Weekly News – Term 3/Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

Congratulations to a number of our students who completed projects for the Otago regional Science and Technology Fair. There were some very good results which are in more detail in the achievements section.  The prizegiving is being held on Sunday.

The Year 11 Dance was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all who attended, and we are grateful for the mature, positive and engaging approach the girls took to the event. They really made it a fabulous occasion and thanks go to Mrs McLanachan and Ms Corkery and the Year 11 Dance committee for their organisation and oversight.

Quad was also highly successful, with some great competition, tight games and competitive debates. It was great to be able to host this event and we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported this event and to those families who hosted billets from visiting schools.


On Tuesday we held our course design evening. We started the night by looking at the ways the world and education are changing and what a successful graduate will need to flourish beyond school. We will share some resources from the evening on the parent portal for those who were unable to make it.

Coming up…

Good luck to our students in the Hip Hop Regionals that are being held today.

We are having a Gala Concert on Thursday at 6.30 pm, Otago Boys High School ( Advert below). This is a fundraiser for the St Hilda’s groups that are attending upcoming National Competitions in Wellington. Please come along and show your support.

We are really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the various Parent Seminars that we are holding. Please see details below. Please RSVP to the School Office if you intend to join us.

The Back to the Future day is next Friday. Please RSVP to the school office if you intend to come.

 Jackie Barron

Gala Concert – Thursday 16 August

Seminars Reminder: Please RSVP to the School Office with an indication of which venue you will be attending.

Anxiety, depression and unrelenting standards of perfection. How to Parent for Wellbeing

New Zealand is leading the world in appalling youth mental health statistics.

Come and hear what your daughters have told us about their own feelings and experiences and explore research based strategies on how to support our young women by parenting for Wellbeing.

These workshops will be really useful for all parents. You are welcome to bring friends, family and colleagues to share these interactive workshops.

We all need to be involved in the increasingly important discussions around youth and wellbeing.

See the dates and venues below for our upcoming seminars.

Balclutha – 2 pm Sunday 19 August – Rosebank Lodge, 265 Clyde Street.

Gore – 7 pm Sunday 19 August – Heartland Hotel Croydon, 100 Waimea Street. (PLEASE NOTE ADJUSTED TIME)

Cromwell – 7 pm Monday 20 August – The Gate, 6 Barry Avenue.

Oamaru – 7 pm Wednesday 22 August – Oamaru Opera House, 94 Thames Street.

Dunedin – 7 pm Thursday 30 August – St Hilda’s Collegiate School

Please RSVP to the School Office with and an indication of which venue you will be attending.

Back to the Future

We would like to invite you in to experience what school is like in 2018.

On Friday 17th August we are going to run open classrooms. This will allow you to come and join in the learning. You will have the option of a morning or afternoon and within this time you will get to experience four classes.

The morning session will run from 8:30 am – 10:40 am

The afternoon session will run from 12:50 pm – 3:00 pm

At the completion of the sessions, we will make our way to the chapel for refreshments and an opportunity for questions/discussion.

Our aim is for you to be a part of the class not just an observer. We will send details out around logon information and accessing the school network. You will be an interactive, independent, 21st Century Learner – be prepared to be challenged, curious and have fun.

We look forward to having you join us to gain an insight into how learning takes place at St Hilda’s.

Please RSVP to the school office by Monday 13th August with an indication of which session you would like to attend.

Year 11-13 Subject Selection – Portal reminder

The portal to enter your daughters 2019 Year 11-13 subject selection is now open and will close again on Monday 27 August. The portal can be accessed via the Parent Portal and the link in the online Academic Programme. Please get in touch with the school office in the first instance if you have forgotten your login details.

Tolcarne News

What a busy start to the term our students and staff have had at Tolcarne. With last internals due, pressure from upcoming exams and many many sports practices, games and tournaments, it was a timely reminder for the Seniors when the volunteer team from Life Matters came to talk about keeping ourselves well by using good copying strategies, and what to do when we recognize that others may need help.
This term the Koru program is all about having the courage to step outside our comfort zones, and what that can feel like. Last Wednesday the Year 10’s gave Acro-yoga a really good go. Thank you to Hannah and Anna who came to instruct the class.


Health and Safety

Please do not encourage your daughter to walk along the school side of Royal Terrace where the building is progressing. She could be endangered with heavy equipment and truck movements.

Tree Planting Event – Town Belt Kaitiaki

The Town Belt Kaitiaki are a Dunedin wide student-led group chaired by Stephanie Post and they would like to invite you to their ‘Project Gold Tree Planting Event’ taking place on Sunday 12 August from 10 am – 12.30 pm at Woodhaugh Gardens (by the duck pond).

You can help to celebrate the students’ goals and vision to plant 300 trees, enjoy a BBQ and learn about the original Arbor Day and the tree choice for the site.

They ask that you:

  • Wear appropriate shoes and clothes
  • Bring gardening gloves and spade (if you can)
  • Bring food and drink for yourself (the food is a small snack)

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Claudia Babirat at townbelt.edcoordinator@gmail.com

Don’t forget to have your say – NCEA Review process

The Ministry of Education is presently looking at ways to strengthen NCEA and is exploring a variety of ways to gain feedback from different stakeholders. They want to hear from parents and students and ask you to join in the conversation to submit your ideas, experiences and suggestions for change:  conversation.education.govt.nz/NCEA

We urge you to visit this site to see the ways in which you can give your views.

As a school, we will be talking with students and plan to run a parent seminar on 12th September as part of the consultation process.

Return of 2017 Cups and Trophies

It is that time of year again where we ask for the return of all cups and trophies presented in 2017. This assists us in the preparation of this year’s awards evening and Prize Giving.

These may be left at the main office. Thank you.

Careers News and Events

 To view visit the Career Events calendar.

A reminder to check the Sports Draws page of the website to keep up to date with match times. The netball draws are posted each week in readiness for the weekend’s matches.

From the Guidance Network

Sheila Achar Josephs, PhD, psychologist in Princeton, New Jersey, talks about how we can help to address perfectionism tendencies in teens, reducing anxiety and allowing them to live healthier, happier lives. Click here to read her advice.

Student Achievement

2018 Otago regional Science and Technology Fair

A number of students completed projects for the 2018 Otago Science and Technology
fair. This was an opportunity to showcase their scientific thinking and an understanding
of the accepted scientific investigative process, as well as their creative and
communication skills.

The following girls did particularly well, gaining one or more prizes.

Elsie Burnside – Forest and Bird Society Award

Hannah Lawrence – Aurora Award

Eliabel Legrand – Keith Dawber Award for Alternative / Renewable Energy

Demi McAlwee – University of Otago College of Education Technology Award

Laura Ring  – University of Otago Department of Botany Award and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Award

Ella Southby –  Dairy New Zealand Award

Nova Wright  – Aurora Award for Excellence in Energy Research

Congratulations on a great effort.

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for the Otago Secondary School Girls Rugby Team – Good luck for the season ahead

Olivia George 
Lily Davies 
Ella Fry 
Amelia Andrews 
Stacey Sanders 
Jaclyn Williams 
Georgie Jessop 

Winter Sports Quad Tournament 
St Hilda’s hosted the annual Winter Sports Quad Tournament at the start of the week with Hockey, Netball, Badminton and Debating teams from St Hilda’s, Columba, Craighead and St Margaret’s giving it their all. After a fantastic two days of action, Columba College ended up being the eventual winners with St Margaret’s in 2nd, St Hilda’s 3rd and Craighead 4th