Weekly News Term 3|Week 9

Dear Parents & Caregivers

It has been another busy week with benchmark exams continuing. No doubt, the girls are all ready for the holiday break.

We are looking forward to the official opening of our new arts building next week. We hope you have received your email invitation to the opening which is taking place at 2.00 pm on 27th September and we thank those of you who have already RSVP’d.

If you have not yet RSVP’d but would like to join us, we would be grateful if you could RSVP to principal@shcs.school.nz by Monday 23rd September.

We have a number of girls away in Queenstown this weekend taking part in the 2019 NZCAF National Schools Aerobics & Hip Hop Championships. We wish them the best of luck.

If you are interested in when these events are on, please click on the link below http://nzcaf.org.nz/events/nationals/event-timetable/

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.

Thank you to those who have applied. Successful applicants will receive notification at the end of September.

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 

Junior Learning Conversations

Junior Learning Conversations 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.

Learning Conversations for Year 9 and 10 will take place on Tuesday 24 September from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Thursday 26 September from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Booking details have been emailed out

Learning Conversations for Year 7 and 8 will take place on Wednesday 25 September. Mrs Carla Joint (dean of Year 7 and 8) has provided detail around the format of these.

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 

In preparation for the 2019 Awards and Prize Giving evenings, we urgently require the return of all cups and trophies presented in 2018 before the end of Term 3.

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

Chapel Matters

September marks the 150th anniversary of the Anglican Church in Dunedin. Last weekend there was a celebration service at the Cathedral where everyone was encouraged to dress up in historical clothes, so Lily Chamberlain (one of my sacristans) and I went along in old St Hilda’s school uniforms which was lots of fun! Lily was involved in distributing communion and was also invited to cut the sesquicentennial cake!

The St Hilda’s choir sang with the Cathedral choir during the service and also performed the anthem, “neither the Moon by Night,” by Thomas La Voy.

Two members of the choir were also involved in the releasing of doves on the front steps of the Cathedral. You can see a photo of this on the front page of the ODT for Monday September 16th.


Tolcarne News

Having the girls around the hostel during the day for benchmark exams study is a nice way to spend time with the seniors and encourage them to self manage their study schedules. Our hostel routines returned to normal on Thursday.
Most of our year 10’s and a few year 9’s enjoyed a social at Otago Boys hostel on Tuesday night, the theme was neon and the entry was $5 which was a fundraiser for mental health awareness.

We held night prayers on Wednesday night and most of our girls have managed to attend 3-night prayers, which is our minimum for the year. It is always a chance to reflect on the special character of St Hilda’s with Dr Townsley facilitating the session.

Activities this week

Year 12 Digital Technologies Trip
The Year 12 Digital Technologies class visited Soul Machines™ in Auckland this week to learn more about Artificial Intelligence, which is the computer science topic for their external examination. “Soul Machines™ is a deep science and technology company fusing AI, computational brain models and experiential learning to usher in a new era of Human Experience across all digital platforms and interfaces”. (https://www.soulmachines.com/about/)

The students learned about vast possibilities and social impacts of AI, as well as having presentations from the various teams working on the development of their “digital humans”.  It was fascinating both to see the advances in AI technology and also the variety of knowledge and skillsets that go into developing such a complex outcome.

They also were able to see the range of exciting possibilities that exist in the future workplace. Thank you to Professor Alistair Knott for organising the day, it was very inspirational and we all came away with new knowledge about our technological future.


He tāoka, he koha, he kura pounamu

The Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards was brought about through the vision of the late Tāua, Alva Kapa, a local Kāi Tahu educator. It was named as such because it was first held in the Year of Mana Pounamu (2001) and is a Kāi Tahu initiative supported by Kā Papatipu Rūnaka ki Arai-Te-Uru.

The awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of rakatahi Māori in secondary schools across Otago. 

St Hilda’s is pleased to announce the recipients of this award are Summer Cooper and Sarah Langsbury.

These are the citations from the school:-
Summer is an outstanding young woman.  She has a strong sense of self and is very keen to continue her journey of discovering who she is; exploring her whakapapa, and her place in the world.  

 Throughout her time at St Hilda’s, Summer has devoted a lot of her time to school teams and the school community. Since she joined St Hilda’s, she has been on the Chapel Committee demonstrating her leadership in the special character of the school. She has enjoyed her sports, being part of many teams such as football and futsal.

 Summer is a  member of the school’s Kapa Haka group, Ngā Manu o Hira Tapu and is a founding member of the combined group, He Iti he Pounamu. She is now taking on leadership roles in these.

 Alongside these achievements, she has a successful academic record in all her subjects.

 It is her commitment to her Local Church, Dunedin City Baptist that is impressive. She commits a lot of her own time to serving others in the church and the community. She leads worship sessions with young people and serves as a greeter at the start of services. Alongside this, she also raises money for charitable enterprises involving the enrichments of other’s lives. Summer has enormous aroha for others.

 As a young Maori, Summer is a role model for community, cultural, academic and service endeavours. We are very proud to have her as a St Hilda’s student.

Summer Cooper

Sarah is a determined and focused young woman.  She blends a strong sense of self with a competitive spirit into being the best she possibly can be.

 Athletics is a demanding discipline. Throughout her time at St Hilda’s, Sarah has pushed herself to gain better times and acquire more skills. This has culminated in her competing in the 100m hurdles against competitors years older than herself at the 2019 Pan Pacific Competition. Not only is this a truly impressive achievement for a 16-year-old, but takes personal resolve and resilience and a maturity beyond her years  This is the start of Sarah entering into international competition and furthering her desire to represent New Zealand at the highest level.

 Coupled with this competitiveness is a strong sense of self. Sarah is proudly Ngā Tahu/Kāi Tahu. Throughout her time at St Hilda’s she has been a proud Maori advocate. She has always been a member of  St. Hilda’s Kapa Haka, Ngā Manu o Hira Tapu. She takes a leading role as Kaea in many performances. She is also a founding member of the newly established joint Kapa Haka group, He Iti He Pounamu. She is a proud and eloquent performer.

 Sarah combines all of these with an excellent academic record. In 2018, she received an Academic Blues for Attaining NCEA  Level 1 with Excellence and is likely to attain similar success at Level 2.

Sarah epitomises all the values we hold dear a St Hilda’s – Ka Taea e au, Tū motuake,  Toa takitini and Ara whakapono. She is a resolute young woman and we are proud to have her as a St Hilda’s student.

Sarah Langsbury

Secondary School Pacific Island Students – Recognition Awards 2019
St Hilda’s is proud to announce that Eva Meeuws is our 2019 recipient of this award.

Eva is our Maori and Pasifika prefect. She recently organised our Te wiki o te reo Māori. She has been a long term member of our Kapa Hake group Ngā manu o Hira Tapu and of Sings Hilda. She is an outstanding athlete, excelling in many fields both in school and at a regional level. Academically, she has attained both Level 1 and 2 endorsed with Merit. 

She is an excellent role model and a  worthy recipient of this award.

Eva Meeuws

Play it Strange Who Loves Who Competition
Year 13 St Hilda’s Music student Nicole Horrell alongside Samuel Leaper from John McGlashan have made the national top 20 in the Play it Strange Who Loves Who Competition with their interpretation of an iconic Dunedin song, The Clean’s ‘Tally Ho’. The Who Loves Who Competition is a chance for year 9 to 13 students to celebrate New Zealand music by recording their own unique and evocative interpretation of a New Zealand song.

All finalists get their tracks mastered by Chris Chetland at Kog Studio, which will be released on a Who Loves Who Competition album later in the year. Congratulations to both Nicole and Samuel for this great achievement.

Analee Toro was at a collegiate shoot on Sunday (15 Sep 2019) at the Waimate-Oamaru Clay Target Club. She shot brilliantly and won the girls High Gun trophy, which means she scored the highest, combined score for the three DTL (Down The Line) events (Single Rise, Points Score and Single Barrel). Well done Analee!

Year 7 student Lucy Burke came third in the Town Belt Kaitiaki Photography competition (age 9-13 years category) prizegiving held at Otago Museum yesterday. Well done Lucy!

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NZ Secondary School Swimming Champs

Congratulations to Natalie Hutchens, Andie McGrouther, Meg McLaughlan and Molly Whittaker who qualified for and competed in the NZSS Swimming Champs last week. With over 780 swimmers, competition was stiff and the girls all achieved some great results and some pbs.
Special mention goes to the following girls who achieved top 10 placings:
Andie: 9th in 50m Breaststroke & 100m Breaststroke
Meg: 4th in 200m Breaststroke and 10th in 100m Breaststroke
Natalie:  4th in 50m Free, 5th in 100m Free (missing a Bronze by 3/10 of a second), 8th in 100m Back, 9th in 50m Fly, 9th in 200m Back.


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.