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August 2017 Newsletter

Principal's Comment

Kia Ora Koutou

I hope that this newsletter finds you well at the mid-way point in the term. I must admit that I am looking forward (hopefully) to some warmer weather as we move towards Spring.

As I write my Principal’s Comment our senior students are completing their prelim exam week-an ideal time to take stock of where they are at with their studies in 2017 and what the focus needs to be in the remaining eight weeks before the NCEA external exams begin.

This will be reinforced through the second of our two student achievement interview days on 14 September. As with the first of these days, no official classes will operate. Parents/whanau and students will have the opportunity to discuss progress with subject teachers and potential pathways in 2018. There will also be an opportunity to attend a presentation in the hall where our Careers Advisor, Vanessa Kidd and Deputy Principal, Shane Morrow will discuss course planning and career pathways. Further details about this day are in the newsletter. I would strongly encourage you to make the most of this opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers.

As I mentioned in the previous newsletter, we are about to embark on a redevelopment phase starting with the creation of an Education Brief which sets out our future vision for teaching and learning at Riccarton High School. I am pleased to report that steady progress is being made with a parent’s focus group created to oversee the consultation which is required with our parent community. In the near future a survey will be distributed, designed by this group, to get your feedback on a number of areas. I would also encourage you to take the time and comment not only on the areas where you think we are doing well but also those that you feel we need to develop as a school.

To assist with the Education Brief, a steering group consisting of parents, staff and students has been established to oversee the process. I certainly look forward to working with both groups as we work to establish our future direction for the school.

As always please don’t hesitate in contacting me if you wish to discuss an aspect of the Education Brief or if there is anything else on your mind! 

Neil Haywood


Stella Cantare

The Voices Festival

by A.M.Plummer, HOD Music

The Voices Festival featured a range of fabulous choirs from schools from all over Canterbury over a full three-night choir extravaganza held at the Charles Luney Auditorium last week.

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Musical Extravaganza

by A.M. Plummer, HOD Music

Our senior musicians performed at the hugely successful Musical Extravaganza last term. Come and see more performances from this talented group of young musicians at the Music Soiree on September 22nd. 

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Daniel and Jason with Anton Sutton (Z Energy) and Sarah Parker (Workbridge) after the presentation of their Completion Certificates at the Year 13 Directions Assembly.

Kohanga Ako - Z Energy Internship

by Linda Leishman

Congratulations to our two students, Daniel Curtis and Jason Laurie, for completing a 12 week Internship with Z Energy. 

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School finishes early on Tuesday 19 September

by Shane Morrow, Deputy Principal

You will be aware that we are doing considerable work on our Education Brief for our school renovation.

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Future Transport competition winners: Kaile
Qian, Georgia Walsh and Kayley Johnson 

Riccarton High School wins the best Y7-10 NZTA Future Transport competition with Starpath Game

by Sharyn Varcoe

On Friday it was announced that Starpath has won the Y7-10 Best Game category in the nationwide Future Transport competition run by the New Zealand Transport Authority.

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Kapa Haka Raffle - drawn August 31

by RHS

Proceed will help Kapahaka raise money for uniforms and extra tuition costs so they can compete on behalf of RHS in the regionals. Drawn just in time for Father's Day.

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SOFIA telescope visit

by Joshua Daglish (12GN)

On Friday the 6th of August, four lucky senior students: Kate Stedman (13SN), Olivia Kennington (13SN), Aidan Morris (13IT), and Joshua Daglish (12GN) had the amazing opportunity to visit NASA’S plane SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy) telescope at Christchurch Airport, with the three physics teachers: Emma Trott, Sue Napier, and Maree Vercoe.

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Senior subject selection process for 2018

by Shane Morrow, Deputy Principal

It is time for students currently in Years 10 to 12 to apply for their senior courses for next year.

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A Mutual Interview On An Exciting Scientific Experience

by Jason Alexander (12VA) and Francesca Zhang (12VA)

By Jason Alexander and Francesca Zhang, Year 12 students who interviewed each other.

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Sporting Success

by Tess Regaldo

Alyssa Whinham and Luke White both had success at the NZ Futsal nationals held in Palmerston North during the July school holidays.

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Students selected for National Secondary Schools Brass Band

by RHS

Congratulations to Toby Buckner (11PL) and Emma McMorran (13SN), who were selected for the National Secondary Schools Brass Band.

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Student Achievement Interview Day

by Shane Morrow, Deputy Principal

We are holding a second interview day for all year levels on Thursday 14th September from 9:30am to 8:00pm. 

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Youth ANZAAS Melbourne

by Kate Stedman 13SN

Kate Stedman writes about her experiences at the Youth ANZAAS camp in Melbourne in July.

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Riccarton International

by Frances Couling

It has been a very busy start to term three! We welcomed 23 new students, and with a new and improved international orientation programme, things got off to a great start.

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Sahiti Peddisetti, Emily Xu, Lyn, Ashley Mendoza, Michelle

Brain Bee 2017

by Lyn Young 11HC and Sahiti Peddisetti 11WI

Lyn Young, Ashley Mendoza, Emily Xu, Sahiti Peddisetti and Michelle Li competed in the Brain Bee Competition in Dunedin recently. This is their account of the experience.

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Library News

by Sally Blake

Remember the Library is a Community and School Library so everyone is welcome and it is free to join.

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The Concert Band

by A.M.Plummer HOD Music

The Concert Band have been working hard over the last two terms for the up and coming Concert Band Festival, which is being held on Sunday September 17th. 

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The term three Social is coming up! 

by Social Well-being committee

On the 27th of September at 7:30pm, the Social Well-being Committee will be running another social in the hall. Tickets will be on sale for $6 the week before. We will keep you updated in the notices. The last social was awesome and we are excited for this one to be even bigger and better.

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Wellbeing at RHS

by Zeinab Al-Hasani 11HC

There is a growing awareness in education about the significance that well-being plays in student engagement and success, and in supporting staff to be at their optimum professionally. 

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Help with homestays

by Anne Jacques

In week 7 and 8, from the 5th to the 13th of September, we will receive a visit from a school in New Caledonia. 

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Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year

by Amie Blackwell HOF Arts

Congratulations to Max Killoh who came third in the Junior category of the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. 

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Jazz Quest Competition 

by A.M. Plummer, HOD Music.

The Jazz Band competed in the annual Jazz Quest Competition on August 6th. They were delighted to be awarded a 'Gold' certificate for their performance which included a variety of standards of latin, swing and ballad styles. Tim Bridgman's lovely alto saxophone solo In Angel Eyes was particularly impressive. You will hear more from the Jazz Band at the Music Soiree on Sept 22nd. 

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Matariki 2017

by Anne Jacques

It seems a long time since Matariki already, yet it was only in week 9 of last term that the school celebrated this significant mid-winter event. 

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Visit from our Japanese sister school

by Anne Jacques

This Term, in weeks 2 and 3, we welcomed 16 students and two teachers from Takefu Higashi High School – our sister school in Japan. 

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