St Hilda's Collegiate School


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Dear parents and caregivers

It has been a weird old term, some routine, some changes, some losses, some gains. As we have all adjusted to a lockdown, on line learning, coming back on campus and making the most of the time we have left in the school year, I have been so proud of our students and staff and the way they have been focused, optimistic and resilient in the face of such uncertainty and challenge.

Thank you for your understanding as we have adjusted timelines for benchmark exams, reports and Learning Conversations. These events are all critical to progressing our student’s learning and next steps and while the timelines have been shortened, we urge you all to make the most of the opportunities to support your daughter’s learning.

This is our world, and we have adapted to it, and I hope all our families are able to enjoy some time together over the holiday break that readies them for Term 4, which will be different.

We have a solid and productive few weeks planned for our senior students leading into externals, with a mix of classes, tutorials, itime and workshops. St Hilda’s day, Year 10 Camp, Blues ceremony, the film festival and the Prizegivings are also highlights of the last term.

While we are still faced with the spectre of Level 2 impacting on many of our end of year events, we are being forced to think creatively, be innovative and respond to any and all possibilities. These circumstances have to be seen as opportunities to learn, grow and adapt – we will be better for having lived and thrived during this time. We are doing everything we can to ensure Term 4 goes as smoothly and successfully as possible, although we have to consider that we may not be able to hold all of our special events, depending on alert levels.

It is also the time for planning for the following year and with that in mind, can I ask any families who are intending to withdraw their daughters from St Hilda’s Collegiate for 2022, to please notify us by Tuesday 19th October. Failure to give a terms notice of withdrawal will result in the charge of a term’s fees, in lieu of notice, as per the enrolment contract.

I hope you all have the chance to reflect on all that has been achieved this term and look forward with optimism as Spring unfolds around us.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Mother Theresa

Nga mihi nui

Jackie Barron


  1. Tolcarne Report

    Here we are at the end of Term 3! What a bizarre 10 weeks we have had... From life as we knew it, then back into lockdown in a period ... Read more…
  2. Chaplain’s Chat

    What a strange term we have had! For the first time since I suspect the polio epidemic of the 1940s, we didn’t have a Term Three ... Read more…
  3. Message from the Counsellor

    When Parenting Goes to the Dogs Read more…
  4. Wellbeing

    Roblox is a very popular game amongst young New Zealanders including our own junior students, however its sheer size makes it very ... Read more…
  5. Director of Development Report

    Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 alert levels and the uncertainty around events, we have decided to cancel the Christmas Party on ... Read more…
  6. The Arts Department

    The circumstances of Covid-19, has again meant school closures and remote teaching and learning. As is often the case, students are ... Read more…
  7. Physical Education and Health Department

    It has been another interesting term in the PE department. Lockdown meant that we were not able to run many team and group activities ... Read more…
  8. Sports Department

    With the winter sports season coming to a close, we’ve seen great success across all codes. Due to the recent Covid-19 lockdown, ... Read more…
  9. From the Archives

    When St Hilda's was founded in 1896 it took girls of all school ages, and as the school grew in numbers, so too did the Kindergarten ... Read more…
  10. Library News

    After such an eventful term I hope all of you are able to rest and relax with your families. When I was in school (these many, many ... Read more…
  11. Board of Trustees

    It's spring, we have daylight saving and we've come to the end of a somewhat disjointed and challenging term! Needless to say, I ... Read more…
  12. Parents and Friends Association

    Our AGM was held at the end of Term 2, on the 7th of July. Nicky Aldridge-Masters stepped down as President, as her daughter Sophie ... Read more…
  13. Meet the Prefects

    Analee Toro - Maori and Pasifika Prefect Read more…
  14. Meet the Prefects

    Brooke McAlwee - Sports Prefect Read more…
  15. Meet the Prefects

    Brooke Callon - Sports Prefect Read more…
  16. Staff News

    It was with considerable sadness that we learned that Louise Jamieson our Accounts officer died on September 1st during Lockdown. ... Read more…
  17. Learning Conversations

    As mentioned last week we have looked at ways to manage the things that were interrupted by lockdown while working around the revised ... Read more…
  18. Digital Technology

    The Year 10 Digital Technologies students are involved in a project with Otago Polytechnic to develop CO2 monitoring sensors for the ... Read more…
  19. Science and Technology Fair

    This year, there were 19 students representing St. Hilda’s at the Aurora Energy Otago Science and Technology Fair. It was great to see ... Read more…
  20. Year 7&8 Self Defence Course

    The Year 7&8 students have recently completed their five hour Self Defence Course, capability led by Women’s Self Defence Wāhine Toa ... Read more…
  21. St Hilda's Kea Crossing

    Every day, morning and afternoon, we have two junior students operating our school road crossing. It is an important duty, allowing ... Read more…
  22. Year 7&8 Cricket

    At the start of December our Year 7&8 Cricket team will be heading off to Lincoln to compete in the ANZ Primary Shield. The team have ... Read more…
  23. Careers Information - Open Day Event

    Telford Open Day is only 2 weeks away! The event will run from 10am to 2pm on Friday, 15 October, and will be held at the Telford ... Read more…
  24. Pink Ribbon Breakfast Update

    Hi Everyone, Thank you to all those who purchased tickets to the 2021 Pink Ribbon Breakfast. We have been able to donate over $1210 ... Read more…
  25. Otago Touch Teams

    Congratulations to the following girls for making the Otago Touch teams. Cydney McAlweeCharlotte Va'afusuaga, Holly Rowcroft and ... Read more…
  26. Mornington Roslyn Lawn Tennis Club

    If you are interested in playing or trying out tennis against other junior players this season, take a look at the message below! Read more…
  27. Otago Museum - School Holidays

    Take a look at the attachment below to see what the Otago Museum have got going on during the October school holidays! There are a ... Read more…