Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 3


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This week  the Secondary Schools’ Pacific Student Recognition Awards were held which were sponsored by the Otago Polytechnic and the Otago Community Trust. Congratulations to Amelia Knott and Eva Meeuws, our senior and junior recipients.

Tonight Cameron Taylor and Katie Knowles will be recognised at the Mana Pounamu awards.  The Kapa Haka group will also be there in support of the girls.

Information regarding a change from our current Form/Tutor format to Vertical Whanau Groups

Wellness has been a strategic focus over the past 2 years and as part of our review and “what we do at St Hilda’s” the Guidance Network have undertaken considerable research and consultation with staff and students into introducing Vertical Whanau groups in 2017 and the planning is well underway.

The format will be 16 students per group from Years 7-13 led by a staff member.


  • Connectedness
  • Sense of belonging
  • Building positive teacher/student and student/student relationships
  • Knowing the students that we are reporting on

What we value as teachers:

  • Empowerment of our learners
  • Shared learning experiences
  • Connectedness
  • Fostering relationships

What we believe as teachers:

  • Effective learning involves student/teacher relationships.
  • Every student is unique and should have the opportunity to access learning.
  • Connection and enrichment are fundamental to developing our human potential.

The purpose:

We know that relationships are at the core of wellbeing and therefore relationships need to take an important and central role in our school structure, because learning well requires us to be happy and connected.

Vertical groups give us all the opportunity to practise being inclusive, to practise being encouraging and kind, and to be part of a school family.

We look forward to introducing Vertical Whanau Groups in 2017.


Restoring Wellbeing – a recent article in the ODT

MOE Inclusive Practice in Secondary Schools

ERO – Wellbeing for Success Resource

Visual Arts Building – Update

Through future-focused planning, thorough research and considerable discussion the Board of Proprietors has developed a 20-year strategy for the facilities of St Hilda’s Collegiate. We have consulted with staff, students and design experts on how best to create spaces that inspire, nurture and support learning and teaching within our school, and we are excited to share with you the plans for the new Art/Photography/Drama building (Stage 1) that will go to tender at the beginning of next year and the proposed redevelopment of Whitby, which will be Stage 2.

We want to create environments that put quality, connectedness and community at the centre of everything we do.

We have asked our students to tell us how they want to learn, how they learn best, what they need from us to be the best they can be.

We have asked our teachers to tell us how they want to teach, what they need to do the best job they can, how we can support them in their roles as teacher, coach, mentor.

We have thought and talked about the spaces we need to provide to enable and enhance teaching and learning.

The 20 year strategy focuses on three key goals:

  • Community – Our community in the school
  • Connectedness – Our village green
  • Quality – Flexible spaces for future learning

Pedagogy in the 21st Century is vastly different to the teaching practices of even 10 years ago. Creating the space and resource to support that changed practice is an important part of growing our school as a valuable and valid contributor to society.

Learning spaces that match that aspiration are vital: we want spaces that encourage staff and students to collaborate, create, communicate and think critically. Teaching and learning today, and in the future, is transformative, dynamic, student-centric, respectful and built on empowering relationships.

We are excited to have this project underway, and by visiting this link you will be able to view a selection of the drawings and draft plans for the new buildings and redevelopment. You are all warmly invited to a meeting for parents on the proposed buildings on the 10th November at 7.00pm in the school library.

Our Designer, Cameron Grindlay from Dwelling Architectural Design, and Jackie Barron will be available at the meeting to show you the plans for the building and answer any questions you may have.

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 have distributed the soap in two batches, the first of which was given out at the end of last term to allow girls to sell over the holidays.  The remainder was handed out on Monday. Each family will receive one box of 24 soaps to sell.

Please hand the money for this into the school office and ensure the box number is with it. We would like to have all money in by Monday 7th November. 

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

Ruth Napper – Ecostore Fundraiser Organiser

A reminder that girls must be at St Paul’s Cathedral in formal uniform for roll call at 9.40am on Sunday for our St Hilda’s Day service.  We ask that girls bring a $2 coin for the offering. If you haven’t done so yet, please email Ms Corkery care of admin@shcs.school.nz if your daughter is unable to attend, along with the reason.

Student Achievement

At the recent ICAS English Examinations we had a large number of students achieve Distinction and High Distinction.  The following students achieved Distinction:

  • Adithi Alexander
  • Holly Bissett
  • Casey Brown
  • Breane Byck
  • Sam Casse
  • Catherine Davidson
  • Emma De Lange
  • Lauren Heng
  • Brianna Le
  • Isabelle Robertson
  • Laura Simpson
  • Victoria Tong
  • Tessa Woodhouse

The following students achieved High Distinction:

  • Caroline Burchell
  • Ginny Smith
  • Emily Wilson

Additionally, in December Bella Baker will be travelling to Auckland to attend the ICAS Medal Ceremony.  Bella is being awarded a Medal for receiving the highest score in New Zealand for her year level in the English exam.

Georgia Heffernan, Kate Heffernan and Mariah Nelson have been selected for the 2017 Netball South BEKO Training Squad.