St Hilda's Country Visits: 9th - 12th May & Boarding Open Day: 20th May: Click here for more information

St Hilda's

We believe in creating a home where our girls feel completely at ease

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Kāika Tolcarne, Welcome to our Tolcarne Home

Just a 10 minute walk from St Hilda’s is Tolcarne, our boarding residence. Home to up to 163 students, it’s beautifully situated in the town belt, looking out over the city and harbour.

At Tolcarne, we believe in creating a home where our boarders feel completely at ease. We aim to live by the same family values anyone would be proud of and encourage our whanau to have fun along the way: Whakaute - Respect, Ngākau aroha  - Empathy, Whanaungatanga – Belonging and Ngākau tapatahi - Integrity.

Tolcarne will provide your daughter with the opportunity to grow herself to become a confident, resilient, happy, young woman who is able to connect with others and reach her full potential in a changing world.

The staff at Tolcarne will encourage and support your daughter, instilling integrity and empathy into their lives by collectively role modelling respect and belonging. 

Tolcarne’s Strategic Goals:

Tolcarne is passionate about deeply caring and connecting authentically with the young people who live within our hostel.

We can be the best in the world at providing a quality living environment that is lead with whole heartedness, which ensures that relationships are built, students are safe, their wellbeing capacity is nurtured and the wider community is included.

We will ensure that Tolcarne operates a robust financial strategy that recognises and values what we do and enables us to provide the highest level of care, service and facilities.

St Hilda's Country Visits and Boarding Open Day

Please use this link, if you are interested in applying for a position at St Hilda's Collegiate School as a boarder for 2022. This will register your interest in attending our Country Visits and/or our Tolcarne Boarders Open Day.

The Country Visit is an opportunity for you and your daughter to come along to a relaxed environment and learn more about what St Hilda's and Tolcarne have to offer. We would love to meet you and show you who we are. Please see the dates for your local area below;


The Tolcarne Boarders Open Day will be held on Thursday May 20th, starting 10am at St Hilda's (2 Cobden St, Dunedin). This will be followed by lunch and boarding hostel tours at Tolcarne Boarding Residence (12 Tolcarne Avenue, Maori Hill, Dunedin), 12.30pm until 2pm.

As you work towards making a decision about your daughter's secondary schooling, we hope to give you the confidence that we can provide your daughter with a fully supportive 'home away from home'.

Contact us:

Tolcarne Boarding Residence: 03 464 0074

House Managers:

Director of Boarding:

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Instagram: tolcarne_sthildas

Policies and Procedures for Parents: Click here

St Hilda's / Tolcarne Map

Mrs Ange Rathbone, Director of Boarding

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