Weekly News Term 2|Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The St Hilda’s Z Club organised a fantastic Pink Breakfast fundraiser today. It was a lovely way to start the day. The guest speaker Dr Heather Cunliffe provided some fascinating insights into the latest research into breast cancer.

Thanks to all who supported this event.

Year 9 PPTA Strike – Tuesday 4 June

Further industrial action will be taken by the Secondary Teachers’ Union on Tuesday of next week.

PPTA members have indicated they will withdraw their services from teaching any Year 9 students on Tuesday 5 June. All other year level classes are running as usual.

School will be open but the Board has requested that students in this year level remain home for the day if at all possible.

Some supervision may be provided for any Year 9 students who come to school. Please call Mrs Donna Madigan or email absences@shcs.school.nz if your daughter will be at school that day and requires supervision, so we can meet our Health and Safety requirements.

Other signalled PPTA action is as follows but is yet to be confirmed:

Date of action Year group
Tuesday 4 June Year 9
Tuesday 11 June Year 10
Wednesday 19 June All year levels
Tuesday 25 June Year 11
Tuesday 2 July Year 12

We will keep our school community up to date should any of these future actions also be implemented.

Thank you for your understanding as we work through the logistics and implications for our school community.


Otago Cross Country Championships took place on Thursday at Kaikorai Valley. Congratulations to Zara Geddes who achieved 1st place in the Girls U14 category and Megan Foster who came 1st place in the Girls U16 category over a 3km distance.

Zara Geddes

Megan Foster

Art Auction – save the date

We are excited to announce that St Hilda’s is holding an Art Auction + Gala Dinner on August 24th, 7 pm, in the school Chapel. Thanks to the support of our Old Girls and families, and The Artist’s Room and Gallery De Novo, we have secured an amazing line-up of works from highly sought-after artists. With works by Ralph Hotere, Sam Foley, Frank Gordon, Marilynn Webb, Philip Frost, Nic Dempster, Tyler Kennedy-Stent, Anna Reid, Mary Macfarlane, Claire Beynon, Marie Strauss and many more, tickets to this event will be in hot demand. We will have entertainment from Old Girls Sophie Morris (music) and Lara Liew (guest speaker).

Please email aburke@shcs.school to reserve your tickets ($120 – includes canapés and a two-course meal – seating is in tables of 10).

Chapel Matters

One of the petitions to God in the Lord’s Prayer is “Thy Kingdom Come” which reflects a  desire that all the good things of God’s reign – such as justice, peace, compassion, and forgiveness – would be present here on earth. The Church of England in the UK has established a worldwide prayer movement called “Thy Kingdom Come” which takes place over 11 days, from May 30th until June 10th, asking people to pray for others to know God’s love in their lives.

So with New Zealand being the first country in the world to see a new day, we got to start this prayer movement off! I signed up on the website and you are able to create a light for your location on a world map in order to “Light Up the Word.” This is worth a look! You can zoom out to see the continents from afar, and zoom right in to see Dunedin and our wee star! I also took Night Prayers up at Tolcarne and we used the “Adventure Prayer Maps” that the Church of England has produced (see below), and we looked at some of the ways you can pray – expressing thanks for what we appreciate about our lives, saying sorry for things we have done to hurt others, considering the ways we can pray for others etc.

If you are interested, you might like to check out the “Thy Kingdom Come” website to find out more (and to see the world map) https://www.thykingdomcome.global/lightuptheworld

Tolcarne News

 Many of our staff have been away this week at the New Zealand Boarding Schools Conference in Wellington. They have been listening to different speakers and connecting with other boarding school staff from around the country. They will come back with little gems of knowledge and new ideas!
To keep the girls occupied on Wednesday, we had a Trip to Leap. They had a great time jumping, doing flips and rolling about laughing.
We wish everyone a relaxing weekend with their family. Stay warm!

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.