St Hilda’s Anglican Heritage
St Hilda’s School, an Anglican day and boarding school for girls, was named after St Hilda, the seventh century Abbess of Whitby. Hilda was a scholar who established a monastery for women and men at Whitby, located on the coast of England. She was an advocate of equal rights for women and demonstrated compassion for others.
The Chapel of St Hilda
The Chapel of St Hilda was completed in 1962 during the school’s Silver Jubilee year. Magnificently crafted by Gold Coast artist William Bustard, a 2.67m high and 1.36m wide stained glass window depicting St Hilda with her pastoral staff and a model of her Whitby Abbey, was generously donated by the St Hilda’s Women’s Auxiliary and dedicated in 1963. The window originally was installed in the west wall of the chapel, before its removal to the Reeves building courtyard in 2002. In 2013, the richly-coloured and intricate glass work was installed in the east wall of the sanctuary, overlooking the altar. Other stained glass windows depict the floral emblems of the school’s Primary and Secondary Houses.
Junior Houses: Acacia, Grevillea, Tristania Middle and Senior Houses: Banksia, Karragaroo, Melaleuca
There are more than 20 Anglican schools in the Queensland region, with the number growing steadily. These include boarding and day schools, boys, girls and co-educational schools, all of which cater to the entire community, regardless of race or nationality. Most schools offer Preparatory to Year 12 classes and nearly all have a full-time chaplain who cares for the students’ religious education and spiritual development. Our students are taught respect for intellectual endeavour, commitment to tradition and dignity within school life and worship, and a sense of social responsibility. We follow and teach Christ’s example of love and respect for all people. Queensland Anglican schools are committed to achieving outstanding standards of education. The rich traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history are an integral part of this commitment. Our Indigenous Education Policy is designed to enhance educational opportunities for Indigenous students and to encourage all people to learn about different cultures, building partnerships with, and respect for each other. Our teachers are highly qualified and committed to providing quality learning for our students; and facilities and grounds are impressive.
The Australian Government Department of Education has contributed funding to the St Hilda’s School chaplaincy/student welfare services through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education.
St Peter’s Anglican Church
St Hilda’s School community is welcomed to St Peter’s Church, located at 83 Nerang Street, Southport, for a range of celebrations and opportunities for worship. Choirs and instrumental ensembles are invited to perform for St Peter’s congregation and senior students contribute to services throughout the year. A magnificent stained-glass window of St Hilda was donated to St Peter’s Church by the St Hilda’s School Old Girls’ Association in 2004.
For information on St Peter’s services and events, visit www.stpetersgc.com.au
Surfers Paradise Anglicare Crisis Centre
BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswySt Hilda’s School supports the work of volunteers at the Anglicare Crisis Centre which provides meals, care, support and guidance for people and families in need. Students raise funds and make donations of toys, food and toiletries to appeals such as the Crisis Centre’s Easter, Winter and Christmas Appeals.