Weekly News Term 4|Week 1 2019

Dear Parents & Caregivers

A very warm welcome back to Term 4. This is a term where there are a lot of functions where we come together to reflect on the year, and have the opportunity to celebrate together. One of our first opportunities is our Blues Evening tonight where we acknowledge achievement in Sports, Arts, Service and Academic fields.

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 and we count it as an official school half day. Girls are to assemble at the rear of the Cathedral by 9:30am for roll call. Parents, grandparents and families are also very welcome as we celebrate this significant day in the school’s history.

Any absences for St Hilda’s Day must be emailed to Judy Maw, with a reason, care of admin@shcs.school.nz.

Key Dates for Term 4

Monday 14th October – 5th December 2019

Friday 18 October – Blues Evening – Chapel, 7 pm – By Invitation.

Sunday 20 October – St Hilda’s Cathedral Service – St Paul’s Cathedral, 10 am (students 9:30am)
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

We would like to thank all parents who attended our  Parent Seminars “Signs your teen is not okay and what to do about it”. We really appreciate your support and feedback.

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 


Climate change is a hot topic in the media in recent times and our own students report feeling anxious about the future of our planet. Click here for advice from Hey Sigmund about how to talk to children and teens About Eco-Anxiety.

Chapel Matters

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal – Two Options! NZ and Overseas
Imagine never getting any Christmas presents … We can give children in the South Pacific a lovely surprise this Christmas by filling shoeboxes with gifts! If you have done this before you know how much fun it is to shop for a child and to fill the box with gifts! If any students would like to get a box, or find out more information, then please see Dr Townsley – I have about 30 boxes you can use (or you can use any old actual shoe box – just wrap it in Xmas paper!) There is a list of the kinds of things that are good to put in the box (such as school supplies, cuddly toys, clothes, hair brushes or hair ties etc.), and also things NOT to put in (because of customs or cultural issues ie. no lollies or food, toy guns or playing cards, or religious material). They need to be filled and returned to school by the end of Week 2 this term (October 25th). See this link for more information:
We can also give shoebox gifts to children in Aotearoa NZ at low decile schools, through Women’s Refuge and other community organisations. See this link for more information:

Thank you from Anglican Family Care

St Hilda’s were mentioned in the Spring issue of the Anglican Family Care Newsletter for our fundraising so to allow AFC to purchase a new Reborn Baby Doll.

You can read the article here.

1st XI cricket trip to Willows

On Thursday of the school holidays, the 1st XI cricket team visited the privately owned cricket ground in rural North Canterbury called The Willows. In the 25 year history of the facility, we were the first-ever woman’s cricket team to play there. Special thanks to Hamish Loe for enabling this to happen. In a re-run of last years New Zealand Secondary Schoolgirls final, we played Christchurch Girls High School in a 40 over match. Batting first, Christchurch made it to 81 runs in the 37th over. Impressive bowling by Emma Black, Molly Loe and Eden Carson made life hard for the batswomen. Megan Meltzer with 4 wickets for a miserly 3 runs wrapped up the tail. In reply, our team scored the 82 runs for victory in 17 overs for the loss of 3 wickets thus securing a 7 wicket win. Olivia Gain was named Player of the match. In attendance were Sir Richard Hadlee, Amy Satthertwaite and Lea Tahuhu, all of whom assisted with the presentations. A sizeable crowd built up during the day and they enjoyed the quality of cricket in idyllic conditions. Special thanks to Adam and Jodie Gain for assistance with the team. Woman’s cricket was the definite winner on the day.
It was lovely that some Canterbury Old Girls held a reunion at the garden of the hostess, Mrs Winsome Dormer (nee Edgar) a former old girl and the ladies enjoyed catching up with the team at the end of the game.



Late last term we had a visit from St Rita’s College from Brisbane. Both the choir and orchestra from St Rita’s performed, along with our own Sings Hilda. Our year seven to ten students enjoyed being the audience for these performances.  As well as the lovely hospitality of St Hilda’s, the Queensland visitors also got to enjoy the novelty of snow falling in Dunedin on the day of the visit!

Outdoor Ed – Surfing

10S doing their Earthquake Drill

 9 H rockets being launched yesterday in science. Kara-Mai Herbst, and the rest of her group and co-creators are Ella Jarvie, Andie McGrouther and Hannah Lithgow.

This week the year 12 and 13 student have exhibited their work at the Otago Polytechnic.
Exhibiting their work to the wider community has been a valuable experience that showcases the skills they have developed throughout the year.
The year 13 exhibition gained excellent feedback from lecturers and students, I am very proud to have been a part of this high caliber showcase.
Pictured below are the year 13 student exhibits.
Sarah Pask
Briar Grounds
Lucy Girvan
Ana Rathbone
Kate Johnston
Lily Mole
Abbie Laughton
Amelia Andrews


2019 Year  10 Speech competition
Mr Gavin Angus and Mrs Helen Almey had the unenviable task of selecting the three best speeches from a confident, articulate, passionate and entertaining group of nine speeches. Topics ranged from child labour to the problems with being the oldest sibling, why cats and better than fish to being a white Maori, from ageism to white privilege. All the speeches were so well researched and the nine young women stood in front of their peers and delivered confidently and passionately about their topic. No mean feat. At times, the audience was silent, shocked and engaged, other times,  they laughed and empathised.
But a winner had to be chosen.

First, was Summer Cooper with her challenge on body shaming and to love ourselves
Second was a compelling speech on abortion focusing on the current laws in Alabama from Anna Miller.
Third was a huge crowd favourite, Lily Knox with her fast-paced, visually and vocally entertaining take on ‘cringe culture’.

Thank you to all the participants,  to Mr Angus for co-judging and Mr Ross for organising the competition.
Helen Almey HOD English

Tolcarne News

Welcome back to Term 4!! Everyone has jumped right back into the swing of things with our Head Boarders and Boarding Leaders offering advice and answering questions from the Year 11’s and 12’s who are interested in applying. A reminder that expressions of interest for Head Boarder closes on Wednesday 23rd.
We had our final Night Prayers on Wednesday with Dr Townsley. We would like to thank her for taking the time to come up to Tolcarne 3-4 times a term to offer these Night Prayers, which are always a good time for students to slow down, reflect and be grateful for all they have. Thank you, Dr Townsley!
On Thursday night, some of our Year 12 and 13 students were privileged to have a workshop with Soph Borland, who is a mindset coach from Dunedin. Soph helped the girls to discover any subconscious, negative patterns that keep them from their own personal development, and what thoughts and stories we tell ourselves that keep us ‘stuck’. She took them on a journey of self-discovery as they thought about why these patterns kept appearing and how they could reframe them in order to move past them. The students got so much out of the workshop and were left with new life skills and a renewed sense of self-reflection.

Coming up

Good luck to the following girlswho will be competing in the Rowing Indoor Champs this Sunday 20th October.
Sophie Smith
Millie Davenport
Elsie Burnside
Christy Foster
Lucy Wright
Kate Beaton
Jessie Davidson
Lucy Taylor
Peta Ericsson

On Tuesday 12th November Otago Polytech are hosting 3 fabulous guest speakers to discuss high-performance sport and how they built towards their World Cups.

They will have Noeline Taurua from Netball, Tony Brown from Japan Rugby and Leonard King – BasketBall World Cup.
You can find out more information here.

Thank you to The Southern Trust for their contribution towards travel and accommodation costs, to Fresh Choice Roslyn for their support to keep the girls fueled, and to Dunedin Netball and the wider netball community for their support and best wishes. We really appreciate it.

Kirstin Scully
Co-coach St Hilda’s Senior A netball team.

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:


St Hilda’s Collegiate School Fair 

Saturday 7th of March 2020 
Please 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.