Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 8

Lizzie Marvelly with members of the St Hilda’s choirs

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Today we welcomed Lizzie Marvelly to St Hilda’s.  As an accomplished singer/songwriter and performer Lizzie spent some time talking to choir members this morning before presenting to Year 11-13 students.  Lizzie spoke about her life journey in the music industry, her development of the #mybodymyterms campaign and the establishment of her website www.villainesse.com.  Villainesse is an online media project aiming to create smart, no-filter media by and for young women. Combining the high-level student journalism of late secondary and tertiary students with stories by inspirational figures, Villainesse aims to cater for the leaders of the future, encouraging young women to think critically about the world around them, celebrate their intelligence and support each other. In short, Villainesse is on a mission to empower young women.  Lizzie spoke on a range of topics and was then interviewed with a Q & A session by Nicola Wilson-Stewart, our Board of Trustees Student Representative. The senior girls were very receptive and enjoyed having the chance to listen to Lizzie – we were very lucky that she was able to make the time to visit us, while in Dunedin to sing the national anthem for the All Blacks test tomorrow night.


Parent Workshop

On the same note we urge parents to attend the upcoming workshops on issues for our girls in today’s global and demanding world – ‘Helping Your Daughter to Navigate the 21st Century’. We will be running the workshop in a variety of locations, to ensure as many parents as possible are able to attend. For more information on dates and venues, click here.

Mrs Maw is travelling to Invercargill today where Katherine Inder is speaking at the regional Nga Manu Korero Speech Competition.  We wish her well for this.

On Monday we will welcome Guta Goldstein to school.  Guta will present her first hand story of a Holocaust survivor to Year 7-10 and Year 13 History students. After Guta’s presentation there will also be a session for discussion and questions.  This is organised through the Jewish Federation of New Zealand and will be an inspiring and moving story to hear.

Founders’ Day

We are leading up to our Founders’ Day Eucharist service at the end of term (Monday 4 July) and so also to our collection for Anglican Family Care.  Instead of food items this time, they are keen to get craft supplies for the work they do with children.
Items could include …
  • pipe cleaners
  • stickers
  • coloured pens/pencils
  • ribbons
  • buttons
  • glue sticks
  • paint, paint brushes
  • crayons
  • play dough
  • wool, thread
  • craft sticks (ice-block sticks)
  • scissors
  • tissue paper, cellophane

Girls can bring their items from now until Monday 4 July to form or tutor time.  Anglican Family Care are always most grateful for our support.

Student Achievement

Sarah Cochrane, Year 12 CEO of St Hilda’s Young Enterprise Scheme, spoke during the induction of Sir John Roberts (1845-1934) as a Laureate into the NZ Business Hall of Fame at the Langham Hotel in Auckland recently. Sir John was an early settler, merchant and pastoralist who became one of Otago’s most influential men.

Business Hall of Fame

His links to St Hilda’s continue via his descendants, including a great-great-great-grandaughter who will board at Tolcarne from 2017.  St Hilda’s Old Girl Jane Falconer (nee Roberts) was there to receive Sir John’s award on behalf of the family.

The St Hilda’s Collegiate School Senior Girls’ Cross Country Team of Olivia Gold, Suzie White, Kate Higham, Georgia Mitchell, Cecilia Crooks and Sophie Sinclair placed 3rd in the 6 Person Teams Race over 4kms, at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships held last weekend in Rotorua.  Kate, Cecilia and Georgia also received bronze as a three person team.


The St Hilda’s 1st XV won the rugby final on Wednesday against Columba with an impressive final score of 25-15.

Yvie Finn-House and Ebony James received Elite Awards in the Education Perfect World Championships.

Brianna Thomson received a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award.

Like a Kid, consisting of Tessa Forde, Mackenzie Hollebon, Mia Knott and Jamie MacKenzie performed at the Otago Regional Smokefree Rockquest and placed 2nd for Band Category and received The Lowdown Best Song Award.  Jamie MacKenzie also received the Best Vocals Award.


All Black Owen Franks and All Blacks Physiotherapist Peter Gallagher visited Mr Rosenberg’s Year 12 Economics class earlier this week.

School Production

Suspect poster 5