Weekly News Term 3|Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The annual winter Quadrangular tournament, which was hosted by Craighead on Monday and Tuesday, was very successful, with some great competition, tight games and competitive debates. St Hilda’s was placed second overall which was a great result.
On Wednesday the new Creative Arts building was open for students and staff to walk through. It was a great chance to see what these new spaces look like. It was very exciting to see inside after watching the outside of the building take shape these past months. The building is going very well and we will keep you updated on progress.
The Year 11 winter dance is being held tonight and the upper quad and Whitby are looking great. I am sure the girls and their partners will have a lovely evening.


Snow Day and Late Start Procedures

With our first taste of winter this week it is a good time to give a reminder on Snow Day and Late Start Procedures.

In the case of a school closure or late start due to weather conditions the system is now coordinated for all 12 secondary schools.  It will be broadcast on Radio Dunedin 106.7FM, 95.4 FM, 1305AM and other Media Works stations by 7:00 am.

We will email parents by 7:00 am (whenever possible) and a notification will also be published on the Parent Portal and school Facebook page.

Should conditions in your area be different to those in the rest of the city you must make individual decisions based on what is safest for your family.

Once girls are at school we encourage you not to text them regarding school closures during the school day.  If these were to eventuate we would email parents immediately.

You can view the above information at any time by clicking on the Snow Day and Late Start Procedures page under the Informationalonal Links menu on the right.



Just a reminder that girls are required to have hair ties, scrunchies and ribbon that matches the uniform – Blue or St Hilda’s tartan.

Jewellery: Earrings should be studs in gold or silver and no more than two each ear, no rings and no bracelets.

We really appreciate your support with this.

Visiting School

For health and safety reasons all visitors / parents coming into school need to sign in at the main office.

PFA – Family Quiz Night

Remember to get your teams organised for this event and bring money for some fantastic raffle prizes.


2019 Otago Regional Science and Technology Fair
A number of students completed projects for the 2019 Otago Science and Technology
fair. This was an opportunity to showcase their scientific thinking and an understanding
of the accepted scientific investigative process, as well as their creative and
communication skills.
The following girls did particularly well, gaining one or more prizes.
Lashaan Ashton – NZ Institute of Physics Award and Dodd-Wall Centre for Research – Excellence Award for Physics related project
Evie Rose Grace and Eliabel Legrand – University of Otago Department of Zoology Award
Phoebe Jaquiery  – NZ Institute of Chemistry Award and Australasian Corrosion Association Award
Amelia Leaper –  NZ Microbiology Society Mike Baxter prize and Dairy NZ Award
Maia Palmer  – NZ Baking Industry Trust Award
Emily Wright  – NZ Institute of Chemistry Award
Sienna Wright – University of Otago Department of Zoology Award

Hip Hop
The Town hall was booming with energy and teamwork as the NZCAF regionals took place on Friday the 2nd of August.

St Hilda’s Collegiate had four crews take the stage.
Sashay Away – coached by Libby Ward and Acrylic – coached by Ms Geary were place 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Senior Same Schools category.
Toxic – coached by Anna Harcus and Sophie Wispinski gained a lot of experience by competing in this category for the first time.
Area-09 coached by Stella Rathbone and Amelia Johnstone were placed 2nd in the Primary/Intermediate Same Schools section.

All of the crews, that gained a placing, will compete in the NZCAF Nationals held in Queenstown in September.

The NZCAF Otago Regional Aerobics competition was held on the weekend of 27 and 28 of July at the Kavanagh College Auditorium. St Hilda’s had 39 students participating over the weekend and we were incredibly proud of all of our students who performed. This event was the culmination of months of intense practice, strength and conditioning, and complex choreography.

St Hilda’s won the NZCAF Award for the highest scoring school as well as eight category titles, six second placings and three third placings. Special mention must be made of Maia Lamb, who was awarded the Artistic Excellence trophy across all participants, and Sofia Johnston, who was the recipient of the award for the Year 7 and 8 competitor with the most potential. Thank you to all of the parents, students and staff who attended over the weekend to cheer on our competitors, your support was greatly appreciated. Thank you also to the parents who kindly volunteered their time to carry out our duty on the Ticket Desk over the two days.

Thirty three of the St Hilda’s students qualified for the National NZCAF competition to be held in Queenstown, 21 and 22 September, and will now be continuing to refine their routines in the lead up to this event.  We look forward to seeing their skill, athleticism, and hard work on display on the national stage and wish them well with their preparations.

Badminton finished 2nd which is a great result.  Georgia Copeman received the Certificate of Contribution

Hockey finished 2nd also, they had a great tussle with Columba and St Margarets.  Teea Frances received Certificate of Contribution

Debating finished third with Emma Burnside as Certifciate of Contribution
Netball finished 1st!  Many close games and a draw against Columba , saw some great Netball being played. Millie Scully received Certificate of Contribution.
Overall a great two days of competitive sport and St Hildas coming Second Equal overall.


New Zealand Highland Dancing Nationals
Over the holiday, Olivia Buchanan-Letts danced in 10 dances in the New Zealand Under 18 age group, receiving places in all. With these results Olivia was awarded 4th place rating in New Zealand for the Under 18 age group. This is a great achievement as a 16 year old.

Olivia also travelled to Christchurch last weekend to audition for the New Zealand Highland Dance Company, and she has been offered a position in this very prestigious group of New Zealand Dancers. She will travel throughout New Zealand and overseas competing in events and displays such as the Edinburgh Tattoo.

Congratulations Olivia.

Olivia doing parallels in her Sean Triubhas

Irish Hornpipe   2nd presentation

Guidance – reminder

We will be having a Parent seminar about Restorative Practice on Tuesday 20 August, at a time to be advised, and invite you all to attend to learn more about Restorative Practice and what it will look like in action.

Katy Hutchison became a Restorative Justice advocate following the murder of her first husband. After ten years of sharing her story internationally to over five hundred schools and community groups, she views the education system as the structure with the most potential to affect positive social change. Katy sits on the Boards of Restorative Practices International & Glenlyon Norfolk School and volunteers for Leave Out Violence (LOVE). Click here to listen to her TED talk about using Restorative Practices to resolve conflict/build relationships.


SAVE THE DATE – St Hilda’s Careers Evening

Year 11 – 13 Subject Selection

A reminder that subject choices for 2020 are due by 2 September 2019. While this date may feel some time away it can take time to explore the resources available.

Please find below links to resources you and your daughter may find helpful in the decision making process.

St Hilda’s Collegiate 2020 Senior Academic Programme (also linked at the bottom of the student homepage)

Check out the information in the ‘Need to Know’ section as well as subject specific pages.


Understanding NCEA


Careers Online Resources (also linked at the bottom of the student homepage


Career Central (also linked at the bottom of the student homepage)

Free seminar for parents
Parents and caregivers of secondary school students (Years 9-13) are invited to a free ‘Parents as Career Educators’ seminar on 28 August.

The seminar will provide parents with tips and advice to guide their teenagers through the various career and study options available to them in the modern world. This free seminar will cover:

 The world of work: looking forward

  • How to make informed career decisions now and in the future
  • How parents can assist
  • Career development resource.

Presented by a career consultant from the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC), the seminar will assist parents to help their teens consider ALL their options, such as work, university, polytechnic, an apprenticeship, private providers or other possibilities. (This event is NOT about study options at UC.)

The seminar will be held from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Dunedin Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin on Wednesday 28 August 2019. Register online at:www.canterbury.ac.nz/events

MoneyHub, a guide to scholarships
As many of our Year 13 students begin their applications for tertiary study and look for ways to fund their future studies – MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2020. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list. Applications close at various dates throughout the year. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success. For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page

Student Job Interview Guide and Tips
MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to job interview success, helping students to attend a job interview and have the confidence to shine! All job types are covered, and a list of template answers will help students put together their own replies. Getting a part-time or summer job is a lot easier with this guide. To access the guide, visit the MoneyHub Student Job Interview Tips page

Volunteers Required – PFA

Parents and senior students over 16 years of age.
The PFA has been given an opportunity to fundraise at this year’s Fleetwood Mac concert on September 21 at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
This involves working in one of the hospitality areas for approximately 8 hours and attending a 90min induction meeting in the week prior to the concert,
The PFA raises funds for the school community for the benefit of all students.

It’s actually a lot of fun and if you are interested in receiving more information please contact Ali Copeman on pfa@shcs.school.nz

Tolcarne News

On Wednesday night, Tolcarne had a dinner swap with Columba and Otago Boy’s boarding hostels. The Year 9 and 10’s stayed at Tolcarne while the Seniors went to OB’s and Columba. They enjoyed a game of tug-of-war, before sharing a yummy dinner and getting to know each other a little more.
This weekend our Year 9 students are giving a boxing class a go! We hope that all of our Tolcarne families from down south are keeping warm in this snowy weather!

Upcoming Events

The St Hilda’s Theatre Sports team (coached by Eve Scott), enjoyed a 3 hour workshop with Improsaurus tutors at Logan Park’s auditorium on Saturday the 3rd of August. Multiple schools untied for this fun occasion in preparation for the Theatre Sports Semi-finals which will be held at the Playhouse Theatre between 1-2.30pm on Saturday the 17th of August. We welcome audience support to this improvisation event.

Feeling musically inclined this month? Somehow found yourself in Timaru on a weekend? Here are music events you could attend in August with some incredibly dedicated students performing.
  • Tuesday 13th August – Secondary Schools Music Festival concert. Dunedin Town Hall 6:30pm. Koha entry
  • Saturday 17th August – Sings Hilda Cadenza Gala concert. Theatre Royal Timaru 7:00pm. $20 https://nmw.co.nz/book-now?view=event&itid=194
  • Friday 23rd August – Bandquest. Taieri College Performing Arts Centre. 6:30pm. $10 (kids under 6 free).

Art Auction Gala

The Art Auction Gala is sold out and we have a catalogue of 25+ works by sought-after artists up for auction. Click here to view the catalogue.

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

We are very grateful to all of our sponsors for supporting the upcoming Art Auction Gala on August 24th. Thank-you for sponsoring this event and ensuring our fundraiser is a success.