Class Act 2013 ten years on: St Hilda's Collegiate

Where are they now?


2013: Kim was a cellist with the Dunedin Sinfonia and had won the school’s year 12 highest achievement award.

Before committing to studying medicine, she planned to find out what being what a doctor was like by working in a Tanzanian hospital in the summer holidays.

2023: Kim says her time in Tanzania led to another medical volunteer trip to rural Cambodia in 2018 "and hopefully many more to come".

A junior doctor at Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury, she recently passed the generic surgical science exam (GSSE), which is the first of several on the path to becoming a surgeon.

She has bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery and bachelor of science (psychology) degrees.

The Christchurch woman says she unfortunately no longer has the time to play the cello.



2013: Captain of the school’s senior A netball team, Thomson also played touch rugby for the Otago under-17 girls and the Otago under-19 mixed teams.

She planned to study health sciences and then do a degree in nursing or radiation therapy.


2023: Thomson did a nursing degree in Otago, then moved to Christchurch to be a paediatric oncology nurse.

After completing a postgraduate certificate, she now works in adult oncology. She and her husband are travelling overseas for six months and planning to work in Abu Dhabi.