Weekly News – Term 3|Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Art Auction Gala

A couple of tickets have become available for the Art Auction on Saturday 24th August if you are interested, please contact Amanda Burke.

We have a catalogue of 25+ works by sought-after artists up for auction. Click here to view the catalogue.

Upcoming Events

St Hilda’s Careers Evening

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday night for our Careers Evening. It will be a great opportunity to explore a number of different career pathways. 6:30pm start in the Chapel.

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)

Careers Evening on Tuesday 27 August will start at 6:30 pm in the Chapel

Feeling musically inclined this month?
  • Friday 23rd August – Bandquest. Taieri College Performing Arts Centre. 6:30pm. $10 (kids under 6 free). Good luck to our two bands who are competing.
The Year 7 and 8 students, with the direction of the Year 10 Performing Arts class, have been very busy this week putting the finishing touches on their Stars on Stage performance for Monday night – 26 August.
Good luck to our winter sports teams who are competing in finals this weekend and to our Rugby team who are facing Christchurch Girls’ high School for a chance to advance to the National top four schools’ competition.

Staff Only Day

Teacher only day – Monday 2nd September

As a staff we have been looking how we plan our programmes to best meet the needs of all students.  Departments will be focussing on specific strategies for this on Monday 2nd September.

St Hilda’s Blues

A Blue at St Hilda’s Collegiate School is awarded in recognition of students who have shown excellence and/or outstanding achievement in the cultural, sporting, academic or service arena’s at St Hilda’s Collegiate School.

The Blues evening will be held on Friday 18 October 2019. Awards presentation commences at 7:00pm.

The application forms for students to apply for Cultural, Service, Academic and Sport Blues are now available. Forms can be accessed via the student homepage: Blues Application Forms or via the Parent portal : Blues Application Forms and CriteriaApplications must be made by the student using their St Hilda’s email.
Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 13 September. Some dance genres have competitions and examinations later so we ask that students put in an initial application before the deadline, noting that results are pending. The site will reopen on 20 September until 23 September for updates to these applications.

Successful applicants will receive notification at the end of September.

BOT Student Representative

This is a chance to make a difference by standing to be the student representative on the Board of Trustees. Meg Anderson, our current student representative, outlined the role for students at assembly  – nominations close on Friday 13 September.


Tuesday evening was a very informative and valuable insight into the methodology of Restorative Practice. Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who attended this seminar.

Updated Reporting Timeline

We have adjusted the reporting timeline to accommodate the changes made to the junior reports at the end of Term 2. Year 7 – 10 students will receive an interim report in Week 8 and this will be followed by Junior Learning Conversations which will be held in Week 10. We are aware that it is not always possible for parents to attend these due to travelling distance and the timing of Learning Conversations so we are investigating the possible use of technology to assist with this.

Benchmark Examinations

Benchmark Examinations will be held in Week 8 / 9 – 12th September – 18th September. These will be held under NZQA conditions. Further details about these will be emailed home.

Assessment Guidelines

With a number of classes completing assignments students sometimes find it hard to know the guidelines for authenticity of their work and I thought it would be good to share with parents the general rules around plagiarism that we follow.

Plagiarism is the act of representing the work — words, thoughts, ideas, research, art — of other people as your own. ANY time you incorporate information into your project, assessment or research report that is NOT your own idea, thoughts, or research, you need to indicate, with in-text citations
and a formal bibliography, where you found that information.

There are only a few instances in which you probably do not need to cite your sources.  You do not need to cite your sources if you are writing your own words, ideas, or original research.  You also do not need to cite information that is considered common knowledge, such as:

·       facts that are found in many sources (example: Marie Antoinette was guillotined in  1793.)
·       things that are easily observed (example: Many people talk on cell phones while driving.)
·       common sayings (example: Every man has his price.)

If you ever have ANY questions, be on the safe side and ask your teacher.


The canteen will no longer be offering an IOU facility as there are a number payments outstanding which will need to be paid next week.

Activities this week –

Inter-Schools’ Junior Classical Association Quiz Night 
St Hilda’s entered this competition this year – for the first time in nine years! We had two teams and competed against twenty other teams from various Intermediate and High schools around Dunedin. The students had lots of fun and enjoyed the jellybeans and coming up with quirky team names! “Psyched Out” and “The Sirens” will sure to be back next year after such a fun time!

L to R – Emily Dean, Stella Bowles, Rosa Smith, Katie Wilson, Amelie Warlow, Sophia Le, Eliabel Legrand, Ruby Goodchild


International Outdoor Education trip to Longbeach

Fun and Marshmallows on Longbeach!

Datacom PS
On Tuesday 13 August, the Datacom PS Digital team hosted 14 Year 11 Digital technology students from St Hilda’s Collegiate School in Dunedin at the Wellington Exploratory.

This is the second year that the Digital team have hosted St Hildas and the focus of this trip was HCI (Human-computer interaction) and usability which feeds into the girls external assessment late this year.

Our approach to the session was to spend some time outlining the services Datacom offer as well as showcasing some of the roles at Datacom, which then led into the exercise we had partially prepared with the school prior to their arrival.

We asked the students to review their school’s website from two different viewpoints; the business objectives and the user objectives (parent/student) and consider what was good with the site and what wasn’t. We asked for pain points and wish lists if they had an unlimited budget.

We wanted to showcase the processes we use (and the roles within the process) with a client to workshop the problems they face before considering a solution.

Our resident User Experience Web Designer Julian van der Krogt, took the girls through creating personas and developing the wireframes with the client. We wanted them to understand the reason why this is an important part of the process for understanding the client’s needs.

The girls spent some time creating some very colourful personas (some with very complex back stories) and developing their wireframes before working through potential solutions to the pain points they had previously suggested.

PS Digital team Product Owner (Amy Chadwick) and Project Manager (Rebecca Dixon) threw in some real-life issues that can hamper a project’s delivery and with the assistance of PS Digital Developer Jono Cooper, the girls put forth examples of how they could mitigate and manage the curveballs.

Nearing the conclusion of the session, the groups presented their personas, wireframes and solutions to the wider group impressing their Digital tech teacher Julie McMahon so much that the girls are now presenting their ideas to the school’s senior leadership team around a website revamp.

To finish the morning and to send the girls away on a real high; we demonstrated some of the other capabilities in the PS DIgital team with a VR experience.

Julie McMahon
HOD Technology



Zara Geddes finished 1st in her U14 girls’ section at the recent Duathlon event.

What an amazing night of finals hockey on Monday.  All our teams finished strongly and we had a large number of supporters down there cheering us on.

Congratulations to our First X1 who took out the final vs Columba. Full-time score saw a 2 all draw, so the game went to a shoot out.  We came out on top 4-3!
St Hilda’s Year 10 also took the win in their section vs Columba 3rd X1 2-0.

All our other teams also did well taking out 2nd/3rd  & 4th place overall.

Riley MacDonald has recently been selected to represent NZ in a mounted games team.  She will be competing in the upcoming Nations tournament to be held in Canterbury in October.


St Hilda’s Senior B took on Kavanagh Senior A to win their A1 final.  A good result for the team to then get promoted into the Premier C section next year. Our Senior As had a tough game against South Pacific Titans and finished in 4th position. A good result though in the highest grade in Dunedin Netball.  Good luck to all other teams in finals this weekend.

Otago Secondary Schools  Art Awards Exhibition.
Congratulations to Poppy Smith who is the Supreme Scholarship award winner with her stunning photograph titled ‘The Everyman’.

Sings Hilda
Last Thursday to Sunday, Sings Hilda were singing up a storm in Timaru as part of The Big Sing Cadenza competition. Cadenza is a new initiative of the choral federation to recognise the performances of quality choirs around the country who were just short of making the Big Sing Finale. This was a great opportunity for Sings Hilda to be part of celebrating choral music with other like-minded choirs.

There were workshops led by professional choral singers and a well-attended Gala Concert where each choir performed a song from their repertoire as well as three combined songs with all the choirs on stage performing at the same time.

We are very pleased that Sings Hilda came away with a Merit award. This is due to the choir members consistent effort and Mr Ben Madden’s expert choral directorship.

Congratulations to the following swimmers who qualified for and competed in the South Island Swimming Championships amid stiff competition:  Anna Hutchens, Natalie Hutchens, Andie McGrouther, Meg McLaughlan, Laura Milne, Jess Scott and Molly Whittaker.
Special mention goes to:
Jess – 1st in 50m Fly, 2nd in 100m & 200m Fly, 3rd in 200 & 400IM.
Jess broke the South Island Champs and Otago record for the 17 years girls 100m Fly.
Natalie– 1st in 100m Back, finalist in 50 Free, 50 Fly, 100IM and 200m Back.
Meg– 2nd in 200m Breast, finalist in 100m Breast and 400IM.
Molly– finalist in 200m Breast.

Tolcarne News

On Friday we had games night at the Dunedin Bowls Stadium with JMC, we had a great turn out with 23 Year 9,10 and 12 students. They played in a mini tournament with darts, bowls, pool and mini golf they also got supper at the end of the night.

It was a great way to spend a Friday night.

Art Auction Gala

A couple of tickets have become available for the Art Auction on Saturday if you are interested, please contact Amanda Burke.

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.


Transition Expo Day Event – Discover opportunities for life after school. Click here for further details.

Transition Expo Evening ForumClick here for further details

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.

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.

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