Monthly Archives: August 2015

Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 6

Aleisha and Ihlara with Mrs Barron at the Class Act Awards

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Class Act Awards were held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery yesterday.  These annual awards recognise and celebrate young leaders and are presented to the recipients by Prime Minister John Key.  Congratulations to Ihlara McIndoe and Aleisha Ruske who are our 2015 recipients.

Stars on Stage also took place this week, with our girls performing on Tuesday.  The Year 10 Performing Arts class were responsible for producing the Year 7 and 8 item from start (conceptualisation) to finish (polished product).  Producing this performance gave the Year 10 students insight about career pathways in this field and  involved hours of preparation.  The premise was: In 2020 there is a new app that allows you to travel through time. Two friends decide to visit famous musicians such as Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe, however they click ‘agree to the terms and conditions’ too quickly. If they had read the fine print they would have read the warning – that overuse can lead to a malfunction!  We are particularly proud of the way our performance was student driven and inclusive. The students thoroughly enjoyed being a part of a non-competitive celebration of the Arts in a professional environment.

A reminder that nominations for the Board of Trustees Student Elections close next Thursday at noon.

A reminder that nominations close for Service Awards and Cultural Blues on September 4 and September 21 respectively.

Good luck to all students involved in Winter Tournament next week.

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Tolcarne News – Term 3 | Week 5


Our Tolcarne Cupcake Chicks have been working hard baking 200 cupcakes to sell this Sunday on behalf of the annual SPCA fundraiser.  The girls have been working for days, making fondant tops with paws, puppies, foxes sheep and sharks, so please come along with your money and support us!

We will be setting up a stall in the Tolcarne foyer from 3.00 – 5.00pm this Sunday to sell our deliciously decorated cupcakes.  All money raised will go direct to the SPCA.  If you would like to pre- order cupcakes (so you don’t miss out), please email me with your orders. All cupcakes are $2 each.

Thank you, on behalf of Robyn, Krystal and the Tolcarne Cupcake Chicks!

Amanda Haggie
Head of Boarding

Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 5

Suzie Bates with the Sports Prefects and Liaisons during her visit

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We were fortunate to have White Fern and Olympic Ambassador Suzie Bates visit this week to talk to the girls in assembly.  The Olympic Ambassador programme aims to engage as many young New Zealanders with Olympian role models as possible.  After assembly, Suzie joined our Sports Prefects and Liaisons for a question and answer session over lunch.  The girls really enjoyed this opportunity.

Well done to Sings Hilda for their performance in the weekend at the Big Sing Finale.  The girls came away with the Bronze award – an amazing achievement given the size of our choir.

Congratulations to our 2015 Class Act recipients, Ihlara McIndoe and Aliesha Ruske, who will be acknowledged at the award ceremony next Thursday.

Our new canteen will be operational from Wednesday of next week.  Thank you for your support during this transition time.

Good luck to seniors for their exams next week.  These mock exams give seniors a chance to prepare for externals in November.

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Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 4

Sings Hilda with Mr Madden and Mr Grant before their first recital at The Big Sing Finale

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Thank you to parents who attended our Expo Day on Wednesday.  I hope that this gave you an interesting insight into teaching and learning at St Hilda’s.

Sings Hilda are currently in Wellington performing at the finale of The Big Sing.  They have had one recital already today and will perform another tomorrow, as well as being involved in the Gala Concert tomorrow night.  Just to reach the finale is an achievement in itself and we are immensely proud of the girls.

We have appointed our new canteen operator, Mrs Tanya Black.  She has had a number of years experience in this area and we look forward to her starting with us in Week 6. We will have further information on this next week.

A reminder that applications for Service Awards are due in by Friday 4th September. Details on this have been in the school notices and any questions can be directed to Ms Derrith Bartley.

As we come to the end of our winter sports season there are a number of codes moving into final rounds. Good luck to all the girls who are competing in finals this weekend.

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Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 3

“Sings Hilda” performing at the Gala Concert on Wednesday.

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A very successful Gala Concert was held on Wednesday night to help raise funds for “Sings Hilda” to travel to Wellington next week.  There were some great student performances and the girls were very excited to see Mr Grant perform with his band.  Thank you to parents and the wider community for supporting this event, and to Otago Boys for giving us the use of their auditorium.

Next Wednesday is the Expo Open Day for parents.  The purpose of the day is to give parents the opportunity to visit a variety of classes, a mix of curriculum areas and year levels so you can observe the teaching practices, progression of skills and interactive classes that are so much a part of learning today.

There are two sessions: the morning from 8.40am – 10.45am or afternoon from 1.30pm – 3.25pm.  We encourage you to bring a digital device and we will log you on to the network prior to the start of the programme.  Please RSVP to by Monday 10th August, if you haven’t already done so, indicating which session you would like to attend.  On the day, please make your way to the library upon arrival.  The lower field will be available for parking.

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