Weekly News – Term 4 | Week 8

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Year 9s put on a wonderful display at the Passion Project Expo on Monday night.  We were treated to musical performances and there was a vast array of fascinating projects and activities including some wonderful baking available for purchase.  There is a great video of the Expo at Hilda’s Hub which can be viewed here.  Well done to all girls involved for the time and effort they have put in to this over the year.

Year 10 students at Auckland University

Ms Corkery took a group of Year 10 students to Auckland on Monday to take part in the BEAMS programme at Auckland University.  The programme gives Maori and Pasifika students a chance to find out about possible future study in Business, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine and Science.

On Thursday we ask that junior students are at school in the morning as per usual.  There is a general clean up and then we will bus them down to the More FM Arena for a run through of prize giving.  At approximately 11.30am the girls will be returning to St Hilda’s by bus and at this time they are free to go.  We ask that students are seated at the More FM Arena by 4.45pm as prize giving begins at 5.00pm sharp.  Reports and the final newsletter for the year will be posted home the following week.


H & J Smith are holding another card holders day on December 8.  See here for more information.

If you ordered and paid for a House T Shirt, these are available for collection from the student office.  There will be a further opportunity for girls to order these in 2017.

We have introduced a school sun hat as we are very aware of the need for sun safety. This is a navy bucket hat and a number of the girls have already acquired one. We will require all girls in Year 7 – 10 to have one. These are available from the school stationery shop for $15.00.

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 some of her stay she will experience boarding at Tolcarne.

I have spoken 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.

I would love to hear from any family who would be able to help us with developing this exciting new possibility.

PFA Soap Fundraiser

Many thanks to those families who have sold the Eco Store soap. We need all remaining money and soap in by December 6th please.

Student Achievement

Well done to the Junior Water Polo Team who placed third at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Junior Water Polo Tournament in Christchurch last weekend.  Congratulations also to Lucy Cotter for being named in the Tournament Team.


Dayna Gallagher is a volunteer fire fighter with the Ravensbourne Fire Brigade and spent last weekend in Lawrence taking part in live fire training.

The Sports Department is looking for volunteers to fill coach and manager positions in Badminton, Basketball, Curling, Football, Futsal, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Tennis, Touch, Volleyball, Water Polo and other sports for the 2017 season and beyond.  These are volunteer roles, and will commence pre-season.

Please apply in writing to the Head of Sport by emailing sports@shcs.school.nz.  Applications close December 5.

News from Tolcarne

A group of very excited boarders at the recent Year 9 Orientation Day

We are delighted to announce our new Director of Boarding – Mrs Ange Rathbone.

Ange is currently the Director of Boarding at Woodford House, an Anglican, integrated girls school in Hawkes Bay. She has held that role for 18 months having previously been a Dean and part of the teaching team. She has overseen several initiatives at her current school that have been designed to build strong and connected relationships within boarding and better reflect the needs of modern families.

A qualified economics and business studies teacher, with broad experience working in the commercial sector, including running her own business, Ange grew up in West Otago and boarded at Columba College for her secondary years.

Married to Willie and the proud mother of three teenage daughters, Ange is passionate about building young women who have resilience, empathy for others and a strong sense of self.

We believe Ange’s appointment will enable us to further develop Tolcarne as an exceptional boarding hostel . Ange will be starting at Tolcarne on the 19th January 2017, and we will be visiting our boarding families on the 20/21st January, so girls and parents will have an opportunity to meet her before the school year starts. A schedule of the visits will be sent to you shortly.

We look forward to welcoming Ange and her family into our school community in the new year.