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September 2017 Newsletter

Kia Ora Koutou.

As term 3 draws to a close, we take this opportunity to reflect upon another academically successful term in addition to a number of outstanding co-curricular achievements. Seniors have completed their prelim exams and it is now important that they act on the feedback given by teachers both in class and at our recent student/parent interview day, particularly when they will only have three weeks of term 4 to complete their coursework and final preparations before the external examinations take place.

Can we also take this opportunity to thank members of our school community who have contributed so much over the winter term to our sports and cultural programmes as coaches, managers and mentors. Without the support of these dedicated and selfless people as back-up to our fantastic staff we would be unable to sustain the wide-ranging programme that we offer.

My thanks also to those parents and whanau who have taken the time to respond to our survey around the Education Brief. As stated in previous newsletters, the Brief provides us with the opportunity to articulate our vision for future teaching and learning at the school. Not only has the feedback to date reinforced many of the great things that are happening at Riccarton High School but it has also provided us with food for thought with regard to the skills our learners will require in the future and to some areas that we will need to look at developing. It is not too late to respond to this survey. You will find a link to the questions in this newsletter.

Finally, for those who manage to get some time over the holidays, I wish you a restful break and I look forward to catching up with you at one of the many end-of-year events in term 4.

Neil Haywood


Holiday reading

by Sally Blake

Riccy has his holiday reading sorted, have you?

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Music Soiree

by Anne-Marie Plummer, HOD Music

Last Friday night, the Music Department presented their first 'Soiree', where fifty of Riccarton High School's gifted musicians performed a sensational array of eclectic tunes to an enthusiastic crowd at the funkiest of clubs in Lyttellton (LAF).

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2018 Scholarship winners

Scholarship winners

by RHS

Congratulations to our 2018 Scholarship winners Elnathan Yi, Benjamin Guo and Myro McKee.

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Did you know you can claim some of your school donation back?

by Vasanthi Perera

Did you know that donations over $5 that you have made to your children’s schools are tax deductible with a valid school receipt? 

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Riccarton High School Year 9 2018 information evening

by Neil Haywood

A reminder to all our students, who will be in Year 9 in 2018, and their families, that our information evening is being held on Tuesday 17 October at 7:00pm in the School Hall. 

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School Mural

by Kate Stedman (13SN)

During the last holidays the Environment Committee got to work on a mural to represent our school environment. 

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Environment Committee Volunteer Day

by Kate Stedman (13SN)

On the 27th of August, the environment committee along with other Riccarton students and staff took part in our third volunteer day, this time at Otukaikino Reserve. 

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King’s son, Milo, learns a New Caledonian bird dance with Sam and Siaosi.

Visit from New Caledonia

by Anne Jacques, HOF Languages.

Week 8 was both International Languages Week and Te Wīki o Te Reo Māori, so it was entirely appropriate that we receive a visit from the Collège de Paita in New Caledonia, for our students to try their skills in a variety of languages. 

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Te Wīki o te Reo Māori

by Anne Jacques, HOF Languages

Ko tou reo, ko toku reo, te tuakiri tangata. Tihei uriuri, tihei nakonako.

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by RHS

Congratulations to Ella Bielski-Neil who competed in the dressage competition at Rangiora A & P Showgrounds on Sunday 17 September. Against eight other riders, her results in the Dressage New Zealand introductory level test 0:1 were:  first place and 0:2, second place. 

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The Concert Band

by Anne-Marie Plummer

The Concert Band performed at the Concert Band Festival which was held over the weekend at the Charles Luney Auditorium.

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Christchurch Schools Regional Orchestra

by Anne-Marie Plummer

The Christchurch Schools Regional Orchestra has been rehearsing regularly each week for the last term with their conductor Ian Thorpe. 

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1st XI Girls’ Hockey

by Rachel Anderson, 11TN

The 1st Xl Girls’ Hockey team were lucky to start off our season with a very similar team to last season. As we had done a lot of development as a team last year, we were very strong from the start of the season. 

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Winter uniform

Second-hand uniform

by RHS

Has your son or daughter grown out of their uniform? The PTA can sell it on your behalf.

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Have you completed the survey yet?

by RHS

This is your opportunity to help us design the future of our school by providing us with feedback about areas that we are doing particularly well in, and others that we need to develop.

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Student Art Exhibition 

by Amie Blackwell

The first ever Canterbury Student Art Exhibition was organised and held at Windsor Gallery this term.

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Kapa Haka Pūtaringmotu

by Matua Mike Murray

Te Kapa o Pūtaringamotu are in their last three weeks of preparation for the Secondary Schools Regional Kapa Haka Competition. This will be held on Saturday 21st October at the Aurora Centre, Burnside High School. 

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Senior Folio Exhibition

by Amie Blackwell

Thursday October 19th in the school hall, 6:30pm-8:00pm. Snacks and refreshments provided.

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Ist XI Boys Football Team

by Jeff Gunn

Competing in the Winter Tournament Week and playing in the Jim Wishart Tournament at Avonhead Park, the team were placed 6th out of 16 teams. Congratulations to Luke White who received the Golden Boot award with 12 goals for the Tournament, and Joshua Paul received the MVP, Most Valuable Player Award.

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Sarah Wallace and Kelsey Butland running a game of capture the flag.

Leadership Camp

by Zacary Friesen, 12VA

Riccarton High School held a leadership camp in Hanmer springs on the 15th and 17th of September. It was an amazing opportunity for Year 12 students to get a taste in what Leadership is all about. Students heard talks from a range of different leaders, such as Mr Haywood and Miss Heald, the Year 13 prefects and Bekka from Kokiri. They could take part in activities that built their leadership skills for the future. 

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Riccarton High School PTA

by PTA Committee

The purpose of the PTA is to create a close association between parents and the school.

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Student Achievement Interview Day

by Shane Morrow

 Many thanks to those who were able to make it to our Student Achievement Interview Day a couple of weeks back.

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Students Rachel Bunn,
Nikesha Clark, Monica Koster and Connor Thompson from 10VE display their
finished model.

Mission to Mars

by Sharyn Varcoe

Students in many year 10 Science classes have been busy this term problem solving on Mars, or at least investigating and modelling possible solutions to problems we may face when we eventually get to Mars. 

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  9RD completing a musical performance.

The Riccarton Way Committee

by Jessica Leary, 11HB

The Riccarton Way Committee is a great opportunity for those who want to be more involved in how the Riccarton Way is presented throughout the school. 

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