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Riccarton High School

November 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora Koutou.

Here we are in week 4 of a short 8 week term and it is hard to believe that we have already bid farewell to our seniors as they head off on their study leave prior to exams starting on the 8th of November.  During the first senior assembly of this term,  I reminded our senior school about the importance of committing to the tasks which need to be completed over the coming weeks - (short term pain for long term gain), and the fact that there are many people here within the school community who are willing to assist with study tips and schedules, even while students are on exam leave. Some of our students will go into the exams having already achieved NCEA at their particular level, while others will need to do some substantial work in order for them to meet their targets. I also reminded our seniors that the stresses and strains of sitting external exams can be minimised by being well prepared and, at the end of the day, what we are actually asking for is 100% effort no matter what the result. We wish them well.

Thank you to those members of our community who supported a number of “end of year” events for our seniors last week; including our Senior Prize-giving, Leaver’s Breakfast and Leaver’s Assembly.  It is always an emotional time of the year, particularly for those who are coming to the end of 5 years of secondary schooling, but it is also a time of celebration as we come together to acknowledge some wonderful achievements by our young men and women.

Recently we also acknowledged our Foundation Day as a school. This was an opportunity not only to acknowledge our 61st year in existence but also to acknowledge long serving staff, former students and friends of the school. Those staff who were recognised for long service were:

10 Years Service:

15 Years Service:

30 Years Service:

After a long process of consultation and feedback from different groups both within and outside the school, I was excited to be able to share the names of our new Whare before our seniors went on exam leave. The decision was made to go with the suggestion put forward by our Senior Maori Students which will see the 4 Whare each represent the phases of the sun:

As previously mentioned, each Whare will have a Kaiarataki (one who leads), which is equivalent to a Head of House and a Kaitiaki (guardian), who essentially is the Dean. Students will find out which Whare they will be connected to in 2020 and onwards, within due course.

Neil Haywood, Principal


Our Kaiarataki (Heads of House). From left to right: Aeronwy Cording, Lydia Mills, Kalina Harmer-Campbell, Heather Lindsay

New school structure for 2020

by Neil Haywood

In 2020 our school will be comprised of 4 Whare (Houses) where students will be supported by their Kaiarataki (Head of House), Kaitiaki (Dean) and their Whānau Teacher.

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Principal Neil Haywood with Hamish Lindsay

And the winners are..........

by RHS

There were applications aplenty but in the end it came down to two. A big congratulations to both our Peerswick Scholarship recipients for 2020.

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Cain from the Riccarton Unity Freemasons Lodge presents Liam MacKechnie with his scholarship cheque. 

Liam MacKechnie wins Freemasons scholarship

by Alison Mason

Freemasons support individuals and organisations in communities throughout NZ. There has been a Freemasons Unity Lodge here in Riccarton for nearly 100 years.

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Important announcement from RHS Board of Trustees

by Paul Bridgman - BOT

There has been coverage in the news recently about the new school donation scheme. Under this, schools can opt in to receive a government-funded donation of $150 per student instead of asking families for the general school donation.

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Year 10 A Volleyball Boys Team

Year 10 Volleyball boys winners

by Angus Gourlay

Riccarton High School entered 5 teams into the Canterbury Junior Volleyball Champs with the highlight being the Year 10 A Boys taking out the Canterbury Title for the second time in a row.

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Jake Dalton (11WS), Asher McNeil (11ST), Callum Wakefield (11GD), MakKay Wakefield (11GD)

EVlocity 2019

by RHS

EVolocity in partnership with Orion, Enviroschools, Assist Energy Ltd, ETCO, University of Auckland and MeloYelo, proudly hosted the school’s programme for the fifth year of competition.

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End of year celebration

by Zohra Nabi

In week 4 around 70 of our Filipino students gathered together for an end of year celebration in the Riccarton Primary school hall.

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Dominic Hasselberg (9BU), Anna Boulton (9EA), Anna Fischer (NASA) and Lara Stevens (9HY)

Year 9 Students meet NASA Astronaut

by Sabina Reed

Anna Fischer is one of the longest serving astronauts in NASA's history and three lucky RHS students were given the opportunity to meet her and hear her speak.

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Kohanga Ako would like to say Thank You!

by Kerry McCarthy

Many of our students are currently involved in work experience in the community. Without the support of these businesses, our students would not get the opportunity to develop their work ethic, problem solving, communication and teamwork skills.

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Art by 9HN

9HN Art

by Bree Smith

9HN recently wrapped up what has been a very successful term of art making; visually exploring cultural diversity alongside learning about the elements of art.

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Year 9 Readers Cup National Champions

Library Lowdown

by Sally Blake

Riccarton High are National Champions.

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Celebrating Diwali at RHS

by Zohra Nabi

One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance"

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Flexibility in Secondary Learning, Students leading their own learning

by Dr Cheryl Doig & Dr Chris Jansen

Student to student interaction is becoming more prevalent. While there are still students that spend most of their school day working alone there are increasing examples of students collaborating in groups; working in self-paced, self-directed ways; or having greater flexibility in their interactions. The Riccarton High School Media and Advertising programme is an elective for Years 11-13 students, with a focus on developing skills through communicating with community. This student driven programme has students creating content for many different communication pathways including newsletter, website, billboard, video, Facebook, snapchat and Instagram.

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Commitment to community

by Carmen Holdaway

Sarah Gillespie, Dominic Hasselberg and Carmen Holdaway have recently all had successes within St John Youth. The three have been named as a part of the 2020 South Island Representative Squad at the National Youth Festival to be held in Wellington in April. The trio will be tested on their responses to various first aid and communication scenarios.

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Orion Chau (13GN) and Spencer Lindsay (11WS)

Promising young volleyballer gets the experience of a lifetime

by Spencer Lindsay

Riccarton High Year 11 Student, Spencer Lindsay, shares his incredible achievement with us.

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RHS Junior and Senior Climbers

Climbing High

by Jasmine White

On the 5th & 6th of September 2019, Riccarton High School competed in the South Island Secondary Schools Rock Climbing Championships, held at the YMCA Roxx.

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Flynn Morgan (11WS)

Holiday Sporting Achievements

by RHS

RHS students have been busy achieving greatness during the recent school holidays.

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Delicious and nutritious

Exam time nutrition made easy

by MB

These delicious yet super nutritious carrot and apple flapjacks are the perfect "pick me up" for busy students.

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CPR Training

by Shane Morrow

We have been fortunate to be able to arrange for the St John New Zealand Community Education Team to come to our school in November to train all of our Year 9 and 10 students in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

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Year 9 Stationery Packs for 2020

by Rebecca Nicholson

Stationery packs for the 2020 Year 9 students are available to purchase now from the school office.

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Winter uniform


by PTA Committee

The PTA sells second-hand uniforms on behalf of families. With the end of the school year just around the corner, now is a great time to wash any unwanted items and bring them in.

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Lonsdale Scholarships

by Public Trust

Call for Scholarship Applications.

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Parent Help for Parent and Family Support

by Karen Churchward

Our aim is to ensure that parents in New Zealand feel fully supported to do the best parenting job they can and to know that they can call on us whenever they need that extra bit of parenting support.

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Te Kura Summer School

by Te Kura

This is the fifth year that Te Kura have offered summer study, which has grown in popularity every year. More than 1500 students took advantage of Summer School last year to top up their NCEA credits, enabling them to go on to either further study, training or employment.

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If your child is in Yr 10 to Yr 13.....there is no better way to relax these holidays!

by RHS

Order your child's stationery in December and you decide when you pay.

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