Weekly News Term 2|Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Reminder – Campaign Launch Invitation

We look forward to seeing you at 6 pm on May 14th in the St Hilda’s Chapel.

This week we have had our next two extended learning days where students have again had the chance to explore aspects of their learning for a longer period of time allowing for a chance to delve more deeply into current learning topics in different ways. 

Country visits were a great chance to meet prospective families and we are grateful to our current families for their assistance with this. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our Boarders Open Day on Thursday 16th May.

This week the senior drama girls performed ‘Daughters of Heaven’. Well done on a wonderful performance.

Our 7 & 8’s were busy this week as they prepared for camp at Camp Columba in Pukerau next week. One of the many preparations was learning about how to best use the clothing “layering system” which is essentially a way of layering clothes together to ensure you are comfortable during outdoor pursuits. This could be to keep you warm or to cool you down.

Year 12 chose a beautiful day to go rock climbing at Port Chalmers quarry this morning.

Sophie Lucas (on right) and Makayla Hawker (left)

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

The Z Club is holding a Pink Ribbon breakfast on Friday 31 May (Term 2 – Week 4) at 7:30 am in the school Chapel.
The tickets can be purchased either online by filling out the form which can be accessed via the link on the St Hilda’s School Facebook page or with cash at the student office in Term 2.
Students $10.00                 Adults $20.00
All funds raised will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation to help women who are struggling with breast cancer and to help find a cure.
There will be plenty of yummy food and a talk from our guest speaker Heather Cunliffe who is a researcher at the University of Otago.

Come along and support this great cause – it is sure to be plenty of fun!


In today’s busy world there is a temptation to smooth the way for our children. Click here to read why Wanda Holland Greene, Head of School, The Hamlin School and Trustee of NAIS, believes we should embrace a No Rescue policy to encourage resilience in our children.

NZQA Examination Fees and Financial Assistance

On behalf of NZQA, we collect a fee from each student that has entered NCEA – either internal or external standards. It is a flat fee of $76.70 except where they have entered for Scholarship subjects or where they are foreign fee paying students. Each Scholarship subject has a fee of $30.00.
No family needs to pay more than $200.00.

The NZQA fee have already been added to your daughter’s school Activities Account. The Scholarship entries will be finalised by mid-May and the Scholarship fee will be included from this time.

This fee needs to be paid by Wednesday 14 August to give us time to check we have correct payments before forwarding the amount onto NZQA.

Financial assistance is available to secondary school candidates entering standards on the National Qualifications Framework and Scholarship.

• To be eligible the parent or guardian of the candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria:

• Be receiving a Work and Income or Study Link benefit or have a current Community Service card.

• Have a joint family income that would entitle the applicant to receive a Community Services card.

• Have three or more children entered in the examinations
or two children, at least one of whom is entered in more than 2 scholarship papers.

Application forms can be obtained from Mrs Jones or the NZQA website https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/entry-into-ncea/fees-for-ncea/financial-assistance/

NZQA Digital Examinations

In 2014 and 2015 St Hilda’s took part in the Mathematics trial for the Level 1 mCAT. In 2016 History, Geography and Spanish used the NZQA trials as preparation for the November examinations (all in Level 1), and English had volunteers taking part in the Level 1 digital external examination (called a pilot). In 2017 St Hilda’s was part of a group of thirteen schools that took part of a co-managed trial using the digital format for both school examinations and the November external examinations in English at Level 1 and 2. In 2018 digital trails expanded to include Level 1 Science, Level 2 and 3 Media Studies and digital pilots in all three levels of English.

In 2019, NZQA is offering 14 subjects digitally, across NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 for the November external examinations. The subjects for St Hilda’s are Art History, Classical Studies, English, Media Studies and History.

Students voluntarily enter these digital examinations. There will be familiarisation activities provided by NZQA and our benchmark examinations will also be offered in the digital format.

A form will be sent out later this term for students to complete.


Logan Park Road Race – This week on Tuesday there were a group of students that ran in the Logan Park Road Race. There were eight students that competed, four in the junior race and four in the senior race. Both races were run over 2.5km starting and finishing in the Caledonian ground.

St Hilda’s had a successful day with strong results in both races, the junior results were Billie Crowe 2nd, Zara Geddes 7th, Anna Carswell 10th and Molly Mckenzie 13th. The senior result were Megan Foster 3rd, Annabel Bilkey 7th, Jessica Scott 9th and Sarah Langsbury 12th.

Anna Carswell, Zara Geddes, Molly McKenzie and Billie Crowe

Megan Foster, Annabel Bilkey, Sarah Langsbury and Jessica Scott

Billie Crowe running to second place

Megan Foster running to third place

Table Tennis – Sophia Liu represented Otago in Table Tennis over the holidays and captained her U14 girls team to a win over Southland 10 games to 2.  She did Otago proud and showed fantastic sportsmanship on and off the table

Ice Hockey – Breane Byck played for the Southern Knights Ice Hockey team in Japan recently taking a bronze medal at the tournament, with the Japanese paper reporting that the Hachinohe White Bears, whom have never lost the tournament until this year found the semi final proved difficult against the Southern Knights, due to Breane’s outstanding goal tendering.


Hockey – Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected into the Southern U18 Hockey Team and Southern U18 Development Team
Southern U18 – Olivia Hall, Eden Carson, Teea Francis
Southern U18 Development – Brooke McAlwee, Anna McIntyre, Molly Loe

Good luck to Lucie Holtz (year 10) is representing NZ next week in Melbourne at the Oceania International Novice Figure Skating Competition. Following the competition, she has been selected to be a skater demonstrator at the Oceania Coaching Seminar with Misha Ge (former Olympic figure skater).

Tolcarne News

There were a few activities on at Tolcarne over the weekend. We had our first rugby trip of the term with 30 girls going to take in the excitement if the game. We also had our first Barre Class on Sunday afternoon. The Year 9’s and a few Year 11’s came back from the class a little sore but exhilarated none the less.


Victoria University will be holding an Information Evening in Dunedin on Tuesday 21 May. Students are welcome to bring their family and friends along to find out more about life at Victoria University of Wellington including the new Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of MidwiferyFind out more

Reminder – Board of Trustee Elections

Board of Trustee elections will be held in June this year.  At its last meeting, the Board resolved to move to staggered elections which means that 3 of the 5 elected parent representative positions will be for the full 3 year term and 2 will be for an 18 month term.  Nominations will be called for from 10 May 2019 for both the 3 year and 18 month terms.  If you are interested in contributing to the governance of the school, please consider standing for election.  More details on the role of the Board can be obtained from the School Trustees Association website https://www.trustee-election.co.nz/.  Nomination forms will be available on 10 May 2019 and will be posted to all eligible people on the voting role.