Pupils trace history of St Hilda’s in Dunedin

St Hilda's Collegiate School year 9 pupil Thareni Luxmanan (13) holds a photo of how the school looked at its first site on Leith St, while fellow pupils examine the building on the site now. Photo: Peter McIntosh
St Hilda's Collegiate School year 9 pupil Thareni Luxmanan (13) holds a photo of how the school looked at its first site on Leith St, while fellow pupils examine the building on the site now. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Pupils of a Dunedin high school had a chance to revisit history last week.

Ninety St Hilda’s Collegiate School year 9 pupils went on The St Hilda’s Heritage Tour around Dunedin, exploring the school history.

St Hilda’s year 9 dean Judith Turner said it was the fourth year of the tour.

She said the exercise enabled pupils to have a connection to the school and explore the elements of special character the school was founded on.

The school began on Leith St in 1896 with 11 on the roll.

Locations visited included the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, to see which ship the two founders of the school, Sisters Geraldine and Etheleen sailed on to New Zealand; the school’s first location in Leith St and where Sister Geraldine was buried at the Northern Cemetery.

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