Weekly News Term 2|Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The school has been advised that the PPTA Year 10 rostering home action planned for Tuesday 11 June has been cancelled. All Year 10 students will have school as usual.

As we get any further information, we will advise you immediately.

Upcoming Events

There are a few music performances and competitions going on over the next week. If you’re interested in coming along and supporting our music students here are the details:

Saturday 8th June – Rockquest heats at Taieri College Performing Arts Centre. 1pm-4:30pm, $10 on the door. We have 1 band entered.

Sunday 9th June – Chamber Music at Marama Hall (Otago University). 12:30pm-2pm, $5 on the door. We have 1 group entered.

Sunday 9th June – Sings Hilda and Nga Korimako (junior choir) performing at Knox Church. 4pm-5:30pm, gold coin donation entry. This a performance alongside the OB’s and OG’s choirs in preparation for Big Sing.

Wednesday 12th June – Big Sing at Dunedin Town Hall. Evening concert is 6:30pm-9:00pm(ish) and can buy tickets here for $20 each (kids $5):

Art Auction – save the date reminder

ART AUCTION – Only 3 tables of 10 left – please get in quick if you wish to reserve a table for this event. ($120 – includes canapés and a two-course meal – seating is in tables of 10). Email aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your table.

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).

Parent Advisory Group

Thank you for all the interest in this group so far and just a reminder that I am keen to develop a Parent Advisory Group to help us shape and further refine the strategic vision and planning for St Hilda’s Collegiate. Having input and contributions from our parents, and tapping into the wealth of experience, knowledge and energy that sits within that group, is critical to our continued development as a school and as a community.

It would be great to have a number of parents who might like to be part of such an initiative. Interested?

This could be you if you:

– Want to have a voice in enhancing our strategic direction and focus
– Are committed to preparing our young women for the world that awaits them
 – Enjoy contributing to a future focused, solution driven organisation
– Are interested in being involved in leading edge, best practice in education that leads the way for others

Sounds like a good initiative to be part of?

If you are interested in being part of this group you will need to:

– be prepared to commit to one meeting per term for 2-3 hours
– have the time to undertake background reading before each meeting ( 1 hour max)
– come with an open mind, finely tuned collaboration and communication skills and a commitment to improvement

The first meeting for this proposed advisory group will be Thursday 20th June at 7.00pm in the school library.

Please RSVP to principal@shcs.school.nz for catering purposes.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this initiative further please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to working alongside you to continue to strengthen and enhance our learning community.

Jackie Barron

Year 10 Study Skills Programme

On either Monday or Tuesday next week, your daughter will spend the timetabled day with Stuart Wright delving into the working of the brain and how to maximise this knowledge to improve Study Skills, especially those linked to memory.

Girls who are competing at the Netball Tournament on Monday have been placed in the Tuesday session.

The school would like to thank the PFA for funding the programme for yet another year. The benefit of the this programme extends well beyond the girls Year 10 study programme into future years of learning.

NZQA Examination Fees

The government have removed all examination fees for NCEA. If you had already paid these this amount has been credited to your account.


Annually, the  National Council of Women  – New Zealand Branch in Dunedin sponsors the Dawn Ibbotson Essay competition. This years topic was ‘What is this Thing Called Equality?’ Four Year 13 students, Charlotte O’Brien, Jordan McArley, Holly Dufful and Grace Shaw, wrote passionate responses exploring this issue and all its complexities.

Out of the 39 entries in this competition, Charlotte, Jordan and Holly were commended for their efforts.

St Hilda’s Physiotherapy Service Information

From Tuesday 11th June, Roslyn Physio will be operating a physiotherapy clinic at St Hilda’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1.30pm during term time. The clinic will be staffed by female physiotherapists from the Roslyn Physio staff and will operate out of the main office block at school.

Having a physiotherapy service on site will limit time out of class, enable access for assistant and support and will help to provide timely diagnosis and treatment for students, as well as cohesive advice, guidance and communication for students, parents, teachers and coaching staff. Communication regarding your daughter’s injury/condition will be made by Roslyn Physiotherapy directly to you and your daughter, thus maintaining the strict privacy and confidentiality requirements currently maintained by the practice.  

Appointments can be made by ringing Roslyn Physio on 4771744 or through the school student reception 

Treatment costs are as follows:
ACC Initial appt (30mins) – $27
ACC Follow-up appt (20 mins) – $20
Private Initial appt  (30 mins) – $72
Private Follow up appt (20 mins) – $55

Payment is by invoice. This will be sent out by email directly from Roslyn Physiotherapy monthly and payment can be made online.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Roslyn Physiotherapy to support and enhance your daughters wellbeing by making available this professional and expert assistance on site.

Road Traffic Management

We have had notice from Road Traffic Management that on Wednesday 12 June, parking in Cobden Street will be restricted because of work being undertaken in Herriot Row. 

Essentially Cobden Street will be NO EXIT from the Heriot Row side. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Pitt Street/Royal Terrace expect delays.


As parents, it can be confronting when our children are involved in activities which may negatively impact their wellbeing. Pornography an issue that is becoming increasingly prevalent in our modern society but is also a topic that many parents feel ill-equipped to address. Often it is challenging to know what to say when a child comes to you for help. Click here for some advice on how to support your child if they have been accessing pornography.

Chapel Matters

This week in chapel we have had some visitors from Anglican Family Care come and share about some needs in the Dunedin community, and ways in which we as a school can help support them in their work. In particular, we heard about Play Therapy and the use of a “Reborn Doll” to help parents learn how to care for their new baby, as well as for those experiencing grief or anxiety. These lifelike dolls are also used for therapy for people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. They are a bit like the mannequins used in First Aid for learning to do resuscitation etc. but are even more realistic in the way they look and feel.

AFC are hoping we will be able to raise enough money in our collection for the Founders’ Day Eucharist at the end of term for them to purchase one of these dolls. If you would like to support AFC in this way, then donations can be given to students to give to their Whanaungatanga teacher, or dropped into the office for Dr Townsley. Thanks!


An invitation is extended to parents/caregivers of current Year 10-12 students to our Course Design Evening, which will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday 4 July. The evening will be focused on looking at the resources that are available to assist families in supporting your daughter to make an informed course selection for 2020 along with resources for career pathway exploration.

The evening will begin with a welcome and brief introduction of NCEA, followed by two workshops on:

  • Navigating the on-line Academic Programme plus St Hilda’s graduate profile and how it is related to subject selection including exceptions e.g. 5 versus 6 subjects, multi-level study.
  • Resources for supporting your daughter’s career pathway exploration including the release and introduction to the parent portal of Career Central. Career Central is a student lead digital platform that supports students in developing and managing their career plans.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.

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.