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August 2016 Newsletter


Brain Bee 2016

by Apoorva Patelhkana (11ST) and Ashley Walsh (11GN)

Our journey began several months ago as we got our first neuroscience booklet to study. In time, we did round one - an online test - and a group of us made it through to round two. Flash forward about two months, and we were in the van and heading to Dunedin.

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Principal's message

by Neil Haywood

Welcome back to term 3. I do hope that you all managed to have even a short break over the holiday period and that our young men and women are ready to take on the challenges that this 9 week term will bring them.

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Important dates and upcoming events

by RHS

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Our international students  getting ready for
their trip to Castle Hill.

Riccarton International

by Frances Couling

It has been an incredibly busy start to term three in the international office, with several different activities on the go.

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Board News

by Alan Aitken

Life can be a bit like a Pokémon hunt. We have places we want to get to or goals we want to achieve and we’re searching for ways to get there. 

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RHS Gifted and Talented Programme

by Tania Hawes

The RHS Gifted and Talented Programme has had a super two terms of events, with even more activities lined up in the coming months.

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Toby Buckner and Emma McMorran

Music Success

by Anne-Marie Plummer

Toby Buckner (10WS) and Emma McMorran (12CS) have been selected from their recent audition to be part of the National Secondary Schools' Brass Band, which consists of New Zealand's most talented Secondary School Brass and Percussion Musicians.

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REMINDER: Notification of upcoming PPTA meeting

by Neil Haywood

Riccarton High School will be closing at 1:00pm on Wednesday 7 September, so that teachers who are PPTA/NZEI members are able attend a regional meeting to discuss the Government's current proposals on the resourcing of schools.

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Hiram Taleni and 

Tamarisi Vosanibola

SPACPAC Pasifika Speech Competition

by Angela Bland

At the SPACPAC Pasifika Speech Competition, Tamarisi Vosanibola (12BN) gained first place in the Senior Fijian Speech while Hiram Taleni (10CO) gained first place in the Junior English Speech. 

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Mareta Ielua, Avaganofoa Talimatasi, Mavis Togia, Toefiliga Sua.

National Samoan language competition

by Sue Julian

Mareta Ielua (11BD), Mavis Togia (12PT), Toefiliga Sua (10CR), and Avaganofoa Talimatasi (13BN) recently travelled to Auckland to participate in the FAGASA National Samoan language competition.

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Ngā Manu Kōrero 2016

by Mike Murray

E ngā mana e ngā reo e ngā kārangaranga maha e ngā hau e whā tēnā koutou katoa.  Ngāa Manu Kōrero ki Waitaha 2016 was hosted by Te Iringa o Kahukura, Cashmere High School. 

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by Shane Morrow

Senior course selection material for 2017 will be given to students from Tuesday 23 August. We will also email the information to parents/caregivers. The 2017 course selection deadline is Friday 2 September.

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Library News

by Sally Blake

“You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if you only dared." —Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass.

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ShadowTech Day

by Emma Trott

An exciting opportunity arose recently for female senior students to attend a day organised by Ara Institute of Canterbury to shadow a mentor in the engineering and ICT industries. Kate Stedman (12CS), Joy Louie (12CS) and Olivia Singleton (11NI) were lucky enough to attend. 

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Isabella Waterman


by RHS

Congratulations to the following students who are achieving on the sports field:

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Ara Expo and Open Day

by Ara Institute of Canterbury

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Book your place for "Parents as Career Educators"

by University of Canterbury

Guiding teenagers through the various career and study options available to them in the modern world can be a challenge. UC Career Consultant Dave Petrie will talk with you about how you can support your child's career decisions. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend the seminar offered at UC this year.

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Victoria University graduates

by RHS

The following former pupils have graduated from Victoria University between June 2015 and May 2016. Congratulations to: Melissa Bryant, Christina Hyman,  Angela Pennington,  Eliot Slevin,  Ruth Stuart, Helen Zou.

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Jack at AJ Trust.

Alternative programmes and activities for older students in the Kohanga Ako

by Jill Turnbull

Students who are members of the Kohanga Ako classes are able to remain at secondary school until the end of their 21st year. It is important that they experience a programme that recognises that they are young adults transitioning out of school into the community setting. Therefore, there is an increasing focus on developing their independence and autonomy.

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Lillian Renwick, third in the world for Greek.

Language perfect world championships

by Anne Jacques

Once again our students have been very active in the international language competition, earning certificates and awards across a variety of languages, especially Japanese, French, Samoan and Te Reo. 

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Lincoln Science Quiz

by Kara Ross

The Riccarton Raccoons were awarded third place out of the seventeen teams that competed at the Lincoln Science Quiz, held August 1. It was a close finish - only one point between Riccarton High School and the tied first place. Congratulations to our team: Kate Stedman (12CS), Andrew Fordyce (12HB), Tim Bridgman (12HB) and Tori Cotton (12NP).

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RHS Social

by Grace Hickland, Social Committee

The when I grow up social, held the last week of term 2, raised enough money to build two classrooms in Syria. That means that you've all had a great night, and we've all helped these children get an education. 

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The teenage brain - a presentation by Nathan Wallis

by RHS

In this presentation Nathan Wallis will explore and explain the latest understandings of the adolescent brain and the changes that are taking place. 

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