St Hilda’s School has been offering a caring community life for boarders for more than a century and today, our community comprises 180 girls enrolled from Years 6 to 12. Along with our traditional enrolment of girls from rural Australia, we also have boarders from the nearby Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Our international boarders and daughters from expatriate families contribute to our school’s diversity and rich cultural fabric.
All senior boarding staff have attained residential care qualifications and are warm and caring in their roles as advisors and mentors. They are assisted in caring for boarders by qualified nursing staff and a wonderful services team who manage the very popular Dining Room.
The boarding school is made up of Junior and Senior precincts which surround a peaceful, leafy courtyard located at the eastern end of our 14-hectare campus. Nearby are the modern Senior Library where boarders take their Prep or after-school study, the Health Centre, the Langford Theatre and sporting facilities including netball and tennis courts. The McCulloch-Whitby Houses are home to Junior Boarding and the two-level Darragh House accommodates Senior Boarding.
Boarders live in horizontal House structures, according to their ages and year levels. Accommodation styles range from private cubicles in a dormitory setting in Junior Boarding, to twin-share and single rooms in Senior Boarding. Shared common rooms with televisions, games, computers and kitchen facilities, as well as modern bathrooms and laundry areas, are features of Junior and Senior Boarding precincts.
Communication with Parents
Senior boarding staff, who live on-site, chat with students in their Houses each day and are available to be contacted by phone and email throughout the day and after school, in order to create positive communication links with our boarding families.
The school’s mobile phone policy enables boarders to contact their parents before and after school, during lunch breaks and at weekends. Email and Skype access also are available.
Academic reports are provided via Parent Lounge for each semester and parents are invited to take part in Parent-Teacher Interviews each semester. In addition, parents are encouraged to contact their daughter’s Head of Year at any time to discuss academic, organisational or pastoral care matters. In addition, teaching and boarding staff maintain close communication regarding the academic progress and general wellbeing of all boarders.
Fully supervised Prep or study times, after-school tutorials for core subjects and evening tutorial assistance by boarding staff and tutors are just some of the measures that are in place to provide academic support for boarders. We are extremely pleased to see St Hilda’s Year 12 boarders typically receive an Overall Position or OP score of 1-15 and/or complete a Diploma or Certificate 3 qualification in areas such as Business, Tourism and Hospitality, Agriculture or Children’s Services. Many girls participate in work experience programs and ‘experience days’ at Bond University, Griffith University and University of Queensland.
Our weekend boarding program provides girls with opportunities to enjoy the many cultural and recreational outings available on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. Supervised weekend activities range from beach outings, ice-skating and social evenings with boarders of our brother school TSS, to visits to shopping centres, cinemas, theme parks and the Southport Broadwater Parklands.
We invite you to take a tour of our boarding precincts and facilities when you are visiting the Gold Coast.
Annette is a teacher of Geography and English who has many years’ experience in education and Boarding. She has held the positions of Head of Girls’ Boarding at Ballarat and Clarendon College, Director of Boarding at Loreto College, Normanhurst, Sydney, Boarding Co-ordinator, Year Level Co-ordinator and Director of Service-Learning at Abbotsleigh, Sydney, and Dean of Middle Years at Canterbury College. She has worked for the past 10 years at A.B. Paterson College holding the positions of Head of Human Resources and then Director of Community Engagement and Staff Wellness. Annette is a member of the Board at Duschene College, a residential girls’ college within The University of Queensland.
Her present Principal described her as, “a truly beautiful person. She is absolutely perfect for the role. Her exceptional care of all around her stands out as a strength. She will be simply wonderful.”
Meet Amanda Rigby
Amanda’s energy and passion for fostering adolescent growth has been a priority throughout her teaching career. She studied and taught Health and Physical Education in New Zealand, prior to moving to Australia. Outside of the classroom, her available time has always been filled by coaching a range of teams.
“I loved seeing the students work as a team with a common focus; not only was personal achievement and success important, but learning to accept difference and communicate with respect were all vital goals.”
Pastorally, Amanda has always been interested in developing the whole person, academic theory being just one part of the development of her students. This interest lead to acceptance of pastoral positions; Head of Year 7 and Year 9 at various times in her career were both valuable stepping stones for her current position as Deputy Head of Boarding.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and their care of it for thousands of years. Open to the Spirit who has ever been present here, we resolve to appreciate its beauty, to be wise stewards of its resources, and to honour the connection the traditional custodians, the Kombumerri from the Yugambeh Nation, have with this land.