Weekly News Term 3|Week 10

Dear Parents & Caregivers

It has been a busy and challenging term, and I hope that all our girls and families have the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, enjoy the world around them, get out in the fresh air and take the time to be grateful for life’s blessings.

Thanks to those of you who were able to join us for the opening of the Arts building. It was a very exciting and special occasion in the life of the school.

Jackie Barron

If you are withdrawing your daughter from St Hilda’s we ask that this is put in writing before Monday 14 October.  As is stipulated in the enrolment contract, one term’s written notice is required.  In default of that notice, one term’s Attendance Dues plus GST, shall be paid in lieu of notice upon the date that such fees would normally fall due, and in default of payment, interest shall run from that date until payment at the rate specified on the fees tax invoice/statement.  In addition, any costs involved in collection should recovery action be taken, shall be payable.

Please email principal@shcs.school.nz before Monday 14 October if your daughter is not intending to return to St Hilda’s in 2020.

Key Dates for Term 4

Monday 14th October – 5th December 2019

Friday 18 October – Blues Evening – Chapel, 7 pm – By Invitiation
Sunday 20 October – St Hilda’s Cathedral Service – St Paul’s Cathedral, 10 am –
All students to attend and families most welcome.
Monday 28 October – Labour Day – School and Hostel closed

Tuesday 5 November – Last day for Seniors (Years 11-13))
Monday 11-15 November – Year 10 Camp
Sunday 24 November – Carol Service – Chapel, 5 pm – Families welcome

Wednesday 4 December – Leavers Dinner – Museum
Thursday 5 December – Prize Giving – Dunedin Town Hall (please note change of venue) students to be seated at 4.45pm for 5pm start.

Parent Seminar

Signs your teen is not okay and what to do about it

We would like to invite all parents to join us for the upcoming Parent Seminar “Signs your teen is not okay and what to do about it”. We will presenting at the following times and venues:

Sunday 13 October 3:00pm St Hilda’s Chapel
Monday 14 October 7:00pm Croydon Lodge, Gore
Tuesday 15 October 7:00pm The Gate, Cromwell
Wednesday 16 October 6:30pm The Ranfurly Golf Club, Ranfurly

We encourage you to join us for this presentation. Please feel free to bring family and friends.

St Hilda’s Day – Sunday 20 October, 10:00 am

It is an important time for our School Community and part of our school year. It is expected that all students will attend the Service on this morning. Any absences for St Hilda’s Day must be emailed to Judy Maw, with a reason, care of admin@shcs.school.nz.

St Hilda’s Sports Council

We are seeking parent volunteers who have an interest in encouraging participation in, and enjoyment of, sport at all levels in line with current thinking from Sport New Zealand, to join us on the St Hilda’s Sports Council. Members of the council need to foster lifelong appreciation of sport and physical activity, and be advocates for female advancement in sport. Ideally members of the council will be well connected within the wider sporting community.

The role of the Sports Council
The Sports Council acts as an advisory to the Sports Department in developing strategies which align with the Board of Trustees whole school strategies, and supports positive physical activity and sports opportunities within the school. They aim to build and foster community links and to assist with communication between parents, students, staff and the wider community.

The Sports Council meets once a term. Attendance at these meetings could be via a digital platform if needed.

If you are interested in being considered the Sports Council please complete the expression of interest form which will be emailed to all parents at the beginning of next week and return it to Jenny McArthur in the school office by 3 pm on Friday 18 October.

Junior Academic Programme

The Junior Academic Programme for 2020 has been released online. Links to view this are on both the Parent Portal and the Student Homepage. This site provides an overview of the subjects studied from Year 7 through to Year 10.

Reminder – The two option choices for Year 10 in 2020 are now due for current Year 9 students. Parents of students who are yet to enter their daughter’s choices are encouraged to complete this process over the weekend. Your daughter’s choices can be entered through the link in the online Junior Academic Programme or the Kamar Parents Portal

The Junior Academic Programme can also be viewed here: https://sites.google.com/shcs.school.nz/2020-junior-academic-programme/home 

Durban Girls’ College Exchange

In 2017 we started our exchange programme with Durban Girls’ College in South Africa. We are now beginning the process for 2020.

This exchange is open to girls who will be in Year 11 in 2020 (presently in Year 10)

The exchange student(s) from Durban will come to St Hilda’s for 6 weeks in March /April 2020. She will be in Year 11 and she will be timetabled into our school programme in the same way the Perth Exchange student is. The St Hilda’s student(s) would travel in exchange for 6 weeks in July/August  to Durban Girls’ College. Further information and application forms for this exchange are available here.

Applications close 25 October 2019.

The following link will give you more information on Durban Girls’ College:


Return of all 2018 Sporting and Prize Giving Cups and Trophies 

Thank you to those who have returned their cup/trophy. There are still a number to be returned in preparation for the 2019 Awards and Prize Giving evenings.
We ask that these are returned before the end of the first week of Term 4.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this.  These may be left at the school’s main reception area.

St Hilda’s Collegiate School Fair 

Saturday 7th of March 2020 
Over the school holidays, you may like to start collecting and putting aside items for our school fair.
We need books, toys, games, white elephant goods, designer and used clothing.
In term 4 look out for information regarding our drop off dates and times.
Any questions please email Sarah and Linh


This is a fundraising initiative that current families, Old Girls and past families can support – purchase a Blue Ribbon plaque with your/your daughter’s name on it, to be displayed permanently in the foyer of the new Arts Building.

Please contact the Director of Development at aburke@shcs.school.nz to reserve your Blue Ribbon today.


Tolcarne News

On Sunday the girls enjoyed the sunshine and went to Victory beach. It was quite the journey, it took 45 minutes to get out there and then a 20 minute walk to get to the beach. The girls played cricket, volleyball and made a mermaid sculptor.
The boarding leaders enjoyed a treat on Tuesday night, heading down to Joe’s Garage for a dessert with Robyn and Ange. This was a small token of our appreciation for all of the hard work that our boarding leaders do around the hostel; building relationships with the juniors and helping the house managers with key tasks, especially at meals and bedtimes.
On Wednesday night we enjoyed another one of our ‘full house’ vegetarian meals for the term – black bean enchilada’s.  This was well received by the students – thank you Ross.



Congratulations to Georgia Chamber who competed in the NZ Junior Free ride tour coming 1st equal in the U14 girls section.
Her results were as Follows
Stop 1:          The Remarkables: 4th
Stop 2:          Mount Olympus: 1st
Stop 3:          Turoa: 2nd
Overall 1st = in U14 girls

Cross Country results

Short Course (Y9-13)
1st Lulu Grimmond
2nd Libby Challis
3rd Christy Foster
Year 7 / 8
1st Charlie Byers 12:13:00
2nd Katie Moore 12:34:00
3rd Cassie Horo 12:54:00
Year 9
1st Zara Geddes 20:10:00
2nd Anna Caswell 20:47:00
3rd Billie Crowe 21:47:00
Year 10
1st Bronte Crowe 22:26:00
2nd Olivia Hall 23:29:00
3rd Lucy Anderson 24:52:00
Year 11
1st Megan Foster 20:07:50
2nd Anabel Bilkey 22:13:28
3rd Brooke Mcalwee 22:16:13
Year 12
1st Penny Keeling 25:14:00
2nd Anna Clarke 25:27:32
3rd Sarah Langsbury 25:37:00
Year 13
1st Megan Meltzer 25:00:00
2nd = Sophie Dempster 25:50:00
2nd = Maxie Dippie 25:50:00
3rd Millie Scully


Many of our SHCS girls received awards for their representative netball at the Dunedin Netball Centre annual prizegiving.
Our Junior 9A team received the Best Secondary Junior team
Ella Southby – Best Team Contribution for U14A
Meg Pope – Best Team Contribution for U14B
Grace Southby -MVP U15A
Gemma Rowcroft  – Best Team Contribution U15A
Jaymee Meffan – BTC – U15B
Annie Timu – MVP U17A
Molly Marsh – MVP 17B
Abbey Cochrane  – MVP 19B
Ella Southby was also awarded The Wilma Hendry trophy for best Junior Umpire.

SBS Bank Otago Sparks Head Coach Nathan King has named a talented squad including Molly Loe, Emma Black, Eden Carson and Olivia Gain to prepare for what promises to be an exciting 2019/20 women’s domestic cricket season.
The season begins for the Sparks with two 50 over games against Central Districts on the 15/16th of November.


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.

Dental Checkup

Has your child had their dental check-up this year?
Treatment is free up until your child’s 18thbirthday.
From year 9 they will need to be seen by a dentist or dental therapist.
Call your local dentist to book an appointment.

A list of the dental providers that offer the FREE dental treatment can be found at https://bit.ly/2mx4YJo