Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 7

Tournament of the Minds team who competed in Christchurch last weekend.

We have had a number of teams competing in South Island Secondary Schools Tournaments and there have been some great results coming though. We will do a full report on these next week once all tournaments are complete.

A group of Year 7 and Year 8 students traveled to Christchurch last weekend to compete in the Tournament of the Minds competition. They performed very well and I am sure this will become a regular event.

Good luck to the girls who are performing at the Otago Secondary Schools’ Music Festival on Monday 11th September. This is always a great event. The evening performance starts at 6.30pm at the Dunedin Town Hall.

On Thursday 14th September our Kapa Haka group will be performing at Polyfest. St Hilda’s will be performing at 6.30pm.

Examinations and Reports for Senior students

Our Year 11, 12 and 13 students are sitting their Benchmark examinations next week (14th September – 20th September).

For these Benchmarks to be as authentic as possible they needed to be as late as practicable, so that staff could teach as much content as possible, while still allowing time for marking and then relevant feedback to you and your daughter that is useful for externals preparation and identifies next steps. It is important to stress that the final week of Term Three will be used for teachers to give valuable feedback to their classes following the benchmark examinations and that students who are absent may be disadvantaged by missing this.

Our aim is to ensure that the senior reports are appropriate, useful and timely. The primary intent of the Term 3 report is to provide the most up-to-date picture of completed internal assessment and benchmark external assessment. This report will be emailed to parents at the end of Week 10 (Thursday 28th September).

The report will give an indication of credits available and achieved to date, numeracy and literacy status, and results from the benchmark examinations. There will only be brief generic comments shared by teachers that give an indication of progress, and strategies to use going forward to external examinations. Staff will also indicate where they feel a Learning Conversation is vital.

Learning Conversations

Parents and students are invited to attend formal Learning Conversations in Week 1 of Term Four. For senior students these will be an opportunity to discuss in-depth learning strategies leading up to the external assessments. The timing of the report is to allow you to discuss the content with your daughter, make Learning Conversation appointments, receive valuable feedback and then have a plan for the remaining weeks of the school year and into the external assessment period in Term 4. 

The Learning Conversations will take place on Monday 16th October throughout the day beginning at 9.30am for all levels and on Thursday 19th October from 6.00pm to 9.00pm for senior students and their parents only. School will be open for Learning Conversations all day on the Monday and there will be no formal timetabled classes. Girls will not be required to attend classes, but will be expected to attend the Learning Conversation meetings as booked. Girls do not need to wear school uniform on this day.  Bookings for these can be made through our normal site ( details will be emailed closer to the time).


Final Reminder re: Blues applications.

Cultural, Service and Sport Blues applications close on the 12th September at 5 pm.

Forms can be accessed via the student homepage or the page ‘Blues Evening’ located under Informational Links to the right hand side of this page.  Applications must be made by the student using their St Hilda’s email log in details.

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 for one day on 25 September for updates to these applications.

Tolcarne News

A number of the hostel girls were away this week with winter tournament competitions, from Invercargill to Christchurch.  Tolcarne enjoyed hosting the Senior A hockey team as they based themselves at the hostel for their Dunedin tournament week.  The year 9 students that were in over the weekend went on a trip with Mrs Rathbone on Sunday up to Waitati and Warrington.  We walked around Waitati and went to the beach for some sea air and sand time.  Shannon continues to flex and relax us all with her Yoga instruction at the hostel on a weekly basis, it is a beautiful way to end the day and share the yoga space together. This week the girls have completed a catering survey for Jodie and her food service team, we look forward to sharing the results with you all soon.  Kirby has organised a trip to the Planetarium this Sunday afternoon to watch the Dinosaur show, narrated by David Attenbourgh.


Student Achievement

Tournament of the Minds Honours award to the team consisting of Emma deLange, Bella Gilmour, Imogen Irvine, Eliabel Legrand, Courtney Lloyd and Amelie Warlow.

Tournament Results so far:

Curling – the girls really sharpened their skills throughout the tournament and has a very tight game for 3rd and 4th, narrowly losing to Columba

Junior Basketball – The girls competed well and gained some very valuable experience ending in 14th place overall

Senior Basketball – Some good wins in pool play and in the semi final today against Rangi Ruru.

Football – Have had a fantastic tournament taking out 1st place.

Hockey – Played Timaru Girls’ High School in the semi finals narrowly losing in the final minutes. Playing for 3rd or 4th place today.

Netball – A very exciting final was played yesterday afternoon which saw St Hilda’s secure the win, giving them back to back South Island titles.