Monthly Archives: May 2015

Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 6

Year 7 and 8 Camp

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Year 7 and 8s have returned today from a successful trip to Camp Columba. They had a very cold start on Tuesday but have enjoyed sun toward the end of their week.

Next Friday is the Year 12 and 13 Formal. The girls are busy making final preparations and we look forward to a successful evening.

Well done to the Z Club who ran a very successful Pink Breakfast on Tuesday morning. This was a great fundraiser for a worthy cause.

A reminder to girls that Entertainment Books need to be returned to the student office if they haven’t already done so.  If you would like to order one, please click the link below where you have the option of ordering a digital copy.

St Hilda’s Entertainment Book

Student Achievement

Temple Flaws competed in the Oamaru Performing Arts Competition last weekend. She won 10 of the 15 items she performed in, across three disciplines, singing, tap and modern dance. Temple was also awarded an inaugural trophy for ‘Most Promising Vocal Performance’ over all and the 50th Festival Cup for ‘Most Successful, Versatile Competitor Over All Arts’. 

Mariah Nelson, Kim Paisley, Kate Heffernan and Georgia Heffernan made the Netball Centre Regional Under 17 Representative Team.

The Year 10 A netball team placed 5th at the Roncalli College Year 9 and 10 Netball Development tournament played last Sunday in Timaru.

On Wednesday 28 St Hilda’s girls bused down to Milton to compete in the Otago/Southland Cross Country Relay. Yet again all the teams performed extremely well, and it was a great sight seeing our Senior and Junior team’s 4th runners sprinting to the finish line.

The Senior Girls team of Anna Power, Erin O’Brien, Olivia Gold and Anna Lindsay were placed first, and the Junior Team of Lily Davies, Georgia Mitchell, Suzie White and Cecilia Crooks also won their age group.

The St Hilda’s Senior Team 3 were placed 3rd, Team 2 were placed 4th and Team 4 were placed 5th. St Hilda’s Junior 2 team were placed 4th and Junior 3 were placed 5th.

Anna Lindsay recorded the Fastest Senior time and Olivia Gold the third fastest time. Cecilia Crooks was the 3rd fastest Junior girl.

Next week the Otago Cross Country is being held at the Gladfield Golf Course. This is the same course that will be used for the NZSS National Cross Country that is being held on Saturday 20th June.

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Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 5

St Hilda’s Z Club

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The school Z Club is busy at the moment – on Wednesday new members were inducted into the club and next Tuesday they are organising a Pink Ribbon breakfast to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Tickets to the breakfast have already been sold but if you’d like to make a donation you can do so online at

The girls looked great today dressed in pink for ‘Pink Shirt Mufti Day’. This was to raise money for and awareness of the Pink Shirt Anti Bullying campaign.

Year 7 and 8 students will be going to Camp Columba next Tuesday. We are hoping the snow clears in time for this!

Year 11&12 – We have had our first information evening for the 2016 Vietnam Trip.  Thanks to those who have already indicated interest in the 2016 Vietnam Trip. If anyone was thinking of this but was unable to attend the information evening please feel free to contact me at

If you are going to join the trip for 2016 could you please get back to me by Thursday 28th May with the student’s name, year group and names of any other family members planning to travel with the group.

In order to secure airline seats (especially on the domestic flights) and land arrangements we will require a non refundable $400 deposit by Tuesday 2ndJune.

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Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 4

Year 8 students, Grace Brenssell and Charlotte Coutts, share their iPad expertise

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We have had a very productive visit from the ERO team and look forward to sharing some of their reflections with you in the next few weeks.

Yesterday we held our Open Day for prospective boarder families.  This is always a wonderful opportunity for the girls to show off their school and hostel and they are always so excited and proud to do so.

Thank you to parents who attended last night’s Year 9 Parent Seminar, we hope that this was useful and informative.

Next Friday is Pink Shirt Mufti Day.  Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 when a group of students decided to defend a student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, many of his peers turned up to school the next day wearing pink shirts, and Pink Shirt Day was born.  The pink shirt is a way of showing those being bullied that there are many people around who care and we ask that students come to school wearing their pink shirts to support this cause as well as bringing a gold coin donation.

Careers Festival Logo


The Otago Careers Festival is being held throughout Otago over the month of May. As part of this festival Year 11 students will have an opportunity to attend a Careers Expo in early June. Other relevant events for Year 11 are being advertised to all senior students.

Please check out the festival website,, for a full list of events running in your area. The Festival showcases the range of opportunities to live, learn and work in Otago. All events during the Festival are free to attend with events for all ages and stages catered for.

Events relevant to our students have been listed on the school’s Careers Calendar. Click the Careers link on the bottom of your SHCS homepage. This calendar is a new initiative to keep our community informed of careers events and opportunities happening in our school. Please check back regularly for updated events.

We held our information seminar for the 2016 Vietnam trip today.  If you were unable to attend and are interested in going please contact me for further information at

Student Achievement

Congratulations to all the girls that competed in the Logan Park Road Race.  In the Junior Girls race, Kate Higham was placed 2nd, Suzie White 3rd and Georgia Mitchell 4th. In the Senior Race, Anna Lindsay was placed 2nd.

Snow Day and Late Start Procedures

In the case of a school closure or late start due to weather conditions an email will be sent to parents by 7:00am.  There will also be an announcement made over the following radio stations and the school Facebook page, and Parent Portal Cancellation Page :

97.4 More FM
Radio Dunedin 99.8 FM & 1305 AM
The Hits 

Should conditions in your area be different to those in the rest of the city you must make individual decisions based on what is safest for your family. Once girls are at school we encourage you not to text them regarding school closures.  If this were to eventuate we would email parents immediately. 

**Please see the attached flyer regarding the Entertainment Book fundraiser**

Ent book school notice


Judy MawAssistant Principal


Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 3

2015 Stage Challenge Cast and Crew

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The highlight of the week was definitely Stage Challenge on Monday night.  Stage Challenge is a national event, which is now in its 23rd year. It comprises shows in 12 locations, 16,000 participants and is billed as this year’s ”biggest school-based dance and drama extravaganza”. 

Our theme was based on deep-sea drilling issues that have been raised in Otago and was approached through the unseen impact, under water.  There were:

  • 21 girls in supporting crew roles
  • 72 girls on stage
  • 20 staff or parents who supervised rehearsals and offered expertise
  • 49.5 hours in the school holidays making costumes and set
  • 1800 coloured circles cut from fabric 
  • 130 black rubbish bags cut into strips

 St Hilda’s were awarded first place overall and won various other excellence awards including concept, soundtrack, choreography, drama, performance skill, costume, visual enhancement and stage use.  A huge thank you to all involved.

2015 Stage Challenge Cast and Crew

Next Thursday we are holding our Open Day for Boarders.  This starts at school at 10.00am where families will be able to see classes in action before visiting Tolcarne.  We ask that all students be in formal uniform for this.

The Year 9 Parent Seminar is also on Thursday at 7.00pm in the school library.  The theme of this is ‘Potential and pitfalls of the digital world’. 

On Friday night there is a Vietnam information evening at 5.00pm – venue to be confirmed.  If you are unable to make this and are interested in going to Vietnam in 2016 please email for further details.

Please see attached flyer in regard to Entertainment Books.

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Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 2

Danica Davies with her medal that she won at the Arcadia Invitational meet in California

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Country Visits were held this week with one more still to be held in North Otago on Sunday.  This is the beginning of a busy enrolment period, which includes Boarder Open Day on Thursday May 14, followed by our Open Evening for day girls on Thursday July 23.

Next week we have our visit from the Education Review Office.  We will welcome them on Monday morning with a special chapel service.  We would like all girls to go straight to chapel at the beginning of Period 1.

Stage Challenge is on Monday and we have a large number of girls involved in this.  The girls and staff have been working very hard and it is looking fabulous. Good luck to everyone taking part.

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. 

Entertainment books were given out to students yesterday.  This is the major fundraising for St Hilda’s rowing and you now have the option of purchasing the book digitally.  You can organise payment for your book on the forms provided or return your unsold book to the student office.

Student Achievement

Charlotte Cotter was named U16 Joint MVP and Libby van Harselaar was named U14 MVP and Club MVP (female) at the Otago Waterpolo Prizegiving.

Annabel Girvan has been selected for the Southern U21 Hockey Team.  Annabel and Jess Faulks have also been selected in the Southern U18 Team and Olivia Dingle and Sinnead Flannery have been selected for the Southern Development B Team.

Danica Davies recently travelled with the New Zealand Secondary School’s Track and Field team to California.  At the Arcadia Invitational, the most prestigious of the three meets she competed in, Danica finished in 7th place in the heptathlon with seven personal bests including four Otago records.  She also won the shot put component of the heptathlon.

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