Individual Medley at the Wellington Short Course Championships, qualifiying for the Nationals
Harriette Klingender - 6th Place in the Working Pony Wire Jump and 9th at Rising Star Saddle Hunter Pony at Horse of the Year 2020
Amber Wellington - 3rd in the Triple Jump and 5th in the Shot Put at the Regional Athletics, representing Wellington in the Interprovincial Team
Team awards - Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, Commitment and Contribution
Lily Allen - Junior Gold Netball - Most Valuable Player
India Bartlett - Primary A Netball - Most Improved Player
Isabella Beetham - Junior A Netball - Contribution and Commitment
Phoebe Bell - Primary B Netball - Most Improved Player
Sally Booth - Primary A Netball - Contribution and Commitment
Hope Eales - Junior Green Netball - Commitment and Contribution
Mackenzie Edwards - Senior A Netball - Commitment and Contribution
Rachel Forster - Senior Yellow Netball - Most Valuable Player
Olivia Guscott - Junior Gold Netball - Most Improved Player
Ruby Hammond - Junior B Netball - Most Valuable Player
Marguerite Hood - Senior B Netball - Most Valuable Player
Amelia Klitscher - Primary B Netball - Most Valuable Player
Georgia Lowes - Senior B Netball - Most Valuable Player
Megan Macri - Senior Yellow Netball - Most Improved Player
Samantha Matuszek - Senior Yellow Netball - Most Valuable Player
Corrin Prince - Senior B Netball - Most Improved Player
Isabaella Robson - Senior A Netball - Most Improved Player
Miela Slight - Junior B Netball - Most Improved Player
Amber Wellington - Junior B Netball - Most Improved Player
Milly Young - Junior Green Netball - Most Improved Player
Jorja Fountaine - Primary Football - Commitment and Contribution
Darby Lambert - 1st XI Football - Most Valuable Player
Hannah Mathewson - 2nd XI Football - Most Valuable Player
Juliette Mele - 1st XI Football - Commitment and Contribution - Player's Player
Maddison Phillips - Primary Football - Most Improved Player
Lucy Stevens - 2nd XI Football - Most Improved Player
Gertie Vermeer - Primary Football - Most Improved Player
Mya Anderson - Year 9 B Hockey - Most Improved Player
Penelope Borthwick - Year 9 A Hockey - Most Valuable Player
Lucy Boschma - 3rd XI Hockey - Most Valuable Player
Elizabeth Cohr - 1st XI Hockey - Most Improved Player
Charna Craig - Year 9 B Hockey - Most Valuable Player
Abby Crawley - 1st XI Hockey - Commitment and Contribution
Annabel Falloon - Primary Gold Hockey - Most Improved Player
Samantha Huggins - Primary Green Hockey - Most Improved Player
Felicity Johnson - 3rd XI Hockey - Most Improved Player
Isabella Kennedy - 2nd XI Hockey - Most Valuable Player
Ella Kirkup - Year 9 A Hockey - Commitment and Contribution
Phillippa McLaren - Primary Green Hockey - Most Valuable Player
Samantha Plimmer - 2nd XI Hockey - Most Improved Player
Ellie Southey - Primary Gold Hockey - Commitment and Contribution
Under 14 - Charlotte Beetham, Lily Gilles (also Ikaroa Ki Te Tonga Maori Netball U15 team 2020/2021), Tiarna Web-Milner, Amber Wellington
Under 16 - Isabella Beetham, Hester Radford
Under 18 - Gracie Donaldson, Majella Dempsey, Ruby Radford, Jorja Julian
Hannah Founatine, Jorja Fountaine, Darby Lambert, Amber Powell, Juliette Mele
Under 13 - Maddison Phillips, Ellie Southey, Priya Williams
Under 15 - Isabella Kennedy, Anita Lyford, Ana Mason, Hannah Mathewson, Greta Matthews, Emma McLeod, Isabella Rogers, Caitlyn Ryan, Tess Southey, Kate Speedy, Amber Wellington, Pia White
Under 18 - Ruby Bermingham, Elizabeth Cohr, Abby Crawley, Kianna Dawson, Charlotte Hewitt, Hannah Maunsell, Pippa Raleigh, Meg Southey, Grace Tanner, Laura White
Level One - First Year Team Selection
Senior A Netball - Majella Dempsey, Isabaella Robson, Hester Radford
First XI Hockey - Meg Southey, Grace Tanner, Pia White, Emma McLeod, Charlize Baron
First XI Football - Ruby Broom, Aleksandra Domanski, Molly Karam
Squash - Ella-Arnold Baron, Ella Kirkup
Volleyball - Ella-Arnold Baron, Jade Baker, Darby Lambert, Annabelle Milne, Pippa Raleigh, Kate Seymour
Level Two Badge Awards
Rifle Shooting - Rifle Shooting - representation in the Wairarapa Regional Team
Sophie Borthwick, Harriette Klingender, Sophie Drysdale
Service Awards - Umpiring and Coaching
One Year's Service - Kate Forrester, Audrey Jamieson, Zoe Sheehan, Majella Dempsey
Two Year's Service - Sophie Renton, Ocean Bartlett, Ruby Radford
Three Year's Service (Colours) - Gracie Donaldson, Mackenzie Edwards
One Year's Service - Lily Hunt, Lucy Boschma, Cecilia Beck, Jessie Hollard
Two Year's Service - Emma McLeod
Three Year's Service (Colours) - Meg Southey, Claire McFetridge, Kianna Dawson
Year 13 Leavers - First Teams
At the awards we acknowledged the girls from our major winter sporting codes who had represented SMS in first teams. They will leave a considerable gap next year. We wish them well and hope they will continue to play sport beyond school.
Netball - Gracie Donaldson, Mackenzie Edwards, Hannah Penn, Isabaella Robson, Majella Dempsey, Charlotte Summerfield
Football - Xanthe Furkert, Amber Powel, Juliette Mele
Hockey - Amy Wood, Abby Crawley, Hannah Maunsell, Charlotte Hewitt, Charlotte Diedrich, Claire McFetridge, Elizabeth Cohr
Special Mention - Colours Already Awarded
Corrin Prince – continued outstanding performance in Clay Target Shooting.
Alex Anstis – continued outstanding performance in Equestrian – taking two nationals titles in recent times.
Connect, Inspire, Learn Student Conference
14 Years 7/8 students attending this conference this week at Douglas Park along with 12 other schools. They were in groups and had to present a workshop to other participants and also attend two workshops, hosted by other students.
Amelia Huggins attends one of the workshops
Congratulations to the following girls who have won or placed in their category for the 2020 HETTANZ Awards:
Kersha Napier (Year 10) - Junior Creative Category - First Place
Arna Williams (Year 10) - Junior Technical Category - Second Place
Ruby Wells (Year 12) - Senior Technical Category - First Place
Senior College News
Warm congratulations to Ruby Wells, who has won the Senior (Technical) category of this year’s HETTANZ Fashion Awards. One of the judges commented that she was “inspired about the bright future of our industry after seeing the incredibly high standard of technical ability and creativity from all age levels”.
Congratulations also to Kian Jones who has been given a scholarship to attend this year’s New Zealand Jazz Workshop Week, organised by the legendary jazz musician Rodger Fox. For young musicians interested in jazz performance, there could not be a better experience.
We are almost at the end of time in school for this academic year with Study Leave beginning two weeks from today. I hope that students remain fully engaged in their classes up until that time, using the support and expertise of their teachers.
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior College
Coming Up on the Calendar
Week Four Term Four
Monday 2 November - Whanau Time, Junior Choir, Senior College Photos, Viva Rehearsal
Tuesday 3 November - Senior Chapel, Year Level Meetings, Year 13 Melbourne Cup Day, Sport Photos, Wai Maths, Year 13 Drama Performance
Wednesday 4 November - Assembly, Wai Maths, Cultural Photos, Viva Rehearsal, Combined Ballroom Dancing
Thursday 5 November - Junior Chapel, Jazz Band, Central Districts Cricket Play-Offs, Musical Extravaganza
Friday 6 November - Whanau Time
Week Five Term Four
Monday 9 November - Whanau Time, Librarians Morning Tea, Junior Choir, Viva Rehearsal
Tuesday 10 November - Senior Chapel, Year Level Meetings, Senior College Dinner Dance
Wednesday 11 November - Assembly, Masterton Primary Athletics, Year 9 Trip to Rathkeale, Orchestra, Viva Rehearsal, Year 11 Effort Grade Reports Published to the Portal
Thursday 12 November - Junior Chapel, Last day for Years 11-13, Senior College Prize Giving 7pm SMS Hall
Friday 13 November - Study Leave Begins, Year 10 Career Taster Day (UCOL), Whanau Time, Volunteer Function (Mrs Gill's residence 5.30pm)
Sports Photos and Cultural Photos
Sports photos will be held on Tuesday November 3. We ask that all girls are prepared for these, and read the programme below carefully.
Cultural photos will be held on Wednesday November 4. The programme is available by the link below.
Teacher Only Day
There is a Teacher Only Day on Tuesday 17 November. This is to advise us regarding the changes to NCEA. School will be closed.
Dates for the End of the Year
Below are end of year dates:
Thursday November 12 - Senior College Prizegiving 7pm
Monday November 16 - NCEA National Exams begin
Friday December 4 - Non-NCEA students released from instruction Carol Service and Leavers' Service - 6pm St Matthew's Parish Church
Saturday December 5 - St Matthew’s Prizegiving -ALL students required - 12pm Wairarapa College (Please note change of time from 9am)
Wednesday December 9 - NCEA National Exams end; School and Boarding House(s) Officially closed
Monday December 14 - Year 13 Leavers' Ball
SMOGA (St Matthew's Old Girls' Association) - Wine Fundraiser
Once again the SMOGA are offering a wine fundraiser in association with Paddy Borthwick Wines. For every case, $40 will be donated by Paddy Borthwick to the school. You must be 18 years or over to participate.
Please click on the link below to view the extensive range of wines offered, and complete an order form. Please send to Bridget Mathewson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rathkeale College Christmas Fete
Other Community Events