Monthly Archives: February 2016

Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 4

Mrs Barron and guest speaker Paddy Richardson with Level 1 Academic Blue recipients
Mrs Barron and guest speaker Paddy Richardson with Level 2 Academic Blue recipients

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A group of 39 students travelled to Christchurch on Sunday to participate in Summer Quad, this year hosted by St Margaret’s College.  The girls competed against St Margaret’s, Rangi Ruru and Craighead in debating, swimming, tennis, touch and volleyball.  St Hilda’s placed 1st equal in debating, 2nd in swimming, 3rd in tennis, 1st in touch and 3rd in volleyball, placing us 2nd overall behind St Margaret’s.

On Wednesday we held our Academic Blues Assembly and, for the first time, invited our 2015 scholarship recipients to attend as well.  Students who achieve Scholarship are in the top 3% of Year 13 students who have studied that subject across New Zealand so it is important to acknowledge those students and it was lovely to welcome them back into the school for the service.  The full list of recipients has been published on the ‘Award Ceremonies’ page.

Mrs Barron and Paddy Richardson with 2015 Scholarship recipients

Year 12 and 13 PE students leave for Abel Tasman on Sunday, we wish them well for this.

An email was sent on Wednesday to parents of students in Years 11-13 regarding our Athlete Assistance Programme.  We have extended the closing date for applications to 3.00pm Wednesday 2 March.  This programme is not for top sports girls but any girls in Years 11-13 who play a sport as well as having other commitments such as choir, production, Duke of Edinburgh etc.  It has a sporting focus but is aimed at busy girls to help them develop strategies to manage their busy lives and achieve to their best.  It is an awesome opportunity to be mentored by Belinda Colling, a world class athlete who understands the issues teenage girls have today with busy lives.

An expression of interest form can be found here.

Fair Update

A reminder that the caretaker’s garage will be open tomorrow tomorrow from 12.00pm – 2.00pm for any drop offs.  This is located at the end of the drive way next to the tennis courts.

Next week we ask students to bring baking, sweets, chutneys, jams or preserves.  Thank you for the chocolate items we received yesterday – the girls always enjoy a chance to wear mufti!

Student Achievement

Olivia and Emma Andrew attended the South Island Junior Surf Lifesaving Champs at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch last weekend.  Olivia took home three individual gold medals in the U13 Diamond, the Run Swim Run, and Surf Race and four team golds in the U14 Tube Rescue, Board Rescue, Board Relay and Grand Cameron.
Emma took home one individual gold medal in the U12 Diamond, two bronze medals in the Run Swim Run and Surf Race, and two team golds in the U12 Board Relay and Grand Cameron.  Olivia and Emma will now head to the New Zealand Junior Nationals at Mount Maunganui in March.

Beryn Abbott has made the New Zealand Touch Youth Academy based on her performance playing for Otago at the New Zealand Junior Nationals in February.

Adithi Alexander has been selected in the Mainland New Zealand U17 Badminton team and will compete at the Bevan International Team Event and the Australasian Under 17 Championships in Perth at the end of March.

Rugby Tickets

We still have tickets available for next week’s game against the Hurricanes (Saturday 5 March 7.35pm).  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 if you are interested.


Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 3

Year 9 students visit the original site of St Hilda’s Collegiate on 177 Leith Street
As part of their Urban Day, the girls visited Sister Geraldine’s grave site at the Northern Cemetery

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Year 9 students returned this afternoon from a successful camp at River Ridge Retreat.  Mrs Barron spent some time with them earlier in the week and could report that they were a great bunch of girls who were enjoying the opportunities and taking on the challenges with a positive attitude.

The 2016 Prefects introduced themselves to the school on Wednesday and we are looking forward to their contributions throughout the year.

Next Wednesday we are holding our Academic Blues Assembly and will be recognising students who gained an Excellence endorsement in NCEA in 2015, as well as students who gained scholarships.  All students are asked to be in formal uniform for this service.

Next Thursday will be a mufti day and instead of a gold coin donation we ask that students contribute to the Fair effort by bringing a block or box of chocolates for the chocolate wheel – minimum value $5.

Don’t forget to keep bringing in goods for the fair. We are getting a great variety and are keen to add more. Please take the time over the weekend to clean out your cupboards, wardrobes and garages for all those forgotten treasures

Best wishes for all students departing for Summer Quad on Sunday. This is being held at St Margaret’s in Christchurch and we look forward to hearing how the teams get on.

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Athlete Assistance and Development Programme

We are excited to offer an Athlete Assistance and Development Programme this year, which is open to any Year 11 – 13 students who have sporting and performing arts ambitions.  It is designed to support students to build resilience, independence and effective coping strategies in time management, planning and goal setting.

The programme will be facilitated by Belinda Colling who has over 10 years experience at the top of sport – playing for New Zealand in both netball and basketball.  Belinda captained the Silver Ferns, she has competed at World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Sydney Olympics.

She has a BA in Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling for Elite Performers and has worked for High Performance Sport New Zealand and Netball New Zealand. She has a passion for helping young athletes fulfilling their goals and reaching their potential and is excited about working with our school.

More information as well as an expression of interest form has been emailed out to all Year 11 – 13 students and can also be found here.

Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 2

Havelock – Winners of the House Cheerleading Competition at the school athletics day

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend.  The week has certainly gone quickly with the holiday on Monday and athletics on Tuesday.  The girls had a great time and although the weather didn’t perform for the whole day, we managed to complete all of the events. Results are published below.

Year 9 students leave for camp next week.  Their week starts with an ‘urban day’ on Monday where the girls complete activities around the city  that are linked to their inquiry projects. The independent learning programme they have been involved in, for the last two weeks, has enabled them to further develop their skills and competencies while working collaboratively. It has been a very successful and engaging programme and a great way to introduce them to St HIlda’s and the opportunities for individual passions and interests to be followed. The girls depart for River Ridge Retreat on Tuesday.  We wish students and staff well for the week.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 1

Mrs Barron with the 2016 Prefects
Mrs Barron with the 2016 Prefects

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the school year for 2016.  It’s been great to see new and familiar faces around school this week.

Year 13 students spent Monday and Tuesday at Camp Tirohanga for their Year 13 Retreat, a group of Year 11 – 13 students have taken part in Peer Mentor Training and yesterday we held the Prefect Commissioning Service.

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