Weekly News Term 3|Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

Reminder – School is closed on Monday 3rd September for a Teacher Only Day.

The swimming sports were a great event, with the house colours prominent and competition to the fore. The noise and enthusiasm of the girls was outstanding and there was a lovely community vibe and feel to the afternoon

I head off to Wellington this evening to support Sings Hilda in the Big Sing Finale. It is an outstanding achievement to be in the top 25 choirs in NZ and a real privilege, for me, to watch them perform. I know they will be wonderful advocates for music and our school.

I also want to wish all the teams competing in Tournament Week all the best. Invercargill, Dunedin, Gore and Taupo are the venues for our teams this year, and I am sure they will enjoy coming up against the best in the South Island, and in football’s case, NZ.

Thank you to all those parents who supported our recent Parent Seminars. We were delighted with the attendance last night with over 180 parents and friends of the school. We are very fortunate to have dedicated, passionate and expert staff such as Marcelle Nader-Turner, Shannon Prentice and Ange Rathbone, to present research, facts and strategies that support us all as parents and educators. The ensuing discussions and reflections on how best to assist our girls, are critical to their future growth and development. Please find below two video clips from the presentation, that you might find interesting. We have also videoed the presentation and will have that available on our website shortly.

Nail in the Head

Rachel Simmons

Please have a scroll down this newsletter for further information on upcoming events, but also for the acknowledgement of some outstanding student achievements in technology, arts, literature and leadership. Such a diverse range of talents amongst the girls highlighted, each following their own path, enjoying the individual challenges and making the most of their unique talents. A wonderful testimony to the collective strengths and colour of our community

Jackie Barron

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Meg Rogers who won a 3rd Prize in The Harvey Norman Coding Challenge which is a joint initiative with Code Avengers.  This challenge promotes coding skills that students have learned through Code Avengers’ online programming courses.   There were over 1800 students who participated in this competition.  Meg learned Python programming through the Code Avengers on-line learning site and independently completed the challenge while she was in Perth on her exchange.

Congratulations to Catherine Davidson who was a finalist in the 2018 National Poetry Awards with her amazing poem below. Part of her runner up prize is a masterclass at the International Institute of Modern Letters’

Mother and Child

The coastal landscape can be harsh,
strong winds lash the forest.
Yet the karaka tree
with a polished marble trunk,
grows strong.
Its foliage is dense,
sheltering new life.
Glossy green fruit follows
fuelled with the tree’s energy.

Time passes.
The fruit ripen to deep orange
connected to the branch by a stem,
which weakens as the fruit tissue swells.

One day
the final thread snaps.
The fruit plummets.
For the first time it is alone,
free-falling to an uncertain future.
The tree cannot dictate the fate of its fruit.

It can only watch.

Catherine Davidson
Year 13
St Hilda’s Collegiate

Further details at http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/


Otago Secondary School Art Awards Exhibition – Dunedin School of Art

Celebrate Art Awards 2018 – Congratulations to Kaylee and Victoria.

Certificate of Excellence – St Hilda’s Collegiate School – Kaylee Dickison

Premier Award Scholarship – St Hilda’s Collegiate – Victoria Tong

Victoria receives a School of Art Scholarship for one semester.


Congratulations to Issie Robertson and Olvia O’Neil who were presented with Otago Daily Times Class Act 2018 awards at the Otago Museum ceremony yesterday by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. This award celebrates the excellence of young people in our province.

Issie Issie Robertson and Olivia O’Neil with Prime Minister Jacinda Adhern

Benchmark Examinations

Our 2018 Benchmark examinations for Years 11 – 13 will be held in Week 8 and 9 (13th September – 19th September). Your daughter will need to attend examinations at the day and time given on the timetable they have. When she does not have an examination this time is for study, which can be done at home/hostel. The girls are welcome to come into school to study but will need to be aware the normal junior school programme will continue.  Girls are not required to wear uniform during Examination Week.

These examinations will be run under the same conditions as the NZQA external examinations. I have emailed the details of these conditions to the girls and their parents/caregivers.

Reminder about Learning Conversations

Learning conversations will be held for all girls at the end of the term three and into term four on the following dates:


Wk 9 Thursday 20th September  6:00 pm-8:00 pm (Day Girls)
Wk 10 Tuesday 25th September 6:00 pm-8:00 pm (Day Girls)
Wk 10 Friday 28th September 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (Boarders)


Wk 10 Friday 28th September  1:00 pm – 3:30 pm(Boarders)
Wk 1 (Term 4) Tuesday 16th October  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Day Girls)

We have specified junior, senior, day girl and boarder to maximise the interview time.

Blues Application Process 2018

Applications for Cultural, Service and Sports Blues and Awards were announced at our full school assembly 31 August 2018.

These application links are located on the student homepage under the heading “Blues Application” and close on 14 September at 5:00 pm.  

All successful applicants will be notified of their attendance at the invitation only Blues Awards evening by the end of September.

The Blues Award evening, an invitation only event, will be held on 26 October commencing at 7:00 pm in the School Chapel.

Junior Dances

The junior dances that had to be postponed will be held in the first week of Term Four. The Year 7&8 dance will be on Wednesday 17th October from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and the Year 9&10 dance will be on Thursday 18th October from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


During our recent parent seminars Marcelle Nader-Turner has been talking about the importance of self compassion. Click here to see what the recent research from Girls Leadership says about how learning self compassion can change your daughter’s life for the better.

Tolcarne News

Tolcarne is closed from 5:00 pm Friday 31st August and reopens 3:00 pm Monday 3rd September.

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.

Please RSVP the school office by Monday 10th September if you plan to attend.

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.

Student Achievement and coming up…

Good luck to the following teams who are away competing at winter sports tournament week next week. All teams have had very good seasons so far so we looking forward to seeing how they go at their respective tournaments:

Football 1st XI – NZSS Premier Football Tournament in Taupo

Basketball Senior A – SISS Basketball Tournament in Invercargill

Hockey 1st XI – Audrey Timlin Tournament in Invercargill

Rugby U15 Ten’s – Highlanders Region Ten’s Tournament in Gore

Netball Senior A and B – SISS Netball Tournament in Dunedin

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected into Otago Women’s U21 Cricket Team for the 2018/2019 season:

Eden Carson

Emma Black

Olivia Gain

Megan Meltzer

Molly Loe

Well done to our Senior A Basketball team last Friday evening winning the Otago Secondary School Girls Senior A Grade Final 52 – 49 v Kavanagh College, this is the 5th year in a row St Hilda’s have won this competition

The Yr 7A and Yr 8A’s had a great day of Netball yesterday at the Otago Yr7/8 Netball Tournament. A massive congratulations to the Year 8A team for winning the Tournament.

The Yr 7A’s also placed a very impressive 6th place.

Millenium Teens Documentary

Last September, Greenstone TV  filmed with former St Hilda’s student Paris Sinclair for Millennium Teens documentary.

This documentary will be screening on Tuesday 4 September at 8.45pm on TVNZ 1.

There is also an Instagram account m_teensnz that has clips and photos of the Teens involved. There is also a photo of Paris in the latest NZ Listener.