Weekly News – Term 1 | Week 8

Tiffany Zhou (2017 International Student Leader) and Dayna Gallagher (2017 Maori Pasifika Student Leader) with Mrs Barron

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This week we had the pleasure of announcing Tiffany Zhou as International Student Leader.  Tiffany joined St Hilda’s in 2014 and has been a member of the Orchestra, attended The Big Sing, and was the recipient of The Rosalynd North Accompanist Cup at last year’s prize giving.  Tiffany also provides tutoring to students in Year 12 Pure Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry classes.  Tiffany is an able recipient and will lead the international student group well.

A leadership position has been created this year for a Maori and Pasifika Student Leader. Four student nominees presented to their fellow Maori and Pasifika students and yesterday we were able to present Dayna Gallagher with the newly designed Maori and Pasifika badge in Chapel. Dayna has been a consistent member of the Kapa Haka group, is one of the House Captain’s for Wellington and has played Hockey for the A Team for four years.  Dayna is a member of Madrigal and performed with them in The Big Sing Finale in 2016, was a member of the Suspect cast last year and is part of a Shakespeare and Theatre Sports group this year.  Dayna will represent our Maori and Pasifika students well.

L-R Nicole McGregor from Durban Girls’ College with her host sister Shanae Barton

We are very pleased to welcome Nicole McGregor who is with us from Durban Girls’ College in South Africa. Nicole will be at St Hilda’s until the end of term and we are really pleased to have started our exchange programme with her school.

Learning Conversations will be held between parents, students and teachers on Monday 1 May with an interim report being emailed to parents at the end of Term 1.  Interviews will take place from 9.30am onwards. Girls are not required to attend class but will be expected to attend the Learning Conversations as booked.  Uniform is not required for the Learning Conversations.  Classes for Term 2 will begin for all students at 8.40am on Tuesday 2 May.  The interview booking site will open on Tuesday 4 April and remain open until Friday 28 April.  The link and password will be posted in next week’s newsletter.

Arts Charges

At last night’s Board of Trustees meeting the following charges for Arts co-curricular activities were approved.  These charges  recommended by the Arts Council bring the Arts inline with Sports.  Up until now unless a group has been going to a regional and or national competition the school has covered the costs of tutors etc.  We are unable to continue to do this.

As with sports, attendance at regional and or national competitions will be treated in a similar manner to students attending sporting training camps and tournaments.  Below is a schedule of fees.


Annual Fee per person for 2017

Madrigal $30.00
Sings Hilda $60.00
Junior Choir $20.00
Multiple Choir membership The higher/highest of the fees will be charged – not multiple fees
Kapa Haka $50.00
Chamber Music NIL (self funded)
Hip Hop So variable between groups they will totally self fund
Junior Orchestra Workshop Day NIL
Orchestra $10.00
RNZ Ballet Workshops $5-10 depending on numbers attending the workshop
Rockquest NIL (self funded)
Shakespeare Festival NIL (self funded)

Chapel Matters

This week the school appointed Dayna Gallagher as the inaugural Māori and Pacifika Student Leader.  As an Anglican School community the role of a Māori and Pacifika Student Leader is a very special one. The Anglican church in Aotearoa New Zealand has had a strong commitment towards a bi-cultural partnership between Pakeha and Maori since the very earliest days, when the Rev Samuel Marsden was invited by Chief Ruatara to preach the first Christian sermon in the Bay of Islands in 1814. In the 1970s the Anglican church committed itself to working out ways to more deeply respect the principles of Te Teriti o Waitangi as well as acknowledging and respecting the connections and responsibilities we have as a country that is part of the Pacific. After lots of consultation, the church developed a three Tikanga model of operating – Tikanga Maori, Pasifika, and Pakeha. For us, as a Christian school in the Anglican tradition, the creation of this new role of a Maori and Pasifika Student leader is a really positive move towards embedding these values into our school life.

From the Guidance Network

Please click here to read a very good article on ‘girls and their frenemies’.

Tolcarne News

A short week for the girls at Tolcarne – it was lovely to see the girls back and refreshed after a long weekend.  Dunedin weather has been kind to us this week and we have all been enjoying sunny afternoons, with many girls trialling for winter sports and training for fitness.

Anna Perkins instructed a yoga class for the girls on Wednesday afternoon which was very well received – a moment of mindfulness for those that participated.

Two of our girls have been successful in their personal endeavours; Natalie Hutchens has been swimming at the National Swimming Champs in Wellington and swam a top 20 New Zealand ranking for her freestyle, and Kaylee Dickison’s marching team was placed second at the National competition over the weekend.

Student Achievement

Eden Carson and Annabel Evans played in the Eagles Intercollegiate Golf Tournament last Friday.  Eden placed second in the Nett and Annabel placed third in Individual and first in Under 17 Female.

The 1st XI Cricket team won the NZCT final yesterday, beating Blue Mountain College by 129 runs.  The girls will now play at Nationals in Palmerston North in December.

Kaylee Dickison has achieved great results this season with her marching team Onyx U16. They placed 2nd in the South Island and have just competed at the Marching Nationals last weekend in Invercargill where her team placed 2nd in the Champion Team category.

Last weekend nine St Hilda’s riders and their mounts took part in the Taieri District Pony Club Secondary Schools’ Competition. The event was held in beautiful weather at the Outram Rodeo grounds. All combinations competed in Dressage, Showjumping and Games, across four classes.

St Hilda’s had an outstanding day with Ella Morshuis, Maggie Bowles and Katie Wilson winning their classes, and Riley MacDonald and Ginny Smith finishing third in their respective classes. This meant that St Hilda’s won the overall competition for the highest school aggregate score as well as placing third in the Turnout competition. This was an excellent result for a very young team.

The following girls competed at the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Nationals at New Brighton Beach last weekend and made the following finals:

Anaia Wiparata  (St Clair SLS Club)

  • U16 Tube Rescue

Phoebe Aburn (Brighton SLS Club)

  • U16 Surf Race
  • U16 Diamond

Olivia Andrew (St Clair SLS Club)

  • U19 – 2nd in Surf Team Race (note: teamed up with old girl – Olivia Gold)
  • U16 – 4th in Surf Race
  • U16 – 4th in Run, Swim, Run
  • U16 – Diamond, Board, Tube Rescue, Board Rescue, Taplin

Georgia Rathbone (Waimarama SLS Club)

  • U19 – 1st in Beach Flags