We have students visiting St Hilda’s from Global Public School, in South India, from 13 June to 20 June. We are looking for families who would like to host an Indian student for 7 nights. The students will participate in St Hilda’s classes and also have activities arranged for them during the day. Families will be remunerated for hosting as well as have the opportunity to experience and learn about a different culture and potentially develop a long-lasting friendship. We have had great experiences hosting this school in the past and look forward to seeing them again next month. We enjoy them sharing wonderful aspects of their own culture in our school community.
On Friday morning the Z Club hosted a Pink Ribbon Breakfast. Zonta member Denise Gow was the guest speaker for the event talking about her life experiences and resilience. The event was sponsored by Copper, No 7, New World and the Warehouse.
2018/2019 Entertainment books and memberships are now on sale. Purchasing your membership via the fundraiser for St Hilda’s Collegiate School Rowing Club helps towards a new boat trailer for the club enabling all St Hilda’s boats to be shipped to regattas on a single trailer without the need to seek and pay for transport from the other schools. To purchase an Entertainment membership, click here.
This week Year 13 student Ebony James took part in Shave for a Cure. Through Ebony’s fundraising efforts she managed to raise an impressive $1500 for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. Well done Ebony!
This week St Hilda’s had a visit from Javelin thrower Holly Robinson. Holly has been to the London and Rio Paralympics, and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games winning Silver at both Rio and the Gold Coast. Holly spoke with Year 7 and 8 students as part of their Commonwealth Games Unit in PE. The students had come up with a number of questions to ask Holly. She was very inspiring and gave the girls lots of advice which they can apply in their sport and everyday life.
Careers News and Events
As we approach the time of year in which students begin to explore options for next years subjects and finalise plans for life beyond school, a page of Careers Online Resources has been shared to aid in these processes. This page can also be accessed from a link at the bottom of the Student, Staff and Parents home pages, enabling ready access for our school community. Included are links to interactive resources under sections headed Career Exploration Tools, Job Databases, CareersNZ and sourcing Financial Tertiary Support.
From the Guidance Network
The Office of Film and Literature Classification NZ states ‘Young people can access virtually any content on their devices – anywhere, any time. As digital natives, they can and should make use of these opportunities for communication, education, and entertainment.
But young people can also be negatively impacted by what they see. We know this from international studies, our own research, and from talking directly to parents and teenagers nationwide. Young people are looking for guidance – we know because they’ve told us so. We also know that parents and caregivers are concerned about what young people are viewing in movies, TV shows, games and websites.’
Click here for some practical tips about how you can talk with your teen about what they are viewing
This week at Tolcarne we have had a make-over of our supper boxes to offer healthier options. Each year group now gets a supper box filled with carrot and celery sticks, hummus, pesto, cauliflower, cheese and crackers. So far we have had great feedback from the girls – especially since everything seems to get eaten so fast!
Last weekend the Year 9’s went for a small trek out to Tunnel Beach. For many of them it was the first time seeing such an amazing sight and they all came back fizzing from having a great day at the beach. This weekend is busy as we set up to celebrate Mother’s Day with our traditional High Tea, prepared by Robyn and the Junior girls. Floral, china tea cups and pots, pink lemonade, and delicate finger foods create an amazing atmosphere for us to celebrate our beautiful Mothers.
Elora Peters has been selected to represent Otago Volleyball at a national tournament in Wellington in June and has also been chosen as captain.
Catherine Davidson came first in the young adult section of the Dunedin Pride Poetry Competition in the inaugural year of the competition. Catherine attended an awards ceremony and her winning poem, Mother and Child, was published in the ODT.
Tickets are now on sale for the St Hilda’s musical production of ‘Bring It On’ that will run from May 16 – 18th at the Mayfair Theatre.
Adults – $20.00
Students / children $15.00
Family 2 Adults & 2 Children $55.00
Family 2 Adults & 3 Children $70.00
To purchase your tickets contact or visit the Student Office.
This week the school had a visit from Black Ferns players Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, Aroha Savage and Toka Natua who met with the girls who play Rugby for a Q & A session and skills session.
The NCEA fee which has appeared on your school account is the yearly fee that the school collects on behalf of NZQA.
Careers News and Events
The Dunedin tertiary institutions will be holding their annual Open Day on Monday 7 May 2018 with students and families attending from throughout Otago and further afield. Year 13 students are invited to spend the day exploring Dunedin’s tertiary campuses and are not required to attend school. There will be no classes for Year 13 students at school.
Please use this link to view the full programme and read more on what the day has to offer. https://www.otago.ac.nz/about/open_days.html Page 5 of the programme details an address from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne, to parents.
We would encourage all Year 13 students to utilise the opportunities offered to more fully explore tertiary life.
We have been discussing the worldwide issue of bullying with our Year 7, 8 and 9 students and pastoral staff this week. One of the aspects explored was the role of envy in the bullying process. Click here to read what Dunedin Life Coach Jan Aitken, has to say about envy in her recent ODT article.
Welcome back to all our wonderful young women and families. It has been a busy week at Tolcarne getting settled back into routines, and with the start of winter sports underway, many of the girls are busy training hard for their respective sports and activities.
Ange, Robyn and two Year 10’s, Kristin Willis and Hayley King, had their first country visit in Oamaru on Wednesday night. Country visits are always a great time to meet future students and families, and for them to ask questions about the living experiences of current students. Well done to Kristin and Hayley for representing the school and Tolcarne so well, and good luck for next week as you head away to Ranfurly, Wanaka, Arrowtown, Winton and Waikaka.
Bridget Sinclair and Maia Lamb recently completed in the Gymnastics Aerobics Invercargill Interclub Competition. Bridget was 1st, ADP 4 Individual and Maia was 1st, Level 5 (15+ years) individual. Borth girls reached the qualification mark for Gymnastics New Zealand Aerobics nationals being held in Tauranga in October.
Olivia O’Neill and old girl Abbey Johnston played against Australia for the New Zealand women’s touch team last weekend.
Abbey is in her second year in the team and was named Most Valuable Player. Olivia had a fantastic debut campaign and both girls are looking great for their World Cup prospects in 2019.
Congratulations to Cecilia Crooks, Natalie Hutchens, Jessica Scott and Molly Whittaker who qualified for the NZ National Age Group Swimming Championships and competed three weeks ago in Auckland. There were over 700 swimmers aged 12-18, all competing for a NZ ranking for their age group, (including recent Commonwealth Bronze medallist Lewis Clareburt). Special mention goes to:
Jessica and Natalie who both won a Gold medal with their 400m Freestyle Relay Team and came 6th in the Final of the 400m Medley Relay team.
Jessica who won a Silver Medal in the 200m Fly and 2 Bronze Medals in the 50m & 100m Fly. Jessica broke a 29 year old Otago Record in the 100m Fly and was a finalist in the 50m Freestyle and 200IM.
Cecilia whose Zonal Team won a Bronze Medal in the 800m Relay and reached the “B” Final in the 50m Free, 400IM and 400 Freestyle.
Natalie who came 11th in the 50m Freestyle and Molly who came 13th in the 200m Breaststroke.
The 2018 PFA fundraiser has drawn to a close, with winners of our luxury raffle drawn today at school at 1.00pm. Sergeant John Hedges supervised, with Mrs Donna Madigan drawing the winning tickets. We are pleased to announce the winners are:
1st place – ticket number 3412, sold by Tyla Giles to Barbara Cuthill 2nd place – ticket number 1450 sold by Sabine Mason to Michael Mason 3rd place – ticket number 0325 sold by Kaylee Dickison to Judy Blackwood 4th place – ticket number 3834 sold by Georgia Copeman to Shelley McMeeken 5th place – ticket number 0992 sold by Jessica Robertson to Anna Brenssell
Well done to all involved and a big thank you to our families for selling so many tickets for us. All funds raised will go toward fitting out the Visual Arts building.
Yesterday we held a service to unveil the new stained glass window in the chapel, which was commissioned by the Old Girls Association. We were fortunate to have many board members past and present and Old Girls join us for this very special service. Created by Dunedin Artist Peter Mackenzie, the window tells the story of the Sisters’ Geraldine and Etheleen, who came to Dunedin in the 1880s and established St Hilda’s Collegiate in 1896. The window depicts the sisters, the Otago harbour, the boat they arrived in and the vibrant flora and fauna that they found here.
There has been extensive consultation with Hoani Langsbury, and the Otakou marae, regarding the Māori patterns on the window, and also the Maiai and Taumoepeau families for detail on the Samoan tapa patterns that reflect the culture of the school and our community. It is a stunning piece of work and we encourage you to come and have a look at it when you are in the school.
Dr Townsley led our Easter Eucharist service yesterday and collected gold coin donations for Anglican Family Care. Following on from that, the students took part in an Easter themed window chalk art competition. Along with the beautiful artwork on the Chapel windows, the quad looks bright and cheerful. The window chalk art winners will be announced during the Week 11 Arts Assembly. These school activities all help to bring us together as a community to reflect on an important time in the liturgical calendar.
A very big thank you to everyone who helped and/or attended the fairon Saturday, what a fantastic turnout for a really great event. The PFA focus is now on the Luxury Raffle and selling tickets and retaining ticket butts and money.
By now all families will have received a raffle book, boarders’ books were posted home on March 2, and day girls were handed out to the elder sibling on March 7. If you haven’t seen your book please ask your daughter if it’s in her bag or locker.
Due to the value of prizes this raffle is licensed through the Department of Internal Affairs therefore we must comply to the Gambling Act 2003. We are required by law to cancel the raffle if any SOLD ticket butts, are not returned, it is vital that families return the books, whether they are sold or not, to school, on or beforeAPRIL 9. The raffle will be drawn on April 13.
We still have 63 books to distribute. Any families who think they can sell more can you please contact Donna Madigan at school.
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!!
As you can see in the above poster, there is a lot happening next week as we draw closer to the school fair. There is no mufti day on Wednesday, this will be held on Friday instead and we ask that students bring home made baking, sweets, chutneys, jams or preserves for the cake stall.
Tickets for the luxury raffle have been sent out and we appreciate your support in selling these. More books are available from the student office if you are able to sell more.
The online site for the Silent Auction has opened for you to view our amazing list of items available. If you would like to place a bid, there is an email for you to send your bids (instructions on the link). The document will be updated every night. Online bids will be taken until 9.00pm Friday 16 March. If you are not able to attend the fair on the 17th and you would really like to win an auction, there will be an opportunity to text in bids on the day.