Weekly News – Term 3 | Week 9


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It is that time of the year when we are working through our planning and staffing for 2017. It is a time of anticipation for the new year and excitement for the initiatives and changes that occur as any learning community evolves.

It is also a time, when we all reflect on a year that is nearly over, what we have achieved, what our goals are for the future, and what we would like to do next.

We have some staff who have made the decision to move on to focus on other aspects of their full and busy lives and while we will take the time at the end of the year to formally farewell them and acknowledge their not inconsiderable contributions, I did want to inform you that there will be some changes.

Robyn Tod, our librarian, and Pam Smart, our Student Attendance and Enrolment Officer, have both indicated they will be finishing at the end of the year after eight and twenty years, respectively, of service to the school.

Jenny Browning, our Executive Officer, has also indicated that after 20 years of service to both boards and running the finances of the school, that she will be retiring at the end of the year to enjoy more time with her family and grandchildren.

Ella Murdoch is resigning to spend more time with her young family after a busy and productive year  as HOD English.

We wish these staff all the best for their future pathways and we will be advertising the vacant positions in the coming weeks.

Tuesday’s Arts Assembly was organised wonderfully by Arts’ Prefects Mia Knott and Jamie MacKenzie.  The level of performance was outstanding – it is always a joy to see the girls’ talent.


It  was wonderful to see all the gorgeous hats in chapel on Monday for our Eucharist service. The money raised from the mufti day will be put to good use by Anglican family Care.

Thank you to all who attend Learning Conversations.  With only four weeks of school for seniors before they embark on study leave, girls are able to use that time wisely if they follow the advice in the senior reports as well as what was offered in their Learning Conversation.

We have enjoyed having sister school Global Public School with us this week.  The students have really enjoyed spending time in class with their host sisters and apparently a lot of money was spent at Cadbury World so they’ve also been enjoying the tourist side of Dunedin too.  The students have been busy practicing for their farewell tonight and we wish them a safe trip home on Monday.

PFA Soap Fundraiser

As part of our plan to raise funds for the Sports and Cultural Fund we are trying something a little different with an Ecostore “Good Soap” fundraiser.

Selling for $2.50 each, the 80g Ecostore soaps are excellent value and $1 from each soap will go to the Sports and Cultural Fund to assist our students to attend a range of New Zealand and International events.

We are distributing the soap in two batches, the first of which was given out yesterday for boarders to sell over the holidays.  The remainder will be handed out in Term Four.

Fundraising activities like this make an important contribution to PFA funds and we appreciate your help with this.

Ruth Napper – Ecostore Fundraiser Organiser

Cultural Exchange Programme with Durban Girls’ College in South Africa

We are hoping to develop an exchange programme with Durban Girls’ College in South Africa.  To begin this relationship we are looking for a family of a 2016 Year 10 student who would be willing to host a student from South Africa who will be immersed in St Hilda’s and Dunedin culture. For one week of her stay she will experience boarding at Tolcarne.

I will be speaking to the girls about this early in Term 4 however if you would like more information please contact me at jmaw@shcs.school.nz.

The student will be at St Hilda’s from March 11th to April 22nd 2017. She will be in Year 11 and she will be timetabled into our school programme in the same way the Perth Exchange student is.  The following link will give you more information on Durban Girls’ College: http://www.dgc.co.za.

In accordance with the school contract, if students have intentions of not returning to St Hilda’s in 2017 we ask that parents inform the office in writing by October 10 to avoid incurring one term’s fees.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Casey Brown who  has been selected as one of 22 Year 13 students around New Zealand to attend the UN Youth Global Development Tour over the summer holidays. She will be travelling around Paris, London, Copenhagen, Geneva, and Brussels visiting various UN agencies (including the World Health Organisation and UNESCO) and other international organisations and companies such as Doctors without Borders, Google, the European Union Parliament, and the London School of Economics. Further, the trip then takes her to New York, where she will visit and involve herself with the UNDP and New Zealand Permanent mission to the UN. The trip culminates in her attendance as a New Zealand Delegate at the Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Condor 7s Team were victorious yesterday in Balclutha beating South Otago High School in the qualifying games and will now go on to compete at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Condor 7s Championships in Auckland in December. The girls won 2-0 in a ‘best of three’ competition.

At last weekend’s NZCAF Hip Hop and Aerobics Nationals, St Hilda’s achieved the following results:


Senior Secondary Teams
Emma Alcock and Hannah Alcock – Third Place

Secondary Rookie Teams
Branwen Jones and Bella Devereux – First Place
Trinity Maydon and Olivia Buchanan Letts – Third Place

Secondary Novice
Sophie Sinclair – Second Place

Junior Secondary Open Novice
Jessica Scott – Second Place (also awarded the overall trophy for Technical Excellence)

Senior Secondary Open Novice
Isabel Woodhouse – First Place

Fitness Team
Squad Hildas – First Place
Cara Thomson, Gracie Hannagan, Isabel Woodhouse, Zara Anthony Whigham, Madi Thomson, Libby Ward, Grace Wallace

The following students qualified for finals which places them in the Top 5 in the country in their grade:

Gabi Horo and Maia Lamb – Y7-8 Teams
Grace Brenssell – Secondary Novice
Lydia Holmes – Secondary Senior Open Novice
Sian Hanlin – Secondary Senior Open Novice

St Hilda’s also won the shield for overall aggregate points.

Good luck to Lucie Holtz and Zara Anthony-Whigham who are competing at the New Zealand National Figure Skating Championships at the beginning of Term 4.  Lucie and Zara have also made the New Zealand Development Squad.

Good luck to the Senior A netball team who are competing at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Netball Championships in Lower Hutt in the second week of the school holidays.

Mitre 10 Cup Rugby Tickets

Hawkins Construction have kindly made available tickets to Mitre 10 Cup games at Forsyth Barr Stadium on the following dates:

  • Saturday 8 October 5:35pm Otago v Counties Manukau

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.  The price for these tickets is by fair and reasonable donation with all funds going to a hardship fund, which enables all students to participate on 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 jpopa@shcs.school.nz if you are interested in these tickets.