Weekly News Term 3|Week 10

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

It has been a busy and challenging term, and I hope that all our girls and families have the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, enjoy the world around them, get out in the fresh air and take the time to be grateful for life’s blessings.

I know next term will be busy too, and there are always so many fun and memorable events in the last term, that it does fly past. Term 4 is about new adventures, passion projects, Yr 10 Camp, farewelling our seniors, external examinations and learning that prepares girls for the next year. The staff enjoy the opportunity to move broadly through the curriculum, and challenge girls to think about their next steps. Please check the key dates below and commit them to your diary so you don’t miss out on any of these special events.

It is also a time when we think about our next steps too, and plan for 2019. A key focus of mine is to ensure that we continue to have quality staff teaching all our classes. Ms Claire Laverty has resigned to spend more time with her young family, and we have advertised a position for a Maths specialist. Ms Allott, after travelling overseas for the year, has indicated that she will not be returning to Dunedin, so we have advertised for an HOD Languages and Spanish specialist. We will also have to advertise for an HOD Visual and Performing Arts and we will begin that process shortly.

Below you will find the link to a presentation made by Tracey Martin the Associate Minister of Education and Minister for Children at the parliamentary function yesterday to honour winners of the national NCEA “Make Your Mark’ competition. In her presentation she refers to the research conducted by our Year 11 Digital technology class, that they submitted. What a moment for the girls!! Not only does it acknowledge the work they have done, but it validates all the work our pastoral team have been undertaking in the community around girls’ anxiety and toxic perfectionism. Wow!! We are very proud and delighted that the girls’ work has been recognized.

Watch the video starting from 26 minutes – 29 minutes!! A wonderful moment.


Jackie Barron

If you are withdrawing your daughter from St Hilda’s we ask that this is put in writing before Monday 15 October.  As is stipulated in the enrolment contract, one term’s written notice is required.  In default of that notice, one term’s Attendance Dues plus GST, shall be paid in lieu of notice upon the date that such fees would normally fall due, and in default of payment, interest shall run from that date until payment at the rate specified on the fees tax invoice/statement.  In addition, any costs involved in collection should recovery action be taken, shall be payable.

Please email principal@shcs.school.nz before Monday 15 October if your daughter is not intending to return to St Hilda’s in 2019.

Key Dates for Term 4 – Monday 15th October – 5th December 2018

Monday 22 October – Labour Day – School and Hostel closed
Friday 26 October – Blues Evening – Chapel, 7 pm
Sunday 28 October – St Hilda’s Cathedral Service – St Paul’s Cathedral, 10 am.

Thursday 1 November – Last day for Seniors
Monday 12-16 November – Year 10 Camp
Sunday 25 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm

Tuesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum
Wednesday 5 December – Prize Giving – Edgar Centre, students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5pm start.

Learning Conversations – Interview site will open at 5 pm today for Senior Day Girls.

SENIOR DAY GIRLS – Week 1 (Term 4) Tuesday 16th October  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Interview site will close at 5 pm of 15th October

To book go to:  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz

Click on “Make a Booking” and enter the following code


Student Achievement

More on Make Your Mark

The Year 11 Digital Technologies class, plus Isabella Aldrich in Year 12, travelled to Wellington this week to receive awards at Parliament for their winning entries into the NCEA Make Your Mark Competition.  The girls in Year 11 conducted research into student views on NCEA, analysed the results and presented their findings as a formal NCEA review report.   At the awards ceremony, the girls were specially mentioned by Associate Minister of Education, Hon Tracey Martin, for the work they had done regarding the impact that NCEA has on student well-being.  Isabella Aldrich was awarded a 1st place for her creative writing submission, which was a powerful piece that also focused on the stress caused by on-going assessment in NCEA.  

As well as attending the awards ceremony, the girls also had two industry visits to learn more about career pathways in the digital technologies area.  They were lucky to be hosted by Datacom and Trade Me who each inspired the girls with the range of exciting current and emerging applications of digital technologies.

The girls also were able to do some exploring around Wellington, including a visit to Te Papa.

Overall, the day was filled with interesting and inspiring experiences and the girls represented St Hilda’s proudly and graciously


NZCAF Nationals 2018 – St Hilda’s Placings

Category Student Place
Prechoreographed Intermediate Individual Olivia Ollerenshaw 3rd
Prechoreographed Secondary Team Sarah Langsbury & Summer Philips 1st
Charlotte & Penelope Chapman-Cohen 2nd
Emma Frampton & Rylie Cleaver 3rd
Intermediate Team Lashaan Ashton & Tia Mawhinney 2nd
Secondary Junior Team Maia Lamb & Gabi Horo 1st
Secondary Senior Team Zara Anthony-Whigham & Isabel Woodhouse 1st
Intermediate Individual Sofia Johnston 2nd
Chloe Woodhouse 3rd
Secondary Rookie Individual Stella Rathbone 2nd
Junior Open Individual Bridget Sinclair 1st
Senior Open Novice Individual Bella Devereux 1st
Senior Open Individual Trinity Maydon 2nd
Intermediate Fitness Group Short’n’Sassy 1st
Secondary Fitness Group Gangnam Girls 3rd
NZCAF Secondary Schools Challenge Shield (most 1st, 2nd & 3rd placings) St Hilda’s
Technical Excellence Award Sofia Johnston

Hip Hop – Secondary School Category

Alliance (2nd place in Nationals)

Hannah Alcock
Zara Anthony- Whigham
Sian Hanlin
Helen Knott
Millie Scully
Libby Ward
Grace Stewart

Congratulations to all, what an achievement!


The team was in great form showing real team work and winning all games during the day. St Hildas placed second overall for year 8, the final playoff against Mt Aspiring was a fast paced game and the team held their own, with only 2 goals difference in the final score.

The year 8 Netball team headed to Gore for the Otago/Southland Intermediate Netball Champs on Sunday the 23rd of September. The team was in great form after winning the Dunedin Netball Year 8 Competition three weeks beforehand and had another fantastic tournament. St Hilda’s ended up placing second overall in the year 8 grade, the final playoff against Mt Aspiring was a fast paced game and the team held their own, with only 2 goals difference in the final score.
St Hilda’s had 4 girls competing at the Otago Duathlon Championships on Sunday 23rd of September. In almost perfect conditions on the Taieri the girls did extremely well with Cecilia Crooks winning the senior girls race, Gemma Rowcroft placing second in the junior girls race and a team of Megan Foster and Grace Cotter placing second in the junior girls teams race.

This season was super successful for St Hilda’s Curling. We had a large number of girls involved this season and were very fierce competitors, with the novice team Curl Power taking out the novice competition. The other notice and experienced teams both made huge improvements over the season. The girls were enthusiastic and have been a pleasure to play alongside this season. We want to say a special thanks to Mrs Jones who came along every week and supported the teams through this exciting season.

Photo competition

winners were judged in four categories at junior and senior levels. These categories were based on the values of the St Hilda’s graduate. The winners were:

Be You Senior: Olivia Hazlet
Be You Junior: Lucy Woodhouse

Can Do Senior: Olivia Hazlet

Can Do Junior: Breane Byck

Better Together Senior: Sophie Armstrong

Better Together Junior: Ella Hodgson

Explore Faith Senior: Eve Scott

Explore Faith Junior: Ella Hodgson

Students and staff were able to vote blind for their favourite photo and the winner of this People’s Choice vote was Sophie Armstrong with her ‘Better Together’ photo.

Congratulations to all winners and well done to all those who entered.

Return of Cups and Trophies presented in 2017

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.