Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 5

Mrs Maw and Miss Allott with our Chilean guests

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This week we welcomed guests from Colegio Concepcion Chiguayante, a high school in Chile.  We are working through the process of arranging a student exchange programme with them,  like the one we have with Durban Girls’ College in South Africa, St Hilda’s in Perth and our French exchange schools.  On behalf of St Hilda’s, Mrs Maw signed a Memorandum of Agreement and we will now continue with the next stages in the planning process.

The Loves Me Not programme ran this week for Year 11 and 12 students.  More information on the programme can be read here and we also recommend the two following videos for parents to watch – they are good conversation starters.

A reminder that school is closed on Monday for Queen’s Birthday Weekend.  We wish you a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

Anglican Family Care Fundraiser

Please come along and support the work Anglican Family Care does with the most vulnerable children and families in our community.

Join us for a pre-movie drink, nibbles and a silent auction followed by a screening of the very funny New Zealand “flockumentary” Pecking Order. The film follows members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the New Zealand National Championships, as they battle history and each other in a quest for glory and for the love of their birds.  Watch the trailer here or read the ODT article about the film.

Venue: Rialto Cinema, Moray Place, Dunedin
Date: Thursday 22 June
Time: 5.45pm for drinks, nibbles and a silent auction, 6.45pm screening of Pecking Order (80 mins long)
Tickets: $25 – includes a complimentary drink, nibbles & a goodie bag

To book: please pay via internet banking to Anglican Family Care, BNZ 02 0912 0018828 07 using “Movie Tickets”, your name and phone number in the reference fields (we’ll then contact you to send out your tickets) OR pop in to 266 Hanover St, Dunedin, 9016 with cash or a cheque OR email Lucy@familycare.org.nz

Upcoming Events

Parent Seminar ‘All Dressed Up and All Stressed Out – what can we do to change this?’ – 7.00pm Thursday 8 June, St Hilda’s Chapel

This is a sample of what the research says about high decile schools and psychological distress:

  • Excessive achievement pressures
  • Expected to excel academically AND at multiple extra curricular activities
  • Rely on accomplishments for sense of self worth – “I am what I achieve”
  • This puts them at high risk because of intense preoccupation with real, imagined or anticipated failures
  • High rates of perfectionism – ‘the fewer mistakes I make, the more people will like me”
  • Lower rates of emotional closeness with parents
  • Achievement pressures linked with high alcohol use, particularly in girls – self medicating for anxiety, social anxiety and depression
  • Image related issues – eating disorders

Please join us so we can share more of what we are doing to support your daughter’s journey with us.

We think that we all have the responsibility to prepare the girls for their futures in this ever changing technological world and to look at ways we can address the stress that comes with this.  Preparedness for tertiary, career, citizenship and lifelong learning requires knowledge, skills and dispositions.

After extensive research and discussions with our staff and Board, we have designed our teaching and learning programmes with these skills and attributes in mind. A deeper understanding of ‘The Brain’, particularly that of the teenager is crucial to this implementation.

Please allow us to explain to you, in person, what we are investing in to ensure your daughter has the best opportunity to develop the skills and attributes of ‘The St Hilda’s Graduate’. We cannot do it on our own, we need you beside us.

This evening has been strategically placed on the evening prior to the Year 12 and 13 Formal in the hope country parents agree to extend their weekend to hear these important messages.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to admin@shcs.school.nz.

St Hilda’s Careers Evening – 6.30pm Thursday 22 June, St Hilda’s Chapel
This evening is an opportunity for students and families to hear from guest speaker Anna Ross, Old Girl and 2016 Telstra Young Australian Business Women of the Year.  Students will also be able to listen to presenters of their choice that they have pre booked.  The booking form opened today and students are now able to book sessions with their preferred presenters.  The booking site will close next Friday, or earlier if presenters are fully booked.

PFA Midwinter Extravaganza – 6.00pm Friday 30 June, College of Education Auditorium
Tickets to the PFA fundraiser are available to purchase from the student office for $25 per person.  There will be $2 raffles on the night, so remember to bring your coins.  This event is to boost the fund that helps to send so many St Hilda’s girls to sporting and cultural events. We still need more raffle items – these can be dropped to the school office and can include chocolates, beauty products, coffee and vouchers.  Thank you for supporting the PFA.

Tolcarne News

Last weekend on Saturday many of the girls went to watch the Highlanders beat the Waratahs, which is always a fun event for the boarders. The juniors are enjoying the baking in the Activities Room and many of the seniors are supervising and assisting.

On Sunday it was a beautiful sunny day and 11 girls took up the challenge of hiking up Mt Cargill in the morning with Michelle, our weekend ‘active’ Activities Co-ordinator. It was a brisk but stunning clear morning, great for 360° views of the silver peaks, the city, the peninsula, and all the way up the coast to M​oeraki light house. Well done girls, a great effort!

Finally, a big thank you to Mrs Maw and Mrs Dey who helped look after the hostel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Tuesday night while the senior staff were away at the annual boarding conference in Auckland.

Student Achievement

The Year 9A Netball team placed first in the Year 9 grade and the Year 10A team placed third in the Year 10 grade at the  Roncalli Netball Tournament held on Sunday in Timaru.

Our cross country runners competed in the Otago Secondary Schools’ Champs yesterday in some very tough conditions.  Georgia Mitchell placed second and Suzie White placed third in the Senior Girls’ race.  Annabel Bilkey, Riley MacDonald, Sophie Sinclair and April Dobbie also ran very well.

The following players have been selected for the Dunedin U17 and U19 Netball teams:

Millie Scully, Phoebe Aburn, Megan Borst, Beryn Abbott

Mariah Nelson, Meg Timu, Georgia Heffernan, Kate Heffernan

The Dunedin Thunder Ice Hockey team is running a promotion for their next home games on the 10th and 11th of June. For these games, they are offering free admission to all St. Hilda’s students, provided they:

  • bring a valid student card to show at the gate
  • are accompanied by a parent/guardian aged 18 or over who will pay the adult admission price for themselves

Offer is valid for the 7:30 game on Saturday, June 10th and the 4:30 game on Sunday, June 11th when the Thunder will be playing the Auckland Admirals.  Please see the following links for more information: