Weekly News Term 2|Week 10

 Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The memorial service for Glenn Smith that was held yesterday, was a fitting testament to a much loved teacher, mentor, colleague and friend. I was so proud of all the girls who attended for their recognition of the formality of the situation, their courage and their openness to celebrating and paying tribute to Mr Smith. I have included, below, my tribute given on behalf of the school.

Today was a day for coming together as a community and being grateful for life’s blessings. We had our Founders Day Eucharist service, where we recognised the history of the school and acknowledged the strength and foresight of Sisters Etheleen and Geraldine. Bishop Steven led us in worship and it was fitting that we finished the term giving thanks for our school and our community. The Prefects had organised a sausage sizzle, ice creams, chalk art and a dance competition for lunch time, and the raucous laughter and screams of delight coming from the chapel, amidst the beat of the dance music, told me that the girls were having fun and enjoying the moment. So important after a tough couple of weeks.

I hope you all have the chance for some relaxation, refreshment and reflection over the holiday break, and that you are blessed with the time to enjoy each other and your family activities.

Jackie Barron

Glenn Smith – Tribute

Glenn Smith was a man who cared deeply about the Arts, his students and the opportunities the Arts provided them.

He came to St Hilda’s in 2003, having previously taught at Kings High School and Ashburton College.

After leaving school Glenn graduated with a Degree from the Ilam School of Fine Arts and upon completing his teaching diploma, the following year, he accepted a position at the Kohitere Boys home in Levin before moving to another community based role as a member of the Christchurch Community Arts Council, and as a community Art worker.

These early experiences seemed to shape his concern for, and care of, those groups and people who needed extra help, were often misunderstood and who felt marginalized in the community. He saw the Arts as a way to develop peoples strengths, confidence and expression. He has continued to grow those skills in all his students.

Glenn had always had a special interest and strength in photography, and when he began teaching at Ashburton College, through to his time at St Hilda’s, he grew his reputation as one of the best, if not the best, photography teacher in NZ.

He had first been approached to be on national marking panels in 2002. He was a highly valued and respected member of NZQA Level 3 Photography and Scholarship panels, first as a panel member and then as check marker. His colleagues on the panels remember him as a great listener, open to others perspectives, always so positive about students work, and determined students should be rewarded for their practice. He was known for his leadership and willingness to work in a team, a warm and caring person who was a ‘huggie bear’ as Ruth Cameron, National Advisor described him.

Art and photography teachers that he has worked with talk about his generosity in sharing his experience, ideas, and time with others and he was always available as a sounding board. The work his students produced was leagues ahead of other level 3 portfolios according to Kirsty Grieve who led the Level 3 and Scholarship panel. Glenn’s students were technically advanced and exhibited a skill level that enabled them to really capture the essence of the medium, which was a real credit to his teaching, his expertise, his passion and his guidance.

At school here, Glenn was an integral part of the school community. Passionate about Art and Photography, he was always keen for discussions on music, movies, and creative events. He was involved in countless school productions, lending his expertise and also practical skills to set building and construction.

His commitment to the school rugby teams, often saw him on the sideline, supporting the girls, organising the team kit, and identifying future Black Ferns. He was the provider of a large amount of lollies at half time,  always had the coin for the toss, he had a warm smile for the injured and was a quiet motivator for the despondent.  He would try so hard not to get caught up in the hype, then jump in the air when the girls won.

He was an incredibly kind and thoughtful member of our staff. If someone needed a class covered, Glenn would be the first to put his hand up: assistance with a duty, Glenn would offer to help. He spent countless hours in the holidays and weekends, assisting girls with their portfolios. He was selfless and generous with his time, patient and thoughtful in his demeanor, and inspirational in his standards and expectations.

Glenn created a family culture in his classroom where everyone felt accepted, valued and acknowledged, regardless of their skill level. He had a real knack for making everyone feel special, and he was incredibly proud of all his students’ efforts. He saw ability in girls that they did not see in themselves and he was able to bring the best out of them – as artists, as photographers, as people.

A big man with an even bigger heart, we mourn his loss, and our thoughts are with you Tracey, Lily and Bernie, and your families, and all his friends.

Thank you for sharing Glenn with us, we have been so fortunate to walk a ways with him on his life journey.

A reminder that school will be closed tomorrow, Friday 5th July

Course Selection Evening Tonight

A warm invitation is extended to parents/caregivers of current Year 10 to Year 12 students for this year’s Course Selection Evening, being held @ 6:00pm tonight

The focus will be on sharing resources to assist families to make an informed course selection for 2020. This event will coincide with the online release of the 2020 Academic Programmes.

The evening will begin with a welcome in the Chapel followed by a brief outline of how NCEA works. Over the next hour you will have the opportunity to move through two workshops.

  • Workshop 1: Subject Selection, the process and exceptions – academic wellness within the St Hilda’s graduate profile. Navigating the online Academic Programme.
  • Workshop 2: Introduction to the new Parent Portal of Career Central – tools to help identify interests, skills and abilities for career pathway exploration.

The Kamar Parent Portal to enter your daughters 2020 subject choices will also open on this date (linked from the Course Selection page of the Academic Programme). Entries for Year 11-13 in 2020 are due no later than Monday 26 August 2019.

NOTE: Students are not expected to attend this event as the focus is on information for families.

Sharon Ritchie
Careers’ Advisor/STAR Gateway Co-ordinator


Due to ongoing staffing requirements, and staff on long term leave we have had to make the following adjustments to our timetable for Term 3 & 4.

Mr Nigel St Louis will be coming in for Mrs Bartley’s Yr 10 and senior Science classes while she is on sabbatical leave for Term 3 and Term 4.

Mr St Louis will also take Ms Corkery’s Year 13 Biology class until she returns.

Mrs Bradfield will take Mrs Bartley’s 9H Science class and Ms Crawford will take year 7 Science, until Ms Corkery returns.

Thank you for your understanding

Day One Term 3

Reports/Learning Conversations/Junior Interhouse Challenge

Academic Progress reports for Year 11 – 13 will be emailed in the first week of the holidays. This report will contain feedback on learning and next steps.  It will also give you an overview of what has been covered in each subject.  Specific assessment information will not be included in the report but can be accessed through KAMAR.

Learning Conversations for senior students (Year 11 – 13) which will be held in Week 1 of Term 3 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.

On Monday 22 July the students in Year 7 – 10 will be undertaking a special programme of interhouse challenges. These students are to come to school at the usual time in PE uniform.

These learning conversations will take place on Monday 22 July during the day (9:00 am – 3:30 pm) and  in the evening (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

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.

Site:  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Login: jpteu

Booking details will now be emailed to parents on Thursday 4th July and the site will open on Friday 5th July at 5:00pm and remain open until Friday 19 July.

Taonga Puoro

On Monday the Year 7s and 8s were treated to a visit by Sandra Crawshaw and Jen Cattermole from the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and the University of Otago. Sandra talked about the piece From the Southern Marches, which is about Maori and Pakeha first contact. Jen demonstrated Taonga Puoro (Maori musical instruments) and gave the girls a chance to try play them for themselves.

Chapel Matters

This week we held a Memorial Service for Glenn Smith. I thought you might like to ponder on this prayer from the service.


Loving and holy God,
We thank you for Glenn –
the years we shared with him,
the good we saw in him,
for all those aspects of his life which meant so much to us,
As a friend, teacher, colleague, family member, and partner.

But words and images will never be enough.
We cannot sum Glenn up or do justice to the hugeness of this man.
So we simply say thank you for the opportunity to have been a part of his life, to have known his quirky, grouchy, witty, loving & unique touch in our lives.

Support us, God, all the day long of this troubled life,
until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in your mercy, give us all safe lodging,
a holy rest, and peace at last.


Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected in Dunedin Netball Representative teams

Billie Crowe, Demi McAlwee, Ella Southby and Laura Ring

U14B team
Erin Willis, Grace Keno, Meg Pope, Renee Willis and Sophia Tutty

U15A team
Grace Southby, Bronte Crowe and Gemma Rowcroft

U15B team
Erin Hancock, Jaymee Meffan, Kaylee Bond, Pippa Clarke and Stella Rathbone

U17A team
Brooke Callon, Elora Peters and Annie Timu

U17B team
Sofie Bain, Olivia Buchnan-Letts, Lily Chamberlain, Savannah Cleland, Sara Harding, Chloe Light, Molly Marsh, Murphy Scott, Analee Toro and Danielle Willsman

U19B team
Phoebe Aburn, Millie Scully, Abbey Cochrane and Kendra Robinson

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected in Otago Hockey Teams. We also wish the girls good luck who are heading away to tournament with Southern U18 and Development teams during the Holidays

Otago U15A
Ava Beens, Ella Booth, Billie Crowe, Anna Duncan, Ella Grayson, Bridget Malcolm, Demi McAlwee, Georgia Roy Hannah Lithgow, Annabelle McKnight 
Otago U15B
Chloe Deerness, Bronte Crowe, Hattie Kerr, Myah King, Anna McClean, Anika Smith 
Otago U13 Collier
Kyla Ashton 
Otago U13 Development
Amelia Brown, Charlotte Byers 
Upcoming Events

Good luck to Sarah Langsbury who is going to be away competing at the Pacific Games in Samoa during the upcoming school holidays, Sarah will be competing in the 100m and 300m Hurdles

Our Year 9A and 10A netball teams are off on Sunday for the Junior South Island Netball tournament.  We wish them all the best and a great time away.

Tolcarne News

At our last Tribe dinner for the term, we farewelled our final gappie, Hannah Engels. Hannah has been with us for a year and she has created some awesome relationships with the Juniors through the weekend activities and putting them to bed at night. We will miss having Hannah’s bright smile and cheerful disposition around the hostel. We wish her all the best for her future.
We wish all our Tolcarne students and family a relaxing holiday.

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Art Auction Gala is sold out and we have a catalogue of 25+ works by sought-after artists up for auction. As we are hoping to raise as much as we can from this event for the Building Heart Campaign, we wish to offer local businesses the opportunity to become a sponsor in exchange for promotion of your business in the art catalogue, advertising, in the social media promotions leading up to the event, and on the night. Thank-you to Roslyn Fresh Choice, Anderson Lloyd, Gallaway Cook Allan and Mosgiel New World for already coming on board as sponsors!

Please contact aburke@shcs.school.nz for all enquiries – we need your help to make this event a huge success for St Hilda’s.

NZBlood drive

A group of 24 eager Year 11-13 students lined up at the archway on Thursday 19th June to give blood at the NZBlood facility in Crawford Street as part of our annual blood donation.
This is around the 10th consecutive year that St Hilda’s senior students have given generously of themselves to help others less fortunate in society. Each donation assists the well being of at least 3 other people and off the 24 students who travelled down to the donation facility, 17 successfully gave blood this year.
We are delighted as a school to support this worthy cause and we would especially like to thank Mrs Lynn Rodeka from NZBlood for liaising with us and making this donor morning such a fun experience.
Neil Rosenberg
The Blood man

The Cancer Society Otago and Southland Division invites you to the inaugural Runway for Life Fashion Show.  This event is a collaboration between the Cancer Society, Otago Polytechnic and H&J Smith and many other businesses in Otago and Southland have offered their support.

We would love for you to come along and enjoy our fashion show featuring exclusive pieces donated by top New Zealand fashion designers (such as Trelise Cooper, Claire Bloom, Darlene Gore, Tamsin Cooper and more) that you will be able to bid on in our exciting charity auction.

The auction will be followed by a relaxed afternoon tea.  Prior to and after the fashion show, you will have the chance to browse our pop-up shop of fabulous pre-loved and lightly loved clothing and accessories that will be for sale (EFTPOS available).  We would appreciate you passing this invitation on to your colleagues and friends.

When and Where:  Saturday 13th July 1pm @The Hub, Otago Polytechnic Forth Street, Dunedin. (Fashion show to start at 1:30pm.)

Tickets are only $20 and are available online here or from the Cancer Society, 283 Great King St, Dunedin (03) 477 7447.   Email info@cansoc.org.nz  for further information.

“From Professor Margo Barton, Otago Polytechnic:  Otago Polytechnic is proud to be collaborating with the Cancer Society in this inaugural Runway for Life Fashion Show.  Please come along and help raise funds for this worthy cause.  There will be all sorts of interesting and wonderful fashion pieces to suit every wallet and person.”