Weekly News – Term 1|Week 10

Junior Assembly focus

by Mrs Prentice

One of the outcomes of the recent tragedy in Christchurch is that we have seen our nation pull together as never before. We have undoubtedly been better together.

This is not a desire to be all the same but rather a new appreciation and respect for our differences in our beliefs, cultures and passions. It has seen us stand together, united in our diversity, and an awaking in the knowledge that it is these very differences that give us strength as a nation.

In the words of our esteemed Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, we have ……

A place that is diverse, that is welcoming, that is kind and compassionate. Those values represent the very best of us 

Never before has it been more important to be you. To be proud of what makes you different and to recognise the contribution that your unique set of ideas, interests, talents and beliefs bring to the richness of our country’s united culture.

We are all multi-dimensional and need to acknowledge and embrace this.  I am a mother, an educator, a country girl, a book worm, and an animal lover and so many more things.

No one has the same unique combination of interests, abilities, challenges and quirks. Each of you are diverse – Make sure you celebrate what makes you unique.

Parental contact of students

If you need to urgently contact your daughter she will still be contactable by iMessage, email and actual phone call even if she has Family Zone installed on her phone. Snapchat, Instagram etc will not be available during school hours.

Students can also be reached by a phone call to the Student Office in the case of an emergency.

Letter from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago

Please find attached a follow-up letter from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago, Professor Harlene Haynes, seeking our cooperation in discouraging high school students from attempting to attend, or congregate in the vicinity of the annual Hyde Street Party

We totally support the key messages outlined in this letter, in the interests of keeping you (your daughters safe). I am sure you will accordingly respect and abide by their request.

Extended Learning Time

We have had our first two extended learning times. It was great to explore new techniques, delve more deeply into current learning topics, work cooperatively with peers, experience hands on activities, work on longer term curriculum projects, bring in visiting experts, access one on one coaching, go outside the classroom and concentrate time and energy without interruption and we are excited about our next opportunity in Term 2.

Reports/Learning Conversations

Academic Progress reports will be emailed in Week 11. This report will contain feedback on learning and next steps.  It will also give you an overview of the subject.  Specific assessment information will not be included in the report but can be accessed through KAMAR.

The Learning Conversations which will be held in Week 1 of Term 2 are a chance for you to meet with your daughter’s subject teachers to discuss how the year is going and put in place plans going forward.  This discussion is with the teacher, student and parent.

These learning conversations will take place on Monday 29th April (9:30 am – 4:00 pm) and Tuesday 30th April (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

On Monday 29th April the school will be open but we will not be running timetabled classes. Supervision will be provided for girls at school.

We realise that it is not always possible for you to make this meeting but we encourage you to book a time for your daughter who should come by herself as this is a critical milestone in her learning for the year and she would find it very valuable to talk to teachers about her next steps.

Booking details will be emailed to parents on Wednesday 10th April and the site will remain open until Sunday 28th April.


We are coming to the end of an action packed term and have noticed that a number of the students are beginning to look very tired. Click here to read the Ministry of Health’s advice on how to support you child in getting the maximum benefit from sleep.


Well done to the girls who took part in the Relay for Life.

The Relay for Life event involves teams camping out and taking turns walking/running around a track for 12 hours during which they celebrate with survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and come together as a community to fight back against cancer.

A number of our sports teams were away competing at Summer Sports Tournament week last week

The Rowing squad spent 9 days away at Lake Karapiro competing at the annual Maadi Cup.
All crews did extremely well making 5 B Finals and 3 A Finals. Sophie Sinclair and Ella Fry won bronze in their U18 Double and Bridget Sinclair and Libby Drummond also won a bronze in their U15 Double. Well done girls and we hope you enjoy some well deserved sleep ins!

South Island Waterpolo
The Senior A Water Polo team attended the South Island Secondary School Water Polo Tournament and after 4 days of play against some of the best teams in the country came away with 7th place.

The Senior A Touch team also attend their respective South Island Secondary School Touch Tournament in Christchurch and after a jam packed 7 games in two days found themselves against neighbours Columba in the final and eventually went down 6 – 1 to finish a very impressive 2nd place overall .

Languages Exchange – Chile

Our exchange with Concepcion College, Chiguyante is now in the second year, and this year we have been very fortunate to host three young women, Natalia Saez & Helena Zembrano (Y13) and Florencia Salaazar (Y12) with for seven weeks. It has been particularly unique this year as we have been able to provide hostel stays for two of the girls. While we are sad to be farewelling them this week, we are excited for Alannah Hamilton, Lily Mole & Holly Bissett as they fly to Chile during the term one holidays.

In addition to our St Hilda’s students participating in the exchange, Mrs Alison Bromley has been invited over to visit the school so she can appreciate first hand the opportunities our students have.

Year 10 Perth Exchange

Bella McSkimming has been chosen to travel to Perth where she will attend St Hilda’s Perth for Term 2. I am sure she will have a fantastic time and we look forward to welcoming Mea Van Reenen in Term 3.

Tolcarne News

Tolcarne activity last weekend was a walk up the pineapple track. The views are always so amazing and Dunedin put on a stunner of a day! This weekend we have a Rugby trip planned to watch the Highlanders take on the Hurricanes, and on Sunday we have a joint Laser Tag game with John McGlashan, which our students are very excited about! :)

International Department

Opportunity to become host family for International Students

Do you enjoy sharing experiences with other cultures?

Do you have a spare room available?
Would you like to consider the opportunity to become a host family for an International Student that is studying at St Hilda’s Collegiate?
We have new students arriving in term 2 and are looking to increase our homestay families for short term and long term students.
If you are interested or would like to find out more about this experience please contact
Roberta Lawrence, Homestay Coordinator for St Hilda’s either homestay@shcs.school.nz or  phone 477 0989

Campaign Launch Invitation

New Zealand School Trustees Association

NZSTA has organised an initiative called Kōrari. The Kōrari programme is set up for parents and people in the community who would like to learn more about the role of school trustees. Kōrari is an introduction workshop and a set of resources that NZSTA has developed to provide governance training.


This session is also to be held at the Brydone Hotel, OAMARU, Monday 8 April, 6.00pm

Also included below are links to the NZSTA website – Information to parents and the interactive sign-up for the LMS (Learning management system) which will enable the person to access the on-line training modules and other information.