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Weekly News – Term 2 / Week 10

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

Term 2 has been a busy and productive term.

We finished with a wonderful Art Assembly and special Eucharist service, both very different events with unique vibes and focus yet common to both were the sense of community, connectedness and celebration. What a wonderful note to finish the Term on.

I hope you all have a fabulous holiday and special time together.

Jackie Barron


Next term will see some minor changes to staffing as we adjust our timetable around learning initiatives.

We are delighted to announce that Anna Garthwaite has been appointed to the role of Specialist Classroom Teacher. This role encompasses leading pedagogical practice and development in the school, and assisting teachers with curriculum and classroom interests.

This role has a time allocation with it, which means Dr Townsley will pick up two hours of Year 7  Maths and Mrs Barron will assist with Year 7 and 8 Reading.

Miss Dunn and Ms Bartley will be working together to develop a new Year 9 and 10 Science Programme in the first 5 weeks of the term. Science specialist, Mrs Astwood will teach Mrs Bartley’s Year 11 Science class and Ms Dunn’s Year 10 Science class for that time.

We are lucky to have a teacher of Mrs Astwood’s calibre to call on, while our staff commit to enhancing our current courses to further assist girls with their learning.


At the end of this term, we say goodbye to our Director of International Studies, Ange Spears.

Ange brought enthusiasm and a can do do attitude as well as exhibiting excellent care for our international students. She will be missed by both staff and students, we wish her the best in her future endeavours.

NCEA Review process

The Ministry of Education is presently looking at ways to strengthen NCEA and is exploring a variety of ways to gain feedback from different stakeholders. They want to hear from parents and students and ask you to join in the conversation to submit your ideas, experiences and suggestions for change:

We urge you to visit this site to see the ways in which you can give your views.

As a school we will be talking with students and plan to run a parent seminar on 12th September as part of the consultation process.

St Hilda’s Lilliput Libraries

We now have our Lilliput Libraries scattered around the school to support our Sustained Silent Reading initiative.

These are proving very popular!

A reminder to check the Sports Draws page of the website to keep up to date with match times. The netball draws are posted each week in readiness for the weekend’s matches.

From the Guidance Network

St Hilda’s Guidance Counsellor, Marcelle Nader-Turner, talks about why vulnerable teenagers need good examples and support. Click here to read her recent ODT article about how we can better support our teens.

Chapel Matters

This week we were privileged to have Rev Barbara Dineen take our Founders’ Day Eucharist service.

Earlier this term, on May 13th, Barbara was ordained at the Cathedral by Bishop Steven Benford. Our Sacristan Prefect, Milan Jeon along with Brianna Thomson, were involved in the service, as one way of indicating the strong connection Barbara has with St Hilda’s.

Barbara was both a student and also a staff member here, including being Head of Languages. She is only the second St Hilda’s old girl to have been ordained, so it was a wonderful honour to have her preside over our Eucharist, especially on Founders’ Day; a day when we remember those who have paved the way before us, and enabled  St Hilda’s to be the special place it has been for almost 25 years.

Careers News and Events

New information has been added to the careers page.  To view visit the Career Events calendar.

 Student Achievement

Well done to Tamara Mason who participated in the 2018 Entrepreneurs in Action challenge. Tamara’s team was one of ten competing in the event and  were very successful, managing to win both of the challenges.

Tamara Mason – Front Centre

The team’s reward is to go on a fully funded trip to Brazil, as well as each team member being offered a $7,000 scholarship for Massey University.

  • Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected into Otago Hockey representative teams. Fantastic to see such big number of St Hilda’s girls throughout the teams

Otago U15 Girls 
Anna Duncan, Emilee Hagan, Molly Loe, Riley Macdonald, Bridget Malcolm, Brooke McAlwee, Annabelle McKnight, Anna Mclntyre, Murphy Scott, Anika Smith,

Otago U15 Development Girls
Ella Booth, Bronte Crowe, Jordan Meltzer, Kristin Willis

Otago U13 Collier
Demi McAlweeChloe Deerness

Otago U13 Girls Development
Amelie Brown, Jess Wilden – GK, Nova Wright

Under 18  Women
Olivia Hall ,Taylor Duffy

Under 18 Development 

Lucy Girvan, Ana Rathbone


  • We would like to congratulate the following girls for making the Dunedin Netball Center Representative teams:


Gemma Rowcroft, Grace Southby, Kaylee Bond


Bronte Crowe, Jaymee Meffan, Libby Drummond, Pippa Clarke, Stella Rathbone

U15 Squad

Alice Howard, Alika Croot, Analee Toro, Brooke Callon, Brooke McAlwee, Chloe Light (subject to fitness), Danielle Willsman, Ella Perkins, Elora Peeters, Maia Hunter, Ria Dennison

Weekly News – Term 2 / Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Congratulations to Sings Hilda on their selection to represent St Hilda’s at the Big Sing Finale in Wellington from 30 August – 2 September 2018.  The girls have worked very hard to get to this point, along with expert guidance from Mr Grant and Mr Madden. They will be working diligently over the next 10 weeks on their performance.

We wish to thank the PFA for their support of the Year 10 Study Skills Programme with Mr Stuart Wright.  Please read below quotes from some of the students who attended these sessions.

“This programme was really great and gave me a better understanding about studying and how my brain works.  I would definitely recommend it.”

I didn’t think that studying could be so much fun.”

 “Super-helpful.  I’ve already begun to map out my unit outlines that I have upcoming tests on.”


The PFA unfortunately had to postpone their AGM which was to be held on the Tuesday, 26 June.  We will advise you of the new date which will be early in Term 3.

Please note that student reports will be emailed home on the last day of Term 2 – Friday, 6 July.

Our Open Evening is being held on Thursday, 26 July.  This is an important occasion for us. All current St Hilda’s students are expected to be present at Open Evening as everyone is participating in a specific activity.

To ensure the girls do not get too tired and to enable staff to prepare for the Open Evening the school will have a half day on Thursday, 26 July with school finishing at 12:25 pm. If you wish your daughter to be supervised at school in the library for the afternoon, please contact  If for some reason your daughter needs to be excused from Open Evening, could you please email Mrs Barron at

In the evening students are required at school for the following times:

6:15 pm      Prefects

6:30 pm      Guides (Designated Year 12 and all Year 13)

7:00 pm      All students to class venues

9:00 pm      Year 7 – 13 students dismissed

9:10 pm      Buses leave for Tolcarne

Please note there is a delayed start to school on Friday morning with school beginning with Period 2 at 9:40 am. It is important that all students arrive at school ready for a prompt start.

Chapel Matters

Next week we celebrate Founders’ Day with our end-of-term Eucharist service. When Sisters Geraldine and Etheleen arrived in Dunedin on December 19th, 1895, to set up “an English school for daughters of gentlemen” they had a hard task in front of them. Not only did they face the challenge of setting up a school on a very limited budget, but they also had to deal with the attitudes of those who didn’t believe in education for girls, or who didn’t like the idea of an Anglican school being set up in a Presbyterian city. The Sisters were determined, however, and described their mission as “a Venture of Faith.” Not long after setting up St Hilda’s, they wrote back home to the others Sisters in London saying, “Despite the hardship, we are sustained by a vision of the Eternal and by faith in One who has called us to leave all and follow him.” It is good to remember the Sisters who founded our school, to let their venture of faith inspire us, and to have faith that God can sustain us no matter what we face, even 122 years later.

Tolcarne News

Last weekend at Tolcarne Teresa took a small group of Year 9, 10 and 11s to watch the Steel vs. Tactix netball game. It was a very close match, which made the netball great fun to watch, and it was a privilege to see Kate Heffernan (Year 13 2017) practicing and training with the Steel. The girls were thrilled that they could stay afterwards and get photographs and selfies with the Steel team.

Tolcarne is gearing up for the end of the Term, with last minute assignments being finished by our Senior students, and pack-up underway. We have our last weekend activity on Sunday – Inflatable World – where the students can jump and run to their hearts content.

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.

Continue reading Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 7

Year 11 Dance

Kia ora Girls, Parents and Caregivers

The weather seems to have improved and we are delighted that we are able to go ahead with the Year 11 Dance tonight.

To enhance your safety, that of your partners, the supervising staff and the parents doing pick ups we are changing the start/finish times of the evening.

The new start time is 6.30pm with last entries by 7pm, except in exceptional circumstances.

The new finish time is 9.30pm. This will ensure everyone gets home at a much more resonable time considering the predicted night temperatures, the continuing poor weather and the difficulty of the driving conditions.

We want to acknowledge and thank all those parents who made generous offers to assist with transport if required. Your assistance as we worked to find a solution to the weather challenges was greatly appreciated.

We are looking forward to a very special evening


Jackie Barron