by Rachael Parker

School Sport Update

NZ Secondary School Sport Events Cancelled for Term 4.

As most of you would've heard by now, NZSSS announced yesterday that all NZSSS sanctioned events for Term 4 have been cancelled. This includes Cricket and Touch Nationals along with NZSS Athletics. This will be disappointing and upsetting for students, parents, coaches and managers (including the Sports Department), so please make sure you are checking in with those involved to see how they are coping. We have been very lucky to get most of our sport seasons up and running and have had a successful sports awards yesterday during assembly to acknowledge achievements for 2021.

Sports Prize Giving

As mentioned, this week we celebrated the achievements in sport for 2021. We presented around 95 girls with awards and certificates for sport offered at the school and also the SHCS Sport Excellence Awards for teams that have achieved excellence at a South Island Secondary School or National Event.

Congrats to our rowing octuple, quad sculls and doubles teams and the Senior A touch team which won South Islands this year.

Image by: Rachael Parker

Weekly Sport

It is awesome to see our local competitions able to to still operate this term. Covid restrictions are in place so most venues are limited spectators or none at all.  Mask use and contact tracing is vital for arriving and exiting venues.  Where possible please social distance from others that you don't know.

Volleyball - After a quiet start with only Premier or Division 1 teams starting, Volleyball Otago are able to extend venues and get the social teams back playing from this week.

Water Polo - All grades are now underway which is fantastic, given Moana Pool restrictions. Wishing our 7&8 team good luck for their tournament in Dunedin this weekend.

Touch - Touch started this week for all teams.

Cricket - Cricket started this week. The teams managed to get a few overs in before the rain arrived. There is a new social grade for new comers where your can turn up at 4pm receive some basic coaching and play a game. If anyone would like to join this, please come and see me.

Golf - Golf started last week and a good uptake on participants for the growing school sport.

Futsal & Summer Hockey - Both sports have started this Thursday.  

Tennis - Tennis started this week, with 11 teams, St Hilda's are getting amongst it and representing the school well.

OSSSA Junior Sports Week

In week 8 of this term, Otago Secondary School Sport Association organise a fun junior sports week for Year 9&10. It is aimed to increase participation in a number of sports and too ultimately to have fun. Sports available are volleyball, touch, renegade hockey, indoor cricket, 3x3 basketball. The Sports Department will be in contact with students about options next week.

Representative achievement

Congratulations to Gemma Rowcroft and Brooke McAlwee who has been selected to represent Otago in the Open Women's Touch Team. They will be playing with three former alumni, so a great opportunity for them.

Congratulations to Emma Andrew who was named in the Southern United Women's Squad in Football.