Monthly Archives: March 2016

Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 8


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Today we held our Easter Eucharist Service which was led by Reverend Esther Clarke-Prebble.  It was a special service and a lovely way to come together as a community and the Madrigal choir added to the atmosphere of respectful reflection. We received a large number of items for Anglican Family Care – thank you to all for your donations.

Ichikawa students are busy preparing for their farewell this evening.  It has been a fabulous exchange and we are indebted to the girls and families who have opened their home and been such generous and kind hosts. The girls have loved the experience and once again we wish them a safe journey home and look forward to next year.

A reminder that school is closed on Friday 25 March, Monday 28 March and Tuesday 29 March.  The hostel closes tonight at 5.00pm and will reopen at 3.00pm on Tuesday 29 March.  Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable Easter break.

Student Achievement

Sophie Conner and Emily Hurdle have been selected to attend the University of Otago’s Te Rauawa o te Pahi Otago Scholarship Programme.  The girls will spend time at the Marine Studies Centre undertaking a research project, before presenting their findings on April 18 at Otakou marae.

Susie Olssen has been selected for an STS Student Travel Schools’ semester exchange to the United States in August.  Susie will return home in January.

There were some great results at last weekend’s South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics.

athletics 4x100m

Caitlyn George, Mikayla Thorn and Leonie and Joccoaa Palmer won the 4 x 100m Relay and the following girls qualified for the South Island Secondary School Champs:

Georgie Jessop – 1st Javelin
Sarah Langsbury – 1st 100m; 1st= 80m Hurdles; 2nd High Jump; 3rd Long Jump

Sophie Sinclair – 1st 3000m; 2nd 1500m
Lily Davies – 4th 80m Hurdles

Georgia Mitchell – 3rd U16 1500m

Caitlyn George – 3rd 100m; 2nd 200m
Mikayla Thorn – 4th Triple Jump; 5th Long Jump
Leonie Palmer – 5th 200m
Joccoaa Palmer – 1st 300m Hurdles; 2nd Triple Jump; 4th 100m; 3rd 200m

At last weekend’s South Island Secondary Schools’ Rowing Championships the girls made 16 finals and every single girl was in one or more finals, which is exceptional considering there was 1111 athletes competing and some very large, strong fields.

St Hilda’s placed 18th out of 46 schools in the Bell Points trophy and 7th Girls’ School overall.

2016 SISSC GU15 4x (1)

  • GOLD GU15 quad Alannah Hamilton, Emma Burnside, Helen Knott, Emily Hurdle, cox Mia Knott
  • SILVER GU18 LW double Lili Sabonadiere, Claudia Maker
  • BRONZE GU17 double Lili Sabonadiere, Claudia Maker
  • BRONZE GU15 double Emma Burnside, Helen Knott
  • 5th GU17 quad Imogen Corbett, Gabby Hunter, Brie Shea, Claudia Maker, cox Mia Knott
  • 6th GU15 four Alannah Hamilton, Emma Burnside, Ruby Grave, Emily Hurdle, cox Emily Lynch-Sutherland
  • 6th GU18 novice double Ruby Grave, Sophie Armstrong
  • 6th GU17 eight Imogen Corbett, Holly Armstrong, Gabby Hunter, Brie Shea, Josie Cook, Kate Edwards, Molly Butt, Georgia Hay, cox Anna Frame
  • 7th GU17 single Josie Cook
  • 7th GU18 eight Imogen Corbett, Holly Armstrong, Gabby Hunter, Brie Shea, Georgia Clarke, Kate Edwards, Molly Butt, Georgia Hay, cox Mia Knott

B Final

  • 3rd GU18 single Georgia Clarke
  • 3rd GU16 double Hannah Hedges, Issie Robertson
  • 4th GU16 quad Alannah Hamilton, Lusia Maiai, Hannah Hedges, Issie Robertson, cox Anna Frame
  • 6th GU18 novice four Ruby Grave, Sophie Armstrong, Molly Gow, Tamara Mason, cox Anna Frame
  • 7th GU18 double Georgia Clarke, Holly Armstrong
  • 7th GU16 four Helen Knott, Lusia Maiai, Hannah Hedges, Issie Robertson, cox Emily Lynch-Sutherland

At the Intercollegiate Golf Competition held at Chisholm Links Golf Club last week Annabel Evans came 10th overall and Eden Carson came 29th overall.

The St Hilda’s Touch Team placed 2nd at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Championships in Christchurch and have qualified for the National Tournament in December.

The following girls represented St Hilda’s in the Dunedin Primary/Intermediate Schools’ Triathlon last week at Port Chalmers:

  • Annabel Bilkey, Grace Cotter and Emma Andrew – placed 1st in Year 8
  • Dani Willsman – placed 6th as Year 8 Individual
  • Tessa McConachie – placed 17th as Year 8 Individual

Dani and the Year 8 team have now qualified for the Otago Schools’ Triathlon to be held in Cromwell on March 31.

Super 15 Rugby Tickets 

Hawkins Construction have kindly donated a number of corporate lounge-access centre-line tickets for the Super 15 games at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. We have tickets available for the following games:

  • Friday 1 April – Highlanders vs Force
  • Friday 22 April – Highlanders vs Sharks
  • Friday 13 May – Highlanders vs Crusaders
  • Saturday 16 July – Highlanders vs Chiefs

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 if you are interested.



Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Due to the Vietnam trip leaving in the last week of term we have decided that we will hold our parent/student/teacher interviews at the beginning of Term 2.  At the end of Term 1 parents will be provided with an interim report which is a snapshot of their daughter’s learning skills and attitude in class.  We believe this will form a starting point for the interviews which we encourage you to attend with your daughter.  Monday 2 May is to be Teacher Only Day and girls will be able to come into the Boarding House in the afternoon to work in with the Parent Teacher Interviews.  We believe this is more effective for supporting your daughter’s next steps and more details will follow.  School will still finish at lunch time on Friday 15 April.

On Sunday, we welcomed 11 students from our sister school Ichikawa Gakuen in Tokyo. The girls have had a busy week touring the city, visiting a farm in Outram and meeting Highlander Fumiaki Tanaka as well as English Language Instruction classes.  We are holding an official farewell next Thursday March 24 before the group departs early Friday morning.


On Wednesday senior students enrolled to go to the mobile blood donor centre at First Church.  We had 30 students donate which is a great number and we are very proud of the fact that so many students had the desire to help others.


Also on Wednesday, Year 11 students attended the ‘Safer Journey’s Expo’ at the Edgar Centre organised by the Otago Community Road Safety Partners, in conjunction with the NZ Police, NZ Fire Service, St John Ambulance, DARE and SADD.  This event was attended by 1700 Year 11 students from throughout Otago. The aim is to raise student awareness of the risks associated with holding a drivers licences. Stands include a crash scenario and sessions on modified vehicles, speed and environment, alcohol and road safety, along with the human cost of road crashes.

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 6

Fair 2016

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It was lovely to see so many of you at the fair last week.  We had a great turnout and fantastic weather. There was a wonderful buzz of community and connectedness as we all came together and the enjoyment of working together for a common cause was very evident. While we are still waiting for the final tally it is safe to say the day was a success with just over $30,000 raised.  A big thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters, your generosity helped to make the day so wonderful:

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Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 5

L-R Sophie Sinclair, Ella Coggan and Phoebe Aburn at the Corporate and Secondary Schools’ Triathlon

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Final fair preparations are under way!  The office has received a large influx of baked goods today, the Year 7 and 8 girls have been busy baking some very impressive looking cakes and we had a large group of parents help set up this afternoon.  Thank you to all families for the  donations we have received over the last couple of months, your generosity is most appreciated. And remember to come along tomorrow and enjoy the day with us.

2016 Art Liaisons have been selected this week.  The job of Art Liaison is to provide a link to the prefects as to what is happening within their specific groups.  The girls have been chosen for their outstanding commitment to their activity.  Congratulations to:

  • Casey Brown – Debating
  • Kaya Fukushima – Orchestra
  • Madi Hughes – Drama
  • Tamara Mason – Kapa Haka
  • Amy Kornyei – Dance
  • Sophie O’Driscoll – Choir

2016 Sport Liaisons will be announced next week.

Good luck to students involved in the South Island Volleyball Champs and the South Island Secondary Schools’ Triathlon and Duathlon over the weekend.

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