Weekly News Term 4|Week 4

Dear Parents & Caregivers
Our school is feeling a little empty now the seniors have started their examination leave. We wish them all the best and look forward to seeing them all again at prize giving.
The Year 10 have also had a busy week with their end of year examinations and the Rich task they have been involved in the last three days. I am sure they are all now looking forward to Year 10 camp next week.
Next week Year 7 – 9 will be involved in a problem solving programme where they will work in groups to develop an idea that they think could solve a particular problem they have been given.

Key Dates for Term 4

Monday 14th October – 5th December 2019

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.


The last day the canteen will be operating for the year will be Friday 22nd November.
Hot Lunches will be available for Year 9 & 10 boarders on Wednesday 15th November and Wednesday 20th November.

Chapel Matters

This year the 40 Hour Famine Leaders were awarded the inaugural World Vision Auahatanga Most Creative Fundraising Award “for thinking outside the box to rewrite the rules.”

World Vision said that the awardees showed “a spirit of creativity and courage.” This is a great honour for these girls and I commend them for their efforts!


With the approach of the holidays and hopefully some beautiful summer weather to lure us all outside, the experts from ‘Hey Sigmund’ challenge us all to go screen free for a week. Click here for their advice about what this can do for family life.

Sports Council

A sincere thank you to all members of our community who expressed their interest in being parent representatives on the St Hilda’s Sports Council. The calibre of the interested parties was very high and we greatly appreciate the willingness of our parents to volunteer their time and expertise to the development of sport at St Hilda’s.

We are pleased to welcome Mrs Clare Challis, Mrs Kate Cotter and Mr Craig Paterson as the incoming parent representatives, to join Mr Roger Southby as the community members on the Council. Craig, Kate, and Clare have extensive experience across a wide range of sports in coaching, administration and governance, and we look forward to their input to the sporting life of the school.


A keen and eager group of Year 7-10 St Hilda’s music students went to King’s and Queen’s High Schools to be part of the Itinerant Music Workshop Day for 2019. The day allowed students to gain experience of playing in a concert band or a string ensemble setting where they could develop their musical skills and play as a team in their instrument sections.

Everyone had a great day rehearsing in their groups and took on the challenge of learning new music with fantastic results. It was really pleasing to see our students take up the opportunity to participate in the Itinerant Workshop Day.


NZ Short Course Swimming Championships
Congratulations to Nicole Heaton, Meg McLaughlan, and Jessica Scott for qualifying for the NZ Short Course Swimming Championships which were held in Auckland in October.
Nicole placed 6th in the 50 Back and 8th in the 100 and 200 Back in her age group.
Jessica placed 1st in the 100 Butterfly and 100 IM, and 2nd in the 50 and 200 Butterfly in her age group.
Congratulations to Amelia Scully on being selected for the preseason Beko Netball training squad.
North Zone Athletics
Congratulations to the following girls –
Charlotte Cardno who placed 1st in under 12 long jump
Mya Haigh placed 1st in the over 13 shotput
Charlie Byers  placed 2nd in the Year 7 & 8 800m and 4th in the 100m sprint
Charlie Byers, Katie Moore, Phoebe Jaquiery, Cassie Horo came 2nd in the 13 over relay.
All have qualified for Otago Champs

Tolcarne News

Flexi Prep has been underway at Tolcarne for the last 3 Thursdays. The girls have been making Christmas tree decorations, gingerbread cookies, beeswax hand cream and lipgloss, decorating coat hangers and learning how to do portrait drawings. What fun!
Our Year 9’s are off to an overnight camp in Waihola this weekend – let’s hope the weather holds out for the paintball and frisbee golf!

St Hilda’s Chronicle Orders

Orders for the St Hilda’s Chronicle are being taken now!

This year’s school magazine contains over 160 pages of photos and
memories from 2019. The cost is $40.

The Chronicle will be ready for your daughter to collect at the conclusion of
Prize Giving on Wednesday, 5 December. Alternatively, copies can be
collected from the school office or posted home.

Could you please complete the online form below or pick up an order form
from the school office to order your daughter(s) copy of the Chronicle. Multiple
copies may be ordered. The Chronicle will be charged to the school account.
Please note, there will be no door sales of the magazine on Prize Giving
night. We are now only printing the number of magazines that are pre-

Orders can be made until 3pm, Friday 15 November.

Click here to order the 2019 St Hilda’s Chronicle

Kind regards,
The St Hilda’s Chronicle Committee

St Hilda’s Collegiate School Fair 

Drop off times for this weekend are; Saturday 9-11am @ Heriot House, Heriot Row (behind the school)

Reminder –

St Hilda’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations

It’s 17 months away but we are already looking forward to the 125th Anniversary celebrations in March 2021. Accommodation in Dunedin can be tricky at the best of times, and our 125th is being held over Otago Anniversary weekend, so please make sure you get in early if you’re planning to attend from out of town.
Tickets are available now for the 125th – Full Registration covers all the events, or you can pick and choose which ones you wish to attend (Cocktail Party, Gala Lunch, ‘125 Years of Inspiring St Hilda’s Women’ and the Chapel Service), plus there will be tours, decade group photos, performances and exhibitions all weekend. Please spread the word!


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.