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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 4

(L-R) Lilly-Anne Adam, Issie Robertson and Tamara Mason debating at Quad

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On Sunday over 30 students departed for Summer Quad, hosted by Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru.  St Hilda’s placed first in Touch and Swimming, second in Debating, third in Volleyball and fourth in Tennis, placing us second overall – a great result against tough opposition.

Good luck to students involved in the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Rowing Regatta this weekend.

Year 12 and 13 PE students depart on Monday for their trip to Abel Tasman and Murchison. This trip is always a highlight of the year for the girls involved.  Wishing students and staff a safe and enjoyable time away.

As we prepare for the lead in to Lent we will be having pancakes and games next week for Shrove Tuesday and a special Ash Wednesday Chapel service.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Empowering Parents and Girls

As we begin the new year and settle into the routines of building our community of learners, we are excited about the programmes and initiatives that encourage our young women to value them themselves, support each other and build positive and healthy relationships.

The whanaungatanga groups are part of the focus within the school to give girls a sense of belonging and connectedness that enhances their well being. Staff and students alike are enjoying the opportunities to get to know each other better, share ideas and experiences and support their group.

The EAAA programme with the Year 12 girls has been very successful judging from the anecdotal comments we have collated. While we await the formal evaluation of the workshops that will be conducted by the University of Otago team, we are confident that we have given the girls valuable information and tools that will enable them to  be able to assess potentially difficult social situations, acknowledge the issues and act in a way to keep themselves and others safe.

Parent Workshop:  Tuesday March 7th 

As a follow on from our parent seminars last year, we continue to plan programmes and workshops for our parents that address the issues our girls are faced with through the internet, media and social media sites. We are proud to be able to offer another such opportunity by  organising an Otago wide workshop for parents of teenagers and pre-teens being presented by Maree Crabbe.

The workshop: “It’s time we talked: Pornography, young people and sexuality today” assists parents to understand the impact of pornography on young people and what they can do to address it.  It will be held onTuesday 7th March 7.00-9.00pm at the Otago Boys’ High School auditorium.

Maree Crabbe is an Australian researcher who coordinates the community education project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality.  She is co-producer and co-director of the documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, broadcast in seven countries, and The Porn Factor, broadcast recently in Australia, and author ofIn the Picture – a whole school resource to assist secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery.  Maree has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – in the community sector for over 20 years.  Maree’s articles on young people, sexuality and pornography have been published online and in print media.

Having had Maree present to  principals, teachers  and counsellors last year,  members of the Otago Secondary School Principals’ Association felt strongly that her information and messages would be very valuable for all our parents and so we have been very fortunate to be able to get her to Dunedin again for this workshop. Maree is an engaging, informative and expert speaker who works all over Australasia. I would urge you to take the time to attend the workshop.

Please pass the flyer (found here) to any friends and family who  are keen to support their daughters and sons to build healthy and happy relationships.

This workshop is free and available to all parents in Otago thanks to the generous support of the Otago Community Trust. 
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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The sun shone for a beautiful Athletics Day yesterday.  The girls were full of energy and enthusiasm, demonstrated most in the House Cheerleading Competition.  Results from the day are still being collated and will be announced at the next full school assembly.

Year 9 students will take part in an ‘Urban Day’ on Monday prior to their departure for camp at River Ridge Retreat on Tuesday.  The girls will visit Toitu, the original site of St Hilda’s and the graves of Sisters’ Geraldine and Etheleen.   We wish students and staff a safe and enjoyable week.

Good luck to the students involved in the Otago Secondary Schools’ Rowing Regatta tomorrow.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 1

2017 Prefects with Ms Corkery, Mrs Barron, Mrs Dey and Mrs Maw

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the 2017 school year!  While summer hasn’t been the best so far, we hope you have enjoyed the break with family and friends.

On Monday we held a mihi whakatau to welcome new staff, students and their families. Yvie Finn-House put together a video of the welcome for Hilda’s Hub, which can be viewed here.

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Weekly news – Term 4 | Week 9

2016 Dux, Kaya Fukushima, with Mrs Barron

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We held a very successful Leavers’ Service and Prize Giving this week. Our top honours awards for 2016 went to:

  • All Round Service: Kaya Fukushima
  • All Round Achievement: Casey Brown
  • Proxime Accessit: Holly Armstrong
  • Dux: Kaya Fukushima

Congratulations to the 2017 Prefects:

Head Girl
Laura Taylor

Deputy Head Girl
Georgia Hay

Head Boarders
Stella Keown and Izzy Perkins

Sport Prefects
Jess Faulks and Nicole Ruske

Art Prefects
Adithi Alexander and Molly Johnson

Josie Cook and Maddie Guthrie

Liaison Prefects
Mae Devereux and Kate Edwards

Congratulations to all students who received awards last night. The full list will be provided in the print newsletter, which will be posted home next week, along with reports.

Student Achievement

Bella Baker attended the ICAS Medal Ceremony in Auckland last weekend, receiving a medal for achieving the highest New Zealand mark in the Year 9 English exam.

The St Hilda’s First XI Cricket Team

The St Hilda’s First XI won the NZCT Secondary Schools’ Cricket Championships.

St Hilda’s achieved the following results at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships:

Junior Girls

Sarah Langsbury
80m hurdles 6th in final
100m made quarter finals
Long Jump 15th

Georgie Jessop
Javelin 7th (30.20m)

Senior Girls

Leonie Palmer
100m made semifinal
200m made semifinal
Long jump (fouled)

Joccoaa Palmer
300m Hurdles 6th in final
200m made semi final

Mikayla Thorn
Triple Jump 8th (10.32m)
Long Jump 21st

The 4x100m Relay Team, consisting of Caitlyn George, Sarah Langsbury, Leonie Palmer and Joccoaa Palmer, also placed first with a time of 49.70, beating Havelock North by 0.02s.

L-R Harriet Cottle, Lily Hornal, Tia Dougherty

The St Hilda’s Rugby Sevens Team – Ali Adams (Captain), Sam Casse, Lily Davies, Caitlyn George, Olivia George, Hannah Hedges, Abbey Johnston, Hayley Shallard, Meg Timu, Annie Timu, Jaclyn Williams and Holly Wright; coached by John Hedges and managed by Greta Mason, travelled to Auckland on Friday 2nd December to compete at the 30th Condor Sevens Finals.

The competition has grown over the years and this year 20 Senior Girls Teams were vying for silverware. Our first game of the tournament resulted in a loss against a very classy St Mary’s College from Wellington, who emerged as the 2016 tournament winners.

The team really stepped up in the 2nd game against Tauranga Girls’ College, who placed 3rd overall in 2015, losing by two points (final score 17-15).

The third and final game of day one pool play was against Mt Roskill Grammar – the girls taking the win 15 points to 14.

The two wins and points differential secured the girls a Bowl Quarter-Final against Cambridge High School, which they won 20-17. Kaipara College were too strong for them in the semi-final, thus putting them out of silverware contention and this loss marked the end of the tournament for the girls. Despite this, the girls played well and to their credit, the players and team management showed great sportsmanship both on and off the field, which competition officials commented on.

The Year 9 speech competition was held on Wednesday.  First place went to Lily Hornal, second place went to  Harriet Cottle and Tia Dougherty placed third.

The office closes for the year on December 16.  Startup dates for 2017 are on the Events Calendar page on the Parent Portal and they will also be published in the Otago Daily Times at the beginning of the year.

Wishing you all a safe and festive holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Volunteer Coach and Managers 2017

Thank you to all who have expressed interest in coaching and managing in 2017 and beyond. We are still taking applications – please apply in writing to the Head of Sport by emailing

To those who have applied already, we will be in contact with all applicants in February.

From the Sports Department

I would just like to take this opportunity to let you all know that I have resigned from my position of Head of Sport at St Hilda’s and will be moving back to Alexandra at the end of the school year. This has been a difficult decision, however I have decided family must come first.

Thanks for your support and I sincerely appreciate having the opportunity to work with you all and have enjoyed my time and a long association with St Hilda’s.

Greta Mason

Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 8

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Year 9s put on a wonderful display at the Passion Project Expo on Monday night.  We were treated to musical performances and there was a vast array of fascinating projects and activities including some wonderful baking available for purchase.  There is a great video of the Expo at Hilda’s Hub which can be viewed here.  Well done to all girls involved for the time and effort they have put in to this over the year.

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Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 7









Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Year 9 students have been busy taking part in Te Reo Week.  Girls have made kites from flax and toi toi, learnt how to use poi, visited the museum and Marae and today created and performed plays based on a Maori myth. There has been some fantastic learning as they immerse themselves in the language and culture of Aotearoa.

The annual Christmas Carol Service is being held at 5.00pm on Sunday 27 November in the Chapel.  All junior students are expected to attend this special service.  Uniform is not required and families are most welcome to attend.

Next week Year 9 students will present their Passion Projects at Monday’s Expo.  This will be held at 5.00pm in the Chapel and all family and friends are welcome to attend.

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Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 6

Students spent the last part of each day journalling as part of Social Justice Week

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Students in Years 7 – 9 have taken part in an Inquiry Week – Social Justice.  The girls have been lucky to hear from a wide range of speakers on a variety of topics and finished the week with a clean up of the Town Belt this afternoon.

Nadine Simpson from ‘Dunedin Welcomes Refugees’
Andrew Innes from Healthy Harbour Watchers

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Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 5

Mrs Prentice with members of her Year 8 class

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In collaboration with the University of Otago, NZCER have produced a resource for teaching multi literacies using our very own Shannon Prentice and her Year 8 class as an example of best practice.  A video viewing was held yesterday afternoon at school with Mrs Prentice’s class and the students involved.


Lola Garden was invited to present her regional winning speech from the RSA Cyril Bassitt Speech Competition at today’s Armistice Day Service.  The choir were also invited to perform.  It was a cold, miserable morning but the girls performed wonderfully.  A video of the choir is available on the school Facebook page.

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