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June 2018 Newsletter

Kia Ora Koutou.

Already we have reached the mid-point of term 2 and for many of our students the Queen’s Birthday long weekend provides the ideal opportunity to catch up on things such as sleep and schoolwork, or to reflect on what needs to be achieved in the remaining five weeks of term. 

As a school we are continuing to place a focus on students wellbeing and in particular the importance of a balance between work and play. 

On this theme I have to share a concern with you from the beginning of this term when a number of senior students I spoke to said that they were exhausted after working long hours in paid holiday employment. It is true: there are a lot of good aspects to getting out and getting yourself a job as a teenager (especially the money!) but while they are a school, balance is the key. 

It is vital that our students get the opportunity to recharge their batteries for their own mental and physical well being. Of course this does apply to those in part-time employment during the school term also.

I am delighted to announce that our Education Brief, the document which we have been working on over the past 9 months, and which clearly articulates our future vision for teaching and learning at the school, has been accepted by the Ministry of Education. 

This now allows us to move into the Master Planning phase prior to some redevelopment occurring around the school starting in 2019. 

As I mentioned to a large group of Year 8 students and their parents at our recent Information Evening, for Riccarton High School, this building programme will not mean the construction of large open plan learning spaces. It will mean some exciting projects which meet student need and which are long overdue for a school celebrating its 60th jubilee later this year. 

I do encourage you to have a read of our Education Brief. You will find a link to the document on our school website in the ‘Our School’ section.

Finally, as we enter the winter season, please be aware that for the remainder of this term we will be trialling the shortening of lunchtimes on Mondays and Fridays to 45 minutes . This means that with the exception of Wednesday school will finish each day at 3:00pm. 

This will be reviewed at the end of the term with the view to extending it through the remainder of winter.

I look forward to catching up with you on the sideline or at one of the many other school events before the end of the term. Keep warm!

Neil Haywood


Chris Nielsen

Woolf Fisher Trust Fellowship

by Chris Nielsen

Chris Nielsen, our Head of Faculty - Health and Physical Education, was awarded the Woolf Fisher Fellowship late last year. He has recently returned from his travels and tells us of his findings...

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Whare ako

Important dates and upcoming events

by RHS

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Scarves - Fundraising for World Vision

by Junior Council

Winter is coming, and that means that we need to wrap up warm. What better way to do this than purchase an RHS scarf from the main office? The scarves are 80% wool and will keep your necks warm on cold winter days. Your child will definitely thank you for it.

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RHS History teachers meet Minniejean Brown: (l-r) Alexander van der Peet, Jo Gordon, Minniejean Brown, Elliott Campbell, Kristi LeCren.

History comes alive with Minnijean Brown

by Elliott Campbell

On Friday May 25th, the school’s Year 11 History students, with hundreds of others from across the city, had the privilege to walk to the nearby La Vida Centre to listen to an icon of the American black civil rights’ movement, Minnijean Brown.

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Year 8 Day

by RHS

We recently hosted nearly 200 Year 8 students from five of our in-zone contributing schools, as a way of giving them a taste of what it is like to be at High School.

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Rowing coaches required

by RHS

Are you interested in learning how to coach one the fastest growing sports in NZ? We require rowing coach(es) for the 2018/19 season and would love to hear from you. An introductory session is planned for 24 June.

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Elaine P Snowden Astronomy School

by Francesca Zhang (13CS)

In the April holidays, Francesca Zhang got the opportunity to attend the Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy school - a week-long camp organised by the University of Canterbury to inspire Year 12 and 13 students who excel in science to study astronomy.

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Atoms Day

by Ruby Laugeson (12TR)

On Tuesday the 10th and Wednesday the 11th of April, three level 2 physics classes split up and attended a day trip to Rutherford’s Den and to the University of Canterbury's Science department to learn about nuclear physics.

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Mia Jenkins

CDHB Kia Ora Hauora Maori Work Placement Programme

by Holly Jackson (13JE) and Mia Jenkins (13BA)

Last week, Holly Jackson and Mia Jenkins were privileged to be a part of the CDHB Kia Ora Hauora Maori Work Placement Programme, which is a five-day programme designed for Maori students who want a future in Health Science.

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Where does the road to success start for your teenager?

by Caty Roberts (13BA), Chloe Green (13CS) and Mia Jenkins (13BA)

It all begins with diet! Nourishing your body with the necessary nutrients. These nutrients are beneficial for the body, helping teenagers to concentrate and achieve in school.

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Riccarton High School trip to Japan, 2018

by Vanessa Ye (13CS) and Catylin Roberts (13BA)

On the 14th of April, 11 year 12 and year 13 students and two language teachers journeyed to a country very foreign to our own, Japan.

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Environment Committee

by Daniel Wei (13CS)

On the 19th May, the Environment Committee along with other Riccarton High students took part in their first volunteer planting day for the year at Travis Wetlands.

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Video: Ka Pai Art Folio Students!

Ka Pai - Art Folio Students

by M.A.D. Team

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Grass Karting Champ

by Alison Botherway

Kane Botherway completed over Easter weekend in the NZ Grass Karting Champs. After four years of entering, Kane had secured a fourth, second and third placing, and has finally has earned the top spot of first in NZ.

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Jade Jenkins (front right) pictured with her parents Bryce and Sherie, her sister Mia and Mrs Mary Edmunson (coach and manager).

Volleyball Scholarship

by Mary Edmondson

Congratulations to former student, Jade Jenkins, who has received a Volleyball scholarship to Marshalltown Community College in Iowa, and will be starting in August this year.

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Uniform changes

by Sharyn Varcoe, DP Junior School.

At a recent meeting, our Board of Trustees accepted two changes to our school uniform proposed by the junior school council.

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Sporting success

by Craig Whinham

Congratulations to Alyssa Whinham (10BU) who has been selected for the NZ Schools Under 15 Football team. The team will be travelling to Sydney from 8 - 14 July to play three games against NSW Academy age group teams.

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Pink Shirt Day 2018

Pink Shirt Day at RHS

by Melissa Clarke

The student council did a pink wall of positivity for pink shirt day and handed out balloons and chocolate fish. Messages of anti-bullying and positivity were posted. 188 messages went up on the wall!

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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

by Tanya Bennett

Duke of Edinburgh Awards create opportunities for our young people to learn and new skill or activity and encourage them to be active in their community.

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Device Advice

by Sharyn Varcoe: DP Junior School

Devices are an integral part of our blended learning approach here at Riccarton High School. They offer opportunities for enhancing learning for example through access to varied media and also allow collaboration beyond the classroom.

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Board News

by Paul Bridgman

“Do you know what my favourite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary

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St John's success

by Mike Holdaway

Congratulations to Carmen Holdaway and Sarah Gillespie who recently competed at the St John's National Youth Festival in Nelson against cadets from throughout New Zealand in a range of first aid and communication tests and drills.

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Student achievement

by Nikki Conyers

Congratulations to Francesca Zhang (13CS) who is one of only two students in the whole country to have been selected to complete a four week camp in XLAB, Germany.

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Winter uniform

Uniform - getting ready for winter

by RHS

With winter fast approaching students may want to consider purchasing some warmer uniform items. Please note that from 1 June 2018, uniform prices will increase on all garments except blazers.

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GRIP Leadership Conference

by Melissa Clarke

On April 4, Miss Clarke and ten students from Year 10 attended the GRIP leadership conference.

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Video: Ka Pai Shakespeare Festival Group!

Ka Pai - The Shakespeare Festival Group

by M.A.D Team

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RHS students pitch in to help Christchurch community

by RHS

The walkway off Catherine Street in Woolston, beside the Heathcote river, has been revitalised with help from some of our Year 12 students and the University of Canterbury (UC) Student Volunteer Army (SVA).

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The student assessment handbook is now available online

by Elliott Campbell

The student assessment handbook outlines student rights and responsibilities as regards how Riccarton High School manages assessment towards national qualifications such as the NCEA. It is an important document to refer to, especially if you are unsure of any assessment procedures or rules.

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Saving the sand dunes

by Joanna Gordon

9GD and seven students from 9CN spent a fantastic day at Sumner beach last month, learning about the impacts of humans and nature on the sand dunes. They also used the opportunity to carry out scientific observations on animals and plants, and recorded ideas to contribute to their environmental poetry assignment in English.

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Safety and Security

by RHS

We are quite concerned that a number of parents are driving through the school grounds to drop their young people off in the morning.

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