We have appointed Erin Wellington to the role of Sports Coordinator. Erin is an old girl with an interest in hockey and water sports, who has a background in sport and as a manager of a retail outlet.
We are delighted with both these appointments, and both women bring passion, enthusiasm, and a wealth of knowledge to the roles.
Parent Advisory Group
Thank you for all the interest in the Parent Advisory Group so far, I look forward to seeing you all next Thursday 20th June.
If you have not responded but are interested there is still time.
This Parent Advisory Group will help us shape and further refine the strategic vision and planning for St Hilda’s Collegiate. Having input and contributions from our parents, and tapping into the wealth of experience, knowledge and energy that sits within that group, is critical to our continued development as a school and as a community.
It would be great to have a number of parents who might like to be part of such an initiative. Interested?
This could be you if you:
– Want to have a voice in enhancing our strategic direction and focus
– Are committed to preparing our young women for the world that awaits them
– Enjoy contributing to a future focused, solution driven organisation
– Are interested in being involved in leading edge, best practice in education that leads the way for others
Sounds like a good initiative to be part of?
If you are interested in being part of this group you will need to:
– be prepared to commit to one meeting per term for 2-3 hours
– have the time to undertake background reading before each meeting ( 1 hour max)
– come with an open mind, finely tuned collaboration and communication skills and a commitment to improvement
The first meeting for this proposed advisory group will be Thursday 20th June at 7.00pm in the school library.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this initiative further please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to working alongside you to continue to strengthen and enhance our learning community.
Course Design Evening
An invitation is extended to parents/caregivers of current Year 10-12 students to our Course Design Evening, which will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday 4 July. The evening will be focused on looking at the resources that are available to assist families in supporting your daughter to make an informed course selection for 2020 along with resources for career pathway exploration.
The evening will begin with a welcome and brief introduction of NCEA, followed by two workshops on:
- Navigating the on-line Academic Programme plus St Hilda’s graduate profile and how it is related to subject selection e.g. 5 verses 6 subjects, multi-level study.
- Resources for supporting your daughters career pathway exploration including the release and introduction to the parent portal of Career Central. Career Central is a student lead digital platform that supports students in developing and managing their career plans.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.
Art Auction – sold out
ART AUCTION – SOLD OUT. Thank you to all who have supported us by buying tickets for this gala. Apologies to those who may have missed out.
Year 10 Study Skills Programme
Stuart Wright delivered a study skills programme to our Year 10 students where he looked into the working of the brain and how to maximise this knowledge to improve study skills, especially those linked to memory.
NZQA Examination Fees
The government have removed all examination fees for NCEA. If you had already paid these this amount has been credited to your account.
The Big Sing
On Wednesday the annual New Zealand choir competition “The Big Sing” came to the Otago region and St Hilda’s Collegiate School was represented by Sings Hilda and Nga Korimako. This year saw Mr. Ben Madden take over as choir director both of our choirs and we are grateful for the extra effort he puts in rehearsing them to perform at a high level.
Sings Hilda sang “Kafal Sviri” a tadeonal Bulgarian tune, arranged by Peter Liondev, “Ave Maris Stella” by New Zealand composer David Hamilton, and “Psallite” by Kyle Pederson. Nga Korimako sang “A Distant Shore” by Mary Donnelly, “Niska Banja” a traditional Romani Dance arranged by Nick Page, and “Abendlied”. A special mention needs to be given to Helena Fitzgerald and Sarah Lee on piano, Stephanie Post on violin, and Anna Engelbrecht on tambourine who were student accompanists for Nga Korimako’s performance.
The standard of the 25 choirs competing at this year’s Big Sing had risen making it tight competition between the choirs. We were very excited for Sings Hilda to gain a Highly Commended Award at the end of the day. Well done to everyone for all the hard work that was put in to achieve great performances from both choirs.
Rockquest heats were held last weekend 8 June. Rockquest is a nationwide, live and original music youth event. It aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support original New Zealand music.
We had 5 students enter in 1 band enter called Ricochet. The band consists of Ava Beens (voice), Kate Beaton (bass), Elisa Fitzgerald (guitar), Georgia Chambers (drums), Emma Collett (keyboard), and they performed their original song, “Circus”. It was tough competition with 30 bands across all the Dunedin and wider Otago area schools performing.
They performed superbly and have improved dramatically from the start of the year. They should be very proud of themselves and it is clear, that these students have a lot of potential for the coming years.
Chamber Music Competitions
On Sunday a group of three St Hilda’s students competed in the New Zealand Schools’ Chamber Music Competitions held at Marama Hall, Otago University. The competition gives students the opportunity to hone their skills playing chamber music in a small group setting and perform in a professional space.
Our students were Stephanie Post – violin, Katharina Rumbach – cello, Helena Fitzgerald – piano, who went by the name “96 Strings”. They played the piece “Terzette for Piano Trio, Op.97” by Theodor Kirchner. The group dynamically conveyed the emotion of the piece and gave an enjoyable performance they can be proud of.
Sophia Liu – piano, also competed in the Chamber Music competition with the group DimiTrio, which included students from Otago Boys and Otago Girls High Schools. They performed “Prelude, Gavotte, Elegy, Waltz and Polka” by Shostakovich and made it to the District Final. Well done to all involved.
St Hilda’s had a great two days of Netball at the Otago Secondary School Netball Championships which were played over Sunday 9 and Monday 10 June with all St Hilda’s teams doing very well.
The Senior A‘s who placed second going down narrowly to Columba in their final
The Senior B’s went through their grade unbeaten eventually winning the final 27 – 20 against Otago Girls Senior B
The Year 10A team placed 5th after winning their final play off game.
The Year 9A’s had a very dominant tournament beating Columba A 33 -15 in their final.
Well done to all players, coaches, managers and parents supporters!
National Cross Country Championships
Good luck to Anna Carswell, Megan Foster and Zara Geddes who are participating in the National Cross Country Championships in Timaru on Saturday.
The Outdoor Ed class out enjoying the sunshine at Forrester Park, NEV.
Girls were challenged with some muddy tracks but ultimately have improved their skills which has been great to see.