Riccarton High School


Kia ora Katou.

As I write my comment for the newsletter, cast members and support crew involved in our major production for 2019, ‘Grease,’ are performing their first show in front of a packed-out audience containing students from several of our contributing schools. What an amazing feat to be able to put this together over the last 5 months, with both staff and students having to balance already busy schedules with endless hours of rehearsals, stage construction and technical set up. I am sure that the shows will be well supported by our school community over the next 4 nights - they certainly deserve it!

Next week our new Board of Trustees meets for the first time and I am thoroughly looking forward to working with the new parent representatives; Mark Paul, Joanne Roberts and Blair McConnell, in addition to re-elected members; Janine Ogier and Paul Bridgeman, as we enter an exciting but also challenging era in Riccarton High School’s history. In terms of our redevelopment, our designers for the project have been confirmed and now we begin the exciting phase of Master Planning. With regard to our curriculum, the next few years provide us with some exciting opportunities but also some challenges in a rapidly changing world. On that note, I encourage you to come along to a community event being held in our Hall early next term, where you will not only have the opportunity to meet members of our Board of Trustees, but also hear about Riccarton High School’s response to Global and Educational change. You will find further details on this event in our newsletter.

As we get nearer to the July holidays, I would like to thank you for your patience and support with the numerous interruptions this term. Partly this has been due to industrial action over the Secondary Teacher’s Collective Agreement, and we wait for the response to the Governments latest offer. Obviously the hope is that this is resolved quickly for the benefit of all parties concerned. We are already past the half way mark in the senior academic calendar and with prelim exams in week 4 of next term, it will be important for our senior students to use the break not only to recharge their batteries, but also to start a solid revision programme leading up to these exams. There are many people who can help with setting up this programme for your son or daughter, starting with the subject teachers themselves.

Enjoy the holidays and stay warm!

Neil Haywood

Principal


  1. International Languages Week

    Riccarton High school celebrating our diversity! Read more…
  2. Leading into the Future

    An in-depth look at education at Riccarton High School and our leaders' views on education and how we can better prepare our ākonga for ... Read more…
  3. Board of Trustees election results

    Congratulations to the following candidates who were duly elected: Our thanks and appreciation goes to the candidates who put their ... Read more…
  4. Unlocking Riccarton High School’s response to Global and Educational Change.

    A Community Event Facilitated By Our Student Led Learning Committee. Read more…
  5. Celebrating Filipino Independence Day

    On Wednesday the 12th of June our Filipino students, along with 50 Riccarton Primary School students, celebrated Filipino Independence Day. Read more…
  6. National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition 2019

    Two brave students from Level 3 Hospitality competed in the National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition 2019, which was held at Ara ... Read more…
  7. Eid Celebration to mark the end of Ramadan

    More than 2000 people gathered in Christchurch on Sunday 9 June to mark the end of Ramadan. Read more…
  8. Riccarton International

    The international department continues to hum along nicely. We are currently enrolling our 60th student for the year - Lorenzo, from Italia. Read more…
  9. Supporting your child’s wellbeing over the holidays.

    Recently there has been an abundance of talk about the rise in mental health issues in Canterbury. We need to understand that our young ... Read more…
  10. Happy Matariki to you all!

    Matariki is the Maori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades, which appears over the New Zealand skies in June this year and ... Read more…
  11. Riccarton High goes to UC.

    The Riccarton High School level 2 Physics class attended a fascinating field trip to the University of Canterbury Physics Department and ... Read more…
  12. Congratulations Mackenzie Ngahere.

    Last term the 'Enliven Places Programme' at the Christchurch City Council, ran a design competition to help create new templates for their ... Read more…
  13. SOFIA returns to New Zealand

    SOFIA, the 747SP infrared telescope is coming back to New Zealand! Read more…
  14. Mission to Mars

    Rocket Challenge Read more…
  15. Congratulations.

    Sporting Success Read more…
  16. Video: Coordinator by Day, International Sports Representative by Night

    Angus Gourlay, our RHS Sports Coordinator, represented Canterbury in the Senior Men's Volleyball Interprovisional Championships and is ... Read more…
  17. Library News

    Wow term two is almost done and what a busy term it has been... Read more…
  18. Congratulations to our Senior A Netball Team

    The RHS Senior A Netball team have achieved a remarkable accomplishment and finished top of the SuperNet Reserve Table. Read more…
  19. Volunteer needed

    Riccarton High School is appealing for some kind person to volunteer their time and sewing skills to do basic uniform alterations such as ... Read more…
  20. Gina Wilson is coming to Christchurch!

    Do you have concerns for your child’s health, learning or behaviour? Then you won’t want to miss this one-day-only presentation! Read more…
  21. Driving in the school grounds

    We are quite concerned that a number of parents are driving through the school grounds to drop-off and pick-up their young people. Read more…
  22. NZ Police recently launched a new non-emergency number, 105.

    We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which ... Read more…
  23. Community Education at RHS

    Term 3 courses are listed below: Read more…
  24. Support Riccarton High School PTA! Get your new Entertainment Membership today.

    The 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Memberships are still available and selling fast! Read more…
  25. Free dental providers for Canterbury teens

    Did you know that dental care is free for your son/daughter until their 18th birthday? Read more…