Monthly Archives: May 2018

Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This week the Year 12 Geography field trip was held at Mount Cook. Below is a photo of the girls gathering data at the Red Tarns for their research assessment. The girls also got to enjoy the winter wonderland as a result of this week’s cold snap.


The school received the  lovely update below from  St Hilda’s old girl Sarah Cochrane in Ghana this week on the resources donated by St Hilda’s in 2017:

I just thought I’d send you an email to let you know how the resources St Hilda’s donated are being used here in Ghana. I have decided to give some of the less ‘arty’ stationery to the Lattitude Library, which is a room in one of the teacher’s houses that has been transformed into a sort of ‘after school club’. I volunteer there in the afternoons after school, and it is an initiative that has the kids learning ICT and English reading skills.  ICT is taught only theoretically in the classroom, on the blackboard, but at the library we are lucky enough to have a few computers with Word Document, for the children to share. However, as we can get up to 30 children each afternoon, 3 computers do not occupy everyone, which is where the donated stationery comes in. With this, they can do art projects and practice English writing while waiting their turn to use a computer, which is an awesome way for every child to be able to do something worthwhile at the library every day, as there is often not a lot for the children to do in the village. 
Some of the more colourful stationery, like coloured pencils and paint, will be donated to the kindergarten class at the M/A primary school. 2 fellow volunteers and I are currently in the process of painting their classroom with things like numbers, letters, shapes, a height measuring chart, the solar system, ‘how to wash your hands’ instructions, and a game of hopscotch on the floor. The donated paintbrushes and paint have been extremely useful for this, and the coloured pencils will allow the kids to continue to be creative at this young age. 

Everyone is very grateful for the donated resources, so thank you for making this possible! 

A World Challenge Parent Night will be held next Tuesday 29th May. Allan from World Challenge will be there to talk through the huge and unique opportunity to learn some life-skills and undertake some project work in a developing world country.


A friendly reminder to parents to return permission slips and EOTC forms in a timely manner for school excursions and trips.

Learning Conversations and Progress Reports

Learning conversations will be held in Week 7 to allow parents and students to meet with subject teachers around their learning and next steps. These will be held over two evenings and Friday afternoon. While we realise it is hard to get to these events at times we would encourage you to still make an appointment for your daughter even if you are unable to make it.

Details and logon codes will be sent out a week before the first learning conversation.

A progress report will be emailed home at the end of week 10.

Chapel Matters

This week we have had students from the Amnesty International group take chapel, and next week students from the 40 Hour Famine group will take chapel. It is great to see so many students passionate about justice and committed to making a difference in the world. God has a heart for the poor and marginalised in the world, for those who are suffering from injustice, and implores us to be likewise compassionate for them. In fact, there are more verses in the Bible about God’s concern for poverty and justice than for just about anything else! The Old Testament prophets often spoke on behalf of God, calling for the people to stop focusing on their celebrations and sense of self-importance, and instead to start caring for the poor. Amos has this to say:

Listen to this, people of Israel,

this Message I’m sending in bold print, this tragic warning:

Woe to you who turn justice to vinegar, and stomp righteousness into the mud.

There are some among you who trample on the poor,

and take their bread right out of their mouths.

But seek good and not evil, that you may live,

so that the Lord God Almighty will be with you.

Hate evil and love good, and establish justice at the gate.

This is what the Lord God Almighty says:

“Let justice roll on like a river,

righteousness like a never-failing stream!”

(Amos 5, selected verses, The Message version).

It is good to see so many students taking messages such as this to heart, and getting involved in the causes that Amnesty International and World Vision have put before us.

Careers News and Events

New information has been added to the careers page.  To view visit the Career Events calendar.

Tolcarne News

Congratulations to Grendon, one of our Tribes, who won the ‘Met Gala’ themed costume making competition on Monday. The Tribes had to create a costume using only newspaper and sellotape that was inspired by this years Met Gala. Thank you to the models for giving amazing poses and the Tribe Leaders for being so enthusiastic.
The Year 9’s enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon in the school gym last Sunday, playing games organised by our Year 12 Boarding Leaders, Steph Post and Alannah Hamilton. They played Dodge ball, ballon game and a few other German games that Steph had played during her time in Germany. Thanks girls! We hope you had fun!

Student Achievement

Well done to a 10-strong St Hilda’s team who had a successful meet in the weekend at the Otago Secondary School Champs with a number of top-three and top-ten placings.

Girls 15 Over:
Cecilia Crooks 1st 200 Backstroke
Jessica Scott 1st 200 Butterfly, 1st 50 Freestyle, 1st 100 Butterfly, 1st 50
Olivia Andrew 1st 100 Freestyle, 3rd 100 Backstroke, 3rd 100IM , 4th 200
Backstroke, 4th 50 Freestyle
Nicole Heaton 2nd 50 Backstroke, 2nd 100 Backstroke, 3rd 200 Backstroke, 3rd
200 Breaststroke, 6th 100 Breaststroke, 6th 50 Breaststroke, 7th 50
Isabella Gold 3rd 50 Breaststroke, 3rd 200IM, 4th 100 Breaststroke, 5th

Girls 14 Under:
Molly Whittaker 3rd 200 Breaststroke, 6th 100 Breaststroke, 6th 50
Breaststroke, 6th 200IM
Emma Andrew 3rd 200 Backstroke, 7th 50 Back, 7th 100 Freestyle, 7th 100
Backstroke, 8th 50 Free
Anna Hutchens 4th 200 Freestyle, 6th 200 Backstroke
Meg McLaughlan 4th 200 Breaststroke, 8th 100 Breaststroke, 8th 50

200IM Girls
2nd (Nicole Heaton, Isabella Gold, Jessica Scott, Cecilia Crooks)
5th (Emma Andrew, Molly Whittaker, Olivia Andrew, Anna Hutchens)

Congratulations to Lucie Holtz who was away last week representing New Zealand at the ISU Oceania Novice International Ice Skating Competition in Melbourne. Lucie skated in the Basic Novice A division and was placed 16th.

Lucie was also selected as a demonstrator for the Brian Orser Coaching Seminar

Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Bring It On – The Musical opened on Wednesday and it was an incredible opening night.

The cast started working on the show in February and the hard work was plain to see. The show was slick, entertaining, funny, heartbreaking and hugely enjoyable. The lead, Kate Johnston owned the stage as Campbell, the determined cheerleader who learns a lot about friendship through her interaction with the sassy Danielle played by Helen Knott.

The cast had a lot of fun in the dance numbers and there was huge energy projected. The audience loved it. Thanks to all concerned, but especially Barbara Power the Director, Michael Grant, the Musical Director and Destiny Carvell, the Choreographer.


The school was a sea of pink today as the girls took part in Pink Shirt Day as part of Bullying-Free NZ Week.

Please note the PFA Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 26th June at 7:00pm in the library.

Health of the Students over the winter

With the winter season upon us it is important that students when unwell are not at school. They need to rest and return when recovered so they are able to continue their learning programme with a clear head. Each student needs to ensure they have a few throat lozenges and a “purse pack” of tissues for everyday use. The student office, in an emergency, will provide a student with a maximum of two panadol a day. It is our policy to contact a family if your daughter is unwell for more than acceptable length of time. This may be a shorter time in winter when the sickroom is under pressure with an increase of unwell students.


If your daughter’s medical history changes at any time please email Mrs Donna Madigan at the Student Office ( or with the details so she can update our KAMAR records.


Careers News and Events

Check back regularly for updates on careers information and events through the Career Events calendar.

From the Guidance Network

Many of you will remember  “13 Reasons Why”, released last year. It created a lot of discussion and concern, with people worried about young people watching and interpreting themes in isolation, while some people thought bringing these issues into the open was positive.

Season two will be released worldwide on Friday 18 May. This show was widely watched by teenagers last year. Themes of suicide, sexual assault, consent, bullying and other issues made some viewers feel distressed and in need of support. Similar and equally confronting themes will be present in season two. In the lead-up to the release, some young people may re-watch the first season, or watch it for the first time.

Some young people feel the show represents the issues they face. Banning or recommending a ban on viewing it can be harmful, as some young people will still watch it but feel they have to hide that from adults.

The issues raised in the series are significant and if your child does watch it, it offers a good opportunity to talk to them about these difficult life events – but it is important that those conversations are safe ones.

Some of this information is already available on the resource hub on the Mental Health Foundation website Additional support material will be added to this hub prior to 18 May.

13 Reasons Why is not the only challenging series young people are watching but it is one of the most talked about. The Office of Film and Literature Classification has released a guide for parents: Talking with young people about what they’re watching

Other resources are also available at the Mental Health Foundation’s hub of resources

If you are concerned about a young person, please reach out for help. The Mental Health Foundation have a list of contacts  or phone your local DHBs Mental Health Crisis Team. Support is also available from a trained counsellor anytime by calling or texting 1737.

Tolcarne News

Tolcarne’s Mother’s Day High Tea was a beautiful time for some of our mother’s to spend time with their daughters. Thank you to those who came, and to Robyn and her helpers for making and creating such an amazing atmosphere.
Tolcarne has been alive with the rumblings of excitement as we have prepared for our Open Day on Thursday this week. Girls were frantically getting their doors and hallways decorated on Wednesday night, with themes like The Greatest Showman, Smurfs, Rainbows, The Cow Jumped Over the Moon, and High School Musical. They have done a fantastic job!


Student Achievement

Year 12 student Tamara Mason has been selected to attended Entrepreneurs in Action in Wellington.  She is one of 80 students chosen out of 3900 from around New Zealand and will be working in a group on some challenges with business mentors.

Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We have students visiting St Hilda’s from Global Public School, in South India, from 13 June to 20 June.  We are looking for families who would like to host an Indian student for 7 nights.  The students will participate in St Hilda’s classes and also have activities arranged for them during the day.  Families will be remunerated for hosting as well as have the opportunity to experience and learn about a different culture and potentially develop a long-lasting friendship.  We have had great experiences hosting this school in the past and look forward to seeing them again next month. We enjoy them sharing wonderful aspects of their own culture in our school community.

For more information please contact Ange or Nele in the International Department,, or phone 477 0989.

On Friday morning the Z Club hosted a Pink Ribbon Breakfast. Zonta member Denise Gow was the guest speaker for the event talking about her life experiences and resilience. The event was sponsored by Copper, No 7, New World and the Warehouse.

2018/2019 Entertainment books and memberships are now on sale. Purchasing your membership via the fundraiser for St Hilda’s Collegiate School Rowing Club helps towards a new boat trailer for the club enabling all St Hilda’s boats to be shipped to regattas on a single trailer without the need to seek and pay for transport from the other schools. To purchase an Entertainment membership, click here.

This week Year 13 student Ebony James took part in Shave for a Cure. Through Ebony’s fundraising efforts she managed to raise an impressive $1500 for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. Well done Ebony!


This week St Hilda’s had a visit from Javelin thrower Holly Robinson. Holly has been to the London and Rio Paralympics, and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games winning Silver at both Rio and the Gold Coast. Holly spoke with Year 7 and 8 students as part of their Commonwealth Games Unit in PE. The students had come up with a number of questions to ask Holly. She was very inspiring and gave the girls lots of advice which they can apply in their sport and everyday life.


Careers News and Events

As we approach the time of year in which students begin to explore options for next years subjects and finalise plans for life beyond school, a page of Careers Online Resources has been shared to aid in these processes. This page can also be accessed from a link at the bottom of the Student, Staff and Parents home pages, enabling ready access for our school community. Included are links to interactive resources under sections headed Career Exploration Tools, Job Databases, CareersNZ and sourcing Financial Tertiary Support.

From the Guidance Network

The Office of Film and Literature Classification NZ states ‘Young people can access virtually any content on their devices – anywhere, any time. As digital natives, they can and should make use of these opportunities for communication, education, and entertainment.

But young people can also be negatively impacted by what they see. We know this from international studies, our own research, and from talking directly to parents and teenagers nationwide. Young people are looking for guidance – we know because they’ve told us so. We also know that parents and caregivers are concerned about what young people are viewing in movies, TV shows, games and websites.’

Click here for some practical tips about how you can talk with your teen about what they are viewing

Tolcarne News

This week at Tolcarne we have had a make-over of our supper boxes to offer healthier options. Each year group now gets a supper box filled with carrot and celery sticks, hummus, pesto, cauliflower, cheese and crackers. So far we have had great feedback from the girls – especially since everything seems to get eaten so fast!

Last weekend the Year 9’s went for a small trek out to Tunnel Beach. For many of them it was the first time seeing such an amazing sight and they all came back fizzing from having a great day at the beach. This weekend is busy as we set up to celebrate Mother’s Day with our traditional High Tea, prepared by Robyn and the Junior girls. Floral, china tea cups and pots, pink lemonade, and delicate finger foods create an amazing atmosphere for us to celebrate our beautiful Mothers.


Student Achievement

Elora Peters has been selected to represent Otago Volleyball at a national tournament in Wellington in June and has also been chosen as captain.

Catherine Davidson came first in the young adult section of the Dunedin Pride Poetry Competition in the inaugural year of the competition. Catherine attended an awards ceremony and her winning poem, Mother and Child,  was published in the ODT.

Weekly News – Term 2 | Week 1

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Tickets are now on sale for the St Hilda’s musical production of ‘Bring It On’ that will run from May 16 – 18th at the Mayfair Theatre.

Ticket Prices:
Adults – $20.00
Students / children $15.00
Family 2 Adults & 2 Children $55.00
Family 2 Adults & 3 Children $70.00

To purchase your tickets contact or visit the Student Office.

This week the school had a visit from Black Ferns players Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, Aroha Savage and Toka Natua who met with the girls who play Rugby for a Q & A session and skills session.

Senior Students

The NCEA fee which has appeared on your school account is the yearly fee that the school collects on behalf of NZQA.

Careers News and Events

The Dunedin tertiary institutions will be holding their annual Open Day on Monday 7 May 2018 with students and families attending from throughout Otago and further afield. Year 13 students are invited to spend the day exploring Dunedin’s tertiary campuses and are not required to attend school. There will be no classes for Year 13 students at school.

Please use this link to view the full programme and read more on what the day has to offer. Page 5 of the programme details an address from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne, to parents.

We would encourage all Year 13 students to utilise the opportunities offered to more fully explore tertiary life.

Check back regularly for updates on careers information and events through the Career Events calendar.

From the Guidance Network

We have been discussing the worldwide issue of bullying with our Year 7, 8 and 9 students and pastoral staff this week. One of the aspects explored was the role of envy in the bullying process. Click here to read what Dunedin Life Coach Jan Aitken, has to say about envy in her recent ODT article.

Tolcarne News

Welcome back to all our wonderful young women and families. It has been a busy week at Tolcarne getting settled back into routines, and with the start of winter sports underway, many of the girls are busy training hard for their respective sports and activities.


Ange, Robyn and two Year 10’s, Kristin Willis and Hayley King, had their first country visit in Oamaru on Wednesday night. Country visits are always a great time to meet future students and families, and for them to ask questions about the living experiences of current students. Well done to Kristin and Hayley for representing the school and Tolcarne so well, and good luck for next week as you head away to Ranfurly, Wanaka, Arrowtown, Winton and Waikaka.

Student Achievement

Bridget Sinclair and Maia Lamb recently completed in the Gymnastics Aerobics Invercargill Interclub Competition. Bridget was 1st, ADP 4 Individual and Maia was 1st, Level 5 (15+ years) individual. Borth girls reached the qualification mark for Gymnastics New Zealand Aerobics nationals being held in Tauranga in October.

Olivia O’Neill and old girl Abbey Johnston played against Australia for the New Zealand women’s touch team last weekend.
Abbey is in her second year in the team and was named Most Valuable Player. Olivia had a fantastic debut campaign and both girls are looking great for their World Cup prospects in 2019.

Congratulations to Cecilia Crooks, Natalie Hutchens, Jessica Scott and Molly Whittaker who qualified for the NZ National Age Group Swimming Championships and competed three weeks ago in Auckland. There were over 700 swimmers aged 12-18, all competing for a NZ ranking for their age group, (including recent Commonwealth Bronze medallist Lewis Clareburt).  Special mention goes to:
 Jessica and Natalie who both won a Gold medal with their 400m Freestyle Relay Team and came 6th in the Final of the 400m Medley Relay team.
 Jessica who won a Silver Medal in the 200m Fly and 2 Bronze Medals in the 50m & 100m Fly. Jessica broke a 29 year old Otago Record in the 100m Fly and was a finalist in the 50m Freestyle and 200IM.
 Cecilia whose Zonal Team won a Bronze Medal in the 800m Relay and reached the “B” Final  in the 50m Free, 400IM and 400 Freestyle.
 Natalie who came 11th in the 50m Freestyle and Molly who came 13th in the 200m Breaststroke.
Jessica Scott, Cecilia Crooks, Natalie Hutchens, Molly Whittaker