Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Mrs Barron has been trialing a St Hilda’s Instagram account recently.  Download the app for free, follow @sthildascollegiate – and there you are! Lots of photos of everyday and casual magic moments that occur when you least expect them. We will still use Facebook for our school events, celebrations and news, and will keep Instagram for our magic moments – informal fun, and a window to the joy of learning.  If you are not sure how to get onto Instagram, or how it works – ask your daughter!! You don’t have to post anything yourself, just follow us!!

Cobden Street during school drop off and pick up times is becoming a safety hazard for students and staff.  We kindly ask that parents drop off or pick up their daughters away from the main entrance such as along Royal Terrace near Olveston or further down towards the field.  The safety of our girls is in our best interests and Cobden Street is becoming increasingly busier.

On Monday afternoon we welcomed our students from Ichikawa.  They have had a city tour, enjoyed a workshop with the Royal NZ Ballet, and have split into three groups to go on field trips to Toitu, Ross Creek and visiting an art class.  Next week they’ll enjoy a Peninsula tour to see penguins and seals and they’ll also enjoy a tour of the university campus.

It was great to see a number of you at the Whanaungatanga Learning Conversations. We always appreciate these opportunities to meet and discuss your daughter’s learning and how we can all work together to help her reach her goals. Thank you for taking the time to meet with the staff. Any feedback on the new system would be valued.

Today was our final collection day for the fair.  Thank you to everyone for supporting our most important fundraiser of the year.  The weather forecast is looking good for tomorrow and we look forward to seeing you.

Congratulations to Meg Rogers who is our 2018 Perth Exchange Student.  Meg will be travelling to Perth and attending St Hilda’s Perth for the duration of Term 2.

Good luck to students involved in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Water Polo Tournament over the weekend.  Good luck also to students involved in Maadi Cup, which begins on Sunday.


From the Guidance Network

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Tolcarne News

Dunedin put on a stunning day for our Tolcarne girls to have another Tribe competition on Monday. The activities, organised by our Year 13 Tribe Leaders, were tennis, apple bobbing, jellybean hunting, and the famous tug-of-war. Congratulations to Faulkland for taking the win on the day and to the girls that really got stuck in and showed fantastic grit and enthusiasm!


Student Achievement

Lucie Holtz has been selected to represent New Zealand at the ISU Oceania International Novice Figure Skating competition in Melbourne in May.

Athletics trophies were presented in Tuesday’s assembly to:

  • Amelia Andrews – The Hanlon Challenge Cup for Senior High Jump Champion and The Sports Challenge Cup for Senior Athletics Champion
  • Charlie Byers – The Kardos Cup for Year 7 & 8 High Jump Champion and The Cook Cup for Year 7 & 8 Champion
  • Cecilia Crooks – Senior 400m Champion and Open 1500m Champion
  • Sarah Langsbury – Intermediate High Jump Champion and Intermediate Athletics Champion
  • Annabelle McKnight – Junior Long Jump Champion
  • Georgia Mitchell – Senior 800m Champion
  • Amelia Newlands – Junior 100m Champion and The Winifred Preston Cup for Junior Athletics Champion
  • Ana Rathbone – The Coleen Gale Cup for Senior Long Jump Champion

Phoebe Aburn had a very successful time at the South Island Surf Life Saving Champs recently, placing first in U19 Board Race, Open Board Race, U19 Board Rescue, Open Board Rescue, U19 Tube Rescue, U19 Iron Person, U19 Taplin, U19 Board Relay, Open Board Relay and 2nd in Open Tube Rescue.

Anaia Wiparata also had success at the recent South Island Surf Life Saving IRB Champs winning a number of gold medals in her events.

On Tuesday, the 1st XI played Wakatipu High School in the Bates Cup semi final which is a qualifying game for the NZCT finals in December. Batting first, St Hilda’s scored 165 without loss with Olivia Gain making 82 not out and Megan Meltzer 52 not out. Wakatipu were dismissed for 47 so the 1st XI progresses to the final of this competition in the weeks to come. It was a fine effort by the team and the wickets were evenly shared.

Emma Black and Olivia Gain have represented the Otago Sparks this summer, Emma being a regular member of the team throughout and Olivia joining the team for the round against Central Districts in January. Special congratulations to last year’s captain, Kate Heffernan, for her inclusion in the White Ferns for the T20 series against the West Indies. Kate debuts this evening under lights and live on Sky Sport at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

It was great to have a number of Year 7 and 8s competing in the Dunedin Primary and Intermediate Triathlon Championships in Port Chalmers on Wednesday.  Well done to all who competed and in particular Charlie Byers for placing 3rd in the Year 7 division and Ella-Rose Crooks who placed 5th in the Year 8 division.