Monthly Archives: April 2015

Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 1

Ihlara McIndoe placing a cross for the Unknown Soldier
Our Field of Remembrance
Welcome back to Term Two, I hope you all had a lovely holiday and students have come back feeling refreshed.

Yesterday Dr Townsley led a very special ANZAC chapel service.  10S, as part of their study on WWI, had assembled the Field of Remembrance for our school in the lower Quad and, following a reflection in chapel, staff and students moved outside to hear the Last Post, followed by a minute’s silence and a cross being laid for the unknown soldier.  Tomorrow the prefects will attend the Dawn Parade with Mrs Barron.

Next Monday to Wednesday Mrs Barron and Mrs Dey, along with Amanda Haggie and Robyn McGarry from Tolcarne, will be away for Country Visits.  This is an opportunity for boarder families to meet key staff and learn more about St Hilda’s and boarding at Tolcarne.

The Board of Trustees are committed to building on the current culture of participation and excellence in all our co-curricular activities at St Hilda’s Collegiate. They wish to enhance the current opportunities we offer and continue to deliver high quality, memorable and enjoyable outcomes for all participants whatever their interests and talents.

To further develop our existing programmes we have committed to two initiatives:

The Board will fund a part time, fixed term Arts Coordinator position for 10 hours per week, which will be advertised shortly. This position will further resource the vibrant and exciting performing arts programme within the school and support our current staff. The Arts Council is keen to develop more opportunities for girls to participate in and appreciate the arts within the co-curricular programme and this position is seen as a significant step towards achieving those goals.

The Sports Council is keen to seek feedback on our co-curricular sports programme and we have recently sent you an email with a link to a survey about the sporting opportunities for your daughters at St Hilda’s Collegiate. We would value your thoughts and suggestions, and if you could complete the survey by May 8th, we would be very appreciative. The survey is a prelude to a number of focus groups being formed to further assist the Sports Council to develop the future focus for sport at St Hilda’s. Once the survey material has been collated and analysed, we will be calling on interested parents to be part of focus groups so we can further ascertain how best to lead, enable, deliver and invest in sport at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.

Important Notice – please check that you have this in your home diaries:
Parent Seminar – ‘Cyber Safety’ – Thursday 14 May – 7 pm in the Library.
This will be a very valuable seminar.  More information will follow. 

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
As the term comes to a close Mrs Barron encouraged us to be grateful for life’s fun moments and appreciate the good things that have happened as we head into the holiday break.

The teachers have valued the chance to meet with parents this week at interviews. This always provides a great opportunity to discuss the learning of your daughters.

On Monday our Easter Eucharist Service was led by Dr Townsley and Reverend Jo Fielding. At the completion of the service, the girls enjoyed fresh hot cross buns, kindly provided by Sharon White of the canteen.

The cross country will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday April 22.  Further information on this is provided below.

The print edition of the end of term newsletter will be posted this afternoon.

Student Achievement

In assembly this week we acknowledged the Year 9 students who received scholarships this year.  The applications are open to current Year 8 students as well as incoming applicants.  There are two each of the following – academic, sports and arts.  

The recipients for this year were:

  • Sophie Conner and Lily Mole – Academic Scholarship
  • Alisha Brook and Eva Meeuws – Arts Scholarship
  • Phoebe Aburn and Kendra Robinson – Sports Scholarship


The following students achieved their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award:

  • Bronte Chamberlain
  • Sarah Cochrane
  • Emma Crampton
  • Charlotte Dippie
  • Gabby Hunter
  • Amy Jones (Year 11)
  • Stella Keown
  • Laura Simpson
  • Emma Taggart
  • Laura Taylor

At the end of last year, Year 12 and 13 French students completed the DELF exam, which is an international qualification in French, which allows students to study, live and work in foreign countries. It is a very prestigious qualification, which is recognised all over the world.  The following students received an award:

  • Eliza Adams
  • Poppy Finn-House
  • Jane Hendry
  • Maddy Holmes
  • Tessa Read
  • Grace Young

Kate Higham has been selected for a National Talent Centre Football Squad to train in the first week of the holidays.

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