Weekly News Term 4|Week 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A Note from The Principal

There are times in an educators life when you see engaging, interactive, collaborative meaningful and relevant learning, all come together and your heart just sings.

While I know this can happen any day, in any classroom, and frequently does, it is not often that it happens across the whole school, all at once, but that is exactly what it has looked like at St Hilda’s for the last three days. We have not had a timetable, we have not had any bells, we have not had any set classes, but we have had our girls all working in different programmes, to their own structures and patterns, and the learning has been incredible.

The Year 7 & 8s have been working on rotations of modular subjects, and many of their parents will have already sampled some of the products of their creativity! The Year 9’s have been engaging with The Travellers Journey – a wellbeing and health programme designed to enhance resilience, empathy and mental wellbeing. The Rich Task for the year 10s has been a cross curricular physiology programme combining Digital Technology, Maths, Science and Physical Education. Watching different groups, interacting with students, chatting to them as they reflect on their learning, you cannot help but be warmed by their sense of excitement, purpose and curiosity as they grappled with problems, issues, and ideas. How lucky are we to have such dedicated and innovative staff who have planned, developed and implemented these very exciting programmes? How lucky are our girls to have these amazing opportunities? It takes a lot of time, thought and planning for flexible learning programmes to be so successful, and the outcomes so positive, and I for one, am so grateful to be part of a community that makes learning like that happen.


Jackie Barron

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

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 5 pm start.

Next week, Years 7-9 will be taking a week to investigate and consider a new passion. The aim is to get them to think and construct a product linked to something new that has piqued their interest, but they’d like to know more or try it out. They need to join the google classroom, Projects of Passion Week; code: 46g0wk8 where there is an inquiry workbook for them to use as a guide and a record of their thinking and learning.

On Monday, they will have the opportunity to find out about some teacher’s passions and experience some new avenues hopefully outside their comfort zones. We hope they will have lots to talk to you about.

Friday will be an Expo of their inquiry outcomes in the Chapel to which you are more than welcome. This will take place from 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm.

For the week, students can wear St Hilda’s school PE gear school PE top, shorts or track pants, warm up top or jacket. NOT MUFTI please. They are at school.

Sustained silent reading.
This is continuing through Passion Project week. Please bring your reading book each day for SSR at the start of period 4.


This year we have made changes to how we report on your daughter’s learning to ensure that reports are appropriate, useful and timely. We were very aware that the paragraph comment based report was slow to produce, often out of date by the time you received it and did not easily allow for specific next steps. Because of this, comments were often generalised statements, with limited relevance.

The final report for the year will be a record of your daughters learning for the year. This will include a comment from her Whanaungatanga teacher which will give you an overview of her year’s learning.

Throughout the year we have communicated through Learning Conversations which allow a three-way conversation with the teacher, student and parent, Interim Reports which focussed on learning behaviours and Progress Reports which gave specific next steps for your daughters learning.

These reports when combined give an accurate and timely overview of your daughter’s learning dispositions, next steps and progress.


NCEA exam session is now upon us and it is important to support your daughter to maintain healthy study and life habits during this time. Click here for ‘Seven steps to stop NCEA study stress’

Chapel Matters

Last week I talked about Halloween (“Hallows Evening”), so this week I thought I would talk about the day which follows: All Saints Day (“All Hallows Day”). I wonder what kind of person you think of when you think of a saint? A saint is a holy (or “hallowed”) person, someone whose whole life is committed to serving God and to serving others. We might think of someone like St Hilda, St Francis, or St Patrick, or Mother Theresa who was recognised as a saint by the Catholic church in 2016. Or perhaps we think of St Mary Mackillop who is the only saint from Australia; the Catholic church hasn’t recognised any saints from NZ – yet!

These saints are pretty special and we can call them saints with a capital “S.” But in reality, we are surrounded by lots of saints – people all around us in our lives who are really kind, who go out of their way to help us, who show by their actions their love for us, their love for others, and their love for God. They might not be saints with a capital “S” but they are definitely saints! Our school is named after a wonderful saint, St Hilda with a capital “S” who lived a long time ago, but our school is full right now with lots of saints, saints with a small “s” for really, we are All Saints!

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Holly Bissett who has been accepted into the National Computer Science School for January 2019. Holly was invited based upon her perfect score in the NCSS challenge earlier this year. I have included some information below about NCSS.
What is NCSS?

The National Computer Science School (NCSS) is a ten day summer school for students going into years 11 and 12. NCSS brings together talented young people from around Australia for an intensive course of computer programming and website development in the School of IT at the University of Sydney.

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected into Otago Touch Teams

Otago U14
Demi McAlwee
Luana Ashton 

Otago Under 16
Ruby Williams
Ally Ward 
Denielle Ferguson 
Sarah Langsbury 
Jaymee Meffan 

Gemma Rowcroft

Otago U18
Beryn Abbott
Savannah Cleland
Olivia George
Jaide Dixon
Annie Timu
Millie Scully 

Ichikawa visit March 2019 – request for Homestay families

As you are aware each year St Hilda’s in partnership with John McGlashan hosts students from our sister school, Ichikawa Gakuen High School in Japan, for a short-term visit.  We are pleased to announce that Ichikawa School will be visiting us again Monday 11 – Saturday 23 March 2019.

We are looking for some lovely St Hilda’s families with a spare room to host one of the girls. Our homestay families will be supported, and a homestay meeting will be organised prior to the students’ arrival.  Homestay families will be remunerated to cover any costs. Hosting an international student can be an enriching experience for the entire family.

Our intention is to confirm homestay families and match to students before Christmas.

Please get in contact as soon as possible if you are in the position to open your home for one of our Japanese short stay students. Your help would be much appreciated. If you would like to have a further conversation around what is required please also make contact.

Contact details:
Roberta Lawrence – Homestay Coordinator at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.
03 477 0989   /  021 433321

Orders for the St Hilda’s Chronicle are being taken now!

This year’s school magazine contains over 150 pages of photos and memories from 2018. The cost is $40.

The Chronicle will be ready for your daughter to collect at the conclusion of Prize Giving on Wednesday, 5 December. Alternatively, copies can be collected from the school office or posted home.

Could you please complete the online form below or pick up an order form from the school office to order your daughter(s) copy of the Chronicle. Multiple copies may be ordered. The Chronicle will be charged to the school account.

Please note, there will be no door sales of the magazine on Prize Giving night. We are now only printing the number of magazines that are pre-ordered to avoid unnecessary wastage.

Orders can be made until 3pm, Friday 16 November.

Click here to order the 2018 St Hilda’s Chronicle

Kind regards,
The St Hilda’s Chronicle Committee

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.