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. 

Student Achievement

Congratulations to the following girls who were recognized at the Otago Touch Annual Awards:

  • Under 15 Girls Most Valuable Player: Jessica Faulks
  • New Zealand Under 15 Mixed Team: Bridget Johnstone
  • Under 17 Girls Nats Most Improved Player: Casey Brown
  • New Zealand Under 17 Girls: Abbey Johnston

Congratulations to Libby van Harselaar for her selection in the New Zealand Youth Volleyball Team.


Congratulations to all the girls who participated in the School Cross Country on Wednesday. It was a lovely day, and it was great to see the girls in the Walking Race, Year Group runs or the Year 13’s in Relays.

Year 7/8  – 1st: Alika Groot, 2nd: Annabel Bilkey, 3rd: Madeline Bilkey
Year 9 – 1st: Poppy Smith, 2nd: Phoebe Auburn, 3rd: Sophie Sinclair
Year 10 – 1st: Olivia O’Neill, 2nd: Cecilia Crooks, 3rd: Kate Higham
Year 11 – 1st: Suzie White, 2nd: Joccoaa Palmer, 3rd: Meg Timu
Year 12 – 1st: Anna Lindsay, 2nd: Olivia Gold, 3rd: Lili Sabonadiere
Year 13 – 1st: Erin O’Brien, 2nd: Zoe Richards, 3rd: Claudia Sole
Walkers – 1st = Olivia Lucas and Casey Brown, 2nd: Mackenzie Hollebon, 3rd: Maddie Gabbusch

Music Concert and Rugby Tickets

A parent has kindly donated to the school two tickets for a music concert at the Hutton Theatre at Otago Museum on Sunday May 17.  This starts with a variety concert at 3.30pm; dinner at 5.30pm with guest speaker Dame Malvina Major and Helen Webby Harp, followed by two piano recitals at 7.00pm with Professor Terence Dennis and Corwin Newall.

We would ask that a donation be made with monies going to the school hardship fund (the tickets were originally $55 each).

We have four tickets available for the Super 15 rugby game on Friday May 1 as well as the game on Saturday May 30.  The seats are superbly located and you can enjoy pre and after match relaxation via access to the Level 2 and Level 4 hospitality areas.   Tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Extra tickets may be available and as such could be a good opportunity for business owners or managers to take their staff or clients out in an affordable way.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation however we would expect a minimum donation of $25 per ticket. All funds will go to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate in school camps and sports trips.

The tickets are full lounge access cards and as such will need to be returned to school after the game. 

Please email Joanne at jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in either the music or rugby tickets.

Judy Maw | Assistant Principal