Learning at St Hilda’s Collegiate focuses on building future focused students with the necessary skills to thrive in a modern world. As Tony Wagner says,” increasingly what you know is far less important than what you can do with what you know.” The interest in and ability to create new knowledge and solve new problems is the single most important skill that girls can master today. While content knowledge is an important factor in girls’ success, but is only part of the equation.

Our aim is to ensure girls leave with a sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge. A mix of strategies and mindsets necessary to problem solve, think strategically, learn independently, and interact with the world in a variety of contexts, and the attitudes and dispositions to stick at a task, to be optimistic and care for others and their world.
At St Hilda’s we want to prepare our girls to be knowledge makers, we want to ensure they have resilience to fail and try again and we want to make sure they have a sense of who they are and their place in the world.

We are designing our learning programmes to balance knowledge acquisition with the values, skills and dispositions that will ensure girls leave with the ability to use and apply knowledge in new ways.

A framed, progressive plan, referencing the New Zealand Curriculum key competencies and values, has been developed fostering and promoting the skills and dispositions, identified by the full school community as necessary for future ready students. This has included student, staff and parent voices alongside current research on future readiness.

From this work we clarified our six underlying core values and our desired St Hilda’s Graduate attributes.We have identified what this looks like for both teachers and students, the behaviour that will reflect our values and enhance and develop our identified skills and dispositions.

This is the framework for all we do at St Hilda’s.

What we value

Our six values help define the behaviours and attitudes we expect from everyone in our school, therefore our six values can be summed up as:

Be You

Can Do

Better Together

Explore Faith

This looks like:

These values and beliefs lead to the development of our desired St Hilda’s Graduate attributes.


As a school we believe that assessment should be within the taught courses to ensure authentic learning. This also allows for equity in access to credits and helps to create a focus on  learning as opposed to accumulating credits. This aligns with our St Hilda’s Graduate work around the attributes and dispositions which favour depth and quality rather than surface and quantity.

This also fits with the NZQA guidelines on the link between teaching/learning and assessment.

NZQA states: Credits are the currency of the NCEA qualification. Generally speaking one credit represents ten hours of learning and assessment.This includes teaching time, self directed learning out of class and assessment time. A standard course will generate between 18 and 24 credits – allowing students to achieve up to 120 credits over five subjects. Giving senior students, aiming for future tertiary study, ample credits to meet the entry score requirements for general admission to tertiary courses.

Each course at St Hilda’s aims to have between 18 and 24 credits.